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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SUPER MODEL SUPER OVERWEIGHT KIM KARDASHIAN

Kim Kardashian



Overweight Kim Kardashian was seen leaving LAX airport after arriving from a flight from Brazil today in Los Angeles, California. Not that we are models here at Times Square Gossip, but we do not get paid that kind of money, and we just do not understand why anyone is interested in the Kardashians, but hey we post them to appease the masses.



Monday, May 04, 2015

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ERIC CLAPTON REAFFIRMATION

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G.H. Harding
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John Mayer




“SLOWHAND” AT MSG --- It was billed as the 70th Birthday Celebration for Eric Clapton - who actually turned 70 last month, but it was more a reaffirmation of Clapton as one of rock’s premier guitarists ever. I have seen Clapton a half-dozen times since the ’70s, and have usually found that even a lower-than-average show from him is still a damn good show. I hadn't seen him for nearly a decade when I saw him play 8 years back at Citi Field with Elton John. Clapton was great, but John was even better. The two came out and did four songs together, which I felt were the best moments. I knew at the time that this was a show that was going to be hard to beat.



The fellow sitting next to me was at the first “Birthday” show on Friday night, and said it was great. That’s the thing about Clapton fans . . . they're committed, brutally honest, and will go to see more than one show at a time during a run.



Of late, Clapton has toured with one of his best bands ever: Nathan East on bass; Steve Gadd on drums; and pianist Chris Stainton, who remains, without a doubt, the band’s secret weapon and has been with Clapton for over 40 years (!).



With the reports from Friday’s performance described as mostly stunning, the set list this night stayed fairly the same throughout the evening. A totally re-worked “I Shot the Sheriff” was downright astounding, with a captivating solo that showed Clapton playing better than ever. The Blind Faith chestnut “Can’t Find My Way Home” with East on vocals was also a remarkable gift to hear after all these years!



Keyboard wizard Paul Carrack (Ace) sang a terrific version of the song made most famous by the late English soul singer Joe Cocker, “You Are So Beautiful,” with Eric on an especially wailing (or was it a gently weeping?) guitar solo. The passionate performance of this gem washed over the sold-out audience like a luscious waterfall of sound.



Guest performer John Mayer dazzled on Clapton’s “Pretending,” and Jimmie Vaughan—one-time lead guitarist of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and brother of the late great Stevie Ray—was absolutely amazing on “Before You Accuse Me.” Truth be told, I was never a huge fan of the Vaughan brothers per se though I respected their musicianship. At this show, however, Jimmie took everyone far past the music and high into the “strat”-osphere (as in “Stratocaster”).



Doyle Bramhall and Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers) came on for a rendition of “Let It Rain,” from Clapton’s debut solo album in August 1970. Honestly, it felt a bit thin to me. I loved the recorded song, produced by Delaney Bramlett at that time—but it didn't make it for me at this show that night.



The encore was a stirring version of “High Time We Went,” written by Joe Cocker and Stainton back in 1972. It’s a great song about the potential perils of being out late; something all of us could relate to back then. All the guests took solos, and it was a real high point of the evening.



With reports of Clapton slowing down his touring schedule, this could be the last time I see him. But if it is the last Clapton show I see live, then this was a perfectly rewarding way to preserve my memory of this giant in the history of rock and blues guitar performance.



Fully Assembled ---Avengers: Age of Ultron dominated the global box office this weekend, picking up an estimated $187 million in domestic sales alone. $168 million in foreign ticket sales. 



The comic book adventure’s worldwide take now tops off at $626.7 million after 12 days in theaters. The movie opened last week in select key international territories, in advance of its domestic debut on May 1.



Among the assorted records it has torched so far, the film has posted the biggest opening weekend of all time in Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Ecuador. Last weekend, the picture also scored the highest global haul for an Imax release, with $25 million in receipts.



Avengers: Age of Ultron has now opened in 71% of the global marketplace, but several key territories remain.



The success of this Avengers reunion film, along with the Kenneth Branagh-directed live-action Cinderella, has now pushed Disney past the $1 billion mark internationally.



Meanwhile, the movie I really want to see this summer (and also from Disney) is Tomorrowland (George Clooney), which is set to stage a terrific debut this coming Saturday in L. A. We'll see . . .



Creedence Re-visited --- John Fogerty, on Letterman last week, performed back-to-back CCR faves “Travelin’ Band,” “Proud Mary,” and “Fortunate Son” . . . and was spot-on excellent! With a band that now features his son on guitar (not unlike what Eddie Van Halen has set up with his son, Wolfie, on bass in the VH lineup) and also the powerful Kenny Aronoff on drums. It was a killer performance. Fogerty has a memoir coming out in the fall titled Fortunate Son (Little, Brown and Co.), and it should be quite the read. One of the all-time great rock ’n roll originals, for sure.



