Month: November 2011

Jack Wagner: ‘Finding Long-Lost Daughter is a Miracle’

Jack Wagner says he is still pinching himself after reuniting with his long-lost daughter, Kerry.


The former Melrose Place regular, 52, met 23-year-old Kerry for the first time at a November 4 concert in Boca Raton, Florida, where Wagner was performing with veteran singer Rick Springfield.


Recalling the night’s events in People magazine, Wagner reveals a security guard had knocked on his dressing room door to inform him that a woman clutching an old photograph of the U.S. TV star and her birth mum had been asking desperately to see him.


He recounts, “In rushes this girl, hysterically crying. She said, ‘You don’t know who I am, do you?’ We held each other, and I knew immediately that she was my daughter.”


The actor reveals he was with the child’s mother in the late 1980s, “and nine months later I got a call from her saying, ‘I just had a baby girl, you’re the father and she’s been put up for adoption.'”


The stunned star sought legal advice and tried desperately to find the baby – but to no avail.
He says, “I was blindsided. I got hold of an attorney to see what I could do. I didn’t even know if it was true. I was powerless.”


But Wagner is overjoyed to have reconnected with Kerry, a dance teacher who was raised in New York, branding it “a miracle”.


He adds, “She had no idea who I was. She Googled me and checked out some episodes of Melrose Place… The courage this girl has to come to my dressing room with a photo – it’s amazing. This really is all about love.”

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Kris Humphries To Seek Annulment Instead Of Divorce

Kris Humphries reportedly wants his brief marriage to Kim Kardashian to be completely wiped off his record. Sources tell People magazine the New Jersey Nets star plans to respond to Kardashian’s divorce filing with a request of legal separation. He allegedly hopes to have the marriage annulled.
Humphries has not commented. Kardashian, 31, filed for divorce on October 31 after just 72 days of marriage. She later said that she realized she should have ended the relationship before their August 20 wedding. “I want a family and babies and a real life so badly that maybe I rushed in to something too soon. I believed in love and the dream of what I wanted so badly. I felt like I was on a fast roller coaster and couldn’t get off when now I know I probably should have. I got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show that when I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn’t know how to and didn’t want to disappoint a lot of people,” she explained in a blog post.
The ups and downs of the couple’s short lived marriage can be seen on the new season of E!’s Kourtney and Kim Take New York.

Lady Gaga Feels Destined to Life of Loneliness

Pop star Lady Gaga is convinced she’s destined to a life of loneliness because her suitors quickly grow jealous of her mega success.

The Bad Romance hitmaker, who has recently been linked toThe Vampire Diaries actor Taylor Kinney, hasn’t had much luck with love and Gaga feels certain her talent and creativity are to blame for her problems.

She tells Vanity Fair, “I have this effect on people where it starts out good… the attraction is initially there and it’s all unicorns and rainbows. And then they hate me…. I have an inability to know what happiness feels like with a man.

“I think what it really is, is that I date creative people and I think that what intimidates them is not my purse, it’s my mind… It’s a whose-d**k-is-bigger contest. If I go to the piano and write a quick song and play it back, they are angry with how fast and effortless it is. That’s who I am, and I don’t apologize for it.”

But Gaga isn’t too concerned about her relationship failures – she’ll always have a love affair with her fans.

She adds, “I only know the happiness of putting a smile on someone’ s face from the stage.”

‘Tis the Season for…RONNIE SPECTOR’S BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY EVER!!!

The Voice of Christmas Past, Present and Future Returns for  
Two Shows at The Cutting Room, NYC   
December 16th & 17th 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon Ronnie Spector will ring in the holiday season once again with her beloved annual show Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever! — set for two nights December 16th and 17th. Adding a special treat to the treasured New York tradition, this year rock legend Ronnie will be bringing the show to a new venue – as a “sneak preview” of the spectacular new Cutting Roomat 44 East 32nd Street. (Details below.)

For more than two decades, Ronnie’s Christmas show has been a cherished New York holiday tradition – featuring a song list that includes her definitive renditions of Christmas classics “Frosty the Snowman,” “Sleigh Ride” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” Since their release in the 60s, these songs have come to dominate the holiday airwaves (“Frosty” and “Sleigh Ride” are perennials on ASCAP’s Top 20 Most-Played Holiday Songs on radio for the past decade). Ronnie’s holiday show is also known for her mix of humorous off-the-cuff holiday comments and recollections of Christmas past in New York City. Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever! features a mix of songs from her 2010 holiday release “Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Ever” as well as Ronettes classics like “Be My Baby,” “Walking in the Rain” and “I Can Hear Music.” Ever a trailblazer, Ronnie will also perform her acclaimed charity version of the Amy Winehouse song “Back to Black,” (proceeds to Daytop Village), which Mojo magazine named as Single of the Month this past October 2011.

Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever!
December 16th and 17th
Doors Open: 7pm
Showtime: 8pm
Address: 44 East 32nd Street (between Park and Madison)
Phone: 212.691.1900
Tickets: advance $40; at the door $45; standing $30
For tickets contact: http://smartix.com
Subway: 6 to 33rd Street; B,D,F,M,Q,R to 34th Street, Herald Square

Michael Jackson Doc Gets Maximum Sentence

A Los Angeles Court sentenced Dr. Conrad Murray to 4 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. Four years was the maximum penalty Murray could receive. His lawyer, Ed Chernoff, asked for probation instead of jail, but Judge Michael Pastor slammed the request.
“He engaged in this money for medicine madness that simply is not going to be tolerated by me,” Pastor said.
“He violated the trust of the medical community, of his colleagues and of his patient and he has absolutely no sense of remorse, absolutely no sense of fault, and is and remains dangerous,” Pastor added.
Pastor postponed making a decision on the prosecution’s request that Murray, 58, be ordered to pay $100 million in restitution. The amount is the estimated value of Jackson’s estate had he completed the concert tour he was preparing for at the time of his death.
A jury of seven men and five women convicted Murray of involuntary manslaughter earlier this month after two days of deliberation. Prosecutor David Walgren accused Murray of “extreme criminal negligence” for administering Propofol, a powerful and dangerous anesthetic, to Jackson without proper monitoring. Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of acute Propofol intoxication. Murray waited 20 minutes after Jackson stopped breathing to call paramedics, according to witnesses.

Lady Gaga Will Be Duetting With Elton John Again

Lady Gaga has revealed that she will be working on another duet with Elton John for her upcoming album, the follow-up to this year’s Born This Way.

The “Edge of Glory” singer, who collaborated with John for the track “Hello Hello” on theGnomeo and Juliet soundtrack, told U.K. chat show Alan Carr that she is looking forward to working with John again:

“My next duet, I believe, will be with Elton. I’m already working on my next album, and I played him a song that I wrote and he really loved it. I don’t want to give anything away!”

Gaga—who is the godmother of Elton John andDavid Furnish’s son Zachary—also sang with John at the Grammy Awards last year. She recently admitted she made a pilgrimage to the late Amy Winehouse’s home in tribute to the singer, whom she was rumored to be playing in an upcoming biopic.

AUDIO FIDELITY GOES ‘GOLD’ WITH 24-KARAT CD REISSUES OF TWO ERA-DEFINING ALBUMS OF THE ’60S AND ’70S

Crosby, Stills & Nash’s Legendary Debut and Gary Wright’s Dream Weaver Get Deluxe Treatment on New Limited-Edition Discs
Set for December 6 Release!

Audio Fidelity, the premiere audiophile imprint, has set December 6 for its release of 24 Karat Gold CD versions of Crosby, Stills & Nash‘s 1969 debut album CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, and Gary Wright‘s 1975 THE DREAM WEAVER, it was announced by Marshall Blonstein, president of the label. The albums, which enjoyed a combined tenure of 182 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s chart, will be issued as numbered, limited editions that will be retired after each set’s initial run has sold out. Both will be available through online and brick-and-mortar retailers.

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH occupies a special place-both musically and historically-within the annals of American pop. Issued in May of 1969, the collection of close-harmony performances introduced one of rock’s most venerated supergroups, comprised of three creative coequal partners who had left their previous groups to form a more perfect union. The album became the record of the summer of ’69, garnering saturation airplay on the then-new FM radio format and spawning two Top-30 singles in Graham Nash’s “Marrakesh Express” and Stephen Stills’ paean to Judy Collins, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” By the time the trio performed at the Woodstock Festival three months later, CROSBY, STILLS & NASH was a Top-10 album on its way to a 107-week stay on the charts.
 
Other highlights of the album include David Crosby’s bluesy “Long Time Gone,” Stills’ folk-rocking “49 Bye-Byes” and “Wooden Ships,” a sci-fi fantasy penned by Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner with Crosby and Stills.  Characteristically, Audio Fidelity has paid close attention to detail in its restoration of the disc-though at least one modification has been made.  Part of the preparation of the reissue, explains Blonstein, “had to do with the ‘n’ in Nash’s song ‘Guinnevere.’  Since 1969, every vinyl, cassette and CD version of the album had it spelled with two n’s.  But recently the group decided to take out the [historically inaccurate] extra ‘n.’  So our CD booklet, tray card and even the original LP labels now show the title with just the one ‘n.'”

