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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Jean Shafiroff In Oscar de la Renta

Jean Shafiroff, noted philanthropist who is actively involved as a volunteer fundraiser and leader of several New York City and Southampton charitable causes, has been elected to NYC Mission Society’s Board of Directors, effective October 15, 2014.

Ms. Shafiroff already has devoted her time to helping NYC Mission Society. On March 12, 2014, Ms. Shafiroff was honored by NYC Mission Society at its annual Gala and received the Dina Merrill Award for Public Service. She co-chaired a successful event in East Hampton on August 30th and the nonprofit’s Bicentennial Gala in December 2012, and she is co-chairing the annual Gala planned for Spring 2015.

“I believe deeply in the work of NYC Mission Society and how it changes the lives of our most underserved children in New York City. NYC Mission Society is interested in adding business and community leaders to its Board – individuals who are focused on advancing our city's children forward through education and supportive after school programs,” Jean Shafiroff said. “I am here to support the Board and Elsie McCabe Thompson, who I believe is moving NYC Mission forward with strong leadership.”

Monday, October 20, 2014


Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan’s rise to NFL greatness was improbable, and his second coming as a television star is even more remarkable. After 15 years with the New York Giants, the 6 foot 5 former football superstar now juggles three TV jobs and has even more ventures to keep him occupied. But despite his physical size and drive to defy categorization, this gentle giant also has an admitted shy side off the small screen.

The November cover story in Cigar Aficionado hits newsstands October 28th. A selection of quotations include:

On knowing no limits: “I don’t limit myself and I tell my kids not to let anyone limit you. That’s one of the great things I learned from my dad. He never said, ‘If…’ It wasn’t ‘If you’re drafted by the pros.’ It was always ‘When.’ When you’re drafted by the pros. He made things seem like they were supposed to happen.”

On his football field strategy: “I always looked at football as psychological. It was like chess, where you’re figuring out what your opponent’s next move will be, or how to make them move where you want them to…That’s one of the things I miss—that chess match.”

On the difference in his life since leaving football: “I’m not sore every morning.”

Co-host Kelly Ripa on Strahan’s surprising shyness: “All he has are strengths. He can talk about anything…If charm was a drug, you could extract it from his body and give it to everyone…People run up and hug him. They see a big personality. But in his private time, he’s really very shy.”

On his “Live with Kelly and Michael” audience: “Those are the only ones we really think about talking to. If I started thinking about how many people are actually watching us on TV, it would freak me out.”

On being in the limelight: “One of the most embarrassing things to me is people yelling out my name in the street, I want to be the guy who can walk in and out of a room and you don’t know I’ve been there…I miss being able to sit in a restaurant and not have people try to sneak a photo with their cameras.”

On finding anonymity within the community of cigar smokers: “Cigars solicit conversation. You see someone smoking a cigar and you feel instantly closer to them.”

On his choice cigars: “For the most part, I like my cigars light and sweet. Sometimes, though, give me something robust that will knock my socks off. I think the little ones look funny in my hand because I’m such a big guy. But I don’t want a cigar that’s the size of my thumb either.”

On his many ventures off of the field and what’s next: “Someone asked me what I’d like my legacy to be. When I thought about it, I decided I’d like to have been more successful outside of football than I was in it…I’m not done yet. I’ve got a long way to go.”


Oscar de la Renta

Famed fashion icon Oscar de la Renta,who designed Americas First Ladies including Jackie Kennedy, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush has died at 82. He recently designed Michelle Obama's dress for a White House party and the wedding gown worn by George Clooney‘s new wife, Amal Alamuddin.

No other details were available on how de la Renta died.

The award-winning designer was born on July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo, and became one of the happening designers for American First Ladies and celebrities. Recently in 2006, the fashion legend was was diagnosed with cancer.

Last year, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Executive Director Fern Mallis called him "the sultan of suave." At that event, he spoke of his cancer, saying, "Yes, I had cancer. Right now, I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life."

Photo By: RD/Leon/Retna




Story By: G. H. HARDING
Micky Dolenz In Rock Thiz

ZEP DENIED --- A judge has denied Led Zeppelin‘s first attempt to defend a lawsuit claiming that “Stairway to Heaven” was lifted from a song by Randy California and his band Spirit called “Taurus.” The ruling had nothing to do with the merits of the case, but rather a pre-trial motion to dismiss on the question of jurisdiction.

According to sources, Zeppelin had challenged whether the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where the suit was filed, had the right to rule on the case. Zep's barristers said, "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here."

