R.I.P. Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton Cause of Death. Paxton died due to complications from surgery, the family said in a statement. On Saturday, he underwent heart surgery, Unfortunately, he suffered a fatal stroke during post-operation complications, according to reports.


Oscars ripple effect

16473234_10154858077966291_7717459406473942745_nThe beauty of the Oscars and the Academy Awards is the culmination of all the bits and pieces to arrive at this point today. Yes there is the glamour, limos, press, red carpet, the award show, the speeches, the fans, security, the after parties. Yet there is more than meets the eye. There is all those people who helped make all these movies and it begins with the story. The tales shared. The stories written.

The journey of storytelling throughout one’s life. From before we are born the stories of the child on its way. The arrival, the stages of a new person. Each of us have stories yet only so many are really told. First those stories need to be written and our society still has so many people who fell in between the cracks in their education who cannot read or write so how do they communicate let alone survive. I know of a close friend who had a young mover who couldn’t write the labels on boxes being moved nor read the words on it. He is 33.

Then there is the time to write. In our explosive age of multiple devices to write on the messages are often just under 50 words. Time is flying. Yet the power of movies. We can watch movies on all these devices so we do love storytellers yet do we support the art of writing in our self and in our families and friends?

I was recently questioned by a sibling do I get paid for writing?  I get paid for certain projects and publications yet not always. I don’t write for the money though I would like it yet I write as I must. I feel the calling. I feel the importance of the power of words used correctly. I dislike when some adults have limited foul mouths spewing degrorative remarks. There is a dictionary of incredible descriptive words to embellish life.

A writer is part of the creative arts like a musician, singer, actor or speaker. To be in the game one must play and practice like an athlete does.

So when we watch the Oscars and go to the movies or watch them on our devices, we are watching the completed project from a thought in a mind to the printed page. Support writers and journalism. Support the arts. Without the voices of people speaking and sharing we leave too much space for those who bark and shout to silence the masses.  The Oscars give us hope that one’s person idea with a lot of help becomes a reality for others to identify with. It is our visual history. It is empowering.













Pat O’Brien is Honoree of the 8th Annual Experience, Strength and Hope Award

By: Sharoll Jackson

February 23, Los Angeles (The Hollywood Times) 2/23/2017 – Entertainment show anchor, sportscaster, radio legend, and author, Pat O’Brien, was recognized for his sustainable sobriety and his touching and insightful memoir entitled “I’ll Be Right Back After This”.  True to his nature, his story is robust with absorbing and compelling tales about sports legends, celebrities, and his personal struggle and recovery from alcoholism, and it carries a positive message of hope.  The event was held at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Actor, Bruce Davison (X-Men, Insidious 4), hosted the celebration and talked about his  shared history with his friend, Pat.  Like minded narrative was shared by other co-hearts: author DeJuan “DJ” Verrett (Sons of Anarchy) with a spoken word performance; actor Tony Denison as a presenter; singer and performer Sherri Lewis with a musical performance; musician Joe Walsh (The Eagles) as a special guest and presenter; actress Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) as a presenter, actress Rachelle Carson-Begley and actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. (Bold and Beautiful) as presenters; and comedian and performer Sarge with a comedy routine.  The ambiance of love, humor, support, sensitivity and honor was deepened by the presence of a familial bond that was shared by the entire audience.  O’Brien was deeply appreciative and moved.

The Experience, Strength, and Hope Award event occurs annually created by Writers In Treatment, an organization that supports recovery and the arts.  Founder Leonard Buschel said they were “proud to honor O’Brien at this year’s awards show… his story is poignant and profound … people from all walks will find his successes and misadventures wildly entertaining and inspirational.”

Writers in Treatment’s mission is to help people in the writing industry facing the challenges of alcoholism, drug addiction, and other self-destructive behaviors to find treatment sources for their illness.  In addition, the multi-day REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium is produced by the organization as a platform to provide honest films about the challenges of addiction, alcoholism, mental  disorders, treatment and recovery.

Some of the past honorees include: actress Mackenzie Phillips, Christopher Kennedy Lawford; Academy Award winner, Lou Gossett, Jr; astronaut Buzz Aldrin; co-founder of Duran Duran, John Taylor; acclaimed author, Carrie White; and actor/author Joe Pantoliano.

The inspirational event clearly celebrated a commonality of gratitude and admiration for Pat O’Brien, and his kindness, willingness and courage to share his personal journey and to reach out to anyone to offer help.




American Airlines recognizes female film directors with new Bonnie Award

LOS ANGELES – American Airlines is recognizing the importance of women in film by announcing a new $50,000 award for independent film directors at this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Bonnie Award will be given to an up-and-coming female director and seeks to honor their innovative vision and breakthrough work in the entertainment industry.

