Showing posts with label NETFLIX. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NETFLIX. Show all posts

Monday, May 21, 2018

LAURA PREPON @ NETFLIX 'ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK'

Laura Prepon



Laura Prepon was snapped at the Orange is the New Black FYC Event at NETFLIX FYSEE in New York City the other day.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

MO'NIQUE TALKS NETFLIX BOYCOTT ON 'THE VIEW'

Mo'Nique On The View



Mo'Nique explains why she called for a Netflix boycott over what she says was "gender bias and color bias": "When [Netflix] says ... 'Mo'Nique is a legend, too.' Well if I'm a legend, why wouldn't I get what the legends are getting?"



Mo'Nique tells her side of the story that damaged her reputation: "For 8 years, my family has suffered, and my career has suffered, because ... I would not allow those entities to ... bully me."





Photo Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney
 

Saturday, February 03, 2018

ELIJAN STEVENSON & RIO MANGINI @ EVERYTHING SUCKS!

Elijah Stevenson



Rio Mangini




Rio Mangini and Elijah Stevenson were photographed at Netfix's 'Everything Sucks!' series premiere at AMC 34th Street the other night in New York City.


Monday, January 08, 2018

DAVID LETTERMAN'S NEW SHOW HAS BARACK OBAMA


My Next Guest Needs No Introduction



David Letterman is out of retirement and returning to television with a six-episode, 60-minute Netflix series -- My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. The first episode will premiere on Friday, January 12, 2018 with each subsequent episode streaming monthly from February to June. Dave’s lineup of influential guests includes George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and President Barack Obama.


The interviews take place both inside and outside a studio setting, with Letterman traveling to "locations far and wide," according to a Netflix press release. The episodes will take an in-depth look at Letterman's guests.


When Letterman announced the new show, he said in a statement, "I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely."


He also told the New York Times that the new series "feels like exactly what I want at this stage of my life." Letterman said he plans to keep his outgrown beard.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

"TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN"

Kevin James



Kevin James was sanpped at the World Premiere of Netflix Original Film "True Memoirs of an International Assassin" in New York City the other night.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

STARS COME OUT FOR NEW YORK CITY NETFLIX PREMIERE

Paul Rudd



Amy Poehler



Amy Poehler along with Paul Rudd were snapped at the Netflix premiere of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp at The SVA Theater in New York City.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DARK PART OF MARVELS DAREDEVIL IN HELL'S KITCHEN

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Gloria Reuben And David Salidor



NETFLIX’s Daredevil --- I watched the first three episodes of Netflix’s Daredevil yesterday . . . and really, really loved it. My favorite, though, is the third episode where Vincent D’Onofrio is introduced as the bad guy Wilson Fisk (a.k.a., The Kingpin).



Even though the first shot of D’Onofrio in Episode Three is taken from the back—while he stares at a piece of art, no less—it was positively chilling. Vinny definitely has the patent on bat-shit craziness (first shown to the world when he gained upwards of 70 pounds to play Private Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence in the late great director Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam-war masterpiece Full Metal Jacket.



The locale of Daredevil’s Hell’s Kitchen exists in a dark, dark part of the Marvel Universe. It’s not the colorful Agents of Shield, or even The Avengers. And yet, there are references throughout all three episodes to certain incidents that occurred in every single Marvel film; most notably, The Avengers’ battle in Manhattan. You have to be vigilant and look close for these Easter eggs . . . but they're there, for sure.



Charlie Cox, who plays the Daredevil in this new series, is excellent. I wasn’t all that familiar with him before, but you can’t take your eyes off him whenever he’s on the screen.



Daredevil is the blind lawyer Matt Murdock, who lost his sight at an early age and is forced to engage with his boxer-father, portrayed by an especially good John Patrick Hayden. Elden Henson, who plays law associate Foggy Nelson, is good as well. But make no mistake, Cox’s the star here.



The show opens with Matt in a confessional; not apologizing for what he has done, but rather for what he is going to do. And there you have it: An unremittingly dark Hell’s Kitchen in the midst of Daredevil-land.



The fight scenes—and there are plenty—are all staged terrifically. And when Murdock gets pummeled in Episode Two, you can really feel his pain.



Comic-book geekdom aside, series creators Drew Goddard and Marco Ramirez have done this one the right way, matching the feeling and passion so consistently delivered in the comic book. A bang-up job!



