Friday, April 18, 2014



Story By: James Edstrom

Edie Falco As Nurse Jackie

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the demise of the photo business. In fact it seems very sad to me that now people in the photo business for years are now taking Online Nursing Programs and leaving the once valuable photography business.

Photos used to be a great business. You could get pretty much what you demanded for the right photo. But owners of several photo agencies have now ruined the business, they are giving unlimited use of photos for a fee every month. This makes it almost impossible for the photographer to make any money. For photos that used to bring in at least 200 bucks, they now bring in 4 bucks or less. The agencies charge 5 to 10 thousand or more for the unlimited use, depending on the size of the publication. So if they have a 100 publications paying these fees, you can do the math. They are raking in millions of profit a month, while the photographer is being shafted. One photographer complained she got 7 dollars from a photo used in Time magazine.

I recently had dinner with a very famous gossip guru. The publication he works for has several magazines. He said that he has to get all photos from this certain photo agency and if they wanted a photo from somewhere else, it had to go all the way to the top for a approval to purchase. The day of the 50 thousand dollar photo has died.

There is a answer, but most of these modern day paparazzi are star struck. For some reason they thrive on being at a event that people are watching on the news, to be at the spot where history is somehow being made. Most of them are either trust fund babies or have another job to pay the bills. But the answer remains for photographers to demand that they are not included in the unlimited use deals that these photo agencies are making. Better yet, do what I did, I always sold my photos myself. Every photo I negotiated a price if it was exclusive. One example a couple of years ago was when I got call that the star of the Spider-man movies was climbing the billboard on top of Tudor City. I was very sick, so I gave the photo op to a friend. I told him I should sell it and it would make 50 thousand or more. Well the photographer did not listen, he gave it to his photo agency, it ran on covers all over the world and he just made about nothing, the agency gave it away in their unlimited use package.

So the photo business has died and several photographers are taking online nursing programs. I looked it up it up, registered nurses employed in general medical or surgical hospitals earn an average of $69,490. They have structured hours, they have benefits and they know when their next paycheck is coming. They have maternity and vacation time. This is something no photographer could have. In the photography business, you are on call 24 hours a day. When you are not taking pictures, you are on your computer uploading, editing and everything else.

When I was young I worked at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn Long Island. I loved the hospital and I loved the people. The pay was great and I worked in General Stores. I used to love to load up my cart with supplies and head to the nursing floors to fill their orders and to see all the happy faces. But at that point in my life, I wanted fame and fortune. I wanted to be where the stars were. Somehow I wonder what life would be like if I stayed at St. Francis. I loved working with the nurses and I loved the new people I met everyday.

My favorite supply delivery was to the psychiatric unit. I don't know why, I just loved it. Maybe because I'm crazy to be in this photo business, I fit right in. The nurses used to be so happy to see me, they seemed like they really loved their career. I used to spin around with my medical cart supplies and the patients would follow me around. I was very anal retentive when it came to supplying my floors. Everything had to be labeled and everything had to be in the right spot. But somehow doing a great job made me feel so good. The nurses and doctors appreciated my work. They knew that not having the right medical supplies could cost a life. I did my job.

So when I have friends telling me they are taking a online nursing program, I am not shocked. It's a great career and a rewarding life. I only wish I was younger so I could do it.



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Clint Eastwood

JERSEY BOYS GOLD --- Warner Brothers put up the latest clip last from Clint Eastwood’s coming bigscreen version of jukebox musical Jersey Boys last night and it's rather sensational. If you loved the play (music by Bob Gaudio; lyrics by Bob Crewe and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice), and millions have, you saw Eastwood’s faithful recreation with notable moments from Christopher Walken (as Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo) and Donnie Kehr reprising his gold-plated infamous role as Norm Waxman (The loan shark that loans Tommy DeVito money as he slides into trouble).

It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation; success; and eventual break-up of the 1960's rock 'n roll group The Four Seasons. The musical is structured as four "seasons" each narrated by a different member of the band who gives his own perspective on its history and music.

Songs include "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Sherry", "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)", "My Eyes Adored You", "Stay", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Working My Way Back to You" and "Rag Doll,” among others. The title refers to the fact that the members of The Four Seasons are from New Jersey.

The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 and has since had two North American National Tours and productions in London's West End, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and other Australian cities, Singapore, South Africa, The Netherlands and elsewhere.

Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

The show premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse at University of California, San Diego, in an out-of-town tryout on October 5, 2004 and ran through January 16, 2005.

Christian Hoff, David Norona, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer essayed the group. At the end of the tryout, Norona, who originated the role of Valli, had to be replaced because his voice blew out. John Lloyd Young, who had originally auditioned for the role of Tommy DeVito, got the part.

The musical began previews on Broadway on October 4, 2005 and officially opened on November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. The cast starred John Lloyd Young as Valli, Christian Hoff as Tommy DeVito, Daniel Reichard as Bob Gaudio, J. Robert Spencer as Nick Massi and Donnie Kehr.

