Showing posts with label REGIS PHILBIN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label REGIS PHILBIN. Show all posts

Monday, July 31, 2017



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Laurie Gelman And Dan Abrams

Joy Philbin And Regis Philbin

Rosanna Scotto With Carol Cooper

Kelly Ripa With Michael Gelman

David Mullen
Author Laurie Gelman celebrated the launch of her book, Class Mom: A Novel, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Loi Estiatorio with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in New York City. Notable attendees included: Laurie Gelman, Michael Gelman, Jamie Gelman, Misha Gelman, Kelly Ripa, Regis and Joy Philbin, Maria Loi, Dan Abrams, Rosanna Scotto, David Muir, Bryant Gumbel, Hilary Quinlan, Elizabeth Vargas, Peggy Siegel, David Mullen, Carol Cooper, Mark Simone and Richard Kind.

 Class Mom: A Novel is a clever take on a year in the life of kindergarten class mom, Jen Dixon. Jen is not your typical Kansas City, Missouri kindergarten class mom or a mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different men (probably musicians), and it is her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max¯this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

Dan Abrams With Michael Gelman

Elizabeth Vargas

From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other parents. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Hilary Quinlan With Bryant Gumbel And Maria Loi

Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction¯the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all parents, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths.


Laurie Gelman was born and raised in the Great White North. She spent twenty-five years as a broadcaster in Canada and the United States before trying her hand at writing novels. Laurie lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Gelman, and two teenage daughters. Class Mom is her first book.

CLASS MOM: A Novel by Laurie Gelman

$26 hardcover; 304 pages

$12.99 ebook

Published by Henry Holt and Co.

Distributed through Macmillan.

Available wherever books are sold.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Don Rickles And Regis Philbin

Comedy icons Don Rickles and Regis Philbin have been friends for over half a century. Don’t miss these two world-class funny men go head to head as the two share hilarious stories about their remarkable careers!

The Master of Insults. Mr. Warmth. These were just a few of the labels given to actor and comedian Don Rickles, who in the course of a decades-long career on stage, film and television came to define the tone and persona of the insult comic. But despite his withering barrage of put-downs, Rickles remained a favorite of celebrities and audiences alike, thanks to both an unflaggingly quick wit and a genuine affection for his targets. Those qualities where always on display in one form or another, but never so hilariously than when he was a regular fixture on the celebrity roast circuit in the 1960s and 1970s.

Regis Philbin is an American media personality, actor, and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. Sometimes called "the hardest working man in show business", he holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera. His trademarks include his excited manner, his Bronx accent, his wit, and his irreverent ad-libs.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Regis Philbin And Larry King

Larry King was snapped in conversation with Regis Philbin at The 92Y yesterday in New York City.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Regis Philbin With Vegas Showgirls

Don Rickles and Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin with special guest Don Rickles at Weldbend-IPD Breakfast at NetworkASA 2014 at Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday.

Monday, October 21, 2013


Regis Philbin And Katie Couric

On tomorrow’s episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Katie,", Regis Philbin stops by to talk about his career, marriage to Joy and his new show “Crowd Goes Wild.” As someone recently engaged, hear the advice he gives to Katie about marriage. Tune-in to find out what memorable gift Judge Judy gave him for his recent birthday and what, of all his accomplishments, he’s most proud of!

Photo Courtesy Of: ABC/Disney

Tuesday, November 22, 2011



Florence Welch

RED HEADED WELCH -- With Florence + the Machine’s winning weekend appearance on Saturday Night Live, it seems more than the right time to talk about their just-released second album Ceremonials. It’s always a funny dynamic with an artist’s second album; especially when their debut was such a seismic occurrence as well a huge, huge critical success. Florence Welch’s voice is so ethereal (almost like a cross between Enya and Chrissie Hyne) it’s a bit off-putting at first. When her debut album Lungs was released, after a few listening, I couldn’t get enough. Her voice was irresistible; regal; and, the songs very edgy and the production just light years ahead of what you hear these days. More sonically pleasing then anything this side of Coldplay for sure. Songs like “Dogs Days Are Over,” “You Got The Love” and “Rabbit Heart” were literally eaten up by progressive and rock radio; it was quite the introduction. An appearance on SNL last year confirmed what everyone thought … a brilliant new star had risen on the horizon. Her new album Ceremonials … is basically more of the same. If you loved that first one, you’re going to adore this one. Just as Adele's second album had her defying the sophomore slump, so has Florence. Interestingly enough, Adele’s second album, and this one, both share writing and production from Paul Epworth. Could he be the next Mark Ronson? On SNL she performed “Shake It Out” from the new work, not my favorite so far, but its propulsive drumming is certainly spectacular. Truth be told, she has learned how to incorporate the harp (!!!) into her music and its resonance is rather breathtaking. She also performed “No Light No Light” which is among my faves, as is “What The Water Gave Me," "Lover To Lover"and the title track too. If you haven’t seen her yet, be prepared. She is as regal visually as her music. Just delightful. I’m looking forward to seeing her in person early next year. A Treat for sure. And, that red hair ... wow! SNL was up from last week's telecast hosted by Emma Stone with Coldplay. In the most-wanted demo, 18-49, SNL matched its best results this season; their October 12 edition hosted by Charlie Day, with Maroon 5.


