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Friday, April 18, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Clint Eastwood

JERSEY BOYS GOLD --- Warner Brothers put up the latest clip last from Clint Eastwood’s coming bigscreen version of jukebox musical Jersey Boys last night and it's rather sensational. If you loved the play (music by Bob Gaudio; lyrics by Bob Crewe and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice), and millions have, you saw Eastwood’s faithful recreation with notable moments from Christopher Walken (as Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo) and Donnie Kehr reprising his gold-plated infamous role as Norm Waxman (The loan shark that loans Tommy DeVito money as he slides into trouble).

It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation; success; and eventual break-up of the 1960's rock 'n roll group The Four Seasons. The musical is structured as four "seasons" each narrated by a different member of the band who gives his own perspective on its history and music.

Songs include "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Sherry", "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)", "My Eyes Adored You", "Stay", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Working My Way Back to You" and "Rag Doll,” among others. The title refers to the fact that the members of The Four Seasons are from New Jersey.

The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 and has since had two North American National Tours and productions in London's West End, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and other Australian cities, Singapore, South Africa, The Netherlands and elsewhere.

Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

The show premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse at University of California, San Diego, in an out-of-town tryout on October 5, 2004 and ran through January 16, 2005.

Christian Hoff, David Norona, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer essayed the group. At the end of the tryout, Norona, who originated the role of Valli, had to be replaced because his voice blew out. John Lloyd Young, who had originally auditioned for the role of Tommy DeVito, got the part.

The musical began previews on Broadway on October 4, 2005 and officially opened on November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. The cast starred John Lloyd Young as Valli, Christian Hoff as Tommy DeVito, Daniel Reichard as Bob Gaudio, J. Robert Spencer as Nick Massi and Donnie Kehr.

The Broadway production had 38 previews and is still running. It reached its 3487th performance on April 9, 2014, making it the 13th longest-running show on Broadway.

Kehr was at The Borgata in Atlantic City last weekend watching Frankie Valli perform, when Valli acknowledged him in the audience.

Kehr said in The Improper “I started the Jersey Boys journey in 2004 when the director, Des McAnuff, called me and said he had something for me. The next thing I know I'm in a room a few days later singing for the legendary Frankie Valli.”  Here’s the link to the clip.

CAMPBELL’S GRACE --- Glen Campbell has been moved into an Alzheimer’s disease care facility, according to multiple sources.

The singer’s battle with Alzheimer’s has sparked an outpouring of support and sympathy from fans since he and his wife Kim went public with his diagnosis in 2011. They explained their decision as being motivated by his wish to continue performing as long as possible, and said he didn't want audiences speculating about what might be the cause of his occasional forgetfulness of song lyrics, confusion and repetition of between-song banter.

The source did suggest the move could be temporary, and said, “I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We will know more next week.”

The Arkansas native, who worked as a session guitarist in Hollywood recording studios and performed with the Beach Boys (and, the infamous Wrecking Crew) before becoming a star in his own right, launched a formal farewell tour in 2012. But last spring he canceled performances as his condition deteriorated and he was unable to travel for shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Before that, however, he played a final L. A. concert at the Hollywood Bowl, where L. A. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts said he performed with “Effortless grace, and had he not announced in 2011 that he was living with Alzheimer’s disease, few in the crowd would have been the wiser. In fact, he was sharper and more precise during this gig than he was last year at Club Nokia, where he kicked off the Farewell Tour.”

Campbell and his wife sold their Malibu home at the end of 2012. He released two well-received albums recorded as he was beginning to experience the symptoms of Alzheimer’s: Ghost in the Canvas in 2011 and See You There, consisting of new versions of many of his signature songs mostly recorded during the Ghost sessions, in 2013.

Adam Lambert

LAMBERT DISH --- Adam Lambert's third studio album is currently being worked on by pop super-producer Max Martin, and a handful of ace songwriters, in Sweden.

Martin, who has headed pop smashes from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and countless other mainstream superstars, co-produced two songs for Lambert's 2009 debut album For Your Entertainment, including the hit single "Whataya Want From Me." Martin did not contribute to Lambert's sophomore album Trespassing, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart in 2012, but the American Idol finalist is linking back up with Martin for the follow-up.

