Entertainment news for January 25, 1991
It was GoodFellas’ night but not everyone was one at the 56th annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Jan. 13. Until host Rex Reed raised her hackles, Madonna, in a black ankle-length tunic dress, was almost all business — studying notes for her speech honoring German director Michael Verhoeven for his film The Nasty Girl and occasionally pinching her dark, liquid-eyed escort. But introducing Kathy Bates, Reed called Bates’ character in Misery ”the meanest bitch this side of the Rockies.” Minutes later, when Madonna mounted the stage to bestow the Best Foreign Film award, she chided, ”Thanks, Rex, but I thought I was the meanest bitch this side of the Rockies.” Then things got nasty. Reed went on to insult just about every presenter and winner of the evening. Introducing Paul Newman, on hand to give his wife a Best Actress award for her work in Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Reed said, ”He made 200 or so movies with Joanne Woodward and then took her home to bed. The biggest f—ing movie star in the whole world, Mr. Joanne Woodward.” Before Martin Scorsese was presented with the Best Director award for GoodFellas by Jessica Lange and Nick Nolte (both of whom had flown up for the event from the Florida set of Cape Fear, Scorsese’s current film), Reed offered the dubious accolade that, until this night, ”Marty’s always been a bridesmaid, never a bride.” Scorsese’s longtime star Robert De Niro took Best Actor honors for GoodFellas and Awakenings.
Next fall, Neil Simon’s Tony-nominated Broadway Bound will become the first of his 20-odd plays to bypass the big screen in favor of TV: ABC is producing an all-star version of the 1986 comedy-drama, which concludes the Eugene Jerome trilogy begun in Brighton Beach Memoirs and continued in Biloxi Blues. The network has signed Anne Bancroft to play Eugene’s mother, Jonathan Silverman (who played Eugene in the first film), Hume Cronyn, and Jerry Orbach.