Aidan Quinn

UNDERWATER SUSPECT -- I’ve raged about Maria Belllo’s NBC Prime Suspect as being just out and out terrific, and the fact that the network officially shut down production last week; but, their new episode Thursday night, Underwater, was not only their best yet, but provocative and terrifically well acted. I couldn’t quite believe how strong the show was... all around. Truth be told, it was filmed weeks ago and the glaring problems of their first few episodes had long been corrected. Actors Aidan Quinn, Brian F. O’Byrne and Kirk Acevedo just did amazing turns! Curiously, the network said it shut down production …. but, not said, was that they were canceling it. Strange indeed … right? Their show is the best thing I’ve seen on the station in years. It’s a keeper for sure. Big problems over at NBC for sure.


Patrick Wilson

A GIFTED WILSON -- I watched the last few episodes of CBS’ A Gifted Man, with Broadway’s Patrick Wilson (Angels In America/Hard Candy/Watchmen), over the weekend and marveled at the fact of how good this show has gotten. There’s a device that’s used … and, if you buy into it, it all fits. Wilson plays Michael Holt, who has visions of his wife, who has just passed. One episode (In Case of Exposure), had him about to operate on the man who confessed to maybe having done it; he did operate and there’s a terrific revelation afterward. The terrific Margo Martindale as his aide is just wonderful too. Also, Rhys Corio (Entourage) and Rachelle Lefevre are stand outs too. Here again is a show that has just gotten terrific. In the old days, some shows would take the full 22-episode season to build; today, it’s more like you have two shows to succeed. By the way: Wilson is just sensational; he jumps off the screen at you!


The Rolling Stones

EAGLE & STONES -- Eagle Rock Entertainment has just released a Blu-Ray/DVD of The Rolling Stones Some Girls Live in Texas 1978. Capturing the group at the live best, the show was filmed at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas on July 18, on what many consider one of the group’s best tours ever. This was due to the band’s back to basics approach both musically and visually. As the shows were stripped back compared to their previous tours; harnessing the new punk attitude of the late 70’s. We were immediately brought back decades to witness some terrific performances, including “Miss You,” “Shattered,” “Brown Sugar,” “Happy,” “Respectable” and, one of our all-time favorites, “Tumbling Dice.” Also very compelling as well, is a recent interview with Mick Jagger, wherein he reflects about the tour some 30+ years ago. It’s a particularly candid interview; especially talking about the tour, the music and the times back then. We loved it!


Ricky Gervais

RICKY BACK AS PREDICTED -- We told you so, but now it is official: Ricky Gervais, will be back for this January's Golden Globes broadcast. Apparently it wasn't a slam dunk; but, more members of the Hollywood Foreign Press wanted him back than not. Funnily enough, the comic said the main reason he made the decision, was to basically say FU to all the people who said he wouldn't be back. Odd, right? We love him and thought his stint last time was utterly priceless. From what we heard, the Hollywood cognoscenti felt the same way; from Tom Cruise and Will Smith on down. Let's face it, we heard for years that the HFP could be bought, sold … and, god knows what else; the show heaped praise on them with a terrific effort and the exploits were news fodder for weeks. Remember friends … nothing succeeds like success! Welcome home Ricky!


FINAL REGIS --- Based on preliminary household ratings from NYC and Philadelphia, nearly one-third of TV viewers were tuned into his final TV-broadcast last Friday. The show scored an 8.7 for its last quarter in New York, nearly triple what the show averaged last November, according to Nielsen. After more than two decades hosting Live! - first with Kathie Lee Gifford since 1988, and with Kelly Ripa since 2001, Regis went out top!

