Next Week’s L.A. Happenings: Connie And Ted’s, Robert Zemeckis, & Spago’s New Bar Menu

Opening a trendy restaurant in West Hollywood during Gay Pride Week is genius, but even more brilliant is the restaurant itself. Connie and Ted’s, a new seafood spot by celeb Top Chef Michael Cimarusti, is a trendy little joint that, well, may serve the best seafood this side of Santa Monica. Connie & Ted’s is Michael’s dressed-down seafood joint to his formal Providence, just a short drive away. It’s named in honor of his grandparents, who taught Michael everything there is to know about preparing fish.

The modern-day seafood shack is bright and cheerful and totally fun. There’s an outdoor patio, nautical-themed cocktails, a fire-engine-red booth, and chairs with blonde wood tabletops. Expect raw bar options, three types of chowder (red, white, and cream-based) and even burgers, in addition to the usual suspects (lobster, clams, and—wait for it—fish).

If you haven’t already, nab a front-row seat at Rockwell: Table & Stage for its insanely wild and theatrical live performance called For The Record that pays tribute to a notable director. Playing until July 20th is For The Record: Zemeckis, where the talented (and, let’s face it, easy on the eyes) cast sings, dances and performs creative takes from Robert Zemeckis’ films like Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Flight, and Death Becomes Her.

The shows have been garnering a cult following and even the directors and actors from the movies themselves show up in the audience, in addition to A-list fans like Demi Moore, who attended opening night with her daughter Rumer.

Can’t get a table at Spago in Beverly Hills? The bar is just as impressive, especially now, since it’s just launched its new bar menu, offering sweet and intensely savory dishes like Bincho Grilled Chicken Wings and Spaghettini with little neck and razor clams. Wash it all down during the Tuesday to Saturday, 9pm to 11pm happy hour, which features specialty martinis for only $10 and premium wine pours starting at $8.

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We All Won’t Live In A Yellow Submarine, Because The Remake Has Been Called Off

Decidedly not groovy. 

Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has announced his planned Disney remake of the 1968 Beatles film Yellow Submarine is officially off, despite having cast voice actors ( Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz, and Adam Campbell) for the parts of all four Beatles as well as a Beatles tribute band called Fab Four to perform. The flick would have featured 16 Beatles songs and "motion capture technology," whatever that means. 

Disney ditched Yellow Submarine last year over "budget concerns" and now the director has ditched it as well.  

Via Rolling Stone, Zemeckis told Total Film, "That would have been a great one, to bring the Beatles back to life. But it’s probably better not to be remade — you’re always behind the eight-ball when you do a remake."  

Zemeckis probably has a point: even the announcement of a remake tends to raise a holy hell, so heaven forfend its not done properly. And Beatles fans do so love to bitch and moan.

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John Goodman On Being a Cinematic Loudmouth

For nine years, John Goodman appeared to millions of Americans as Dan Conner, Roseanne Barr’s beleaguered husband on the sitcom Roseanne. It is a testament to the breadth and believability of his post-Roseanne roles that nearly a decade of constant exposure hasn’t pinned the actor to that one character specimen. Goodman has brought his heft and range to iconic roles, such as the overbearing Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski, the Polyphemus stand-in “Big Dan” Teague in O Brother, Where Are Thou?, and the curmudgeonly studio head with a heart of fool’s gold in The Artist. In Robert Zemickis’ Flight, one of the three movies Goodman stars in this season, the actor plays Harling Mays, a man whose personality, like that of many of Goodman’s characters, is expansive to the point of offensive and, although perhaps not good, always loveable. We asked Mr. Goodman to describe the process of becoming Mr. Mays.

My character is an oaf. He has no sense of his surroundings. He’s pretty much wrapped up in his own head, so he just stumbles around. I picture him banging off the walls of the corridor wherever he is. He’s like a medicated bear on both stimulants and tranquilizers. In that shot you’ve got there, he’s listening to the Rolling Stones. “Sympathy for the Devil,” I think. He’s a contemporary guy really hung up on the early ’70s, still living in that era, like a character out of Key West who likes to fancy himself a good ol’ Southern boy. Maybe he read too much Hunter S. Thompson. Or maybe he listens to too much Jimmy Buffet. He’s just a Parrothead–type of guy. In fact, he’s a pretty bad guy. He thinks he’s helping but he’s not. He’s what they call an enabler. He provides Denzel’s character with drugs, and he’ll be your friend until the money runs out.

Whether he is likeable, I don’t care. That’s not up to me to judge. That’s up to the audience. I just try to do what’s on the page and flesh it out with some details. I’m not trying to be mysterious, I just don’t understand a lot of what I do. I do, however, think it is a mistake to say that I bring a lot of my own quirks to the character. The hair, the outfit, the mannerisms—most of it is in the script. I just take whatever details the script provides and then try to go about it with my own observations of why. It’s also a mistake to say that I’m drawn to these types of characters. It just depends on the script. Now, it’s true: I’ve been cast as this type of character often. I did some quiet stuff on Roseanne, but recently I guess I’m just a loudmouth all the time.

Links: Mickey Rourke’s New Face, Dr. Dave Letterman Heals Jennifer Garner

● Pretty soon we’ll have to get used to another face on Mickey Rourke. Plastic surgeon Cristian Pérez Latorre plans on fixing Mickey Rourke’s face come July. [Momento] ● Lindsay Lohan’s ex Harry Morton is embarrassed that he ever dated the “actress” and even bought her an engagement ring. [P6] ● Here’s the first look at Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man II, the sequel is set to explore how Tony Stark deals with revealing his superhero identity. [JustJared]

● Robert Zemeckis is hinting pretty heavily that he wants to revive Who Framed Roger Rabbit now that technology and special effects have caught up. [MTV] ● New couple Josh Lucas and Rachel McAdams are the latest to hop on the bike trend. They were seen riding back from a yoga class in SoHo. [FadedYouth] ● Dave Letterman took care of Jennifer Garner’s scrapped knee with some ointment on The Late Show. [INO]