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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

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

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

pot logo all photos by Jay

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

Mr C logo all photos shot by Jay

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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

all photos from St, Vincent

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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

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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Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' Film Is Controversial

(32) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 2:10 AM

Clint Eastwood is a strange duck. Very much his own man. I watched him on the Tony Awards show recently and he looked... uncomfortable. At age 84 he keeps working, turning out films which he directs fast and efficiently. Actually, I am a little suspicious of all this talk about...

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Mike Myer's Documentary, Supermensch, Is Fascinating Fun!

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:34 PM


You would not believe the scene at Landmark's Theater 2 last night. The house was packed with friends of a fellow named Shep Gordon, people who have known him since his college days in Buffalo through a long career...

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Blythe Danner in New Geffen production, 'The Country House'

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 1:55 AM

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Blythe Danner is known mostly these days as the mother of celebrity daughter Gwyneth Paltrow, although the venerable Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress has had a long and wonderfully varied career in all venues, so...

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L'Ermitage Dinner Pays Tribute to Charlie Trotter!

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 1:39 PM

It was about a year ago that one of the nation's finest chefs passed away at too-young an age. Charlie Trotter was a Chicago icon, and his restaurant had served the food-lovers of the world for almost 25 years when he unexpectedly closed it shortly before his death. Perhaps he...

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Bill Stadiem's "JET SET" is a Nostalgic, Scandalous, Fun Read!

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 9:49 AM

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I am just old enough to remember when travel was fun. And easy. And inexpensive. I'm talking about the '50s, the '60s, until the end of the '70s. In 1953...

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"British Polo Day" Was Awesome!

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 9:37 AM

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The invitation was very impressive....."Lord Frederick Windsor & Sophie Winkleman Request the Pleasure of Your Company for British Polo Day, Presented by...

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Orson Bean Stars in new Geffen Play, "Death of the Author"!

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 7:02 PM

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I have been in awe of a fellow named Orson Bean almost all of my life. Since we are exactly the same age, I followed his career spanning nearly six decade as we both...

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"Cafe Vida" in Culver City is Delicious and Delightful!

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 2:16 PM

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It was my food-loving friends at Sony Pictures in Culver City who first alerted me to the extraordinary little restaurant which had opened directly across from the studio and opposite Culver's...

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El Cholo -- Delicious Mexican Food

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 10:55 AM

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The festival of Cinco de Mayo was on May 5th, but I celebrated it early at El Cholo's annual party of Mexican food and drink. My old friend, Ron Salisbury, invited...

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Jon Hamm Is Excellent in Disney's "Million Dollar Arm"

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:29 PM

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When I was a youngster, I dreamed about being a baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees. I practiced assiduously at Wingate Field in Brooklyn for several years, despite the fact that my fastball was...

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