Thursday, May 31, 2012

PETER DINKLAGE'S WALK FOR FARM ANIMALS

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STARS WITH A HEART
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 Peter Dinklage



As fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones eagerly await Sunday night’s season finale surprises, the show’s breakout star, Peter Dinklage, is already gearing up for his next challenge: speaking up for farm animals as national spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals. The actor, who has been vegetarian since he was 16, has filmed an exclusive new video (watch it here) to promote this series of fun, community-focused events aimed at changing the way society views and treats farm animals. The Walks will take place in more than 35 North American cities this Fall, as well as virtually.



“I love animals and the way they are treated on factory farms is not OK with me,” says Dinklage, who currently graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. “Numerous studies have shown that cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and other farm animals possess the same intelligence and capacity for fear, pain, and joy as dogs and cats, yet the meat industry uses expensive ad campaigns and clever marketing to hide the reality that animals used for food are treated like unfeeling machinery. Fortunately, we can think for ourselves and challenge the status quo by making choices that don’t hurt animals. Please join me in making the world a kinder place for farm animals by registering to participate in a Walk for Farm Animals.

THE THEATRE WORLD AWARDS STAR POWER

Stephanie Umoh



Brian Stokes Mitchell
The 68th annual THEATRE WORLD AWARDS, which will take place on Tuesday, June 5th at 2 pm at The Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th Street, NYC., will include special performances by Broadway favorites Brian Stokes Mitchell, Howard McGillin and Stephanie Umoh. The by-invitation-only ceremony will present Theatre World Awards to 12 actors for their Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performances during the 2011-2012 theatrical season. The event also includes presentation of the 4th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence. This year The Theatre World Awards will have ASL interpretation.





The 2012 TWA presenters will include Theatre World Award winners John Cullum, Victor Garber, Josh Grisetti, Leslie Uggams, Tony Sheldon, David Alan Grier, John Rubinstein, Wesley Taylor and Lizbeth Mackay (with more presenters to be announced).



Phillip Boykin



The previously-announced 2012 THEATRE WORLD AWARD are: Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow), Phillip Boykin (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Russell Harvard (Tribes), Jeremy Jordan (Bonnie & Clyde), Joaquina Kalukango (Hurt Village), Jennifer Lim (Chinglish), Jessie Mueller (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), Hettienne Park (Seminar AND The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism & Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures), Chris Perfetti (Sons of the Prophet), Finn Wittrock (Death of a Salesman), and Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar).



Stacy Keach


Stacy Keach will present 2012 The Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence to Susan Pourfar (Tribes).



For the second year, illustrator Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson has created a special commemorative poster featuring the TWA winners (shown at top of this release). 2012 TWA posters will be available for purchase at the awards.



The THEATRE WORLD AWARDS presentation on June 5th will again be hosted by Peter Filichia, with Barry Keating directing, and Mary K. Botosan and Erin Oestreich co-producing.




Rosemary Harris



 First presented in 1945, The THEATRE WORLD AWARDS are the oldest awards given for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debut performances. The THEATRE WORLD AWARD winners are chosen by the Theatre World Awards committee, currently comprised of David Cote, Joe Dziemianowicz, Peter Filichia , Harry Haun, Matthew Murray, Frank Scheck and Linda Winer. The accomplished stage performers who have won the Theatre World Award at the beginning of their careers include Meryl Streep, Rosemary Harris, Marlon Brando, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Anne Bancroft, James Earl Jones, Liza Minnelli, Alan Alda, Zoe Caldwell, Christopher Walken, Alec Baldwin, Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald, Al Pacino, Grace Kelly and so many more.


ANN ROTH TO RECEIVE RUTH MORLEY AWARD

 Ann Roth With Jane Fonda




On Thursday June 7, 2012, the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a non-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre, is pleased to recognize the talents of two outstanding women: the LPTW Lucille Lortel Award and accompanying grant will be presented to Rachel Reiner, Artistic Director of Resonance Theatre; and the Ruth Morley Design Award will be given to Tony Award-winning scenic designer Ann Roth. These awards will be presented at the League’s 2012 Awards Luncheon, featuring special guest, Tony Nominee Elizabeth A. Davis, to be held from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at Sardi’s Restaurant (Sardi’s Restaurant is located at 234 West 44th Street, and the event will be held in the Eugenia Room on the 4th floor). Tickets (and photos) are available HERE.

The Ruth Morley Design Award was initiated in 1998 in honor of costume designer Ruth Morley, one of the profession's leading designers for theatre and film who also served on the LPTW Board of Directors. Ann Roth won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for The English Patient and has received five Tony nominations.

In April 1999, the LPTW received a bequest from the Lucille Lortel estate to establish a fund, which would annually provide a grant to an aspiring woman in any discipline of theatre who is showing creative promise and deserves recognition and encouragement. The recipient of this year’s Lucille Lortel Award is Rachel Reiner, the Artistic Director of Resonance Ensemble, the goal of which is to weave a thread between the theatre’s past, present and future; the company celebrates is 10th anniversary this year.

