Monday, January 08, 2018

DAVID LETTERMAN'S NEW SHOW HAS BARACK OBAMA


My Next Guest Needs No Introduction



David Letterman is out of retirement and returning to television with a six-episode, 60-minute Netflix series -- My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. The first episode will premiere on Friday, January 12, 2018 with each subsequent episode streaming monthly from February to June. Dave’s lineup of influential guests includes George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and President Barack Obama.


The interviews take place both inside and outside a studio setting, with Letterman traveling to "locations far and wide," according to a Netflix press release. The episodes will take an in-depth look at Letterman's guests.


When Letterman announced the new show, he said in a statement, "I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely."


He also told the New York Times that the new series "feels like exactly what I want at this stage of my life." Letterman said he plans to keep his outgrown beard.

LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA'S "FIFTY SHADES FREED"

“For You (Fifty Shades Freed)”




New York, NY  Republic Records and Universal Pictures unveil Liam Payne & Rita Ora’s “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” as the first single from the forthcoming Fifty Shades Freed Official Soundtrack [Republic Records]. “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” was written by Ali Payami (Taylor Swift, The Weeknd), Ali Tamposi (Kelly Clarkson), and multi-instrumentalist watt.



The Soundtrack arrives in stores everywhere and at all digital retailers on Friday February 9, 2018—the same day Fifty Shades Freed opens in theaters nationwide.


This marks the third Soundtrack installment in the mega-successful Fifty Shades franchise series. The Fifty Shades of Grey Official Soundtrack bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2015, earned a platinum certification, and became the seventh-best-selling album of the year. 2017 saw the Fifty Shades Darker Official Soundtrack capture #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and reach RIAA gold status. 2018 brings the musical story full circle with the Fifty Shades Freed Official Soundtrack.


Grammy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman scored the film while Dana Sano serves as music supervisor.




 Fifty Shades Freed Trailer



 About Fifty Shades Freed:



Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the third chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.


Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James. www.fiftyshadesmovie.com



JOAN KRON'S PLASTIC SURGERY FILM "TAKE MY NOSE"


Take My Nose Please




Joan Kron, is celebrating both her 90th birthday and the release of her new film, "Take My Nose Please” a brunch this Sunday at Michael's Restaurant. 


The film is the history of comedians and plastic surgery. She’s a 90-year-old first time filmmaker and her movie is excellent (winner of the best documentary at the 2017 Miami Film Festival). The film will be available on Video-on-Demand throughout North America beginning January 9th — the date of her actual BIG birthday.



Expected at her party were, actress Julie Halston, who is featured in the film, is scheduled to perform her stand-up routine along with Sheila Nevins, Judy Licht & Jerry Della Femina, Teri Agins, Fern Mallis, Revlon's Chief Creative Officer Linda Wells, Mario Buatta, and MOMA Curator Paola Antonelli.

MARIAH CAREY: ARETHA FRANKLIN WOULD NOT APPROVE

Mariah Carey



E! NEWS --  Mariah Carey Jokes That Aretha Franklin Would "Not Approve" of Her New Year's Eve Performance


Sometimes you have to power through!


Speaking with E! News' Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globes, Mariah Carey opened up about her New Year's Rockin' Eve performance. While it was a far cry from the technical difficulties she experienced at the beginning of 2017, she admits that the queen of soul may not have approved.


"Let me not get into past moments, but it was a great feeling to be in New York," Mariah explained to Ryan. "I was so happy that we shared that moment together." While she may have made it look like a piece of cake, it's no easy feat to perform in those freezing conditions.


"People loved it and it was not easy," Ryan complimented the singer. "I think you said, ‘Aretha would not approve of singing in those temperatures.'" Mariah is not one to shy away from the truth. "She would not." she shared.


Of course, Ryan could not let her go without also getting her to dish on her favorite recent TV obsession. "I love The Crown!" Mariah gushed. The queen has spoken! 




MICHELLE WILLIAMS & TARANA BURKE @ AWARDS

The Golden Globes



E! NEWS -- Michelle Williams was ready to make a statement at the Golden Globes.



The All the Money in the World walked the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet with Tarana Burke, the #MeToo movement founder, on Sunday, and she told E!'s Ryan Seacrest that Burke's work is the reason they were at the awards show.



"You know why we're here? We're here because of Tarana. You may think we're here because I was nominated for something but that's really not the case," Williams, who is nominated for Best Actress in a Drama, told Seacrest on the red carpet. "We're here because Tarana started a movement and she planted a seed years ago and it's grown and caught fire. She started the #MeToo movement."



