Chat Chat

Posted by: Rita

Chat Chat - 04/22/10 08:52 PM

We have Ping Pong Chat and Trivia Chat, so now here's Chat Chat, for showbiz stuff that doesn't fit in anywhere else. Like this:

Michael Douglas's son was sentenced to 5 years for dealing, Heather Locklear was arrested for a hit-and-run, Marie Osmond's son committed suicide. All is not well in La-La Land.
Posted by: Kay

Re: Chat Chat - 04/22/10 10:12 PM

Sounds like the good old days, when Fatty Arbuckle was involved in the death of a starlet and Charlie Chaplin that of a director...and that was even before I was born...Chaplin managed to get into more kinds of hot water than you can name.
Posted by: Christopher

Re: Chat Chat - 04/24/10 12:27 PM

I read that the usual sentence for drug trafficking was 10 years, but Cameron Douglas got only 5 because Famous Daddy and friends wrote 27 letters to the judge asking for clemency.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: Chat Chat - 04/24/10 02:18 PM

That sounds quite OJ-ish, but the judge said this might be Cameron Douglas's last chance. It could be a humane judgment, unless the judge was making excuses for showing leniency to a member of a celebrity family. Who knows.
Posted by: Jon

Re: Chat Chat - 03/27/11 09:01 AM

If this is really for anything that doesn't fit elsewhere: I saw two shows recently in New York, one delightful, the other unforgettable.

A week ago, the musical Where's Charley? as part of the musicals-in-staged-concert series Encores! Based on the venerable farce Charley's Aunt, Frank Loesser's first stage musical, and originally a vehicle for Ray Bolger, it is rarely done (and the film never shown). One can see Loesser finding his way in the medium (he certainly mastered it by his next try, Guys and Dolls), songs are inserted in odd spots and sometime to peripheral purpose. But they're still good songs, the comedy still works, and the performances were charmingly appropriate (Rob McClure sold his big solo "Once in Love with Amy" with a gentle charisma that marks him as a find). It was also a pleasure to see Rebecca Luker and Howard McGillin so nicely matured into the older generation of characters, beautiful voices intact.

And yesterday I saw my favorite play of the past quarter-century, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, in a production as close to ideal as such things can get. I saw Trevor Nunn's original production 15 years ago, and David Leveaux's is its match, as the four others I've seen in the interirm were not quite (despite good individual elements). Standouts: Lia Williams as the first really satisfying Hannah I've seen, Tom Riley as the 1809 tutor Septimus, doing what I thought impossible by surpassing Billy Crudup's superb professional debut in the role back in 1995. And, happily, Billy Crudup himself, now portraying the sloppily flamboyant researcher Bernard Nightingale and doing more than I would have believed possible with him. What a really superb actor Billy Crudup is.
Posted by: Rita

Re: Chat Chat - 03/27/11 04:32 PM

It's posts like that that make me drool. Jon, you've sung Billy Crudup's praises before, and I'm sure I'm missing something. I think the only movie I've seen him in is Mission Impossible III, which I barely remember.
Posted by: Pete

Re: Chat Chat - 03/28/11 11:28 AM

Public Television has gone into a rather frantic begging mode recently, probably as a result of a huge impending cut in government support. Anyway, last night they spent all evening presenting a concert version of Les Miz, with what looked like a triple cast--anyway, scores and scores of singers in the chorus. I had never heard it before. I know it's immensely popular (anything that runs that long must be!), but is it good?
Posted by: Kay

Re: Chat Chat - 03/29/11 09:29 PM

I saw it live at least 17 years ago...and liked it a lot, although as much for the staging as the music, some of which is quite I was reminded last week listening to the humming chorus in Butterfly, which is Oh-so-close to "Bring Him Home."

Well done, it's great theatre...
Posted by: Jon

Re: Chat Chat - 04/04/11 12:51 PM

Rita, for movies that feature Billy Crudup more prominently, I might name THe Hi-Lo Country, Waking the Dead, Almost Famous, Big Fish, and Stage Beauty. He's very good in them, but I do think that (like a few others I can think of) his real greatness comes across in live performance onstage. I remember that 15 years ago, the movie magazines would routinely include him in their lists of "the next 10 big stars," year after year. And he got some big movie roles and did well with them, but it didn't really happen. Possibly because it's not really what he most wanted. He keeps coming back to the stage, for which I am grateful.
Posted by: Christopher

Re: Chat Chat - 11/04/11 04:18 PM

Forbes has come up with a list of the ten most overpaid actors in Hollywood. Heading the list is Drew Barrymore, whose movies earn 40 cents for every dollar she is paid. There might be a few surprises here:

1. Drew Barrymore
2. Eddie Murphy
3. Will Ferrell
4. Reese Witherspoon
5. Denzel Washington
6. Nicolas Cage
7. Adam Sandler
8. Vince Vaughn
9. Tom Cruise
10. Nicole Kidman
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Chat Chat - 11/04/11 07:47 PM

Surprises, yes! I thought Denzel Washington's and Nicolas Cage's names meant money in the bank. Eddie Murphy's used to, but his day is past. Tom Cruise too, I suppose. But then, I've never understood why anyone would pay Will Ferrell anything.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: Chat Chat - 11/05/11 07:25 PM

Nicolas Cage has made a lot of successful action movies, but he's also made a bunch of clunkers that were in and out of the theaters before you knew they were there (his Bad Lieutenant movie, for example, didn't even earn back Cage's salary). Same for Denzel Washington; his The Great Debaters earned only one-fifth of its cost. The surprise for me is Tom Cruise. His last two movies both lost money (Valkyrie and Knight and Day), but he's back in another big-budget Mission Impossible movie opening next month.
Posted by: Lorna

Re: Chat Chat - 11/06/11 11:01 AM

Who is Vince Vaughn?
Posted by: Andrew

Re: Chat Chat - 11/06/11 12:23 PM

I saw him in an entertaining film ("Swingers") with Jon Favreau.
Posted by: Pete

Re: Chat Chat - 11/06/11 12:40 PM

It looked as if only the last three movies were used in establishing the ratio. Barrymore has evidently been in three clunkers, most recently. She must have had a series of hits to get to the point where her salary was such a significant part of the cost of the movie. Also, many movies end up profitable based on worldwide admissions, TV sales, DVD sales, etc.