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TIMES SQUARE NEW YEARS EVE NYC 2015 LIVE

Times Square Live New Years Eve 2015



Have a great New Years Eve 2015 from the heart of New York City Times Square.

NEW YEARS LIVE WEBCAST ON TIMES SQUARE GOSSIP

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**** NEW YORK'S NEW YEARS EVE ****




Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, announced today that revelers across the globe will again be able to experience the excitement of the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration via a six-hour, live commercial-free webcast. The sixth annual webcast will cover the action and festivities in Times Square, beginning with the Ball Raising at 6 p.m. EST, plus live musical performances, hourly countdowns, behind-the-scenes stories, and star-studded interviews as anticipation builds towards the midnight countdown and the famous Ball Drop. Last year’s worldwide webcast was watched by more than 1.5 million unique viewers representing nearly 200 countries.


The Times Square New Year’s Eve webcast, enabled by Ustream, will feature musical performances by popular rock group O.A.R. who will perform several hit songs including “Peace” from their new album and deliver the traditional performance of “Im…

THE HUGH HEFNER DEATH STORY IS A PURE HOAX

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**** THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. HARDING ****



DEEP ROLLING --- Adele, who rarely tweets or is spotted in public, took to Twitter on Sunday to deny a report about an alleged breakup with longtime partner Simon Konecki.


The 26-year-old Grammy-winning "Rolling in the Deep" and "Rumor Has It" singer and her beau of some three years share a 2-year-old son, Angelo. On Saturday, the U. K. tabloid The Sun reported that the pair was no longer living together, sparking split rumors.


"Just wanted to wish everyone happy holidays & all the best for 2015! PS Simon & I are still very much together, don't believe what you read," Adele said via Twitter in what marked her first tweet in almost three months.


Konecki has not commented.


Adele's most recent album, the 2011 record 21, which contains songs such as "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You," was famously inspired by a past breakup. The album won six Grammys and the singer…

NIECY NASH TALKS TO CLOSER ABOUT VERY HARD LIFE

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Niecy Nash may be one of the hardest-working women in show business with three TV shows on the air — The Soul Man, Getting On and The Mindy Project — but getting to where she is hasn’t been easy.


“In 1985, I found my mother after she was shot by her boyfriend. In 1993, I buried my brother, and in 2006 I got divorced after 16 years,” Niecy tells Closer in an exclusive interview.


Her mother survived, but after the shooting death of Niecy’s younger brother, she went into a deep depression. “When my brother was killed, my mother was in a severe depression, and one day before my 23rd birthday, I was at a loss and didn’t know what to do,” Niecy recalls to Closer. “What I did know was I had the ability to make my mother laugh.”


And it worked. “She went from lying in the bed to sitting up in the bed. Then one day I came in to do my act and she wasn’t in bed,” she explains. “Turns out she was in the living room and invited the neighbors to see me do stand-up. That is when I knew I had a gift …

NEW YORK CITY CINEMA VILLAGE SHOWS 'THE INTERVIEW'

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New York City's Cinema Village announced the other day that it will open the most discussed movie of the year, THE INTERVIEW, directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It opened on Thursday, December 25th as Manhattan's exclusive venue. The independently run theater and cinematic first-responder, located at 22 East 12th Street (between 5th Avenue and University), joins 200 theaters across the nation to show the film after the major chains continued to refuse to show it. The film will be shown daily at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:05 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. Tickets are available now through www.cinemavillage.com.


Davd Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen) are the team behind the popular tabloid-TV show "Skylark Tonight". After learning that North Korea's Kim Jong Un (Randall Park) is a huge fan of the show, they successfully set up an interview with him, hoping to legitimize themselves as actual journalis…

JEAN AND MARTIN SHAFIROFF HOLIDAY AT MAR A LAGO

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Jean Shafiroff and Martin Shafiroff were guests of Anka Palitz at Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach on Christmas Day. Mar-A-Lago is the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

STAGGERING LOSS OF WOODSTOCK LEGEND JOE COCKER

**** THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. HARDING ****

Joe Cocker In Concert


RIP JOE --- What a staggering loss Joe Cocker is to everyone who loved his voice, his career and his inspiration. I first became aware of him through his participation at Woodstock and his singular voice and continued to love everything he did; his work with Leon Russell and his 48-city Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tour (1969-1971), which drummer Jim Keltner described as a big, wild party) just off the charts. He passed at 70 from a long bout with cancer; but, as one critic posited, He did a lot of living in those 70 years. Major, major loss for the industry and the world.