"[Martin] just brought in a load of people that he trusts that make good music, and is just seeing what happens," U.K. singer-songwriter Joe Janiak, who recently co-wrote Ellie Goulding's Divergent soundtrack single "Beating Heart," told Billboard.

Janiak, a London native, was called to come out to Sweden early last week and work with a collection of song experts that was organized by Martin. "He's got a company which really focuses on getting the best young writers and getting them all together in one place, so that they can have a hotbed of creativity and spin ideas off of each other," Janiak adds of Martin.

CLOSING NOTES --- According to IPA’s Steve Woolf, this weekend’s Fan X2014 (Salt Lake Comic Con) show in Salt Lake City will host some 10,000 people. A fan’s delight for sure …

Live From Daryl's House, the acclaimed music interview and performance show hosted by Daryl Hall, has been renewed for another season by Viacom for their Paladia network and via Daryl's original site where the show originated in 2007.

Production is expected to start in the fall at a performance space in Pawling, NY called Daryl's House, a venue that Hall purchased especially for the series. Previous episodes of the series were actually shot in two 1700's homes that Hall had transported from Connecticut to Millerton, NY - and, congratulations to Hall and partner John Oates on their induction at last week's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Long overdue if you ask me ...

One last hit from L. A., King's Road Cafe at 8361 Beverly Blvd. Great spot.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Elisabeth Hasselbeck

This month Elisabeth Hasselbeck,  Fox & Friends’ newest anchor chats with Ladies Home Journal about what it was like leaving The View, her secret to 2:45 a.m. wake up calls and how she spent her first night with husband and former pro quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. The May 2014 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal hits newsstands April 13, 2014. 

On joining Fox & Friends after leaving The View:

“It was like going from hanging out with your sisters to playing catch with your brothers. I don’t think I am or will ever be the best at what I do but I try really hard. My parents gave me the freedom to pursue passions and take sensible risks.”

On getting up at 2:45 a.m. for her job:

“I don’t even put one foot out of bed without reaching for my concealer. I have concealer everywhere: in my coat pocket, on my nightstand, in my car. The alarm goes off and I feel for my glasses. I put the concealer on and I’m ready to start my day.”

Monday, October 14, 2013



By: G.H. Harding

Howard Stern

MACCA ON STERN --- I’m a big Howard Stern fan … always have been. Even in the early days with a wispy mustache and aviator shades, he was the real deal. The two things that always impressed me the most, was #1: he came prepared, and #2: it was always a show. Sure, he gave the term shock jock a whole new meaning, but he was always funny; and on-point. Face it, he'd dared to ask the questions all the other talking heads wanted to … and, got away with it pretty much Scott free. It’s no surprise that he’s so good on TV; the surprise was, that it took so long.

Stern hosted Paul McCartney last week in his Sirius compound and it was, without a doubt, one of the best interviews Howard’s ever done. His questions were thought provoking (he even asked about Jane and Peter Asher!), astute and very well prepared. He certainly didn't hide his admiration for Macca and his preparation was astounding.

If they gave Emmy's for radio interviews like this, he'd win several. It was supposed to be just a half hour, but it went to just under an hour. Just tremendous; it’s on YouTube … if you're a fan, I'd give it a listen. Priceless!

MICKY & RITA --- Rita Wilson (Mrs. Tom Hanks) put out an album last year AM/FM, and it was pretty good. Her interpretations of such songs as “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” and “Never My Love,” were very welcomed inclusions. She also did a terrific version of “Cherish” and Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman,” which featured the writer on piano. Though the album may have been initially termed a vanity project, it won everyone over.

She appeared recently here in NYC at 54 Down Under and won over the crowd, and now, on November 5th, she'll appear in L. A. at Walt Disney Hall with a terrific supporting cast of players, including, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Webb, Richard Marx, Kara DioGuardi, from American Idol and Micky Dolenz; who is just wrapping up his Teen Idol 3 tour with David Cassidy and Peter Noone.

Rita should be great and I'm sure Forrest Gump will be in the wings.

Check out the link HERE.

