Day: June 20, 2020

‘Fame Was Like an Extra-Large Bag of Fritos’

Between the Beastie Boys’ retrospective book (“Beastie Boys Book”), their 2018 “event tour” (featuring readings and Q&A) and “Beastie Boys Story” documentary — which comes out Friday on Apple TV+ — one might wonder what’s left to talk about. But Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “D” Diamond — the third Beastie Boy, Adam “MCA” Yauch,” died of cancer in 2011 — along with film director, longtime video collaborator and friend Spike Jonze, did a round of Zoom interviews Monday to promote the film (which was reviewed here by Variety’s Owen Gleiberman).

The conversation — where 10 interviewers got to ask one question each — was, not surprisingly, highly entertaining and all over the place, so an edited and condensed Q&A follows.

Jonze started things off by saying what made the film special for him. “I like the idea of trying to make something that

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June Diane Raphael on ‘The High Note,’ ‘The Real Housewives’ and What She’s Taking on Right Now (Exclusive)

“My days are all just slowly descending into darkness,” June Diane Raphael laughs over the phone. “I start out super positive, and then it’s just a slow ride down to, like, total despair and depression by 7:00 p.m.”

Right now, she tells me one recent morning in quarantine, she’s OK. She’s setting out to promote her new movie not with the traditional press tour of hotel junkets, late-show sit-downs and red-carpet premieres, but from her home in L.A. — which mostly involves a lot of negotiating with her 5- and 3-year-old. “I mean, the screen time has been insane,” she explains. “And by the way, sometimes I’m like, ‘Who am to deny my kids the opportunity to watch movies and TV?’ This is what’s paying our bills! Why would I turn against this medium?”

Her new one is The High Note, a music-industry comedy starring Tracee Ellis Ross as

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