Tickets to attend the luncheon and awards ceremony are $65 for members $70 for non-members, and are available online or by phone: 1-800-838-3006 option 1 (use event code 175569). All service charges are included in the ticket price. Online and Phone Purchases must be made by Friday, June 1st at 6:00PM.





PURE STYLE WITH THE EAST HAMPTON STUDIO

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THE HAMPTONS GOSSIP
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 East Hampton Studio




Long Island’s premier multimedia production and event venue is East Hampton Studio! Owner Michael Wudyka recently partnered with top event companies to offer the best all-in-one production services from leaders in the industry including: Empire Entertainment Incorporated, industry leader in promoting and producing headline concerts and events; BML Blackbird, full-service lighting video production service company; Ocean Productions, in-house production management and state-of-the-art sound service experts; Carlyle Off The Green, the premier caterer on Long Island; WVVH-TV Hamptons Television, reaching five million homes from New York to Montauk; Splashlight, top video and photography production services; In The Mixx, in-house TV and web series with exclusive coverage on celebrities, fashion, and events; and Enclave Inn, the premier Hamptons hotel with four locations.



The studio is an 18,400-square-foot facility located at 77 Industrial Road in Wainscott. This state-of-the-art media powerhouse is the largest indoor facility in Suffolk County and can hold 3,200 people plus seat up to 1,200 people. The facility houses WVVH-TV, a recording studio, a green room and an event stage. The studio is the perfect location to produce or host film and music videos, television series, private parties, events, concerts, art shows, photo shoots, fashion shows and more.



East Hampton Studio was initially built as a conceptual idea for East Hampton resident Alec Baldwin to house movie and TV productions that was to include Shortcut to Happiness with Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Anthony Hopkins. Although Shortcut to Happiness didn’t quite work out at the facility, East Hampton Studio became a favorite among the film and television industries. The studio has filmed many notable productions including: Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet; Paper Man with Lisa Kudrow, Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone; The Romantics with Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Adam Brody, Elijah Wood and Anna Paquin; Suburban Shootout directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starred Judy Greer, Kelly Preston and Michael Weaver ; AT&T Commercial with Tahlia, and was a final contender for the next season of America’s Got Talent with Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and East Hampton resident Howard Stern. The facility has also hosted numerous events including Hamptons International Film Industry events; Hamptons Rocks for Charity featuring Crosby, Stills and Nash; Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer 2011; The Creative Coalition; Wings Over Haiti; and The Hamptons Jams Concert Series featuring Blue Coupe, New Life Crisis and Sweet Cyanide. East Hampton Studio recorded a live album for Jimmy Buffet, who also prepped for a tour at the studio.



For More Visit www.easthamptonstudio.com.

LAURA CROFT HOSTS VEGAS BIKINI CONTEST

 Laura Croft



Laura Croft was snapped hosting the bikini contest at Pleasure Pool at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada the other day.



SKY BLU AND MISS USA 2011 IN LAS VEGAS

Sky Blu and Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella
 



Sky Blu and Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella pictured as SKY BLU kicks off his residency party, 'Who Came To Party?!" at Pure Nightlcub iin Las Vegas, NEVADA.


AARP CHATS WITH THE ORIGINAL DALLAS CAST

 The Original Dallas Cast



Iconic show “Dallas” is back in full force this summer, and so are its original stars! AARP The Magazine recently sat down with June/July cover stars Patrick Duffy, Larry Hagman, and Linda Gray, to discuss the old days as J.R., Bobby, and Sue Ellen, the new show, and what it’s like to return to the famed Ewing ranch!

Also, see below for a link to some exclusive behind the scenes shoot shenanigans!



On the new reboot: 


“The fun is just beginning."

"Let's be honest," says Duffy. "The only reason Dallas is being done now is because they can get J. R. back on the air. That character is as iconic as the ranch itself."


On why “Dallas” works even today:


"My theory," says Hagman, "is that everybody has a jerk like J.R. in the family, and they can identify with that." 


On the original “Dallas” cast: 


“"The turd doesn't fall far from the horse! The hardest part is sitting at the head of the table at Southfork, because Jim [Davis, playing Jock Ewing] always occupied that place — and the plots revolved around making Daddy proud." 


MARK WEINBERG SHOULD BEG POSNER TO STOP

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THE CHICAGO GOSSIP
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 Kathy Posner



Chicago is known not only for crooked politicians but also for a section on prestigious north Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile. The 12 block stretch contains the city’s largest shopping district with approximately 3,100,000 sq. ft. of retails shops (460 stores), 275 restaurants, 51 hotels and many cultural attractions. It is estimated that approximately 22,000,000 people visit the area annually. To paraphrase bank robber Willie Sutton, “That’s where the money is.” So besides shoppers and tourists, the area is a Mecca for panhandlers. But are they allowed to beg there? Is it their space also?