Crosby, Stills & Nash retain their stature as a cornerstone act of Classic Rock radio and as progenitors of the singer-songwriter movement.  Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the trio continues to tour and record more than four decades after the release of this landmark album.

Like Crosby, Stills & Nash, keyboardist-singer Gary Wright is often associated with a specific time and cultural place:  the mid-1970s, when popular music was frequently experimenting and pushing boundaries and an unconventional track like “Dream Weaver” could ascend to Number 2 on the singles charts.  American-born Wright released the spacey yet hook-filled THE DREAM WEAVER in June of 1975, after serving time with British rockers Spooky Tooth and contributing to George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.

Wright not only composed  and sings all the songs on THE DREAM WEAVER, he provides the bulk of the instrumentation, playing organ and electric piano, Moog synthesizer and other keyboards on the largely guitar-less album.  The title track was issued in January of 1976 and quickly became a hit, to be followed in April by the funk-infused “My Love Is Alive” (which also rose to No.2 on Billboard’s song survey).  A third charting single, the more uptempo “Made to Love You,” came out that September.  THE DREAM WEAVER stayed on the charts for 75 consecutive weeks, and while Wright went on to record more long-players, it remains his biggest seller and among a handful of releases that will forever conjure memories of the mid-’70s for rock aficionados of a certain age.  The title cut has been featured in such films as Wayne’s World and Toy Story 3.

Founded in 2002, Audio Fidelity specializes in deluxe reissues of classic popular-music recordings for the audiophile and collector markets. The Camarillo, California-based label is best known for its 24-Karat Gold CDs and its 180-gram virgin-vinyl album editions, as well as a line of popular DVD titles.  Audio Fidelity emerged out of the pioneering DCC Compact Classics label that its founder, music-industry veteran Marshall Blonstein, started in 1986, following his tenure as president of Island Records and co-founder of Ode Records (where he helped make Carole King’s Tapestry one of the best-selling albums of all time and built the cult-film franchises The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke).

Cher And Nicki Minaj Start, End Mini Twitter Feud

Cher and Nicki Minaj were embroiled in a short-lived Twitter feud last week.

Minaj’s fans (who call themselves Barbs or Team Minaj) began the feud by tweeting that the “Pink Friday” singer had made fun of Cher in a lyric for her song “Did It On ‘Em.”

One of the first tweets directed towards the iconic diva read, “@cher did you know thatb***h @NICKIMINAJ dissed you in her song DIDITONEM.” The 65-year-old Oscar-winner then replied on Twitter, “Ive seen lots of people come & go! Nobiggie!”

The argument escalated when Minaj’s friendScaff Beezy added that the lyric was not actually an insult, noting, “yo @cher listen to the words b4 you say dumb s**t on twitter . . .do you know what a rap metaphore [sic] is??? TM is a cult you dont want it with!!”

Cher then retracted her previous comment: “U R right! Someone said I was dissed..I’ve been dissed b4,but instead of finding out I just got defensive ! I should know better.”

Minaj, who had stayed out of the argument until nearly the end, Tweeted “stop” at Cher. Cher later deleted her defensive Tweets.

Star Trek Sequel Slated For May 2013 Release

J.J. Abrams’ long-awaited 3-D “Star Trek” sequel now has a release date. The movie is slated to come out on May 17, 2013, nearly a year later than the studio’s originally-intended date of June 29, 2012.

Shooting on the sequel is expected to begin sometime early next year, with Benicio del Toro in discussions to join the cast in an unspecified villainous role.

The as-yet untitled follow-up to the franchise reboot will see the return of all principal cast members from the first entry including Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg, with Abrams collaborating on the script with Damon Lindelof (TV’s “Lost”) as well as the writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who penned the first reboot installment.

The first “Star Trek” film grossed over $385 million worldwide on a reported budget of $150 million.

Anne Hathaway Engaged To Longtime Love Adam Shulman

This holiday season has turned out to be extra special for Anne Hathaway. After the actress was spotted sporting a diamond ring on Sunday, her rep confirmed her engagement to longtime love Adam Shulman, 30,.

Hathaway, 28, began dating Shulman, an actor, in 2008 shortly after splitting from Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri, who was arrested for running a real estate scheme. Follieri was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy.

No other details on Hathaway’s engagement were immediately available. Hathaway will appear next in The Dark Knight Rises alongside Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy.