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Monday, August 06, 2018


Rosie O'Donnell Talks To CNN

Actress Rosie O'Donnell talked to CNN's Chris Cuomo about why she has turned a feud with President Donald Trump into activism in leading a nightly protest at the White House since Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

EDITOR NOTE: Rosie O'Donnell is right on the money with everything she has said and is saying to CNN. First of all, she knows the guy as do I, personally. He was always a lying piece of crap. It is very funny how Donald Trump calls everything "FAKE NEWS", as The Donald is the inventor of "FAKE NEWS".  His publicity stunts over the years in New York City are what movies are made of. He could care less about the poor, the homeless or the sick. FACTS!

One example. Years ago I was doing a photo shoot at the Metropolitan Club across the street from the Plaza Hotel, which he owned at the time. Ivana and Donald Trump walked out and a homeless guy was asking for a dollar. It was cold and snowing. Donald looked shocked that anyone would ask him for a buck and flew past the guy like he was the plague. Ivana looked shocked at his actions and she went into her purse and gave the guy a 100 dollar bill. 

That was the difference between Ivana and The Donald. Donald could give a crap about anyone starving, anyone homeless, but Ivana always had a soft spot.

Now let's get to the kids. Very rarely would we photograph The Donald with the kids but we always photographed Ivana with the kids. I remember just one time and it was one of Donald's "FAKE NEWS" publicity stunts he dreamed up. He called some of us out to K-Mart shopping with Ivana and the kids at K-Mart. He knew photos of a millionaire shopping at K-Mart would run worldwide. He knew this. He was always a master at these publicity stunts and we all knew this, but we knew the photos would sell, so we all went along with his 'FAKE NEWS' events. 

Donald was never a father to his kids like he would make it seem. I do not think they even know him. But now that they are older, they are craving for their fathers attention, so they will do anything to please him. But what they do not know is The Donald would sell them all out to save his ass. All of us in NYC who have covered his antics over the years all know this.

Donald Trump's apartment in Trump Tower was also a very stale place to be. Nothing felt like a home there. Everything had it's place. Gold faucets everywhere and everything had it's place. White grand piano, white couches and gold everywhere. Very tacky. Really was. Only room that even felt like a home, that felt comfy  was the den. That was adorned with book shelves, couches close together and was very nice. But that was the only room that was anything like a home. Even the bathrooms had these tacky gold fixtures.

Everything at Mar A Lago had it's place too. After Donald and Ivana got divorced, I was invited down there for a party. This was about the time The Donald brought the property, before it was a golf course, and Ivana got to use it a certain amount of the time, per their divorce agreement. I arrived early. Security and the maids did not yet set up the place for Ivana. When I arrived, security were busy taking down photos of Donald and the kids and putting up photos of Ivana and the kids. Everything was controlled, down to the photos on the walls and tables.

I could go on and on. I know this man. He is a liar, he could care less about anyone, including his family and he needs to be taken out of office. His father was a crook too. Look up Fred Trump and his crooked Coney Island deals with crooked politicians. Look it up. Like father, like son. End of story.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018


To A More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor

LOS ANGELES, CA -- In light of the recent news this week with the Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission shows that the fight for equal rights is a battle that's not over yet. But this Pride month join us to celebrate LGBTQ marriage equality with the groundbreaking documentary “To A More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor”

Spotlight Cinema Network’s newly formed event division CineLife Entertainment, will shine a powerful light on historic LGBTQ civil rights figure Edie Windsor with filmmaker Donna Zaccaro’s (“Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way”) illuminating new documentary “To A More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor.” CineLife Entertainment will bring the Ferrodonna Features Inc. acclaimed documentary to more than 150 screens nationwide beginning on June 7, 2018 with Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, D.C., Denver, Atlanta, Austin, Palm Springs, San Diego, etc. timed to the anniversary of this landmark Supreme Court decision.

