Saturday, April 13, 2024

Norman Lear Visits Mt. Olympus, Hosts Swell Evening for Songwriter Diane Warren and her RGB Song “I’ll Fight”


Norman Lear, the man, the legend, is 96. He doesn’t go to cocktail parties, let alone host them, unless he wants to. Lear loves songwriter Diane Warren and her sensational anthem, “I’ll Fight,” which she wrote for the documentary “RBG.”

So Lear hosted a reception after a screening last night atop Mt. Olympus in Laurel Canyon for Warren. This seemed appropriate for the Zeus of all TV. It seemed like half of Hollywood’s movie music community traveled to the private Ross House with a 100 seat screening room and views of Los Angeles that are out of a movie.

Actress Frances Fisher, “Beale Street” composer Nicholas Britell, “A Quiet Place” composer Marco Beltrami, and a big group of sound mixers and music supervisors got to see the great doc made by Betsy West and Julie Cohen.

Lear told me that there will not be an “All in the Family” reboot but he is working on something regarding that classic show. He and Jimmy Kimmel are cooking up something concerning one episode of the show, but more he would not say.

As for more reboots, like his “One Day at a Time” Latina version for Neflix, he said more are coming.

But it was a night to celebrate Warren, who has 9 Oscar nominations. “I’ll Fight” should be number 10. Ironically, she’ll be up against her sometime writing partner Lady Gaga. It’s a toss up who will win, but at least when “I’ll Fight” is performed, we’ll get to hear Jennifer Hudson.

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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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