- Last Updated: 12:43 AM, May 15, 2012
- Posted: 11:06 PM, May 14, 2012
George Bush — the elder, not Dubya — is heading for immortality. Executive producer Jerry Weintraub, who brought us “Ocean’s 11,” 12, 13 and maybe someday 14, 15 and 16, on how HBO’s coming documentary on former President George Herbert Walker Bush came about.
“It’s on right around the historic D-Day week of June 6. A birthday celebration, it’s June 14. The 8th is Barbara’s 87th birthday, and his 88th is the 12th. The documentary is called ‘41.’
“We both have homes in Kennebunkport, [Maine,] so I know the family well. I’m close to them for years. Look, I’m too old not to know everyone well. A young man who’d filmed some footage about astronauts for $1.50 had the idea and started making this. The president asked me to get involved.
“The two hours will be all in President Bush’s words. First time ever he’s talked about himself. Nothing political. No philosophizing. All about his childhood, father, mother, sisters, children, service to the country. Plus never-before-seen private home movies. We shot lots of photos and personal footage. The whole thing took 2 1/2 years.
“Bios don’t usually do something. This will. It’ll tell who he was, what formed him. It’s lots about the young Bush.
“I called HBO’s co-president Richard Plepler and said what I’m doing. He came to California to see it. He and Sheila Nevins, who does all their special projects, wanted to do it.
“Bush loves what we have. He’s over the moon. My idea was a premiere in Houston, but instead we’re building a facility in Kennebunkport, and there’ll be a clambake at his home.”
TOM Cruise took singing lessons for next month’s “Rock of Ages” film outing. Training with Lenny Kravitz, he surprised everyone. Now, they say, the guy can really carry a tune. We’re not talking exactly Andrea Bocelli, but he can actually sing . . . C. David Heymann wrote books on Jackie, Liz, JFK, Barbara Hutton. Jackie’s gone, Liz gone, Hutton gone, JFK gone, Bobby gone. As of last week, Heymann’s gone. He once phoned me to call Elizabeth Taylor “a sacred monster.”
THE morning line on the presidential election: Pros estimate the same-sex marriage stance “brings Obama another $20-$30 million. The gay community is affluent. Willing to spend money.” However, the race “is too close to call. Romney’s language and campaign ads, focusing on America’s prosperity, stimulating jobs, not romance, are having impact.”
WHILE learning from Usher, 33, Justin Bieber, 18, is teaching his mentor a few things. At a cover shoot for ABC’s Sunday Billboard Music Awards, the senior one said: “He makes me feel old. He messes with me about my phone or how slow I type.” Replied the junior: “Listen, he didn’t even know what iChat was!”. . . Susan Lucci and five girlfriends lunching at Southampton’s 75 Main.
QUESTION is, how do the Clintons contact one another? William Jefferson has a secretary, chief of staff, laundry list of scruffies plus his “body man,” whom one must first muscle through. Hillary has a plane, airborne crew, ground crew, office crew, state department crew, international crew, speech crew, foreign language crew, etc., etc. — everything but a hairdresser. And now TV starlet Chelsea? Care to reach Miss Chelsea, let it be known you first must waltz through her assistant.
RE Chase bank falling on its derivatives. For generations I banked there before Jamie Dimon-in-the-rough and the institution’s many name changes. Branch managers were helpful. Business conducted easily. Recently it became horrendous. Couldn’t withdraw my own money without a vaccination or reciting the oath of citizenship. I’ve even written about it. Unrequested, unwanted, their personnel called constantly to solicit business.
Two “executives,” visiting my home to encourage more deposits, assured me they knew how to handle my assets. Both young. No assets of their own. Guaranteeing they could handle my money. In on the meeting, my accountant was unthrilled.
A once prominent name in finance told me, “Nothing’ll happen to hotshot bigshot Dimon.” Also: “The industry requires rules. Rules prevent excess.”
MAY 23, 7:30 p.m., legendary troubadour Judy Collins talks about her memoir “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes” at 75th and Amsterdam’s Jewish Community Center . . . For “Savages,” starring John Travolta of whom you may have heard, Oliver Stone wanted to use real pots of real pot. To, like, make things real. Universal said, “Uh-uh,” and subbed fake plants instead.
A SEAFOODERY that shall remain nameless. Told: “I can’t say why but, somehow, I don’t like the look of the codfish,” the salty waiter replied: “If you want looks, lady, order goldfish.”
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