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Thursday, July 17, 2014


Animated Hot In Cleveland

The women of TV Land’s "Hot in Cleveland" are officially animated! Melanie Moretti (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy Scroggs (Jane Leeves), Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) and Elka Ostrovsky (Betty White) have come to life in cartoon form with the help of animation studio Titmouse, Inc. – and they’re bringing along Steven Tyler. Tyler will guest star in the episode as himself, serving as a guide through their magical, animated adventure.

"The Animated Episode," the first-ever for TV Land, is set to air Wednesday, July 30th at 10pm ET/PT. The episode starts with the women at Elka’s apartment, which before now has been a mystery to them…and they soon find out why. From there, they will meet up with Steven Tyler (and some other special friends) and go on a psychedelic romp through pop culture hits, including scenes with homages to “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” “The Walking Dead” and “Frankenstein.” Plus, they’ll also see what life in Cleveland would have been like if LeBron James had never left.

Saturday, August 24, 2013



By: G.H. Harding

Ben Affleck 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
BATFLECK --- Last night Warner Brothers and director Zach Snyder announced that none other than Ben Affleck would be the NEW Batman in the forthcoming Batman/Superman movie. Since the announcement, the twitter-verse has been on a feeding frenzy over the decision. Comments pro-and-con are running about half-and-half. Affleck, who won an Oscar for his direction of Argo, and, who solidly has Warner Brothers behind him, in 2004 essayed another comic book crusader, Daredevil, with less than stellar results. Don't get me wrong, I love Ben – The Town was brilliant, but Gigli; Smokin’ Aces and Jersey Girl, were somewhat more questionable choices.

Most folks in-the-know, assumed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would inherit the franchise; after his riveting performance in the Dark Knight Rises, but, Affleck got the cape and cowl. For me, a comic-kid from waaay back … I can't wait. I rather loved this summer’s Man of Steel, although the last third sort of ran off the tracks. Henry Cavill was terrific and the notion of him teeing off with Affleck is indeed captivating.

Wonder if Matt Damon will have a role ... Robin? Good luck Mr. Batfleck!

Kevin Zegers

MOTAL INSTRUMENTS --- In the never ending race to capture the Harry Potter movie-magic again, a new movie called Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opened this week. The reviews haven't been great but, the trailers and commercials, simply stunning. Combining smart visuals with some pretty good dialogue, I definitely want to catch this. Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower; Kevin Zegers; and, Jemima West, this is actually the second installment inn the series. The direction by Harald Zwart, moves and shines like a diamond. There’s already a third installment in the works. I do want to see this.

THAT’S SID --- Sid Bernstein, the man who brought the Beatles to America and promoted their concerts, died this week at age 95. He was a popular raconteur and real New York figure, spending key moments at The Carnegie Deli and The Second Avenue Deli. He was sort of a regular at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room, especially at its old location on 24th street. PR-man David Salidor told me a funny story: “When I worked for Howard Bloom (another legendary PR-figure back in the day) we were walking back to the office one day, when Howard saw Sid at a payphone. He offered Sid the use of a spare office and we walked back together … with him telling some sensational stories en route. By the end of the afternoon, we were all gathered in the conference room, around Sid, listening to him.” 

The thing I learned about Sid that he really was a man of great style and taste. That’s my memory of Sid … telling another great story.

STILLS RISING --- A long, long time ago, 1968 to be exact, musicians Stephen Stills, Al Kooper, and Mike Bloomfield, banded together in the studio for sort of an all-star jam session. The resulting album Super Session, put the music world on its collectible ear. It was really good; really creative; and, sold.

Now, all these years later, Stills has banded together with former-electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldenberg, and guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd for a new group called The Rides; and, have released a full album called Can't Get Enough,” produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads).

Can't Get Enough mixes originals with covers of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," Iggy & the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" and songs by Elmore James and Muddy Waters as well as "Word Game," a song Stills says he first wrote and recorded during the early 70's.

Shepherd says that he expects The Rides could be back in the studio as soon as December to work on the group's sophomore effort. 

"We're all very committed to this band, and we're already looking to the next record," he says. "We went to Stephen's house a while ago and we all brought stuff to the table, but Stephen already had a song that he was halfway through writing. And it was interesting because our band is supposed to be somewhat of a blues band, but the song sounds like vintage Crosby, Stills & Nash, so I'm kind of interested to see the direction that our next album will take, though I do believe that it will pretty much stay firmly rooted in the blues because that's what this band ultimately is."

While music-insiders are eagerly awaiting the results of the album, and tour, realistically, the album is on a small-indie label (825 Records) with limited-resources and, the audience, while not the size of One Direction’s audience, is in question. We called and called and still haven't received a full copy of the work.

The Rides hit the road for a 17-date U.S. tour on August 28-29 at the Iridium Jazz Club here in New York City.

CLOSING THOUGHTS-- Have you seen the trailers for NBC’s new show, The Blacklist, with James Spader? Positively thrilling. I've always liked Spader, especially in the Paul Haggis-movie Crash … so, let me predict right now this show to be #1 …The Singhs? Remember them? Apparently they surfaced a few months back with a new album Science Fiction … produced by Tony (T. Rex) Visconti. Has anyone heard this? I would love to too …Michael Starr in the New York Post is back with his classic and revelatory column The Starr Report. Congrats! And, CBS and Time-Warner have become friends. I think the strike is about to be over. Mark Bego releases Burning Bridges, with Debby Campbell, on life with father Glen, in early-October on Omnibus.

