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THE VIEW TALKS MATT LAUER TODAY SHOW ALLEGATIONS

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Matt Lauer Conversation @ The View


Hot Topics @ The View: Matt Lauer fired from NBC over sexual misconduct allegations.

"This was really hard for me to hear because I grew up at the Today show and I worked with Matt for years and years," Sara Haines said of her experience at NBC after the long-time anchor was fired due to "inappropriate sexual behavior."

"He was someone that cheerleaded for me and supported me — and as I know Savannah said, he was extremely beloved there."

"I do commend the person with the bravery who comes out to speak about any of this type of behavior."

"I feel for my friends over there today because I know it's a dark day there at the Today show — it's just hard."

RACHEL BROSNAHAN VISITS AOL BUILD SERIES NYC

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Rachel Brosnahan was all smiles when we snapped her at AOL Build Series yesterday in New York City. 

Photo By: Diego Corredor/MediaPunch

AMERICA SALUTES YOU & WALL STREET ROCKS FETE

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Billy Gibbons was photographed at the America Salutes You and Wall Street Rocks Presents: Guitar Legends For Heroes benefit at Terminal 5 in New York City last night.

Photo By: Diego Corredor/MediaPunch

JIMMY KIMMEL & ROBIN ROBERTS EPIC TWO NIGHT EVENT

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**** ABC PRESENTS A TWO-NIGHT SPECIAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE ICONS WHO PASSED AWAY AND COMMEMORATE THE MOST NEWSWORTHY AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF 2017 ****







As another historic year comes to a close the ABC Television Network presents an epic two-night event filled with nostalgia, laughter, celebration and remembrance beginning with “The Year in Memoriam 2017” Monday, December 18th (10:00-11:00pm ET) followed by “The Year: 2017” on Tuesday, December 19th (9:00-11:00pm ET).




Hosted by “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts and conceived by ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, “The Year in Memoriam 2017” celebrates the legendary stars and icons the world lost this year and the legacies they left behind. Roberts and Kimmel join forces for a unique tribute and learn more about these beloved stars through stories shared by those closest to them, including Valerie Harper, Ed Asner, Bernadette Peters and Dick Van Dyke remembering co-star Mary Tyler Moore; Tracy Morgan, Bob Newhart, John Stamo…

BRYN COHN AND ARTISTS & FLEA DANCE EXTRAORDINARY

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Bryn Cohn + Artists (BC+A) and Artists & Fleas present DANCE EXTRAORDINARY at Artists & Fleas, 568 Broadway, NYC, on Thursday December 7, 2017 at 7pm. Tickets are $35 ($12 for Artists).


For one night only, join BC + A and Artists & Fleas for a unique site - specific collaboration featuring dance, art + fashion like you've never seen before! We invite you to take part in this EXTRAORDINARY evening of creative partnership and community that will benefit BC + A's first repertory show The Art of Loss, premiering February 16 - 18, 2018 at The 14th Street Y and upcoming touring initiatives. DANCE EXTRAORDINARY will include immersive movement installations and live performances from BC + A, a silent auction, music, dancing, cocktails and light fare, shopping + some surprises! Celebrate our 2017 success + support our ambitious goals for 2018!


The Art of Loss isa collection of notable works from 2012-2017 that expose the rebellion, hope and despair that root in otherness. …

SALMAN KAHN FILMS 'TIGER ZINDA HAI' IN DESERT

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Abu Dhabi, UAE -- Behind-the-scenes images of the cast and crew of forthcoming Bollywood blockbuster ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ filming in Abu Dhabi have been released – including a shot of Indian icon Salman Khan riding a quad bike through the desert.


The film is also living up to its label of being the most anticipated Bollywood movie of the year after smashing viewing and social media records with its trailer.


‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is set in Iraq for its most crucial chapter, which focuses on the real-life hostage case of 46 Indian nurses. Yash Raj Films and twofour54 left no stones unturned as they recreated Iraq in Abu Dhabi by building a 20,000 sq. metre set on the backlot in Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) as well as filming on location.


