Daily Commentary – Thursday, April 28, 2016 – Not a Fan but There Seems to be Some Trouble Brewing on the Kelly & Michael Show
- Michael Strahan’s sudden announcement that he was leaving Kelly and moving to Good Morning America full time, took Kelly Rippa by surprise. She took a couple days to “think” then returned last Tuesday
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PURPLE RAIN HAS PASSED AWAY … WHEN DOVES CRY.
Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as the iconic music superstar Prince has passed away at the age of 57. According to reports, Prince was briefly hospitalized last Friday with what his representatives said was the flu, which caused him to cancel two shows earlier in April. The medical examiners office has received Prince’s body and will perform an autopsy Friday. However, TMZ is reporting that it may have been a drug overdose before his death. Sadly, we have lost another music giant far too soon.
This one stings a bit, especially when the music artists of your youth start dying, and far too soon. We did not know it at the time in the 1980′s, but we were not just listening to Prince and the Revolution, but a revolutionary performer. Prince was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and performed a legendary version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” to close the ceremony. REST IN PEACE.
Prince passed away Thursday morning at his Paisley Park recording studio. He was 57.
Prince’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed the pop music superstar’s death early Thursday afternoon.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” Noel-Schure said. “There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
Carver County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud says deputies responded to Paisley Park at 9:43 a.m. on the report of a medical situation.
When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found Prince unresponsive in the elevator. Responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive him.
He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
UPDATE I: Prince’s 40 Biggest Billboard Hits.
The man born Prince Rogers Nelson was an icon on Billboard’s Hot 100 songs chart (and fittingly won Billboard’s Icon Award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards), where he racked up an impressive array of hits, including five No. 1s. They range from his unforgettable chart-toppers (“Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss”) to funk workouts (“Hot Thing,” “Controversy”) to gorgeous love songs (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” “Take Me With U”).
Billboard is looking back on Prince’s long career with his 40 top Hot 100 hits. The list is led by his No. 1 smash from the Purple Rain soundtrack, “When Doves Cry.”
Here are Prince’s 40 biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits:
Rank, Title, Hot 100 Peak Year, Position (Weeks Spent at No. 1)
1, “When Doves Cry,” 1984, No. 1 (5)*
2, “Kiss,” 1986, No. 1 (2)*
3, “Let’s Go Crazy,” 1984, No. 1 (2)*
4, “Cream,” 1991, No. 1 (2)**
5, “Batdance,” 1989, No. 1 (1)
6, “Raspberry Beret,” 1985, No. 2*
7, “U Got the Look,” 1987, No. 2
8, “Purple Rain,” 1984, No. 2*
9, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” 1994, No. 3
10, “Sign ‘O’ the Times,” 1987, No. 3
One of my favorites – Little Red Corvette
An eccentric, eclectic and electrifying singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger, Prince Rogers Nelson became one of popular music’s leading stars in the 1980s — a towering figure who found enormous critical and commercial success by blending R&B and rock to make a relentlessly funky, soulful and sensual stew.
Recording Academy President Neil Portnow referred to Prince — a seven-time Grammy winner — as “one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time.”
“Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape,” Portnow said in a statement. “Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true innovator and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.”
Prince, the son of a jazz musician, was born Prince Rogers Nelson in June 1958. His debut album, “For You,” was released in 1978; one year later came “Prince,” an album that contained “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” his first hit.
That pair of albums “unveiled a budding genius and one-man band,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said.
In the early 1980s, Prince released “1999.”
Then, in 1984, came “Purple Rain,” which “elevated Prince from cult hero to superstar,” the Rock Hall said.
Doris Roberts has passed at age 90 …
“Everybody Loves Raymond” mom, Doris Roberts has passed away at the age of 90. Best known for her role as the beloved and meddlesome mom, Marie Barone, on the sit-com Everybody Loves Raymond died in her sleep Sunday at her home in Los Angeles. The sitcom, that was one of my all-time favorites, aired from 1996 to 2005, also starred Ray Romano, Brad Garrett and Patricia Heaton. Peter Boyle, who played husband Frank Barone opposite Roberts, died in 2006. Roberts was born Nov. 4, 1925, in St. Louis and grew up in New York. The actress began her stage career on Broadway in the 1950s, amassing credits that eventually included Neil Simon’s “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and Terrence McNally’s “Bad Habits.”
A fond farewell to one of the funniest actresses ever.
Doris Roberts (1925–2016), Rest in Peace
Doris Roberts wins 2005 Emmy Award for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Doris Roberts, the beloved mom from “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has died … TMZ has learned.
We’re told Doris passed away Sunday in L.A.
She won 5 Emmy awards, 4 of them for ‘Raymond.’ She’s also starred in tons of other TV shows and movies, like “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Grandma’s Boy.”
She’s survived by her son, Michael Cannata Jr., who she had with her first husband. Doris’ second husband, William Goyen, died in 1983.
The show’s creator tweeted Monday: “We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend.”
