Sunday, October 31, 2010

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW ANNIVERSARY

Danny DeVito


Ricki Lake


Nicole Scherzinger


Evan Rachel Wood


Kenny Ortega


Lucas Grabeel


Melora Hardin


Matthew Morrison


Lou Adler


Jorge Garcia


Jorge Garcia along with Melora Hardin, Ricki Lake, Danny DeVito, Evan Rachel Wood, Lucas Grabeel, Lou Adler and many more stars attended The Rocky Horror Picture Show 35th Anniversary and Costume Ball held at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California the other night.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

VANILLA ICE CELEBRATES SHOW AND BIRTHDAY


Vanilla Ice


Rob Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice


Vanilla Ice pre-show photo session at Studio 54 nightclub at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada the other night. The star also celebrated his birthday in Sin City.

Photos By: RD / Kabik / Retna Digital

THE SITUATION PARTIES AT JET NIGHTCLUB

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino


Mike The Situation Sorrentino strikes a pose at Jet Nightclub inside The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada the other day.

Photo By: RD/ Wright / Retna Digital

CIARA'S BIRTHDAY AND HALLOWEEN PARTY

Ciara


Ciara in costume was snapped as Xmen character Storm. The event was held at HAZE Nightclub for Ciara's birthday and Halloween bash inside ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photos By: RD/ Wright / Retna Digital

JUSTIN BIEBER AT PREMIERE OF 'MEGAMIND'

Justin Bieber


Will Ferrell


Samantha Droke


Erin Sanders


Bella Thorne


Zendaya Coleman


Nolan Gould


Mary Lynn Rajskub


Kathryn Newton


Katelyn Pippy


Katelynn Pippy along with Kathryn Newton, Samantha Droke, Will Ferrell, Justin Bieber, Mary Lynn Rajskub and many more stars attended the Los Angeles premiere of "Megamind" at the famed Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California last night.

Photos By: RD/ Scott Kirkland/ Retna Digital

PAULY D PLAYS HALLOWEEN JUSTIN BIEBER

Paul 'Pauly D' DelVecchio


Pauly D dressed as Justin Bieber for the Halloween Party at MOON Nightclub at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo By: RD/ Erik Kabik/ Retna Digital

SEXY HOLLY MADISON HAS HALLOWEEN BASH

Laura Croft


Super Sexy Holly Madison


Josh Strickland


Holly Madison


Holly Madison along with Laura croft, Josh Strickland and others attended HOLLYWEEN at STUDIO 54 at MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada last night.


Photos By: RD/ Erik Kabik/ Retna Digital

ROBERT VERDI'S NEW WORKS IN HAMPTONS

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THE HAMPTONS GOSSIP
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Acclaimed Artist Robert Verdi Shows New Works

Solo Exhibition Westhampton Free Public Library
December 1 – December 31


Story By: By Edward Callaghan

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Robert Verdi


Acclaimed artist Robert Verdi will show another side of his multi-faceted talent with a solo exhibition of his newest abstract acrylic paintings at the Westhampton Free Library 7 Library Avenue, Westhampton Beach, New York .The works will be available for viewing Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday 9;30 am – 5pm; Sunday 1pm – 5pm. There will be a Special Reception on Friday December 3 from 6 PM to 8 PM which will benefit The Library’s programs. In addition to donating one of his large scale paintings to the Library, the artist is donating a generous percentage of sales. The exhibition will highlight new piece from his very popular “Barn Series” as well as a new group of bold, eye-popping abstract paintings His” Barn Series” paintings of barns and farmhouses in New England and on the East End are contemporary American documents. At heart, Verdi is a purist / constructivist. His deceptively simple compositions are reminiscent of works by Milton Avery and Charles Sheller with a touch Paul Klee’s whimsy and the opulent surfaces of Gustav Klimt’s early landscape paintings. Last year, his “Barn Series” and overall body of work led him to be chosen one of a select group of artists for Long Island Pulse’s Annual Artist VIP List. Most recently his painting has taken on a more abstract expressionistic turn and he is creating powerful, boldly colored images that are a visual feast for the eye. He will debut these new works in this solo exhibition. A child prodigy who began painting when he was only six years old, the artist rose to fame first in the world of high fashion as a photographer, stylist and makeup artist for the top fashion magazines working with the most creative talents of the time, including the iconic photographer Richard Avedon who became his mentor and legendary “Empress of Fashion” Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. His fashion world experience led him to open his own salon at the Sheraton Ambassador Hotel on Park Avenue in New York City where he employed a staff of 28 designing hairstyles for actors and actresses, as well as, fashion models and editors. Contributing regularly to the pages of major fashion magazines as a photographer, stylist and make-up artist, he worked with all the top designers and refined his photographic style working with such famed photographers such as Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton and Bert Stern. He also built ongoing relationships with cosmetic giants Revlon, Clairol, Pantene, and L’Oreal. His specialty was high style “beauty shots” for promotion and package design. As well, he continued to provide his extraordinary talents for Broadway and film performers creating hairstyles for Tammy Grimes in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”, for Mary Pickett in “Sunrise at Campobello” for Nancy Olsen in “Send Me No Flowers”. His devoted celebrity clientele included Frank Sinatra, Mary Tyler Moore, Ann Margaret, Mia Farrow and Sophia Loren. He regularly coiffed Marilyn Monroe and even did her hair for her marriage to Arthur Miller. Long before there was a Frederic Fekkai or Vidal Sassoon, there was Robert Verdi, the first celebrity hairstylist. But he always returned to painting when he could find time and over the course of the years taught himself how to work with oils. His paintings have been exhibited in New York City, Vermont, Westhampton Beach and East Hampton. For the past nine years, Verdi has directed most of his creative energies to painting. He now works primarily in acrylics, which he dries with a salon hair dryer and continues to work in photography and sculpture. For more information, visit www.westhamptonlibrary.net or call 631-288-3335.

