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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Ana Ortiz And Susan Lucci

Ana Ortiz and Susan Lucci attended the 'Devious Maids' Fan Event at the Bryant Park Hotel today in New York City.


Jeremy Irvine With Katie Couric And Colin Firth

On Friday’s all new episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Katie," airing April 18, Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth stops by to talk about his film career and the iconic characters he’s played over the years. Also, see what happens when Katie reveals the huge crush she has on Colin. Plus, Firth’s co-star Jeremy Irvine joins the show to talk about their new movie, “The Railway Man.”

Hear what Colin Firth has to say about “Mark Darcy” in the “Bridget Jones’ Diary” sequel. Is he really dead?

Photo Courtesy Of: Disney/ABC


Kristin Chenoweth On Wendy Williams

Kristin Chenoweth today revealed on "The Wendy Williams Show" that she'll soon be returning to Broadway. The performer also talked about her boyfriend meeting the parents and the surprising inspiration for the new hair style she's working toward.

With an upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall, Kristin also teased the audience with the revelation that she has plans in the works to return to Broadway. "Soon there's going to be an announcement. But within the year I'll be back on Broadway."

Dating Oscar nominated producer, Dana Brunetti, for seven months, Kristin opened up about the response she gets when visiting her family in Oklahoma. "I'm the girl that comes home and they're like, 'yeah she's not married'." She went on to add that her family's meal-time ritual was cause for confusion with Dana, "I've had some great men in my life and this is another one. He's a great guy. Wendy, now you know, we have probably similar backgrounds you and me. We pray at the table and hold hands. Not if we're at Cracker Barrel, but if we're at a nice place we will. But he's like, my dad goes [mimics holding hands to pray]...and Dana's like [awkward]. I should have warned him."


Angelo David

Couture hair extension expert and celebrity hairstylist Angelo David Pisacreta of the Angelo David Salon was featured on Good Morning America’s newest makeover segment, Lose 10 Years in 60 Minutes. Angelo David was featured in all three days of the shooting along with the other members of the Dream Team: famed makeup artist Bobbi Brown, style expert Gretta Monahan and cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Nancy M. Rosen.

Angelo David was responsible for the hair color, cut and application of his couture hair extensions of the three makeover candidates, all which had to be completed in less than 60 minutes. Angelo David’s work yielded the most dramatic part of the makeover for the three deserving clients.

Photo By: James Edstrom



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Elizabeth Moss

Time Zones --- Mad Men’s final-split season kicked off this past weekend with an episode that certainly ranked among its best ever. Don’s still out at SC&P, but still collecting a paycheck; but, he’s feeding his brilliant wares, this time through ex-employee Freddy Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld opens, and galvanizes the show, with the words "Are you ready? Because I want you to pay attention. This is the beginning of something." Ironically, the pitch he gives is to Peggy (Elizabeth Moss) and it’s typically Draper-brilliant, as Peggy replies, “It’s a home run.”

MM-creator Matthew Weiner wrote the show and delivers some of his best moments ever. The best Mad Men-episodes have always been slow, nuanced performances and this one , which brings all of the characters back into focus, couldn't have been better.

There are two brilliant-moments from Weiner using some terrific music; the Spencer Davis Group's "I'm A Man," which is played as Don travels through some unnamed L.A. airport and is just sensational ... and, the ending, where Vanilla Fudge's brilliant "You Keep Me Hanging On," wherein Don sits on his freezing ledge contemplating what exactly his future could be. It's a terrific moment too.

One fact that many media-pundits seemed to have missed is the fact that legendary producer Robert Towne is now a producer on the show and this was his first episode. Towne, (Chinatown; Days of Thunder; Love Affair; Tequila Sunrise) from the 70's, is a wild-card for the show so far; but, in my opinion, this episode was spot-on brilliant. I've got to give some credit to his vision on this episode.

Don’s on the mend. Sort of. He might be a “broken vessel,” but he does seem fixable. We're ready and we're paying attention, Don. Show us what you've got.

