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Monday, October 08, 2018


Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker attended The Doctor Who BBC America Official Panel at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden at the 2018 New York Comic Con.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus was photographed at AMC's The Walking Dead Panel, during the 2016 New York Comic Con at Madison Square Garden in New York City the other day.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


George Stephanopoulos interviewed actor, producer, and director Spike Lee on “Good Morning America”.

Director Spike Lee says that when Hollywood's biggest stars gather next month in California next month for the 88th Annual Academy Awards, he will be on the other side of the country at a basketball game.

"Feb. 28th, we’ll be at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden," Lee said today on "Good Morning America." "I'm going to a Knicks game."

Lee, a two-time Academy Award nominee, has spoken out about the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees but he said his non-attendance should not be called a boycott.

"Here’s the thing. I have never used the word boycott," Lee said on "GMA." "All I said was my beautiful wife Tanya, we’re not coming. That’s it, and I gave the reasons. I never used the word boycott."

"It’s like do you," he said. "I’m not going. My wife’s not going. Everyone else can do what they want to do."

The Academy Awards have drawn fire in the past two years for not including minorities in the top award categories. This year, not one person of color was nominated for the coveted gold trophy in top categories such as Best Actor or Actress and Best Supporting Actor or Actress.

The lack of diversity among this year's nominees has sparked the social media hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

Lee first put the spotlight on Hollywood’s diversity problem last November when he accepted an Honorary Oscar. In his acceptance speech, Lee decried the lack of diversity among Hollywood studio executives, saying, “It’s easier to be president of the United States as a black person than be head of a [movie] studio.”

The head of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement Monday night to say she was "heartbroken" by the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations and said she would conduct a review of membership recruitment in the coming days and weeks.

"I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion," Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in the statement. "This is a difficult but important conversation, and it's time for big changes."

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who has joined Lee in saying she would boycott the Oscars in protest of the lack of diversity among nominees, issued a series of tweets thanking Boone Isaacs for her statement.

"I would like to express my gratitude to the Academy, specifically Cheryl Boone Isaacs, for such a quick response in regard to the issue at hand,"Pinkett Smith tweeted. "I look forward to the future."

Pinkett Smith, 44, is the wife of Will Smith, who had been considered an Oscar contender for his role in "Concussion."

This year’s Oscars ceremony is being hosted by Chris Rock. The comedian himself weighed in on the award show’s lack of diversity in nominations while tweeting a promo for the 88th Academy Awards.

Rock captioned the promo video with, “The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.”

Friday, December 06, 2013




Elton John

ELTON’s 64th AT THE GARDEN --- I’ve seen Elton John many, many times over the years; I was there when Andy Warhol dropped by and, there when he brought out Debbie Gibson and Billy Joel to sing “Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds.” Last night, I saw him again at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, his 64th show there, and I think it was the best show I've ever seen him do. His latest album The Diving Board has been pretty much overlooked by rock radio, although there are some tremendous tracks there, including “Home Again” –which he did perform last night- “Oscar Wilde Gets Out” and the title track which sadly were not. That said, the entire show was clearly a look back at his career with special emphasis on his ground-breaking 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – which is due for a special re-issue next year.

Opening as usual with “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”, he also did one of my favorites, the sapphic anthem “All The Girls Love Alice” and “Grey Seal,” both from GYBR. I was also delighted that he performed “The One” and “Believe,” two tracks that I feel perfectly epitomizes John’s superlative writing, along with partner Bernie Taupin for 46 years.

His band, which features new members Kim Bullard and Matt Bissonette were superb; anchored perfectly by guitarist Davey Johnstone, who’s been with him for years, as well as drummer Nigel Olsson. Johnstone, dressed in a black suit and skinny tie, little by little stripped down to just his white shirt. Johnston (and I do very well remember his great bands Magna Carta and Warpipes) was just stunning; spot on perfect. He also had an amazing array of guitars, including the shortest flying-V guitar I've ever seen for “Saturday Night Alright For Fighting.” It was amazing yet again, to hear Johnstone and Olsson do those amazing signature backup harmonies in John’s classic songs. It was very much like hearing them again for the first time.