The film features interviews with notable voices in this civil rights battle, including: Roberta Kaplan (Windsor Attorney), Pam Karlan (Windsor Legal Team & Co-Director, Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic), Rosie O’Donnell (Comedian, Actor & Activist), Frank Rich (Writer-At-Large, NY Magazine), Hilary Rosen (Communications Advisor & LGBT Activist), Richard Socarides (White House Special Assistant & Advisor to President Clinton), Matt Staver (Founder & Chairman of Liberty Counsel), Jeff Toobin (CNN Legal Analyst & New Yorker Staff Writer), Nina Totenberg (Legal Affairs Correspondent for National Public Radio), Tony West (Former Associate U.S. Attorney General), Edie Windsor (Plaintiff), Evan Wolfson (Founder & President of Freedom to Marry), among others.

“It is a true privilege to be working with Donna and the Ferrodonna team on this brilliant and important film” said CineLife Entertainment’s Managing Director Mark Rupp. “We look forward to bringing Edith Windsor’s story to a discerning audience on big screens across the US for Pride Month.”

“To A More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor” shares a rich tapestry of love, marriage, and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes -- octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice. Upon the death of her spouse Thea Spyer, Windsor was forced to pay a huge estate tax bill because the government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples. Windsor became a renowned LGBTQ civil rights advocate when she chose to sue the United States government to recognize her more than 40 year union– and won. Windsor and Kaplan’s legal and personal journeys go beyond the story of this pivotal case in the marriage equality movement as Zaccaro tells the story of our journey as a culture, and as a country that promises its citizens equal rights for all.

Spotlight Cinema Network represents nearly 300 venues nationwide and over 1,100 screens specializing in the best of independent and “smart” Hollywood films. Spotlight offers an array of on-and-off-screen promotional opportunities that enable advertisers to reach consumers throughout their entire moviegoing experience. Owned by Mark Cuban, Todd Wagner and Arthouse Marketing Group, Spotlight represents top tier art house, luxury and independent exhibitors including Landmark Theatres, Angelika Film Center, Laemmle Theatres, Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, CineBistro, among others.

CineLife Entertainment is the Event Cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks that markets and distributes events and other alternative content programs. CineLife offers a wide range of unique entertainment events including anime, musical theatre, documentaries, and concerts, as well as cult, classic, and indie films to cinemas throughout the United States and internationally.

“To A More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor” Director/Producer Donna Zaccaro is the Founder & President of Ferrodonna Features Inc., a non-profit film production company with a mission of producing films about women, women’s issues, and social justice issues. Previously, Zaccaro Directed/Produced “Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way,” the critically acclaimed documentary about the trailblazer who made history as the first woman to run for national office on a major party ticket, which debuted on Showtime. Prior to founding her media production company, Zaccaro was an award-winning producer for the “Today” show at NBC News.

The deal was negotiated by Mark Rupp on behalf of Spotlight Cinema Network and by Lisa Lindo of Rocket Surgeon Productions and Steven Beer of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo on behalf of Ferrodonna Features Inc.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017




Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie's Tweet

Having photographed Rosie over the years many time, this girl is serious. These politicians were bought and paid for and Rosie knows this. Real shame, but they will learn next election. 

 As of right now, the Rich have gotten their way. They passed the tax cuts and they are heading to Trump's desk to sign. Donald Trump is a crook. This benefits him and his family. He will not be in office much longer. He has cheated people all his life, from every bankruptcy he has filed where small businesses were paid pennies on the dollar and went out of business, to now where he is going after every American so he can profit. Banks have lost money on Trump and that means we lost money. Trump uses the American Peoples Money by borrowing from Banks and when his businesses fair, we lose. Crook. Absolute crook!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017


Edie Windsor

Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell was photographed at Family Equality Council's 'Night at the Pier' event at Pier 60 in New York City. The famed talk show host and actress was snapped looking up to the sky and praying for Donald Trump's move to Russia. Gay rights activist Edie Windsor also attended the event.

Thursday, October 02, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Whoopi Goldberg

IDES OF JIM --- I had quite the magical evening the other night; the kind that could never happen again. It was the New York-book launch of the new memoir from Jim Petereik (Ides of March; Survivor) titled Through The Eye Of The Tiger (BenBella Books). First off, it was held at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room which is the perfect venue for an event like this; and, it was a glittering crowd, including Vanilla Fudge-drummer Carmine Appice; Gene Cornish from The Rascals and Peppy Castro from the Blue Magoos.

