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WALTER’S WIT — Sad news here for sure. Walters definitely broke the glass ceiling for sure and on her last day on The View,  all the female anchors and co-anchors (those who knew her and those that she inspired) showed up to wish her well and that was a beautiful site. From Savannah Guthrie and Debbie Roberts and Katie Couric and Joan Lunden on down, it was quite a site. Fitting for sure.

I would bump into Walters at various events and screenings and she was always totally focused and charming. I actually shared a table with her and bff Cindy Adams at The Palm West one night; set up by their PR-man David Salidor.
Walters was again suitably charming and I walked away with even more respect. Sure she had some trouble along the way -namely Harry Reasoner and Dan Rather- but in reality, that’s part of the game. I don’t think it was due to her gender, rather just being competitive. Say hat you will, but media in general is a tough game to play and a measured degree of aggressiveness is always called for.
I was at many View shows too and though ti was always hard to talk to her during that show, she was graceful. A true giant for sure. The main talent Booker there Donald Berman -retired last year and there from the start of the program- was a true gentleman with exquisite taste.
One other point must be made: he partner and co-producer Bill Geddie was with her right in the line of fire. Bill was always a gentleman, but he, along with Walters, made The View what is was. ABC bought her out and it’s never been the same.
THE GOOD NURSE —People keep asking me what’s happened to the cinema this year as the choices have been downright meager and frustrating. Top Gun/Maverick could well get a slew of nominations – not for the movie – but for bringing people back into the theaters. The nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 24.
The Fablemans, to me at least, was a major disappointment and I can’t really put my finger on why. I’m a Spielberg fan for sure, but this just seemed somewhat too ordinary. Plus, the script by Tony Kushner seemed terribly limp – especially when compared to his beatific Angels In America epic.
We watched The Good Nurse with Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain and it was pretty good, but a movie about a serial killer was certainly a downer, certainly not the movie for New Year’s Eve. Redmayne was good, not in his Harry Potter-esque motif, but again, it was a one-note portrayal. Chastain continually surprises me and was actually stunningly terrific. Her performance is worth the price of admission.SHORT TAKES — Hulu’s Welcome to Chippendales ends this week after 8 episodes. I’ve watched all seven so far and as I’ve said, have found the story to be vastly compelling. That said, the production looks cheap. Had they spent a few more dollars, it could have been a stellar show. Murray Bartlett (White Lotus) as Nick di Noia is just great and Andrew Rannells as his bf is sensational too. Topliner Kumail Nanjiana is searing as well. The story’s great for sure … 
Bischoff’s Confectionary, in Teaneck, New Jersey, was a sweet shop for 90 years. They just closed. Sad, Check out their story: https://newjersey.news12.com/bischoffs-teanecks-beloved-ice-cream-shop-honored-for-90-years-of-serviceRolling Stone magazine just issued their list of the Best 100 Singers of All Time. It’s a ludicrous list, emphasizing yet again, the current edition of Rolling Stone has absolutely NO relation to the Jann Wanner-days. So, so sad. Check out Roger Friedman’s brilliant take on it. Honestly, I couldn’t have written a better one myself: https://www.showbiz411.com/2023/01/01/rolling-stone-vomits-up-a-random-clickbait-list-of-top-100-singers-with-sinatra-at-19-streisand-147-do-they-know-what-singing-means

Canons

I got into a whole playlist of Canons and just loved it. They’re the band that had “Fire For You” and “Tunnel Of You.” Led by Michelle Joy, they’ve become a major favorite and I see big things in store for them. One selection was a cover of Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” which was great. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7r_xgV-z88

Looking for something to watch I came across Woody Allen’s Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and Parker Posey and absolutely loved it. Imagine  my surprise when I learned it was from 2015. Ever since the brouhaha with Mia Farrow, Allen’s been persona non grata is many ways. Honestly, this film was sensational. It was Allen’s typical-magnificent work and the actors were great. One of Stone’s best and Parker Posey’s best ever. I loved it … Loved last week’s Kennedy Center Awards. Thought the tribute to George Clooney was hilarious and his father speech just terrific. Dianne Reeves performance was just splendid but no mention of George’s aunt Rosemary. I was hoping for some ERcast-members to show, but nada. Eddie Vedder doing two U2 songs was great. What a voice … Check out this video from Ashley Suppa doing Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UMwajNkvG0&t=113s … Exquisite. Going to be a big year for Ms. Suppa; stay tuned … and HAPPY BDAY Bruce Shindler and RIP Fred White of Earth, Wind & Fire and Anita Pointer.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Chris Gilman; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Jodi Ritzen; Donna Quinter; Cori Gardner; Russ Titleman; Decca Records; Peter Bart; Bruce Haring; Joe Lynch; Peter Abraham; Len Salidor; Mark bego; Cliff Richard; John Reid; Hugh Jackman; Jack Rollins; Jerry Seinfeld; Dennis Arfa;  CRIMSHAW; and CHIP!

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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Broadway Barks Returns July 9th

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For their first in-person event in three years for its 24th annual dog and cat adoption event that benefits New York City animal rescue groups. The event, co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, features Broadway celebrities who use their star power to help find loving homes for animals in need from 25 participating NYC area shelters. 

