Links to the past, with relevance today:
AP ENTERTAINMENT: Tom Holland confirms he will play Fred Astaire in a new film:
EW: Ridley Scott, the legendary director who just turned 84, went ballistic on a journalist who seemingly accidentally insulted him about his films.
INSTAGRAM: Regina (Richards), known for her 1986 "Baby Love," talks about meeting and working with Madonna — her sound-alike — prior to that experience. Fascinating for '80s kids.
THR: Patti LuPone, 72, is returning to Company previews on Broadway after a brief, illness-related absence. Not COVID-19.
TALKIN' BROADWAY: Wayman Wong remembers Stephen Sondheim, who died recently:
"But in 1992, Steve really surprised me. My good friend Tom Andersen was making his prestigious New York debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. I wrote to Steve about how Tom adored singing Sondheim and good-naturedly asked if he'd like to come to my friend's concert. Much to my amazement, Steve replied: 'I accept your invitation. Just call me next week and tell me what to do.' So he came. And as Tom recalls: 'It was thrilling and scary. I love [Sondheim's] work, and here I was singing "Anyone Can Whistle," "No One Is Alone" and "Our Time" as he sat in the audience.' Afterward, Steve went backstage to congratulate Tom and raved: 'You were terrific and you made me cry!' Steve posed for photos, and Tom says, 'He was wonderful and couldn't have been nicer!'"
METV: Alan Alda, 85, once published a M*A*S*H scrapbook that revealed:
"Even when lithe and beautiful, I was a little embarrassed by shower scenes. We were naked except for little flesh-colored bikinis and from the side of the set, you could see all our loveliness."
EXTRATV: Bob Dole dies at 98.
NYT: Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki on why he's coming out of retirement at 80.