Friday, October 24, 2014

WENDY WILLIAMS @ NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS

Wendy Williams



New Jersey Performance Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark announces Wendy Williams live! See television’s syndicated talk show queen, media mogul and bestselling author Wendy Williams in the How You Laughin’ Comedy Series on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Be sure to reserve your tickets now at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)



About Wendy Williams



Larger-than-life personality and media mogul Wendy Williams delivers non-stop laughs headlining the How You Laughin’ comedy series. Hear about her encounters with A-list celebrities when she performs live at NJPAC with her trademark “tell it like it is” humor.



The syndicated talk show queen, media mogul and bestselling author has been hailed by the New York Post as “daytime TV’s favorite guilty pleasure”. Known for her outrageous interviews, Williams is the host of The Wendy Williams Show, now in its sixth season with rave reviews. Wendy has appeared in many TV shows and films, including 30 Rock, Dancing with the Stars and Think Like a Man. She is the executive producer for the upcoming Lifetime film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B and will also host this year’s Soul Train Awards. Comedian and actress Luenell will be special guest opener.


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DJ MARTIN GARRIX AT NYC PENCILS OF PROMISE GALA

DJ Martin Garrix



DJ Martin Garrix attended the 2014 Pencils of Promise Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City the other evening.


KATE FLANNERY @ TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS ANNIVERSARY

Kate Flannery



Kate Flannery attended the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 40th Anniversary celebration with a unique Broadway event and play reading by ' Four Decades / One Community' at the Hudson Theater in New York City.



JONATHAN BENNETT AT PROPER WEST NYC OPENING

Jonathan Bennett



Jonathan Bennett attended the opening of Proper West, a  upscale sportsbar, restaurant and social club at Proper West, in New York City.


CURMUDGEONISM: A SURLY MAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE

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CURMUDGEONISM: A SURLY MAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE



“Discovering who you are is not just for teenagers. Midlife men must also rediscover the world around them while struggling with their own impending mortality and legacy, especially those who change careers and lifestyles.


Middle-aged men like me are under siege, beset on all sides by personal ambition, internal expectations, familial pressure, disillusionment, uncertainty, and legacy. It’s a constant battle to balance the needs of the self and the needs of others and a struggle to discover which ones really take priority. Some win this battle and some tragically lose.”



So says East Coast-based author Kelly Crigger in his tremendously funny new book, Curmudgeonism: A Surly Man's Guide to MidLife.


Just released via Graybeard Publishing, the book has generated immediate interest and praise.



Continues Crigger, “Curmudgeonism is a state of mind, unwavering, unapologetic, and uninterested in what people think. We are the proverbial old dog that can't be taught new tricks because we know the old tricks are tried and true. We have firm beliefs that can't be shaken. Free trade is good. True leaders are rare.”



Just beginning an East Coast-book tour, Crigger feels that this book is perfect not only for me, but women. “If they want to avail themselves of the insight of men, this is the perfect vehicle for them." Check out Kelly's Amazon page HERE:



Thursday, October 23, 2014

RHINESTONE COWBOY RANDY JONES & GLEN CAMPBELL

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Tim McGraw



MONEY MONEY MONEY --- Everyone knows we are in the era of declining album sales, but it's is hard to fathom just how into the red it has gotten.


To date, no album that has been released in 2014 has made it to Platinum status, indicating sales of over one-million units. As of now, only the soundtrack from Frozen, released in 2013, has sold more than one million copies this year.


Albums are making it to Gold level (500,000 units sold) including eleven released this year including Michael Jackson's Xscape and the 70's infused Guardian's of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1.


Where there is a lot of gold and platinum being awarded is in singles (aka individual track downloads). For veteran artists, much of this action is in country music with Tim McGraw, alone, receiving four platinum singles in the last three months.


Continuing sales of older tracks is also moving some over the thresholds, including Fishin' in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which was released on June 1, 1987 and has just received its platinum certification, and the Mighty Mighty Boss Tones' The Impression That I Get which has gone gold.


The big news, though, for older albums is that Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (released in 1977) has been given its twentieth platinum certificate, indicating sales of over twenty million units. That moves it into a tie for eighth place with Shania Twain on the list of the biggest selling albums of all-time in the U.S. The current Top ten are:


1. Their Greatest Hits - Eagles (29 million)

2. Thriller - Michael Jackson (29 million)

3. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (23 million)

4. The Wall - Pink Floyd (Double) (23 million)

5. Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2 - Billy Joel (Double) (23 million)

6. Back In Black - AC/DC (22 million)

7. Double Live - Garth Brooks (Double) (21 million)

8. Come On Over - Shania Twain (20 million)

9. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (19 million)

10. The Beatles (Double) (19 million)



Interesting to note, there’s no Taylor Swift; Katy Perry; Beyonce; or, event U2 in the list. Says vet-music biz gunslinger David Salidor, who operates his own PR/Mgmt. firm in Manhattan and L. A., “The business has swung from a singles market; to an album market; and, now back to a singles one. But, a good song is still a good song. The real money right now is in the live-arena … from heritage-type acts to Katy Perry. Radio remains the #1 forum to launch a new song and artist. Good music will always be here; but, the way one obtains it today is a bit different. Think of all the different platforms one now has for their music. In a way, the music business has never been better. ”



WHICH WITCH IS WHICH --- With a twitch of the nose and a little bit of magic, the beloved Bewitched is coming back. The comedy series, which ran from 1964 through 1972, is being revived and reformatted in a new take; and, the lucky winner is NBC.



This new series will center around Daphne, the granddaughter of Samantha Stephens (played by Elizabeth Montgomery in the original series) and the daughter of Tabitha Stephens (played by Lisa Hartman in the spin-off series in 1976).