Sunday, February 10, 2013




Bonnie McKee

Natasha Bedingfield

Solange Knowles

Kelly Rowland

Katy Perry


Alicia Keys

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center tonight in Los Angeles, California, was a star studded event. Fashion ruled and style reigned.

Photos By: RD / Xavier Collin / Retna Digital

Wednesday, November 07, 2012



The Taylor Swift Cover

The cover story of the new issue of Us Weekly is all about how Taylor Swift sings her heart out about love and relationships, but can’t seem to hold onto one. Her split from Conor Kennedy, an 18-year-old high school senior, is just the latest in a long line of raw, public breakups with men, including Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Mayer. Though her heartache makes for superb Top 40 fare, “all Taylor wants is to be loved,” says one friend.

Most every weekend, Swift shuttled on her private jet from Nashville to New England, where she sailed with his family and frolicked on beaches in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. When summer ended, so did the romance. “How was she supposed to date a guy still in school while she’s f lying around promoting her album and getting her tour ready?” says a close source. It’s a problem she’s grappled with since 2006. “She’s a prisoner of her work,” says the close source. “It takes up all of her time.”

“Taylor works her tail off,” Reba McEntire tells Us. “I think she is the hardest-working person in the music business, pe riod. I just love her to pieces.” While McEntire may admire Swift’s gumption, it can grow tiresome for the men who date the star. Says a friend, “Guys don’t want to be sitting around waiting with a rose when she gets off a plane every other month.”

There is hope, however. Each of Swift’s breakups is not only fodder for song, but a chance to learn from what went wrong. Says a Swift source, “Love is not a reality for her yet, but she knows it will happen.”

Attached please find our cover image for your use. If you’d like to receive the pdf of our cover story or other stories in the new issue, I’d be happy to send. You’ll find select Hot Stuff items below. Please let me know if you’d like to speak with an Us Weekly editor about this issue or other entertainment related news.


Carmen Electra


Carmen Electra is playing coy about her romance with Simon Cowell, telling Access Hollywood Live November 5 that “maybe!” the two have spent the night together. Her ex-husband, however, isn’t as tight-lipped. Dave Navaro, 45, who split with Electra, 40, in 2006, tells Hot Stuff that Cowell, 53, “seems to be a great match for her.” Better, at least, than her former fiance, Rob Patterson, 42. “Normally, I’d say how great it is to see her with a guy who has his s—t together for a change,” he cracks. “But I’m not going to do that!”


Bring on the bling! a Bachelorette source tells Hot Stuff that season 7 couple Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum picked out wedding bands at Neil Lane in Los Angeles on November 5. “They walked in holding hands and smiling,” says a witness of the twosome, who cemented their May 2011 engagement in Fiji with a 3.5-carat cushion-cut diamond, also by Neil Lane. (The proposal aired that August on the finale.) The 19-month countdown to their December I do’s — set to air on ABC — has only reinforced their romance. While the University of Pennsylvania dental school grad, 28, and the NYC construction manager, 35, waited outside for their appointment (and TV cameras rolled), they shared a sweet moment. “Ashley stood with her arms resting over his shoulders,” says the witness. “And he gave her a tender kiss.”


Maynard was “all over” her new racer beau at a concert

Emily Maynard is revving up her dating life! Just three weeks after officially splitting from her Bachelorette fiancé of five months, Jef Holm, 28, the reality star was spotted getting cozy with a new man: Nascar truck racer Jason White, 33. “They were all over each other,” says a witness who saw the single mom, 26, and the Richmond, Virginia–bred driver on a group date at the November 3 Carrie Underwood concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Jason guided her through the crowd and held her hand as they walked downstairs.” (They later ventured off à deux to the club Suite, a source tells Hot Stuff.) White is, of course, not the first racer she’s romanced. The late Ricky Hendrick, her first fiancé and dad of her daughter, Ricki, 7, was a Nascar driver, and she was linked with Dale Earnhardt Jr., 38, in 2006. “Emily tried something new, dating Jef,” says a pal. “She is going to go back to what she knows and considers safe.”

Thursday, June 21, 2012



 Cedric the Entertainer

Marking another milestone in TV Land’s history, the network’s newest original sitcom, “The Soul Man,” was the channel’s second highest rated series premiere among its target audience of Adults 25-54 and Women 25-54, second only to the series launch of “Hot in Cleveland” in June 2010. “The Soul Man” premiered last night at 10 p.m. and stars Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash.

The premiere telecast of “The Soul Man” (June 20, 2012 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) posted a 1.0 rating and one million viewers among Adults 25-54, and averaged over 1.9 million total viewers. The season two premiere of “The Exes” (June 20, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) scored a .70/707,000 among A25-54, a +25% increase in rating and delivery over the first season premiere. The second season premiere averaged over 1.2 million total viewers. Among Women 25-54, “The Soul Man” earned a 1.29 rating and “The Exes” posted a .92 rating.

Additionally, TV Land aired two encores of “The Soul Man” (11 p.m. and 1 a.m.) and “The Exes” (11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.), which, combined with the premiere telecast, attracted over 3.5 million total viewers for “The Soul Man” and 2.6 million total viewers for “The Exes.” (Source: Nielsen, 6/20/12).