Friday, December 30, 2016

DEBBIE & CARRIE: HEARTBREAK IN HOLLYWOOD 20/20


ABC NEWS NEW YORK



Just one day after the death of actress Carrie Fisher, the world learned of the passing of her mother and Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds. “20/20” gives a wide-ranging look at not only their careers and legacies but also their loving, yet complex relationship. The one-hour special, anchored by Elizabeth Vargas, includes the highs and lows of Reynold’s memorable career, a spotlight on the next generation and Fisher’s life in Hollywood as well as heartfelt tributes from family and friends. “Debbie and Carrie: Heartbreak in Hollywood” airs tonight Friday, December 30 (10:00-11:00pm ET) on ABC.



“20/20” is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. David Sloan is senior executive producer.

RUSSIANS HAVE ALWAYS SPIED FROM KILLENWORTH

Killenworth Glen Cove




The Killenworth  mansion in Glen Cove, owned by the Russians since 1951, has always been a spy center. Having grown up right next door in the 60s and 70s, it always had shady things going on there. From the rooftops adorned with endless amounts of communication antennas,  to the FBI, the Secret Service and the CIA roaming outside the perimeter. Many times they just parked right outside the embassy to let the Russians know they were watching. 


There was a reason the Russians chose Killenworth. In the 50s and 60s and well into the 70s, it was a strategic location. Groton Connecticut where they made top secret subs was right across the water and Grumman aerospace was on the other side of  Long Island. This put them between the most important locations where they could conduct their spying operations. 


Many times my friends and I would be behind the estate at Welwyn, another Pratt Estate, watching the Russians patrol the water as if they were waiting for something or someone. In the 70s or 80s they had a luncheon for some of the residents of the area. I wondered away from the secured space to the upstairs where I saw endless amounts of communication equipment, manned by around 5 or 6 people. When they spotted me, they quickly marched me back downstairs, lecturing me on wondering around their home. Over the years I was friends with some of the Russian Residents, but they only were there for a year or two before they were sent back to Moscow. I would visit from time to time by ringing the bell at the front gate and they would send security to find out what I wanted and sometimes they let me in to visit. 


I always wondered what they thought of America. We would see them shopping in our stores and they were very easily spotted driving around Glen Cove because of their Diplomatic Plates. They did keep to themselves and they were very friendly.



Killenworth is a historic mansion in Glen Cove, New York. Constructed for George Dupont Pratt in 1912, it was purchased by the Soviet Union in 1951 to become the country retreat of the Soviet, and later Russian, delegation to the United Nations. In the 1980s the property was subject to allegations it was being used for espionage, and there was a long-standing conflict with the City of Glen Cove over its tax status.



History


Killenworth was constructed in 1912 as the home of George Dupont Pratt. The building was designed by Trowbridge and Ackerman in the Tudor Revival style with a weymoth granite facade and had 39 rooms. It won first prize in that year's American Institute of Architects competition for best country house. The estate's gardens were designed by James Leal Greenleaf, and was considered his greatest achievement. The current building replaced an earlier mansion, also called Killenworth, which was constructed for Pratt around 1897 by William Tubby with landscaping by the Olmsted Brothers.



In 1951, the estate was purchased by the Soviet Union and used as the country retreat of its delegation to the United Nations. The tax-exempt status of the property led to conflict with the City of Glen Cove, which in 1970 attempted to foreclose on the property until the United States Department of State got a restraining order in federal court to stop the proceedings. In 1982 the city council voted to revoke the Russians' ability to get permits for city beach, golf, and tennis facilities. The Soviet Union retaliated by denying use of a Moscow beach to members of the Embassy of the United States in Moscow. The permit revocation was reversed in 1984.



In the 1980s the facility was subject to allegations that it was being used for espionage, with defector Arkady Shevchenko stating that its top floors were occupied by equipment for signals intelligence. In December 2016, the Obama administration announced that two Russian diplomatic facilities, one of which was on Long Island, would be closed as part of the retaliation for the Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election. It was initially reported that Killenworth may be the one closed. However, it turned out that the targeted facility was another mansion owned by the Russians in nearby Upper Brookville, New York.



Killenworth is one of five existing mansions in Glen Cove built for the sons of oil magnate Charles Pratt. The others are "The Braes", now the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture; "Welwyn", now the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County on the grounds of the Welwyn Preserve; "Poplar Hill", now the Glengariff Healthcare Center; and "The Manor", now the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

MSNBC: DON KING & DONALD TRUMP AT MAR-A-LAGO


Donald Trump And Don King




President-elect Donald Trump takes questions from reporters, alongside boxing promoter Don King, and insists that his business won't get in the way of presidential leadership. Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post joins MSNBC's Chris Hayes to discuss.

DEBBIE REYNOLDS WANTED TO BE WITH CARRIE FISHER


Singin' in the Rain



E! NEWS -- When it came to Debbie Reynolds' final hours, the Hollywood icon had one heartfelt wish: She wanted to be with her daughter Carrie Fisher.



Shortly after news broke that the Singin' in the Rain star had passed away, Todd Fisher opened up to E! News about his mom's mindset.



