It’s a Wrap! KCET Inaugural Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

By: Judy Shields

Hollywood, California (The Hollywood Times) 7/31/17 – “What a wonderful way to tell a story to move and inspire people.  That is a film festival using films to teach us about the environment and the issues we need to address.  People need to see these great films here at the film festival and I hope everyone comes out to check them out.” Ed Begely Jr. told The Hollywood Times at KCET’s First Environmental Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Continue reading “It’s a Wrap! KCET Inaugural Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival”

Pure Country: Pure Heart Available On DVD, Blu-Ray Combo Pack & Digital HD Tomorrow

By: Judy Shields

Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 8/1/17 – “I am so grateful that everyone that was involved with the project in every aspect that you can be involved with the aspect of the project, is so incredible and we all love each other so much.  We were able to make a movie that I am so proud to be a part of.  Proud to tell people to go out and see it and excited for people to see it.  I love it and really excited to be a part of it.”  Kaitlyn Bausch told The Hollywood Times about her new movie being released, August 1, 2017. Continue reading “Pure Country: Pure Heart Available On DVD, Blu-Ray Combo Pack & Digital HD Tomorrow”

Moda 360 Walks on the Wild Side With Fashion for a Cause

Debora Pokallus, Producer of Moda 360

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/31/17 – “MODA 360 will be a more intimate event this year to focus on the important issue of environmental stewardship and support the Zoo’s international programs. Preserving our environment has become even more critical today and it’s important to raise awareness and support organizations that do this important work,” said Debora Pokallus, Producer of MODA 360.

MODA 360, an innovative exhibit of international art, fashion and film, will present a special event to benefit the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens conservation program and celebrate the Zoo’s 50th anniversary August 1, 2017 at The New Mart in Downtown L.A. The event is open to press, professionals, buyers, with tickets available to the public for a donation to the Zoo (attending professionals are welcome to donate through a ticket purchase). Continue reading “Moda 360 Walks on the Wild Side With Fashion for a Cause”


Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/30/17 – The new eight-part Discovery Channel series MANHUNT: UNABOMBER is of interest to intelligent journalists as the use of forensic linguistics was pioneered during the investigation that ultimately captured Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.  FBI agent and criminal profiler Jim Fitzgerald sensed that the elaborately constructed and carefully typed correspondence and manifestos obsessively circulated by Kaczynski, a mathematics prodigy turned professor, could not be the products of a low-IQ airplane mechanic as had been thought by previous profilers.  

Continue reading “MANHUNT: UNABOMBER “


mark samels | PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Great WarBEVERLY HILLS, CA; JULY 30, 2017 – Today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced new programs and initiatives launching in 2017 and beyond. A brief synopsis of each program is listed below, along with links to the full press releases.  Continue reading “PBS ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAMMING DURING SUMMER 2017 TCA SESSION”

Opening Night of KCET & Link TV’s EARTH FOCUS Environmental Film Festival

Patrick Fabian, Kristin Davis, Raphael Sbarge, Sharon Lawrence Photo: THT


By: Judy Shields

Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 7/29/17 – “I think what is important is to come together at events like tonight and really think about what each of us do. What choices can we make during each day to change our world just through our actions.  Each of us are just single people, but we are not a government, but we are ourselves and with our dollars we make a choice, with every action we take, we make a choice and that is why I think film is so powerful because it brings people into the worlds that they might not have another way to see, no exposure to.”  Kristin Davis told The Hollywood Times last night.

Opening night advance screening of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” at Paramount Studios’ Sherry Lansing Theatre was introduced by environmental activist/actress Kristin Davis. A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture the sequel shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

The first celebrity on the “Green Carpet” last night was James Cromwell, wearing a nice blue shirt and dark blue sport coat and fancy sunglasses.  The Hollywood Times caught up with James Cromwell on the Green Carpet.  He said that he just got out of prison and that he was in long enough to know that he does not want to particularly, but he would if he had to.  The issue that he is currently fighting is the build out of the hydro fracking infrastructure in New York and what it is doing to Pennsylvania and the local people in his community.  What is it going to do to the world, in terms of Global Warming.  He believes it is out of our control and no one will be able to stop it.  He went on to say he was also just arrested down in San Diego for interrupting the disgraceful Orca show.  He truly believes it is wrong to keep these huge creatures in the small, chemical laced water and they need to be free.

James Cromwell Photo: THT

James Cromwell said “inform yourself, pick something that you care about, start to talk to people, find out what organizations there are out there, because it takes organizations, and it there is not an organization out there, start one!  Go out in the streets, do everything that you can, because ultimately it will come down to putting your body where your mouth is and doing an act of civil disobedience in order to get the attention.  Noting is getting these politicians attention now, they are not listening to us and that has to end!

Patrick Fabian (friend of Green Wish) looking dashing on the Green Carpet told The Hollywood Times that his good friend Raphael Sbarge (co-founder of Green Wish) got him involved this event.  He believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to get involved in the environment we live in.  He wants clean water and to preserve the natural parks for all of us to enjoy.  “If it’s not my job to do that, whose job is it?”  To come out and see a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, so rang a bell for me and some many others.  I can’t wait to see it and I know there will be content to make us shake our heads and say no, that can’t possibly be true.  The power of film and art is there to illuminate and shine a light on things that are difficult and awkward, nonetheless effect all of us.”

Patrick Fabian and Kristin Davis Photo: THT

Patrick Fabian talked about his 4 and 6 year daughter and how he took them to the march for science and they had a great time, until it got hot, and they found some Italian ice and they were happy again.  His six year daughter asked him why they had to march and Patrick told her she was going to have to march a lot in her life in order to stand up for what is right and to stand up for the truth and to let people know that what she believes in matters.  Good advice from Dad.  He also talked about how much hotter it is now these past 10 years or more.  He has been teaching his daughters about turning off the water when they brush their teeth.  He likes to take them to the beach, camping and they just visited Yosemite.  Another quote was “Teddy Roosevelt’s teeth would fall out of his head if he got out of his coffin today.” He also mentioned a Dr. Brooner peppermint soap found at Trader Joe’s and how Dr. Brooner made a video on how to take a shower in a sink using just a capful of his peppermint soap.

Patrick Fabian will also be part of the FREE Earth Focus Environmental Festival this Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. introducing the 1:30 p.m. show of  “RISE: Sacred Water – Standing Rock (Part 1)” followed by “RISE: Poisoned River” (Total Running Time 1 hr. 34 min.)

