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Friday, November 28, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Meghan Trainor At Thanksgiving Parade

MACY’S PARADE --- I try to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade every holiday as it’s just a pretty neat program from concept to execution, as well as an interesting barometer of where things are right now in pop culture. I actually rode in it years back with an artist I was working with and it was a totally unique ride to literally be in the parade looking out.

Yesterday’s parade (its 88th) was intriguing as always, but there were so many plugs for NBC and NBC-shows, that at times it got a bit muddled. Matt Ryan, from NBC’s Constantine was there; even while his show suddenly shut down production last week. Go figure!

They heavily tub-thumped the upcoming live Peter Pan, with Alison Williams and Christopher Walken as well. Clearly, they've had a number of rehearsals to produce the commercials. One thought: Walken as Captain Hook, looks to be quite the soft-shoe man. Never knew Hook had such moves!

I always enjoy the music acts and this year a great crop of performers were on hand, though Idina Menzel I think was the oldest performer there.

Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Becky G (who reminded me of Shakira and was exceptional!), Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars), Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World), Good Charlotte’s Joel and Benji Madden, were there, but the highlight would have to be Kiss doing “Rock And Roll All Nite (sic).”

Gene Simmons and his pack have long-embraced all forms of merchandising, so, while I don't readily know why they were even here, maybe get set for a Kiss-boutique at Macy’s. Crazy!

ALL THINGS THAT ROCK --- Ever wanted to meet some of your favorite band members and singers at once? The All Things That Rock Festival, beginning today in Oaks, PA, can make that wish come true. Attendees will have access to meet and greets, Q&A panels, photo and autograph sessions, VIP packages, giveaways, and door prizes. With over 100 vendors, guests can buy, sell, or trade nearly any rock n' roll collectible. Special guests include Peter Criss (KISS), Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Ed Kowalczyk (ex-Live), Denny Laine (Wings/Moody Blues), professional insider May Pang, David Uosikkinen (The Hooters), Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Jade Starling (Pretty Poison), Billy J. Kramer and more.

Hosted by Eddie Trunk, the festival will take place at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Also, Dolenz will perform a live show backed by Van Halen-tribute band Romeo Delight, on Saturday night.

Our friend PR-pasha Randy Alexander (as well as Scott Segelbaum) will be on hand as the event’s mouthpiece as well.

LAMBERT OUT --- Adam Lambert celebrated Miley Cyrus‘22nd birthday party at Factory Nightclub, last week at Beacher’s Madhouse in Hollywood.

The 32-year-old entertainer was spotted in the photo booth that evening, where he had fun with the props put out for guests – including licking and fondling a blow up doll while surrounded his entourage.

Cyrus’ new bf Patrick Schwarzenegger was on hand as well.

CLOSING NOTES --- PR-mouthpiece David Salidor at Musu Sushi in Roslyn, Long Island ...

Yep, they'll be a sequel for 1996's Independence Day; the original boasting Will Smith ... who sadly won't be involved in the new one. But, maybe Jeff Goldblum? Hope so ...

The trailer for the new Jurassic World movie, with Chris Pratt and Jane Greer look great; but, why not feature Vincent D'Onofrio in it? It's the long-awaited sequel to the series of Jurassic Park movies - the first one came out in 1993.



Photos By: James Edstrom

Stunning Jean Shafiroff

Broadways Stuart Lane And Bonnie Comley

Jean And Martin Shafiroff

Montgomery Frazier "The Image Guru"

Roy Keen

Dawne Marie Grannum With Flo Anthony

Jean Shafiroff With George Wayne And Sharon Bush

Rosemary Ponzo

Jean Shafiroff And Melissa Lee

Joy Marks

Cassandra Seidenfeld And Dr. Penny Grant

Jean And Martin Shafiroff hosted a Thanksgiving bash for family and friends of the NYC Mission Society.

Guests included, Broadway's Stuart Lane And Bonnie Comley, Flo Anthony; Sharon Bush, Joy Marks, Rosemary Ponzo, George Wayne, The Image Guru Montgomery Frazier, Christopher Pape and many others. What a great event to start the holiday season.


Justin Long

When Taylor Swift, Kate Upton, Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long gathered for a recent Knicks game, Long was caught humming the hit song, “Shake It Off” by none other than T-Swift herself, he told HuffPost Live.

Long: "At one point they were playing that song 'Shake It Off' -- that song, you all know it. It's one of those songs that really gets in your head, really crawls in there."

Long then began humming the tune, forgetting that Swift, who sings the song, was seated right next to him.

