Links to the past with relevance today:
INSTAGRAM: Brooke Shields, 55, has to re-learn to walk after breaking her femur. She's taking it, quite literally, in stride, writing:
"Broke my femur. Beginning to mend. No matter what your challenge is, make a positive choice, for yourself, to move forward. #BeginningisNow."
EXTRATV: Ricki Lake, 52, is getting married! The former talk-show titan and star of the movie Hairspray (1988) announced her engagement to Ross Burningham, who she refers to as "my person" in a new, ebullient Instagram post. This will be the third marriage for Lake, following one divorce and the loss of her husband Christian Evans to suicide in 2015.
THR: Woody Allen, 85, and his wife Soon-Yi Previn, 50, have issued a statement denouncing the new HBO doc Allen v. Farrow, which was made by filmmakers sympathetic to Farrow and her side, and who refused to include any contrarian statements.
"These documentarians had no interest in the truth. Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods."
No matter where your own sympathies lie, he's right; the documentary makes no bones about existing solely to enhance the public's belief in Allen's guilt. Documentaries usually do have a point of view, but it's a little disconcerting how many people have been viewing such docs lately and coming away feeling they now have the truth.
YOUTUBE: Just a random memory of the unforgettable "Mah Nà Mah Nà" (1969) from Sesame Street. You'll be humming it all week:
The song was composed by Piero Umiliani (1926-2001) for the film Sweden: Heaven and Hell (1968). It first popped up in the U.S. when used on The Red Skelton Show (1969), and was repurposed for Sesame Street's 14th episode in a performance by Frank Oz (b. 1944), Jim Henson (1936-1990) and Loretta Long (b. 1938). It was also a staple of The Benny Hill Show from 1971-1989.
THR: RIP Martha Stewart — not that one, the 98-year-old veteran of such films as Daisy Kenyon (1947) and In a Lonely Place (1950).
PAGE SIX: Legendary Vogue editor André Leon Talley, 72, is fighting eviction from the $1-million White Plains, New York, mansion in which he lives, but is arguing he can't be behind in rent because he owns it. According to Talley, his friends bought the home for him, and he was going to repay them. According to the owners, he's only right about the first part, and his rent is in arrears. It's unfashionably more complicated than it sounds.