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Sunday, September 21, 2014

ANN MARGRET RIDES PINK HARLEY AT NYC KIEHL'S

Ann Margret



Ann Margret Sits On Her Pink Harley Davidson



The other night, the inimitable Ann Margret caused QUITE a crowd, when she visited Kiehl’s newest New York store at 223 Mulberry St. in Nolita, to meet fans, honor the Wounded Warrior Project, and showcase the custom 2000 Harley-Davidson Sportster from her own personal collection, and the 1971 Douglas Kirkland photograph of the entertainer, that are on display in the new store.


About Wounded Warrior Project® 



Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its ten-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving Wounded Warriors for their lifetime. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org. @WWPinc



Friday, September 19, 2014

ADAM LAMBERT STEPS INTO AMERICAN IDOL AGAIN

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Adam Lambert




HARI’S ON TOUR --- George Harrison wrote the song "Dark Horse" in 1973, and in the following years, the track became something of a theme song for the ex-Beatle: The next year, he gave the same name to his subsequent album, as well as his tour with Ravi Shankar and his new record label, on which Shankar earned the first release.



When the the final version of "Dark Horse" was released in late 1974, it featured a total of 11 vocalists and musicians (including Billy Preston on keys) and reached the Top 20 of the U.S. singles chart. Here, listen to an early, sparser take on the song, one featuring only Harrison on acoustic guitar and a few singers harmonizing on the hook. Harrison's vocals, meanwhile, are noticeably cleaner than they are in the hoarse single. 



On September 23rd, the song will be released as part of the George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 box set. The set will also include remastered versions of the artist’s first six solo albums (some of which will contain unreleased bonus tracks), a DVD containing music videos and a short film directed by Harrison's wife Olivia and a book filled with essays and unpublished photos.



Speaking of Harrison, his producer and good friend Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra) headlined a 90-minute concert at London’s Hyde Park last week. I heard a tape of it last night and it was terrific and very well received. According to his manager Craig Fruin, “Jeff had so much fun; a tour may well be in the works.”



LAMBERT GUESTS --- Obviously, this is a very rough week for Keith Urban. His father-in-law -- Nicole Kidman's dad -- died suddenly last week, so he is mourning that loss and putting all of his work-related commitments on hold.



But since the American Idol show must go on, Adam Lambert has stepped in to take over Urban's spot at the judges' table for the New York auditions going on this week.



Lambert’s a good replacement, I think, because he knows exactly what it feels like to be on the other side of that table. He was on the eighth season of American Idol in 2009, coming in second after the winner, Kris Allen. And while he's not a country singer, I remember him doing Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" during Grand Ole Opry week and solidly nailing it.



Idol's Twitter page had the official announcement. "Adam Lambert will be serving as guest judge at the NY auditions. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family during this difficult time," they said, adding later, "Guest judges @adamlambert is helping make our contestants comfortable for their moment in the spotlight!"



Lambert tweeted, too, writing, "What a fun day guest judging on @AmericanIdol! @jlo and @HarryConnickJR r SO fun 2 work w. Def a few potential Stars that auditioned today!"



Auditions are taking place at New York's Nassau Coliseum.



GLEN’S FAREWELL --- It won't be released till October 24th, but we saw a special sneak of the forthcoming documentary on Glen Campbell, titled I’ll be Me this week and it’s devastatingly brilliant. If you're a fan, this is a must see for sure. Heartbreaking, triumphant, and informative …. It’s one of the best docs we've ever seen. Stay tuned!




CLOSING NOTES --- The next Hedwig will be Michael C. Hall, from Dexter and Six Feet Under. Brilliant choice; he’ll be spectacular …



Comedy Is Hard, with Micky Dolenz and Joyce DeWitt, opens Wednesday. We’ll be on site with full details …



Finally getting into F/X's Fargo with Billy Bob Thornton; and, it's excellent. Thornton, who won an Emmy for his role, is sensational. Best thing he's ever been in. Also, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Adam Goldberg spot on excellent. Creator Noah Hawley's vision is spectacular. I cannot recommend it enough



SIGHTINGS --- Henry Winkler walking on West 56th street walking towards Patsy’s; Liam Neeson at Chelsea’s Bow Tie Cinema for the premiere for his new A Walk Among The Tombstones; NY-1's Bill McCuddy at China Grill with Peggy Siegal.




