But Your Stage Version Wasn’t?

Andrew Lloyd Webber has finally come clean about the movie version of his stage musical “Cats”: “The whole thing was ridiculous.” Details here.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

TV/Streaming: Remember that you need to switch this weekend from HBO.com or HBOgo.com to HBOmax.com if you want to keep watching the network. I’m doing my annual summer binge of “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” and “Deadwood” so you can be darn sure I made the switch…Books: The Booker Prize has announced its long list and the only novel on it I’ve read is Hilary Mantel’s “The Mirror & The Light,” which I recommend…Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” is getting rave reviews. I took a listen and I understand why it’s generating such praise. But its tunes aren’t very catchy and I can’t dance to it…Sports: MLB’s season is collapsing amidst covid cases. The NFL is next, but there’s way to much money at stake to halt the reopening of American football…Finally: I’d rather have it hot than cold but I wouldn’t mind a sunny 80-degree day sometime soon.

“Black Is King” Arrives Tomorrow

Emmy Noms: The Biggest Snub

All the lists of Emmy snubs this year focus on this person or that person but to me by far the biggest snub is that amongst the dozens of nominees in major categories not one was Latinx. Rosy Cordero provides context.

Olivia/Joan Feud: A Timeline

“If I die first, she’ll be furious”: The Oscar-winning silver screen sisters — Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine — traded many barbs over the years. Ew.com provides a timeline.

Holly Golightly Was Connie Gustafson

Until the final typescript of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Truman Capote had planned to call her Connie Gustafson. Details here.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Music: The Met Opera continues its free streaming, plus some not-for-free concerts…What is the Song of the Summer 2020? Several music lovers name their favorites. Books: I’m tempted to read Alex Trebek’s memoir, “The Answer Is…” Theater: PBS’s “Great Performances” on Friday gives us that jewel of a musical “She Loves Me.” Movies: A jokes making the rounds: Lindsay Graham will come out before “Tenet” does. TV/Streaming: I just finished my annual re-watch of “The Wire” and am searching for something more recent to binge. Suggestions? Sports: I’m surprised to say it but I’m happy baseball is back. Finally: I’m thinking of a countdown clock in the run-up to the November election.