Wednesday, February 29, 2012




An Extended Excursion Into History Complete With Its Own Serial Killer

A Hobo Odyssey

A writer of family histories, as well as an autobiographical account of life growing up in a southern textile town, Larry O. Nichols now confirms his status as an author to contend with in the historical thriller genre with his latest book, A Hobo Odyssey (Warren Publishing).

A Hobo Odyssey is an accurate snapshot of a period in American history that depicts how common families dealt with poverty and hardship in the aftermath of World War I and the Great Depression that left many Americans jobless, homeless and starving; often forcing whole families to leave their roots and become vagabonds – riding the rails and stowing away on freight trains – in search of anything that would put food on the table. In the process, they often became hobos or drifters who were generally feared since desperation forces people to do desperate things.

Based on true events, A Hobo Odyssey captures the reader’s attention from the very first page with its real and engaging characters that draw readers into believing they are right alongside, sharing the same life journey and experiences with them. But life is often unpredictable, and soon readers get thrust into a fast-paced adventure filled with intrigue, mystery, fear and unrequited love.

When Steve and his friend Eddie took up the hobo life, it was with a different purpose in mind. They wanted to see the world outside of their home in South Carolina. While Steve originally wanted to see his birthplace in southwest Missouri, Eddie just went along for the ride. Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined the adventures, danger and trickery they would encounter along the way.

Less than a few miles from home they run into a man known as Slim who happens to be a schizophrenic serial killer, tracking down and murdering hobos and tramps along the same route the young men have chosen. Their journey becomes a quest for survival that takes them through small towns along the railroad tracks as they beg, work and even steal for food – all the while making friends of diverse homeless men looking for work from one town to another, and defending themselves from the ones who would do them harm.

Life gets even more interesting for the pair when they join up with a traveling circus and encounter a brutal fighter who wants Steve to fight him for the prize money the circus has put up, but Steve is already fighting a battle within himself over a brutal beating he administered earlier to a hometown former friend that cost him the loss of Evelyn, a girl he thought he would someday marry. But fate played an unexpected role in Steve’s life…

The night before the two left their hometown, Steve had attended a dance where he caught the merest glimpse of a lady dressed in green velvet. While The Lady in Green had fled in a car before they could actually meet, he knew this mysterious, raven-haired beauty had captured his heart and that he would someday marry her. So now, while Steve’s days riding the rails are filled with excitement and danger, his nights are plagued by wonderful yet discomforting dreams and a longing to know more about The Lady in Green.

When Steve and Eddie cross paths once again with the serial killer, the breakneck pacing of the story carries readers through terrifying twists and turns to the climactic ending that makes for one thrilling read impossible to put down!

Receiving five-star reviews on, Larry Nichols’ convincing tale of the exploits and dangers the two encounter in The Hobo Odyssey leaves readers wanting more from this highly imaginative writer. For more information please visit HERE.



Micky Dolenz

We reached out to Monkee Micky Dolenz on the death on Davy Jones. Below is what he had to say.

"I am in a state of shock; Davy and I grew up together and shared in the unique success of what became The Monkees phenomena. The time we worked together and had together is something I'll never forget. He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart. The memories have and will last a lifetime. My condolences go out to his family.”


Baby Sitting Kathy Posner

My Mother loved me and my sister very much, but she was not fond of other people’s children. She called young people “fat squabs.” I never had any children. I never wanted to have any children because they would have gotten in the way of my life. I always wished my sister had decided to have children so I could have spoiled them and been the eccentric Aunt Kathy. I find it enjoyable visiting with friend’s offspring, but I am always glad when they go away. I am good for an hour tops with those less than 21 years of age—with a few exceptions. Given my history of not caring about little people, it is obvious that I probably was never hired to baby sit in my younger years.

I wrote about my feelings for children last November so none of this should come as a surprise to anyone.

Up until now, the only time I have been totally in control of a baby is when, years ago, my friend Stephanie Dillard had a doctor’s appointment at Northwestern Hospital, close to my home and could not find a sitter. I forget which of her and Kirk’s babies it was! All she needed me to do was to sit in the waiting room and watch the baby in its carriage. I was petrified that something would happen on my watch. The fact that I was surrounded by hundreds of nurses and doctors did not matter. I figured, with my luck, the baby would cry or spit and I would be as helpless as it was in not knowing what to do. Obviously, the baby survived.

On Tuesday, I received a call from my friend Mancow who asked what I was doing Friday night. He prefaced the conversation by saying that he had already called everybody he knew and he really needed me. I knew what was coming. I was scared in anticipation of the request from someone I love and would do anything for. It was exactly what I feared. He asked me to baby sit his twin six-year old girls. I have been with these children many times and they are the best-behaved adorable young ladies. (I only like pretty children. Ask my friend Linda.) To be alone with them for hours though would be a daunting task.

