In spite of inclement weather - drizzling rain in LA LA LAND - fans turned out at Saks Fifth Avenue in tony Beverly Hills this afternoon - to get a glimpse of legendary chanteuse Natalie Cole.
The madding crowds weren't disappointed!
In fact, when Ms. Cole first strolls into a room, her magnetic personality just about knocks folks dead-away, alright.
The tall, slender, graceful beauty carries herself with such grace!
Today, Nat King Cole's daughter sported glittery-silver skin-tight pants and matching shoes which caught the light and sent a million little rainbows here and there about the upscale environs of the trendy upscale retail outlet.
Her chic blouse - with design flourishes (a bow tied elegantly at the neck) - also underscored a taste for fashion that cries out the "feminine touch".
How did Ms. Cole end up alighting at Saks to sign her new book?
"We've had a long association with Natalie," the burly Manager (who was smartly turned-out in a well-tailored black suit with tasteful matching accessories) beamed.
Ms. Cole was in her element, too.
In fact, at one point she was inclined to make a suggestion that a life-size poster be adjusted a tad, to ensure the paparazzi in tow were able to snatch up coveted publicity stills on the sly no problem.
Meanwhile, fans waited patiently in line for the opportunity to meet their heroine, and have her affix a "Joan Henry" in her signature scroll.
Earlier today, the Senate voted 65 to 31 to repeal the controversial United States military policy - "Don't Ask Don't Tell" - which banned gays from serving openly in the U.S. forces.
The law was orignially endorsed by the Clinton Administration a scant few years ago - and has been under fire - ever since.
The lifting of the ban - a historical act on the part of the House - was made possible earlier today when six Republicans joined Democrats in a procedural vote that brought the measure to the floor.
Shortly after the news filtered in to the Tattler, I received a personal message from President Barack Obama, applauding the Government action.
The message read as follows:
Moments ago, the United States Senate voted to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
When that bill reaches my desk, I will sign it, and this discriminatory law will be repealed.
Gay and lesbian service members - brave Americans who enable our freedoms - will no longer have to hide who they are.
The fight for civil rights, a struggle that continues, will no longer include this one.
This victory belongs to you.
Without your commitment, the promise I made as a candidate would have remained just that.
Instead, you helped prove again that no one should underestimate this movement.
Every phone call to a senator on the fence, every letter to the editor in a local paper, and every message in a congressional inbox makes it clear to those who would stand in the way of justice: We will not quit.
This victory belongs to Senator Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and our many allies in Congress who refused to let politics get in the way of what was right.
Like you, they never gave up, and I want them to know how grateful we are for that commitment.
Will you join me in thanking them by adding your name to Organizing for America's letter?
I will make sure these messages are delivered - you can also add a comment about what the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" means to you.
As Commander in Chief, I fought to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" because it weakens our national security and military readiness.
It violates the fundamental American principles of equality and fairness.
But this victory is also personal.
I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my sexual orientation.
But I know my story would not be possible without the sacrifice and struggle of those who came before me - many I will never meet, and can never thank.
I know this repeal is a crucial step for civil rights, and that it strengthens our military and national security.
I know it is the right thing to do.
But the rightness of our cause does not guarantee success, and today, celebration of this historic step forward is tempered by the defeat of another - the DREAM Act.
I am incredibly disappointed that a minority of senators refused to move forward on this important, commonsense reform that most Americans understand is the right thing for our country.
On this issue, our work must continue.
Today, I'm proud that we took these fights on.
Please join me in thanking those in Congress who helped make the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal possible:
WHAM's former sexy front man may have alot to celebrate in the tantalizing New Year ahead.
The Pop Icon - known to pass out in snarling London traffic at the drop of a stylish hat - may suddenly bimself basking in a wave of popularity when a comprehensive Deluxe Box Set (Limited Edition) of his 10-million-dollar hit album - Faith" - is re-released by his handlers at the end of January (2011).
Gosh, that catchy tune - Santa Baby - has been turning up on radio stations, over the air in shopping malls, and even at a handful of the local retailers I patronized bright and early this morning,
Of course, the little ditty has fond memories for moi!
Years ago, when I was cast to play the part of a Postal worker on the comedy hit - the Tracey Ullman Show - the scene I was acting in featured the zany comedienne dancing a strip tease to that song with a sexy Santa!