The Broadway production had 38 previews and is still running. It reached its 3487th performance on April 9, 2014, making it the 13th longest-running show on Broadway.

Kehr was at The Borgata in Atlantic City last weekend watching Frankie Valli perform, when Valli acknowledged him in the audience.

Kehr said in The Improper “I started the Jersey Boys journey in 2004 when the director, Des McAnuff, called me and said he had something for me. The next thing I know I'm in a room a few days later singing for the legendary Frankie Valli.”  Here’s the link to the clip.

CAMPBELL’S GRACE --- Glen Campbell has been moved into an Alzheimer’s disease care facility, according to multiple sources.

The singer’s battle with Alzheimer’s has sparked an outpouring of support and sympathy from fans since he and his wife Kim went public with his diagnosis in 2011. They explained their decision as being motivated by his wish to continue performing as long as possible, and said he didn't want audiences speculating about what might be the cause of his occasional forgetfulness of song lyrics, confusion and repetition of between-song banter.

The source did suggest the move could be temporary, and said, “I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We will know more next week.”

The Arkansas native, who worked as a session guitarist in Hollywood recording studios and performed with the Beach Boys (and, the infamous Wrecking Crew) before becoming a star in his own right, launched a formal farewell tour in 2012. But last spring he canceled performances as his condition deteriorated and he was unable to travel for shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Before that, however, he played a final L. A. concert at the Hollywood Bowl, where L. A. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts said he performed with “Effortless grace, and had he not announced in 2011 that he was living with Alzheimer’s disease, few in the crowd would have been the wiser. In fact, he was sharper and more precise during this gig than he was last year at Club Nokia, where he kicked off the Farewell Tour.”

Campbell and his wife sold their Malibu home at the end of 2012. He released two well-received albums recorded as he was beginning to experience the symptoms of Alzheimer’s: Ghost in the Canvas in 2011 and See You There, consisting of new versions of many of his signature songs mostly recorded during the Ghost sessions, in 2013.

Adam Lambert

LAMBERT DISH --- Adam Lambert's third studio album is currently being worked on by pop super-producer Max Martin, and a handful of ace songwriters, in Sweden.

Martin, who has headed pop smashes from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and countless other mainstream superstars, co-produced two songs for Lambert's 2009 debut album For Your Entertainment, including the hit single "Whataya Want From Me." Martin did not contribute to Lambert's sophomore album Trespassing, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart in 2012, but the American Idol finalist is linking back up with Martin for the follow-up.

"[Martin] just brought in a load of people that he trusts that make good music, and is just seeing what happens," U.K. singer-songwriter Joe Janiak, who recently co-wrote Ellie Goulding's Divergent soundtrack single "Beating Heart," told Billboard.

Janiak, a London native, was called to come out to Sweden early last week and work with a collection of song experts that was organized by Martin. "He's got a company which really focuses on getting the best young writers and getting them all together in one place, so that they can have a hotbed of creativity and spin ideas off of each other," Janiak adds of Martin.

CLOSING NOTES --- According to IPA’s Steve Woolf, this weekend’s Fan X2014 (Salt Lake Comic Con) show in Salt Lake City will host some 10,000 people. A fan’s delight for sure …

Live From Daryl's House, the acclaimed music interview and performance show hosted by Daryl Hall, has been renewed for another season by Viacom for their Paladia network and via Daryl's original site where the show originated in 2007.

Production is expected to start in the fall at a performance space in Pawling, NY called Daryl's House, a venue that Hall purchased especially for the series. Previous episodes of the series were actually shot in two 1700's homes that Hall had transported from Connecticut to Millerton, NY - and, congratulations to Hall and partner John Oates on their induction at last week's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Long overdue if you ask me ...

One last hit from L. A., King's Road Cafe at 8361 Beverly Blvd. Great spot.


Dune Point Bungalow

I am really looking forward to see the new renovations at Dune Point Fire Island, Cherry Grove's premiere hotel and destination for beach lovers.

Sunset At Dune Point
As many of my readers know, Cherry Grove is my favorite gay and lesbian hideaway, and Dune Point is my home away from home. Since a few years ago when Rick Dugas and Petra Pavlasova Brehl took over the famed guest house, they have worked to take the boutique hotel to a whole new level. Room after room were renovated and over the winter they were at it again, renovating the bungalows behind their Sandpiper building. The rooms were gutted and made ultra sheik, with new kitchens, bed and bathroom, with a Swiss feel from Petra and Rick's travels around the world. From hotels in the Czeck Republic to The Grand Canyon, they took details from every place from a customers standpoint to use at Dune Point.When they travel they know what they want and this is what they give to the customers at Dune Point.

Dune Point also has huge studios as well as one bedroom and two bedroom suites, some right on the ocean. Every room has a full kitchen or a boutique kitchen, so bring your food. Their are barbecue's all over the compound for some down home grilling. Meet new friends and see old ones. Dune Point is family.