CLOSING NOTES --- Speaking of Letterman, these last few weeks of his Late Night—with guests like Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, and Michael Keaton—have been totally excellent. One night had John Mayer performing “American Pie” with Paul Shaffer and the Late Night band . . . and it was stellar. His show with Keaton last week was one of the best installments I have ever seen. More on him next week, but I'm going to miss him and the show big time . . . if you feel the same, then tune in to CBS this evening at 9:30pm for David Letterman: A Life on Television, hosted by Ray Romano (whose still-popular-in-reruns sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, came to exist through Letterman’s own TV and film production company, Worldwide Pants).



Screening of Jack Black and James Marden’s The D Train this week; Micky Dolenz will be there along with the cast . . .



RIP: Grace Lee Whiteny (Yeoman Janice Rand) from Star Trek.


Monday, April 27, 2015

BRUCE JENNER SPEAKS AND THE MONKEE'S IN ONTARIO

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: by G. H. HARDING
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Bruce Jenner




BRUCE JENNER SPEAKS --- Fourteen million people watched, and here’s what I saw:

First, it was one of the most courageous things I’ve ever witnessed on broadcast TV. Second, I always liked Jenner and he certainly came across as confident that he was finally making the right decision after years of anguish, And third: of all those bleeding Kardashians, Kim apparently was the first one to step up and support him . . . with Kanye, of all people.

One journalist immediately termed it: “Bruce Jenner’s Coming Out Is the Millennial Moon Landing.”

I thought Diane Sawyer did a fine job, although perhaps Anderson Cooper or Ann Curry (yes, she's still positioned with NBC Universal) would have been interesting choices as well.

While Bruce kept saying it was a mostly private and personal choice, I just didn’t get why yet another reality show about his impending gender transition is necessary. Two days later, I still don't get it.

Micky Dolenz




2 MONKEES IN ONTARIO --- Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork kicked off a series of shows in Ontario this weekend, and here’s what our reporter Tyrone Biljan had to say:

“I’ve always viewed The Monkees as a diamond. A diamond in the rough, perhaps. What I mean is that you can look at it from any angle and see within many different things. It’s multi layered.

“The two shows outside of Toronto was a spotlight of the blues from their extensive catalog for these two sold-out shows.

“The Monkees’ band (Yes! They really are a band!) has had many configurations over almost 50 years. But while both Dolenz and the late Davy Jones put out a Monkees album called Changes in 1970, this is the first Monkees tour to feature Tork & Dolenz together as a two-some. (After a rare and very welcome return to Monkees concert tours over the past two years by Mike Nesmith, it seems that “Papa Nez” has decided to opt out of touring this time around.)

“Highlights of the night, of which there were many, included the return of an acoustic-seated set that included a bluesy ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ with Peter on lead and Dolenz on guitar and harmony vocals. Tork has maintained a very spirited devotion to blues music these past years with his own group Shoe Suede Blues, and this down ‘n dirty version of “Clarksville” was first recorded and released in 2007 as part of the Shoe Suede Blues album, Cambria Hotel.

“There was also Dolenz singing what he calls his ‘Layla,’ the Gerry Goffin- and Carole King-written ‘Sometime in the Morning,’ which sounded amazing. Just as Tork’s performance of ’Clarksville’ at the show came from his own 2007 SSB version, Micky’s version of ‘Sometime in the Morning’ was informed by his own fantastic recording of the song on his own 2010 album devoted to the songs of Carole King—and called, aptly enough, King for a Day.

“The duo also brought forth a classic and seldom-performed live version of Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce’s ballad “I’ll Spend My Life With You.” Being that The Monkees recorded a version of this song back in ’66 with the great L.A. session musicians known collectively as “The Wrecking Crew,” only to then go on and re-record the song when they were playing all the instruments themselves on the 1967 album, Headquarters, means it can now be said without a doubt that this song stands as testimony to what Micky and Peter in particular have said all along—that they began as actors playing a band on TV, but quickly became a real band that made their mark both in concerts and on records.

“The solo set backed by the Monkees’ band included Micky’s sister Coco Dolenz, as well as seasoned musicians from various Monkees tours. They played a very bluesy rendition of The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar,” which Dolenz mentioned can be found on his most recently-released solo album Remember. (For those who know that it was the choice by Monkees’ original music producer, the late Don Kirschner, to have The Monkees record a single of “Sugar, Sugar” that got him fired by the band, Micky’s performance of the song was the ironic cherry on top of this song’s performance that night.) Peter also played 'Even White Boys Get the Blues,' and both songs got a very positive reaction from the audience.

“The video presentation, by tour producer and Rhino Records visionary Andrew Sandoval, was set with many rare images. My favorite of the night had to be a very early ‘70s photo with bearded and shoulder length hair Tork on stage playing guitar, with Coco singing in the middle and Micky strumming guitar with his curly hair and mutton-chop sideburns. There were also video clips from the original Monkees TV show that included songs by Nesmith and the dearly-departed 'Manchester Cowboy' himself, Davy Jones.

