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Bumping Into O.J. Simpson

Arriving on the San Francisco set of The Towering Inferno—the downtown Bank of America building was standing in for the film’s fiery skyscraper—there was no one around. In the Bank of America lobby I found extras dressed to look like

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Cannes, El Sid, and Six Green Beans

Every year about this time I think of Cannes, El Sid, and six green beans. El Sid was my nick-name for Sid Adilman, the legendary Toronto Star entertainment reporter. For years in May, El Sid and I would head for the

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Remembering Paul Newman

Paul Newman was handing out popcorn late one cold night on the San Francisco set of The Towering Inferno. The disaster film–the world’s tallest skyscraper is on fire–that was to become 1974’s biggest hit was in its final production stages,

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Gore Vidal Meets The Dread Ron Base

Gore Vidal in print once called me “the Dread Ron Base, who is appropriately named.” I’m not sure but I think he dissed me because I quoted him as saying he would invade Alberta for its oil, if necessary (“If I were the federal

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The Guy Who Fired Robert Redford (and Forever Changed Movies)

When I did that sort of thing for a living, one of my favorite people to interview was the producer Richard Zanuck, who died of a heart attack last  week at the age of seventy-seven. Zanuck was stiff and formal, handsome

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El Sid, The Cannes Cannes, and Six Green Beans

Every year about this time I think of El Sid and six green beans. El Sid was my nick-name for Sid Adilman, the legendary Toronto Star entertainment reporter. For years in May, El Sid and I would head for the Cannes

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Me and the Duke

In 1975, I went down to Newport Beach, California to interview John Wayne at the rambling seaside bungalow where he had lived for ten years. Wayne promptly pumped me full of tequila, a drink I had never had before, and

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