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TOM HANKS’ PINOCCHIO— Via Deadline:  After earning an Oscar nomination for playing Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Tom Hanks is zeroing in on another beloved character. We are hearing that he is early negotiations to play Geppetto in Disney and Robert Zemeckis’ live-action retelling of Pinocchio.

Although insiders say negotiations are very early, we hear that after reading the script, Hanks has reached out to Zemeckis and let him know he wants to do the film. Disney has always longed for Hanks to play the woodcarver, having approached him years ago when Paul King was attached to direct. That deal never made, but given Hanks and Zemeckis’ long-standing relationship going back to when they both won Oscars for their work on Forrest Gump, this seems more likely to move forward.

Zemeckis will direct the film.

The original animated movie tells the tale of a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Disney continues to see its live-action adaptation strategy as a major part of its pipeline, with last year’s Aladdin and The Lion King both crossing the billion-dollar milestone.

The film marks the third collaboration between Hanks and Zemeckis having worked together on Forest Gump, Cast Away and the Christmas classic The Polar Express.

Hanks is still filming the Elvis Presley-biopic, which had to halt production after he and his wife, Rita Wilson, tested positive for COVID-19. They have since recovered and the studio is hoping to start production again in the fall in Australia. He was most recently seen in the World War II pic Greyhound, which premiered on Apple TV + and shattered viewing records for the streamer following its release.

Cinephiles will recall Hanks played Walt Disney himself, in the 2013 film, Savings Mr. Banks, which I loved. John Lee Hancock directed that epic.

Tom Petty

TOM PETTY VAULT —The Tom Petty estate has dug into the late musician’s vault and shared a lost cut from his historic Wildflower sessions dubbed “There Goes Angela (Dream Away).”

This acts as yet another teaser of a new Wildflowers celebratory release, to be an “exhaustive chronicle of the making of one of Petty’s most enduring albums.”

As Adria Petty explained in June, “The family and all our engineers and the Heartbreakers have been circling around this project and making it as delightful and complete as possible. We’re really pleased to be able to share the second half of the Wildflowers double album. But there are also completist versions of how the sessions evolved. My dad was prolific at that time and there was so much recording done.”

Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7heuP-CPcf8 

Peter Hamill

PETE HAMILL RIP — Pete Hamill has passed at 85. The much-revered writer was at The New York Daily News and the New York Post. He dated Jackie O and Shirley MacLaine and was the toast of NY for decades. You’d see him at premieres, Elaine’s; the Lions Head in the West Village; as well as some of the worst haunts ever in NYC.

He was a brilliant writer, raconteur and supporter of NYC. As I young auteur in NYC, he was constant inspiration. Rest easy Pete!

SHORT TAKES — I can’t remember who, but one of TV’s best talking heads opened his show recently by saying: Who would have ever thought that the Kanye West and Kim Khardasian marriage might not last? Truly funny then … and, certainly now. How that show ever got on the air is still a mystery to me … though I suspect it was all Ryan’s fault … Great piece on The Mike & Micky Show Live album and Dolenz, from Ultimate Classic Rock. Check it out: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/micky-dolenz-mike-and-micky-show/ … Q1043’s Jim Kerr interviewed Dave Mason Wednesday on the artist’s re-recording of his hit “Feeling Alright.” Michael McDonald, Mike Fleetwood and Sammy Hagar join in on the new recording which sounds pretty good, considering it was mostly done on iPhones. Mason said this song has been covered by over 50 major artists and was originally written as “Feeling Alright?” – with a question mark at the end. The new version sort of follows Joe Cocker’s memorable rendition in 1969. Mason sold off the publishing rights many moons ago, but remains as his signature tune.

I’ve been a Mason-fan for decades and am really looking forward to hearing his re-imagined recording of his classic 1970 album, Alone Together; re-named Alone Together Again. Mason, who has changed managers and publicists as often as one would change a t-shirt, has released this independently, which means it’s going to be hard to obtain. I hope we get the shot to hear it. An old pirate of the first order, Mason continues to tour constantly …

Paul McCartney

And, I think the best ever interview I’ve read on Paul McCartney (and, in quite some time!) is in this month’s British-version of GQ. Simply amazing. Check it out here:

https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/paul-mccartney-interview .