Local gyms are hip to the fact that during the Yuletide season, folks are going to be partying-hearty, and sampling the finer treats that life has to offer around this time each year.
And, that means, stuffing their mouths with all manner of delectable calorie-laden goodies laced with wicked trans fats.
Needless to say, by the end of December - as the New Year is about to be rung in - a few body-conscious dudes & dudettes are going to be thumbing through the yellow pages in search of a gym to join (with the ultimate aim of shedding the extra deadweight come-hell or high-water).
Personally, I don't like to be embarrassed when I take off my clothes, so that is a good enough incentive for me to hit the treadmill, pronto!
Unfortunately, disreputable gyms - keen on fleecing your wallet - will be flogging a handful of clever promotions on the premise that they are offering up discounted membership deals that will meet your slimming & trimming needs.
For instance, Gold's Gym - once renowed for being a work-out palace that catered exclusively to body-builders - has entered the mainstream with all-manner of scams that are appealing on the surface.
However, the dishonest club owners have simply manipulated the specifics to deceitfully get unsuspecting "suckers" in the door - at which point - the free week or two offered up initially magically vanishes into thin air.
"Victims" of high-pressure sales tactics will find themselves signing on the dotted line for monthly fees - that are not only through the roof, but also, a good deal pricier than that of the competition.
I say, avoid Gold's scam artists, ike the plague.
24 Hour Fitness and Crunch - and a handful of other full-service gyms in the neighborhood - are better bets and run by honest management who won't try to rip 'ya off.
In West Hollywood this Yuletide Season, Public Safety joined forces with the local Sheriff's Department to kick off a promotion to curb driving under the influence during the festive Christmas and New Year's celebrations ahead.
Cocktail napkins are being distributed in trendy watering holes around WeHo with a timely message emblazoned on their face.
"Don't Drink and Drive!"
The main purpose is to persuade revellers to take a taxi (cheaper that a DUI) or drag along a designated drive on the night locals and out-of-towners alike hit the strip for a madcap night out-on-the gay old town!
The Center for Disease Control has reported that motorists are killed every thirteen minutes in car crashes.
Non-fatal injuries occur every two minutes.
In the event a table-hopper is too blitzed to read the message, the Sheriff's Department has hammered the point home, by parking a slightly demolished SUV in front of the Station at San Vicente and Santa Monica Blvd in WeHo proper.
The Sunset Strip Business Association has hopped on the band-wagon, too.
Tipsy-tows are being offered to single drivers in need of a lift home on Christmas Day and New Year.
The rides are free including those who are non AAA Club members.
Metro Line bus services are also free on New Year's Day.
In addition, a free shuttle service will run along Santa Monica Boulevard from 8 p.m. on December 31st to 4 a.m. on January 1st (2011).
Snow bunnies with a "birthday" falling in season are eligible for a free day of skiing and snowboarding at both Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Summit.
Picture ID required.
No rain checks, unfortunately.
So, if you're a ski enthusiast and your birthday anniversary falls on a hot summer day in June or August, you're just SOL!
By the way, the two popular resorts are only about ten miles apart, so those who are light-of-foot will probably take advantage of that and fly the trails at both locations during the course of one exhilerating day!
In one scene of a flick I took in last night at the Grove, a reporter asked one of the characters how he felt about the fact his career was going to change overnight.
Ironic that, because when "Country Strong" (produced by Toby MaGuire) is released next year on January 7th, Garrett Hedlund may find that fate has blessed his career with that very same surge upward into the glare of the heady stratosphere, too.
After all, Hedlund - who appeared with director Shana Feste in person at the sneak preview last evening - has a charismatic screen presence that jumps right out at the filmgoer.
In the role of a hopeful Country & Western Singer - the handsome actor excels - in a performance that is seamless, sexy, and downright magnetic.
The audience has a difficult time taking their eyes off the young stud, who steals every scene he appears in, I dare say.
Gwyneth Paltrow - the lead - fairs pretty well, too, in this refreshing down-to-earth tale about struggling (and established) Western-style pop stars trying to gain (and in the case of Paltrow's character "regain") a foothold in the topsy-turvy carnival-like atmosphere of the achy-breaky realms of Country & Western music.