Paul McCartney said, “It’s really sad to hear about Joe’s passing. He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and like many people I loved his singing. I was especially pleased when he decided to cover ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and I remember him and Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Saville Row and playing me what they’d re…

GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! TO RING NASDAQ BELL

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GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!!, Off-Broadway’s Auction-Packed Comedy, is set to preside over the opening bell at NASDAQ MarketSite this Friday, December 26th at 9:30 AM. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the 7-story tall NASDAQ video tower looming over Times Square at Broadway & 43rd Street. GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! opened on October 15th to rave reviews at St. Luke’s Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District.


Written by Brian Jaffe and directed by Eric Parness, this theatrical event is a hilarious interactive parody of the prestigious world of art auctions. Go behind the scenes at Chump’s Auction House, an unscrupulous world featuring an array of engaging scoundrels. Collect your bidding paddles & fortune in Chump Money at the door and then join in the auction: you can bid, laugh and (possibly) get swindled! The lucky high bidders actually take home the “objets d'artes.”


Featured in the cast of GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! are Elaine Baez, Breena Beck, Benjami…

PHILANTHROPIST JEAN SHAFIROFF HOSTS HOLIDAY FETE

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Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff hosted an intimate holiday lunch on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Michael’s New York for friends including Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Richard Johnson, Geoffrey Bradfield, Hunt Slonum, Sharon Bush, Lord William Cavendish, Liliana Cavendish, Christopher Pape, Felicia Taylor, Catherine Sabino of Gotham Magazine, Randi Schatz of Avenue, Ann Rapp, Lee Fryd and Rita Cosby. A donation on behalf of each guest was made in honor of New York Women’s Foundation and its support services for exploited, harassed and domestically trafficked girls and women.

FINAL TWO WEEKS FOR BROADWAYS HIT SHOW 'PIPPIN'

**** THE GREAT WHITE WAY ****

Pippin On Broadway




Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying Tony Award winning hit musical Pippin is now in its final two weeks of performances at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street, NYC). The production will play its final show on Sunday, January 4, 2015 after 709 performances and 37 previews. The Pippin national tour is now playing in cities across the US and future productions are planned for London, Australia and Amsterdam. For more information, visit www.PippinTheMusical.com.


With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography in the style of Bob Fosse by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker and circus creations by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). This all-new production had its debut at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, playing December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013…

SANTA CLAUS & RONNIE THE LIMO DRIVER @ RICK'S

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**** DINING AT RICK'S CABARET ****



Santa Claus made a surprise visit to Rick's Cabaret New York, the upscale gentlemen’s club known for its stunning array of over 100 exotic dancers daily. He said that he could only stay for a few lap dances because he still had much work to do at the North Pole.

Rick's Cabaret Girl Veronica said, "He looked very familiar. I think it was really Ronnie the Limo Driver from the Howard Stern Show wearing a Santa costume. In fact, I'm sure of it, but I don't want to disillusion the other girls."

"Ronnie, I mean Santa, enjoyed dinner with some friends in the Rick's Cabaret Steakhouse on the 2nd floor, and then they went to the VIP Balcony Lounge, seated right next to a group of athletes, and everyone got tons of dances from the girls," explained Rick's Cabaret Girl Jessica.

"Santa asked me if I was naughty or nice," purred Rick's Cabaret Girl Kylie. "I told him that I was naughty and he sm…

MADONNA'S NEW ALBUM REBEL HEART #1 ON ITUNES

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**** THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. HARDING ****


REALLY MADONNA? --- I knew it wasn’t an accident - Madonna and her manager Guy Oseary– have made the songstress’ forthcoming album Rebel Heart album number 1 on iTunes even though it can only be pre-ordered until its release in 11 weeks.


The leaks of pre-completion tracks from the forthcoming album were said to have been hacked – but, I wondered if it was just an elaborate plan … and, turns out, it was!


