Monday, May 14, 2018

MY LIFE IN BETWEEN DOING HOLLYWOOD SECRETS AND SCANDALS PRESS



I AM SO GRATEFUL I MOVED TO PALM SPRINGS. I AM LITERALLY HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE. THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO HERE IN TERMS OF CULTURE. I RARELY  TAKE A BREATH, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO MISS ANYTHING. ACTUALLY, NEW YORK COMES TO US!


HERE GOES...........Four weeks of events

Jennifer Holliday


Jennifer Holliday did a concert at the Annenberg Theatre. She got at least four standing ovations throughout. Her talent is off the charts. She's lost tons of weight, is happier now, and sings "I am Telling You I'm Not Going," better than ever. She has a unique take on standards. She "elegantly-funkified" their arrangements. WOW.


Lucie Arnaz, Ron Celona, Larry Luckinbill


CV Rep, one of the top theatre groups in the desert, broke ground on their multi-million dollar new theatre. They are hoping it will turn into the Guthrie or Williamstown. Congratulations to Ron Celona. Great work.  
Chuck Yates

Coyote Stageworks is another top theatre group. They presented Gurney's THE COCKTAIL HOUR at the Annenberg.It was a terrific, sophisticated production starring Chuck Yates, Lee Bryant, Jeffrey Jones, and Yo Younger. Congratulations Chuck Yates, founding artistic director.


Kyle Dean Massey

Cabaret 88, a series of intimate club-like shows with Broadway stars at the Annenberg, served up Kyle Dean Massey from PIPPIN, NEXT TO NORMAL, XANADU, AND WICKED. He was warm and chic at the same time. Wonderful voice. Cabaret 88 presents a series each year, and past performers have been Ann Hampton Callaway, Leslie Odom, Jr., Hugh Panaro, Valerie Pettiford, Rachel York, Billy Stritch--you get the idea.

Purple Room--Michael Holmes' VERY HIP supper club gave us Ann Hampton Callaway, Marilyn Maye, and Liz Callaway & Jason Graae. It's the 54 Below of Palm Springs.

Marilyn Maye

Ann Hampton Callaway and Lucie








AND, THEN THERE'S MICHAEL CHILDERS

Pre-Show Cast Party at Helene Galen's--Jamie Kabler, Helene, and Michael

The brilliant pianist, arranger, accompanist Todd Schroeder with Michael


His Andy Warhol exhibit is still breaking all attendance records at the Palm Springs Museum. His benefit show, ONE NIGHT ONLY, for JFS, is the year's season stunner. This year they saluted Rodgers & Hammerstein & Lorenz Hart. Simply dazzling performances by Lucie Arnaz, Billy Stritch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Faith Prince, opera star Susan Graham, Karen Ziemba, Brent Barrett, Davis Gaines, Constance Towers, and BRUCE VILANCH and SAK MISTRETTA IN DRAG. What an incredible evening. It ends with a private party for the talent where everybody just gets up and sings whatever they want. My favorite night of the year.

ONE NIGHT ONLY is a three day event. First, Helene Galen and Jamie Kabler give their annual party for the stars and donors. The next night is the show and party after. (Then there's a party at Lucie's after the after-party!)

The Pre-show Cast Party:

Tom Truhe, David Zippel, Terri Ketover, and singer David Burnham.

The LOVELY Bruce Vilanch

Ann and Liz

Beloved Billy Stritch

Faith Prince



HAVANA NIGHTS---The finest Cuban musicians in the world gathered in Palm Springs to do some concerts. Marcel Casteneda, the producer, and a glorious musician himself, produced the evening which was a Salutel to Celia Crz. Let's just say I went insane. Latin Cuban Jazz is my favorite music. I was in the front row and almost ran onstage.


Marcel Casteneda

With my dancing partner, Bradley James


All of these things happened in a six-week period. And, oh, yes. There's the Palm Springs Friends of the Philharmonic. They fly in the best orchestras in the world for classical concerts at the McCallum.



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Thursday, April 26, 2018

BILL COSBY CONVICTED---HALLELUJAH


ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT. 
        THIS PIG FINALLY HAS BEEN NAILED.




We people who have spent our lives in the entertainment industry whispered his secrets behind closed doors for years. Thank God for the women who finally spoke up.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

TAYLOR SWIFT----REALLY??????



ONE OF THE GREATEST ROCK/SOUL HITS IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC IS
SEPTEMBER BY EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE.


IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T HEARD, TAYLOR SWIFT JUST RELEASED A COVER OF IT THAT SOUNDS LIKE A SONG ABOUT SWEDISH BUTTERFLIES IN THE GARDEN.




