Tuesday, March 31, 2015

RYAN REYNOLDS 'CRAZY EXPERIENCE' OF FATHERHOOD

Ryan Reynolds



Ryan Reynolds is opening up about the "crazy experience" of fatherhood!


The 38-year-old actor, who welcomed baby daughter James with wife Blake Livelythree months ago, says he's "totally" in zombie mode all the time because he's not getting very much sleep at home.


"There have been times where I woke up, literally had no idea I had been walking for five minutes," the hunky star told E! News exclusively while promoting his new movie Woman in Gold. "But you love it. You wake up in the middle of the night, you got a big stupid smile on your face. I was telling someone else that. Anything else that woke you up every 45 minutes, you'd kill it. But when it's a baby, it's the best thing that ever happened to you."


Reynolds added of sleepless little James, "Right now the baby's training us so I think we gotta turn the tables on this one."


Reynolds also reiterated what he recently told Jimmy Fallon about James' birth making his relationship with Lively even more meaningful. "When that happens you fall so much more in love with your partner. It's a pretty crazy experience," he gushed. "What blows my mind is that it's so common yet it's so profound at the same time. Something so many people do."


Speaking of James' birth, Reynolds' character in Woman in Gold misses his child's birth because of a controversial court case he's hired to argue. "I know Randy was committed to this cause missing his child's birth. You would need wild horses and several bulldozers to pull me away from that. I could not miss that," Reynolds said.

KYLIE JENNER AT WORLD FAMED FRED SEGAL STORE

Kylie Jenner



Kylie Jenner was stunning when she was photographed shopping at world famed Fred Segal in West Hollywood, California today.


SOFIA VERGARA SHOPS AT HOLLYWOOD'S HERVE LEGER

Sofia Vergara



Sofia Vergara was snapped shopping at Herve Leger in West Hollywood, California today. The star seemed to enjoy the west coast weather.


MAD MEN'S KIERNAN SHIPKA IN APRIL'S MARIE CLAIRE

Kiernan Shipka



Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka is featured in “Style Files” in Marie Claire’s April issue (on newsstands now). Sally Draper is known for her eye rolls. But the actress playing her on Mad Men’s final run? She’s known for her effortlessly cool-girl style.



Kiernan Shipka Quotes



On her last day on set: “It was very bittersweet — a really good time, but very sad. Lots of tears.”



On when Kiernan met Sally: “Sally is very strong and independent. Very perceptive, too. I don’t think she’d want to be friends with me, but I’d love to be friends with her!”



On fan mail: “A lot of fans will address me as Sally — which I take as a compliment. Like, ‘Oh, I hate your dad! Your mom’s the worst! I want to give you a hug.'”


On daily style: “Fun and simple. Right now, I’m wearing overalls, a white shirt, a gray cardigan, and some sneakers.”


On her favorite designer: “I really, really love Miu Miu. It’s so fun and youthful.”


On what’s next: “I don’t know what my sweet 16 holds, but my quarter birthday is coming up! So that’s what I’m thinking about.”


GINA RODRIGUEZ & HOTTIE BOYFRIEND HENRI ESTEVE

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Gina Rodriguez



E! News-- We've seen Gina Rodriguez and her hottie boyfriend Henri Esteve together and up close, and let us just say that they make for one fine couple.


The Jane the Virgin star and Revenge actor have been dating for about a year.


"He's gorgeous! And he's talented! And he's a really, really good guy!" Rodriguez gushed about Esteve when I caught up with her the other day at a photo shoot (more on that later!).


Rodriguez says there's no big secret to making their "great relationship" work.


"I just know that I have a very strong [and] supportive boyfriend," she said. "He's an amazing artist himself who respects the craft…He supports me and I think that's all that matters. We're very honest and there's a lot of communication. He knows that my priority is Jane and him and family."


She also confessed that it helps that they're both "nutty."


Rodriguez is one of Hollywood's fastest rising stars. Not only did her work as Janeearn her a Golden Globe, but she's rumored to have snagged a co-starring role opposite Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming oil spill drama, Deepwater Horizon. And she tweeted just yesterday that she's filming an appearance today on…Sesame Street!


Even with all the success, Rodriguez remains grounded. There is no diva behavior. There is no starving herself to be thinner.


She says her father empowered her self-esteem early on by pointing out billboards to her and her two sisters.


"He would say, 'That's one version of beauty and you're another and that woman's another and mom is another,'" Rodriguez said, adding, "Usually when someone tells you that you are not good enough, that your are not strong enough, that you are not pretty enough or skinny enough, it's usually fear that exists within them—not within you."