LAST SHIP’S NOMINATIONS --- Sting's musical, The Last Ship, may no longer be playing on Broadway but it has not been forgotten by the first awards group to announce nominations.



The Outer Circle Awards nominations count three for the show, including: Outstanding New Broadway Musical; Outstanding Book for a Musical; and Outstanding New Score.



While the awards listings don't list the people who wrote the score, Sting alone wrote both music and lyrics and would receive the award alone if the show were to win in that category. John Logan (who penned both The Aviator and Hugo for Martin Scorsese, while creating the screenplay for Tim Burton’s ultra-bloody adaptation of Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd) and Brian Yorkey (best known for writing both book and lyrics to the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Next to Normal) wrote the book for The Last Ship.



The show’s three nominations were on the lower end of the list, while the musical Something Rotten! received twelve; the revival of On the Twentieth Century pulled in nine; and the new Broadway version of the film classic An American in Paris earned eight.



The Last Ship only had a few good weeks during its run, and that was when Sting (whose real name is actually Gordon Sumner, in case you wondered) bit the bullet and joined the cast. The show ran last year from September 29 to October 25 in previews, and officially played 105 performances between October 26, 2014 and January 24, 2015.



We saw the show two nights before it closed, and just loved it. These nominations are most deserved. Congrats!



NEW FLOWERS --- I listened to Flamingo (2010), the debut solo album from Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers last night, and marveled at what a tremendous record it is. Really creative and very well-produced.



While The Killers has played numerous festivals so far this year, Flowers has also been working on his second solo album. "The record's not done yet, but I'm excited about it . . . I'm liking it," said Flowers.



The title of the new album is The Desired Effect, and it should be officially released next month.



Over the course of four albums and a “greatest hits” collection, The Killers have worked with an eclectic mix of heavyweight producers like M83, Stuart Price, Alan Moulder, Brendan O'Brien, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite. Flowers' next solo LP will follow in that tradition, thanks to his latest collaborator Ariel Rechtshaid.



"He's taking me out of my comfort zone," Flowers said of working with Rechtshaid. "Normally, I make demos and they're pretty similar to how the song ends up, but he'll take a song and be like, 'I hear this.' It's incredible–his palette and his range, what he's able to say. At first we were butting our heads together, but now we're hitting it off."



In the past year alone, Rechtshaid has helped shepherd Sky Ferreira's Night Time, My Time; Haim's Days Are Gone; and Rolling Stone magazine's Number-One Album of 2013, Vampire Weekend‘sModern Vampires of the City.



Organic, yet mesmerizing captivating. That Haim record was spot-on brilliant.



Although The Killers recorded two new tracks for their Best Of compilation, Direct Hits (which also includes their cover of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" performed live at the V Festival), the band hasn't been released an album since their release of 2012's Battle Born. While Flowers is focusing on his solo disc now, he says that the band will return to the studio at some point. "I wanna keep being in this band," Flowers said. "I don't think we'll get too morbid about it, I think we wanna keep going."




CLOSING NOTES --- I am terrifically enjoying the 4 CD/Live DVD set Last Band Standing from The Ides of March with Jim Peterik. It was a thrill watching their live performance of their early ‘70s signature hit, “Vehicle.” All those signature horn licks are there, and Jim’s enthusiasm is palpable. He’s the legendary journeyman musician, who also wrote and performed the early ‘80s hit“Eye of the Tiger” with the group Survivor. A top-notch high quality listen, for sure . . .



Gloria Reuben’s last performance at NYC’s Metropolitan Room is next week. Don’t miss it. Broadway World called her show, Perchance to Dream, a “welcome contrast to so many cabaret performances that, charming as they may be, can tend toward flamboyant, even garish territory, with the performer sometimes going over the top. Reuben, on the other hand, knows how to intoxicate with just a droplet of the necessary spirits.”



Lastly, are you one of the over 88 million people who watched within 24 hours of its release the brand-new second “teaser trailer” on the new STAR WARS film planned for release this Christmas? I am—and if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?! Check it out asap – it looks like the Force was definitely with J.J. Abrams while at the helm of the forthcoming seventh film in the world-famous George Lucas franchise, The Force Awakens . . .