First some history. In 1991 the city enacted a panhandling ordinance. In 2001, on behalf of three beggars who had been arrested or ticketed over the years, Mark Weinberg, an attorney who represented the panhandlers, filed a suit in defense of their First Amendment right to beg. He later got the suit certified as a class-action. That ordinance was repealed in 2002.


In 2003, The City of Chicago settled the suit and the $500,000 the city had to pay was divided up with $375,000 going to the attorneys with the meager rest to the panhandlers. The nearly 5,000 members of the class-action were allowed to files claims for $400 if they had been arrested or $50 if they had been ticketed.


In 2004, Chicago passed a new panhandling ordinance. Under this version, panhandlers can be ticketed if they ask for money within 10 feet of bus stops, ATMs, currency exchanges or banks. They are barred from begging for money from people in restaurants, sidewalk cafes and gas stations. They cannot be overly aggressive, rude, use profanity or touch the person from whom they are begging. It also bars two or more panhandlers from soliciting money together.


The law does not place any geographic restriction on begging. So when Chicago police attempted to tell panhandlers that it was illegal to beg on Michigan Avenue the panhandlers did the smart thing. They secretly taped police officers telling them to move on.


That video formed the basis for another federal class-action suit and an emergency injunction was filed this week seeking to defend the beggars’ rights. “The Chicago Police Department is presently engaged in a constitutionally abusive practice of illegally removing panhandlers from select portions of Michigan Avenue by fraudulently telling them that it is illegal to panhandle there and threatening to arrest them if they do not move," reads the complaint.


And who is the civil rights attorney representing the panhandlers? The same Mark Weinberg who collected $375,000 in fees from the panhandling suit he won in 2003.


"People do find panhandlers a nuisance," attorney Mark Weinberg told ABC Chicago. "But, the question is, Do we sacrifice Constitution rights because we find them a nuisance? And my answer is no."


GET INTO THE HOT HAMPTONS DRIVERS SEAT

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 THE HAMPTONS CHEF

THE DRIVERS SEAT

62 Jobs Lane
Southampton Village, NY
(631) 283-6606

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 The Drivers Seat



A local favorite since its establishment in 1960, The Driver’s Seat embodies the effortless style of East End dining, perfect for those looking for the quintessential experience. Sunlit and airy, the eatery—now owned by restaurateur Irma Herzog—offers a menu of traditional American fare, peppered by a selection of International cuisine. With Executive Chef Hortensia Martinez at the wheel, guests will find classic summer favorites including: Lobster Roll Sandwich, New England style roll stuffed full with as all Lobster meat salad; Baked Clam Casserole, crab meat broiled with house blend; Mexican quesadillas and fajitas made with steak, chicken and shrimp, and their famous Driver’s Seat Burgers. Purchasing all of their ingredients from local farmers and preparing dishes onsite, The Driver’s Seat ensures Hampton locals and vacationers alike that they will enjoy the freshest dishes possible.



New for the 2011 summer season, The Driver’s Seat has revamped its interior with modern renovations and additions using owner Irma Herzog’s own personal aesthetic and vision. Redesigning the restaurants back patio, as well as landscaping a beautiful garden with live flowers, Irma has given The Driver’s Seat a refreshing change to a classic Hamptons staple. Perfect for afternoon drinks and refreshments during the summer months, The Driver’s Seat rear patio boasts an open-air backyard bar.



Open year round, seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the venue is a must visit during the week, offering indoor and outdoor Happy Hour from 5:00PM to 6:00PM—sure to be favorite cocktail include their signature Long Island Ice Tea, a Southampton favorite with The Driver’s Seat’s own sour mix—and Sunday Brunch with a complementary homemade Bloody Mary and or Mimosa from 11:30AM to 5:00PM.



For further information regarding The Driver’s Seat, please visit: www.thedriversseatrestaurant.com.






VERIZON IS THE EVIL UN-AMERICAN COMPANY

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Verizon can not even give good service in the Communications
capital of the world Times Square

Bitching By: James Edstrom
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 Un-American Verizon




I have had the week from hell with Verizon. After a wonderful trip to Dune Point Fire Island, I headed back to NYC. My Internet then went out in Times Square.



WHY I WENT TO VERIZON



I left RCN who labels themselves as the Communications Giant of the world because their Internet kept going out. Hundreds of times. I had tech guys here so many times for RCN, and the last straw with them was when their so-called tech guys were here three times in one month for the Internet and when my new bill came, they raised my rates. Not just a little, a huge rate increase.

I finally said to myself, enough is enough. When I called RCN, they went on and on what a great company they were and I just said goodbye. Paying almost $150 a month for TV and Internet was just too much for something that never worked right. I went to their store, returned the equipment and said farewell. Days later I got a nasty letter demanding payment for the rest of my bill or they would ruin my credit. As much as they did not deserve any payment, I went online and paid it, just to get rid of the company that claimed to be the Communications Giant Of The World and could not even provide Internet service in the communications capital of the world Times Square.



VERIZON HIRES IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND FIRES IN AMERICA AND THEIR INTERNET SUCKS


So I timed everything perfectly so Verizon would kick in and I could say goodbye to RCN. Right away the trouble started. I would be working and the Internet would go out. I would call Verizon and I got someone in India. Everytime I called Verizon, I got someone in India.


