Johnny Schaefer – April Fool

 

John SchaefferPop, jazz, reggae, R & B, dance, chamber music and some tracks difficult to categorize offered by this LA-based artist. Themes include relationships, spirituality, perfectionism and culture clash. Marianne Williamson appears in 3 songs in a unique way.

In a time when one iPod might shuffle tunes by Jason Mraz, David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Bach, Johnny Schaefer offers an intriguing mix of 17 eclectic tunes.

By Valerie Milano

Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/30/2014 – “I’ve been an April Fool, but if I promise to try, oh, could we be back together by Cinco de Mayo?” – Johnny Schaefer’s April Fool from his album Acoustic Remedy
New music at http://www.johnnysongs.net Continue reading “Johnny Schaefer – April Fool”

Johnny Schaefer – April Fool

johnPop, jazz, reggae, R & B, dance, chamber music and some tracks difficult to categorize offered by this LA-based artist. Themes include relationships, spirituality, perfectionism and culture clash. Marianne Williamson appears in 3 songs in a unique way.

In a time when one iPod might shuffle tunes by Jason Mraz, David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Bach, Johnny Schaefer offers an intriguing mix of 17 eclectic tunes.

By Valerie Milano

Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/30/2014 – “I’ve been an April Fool, but if I promise to try, oh, could we be back together by Cinco de Mayo?” – Johnny Schaefer’s April Fool from his album Acoustic Remedy.  New music at http://www.johnnysongs.net Continue reading “Johnny Schaefer – April Fool”

NAACP Image Awards

 

Actors Bresha Webb and Joe Morton speak onstage during the ‘The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards’ nominations announcement at the TV One portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
Actors Bresha Webb and Joe Morton speak onstage during the ‘The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards’ nominations announcement at the TV One portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
(Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

45th Annual NAACP Image Awards Live on TV One

 By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/30/14 “We are really excited with being partnered with NAACP and it puts TV One and its 10thAnniversary into the major award show game instantaneously.  There is no better year for us to premiering our involvement with the Image Awards.”  Alfred C. Liggins, President & CEO of Radio One told reporters at the TCA press tour. Alfred Liggins told reporters that he was happy to introduce their next big venture, the “45th Annual NAACP Image Awards,” which will air live on TV One on Saturday, February 22nd at 9:00 p.m. (PT tape-delayed) and a one-hour Live for the Red Carpet at 8:00 p.m. (PT tape-delayed). Continue reading “NAACP Image Awards”

45th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Actors David Oyelowo and Keke Palmer speak onstage during the ‘The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards’ nominations announcement at the TV One portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California
Actors David Oyelowo and Keke Palmer speak onstage during the ‘The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards’ nominations announcement at the TV One portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California

Live on TV One

 By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/29/14 – “We are really excited with being partnered with NAACP and it puts TV One and its 10thAnniversary into the major award show game instantaneously.  There is no better year for us to premiering our involvement with the Image Awards.”  Alfred C. Liggins, President & CEO of Radio One told reporters at TV One’s portion of  press tour. Liggins told reporters that he was happy to introduce their next big venture, the “45th Annual NAACP Image Awards,” which will air live on TV One on Saturday, February 22nd at 8 o’clock with a pre-show red carpet. Continue reading “45th Annual NAACP Image Awards”

National Geographic Channel presents

Michelle Oakley, Susan Denicker and Natalie Redding speak onstage during the ‘Nat Geo Wild – The Women of Nat Geo WILD’ portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
Michelle Oakley, Susan Denicker and Natalie Redding speak onstage during the ‘Nat Geo Wild – The Women of Nat Geo WILD’ portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
(Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

The Women of Wild

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/28/14 – “I can’t tell you how psyched I am to introduce you to three of the coolest and greatest working moms I Know,” began Howard Owens, President of the National Geographic Channels at press tour earlier this month.