"She went to be with Carrie. In fact, those were the last words that she spoke this morning," he shared with E! News. "More specifically, she said that she really, she was under a lot of stress."



Todd continued, "She held it together beautifully, obviously, for the last couple of days but she was under a lot of emotion and stress from the loss [of Carrie] and it's pretty much what triggered this event."



Debbie was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after suffering a stroke at Todd's Beverly Hills home. She was ultimately transported to Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles.



On Tuesday morning, E! News also learned that Debbie's daughter had passed away after experiencing a heart attack while aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles. According to Todd, Debbie expressed to family that she really missed her daughter and wanted to see her again.



"She didn't get to see her because Carrie was on her way back from England and none of us really got to see her other than in the hospital," he explained.



As the family continues to grieve in private, many fans are curious to know how Billie Lourd is coping with two close family loses.



"Carrie's daughter is 24 years old. To have to lose the girls, it's just horrible," Todd shared with us. "She's got their genes but you can't even imagine. I can't imagine being 24 and having to do this and I'm 59."



Our thoughts and prayers go out to Debbie's family and friends during this difficult time.


VALENTINE'S DAY PATTI LABELLE & MICHAEL BOLTON

Patti LaBelle




Newark, New Jersey - Celebrate the perfect Valentine’s weekend at New Jersey Performing Arts Center! NJPAC presents an evening with Patti Labelle! As a queen of rock and soul (“Lady Marmalade,” “If Only You Knew,” “On My Own”), Patti LaBelle’s name is synonymous with style and elegance. “Ms. Patti” is known and revered for her versatility, whether she’s belting out classic R&B renditions, pop standards or spiritual sonnets. This GRAMMY-winning singer is not only a three-time Emmy Award nominee, but also a New York Times bestselling author for her cookbooks.



GRAMMY-winning pop and rock balladeer Michael Bolton (“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”) shares a Valentine's Week concert with R&B/soul songstress Stephanie Mills (“Never Knew Love Like This Before”) Friday, February 17, 2017 8:00 PM at Prudential Hall. Don’t miss this exclusive NJPAC concert featuring two contemporary music chart-toppers! Get your tickets now at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)



Valentine's Day at NJPAC

Patti LaBelle

“When You Talk About Love,” “New Attitude” and
“If You Asked Me To.”


Sunday, February 12, 2017 7:00 PM
Tickets $59 - $149


NJPAC

Prudential Hall
One Center Street
Newark, NJ

Michael Bolton & Stephanie Mills




Michael Bolton

“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?” and
“When a Man Loves a Woman.”


With Very Special Guest


Stephanie Mills

“I Feel Good All Over,” “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin',” and her GRAMMY-winning classic, “Never Knew Love Like This Before.”


Friday, February 17, 2017 8:00 PM
Tickets $59 - $119


Photos Courtesy Of: NJ PAC
 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

CARRIE FISHER MOM DEBBIE REYNOLDS IN HOSPITAL


UPDATE: Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84. The world has lost another Hollywood legend!



Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher On Oprah In 2011




Famed legend Debbie Reynolds was rushed to the hospital from a home in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, just one day after the death of her daughter, "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher.


Reynolds was hospitalized after a call that she was having trouble breathing, two law enforcement sources familiar with the incident told NBC News.


Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart confirmed an adult female was transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center "in fair to serious condition" from an address associated with Reynolds' family.


Reynolds, 84, catapulted to fame after her first leading role in 1952 at age 19, playing Kathy Selden in "Singin' in the Rain," starring alongside veterans Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. 


MASTERS OF ILLUSION @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS

Masters Of Illusion



Englewood, New Jersey - Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Masters of Illusion-Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.



Masters of Illusion


Believe the impossible! The hit television series, Masters of Illusion, breaks out of the box and into bergenPAC. Whether in Las Vegas or on television, magic has never been hotter. Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. Audience members will marvel at the huge production values and be drawn in by the immediacy of a live performance. It's the time honored art of the master illusionist combined with the speed and modern design of the 21st century.



You'll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers...everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible - all rolled up into a live show.



And it's all LIVE! No camera tricks, no computer graphics-just amazing illusions in real time in front of a live audience. It's a world-class live event coming to bergenPAC!



bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030


Photo Courtesy Of: Bergen PAC


TOP TEN CELEBRITY HOMES THAT ARE FOR SALE

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Frank Sinatra Home




In this week's homes spotlight at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, we feature the Top 10 Celebrity Homes that were for sale in 2016.



Throughout 2016, many of the world's top superstars tried to sell their glamorous mansions and compounds. From Beverly Hills to Miami and New York City, there was a celebrity property on sale for almost anyone who is extremely wealthy.



“2016 Top Ten Celebrity Homes”



“Adam Levine's New York Penthouse”


Hottie frontman for Maroon 5 and longtime judge on The Voice, Adam Levine and his supermodel wife, Behati Prinsloo, seem to be making their own lifestyle changes since welcoming their first child into the world in September, Dusty Rose. Prior to her birth, they put both their Beverly Hills mansion and their trendy New York SoHo loft up for sale.


