April 17, 2014

IS HOLLYWOOD SO DESPERATE FOR NEW IDEAS AND SUREFIRE HITS THAT THEY'RE DUSTING OFF CLASSIC MOVIES FROM 20+ YEARS AGO AND MAKING SEQUELS TO THEM NOW?! YES, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE WHAT THE CLASSIC MOVIES ARE...



That's right, my kiddies!  Tom Cruise is all geared up to reprise one of the most iconic film studs in movie history -- Maverick -- and the movie is scheduled to come out in 2016 which will be exactly 30 Years from the release of the original.  Thirty.  Years.  Top Gun 2. In May of 1986 this little $15 million movie with a haunting theme song and a super hunky Tom Cruise in full leading man mode -- turned this into a supersonic worldwide hit to the tune of more than $386,000,000 at the box office.  Apparently people haven't forgotten how good that felt....however, i wonder if they've forgotten that since then Kelly McGillis has come out as a lesbian (not a shocker as their on-screen chemistry rivaled that of Jodi Foster and Mel Gibson in, well, "Maverick" LOL).  Tom, Tom, Tom...character actor roles...stop trying to reclaim what had been...it's embarrassing for all of us.

Speaking of doing drag...Mrs. Doubtfire was released in 1993 with a budget of $25 million and it had movie execs dressing up in old lady drag while doing the can can straight to the bank (it made more than $441,000,000 at the box office).  Chris Columbus directed the first Mrs. D which starred Robin Williams, of course, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Feirstein and remember that cute little Mara??

 After years of trying to make a sequel happen and then years of denying that it ever COULD happen, things are looking like a go, Columbus is back and so is Williams. Who knows about any of the other original cast members.  Columbus doesn't see a problem...20 years ago Robin Williams played an old lady...now he can play her as a old man...wow...that sounds so f-ing creepy...

April 9, 2014

R. Kennedy Roecker Studio: NOW THESE OWLS TRULY ARE A HOOT!!

R. Kennedy Roecker Studio: NOW THESE OWLS TRULY ARE A HOOT!!:   www.rawartists.org/rontourage   for more information about Sunday night's independent artists showcase at Hollywood and Highland...

April 8, 2014

R. Kennedy Roecker Studio: NEW ITEMS I'LL BE FEATURING DURING MY ART AND PHOT...

R. Kennedy Roecker Studio: NEW ITEMS I'LL BE FEATURING DURING MY ART AND PHOT...: Please come out and support all of the independent artists -- it's going to be a great party -- $15 now or $20 at the door.  For more in...

YOU KNOW I WOULD RATHER WALK ON MY LIPS THAN SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT ANYONE...EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO THE RED CARPET AT LAST NIGHT'S ASSOCIATION OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS...I MEAN...BLESS THEIR HEARTS

 ok...first of all, isn't this like the weekend host of The Insider?  Why is she getting photographed on the red carpet -- and I'm hoping the blinding glare off the (yellow/green/neon?) dress prevented her from being able to see what shoes she was putting on because...
 She was getting ready to take a selfie for her Windblown Wayback (only on one side) Wednesdays...you just KNOW she has a banana clip somewhere in that 'do, or two, ok?!


Ok -- the suit is horrible and I almost left it alone until I realized he wasn't a claymation figure from a new stop-action cartoon series (how skinny are his legs?)...and that "natural hair" -- and i can't even begin with the "sheer" dress... (note to self, if you're going to wear a "nudie" under a gown, make sure it matches your SPRAY ON TAN...not your skin color!)

  i love me some Kacey Musgraves because she's very talented and if she wasn't such a multi-tasker she would have realized  the designer was supposed to make 42 other puerto rican prom dresses out of that bunched up material at the end that looks like it weighs 700 lbs (or the designer was supposed to make 7,000 shower curtain liners, tomato/tomahto...)
 Hips don't lie but apparently friends, mirrors, managers, publicists and stylists  do lie...kinda like "A country duet with Shakira, FABULOUS IDEA...")
 No one... I mean NO ONE does this to my girl Martina McBride...I wanna know who the eff it was.Pronto, you bastard!

 Faith looks amazing...if she and Tim get a divorce as rumor has it, she and her shoulder pads will be a huge hit in Dallas or Denver or Falcon Crest...
 See you in WeHo next year, kiddo...
 One comment:  orange and red clash.
Two of the best darned "female impersonators" around...well done, guys!  Just kidding, give that big Kardashian a break...and leave britney alone...)

April 3, 2014

Composer Stephen Schwarts (Wicked, Pippin) Recently Said "Wicked" the Movie is starting to move forward so Here is How I Would Cast Wicked the Musical as a Movie!

As I've been thinking about who should be cast in Wicked the Movie of the Musical, I've come up with the person that I think would be the best in the role and be able to make something of it in the new movie version -- without taking too  much away from what the millions and millions of people who have seen Wicked over the past 10 years have come to know and love.  These are my picks of the perfect talents with the perfect role (I did not cast for blockbuster dollars -- no Hugh Jackman, no Anne Hathaway, no Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman ...no Tom Cruise...)


Dr.  Dillamond (the half man/half goat teacher who is a mentor to Elphaba): Neil Patrick Harris

















Madame Maurible (the coat-tail coasting, propaganda-spewing #2 to the Wizard who goes from mentor to maniac over the course of the show): Bette Midler (nuff said)



The Wizard: James Marsden (did you see Enchanted?  One of the most underappreciated talents in Hollywood for a long time,  Marsden can play shallow with hints of backstory without saying a word.  And he has an amazing singing voice (and can dance).  Perfect for the Wizard hiding behind the curtain.

