LEGEND HARVEY WEINSTEIN IS COMING OUT SWINGING
THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. HARDING
Mitchell Hospitalized --- Joni Mitchell has been treated in an intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital. The Grammy award-winning folk singer is in “fair condition,” said authorities after paramedics were called to her Bel Air home. Her website, jonimitchell.com, released the following statement: “Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon. She regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an LA area hospital. She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits. More updates to come as we hear them. Light a candle and sing a song, let’s all send good wishes her way.”
Mitchell, 71, was found by paramedics around 2.30pm Pacific Time on Tuesday after an emergency call from her house.
In 2014, Mitchell released a career-spanning four-disc box set and appeared at Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy party in February.
She has received eight Grammy awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
The singer-songwriter told Billboard magazine in December 2014 that she has a rare skin condition that prevents her from performing live.
Mitchell is a towering figure in music history, and still stands as a major force. From her song “Woodstock” to her exemplary music and painting over the years, she remains a major light. All the best.
HARVEY SCISSORHANDS? --- This story going ’round that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein had some sort of inappropriate encounter with a girl is pure, allegedly pure hogwash.
Everyone’s written about it, but perhaps the best and most detailed account comes from our colleague (and burgeoning rock star) Roger Friedman yesterday in his “must-read” Showbiz 411 column.
Turns out that this pretty young thing was also involved in the Silvio Berlusconi brouhaha over in Italy . . . which was ultimately overturned in his favor.
Word of advice to the pretty young thing: You definitely picked the wrong one here. I predict that Harvey will not only go after her, but have her banished 4-ever!
I’m not a fan of the man, but he does have taste and a scandal like this is so far away from what he would or could do. He'll make an example of her.
I almost feel sorry for her (almost!).
NINE LIVES “EXCLUSIVE” --- Christopher Walken is joining Kevin Spacey in a high-concept comedy Nine Lives, to be directed by Barry (Men in Black) Sonnenfeld.
In the pic, a workaholic businessman (Spacey) must figure out how to redeem himself after a terrible accident leaves him trapped in the body of his family’s cat. Walken plays Felix Grant, the owner of a mystical pet shop, who assists the businessman during his feline time of stress.
This is the first time that Walken and Spacey have worked together onscreen in a feature film (in fact, Spacey is known for his killer Walken impersonation) . . . and I predict we will see that impersonation in the final cut of the film.
CLOSING NOTES --- Madonna’s “Ghosttown,” which she performed on Sunday’s iHeart Music Awards show, was simply terrific. With Taylor Swift on guitar, this is the track I liked the most from the one-time Material Girl’s new album. Just sensational. Btw: She and Swift make quite the duo. No kissing, just pure music. Actually, theirs was the best performance on what was an otherwise somewhat dreadful show. Aside from Madonna and Swift, that awards show made the Oscars look like pure gold by comparison . . .
Am loving the Ringo Starr cover story in the current issue of Rolling Stone. Stephen Rodrick did a stellar job. Not quite the questions I would have asked, but most enjoyable. His new album was promised by his PR-people last week; still haven't received, though . . .
Listening party next week for actress-turned-songstress Gloria Reuben at the Metropolitan Room and her new album, Perchance to Dream (MCG Records). Expected guests include Jersey Boys’ Donnie Kehr and Robert Funaro from The Sopranos ...
Two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee is one busy man these days . . . having written an enthusiastic Foreword to writer/humorist Elliot Tiber’s just-published and already-well-received memoir, After Woodstock (in which Lee explains how he came to direct his 2009 film of Tiber’s first book, Taking Woodstock), Lee is now gearing up to direct a 3-D film adaptation of Ben Fountain’s Iraq War-themed novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The film has just added the one and only Steve Martin to its cast, and early talk is that this may be one of the most interesting and thought-provoking war-themed films ever made. Of course, this is not the first time Ang has made a film featuring a warrior named “Billy.” In Taking Woodstock, actor Emile Hirsch played a young Vietnam war vet named “Billy.” Mere coincidence or part of this masterful filmmaker’s master plan? We’ll see…