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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Mick Jagger

Donna Dixon And Dan Aykroyd

Tony Danza

Luciana Gimenez And Lucas Jagger

Tomi Rae Brown

James Brown II

Tika Sumpter

Jill Scott

The New York Premiere of 'Get On Up' at The Apollo Theater in New York City, raked in the stars.


James Franco

James Franco attended the New York Film Critics Series screening of 'Child of God' at The AMC Empire 25 in New York City. 

Monday, July 21, 2014


Derek Jeter And John Mitchell

New York Yankee, Derek Jeter poses with John Mitchell at Luvo's New York City Food Truck Launch Event in New York City today.


Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney visited the Empire State Building today, to promote the upcoming release of his new album “In Technicolor" in New York City.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Isaiah Austin On Larry King Now

Former Baylor basketball star and honorary NBA draft pick Isaiah Austin discusses what his future holds after learning he has Marfan Syndrome, a diagnosis which effectively ended his competitive basketball career.

The "Larry King Now" episode will air next Friday, July 25th on ORA TV.

Larry King asks Isaiah Austin what his support group was like at Baylor when the school learned of Austin's unfortunate medical diagnosis.

"It was amazing," said Isaiah Austin. "I knew I ha a family at Baylor...they gave me my scholarship back so I can continue my degree."

Isaiah Austin has two more years left of school before he graduates with his Business BA. Baylor University also offered him an assistant coaching job for the varsity basketball team, which Austin is "considering."

"I want to remain around basketball as much as I can," stated Austin.

He is also "weighing out options" in broadcasting at NBA Sports and Bleacher Report.

"I like all sports, not just basketball, and if I am connected wit TV...I will be able to connect with all sports," stated Austin.


J.R. Smith

New York Knicks Star J.R. Smith grabbed some Sabra Hummus and snacks while lounging at the Kia Malibu Estate Thursday

Photo Courtesy Of: Mason Summers/Domain MSA

Friday, July 18, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Anthony Hopkins

MONSTER MASH --- Writers Alex Kurtzman and writer Chris Morgan have been tapped to reboot Universal’s classic monster movie franchises.

Before the Fast and the Furious, Jurassic Park and the Bourne franchises became what Universal was known for, they had a Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein. Now the studio is committing to rebooting these franchises. Kurtzman has been part of the Transformers, Star Trek and Amazing Spider-Man franchises while Morgan has been the writing force behind Universal’s more reliable franchise, The Fast and the Furious.

Universal has tapped into these characters over the years for movies like Van Helsing, The Mummy, The Wolfman and the upcoming Dracula Untold, but this is the first time they’ve tried to revive all of the characters in a cohesive, connected world. The first movie being put together in this effort is a reboot of the Mummy slated to be released April 22nd, 2016.

For the older demographic, the original versions of these movies, with actors like Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney were good, camp fun that have endured till the present day. Terrific stories with sinister, mysterious visuals. Who could not love Chaney as the Wolfman?

I just watched the re-boot (2010) several years back with Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, and while it held up surprisingly well, the original (1941) was just an awesome classic. Good to have the fellows back!

Adam Lambert

QUEEN ADAM --- From PR-pasha Randy Alexander, who was sitting front-and-center in Philadelphia: “Thrilled I decided at the last minute to pick up tix and take my son Harrison to see the Queen and Adam Lambert concert last night. Never much paid any attention to Lambert before, nor have I ever had any desire to consider even semi-seriously following him. But after seeing him last night fronting Queen, he's got a new fan right here, certainly in this vehicle.

To say he was perfect in this role is with the greatest respect to Freddie Mercury. I saw the tour with Paul Rodgers six years ago, and Lambert energizes the band in a way Rodgers never did. Lambert not only has the natural flamboyance, but his original interpretations of the Queen catalogue and how to present these indelible songs vocally and theatrically were spot-on while making them his own.

More astounding was how effortlessly he delivered his vocal acrobatics - dare I say even more effortlessly than Freddie himself, as was proven each time the video screen gave us the chance to compare/contrast against vintage Mercury clips. True, there was and will only be one Freddie Mercury, rest his soul. But with Lambert out front, ya gotta hand it to him - this version is a greater tribute than ever imagined. It's Killer Queen.”

Check out this link from the show HERE.


Bryan Cranston

ALL THE WAY IN --- Can an Emmy winner, a Tony winner and an Oscar winner walk into… HBO?

