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Monday, April 17, 2017

YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX'S STARS OF TODAY

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HIGH SOCIETY

Photos By: Patrick McMullan
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YAGP Founder Larissa Saveliev



Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen




Amy Astley was the honorary chairman and Marcella Guarino Hymowitz as chairman of the Youth America Grand Prix's “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow' Gala” at Lincoln Center. Samantha Boardman-Rosen, Colby Mugrabi, Candice Jordan Miller, Ashley Olsen, Mary Kate Olsen, Lesley Thompson Vecsler all served as co-chairs.

Marc Mezvinsky With Chelsea Clinton


CBS's Keltie Knight welcomed guests to the performance from the stage of the David H. Koch Theater where young dancers, age 9 to 19, who participated in YAGP's international ballet auditions (stars of tomorrow) danced alongside today's greatest artists (stars of today) including Svetlana Lunkina and Evan McKie (National Ballet of Canada), Tamara Rojo and Cesar Corrales (English National Ballet), Skylar Brandt and Gabe Stone Shayer (American Ballet Theatre), and Tiler Peck and Zachary Catazaro (New York City Ballet).

Soon-Yi Previn With Woody Allen



Dinner and dancing followed on the promenade with guests including Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, Karen and Richard LeFrak, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Fernando Garcia, Tony and October Gonzalez, Donny Deutsch, Cece Cord, Julio Bocca, Irene Shen, Bruce Marks, Deeda Blair, Olivier Sarkozy, Marcelo Gomes, Margot London, Harrison LeFrak, Paloma Herrera, Judith M. Hoffman, Maria-Cristina Anzola and John Heimann, Tico Mugrabi, Rachel Feinstein, Linda K. Morse (YAGP chairman) and gala vice chairs Christina Lyon, B Michael, Suzanne Dance, and Dr. Shirley Madhère-Weil.

Marcelo Gomes





DJ Mad Mar
Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest global dance network of dance, connecting classically-trained students, teachers, schools, companies, alumni, sponsors, dancers and choreographers with audiences who share a distinct passion for dance. YAGP annually awards more than $500,000 in scholarships from the leading dance schools worldwide. Since its founding in 1999, over 80,000 young dancers ages 9 to 19 of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds have participated in YAGP's international workshops, audition classes, and dance awareness events. Gifted dancers have earned over $3 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools. More than 350 YAGP alumni currently dance with 80 companies around the world including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet and many others. For more information, visit www.yagp.org

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

THE SUPER SECRET SCREENING OF BLUE JASMINE

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

By G. H. Harding
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Tammy Blanchard




WOOD MAN --- Last night we caught a super-secret screening of the new Woody Allen movie, Blue Jasmine – slated to open on July 26. We can’t reveal all that much, but can say that star Cate Blanchett is utterly superb. This isn’t funny-Woody; rather, more like a more downtrodden version of his great movie Interiors. Cate’s great and sure to nab an Oscar-nom. Also stellar in this movie are Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Tammy Blanchard, Andrew Dice Clay, and, Louie CK, who is stunningly good in a brief, but totally mesmerizing role. It’s very clearly not an up movie … but, one of the best of the year … and, one of his best. No question about it.

Alexander Kariotis
 


ALEXANDER KARIOTIS --- We came across a rather phenomenal new artist the other day; actually a PR-friend of ours turned us onto him … Alexander Kariotis. Sort of pop-classical we’d term it. Possessing a totally mesmerizing voice, the Chicago-born Alex has woven together a captivating mix of regal and visionary music. Billing himself as Alexander Kariotis and the Rock Opera Orchestra … it’s a mouthful for sure, but check him and his music out at:




With a full-fledged recording out this fall from RED/Sony (with an initial single release of the great "Nessun Dorma," it just could be one of the most significant releases of the year. I've not met him yet and sadly, the gentleman who turned us onto him, isn't involved any longer, but, with maverick-manager Dave Novik (Janis Ian, Vertical Horizon) controlling the shots along with Red's Adam Pollack, success is right up the road. A most pleasant surprise for sure.




JUST LOU --- When one sits down to write a tell-all memoir, it’s a tricky proposition, as you ponder how much of the truth to actually tell? In Lou Gramm’s terrific new memoir, Juke Box Hero (Triumph Books), he tells it all honestly and quite well too.