However, Judge Juan Sanchez sided with the plaintiff, who, in an amendment to the lawsuit, said that the defendants “make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’”

Earlier this year, the children of Spirit guitarist California (born Randy Craig Wolfe) filed suit against Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement on the grounds that the opening riff from “Stairway to Heaven” was appropriated from “Taurus.” They are seeking monetary damages and co-writing credit. Zeppelin opened for Spirit in 1968, the year “Taurus” was released.

REAL STUPID HUMAN PET TRICK --- Here’s an unfortunate bit of news here for David Letterman’s final run in late night: longtime Late Show cue card handler Tony Mendez has been fired from the show.

According to insiders, Mendez assaulted Emmy award-winning staff writer Bill Scheft following an argument and was notified last Monday that he'd be let go from the show.

Mendez, 69, who had been with Letterman for 21 years, got into a verbal altercation with Scheft and Letterman over changes in cue cards, went home overnight and stewed about perceived slights from Scheft over a long period. When Mendez came back the next day, he grabbed Scheft by his shirt and pushed him against a wall.

A representative for Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, which produces The Late Show, said the company cannot comment on a confidential personnel matter.

Cameras frequently cut to Mendez during the show’s broadcasts as he handled Letterman’s cue cards. Mendez previously handled cue cards for Saturday Night Live and The Hollywood Palace.

Letterman would sometimes use Mendez in bits on the show, referring to him as the resident cue card boy and sometimes sending him out to film other segments. Mendez also had a long-running behind the scenes show titled The Tony Mendez Show that was normally uploaded with the rest of The Late Show clips the following day.

"I know I shouldn't have put my hands on him," said Mendez, "But, this has been coming for a long time."

"(Scheft) encroaches on my work. He tells me what to do, and I have to say, ‘I know what I'm doing.’ And a lot of time when I am making changes([to the cards]), he'll stand there looking over my shoulder, and he'll say something like, ‘Put that on top,’ because he got an idea."

“Bill was always undermining me — making himself out as Dave’s No. 1,” Mendez said. “Trying to pretend that I wasn't even in the room . . . little passive-aggressive things.”

“As Dave is giving me a change, Bill will start yelling the same change — but his own version — because he'll thinks it’s funnier. And I have to say, ‘One at a time, I can't hear anybody!’ ”

I know Bill Scheft and, like Letterman, he is a writer; as unpredictable as always. What many of the reports failed to mention, is that Scheft for a time had his owns segment on the show … which was as funny (or, unfunny, depending on your perspective) as Mendez’s.

Letterman and Scheft are artists … wild, unpredictable and play fast and loose with the interns.

In a sign of solidarity: the show will cover Mendez’s salary and benefits through Letterman’s departure.

LOVE TRAIN STOPPED FOREVER --- The “Love Train” that has carried “The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)” to “people all over the world” for almost half a century made its last physical stop at 309 S. Broad Street last week as the legendary Philadelphia International Records label, founded by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer-songwriters Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, was officially shut down with the sale of its historic building to a prominent local developer.

"The closing of the company and building is definitely bittersweet, but we are extremely proud and honored to have been able to create so much great music out of our ‘309’ location,” said Gamble & Huff in a joint statement. “It was such a blessing and miracle how all of this came together over 50 years. More importantly, we would like to thank all of the wonderful musicians, artists and staff members who helped make Philadelphia International Records what it became – and what it remains – an incredible African-American institution and music and cultural brand.”

Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound aka The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP), a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.

With a stable core of artists led by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble & Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and began creating monster hits from nearly the first day of its inception in 1971. They continued to record, collaborate and produce major hits with a galaxy of stars from the pop, rock, soul and jazz universes, including Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, LaBelle, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Soul Survivors, Laura Nyro, the Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, the Dells and many more.

The label produced some of the world’s greatest hit songs such as “Love Train,” “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” "For The Love Of Money," "Don't Leave Me This Way," “Me and Mrs. Jones,” "Enjoy Yourself," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Only the Strong Survive," “You'll Never Find A Love Like Mine,” “Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now,” "TSOP" (better known as the Soul Train theme) and many other Top 10 Billboard hits over the past 50 years.

The iconic Philadelphia International Records blue neon sign that adorned the historic Sound of Philadelphia building at 309 S. Broad Street was permanently removed last week in final preparations for the famous structure’s demolition. The lowering of the sign symbolized the end of a legendary record label and an era whose music will continue to resonate deeply with people all over the world for generations to come.

Prior to the PIR era, this building also was the place where Chubby Checker recorded “The Twist,” and Dee Dee Sharp recorded “The Mashed Potato,” as the home of the legendary Cameo-Parkway record label.