Williams also got emotional when talking about her 12-year-old daughter Matilda, whom she had with the late Heath Ledger, and the impact Burke's movement will have on her future.



"I thought I would have to raise my daughter to learn how to protect herself in a dangerous world and I think because of the work Tarana has done and the work I am learning how to do, we actually have the opportunity to hand our children a different world," she said. "I am moved beyond measure to be standing next to this woman, I have tears in my eyes and a smile on my face."



For Burke, the senior director of the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity, the experience of walking the red carpet alongside as part of the Time's Up initiative Williams was a "powerful" one.



"It's deeply humbling. This is something I started out of necessity and something that I thought my community needed and it's grown over the years, but I never could've envisioned it growing like this," she said. "But this moment is so powerful because we're seeing…collaboration between these two worlds that people don't usually put together and would most likely have us pitted against each other. It's really powerful to be on a red carpet tonight and for people like Michelle to be selfless enough to give their time so we can talk about our causes.



In addition to Williams, Meryl Streep also walked the red carpet with an activist, doing interviews alongside Ai-jen Poo, the executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA).





Armie Hammer spent time before the 2018 Golden Globes bonding with his fellow male actor nominees at a special pre-Globes guy's night.


The actor, who is nominated for his first Golden Globe, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for his role in Call Me by Your Name, posted on Instagram hours before the ceremony a photo of him at a dinner he said fellow nominee James Franco hosted for all of the actors nominated for a Golden Globe, calling it a "special evening I'm sure none of us will forget."


The photo shows Hammer, Franco and fellow actors such as Timothée Chalamet, Tom Hanks and Gary Oldman, who are all nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, as well as Hugh Jackman, Ansel Elgort and Daniel Kaluuya, who are nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.


"It just like humanized the entire thing," Hammer told E! News' Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.


"We all sat in one table, a small table in a little quiet room, no press, no nothing," he said. "Everybody spoke. Everybody got to know each other and it was just an amazing night."


He said the guests picked a year and talked about what they were doing that year in their life.


"It was very cool," Hammer said.


During the interview, the actor also took the opportunity to promote the Time's Up anti-sexual harassment and pro-equality in the workplace fundraising campaign. Like most of the stars on the red carpet, Hammer and his wife Elizabeth Chambers wore black in solidarity. He also wore a Time's Up pin.


Join the Movement: Click here to donate to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund.


Saturday, January 06, 2018

THE VIEW TALKS LOGAN PAUL AND LEGAL MARIJUANA


Highlights From Last Weeks Show





Hot Topics: New additions to View family: Sara Haines welcomes new baby


We welcome two special deliveries — Haines' daughter Sandra Grace and our production assistant Jessica's daughter Zoe!



Hot Topics: New Year's most memorable moments


They discussed the most memorable moments of New Year's Eve — from Mariah Carey asking for tea during her performance to Steve Harvey's eye-catching outfit. (Video Above)



 The View Talks Marijuana



Hot Topics: California legalizes recreational marijuana


Whoopi Goldberg reacts to the landmark new law: "This is for folks who have been waiting for a very long time." (Video Above)



Hot Topics: Things to care about in 2018


Ana Navarro says the deadly protests in Iran deserve more of our attention in the new year: "You cannot stifle freedom for that long — at some point hope will come back."




The View On Logan Paul



Hot Topics: YouTube star Logan Paul apologizes after posting video showing apparent suicide victim
Navarro reacts to Paul's video: "People just have to have some damn common sense!" Meghan McCain added: "We've become so disconnected from each other because of technology." (Video Above)




Hot Topics: Trump talks Russia probe in interview with New York Times
"He said ... 16 times ... 'There's no collusion!' ... which is Spanish for: 'There's collusion!'" Joy Behar joked.


"How can the staff allow this to happen impromptu?" Navarro asked. "He's 71 years old but you need to treat him like he's 71 days old. He needs constant adult supervision!"


"What struck me was he said he has the absolute right to do what he wants with the Department of Justice," Sunny Hostin said of the interview. "You don't have the absolute right ... there's a system of checks and balances!"




Hot Topics: Bachelor Contestant Rocks Short Hair


Navarro weighs in on the hubbub caused by The Bachelor contestant: "Some of the most beautiful women on TV, the most beautiful women ever have short hair! ... Work whatever God gives you."




