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Friday, July 25, 2014


Amy Brenneman

Actress Amy Brenneman stopped by HuffPost Live yesterday to talk with Host Ricky Camilleri about her new HBO series “The Leftovers” and weighed in on the important matter of co-star Justin Theroux’s bulge that appeared in the show’s first episode.

Ricky Camilleri: “[Liv Tyler] referenced this hilarious thing about Justin Theroux’s sweatpants in the pilot. Did you hear about this? She referenced his sweatpants’ bulge and said that she noticed it clearly in the screening of the pilot. Did that become a cast joke for everybody or is that just her own private joke?”

Brenneman: “I think Liv…[it was] in the privacy of her own thoughts. I know exactly what she means because there is a flashback episode where he jogs again and it did bring the pilot back. [Theroux's bulge] is really adorable, and a very specific choice. And I don't know who came up with that -- if it was Justin, wardrobe, Damon [Lindelof].”



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Neil Patrick Harris

HARRIS SIZZLES IN HEDWIG --- Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch is just astonishing. We saw it Wednesday and I'm tempted to say it was one of the best things I've ever seen on Broadway.

Harris, who won a Tony this year for this performance, is a triple-threat for sure. I even remember him as Doogie Howser, M.D. on TV, and his work in the just-ended How I Met Your Mother was superb. He’s been in Glee, Rent, hosted the Tony Awards, and has appeared in such movies as the forthcoming Gone Girl and A Million Ways To Die in the West.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by an East German transgender singer. The text is by John Cameron Mitchell, and the music and lyrics are by Stephen Trask. The musical premiered in 1998 and has been performed throughout the world in hundreds of stage productions.

We first saw it around that time in Lower Manhattan and knew it was something totally unique. There are heavy-elements of Bowie, Lou Reed and Queen, but it stood alone and was a major, transformed work for sure.

The story draws on Mitchell's life as the son of a U. S. Army Major General who once commanded the U.S. sector of occupied West Berlin. The character of Hedwig was originally inspired by a German divorced U. S. Army wife who was a Mitchell family babysitter and moonlighted as a prostitute at her Junction City, Kansas, trailer park home.

The music is steeped in the androgynous 1970’s glam rock era of Bowie (who co-produced the Los Angeles production of the show), as well as the work of John Lennon and early punk godfathers Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.

The musical opened Off-Broadway in 1998, and won a Village Voice Obie Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The Off-Broadway production ran for two years, and was remounted with various casts by the original creative team in Boston, Los Angeles and London.

Lena Hall, in the role of Yitzhak, also won a Tony for her performance. She was terrific as well. The music, especially “Sugar Daddy” (a real showstopper), “Hedwig’s Lament” and “Wicked Little Town” sound better and stronger than ever.

The concept is just brilliant (and, true), and this production just electric. The experience was like that of seeing rent for the first time. Fresh, new, intoxicating … in a good way.

Director Michael Mayer’s best work … ever!

Harris, onstage for almost every minute, is stunningly good. For me, the performance of the year … eye-opening and exceptional.

Matthew McConaughey

COMIC-CON NOLAN & McCONAUGHEY ---  Comic-Con fans were reeling on Thursday afternoon as Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made their first-ever appearances at the San Diego fan confab, answering questions and offering a new trailer for their Interstellar movie to SRO crowd.

“Thought it would be a fun thing to come down and see what all the fuss is about,” Nolan told the roaring audience.

Interstellar has largely been veiled in secrecy, but Paramount was looking to give fans what they want, putting footage front and center. The studio also showed footage from Hot Tub Time Machine 2, found footage pic Project Almanac, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water, which will be a combo of animation and CG live-action.

The director of Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy explained that the driving force of the upcoming sci-fi drama was going to space.

“To be an astronaut was the highest ambition,” he said. “The idea to keep exploring space farther and farther… it (fell) off greatly. We are in a period of incredible technological change, (but it’s about) what’s in your pocket, your living room. I like the idea that we are on the cusp of a brand new era and we are traveling outwards more.”

According to McConaughey, it all began in Nolan’s living room: three hours, nothing about a movie, just Nolan and the Oscar-winning actor.

“I was like, what the hell was that about,” the actor quipped. “A week later, the script came out, I read it and I liked it quite a lot and I was in.”

So what is the film about?