Long: "And of course she heard it. And she was like, 'Oh,' and sort of started laughing, and I was so embarrassed."

But Long insists that it wasn't just a ploy to impress New York's newest Global Welcome Ambassador.

Long: "I didn't do it so she would hear me. I wouldn't have done it had I been all that conscious of all that. But she was really sweet about it. She was, like, 'That's the whole point of the album!'"

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Jean Shafiroff

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Humane Awards Luncheon was held recently with Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough, at 42nd Street Cipriani.

Jean Shafiroff was seen wearing a black and pink flowered silk dress by Carolina Herrera.

About the ASPCA

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the Nation's leading voice for animals. Mare than 2 million supporters strong, the ASPCA 's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a nonprofit organization, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty community outreach and animal health services. For more information visit and be sure to follow the ASPCA on facebook, twitter and pinterest.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Taylor Swift

MITCHELL'S GIRLS --- At the moment, the music world is all about the female vocalists and there is none bigger than Taylor Swift; she’s literally everywhere. It's almost like she could do anything but there is one thing that won't be on her list, playing Joni Mitchell.

Swift has admitted having affection for Mitchell's music but Joni doesn't seem to return the feelings. When word broke earlier this year that Swift was up for the role of Mitchell in the adaptation of the book Girls Like Us, Mitchell (Sheila Weller, 2009) quickly quashed the entire project.

The terrific book looks at music through the careers of Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon and plans were to bring it to the big screen. In an article in the London Sunday Times, Mitchell said "I squelched that! I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones'. It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes. There's a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions."

She also said in the interview that she sees herself now as a painter now and not a musician. "Music is over for me, pretty much. I can't sing: I don't want to. I want to paint, and I want to write. I can't tour, I can't travel, I'm sick; I can fly two flights a year. I'm old. You have to know when to give up."

Mitchell released a new four-CD compendium of her music this week, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced.

I'm saddened that Mitchell won't be making any new music but her catalog stands heads-and-tails above almost everything else. A true artist indeed.

THE FLASH --- As we noted Monday, one of the other DC-comics shows adaptations this year has been the CW 11’s The Flash; and, it’s been rather brilliant. From the casting to the writing and the special effects; for a change, it’s all top notch.

The episodes thus far have sort of followed the comic-story line, although this being the CW, it’s been imbued with an almost abnormal amount of youth. The great Jesse L. Martin, from Law & Order, shines as Detective Joe West, and Grant Gustin, late of Glee, shines as The Flash himself (aka Barry Allen). Tom Cavanagh, as the mysterious Harrison Wells, is just stellar.

Each episode so far has ended with a proper tease, or two, of upcoming shows and while it’s an innovative notion, it’s actually worked terrifically well.

Well’s particular accelerator has created several meta-humans (love that term!) and seemingly crippled him to a wheelchair. However, at the close of each episode he rises, walking, and activates an AI-machine called Gideon, which can seemingly predict the future.

Crazy I know, but I am enjoying this as much as anything on TV this season.

LEON DOWN BUT NOT OUT --- Leon Russell's band has had several of their instruments stolen from their bus while they slept just feet away.

The bus was parked in front of the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio Sunday night with the band asleep on the vehicle. A security camera captured the image of a man with graying hair and goatee wearing a San Antonio Spurs jersey picking the lock on the storage compartment on the side of the bus and making off with three guitars and a mandolin.

The equipment was valued at about $3,000 and included a Fender Stratocaster owned by guitarist Beau Charron. He told media that he had been playing the instrument for twenty years and had sentimental value as the first guitar he ever bought.

The show went on Sunday night with borrowed instruments in place of those taken.

Leon is out supporting his most recent, and final, album Life Journey.

CLOSING NOTES --- I woke up today thinking about Turkeys and boy, here’s one for sure: There’s this writer who has just released a book on an American icon, a true titan if you will, and he was approached by an indie-PR guy to do an quick holiday-oriented campaign for the book. Asked for his plan, he proffered a scenario whereby several online outlets would be approached as well as several traditional brick-and-mortar outlets. The writer nixed the plan as he felt his audience wasn't online. Not online … ever hear of cyber seniors? Poor choice. My own father before he passed was on that computer like a jackrabbit on lettuce. Needless to say, he missed a big op. His book last year on another Hollywood-Lothario came and went with a flash too. Too bad, nice guy but blinded by the light ...

Growing up in 1950’s California, young Anson William Heimlich showed very little promise. Clumsy, unsure of himself, and made to feel like a failure by his disappointed artist of a dad, Anson started working odd jobs as a teenager to help support his family. His boss at one of these jobs, an aging janitor named Willie, unexpectedly became a mentor—and the lessons he taught young Anson proved to be invaluable throughout his subsequent career as an actor, director, and entrepreneur.

