Showing posts with label ALEC BALDWIN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ALEC BALDWIN. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 04, 2017


Danai Gurira

Alec Baldwin And Hilaria Baldwin

Spike Lee

Spike Lee and Danai Gurira was snapped at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts 2017 Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street last night in New York City. Donald Trump was also there. Oh, I guess it's Alec Baldwin with wife Hilaria Baldwin. Yes Alec, I'm still watching you.

Sunday, December 01, 2013


By: G. H. Harding

Alec Baldwin

BALDWIN CANNED --- MSNBC yesterday officially canceled Alec Baldwin’s Up Late talk show. It only lasted 5 episodes (including one with Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio that was actually quite provocative), but the rest were kind of plodding. He did one show with actress Debra Winger that went on far too long. I think with this show fading away, Baldwin’s finally accomplished what he kept wishing for; distancing himself from show business.

Anger issues aside, he’s a great actor, but is it really worth the hassle of his ego? I heard a story that he allegedly wanted access to a particular make up room, where a guest who had cancer was using. I heard he said he didn't care and wanted the room. Out of respect for Alec, I'm not going to print anymore alleged rumors. Too bad, with a new wife and daughter, he’s going to need the income. He'll be back for sure; he'll do a Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer, and probably get a new series.

He’s a firecracker … emphasis on the cracker!

SLUDGE FROM DRUGE-- Funny missive in the other days Blaze about bloger Matt Drudge, who apparently really hates today’s pop music.

“Listening to iTunes radio ‘Top 50′ this morning makes it clear this is the worst period of pop music in my lifetime,” Drudge, 46, wrote, “perhaps in history…”

That’s quite the verdict, says Blaze, “Is today’s pop music really the worst “in history”? Worse than the disco era? Worse than 1990’s grunge?” As an experiment, we turned on iTunes’s “Top 50″ and listened to the first 10 songs at random. Our thoughts…

“Roar,” Katy Perry– A self-motivating, mid-tempo diddy about perseverance. This one could actually be decent for a workout playlist. Good.

“Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus– The popularity of this dynamic song of despair, demonstrated by the vast number of online parodies, is hard to deny. But it’s Miley Cyrus and she literally is the worst thing to happen to 2013. Bad.

“Applause,” Lady Gaga– Whenever Lady Gaga is promoting a new project (now), there’s a good chance Drudge is linking to a story or three about her on his site. It’s either because he’s a fan or simply infatuated with her public persona. Either way, “Applause” is a catchy song about Gaga’s obsession with attention and one of the better hits the turned up in our listening. Good.

“Say Something,” A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera– A slow, somber number set to only a piano and some strings, featuring new duo A Great Big World and the undeniably vocally talented Aguilera. Nothing to hate here even if we might not play it again. Good.

“Unconditionally,” Katy Perry– A driving and loud ballad that’s probably best experienced live (though, admittedly, we've never been to a Perry concert). It’s a decent enough pop song, one that probably didn't receive any specific hate from Drudge. Good.

CLOSING NOTES-- Host Micky Dolenz killed at the Front Of House-sponsored Parnelli Awards in Vegas last weekend. Joking about Toronto-scion Rob Ford … he apparently brought the house down … Rebecca Holden and Abraham McDonald’s “Dream Come True" video is just out. Check it out HERE.

We just received Rhino Records’ Van Morrison’s Moondance deluxe package from our friend Jason Elzy. The original album came out in 1970. Hard to believe as it sounds as good as ever … Did you catch Haim on Saturday Night Live last week? They rocked like crazy. They bill themselves as HAIM (pronounced 'haɪm' to rhyme with "time,' is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, California. The band consists of sisters Este Arielle , Danielle Sari and Alana Mychal Haim, along with drummer Dash Hutton, son of Danny Hutton (from Three Dog Night) and previously a member of the bands Wires on Fire and Slang Chicken.

Most frequently compared to Fleetwood Mac, HAIM's sound has been described as "nu-folk-meets-nineties-R&B" and "music that sounds like it was written on a lakeside retreat attended by Stevie Nicks, John Waite and En Vogue". I really enjoyed and we just got the album from Sony. More next week ...

Turn on any classic rock radio station across America and you'll invariably hear their timeless music. Best known for the smash hits "Isn't It Time", "Every Time I Think of You", "Head First", and "Back on My Feet Again", '70s hard rock hit makers, The Babys have reformed after a thirty-three year absence from the music scene (and inked a new record deal with SkyRocket Entertainment).

"We've had numerous offers through the years for The Babys to reform," said Wally Stocker. "The whole premise of this band is to keep The Babys alive and have a good time doing it."

The 2013 lineup of The Babys features original members, lead guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock along with new recruits: lead vocalist/bassist John Bisaha and Joey Sykes on rhythm guitar.

Of course, lead-Baby John Waite is nowhere to be found. Honestly, he was the face and name for the band; but, bring it on, we'll give it a listen.

