Showing posts with label NEW YORK CITY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NEW YORK CITY. Show all posts

Friday, May 22, 2015

EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO'S ANNUAL GALA AT PLAZA HOTEL

Jean Shafiroff



El Museo del Barrio held its Annual Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Approximately 500 guests attended the black tie Gala where most of the woman wore black and white gowns, veils and gloves. Funds raised will go to support Latino art and culture at the El Museo del Barrio Museum in New York City at 1230 5th Avenue (105th Strret and Fifth Avenue). 


 ABOUT EL MUSEO



El Museo was founded 45 years ago by artist and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz and a coalition of parents, educators, artists, and activists who noted that mainstream museums largely ignored Latino artists. Since its inception, El Museo has been committed to celebrating and promoting Latino culture, thus becoming a cornerstone of El Barrio, and a valuable resource for New York City. El Museo’s varied permanent collection of over 6,500 objects, spans more than 800 years of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino art, includes pre-Columbian Taíno artifacts, traditional arts, twentieth-century drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, as well as prints, photography, documentary films, and video. To learn more about El Museo del Barrio log on to www.elmuseo.org.


 Photo By: Patrick McMullan


Thursday, May 21, 2015

OFFICIAL WRAP PARTY FOR 'CLEAN CUT' AT EMPIRE HOTEL

****
TONIGHT'S NYC HOT TICKET
****

The Cast Of Clean Cut



The official cast / wrap party for the highly talked about chilling new film "Clean Cut" is tonight at the famed NYC Empire Hotel Rooftop Lounge LEVEL R! We have heard the main cast will be in attendance with producers and director to celebrate the wrap of the new project. Some surprise guests are also expected at the blowout industry shin-dig that boasts the film to be the next big thing in the horror genre.



"Clean Cut" tells the story of Bill Horton (Collins) who at seven years old watched in horror as a serial killer murdered his mother. Known as The Evangelist, he places a bible next to her body and quotes scripture as he leaves Bill alone and destroyed. Thirty years later, Bill has grown up and appears to be a model citizen, spending his days cleaning his house and baking. He has, however, picked up the mantle of the Evangelist, killing those who he finds wicked and evil and leaving a bible by their bodies. Bill only opens up to Dr. Laura Cooper (Artese), a psychiatrist, who discovers Bill's dark secret. She contacts young Detective Edward Legros (Billy) who is working on the case with his cynical, veteran partner, Detective John Vance (Bollinger). But what Vance knows about the original Evangelist will lead to a bloody showdown.



STARRING: Keith Collins, Doug Bollinger ("Waltzing Anna"), Samantha Artese ("The Coffee Shop"), Michael BIlly ("The One") WITH Billy Sample ("Former NY Yankee"), Gervase Peterson ("Survivor") AND Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal ("Guns N' Roses"). Directed By, Joseph Pepitone. Produced by Keith Collins. Executive Producers Steve Wolf ("Lady Peacock"), Jonnie Rockwell ("The Anthem"), AJ Mattioli ("Words"), Cory Green ("Rebel"). CO-Executive Producers Doug Bollinger, Joseph Pepitone. Cinematography & Edited By, Cory Green. Story By, Keith Collins. Written By, Joseph Pepitone and Billy Pepitone. Original Music By, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal.






Photo Courtesy Of: Steve Mack

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

JAMES SPADER REMAINS BEST ACTOR ON TELEVISION

****
THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
****
James Spader




BLACKLIST’S BEST --- Last week was the season finale of NBC’s The Blacklist, and it was by far the best episode this entire second season. FBI agent Lizzie Kean is on the run, framed by the nefarious cabal and, of course, Red Reddington (portrayed by the great James Spader) comes to her rescue. Several questions were finally answered in this episode, which finds Liz and Red ultimately on the run in the final minutes, with Elton John’s “Rocket Man” poignantly playing them out. In a masterstroke, Lizzie now becomes the FBI’s Most Wanted. Actually, a brilliant play.



Spader, for my money, remains one of the very best actors on TV these days. Talk about chewing the scenery—Spader continually makes a grand dinner out of it. I don’t know how this role came to Spader, but it is an inspired choice. He should give his agents a major bonus!



This episode saw his character Reddington admit that he is a sin eater, absorbing the sins of others in order to help make them pure again. I’ve heard this concept before; and in the hands of a lesser actor, it might have come off as a bit cheesy. Not here, though. Spader sold it—hook, line, and sinker.



Admittedly, this second season seemed to have run off the rails a bit—too many questions, not enough answers. This season finale, however, ran fierce and strong on all the right cylinders. Damn-near perfect!



THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE OM --- Mad Men‘s final episode aired Sunday on AMC. Now that I’ve watched it twice and read tons of other editorial pieces and blog entries about it, I now feel prepared to write on it from my own perspective.



As anyone who reads my column knows, I’ve loved this show since Day One. I continue to believe that Matthew Weiner is and has been one of the best writers out there—a modern-day Shakespeare, if you will, whose material will undoubtedly still be around for years. The story he has laid out was just a slice of life, but he did everything so perfectly.



Growing up in that era, each moment resonated as strongly with me as it clearly did with him. Over time, I truly felt like I was a part of the narrative.



Weiner’s final show, brilliantly titled “Person to Person,” finally comes to grips with the double-life being led by lead character Don Draper (Jon Hamm). After abandoning his advertising life in New York (he does say he’s “retired”), his marriage, and even his kids, he winds up with his niece at a retreat in California.



