Problem with the name
Angela Lansbury says “it’s a mistake” for NBC to call a new series “Murder, She Wrote.”
The network recently announced plans to reboot the show with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as its star. Spencer acknowledged her new TV project on Twitter last month.
Lansbury, who will accept an honorary Academy Award later this week, said “Murder, She Wrote” was her “greatest doorway to the world.”
“I suddenly became a worldwide-known character as Jessica Fletcher and really built an enormous audience, which I have to this day,” the 88-year-old said in a weekend telephone interview from her New York home.She’s sensitive about the show’s reinvention.
“I think it’s a mistake to call it ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ” Lansbury said, “because ‘Murder, She Wrote’ will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people ...
“So I’m sorry that they have to use the title ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ even though they have access to it and it’s their right.”
A life-saving segment
A month after undergoing a mammogram on “Good Morning America,” ABC’s Amy Robach said Monday she has breast cancer and will have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery this week.
The 40-year-old correspondent admitted she had been reluctant to have the public mammogram but went ahead after “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts told her that if the story saved one life, it would be worth it.
“It never occurred to me that life would be mine,” she said.
Bio on the auction block
An unauthorized and never-published biography of J.D. Salinger is expected to bring up to $6,000 at auction.
Ian Hamilton’s “J.D. Salinger: A Writing Life” is being offered at Swann Auction Galleries on Nov. 21.
It is being sold by a private American collector and has a pre-sale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.
Salinger, who died in 2010, successfully blocked release of Hamilton’s book in 1987, citing the use of previously unpublished letters.
A spokeswoman for Salinger’s estate did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The bound, uncorrected proof was one of about 100 that were printed as review copies., said John Larson of Swann’s. None of the other proofs have ever been auctioned.
A dress that takes flight
Lady Gaga’s album sales are already stratospheric, so why not her evening wear?
The “Applause” singer unveiled a high-tech, white vehicle she bills as the world’s first flying dress. The contraption lifted her up inside a mammoth building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she held a launch party for her new album on Sunday.
The battery-powered dress has six booms in a hex formation.
The 27-year-old New York entertainer said later that this was “maybe a small step for Volantis” – as she calls the metal dress – but “a big-time step” for Lady Gaga.