Monday, November 18, 2013




Scandal: A Manual

RUSH & MOLLOY’S SCANDAL --- Being in the ink-stained wretch business, I knew I was going to love George Rush and Joanna Malloy’s new tome, Scandal: A Manual, but I am truly loving it; not so much for their celebrity-stories (Kirstie Alley, Sylvester Stallone, Don Johnson and Jack Nicholson), but for the memories and references to such legendary newspaper characters like Steve Dunleavy; Richard Johnson; Richard Gooding; Cindy Adams; Liz Smith; Lou Colasuonno; and the dean of them all, Neal Travis. I mean, if you do a job like this, these names are like royalty. The stories are great, but the behind-the-scenes moments are priceless. Their classic Rush & Molloy column in the New York Daily News was required reading … right along with Johnson’s Page Six.

I met Joanna years ago and through her, met George, who has always impressed me as a writer out of the Dorothy Parker-era. Classy, reserved and, remarkably funny. It’s a classic book for sure … required reading. I loved Joanna’s machinations amidst the Woody Allen/Soon-Yi Previn scandal and George’s own dance with Motown-founder Berry Gordy.

Johnson left Page Six a while back and it really has never returned to what he made it; although Johnson has recently returned to the Post penning a Neal Travis-like column. The News, on the other hand, he re-christened their gossip sheet (in what must be like the 7th time) as NY Confidential and though they've gotten some legitimate stories, it’s a pale, pale link to what Rush & Malloy were. I guess the one constant in gossip is change.

Sirius XM's Brett Winterble talks to George tonight on his show.

 HOMELAND --- What was missing the most from Showtime’s Homeland this season, returned in the closing minutes of last night’s “Little Red Wagon” episode …. Damien Lewis. Mandy Patinkin’s character, after carefully orchestrating the possible coup of his career suddenly went under the radar and materialized where Brody has been held all this season. It posits several questions: How did Patinkin know he was there and for how long; did he ever truly believe Lewis was responsible for the mass bombing that ended season two; and, what plan does he have in mind for him. No doubt about it, this has been Patinkin’s season and he’s been truly brilliant. Many have believed that since the show began, he’s been the mole. Really, quite a superlative episode; certainly the best of a season that struggled somewhat. The last few episodes should be dazzling.

LADY GAGA --- I thought she did a tremendous job hosting this weekend’s Saturday Night Live; in fact, it garnered the show’s highest ratings since March.

Opening with a jazzed-up version of her current hit, “Applause,” she showed off her voice to great effect and it was a great arrangement of the song; mixed in with a bit of "New York, New York." There’s no question that she was in on the whole Gaga-joke and her appearance really displayed a great side of her personality; a side that’s often gotten lost. One reviewer called it her New York-theater side, rather than her art-school/shock persona. I couldn't agree more.

She also performed “Gypsy,” from her new album, which was most excellent. I noted many similarities to any of the classic Springsteen-anthems and felt that the late, great Clarence Clemmons’sax would have fit so perfectly in this. She’s got a real voice and can write songs; something so missed in today’s music scene. She came on the scene with such a fervor, that many missed the point; she’s a real talent.

CLOSING NOTES --- After a tremendous start last year: Mark Bego’s excellent edited-magazine on the 50th Anniversary of The Supremes – and, a healthy dose of Mary Wilson to boot – the company that issued it, Event Bookazines, has possibly shuttered. We haven't gotten any official word, but communication has gone silent. Publisher Tony Seidl, who invented the instant book years ago; with this company, basically invented the instant magazine. I know for a fact they had several new magazines in the pipeline. We're keeping our fingers crossed. They were a great addition to the media-scene.

LITTLE RASCALS-- The Rascals were absolutely brilliant opening The Views’ birthday episode for Whoopi Goldberg last week. Boy, did they sound like heaven! I totally missed their run on Broadway, but kept hearing raves left and right. I had occasion to sit with co-producer Maureen Van Zandt last week and she told me the production would be returning to Broadway in mid-September. Believe me: I will be there opening night. Maureen’s a visionary talent in her own right and I can't wait to see her talent explode in the production of the show, Once Upon A Dream. She’s been a key player in many projects, some with her husband Steve. A true talent for sure.

ANTI ALEC-- I've almost reached my tipping point with Alec Baldwin. I've loved him for years, possibly most in The Departed, and on many David Letterman appearances but, the man does have anger issues. In his so-called stalking trial last week; who the hell knows what really happened, but I'll say the alleged stalker’s attitude in court didn't really help her. She was sentenced to a contempt charge and 210 days in jail. I wonder if there’s a book in her future. And, post-trial Baldwin’s been systematically picking off photographers and journalists near his Village home. MSNBC pulled his talk-show for two weeks in response to a alleged homophobic rant he shouted at one photographer. Look, I'm quite sure what he’s been going through is the worst, but Alec, get a grip. You are killing what’s left of your career and your reputation. I predict MSNBC will pull the show. I've heard stories like this for years about Alec and, what can I say, karma’s a bitch.

Monday, September 09, 2013


Alec Baldwin

The story I wrote on Alec Baldwin's rage against the media and the book I have decided to write with award winning Ellen Sterling Bahron, really brought out the wrath of the aging actor. Who knew!

The top online website did three stories on this topic. Their Baldwin charity story Radar did, shows that a great reporter can pull out the facts. In this day of computers and social networking, this has become more and more rare.

