Tag Archives: Entertainment

It’s come to this….Palin visits White House with Kid Rock and Ted Nugent…

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) visited President Trump at the White House late Wednesday, bringing along musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate has been an outspoken supporter of Trump since his campaign and was invited to be one of his guests during an October debate last year.

On Wednesday night, Palin, Kid Rock and Nugent were pictured in the Oval Office with the president. Nugent’s wife, Shemane Deziel, and Audrey Berry, Kid Rock’s fiancee, were also at the White House and are in one of the photos.

Further details of the visit were not immediately made known though it appeared that the group also visited other parts of the White House outside the Oval Office.

The three posed mockingly in front of a portrait of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton….

More…

Share on Facebook

Alex Balwin does double duty….Trump AND Bill O’Reilly….

Alec Baldwin pulled double duty on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. Not only was he back to play President Trump, but he also debuted a Bill O’Reilly impression — while interviewing himself as Trump.

The result: SNL got to tease two of its favorite foils at the same time — using only one actor.

The (not entirely seamless) sketch focused on O’Reilly’s budding problem of sexual harassment allegations, which Trump this week dismissed by saying, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”

In the sketch, even Baldwin-as-O’Reilly is incredulous that the president decided to weigh in his defense, at a time when advertisers are quickly fleeing. Asked about how much he actually knows about the case, Baldwin-as-Trump demurs.

“I’m more familiar with this case than, say, health care, but I really didn’t look into it much, no,” he said. “I was busy being super presidential, by bombing a bunch of s***.”….

Source....The Wash Post….

Share on Facebook

Mommy Coco…..

COCO AUSTIN/INSTAGRAM

Coco Austin and her daughter Chanel Nicole are unstoppable in their matching attire.

The mother-daughter duo hit the beach in Miami Tuesday, decked out in adorable coordinating red and navy blue swimsuits.

The model, 37, wore a bikini with a red top and blue-and-white polka-dot bottoms. Little Chanel, 13 months, sported a RuffleButts two-piece with a matching wide-brimmed baby hat, complete with red bows on both her suit and hat.

“Beach babes..lol. Kisses to our followers,” Austin captioned an oceanside snap of herself and Chanel — likely taken by Austin’s husband Ice T, who was also in attendance for the day of family fun….

More…

Just an Update for all her fans out there…..

Share on Facebook

Preet Bharara wants to get in front of the camera’s….

The just fired US Attoney for the Southern District of New York has always moved among those in the entertainment world….

Image result for preet bharara on TV

The NY Post also thinks Bharara is looking for a New York higher office to run for after doing a stint with his own investigative TV show….

Bharara — who was dismissed as Manhattan US attorney last weekend when he refused a Trump administration order to ­resign — is angling for a TV gig that could help launch a run for elected office, a source told The Post.

“He’s trying to be a liberal Bill O’Reilly,” the source claimed.

Bharara, 48, could be hoping to land a news show on CNN or MSNBC, “a half-investigative reporting, half Larry King-type show, [where] he can be the special correspondent.”

But in the short-term, Bharara is looking to appear on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — to prove he’s camera-ready, the source said.

“Preet really wants to do Colbert,” the source said. “He thinks Stephen’s really funny and that it’s a way to audition for a gig, where executives will take notice and say, ‘We should give this guy a show.”

More….

image…NPR

Share on Facebook

Chuck Berry the Rock & Roll icon is gone…

Related image

The man who gave birth to the 1960’s Rock & Roll and beyond  will be missed….

Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” died Saturday at his home outside St. Louis, his verified Facebook page said. He was 90.

A post on the St. Charles County police Facebook page said officers responded to a medical emergency at the residence around 12:40 p.m. (1:40 p.m. ET) Saturday and found an unresponsive man inside. Resuscitation efforts failed.
“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.”

