Saturday, June 15, 2024

Round Up: RIP CBS’s Ray Brady, Armie Hammer Loses a Job, “Sopranos” Prequel Moves, SAG Awards Stagger to April 4th


All movies of any value are leaving the first half of 2021. While we wait for James Bond “No Time to Die” to set itself up, here’s the latest:

David Chase’s “The Many Saints of Newark,” prequel to “The Sopranos,” is not opening in March. Warner Bros. has moved it to September 24th. March? Fuhgeddaboutit!

Alessando Nivola and Vera Farmiga lead this cast in a very anticipated film. September 12th would suggest Toronto or Telluride Film Festivals will be involved– if they happen at all. This date is flexible if this freakin’ pandemic isn’t in hand by then.

More immediately: the SAG Awards will play NBC on April 4th. They lost March 14th to the  Grammy Awards, who bigfooted them by taking the date without warning after canceling January 31st.

Armie Hammer is out of the Jennifer Lopez movie, “Shotgun Wedding.” He was going to play her fiancee. They should have called it “Cougar Wedding.” Armie is in trouble because of social media posts, and his response to them hasn’t been handled well. Now he seems to be planting nutty stuff in the Daily Mail on purpose. He said in a statement: “I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

He should be getting PR help. But you know, Armie is independently wealthy, so he doesn’t care. I wish he would take this more seriously and get it all straightened out. He is not a cannibal, or a drug addict.

Armie is still signed to play producer Al Ruddy in the miniseries about the making of “The Godfather” for Paramount Television. It’s called “The Offer” because no one could refuse it, not even Armie Hammer, even if he is a cannibal!

RIP Ray Brady, 94, long time CBS News business correspondent. He was a pro, his reporting was top notch and his delivery was excellent. I counted on Ray Brady to tell it like it was. Brady spent 28 years with CBS News, starting in 1972 when he joined CBS Radio. He retired in 2000 after 23 years as a correspondent for “CBS Evening News.”

Paula Salvatore has run Capitol Recording Studios forever. She’s been there about 30 years but looks 30 some how (no surgery either). Anyway, she’s the best. Everyone comes to her in LA to make their records, starting with Paul McCartney. Tommy Lipuma loved her. Every year she handles the pre-records for the Oscars, among her many resume highlights. Now word is Capitol is closing down her department. Paula will be in huge demand as word gets out. And rightly so.


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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