"Living for Love", "Devil Pray", "Ghost town," "Unapologetic Bitch", "Illuminati" and "Bitch, I'm Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj)," are up now at iTunes for purchase with the rest of the forthcoming album scheduled for release on March 10. The tracks are also available for streaming on all services.


Producers on the album include Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard and Madonna herself, and was recorded in New York, Los Angeles and London.


Madonna said on her website:


“I was hopin…

JEAN SHAFIROFF & GEORGINA BLOOMBERG'S STYLE

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**** HIGH SOCIETY FASHION ****







The New York Botanical Gardens Winter Wonderland Gala that took place recently at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. The event brought out glamour and excitement. Jean Shafiroff and Georgina Bloomberg looked stunning at this event. Miss Shafiroff's gown was designed by Victor de Souza. Pure fashion and class at this yearly fete.



About The New York Botanical Garden




The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum and, since its founding in 1891, has served as an oasis in this busy metropolis.


As a National Historic Landmark, this 250-acre site's verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections. Each year 900,000 visitors enjoy the Garden not only for its remarkable diversity of tropical, temperate, and desert flora, but also for programming that ranges from renowned exhibitions in the Haupt Conservatory to festivals on Daffodil Hill.



The Garden is also a major educational institution. More than 300,…

DEBBIE GIBSON SINGS AT CO-CATHEDRAL OF ST.JOSEPH

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**** THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. HARDING ****


CHRISTMAS GIBSON --- In the middle of rather hectic (and, somewhat surreal) Xmas season, we took pause and went out to Prospect Heights in Brooklyn last night to see a special holiday concert featuring none other than Debbie Gibson at The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.


The pop-princess captivated the attendees with a mix of Xmas-delights (featuring her patented two dancers on several numbers) and performed two new songs, which to my studied ear, were just dazzling. Her current style, more cabaret than ever before, but simply terrific.


I was deeply invested in Gibson’s early pop career –she stills holds the record for the youngest performer ever to have written, performed, and produced a #1 pop record- and she delighted critics and audiences alike with magnificent performances in Beauty And The Beast; Cabaret; Grease; as well as being a formidable cast member on Celebrity Apprentice; and, this summer was on the questionable reality show S…

MUMMENSCHANZ @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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**** HOLIDAY FAVORITES ****



Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Mummenschanz, Friday, January 30th 2015 at 8 PM. Purchase tickets to see the pioneering performers at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030. 


Since its three year run on Broadway, the Swiss theater troupe Mummenschanz has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has since spawned multiple new genres reclaiming their legacy. Formed by founding members Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, MUMMENSCHANZ has since inspired generations of show-goers across five continents over four decades. The 'stories' told are unique in that they have no sound or music; the language of Mummenschanz is universal.


In the wordless universe of MUMMENSCHANZ, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials, everyday objects (like toilet paper) and colorful abstract shapes and forms like the famous “Clay Masks,” “Slinky Man” and “Giant …

SKRILLEX TO PLAY LIGHTS ALL NIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL

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**** HOLIDAY CONCERTS ****



Just one day after Christmas, Santa gives Texas EDM fans what they really want when the two-day LIGHTS ALL NIGHT extravaganza takes over the Dallas Convention Center on Friday, December 26 and Saturday, December 27. Featuring headliners such as SKRILLEX, ZEDD, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, DISCLOSURE (DJ set) and more, it’s bound to illuminate the Lone Star State like never before. The set times for LIGHTS ALL NIGHT, Texas’ largest electronic music festival produced by Highland Concerts and MCP Presents, have officially been unveiled.


LIGHTS ALL NIGHT will feature over 40 top-tier electronic artists over two stages with cutting-edge LED and lighting designs encompassing much of each room, dramatically adding to the overall music experience, as well as two silent discos, enhanced VIP and bar areas, elevated and reserved table service with prime sightlines to stages. In addition, premier electronic cigarette manufacturer, blu eCigs, an official sponsor of LIGHTS ALL NIGH…

LIBERACE HOLOGRAM TO COME ALIVE IN LAS VEGAS

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In a move that is the first of its kind, Hologram USA announces its partnership with the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts to produce a full scale, long running hologram show featuring Liberace. While most recent hologram projects have been short one time appearances, this will be the first to use Hologram USA’s patented technology to present a life-like experience for fans in a feature length, live show format. As Mr. Showmanship said himself, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.”


