Monday, May 27, 2024

Billy Joel Teaches Jimmy Webb a Few Things


Exclusive: Last night in New York: Billy Joel gave a private master class for Universal Music Publishing execs, a few select record industry folks, and Sting. Jimmy Webb was the moderator at the new Cutting Room on East 32nd St. and Park. Long time friend Sting (they each lived in the same apartment on Central Park West at different times), actress Lorraine Bracco, Revlon’s Ronald Perelman and his wife Anna were among the guests from the non-exec side as Billy played some hits, talked about pop music and dissected Webb. Billy signed a deal in August for Universal’s Rondor Music– run by the esteemed Lance Freed–to be administrator of his huge catalog. Joel and Universal will do a similar event in Los Angeles coming up…

Paul Rudd hosted a bowling event at Lucky Strike lanes last night for Our Time with lots of well known friends including Amy Ryan, Matt Dillon, “Once” star Steve Kazee, Noah Emmerich, Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann, Eve Plumb from “The Brady Bunch”–who’s looking for an apartment in New York, Daphne Rubin Vega, Everett Bradley — who plays in the E Street Band, Jack McBrayer from “30 Rock,” Fisher Stevens, David Alan Basche and Alyssa Reiner. Our Time helps kids with stuttering problems and they run a very popular camp. A great charity:

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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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