The Glorious Corner: “The Dirt” On Netflix, Whoopi Goldberg, The Oscars

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“The Dirt”
By G.H. Harding

CRUE’S DIRT — With a little more than a month before the March 22 release of The Dirt on Netflix, Motley Crue have delivered the first official trailer for the film version of their memoir. Here’s the link:

Yesterday, Nikki Sixx hyped today’s clip by tweeting out a 19-second teaser that appeared to depict several key moments in their lives, including the crash where Vince Neil (Daniel Webber) lost control of his car resulting in the death of Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle; Sixx’s heroin overdose; Tommy Lee’s (Machine Gun Kelly) marriage to Heather Locklear (Rebekah Graf); and, based on the outfits, their tour in support of Shout at the Devil.

Also spotted is Neil holding his daughter Skylar, who died in 1995 from cancer when she was only four years old. “Their music made them famous,” a caption read. “Their lives made them infamous.” Later, a voice says, “Win it all or lose it all, we are Motley Crue.”

Tomorrow, Sixx will be a guest on Jonesy’s Jukebox, the Los Angeles radio show hosted by former Sex Pistol -Steve Jones. Sixx is expected to give the world premiere of one of the four new songs the band recorded for the movie with producer Bob Rock.

Kelly recently spoke of the challenges of playing Lee, a role he got after auditioning six times in a two-and-a-half-year stretch. Although he read The Dirt as a teenager, he didn’t fully understand all of its contents until “we were on set and doing these scenes that we were like, ‘Whoa, this is dark. What are people going to think about this?’ But there’s something about the truth in that book — the fact that you do fall in love with these people [who] then do this giant nose dive into this dark place.”

He added that Lee “is like the puppy dog of the group. He makes mistakes, but you kind of love him more when he’s making mistakes.”


OSCARS — After the debacle with Kevin Hart and editing out several somewhat-major categories,the Oscar’s finally get their day Sunday. For me, Green Book was the movie of the year, with Viggo Mortensen and Mahersala Ali giving performances of a lifetime. 

I will say that I believe that Richard E. Grant’s performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me? is an award winning one. Bohemian Rhapsody was a great flick; some unnerving errors that bothered me, but went unnoticed by the masses. And, Rami Malek’s performance is astounding.

The one good piece of news this week is that Queen will appear. They should open the show … that would be astounding. Bette Midler, Jennifer Hudson, Gillian Welch, and presumably Kendrick Lamar, are also slated to perform.

And, from our colleague Roger Friedman late yesterday: Is Whoopi Goldberg the surprise host of the show?

Here’s his report: Is Whoopi Goldberg the secret host of this Sunday’s Academy Awards? Probably not– but let’s wager some guesses. A rumor is circulating on the web that Whoopi– who’s a previous host– is going to surprise all of us. The offered proof: that’s she off The View” this week– for illness– and that, of course, she’s already an ABC employee. She’s also an Oscar winner. She’s already listed as a presenter. What would she be presenting? If the Academy has pulled this off, it would be a coup. Not that ‘no host’ is such a bad thing. But Whoopi is exactly what we need right now. It’s also the 20th anniversary of her hosting the 1999 show. That was the 3rd time she hosted (1994, 1996, 1999 and 2002.) Remember when she came out dressed as Queen Elizabeth I?
 Can it be? Let’s hope so! Back in December, she said she’d do it.

It should be a great show … heck, the Oscar’s have never received as much ink as they have this year.

Whoopi Goldberg

SHORT TAKES — David Bryan of Bon Jovi has written the lyrics and music for the musical Diana. The theatrical portrayal of Britain’s late Princess Diana will premiere March 3rd at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Jeanna de Waal, whose Broadway credits include Lauren in Kinky Bootsand Heather in American Idiot, has the title role … Kajagoogoo singer Limahl tweets, “OMG, I almost forgot, 36 years ago today, ‘Too Shy’ hit number-one in the official UK music charts. I didn’t even expect it to be a hit because a corporate person [at] EMI Records told me these words three weeks before it was released: ‘Your first record won’t be a hit’!” … Al Green has added three dates to his first tour in seven years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will play New York’s Radio City Music Hall May 5th, The Chicago Theater on the 7th and L.A.’s Greek Theater May 9th  … Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, who is also a solo country star, will receive the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award on May 7th during the Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner in Nashville … Supremes co-founder Mary Wilson has co-written Supreme Glamour, a book combining her passion for fashion and a fresh take on the group’s history. Celebrity biographer Mark Bego collaborated on it, and Whoopi Goldberg provided the foreword. The coffee-table book will be out in September … Art Garfunkel, who has 11 U.S. shows on his schedule between tomorrow and mid-May, will publish his memoir, What Is It All but Luminous, in paperback in September … PR-pasha David Salidor at SONY HALL … Happy B Day CFS!

“Supreme Glamour”

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Jsson Elzy; Dan Mapp; Andrew Sandoval; John Billings; Rich Dart;

Michelle Grant; Art Rutter; Craig Newman; Bruce Grakal; Mark Bego; Keith Girard; Tony Seidl; Robert Chartoff; Daphne Davis; Roger Friedman; and, Tom & Lisa Cuddy. 

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