Order your food from the mainland and have it sent over on the ferry. We use and get everything we need right to our doorstep. You don't even have to pick up the food from the dock. Call Bobby Lerch at 631-671-9688, and for a small fee he will deliver everything right to your room before you even get there.

In Cherry Grove everyone is family. From the only restaurant on the ocean Sand Castle, to the best place to party on the bay Cherry's, the excitement never ends. Owners Jacque Piazza and Donna Bianco know how to throw a party and they do it every single day. With famed Johnny Pool from Elvis Duran And The Morning Show behind the bar to world famous DJ Susan Levine spinning the music, the party continues all season. Donna Bianco's Pasta Night brings out the best spaghetti and meatballs around and Jacque Piazza always picks the best wines to go along with it.

Daniel Nardicio once again is throwing his underwear parties and his icon series events. Past icons included Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, Chita Rivera, Carol Channing and many more. Imagine seeing the legends up close and personal. Daniel Nardicio is a huge talent in New York City, and every summer he brings his magic to Fire Island. 

Dune Point rooms are once again going fast this season. Times Square Gossip readers get discounts. Off season you get 15% off, just type in "TIMESSQUARE" and in season our readers get 10% off. Just type in "GOSSIP" and the savings are yours. These offers are good till they are not. Any problems with the codes, call Petra at Dune Point at 631-597-6261. Tell her you want your Times Square Gossip rate. 

From the ocean to the bay, nothing beats Cherry Grove Fire Island. Visit to book a room.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Sabrina Soto

In the new issue of Woman's Day for the Latinas Spring 2014 issue, HGTV star Sabrina Soto gives a interesting interview.

In Sabrina Soto’s New York City apartment, you won’t find a single coaster. “I don’t want my guests worrying about where to put their glass,” she says. “I want them to relax. Put their feet up! Dance on my table, for all I care! People come over to talk, enjoy food, play games – not to live in a perfect space.”

Her inspiration, she says, is her close-knit Cuban family, who she visits as often as she can. “My sister and I talk every day. She has four kids, ages 2 to 18, so I know what havoc they can wreak on a room,” Sabrina says. “But home d├ęcor is all about creating an inviting space and sharing it with all the people you love. Otherwise, why do it?”

Sabrina shared a few of her favorite tips for a creating a pretty room that’s easy to keep that way – without squashing anyone’s fun.

1. Find Your Style

“Before redoing a room, think about what kind of family you are. Do all the primos like to come over and watch the game? Then your room’s focus could be plush seating facing the TV. Measure about three times the diagonal length of the screen – that’s about how far back the piece should be. Like to play board games? Go for a combo of sofa, coffee table and easy chairs.”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Ana Ortiz And Susan Lucci

Ana Ortiz and Susan Lucci attended the 'Devious Maids' Fan Event at the Bryant Park Hotel today in New York City.


The Green

The Green performed at The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday. Sin city is gearing up for a very wild summer.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck

This month Elisabeth Hasselbeck,  Fox & Friends’ newest anchor chats with Ladies Home Journal about what it was like leaving The View, her secret to 2:45 a.m. wake up calls and how she spent her first night with husband and former pro quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. The May 2014 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal hits newsstands April 13, 2014. 

On joining Fox & Friends after leaving The View:

“It was like going from hanging out with your sisters to playing catch with your brothers. I don’t think I am or will ever be the best at what I do but I try really hard. My parents gave me the freedom to pursue passions and take sensible risks.”

On getting up at 2:45 a.m. for her job:

“I don’t even put one foot out of bed without reaching for my concealer. I have concealer everywhere: in my coat pocket, on my nightstand, in my car. The alarm goes off and I feel for my glasses. I put the concealer on and I’m ready to start my day.”


Cody Simpson

Teen heartthrob and Dancing with the Stars fave Cody Simpson was spotted hanging out at City Tavern at downtown destination FIGat7th. He dropped in before heading to the Lakers Game and Dolce and Gabbana Shopping Event benefiting the Lakers Youth Foundation. 

 Photo Courtesy of: Domain MSA


Jessica Lowndes

Jessica Lowndes was spotted in Palm Springs this past weekend taking a break from the heat and party scene at The Music Lounge at the Ingleside Inn. The 90210 actress stepped into the shade to avoid the dessert sun and relaxed to some tunes on her SOL REPUBLIC headphones before heading to the festival.

Photo Courtesy Of: Lisa Rose/Domain MSA


Jeremy Irvine With Katie Couric And Colin Firth

On Friday’s all new episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Katie," airing April 18, Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth stops by to talk about his film career and the iconic characters he’s played over the years. Also, see what happens when Katie reveals the huge crush she has on Colin. Plus, Firth’s co-star Jeremy Irvine joins the show to talk about their new movie, “The Railway Man.”

Hear what Colin Firth has to say about “Mark Darcy” in the “Bridget Jones’ Diary” sequel. Is he really dead?

Photo Courtesy Of: Disney/ABC
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