Yes indeed, the pay cable network has scored the rights to Broadway smash All the Way — which won 2014 Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play — with Bryan Cranston set to reprise his role as President Lyndon Johnson and Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment among the producers, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The adaptation’s pedigree is, to put it conservatively, rather eye-popping.

Spielberg, a four-time Emmy winner (most recently as producer of 2010′s outstanding miniseries The Pacific) and an Academy Award winner as director of Schindler’s List, acquired the rights to All the Way last month.

In addition to his Tony this year, Cranston will, of course, attempt to win his fifth Emmy award as Best Actor in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad next month.

To add to the project’s cachet, playwright Robert Schenkkan (who’s also got a Pulitzer Prize on his resume, for 1992′s The Kentucky Cycle) will adapt his own script for the small screen.

All the Way takes place in 1964 — during LBJ’s first year in office following the assassination of President Kennedy — as America grapples with its involvement in the Vietnam War and a landmark civil rights bill is passed. J. Edgar Hoover, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Governor George Wallace are just a few of the historical figures represented in the stage version.

We didn't get to see this and really wanted to. The whole scenario reminds me of the play Frost/Nixon, which was adapted to the big screen (in 2008, directed by Ron Howard) with its original cast intact: Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. Both were as good, if not better, than their stage roles. And, the movie was terrific!

Looking forward to this one for sure.

Elaine Stritch

CLOSING NOTES --- RIP Elaine Stritch and blues-legend Johnny Winter. Two huge losses for sure. Stritch was just amazing and even at 89 was a scream. From the screen to the stage, she was a treasure for sure. White-haired-Winter in his storied career was just a tower of showmanship and talent. They'll both be missed terrible. The lights on Broadway will dim tonight to honor this huge star....

How about ole’ Rupert Murdoch trying to buy Time-Warner for upwards of $85 billion? Trust me, that’s just his first offer and you never, ever accept the first offer. I believe it’s a done-deal. Time-Warner (including HBO) has some of the best content-around and that’s the key here. Remember, content is king. Will be interesting to see how the media-landscape changes with this one and believe me, it will change …

We didn't get a change to mention last week’s third installment of HBO’s The Leftovers, starring Justin Theroux, who was hardly in this episode at all. Rather, it focused on holy-man Christopher Eccleston (the ninth Doctor Who) and his tactics to try to save his Episcopalian church, which is on the chopping block. It was by far the best episode so far. Eccleston was just outstanding and the story terrifically compelling; certainly noteworthy as this series has had a very, very hard getting its sea legs. And, I'm afraid, that most of the negative criticism is justly due. Sad, as Lost’s Damon Lindelof is involved. Also, odd, that almost none of the regulars were in it. The title of the episode was: Two Boats and a Helicopter.

Micky Dolenz AT BB Kings

Two weeks until Micky Dolenz hits B. B. King's ... check out the club's site for tickets.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson looked stunning the other night at the 'Wish I Was Here' screening at The AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City.


Wendy Williams

Sherri Shepherd

Lil Jon

Wendy Williams celebrated her 50th Birthday at a Star-Studded Celebration at BPM @ 42West in New York City tonight.


Treana Peake Obakki Foundation

Treana Peake is the creative designer and founder of the luxury fashion line Obakki and its philanthropic counterpart, the Obakki Foundation. Peake, a dedicated humanitarian activist and creative leader, fused her life-long passions together in 2009 to create engaging and innovative philanthropy. Peake has provided over 600 water wells and built 12 schools in South Sudan and Cameroon. This work has positively impacted the lives of over 700,000 people — this support subsequently leads to self-sustainable growth in the communities Peake helps. Her work in the field has been recognized and endorsed by the UN. Peake’s leadership in fashion through Obakki has also been given widespread recognition in international publications such as Vogue UK and Elle, and her contemporary, sophisticated designs have been spotted on celebrity devotees such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson. By giving fashion a purpose and applying creativity to development work, Peake is pioneering a new type of fundraising model, one that is both dynamic and inspiring. Visit the Obakki Foundation.


Rick Faugno

Rick Faugno has joined the cast of the world premiere of REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER, a new musical with book, music & lyrics by Ívar Páll Jónsson, based on a story by Ívar and Gunnlaugur Jónsson. Performances will begin July 31st, with the official Opening Night on Wednesday, August 13th at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (just a few steps from Sixth Ave., one block south of W. 3rd St.)