But never to be silent, Alec gave a exclusive interview with The Post-Standard and, saying, "You'll see what Edstrom is saying is pretty nutty," and "Edstrom is a very strange guy. He has some persistent need to take down my family."

Alec went on to tell the website "He claimed that he had contracted my mother for an agreement for that," Baldwin explained, "and what I told my sister was that A) my mother certainly wasn't in any position to contract that for us and B) back when my brothers... were all working, they were all very busy. It was more difficult to get that picture. That picture was worth more -- I'm not going to say far more -- but that picture was worth more than Edstrom had contended."

"So I said to my mother to tell Edstrom no, you're not going to give him this exclusive photograph of everyone assembled there which he can sell for a lot of money in exchange for him providing services for the Baldwin foundation fund... I thought it was a bad agreement and I was the one that dynamited that argument back then."

 I am not going to get into a long argument here. If this were true, why did the Baldwin Fund vote to give me this exclusive photo as court testimony shows, and allow me to work right up to the last minute, when Alec ran out of his hotel room, refusing to pose. I should have been told months before and I would just have walked away from the whole thing, I would have left them on their own. But they allowed me to continue to work, and if Alec is telling the truth here, why did Carol Baldwin and the Board Of Directors of the fund continue to let me work, knowing I would never get my payday?

But that is old news, I am not going to rehash this all over again. But Alec also gave a quote to revealing the outcome of the case. It was ordered by the court that none of us were supposed to reveal the outcome. I also said to the court that one day I would be writing a book, and I would not sign any confidentiality agreement. I kept my mouth shut only on the outcome, as ordered by the court, why can't Alec? 

Enough said. I have a book to write!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013



Story By: James Edstrom

Alec Baldwin

I am no longer going to be quiet. I am sick of watching all this Alec Baldwin crap time after time. His hatred for the media and for the photogs who have every right to photograph him on the streets of New York City, has got to stop. I know first hand, I had to take him and his mother to court.

This Baldwin family is not nice. They are mean, deceitful and I cannot believe they continue to get away with acting like this. So I have contacted several people who used to work for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund and Stony Brook University Hospital, and I am going to write a tell-all book. It is time.

For those who do not know, I had to sue Alec and his mother Carol for breach of contract over a deal that was voted on by the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Fund board of directors. The deal was that I would help arrange their first fund raising event on Long Island in 1997. I didn’t ask for a fee, but it was agreed I would do it in exchange for a photo of the whole family together. 

At that time, all the Baldwin's, Alec, William, Daniel and Stephen, had careers and were at the top of their game. The photo was to be taken the night of the event. I worked hard for this event. When the time came to take the photo Alec, seated on a couch with his entire family, got up and said, " I am not going to give this picture to a f**king paparazzi.” and stormed out.

The photo was worth around $100,000 grand at the time. Even if I had sold it to 100 publications for a thousand bucks each, I would have a payday for all the work I did and would have taken no money from that raised for breast cancer research. But they screwed me. Alec walked out on the photo (I have a witness to the entire episode) and Carol kept saying they would make it up, that Alec behaved that way because he was fighting with his wife Kim Basinger and was in a bad mood, but she would make sure I got that photo. 

The day after the gala there was an an event honoring his father. Standing on stage with his family, Alec looked at me as he called all the media to the stage and said something like, this is the photo you all want, and posed with the whole family, rendering worthless any photo I could get of the family together. He did this on purpose and he did this vindictively. I did nothing to hurt Alec, all I did was to protect his mother and watch over her. And I put his mother’s Breast Cancer Fund on the map. He screwed me only because I was a celebrity photographer and a member of the media. There was no other reason. He could care less about all the time I put into helping his mother, he could care less about me moving out of New York City to help them. He could care less about anyone that was helping the fund.

In 1997, I was on every television show and my career was at the top of it's game. I was on 60 Minutes, Fox, Extra, MSNBC, Access Hollywood and so many more shows. I gave all this up to help a cause I thought was very worthwhile. I believed finding a cure for breast cancer and I believed in the Baldwins. How stupid I was. Little did I know how mean and dishonest this family was.

My celebrity friends performed for at the gala for free. Alan King was MC and when Gloria Gaynor sang " I Will Survive" to the room full of breast cancer survivors, there was not a dry eye in the house. Award winning actress Lee Grant was there, as was talk show host Rolonda Watts, and the event sold out. That night, we raised almost a million bucks.

My life has not been the same after this horrible family came on the scene, I was left devastated by them. I cried for months and thought about suicide. One minute I am on every television show and in the newspaper, living in a New York City duplex with a great career. The next thing I know, I am living in my brother’s cellar with no money even to feed my cats, because the Baldwins reneged on everything. I was conned. They left me with nothing.

The Baldwin fund kept using my contacts and building on what I had created. I had said from the beginning the gala should be held in New York City and in 1998 they took all my ideas and had it there. I was told the Baldwins did not even want to invite me, but certain members of the fund who were good people insisted that I attend. I did go and it was a bad mistake.

The Baldwins had security follow me everywhere and when I went to give Carol Baldwin a kiss, she turned and walked away from me. I started to cry. I did nothing to Carol Baldwin or her family and I really loved this lady. I was willing to forgive their lies and what they had done to ruin my life. I tried to look past it all, but being treated so badly that night finally made me angry. I wanted justice for being treated like s**t and I wanted justice for all their lies. And I wanted the world to know how the Baldwins were spending the Breast Cancer money they were collecting. 