 I am not putting down anyone in India. This is not what this is about. They are nice people and tried to help, but I could not understand them with their accent. So as time is rolling along, the Internet keeps going in and out hundreds of times. I just ignored it, I was in no mood to call repair and wait online for someone from India, who I could not understand anyway.

I go away to Dune Point Fire Island for a wonderful trip. I am away almost a month and I come back to NYC refreshed and ready to work. Late last Thursday night the Internet goes out. My kid is complaining and I tell him it will come back on. I told him to wait for the morning and if it's not on, I will call Verizon. So we go to bed.

The next morning, nothing is working. I call Verizon. I get someone in India once again. They tell me to do this step and that step. I told them I did all of that before I called you and it's not working. They insist I do it all again. Un-plug the modern for a minute, restart the computer. I do it all again and still nothing. They do their checks and then tell me it's not on their end, it's in my apartment. I tell them it's not in my apartment. The Verizon Phone line is working. Everything is the same, nothing was touched, no wires, no cables, no nothing. I get dis-connected several times. Everytime I have to call back and listen to these recordings and wait and wait for hours at a time. The recordings are saying I can find out more information on the status of my Internet online at Verizon.com. Imagine that. I have no Internet and they are telling me to go to the Internet. Each and every call the robots ask for my phone number. I give it to them. After a hour or so, I get someone in India and they ask for my phone number. I say, "I gave that to your robot already". They insist I give it to them. 

So I now know what all these robot questions are all about. It's about keeping the customer busy so he thinks they are getting somewhere, when in reality they are getting no-where. The Un-American Indian representative insists they have to send someone to my apartment. As much as I argue, they want to send someone here. 

They make a appointment for yesterday. I was so upset, I have so much work to do and now I am expected to go without the Internet for almost a week. I was also worried they would not show, RCN did this so many times, I can not count. So I called almost everyday to confirm that they would be here Wednesday between 9am and 11am. After so many hours on the phone with India, they all confirmed my appointment. Tuesday night I am still worried. I have a afternoon doctors appointment that I could not really cancel on Wednesday, so I call them Tuesday night. They confirm their Verizon Tech guys would be there as planned and I could make my doctors appointment. I spent another two hours on the phone with India, but I thought it was worth it to make sure I had help coming. I tell my kid that we have to get to bed early so we can wake up. I thought all was well in Verizon land. How wrong I was!

We wake up early and start to move furniture so Verizon can get to the wires. 9am, 10am,11am and no one here. I call Verizon India again. Another hour on the phone. They say the tech guy was running late on another job and would be here. I demand to speak to someone in America. Almost another hour on the phone waiting. They do not hire many Americans anymore, so they had a hard time locating one. I speak to a Richard in California. He insists someone will be here. No one shows. I call again and insist to speak to someone in America. Another hour wasted while they try to find someone, but they found Richard again. He insists they are working on the problem and someone will be here. 

We wait and wait. Nothing. No Verizon, no updates. I call again and by this time I am yelling my ass off at these people in India. I want someone in America now. Another hour waiting, but they found their token American again Richard. He said they had decided the problem was in the office and not in my apartment. I hit the roof. I yelled about the least they could do was to inform me and not keep putting me through this crap. He said he was very sorry. I told him he would be sorry when Verizon replaced his job for someone in India too. The sad thing was, I think he knew this. The sound in his voice told me this. For now he was the token American for Verizon, but soon he could be the un-employed American.

Our token American Richard tells me the problem would be fixed by morning. I was livid. This all could have been done a week ago when I told them it was on their end and not mine. They were so insistent that it was my lines, I brought everything new and replaced everything, hoping that maybe they were right and my Internet would come back. I ran from store to store getting the right wires and spent money that I did not need too. Richard tells me how sorry he was, but he will be the one sorry when Verizon replaces him with someone in India.

 Late that evening I get a text, My Internet is working it says. It is not. Once again I call India, insist on someone from America, and they make me wait for another hour. I am ready to smash everything tech in my apartment and I get Richard once again. He says I have to set up all my computers once again and takes me through the steps. I complain that Verizon should have told me this in the text, but at this point I feel the Internet coming closer and I just want it up and running. Finally everything clicks in. Lights start blinking, Times Square Gossip is on the screen again, and I just want to start working as my readers must be wondering where we are. I say goodnight to my token Verizon American. 



THE END IN SIGHT



 I am looking at other ways to get the Internet in Times Square. We do not have many choices. The big companies have eaten up all the smaller companies and the FCC allows this. This gives us little choices. I am really considering filing a small claims case against Verizon. I had to cancel Doctors appointments and spend untold hours on the phone with people in India. I could not work and the aggravation caused was just a horror. I am sure when I call Verizon, they will tell me they will credit me with the time everything was out. This is not good enough. They need to be held accountable. 