Selling soon after it was listed for $5.4 million to shoe designer Nick Lucio, Adam’s spacious New York loft makes a great bachelor or couples pad, but he converted the second and third bedrooms into open space in 2014, long before the baby news broke, leaving just its one large master suite. Located on a charming cobblestone street, the SoHo cast-iron building dates back to the early 1900s. At 2,800 square feet, the one-bedroom unit still retains its six original columns and exposed brick walls with arches embedded within the brickwork. With 13-foot ceilings and huge windows overlooking Greene Street, the open floor plan makes it feel larger than its square footage indicates with a 60-foot living room that opens to a kitchen with black granite and stainless high-end appliances. The large master suite bath includes jacuzzi, separate shower and large walk-in closet/dressing area.


Adam hasn’t had as much luck with his Beverly Hills mansion, recently reducing the price from $17.5 million to $15.95 million. The listing agents for the New York loft were Adam Mahfouda and Jules Borbely of Oxford Property Group.


“Pierre Cardin's Bubble Palace”

Pierre Cardin's Bubble Palace




Vacation homes are fairly common among the wealthy and even the not so wealthy, but when designer Pierre Cardin looked for a vacation home, he naturally chose one of the best locations in the world and a one-of-a-kind mansion with unique style. He chose a home on a Mediterranean cliff overlooking the sea made up of bubble gum pink bubbles.


Mid-century architect Antti Lovag designed Le Palais Bulles - the Bubble Palace - in Cannes, France, which was built between 1975 and 1989. Pierre Cardin purchased the home at auction in the early 1990s as a vacation home. He was drawn to the property saying, “Round shapes have always inspired me,” and compared it to a woman’s body saying “. . . everything is absolutely sensual.” After all, Cardin did design the famous Bubble Dress in 1958 and is known for dressing The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.


Currently for sale, the connecting bubbles representing one room each, is spread over six levels on 1.75 acres on a cliff with 180-degree-views over the Mediterranean. With not a straight line on the property, the 10-bedroom residence has all spherical formal and private rooms including curved bathroom fixtures. The lush gardens contain ponds and swimming pools that artistically reflect the architecture both during the day and when lit at night. At the edge of the cliff is a 500-seat, open-air auditorium with views of the Mediterranean and the Bay of Cannes.


Michaël Zingraf Real Estate in Cannes, France holds the listing, recently reduced from $456 million to $335 million. It is the second-most expensive home currently for sale in Europe.


“Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack Home”


After almost 20 years of Las Vegas appearances, Frank Sinatra wanted a place where he and his friends could hang out for an occasional hiatus from their fans in a private location. Sinatra referred to himself as an “18-karat manic depressive” which was carefully hidden from the public. He was always torn between wanting a solitary place to escape but also somewhere to party with his friends and distract from the depression days.


In 1953, Sinatra had co-starred in the film “From Here to Eternity” cast as Private Angelo Maggio and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. In 1967, Sinatra built a home on five acres 4,300 feet above Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. He named it “Villa Maggio” after his character in the film.


Now for sale, the home is the quiet, private retreat that Sinatra had always wanted. At Villa Maggio, he created the best of both worlds, perfect for entertaining his Rat Pack buddies to soften the lows or keep it to himself when experiencing the highs. The arrangement worked so well that he resided at the rustic estate for 12 years - almost until his death.


The 10-acre compound of three buildings is perched on a craggy hilltop surrounded by boulders and exquisite views. Built in rustic style with warm woods, local stone and seven stone fireplaces in the main house, it has two kitchens, dining and living rooms, a den, five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The attached guest quarters have two bedrooms, bath, living room with fireplace and a full kitchen. The detached guest house is two stories with a small kitchen, a bathroom, a stone fireplace and a deck overlooking the view. It also has its own generator, water tower and well. The pool house has a great room with stone fireplace, two bathrooms, two saunas and a mini-kitchen with views over the pool and tennis court. A private helipad allows guests to fly in and out and there is parking for 25 cars.


Although much of the home has been updated such as the commercial-grade kitchen, some of Sinatra’s personal touches are still at the home including a secret doorway, bathroom wallpaper and a Ronson foodmatic. The current owner’s family were Sinatra friends and the only occupants since he lived in the home. Markus Canter and Cristie St. James of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Scott Palermo and Jim Sanak of Harcourts Desert Homes are the listing agents. Currently on the market priced at $3.9 million.


“Elvis Presley's Beverly Hills Home”


Elvis Presley Beverly Hills Home




The days of Elvis slouched on a well-worn overstuffed sofa with a plate stacked high with peanut butter and banana sandwiches on his lap are long over for the house that he and Priscilla bought for $400,000 when they were first married in 1967. Back in the day, the gated French Regency house had the great bones that it has today, but 1960’s Elvis style was a far cry from the slick, sophisticated home it is today. Along with the home of 5,400 square feet, the property has an attached guest house, large motor court and decadent pool terrace overlooking the city to ocean views. The four-bedroom, five-bath residence is sited on 1.18 acres on a street popularly known as “Billionaires Row,” which is quite the celebrity magnet.