Antoinette Lee With Marcus Goldhaber

BLUE NOTE MARCUS --- Singer-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber sold out the Blue Note this past weekend and was joined by singer Antoinette Lee on the song “Teach Me Tonight.” Antoinette originally appeared with Marcus in “The Wonderful Wizard of Song” Off-Broadway, but left the show to pursue other opportunities, including her upcoming solo album produced by Christian McBride.

Marcus will be kicking off his Come Home America New York Celebration over Memorial Day Weekend at the Cutting Room on Friday May 23 and the new music video for “Come Home America” will soon be making its world premiere on the USO’s web site,

GOLD BRICK ELTON – There’s no question that Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road –now 40 years old- is a brilliant conceived and executed of work. It propelled him to the heights of super stardom and has remained an amazingly cohesive piece of work. The 40th re-mastered version reminds yet again what a compelling piece of work it is. For me, I always loved the tracks “Grey Seal,” “The Ballad Of Danny Bailey” and the great-track “Harmony.” Hearing them re-worked makes them that much more powerful.

Guests artists Ed Sheeran (“Candle In The Wind”), Miguel (“Bennie And The Jets”), The Band Perry (“Grey Seal”) and Emeli Sande (“All The Girls Love Alice”) add dimension to their chosen tracks. “Alice” has always been another big favorite and Sande delivers impressively on the track. John still performs it today to mass hysteria ... its really a great, great track.

The album marked a turning point in his public image, going from the studious-looking virtuoso with seemingly classical leanings to the poster boy for glitter rock, with his outrageous eye wear, platform boots and ambiguous sexuality.

Miraculously, the album was completed in only 17 days, including mixing, at Château d’Hérouville, a studio near Paris that John had dubbed Honky Château from his album of the year before, according to the essay written by Alexis Petridus in the box-set’s hard-cover booklet.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road would mark the eighth album that John would churn out in under four years, a flowering of creativity unimaginable today, and yet he was only 23 at the time. His partnership with his bandmates, lyricist Bernie Taupin and producer Gus Dudgeon had much to do with the quality of his output, but still, he and Taupin were much more advanced at this stage in their careers than such songwriter teams as Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards and even Bacharach/David were in theirs.

As impressive as ever! Tremendous work.

CLOSING NOTES --- Did you happen to catch Donny Osmond on Dancing with The Stars this week? The child-star now looks like an adult. He helped vote off Australian-teen pop-sensation Cody Simpson, who has some 3 million Twitter-followers. His reaction: “Now 3 million Cody Simpson fans know who Donny Osmond is.” Funny …

Micky Dolenz dining at Cecconi’s in L. A. this past weekend; readying his 18-date tour with The Monkees starting next month …

Having spent the weekend in L. A., I have to say that local-radio station KROQ is as impressive as ever. I have always felt that radio out there, led the way. Where else can you enjoy such brilliant artists as Cage The Elephant; The Neighbourhood; Fitz & the Tantrums; and, Mumford & Sons and Radiohead. I kept listening … and, loved it ...

How about that new song from Fitz & the Tantrums, "The Walker." Amazing! Formed in 2008, the song, with its whistle-break is just totally infectious ...

The man who brought the music of Journey, Def Leppard, Foreigner and more to the Broadway stage with Rock of Ages has his eyes on the music that made Soul Train great.

Matthew Weaver has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show from Soul Train Holdings whose chairman, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, said "Soul Train has made a significant impact on American music and pop culture and its legacy and appeal continue to resonate around the world. Creating a live theatrical interpretation of this iconic franchise is an opportunity that could not be missed.”

Photos By: RD/Dziekan/Retna & Goldhaber Courtesy Of Richard Puttkammer

Sunday, April 13, 2014



James Earl Jones

Remembering Ira Aldridge, a 19th-Century Black Actor is a sure bet on New York's Broadway.

James Earl Jones was there, so was Mike Nichols who directed the play's star Adrian Lester in the film Primary Colors.

The play was originally staged at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn ,NW London in 2012 and re-staged there this year. Written by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by the Tricycle's artistic director Indhu Rubasingham.

Anna Wintour is a big fan and has been encouraging all her friends to go see the show. Harvey Weinstein is also a big supporter of the play and sent his execs to see it in both London and Brooklyn.