Kristin Davis Photo: THT

The Green Carpet had the honor of a beautiful woman in a light flowing pink dress. Who you might ask, well none other than Kristin Davis.  She looked absolutely stunning in her light pink dress.

She was the opening night presenter and she told the many reporters on the Green carpet how excited she was to be here to present Al Gore’s new movie.  She spoke about her documentary special called “Gardeners of Eden” about the elephant poaching crisis, which is also just to bring awareness.  If people don’t know something is happening, then how are they going to be able to act.  “Our newspapers and media in general are overwhelmed with chaos in our world, obviously and it can be overwhelming and it can be a burden.  We are making films for people. People watch movies, people watch television shows, people are open to media ,they see it on their cellphones now, just about everywhere they go.  We can change things, if we are motivated, if we have hope and that is why we are here today!  There is hope and we can do a lot and think that’s one thing Al Gore has shown us, that is takes a lot of work and it’s not a simple, easy thing, like getting a hybrid car, wow, it’s over, it’s not that easy, that’s why we all have to come together and I think LA of all places, it took me two hours to get here tonight, we can see the need, we have to address and think about what each of us as human beings can do to change things.”

Jay Famiglietti, a water scientist (hydrologist) with NASA/JPL and he is featured in the 10:30 a.m.:  “Water & Power: A California Heist” (1 hr. 26 min.) film being shown at the FREE Earth Focus Environmental Festival this Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.  The film will be introduced by actor Ed Begley Jr. (Green Wish Founding Member).  Jay Famiglietti told The Hollywood Times that he uses satellites and develops computer models to track how fresh water availability is changing all over the world.  There is a difference between the water underground, which is called ground water and water that we see in rivers and lakes, that is called surface water.  Although we had a good winter this year, we still rely on the underground water to grow our crops and food.  We have been depleting that for over a century now.  The ground water levels are dropping and dropping.  Millions of year to fill up these aquifer, underground reservoirs and we are burning through that water supply in about 100 years.  Groundwater is the water present beneath Earth’s surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations. A unit of rock or an unconsolidated deposit is called an aquifer when it can yield a usable quantity of water.  This film is really going to be worth seeing, since we all take for granite the water we seem to have.

Sarain Fox Photo: THT

Sarain Fox, host of Rise on Viceland.  Of Anishinabe lineage, Sarain is a passionate spokesperson for her aboriginal community north of Toronto and wears the beauty of her heritage with pride. Sarain explains that, “through film and acting my goal is to tell the stories that allow us to relearn our self’s as aboriginal people.” Through her pursuit of recognition as a name in the film industry, Sarain hopes to open new doors and opportunities for Aboriginal youths.  She was a contemporary and ballet dancer for many years and decided to go to film school because she thought she had a career ending injury, which turned out not to be and continued dancing.  Since those two worlds came together, Viceland reached out to her and asked if she wanted to host the show.  Sarain Fox will be on hand for the FREE Earth Focus Environmental Festival this Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. for a Q&A for the two films:  RISE: Sacred Water – Standing Rock (Part 1) followed by  RISE: Poisoned River  (Total Running Time 1 hr. 34 min.).  Sacred Water examines the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which became worldwide news as the largest gathering of indigenous people in more than a century who came together to protect the area’s water. While Poisoned River  follows Brazil’s Krenak People who are struggling to survive in the wake of a massive toxic spill that has contaminated their drinking water, hunting grounds and culture.

Sharon Lawrence Photo: THT

Sharon Lawrence, Green Wish Founding Member, Actress currently starring in “Queen Sugar” and Netflix’s “The Ranch” and she will be in an upcoming new show for CBS called “Me, Myself & I” is an upcoming American comedy television series. The series stars Bobby Moynihan, Jack Dylan Grazer, John Larroquette, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Kelen Coleman, Christopher Paul Richards, Reylynn Caster, and Skylar Gray. A show about a guy and three phases of his life.  How he learns lessons, both moving forward and holding him back.

She is on the board of Heal the Bay and Green Wish and she said she is a scuba diver and that is how she got so invested in ocean conservation.  She saw all the dead reefs and it was clear to her that this needs to be addressed and have to talk about it.

Bethany Joy Lenz Photo: THT

Sharon Lawrence said “documentaries are really giving us a glimpse into places that most of us would not get to see personally buy will be effective as the climate continues to deteriorate.

Kat Sharpe, daughter of Stanley Kramer & Karen Sharpe Kramer told The Hollywood Times that she has her own cinema series called Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World, click on the link to check it out:

Her tenth anniversary will be in 2018 and her dad was Stanley Kramer, the filmmaker who made the 35 socially conscious films, so she presents and showcases socially conscious films and documentaries very much following in her Father’s footsteps but they are all current new films.  She is involved in the environment and the ocean environmental activist.

Jazmyn Simon Photo: THT

Cara Santa Maria, who is a reporter at KCET’s SoCal Connected told The Hollywood Times that she loves the environmental reporting and she just about to wrap up Season 2 of Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix.  She loves working with Bill and said he is so funny.  He had her Mother on the Green carpet with her, who is going to be able to see a taping of the Bill Nye show on Saturday.  Cara Santa Maria said she was looking forward to seeing Al Gore’s new movie and that hopefully there was some words of inspiration with hope.

Here is a list of some of the invited guest from last night’s screening: Writer/Actor Mike Judge (Silicon Valley, King of the Hill), Actor James Cromwell (The Queen, Babe, L.A. Confidential), Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Training Day, Blindspot, Broadchurch), Actress Rachael Harris (Lucifer, The Hangover), Actor and Producer Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time, Longmire), Actor Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul, General Hospital), Actor Mike Farrell (M.A.S.H.), Actress Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue, Queen Sugar, The Ranch), Comedian Tig Notaro (One Mississippi, In a World), Comedian Kyle Dunnigan (Trainwreck, Reno 911!), Actress Lesley Fera (Pretty Little Liars), Producer Effie T. Brown (Project Greenlight, Real Women Have Curves), Actress Bethany Joy Lenz (Colony, One Tree Hill), Actress Amy Pietz (The Office, Caroline in the City), Actress Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll), Actress Tina Huang (The Night Shift, Rizzoli & Isles), Actress Jennifer Landon (Animal Kingdom, As the World Turns), Actress Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90210, Deck the Halls), Actress Karen Sharpe Kramer (The Wild Wild West, I Dream of Jeannie), Actor Keith David (Greenleaf, Future Man), Actress Lotte Verbeek (Outlander, The Blacklist), Actress Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First, Beverly Hills 90210), Actor Aidan Gallagher (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn), Musician Low Leaf, Actor Galen Gering (Passions, Days of Our Lives), Actor Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Beetlejuice), Actress Romi Dias (Doubt, The Mentalist), Co-Anchor of FOX’s Good Day LA Lisa McCree and Producer Don Granger (Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible). Host of KCET’s Lost LA Nathan Masters, Anchor of KCET’s SoCal Connected Val Zavala, Producer/Reporter of KCET’s SoCal Connected Nic Cha Kim, Reporter of KCET’s SoCal Connected Cara Santa Maria, Host of KCET Must See Movies Pete Hammond and KCETLink President & CEO Michael Riley.

