Thursday, November 27, 2014


Jean Shafiroff

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Humane Awards Luncheon was held recently with Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough, at 42nd Street Cipriani.

Jean Shafiroff was seen wearing a black and pink flowered silk dress by Carolina Herrera.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Taylor Swift

MITCHELL'S GIRLS --- At the moment, the music world is all about the female vocalists and there is none bigger than Taylor Swift; she’s literally everywhere. It's almost like she could do anything but there is one thing that won't be on her list, playing Joni Mitchell.

Swift has admitted having affection for Mitchell's music but Joni doesn't seem to return the feelings. When word broke earlier this year that Swift was up for the role of Mitchell in the adaptation of the book Girls Like Us, Mitchell (Sheila Weller, 2009) quickly quashed the entire project.

The terrific book looks at music through the careers of Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon and plans were to bring it to the big screen. In an article in the London Sunday Times, Mitchell said "I squelched that! I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones'. It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes. There's a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions."

She also said in the interview that she sees herself now as a painter now and not a musician. "Music is over for me, pretty much. I can't sing: I don't want to. I want to paint, and I want to write. I can't tour, I can't travel, I'm sick; I can fly two flights a year. I'm old. You have to know when to give up."

Mitchell released a new four-CD compendium of her music this week, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced.

I'm saddened that Mitchell won't be making any new music but her catalog stands heads-and-tails above almost everything else. A true artist indeed.

THE FLASH --- As we noted Monday, one of the other DC-comics shows adaptations this year has been the CW 11’s The Flash; and, it’s been rather brilliant. From the casting to the writing and the special effects; for a change, it’s all top notch.

The episodes thus far have sort of followed the comic-story line, although this being the CW, it’s been imbued with an almost abnormal amount of youth. The great Jesse L. Martin, from Law & Order, shines as Detective Joe West, and Grant Gustin, late of Glee, shines as The Flash himself (aka Barry Allen). Tom Cavanagh, as the mysterious Harrison Wells, is just stellar.

Each episode so far has ended with a proper tease, or two, of upcoming shows and while it’s an innovative notion, it’s actually worked terrifically well.

Well’s particular accelerator has created several meta-humans (love that term!) and seemingly crippled him to a wheelchair. However, at the close of each episode he rises, walking, and activates an AI-machine called Gideon, which can seemingly predict the future.

Crazy I know, but I am enjoying this as much as anything on TV this season.

LEON DOWN BUT NOT OUT --- Leon Russell's band has had several of their instruments stolen from their bus while they slept just feet away.

The bus was parked in front of the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio Sunday night with the band asleep on the vehicle. A security camera captured the image of a man with graying hair and goatee wearing a San Antonio Spurs jersey picking the lock on the storage compartment on the side of the bus and making off with three guitars and a mandolin.

The equipment was valued at about $3,000 and included a Fender Stratocaster owned by guitarist Beau Charron. He told media that he had been playing the instrument for twenty years and had sentimental value as the first guitar he ever bought.

The show went on Sunday night with borrowed instruments in place of those taken.

Leon is out supporting his most recent, and final, album Life Journey.

CLOSING NOTES --- I woke up today thinking about Turkeys and boy, here’s one for sure: There’s this writer who has just released a book on an American icon, a true titan if you will, and he was approached by an indie-PR guy to do an quick holiday-oriented campaign for the book. Asked for his plan, he proffered a scenario whereby several online outlets would be approached as well as several traditional brick-and-mortar outlets. The writer nixed the plan as he felt his audience wasn't online. Not online … ever hear of cyber seniors? Poor choice. My own father before he passed was on that computer like a jackrabbit on lettuce. Needless to say, he missed a big op. His book last year on another Hollywood-Lothario came and went with a flash too. Too bad, nice guy but blinded by the light ...

Growing up in 1950’s California, young Anson William Heimlich showed very little promise. Clumsy, unsure of himself, and made to feel like a failure by his disappointed artist of a dad, Anson started working odd jobs as a teenager to help support his family. His boss at one of these jobs, an aging janitor named Willie, unexpectedly became a mentor—and the lessons he taught young Anson proved to be invaluable throughout his subsequent career as an actor, director, and entrepreneur.

In Singing to a Bulldog, Anson Williams (as he came to be known) relates both these lessons and the never-before-revealed stories of the many seminal TV series he has worked on and the famous (and not-so-famous) folks he’s encountered during his 40 years in Hollywood, including: being directed by Steven Spielberg in his first dramatic role ; getting kidnapped by Gerald Ford’s daughter at the White House ; being humbled by Sunny, a young volunteer for the Cerebral Palsy National Organization; mentoring Shailene Woodley on the set of The Secret Life of the American Teenager and many more. I loved this one …

 Have a safe Turkey Day... 




