Thursday, May 21, 2015



The Cast Of Clean Cut

The official cast / wrap party for the highly talked about chilling new film "Clean Cut" is tonight at the famed NYC Empire Hotel Rooftop Lounge LEVEL R! We have heard the main cast will be in attendance with producers and director to celebrate the wrap of the new project. Some surprise guests are also expected at the blowout industry shin-dig that boasts the film to be the next big thing in the horror genre.

"Clean Cut" tells the story of Bill Horton (Collins) who at seven years old watched in horror as a serial killer murdered his mother. Known as The Evangelist, he places a bible next to her body and quotes scripture as he leaves Bill alone and destroyed. Thirty years later, Bill has grown up and appears to be a model citizen, spending his days cleaning his house and baking. He has, however, picked up the mantle of the Evangelist, killing those who he finds wicked and evil and leaving a bible by their bodies. Bill only opens up to Dr. Laura Cooper (Artese), a psychiatrist, who discovers Bill's dark secret. She contacts young Detective Edward Legros (Billy) who is working on the case with his cynical, veteran partner, Detective John Vance (Bollinger). But what Vance knows about the original Evangelist will lead to a bloody showdown.

STARRING: Keith Collins, Doug Bollinger ("Waltzing Anna"), Samantha Artese ("The Coffee Shop"), Michael BIlly ("The One") WITH Billy Sample ("Former NY Yankee"), Gervase Peterson ("Survivor") AND Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal ("Guns N' Roses"). Directed By, Joseph Pepitone. Produced by Keith Collins. Executive Producers Steve Wolf ("Lady Peacock"), Jonnie Rockwell ("The Anthem"), AJ Mattioli ("Words"), Cory Green ("Rebel"). CO-Executive Producers Doug Bollinger, Joseph Pepitone. Cinematography & Edited By, Cory Green. Story By, Keith Collins. Written By, Joseph Pepitone and Billy Pepitone. Original Music By, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal.

Photo Courtesy Of: Steve Mack


Lo Bosworth

Lo Bosworth With Anthony Serignese

Joe’s Bar NYC kicked off their Grand Opening with a bang the other night on the Upper West Side. In a city bursting at the seams with bars and restaurants du jour, Joe's Bar NYC has succeeded in creating the ideal, uptown locale - with a relaxed, downtown feel that is here to stay.

Lo Bosworth was among the guests who supported the Grand Opening of owner Anthony Serignese’s first venue. She arrived with two friends and looked beautiful in white pants and a metallic top and mingled with guests, all of whom soaked in the ambiance of the 70s living inspired bar. Bosworth enjoyed the signature Joe’s Hamburger, proprietary blend of chuck, brisket and short rib, and paired it with a glass of white wine on the beautiful spring night.

Guests were greeted with champagne upon arrival, and also enjoyed signature craft cocktails throughout the night. With clever names such as Night Fever, Scooby Snack, and Flash Gordon’s Breakfast, attendees were bound to feel nostalgic, and the burgers that were served will keep patrons coming back for more.

For locals and sightseers alike, they may have come across a list of establishments with this moniker; yet Joe's Bar NYC is the haven that history, burger, cocktail and beer aficionados have been looking for.

Photos Courtesy Of: Domain MSA


Jennifer Love Hewitt

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula has cast actress Jennifer Love Hewitt as the star of their latest pregnancy ad campaign. Jennifer Love confidently showed her pregnant belly yesterday for the brand as the face of its trusted stretch mark products during their ad shoot in LA! As a longtime Palmer’s fan, Jennifer Love has trusted the brand to keep her skin smooth and flawless throughout both of her pregnancies.

The ad campaign will celebrate soft, supple skin during pregnancy and the emotional bond between a mother and her unborn child. The ads will roll out in Fall 2015 in print, television and radio and will feature products including Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, Massage Cream for Stretch Marks, Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks and Skin Therapy Oil.

“After the success I had using Palmer’s through my first pregnancy, I knew I wanted to support the brand by baring my pregnant belly to celebrate the beauty of expectant mothers,” said Hewitt. “These are products that I believe in and actually use – they help moms to embrace the natural glow of pregnancy and I find it so empowering to be able to show my pregnancy off in this way.” 