Photos By: Sara De Boer/RD/Dziekan/Kenny/Orchon/Retna

Saturday, November 19, 2011



Regis Philbin

It was difficult to watch yesterdays finale of Regis Philbin from daily TV. My God, he's been a fixture since I remember. When I first met him in L. A. years back, I knew he was one of a kind; from his somewhat peculiar name on down. We posited earlier this year that it was all about the Benjamin's in why he was being retired; and, Reege himself basically confirmed that last night in an excellent hour interview with Katie Couric (who knew he did such a spot-on Joey Bishop impersonation?). He said, negotiations pretty much fell apart when he felt that ABC didn't present him with what he considered a fair deal. I don't know what the terms were, but at last count, Reege was pulling in 20 mil-plus a year. That said, his exit brings about a major sea change in the business; that has seen everyone from Oprah to Larry King to the-late Andy Rooney step down. Listen, I do get it; he's 80 and although his prospects don't seem all that fruitful, he's one of a kind; irreplaceable if you ask me. Interestingly enough, Reege also revealed last night that he had been approached to host a reality show … and, even shot some footage, but ultimately passed because it didn't feel right. He always raged about the fact that these so-called reality shows were always scripted … and, apparently he was right. Katie's hour-long special didn't break all that much new ground, yet it presented Reege as a sage on the entertainment business. On the daily show, the last two weeks have had a series of retrospectives and Tuesday's special featured the guests who have passed on and was particularly moving; it was terrifically moving (Chef Tell, Mrs. Greenthumbs and Claudia Cohen, among others). I've raged about Kelly Ripa's shortcomings, but even these last two weeks must have given her pause and to reflect … 'how the f---- am I going to be able to do this?' Kelly was born in 1970 and yes, she's good … but, is she going to be good enough? Let's face it - everything she does will be compared to Reege, And, if the show ultimately fades away ... she'll be blamed. It's a tough, tough spot. Reege was on Letterman last night and was just terrific. This morning, amongst a star-studded audience that included:Tony Danza, Donald Trump, Charles Grodin, Bill Ritter, Sam Champion, John McEnroe, Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, Bryant Gumbel, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Caroline Rhea, Judge Judge, Judge Harry, and 28-year ABC vet Art McFarland, there were still more tributes and a wonderful performance by the cast of Rent, performing “Seasons Of Love” with special-lyrics for the occasion. Ripa, her voice quivering read some terrifically prepared and heartfelt notes and Joy Philbin, along with Regis' daughters spoke as well. Bob Iger, the head of ABC/Disney was there to tell Regis that the studio was to be properly dedicated to him with a plaque … that they showed. The entire moment was fraught with obvious tension; face it, he was the guy who wouldn't sign off on a new deal. High drama indeed! I was surprised that his faithful producer, Michael Gelman said so little; they've been together for almost all of his 28 ½ years and the omission seemed most odd. I also sort of expected director Barry Glaser to be on; one of Regis' oldest show-biz pals. I'm also surprised that Kathie Lee wasn't given a few moments; sure, she was a guest earlier in the week, but again, she should have been heard; face it, her role in the show cannot be discounted. In all, a terrific send off for sure …. certainly, everything that should have been done, couldn't have, but it was indeed fit for a king! Regis spoke at the final four minutes of the show with a terrific, if rather-abrupt and perfunctory speech. Surely the madness and emotion of these past few weeks weighed heavily on him; but, like the pro he is, he was quick, efficient and determined. For me, I'm sad, as each morning for me has been dramatically changed. One of a kind … our Reege! You'll be missed pal ... rest easy!

Photos By: Rd/Kirkland/Walter McBride/Retna

Thursday, November 17, 2011



Aidan Quinn

PRIME SUSPECT SHUTTERED -- Mario Bello's NBC show Prime Suspect officially shut down production yesterday; just after they wrapped their 13th show. It's a situation where the show was critically praised, but NBC, even after airing each episode three times a week, just couldn't pull enough viewers. Ironic, as the network, for a change, really did try to pull viewers. As readers know, I think the world of Bello, and felt she was terrific on this show. Also, Aidan Quinn, raised the bar every time he appeared on screen. To tell you the truth, each subsequent episode was much, much better; given a full season it might have become a winner. Sad!


Jennifer Lopez

BASTONE RETURNS --- In the halcyon '80s, when DJs first became major players on the music scene; for re-mixing records as well as producing ... one of the most significant was Freddy Bastone. Born in the Bronx, he made his DJ-cred for the most part spinning at the now-legendary club Danceteria and ended up re-mixing records for the likes of Queen, Bananarama, Brandy, Judas Priest, Radiohead, Rod Stewart and Taxi Doll. He scored #1 singles with Will to Power (Lynn Goldsmith), Nu Shooz, Jennifer Lopez and Jamiroquai. He also signed Run DMC to their first record deal (in the early '80s) to Cory Robbins' Profile Records. Of late, he's done remixes for Justin Timberlake, Lopez, Jill Scott and Hall and Oates. He's also an actor who has appeared in The Sopranos and Law & Order. Bastone's father was a musician, a drummer, and it's always been evident he's had music in his blood. Armed with a new manager, and several new ideas and projects, look for him to return to the scene in a big way. We could say welcome back, but it's clear with his influence and taste he's never left the music scene.


