Hey George guess what? I’m not wearing any shoes under my Armani Privé.
Hey Cannes take your uptight fashion rules and you know where you can go. George and Julia laughed away and had a blast.
Julia Roberts walked onto the red carpet at the premiere of Money Monster, the new movie in which she stars with George Clooney directed by Jodie Foster, in a fairly straightforward black gown.
However when Julia Roberts lifted her black dress wow, there was a shock awaiting all those fashion slaves and the cameras went off, Julia had no shoes, she was barefoot.
“Things have to change immediately. It has become really obvious that if [a man and I] were walking the red carpet together and someone stopped me and said, ‘Excuse me, young lady, you’re not wearing heels. You cannot come in.’ Then [I’m going to say], ‘Neither is my friend. Does he have to wear heels?’ It can work both ways. It’s just like you simply cannot ask me to do something that you are not asking him. I get the black-tie thing but you should be able to do either version—flats or heels,” – Kirsten Stewart
“Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do”. – Malcolm T. Gladwell author The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
I finish a meeting in Malibu and call an old friend of mine actor Clement Von Franckenstein who has just wrapped working with Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, and George Clooney in ‘Hail Ceasar’ a film directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen.
Clement wants to know what is going on in Toronto with Julianne Moore. So I explain that she is both nominated and a presenter at Canadian Screen Awards taking place on Sunday in Toronto. I also explain to Clement that I can not watch ‘Californication’ without thinking of him, “Did you see my episode ‘Perverts & Whores’?” he asks and informs me that it was directed by Julianne Moore’s husband Bart Freundlich (the younger husband Julianne referred at the Oscars). So that is the connection with Oscar Winner Julianne Moore what is one of Clement’s lines he delivers “Jennifer Aniston is attached”. So now added to the mix is Jennifer Aniston. This is Hollywood.
In Hollywood everything is about big. Big movie, big budget, big screens, big studios, yet the social network is tight, and small and everyone who is a player in Hollywood is somehow directly or indirectly connected and news travels fast. Clement a Eton College boy is on the inside of this circle of Hollywood,and ever since I met him on the famed cricket field pitch under the Hollywood sign Clement has been working, this alone in Hollywood is unique. Until the time he came to US, he sang in nightclubs and had a lot of performing experience before getting into acting at age 27. His first job was in the mini-series QB VII (1974) starring Ben Gazzara and Lee Remick Check out the scene of Clement in ‘Californication’ “Perverts & Whores” and his work in this show-real.
Peter Munck now a Canadian Billionaire founder of Barrick Gold had set up a meeting for me in the lobby of the King Edward Hotel in Toronto. It was with another Canadian, who had grown up in a town called Timmins, Ontario before moving to Ottawa the country’s capital. He was short. He wore a black suit, white shirt, with a exquisite black tie (something Tom Ford would recreate for Gucci). A hand was extended to me full of confidence, ” Hello Timothy, I am Paul Anka”. “Hello Paul”, I replied as I shook the hand of the man who had written and recorded so many hit songs and I knew them all. In high school with the school orchestra and my band on stage I had walked on in a black tuxedo and belted out My Way. Yea I knew of Paul Anka. Every songwriter has that one song that catapults them to fame, for Paul Anka, it was that one song, recorded by Frank Sinatra, “My Way“.
Paul Anka and Peter Munck had arranged for a dinner at a private residence on the Bridal Path in Toronto, with former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and insisted that all my guest en route in a private Boeing stretch DC-8 (yes there is such a thing ), from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia arrive in black tie. I firmly told them black-tie was not an option my itinerary meticulously planned had not called for a black-tie event.
There was nothing to fear my guests were jet- setting, stylish people. Style was paramount to Paul, after all he wrote the song that firmly placed Frank Sinatra as Chairman of the board, leader of the rat pack, of the stylish men of style Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford.
I always wanted to meet Frank Sinatra. So many people I knew had an encounter with Frank Sinatra.
There was my best friend Danny Sarnoff who had talked his way into sitting at Sinatra’s guest table in Vegas only to have the spotlight put on him and Sinatra yelling ” Who the “F” are you?” Danny, told me the spot light was so bright there was nowhere to run, not even hide under the table. Sinatra was expecting Henry Winkler.
My friend Bruce Glatman had been Sinatra’s drinking partner. Sinatra used to pay Bruce $100 to stay up and drink with him, till that one fateful night when Sinatra actually tasted what Bruce was drinking only to find it was without the Jack. “What the “F” is this, there is no booze in this”, Sinatra yelled and that was the end of the drinking relationship. Sinatra never spoke to Bruce again.