I had just that afternoon finished reading Jim’s book and found it to be one of the best rock-books like this ever written … and, he wrote every word himself. As he said from the stage, during just a stupendous solo performance, he didn’t think he could write a book like this because there was no major re-hab or career-adjustment drama … just a pretty pristine solo career marked by the formation of the Ides, and their huge hit “Vehicle,” (which he modeled his vocal after Blood, Sweat & Tears’ David Clayton-Thomas who famously snubbed him at a show) and, then disbanding the group and segueing fairly seamlessly to Survivor (1983), where they hit big with “Eye Of The Tiger” for Rocky III. Peterik recounts in amazingly vivid detail how the song came together and his first call from Sylvester Stallone. He thought it was a prank and called his friends who did a pretty good Sly-impersonation to check.

Says Petrik, “At first, we wondered if calling it 'Eye of the Tiger' was too obvious. The initial draft of the song, we started with 'It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight, rising up to the spirit of our rival, and the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night, and it all comes down to survival.' We were going to call the song 'Survival'. In the rhyme scheme, you can tell we had set up 'rival' to rhyme with 'survival'. At the end of the day, we said, 'Are we nuts?' That hook is so strong, and 'rival' doesn't have to be a perfect rhyme with the word 'tiger'. We made the right choice and went with 'Eye of the Tiger'.”

The book tracks his growing up in Chicago to meeting the power players in L. A. and is a truly riveting read. I shared a few quick moments with him (remember, I’ve been a fan since 1970) and found him to be funny, smart and, quite the conversationalist. I think he’d be a great hang for an afternoon.

“Tiger” was certified platinum in August 1982, signifying sales of 2 million vinyl copies. The song had sold over 3.8 million in digital downloads in the United States alone by February 2014. It was voted VH-1’s's 63rd greatest hard rock song. Combined sales of original vinyl release and digital downloads total over 9 million copies, making "Eye of the Tiger" one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Also in the mix there, were radio-chick Leslie Gold; Mike McCann from Premiere Radio; PR-pashas David Salidor and Carol Kaye (who put the magical event together); Long Island-musician Victor Kastel, and the club’s Lincoln Foley. Great night.

Rosie O'Donnell

VIEW WARS --- A nasty showdown erupted on the set of The View last week when the show's moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-host Rosie O'Donnell got into a heated spat in front of the studio audience.

Rosie was upset because Whoopi cut her off on a Hot Topic subject that O'Donnell indicated she was passionate about backstage before the show. The segment ran out of time and Whoopi had to cut to a commercial.

The Hot Topic was on spanking and the segment was running long, so producers told Whoopi it was time to go to commercial break in her ear. Rosie refuses to wear an ISD monitor in her ear so the control room was unable to speak to her.

Whoopi told her that if she had an ear monitor, she would have known what was going on. When Whoopi did the abrupt cut to commercial, Rosie let loose, the insider said.

“As soon as they went to commercial break, Rosie took the handheld microphone that they use to engage the audience,” explains our source.

“Instead of talking to the crowd, Rosie spoke directly to Whoopi in the mic that she hurt her feelings, and that she was very upset by it and didn't appreciate what Whoopi had done.”

Standing to the side without a microphone, Whoopi responded by saying: “This isn't the time for this, Rosie.”

Instead of moving on, O'Donnell continued to gripe openly in front of the audience in the microphone about what she perceived as an on-air snub.

“Well I just don't appreciate you saying that you were going to do something and not doing it. It makes me upset and I just don't want to have to go through this,” O'Donnell continued.

Goldberg, looking annoyed, shot back: “I said this was not the time Rosie.”

Not fazed by the Oscar winner's petition to leave matters alone until after the show, the 52-year-old comedienne continued to vent about Whoopi's actions.

The View moderator then fired back to Rosie: 'F*** it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don't want to listen. If you want to go there Rosie, I will dammit. I'm really sick of your s***!”

“At this point, you could've heard a pin drop. It was like everything came to a standstill and Rosie finally backed down,” our tipster explained.

New co-host Rosie Perez then jumped up and made light of the moment, ending the quiet that had fallen over the room.

“Oh s***, Twitter is going to be off the hook now,” Perez quipped, causing the crowd to laugh. “They're about to get it,” she continued.

Producers hurried over to the two ladies with notes and information regarding the next segment and when the show returned live, it was as though nothing had gone wrong.