The newly renovated interior includes high ceilings, hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that open to the terraces and view. Updates include new flooring, an added laundry room, upgraded electrical, stainless-steel kitchen appliances and resurfaced pool and spa. Oozing both glamour and warmth, the home has a luxurious master suite, skylights and fireplaces including one pool side with fetching venues for entertaining throughout the property.


Mauricio Umansky of The Agency in Beverly Hills holds the listing for this newly updated contemporary estate formerly owned by The King of Rock n’ Roll. Priced at $30 million.


“Frank Lloyd Wright's Final Home”


When we sit gazing out our sliding glass doors over the yard or put our bare feet on the warm floor kept toasty by the under floor heating, we have Frank Lloyd Wright to thank for that. Short of upgraded appliances and fad changes in surface materials, the architectural concepts we enjoy most in our homes today came from Mr. Wright.


The most famous architect in American history, Frank Lloyd Wright designed over 1,000 structures (532 were completed) in his 70-years-plus career - mostly homes but also hotels, schools, churches, the Johnson Wax Headquarters and the Guggenheim Museum. His final design was the Norman Lykes House in Phoenix in the same year of his death in 1959. It is now for sale priced at $3.25 million.


With a site on top of Palm Canyon with views of the valley, Wright began the Lykes design by replicating the curves of the mountainsides, making the home an integral part of its environment and providing big views for its owners and visitors. Though Wright passed away before finishing the working plans, the Lykes hired his apprentice, John Rattenbury, to complete the plans according to the details set forth by Wright. The couple loved the completed plans, though it was another seven years before they started construction. When they did, Rattenbury oversaw the build and the home was completed in 1967. In addition to the structure itself, Wright also designed the furniture and built-ins for the home.


Now for sale and registered with the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the 2,849-square-foot home on one acre of desert plateau has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, the Wright-signature large living room fireplace intended to bring families and friends together, a lower-level media room, two home offices with built-ins of desk, cabinet storage and walls of shelving, a distinctive curved kitchen with Wright-designed island and unique under-cabinet windows and timeless stainless-steel counters, contemporary tiled large baths, and a privacy walled crescent pool patio viewed from inside through glass walls. There is also a separate large office in the round with all built-in furnishings encircled by half-moon windows. Views of valley and mountains can be seen from almost every room.


“Prince's Spanish Wedding Home”


Prince loved the color purple and incorporated it into several of his homes. In 2004, great publicity ensued when he painted a Beverly Hills home he had rented from NBA Basketball star Carlos Boozer in purple stripes, installed a purple carpet with his monogram and changed the plumbing to send water to a hair salon. Boozer filed a lawsuit saying he had broken the terms of his lease, but later withdrew it when Prince paid to have the house returned to its former neutrals.


Named as one “of the most influential artists of the rock & roll era," Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, won an Academy Award for his film “Purple Rain” along with seven Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Prince has sold over 100 million records, making him one of the highest paid artists of all time.


Though connected with many celebrity women, he married his backup singer, Mayte Garcia, on Valentine’s Day 1996. In 1998, Prince bought a stunning villa in Spain as a gift to his wife. It was west of Marbella in the hills of El Paraiso with views of the sea, mountains, valley and golf course. They decorated it elaborately in pure Prince style. Mayte and Prince divorced in 1999 and sold the villa. The new owner redecorated to tone it down to more universally preferred elegance, and put it on the market in early 2016.


Sited on 1.45 subtropical walled and landscaped acres, the 7,535-square-foot villa has 2,583 square feet of terraces for outdoor living with tennis court, pool and three-car garage with additional parking for six. The landscape is softly lit at night affording ambiance for outdoor entertaining. Inside are six bedroom suites including two masters with the grand master encompassing two levels. Public rooms are opulent with good flow, a new fully-equipped kitchen has been reconstructed and the entire villa has been updated with the finest materials. It is said that this home and its romantic location was the inspiration for many of Prince’s songs.

Evert Ebus of Engel & Volkers is the listing agent for the villa, previously priced at $5.99 million, now reduced to $5.2 million.


“Donald Trump's First Mansion”


Back in 1982 when he was still a Democrat, before he was a billionaire and a brand name and reality television star and on his first marriage to Ivana, Donald Trump was a rising star in the New York City real estate world and shopping for his first trophy mansion. Trump’s fabulous homes, that began with that first mansion in Connecticut, is a big part of the man’s story.


Trump’s collection of expensive, and even a few historic homes, rivals almost anyone else in the world. His main residence is a posh three-level penthouse at Trump Tower on New York's Fifth Avenue where he has lived and supervised his vast business operations since 1983. Also in the Gotham area, in 1996 he purchased a 60-room mansion in Bedford, New York with three pools and a bowling alley. He later bought Albemarle with a 23,000-square-foot home, vineyard and winery on 2,000 acres in Virginia for $12.7 million, a fraction of the original asking price of $100 million. It is now a B&B known as Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery with daily room rates ranging from about $400.