Photo Courtesy Of: Casey Rodgers/Invision for Palmer's/AP Images

Wednesday, May 20, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
James Spader

BLACKLIST’S BEST --- Last week was the season finale of NBC’s The Blacklist, and it was by far the best episode this entire second season. FBI agent Lizzie Kean is on the run, framed by the nefarious cabal and, of course, Red Reddington (portrayed by the great James Spader) comes to her rescue. Several questions were finally answered in this episode, which finds Liz and Red ultimately on the run in the final minutes, with Elton John’s “Rocket Man” poignantly playing them out. In a masterstroke, Lizzie now becomes the FBI’s Most Wanted. Actually, a brilliant play.

Spader, for my money, remains one of the very best actors on TV these days. Talk about chewing the scenery—Spader continually makes a grand dinner out of it. I don’t know how this role came to Spader, but it is an inspired choice. He should give his agents a major bonus!

This episode saw his character Reddington admit that he is a sin eater, absorbing the sins of others in order to help make them pure again. I’ve heard this concept before; and in the hands of a lesser actor, it might have come off as a bit cheesy. Not here, though. Spader sold it—hook, line, and sinker.

Admittedly, this second season seemed to have run off the rails a bit—too many questions, not enough answers. This season finale, however, ran fierce and strong on all the right cylinders. Damn-near perfect!

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE OM --- Mad Men‘s final episode aired Sunday on AMC. Now that I’ve watched it twice and read tons of other editorial pieces and blog entries about it, I now feel prepared to write on it from my own perspective.

As anyone who reads my column knows, I’ve loved this show since Day One. I continue to believe that Matthew Weiner is and has been one of the best writers out there—a modern-day Shakespeare, if you will, whose material will undoubtedly still be around for years. The story he has laid out was just a slice of life, but he did everything so perfectly.

Growing up in that era, each moment resonated as strongly with me as it clearly did with him. Over time, I truly felt like I was a part of the narrative.

Weiner’s final show, brilliantly titled “Person to Person,” finally comes to grips with the double-life being led by lead character Don Draper (Jon Hamm). After abandoning his advertising life in New York (he does say he’s “retired”), his marriage, and even his kids, he winds up with his niece at a retreat in California.

As Don bottoms out, he attends a group meeting after the urging of a woman (Helen Slater, recently mentioned here by yours truly as the lead in 1984’s train-wreck motion picture adaptation of Supergirl). At this meeting, he experiences what can only be described as a rebirth of mind, body, and spirit.

The ending depicts him—clearly freshened up and dressed all in white, with a glowing California laid out behind him—meditating and brainstorming a commercial for Coke, which will become known as “The Real Thing.” They don’t portray it directly, but I feel that the inference is that Don will return to the world of advertising—and will create the commercial.

At first, I was somewhat lost throughout the ending—though it was marvelous to see Don finally smile!). The more I thought about it, though, the more it all made perfect sense.

Weiner also neatly winds up the lives of most of the rest of the cast, and does so in a positive and reverential way.

No sudden blank black-screen endings here, ala Sopranos!

Weiner has always asked a lot from his audience. He didn’t let up with this final stab, but it was a spectacular end.

I, along with millions, will miss this show . . . madly! Bravura performances from all, either in front of the camera or behind the scenes.

BRUCE LUNDVALL, R.I.P. --- Yesterday, we lost a rare gem of a music man: Bruce Lundvall, the former CEO of Blue Note Records and a key figure in jazz music, has passed away. He was 79 years old.

Lundvall had been living in a senior assisted-living center in New Jersey for complications related to his ongoing battle with Parkinson's disease, according to his biographer Dan Ouellette, who wrote the book Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear. Ouellette further reports that during a brief hospitalization, Lundvall underwent surgery but never regained consciousness.

Lundvall, a beloved figure in the industry, is credited with signing such Grammy-Award winning musicians as Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole and Norah Jones, among many others.

Blue Note Records has issued the following statement:

“Born in Englewood, New Jersey in 1935, Bruce was a lifelong jazz lover whose passion for the music was ignited by Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker and the other Bebop players he heard as an underage teenager at clubs along West 52nd Street in New York City during the 1950s.