Relations between Rosie and Whoopi behind the scenes at the show have been tense since the beginning of the season, as sources believe that O'Donnell really wants to be in her old moderator role and is having a hard time playing second fiddle to Goldberg.

Additionally, Goldberg has begged ABC to terminate her contract with the network and pay her the remaining $10 million on her deal to go home, as she hates working on the show now, particularly with all of the changes.

Our tipster goes on to say, “Rosie has been a terror from the get-go, only allowing the three new executive producers and co-hosts; Whoopi and newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, to communicate with her and making it clear to everyone in earshot, she's literally running the show.”

“She has a definitive view of how she would like the show to go and wants everyone else to fall in line.”

It’s been widely reported that when Rosie O and new co-host Nicole Wallace did a test show with two fill-in hosts in an effort to build chemistry. Neither Rosie Perez nor Whoopi were present.

Despite the fact that Whoopi is the regular moderator for the show, leading the discussion, Rosie O took charge of the test show with Nicole.

“It was almost as though she was rehearsing for when she eventually takes over as moderator. It's clear that she would have preferred being in that capacity as she was before.”

YES INDEED --- Eagle Rock has announced the simultaneous release of Yes’ Songs From Tsongas - The 35th Anniversary Concert - Special Edition on 2DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats, and the first-ever release of Songs From Tsongas as a 3CD set.

The Special Edition of Songs From Tsongas contains two different concerts from Yes’ 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White.

In addition to the Tsongas show, the DVD is packed with an additional 70 minutes of never-before-released highlights from Lugarno, which we actually preferred.

The Lugano disc features the group in a somewhat different setting: first, it’s an outdoor show that has a stripped-down stage and full on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas while the crowd wields a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, which is clearly not preventing them having a great time! It’s a terrific visual and the group is awesome.

All their hits are here, including “Going For The One,” “Roundabout,” “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” “And You And I,” “Starship Trooper,” “Wondrous Stories,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Ritual,” “Turn Of The Century,” and many more captured here in all their glory. Yes, they've aged somewhat … but, the music is as strong as ever. Our favorite? Chris Squire’s inspired bass-solo on “The Fish.” Remarkable!

CLOSING NOTES --- Monday’s The Blacklist (Monarch Douglas Bank) –their second ep this season- was even better than the first. In a funny aside, Entertainment Weekly referred to the show’s pacing as having the viewer flying blind for 48 of the show's 60 minutes; storing away information that might be useful later on … funny and also true. This is one show you must pay attention too. Also, the show’s use of programming music is just off the charts. Monday’s episode concluded with Tom Odell’s “Heal.” Just exquisite and spot on. This show’s Class A all the way …

Guitarworld has a sensational interview with Jim Peterik; check it out.

Gone Girl with Ben Affleck is out Friday. I don’t recall seeing so much positive press on a movie since I don’t know when. The reviews for this David Fincher-directed epic have been, well epic. Looking forward to it.

SIGHTINGS: How Alfo learned to Love Women playwright Vincent Amelio huddling with his director Robert Funaro on Seventh Avenue and 29th street in NYC; Rockers On Broadway’s Donnie Kehr at the Cutting Room.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Mostly Moptop

50 YEARS AGO TODAY --- The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts will present Long Island’s premier Beatles band, Mostly Moptop, live on the 50th anniversary weekend of the legendary band’s American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mostly Moptop plays regularly at DHPAC, and contributes their shared Beatles expertise to The John Lennon Center for Music & Technology at Five Towns College.

The show, Saturday night on February 8th at 7:30 p.m., is entitled The Fab ’64 Show, and will focus primarily on the group’s breakthrough music from the classic 1964 albums Meet the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, and Beatles for Sale.

Mostly Moptop has been playing Beatles music as well as other covers from the '60s through the late 70's since 1995. They have performed with the Beatles Magical Orchestra conducted by noted American composer David Amram. They have played successful shows in many NY-area venues, and are known for wowing audiences with their faithful renditions of Beatles favorites as well as solo material recorded separately by John, Paul, George, and Ringo starting in 1970.