Paddy McCarthy With Paul Hurley

O' Casey's Paul Hurley And Georgi's Charlene Nickolan

Paul Hurley, Former president of the United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association was joined by bar owners and chefs of the Tri-State area at O’Casey’s Restaurant and Irish Pub (22 East 41st Street, NY 10017) to unveil the nation’s only 100-proof turkey, made with Georgi flavored Vodka. There will be free car service to anyone who dines on Turkey at O'Casey's Thanksgiving day in the Manhattan area.

The turkey, which takes three days to prepare, is infused with five different flavors of Georgi Vodka: peach, cherry, orange, lemon and apple. The gravy contains 100-proof Vodka. These Vodka-soaked turkeys will be made available all over the country, and the recipe will be posted in liquor stores across the nation to boost Thanksgiving sales of spirits. Last year, the 100-proof turkey was prepared in one tavern and sold out. This year, the bird will be back for the holiday and served at over 100 pubs and taverns in New York City.

Thanksgiving Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year for bars, with people getting a jump on celebrating the upcoming four-day weekend. In order to promote safety and well-being while having fun.

The United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association is New York City’s largest and oldest hospitality organization, representing over 3,000 bars and restaurants in the Tri-State Area.

Photos By: James Edstrom/Times Square Society


Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Jean Shafiroff With Cole Rumbough And Kick Kennedy

Animal Zone International (AZI) President Paola Mieli and Benefit Chair Richard Ledes welcomed over 100 guests to the Third Annual Argos Fall Benefit at Thalassa Restaurant in Tribeca recently. The international non-profit, which is dedicated to the protection and humane care of animals and the environment on the Greek island of Amorgos, honored philanthropist Jean Shafiroff for her efforts on behalf of animals.

Nicole DiCocco, Kick Kennedy, Alex Donner, Lacey Dorn, Cole Rumbough, Umberto Riva, Brian Maher, and Ann and Eric Jenson were among the supporters on hand. Guests watching a moving presentation that introduced the dogs, cats, goats and equines that AZI has helped on the island of Amorgos in Greece. Dozens of luxe items were donated to the silent auction, including artwork by Mark Kostabi and Robert Simon, which helped raise additional funds for the charity.

Ms. Mieli gave a moving speech about how the veterinarians and volunteers have drastically changed the lives of the neglected, homeless and abused animals over the past seven years. She elaborated on the crucial role that AZI has played in educating and changing the attitude of the community and how the goal is to strengthen, support and expand their initiatives so that the Amorgos project may become implemented throughout the Cyclades Islands.

Founded in 2007, Animal Zone International is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the animals and the environment. It has begun work on the Greek island of Amorgos, working with the community to develop a model for Greek animal welfare. AZI has established the island’s first veterinary clinic providing free or low-cost medical care and spay/neuter surgeries, and is focused on educating the island’s population on the humane treatment of animals. 

Monday, November 24, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Katy Perry

KEATON’S BIRDMAN --- We caught Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman last weekend, but wanted to thoroughly brainstorm what we saw before putting pen to paper. We loved it and can best describe it as an existential treastie on one’s own work; initially very successful, but, now needing a good kick in the butt.

Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, who enjoyed years of success, essaying a comic-book character Birdman; he did three (like he did in Batman) and passed on a fourth installment.

Now, trying a stage adaption of a Raymond Carver play (!), he’s going through the motions with the play; a daughter he never really got to know; an ex-wife that he still has feelings for; and, a girlfriend in the play, who may or may not be pregnant. Conflicting thoughts indeed.

I’ve always loved Keaton’s work, from Night Shift to Batman to great interviews on the Letterman show … and, this is definitely a career highlight for him.

Inarritu’s script is splendid and the camera work consisting of mostly long, uninterrupted sequences is positively mesmerizing. Also, the way he cuts from one-shot to another, often in a two different times, is amazing; one character will talk about appearing on stage later that night and miraculously, he appears onstage continuing his dialogue.

The movie struggle with one’s own thoughts, memories and hopes for the future and is totally captivating. The narrative isn’t new, but the execution is spot-on brilliant.

Not for everyone, but if you loved Lost In Translation, as did I, this is definitely for you. A gem of this quickly ending year.

Adios Constantine? – And just as we were just writing about it: we've learned the freshman season of NBC drama Constantine will consist of just 13 episodes. The cast and crew of the series were informed on Friday night that the series will halt production.

Constantine will remain in its current 10:00 PM ET Friday time slot for the remainder of its run.

While the network recently made a similar decision on freshmen comedy series Bad Judge and A to Z, I hear the circumstances are different. While Bad Judge and A to Z had been de facto canceled, Constantine remains in strong contention for a second-season renewal.

