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Secret of His Success
What happens when an incurable optimist contracts an incurable disease? We’re about to find out when Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, starts streaming on Apple TV+ on May 12. 

The film, which chronicles the life of the retired actor, producer, television director, activist, and advocate, combines documentary, archival, and scripted elements to share the award-winning actor’s extraordinary story in his own words. Intimate and honest, Still has got it all — from the rise of an undersized kid who became one of the most recognizable actors of the 1980s to the never-before-seen private journey, including the years that followed his diagnosis, at the age of 29, with Parkinson’s disease. 

Screening of Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie Photo: Arthur Mola

Starring the Quogue family, including Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan, as well as their four kids, the movie also features Andrew Barber, who plays Georgica resident, Steven Spielberg. The film was produced and directed by East End frequenter, Davis Guggenheim, who’s responsible for An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for “Superman,” It Might Get Loud, etc. 

You go girl
If you’re into documentaries and tales of true life, and who isn’t these days, there’s another powerful film that’s high on the recommendation list. Streaming on Hulu in April, it’s called Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields and it tells the story of Southampton resident, actor, model, and spokesperson who was sexualized in the heralded feature film Pretty Baby at the age of 12. 

In the film, Shields confronts the predatory violence that she experienced as a young girl and turns that into a sense of powerful agency as an adult woman. There are some rough parts, but it’s well worth watching.

Still Waiting for an Answer
It’s always fun to see and hear Westhampton resident Ann Liguori talking about golf. That’s especially so when the award-winning sports talk show host, network golf correspondent and author, and Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic founder gets an extra share of the spotlight in the Netflix megahit docuseries Full Swing. 

During Episode 5, set at the US Open press conference, she asks Phil Mickelson “What does legacy mean to you, and do you think your legacy will change?” Even though the PGA defector voices his displeasure at the question and deflects, we’re glad to see the question asked.

Ann’s radio show, Talking Golf, returns on WFAN in April, just in time for the 2023 Masters at Augusta National. Catch her on-air on Sundays from April through September on WFAN and the CBS Sports Radio Network. 

International Taste 
Joy of joys, Top Chef is back and bigger than ever. Expanded to include winning chefs from all around the globe, the Bravo food hit is now in its 20th season.

Set in London, and starring North Fork resident and chef, Tom Colicchio, this season promises to be one of the best ever to air. 

Top Chef: World All-Stars features a couple of familiar faces from the American series — host and Hamptons habitué Padma Lakshmi; judge Gail Simmons; and competitors Dawn Burrell, Sara Bradley, and Amar Santana — as well as chefs from the Top Chef series based in France, Brasil, MENA, Canada, Italia, Mexico, Thailand, Canada, Germany, and Poland.  Yummy, yummy!

Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio & Gail Simmons of Top Chef Photo: Smallz & Raskind / Bravo

The Last World Tour
Wish we could say it ain’t so but unfortunately, we can’t. It’s going to be the end of a hit-making era for Amagansett’s Mick Jones and his Juke Box Hero band, Foreigner. 

It’s Urgent that we get tickets to the band’s Historic Farewell Tour, which is now staging across the country, and beyond. The band, whose hits include Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded, I Want to Know What Love Is, Feels Like the First Time, and so many more, has announced that the final concert is scheduled for September in Indio, California. 

Here’s a few fun facts about Jones that you might not know. He began his career opening for the Rolling Stones in pubs in South London. He’s also produced 10 multi-platinum albums and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Jones has co-written songs with Lou Gramm, Eric Clapton, and Ozzy Osbourne and produced Van Halen’s 5150, Bad Company’s Fame and Fortune and Billy Joel’s Storm Front.

One More Goodbye
Quogue resident Doug Geed is soon to be signing off from News 12 Long Island. One of the original team members from the station’s launch in 1986, the News at Ten anchor is the creator, producer, and host of the Emmy Award-winning The East End show. 

Geed has earned 10 Emmys and was named Journalist of the year by the LI Press Club in 2004. His last show will be in July.