Anthony Pomes—the John of the group—feels that the importance of the Beatles’ arrival to America a half-century later expands beyond just the music. “Our country was still reeling from the trauma of JFK’s assassination a few months earlier [in November 1963]. America needed to find its joy again. That’s what the Beatles brought back to us all those years ago—and that’s what we plan to give to each and every person who is with us at this very special show.”

EVANS A GO GO --- Iconic Hollywood producer and former studio head Robert Evans is working on a TV series about Hollywood in the 1970's. The vision of the series is much darker than the contemporary inside Hollywood depicted in HBO’s Entourage. Set in the 70's with a creative tone similar to Casino, it involves the last days before studios were taken over by conglomerates, when they were run by wily entrepreneurs, and where there was a mob influence, drugs, sex, excess, casting couches, and some of the best movies made in the 20th century. The protagonist is an outsider who against the odds rises to become a king in Hollywood in a tale of power, legacy, and the American dream.

The series isn't based on Evans — real anecdotes will be used in a fictitious storyline — but everyone who either read or, better yet, heard him read the audio of The Kid Stays In The Picture knows that Evans started as an actor and rose to the top of Paramount Pictures when that studio was nearly out on its feet. He, with a scrappy team of execs, saved the studio by making classics including The Godfather, Love Story, Rosemary’s Baby, Harold And Maude, The Odd Couple, The Conversation, Serpico and others.

Evans has plenty of stories to tell about that era; hell, he was right there. This will be a good one for sure.

HELLO ROSIE --- When Rosie O'Donnell left Barbara Walters’ The View - following the 2006-2007 season, she said she would return for guest spots. And sure enough, seven years later, she will. ABC said Monday that O'Donnell will be a guest on Feb. 7. It will mark her first appearance since she wrapped up a controversial year of hosting the popular daytime talk show.

Among other things, the outspoken O'Donnell engaged in a verbal battle with Donald Trump, leaving Walters - a friend of both - caught awkwardly in the middle.

O'Donnell left the show when she said she and the network couldn't agree on a new contract. O'Donnell wanted to sign for one year, while the network wanted three.

Walters praised O'Donnell when she left and reiterated that praise Monday, saying in a statement, "I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show's successful history." She was also a lightning rod for controversy, whether with Walters or Elisabeth Hasselback – now, decamped at Fox.

For me, after a recent viewing of the show, her blistering personality should be a great infusion for a show that has, perhaps, gone on far too long. The phrase long-winded comes to mind.

It'll be interesting to see her duel with Goldberg; who can more than hold her own.

O'Donnell, who has done a number of other projects in the intervening years, currently has a regular role on ABC Family's hit drama "The Fosters."

MORE RINGO --- Ringo Starr seems to have found a sweet spot in his current All-Star Band. Now on its twelfth version, this will be the third year with the current roster of stars which includes Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana and Journey), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette. The majority of his previous bands only lasted one year except the 4th which was together in 1997 and 1998 and the eleventh (2010 and 2011).

Starr confirmed his feelings for the current lineup saying "I love playing with this band and I can't wait to get back out and play with them again."

The new tour starts on June 6 in Ontario and runs through July 19 in L. A.

CLOSING NOTES --- Author Elliot Tiber, who wrote Taking Woodstock which was turned into the 2009 Ang Lee film, releases After Woodstock in April - 45 years after the ground-breaking concert. Tiber’s vibrant writing and amusing anecdotes convinced Lee to make the film, and although I wasn't the blockbuster many thought it could be, it remains a vital, funny and captivating film. If you haven't seen it, you should. Demetri Martin starred as the young Tiber and gave a mesmerizing performance …

West 57th Street nutritionist Sophia Aslanis says Super Bowl Sunday is the “Biggest eating day after Thanksgiving is Super Bowl Day.” So beware and be forewarned …

American Idol judge Keith Urban and Grammy winner Gary Clark, Jr. took to the 2014 Grammy's stage for an electric performance of Urban’s “Cop Car.”

Urban looked laid back as always in a v-neck T-shirt, his sharp new haircut making him look more like a country-rock blend than ever. It was a cool deal, pairing up a country superstar and musician/actor who has been described as being the future of Texas blues.