The award’s namesake, Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, was the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. Tiburzi began her career in 1973 when she was hired by American Airlines as a flight engineer. Tiburzi flew for American for 26 years before retiring.

“We’re inspired by Bonnie’s story and perseverance, and we are honored that this award for female directors will carry her name,” said Fernand Fernandez, vice president of Global Marketing for American Airlines. “We are committed to building a diverse workforce and providing opportunities for people from all walks of life.”

“I was surrounded by the aviation culture my entire life and I knew becoming a pilot was what I wanted,” Tiburzi said. “I had to work harder, longer and be better just to be equal, but American Airlines didn’t shy away from hiring a woman. To be recognized and bring back this part of my life is exhilarating.”

As the preferred airline to the entertainment industry, American Airlines is proud to be the official airline and premier sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards is the premiere awards show for the independent film community and continues to show its dedication to recognizing and supporting diverse artists through its collaboration with American Airlines.

“At Film Independent we have a deep and longstanding commitment to supporting female directors and increasing diversity in filmmaking,” said President Josh Welsh, “and we’re honored to deepen our partnership with American Airlines on this new venture.

$50,000 award named after Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, first female pilot for a major U.S. airline, will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit AwardsSubmissions and nominations for the first Bonnie Award will open in June and nominees will be announced in November. The first Bonnie Award will be presented during the 2018 Spirit Awards season in Los Angeles. Visit TheBonnieAward.com to learn more.

American is proud to support initiatives and events throughout the Los Angeles area. We are active in supporting local organizations including Los Angeles LGBT Center, the LA Mission and the Southern California Special Olympics. Within the entertainment industry we continue to partner with the American Film Institute, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and The Hollywood Bowl. In 2016 American formed an advisory council of influencers from leading entertainment corporations to shape future decisions.


About American Airlines Group

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the one world alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter@AmericanAir and atFacebook.com/AmericanAirlines.



Now in its 32nd year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.



“Doubt” Stumbles on CBS; The Social Importance of “Pretty Little Liars”

Thursday, February 23, 2017
PBS stations across the country broadcast television’s first live open-heart surgery during a special entitled “The Operation” in 1983…Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark) discovered she was having twins on “Knots Landing” on CBS in 1984… In 1996, HBO debuted movie “The Late Shift,” which chronicled the competition between David Letterman (John Michael Higgins) and Jay Leno (Daniel Roebuck) for the retiring Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” seat… Celebrity Birthdays: “Shark Tank’s” Daymond John is 48; actress Niecy Nash (“Scream Queens”) is 47; “Masters of None” star Aziz Ansari is 34; actress Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada”) is also 34; actress Dakota Fanning (“The War of the Worlds”) is 23.

Did You Know?:
Valene, of course, decided to name her twins Betsy and Bobby on “Knots Landing. The name Bobby was chosen for their “late” Uncle Bobby Ewing. But when Patrick Duffy popped up in the shower still alive on “Dallas” the following season, he was never mentioned again on “Knots Landing.”

RATINGS BOX                                                                           
Wednesday 2/22/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.7/ 6, CBS: 3.5/ 6, Fox: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 3.3/ 6, CW: 0.9/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: -17, NBC: -20, Fox: -24, CBS: -30, CW: -40

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC moved into the top spot in the household overnights on this particularly lackluster Wednesday where only four-tenths of a rating point separated the Big 4 networks.

In alarming news for CBS, week two of legal drama “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl, dropped by 22 percent from its already modest opening last week with a 2.8 rating/5 share in households (#2) at 10 p.m. One week earlier, the opening household overnight was a 3.6/ 7, and that translated into just 5.31 million viewers and a 0.8 rating/1 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. “Doubt” also dipped by 39 percent in the overnights from its “Criminal Minds” lead-in (#1: 4.6/ 8 from 9-10 p.m.), and is expected to come in at about a 0.6 rating in the key demographic. With that in mind don’t be surprised to see CBS potentially make a quick time period change.

For the full analysis and individual program breakdown for Wednesday, Feb. 22, click here

Live + Same Day Data
-Saturday 2/18/17: Click here
-Sunday 2/19/17: Click here

-Monday 2/20/17: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard
What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the week of Feb. 13. Keep in mind that annual “The Grammy Awards” aired on CBS on the Monday in the year ago week (hence the steep year-to-year erosion).