The behind-the-scenes images include a shot of Salman Khan driving a quad bike through the Liwa desert, where temperatures reached a scorching 50 degrees Celsius. Liwa is one of several locations used in the movie and has also featured in a number of other …

E!'S FASHION POLICE: THE FAREWELL & THE MOMENTS

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E!’s “Fashion Police: The Farewell”: After more than two decades of countless laughs and unforgettable moments, E!’s iconic comedy franchise, produced by Wilshire Studios, signed off to “Joan Rangers” one last time when “Fashion Police: The Farewell” series finale special aired last night.

Helmed by the legendary comedian and series co-creator Joan Rivers since its inception in 1995, “Fashion Police” forever changed the pop culture conversation – covering every major award show and fashion event through the lens of its signature opinionated, relatable and self-deprecating comedic commentary.

 “Fashion Police” is produced by Wilshire Studios. Melissa Rivers, Lisa Bacon and Gary Snegaroff are executive producers. 

Photo Courtesy Of: E! Entertainment 

WAKIN CHAU CONCERT @ LAS VEGAS COSMOPOLITAN

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Wakin Chau performed at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas the other night to a huge concert crowd.


Wakin Chau, also known by Emil Chau predominantly throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He is a Hong Kong-born singer and actor. Chau's popularity has spread throughout Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and now Las Vegas.


Photo By: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch

ALLISON WILLIAMS STUNNING @ IFP GOTHAM AWARDS

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Allison Williams was stunning at the 27th Annual IFP Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street last night in New York City.


Photo By: Diego Corredor/MediaPunch

PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES PREMIERES HOLIDAY INN

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Holiday Inn



Great Performances premieres Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn -- The Broadway Musical as part of the Broadway's Best lineup on PBS. The festive production from the Roundabout Theatre Company premiered Friday, November 24th, and available to stream the following day via pbs.org/gperf. 

Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of Broadway-as well as his fiancé dance partner Lila-to settle down at an old farmhouse in Connecticut ... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a turn for the better when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a seasonal inn with show-stopping performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim's best friend, Ted, tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?


Songs include such Irving Berlin all-…

STANAJ RELEASES INCREDIBLE DEBUT PERFORMANCE

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STANAJ



STANAJ released his debut EP The Preview [LAVA/Republic Records] ]—which premiered exclusively on Complex—at all digital retailers last August. Upon its release, the EP entered the Top 10 on iTunes pop chart. Following an incredible debut performance of the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which garnered public praise from fellow guest Justin Timberlake, the EP soared into the Top 15 on iTunes Overall Albums Chart.

 Timberlake’s cosign follows a bevy of social media endorsements from additional superstars such as Drake, Chris Brown, NBA athlete Brandon Jennings, Kim Kardashian West, Russell Simmons, and more. His follow up single, “Romantic” (NOTD Remix), became a breakout hit on Spotify with nearly 80 million plays worldwide. Most recently, STANAJ has been on the road touring with fellow vocal powerhouses JoJo and Jessie J, and releasing new music for his fans- including his From a Distance EP and “The Way I Love Her,” a song he co-wrote with Simon Wilcox and …

JERSEY BOYS @ NEW YORK CITY'S NEW WORLD STAGES

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Performances began Wednesday for Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning musical Jersey Boys, at New York City’s New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) Stage 1.


As previously announced, Jersey Boys stars Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Nicolas Dromard as Tommy DeVito, Mark Edwards as Nick Massi and Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio. The production also includes Stephen Cerf, Andrew Frace, Natalie Gallo, Jon Hacker, Christopher Messina, Austin Owen, John Rochette, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Rachel Schur, Dru Serkes.


Tickets are on sale at the New World Stages box office or by visiting Telecharge.com. Group sales (ten or more) are available through Dodger Group Sales at 877-536-3437.


Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. The production includes Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music by Ron Melrose and Orchestrati…

FORMER VIEW HOST SHERRI SHEPHERD IN NEW BIO PIC

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NEW YORK — Actress and Emmy-Award winning former co-host of ABC’s “The View” Sherri Shepherd has joined Aldis Hodge (Underground) and Greg Kinnear to co-star in biopic Brian Banks, directed by Tom Shadyac (Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Evan Almighty) for producers Shivani Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures and Amy Baer’s Gidden Media. The biopic tells the story of Banks (Hodge), an All-American high school football player committed to USC by his junior year whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape. Despite maintaining his innocence, Banks was railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and parole.