The building – owned since 1973 by pioneering songwriting partners Gamble, Huff and Bell – was formally sold this week to Dranoff Properties. The building, ravaged by a 2010 arson fire from which it never recovered, is scheduled to be demolished in 2015, when ground will be broken at that site on the 47-story SLS International hotel and luxury condominium. The span of South Broad Street in front the building was previously renamed Gamble Huff Walk.

CLOSING NOTES --- Vincent Amelio’s play How Alfo Learned to Love Women (director by The Sopranos-Robert Funaro) ended a SRO-run Friday night with a standing ovation. Says Funaro, “Alfo will make you laugh and cry which all great theater does. It's a universal theme which resonates throughout time of the passing on of one family’s legacy to the next generation. Yet more importantly without someone to love Alfo realizes he has nothing to live for.”

Amelio has added an encore performance on Thursday, November 6. Check it out here:

Micky Dolenz, profiled on Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are They Now (November 9) is the subject of a terrific 9-page cover story, by Jay Luster, in the national mag Rock Thiz . Here’s the link: ...

This weekend's Chiller Theatre event in New Jersey just added Debbie Gibson; fresh from her induction into the Long Island Rock & Roll Hall of Fame award - ...

Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, the singer who had national hits with songs such as “Tallahassee Lassie,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” and “Palisades Park,” has successfully undergone quadruple bypass surgery. Cannon is now home and resting comfortably although, with this type of surgery, he will have a fairly lengthy recovery period.

The Forgotten Hits tip sheet broke the story back on October 9 that an original acetate had been found of Cannon from 1958 with the song “She's My Rock and Roll Baby.” That song, written with his mother, was an early version of what would become one of his biggest hits, “Tallahassee Lassie.”

Boston-DJ Eric Lee found the acetate and, through the web site, contacted Cannon who admitted he did not even have a copy of the song. Get better soon Boom Boom!

Saturday, October 18, 2014



Photos By: James Edstrom

Jean Shafiroff

Rosemary Ponzo With Colin Lively

Sonja Morgan

Christopher Pape With Anna Kulinova

Claude Stanton And Flo Anthony

Hanane Nafidi And Lisa Bernstein

Dr. Steven J Pearlman With Donna Graziano And Larry Romano

Michael Travin With Jean Shafiroff And Tomaczek Bednarek

Rob Shuter With Noah Levy, Delaina Dixon And Chloe Melas

Resident Magazine celebrated their October Entertainment Issue, which features the cast of VH1’s celebrity news show “The Gossip Table” on its cover, at Texas de Brazil Steakhouse on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Attendees joined Resident Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Christopher Pape and President Michael Travin, for hors d’oeuvres and Brazilian cocktails, to salute the highly-anticipated new October issue.

Guests included the cast members of the Gossip Table – Rob Shuter, Noah Levy, Delaina Dixon and Chloe Melas; as well as RHONY star, Sonja Morgan; co-host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz show, Michelle Beuteau; philanthropist Jean Shafiroff; noted plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Pearlman; and columnists Flo Anthony and Lauren Lawrence.

Friday, October 17, 2014



Jean Shafiroff

Diana Taylor And Jean Shafiroff

The New York Women’s Foundation (“NYWF”) held a luncheon recently hosted by Board Member and noted philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, at Le Cirque Restaurant recently in support of the NYWF, which is a cross-cultural alliance of women, serving as a voice for women and a force for change.

The event featured an intimate conversation between Diana L. Taylor, former NYWF Board Chair Alumna & Advisory Council Chair, and Dina Habib Powell, head of Goldman Sachs Bank USA’s Urban Investment Group & Global Head of the Office of Corporate Engagement. The conversation was moderated by Priscilla Painton, Executive Editor of Nonfiction at Simon & Schuster and former Managing Editor at Time Magazine.


Story By: G. H. HARDING
Robin Williams

WILLIAMS FILM FINALE --- Lakeshore Records will release the A Merry Friggin’ Christmas – Original Soundtrack (the last film featuring Robin Williams) digitally and on CD on November 4, 2014. The album features original tracks and exclusive covers – making this the perfect alternative rock holiday album. Artists featured on the album include Rufus Wainwright, The Belle Brigade, Ben Kweller, FM Radio, Anna Su, and Ryan Culwell.

The album kicks off with a new version of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” performed by Rufus Wainwright with a 55-piece orchestra. Wainwright also contributes the new soon-to-be classic “Christmas is for Kids." Ben Kweller has two tracks on the album, the original song “Try to Love (Joy to the World)” and a new version of “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane).”

