Malibu Seen: Getting in the spirit

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Jayne Lastusky, vice president of the American Cancer Society, joins Barbara Lazaroff at the cancer society’s annual gala. 

High profile folks like Barbara Lazaroff are gearing up for this year’s Cal Spirit XXIX gala. The all day eat-a-thon, which benefits the American Cancer Society, will take place on the grounds of the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on July 28. Lazaroff, who designed Malibu’s former Granita restaurant, co-founded the event in 1984 to support local cancer patient programs, services and research. 

Every year, the famed decorator and restaurateur hosts the summer bash with Hollywood heavyweight and longtime pal Sherry Lansing. 

The event, which features the best of LA eateries, has raised millions for cancer-related causes. 

Feeling the love

Between blockbusters like “Iron Man 3,” starring Malibu’s Robert Downey Jr., and splashy special effects thrillers, like “Star Trek Into Darkness,” a little love might get lost along the way. But if you’re looking for a diversion, check out longtime local Pierce Brosnan’s new flick “Love is All You Need.” 

It’s a romantic wedding romp under Italian skies, with Pierce starring as Phillip, the father of the groom, and Trine Dyrholm appearing as Ida, the mother of the bride. It’s a relaxing change from the usual run and gun movie fare, whether you catch it in the theater or view it at home on DVD. What’s more is it’s gained critical acclaim, no small feat considering the mega-million productions it’s up against. 

The notable actor has had a busy schedule as of late. He is currently filming “November Man.” “Love Punch,” “A Long Way Down,” “How to Make Love Like an Englishman,” “The Coup” and “Last Man Out” are also in production. 

There may be a new Bondman on the scene, but Pierce is still coming on strong. 

West Wing rocks the written word

Congrats to legendary local actor Martin Sheen. His presidential portrayal on “The West Wing” made it into The Writers Guild top ten list of best-written television series. Others on the prestigious roster include classics like “All in the Family,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Cheers” and “Seinfeld.” 

Relative newcomer “Mad Men” also made the grade, while the number one spot was snagged by “The Sopranos.” 

Write on!