Romi Dias Photo: THT

Directors Bonni Cohen (Audrie & Daisy, The Rape of Europa) and Jon Shenk (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Audrie & Daisy) spoke briefly to the audience about the movie itself and getting together with Al Gore to talk about the making of his sequel.

Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Release date: July 28, 2017 (USA)
Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Production company: Participant Media
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Music composed by: Jeff Beal
Cast: Al Gore
Producers: Diane Weyermann, Richard Berge

Click the link to see the trailer for the new movie opening tonight, July 28th.

The movie is truly worth watching on the big screen.  Amazing aerial footage around the world, great stories, but also not so great stories and footage, but we must see the devastation around the world to realize we all must help to make our planet healthy for all living creatures.

Please take your family to watch it this weekend. We all owe it to this great planet we inhabit.   Get involved, and one way to do that is go see this movie, be inspired to help out.  It’s about hope.

In its debut outing, KCETLink’s EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place Sat., July 29 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Hollywood’s iconic Egyptian Theatre. The free event is open to the public featuring five additional acclaimed films throughout the day tackling the most relevant global environmental issues today. Celebrity environmental activists including filmmaker/actor Raphael Sbarge, actor Ed Begley Jr. (Ghostbusters, St. Elsewhere), actor Patrick Fabian and actress Sharon Lawrence will introduce each film that will be followed by post-screening dialogues with the filmmakers. Free general admission tickets are available at

KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to >independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV – DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 – and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit or Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Hulu, Apple TV and Roku platforms.


Potential New Series Based on IFC’s Comedy Crib Short, Frank and Lamar

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – July 29, 2017 – On the heels of the critically acclaimed Brockmire, the highest-rated first season show in the network’s history, IFC has today announced 11 new comedy projects as part of their development slate for 2018 series consideration including a new scripted half hour executive produced by Oliver Platt. In keeping with the “script to series” development system that IFC put in place more than three years ago when network President Jennifer Caserta revamped the programming team, the slate includes three episodic script orders, several more individual script projects, three new digital series and a targeted multi-project development deal with Funny Or Die. Continue reading “IFC ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT SLATE”




Beverly Hills, Calif. – July 28, 2017 – Starz announced today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation at the Beverly Hilton thatthe second season of the groundbreaking and provocative STARZ limited series “The Girlfriend Experience” will premiere on Sunday, November 5th at 9PM ET/PT. Continue reading “STARZ ANNOUNCES”


Photo by Paul Sancya/AP/REX/Shutterstock 
The Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint Mich. Emails obtained by The Associated Press show EPA chief Gina McCarthy warned in September that the Flint water crisis could “get very big very quickly.”? McCarthy responded Sept. 26 to messages notifying her that the city’s water had high levels of lead and that it had been detected in the blood of some children. McCarthy is scheduled to testify before a U.S. House committee looking into the matter
Flint Water, Flint, USA

A documentary telling the unbelievable but true story of the people of Flint, MI. and the continuing water crisis that affects all of us.

TRAVERSE CITY / NEW YORK – JULY 28, 2017 – Filmmaker Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped) announced this morning at the Traverse City Film Festival that Imaginary Forces, the creative company behind the 2017 Emmy-nominated documentary Sonic Sea, is joining forces with Montrose Pictures in the making of what’s being called the definitive feature documentary on the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, FLINT. Revealing details of the partnership during a special screening of 20 minutes of footage, less than 200 miles from Flint, FLINT aims to bring awareness to another complex story, one about broken trust and the people who are left to deal with the fallout after the cameras leave.

David-and-Goliath struggles are nothing new to Baxter, who first brought to the world’s attention the plight of residents in Scotland battling Donald Trump in the critically acclaimed 2012 film, You’ve Been Trumped. With FLINT, the Scottish Director was alerted by local residents to the water crisis unfolding in the small Michigan town months before the story became headline news.

Of the new collaboration with Montrose Pictures and FLINT Director Anthony Baxter, Imaginary Forces co-founder Peter Frankfurt said, “This is an urgently needed documentary. Imaginary Forces is good at expressing complex ideas in simple and affecting ways. We want the world to connect with what happened and what’s still happening in Flint. Anthony is telling a powerful and important story and we are glad to take part in this film.”

Baxter added, “We thought it important to tell this story from the eyes of the residents, not the politicians and celebrities who come and go in Flint on a regular basis.  It’s a riveting story about the breakdown of trust, and one that has huge resonance and relevance in today’s America.”

Imaginary Forces’ co-founder Chip Houghton said, “When Anthony came to us with hundreds of hours of extraordinary footage filmed over years, and relayed the responsibility he felt to tell these stories, we were immediately on board. By the time FLINT hits movie theaters, it will have been three years in the making. It’s a ticking clock for all of us and this story represents both the best and worst of who we are as a nation.”

Montrose Pictures Creative Partner and FLINT Producer and Writer Richard Phinney added, “We are delighted and honored to be working with such a brilliant and award-winning creative team as we near the finishing line.”

From Montrose Pictures, FLINT boasts a production team with a string of Sundance, BBC and PBS credits to their names. The editing team on FLINT is being overseen by Kurt Engfehr, editor on Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, among many other award-winning films.

Imaginary Forces’ Sonic Sea, which is up for 3 Emmys this year including “Best Nature Documentary,” “Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction” and “Outstanding Music & Sound,” was an environmental call to action to bring awareness to lethal noise pollution in our oceans.  Sonic Sea was co-produced with NRDC (Natural Resource Defense Council), IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), and Diamond Docs and premiered on Discovery Impact in the spring of 2016. The creative team at Imaginary Forces is also Emmy nominated this year for “Outstanding Main Title Design” for their work on Netflix’s Stranger Things and recently, in association with New Form Entertainment, created Threads, a 20 episodic series premiering exclusively on Verizon Go90.