CLOSING NOTES --- I caught up somewhat on the new season TV watching this week and the results were as interesting as always: Saturday Night Live, back for their 39th season, with 6 new cast members ran both hot and cold. I watched the season opener with Tina Fey and thought it was pretty funny, though Fey (looking more relaxed and sexy than I ever seen her) really didn't do any of her old characters and instead essayed some new ones. Arcade Fire were the musical guest and basically stole the show. The six new players were alternately funny and just getting their sea legs. Cecily Strong, Seth Meyer’s new co-anchor at Weekend Update was spot-on funny. My initial thought: She could be the next break-out player for SNL. 39 years: amazing! Gotta' to hand it to Lorne Michaels; who seems to be virtually running the network now. Congrats … Aside from NBC’s The Blacklist (with James Spader) most of the new shows have been a bust. Sean Hayes’ Sean Saves The World and the self-titled Michael J. Fox Show have been pretty much stillborn. Surprisingly, I think the most captivating and well-written and acted show to return has been CBS’ Hawaii 5-O, starring Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Last year ended with a great cliff-hanger and while that was resolved, there were three other ones set in motion. Great writing all around. The team behind this is essentially the same as was the team for the great-show Fringe. Excellent all around … Congrats to Q104.3's Jim Kerr who hosted a special show with none other than Paul McCartney last week for his new album New. Jim's one of the best out there and the entire show will be played today on Q104.3 today. He also hosted last year's Micky Dolenz Live At BB King's concert which is out today as an album. Producer/writer/artist Dave Stewart is about to launch his own web TV show called The Ringmaster. The show will be a bi-weekly show featuring “music and bizarre things” with special guests. The first guest will be actor Andy Garcia (The Untouchables, The Godfather Part III). “He is a real mad Cuban music fanatic,” Dave tells “When he heard I was doing the show he wrote a theme tune, The Ringmaster, and he comes on the show and he plays it on the piano”.“Then I have a guest called Elijah Kelley who is in The Butler with Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker,” he says. “He is a great actor but also a great musician and record producer. Then he brings on these two girls from Somalia that he has produced”.The Ringmaster will also have its own regular house band. “I have a band on the stage with Sheila E playing drums and the band Ozomatli,” he says. “I can do what I want and invite whoever I want. It is really good fun. It has music and bizarre things.” Dave Stewart will premiere of the first episode on the BiteSize Network soon.

Friday, March 01, 2013



Katie Couric

Almost three months after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Katie Couric returns to the Connecticut community to remember those who were lost, and to host a conversation about their hope that this tragedy can inspire change. Couric was one of the first journalists to interview the families in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and through this episode of “Katie,” airing MONDAY, MARCH 4, she will share how this town is dealing with their grief and its commitment to ensure that their loved ones have not died in vain.

Broadcasting from the Town Hall in Newtown, Couric will explore the healing process for families and friends of the 26 lives that were lost that day, how this country can have a reasonable debate about protecting our children as well as the rights provided by the Second Amendment, and the debate over mental health reform. This show will bring you the voices of Newtown, and their promise that the tragedy that devastated their town and our country will have an impact that will honor those who were lost. Plus: Katie will highlight the efforts of The Sandy Hook Promise, a grassroots organization created to support the families of the victims and the survivors, which is encouraging dialogue about common sense solutions to the issues raised by the tragedy.

Katie will also speak with Colin Goddard, who was shot four times during the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 and made a documentary entitled “Living for 32” about gun shows, as well as with Sandy Phillips, who lost her 24-year-old daughter, Jessica, in the Aurora movie theater shooting seven months ago.

Families who lost loved ones will talk with Katie, including:

Nicole Hockley, whose six-year-old son Dylan was killed.

Bill Sherlach, whose wife of 31 years, Mary, was Sandy Hook’s school psychologist and also died in the shootings.

Mark and Jackie Barden, whose seven-year-old son Daniel was killed.

David and Francine Wheeler, who lost their six year-old son Benjamin.

Jeremy and Jennifer Richman, whose six-year-old daughter Avielle was killed.

Rebecca and Steve Kowalski, who lost their seven-year-old son Chase.

Gilles and Joyce Rousseau, who lost their 30-year-old daughter Lauren Rousseau, a teacher at Sandy Hook.

Jimmy Green and Nelba Márquez-Greene, who lost their daughter Ana.

Other guests who will join Katie from Newtown are: 

Lee Shull, one of the founders of The Sandy Hook Promise, which focuses on creating a dialogue and educating people about gun responsibility and mental health.