The show, based on the DC-comic revolves around demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine. Constantine figured there was no longer any point in fighting the good fight since his soul belongs to the netherworld, but when demons target the daughter of one of his closest friends, Liv, he reluctantly rejoins the battle.

It turns out that Liv has second sight, an ability to see other worlds and predict supernatural occurrences, a power that makes her a threat to the new evil rising from the shadows. She and Constantine take their combined skills on the road, traveling the country to find demons and send them back to hell.

The network had to make a decision whether to keep Constantine in continuous production with little ratings information. While the series began production on a standard fall premiere production schedule, its launch was delayed until late- October when NBC’s Friday genre block usually debuts, so the network had to make a quick call whether to order additional episodes after only four episodes had aired vs. at least seven.

Constantine had not been a breakout hit the way fellow NBC Friday genre drama Grimm was in its debut. But NBC brass were probably encouraged by the freshman’s +38% week-to-week ratings jump for Episode 5 this past Friday, the show’s highest mark since the series debut, and by its best retention of the Grimm lead-in, also since the series debut.

Additionally, Constantine had a strong fan base because of its comic origins and has seen big DVR lifts, most recently rising +81% for Episode 4, regarded by fans as a possible creative turning point in the series.

NBC has been supportive of the show, running a marathon of episodes on cable sibling Syfy this weekend and slating Constantine cast members to appear on the network’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade next week.

It is not clear what NBC will air in the Friday 10 PM time period after Constantine’s run is over, though previous slot occupant Hannibal, which has been renewed for a third season, is considered a strong possibility.

Constantine was one of three DC-themed new dramas this fall. The other two,Gotham on Fox and The Flash on the CW, both earning full-season orders.

CLOSING NOTES --- Katy Perry will headline the Super Bowl halftime show in February. Excellent choice …

Looking forward to seeing my friend, horn-man David Sanborn tomorrow night at the Blue Note in NYC …

Paul Simon’s song “America” being used in the new Amex-Small Business Saturday commercials just re-affirms what a great, great track it always has been. Great to hear every time …

Don't know what to make of last night's American Music Awards other than it's good to be young. I think Garth Brooks (and producer Larry Klein) were the oldest-performers there. And, One Direction, named band of the year? I don't think so ...


Janes Addiction

Janes Addiction played recently at The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sin City was really rocking on this night.



The Heart Of Robin Hood

David Mirvish and National Artists Management Company are pleased to present the Broadway premiere of The Heart of Robin Hood, written by David Farr, featuring original music performed on-stage by Parsonsfield and directed by acclaimed Icelandic theatrical artist Gísli Örn Gardarsson. The production will open on Broadway on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway). Previews begin on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The production will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Tickets for The Heart of Robin Hood will be available exclusively to Audience Rewards members, on pre-sale Monday, December 1 through Sunday, December 7. Audience Rewards, the Official Rewards Program of Broadway and the Arts®, aims to reward their members for supporting live theatre in NYC and across the country. To become a member, visit

Tickets will be available to the general public on Monday, December 8 at

The Heart of Robin Hood comes to Broadway following productions in Winnipeg (November 11-December 6, 2014 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and Toronto (December 23, 2014-March 1, 2015 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre).

Every legendary hero has to start somewhere. In The Heart of Robin Hood, playwright David Farr presents a wildly imaginative, theatrically dazzling new spin on the familiar fable.

Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In this reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it’s never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. But when wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good.


Meghan Trainor At American Music Awards

E! Live From the Red Carpet airs from 6pm to 8pm ET/PT, and for highlights from the AMAs catch E! News on Monday at 7pm and 11pm.

Meghan Trainor is single and ready to mingle!

At Sunday's 2014 American Music Awards in L.A., the 20-year-old "All About That Bass" singer opened up to E! News about looking for a hot guy to romance her.

"Come on guys! Look how good I'm looking today," the blond beauty told Giuliana Rancicand Terrence Jenkins on the red carpet. "What's going on?"

As for what she looks for in a boyfriend, the pop star says she loves to "cuddle [and] make music." "You can make music or not, that's fine, whatever," Trainor dished, adding, "But also be real cool and make me laugh. That's it. That's all you gotta do."

And Trainor says she would definitely sing to her man. "I'll like right them songs too—nice ones," she gushed. "It would be like really cool and cute and adorable."

Trainor, who is known for singing about her signature curves, also gave us her thoughts of Kim Kardashian's bootylicious nude Paper magazine cover (hint: she's a big fan of the sexy E! star)! "Oh my god, she has an amazing butt!" Trainor gushed. "It's awesome. If I had a booty like that, I don't know if I would post it, but she looked bomb. There ain't nothing wrong with that. It's a nice butt."

