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SARAH MICHELLE GELLER TALKS IN LIBERTY PROJECT

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Dallas, TX, June 30, 2015 – The Liberty Project unveiled its new website today, libertyproject.com. At launch, there are more than 120 original works and personal accounts from emerging writers, photographers and artists, as well as stories from today’s top thought leaders, experts and personalities.



Among the celebrated contributors, author and fashion journalist Lauren Scruggs Kennedy writes a personal account of discovering what beauty means to her, following an accident in which she lost her left eye and hand. Recalling a particularly impactful moment with her now husband Jason Kennedy, she writes, “It took me six months to show Jason my arm with out my prosthesis on . . . But Jason found a way to make feel brave, and to make this a loving, gentle experience.”




Also opening up, actor Sarah Michelle Gellar, known for her roles in television and film, writes about her new roles: mom, wife and cook. In Gellar's piece, she shares: "'The kitchen is the heart of the home.&#…

AVRIL LAVIGNE TALKS TO ABC NEWS ON LYME DISEASE

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This morning on “Good Morning America” singer Avril Lavigne sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Jesse Palmer to discuss her debilitating Lyme disease diagnosis.



Singer Avril Lavigne said she’s seeing progress in her treatment for Lyme disease, which struck her last year while she was on tour.


Her treatment regimen has included multiple antibiotics and ample rest.


“I'm about halfway through my treatment,” the Canadian singer said in an interview with ABC News’ Jesse Palmer. "I'm doing a lot better. Seeing a lot of progress. ... I'm just really grateful to know that, like, I will make [a] 100 percent recovery."


Lavigne, 30, said trying to get a diagnosis was the worst time of her life.


“I literally became bedridden last October,” the “Complicated” singer said, adding that she saw multiple specialists who failed to get to the root of the problem. “They would pull up their computer and be like, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome.’ Or, ‘Why don't you try to…

JANE FONDA & LILY TOMLIN PERFECT IN GRACE & FRANKIE

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



SQUIRE PASSES --- We’ve lost so many music greats this year, but over the weekend we lost a true, true music giant; bassist-extraordinaire Chris Squrie, co- founder of Yes, at 67 from a rare form of leukemia.


Current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes first tweeted the news, "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire."


Yes confirmed Squire's death on their official Facebook page. "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona, in the arms of his loving wife Scotty,” wrote the band.


"For the entirety of Yes' existence, Chris was the band's linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-pla…

NEW YORK SOCIETY'S EXCITING TELEVISION PROJECT

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Jean Shafiroff, Suzette Charles and Flo Anthony were snapped outside of Swiftys on the Upper East Side the other evening. The women are getting ready for their upcoming TV show. We can't wait!

REAL HOUSEWIVES LISA RINNA KICKS OFF GAY PRIDE

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna hosted the sixth annual Barefoot Wine Pride Kick Off Celebration in New York City. The party, held at The Park in Chelsea, benefited Heritage of Pride and welcomed more than 350 guests and toasted to LGBT community. Barefoot took a play on the beer garten theme by introducing the Barefoot Wine Bear Garten, where hunky men and drag queens alike greeted attendees with complimentary Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and glow sticks, while DJ Kevin Graves pumped the beats all night long.


Lisa Rinna was escorted to the stage by NYC notable Holly Dae to introduce RuPaul’s Drag Race season six winner Jinkx Monsoon and fan favorite Alaska, who treated fans to a special duet performance of "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

Photo Courtesy Of: Michael Simon 

MOLLY SIMMS GETS READY FOR HER SUMMER BEAUTY

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Molly Simms was spotted and photographed at the MATRIX StyleLink Hair Bar, getting ready for a wild summer.

Photo Courtesy Of: Domain MSA

BLYTHE DANNER & RICHARD DREYFUSS STAR IN 'MADOFF'

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ABC’s upcoming miniseries, “Madoff” stars Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss in the title role with Emmy and Tony-award winning actress Blythe Danner as his wife, “Ruth Madoff.”


The project is the first portrayal of the scandal which will air on ABC later this year.


Also confirmed are Frank Whaley as “HarryMarkopolos,” Erin Cummings as “Eleanor Squillari,” Tom Lipinski as “Mark Madoff,” Lyne Renee as “Catherine Hooper,” award-winning actor Charles Grodin as “Carl Shapiro” and Lewis Black in the role of “Ezra Merkin.” Raymond De Felitta (“City Island”) directs the project which is currently in production in and around NY.