UCLA Professor of Law Adam Winkler and Columbia University professor Dr. Paul Appelbaum, for a conversation about guns and mental health.

Wendy Davenson, a therapist in Newtown who has been working with families coping with grief and trauma.

Monsignor Robert Weiss, who has ministered to the victims’ families since the shooting.

 Photo Courtesy Of: ABC/Disney/Katie Couric

Thursday, February 07, 2013



Brandi Glanville

Eddie Cibrian
The cover story of the new issue of Us Weekly reveals that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Brandi Glanville may have been the first to cheat! As Us Weekly revealed nearly four years ago, both former husband Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes cheated on their respective spouses when the Northern Lights costars embarked on an infamous romance in 2009 -- eventually leading to the end of both of their first marriages. But though Cibrian's then-wife Glanville -- now a published memoirist and mainstay on Bravo -- has long portrayed herself as the scorned woman, the truth is a lot more complicated than that. Indeed, multiple sources exclusively confirm in the new issue of Us (out now) that Glanville, 40, cheated on Cibrian, 39, several times during their eight-year marriage. In one particularly shocking incident, Glanville had sex with another man in her bedroom just six weeks after the birth of son Jake, now 5. "Brandi loves to play the victim," one source tells Us, "but she doesn't tell the whole story."

Khloe Kardashian

Also in the new issue is a Q&A feature with Khloe Kardashian and husband Lamar Odom, and the duo sets the record straight on rumors of marital strife! When asked directly if there was trouble on the homefront, Khloe responded, “yes, we bicker – we’re both stubborn! – but we make sure to never go to bed angry.” And Lamar added to that, “And we say our prayers together. That helps.” Nasty fights? Divorce lawyers? No way. Even when asked about the next 15 years, Lamar boasted, “we’ll be tucked away in a little Italian village. Drinking wine. Naked. In a field full of daisies.”


Leighton Meester

Seth and Blair? It’s on! Inside Brody and Meester’s romance

Adam Brody
A match made in teen-tv heaven! a source tells Hot Stuff that Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester, 26, and The O.C. vet Adam Brody, 33, have been dating for several weeks. “They’re hanging out,” says an insider of the Oranges costars. All around the globe, apparently. The undercover couple were first spotted toting their luggage into the Siam Kempinski Hotel during a mid-January getaway to Bangkok, Thailand. Meester — who split with actor Aaron Himelstein, 27, during the holidays — and her guy then continued their romance stateside. On February 1, the twosome were arm in arm as they perused an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But their favorite spot just might be at home on the couch. An excited Brody (who last dated director Lorene Scafaria in 2010) recently told a pal he and his new love have logged substantial cuddle time. Recounts the friend, “He said, ‘I’m newly not single. Now I have someone to spoon with.’ ”

 Photos By: RD/Kabik/Orchon/Kirkland/Retna

Wednesday, February 06, 2013


Gun Violence: What Can be Done to Save Lives

By: Brian Woodward

Barack Obama

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed."- Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787

These are eloquent words spoken by as educated of a man as there was at the time. Noah Webster is an American icon, an editor of the Federalist Papers, an eminent author, and an opponent of slavery. He also lived in a different era where different truths applied. The United States government has access to weapons far superior to the collective gun arsenals held by citizens. Tanks and fighter jets will quickly negate an assault rifle. One cannot argue with the fact that dictatorships have upheld themselves by the barrel of a gun. Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong took the guns from the people rendering them defenseless to brutality and genocide. While firearms would help in resistance against government they would ultimately fail in the face of the firepower of the United States military. Defense against an oppressive government is no longer a valid reason for owning guns.

The actual Second Amendment as passed by Congress states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Life is not the same today as it was in 1787. That is the unequivocal reality. The amendment specifically states that the reason citizens must be allowed to have guns is so that they can form a militia which is “necessary to the security of a free state.”

Saturday, February 02, 2013



OMG Girlz

Kerry Washington

Halle Berry

Gloria Reuben

Garcelle Beauvais

Frida Pinto

Angell Conwell

Archie Panjabi

Alfre Woodard

The 2013 NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angelas California brought out the stars in high fashion.

Sunday, January 20, 2013



Barack And Michelle Obama

Barack Obama once again took the oath of office at the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington DC today. Administering the oath was Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts. 

