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Anti-Defamation League fetes U's Linde, Focus Schamus

HOLLYWOOD — The Anti-Defamation League saluted Universal co-chair David Linde and Focus topper James Schamus, for the batch of socially provocative films Focus has released in its four-year history, as the ADL held its annual entertainment gala on April 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

After watching a reel of films that included “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Pianist,” “The Constant Gardener” and “The Motorcycle Diaries,” Schamus remarked, “If you’re hated for who you are, you probably have a first-look deal with us.”

In his opening remarks, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa used the occasion to urge ADL supporters to engage in the current debate over illegal immigration. “We’ve seen the right, the Minutemen, come out on the radio over the last few weeks. Now more than ever, we need the ADL.”

Also on hand were Felicity Huffman, William Macy, Universal’s Ron Meyer and Rick Finkelstein, as well as Reed Business Information CEO Tad Smith and Variety publisher-prexy Charlie Koones.

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