“I’m pleased to announce three new series: “We Move Animals” which premiered January 18, “Shear Madness” making its debut on March 1st, and “The Amazing Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet” set to premiere this April.” Continue reading “National Geographic Channel presents”

McCartney & Ringo –

 

Pharrell Williams joined Anna Kendrick, Katy Perry, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend on the red carpet at ‘The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles’ held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday (January 27) in Los Angeles, California,
Pharrell Williams joined Anna Kendrick, Katy Perry, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend on the red carpet at ‘The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles’ held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday (January 27) in Los Angeles, California,

50 Years of The Beatles

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/28/14 – “At first when asked, I wondered whether it was the right thing to do. They said you don’t understand the importance of the Ed SullivanShow on American. And I didn’t understand until then.”  Sir Paul McCartney told the audience at the Los Angeles Convention Center taping of The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute to The Beatles.

THT was on hand to experience this once in a lifetime musical experience.  Truly, no one plays a Beatle song quite like a Beatle.  A lesson learned, when a reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr concluded a tribute to the Beatles that CBS will air on February 9, 2014.  Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich told the audience before the show that on February 9, 1964, the Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan Show and now, 50 years later, this show will air on the same network, on the same day and same time slot.  Now that is some kind of history for sure.  McCartney and Ringo are both amazing entertainers and will forever be on top of the world performing their great hits. Continue reading “McCartney & Ringo –”

NAMM 2014 –

With day one of NAMM 2014 in the books, it’s been a killer start with new gear from Moog, Elektron, M-Audio and Universal Audio getting us all hot and bothered.
With day one of NAMM 2014 in the books, it’s been a killer start with new gear from Moog, Elektron, M-Audio and Universal Audio getting us all hot and bothered.

The Musical Playground

 By Valerie Milano

Anaheim, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/27/14 – “NAMM’s 2014 event will feature exhibitors from around the globe debuting amazing new products, educational tracks aimed to support our members’ growth and more music, concerts, parties and networking opportunities than ever before.” Commented Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM.  There was definitely products from all over the world, symbols from Turkey, Accordions from Germany, Flutes and Clarinets from China, Guitars from England and of course throughout the United States and even hand crafted Ukulele from Hawaii.  NAMM, (National Association of Music Merchants) being the most important event in the music-making industry, this show brings together all of the major hardware and software manufacturers and a host of celebrities for an industry-only (not open to the public) convention.  It is held every year in January and takes place in Anaheim, California. Continue reading “NAMM 2014 –”

Only In Louisiana

 

Event hosts Jay Dardenne and Faith Ford lead a post-brunch second line
Event hosts Jay Dardenne and Faith Ford lead a post-brunch second line

 – History of the Grammys

 By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/27/14 – “The very first opera house in the United States of America opened in Louisiana in 1796, that kind of sets the tone for the musical legacy that would follow for generations thereafter.”  Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne told those that gathered at the Conga Room today for a wonderful Louisiana brunch, which included red beans and rice, gumbo, redfish and finished up with pecan pie and bananas foster.  Lt. Gov. Dardenne spoke about the first diverse music in North America, which had come to the territory of Louisiana with the French and Ursuline Nuns literally brought Italian and French songs and hymns to Louisiana.  They brought musical instruments that led to great music in the State of Louisiana.  He was so excited to share the following stories.  “Since 2000, for the past 13 years, every year, Louisiana has had no less than nine nominees each year and they have 12 in 2014.  It’s no wonder that the Grammys got their name from a Louisiana lady, Jane Danna from New Orleans won a contest to select the name for the award to be given by the Recording Academy.  Ms. Danna remembers listening to records playing loudly on her Grandmother’s Gramophone and like most mothers of the day would yell at her to turn down that Grammys and she never did and never would but she submitted that name that was selected by the Recording Academy, and is now one of the most recognized logos and brands in the world and the Grammys began thanks to a Louisiana lady.” Continue reading “Only In Louisiana”