DON'T HIRE AMERICANS AND YOU DO NOT HAVE AMERICAN CUSTOMERS



America is hurting. More and more American companies are hiring in other countries. What these big corporations do not understand, if Americans do not have a job, they can not afford their product. It is a sin that they want our business but they do not want to hire us. I never once got a American on the phone until I demanded it and then it took so long for them to find one. They are in reality cutting their own throats. Sooner or later it will all catch up with them. We won't have jobs and we won't be able to afford Verizon. Their outsourcing is a horror to Americans and it is time we speak up. I know it's hard, but it is time to leave these companies that do not hire American. By leaving these corporations, the job you save might be yours!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

THE REAL LAS VEGAS FACE BEHIND DEADMAU5

 Joel Zimmerman AKA DEADMAU5



Joel Zimmerman AKA DEADMAU5 performs at Encore Beach Club at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in Nevada.


KELLY CLARKSON'S HEALTHIEST NEW LOOK YET

 Kelly Clarkson



The new issue of Us Weekly, which looks at how Kelly Clarkson lost 30 pounds! After enduring constant weight scrutiny ever since she nabbed the inaugural American Idol crown in 2002, the 30-year-old has revealed her healthiest figure yet. Thanks to a five-days-a-week training schedule and a portion-control diet, the 5-foot-4 singer has shed a remarkable 30 pounds in the last six months. “She feels better about herself than she ever has,” a source says of Clarkson, now just 10 pounds away from her ultimate goal weight. And the Burleson, Texas, native has someone to celebrate with when her scale hits that dream number: her Nashville-based beau, Brandon Blackstock, 35. Clarkson credits the talent manager (son of her own longtime manager, Narvel, and stepson of Reba McEntire) with inspiring her slimdown. “No one likes to be not toned when you are dating someone,” she says. And when that someone is as encouraging as Blackstock, who manages Blake Shelton, staying motivated is a snap. Says the insider, “Brandon is the first guy ever who tells her how beautiful and sexy she is. She wants to look good for him.”


Kim Kardashian


Also there is a feature about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West continuing to defy naysayers as they flaunt their love. They “are the real deal,” says a confidant. “I’ve never seen her like this.” And now that West has won over the woman he’s told friends is his “dream girl,” he’s playing for keeps. “He waited for Kim,” says a West pal. “He knows they’re meant to be.” “They’re seriously talking marriage,” says the West pal, “and yes, she would.” He’s also hot to start a spinoff family of their own. “Kanye says he can’t wait to see her carrying his child,” says the source. “He says she will look beautiful pregnant.”



Also included below are this week’s Hot Stuff items which include the scoop on Simon Cowell being worried about Britney Spears’s behavior on The X Factor, Bachelorette Emily Maynard’s family feud, Mark Zuckerberg’s quirky honeymoon, and Tom Cruise’s less than stellar bowling skills.




HOT STUFF



Simon Cowell



SIMON COWELL: Worried About Brit

The erratic, “zoning out” pop star has Cowell concerned

Oops, she did it again: Britney Spears is back to behaving badly! An insider says The X Factor creator Simon Cowell is already anxious about Spears’ unpredictable behavior. “He wonders if hiring her was a mistake,” says the source. The trouble began May 24 at auditions in Austin. “When a contestant botched her hit ‘Hold It Against Me,’ she just left,” says a witness. “She missed the next four auditions. People weren’t sure if she was coming back.” (Spears, 30, later tweeted: “LOL was just taking a little break people.”) Another issue? Her judging style. A witness says that while Cowell, 52, L.A. Reid, 56, and Demi Lovato, 19, critiqued contestants, Spears “always said nice things, even telling one mediocre singer he could be ‘bigger than Justin Bieber.’ Simon was shocked!” While an X Factor insider counters, “Simon doesn’t regret hiring Britney, and as a judge, she had strong opinions,” the first source cautions, “I don’t know how she’s going to handle the live shows!”



Her Family Feud


As Emily Maynard’s love life heats up on The Bachelorette, her family ties are cooling off. The parents of her late fiancé, Ricky Hendrick, are “livid” the mother, 26, of their granddaughter Ricki, 6, has returned to reality TV. “When Emily first went on The Bachelor, they weren’t pleased, but they supported her,” a source tells Hot Stuff. “Now that she went back, they’re not speaking.” And though another insider insists, “The family has a great relationship with her,” the source maintains, “This is really not the way they saw Emily’s future.”



MARK ZUCKERBERG: His Quirky Honeymoon!


What’s not to “like”? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, worth $19 billion when his company went public May 18, put his money to work during his Italian honeymoon with Priscilla Chan. The couple, who wed on May 19, stayed at Rome’s $1,000-a-night Portrait Suites hotel before flying, via private jet, to Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. But Zuckerberg, 28, and the med school grad, 27, also made some budget-friendly buys. The newlyweds spent just $40 at kosher eatery Nonna Betta on May 26. “They shared a plate of ravioli,” owner Umberto Pavoncello tells Us, adding that instead of celebrating with cocktails, the couple sipped water and tea!