In Singing to a Bulldog, Anson Williams (as he came to be known) relates both these lessons and the never-before-revealed stories of the many seminal TV series he has worked on and the famous (and not-so-famous) folks he’s encountered during his 40 years in Hollywood, including: being directed by Steven Spielberg in his first dramatic role ; getting kidnapped by Gerald Ford’s daughter at the White House ; being humbled by Sunny, a young volunteer for the Cerebral Palsy National Organization; mentoring Shailene Woodley on the set of The Secret Life of the American Teenager and many more. I loved this one …

 Have a safe Turkey Day... 


Monday, November 24, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Katy Perry

KEATON’S BIRDMAN --- We caught Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman last weekend, but wanted to thoroughly brainstorm what we saw before putting pen to paper. We loved it and can best describe it as an existential treastie on one’s own work; initially very successful, but, now needing a good kick in the butt.

Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, who enjoyed years of success, essaying a comic-book character Birdman; he did three (like he did in Batman) and passed on a fourth installment.

Now, trying a stage adaption of a Raymond Carver play (!), he’s going through the motions with the play; a daughter he never really got to know; an ex-wife that he still has feelings for; and, a girlfriend in the play, who may or may not be pregnant. Conflicting thoughts indeed.

I’ve always loved Keaton’s work, from Night Shift to Batman to great interviews on the Letterman show … and, this is definitely a career highlight for him.

Inarritu’s script is splendid and the camera work consisting of mostly long, uninterrupted sequences is positively mesmerizing. Also, the way he cuts from one-shot to another, often in a two different times, is amazing; one character will talk about appearing on stage later that night and miraculously, he appears onstage continuing his dialogue.

The movie struggle with one’s own thoughts, memories and hopes for the future and is totally captivating. The narrative isn’t new, but the execution is spot-on brilliant.

Not for everyone, but if you loved Lost In Translation, as did I, this is definitely for you. A gem of this quickly ending year.

Adios Constantine? – And just as we were just writing about it: we've learned the freshman season of NBC drama Constantine will consist of just 13 episodes. The cast and crew of the series were informed on Friday night that the series will halt production.

Constantine will remain in its current 10:00 PM ET Friday time slot for the remainder of its run.

While the network recently made a similar decision on freshmen comedy series Bad Judge and A to Z, I hear the circumstances are different. While Bad Judge and A to Z had been de facto canceled, Constantine remains in strong contention for a second-season renewal.

The show, based on the DC-comic revolves around demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine. Constantine figured there was no longer any point in fighting the good fight since his soul belongs to the netherworld, but when demons target the daughter of one of his closest friends, Liv, he reluctantly rejoins the battle.

It turns out that Liv has second sight, an ability to see other worlds and predict supernatural occurrences, a power that makes her a threat to the new evil rising from the shadows. She and Constantine take their combined skills on the road, traveling the country to find demons and send them back to hell.

The network had to make a decision whether to keep Constantine in continuous production with little ratings information. While the series began production on a standard fall premiere production schedule, its launch was delayed until late- October when NBC’s Friday genre block usually debuts, so the network had to make a quick call whether to order additional episodes after only four episodes had aired vs. at least seven.

Constantine had not been a breakout hit the way fellow NBC Friday genre drama Grimm was in its debut. But NBC brass were probably encouraged by the freshman’s +38% week-to-week ratings jump for Episode 5 this past Friday, the show’s highest mark since the series debut, and by its best retention of the Grimm lead-in, also since the series debut.

Additionally, Constantine had a strong fan base because of its comic origins and has seen big DVR lifts, most recently rising +81% for Episode 4, regarded by fans as a possible creative turning point in the series.

NBC has been supportive of the show, running a marathon of episodes on cable sibling Syfy this weekend and slating Constantine cast members to appear on the network’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade next week.

It is not clear what NBC will air in the Friday 10 PM time period after Constantine’s run is over, though previous slot occupant Hannibal, which has been renewed for a third season, is considered a strong possibility.

Constantine was one of three DC-themed new dramas this fall. The other two,Gotham on Fox and The Flash on the CW, both earning full-season orders.

CLOSING NOTES --- Katy Perry will headline the Super Bowl halftime show in February. Excellent choice …

Looking forward to seeing my friend, horn-man David Sanborn tomorrow night at the Blue Note in NYC …

Paul Simon’s song “America” being used in the new Amex-Small Business Saturday commercials just re-affirms what a great, great track it always has been. Great to hear every time …

Don't know what to make of last night's American Music Awards other than it's good to be young. I think Garth Brooks (and producer Larry Klein) were the oldest-performers there. And, One Direction, named band of the year? I don't think so ...



