Veteran writers and directors gather for lunch at Factors Deli in Los Angeles on July 11, 2012. Back row, from left: Matty Simmons, founder of National Lampoon and producer of "Animal House"; Bud Friedman, owner of the Improv; Gary Owens, radio announcer-actor and announcer on TV's "Laugh-In"; John Rappaport, producer-writer of "MASH"; and Ben Starr, writer of "Our Man Flint." In the front row, from left, Arthur Hiller, Oscar-nominated director for "Love Story"; Sid Caesar, Emmy award-winning comic actor; Rocky Kalish, writer; and Monty Hall, television host. They meet every two weeks and are the subject of a new documentary "Lunch" by Donna Kanter.
Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times
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