Saturday, June 15, 2024

True Grit, Jeff Bridges Don’t Need Those Golden Globes


The directors and cast of “True Grit” seem like they weathered their total shut out from the Golden Globes just fine. They had a big all star premiere at the Ziegfeld last night, followed by a grand party that took over the famed Four Seasons restaurant.

Stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Barry Pepper, and 14 year Hailee Steinfeld, as well as writers-directors Joel and Ethan Coen celebrated the film’s big successes with the Critics Choice Awards and lots of other kudos from the likes of Robert DeNiro and Grace Hightower, Holly Hunter, Owen Wilson, Marcia Gay Harden, John Legend, DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Al Maysles, Parker Posey, director Stephen Daldry, Paul Haggis, Joe Morton, a very pregnant Gretchen Mol with director husband Tod Williams, the eternal Sylvia Miles, Joe Pantoliano, Jill Hennessey, Carla Gugino, Lorne Michaels, comic Bill Hader, and Jena Malone.


Jeff Bridges told me he’s finished the basic tracks for the album this column announced a few weeks ago. Produced by T Bone Burnett, with lots of guest stars, it should come out  on Blue Note Records early next spring.

For a while, Jeff huddled at the Four Seasons with Owen Wilson and Joel Coen. Meantime Paramount heavyweights Brad Grey and Phillippe Dauman are pretty pleased they’ve got two hats in the Oscar ring–“True Grit” and “The Fighter.”

Tonight, Paramount and Universal share the spotlight on “Little Fockers,” set to be the big commercial movie of the Christmas season.

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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