Paltrow - who has left me hot (playing opposite Michael Douglas in a suspense-thriller) and cold (in the Tannenbaums) on occasion - manages to pull off a star-turn on the inviting Texas terrain here.
In fact, in the shell of a troubled C& W star (on the skids) - fighting to win back her reputation and fans - she holds her own.
Unfortunately, Ms. Paltrow is more Hollywood than Country & Western to the film's overall detriment.
All the supporting players, on the other hand, stand-out in well-crafted fleshed-out characterizations that wink like little gems throughout (not a fake-looking rhinestone in the lot).
Kudos to Leighton Meester and Tim McGraw, for sure, for turning in performances that will undoubtedly result in turning points in their respective careers.
The director - Shana Feste - crafted a tight believable script and capably brought it to life in a celluloid offering that is thoroughly entertaining bill-of-fare.
Her palette is warm, inviting, and yummy to the senses.
The plot twists - with a big focus on the intrigues of the heart - keep the audience fully engaged and on the edge of their seats pining for a satisfying Hollywood-style end.
And, they're not disappointed, in the final analysis.
When the film is released early next year, I expect that Country & Western music fans (and a posse of others) will flock to movie theatres to catch this heart-warming flick.
Today, the Screen Actors Guild announced their nominees for the 17th Annual SAG Awards.
Not my favorite-looking statuette, by any stretch of the imagination.
Don't expect a bunch of quarrelling actors in a troubled Union to get it right!
The red-carpet celebrations will be broadcast amidst a lot of hype & hoopla on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 30th (8 p.m. ET).
The Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles will host the much-anticipated event.
At that high-profile event, presenters - on behalf of the Guild and its membership - will announce who won top honors for film cast (since SAG does not single out a film per se along the lines of other voting bodies such as the Oscars, the Golden Globes, etc.).
The nominees are "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right," "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network."
In the celebrated arena of Theatrical film releases, the acting nominees for 2010 are:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
JEFF BRIDGES (Rooster Cogburn)
ROBERT DUVALL (Felix Bush)
(Sony Pictures Classics)
JESSE EISENBERG (Mark Zuckerberg)
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
COLIN FIRTH (King George VI)
THE KING’S SPEECH
(The Weinstein Company)
JAMES FRANCO (Aron Ralston)
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
ANNETTE BENING (Nic)
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
NICOLE KIDMAN (Becca)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE (Ree Dolly)
NATALIE PORTMAN (Nina Sayers)
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
HILARY SWANK (Betty Anne Waters)
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTIAN BALE (Dicky Eklund)
JOHN HAWKES (Teardrop)
JEREMY RENNER (James Coughlin)
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
MARK RUFFALO (Paul)
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
GEOFFREY RUSH (Lionel Logue)
THE KING’S SPEECH
(The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
AMY ADAMS (Charlene Fleming)
HELENA BONHAM CARTER (Queen Elizabeth)
THE KING’S SPEECH
(The Weinstein Company)
MILA KUNIS (Lily)
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
MELISSA LEO (Alice Ward)
Each year, the SAG voting committee singles out Outstanding Performances by an Ensemble cast in the realms of TV Comedy and Drama.
For the 2010 calendar year, well-earned nods for dramatic bill-of-fare went to "Boardwalk Empire," "The Closer," "Dexter," "The Good Wife" and "Mad Men."
On the other side of the proverbial coin, nominees singled out for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble cast in a Comedy were handed out to "30 Rock," "Glee," "Hot in Cleveland," "Modern Family" and "The Office."
Screen Actors Guild Awards 47th Annual Life Achievement Award
Ernest Borgnine, a seasoned pro - well-liked and admired in the acting community - has been bestowed with the honor of Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
Youthful rocker Bon Jovi - still kicking around the concert trail and delighting music fans far-and-wide - has been selected by President Barack Obama to slip into a coveted seat on a White House panel that will seek to bring together individuals, organizations, businesses, and non-profits - with the specific aim of identifying and addressing community outreach needs.
No doubt it was Jovi's high-profile invovlement with his own stellar "Jovi Soul Foundation" that was the lure for our beleaguered President.
After all, the dynamic stage performer - with the sexy rocker persona - helped create affordable housing for low-income families and individuals through the auspices of the altruistic organization he started up and currently presides over.