“A final highlight of the show was the duo singing and exchanging verses on Davy’s signature Number-One worldwide hit, 'Daydream Believer.' After seeing this concert, and taking into consideration all the many countless dozens of live shows that The Monkees have given to the public now for nearly the past forty years, it would seem sheer lunacy to me—and I’m sure to many others all over the globe—to suggest that The Monkees are not entirely deserving of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame induction that continually eludes them. For this reporter, the absence of The Monkees from the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame truly signifies a crucial ‘missing link’ in the evolution of this organization. But the ongoing snub didn’t seem to mind Peter or Micky that night or any other night. To paraphrase the lyrics from The Monkees’ own TV show, ‘We’re’ too busy singin’ to put anybody down.’ At these new Monkees shows in Canada, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork did themselves and their other two bandmates proud. Well done, gentlemen, well done.”

MOVIE DOWNLOW – I really was looking forward to watching two movies that had somehow escaped my view late last year: Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar, and J. C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year.

Nolan has seemingly been anointed as the director to watch. Whenever I see one of his Batman movies on TV, I simply cannot turn away. And his other films, Inception and Insomnia (featuring one of the best “serious” roles in the entirety of the late great Robin Williams’ acting career) and the first film, Memento, are among my favorites.

Interstellar (with a strong cast of Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Oscar-nominated Best Actress Jessica Chastain, no less) made less and less sense as it went on. It was totally impossible to understand. I was crushed. I watched the almost three-and-a-half hour opus, hoping that it would regain some momentum. It did not.

It wasn’t a big hit when it was first released and, though McConaughey is good . . . it just made no sense. I wonder if it made sense to the actors at all, or if they were just content to leave themselves in the director’s usually-capable hands. A mystery, for sure.

J. C. Chandor is the director who first gained fame with a terrific little movie called Margin Call, followed by his work on the stunning Robert Redford movie, All Is Lost. This new one, with Oscar Isaac who was terrific and the ever-busy and “also in Interstellar” Jessica Chastian, was simmering . . . and stayed that way for the duration of the movie. The gist of the movie was to show just how hard the oil business is. What?!

The ending was a conversation that ended with a question. In light of the film’s title, there was in fact very little violence, but plenty of simmering emotion. Again, I felt cheated. In my opinion, anyone who wants to see a remarkably entertaining motion picture over the past year that actually had a profound message at its core should go right away and check out Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Whatever these folks are doing with this fairly new re-boot of the classic Arthur P. Jacobs film series is working.

My new movie wish-list, meanwhile: the new Mad Max; Tomorrowland with George Clooney and, at long last Entourage, the movie—a.k.a., The Ride Ain’t Over. Yikes, what a title!

CLOSING NOTES --- Gloria Reuben's last NYC show is this Thursday night at The Metropolitan Room. Don't miss this one . . .

Hot podcast The SDR Show—hosted by metal DJ Ralph Sutton and comedian Big Jay Oakerson—will be celebrating their one-year anniversary at a special live recording party at The Museum of Sex’s Play Bar and Den tonight at 6pm, featuring a live performance by the Shift and appearances by comedian Aaron Berg and Savanna the Psychic Stripper.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been a year! We’ve hit so many milestones, between Shiprocked and Motorhead cruises, hitting number one in iTunes Comedy, signing with “All Things Comedy” and all of the amazing guests we’ve had, it’s truly been insane,” says Sutton. “And this special show recorded in front of a live audience with live music, a psychic stripper, and a few past guests all streaming live at The Museum of Sex seemed like a great way to round out the year. I can't wait to see what kind of craziness happens next!”

Furious 7 - the hugely popular sequel crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office, becoming only the third film to pull off that track. It’s in some pretty good company in that regard, joining both of James Cameron’s films Avatar and Titanic. With a global haul of $1.3 billion, Furious 7 is now the fifth highest-grossing film in history.

Furious 7, which is the last film in the series to feature actor Paul Walker, is also now the highest-grossing film in China. Its $323 million gross in the People’s Republic exceeds Transformers: Age of Extinction’s record-breaking $319 million bounty.

Domestically, Furious 7 became the first film since The Hunger Games in 2012 to top box office charts for four weeks in a row, picking up a leading $18.3 million and driving its Stateside total to $320 million.

And to think that the biggest car-related moneymaker in Hollywood way back in 1968 was Disney’s live-action comedy, The Love Bug . . .

New bookings at Steve Walter's Cutting Room include David Lindley and David Duchovny .... now, that's booking!



Thursday, April 09, 2015

PROUD MOM HILARY DUFF TALKS SON LUCA TO E! NEWS

Hilary Duff



It's no secret that Hilary Duff's son Luca is too cute for words—as evidenced by the plethora of pics on the proud mama's Instagram.


