“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example,” wrote Mark Twain.
It is interesting that the one and only Cher is reportedly closing a deal with the Logo Network to produce – and perhaps to appear – in a series set in the early ’60s. That was the beginning of her amazing career with Sonny Bono and their climb to the top in the recording business.
We’ll see if this happens. Whatever! It has to be better than the programming that Logo currently foists on its audience, which does little to respectfully represent gay, lesbian and transgender people. Logo could make an important, serious difference, but it has so far chosen not to. Maybe Cher will be its salvation.
“Solid but unspectacular” went the Hollywood headline on how Tom Cruise’s movie “Jack Reacher” has performed so far. Some industry insiders say “solid” is not enough to guarantee the making of a second Reacher movie or a new Cruise franchise in the manner of all his “Mission Impossible”-type films.
Don’t despair – those of you who love author Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” characters and stories. Don’t despair – those of you who got over the physical “inappropriateness” of Tom as Reacher, and enjoyed the movie anyway.
Tom, like Greta Garbo back in the day, is an even bigger star overseas than he is in the United States. Paramount is counting on record grosses in Japan and China where he is still a mega-mega draw. I’m betting that Tom will come back as Reacher again and again. There are several Lee Child books and each one is a great story of vengeance and justice.
There’s a real treat awaiting at the divine little Beckett Theatre on 42nd Street.
The Resonance Ensemble back in the year 1922 put on a play and this work by Karel Capek became a litmus test for modern-day visionaries who loved the idea of perfect robots. (Think George “Star Wars” Lucas and the people who dreamed up “Robocop” and “The Terminator,” etc.) Capek’s play “R.U.R” originated the word “robot” and has been reimagined and restructured for our times by Lee Eric Shackleford and directed by my pal, Valentina Fratti. (I knew she was talented, but who gets the rare chance, except for musicals, to direct more than a dozen actors in a straight play these days?)
Capek’s classic play has been translated into every major language and it still centers on perfect robots serving the needs of humans, then turning on them. In this modern vernacular, the play remains faithful to Capek’s masterpiece.
You have through Feb. 2 to see this. Visit Telecharge.com, or call (212)-239-6200. Tickets are $19.25.
I don’t much like the red carpet, having worked as an interviewer on it in La La Land for all the years I served on WNBC’s “Live at Five.”
But I thought the big pros from NBC – Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and cohorts did the most respectful and un-silly turn yet at the Golden Globe Awards. They know how to stand while talking to big stars and treat them respectfully.
But in this red carpet regard, I have to mention Eva Longoria’s leg. She managed to “out-limb” even Angelina Jolie from last year’s Oscars. “See my leg ... See my leg!” Longoria seemed to be saying, as she flexed and arched, wearing an amusingly concentrated expression on her face.
As if we could have ignored the Longoria leg. Quite funny. And I think she meant to be.