And the awards go to …
Congrats to these Golden Globe winners: Justin Hurwitz, 33, best original film score (“First Men”); Mark Ronson, 43, cowriter, best original film song (“Shallow,” from “A Star Is Born”); Michael Douglas, 74, best actor in a TV musical or comedy series (“The Kominsky Method”); and Patricia Arquette, 50, lead actress in a limited TV series/TV movie (“Escape at Dannemora”). Also, best TV drama series, “The Americans,” created by Joel Weisberg; 52; and best TV comedy series, “The Kominsky Method,” created by Chuck Lorre, 66. Honorable mention to Rachel Brosnahan, winner of best actress in a comedy series for playing the Jewish Mrs. Maisel in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
At the movies
Opening nationwide on Friday, Jan. 11 is “The Upside,” a comedy-drama about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who gets a job as the personal attendant of a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston). The star of “The Good Wife,” Julianna Margulies, 52, has a biggish supporting role as Lily.
“What Men Want,” also opening Jan. 11, is a remake of “What Women Want,” a 2000 comedy-romance directed by Nancy Meyers, in which a man can hear women’s thoughts after he gets shocked in a bathtub accident. The director is Adam Shankman, 54 (“The Wedding Planner”), and Josh Brener, 34 (“Silicon Valley”) and Max Greenfield, 38 (“New Girl”) have supporting parts. Wendi McLendon-Covey, who plays Beverly Goldberg on the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs,” has a major role.
Over on Netflix
The 10-episode Israeli TV drama “When Heroes Fly” was scheduled to drop Jan. 10 on Netflix. In Hebrew with English subtitles, the series tells the story of four veterans of an Israel Defense Forces special commando unit from the 2006 Lebanon War who reunite, 11 years later, for one final mission: trying to rescue a woman who was kidnapped by a drug cartel in Colombia. Tomer Kapon, 33, a real-life paratrooper commander in the Lebanon War, plays one of the veterans; he also acted in a previous Israeli series on Netflix, “Fauda.”
Debuting Friday, Jan. 11 is a Netflix original film titled “The Last Laugh.” Chevy Chase, 75, plays a retired talent manager who reunites in a retirement community with his first client, a comic named Buddy Green (Richard Dreyfuss, 71). Buddy quit showbiz 50 years ago, but his former agent convinces him to hit the road for a comedy tour. Actress Andie MacDowell and comedian Lewis Black, 70, have supporting roles.
CNN goes to the movies
Even CNN is getting into the film business. On Jan. 1, the news network showed “Love, Gilda,” a well-reviewed 2018 documentary about comedian Gilda Radner (1946-1989) that played in limited release in movie theaters. As I write this, it was being regularly shown on CNN during its regular schedule and was available to subscribers via CNN on-demand. Filmmaker Lisa Dapolito deftly uses Radner’s diaries, home movies, audiotapes, performance videos, and interviews with colleagues and family members. Jewish interviewees include Radner’s writing partner, Alan Zweibel, 68, “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels, 74, musician Paul Shaffer, 69, “SNL” cast mate Laraine Newman, 66, and Radner’s brother and nephew.
“Fam,” a sitcom that premiered on CBS’ Thursday night schedule on Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m., stars Nina Dobrev as a woman who seems to have a perfect life. But perfection ends when her out-of-control 16-year-old half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon, 17), shows up unannounced in need of a place to stay. This is the first big role for Adlon, the daughter of actress-writer-director Pamela Adlon, 52. Her hit FX series “Better Things” features Adlon, who has three daughters, as the single mother of three daughters.