The actress' only child, whose father is Duff's estranged husband Mike Comrie, turned three years old last month and he's getting bigger by the day!


So, does the blond beauty hope to give her son a sibling in the future? E! News caught up with the former child star, who is currently promoting her TV series Younger as well as her new single "Sparks," to get the scoop on the possibility of baby no. 2 in addition to the mother of one's thoughts on her toddler entering showbiz.


"I can't even put into words exactly what he's done to me," the doting mama gushed of her son. "He's captured my whole heart and having children is such an amazing experience. I love him so much; I'm so obsessed with him.


"I definitely want to do it again," she continued, confirming that she hopes to have more children in the future. "But right now, it's time for me to focus on work and the things I love to do outside of him and find what that balance looks like."


Duff filed for divorce from the retired NHL star in February, just over a year after it was revealed that they had separated. Since their split, the friendly exes have been successfully co-parenting their son, even reuniting last month to throw the adorable tot a third birthday party.


"My baby pictures look so much like, Luca, it's crazy. He's definitely a hybrid. I think as he gets older, he's looking more and more like his dad, but then some days when I wake up, I'm like ‘you look exactly like me when I was little,'" she shared of her little one. "So all of our baby photos are pretty similar and it's awesome—it's so great to see yourself in your kid. And to see, you know, Mike in him too, he's definitely a little hybrid."


While Duff is hopeful about the possibility of baby no. 2, the former Disney star is currently enjoying focusing on her career.


Instagram: "Obviously I want to go through all of that [having kids] all over again. The baby phase was so fun," she said. "I honestly have not had a bad time with him, he's such an easy kid, but yes, I have not sat down for like three years. He's full of it."


Press play to hear Hilary's thoughts on Luca entering showbiz! 






Sunday, April 05, 2015

NYC MISSION SOCIETY RAISES SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND

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Champions For Children Gala

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Jean Shafiroff



Bill Ritter



Sharon Bush



Shannon Hale With Flo Anthony And Dr Penny Grant



Joshua Morgan And Jumaane Williams



Jean And Martin Shafiroff



Barbara Kierson And Frances Kerson



Jean Shafiroff And Mayor David Dinkins



Joy Marks
New York, N.Y. – The NYC Mission Society raised nearly $600,000 at its annual Champions for Children gala on April 1st. The benefit supported the Mission Society’s programs and services that help youth and families in our city’s most under-served communities to break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. “Our mission is clear: keep fighting for those in need. For more than two centuries the NYC Mission Society has been on the front-lines of the war on poverty,” explains Elsie McCabe Thompson, President of the NYC Mission Society. “This year, we held our benefit on a day known for practical jokes so we can trumpet our message that fighting poverty is no laughing matter. Too many children and families in our city and country are in desperate need of help to overcome poverty. We at the NYC Mission Society take this need seriously, and vow to continue leading the fight to create new opportunities and improve lives.”



This year, the NYC Mission Society honored two Champions for Children: Colbert Narcisse, Managing Director and Global Head of Alternative Investments, Morgan Stanley; and, Hollis Russell, Partner, Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, LLP.



"We were thrilled to honor these two extraordinary individuals whose philanthropic efforts have made a significant impact on the lives of so many," said gala Chair Jean Shafiroff. "We are deeply indebted to all those who have given countless hours and endless energy to planning this gala, because in the end, we all recognize the need for more people to step forward to combat poverty.”


Rosemary Ponzo



Allison Ecung
The gala was held at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle, starting with cocktails at 6:00 PM followed by the awards ceremony and dinner at 7:00 PM. This year's Master of Ceremonies was Bill Ritter, anchor at WABC-TV and 20/20 correspondent. The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, an ensemble of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, provided the entertainment. Grammy Award-winner Arturo O'Farrill, founder of ALJA, attended the gala. Gala committee co-chairs included Peggy and John Bader, Carolyn and Lloyd W. Brown, II, and John U. Moorhead. Honorary gala chairs were Stanley H. Rumbough and Fiona and Stan Druckenmiller. Brooke Laing, co-founder of the NYC Mission Society's Junior Society, was this year's auction chair. Members of the benefit committee included: Flo Anthony, Sharon Bush, Suzette Charles, Penny Grant, Shannon Hales, Ambassador Mary Ourisman & Mandell Ourisman and Christine Schott & George Ledes. The corporate chair was Barclays.


Ruben Diaz Jr With Bill Thompson



Gala attendees included: former Mayor David Dinkins, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams, David Banks, Erik Bottcher, Geoffrey Bradfield, Valentino Carlotti, Natasha Das, former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, Joseph Fichera, Priscila Hall, Brooke Laing, Gregory Mays, Scott Nammacher, Amelia Ogunlisi, James Peterson, Cole Rumbough, Derek Steinhiser, Elinor Tatum, Sheena Wright, B. Michael, Marc Anthony, and Victor De Souza.



