Month: June 2013

Justin Bieber Bans Selena Gomez Music From Photoshoot Set

Pop star Justin Bieber has banned music by his on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez from his photoshoot playlist.
The couple split late last year (12), but rumours of a romantic reunion emerged in March (13) after Bieber paid a visit to Gomez’s Los Angeles home, and in April (13) she flew out to Norway to support the 19 year old during his European tour.
The stars have since reaffirmed their single status and now Bieber has forbidden staffers from playing any of the beauty’s music in his presence.
Editors at have obtained a copy of one of the superstar’s riders, which forbids personnel from asking for photographs, speaking to Bieber and blasting any tunes recorded by his ex during photoshoots.
The document also lists items to be included in the pop hunk’s dressing room, such as a large pack of Swedish Fish candies and two pairs of white socks.


Radio Talk: LONG ISLAND’s DOMINICK MOVES INTO REVERB NATIONS TOP 40 (based in Durham, NC), launched in 2006, is a site that focuses on the independent music industry. It aims to provide a central site for musicians, venues, labels, and industry professionals to collaborate and communicate. The company offers web promotion, fan-relationship management, digital distribution, sentiment tracking, web-site hosting, and concert booking and promotion.

As of March 2013, 2.7 million musicians have created ReverbNation accounts, and the website continually receives over 30 million unique visitors per month.

Many established artists, have used ReverbNation for one thing or another. Sean Kingston and Phish both use the ReverbNation Band Profile app – the most popular Facebook application for musicians – on their Facebook pages. Karmin grew their fan base off of YouTube videos that linked to the exclusive downloads widget at ReverbNation. This grew their mailing list and eventually gained them a major deal. The Alabama Shakes (who were on Saturday Night Live recently) got their big break when a famous music blog featured a song from their ReverbNation profile.

Hundreds of ReverbNation artists’ songs have been featured in movies, commercials, television shows, and video games – all earning ReverbNation artists’ money.

Now, count Long Island’s own Dominick DiPietrantonio as another successful reverb ReverbNation success; as his songs have moved this week, into their #36 position. PR-executive David Salidor said of the service, “For establishing a new artist; you couldn’t ask for a more reliable service. Look at their track record. It speaks for itself. In this digital age, it’s a first-rate service.”

With Dominick finishing his debut album and about to ink a recording deal, the ReverbNation announcement couldn’t have come at a better time. “To me, it’s the icing on the cake. This year’s big success for me has been my song, ‘Only One For Me,’ being on the Hollywood Girls web show, but when I heard about ReverbNation, it felt really good.”

Recording in both Long Island and New York, the sessions are proceeding quickly. Dom’s management suggests his first album could well be released in the fourth quarter this year.

Funeral For James Gandolfini Held In NYC, Wife Remembers Him As A “Kind And Loving Man”

Family, friends and co-workers of James Gandolfini gathered Thursday in New York City to pay their final respects to the late actor. The 90 minute service was held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on the Upper West Side. Mourners included Gandolfini’s 13-year-old son Michael, widow Deborah Lin, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sopranos creator and executive producer David Chase. Chase was joined by other Sopranos stars, including Jamie Lynn Sigler, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Joe Pantoliano, Dominic Chianese, Steve Buscemi, Vincent Curatola, Michael Imperioli, Steve Schirippa, John Ventimiglia, Vincent Pastore and Aida Turturro.

The service was lead by the Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski. Speakers included Lin, David Chase and two family friends. Lin was the first to pay tribute. “My husband was an honest, kind and loving man. He cared more about others than himself. … Thank you for the memories of the beautiful life we spent together,” she said. “I love you Jim, and I always will. Rest in peace.”

Chase read a letter he wrote to Gandolfini. He remembered the actor as a “sad boy, amazed and confused.” “You could see it in your eyes. That’s why you were a great actor,” he said.

Gandolfini died of a heart attack last Wednesday in Rome. He was just 51-years-old.

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Eminem Offers Hope to Addicts in New Documentary: How To Make Money Selling Drugs

Rapper Eminem has opened up about his struggle to get clean in a new documentary, assuring suffering addicts life “does get better” once they conquer their dependency demons.

The Stan hitmaker is now sober after a four-year hell of painkiller and sedative abuse, which led to a near-fatal overdose in 2005, and he has shared his experiences in new movie How To Make Money Selling Drugs.

Discussing his overdose, Eminem says, “My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They were going to have to put me on dialysis. They didn’t think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death. Within a month (after leaving hospital), I had relapsed and shot right back up to the same amount of pills that I was taking. I remember just walking around my house thinking every single day, I’m gonna… die.”

The hip-hop star is still recovering from the damage he inflicted on his body, but he goes on to offer words of support to others in the throes of addiction.

He adds, “I had to regain motor skills, I had to regain talking skills. It’s been a learning process, I’m growing. You just couldn’t believe that anybody could ever be naturally happy, or naturally function or just enjoy life in general without being on something. I would say that to anybody that it does get better, it just does.”

Moviemaker Matthew Cook’s documentary was produced by Entourage star Adrian Grenier and also features an interview with stoner icon Woody Harrelson.

Cher To Appear on ‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

Cher will appear on NBC’s ‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular’ TV special.

Cher took to social networking site Twitter to write, “I’m in fitting for New York. Just got NBC ‘4th of July’ special, which is amazing, but one more outfit! It seems like I’ve been here fitting for half of my adult life”.

Cher will join the likes of long-confirmed guests Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw on the special as NBC “celebrates the nation’s 237th birthday” with the live broadcast of the 27th annual ‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular’, which will include 40,000 fireworks within a 25-minute timeframe in a display directed by R&B star Usher.