100 COLUMNS — This is my 100th column for T2C. It’s actually this column’s third incarnation; Times Square Gossip initially; then the marvelous and much-missed MAC WIRE. Thanks to all who followed me each step of the way and all the terrific PR and promo people that have assisted me. I could not do it without your able assistance. And, most of all the T2C’s Suzanna Bowling (and, Magda Katz) who immediately gave me the fastest green-light ever, when the column looked like it was once again, on its last legs.

 It is, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made to come aboard. Too bad we can’t party like it’s 1999 … because I sure would!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Cory Robbins; Brad LeBeau; Michael Starr; Ben Widdicombe; Richard Johnson; Liz Smith; Cindy Adams; Coati Mundi; Judd Bernard; Glenn Friscia; Andy Skurow; Luke Evans; Tony King; Lisa Robinson; Robert Evans; Matt Wardlaw; and, CHIP!

G. H. Harding is a four decades insider to the entertainment world. He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production companies and several cable outlets. His anonymity is essential in bringing an unbiased view to his writings on pop culture. He is based in NYC.

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TRAINOR’S TODAY — She first hit the airwaves a decade ago with “All About That Bass” and has managed to remain a headliner since. A new album Timeless dropped Friday and though she was pretty great on the Today Show; she’s certainly not in the same atmosphere as Beyonce or Cardi B or Janelle Monae. Why? Her performance on Today was without a band; with backing tracks; and six dancers. Corny? Perhaps.

Her whole allure seems to be somewhere on the Peggy Lee-spectrum, which if memory serves, was cute, but a tad boring.

As to her backing tracks, veteran PR-man David Salidor (who has worked with everyone from Madonna to Debbie Gibson) says, “It’s ironic, because if an artist used backing tracks in the 80’s, it was widely criticized and looked down upon. I think the audiences today don’t really care and it’s a shame because there’s a real artistry in having a band, Sadly, these audiences are missing that and they don’t even know it. I bet if they knew what they were missing, they’d demand it.

MORE BEACH BOYS — No doubt about it, this Disney doc has ignited opinions both pro and con.

The Brian Wilson-fans said since Brian couldn’t really be interviewed, the opinions were somewhat one sided, while fans of The Beach Boys loved it. Variety’s Roy Trakin perhaps said it best: Survivors get to tell the story. This is more hagiography and tribute than biopic but the music saves it. Beach Boys 101. Nothing new to see here. But it did look good in IMAX.

The last hour was quickly wrapping up all the pieces – perhaps a tad too quickly. Love’ s suit against Brian claimed to be about the publishing rights, which father-Murray sold years ago for peanuts, figuring they’d never be worth anything.

Dennis Wilson

“Kokomo” which was a big hit isn’t spoken about at all, instead used as a closing theme. and, Dennis’ death hardly mentioned. Pacific Ocean Blue not mentioned either.

As with most of these docs .. they leave you wanting more … and I did with this one.

Benny Harrison

SHORT TAKES — What ever chapped to Benny Harrison’s Back To Front series. This was to be a show featuring the backing musicians and studios that go into making a show. Great idea but apparently Harrison couldn’t find the right producers. There’s another show very similar out right (featuring The Power Station studio now owned by Berklee) now and that probably didn’t help … Eminem and Jellyroll dueted on “Sing For The Moment” for this week’s Detroit-concert. celebrating the re-opening of Michigan Central Station. They sounded great together. Also, there Diana Ross; Melissa Etheridge and Jack White …

New Eels album out- titled Eels Time ... Carol Klenfner was married to industry magnet Michael Klenfner. Here’s what she’s up to now: https://w42st.com/post/carol-klenfner-west-side-story-ping-pong/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR2qx06-OGVRqdQ-Uq_5Vban37FBUlmbINGjXI45lSRt2yDropCNpBIg9lU_aem_AUwj8G9hZ961orkpaRbod2lsomw3aHTWWS6h7ymamZxSKBXHozIvFkracqZg2NLQ4eHi-c_jC7H7zc6Pl1u0kRaL

Cheap Trick/John Lennon

Did you ever take a look at the John Lennon video with Cheap Trick doing his “I’m Losing You?” It was producer Jack Douglas’ idea. Brilliant if you ask me. Take a look: https://www.loudersound.com/features/cheap-trick-rick-nielsen-john-lennon-double-fantasy