About New York City Mission Society



The NYC Mission Society has been on the front-lines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, restorative justice, cultural enrichment, and workforce development programs make a positive, long-term impact on youth in the City’s most unde-rserved communities by promoting academic achievement, combating violence, and providing career opportunities. Each year, we serve more than 13,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. Learn more at http://www.nycmissionsociety.org.


Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW YORK CITY MISSION SOCIETY'S ANNUAL 2015 GALA

Jean Shafiroff



The New York City Mission Society will hold its annual Champions for Children gala on April 1st. The benefit will support the Mission Society’s programs and services that help youth and families from in our city’s most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success.



“Our mission is clear: keep fighting for those in need. For more than two centuries the NYC Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty,” explains Elsie McCabe Thompson, President of the NYC Mission Society. “This year, we are holding our benefit on a day known for practical jokes so we can trumpet our message that fighting poverty is no laughing matter. Too many children and families in our city and country are in desperate need of help to overcome poverty. We at the NYC Mission Society take this need seriously, and vow to continue leading the fight to create new opportunities and improve lives.”



This year, the NYC Mission Society will honor two Champions for Children: Colbert Narcisse, Managing Director and Global Head of Alternative Investments, Morgan Stanley; and, Hollis Russell, Partner, Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, LLP.



"We're thrilled to be honoring these two extraordinary individuals whose philanthropic efforts have made a significant impact on the lives of so many," said Gala Chair Jean Shafiroff. "We are deeply indebted to all those who have given countless hours and endless energy to planning this gala, because in the end, we all recognize the need for more people to step forward to combat poverty.”



The gala will be held at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle, starting with cocktails at 6:00 PM followed by the awards ceremony and dinner at 7:00 PM. This year's Master of Ceremonies will be Bill Ritter, anchor at WABC-TV and 20/20 correspondent. The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, members of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance's pre-professional youth orchestra, will provide the entertainment.



Gala committee co-chairs include Peggy and John Bader, Carolyn and Lloyd W. Brown, II, and John U. Moorhead. Honorary gala chairs are Stanley H. Rumbough and Fiona and Stan Druckenmiller. Brooke Laing, co-founder of the NYC Mission Society's Junior Society, is this year's auction chair. Members of the benefit committee include: Flo Anthony, Sharon Bush, Suzette Charles, Penny Grant, Shannon Hales, Ambassador Mary Ourisman & Mandell Ourisman and Christine Schott & George Ledes. The corporate chair is Barclays.




Please visit their Charity Buzz Auction: https://www.charitybuzz.com/support/NYCMissionSociety




About New York City Mission Society



The NYC Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, restorative justice, cultural enrichment, and workforce development programs make a positive, long-term impact on youth in the City’s most underserved communities by promoting academic achievement, combating violence, and providing career opportunities. Each year, we serve more than 13,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. Learn more at www.nycmissionsociety.org.




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

STARS COME OUT FOR CNN HEROES TRIBUTE IN NYC

Kathy Griffin



Rosie Perez



John Walsh



Anderson Cooper



John Leguizamo



Eduardo Verastegui



Tyler James Williams



Sheryl Crow



The stars were snapped at the eighth-annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City yesterday,


Sunday, November 16, 2014

FANS WISH CULTURE CLUBS BOY GEORGE 'GET WELL'

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Boy George



CLUB CANCELED --- Culture Club have canceled their upcoming U. S. and U .K. tour dates after a polyp was discovered in Boy George's throat. A doctor has ordered the frontman to refrain from singing as he may need to undergo an operation.



Ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase, but the group hopes to reschedule the concerts for next year. In a statement on their web site, the band wished George a speedy recovery and said, "To our fans, we wish to thank you for your loyalty and know that we love you all."



Culture Club was scheduled to spend much of November and December on the road as they prepped for the release of their new album, Tribes, which arrives in early 2015 via the band's own Different Man Music label.



Last week, Culture Club released the album's first single, "More Than Silence," which they also performed recently on The View. The LP is available for pre-order on the band's PledgeMusic page.



In an interview in March, Boy George — who just released his first solo LP, This is What I Do, since 1995 — said the band had tried writing together a few years ago, but admitted that at the time, "my mojo wasn't quite in rhythm."



But the band regrouped and Culture Club announced their first album of new material in 15 years this May, saying they were working with producer Youth, the bassist and co-founder of Killing Joke and producer for acts like the Verve, the Cult and Primal Scream.



They were set for NYC’s Beacon Theatre later this month.

David Bowie




BOWIE SUES --- David Bowie's "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" has been given a glaring nourish new video directed by Tom Hingston and Jimmy King. Filmed in London and New York, the clip features the song's bizarre lyrics, as well as footage of Bowie and the Maria Schneider Orchestra recording the track in the studio, superimposed atop shots of a dark, smoke-filled city. When I first saw it, it immediately reminded me of the labyrinth passages of the late-great NYC dance club mecca, The Tunnel.



