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Monday, February 28, 2005

Steve attends pre-Oscar party

thanks to kmt
Lloyd Grove's Lowdown
New York Daily News
27 February 2005
An event made for moguls:The H'wood power picnic

After week-long rains of biblical intensity, there was only a touch of muddy grass drying under the Saturday-afternoon sun - and those in high-heeled Pradas were fine as long as they stuck to the Persian carpets.

Once again, Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg opened their park-like Beverly Hills estate for their pre-Oscar picnic in honor of Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter.

And once again - along with the likes of Warren Beatty and sister Shirley MacLaine, Steve Martin, Nora Ephron, Elle MacPherson, Tori Spelling and Oliver Stone - the moguls converged like colliding planets.

News Corp.'s craggy-faced Rupert Murdoch (with wife Wendi Deng and young children in tow) chatted amiably with Sony USA's Howard Stringer, and CBS Chairman Les Moonves showed off bride Julie Chen, while Disney's Michael Eisner, wearing a bright-red cable-knit sweater and a navy fireman's cap, yukked it up with - wait, is it just my imagination? - his sworn enemies, DreamWorks co-founders David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Geffen's best friend.

As Eisner and his new pals socialized, a single phrase - uttered by someone and repeated by Eisner - wafted mysteriously out of their conversational cluster: "Unprotected sex!"

Gales of laughter.

Elsewhere, environmental activist Laurie David, wife of curmudgeon Larry, dispensed pastel faux-leather "STOP GLOBAL WARMING" bracelets, snapping one into place on my wrist.

Beatty was sharing a confidence with Arianna Huffington when she stopped listening to answer her cell phone.

"Excuse me, am I interrupting?" Beatty quipped. "Tell them I'm not here."

Director Brett Ratner pulled Mariah Carey by the hand to a food station - but not without assuring me he's still dating Serena Williams.

And producer and manager-turned Paramount Pictures chief Brad Grey - who starts his new job tomorrow - wandered through the crowd and basked in all the conditional love.

"After this, I'm going to meet my wife at Brillstein-Grey and pack up my office in boxes," Grey told me. "It will be like the last episode of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' where Mary has a box in one hand, waves goodbye to Lou Grant for the last time. 'Bye, Lou!'"

Rock Looks to Steve

Edmonton Sun (Alberta)
February 27, 2005 Sunday
TV MAGAZINE; Cover Story; Pg. TV2

Talk about biting the hand that feeds. Chris Rock made headlines earlier this month when he dismissed the Academy Awards as a "fashion show," called the notion of giving out awards "idiotic" and asked, "What straight black man sits there and watches Oscars? Show me one."

The comments, which appeared in Entertainment Weekly, rocked traditionalists, who called for Rock's removal as host of the 77th Annual Academy Awards (airing Sunday night at 6 on CTV and ABC).

Is this the guy we want hosting our show, they wailed?

Absolutely, insists veteran Oscar producer Gil Cates. "Chris's comments over the past few weeks are meant to be humorous digs at a show that some people, obviously including Chris himself, think may be a bit too stuffy," he said in a statement released by the academy.

And, in a year that already may be hampered with quiet, independent film contenders, stuffy is the last thing Oscar needs.

You'd never call Rock stuffy. Profane, searing, shocking, scatological, political, racially charged ... sure.

In recent years, Billy Crystal has provided the Oscar-host template, playing the broadest possible shtick to one of the biggest rooms in television. He's the logical successor to Bob Hope and Johnny Carson, the safe, white, lovable middle-aged male.

Chris Rock is not. He's young, black and dangerous - and damn funny. Clearly, Cates is hoping Rock will attract younger viewers who, in recent years, have ditched the show if there are no Lord of the Rings-level blockbusters.

Cates and Rock took questions from international media last month in Los Angeles. Crystal wasn't asked to do the Oscars this year, explained Cates, because he's doing a play in New York. Steve Martin is also busy, doing a movie.