And her mom taught her how to love herself without makeup.


"When I put makeup on, I'm playing and I'm having fun and I'm feeling good about myself," Rodriguez said. "But when I take it off, I'm loving my life and I feel good about myself."




Monday, March 30, 2015

EXPAND MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION IN NEW YORK

Marijuana



New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Robert J. Rodriguez have reintroduced S. 137 & A. 6218, the "Fairness and Equity Act" ("FEA"), a comprehensive piece of legislation that would expand the decriminalization of cannabis in New York State. Enacting the FEA would not only put an end to the racially biased practice of arresting mostly young men of color for criminal possession of cannabis, it would also establish a procedure for people previously convicted of certain cannabis crimes to vacate their judgments.



The collateral damage of being convicted of a cannabis crime can be life altering, including the loss of financial aid for students, exclusion from low income housing, deportation and adverse consequences for future employment. Under state law, the possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis in private is a civil violation, punishable by a maximum of a $100 fine. By contrast, the possession of any amount of cannabis that is burning or in public view is classified as a criminal misdemeanor [NY State Penal Law 221.10]. The FEA would redefine criminal possession of cannabis to amounts greater than 25 grams.



In 2013, New York State spent between $36 million and $72 million arresting approximately 36,000 people for criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree. Many of these arrestees had marijuana on their person, and only revealed the cannabis publicly after being ordered by police to empty their pockets during 'stop-and-frisk' searches. According to the Governor's office, 94 percent of arrests for small amounts of marijuana in the state are in New York City. Over 85 percent of those charged were either African American or Latino.



The FEA is the next step in our fight to end cannabis prohibition in New York State. By further decriminalizing cannabis, we will be paving the way for other important legislation, such as the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act. Please help us put greater checks and balances on unjust and discriminatory police practices throughout our state by further decriminalizing cannabis.





EDITORS NOTE: This was sent to us by NORML. We think it is crazy to continue to arrest and spend this kind of money for smoking Marijuana. It is time we wake up and for once New York State politicians need to do something the people of this state want.Tax it and make money for the state, stop spending money on these arrests and stop jailing people who enjoy a good smoke, just like other people enjoy a good drink.


COSMO & 20TH CENTURY FOX HOST 'THE LONGEST RIDE'

Scott Eastwood And Britt Robertson



This past Saturday, March 28th, Cosmopolitan and 20th Century Fox teamed up for a special fan screening of The Longest Ride at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in NYC. The film was followed by a Q&A with author Nicholas Sparks, stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Oona Chaplin, Director George Tillman, Jr, President of Fox 2000 Elizabeth Gabler, and moderated by Cosmopolitan Special Projects Director Laura Brounstein.


 Photo Courtesy Of: Cosmo

E! NEWS EXPOSES THE SECRETS OF SEXY JUSTIN BIEBER

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Justin Bieber



E! BREAKS DOWN JUSTIN BIEBER’S COMEBACK AND EXPOSES THE SECRETS OF HIS REINVENTION IN NEW E! ONLINE EDITORIAL PIECE WITH ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON “E! NEWS” TONIGHT AT 7P AND 11P



CHIEF NEWS CORRESPONDENT MELANIE BROMLEY REVEALS INSIDER INFORMATION SURROUNDING THE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR BIEBER MACHINE, DIVULGES THE STRATEGY BEHIND THE POP STAR’S MASSIVE ATTEMPT TO REBRAND, AND DISCUSSES WHETHER IT WILL WORK



There is no denying that Justin Bieber has all the makings of a successful pop star: talent, good looks, charm…and a massive profit-generating fan base. However, with the onslaught of legal woes and bad publicity he garnered over the past few years, his empire was starting to noticeably crumble – and fast. In a revealing new article, “Fixing the Justin Bieber Problem: Inside the Reinvention of the Troubled Pop Star,” E!’s Melanie Bromley discusses the checkered past of the headline-making pop star, as well as his widespread attempt at a rebrand. From his once secret relationship with Selena Gomez and his team’s final ultimatum, to his strategically planned life out of the spotlight and a carefully constructed apology tour, Bromley takes readers through the private and very public events along Bieber’s tumultuous career path.



Excerpts from the piece include:



“He has spent the past two months on a meticulously planned ‘I'm a Good Guy’ campaign. Carefully spoon-feeding us his new persona as an earnest, self-aware adult who is truly sorry about the mistakes he's made.”



