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‘Basterds’ Brings Old Hollywood to Musso and Frank


rcorman Basterds Brings Old Hollywood to Musso and FrankThe combined ages of the Hollywood elite who celebrated Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” for lunch on Wednesday was about a thousand.

Famed B-movie director Roger Corman, 95-year-old legend Norman Lloyd (Dr. Auschlander from “St. Elsewhere”) and Oscar winner Martin Landau hosted the lunch at the equally old and similarly robust Musso and Frank in Hollywood. The event was sponsored by Insignia Productions’ Ranee Bartolacci and organized by Tarantino fan Norah Lawlor of Lawlor Media in New York.

The other guests were people who know their Oscar movies: Cloris Leachman, Ron Howard, Jacqueline Bissett, plus Karen Black, John Milius, Tom Skerritt, Irwin Winkler, JoBeth Williams, Michael Nouri, Ron Perlman, Wayne Kramer, Bruce Davison, Frank Capra Jr, Ron Yerxa, Jon Voight, and the ever popular Norby Walters.

The group toasted Tarantino, partner in crime Eli Roth, and producer Lawrence Bender.

Everyone got a good chuckle when Norman Lloyd stood up suddenly and said, “Quentin, I’m available!”

Cloris Leachman, 83, who was supposed to be in the flm but wasn’t, got a big laugh when she answered, “I was available!”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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