This year, Peters will host the event with Sutton Foster who currently stars on Broadway in the hit musical, The Music Man. 

For over 20 years, more than 2,000 cats and dogs have stolen Broadway’s spotlight and the hearts of all who come to the event. Approximately 85% of these furry friends have successfully found forever homes. The event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues).  Festivities begin at 3 p.m. for a ‘meet and greet’ with all the adoptable pets (adoption event); from 5-6:30 p.m. adoptees make their Broadway debut on stage alongside some of Broadway’s favorite stars (celebrity presentations).  

The event is free and open to the public.

Celebrity participants to be announced at a later date.

Follow Broadway Barks:

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– Twitter: @BroadwayBarks

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– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BernadettePeters

            – Twitter: @OfficialBPeters

            -Instagram: @officialbernadettepeters  

Follow Sutton Foster:

            -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suttonlfoster  

            -Twitter: https://twitter.com/sfosternyc

            -Instagram: @suttonlenore

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– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCEFA

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Distinctive Assets is once again be producing and distributing its annual “Mother’s Day in Hollywood” Gift Bag. Distinctive Assets will pamper twenty-five of the world’s most famous moms with a broad array of fabulous gifts that are innovative, unique and useful.

“We hope these gifts will help these incredible women celebrate motherhood, family and a life well lived. These ladies inspire us through their work, and our intention is to give them both inspiration and indulgence in their motherhood journeys,” says Distinctive Assets’ founder and noted gift expert Lash Fary.

The list of this year’s mommies includes Jennifer Love Hewitt, Emmy Rossum, Mena Suvari, Kristen Wiig, Mandy Moore, Kylie Bunbury, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Hilary Duff, Priyanka Chopra, Katharine McPhee Foster, Emma Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Halsey, Amber Heard, Amanda Seyfried, Emily Vancamp, Olivia Munn, Eve, Jamie Chung, Freida Pinto, Jeannie Mai, Christina Ricci, Meghan Trainor, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lawrence.

The 2022 “Mother’s Day in Hollywood” Gift Bag features:

The Almighty Pineapple handcrafted Tranquility Oil Roller, Andis Company Wet & Dry Shaver + Personal Trimmer, ARTKIVE kids’ art keepsake box-to-book conversion service, Athena Futures potty-training watch, Atkins Chai Latte Protein Shakes, Baketivity kids’ baking kit, BIOKIDÉ Moisturizer Face Cream with baobab oil, BYROE salad-infused beauty, The Chai Box hand-blended small batch chai, City Pier Seafood Kitch’n Kidz seafood- inspired cooking kit, CocoVaa Chocolatier award-winning fine chocolate collection, COLAB Refresh & Protect dry shampoo, Color Street Nail Strip deluxe gift box, C60 Purple Power ultimate antioxidant protection, Dig It Handwear Garden Gloves, Dr. Rahi MD advanced aesthetics treatments, Elixinol Sleep Gummies, Ferver Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Goddaughters AngelEyes Heart on My Shoulder pearl necklace, The Heart Company vegan Eau de Parfum fragrance collection, Hello Gorgeous premium French craft cocktails, It’s a Sign gratitude journal, Jambys “performance inactivewear”, Kandoona Zentyme Moments aromatherapy shower steamers, Koita premium Italian plant-based milks, Ladybug Potions wellness supplements, Leaner Creamer all-natural non-dairy coconut oil coffee creamer, Little Elska luxurious minky blanket, Stepping Stone by Liv Arnold, Lottie the Leopard Can’t Find Her Spots by Ron Roecker, Love Sun Body SHEER POWER cruelty-free mineral face SPF 30 formula, MAЁLYS GET-SPRUNG Enriched Stretch Mark Oil + B- FLAT Belly Firming Cream, Moments Condoms reproductive planning and pleasure gift set, Mommies Work illustrated children’s book, and NutriFit customized healthy meal delivery.

There is also the ODDICT TWIG PRO wireless earbuds, PeaTos plant-based deluxe snack bundle, Pedi Licious aloe gel/coconut oil infused Foot Polishing Scrub, Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars Minis, RaVina Labs Skin Essentials Travel Kit, R.J. Iguanas Everyday Hot Sauce, Rose Box NYC 4 rose acrylic jewelry box, RYDIR Band travel necessity, SABON Green Rose Dead Sea Body Scrub, Schwank Grills Portable Infrared Grill, Shinery Radiance Wash hand + jewelry cleaner, SPOTMYUV UV Detection Stickers, Sweet Rosie Jewellery handmade jewelry, Tidal Hair Sticks hair accessories, Tree by Melina Sempil Watts, T-Time Products Interpersonal Shea Butter Balm, Tub Cubby Bathroom Organizer, Two Sisters Spa toy-filled bath bombs, Vahdam India sustainable & stylish on-the-go insulated Rover Bottle, The Vocal Toolkit optimal vocal health resources, Warmies heatable cozy plush stuffed animals, WaterWipes biodegradable/plastic-free/compostable baby wipes, Wunderkeks “Best Cookies Ever” sampler, and YOUTH Anti-Blemish Concentrate.

