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Saturday, April 15, 2017

ROCK LEGEND GEORGE CLINTON STILL FASHION KING

George Clinton



George Clinton at "2017 Hits High Note at SESAC Pop Music Awards" at Cipriani 42nd in New York City. George really hits the high note with this outfit!




BASTILLE IN CONCERT AT THE FAMED COSMOPOLITAN

Bastille



Bastille performed at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada last night. Of course famed photographer Erik Kabik was there to capture this great concert.


MADAME TUSSAUDS UNVEILS NEW WAX ZOE SALDANA

Zoe Saldana




Los Angeles – Actress Zoe Saldana unveiled her wax double at Madame Tussauds Hollywood and struck a pose side-by-side with the figure. The figure is dressed in the light pink Versace dress Saldana wore to the 2015 Academy Awards which she personally donated to Madame Tussauds.



“It’s like a dream come true. I’m feeling very grateful and really humbled.” said Saldana.



Prior to the unveiling, Madame Tussauds Hollywood released the first look of its expert team of sculptors and artists capturing Zoe’s measurements and likeness, as well as selecting the perfect matching hair and eye color for her figure. The session lasted more than two hours and over 250 measurements were taken. The completed wax figure is valued at approx. $350,000.



Zoe Saldana has been widely recognized for powerful range and diverse roles with more than 50 award nominations, including NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards, MTV Awards, Teen Choice Awards and People’s Choice Awards.



Saldana is set to reprise her popular role as Gamora in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 slated for release on May 5. She is also a global fan favorite for her tent pole roles as Neytiri in the AVATAR franchise and Lieutenant Uhura in the STAR TREK franchise.



Famed Madame Tussauds Hollywood is LA’s premiere Hollywood destination offering guests the world's only opportunity to interact with incredibly lifelike iconic figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV and music. Only at Madame Tussauds can guests "grab hold" of their favorite stars and enjoy countless interactive experiences. Lifelike figures of Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Selena Quintanilla and Will Smith are among the more than 125 featured figures.



For more information, visit the website at www.madametussauds.com/Hollywood on Facebook Madame Tussauds Hollywood and Twitter (@TussaudsLA)


 Photo Courtesy of: Madame Tussauds / Getty


Saturday, April 08, 2017

TYRESE IN FASHION ON STORMY NEW YORK DAY

Tyrese




Tyrese was spotted the other day in a very stormy New York City. Hey the colors are great fashion, we just hope he's not wearing real fur.


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

THE VIEW ON BILL O'REILLY SEXUAL HARASSMENT SUITS

On Set With The View Yesterday




Hot Topics: Nikki Haley Says There's 'No Love' Between US and Russia



“[President Trump will] be tough on certain things — he’ll be tough on the media ... tough on SNL ... But this is when it’s time to be tough [and] somehow he disappears!” Jedediah Bila said.







Hot Topics: White House Announces Sex Assault Awareness Month


 

Hot Topics: Bill O'Reilly Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuits



“The reason that Bill O’Reilly still has a job is because of ad revenue," Bila said. “Money talks!”





Photo Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney

POLKA DOTTED SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR IN NYC

Sarah Michelle Gellar




Sarah Michelle Gellar was photographed yesterday in New York City and we just love her high fashion polka dot shoes! What a way to brighten up the Big Apple.



JODIE SWEETIN STILL IN NYC FASHION ON CRUTCHES

Jodie Sweetin



Jodie Sweetin was photographed on crutches yesterday in New York City. The star still was in fashion and looked great. We wish Jodie a quick recovery.



CHRISTINE LAKIN IN PURE NEW YORK CITY FASHION

Christine Lakin



Christine Lakin was in fashion and looking real good when we spotted her in New York City yesterday. We just love your smile and boots Christine!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

MSNBC: DON KING & DONALD TRUMP AT MAR-A-LAGO


Donald Trump And Don King




President-elect Donald Trump takes questions from reporters, alongside boxing promoter Don King, and insists that his business won't get in the way of presidential leadership. Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post joins MSNBC's Chris Hayes to discuss.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

CARRIE FISHER MOM DEBBIE REYNOLDS IN HOSPITAL


UPDATE: Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84. The world has lost another Hollywood legend!



Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher On Oprah In 2011




Famed legend Debbie Reynolds was rushed to the hospital from a home in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, just one day after the death of her daughter, "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher.


Reynolds was hospitalized after a call that she was having trouble breathing, two law enforcement sources familiar with the incident told NBC News.


Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart confirmed an adult female was transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center "in fair to serious condition" from an address associated with Reynolds' family.


Reynolds, 84, catapulted to fame after her first leading role in 1952 at age 19, playing Kathy Selden in "Singin' in the Rain," starring alongside veterans Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. 


MASTERS OF ILLUSION @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS

Masters Of Illusion



Englewood, New Jersey - Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Masters of Illusion-Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.



Masters of Illusion


Believe the impossible! The hit television series, Masters of Illusion, breaks out of the box and into bergenPAC. Whether in Las Vegas or on television, magic has never been hotter. Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. Audience members will marvel at the huge production values and be drawn in by the immediacy of a live performance. It's the time honored art of the master illusionist combined with the speed and modern design of the 21st century.



You'll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers...everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible - all rolled up into a live show.



And it's all LIVE! No camera tricks, no computer graphics-just amazing illusions in real time in front of a live audience. It's a world-class live event coming to bergenPAC!



bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030


Photo Courtesy Of: Bergen PAC


Friday, December 16, 2016

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA EBONY COMMEMORATIVE

President Barack Obama In Ebony




CHICAGO -- To mark the political ascent and enduring legacy of President Barack H. Obama, EBONY has published a special commemorative edition, “Hail to the Chief: Saluting Eight Years of Excellence.” This stylish, thought-provoking issue (83 pages; $10.99) is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, archival EBONY articles and hard-hitting analyses from leading African-American writers including award-winning poet, author and civil rights activist, Nikki Giovanni; MSNBC award-winning journalist Joy-Ann Reid; culturally astute critic Eric Deggans; pop culture pundit Touré; and New York Times best-selling author Baratunde Thurston.

“Our readers know the utter importance of simple images of Obama and the first family in a White House that had been very literal with respect to its previous inhabitants,” says Kyra Kyles, editor-in-chief of EBONY. “But our team went well beyond the aesthetics and recruited the most sought-after Black thought leaders to candidly discuss the social context around his administration, his achievements over two terms and the impact he will have as our first but hopefully not our last.”


Among the highlights:



Editor’s Letter: EIC Kyles bids adieu to President Barack Obama in this touching reflection on his absolute grace under partisan fire.

Poetic Justice: Nikki Giovanni pens an exclusive poem for EBONY capturing the essence of the first African-American president.

The Legacy: From his electrifying ascent to the legislative imprint he leaves behind, EBONY examines President Obama’s undeniable impact on health care, race relations, gay and women’s rights.

The Love: We examine the love shared by President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama and its impact on uplifting Black families.

The Look: By combining haute couture with dashes of attainable attire, the first family embraced the power of fashion.

The Laughs: He could have occasionally been dubbed “comic-in-chief.” A look at Obama’s best clapbacks.

Famous Farewells: Supporters ranging from members of Congress to well-known entertainers offer their thanks and words of encouragement to the 44th U.S. president.



EBONY’s commemorative special commemorative edition will be available December 20 for purchase on newsstands only.



ABOUT EBONY 



EBONY is the No. 1 source for an authoritative perspective on the multidimensional African-American community. The EBONY brand, including print and digital, reaches over 10.7 million readers monthly. Our media reflects the cross section of Black America as delivered by our best thinkers, trendsetters, activists, celebrities and next-generation leaders. EBONY ignites conversation, promotes empowerment and celebrates aspiration. EBONY magazine is the heart, soul and pulse of Black America, and a catalyst for reflection and progression. Follow and engage with us: @EbonyMag on Twitter, EbonyMag on Facebook, EbonyMag.Tumblr.com on Tumblr, and Ebony.com on the Web. We are not “new Black” nor “old Black”; we are ALL Black!