The very first person I would meet in Los Angeles when I moved to go make films was Jerry Weintraub. I had come armed with my back pocket full of cash thanks to John Labatt’s and few others, and I wanted to buy Jerry Weintraub’s company, Weintraub Entertainment.
Jerry was a power house in music once he had managed Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and John Denver.
In the ’80s he produced such hits as “Nashville,” “Diner” and “The Karate Kid.” Jerry put together Madison Square Garden! Sinatra! Jerry Weintraub! Boxing! which became the greatest concert for Sinatra, live on television around the world.
Later it was Jerry Weintraub who would end up producing for Village Roadshow the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise.
My friend Alleya Sairah sent me a text one day to come and experience the style of John Allan’s a men club where you can go chill, have a a drink, get your nails, hot towel, hair styled, shoes cleaned all in one go. Wow! I thought, that was pretty cool, and it was located in the fashionable The Hudson Bay Company on Queen Street.
While this in-itself would have been the allure, it was also how this idea came to stylist John Allan that really pulled me in, it had to do with Sinatra.
John Allan had been watching original Ocean’s Eleven, and he saw the opening scene (below) and this idea hit him, men’s club like salon and it was “viola”.
John Allan took the idea and turned it into reality and what a place John Allan’s is. Frank Sinatra and the “Rat Pack” I can assure you would be hanging out there.
After all if you have seen any of the Ocean’s films made by Village Roadshow for Warner Bros., produced by Jerry Weintraub then you will know Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13 are very stylish, and those men in them are groomed.
The original Ocean’s Eleven opens with Santa Claus, and Christmas in Beverly Hills, so in keeping with the style of Ocean’s 11, I had one of my friends come over to get the full treatment at John Allan’s prior to going to his office Christmas party. What did he experience at John Allan’s. It in this video clip below.
Coming to John Allan’s was like coming home, in Toronto where the journey to Frank Sinatra began.
Did I ever meet Frank Sinatra? That too one day happened. It was the day that Dodger Stadium had been all done up, with palm tress, transformed as if with a wave of a magic wand, for a concert of The Three Tenors with Spanish singers Plácido Domingo and José Carreras and the Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti. Seated in front of me were former President Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger. I was seated right behind none other then Frank Sinatra and his wife.
As the concert finished Frank Sinatra turned around and I took the opening to say “Mr. Sinatra” and extended my arm. He took my hand shook it and without any delay I said “Mr. Sinatra I am friends with two people who wrote songs you recorded”. Sinatra looked at me with his blue eyes and casually said “Oh yea and who would that be”, and that’s when I told him about Paul Anka, and my friend Tippy Bushkin’s dad Joey Bushkin who wrote “Look At Me Now”, recorded by both Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney, George Clooney’s aunt. Bringing the Ocean’s Eleven full circle from Frank Sinatra, to George Clooney and John Allan’s.
John Allan’s where all the team are fun, friendly and very professional. If you are a guy, a man, a dude, there is no place else like this.
George Clooney, Clare Danes, Madonna, Christopher Plummer, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were among the pantheon of famous faces who walked the red carpet into the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday evening for the high-profile awards dinner. Here are some of the pictures from the red carpet.
George Clooney has set the town on fire. At Tiff it is always more fun when you have your friends around. George Clooney has his buddy Brat Pitt in town as well and that is almost like being on the roof of Hotel du Russie in Rome playing table tennis while filming Ocean’s Twelve or not being allowed into the Hotel when the door man mistook Brad and George for vagrants after they had been caught in a rain storm. That was not about to happen at Tiff. George Clooney and my paths keep crossing, from the Vanity Fair shoot on the back lot of Universal to Il Gatto Nero in Cernobbio, Italy to Hotel du Russie and Jerry Wientraub who Produced the Ocean’s films. At Tiff George was showing his film The Ides of March which he co-wrote as well as directed. Leonardo DiCaprio was cast in the lead but dropped out yet remained on as Executive Producer and Brad Pitt was cast as Paul Zara but was replaced by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Belong Cafe, was also getting into full swing, for anyone wanting a good meal, and should any Hollywood types such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti drop in for dinner they were not going to be disappointed by what Chef Brad Long team was cooking up at Cafe Belong.
This was an evening to go see the film and unwind at dinner with some nice wine before hitting the night till dawn at the Deg Bar at The Ritz Carlton, where George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright all came to party.