You’re busy, so here’s a look at what you (might’ve) missed. Very Important Stuff.
5. Ben Gazzara, Don Cornelius and Zalman King Died.
Actor Ben Gazzara (The Big Lebowski, The Thomas Crown Affair, Summer of Sam, Dogville, Happiness, ROAD HOUSE) passed away at 81 (effing cancer).
“Soul Train” host and creator Don Cornelius died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound (apparent suicide) at age 75.
Writer/Director Zalman King (9 1/2 Weeks, Two Moon Junction, “The Red Shoe Diaries”) died at age 70 (effing cancer). Look how pretty Mickey used to be…it makes me cry, what he’s done to himself.
4. “Threes Company” Veterans Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt Reconcile After 30 Years. I know, I know…you’ve been waiting for this, haven’t you? Now John can finally rest in peace.
3. Ridley Scott Is in Negotiations to Direct Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor and Harrison Ford is rumored to be in discussions to join Scott’s Blade Runner sequel.
After successful adaptations of No Country for Old Men, The Road and All the Pretty Horses, producers jumped at Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor script. The story follows a successful lawyer who thinks he can make some extra cash dabbling in the drug trade, but (of course) gets in over his head and things go badly. There are also two women in leading roles and producer Steve Schwartz says, “This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.” The spec script sold quickly to Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz (who produced The Road) and word is that Scott wants to direct after Prometheus is complete. Meanwhile, the interwebs were abuzz this weekend over a Twitch scoop that Harrison Ford is in talks to appear in Scott’s Blade Runner sequel, despite the fact that the producer, Andrew Kosove, had previously asserted Ford would have nothing to do with the film.
2. Kurt Sutter Signed a Deal with FX renewing “Sons of Anarchy” for a Fifth, Sixth and Possibly Seven Seasons. Though fans may have assumed the story was almost over, it looks like Jax Teller and Co. will ride on (sorry). This past season put the Sons back in their rightful spot both location and story-wise, but the idea of three more years is worrisome. Let’s hope Sutter has more than stupid human tricks up his sleeve.
1. To Celebrate Letterman’s 30 Years in Late Night Broadcasting, Bill Murray Kicked a Field Goal for Dave.
Cindy Davis hasn’t a clue as to what’s really important.