IT'S AS IF DORIS DAY DECIDED TO DO A COVER OF ARETHA FRANKLIN'S RESPECT

OMG

There's one, good thing. My friend, Allee Willis, wrote "September," so she gets money.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

SUE CAMERON'S HOLLYWOOD SECRETS AND SCANDALS RELEASED TODAY


WHAT A SHOCK TO HAVE IT COME OUT ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!









AMAZON LINK TO BUY

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

HOMOGENIZED REALITY FACES



      TAKE A LOOK AT THE "UNIFACE" 
                   OF REALITY TV




God help us all.......

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ARE YOU GOING TO WATCH THE OJ INTERVIEW ON FOX? NO!







FOX TV HAS DECIDED TO SHOW AN UNAIRED LONG-AGO-TAPED INTERVIEW WITH OJ SIMPSON AGAINST THE DEBUT OF ABC'S NEW "AMERICAN IDOL"

Obviously, they are doing this for ratings and to hurt ABC. That's the first logical thing to think, but is that the only reason? I don't think so. Cashing in is cashing in. You can "cloak it" any way you want.

It's an old interview from when his book, "If I Did It" came out, that was done to publicize it. That book was teased as his "confession." 

I think Fox would have aired it anyway at some point, just to cash in on the publicity that he's out and not talking, although I think he has fielded some offers and they didn't meet his price. We need to stop paying attention to him. That's what hurts him the most.





Let's refresh our memories one more time so you don't watch---



I'm sorry to do this, but NEVER FORGET





Monday, March 5, 2018

DON'T OVERLOOK JENNIFER GARNER AT THE OSCARS




TAKE THAT, BEN AFFLECK!!!!!!  SHE HAS NEVER                              LOOKED MORE BEAUTIFUL.






Sunday, March 4, 2018

THIS WAS FINALLY A PERFECT OSCAR SHOW



CONGRATULATIONS, JIMMY KIMMEL AND PRODUCERS MIKE DELUCA AND JENNIFER TODD. THE SHOW WAS A DAZZLER. WHEN YOU GET IT RIGHT, IT'S RIGHT.



WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY SET OF 45 MILLION SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS, AND A GEODE DESIGN BY DEREK MCLANE, THE SHOW LIFTED OFF AND NEVER CRASHED DOWN. It was not only the stet arch, but all the other sets that looked like old movie palaces, that stole the show.

Jimmy was wonderful. He's an easy host like Bob Hope and Johnny Carson--the two best Oscar hosts ever. (Special Mention to Billy Crystal--I love you, too).

The show was finally respectful, after too many trashy moments and speeches in recent years. They focused on honoring the remarkable films and stars who have won over the past 90 years by using incredible film clips, reminding everyone of the magic of Hollywood. It made one proud to be in the industry. There were very few political slams. Whatever people wished to say was done graciously and totally appropriate.



SOME FAVORITE MOMENTS: The strength of Mary J. Blige's performance; the strength of Keala Settle's performance from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN; the power of Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock AND JANE FONDA AND HELEN MIRREN showed the world how women/people are supposed to be--present themselves in a tasteful way, show your intelligence and heart, and go for it every day of your life. To me, this is how change is made---by example. Every single woman in this show took no prisoners. What incredible role models for the young boys and girls watching.


Helen Mirren and a Jet Ski. Brilliant.


Harold Wheeler's music of Oscar winning play-ons and play-offs songs added greatly to the magic. It was fantastic to be reminded of what an true Oscar-winning song should sound ike. I will never recover from "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp."

My only complaint--and it will never be fixed, and the Oscar producers tell nominees over and over and over again to  NOT BRING A PAPER WITH A LIST ON IT AND READ IT ON STAGE. I wish the "Get Out" Guy would actually have come out and thrown a couple off.


Thank you for asking all the women nominees to stand up.


I happily ended up at Lucie Arnaz' house ( car trouble kept me from LA at the last minute). and she had my favorite line of the night. We were watching Andra Day start to sing something, and neither one of us could make out any words. It seemed like all oohs and aahs and runs.

Lucie looked at the TV and said, "I'd like to buy a consonant."

PREDICTION: THIS WILL BE THE LOWEST-RATED OSCAR SHOW IN HISTORY






NO MATTER WHAT, I LOOK FORWARD TO THE OSCARS EVERY YEAR. I have been many times, and it's always an amazing in-person experience. I have no doubt that those who attend will enjoy it. I totally believe in honoring great performances. Have all Oscar winners deserved to win or deserved to get an Oscar for the film for which they are nominated? No. There are behind-the-scenes reasons; backlashes; over-funded ad campaigns that tip something at the last minute--just to name a few reasons.

