Wednesday, May 06, 2015

'GASLAND' PROVES ENVIRONMENTAL FRACKING DANGER

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GASLAND IS A MUST SEE FILM FOR 2015
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GASLAND




When filmmaker Josh Fox received an unexpected offer of $100,000 for the natural gas drilling rights to his property in the Delaware River Basin, on the border of New York and Pennsylvania, he resisted the urge to accept. Instead, he set off on a cross-country journey to investigate the environmental risks of agreeing to the deal.



Gasland is Fox's urgent, cautionary and sometimes darkly comic look at the largest domestic natural gas drilling campaign in history, which is currently sweeping the country and promising landowners a quick payoff.



However, as Fox discovers, the drilling process, called hydraulic fracturing or fracking, was exempted by the Bush-Cheney Energy Policy Act of 2005 from the United States' most basic environmental regulations, including the Safe Drinking Water Act  and the Clean Air Act. Across the country, in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Dallas-Ft. Worth, where drilling is slated to take place or is already occurring directly in water-supplying areas nearby, a crisis looms that could affect millions.



Part verité road trip, part exposé, part mystery and part showdown, Gasland follows director Fox on a 24-state investigation of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing. What he uncovers is mind-boggling: tap water so contaminated it can be set on fire right out of the tap; chronically ill residents with similar symptoms in drilling areas across the country; and huge pools of toxic waste that kill livestock and vegetation.



Gas companies have now turned their attention to the massive Marcellus Shale Field, where Fox's Pennsylvania home rests. Stretching from the Catskill region of New York State to West Virginia, the so-called "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" is also home to the country's largest unfiltered watershed, supplying water to millions of Americans, including the residents of New York City. Thousands of leases have already been purchased by drilling companies, prompting a public controversy.



GWEN STEFANI HAS BEVERLY HILLS FASHION DISASTER

Gwen Stefani



Gwen Stefani was caught in a fashion disaster while leaving a friend's house in Beverly Hills, California the other day. Hey, at least the beautiful star was all smiles.



THE NEW YORK POPS 32ND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION GALA

Rachel York



Kate Burton And Victor Garber



Kate Burton, Rachel York and Victor Garber were photographed at The New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala at The Mandarin Oriental in New York City the other night.



CAREY MULLIGAN STUNS AT NYC METROPOLITAN GALA

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'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala
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Carey Mulligan



Kiehl’s Since 1851 was exceedingly proud to have a hand (a face?) in Carey Mulligan’s striking look by makeup artist Georgie Eisdell the other evening.


“Carey's look for the Met Ball was all about enhancing her natural beauty. I wanted her skin to glow but then I wanted a little drama on her lips.”



“I first prepared Carey's skin with Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, and then moisturized with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado for her eyes. Then I finished with Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, I love this product so much. It's the perfect base for makeup.”



“I then evened out her skin with Kiehl's Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream in Fair/ Light.”



“Then, I used Tom Ford's Illuminating Highlight Pen to brighten underneath the eye, and then used Tom Ford's Cheek Color in Frantic Pink on the apples of the cheek for a natural flush to the cheek and then a touch of Hourglass's Ambient Lighting Palette over the top for extra illumination.”


REESE WITHERSPOON VISITS DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW

Reese Witherspoon



Reese Witherspoon was all smiles on the streets of New York City as she was photographed heading into The Late Show With David Letterman Studios.




ZOOEY DESCHANEL CHAT IN COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE

Zooey Deschanel



Zooey Deschanel covers the June issue of Cosmopolitan, on stands May 12. The New Girl star, currently pregnant with her first child with fiancée Jacob Pechenik, spoke to the magazine about why she won’t be posing in a “body after baby” photo shoot, what she thinks of the #AskHerMore Twitter campaign, and why now is a great time for women in television.



For more of Zooey Deschanel's exclusive interview and photo shoot with Cosmopolitan, pick up the issue on newsstands May 12th.



On achieving success:



“I’m very focused. I work all the time, but I do what I love and I don’t care what people think of it. You don’t become successful by trying to be ‘a success.’ You become successful by doing things that give you pleasure. That’s a hallmark of mine.”



On not posing for a “body after baby” tabloid photo shoot:



“Haven’t we all seen those pictures of a sexy new mom in a bikini after one month? I will not be that person. I’ve always gone my own course and never been someone who had the need to be super skinny. I like a healthy look. I don’t buy into that skinny-is-better mentality. I just eat healthy and work out and don’t worry about my weight too much. Actresses aren’t models, and most of them never wanted to be.”



On women in television:



“It’s a good time for women on TV. We can be funny in our own way…and funny doesn’t mean just one thing. Funny isn’t just one-liners. It’s big personalities and individualism.”


AROUND THE WORLD WITH SUPERSTAR JESSICA ALBA

Jessica Alba



Jessica Alba was snapped at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California the other day. The superstar looked like she was doing some deep thinking.



JANE SEYMOUR STUNNING AT 2015 CLIO IMAGE AWARDS

Jane Seymour



Jane Seymour looked stunning as she arrived to the 2015 Clio Image Awards at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.



CAROL BURNETT GUEST STARRED ON 'HOT IN CLEVELAND'

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CLASSIC TELEVISION
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Carol Burnett With Chris Colfer And Betty White




The legend herself Carol Burnett guest starred on TV Lands Hot In Cleveland. In the episode Victoria directs her mother Penny (Carol Burnett) and son Tony (Chris Colfer) in a musical, and Elka auditions for a part. Joy and Melanie try to fire a touchy-feely waiter.



