LAT in 90 Seconds

As Good As It Gets? 24412828.jpgEven if you don’t care about the trials and tribulations of Greg Kinnear, and we wouldn’t really blame you, it is interesting to think about what it’s like to be a guy perpetually on the cusp of something great – the Hollywood actor with a household name who is invited to Jack Nicholson’s house, but only for an audition.

I’m a Publisher, But What I Really Want to Do is Direct: Jealous of all that money that Hollywood studios make off of their books, publishers are starting to get into the movie-making game. Random House is partnering with Focus Features, agreeing to open its holdings to the filmmaker and put up half the money for some of the movies that result. Says LAT: “It marks the first time a major U.S. publisher has gambled on such a scale in Hollywood.”

A marriage of snobby book publishers and sleazy Hollywood execs. Great. And you think it’ hard to get your novel published now.

Bit of Broadway Wickedness: 24412740.jpgIt sold out it’s seven-run show at the Pantages last year, so it’s little wonder that Wicked will return to L.A. for a longer stay in February.

The play, so don’t be surprised when, around December or so, you start seeing gaggles of giggling green girls lining up along Sunset Blvd. Also, the book had originally been optioned for a movie by Demi Moore’s production company. So don’t be surprised if you see it going the way of The Producers at some point. We think Uma would look great in a pointy hat.