Idris Elba’s not looking to be James Bond. Says it would “define” him. However, he’ll be starring as Macavity in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” with Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, and Taylor Swift, whom he said is “amazing.”
Also he wants to direct. So he did. His fine hand’s into the 1970s London-based film “Yardie,” which mixes Jamaican narcotics with the music industry.
But, hark. Think not a moon-June-spoon musical. Elba’s called one of the sexiest men on the planet, so a high C with a pas de deux is not exactly his style. Anyhow, the thing opens March 15.
Please pay attention
Everyone’s sending tidbits. Economy’s booming. Demand’s high for Rolls-Royce’s new ritzy SUV Cullinan. It has “weighted anti-spinner” wheel caps so the RR logo is always upright. Base price $325,000. Want windows, it’s another $30. RR’s hiring 200 to build showrooms for it like, naturally, Palm Beach. Like in a drizzle, four-wheel drive’s needed on treacherous Worth Avenue.
Here’s another: Feb. 7, 1839, Henry Clay — Hillary Clinton’s initials — said: “I’d rather be right than be president.” The North claimed Kentucky’s centrist senator favored slave holders. The South said he’s an abolitionist. Clay blew the nomination.
Here’s another: The new tax laws nobody understands. Writer Bruce Littlefield says he knows from experience that taxpayers who never had accountants before now need them. So Donald is definitely helping CPAs.
Dear John on ‘Rose’ and ‘Bell’
In the new film “Gloria Bell,” Julianne Moore plays a lady out there looking. John Turturro plays a guy out there doing.
John: “I can’t remember what to talk about because I’m just back from Italy filming ‘The Name of the Rose,’ an AMC miniseries for Sundance TV. Based on a famous ’80s book, it’s about a monk in an abbey investigating strange deaths.
“I did research beforehand. It takes place in 1327 so I read books on St. Francis and I met with Franciscans.”
Yeah. But now we’re talking about the film “Gloria Bell.”
“Right. I did that before Italy. I’d actually seen the original movie years ago. I knew Julianne and wanted to do this. My character’s no bum. Just a guy. They fall in love. But he can’t disengage from frustrations. Keeps messing up. Keeps trying but keeps blowing up. I know guys like that.
“Listen, I’m married over 30 years. I know everybody’s what you call ‘capable,’ but some guys just can’t get out of relationships. We filmed in Vegas and LA, and I’ve seen the film twice. This is her story. It’s a woman’s story.
“Just one thing. The guy has some interesting undergarments. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Comic ♥s New York
The Japanese version of “Saturday Night Live” starred one-named comedian Yuji (last name: Ayabe). Well-known in Japan, he now lives here.
He’s been in New York City three months. He learned English watching “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Seinfeld.” He says, “I came here because New York is the best city in the world. You sneeze here people say, ‘God bless you.’ In my country they give you a mask. I love America.”
Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead and your cars back. You can’t get around Midtown these days unless you follow a demonstration.
Said by me only in New York, kids, only in New York.