The Heart Of Robin Hood

David Mirvish and National Artists Management Company are pleased to present the Broadway premiere of The Heart of Robin Hood, written by David Farr, featuring original music performed on-stage by Parsonsfield and directed by acclaimed Icelandic theatrical artist Gísli Örn Gardarsson. The production will open on Broadway on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway). Previews begin on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The production will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Tickets for The Heart of Robin Hood will be available exclusively to Audience Rewards members, on pre-sale Monday, December 1 through Sunday, December 7. Audience Rewards, the Official Rewards Program of Broadway and the Arts®, aims to reward their members for supporting live theatre in NYC and across the country. To become a member, visit

Tickets will be available to the general public on Monday, December 8 at

The Heart of Robin Hood comes to Broadway following productions in Winnipeg (November 11-December 6, 2014 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and Toronto (December 23, 2014-March 1, 2015 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre).

Every legendary hero has to start somewhere. In The Heart of Robin Hood, playwright David Farr presents a wildly imaginative, theatrically dazzling new spin on the familiar fable.

Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In this reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it’s never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. But when wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty attended Seraphine NYC Store Launch Party in New York City the other evening.

Thursday, November 20, 2014



Photos By: James Edstrom

Rita Cosby

Dionne Warwick With Rita Cosby

Kimberly Guilfoyle With Andrea Tantaros, Ainsley Earhardt, Robert Davi And Rita Cosby

John And Margo Catsimatidis With Geraldo Rivera

Paul Sorvino With Rita Cosby And Robert Davi

Eduardo Verastegui With David Henrie

Pauline Youngblood With Rita Cosby And Jason Toth

Jean Shafiroff With Tomaczek Bednarek And John Catsimatidis

Tomaczek Bednarek

Robert Davi Sings Sinatra

Dionne Warwick With Granddaughter Cheyenne Elliott

Geraldo Rivera

Dominic Chianese

Rita Cosby With Ernie Anastos

Joycelyn Engle With Larry Romano

The Cake Boss Patriotic Birthday Cake

Rita Cosby With James Edstrom

Famed Attorney John McHugh With Davikha Bridgemohan

Rita Cosby With Ian Miller And Tomaczek Bednarek

Ambassador Shavendra Silva With Rita Cosby And Dr. Wije Kottahachchi

Rita Cosby With General Loree Sutton

Amy Freeze With Rita Cosby

Rita Cosby With Tomaczek Bednarek

Laura Ingle With Rita Cosby

Rita Cosby And Ali Velshi

Blessing Offor With Rita Cosby

Rita Cosby With Carmen Marc Valvo

Julianne Michelle

Cheryl Casone With Heather Childers

Sukanya Krishnan WPIX News

An unforgettable evening at the Edison Ballroom Monday night where top stars from every walk of life came out to honor acclaimed TV and Radio Host Rita Cosby for her 50th Birthday.

Legendary songbird Dionne Warwick started the night with a beautiful duet with her granddaughter and rising starlet Cheyenne Elliott, and then sang “Happy Birthday” to Rita Cosby, the first of many inspiring accolades that night.

The star-studded line-up included emcee Geraldo Rivera, Actors Robert Davi (who gave an amazing performance singing Sinatra songs) and Sopranos star Dominic Chianese, singer Blessing Offor from “The Voice” and award-winning singer Tomaczek Bednarek, who got the packed ballroom of one thousand people passionately cheering “USA, USA!”

Actor David Henrie and Actor, Producer and Philanthropist Eduardo Verastegui gave a great sneak peak of their new upcoming film “Little Boy,” about a young boy hoping his father will return safely from WWII.

Cosby wore a stunning and elegant Carmen Marc Valvo gown, and spoke about her POW father Richard Cosby, who was rescued by US troops in 1945.

Event sponsors included the presenting sponsor The John and Margo Catsimatidis Foundation, also ReWalk, Morgan Stanley, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, P.A.V.A., and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, which had a fabulous booth showcasing its glamorous products on the mezzanine.

The all-star event committee included Donald Trump, Michael Bolton, Vince McMahon, Susan Sarandon, Tony Orlando, Gary Sinese, Natalie Morales,Julianne Michelle and Medal of Honor Recipient Jack Jacobs. The evening ended with the A-list crowd of stars and wounded warriors singing happy birthday to the Emmy-Winning journalist with an enormous patriotic cake by none other than the Cake Boss. To help the wounded warriors, go to

Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Adam Lambert

GAY ADAM --- Is Adam Lambert throwing shade on Nick Jonas and Harry Styles?

