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For forty years Jay Weston has been producing motion pictures and TV, starting in 1968 with “For Love of Ivy,” starring Sidney Poitier and Abbey Lincoln, the first studio film to star two black leads. He went on to produce the much-acclaimed Billie Holiday biofilm, “Lady Sings The Blues,” starring Diana Ross, which received five Academy nominations. Following the biofilm on the life of W.C. Fields, “W.C. Fields & Me,” starring Rod Steiger, he produced an Alan Arkin-Carol Burnett comedy, “Chu Chu and The Philly Flash,”and was responsible for Clint Eastwood’s “Heartbreak Ridge.” Mr. Weston is most proud of the fact that he produced director Billy Wilder’s last comedy, “Buddy, Buddy,” with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Over the years he has produced scores of other features and TV movies, including the first film about beach volleyball, “Sideout,” and an HBO film, “Laguna Heat,” with Harry Hamlin and Jason Robards. Currently, he is preparing to film a remake of the venerable Jimmy Stewart-Kim Novak romantic comedy, “Bell, Book & Candle,” for Disney. His Hemingway biofilm screenplay, Ernest and Mary, is currently being polished, and he is in pre-production on a snowboarding film. Recently, a cable television film which he exec produced, Invisible Child, appeared on Lifetime; it starred Tom Hank’s wife, Rita Wilson, and was written by Academy-Award winner Ron Bass. He is also celebrated for writing and publishing the nation’s most successful restaurant newsletter, “Jay Weston’s Restaurant Newsletter,” which is read each month by thousands of entertainment executives and “foodies” throughout the world. “Food and film are my life,” says the producer, with a laugh.

Entries by Jay Weston

In-n-Out Burger's Secret Menu is Updated!

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:26 AM

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taking In-n-Out order all photos by Jay

A website called BuzzFeed recently paid tribute to In-n-Out Burger by listing 27 whimsical reasons why they are so beloved....

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Woody Allen Directs Placido Domingo in L.A. Opera's Opening Production!

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:22 PM

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Imagine this scene: a rehearsal room deep in the bowels of the L.A. Opera facility at The Music Center. The diminutive 79-year old...

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Diplomatic Relations Restored With Cuba - My Trip There With Mary Hemingway!

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 3:27 PM

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Mary Hemingway and Fidel Castro with your reporter! all photos by Jay


You saw the news today......after 54 years the U.S. has restored diplomatic relations with Cuba, with embassies being reopened in both countries. Which brought...

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BIERBEISL Reopens Downtown - Delicious Austrian Food!

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 2:44 PM

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Chef points to one of Jenny Okun's remarkable photographic murals.

"Why did you reopen downtown in this...

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A Walk on the Beach...for a Very Good Cause!

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 12:44 PM

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"AMY" - The Sad Price of Fame!

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 4:31 PM

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Amy in concert.

I only met British singer Amy Winehouse once...some seven or eight year ago, backstage at the Grammy Awards...

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Inside Out -- Pixar Animation-Disney Movie Is Astonishing and Confusing!

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Saturday afternoon I went to the AMC-15 Theatre in Century City to see the much-heralded Pixar Animation-Disney film, 'INSIDE OUT.' Note: the film was made in 3D but nothing indicated when I bought a ticket on-line that I would be seeing a regular version. Not until I sat down and...

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Concern Cancer Benefit Coming to Paramount Studio!

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:19 PM

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The very best food-and-wine event of the year is arriving shortly on Saturday, July 11th, at the back lot of the...

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"Mack the Knife" in Culver City - Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel!

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 11:19 AM

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When Cecile Tang told me that our mutual friend, Tony Award-winning actor/producer/director Paul Sand, had created and
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Craig's Better Than Ever After Four Years!

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 10:56 AM

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Frequent diner Don Rickles with Craig Susser

When it first opened...

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Cooking With Celebrities & Kids: A Wonderful Book!

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 4:18 PM

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As an older guy I have had a few marriages but no kids of my own (that I know of anyway.) Yet I have never hesitated to express many opinions over the yeas...

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"Bad Jews" Makes Good Theatre: A Viciously Funny Play at the Geffen!

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 7:32 PM

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Do you remember the commercial that proclaimed "You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's real Jewish rye bread"? Well, I'm going to paraphrase that to say that you don't have...

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"Me and Earl" Movie About Teenagers-Honest, Moving Very Good!

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 5:00 PM

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Cast and the director at Academy. Molly, Thomas, R.J. and Alfonso.

"Death is ever with...

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Fred Hayman - A Living Legend - Celebrates His 90th!

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 3:59 PM

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Fred Hayman celebrates his 90th birthday at a Malibu party all photos by Jay

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Pinter's "The Homecoming" at Venice's Pacific Resident Theatre!

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 8:17 PM

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Harold Pinter was an Englishman who wrote powerful, controversial plays....so successfully that he was honored with a Nobel Laureate for Literature in 2005. I had the honor of meeting the dapper, delightful playwright in 1967...

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British Polo Day Was Awesome!

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:39 AM

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The invitation was very impressive....."Lord & Lady Frederick Windsor Request the Pleasure of Your Company for The British Polo Day USA 2015, Presented by Land Rover for the Benefit...

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Beverly Hills "Pawnshop to the Stars" Is Awesome!

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 7:56 PM

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Everyone hits a dry patch where they need some quick cash. Sometimes you borrow it from family or friends, occasionally (very rarely) a bank will lend it...or the easiest of all, if you have any...

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Disney's "Tomorrowland" -- For Kids of all Ages!

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 2:13 PM

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When I was a young man (yes, I really was one once) in the '50s and '60s, I was the public relations guy for a wide-screen film process called Cinerama. We began making these sweeping...

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LACMA Exhibit Takes Flight. Soar With It Now!

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 6:55 PM

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The Burden sculpture circling the space. all photos by Jay

It is rather ironic that David McCullough's fascinating biography of the Wright Brothers has come out the same time as our midtown LACMA (Los...

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Pistachios, Pistachios...I'm Just Nuts About Those NUTS!

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 3:08 PM

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Every night before I go to sleep, I reach over to my night table and grab a handful of pistachio nuts,...

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