Over a jazzy, jumpy track cut with bustling percussion and horns that warble and wail, Bowie bellows the tale of a husband and wife whose mundane life deteriorates amidst distrust.



As the song builds, the video grows even more chaotic and creepy, with numerous shots featuring the silhouette of a figure simply standing in this fallen world.



After a succession of lights pierce through a window, Bowie hits the song's climax and conjures a scene that would make even Raymond Chandler proud: "Sue, I've pushed you down beneath the weeds / Hopeless fate in hopeless deeds."



"Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" is one of two new tracks Bowie will release both as a digital single and a 10-inch vinyl, first in the U .K. on November 17th, then as a "Black Friday" Record Store Day release in the U. S. on November 28th.



The other song, "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore" premiered on BBC Radio 6 earlier this week and was inspired by Vorticism, an art and poetry movement that took place in the U. K. around the First World War.



Style-wise, I can't really say that either of these tracks were expected from the artist. But, considering who the artist is, anything’s possible.



One of my all-time favorite Bowie tracks, is the drama-imbued “Wild Is The Wind” - a song written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington, which was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind. So, go figure!



"Sue" will also appear on Nothing Has Changed, a new box set that presents songs from throughout Bowie's career in reverse chronological order. Nothing Has Changed arrives on November 18th, and also contains two songs from Bowie's unreleased 2001 album, Toy.



Face it: the only thing you can expect from Bowie … is the unexpected.

Julie Taymor



LION'S ROAR --- Disney's The Lion King, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, celebrated its 17th anniversary on last night at the Minskoff Theatre.



The hit musical is the first show in Broadway history to pass $1 billion in cumulative gross, a threshold also crossed by the North American tour and, most recently, the Hamburg Lion King production.



Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 75 million people. Having played 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King's worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box-office history.



The New York cast is currently led by Gareth Saxe as Scar; Alton Fitzgerald White as Mufasa; Nteliseng Nkhela as Rafiki; Jeffrey Kuhn as Zazu; Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa; Fred Berman as Timon; Aaron Nelson as Simba; and, Chantel Riley as Nala.



The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from Rhythm of the Pride Lands, an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mancina and Zimmer.



Directed by Taymor — who became the first woman to ever receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical — The Lion King has become an international hit with productions playing all around the globe. In fact, the Elton John-Tim Rice musical has won over 30 major awards.



Those include six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical; eight Drama Desk Awards; six Outer Critics Circle Awards; two Sir Laurence Oliviers; the Evening Standard Award for Best Theatrical Event; and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.



I was there at opening night; second row, center, and I've never forgotten that moment. I had never seen anything like that ... and, may never again. Quite a ride for sure. Congrats!

Bette Midler




CLOSING NOTES - In a recent interview award-winning actress and entertainer Bette Midler responded to questions about a sequel to the Disney Halloween comedy Hocus Pocus, which has amassed a strong fan base since its premiere 20 years ago, telling fans to petition Disney for a second film.



Midler told fans that the fate of a sequel was in the hands of the Walt Disney Company, adding that her co-stars, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimi, were willing to return to the roles of the mischievous Sanderson sisters.



"You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company. The ball's in their court," said Midler, who portrayed Winnifred Sanderson.



"Inundate the Disney company," she added, "because I have canvassed the girls and they are wiling to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a Hocus Pocus 2, ask the Walt Disney company. You have been SO adorable. This has been most enlightening. SISTAHS!"...



Author Kelly Crigger sums up his hit book Curmudgeonism by explaining the brilliant Curmudgeon Zone, which Crigger also describes as the “WTF zone - when you realize everyone is full of crap and you question everything you thought you knew about life. Ginsu knives get dull, a Dyson loses suction, and no pill in the world can keep your erection up for more than a few minutes," he says. “As you start to realize that there are very few genuine people out there and you begin to act accordingly, you're becoming a curmudgeon.” Curmudgeonism: The Surly Man’s Guide to Midlife (Graybeard Publishing) is available on Amazon.



All of the status speculation on guitarist Richie Sambora and Bon Jovi has finally been put to rest:


Bon Jovi said Wednesday night, "He quit. He’s gone. No hard feelings. Being in a band isn’t a life sentence."





Friday, November 14, 2014

CNN HEROS @ AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Anderson Cooper



Benedict Cumberbatch, star of The Imitation Game, John Leguizamo, star of Fugly!, Taye Diggs, star of Murder in the First, Christina Hendricks, star of Mad Men, Kelly Ripa, host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, and Kathy Griffin, award-winning comedienne, will present at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper. The star-studded tribute airs Sunday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET, from The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.