The show Runs at St Ann's till April 20th. Be sure to get your tickets now!


Ira Aldridge was a 19th century African-American actor who became a renowned interpreter of Shakespearean tragedy on the European stage.

Born on July 24, 1807, in New York City, Ira Aldridge acted with the African Grove Theatre before making his 1833 London debut as Othello. Other Shakespearean roles followed, and Aldridge became a renowned thespian, touring countries like Austria and Russia and earning the nickname "African Roscius." He also used his fame to call for slavery's end. He died on August 7, 1867, while in Poland.

Born on July 24, 1807, in New York City, Ira Frederick Aldridge was an African-American actor known for his stage work. He was the son of a straw vendor and lay preacher. Remarkably for the times, Aldridge received an education. He attended at the African Free School.


Margo Manhattan With Ramona Singer

Margo Manhattan, a Upper East Side jewelry store, where the celebrities like Beyonce and Selena Gomez flock, was robbed on Friday by a man who tied up the manager and stole $60,000 in bling,

The thief posed as a customer at the star studded store on Madison Ave, off East 88th street. The star studded boutique’s manager, Marcy Imbert, was the only employee in the shop when she buzzed the man in about 1:30 p.m on Friday.

Margo Manhattan told the NY Daily News that the employee "thought he was maybe a rap star,”.

The thief asked to see several items and then grabbed Imbert by the neck once she opened a display case. Brandishing a stun gun, he put his hands over her mouth and dragged her into a back room.

As Imbert struggled, the man tore the straps off a Theory designer bag he found in the shop and used them to tie her wrists behind her back.

“She came to a point where she saw her life in front of her,” said Margo. “He was really forceful. He choked her. He said, ‘I’m going to kill you.’”

The crook even kicked Mika, Manhattan’s 13-week-old German shepherd puppy, who was also at the store.

He to grabbed jewelry from cases Imbert had opened and from an open vault in the back room, according to cops and the store owner. Surprised when another employee arrived at the store, he again acted like a customer and told the employee, “She’s in the back.”

Neither the employees nor the dog was injured.

Friday, April 11, 2014


Mayim Bialik With Katie Couric

On Monday’s episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Katie," airing April 14, Mayim Bialik talks about being a child actress, her days on “Blossom” and how much fun she’s having on “The Big Bang Theory.” She shares her favorite vegan receipts from her new cook book. Plus, hear about what her life is like now since her divorce and how Katie plans to help her dating life.

Photo Courtesy Of: ABC/ Disney


Mickey Sumner

Fei Fei Sun

Kate Bosworth

Katie Holmes

Jessica Biel

Alexi Ashe And Seth Meyers

Jessica Biel along with Kate Bosworth, Mickey Sumner, Fei Fei Sun, Katie Holmes and other stars, attended the Tiffany Debut of the 2014 Blue Book, at the Guggenheim Museum last night in New York City.


Katrina Bowden At Radio Shack

30 Rock Star Katrina Bowden was among the guests checking out the latest tech ideas at the RadioShack Father’s Day Gift Preview in NYC today. Looking adorable yet casual in a pastel orange top and black jeans, she played with RadioShack’s newest gadgets, testing out the new Blade Runner HeliQuad before picking it up for husband, Ben Jorgensen happily saying, “Ben is a huge helicopter fan, he has every new toy and I can’t wait to give this to him!”

The blonde beauty also picked up some new SOL Republic headphones after trying them out in the store and loving their sound quality and stylish look.

Bowden browsed the store playing with items such as the Auvio Speakers, Skullcandy Portable Speaker, and the Google Chromecast. Experts were also on-hand at the NYC RadioShack Concept store to educate guests the hottest gadgets and gifts for Dads and tech enthusiasts alike. Phones, streaming media players, smartwatches, remote control cars, soundbars, and headphones were just some of the amazing electronics on display. Technology takes teamwork, and no one knows that better than RadioShack.

Photo Courtesy Of: Bobby Bank/Domain MSA


Larry King And Betty White

Larry King interviewed Betty White on his online-only show Larry King Now (available on and Hulu) and asks her opinion on who could possibly replace late night legend David Letterman after he retires.

