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In 2003 — a year-and-a-half after the movie was released — Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter received a nice, suspiciously round $100,000 fee for suggesting that the book "A Beautiful Mind" be made into a movie, claims the NYT. "Beautiful Mind" was produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, who've been on the VF annual list of power brokers two years in a row and "whose other projects have received attentive coverage in the magazine," as the NYT delicately puts it.

We have a really extensive list of books we'd like to "suggest" be made into movies, if you're coughing up $100K. What was that one... what was it called? The DaVinci Code? Yeah, do that one, ya Hollywood dumbasses.
Vanity Fair Editor Got $100,000 for Suggesting a Movie [NYT]