… Great Neil Finn tale of how he joined Fleetwood Mac in Mojo:https://www.mojo4music.com/articles/stories/neil-finn-on-joining-fleetwood-mac/HBO/MAXjust canceled Toyko Vice after 2 seasons. I loved it … Happy Bday London Records’ John Boulos!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Ed Steinberg; Vinny Rich; Adrian Niles; Anni Bella; Nicole Nirvana; Lucy Woodward; Robert Miller; Alan Rothstein; Kneecap; Tony King; Jane Ayer; Pete Gidion; Ray Free; Ron Alexenburg; Herbie Rosen; Juggy Gayles; Jerry Lembo; Wayne Rosso; Tone Scott; Dan Zelinski; and ZIGGY!

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It’s been a busy April. Spring has sprung into action and we love this starry sightings this season.

Kendall Jenner and Emma Chamberlain JUST dropped their limited-edition Emma & Kendall’s Espresso Martini Kit. It features Chamberlain’s NEW Limited-Edition Candied Pecan Cold Brew Singles (inspired by the flavors of 818 Tequila Reposado) and comes complete with a cocktail shaker and martini glass.

Espresso Martini Kit ($72) can be purchased on chamberlaincoffee.com or gopuff.com. Plus, the cold brew singles and 818 Tequila Reposado are also available for purchase bundled on Gopuff in participating cities.

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – APRIL 23: Livvy Dunne, “Sports Illustrated” model and first-time LSU NCAA National Champ celebrates historic victory at Raising Cane’s on April 23, 2024 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Raising Cane’s)

LSU gymnast and social media sensation Livvy Dunne celebrated with teammates at Raising Cane’s in Baton Rouge following program-first NCAA championship win

 

(Photo courtesy, Slaven Vlasic/WireImage)

Nick Barrotta from Tyler Perry’s :The Oval” joined his friend Tyler Cameron at the NYC launch for Cameron’s series “Going Home with Tyler Cameron.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LSU gymnast and social media sensation Livvy Dunne celebrated with teammates at Raising Cane’s in Baton Rouge following program-first NCAA championship win

 

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THE WRIGHT STUFF — I was, and am, a huge Gary Wright fan. From Spooky Tooth to Wonderwheel to his terrific work with George Harrison and his solo work, he was always strikingly memorable. I well remember his appearance on the Dick Cavett Show in 1972, where after Cavett interviewed George Harrison, he introduced Wonderwheel, with Gary Wright and Mick Jones and Harrison himself on guitar.

They performed “Two Faced Man” from his solo album Footprint and it was very excellent.  Here’s the clip:


For those who don’t recall, Dick Cavett was a terrific chat-show host and always had somewhat controversial guests on and music personalities like Harrison, John Lennon and David Bowie. Part-Letterman, part-Carson, he was terrific and is much missed.Gary Wright began with the Brit-band Spooky Tooth and enjoyed some success as well as a close relationship with Island Records Chris Blackwell kept him at the forefront of music. As Wright said, he was invited to play on Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album by Klaus Voorman and once there, had some difficulty following Harrison’s complex music. When producer Phil Spector shouted out, who’s not playing the right notes … Wright admitted it was him, Harrison went over and said to take his time. They became lifelong friends. He played on every subsequent Harrison album.

Wright’s career took off with the release of his solo album The Dream Weaver in 1975 and the single “Love Is Alive,” which to me is one of the greatest pop records ever. The bass-synth of that song is just riveting and holds up today as good as ever. The album reportedly was the first-ever to feature all keyboard-work. I read where Wright himself played all the bass-synth parts.

Numerous performances followed and Wright is well remembered for playing the Keytar – a portable keyboard, strapped on which allowed him to move about onstage.

Albums and tours followed, most notably with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. Truly a legend. RIP Gary!

