Monday, April 15, 2024

Kelsey Chooses Broadway; Andrew Garfield is Spider Man; No Overture Made


Kelsey Grammer is getting a divorce from third wife, Camille. They have two children.

At first this one is a head-scratcher since Kelsey and Camille looked happy as clams the night of the Tony Awards.

But here’s the thing: Camille is now part of the scripted reality show, “The Real (Albeit Cosmetically Enhanced) Housewives of Beverly Hills.” It shoots in California, three thousand miles from Broadway. Grammer, who’s done LA and never liked it much, is a Tony nominee in the Tony award winning Best Revival Musical “La Cage Aux Folles.” He ain’t leaving New York anytime soon.

Is it just geography that’s splitting this couple? Answer: who knows? But when “Housewives” eventually airs, we may learn a lot more. The camera crews have been following the couple for weeks. Even yours truly had to sign a release on Tony night after I spoke to Kelsey about the Broadway show…

…Everyone’s fighting over whose scoop it is/was that Andrew Garfield has been cast in the new “Spider Man” movie. I don’t care. All I know is, Garfield is a spectacular choice. So good in “Boy A” and “Dr. Parnassus,” and even “Lions for Lambs,” Garfield is hot hot hot right now. I predicted after “Boy A” that he would blast off, and it’s happening. Well played…

…I told you weeks ago that Overture Films was over. Now Chris McGurk and Danny Rossett are out, and the place is cooked. This is not to be smirked at. Chris and Danny tried hard, and put out some good films like “The Visitor” and “Capitalism: A Love Story.” They are wished well in their next endeavors. No word yet on what happens to Anchor Bay, a division of Overture. They have “Solitary Man,” in release with Michael Douglas. It’s a terrific little film, with Douglas deserving an Oscar nomination. If it got lost in the abyss now, it would be a shame…

…It does feel like I just saw Elliot Kastner in Elaine‘s recently. Last night the eatery’s owner Elaine Kaufman was one of many who mourned a great friend and movie producer. Kastner died on Wednesday at age 80. He made “The Missouri Breaks,” “Harper,” “Equus,” and three films based on Raymond Chandler mystery novels: “The Long Goodbye,” a gem starring Elliot Gould; “Farewell My Lovely” and “The Big Sleep.” A fixture in Hollywood, popular and talented, he will be sorely missed….

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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