Tom’s Problem With the Pins


How does Tom Cruise roll? Apparently, right into the gutter! When the Rock of Ages cast hit Miami’s Lucky Strike for a wrap party last summer, the star, 49, totally tanked. “He was horrible,” says a witness, adding that the actor threw zeroes on many frames. Still, the source adds that when he joked with Cruise about his score, “he just looked at me and smiled!”



SNEAK PEAK AT 'TRIASSIC PARQ THE MUSICAL''

Triassic Parq The Musical Cast



Walter McBride got a sneak peak at the 'Triassic Parq The Musical' Rehearsal at the CAP21 Studios in New York City the other day.


WYCLEF JEAN ADDED TO SUMMERSTAGE GALA

 Wyclef Jean



City Parks Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce the SummerStage Gala, an annual fundraising event that supports CPF’s free year-round arts programming. The SummerStage Gala will take place held at Rumsey Playfield on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. This special event will pay tribute to The Music of Jimi Hendrix, featuring the legendary guitarist and musician’s songs as performed by an eclectic group of well established musical legends and up and coming stars.

Featuring an intriguing mix of soul, funk, bossa nova, jazz and folk singers, this unique night of performances is sure to thrill with unique interpretations of numerous classics from Jimi Hendrix’s famed catalogue of songs.

The performance component of the gala is produced by Michael Dorf, who has successfully produced a series of similar tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall over the past decade.


Artists



Bebel Gilberto • G. Love & Special Sauce •Amel Larrieux Living Colour • The Roots • John Scofield • Keller Williams • Wyclef

Plus other special guests

Featuring Soulive as house band

Seated Concert Tickets Available Starting at $50



For event information, including ticket sales, please visit: www.summerstage.org or contact Shahna Sherwood at 212-360-8170, or by email at SSherwood@CityParksFoundation.org.

A cocktail party for table purchasers will begin at 6:00 PM in the pergola area. Tables of ten will be provided with a full dinner starting at 7:00 PM. Concert will begin at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:00pm for bleacher ticket purchasers. Bleacher seats for the concert are available for purchase for $50. SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield (72nd Street, mid-park).



DINING AT NEW YORK'S BAHRCHE RESTAURANT

 bahrche-nyc



A new addition to the contemporary wine bar scene, showcases its comprehensive selection using dramatic wine walls resembling a wine cellar and displaying nearly 1,500 varieties of wines from around the world. This new downtown wine haven located on the ground floor of the Gwathmey Siegel apartment complex at 26 Astor Place, features exotic cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras and an assortment of amazing desserts and chocolates sourced from some of the best purveyors in the New York City metro area including D’Artagan, Murray’s Cheese, and Bouchon Bakery.



Owner Camille Glickman teamed up with Richard Bloch, a James Beard Award-winning architect and principal of RBA, an interior design firm in New York City, to create the perfect wine bar. The result is a cleanly-designed space that is unique, contemporary and subtly elegant. Master Sommelier, Fred Dexheimer has also contributed his expertise and experience to the creation of bahr |ché. Well known in the industry, Dexheimer is credited as a taster, commentator, contributor, panelist, and is featured in many of the world's leading wine publications including “The New York Times”, “Food and Wine,” “Wine and Spirits,” “Wine Spectator,” “Beverage Media,” “Food Arts,” “Sommelier Journal” and “Wine Enthusiast”.



bahr | ché offers its customers a diverse, expansive wine list and a relaxing atmosphere; making it more than just a quaint wine bar. bahr | ché’s amazing wines and paired meals, include Lobster and Black Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Warm Goat Cheese Salad, Warm Japanese Eggplant and Salmon Tartar Duo. bahr | ché reinvented the traditional wine bar, offering custom created plates that leave the palette craving more from bahr | ché’s expansive list of international wines.



bahr | ché’s warm décor, and cozy atmosphere make it the perfect destination for a fun night out, or a romantic evening with a loved one. Discover bahr | ché and experience one of the 1,500 wines they have to offer.



For more information about Bahr Ché please visit www.bahrche-nyc.com.

Monday, May 28, 2012

DAVID GUETTA SPINS AT ENCORE BEACH CLUB

Lil' Jon and David Guetta



Lil' Jon and David Guetta pictured as David Guetta performed at Encore Beach Club in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.



Friday, May 25, 2012

OPENING NIGHT FOR THE COMMON PURSUIT

 Lucas Near-Verbrugghe With Kristen Bush



The stars were snapped during the Opening Night Curtain Call for The Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway Production of 'The Common Pursuit' at the Laura Pels Theatre in New York City.


AFROJACK AT VEGAS SURRENDER NIGHTCLUB

 Afrojack



Afrojack performed at Surrender Nightclub at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. This holiday weekend is hot in Sin City!