REAL HOUSEWIVES AVIVA DRESCHER GETS A LEG UP

Heather Thomson



Those were Aviva Drescher's famous last words on the season finale of "Real Housewives of New York" as she removed her prosthetic leg and chucked it across the table of Le Cirque. And while viewers sat at home in awe, fellow "RHONY" cast member Heather Thomson looked in the other direction and laughed, remembering that Drescher had conceived of this outrageous plan long before it happened.



Thomson: "In that situation, you saw a lot of different reactions. You saw shock, you saw laughter, you saw, 'Ugh, I'm not surprised.' It was planned by Aviva. She had planned to do this. Call it her swan song or whatever you want to call it."



During her HuffPost Live interview on Wednesday, Thomson recalled how Drescher had told her of her plans to "go after Bravo for a little more money" in exchange for her removing her prosthetic leg.



Thomson: "I knew she was going to pull it off. I said to Kristen [Taekman], I mumbled under my breath, 'Be careful ... she's going to throw her leg at you.' I just had a feeling."



OPRAH DINES AT BEAUTY & ESSEX RESTAURANT

Oprah Winfrey



Oprah Winfrey was seen the other night dining at Beauty & Essex in New York City. She tweeted and instagrammed a photo of herself where she posed inside the Pawn Shop with Chef Chris Santos (Partner and Chef of The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex) with the caption: @SantosCooks mmMmm delicious and inspired idea @BeautyandEssex. We  would post the pic, but Oprah who is the queen of all media needs lessons of taking a great shot. They should have called us!  




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEW YORK CITY 'ART OF THE PIXEL GALA' @ GOTHAM

Sarah Jessica Parker



Sandra Lee



Sandra Lee and Sarah Jessica Parker looked stunning at the Art Of The Pixel Gala and official unveiling of LG’s new Ultra HD 4K TVs at Gotham Hall in New York City tonight.


THE NEW VIEW IS THE SAME AS THE OLD VIEW

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck



VIEW LITE --- Know what, the new View is pretty much the same as the old View … but, not as much fun. I watched the second installment yesterday after seeing clips of the new, re-booted cast literally kissing Barbara Walters’ ring on Monday, and found Whoopi pretty much befuddled; Nicole Wallace saying she loved Rob Ford and admired any politician that could do their job high; and, the two Rosies, Perez and O’Donnell, vying for screen time. It’s just an odd, odd mix. O'Donnell even seems somewhat subdued, although when she questioned Wallace on some political point, it was almost as she was addressing the late-View panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck.



Their first guest Kirsten Dunst had trouble even getting onstage as the chairs, now situated around a small, small white table, were poorly arranged. Even O’Donnell admitted that this was something to be fixed.



Funnily enough, one of the show’s new producers, Brian Balthazar, used to be one of the key producers for Kathie Lee & Hoda over on NBC and enjoyed much success … maybe it was easier just two produce two; here, the mix just seems odd and way too forced.



I don't know, this latest View-outing could be their final journey.



Most perplexing indeed.



GLEN'S I'LL BE ME --- The final song Glen Campbell recorded, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” will be released later this month. The tune, which Campbell penned with singer and producer Julian Raymond, is a fitting farewell to his legendary career.



The “Wichita Lineman” singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. He recorded “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” in early 2013, as the disease was slowly taking away his ability to sing, perform and live independently.



The song, which features Campbell singing lines like, “I’m gonna love you and / I’m gonna take care of you / And I’m gonna love you all our lives / You will be needed / All your words of wisdom headed / And I’m gonna love you all our lives,” is described as a “poignant yet clear-eyed revelation of the things Alzheimer’s steals.”



The song was written for Campbell’s documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in April. The documentary covers Campbell’s life, his farewell tour and his ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s disease.



“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” will be available on Sept. 30. Big Machine Records will also release a five-song soundtrack EP for the doc. The EP includes an appearance by the Band Perry, who honored the Country Music Hall of Fame member at the 2012 Grammy Awards, as well as a performance by Campbell’s daughter Ashley, who toured with him until the disease caused him to come off the road last year.



Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me will open in theaters on Oct. 24, followed by a national release in cities nationwide.



Glen Campbell: 'I’ll Be Me' EP Track Listing:




1. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
2. “Gentle on My Mind” (performed by the Band Perry)
3. “Home Again” (performed by Ashley Campbell)
4. “Wichita Lineman” (Live from the Ryman Auditorium)
5. “A Better Place” (Live from the Ryman Auditorium)



I am going to see a special screening of the doc tonight. Details Friday.



GATES’ ROOTS --- Finding Your Roots is the PBS series hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates. The first season originally aired March 25 – May 20, 2012. A second season begins on September 23 and runs through November 25, 2014; it was celebrated last night by a preview of the new season at MOMA and a swell reception after at the China Grill.



