FishbowlDC TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser GalleyCat SocialTimes

Posts Tagged ‘Carol Burnett’

Alan, Arlene Alda Continue to Thrive

LoveLettersWhen Marlo Thomas recently read to Alan Alda the viewer question, ‘How have you been able to lead a long and successful marriage?,’ he answered only half-jokingly: “The trick is to move out of Hollywood.”

This Sunday, Alda and Candice Bergen will take over the Broadway production of Love Letters at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, accepting the baton from Brian Dennehy and Carol Burnett. They are scheduled to perform through December 5. It’s the first time the two actors have worked together.

Meanwhile, next spring, Alda’s wife Arlene will release her latest book Just Kids from the Bronx, an oral history gathering the recollections of dozens of celebrities and leaders who grew up there. The advance reviews are solid and include this funny quote from Boston native Barbara Walters:

“Made me wish I had been born in the Bronx.”

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Middle Grade Novel Writing

Middle Grade Novel WritingStarting January 15, work with a literary agent to write your middle-grade novel! In this course, you'll learn how to develop strong characters, write compelling dialogue, master the art of revision, and market your work to publishing houses and agents. Register now!

Doc Maker Got Directing Tips from Jerry Lewis

Seven years after profiling Phyllis Diller in Goodnight, We Love You, Gregg Barson is set to unveil his documentary look at another comedy legend. It was in fact while making that previous project that Barson first met Jerry Lewis.

Probably the biggest difference when it came to making Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, which premieres tomorrow night on Encore, was how involved his latest subject was in the filmmalking aspects of the assignment. Barson tells THR reporter Lesley Goldberg that the king of comedy was extremely “hands on:”

“There were points where I’d be shooting him and he’d say to get a shot from a different location,” Barson recalls. “”I thought, ‘Jerry Lewis is helping me direct and giving me pointers.” During the process, Lewis screened cuts of Method and offered notes on the craft, cutting, timing and pacing.

Read more

Airing Out More Hollywood Dirty Laundry

Even though Blood Moon Productions mastermind Darwin Porter lives in a Victorian home on Staten Island with a menagerie of once-abandoned pets, his focus remains squarely on Hollywood.

Earlier this year, Porter uncorked a series of wild accusations in his book Hollywood Babylon Strikes Again! (co-authored with Danforth Prince), including the charge that Walt Disney regularly hired male prostitutes. Now, alongside his many celebrity biography endeavors, the former Miami Herald bureau chief for Key West has started a new weekly gossip sheet called Dirty Laundry, which promises to share “all the gossip unfit to print.”

Read more