Just listened to some of the new Florence + The Machine record, due out next month, with the fab title of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. "Ship to Wreck" is classic Florence. Can't wait for this one.


Photo Courtesy Of: Bobby Bank

Monday, October 06, 2014

TWIN PEAKS COULD HAVE COMEBACK ON NETFLIX

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Kyle MacLachlan




PAGING AGENT COOPER -- Could Twin Peaks be ready for a comeback? Possibly! At least that’s what the Internet is hoping. On Friday co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost simultaneously tweeted: “Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style. #damngoodcoffee.”



The tweet could mean nothing, but past cryptic messages like it have ended up being advertisements for DVD collections, according to media-rag A.V. Club, only there’s not supposed to be any content left to release anew. This, along with the fact that Netflix chief Ted Sarandos is on the record as saying he would absolutely bring the series back, has people wondering if that time might be near.



Twin Peaks was the iconic series created by Lynch and Frost (in April of 1990) that has not only stood the test of time, but set a new bar in the episodic-TV series continuum.



It followed an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). Its pilot episode was first broadcast on April 8, 1990, on ABC. Seven more episodes were produced, and the series was renewed for a second season that aired until June 10, 1991.



The show's title came from the small, fictional Washington town in which it was set.



The show became one of the top-rated shows of 1990 and was a critical success both nationally and internationally. It captured a devoted cult fan base and became a part of popular culture that has been referenced in television shows, commercials, comic books, video games, films and song lyrics. Declining viewer ratings led to ABC's insistence that the identity of Laura's murderer be revealed midway through the second season.



The series was followed by a 1992 feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, which serves as both a prequel and an epilogue to the television series.



Fashion-magazine GQ ran a feature in their issue last month on the fashions from the show … which have remained in vogue and which were shown in many of the fall fashion show.



Personally, I'd, love to see it return and if anyone could do it, it'd be creator Lynch, in a totally original way. The man's a brilliant auteur.



PAUL REVERE RIP --- From Kent Kotal via his Forgotten Hits: We lost a good one yesterday ...



A long-time friend of Forgotten Hits, Paul Revere passed away on Saturday at the age of 76.



He had been in poor health for the last several years and officially retired a few months ago, announcing that his band would continue to perform without him as Paul Revere's Raiders. (His son, Jamie, also recently rejoined the band, to help carry on his father's legacy.)



Revere was a rock and roll legend ... as well as a show-biz legend. Pleasing the fans always came first ... he lived to be on stage. (We saw him several months ago at The Arcada Theatre in what would turn out to be one of his final live performances.



Shortly after that, doctor's orders forced him to stay home while the band went out on the road to fulfill their commitments ... and then in July he formally announced his retirement.)



One of the best quotes I have ever read came last night from Terry Currier, who told the audience at The Aladdin Theater on hand for The Oregon Music Hall Of Fame induction ceremony:



Two bands recorded 'Louie Louie' in Portland in 1963.



One ... the Kingsmen ... had a hit.



Paul Revere and the Raiders would have a career.



Loving testimonials are coming in from all over the country ... and more will continue to follow. The first rock band signed by Columbia Records, they would hit The National Top 50 Charts twenty times with '60's classics like "Just Like Me" (#11, 1966); "Kicks" (#4, 1966); "Hungry" (#6, 1966); "Good Thing" (#4, 1967), "Him Or Me - What's It Gonna Be" (#5, 1967); "Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon" (#16, 1968) and their lone chart-topper, "Indian Reservation" (#1, 1971).



This morning, the official Paul Revere and the Raiders website posted a love letter to Paul, signed by Everyone Who Has Ever Met You ... there is no way of calculating just how many lives he touched over the years ... suffice to say that number is well into the tens of millions.





ADAMS FAMILY --- Multi-platinum recording-artist Bryan Adams is releasing of his new covers album, Tracks Of My Years, a diverse collection of time honored classics from the 50's, 60's and 70's.



The eleven-track album will be released October 6th and features a wide range of influential musical styles, from Chuck Berry's “Rock & Roll Music”, Ray Charles' “I Can't Stop Loving You” to The Beatles' “Any Time At All.” The album will also include a brand new track entitled, “She Knows Me” co-written with Adams' long-term writing partner Jim Vallance. The Adams/Vallance partnership was responsible for many of Bryan's classic hits including “Heaven”, “ Summer of '69” and “Run To You.”



A lavish deluxe version of Tracks of My Years will also be made available, with five additional cover songs packaged in a hardback book, containing sleeve notes from Adams alongside retro-style 7-inch single covers.



"Making the selection of the songs for the album took a long time" says Bryan. "We recorded all kinds of songs until the songs sort of presented themselves, or sounded different enough from the originals. We did about 3 months of recording, spread out over the course of 2 years. Radio was king when I was a teenager," Adams reflected, “You'd hear McCartney's ‘Admiral Halsey’ straight into ‘Kiss and Say Goodbye’ by the Manhattans. Radio didn't discriminate back then.”



Tracks of My Years is an eclectic mix of songs reflective of the time when rock was played alongside pop, country and R&B, and follows Adams' critically acclaimed acoustic album, 2010's Bare Bones, a release that resulted in sold out shows across Europe, North America, Australia and South Africa.



Adams is one of the world's most highly acclaimed singer/songwriters. In a career that has spanned more than four decades, his music has achieved #1 status in over 40 countries and sold in excess of 65 million records. He has toured six continents, is a Grammy and Juno award winner and has been nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Adams has been awarded The Order of Canada, he has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Canadian Walk of Fame and his handprints are in Wembley's Square of Fame.




CLOSING NOTES --- Last night’s two-hour premiere of the new re-booted Homeland was interesting on several levels: First, I watched the two episodes which closed out its last season(season 3) and marveled yet again at Damien Lewis. Damn, he was good and delivered on every level. With that character dispatched at the end of the season, I knew then and knew now that it'd be a hard road ahead. Well, the 2 episodes were pretty good, but you felt Lewis’ absence in spades. What they've basically done is re-set the entire playing field: Carrie (Claire Danes) is now abroad; Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is on his own, so it’s the remaining characters in essentially new roles. Danes and Patinkin are superb, but, they need an anchor. Last season I posited that I may not watch, I'm glad I did, but things are definitely different …



Brit-singer Lindsey De Paul passed last week. The star had a number of top 20 hits and represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1977. De Paul died in a London hospital on Wednesday.



Her biggest hit "Sugar Me" got to number five in the singles chart in 1972 just a year after she launched her music career. She became the first woman to win an Ivor Novello award after writing the top 20 hit "Won't Somebody Dance With Me." She was romantically linked with figures such as Hollywood stars James Coburn, Dudley Moore and, Ringo Starr.



In 2011 she had her own program on Sky-TV titled Lynsey's Love Songs …



Vincent Amelio's How Alfo Learned to Love Women ramps up again Thursday at the National Opera American Center in NYC. Helmed by Robert Funaro from The Sopranos ... it is superb ...



New album from Calvin Harris entitled Motion will be available November 4; with guests Ellie Goulding, Haim, Gwen Stefani and Big Sean ...



The Blue Magoos at NYC's Bowery Electric on Thursday, October 16 tub-thumping their new album Psychedelic Resurrection ...





Tuesday, September 02, 2014

GRAVEDIGGER SET TO AX THE HORROR GENRE WORLD

Gravedigger The Movie



Gravedigger is set to ax the horror genre worldwide! Shami Media Group, Inc. a distribution, marketing, and media leader in worldwide film distribution has recently acquired "Gravedigger" and has set a release date of November 18, 2014.




Shami Media is led by film veteran Bob Shami who has been in the film distribution business for over 15 years. Their movies are currently found in retailers such as, F.Y.E., Best Buy, Tower, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sears, Kmart, MVD, Walmart, Target, Frys, Baker & Taylor, Red Box, iTunes and Netflix. They will now be adding Gravedigger to their catalog of outstanding films.




Gravedigger was shot in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, a few months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The movie features a unique cast including TV personalities, professional sports players, reality stars and rock stars. The original soundtrack is by guitar rock lord Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of “Guns N’ Roses”. Gravedigger, nominated for multiple awards won two for Best Thriller Film & Best Actor, Keith Collins.


