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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

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!

(2) 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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L.A. Opera Season to Open with "La Traviata"!

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 12:43 AM

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"Why are you so passionate about opera" was a question thrown at me today, and I puzzled for a response. It certainly was not something which came naturally to me from my...

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A Wonderful Billy Wilder Film Is Screening at MR C Beverly Hills Pool!

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 1:22 AM

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Scene at the MR C Beverly Hills Hotel...

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 3:53 AM

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Wolfgang Puck is hosting the evening.

What could be more enticing and even romantic than a walk on...

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Is Extraordinary!

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:48 AM

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All photos from Fox

I admit I have a 'thing' for monkeys. I seek out everything that I can find written about all simians, and watch every TV and movie about them that I see. But I do...

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California Pizza Kitchen Revamps Decor and Menu!

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 1:23 AM

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In 1985 I received a phone call from two casual friends who invited me to the opening of their new pizza joint. Century City attorneys Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield told me that they had...

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My Favorite Japanese Restaurant -- Ki Ra La in Beverly Hills!

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:55 AM

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The second most frequent question I am asked as a restaurant critic, after "How do you stay so thin?", to which...

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Celebrating the 61st Anniversary of the Korean War

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Like most Americans, I watched the 70th anniversary D-Day events from Normandy recently, and admittedly I wept at the sight of 9,000 graves. Brave men who died in a just cause. But I could not help ruminating about the other war, mine, the 'police action' in Korea which is never...

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"Barton G" - A Madly Exciting New L.A. Restaurant!

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 2:57 AM

barton g exterior all photos by Jay

I admit that I'm a somewhat jaded older guy who has been reviewing restaurants for some 50+ years, starting in New York in the '50s. It takes a lot these days...

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Segerstrom's "Leatherby's Cafe Rouge" Is Superb!

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 5:27 PM

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After I attended a screening of the new film, "Jersey Boys," directed by Clint Eastwood, I wanted to see a performance of "Jersey Boys," the musical play, to refresh my memory of it before I...

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