Imaginary Forces (IF) is a creative company specializing in brand strategy and visual storytelling. Across entertainment, media, technology and pop culture, IF connects audiences through beautiful, design-driven content. With a legacy of partnering with high-profile entertainment properties (Netflix, HBO, Sony Pictures Studio) and top cultural tastemakers (Facebook, Dolby, PepsiCo), Imaginary Forces is always looking for opportunities to bring new voices to life.

Montrose Pictures is a producer of feature documentaries based in Montrose, Scotland. The company’s films include You’ve Been Trumped (2012), A Dangerous Game (2014),the BBC’s Dark Side of the Greens (2015) and You’ve Been Trumped Too (2016).   Flint will be released in movie theaters and broadcast on television in 2018.


MOTEV is the First Luxury Car Service to Integrate Social Impact by Planting a Tree for Every Ride Booked

MOTEV, a groundbreaking luxury black car service comprised solely of environmentally-friendly, zero emissions Teslas, today publicly launched the first social impact partnership in its industry to support tree-planting and pioneer an ecosystem of sustainability. Through a new partnership powered by Pledgeling, MOTEV will donate money towards the planting of one tree in the Greater Los Angeles & surrounding areas for every ride booked by customers. MOTEV will show the real-time impact of the brand’s commitment to the cause on its website, Continue reading “MOTEV is the First Luxury Car Service to Integrate Social Impact by Planting a Tree for Every Ride Booked”

Look to the Stars

Bonnie-Jill Laflin Bares All In New Vegan Ad For PETA

Jul 27, 2017 01:30 pm

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Profile

With only a basketball and her long locks covering her modesty, Basketball Wives LA star Bonnie-Jill Laflin strips down for PETA in two new ads that proclaim, “Proud to Have Been NBA’s First Female Scout — Even Prouder to Be a Vegan” and “Strong. Vegan. Woman.”

You can see the ads here.

In an exclusive interview, the former and first female NBA scout for the Los Angeles Lakers reveals how her groundbreaking career prepared her to push for animal rights — even if it means stripping down for the cause. “[B]eing a female in a man’s world, I’ve got thick skin,” she says. “[I]t really helps me stand up for what I believe in. Even if you’re standing alone, you always stand up. And I like to stand up for animals.”

That’s why she went vegan: “If you go into the factory farms and you see what these animals endure and the torture — it’s not right,” she says. “And the only way to not participate in that is to go vegan.”

Each person who goes vegan saves approximately 100 animals every year from daily abuse and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries. Going vegan can give your health a boost, too: Vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, obesity, cancer, and strokes than meat-eaters are. And as Laflin says, “I have more energy now as a vegan than I did before.”

She’s part of a growing list of celebrities — including her Basketball Wives costar Evelyn Lozada, former Los Angeles Lakers player John SalleyJoanna Krupa, Nicole Williams, and many others — who have teamed up with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.

Jimmy Kimmel To Emcee Celebrity Charity Ping Pong

Jul 27, 2017 12:00 pm
The competition is heating up on the field, but it’s a new game afoot as celebrities face off in a ping pong battle to capture victory at Clayton and Ellen Kershaw’s 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose.

Ping Pong 4 Purpose - Kershaw's Challenge
Ping Pong 4 Purpose – Kershaw’s Challenge

Held by Kershaw’s Challenge, the non-profit organization led by Los Angeles Dodgers’ star pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen, the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose will take place on the evening of Thursday, July 27th at Dodger Stadium, with the Kershaws inviting you to join in the fun, through the Kershaw’s Challenge campaign and a special Kershaw’s Challenge Strikeout to Serve Auction.

Jimmy Kimmel will be Master of Ceremonies for the tournament, and the Kershaw’s Challenge Impact Award will honor the Magic Johnson Foundation for its longstanding charitable work, with Magic Johnson accepting the award on the Foundation’s behalf. On this glorious summer evening, the biggest victories will not just be on the field, but off the field long after the game is over, making a continuing impact to benefit children in need across the world.

A host of stars will take over the historic outfield of Dodger Stadium for a fierce matchup of ping pong skills, with entertainers and athletes including Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, and Kike Hernandez, Jason BatemanJack BlackDerek Hough, Haley Joel Osment, Jaleel White, Danny Trejo, Justin Hartley, Beth Behrs, Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson-Peete, LA Kings’ Tyler Toffoli, Derek Forbort, Alec Martinez, and Jack Campbell, Edmonton Oilers’ Milan Lucic, Dodgers’ Jerry Hairston Jr., sportscaster Chris Rose, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi (“The Bachelor”), Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jana Kramer, Becca Tilley (“The Bachelor”), Eric Christian Olsen, Isaiah Mustafa, Matt Iseman (“American Ninja Warrior”), singer Brett Young, Marnie the Dog and more expected to play/attend. The night will also feature a silent auction and delicious bites from food trucks, desserts and other treats.

Raising support for children at home and globally, the Kershaws invite everyone from baseball fans to ping pong lovers and more, to join in through the Kershaw’s Challenge campaign or take home special mementos through the Kershaw’s Challenge Strikeout to Serve Auction on Auctions. Support the Kershaw’s Challenge campaign through July 24th for a chance to win the grand prize experience – playing in the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose grand tournament.

The Kershaw’s Challenge Strikeout to Serve Auction on Auctions is also offering a gold-standard lineup of superstar memorabilia until July 25th, featuring 28 cherished items including autographed jerseys, balls and other game items from Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax autographed items, Vin Scully autographed items, a one-of-a-kind Mike Trout game-used autographed and inscribed bat, game-worn jerseys from Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Dave Roberts, a Durham Bulls jersey and “Bull Durham” movie poster autographed by Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, a “Rocky” movie poster autographed by Sylvester Stallone, and more.