Friday, June 20, 2014

WILLIAM DEVANE ON FIRE IN FOX 24 LIVE ANOTHER DAY

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William Devane




DEVANE ON FRICKIN’ FIRE --- Actor William Devane (Gregory Sumner on Knots Landing) delivered what I would immediately call one of the best performances ever on TV, this past Monday night on Fox’s 24: Live Another Day. Devane was again portraying William Heller, now President, and on the edge of making a life-changing move for the greater good. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) was terrific as always and had always had issues with Heller, initially turned down the idea, but as always followed the wishes of his boss. Their work together on this show was flawless. Devane’s moments with his daughter Audrey were truly moving and as they neared their final destination, Jack and Heller in a chopper, no words were necessary. The two sat in silence but communicated so much emotion. Truly chilling.



I have to give the writers of the show a heads-up in choosing not to portray the leader of the free world as indecisive, as they had done several times during the run of the TV show. This President was more in line with David Palmer, essayed by the always-reliable Dennis Haysbert. Bravo!



Devane, was born in Albany, New York, the son of Joseph Devane, who served as Franklin D. Roosevelt's chauffeur when he was Governor of New York. After graduating from New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he appeared on-stage. He finally made his Broadway debut in The Watering Place with Shirley Knight, a flop that lasted one performance (he was more successful with The Chinese and Dr. Fish during the 1970 season, which lasted three weeks). His sole Broadway directorial effort, the Vietnam War drama G. R. Point, lasted for 32 performances in 1979 and brought Michael Jeter a 1979 Theatre World Award)



He made his movie debut as a revolutionary in the independently produced In the Country (1967) and began appearing on series TV. He had a small but memorable part as the lawyer committed to free-enterprise in Robert Altman's masterpiece McCabe & Mrs. Miller in 1971, but what made his reputation was his turn as President John F. Kennedy in the The Missiles of October, a 1973 telefilm about the Cuban Missile Crisis. He made a bid for stardom with major roles in Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976) and John Schlesinger's Marathon Man (both 1976) and The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977), as well as roles in Schlesinger's Yanks (1979) and the TV adaptation of James Jones' classic barracks drama From Here to Eternity (1979).



Devane moved over to nighttime series TV, playing the cad Greg Sumner on the night-time soap opera Knots Landing (1979) for 10 years.



On Monday’s ep, during his interlude with daughter Audrey, he looked at an old photo, maybe 20 years, and it showed a youthful Devane, magnificently handsome. Memories indeed. Well done Bill!



HANDLER RETURNS --- E! late-night host Chelsea Handler has found a new home at Netflix, finally closing a deal that was rumored back in early-April.



Under the new pact, Handler will star in and produce a talk show; a stand-up special; and four docu-comedy specials for the streaming television service.



“The Internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to re imagining the late night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late night part…” said Netflix-guru, Ted Sarandos.



He added, “Chelsea has built a huge following on tour, on nightly TV and through her best-selling books, and we can't wait to introduce her breathtakingly honest and irreverent voice to our global membership.”



E! owns the format for late-night show Chelsea Lately, but Netflix stresses that her new talk show for them will be an updated format that will still feature her take on pop culture and her unique interviewing style. It's set to debut in early-2016.



She'll kick off the first comedy special of the deal on October 10 with a stand-up special from her current comedy tour, Uganda Be Kidding Me. She's shooting the special in Chicago on Friday, June 20 at the Harris Theater.



Handler confounds me. She’s funny for sure, but teeters ever so closely on the edge. She seems to have legions of the Hollywood-elite as followers and some key BFF’s … but, I don't feel it.



Having seen what the cablenet has done with Lillyhammer and House of Cards … this will indeed be interesting. Stay tuned.



CRITICS’ CHOICES --- AMC’s Breaking Bad scored the win for best drama series while Netflix’s Orange is the New Black prevailed for comedy series at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards last night in L. A..



The race between FX’s Fargo and HBO’s The Normal Heart is heating up thanks to each production nabbing key awards Thursday night during the kudofest at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. Fargo and OITNB lead the field overall with three wins apiece. FX grabbed a total of five trophies, followed by HBO with four.



Matthew McConaughey won the competitive lead drama actor heat for HBO’s True Detective, giving him momentum going into the Emmy race. The actor, who nabbed the Oscar in March for Dallas Buyers Club, was effusive in praising the quality of television and its advantages for actors. “Television is raising the bar for character-driven drama,” he said.



It truly is a new Golden age of TV right now.



