New Line will celebrate its 40th by underwriting a film festival

The Baltimore Sun

They met at Columbia Law School, and something clicked between Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. Now, on Oct. 5, during the New York Film Festival, they'll underwrite part of the event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their New Line Cinema.

Bob and Michael have already garnered $500,000 and expect to do much more, every cent going to raise Lincoln Center's new building, designed by David Rockwell, with screening rooms, an amphitheater, offices and cafes.

On this October night, New Line will show some of its 40 years of films in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Theater, plus 20 minutes of its Christmas release, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. (These big stars will be on hand, plus Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, Javier Bardem, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Benjamin Bratt.)

Bob and Michael are now in Cannes kicking off their anniversary.

'Casino' cash

Once Casino Royale became the biggest box office success ever among the franchised James Bond films, somebody looked back at their new 007, Craig, and saw how little they'd paid him for his three-picture deal. So the Eon producers sent along a bonus of about $4 million to make Craig happier. He is.

Immortal puppet

When the puppet "Bob" and his creator, Jay Johnson, had their picture put up in Sardi's, I made the presentation to them for their solo performance in Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! on Broadway. Now Johnson has been nominated for a Tony in the "Best Special Theatrical Event" category. And Bob is about to be taken into the Smithsonian where he will sit for posterity with other creatures - Charlie McCarthy Jerry Mahoney, Howdy Doody and Kermit.

Hearst helps

Hearst's big boss, Cathie Black, held her biannual magazine meeting last year in London, but this year she led her troops to New Orleans. More than 100 Hearstlings, including CEO Victor Ganzi, flew down to Louisiana.

Instead of just meeting, eating, drinking, being merry, they worked on a double shotgun house in the Lower Ninth Ward. They finished this ravaged building in a few days and handed the keys back to Robert and Zenobia Smith, who had lived there for 60 years.

Then the gang bought four more houses for sponsorship at $40,000 apiece. They will also be finished for the owners and will be ecologically and energy efficient. Anderson Cooper, Sheryl Crow, Laurie David, Malcolm Gladwell and Al Gore showed up to speak.

Fonda in love

If you are seeing a lot of Jane Fonda in New York these days, it's all the fault of Cupid. It took the little guy with the bow and arrow to woo the actress out of her beloved Atlanta. Jane is madly in love but she has kept her inamorata's name such a close secret that even her best friends murmur that they can't remember it. All I know is he's retired and they met when he came to a book signing.


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