Rick Faugno originated the role of Frankie Valli in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys, now in its seventh smash year. He has appeared on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies (as Will Rogers, Jr.), Wonderful Town, Conversations With My Father, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Rick also played Bobby Van Husen in The Boy Friend, directed by Julie Andrews. His film and TV credits include “The Newsroom,” “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” Every Little Step, and Virgin Alexander.

Kate Shindle
Under the direction of Bergur Ingólfsson, the cast also features Cady Huffman (Tony winner for The Producers, The Will Rogers Follies, The Nance, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Good Wife”), Kate Shindle (Miss America '98, Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde, Capote), Michael Biren (Billy Elliot), Patrick Boll (Mamma Mia!, Death of a Salesman, “Gossip Girl”), Zach Cossman (Band Geeks), Karli Dinardo (“Silversun”), Danielle Kelsey (Young Frankenstein), Graydon Long (“The Carrie Diaries”), Brad Nacht (Billy Elliot, The Addams Family), Marrick Smith (Crossing Swords, Uncovering Eden), and Jesse Wildman (Ghost). Choreography for REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER is by Lee Proud, with music direction by award-winning Icelandic Indie rock musician Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson.



Prepare to embark on a journey with DREAMERS, with their unique brand of grunge that is nostalgic for a space somewhere between art-school eccentric and the late 1970s punk scene. Today, the band make their debut on Interview Magazine with their new single, "Wolves."

With their debut release, “This Album Does Not Exist” set to drop later this year in November, DREAMERS are ready to send their kaleidoscopic sound out into the universe. Their music will tug at your heartstrings and have you dancing around the room all in one fell swoop.

Photo Courtesy Of: Kristin Roby/Interview Magazine



iLUMINATE, the Off-Broadway smash spectacle (formerly titled ARTIST OF LIGHT), celebrates its one-year anniversary this Friday, July 18th at New World Stages. iLuminate wowed the nation with their groundbreaking light suits and innovative dance moves on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where the dance-in-the-dark sensation was selected as one of the hit show’s top finalists after judge Piers Morgan called them “The Best New Act in America!”

Music, art, dance, and the technological magic of iLuminate brings this extraordinary spectacle to the New York stage, combining mythical elements with adventure and romance, told through dance styles which include contemporary, hip-hop, Latin, and breaking, all using the power of light.

iLUMINATE follows the fantastical journey of Jacob, a talented young artist who struggles to connect with the real world. He takes comfort in his magical paintbrush, which grants him the power to turn the characters of his imagination into living, breathing creatures. When a jealous townsperson steals the paintbrush and turns his endearing creations into horrifying monsters, Jacob must face this danger without the help of his miraculous instrument. He fights to save his town and friends, even as he knows that the paintbrush which brought him so much joy is now a weapon in the hands of a malevolent villain bent on destruction.

The creative team for iLUMINATE includes Miral Kotb (Director, Choreographer, Author), Athena Sunga (Co-Author), Justin “Kanobby” Keitt (Composer/Musical Director), Christopher Tignor (Composer), John “JRock” Nelson (Choreographer, Scenic & Costume Designer), Dario Mejia (Choreographer), Marcus Allan Cobb (Choreographer, Costume Designer), Dean Hopkins (Technical Director), Rick Sordelet & Christian Kelly-Sordelet (Fight Directors), and Franzblau Media, Inc. (Executive Producer).


Dana Delany

Kate Foley

Audrey Tautou

Jess Weixler

The stars came out for the Mood Indigo film premiere in New York City on a hot summer night.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
William Devane

FINAL 24 --- The final episode of the truncated (12-episode) 24 series, Live Another Day, wrapped up Monday and it was spot-on sensational. With a terrific storyline and stellar acting from both Kiefer Sutherland and William Devane, it was indeed a real and unique opportunity where a great idea did pay off.

There was a major death among the above-the-line characters and Jack Bauer (Sutherland) at the end of the hour was thrust into another seemingly unsolvable situation. The most devastating line in the show had to have been with President Heller (Devane): Facing the death of his daughter and impending Alzheimer’s Heller admits that not only will he soon forget about Audrey and her death, but he'll soon not be able to remember anything. This exchange helps draw a nice comparison between Heller and Jack: Which man is more unfortunate? The one who will forget every memory, both happy and sad, or the one who is forced to live with his pain, but also has a few good moments to look back on?