Kershaw’s Challenge also gave away backpacks with the Dream Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 22nd. From Los Angeles and Dallas to the Dominican Republic and Zambia, Africa, Kershaw’s Challenge has dedicated support to transform the lives of children, serving with partner organizations including the Los Angeles-based Dream Center, CURE International in the Dominican Republic, Arise Africa-Zambia, and the Dallas-based Behind Every Door. With programs serving essential tools to empower children’s health and growth, the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose beneficiaries include the Dream Center’s Foster Care Intervention program, which provides food, clothing, or other supplies for foster children returning home, and CURE International’s medical surgeries in the Dominican Republic for children with clubfoot, cleft lip or other conditions.
Presenting sponsors for the event include American Airlines, Levi’s, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Killerspin. Additional sponsors and support include TOMS, Papa John’s Pizza, Goldman Sachs, Art of the Game, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Security Benefit, Diageo, Don Julio, Johnnie Walker, Ketel One, Deutsche Bank Wealth Management, iHeartMedia, Under Armour, Budweiser, Classic Party Rentals, The Vanity Project, Hidden Garden Flower Design, Sugarfina, Lounge Appeal, SJMRadio, Westin Bonaventure, MS Event Production, Sprinkles, Diaper Dude, Unity Jets, Spectrum, TopSpin, Blue Prints, and 505 Food Truck LA, Crispy Cuban, Fettes Schwein, Go Fusion Grill, Rice Balls of Fire, Pink Taco.

For more information about Kershaw’s Challenge and its partner organizations, click here.


Kimiko Glenn Is Turning Up The Heat To Save Dogs’ Lives

Jul 27, 2017 10:30 am
Standing in front of a smashed car window with a crow bar in one hand and a rescued dog in the other, Orange Is the New Black actor Kimiko Glenn appears in a lifesaving new campaign for PETA proclaiming, “The Car Is Insured, but the Dog’s Life Is Irreplaceable. Do Whatever It Takes—Don’t Leave Dogs to Die in Hot Cars.”

Kimiko Glenn's PETA Ad
Kimiko Glenn’s PETA Ad

In an accompanying video spot, she reminds people that temperatures can soar in parked cars, killing children and animals in mere minutes.

“I’m from Arizona, and I know it turns into an oven in that car. Whether the windows are cracked or not, dogs can die within 10 to 15 minutes,” Glenn says. “Please, never leave your dog or child in a hot car. It’s completely dangerous, and the consequences can be fatal.”

PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — notes that on a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to up to 100 degrees in minutes and that on a 90-degree day, interior temperatures can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, his or her body temperature can increase three to five times faster than an adult’s, and because dogs cool themselves only by panting, they can succumb to heatstroke in just 15 minutes and sustain brain damage or die as a result.

If you see a child or dog in danger, take down a description of the vehicle and ask the manager in the nearest building to page the owner of the car. If the owner can’t be located, call the police and wait by the car until help arrives. Never leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.

Tommy Lee Speaks Out About Running Of The Bulls

Jul 27, 2017 09:00 am

Tommy Lee: Profile

Tommy Lee spoke out about the annual Running Of The Bulls Festival earlier this month.

“I’m no stranger to wild behaviour,” he wrote in a new comment piece published in the Independent, “but there’s one thing that even I wouldn’t do, and that’s running ‘with’ the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. That can f**k right off.”

In the piece, which he wrote on behalf of PETA, the Mötley Crüe drummer explains that prior to the Running of the Bulls, electric prods and sticks are often used to torment the bulls. The panicked animals then slip and slide along the narrow streets, pursued by hundreds of people. “This isn’t a test of nerve and resolve,” writes Lee. “It’s a pathetic display of human idiocy and cruelty.”

At the end of the day, the bulls are herded into the bullring, where as many as eight men taunt, beat, and stab a single bull with daggers and harpoon-like banderillas until he becomes weakened from blood loss. Then the matador stabs the exhausted animal with a sword, and an executioner cuts his spinal cord. “It’s truly more twisted than anything I could have imagined, even during my wildest days with Mötley Crüe,” writes Lee. “And let’s be honest: if people paid to watch a man in a sparkly leotard torment and butcher a dog or cat in this way, we wouldn’t dare try to excuse it as “tradition” – we’d declare him a sicko, lock him up, and throw away the key.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that a 2013 Ipsos MORI survey revealed that more than 70 per cent of Spaniards have no interest in attending or supporting bullfights, which means it’s largely tourists who fuel the industry.

“Fortunately, organisations like PETA and other kind people are working to get these cruel, cowardly spectacles banned across Spain – and they have my support,” concludes Lee. “I hope they have yours, too.”


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Depeche Mode Frontman Talks Sobriety

Jul 27, 2017 07:30 am

Depeche Mode: Profile

Dave Gahan, co-founder of the venerable GRAMMY-nominated new wave/dance rock mainstay Depeche Mode, has a lot to be thankful for.

Along with surviving the typical ups and downs that are a necessary counterpart to the experience of spending nearly 40 years as the leading man in a world-touring rock band, the singer has also weathered more personal storms stemming from years of past drug and alcohol addictions.

Along the way, Gahan strove not just to lift himself from the depths of addiction — a herculean feat for any individual — but also worked tirelessly to support the charities and programs that helped give him a second chance, in turn providing support to other artists in recovery facing similar circumstances.

His efforts to support the missions of organizations such as MusiCares eventually led to his being honored with the MusiCares MAP Fund’s Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in 2011. The annual award is given each year to artists who exemplify an ethos of dedication to helping others navigate the difficulties of the recovery process.

In comparing his modern experiences onstage in contrast to his past years of substance abuse, Gahan stresses gratitude and mindfulness as his main takeaways and driving force.

“As I’m performing, I’m fully aware of what’s going on. I pride myself on being extremely present, he says. “I want to feel what happens emotionally.”

Gahan, the voice behind classics such as “Enjoy The Silence,” has also found that sobriety has helped him be more expressive with his feelings.

“I’m known for wearing my feelings on my sleeve — as they say quite often — and I’ve found that, for me, that works because I don’t want to bottle them up like that. I don’t think that’s good for anybody,” Gahan says. “It’s certainly not good for me because I tried doing that for years. I tried smashing down at the way I felt about everything with booze and drugs … I mean, it works for a time, and then it doesn’t. … There are points where you lose people or things happen, and they could be strangers, but they sometimes have a profound effect.”


Spotlight: Minnie Driver’s Charity Work

Jul 27, 2017 07:00 am

Minnie Driver

Driver told USA Today, “Life Rolls On is one of my favorite charities. There are only a few things I am actively involved in supporting and Life Rolls On is one of them – mainly because they are the greatest representation of the spark of life we all have inside.”


Programming Insider

Friday, July 28, 2017
Live from the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
Live NBC quiz show “Up to Paar,” hosted by Jack Paar five years before he sat at“The Tonight Show” chair, debuted in 1952. It aired three nights per week for two months. This was Paar’s first television series….In 1957, country crooner Jerry Lee Lewis made his first TV appearance ever on “The Steve Allen Show” on NBC…In 2000, Kathie Lee Gifford departed as co-host of syndicated morning talk show“Live with Regis and Kathie Lee”…Celebrity Birthdays: “Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin is 53; former “Saved by the Bell” star Elizabeth Berkley is 44.

