May 14, 2009 |
He's already been the subject of a 1992 CBS miniseries and a 1998 HBO movie, but now Universal Pictures says it plans to make a feature film about legendary singer Frank Sinatra, who died 11 years ago today. And lined up to helm the biopic of the country's most famous Italian American singer is the country's most heralded Italian American director: Martin Scorsese. The "Sinatra" script is being written by Phil Alden Robinson ("Field of Dreams," "Sneakers"). Among the executive producers will be the entertainer's youngest daughter, Tina Sinatra, who also was an executive producer of the 1992 miniseries, also called "Sinatra," which starred Philip Casnoff as her father.
February 11, 1992 |
TV Things: Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis has just been cast as Frank Sinatra's mother, Dolly, in the upcoming CBS miniseries about Ol' Blue Eyes. Sinatra's daughter, Tina Sinatra, is executive producer of the project for Warner Bros. Philip Casnoff was previously cast as Sinatra. . . . Carol Burnett's long association with CBS will continue under a new agreement that calls for her to develop series and movies for the network. She also may star in some of the programs. . . .
August 9, 1992
Piercing questions, those raised by Calendar headlines July 26 about the integrity of Frank Sinatra's authorized TV biography ("Is This Really His Life?" by Claudia Puig). It would have been nice to see something beyond testimony of producer-daughter Tina Sinatra and other interested parties and someone's "reading of the script." Maybe a word from one or two of the purported skeptics--straw men never identified or quoted--wouldn't go amiss in a cover story. By the way, how did Rod Steiger squeeze into a lineup of such talent as actors Philip Casnoff and Marcia Gay Harden, writer William Mastrosimone and director Jim Sadwith?
June 11, 1999 |
Considering the dozens of albums in the Frank Sinatra bin at most record stores, it's hard to imagine just what material is left for the Artanis Entertainment Group, the record label launched this year in association with the Sinatra family. But the first two releases by Artanis (Sinatra spelled backward) remind us there is one area of the catalog that remains largely untapped: Sinatra live.
November 6, 1992 |
Coming soon, from a producer who did not make "Raging Bull," the story of a hot-tempered, wild-brawling, hard-punching Italian-American slugger who rose from the streets to gain fame and wealth, only to have his self-destructive lifestyle destroy his marriage and lead to his downfall. Don't miss. . . . Raging Voice. Just how frank is television's Frank?
July 26, 1992 |
Frank Sinatra has always done it his way. But which way did the producers of the upcoming "Sinatra" TV miniseries do it? Did they tell the real story of the performer's long, legendary career, or did they create a sanitized version, minus the Mafia associations, the marital infidelities and the ties to various politicos? With the imprimatur given the project by Sinatra--he cooperated in its production and has sanctioned it as an "official" biography, in lieu of a book--and with the presence of his youngest daughter, Tina, as executive producer, skeptics could be excused for expecting a fawning tale, a whitewashed rendering of the controversial entertainer's life story.