Here’s a great tribute from Variety on Wright: https://variety.com/2023/music/news/gary-wright-dead-dream-weaver-1235713097/?fbclid=IwAR1g1z3mzrOP7QxFACbSQqYNOt_D6NirjlhtgYAdsAFaElCeS0O14sUP2po

SHORT TAKES — As we’ve mentioned, big news coming next week on the launch of celebrity-scribe Mark Bego’s 68th book, Joe Cocker: With a Lot of Help From His Friends via Yorkshire Publishing. Stay tuned …

Chloe Melas

Chloe Melas – the Today’s Show new entertainment correspondent is good, but an odd choice. She certainly has the button-down look nailed, but as an entertainment writer for years, I was never ever aware of her. Definitely more Jenna Bush Hagar for sure. Carson Daly was on with her -for the first time- Tuesday and they made for an odd pair. Good luck …

Micky Dolenz and Ian McDiarmid

Here’s Micky Dolenz with Stars Wars Ian McDiarmid at last weekend’s Fanboy Expoin Orlando …

Ken Costner

I’ve spoken repeatedly about my admiration for Yellowstone; sure, it’s Dallas-updated, but that’s a good thing. Kevin Costner broke his silence on what’s happening on the show in the Hollywood Reporter. Take a look here: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/kevin-costner-yellowstone-7-seasons-1235580306/ I’ll say one thing: Taylor Sheridan is right about once the lawyers get involved, it gets crazy.

Rolling Stones

Stay tuned … Wednesday’s Rolling Stones album launch (Hackney Diamonds) with Jimmy Fallon was pretty cool. Mick, Keith and Ronnie talked for a half-four with Fallon, from London, and introduced the new video (directed by Francois Rousselet) for their single “Angry” which features actress Sydney Sweeney undulating in a car on Sunset Blvd. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mEC54eTuGw  … The threesome looked great and were funny for sure. Their first album of new material in 18 years! Simply amazing. Guests on the album include Lady Gaga; Stevie Wonder; and Paul McCartney. The Stones are in a  class all by themselves. Bravo … Looks like that long-awaited memoir from Dave Mason (Only You Know and I Know) won’t now arrive till 2024. Geeze, this book has been in the making for years … New York Governor Kathy Hochul paid a brief, but surprise visit to striking writers and actors outside Netflix offices Wednesday saying “You’re fighting the right fight” … Happy Bday Nancy Jeffries and Henry Diltz!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Roy Trakin; Roger Friedman; Andrew Sandoval; Glenn Gretlund; Bruce Haring; Jane Berk; Mark Bego; Kent and Laura Denmark; Kent and Laura Denmark; Randy Lewis;  Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Nancy Ruth; Teresa Knox; Steve Walter; Chris Noth; Nancy Ruth; Teresa Knox; Chuck Pulin; Derek Storm; Paul Undersinger; and ZIGGY!

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As the season starts so does the plethora of things to attend. Here are our picks for September

92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 9/11: Cabaret Conversations. Michael Kirk Lane interviews James Jackson, Jr. and John-Andrew Morrison; 9/12: Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks in Conversation with George Stephanopoulos: Build the Life You Want (In-Person); 9/14: Katie Couric in Conversation with Jennifer Wallace – Never Enough (In-Person) and 9/22: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Linda Evangelista (Online)

Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday at 9:30pm Jim Caruso’s Cast Party; Every Tuesday at 8:30pm The Lineup with Susie Mosher; Every Saturday at 7pm Eric Comstock with Sean Smith (Bass) & special guest Barbara Fasano (Voice); 9/1 -2 Catherine Russell; 9/18: Amanda McBroom and “Such Good Friends” and 9/25: Bill Russell “My Side Of The Show”.

Cafe Carlyle: 35 E 76th St. 0/2: John Lloyd Young; 9/12 -23: Brook Shields and 9/26 -30 Joaquina Kalukango.

Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St.

Daisy Joplin

Chelsea Table + Stage: Hilton Fashion District Hotel, 152 W 26th St. 9/8: Daisy Joplin and Frank Skinner; 9/10: Reeve Carney and 9/28: Karen Mason.

Don’t Tell Mama: 343 W. 46 St. 9/28: Quinn Lemley.

Dizzys Club Coca Cola: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street.

The DJango: 2 Avenue of the Americas. 9/21: Lee Taylor


54 Below: 254 West 54 St. 9/1 -2: Adam Pascal; 9/3 LIVESTREAM | Brenda Braxton: Stars Tonight! Feat. Ken Ard; 9/7 – 8: Tony Yazbeck; 9/10, 11 -14 Santino Fontana; 9/11: Christopher Sieber; 9/15 -16: Christine Andreas: Paris to Broadway; 9/19 – 23: Cheyenne Jackson; and 9/28 – 29: Jenn Colella: Out and Proud

The Green Room 42: 570 10th Ave. 9/8 and 9/10: Josie de Guzman and 9/11: Linda Purl.

