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Jay Weston
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

"Into The Woods" - A Marvelous Miracle of a Musical Movie!

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 1:19 PM

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Meryl Streep is a truly amazing woman.There she was on the Academy stage after last night's screening of the new Disney musical film, INTO THE WOODS, and the 65-year old actress was looking neat and...

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Al Pacino at Height of Powers in "The Humbling!"

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 11:32 AM

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Last night at a screening room in Beverly HiIls I attended a preview showing of Al Pacino's new film, THE HUMBLING, from Millennium Pictures, which is getting a limited Oscar release prior to its...

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Angelina Jolie's UNBROKEN is Certainly Not Broken (Perhaps Slightly Bent)

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 6:14 PM

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After the premiere screening of UNBROKEN, the new film from Universal Pictures directed by actress- turned-director Angelina Jolie, I had a chance for a brief talk with her at the Wallis Theatre in Beverly...

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Kolikof Caviar: Among the World's Finest!

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 7:21 PM

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As a fervent food-lover, I am wildly envious of a long-time friend of mine named Jim Miller. If you knew Jim as I would know that he settles only for the finest of everything....

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SELMA Movie Is Powerful, Passionate, Painful!

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:08 PM

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I saw the movie Selma at the CAA screening room just 30 minutes after hearing the horrific Ferguson, Mo. verdict, and watched the powerful, passionate film through tears of rage and shame. The lead actor,...

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Jaywalking in L.A.!

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 5:40 PM

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The amazing poster for the Hungarian film, WHITE GOD. It's also the last shot of the movie, with 250 dogs lying on the plaza in front of the...

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New Book Celebrates Beverly Hills 100th Anniversary!

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:25 AM

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THE PALM Opens to Huge Success!

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 1:29 PM

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Do bright lights and a high noise level guarantee a successful restaurant? If THE PALM (267 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills (310) 550-8811) is any indication, the answer is a resounding 'yes.' The first night...

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Hershey Felder Dazzles as Irving Berlin!

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 2:20 AM


My lovely companion was European and only knew that Irving Berlin had been a famous American songwriter. I have been writing about Mr. Berlin for many years and listening to his music all my life, so I thought I...

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Petrossian -- Caviar to the Stars!

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 11:27 AM


caviar all photos by Jay

I love caviar! Yes, the processed eggs of the mature sturgeon fish are a lifelong passion of mine. I have partaken of caviar all...

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Supermensch -- My Choice for Oscar's Best Feature Documentary!

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 9:09 AM

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You would not believe the scene at WME's theatre last night for a screening of SUPERMENSCH: The Legend of Shep Gordon, a documentary by Mike Myers, who was present, which...

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FREDS at Barneys Department Store Is Hot!

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 1:35 PM

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The rear patio at FREDS overlooking Beverly Hills

"It's a shame you can't eat the view" was the whimsical comment of...

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The Oscar Race Is in Full Swing!

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 2:25 PM

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The race for the Oscars is now in full swing. We, Academy members, are beginning to get a profusion of "screeners" so that we can view those films which we missed in theaters. (Got...

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Movie Night at RAY'S & THE STARK BAR!

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Ray restaurant logo All photos by Jay

If you read my recent Huffington story about the Movie Academy's wonderful Hollywood Costume Exhibit at the future home of the Academy Film Museum, you may recall that I strongly suggested...

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How I Almost Bought a Country!

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:33 PM

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The Christian Science Monitor article which broke the siory.

The death this month of Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, a brutal dictator who had succeeded an even more brutish father, brought to mind...

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Ocean Prime - Ohio Comes to Beverly Hills!

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:58 PM

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The entrance to Ocean Prime on Camden.

The restaurant scene in Beverly Hils is sizzling! Two exciting...

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An American Dies in China...and Why I Mourn Him!

(3) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:55 PM

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Sidney Shapiro photos from family

The email came on Saturday morning...from a young woman named Stella Guo. She informed me that her grandfather, my dear friend Sidney Shapiro, had passed away at the age of 98...

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Hollywood Costume Show is Spectacular!

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:28 AM

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On my living room wall hangs four signed costume sketches by Edith Head which she did for a movie that I produced, W C. Fields and Me, with Rod Steiger and Valerie Perrine. I...

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Birdman Is an Astonishing New Film

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:41 PM

This was going to be a review of two new films, Gone Girl and Birdman... but there has been so much (favorable) press about Gone Girl that I would be spinning my wheels to redundantly rave about it. As you well know by now, it is David Fincher's adaptation of...

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Norman Lear's New Memoir is Frank, Funny and Fascinating - Just Like the Man!

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 1:34 PM

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I have known Norman Lear for many, many years....ever since we were both young men in New York; he - six years older than me - and partner Bud Yorkin were producing TV shows...

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