Daphne is to be a single twentysomething witch who has always used her magical powers to conjure herself the perfect life, our source confirmed, but, the witch runs into a bit of trouble when she discovers she can't conjure up true love. Isn't that always the case?



The original series followed Samantha Steven, a witch who marries an ordinary man (Dick York, then Dick Sargent) and tries to live a magic-free life.



In 2005, Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell starred in a Nora Ephron remake that failed to enchant viewers.



Me, I always adored Agnes Moorehead on this show. I wonder if there'll have her character Endora?

Glen Campbell




ONE MORE FOR GLEN --- Glen Campbell's bittersweet final recording, “I'm Not Going to Miss You," has struck a chord with fans, sending the singer into the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in 33 years.



The track was recorded during Campbell's final recording sessions at a time when he was already suffering the effects of Alzheimer's disease, an illness that has now advanced enough that Glen can no longer record or tour. It comes from the soundtrack of the new documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me; which is released today.



Debuting next week at number 90, the song actually has already charted better than his last Hot 100 single, 1981's “I Love My Truck,” which peaked at 96. Earlier that same year, his “I Don't Want to Know Your Name” went to 65. It's his 38th Hot 100 entry, including five top ten hits:



Wichita Lineman (1968 / #3)

Galveston (1969 / #4)

It's Only Make Believe (1970 / #10)

Rhinestone Cowboy (1975 / #1)

Southern Nights (1977 / #1)


Randy Jones




CLOSING NOTES --- Speaking of Glen Campbell - Thursday night, in rainy Manhattan at downtown Aleo restaurant, Randy Jones, from The Village People, serenaded Glen Campbell’s daughter with his version of her father’s “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Fete was for her new book, written with Mark Bego, called Life With My Father Glen Campbell (Overlook Press) ...



We lost Oscar De La Renta this week; even after designing the wedding dress for George Clooney's bride earlier this month. 50 nears on the fashion scene ... an amazing run. I had the pleasure of meeting him once and was immediately charmed by his gracefulness and charm. Rest easy Oscar ...



Have you seen the trailer yet for the next Avengers movie-coming in 2015. Its terrific, but James Spader, as the villain-Ultron is awesome. Someone posted of his charms "No actor projects intelligence and subtle power in his voice the way Spader does." Couldn't have said it better myself. Take a look.



JEAN SHAFIROFF IN STYLE @ RITA HAYWORTH GALA

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Jean Shafiroff



Jean Shafiroff stunned the crowd at the Alzheimer's Association -31st Annual Rita Hayworth Gala Celebrating a Timeless Hollywood Icon at the Waldorf Astoria the other evening.


 The dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta and hair was by Roman from Warren Tricomi. This beautiful pink dress shows us what New York fashion is all about. Style and grace!


Photo By: Patrick McMullan

VIVID CABARET GIRLS AT NEW YORK'S BB KINGS

Vivid Cabaret Round Card Girls



Vivid Cabaret New York, the upscale midtown Manhattan three-story gentlemen's club known for its seemingly unlimited supply of stunning topless performers, supplied the "round card girls" for the "Broadway Boxing" Show held at BB Kings in Times Square, New York City.


The sold-out show was filmed for airing on the sports cable channel "SNY-TV," home of the Mets and the Jets, for airing later this year.


The boxing card was a Dibella Promotion, known for putting on the very best in live entertainment. "It was so much fun," purred Vivid Cabaret NYC girl Shay. "The boxing was awesome and the audience was full of celebrities."


The official "After-Party" was held at Vivid Cabaret New York, where the boxers and assorted celebrities, VIPs, and dignitaries enjoyed watching the beautiful Vivid Cabaret girls perform on the city's tallest stripper pole (26 feet).

JULIE BOWEN 'QUIET' ON SARAH HYLAND @ HUFFPOST

Sarah Hyland



Actress Julie Bowen sat down with HuffPost Live on Tuesday and set the record straight about her young "Modern Family" co-star Sarah Hyland. Bowen, who was present when Hyland ended her relationship with abusive boyfriend Matthew Prokop, said that her role in the conflict was "grossly overblown."




Bowen: "I love Sarah and I support her wholeheartedly, but I think legally I'm not allowed to talk about it. Honestly I didn't do anything special at all. Nothing that you wouldn't do for a anybody who's going through a break-up. I think it just got a lot of attention because she's an adorably cute person who's on TV."




Bowen: "I think I'm not allowed to talk about it, but it wasn't anything you wouldn't do if somebody called you up and said, 'Hey man, I'm going through a tough time.' You'd jump in." 



 

MARIA BELLO NARRATES THE AUDIOBOOK 'BETRAYED'

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Maria Bello



Award-winning television and film actress Maria Bello, known for her roles in A History of Violence, The Cooler, Prisoners, Coyote Ugly, The Jane Austen Book Club, and more, has just narrated her first audiobook. Bello will be the voice behind BETRAYED, the upcoming novel by New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author Lisa Scottoline. The much anticipated book and audiobook, published by Macmillan Audio, will both go on sale on November 25, 2014.



Mega-bestselling author Scottoline has already penned twenty-one novels and has twenty-five million copies of her books in print in the United States. She is delighted to have Bello animate her beloved characters with her strong, lively, and passionate voice.


MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB'S 'LOST LAKE' PREMIERE

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John Hawkes



NEW YORK CITY -- Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Lost Lake, the new play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan featuring Oscar nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter’s Bone) and Tracie Thoms (Rent, “Cold Case”) started previews for a Tuesday, November 11 opening night at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).



The team behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof and The Columnist returns to MTC with Lost Lake, a riveting and spirited world premiere play by Tony winner David Auburn, directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan.



The lakeside rental Veronica (Tracie Thoms) has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan (John Hakwes), has problems of his own – problems that Veronica is inevitably and irrevocably – pulled into.