"Ellen DeGeneres has crabs," said Rock - in one devastating line showing why he is both so wrong and so right for the job.

He's quick, sharp, damn funny - and shoots from the lip.

He told reporters that he has never been a member of the academy. "If you're darker than a paper bag, you can't get in," he said. Cates quickly joked that he'd get him in and changed the subject.

Stand-up comics make the best hosts, believes Cates, and both he and his wife feel Rock is "the funniest man alive." He called Rock's manager, who set up a meeting with the comedian and a deal was struck.

Rock revealed that he'd been asked to host before. "A couple of times, since '97 or whatever," he said. "And I was always, like, 'That's an old man's gig.' But I'm older," he added - Rock turned 40 on Feb. 7

Hosting the MTV Awards gave him insight into what to expect. The other thing that hooked him was following in the footsteps of some comedy legends. "I like that some of the greatest comedians ever have hosted the show," he said, singling out Hope and Carson.

He spoke with Steve Martin, who recommended a writer or two. Just the fact that Rock was calling him early, "You'll be ready," Martin said. He hoped to speak with Crystal and another recent Oscar host, Whoopi Goldberg, before the big show.

He's been testing out Oscar material for weeks at L.A. comedy clubs. He doesn't expect to make too many inside jokes or reference smaller films like Finding Neverland. "I'll stick to the big stuff, and the world will like it because people outside the room will like it," he said. "I'd rather do a joke about The Bourne Supremacy, which everybody saw, than Sideways, to tell you the truth."

How much does the gig pay? Rock wouldn't say, but Cates suggested that it was close to minimum. "No one hosts the show for the money," he said.

Minimum for a three-and-a-half hour show would be around $13,000 US, Cates said, and apparently Oscar hosts don't make much more than that. "It costs less than the inauguration," said Rock.

He admitted that he rarely watched the Academy Awards in the past. "Any black people nominated? No. OK, back to bed," he said, adding, "what straight guy that's not in show business watches the Oscars?"

It never came up much back in Brooklyn, he added.

A hip host isn't the only shake-up at this year's award show. Some winners will get their statues from presenters stationed in the audience. In other categories, all five nominees will be called up on stage prior to the envelope opening. Cates hopes these innovations will reduce the time it takes some winners to collect their trophies and give all the nominees more face time.

The 70-year-old producer, whose niece is actress Phoebe Cates, is working his record 12th Oscar gig. How far Rock rocks the boat or rocks the room will probably determine if he'll do a 13th.

Watching for Steve

Ottawa Citizen
February 27, 2005 Sunday
Final Edition
Danette, can you read me?: Snapshot from the 67th Academy Awards

From The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards by Steve Pond (Faber and Faber):

In the back, by the artists' entrance, crew members with walkie-talkies communicated with others out front, keeping track of precisely which nominees and presenters had arrived, which ones were on their way -- and, most seriously, which were unaccounted for.

With several walkie-talkies open, though, what emerged was confusing as often as it was clarifying.

"John Travolta is here."

"Thank you."

"Rene Russo."

"Thank you."

"Two of Patty Smyth's musicians are missing."

"Is Jamie Lee here?"


"Steven Seagal?"


"Do you read me?"

"David Alan Grier's limo is at Thirtieth and Figueroa in the limo one."

"Did anybody call Sharon Stone's car?"

"Sharon shut off her communication with us. We cannot reach her."

"Can you hear me, Danette?"

"Has Paul Newman arrived in back?"

"No, Danette, we have not seen him."

"Someone should try to reach Steve Martin."

"Danette, do you copy? Steve Martin is two minutes away."

"Hugh Grant, Denzel Washington, are those confirmed?"


"Arnold Schwarzenegger has arrived. Hugh Grant has arrived."

"I can't hear anything. Can you hear me?"

"What's the status on Steve Martin's car?"