The series uses traditional genealogical research and genetics to find the family history of famous Americans. Genetic techniques include Y-chromosome DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA analyses to infer both ancient and recent genetic relationships.



Gates has a terrific persona; avuncular, yet terrifically personable …. and, last night he delved into the backgrounds of CNN-broadcaster Anderson Cooper; filmmaker Ken Burns and actress/playwright Ann Deavere Smith. Cooper, whose mother is Gloria Vanderbilt and father, Wyatt Cooper proved most interesting, as he said at one point he saw his mother’s name on everyone’s butt … the must-have Gloria Vanderbilt jeans of the 70’s. He said that he thought everyone’s mother had their name there. Too funny.



Burns' background was great as well. terrific program, terrific event.



HOUSTON RETURNS --- Legacy Recordings has announced plans to release Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, on November 10th. The announcement was made by Houston's long time friend and mentor, Clive Davis, yesterday on NBC's Today Show.



The six-time Grammy-award winning singer's first-ever live album features the most memorable live performances from her storied career. The album will also be available as a CD/DVD, which includes stunning videos of Houston's most unforgettable performances, reinforcing her as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Both the audio and visual content have undergone state of the art restoration and remastering.



Fans are now able to pre-order the CD/DVD from the Whitney Houston official fansite (http://smarturl.it/WH_Live_d2c) to get their names included on an exclusive poster. A limited edition fan bundle, which includes a purple vinyl, is offered as well.



Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will take listeners through the remarkable arc of Houston's career, from her national network television debut appearance on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983 as a prodigal teenager, where she sang Home from The Wiz, to her emotional 2009 performance of I Didn't Know My Own Strength on The Oprah Winfrey Show.



The producer of the CD and the DVD is the five-time Grammy-award winner Davis. Davis states, "Whitney's Live CD/DVD will stun everyone. It definitely shows why she was totally unique, absolutely in the first rank of all time. For me, it's been very emotional. The set vividly confirms that there really was no one like her. It also makes the tragedy of losing her so young so very painful. Watching the DVD is a mesmerizing experience. Her amazing vocals and the songs that have stood the test of time combine to truly hypnotize over and over."



SIGHTINGS --- Bill McCuddy, Donnie Kehr and David Salidor at NYC’s China Grill; Robert DeNiro leaving his new digs at 15 CPW; and, Micky Dolenz and wife Donna at S&P Oysters in Stonington, Connecticut.



CLOSING NOTES --- In the next two months, new albums from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, and Annie Lennox. Prince is releasing two albums. And there are several big titled coming from country artists Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton …



Turns out the Apple/U2 promotional has backfired somewhat in that some Apple-users didn't want U2 included on their available playlist. The group was paid up front and they have another album ready to go.




Monday, September 15, 2014

GET READY FOR ABC'S RE-VAMPED SHOW 'THE VIEW'

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

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Rosie Perez


Whoopi Goldberg
VIEW DEBUT --- Get ready folks;  today, the re-vamped and re-booted View debuts on ABC. With two Rosie's; a Nicole and our Whoopi … anything can happen. While there’s a new studio, new executive producer; and a new logo, inside sources report that so far (especially during their try-out shows) things have essentially been the same! While Whoopi and O’Donnell will surely give us more of the same, Perez and Wallace are definitely the wild card choices. I'd look for Wallace defending her tenure with George W. Bush and Perez tub thumping her movie career and upcoming stint with Larry David on Broadway. Fireworks? Perhaps … but, I'll definitely miss Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie (who will be there on the sidelines) for their mastery of experiences. With Goldberg as the old warhorse, she’s great, but no Ba Ba. Good luck ladies!



THE BRIDGE PROJECT --- One of the highlights of the San Francisco area's fall music season every year is Neil and Pegi Young's Bridge School Benefit to raise funds for their nonprofit organization that helps children with severe speech and physical ailments.



The benefit has been held every year since 1986, except for 1987 (29 years raising 45 million) and normally draws a high-caliber list of rock, soul and pop artists. While the full list of performers is yet to be announced (there are always surprises), this year's benefit already has a first-class lineup:




Neil Young


Pearl Jam


Soundgarden


Tom Jones


Florence + the Machine


Norah Jones (and her group Puss 'n Boots)


Band of Horses


Pegi Young and the Survivors



One of the most pleasant parts of the announcement was that both Neil and Pegi would appear and continue to support the organization. Neil recently filed for divorce, with the first hearing in December, and has been reportedly dating actress Daryl Hannah (!).