Urban brilliantly showed off his guitar abilities during the performance with a truly rocking solo, and he grinned from ear to ear while playing. Clark took over with an equally impressive, completely blazing guitar moment. Both artists took it in to play together, and Urban slugged Clark so hard on the shoulder at the end that it almost knocked him over! …

Yoko Ono rocking out to Paul McCartney’s “Queenie Eye,” with Ringo on drums! At first blush, it looked great; then, it seemed like Ms. Ono was on another planet. Son Sean, standing next to her, was dressed like his father in his “Imagine” video from Ascot. Don't believe me? …. Check it out on YouTube.

I don't really understand all the noise about Beyonce’s performance of “Drunk In Love”; it was the opening number and yes, perhaps a tad suggestive, but she showed why she’s the top act these days on the charts and in concert …

And, what was Taylor Swift’s hair doing during her performance of “All Too Well” – rumored to be about ex-Jake Gyllenhaal. Interesting she didn't come away a winner. Has Swift’s expiration date come due? …

Also, Katy Perry … burned at the stake? What was that performance of "Dark Horse" all about?

PR-pasha David Salidor thought on The Grammy's, "It's worth noting how many of the newer artists thanked their team! Manager, agent, press agent ... it takes a village. Cyndi Lauper even tweeted she forgot to thank her PR-person. They're all important." ...

And, tonight is the record release launch of the year’s most over rated artist so far? Based on a classic … this version is a cheap ply. Guess who, don't sue ...

Thursday, September 26, 2013



Rosie O'Donnell

 Liz Smith

Fran Drescher

BD Wong

Christopher Makos And Paul Solberg

Leslie Ziff

Phil Donahue And Marlo Thomas

Sheila Nevins

Samira Wiley

Natasha Lyonne

Rosie O'Donnell And Fran Drescher With Rosie's Theater Kids

Michelle Rounds

Ronan Farrow

The stars of New York City, came out for Rosie O'Donnell's 10th Anniversary Gala Benefiting Rosie's Theater Kids.

Friday, October 28, 2011


A Rosie O'Donnell Halloween

Dressed as "Little Ro Peep", Rosie O'Donnell surprises the audience during her upcoming Halloween show/spectacular. After an unforgettable opening musical number with Rosie and her flock of male-dancer "sheep," --- illusionist Criss Angel performs and Rosie sits down with Caroline & Albert Manzo from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey."

Photo Courtesy Of: Harpo Productions

Wednesday, March 31, 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.

Dick Clark

CLAY COLE RISES --- This last six months has produced an almost staggering array of music-related books; Mark Spitz’s terrific David Bowie book, which despite some naysayers, I found totally captivating; detailed, and, very factual. It made this reader realize all over again what a truly singular talent Bowie was … and, is. Phil Sutcliffe’s terrific opus, “Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock”; “Elton” by celebrity-biographer Mark Bego; Jon Bream’s “Neil Diamond Is Forever: The Illustrated Story of the Man and His Music”; and, Paul Shaffer and David Ritz’s “We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives.” Our pal Tom Cuddy gave us a new one to read: “Sh-Boom – The Explosion of Rock ‘N Roll 1953-1968”(Morgan/James Publications) by TV’s Clay Cole. This is, without a doubt, the best book I've ever read on the early beginning of rock ‘n roll. Cole, for those who may not remember, exploded onto the black-and-white TV screen in those days; producing, writing, hosting … at times, on three different shows. Clay Cole was one of those teenagers, so the connection between him and his audiences was true and immediate. He was quite the prodigy too … writing and performing those first shows at his childhood home. He was the first to introduce Chubby Checker perfuming the “Twist;” the first to present the Rolling Stones, Tony Orlando, Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Bobby Vinton, the Rascals, Ronettes, Four Seasons, and, Dion. He also debuted music video clips, go-go girls, and young standup comedians like Richard Pryor and George Carlin. After an unprecedented 15 years of fame, Cole walked away from his popular Saturday-night show at 30 years old and has essentially remained out of the spotlight for 40 years; Clay has been called the “missing link to the Sixties.” With this book, he’s back. There were so many things I liked about this book; it’s a bit difficult where to begin: His writing style is snappy, funny, direct. Many of the events and locations that he references here are gone forever, but, I do remember them. The references to the clubs of the days, the restaurants, the names, the memories … I loved and remember them all. The true stories, many of which I know firsthand to be true, are sad, revealing, and compelling. When he was at WPIX presenting some of the best new R&B performers on the scene, he was called on the carpet of the then CEO, and asked to cut back on the black talent; certainly in a more direct and unflattering way than I choose to say here. A year later, the station was awarded for its continuing efforts towards diversity. They took the award and didn't even acknowledge Cole. Johnny Carson, Dick Clark, Zsa Zsa Gabor; Vanilla Fudge; Tiny Tim; Tom Dowd; Tom Jones; Dick Clark; Sarah Dash; Ringo Starr; Dick Clark; Mary Wilson; Diana Ross; the Rat Pack; Mike Douglas; Mia Farrow; Lou Christie … they're all here. A devastatingly brilliant book … written with our friend David Hinckley from the Daily News. This book isn't for everyone, but if you truly love music and want to know an integral part of how it all happened … this is for you.


