Assorted Western sagas got lassoed together in â€śThe Ballad of Buster Scruggs.â€ť
Youâ€™re told the filmâ€™s by â€śbrilliant Ethan and Joel Coen.â€ť How brilliant, who knows? They speak to nobody.
Liam Neeson: â€śI play a traveling impresario. We filmed in New Mexico. The odd thing is the horse who pulls my wagon knew me.â€ť
Like whatâ€™s that mean? Heâ€™s seen your movies?
â€śYou wonâ€™t believe it. Iâ€™m saying this horse knew me. He actually remembered me from another Western we made a while back. I love animals. When we worked together before I took special care of him. I fed him treats. Gave him apples.â€ť
So this horse, he said, â€śHiâ€ť when you walked over?
â€śHe whinnied when he saw me. And pawed the ground.â€ť
Wow. Beats even a Miley Cyrus reaction.
Co-starring is James Franco, Tyne Daly and Zoe Kazan, who hit the screening in floor-length fluffy Valentino. Itâ€™s not worn in the film. Wild West wagontrains werenâ€™t big on Valentinos.
At the NY Film Festival, a Tim Blake Nelson said: â€śI play singing cowboy Buster Scruggs. Youâ€™d think, who am I to play a lead being short, small of frame, not handsome, not well-known? Only with the Coen brothers could this happen.
â€śTheyâ€™re friends. Iâ€™m an actor whoâ€™s done 80 films. My characterâ€™s a killer but doesnâ€™t kill unless heâ€™s provoked. He lives by a code. In a sense, he feels justified. Itâ€™s self-defense.â€ť OK.
A diminutive actor is the lead. Another actor is pals with a horse. Go see the thing yourself.
With all our news about Putinâ€™s little country, comes now â€śAdoption Roulette,â€ť a new play at the Theater for the New City. True story of Americans adopting a Russian child. Itâ€™s Russki agents, oligarchs, Soviet spies and spider webs of truth about Russian adoptions. In it is Sachi Parker, Shirley MacLaineâ€™s daughter .â€‰.â€‰. Original Cowsills band guys met the â€śJersey Boysâ€ť cast backstage. Everybody happy, they compared melodic harmonies from the past .â€‰.â€‰. Oct. 23. The Pierre. American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic honor Daniel Libeskind. Years back our World Trade Centerâ€™s master plan architect was a musician playing accordion .â€‰.â€‰. Another kind of music: Donnie Kehrâ€™s Rockers on Broadway honoring Michael Cerveris and celebrating something, who knows what, Nov. 12 at Le Poisson Rouge (the old Village Gate).
For me, Sunday was a day fit for a dog.
Channel One covered that dayâ€™s dog-and-cat event in a West Side church. Really? Their footage was of MY LAST YEARâ€™S Blessing of the Animals in an EAST SIDE church. OUR minister Stephen Bauman, OUR rabbi Peter Rubinstein, OUR 60th & Parkâ€™s Christ Church attendees.
Then â€śCBS Sunday Morningâ€ť aired its interview with me featuring Judge Judy. Today safety is staying under the radar so I OKâ€™d the interview only to publicize my Sunday, Dec. 9, 2â€‰p.m., Blessing of the Animals â€” free, open to all, no reservations â€” at Christ Church. Producers told me it would air in November. Instead they played it early October.
Another thing. A month or so ago I, a Jeff Glor fan, phoned to ask him something. Minus his number, I rang CBSâ€™s press office. The man answering had me repeat my name. Then spell it. Then ask from where did I come? Who was I with? This was THE OFFICE OF CBSâ€™S NEWS department. The BS in CBS is clear. Like my 3â€‰Âą/â‚‚-pound Yorkie Juicy, they, too, need a kennel.
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.