"Danette, can you read me? Steve Martin's two minutes away."

"Winona Ryder has arrived."

"Winona? This is a new one."

"I know."

"Steve Martin ... with Diane Keaton!"

"That's something to tell the seating people."

"Got it. Steve Martin and Diane Keaton."

"Has Helen Mirren arrived? She's the only nominee we haven't heard from."

"Anybody we're missing, get on the phone and start calling those cars."

"Who are we missing?"

"Ellen Barkin, Tim Allen ... "


"Ellen Barkin's coming in."

"Thank you."

"Can you guys hear any of this?"
Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Hey Big Spenders, Spend a little time with Steve

thanks to shelley
NORM: Golfer getting lots of attention


Big-ticket live auction items most likely to spark bidding wars at tonight's Keep Memory Alive Alzheimer's benefit in the Bellagio Spa Tower ballroom: a 10-day cruise on the 145-foot M/Y Texas yacht off Australia or in the Mediterrean; choreograph your own Bellagio dancing fountains show; two tickets to Andre Agassi's private box at the 2005 U.S. Open Tennis Championships; a one-hour lesson from Agassi; plus outings with Wolfgang Puck, Nicole Kidman, Steve Martin, Michael Caine, and Warren Beatty and Annette Bening; and a suite for a Chicago Cubs-Chicago White Sox game. ...
Saturday, February 19, 2005

Steve talks on the SNL special

there isn't a lot about Steve in this, but i'm posting the whole article anyway.
First 5 'SNL' years relived
Associated Press
Last update: February 19, 2005

NEW YORK -- Lorne Michaels just referred to it as "The Show," even before it was a show.

"Saturday Night Live" was Michaels' baby from its birth in 1975. And now, with his child marking its 30th birthday, NBC is airing a two-hour documentary about the show's first five classic years, the era when its cast was "the Beatles of comedy," as Dana Carvey says near the documentary's start.

"Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live" is no cut-and-paste collection of clips.

Instead, writer-director-producer Kenneth Bowser delivers a documentary that mixes classic bits with extensive interviews, peering into the madness behind those 90 minutes of magic that started Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.

It's not altogether new territory. "SNL" was already the subject of several books, including the acclaimed oral history done in 2002 by The Washington Post's Tom Shales and co-author James Andrew Miller.

But there's still plenty worthwhile, from long-unseen musical clips to stories from guest hosts such as Steve Martin to tales of Dan Aykroyd entering a pitch meeting with a chain saw -- and then cranking it up. There are new interviews, offering brutal honesty.

Michaels recalls his first meeting with John Belushi: "He told me he didn't do television. We didn't hit it off."

Eric Idle remembers the comedy team of Al Franken and Tom Davis: "They were always whacked out of their skulls." Garrett Morris, the lone black cast member, poignantly recounts his outsider status: "Fifty percent was my fault."

The documentary places the show in the context of the times: Vietnam, Nixon, drugs. And it illustrates the groundbreaking attitude brought by its original cast, "The Not Ready for Prime Time Players."

"We had a chance," explains Chevy Chase, "to parody and take down television."

Though they didn't entirely succeed, they had plenty of successes -- and a few funny failures. On opening night, announcer Don Pardo botched the cast's introduction. "The 'Not for Ready Prime Time Players,' " the familiar voice intoned.

The show's lair on the 17th floor of NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters was more dorm room than office, with cast members and writers moving in. "A huge playpen," says Monty Python's Idle, a host from the early years.

The skits that made the show a phenomenon are included: Chase's racially charged job interview with guest host Richard Pryor, Aykroyd's memorable "Jane, you ignorant slut," Belushi in various modes of Samurai.

And there are some long-forgotten, edgy skits. Burt Reynolds, as a Roman centurion on the make, approaches Laraine Newman with this come-on: "I couldn't help not notice that you're very svelte. What's your name?"

"Anorexia," she shoots back.