The American Idol and Queen-star tweeted this week: “Anyone find it interesting how straight male pop stars are pandering to gay audiences lately!?"

It's not lost on Lambert that some supposedly straight male pop stars are aggressively courting gay male fans.

He's not naming names but it seems clear he's got to be talking about Nick Jonas who has flashed his abs at gay clubs or One Direction's Harry Styles who seemed to hint in a recent interview that he might be bisexual.

Lambert asked his Twitter followers: 'Should we be flattered? Progress or strategy?'

He follows up by insisting he's not throwing shade at anyone but says he just wants to hear music and not be teased about whether someone is gay or bisexual or straight.

'Who cares?' he tweets. And, know what? He’s right.

BLUNT’S BACK --- Atlantic recording artist James Blunt has announced details of his much-anticipated new EP. Smoke Signals arrives on the iTunes Store and at all DSPs on Monday, December 15th.

Smoke Signals EP – which includes five brand new tracks featured on Blunt’s internationally released Moon Landing: Apollo Edition and never before available in the United States – is available for pre-sale beginning today, with all pre-orders receiving an instant download of the EP’s electrifying single, “When I Find Love Again.” The track’s companion video is streaming now at Blunt’s official YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, Blunt continues to travel the globe on his epic Moon Landing international tour, with stops slated through 2015 in such outposts as Spain, Portugal, Ireland, England, Austria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Réunion Island, Dubai, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, and Chile.

Blunt’s fourth studio collection, Moon Landing is the multiple Grammy Award-nominee’s most personal and inspired collection thus far, executive produced by his Back To Bedlam collaborator, Tom Rothrock (Beck, Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters), with further production by Ryan Tedder (Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake) and Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, KT Tunstall).

The album rocketed into the upper reaches of charts all over the world upon its release last year, including top 2 debuts in Germany, Australia, the U. K. and Canada, as well as a #1 chart arrival in Switzerland and top 5 entries in Ireland and New Zealand. 

The newly-married Blunt first captured the world’s attention in 2005 with his 2x RIAA platinum-certified debut, Back To Bedlam and its history-making #1 classic single, “You’re Beautiful,” which even the artist himself said later, hearing so much, even made him ill!

The British tunesmith has since become one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the modern era, earning staggering global sales of nearly 17 million albums and 20 million singles while repeatedly touring to sold-out audiences the world over.

DEPP FALLS --- Johnny Depp's appearance on last Friday's Hollywood Film Awards, is the latest example of when one should say no, but who would say no to Depp? He's probably employs a small army of handlers, so who's going to rock the boat first. It was terrifically embarrassing, but as long as he sells tickets, no won't be heard. Sad.

CLOSING NOTES – The fall finale of NBC’s The Blacklist was the best episode of their fall season so far; in fact, it even harked back to its brilliant first season.

Alan Alda reprised his role of bad-boy congressman Alan Fitch and was suitably dealt a scene-stealing ending. Entitled The Decembrist, it was fantastic and even ended the story of Berlin; essayed by the brilliant Peter Stormare …

Where there’s smoke … there’s fire. Don't know what to make of the recent Bill Cosby allegations. I mean, if you have Janice Dickinson dissing you; that can't be good …

A new Peanuts 3D movie next year? Why are they promoting it now? Because it looks great! The first Peanuts film in 35 years, Charles Schulz's son Craig and his son Bryan are producing and writing the new movie, so there's every reason to believe they'll be able to capture the spirit of what made the original cartoon such an enduring classic.

The Peanuts Movie is set to hit theaters on November 6th, 2015. Here’s the trailer.

SIGHTINGS: Comedian Gilbert Gottfried interviewing Micky Dolenz at the Frair’s Club in NYC …



Donnie Kehr

Donnie Kehr’s Rockers On Broadway (their 21st annual event) delivered another knockout show Monday night, at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village, this year celebrating Teen Idols. “Everyone had one” says Kehr, as they hosted a terrific ensemble of acts, and honored Micky Dolenz and Frankie Valli with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Radio-personality Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie) was also honored with the Ambassador of Rock award.

Courtney Reed (Jasmine in Aladdin; Carla from In The Heights) began the proceedings with a blazing version of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” that clearly set the right tone for the evening.

Jarrod Spector - the second actor to play Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys - wowed the packed house with a medley of "Grease," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and"Beggin'."