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Jelly Bean and Madonna

OH MY MADONNA — (from Showbiz 411) How many bad movies has Madonna, the performer, directed? Two: the dreadful “W.E.” and the forgettable “Filth and Wisdom.” (Domestic gross for the former $582,075, for the latter $22,406)
How many more will she destroy? At least one: her life story.
According to Jeff Sneider writing in Ankler, Madonna is going to direct the movie of her life co-written with Diablo Cody. It’s a recipe for disaster. Madonna, who has been proven not to be much of an actor or a director, is determined to make another stinker.
Actresses who’ve been approached to play Madonna to play her are obviously not impressed. Sneider says Emmy winner Julia Garner, of “Ozark,” and “Inventing Anna,” was approached but seems to have passed. So has Florence Pugh, a past Oscar nominee. That leaves two low level actresses from “Euphoria,” who are at best supporting players.
It’s hard to believe anyone will finance Madonna directing a movie about herself which she’s written. It’s like when they say ‘only a fool has himself for a lawyer.’ The Madonna movie will undoubtedly be a big, bloated vanity project with no objectivity whatsoever in which the singer portrays herself as a martyr, a saint, and an angel. God bless. It’s unclear why Universal Pictures is letting her do this: she’s not big enough anymore to bow to her wishes.
As for actresses, it might help if the woman they chose could sing or dance– not that Madonna is Whitney Houston. But she sings for a living, and has made a pretty good one at that.
Faithful readers will recall that we asked this very question in a recent column: Whatever happened to that Madonna/Diablo Cody project? I guess the answer is it’s moving terribly slowly. It would appear that the script is written; Madonna will direct it and they are looking for an actress to play her.
At first blush Julia Garner would be totally perfect; but the reality is that the blow-back from the fandom world would probably be most annoying. Madonna wanted Florence Pugh, but Pugh probably feels the same way: it’s not worth the blow-back.
The Chicago-born Cody who wrote Tully and Juno, is a pretty good scribe, if I dare say so myself, but it’s unclear what the combination of her work and Madonna has wrought. Knowing the early-Madonna, I’m quite sure the entire project has been massively whitewashed. In fact, I’m quite sure the movie will quickly gloss over such notable moments as her early work with Patrick Hernandez; Nile Rogers, Jellybean and producer Shep Pettibone, which btw resulted in her “Vogue” release … maybe her best work ever. In fact, I’d bet money on it.
I really can’t imagine this being a huge title as well, as Madonna’s time may have well come … and, gone. Anyone remember Rebel Heart?
SHORT TAKES Seems like everyone won a SAG Award over the weekend, from Will Smith to Michael Keaton and Succession. A good show for sure; finally, something was really live. No more so than when Keaton was delayed getting to the stage from a bathroom break.

Jean Smart

And, nice to see Jean Smart win. Her show Hacks just might be the best show on right now. Yes, even better than Succession

Here’s the cover of Sean Harkness’ EP coming later this month, entitled Just What I Needed.He appears at NYC’s Birdland on March 20 … Great Felix Cavaliere interview by Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos. He speaks to Micky Dolenz later today. Check it out here: https://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/chatting-with-felix-cavaliere-the-king-of-blue-eyed-soul/article … The early reviews of the 3-hour The Batman film have really been exceptionally good. Even the always-sullen Pete Hammond at Deadline liked it. This just might be the film that gets me back to the theaters …

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond selling his enormous catalog to Universal? Why not … he’s one of the best writers ever. People forget just how big Diamond was; he introduced Elton John at John’s fabled Troubadour appearance in the 70’s that launched his career (they even shared the same label Russ Regan’s Uni Records), and his “Sweet Caroline” has definitively become a major, major standard. The always prescient Roger Friedman hoped for an album of Neil Diamond classics led by Micky Dolenz. Good thoughts for sure … Look for Romeo Delight (The Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band) to return to The Cutting Room in NYC on Saturday, November 19 …

War Babies Hall and Oates

Just gave a fresh listen to the 1974 album War Babies from Hall & Oates – produced by Todd Rundgren. As stunning as it was the first time for sure. Just awesome …The Ankler reports that none other than Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B,is going to move forward with Beetlejuice 2. About time I’d say … In closing, last weekend’s SAG Awards definitely threw the Oscar race into chaos. Belfast and The Power of the Dog were thought to be the biggest winners, when in reality it was Coda, took some major hits. Stay tuned …

Roy Trakin

Happy BDay Roy (The Trake) Trakin, Joel Diamond and Judy Libow.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Chuck Pulin; Hot House Jazz; Danny Fried; Richard Johnson; Ian Mohr; Emily Smith; Neal Travis; James Brady; Markos Papdatos; Max Sabrin and Soiree; Tony Danza; Mark Bego; Jeff Zucker; Jane Berk; Lush Ice; David Fincher; Jeff Smith; Chris Gilman; Steve Walter; and, BELLA!
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