It must be the first fund-raiser in Hollywood history that featured the man of the honor reciting a long passage from Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” — in the original Italian. Andrea Bocelli did keep the Italian opera-singing to a minimum later in the evening, offering up hits like “New York, New York” and “More.” David Foster, who accompanied the tenor on the piano, told the Beverly Hilton crowd that Bocelli rejected his original arrangements. Bocelli told him: “No, I like Frank Sinatra. I want it to swing.”
Friday’s event kicked off the Andrea Bocelli Foundation for the blind. Also attending were surprise honoree Quincy Jones, surprise performer Michael Bolton, Harvey Weinstein, Taylor Hackford, Evan Rachel Wood and Jo Champa, who hosted.
– Robert Hofler
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At Fox’s Saturday press junket for “We Bought a Zoo,” Elle Fanning revealed how helmer Cameron Crowe plays music on set to establish mood. He even asked for the cast’s input. “What’s your theme song as Lily going to be?” Crowe asked the actress. “I’ve never experienced that before,” Fanning said. “Then Cameron played ‘Don’t Be Shy’ by Cat Stevens and whenever Lily had a scene he played it and then he put it in the film.”
“He never asked me for music,” said co-star Thomas Haden Church, who prefers Black Sabbath and Sick Puppies. “None of it made it in the movie.”
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It was two years ago that Thomas Horn was watching “Jeopardy” when a commercial for “Kids’ Jeopardy” asked viewers to apply online to be on the show.
“I took this test and they called me,” recalled the 14-year-old Horn. Then, when Horn’s “Jeopardy” episode aired in July 2010, “Someone in the production saw me and thought it would be good for me to audition for the role. I was a total newcomer. I thought, What do I have to lose by sending in this tape? I might as well try it.”
Obviously, it went well. Seventeen months later, Horn was sitting in Gotham’s Regency Hotel, telling his how-I-got-cast story at Sunday’s press junket for Warner Bros.’ “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
– Stephen Schaefer
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“Anybody who had a week with Marilyn has something to tell,” photographer Bert Stern said in reference to the film “My Week With Marilyn.” “I thought (Michelle Williams’) portrayal was different from the Marilyn I photographed.”
Stern held court Tuesday at the Hotel Bel-Air, where his photo sessions with MM stretched out over two weekends 50 years ago. Those photos are now reprinted in Taschen’s new tome “Norman Mailer, Bert Stern: Marilyn Monroe.”
Bern mused, “I think Marilyn did the best imitation of Marilyn of anyone.”
– Steve Chagollan