A musical legend

Berry wrote and recorded “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” — songs every garage band and fledgling guitarist had to learn if they wanted to enter the rock ‘n’ roll fellowship.
Berry took all-night hamburger stands, brown-eyed handsome men and V-8 Fords and turned them into the stuff of American poetry. By doing so, he gave rise to followers beyond number, bar-band disciples of the electric guitar, who carried his musical message to the far corners of the Earth…..
image…Black Past.Org
Share on Facebook

Oprah Winfrey teases about a 2020 Presidential run?

Last time her name was brought up for a possible run?

She said the same thing…..

‘NEVER’….

But the chatter is back…..

Image result for oprah winfrey for President

Eleven years ago, the animated TV show “The Boondocks” envisioned the election of Oprah Winfrey to the presidency in 2020. Now there’s a chance fiction could hit reality on the nose.

Asked on Bloomberg Television’s “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations” whether she might run, Winfrey teased that the election of Trump stirred her interest: “I [had] thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience. I don’t know enough. Now, I’m thinking, ‘Oh.’”

Before we all get the vapors, note that her next words were left off of the clip zooming through the Internet: “That won’t be happening.” The flat denial is in line with her past responses, like when she told Stephen Colbert in January, “NEVER!”

But past denials can be rendered inoperative, and cracked doors can be flung wide open with enough public pressure. So her tease, deliberate or not, does raise a legitimate question for Democrats: Is Oprah the celebrity kryptonite they need to best Donald Trump at his own game?

Trump’s victory already makes any wild speculation of an outsider presidential bid impossible to dismiss out of hand, especially those from celebrity business figures like Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Disney CEO Bob Iger.

But Oprah is in a class by herself. Cuban and Zuckerberg, like many famously sharp-elbowed corporate executives, are both loved and hated, while Iger lacks a household name. But Winfrey, the rags-to-riches media mogul, is one of the most famous, successful and influential people in the world, and has reached those heights while attracting relatively few harsh critics along the way. Even after she dipped her toe into politics by endorsing Barack Obama in 2008, she retained high favorability among people of all partisan stripes, even though her numbers with Republicans dipped.

She outshines Trump’s private-sector career on several fronts. Trump leveraged his daddy’s inheritance to become a billionaire, despite a sloppy management style and several high-profile business disasters along the way. Winfrey, meanwhile, survived poverty, childhood sexual abuse and workplace sexual harassment to become the world’s first black female billionaire….

More….

image…AUX.TV

Share on Facebook

Ways to speed up Major League Baseball Games?

Image result for major league baseball boring?

The NY Times asked for Idea’s…

Here’s some of the answers….

Broaden the Audience. Shorten the Ads.

Major League Baseball wants more action and less downtime during games. That’s probably asking too much, because hitters are paid to work deep counts while pitchers throw harder, with better movement, than ever before. It’s no accident that the number of strikeouts rises every year.

The larger issue, of course, is expanding the business, which means attracting more fans. And baseball won’t touch the biggest impediments to that effort, because it would mean less money now. Want to make the game move more quickly? Cut every commercial break by 30 seconds. Want more people to watch in the postseason? Insist that Fox show the League Championship Series on its regular network, not on the hard-to-find Fox Sports 1.

This is most important: Make the World Series appointment viewing, as it was a generation ago. October will mark the 30th anniversary of the last World Series game held in the afternoon. If you want to appeal to young fans in all areas of the country, let them watch at least one World Series game every year before bedtime. They’ll repay that good-will gesture when they grow up, if baseball can wait that long for the payoff. — TYLER KEPNER

Seven Innings Are All You Need

Enough about the idiosyncratic habits that obviously slow the game down, but are also part of the game’s natural appeal and help build drama. My advice is to shorten the game. No, I mean, really shorten the game. Reduce it to seven innings from nine.