As Don bottoms out, he attends a group meeting after the urging of a woman (Helen Slater, recently mentioned here by yours truly as the lead in 1984’s train-wreck motion picture adaptation of Supergirl). At this meeting, he experiences what can only be described as a rebirth of mind, body, and spirit.



The ending depicts him—clearly freshened up and dressed all in white, with a glowing California laid out behind him—meditating and brainstorming a commercial for Coke, which will become known as “The Real Thing.” They don’t portray it directly, but I feel that the inference is that Don will return to the world of advertising—and will create the commercial.



At first, I was somewhat lost throughout the ending—though it was marvelous to see Don finally smile!). The more I thought about it, though, the more it all made perfect sense.



Weiner also neatly winds up the lives of most of the rest of the cast, and does so in a positive and reverential way.



No sudden blank black-screen endings here, ala Sopranos!



Weiner has always asked a lot from his audience. He didn’t let up with this final stab, but it was a spectacular end.



I, along with millions, will miss this show . . . madly! Bravura performances from all, either in front of the camera or behind the scenes.



BRUCE LUNDVALL, R.I.P. --- Yesterday, we lost a rare gem of a music man: Bruce Lundvall, the former CEO of Blue Note Records and a key figure in jazz music, has passed away. He was 79 years old.



Lundvall had been living in a senior assisted-living center in New Jersey for complications related to his ongoing battle with Parkinson's disease, according to his biographer Dan Ouellette, who wrote the book Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear. Ouellette further reports that during a brief hospitalization, Lundvall underwent surgery but never regained consciousness.



Lundvall, a beloved figure in the industry, is credited with signing such Grammy-Award winning musicians as Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole and Norah Jones, among many others.



Blue Note Records has issued the following statement:



“Born in Englewood, New Jersey in 1935, Bruce was a lifelong jazz lover whose passion for the music was ignited by Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker and the other Bebop players he heard as an underage teenager at clubs along West 52nd Street in New York City during the 1950s.



“A self-described ‘failed saxophone player,’ Bruce took an entry-level marketing job at Columbia Records in 1960 and over the following two decades rose to lead the North American division of the label, signing artists including Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, and Willie Nelson among others. After launching the Elektra/Musician label in 1982, he received the offer of a lifetime in 1984 when EMI approached him about reviving Blue Note Records which had been dormant for several years. He jumped at the chance, partnering with producer Michael Cuscuna to bring back the label's earlier stars like Jimmy Smith, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson & Jackie McLean, and signing new artists including Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield, Charlie Hunter and Medeski Martin & Wood.



“Under Bruce’s stewardship, Blue Note established itself as the most respected and longest-running jazz label in the world. He presided over a prosperous nearly-30-year period of the label's history, reaching commercial heights with artists including Bobby McFerrin, Us3, Norah Jones, Al Green and Amos Lee, while recording some of the most important jazz artists of our time including Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Don Pullen, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Terence Blanchard, Jacky Terrasson, and many others.



“His leadership at the label brought a then-unknown singer, Jones, to his office. Her debut album, Come Away with Me, would end up selling more than 11 million copies and win eight Grammy Awards.”



I knew the man personally, and always found him to be a kindred spirit—always full of music and music lore. No messy gossip with Bruce, he was always a stand-up guy and straight-up soul. He was one of a kind. R.I.P., Bruce.



SUMMER MOVIES --- Here’s a quick rundown of the movies that we’re looking forward to most this summer, which kicks off its new slate of summer-season pictures this weekend. We’ve got:



Entourage (June 3); Jurassic World (June 12); Pixar’s Inside Out (June 19); Terminator Genisys (July 1); Minions (July 10); Ant Man (July 17), being released the same day as Woody Allen’s new film starring Joaquin Phoenix called Irrational Man; Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation (July 31); Ricki and The Flash (August 7); and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (August 14).



As we said Monday, George Clooney‘s newest, Tomorrowland—coming out this Friday—is already getting slammed by critics, while Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out is generating superlative reviews. The box-office race is on!



CLOSING NOTES --- Pete Townshend will release a new solo career compilation, Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend, on June 30. The seventeen-track album includes two new tracks, and kicks off a new reissue program for Townshend's entire solo-artist catalog that is scheduled to run well into 2016.



Townshend said of the set, "I hope it offers a selection that works to introduce new fans to my solo work. I am a bit of a dabbler, I'm afraid. I am as interested in building, developing and playing with recording studios as I am with making music. The Who has taken up most of my road hours, and in this year of the 50th anniversary of our first significant year in 1965, we are back on the road again” . . . WOR’s Tom Cuddy and PR pasha David Salidor seen at Walker’s in Tribeca . . . and, again, damn it–we’re losing David Letterman and Mad Men in the same week! Tonight’s show is Dave’s last, and who knows what kind of tomfoolery may be planned. As for the performance last night from Mr. Zimmerman (a.k.a., Bob Dylan), the ever-elusive Boomer icon (or, perhaps more accurately, iconoclast) performed a moody but strangely heartfelt rendition of the Tin Pan Alley-era ballad “The Night We Called It a Day” written by Matt Dennis with lyrics from Tom Adair (and featured on Dylan’s newest album of great song standards called Shadows in the Night. All we can say is that Dylan simply stood in place and sang the song, really sang it. Many have described Bob’s demeanor during the song and afterward, when shaking Letterman’s hand, as reticent and a little bizarre. For a show like Letterman’s, however, anything can happen—and Dylan’s ever-elusive appearance reinforced the notion that performers can and often do contain multitudes of mystery—and that goes the same for Letterman, too. We’ll all see what Dave makes of his final moments on what’s starting to feel like the final moments of TV, as well. Dylan wrote but didn’t perform “The Times They Are A-Changin’” last night. He didn’t need to, though—we already know the score . .