DRAMA DESK ANNOUNCES STAR PRESENTERS

Bernadette Peters



James Earl Jones
The Drama Desk Awards are thrilled to announce the lineup of presenters for this year’s awards ceremony, hosted by Brooke Shields and Drama Desk winner Brian d'Arcy James. The presenters represent many different aspects of the New York theater community including Broadway royalty: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Bernadette Peters; award winning dramatists: Doug Wright and Rick Elice; legendary composers: Maury Yeston, William Finn; heralded directors: Roger Rees, Alex Timbers; celebrated designers: Peggy Eisenhauer; revered orchestrators: Jonathan Tunick; valued members of the New York theater scene: Oskar Eustis, Jenny Gersten; and, of course, popular performers: Martha Plimpton, John Larroquette, Julie Halston. The 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 8PM at The Town Hall.

The Drama Desk nominees were announced at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on April 27 and celebrated at an exclusive Nominees’ Reception on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Oceana Restaurant in Manhattan. The 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 West 43th Street) in Manhattan. This year’s award show is being written by cast album producer, playwright, and two-time Drama Desk Award winner Bill Rosenfield and directed by multi-award winning director Mark Waldrop (Divine Miss Millennium Tour, When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends). Executive Producer Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania, will present the awards ceremony with Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone in association with Renee McCurry. TheaterMania has engaged Joey Parnes Productions to produce and manage the event.


JULIANNA MARGULIES WEARS REED KRAKOFF

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Julianna Margulies



Superstar actress Julianna Margulies wore a custom Reed Krakoff gown to the premiere of "Cosmopolis" at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival the other evening. This actress really knows how to light up a red carpet!



Photo Courtesy Of: Getty Images

CYBILL SHEPHERD ON 'HOT IN CLEVELAND'

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“HOT IN CLEVELAND”
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 AT 10:00 PM ET/PT
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 Hot In Cleveland



When Victoria (Wendie Malick) wants to turn her canceled soap opera into an app, she has to get the series creator, Apryl (Cybill Shepherd)on board. They enlist the cast, including the actor who played Honor St. Raven’s ex-husband (Barry Bostwick), to film a new episode picking up where the finale left off.



Guest Stars: Cybill Shepherd (“The Client List”), Barry Bostwick (“Cougar Town”)


Photo Courtesy Of: TV Land

THE HELEN HAYES THEATRE AT 100 YEARS OLD

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Tony Roberts



Roslyn Kind



Sarah Jones


Michele Mais


Harvey Fierstein With Martin Markinson



 Harvey Fierstein



The Little Helen Hayes Theatre Celebrated 100 years at a Reception at Sardi's in New York City yesterday. The famed theatre was named for the actress Helen Hayes.


THE STARS SIGN UP FOR TV LAND'S SOUL MAN

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 Kim Coles



Tamar and Trina Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”), Anthony Anderson (“Law & Order”), Sherri Shepherd (“The View”), Robert Forster (“Jackie Brown”) and Kim Coles (“Living Single”) will guest star on the first season of TV Land’s new series “The Soul Man,” starring Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash, premiering Wednesday, June 20 at 10pm ET/PT on TV Land.

Anthony Anderson has been tapped to appear this season as Sweet Brown, Boyce’s (Cedric) old music-writing partner. Brown visits St. Louis to help Boyce get over his writer’s block for an upcoming sermon, but ends up pulling Boyce back into his old R&B star habits.

Shepherd will guest star as Sherie, Lolli’s (Nash) cousin who is always up to no good. Trina and Tamar Braxton will play Rose and Catherine Pinkney, sisters who audition for the church choir only to find out that they are both dating Stamps (Wesley Johnathan), Boyce’s handsome younger brother.

Kim Coles makes an appearance as Wanda, a church-going woman who stops by Lolli’s salon hoping to get a special shampoo that all the ladies are raving about. Finally, Robert Forster will guest star as Father Ignatius, the head of a St. Louis clergy organization that seems to closely resemble the mob.

“The Soul Man” revolves around R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, who was living the high life in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts when he decided to go from soul singer to soul saver. Relocating to St. Louis with his wife, Lolli, and daughter, Lyric (Jazz Raycole), to preach in his father’s church, his family isn’t exactly eager to give up the fabulous superstar life for a humble one. The sitcom also stars John Beasley (“Everwood”) as Boyce’s father, and Wesley Johnathan (“What I Like About You”) as his brother. “The Soul Man” is a spin-off of TV Land’s hit sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.”

Cedric “The Entertainer” and Suzanne Martin (“Hot in Cleveland”) will serve as executive producers for “The Soul Man,” along with Eric Rhone. Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions are also executive producers for “The Soul Man.” Keith Cox and Larry W. Jones will be executive producers for TV Land. Phoef Sutton (“Cheers”) is the showrunner and Stan Lathan (“The Steve Harvey Show”) serves as the director. The series is filmed in front of a live studio audience.

NICK OFFERMAN STOPS BY NYC MLB FAN CAVE

 Nick Offerman



Coinciding with "New Era Thursdays" at the MLB Fan Cave, Nick Offerman (sporting new blond hair and goatee) dropped by the MLB Fan Cave in New York City Thursday.