Soon after, I retained lawyer John F. McHugh, to file suit against Alec Baldwin, Carol Baldwin and The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

It was not easy. We had a judge at the beginning who must have been starstruck. He let Alec get away with everything. Alec would not show up at depositions time after time and the judge let him get away with it. I was also very ill at the time and when my lawyer told that to Baldwin lawyer Neil H. Greenberg, they could care less. When we finally got a judge to order Alec Baldwin to show up, Greenberg would not let him answer just about anything. 

Alec Baldwin then proved the kind of person he is He allowed his attorney to blame everything on his mother and, and when he did, the judge let Alec out of the case. He sold his own mother down the river.

We filed a appeal to have Alec put back in the case. It cost me $5,000 and I think the appeal would have worked. But the trial came up and the new judge would not allow any more delays, even though almost every delay was from the Baldwins and not us. It had almost been 10 years. I wanted my day in court, but I wanted Alec Baldwin there too. It was not to be.

We went to trial on December 2006, right before Christmas. This was not about money anymore, it was about justice. Sure, I wanted some kind of compensation to pay my lawyer, but I really wanted the world to know about how the fund spent its money. I wanted to let everyone know that the money Carol Baldwin collected and said would go or breast cancer research, also paid for her lifestyle. Her house in Stony Brook was paid out of the fund. Her car, limos, food, telephones and even her cable bill came out of donations that were made to the fund. She was and still is collecting a salary from the fund and so are other members of her family. In fact, this piggy bank the Baldwins discovered, has even grown more, with them forming another “charity” upstate called The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of Central New York. Even more Baldwins are on the payrolls. But that's another story.

I was disappointed in the trial, but I was lucky to have a very fair judge. She was great. I was on the stand and telling my story and I saw the disgust in the jurors faces and I saw their looks of horror at Carol Baldwin. This very rich family, collecting money for breast cancer research and every personal expense was being taken back from the fund. I clearly recall the looks on the jurors faces, when I told them that Carol Baldwin and her daughter Beth were also collecting salaries. But more disappointing was the media’s reaction. In the stories they wrote, instead of concentrating on where the money raised in the name of research was going, they concentrated on my battle over the value of the photo I was promised. Of course I wanted them to know the value of the pic but, more important, I wanted the media to concentrate on where the breast cancer research money was going. This is what outraged me the most.

So, after two days of testimony, I was called into the judge’s chambers. I cannot discuss the outcome of the suit, so I won't. But one of the things the Baldwin's wanted was a confidentiality agreement saying I would not disclose anything I knew about the Baldwins. I refused and told them point blank I would be writing a book someday. Now that day has come. 

I was not happy with the trial ending. I was told by the judge that it was Christmas and the Jury may take it out on me if I kept them there. My lawyer John F. McHugh said, "if a judge says that, you have to listen".

The media said Carol Baldwin and I made up. Not so. I was just being civil. In the back room, she gave me her cell phone number, like I would ever call this woman. It was not the photo deal that hurt me so much, it was Carol Baldwin and her family. I loved and adored this woman, treated her like a queen and I protected her. I was loyal and have nothing to be ashamed about in the way I handled the Baldwins. And everyone connected with the fund, said they never saw a great event like mine again.

My life has never been the same. I moved back to New York City, but my trust and ambition were all but destroyed by this family. There are very few people I trust anymore. I look at this celebrity business with hatred. I may have started, which is all about celebrities, but I no longer will cover events myself, unless I am being hired. I get invited to everything, yet I just will not go out. I am a hermit. The Baldwins destroyed any feeling I had for this business and just about any feeling I have for this life. I spend my time working on my website and spending time with the abused homeless kid I took off the streets a few years ago. I do not know how to make myself whole again, but I am working so hard on making the kid I took in whole.

I do not know what the answers are, but now I know that I want to write a book about the Baldwins. Maybe this will give me some peace. I have started to contact other people who were involved with the family, and everyone has such a bad taste from them. They have all said they will cooperate with the book. My co-writer is Ellen Sterling (Bahron). She is an award-winning journalist, and as News Director at Stony Brook Medical Center at the time all this happened, she worked with the Fund and I worked closely with her. She, in fact, is the witness to the incident I mentioned above, as well as many of the statements Carol Baldwin made to anyone that would listen.

Carol Baldwin loved to talk about the private family dirt. She loved to tell the horror stories of incest and she loved to talk about how her husband, Alexander, Sr., was so abusive, and all about his affairs. We would drive around in the car and she trashed anyone and everyone. She disliked Kim Basinger and she thought she was such a untalented actress. When we saw L.A. Confidential together, she spent the whole movie putting Kim down. I can just imagine what she said when Kim won an Oscar.

The apple does not fall far from the tree. As I have said before, William Baldwin is the only humane person in this family. He clearly sees what his mother and family are. The rest of this family are pure trash. Guests on The Jerry Springer Show would look normal compared to them. Sister Jane, too, was always very nice.