BILL MURRAY VISITS LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN

Bill Murray



Bill Murray visited the Late Show With David Letterman in New York City yesterday. This is the final week for the famed show.



"BOTOX ANGELS" FOR GAY PRIDE WEEKEND IN NEW YORK

Botox Angels



NEW YORK -- From Dood Paard ("Dead Horse") Theatre in Amsterdam comes "Botox Angels," a play about militant female sexuality which is abundant in sultry dialogue, jealousy and emotional violence. Three clownish lesbian characters, named Swift, Cocky and Deedee, negotiate shifting power relationships, juggle dildos and fake breasts, play dress-up games and cross swords about men, breast reductions, philosphy versus banality and emotion versus rationality. Written by Rob de Graaf, translated into English by Paul Evans, it is performed by Ellen Goemans, Janneke Remmers and Manja Topper, all from Holland. La MaMa presents the work's American premiere June 25 to 28, coinciding with Gay Pride Weekend.




"Botox Angels" gets a unique style from the rough mind games among its three protagonists and a tactical/emotional directness that is characteristic of the Dutch. Its characters are women for whom being lesbian is, at least partially, a political choice. They don't want to hide their beauty or their sexuality and they want to be seen as attractive adult girls. The title appropriates the name of a cosmetic surgery drug to suggest women's longing to inspire desire perpetually. For Swift, Cocky and Deedee, for whom sex is a very aggressive game, Botox might also be a warrior's creed: even if they are dykes, they still can be as beautiful and attractive as a magazine cover model. Imagine "Mean Girls" on steroids with middle-aged lesbian clowns.




The play opens with a three-way orgy in which Deedee, the outsider, complains to Cocky, the Queen Bee and Swift, the Wannabe, of being excluded. The scene pivots into a mock interview in which their urges are intellectualized into thoughtful dialogues about social forces, giant emotions, philosophical constructs and feminism with a great big "F." Throughout the rest of the play, the cast alternates between playing Swift, Cocky and Deedee and playing a trio of more realistic characters bearing the actresses' own names. This adds a certain transparency to the performance. Manja, Ellen and Janneke may be real people, but their so-called "real questions" are just as fake as any dialogue between two clowns, so the person being interviewed probably resembles her clown character more than anything she is like in real life. The dikes are breaking for these dykes and a tide of feminism is going to wash over all of us. As they wrangle about the place of women in society, and how to escape it, we learn that semen is poison to Cocky and Deedee, but Swift misses a man between her legs once in a while. Their trenchant discussions on female sexuality bring us up front and personal with just about everything about these Botox Angels, who are very tough women, as is their comedy.




Along the way, the actresses re-enact some famous performances by feminist performers: "Semiotics of the Kitchen" by Martha Rosler, "Artist must be Beautiful" by Marina Abramovic and "Cut Piece" by Yoko Ono.




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NEW YORK WOMEN'S FOUNDATION'S ANNUAL BREAKFAST

Jean Shafiroff With Ana Oliveira And Amber Browning-Coyle



New York Women's Foundation, the NY charity that works to empower women out of poverty, held its annual Celebrating Women's Breakfast at the Marriot Marquis in New York City.


Appoximately 2200 women attended and $1.6 million was raised.



 ABOUT THE NEW YORK WOMEN'S FOUNDATION


The New York Women’s Foundation is a voice for women and a force for change.


They are a cross-cultural alliance of women catalyzing partnerships and leveraging human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls. With fierce determination, we mobilize hearts, minds and resources to create an equitable and just future for women, families and communities in New York City.




THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY AND "MAXIMUM SECURITY"

Wilmar Saldarriaga With Cesar Morales And Victor Grajales



NEW YORK – From May 28 to June 14, Theater for the New City will present the U.S. premiere of "Maximum Security," a new play by Piedad Bonnett, the internationally acclaimed Colombian writer, performed in English translation (world premiere) by Lucia della Paolera and acted by a cast of Latino actors. The play is a brutally realist account of life behind bars for three inmates and a guard, offering a rare look at the prison culture surrounding political prisoners and the unlikely friendships they adapt to when surrounded by a violent and sociopathic population. It is directed by Nelson Celis of Bogata, Colombia's La Compania Nacional de las Artes (www.lacna.co) and co-produced by ID Studio Theater, a NYC theater company that works with a mix of theater professionals and undocumented Latino immigrant communities to create works of artistic and social impact.



Set in a penitentiary in Colombia, a country with notoriously overcrowded and violent prisons, "Maximum Security" explores the lives of three cellmates and one guard as they navigate a labyrinth of degradation and survival tactics behind bars. The provocative play offers an unflinching glimpse into the daily psychological, social, and physical battles fought by the people held within a deeply flawed justice system. Three incarcerated men--at various stages of their "careers" as inmates--form uneasy friendships and alliances, strategizing and bartering with each other and the guards for access to basic goods and protection from a variety of shifting threats. There is rampant sabotage and subterfuge, mental and physical sickness, rotten food, water shortage crises, and scant medical care. Inmates are periodically thrown into the dreaded "hole," a torture chamber, and emerge only to find themselves in the midst of a series of explosive, divisive riots. Meanwhile, intensive conversations, a result of the singular intimacy developed between people forced to spend days on end together, reveal the circumstances "outside" that turned the three men into prisoners. Delving into the depths of despair and political and personal indignation, "Maximum Security" is marked by a palpable mix of existential fury and black humor which here become survival tactics themselves.



