Saturday, April 13, 2024

Oscar Winner Diane Keaton Wanted for Cafe Carlyle Gig–And She Wants to Do It


I can tell you right now that when Rob Reiner’s “And So It Goes” opens on July 25th, everyone’s going to be talking about one thing: Diane Keaton’s amazing performances singing standards with a jazz band.

On Sunday night at Guild Hall in East Hampton, the star studded audience went nuts for Keaton. This included co-star Michael Douglas, his wife Catherine Zeta Jones, no less thanĀ  Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, Bob Balaban and wife Lynn, Joy Behar, plus the film’s director Rob Reiner.

Later, over at the ever popular Nick & Toni’s for a post screening dinner, famed rock promoter Ron Delsener came straight up to the dazzling Keaton. “I want to book you into the Cafe Carlyle,” he announced. “You’ll sell the place out!”

Keaton sputtered, “Okay,” not realizing at first to whom she was speaking. When she finally figured out what was going on, she was thrilled. The Cafe in the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue is home to Woody Allen’s New Orleans jazz band, Elaine Stritch and countless other stars. The late great Bobby Short made it famous.

Keaton brought her son and daughter with her to the premiere– her son is obsessed with pop star Jason Derulo, among others. The kids were with her on Saturday too when she signed copies of her latest book, “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty.” The signing attracted so many people to BookHampton on Main Street that they spilled down the block and mixed with the guests at the opening of designer Lisa Perry’s hot new boutique.

Meanwhile back at the screening, Clarius Entertainment’s William Sadleir introduced Reiner, and told us all about his new company’s plans to make movies for adults that aren’t franchise sequels featuring super heroes. Reiner told the crowd when he hired Keaton, she told him she just doesn’t really act, she just what she does.

That’s not exactly so. Keaton and Douglas, as well as the terrific Frances Sternhagen, newcomer Sterling Jerins, “Rocky” star Andy Karl, and Annie Parisse make more out of Mark Andrus’s screenplay than anyone could imagine. If you want to know what real stars can do, watch Keaton and Douglas together. They are luminous.

PS The Reiner movie resurrects a great record, “Both Sides Now,” written by Joni Mitchell and re-recorded by its original hit making singer Judy Collins. Ka ching!



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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