Roger Friedman

ROGER FRIEDMAN --- Last week, Roger Friedman and his blog (Showbiz 411) in the Hollywood Reporter parted ways. Their editor Elizabeth Guider said they wanted to go in another direction. Insiders reported that Friedman had done the blog for almost a year, and then last week broke the rather huge ‘Rosie O’Donnell comes back to TV story’ … then gets canned. Guider had said when she first hired Friedman, “HR wanted to beef up its celebrity coverage.” And, they managed to do that in a very public way with the Rosie-story … then let’s Friedman go. HR was just sold and more than anything, I hear it’s a budget-oriented move; and, regrettably these days … that’s nothing new. Now, Roger is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I find him continually fascinating and marvel at the Intel he gets all the time. Believe me, Roger is tied in … from Weinstein to Sting to U2. He'll be back better than ever for sure. We love you Roger. Hold tight!


Keifer Sutherland

24 --- By now you've heard and read that Keifer Sutherland’s terrific “24” will end its 8-year run this May. While the news is not all that surprising, I think we have to say yet again that the show this year is as good as ever and will certainly be going out on top. When the show first debuted, its split-screens and editing startled everyone. Now, every show does it and the luster has worn thin. But, let’s give a proper testament to what the show has done and for Sutherland’s terrific acting and performances. Even when the going got tough, he was there delivering 100%. Even when the plot lines blurred together, Keifer was all there. They're saying a movie is in the works and I do hope it happens. A terrific adventure, we were all lucky to have witnessed it. LARRY STEVENS --- Our Park Ridge, New Jersey singer/songwriter Larry Stevens is opening for Todd Rundgren this Friday at BergenPac in Engelwood. Now, this writer is a HUGE fan of the Runt’s. His epic music from the 80s, 90s, and now, is just in a class by itself. Last year he joined the reunion of The Cars and seamlessly melded their hits with his. His two-album set “Something/Anything” is in a category all by itself. Stevens, who’s most recent CD is the terrific “Downstair’s At Mayo’s,” is prepping for a label showcase next month with his manager David Salidor. According to the pair, Peter Abraham from The Cutting Room will be involved in the production. We're going to be there Friday so we'll have an on-the-spot report next week.

Dick Van Dyke

ROSENFELD PASSES – Michael Rosenfeld, Sr., a founding partner at Creative Artists Agency and who started its literary department, died last week of respiratory failure. He was 75. After working at William Morris throughout the 60s, Rosenfeld con-founded CAA in 1975 along with Bill Haber, Ron Meyer, Michael Ovitz, and Rowland Perkins. Among the deals he helped package, were, roles for Rita Moreno and George Chakiris in “West Side Story”; Dick Van Dyke in “Mary Poppins”; and, selling mini-series “Rich Man, Poor Man” (1976) to ABC in 1976. He also repped Marlo Thomas, Joanne Woodward, Ann-Margret, Eva Marie Saint, and Dyan Cannon, as well as the writers for “Columbo,” “Mannix,” and, “Murder, She Wrote.” His son, Michael Jr., worked at Warner Brothers Records and with Madonna and then, Dreamworks Records. Michael Sr. was, one of the good guys. He will be missed.