Morgan Spurlock, acclaimed filmmaker and star of CNN Original Series Inside Man, and Questlove, drummer for The Roots, executive producer of new music show SoundClash and member of The Tonight Show house band are also presenting in this year’s show.



Each celebrity presenter will join one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes on stage to share their inspirational story.



During the celebration, the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year will be announced.



Quvenzhané Wallis, Oscars’ youngest Best Actress nominee and star of the upcoming film remake of Annie, and Nick Jonas, actor, singer-songwriter will also recognize youths who are being honored by CNN as Young Wonders.


Monday, November 03, 2014

TAYLOR SWIFT UN-WELCOME AS NYC AMBASSADOR

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Taylor Swift



SWIFT JUSTICE --- That was fast. Soon after pop star Taylor Swift announced last week that she was New York’s new Global Welcome Ambassador the backlash kicked in, as self-proclaimed New Yorkers expressed their, unhappiness with the Big Apple’s new pitch woman.



While the Tennessee-raised Swift now lives in downtown Manhattan and is a regular presence on New York City’s party circuit, she was taken to task for apparently not possessing enough grit.



"Does she know how much to add to a Metro Card to end up without a few cents trapped on it?" NY1 anchorman Pat Kiernan asked the Daily News. "Does she know which hot dog vendor sells the ‘Recession Special?’ Does she know that 44th Ave., 44th Rd. and 44th Dr. are all parallel streets in Queens? Does she know who Dr. Zizmor is?"



NYC and Co. (the city’s official tourist bureau) introduced its new ambassador with several videos featuring Swift helping to explain New York to tourists, such as by offering the correct pronunciation of Houston Street and defining what a bodega is.



The new campaign conveniently coincides with the release of Swift’s new single, "Welcome to New York," which celebrates the nation’s biggest and most diverse city. Still, that didn't stop people from posting negative comments on NYC and Co.’s Facebook page about bringing Swift on board to help sell New York City.



This may be another case of careful-what-you-wish-for when recruiting celebrity spokespeople or—and this gets our vote—there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Hey, we're writing about it!!!!



Indeed, the city’s tourism bureau should send thank-you notes to some of the New Yorkers who are now disparaging Swift as a spokesperson for New York City. The backlash is only going to get the decision more media impressions, more exposure and more opportunity to get the message out (and, the tourism bureau hopes, bring more out-of-town wallets to New York City).



The backlash even plays into why people are enamored by the Big Apple in the first place. People love to complain about complainers. Maybe true-Long Islanders like Seinfeld or Debbie Gibson, or Spike Lee and Alec Baldwin, might be better choices, but would they generate as much ink?



Call us crazy, but this may be all by design—and a lesson for communicators who are willing to suffer some criticism (all in good fun) if it means spreading the message. Hail Taylor!



OPEN DOORS --- Fans of The Doors will savor the never-before-released documentary film produced by the band, titled Feast of Friends; the intimate and rare look at the explosive rock band after 45 years, is finally being released.



Shelved due to lead singer Jim Morrison’s legal issues, the uncompleted film was only ever seen at a few film festivals and was never completed. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, have painstakingly remastered the audio and video and compiled bonus footage as well as an historic British documentary called The Doors Are Open.



In April of 1968, filming began for what would become the first and only film produced about The Doors, by The Doors. Funded by the band and helmed by friend and fellow film graduate Paul Ferrara, the footage shot for this film would become the well from which the majority of future documentaries and music videos about the band would draw. This film became Feast of Friends, as Ferrara thought it was a great lyric to use for the title. Other than a few appearances in film festivals the following year, an official release would never be seen.



If not for a poor quality bootleg copy circulated among collectors and eventually via the Internet, the film’s existence would have scarcely been known beyond the circle of die  Doors fans. By many accounts, the original source of that bootleg is thought to have been Morrison’s own copy, which he hand-carried when he moved to Paris in 1971 after recording what would be The Doors’ final album. Concealed in a paper bag and forgotten at a friend’s house, Morrison would never reclaim it, as he passed suddenly a few days later.



Feast of Friends offers a cinematic look at The Doors on the road during their summer 1968 tour. While never completed, as the production funding was abruptly cut due to the band’s political problems stemming from Jim’s arrest in Miami, the film provides a stylistic approach in true 60’s cinéma vérité style.



The film is comprised of concert performances which are inter cut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat - playful, sensitive, chaotic and touching. Other than a few appearances in film festivals in 1968, this is the first official release. Completely restored from the original negative, as supervised by Morrison, the film has been color-corrected and mastered in high definition with the soundtrack totally remixed and remastered by long-time Doors co-producer/engineer Bruce Botnick.



As well as the full version of Feast of Friends, the release contains several important bonus features. The first is Feast of Friends: Encore. A newly produced feature using footage shot for the production, Encore is a complimentary piece that provides a deeper look into the life of the band during this period as they tour, record, travel and even vacation together.