Cloris Leachman

RIVERDANCE PREMIERS IN L.A. -- Quiet a crowd turned up last night at L.A.'s Pantages Theatre for the premiere of Riverdance. Seen in the crowd were: Kevin Sorbo; Micky Dolenz; Cloris Leachman; Lauren Storm; Ken Davitian; Greg Louganis; Iqbal Theba (Glee); and, Michael Gross (Family Times).


Neil Patrick Harris

THE REEGE MOVES ON -- With Regis Philbin exiting his daily-chat-show this Friday (after 28 years on that show; and, 50 in the biz) I am guessing that this will be our final dispatch on that show. Sure, Jerry Seinfeld and Neil Patrick Harris have already been announced as temporary-guest hosts; yet, there's just no way that it will be able to continue. Kelly Ripa (who was born in 1970!) has grown on me, but there's just now way her limited talents and show-biz knowledge will be able to maintain the frenetic energy that Philbin brought to it. The past two weeks, which have basically had some of the show's best-guests ever; as well as a fabulous retrospective of pristine-Philbin-moments, have shown just how good he is; from his terrific interviews with best-pals Don Rickles and David Letterman; to the awesome assemblage of pranks and stunts that he has participated in. Amazingly, some of the best moments were with original co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.; it has almost been like a master-class. His brand new book How I Got This Way (Harper Collins) is just out and although I've not yet received a copy to read, I'm sure it'll be just like he is … totally original. We'll miss Reege big time; face it, there's no one else like him on TV. A class act for sure!


Channing Tatum

UNCLE UNCLE -- Director Steven Soderbergh, who just directed Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, is reportedly eyeing him for the title role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Both films will be for Warner Brothers and since George Clooney pulled out as the lead character Napoleon Solo, the role has remained a hot catch in the biz. As a huge fan of the 60's TV series, I'm wondering if original stars, Robert Vaughn and David McCallum (now, hotter than ever on CBS' NCIS) …will make cameos … they should!


TRI STATE OF MIND -- PR-guru David Salidor has tipped us off to a irresistible new project coming in January of 2012. A new artist called TriState; with a multi-instrumental ensemble that recently appeared at Webster Hall with a 12-piece orchestra … as sort of sneak. We've heard a brief snippet and perhaps the best description we can give right now, is: a melange of synthesized state-of-the-art music and sounds. It was rather stunning. We wanted to debut it here first; we'll have a more comprehensive re-cap soon.


Bradley Cooper

COOPER COOPS A COVER -- People Magazine's NEW sexiest man of the year ... is: Bradley Cooper. What!!??

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

Wednesday, September 07, 2011


Gwyneth Paltrow

ACCESS THIS -- Believe it or not, the most comprehensive, provocative coverage of Sunday's 9/11 activities thus far, has come from NBC's Access Hollywood with Billy Bush and Shaun Robinson. They're also airing an eight-minute feature, Hollywood Remembers, which features 9/11 recollections from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Michael J. Fox, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Gwyneth Paltrow. Bush, a NY-native, has interviewed Tom Brokaw, Matt Lauer and Dan Rather for their memories and perspectives of that game-changing day. The show also tales a look back at the first post-9/11 Late Show hosted by David Letterman. Personally, I'll never forget that first post-9/11 show of Saturday Night Liver, when then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani introduced Paul Simon, performing The Boxer; one of the most powerful moments on TV I've ever seen. Positively mesmerizing. Says AH executive producer Rob Silverstein, "With the start of our 16th season, I could not be more proud of the way we have risen to the occasion; we'll be the only evening news magazine show to have put the time and effort into a project like this." Terrifically well done guys.


Eddie Murphy

EDDIE MURPHY -- If we get the Eddie Murphy of 48 Hours and Beverly Hills Cop ... the next Oscar's should be just splendid. Yesterday's news that 50-year old Eddie Murphy will be hosting the next Oscar's was greeted with much industry praise; especially after the debacle of this year's show hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. That show was positively derided by almost everyone; I like both actors, but they were clearly well out of their depth. It was a noble attempt (much like having Rob Lowe singing to Cinderella years ago) that fell totally on its face! Me, I'm a bona fide Billy Crystal/Johnny Carson fan ... and, for my money, Crystal should be made the permanent host, but Murphy is definitely the wild card choice. He's had an erratic career, but with his nominated performance in Dreamgirls and the advance notices for his forthcoming Tower Heist movie (with Ben Stiller; directed by the Oscar-show producer Brett Ratner) Murphy is clearly headed for a career resurgence. It's a tough gig; let's face it, when Franco and Hathaway were picked, it probably seemed like a brilliant idea ... young-Hollywood and all that. Then, what happened happened! Truth be told, my favorite Murphy movie was 1986's The Golden Child ... certainly not 2007's Norbit! Murphy looks a lot older in Heist, playing what seems like a pastiche of his characters in Hours and Cop ... I'll say one thing; it'll be a hoot one way or the other. Eddie: I'm pulling for you babe!