Summarizing the play, author Piedad Bonnett remarked in a Colombian press interview, "Prison is an exaggerated version of the outside world, a metaphor for the entire country, where the word is risky, and people dream of getting out, but also of returning to crime. A world without redemption." She a well-known Colombian poet, playwright and novelist whose work have been widely translated and published world-wide. She is best known as a poet of clear language imbued by irony and deep feeling that explores the subjects of love and the harsh realities of life in Colombia. Her writings are profoundly linked to her life experiences and vision as a middle class woman in a country torn by violence, inequality and conflict. Childhood, family life, and an enchantment and disenchantment with different kinds of love are present across her work, including filial, romantic and friendship, which she describes as one of the most beautiful and pure kinds. Her body of work includes eight poetry books, five plays, screenplays and novels. In 2013, she published "Lo que no tiene nombre," a personal testimony about the struggles of her son with mental illness. Other noteworthy publications include her award-winning first volume of poems, "De círculo y ceniza" (1989), and her dictionary of the most important concepts of a Nobel Prize-winning fellow countryman, "The world according to García Márquez" (2005). She has a degree in Philosophy and Literature from the Universidad de los Andes University of Los Andes (Colombia), where she has been professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities since 1981.


WOMAN'S DAY FIRST EVER REAL PERSON FITNESS COVER

Woman's Day First Real Person Issue



In a first for the magazine, the June issue of Woman’s Day, now on newsstands nationwide, features two real women who walked their way to weight loss success. Both Vanessa Herron and Tallena Johnson lost a combined 200+ pounds with simple, inspiring changes in their daily lifestyles.




Says Thousand Oaks, CA resident Vanessa Herron (left): “A doctor’s visit in February 2014 was my wakeup call. I was 242 pounds, prediabetic, and my blood pressure was sky-high. I knew it was serious, and I had to focus on getting healthy. The problem: I’m a working mom of four kids ranging in age from 14 to 22, so I have limited time. I thought about ways to fit activity into my day. I realized my daughter’s middle school was one mile away. So, I started walking her there instead of driving. At the beginning, I wasn’t able to keep up. I’d wave Brenda on and go back home. Each day, I went a little farther and was eventually able to make the whole trip. After four months, I was down 40 pounds and could walk without huffing and puffing. Today, my health measures are in normal ranges and I’ve shaken the ‘victim’ mentality. In other words, I felt like life was running me instead of me running my life. I now believe that if I can work hard enough to change my health, then I can apply that discipline to other areas. It’s been going well—I devote time each day to my novel and other writing aspirations!”



Says Fremont, NE resident Tallena Johnson (right): “When I was really heavy, I felt like people were staring at me, so I didn’t go into stores or restaurants by myself. I’d walk with my head down and avoid eye contact. My mom had a heart attack at age 41, when I was 19, and that was never far from my mind. On my 39th birthday in 2012, I hit 250 pounds and thought, I’m going to die if I don’t do something. So I set a goal to get under 200 pounds by age 40. I joined the Anytime Fitness gym near my house, but at first I could barely walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes. I didn’t want to overdo it and get frustrated, so I decided to add just 1 minute of walking each day. After 20 days, I was up to 30 minutes of walking and the pounds were consistently coming off. If I couldn’t make it to the gym, I’d stroll around town with my then teenage daughters, Kayla and Kendra. Now, I feel like I am turning heads—in a good way. I hold my head up high with my shoulders back, I smile and make eye contact. I try to radiate positivity.”


AFRICAN RAINFOREST CONSERVANCY'S ANNUAL GALA

Jean Shafiroff And Nicole Miller



Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and designer Nicole Miller were snapped recently at the African Rainforest Conservancy's 24th Annual Artists For Africa Gala at the Tribeca Rooftop.



ABOUT ARTISTS FOR AFRICA



ARC’s signature event is its annual Artists for Africa benefit, which has raised over $1 million during the past two decades to support grassroots community development projects and conservation in East African rainforests. In addition to auctioning fine art by a select group of artists whose work embodies the spirit and beauty of Africa, a unique aspect of the event is bestowing the name of a newly discovered species from the rainforest of Tanzania on someone who has made a significant contribution to advancing ARC’s mission. Past recipients of the New Species Award include actors Harrison Ford and James Gandolfini, eco-activist Gloria Flora, carbon credit pioneer Dorjee Sun, and NASA’s top climate scientist Dr. James Hansen.




Photo By: Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan
 

E! NEWS GETS BEHIND TAYLOR SWIFT & CALVIN HARRIS

Taylor Swift



E! News Melanie Bromley -- A few weeks ago, Taylor Swift and her new boyfriend Calvin Harris held a very special dinner party at his $15 million Hollywood Hills estate. The invite list was tiny. Handpicked, with only trusted friends at the table. It was a sign of intimacy, and proof that Taylor's new romance is getting serious. "They were really happy together, " says a source. "They were sharing hosting responsibilities, it's cute!"



