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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

Senator Bernie Sanders Possible Demo Nominee

(11) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 12:28 AM

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Every weekday I videotape an early-morning show from New York called " Morning Joe," which features a loud-mouthed Republican, Joe Scarborough, and an attractive but overwhelmed Democrat, Mika Brzezinski (daughter...

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Nonna's Empanadas -- Delicious Delicacies on Third Street!

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 10:41 AM

the empanada choices all photos by Jay

I am addicted to a tiny food shop. Or rather I'm addicted to the contents of a tiny shop. How is it possible to be addicted to a...

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Cinematheque Screening My Movie, Lady, Thursday!

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 12:01 AM

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Someone sent me an on-line promo yesterday from a group called AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE which was promoting a screening at 7:30 pm Thursday the 20th at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre (1428 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica 90403) for...

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"It's the Work That Counts"

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 5:02 PM

Last weekend The New York Times ran a column by a woman named Dominique Browning, and it made a very deep impression on me. The subject was aging, which naturally concerns me as an octogenarian, and she made a few points which have resonated with me and might interest you....

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Meryl Streep's New Film, 'Ricki and the Flash,' Is Wonderful and Bizarre!

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 12:57 AM

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As a film critic, I'm supposed to be objective and not let my personal feelings interfere with my analysis of a new movie. For the most part I can do that... I'm not...

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CASSIA: Asian-French 'Magic' in Santa Monica!

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 4:26 PM

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all photos by Jay


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Vietnamese "Sunbathing" Prawns

When you sit down in this exciting new restaurant, the waiter will place a small cup...

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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
was directing a musical called KURT WEILL AT THE
CUTTLEFISH HOTEL
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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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