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 7.55 million (-29), NBC: 4.61 (- 7), ABC: 4.50 (-13), Fox: 2.87 (-28), CW: 1.23 -25)

-Adults 18-49:
ABC: 1.2 rating/4 share (-14), CBS: 1.1/ 4 (-50), NBC: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), Fox: 0.8/ 3 (-33), CW: 0.4/ 2 (-33)

-Adults 25-54:
CBS: 1.6/ 5 (-47), ABC: 1.5/ 5 (-12), NBC: 1.3/ 4 (-13), Fox: 1.0/ 3 (-33), CW: 0.5/ 1 (-29)

-Adults 18-34:
ABC: 0.8/ 4 (-20), Fox: 0.6/ 3 (-25), CBS: 0.6/ 3 (-60), NBC: 0.5/ 3 (-17), CW: 0.4/ 2 (-20)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Fox Renews “Lethal Weapon” and “Star” for Season Two
Following “The Mick” pick-up earlier this week, Fox has announced the renewals of Wednesday night dramas “Lethal Weapon” and “Star” for a second season  Fox is reporting a total multi-platform average audience of 11 million viewers, season to-date, for “Lethal Weapon,” which ranks among the Top 5 new series this season, and 7.5 million for “Star.” The total number of new episodes ordered for both series in 2017-18 has not been confirmed.

Both series conclude their first seasons on March 15.


Top TV Shows on Social based on Total Actions in January 2017: The Social Importance of “Pretty Little Liars”
From Shareablee: “
SportsCenter” on ESPN topped the month of January 2017 among all TV shows, with over 87M Total Actions across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Comparably, that was more than triple the No. 2 occupant on cable, Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars,” which at just over 25M total actions is particularly impressive because this social pioneer does not return for its final 10 episodes until April 18th. The most recent installment in the current seventh season aired on August 30, 2016.

With the two-hour series finale of “Pretty Little Liars” slated for June 20th, much of the social activity at present is centered on the early farewell posts, speculation about the unsolved mysteries (using hashtags #PLLMemoryLane, #PLLTheory and #PLLEndgame), and the YouTube trailer for the remaining episodes of this final season.

Following in the paths of dramas “St. Elsewhere” and “thirtysomething” before it, which began in the 1980s and demonstrated the value of the young adult demographics; or Netflix entries like “Orange is the New Black,” which exhibit the growing relevance of the digital streamers, “Pretty Little Liars” is the poster child for social media. As seen by this intriguing mystery drama, success by the traditional Nielsen ratings is no longer the sole measure the success for any television series. Social also matters. For more, click here


USA Eyes “Suits” Spin-Off with Gina Torres 
USA is in early talks for a potential new series headlined by former “Suits” star Gina Torres. The proposed series would feature Torres, who exited “Suits” midway through season six when her character moved to Chicago to start a new life with her ex Jeff Malone (D.B. Woodside), reprising her role as Jessica Pearson. Shortly after leaving “Suits,” Torres joined the cast of new ABC drama “The Catch” in a one season deal.

There are no details at present on the proposed “Suits” spin-off, or confirmation from USA that it is moving forward.


Hulu Acquires Starz’s “Black Sails”
Hulu has acquired subscription the streaming rights to seasons one through three of Starz drama “Black Sails,” as well as the fourth and final season when it becomes available. Debuting on January 25, 2014, “Back Sails,” created by Jonathan E. Steinberg, is the prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “Treasure Island.” It takes place 20 years prior to Treasure Island,” and follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). The first three seasons averaged 3.6 million multiplatform viewers per episode, according to Starz.

“Black Sails” concludes on April 2, 2017, with 38 episodes in total produced.

Blockbusters, Actors and Outrage: Why the Oscars are Poised for a Big Night. Click here

IFC to Telecast the Film Independent Spirit Awards Through 2020
IFC and Film Independent have renewed their exclusive agreement for IFC to telecast the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in the U.S. through 2020. This year’s event, co-hosted by Nick Kroll (“The Kroll Show”) and John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”) airs live on IFC on Saturday, February 25 at 2 pm ET. IFC began airing the Spirit Awards in 1994.

“The Film Independent Spirit Awards provide an important platform for emerging independent voices, celebrating the industry’s best and brightest,” said Jennifer Caserta, President of IFC. “It’s a true privilege for IFC to remain the broadcast home for the Film Independent Spirit Awards and we are pleased to continue our longstanding and successful relationship.”

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The ninth season of Velocity’s “Chasing Classic Cars” will open on Wednesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET. In the first episode, collector car archeologist Wayne Carini heads to upstate New York to hunt down the only 1930 Minerva (bodied by Hibbard & Darrin) ever made but finds more than he ever bargained for.

“Fargo” will return on FX for season three on Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET. Set in 2010, the third installment centers on “Emmit” and his slightly younger brother “Ray Stussy” (Ewan McGregor). Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his more successful brother’s shadow, Ray is a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother. Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge.