THE ANGEL BALL BRINGS OUT THE STARS

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FOUNDATION RAISES 3.6 MILLION
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Melanie Mar



Chavez


Cindy Guyer


Kristen Justice With Mark Linn-Baker


Jenna Morasca With Ethan Zohn


Julie Ordon


High Voltage


Bronson Van Wyke


Sir Ivan With Michelle Chen


Katherine Davis


Josh Milko


Denise Rich With Daniella Rich Kilstock And
Ilona Rich Schachter



Josh Groban



Shontelle


DJ Cassidy


Daniella Rich Kilstock


Ivana Trump


Alyssa Miller


Jessica White


Sean Parker


Samantha Harris


Denise Rich


Sam Moore


The Edge


Rosie Perez


Kim Kardashian


Ne-Yo



It seems like songwriter/philanthropist Denise Rich has done it again (of course, with the help her daughters, Daniella and Ilona, and her team) for this year’s Angel Ball, which was another star-studded extravaganza. While famous for writing hit songs for Sister Sledge, Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson, Marc Anthony, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and Diana Ross, Denise also works tirelessly to support Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Denise established the Foundation in 1996 after her daughter Gabrielle Rich Aouad passed of leukemia at the young age of 27.


So it is understandable that Denise was able to find the energy to painstakingly work for the entire past year to plan the Ball held last Thursday. Nearly 1000 people joined Denise once again at Cipriani Wall Street, where she was hands on with every detail carefully arranged by her foundation and event team. Each of the 120 tables was topped with an original sculpture donated by the Brazilian pop-artist Romero Britto. The sculptures sold for $1,000 and $2,500 each, with all the proceeds going directly cancer research. All the guests enjoyed performances by Ne-Yo, Shontelle, Josh Groban, Sam Moore and a surprise cameo from U2’s the Edge, who was also being honored at the Ball along with his wife, Morleigh Steinberg, Napster Founder and Facebook founding President Sean Parker, and Coty CEO Bernd Beetz. For many Sam Moore, who seemed much younger than his 75 years, was a highlight. The soul legend energetically performed a selection of his classic hits, including Soul Man. Also in attendance were actress Rosie Perez, Ivana Trump, Chris Tucker reality television personality Kim Kardashian once personal assistant to Michael Jackson and now entrepreneur Frank Cacsio, entertainment attorney, Eric Lerner, socialites Alexander and Brenda von Schweickhardt, and philanthropists Michele and Larry Herbert and Michele and Frank Rella.


Gabrielle was a remarkably talented woman who accomplished an amazing amount in her tragically short life; she was fluent in five languages, appeared in several plays and movies, and wrote a screenplay. Leukemia was not her first experience with cancer, having successfully beaten a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease she received at 23 years old. Nor was this Denise’s first brush with cancer. She lost her best friend in high school to leukemia, and then her only sister to breast cancer in 1985. Before she passed, Gabrielle told her mother that her last wish was a cancer foundation to be started in her name.


The Angel Ball is the main fundraising event for the Foundation, and this year it raised an impressive $3.6 million. This adds to the over $13 million in Medical Research Awards already given, making Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation one of the largest non-governmental sources of grant support to blood cancer researcher, and 82 cents of every dollar raised go directly to cancer research. The Foundation funds research to improve .the efficacy of cancer treatments, reduce their toxicity and improve the quality of life of patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers.


To learn more about Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research visit www.gabriellesangels.org