Fans may recall that the charismatic pop icon also tossed a fundraiser for Obama during the President's bid for office which may account for the untraditional coupling of two - um - odd bedfellows.
Jovi is expected to knock heads with - educators, religious leaders, entrepreneurs (and so forth-and-so-on) - in his new role which should prove to be quite challenging in view of the currect political, social, and economic climate!
Susan Boyle has alot to celebrate about this Yuletide season!
Billboard has just reported that her new album - "The Gift" - has topped their charts to soar into the No. 1 spot for the fourth time in the past few weeks (243,000 units snapped up).
To date, total sales now stand at a whopping $1.43 million smackeroos!
Undoubtedly, Boyle's fans have forgiven the English canteuse for the off-color note she sourly hit, while performing a Christmas ditty on Barbara Walter's "The View" last week.
That little glitch in her vocals reminded me of an incident with went down with legendary Judy Garland many moons ago!
Ms. Garland was standing near the edge of a stairwell upstage during a live concert when she suddenly choked - then unexpectedly fell down and went boom - as fans watched on in horror below the floodlights.
Because LA JUDY was known to imbibe a tad - and able to drink the best of 'em under the table - it was speculated (at first glance) that theWizard of Oz legend had been a bit tipsy during the performance.
However, Ms. Garland was adamant - swore up-and-down, in fact - that the nasty rumors were simply not true.
According to Judy Judy Judy - when she threw her mouth open to belt out the chorus - a fly flitted inside her mouth and took her off-guard!
No word on what caused Ms. Boyle's fall from Grace, however.
Legendary actress (and renowned film beauty) Leslie Caron is slated to appear at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday December 18th in Hollywood.
On that celebrated occasion, Ms. Caron will attend a screening of the classic feature film - "An American in Paris" - which won an Oscar in 1952.
The dazzling film great will sign copies of her autobiography:
"Thank Heaven: A Memoir"
Leslie Claire Margaret Caron was born on July 1st in 1931 and is primarily known as a screen actress and celebrated dancer.
Over the past few decades, Caron has appeared in approximately forty-five flicks.
Ms. Caron is best known for the musicals such as - "An American in Paris" (1951), Lili (1953), the comedy Daddy Long Legs (1955), and Gigi, a signature role (1958).
In addition, the respected performer also graced the screen in a handful of "straight roles" in non-musical projects such as Fanny (1961), The L-Shaped Room (1962), and Father Goose (1964).
The respected actress has been blessed with a dedicated fan base who have courted her every move.
Ms. Caron has also been recognized by her peers in the industry, who bestowed upon her two Oscars for performances which fell in the prestigeous category of "Best Actress".
During the course of her stellar career on the boards, Ms. Caron has two-stepped with a posse of dance legends, such as Gene Kelley, Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and ballet great Rudolph Nureyev.
If you were cruising by RAGE on Sunday afternoon at Happy Hour, the sight of a few dozen tipsy Santa's in their ubiquitious eye-catching red & white outfits (trimmed in luxurious faux fur) must have caused your head to crank around!
The celebration - known as Santacon - was tossed together by a Merry Band of revellers tongue-in-cheek out to ring in the Yuletide season - and shake up the normally-jaded neighborhood a tad - in trendy WeHo!
'Tis the season to be wary, if you're decked out in top-of-the-line designer duds trimmed or fashioned totally in animal fur (endangered species or not).
No Sir, the argument that minks were raised specifically for the fur trade, doen't hold up with die-hard animal activists.
Today, a Merry band of dedicated protestors from PETA - adorned in Santa outfits - paraded across the street from the oh-so-trendy Fendi retail outlet waving acccusing placards and pointing fingers.
Years ago, during an actor's Union strike, I accepted an assignment as a model for Fendi cologne.
But, in today's political and social-savvy climate, it is doubtful I would sign on for the job.
The gang on Rodeo Drive was quite adamant that the use of fur from slaughtered animals was a definite fashion no-no.
They chanted HO HO FAUX and handed out flyers to passers-by with an urgent query emblazoned on its face.
"Do you have skeletons in your closet?"
The informative pamphlets ranted about the ugly truth of the fur industry and included timely quotes from a handful of high-profile celebrities in support of the cause.