We're three-quarters of the way through it and enjoying it tremendously. From his humble beginnings in Rochester, New York, to his early-groups, including one called Blacksheep (that I remember very well), to his first meeting with musician Mick Jones, resulting in the formation of the band Foreigner.



Formed in 1976 by veteran English musician Jones and fellow Brit and Ian McDonald. Foreigner became one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of nearly 80 million albums, including 37.5 million albums in the United States alone. The group's songs, "Jukebox Hero," "Feels Like The First Time, " "I Want To Know What Love Is," "Hot Blooded," and "Cold As Ice," are anthems of a generation.



Of course, Gramm’s journey with the group resulted in many highs and lows documented herein. Also, a parting of the ways with Jones, brings forth some revealing revelations from him as well, resulting in a terrifically compelling book for sure.



He and Jones regrouped earlier this year for induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Gramm just did a radio interview with XM’s Brett Winterble and his candor and honesty were most revealing and welcomed. Lou takes his profession very seriously and his speaking about his process was terrifically interesting. Written with best-selling author Scott Pitoniak, this is one of the best-ever books of this type I've yet read.



Tuesday, May 31, 2011

WOODY ALLEN'S MIDNIGHT IN PARIS A SMASH



Woody Allen



THE KOK --- Not only did Warner Bros., The Hangover Part II score the best opening of all time for a comedy at the box office, it grossed the most of any R-rated film in its first five days. Debuting last week on the eve of the long Memorial Day weekend, it earned $137.3 million through Monday; beating the $134.3 million earned by The Matrix Reloaded in its first five days. Here's one for the books: When music-producer Joel Diamond originally heard the "backer's audition" copy of “One Night In Bangkok” that was about to go into its Broadway production, he knew immediately that this was a #1 song. Without a moment's hesitation, he ran into the studio to cut a very contemporary recording with N.Y.'s top model at the time, Robey, and released it on his Silver Blue Records label; that went top 10 in Billboard. Says Diamond:“If I had known back then that Mike Tyson wanted to make his recording debut with this song (which he performs in the current Hangover 2 movie), my choice certainly would have been The Champ instead of the knockout.” Gotta love the Diamond-man! And, I'll say it again, Billy Joel's “The Downeaster Alexa” which figures prominently in the movie's soundtrack, is just a fabulous song; and, the third Hangover movie will be about the character Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and his upcoming nuptials … I'll bet the world on this one!

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R.I.P. GIL SCOTT HERON --- Gil Scott-Heron, poet, songwriter, artist and really one of the first socially important artists ever, passed away last week at age 62. His struggles with drugs and illness and the law in recent years have been well documented, but he was one of those transformational artists whose efforts are still felt today. Truth be told; he probably did invent rap and world music. His song “In The Bottle” in 1974, was really a template for much of the r&b, and rap music that would follow. I was in college when I first heard the song and was amazed not only by the hypnotic music, but also the social-raising lyrics. Interesting too was the fact that the music was via Clive Davis' Arista Records. Say what you will about Clive … but, he was always ahead of the pack. Heron was also a columnist for the much-missed Crawdaddy magazine, mostly around the time of his brilliant “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” album. He also penned a brilliant antinuclear epic “We Almost Lost Detroit” that remains relevant to this day. He also had a reasonably mainstream hit called “Johannesburg” which contained the memorable refrain: “Hey brother have you heard the word – Johannesburg.” He was an artist of the highest order; he will be missed.