Meanwhile, Trainor looked absolutely gorgeous on the AMAs red carpet in a black Ted Baker dress that featured lace sleeves. "I wanted to go classy and comfortable," she said of her look. "I always want to be comfortable. I love this dress."

So what did Trainor have inside her edgy, red lip-shaped clutch? "My brother's inhaler!" she revealed. LOL!

Courtesy Of: E! News


Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj isn't exactly a stranger to wearing revealing clothing. She also isn't afraid to get a little sexy during her award show appearances.

But while on the red carpet at the 2014 American Music Awards, the "Super Bass" rapper couldn't help but admit to feeling shy at some points in her career.

"Yes and people don't know that," she told E! News exclusively. "I feel shy a lot of times actually. I just push myself to go for it."

Pretty surprising answer, right? Giuliana Rancic followed up by asking the 31-year-old what scares her.

"Being away from my family and people who love me and love me the most," she shared. "So I'm going to move back to the East Coast…just to keep grounded and be around."

She added, "I want to see my baby brother grow up a little more. I think it's good for the soul."

Before the big move to the Big Apple, Minaj has a brand new album coming out that she can't help but be pumped for.

"I'm so excited. I'm so proud of it," she shared in regards to The Pinkprint, available Dec. 15. "It really shows a lot of growth. I know that my fans are really going to appreciate the subject matter on a lot of the songs."

And if Team Minaj thinks this is the last album we'll see from the rapper, think again! Although rumors have been swirling that she's going to take a break from music after this disc, Minaj gladly set the record straight Sunday night.

"I said it after the fifth album," she clarified. "I'm only about to put out the third album so that's a long time from now." Thank goodness!

Courtesy Of: E! News


Nick Jonas At 2014 American Music Awards

We're all still thinking about Nick Jonas' Flaunt magazine photo shoot (because WOW), but what did the family think?

That's the question that E! News' Giuliana Rancic asked the young stud tonight on the red carpet at the 2014 American Music Awards in downtown Los Angeles, and what he told us might surprise you.

"I sent the pictures to my parents actually right after I did the shoot for Flauntmagazine, which is actually a tribute to Mark Wahlberg. He's iconic shoot in the '90s," Jonas, who looked handsome as ever in an Armani suit, began to tell us. "My dad responded and was like, 'You know you get that from me, right?' So he was actually really proud."

LOL! Perfect response from a proud papa.

The 22-year-old singer-actor-model stripped down to a pair of tight white underwear for Flaunt, grabbing his crotch à la Marky Mark in those iconic 1992 Calvin Klein shots, and lucky for us, the now-expert taught fans how to do the perfect crotch grab.

"I'm going to be giving you the tutorial on the perfect crotch grab," the (unfortunately) clothed Kingdom actor says in the ridiculous (but somehow still sexy) clip. "Now it's very simple. You need three things: a hand, a crotch and a willingness to do anything."

"Now my basic steps are turn to the side, profile's better," he says before placing his hand over his junk. "Make sure your hand's ready and then just go for it. That's it. All you need."

Jonas also showed off his sexy six-pack abs and bulging biceps (not to mention his butt crack!) in the risqué pics.

Courtesy Of: E! News


One Direction At 2014 American Music Awards

The guys of One Direction are heated up the 2014 American Music Awards!

While chatting with E! News on the red carpet Sunday, the hunky Brit boy-banders couldn't help gushing about their love for one another.

"It's exciting to be here again, and exciting to see you again," Niall Horan told Giuliana Rancic. "Super, super excited," Louis Tomlinson added. "It's great to be here."

The 1D boys will be performing again this year during tonight's AMAs show. When asked which celebs make them nervous on stage, Harry Styles dished, "Everyone. It's an intense room."

Niall added, "I remember last year, Dave Grohl was in the crowd and I remember thinking, ‘I'm really nervous.' And we had just met Justin Timberlake for the first time just before we went on. I remember I was really nervous that time."

As for which celeb makes band-mate Liam Payne scream like a 12-year-old girl, Liam turned to Louis and gushed, "You make me scream," before letting out a sexy high-pitched squeal!

"OK, that was quite sensual," Louis responded before Liam grabbed Louis in a big bear hug and dragged him off the E! platform. How cute is their bromance?!

Meanwhile, the guys also opened up about meeting Prince William and Kate Middleton last week at the Royal Variety Performances in London. "I said, ‘Conrats on the child,'" Harry said of meeting the pregnant Duchess.

"There isn't a bump," Liam chimed in. "She's so, so tiny. You wouldn't even tell."

"I love her," Niall said. "We were really nervous. We were chosen to kind of meet them when we were arriving. We were kind of put in an odd situation. They were really nice, really nice people. Exactly what we would have thought."

Courtesy Of: E! News