Sony Hall: 235 W. 46th St. 9/12: Broadway Sings Celine Dion;

Theatre at the West Bank Café: 407 West 42 St. 9/28: Alison Angrim

The Triad: 158 W. 72 St. 9/9 and 9/12: Adrienne Haan.

The Town Hall: 123 West 43rd Street. 9/18: Voices: Stars for Foster Kids and 9/22 – 23: David Spade.
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CHAINSAW DAVE — Zaz The Butcher was pretty grim, but many inside the Warners/Discoveryheadquarters this past week have started referring to there errant leader, David Zaslav, as chainsaw.Since assuming the mantle there, Zaz cut The Batgirlmovie; fired Jeff Zuker; hired and fired Chris Licht at CNN; fired most of the original staff at HBO (One gal there I know well had been there for 32 years!); is slowly phasing out the HBO name to MAX; in the process of decimating TCM (reportedly 70 of their 90 employees were cut); and as of last Friday, starting to sell off assets from Warner Brothers – music and such.When you have stockholders to account too; bean counters are in; the creatives are out. Point in fact: Director Christopher Nolan -one of the brightest and best out there- is now making his films at Universal. He won’t work for WB any more and I’m sure there are dozens who will follow.

Tough times out there for the creatives; no question.

Ron Delsener

HERE’S RON — I’ve talked about the impresario Ron Delsener before. I first became aware of him when he did his standout shows in Central Park in NYC … eons ago. I seem to recall I had a friend who actually worked for Ron and he would let me through the steel gates. Suffice to say, I was there a lot.

Little by little I got to know Ron and he was a charmer of the highest degree. Fashionably cool; he could hang with them all. He had a great office at 67th and Madison and we’d meet there a lot as I was based on the East Side at the time, quite near 67th street. I met his sister Harriet who was a doll and we’ve often met at a candy store on Lexington and 82nd which served the best egg creams I’d ever had.
I had absolutely no idea that there was a doc coming on is and it apparently premiered at the recent Tribeca Festival.
Retired now, he left an indelible mark on the entertainment business. To me, one of the brightest lights ever in this definitely crazed and somewhat misunderstood-music arena. I miss him.
I can’t wait to see it!

Debbie Gibson

SHORT TAKES — Can it really be 35 years since Debbie Gibson’s “Foolish Beat” ruled the airwaves? It is and congrats> PR-man David Salidor, helming the press for Gibson back then, recalls the video shoot on a cold, cold night in Lower Manhattan.  “She had a lot of scenes near the water, making it especially tough to shoot, but we got it done. Director Nick Willing did a fabulous job and Gibson, as always, was spectacular” …Woodstock-legend Melanie has penned the intro to Mark Bego’s forthcoming book on Joe Cocker With a Lot of Help from His Friends (Yorkshire Publishing). More news on this shortly … Per Roger Friedman in his Showbiz 411: Last night (Friday), “The Flash” fell 81% — shocking — and made just $4.5 million. Another $9 million this weekend will bring it to just $85 million over two weekends. “The Flash” won’t get near $100 million until next weekend — at least. With a budget of well over $200 million, “The Flash” will cause a huge write down at Warner Bros Discovery. It will go down in history as one of the studio’s biggest flops …

NBC just canceled Magnum P.I., which switched over to the Peacock network from CBS. Great writing; terrific acting; who knows what happened. Sad …

Frederic Forrest

RIP Frederic Forrest – brilliant in Apocalypse Now and The Rose and Happy BDay Alex Salzman and Jann Klose!

Michael Des Barres

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Cory Robbins; HeatherMoore; Jann Klose; Pat Monaco; Brian Chin; Tony King; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Daryl Estrea; Glenn Gretlund; Ian Lee; Jodi Ritzen; Marsha Stern; Bruce Haring; Brian Lowry; Angela Tarantino; Robert Funaro; Vince Aletti; Bob Siegal; Craig Kostich; Kent and Laura Denmark; Michael Des Barres

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