The Wild Magnolias –

Mardi Gras Indians

 By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/25/14 – “I am happy to be here in Los Angeles celebrating Louisiana’s Grammy Nominations.” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne (pronounced DAR DEN) said to Hollywood Today at LA Live Courtyard as he, and others from the State of Louisiana tourist board, gathered to walk with “The Wild Magnolias” as they performed some great Mardi Gras music in preparation for their annual “Only in Louisiana” brunch being held tomorrow afternoon at the Conga Room at LA Live, and HT  will be covering this as well.  The Wild Magnolias are a funk band from New Orleans, Louisiana, that participate in the local “Indian Masking” traditions and perform Mardi Gras music.  Mardi Gras Indians are actually African-American performers in New Orleans, who dress up for Mardi Gras in suits influenced by Native American ceremonial apparel.  They were dressed today in blue, yellow and purple and white. The three band members are: Theodore “Bo” Dollis (vocals); Norwood Johnson (percussion) and Gerald “Little Bo” Dollis (vocals). Bo even wore a ceremonial head-dress of blue feathers and had no trouble walking and playing his tambourine, they all were having such a great time.  You can find a great deal of interesting history about the band, plus singles they have released, albums, and even international albums, which can be found at wildmagnolias.net.    Continue reading “The Wild Magnolias –”

The Wild Magnolias

Mardi Gras Indians
Mardi Gras Indians

 

By Valerie Milano

(Los Angeles, CA-1/25/14) – “I am happy to be here in Los Angeles celebrating the State of Louisiana’s 12 Grammy Nominations.” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne (pronounced DAR DEN) said  at LA Live Courtyard as he, and others from the State of Louisiana tourist board, gathered to walk with “The Wild Magnolias” as they performed some great Mardi Gras music in preparation for their annual “Only in Louisiana” brunch being held tomorrow afternoon at the Conga Room at LA Live, and HT  will be covering this as well.  The Wild Magnolias are a funk band from New Orleans, Louisiana, that participate in the local “Indian Masking” traditions and perform Mardi Gras music.  Mardi Gras Indians are actually African-American performers in New Orleans, who dress up for Mardi Gras in suits influenced by Native American ceremonial apparel.  They were dressed today in blue, yellow and purple and white. The three band members are: Theodore “Bo” Dollis (vocals); Norwood Johnson (percussion) and Gerald “Little Bo” Dollis (vocals). Bo even wore a ceremonial head-dress of blue feathers and had no trouble walking and playing his tambourine, they all were having such a great time.  You can find a great deal of interesting history about the band, plus singles they have released, albums, and even international albums, which can be found at wildmagnolias.net.

I had the opportunity to talk with Leanne Weill, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Office of Tourism, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism from Baton Rouge, LA.  She was very impressed that I was wearing a strand of my very own Mardi Gras beads and she reached into a bag that she was carrying and pulled out a set of beads for me to wear, gold in color, with a round disk that read “LOUISIANA Pick your Passion” LouisianaTravel.com.  The party had begun.

She introduced me to Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and he too was impressed I came with Mardi Gras beads.  He was really enjoying himself and he said the weather was a nice change from Baton Rouge.  We discussed the Grammy’s and said that his State of Louisiana has had nominations every year since the Grammy’s started other than 1960 and 1970. He was not sure why those two years of those decades did not get a nomination.  Dardenne was very comfortable walking the street between Staples Center and LA Live while The Wild Magnolias played on.  He took time to talk with people that approached him and posed with them for pictures.  I asked him about New Orleans and how the city was doing these days and he said “New Orleans is doing well, actually, there are many young folks moving to the city and finding jobs and making a life for them self.  We have come a long way since Katrina and I see us moving forward in the future”  This put a smile on his face and he said that there has also been a rise in tourism since Katrina and New Orleans is a great vibrant city to visit and have a great time.  “Our unique and authentic culture is celebrated throughout the world, so pick your passion and make Louisiana your favorite vacation adventure.”  We also discussed the annual “Only in Louisiana” brunch coming up the next day (1/25/14) and he commented how the music was going to be excellent with Hot 8 Brass Bank, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience and the King of Zydeco himself, Clifton Chenier.  Dardenne said that Chenier was the founding father of Zydeco music, which consists of an accordion, fiddle and vest frottior (washboard). I was told that Zydeco stands for string bean.  Chenier will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy’s.  Dardenne commented that we all are in-store for a great afternoon of Creole and Cajun music and great Louisiana food.  He spoke a little about Hunter Hayes and that fact that Hunter has been playing since he was five and that Hunter’s Father manages her career and how proud he was that Hunter has not lost his way, like some other young singers have done.  He told me a story of how Tim McGraw’s real name was Timmy Smith, and when Tim was 11, he found out that Tug McGraw was his father, so at age 18 he changed his name to Tim McGraw.