“A self-described ‘failed saxophone player,’ Bruce took an entry-level marketing job at Columbia Records in 1960 and over the following two decades rose to lead the North American division of the label, signing artists including Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, and Willie Nelson among others. After launching the Elektra/Musician label in 1982, he received the offer of a lifetime in 1984 when EMI approached him about reviving Blue Note Records which had been dormant for several years. He jumped at the chance, partnering with producer Michael Cuscuna to bring back the label's earlier stars like Jimmy Smith, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson & Jackie McLean, and signing new artists including Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield, Charlie Hunter and Medeski Martin & Wood.

“Under Bruce’s stewardship, Blue Note established itself as the most respected and longest-running jazz label in the world. He presided over a prosperous nearly-30-year period of the label's history, reaching commercial heights with artists including Bobby McFerrin, Us3, Norah Jones, Al Green and Amos Lee, while recording some of the most important jazz artists of our time including Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Don Pullen, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Terence Blanchard, Jacky Terrasson, and many others.

“His leadership at the label brought a then-unknown singer, Jones, to his office. Her debut album, Come Away with Me, would end up selling more than 11 million copies and win eight Grammy Awards.”

I knew the man personally, and always found him to be a kindred spirit—always full of music and music lore. No messy gossip with Bruce, he was always a stand-up guy and straight-up soul. He was one of a kind. R.I.P., Bruce.

SUMMER MOVIES --- Here’s a quick rundown of the movies that we’re looking forward to most this summer, which kicks off its new slate of summer-season pictures this weekend. We’ve got:

Entourage (June 3); Jurassic World (June 12); Pixar’s Inside Out (June 19); Terminator Genisys (July 1); Minions (July 10); Ant Man (July 17), being released the same day as Woody Allen’s new film starring Joaquin Phoenix called Irrational Man; Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation (July 31); Ricki and The Flash (August 7); and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (August 14).

As we said Monday, George Clooney‘s newest, Tomorrowland—coming out this Friday—is already getting slammed by critics, while Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out is generating superlative reviews. The box-office race is on!

CLOSING NOTES --- Pete Townshend will release a new solo career compilation, Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend, on June 30. The seventeen-track album includes two new tracks, and kicks off a new reissue program for Townshend's entire solo-artist catalog that is scheduled to run well into 2016.

Townshend said of the set, "I hope it offers a selection that works to introduce new fans to my solo work. I am a bit of a dabbler, I'm afraid. I am as interested in building, developing and playing with recording studios as I am with making music. The Who has taken up most of my road hours, and in this year of the 50th anniversary of our first significant year in 1965, we are back on the road again” . . . WOR’s Tom Cuddy and PR pasha David Salidor seen at Walker’s in Tribeca . . . and, again, damn it–we’re losing David Letterman and Mad Men in the same week! Tonight’s show is Dave’s last, and who knows what kind of tomfoolery may be planned. As for the performance last night from Mr. Zimmerman (a.k.a., Bob Dylan), the ever-elusive Boomer icon (or, perhaps more accurately, iconoclast) performed a moody but strangely heartfelt rendition of the Tin Pan Alley-era ballad “The Night We Called It a Day” written by Matt Dennis with lyrics from Tom Adair (and featured on Dylan’s newest album of great song standards called Shadows in the Night. All we can say is that Dylan simply stood in place and sang the song, really sang it. Many have described Bob’s demeanor during the song and afterward, when shaking Letterman’s hand, as reticent and a little bizarre. For a show like Letterman’s, however, anything can happen—and Dylan’s ever-elusive appearance reinforced the notion that performers can and often do contain multitudes of mystery—and that goes the same for Letterman, too. We’ll all see what Dave makes of his final moments on what’s starting to feel like the final moments of TV, as well. Dylan wrote but didn’t perform “The Times They Are A-Changin’” last night. He didn’t need to, though—we already know the score . .


Bill Murray

Bill Murray visited the Late Show With David Letterman in New York City yesterday. This is the final week for the famed show.