Fox has appointed Tommy Gargotta Executive Vice President of Creative Marketing, where he will oversee the network’s on-air promotions and design departments, spanning the network’s print, outdoor, broadcast and digital design strategy and innovation. Gargotta recently was President of Theatrical Marketing for Relativity Europacorp Distribution (RED), where he managed the marketing campaigns for EuropaCorp’s and Relativity Media’s U.S. releases including “Masterminds,” “Miss Sloane,” “The Circle” and “Valerian.”  Prior to his work at RED, Gargotta was President of Worldwide Creative Advertising for Sony Pictures.
“The Blacklist: Redemption” debuts on NBC out of the winter finale of parent “The Blacklist.” “How To Get Away With Murder” concludes for the season on ABC. The five broadcast networks are in all originals. For the schedule listings for Thursday, Feb. 23, click here       
Who do you think will win this year’s Oscar for Best Actor? Clickhere
Comedy Male Style

Which one of the following five sitcoms managed to survive for a second season?

a) “Freddie”
b) “George”
c) “Lenny”
d) “Monty”
e) “Reggie”
f) None of them did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following dramas moved from a broadcast to a cable network?

a) “Father Dowling Mysteries”
b) “In the Heat of the Night”
c) “Matlock”
d) “Roswell”
e) “Southland”

e) “Southland.” When NBC decided to cancel crime drama “Southland” after one season, TNT stepped up to the plate and kept it on the air for another four seasons. A total of 43 episodes were produced for “Southland” during its 2009-2013 run.

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A Wave Of Jazz 2017


Celebrating 40 years of the Ocean Institute!

Don’t miss out on two nights of dazzling jazz entertainment & fine dining at the Ocean Institute!

Ray Parker Jr., Michael Paulo, Gregg Karukas, & Kevin Toney!

Saturday night’s four-course gala dinner created by world-renowned chefs from Monarch Beach ResortThe Ranch at Laguna Beach,  Montage Laguna Beach,and Park Hyatt Aviara Resort’s.

FRIDAY MARCH 24, 2017 6pm
Purchase Tickets For Friday

Join us for a delightful evening of tastes from the finest local restaurants including Craft HouseThe Royal Hawaiian,  California FreshWhat A Dish Catering,Luciana’sParty in a Box CateringThe Point RestaurantSundried TomatoJay’s Catering, and more! Celebrate our 40th birthday with fantastic jazz, delicious wine, craft beer, and auction.

VIP Admission – $250
Attendance at VIP reception with artists at 5:30pm

Premier Admission – $125
Purchase early for best seating!

SATURDAY MARCH 25, 2017 5:30 pm
Purchase Tickets For Saturday

A night of amazing jazz, elegant epicurean dining, fine wine and a silent and live auction await you and your guests!

Gala Admission – $500
Table of 10 – $5,000

All proceeds support our mission

Using the ocean as our classroom we inspire children to learn.

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LAX gets its first Hyatt Regency; debuts new Conference Center


The opening of the new, self-contained Conference Center at the just opened Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport features the market’s fastest Internet bandwidth, 10,000 square feet of space, in addition to the 14,000 square foot ballroom and  all new outdoor event lawns.


The spaces were designed and built to cater to the small and medium sized events.

Mya and Styland

Grammy nominee Mya wore a custom STYLAND suit, and diamond jewels by L’Dezen by Payal Shah to The 59th GRAMMY Awards on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

L’Dezen by Payal Shah: diamond earrings, bracelet and rings

Owner and designer of a flourishing fine jewelry brand at a young age, Payal Shah is a unique creative talent. With a fresh perspective on jewelry design and an unrelenting dedication to her craft, it is no surprise that L’ Dezen has already found success among industry influencers and discerning jewelry lovers worldwide. Combining her knowledge of architectural design with the teachings she acquired from her Indian heritage and Chinese culture, Shah launched L’Dezen Jewelry in 2011. The L’Dezen Jewelry collection elegantly walks the line between sophisticated and funky, classic and unconventional. The bold yet lightweight designs are modern but anchored in classical schema. The beauty of L’ Dezen’s sophisticated designs also lie in the exemplary craftsmanship of each piece. The designs are carefully hand crafted. Each piece being unique, it takes a great deal of time, patience and attention to detail to create each jewel. For more information, please visit http://www.ldezen.com