Coming off the huge success of Hologram USA’s Jimmy Kimmel Live hologram on ABC, this is the first of a whole slate of celebrity resurrection projects that the company will announce over the next 30 days.


All will use the same technology that created the famous Tupac Shakur Coachella hologram which sparked the demand for audience to experience HD, 3D performances by beloved stars. (Hologram USA controls the North American license for the technology).

MADAME TUSSAUDS HUNGER GAMES KATNISS EVERDEEN

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**** STARS IMMORTALIZED IN WAX ****



Madame Tussauds Hollywood today revealed its newest figure, Katniss Everdeen, protagonist of the worldwide phenomenon The Hunger Games franchise, in its own immersed backdrop.


Following the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Madame Tussauds has also launched wax likenesses of Katniss, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, at its New York and London attractions.

Hollywood’s figure portrays Katniss’ in her hunting outfit, which she wears in the second installment of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Teamed with her iconic brown leather hunting jacket, are dark charcoal trousers, knee-length tie-up leather brown boots, plus brown leather quiver (arrow bag) and trademark bow. Her hair is also styled in her iconic braid.

HELEN MIRREN COMES TO BROADWAY IN 'THE AUDIENCE'

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**** COMING TO BROADWAY IN 2015 ****



The producers of Peter Morgan’s Broadway-bound The Audience, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, announced today that Dakin Matthews and Rod McLachlan will take on the roles of Winston Churchill and Gordon Brown, respectively. Stephen Daldry directs the limited engagement at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Previews begin February 17; opening night is March 8. The production runs through June 28, 2015.


The Audience cast is Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth II), Dylan Baker (John Major), Geoffrey Beevers (The Queen’s Equerry), Michael Elwyn (Sir Anthony Eden), Judith Ivey (Margaret Thatcher), Dakin Matthews (Winston Churchill), Richard McCabe (Harold Wilson), Rod McLachlan (Gordon Brown), Rufus Wright (David Cameron), Anthony Cochrane (Cecil Beaton / Detective / Bishop), Graydon Long (Footman / Beefeater), Jason Loughlin (Footman / Beefeater), Michael Rudko (Ensemble), Henny Russell (Queen's Secretary), Tracy Sallows (Bobo…

LISA LOEB IN ATLANTIC THEATER'S CAMP KAPPAWANNA

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**** NEW YORK'S OFF BROADWAY ****



Atlantic for Kids presents the New York premiere of Camp Kappawanna, a new family musical featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award® nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty, directed by Atlantic Acting School Artistic Director Alison Beatty, choreographed by MK Lawson (Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money) with musical direction by Nate Weida (Ivy + Bean The Musical).


Camp Kappawanna will play every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. beginning Saturday, March 21, 2015 through Sunday, April 12, 2015, with two weekday performances at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8 and Friday, April 10 at Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street between 8 and 9 Avenues). Running time is approximately one hour with no intermission.


Following the misadventures of 12-year old Jennifer Jenkins, an awkward and adorable 12-year-old kid, Camp Kappawanna portrays the fear and excitement of leaving home for the first time. This …

JESSE VENTURA AGREES WITH BARACK OBAMA ON CUBA

**** OFF THE GRID ****


Jesse Ventura On Cuba


Jesse Ventura agrees with President Obama: it is time to end an outdated approach.


On his online-only show, "Off The Grid," the former Minnesota governor explains --


"The embargo was put in place [in 1962].They felt hopefully the citizens of Cuba would rise up and overthrow Fidel and his dictatorship," said Ventura. "Well, clearly it hasn't happened. It's been 50 years. All we are doing is hurting the Cuban people through this whole ordeal. Do you think Fidel has missed one sandwich? I don't think so."


Jesse Ventura explained that 52 percent of the American people support ending the embargo. In Florida, where there is the highest percentage of Cuban-Americans, 64 percent of adults said it's time for the embargo to be lifted. Even Governor Rick Scott feels that normalizing economic ties with Cuba will bring greater financial gains to Florida.


If lifting the embargo "helps both of our economies…