HEARD HEARD — Listening to Amber Heard’s exclusive rant on Tuesday’s NBC’s Today Show begs the question, why? Sure she refutes the judgement and sure she refutes the seemingly overwhelming social media onslaught … but, still, the jury did their job and did not believe her.
Depp’s legal team hit most of the talk shows last week, so I guess this is Heard’s turnabout.
Interviewed by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie –whose husband apparently was a paid consultant on Depp’s side- is a network get for sure, but I’m not sure what it accomplishes. Sure she gets to give her side of the story, but she still lost. I guess she’s going for anything she can get at this point.
I was never a fan of hers and she seemed totally delusional on the NBC interview; partially blaming the jury, her lawyers and definitely Depp’s lawyers.
As a top-level marquee name told me last week, “She’s done.”
POLARIS CALLING — We watched Apple TV+’s For All Mankind, Season 3 opening Polaris and really enjoyed it, as we have their previous two seasons. The thing that really gets me is their alternate version of history. This season jumps ahead a decade and opens with Gary Hart, of all people, running for President and winning; a Beatles re-union concert; the Americans and Russians working very closely together; and Karen Baldwin now running an outer-space hotel, called Polaris.
As a writer, I must confess, the opportunity in almost any situation of re-writing history is enormous. I particularly loved The Beatles re-union concert – something that IMO should have definitely have happened.
Here’s a closer review of the show: https://telltaletv.com/2022/06/for-all-mankind-review-polaris-season-3-episode-1/
SHORT TAKES — Here the Amazon link to Terry Jastrow’s The Trial Of George W. Bush:https://www.amazon.com/Trial-George-W-Bush-Novel/dp/0757005063/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+trial+of+george+w+bush&qid=1655204810&sr=8-1 …
The Micky Dolenz CBS Mornings profile conducted by Anthony Mason two weeks back will air on Tuesday, August 16, which is the 56th anniversary of the release of “Last Train To Clarksville.” Mason, whose first vinyl purchase was a Monkees record and quite the authority on all matters music, was at Dolenz’s Palladium-show and CBS taped his performance of “Clarksville.”
Speaking of Dolenz, he’ll participate in the upcoming London Film & Comic Con at Olympia London, July 8, 9 and 10. Check out their site: Home – London Film And Comic Con … Congrats to Mike Read whose Heritage Chart in the UK notches its 100th edition this week
SIGHTING: WOR’s Tom Cuddy in Tribeca … Nice piece on guitarist Sean Harkness in Medium by Carol Ruth Weber. Harkness and his Unusual Suspects are at NYC’s Chelsea Table & Stage this Saturday night. Check it out: https://carolruthweber.medium.com/sean-harkness-showcases-just-what-is-needed-music-joy-7339bf4686b4
Last week Ringo Starr’s current tour was suddenly stopped when two members of his ensemble were diagnosed with COVID. Yesterday, Mick Jagger and Hugh Jackman (on Broadway) had the same thing happen. This seems to be the new normal … Reports have filtered back that Debbie Gibson’s hometown concert last Saturday, in Patchogue, Long Island, was a major success as some of her original band attended. Congrats! … It’s not out till June 24, but Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis is already drawing plaudits from many taste-makers. Also, Tom Hanks is drawing praise for his portrayal of Colonel Tom Parker which doesn’t surprise me at all. I told you; never count out Hanks! … SiriusXM highlights Paul McCartney 80th Bday Saturday with a bevy of marquee-name greetings … RIP Philip Baker Hall.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Jodi Ritzen; Maria Milito; Ken Dashow; Brad LeBeau; Glenn Friscia; Mark Bego; Cody Gaier; Rebecca Castagna; Billy Bush; Terry Jastrow; Anne Archer; Anthony Pomes; William Schill; Scott Lakefield; and ZIGGY!