 White House Pool Photo



River Viiperi And Paris Hilton

Mekhi Phifer And Jesse Williams

DJ Vice And Lil Jon

TAO, yet again, took over the 2013 Sundance Film Festival by kicking off their weekend of nightly parties at The Village at the Lift this past Friday. The crowds were in place long before the opening of TAO’s much-anticipated yearly arrival. Paris Hilton, Danny Masterson, Chris Masterson, Jesse Williams, Mekhi Phiffer, Lil Jon, The Bachelorette’s Jef Holm, and Ben Foster were a few of the stars out to celebrate the kick-off of the Sundance hotspot.

It was a family affair at TAO as both Paris Hilton and Barron Hilton showed up with their new beaus. Paris was wrapped in the arms of new boyfriend, model Rivers Viiperi and never strayed far from his side.



Courtney Love

Shailene Woodley

Adrian Grenier

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival heated up on Saturday with day two of the Miami Lounge. Stars flocked to the suites on Main Street to view (and take home!) some of the luxe items from Carlo Pazolini, Rudsak, and Johnny Was, and indulge in Sabra Hummus, Lifeway foods and beverages from Disaronno and HINT water. Chris Masterson aka DJ Chris Kennedy, spun tunes while the crowd mingled among celebrities and VIP alike.

Adrian Grenier arrived after a day of snowboarding to wrap up his Saturday afternoon. Paris Hilton and beau Rivers Viiperi browsed the Rudsak Coat room, other Rudsak fans included Courtney Love who raced in and out of the suite but made sure to grab a HINT water before she left.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013



The US Weekly Cover

The new issue of Us Weekly features the best diet tips from celebrity dietitians and trainers to the stars to get fit in the new year, and the cover story is an interview with Kourtney Kardashian where she opens up about her 44-pound weight loss since the birth of her daughter, Penelope. About easing into working out slower with this pregnancy she says, “I really didn’t feel the pressure. Last time, once the doctor said it was fine to work out, I started running. This time, I waited a few weeks past the OK and then started slowly doing some yoga.” And the encouragement from sister Kim Kardashian has helped. “If she wasn’t scheduling the workouts, I probably wouldn’t have been as motivated. There are times when I’d say, ‘I’ll wake up at 9 when everyone else is getting up.’ But she’ll be like, ‘We’re working out.’ If one of us isn’t in the mood, we push each other.” And as for staying positive, she says, “I definitely had some moments when the weight was at a standstill. It was frustrating and I’d start to wonder, Am I ever going to get my body back? Then I’d be like, OK, you just had two kids. Take it easy.” Please find more here:


BETHENNY & JASON: ‘Devastated’ by the Split

The separated couple share daughter Bryn for lonely holidays

The coparenting has begun. One day after Bethenny Frankel announced her separation from husband of nearly three years Jason Hoppy, he took daughter Bryn, 2, to his folks’ house in Pennsylvania December 24. “Bethenny was devastated to be away from Bryn on Christmas, but she agreed it was best for her to see her grandparents,” a pal of Frankel, 42, tells Hot Stuff. Though Hoppy, 41, brought Bryn to a mall to sit on Santa’s lap, he was mostly bah humbug. “Jason was so bummed, he didn’t want to see friends,” says a second insider. Two thousand miles away in Aspen, Colorado, “Bethenny kept saying she couldn’t wait to hug Bryn,” says the first source. That moment came December 26, when Bryn arrived to spend New Year’s with Mom. Come 2013, though, Bryn has her parents under one roof again. “There are no plans yet for him to move out of their NYC loft,” says an insider, adding that Frankel’s talk show will tape in the city this fall. “She fought to have it shoot in New York to make sharing custody easier.”

Friday, December 28, 2012



Pamela Bob And Harry Bouvy

After announcing that SILENCE! The Musical will end its run December 30th at the Elektra Theatre, ticket sales have unexpectedly soared, shattering all previous box office records for the show so far. As a result, the producers have determined that performances of the smash hit show will resume on January 18th. Originally announced as a strictly limited engagement through August 13, 2011, SILENCE! was extended numerous times by popular demand and transferred theatres twice, ultimately landing at the new Elektra Theatre in the heart of Times Square, which was constructed especially for the show. SILENCE! opened at Theatre 80 on July 9, 2011 to unanimous rave reviews and spawned a highly successful L.A. production starring Davis Gaines and Christine Lakin.

