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Mel Gibson, Jamie Foxx, & Garry Shandling Brainstorm About Robert Downey Jr. Before American Cinematheque Tribute: Video

By | Tuesday November 15, 2011 @ 7:30am PST

This un-PC video was shown at the start of last month’s American Cinematheque tribute to Robert Downey Jr and features Mel Gibson, Jamie Foxx, and Garry Shandling brainstorming. It’s very inside Hollywood:

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Brad Grey’s Pellicano Testimony: “Boring”

By | Thursday March 20, 2008 @ 8:39am PDT

trial-brad-grey-4.jpg So the Paramount chief just finished testifying at the Pellicano trial. And the verdict is boring. Seriously, boring. “It was as boring as boring could be,” a spectator told me. Hollywood P.I. Anthony Pellicano didn’t even bother to cross-examine him. But another co-defendant’s lawyer did ask Grey some questions that let the former manager respond to a few of Garry Shandling’s charges. For instance, Grey denied Shandling’s accusation that the comedian was prevented from seeing his contracts. The Paramount boss also denied any knowledge of any wiretapping, background checks using law enforcement databases, or other illegalities in connection with his defense of two lawsuits. Interestingly, no one asked Grey if he had any kind of personal relationship with Pellicano — so the fact that the manager’s offices were on the same floor as Pellicano’s for years, or that Brad tried to sell a TV show about Pellicano, never came out at trial. (Brad Grey leaving Roybal federal building today after testifying, photo exclusive to DHD courtesy of Jim Stevenson)

shandling-100.jpgGrey arrived in a tailored blue suit with lawyers and a publicist trailing after him. In all, he was on the witness stand for at most an hour. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Lally’s direct examination of Grey was matter of fact and devoid of color. (Except for this: the prosecutor asked Grey if he saw Pellicano in the courtroom and the P.I., wearing his now signature green winbreaker, began … Read More »

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Brad Grey Heads To Pellicano Trial Thurs

By | Wednesday March 19, 2008 @ 3:34pm PDT

greyx.jpgI can report that the federal prosecutors in the Pellicano wiretapping trial have told the Paramount chief it’s a very real possibility he’ll take the witness stand tomorrow to talk all about Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano. Because of that, the studio boss is heading to Roybal federal building in downtown Los Angeles in his best blue suit. This is the first time in the course of the wiretapping and conspiracy trial that a big-name Hollywood figure is testifying, not to mention a Hollywood mogul. There’s little doubt that Grey, who is not accused of any wrongdoing, will be asked to testify about his years as one of the entertainment industry’s most prominent managers and producers: specifically, comedian Garry Shandling’s civil suit accusing Grey of conflict of interest, and screenwriter Bo Zenga’s legal fight with Grey over Scary Movie dollars. In both cases, the mogul was represented by top entertainment litigator Bert Fields. Both Grey and Fields are said by the feds to have hired Anthony Pellicano. Fields also isn’t accused of any crimes by the government.

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Pellicano Trial: Michael Fuchs, Brad Grey And Bert Fields Mentioned By Doucett

2ND UPDATE: Brad Grey May Testify Thursday…

trial-doucett.jpgUPDATE: Garry Shandling’s ex-girlfriend Linda Doucett, who has told the press she was victimized by Anthony Pellicano, left the Roybal federal building today after briefly taking the witness stand. (Photo by Jim Stevenson). Doucett’s testimony today was not particularly Hollywood-centric. The former actress (who played Hank Kingsley’s secretary Darlene on The Larry Sanders Show) said she received a threatening phone call within weeks of her first meeting with FBI agent Stan Ornellas in November 2003 about then imprisoned Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano. Spectators said her voice cracked as she testified that an anonymous caller telephoned her house, asked if she was Linda Doucett, and then said that if she talked to her “friend Stan” then she wouldn’t be seeing her son anymore. Doucett then phoned her one-time boyfriend, former HBO chairman and one-time Warner Music Chairman Michael Fuchs, who urged her to tell the FBI.

