Thursday, January 17, 2013

LIZ SMITH: Can Cher Save The Logo Network ...

Can Cher Save The LOGO Network? ... IS "Solid" Good Enough for Another Tom Cruise/Jack Reacher Movie? ... NEW YORKERS — Don't Miss "R.U.R." at the Beckett Theater ... Red-Carpet Musings — Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and The Leg of Eva Longoria.
Also — An Irreverent, Reassuring Read How to Beat Prostate Cancer.

by Liz Smith
Thursday, January 17th, 2013

“FEW THINGS are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example,” wrote Mark Twain.

It is interesting that the one and only Cher is reportedly closing a deal with the Logo Network to produce — and perhaps to appear — in a series set in the early 1960s. That was the beginning of her amazing career with Sonny Bono and their climb to the top in the recording business.

We’ll see if this happens. Whatever! It has to be better than the programming that Logo currently foists on its audience. It is a disgrace and embarrassment to all gay, lesbian and transgender persons, not to mention how insulting it is to trees, rocks, insects, and extraterrestrials.

Logo could make an important, serious difference but it has so far chosen not to. Maybe Cher will be its salvation.
"SOLID but unspectacular” went the Hollywood headline on how Tom Cruise’s movie “Jack Reacher” has performed so far.

Some industry insiders say “solid” is not enough to guarantee the making of a second Reacher movie or a new Cruise franchise in the manner of all his “Mission Impossible” type films.

Don’t despair — those of you who love author Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” characters and stories. Don’t despair — those of you who got over the physical “inappropriateness” of Tom’s being cast and enjoyed the movie anyway.

Tom, like Greta Garbo back in the day, is an even bigger star overseas than he is in the U.S. Paramount is counting on record grosses in Japan and China where he is still a mega-mega draw.

I am betting that Tom will come back as Jack Reacher again and again. There are about 10 or 15 Lee Child books and each one is simply a great story of vengeance and justice.

As long as we’re mentioning Tom Cruise, I want to share what Tom’s personal Christmas card, with a white dove of peace on the cover, looks like inside!
NEW YORKERS who can easily get to the West Side of 42 Street to the divine little Beckett Theater — well, have I got a treat for you!

The Resonance Ensemble back in the year 1922 put on a play (I think it starred the young Spencer Tracy) and this work by Karel Capek became a litmus test for modern day visionaries who loved the idea of perfect robots. (Think George “Star Wars” Lucas and the people who dreamed up “Robocop” and “The Terminator,” etc.)

Capek’s play “R.U.R” originated the word “robot” and has been reimagined and restructured for our times by Lee Eric Shackleford and directed by my pal, Valentina Fratti. (I knew she was talented but who gets the rare chance, except for musicals, to direct over a dozen actors in a straight play these days!)

Capek’s classic play has been translated into every major language and it still centers on perfect robots serving the needs of humans, then turning on them. In this modern vernacular, the play remains faithful to Capek’s masterpiece.

You have through February 2 to see this. It’s excellent. Visit or call 212-239-6200. Only $19.25.
A scene from R.U.R., showing three robots.
I DON’T much like the red carpet having worked as an interviewer on it in La La Land for all the years I served on WNBC’s “Live at Five.”

But I thought the big pros from NBC — Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and cohorts did the most respectful and un-silly turn yet at the Golden Globes.

They know how to stand while talking to big stars and treat them not gushingly but respectfully.

But in this red carpet regard, I have to mention Eva Longoria’s leg. She managed to “out-limb” even Angelina Jolie from last year’s Oscars. “See my leg ... see my leg!” Miss Longoria seemed to be saying, as she flexed and arched, wearing an amusingly concentrated, serious expression on her face.

As if we could have ignored the Longoria leg. Quite funny; and I think she meant it to be!
WHAT’S an old girl like me, doing writing about a book titled “Saying Good-bye To Your Prostate?”

I confess it’s a sticky wicket for a giddy column like this one. I am always being told to stick to show biz and not to have any political or social opinions. But my life isn’t all “entertainment.” Nor is yours.

This young guy, Jamie MacKenzie, told me he’d written an outside-the-box journal on how to beat prostate cancer and laugh. Remembering the serious book a few years back by the excellent historian Michael Korda, I recalled there were very few laughs on this subject.

Now I’ve looked at Jamie’s book and he transcends himself, reminding us that 85% of buyers of a book like this are women. They do it for the men in their lives. The book is short, has big readable type, and comic Lisa Schwartz drawings. It is reassuring and irreverent. The author says men get prostate cancer 33% more than women get breast cancer. If caught early, male cures are 97%.

So for what’s it worth for health and happiness, maybe I’ve offended you. Here’s a writer with personal knowledge who believes PSA testing begins for men at 35, not 50. Contact him at Box 3, Taconic, Conn. 06079.

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