Tonight's show will be low-rated or two reasons:

The majority of the people in the United States who live BETWEEN east and west coasts, have NOT EVEN SEEN OR HEARD OF most of the nominated movies. There is no runaway hit. That always results in lower ratings. In all of this year's Best Picture Nominees, there isn't one that exploded across the nation.

The second reason is fatigue---fatigue of way too many awards shows, and, also, specifically Oscar fatigue. When the Oscars turned into so publicly a political football, much of the entertainment factor was lost. The "fly-overs" tuned out. They (and I, actually) would prefer to have at least three hours of respected honoring focused on movies and art.

We all know who will win--SHAPE OF WATER (with only possible upset being THREE BILLBOARDS); Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell. They all deserve it. It's not their fault that all the suspense has been taken away by prior awards shows. That didn't  used to happen. It was the Oscar show all alone.

The world must always continue evolving and progressing in order to continue. Things change over time. Sometimes it's hard to accept.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

GOD BLESS BILLY GRAHAM




I WAS SO HONORED TO SPEND TIME WITH HIM










Reverend Graham was receiving an award from a certain organization, and he was due in the lobby at 6 p.m. People were assigned to meet him at that time. At 5:15 p.m., Reverend Graham, all alone, walked into the lobby. The greeting committee wasn't there. The lobby was empty.

I happened to walk by at that moment, couldn't believe what I was seeing, and went right over to him. I took his hand and introduced myself and welcomed him. I asked him to sit in the lobby, but I didn't want to leave him to go get anyone.





I literally sat and talked with him, one-on-one for 45 minutes! It WAS truly a gift from God. I have never met ANYONE like him. He looks at you, right into your soul, and you want to cry. It was like looking into the face of God. He took away all fear, made you feel special, and, most of all, listened to you, digesting every word.

We talked about our childhoods, religions, our troubled world (even then), and how to get to Heaven. His eyes lit up talking about heaven. He was ecstatic about his journey that he KNEW would have a happy ending.

It's very hard to describe what was happening inside me as he spoke. He would occasionally take my hand. I was on the verge of tears the entire time. Reverend Graham had enveloped me with a light. I felt the warmth. I felt the safety. I really can't find any more words to describe it.

I was blessed and received a miracle.

A beautiful picture was taken of us that night. I'm in a different city tonight and not able to have access to the photo to put it in the blog.

God bless you, dear Billy. So glad you're Home.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I CAN'T WATCH "THIS IS US" ANYMORE







SLOWLY BUT SURELY I HAVE BEEN HEARING FROM FRIENDS, AS WELL AS READING SOME "INCONSPICUOUS ARTICLES" THAT PEOPLE ARE TURNING OFF "THIS IS US."
ADD ME TO THAT LIST.

I can no longer subject myself to an hour of depressive whiners. These are characters who are frequently gloomy and so stressed out by life and circumstance, that it's the biggest downer TV show I've ever seen.

I have watched every episode since the beginning, and still retain 100% respect for the talented writers, actors, and directors. It is quality TV, for sure, and very inventive.

I just don't want it in my life or psyche anymore. Depressive programming doesn't appeal to me. I don't need to be "moved" like that. Instead, it is off my DVR series list, and I'll have even more time to be happy looking at beautiful skies and loving my life.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

CHITA RIVERA, TOMMY TUNE, AND TAB HUNTER WALK INTO A BAR.......


CHITA RIVERA AND TOMMY TUNE DID THEIR CONCERT SHOW "CHITA AND TUNE" TO A SOLD-OUT CROWD AT THE MCCALLUM THEATRE IN PALM DESERT.




Seeing a show of true professionals, who are legends, actually made me tear up. There were no back-up dancers, flashing lights, or autotune----just pure talent on stage. What a pleasure. They are touring the country now with this show, and they open it together, then they each take turns with a couple of numbers, and then performer together, and REPEAT!

Note: Neither one of these icons is 22, and, boy do they still have it. Simply delicious. Their dance steps were perfection.

Allan Glaser, Lucie Arnaz, and Tab Hunter

My turn. I just love Tab and Allan



The montage of pictures of Tab and Chita is so sweet.




Lucie, Tommy, and Don Amendolia all did "My One and Only" together.


Chita and I were reminiscing about nights at Joe Tremaine's house.




Tommy and Tab