Botox Angels

NEW YORK -- From Dood Paard ("Dead Horse") Theatre in Amsterdam comes "Botox Angels," a play about militant female sexuality which is abundant in sultry dialogue, jealousy and emotional violence. Three clownish lesbian characters, named Swift, Cocky and Deedee, negotiate shifting power relationships, juggle dildos and fake breasts, play dress-up games and cross swords about men, breast reductions, philosphy versus banality and emotion versus rationality. Written by Rob de Graaf, translated into English by Paul Evans, it is performed by Ellen Goemans, Janneke Remmers and Manja Topper, all from Holland. La MaMa presents the work's American premiere June 25 to 28, coinciding with Gay Pride Weekend.

"Botox Angels" gets a unique style from the rough mind games among its three protagonists and a tactical/emotional directness that is characteristic of the Dutch. Its characters are women for whom being lesbian is, at least partially, a political choice. They don't want to hide their beauty or their sexuality and they want to be seen as attractive adult girls. The title appropriates the name of a cosmetic surgery drug to suggest women's longing to inspire desire perpetually. For Swift, Cocky and Deedee, for whom sex is a very aggressive game, Botox might also be a warrior's creed: even if they are dykes, they still can be as beautiful and attractive as a magazine cover model. Imagine "Mean Girls" on steroids with middle-aged lesbian clowns.

The play opens with a three-way orgy in which Deedee, the outsider, complains to Cocky, the Queen Bee and Swift, the Wannabe, of being excluded. The scene pivots into a mock interview in which their urges are intellectualized into thoughtful dialogues about social forces, giant emotions, philosophical constructs and feminism with a great big "F." Throughout the rest of the play, the cast alternates between playing Swift, Cocky and Deedee and playing a trio of more realistic characters bearing the actresses' own names. This adds a certain transparency to the performance. Manja, Ellen and Janneke may be real people, but their so-called "real questions" are just as fake as any dialogue between two clowns, so the person being interviewed probably resembles her clown character more than anything she is like in real life. The dikes are breaking for these dykes and a tide of feminism is going to wash over all of us. As they wrangle about the place of women in society, and how to escape it, we learn that semen is poison to Cocky and Deedee, but Swift misses a man between her legs once in a while. Their trenchant discussions on female sexuality bring us up front and personal with just about everything about these Botox Angels, who are very tough women, as is their comedy.

Along the way, the actresses re-enact some famous performances by feminist performers: "Semiotics of the Kitchen" by Martha Rosler, "Artist must be Beautiful" by Marina Abramovic and "Cut Piece" by Yoko Ono.


President Barack Obama

NEW YORK -  Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, can confirm that President Obama, yesterday shattered the record for Fastest time to reach one million followers on Twitter, after his new verified account @POTUS reached the figure in less than 5 hours.

Obama's latest social media achievement beats a record previously held by Ironman star Robert Downey Jr., a feat the movie star achieved in 23 hours and 22 minutes in April 2014. Downey Jr.'s Twitter debut was recognised in the 2015 edition of the Guinness World Records book.

The US President already has the account @BarackObama, which has amassed nearly 60 million followers. However, the new @POTUS account is associated with the presidential office - or as Obama puts it: "The handle comes with the house."

"The @POTUS Twitter account will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him," wrote the White House Deputy Director of Online Engagement for the Office of Digital Strategy, Alex Wall, in a blog post.

Twitter's official account for government and politics statistics earlier this morning released an animated diagram showing how the President's new account quickly amassed followers across the globe. To view the diagram, click here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Jean Shafiroff With Ana Oliveira And Amber Browning-Coyle

New York Women's Foundation, the NY charity that works to empower women out of poverty, held its annual Celebrating Women's Breakfast at the Marriot Marquis in New York City.

Appoximately 2200 women attended and $1.6 million was raised.


The New York Women’s Foundation is a voice for women and a force for change.

They are a cross-cultural alliance of women catalyzing partnerships and leveraging human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls. With fierce determination, we mobilize hearts, minds and resources to create an equitable and just future for women, families and communities in New York City.