GENE WILDER'S WIDOW OPENS UP ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S


Heres How ABC News Covered Gene Wilder's Death




ABC NEWS -- In an exclusive essay for ABC News, Karen Wilder opens up about her 35-year marriage to the late actor and activist Gene Wilder. The “Young Frankenstein” star died last year at the age of 83, after battling Alzheimer's disease in the final years of his life. Wilder discusses some of the trials and tribulations caregivers or spouses can experience when caring for someone living with the debilitating disease.



Gene Wilder's widow on what it's like to care for someone with Alzheimer's



I never pictured myself marrying a movie star. I also never saw myself spending years of my life taking care of one. But I’ve done both. Love was the reason for the first. Alzheimer’s disease, the second.



I met Gene Wilder in 1989. He was preparing to shoot a movie called “See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” in which the character he played was deaf. Though I grew up in very small town in Idaho, where it was a big deal if you had indoor plumbing, I had been working in New York City for over twenty years by that point as a speech pathologist with the hearing impaired. As he always did when he took on a role, Gene wanted to understand his character. He showed up at my office one day in search of my professional advice.



We formed a powerful bond. At the time, Gene was married to Gilda Radner, who was in the final stages of ovarian cancer. After Gilda’s death, Gene sought me out again. We married a year later and, for more than twenty years, we were one of the happiest couples I knew. We traveled to France and played tennis together (three sets in a single afternoon). When I signed up for tap dancing lessons, Gene joined me. We set up side-by-side easels in the garden painting watercolors. At night, we danced together on a floor we’d built, under the stars -- The Waltz, Salsa, Cha Cha and Tango.



The first signs of trouble were small. Always the kindest, most tender man (if a fly landed on him, he waited for the fly to leave), suddenly I saw Gene lashing out at our grandson. His perception of objects and their distance from him became so faulty that on a bike ride together, he thought we were going to crash into some trees many feet away from us. Once, at a party with friends, when the subject of “Young Frankenstein” came up, he couldn’t think of the name of the movie and had to act it out instead.



When we finally got him tested and the diagnosis came back, it was Alzheimer’s. Unlike other diagnoses, even some cancers, this one offers not even a shred of hope for survival. The synapses of his brain were getting tangled and the result would be a steady and terrible progression of losses -- memory of course, but also motor control, to the point where eventually his body would simply forget how to swallow or breathe.



My husband took the news with grief, of course, but also astonishing grace. I watched his disintegration each moment of each day for six years. One day, I saw him struggle with the ties on his drawstring pants. That night, I took the drawstrings out. Then his wrist was bleeding from the failed effort of trying to take off his watch. I put his watch away.



I was determined to keep Gene with me –- in California and, finally, at the home we’d made together in Connecticut. We still managed to have some good times and to laugh, even at the ravages of the disease that was killing him.



One day, when he fell on the patio and couldn’t get up, I maneuvered him over to the edge of our pool and floated him to the other side, where there were steps and a railing to assist him. Another time, after struggling for twenty minutes trying to pull himself up, he looked out as if he was addressing the audience at the Belasco Theater, a place he knew well, and said in his best Gene Wilder voice, "Just a minute folks. I’ll be right back."



But there’s another particularly cruel aspect to the disease of Alzheimer’s, because in addition to destroying – piece by piece – the one who’s stricken with it, it ravages the life of the person caring for its victims. In our case, I was that person.



I am grateful that I knew to reach out for help from the Alzheimer’s Association. When I did, I learned some alarming statistics from them. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. That means, if a mature couple invites two couples over for dinner, one of the couples could face Alzheimer’s.



Then came the biggest shocker: 40 percent of Alzheimer's caregivers die before the patient according to a study done by Stanford Medicine -- not from disease, but from the sheer physical, spiritual and emotional toll of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.



Gene died fifteen months ago. I was in the bed next to him when he took his last breaths. By that point, it had been days since he’d spoken. But on that last night, he looked me straight in the eye and said, three times over, "I trust you."



 Pure Imagination Project



So, I have a responsibility, I think. Neither my love, nor science, could save my husband’s life. But it’s my most profound hope that through research and awareness, others may be spared the experience that killed Gene -- and could have killed me, too. of Earlier this month, The Gates Foundation announced the largest gift ever presented to the cause of Alzheimer’s research: a commitment of $100 million aimed at eradicating the disease within our lifetime. I am profoundly grateful that this crisis, viewed for too long as insoluble, is receiving funding for the dedicated scientific community, with the goal of early diagnosis and ultimately a cure. It was in this vein that I allowed the use of my husband’s character of Willy Wonka to be used in the “Pure Imagination Project,” a new video campaign to bring greater awareness about Alzheimer’s and encourage each of us to do our part.