-Did You Know?:
Lori Loughlin’s first TV series role was in 1980 at the age of 15 as Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer, on ABC daytime drama “The Edge of Night.” She remained on the show for three years.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Thursday 7/27/17

Metered Market Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.2/ 6, NBC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3, ABC: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +80, Fox: +38, NBC: +22, CBS: – 6, ABC: -19

-Ratings Breakdown:
A encore telecast of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. ET topped the night into summer mainstay “Big Brother,” lifting the Eye net to another Thursday of household overnight victory.

Of positive note on NBC was 9 p.m. game show “The Wall” (#2: 2.9 rating/5 share), which bested competing (and already renewed) “Beat Shazam” on Fox (1.6/ 3) by hefty 81 percent. It also increased from lead-in “Hollywood Game Night” (2.5/ 5 from8-9 p.m.) by 12 percent.

In the battle of the original 10 p.m. dramas, NBC’s “The Night Shift” benefited out of “The Wall,” with a dominant 2.7/ 5 versus a 1.8/ 3 for competing (and deteriorating) “Zoo” on CBS. Particularly unimpressive last night was ABC with its original non-scripted combination of “Boy Band” (#4: 1.6/ 4), “Battle of the Network Stars” (#3: 1.9/ 3) and “The Gong Show” (#3: 1.6/ 3). Also original was The CW’s combination of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 1.2/ 2) and recently introduced “Hooten & the Lady” (#5: 0.6/ 1).

For the complete half-hour breakdown for Thursday, July 27, click here.

Live + Same Day Ratings
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Tuesday 7/25/17: Click here
Wednesday 7/26/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


TNT Greenlights Drama “One Day She’ll Darken”
TNT has given a straight-to-series six episode order to the new drama “One Day She’ll Darken,” which tells the story of Fauna Hodel who was given away by her teenage birth mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery, the spider in the web around the legendary “Black Dahlia” murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947.

Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman,” “Monster”) is attached to direct the pilot and potentially additional episodes, and Chris Pine (“Wonder Woman,” “Hell or High Water”) leading the cast. Sam Sheridan, author of “A Fighter’s Heart” and “The Disaster Diaries,” will pen the series, which is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel. The series is being produced by Turner’s Studio T, with Jenkins, Michael Sugar (“Spotlight,” “13 Reasons Why”), Sheridan and Pine serving as executive producers. Production will begin this fall.

El Rey Network orders “Bushido Battleground”
El Rey Network has greenlit 10 episodes of new martial arts series “Bushido Battleground, which in a two-hour format each week will showcase elite fighters in the full contact sports of MMA, submission Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai matches from around the world. The logline: Part documentary and part travelogue, “Bushido Battleground” will feature matches held in locations around the world ranging from Thailand to the Mexico to Los Angeles. But unlike traditional broadcasts, cameras not only cover the action of the fights, but also track the drama before, during and after the bouts. The series will follow the fighters and their teams, experiencing their unique training, learning the fighters’ different strategies and seeing how those strategies come to life in the action of the ring. Then the lens goes deeper still, staying in the corners between rounds and finally following the aftermath of the contest into the training rooms.

The executive producers of “Bushido Battleground” are George Chung and Andy Horne.

PBS Announces “We’ll Meet Again”
PBS has announced a new six-part series called “We’ll Meet Again” produced by Blink Films in partnership with Ann Curry’s media venture and scheduled to premiere in winter 2018. The Exploring some of history’s most dramatic events from across the globe through the personal stories of those who experienced them, “We’ll Meet Again” brings together people whose lives intersected at pivotal moments. Executive produced and reported by Ann Curry, each episode reveals the powerful bonds forged among people who now, against the odds, have the opportunity to reunite with those who transformed their lives.

The logline: The tides of history can disrupt lives, throwing strangers together or tearing loved ones apart. “We’ll Meet Again” reveals these moving personal stories of hope, courage and love: from a Vietnam War baby desperate to find the American father she last saw 40 years ago to the military chaplain who helped a stranger through the trauma of 9/11, from a Japanese-American girl interned in 1942 who never forgot the classmate who helped her during her darkest hours to civil rights workers whose lives were forever changed by the deep relationships they formed in the 1960s South.

“We’ll Meet Again” is a production of Blink Films. The series is produced by Simon Harries, and executive producers Ann Curry, Justine Kershaw and Andra Heritage. Executives in Charge for PBS are Bill Gardner, Vice President of Programming and Development, and Bill Margol, Sr. Director of Programming and Development.


TNT Renews “Animal Kingdom” and “Angie Tribeca”
TNT has greenlit original drama “Animal Kingdom” for a third season, with an unspecified number of new episodes for 2017-18. Debuting on June 14, 2016 and based on the Australian film of the same name, the series follows a 17-year-old boy (Finn Cole), who, after the death of his mother, moves in with the Codys, a criminal family clan governed by matriarch Smurf (Ellen Barkin).

This season, “Animal Kingdom” is averaging 4.8 million viewers per episode across TNT platforms. That figure includes a +73 percent increase in viewing through TNT’s website, mobile apps and connected devices, as well as a +11 percent lift in DVR viewing.

TNT has also confirmed a fourth season of comedy “Angie Tribeca,” starring Rashida Jones. The upcoming season will feature new castmember Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”).


“Criminal Minds” Heads into a Lucky Season 13
From Debuting on Sept. 22, 2005, “Criminal Minds” is set apart by its focus on an elite team of FBI profilers in the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI, who attempt to catch criminals through behavioral profiling.

Wednesday night mainstay, “Criminal Minds” remains the second longest-running scripted drama in the CBS line-up (behind “NCIS”). The durability of the subject matter, complete with the compelling narratives and satisfying resolution in each episode, has become a pop culture favorite.

To honor of this modern day institution, click here for 10  unusual factoids about “Criminal Minds” that might stump even a diehard fan.

Hulu Acquires Former “TGIF” ABC Comedy Brand
Hulu announced an agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution that will feature over 800 episodes from ABC’s former Friday night “TGIF” comedy brand. The digital streamer has acquired the exclusive, streaming, subscription video on-demand rights to all episodes of “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step by Step,” “Perfect Strangers” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.”