Wilmar Saldarriaga With Cesar Morales And Victor Grajales

NEW YORK – From May 28 to June 14, Theater for the New City will present the U.S. premiere of "Maximum Security," a new play by Piedad Bonnett, the internationally acclaimed Colombian writer, performed in English translation (world premiere) by Lucia della Paolera and acted by a cast of Latino actors. The play is a brutally realist account of life behind bars for three inmates and a guard, offering a rare look at the prison culture surrounding political prisoners and the unlikely friendships they adapt to when surrounded by a violent and sociopathic population. It is directed by Nelson Celis of Bogata, Colombia's La Compania Nacional de las Artes ( and co-produced by ID Studio Theater, a NYC theater company that works with a mix of theater professionals and undocumented Latino immigrant communities to create works of artistic and social impact.

Set in a penitentiary in Colombia, a country with notoriously overcrowded and violent prisons, "Maximum Security" explores the lives of three cellmates and one guard as they navigate a labyrinth of degradation and survival tactics behind bars. The provocative play offers an unflinching glimpse into the daily psychological, social, and physical battles fought by the people held within a deeply flawed justice system. Three incarcerated men--at various stages of their "careers" as inmates--form uneasy friendships and alliances, strategizing and bartering with each other and the guards for access to basic goods and protection from a variety of shifting threats. There is rampant sabotage and subterfuge, mental and physical sickness, rotten food, water shortage crises, and scant medical care. Inmates are periodically thrown into the dreaded "hole," a torture chamber, and emerge only to find themselves in the midst of a series of explosive, divisive riots. Meanwhile, intensive conversations, a result of the singular intimacy developed between people forced to spend days on end together, reveal the circumstances "outside" that turned the three men into prisoners. Delving into the depths of despair and political and personal indignation, "Maximum Security" is marked by a palpable mix of existential fury and black humor which here become survival tactics themselves.

Summarizing the play, author Piedad Bonnett remarked in a Colombian press interview, "Prison is an exaggerated version of the outside world, a metaphor for the entire country, where the word is risky, and people dream of getting out, but also of returning to crime. A world without redemption." She a well-known Colombian poet, playwright and novelist whose work have been widely translated and published world-wide. She is best known as a poet of clear language imbued by irony and deep feeling that explores the subjects of love and the harsh realities of life in Colombia. Her writings are profoundly linked to her life experiences and vision as a middle class woman in a country torn by violence, inequality and conflict. Childhood, family life, and an enchantment and disenchantment with different kinds of love are present across her work, including filial, romantic and friendship, which she describes as one of the most beautiful and pure kinds. Her body of work includes eight poetry books, five plays, screenplays and novels. In 2013, she published "Lo que no tiene nombre," a personal testimony about the struggles of her son with mental illness. Other noteworthy publications include her award-winning first volume of poems, "De círculo y ceniza" (1989), and her dictionary of the most important concepts of a Nobel Prize-winning fellow countryman, "The world according to García Márquez" (2005). She has a degree in Philosophy and Literature from the Universidad de los Andes University of Los Andes (Colombia), where she has been professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities since 1981.


Woman's Day First Real Person Issue

In a first for the magazine, the June issue of Woman’s Day, now on newsstands nationwide, features two real women who walked their way to weight loss success. Both Vanessa Herron and Tallena Johnson lost a combined 200+ pounds with simple, inspiring changes in their daily lifestyles.

Says Thousand Oaks, CA resident Vanessa Herron (left): “A doctor’s visit in February 2014 was my wakeup call. I was 242 pounds, prediabetic, and my blood pressure was sky-high. I knew it was serious, and I had to focus on getting healthy. The problem: I’m a working mom of four kids ranging in age from 14 to 22, so I have limited time. I thought about ways to fit activity into my day. I realized my daughter’s middle school was one mile away. So, I started walking her there instead of driving. At the beginning, I wasn’t able to keep up. I’d wave Brenda on and go back home. Each day, I went a little farther and was eventually able to make the whole trip. After four months, I was down 40 pounds and could walk without huffing and puffing. Today, my health measures are in normal ranges and I’ve shaken the ‘victim’ mentality. In other words, I felt like life was running me instead of me running my life. I now believe that if I can work hard enough to change my health, then I can apply that discipline to other areas. It’s been going well—I devote time each day to my novel and other writing aspirations!”