  • Instagram: @LDezen
  • Facebook: @LDezen
  • Twitter: @LDezen

Classic Cocktail attire with a Twist. Styland is a Romanian brand that specializes in ladies ready-to-wear garments including exceptionally tailored luxe evening suiting. The handwork, craftsmanship and the premium fabrics imported from Italy and England are at the core of each product. Styland jackets are handcrafted in the heart of Bucharest. They combine menswear inspired tailoring with feminine subtleties, giving them an elegant and classic character. The jackets are made with a woman’s shape and movement in mind and strike the perfect balance between elegance and sensuality. From monochromatic aesthetics to unexpected brights, Styland focuses on quality fabrics that are cut for style and handcrafted to deliver a powerful look and feel. Styland impeccably frames the female silhouette, captivating the attention of fashionistas and women in search of eclectic colors, sharp cuts and versatile pieces that can become their wardrobe’s core pieces. For more information, please visit www.styland.ro

Instagram: @stylandstore

  • Facebook: @stylandromania
  • Twitter: @StylandRomania

The Walking Dead Attraction

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AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returns this Sunday! To help prepare you for the mid-season premiere, here’s a video of TWD star Christian Serratos coming face-to-face with walkers in “The Walking Dead” Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. Does she survive?  Find out


About “The Walking Dead” at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood has unlocked the iconic “Don’t’ Open, Dead Inside” doors to usher in its all-new“The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction, based on AMC’s top-rated television series and the most-watched show in cable television history.

This newly enhanced venture takes the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions

To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood partnered with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers.

The integral involvement of the creative team not only inspires the emotional connection fans experience, it is among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that define it as a living representation of the show.

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, “The Walking Dead” attraction delivers an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most-watched show in cable television history.

“The Walking Dead” attraction is located within an entirely new, custom-built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entrance.

Rock Yer Kilt at the Queen Mary



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The Queen Mary is pleased to welcome back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIV February 18-19. Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.

Cap off the first day of ScotsFestival on Saturday, Feb. 18 with Rock Yer Kilt, highlighting the best Scottish Rock bands this side of the pond like Bonfire, an AC/DC Tribute Band!



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Guitar master Ottmar Liebert comes to The Canyon Club Sunday February 12th.

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/12/17 – With 5 Grammys, and multi-platinum icing spread over nearly 40 albums, Ottmar Liebert has survived and thrived as a solo instrumental artist, one of the toughest gigs in music.  Liebert’s guitar based music is an ambitious mix of styles with a decidedly Flamenco sensibility. Continue reading “ZEN MASTER OF FLAMENCO”

Steve Jones signs “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” at Barnes & Noble Books- The Grove Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM – 9 PM

The Lord of La Cienega aka King Steve Of BlaBlaBla doesn’t mince his words nor his music selections at 12 bells weekdays on KLOS 95.5 FM. His book Lonely Boy is a deep alley journey into the back streets of the mind of a solitude Sex Pistol guitar slinger in men’s suits, platform boots and a bit of rouge. This rogue is a cheeky Chelsea fan and main man in the punk rock n roll history of the music business. Definitely never mind the bollocks!

Steve Jones signs “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” at Barnes & Noble Books- The Grove Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Recognized as one of the key inventors of punk and celebrated as a living legend, guitarist and songwriter Steve Jones revisits his unruly, and often tragic, past in his autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.

Its release will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s platinum debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks, which set the world on fire in 1977.In Lonely Boy, Jones recounts the nihilistic songs, amphetamine-fueled music, and influential anarchical fashion that turned a street urchin into a founding member of a genre-defining band.

From his days of petty crime and havoc-wreaking in England, to his first impression of Sid Vicious and famously blowing off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Johnny Rotten, Lonely Boy offers a portrait of a punk pioneer—a demigod to a generation of frustrated youth who identified with the band’s political and social condemnations of life for the working class.

In January 2016 Steve Jones returned to the daytime airwaves of Southern California FM radio at ’12 bells’ from noon to 2pm. The first month was bittersweet with the deaths of music legends Lemmy, Bowie and Prince. The two hours show was not initially a daily weekday show but the demand for more Jonesy quickly evolved.

What is the charm of this ageless lovable grumpy at times punk ?? Could it be his on air random belches on the mic? His banter with a variety of guests from book authors to music legends?  Yes, yes, yes!  He is the extraordinary one of a kind rock n roll everyman. He grumbles about the traffic and rushing to the radio station. He forgets things on air yet he picks up quick on the cues of his producer Mr Shovel, his on air wingman and radio host of the local indie hour Sound Check at 8pm on Sunday.

Steve complains about his weight yet works on improving it. He got his teeth fixed. His fans tune in from across the southland from a variety of fans like Don in Costa Mesa who listens from his longtime college job, a caregiver in Rosemead making lunch for an aging half deaf Irish granny, Jeff in a metal company in Huntington Beach, as well as countless car radios of drivers, construction workers and school teachers on lunchbreaks.
An ample supply of glam 80s rock, early heavy metal, British rock and punk is played plus random gems by Thin Lizzy, Iggy Pop, The Tubes and new indie tunes by newcomers like The Regrettes.

