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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Amy Winehouse

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Back to Black is a biopic based on the life of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, played by Marisa Abela. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and written by Matt Greenhalgh, the film also stars Jack O’Connell, Eddie Marsan, and Lesley Manville.

After the death of Winehouse in 2011, filmmakers attempted to create a feature biopic with various projects. In October 2018, it was announced that Winehouse’s estate had signed a deal to make a biopic about her life and career. In July 2022, Deadline Hollywood reported that StudioCanal was moving forward with a feature film entitled Back to Black. Sam Taylor-Johnson directed from a script by Matt Greenhalgh. Alison Owen and Debra Hayward produced under their Monumental Pictures banner, alongside Nicky Kentish-Barnes.

The film was released theatrically in Australia in April 2024, and was released in the United Kingdom shortly after. Focus Features released the film in the United States on May 17 2024.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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GIAMATTI’S TREK — (via DEADLINE) Paul Giamatti has joined the cast of the upcoming Paramount+ original series Star Trek: Starfleet Academy in a recurring role. He will play the Season 1 villain, a man with an ominous past connected to one of our cadets.

“Sometimes you’re lucky enough to discover that one of the greatest actors alive is also a huge Star Trek fan, and meeting Paul was one of those miraculous moments for us. The sheer delight with which he dove in on Starfleet Academy is only surpassed by the gratitude we feel about him joining our incredible cast,” shared co-showrunners and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau in a joint statement.

He joins previously announced Holly Hunter, who will star in the series as the captain and chancellor of Starfleet Academy. The series will begin production later this summer.

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy follows a young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.

Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau serve as co-showrunners and executive producers of the series alongside executive producers Gaia Violo, Aaron Baiers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Jenny Lumet, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Frank Siracusa and John Weber. The series premiere episode is written by Gaia Violo.

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment and is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

HEART STOPPED — (Via Deadline) The Heart of Rock and Roll, the struggling musical built around the hits of Huey Lewis, will play its final performance at a matinee on Sunday, June 23. The show will have played 24 previews and 72 performances.

In a statement, producer Hunter Arnold said, “It was pure joy working on the show with the team of creatives headed by writer Jonathan A. Abrams, director Gordon Greenberg, choreographer Lorin Latarro, music arranger and orchestrator Brian Usifer and special gratitude to the support and participation of the iconic music legend Huey Lewis.

The musical began previews on March 29 and opened on April 22.

“We were honored,” he continued, “to have an amazing cast and crew who brought their immense enthusiasm, commitment and talent to each and every performance. With our original cast album just released and talks underway for a national tour and international productions, the musical will continue to delight audiences for years to come.”

The musical, received by critics with lukewarm reviews, did not received any Tony Award nominations and has been struggling at the box office, sometimes with the James Earl Jones Theatre just more than half-full with audience members. For the week ending June 9, the show grossed a tiny $272,051.

SHORT TAKES — Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis will be released through Lionsgate. Tepid reviews? Not really. Face it, Coppola’s a genius. Check out Roger Friedman’s (SHOWBIZ 411) take: https://www.showbiz411.com/2024/06/17/coppola-leases-megalopolis-to-lions-gate-for-september-release-in-distribution-only-deal

Darius Rucker said that the bandmates in Hootie and the Blowfish tried to outparty each other? Interesting. Check this out here: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/darius-rucker-says-hootie–the-blowfish-bandmates-tried-to-outparty-each-other-that-was-just-how-we-lived-214135068.html

Add one more Jon Bon Jovi-intervene to the list. NBC’s Sunday With Willie Geist. Was good, but nothing on Richie Sambora and nothing new. He’s not going to tour; he wants to tour; a surprise gig in Nashville ….

Micky Dolenz and Michael Stip (R.E.M.)

what’s going on? More kudos for his PR-man Brad Cafarelli … Congrats to R.E.M. on their Songwriters Hall of Fameinduction … HAPPY BDAY Michelle Toscas!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Mark Adelman; Christine Nagy; Race Taylor; Anthony Noto; Robert Funaro; Al Roker; Tony LoBianco; Les Moonves; Les Schwartz; Marion Perkins; Mary Wilson; Tony Seidel; Bob Schartoff; Julie Laufer; Liza Lillien; Richie Ridge; William Schill; Dan Zelinski; Carol Ross; Gary Gershoff; David Adelson; Roy Trakin; Lee Jeske; Anthony Mason; and BELLA!