The documentary touches on drug abuse and the pitfalls of celebrity. Cocaine, Aykroyd says, was "affecting the work, the performances and the quality of the scripts."

There's a rare clip from Bill Murray's 1975 screen test, when he failed to make the cut for season one. After he replaced Chase, the show's first break-out star, Murray began receiving hate mail. He quickly proved a more than able replacement.

The musical clips evidence the days before the Ashlee Simpsons of the world took the "SNL" stage, with performances by Patti Smith, the Band, Randy Newman, Ray Charles and others included.

Quibbles? Murray and Jane Curtain don't participate. Both are missed. There must be guest hosts with better tales to tell than Penny Marshall. And the segment on "SNL" romances could have been replaced by something on Andy Kaufman, one of the show's early guests and great innovators.

In the end, as the documentary makes clear, fame and money took everything apart. Cast members traveled with entourages, hired limousines, worked behind closed doors. When the Rolling Stones showed up to play in season four, it was more a signal of trouble than success.

But even the end of this era was greeted with a sly grin by some on the staff. "I remember seeing the girl I was with getting hit on by Keith Richards, and that's when I knew," recalls Jim Signorelli, who did many of the show's early parodies of commercials.
Thursday, February 17, 2005

New Steve TV

i suspect this is the one starring the two women who did the off-broadway show about matt damon and ben affleck.

Daily Variety
February 15, 2005, Tuesday
NEWS; Pg. 4
McDermott weighs in with CBS drama

On the pilot pickup front, the Frog's untitled Carsey-Werner sitcom also comes from Steve Martin and Joan Stein's Martin/Stein Co. Female buddy laffer is set in L.A.

Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers will write and co-exec produce the project, which will be exec produced by Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, Martin and Stein.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Steve is back in New York
New York Post
Inside the Mansion
Cindy Adams
February 15, 2005

Collector Steve Martin browsing the 595 Madison art galleries . . .

how do the gates look from your windows, steve?
Sunday, February 13, 2005

Steve lost his pants on purpose
Published February 11, 2005
Producer caps 35th Grammy show on high note
By Mike Hughes
Lansing State Journal

For decades, Pierre Cossette has seen his Grammy telecasts grow and transform.

They've gone from pop to rock to (sometimes) rap. They've had fun and flubs. They've merged generations; Bruce Springsteen's mom screamed with delight when meeting Andy Williams.

Now Cossette is producing his 35th and final edition. Then his son will take over.

"I'll still be here," he said. "I just won't have 110 phone calls a day."

He'll also no longer be the one to tell a star when to disrobe.

"Steve Martin was standing offstage and said, 'Thirty seconds before I go on, tap me on the shoulder,' " Cossette recalled. "I did and he took his pants off."

Martin strode to the glass podium (in boxers, not briefs) and began his presentation. "I didn't know he'd arranged to have someone come racing down the aisle with his pants from the cleaners," Cossette said.

Hey, undress always gets a laugh - if you happen to be on camera.

During one telecast, a rocker did a bare-chested song. Backstage, host Billy Crystal asked if it would be OK if he came on stage topless; it was a fine idea, Cossette said.

"Billy went out there and got this huge laugh," Cossette said. "Except, I had forgotten that we were going to commercial then. The TV audience never saw it. He was pretty mad at me afterward."

The Grammys are like that, with the highs and lows of live TV. Other awards shows might be fairly similar from year to year. The Grammys, however, must keep changing with the music.

"We went through the disco craze, the rap craze, hard-rock, you name it," Cossette said. "We have to be ready for what's new."

That wasn't true in the early days. Steve Allen told a Grammy audience he bought a Rolling Stones record just so he could turn it off.

Now that has changed. "We want to know the young demographics," Cossette said. "We have the 15-, 16-, 17-year-olds watching. The older viewers will tune in, to see what the others are talking about."