Deborah Norville

NORVILLE SOLDIERS ON --- Michael Starr in today’s New York Post reminds that Deborah Norville is celebrating 15 years as the host of TV’s “Inside Edition.” He says, “No mean feat where news magazine anchors are set adrift with alarming regularity.” So true. The show continues to generate strong numbers. I well remember her at the helm of the “Today Show” in the late-80s and she was simply terrific. The Dalton, Georgia born anchor also appeared on several CBS News shows before beginning “Edition” in 1995. She’s also done radio as well, replacing Sally Jesse Raphael, on ABC Radio. Season-to-date, “Edition” is ranked sixth among all syndicated programming; just behind “Entertainment Tonight” and ahead of “Dr. Phil.” It’s also up 7 percent over last year and has gained an additional 328,000 viewers over last season. A class act for sure, congratulations.... AIR TRAVELS --- Last week at this time, I was prepping for a short weekend to Barcelona. My JFK/Delta flight turned around after an hour to repair a generator that had gone bad. Watching fuel being burned off from my window seat was rather upsetting. Coming back, my flight from Amsterdam was delayed four hours; face it, air travel just ain’t the same anymore. Plus, rudeness seems to be the fashion of the day. In between I found Barcelona totally captivating. The Gaudi church, tapas, the people, fashion, and the museums with work from Miro and Picasso, simply outstanding. It was great, too short, and little too much drama. Am glad to be back in the hood.

Photos By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Rosie O'Donnell

Fun loving Rosie O'Donnell's breakup from wife Kelli Carpenter was smooth and drama-free because neither partner wanted to fight and lose touch with each other. Rosie is insisting women can always find a way to go their own ways graciously because they always want what's best for everyone involved. Rosie broke up from Kelli in 2008. She says, "We tried very hard to make it work in different configurations. ... It's not really the same paradigm as heterosexual divorce. It's different. "I'm not trying to say it's (lesbian divorce) better. ... Women usually, in relationships, that emotional connection is really the most intense, and so when they break up, I have found, they stay connected. "Every woman I've ever been with, besides one, is still in my life." The star was appearing on "Oprah and also revealed she split from Carpenter because the two were drifting apart. She says, "What you want and need at 30, which is when I met Kelli ... is very different to what you want and need at 40 and 45, and in some ways we both came back to our authentic selves and who were were ... wasn't as great of a match."
Photo By: Walter McBride/Retna

Tuesday, November 24, 2009




Rosie O'Donnell

Judy Gold

Chita Rivera

Jonathan Groff

Montego Glover

Shoshana Bean

Nikki Blonsky

Linda Dano And Rosie O'Donnell

Melinda Doolittle

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah along with Melinda Doolittle, Chita Rivera, Judy Gold, Linda Dano, Jonathan Groff, Nikki Blonsky, Montego Glover and Shoshana Bean were snapped backstage at Rosie's Bway Extravaganza at the Palace Theatre in New York City. The Evening benefits Rosie's Broadway Kids with star-studded tribute performances that honored Queen Latifah. Rosie's Broadway Kids is an arts education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts. Using professional teaching artists, Rosie's Broadway Kids provides instruction in dance and music and a professional theater experience for children who might otherwise not have the opportunity.

Photos By: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009




Missy Yager

Sam Trammell

Wallace Shawn

Grant Shaud And Stephanie Cannon

Catalina Sandino Moreno

Kenneth Lonergan With J. Smith-Cameron

Josh Hamilton

Merwin Goldsmith

Scott Elliott

Tate Donovan

Kieran Culkin

J. Smith-Cameron

Matthew Broderick With Rosie O'Donnell

Matthew Broderick along with Rosie O'Donnell, J. Smith-Cameron, Josh Hamilton, Merwin Goldsmith, Scott Elliott, Kieran Culkin, Tate Donovan, Missy Yager and many other stars attended the Opening Night After Party for the New Group Production of "The Starry Messenger" at Theatre Row in New York City.


THE STARRY MESSENGER follows an astronomy teacher whose carefully circumscribed world is upended by an unexpected encounter that changes everything. Two-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Lonergan, in his highly-anticipated return to The New Group following the 1996 premiere of This is Our Youth, teams up with his childhood friend, two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick and Oscar-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace). The show was written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan and stars Matthew Broderick, Stephanie Cannon, Kieran Culkin, Merwin Goldsmith, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Grant Shaud, J. Smith-Cameron and Missy Yager.

Photos By: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.