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Tribeca Festival Wraps Up with Big Apple Moment with ‘Satisfied’ Premiere

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The final day of the 2024 Tribeca Festival closed out with the film “Satisfied” at the Beacon Theater. The night also showcased a “Hamilton” pre-Tony anniversary moment with Renee Elise Goldsberry. After the premiere and performance guests gathered at Allure Lounge to sip on Hendrick’s Gin cocktails and to honor the indelible moment.

Roxstar Entertainment’s popular Cinema Center finished its premiere party run with the late-night soiree attended by director Chris Bolan and actress Kelli O’Hara as well as the fleet of producers on the film including executives from Stick Figures Productions and Amblin Documentaries.

Guests enjoyed a gourmet selection of canapes catered by Allure Restaurant as well as featured cocktails by Hendrick’s Gin including the Hendrick’s Grapefruit Collins.

“Roxstar Entertainment is pleased to continue to support independent filmmakers and distributors especially in its mission to get movie fans back into their true intended viewing medium, the movie theaters.  We are so grateful to be able to work with like-minded companies to sponsor and support the events and help drive the promotion and celebration for the films, filmmakers, and respective casts,” says David Manning, Roxstar Entertainment’s Executive Producer of the Cinema Center.

 

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Tribeca Festival – Best Films from Documentaries, Features and Shorts

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It was a thrilling Tribeca Film Festival with a showcase of superb filmmaker talent from around the globe. Here were some notable projects in 2024.

Ebb & Flow

Determined to have her first kiss, a young teenage girl defies her tumultuous world in search of normalcy.

The Brown Dog

Night after night, a watchman clocks into his lonely booth and spends hours composing endless security logs to stay awake, as he slowly descends into darkness.

A Rose for Katrina

Michael arrives for a date with Katrina, a woman he has met online. Hoping to make an impression he has brought her a rose. He is greeted at the door by someone who he initially believes is Katrina but who reveals themselves to be Katrina’s identical twin sister. While they wait for the real Katrina to emerge, she challenges Michael to take a strange bet and becomes verbally abusive when he refuses. Michael, confused and humiliated, leaves, at which point the “real Katrina” appears.

A Family Guide To Hunting

When Eva, a doomsday prepper, takes her uptight Korean-American parents and all-American boyfriend on a bonding hunting trip, things go from bad to grisly.

Catharsis

A dancer savant with serious anger issues is about to sabotage his life when a strange psychotherapist brings him to face the shadows of his subconscious mind.

Griffin in Summer

Summer vacation is usually the time for kids to let loose, but for fourteen-year-old Griffin Nafly it’s time to get down to the serious business of putting on his dramatic new play. Featuring stellar performances from its cast of young actors, Griffin in Summer’s coming-of-age story is a portrait of the artist as a young boy dealing with the initial experiences of unrequited love.

The Shallow Tale of a Writer Who Decided to Write about a Serial Killer

A writer befriends a retired serial killer (Steve Buscemi) who becomes his unlikely marriage counselor and muse. As the writer grapples with his second novel and a crumbling marriage to his disillusioned wife (Britt Lower), the former killer reluctantly offers guidance on both matters, leading to a series of twists and turns that blur the lines between reality and fiction.

DRIVER

After losing everything, Desiree Wood takes a second lease on life as a long-haul truck driver. By establishing the organization “REAL Women In Trucking,” Desiree has amassed an irreverent coalition of women drivers to advocate for an equitable and fair quality of life on the road, and ensure the welfare of women drivers within their male-dominated profession. Nesa Azimi’s soulful and contemplative DRIVER follows Desiree as she strives to leave her tumultuous past behind and navigate toward a more hopeful and stable future.

Beacon

Driven by an overzealous sense of adventure, young sailor Emily (Julia Goldani Telles), quickly runs into trouble when she shipwrecks on a remote island. She’s rescued by the island’s lone inhabitant, Demián Bichir’s mysterious light keeper Ismael. Directed with gripping fashion by Roxy Shih, the stage is set for a nail-biting journey into the depths of human instinct necessary for survival.

