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The Chateau Marmont became even more of a Hollywood inner sanctum over the Memorial Day weekend, as movie-making mavens gathered to celebrate the works of the industry's unsung heroes: screenwriters.Barry Levinson, Quentin Tarantino, Michael...

The Chateau Marmont became even more of a Hollywood inner sanctum over the Memorial Day weekend, as movie-making mavens gathered to celebrate the works of the industry's unsung heroes: screenwriters.

Barry Levinson, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Tolkin, Robert Towne and actress-turned-novelist Fiona Lewis were the guests of honor. Levinson and Tarantino were no-shows, but Janice Dickinson brought her two- month old daughter. "Her name is Savannah," she said. "Savannah Stallone."

"What is this supposed to be?" asked a perplexed Brian De Palma. "I'm just here for the wonderfully bright, witty and beautiful Fiona Lewis." Lewis appeared in his 1978 film "The Fury" before she turned writer.

"There is an odd, snobby attitude among writers outside the industry that screenplays are not an art form," said Sydney Pollack, who dropped by to show his support for buddies Levinson and Towne and the glut of struggling screenwriters out there somewhere.

Guests debated the screenability of Fiona Lewis's new novel, "Between Men." "I would love to do the part of Alice," said Kelly Lynch.

"If we can get someone to buy it, Kelly," Lewis interjected, "then it's all yours."