Tuesday, April 23, 2024

(Listen) Macy Gray Sings “Hide the Hurt,” a Possible Best Song Nominee by Diane Warren from Darrell Hammond Doc “Cracked Up”


Lot of news here:

Diane Warren has not one but two possible Best Song nominees this season. She already has 10 nominations, let’s not forget.

So “Hide the Hurt” is sung by Macy Gray at the end of the documentary about “SNL” star Darrell Hammond, called “Cracked Up.” It’s playing in New York at the IFC Center and tomorrow night gets a premiere and Q&A in Los Angeles at the Laemmle in Los Angeles with Darrell, Macy, Diane Warren, and music supervisor/therapist Bonnie Greenberg.

Diane’s other song is “I’m Standing with You,” from the hit movie “Breakthrough,” which came out earlier this year. Videos for each song are below.

Michelle Esrick’s elucidating film (with cinematography by among others Chris Hegedus) tells the story of Hammond’s frightening childhood and abuse at the hands of his deeply disturbed mother. Hammond, a gifted comedian and mimic, finally reveals how he has battled depression and alcoholism by using comedy. He was at the time he left “SNL” their longest running player. Lorne Michaels then hired him to succeed the late legend Don Pardo announcing the opening of the show. I urge everyone to see this film.

Macy Gray’s reading of Warren’s song is just beautiful, and reflects Hammond’s fragility as well as that of all abuse survivors. It’s also so well produced and sung I’m sorry it’s not a viral hit on Spotify. Maybe it will be. “Heal the Hurt” is available there and on iTunes.

Roger Friedman
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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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