Encore showcases the band’s recording process as the group record one of their biggest hits, “Wild Child.” Viewers will follow the band as they break from touring to sight see, play poker in their hotel room and witness an unedited interaction with Jim and the Minister at Large who attempts to determine “just what the hell it is (they’re) doing.”



Fans will also see a newly unearthed solo backstage performance by a singing Robby Krieger, a poem by Jim Morrison (while, in the background, you can hear Ray Manzarek’s piano work on “Love Street”), a never-before-seen altercation with legendary photographer Richard Avedon, a tranquil scene of Jim and his friends at peace in the cool waters of the Kern River, and much more.



Also included is The Doors Are Open – A British TV documentary originally aired on December 17th, 1968, focused around the band’s performance at London’s Roundhouse, which took place just days after the completion of filming for Feast of Friends. Interspersed with the band’s music are intense scenes from the Vietnam War, political leaders, and riots back in the States. The Doors Are Open highlights the political relevance of The Doors’ opinionated lyrics and iconic sound while giving context to the tumultuous times in which they were living.



Feast of Friends paints a chaotic yet gentle picture of the humanistic side of The Doors seldom captured by anyone. At one moment Morrison is fighting off legions of ravenous fans while at the same time taunting them to keep pressing on.



These films represent the most requested visuals from The Doors via fan polls worldwide, finally presented together in stunning style; Feast of Friends is an historical piece of 60’s film making that presents, yet again, the group in the forefront of music icons. A must-see for sure.



CLOSING NOTES --- Todd Rundgren’s second night tonight at B. B. King’s. Wonder if he'll perform “Black Maria” from his classic Something/Anything album. Details Wednesday …



Adam Lambert showed his fangs while transforming into the Wolf Man while attending his 2014 Halloween Bash at Bootsy Bellows on Friday in Hollywood.



The 32-year-old multi-hyphenate was joined at the party by Kelly Osbourne and other celeb guests. Howl at the Moon! On my way to the party!! Adam wrote on Instagram earlier in the day …



Finally caught Gone Girl yesterday. What a lugubrious waste of time. I just didn't care for it at all. Honestly, my respect for director David Fincher fell a notch or two. Even Ben Affleck, whose work I have always admired, especially his The Town, was saddled with a totally silly script and Rosamund Pike’s character was not to be believed. The only slightly redeeming performance was by, of all people, Tyler Perry. Two hours I will never get back. If you haven't yet seen this one, stay away … save your money …



SIGHTINGS --- PR-pasha David Salidor at Williamburg's Semilla; which opened only 11 days ago; and, Micky Dolenz, Harry Shearer and 'Weird Al' Yankovik at last night's Stan Freberg celebration at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.




Monday, October 13, 2014

CAMERON DIAZ ON BEING NUDE IN MOVIES & KIDS

Cameron Diaz



Cameron Diaz appears on the cover of Marie Claire’s November issue (on newsstands October 21). The superstar talks about being nude and her role in Annie.




Cameron Diaz Quotes



On her role in Annie: “It’s not very often you get to do a musical. Even though I was terrified of doing it, I kind of had to. The two things I’m most terrified of are heights and singing in front of people. I’ve jumped out of airplanes and scaled sides of cliffs – not to get over my fears, but to address them. I just felt like this is something that needed to be addressed. I cried uncontrollably. Everybody was so supportive and having fun with it because I was so pathetic, but the only way to get through scary things is to have a sense of humor about it.



On appearing fully nude for a film: “People have seen my butt. I’ve shown the top of my butt, the bottom of my butt. I’m not opposed to doing nudity, as long as it’s part of the story. I’ll do whatever has to get done if it’s the right thing.”


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DONNIE WAHLBERG GETS US BETWEEN THE SHEETS

Jenny McCarthy And Donny Wahlberg



Single no more! Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy, who tied the knot in August, are in newlywed bliss -- especially after finding her wedding ring! After admitting she lost her 10-carat yellow sapphire sparkler, the "Blue Bloods" and New Kid on the Block hunk tells Wonderwall.com that the ring has been found. As he gears up to host and showcase photography at Canon's PIXMA PRO City Senses Pop-Up Gallery in Boston tonight, Donnie chatted about locating Jenny's ring, their favorite sleeping position, and if they plan to have more kids.



Wonderwall.com: Congratulations on your nuptials! Jenny admitted that she'd already lost her wedding ring. Are you ring shopping again?



"We lost it for about two hours. We found it. It was in the bed sheets. It was off because the diamonds scrape a little bit and she doesn't like scraping me and it was private time. She thought she put it on the nightstand. I thought she put it in the bed and sure enough it was in the sheet. My detective work from 'Blue Bloods' panned out and it was down in the laundry room of the hotel."



WW: So you searched the laundry room for her ring?



"I literally tore the hotel room apart and I went down to hotel security and they went down to the laundry room and found it."