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Dick Saw His Flick: Legendary producer Richard D. Zanuck was able to view a full-length cut of the upcoming documentary about his career, Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking, on July 10 -- just three days before he died, at 77, of a heart attack. The film's director, Laurent Bouzereau, tells THR: "He called me immediately after viewing it to tell me how happy he was with the result and couldn't wait to see me at lunch on Friday and, as he said, 'look at [you] in the eyes and tell you how touched I am.' I got the tragic news that Dick had left us early Friday morning. He did get to see all the love and admiration everyone had for him." Don't Say No -- which features interviews with Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Sherry Lansing, Johnny Depp and others -- will debut at Turner Classic Movies' film festival in April and air on TNT in May.

Tobey, Ari: Greuel Rules

The next L.A. mayoral election isn't until March, but former City Council member and current Controller Wendy Greuel is racking up Hollywood supporters. The former DreamWorks exec (1997 to 2002) has had Disney boss Alan Horn and wife Cindy in her corner, along with producers Bruce Cohen and Roberto Orci. But now additional heavyweights Ari Emanuel, Tobey Maguire and director Gary Ross are on the host committee invitation THR obtained for a fund-raiser at Cohen's home July 31. Tickets start at $500 a guest.

Dylan Mum on Geffen

For more confirmation of David Geffen's supreme reign within the industry, one need look no further than the roll call of who was interviewed for the Nov. 20 PBS American Masters doc Inventing David Geffen, previewed at the TCA Summer Press Tour on July 22: Tom Hanks, Jackson Browne, Barry Diller and the late Nora Ephron. American Masters creator Susan Lacy told THR there was only one person who wouldn't talk: Bob Dylan. More famously press-shy than even Geffen, Dylan was the subject of an American Masters installment in 2005, produced by Lacy, after she steadfastly called him once a month for 14 years. Lacy admits she hounded Neil Young and Don Henley about Geffen, and both conceded, but knew better than to badger Dylan. "He just doesn't do these things," she says. Meanwhile, Geffen confessed he was wildly disappointed when, after Dylan departed Columbia Records in 1973 and signed with Geffen's label Asylum for two albums in 1974, he hastily returned to Columbia, where he remains.

POWER LUNCH

Ryan Murphy shared oysters and escargot at Bar Bouchon with NeNe Leakes, who has a supporting role on his fall NBC show The New Normal. Meanwhile, at Bouchon proper, Brian Grazer, Jackie Chan and MGM CEO and co-chair Roger Birnbaum -- quite the regular -- have been in of late. … Nigel Lythgoe visited Geoffrey's in Malibu. Once he left, actress Jane Adams dropped by. … Spicy-food aficionado Ryan Gosling, perhaps L.A.'s biggest Jitlada fan, again tested his tongue at the notoriously spicy Thai spot in East Hollywood. … Recently at Mr. Chow: Ron Burkle and, another day, Kenneth Branagh with producer Mace Neufeld. … Fashion designer Rachel Roy shared a table with celebrity stylists Deborah Waknin, Elizabeth Stewart and Jessica Paster at Mr. C. … A bearded and mustachioed Leonardo DiCaprio smoked an electric cigarette in a patio booth at The Polo Lounge. … Naomi Watts, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jon Voight and Donald Faison have been in to Obika of late.

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