Winner of the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, SILENCE! The Musical is the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. The show was selected by Time Magazine as one of the Top 5 Musicals of 2011.

In the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecter's clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. The laugh-out-loud raunchy satire, SILENCE! The Musical, features a singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin. Even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he'd like to lead someday outside the prison walls.

Currently featured in the cast of SILENCE! The Musical are David Ayers, Pamela Bob, Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupré, Natalie Joy Johnson, Howard Kaye, James Moye, Topher Nuccio, Ronica V. Reddick, Sam Rogers, Kimberly Stern, and Doug Trapp.

Created by Jon and Al Kaplan in 2002, SILENCE! began as a collection of songs on the internet which immediately attracted a staggering number of fans. The Kaplans' subsequent screenplay SILENCE! The Musical was adapted by Hunter Bell into a live stage show, which also featured newly composed songs by the brothers. Fueled by a rabid cult following, SILENCE! shattered every box office record at the 2005 FringeNYC Festival, winning the award for Best Musical. SILENCE! met with further success in London, where it garnered ecstatic reviews.

Thursday, December 27, 2012



Bethenny Frankel

The cover story from the new issue of Us Weekly has all of the details on Bethenny Frankel’s split from Jason Hoppy. After nearly three years, the outspoken reality star turned head of the Skinnygirl company, 42, and Hoppy, a pharmaceutical sales exec, 41, are calling it quits. “There was no final straw. No one cheated,” says a Frankel friend. “Their marriage just wasn’t working.” At issue: everything from her massive financial success to his close-knit family. Adds the friend, “They really tried, but they grew apart. She is very upset.”

From the start, there was tension. Soon after the wedding, they were bickering like an old married couple. He made passive aggressive comments about her wearing the pants in their relationship: “My balls [were] cut off two years ago,” he quipped in 2012. And she complained about his “nitpicking” and moodiness. “I’m walking on eggshells at home,” she once confessed on camera. Like most married couples, however, their biggest blowups were all about the Benjamins. “Gender roles are a big thing with us,” Hoppy, who also deals in real estate, admitted on Bethenny Ever After. “And as a man, I never thought I’d be in a situation where my wife, financially, was this successful.” With Frankel always footing the bill, “Jason felt emasculated,” says a source close to the couple. Laments a Frankel confidant, “He’s not particularly ambitious, and Bethenny is very driven.”

They didn’t see eye to eye on how to f ix their problems either. A devotee of therapy, Frankel complained that her husband refused to seek help as their marriage unraveled. She griped, “He thinks everybody can work it out for themselves.” But in the end, the problems were insurmountable. “Bethenny fought really hard for her family,” says the friend. However, the split may have a silver lining. “She’s very smart. She will spin this into gold,” says another Frankel pal. “Her talk show will now be of interest to single moms and single women.”


Jermaine Dupri

Janet Jackson: Springtime Wedding!

What has Janet Jackson’s boyfriend done for her lately? A source tells Hot Stuff that Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana “gave her a huge, expensive ring” earlier this year. “She’s afraid it will get lost, so she keeps it locked up!” The luxury-brand mogul, 37, will spare no expense on his nuptials to Miss Jackson, set for spring in Qatar. The affair “will cost millions,” reveals a second Jackson insider. “He is flying in all of Janet’s friends and family on private jets.” (Quick refresher: The L.A.-based singer has seven siblings and more than 20 nieces and nephews.) Adds the source, “He wants to get a top chef to create a custom menu.” The twice-wed Nutrisystem spokeswoman, 46 – who split from Jermaine Dupri in 2009 – is eager to make it official with her love of two years. “She wants kids,” says the Jackson source. “If she can’t have them, she will adopt.”

Beyonce & Jay-Z Make Nice


Only Beyonce and Jay-Z can upstage Santa Claus. A source tells Hot Stuff the power duo, who live in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood, “got everyone in their apartment building boxes of chocolates and a card – signed by both of them!” The insider adds the pop diva, 31, and rapper, 43, wanted to give the residents (including Bethenny Frankel!) something personal for the holidays: “They know their presence makes things a little crazy.”