"Oh, I'm gonna miss him," said Betty White.

She commented that Tina Fey is "dynamite" and "one of those people who could do anything" as well as Chelsea Handler and Neal Patrick Harris.

"How about Larry King and Betty White co-hosting the Late Show?" asked Larry. View The Clip HERE.

Photo Courtesy Of:Ora TV

Wednesday, April 09, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Lionel Richie

DREAMS COME TRUE --- From manager Dave Novick in L.A. - songwriter Roxanna and special guest Jon Secada, appear tonight, in L. A., at Vibiana.

Roxanna is coming off the success of the her latest singles, "Close Your Eyes," which is currently impacting A/C radio stations around the country, and "Hello", her sublime cover of the Lionel Richie classic, which is garnering significant attention at Smooth Jazz radio around the world.

The Canadian-songstress has joined forces with famed producer Mark Portmann, (Michael Buble, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion), for the release of her full-length debut album, Exotica, available worldwide on April 29, 2014. The new album will feature a string of romantic and flamenco influenced songs including new renditions of The Hollies 1972 hit song, “The Air That I Breathe,” Julio Iglesias’ 1975 hit song “El Amor,” along with “Hello” and many other beautiful and melodic songs.

The show is being recorded for a TV special to be broadcast this summer.

Secada, is the multi-Grammy-award winning performer who has unfortunately been away from the scene for far too long. Secada (born Juan Francisco Secada Ramirez; October 4, 1961) is a Cuban American singer and songwriter born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Hialeah, Florida. He has won two Grammy Awards and sold 20 million albums since his English-language debut album in 1992.

His music fuses funk, soul, pop and Latin percussion. Secada also has worked as a songwriter for Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Mandy Moore and other performers. Two years back he recorded a track, “Dreams Come True,” with actress Rebecca Holden, from the Knight Rider TV-show with David Hasselhoff.

Next thing we knew, Secada was out, and newcomer Abraham MacDonald was in. Their version was great (a stunningly good video is on YouTube, but the great-Secada-gravitas was sorely missing from this new recording.

Our good friend David Salidor was the PR-man for the record and we asked him what happened with Secada and he reluctantly declined to answer … meaning that something ugly must have happened between the artists and producer Joel Diamond.

Too bad, as his version was excellent. Check out Roxanna and Jon tonight.

LEON RUSSELL --- I am and have been a true fan of singer/songwriter Leon Russell since first hearing his song “Delta Lady,” performed by Joe Cocker in 1969. Of course, I had first heard about Russell from his work in the legendary Wrecking Crew and his wondrous work with Phil Spector (Sonny & Cher; Glen Campbell). His appearance at George Harrison’s 1971 Bangladesh concert was a true highlight (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”/“Youngblood”). Russell must have been a great hang too, as he counted Harrison and Dylan and Elton John as part of his cognoscenti. He was rock royalty.

John opened for him in 1970 at the famed Troubadour club in L. A. where John cemented his legendary status for the first time in the U.S.

He also wrote several few great songs, including “This Masquerade” and “A Song For You.”

In 2010, John reunited with Leon for the stunningly good album, The Union produced by T. Bone Burnett. It was a great album: followed by a terrific HBO-special and numerous dates around the world.

With John having returned Russell to rock-star status, I wondered what would be his next step. Not in great health and even undergoing treatment while recording The Union, it appeared that his best days may have been behind him.

This week, his new album Life Journey, was released. Produced by the legendary jazz-producer Tommy LiPuma, it’s a straight up mix of songs; from the standard “Georgia On My Mind,” to two Russell-originals, “Big Lips” and “Down In Dixieland.” LiPuma’s arrangements are almost straight-up jazz; which isn’t a bad thing at all, but light years from The Union. LiPuma’s technique is just stunning; much like his work with Diane Krall and Paul McCartney’s standard album, Kisses On The Bottom.

In the liner notes, Russell twice refers to him being near the exit of his journey. Says the artist, “This is a record of my musical journey through life; it reflects pieces of things that I have done and things I never did, for one reason or another.”