With the help of the California Innocence Project, spearheaded by Justin Brooks (Kinnear), the criminal defense attorney and CIP co-founder, Banks’ conviction was overturned in 2012. He briefly played with the Atlanta Falcons in the 2013 preseason. Shepherd will portray Banks’ mother, Leomia, who was the glue that kept Banks together during his trial…

MARTIN & JEAN SHAFIROFF HOST NYC MISSION SOCIETY

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**** NYC Power Couple Martin and Jean Shafiroff Host Thanksgiving Cocktails and Toy Drive for NYC Mission Society Photos By: Patrick McMullan ****












Martin and Jean Shafiroff hosted a Thanksgiving Toy Drive for the NYC Mission Society on Monday November 20, 2017 at their Park Avenue home.


Over 100 guests including NYC Mission Society Director Elsie McCabe Thompson, Margo and John Catsimatidis, New York State Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright, Malan Breton, Margo Langenberg, Kenita Lloyd, Geoffrey Bradfield, Liliana Cavendish, and Victor de Souza, began their holiday week by enjoying champagne and canapes with the philanthropist and her financier husband.









Midway through the event, Jean Shafiroff, Elsie McCabe Thompson, and William Allen thanked guests for attending and for their continued commitment to the New York City Mission Society. Ms. Thompson revealed that the New York City Mission Society is currently exploring opening a charter school in their Minisink Townhouse in Harlem. Jean …

BARBARA TOBER HOSTS AVEDON: SOMETHING PERSONAL

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**** AT THE MUSEUM
Photos By: Patirck McMullan ****








Barbara Tober hosted a sensational cocktail reception November 15th at the Museum of Arts and Design celebrating the new biography, Avedon: Something Personal. Attended by generations of Avedon colleagues dating back to the late 1950s and photography world luminaries including Maria Hambourg, Carol Squiers, Deborah Bell, and Vince Aletti; and Avedon models Pat Cleveland, Evelyn Kuhn, Patty Hansen, Lauren Helm, Astrid Heeren, and Tony Spinelli. Among the other 375 guests were Susan Cheever, Andre Bishop, Jill Krementz, Jamie Bernstein, Nancy Hoving, Philip Galanes, Carlyne Cerf, and Peter Bacanovic. The book will be on sale starting this week.



Barbara Tober told friends, “I was lucky enough to be part of a golden age of magazines at CondĂ© Nast, first at Vogue and then as the editor of Brides. It was a time when great talent like Dick was supported and thrived. Can't wait to read Norma and Steven’s book.” Author Steven Aronson wen…

MEGHAN MARKLE PACKS HER SUITS FOR LONDON MOVE

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E! NEWS -- Meghan Markle's future with Suits may be up in the air, but her future, living in her Toronto apartment is definitely coming to an end.
The actress, who is dating England's Prince Harry, wrapped her seventh (and possibly final) season of the USA show, which is filmed in Toronto, Canada, and is officially moving house.
A source confirms to E! News that on Tuesday movers were packing and removing all of Meghan's things out of her Annex apartment.
The source also added that, for now, many of Markle's things will be going into storage, while others are being shipped to London, where she was spotted Christmas shopping on Tuesday.
The moving news has lead to even more speculation that the Canadian-living American actress is gearing up for a big move across the pond to live in London, the same city as her royal beau, so that the two can get engaged.
Rumors of an imminent engagement have been swirling ever since the duo made their first joint appearance at the Invic…

RICK'S CABARET & FDNY GIVE THANKSGIVING TURKEYS

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**** FDNY MARINE CORPS ASSOCIATION DISTRIBUTES TURKEYS TO THOSE IN NEED, AND RAISES MONEY FOR “SOLDIERS JOURNEY HOME” (BUILDS HOME FOR WOUNDED VETS), AND “PAWS OF WAR” (TRAINS SERVICE DOGS FOR VETS) ****





The entertainers, staff, and management from Rick’s Cabaret, Vivid Cabaret, and Hoops Cabaret and Sports Bar donate turkeys, help distribute them, and raise funds at the annual “Thanksgiving Turkey Drive” coordinated through the FDNY Marine Corps Association.