The 28th Annual Bridge School Benefit will be held October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Tickets go on sale this Friday (September 19). www.farmaid.org



LEFTOVERS --- HBO’s brilliant The Leftovers (Damon Lindelof) ended their first season last week with the episode The Prodigal Son Returns. I just loved this show where nothing seemingly happened, but overall, the resonance of this show was at times complex and overwhelming. Justin Theroux was mesmerizing brilliant throughout; especially in this last show where his character read selections from the Bible and just totally sold the scene. I don't remember a show creating so much dialogue …pro and con, well, since Lindelof's Lost and in the end, that’s what this show reminded me so much of.



It wasn't so much what happened on screen, as the major questions it posed. In this last episode, many questions were finally answered and some characters even discharged. I'm thinking the second season will be a lot of tighter and even more focused. This HBO show may not have generated the ratings of The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire, but it wore its heart on its sleeve every episode. I loved it.



GALLIANO RETURNS --- Vogue’s Anna Wintour is determined to reform John Galliano’s reputation and reboot his career.



The Condé Nast commander failed at getting Galliano a job at Oscar de la Renta after his 2011 anti-Semitic tirade in a Paris bar.



Now Wintour’s using a photo of his Dior work to announce Chinese Whispers, the next blockbuster show at her Costume Institute, and exhibiting the Dior gowns he designed in 2003, inspired by Chinese opera star Mei Lanfang.



Does Galliano deserve a second chance? A designer whose work is certainly on the Alexander McQueen-scale … most definitely!



CLOSING NOTES --- WOR’s Tom Cuddy sent us this link to a trailer of a forthcoming documentary on 4 of the most successful and influential radio programmers in the country. I don't have any more information on when the film will come out, but this looks great:...



Check our Jade Starling’s Pretty Poison Jade Lasagna on the Mark Bego Cooks site:...



SIGHTINGS --- PR-pasha David Salidor at Il Mulino; writer Brad Balfour at 54 Below watching Alexa Green and The Cutting Room's Steve Walter hustling in downtown Manhattan.




Saturday, September 13, 2014

NENE LEAKES WITH P. DIDDY AND NAOMI CAMPBELL

Nene Leakes With Sean Combs And Naomi Campbell



P. Diddy and Naomi Campbell finished off Fashion Week in style, hosting a dinner for friends at TAO Downtown in New York



The two fashionitas sat in a private Skybox at the restaurant. The star studded dinner included Irina Shayk, Maxwell, Jessica Stam, Josh Taekman, Kristen Taekman, and Nene Leakes, who instagrammed the below this morning:



About last nite! So my girl @iamnaomicampbell calls me up & say "let's hit the town darling (in my Naomi voice LOL) she scoops me up from my hotel and the rest is history! No I think the rest is a movie LOL! Love her This is how you do fashion week #thecatsmeow



Photo Coustesy Of: @PearceyProper/Domain MSA

OK! MAGAZINE HOSTS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

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HILTON'S CELEBRATE NEW YORK FASHION
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Paris Hilton



Nicolas Bouchet And Sonja Morgan



Kristen Taekman



Jim And Amber Marchese



Nicky Hilton With Christina Milian



Sammi Giancola



OK!, the world’s leading celebrity magazine hosted their annual NY Fashion Week celebration at VIP Room in New York City. The highly-anticipated event brought celebrities, taste makers and style icons from the world of fashion, film, television and music together. Style Icon and author of 360 Style, Nicky Hilton hosted this special night toasting Fashion Week in the city that never sleeps.



Skechers showcased their latest fashionable collections, Pure-Silk presented guests with samples of their new shaving cream, Boohoo.com, Manchester’s best kept fashion will be offered gift certificates and coupons for their website, Morgan Taylor garnished guests with trendy nail designs, Sobieski Vodka, Bartenura Wines and Myx Moscata provided cocktails while Peroni provided beer. Music was by provided by DJ Yo-C.



HIGHLIGHTS FORM THE NIGHT INCLUDED


Nicky Hilton being congratulated by her proud big sis, Paris Hilton, on her book “Style 360”. The two were seen chatting at their table and taking pics reminiscent of their earlier club days.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

KATRINA BOWDEN IN STYLE AT NYC FASHION WEEK

Katrina Bowden



Katrina Bowden looked stunning during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Lincoln Center yesterday in New York


FASHION WEEK WITH LORDE AT LAVA LUCKY 13 BASH

Lorde



Tracy Anderson



Jonathan Cheban




Fashion Week continued in New York City with the LAVA Lucky 13 Party at TAO Downtown.