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MOVIES --- Over the long weekend we managed to catch two rather terrific movies; Woody Allen's latest Midnight in Paris; which accordingly to our colleague Roger Friedman is turning into the Woodman's biggest hit ever. “The time-travel comedy, perhaps the first film of the year to be a possible Best Picture nominee, is captivating audiences.” Midnight has made over $2.8 million in the U.S. on only 58 screens. The filmmakers last movie, the terrific “Vicki Cristina Barcelona” did an important $23 million. “Midnight” is just a sweet little movie; funny, intelligent, and smart … can I say that again? Smart. You've got to listen closely and to every word to get the full effect. No exploding CGI here … just terrific acting and writing. I've never ever seen Owen Wilson in anything better; and, truth be told, he seems creatively motivated by the role. I do believe a Best Actor Nomination is in his future. He's in virtually every scene and just terrific. If you liked Allen's “Hannah and her Sisters” and “Annie Hall,” you'll love this one. I saw this one at BAM in Brooklyn and when I turned around and looked at an audience … it looked like a Woody-audience … smartly-dressed and ready for an Allen-epic. Say what you will about the director, but at age 72, he's firing on all cylinders. The other terrific movie we caught was Matt Damon's “The Adjustment Bureau” from earlier this year. The film was adapted from the terrific novel from sci-fi wonder Philip K. Dick's “The Adjustment Team.” Several of the writer's novel have been very successfully adapted into films; among them, “Blade Runner,” “Total Recall” and “The Minority Report” which Spielberg developed into a very successful film with Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell. I love Damon and here he's a somewhat serious, brooding politician (with several saucy secrets in his toolbox) who meets sweet with Emily Blunt. If you don't care for this genre, this may not be for you. But, it's a dynamically spun yarn with terrific acting by the two, along with star turns by John Slattery (Mad Men) and Anthony Mackie. Director George Nolfi, who wrote the screenplay did just a stellar job; keeping the action and the narrative moving. And, the look of the film, mostly shot in New York City, is very cool. Great job! Me, I love the genre and really did embrace this movie; it wasn't a huge hit and that's a shame, really, because it captivated me for the entire run. Speaking of Mad Men, when it finally returns next year (!!!) none other than star Jon Hamm will be the director on the first episode. If his directing prowess if anything like his awesome acting … it should be most special!

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Gay Talese



ENQUOTE ---"Most of the people here are seeing the last of one another," Gay Talese said of Elaine's closing last week. "We're at different points in our lives, different parts of the city. Our jobs are different, with actors, fashion models, police, political people, insurance salesmen. And with this dinner being terminated, so is the connection. Not only Elaine was lost."

Photos By: Walter McBride/Retna

Monday, September 13, 2010

'YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER'

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THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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Josh Brolin


Gemma Jones


Lucy Punch


Freida Pinto


Dev Patel


Anthony Hopkins With Stella Arroyave


Woody Allen


Woody Allen along with Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Josh Brolin, Lucy Punch, Gemma Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Stella Arroyave attended the "YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER" Gala Premiere during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

Photos By: Walter McBride/Retna


Friday, September 19, 2008

WOODY ALLEN AND JAVIER BARDEM IN SPAIN

Jaview Bardem And Woody Allen

Hollywood stars Javier Bardem and Woody Allen Attended the Gala Opening Night after party at Bokado Aquarium for VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA at the 56th Festival de San Sebastian Donstia in San Sebastian, Spain yesterday. Woody like always, looks a little perplexed. Cheer up Woody !

Friday, April 18, 2008

WOODY ALLEN FILMS IN NEW YORK CITY

Woody Allen

Famed New York City Director Woody Allen arrives on set of his Untitled Project shooting at Belford Street and Barrow Street in the Big Apple. The new film stars Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood. Most of Allens movies are shot in New York City because he knows no Hollywood set could duplicate what we have here.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

WOODY ALLEN ANGERS BARCELONA CITY

Director WOODY ALLEN has angered the Spanish public by gaining large filming grants for shooting his new film in Barcelona. Officials in the city have allocated $1.36 million (£680,000) to help fund the film, as well as provide police escorts for one of the stars, Scarlett Johansson - meaning around 10 per cent of The Barcelona Project is being paid for by local taxpayers. Local paper El Periodico says, "He must think we’re pretty stupid," while politician Alberto Fernandez slammed the lack of funding for local movie makers. He says, "They spend money on this film, but seem to find it difficult to give money to Spanish or Catalan films." However, the film’s Spanish producers insist the project has received the same public grants as Spanish movies - despite the unique investment from the city hall, which will see the local government recoup costs in line with the film’s profits.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

PENELOPE CRUZ STARS WITH WOODY ALLEN

Sultry Penelope Cruz

Penélope Cruz is to star in Woody Allen's next film. The 32-year-old actress is expected to start shooting with the legendary filmmaker in Barcelona in July. She will co-star in the movie with fellow Spanish actor Javier Bardem. Bardem, 38, revealed he had spoken with Allen by phone, but had not seen a script. As is usual with Allen movies, the title and screenplay details are being secretly guarded. However, it is has been revealed the film will be shot in both Spanish and English and focus on a series of love entanglements.The movie will reunite Oscar-nominees Bardem and Cruz, who worked together on the hit 1992 Spanish movie 'Jamón, jamón'.The dark comedy told the story of an underwear factory boss who falls in love with a shop-floor worker, much to the disappointment of his mother.