McConaughey’s victory and Breaking Bad’s win for drama series heightens the tug-of-war for kudos glory between True Detective and the now-departed AMC drama series.



For me, it’s a race between True Detective and The Normal Heart.




CLOSING NOTES --- Warner's Jersey Boys premiere in L. A. last night as part of the Los Angeles Film festival. Director Clint Eastwood (in a nifty-red-dinner jacket) appeared with the cast ...



Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White re launches his label, Kalimba Music and releases EWF’s The Promise, featuring the single “Never,” and the signing of keyboardist Greg Manning..



Have you seen the trailers for the forthcoming Begin Again; starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and, Adam Levine? Directed and written by John Carney, it tells the story of a chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan, which turns into a promising collaboration between the two.



Disgraced music-business executive ..... hmmm. I can think of maybe 20!Looks most intriguing.




Friday, June 06, 2014

WORLDWIDE FOR NETFLIX'S HIT 'HOUSE OF CARDS'

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Kevin Spacey



KEVIN'S CARDS --- Varèse Sarabande Records will release The House Of Cards: Season 2 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack as a 2 disc set digitally and on CD June 17th. The soundtrack features original score composed by Jeff Beal (Monk, Blackfish).



Award-winning composer Jeff Beal scores House Of Cards, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning original series, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The show debuted in February of 2013 as Netflix’s first original series, unprecedentedly releasing all 13 episodes of Season One at the same time, generating worldwide attention for the bold new approach to the television model. The second season debuted in February of this year, and it was recently picked up for a third season.



House Of Cards follows House Majority Whip Frank Underwood (Spacey), a bombastic, power-hungry politician from South Carolina set on conquering Washington D.C. alongside his wife, Claire (Wright). When the President decides to pass over Frank for a presumed appointment to Secretary of State, Underwood takes matters into his own hands by using Congress, the media, and corporate boosters as pawns in exacting revenge on those who betrayed him. Season 2 finds him installed as Vice President.



“The direction I was inspired to follow from watching the show, was to approach the project cinematic as opposed to traditional serialized television,” explained Beal.



CMT WINNERS --- Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were among top winners at the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night.



The country music hit makers won matching prizes in the categories of Male and Female Video of the Year, Blake taking home the prize for “Doin' What She Likes”, and Miranda winning the female category for “Automatic.”



Florida Georgia Line was also a big winner, taking home Duo Video of the Year (“Round Here”) and Collaborative Video of the Year (“This Is How We Roll”), with Luke Bryan, who scooped the prize for CMT Performance of the Year thanks to his collaboration with Lionel Richie on the mash-up “Oh No/All Night Long.”



Other winners included Carrie Underwood, whose video for her single “See You Again” won the coveted Video of the Year prize; The Band Perry, whose members scored Group Video of the Year thanks to the clip for their hit single “Done”; and Cassadee Pope, who won Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Wasting All These Tears.”



Performances included unexpected collaborations, including Florida Georgia Line, who kicked off the evening with Bryan and Jason DeRulo on his single “Talk Dirty to Me.” Jennifer Nettles also teamed up with John Legend for a rendition of “All of Me” and ZZ Top with Georgia Line and Bryan on “This Is How We Roll.”



Motley Crue's Vince Neil was among the presenters.



The 2014 CMT Music Awards, broadcast live from Nashville, Tennessee, was hosted by actress Kristen Bell.


Pink Floyd & Sid Barrett Story





BARRETT'S BACK --- Eagle Rock has released of The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story on 2DVD and Digital Video. Originally made in 2001, this documentary, presented in Dolby Digital Stereo, is now being released with additional bonus material.



The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story explores the tragic, yet celebratory life of the late Syd Barrett, lead guitarist and prominent songwriter of early Pink Floyd. With contributions from all members of Floyd, as well as managers, friends, and others close to Syd, the documentary traverses the tale of this enigmatic rock legend, from his intelligent, thought-provoking songwriting and indelible stamp on the psychedelic music genre, to his 1968 departure from the band, when his increasingly erratic behavior made his continued participation in the band impossible.



This 2DVD set also includes the additional interview, Roger Waters On Syd Barrett, and a second disc with bonus uncut interviews with Floyd-members Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright.



