QUENTIN’S HOLLYWOOD — (Via Deadline) Quentin Tarantino has rounded out his cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Spencer Garrett, Martin Kove, James Remar, Brenda Vaccaro, Nichole Galicia, Mike Moh, Craig Stark, Marco Rodriguez, Ramon Franco and Raul Cardona. They’ll play a variety of characters alongside stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Scoot McNairy and Al Pacino.
Garrett, best known for Syfy’s The Magicians and HBO’s Insecure, plays Allen Kincade, TV personality/interviewer to Hollywood’s elite.
Once Upon a Time takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippie-Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore.
But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor: Sharon Tate (Robbie).
As with all of Tarantino’s movies thus far, much speculation has been made. Is this the story of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, or is that story just a side-bar for a tale of old-Hollywood with DiCaprio and Pitt as his lead-characters?
Tarantino’s a great filmmaker for sure; even though his idiosyncrasies sometimes get in the way. Think Harvey Keitel’s patter in Reservoir Dogs; or, the incessant verbal-snipping between John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction. Or, just Uma Thurman?
The anticipation is palpable.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be released August 9, 2019.
ARISTA REBORN — Sony Music unveiled the relaunch of Arista Records under the leadership of music industry executive David Massey, this week. Most recently, Massey was President of Island Records.
Founded by Clive Davis in 1974, Arista is among the most storied labels in the history of the music business and previously served as the home to numerous iconic artists, including Whitney Houston, The Kinks, Patti Smith, The Grateful Dead, Barry Manilow, Carlos Santana, The Alan Parsons Project, The Eurhythmics, and Aretha Franklin.
Arista Records in 1974, began as Bell Records; headed by the late-great Larry Uttal.
What with Arista now joining both Sire Records and Elektra Records as being re-booted, is the music industry alive again? I think the value in re-booting these brands is that there is a very, real sense of history. Seymour Stein was Sire Records; and, Jac Holzman was Elektra. They’re both back, but with different faces. Hoping to replicate the original label’s success is not a bad thing at all.
SHORT TAKES — Micky Dolenz salutes Neil Diamond this Saturday night at the Dolby Theatre in L.A., as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner. Also, we’ve been tipped to a big, big surprise for the show, though we cannot reveal it. Details Monday … Birthday Boy, The Musical (by Brett Roelofs and Jack Donahue) launches this Friday directed by Angie Kristic; Best Director nominee (Off Broadway) for August Darnell’s Cherchez La Femme … Just for the record, CBS’ Elementary this summer season have been brilliant. The awesome John Noble, from Fringe, guested on the last episode, as Sherlock’s father. Just brilliant writing and performances from Jonny Lee Miller and Luci Liu. btw: she directed this latest ep … We hear that Robert Gordon’s show at My Father’s Place last week was fantastic. He’s one of the best out there and we will catch him next time … Coming soon to MFP: Garland Jeffreys … Congrats to Donnie Kehr on his Greatest Piano Men show; he also told us that the next edition of his Rockers On Broadway, will be again in November and will be the 25th edition. Stay tuned for more on this one … How about Eric Clapton appearing in England (Hyde Park) with Carlos Santana? I remember seeing in 1974, at the original Nassau Coliseum, a Clapton/Santana show and for the encore they both came out with John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra). What a performance. They keep saying Slowhand is going to retire, but you can’t keep a good man down. Here’s a clip from the show, of the great Joe Cocker/Chris Stainton song “High Time We Went”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUGgRSXXzBA … Best headline of the week: Indiana Bones – Harrison Ford will be 79 when the next Indiana Jones movie is released. Too funny!
NAMES IN THE NEWS — August Darnell; Jennifer Dawson; La Mama; Renji Phillip; Ron Fleeger; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Matt Diamond; Brad Balfour; Cindy Adams; Donnie Kehr; Steve Leber; Lora Evans; Tyrone Biljan; and, CFS.