In 2008, Trump expanded his home stockpile to the West Coast when he purchased a six bedroom, 10,400-square-foot home on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. His #1 trophy home is still his Mar-A-Lago mansion and resort for the ultra wealthy in Palm Beach, Florida that he purchased in 1985 for $10 million. The 1920's mansion with 62,000 square feet and over 100 rooms was originally built for Post Cereal heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post.


Donald Trump was only 35 when he and Ivana purchased his starter mansion, a 5.8-acre home on a peninsula in Greenwich for $4 million. Always a family-oriented business, Ivana was also remodeling the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan which Trump purchased in the early 1980s and she was able to incorporate many of the same materials in the decoration of their new home creating a residence dripping in gold leaf, elegant chandeliers and crown moldings. When they divorced in 1992, Ivana won the mansion in the property settlement. She sold the home in 1998 for $15 million and the mansion's new owners immediately began a renovation to tone it down a bit and also added tennis courts, indoor lap pool, sauna and a 4,000-square-foot addition with guest suites.


Originally built in 1939 for Robert Hillas, president of the Superheater Company in New York City, the 19,773-square-foot Georgian Colonial main house and guest house have eight bedrooms, thirteen baths, a three-story rotunda foyer with double grand staircase, formal rooms and views of Long Island Sound. Also included is a home theater, putting green, multiple terraces and patios, tennis courts and three fully-equipped staff apartments.


Donald Trump’s former Connecticut mansion with major additions, six waterfront acres and a private boat dock was for sale at $45 million. It has recently been taken off the market; it's unclear whether it's been sold or simply on pause.


“Pharrell Williams' Miami Penthouse Sold”


Pharrell Williams had every reason to be “Happy” after finally selling his Miami Brickell Avenue penthouse to a New Jersey businessman. With his main residence in Los Angeles’ swanky Laurel Canyon that he bought in 2015, it wasn’t feasible to hold on to the penthouse, even if it did have what many would call the best location in the South Florida condo lineup.


Perched on top of the 40-story Bristol Tower at the entrance to Key Biscayne, it is just a stone’s throw from trendy Coconut Grove and a quick drive in the other direction to South Beach - three locations with possibly the best restaurants, clubs, beaches and marinas in Miami. At 10,000 square feet, the penthouse has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and an additional 5,000 square feet of terraces with its own rooftop swimming pool and a second-level summer kitchen. He purchased the condo in 2007 for $12.525 million, then transformed it into a mogul palace with his art and furniture collection. Views of 360 degrees take in Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove and the Miami condos skyline.


Originally listed in 2012 for $16.8 million, the property went on and off the market with several price cuts until selling for $9.25 million.


“Tyler Perry Mansion Sets New Atlanta Record”


It was a good year for Tyler Perry whose newest movie, “Boo,” grossed $75 million at the box office. He also sold his Georgia mansion, listed in 2015 at $25 million, for $17.5 million - breaking the record for Atlanta area real estate sales.


Perched high above the Chattahoochee River, the 34,688-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and fourteen baths, stately formal rooms, a two-story library, infinity-edge swimming pool, lighted tennis court on top of a two-story parking garage, fully-equipped gym, spa, theater, hobby house and an underground ballroom with catering kitchen. There are both formal and informal gardens, an entire estate generator, guard house, caretaker’s suite and presidential-level security system including two gated and secured residential entrances.


“Kirk Douglas Palm Springs Home”


As Kirk Douglas celebrated his 100th birthday at the Beverly Hills Hotel on December 9th, he was joined by his wife, his son Michael and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Rickles, important film executive friends and his cardiologist who handed him a tall vodka. Since the doctor told him for years that he couldn’t have a drink until he turned 100, it was a fitting thing to do. To Kirk Douglas, age is still just a matter of numbers, but it’s still nice to have accumulated more memories than almost anyone else. His Palm Springs home likely held many of the happiest. The longtime vacation home of Kirk and Anne Douglas in the historic Old Las Palmas neighborhood, where they escaped Hollywood for over 40 years until they sold it in 1999, was for sale in 2016.


The 4,000-square-foot home, originally designed by Donald Wexler for the owner of the champion racehorse Seabiscuit, retains the purity of Wexler’s original design with its flagstone-and-pecky cypress foyer, walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and beamed ceilings. The open floor plan includes formal dining and sitting areas with casual fireside seating; the original mirrored wet bar reminding of old Hollywood, updated baths and an updated kitchen with the expected granite and stainless steel. The five bedrooms and eight baths include two master suites, Kirk’s suite and Anne’s suite designed each to their personal preferences, both opening to terraces overlooking the mature landscaped grounds. A large interior atrium opens the main rooms to outdoor living and the exterior gated perimeter wall encloses gardens, pool terrace and tennis court. The new owner will be the next door neighbor of Leonardo DiCaprio, who purchased Dinah Shore’s former home in 2014.


The Douglas home sold above the asking price of $3.45 million. The buyers are a perfect match as they have a longtime personal friendship with Michael Douglas and his wife. Accordingly, Kirk and Anne, their children and grandchildren will once again be enjoying the secluded estate. Jim Schwietz of Bennion Deville Homes in Palm Springs was the listing agent.