Beyond the time saved, think of the benefits in eliminating two innings. Starting pitchers would throw far fewer pitches, needing to only go four innings to record a victory. The scourge of serious arm and shoulder injuries would very likely diminish. Not having to rely on middle-inning mediocrity before getting to the late-inning studs would also quicken the pace of games. Many games might take between two and two and a half hours, or the time it takes to play most soccer and basketball games. Games starting at 7 in the evening would be over by 9:30, making it easier for fans on work and school nights. After the seventh inning, everyone could get up, stretch and go home. — HARVEY ARATON

There’s More….

image…The Atlantic

Share on Facebook

The 2017 Academy Awards ‘Oscar’ Winners….

The cast of Moonlight on stage….
La La land was first announced as the Best Picture, which was an error.

(CNN)The 89th Academy Awards were held Sunday.

Here is a complete list of nominees. (Winners are indicated in bold.)
BEST PICTURE
“Arrival”
 “Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight” (WINNER)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)
Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington in “Fences”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” (WINNER)
Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel in “Lion”
Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
Ruth Negga in “Loving”
Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
Emma Stone in “La La Land” (WINNER)
Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
Viola Davis in “Fences”
Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”
“Zootopia” (WINNER)
image..WashPost….
Share on Facebook

Joe Piscopo for Jersey Governor…Really….

As a Trump supporting Republican….

Image result for joe piscopo

Mr. Piscopo, 65, still managed to draw giggles from the $50,000-a-table crowd at the gala to help bring pandas to New York City. But his self-discipline is part of an effort to project a more sober image as he weighs his next move: trading in his Sinatra for a run for governor of his home state, New Jersey.

“I’m very serious about it,” he said. “I’ve never been more serious about anything in my life.”

While the daily whiplash out of Washington commands almost all the political attention, New Jersey is one of two states that will elect a new governor this year, as the eight-year reign of Gov. Chris Christie, once a national darling and now with historically low approval in his home state, comes to an end. And Mr. Piscopo is hoping to parlay his Jersey credentials and rising political profile — he campaigned for President Trump, and his radio show focuses on conservative politics — into a long-shot bid for governor as either a Republican or an independent in a state where Democratic voters vastly outnumber Republicans.

A recent poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University found that the category of “someone else” was within the margin of sampling error of equaling Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the current leading Republican. Mr. Piscopo, who has not made an official announcement, trailed Ms. Guadagno and “someone else.”….

More…

image…6ABC.com

Share on Facebook

Hugh Jackman may retire from playing X-Man Wolverine….

He has played the character for almost two decades…..

Quite a difference for a New York stage actor from Australia….

Image result for hugh jackman

The last time Hugh Jackman played Wolverine, the comic-book superhero he has portrayed onscreen for 17 years, was not an especially decorous occasion. In the midst of his work on a coming movie musical, he had to return for two days of reshoots on “Logan,” the 10th film in Fox’s X-Men franchise, to inflict some beatings and take some beatings, and he ended up shouting his voice hoarse.

“I yelled and screamed so much, and then I had to go back to the musical the next day,” a more restored Mr. Jackman recalled recently with a laugh. “I actually said to someone, ‘Not with a bang but a whimper.’”

His claw-popping alter ego fares no better in “Logan,” which opens March 3. Set in 2029, it finds the title character weary and weakened, unable to heal as rapidly as he used to. The X-Men are long gone, and he’s reduced to driving a limousine while he tends an aged Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), whose psychic powers have become a dangerous liability.

From the moment Mr. Jackman became a movie star, with the original “X-Men” in 2000, he has been synonymous with Wolverine, a feral mutant with a metal skeleton and a tormented, decades-long past lived under the name Logan. It is his most visible and successful role, and one that, as recently as late January, he still wasn’t finished with. Because there was always one more dialogue rerecording session or conversation to have with his director, “I’m uncomfortable saying goodbye,” he said.

And surely, it can’t be easy for Mr. Jackman to pull away from a role that he has inhabited longer than almost any other actor has been associated with a comic-book character or fantasy franchise — a span when genre mainstays like Batman, Spider-Man and Superman were each rebooted twice, and even his “X-Men” co-stars had to share custody of their parts with a younger class of actors….