Don’t You Let Me Go

Adela stands among the crowd at Elena’s wake, feeling disconnected from the hushed voices and harsh fluorescent lights that don’t remind her of her best friend’s intrinsic joy. Emotionally drained, Adela goes to her car and what does she find waiting for her but a bus. Not an ordinary bus, a magic bus – a bus that takes her back in time to a magical weekend. Writer-directors Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s third film is a beautiful tribute to friendship, especially the bonds of friendship between women.

 

 

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents His Highness Dr. Mag. Prince Mario-Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe of Germany, MAS, LL.M

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We are so pleased to announce our guest this week is His Highness Dr. Mag. Prince Mario-Max zu Schaumburg-LippeI of Germany, MAS, LL.M. Yes, I really do know a prince and he is coming to be my guest.

Prince Mario-Max is an Award winning actor, event and TV-host, Bertelsmann Randomhouse author, public speaker and philanthropist.

Prince Mario-Max is a German, H.H. Dr. Princess Antonia zu Schaumburg-Lippe and H.H. Waldemar Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe

Prince Mario-Max is a German Prince and Royal as the birth son of H.H. Dr. Princess Antonia zu Schaumburg-Lippe and H.H. Waldemar Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe, being descendends from the Royal Danish Nachod Line of The Princely House of Schaumburg-Lippe, Founding Family of Hamburg, Lübeck and Kiel in Germany.
He is now bi-coastal living both in Hollywood and NYC.

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents ”, is a show filmed at the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our past episodes; First episode click here second episode click here,  third episode click here, fourth episode click here, fifth episode click here, sixth episode here, seventh episode here, eighth episode here, ninth episode here, tenth episode here, eleventh episode here, our twelfth episode here, thirteenth episode here, fourteenth here, fifteenth here , 16th here, 17th here, 18th here and 19th here.

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents: Tina Louise

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We are so pleased to announce our guest this week is Tina Louise.

Tina Louise is widely known for her role as movie star Ginger Grant in the CBS television situation comedy Gilligan’s Island. Louise is the last surviving cast member of the TV series.

Louise got her first role at age two after being in an ad for her father’s candy store. She began studying acting, singing, and dancing at age 17 under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in Manhattan. Her acting debut came in 1952 in the Bette Davis musical revue Two’s Company, followed by roles in such other Broadway productions as John Murray Anderson’s Almanac, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, and the hit musical Li’l Abner. She appeared in the live television dramas Studio One and Producers’ Showcase.

Her breakthrough role in 1958 drama film God’s Little Acre for which she received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.

Louise left the Broadway musical Fade Out – Fade In to portray movie star Ginger Grant.

Louise had starring roles in The Trap, The Hangman, Day of the Outlaw, and For Those Who Think Young. She also appeared in The Wrecking Crew, The Happy Ending, and The Stepford Wives (1975). Later film roles included a co-starring appearance in the Robert Altman’s O.C. and Stiggs (1987) as well as the independently made satire Johnny Suede (1992) starring Brad Pitt. She appeared in the situation comedy Married… with Children as Miss Beck in episode “Kelly Bounces Back” (1990). In 2014, Louise starred in the spiritual drama Tapestry and the horror film Late Phases.

She also wrote a book that has been re-released called Sunday: A Memoir, a vivid portrait of the betrayal of the heart, trust, and the magical belief that only children have, in a poetic expression of the power of memory and the legacy of a lost childhood, as seen through the eyes of a young girl who became a celebrated actress.

An Audible sample – https://www.amazon.com/Sunday-Memoir-Tina-Louise/dp/0307440176

The below is a good page from her amazing book –

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&opi=89978449&url=https://tinalouise4ever0.tripod.com/tinalouiseclassicgoddess/id17.html&ved=2ahUKEwjs_f-VmuGGAxVxEVkFHegFCU4QFnoECBEQAQ&usg=AOvVaw1IMp5uBP2YY2SGYXdTqqWu

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents ”, is a show filmed at the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our past episodes; First episode click here second episode click here,  third episode click here, fourth episode click here, fifth episode click here, sixth episode here, seventh episode here, eighth episode here, ninth episode here, tenth episode here, eleventh episode here, our twelfth episode here, thirteenth episode here, fourteenth here, fifteenth here , 16th here, 17th here, 18th here and 19th here.

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