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THE NEW YORK BOARD OF RABBIS UN STATEMENT

The New York Board of Rabbis




The New York Board of Rabbis strongly disapproves of the decision by the United States to abstain rather than veto UN Security Council Resolution 2334. A neutral stance in the face of such a one-sided international resolution is not how trusted allies should treat one another in the international spotlight. Friends may disagree on such core issues as settlements, but they must find an appropriate place to resolve their disputes.



Given the dereliction of moral responsibility of the UN in its total disregard of the slaughter in Syria; its discredited Goldstone report; and its UNESCO agency's denial of any Jewish connection to the holy sites of Jerusalem; the UN is certainly not the forum for any constructive international resolution, especially regarding the security of the State of Israel, and certainly about issues requiring the delicate cooperation of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the United States.



Jewish tradition teaches that the blessing of peace shared by all faiths must be proclaimed face to face, with outstretched hands and respect for one another. The dream of peace can only be fulfilled when Israelis and Palestinians sit together at a peace table to find a lasting peace with one another.



Rabbi Gideon Shloush,
President


Rabbi Lester B. Bronstein,
Vice President


Rabbi Joseph Potasnik,
Executive Vice President


Dr. Eve Epstein,
NYBR Liaison to the United Nations

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

TRIBUTE TO 'STAR WARS' ACTRESS CARRIE FISHER


Carrie Fisher




Having photographed Carrie Fisher, Her Dad Eddie Fisher and her Mom Debbie Reynolds, I am very sad about the death today of a wonderful lady. She will be missed.




(CNN) -- Actress Carrie Fisher, whose grit and wit made "Star Wars'" Princess Leia an iconic and beloved figure to millions of moviegoers, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 60.



Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by the publicist for Billie Lourd, Fisher's daughter.


"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," Simon Halls said.



Fisher's death came four days after she suffered a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles, according to a source familiar with the situation.


The actress and advocate, who got her start in Hollywood as a seductive teen in the 1975 film "Shampoo," was the daughter of screen legend Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.


Read the full story at CNN HERE.


TOM GOLD DANCE PRESENTS IT'S 6TH NYC SEASON

Tom Gold Dance




New York, NY - Tom Gold Dance presents its sixth annual New York City season, Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. The Company will give the local premieres of Tom Gold Dance Founder and Director Tom Gold's Oasis and Served. Details about a third work, a World Premiere, will be announced at a later date.


Scheduled performers currently include dancers Sara Adams, Marika Anderson, Daniel Applebaum, Meagan Mann, and Kristen Segin of New York City Ballet; Allynne Noelle of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet; Zachary Guthier, most recently of Los Angeles Ballet; and James Shee, most recently of the National Ballet; and pianist Xak Bjerken.


In 2017, Tom Gold Dance is a City University of New York Dance Initiative (CDI) resident artist, a collaboration that will allow the Company to rehearse and offer additional public activities at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater.


Oasis was commissioned by the St. Louis Ballet as part of its October 8, 2016 Vision: Where Ballet and Fashion Meet program at The Touhill Performing Arts Center pairing three choreographers with three emerging fashion designers. Set to John Zorn's "Lucifer" from the Book of Angels, Oasis explores the composer's exotic and jazz-infused constructions through an imagined group meeting at a desert retreat. Oasis completes Gold's Zorn trilogy, following Shanti (2003) and La Plage (2013).


Gold began to develop Served in July 2016 as a participant in the 13th annual National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) in Irvine, California. While watching a tennis match on television, Gold observed similarities to ballet, not only in the sport's power physicality, and intensity, but also its rhythm, balance, technical discipline, and virtuosity. Set to Schubert's demanding Wanderer Fantasy, Served explores these qualities through the articulated steps of a "dancers' club." Allynne Noelle and Zachary Guthier, who appeared in Served during the NCI's culminating public workshop presentation at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, July 30, 2016, will reprise their roles in the New York Premiere at the Lynch Theater. Served will be performed to live accompaniment.


"We can't wait to return to the Gerald W. Lynch Theater for our annual New York City season," says Gold. "These works will demonstrate the wide range of traditional classical dancing across multiple and contrasting musical styles in our trademark mix of sophistication and fun. I am especially excited to introduce some of the original dancers from Served to New York audiences, and, as part of our effort to feature live music in all self-produced Tom Gold Dance events, to work with the highly accomplished pianist Xak Bjerken."

MARYAM AL MHEIRI COMMENTS ON YEAR OF GIVING

Maryam Al Mheiri




December 27, 2016 -- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates --  Maryam Al Mheiri, Acting CEO of twofour54, commented on announcing 2017 the Year of Giving.



"Declaring 2017 as the Year of Giving by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is a generous gesture that conveys profound noble messages that everyone can adopt regardless of age or social role.