More…

image…Screen Rant

Share on Facebook

2017 Grammy Award Winners….

 This is going to press while the awrds are still being handed out….

The Grammy Awards are underway at Staples Center with host James Corden.

Many winners have been announced at the pre-televised ceremony for the 2017 Grammy Awards. There are already multiple wins by Beyoncé, Adele, Chance the Rapper, David Bowie, Lalah Hathaway and Sarah Jarosz.

Beyoncé leads the pack of nominees, with a total of nine nominations including album of the year. Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West all earned eight nominations apiece, while Chance the Rapper picked up seven. The artists competing in the album of the year category are Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake and Sturgill Simpson.

GRAMMYS 2017: Live coverage | Red carpet arrivals | Best and worst fashion 

See the complete list of nominees below:

Album of the year:

  • “25” — Adele | Review
  • “Lemonade” — Beyoncé | Review
  • “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
  • “Views” — Drake | Review
  • “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson | Interview

Record of the year:

  • “Hello” — Adele
  • “Formation” — Beyoncé
  • “7 Years” — Lukas Graham
  • “Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake | Review
  • “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

MORE: How Beyoncé pulled off that Grammy performance »

Song of the year:

  • “Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • WINNER | “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
  • “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
  • “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
  • “7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

New artist:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers | Interview
  • WINNER | Chance the Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak | Interview

MORE: Adele opens the 59th Grammy Awards with a confident take on “Hello” »

Pop vocal album:

  • WINNER | “25” — Adele
  • “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
  • “Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande | Review
  • “Confident” — Demi Lovato
  • “This Is Acting” — Sia | Review

More from the LA Times…..

image…LA Times
Share on Facebook

Seven-time Grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau is gone…

Image result for al jarreau

He had advised that he was retiring yesterday due to being tired…

Al Jarreau, a Grammy Award-winning singer whose versatile tenor voice and vibrant stage style blurred the lines between jazz, soul and pop music, died Feb. 12 at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.

His publicist, Joe Gordon, announced the death, saying the singer had been treated for exhaustion, after announcing his retirement from touring last week. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Mr. Jarreau was loosely classified as a jazz singer, but his eclectic style was entirely his own, polished through years of obscure apprenticeship in lonely nightclubs. He did not release his first album until 1975, when he was 35, but within two years, he had won the first of his seven Grammy Awards and had begun to attract a wide following.

He was dubbed the “acrobat of scat” for the way he adopted the fast, wordless syllables of bebop jazz musicians, but he did not limit himself to the musical backdrop of an earlier generation….

More….

image…SoulTracks…

Share on Facebook

Sunday’s 51st National Football League’s Super Bowl…

Image result for superbowl 51

The Patriots and Tom Brady are now officially one game away from getting the ultimate revenge on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

If the Patriots can knock off the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, it will set the stage for what could go down as the most awkward trophy ceremony of all-time as Goodell will have to either hand the Lombardi Trophy to Tom Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft or coach Bill Belichick.

The trophy usually goes to the owner, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kraft to defer to Brady, especially since Brady was forced to miss the first four games of the 2016 season thanks to Goodell’s punishment for Deflategate.

Taking home the Lombardi Trophy won’t be easy though. If the Belichick and the Patriots want to take home their fifth trophy, they’re going to have to knock off the high-flying Falcons.

For the past six weeks, the Falcons have been blowing by everyone: Atlanta has scored at least 33 points in each of its past six games, which includes four regular season games and two playoff games.

Of course, the Super Bowl is different. Many teams have struggled because the moment gets too big, which is something the Falcons will need to avoid. The game against the Patriots will mark Atlanta’s first appearance in the Super Bowl since a 34-19 loss to the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII back in January 1999.

The game will also mark a chance at revenge for Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Before taking the job in Atlanta, Quinn’s was with the Seahawks. In his final game with Seattle, Quinn was the defensive coordinator in Super Bowl XLIX, which coincidentally just happened to end with Quinn’s team losing to the Patriots when the Seahawks decided not to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch at the one-yard line.