It's a far cry from the Taylor we've all come to grow and love over the past few years. After a string of failed relationships with Harry Styles, John Mayer, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner and Jake Gyllenhaal, she's become the poster child for heartache. The reformed serial dater hasn't been shy about it, using every snippet of experience to share details, through her music, about her famous mistakes. And from her lyrics, it didn't seem like Taylor was looking to settle down anytime soon.



But then she met Calvin Harris and somehow he was able to change the unlucky in love soundtrack she had on repeat. According to a source, when they bumped into each other at the Brit Awards in London in February, "He was immediately smitten."



Clandestine meetups at his super-private house in Beverly Hills followed. Giving them a safe place to get to know one another away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. And then, just weeks later, pictures of them emerged. They were shopping for groceries while wearing matching outfits, and holding hands at a concert. A new celebrity power couple was born.



Here are five reasons why Taylor may have finally found her Mr. Right.



1. They Have Crazy Chemistry: Let's try to forget for a moment that these two actually look like they could be twins. Both fair-haired, tall, same bone structure...picking a partner who is similar in looks is not unusual; it's a phenomenon psychologists obsess over.



And according to our well-placed insider, Taylor and Calvin just clicked. "When they bumped into each other at the Brit Awards, it was instant. They just seemed to get one another. Aside from the incredible chemistry, here was a woman that really understood Calvin's world and vice versa. She's funny and a good person and Calvin's very charismatic, it was like 'bam.'"



Monday, May 18, 2015

FLEET WEEK ENTERTAINMENT @ RICK'S CABARET NYC

Emma Of Rick's Cabaret



Rick’s Cabaret is very busy preparing for the Fleet Week…."Last year there were sailors lined around the block!” declares Rick’s Cabaret girl Samantha. “We love men in uniform!” she adds.


Rick’s Cabaret has over 100 beautiful showgirls performing daily, and they are anxious to show their support for our men and women in the services. “It’s our opportunity to put smiles on their faces, “ says 22 year-old Rick’s girl Emma. “They risk their lives for our country, and we love the opportunity to give back.”


All men and women in uniform will receive free admission to Rick’s Cabaret for the duration of Fleet Week.


Rick's Cabaret is well known for its beautiful exotic dancers, luxurious setting, warm hospitality and gourmet restaurant under the direction of award winning Chef Franklin Edwards. It is the club of choice for an upscale clientele including Wall Street bankers and brokers, numerous celebrities, and pro athletes from all the major sports.



About Rick's Cabaret New York

50 West 33rd Street

*** RICK: NASDAQ Listed

*** Three Floors of Luxury

*** VIP Private Suites, Deluxe Sky Boxes

*** Full Menu Steakhouse, Open Late

*** Roof Deck Cigar Lounge and Garden

*** Businessmen's Lunch Special

*** Newly Designed 2nd Floor VIP Lounge

Saturday, May 16, 2015

CONAN O'BRIEN & ANDERSON COOPER AT PALEY CENTER

Conan O'Brien And Anderson Cooper



Conan O'Brien and Anderson Cooper were photographed at The Paley Center for Media hosts 'Fire and Ice: A Conversation with Conan O'Brien and Anderson Cooper' in New York City.



Friday, May 15, 2015

NEW "MAD MAX" IS ONE HELL OF A MOVIE SAND STORM

****
THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
****
Tom Hardy



SUPERGIRL WEARS PRADA? --- CBS debuted a trailer Wednesday for their just-locked-in Supergirl series (due to land in September). The trailer has immediately set off a wildfire of controversy, though, on two fronts.



First things first: the trailer portrays the Krypton damsel (played by Glee alum Melissa Benoist) working as an assistant of sorts to—of all people—Calista Flockhart (a.k.a., Mrs. Harrison “Han Solo” Ford) and still best-known as TV’s Ally McBeal fame), in what seems a fairly transparent parody (or, if you’re trying to be more French-sophisticate, an homage) to Meryl Streep’s iconic portrayal of Anna Wintour-esque fashion magazine boss Miranda Priestly in the still-terrific 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada (which we just heard might also be turned into a musical, with recent Into the Woods co-stars Streep and Emily Blunt already saying that they would be up to reprise their roles for it). An unruly amount of social media posts decried the placement of Supergirl into such a perceptibly measly and mundane position. Let’s face it, even Superman’s alter-ego bespectacled snobbish Clark Kent started out as a newspaper reporter—not some spat-upon luckless gopher.



Second, the trailer drew a flurry of comparisons to a recently-aired skit on Saturday Night Live, called “Black Widow: Age of Me,” starring Scarlett Johansson, wherein her Marvel character of Black Widow is shown working by day at a fashion magazine.



The similarities are uncanny; but, as Mark Harmon‘s character on NCIS often says, there’s “no such thing as a coincidence.” BTW, the skit happened to be really, really funny—one of SNL‘s best in years!



For me, the tone presented in the CBS Supergirl trailer is almost light comedy, which surprised me because it’s not the kind of dark tone often presented in The Flash, and even more pronounced in The Arrow. At one point in the trailer, Flockhart’s character even responds with the following bit of dialogue, while posturing about whether she should be called Superwoman, rather than Supergirl:



“What do you think is so bad about ‘girl’? I’m a girl, and your boss, and powerful and rich and hot and smart. So, if you perceive ‘Supergirl’ as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem . . . you?” Ouch!



Nothing like a little controversy to start a new TV series, right?