Says Fremont, NE resident Tallena Johnson (right): “When I was really heavy, I felt like people were staring at me, so I didn’t go into stores or restaurants by myself. I’d walk with my head down and avoid eye contact. My mom had a heart attack at age 41, when I was 19, and that was never far from my mind. On my 39th birthday in 2012, I hit 250 pounds and thought, I’m going to die if I don’t do something. So I set a goal to get under 200 pounds by age 40. I joined the Anytime Fitness gym near my house, but at first I could barely walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes. I didn’t want to overdo it and get frustrated, so I decided to add just 1 minute of walking each day. After 20 days, I was up to 30 minutes of walking and the pounds were consistently coming off. If I couldn’t make it to the gym, I’d stroll around town with my then teenage daughters, Kayla and Kendra. Now, I feel like I am turning heads—in a good way. I hold my head up high with my shoulders back, I smile and make eye contact. I try to radiate positivity.”


Jean Shafiroff And Nicole Miller

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and designer Nicole Miller were snapped recently at the African Rainforest Conservancy's 24th Annual Artists For Africa Gala at the Tribeca Rooftop.


ARC’s signature event is its annual Artists for Africa benefit, which has raised over $1 million during the past two decades to support grassroots community development projects and conservation in East African rainforests. In addition to auctioning fine art by a select group of artists whose work embodies the spirit and beauty of Africa, a unique aspect of the event is bestowing the name of a newly discovered species from the rainforest of Tanzania on someone who has made a significant contribution to advancing ARC’s mission. Past recipients of the New Species Award include actors Harrison Ford and James Gandolfini, eco-activist Gloria Flora, carbon credit pioneer Dorjee Sun, and NASA’s top climate scientist Dr. James Hansen.

Photo By: Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan


Taylor Swift

E! News Melanie Bromley -- A few weeks ago, Taylor Swift and her new boyfriend Calvin Harris held a very special dinner party at his $15 million Hollywood Hills estate. The invite list was tiny. Handpicked, with only trusted friends at the table. It was a sign of intimacy, and proof that Taylor's new romance is getting serious. "They were really happy together, " says a source. "They were sharing hosting responsibilities, it's cute!"

It's a far cry from the Taylor we've all come to grow and love over the past few years. After a string of failed relationships with Harry Styles, John Mayer, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner and Jake Gyllenhaal, she's become the poster child for heartache. The reformed serial dater hasn't been shy about it, using every snippet of experience to share details, through her music, about her famous mistakes. And from her lyrics, it didn't seem like Taylor was looking to settle down anytime soon.

But then she met Calvin Harris and somehow he was able to change the unlucky in love soundtrack she had on repeat. According to a source, when they bumped into each other at the Brit Awards in London in February, "He was immediately smitten."

Clandestine meetups at his super-private house in Beverly Hills followed. Giving them a safe place to get to know one another away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. And then, just weeks later, pictures of them emerged. They were shopping for groceries while wearing matching outfits, and holding hands at a concert. A new celebrity power couple was born.

Here are five reasons why Taylor may have finally found her Mr. Right.

1. They Have Crazy Chemistry: Let's try to forget for a moment that these two actually look like they could be twins. Both fair-haired, tall, same bone structure...picking a partner who is similar in looks is not unusual; it's a phenomenon psychologists obsess over.

And according to our well-placed insider, Taylor and Calvin just clicked. "When they bumped into each other at the Brit Awards, it was instant. They just seemed to get one another. Aside from the incredible chemistry, here was a woman that really understood Calvin's world and vice versa. She's funny and a good person and Calvin's very charismatic, it was like 'bam.'"

Monday, May 18, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
George Clooney

LETTERMAN’S EXIT --- This Wednesday will be David Letterman‘s final show. Let me just say that his past two weeks of shows have been nothing short of phenomenal . . . amazing, to be sure. With guests like Tom Waits, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Bill Clinton, Adam Sandler, Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Bruce Willis, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Ray Romano, a frail-looking Don Rickles (though funny as ever), and just a sterling moment and deep-hearted performance from Norm MacDonald. Suffice to say that Dave’s exit is going to be an immense moment in TV lore.