The show stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White.

Guest Stars: Carol Burnett and Chris Colfer.


Photo Courtesy Of: TV Land

PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE RAISE ORDINARY CHILDREN

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ROYAL WATCH
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Kate Middleton And Prince William With Baby




E! NEWS --- Prince William and Kate Middleton want to be just like you and me. Sure it's fun having more money in their bank account than an NFL quarterback, but the truth is, all they really want is to be is Mr. and Mrs. Normal.



They are going to extraordinary lengths to try and give Prince George and Princess Charlotte some semblance of an ordinary life. Because at the tender age of 21 months, George is blissfully unaware of his fate: that he will one day be king, his face featured on every coin, stamp and passport in the nation.



So, William and Kate have purposely decided to pretend that George and his sister Charlotte are just ordinary children for as long as they can, delaying the inevitable pressure both will finally have to face. They will be famous forever, with their own chapters in history books.



Here are some of the extraordinary ways William and Kate are ensuring George and Charlotte live as normal a life as possible.



1. The Middleton Effect: All Princess Diana wanted was for William to marry for love. Her own loveless marriage meant she knew exactly how important it would be to William's future happiness. And wasn't he lucky, meeting Kate days into starting university? It meant a search that can take a lifetime for some of us was relatively quick for William. And while William and Kate may have had their ups and downs, ultimately they were able to grow up together, so when Kate finally said "I Do", she knew precisely what she was signing up for. This is just what he needed as William is extremely determined and, according to those close to him, can be rather hotheaded at times. But he married someone he respects and listens to. So while Kate may come across as demure, with her ladylike mannerisms, the truth is, underneath that delicate exterior is a core of steel. It takes a certain kind of woman to be able to stand up to the future King of England and according to our insiders, there is no doubt she is the one who wears the pants in the relationship.



TREY 'ACE' SMITH SPINS AT HARD ROCK HOTEL'S "REHAB"

DJ ACE



Trey Smith AKA DJ ACE was spinning at REHAB at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.



THE 2015 GEORGE LOPEZ CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC

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GOLFING FOR A CAUSE
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George Lopez



Don Cheadle And Anthony Anderson



George Lopez, Danny Masterson, Andy Garcia, Joe Mantegna, Rob Riggle, Arsenio Hall, Anthony Anderson, Tim Allen, Richard Karn, Kevin Rahn, Cedric the Entertainer, Don Cheadle, Drake Bell and more celebrities came out in support of the 8th annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Sabra Salsa to benefit The George Lopez Foundation at the Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, California.

Richard Karn And Tim Allen



Danny Masterson
Off the course, stars snacked on Sabra brand salsa and guacamole in the Sabra Salsa Garden. Blackish star Anthony Anderson snacked on the mango salsa exclaiming that it was a “party in his mouth.” Anderson decided it was his favorite "hole" on the course and hung out at the Salsa Garden before returning to the course. Comedian Tim Allen was so excited for the Sabra guacamole he made a beeline for the Salsa Garden nearly causing a cart crash with another golfer. Once inside the Salsa Garden Allen posed for a photo with longtime pal and former Home Improvement co-star Richard Karn. Don Cheadle prepped for his game by stocking up on Sabra chips and guacamole “to go” containers, while Jamie Bamber settled into the Salsa Garden stating "just making myself at home here".


The Salsa Garden got to see a surprise performance when Gary Valentine decided to freestyle a love song to a tomato. Hollywood veteran Alan Thicke stopped by the Salsa Garden where he chatted with friends about the tournament and how much he loves supporting the cause. After the round guests also enjoyed a gift lounge where Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Richard Karn and Madmen star Kevin Rahn also picked up some Sabra salsa and fun items. 


Photos Courtesy Of: Domain MSA

THOMAS HARDY CLASSIC THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE

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OFF BROADWAY
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Michael Henchard And Ayanna Williams



NEW YORK – "Casterbridge," based on Thomas Hardy's classic Victorian novel, "The Mayor of Casterbridge," is a new musical theater work with book and lyrics by David Willinger and music by Christopher Beste. The 20-character, two-act musical is fairly faithful to Hardy's parable of the spiritual ups and downs of man and features a score inspired by English country music of the period. Theater for the New City will present the piece's world premiere run June 4 to 19, directed by Willinger.



In Hardy's famous Victorian novel, ne'er-do-well Michael Henchard, when drunk, organizes an auction to sell off his wife. After taking a vow never to drink again, he pulls himself up by his bootstraps to be a pillar of society -- Mayor of the town and a business owner. He reunites with his wife and starts over, only to get pulled back down by his own nature. It is a work full of passion, love, and even humor as Henchard pays his karmic debt. While essentially a romantic tragedy of human flaws, destiny and will, it has both comic highlights and melodramatic moods to enliven it. Its main characters are riveting figures, full of depth and pathos, while its secondary characters are fun in their sharply defined peculiarities.



The piece will be staged with a cast of 15. Its set emphasizes the town's crossroads--a central bridge, which is also a metaphor for crossing between various states in a life's journey. The quaintness of England's West Country, where Hardy set the drama, is amply suggested. The score by Christopher Beste is heavily drawn from traditional English sounds. It hovers on the boundary between Broadway Musical and operetta, containing both lively, tuneful numbers and sung dialogue to connect them.