Academy Award Winner Lorde celebrated the 13th Anniversary of Jason Flom's Record Label, LAVA with a private performance at the downtown hotspot. She performed hit songs such as "Royals" and "Team" to a star-studded crowd including Rob Thomas, Matthew Morrison and Tracy Anderson.



VANESSA HUDGENS TO STAR IN "GIGI" ON BROADWAY

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COMING TO BROADWAY
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Vanessa Hudgens




Vanessa Hudgens will play the title role in the new Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, GIGI.



GIGI will be directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), in a re-envisioned adaptation by British playwright and BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas (“Call the Midwife,” “Cranford,” “Upstairs, Downstairs”). Joshua Bergasse (On the Town, “Smash”) will choreograph the production.



GIGI will play a pre-Broadway engagement in the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, chairman, Deborah F. Rutter, president) in Washington, D.C. from January 16-February 12, 2015. Opening night is January 29, 2015. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 22 at 10:00 AM to Kennedy Center Members and on Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00 AM to the general public. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for further details. GIGI will open on Broadway in 2015 following the Kennedy Center engagement.



Hudgens played the role of Gigi in recent readings in New York City. “From the moment we met Vanessa, we knew we found our Gigi,” director Schaeffer commented. “She is smart, gorgeous, a wonderful singer and is so luminous on stage. You cannot take your eyes off of her.”



“I started performing in musicals from a young age, and it has always been my dream to be on Broadway,” Hudgens said. “I cannot wait to get back on stage, singing and dancing these songs and living in GIGI’s glamorous world.”



“I have been living with Colette’s feisty, elegant, feline Gigi in my imagination for a long time now - and in Vanessa Hudgens, she is finally made flesh,” said Heidi Thomas, who has written the book adaptation.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

HELL FREEZES WITH KEITH RICHARDS CHILDRENS BOOK

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

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Keith Richards




KEITH’S KIDS – Hell hath frozen over … twice in fact. Keith Richards has written a children’s book.



Keith did do a double and triple take when his publisher approached him with the idea that flowered into Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers), the new picture book featuring illustrations by Theodora Richards, the elder of his two daughters with wife/model Patti Hansen.



"This one came around sort of behind my back," says Richards. "It happened to coincide with my first daughter, Angela" — from a previous relationship — "having my fifth grandchild (Otto, now 9 ). And I realized that I wanted to give my own grandfather his due for having turned me on to music."



There was also the chance to work with Theodora, 29, whom he chose to provide art for the book. "With those three ingredients I couldn't say no."



The characters and story required no embellishment. Theodore Augustus "Gus" Dupree, Richards' maternal grandpa and Theodora's namesake, was a big-band jazz musician who had seven daughters and owned and played a number of instruments. And he often took grandson Keith, also the name of the boy in the book, on outings like Gus & Me's journey through London's streets and a music store.



"I would be the only lad at family gatherings," Richards recalls. "He'd say, 'Let's take the dogs for a walk,' and we'd wander off. He would take me to music shops, thrift shops. … I was too young to always know what he was up to, but there was usually a bit of wheeling and dealing. He'd come out with a brand-new set of strings for his violin, or a nice piece of fish to take home to Mother."



Dupree "Sussed me out for a guitar player" at the age of 5 or 6, Richards adds. "I was a Roy Rogers freak. There was a man who could ride a horse, shoot straight and play a guitar. To me that was the epitome of a hero. Nothing to shoot? Just get the guitar out. And that's how Gus got hold of my imagination."



Theodora, who describes her style as that of "a doodler," received a lot of input from her dad. "I would draw him in a school uniform, with his socks pulled straight up, and he would tell me, 'I would never wear a tie when I was with my grandfather, and my socks were always rolled down.' "



Gus & Me's illustrator notes that her father, like his cohorts in the Stones, was schooled in her craft himself.



"Those boys, when they were going to school – Mick, Ronnie, Dad – they were all taught art. And they're all ingenious artists. Dad can do a portrait of you in three lines. There's stuff he's done of Mom that he doesn't put out there. But I think he should do something massive, because his stuff is gorgeous."



Where the book is concerned, at least, Richards says, "The only juice I'm trying to get out of this is to put grandparents more in touch with grand kids, and vice versa. Look — I'm a shining example of what could happen!"



Steady now!



AQUA VELVA STING --- I just loved those handful of acoustic performances of Sting doing his “Last Ship” from his forthcoming play of the same name, which opens at the Neil Simon Theatre in October.



