Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Steven and Liv: A Tale of Two Tylers


Father and daughter, Steven and Liv, are having big weeks.

Last night Steven Tyler debuted on “American Idol” as a judge after 152 years as lead singer of Aerosmith. Steven is naturally funny and sarcastic; he’s going to make a great judge if he can last through the season. So far, so good. “American Idol” may give him the structure even rehab hasn’t been able to provide.

Meanwhile, here at the Sundance Film Festival, Steven’s daughter with rocker-writer Bebe Buell, Liv Tyler, is about to make her indie film debut.

Eons ago, Liv was sensational in movies like “Stealing Beauty,” “Empire Records,” “Heavy,” and “Silent Fall.” Then she got involved with the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, was financially rewarding but not so good for building a critical base.

Now Liv comes to Sundance with “The Ledge,” Matthew Chapman’s directing debut. Produced by Michael Mailer and Mark Damon, “The Ledge” has a lot of good buzz. It also has a strong cast, with Charlie Hunnam, Patrick Wilson, and Terrence Howard.

Tyler–who’s been dating Jann Wenner’s son–is also getting a Spotlight Award  this weekend from the Creative Coalition. Suddenly, after almost 15 years, she’s an overnight sensation. Isn’t that the way it goes? And Steven Tyler, famous since Gerald Ford was president, is a big hit again, too. Crazy!

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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