Other original songs on the album include “Going Home For Christmas” by The Belle Brigade, “It’s Christmastime I Know (Ho, Ho, Ho)” by Ryan Culwell, “Santa Will Be Flying Over the Moon” by Anna Su, “Best Time of the Year” by Alex Rhodes, and “The Weather Outside” by Spencer Shapeero. Other new songs include “Up on the Housetop” by California Feetwarmers, “Jingle Bells” by Chuck Meade, and FM Radio’s “More Than I Wished For.”

A Merry Friggin’ Christmas is directed by Tristram Shapeero and stars Williams, Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Clark Duke, Candice Bergen and Oliver Platt.

KEYS DOWN --- The Rolling Stones are ready to begin their long delayed run of dates in Australia and New Zealand, but longtime sax player Bobby Keys won't be along this time.

The band broke the news on its official site, saying Keys is “a bit under the weather” and adding that he’s “under doctor’s orders to take it a bit easy for the next month and hopes to see everyone soon.” He'll be replaced for those dates by Karl Denson, who’s quoted on the Stones’ site as saying, “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to see the world through a giant pair of lips. It’s going to be amazing to get even closer to this music that I have listened to all my life.”

Denson paid tribute to Keys on his own Facebook page, telling fans and followers, “While we celebrate my good fortune, let’s also pray for Bobby Keys’ quick recovery. I’ve been studying his playing since I was 19 or 20 years old. He is what I call the original ‘slow hand’ saxophonist. Sometimes less is more. Get well soon Bobby … ”

Whatever befell Keys must have happened recently, as he was profiled in an Oct. 14 article in the West Australian that found him looking forward to the tour. “It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve played ‘Brown Sugar,’ I never get tired of playing it,” he insisted. “It’s pretty scripted on the road; very organized and compartmentalized, and that’s the way it has to be with so many people involved in a Stones tour. It’s quite a bit different to when I first joined the band and there were only two security guys. But I’m not complaining. The music is still good, the checks still cash, and I still enjoy playing.”

Keys’ signature-Stone sax riffs have filled their music for years. He’s lived with them, partied with them … and, hopefully will continue with them. Get well Bobby … soon!

Adam Lambert

LAMBERT ROCKS --- Adam Lambert rocked a fierce cowboy hat as he hit the red carpet while attending the Marco Marco: Collection Three Runway Presentation held at the Vibiana Cathedral on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Later the same day, Adam was spotted making his way through LAX Airport after returning from his New York City flight, where he performed an intimate acoustic set at the AT&T Live Proud Concert.

HAUSER TRANSFER --- Tim Hauser, the only member of the Manhattan Transfer to have been with the group from their forming until today, died on Thursday from an undisclosed cause. He was 72.

The group announced Hauser's passing on their Facebook page:

*It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Tim Hauser’s passing with you all... As many of you know, Tim was the visionary behind The Manhattan Transfer. We spent more than 40 years together singing and making music, traveling the world, and sharing so many special moments throughout our lives... It's incomprehensible to think of this world without him.

We join his loving wife, Barb, his beautiful children, his family, and the rest of the world in mourning the loss of our dear friend and partner in song.


Janis, Cheryl and Alan

Hauser was born in Troy, N. Y. but spent much of his youth in and around Asbury Park, NJ where he began singing professionally at age 15. His doo wop group, the Criterions, recorded two songs for Cecelia Records and they appeared on Alan Freed's Big Beat Show.

In 1969, Hauser, Gene Pistilli, Marty Nelson, Erin Dickins and Pat Rosalia formed the first version of the Manhattan Transfer and, in 1971, they released their only album under this lineup, Jukin'.

After working in a number of odd jobs, Hauser met Laurel Masse and, a short time later, Janis Siegel. The three decided to reform the Manhattan Transfer, officially becoming a group on October 1, 1972 with the addition of Alan Paul.

The group started performing at NY clubs like Max's Kansas City and Reno Sweeney where Atlantic's Ahmet Ertegun saw their act and signed them to the label. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1975, going to number 33 on the Billboard charts and spawning the hit “Operator” which reached number 22.

More albums were released through the rest of the 70's including Coming Out (1976 / #48) and Pastiche (1978 / #66) and they hosted their own summer replacement variety series in 1975 on CBS but it was in the U. K. where they were becoming a major sensation. Pastiche went to number 10 on the British charts and the follow-up Live album hit number 4 while they had a number of hit singles including a remake of the 50's hit by Art and Dodie Todd, Chanson D' Amour, which went to number 1.

In 1978, Laurel Masse was seriously injured in a car accident and left the group to be replaced by Cheryl Bentyne, rounding out the lineup that remained together until Hauser's death. Their first album together was a jazz and pop landmark, Extensions (1979), which modernized their sound and included such hits as Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone (1980 / #30) and their extraordinary version of Weather Report's “Birdland.”

