David Chase has returned with his first work since “The Sopranos.” The director premiered his debut film, “Not Fade Away,” at the New York Film Festival on Friday ahead of its red carpet gala Saturday. The ’60s rock ’n’ roll drama is his long-awaited follow-up to the HBO mob drama he created and produced for six seasons. The film is set around a suburban teenager (John Magaro) in New Jersey whose garage band aspires to be the next Rolling Stones, an ambition at odds with his traditional Italian father (former “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini). (AP)
Honor for Brooks
It’ll be springtime for Mel Brooks when the American Film Institute presents him with its Life Achievement Award. The writer and director of classics including “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” and “Young Frankenstein” will receive the award at a gala next June, AFI announced Friday. The 86-year-old Brooks is the 41st recipient of the honor, which has gone to Hollywood legends including Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and Morgan Freeman. He’s one of only 14 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. The AFI ceremony will air in late June on TNT and Turner Classic Movies (AP).
In his autobiographical movie and subsequent play, “A Bronx Tale,” Chazz Palminteri doles out lots of advice as a young man learns from two father figures. Now the writer-actor-director is taking his advice skills to the airwaves with “Ask Chazz,” a four-week series of live, call-in shows on SiriusXM Radio, where callers will get Palminteri’s thoughts on a variety of topics. “It’s like life lessons told in a street-savvy way,” the actor said. “People say I have my own Chazz-isms. That’s why I started the website, Ask Chazz.” (AP)
Streep donates $1m
Meryl Streep has donated $1 million to The Public Theater in honor of both its late founder, Joseph Papp, and her friend the author Nora Ephron. The announcement was timed to Thursday’s unveiling of the nonprofit’s $40 million face lift to its 158-year-old headquarters in Astor Place. Streep has performed for the Public for decades, starting in 1975 and including “Henry V” in 1976 and “Mother Courage and Her Children” in 2006. This summer, she played Juliet opposite Kevin Kline as Romeo in a benefit reading of “Romeo and Juliet” in Central Park. Ephron, who died in June, directed Streep in her portrayal of chef Julia Child in 2009’s “Julie & Julia.” (AP)