I asked Mancow not to give them dinner first, so I could waste some time feeding them. I have an indoor pool in my condo building, so that could be fun. But should I wait after eating to let them swim? I better check on that old wives tale that you are not supposed to supervise children up to an hour after dining.

I have no toys to play with, so I hope they bring something with them. I don’t want to go out and buy anything because then I would be known as the person who has toys for children and other people might drop off their kids. Children can smell toys a mile away and might start flocking.

I decided to cheat a bit. I called a friend with a 5 year old son and invited them over Friday night. Now there will be a grown up in the house, I feel much safer.



Davy Jones

Monkees legend Davy Jones has died of a heart attack at age 66, according to media reports. No other information has been given out yet.

Davey Jones was famous for his role in the pop group The Monkees, which got together in 1965 for the TV show of the same name. Their huge mega-hits included "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "Pleasant Valley Sunday."



Halley Wegryn Gross

Raviv Ullman

Janeane Garofalo And Morgan Spector

Scott Elliott With Nancy Manocherian

Johnny Orsini

Lily Rabe With Dad David

Daniel Oreskes

Hamish Linklater

Lily Rabe

Alan Rickman

Lily Rabe along with Halley Wegryn Gross, Alan Rickman and others, attended The New Group Gala 2012 Cabaret Soiree at the Edison Ballroom on in New York City.

Photos By: Walter McBride / WM Photography / Retna Ltd.


Debbie Harry

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance, and Jeff Koons, Artist Chair, will host Art for Water, an auction benefiting Waterkeeper Alliance and celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act on Monday, March 5th, 2012 at the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.

"I am thrilled to be involved with Art for Water and am so grateful to the art community for responding with generosity and enthusiasm. This auction will raise significant funds for Waterkeeper Alliance to continue to fight in communities across the globe for their right to clean water," says Mr. Kennedy.

Art for Water will host a special performance from Deborah Harry of American rock band Blondie. Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and Chardonnay wine from the event’s sponsor, The Dreaming Tree wines, as well as an exclusive live and silent auction conducted by Sotheby’s Auction House. Collectively the auctions represent some $1.125 million worth of artwork, which includes 77 pieces featuring works by notable artists including Marina Abramovic, Dan Colen, Gregory Crewdson, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Donald Judd, Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Sarah Morris, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, Laurie Simmons, Josh Smith and more. All artwork is currently available for bidding online through an exclusive preview at

Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s largest and fastest growing clean water advocacy group. The benefit will raise significant funds to enable Waterkeeper Alliance to continue to fight in communities across the world for their right to clean water. Water is among today's most pressing issues—security and scarcity, energy and climate change, and the cause and spread of infectious disease.

Waterkeeper Alliance is on the front lines protecting that resource and unites Waterkeepers who patrol and protect rivers, bays, lakes and streams on six continents—more than 1.6 million square feet of waterways—in boats ranging in size from kayaks to research vessels. Waterkeeper Alliance is the leading voice for the world’s waters with roots dating back to 1966, when a concerned group of commercial and recreation fishermen mobilized to reclaim the Hudson River from polluters. Their tough, hands on, community oriented brand of environmental activism and miraculous recovery of the Hudson inspired 200 other individuals and organizations to launch Waterkeepers from the Mississippi to the Amazon to the Tigris to the Ganges and across the globe to fight in their communities for the right to have swimmable, drinkable and fishable water.

For more information about Waterkeeper Alliance and Art for Water, please visit HERE.

Photo By: RD/Kirkland/Retna


Betty White

TV Land’s hit original sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” has won a Gracie Award in the category of Outstanding Comedy. The Gracies recognize commendable programming in the entertainment industry that is created by women, for women and about women. The 37th Annual Gracie National Awards® are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and will be given at a gala in Los Angeles on May 22.

“Hot in Cleveland,” which stars television veterans Valerie Bertinelli (“One Day at a Time”), Jane Leeves (“Frasier”), Wendie Malick (“Just Shoot Me”) and Betty White (“The Golden Girls”), is currently in its third season, airing Wednesday nights on TV Land at 10pm ET/PT. Betty White recently won her second consecutive Screen Actors Guild Award® for her role on the series.

“Receiving this Gracie Award is a huge honor for TV Land and the entire cast and crew of ‘Hot in Cleveland,’” said Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. “We are so proud that our network is at the forefront of creating programming that women find not only relatable, but entertaining as well.”

“Hot in Cleveland” revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA – novelist Melanie Moretti (Bertinelli), eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Malick) – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing. When the friends discover that life is better for them and that they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over together, they rent a house that happens to come with a very opinionated caretaker, Elka Ostrovsky (White).

Filmed in front of a live audience, “Hot in Cleveland” is executive produced by Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy® Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer. Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer, and Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox are executive producers for TV Land. “Hot in Cleveland” is currently seen around the world in over 165 countries.

Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna



Darlene Love

Heidi Blickenstaff

Julia Murney

Joel Grey

Julie Halston

Betsy Wolfe

Lindsay Mendez

Seth Rudetsky

Darlene Love along with Julia Murney, Lindsay Mendez, Seth Rudetsky , Betsy Wolfe, Robert Creighton, Joel Grey, Heidi Blickenstaff and others, attended the 'Broadway Belts for PFF!' A fundraiser benefiting The Michael Kuchwara Fund for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at Birdland. Old friend Richie Ridge was also on hand to help the celebration.

Photos By: Walter McBride / WM Photography / Retna Ltd.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012






Fran Drescher

In the second season premiere episode, Fran has no interest in facing her old nemesis, Jill (Morgan Fairchild) at her college reunion, until she runs into her ex-boyfriend Elliot (D.W. Moffett) and he agrees to be her faux fiancĂ© for the night. What could go wrong? After all, they’re just friends. Don’t miss out on what happens in this episode of "Happily Divorced!"

Photo By: RD/Orchon/Retna



Crossworks for Forevermark Pink Diamond Ring

At the 84th Academy Awards, Actress Zoe Saldana dazzled in Crossworks for Forevermark Pink Diamond Ring and Forevermark 10.0 total carat Diamond Studs at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party. Everybody dazzled the world wearing diamonds from the worlds top jewelers. Pure Oscar style!

Michelle Williams
Fred Leighton for Forevermark
Brilliant Cut Diamond Necklace set in Silver on Gold

Judy Greer
Forevermark Diamonds
Mimi So For Forevermark Jewelry
Photo: Wire 140006399

Milla Jovovich
Jacob & Co. Jewelry
Diamond drop earrings in Platinum $750,000
Diamond Ring 34 carats $1,000,000
Diamond Cuff Bracelet $500,000

Giuliana Rancic
Palladium Jewelry by Jacob & Co.
Pear Shaped Diamond Ring $600,000

Maria Menounos
Palladium Jewelry by Jacob & Co.
Cocktail Ring $22,350
Vintage Chandelier Pear Shaped Stone Earrings $400,000
Square Emerald Cut Tennis Bracelet $125,000

Wendi McLendon-Covey
Simon G Jewelry

Kelly Osbourne
Palladium Jewelry by Dena Kemp
10 cuts of diamonds set in Palladium Ring $38,000

Julia Ormond
Forevermark Diamonds

Amara Miller
Forevermark Diamonds

Sheila Shah
Forevermark Diamonds


Elton John Party

Irina Shayk
Palladium Jewelry by Dena Kemp
Emerald and Diamond Set Earrings $30,000
Emerald and Diamond Ring $170,000


Vanity Fair

Marisa Miller
Jacob & Co. Jewelry
Antique Style Diamond Drop Earrings $120,000

Zoe Saldana
Forevermark Diamonds

Jen Westfeldt
Neiman Marcus for Forevermark


Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel may have only just started to flash her engagement ring around town, but that doesn't mean the 31-year-old actress has kept her excitement about becoming Mrs. Justin Timberlake quiet.

One of Biel's closest confidantes has been none other than her New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day film director Garry Marshall, who told Us Weekly he's spoken at length with Biel about her happy news.

"We talk about it a lot. I hope it all works out -- they are terrific kids," Marshall told Us at Sunday's Night of 100 Stars Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. of Biel and Timberlake. "I love them both. I'm happy for her."

Getting engaged during a snowboarding trip in the Jackson, Wyoming mountains in December 2011, Biel and Timberlake plan to tie the knot next summer. "Monique Lhuillier is her No. 1 choice for the dress," the insider hints to Us of the beloved designer, whose dresses have been worn by such A-list brides as Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Minnillo and Shannen Doherty.

A Timberlake source confirms that the singer/actor has "never been happier" with the New Year's Eve actress. "He knew it was the right time to propose."

Read more HERE.....

Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Monday, February 27, 2012


Lily Collins

January Jones

Elizabeth Banks

Chris Evans

Robin Thicke And Paula Patton

Donald Sutherland

Leslie Mann And Judd Apatow

Julie Bowen

Patricia Clarkson

Diane Kruger

Victoria Beckham

Martin Scorsese

Anderson Cooper

Elizabeth Olsen

Ben Stiller

Sean Diddy Combs

Minnie Driver

Katie Holmes And Tom Cruise

Emily VanCamp

Zoe Saldana

Jason Statham With Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Chevy Chase

Li Bingbing

Neil Patrick Harris And David Burtka

Lauren Sanchez

Natalie Portman With Benjamin Millepied

Jonah Hill

Kristen Wiig

Cameron Diaz

Liam Hemsworth And Miley Cyrus

Jennifer Lopez

The stars swarmed to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Towers in West Hollywood, California last night.

Photos By: RD / Brian Dowling / Retna Digital