Bok:  Glee breakout star Darren Criss -- perfect combo of nerdy, goofy and bitter -- with an incredible voice in a part that (he should be so grateful) doesn't ask a lot of dancing-- since he can't dance ...however, acting and singing would be amazing...and he's short...




Nessa (Elphaba's wheelchair-bound sister): Amy Adams (I love her so much -- if you saw her in Enchanted then you learned she has a lovely singing voice.  I would have put her up for Galinda but her voice isn't strong enough to handle the acrobatics that have to occur (hard to try and match Ms. Chenoweth's indelible work and vocal fireworks)...I think she also would bring an incredibly subtle but powerful edge to the bitter Nessa...fabulous!

Fiyero: Jeremy Jordan (over the 14 times I've seen Wicked on Broadway or in LA, Fiyero has always been the crap shoot as far as finding someone who is a true triple threat: singer, actor, dancer (all have to be on par or the character gets lost in the Galinda/Elphaba tornado); Jeremy (who recently appeared in Smash and was nominated for a Tony for his lead role in the mega hit NEWSIES) is cocky, and he can sing, dance and act circles around most of the men in his class (Jonathan Groff can't dance and I think he's hit or miss as far as dramatic acting goes, sorry fans!).







Galinda: Kristen Bell (Bell proved she has the singing chops and comedic timing -- as well as dramatic nuance to play the evolution of Galinda to Glinda -- with her massive performance as the very spunky and very singing-heavy lead "Ana" in that little movie called FROZEN)

Elphaba: She's definitely been on the short list of actual considerations but I really think she should be the one -- this role demands someone who can blow the roof off the place while being able to show the subtle changes that happen when someone lives their life and never gets a break, never gets accepted...I don't know who else could be all those things other than Glee's Lea Michele.

what do you think?

March 17, 2014

L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger's Girlfriend, Dead in Apparent Suicide

L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger's Girlfriend, Dead in Apparent Suicide

March 15, 2014

SAY WHAT YOU WILL ABOUT LADY GAGA (AND I'VE HAD MY SHARE OF CRITICISM ABOUT HER THE PAST FEW YEARS), BUT SHE IS ALL ABOUT CREATING MUSIC THAT INSPIRES -- EVEN IF IT DOESN'T SCORE ON THE CHARTS!

An excerpt of her key note Q&A with Fuse's John Norris from South by Southwest...

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"The truest way for us to maintain the music industry is to put all of the power back into the hands of the artists," she added. "If we are not telling our artists to be creative, what are we? What are we doing? Why is it a prison, and why are we allowing it to be a prison?"
A prison crowded with other successful female artists she is tired of being compared to. “I don’t know what the fuck-all I have to do with Katy Perry," she said. "Our music is so completely different. I couldn’t be more different, really. I really don’t fit in pop music in a way, but I came through it and I’d like to think I changed it in some way so you can feel like you don’t have to fit into a mold."
Gaga also teased future plans, including a new video on March 22 shot at Hearst Castle ("It’s a different type of video for me, in a different way from what we did at South By last night, but still in that same spirit"), and a lot more music in the can -- maybe even an "Artpop 2".
“There’s many volumes of work over a long period of time that have just not been released to the public because I’ve chosen to not put it into the system.," she said. "Sometimes it’s just fun to have records that me and my friends listen to. We love it. We don’t care what everybody else thinks. Maybe one day I’ll release them. And I have a whole second act of “Artpop.”
"I love 'Artpop' so much," Gaga added. "That album got me through the hardest time [after her hip surgery and amidst business-side issues]. Making that record, it healed my soul every single night. It’s like the most incredible thing when your friend can play a bass line and it gets inside your spirit and your heart like that and you say, “I was feeling so sick, but then you played that and now I feel so alive and I can keep going."
"That’s what the fuck it’s all about," she said.

March 2, 2014

Disney's "Frozen" Hits $1 BILLION Worldwide becomes Biggest Non-Sequel Animated Film of All Time

Apparently no one in the World can "Let it Go" when it comes to 'FROZEN"!  Cheers to all, and if you can still feel  your toes but need a little frozen fix, tune into the Oscars when Idena Menzel will be performing the nominated song "Let it Go"!  Ice ice baby...

February 19, 2014

The Divine Miss M Bette Midler will Perform on the Oscars for the Very First Time in Her Fabulous Career

Oscar producers just announced that Bette will be performing an unspecified song on the Oscar stage for the very first time. She has been a presenter and a best actress nominee for both "The Rose" and "For the Boys."  Bette joins Idena Menzel, U2 and Pharrell Williams who were previously announced as performers for the kudofest hosted by Ellen Degeneres.

February 10, 2014

ENTERTAINMENT PR VET RON ROECKER RESPONDS TO VALENTINO*S BAD FORM

"To all my dear publicist friends and entertainment PR folks-- WHEN LOOKING TO MAXIMIZE COVERAGE OF OUR "SCHLEP OF THE DAY," WE CAN NEITHER DISREGARD CONTEXT NOR CLASS; FOR WHEN WE DO, IT BECOMES EASY TO FORGET THAT ATTACHED TO THE OTHER END OF "SAID SCHLEP OF DAY" IS A HUMAN BEING." RON ROECKER

THE OSCAR NOMINEES LUNCHEON AND ANNUAL PHOTO...

I have studied every one of these annual photos with great enthusiasm and focus since I was six years old.  I don't know what it is about seeing all of the stars in one photo but I do know that it was this passion that would get me to Hollywood and into "The Biz"
(and just think -- Meryl has been in 18 of these photos....