It was a rather sobering and complete ending to a great, great run.

I also want to add that the number of guest-starring cameos, from Stephen Fry to Michael Wincott, was great too.

The ratings were pretty terrific as well … no doubt in my mind we'll have one more day with Jack Bauer very soon.

BROWN EXITS STAGE LEFT --- Bobby Brown has left the current New Edition Tour.

The remaining members, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Michael Bivins, are continuing including last night’s show in Grand Prairie, TX along with the remaining ten dates of their tour.

According to representatives for the group, Brown has left to take care of his health. "At this time, Bobby needs to put his health first, and we wish him a speedy recovery. We are giving each and every show all we've got until his return — and will continue giving the fans 110 percent each night."

No details were given on his health situation. Per TMZ, Brown has been having trouble performing recently and, at times, leaving the stage during the show.

HEAD BACK --- Radiohead will return to the studio in September to record the follow-up to 2011’s The King Of Limbs.

Since the last album Thom Yorke has released Amok with his supergroup Atoms For Peace featuring Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Jonny Greenwood is a soundtrack composer outside Radiohead and will release his sixth soundtrack for the movie Inherent Vice, starring Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix later this year. His brother, Radiohead bass player Colin Greenwood is non-musical outside Radiohead. Guitarist Ed O’Brien has also been inactive out of the band. Drummer Phil Selway will release his second solo album Weatherhouse in October.

Jonny Greenwood revealed the Radiohead plans to Marry Anne Hobbs on BBC6. “We’re going to start up in September, playing, rehearsing and recording and see how it’s sounding,” he said.

Radiohead have released eight albums starting with Pablo Honey in 1993. The biggest success was 1997’s OK Computer which sold over 2 million in the U. S., went 5 times Platinum in the U. K. (1.5 million sales) and Platinum in Australia (70,000 sales).

A DAME TO KILL FOR-- Dimension Films is planning a big splash for its August 22 release Sin City: A Dame To Kill For down at San Diego's Comic-Con. In addition to the film's presentation on Saturday, July 26, directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller will be joined by the cast: actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin and Rosario Dawson; and, six of the film's classic picture cars will be parked against a 102-foot long Sin City skyline over at the Petco Park parking lot throughout the confab (July 24-27).

Also, on Thursday July 24, the Weinstein Co. will be showcasing the Walden Media sci-drama The Giver with Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and best selling author Lois Lowry. The Giver opens on Aug. 15.

CLOSING NOTES – Sorry to see Broadway’s Rocky about to shutter. I met star Andy Karl recently and found him to be terrific. As previously mentioned, Disney’s Newsies is about to close as well …

At next month’s Brady Bunch Reunion event in New Jersey (organized by Jodi Blau Ritzen); a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity that the late-Ann B. Davis was involved with: a pre-school run by her church, the Sheep School. The event runs August 15, 16 and 17 … check out their site at

I'm not a huge a baseball fan, but the outpouring of respect for Yankees’ Derek Jeter has been pretty impressive. At last night’s All Star game, Nike premiered a special commercial commemorating Jeter’s career … and, it was distinctly powerful; featuring the likes of Billy Crystal, Spike Lee, Jay- Z, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Jordon, among others. Well done …

We're seeing Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig next week and thought to contact Atlantic Records for a copy of their just-released soundtrack CD. We were given a download link, which we never do as it's just not the same experience. We we're told that the label only had a limited supply. Wow ... guess times are tough in the record biz these days ...

Brett Winteble has re-surfaced ... at the beach!

Monday, July 14, 2014


Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez dined with a friend at New York hotspot Beauty & Essex on Saturday night. She arrived with a friend around 9:15pm and was dressed casually in a long sleeved black top with a leather jacket.

Restaurant goers said nothing romantic was going on between the two - the dinner seemed extremely friendly and platonic. They enjoyed Beauty & Essex favorites such as a double order of The Roasted Bone Marrow. Rodriguez was overheard saying how Bone Marrow was her favorite, she's always scouting around to try to find restaurants that have it.

The actress paired her dinner with a Whiskey on the Rocks and was seen smiling and socializing with her guest all night long.



