The great Griffin Dunne is working on a documentary about the Chateau Marmont, which was the subject of Sofia Coppola’s 2010 film, "Somewhere.”
“She captured the feel of it,” Dunne told me Sunday night. “This will be more anecdotal, and more of a history of Hollywood through the eyes of Chateau.”
For the documentary, Dunne has interviewed (among others) original “Saturday Night Live” cast member Laraine Newman, who recently went on Marc Maron’s podcast and talked about the time when Lorne Michaels lived at Chateau. (You can listen to that fun interview here.)
Dunne is also directing an episode of HBO’s “Girls” this week, he said. “Girls” is my favorite new show in years. Dunne’s a fan, too.
“I’ve been watching it like crazy. It’s hilarious,” he said.
He’s also working on a BBC America series called “Blood on the Tracks.”
I was excited to finally chat with Dunne after all these years. He’s one of my favorite comedic actors. You should check his work if you’re too young to know him.
He starred in my favorite Martin Scorsese film, 1985’s “After Hours.” He is very funny in the classic “An American Werewolf in London.” And he directed a romcom I’ve seen a zillion times, “Addicted to Love,” starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick.
(Tropfest photos courtesy of Erik Kabik/erikkabik.com.)
VEGAS NEEDS A FILM FEST
Griffin and I chatted Sunday night on the red carpet at the Cosmopolitan, the scene of the short-film fest Tropfest. He was a judge.
Also there: Trevor Groth, former CineVegas artistic director.
CineVegas is years behind us, now, but Groth still has hopes Vegas will get a full film fest again.
“The odds are stacked against you. But long shots come in. And when they hit, it’s amazing. I’d put money on it,” Groth told me. “And I’d like to be part of it.
“For me, the CineVegas years were some of the happiest of my life. And I really miss it. I would love to see something come back in a very real way.”
I told him I had an emotional reaction to the recent death of Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, especially since the only time I ever met Yauch was at a Palms pool party during CineVegas.
“That hit me really hard, too. When you lose someone like that who’s had such a huge impact on culture and art, and then became a friend …” Groth said and trailed off.
If you don’t know, Yauch founded Oscilloscope Laboratories in order to distribute the kinds of experimental films that were not finding distributors.
In other words, Yauch came to the rescue of a lot of movies. His Oscilloscope ended up helping many films, most notably (perhaps) “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”
“There was a void there of independent distributors not taking risks,” Groth explains, “and not taking chances on the kinds of films that I think are really what true art is in film.”
Yauch took on that challenge and succeeded.
“Hopefully they’ll keep it going,” Groth said.
LaPAGLIA IS OUT OF TARANTINO FILM
Anthony LaPaglia and wife Gia Carides were also at Tropfest. He told a few of us on the carpet that he and “many other actors” have had to pull out of Quentin Tarantino’s next film, “Django Unchained.”
The problem was scheduling.
“The dates changed,” Carides said. “Heartbreaking.”
His wife said that one day, when LaPaglia was rehearsing for “Django Unchained,” he called her and said he had just had the best day of his life — after talking at their child’s school, then going into rehearsals with Tarantino.
“I had so much fun on the day of rehearsals. Jamie Foxx was fantastic. Quentin was great,” LaPaglia said.
CRAZY ROB CORDDRY IS CRAZY
Rob Corddry hosted Tropfest, and he was crazy.
But before he started his gig, he told me there is a bombshell coming to his Adult Swim comedy “Children’s Hospital.” (The next season starts in August.)
“A main character in ‘Children’s Hospital’ this season dies, and we kill that main character in a way that it is impossible — impossible! — for that main character to come back,” he swore.
“I know on my show we’ve brought two people back from that before. But really, we murder this person so brutally that fans will be shocked. Wear a seatbelt.”
Also at Sunday’s fest: Tobey Maguire and Toni Collette
And the great James Woods