- On Justin’s introduction back into the public eye



“He was fast becoming irrelevant. It wasn't that he couldn't get arrested anymore; it was that he could get arrested, but no one cared. His team needed to do something fast.”



LEGENDARY RADIO PERSONALITY VIC SCELSA TO RETIRE

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SCELSA EXITS --- Legendary air-personality Vin Scelsa is hanging up the headphones. A true pioneer of free form FM radio and a New York icon for five decades, Vin announced on Saturday night during his Idiot’s Delight, his weekly program on NY’s WFUV (Fordham University), that he will retire and do his final show on May 2, 2015, from 8-10 p.m. - ironically right before Letterman’s final take.



His final satellite radio program on SiriusXM's The Loft channel will be on Thursday, April 30. Additionally scheduled is Vin Scelsa's Fare Thee Well Concert, with several musical and non-musical guests; which will take place on Monday, June 8 at City Winery, as a public final goodbye.



"I am incredibly lucky to have spent my entire radio career doing exactly what I've wanted," says Scelsa. "The kind of programming autonomy I've enjoyed, on both commercial and public radio over all these years, is unique. I am grateful to my listeners for their support and their indulgence as we shared this journey together. It's hard to let go, of course, but I always promised myself and my audience that when the time was right I would stop.”



Q104.3’s Ken Dashow, who worked with Scelsa at the legendary WNEW FM for 17 years paid tribute to him yesterday by playing The Beatles' “The Long and Winding Road” and delivering a nice monologue about him (and, interesting still is that this April 1 will notch 16 years at the Q for Ken).



His guests have included Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Tim Robbins, Steve Buscemi, Norah Jones , Lou Reed (many times), Sheryl Crow, Joey Ramone, Emmylou Harris, John Sayles, Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Heller, Yo La Tengo, Eddie Izzard, Paul Auster, Jeff Buckley, Laurie Anderson, and countless others.



In 2007 Vin received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for his work.



His motto was always: Respect the Elders. Embrace the New. Encourage the Impractical and Improbable, without bias.



With Scelsa exiting it will definitely leave a huge void on terrestrial radio. So-called Classic Rock Radio is nothing more than Classic-Hit Rock Radio; with only the classic tunes being aired over and over. No one listening wants to hear the latest new song by The Moody Blues … just “Nights In White Satin” over and over.



To my mind, no one even comes close to what he was able to accomplish other than Jonathan Clarke on the Q. His Out Of The Box program each Sunday is a huge supporter of new music.



SAKS RIP --- Gene Saks, an actor-turned-director whose long friendship with playwright Neil Simon led to the film versions of two of the most successful comedies of their time, Barefoot in The Park (1967) and The Odd Couple (1970) and whose screen performances include playing Chuckles The Clown host Leo in the Jason Robards film A Thousand Clowns, died Saturday of pneumonia at his home in East Hampton, Long Island. He’s survived by his wife, Keren Saks, whom he married in 1980.



Saks, who was formerly married to the late Broadway and Maude star Bea Arthur, staged Simon’s autobiographical trilogy (Brighton Beach Memoirs ,Biloxi Blues, and Broadway Bound), as well as Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991.



Along with Mike Nichols, who had staged the Broadway debuts of The Odd Couple and Barefoot, Saks was Simon’s favored choice for staging his shows, which for more than two decades generally were turned out once-a-season.



“Gene was serious about funny,” Manny Azenberg, the Broadway producer of Simon’s plays beginning in 1974 with The Sunshine Boys, said last week,“He actually knew what would be funny. Physical humor he understood — the look, here, a pause there.”



RIP Gene and thanks!



SHINER DEBUTS --- Vocalist Frank Shiner’s debut last week at The Cutting Room was such a success that an encore is being immediately planned for early-summer.



Inside Chappaqua in their review said it appreciated “Frank’s repertoire of some of the best songs from the 70’s and 80’s; including Leonard Cohen’s ‘I'm Your Man’ and Van Morrison’s ‘Brand New Day’.”



Cutting Room owner Steve Walter said that he was immediately impressed when Frank launched into his opening number “(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night,” and said Shiner would be welcomed back anytime. “He drew a crowd of fans who whole hearted embraced his performance. His band was stellar.”



Also in attendance was producer Gary (Steely Dan) Katz who said the room was a perfect fit for the vocalist. “The sound in the room was pitch perfect,” said Katz.



Shiner’s next date is Friday, May 15, as headliner of the Fine Arts Fiesta Festival in Wilkes-Barre, PA.