Lea’s Spending Limit

Lea Michele

Lea Michele won’t be getting everything on her list this year. A source tells Hot Stuff that Cory Monteith, 30, set a spending limit for their holiday presents to each other - $2,000! – and the actress, 26, was “pouty about it at first.” But Monteith told her “the only gifts that he ever saved were the ones that had thoughts behind them,” continues a pal. And it wasn’t long before the Glee starlet changed her tune. “She told him she’d blow his mind for $2,000. She thought of it as a challenge!” 

 Photos By: RD/Orchon/Leon/Kirkland/Retna

Wednesday, December 19, 2012



Alison Sweeney

Ali Fedotowsky

Ali Fedotowsky, Alison Sweeney, Brad Garrett, Edwin Hodge, and Oscar Nunez were amongst the stars set to co-host Little Remedies and Trueheart Events’ The Winter Wonderland Suite to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The event featured performances by “Cupcake Wars” host and magician Justin Willman, “The Voice” Season 2 star Katrina Parker, singer/songwriter Jordan Corey and more! Ali Fedotowsky was spotted enjoying a Fatburger and saying "It's delicious! I got the turkey Fatburger because I'm trying to be healthy.” Desperate Housewive's Andrea Bowen was so excited to hear that Fatburger was serving veggie burgers since she's recently become a vegetarian herself. "This is so good!"

Thursday, November 29, 2012



Story By: Gerald McCullouch - Star Of CSI Las Vegas

Gerald  McCullouch


The following was written by CSI star Gerald McCullouch. Gerald will be guest starring with Cyndi Lauper on Bones  for their 150th episode on Monday. Be sure to tune in!

I’ve never been one to hold a grudge. Ain’t my style. It gives the person or thing you have a grudge against too much power. And you willingly give your happiness away, freely, to the person or thing which least deserves it. It’s been a lifelong goal of mine to be happy and it’s something I work diligently towards, so I do all I can to not give it away to Road-Ragers or outsourced customer care representatives. Or, more appropriately, casino security guards whose homophobia is enshrined in Nevada State Law.

For 10 seasons I played “Bobby Dawson” on CSI. As CSI is set in Las Vegas, I’ve spent some incredible times in that city. My recent trip began very similarly. My boyfriend and I were given the star treatment at Tao, hit a red carpet opening of a new Las Vegas bar, casino hopped gambling and drinking our way up the strip, and then headed back to Mandalay Bay and The Four Seasons at a rather reasonable time for Las Vegas standards. Paul, my boyfriend, was up about $100 and I was down about the same amount, repeatedly, so affectionate playfulness infiltrated our evening.

As our taxi arrived at our destination our playfulness continued as we hopped out of the taxi and headed to our Four Seasons Suite. Following a few attempts at giving each other flat tires and good, old-school Charlie Horses, we were suddenly approached by three Mandalay Bay Security Guards who, supposedly, took an interest in making sure our rough housing was in fun and not a possible escalation into conflict. I confirmed with Robert Lake, head security officer at Mandalay Bay, that all was fine. That Paul and I were boyfriends. That we were celebrating our anniversary. That we had just arrived that day from LA and were flying back to LA in the afternoon. And that we were simply on our way to our hotel room after our night out. 

In an instant, Paul and I were gripped at our triceps and pulled away from each other. We were told that if we were boyfriends, then our actions were regarded as Domestic Violence. We were assertively escorted away from the entrance of the Four Seasons and through the Mandalay Bay Casino.

Paul and I were both frozen with disbelief. I stated multiple times that there was no need for concern, that Paul and I weren’t engaged in any sort of conflict, that we fly back to LA in the afternoon and want to get back to our room to get some sleep. With each affirmation of our relationship the tension seemed to build between us and the three security guards escorting us through the casino and it’s back hallways towards the main security office and holding area.

We were kept separate from each other. I was given no further explanation of what was happening. Approximately two hours later, a Las Vegas Police Officer arrived and arrested both Paul and I for domestic violence.

Paul asked why we were charged with domestic violence if we were obviously just roughhousing and there was no harm intended. To which the officer asked him if Paul and I engaged in certain sexual activities. Paul declined to be as specific as the officer but agreed that he and I were in a sexual relationship.