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Roger Ebert

LIFE ITSELF --- There was one show that growing up, I could never seem get enough of, At The Movies with film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. This half-hour program was so unusual on so many levels: Who were these upstart film critics, Siskel and Ebert, who brilliantly heightened the demeanor of film criticism. Siskel, from the Chicago Tribune, and Ebert, via the Chicago Sun Times, were rivals who were seemingly everywhere; be it Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show; magazines covers; or, Oprah. Siskel with his urbane flair and Ebert, rotund, stinging and succinct … they were an unexpected, but terrific match.

Siskel passed from brain cancer and Ebert developed cancer too which eventually robbed him of his jaw … and, his voice. This weekend I finally caught the movie (via director Steve James) of Life Itself, which chronicled Ebert’s improbable rise to superstardom … and, loved it.

Maybe it’s sharing Ebert’s love for the written word – he won the Pulitzer Prize- or, maybe it’s just recovering a prize memento of my youth, but the movie was so much more than just a biopic, it showed brilliantly the person Ebert was and became, from his youth to his travails in the newspaper industry to his success with Siskel.

It seems the two, who were thrust somewhat unexpectedly together, had a healthy dislike for each other, but like brothers, they too had a healthy respect. Siskel loved getting Roger’s goat –which he did quite often- but together, they were an unbeatable team. There were some outtakes from the show shown here, which are startling, but, not surprising.

I also loved the behind the scenes stories about the two; including Siskel’s burgeoning friendship with Hugh Hefner of all people. Says Siskel’s widow, “Gene lived the life that he and Roger talked about. He flew in the bunny jet.” I also loved the stories from the filmmaker’s that Ebert championed; some becoming lifelong friends.

Director Steve James benefited from an Ebert plaudit; he directed the brilliant movie 1994 Hoop Dreams.

There are the inevitable plaudits from fellow critics, who clearly realize they wouldn’t even be here without Siskel and Ebert and they do make some good points about how the two made film criticism respectable.

At the height of their fame, there must have been a dozen copy-cat shows; some good, but nowhere near the real thing.

If it's all about catching lighting in a bottle, Siskel and Ebert did. I can't recommend this picture highly enough.

SPACE ODDITY --- We watched CBS’ Extant starring Halle Berry over the weekend and just adored it. First: there’s a Lost-like vibe to the show which is terrifically engaging and second: unlike HBO’s The Leftovers, we got it immediately.

Btw: I think I'm giving The Leftovers one more shot – still having trouble figuring it all out.

In addition to serving up some serious heebie-jeebies and bringing Goran Visnjic back to the TV screen, the Steven Spielberg-produced thriller poses some big questions in its first outing. Among them: If a machine can fake love with precision and aplomb, does it really matter if the emotion isn't real? How much do we really know about what’s floating around in the gaping void just beyond our atmosphere?

The first episode, titled Re-entry — opens with a boy flying a toy spaceship around his room but stopping when he hears his mom throwing up in the bathroom. The woman is Molly. She recovers in time to attend a party in her honor later that day: After being away on a solo space mission for the past 13 months, the astronaut has returned to normal life with her husband John (Visnjic) and son Ethan (Pierce Gagnon, One Tree Hill). It’s all very normal and futuristic in the in five or 10 years from now.

But we soon get the sense that not everything is as normal as it first appears. When Molly takes out the trash later that evening, a shadowy figure appears on the street nearby, then disappears. Meanwhile, upstairs in Ethan’s bedroom, we learn that John and Molly’s son may look like a real (if creepy) boy, but he’s actually a robot – pardon me, a humanise prototype created by John, who hopes to get the funding to build many more.

Even weirder: When Molls visits with her doctor pal Sam, she gets some news – she’s pregnant. But I'm infertile she says! Molly protests. Still, the space-age EPT doesn't lie, and the gobsmacked mom-to-be begs Sam not to say anything to anyone just yet.

Flashback time! Throughout the episode, we see Molly in action during her mission. The footage looks very cool, and all seems to go according to plan until the computer craps out, the lights dim and she sees a shadowy figure ... who turns out to be her first husband -now deceased- Marcus.

The low hum of the machinery, the camera work, the weird-acting, possibly alien embodiment of Molly’s probably-dead former lover/husband Marcus… if you wanted to fill me with dread and fear, Extant, mission accomplished.

|John – flanked by his colleague Julie (Grace Gummer, The Newsroom) and Ethan – goes before the board of a big-deal corporation to ask it to back his project. What about a robot uprising? One of the board members queries, but John pooh-poohs the concern by stressing how his humanises are raised as humans and therefore pose no threat.