I am not trying to get revenge. I am trying to get peace of mind by writing this book. I believe justice was never served and I was never made whole by the courts. Every time I read another story on Alec Baldwin's antics with the media, it brings back all those bad memories of what was done to me. Alec Baldwin is a terrible person. And if Alec Baldwin thinks he will silence me with a lawsuit, bring it on, I have plenty of witnesses to back up everything I say, and would welcome a chance for all of us to have our say. 

And, it is worth noting that the charity itself bears close scrutiny. They have declined requests from organizations like the Better Business Bureau and Guide Star Foundation for information. Available records show that they’ve spent more than they’ve raised at times.

Tomorrow I head into seclusion for a month at Dune Point Guest House, on Fire Island to start the first chapters. I hope this book will end my sadness and distrust of the world.

Thursday, August 01, 2013



Story By: G.H. Harding

James McCartney

THE SON ALSO RISES --- No question, the show of the week was James McCartney at The Cutting Room. James, the son of Paul and Linda, had embarked on a solo tour that brought him to NYC. Monday night, he was the musical guest on David Letterman, and performed “Wisteria” from his new album entitled Me; and, tracks from his earlier albums, Available Light and Close At Hand. As with his performance at The Cutting Room the next night; he brings his delightful, delicate voice to his music, which has been clearly and meticulously written and performed. Honestly, to me, he sounds more like Al Stewart (“Year Of the Cat”) than papa-Paul. 

Face it; to be a sibling of a superstar can't be easy; Dylan’s son Jacob, after his great song “One Head Light” more or less faded from the scene. James is competent for sure; and, maybe even a bit too polished … but, I enjoyed him. His cover of Neil Young’s Old Man was terrific. The pack room at the club listened intently to every word … and, every note he played.

It was nice to be back at the club too; their original spot on 24th street in NYC was the scene of many a memorable concert. This new location is huge; with better dressing rooms, the same caliber sound system; an upstairs; and, terrific art scattered throughout the club. Owner Steve Walter, has clearly put his heart and soul into the development of this club. His touch in on everything. Seen in the crowd this night were Billy Amendola (Modern Drummer magazine); Susan Hathaway; PR-gadfly David Salidor; Carol Strauss-Klenfner; photographer Derek Storm; and, Ida Langsam. Great night.

Emma Stone

BALDWIN CROWED --- Alec Baldwin has signed on for the new movie from director/writer extraordinaire Cameron Crowe. According to producer Scott Rudin, the cast in addition to Baldwin, will be Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and Danny McBride. Baldwin, currently drawing raves in the new Woody Allen movie Blue Jasmine (which so far is duplicating the success of his Midnight In Paris movie) is a wild-card for sure; but, an audience favorite. 

Crowe, the visionary director of such brilliant movies as Vanilla Sky, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, started out as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine. Baldwin: personally, I loved him in the great movie Departed … not so much in those current, cheesy Capital One commercials. Currently untitled, look for it in 2014.

BEE GEES --- Love them or hate them … everyone knows a Bee Gees song. Their earliest songs (“I Started A Joke”) were brilliant; lush harmonies and intricate, creative arrangements and productions; no one really had heard anything like that. They were a slam dunk even back then. One day in their studio, their new producer Arif Mardin, asked Barry Gibb is he could sing an octave higher. Thus, history was made and the resulting performances, from their brilliant Main Course album to their legendary songs for the movie Saturday Night Fever … made the brothers Gibb immediate superstars and multi-millionaires. 

Yet, for all the success they enjoyed, there were dark problems behind the facade. The two beta brothers Robin and Maurice, rallied against the domineering style of alpha-brother Barry. In his new book (Bee Gees/Biography), author David N. Meyer, chronicles their rise, from abject-poverty, to the high-life in Miami. One quick fact I found totally interesting; when they arrived in Miami, they bought an old warehouse/rehearsal space from none other than Henry Stone, then fronting his TK Records, which became one of leading dance labels in the country, and made it into their own recording studio, re-christened Middle Ear studios. 

Robin, who has since passed, as well as brother Maurice too, wonders at one point if all their problems were due to the amazing degree of success they achieved. Interesting point for sure. Barry, the last Gibb Brother standing, ends with a solo performance in Florida; well received, but missing his brothers on stage. All sad … and, all true. Great read for sure.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013



Alec Baldwin

James Toback and Michael Mailer’s feature documentary “Seduced and Abandoned,” starring Alec Baldwin, will premiere as a Special Screening in the Official Selection at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on Monday, May 20, 2013.

Produced by Michael Mailer, Alec Baldwin and James Toback and executive-produced by Alan Helene, Larry Herbert, Neal Schneider and Morris Levy, “Seduced and Abandoned” celebrates the adventures of filmmaking, following Baldwin and Toback on a troublesome and often hilarious journey at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, as they attempt to secure financing for their next feature film. In this behind-the-scenes look at the Cannes Film Festival, Baldwin and Toback interface with a wide variety of Cannes denizens from movie stars, directors, producers, distributors, financiers, personalities and even the director of the film festival himself.

Monday, February 18, 2013



Story By: James Edstrom

Trash Alec Baldwin

I am getting calls from all the media outlets on Alec Baldwin's latest run in with a NY Post Reporter and Photographer.