I walked past the television last night and thought I heard a commercial for one of those cheesy-man colognes like Aqua Velva … well, turns out it was the full cast of the play singing the very same song. I like Sting a lot of will certainly withhold judgment, but it certainly looked a tad too cheeky ... even for Mr. Sumner!



Speaking of Mr. Sting, he'll reprise his tour with Paul Simon next year in Europe. I saw it earlier this year and absolutely loved it. The duo will start their tour in March in Krakow following the success of their acclaimed North American tour Paul Simon & Sting On Stage Together.



The pair will perform in the U. K. from 7-15, and in April Dublin Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, and London following dates in Krakow, Prague, Oslo, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Koln, Zurich, Munich, Milan, Vienna and Paris.



U2 UNLEASHED --- The new U2 album was released yesterday. They played at the Apple press conference yesterday. The freshest and most honest appraisal comes from NPR’s Ann Powers: “So I couldn't resist -- I gave one not very focused listen to the new U2. I don't see the value in all the snark that is already being leveled at the band . This is a cyclical move for the band -- reconnect with the energy of the pop marketplace. The production doesn't give me that old U2 swoon, but that is not the point here. If the (Ryan) Tedder vibe dominates, well, there would be no Tedder without Achtung Baby. Maybe no Danger Mouse, either; certainly no Broken Bells. There are some songs that feel a little tossed off, maybe, like the loose moves of dads on the tennis court; but there are some beauties, too. And honestly what is wrong with expressing gratitude to the Clash and the Ramones? I don't think Joey would be rolling over at this; I think he would appreciate the acknowledgement. Signed, a diehard fan.” Well said Ann.





CLOSING NOTES --- David Bowie is set to release new music later this year as part of a greatest hits collection marking 50 years of his career.



The legendary musician made an acclaimed comeback with The Next Day last year after 10 years out of the spotlight.



His next record, Nothing Has Changed, will collate the best tracks since his debut in 1964.



A new song “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” will be released on November 18, the same day that Nothing Has Changed hits stores. “’Tis A Pity She’s A Whore”, another exclusive recording from 2014, will feature as a B-Side.



Bowie’s first single “Liza Jane” opens the album, while classics such as “Life On Mars?”, “Space Oddity” and “Blue Jean” are also included.



“Let Me Sleep Beside You” from Bowie’s Toy album sessions will be featured as well, as will a download “Your Turn To Drive” and the 2001 re-recording of shelved Ziggy Stardust track “Shadow Man”.



The artwork for Nothing Has Changed, named after a line from his song “Sunday”, is expected to be unveiled soon ...



Diane von Furstenberg’s The Woman I Wanted To Be gets published Oct. 28 ...



Alexa Green debuts tomorrow night at 54 Below ... 9:30 PM show ...



SIGHTINGS --- Jersey Boys' Donnie Kehr and mouthpiece David Salidor at the Aglit fashion show at the downtown Hyatt ... John Catsimatidis B-day party at Le Cirque brought out Geraldo Rivera; Ernie Anastos; Joe Piscopo and Tony LoBianco. Tony Danza hustling into an SUV on West 67th Street in NYC.  DJ-master Glenn Friscia at Chris Gilman's Yerba Buena Perry.




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

YOU TUBE STAR BETHANY MOTA IN SEVENTEEN MAG

Bethany Mota



 Seventeen’s October issue is the magazine’s first-ever YouTube issue celebrating the new generation of stars that our readers love and identify with.





Bethany Mota - YouTube star, Dancing with the Stars contestant, fashion designer and mogul in the making - is October’s cover star marking the first time a YouTube personality has graced the cover of a national women’s magazine. In addition to Bethany, 30 YouTube stars are featured throughout the issue and combined they garner an astounding 65 million YouTube views per month.




Quotes:



How being bullied inspired Bethany Mota to start filming beauty videos when she was 13:



“It was so cool seeing girls being positive and spreading happiness. At first, I made beauty videos that were like everyone else’s – I’d try to act perfect. But then I realized it might be more fun if I was just myself. So I showed my silly side and kept in the bloopers. I liked those videos way more, and people appreciated that realness.”


CONNIE BRITTON CHATS WITH HUFFPOST LIVE HOST

Connie Britton




“Nashville” Star Connie Britton appeared on HuffPost Live and chatted with host Ricky Camilleri about season three of the hit ABC series. Britton also discussed her new movie, "This Is Where I Leave You," revealing that she wishes her sex scene with Adam Driver hadn't been cut from the film, which hits theaters on September 19. Excerpts and clips below.



