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Old 11-17-09, 06:21 PM
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Re: Best Hollywood stories?

Originally Posted by Neeb View Post
I don't believe this one, but I get a kick out of it...

Sometime in the mid-1990s, when Mike de Luca was running New Line, he got it into his head that he wanted to do a LOST IN SPACE movie. Only, he wanted it to be a huge, prestige production along the lines of ID4 or BRAVEHEART. He was dreaming of a $150M budget (this is when WATERWORLD had broken the bank at $200M).
So, he made the right calls, and managed to get

David Mamet
Meryl Streep
Robert Redford

in the same room, at the same time. They had no idea what kind of project they were going to be dealing with, but the money at stake was too big to be ignored.
So, anyways, you've got three of the biggest talents in the business and Mike de Luca sitting in a conference room, and de Luca starts the meeting by saying:
"I want to make a $150 Million LOST IN SPACE movie."
Dead silence from the other three. They do not do movies based on shitty TV shows. No they don't.
Redford, still silent, looks at Mamet. He then looks at Streep before looking back at de luca and asking:
"How much coke did you do last night?"
Speaking of de Luca: I've come across this story once or twice. I don't know if its true:
Michael De Luca is best known for receiving a blowjob at age 32 from the sister of actor Cary Elwes and producer Cassian Elwes in front of guests (such as ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGER, EMMA THOMPSON, JOHN MALKOVICH and QUENTIN TARANTINO) at a pre-Oscar party thrown by then head of the William Morris motion picture division, Arnold Rifkin at his home in March, 1998. De Luca and the woman were escorted from the party by security guards.

Mrs. Rifkin reportedly tossed out the chair in which Mike was sitting, saying that she would never ask her guests to sit in it again.

De Luca received a stern reprimand from his bosses at New Line, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. Mike had a father-son relationship with Shaye.

At his surprise 32nd birthday party at Lucky Cheng's in New York, De Luca was photographed having a transvestite lick whipped cream off his bare chest for a photo spread in Creme & SuGar magazine.

From Brooklyn, the brash De Luca developed such hits at New Line as "The Mask," "Dumb and Dumber," "Seven," "Boogie Nights," "Wag the Dog" and "The Wedding Singer."

De Luca exudes a don't-give-a-damn attitude. He has a record of public fistfights and drunken driving. He prefers to wear denim and leather over suits and ties and enjoys riding a Harley.

De Luca was fired by New Line in 2000. He was then hired by Dreamworks.

Born in 1965, Mike grew up in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn. He dropped out of New York University as a senior and went to work at New Line as an intern at age 19. He moved from gofer to story editor to vice president to head of production. He earned over $300,000.

Writers and directors love working with him. "In a business that's filled with second-guessing, Mike has the courage of his convictions and that's why so many filmmakers want to work with him." screenwriter Gary Ross told the LA Times Claudia Eller for her 3/29/98 article. "Almost anyone I know would give his right arm for his track record."

Mike wrote two New Line movies: the sixth installment of the "Nightmare" series, and the John Carpenter-directed "In the Mouth of Madness."
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