“The firemen do such a great job getting turkeys to those who need them and raise money for such worthy causes,” explained Rick’s Cabaret Girl Michelle. “We are just glad to do whatever we can to help.”


“Every year the Turkey Drive gets bigger and bigger,” explained Vivid Cabaret Girl Emma. “I’m really proud that we are a part of it.”


Hoops Cabaret Girl Brooke agreed. “Thanksgiving is a very special time. We can enjoy what we have, but also remember to share what we can with others.”

DOWNTOWN ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION VIP OPENING NIGHT

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Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech, were photographed at Downtown Abbey: The Exhibition VIP Opening in New York City the other evening.


Photos By: Diego Corredor/MediaPunch

REVEALED HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM SEN. FRANKEN

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Revealed handwritten note from Sen. Franken



Leeann Tweeden spoke out about sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken




Tweeden read the note: "It says, ‘Dear Leeann, I want to apologize to you personally. I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture. But that doesn't matter. There's no excuse. I understand why you can feel violated by that photo. I remember that rehearsal differently. But what's important is the impact on you and you felt violated by my actions, and for that I apologize. I have tremendous respect for your work for the USO. And I am ashamed that my actions ruined that experience for you. I am so sorry. Sincerely, Al Franken.'"


According to Tweeden, Franken also asked to meet with her personally.


Shared her story and why she spoke out


Tweeden discussed the bystanders' role in the now-infamous photo on a USO airplane, and talks about what she wants from Franken going forward.


WATCH: http://abcn.ws/2ATI9lX


Reacted to …

NYC MISSION SOCIETY THANKSGIVING HARVEST DINNER

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New York, N.Y. – Striving to help its program participants and community members start the holiday season with a hot meal, the New York City Mission Society provided more than 300 meals at its 14th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Community Dinner at Minisink Townhouse yesterday.


New York City Mission Society alumni and staff, Board Members, community members, and volunteers served the meals, while students in the nonprofit’s after school free music education program, GRIOT, performed onstage in the auditorium.


This event has been underwritten by Board Member Jean Shafiroff . Sponsors and volunteer groups included Chase, Nike, Kohl’s, Whole Foods and Jay Moorhead. .




“The families we serve face numerous challenges each day, and the holidays can be especially tough,” said New York City Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson. “This time of year is a chance to give thanks and to give back, so I thank our board members Jean Shafiroff and Jay Moorhead, our community members, staff, and…

THE SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER FOUNDATION GALA

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**** Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction
Photos By: Patrick McMullan  ****







The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation(SWCRF) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, posthumously honoring William S. Gorin, former CEO of MFA Financial, Inc., and featuring a musical performance by The Avett Brothers. The gala also introduced SWCRF’s new Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research Program, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging. Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which raised approximately $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs.


This year’s event was attended by about 800 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. The money raised will support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells, and to deliver tai…

JEFF TOYNE COMPOSER FOR AUDIENCE'S 'HIT THE ROAD'

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HIT THE ROAD


Jeff Toyne, the composer for the Audience Network's recent hit series Hit The Road has the talent to make it in Hollywood.  Created by and starring Jason Alexander, the series follows a dysfunctional family band as they travel across the country trying to hit it big.

A seasoned composer, Jeff has previously worked on the scores for films such as Life on the Line, starring John Travolta; Thom Pain, starring Rain Wilson; and 9/11, starring Charlie Sheen and Whoopie Goldberg. He's also the composer on the upcoming documentary The Volunteers, documenting the Kurdish YPG movement and its recent skirmishes with Isis fighters. Previously, he has also worked as an orchestrator on films such as The Mummy, Fast Five, District 9, and the upcoming My Little Pony Movie.