Another board member angers John with her questions about kill switches if the androids get out of control, and when he shoots back, Do you have a child? Do you have a plan to kill her? ... the meeting’s over.

Things look up when Hideki Yasumoto, the head of the company, invites John to his home and offers to privately finance the venture. Two things John doesn't know: Yasumoto is in league with Molly’s suspicious superiors, and Yasumoto was (until very recently) encased in goo and possibly kept in a state of stasis or something equally weird.

Of all the questions raised in Extant's first hour, we get at least one answer. When the shadowy figure once more approaches Molly at trash time, she sees that he’s her former colleague Harmon Kreiger, who allegedly killed himself after his own trip to the stars. And he’s got one piece of advice for her: Don’t trust them. Who, exactly, does he mean? Anyone. Houston, we have lots of problems.

We loved it and recommend it highly.

OVERLOOKED --- Here’s this year’s most grievously overlooked occurrences at The Emmys:

*The Good Wife: Not one broadcast network show broke into the best drama ranks. But critics say The Good Wife had a creatively strong season and deserved recognition — plus had a crafty Emmy campaign that pointed out the show has to make 22 episodes a season compared to other dramas like True Detective and Breaking Bad making only eight. What does this show have to do, shockingly kill off Josh Charles? Oh wait, it did that too!

*Brooklyn Nine-Nine: You can argue about whether Fox’s new comedy deserves a spot on the list. But after winning the Golden Globe for best comedy of the year, it definitely feels like a rebuke to not make the nomination cut. Same goes for star Andy Samberg — who won the Golden Globe for best comedy actor, yet nothing here. Perhaps Academy voters felt the show was over-honored by the Globes?

*Masters of Sex: Tough to argue against any of the nominations in the drama category. But when a program gets five nominations in other categories yet misses the top one, it feels like a bit of a snub.

*Charles Dance: You can point to several overlooked actors on Thrones that arguably deserved a nod, but possibly none more than Dance, who had his last chance to get nominated this year as tyrannical Tywin Lannister. Also: Fans thought Pedro Pascal as Prince Oberyn was a shoo-in for a guest actor nod, but nope.

*James Spader: NBC’s The Blacklist was one of broadcast’s few new bright spots this season, and Spader deserves so much of that credit for all his scene chewing. Really one of the most blatant errors I've ever witnessed. His is the best performance on TV. Spader rules!

*The Americans and Sons of Anarchy: Clearly Academy voters are watching FX, but two of the network’s best shows got squeezed out of most categories, with the absence of Americans co-star Matthew Rhys and Sons’ actress Maggie Siff being particularly painful. At least Americans’ Margo Martindale received a guest-star nod.

*Timothy Olyphant: Can’t say FX’s Justified deserves a slot this year above the other nominated dramas. But hopefully the Academy will someday once again recognize star Timothy Olyphant for his work on this show.

*Inside Amy Schumer: Missed out in the variety category, though nabbed a writing nom. If Wahlburgers and Million Dollar Listing New York can now get a series Emmy nomination (Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, anyone?), so should Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer.

*Emmy Rossum: Her Shameless arc this season had fans buzzing. Besides, she has Emmy in her name!

Snubs runner-ups: Dean Norris in Breaking Bad (not much screen time, but amazing); Elisabeth Moss for AMC’s Mad Men; NBC’s Hannibal team; Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina for The Mindy Project; Vera Farmiga in A&E’s Bates Motel; and Peter Sarsgaard in AMC’s The Killing.

CLOSING NOTES --- Anyone ever hear about what happened to radio-caster Brett Winterble; musician Adrian Niles; or, writer James J. Kaufman?

Winterble interviewed Buzz Aldrin and Ted Nugent for God sakes and Niles had two of his songs featured in F/X's Justified.

Bad management ... bad judgement, or both? Amazing!

NBC's The Voice has picked up a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer for its fall season.

Stevie Nicks will be joining the competition program as an adviser for Adam Levine's team. In her new role, Nicks is working with Levine's chosen singers on their techniques and performances in preparation for the Battle Rounds which pairs down the contestants to finalists.

