Hampton Habitues

Good News Gossip About Our Notable Friends And Neighbors
By Dawn Watson - March 26, 2019

 East Hampton resident Hugh Jackman is now one step closer to becoming a rare EGOT winner after having just earned a Grammy Award for “The Greatest Showman” in the Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category. 

For those keeping score, the talented actor took home the Tony Award in 2004 for “The Boy from Oz.” His Emmy came a year later from his hosting gig of the 58th annual Tony Awards. Now he just needs to secure an Academy Award to complete an “O” for Oscar in the EGOT. 

Will his next role, as fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost in the animated “Missing Link,” be the one? We’ll have to wait until April 12 to see family-friendly film and judge for ourselves. 

Alessandro Nivola has a meaty role coming up for himself in “The Many Saints of Newark,” a prequel to “The Sopranos.” In the feature film based on the HBO series, he will play a teenaged Tony Soprano’s mentor Dickie Moltisanti. 

In the meantime, the East Ender, who is married to actress Emily Mortimer, can be seen later this year in the Netflix film “The Red Sea Diving Resort” with Chris Evans. The movie was inspired by a real-life Mossad rescue mission of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants to Israel in 1981. 

Also on the home screen, Drew Barrymore has been relishing her role as a judge on “The World Best.” The CBS television show, hosted by James Corden, is best described as a global talent show that focuses on input from three main judges (Barrymore, RuPaul and Faith Hill) and a panel of 50 world experts from every field of entertainment. The result is an uplifting watch intended to celebrate talent. 

“This show is filled with optimism and heart, and it shows what’s great about all these corners of the world,” Barrymore recently told US Weekly

And soon, the Sagaponack resident will reprise her role as a man-eating (and woman-eating too, equal opportunity) zombie and real estate agent on Netflix’s “The Santa Clarita Diet.” The high-rated comedy returns on March 29 for its third season. 

Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton resident Christie Brinkley has also been juggling multiple opportunities of late. In addition to running her eponymous anti-aging skincare line, she’s been busy judging on Lifetime’s “American Beauty Star” and supporting the talents of her children. This past month, the supermodel shared the Elie Tahari runway at New York Fashion Week with her daughter Sailor Brinkley Cook and hit the Woman’s Day Magazine Red Dress Awards at Lincoln Center in support of her daughter Alexa Ray Joel, who performed two songs. Wonder where she’ll turn up next in support of her son, model and aspiring actor Jack Brinkley Cook? 

In related people news, Christie’s one-time husband Billy Joel just had his work song-checked on Seth McFarland’s science fiction comedy drama “The Orville” on Fox. The series’ season two episode, titled “Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes” included music and lyrics from The Piano Man’s “Don’t Ask Me Why” and “She’s Always a Woman.” 

Advance word for Bridgehampton resident and iconic designer Isaac Mizrahi’s new book has been very good. It’s called “I.M. A Memoir” and it hit the bookshelves in late February. 

The autobiography digs deep and includes personal stories and revelations about the fabulous designer’s lonely childhood spent perfecting impersonations of Liza Minnelli, Dionne Warwick, and Barbra Streisand; his teen metamorphoses after dropping 75 pounds and coming out; and the launch of his very first fashion line. Can’t wait to get started on this one! 

“Sex and the City” scribe and Sag Harbor resident Candace Bushnell also has a new book coming out. It’s expected in August and it’ll be called “Is There Still Sex in the City.” Set in the Hamptons, this novel will document all the juicy details about life, love and the East End dating scene. 

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