Wednesday, June 12, 2024

New Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll Movie Will Tell True Story of Record Label That Gave Us KISS, Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder


Here’s the sex, drugs, and rock and roll movie we actually need.

Neil Bogart and his Casablanca Records gave us KISS, Donna Summer, and Giorgio Moroder’s most famous hits from “Bad Girl” to “Hot Stuff” to “Last Night.”

Bogart was smart enough to rescue Gladys Knight and the Pips when the left Motown in 1971. He gave them their biggest hits starting with “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

So here comes the movie, written, directed, and produced by Bogart’s son, Timothy. It’s called “Spinning Gold.” Bogart was out of control, a real 70s records guy, so I hope they tell the whole unvarnished truth of how he made and lost a fortune.

Jeremy Jordan is playing Neil, and there’s a strong cast. Wiz Kalifa is playing Funkadelic star George Clinton. That should be good for the price of admission. And Frankie Crocker is played by Chris Redd, the very funny ex-“SNL” comedian. And all those classic Donna Summer disco hits written and produced by Giorgio Moroder–in the movie he’s played by Sebastian Maniscalco. I want to see that! I’m all in for next March!

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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