“Madoff” will follow the prodigious rise and abrupt demise of the former investment advisor and convicted felon, and the subsequent fallout on his family, associates and investors. “Madoff” is inspired by ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross’ reporting from his book “The Madoff Chronicles” and additional reporting on the topic. Linda B…

A LITTLE BIT OF BROADWAY A LITTLE BIT OF ROCK N ROLL

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



MAGIC MICKY --- We’ve been sworn to secrecy, but we were at a super-secret rehearsal last night for Micky Dolenz’s upcoming three-play at 54 Below on July 7, 10, and 11. The show is called A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll, which is a nice riff on Mr. Dolenz’s Broadway experiences (Aida; Grease; Pippin’; and Hairspray) then meshed seamlessly with his rock ’n roll music we all know so well.


Working with a different band than usual—fronted by the astounding Michael Moritz (Matilda; Beautiful)—the show is an amazing revelation from a gentleman with one of the best voices in rock ’n roll ever.


Micky’s stories, with which he explains and introduces each song, are hilarious and informative. Suffice to say that if you were a fan of Dolenz before, then this show is a must-see. I will exclusively add that’s there a song from the way-ahead-of-its-time 1968 Monkees feature film classic Head (hint: Carole King wrote it) that is not…

YOKO ONO VISITS MUSEUM OF MODERN ART IN NEW YORK

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Yoko Ono stopped by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for when MoMA PS1 and Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) announced in New York City an expanded two-year partnership that will provide lead support for all of MoMA’s award-winning education programs, key exhibitions, and innovative initiatives that will share MoMA and MoMA PS1’s programming with a broad, global audience.




Volkswagen Group of America has been a major partner of MoMA and MoMA PS1 since 2011, supporting a wide range of more than 30 exhibitions, educational opportunities and special event programming. The new initiatives announced today build on the success of the partnership.




The new focus on supporting MoMA Education will expand the Museum’s opportunities to reach a worldwide audience of learners. The profound shift toward digital learning that has occurred since MoMA launched its first curriculum website in 2006—a transition not only from print to digital, but also towards customizable, interactive, self-guided, anyt…

E! NEWS IN ATLANTA FOR BOBBI KRISTINA’S CONDITION

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E! News is on the ground in Atlanta with the latest updates on Bobbi Kristina’s condition and whether any charges could result in the event of her death. 


ALSO REPORTING ON:


Nick Jonas tells E! News about being newly single and says that he wishes the best for ex-girlfriend Olivia Culpo and her future. The singer talks about the split with Culpo saying, “We had a great two years but my work is my priority at this moment in my life.” The multi-talented artist also discusses his long-time battle with diabetes, filming the upcoming television series “Scream Queens,” and whether he’d want to star in a possible third installment of “Magic Mike.”


Holly Madison responds to Kendra Wilkinson’s recent diss, telling E! News “When I left she cut me off for her own reasons and I don’t know why she said friendship was just work for TV show. It was never real. It was hurtful but I wish her best.” The former playmate also gets candid about sex with Hugh Hefner and the alleged nude photo scrapbo…

CONEY ISLAND'S WAHLBURGERS THROWS VIP PARTY

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Coney Island got a dose of star power last night when visitors got a “sneak peek” of New York’s first Wahlburgers, courtesy of owners and brothers Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg and Paul Wahlberg.

The red carpet event was an unlikely sight for Coney Island, which is now rebuilding after damage caused to the area by Hurricane Sandy. For Donnie, the cause is personal. “I lost my own home to Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey,” he said. “I know how important it is to reinvest and to believe in an area that needs it. And, Coney Island needs it.” Mark Wahlberg, who was hand in hand throughout the evening with wife Rhea Durham, echoed his brother’s sentiment in saying, “I think Coney Island's really chose us. Plus, it’s such an iconic location.” The party reflected the brothers’ humble, Boston roots, which is also evident in Wahlburgers Coney Island, which will open in early July. “Wahlburgers is a place where people are happy to be,” said Paul. “We’re happy to have you in there. We give p…

THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY'S SPRING GALA

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The Fashion Institute of Technology ( F.I.T.) held its Annual Gala honoring Saks Fifth Avenue and Edwin A.Goodman at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Moderating the event was Debi Mazar.


Jean Shafiroff, Couture Council Board Member, at the Annual F.I.T. Gala, was photographed wearing Carolina Herrera and Marina B. jewels. 


F.I.T. provides an affordable college education to tens of thousand of students each year. For more information on F.I.T. and the education it provides. Visit here!.


The Couture Council is a membership group of fashion enthusiasts that helps support the exhibitions and programs of The Museum at FIT, a specialized museum of fashion.


