Thursday, November 30, 2017

AMERICA SALUTES YOU & WALL STREET ROCKS FETE

Billy Gibbons



Billy Gibbons was photographed at the America Salutes You and Wall Street Rocks Presents: Guitar Legends For Heroes benefit at Terminal 5 in New York City last night.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

JIMMY KIMMEL & ROBIN ROBERTS EPIC TWO NIGHT EVENT

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ABC PRESENTS A TWO-NIGHT SPECIAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE ICONS WHO PASSED AWAY AND COMMEMORATE THE MOST NEWSWORTHY AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF 2017
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Dolly Parton






As another historic year comes to a close the ABC Television Network presents an epic two-night event filled with nostalgia, laughter, celebration and remembrance beginning with “The Year in Memoriam 2017” Monday, December 18th (10:00-11:00pm ET) followed by “The Year: 2017” on Tuesday, December 19th (9:00-11:00pm ET).


Robin Roberts



Jimmy Kimmel
Hosted by “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts and conceived by ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, “The Year in Memoriam 2017” celebrates the legendary stars and icons the world lost this year and the legacies they left behind. Roberts and Kimmel join forces for a unique tribute and learn more about these beloved stars through stories shared by those closest to them, including Valerie Harper, Ed Asner, Bernadette Peters and Dick Van Dyke remembering co-star Mary Tyler Moore; Tracy Morgan, Bob Newhart, John Stamos and Bob Saget remembering fellow comedian Don Rickles; Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker honoring the legendary Glen Campbell; Hunter Hayes and Alice Cooper celebrating music stars Tom Petty and Chuck Berry as well as Dane Cook, Jeff Ross and Sean Hayes memorializing the multi-talented Jerry Lewis.



“The In Memoriam segments are always the most moving parts of a major awards show. Robin and I thought it would be fitting to pay longer-form and more personal tribute to these American icons with great stories from their friends, colleagues and peers,” Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!



2017 was filled with extraordinary moments, profound movements, surprising trends and plenty of politics. After covering the biggest news stories of the year, Robin Roberts and an all-star team of ABC News anchors and correspondents take a look back at the historic and most memorable moments in the two-hour special “The Year: 2017.” Robin, along with George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Michael Strahan, Lara Spencer, Amy Robach, Martha Raddatz, Juju Chang, Dan Harris, Byron Pitts, Paula Faris, Jonathan Karl and Tom Llamas give viewers a wide-ranging review of the year in politics, top trends, pop culture and more.

Bernadette Peters



Alice Cooper
From President Trump’s first year in office to the #MeToo movement triggered by widespread sex abuse allegations in Hollywood to breakout stars and the viral videos that captured our attention, “The Year: 2017” is jam-packed with unforgettable highs and lows and features new interviews with some of the year’s most popular personalities and buzz-worthy breakout stars, including comedian Tiffany Haddish, Jeopardy contestant winner Austin Rogers, YouTube sensation Logan Paul and tennis star Sloane Stephens. Additionally, a panel of insightful and entertaining contributors join Robin and team as they examine the high and lows of 2017 including “The View” co-host Meghan McCain, ABC’s “Shark Tank” guest “shark” Rohan Oza, comedian Michelle Buteau, ESPN host Katie Nolan, Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier, CEO of TheBlaze Glenn Beck and ABC Contributor Alex Rodriguez.



“What I appreciate about the special is that you get an entire year of news and pop culture in just two hours. The show is appropriately serious when it needs to be and it's also filled with many fun, lighter moments," Robin Roberts, co-anchor, “Good Morning America.”



Jimmy Kimmel, Robin Roberts, and John R. Green are the Executive Producers of “The Year In Memoriam 2017” with Co-Executive Producer Seth Weidner and Senior Producers Michaela Dowd and Evelyn Seijido. It is a co-production of Lincoln Square Productions, Rock'n Robin Productions and Smoking Baby Productions.



John R. Green and John Palacio are the Executive Producers of “The Year: 2017.”




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

BRYN COHN AND ARTISTS & FLEA DANCE EXTRAORDINARY

If You Sink



Bryn Cohn + Artists (BC+A) and Artists & Fleas present DANCE EXTRAORDINARY at Artists & Fleas, 568 Broadway, NYC, on Thursday December 7, 2017 at 7pm. Tickets are $35 ($12 for Artists).



