Monday, November 30, 2009

FORGET BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY

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TARGET STORES UP TO THEIR OLD TRICKS
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The Target Atlantic Avenue Store


We never go out on Black Friday or even shop on Cyber Monday. What a disappointment when we went all the way out to Brooklyn on Friday to the Target store on Atlantic Avenue for our first ever Black Friday sale. Target advertised a HD television at the best price that we have ever seen before. I think it was a 42 inch HD for $459.00. They advertised Blenders and Toasters for 3 bucks. They advertised high quality towels for a couple of bucks. Since we rarely leave Manhattan, I thought at these prices, maybe I should get out our passports and hop on a subway to Brooklyn. What a huge mistake. On a cold and windy day, I arrived at the Target store and the first thing I saw when we walked in was a bunch of sales people standing around with a stack of Televisions. I thought, great, let me grab a TV at their sales price. I asked for the advertised HD Television and the sales people looked at me like I was nuts. They said they were all out and tried to sell me a much smaller television at a higher price than the advertised big one. We were pissed. Since we had a fire at our Home-Times Square Gossip offices a few weeks ago, we had decided to just redecorate everything from top to bottom. Everything from towels to televisions, from blenders to toasters. We are doing it all. We looked at the salespeople and told them this was not right, that we came all the way from Times Square for their so-called sales. They just did not seem to care one bit. So as not to waste the trip, we decided to get the other sale items. Nothing. They had nothing. No three buck blender, no three buck toaster and no towels on sale. I grabbed some other salespeople walking around and they told me I should come back tomorrow. What a crock of crap. It was 12 noon on Black Friday. It was a two day sale. Out of everything. We ended up leaving with a box of frozen egg bagels and went back to the city. Besides, the Targets store was a mess with salespeople standing around talking when they should have been stocking the shelves and cleaning. Now it's Cyber Monday. I'm looking at all the ads. I can not believe how many stores are advertising products and when I click to buy, it says out of stock online. Are they kidding me? It's a online sale. Dell sends me a e-mail saying the hottest deals of the season for Cyber Monday. I found the same computer on Walmart's site for less. Forget Black Friday, forget Cyber Monday. It's all crap. If it sounds too good to be true, it isn't. A smart shopper will compare prices online at several stores and wait for the right time to buy. This year it will be after Christmas, because I think these retailers are going to have a very hard season. Money is tight and the customer is getting smarter and looking for real deals. And while we are at it Target, your billboards in Times Square are a joke. You cover one building with your logo's and it does not have your stores name. Do you think our tourists know what your logo means? It took us a while to figure out it was Target. At least put your store name. You need to fire your ad agency!

One more note on Staples. They advertise their Cyber Monday. Buy twenty five bucks worth of Sharpies, get twenty five off. So in reality you should be getting the Sharpies for free, except for shipping. Website kept telling me coupon was not valid. I double checked and it said offer expires Nov. 30th. Another ripoff!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

ROBERT PATTINSON WANTS A MUSIC CAREER

Robert Pattinson


Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson is planning to release an anonymous album. The British star has long talked about his desire to launch a music career, but is admitting he doesn't want to be seen as an actor-turned-pop singer. Pattinson, who recorded two songs for the "Twilight" soundtrack, is very adamant he will never use his fame from the vampire movies to bolster his music career, so he's planning to release a secret CD. He tells French magazine Paris Match, "I write songs, that's true. I'll record a few tracks as soon as I finish the promotion for the movies, but before I won't do anything. I don't want to release an album which has a sticker on it saying 'By the vampire of Twilight' on it. "If the record is released one day there won't be my name or my picture on the cover. Everyone would be biased. No one would listen to it. Before I was famous I would have loved to perform in bars and pubs. But this isn't possible anymore."
Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY CELEBRITY ROUNDUP

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THE 83RD ANNUAL MACY'S
THANKSGIVING PARADE

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Miss America Katie Stam


Carly Simon


Al Roker


KeKe Palmer


Mitchel Musso


Katharine McPhee


Ziggy Marley And Family


Cyndi Lauper


Jane Krakowskl


Jay Sean


Cheyenne Jackson


Olympian Emily Hughes


Gloria Gaynor


Jimmy Fallon


Katherine Leigh Doherty With Friends


Billy Curington


Santa Claus


Andrea Bocelli


Kristian Alfonso And James Scott


We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving vacation and all your family and friends enjoyed the wonderful food and we also hope you made those calls to people that you have not heard from in a long time. Life is too short, take the time to keep in touch. We wanted to give you some wonderful photos that famed Retna photographer Walter McBride took on Thanksgiving day for the Macy's parade. Time goes by so quick, look around and appreciate the people around you. Some of the celebrities snapped included, Mitchel Musso, Miss America Katie Stam, KeKe Palmer, Olympian Emily Hughes, Katharine McPhee, Cyndi Lauper, Jane Krakowskl, Al Roker, Cheyenne Jackson, Kristian Alfonso, Gloria Gaynor, Jimmy Fallon, Billy Curington, Katherine Leigh Doherty, Carly Simon, Andrea Bocelli, James Scott and many other celebrities.
Photos By: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

