Peter Bart

Standing Room Only

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This is the time of year when the various critics circles announce their arcane best picture candidates, a ritual that usually causes us to wring our hands or ask around to see if any living person…

Schulhof in orbit

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The ousted Sony U.S. chief waxes philosophical on how the laws of physics can also be applied to showbiz. In light of his abrupt dismissal by Sony this week, I thought it would be timely to phone…

Why Did TW Give Fuchs The Boot?

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Almost a month has gone by since the headline-grabbing dismissal of Michael Fuchs by his longtime ally, Gerald Levin, and most people in the entertainment industry are still asking one rather basic…

Trapped By Tradition

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A few radical ideas could liven up the Oscar ritual. MEMO TO: Arthur Hiller FROM: Peter Bart Everyone’s eyes instantly glaze over at the mention of Oscar rules, so let me get straight to the point…

Action In Traction

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MEMOTO: Jeff Berg and Jim Wiatt, ICM FROM: Peter Bart With the wars between the talent agencies picking up in intensity, you’ve convincingly demonstrated that you’re combat-ready. Indeed, as the…

Advice you can bank on

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MEMO TO: Guy-Etienne Dufour, Credit Lyonnais FROM: Peter Bart “Terminez…?” Whenever I dine in Paris, that’s the word I most frequently hear from those ever-disdainful French waiters as they hover at…

Dream sequence

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In its first year, DreamWorks has remained relatively quiet on the film side, but now it’s revving up for success. It was over 10 years ago when I first visited Steven Spielberg at his adobe-style…

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