Photo By: Patrick McMullan 

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'THE WHO' LIVE AT SHEA STADIUM

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



HANNIBAL SILENCED? --- Word came down Monday night that NBC has canceled Hannibal, Bryan Fuller’s juicer-than-you-can-believe take on the whole Hannibal Lecter/Thomas Harris mystique. NBC said that the ratings weren’t rising enough, which I can understand. What I can’t understand, though, is would NBC would cancel such a brilliant show. Everything about this series was top-notch, from the brilliant acting of Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy; the inspired camera and cinematographer work; and especially the writing.


From the moment this news of cancellation was announced, there has been immediate interest from other broadcast platforms (including the increasingly ubiquitous Amazon, which has the rights to the first two series.


Believe me, I wondered what kind of storyline would actually make its way to NBC network TV based around a series like this. Since its debut, though, it has proven itself a first-rate production at every turn.


Series…

GLORIA REUBEN AND MCG’s MARTY ASHBY AT HEINZ HALL

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The Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration featuring Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling, Sean Jones and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, performed at Heinz Hall last week; signaling the start of a new partnership between MCG Jazz and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and WQED.


Actress-performer Reuben (whose new series on USA Network Mr. Robot premiered this week) appears tomorrow night at the Dave Koz club Spaghettini in Beverly Hills, in support of her new album Perchance To Dream.


Photo Courtesy Of: MCG Jazz

JUSTIN BIEBER'S IMPROMPTU LAS VEGAS CONCERT

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Global phenomenon and award-winning recording artist Justin Bieber made two surprise visits to Drai’s at The Cromwell in Las Vegas on Saturday in the midst of EDC Weekend - he showed up at Drai’s Beachclub and did an impromptu performance of the song “Where are Ü Now?” for the 3,000 excited pool partygoers and then returned to the rooftop hotspot 11 stories above the famed Strip and hit the drums live on stage at Drai’s Nightclub before Chris Brown kicked off his concert for Drai’s LIVE. Once Chris Brown took the stage, he was joined by surprise guest French Montana. 

Photo Courtesy Of: Drai's Nightclub

KYLIE JENNER & TYGA NOT TOO HAPPY ABOUT PHOTOS

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Kylie Jenner and Tyga were snapped departing for France from LAX Airport wearing matching footwear and not too happy about the cameras.

Photo By: John Misa/MediaPunch

THE 5TH ANNUAL BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE FETE

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The 5th Annual Broadway Sings For Pride Event was held at JCC Manhattan in New York City yesterday. 

Photos By: Diego Corredor/MediaPunch

ELLEN HERMANSON FOUNDATION IN BRIDGEHAMPTON

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**** THE HAMPTONS IN FULL SWING
Photos By: Rob Rich ****






















The Ellen Hermanson Foundation's founding chairs Emily Levin Esq. and Julie Ratner Ed. D held their 20th annual gala to celebrate their achievements over the past two decades and to honor Andy Sabin for his environmental and philanthropic work. Chaired by Jean Shafiroff and hosted by Fox Meteorologist Audrey Puente, the duo welcomed over 300 guests to photographer, Steven Klein's Westkill Farm in Bridgehampton for a night of dinner and dancing to the sounds of Audrey's brother, Tito Puente Jr. & his 10-piece band.


From 6pm guests including Homeland actress Amy Hargreaves, who arrived with the artist Bentley Meeker, Rosalie Puente, Hope Kramer, Bobbie Braun, Robert Chaloner President of Southampton Hospital, Mark Epley Mayor of Southampton, and his wife Marianne, Fred Thiele Assemblyman, and Hope Klein Langer, arrived and were driven to the tent in golf carts.





Midway through the event, Julie Ratner thanked attendees …

E! NEWS HAS EXCLUSIVE ON KIM KARDASHIAN BABY

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E! NEWS HAS EXCLUSIVE SCOOP ON KIM KARDASHIAN WEST AND KANYE WEST’S NEW BABY BOY ANNOUNCEMENT TONIGHT MONDAY, JUNE 22ND AT 7P AND 11P
PLUS KYLIE JENNER DISCLOSES HER UPCOMING 18TH BIRTHDAY PLANS ONLY TO E! NEWS
AND JESSIE JAMES DECKER DISHES ON BABY NAMES AND HER ANNIVERSARY PLANS WITH HUSBAND ERIC DECKER


Get all the exclusive news around Kim and Kanye’s baby boy announcement! Find out when the couple got the gender news and how they kept it a secret. Plus, E! News is getting the family's reaction to the big news and what Kim is looking forward to about having a boy.


Plus Kylie Jenner spoke to E! News exclusively at the opening of Sugar Factory Miami over the weekend. The young fashionista talked about how she plans to spend her upcoming 18th birthday and who has been helping her decorate her new multi-million dollar home! 


In a new interview with Jessie James Decker, the country singer talks to E! News about her wedding anniversary plans with hunky football hubby Eric Decker. …