Said the True Detective star, “Cooper is a pilot, an engineer, and a widowed pilot of two children where civilization is just sustaining. There’s food, clean water, but they don't need any explorers, no new bright ideas. Then something happens and the dream of being a pilot again knocks on his door.” The chance becomes the greatest mission he’s ever taken on.

Nolan explained that the spaceship, its interiors and exteriors were designed to be as “realistic as possible for the actors.” That meant actual views out the windows, for example.

Paramount also chose to show extended footage and an additional trailer, roughly six to eight minutes in total, showing shots of Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine in character.

RONSTADT @ WHITE HOUSE --- Linda Ronstadt has been selected to receive the National Medal of Arts Monday at the White House.

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award in the U.S. given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government. Next Monday's ceremony will be hosted by President Obama with Michele Obama in attendance and will be streamed live at 3:00 PM via

Ronstadt was selected "for her one-of-a-kind voice and her decades of remarkable music. Drawing from a broad range of influences, Ms. Ronstadt defied expectations to conquer American radio waves and help pave the way for generations of women artists."

Linda will reportedly make the trip to Washington, a rarity these days since her announcement last year that she is suffering from Parkinson's Disease. Ronstadt did not attend her recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Also being honored is Albert Maysles who, with his brother David, documented the infamous Rolling Stones 1969 show at Altamont in the documentary Gimme Shelter.

Scott Shannon

CLOSING NOTES --- Monkee-Micky Dolenz confirmed for CBS FM’s Scott Shannon 101-show Anniversary next Friday (8/1) at the City Winery. Also present will be Mark Rivera …

Billy Joel has been selected to receive the sixth Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress.

The Gershwin Prize For Popular Song "celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding." The recipient is chosen by the Librarian of Congress based upon recommendations from a board made up of scholars, producers, performers, music critics, songwriters and music specialists.

James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, said "Billy Joel is a storyteller of the highest order. There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music. When you listen to a Billy Joel song, you know about the people and the place and what happened there. And while there may be pain, despair and loss, there is ultimately a resilience to it that makes you want to go to these places again and again."

Joel issued his own statement, saying "The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career and the Library’s decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me."

SIGHTINGS: PR Pasha David Salidor at the Palm in East Hampton ... Producer Brian Grazer at walking and talking on NY's Central Park South ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Tatyana Ali

Tatyana Ali  looked stunning while she attended The Starfish Foundation Fourth Annual New Orleans To New York City Gala and Powerful Summit at Espace tonight in New York City. 


Jaleel White

The cast of iLUMINATE received a special backstage visit from Jaleel White after their July 18th performance. White, who shot to superstardom as Steve Urkel on ABC’s long-running “Family Matters,” was so overwhelmed by the show that he felt compelled to share his heartfelt enthusiasm with the entire company.


Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano signed copies of 'Hacktivist' at Barnes & Noble in New York City the other day.


Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim Chmerkovskiy takes a break from Dancing With The Stars to snack on Wonderful Pistachios in New York City yesterday.

​Photo Courtesy Of: Bobby Bank/Domain MSA


Elle Varner And Daisha

Elle Varner and Daisha attended 'The Knick' special screening at The New York Academy Of Medicine on  in New York City yesterday.


Kristen Taekman

Real Housewives of New York star Kristen Taekman was spotted picking up a pair of Ocean Minded sandals for the summer in New York City.

Photo Courtesy Of: Bobby Bank/Domain MSA

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Mick Jagger

Donna Dixon And Dan Aykroyd

Tony Danza

Luciana Gimenez And Lucas Jagger

Tomi Rae Brown

James Brown II

Tika Sumpter

Jill Scott

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


James Franco

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

Monday, July 21, 2014


Derek Jeter And John Mitchell

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


Jesse McCartney

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

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Isaiah Austin On Larry King Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


J.R. Smith

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

Photo Courtesy Of: Mason Summers/Domain MSA

Friday, July 18, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Anthony Hopkins

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

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

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

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

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

Adam Lambert

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

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

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

Check out this link from the show HERE.


Bryan Cranston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking forward to this one for sure.

Elaine Stritch

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

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

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

Micky Dolenz AT BB Kings

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

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Kate Hudson

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


Wendy Williams

Sherri Shepherd

Lil Jon

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


Treana Peake Obakki Foundation

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


Rick Faugno

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

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

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



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

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

Photo Courtesy Of: Kristin Roby/Interview Magazine

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