Meanwhile, I think everyone should just be thankful that this TV series may finally wash away memories of the deplorable yet “so bad it’s good” 1984 Supergirl motion picture. Anyone else remember that box office bomb, featuring a cast of many including newcomer Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O’Toole, Mia Farrow, Brenda Vaccaro, Marc McClure (who portrayed young newspaper photog Jimmy Olson in all four Superman movies featuring the late Christopher Reeve in the superhero role, topped by his fifth appearance here as well)? Even that film has gone on to cult-movie status, so perhaps Supergirl has more going for it than we thought? We’ll see . . .



STILL STILLS --- Stephen Stills has announced a month-long solo trek kicking off July 6th in Alexandria, Virginia and concluding with a two-night stint in San Juan Capistrano, California on August 4th and 5th. The tour will feature Crosby, Stills, and Nash alumni Kevin McCormick (bass) and Todd Caldwell (keyboards) alongside new drummer Mario Calire.



Stills' upcoming dates will be broken into two sets: one acoustic and one electric. Public on-sale tickets will be available starting today through the musician's website. A post on the site promises Stills—a former member of CSN(Y) and Buffalo Springfield—will perform "career-spanning favorites as well as new songs."



I am a die-hard Stills fan, though at times his shows have been erratic and often cut short. I’ll never forget the tour he did eons ago when his second solo album, Stephen Stills 2, was released in 1971). It was at NYC’s Madison Square Garden; it was SRO; and he came on late and staggered about the stage choosing from at least ten guitars onstage. I loved the track “Fishes and Scorpions” from that second Stills album. Once he settled on which guitar to play back in ’71 at MSG, Stills rose miraculously to the occasion and performed it spot-on.



I also love his Manassas (1972) set, the first double-album for him. That record remains total perfection at every turn.



CSNY's last reunion came in 2013 with a nine-song set for the Bridge School Benefit. David Crosby and Neil Young have continued to feud in recent months, but the latter rock icon joined Stills last month for a charity performance at the "Light Up the Blues" autism event in L. A.



MAX MAD AGAIN --- 1979’s Mad Max was one dangerous ride of a movie, from start to finish. George Miller’s unforgettable epic (starring the young and even-then-brooding Mel Gibson) reset the parameters for post-apocalyptic epics.



Miller’s direction was spartan, lean, mean, but undeniably captivating. He also did the two sequels, The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome, featuring the incandescent Tina Turner.



Flash forward to now, when Georg Miller has re-booted the original movie (opening today), this time starring everyone’s favorite brooding newcomer Tom Hardy (says Miller, “Mel was 21 when we made the first one, and Tom was six weeks old!”) teamed with Charlize Theron as Furiosa.



Honestly, the movie starts with a bang and literally doesn’t let up until the end. I had trouble discerning most of the dialogue as it’s all trained on the action. With tons more money and filming time slated and ready to go in Australia and Namibia, the scenery is amazing. There’s also a sand storm that should forever cause you not to visit the beach.



It’s still one heck of a good (and relevant) story; still not sure of what is all means other than the future looks bleak.



I liked it . . . I really did.



JAMMIN' ON THE VINE --- One of our good sources for all things Long Island recently saw a fantastic group playing out at the Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard on the North Fork of the Island this past weekend. From what I heard, these guys really know and embody all the great songs from the "Classic Rock" period carrying from the late '60s to the late '70s.



Well, it turns out that the band is called Acoustic Soul, and the two guitarists playing last weekend and slated to play in the group most often this summer are none other than Edward Franz and Anthony Pomes from this columnist's favorite (along with THE FAB FAUX, of course) regional Beatles tribute band, Mostly Moptop.



Speaking of tribute bands, we've also learned from our source that Acoustic Soul is the brainchild of Tommy Doscher--who also performs as the "Robert Plant" frontman with the world-renowned Led Zeppelin tribute band, Hammer Of The Gods.



Playing in just one afternoon to what our source reported to me to be upwards of 1,000 wine connoisseurs, Acoustic Soul does it all. Whether it's Doscher's impassioned spot-on delivery of the Rod Stewart vocal from the great early '70s hit "Maggie May," or the seemingly effortless blend of vocal harmonies that the trio captures either on The Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down" or Chicago's "Beginnings," these guys clearly have their material down cold and know just how and when to heat things up (the back-and-forth that Franz and Pomes captured on their acoustic guitars when playing The Who's "Pinball Wizard" as the final song that day at the vineyards left everyone cheering and hungry for more). Since the group is slated to appear there often this summer (in addition to other venues and a slew of private parties), it seems to me that Acoustic Soul is the top group on the Island this summer (if you like your rock classic, and your soul acoustic).



To check out the group for yourself, just check out their website at: www.acousticparty.com. And if you'll be on the East end of the Island this summer (I know that's where I'll be most weekends), then look up Acoustic Soul's schedule at the Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard by visiting the Vineyard's site.




CLOSING NOTES: Up for the final Mad Men episode Sunday night? Titled Person to Person, it's got a bad feeling all around it. With last week's show ending as Don sits on a bench in the middle of nowhere, clutching a paper bag with all his possessions . . . it was an extremely dark moment. And I don’t think it’s going to get better. Stay tuned . . .



Frank Shiner plays the Fine Arts Fiesta tonight in Pennsylvania (along with Marshall Crenshaw and The Motels), he had a terrific time at Cumulus' Magic 93 yesterday (see pic) . . .



The Today Show's Willie Geist barreling along 8th Avenue yesterday with green headphones on. Hey, slow down a bit Willie . . .



