Entertainment behind the scenes
As if to dispel all the rumors of discord in the relationship between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the glamour couple strolled the red carpet at the Cannes film festival premiere of Brad’s “Inglourious Basterds” on Wednesday night. They also showed up at the after party.
The party was jam packed with media on the outside and studio execs inside, and we couldn’t get anywhere near the couple at the party — security being what it was. Actually, it was more like onlookers four-deep using their peripheral vision to sneak peaks at the Hollywood couple. We didn’t want to play that game. In any case, we promised we’d take Fan Fare readers inside, so click below. You’ll see Harvey Weinstein walk across one sequence, and stay to the end where you’ll get a fan reaction to the Quentin Tarantino-directed film.
It takes gusto to be a Hollywood mogul. So when mega-producer Harvey Weinstein questioned the validity of a journalist’s controversial story about himself, he told the New York Post he would cut a $1 million check for charity if the journalist produced the e-mail at the center of the story.
The original story showed comments from an e-mail in which it was claimed that Weinstein harassed Sydney Pollack just before he died to get the release date on a movie changed.
Well, Weinstein just might have to pull out his checkbook.
On her blog, deadlinehollywood.com, L.A. Weekly journalist Nikki Finke this week posted the e-mail in question that appears to be written by Scott Rudin, an Oscar-winning producer who is responsible for upcoming movie “The Reader.”
In the e-mail, which was sent to an unknown recipient whose name was blacked out by Finke, the writer described how someone named “HW” went to “Minghella’s widow” and also harassed “Sydney on his death bed” because he wanted “The Reader” to be released on time this fall.
Finke writes that the “HW” in question was Harvey Weinstein and that the e-mail refers to director Anthony Minghella and writer/producer/director Sydney Pollack, both deceased, who worked on “The Reader,” a period film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes.
A Weinstein representative, who declined to be named, confirmed that the producer pledged to donate $1 million to charity if the e-mail was produced, and said the charity would be Robin Hood, an organization that fights poverty in New York City.