That's been reflected in the hosts. The old days were all pop, Cossette grants. "Andy Williams hosted for seven years, John Denver for four, Kenny Rogers did for a while."

Then he switched to comedy. "We had Billy Crystal; then the Oscars came and got him," Cossette said. "Whoopi Goldberg, the same thing. We had Ellen DeGeneres, Garry Shandling, Jon Stewart."

In the early days, the fun came from pairing presenters. Cossette savors the memory of Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald scatting at the podium; he loved linking Moms Mabley, the elderly and bawdy comedian, with studly songwriter Kris Kristofferson.

Mabley asked Kristofferson if he wrote "Help Me Make it Through the Night," Cossette recalled; he said yes. "Then she said, 'Well, 20 minutes will be fine with me.' "

In later years, the great pairings were in the music performances. This year, Cossette will have several that link generations. He'll have hot newcomer Kanye West with the Blind Boys of Alabama. He'll have classic Southern rockers with the newer country of Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson and Keith Urban. A tsunami-relief song will link newer stars (Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, McGraw) with Stevie Wonder and Bono.

Over the years, Bono has given Cossette some of his favorite and least-favorite moments.

A plus was a beautifully worded tribute to Frank Sinatra. "He wrote that just before he went on," Cossette said. "We didn't even have time to put it on the Teleprompter."

A minus was when Bono blurted the F-word. Cossette doubts it was a slip. "He's a great marketer; he knows what the young audience wants."

Now the show has a 10-second delay. Next year, John Cossette and Ken Ehrlich will take over as executive producers; they can be the ones to tell Steve Martin when to disrobe.
Thursday, February 10, 2005

Another insider bit about Shopgirl

FILM INSIDER: 'Shopgirl' Personal to Martin
Funnyman Steve Martin seems to be dipping into the fountain of youth in his book-turned-movie "Shopgirl," wherein the 59-year-old has the pleasure of dating Claire Danes -- only a mere 35 years his junior. So why such an enormous age difference? "I guess it's based on an experience that is real. I think that's what Claire told me, so I hold my tongue," says actress Bridgette Wilson with a laugh. After all, this is Hollywood.

Wilson, who's been spending much of her time as a mom to 2-year-old Christian, her son with hubby Pete Sampras, hits the big screen as the uppity makeup clerk in Martin's creation. "I'm sort of the diva one who thinks I run the store," she adds. "She gets curious about the relationship that's developing between Steve Martin and Claire Danes' character." Who wouldn't? But for Wilson, playing the snooty character wasn't too hard because "he [Martin] did the book first, then the script, now the movie so he had a very clear idea of each character and that really helped in putting it to life."

The story follows a disenchanted salesgirl and aspiring artist (Danes) who sells gloves and accessories at a department store. She has two men in her life -- a wealthy divorcee (Martin) and a struggling musician -- and she eventually must choose between them. "They are very personal characters to him, which makes it fun because you can really get a look into what he's been thinking," notes Wilson about the legendary writer-performer. As for working with him, "He's a really interesting man. He's one of those guys that is so funny and so wildly intelligent that on and off the screen he makes just a very different person as well."

"Shopgirl" is set to hit theatres next year and according to Wilson, it may even take a stop at Sundance. "I'm very curious about how it will come across because there's humor in it but there's a lot of other subtle, curious messages under it too," she says. Until then, Wilson says that she and Pete are going to be taking it easy while enjoying the wonderful world of parenthood.

Syndicated Columnists--Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are featured in over 100 print publications and other media outlets with cutting edge celebrity news and insider scoop.

Steve to Present an Oscar

Daily Variety says that Steve will be a presenter at the Oscars on 27 Feb 2005, but being the "nice" guys they are, the article can only be read by subscribers. So that's all I know about it.