Adrian Niles

MILES OF NILES -- One of our discoveries around here, Adrian Niles, is poised for major success. With pending dates here at BB King's; the Cutting Room; and Le Poisson Rouge; his latest album was just the recipient of a glowing review in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The reviewer Jim White called it "a bluesy blend of Americana and stylish songwriting." Reviews of that caliber don't come any better. Check it out here.

Congrats Adrian ... we'll see you here in NYC soon!


Regis Philbin

REGIS EYES NOVEMBER -- On Monday's Live With Regis & Kelly it was officially announced that Friday, November 18 will be the 80-year old host's last day with the show. Now, we posited several columns back that ABC would relent and want Reege to stay. I haven't heard what the real play turned out to be, but what a disappointment. Suffice to say, we've grown to like Kelly too; but, the show's days are certainly numbered. With all due respect, she just doesn't have the gravitas, nor experience to carry a show like that on her own. I mean, when show business vets come on the show and are interviewed by her; it's just not going to work; many of these show biz pros had their heyday when Kelly was still in school. Regis' first legit credit was when he was Joey Bishop's announcer; Kelly's was her stint in a soap! We wish her all the luck, but she better eyeball some future projects. To me, ABC/Disney losing Regis is a major, major mistake; but, with all the cost-cutting happening these days out in Hollyweird ... I can certainly understand it. Regis spent most his three-weeks off in August out in L.A. taking meetings and seeing what else is out there. I predict he be back stronger than ever! Also: note to Gelman - We are loving the flashbacks of Regis' best moments on the show; no one else has material like that! Brilliant!


Bruce Willis

EXPENDABLES ... DEPENDABLES -- After The Expendables turned in a surprisingly strong $275 million worldwide, everyone wondered if there'd be an encore.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis have just signed on for expanded roles in The Expendables 2, alongside Sly Stallone. Arnold and Bruce delivered essentially cameos in the first film, so their expanded roles for the sequel bodes well for this newest epic. In the premiere film they both tweaked the fact about when they were the world's biggest actions stars and it came off exceptionally well. Stallone directed the first one, but this time around that role will go to Simon West, who did the first Tomb Raider movie, which was just dazzling, as well as Con Air. Willis will shoot the movie right before he heads to Russia for Die Hard 5. In addition to Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li returning from the original, there is also talk of Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Only in Hollywood folks!


Alfred Molina

LAW & ORDER - A RETURN? -- One of the most delicious rumors I've heard in the last week concerns a possible revival of the Law & Order mothership; yes, the one with the great Sam Waterson! The much ballyhooed L. A. edition died a slow, painful death; even though in my opinion the shows were mostly pretty good; especially the always awesome Alfred Molina. With the terrific Chris Meloni gone from Law & Order SVU, and Stephanie March back on the show, and the terrific Linius Roache reprising his role as Mike Cutter, little by little several of the original cast is coming back. One can only hope for Vincent D'Onofrio! This should be a most memorable season for SUV ... giving added hope for the original to return! Last night I caught an episode from 1999 called Refuge (with Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt) where the main story dealt with the Russian Mafia, but at the end of the show, Bratt's character left the squad to deal with his wife's impending MS. Great, great scene by both actors! Did you know that Orbach did 274 episodes of the show? Wow!

Photos By: Walter McBride/RD/Dziekan/Jackson/Kabik/Kirkland/Retna

Wednesday, February 09, 2011



PRINCE – I haven't really commented on it yet, but when I went to see Prince last month at Madison Square Garden, I walked out thinking it was the best live show I've ever seen. I was reluctant to even think that, let alone say it, because with the amount of shows I go to see, I'm always ready to see the next big thing. However, when I conversed with WPLJ’s Race Taylor (who goes to see literally hundreds of shows, let alone plays all the hits on his show and was at the same show as I) and, he said exactly the same thing; I felt ready to admit it loud and proud. I mean, if he was ready to take the plunge … so was I! Prince hasn't had a hit single in more than 15 years and has gone even longer without a legitimate hit album; but, his reign is stronger than ever. The last time I caught the Purple One was a good ten or so years ago at Radio city Music Hall. Now, 52, older and no-doubt much wiser, his almost three-hour show was a total revelation; bordering on a religious experience for sure. Firstly, I had forgotten what an amazing guitarist he is; simply sensational. Second, he is without a doubt one of the best live-entertainers I have ever seen; part Michael Jackson, part-Gene Kelly, and part-Bruce Springsteen. Singularly awesome. From the moment he first stepped onstage, walking over to a piano and banging out the first few verses of his numerous hits, it was at once apparent that he has more hits than mostly any current artist today, and yes, he was going to tease us throughout the show. The show was really broken down in to three parts; his early-Motown-like phase, where he sounded like Jackie Wilson at times; his rock-flavored tunes; and, the hits. Spot on perfect in every way. I found it rather satisfying when he kept mentioning that this show was live …and, old school. He obviously is more than aware that his successful reign has spanned many years; both old, and, now new!

