Jerry Weintraub, a consummate showman whose up-and-down career touched musical entertainers as grandly diverse as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Led Zeppelin and John Denver and screen artists that included Steven Soderbergh, Robert Altman and Michael Douglas, died on Monday in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The cause was cardiac arrest, his publicist said.
Once best known as a concert promoter and a music manager, Weintraub, 77, became a force in the film business with Altman's "Nashville," Barry Levinson's "Diner" and Carl Reiner's "Oh, God!" He joined in producing those movies in the 1970s and '80s — hitting a peak in 1984 with "The Karate Kid" — before a crippling business failure temporarily halted his Hollywood career. Yet he came back and founded one of the biggest film franchises of the 2000s, pulling together an ensemble of megawatt stars — Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts — for the "Ocean's Eleven" casino heist trilogy.
A longtime intimate of former President George H.W. Bush — initially a friend of Weintraub's second wife, the torch singer Jane Morgan — Weintraub made himself into a myth by combining his three hallmarks: political access, Hollywood success and relentless charm. "All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage," Weintraub wrote in his memoir.
Agents raid Subway spokesman's home
FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog. FBI special agent Wendy Osborne said the FBI was conducting an investigation in Zionsville, but wouldn't say whether it involved Fogle. By late afternoon, Subway had removed references to Fogle from its website and said the two "have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship." It said it believed the raid "is related to a prior investigation" of a former employee of the Jared Foundation, an organization founded by Fogle to raise awareness about childhood obesity. Subway did not immediately say whether that employee was former foundation executive director Russell Taylor, 43, who was arrested in May on child pornography charges. Fogle issued a statement after the charges were filed saying he was shocked by the allegations and was severing all ties with Taylor.
Under fire: Paula Deen fired her social media manager after the unnamed manager posted a 2011 Halloween costume photo on Deen's Twitter account showing son Bobby in dark makeup as "I Love Lucy" character Ricky Ricardo, Deen's spokesman said. The photo from a holiday episode of one of the celebrity cook's former Food Network shows, with a tweet mimicking Arnaz's accented English on the show, was quickly removed from Twitter after it drew a flurry of comments.