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R.I.P. Kate Mantilini:Beverly Hills Haven For Oscar Voters And So Many Others

By | Saturday June 14, 2014 @ 4:47pm PDT
Pete Hammond

AN APPRECIATION: It not only was perhaps the most consistently popular and cool restaurant in Beverly Hills, Kate Mantilini which is located at mantilinithe corner of Wilshire Blvd and Doheny and just two blocks from the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, has in recent years become a key part of Oscar campaigning.  Sadly, due to a dispute over higher rent with a greedy landlord more interested in lining their pockets than in pleasing Hollywood,  Kate’s is closing its doors tonight after 27 years in the key BH location. The other Kate’s located in Woodland Hills remains open, but frankly it isn’t the same. This one was special.

6106528389_87d11b7f81The restaurant, founded in 1987 and owned by the Lewis family (Marilyn and Harry who also founded the famed Hamburger Hamlet chain and sons David, and Adam who has been running it since 2010) which is open late unlike just about every other place of its type in the area, became a real watering hole  for many Hollywood types like Mel Brooks  who has written his own obit for the place, and so many others.  It was almost impossible to go in there and not run into someone you know. It was really a hopping place, both at lunch , dinner and late night.  And it not only has been host to numerous premiere parties (including several for Matt Weiner and Mad Men, a Marilyn … Read More »

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Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, Cedric The Entertainer Join Jason Statham’s ‘Heat’

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 11:19am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Statham stars in the action thriller based on William Goldman’s novel, previously made into a 1986 film starring Burt Reynolds. Statham’s set to play Nick, a gambling addict and ex-mercenary working for hire in Vegas. Filming is underway on Heat in New Orleans and moves soon to Las Vegas. Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, Cedric the Entertainer, Hope Davis and Milo Ventimiglia have joined Sophia Vergara, Michael Angarano, and Dominik Garcia-Lorido in the cast. Two-time Oscar winner Goldman scripted himself. Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2) is directing as Statham makes his producing debut with Steven Chasman for SJ Pictures.

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Michael Angarano Cast In ‘Heat’ Remake

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 11:33am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Angarano will costar in Heat, a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film that features Jason Statham as Nick, a recovering gambling addict working as a for-hire tough guy. Simon West is directing. Angarano will play Cyrus Kinnick (portrayed in the original by Peter MacNicol), a tech billionaire who hires Nick as a bodyguard and gambling tutor. He next appears in The English Teacher and Empire State and is repped by UTA. The Heat redo was written by William Goldman and the pic is produced by SJ Pictures, Quad Productions and Current Entertainment.

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