JAKE AND REESE DENY BREAKUP REPORTS

Reese Witherspoon


With all the gossip igniting about Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, there reps are saying they are still very much a couple. Although a close source to the couple says their relationship has ended, reps for both say, "it is not true." Nanci Ryder and Carrie Byalick, who rep Witherspoon and Gyllenhaal told PEOPLE, "They are still together."
Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Saturday, November 28, 2009

LITTLE NIGHT OF MUSIC BROADWAY PREVIEWS

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WALTER MCBRIDE
ON
BROADWAY

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STAGE DOOR FOR CATHERINE ZETA-JONES
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Catherine Zeta-Jones


Kevin David Thomas


Marissa McGowan


Leigh Ann Larkin


Hunter Ryan Herdlicka


Erin Davie


Alexander Hanson


Alexander Hanson along with Erin Davie, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Kevin David Thomas, Marissa McGowan, Leigh Ann Larkin and Catherine Zeta-Jones were snapped leaving the Walter Kerr Theatre Stage Door after a preview Performance of "A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC" in New York City.
Photos By: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

DONNY AND MARIE OSMOND AT THE FLAMINGO

Donny And Marie Osmond


George Wallace And Donny Osmond


Donny Osmond


Donny Osmond's grand return to The Flamingo and the Donny and Marie show after his victory on 'Dancing With The Stars' at The Flamingo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photos By: RD / Kabik / Retna Digital

MITCHEL MUSSO VISITS NEW YORK CITY PIX11

Mitchel Musso


Mitchel Musso was snapped exiting the Pix11 Morning News studios in New York City. The good hearted star, took the time to sign autographs for his waiting fans.
Photo By: Derek Storm / Retna Ltd.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

HAVE A GREAT SAFE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

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HAVE A SAFE AND WONDERFUL HOLIDAY
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING


We wish you a great Thanksgiving Holiday. It has been a very tough year for just about everyone, including us here in the middle of Times Square. With the economy in the gutter, the banks going after everyone, even their good customers, the high unemployment rate and inflation, we are still somehow surviving in this great country. We are very lucky to live in a country where freedom exists. But Americans have to start to use their power.

We must stop illegal immigration now. Illegal immigration is taking American jobs no matter what anyone is saying. They are not paying into our system and we are paying for their medical care in our hospitals. Jobs in deli's and restaurants and everywhere else are being filled by immigrants that jumped across the border to take away our livelihood. They enjoy our schools, our hospitals, our transportation system and we pay for it all. We must speak up and demand that the politicians do something to stop illegal immigration. One way would be to fine the businesses that hire them, 50 thousand the first time they were caught using cheap labor.

We must stop doing business with banks that no longer care about the customer. Bank Of America is one good example of not caring for us anymore. Their bottom line is money for their CEO'S and not the American Public. We must fight the Credit Card companies who continue to rake the public for their mistakes. Cancel your accounts with these companies.

We must stop buying goods from overseas. We must start supporting American made goods. It used to be where we could make anything in America, but now the infrastructure is not here anymore because the companies import all their parts and labor. Buy American, the job you save might be your own. Demand that your politicians stop shipping our money overseas. Companies like Sprint has laid off thousands of Americans, yet they still continue to hire in India and other countries. They want our money, but they do not want to hire us.

We live in the best Country in the world and we have alot to be thankful for. But it is time Americans got the piece of the pie that they built. Make American companies act American !

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

ZAC EFRON HITS NEW YORK CITY TALK SHOWS

Sexy Zac Efron


Zac Efron


Zac Efron visits "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. The sexy star was all smiles for all the fans waiting to see him.
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

MAYOR OSCAR GOODMAN AT GOLDEN NUGGET

Heres To You Mayor Goodman


Tony Tarantino And Miss Nevada USA 2010 Julianna Erdesz


Gordie Brown


Miss Nevada USA 2010 Julianna Erdesz And Angelica Bridges


Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman with Golden Nugget
Owner Tillman Fertitta


Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Golden Nugget Owner Tillman Fertitta along with guests attended the Ribbon Cutting for the Golden Nugget Rush Tower Grand Opening in Las Vegas, Nevada. We wonder where our favorite Mayor get's the time to go to so many events.
Photos By: RD / Kabik / Retna Digital

HOLLY MADISON SERVES THANKSGIVING MEALS

Holly Madison And Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman


Holly Madison


Holly Madison, star of 'Planet Holly' premiering December 6th on E!, serves a Thanksgiving lunch to at-risk students and seniors at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hey, even the Mayor was there for this great cause.
Photos By: Scott Harrison / Retna Ltd.

MAXIM DECEMBER ISSUE NYC LAUNCH PARTY

Chaske Spencer


Alexandra Alexis


Sean Sipos


Monroe King


Colin Egglesfield


Joe Levy


Ashley Greene


Selita Ebanks


Selita Ebanks along with Ashley Greene, Joe Levy, Colin Egglesfield, Alexandra Alexis, Sean Sipos and Monroe King strike a pose for the cameras at the Maxim December Issue Launch Party at Avenue in New York City last night.
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital
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