Actress Patricia Heaton, with whom Roberts’ character faced off on the show, said the death marked the “end of an era.”
“Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much,” Heaton wrote on Twitter. “She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the the fullest.”
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – The Duggar Family Will Be Back on TV Minus Disgraced Josh Duggar
- The new show on TLC will be called “Jill and Jessa: Counting On” featuring the Duggar’s older daughters
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RUT-ROH, CHUMLEE ARRESTED …
33 year old Austin “Chumlee” Russell, better known as Chumlee of the hit TV show ‘Pawn Stars’ has been arrested on felony weapons and drug charges. The Las Vegas Metro Police were serving a search warrant on his Las Vegas Valley home in a sexual assault investigation when they discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and firearms. According to reports, Chumlee is facing 19 drug possession charges and one count of possession of a gun by a prohibited person. Russell has not yet been charged in the sexual assault case, but he finds himself in a world of trouble. Chumlee was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday and his bail was set at $62,000.
There is no word yet as to whether Chumlee had to pawn anything to make bail .
The man known to millions of cable TV viewers as Chumlee on the reality show “Pawn Stars” was being held late Wednesday in a Las Vegas jail following his arrest on felony weapon and drug charges.
Russell, 33, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday. His bail was set at $62,000.
He is facing 19 drug possession charges and one count of possession of a gun by a prohibited person, jail logs show.
Erin Andrews Awarded $55M Judgement Over Nude Video Against Stalker and Nashville, TN, Marriott Hotel (VIDEO)
The jury only took 7 hours to deliberate and award the verdict in favor of Erin Andrews …
Fox Sportscaster and Dancing with the Stars participant Erin Andrews has been awarded a $55 million judgement in the nude video lawsuit. The jury came back with unanimous decisions awarding the judgement to be split between her stalker, Michael David Barrett, and the owner and operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University. Barrett will have to pay about $28 million, and the two companies that own the Marriott will have to pay about $26 million. Barrett previously pleaded guilty to stalking Andrews, altering hotel room peepholes and taking nude videos of her. He was sentenced to 2½ years in prison and he did not appear at this trial.
Sportscaster Erin Andrews won a $55 million judgment Monday against a stalker and the owner of a Nashville, Tennessee, hotel where he recorded secret nude videos of her.
The judgment, announced by a state circuit court jury in the late afternoon, is less than the $75 million Andrews had sought from the owner and operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University and the stalker, Michael David Barrett, who has already served a prison sentence.
The jury deliberated for less than eight hours, splitting the blame — and the damages — roughly equally between Barrett, who will have to pay about $28 million, and the two companies, which are on the hook for about $26 million.
REST IN PEACE GEORGE KENNEDY …
One of my favorite supporting actors of all times has died, George Kennedy has passed away at the age of 91. As reported, George Kennedy was born in New York City and he first appeared onstage at the age of two. But would later spend 16 years in the U.S. Army, ultimately working for Armed Forces Radio. Most remember Kennedy for his role with Paul Newman in the movie favorite, “Cool Hand Luke” and the 1970′s films “Airport” and “Earthquake.” Of course those films were classics, but I liked him as well in other movies such as “Delta Force,” “The Dirty Dozen,” and the TV series “The Blue Knight.”
George Kennedy winning Best Supporting Actor For Cool Hand Luke
George Kennedy, who won a supporting actor Oscar for his role alongside Paul Newman in the beloved film “Cool Hand Luke,” and was also a fixture of 1970s disaster movies including the “Airport” franchise and “Earthquake,” died Sunday in Boise, Idaho. He was 91. His grandson Cory Schenkel reported the death on his Facebook page.
While Kennedy largely played gruff, blue-collar characters in dramas and genre films, he allowed a comedic side to emerge in the deadpan “The Naked Gun” movies.
Kennedy appeared in all four of the “Airport” movies of the 1970s as Joe Patroni, the reluctant, cigar-chomping but highly effective chief mechanic who could be counted upon when the chips were down and supreme expertise was required. He also turned in a powerful performance in 1975’s “Earthquake” as the hearty, sentimental police sergeant Slade, who helps where he can in the wake of the devastating temblor.
Kennedy toiled in the TV trenches for much of the 1960s, especially guesting on Westerns — and occasionally appearing in supporting roles in high-profile films such as “In Harm’s Way,” “The Sons of Katie Elder,” “The Flight of the Phoenix” and “The Dirty Dozen.”
New York Times Obit – George Kennedy, Versatile Actor Who Won an Oscar for ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ Dies at 91.
George Kennedy, who played tough guys, oafs, G.I.’s and a bonanza of cowboys as one of Hollywood’s most versatile and durable character actors, and who won an Oscar as the best supporting actor of 1967 for his performance in the Paul Newman film “Cool Hand Luke,” died on Sunday in Boise, Idaho. He was 91.
