Everyone’s making movies these days, including A-listers like Clooney, De Niro, Midler


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POST COVID everyone’s running around making movies. Dead people get four-part documentaries. If home alone, just crouched in the can cutting toenails, it’s a feature film. And Greta Gerwig, in Noah Baumbach’s film “White Noise,” can’t even describe hers.

“I’ll sound like a stoned teenager. It’s ways we distract ourselves. Like an M&M’s commercial after plane crash footage? Like showing an Elvis story then a Hitler one? All the same. We flatten our psyches. We don’t want to know we’re on a trajectory that goes one direction.”

Yeah, OK. She lost me at Hitler and Elvis, but the thing stars Adam Driver and Don Cheadle.

And then there’s “Ticket to Paradise.” George Clooney and Julia Roberts play bickering parents off to Bali to talk their kid out of her quickie marriage.

Clooney: “We’re rotten to each other which is funny.”

Julia: “We haven’t the same love issues that 20-somethings have. Great to be our age with a clever story written for us.”

Billie Lourd, whose real famous parents are Bryan Lourd and Carrie Fisher, plays their daughter’s best friend: “It’s sarcasm and cynicism. Not heavy stuff. I want to watch light, airy, crispy, fun like this.”

Right. So shove Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Laurence Olivier and “Gone With the Wind.”


Screensters

More movies: Margot Robbie’s in “Amsterdam.” It’s big secrets in US history with De NiroRami MalekMike MyersChristian BaleChris Rock, Zoe SaldanaTaylor Swift.

Robbie: “A bucket list I always wanted to work with. No egos on set. Not intimidating. All collaborative and chill. No one to scare you.”

"Amsterdam"
The cast members in a scene from “Amsterdam.”
AP/Merie Weismiller Wallace/20th Century Studios

De Niro: “If director David O. Russell wants me part of anything, I make a special effort.”

Myers: “It was like going to acting school An amazing comedy thriller.”

All right already. So go see the thing. Take the NY Post with you.


Talk show chitchat

HAMPTONS Film Fest. Mobs of humanity showed — like all the way from Quogue. “American Masters: Groucho & Cavett” premiered. So would the late Marx Brother Groucho still be able to do his politically incorrect shtick in today’s cancel culture? Says his pal Dick Cavett: “I only know we could use him. We need a lot of political correcting.”

Debuts Dec. 27 on PBS.


Spellbound

WAIT. More.

“Hocus Pocus 2.” Wisecracking witches flying around are Bette MidlerSarah Jessica ParkerKathy Najimy.

Bette: “We waited a long time. We’d wring our hands. But it’s been bubbling.”

Sarah Jessica: “People connect to this and integrated it into their lives. We feel lucky. We’ll fly wherever they tell us to go.”

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“Hocus Pocus 2” received mixed reviews, but overall did not live up to the original film.
Matt Kennedy/Disney

Kathy: “The generation-after-generation fervor is surprising. It’s been 30 years, although this is not Stanislavsky.”

Composer Marc Shaiman: “Work began mid-COVID. Each came separately to record in my studio.” 


FOLLOWING COVID and nearing year’s end, this man made his will: “To nephew Charlie who said health is more important than wealth, I leave the contents of my closet — a sunlamp.”

Only in New York, kids, only in New York.



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