Thursday, April 18, 2024

More Kennedy Center: Adele Narrates Film Clip, Goldie Hawn Toasts Bette Midler, Tina Fey MIA for Lorne Michaels, Paul Simon Performs


More from the Kennedy Center Honors going on right now in DC. Live. The show will air in a couple of weeks on CBS when no one is watching too carefully.

The biggest surprise of the tribute to Lorne Michaels, producer of “SNL,” is no appearance by Tina Fey. Everyone else is there connected to Lorne. He produced Tina’s “30 Rock” after her successful fun on “SNL.” That’s a headscratcher.

Paul Simon performed “America,” his Simon & Garfunkel hit.

Bette Midler is being toasted by Goldie Hawn. Also her “Beaches” co-star Barbara Hershey. None other than Adele is narrating a film clip for her. Adele obviously has an overall deal with CBS. Scarlett Johansson is involved. There’s a “Hello, Dolly!” segment recalling Bette’s Tony winning performance. Broadway superstar Kelli O’Hara sings “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

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Motown founder Berry Gordy: Oprah Winfrey narrated his film. Smokey Robinson sang for him, so did the cast of Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud.” And Audra Day. But no Diana Ross. Stevie Wonder appeared on tape but is also supposed to surprise Gordy with a live performance.

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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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