- Last Updated: 12:22 AM, August 14, 2012
- Posted: 10:32 PM, August 13, 2012
Meryl Streep, A-1 in her new “Hope Springs” movie, remembered her early acting school master class days with director/teacher Bobby Lewis. Asked subsequently who’s his best pupil ever, he said: “Meryl Streep.” About her daughters, who themselves have become stars, she said: “They’re excellent, but you’re so close that it’s hard to even tell how talented they are.”
PARAMOUNT hoping to fly high with Denzel Washington’s coming flick “Flight”. . . Harlem’s jazz joint to be opened by TimeWarner’s former boss Dick Parsons will be called Minton . . . Bill O’Reilly follows best seller “Killing Lincoln” with “Killing Kennedy” Oct. 2. First run, 1 1/2 million copies. His info was helped by “FBI access”. . . Draq Queen Lady Bunny to be roasted at XL Nightclub on her/his 50th birthday tomorrow. This hot mess is being titled “A Hot Mess.”
ANTONIO Banderas shopping 57th & Fifth Nike. Maybe for his own birthday present . . . Vanessa Williams checking out a Midtown camera shop . . . The James Nederlander redo of B’way’s “My Fair Lady” hunting Colin Firth or Harrison Ford for Rex Harrison’s role . . . Mike Tyson’s B’way debut, only booked for two weeks and doing big business, starts a coast-to-coast tour. Mike loves the idea.
SHOOTING in NY: NBC’s “30 Rock,” “Smash,” “SNL,” “Law etc., etc., & Order” etc., etc., CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife,” HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO’s “Girls,” CW’s “Gossip Girl,” FX’s “Louie” (which films at the Hotel Pennsylvania), Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” USA’s “Royal Pains,” and “White Collar” and DirectTV’s just-wrapped “Damages.”
Newies: ABC’s “666 Park Avenue” shooting at CineMagic. Also “Zero Hour” filming at Silvercup. CBS’s “Elementary” shooting at Silvercup East, plus “Made in Jersey” (which is being made in NY). Fox’s “The Following” at Steiner Studios, CBS’s “Golden Boy” at Broadway Stages, NBC’s “Infamous” did its pilot here and where it’s shooting I haven’t the foggiest. Ditto NBC’s “Next Caller.” And FX’s Denis Leary pilot “Bronx Warrants” currently at Broadway Stages.
So, take that, Hollywood!
THINGS to be considered: how smart dolphins are. Within weeks of captivity they can train people to stand on a pool’s edge and throw them fish . . . How trendy’s the name Savannah. The “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie. Another channel’s same name reporter. Now comes a birth announcement. The kid’s christened Savannah. What’s the next name? Utica? Plattsburgh? Dobbs Ferry?
THE late Dean Martin’s daughter Deana Martin, opening tonight at Feinstein’s: “I’m doing an hour 15, one show a night, five nights in a row. It’s Bobby Darin, Rosie Clooney favorites and Dad’s songs like ‘That’s Amore.’ I bring people onstage with me to do ‘Memories Are Made of This.’
“Dad was helpful in my career. Did he pick up a phone to put me in a movie? No. Never wanted his kids to embarrass him.
“He was not critical or judgemental. I never saw him angry. Everyone loved Dean. If something wasn’t good he’d say, ‘Try it again,’ or ‘Maybe it’s not the best thing to do.’ His lessons were, ‘Surround yourself with the best musicians . . . know all the lyrics . . . be on time . . . sing from the heart.’
“He, contrary to his image, was a home type. Home every night for dinner. Up early, play golf, hold me around and show me how to swing a club, rise certain time every morning, study lines every night, everything organized for him. Did he run around with Uncle Frank [Sinatra] or Sammy Davis? No.
“I have all his gold albums on my wall. He loved Faberge’s Woodhue fragrance. I kept the final bottle’s remnants from when he was still at 601 Mountain Drive. It’s drying up and, to prevent that evaporating, I don’t open it often.
“Dean had 10 beneficiaries. Ex-wives, all the kids. I’m not out spending all that money, squandering or doing wild trips. I live in Branson, Mo., near Andy Williams. So I’m OK. He took care of all of us.”
SUMMER reading. Vicky Tiel, who inspired Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” is out with “It’s All About the Dress.” Forty years of designing for Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Halle Berry . . . And Knopf’s publishing “Stella Adler on Master Playwrights.” Brando’s tutor on Keats, O’Neill, Albee, Wilder, Saroyan, Tennessee.
FELLOW into a West 42nd Street restaurant to get change for a parking meter. He then went to another restaurant for dinner.
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