The UAE has long been a leading example of generosity and giving. Announcing 2017 as the Year of Giving is testament to the continuation of the country's humanitarian approach which reinforces the spirit of volunteering and innovation as a lifestyle and daily practice to achieve happiness. Happiness generates creative ideas that will add great value to the achievements of our country that has been founded on the principles of humanity, generosity and the values of collaboration and tolerance.


KIRSTEN O'BRIEN & EVAN ZELNICK 'ON THE POT'


Kirsten O'Brien and Evan Zelnick




If your bank account is screaming at your from holiday shopping, you haven’t slept in days because of finals or you haven’t even began planning for the holidays yet, you need to watch the video in the link below for some comedic relief… or maybe you’ll just want to watch the video because you enjoy funny internet-humor. Get a laugh while Kristen O’Brien and Evan Zelnick from On the Pot make you feel like no matter what your New Year’s plans are this year, it can’t be worse than what happens in this skit.


On the Pot is an explosive NYC based comedy duo. Kirsten O'Brien and Evan Zelnick expel unrelenting humor from their hearts, minds, and other various orifices with improvisation, sketch comedy, songs, and choreographed dance numbers. OTP has trained and performed at Upright Citizens' Brigade and The People's Improv Theater and has been featured in NYC Sketchfest, NYComedy Week, NYC Improv Festival, and Fringe festivals. Press has praised the show as "over the top, boisterous, and ridiculous," while the "pair impressed in their performance ability."



Want more? Be sure to check out their Halloween video: Do Ghosts Watch Us Have Sex.


BROADWAYS BEST & TRU PRODUCER BOOT CAMP

Stewart F. Lane With Bonnie Comley




Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU Producer Boot Camp Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask, on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10am - 6pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. For more details including a full schedule and faculty bios visit http://truonline.org/events/raising-money.


It's more important now than ever for the voice of theater to be heard, so take those projects off the back burner and move ahead with passion and a plan. For producers, that means finding the money and resources to bring your projects into production. We invite you to acquire some basic tools and crucial information that will help you to function effectively in hard times and the better days that may be on the way. From pitching techniques and presentation skills to legal requirements and effective business planning, plus a wealth of first-hand experience from more than a half dozen producers who are currently active in the Broadway and off-Broadway worlds, we promise you an informative, empowering and inspiring day.


Workshop faculty will include Broadway producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman of Sunnyspot Productions (Tony Awards for Pippin, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Clybourne Park; Tony nominations for On The Town, You Can't Take It With You, The Scottsboro Boys), Stewart Lane (Tony Award®-winner for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, War Horse, Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Will RogersFollies and La Cage Aux Folles), Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Tony Award winner for All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy and Bess, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, plus Legally Bonde,Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Caroline or Change,The Exonerated) and early career producers Jesse B. Langston and Molly Morris; investor James Simon (Something Rotten, Hand to God, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, upcoming: The Play That Goes Wrong); entertainment attorneys LisaRoxanne Walters and Erach Screwvala, financial advisor Bailie Slevin of Entertaining Finance, and others to be confirmed.

Monday, December 26, 2016

RICK SPRINGFIELD @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS

Rick Springfield




Englewood, New Jersey - Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Rick Springfield Stripped Down with special guest Jennifer Lynn Simpson-Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 8PM.





Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, he’s a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.”



He’s an accomplished actor who most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash and gave a chameleon performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective.



He’s also a talented author — both his candid 2010 memoir Late, Late at Night (which Rolling Stone named one of the 25 greatest rock memoirs of all time) and his 2014 comedic novel Magnificent Vibration earned rave reviews and spots on the New York Times Best Sellers’ list.



In 2013, Springfield wrote and recorded “The Man That Never Was” with Dave Grohl for the soundtrack to Sound City — the Foo Fighters’ frontman’s documentary about the San Fernando Valley recording studio that was Springfield’s home away from home (his manager owned the building). Rolling Stone called Springfield’s touching interview in the film its “breakout story.” In 2014, Springfield was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located around the corner from the first apartment he lived in when he first arrived in the U.S. from Australia in 1971.



Stick around for a free post-show Q&A with Rick. There is also a VIP ticket available which includes a Meet and Greet with photo op.



Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office (201) 227-1030



bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030





CHANEL IMAN SPORTS CARE BEARS TRAVEL CUP

Chanel Iman



Chanel Iman was recently spotted at the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca sporting a trendy Care Bears' 18 Ounce Acrylic Travel Cup. These double walled acrylic travel cups have bold and bright designs of the Care Bears, and is also condensation resistant, BFA free and perfect for hydrating on the go.



If you could include this sighting in anything you are currently working on we would be so appreciative!



To get your Care Bears Travel Cup, please visit: Vandor.com.


Photo By: Michael Simon/Star Tracks / Domain
 

KANYE WEST & KIM KARDASHIAN TOGETHER AGAIN

Kanye West And Kim Kardashian



Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got out of the house and into the Christmas spirit Friday, marking the pair's most public joint outing in weeks, following personal turmoil for both.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and her rapper husband attended a Los Angeles Ballet performance of The Nutcracker at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center with their daughter North West, 3, her sister Kourtney Kardashian and her daughter Penelope Disick, and a few friends. The group was also accompanied by bodyguards.

