Bombs Away

Everyone was worried. Sony Pictures Entertainment moguls were camped out at Santa Barbara's swanky Biltmore Hotel. Honchos at Sony's Columbia Pictures unit were whispering about the names to be found in the "Hollywood Madam's" infamous black book of clients. The next day, the talk was more prosaic: Execs from Columbia's sister company, Tri-Star Pictures Inc., fretted over their brilliant, angst-ridden director whose real life sells better than his films.

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