Connie Britton: "Most of my stuff was with Adam [Driver]. I was playing his girlfriend and I have become a huge fan of his from ‘Girls’… He’s just lovely and wonderful and down to earth and we had a great time… He’s just on fire but he’s so consistent as an actor… We actually shot a sex scene that didn’t end up making it into [‘This Is Where I Leave You’]. That incidentally was the first sex scene that [director] Shawn Levy has ever shot… [Levy] was so nervous. I think he was blushing the entire time. It was hilarious ... I would've liked if it had been in the movie."


TENNIS GREAT ROGER FEDERER IN TOWN & COUNTRY

Roger Federer




Tennis legend Roger Federer covers the October issue of Town & Country, on newsstands nationwide September 16th. In the magazine, he opens up about how he deals with failure, his wife and children (two sets of twins!), and why he still has the urge to keep playing tennis.




On feeling joy when he steps onto the tennis court:



“I want to be happy when I play. For me it’s the only right thing to do: to be happy, feel happy, and also share that with the people. It’s very important to me.”



On his love for the game, and why he’s not quite ready to retire:



“I didn’t expect to become a professional tennis player. Everything after top 100 and even top 10 for me was, like, way beyond. Yeah, I was joking about winning Wimbledon when I was younger, but did I ever really, really believe that it was going to happen? Probably not. But let’s just sort of dream big and give it a chance, you know? So everything, the whole last 10 years, has been more than I could ever ask for. And for that reason, I think, I have this pleasure and this fun, because I remember how it feels to play on Court 23. I remember how sad and angry I was when I was younger. I remember how much work I put into it. And that’s why I don’t want to give it away just like that.”


Monday, September 08, 2014

ADAM LAMBERT WITH GAGA & JOAN RIVERS GOODBYE

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G.H. Harding
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Joan Rivers



JOAN GOODBYE --- While it's unclear if Joan Rivers' funeral had a wind machine or Harry Winston toe tag, per the instructions left in her 2012 book, the real-life event, held Sunday morning at Manhattan's Temple Emanu-El, was a star-studded affair with all of the security and paparazzi and fan attention of a premiere or red-carpet event.




Huge crowds of fans, photographers, videographers and members of the media lined Fifth Avenue and 65th Street hoping to catch a glimpse of the action outside of the private, invitation-only ceremony.




Among the attendees spotted arriving and leaving the funeral was Whoopi Goldberg, who was wearing two different-colored shoes and received big cheers and rounds of applause from the crowd of onlookers on Fifth Avenue, both on her way in and out of the service, while Bravo's Andy Cohen elicited a similar response from fans, including a bit of jumping up and down, as he left the funeral early Sunday afternoon.




Other guests included Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Joy Behar, Paul Shaffer, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sue Simmons, Giuliana Rancic, Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Michael Musto, and Kyle MacLachlan and his wife, Desiree Gruber.




The ceremony itself was filled with laughter and tears, according to various reports from outlets who had access to the proceedings.




White gardenias lined the front of the synagogue, the New York Times reported.




According to the Associated Press, Howard Stern delivered the eulogy; the New York City Gay Men's Chorus sang “What a Wonderful World,” "There Is Nothing Like a Dame" and "Hey Big Spender," according to reports, before Broadway star Audra McDonald sang "Smile"; and tributes and remembrances were delivered by Deborah Norville, Rivers' close friend Margie Stern, New York Post columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers' daughter, Melissa, who spoke about how she respected her mother and appreciated everyone's support. Hugh Jackman also performed, according to the AP, singing "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage," at the end of the ceremony, which lasted a little more than an hour.




Stern's speech not only praised Rivers but managed to elicit laughter from her friends and family gathered inside the ceremony, People reported. He called Rivers, "the best friend in the world ... a big sister ... a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah.”




"She fought the stereotype that women couldn't be funny," Stern added. "She was responsible for putting the red carpet into primetime."




The program even included the excerpt from I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me in which Rivers described the star-studded send-off she wanted as well as a page with three of Rivers' classic lines: "Can we talk?" ''Who are you wearing?" and "Because I'm a funny person."




Other guests in attendance included fashion designer Dennis Basso, Kathy Griffin, Rosie O'Donnell, Kelly Osbourne, Matthew Broderick, Alan Cumming, Tommy Tune, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Geraldo Rivera, Sandy Gallin, Barry Diller, Donald Trump and Steve Forbes.




At the end of the service, bagpipers from the NYPD led the procession out of the temple, playing "New York, New York" as fans applauded.