On the Patriots’ sideline, Belichick will be coaching in his NFL-record seventh Super Bowl. Belichick had held with the record of six with Don Shula, but now holds it by himself….

More….

Share on Facebook

“The Greatest Show on Earth”…Ringling Bros Circus ending…

…from the NY Post….

Modal Trigger

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down forever on “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Its last performance will be May 21 at the Nassau Coliseum.

The show stoppers included high operating costs, declining attendance and changing public tastes.

Not to mention a long and costly legal battle with animal rights advocates, which ended with its hugest stars — the elephants — being pink slipped. Elephants had been the symbol of the circus since an Asian pachyderm named Jumbo joined the show in 1882.

 Employes were told the sad news Saturday night in Orlando.

The circus will perform 30 more times. Besides the show on Long Island, there will be one in Brooklyn. Other stops on its last tour include Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia and Boston.

With its exotic animals and death-defying acrobats, the big top had been a huge draw from the mid-1800s to the mid 1900s….

More….

Share on Facebook

Hillary Clinton Receives Several rounds of Applause attending ‘The Color Purple’

Hillary Clinton , accompanied by her husband Bill and daughter Chelsea got a pleasant surprise tonight while attending the last performance of the ‘The Color Purple’ in New York City….

Image result for hillary Clinton color purple play appearance

Once recognized ….

She received applause from the audience….

And after the performance was over?

She received a shout out from the show’s performers and another round of applause…

Must have felt good for Hillary….

A lot of people at the show said it felt good for them to show her the ‘love’…..

Hillary Clinton, who has kept a relatively low public profile since losing the presidential election two months ago, on Sunday showed up at the final performance of the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple,” reveling in the story of a beleaguered woman who triumphs over the oppressive men in her life (and, along the way, discovers a love for colorful pants).

Mrs. Clinton, accompanied by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea, received several ovations from the sold-out audience as she arrived, and then another round of applause when she was acknowledged by the cast after the show.

“There’s a lot of really awesome famous and notable people here today,” the actress Patrice Covington, who gave the farewell speech on behalf of the cast after the show, said to the audience. “I’m not going to call all of them out — I know you already know them,” she said, before pausing, looking in Mrs. Clinton’s direction, and waving at her mischievously. At that, the audience erupted into a new, loud round of applause.

The reaction was substantially warmer than the scattered booing and clapping that greeted the arrival of Vice President-elect Mike Pence when he attended “Hamilton,” just one block north, on Nov. 18.

“We love you Hillary,” some audience members shouted. Several thanked Mrs. Clinton and told her, “God bless you.”

“God bless you,” Mrs. Clinton replied…..

More…

image…latestnewsheadlines.ddns.net

Share on Facebook

Ronda Rousey needs to stay with acting…

Second time in a row the fighting actress gets beat in the ring….

This time?

She doesn’t make it thru the first minute….

She needs to give up the ring….

Ronda Rousey rose to fame by handing out one-sided beatings. Her fall has occurred in the exact same fashion.

In her first appearance since a stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm last year, Rousey (12-2) suffered another lopsided defeat to defending bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes on Friday. The 135-pound championship fight headlined UFC 207 inside T-Mobile Arena.

Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight just 48 seconds in, as Nunes (14-4) rocked Rousey with right hands along the fence. Rousey did not go unconscious, as she did from Holm’s infamous head kick, but she was essentially out on her feet. It is the fastest knockout finish of Nunes’ career.


UFC women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, right, scored the fastest knockout of her career, needing just 48 seconds to defeat Ronda Rousey in their main-event title bout Friday night at UFC 207. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

“I’m stopping everybody like that,” Nunes said. “When I asked for this fight, I knew everything. I was preparing my mind, spirit, body. I know Ronda Rousey is big. They know and love Ronda Rousey, but no one is going to take this belt from me.”…

More…

Share on Facebook

Politics, News, Comments & Other Stuff….