"I don't wear any leather or fur or feathers or any animal products," Natalie Portman - currently starrring in "The Black Swan" - boasted.
Pink was quick to criticize the industry outright with no bones about it.
"Sadly, like any other industry that uses animals, the wool trade uses methods so sadistic that it makes you consider clearing your closet of any animal products. There are lots of clothes to buy for a look that kills without killing anything," she quipped.
Eva Mendes inferred that any fashionista who wore fur products lacked intelligence.
"Personally, I think wearing a baby chinchilla says, 'I'm ignorant'," she concluded.
It was difficult to read the literature on the issue, too, so disturbing were the images!
"Animals on animal farms spend their entire lives confined to crowded filthy wire cages."
"Killing methods include suffocation, gassing, electrocution, and poisoning."
"Animals caught in the wild sometimes remain in traps for days before the trappers return to stomp on their chests or beat them to death."
"Most furs come from China, where millions of animals - including cats and dogs - are skinned alive."
Shortly after I arrived on the scene in chic Beverly Hills, a small crowd gathered, egging the protestors on.
Bless those upstarts for they know what they do in the name of Nature's defenseless creatures.
In keeping with their continued efforts to provide a wide-range of programs for their patrons - from educational courses to upbeat entertaining outings on the premises - the Santa Monica Public Library will screen an updated film classic starring Jim Carrey.
A Christmas Carol!
In sum, the flick is an animated re-telling of the Dicken's best-seller.
Treat yourself to a madcap couple of hours - and in the process - learn all about the true spirit of Christmas as told through the character of Ebenezer Scrooge.
See 'ya there!
December 18th (2010)
MLK JR. Auditorium
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
The morning daily was awash today with stinging criticisms in the wake of yesterday's stunning reveal of the nominations for the Golden Globe 2010 calendar year!
Personally, I was surprised by a couple of the nods - and downright baffled over one or two of the obvious stinkers - as well.
A nomination for the just-released "Tourist" - in the hilarious category of the "Best Musical or Comedy" - caused a bevy of critics to shake their heads in total disbelief.
The misstep appeared to hint that no one at the Foreign Press screened the flick before voting!
Or, just maybe, this was the organization's way of taking a sly poke at the so-called suspense thriller, which failed to meet the criteria of the genre by a whole nine yards?
One reviewer joked that nominations for a handful of unworthy star performers - magnetic Angelina Jolie and ever-popular Johnny Depp, for instance - was a deceitful efffort to ensure that the red-carpet ceremony was packed to the rafters with mega-stars in a bid for a ratings boost on January 16th when the much-anticipated event is broadcast.
A popularity contest?
No nods for - Tilton Swinton (I am Love), Robert Duvall (Get Low), Barbara Hershey (Black Swan), or Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are Alright) - eh?
A "True Grit" shut-out (Coen Brothers) caused a storm of controversy to swirl in show-biz circles throughout the day yesterday in Hollywood (and elsewhere).
Is their taste up their wazoo, or what?
Normally, the Golden Globes are a percursor to Oscar wins, but armchair nay-sayers are predicting that this year there will be a big departure in that regard.
Fans of Clint Eastwood (Hereafter) were taken aback at his snub; after all, over the years the HFPA has always warmed up to his skills at the helm (he has been nominated on five occasions in past competitions).
When the subject turned to comedies, per se, the Foreign Press was accused of being - well - foreign!
Reviewers at the LA Times concluded that the panel of voters at HFPA didn't understand particular brands of comedy.
"They don't get American humor."
The big winners?
The Fighter (a well-received Mark Wahlberg project) and The Social Network (Facebook tell-all) each racked up 6 nominations head-in-head.
Even so, it's hard to disagree with an assessment by Time's writer Betsy Sharkey.
America's Pop Idol - Adam Lambert - breezes into town on Thursday (December 16th) to cap his headlining world tour at the Nokia Club.
The dynamic charismatic Pop Icon's "Glam Nation" tour has rustled up sold-out engagements around the country and overseas since it revved up in June (2010) - and is sure to accomplish that mean feat in LA LA Land too - tomorrow night.
If you catch the gig - a musical extravaganza, no doubt - expect to be treated to a bevy of entertaining tunes from the multi-talented vocalist's debuting album "For Your Entertainment".