John, who is credited as the executive producer, does not appear on the album. It would have been nice to hear the two re-unite one more … one more/last time.

It’s bittersweet, for sure, but this almost-tribute album is totally moving.

CLOSING NOTES --- Two more great tours this summer: Journey with the Steve Miller Band and Tower Of Power; and, Chicago and REO Speedwagon …

What great, heritage band, re-uniting again this summer (for 18 or so dates around the country), said they wouldn't hire this one particular tour-PR firm … and, then, went ahead and did it? Turns out, the main-guy at the PR-firm can’t stand the group; what a business …

All this Al Sharpton talk is oddly timed. I remember, when Sharpton was a bit thicker around the middle, some comedian asking why he kept wearing a track suit … when it was immediately clear, he never ran - funny stuff. I think with the start of his convention this week, it’s perfectly timed …

Dayme, working with producer Ricky Crespo, has one other wild card in her hip pocket. I just found out yesterday; was sworn to secrecy. We'll tell you when we can …

Barbara Walters officially exits her View show on Friday, May 16. Boy, with Letterman leaving next year; Chelsea Handler eyeing her exit, and now Miss Barbara … the TV-landscape is changing generational. Look, The View was great ... we loved it most when Rosie was there, but it needs a very, very dramatic change. Just saying …

Am I the only one who remembers the chat-fest hosted by British-born, Australian journalist Gordon Elliot in the early 90’s? Believe it or not, he’s the executive producer of ABC’s daytime program The Chew. Re-invention is always the best … right? ..

Tomorrow night's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony seems to be in tatters. Cat Stevens is here ... but, no one wants to induct him and there's no Kiss in the house.

Andrew Loog Oldham, the original Rolling Stones-manager won't make it either (he said it's too much of a TV-show now!) and Brian Epstein is dead, though he'll be inducted by Peter Asher. A Mess in you ask me.

Whatever ... the show will be on TV soon ...


Jamie Colby

Jeremy Irvine

Brock Harris And Courtney Reed

Tanroh Ishida

Colin Firth

Colin Firth and many other celebrities attended the 'Railway Man' premiere at The Paris Theatre, in New York City. Stunning Fox News legend Jamie Colby, also showed up in style.


Brooklyn Decker

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe and Brooklyn Decker visited the Late Show With David Letterman yesterday in New York City.

Monday, April 07, 2014


Mary Louise Parker

Jodie Snyder Morel And Danielle Snyder

Carol Gertz And John Demsey

Bronson Van Wyck

Victoria Leacock Hoffman With Dini von Mueffling And Stefani Greenfield

Recently The Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education raised over $600,000 at their gala event at The Four Seasons Restaurant in Manhattan. All proceeds from the evening directly support Love Heals’ efforts to protect the next generation of New Yorkers from HIV.

John Demsey, Group President of The Estée Lauder Companies and Chairman of the M"A"C AIDS Fund, Danielle Snyder, Co-Founder and Creative Director, and Jodie Snyder Morel, Co-Founder and CEO, of DANNIJO and Bronson van Wyck, Founder of Workshop of the World and Van Wyck & Van Wyck were honored for their outstanding philanthropic work in the area of HIV and AIDS. InStyle’s Hal Rubenstein emceed the evening and presided over an exciting live auction that raised $185,000.

Guests included co-founders, Dini von Mueffling, Stefani Greenfield and Victoria Leacock Hoffman, actors Mary Louise Parker, Kelly Rutherford and Kyle Maclachlan, Geraldo Rivera, TV personality and chef Carla Hall, Kelly Bensimon, fashion designer Rachel Roy, Broadway’s Justin Vivian Bond, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Amy Astley, Ann Caruso, Lady Lilliana Cavendish, Somers Farkas, Jill Furman, Sophie B. Hawkins, Jill and Harry Kargman, interior designer Celerie Kemble, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Julie Macklowe, Sean MacPherson and Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, Jill Martin, Annelise Peterson, Fiona and Eric Rudin, Jean Shafiroff and Derek Warburton among others.