Over the weekend, comedian Chris Rock, in Toronto, said, “People liked Carson … they loved Rivers.”




THE VIEW LOCKED AND LOADED --- The search is over. Final details are still being worked out but actress Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace will occupy the remaining seats on The View when the ABC daytime talk show returns for a new season, next Monday September 15. They would join Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg. Perez and Wallace would succeed co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who exited the show.




Wallace, who served as communications director for George W. Bush, was among the women who did a screen test for The View last month, emerging as one of the front runners. She also did three guest co-hosting stints this year. Perez has been largely under the radar during the search but she is a household name and served as a guest co-host on the talk show.




With the new hires, the new View hosting team would include three actresses: O’Donnell, Goldberg and Perez. I hear Perez’s schedule has been worked out in a way so she can juggle her duties on The View with a Broadway gig — she just signed on to co-star opposite Larry David in David’s play Fish In The Dark, produced by Broadway's Scott Rudin.




The cast overhaul is part of a top-to-bottom makeover at The View, which includes a new studio, new set, new logo and new behind-the-scenes team led by new executive producer Bill Wollf; who abruptly replaced Bill Geddie.




“These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table,” said Bill Wolff. “This mix of smart, vibrant and energetic women is unlike anything else on daytime television.” Except for maybe The Talk on CBS?




“I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I’ve been asked to join ‘The View’,” said Perez. “Knowing that I’ll be in the company of Whoopi, Rosie and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable. The opportunity to connect with our nation’s audience on a daily basis… icing on the cake! Very happy.”




“I am honored to join the tradition of compelling conversations that has been the signature of ‘The View’ for the better part of two decades,” said Wallace. “I have watched ‘The View’ for many years and now to be seated alongside three women that I have admired is both humbling and incredibly exciting.”




Did you feel George W. Bush was a great communicator? Well, then you'll probably love Wallace. Perez? An odd choice for sure. I think the powers that be (still Walters, although she did sell her majority stock in the show to ABC) felt this was a too-good-to-lose panel?




Me? I think this show's on life support and will be lucky to make it through this season. Stay tuned!




SIGHTINGS --- Kevin Spacey, Woody Allen and Billie Jean King at the US Open this weekend; PR-pasha David Salidor at Palm West in NYC; and, Jersey Boys’ Donnie Kehr at Times Square Studios on 42nd street.

Adam Lambert



CLOSING NOTES --- Lady Gaga joined Queen and Adam Lambert, who just wrapped their world tour, during their concert in Sydney, Australia on August 27 …




Dressed in a huge afro wig and a black jumpsuit with crowns on it, Gaga joined Lambert and the band for “Another One Bites the Dust” (not “Radio Ga-Ga,” the song that inspired her name). After the show, Queen’s guitarist Brian May tweeted a selfie with Gaga, while Gaga Instagrammed a photo of herself with the entire band …




First, ZZ Top’s co-headlining tour with Jeff Beck had to be postponed while the former Yarbird’s guitarist dealt with an undisclosed medical problem.




Now, the remaining four dates of the tour have been canceled because bass player Dusty Hill fell hard on his hip and is undergoing medical treatment, reports Britain's NME …



It was reported in Mojo magazine that British Invasion legends The Kinks would reunite next year (the band’s 52nd), but without lead guitarist Dave Davies, brother of singer/songwriter and band leader Ray Davies. The pair’s feuds over the decades are notorious.



“Dave’s invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, (the reunion) will happen anyway,” Ray Davies reportedly said. “He’s very welcome to turn up if he wants. I'd much rather work with him than without him.”



Ray Davies added that founding drummer Mick Avory is on board, however, the band is disputing all of it on their official Facebook page.



In a post reading: “MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray claims to never have said this.” …



At age 77, Merle Haggard says he’s not ready for retirement.



“I’ve just been off (the road) for six weeks and I was about bored to death,” he told the North Carolina News & Observer.



He sprung a little surprise, too. Haggard apparently has enough songs recorded to fill four albums and is in the process of release them all.



Of today’s country music, the veteran Country Outlaw said: “Once in a while, I'll scan it, and I don't understand what they're doing. I can't find the entertainment in it.”



But so as not to offend anyone, he added, “I know these guys, occasionally play shows with them, and they're all good people.” …



Plenty of feedback from last week’s assessment of several so-called record industry publicists (guess we touched a nerve!). We stand behind it and this week, want to nominate several this week, who are just plain excellent. First, Randex Communications’ CEO Randy Alexander and UMG’s Jennifer Ballantyne. Two of the best … ever! Let the battle begin ... all true, don't sue!