I wasn't going to watch this year because I think all the movies are very ho hum, but now I'll have to.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Steve Supports American Art at the Huntington

Contributed by the ever-watchful KMT
The Mercury News
Posted on Tue, Feb. 08, 2005
Entertainer Steve Martin gives $1 million to Huntington Library
Associated Press

SAN MARINO, Calif. - Entertainer Steve Martin donated $1 million to the American art collection at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

The gift is seen as a boon for a department traditionally overshadowed by the museum's European collections. Additionally, a new gallery opening this spring will eventually double the exhibition space for American art.

Three-fourths of the gift, which will be made over a five-year period, will be used to put on American art exhibitions, and the remaining $250,000 will likely be used for acquisitions or exhibitions.

"It's extremely rewarding to have someone outside of the core group of supporters understand what we're doing and see how they can help and really make a difference," the Huntington's curator of American art Jessica Todd Smith said.

Martin is a serious art collector whose acquisitions have included works by Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper and Georges Seurat. In 2002, he was filming a movie nearby and stopped at the Huntington.

"I think he was surprised and impressed by the quality of the American collection and has been supporting us enthusiastically ever since," Smith said. Martin sponsored last summer's exhibition of the "maple sugar' paintings of 19th century American artist Eastman Johnson.

"We need more of this type of exhibition in Southern California and The Huntington is clearly interested in doing just that - bringing significant works of American art to light, contextualizing them, and helping visitors become better acquainted with the artists, the techniques, and the significance of the pieces," Martin said in a statement.
Thursday, February 03, 2005

No Pre-interviews Please

umm... does it again.
Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror
Comedian Steve Martin to receive screenwriter’s tribute
Entertainer will be honored June 18 at 10th film festival
Feb 3, 2005
By Joel Silverstein, I&M Staff Writer

Comedian Steve Martin, best known for his performances in films like “The Jerk” and “Roxanne,” and the classic characters he created on “Saturday Night Live,” will be honored on Nantucket this June for another talent: Screenwriting. Martin will be presented the NBC-Universal Screenwriter’s Tribute Award at the 10th annual Nantucket Film Festival on June 18.

“We’re incredibly honored to honor someone of Steve Martin’s caliber,” said Mystelle Brabbée, the festival’s artistic director. While Martin is perhaps better known as an actor, producer and even a novelist, film festival organizers jumped at the chance to honor him for his screenwriting talents. The award will put Martin in the same company as last year’s honoree Charlie Kaufman, the author of “Adaptation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind;” James Schamus, (“The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”); and Ruth Prawler Jhabvala (“Howard’s End,” “Remains of the Day”).

What most people don’t know, Brabbée said, is that Martin has written many of the films he’s starred in. He wrote the screenplays for “Roxanne” and “The Man With Two Brains,” and co-wrote films like “The Jerk” and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.” Most recently, Martin co-wrote scripts for “The Pink Panther” remake and a sequel of the film due out this fall.

Brabbée and film festival executive director Jill Burkhart have sent invites to Martin in past years to accept the tribute, but his production schedules always conflicted with the film festival dates. When he accepted the invitation this year, Brabbée and Burkhart had an easy programming choice.

“We’re really looking forward to the tribute this year,” Brabbée said.

Martin asked not to be interviewed prior to Film Festival. The festival runs from June 15-19 at various theater venues on Nantucket.


And now we're all whispering about him too

KMT is on the ball again
Feb. 2, 2005

Hollywood PrivacyWatch celebrity sightings are sent in by our readers. Send yours to and let the world know that Leonardo DiCaprio wears a matching tracksuit while eating soup.


· So there we were eating a lunch at The 29 - a pleasant little restaurant near USC - frequented mostly by USC students…. when my friend turns to me and says “Am I crazy, or is that Steve Martin at the table next to us?” And Steve Martin it was! Complete with the infamous mustache and green and yellow striped shoes and socks. He looked a little peeved that everyone was whispering about him, but I’m sure it’s nothing unusual for him. The unusual part was that he was at a restaurant in that kind of area…


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