For one night only, join BC + A and Artists & Fleas for a unique site - specific collaboration featuring dance, art + fashion like you've never seen before! We invite you to take part in this EXTRAORDINARY evening of creative partnership and community that will benefit BC + A's first repertory show The Art of Loss, premiering February 16 - 18, 2018 at The 14th Street Y and upcoming touring initiatives. DANCE EXTRAORDINARY will include immersive movement installations and live performances from BC + A, a silent auction, music, dancing, cocktails and light fare, shopping + some surprises! Celebrate our 2017 success + support our ambitious goals for 2018!



The Art of Loss isa collection of notable works from 2012-2017 that expose the rebellion, hope and despair that root in otherness. Renowned for their ferocious physicality, theatrical worlds and intimate performances, BC + A navigates an unforgettable cultural, emotional and kinetic adventure. The evening will include the World Premiere of a brand new politically-inspired work, A Perfect Union, which addresses the current sociopolitical climate in our world through the lenses of race, gender, sexuality, terrorism, activism, hierarchical structures and humanitarian effort. In her first-ever musical composition, Cohn has designed a mash-up score sourced from inaugural and political speeches by Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. Tickets are $25 ($20 for students, $15 for children ages 12 and under) and are available at www.14streety.org/theartofloss.



ABOUT BRYN COHN + ARTISTS



Founded in 2011, Bryn Cohn + Artists is a New York-based contemporary dance company comprised of unique collaborative artists from diverse backgrounds. BC + A has been met with critical acclaim amongst artists, press and audiences throughout New York, Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles.



Described as "groundbreaking, primal, surreal and supernatural," (Brooklyn Buzz) the company has been presented in premiere venues throughout the country including Danspace Project in St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Bryant Park, Gibney Dance, Rutgers University, 14th Street Y, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Judson Memorial Church, 92nd Street Y, The Martha Graham Theater, The Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Abrons Arts Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Manhattan Movement and Arts, Triskelion Arts, Salvatore Capezio Theater and John Ryan Theater among others.



BC + A has gained notable recognition for their educational and charitable initiatives within communities and organizations across the country. The company has brought their teaching programs to institutions including California Institute of the Arts, Cornish College of the Arts, Velocity Dance Center, Nazareth College, Rutgers University and Chop Shop Dance Festival. BC + A holds biannual master workshops at Peridance Capezio Center. The company annually collaborates on site - specific immersive experiences with art galleries and fashion organizations including Artists & Fleas, Tribeca Art Night, Foley Gallery, Castle Fitzjohns and Bene Rialto as a means of making dance more accessible within the public sphere.


SALMAN KAHN FILMS 'TIGER ZINDA HAI' IN DESERT

Salman Khan in Liwa Desert



Abu Dhabi, UAE -- Behind-the-scenes images of the cast and crew of forthcoming Bollywood blockbuster ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ filming in Abu Dhabi have been released – including a shot of Indian icon Salman Khan riding a quad bike through the desert.



The film is also living up to its label of being the most anticipated Bollywood movie of the year after smashing viewing and social media records with its trailer.



‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is set in Iraq for its most crucial chapter, which focuses on the real-life hostage case of 46 Indian nurses. Yash Raj Films and twofour54 left no stones unturned as they recreated Iraq in Abu Dhabi by building a 20,000 sq. metre set on the backlot in Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) as well as filming on location.



The behind-the-scenes images include a shot of Salman Khan driving a quad bike through the Liwa desert, where temperatures reached a scorching 50 degrees Celsius. Liwa is one of several locations used in the movie and has also featured in a number of other major productions, including ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.



The film’s director, Ali Abbas Zafar, said: “Liwa has the highest sand dunes in the world. ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ required a certain scale of desert in the film and Liwa provided that.



“Temperatures were soaring and as we shot action sequences with a moving car here, the conditions were extremely challenging. But the unit stood by our vision, and the local crew at Abu Dhabi was also very supportive. We achieved that which we set out to do.”



The other images show Ali Abbas Zafar at the backlot, where he is discussing a scene with his crew on a set designed by Yash Raj Films to look like a conflict zone in Iraq.