In his deep sexy gruff but playful voice Steve recites his playlist to the listeners. It is like a two hour visit to your favourite record store where you overhear the counter talk of the clerks and customers while the staff picks are played. Before the listener knows it the two hours recess is done and the station change of djs. Weeknights at KLOS is a rebroadcast of the daily show. When Steve is on vacation or away for a book signing then Mr. Shovel takes the helm to air a Vintage Past show. During the show there are Caller contests plus listeners can text requests. Steve is a shameless and proud self promoter with his adventurous instagram performances and his other social media connections.

Join Steve Jones for this Special Event!
This is a wristbanded event.

A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase Lonely Boy from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning February 16th at 9am• Limit 1 wristband per book
• Books can be personalized
• Photos from the line and front of table.No posed photos
• Steve Jones will only be signing Lonely Boy
• No memorabilia please

First collaboration of Hulu and MGM TELEVISION – The Handmaid’s Tale

15844904_370354743325130_8690465535107450169_oDuring the Super Bowl 2017, a new trailer for the upcoming show THE HANDMAID’S TALE aired at the beginning of the second quarter. MGM Television produced the series, and it is the first collaboration between Hulu and MGM Television. Find the new teaser here: https://youtu.be/jMrDTDEmS4c

Premieres on Hulu on April 26th, 2017
The drama series, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state.
As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller and executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken. MGM will serve as the international distributor for the series.


Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, and O-T Fagbenle.

ESSENCE’S -The Power Of Our Presence exhibition



NEW YORK (February 2, 2017)Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, and the Paley Center for Media are excited to announce “The Power of Our Presence – An Exhibition Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.” The exhibit will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Essence’s esteemed Black Women in Hollywood Awards—the annual Oscar-week luncheon at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries. A private opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

The exhibit, a highlight of this year’s Black History Month celebration at the Paley Center, is set to feature costumes from the lead female characters from each of their hit television series, including one of the iconic white coats worn byKerry Washington in Scandal, Tracee Ellis Ross’s scrubs from Black-ish and a costume from Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie Lion” of Empire.

Archived memorabilia, photos and footage from the luncheon’s nine-year history will be on display, including re-creations of the event’s extraordinary tablescapes, images from past honorees, special video messages from Angela Bassett and Lynn Whitfield, a compilation footage of some the event’s most touching acceptance speeches and much more.

“We are beyond thrilled to partner with the Paley Center to present the Power of Our Presence exhibit—as Essence prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Experience the magic of the red carpet as it comes to life and shines a spotlight on the most influential and pioneering women in Hollywood.”

“We are so honored to partner with Essence in presenting this powerful exhibit in support of its special milestone anniversary,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO. “The Paley Center is proud of its ongoing commitment to preserving and celebrating African American achievements in television. This Essence exhibit is a signature part of our Black History Month celebration, which also includes screenings, educational activities and an onsite showcase of our own recent tribute.”

For the past decade, Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards have paid homage to modern image-makers—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Since its inception in 2008, the awards have honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and many more. This year’s event will shift from a daytime luncheon to an evening gala for the first time and will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The Power of Our Presence exhibit will be open at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location (465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) from Wednesday, February 8 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

For more information about this exhibit, please visit Essence.com orpaley.me/bwih, and follow Essence on TwitterInstagram and Facebook@essence, as well as the Paley Center on Facebook and Twitter @PaleyCenter for more updates.

The Essence Power of our Presence exhibit is presented by AT&T and theMinority Business Development Age


ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 46 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com.


The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Archive – including special African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT collections – and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org

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Elvis the Gunslinger book by Romey Connell

Elvis the Gunslinger book

Will the Old West Ever Really Get Old?

These days, the concept of a particular theme or genre remaining popular or even relevant in art and entertainment is eminently fleeting.  In our lightning-paced, wireless world, the next new thing often supplants the latest and greatest in mere hours, relegating apparent titans to relative obscurity in a virtual blink of an eye.  Only a precious few can claim membership in that exclusive club of genres that repeatedly endure the test of time.  The Old West surely stands tall as one of them.

Just what is it about the Old West that seems to have immunized it from the death knell known as “going out of style?”  Of course it is a richly multi-faceted world with lots to grab onto – the characters, the landscape, the places, the lifestyle and the lore to name a few.  That also can be said, however, about completely fictional worlds that rise to stardom in literature and on screen, whether they be in outer space, middle earth or any one of myriad others.  And there’s the clue that we’re looking for.