Laverne & Shirley stars to reunite on Nickelodeon TV comedy

The leading ladies of “Laverne & Shirley” are reuniting.

Nickelodeon said Wednesday that Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams will guest star in an episode of its new sitcom “Sam & Cat.”

The actresses starred as 1950s and ’60s pals and roommates Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, workers in a Milwaukee brewery. The sitcom aired from 1976 to 1983 on ABC.

“Sam & Cat” features Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as friends who start a baby-sitting business.

Nickelodeon says Marshall and Williams will start filming on Wednesday. They play characters involved in a decades-old feud, tweaking the long-ago rumors of a “Laverne & Shirley” rivalry.

“Sam & Cat” creator Dan Schneider says it was an honor to write for what he called TV’s” funniest female roommates” ever.

Michael Jackson’s Teen Son Testifies at Civil Trial

Prince Jackson on Wednesday arrived at a Los Angeles courtroom to testify in a case filed over his superstar father’s death four years ago.

The eldest son of Michael Jackson wore a dark suit and black tie Wednesday as he walked into the courtroom, where a judge is hearing the negligence case against AEG Live LLC, brought by Jackson’s mother.

The 16-year-old is the first member of his family to testify in the case, which is now in its ninth week.

Prince Jackson has never spoken publicly about the day his father died in June 2009. Jackson’s doctor summoned the boy to the bedroom a short time before his father was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The teen and his siblings are listed as plaintiffs in the case against AEG, which denies any wrongdoing.

Kris Jenner Explains Meaning Behind “North” Baby Name

Kris Jenner has attempted to explain the strange name of her newest grandchild, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s 1-week-old daughter North West. In an interview on The View to promote her upcoming talk show Kris, Jenner said Kim and Kanye didn’t pick the name North just because of Kanye’s last name.

“The way [Kim] explained it to me was that North means highest power, and she says that North is their highest point together and I thought that was really sweet,” she explained.

“It’s North West, but you don’t walk around calling somebody, ‘Hi North West.’ It’s just North,” she said, adding that Kim and Kanye are considering a nickname for the baby. Jenner said she does not know “what they’ve decided on.”

As for her opinion on the name, Jenner said she is “pro-North, absolutely.”

Kim, 32, gave birth to North on Saturday, June 15. Although North was born about 5 weeks early and weighed just 4 lbs. 15 oz, she is healthy and has already left the hospital. Kim and Kanye have yet to speak publicly about her birth. The new family is said to be living at Jenner’s home while their own $9 million Bel Air mansion is renovated.

The Lone Ranger and All The FavoriteTelevision Cowboy Heroes’ -out July 9-from Event Bookazines

New York — There are many institutions which one could argue to be uniquely American–the Constitution, jazz, blues, and baseball. Yet all are derivative and have roots in other cultures of the distant past. However, the American Western stands alone as uniquely American as, apple pie.

An entire of generation of readers will relish a walk down memory lane in this most-cherished of TV genres, as Rawhide and Deadwood producer A.C. Lyles and Western-genre expert, actor Bruce Boxleitner (How the West Was Won) punctuate this latest release from Event Bookazine with insightful commentary and one-of-a-kind memories.

Released to coincide with the release of Disney’s The Lone Ranger, starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, an entirely new audience is ready for the re-awakening of interest in what was once, hands-down, the most popular and beloved of American story-telling traditions. Westerns represent an American ideal, and a reflection of their times.

The first television Cowboy heroes (e.g., Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers) were untarnished heroes in white hats who always won and never missed a shot. Eventually they came to be represented as loners (Shane), followed by the outcast or misunderstood (Have Gun Will Travel), the wrongfully-disgraced (Branded) and finally outlaws themselves as anti-heroes (Alias Smith and Jones) in lieu ofButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Among the 13 chapters, are: The Loners; The Long Ranger: Never Alone; Gunsmoke; The Gamblers; The James Bonds of the Old West; When the Classics Were Ready for Their Close-ups; and, Revisionist History. Also, an exclusive interview with TV’s Bruce Boxleitner, who was hand-picked by James Arness (Gunsmoke) to appear in the classic epic, 1962’s How The West Was Won.

The 128-page magazine –out July 9- focuses on the most celebrated westerns; referencing other shows of each era – including, The Rifleman, Maverick, The Wild, Wild West) – as well as competing shows, focusing on the great actors and the characters they played, along with beautiful pictures from the world’s foremost collector of TV Western photography, Doug Abbot, with production notes and behind the scene anecdotes.

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Miley Cyrus’ "We Can’t Stop" Video Breaks Record on VEVO With 10.7 Million Views in 24 Hours

VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, has announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus’s new single video “We Can’t Stop” delivered 10.7 million views across VEVO in the 24 hours following its premiere. This beats out the previous record holder, Justin Bieber ft. Nicki Minaj “Beauty and the Beat,” which hit 10.6 million views.

Miley Cyrus premiered the video for her new single “We Can’t Stop” across VEVO on June 19th.The video was directed by Diane Martel and shot in Los Angeles. “We Can’t Stop”, which was co-written by Miley along with Mike Will and Rock City and produced by Mike Will is currently available at all digital retail providers.

Miley Cyrus is appearing on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for an exclusive late night appearance on Tuesday, June 25. The hit maker will first sit down with the late night host to talk about her new music followed by an epic performance in the center of Hollywood, CA on JKL’s SONY outdoor stage in front of thousands of fans. This will be Miley’s first ever live performance of “We Can’t Stop”, the first single off her forthcoming RCA Records debut album.