Dardenne said he would be running for Governor in 2015.

Starz:

Actors Toby Stephens, left, Hannah New and Luke Arnold speak during the “Black Sails” panel at the winter tour in Pasadena. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images / January 10, 2014)
Actors Toby Stephens, left, Hannah New and Luke Arnold speak during the “Black Sails” panel at the winter tour in Pasadena. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images / January 10, 2014)

Pirates declared the New Zombies – Black Sails

 By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/21/14 – “Just to set the historical context a little bit, I think you have to understand that there are real pirates” as quoted by Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director for Starz referring to Starz new show Black Sails.  Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz started the day off telling reporters that in a couple of days Starz would be celebrating their first anniversary since spinning off from Liberty Media as a standalone public entity.  Starz has a little over 22 million subscribers and eight consecutive quarters of subscriber growth.  Starz/Encore package is the largest premium offering combo in the United States. Starz On Demand ranks as the third highest used On Demand service out of more than 760 other services. He announced that they have four original series already planned.  First off would be Black Sails, premiering January 23rd, the second season of Da Vinci’s Demons premiering March 22nd,  Power created and produced by Courtney Kemp Agboh, the first African American woman to create a series from premium and Outlander series. Continue reading “Starz:”

The Following

Kevin Bacon is seen during the panel for "The Following" at the FOX Winter 2014 TCA, on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. The two stars of Fox's creepy thriller "The Following" admit that their show gives them nightmares. Bacon and James Purefoy both said today that the characters stick with them after work. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Kevin Bacon is seen during the panel for “The Following” at the FOX Winter 2014 TCA, on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. The two stars of Fox’s creepy thriller “The Following” admit that their show gives them nightmares. Bacon and James Purefoy both said today that the characters stick with them after work. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

on FOX

This show is apart from the glut of violent, murder mysteries on broadcast television

By: Valerie Milano

1/20/14 (The Hollywood Times) Pasadena, CA  – FOX premiered the second season of the The Following Sunday Night at the conclusion of the NFC Championship game. The Followingstars Kevin Bacon and is a psychological thriller about a murderous and sadistic cult leader Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), who was presumed killed off in season one. However, season two treats us to a grisly multiple murder by his ‘followers’ that suggest his reign of terror may not be over. Continue reading “The Following”

HITRECORD

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: ‘HitRecord on TV’ Renewed for Second Season
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: ‘HitRecord on TV’ Renewed for Second Season

on TV Brings Variety Show Format to Modern Times
By: Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/20/14 -“What this is, is a production company, and I direct it, and instead of hiring a set full of people that happens on a traditional movie set, we open those doors up using the Internet, and anybody can come to our site and contribute to these collaborations that I’m directing,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, founder of HITRECORD said of his newest venture with Pivot TV, HITRECORD on TV. Continue reading “HITRECORD”

Out of the Closet

Mason Dye and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) at the 2014 Winter Press tour
Mason Dye and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) at the 2014 Winter Press tour

and Into the Attic

By Valerie Milano 
Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/19/2014 – “We had to get a little creative. And I think, just like in the novel, the teasing out of some of the violence and sexuality was it’s more fun to kind of imply it than to show it.” Screenwriter Kayla Alpert commented on her modern day adaptation of the V.C. Andrews narrative,Flowers in the AtticContinue reading “Out of the Closet”