But let’s not forget that other killer -- the silent one that takes its victim even before the disintegration of brain cells does its own dirty work. I am speaking of the crisis that can kill the once-healthy loved spouses, siblings, friends and adult children of Alzheimer’s patients, who devote almost every waking hour of their lives (and also the nights) to caring for a person they love, but who may no longer recognize them.



I am grateful that Gene never forgot who I was. But many caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients are less fortunate.



Every year, Alzheimer’s disease costs our nation an estimated $259 billion, according to the Alzheimer's Association. At this hopeful moment, when there is more momentum than ever towards finding a cure and treatments, let’s also remember the desperate need of caregivers.



It is a strange, sad irony that so often, in the territory of a disease that robs an individual of memory, caregivers are often the forgotten. Without them, those with Alzheimer’s could not get through the day, or die -- as my husband did -- with dignity, surrounded by love.


Friday, January 05, 2018

JEAN SHAFIROFF STUNNING @ NY BOTANICAL GARDENS

Jean Shafiroff In Fashion



Jean Shafiroff And Victor de Souza




Recently Philanthropist and Stye Icon JEAN SHAFIROFF surprised guests in a massive "broken mirrors" couture gown and matching 'broken mirrors" gloves at the NY Botanical Gardens Winter
Wonderland Gala. The edgy pale lilac mirrored ballgown was designed by Harlem based fashion designer Victor dE Souza.



About the NY Botanical Gardens



The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs. For more information go to nybg.org


Photo Courtesy Of:  BFA Photos

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

MATT LAUER HAPPY WITH HODA KOTB ADVANCEMENT

Hoda Kotb




E! NEWS -- No one is happier for Hoda Kotb's career advancement than Matt Lauer.


Hours ago, Kotb was named Lauer's successor as co-anchor of Today. She will join Savannah Guthrie for two hours a day, starting at 7 a.m., and will continue to clink wine glasses with Kathie Lee Gifford in the fourth hour. E! News spoke to Kotb in between segments Tuesday, where she revealed Lauer was among those who privately congratulated her on the promotion.


"He was sweet this morning. Certain texts popped up, and there was one from Matt: 'Congratulations!'" said Kotb, who joined Today a decade ago. "And he said some nice words."


Lauer has stayed out of the public eye since he was fired from NBC News in November amid allegations of sexual misconduct. A staple on Today since the '90s, he was "embarrassed" after coming clean. "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," Lauer said, in part. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry..."


"It meant the world to me to hear from him," Kotb told E! News Tuesday. "It was really nice."


Lauer has not publicly congratulated Kotb, but many of her colleagues—including Jenna Bush Hager, Carson Daly, Sheinelle Jones, Megyn Kelly and Al Roker—have done so via social media.


Lauer's abrupt exit didn't just surprise viewers—it surprised Guthrie, Kotb and many of their colleagues. "Matt is really focused on his family, and I think that's where his heart is and that's where it should be," Guthrie told E! News. "We've kept in touch and we've all been reaching out, and, you know...I don't think there's anyone who would be more thrilled than Matt to see Hoda in this role. He adores Hoda and he knows how good she is and so I know that to be true."


Kotb has been by Guthrie's side ever since Lauer left.


"Over the past several weeks, Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running. They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of Today," NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in a staff email Tuesday, just before Today aired. "Hoda is, in a word, remarkable. She has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most difficult news circumstances. It's a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity."


Guthrie added that it's a "dream" to permanently share her anchoring duties with Kotb. "The job can be intense, and you want a partner who has your back," the journalist explained to E! News. Moreover, "The fact that we are two women seems just right with where our culture is."


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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

WAKEUP WITH KEN ROSATO & MICHELLE CHARLESWORTH

Ken Rosato And Michelle Charlesworth


We have to say, we work all night on our celebrities and website and we just love the mornings with Ken Rosato and Michelle Charlesworth. 


I go back many years with Ken, even before CH 7 News, and people ask me is he really this nice in person. The answer is yes. In fact the WABC Morning news team are just as funny in person and just as nice.