The full libraries of all five Warner Bros. comedies will launch exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu Friday, September 29th, on the heels of the 30th Anniversary of “Full House” and the 25th Anniversary of “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.”

“These shows are more than just beloved hits, they were part of a cultural tradition to tune in every Friday night,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s SVP of Content. “Now, it can be Friday any day of the week on Hulu.”

“Are Cable Networks Being Shortsighted with Summer’s Breakout Hits?”Click here


Discovery’s “Bering Sea Gold” will return for a new season on Friday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. ET. This season, the miners will face even bigger challenges and more risks in hopes of hitting the motherlode under the ice. With livelihoods at stake, Shawn Pomrenke and his crew focus on building a mega-dredge that dwarfs anything on the Bering Sea – a risk that will could catapult his operation.

Who would you like to see win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program? Click here
Two series premieres: Drama “The Last Tycoon on Amazon” and anthology“Room 104” on HBO…Netflix offers documentary “Daughters of Destiny”…For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, July 31, click here
Not Flying Solo

Which one of the following TV characters had more than one child?

a) Murphy Brown
b) Miranda Hobbes
c) Alice Mitchell
d) Alice Hyatt
e) Corabeth Goldsey
f) They each only had one

The answer to the last question…

Which one of the following five TV characters would have the longest commute traveling to the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles?

a) Sheldon Cooper
b) Ray Donovan
c) Willie Lawrence
d) Henry Rush
e) Kevin Walker

Is: d) Henry Rush, who was played by Ted Knight is ABC sitcom “Too Close for Comfort” / “The Ted Knight Show.” By the end of the series, Henry and his family were living in Marin County, California.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, David Jackino, Gordon Purcell


‘I Am Elizabeth Smart’: Skeet Ulrich, Deirdre Lovejoy & Alana Boden To Star In Lifetime Movie



Out on the Mountain Celebrates Tenth Anniversary Event

Over 6,000 are expected at Out on the Mountain, the gay night at Six Flags Magic Mountain, on
Friday, September 22, 2017 from 6pm-1am. It will be a night of thrill rides, Halloween Fright Fest
mazes, live performances, and multiple dance parties with Ray Rhodes and DJ SRO. The
entire park goes gay for the night, which provides a safe and inclusive environment for the
LGBTQ community.

This tenth-annual event has worked with a number of community collaborators and supported various LGBT organizations over the years including Trevor Project, Center Long Beach, OUTreach Center, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s LifeWorks, UCLA Lambda Alumni Association, local PFLAG and GSA chapters, and many others. Continue reading “Out on the Mountain Celebrates Tenth Anniversary Event”

Samantha Bee Goes FULL FRONTAL on TBS

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Photo By Myles Aronowitz

–By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/26/17 – TBS’ FULL FRONTAL, a late-night talk and news satire program, premiered on February 8th, 2016.  It is hosted by comedian Samantha Bee, a former correspondent on THE DAILY SHOW for 12 years.

Continue reading “Samantha Bee Goes FULL FRONTAL on TBS”

Greg Gorman

©2017Jimmy Steinfeldt

Interview & Photos by Jimmy Steinfeldt

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/20/17 –

Jimmy Steinfeldt: How often do you clean your lens?

Greg Gorman: Before every shoot. Continue reading “Greg Gorman”


Photo by Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock 
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer
Viacom ‘Broad City’ TV show panel, TCA Summer Press Tour, Los Angeles, USA – 25 Jul 2017

VIACOM- Comedy Central – Broad City (Season Four Launch)

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/26/17 – Broad City is a comedy show that declares its mission statement by name. ‘Broad’ comedic brush strokes – by and for – ‘Broads’.  Season four continues the manic, directionless exploits of BFF’s Ilana and Abby who knucklehead around the streets of New York, swatting nihilistic bon mots back and forth like a suffering badminton bird. Along the way, they smoke, screw, snort, swear and call bullshit on everyone and everything within their blast radius. Think Laverne and Shirley suffering the punctual blues after a couple of triple shot cappuccinos. Continue reading “SNEAK ATTACK FEMINISM”

