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Post Date Sep 19

Barbra and Bublé: Strike while the wassail is hot!


Following her Tonight Show appearance and the huge surge in sales for her Partners CD, Barbra Streisand is a hotter recording star now than she’s been in a long, long time. And the engaging Michael Bublé is arguably the finest, smoothest collaborator on her new album of songs.

Now is the time to move.

Here’s my suggestion:

Who wouldn’t want to hear Streisand and Bublé team up for a new big-band arrangement of a Christmas classic in the spirit of their current rendition of “It Had to Be You”? Something like the eternally buoyant “Sleigh Ride,” perhaps?

If the pair could enlist Partners producer Babyface to produce such a song, pronto, couldn’t Sony Music conceivably release it in late November and have a 2014 Christmas hit that would be played for decades to come?*

Then, once the performance of the single is in the can, the duo would have a year to prepare a whole collection of holiday duets to be released as a Christmas 2015 confection!


*Bublé records on the 143/Reprise label, but arrangements can always be made.


Let’s take the road before us and sing a chorus or two….”


Post Date Sep 18

“Magic Mike” redux: Mr. McConaughey regrets he’s unable to peel today


Matthew McConaughey was arguably the best thing about Steven Sodebergh’s 2012 film Magic Mike. But now The Playlist has confirmed that the star won’t be reprising his role as stripper savant Dallas in the sequel, Magic Mike XXL.

Greg Jacobs, who’s directing the new feature, broke the bad news. Other cast members–Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello–will be back for more near-nekkid dancin’ and prancing’.

Second-unit shooting has already begun on XXL, which is–according to Jacobs–a road-trip sort of pic.  Regular filming is expected to commence later this month.

AND THIS JUST IN: Variety reports that Andie MacDowell is joining the cast of the sequel. She had a breakthrough role in Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape back in 1989. The Variety report also names Alex Pettyfer as a returning cast member for XXL.


Post Date Sep 18

“This Is Where I Leave You” — MUST SEE. PERIOD.

This Is Where I Leave You

I’m not going to get into an entire fancy-pants review of This Is Where I Leave You. 

And I never give spoilers.

But I will tell you this.

See it. And if you don’t “get it,” we can never be friends and you should die in a barn fire.

BRAVO, Jason Bateman. You’ve never been better or more handsome or more spectacular.

BRAVA, Jane Fonda. Who wouldn’t want to rest their head on your artificial, yet stupendous bosoms? So, SO funny and poignent. And you’re Jane f–cking Fonda. And you’re an angel.

BRAVA, Rose Byrne. I know you don’t like small-talk, so let’s chat. You had me at Damages, sealed the deal with Bridesmaids and made me fall in love with you in an entirely different wayall over again — with This Is Where I Leave You. You are a master class.

Adam Driver – You drive this movie. You are the man. You are a star. You are me.

Tina Fey — You are a wonder and a total delight. As always.

See it.

Ending credits: The end.

P.S. See it.

P.P.S. It’s good to keep the key to your Porsche in the ignition because who would want it?

Post Date Sep 17

New film “Pride”–set in Thatcher-era Wales–may be adapted for the musical stage


The upcoming LGBT-themed film Pride–about a group of gay and lesbian activists teaming up with striking miners in Wales–may be on the way to the musical stage, Playbill.com reports.

The British feature, directed by Matthew Warchus from a Stephen Beresford script, will open in the U.S. later this month. It’s based on a real-life incident from the mid-1980s in which gay activists came to the support of the National Union of Mineworkers.

Pride–with a cast including Dominic West, Bill Nighy, and Imelda Staunton–played at the Cannes Film Festival this year. In his recent review, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote: “Talk about fighting spirit. I couldn’t have liked it more.”

Warchus and Beresford are said to be in early talks regarding the stage adaptation. If the plan works out, Pride would join the company of two other films about underdogs in the Margaret Thatcher era–The Full Monty and Billy Elliot--that resurfaced as musical-theatre pieces.

The film Pride is not to be confused with a gay-themed British play called The Pride, by Alexi Kaye Campbell. It played in New York City at the Lucille Lortel Theater in 2010, with Hugh Dancy and Ben Whishaw in leading roles.