Pink Floyd was revolutionary, pushing popular music into new cerebral dimensions, and Barrett was an integral part of the band’s sound and lyrics. A charismatic cult figure with a flair for eccentricity, he crafted such unique hits as “See Emily Play” and “Arnold Layne,” as well as album tracks such as “Bike” and “Astronomy Domine.”



His use of dissonance, feedback, and distortion in his guitar playing has inspired generations of musicians. After leaving Floyd, he recorded two solo albums before vanishing from music altogether, retiring to his English hometown of Cambridge. Fans and reporters continued to travel there to seek out the reclusive Barrett until his death in 2006, at the age of 60.



If you're a Floyd-fan … this is essential.



ZEP NEWS --- Early projections say that the reissues of Led Zeppelin's first three albums in deluxe editions are most likely headed toward top ten debuts in the U. S. next week.



On Wednesday, the Official Chart Company in the U. K. reported that, at the half-week mark, the same is holding true in Britain. At this point, Led Zeppelin I is at number 4, Led Zeppelin III is at number six and Led Zeppelin II is at number 7.



If the positions hold, the band's first album will actually better the original release in 1969 which only got to number 6. II and III were both number 1 albums.



Donnie Kehr And John Lloyd Young




CLOSING NOTES --- Jersey Boys’ Donnie Kehr and John Lloyd Young literally bumping into each other while shopping yesterday on the Upper West Side for Monday night’s big movie premiere in NYC. Director Clint Eastwood hosts the event at the new Angelo Galasso House at the Plaza ...



Joel Diamond With Rebecca Holden And Mark Bego



Producer Joel Diamond with Rebecca Holden and Tony Lebron perform June 20th at the Humanitarian Summit and Gala at the United Nations, at which time they will be debuting their new single release, "Dreams Come True” …



The Overlook Press releases Mark Bego's Glen Campbell tome on September 11; Life with My Father: Glen Campbell, from Bego and daughter Debby Campbell ...


Spacey Photo By: James Edstrom/Salidor PR


Saturday, August 31, 2013

TIME WARNER CABLE IN NEW YORK IS WORST BET

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CABLE GONE WILD
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Replace Time Warner Cable With NETFLIX




I have been meaning to write this for a long time. I have never seen a company that has no customer service and really nails the customer when they complain and cancel their account.I am talking about Time Warner Cable.


I am not going to get into a big story here, I am on vacation at Dune Point Fire Island working on the first chapters of my new Alec Baldwin book, that hopefully will be ready for everyone to read sometime next year. But when I was on vacation last May, I left New York City forgetting to mail a check, and I can not believe the harassing phone calls from Time Warner,  for a bill around a hundred bucks. 


The calls came non-stop and they were automated calls. When I pressed a button to speak to someone, I was on hold for a hour and I finally hung up. Then when this automated system called me again, I pressed the leave a message button and left a message to disconnect me, I am tired of these harassing phone calls while I was on vacation. I left my phone number for a live person to call me back, and no one did. So the automated calls continued for my whole trip, even at night when I was having dinner.


When I finally got back, I called Time Warner Cable and told them to disconnect me. I asked them where do I return the cable boxes and they told me 23rd street. I went over and gave them the boxes and asked to pay the final bill. They said they would send one to me.


A few weeks later I got one, it was for around 160 bucks, I have no idea what those charges were for, but I wanted to get rid of them, so I was going to send out a check that week. But it was not to be. Two days later, I received a letter from a collection agency. Can you believe this? They send out a final bill and two days later they send you a letter from a collection agency. These mothers. Not only does their cable system suck, they have no idea on what customer care is. The only show I enjoyed on their systems anyway, was NY1 News. 


So I start getting these harassing phone calls from a collection agency. They were nasty. I told them I was going to send a check to Time Warner Cable, they told me I was not allowed. I told them if I send a check to them, watch them cash it. I did and they cashed it. In this day and age, you do not need these companies that have no idea of customer service.  


Never-ever will I use Time Warner again. This company is another example of corporations gone wild. And you also have to remember that they bill you a month in advance for service, so what the hell is with these harassing calls?


I got ROKU which is great. I have my Netflix account, My Hulu and Amazon Prime. I have more than Time Warner ever gave me at very little cost. We do not need cable anymore. Tell these companies they give us no customer service and tell them goodbye!