At the ballet, Kim wore a large red hoodie and sat next to Kanye, who wore a black one. The two seemed comfortable, gazing in each other's eyes and talking intimately, an eyewitness told E! News exclusively. North sat on her mother's lap. Penelope, seated next to her mother, fell asleep at one point.


But she was likely much more excited by what came after the performance; The family also got a special backstage tour, where they met the dancers. Kanye posed for a photo with them.

"The little ones were amazed by the costumes and the sets," another source told E! News. "Kourtney also went back with Penelope and brought back North and her friend and the little ones all watched the ballerinas put on their makeup!"

"We hope you guys enjoyed the show!" read a message posted on the troupe's Instagram page.

Kim has largely kept out of the public eye since she was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October. Kanye has also kept a low profile since he spent more than a week at a Los Angeles hospital in November after suffering from exhaustion, although he did make a surprise appearance with Donald Trump in New York in mid-December.

Last weekend, he and Kim were spotted grabbing dinner at a restaurant in Santa Monica, marking the first time they had been photographed together in public in weeks. Earlier this month, they appeared to be in good spirits and were "very sweet together" chilling at their home.

"They are going through a lot but from what it seems like they are doing it together and getting through it," a source had told E! News at the time.



RECYCLE YOUR TREES & HELP COVENANT HOUSE

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Morgan & Dan Sevigny On PIX 11




We received this E-Mail about a program where you buy a tree and they deliver and then they will pick it up after Christmas. The program also helps Covenant House. What could be better than this?



Since 2011, my sister Morgan and I have been selling Christmas trees online and in-person here in New York City. We offer easy online ordering and free delivery anywhere in NYC.

We're excited to offer New Yorkers two opportunities to give back to their community--and it only takes a few minutes for them to make an incredible impact.

When we deliver our trees, our customers can give us clothing and gifts to be donated to Covenant House, a homeless shelter for teens in Manhattan. FOX 5 came out to cover it this year and we got an awesome response from the community.

We're offering the same deal for Christmas tree removals...

For every tree we remove, we'll accept donated goods (clothing, toys, canned food, gifts) and deliver them to the Covenant House to help the teens.

Being a teenager is hard enough. But imagine going through the regular trials and tribulations of growing up when you're living on the streets to escape a violent or sexually abusive household.

That's exactly the situation the teens at Covenant House are faced with each day.

Covenant House helps these young men and women by providing access to case management, education and employment opportunities--so that they can become fully functioning, self-sufficient adults--and stay off of the streets for good.

We recycle trees to help green spaces around the city thrive...

Additionally, every tree we remove will be recycled at one of New York City's mulch fest events, where they take Christmas trees and turn them into mulch to helps nourish the green spaces around the city we all love so much.

Everyone needs to get their tree removed anyways--by hiring us to do it for them, they'll save time, save lives, and save the environment. All without having to leave their home! It doesn't get much more quintessentially New York than that!


Happy Holidays!

Dan Sevigny

Sunday, December 25, 2016

WHAM 1980'S SINGER GEORGE MICHAEL DEAD AT 53


George Michael In Wham



Wham Icon George Michael has died, his publicist said today.


The world famed singer was only 53 years old.


Michael's fantastic career began with the duo Wham in the 1980s, churning out hits like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," and "Last Christmas" and continued into the 90s after he launched his debut chart-topping solo album "Faith" in 1987.


His publicist said he died at his home in Oxfordshire, according to a statement released to Britain's Press Association by Michael's publicist.


"It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period," it read.


"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."


Authorities say there are no suspicious circumstances involved.



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

MARIAH CAREY & RUBY MANCUSO KEYS OF CHRISTMAS


The Keys Of Christmas




“The Keys of Christmas,” is a holiday special starring global superstar Mariah Carey and YouTube musical sensation Rudy Mancuso that features original musical performances by many of the hottest acts around including Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled and Fifth Harmony. “The Keys of Christmas” debuted on YouTube Red on December 19, 2016.



This seasonal tale, from Endemol Shine North America and its digital studio Endemol Shine Beyond USA and Just Entertainment Studios,  uncovered what happens when you accidentally go off the grid on Christmas Eve with no phone and no way to function on this festive night.



World renowned and Grammy Award-winning music director Dave Meyers (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Pink’s “Just Like Fire” and Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”)  directed “The Keys of Christmas.” This special also featured original musical performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha and Gregory Brothers. Boxing legend Mike Tyson made a special appearance, as he and the others joined Mariah to show Rudy the true meaning of Christmas.


Featured performances by Mariah Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha, Alex Aiono and so many more.

'INK MASTER' SEASON FINALE @ BEAUTY & ESSEX

Ink Masters



Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez celebrated the season finale of Ink Master’s at Chef Santos’ Lower East Side hotspot, Beauty & Essex.



Navarro, holding a guitar to compliment the décor inside the pawn shop inspired space, posed for pictures with his pals during the party.



This is the third-year Beauty & Essex has hosted the finale party.


Photo Courtesy Of: Matthew Gilbertson / Domain Intergrated