The band that he currently has is nothing short of terrific (the Dap Kings featuring Sharon Jones) and worked flawlessly with him. Saxophone great Maceo Parker (who played with James Brown for two decades) was a very well received guest. Prince kept asking the crowd if they knew who he was; and, though most in the audience probably did not, he kept pace with Prince perfectly. He didn't do all his hits, but “Peach,” “Purple Rain,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Nothing Compares 2 U,” “Baby I'm A Star” and, two songs he wrote for other artists; Sheila E’s “A Love Bizarre” and “Cool,” originally recorded by the Time, were note-for-note perfection. I went into wanting to hear “Little Red Corvette” and Diamonds And Pearls” but left feeling extremely pleased. Really … the best show ever!


Les Paul

BECK DOES PAUL – Last spring at NYC’s Iridium club in Times Square, Jeff Beck hosted an all-star salute to the late-guitarist Les Paul and now our friends at Eagle Rock have released a DVD shot in high definition.

On June 9, 2010, which would have been Paul’s 95th birthday, Beck was joined by Brian Setzer; Gary US Bonds; and, Imelda May and her band led by Darrel Higham, for a variety of terrific performances including “Bye Bye Blues,” “Sitting On Top Of The World,” “Mockin’ Bird Hill” and the classic track “Peter Gunn.” What’s fascinating about the evening, besides the terrific music, was the host of celebrities sitting in the audience, which included David Bowie, Steve Van Zandt, Paul Shaffer, Kirk Hammett, and, Nils Lofgren. Beck released the CD Live At Ronnie’s Scott last year and his performance of Steve Wonder’s “Cause We've Ended As Lovers” was as terrific of his initial recording of that song in 1983. The terrific package also includes a behind-the-scene interview with Beck which is terrifically fascinating. A five-time Grammy winner, with five more nominations for this year’s show (which airs this Sunday), the artist will undertake a tour this spring with May and her band. Last year he also performed several shows with Eric Clapton and though I wasn't there, I heard there were simply sensational.


Russell Crowe

POWER BALANCE – You may have noticed these thin-slim bracelets on many performers, like Russell Crowe and Khloe Kardashian, and sports figures, like Lamar Odom and Shaquille O’Neal. The deal with them, from Power Balance ( is that they employ a new type of energy-flow using a hologram-based technology common to many Eastern philosophies. Power Balance is the firm that has manufactured and developed these and after wearing one for the past two weeks, I must admit I do feel a subtle shift in my body chemistry … and, to the positive … really! I'd recommend going to their site and continuing to review their notes and accolades. I mean, if these bracelets are gaining renown in the sports community; there’s got to be something there. These days, bombarded with stress from every angle; give these babies a try. I mean, how could you not?


Regis Philbin

LONG LIVE KING REGIS – I first met Regis Xavier Philbin in Los Angeles, when he was the co-host of the Joey Bishop Show. I was young and cocky, but knew at first blush that this guy had something that stood out from everyone else.

All these years later, I have fully recognized the impact that Reege has had on the entertainment scene in general; from reviewing movies; to his many talk-shows (with co-hosts including Mary Hart, Sarah Purcell, Cyndy Garvey, Ann Abernathy, and Kathie Lee Gifford) and his now-patented host chat segment, which begins each show. The conversational concept, borrowing somewhat from The Jack Parr Show, is a 12-15 minute segment where Philbin and his host talk about what they did last night. I know it might sound thin on paper; but, it’s worked like a charm; let’s face it, Barbara Walters The View borrowed this theme note-for-note. Philbin’s success with the original version of ABC’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire made him a world-wide media-sensation overnight, and even Reege was amazed by its success. His everyman-style is a winning one, and with friends like David Letterman (who dropped by as a surprise guest this morning), director Barry Glazer, and, new-talk show pundit Chuck Grodin, he’s a bona fide national treasure. As much as I have grown to love Kelly Ripa; I cannot see the show continuing without Philbin. Said PR-man David Salidor, “The reason that it’ll be almost impossible to replace him is the fact that Regis is the real deal. He’s the consummate pro; what you seen on screen is all him. He’s really one of the last great originals.” Though rumors abound in the industry that Philbin’s leaving ABC over money issues, I predict he’ll be back very, very soon on TV. In fact, Simon Cowell, who’ll be back on the TV screens with his X Factor show, has already said he’d love to have Philbin as one his of his yet unannounced judges. Who wouldn’t? We love you Reege.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Society Scene Staple Michele Herbert Chairs Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala In
New York City