trial-pellicano-shirt.jpgDuring Pellicano’s cross-examination, he asked Doucett how the threatening phone call could be linked to himself. ”You’re the only bad guy I know,” she replied. Later, one of the co-defendant’s lawyers got Doucett to admit there might be other bad guys in her life.  Doucett also testified that now she didn’t recall telling the FBI that Brad Grey had ever “threatened to ruin” her. Later, during more cross-examination, Pellicano asked Doucett how she could link her testimony in the Shandling vs Grey lawsuit … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial: Brad Grey Crops Up Again; Shandling Lawyer Answers Bert Fields

UPDATE: Garry Shandling’s Washington DC lawyer David Boies who represented the comedian in his lawsuit against Brad Grey responded today to Bert Fields’ statement which I posted yesterday. Boies told Allison Hope Weiner at The Huffington Post that Mr. Fields’ comment “misstates what the settlement provides”:

“Let me put it this way, the primary object of the lawsuit was to recover the share in Gary Shandling’s shows that Brad Grey held and which Shandling claimed had been improperly misappropriated. That objective was achieved by the settlement. The money that Mr. Fields refers to — $4 million — was in addition to the other more important elements of the settlement. One of things that makes Bert a popular lawyer, he’s very aggressive on asserting things on behalf of his clients and attacking their opponents.

“Gary Shandling did not bring the indictment against Mr. Pellicano. He did not bring that lawsuit. He did not volunteer to testify at it and he testified under oath. Everything he said in the testimony was accurate and supported by the evidence. Mr. Shandling did not select the questions that he answered. He merely responded truthfully to questions that were asked. I think it is regrettable that the dispute between between Mr. Shandling and Mr. Grey which we all hoped had been resolved continues to be the subject of public comment. I know that Gary Shandling would rather be being funny than testifying in court or responding to ill-considered

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Bert Fields Defends Brad Grey Against Garry Shandling’s Pellicano Testimony

Famed Century City entertainment litigator Bert Fields today issued this statement in response to some of the charges leveled by comedian Garry Shandling in his Pellicano trial testimony last week as well as the coverage of it by the Los Angeles Times. Fields defended Grey during Garry Shandling’s conflict of interest lawsuit:

bertfields100.jpg“I was appalled at the report on Gary Shandling’s testimony in the Los Angeles Times of March 17th.

“Firstly, Shandling’s allegations in his lawsuit against Brad Grey did not include any claim of forgery. A check of the Court file would have shown this. So would a call to me. Without making any such check, the Times article reported that Shandling claimed forgery and even compared Brad to David Begelman, a convicted forger.

Let me be clear. There was no forgery, and no forgery was claimed.

“Similarly, Shandling’s claim that Brad wouldn’t let him see his own contracts is absurd. It never happened.

“Shandling’s basic claim in his lawsuit was that Brad sold his own interest in certain television shows and in Brad’s own company. He did not sell Shandling’s interest in anything; but Shandling claimed he should have. To me, that claim made no legal sense. Yet it was the fundamental basis of his lawsuit.

“To measure the validity of that lawsuit, Shandling sued for $100 million and settled for only $4 million. The actual settlement agreement is available for anyone who wants to check. Although I felt confident about Brad’s winning

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More Brad Grey Allegations Next Week?

doucett-just-her.jpgInstead of today, not-quite-an-actress Linda Doucett takes the witness stand of the ongoing Pellicano trial on Tuesday March 18th. On the The Larry Sanders Show, she played the busty blonde role of Darlene Chapinni, secretary to sidekick Hank “Hey Now!” Kingsley. She was also Shandling’s then real-life fiance. Doucett was fired when they broke up, and she filed two lawsuits against him, Brad Grey and the show. You may recall that Doucett made all sorts of accusations against Brad Grey in a 2006 article in The New York Times. But the feds have not charged the Paramount boss, who was then a bigtime manager and producer, with any wrongdoing.

chris-rock.jpgMeanwhile, Allison Hope Weiner, the lawyer-journalist who’s covering the Pellicano trial for The Huffington Post, has obtained the audio of a rather sordid 2001 late night telephone call between Chris Rock and then Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano. I mention this only because Rock says on the tape that getting caught “with needles in my arm shooting heroin” would be a “much better blow to the career” because “once you’re accused of rape, you’re just FUCKED.” Listen here if you must.

