Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

TV/Streaming: On Sunday, PBS will re-air a Great Performances — the NY Philharmonic celebrating Sondheim…Coming to Netflix on Friday: “The Great British Baking Show” in its holiday episodes…Movies: The new Christmas comedy “Silent Night” looks cheery…What? You still haven’t seen “House of Gucci”? It’s too long but has its moments…Music: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett’s “Love for Sale” should by rights be the country’s number-one album right now, but you can’t fight Adele…Books: Self-help guru Brene Brown has a big new book: “Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience” (whew)…Sports: The Super Bowl is shaping up as a collision between Tom Brady’s old team (Patriots) and his current one (Buccaneers).

“Nightmare Alley” Scores Good Reviews

Variety says that director Guillermo del Toro “assembles a dream ensemble for this spectacular sideshow attraction, including Cate Blanchett as the iciest femme fatale we’ve seen in ages.'”

Tony Kushner: Oracle Of the UWS

A. O. Scott, a New York Times film critic, has a new profile of Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplay for the “West Side Story” remake hitting cinemas later this month.

Gucci Family Doesn’t Like Movie

The heirs of Aldo Gucci, who was chairman of the Gucci fashion house from 1953 to 1986, have issued a statement saying they are “a bit disconcerted” about what they claim is their inaccurate portrayal in Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” film. Such statements almost make me think the Gucci family is being paid by the movie’s PR department to juice publicity and grosses.

Rita Shines In New “West Side Story”

Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story” had a public screening last night and the reaction was excellent — and, when you add the continuing emotion in the wake of Sondheim’s death (Sondheim wrote the show’s lyrics) the reaction was overwhelming. My spies say that Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for supporting actress for the first version of the material way back when, is the soul of the remake. Hurray!


…he didn’t care what happened to his work after he died. Not to worry, Steve. The rest of us will be singing your songs for a very very long time.

Your Long Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: There’s no resisting Gaga and the Gang in “House of Gucci”: as one reviewer said, “It’s not a good movie but it’s a good time”…TV/Streaming: A long weekend is a good excuse to binge, but on what? “Squid Game”? “Succession”? Or an old favorite like “The Sopranos”? None of the above. For me it will be: “Young Sheldon”…Music: It got the most Grammy noms, so it’s time to take a listen to Jon Batiste’s remarkable album “We Are”…Books: The Washington Post has announced its Best Books of 2021. The only one I read and liked was Elizabeth Kolbert’s “Under a White Sky”…Sports: Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day football gorge. I’ll be spending the weekend with proper football (soccer) and NBA — go, Nets!