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

Last year the Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala in New York drew a large black-tie crowd that included celebrities such as Harvey Keitel, Dan Aykroyd, Brooke Shields, Regis Philbin and Art Garfunkel, who enjoyed a rare performance by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. It returns this year as one of the philanthropic community’s anticipated events. Scientists have known about Alzheimer’s disease for over 100 years, yet a cure still eludes researchers. The good news is that significant advancements exist in the treatment and support of patients and their families, thanks to increased public awareness and private funding for new research. The largest private funder of research for the disease and its care is the Alzheimer’s Association, and their annual Rita Hayworth Gala uses style and panache to support this worthy cause. As the current Gala Chair, quintessential Palm Beach and New York Socialite Michele Herbert promises to make sure that this year’s Gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel lives up to its formidable reputation. Michele’s sense of style is matched only by the generosity of her heart. She is well-known in philanthropy circles, and recently went so far as to host the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Fall Kick-Off at her New York City home. When Michele found out that one in four women will suffer from early onset Alzheimer’s, she knew she needed to get involved and lend her special talents to the cause. While a lot of people know how to throw glitzy A-list parties, Michele takes it up a notch…or two. When her husband Larry Herbert, owner and founder of the Pantone color system, turned 80 last year, she planned an elaborate weekend-long event in Palm Beach that included dancers from Dancing with the Stars and Patti Labelle—no wonder people are still talking about it! The theme this year is Experience the Mystery, and will explore the mystical opulence and allure of Eastern culture. As an expert of color and design, Michele is sure to take this theme to its full potential for creativity. Of course Gala founder and daughter of Rita Hayworth, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, is sure to also add her special touch. As President of Alzheimer Disease International, the Princess is deeply devoted to the cause, inspired by her mother’s battle with the disease. She also lends her time as a National Council Member of the Salk Institute and as a spokesperson for the Boston University School of Medicine. The Gala will give the Rita Hayworth Award to acclaimed fashion designer Naeem Khan, and his wife, jewelry designer Ranjana Khan. Broadway producer G. Marlyne Sexton will be honored with the Philanthropy Award. Rolex Watch USA® generously decided to underwrite the event. The Alzheimer's Association was formed in 1980 by Jerome H. Stone. With more than 75 local chapters, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe. As the largest nonprofit private funder of research for Alzheimer’s and advancement in care, the Association has sponsored great improvements in the lives of innumerable patients. The majority of these patients are women, and often their caregivers are female relatives. The Association and the Gala aim to address not only the disease, but these unsung heroes. To learn more about their upcoming Gala, visit the event website here.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010


The guy or girl that writes this column is a very big industry insider who wishes to remain anonymous, but wants to write about all the headlines happening in Hollywood and the Music Industry.

Ben Stiller

GO GREENBERG --- Monday evening was the much anticipated screening of Focus Features latest release, “Greenberg,” starring Ben Stiller; written and directed by Noam Baumbach (the "Squid and the Whale" and "Kicking and Screaming"). It was, as anticipated, a slow-burn, dazzlingly written and acted movie. Stiller for me, is a terrific actor whether it’s a comedy or drama. He was terrific in “Zoolander” and stellar in “Tropic Thunder.” Sure, he’s had his missteps, “Cable Guy” comes to mind, but here he’s downright engaging … and, funny. The real standout here is actress Greta Gerwig, who plays Florence, an assistant for his brother in the movie. She and Greenberg meet and a relationship ensues. The line ‘hurt people hurt people’ keeps coming up and now that I've thought about it, basically describes the movie. Hurt people hurting … but, trying to emerge from that dark place. Stiller says, “Greenberg is about people who haven't realized their dreams. Which is something a lot of people can identify with. How do you deal with it? Greenberg has put up so many layers of defenses and so many barriers of protection to push people away. By showing all of the characters in a real way, hopefully the audiences will feel for the love story that emerges from the movie.” Truth be told, the movie reminded me of the early work of Robert Altman , Paul Mazursky, or Hal Ashby, where introspection was the main motivation in each of their works. Rhys Ifans plays Ivan, Stiller’s buddy, and is a real revelation here. In the past, he’s been the comedic-foil for so many characters (“Notting Hill” comes immediately to mind). Here, he’s downright stoic and his lines are often of a philosophical nature. Turns out he and Greenberg were part of a band in the early '80s, and actually had the chance to sign a record deal, but Greenberg begged off at the last moment, destroying their chances and the members went their separate ways … with much resentment still there. Trying to save his years-old marriage, and with a son Victor, his one standout line for me was ‘imagine if you could embrace the life you could have had.’ Great line, right? A terrific movie for sure. I'm not sure how it will resonate with the mass audiences, but for me Greenberg is the real deal. Kudos to Stiller, Baumbach, Ifans, and Gerwig. For me, an instant classic. So far, one of the best this year .Thanks to Jason Simons of Focus Features for hooking us up on this one and it was a delight re-connecting to MTV's Kurt Loder, who I've known for years.