John said at one point, “If the mood tonight has been a little reflective with some of the song choices, then so be it,” he said. “Because I'm at the stage in my life where it’s nice to reflect.” The SRO-crowd was totally in line with that sentiment as well. As a John-observer from afar, he’s earned the right to play exactly what he wants, and while songs like “Crocodile Rock,” may well be past their shelf-date … they're still excellent to listen to and review them once again. He'll be in Russia in two days and joked that he might wind up in a gulag if he’s not careful because of his human right’s initiatives. A tremendous artist in every way. Definitely one of the best shows this year.

SPADER SHINING --- We've loved James Spader for years; be it his roles in Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), or Pretty In Pink (1986), or even his terrific run in the TV series Boston Legal, the Boston-native has been just outstanding. I never really became a devotee of Legal, but when I did watch scenes between him and co-star William Shatner, he just nailed each and every moment.

His TV show The Blacklist, debuting this past September, ended its fall-run at the top. I believe I read somewhere that the ratings were higher than any NBC show in 19 years! And, deservedly so, in my opinion. His line readings are just superb and when he’s onscreen, you cannot take your eyes off him. I do believe he is the best actor on TV right now.

CLOSING NOTES --- Martial-artist master Paul Mormando is finessing up his new movie Double Fist. Stay tuned here for more details …

Just watched the Paul McCartney appearance on NBC’s Jimmy Fallon from last month; Macca was just terrific and the song “Save Me,” from his new album New smoked from start to finish and the encore “Lady Madonna” with The Roots was none too shabby. I have yet to enjoy the album in full, but, face it, the kid’s still got it…

Movie-mogul Robert Evans (he produced The Godfather and Love Story, among other masterpieces) has his follow up memoir to The Kid Stays In The Picture, The Fat Lady Sings, out this week. Evans is a raconteur of the first order and his exploits with Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski are the stuff of dreams. The debut book was just sensational. Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter produced a movie on it. Can’t wait to read it…

The Rascals have canceled their upcoming run on Broadway of their concert/multimedia event Once Upon a Dream. The show played earlier this year and was scheduled for a second run from December 16 to January 5. The show's producers issued a statement saying: Due to scheduling conflicts with director, writer, and producer Stevie Van Zandt, the New York run for Once Upon A Dream Starring The Rascals has been canceled at this time.

The producers hope to reschedule when Van Zandt's schedule, which involves balancing the filming of the third season of his Netflix show Lilyhammer, and touring with Bruce Springsteen among other things, stabilizes. We regrettably missed the first run and was looking forward to this second presentation. We hope it gets rescheduled soon...

I never fully understood what Nelson Mandela accomplished until I visited his prison cell in South Africa. Then it became abundantly clear what a spiritual and political leader he was … and, still is. He was incarcerated there for 27 years. His passing yesterday was somewhat expected, but still, when the news came across the wire, you still held your breath for a minute or two. Ironically, the terrific new movie, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (with Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, and, Robert Hobbs) opens today. RIP Nelson!

Monday, October 24, 2011


Cathy Rigby

'Peter Pan' Flies into The Theatre at Madison Square Garden and greets 25 children from the Garden of Dreams Foundation in New York City today. Legend Cathy Rigby is the star.

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2011



Dance Lessons With Radio City Rockettes

Rangers Player Brad Richards

Former NY Knick John Starks

Last week, Madison Square Garden presented the third annual “Dream Week” for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which makes dreams come true for children facing obstacles. The foundation hosted 40 children for an exciting week-long summer camp of activities which included skating on the Rangers practice rink with newest Blueshirt Brad Richards, practicing soccer with the Red Bulls, playing Tug-of-war with former New York Knick John Starks, learning a kickline with the Radio City Rockettes and learning magic tricks from the great David Blaine. The kids smiled ear-to-ear while building a week full of memories that they will truly never forget.

Photos Courtesy Of: Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Christina Aguilera disappointed fans by reportedly lip-syncing at a gig on Friday night. The star encountered undisclosed technical problems at the concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, prompting the audience to speculate the star was miming during the entire set. Aguilera's manager Irving Azoff has admitted there was a sound-related problem at the concert. He tells the New York Daily News, "Miss Aguilera is one of the most talented vocalists to ever grace the stage; however, we did have a technical problem with the sound equipment at the Garden."