Nothing against the Jimmys, but Dave had the gravitas and grace to do it all. His last two musical guests will be Bob Dylan tomorrow and Eddie Vedder with his still-going-strong group Pearl Jam on Wednesday. Dave’s final guest will be the man who has always been his first: Bill Murray. I am going to miss Letterman big-time.

That’s right, folks: We’re losing Mad Men and Letterman in one fell swoop.

PITCH ON --- The Barden Bellas are back . . . and back with a vengeance. Pitch Perfect 2 is officially the biggest movie-musical opening ever, making more in its debut weekend than the first movie earned in its entire theatrical run. Debuting to an estimated $70.3 million, Pitch Perfect 2 has surpassed High School Musical 3 to become the biggest movie-musical opening of all time. That’s well above the first Pitch Perfect’s entire theatrical total of $65 million. This isn't unheard of (Mike Meyers’ The Spy Who Shagged Me also opened to more than the first Austin Powers film made during its entire theatrical run), but it’s still pretty rare—and it’s a testament to just how popular Pitch Perfect has become since the first one left theaters.

Pitch Perfect 2 wasn't the only big opening this weekend. Mad Max: Fury Road debuted in second place. This R-rated, post-apocalyptic tale has earned rave reviews. And while it wasn't expected to break any box-office records, it still brought in a solid $44.4 million.

WOODSTOCK TIME --- I had thought that the acclaimed new memoir from Elliot Tiber, After Woodstock, was going to be all I heard about this summer in reference to the great 1969 Woodstock concert. But while I was dialing through my TV stations yesterday, I came upon an infomercial for Time/Life‘s new release, The Woodstock Collection: a 10-CD set, featuring the songs from the Woodstock festival including classics from Santana, Canned Heat, and The Youngbloods among many others.

The commercial asks the listener if, at just 74 cents a song, the viewers can live without it. It was hosted by Tommy James (and filmed on-location at the sprawling Museum at Bethel Woods, now in its seventh year of operation and built on the sacred “Yasgur’s Farm” land where the 1969 concert took place). In the spot, James admits freely that he was invited to play Woodstock but passed as he was vacationing in Hawaii. Whether or not one should truly take that at face value, it was still an amazing spot!

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS --- George Clooney’s new movie, Tomorrowland (the one movie I was greatly anticipating this summer), has gotten its first two reviews—and both just slammed the picture, calling the Brad Bird-directed epic forced and not all that entertaining. I'll still see it, but these reviews were definitely not expected. After Clooney’s lackluster Monuments Men movie, this can’t be welcome news by any means.

CLOSING NOTES --- “I am extremely excited to have the re-launch of RFC Records with the release of Lenny Fontana featuring D Train—'Raise Your Hands.’ The reaction from the DJs has been great and it feels real good to be working with Lenny on this project and the iconic recording artist James ‘D Train’ Williams.” This from RFC ‘s Ray Caviano who, in the 1980s, launched RFC Records in tandem with Warner Brothers to much acclaim. Caviano was given six million dollars from Warners back then to start, literally, the first major-label dance label. They brought out terrific records from the likes of Gino Soccio, Change (featuring the late Luther Vandross), and Janice McClain. It ran for years, and then fell by the wayside. Good to have him back . . .

We really wanted to review and talk to the legendary Boz Scaggs (for his new album, A Fool to Care), but his PR rep—Kurt Nishimura at 825 Records—never followed through with us. We did a major interview with Boz last time, but guess we weren't all that important this time around. Same thing with Ringo’s PR person, Elizabeth Freund. Wonder if the artists themselves know we were definitely dissed. Sad, as the artists pay for everything . . .

Monkees vocalist Micky Dolenz returns Thursday to LATTC (Los Angeles Trade and Technical College) in Los Angeles, where he studied Architecture for a while right before The Monkees‘ TV show audition happened and everything changed for him. Says Dolenz, “My parents wanted me to have something to fall back on . . . just in case.” Fortunately for all of us, that never happened . . .

Our final post on Mad Men will be up on Wednesday. Still letting all of it sink in . . .