Last night’s Blacklist season final e… very satisfying …



X Files re-union at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room this week; David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson…



RIP B. B. King!




Thursday, May 14, 2015

OK! MAGAZINE'S 2015 'SO SEXY' NEW YORK CITY BASH

Big Ang



Malan Breton



Delaina Dixon



LuAnn de Lesseps



Jenelle Evans



Sonja Morgan


Harry Dubin




The so-called-beautiful were photographed at OK! Magazine's 2015 'SO SEXY' Event at Haus Nightclub in New York City. We are sending glasses over to the famed magazines editors. We were told that Big Ang's breasts arrived first then Big Ang arrived. Only in New York!




ETHAN HAWKE VISITS LARRY KING IN NEW YORK CITY

Larry King With Ethan Hawke




Four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke sits down with Larry on the Emmy nominated series Larry King Now for the first time in their careers to discuss his controversial new film, Good Kill, his Boyhood co-star Patricia Arquette and the highly anticipated remake he's starring in.




Responding to a compliment by his Boyhood co-star Patricia Arquette, and in an era where ‘selfies’ and what’s best for the individual seem to reign, Ethan Hawke simply yet beautifully explained why people are better off working as a “collective,” “That's my life's goal, is to you know, contribute and make substance of art, but do it as a collective, because that's how good things get done, as a collective… It has to do with, I think, a psychological stance of putting the whole ahead of the individual, and it’s something that has been taught to me, and something I most would like to pass on to my daughter and son.”



The actor opened up about his role in his new film Good Kill and playing a character who uses drones, "I find it interesting because I think part of the role of the artistic community is to tell these stories. That these stories are the only way that the public and your average citizen can have a vocabulary." The star then discussed with Larry the practicality and moral dilemma associated with American drone strikes. "When you don't have troops on the ground and you're not really gaining intelligence, and you're not really there, [...] you can't really win a war when you're not there." On drones helping getting the troops out of Afghanistan and their feasibility, Ethan admitted, "It works. It's pretty undeniable that it works… what usually ends war is body bags coming home or the costs getting too high, but with the drones, body bags don't come home, and the costs are relatively cheap.”



Prominent actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke responded to his Boyhood co-star’s much talked about Oscar speech calling for wage equality in Hollywood, "I have been making movies for thirty years, I've probably made over forty movies, and this year is the first time I've been directed by a woman. People think that gender equality has happened- and it's fascinating having three daughters, and seeing the world through their eyes, it really does turn you into a feminist.”


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SOCIETY OF MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING SPRING BALL

Jean Shafiroff




Jean Shafiroff attended THE SOCIETY of MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING and MICHAEL KORS 8th Annual Spring Ball in New York City.


Photo Courtesy Of: BFANYC

HBO SPINOFF 'LIFE ON THE ROAD' WITH RICKY GERVAIS

****
THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G.H. Harding
****

Ben McKenzie



GERVAIS AGAIN --- Get ready for Life On The Road, a spin-off feature film based on the original BBC Two two-season-long documentary TV series, The Office (which, of course, was reshaped for American TV in 2005 by NBC to become the nine-season smash hit show of the same name that turned Steve Carell and his character Michael Scott into a household name).



Life On The Road will be directed and written by the original series’ star, Ricky Gervais. It will be centered on a documentary crew catching up with Gervais’ character David Brent—former star of a series called The Office, now working as a traveling salesman—as he chases his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a U. K .tour with his band Foregone Conclusion.



“I’m so excited that the world will see what David Brent is up to now and where his future lies,” Gervais said. “This film delves much more into his private life than The Office ever did and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man.”



The Office ran for two six-episode seasons in 2001 and 2002, and aired two Christmas specials in 2003.



I like Gervais and have always been amazed by what’s he’s been able to accomplish with what I think everyone can agree are fairly low-brow ideas. Not to dismiss Ricky at all, as he’s rather a brilliant talent and remarkable mimic. I just wonder if people are going to compare Gervais’ David Brent to Carell’s Michael Scott. The truth will out, I suppose, in the box-office take. It would be good to see Gervais doing something with his comedic talents other than annihilating people while hosting the Golden Globes on TV!



TV WRAP --- Hard to believe this year’s TV season is winding down . . . did it ever really even ramp up? We wanted to share observations with you on just a few of them:



The Flash: Arguably, this was the best new show on TV this season. The shows were uniformly well-written, with plots that made sense and superb character development. Special mention should go to Jesse L. Martin, especially when he wore his Tom Collins (Rent) hat. The one flaw that this show had, for me, was when it was stocked with too many superheroes. Their episode last night, before next week’s finale, was precisely that—too many, uh, superpeople! Still, Tom Cavanaugh was spot-on excellent—though hardly in this week’s episode—as the Reverse Flash. Whenever he’s on screen, though, you cannot take your eyes off him.



NCIS: Mark Harmon’s show has always been good, and their last few episodes have been terrific—with subtle nuances that offer ample display of what the show’s twelve-year-run (and counting) has created. Last night’s finale, which (SPOILER ALERT!) ended with Harmon’s character Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs getting shot, was hard to watch. But one must remember that CBS is the network that created the legendary “Who Shot J.R.?” advertising ploy for their 1980 show, Dallas. On that alone, I feel certain that we’ll be seeing Gibbs again next season. Always a plus on this series is the fantastic acting of David McCallum. Watching him and Harmon work together is like taking a master class in acting.



