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When documentarian Barry Avrich learned that his new memoir, Moguls, Monsters and Madmen: An Uncensored Life in Show Business, had sold out its first printing, his first thought was that “Harvey Weinstein bought every copy.” The Weinstein Co. chief — who in 2011 did everything he could to thwart Avrich’s doc Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project — figures prominently in the dishy book (which was excerpted in the May 13 issue of THR).
But, in a counterintuitive move that had many scratching their heads, Weinstein ended up hosting a June 8 book-release party for Avrich at New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel. “Harvey giveth and taketh,” says Avrich, who still isn’t quite certain why Weinstein feted the book. “That’s the paradox. He will throw screws into the gears and then do something to make it up to me. It’s his way of saying, ‘This kid can stay in the picture, as long as it’s my frame.’ ”
Avrich says that when Weinstein pitched him the idea for the party, he declined, thinking that the mogul would organize it but not show up. “I never expected it would happen right up until I walked in,” he says, before joking he was hoping for something more IMBb-friendly. “I would have preferred a three-picture deal versus a party, but we have to start somewhere.”
Also at the bash: Dick Cavett, Martin Short, James Earl Jones, Petra Nemcova and promoter Michael Cohl.
A version of this story first appeared in the June 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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