Overall, Hauser and the Manhattan Transfer won ten Grammy Awards, won numerous Downbeat, Playboy and JazzTimes polls and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.

Hauser released his only solo album, Love Stories, in 2007. A classic-group, they will be missed.

CLOSING NOTES --- There'll be a reception next week in NYC for Mark Bego’s new book (written with Debby Campbell), Life With My Father Glen Campbell. The book, since its release on September 25, has been a consistent Top Ten Amazon best seller. It’ll be interesting to meet Debby Campbell in person as the fabulous documentary on her father Glen (entitled I’ll Be Me) will be released on October 24 … looking forward to this one …

David Letterman's three-segment interview with actor Michael Keaton (tub thumping his brilliant new movie Birdman) shows why he's unquestionably the best talk-show host since Carson. Funny, poignant and just plain good entertainment, Dave knocked it out of the park ... yet again. If you didn't know about the movie, after this interview not only did you now know, but you'll probably run to the theaters today to see it. Just superlative work from both Dave and Michael Keaton; one my all-time favorites ...

Actress Sean Young (Blade Runner) expected at the Robert Funaro-directed play How Alfo Learned To Love Women; written by brilliant new playwright Vincent Amelio. We'll be there and have more Monday ...

November 2 is the date for a tribute in L. A. to the genius of writer/satirist Stan Freberg. This evening at The Egyptian Theater will be hosted by actor Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Le Show, This is Spinal Tap) and will feature special appearances by “Weird Al” Yankovic, Micky Dolenz (Freberg appeared on The Monkeess/NBC TV show), award-winning filmmaker Bob Kurtz, animation experts Jerry Beck and Eric Goldberg, and many other Freberg colleagues and celebrity fans. Ad Age dubbed him "the Father of the funny commercial" ...

Jon Shecter, has just overseen the publication of an expansive appreciation of Larry Smith, the hugely influential -- and now largely forgotten -- producer Run-DMC's and Whodini's first albums. The writer is Robbie Ettelson.

Check it out HERE

Thursday, October 16, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Ed Sheeran

SHEERAN STAYS ---It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes we’ll miss something and are duly chagrined when we finally get it months later. I must admit that I never got Ed Sheeran; that tuff of red hair and his wailing acoustic guitar I guess threw me. Well, we did miss him and now having fully gotten into the artist’s latest album X (for multiply), I have to simply say it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard on years.

The two big single hits from it, “Don’t” and “Sing” are positively mesmerizing, but I found a real love for “Bloodstream” (produced by Rick Rubin of all people) and “Nina.” “Runaway” is another Pharrel Wiliams winning production that's hard to beat. The soulful "Thinking Out Loud" sounds like Marvin Gaye gone acoustic, with hints of "Let's Get It On." "Afire Love" showcases his vocals against an enchanting piano/violin backdrop; a touching look at his Grandfather's battle with Alzheimer’s.

I think Sheeran successfully and brilliant navigates the gap that sometimes exist between the genres of music these days.

"I'm not a rapper I'm a singer with a flow" says Sheeran on "Take It Back.”

In one breathe he’s half James Blunt and the very next he’s Eminem. And, brilliantly executed for sure.

I also think his somewhat low-key production works for him as his voice is a magnificent instrument all on its own. I must admit, when I saw him perform with Elton John at a recent industry event I did love it and did instantly realized that the two artists represent old school ... and, new. Interestingly, Elton’s company (Rocket Music) manages him (as they do Blunt) and they've done a rather amazing job. Truth be told, I bet the two (Elton and Ed) have had some life-changing conversations.

Well crafted both lyrically and melodically. Every song on X is outstanding. It is so rare that you find an album today that can be listened to from start to finish without skipping. This album is just that. It is already on my Top ten of the year. Amazing! A must-hear.

DEVIL’S DOOR --- Lakeshore Records will release the At The Devil’s Door – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on October 28 and on CD November 25, 2014. The album features original music by Ronen Landa, who previously collaborated with the film’s director Nicholas McCarthy on The Pact.

“Nick has always been supportive of my musical ideas, even-- or especially-- when they are pretty unconventional. Sonic experimentation has become a hallmark of our collaboration, and I'm fortunate to work with a director who believes in the artistic possibilities of film music,” said Landa.

"Working with Ronen on our second feature was amazing,” said McCarthy. “He pushed himself further than ever before, writing an intensely creative score that keeps up neck-and-neck with all the unusual turns that the film takes. I can't imagine the movie without his great work."