The current season of the show is being shot now with the selection process complete and the Battle Rounds about to be shot. The programs will be shown starting on September 22 leading to the live final rounds. This season's teams will be selected by Levine and Blake Shelton, who have been part of the show for all seven seasons, along with new team leaders Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

Nicks will be joining Fleetwood Mac, with returned member Christine McVie, on September 30 in Minneapolis for a 33-date North American tour …

Congrats to PR-pasha David Salidor who has just joined the board of the America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

Sunday, July 13, 2014



Story By: G.H. Harding

Tommy Ramone

Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of iconic New York punk band the Ramones, has died at age 65. The announcement was made early Saturday through the band's official Twitter account. Ramone, who was born Thomas Erdelyi in Budapest, Hungary, was the band’s drummer from 1974 to 1978. He also co-produced their first three albums.

Ramone died at 12:15 p.m. at his home in Queens, New York, according to a Facebook post from New York Rocker Magazine publisher Andy Schwartz. He had been in hospice care after suffering from cancer of the bile duct, Schwartz said.

Though they never had a Top 40 hit, the Ramones’ minimalistic, speedy style of rock influenced subsequent legends like Nirvana, the Sex Pistols and Bruce Springsteen. Their hits include “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” “Beat on the Brat” and “I Wanna be Sedated.”

Friday, July 11, 2014


Gregg Sulkin

Gregg Sulkin celebrated the premiere of his upcoming movie 'Affluenza' at the Empire State Building yesterday in New York City.

Thursday, July 10, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Garth Brooks

EMMY MADNESS --- In the months leading to this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations, which were just announced, a lot of attention had been focused on HBO’s decision to enter the eight-episode True Detective as a drama, Showtime switching Shameless from drama to comedy series after three seasons, and Netflix entering Orange Is the New Black as a comedy after submitting it as a drama for the Golden Globes.

Controversy aside, the moves proved fine for all three. True Detective and Orange Is The New Black each netted 12 noms – a particularly strong showing for freshman series — to tie veteran Downton Abbey and Seth MacFarlane’s documentary Cosmos as the fourth-most-nominated primetime series. Both landed noms in all major categories they were eligible for including best drama (True Detective) and comedy series (Orange), best lead actor/actress, best writing, directing and casting.

Meanwhile, after a single Emmy nom for each of its first three seasons competing as a drama series — all for recurring guest actress Joan Cusack — Shameless more than doubled its Emmy tally with three noms this year. That includes a break into the lead actor category for star William H. Macy, joined by Cusack, nominated for a fourth consecutive time, and a mention for stunt coordination.

As expected, newcomer True Detective shook up the drama series race in a big way. It pushed out Showtime’s Homeland, which for the first time fell out of the best drama series category it won in 2012. In the top drama series field, True Detective is joining last year’s nominees Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones, House Of Cards and Mad Men, firming up the expected big showdown between the departing Breaking Bad and upstart True Detective for the big prize. (Veteran Breaking Bad has the edge in the total number of nominations with 16).

A strong season punctuated by one of TV’s most talked about character demises and an aggressive Emmy campaign wasn’t enough for The Good Wife to return to the crowded best drama series field (but its star Julianna Margulies re-joined the best lead drama actress circle after a year off and Josh Charles earned a second Emmy nom after the death of his character). The CBS series was commercial broadcast TV’s best shot at a best drama series nom after being shut out of the top drama category for the last two years.

Also denied entry into the marquee drama race were a slew of buzzy first-and second-year cable series such as Masters Of Sex, The Americans and Ray Donovan.

We can’t say any of them came close as both the best drama and comedy fields remained limited to six nominees this year, despite TV Academy’s rule change that allowed for seven entries in each of the top categories if a show’s voting tally came in within 2% of the sixth-place series.

With perennial best series nominee 30 Rock gone and Parks & Recreation once again snubbed, broadcast TV’s presence in the best comedy series category shrunk from three to two this year: reigning champ Modern Family, which is looking to extend its winning streak to five best series trophies, and ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory.

That marks the fewest broadcast entries ever in the top comedy series category, which only three years ago featured an all-broadcast field. With the complete drama shutout, this also marks the fewest total combined best series nominations (two) for ad-supported broadcast shows in history.

Joining Modern Family and Big Bang in the top comedy category are fellow returning nominees, FX’s Louie and HBO’s Veep, and newcomers Orange Is The New Black and Silicon Valley. Mike Judge’s well-received but under-the-radar software industry comedy was the surprise contender in the category, bumping off fellow HBO comedy Girls after two years in the field.

