Anne Heche reflects on son Homer’s ‘bizarre’ 2020 graduation

Anne Heche reflects on son Homer’s ‘bizarre’ 2020 graduation

Anne Heche stars in the movie “The Vanished.” That’s this month. Meanwhile, her son Homer starred in his graduation. That’s last week.


Anne: “He’s 18. Excitedly looking forward to this major event in his life. So where was it held? In a parking lot. The Rose Bowl parking lot in LA.


“We had to enter wearing masks. Cars were spaced far apart. Nobody allowed outside their vehicle. The graduates onstage were masked and allowed only one second to remove that and mumble thank you. It was surreal. Bizarre.


“Your pass was preprinted out. You were allowed one car per family. No extra guests. Allowed photos were without the graduate’s face being visible. The security stationed around all wore black masks. Everything else nearby was boarded up, locked up, chained up.


“It was watching California disintegrate.”


Never enough mob shows


Nick Pileggi books became Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” and “Casino” films. His successes include marrying Nora Ephron. His newie mob story, with writer Terence Winter of “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Sopranos,” is becoming a cable drama series… Documentarian Ron Howard put out one himself. A Nat Geo doc on Paradise, Calif.’s deadly fire. “Rebuilding Paradise” opened last week in the new virtual Hollywood. Zoom premiere, streaming box office, 2-D red carpets, open theaters, drive-ins, virtual screenings through Web sites. It’s back to days of 14-inch TV sets and seeing “Leave It to Beaver” in black and white.


Oliver’s twists


Oliver Stone, born in NYC, maker of rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ movies, completed a raw, savagely honest autobio. Like the man himself, he details tough things in a colorful life — Vietnam, drug escapades — and says it’s the first of another volume to come. “Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game” is out now.


Bottoms up


Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Kyle MacLachlan and Mary J. Blige all have wine labels now. Today, the only openings seem to be booze… Also, pay attention, New York can survive. The 2nd Avenue deli reopened. And delivers.


Let us not forget input of patriots


In 1970, City Hall riots injured hundreds. Mayor John Lindsay ordered our flag at half-mast to honor demonstrators killed at Kent State in Ohio. Construction workers, patriots who love America, demanded it be raised.


Demonstrators burned our flag, bombings by anti-war leftists. Riots called “demonstrations.” Colleges taken over. Graffiti categorized as “high art.” Eldridge Cleaver said rape was “an insurrectionary act” in his 1968 prison memoir “Soul on Ice,” which the Times called “brilliant.”


More than 100,000 marchers convened in lower Manhattan saying we love America, USA’s the greatest country, values base our democracy, our flag symbolizes that greatness, the military and police put lives on the line for us. All too much for progressives and the elite to accept.


Some hardhats constructing the Twin Towers — ex Democrats — became part of Nixon’s re-election plus GOP victories of Reagan, the George Bushes and Donald Trump. Happened then. Happening now. Patriotism won then. Patriotism will win now.



Producer Jamie deRoy: “Remember guys you wouldn’t let touch you with a 10-foot pole? Where are they now? Today I’d cut them down to 6 feet and use them.”


Only in New York, kids, only in New York.