Landa's career as a classically trained composer could not have been easily predicted. Aside from a few years of piano lessons as a youngster, the bulk of his initial musical training came in the form of listening to hordes of rock and jazz albums, teaching himself to play songs on his guitar, and performing with bands in his hometown outside Washington, D.C.

Upon moving to New York City at 17, Landa was reintroduced to classical repertoire, and soon thereafter began composing for chamber ensembles and orchestras. Even as he continued to perform in popular settings, his musical interests broadened to include New York's improvisational music scene and musical traditions from around the world.

Other feature films Landa has scored include the 2014 film Cavemen, the international drama Festival Of Lights, the landmark Iraqi-made documentary The Dreams Of Sparrows (Official Selection: SXSW), City Of Borders (Winner of the Teddy Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival), the romantic drama Divergence (Official Selection: Method Fest), and the uplifting environmental documentary Burning In The Sun (PBS).

From the producer of The Strangers and the writer/director of The Pact comes At The Devil’s Door starring Naya Rivera (Glee), Ashley Rickards and Catalina Sandino Moreno. When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh's artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

CLOSING NOTES --- I watched the second episode of the CW 11’s The Flash last night and it admirably matched the high-quality of its debut last week. For Flash-fans (and, there are legions) this was a true-blue of The Flash tale, which began back in January of 1940. Grant Gustin, who plays The Flash/Barry Allen is exceptionally good, as is Tom Cavanagh, Danielle Panabaker and, in an interesting casting turn, John Wesley Shipp, who originally portrayed the crimson crusader in an early 1990 TV series. A really nice touch is the return to TV of Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), as Joe West, a surrogate father to the character. They've tweaked just a tad with the original origin story, but it all works. The CW 11, as they did and have with Arrow, has a hit on their hands with this one …

I caught on episode of Saturday Night Live from 1990 last weekend, that featured an impossibly-thin Alec Baldwin and the B-52’s as musical guest. It was a great episode with Baldwin in almost every scene. Say what you will about him and his antics, but his timing, at least for this show, was brilliant. The B-52’s were awesome too. Loved this …

Somewhat jarring hearing Michael Jackson’s “A Place with No Name” for a Jeep commercial earlier, and then bookended into his “Thriller” for a Halloween-spot. No question: His music lives on ...

For the first time in his career, a full length Leonard Cohen concert has been shot in high definition and will be released on December 2 with Live in Dublin. The new release documents Cohen's September 12, 2013 appearance at Dublin's 02 Arena during his 2012-13 world tour in support of the album Old Ideas. Live in Dublin includes Cohen's entire show including the 11-song first set, 10-song second set and 8-song encore with the DVD including three additional songs from the Canadian leg of his tour in April 2013 ...

Just saw Bono apologize for releasing the new U2 album via an Apple-promotion. He was contrite and almost saddened by the whole affair. Honestly, it was probably sounded like a great idea at first; but, all the noise was about the promotion ... not the album. I haven't heard it yet, but understand its great ...

What's with all these cars shows? Jay Leno just announced his Jay Leno's Garage series will air on CNBC joining Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee .. what's next ... Bono's Rides or Riding With Micky? Too funny ...

Book Pic to click: Kelly Crigger’s Curmudgeonism: A Surly Guide to MidLife (Greybeard) …. Order me a dozen!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Megan Hilty

The PATH Fund’s Donnie Kehr has announced the list of additional performers for their annual benefit concert on Monday, November 17 at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) in New York City; Rockers On Broadway – Teen Idols, which this year honors Frankie Valli and Micky Dolenz with Lifetime Achievement Awards; and, radio-personality Cousin Bruce Morrow with the Ambassador of Rock Award.

The additional performers include Megan Hilty (NBC’s Smash, 9 to5, Wicked); Courtney Reed (Aladdin, In The Heights) as well as Lilli Cooper (Wicked, Spring Awakening); Joe Cassidy (If/Then, Catch Me if You Can); Brian Gallagher (Jekyll & Hyde); Eric Michael Krop (Godspell); Tracy McDowell (Motown, Rent); and Ryann Redmond (If/Then, Bring It On).

They join the already-announced list of Dolenz; Lena Hall; Nick Cordero; Jarrod Spector; Preston Truman Boyd; Steve Gouveia; Michael Lanning; Vinny Pastore; and, Jeremy Schonfeld.

The evening is sponsored by The Frye Compnay, The Four Seasons Partnership, and the Grano Family Foundation.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz appears on the cover of Marie Claire’s November issue (on newsstands October 21). The superstar talks about being nude and her role in Annie.