As many of my friends remember, I sued Alec Baldwin and his mother for screwing me over when I worked so hard raising money for their Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Fund. It Took almost ten years in court, but I never gave up.

The aging old news actor, allegedly got into a tense argument with a New York Post reporter this weekend when she approached him outside his East Village home and attempted to ask him about reports that his wife, Hilaria Thomas, is being sued.

When the reporter, Tara Palmeri, asked Baldwin about the lawsuit, he allegedly grabbed her and said “I want you to choke to death.” Palmeri played an audio recording of the incident for police, the Post reported. He also allegedly called Palmeri “drug dealer” and fired a racial slur at her.

Then after allegedly lashing out at Palmeri, Baldwin then reportedly directed his anger at the newspapers photographer, G.N. Miller, a retired New York City Police Officer. Miller filed a harassment claim with police, as did Baldwin.

The “30 Rock” actor then started ranting on his Twitter page about it.

“Thank u 2 NYPD officers who came to my home 2day so that I could file a formal complaint against NY Post ‘photographer’ who assaulted me,’’ he tweeted, according to the New York Post.

He has since deleted all tweets that reference the argument.

Last June, Baldwin had another fight with a photographer.

A New York Daily News photographer claimed Baldwin allegedly punched him outside the marriage license bureau in New York City.

The Daily News reported that Marcus Santos was taking photos of the star and Thomas, when the actor grabbed a second news photographer, then shoved Santos and hit him in the chin. Baldwin then walked away.

The newest fight was in response to a Daily News article claiming his wife Thomas was being sued for a bad yoga class.

I said years ago in many media outlets, that we should just ban him from our pages and stop giving him television coverage. My fights with Alec Baldwin are well documented on Page Six, The New York Times, The Daily News and many more outlets across the world.

It will never end with the dis-respect Alec gives to the media. When he wants to promote a project, he is nice and kisses the media's ass. He uses the media and they let him. Alec Baldwin and most of his family are just trailer park trash. I say most, because Billy Baldwin is the only nice one out of the bunch. And I did not really have a relationship with Daniel because back then he was so fucked up on drugs. But considering the things Alec's mother Carol told me and so many others about what happened between Daniel and his sister, I now understand why he was killing his pain with drinking and drugs. Pure trailer park trash. Pure Jerry Springer material. In fact, if the dirt ever got out, this would be the best Springer show ever.

So many people have asked me to write a tell all book. Many people that were involved with the Baldwin family around 1997 have been talking about writing a tell all book. The Baldwin family thinks they are American Royalty, Alec's mom used to say they were. The fact is the are American trash. They have no class, they have no humanity for other people and they think they can do what ever they want. I can not tell you how many times Alec Baldwin never showed up at deposition and the judge let him get away with it each and every time.

No one ever latched on to the fact on what I testified too at the trial either. I could not believe that no one cared the way the The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer money was being spent. Carol Baldwin was on salary as was members of the Baldwin family. Carol Baldwin's Stony Brook house rent was paid out of the fund. Her telephone, cable, airfare, rental cars and meals were taken out of Breast Cancer money. It was her personal piggy bank and the board of directors of the fund allowed it to be. Complaints to the Attorney Generals office went un-answered, but I figured it was because the Attorney Generals office the first year gave them around 25 thousand, so how could they investigate a fund that they donate too.

It was a disgrace that this was allowed. And Alec knew it all and allowed it all. It used to make me sick that Carol Baldwin used to go to schools in Long Island to pick up pennies that the children were saving from their lunch money and the public did not know the spending habits of the Baldwin Family fund. To think with all these movie star children, that they need to take one dime from the charity. It is disgusting. Finally with all the bad press I gave them in the New York City and Long Island area, they decided to start another Breast Cancer charity in upstate New York called the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY. Beth Baldwin is the director, and I wonder who gets paid by this charity in the Baldwin family?

They just can not let the goose that laid the golden egg go.

Photo By: RD/Orchon/Retna

Friday, July 20, 2012


Alec Baldwin

On Saturday, August 11, 2012, The East Hampton Library will present its 8th Annual Authors Night benefit event.

The evening’s Founding Co-Chairs Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith will be joined by Honorary Co-Chairs Ken Auletta, David Baldacci, Robert A. Caro, Dick Cavett, Lynn Sherr, Dava Sobel and more than 120 distinguished authors. Featured authors include:

Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Tom Colicchio, Philip Galanes, Oz Garcia, Peter Kaminsky, Robert Klein, Hilary Knight, Lucette Lagnado, Katie Lee, Robert Lipsyte, Jeffrey Lyons, Kati Marton, Peter Matthiessen, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, Michael Shnayerson, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Sam Talbot, Ali Wentworth, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and many more! (List in formation.)

The evening begins at 5:00 pm with the Authors Reception under the tent, where guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine and have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the authors, buy their books, and have them personally inscribed. At 8 pm, directly following the Authors Reception, guests will be hosted at dinner parties at private area homes in honor of one of the guest authors.

Location Note: The Authors Reception “under the tent” will be held this year at the Gardiner Farm, (36 James Lane, East Hampton village).

