Hampton HabituésGood news gossip about our notable friends and neighbors
Big news for Howard Stern fans. The “King of All Media” has another book out on the shelves.
A follow up of sorts to his other two New York Times bestsellers, “Private Parts” and “Miss America,” this one is called “Howard Stern Comes Again.” The highly anticipated book (it went to the number-one spot on Amazon’s pre-sale list back in September of last year when it was announced) will focus on the Southampton resident’s departure from terrestrial radio and move to SiriusXM.
The shock-jock-turned bestselling author and in-depth interviewer has intimated that the 560-page tome will mark the countdown to his swan song from radio, and lead-in to a more retiring life, complete with more painting and walks with wife, Beth Stern. Excerpts and anecdotes from the book include Stern’s interviews with fellow East End bold-facers Madonna, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Andy Cohen, Jimmy Fallon, and Jerry Seinfeld. Can’t wait for this juicy read!
Speaking of splashy endings, Stan Lee’s final bow comes in “Avengers: Endgame.” The former North Forker’s cameo features a younger version of himself, as a nameless hippie character, shouting “Make love, not war!”
This film has definitely been one for the record books. The fourth film in the “Avengers” series, which stars a whopping number of famous faces — including East Enders and frequenters such as Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Olsen, Brie Larson — broke Fandango’s record for most tickets sold within just six hours on its first day and the biggest opening weekend of all time, raking in more than $1.2 billion. Yowsa!
East Hampton’s Beyoncé has also dropped it big of late. In April, Netflix started screening “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé,” which was accompanied by a live album.
The documentary, which Queen Bey wrote, produced and directed, is based on her seminal two-hour 2018 Coachella performance, which brought out her former Destiny’s Child mates, her sister, Solange, husband, Jay-Z, more than a hundred backup dancers and even a brass band. The inspirational film has already been lauded as a cultural touchstone, and critics say it deserves its place as one of the best music documentaries to have been made.
As for “Homecoming: The Live Album,” that features a huge selection of 40 songs. It’s streaming on Tidal, which was launched by Jay-Z back in 2015. Both prove why so many millions are eager to bow down to the B.
Another can’t-miss viewing event featuring famous Hamptons habitués is FX’s “Fosse/Verdon.” The limited series, which began airing last month, is based on the lives of legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse and his third wife, dancer and actor Gwen Verdon. The riveting drama, which tells the story of their romantic and creative partnership, stars Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams.
For those who didn’t know beforehand, the talented couple owned several homes out East, including in Amagansett, Quogue and Water Mill. Fosse’s ashes were spread along the beach upon his death in 1987. The series is most definitely worth a watch. Maybe two.
Changing gears, congratulations are in order for CNN anchor and Sag Harbor resident Don Lemon, who recently got engaged to his partner, real estate agent and Hamptons native Tim Malone. The couple are parents to two dogs, Boomer and Barkley.
Lastly, whilst on the subject of born-and-bred locals, let’s give a big round of applause to our own Georgia Warner and Joe Pallister.
Warner, who graced Haute Spot a few issues back, is understudying the roles of Ann and Lydia in “All My Sons” on Broadway, starring Annette Bening and Tracy Letts. And Pallister, whose career we have been following for more than a decade, both on our local stages and on TV, has dual reasons to celebrate. He has recently appeared as Fire Department Captain on the CBS procedural drama “FBI,” and also alongside Sawyer Spielberg and Edward Kassar on the Guild Hall stage for a production of Yasmina Reza’s critically acclaimed “Art.” Bravo to them both!