The Mayor of Haifa, Yona Yahav, will be the special guest of Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts’ Yom Kippur services, held at 8 p.m. on Oct.1. The Temple’s Rabbi David Baron set Yahav to speak following his just-completed five-day mission in Haifa, where Baron helped rebuild the area which was shattered by Hezbollah rocket attacks. While there, Yahav and Baron also discussed the Haifa Film Fest for 2007 — Mel Gibson will be invited to a future Temple of the Arts date.
Meanwhile this week, Gibson shows his “Apocalypto” to Disney. It is in post-production readying for the planned Dec.8 opening. Wags have pointed out that Gibson can be seen in a teaser for the film. He’s spotted smoking a cigarette while standing at the end of a line of the movie’s Mayans.
No baloney — there really was a book signing party at Nate ‘N Al’s deli on Beverly Dr. at 9 to 11 ayem on Wednesday morning. Bernie Brillstein hosted the bash for client/author Ian Gurvitz on publication of his book, “‘Hello’, Lied the Agent: And Other Bull—- You Hear as a Hollywood TV Writer.” (Phoenix Books) Brillstein and fellow manager Marc Gurvitz, the scribe’s brother, brought Ian out from N.Y. 20 years ago. He’s since successfully written for series including “Becker,” “Wings,” “Frasier,” and “The Wonder Years,” to name a few. Manager Gurvitz said his brother’s book “makes my life easier.” UTA’s Jay Surtes, Ian’s agent, told me “I love the book. It’s funny, unique and insightful.” It’s also no holds barred as he reveals his diary, which includes a tale about pitching a new development deal at Paramount when “Becker” was winding down. It’s real — including clips from Daily Variety. But don’t get him wrong. Gurvitz was super successful — “owning a four bedroom home with eight TVs and 3 TiVos.” But he admits he’s now committed the unpardonable sin. He put up his own money to write-direct a movie, “L.A. Blues.” And he’s even pulling a Hitchcock by appearing in it. “I’m seen digging food out of a garbage can on Thanksgiving.” Not to worry, Gurvitz and partners Ken Levine and David Isaacs have a half-hour sitcom at Touchstone and are pitching it to a network as we speak. He didn’t say if he’s keeping another diary.
Personal notes: Jack Nicholson sounded better on the phone…Marty Richards is out of the hospital and recouping at home…Boston names Sept.15 as “Norm Crosby Day.” He’ll be saluted in the State House. P.S. It’s also his birthday — 79. But who counts.