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DEBBIE & CARRIE: HEARTBREAK IN HOLLYWOOD 20/20

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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

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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 …

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

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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 …

VALENTINE'S DAY PATTI LABELLE & MICHAEL BOLTON

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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…

CARRIE FISHER MOM DEBBIE REYNOLDS IN HOSPITAL

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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

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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 …

TOP TEN CELEBRITY HOMES THAT ARE FOR SALE

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**** REAL ESTATE ****




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 bedroo…

THE NEW YORK BOARD OF RABBIS UN STATEMENT

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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 faith…

TRIBUTE TO 'STAR WARS' ACTRESS CARRIE FISHER

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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 sto…

TOM GOLD DANCE PRESENTS IT'S 6TH NYC SEASON

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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 …

MARYAM AL MHEIRI COMMENTS ON YEAR OF GIVING

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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'

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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 praise…

BROADWAYS BEST & TRU PRODUCER BOOT CAMP

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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 acti…

RICK SPRINGFIELD @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS

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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 g…

CHANEL IMAN SPORTS CARE BEARS TRAVEL CUP

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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

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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 …

RECYCLE YOUR TREES & HELP COVENANT HOUSE

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**** A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN ****


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…

WHAM 1980'S SINGER GEORGE MICHAEL DEAD AT 53

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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.



MARIAH CAREY & RUBY MANCUSO KEYS OF CHRISTMAS

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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…

'INK MASTER' SEASON FINALE @ BEAUTY & ESSEX

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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 d├ęcor 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