Gotham: Certainly the most eagerly-awaited show, but it seems to have disappointed folks more than winning them. It started great out of the gate, with the great Ben Mckenzie and Donal Logue, but then got too muddled with the “villain of the week” gimmick. In fact, young Bruce Wayne really wasn’t in the show all that much. Renewed for another season, the producers have now promised that this will change. Sure, they've played with the origin story just a bit, but it’s been done well. Their season finale, which ended with young Bruce and his confidant Alfred finally discovering the Batcave, certainly sets things up well for next season.



We still have to catch the Hawaii Five-O, Elementary and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. enders. More next week.



NEVER SAY NEVER --- Former Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist (and playable character in the video game Guitar Hero) Slash was on CBS This Morning earlier this week to talk about his new solo album (World On Fire) and brand-new “not for kids” music video. That didn't stop him from shifting the talk to a possible Guns N' Roses reunion, though. The guitarist admitted there could very well be a circumstance that opens the door one day.



“I got to be careful what I say there,” Slash said. “I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that.”



Asked what might be holding things back, Slash said, “That’s a hard one. That just starts to get into a whole complex thing. . . . It’s really between the guys in the band.” Pressed further on whether he thought a reunion was likely, Slash added, “Never say never.”



Slash’s new video, “Beneath the Savage Sun,” features his current collaborators Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and was created to help raise awareness for endangered elephants. Slash also has a new concert video and album, Live at the Roxy 9/25/14, due next month.



The guitarist has released three solo albums since leaving Guns N’ Roses almost two decades ago. But questions about his old band, and continued estrangement from GNR’s frontman Axl Rose, have been there every step of the way. “It’s been one of those things that’s been talked about by everybody but us for over the last 18, 19 years,” Slash said.



CLOSING NOTES --- NY’s own Frank Shiner—one of only two artists so far this year to have consecutive Top 5 singles—is playing the Fiesta Arts Festival in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania this Friday, which has now been proclaimed “Frank Shiner Day” by Wilkes Barre mayor Thomas M. Leighton. Shiner will be there with manager Ken Levy . . .



This past week brought a great SiriusXM interview from Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow with Monkees singer/actor Micky Dolenz. BTW: Micky’s three upcoming shows in July—at NYC's club 54 Below—will be recorded for a live album, to be titled and released (after the live shows, of course) A Little Bit Broadway, a Little Bit Rock ’n Roll . . .



David Duchovny was on NBC’s Today yesterday, singing the title track from his debut album Hell or Highwater . . . and he was pretty good! He admitted on-air that it was his first live performance and he did seem very, very nervous. The song is rock with a touch of country; a lovely sound to it. He starts filming the X Files re-boot with Gillian Anderson next month. Looking forward to hearing the album in its entirety . . .



Lastly, mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 3. That’s the day that will see the release of Entourage: The Movie. I loved the HBO series, so I’m sure that I—and many others—will love the new movie, too …



CSI, the mothership on CBS will return also as a two-hour finale, with William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, returning, on September 27; it’ll be the end of their 15-year run! Plus, current-CSI frontman, Ted Danson will segue to the new, just renewed, CSI: Cyber.




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

JENNIFER LOPEZ AND CASPER SMART BACK TOGETHER

Casper Smart And Jennifer Lopez



Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart are officially back on—and she's not holding it in any longer!


The American Idol star posted an Instagram shot of her on-again love in honor of Man Crush Monday and wrote, "#MCM @beaucaspersmart #lovethispic #handsomebear."


And while the two have been keeping quiet about their relationship status, and dodging rumors that they're back together, E! News has exclusively learned that Lopez and Smart are most definitely a couple.


Early last month, the loved-up duo took a low-key vacation to Mexico with J.Lo's twins, prompting many to believe that they were more than just friends.

NINA DOBREV SETS RECORD STRAIGHT WITH E! NEWS

Nina Dobrev



Nina Dobrev is ready to set the record straight.


E! NEWS -- To say The Vampire Diaries fanbase was distraught after Nina announced she was leaving The Vampire Diaries after six seasons is a bit of an understatement, with fans and media alike soon speculating that she was leaving the CW hit series due to her 2013 break up with co-star Ian Somerhalder (despite the fact the two have remained friendly, even addressing their split on stage at the People's Choice Awards while accepting the award for "Best Chemistry" in 2014).


For the first time since his April wedding to Nikki Reed, Nina is breaking her silence on all those rumors that her breakup with Ian was behind her decision to leave TVD in an exclusive sit-down interview with E! News' Maria Menounos.


And per usual, her answer is totally perfect and the definition of class.


"I've said this before, that we didn't break up because anything bad happened or because there wasn't love or friendship," Nina says. "I love him and the friendship is still strong and I think he's great and I care about him. And that didn't change. Yes, we're professional and that's fine. We were friends long before we dated and we still are now."


Can you say healthiest breakup ever?! Seriously, other celebs should be taking notes right now.


Nina also addressed Ian and Nikki's recent nuptials, saying, "When I heard about the wedding, I thought it was beautiful. They look happy and I am happy and so I don't see why there should be a problem with that. The drama is in the media, it's not with us. But of course, we're on a teen drama show, everyone's going to look for drama. If there's no drama, there's nothing to write about. I just ignore it."


To hear more from Nina about her "bittersweet" final days on The Vampire Diaries set, the epic prank the crew pulled on her and more, tune into E! Newsat 7 and 11 p.m. ET!


Nina's final episode of The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on the CW.