“Four years ago, these best friends discovered a hot-tub time machine.” So says the narrator at the start of the “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ red-band trailer, which Paramount debuted at Comic-Con on Thursday. No John Cusack this time around — Adam Scott,…
“OH. MY. GOD. It’s Mick Jagger!!”
Real stars generate jaw-dropping awe. Sure, there can be frenzied paparazzi scenes, but the mark of a genuine legend is the great hush that falls and a literal parting of the waters (or the people.)
That happened the other night at the after-party for the movie A Most Wanted Man at The Skylark in Manhattan. Mick had attended the star-studded Cinema Society premiere of this coming film, which includes Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last completed performance. Many of the party-goers hadn’t seen Mick at The Museum of Modern Art earlier. So the rock icon’s casual stroll through The Skylark, right up to the roof, where the view is worthy of immortals, immobilized the crowd — Grey Goose drinks were spilled, shrimps on skewers were suspended in mid-air, as Jagger walked on by. He looked good. (His hair is perhaps a shade too dark for a man who’ll never see 69 again, but it’s more realistic than what Paul McCartney insists on.)
Everybody was too paralyzed with surprise to approach Mick, who didn’t linger long on the rooftop. (Even writer Sergio Kletnoy, not known for his shyness, was agog.) But our friend director/producer/writer Linda Yellen isn’t just anybody. “Hi, Mick!” said the lissome blonde moviemaker. “I’m sure you don’t remember but back when I was with David Maysles [director and cinematographer] and you were with Marianne [Faithfull] we double-dated!” Mick, in a totally natural manner giggled and replied: “Well, very, very nice to see you again!” and then they both burst into laughter.
After Mick left, Linda said: “He probably was just being charming and polite. But I must say, the years have been good to him. And I haven’t thought about David in ages. I guess I dated everybody. Who didn’t in those days?!”
• AS FOR A Most Wanted Man, based on a John le Carre novel, we wish there were better things to report. Those who will admire it, will speak of its “mood” and deliberate slow pace. Others will scream in frustration at the lack of energy — the first 30 minutes are almost unendurable. It picks up later, but by then audience goodwill has been squandered. I’d say it moves at a snail’s pace, but don’t snails have enough problems?
Hoffman, extremely subdued, plays an espionage operative in Hamburg, attempting to negotiate with a Russian man — brutally tortured — seeking asylum. The Russian knows things. Then the CIA wants a piece and Rachel McAdams is thrown in as civil rights lawyer.
Constant noise, explosions and killings are not necessary to keep us interested. But A Most Wanted Man is almost inverted in its determination not to rely on thriller clichés — not that le Carre’s work is rife with car chases and gratuitous bloodshed. I know I’ll get notes saying the film is too “cerebral” for the likes of me.
Hoffman is good — when was he ever not — but it’s a pity that this deeply understated performance, in this gray and unforgiving non-thriller, is his final full contribution. (He will be seen in the next Hunger Games films, but not in starring capacity.)
• SOME things you should plan ahead for, because when they happen, you may miss your chance.
For instance, coming for 18 weeks only, beginning August 28 by the prolific Terrence McNally and will be directed by none other than Jack O’Brien. (Just take my word for it; they are both giant talents even if we don’t always realize it.)
This is a Broadway comedy about the comedy of Broadway and it’ll have a cast to die for:
F. Murray Abraham (he won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Amadeus)…Matthew Broderick (Tony-nominated; he was the innocent in The Producers)…Stockard Channing (Emmy-winner and theater favorite)… Rupert Grint (in all the Harry Potter movies) …Nathan Lane (he was the villain in The Producers and has won everything but the Kentucky Derby)…Megan Mullally (Emmy-winner for TV’s Will & Grace)… introducing Micah Stock, about whom I know nothing.
These big talents will all happen at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Don’t let it happen without you! Go to telecharge.com for tickets. Oh, you think they’ll give me free tickets? I can’t be sure, so I’m calling 212-239-6200.
• And then there is Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, directed by Pam MacKinnon for 18 weeks only at the John Golden Theater. Previews begin October 20.
This event will ignore all the crazies milling about in Times Square in their Disney and Sesame Streetgarb, picking pockets and ruining a perfectly good tourist attraction of New York.
The play boasts another great cast…John, is “It’s Only a Play.” This has been written Lithgow…Lindsay Duncan…Bob Balaban…Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton.
The Albee drama itself is a Tony-maker! Telecharge.com or 212-239-6200.
