Loving tributes to Merv Griffin continued with every conversation I had since his death, Sunday. Rose (Mrs. Bill) Narva reminded, “You never worked ‘for’ Merv but ‘with’ him. And that included working with him at the Beverly Hilton, the Givency in Palm Springs, St. Clearans in Ireland, the Blue Moon in Miami Beach, hotels in Wickenberg, Scottsdale. “He said, ‘The hospitality business is like owning a talk show–with beds.’ Wherever he was, the mood became merrier. I loved his philosophy: ‘Don’t worry about this–just turn the page.'”
Add quoteables: “In India, film matters–and India will be a positive player in this century,” Bob Rosen, Dean of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, as he welcomed guests at the Academy for the opening night celebration of “India Splendor” and the screening of “Chak de India.” And host, ICM’s Jeff Berg, noted “Our agency is committed to this project –and the talents, artistry and fervor.” The qualities were all exemplified in the spectacular film whose magnitude in production was matched by the intimacy of the performances–a must-see. It was sad to note the story in Saturday’s (Aug.11) L.A. Times blaring the arrest of Bollywood film star Sanjay Dutt who costars in “Eklavya: The Royal Guard,” a part of the India Splendor Film Festival, which screened Sunday night.
French toast: Julie Delpy explained her cinema savoir faire at the L.A. Film & TV Office of the French Embassy and the American Cinematheque screening of her “2 Days in Paris” at the Aero theater. At the Q&A following, the multi-talented Delpy, receiving hefty applause, admitted it was <i>tres difficile</i> to get the financing for the film. The French weren’t too happy about some of the scenes–like the insulting Parisian taxi drivers. And she allowed the money came in from Germans when she showed them two lines in her script–which she repeated on the Aero stage: “I would say that a blowjob is a big deal, after all, it is a blowjob that brought down America’s last chance at a healthy democracy.” It brought down the Aero house.