R.I.P., Albert Finney!

“Gypsy” Movie Back On: No Barbra

“Gypsy” is coming back togetherNew Regency has come aboard to finance, and negotiating to direct is Amy Sherman-Palladino, who is coming off winning four Emmy Awards for writing, creating, exec producing and directing The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Joel Silver is producing. And, no, Streisand won’t be playing Mama Rose. No one has been cast yet.

Quotation Of The Day

“Imagine if people turned on the Super Bowl and were told that instead of a football game, we’re going to have a televised debate about kneeling during the national anthem. That’s what the Oscars have become, what Hollywood is becoming.” —  Richard Rushfield.

Beck, Robyn: Lego Movie Song

Beck has shared a new song featuring Robyn and the Lonely Island. It’s called “Super Cool” and it appears on the soundtrack for The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part. Check it out here. The full soundtrack is out today. It also features contributions from Matt and Kim, Dillon Francis, T-Pain, and others

Joni Tribute CD: Great Line-up!

Joni Mitchell tribute album, celebrating her 75th birthday, will feature live renditions of the singer’s songs by Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, James Taylor and many others. The record, Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration, will come out on March 8th. It contains a recording of a tribute concert that was held in her honor in Los Angeles last November.

MOMA TO CLOSE BRIEFLY

Ever since the 2004 re-opening, I’ve found New York’s Museum of Modern Art fairly unpleasant to navigate: no flow, as many have said. The work being done during this year’s closing may make sense curatorially, but it won’t address — and isn’t intended to address — my architectural beef with the institution.

NBC Cancels Live “Hair”

What choice did the network have? The new execs of the entertainment division (replacing Bob Greenblatt, a true theater lover) looked at the numbers for Fox’s recently aired “Rent” and thought: this show may have been a phenomenon of its time but it doesn’t have the kind of current widespread appeal (school and community productions) to draw eyeballs. Next!