Tickets are available online at the Authors Night website and at the Library.

Proceeds from this special event benefit The East Hampton Library, a private, not-for-profit organization providing outstanding library services to the East Hampton community.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012



 Alec Baldwin

This year, at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, the talk of the town was the filming of Alec Baldwin’s new documentary, Seduced and Abandoned. Baldwin, with director James Toback, producer Michael Mailer, explored the trials and tribulations of financing a film. 

 Eva Longoria

Denise Rich
The Seduced and Abandoned crew filmed at the hottest Cannes parties including the Eva Longoria dinner aboard Denise Rich’s yacht, and the Vanity Fair Party at Hotel Du Cap. While filming, Baldwin interviewed several Hollywood elite including Brett Ratner, James Woods, Lawrence Bender, Diane Kruger, and Bérénice Bejo. Also on set, Roman Polanski was filmed on set overlooking the Croisette, and Vanity Fair’s own Graydon Carter was interviewed at Hotel Du Cap. Mayor of Cannes Bernard Brochand, Taki Theodoracopulos and General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Theirry Frémaux also made appearances. Although Johnny Pigozzi did not allow the crew at his exclusive lunch, he was also interviewed for the film at his home. In addition, Baldwin presented Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan from Dupã Dealuri with the award for ‘Best Actress’ at the 65th Festival de Cannes Awards Closing Ceremony.

Baldwin and fiancée Hilaria Thomas hosted an exclusive dinner at Baoli restaurant, for executive producers Michelle & Larry Herbert, Stacey & Neal Schneider, and Marla & Alan Helene.

James Caan

The party isn’t over for Mailer, Toback and Baldwin. In New York, the A-team interviewed Ron Meyer, President & COO of Universal Studios and in Los Angeles, author and screenwriter Diablo Cody, actor James Caan, and Producer Mike Medavoy. Seduced and Abandoned is set to continue filming in New York, Los Angeles and Napa and the movie is anticipated to be released in 2013.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011



Story By: Edward Callaghan

Champagne tastings, Polo, Charity Galas and nightclub bashes lured the celebrities and socials from their posh seaside palaces this weekend.

Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse Toasted at Chefs & Champagne

The James Beard Foundation honored highly acclaimed chef, TV personality and multi James Beard Award winner Emeril Lagasse at the foundation's annual summer fundraiser at Wolffer Estate Vineyard the Chefs and Champagne Dinner The event featured culinary offerings from a select group of more than 40 fine chefs, from all over the nation, and many from JBF award-winning restaurants. The super foodie fete attracted not only Martha Stewart but a dapper looking Richard Gere.


Betsy Johnson

Nacho Figueras & Fellow Players Return to Two Trees Farm

Despite losing sponsor Mercedes Benz, polo came back again this year to Two Tree farms. Top polo player & face of Ralph Lauren was once again in the saddle to the delight of guests like Russell Simmons, Betsy Johnson & daughter Lulu, Jean Shafiroff and Kelly Klein. As always, a portion of entry fees are donated to a local charity. This week the charity was the very worthy Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreational Center headed up by my dear friend Bonnie Cannon.


Hunt Slonem

Calvin Klein Steps Up For ACRIA

The A List art & fashion crowd turned out in full force Saturday night, at photographer Steven Klein's house in Bridgehampton for ACRIA -- the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America -- 2011 annual Cocktails at Sunset.

The top shelf crowd was no surprise given the heavy weight committee that included Andre Balazs, Andrew Benedict, Ross Bleckner, Sandra Brant, Nan Bush & Bruce Weber, Bob Colacello, Francisco Costa, John DeStaphano, Gaby & Gian Paolo DeFelice, Tonne Goodman, April Gornik & Eric Fischl, Deborah Hughes, Calvin Klein, Kelly Klein, Steven Klein, Leslie Klotz & Mary McBride, David Maupin, Jack Pierson, Isabel Rattazzi, Cynthia Rowley & Bill Powers, Andrew Saffir, Stewart Shining, Ingrid Sischy, Stefano Tonchi, Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman.

Also on hand to support ACRIA’s life saving work were polo great Nacho Figueras and his gorgeous wife Delfina Blaquier, ina Cho, Dawne Marie Grannum, Tripoli Patterson, Robert Verdi, Lauren Ezersky and Yigal Azrouel.

In addition to spectacular trip packages and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the silent auction featured incredible work by some of the world's most celebrated and talented artists: Ross Bleckner, Nina Bovasso, Dan Colen, Candida Hofer, Ryan McGinley, Angel Otero, Herb Ritts, Stephen Shore, Hunt Slonem, Donald Sultan, Spencer Tucker, and Massimo Vitali.

ACRIA is a leading HIV research and education organization. ACRIA tests the newest HIV therapies; undertakes cutting-edge research to understand better who has HIV and how to keep people with disease healthy; provides life-saving HIV health information to disadvantaged communities around the world, and strengthens community-based groups through a comprehensive technical assistance program.


Kimora Lee Simmons

Social Life Toasts Cover Girl Kimora Lee Simmons

Social Life’s Justin Mitchell & Devorah Rose popped the corks to toast this week’s cover girl Kimora Lee Simmons at The Beach House this weekend.


