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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

Vito's Pizza: My Choice As the Best in L.A.!

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 5:36 PM

Vito's storefront on La Cienega all photos by Jay

Vito Di Donato with a fresh pie
Vito Di Donato...

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Reflections on the Oscars..and Brad Weston!

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 6:35 PM

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Fox Searchlight Execs and Regency's Brad Weston. Photo from Hollywood Reporter
all other photos by Jay's friend at Vanity Fair party.

The director of "Birdman" twice got...

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Planned Parenthood's "FOOD FARE" on March 5th!

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 7:38 PM

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I am a passionate advocate of PLANNED PARENTHOOD, that organization which does so much to alleviate the suffering of the less-fortunate in our society. I'll tell you more about their activities in a...

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"Enter Laughing: The Musical" is Old-fashioned Fun!

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 2:03 PM

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They were serving dollops of the new Kolikof caviar along with bagels with-cream cheese-and-lox in the lobby of The Wallis at the opening of "ENTER LAUGHING: THE MUSICAL".... a wonderful musical entertainment which is...

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"The Night Alive" - Irish & Intriguing at Geffen Playhouse!

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 4:47 PM

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I have always had an affinity for plays by and/or about the Irish, probably because of a class in Irish literature I took long ago at NYU Uptown (when there was an NYU Uptown)....

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"50 Shades of Grey" Is Sexy & Sensational!

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 2:25 AM

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How ironic was it to open Universal's '50 SHADES OF GREY' on Valentine's Day? That commercially-romantic holiday was actually the perfect timing for this commercially-romantic movie. Romantic? Yes, I was surprised as my female...

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Have a Fear of Public Speaking? Here is One Solution!

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 3:22 PM

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Public Speaking Coach Antoinette Byron photo by Jay

The New York Times had a story recently about famed author Henry Alford, who has just published a new book and was getting ready for a...

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Sounds of Chinese Music at the Wallis Waft Through Beverly Hills

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 10:50 AM

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All photos by Jay.

Everything Chinese is hot these days -- the culture, politics, food and art. The world seems obsessed with this huge, Asian nation as the sleeping giant awakens and roars. I have been...

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Lani Hall's Audio Book, EMOTIONAL MEMOIRS, is Worth a Listen!

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 7:06 PM

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Lani Hall Alpert, the author who reads her book.

I have never before listened to an audio...

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Langer's - The World's Best Pastrami!

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 11:28 AM

Langer's exterior all photos by Jay

Today's debate was fierce among the four avowed food-lovers sitting at a patio table at Meizhou Dong Po, the amazing Chinese restaurant in the Century City Westfield Mall. The subject was.... pastrami. Entrepreneur...

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"A Most Violent Year" - A Stunning, Surprising Movie!

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 5:07 PM

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I never would have played the DVD screener if I had not seen the filmmakers on Charlie Rose, been intrigued by them, and then read rave reviews in my three daily newspapers of choice...

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Spaghettini - Hot Food & Cool Music in Beverly Hills!

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 2:45 PM

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Missing from the bustling Los Angeles scene for too long has been the presence of fine dining allied with cool music (preferably jazz.) Yes, we have Herb Alpert's wonderful VIBRATO up on Mulholland, along...

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'Shanghai Rose' Offering Delicious Dim Sum in Studio City!

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 5:38 PM

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My Huffington readers know that I have traveled the world seeking really good Chinese food...in Hong Kong, New York and London as well as many, many authentic restaurants in our San Gabriel Valley. Just 10...

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Jaywalking in LA

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 2:23 AM

All photos by Jay

santa on a motorcycle in front of my house

Santa on a motorcycle in front of my house. What happened to his reindeers?

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Gone Fishing... in Orange County. Really!

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 1:04 PM

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They caught this trout at the lake last week!

One of my best childhood memories...

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"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

kolikof all photos by Jay

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 do...you would know that he settles only for the finest of everything....

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SELMA Movie Is Powerful, Passionate, Painful!

(3) 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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