Paul McCartney

SCRIPTED --- Tuesday night found us at Danny Fried’s China Club were WPLJ hosted their latest Up Close And Personal concert with The Script; currently the hottest export from Dublin, Ireland. I didn't realize it, but the group opened up for no less than Sir Paul McCartney at his shows last year at Citi Field. The threesome, currently hot as liquid gold with their single “Breakeven,” were sensational, with a remarkable command of the stage. To me, they immediately brought to mind one of my favorite groups Keane, from England. It was terrific to see the WPLJ-gang again, from Scott Shannon, Todd Pettengill, Brad Blacks, Monkey Boy, Race Taylor, Theresa Angela, Tony Mascaro, and Tony Cafarelli. The group’s Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan, and Glen Powers quickly developed an immediate bond with the night-before-St. Patrick’s Day gang and delivered a tremendous show. In fact, now that I think about it, the crowd was especially raucous and certainly ready to celebrate the next day. We also enjoyed “The End Where I Begin” and “Rusty Halo.” Also spotted were Promo wiz Jerry Lembo; PR-man David Salidor with his latest client Harrison Forbes. Terrific group … terrific show.


Keifer Sutherland

24 AGAIN --- Just when you thought that TV’s "24" couldn't possibly re-cycle another idea … they did it one more time and it worked as well as ever. They essentially blew up their oh-so-secret and high-tech CTU headquarters, with an EMP. Got that? An EMP? They actually blew CTU up in season 2; gassed it in season 5; and, was sort of taken hostage in season 6 … but, it still worked like a charm this time. I've got to tip my hat yet again to the acting prowess of Keifer Sutherland. When you think of all the fine actors who have been in this show, Sutherland still ranks at the top of the list. Good one Keifer. Again, I do hope "24" survives for one more season. As I said Monday, a firm-end time would probably do everyone and everything over there a big favor. But, Monday night, they shined again. And, just for my own two-cents: This terrific episode was written by Patrick Harbinson and Chip Johannssen, two of the very fine writers from my all-time TV favorite, “Millennium.”


Alice Cooper

ROCK AND ROLL DO DO --- From all the reports surfacing from Monday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show at The Waldorf, it seemed positively dull. Every report I've read referenced Phil Collins not looking well and scowling every time. I know he’s either recovering from back surgery, or about to go under, so he’s not 100%, but even in the photos he seemed to look like Jackie Earle Haley. I'm glad ABBA finally got in, but the names of the acts that have not yet been granted entry is indeed shameful. I know I said Monday I would not mention them, but after repeated requests, here’s the list: Kiss; Depeche Mode; The Cure; Chicago; Hall and Oates; Rush; Alice Cooper; Moody Blues (!!!); E.L.O.; Cheap Trick; Bad Company; Peter Frampton; Heart; T-Rex; Bon Jovi; Journey; Foreigner; Public Enemy; Red Hot Chili Peppers; and, The Monkees. Shameful, right?


Joseph Fiennes

SHORT NOTES: I love “Regis and Kelly” … but, when they do a pre-tape or post-tape and edit it horrendously, it is the worst … interviews end abruptly, subjects overlap. In the old days, if you did a lousy edit, the fellow would get reprimanded and you'd never see something like that again. Nowadays, it’s almost become a badge of honor to do … and, have the audience pick up on it. The technical term is called Easter Eggs. Still hate it … The L.A. Times today reported that Fox is nearing a deal to bring Conan to their network. Go for it guys … Leno is awful and though I hate to see anyone opposite David Letterman, Conan is due … A show debuted last September called “Flash Forward.” It’s been moved so many times and has had three sets of show-runners, so it never really had the chance to get an audience. The basic premise is that everyone (or, so we think at the onset) blacked out for 137 seconds. Everyone’s blackout enabled them to get a glimpse into their future … some good, some bad. The show returns to ABC tomorrow with a hopefully stepped-up agenda. The writing has been nothing short of terrace; the acting, led by Joseph Fiennes, superb; do yourself a favor and watch it ... "Lost" continues their brilliant end-run of shows. Josh Holloway, just superb. This fellow is doing outstanding work. So enjoyable!
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