On Sunday, high atop Los Angeles at the Sheats-Goldstein residence, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture hosted its second-annual MAK Games tennis tournament. Built into the Benedict Canyon hillside by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple John Lautner, in 1963, the multi-level property is connected by a set of hillside stairs and outdoor pathways that wend visitors from an outdoor pool (that can be viewed from underneath through a downstairs bedroom window) to guest bedrooms, scenic sitting patios, an art installation by light artist James Turrell, and a concrete underground club, complete with commercial-size bar and banquettes lining the terrace.
Guests had the chance to tour the property, which famously served as the home of pornographer Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowski, during the afternoon event presented by Brooks Brothers with special sponsor Vanity Fair. Many relaxed alongside the Duncan Nicholson-designed tennis court—one of the latest additions to the property made by its owner of 42 years, Jimmy Goldstein.
“When I first bought [the house], people wouldn’t have wanted to look at it,” Goldstein told VF Daily between matches. Goldstein, a businessman and die-hard N.B.A. fan who is frequently seen sitting courtside in flamboyant designs, has spent the past four decades maintaining and updating the estate. “I’m really proud of the way I’ve made it into something special,” Goldstein said from the driveway, which had been converted into a shady cocktail area featuring a Baby Blues barbecue buffet and Selvarey rum cocktails, one of which was named for the home’s owner.
“I enjoy sharing the home and opening it up for tours all the time,” he said.
Especially for tennis, which Goldstein told us he has been playing all his life.
“I always wanted to have my own court, and we finally finished this about two years ago,” he said of the addition, which boasts a stunning panoramic view of the city. When Goldstein is not traveling to attend out-of-town N.B.A. games and fashion weeks, he says he plays tennis nearly every day.
On Sunday, though, he was happy to cede the court to the MAK Games tournament, which featured one mixed professional amateur match with Timothy Olyphant and pro Sam Querrey playing against musician Gavin Rossdale and pro Lester Cook. Rossdale and Cook ended up winning the game, not that the outcome really mattered. Playing to benefit the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, and against a view so stunning that it pulled focus from the actual match, Olyphant was quick to dismiss a ref who frequently ribbed him about falling behind in the game. After one reminder too many, Olyphant snapped, “No one cares what the score is!,” to laughs from his audience.
This story first appeared in the June 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
“More ‘at your wits’ end!'” shouts director Adam Arkin from a packed “video village” to Justified star Timothy Olyphant, sitting on a couch 20 feet away in the U.S. Marshal’s office. In character as Raylan Givens, Olyphant tries his line again, more visibly irritated: “If it doesn’t have to do with beaches or sunny skies, there’s nothing more for me to see.”
It’s a little past noon on a Thursday in late February when THR arrives at the series’ Santa Clarita studio, in time to watch Deputy U.S. Marshal Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel) and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Vasquez (Rick Gomez) ask their favorite law enforcement agent to kill his longtime nemesis, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). The entire series has led to this critical moment in the season-five finale, which gives rise to a highly anticipated showdown set to play out during the sixth and final season.
At this point in Justified’s run, few know their characters as intimately as does Olyphant, 46. Having lived with Raylan for a half-decade, he is as comfortable offering direction as taking it. As the 6-foot actor exchanges a plaid shirt for a black long-sleeved tee, he suggests to executive producer (and episode cowriter) Dave Andron a few tweaks to Raylan’s attitude for tomorrow’s scene. Exec producer Fred Golan welcomes Olyphant’s input: “You’d be foolish not to listen to him.”
The FX neo-Western, exec produced and run by Graham Yost (who rarely is on set) and based on Elmore Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole,” hit a viewership high during its most recent season and has helped shape the network’s rugged, male-skewing brand. The show took a substantial hit with Leonard’s death during its 2013 summer hiatus. “It felt a little bit like a father died,” says Golan before the crew packs up and drives 25 minutes west to a bridge in Piru, Calif., for a shoot that will go late into the night. As they prepare to pen Justified’s final season, the writers feel an enormous responsibility to honor the author. Andron reminds everyone, “We’re still playing around in Elmore’s sandbox.”
Remember that line from The Godfather: “Never tell anybody outside the family what you’re thinking”? In This Is Where I Leave You, it’s probably best not to tell the family, either. The bittersweet comedy about troubled siblings who reunite for their father’s funeral is like a group hug crossed with a battle royal.
“We need a new term for the tone. It’s not a dark comedy—because it’s not that dark. But it’s an emotional comedy,” says Tina Fey, who plays the pushy sister to three equally neurotic and combative brothers: Corey Stoll, Jason Bateman, and Adam Driver. Jane Fonda costars as their prying psychologist mother, who will either unite her estranged family or destroy it trying.
Based on the 2009 best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper (who wrote the screenplay), the film became the passion project of director Shawn Levy (Date Night, the Night at the Museum movies), who saw it as a chance to explore more intimate and dramatic territory—with actors interested in the same.
“Jason, Tina, me, we’ve done a lot of comedies, but we’re playing this a lot more naturalistically,” Levy says. “Almost every day, someone from the crew says, ‘Jesus, that scene freaked me out. It’s exactly like me and my brother.’ Or ‘That’s what I went through when my dad died’ or ‘…when my wife and I got separated.’”
Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.
Season 4: Delayed due to the global novel coronavirus pandemic.
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