In the first episode of David Hasselhoff's reality TV show, the troubled actor underscored that life was not a bed of roses at 57 years of age.
In a playful moment of truth, he also admitted that he was broke and starting over.
"I spent my money on personal things," he shrugged.
Hence, the reason for launching the reality-show - a potential cash cow - expected to calm the troubled waters.
In some respects, reality shows of this ilk (that toss the glare of the spotlight on the innermost thoughts, hopes and demons of a fading Lothario) are a last gasp effort to regain a foothold (but ultimately end up being a form of prostitution at its worst level).
In sum, the scenario is not unlike one where the desperate sell their soul to the devil (or the highest bidder).
Notwithstanding, Hasselhoff swears he'll never become the German "Elvis".
That, in spite of the fact the former soap hunk (Y & R) still has a loyal following in Europe.
In fact, he's a timeless sex symbol over there, in spite of humiliating Hoff sightings on YouTube in recent months that have been demoralizing and none-too-flattering.
Sadly, Hoff's kids have been dragged on-board to his discredit.
In sum, they are the spoiled offspring of the petty bourgeoise.
Once the amusing odd-ball bill-of-fare cranks up, it's obvious that Mr. Hasselhoff is in hot water because of a lack of priorities (common sense and intelligence, too).
For example, he cries the blues about his financial dilemma, one moment - then, without batting-an-eye - fails to put his foot down when a charlatan arrives at the house to use her "psychic" gifts to analyze the family dog for big bucks.
Hoff and his kiddies are the ones who need their heads examined, if you really want to get real about it.
Worse than that?
During the course of the show - when Hasselhoff is inclined to philosophize now-and-then about life and its potential downfalls, it's paintfully obvious that "The Hoff" is simply a case of the blind leading the bland.
In sum, "Hoff" is an overblown piece of self-indulgent fluff.
No wonder terrorists want to snuff out North American culture!
Julian first sauntered onto the stage in a production of "The Marriage Proposal" in 1968 (Chekhov).
First-time out, Ayrs won an "Award of Merit" from the Simpson's Drama Festival for his portrayal of the nervous suitor "Lomov".
Essentially, though, he started his career as a painter.
Ayrs was part of a group show of West Coast artists at the Galerie Allen (Gastown) in 1970.
On the heels of that exhibition, he was commissioned by the City of Vancouver to create kiosks for the downtown core (1972).
One-man Exhibitions followed at the Contemporary Royale Gallery (Vancouver) and Open Space Gallery (Victoria).
In 1973, Ayrs made an entrance onto the International Art scene when he was invited to exhibit his abstract-expressionistic paintings at the San Francisco Arts Festival.
During a brief visit to New York in 1974, Ayrs appeared off-off Broadway in a "Hot Peaches" spoof on the Andy Warhol stars.
The production was titled "The Magic Hype".
After his short stint on stage in that successful musical comedy, Warhol Star Jackie Curtis
invited Ayrs to appear in a special New Year's Show at the Fortune Theatre in the East Village.
Ayrs was first published in IS8 - a Coach House Press publication edited by Victor Coleman (Toronto).
In addition, a short story - Cottage Cheese - was broadcast on CBC Radio (Robert Chesterman / Producer).
Julian modelled in the early eighties.
His face has graced the pages of National ads for American Express, the Bay, Eatons, Big Steel, and Sears (to name a few).
Ayrs' fashion column - Dressing Right - appeared in the morning newspaper "The Province" (Southam News) for approximately two years after he gave up the fashion runway.
An acting bug catapulted the struggling actor into the exciting Film & TV industry full throttle when he moved to California.
Ayrs has appeared in parts on the popular soap "General Hospital"(Reporter), "Victims for Victims" (Doctor), "Murphy Brown" (Doorman), and Fox Studio's big-budget comedy "How I Got into College" (Harvard Recruiter).
Drawing on his background in writing, Ayrs pursued a career as a Literary Agent for the next two years at Wallack & Associates and the Camille Sorice Agency respectively.
An opportunity to pen a blog for a Fox Network Show "On the Lot" - not only opened up a new well of creativity - but the opportunity for Ayrs to flex his visionary skills in several areas of the arts such as writing, film & video, web design, etc.
Then, Ayrs sequed into film reviewing.
Currently, he is a well-known film critic in the Los Angeles Area.