And LA Weekly‘s Steven Mikulan, who has been covering the Pellicano trial for the newspaper as well as DHD, has filed his weekly wrap-up here about how comic Shandling kept a straight face during his testimony.

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Brad Grey Replies To Shandling Testimony

Paramount chief Brad Grey has just responded to former management client Garry Shandling’s testimony this morning in the Pellicano wiretapping trial:

bradgrey20.jpg“I am extremely saddened by Garry’s recollection of events dating back more than a decade. His representation is very different than what I remember and what I know to be true. Garry and I had a long personal and professional relationship, which frankly ended when he hired David Boies, and sued me and Brillstein Grey for $100 million. His actions forced us to hire our own lawyer — Bert Fields — and our friendship was overtaken by a legal process that was directed by lawyers and which ended with an equitable settlement. Even though we haven’t spoken since that time, he remains one of the most talented people I have known and I wish him only the best.”

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WHAT A MORNING! Garry Shandling Gives Brutal Testimony About Brad Grey And Bert Fields At Pellicano Wiretapping Trial

garryshandling.jpgHollywood feuds were front and center at the Pellicano trial today. Accusations were flung about former Hollywood manager Brad Grey, now the chief of Paramount, and his pitbull entertainment attorney Bert Fields, during comedian Garry Shandling’s testimony this AM. The prosecution succeeded in showing why Grey chose to hire Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano while at the same stirred the pot by encouraging Shandling (file photo, right) to make a lot of nasty allegations not just about defendant Pellicano but also Grey and Fields, neither of whom are accused of any wrongdoing by the government. Late night threatening phone calls, smear campaigns in the press, forged signatures on contracts, financial hanky-panky over TV shows, phones that were bugged, illegal background checks using government databases – these are some of the accusations which Shandling leveled. But Pellicano also scored some points when he cross-examined the comedian.

ThURSDAY 2 PM UPDATE: Brad Grey just issued this statement: “I am extremely saddened by Garry’s recollection of events dating back more than a decade. His representation is very different than what I remember and what I know to be true. Garry and I had a long personal and professional relationship, which frankly ended when he hired [Washington DC litigator] David Boies, and sued me and Brillstein Grey [the Hollywood management and production company] for $100 million. His actions forced us to hire our own lawyer — Bert Fields — and our friendship was overtaken by a legal process that

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It’s The Garry Shandling Show Tomorrow; Pellicano Trial Mentions Tom Cruise Today

By | Wednesday March 12, 2008 @ 1:52pm PDT

garryshandling-1.jpgGarry Shandling gets the biggest gig of his fast disappearing career Thursday morning when he is scheduled to take the witness stand in the ongoing Pellicano trial. Actually, he’s appearing out of order in the prosecution’s case, but his lawyer has to go out of town so he’s being squeezed in to accomodate the attorney. UPDATE: His ex-girlfriend Linda Doucett is supposed to testify on Friday.

Now back to Shandling. There’s little doubt he will testify about why Paramount boss Brad Grey, then a bigtime Hollywood manager and producer, felt it necessary for Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano to dig up dirt on the comedian and his posse. In the U.S. Attorney’s Office trial memo about the case, there was a footnote (#19) stating, “Grey, upon the advice of his attorneys, previously had hired PIA in January 1999 in connection with a civil proceeding involving former client Garry Shandling.” At the time, Shandling was an important client of Grey and his major talent management and production company which, among many projects, had put together and run The Larry Sanders Show series on HBO starring Shandling. That is, until the two men fell out in a long and nasty legal wrangle over Shandling’s charges of conflict-of-interest against Grey.

trial-logo-smaller.jpgThe footnote continues, “On January 20, 1999, LAPD Sgt. Mark Arneson conducted NCIC database inquiries for information on Garry Shandling and his personal assistant Mariana Grant, and conducted a DMV database inquiry for information … Read More »

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