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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

Hakkasan Is Celebrating Chinese Holiday with Special Menu!

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 3:41 PM

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I once visited China in early October and found the entire nation in chaos. Millions of people fighting to get onto trains and planes. It seems that Golden Week runs for two weeks then; it's the most popular...

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'LA Loves Alex's Lemonade Stan' Benefit a Huge Success!

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 4:31 PM

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Two of the founders of the event, Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin. all photos by Jay

Did you ever put a bite of food into your mouth and suddenly realize that what you were...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren for Vice President!

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 12:24 PM

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Cover of her book.

Elizabeth Warren for Vice President! That's the exciting idea which came to mind when I watched her making the rounds of the talk shows this week. From Charlie Rose to Tavis Smiley,...

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Fiddler on the Roof Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 9:59 AM

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It was 50 years ago this week that "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway! You may ask how I would know that and I respond that I was at...

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Neighborhood Music School Honors Ginny Mancini!

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 3:34 PM

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Ginny Mancini was the honoree at the gala event.

For several years I have been dating a...

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An Evening with the Mayor of Beverly Hills!

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 7:13 PM

mayor deivering State of he City speech all photos by Jay but Poitier one from internet

The city of Beverly Hills, California is one of the most affluent communities in the nation. And its...

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Mel Brooks Honored at Academy for 'Young Frankenstein'

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:59 PM

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Last night at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (AMPAS, of which I am a member), Mel Brooks was honored with a celebratory screening of his iconic film, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Naturally, I was there cheering him on....

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"L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Stand" Event!

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 4:39 PM

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My Huffington readers well know that I attend a great many food events in the course of a year....but I've never made a secret of the fact that my favorite is an annual September event...

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Two Great Chefs, One Meal, Two Books!

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 8:58 AM

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Spago Chef Wolfgang Puck has always been gracious toward fellow chefs who wrote an outstanding cookbook. Some months ago he held a book-signing dinner party for French Chef Daniel Boulud at...

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Legendary PALM to Close ... New One Opening in Beverly Hills!

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 3:43 PM

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Flashing back to 1975, it was the year that "Jaws" was released, Billy Martin (remember him?) became manager of my favorite team, the N.Y. Yankees, and it was the first time I heard...

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L.A. Food and Wine Festival Is a Huge Success!

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:03 AM

dinner at the cathedral all photos by Jay Weston

Would you spend $500 for a dinner at a former cathedral? My answer was a resounding yes since the dinner was mainly being cooked by a famed French...

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Malaysian Food Is Hot, Spicy, Delicious..and Here!

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 1:04 PM

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Christina is the Malaysian food ambassador. all photos by Jay

This story is about a month late. I originally intended to run it in late July but a tragic incident put it on hold. To explain: I was...

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"BIRD LIVES" - A Wonderful One-Man Show About Charlie Parker

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 1:18 PM

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Legendary trumpeter Miles Davis once told me (or rather he growled at me) that "the history of jazz can be told in four words...Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker." This exchange was in the summer of 1955...

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The Blind Barber -- A Shave, Haircut and Drink!

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:01 AM

the blind barber all photos by Jay

Yesterday I had a 5 pm pitch meeting with several feature film executives at Sony Pictures in Culver City. Told them about a new film we've developed based on a Jackie...

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"The Hundred-Foot Journey" Is Worth Taking ... Just Watch Your Step!

(3) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 11:43 AM

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The end credits of this movie show that Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg were its co-producers. She plugged Richard Morais' book on which the movie is based on her TV Book Club in 2010 and...

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Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival -- A Must-Attend Event!

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 12:29 AM

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As a food, wine and restaurant critic, I am invited to a lot of events. A lot. At last count this year alone I have had 47 such invitations, most of...

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A Tale of Two Bridges -- Beau and Jeff!

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:45 AM

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Beau and Jeff Bridges at the Academy event last night honoring them. photos by Jay.

I had the privilege (and pleasure) of producing the very first studio movie in which the adult Beau Bridges appeared....

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David SK Lee, A Chinese-American Renaissance Man!

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:08 AM

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David SK Lee demonstrates a watch at his boutique. all photos by Jay

There are collectors....and then there are collectors. The latter are the people who take the...

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Woody Allen's New Film is Romantic Fun!

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 5:56 AM

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I once asked Woody Allen why he had never moved to California, and he looked at me with astonishment: "I couldn't live in a city where the only cultural advantage is making a...

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Chef Roy Choi's Pot Is ...Boiling!

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:30 AM

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I admit that I smoke pot from time to time. I have a prescription for medical marijuana and about once a month I buy an ounce of good grass (for $400+) from a...

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