Slimman mourns Sinatra

July 25, 2017
Greetings and Salutations Slim Folks,
I just found out Barbara Sinatra passed away. I sang for her two years ago at a benefit concert. She sat at a table, front and center, as I sang a lot of her husband Frank’s songs.
When I was done, she pulled me aside and said, “You’re good, kid.” She later signed a Sinatra photo book to me. I just want to pay my respects.
I wonder if she’ll be buried next to Frank. Not long ago, I went to his grave in Palm Springs:
And now…back to the Slim Babblings…
Last night, I went to the movies, first time in a while.
I’m a little numb. The film was called “Dunkirk”. It was about the rescue of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, during World War II.
Wow. It was an intense movie. The cinematography, the sounds, the explosions-I felt like I was there.
It was so realistic that when an enemy airplane strafed the beach with gunfire, I dove beneath my chair and pulled the popcorn box over my head.
And then I tried to help the wounded, of course.
The theater had huge, wide seats that reclined all the way. There was a lot of room to stretch out. It was not a-so bad!
The last time I was in a movie theater was when the first “Star Wars” movie came out. My how things have changed.
After the movie, I came back to the Shack and posted the new episode for the Hobnobbin’ with Slim Manpodcast; the one with Marc Antoine. Marc Antoine is up!
The podcast is up on iTunes and a lot of other places;
And it just finished uploading to YouTube, if you’d rather listen that way.
It’s my chat with guitar wiz Marc Antoine, who is an amazing musician, producer, and composer, and also the bestest friend a man could ask for.
We were in his studio, chatting away; we could have talked for hours. We were just getting started when I looked up and 60 minutes had passed. I’ll have to do a part two with Marc because…
I didn’t get to ask him about his recent trip to Havana, or his song in the Clint Eastwood movie. But we did have a lot of fun; two guys just talking and laughing and reminiscing.
Marc talks about his relationship with producer Tommy LiPuma, how he met his wife, Rebeca, and some old war stories about being on tour with a guy named Slim.
There are a few f-bombs, not gratuitous, just when I was quoting somebody while telling a story. So put on the headphones if there are small children around. Or put some noise-canceling headphones on them.
We had just finished listening to Marc’s new CD with piano player David Benoit. The CD is called “So Nice” and…she’s a-so nice! You should definitely check it out.
We listened start to finish, on his really good studio speakers, and then we had a little chat.
That’s that!
On Sunday night, I went to the Riviera Hotel in downtown Palm Springs, Californy, where they were having the Coachella Music Awards show. They gave me my Best Jazz Vocalist Award. I know, hard to believe, right?
I was honored. Second year in a row! Now I can make a set of earrings with the awards. Or maybe some cufflinks.
Thanks to Tracy and all the fine folks at CV Weekly. And thanks to all who voted. Especially those who voted more than once. Couldn’t have done it without you!
There was a recent study about all the recent studies that have cropped up.
Have you noticed? There are studies about everything.
I just read about a study that said that men who look at women’s feet aren’t interested in potential partners.
That study can’t be right. Or maybe it is…
If the woman’s feet you’re looking at are big and gnarly and hairier than yours, that wouldn’t be a great incentive for future romance.
You wouldn’t want to have an intimate relationship with a woman if her Sasquatch feet are poking out the bottom of the covers, scaring the dog away.
You wouldn’t want to take a romantic walk down the beach with a woman when her Wolfman clodhoppers are leaving bigger footprints than yours.
Men who look at women’s feet ARE thinking about potential partners. Just as long as that partner ain’t stomping around in her size fifteens like Frankenstein.
So I disagree with the study. It must be wrong. So I looked up “studies about fake studies.”
Did you know there have been lots of recent studies done about how most studies are wrong? There are all kinds of studies out now, all about how the majority of studies contain misinformation. The majority.
Serious medical studies get it wrong most of the time. Even scientific studies…
A professor at Stanford recently did a study called “Why Most Published Scientific Research is False”. I guess I don’t have to tell you what the paper is about.
There are a lot of bogus studies out there.
There’s a book out now by Richard Harris called “How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions”.
It’s about how scientific studies are wrong most of the time, and how costly it is.
So if we’re reading study after study, the way I like to do, how the hell are you gonna know who or what to believe?
Well, author Richard Harris has the solution and I quote:
“If we curb our enthusiasm just a bit, scientists will be less likely to run headlong after dubious ideas.”
So, let me get this straight, Rich. This is all our fault?
We have an incurable disease, the scientific community comes up with a fake study that states there’s a cure for our incurable disease, and when we find out it’s a load of crap, we’re supposed to just…”curb our enthusiasm?”
So I’m not paying any attention to any more studies from now on.
Unless there’s a study about how wine and pasta and long seaside vacations cure every disease known to man or woman.
I’d pay attention to that study. Maybe I should do the study myself! The research would be a blast…it could take years! Anybody want to participate?
Keep in touch, Slim Folks. And keep smiling.
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 Slim Man Concerts
Sunday, August 27th
The Slim Man Dude plays with a REALLY Big
Band with a Really Big Name
The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine
Bernardo Winery
13330 Paseo del Verano
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Slim Man is singing a bunch
of Rat Pack songs with the Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz
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The Slim Man Band Returns to Laguna Beach!
Festival of Arts
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The Slim Man Quartet plays your favorite Slim Songs
 at one of the most beautiful venues you’ll ever see.
Showtime 5:30!

Leslie Zemeckis Emojis for Apple

Now the actress, best-selling author, and award-winning documentarian has adapted part of this collection into burlesque and pinup-inspired emojis which are available for download exclusively from the App Store.

by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

Leslie Zemeckis has one of the world’s largest personal collections of burlesque memorabilia.  Now the actress, best-selling author, and award-winning documentarian has adapted part of this collection into burlesque and pinup-inspired emojis which are available for download exclusively from the App Store.

BurlyQji, the first emoji collection of its kind, was inspired by Zemeckis’ passion for burlesque, vintage showgirls, pin-up models, and flamingos.  It is compatible with messaging applications that support the copying and pasting of images and GIFs.

“The line includes dozens of emojis and GIFs drawn from my extensive collection of old photos and memorabilia, from dancers to retro hairstyles to those pink tropical birds,” says Zemeckis. 

“It is a tongue-in-cheek line that continues to add inspiring images celebrating the countless performers whose lives and talent are indelibly linked to this alluring era of American pop culture.”  

Zemeckis has been documenting the burlesque era for decades in television, publishing, and digital media.  As a historian of American pop culture, Zemeckis continues bringing to life the stories of inspiring and misunderstood women in burlesque.

And until she finishes writing her latest book about sex, scandal, and showgirls for Counterpoint Press, her BurlyQji app reveals those intimate stripped-down thoughts with emojis, bringing the stage to your iOS device for only $.99.  For more information, please visit

Questions for Leslie Zemeckis from THT

1)  Hi Leslie!  What do you think makes the Golden Age of American pop culture embodied in your emoji app so endlessly alluring?

We have forgotten so much about it, or really didn’t know anything about it.  Pop culture – burlesque in particular –  during this time was misunderstood, but fun, humor-based, sexy without being sleazy (for the most part, there were exceptions).

It was a more innocent time and form of entertainment.  It is still a very much untapped gold mine. 

2)  I am a semiotician by training and am always trying to figure out what verbal and visual material signifies in my Hollywood stories.  Burlesque interests me because it both reveals and conceals the subjects.  What are your thoughtson this matter?

Well of course, because we don’t really see beyond the skimpy outfits (and at the time, not so skimpy!) or the words “stripper.”  We see an image, of a half-naked woman from the 1930s or 1940s standing in front of an audience dancing and we assume a lot. 

But we don’t take the time to ask who she is, what is she thinking, how did she get there, or where did she go after her form of entertainment died?

We still rarely see beyond an image, or explore beyond a label.  I see people as people, be they the Siamese twins in my second film Bound by Flesh, or Mabel Stark, a female tiger trainer in my third and current film.  They were both more than a “freak” and “circus performer.”

It just takes time, curiosity and a desire to know WHO PEOPLE ARE to shatter labels, especially negative ones.

3)  Do you think American culture has evolved to the point where it is putting burlesque into new contexts?  If so, please explain.

Yes, it’s very popular now, very accepted, very fun, but everything has to be put into the context of its time.  It was very different for a woman in the Golden Age to take off any amount of clothing, and be labeled a stripper.

There was much shame and shaming. Even though the women knew they were making a living and doing nothing wrong, society looked at them differently. 

We don’t so much today.  And it was a huge industry then.  You worked 52 weeks out of the year, 7 days a week, 6 shows a day if you wanted to.

Especially at a time when jobs and opportunities were so much less for women of limited means, burlesque, circus, etc. provided a full rich life, travel, and perhaps a home and a family of their choosing. 

That is why I’m so interested in keeping the past at the forefront, re-examining a time, and women (in particular) who were never given their due.