​ Cover Photo Credit: Dudley Brooks

Monday, November 28, 2016

DR. JILL STEIN GUESTS ON WEDNESDAY'S 'THE VIEW'

Dr. Jill Stein



‘The View’ welcomes Jill Stein for her first appearance on the ABC talk show, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT). The Green Party Presidential candidate will discuss her decision to raise funds for a recount of the election results in the key states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.



“The View” (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT) is the place to be heard, with live broadcasts five days a week. Candi Carter serves as executive producer, with Brian Teta as co-executive producer. “The View” is directed by Sarah de la O.



For breaking news and updated videos, follow “The View” (@theview) and Whoopi Goldberg (@whoopigoldberg), Joy Behar (@joyvbehar), Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure), Paula Faris (@paulafaris), Sara Haines (@sarahaines), Raven-Symoné (@ravensymone), Jedediah Bila (@jedediahbila) and Sunny Hostin (@sunny) on Twitter.


 

Friday, November 25, 2016

BRADY BUNCH STAR FLORENCE HENDERSON DEAD

Florence Henderson



I am really saddened by the news that Florence Henderson has died. She was a old time legend with class who I just loved to photograph. 


Many times I was on a photo shoot and there was Florence. I photographed her on Broadway, at Macy's and many other places around New York City. I even photographed her on a Brady Bunch cruise around Manhattan with most of the cast. She was a very kind lady and most of all, I always felt good being around her. Once again we have lost a angel!




NBC NEWS -- Florence Henderson, who wrangled six unruly kids in a blended family on TV's "The Brady Bunch," died Thursday night in Los Angeles at 82, her manager confirmed.



Kayla Pressman, Henderson's manager, said the actress died of heart failure surrounded by family and friends.



At the time of her death, Henderson was hosting a talk show, "The Florence Henderson Show," and a cooking show, "Who's Cooking With Florence Henderson," on Retirement Living TV — showcasing the versatility that kept her in the public eye for decades.



She started in show business as a singer and soon moved into acting, studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She was soon starring in musicals — notably the touring production of "Oklahoma!" — and she made her Broadway debut at age 18 in the 1952 musical "Wish You Were Here."



Beginning in 1954, Henderson gave almost 1,000 performances playing the title role in the Broadway hit "Fanny."




TV soon took notice. Henderson was one of what were then called "Today Girls," delivering the weather on NBC's TODAY.




But by far her best-known role was that of Carol Brady, which aired from 1969 to 1974 in its original format and never really went away. "The Brady Bunch Hour" aired 1977, followed by "The Brady Brides" in 1981 and "The Bradys" in 1990.



Maureen McCormick, who starred as daughter Marcia Brady, called Henderson "a dear friend for so very many years" on Twitter early Friday.



The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences called Henderson "one of the truly great entertainers," saying in a statement: "Florence was not only America's favorite TV mom, but television royalty as the first Today Show Girl on NBC to her own daytime talk show and, of course, the iconic role of Mrs. Brady on 'The Brady Bunch.'"



In her autobiography, "Life Is Not a Stage," Henderson admitted having cheated on her first husband, Ira Bernstein, whom she married in January 1956. One of her affairs, she wrote, was with John Lindsay, the dashing mayor of New York City during the 1960s.



Henderson and Bernstein, who had four children, divorced in 1985. Henderson later married hypnotherapist John Kappas, who died in 2002.



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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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?

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(LAUGHTER)

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

(LAUGHTER)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

That’s right.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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…

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

…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…

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

…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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

Leaders like Tim Kaine…

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

…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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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!

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)


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 Beyoncé 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!