Offerman met the nine MLB Fan Cave Dwellers who are competing in a season-long series of challenges with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the 2012 World Series. Following his tour of the MLB Fan Cave, Offerman discussed his role in New Era's 2012 Rivals campaign.

NEW SINGAPORE RESTAURANT IN MURRAY HILL

 Singapore



After successfully opening two Little Thai Kitchen restaurants in Connecticut and Dhaba, Chola and Bhojan in New York City, restaurateur Shiva Natarajan is has opened Singapura, in Murray Hill.



The modern city-state of Singapore, is a melting pot of Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and Indian cultures and what both New York and Singapore have in common, besides their frenetic pace and diverse inhabitants, is their love for food. Located in New York City, at 106 Lexington Avenue, Singapura offers a little slice of Singapore in New York City.



The cuisine in Singapore is as diverse as Singaporeans themselves, who are composed of four major races, which are further divided into many different subgroups based on geography, religion, and language. Thus, a Singaporean meal offers the unique possibility of enjoying great Malaysian, Hakka Chinese, Indian and Thai food - sometimes a combination of two or three cuisines in one meal itself.


Singapura’s menu offers a window into this diversity and draws inspiration from the varied traditions that make up Singapore. Uniquely paired meals such as Kari Ayam, a classic Malaysian coconut curry accompanied by chicken on the bone, and Sarawak Sambal Udang, a red chili paste with ginger and coconut cream, guarantee patrons will return craving more. Owner Natarajan intends to bring his critically acclaimed restaurant standards to his latest venture, while providing the same high quality and authentic Asian cuisine.

For more information on Singapura, please visit www.singapuranyc.com.


PSYCHIC THOMAS JOHN'S ABC'S OF MEDIUMSHIP

 The ABC's Of Mediumship



Psychic Medium and Clairvoyant Thomas John will teach a series of courses, The ABCs of Mediumship: Communicating with the Other Side, on June 5, 12, 19 & 26, from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Meta Center in New York City. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to communicate with the dead? Where have your loved ones gone after they passed? What messages they have for you? Then this is the course for you!



Throughout the course, Psychic Medium Thomas John will teach the basics of communicating with spirit and enhancing one’s abilities to connect with those who have passed on. The goal of this course will be to teach an individual to connect with loved ones, as well as the loved ones of others. The course will begin with a review of theory and evidence for the survival of the consciousness, as well as a brief history of the field of mediumship. From there, basic techniques will be taught that can enhance one’s own abilities. Psychic and mediumship exercises will be incorporated throughout and the course will conclude with the students sitting in a spirit circle and delivering messages.


Psychic Medium Thomas John is an internationally regarded psychic sensation who has conducted hundreds of readings across the country and beyond. His clients have included Wall Street moguls, doctors, and lawyers as well as several high-profile celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Courtney Cox. His readings are known for their incredible accuracy and specific detail, and provide unequivocal evidence of the survival of consciousness.


ABOUT THOMAS JOHN: Thomas John is a psychic medium and clairvoyant, as well as a published author and life coach. As of 2010, Thomas has exclusively focused his efforts on mediumship and psychic advice. He maintains a full time, private practice dedicated to psychic mediumship where he helps individuals around the world connect with loved ones on the Other Side. Thomas’ talents have also been featured in national media outlets.


For more information about Thomas John, please visit www.mediumthomas.com.



WHEN: June 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2012

6:30PM – 8:30PM

WHERE: Meta Center
214 W 29th Street # 16

New York City

TICKETS: $150 Enrollment Fee

Limited Enrollment to 15 Students

JIM KERR Q104.3 DEDICATION OF GROUP HOME

 Jim Kerr



Q104.3, New York’s Classic Rock, announced today that its morning show host, Jim Kerr, was honored by HeartShare Human Services of New York during a house dedication ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. HeartShare, a nonprofit organization that provides residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities, will name one of its group homes for adults the Jim Kerr House.



Kerr hosts the Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show weekday mornings from 5-9:00 a.m. on Q104.3. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for HeartShare Human Services of New York since 1987. To celebrate Kerr’s 25 years of dedication and commitment to the nonprofit organization, HeartShare will name one of its group homes for adults with developmental disabilities the Jim Kerr House. HeartShare Human Services of New York has 28 group homes and 35 supported apartments, in addition to all of its other services. The Jim Kerr House opened in 2002 in Flushing, Queens and is home to six women with developmental disabilities.



“We felt that Jim’s years of devotion to HeartShare warranted this special recognition,” said HeartShare’s President and CEO William R. Guarinello. “Jim’s involvement in the house will be as steadfast and engaging as his role on the Board of Directors. HeartShare is proud to have Jim’s name on one of our homes.”



“Jim is one of the most humble and modest people you'll ever meet, especially given his professional and civic accomplishments and contributions,” said Joe Puglise, President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York. “Jim is not only an institution in New York City radio, but he is also a model public servant. We're thrilled to have him on the Q104.3 team entertaining listeners and serving the local community.”


Photo Courtesy Of: David Salidor Company 

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