No critic ever spoke of a George Kennedy oeuvre. Many of his films were hokey, with absurd plots and over-the-top acting. And, with the exception of his Academy Award performance and his work in about a dozen other films, he was most often a peripheral player, a sidekick of the star or the straight man with setup lines for the comedian.
But from the early 1960s on, hardly a year went by without a Kennedy picture — often there were four or five a year — and he was memorable as the heavy in “Charade” (1963), with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant; as Maj. Max Armbruster on a World War II mission in “The Dirty Dozen” (1967); as a regular in the “Airport” pictures, and later as Leslie Nielsen’s dumbstruck captain in the “Naked Gun” comedies.
He was perhaps best known for his role in “Cool Hand Luke”: Dragline, a chain-gang prisoner whose brutality and compassion as the gang leader not only revealed Mr. Kennedy’s rarely seen range as an actor, but also deftly illuminated the character of his tormented fellow convict, played by Mr. Newman.
George Harris Kennedy Jr. was born in New York City on Feb. 18, 1925, the son of George and Helen Kennedy. His father, a musician and bandleader, died when he was 4, and he was raised by his mother, a ballet dancer. His parents put him on the stage at 2, and he later worked in radio. But his entertainment career got off to a late start.
A military career seemed more likely. After graduating from W. C. Mepham High School in Bellmore, N.Y., he joined the Army, fought in the infantry in Europe in World War II and spent 16 years in the service.
Grammys 2016: Taylor Swift Becomes First Woman to Win Album of the Year Twice and Then Rips Kanye West
WHY WE LOVE TAYLOR SWIFT …
Last night at the 2016 Grammy’s, Taylor Swift became the first woman to win Album of the Year twice. This time for her smash success 1984. And then she did something that was even better than winning the award, she unloaded on Kanye West for the fraud that he is. Without saying the name that will not be spoken, Swift eviscerated West and sent a message to the millions watching live and on TV can relate to … “there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.” How true you are Taylor! Doesn’t Kanye realize that you don’t want to be male and do this woman wrong? You might end up in a song for all times. Or maybe that is what he is after.
“As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”
“But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday, when you get where you are going. You will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – If You Like Getting All the “Dirt” on Celebrities, Then You Probably Like TMZ
- There is an interesting article in The New Yorker that talks about how TMZ gets all that dirt
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THIS TIME IT IS SADLY TRUE, ABE VIGODA HAS DIED …
Abe Vigoda, the actor most known for his role as Tessio in The God Father, The God Father II and detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series “Barney Miller,” has passed away at the age of 94 in New Jersey. According to accounts, Vigoda died Tuesday morning in hospice care his sleep in Woodland Park, New Jersey of old age. His career spanned 7 decades with his most prominent roles of that on Barny Miller, Fish and The God Father movies. He was one of my favorites.
I know what many are saying, but I thought he was already dead. Well so did People Magazine three decades ago In 1982, People Magazine erroneously declared Vigoda dead. Oops. However, the incident made him a cult figure and Vigoda and others were able to keeping all in good humor. Okay People magazine, you can now accurately report his passing.
Rest in Peace Abe Vigoda
Abe Vigoda – Barny Miller
Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sad-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series “Barney Miller” and the doomed Mafia soldier in “The Godfather,” died Tuesday at age 94.
Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs’ home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. “This man was never sick,” Fuchs said.
His death brought to an end years of questions on whether he was still alive — sparked by a false report of his death more than three decades ago. Though Vigoda took it in stride, the question of whether he was dead or alive became something of a running joke: There was even a website devoted to answering the much-Googled question, “Is Abe Vigoda dead?” (On Tuesday, it had been updated with “Yes,” with the date of his death.)
Vigoda worked in relative obscurity as a supporting actor in the New York theater and in television until Francis Ford Coppola cast him in the 1972 Oscar-winning “The Godfather.”
Vigoda played Sal Tessio, an old friend of Vito Corleone’s (Marlon Brando) who hopes to take over the family after Vito’s death by killing his son Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). But Michael anticipates that Sal’s suggestion for a “peace summit” among crime families is a setup and the escorts Sal thought were taking him to the meeting turn out to be his executioners.
New York Times: Abe Vigoda, of ‘Godfather’ and ‘Barney Miller,’ Dies at 94.
Abraham Charles Vigoda was born in New York City on Feb. 24, 1921, to Samuel Vigoda, a tailor, and the former Lena Moses, immigrants from Russia. Abe, one of three brothers, began acting as a teenager and turned professional in 1947, performing almost entirely onstage for the next 20 or more years.
In 1960, he starred in an Off Broadway production of the Strindberg drama “The Dance of Death,” and he appeared frequently at the New York Shakespeare Festival in the early ’60s, as John of Gaunt in “Richard II” and King Alonzo in “The Tempest,” among other roles.
In 1963, he had the lead in an Off Broadway production of Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” Five years later, he was on Broadway in Peter Weiss’s “Marat/Sade.”
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Vigoda is survived by three grandchildren and a great-grandson, The Associated Press reported. His second wife, Beatrice Schy, died in 1992.