• The Daily News shows us a photo of my pal Taylor Swift, describing this beautiful young singing star as “perfectly primped… never misses a chance to peacock for the paparazzi.”
These days, being famous means you can never ever do the right thing. You’re either half nude and a slob or you’re “peacocking.” There’s no reward except vast amounts of money which you are criticized for earning.
• AND New York City is the place to come if you want to get rich. The #1 effort seems to be suing the city! Everybody sues the cops, firemen, and emergency workers and anyone else they think of!
Christian Grey — eh, yeah he’s easy on the eyes. But we’re in such a deep, all-consuming love affair with our charming furry companions below that we hardly noticed that the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer dropped Thursday.
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LOS ANGELES — Eva Longoria has a message for America.
The actress, honored for activism at the National Council of La Raza’s Awards Gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday night, explained during her acceptance speech why she’s been hosting and executive producing the group’s ALMA Awards for the past seven years.
NCLR, the country’s largest Hispanic advocacy organization, gave Longoria the Raul Yzaguirre President’s Award. The group’s president, Janet Murguía, said the star deserved the recognition for using “her platform to advocate for issues of concern for our community.”
Longoria has helped Latinas gain access to education and become entrepreneurs through her foundation, according to a video that introduced honorees. After ABC stopped broadcasting the awards gala in 2009, the actress was key to reviving the ceremony on MSNBC.
“I remember when we first started, having to explain to ABC who Pitbull was — us going, ‘He has the Number One song in the nation!’ and they were saying, ‘In Spanish-language?’ We go, ‘No, in the nation!,’” Longoria said in her acceptance speech.
The ALMA Awards, she added, are not just a glamorous evening with big names, but a moment to highlight the contributions Hispanics make to American culture.
“It is an opportunity for us to shape the narrative of how this country defines us and how we recognize the contributions that Latino artists make to American pop culture,” Longoria continued. “And it’s an opportunity for people to see we are not just what you see on the news and for people to know that we’re just not synonymous with the word ‘immigrant.’ We’re not synonymous with ‘drug cartel.’ We’re not synonymous with ‘not from here.’ We are so much more.”
Los Angeles Supervisor Gloria Molina, activist Angelica Salas, journalist Jose Diaz-Balart, and former baseball star Manny Mota also were honored on the final night of the NCLR’s annual conference.
Longoria closed by recalling her childhood growing up near the Texas-Mexico border and reflected on the current child immigration crisis.
“Little is being done to understand who these children are, where they’re coming from, what they’re facing,” Longoria said. “They had the bad luck to be born in poor, violent countries in Central America. These children are running for their lives and they believe that the United States will protect them. And ‘will we?’ is the question, and I don’t know.”
I met Elaine Stritch about 70 years ago. She was 19. We had gotten roles in the new Broadway production Woman Bites Dog; she played my girlfriend. During rehearsals I was shocked when they fired her. She was very talented and I liked her. Even then, s…
This kid could give Neil Peart a run for his money.
An adorable video uploaded to Facebook shows a 3-year-old boy casually being a boss on the drums while playing Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” with an orchestra. He enthusiastically beats a…
If you’ve ever dreamed of chomping into a burger shaped like the cutest Pokémon of them all, just book a flight to Tokyo.
The pop-up “Pikachu Cafe” serves Pikachu-shaped dishes — like parfait, pancakes, curry rice and burgers. There’s even a dessert plate with a Pokeball made from framboise and a yogurt mousse. If adorableness has any effect on taste, these plates are probably really delicious.
Beef curry with a carrot-tumeric rice Pikachu.
White rice and chicken Pokeball.
Pikachu pancakes with vanilla icecream.
Pikachu fruit and mango pudding parfait.
The limited-time restaurant opened in conjunction with the premier of Pokémon the Movie XY, a 2014 Japanese anime filmed which debuted on July 19.
To celebrate the start of San Diego Comic-Con as well as the 75th anniversary of Batman, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder released a new photo of Ben Affleck in costume as the Caped Crusader. This is what that photo looks like:
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) July 24, 2014
As Variety notes, the new Batman photo is part of a larger mosaic of pictures that DC Comics put together for Comic-Con. “The filmmakers wanted to include this new cinematic version of the Dark Knight in the anniversary mosaic so it could be discovered by fans!” read a blog post on DCComics.com. “The cast and crew behind ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ are excited to be a part of the 75th celebration!”
Warner Bros. will release “Batman v Superman” on May 6, 2016. The film is not scheduled to appear at Comic-Con during the Warner Bros. panel on Saturday, but don’t be surprised if it winds up being an unexpected inclusion in the festivities.