SIGHTINGS --- Dina Lohan hovering dangerously close to the bar last Thursday at Zuma Sushi ... PR-pasha David Salidor at Shiksa in Billy Burg Saturday night ... Micky Dolenz and wife Donna at last night's iHeart Music Awards in L. A. ..





IGGY AZALEA TELLS E! NEWS WHY SHE GOT BOOB JOB

Iggy Azalea





"I love them so much I had to talk about them," Iggy told E! on the red carpet Sunday afternoon at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards.


But apparently, her friends weren't that impressed with the outcome.


"Everybody did say, 'I don't think you need to say it because no one will ever know because they're so small,'" Iggy said with a laugh. "I said, 'I know but I'm just going to say it [because] I'm a blabber mouth!'"


Besides, now she doesn't need to worry about rumors and tabloid speculation. "I'd feel better not to have some secret," Iggy said. "It's much freer to say it and then you don't have to worry someone will dig it up."


Just last week, the Aussie beauty took part in Vogue's 73 questions interview challenge.


In the comfort of her Los Angeles home, the 24-year-old opened up about her figure and revealed quite the bombshell about her chest. Yes, she really got breast implants.


"I did change something: Four months ago, I got bigger boobs!" she shared with the publication. "I'd thought about it my entire life."


She added, "It's about proportion. I have to have everything tailored because I have such a small waist. I'm a 2 or a 0 on the top, and a 6 on the bottom."



 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

CELEBRATING HELEN SHELTON AS MOST INFLUENTIAL

Helen Shelton With Jean Shafiroff And Flo Anthony




Helen Shelton was snapped with Jean Shafiroff and Flo Anthony while they were Celebrating Helen Shelton being named one the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business by the Network Journal at the Marriott Marquis the other evening in New York City.


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ZAYN MALIK LOSES MONEY GOING IN 'WRONG DIRECTION'

One Direction



Zayn Malik isn't just walking away from his One Direction bandmates; he's also leaving a multimillion-dollar payday behind.



E! News caught up with Forbes' Zack O'Malley Greenburg to find out exactly what's financially at stake for the young pop star.



"Last year, we had One Direction [estimated] at $75 million which put them in our top 10 on our celebrity 100 list. It is mostly fueled by live shows but also record sales and merchandise sales," Greenburg shared.



And while the 1D guys "played about 70 shows in the past 12 months," it seems like that would "definitely put them on track to meet if not exceed that $75 million figure for the next year."



Greenburg explained that while Malik "is walking away from a lot of money" that $75 million is pre-tax and "before all the agents and managers take their cuts and then you divide it by five. It is still millions of dollars, but it isn't quite as outrageous as it looks on the surface."


Saturday, March 28, 2015

BROOKE MORIBER PLAYS REVOLUTION BAR & MUSIC HALL

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Brooke Moriber



NEW YORK -- For native New Yorker Brooke Moriber, having a knack for stage performance came very early on. After garnering the role of Young Cosette in Broadway’s “Les Miserables” as her first audition at age 8, it was clear the young actress had an abundant amount of talent and a bright future in show biz. But “Les Mis” would be just the tip of the iceberg, as her flourishing talents would lead her to the stage yet again as a singer-songwriter at age 15. Flash forward some years later, with seven Broadway shows, roles opposite such stars as Lili Taylor and Kristen Johnston, and a burgeoning recording career--she’ll hit the stage with her band Wednesday, April 8th for a taping of Verizon Fios1’s “Rick’s Rising Stars” at Revolution Bar & Music Hall, located at 140 Merrick Rd, Amityville, NY 11701.



Growing up down the block from NY’s Washington Square Park in the heart of Greenwich Village--an area known for being an artists haven since the 1960s--its no wonder Moriber was drawn to the stage at such a young age. Celebrated for her “clarion voice” by the Associated Press and as “A ravishing star with a paint-peeling belt”, she’s had the opportunity to work with legendary Broadway director Harold Prince in Parade- a musical in which she originated the role of “lola Stover”.



Continuing the pattern, she soon went on to create original roles on Broadway as “Nadine” in The Wild Party and “Lily” in James Joyce’s The Dead, performed with Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming in The Threepenny Opera, played a young opera singer in Follies on Broadway, and even received praise off-Broadway for her murderous portrayal as “Mindy” in Wallace Shawn’s Aunt Dan and Lemon. Premiering Randy Newman's "Stupid Little Songs" would follow, where she would play Randy's first wife in The Education Of Randy Newman.