Nobody made up the Old West.  That is not to say that the characters, places, stories and events that comprise it have not been embellished, exaggerated, sensationalized or even completely twisted in many cases.  That is inevitable with humans at the helm of passing pieces of history through time.  Morphed as some of its elements may be, however, while the Old West arguably is as unknown and mysterious in some ways as any purely fictional world, it is at the same time something that we all know to have been truly real.

You might be asking, “So what does being real have to do with anything?”  Well, you can’t maintain relevance and popularity unless both the consumer and the creator are working together in good spirits.  Essential as it may be, having a potentially receptive audience is only half of the battle in any successful genre, for if no artist will make the effort to produce something to read or watch, there is nothing for any audience to see.

Being real means that it’s all right there in front of us.  Do you need a setting?  Are you worried about what your characters might wear or carry around with them?  Do you wonder how they’ll get from place to place?  When you start from ground zero in a world that no one knows, all of those duties fall squarely on the shoulders of the creator.  When you write about the Old West, all of those matters safely can be ignored – you can use all of the old standbys for that mundane stuff and focus all of your real creative energy on the story and its characters.  That is not to say that artists always are just looking for the easy way out, but it sure does help sometimes if some of the heavy lifting already is done for you.

What does being real mean to the audience?  That is what makes the Old West one of the very few ways in the modern world that we can maintain a connection with our past.  Connections not just with the history of our North American land, but also personal connections with our parents, grandparents and others who have gone before us in our lives and who we remember fondly.  As the world of media continues to accelerate toward mind-numbing speed, we truly share less and less with older generations than ever before.

We likely aren’t listening to music with grandma or grandpop tonight, and it is just as unlikely that we will be playing video games with mom or dad this weekend.  Yeah, you might try to fake it just for the sake of spending time together, but I’m talking about everyone truly enjoying the exercise.  There is, however, a reasonable chance that we all can sit down together and enjoy a good Western, almost regardless of the era from which it came.  We all probably can enjoy reading a Western-themed novel, or even the charm of a good Western art exhibit.  No, we might not know each other’s music, games or social media proclivities, but we all know the Old West.  It isn’t something that somebody just came up with.  It was real then, it’s real now and it always will be real.

Thinking about trying to lose touch with the Old West just to prove me wrong?  Good luck with that.  Generations after generations of creators continue to reprise it, and almost always with commercial success, despite the occasional flop.  Its images were cemented in film in the earliest days of the art form.  Through the 40’s and 50’s, some of greatest heroes ever to grace North America’s screens rode to fame in the Old West.  Yet another rash in the 60’s and 70’s with a whole new cast of characters.  It continued through the 80’s and 90’s with new makes and remakes.

While new centuries have a habit of leaving the past behind, that didn’t happen with the Old West.  Throughout the first decade of the 2000’s, the Old West still was going strong on the screen.  And if you think everyone was going to wear out at some point, you ought consider that the ultra-popular Westworld ranks as the most watched first season (2014) of an HBO original series ever.  Not only has the genre remained strong on the screen for getting on 100 years now, but a good argument can be made that the Old West has proliferated even more in the written word, whether it be fiction or not.

So, don’t get tired of it.  Just get used to it and be happy we have it to enjoy.  Enjoy it just yourself and with those who came both before and after you.  It’s still real and real things are getting harder and harder to come by.

Romey Connell is the author of  HYPERLINK “https://www.amazon.com/Elvis-Gunslinger-Romey-Connell/dp/0997649097″Elvis the Gunslinger, the riotous tale of a gun-toting, fast-talking Catanova in an alternative Old West. Connell lives in Atlanta with his wife, Gretchen, and two children. He grew up on a horse farm in the Baltimore area, and graduated from the Auburn University School of Business in 1985 and the Cornell Law School in 1988, and has worked as an attorney for most of his career. Elvis and his loyal dog Daisy are based on two of Connell’s beloved real-life pets.

Elvis the Gunslinger is currently available in both paperback and Kindle editions via Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Find Elvis the Gunslinger on the web at http://www.elvisthegunslinger.com.



Beverly Hills’ Theatre 40 and the World Premiere of April, May & June

Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills will present world premiere of April, May & June. New insights to a family in grief with comic humor of reviewing the life of a loved one.



WHAT: April, May & June. World Premiere engagement of a new comedy-drama.

WHO: Written by Gary Goldstein. Directed by Terri Hanauer. Produced by David Hunt Stafford for Theatre 40.

WHERE: Theatre 40, in the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Theatre 40 is Beverly Hills’ professional theatre company. The venue is on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. There is ample free parking beneath the theatre.

WHEN: March 16- April 16, 2017. Thurs.- Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:00. The performance on Friday, March 17 will begin at 7:00 p.m.


