The stars came out to honour Hollywood mogul Bernie Brillstein on Monday (11Aug08) as the legendary manager/producer was laid to rest in Tinseltown.
Longtime clients Jennifer Aniston and Rob Lowe remembered the TV and movie heavyweight, while Dan Akyroyd and James Belushi reunited as The Blues Brothers for the memorial service at Royce Hall.
Martin Short and TV mogul Lorne Michaels also attended the event, which was closed by a performance of Rainbow Connection by Brillstein's favourite Muppet, Kermit The Frog.
The producer died last week (ends08Aug08), aged 77.
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Legendary Hollywood manager/producer Bernie Brillstein has died. He was 77.
The star passed away in a Los Angeles hospital on Thursday (07Aug08) after suffering from heart disease.
Born in 1931 in New York, Brillstein got an early start in the showbiz industry when he joined the William Morris Agency as a postboy.
He worked his way up in the talent agency and soon became a talent scout, before being named manager-producer of TV programming in the 1960s.
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DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO star Rob Schneider is the first actor to publicly announce he will never work with Mel Gibson due to the anti-Semitic remarks he made when he was arrested last Friday (28JUL06).
Schneider took out an ad in Hollywood trade paper Variety slamming the star for his behaviour in "An Open Letter to the Hollywood Community."
The ad appeared today (03AUG06) and said, "I, Rob Schneider, a 1/2 Jew, pledge from this day forth to never work with Mel Gibson-actor-director-producer-and anti-Semite."
Schneider then went on to say even if he were offered the lead role in PASSION OF THE CHRIST 2 or a "juicy voice-over role in his new flick APOCALYPTO and spoke ancient Mayan" he would still turn them down.
He also repeatedly praised Hollywood talent manager Bernie Brillstein for publicly saying he would refuse to work with Gibson because "I just don't like bigots."
The actor continued by saying he had recently directed a film called BIG STAN in which there was a part for a Nazi gangleader "which apparently Mel would be perfect for."
Schneider said he would still not cast Gibson in that role and ended the letter by saying, "Of course that would only be after I talked with my financial backers. Some of whom share Mr Gibson's hankering for a good bottle of tequila. Because, after all...I don't get to call all the shots."
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