A third image features Khan’s co-star Katrina Kaif with the director and members of the UAE Army, which provided a great deal of support for the film, including trucks, hardware, tanks, professional personnel and helicopters, much of which is seen in the movie.



Her Excellency Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said: “These new images are testimony to the incredible locations, facilities and talent that Abu Dhabi has to offer to filmmakers from around the world.



E!'S FASHION POLICE: THE FAREWELL & THE MOMENTS

The Fashion Police



E!’s “Fashion Police: The Farewell”: After more than two decades of countless laughs and unforgettable moments, E!’s iconic comedy franchise, produced by Wilshire Studios, signed off to “Joan Rangers” one last time when “Fashion Police: The Farewell” series finale special aired last night.


Helmed by the legendary comedian and series co-creator Joan Rivers since its inception in 1995, “Fashion Police” forever changed the pop culture conversation – covering every major award show and fashion event through the lens of its signature opinionated, relatable and self-deprecating comedic commentary.


 “Fashion Police” is produced by Wilshire Studios. Melissa Rivers, Lisa Bacon and Gary Snegaroff are executive producers. 


Photo Courtesy Of: E! Entertainment 

 

WAKIN CHAU CONCERT @ LAS VEGAS COSMOPOLITAN

Wakin Chau




Wakin Chau performed at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas the other night to a huge concert crowd.


Wakin Chau, also known by Emil Chau predominantly throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He is a Hong Kong-born singer and actor. Chau's popularity has spread throughout Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and now Las Vegas.


ALLISON WILLIAMS STUNNING @ IFP GOTHAM AWARDS

Allison Williams




Allison Williams was stunning at the 27th Annual IFP Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street last night in New York City.



Sunday, November 26, 2017

PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES PREMIERES HOLIDAY INN


Holiday Inn




Great Performances premieres Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn -- The Broadway Musical as part of the Broadway's Best lineup on PBS. The festive production from the Roundabout Theatre Company premiered Friday, November 24th, and available to stream the following day via pbs.org/gperf. 


Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of Broadway-as well as his fiancé dance partner Lila-to settle down at an old farmhouse in Connecticut ... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a turn for the better when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a seasonal inn with show-stopping performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim's best friend, Ted, tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?



Songs include such Irving Berlin all-time classics as "Shaking the Blues Away," "Heat Wave," "Blue Skies," "Cheek to Cheek," "It's a Lovely Day Today," "Easter Parade," and, of course, "White Christmas."


STANAJ RELEASES INCREDIBLE DEBUT PERFORMANCE


STANAJ




STANAJ released his debut EP The Preview [LAVA/Republic Records] ]—which premiered exclusively on Complex—at all digital retailers last August. Upon its release, the EP entered the Top 10 on iTunes pop chart. Following an incredible debut performance of the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which garnered public praise from fellow guest Justin Timberlake, the EP soared into the Top 15 on iTunes Overall Albums Chart.


 Timberlake’s cosign follows a bevy of social media endorsements from additional superstars such as Drake, Chris Brown, NBA athlete Brandon Jennings, Kim Kardashian West, Russell Simmons, and more. His follow up single, “Romantic” (NOTD Remix), became a breakout hit on Spotify with nearly 80 million plays worldwide. Most recently, STANAJ has been on the road touring with fellow vocal powerhouses JoJo and Jessie J, and releasing new music for his fans- including his From a Distance EP and “The Way I Love Her,” a song he co-wrote with Simon Wilcox and RedOne, who also produced the track.


JERSEY BOYS @ NEW YORK CITY'S NEW WORLD STAGES

Jersey Boys




Performances began Wednesday for Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning musical Jersey Boys, at New York City’s New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) Stage 1.



As previously announced, Jersey Boys stars Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Nicolas Dromard as Tommy DeVito, Mark Edwards as Nick Massi and Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio. The production also includes Stephen Cerf, Andrew Frace, Natalie Gallo, Jon Hacker, Christopher Messina, Austin Owen, John Rochette, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Rachel Schur, Dru Serkes.



Tickets are on sale at the New World Stages box office or by visiting Telecharge.com. Group sales (ten or more) are available through Dodger Group Sales at 877-536-3437.



Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. The production includes Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music by Ron Melrose and Orchestrations by Steve Orich.



Jersey Boys is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story -- a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”