Then if you have sex with each other it’s Domestic Violence

No Miranda Rights were read. One of the guards rapidly read us a diatribe about being guilty of trespassing and no longer allowed in any of the MGM Casinos. The MGM Casinos include all of Las Vegas practically: Aria, Bellagio, Vdara, MGM Grand, Madalay Bay, The Mirage, Mote Carlo, Luxor, New York New York, Excalibur, and Circus Circus, namely.

I’ve never been arrested. Nor has Paul. So we had no idea what we were in store for. And I’m certain that experiencing it in Las Vegas is rather epitome-adjacent.

Over the next 16 hours I trudged amongst the arrested mob from holding area to booking area where personal items and cell phones and layers of clothing were taken, to another holding area where cursory health exams were given – both mental and physical - and statements were taken, to long term holding cells – very long term - to a payment cubicle where I posted my bail of $3,500, to a holding cell for those about to be released, to being released into the streets of downtown Las Vegas. As Paul and I were charged with Domestic Violence we were kept separate and he was released about two hours after me so his journey was 18 hours. Happy anniversary.

During my 16 hours in jail I learned that, by Nevada State law, all Domestic Violence complaints result in arrest. And a mandatory jail stay of at least 12 hours. No questions asked. So once Robert Lake and the other security guards knowingly decided to label Paul’s and my actions as Domestic Violence they were all very aware that neither Paul nor I would be returning to our hotel room or be able to make our flight back to LA or have much ability to enjoy our anniversary any further.

We hired an attorney and over the next few months learned that similar situations happen all the time in Vegas. I told our lawyer that I was currently writing a column for The and had every intention of writing an Op-Ed on the experience. He urged me to do so - saying that there is a major gap in the Nevada State Law intended to protect civilians who are under harm and Las Vegas Security Guards’ ability to label any actions they are uncomfortable with as ‘Domestic Violence’ to ensure a jail stay for those they charge with that offense.

Before our court dates and the writing of this Op-Ed, I contacted MGM to attempt to remedy the situation. To tell them of the incident.

When I spoke with Yvette Monet in Public Affairs, she first inquired if Paul and I were still together. I said we were. To which she retorted “Well, then, it wasn’t all that bad, was it?” She stated that MGM invests regularly in gay advertising and has been honored with multiple awards for their support of LGBT causes. She apologized for the incident but said that due to the size of the corporation, any action would have to come from the security department and she didn’t think that likely as they will inevitably stand by their actions. And she was certain those actions must have been justified. She ensured a follow up phone call in the next few days. The follow up phone call never came.

Due to lack of evidence, Paul’s and my hearing was rescheduled. Twice. Eventually all chargers were dropped. There was no evidence on any of the myriad of surveillance cameras permeating the casino entrance of Paul and I in any conflict. No one we met during our evening – the amazing Tao management team who gave us the red carpet treatment, the owners of the new gay bar, Share, and all those that attended the opening, blackjack dealers, fellow befriended gamblers, bartenders – no one – ever observed anything other than respect and compassion between Paul and I. There was only the domestic violence charge itself from Robert Lake. The case was dismissed.

I write this not to retaliate, but to educate. To bring to light that sadly, in a city with which I have developed such a unique bond and a seemingly supportive corporation in which I have spent thousands of dollars staying at practically all of their properties in Las Vegas - it’s a big ole’ buzz kill that I have to temper my affections with the man I love while in their dominion. And when it comes to respecting my personal liberties and rights as well as those of my boyfriend and of every member of the LGBT community, we are only a dollar sign to them. Nothing more. And after they have our dollars in their possession, there’s not much respect for us after that. How uniquely Las Vegas.

Editors Note: This incident happened last year and was just settled recently, with charges being dropped because of no evidence against Gerald McCullouch. MGM Grand Cooperation had no videos to back up their claims, yet they allowed their security to prosecute a loyal customer and a TV star to boot. Seems to us here, that Gerald is right saying all they care about is the gay money and not the gay customer. I would contact the MGM publicists, but even after all the stories we have done to promote their properties, I am sure there would be no comment. But we will send it to them anyway, and print their version if there is one. It would seem safer for the gay customer to stay away from MGM Casinos. 

Photo Courtesy Of: Jake Fales

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