Cameron Diaz Quotes

On her role in Annie: “It’s not very often you get to do a musical. Even though I was terrified of doing it, I kind of had to. The two things I’m most terrified of are heights and singing in front of people. I’ve jumped out of airplanes and scaled sides of cliffs – not to get over my fears, but to address them. I just felt like this is something that needed to be addressed. I cried uncontrollably. Everybody was so supportive and having fun with it because I was so pathetic, but the only way to get through scary things is to have a sense of humor about it.

On appearing fully nude for a film: “People have seen my butt. I’ve shown the top of my butt, the bottom of my butt. I’m not opposed to doing nudity, as long as it’s part of the story. I’ll do whatever has to get done if it’s the right thing.”


The Girls Of Rick's

Rick's Cabaret New York, the upscale gentlemen's club known in midtown Manhattan known for its beautiful entertainers, luxurious setting, gourmet steakhouse and warm hospitality, is nine years old. What better way to celebrate than by having a mega-party with hundreds of sexy topless girls, food and beverage specials, prizes, and giveaways?

"It will be the greatest party of all time--too much fun for just one night," gushed Rick's Cabaret NYC Girl Monique. "So the Ninth Anniversary Party will take place over four days and nights, October 15th through October 18th!"

"Nobody throws a party better than Rick's Cabaret," purred Rick's Cabaret NYC Girl Emma. "I can't wait to take off my clothes, haha!" she purred.

Howard Stern Show character "Ronnie the Limo Driver" will be the "Special Guest Host" on Thursday night. "Rick's Cabaret is always an awesome time, you can count on it" he said.



Story By: G. H. HARDING
David Crosby

CSNY & Y DEAD? --- David Crosby didn't mince words when the Idaho Statesman asked him to weigh in on the news that his on-again, off-again longtime creative partner Neil Young had filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 40 years (Pegi), saying you'd never see him breaking his marriage vows. “Not gonna happen, man,” he vowed. “I’ve been with my wife 37 years, and I’m in love with her. I ain’t goin’ nowhere.”

Crosby also made it clear that he doesn't think much of Young’s new girlfriend (actress Daryl Hannah). “Thirty-seven years! That’s a freakin’ miracle,” he continued. “And I just don't feel the urge to go try something new. And I happen to know that he’s hanging out with somebody that’s a purely poisonous predator now. And that’s karma. He’s gonna get hurt. But I understand why it happened. I'm just sad about it. I'm always sad when I see love get tossed in the gutter.”

So, while Croz may have put the final nail in the coffin for the platinum-supergroup, there’s one thing he says he does understand — the creative restlessness that has kept Young away from Crosby, Stills & Nash for extended periods of time. In fact, he admits that the recent run of dates he did in support of his latest solo album, Croz, were much more fulfilling for him than going out and flogging the old CSN hits one more time.

“I’m a lot like Neil in a way,” Crosby admitted. “I'm not thrilled to keep doing our hits. He doesn't like it at all and doesn't want to do it. And he doesn't have to. I kind of have to because it pays the rent. But I love those guys, and I love those songs.”

Although he insists he’s “singing as well as I ever have right now,” he can't say the same for Stephen Stills or Graham Nash. “Each of us has not survived at the same rate,” he said. “Steven’s voice is nowhere near what it was. Nowhere near. He knows it, and he’s trying hard to counteract it. But he’s still smoking cigarettes,” Crosby chides, “What the f—? I love the guy, but that’s just never gonna work out right. Nash is close to what he was. But he hasn't got quite the clarity on the edge that he used to have.”

Adam Lambert

LAMBERT & SMITH --- Adam Lambert was front and center at last week’s Sam Smith show at L. A.’s Greek Theater. Also there was Julianne Hough, joined by brother Derek, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashlee Simpson with new husband-Evan Ross, Maria Shriver with daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger, and Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

CAMPBELL’S THERE --- I saw an early sneak of the Glen Campbell I’ll Be Me doc about a month ago … and, it was positively chilling; devastatingly brilliant is how I described it at the time.
The documentary was shot during the artist’s last tour and, after the release of his brilliant last album Ghost On The Canvas, and well after the diagnoses of Alzheimer’s. The thinking was, as explained on the film, was that there’d be this one last musical release and this one last tour for the fans.

Everyone was vigilant in the fact that this all might now work, but Campbell not only completed every date on the tour, but surprised everyone, even his doctors, with his prowess during the tour; singing and playing like never before. The doctors eventually surmised that all this activity was good for him.

The documentary starts out with Glen and his wife watching old home movies and he not recognizing everyone and eventually asking who is this and who is that. Sad is an understatement as you have an individual who went on to extraordinary success and is left at the end of his life without all his memories.