Lauren Bush

Navy Beach & Moët Ice Imperial Host FEED Pop-Up
Shop With Lauren Bush

Navy Beach and MOËT Ice Imperial partnered with activist and model Lauren Bush to host a special FEED ( pop-up this past Sunday. Guests – including Lauren’s main man David Lauren could help ’FEED the World’ by purchasing a FEED bag, t-shirts, FEED 5 bracelets, teddy bears and scarves. A limited edition bag, the FEED 10 ’Moët Navy Beach Picnic’ bag, perfect for a picnic lunch and bottle of MOËT Ice, was also available for purchase. Navy Beach will continue to sell the FEED 5 bracelets through the end of July. Each bracelet purchased provides 5 school meals to a child in need through the United Nations World Food Programme’s School Feeding program.


Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg Confirms Jurassic Park 4 in the Works

No Hanging around the pool at his East End estate, Steven Spielberg was on the other side of the country making his first-ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con today, and talked plenty about The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn .As always the award winning act ahs a raft of projects on his plate including War Horse, Lincoln, Robopocalypse. But the big news came when he confirmed to the crowd that Jurassic Park 4 is in the works, too:

We have a story," Spielberg told 6,000-plus fans in the San Diego Convention Center. "We have a writer who is writing the treatment and hopefully we are going to make Jurassic park 4 in all of our foreseeable futures, hopefully in the next two or three years."

The director then took a long trip down memory lane, thanks to audience questions. Among the things Spielberg revealed were that he produced but perhaps wished he has directed American Beauty (though he credited the great job done by Sam Mendes). Also, that he perhaps had the best time producing "Bob Zemeckis' three Back to the Future movies.


Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin Continue with His Philanthropy to Two More Hamptons Institutions

Just a few months ago, Alec Baldwin presented Guild Hall of Eats Hampton with a check for $250,00 from his Capital One commercial deal. Now we hear he has gifted the Hampton International Film Festival with a similar amount. The announcement of Baldwin's gift - from the proceeds of his credit-card commercials - took place shortly before he and his girlfriend Hilaria Thomas attended the fest's screening of "Page One: Inside The New York Times at Guild Hall in East Hampton As you might remember he has hosted the Festival’s Summer Doc series at Guild Hall. Next on his list is the East Hampton Library who recently named him Founding Co-Chair of its acclaimed literary event The Authors Night Series.


Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton Added to List of HEAT Benefit Guests

We hear soulful crooner Michael Bolton will be joining in honoring Kim Cattrall, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at the July 30 HEAT event, hosted by Steven Klein at the West Kill Farm, with emcee Rosanna Scotto. Donna Karan and Laura Linney are the Honorary Chairs. All event and auction proceeds benefit one of our favorite charities Southampton Hospital’s Ellen Hermanson Breast Center, Ellen’s Well and the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, all for breast cancer patients and their families.


Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven Celebrates Early

Though his birthday is actually July 26, Jeremy Piven aka Ari Gold of Entourage fame celebrated his birthday in high style at the posh Ciroc Cabana Club in Bridgehampton.

Photos By: Sara De Boer/RD/Leon/Dziekan/Kabik/Retna

Friday, July 22, 2011


Dick Cavett

On Saturday, August 13, 2011, The East Hampton Library will present its 7th Annual Authors Night benefit event.

The evening’s Co-Founding Chairs Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith, and Honorary Co-Chairs Robert A. Caro, Dick Cavett, Nelson DeMille and Michael Connelly will be joined by more than 160 distinguished authors.

Featured authors include Georgina Bloomberg, Jennet Conant, Kathy Freston, Victoria Hagan, Hilary Thayer Hamann, Shere Hite, Duane Hampton, Robert Klein, Katie Lee, Robert Lipsyte, Susan Lucci, Jeffrey Lyons, Adam Ross, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Beth Ostrosky Stern and many more!

The evening begins at 5:00 pm with the Authors Reception under the tent on the Library grounds, where guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine and have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the authors, buy their books, and have them personally inscribed.

At 8 pm, directly following the Authors Reception, guests will be hosted at themed dinners at private homes in honor of one of the guest authors.

Tickets are available online at the Authors Night website and at the Library.

Proceeds from this special event benefit The East Hampton Library, a private, not-for-profit organization providing outstanding free library services to the East Hampton community.

For complete event details, including a full list of participating authors, visit: or contact Library Director Dennis Fabiszak at (631) 324-0222 ext. 7.

Photos By: RD/Leon/Retna

Sunday, April 10, 2011



Chryssie Whitehead

Lonny Price

Martha Plimpton

Jill Paice

Anika Noni Rose

David Burtka With Neil Patrick Harris

Paul Gemignani

Jon Cryer With Jill Paice

Alec Baldwin And Yongmei Hu

Neil Patrick Harris With Jon Cryer

Neil Patrick Harris

Aaron Lazar And Katie Finneran

Aaron Lazar along with Neil Patrick Harris, Martha Plimpton, Alec Baldwin, Katie Finneran and many more stars were snapped performing in the New York Philharmonic presentation of Stephen Sondheim's 'Company', A Spring Gala Benefit in New York City.

Photos By: Walter McBride / WM Photography / Retna Ltd.