The Kominsky Method’s Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin
THE KOMINSKY METHOD — We just finished the second season of Netflix’s The Kominsky Method and really enjoyed it. It was more of the same, but with a bit of a kick. In Sandy Kominsky’s acting class, two of his students did a scene from Two and a Half Men; also created by Kominksy’s Chuck Lorre. After the scene ended, Sandy (Michael Douglas) muttered, what a way to rip off the Odd Couple. When Two and a Half Men debuted, that was the call from several critics.
Nice to see Chuck Lorre taking himself not so seriously.
And, in one episode, Kathleen Turner (of all people!) turned out to be one of Sandy’s ex-wives. Nice move there Mr. Douglas … classy as always.
The season ended with a cancer scare for Sandy; but, Norman (Alan Arkin) stays firmly at his side. It’s not the ending I would have chosen, but it certainly sets the stage for a season three. Arkin, by the way, is just superb.
My ending: former-actor Sandy lands a major, major film role.
RAGE AGAIN — (from Randy Lewis/LA Times) Rage will roll again in 2020, as the long-running politically provocative L.A. rock band Rage Against the Machine ramps up for a string of shows next year, including headlining dates at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which the group helped launch 21 years earlier.
The band, fronted by singer Zack de la Rocha and fueled by lead guitarist Tom Morello, unveiled details on its Instagram feed about a handful of shows next year starting March 26 in El Paso and continuing with stops March 28 in Las Cruces, N.M., and March 30 in Phoenix ahead of the April 10 and 17 appearances at the 2020 edition of Coachella in Indio.
The band has been on hiatus since a 2011 appearance at the one-day L.A. Rising Festival at the Coliseum that also featured England’s Muse, Chicago’s Rise Against, rapper Lauryn Hill, Peruvian American rapper Immortal Technique and Mexico’s El Gran Silencio.
The group’s most recent tour was in 2010, extending from various points in the U.S. across South America and Europe.
Next year’s return to engagements through the Coachella performances extends the festival’s tradition of high-profile reunion or career rejuvenation events.
STILL STAYIN’ ALIVE — (from Deadline) Add another jukebox show to the Broadway hopper. Wicked co-producer Universal Theatrical Group (UTG), Universal Pictures’ live theatre division, has reached an agreement with Barry Gibb, Yvonne Gibb, and the Estate of Robin Gibb to develop a bio-tuner based on the life story and music of the Bee Gees. Barry Gibb will serve as an executive producer on the project. The announcement was made by Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our family,” said Barry Gibb. “I’m personally very excited to be a part of the creative process along with Yvonne and Dwina. It’s another adventure for us and a chance to throw the spotlight on all my brothers and finally the real story of us will be told. It’s an honor to be working alongside the people I most respect. I can’t wait to get started!”
The Bee Gees, comprised of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, are among the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. With their iconic sound and quintessential performances, the talented group of brothers rose to fame in the 60’s and 70’s and saw global success with iconic hits such as “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” “Too Much Heaven,” “Nights On Broadway” and “Stayin’ Alive.”
The Bee Gees are one of my all-time favorite bands and to continue to hear their music, in any medium, is indeed a high honor. That said, I trust the creative team they assemble (with Barry Gibb) can adequately handle all the twists and turns in their wondrous career.
From Robert Stigwood, to RSO Records (and, Bill Oakes), Andy Gibb; the splits they all endured from the band; Barry’s magnificent work as a producer; the deaths of Maurice and Robin … it’s quite a tidy parcel. In my opinion, the trick that made Bohemian Rhapsody and even Rocketman, major successes, was that they had participation from some of the actual people who were involved. Sure, the Queen movie moved a lot faster than it did in real life and Elektra Records was essentially left out, as was Elton’s band … they both did tell the story.
Here’s to hoping it’s an accurate portrayal … love the Brothers Gibb!
SHORT TAKES — The revamped Extra is holding up pretty well. Billy Bush is better than ever and really delivers a home run with each show. In Friday’s show he took a poll among Extra-staffers whether they would watch Apple TV’s just-released Morning Show. Most said they would and when one asked Bush … he dramatically said no … as he had lived it! Funny … With the first-half of the new-TV season over, let’s look at what happened, or rather, what didn’t happen: Jimmy Smits much-hyped return to TV Bluff City Law was canceled; Cobie Smulders Stumptown emerged as the one true new hit; not one of NBC’s new shows was a hit; and, old stalwarts like The Blacklist; This Is Us; New Amsterdam; and, FBI held strong.NBC’s Law & Order: SVU in its record breaking 21st season, delivered some brilliant shows, including last week’s Murdered At A Bad Address, written by none other than former Daily News-scribe Denis Hamil, with showrunners Warren Leight and Julie Martin. Just an amazingly well written show. Bravo! … Robert Millers Project Grand Slam just locked in two more dates at The Groove in NYC: November 17 and December 8 …
Did you catch Micky Dolenz on AXS’ Mixtape show Friday? He heads out this week for two solos shows and next week, is The James Burton Foundation show in Nashville, with Joe Walsh and Paul Shaffer …
Billboard’s Joe Lynch finished his interview with PR-pasha David Salidor last week. According to Salidor, they spoke a lot about his tenure as publicity-man for the visionary Ze Records in the 80’s, where he worked on Cristina; Kid Creole & The Coconuts; Suicide; and, Was (Not Was). He also spoke about his representation with the major DJs at the time, including, Jellybean; Jim Burgess; Shep Pettibone; Scott Blackwell and Mark Berry. Should be a fascinating read. Stay tuned … The Mary Wilson/Mark Bego reception at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room, for the #1 success of their book Supreme Glamour (Thames and Hudson), is moving along swiftly. Guests will be served Wilson ‘s Bourbon Passion cocktail, as detailed in Bego’s East Like A Rock Star book … As predicted, Netflix’s Stranger Things will be back for a fourth season; no doubt rescuing Jim Hopper from Russia …
One more picture from Wendy Stuart Kaplan’s Reading For Filth, at Bedlam last week; with Eileen Dover (who did the brilliant casting); and, Brian Balthazar and Michael Musto … A great article on one of my personal faves, Blade Runner;the original. If you recall that posited a future … in November 2019. A good read: https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1198613/Blade-Runner-setting-predictions-November-2019-Los-Angeles-Harrison-Ford-Rick-Deckard … Coldplay just superb on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Chris Martin: what a voice. Their eagerly awaited new album Everyday Life is out in a week … Happy Bday Alan Kaplan … Emmy-winning Pose actor Billy Porter, Latin singer Ozuna and Grammy-winning performers Black Eyed Peas, TLC, Chicago and Kelly Rowland will be among the stars celebrating at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Macy’s said Friday that Ciara, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Debbie Gibson (her second), Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin and former NASA astronauts Kay Hire and Janet Kavandi also will participate in the 93rd annual parade on Nov. 28.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Bruce Grakal; Man Parrish; Gino Soccio; Charlie Sheen; Donnie Kehr; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; William Schill; Anthony Noto; Eppy; Robert Funaro; Randy Alexander; Barry Fisch; Jeff Smith; Jacqueline Boyd; Peter Abraham; and, Ziggy!