The documentary was directed by James Keach (from the show business Keach-clan) who not only was given extraordinary access but has delivered a compelling, loving portrait of what his life is like now. Actually, Keach was an inspired choice, as having grown up with the trappings of show business himself, he was able to produce a fascinating look at Campbell the artist and where his life is right now.

The movie is filled with clips and memorabilia from his entire career and if you're a fan, as am I, you'll love watching this capsule-like portrait of his life and career.

A true highlight of the film is Campbell re-uniting at the end of the film, with the legendary Wrecking Crew (for his final recording "I'm Not Going To Miss You"); the Crew being the stellar band of L. A.-musicians who played on an extraordinary amount of hit records in the 60's and 70's - including The Beach Boys; The Monkees; Bread; and, even several of Campbell's own recordings.

Personally, I always loved his songs “Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife” and “Where’s The Playground Susie?,” perhaps two of his more obscure songs, but he was and is a towering presence in music. There'll never be another one like him. This is the must-see documentary of the year.

CLOSING NOTES --- Megan Hilty (Smash, 9 to 5, Wicked) and Courtney Reed (Aladdin, In The Heights) just added to Donnie Kehr's Rockers On Broadway gala on Monday, November 17.

SIGHTINGS: Lea Dunham and Jack Antonoff at Fortune House in Brooklyn Heights; Regis and Joy Philbin at Patsy’s; Robert Funaro and playwright Vincent Amelio at Mustang’s Harry’s on Seventh Avenue in NYC; PR-pasha David Salidor at Dinosaur Ribs in Brooklyn.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Bradley Cooper

The other night Stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Steve Carrell and Mark Ruffalo Attend Sony Pictures Classics’ Premiere Party for Foxcatcher Sponsored by Dobel, Sabra Hummus, and Otterbox at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

Sienna Miller and Bradley Cooper chatted with each other throughout the night before joining longtime friend Mark Ruffalo. Guests mingled while snacking on Sabra Hummus.

Photos Courtesy of: WireImage/Domain MSA

Friday, October 10, 2014



Dr. Steven J. Pearlman

Distinguished facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Steven J. Pearlman, of New York’s Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery, is one of the city’s most accomplished and highly-regarded specialists for surgical and non-surgical procedures above the neck – receiving international recognition for his trademarked procedures such as the “Cupid’s Bow Lip” and “Pearl Lift”, with his renown specialty being Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty. Even patients who have had multiple nose surgeries by other doctors achieve more desirable-looking noses after Dr. Pearlman performs revision. He has the knowledge, experience, and skill to restore natural-looking results in noses that look overdone. It is he who other nose specialists often ask for advice.

In addition to being dual board certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, plus Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Pearlman practices to the very high standards required of a leader in his field. Viewing aesthetic surgery as a combination of science and art, he distinguishes himself from other plastic surgeons by adopting a highly natural approach to surgery involving the nose, face and area around the eyes, where less is more.


Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff looked stunning and in fashion at The Career Transition for Dancers Gala, sponsored by Rolex. The Dance Performance New York New York- a hell of a town was followed by a dinner at the Hilton Hotel.

The gown was designed by Carolina Herrera.

Photo By: Patrick McMullan



Bradley Cooper

Rehearsals will begin in New York City this Monday, October 13th for the Broadway return of two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola in Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning classic The Elephant Man, directed by six-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis. The production begins performances on Friday, November 7, 2014 and opens on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Broadway’s Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street, NYC). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, February 15. Tickets are on sale now.

The cast features Bradley Cooper as John Merrick, Patricia Clarkson as Mrs. Kendal, Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Frederick Treves, Anthony Heald as Ross / Bishop Walsham How, Scott Lowell as Snork / Pinhead Manager / Lord John, Kathryn Meisle as Miss Sandwich / Princess and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm / Conductor. The cast will also include Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.



Tony Danza

The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) box office opens this Monday, October 13 for tickets to Honeymoon in Vegas. The box office hours are week of 10/13 - 10/19: Monday-Saturday, 12pm-8pm; Starting 10/20: Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm.

Honeymoon in Vegas, the eagerly anticipated new musical with book by Blazing Saddles and Fletch writer Andrew Bergman and score by three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, will begin previews on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 for a Thursday, January 15, 2015 opening night at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). The cast for Honeymoon in Vegas includes Tony Award nominee Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Tony Danza, David Josefsberg, Nancy Opel, Matthew Saldivar, Matt Allen,Tracee Beazer, Grady McLeod Bowman, Barry Busby, Leslie Donna Flesner, Gaelen Gilliland, Albert Guerzon, Raymond J. Lee, George Merrick, Jessica Naimy, Zachary Prince, Catherine Ricafort, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Erica Sweany, Cary Tedder and Katie Webber.