Megan Boone In Resident

Resident Magazine held a special cocktail party recently in celebration of the publication’s cover star Megan Boone, actress on NBC’s The Blacklist, at Brannon’s restaurant in the Lower East Side. Ron Brannon, owner of Brannon’s and Christopher Pape, Editor-in-Chief of Resident Magazine hosted notable guests such as actress Megan Boone, celebrity eyebrow guru Joey Healy and floral designer Alix Astir. Sponsored by Brugal Rum, guests were served Brannon’s interpretation of modern comfort food, hors d'oeuvres and rum drinks.

Brannon’s is newly established American eatery located in the heart of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, directly opposite the Essex Market place. Their culinary team is focused on providing exceptional seasonal modern American comfort food dishes that use the freshest quality ingredients that are locally sourced when possible. Brannon's has a full assortment of tasty and savory appetizers, salads and entrees that can be topped off by one of our delicious homemade desserts. In addition, many of their dishes are Gluten free. 



Story By: G.H. Harding
Michelle Berting Brett

GO GO GOLDHABER --- Don't forget NY-based jazz vocalist and songwriter Marcus Goldhaber at NYC’s legendary Blue Note this Saturday night (4/12) as he debuts his new album to see the debut A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening. He headlines the Late Night Groove Series in a benefit concert that follows Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone Duets. The performance will also supports the Samaritans; the suicide prevention charity for which Marcus will be running in the Boston Marathon for. 

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, due in late spring, is a mixture of Marcus' favorite standards and new originals, produced in part by Billy Jay Stein (Linda Eder, “Spider-Man,” Beautiful Broadway cast album). Marcus credits his mother with introducing him to the Great American Songbook, and throughout his career he’s developed a vast repertoire that includes selections from his current co-starring role in the hit Off-Broadway Harold Arlen tribute, The Wonderful Wizard of Song.

GOOD WIFE’S LAST CALL --- We finally watched the follow up to The Good Wife episode where the character Will Gardner died; significantly entitled The Last Call. We really can't recall an episode of this show better written, better directed, or better acted than this one. The title referred to a call that will made to Alicia (Julianna Margulies), but one that was incomplete, so the episode set about to discover what that last call may have been about. Josh Charles (Will Gardner) was well represented in the episode in numerous flashbacks that recalled earlier moments. One of the best parts of the show was when Diane Lockhart (a spot-on brilliant Christine Baranksi) was forced to see a client that threatened to leave and when he finally showed up in her office, she fired him! Baranski’s just a brilliant actress and she never gave better than this scene.

Her associate David Lee (Zach Grenier), who had always opposed everyone about everything, shed a tear himself for Will really did give a great nuanced performance as well … and, even said after Diane fired the client and observed how good it felt, said it made me hot. Great show; great episode. Can't wait to see their final episodes this season.

CARPENTERS REMEMBERED --- We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered is a concert show celebrating the music of one of the most successful recording acts of all time. The show will be at NYC’s
 B. B. King’s on April 13.

Led by Michelle Berting Brett and accompanied by a live, 7-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, the show re-creates the Carpenters’ original sound.

From Northern California to the East Coast to a sold out debut in Las Vegas, We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered has been met with enthusiasm from Carpenters’ fans and reviewers alike. Check them out HERE

CLOSING NOTES --- Last call for Roseland tonight. Lady Gaga has the honors …

Joe Perry posted a thirty second clip on YouTube confirming the rumors of the last few days that Aerosmith and Slash would be touring together this summer.

According to Perry, the official name of the tour will be Let Rock Rule.

Dates for the tour are expected to be announced tomorrow, April 8.

Aerosmith continues to tour behind their 2012 album Music From Another Planet while Slash's latest, Apocalyptic Love, is also from that year. There is no word on any new Aerosmith work but Slash has been in the studio recording a follow-up with lead singer Myles Kennedy who also fronts the band Alter Bridge …

Congats to our friend, Vanilla Fudge-drummer Carmine Appice for receiving Modern Drummer’s 2014 Hall of Fame Award at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room last week …

Broadway's Donnie Kehr (next seen in director Clint Eastwood's big-screen version of Jersey Boys in June) visited the new Susan Stroman Great White Way-production of Bullets Over Broadway over the weekend and posed for this shot with the cast's Vincent Pastore ...

