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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MICHELLE OBAMA SPEECH AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION


Michelle Obama At Democratic Convention




(CHEERS, APPLAUSE) Thank you all. Thank you so much. You know, it’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk with you about why I thought my husband should be president.

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Remember how I told you about his character and convictions, his decency and his grace, the traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our country in the White House?

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I also told you about our daughters, how they are the heart of our hearts, the center of our world. And during our time in the White House, we’ve had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women, a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington.

OBAMA: When they set off for their first day at their new school, I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7 and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns.

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And I saw their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, what have we done?

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See, because at that moment I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them. That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.

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How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.

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How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.

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With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as president and first lady because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls, but the children across this country, kids who tell us I saw you on TV, I wrote a report on you for school.

Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope and he wondered, is my hair like yours?

And make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls that is what we’re deciding, not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in this election and every election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.

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And I am here tonight because in this election there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.

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That’s right.

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See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection…

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…but every child who needs a champion, kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs, kids who wonder how they’ll ever afford college, kids whose parents don’t speak a word of English, but dream of a better life, kids who look to us to determine who and what they can be.

You see, Hillary has spent decades doing the relentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in their lives…

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…advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer, fighting for children’s health care as first lady, and for quality child care in the Senate.

And when she didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusioned.

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Hillary did not pack up and go home, because as a true public servant Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.

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So she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as secretary of state, traveling the globe to keep our kids safe.

And look, there were plenty of moments when Hillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being picked apart for how she looks or how she talks or even how she laughs. But here’s the thing. What I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure. She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.

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And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls and all our children, that’s what I want.

OBAMA: I want someone with the proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.

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Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed.

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I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life’s work shows our children that we don’t chase form and fortune for ourselves, we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed.

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And we give back even when we’re struggling ourselves because we know that there is always someone worse off. And there but for the grace of God go I.

I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters, a president who truly believes in the vision that our Founders put forth all those years ago that we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story.

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And when crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other. No, we listen to each other, we lean on each other, because we are always stronger together.

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And I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of president that Hillary Clinton will be. And that’s why in this election I’m with her.

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You see, Hillary understands that the president is about one thing and one thing only, it’s about leaving something better for our kids. That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward, by all of us coming together on behalf of our children, folks who volunteer to coach that team, to teach that Sunday school class, because they know it takes a village.

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Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty, police officers and the protesters in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe.

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People who lined up in Orlando to donate blood because it could have been their son, their daughter in that club.

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Leaders like Tim Kaine…

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…who show our kids what decency and devotion look like.

Leaders like Hillary Clinton who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.

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That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.

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And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.

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And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.

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So, look, so don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on earth!

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE) And as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.

So in this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best. We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical. No, hear me. Between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago.

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We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America!

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So let’s get to work. Thank you all and God bless.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

JESSICA ALBA TALKS TO COSMO ON FIRST CAREER

Jessica Alba



Jessica Alba covers the March issue of Cosmopolitan (on newsstands February 9). Alba has become one of America’s richest self-made women, worth more, as of last year, than BeyoncĂ© and Jennifer Lawrence, per Forbes estimations. Here, the actor-turned-tycoon outlines the honest truth behind her success.



Jessica Alba Quotes



On her first career: "I always wanted to be a big action star, to be as relevant as men. I was very aggressive with the vision and manifesting it.”



On owning your femininity: “Most of my life, I identified more with my masculine side. I was kind of aggressive and super masculine in my early 20s—even into my mid- 20s. I got boobs when I was young… and I was like, What do I do?… I was never the girl who they marketed. I was always feeling angry, like an imposter. I learned how to be cool with the feminine later in life."


On never doubting your own expertise: “I’m in a man’s world in business. But I know what women want— [men] don’t… Whenever [male colleagues] question me in meetings, I’m like, ‘Go home and ask your wife. This is a pointless conversation. Go home and talk to her.’ When we were talking about package designs, I was like, ‘Are you really giving me notes on packaging for feminine care? I literally can’t with you.’”



On equal pay: "There are not as many women in government titles, business titles. It’s just not equal. And until there is equality, you’re going to feel that no matter what industry you’re in. But from day one, I was like, girls should have an equal seat at the table. Take Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, she’s opening movies—she’s the box office draw as much as any guy in the movie, if not more. She should be compensated for that."


Thursday, January 07, 2016

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INTERVIEWS HSN JOY MANGANO

Joy Mangano



NEW YORK, NY — Who would you want to star in the movie of your life? That’s a question single mom Joy Mangano never thought she’d be asked. But when Jennifer Lawrence was tapped to play her in the new film Joy, she couldn’t have been more pleased. It’s the perfect meeting of superpowers: shopping- TV’s star moneymaker (Joy can clean up $1 million an hour on HSN) and Hollywood’s It girl. The truly dynamic duo joined forces to tell Joy’s inspiring rags-to-riches story of how some serious elbow grease, ingenious thinking and pure grit helped the nice girl finish first. Joy opens up to Good Housekeeping on her story in the February issue, on newsstands January 19. You’re going to love her!



Joy on meeting Jennifer Lawrence—it was love at first site: “You know how you are meeting somebody and all of a sudden you’re finishing each other’s sentences? It was like that.”



On the importance of being courageous and independent: “You can’t truly be [complete] until you know yourself. You have to trust your instincts in life. There are so many times I’ll be talking to executives who are afraid to say the right thing – and I will be the one who says, ‘Hey, listen! You know what…?’ It’s paid off every time to be courageous and not sit in the background.”



Joy’s biggest advice: “Multitudes of people tried to get in the way of my dream. If you can't go around a rock, go over or under it."



On her focus on making everyday women’s lives a little bit easier: “When I wake up, I think, What can I do to help others? I think we all owe the world something. That’s the way I am when I’m designing a product."



On the Miracle Mop and her ‘Aha’ moment: “People I told were like, ‘Who cares?’ The aha moment for me was that people didn’t even realize they’d care about [the Miracle Mop]. [I’ve been told] I think about things we need and want before we even know we need and want them.”



On having the courage to believe in yourself—a theme that runs through every aspect of Joy’s life: “I would love to see every woman feel that she knows who she is and how she wants to lead. Every part of me is passionate about having the ability to do what I never could when I was young. But if some amazing guy plots out of the sky, that’s OK, too!”


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

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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."