ABC Talks Marvel

Christian Slater and Steve Zahn have fun with ABC’s ‘Mind Games’
Christian Slater and Steve Zahn have fun with ABC’s ‘Mind Games’

Ratings, Pilots and finding sea legs

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/17/14 – “You know, traditionally what actually happens is that a launch is not quite as noisy and then it takes a little bit of time to get into the blood supply.”   The ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee took the stage at the Television Critics Association’s semiannual press tour Friday to address a range of topics, from struggling ratings, Marvel and pilot season.  It actually started off with a video of Jimmy Kimmel saying “Hello TV writers who want to kill themselves right now because they’ve had it up to here with (censored word – first word starts with a male cow) in Pasadena, and everything’s on fire.  That sure got a laugh.  Lee fires back with “Thank you, Jimmy Kimmel.  We love him. Don’t think I don’t know who called me a moron. I know who you are.”  ABC is still in pilot season and Lee says “the upfront is still important for us,” adding that it won’t be a one-size-fits-all approach at ABC.  “We’re also having lots of fun starting to create shows that we go direct to series on, and some of them we do outside of pilot season.” Continue reading “ABC Talks Marvel”

The Beast Must Be Fed…..

TabloidAccording to Investigation Discovery, Tabloid will peel back the curtain to go behind the scandalous headlines and surreal true-life stories you might read about in those tabloids that populate the supermarket checkout line. The series will have an initial run of 10, one-hour episodes.
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/17/14 – Tabloid premiere on Investigation Discovery January 16, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. Continue reading “The Beast Must Be Fed…..”

Showtime

Showtime’s Episodes panel at the Winter press tour Pasadena, CA
Showtime’s Episodes panel at the Winter press tour Pasadena, CA

Every Actor is interested in TV Now

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/17/14 – “You know, every actor is interested in television right now, and the level of storytelling in TV as a format as a long‑form, open‑ended format is very seductive for the creative talent right now.”  As quoted by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime, who just happened to be the first one up at the TCA Winter Press Tour 2014.  Continue reading “Showtime”

(Credit: Frederick M. Brown, Jeff Kravitz; Photos: Film Magic, Getty) Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Monaghan, Woody Harrelson
(Credit: Frederick M. Brown, Jeff Kravitz; Photos: Film Magic, Getty) Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Monaghan, Woody Harrelson

on HBO Premiered Sunday Night January 12, 10:00 p.m.

By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/13/14 – True Detective has the cast and aura of a big budget theatrical release. This includes first call music man T-Bone Burnett handling the score and an atmospheric opening credit sequence that struck an appropriate balance between weird, menacing and atmospheric.True Detective is a murder mystery told in flashbacks by the estranged Louisiana State Police homicide team of Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey). Continue reading “”

Hallmark marks its appearance

Lori Laughlin the The Hallmark party (1/11/14)
Lori Laughlin the The Hallmark party (1/11/14)

Fast moving pulp romance

By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/12/14 – On Saturday night January 11th at 9 p.m., The Hallmark Channel premiered its new dramatic series When Calls The Heart, a stylish rendering of Janette Oke’s bestselling book series.  At the same time it aired Crown Media/Hallmark sponsored another lavish Press event at the Huntington Library with most of the cast. Continue reading “Hallmark marks its appearance”

NAACP Image Awards 2014

Actors David Oyelowo and Keke Palmer speak onstage during the ‘The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards’ nominations announcement at the TV One portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California
Actors David Oyelowo and Keke Palmer speak onstage during the ‘The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards’ nominations announcement at the TV One portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California

Nomination announcements a change of pace

By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/11/14 – “The NAACP Image Awards provides an excellent venue to recognize those who make a difference through art and activism, and we are excited to honor and celebrate this caliber of talent,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP.

In a change of pace, the nominees for The 45TH NAACP Image Awards were announced during a live press conference at the TV One presentation of the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena, CA.  Continue reading “NAACP Image Awards 2014”