Hollywood Overheard

"MTV was completely unaware of it." Janet Jackson’s statement after a "wardrobe malfunction" bared her breast during a halftime show at the Super Bowl.

"Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl show promises shocking moments." A teaser on the MTV Web site days before the actual broadcast.

"He says awesome a lot. And you’ve got to love that." Director Cameron Crowe on why Donald De Line should succeed Sherry Lansing as head of Paramount Pictures.

"I have the list everyone has." Viacom co-president Tom Freston on whom he’ll pick to succeed Lansing at Paramount.

"She always listened to her inner voice." Sony chairman Amy Pascal on the reason for Lansing’s success in the movie industry.

"Alexander to me is a perfect blend of male-female, masculine-feminine, yin-yang. He could communicate with both sides of his nature." Director Oliver Stone, on his depiction of the 4th-century Macedonian conqueror as more homosexual than heterosexual.

"We hope we’re the ham in the middle of a bread sandwich." Warner Bros. movie head Alan Horn on the release date for Polar Express in between Pixar’s The Incredibles and Paramount’s Lemony Snicket.

"Rumors of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated." Hollywood attorney Barry Hirsch, after he secretly left his long-time law partners and founded a rival firm.

"One sad and false tale that Hirsch used to play on the sympathies of the Firm’s clients was that he would supposedly suffer financial hardship if the clients did not switch. In fact, Hirsch has amassed great wealth and need not ever work another day in his life." From the cross-complaint filed by Hirsch’s former law partners.

"We have 65 BAFTAs, 75 Oscars, $2 billion in assets and hundreds of millions in profits. And, still, Michael Eisner won’t renew my contract." Harvey Weinstein using the occasion of being named an honorary Commander of the British Empire to bitch about his unsuccessful negotiations with Disney to stay at Miramax.

"My friends think I’m a candidate for a lobotomy, and my competitors think I’m naive or stupid or both." Tycoon Phil Anschutz, on his penchant for making expensive flops in the movie business like Around the World in 80 Days.

"I want the company to run until people are no longer interested in doing business with me." Revolution Studios’ founder Joe Roth, who desperately needs more financing after his company produced far more film bombs than hits.

"If I made films for the critics, or for someone else, I’d probably be living in some small Hollywood studio apartment." Über-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, on the secret of his success in Hollywood.

"I’ve had more calls from people from Kansas asking, ‘Can you get me into the Academy Awards?’ ’’ former Midwest congressman Dan Glickman, on the reaction to his appointment as the new head of the Motion Picture Association of America.

"Graydon can’t be bought." William Morris Agency CEO Jim Wiatt, after the editor of Vanity Fair was outed for demanding and accepting $100,000 from Universal Pictures for bringing the manuscript of A Beautiful Mind to producer Brian Grazer’s attention.

"The integrity of Condé Nast and its employees depends greatly on avoiding conflicts of interest or appearances of such in editorial and business conduct." From a 16-page code of conduct distributed to staffers within days of revelations that Graydon Carter took the $100,000 from Universal.

"He’s probably deciding which wine bottle to break the head off of to go after Comcast. And not a bottle of Bordeaux. A cheap California wine will do very well for that purpose.’’ Corporate compensation expert Graef Crystal, on Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s reaction to Comcast’s hostile takeover bid for the Magic Kingdom.

"If someone says, ‘I don’t like Jay Leno because he’s a conservative,’ I call him and I go, ‘I’m not conservative. I’ve never voted that way in my life. Where do you get that from?’" Tonight Show host Jay Leno, on his personal politics.

"If you say the heart and soul of America is found in Hollywood, I’m afraid you are not the candidate of conservative values.’’ President George W. Bush, during his nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles." Barbra Streisand, responding on her Web site to the Bush victory with a quote from Thomas Jefferson made in 1798.

"We don’t know what this movie is about. We still don’t know how it’s going to end.’’ South Park co-creator Matt Stone, about his $32 million Team America, the most expensive film ever made starring puppets.

"Greed and envy and anger and jealousy are all interesting bedfellows. They make for interesting conjugal visits in this town.’’ Producer Peter Guber, on Hollywood reaction to the humongous box office success of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

"I think Leslee is capable and ready to run a company — I was just not ready for it to be this one." PR queen Pat Kingsley, on why she fired her heir apparent.

"I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d feel safer among a bunch of reporters." Michael Ovitz, outside the Delaware courtroom of the shareholders’ trial against himself, Michael Eisner and other Disney board members.

"You were rotten to begin with, you’re rotten now, go away." Michael Eisner, testifying at the trial about what was in a letter he wrote to Ovitz begging the Disney president to leave the company.

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