It’s been years since a first-year broadcast series has landed a best drama series nomination (Heroes, 2007) or a best comedy series nomination (Modern Family, Glee, 2010). Last year, the freshman broadcast class yielded a lead acting nom for Nashville’s Connie Britton. This year, with Golden Globe-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine and its star Andy Samberg snubbed, along with The Blacklist and leading man (and TV Academy favorite) James Spader and Mom’s Anna Faris, the only presence of the new broadcast series is in the supporting comedy categories via Brooklyn’s Andre Braugher and Mom’s Allison Janney (a double nominee, also honored for her guest starring role on Showtime’s Masters Of Sexafter winning for both at the Critics Choice Awards).

True Detective’s biggest impact was in the lead actor in a drama series category, with its two stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson both getting noms, making for one the most competitive fields in years that features two Oscar winners, McConaughey and Kevin Spacey of House Of Cards; an Oscar nominee, Harrelson; Emmy winners Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Jeff Daniels of HBO’s The Newsroom; as well as Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, who is looking for his first win after six nominations.

On the distaff side, all actresses nominated last year who are eligible again are in: reigning two-time winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), previous winner Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), current Golden Globe champ Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation) as well as Lena Dunham (Girls).

We cannot understand why Spader was snubbed so severely. His show, The Blacklist, as well as his performances, were total standouts. Another critic perhaps said it perfectly …. For a show that seemed like it was on CBS; it was treated like a CBS show anyhow … snubbed!

SONY BROOKS --- Garth Brooks and Sony Music held simultaneous news conferences Wednesday, announcing details of Brook’s upcoming album. Sony’s CEO Doug Morris announced the project will be promoted and marketed via Sony Music Nashville, specifically the RCA imprint.

Expect the album around Thanksgiving, with a new single provisionally due next month.

The album will be available in all retailers, not just Walmart, where he had an exclusive deal with for his "Blame It On All On My Roots" box set that was released last November.

As someone who has always been reluctant to go digital, Garth said at the press conference, "We've never allowed ourselves to go digital. That will begin within the next two or three weeks. Digital will be handled at It will be the only place you can get Garth Brooks music."

Additionally, Brooks will stage a worldwide tour that will be announced on Monday, July 14.

WHO’S WHO --- Pete Townshend called some Guardian online readers c**ts earlier this week (that is the ones that posted inane responses to his articles) at a press conference announcing The Who at 50 anniversary tour.

Members of the press gathered at Ronnie Scott's jazz outpost in the U. K. to hear the news and a fantastic acoustic 4 song set from Townsend and Roger Daltry, which included “Substitute,” “Bargain,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

It was during a short Q&A with the two legends afterwards, that the outburst came. When asked by a Guardian journalist if we could expect any new material Pete commented “Can I comment on that, can I comment, like the c**ts that comment on the Guardian online?”

The short outburst had the media in stitches and Pete went on to answer the question saying that The Who have 3 new tracks which they are going to record soon.

Watch their interview and musical set here.

BEAR’S EMMY NOD --- Composer Bear McCreary earned his third Emmy nomination for Main Titles Theme for STARZ’s Black Sails. McCreary won the Emmy award in the same category last year for Da Vinci’s Demons.

“I knew when I had the chance to team up once again with show runner Jonathan E. Steinberg and the supportive team at STARZ that they would push me to write something unusual for this unique pirate drama. When I dusted off my hurdy gurdy and started writing a heavy metal sea shanty, I never imagined that one day it would be nominated for an Emmy! I am thrilled and grateful for this recognition, and to be in such stellar company as my fellow nominees,” said McCreary.

CLOSING NOTES --- Multi-Grammy award winning artist Bruno Mars received his first Emmy Award nomination today. Mars’ record breaking Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show was nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program. Nominees in the same category include Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama, Children’s Hospital, Parks And Rec In Europe, and The Soup: True Detective …

As we go to press Rosie O'Donnell has been confirmed to return to ABC's The View. So, that leave her ... and, Whoopi? More on this next time and Elisabeth Hasselbeck's surprising response ...

Micky Dolenz was interviewed on CNN about their Sixties program; last nights installment's on the show was The British Invasion. Catch Dolenz at BB King's on July 30.

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