RESERVATIONS: (310) 364-0535.

ONLINE TICKETING: www.theatre40.org

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            April, May and June are fortyish sisters, born a year apart. They’re Jewish (although with one Gentile grandparent who made thebest matzo ball soup). They’re temperamentally a…

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Beverly Hills’ Theatre 40 and the World Premiere of April, May & June


WHAT: April, May & June. World Premiere engagement of a new comedy-drama.

WHO: Written by Gary Goldstein. Directed by Terri Hanauer. Produced by David Hunt Stafford for Theatre 40.

WHERE: Theatre 40, in the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Theatre 40 is Beverly Hills’ professional theatre company. The venue is on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. There is ample free parking beneath the theatre.

WHEN: March 16- April 16, 2017. Thurs.- Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:00. The performance on Friday, March 17 will begin at 7:00 p.m.


RESERVATIONS: (310) 364-0535.

ONLINE TICKETING: www.theatre40.org

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            April, May and June are fortyish sisters, born a year apart. They’re Jewish (although with one Gentile grandparent who made thebest matzo ball soup). They’re temperamentally a bit different. April, the eldest, is the most dominant. Her marriage has crumbled beneath her husband’s infidelity. May, always conscious of being “the middle one,” has issues with her weight. June, the youngest, is a lesbian whose own partner has been wayward.

            The three siblings have convened to pack up the old family home after their mother has passed away. She was the parent who had been most present in the women’s lives. Their father had been an alcoholic. Mother had endured and persevered.

            Going through their mother’s possessions, the women come across items that will give them a shocking surprise. Everything they thought they knew about their mother and their family will be changed and impact their lives forever. How will these newly revealed developments affect their relationship with each other?

            Terri Hanauer directs a cast that includes Jennifer Laks, Jennifer Taub and Meredith Thomas.

            Ms. Hanauer’s stage directing credits include Café Society; Father, Son and Holy Coach; The Assassination of Leon Trotsky: A Comedy; Drama Queens From Hell; Collected Stories; The Way You Look Tonight; much more. She has also directed for television (Zane’s Sex Chronicles for Cinemax) and feature film (Sweet Talk).

            Gary Goldstein is the playwright. His previous plays include Just Men, Curtain Call, Parental Discretion and Three Grooms and a Bride. He has also written the screenplays for the feature films If You Only Knew and Politics of Love, as well as numerous films for television, including The Wish List, Hitched for the Holidays, This Magic Moment, My Boyfriend’s Dogs, and Flower Shop Mysteriesstarring Brooke Shields, including Snipped in the Bud and Mum’s the Word. He’s also written for episodic television. His features and movie reviews appear frequently in the Los Angeles Times.

            For April, May & June: Assistant director: Michele Bernath. Stage manager: Don Solosan. Assistant stage manager: Richard Carner. Set design: Jeff Rack. Costume design: MichèleYoung. Lighting design: Ric Zimmerman. Sound design: Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski.

            You don’t have to wait until April, May or June to get your tickets to the sibling revelry of April, May & June.



FEBRUARY 1, 2017 | 11:00AM PT

The film TERMS OF ENDEARMENT to receive the Star of Texas Award Shirley MacLaine to receive Lifetime Achievement Award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame

AUSTIN, TX (February 1, 2017) — The Austin Film Society (AFS) made its final announcement today of the full line-up of honorees for the 2017 Texas Film Hall of Fame, scheduled for March 9 at Austin Studios. Legendary American actress Shirley MacLaine, whose work spans some of the most beloved masterpieces of American film, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame. She will also accept the Star of Texas Award for the Texas classic TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, for which she won an Academy Award® for Best Actress in 1983.  Academy Award®-nominated producer Sarah Green, whose celebrated Texas-made films include Terrence Malick’s SONG TO SONG and THE TREE OF LIFE, will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. MacLaine and Green will join the previously announced 2017 honorees, including directors Jeff Nichols and Hector Galán, and Rising Star honoree Tye Sheridan. Continue reading “AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES SECOND ROUND OF  2017 TEXAS FILM HALL OF FAME HONOREES, SHIRLEY MACLAINE AND PRODUCER SARAH GREEN”


January 31, 2017 | 10:00 AM PT 

Production officially began last week on the first season of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY for CBS All Access

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns to television 50 years after it first premiered with STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.  The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series will premiere on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers.

CBS All Access is the CBS Television Network’s digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. In addition to its upcoming original series, CBS All Access gives CBS fans the ability to watch more than 8,500 episodes on demand – spanning current shows from primetime, daytime and late night, as well as past seasons of select series and classic TV hits. CBS All Access is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Fire TV. 

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