I really can't fathom that the Rizzoli Bookstore is being forced out of its beautiful home on 57th Street to make way for new apartment developments. The New York Times reported that its final day there is Friday, April 11th. I am somewhat chagrined that I remember the store in its original location on Fifth Avenue. I recall going in there and being dazzled by its selection and the sheer volume of books. I'm not normally a nostalgic person … looking forward rather than backward, but this is indeed a travesty ...

Kate Bush has sold out all 22 dates of her forthcoming series of live shows in London in less than fifteen minutes.

The shows will take place at London's Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, starting on August 26.

Kate said: "I'm completely overwhelmed by the response to the shows. Thank you so much to everyone. Looking forward to seeing you all later this year."

For those that don't know; Kate Bush may well have been the original Adele. Her early work, especially with Peter Gabriel on his “Don’t Give Up,” was nothing short of brilliant. I hope she comes stateside. 

Happy belated birthday to B. B. King's Peter Abraham ... and, Roy Trakin, now ensconced at both Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter - they both couldn't pick anyone better!

 Photo Courtesy Of: David Salidor


Mickey Rooney

Movie legend Mickey Rooney, who appeared in more than 300 films and TV programs, has died at 93.

Having photographed Rooney over the years, we loved this guy. He always posed and always made you laugh while you were snapping his photo. The Brooklyn born actor loved New York City, and i was always amazed how he walked down Broadway like he owned the street. He love the Great White Way. Rooney was a gentleman, he had that old Hollywood style and class, that is so rare these days with the new generation of stars. Rooney will be missed.

Mickey Rooney's Biography

Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. It was in this popular film series that he took the stage name Mickey Rooney. Rooney reached new heights in 1937 with A Family Affair, the film that introduced the country to Andy Hardy, the popular all-American teenager. This beloved character appeared in nearly 20 films and helped make Rooney the top star at the box office in 1939, 1940 and 1941. Rooney also proved himself an excellent dramatic actor as a delinquent in Boys Town starring Spencer Tracy. In 1938, he was awarded a Juvenile Academy Award.

Teaming up with Judy Garland, Rooney also appeared in a string of musicals, including Babes in Arms (1939) the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar in a leading role, Strike up the Band (1940), Babes on Broadway (1941), and Girl Crazy (1943). He and Garland immediately became best of friends. "We weren't just a team, we were magic," Rooney once said. During that time he also appeared with Elizabeth Taylor in the now classic National Velvet (1944). Rooney joined the service that same year, where he helped to entertain the troops and worked on the American Armed Forces Network. He returned to Hollywood after 21 months in Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946), did a remake of a Robert Taylor film, The Crowd Roars called Killer McCoy (1947) and portrayed composer Lorenz Hart in Words and Music (1948). He also appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Rooney played Hepburn's Japanese neighbor, Mr. Yunioshi. A sign of the times, Rooney played the part for comic relief which he later regretted feeling the role was offensive. He once again showed his incredible range in the dramatic role of a boxing trainer with Anthony Quinn and Jackie Gleason in Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962). In the late 1960s and 1970s Rooney showed audiences and critics alike why he was one of Hollywood's most enduring stars. He gave an impressive performance in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film The Black Stallion (1979), which brought him an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor. He also turned to the stage in 1979 in Sugar Babies with Ann Miller, and was nominated for a Tony Award. During that time he also portrayed the Wizard in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with Eartha Kitt at New York's Madison Square Garden, which also had a successful run nationally.

Saturday, April 05, 2014


Katie Couric And Richard Marx

On Fridays episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Katie,", singer songwriter writer Richard Marx talked about his upcoming album and shared the story of how his career got started with one phone call from music legend Lionel Ritchie. Plus Richard also performed his new single “Turn Off The Night.”

Photo Courtesy Of: ABC/Disney

Friday, April 04, 2014


Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver attended The 'Red Carpet Trail' New York Premiere at The Standard Highline, in New York City.

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