Under the Silver Lake, a contemporary film noir set in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, was supposed to open last April. It now opens on Friday, Dec. 7. Andrew Garfield, 35, stars as Sam, an unhappy guy who discovers a mysterious woman frolicking in his apartment complex’s pool one night. The woman suddenly disappears and Sam embarks on a quest across Los Angeles to find her. As he hunts for the woman, Sam encounters much more than he expected — scandals and a big-time conspiracy. The supporting cast includes Zosia Mamet (Girls), 30.
Zosia Mamet is, of course, the daughter of famous playwright and film director David Mamet, 70. Actor and master magician Ricky Jay was a favorite of David Mamet. He co-starred in three films written and directed by Mamet (my favorite was House of Games). Sadly, on Nov. 24, Jay died, age 72. I recommend watching the PBS American Masters bio on Jay, titled Deceptive Practice (posted on YouTube).
Another sad note: British film director Nicolas Roeg died on Nov. 25, age 90. His films include Walkabout, Performance and The Man Who Fell to Earth — the latter two films featured, respectively, Mick Jagger and David Bowie in their first starring roles. Almost all bios say that Roeg’s father was of Dutch ancestry. That should be qualified — his Brit father was a Jew (whose ancestors were Dutch Jews). Roeg’s mother wasn’t Jewish.
The Alec Baldwin Show, an ABC celebrity interview show hosted by Baldwin, began in October. Reviews of the series haven’t been great and we’ll see whether it will continue much past New Year’s Day. Baldwin interviews actress Sarah Jessica Parker, 53, in the episode airing on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 p.m. Topics discussed include Parker’s move into publishing; the first anniversary of the Times-Up anti-sexual harassment movement and how, as an actress and producer, Parker has had conversations on the set about harassment that often are surprising and never easy; and her 21-year marriage to actor Matthew Broderick, 57, and their hopes for the future. I might note that Parker is a good interview. A few years ago, David Letterman told Jerry Seinfeld that the best episode (to date) of Seinfeld’s interview series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee was the one featuring Parker. (That episode is on Netflix.)
A revival/re-boot of Northern Exposure, the hit ’90s series about a Jewish doctor in rural Alaska, is in the works. Rob Morrow, 56, who starred as Dr. Joel Fleischman, is producing the series, which is now in the development stage at CBS. Joshua Brand, 67, who co-created the show, and wrote many original episodes, is described by Variety as the re-boot’s writer.
Nothing is certain: They haven’t even shot a pilot episode or secured the services of the surviving original cast members. Weird sidelight: Morrow and his wife of 20 years, Debbon Ayer, 59, have one child, a daughter named “Tu.” Put it together: Rob’s wife’s names equals “debonair” and his daughter’s full name sounds like “tomorrow.” Morrow once said it was family tradition that led them to name their daughter, now 17, Tu Morrow. No word if Tu Simone Ayer Morrow has chosen to use one of her middle names instead.