Thanks — but No Thanks

None of the principals wanted to talk to me. I had agreed to interview them since the subject matter of their movie is  important.  The movie is  “Sacrifices Of The Heart.” It premieres March 3 on the Hallmark Channel.

The subject is a family coming to terms with their father’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. It was written by Patti Davis, daughter of President Ronald Reagan. The film’s publicist reminded, “Patti’s  relationship with her father was strengthened when he was diagnosed with the disease.”

It stars Ken Howard as the Alzheimer-stricken father of Melissa Gilbert. Howard didn’t need homework on the role — his father died in 1995 “after enduring a long, difficult decline due to Alzheimer’s.

I agreed to view the film and interviews with Patti Davis and Ken Howard were arranged. However, after I saw the movie, the chagrined publicist had the difficult job of telling me, “After viewing the final edit of the movie, neither Patti nor Ken will do any publicity interviews.”

Melissa Gilbert was also disappointed in the film and did not want to discuss it. Both Howard and Gilbert have gone on to other –commercially-themed — projects. We are all saddened that the efforts on a super-serious subject have such disappointing results.

Shape up For Oscar

Kym Douglas and Cindy Pearlman have written a primer to prepare you to look your best at the Oscars. In “The Black Book Of Beauty Secrets” (Plume), they start with a countdown beginning two weeks before Oscar. You are covered with advice from stem to stern.

The schedule segues into the regimen from “Two weeks before ” to “One week before,” “The Weekend Before”  “The Day” and “The Night Before.”

Advisors include Jennifer Lopez,  Eva Longoria, Michelle Stafford,  Teri Hatcher, Halle Berry. They all sounded good. But no credit was given for this piece of advice: for your nails two week before Oscar run a clove of garlic over your nail beds to strengthen them. It’s a little smelly, but it really does work”  — if you want to sit alone in the Kodak theater.      

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