Saturday, March 10, 2012
With a straight face, producer Marc Cherry testified in court this past week that he wrote Nicollette Sheridan's character out of "Desperate Housewives" because her role as the neighborhood tramp (who had slipped between-the-sheets with all the eligible virile young men on the juicy potboiler) had played itself out.
Tattler readers and fans of the top-rated soaper may recall that the pretty starlet brought a wrongful termination lawsuit against Cherry (and the network show) on the grounds that his actions were retaliatory in nature.
Allegedly, the power-mad hot-head struck Ms. Sheridan on the head on the set one fine day during a dispute over a mouthful of scripted dialogue.
Ah, the plot sickens!
Personally, I think that Mr. Cherry should be charged with a shocking lack of imagination!
Stay posted for updates, eh?
Facebook & Twitter...polls say social hubs form of Entertainment! Kutcher, Gaga & Beiber top celebs @ Twitter!
According to a poll taken by Penn Schoen Berland, nine out-of-ten participants acknowledged that Facebook and Twitter are a "must-have" when it comes to entertainment value in their lives.
In addition, the staggering numbers tabulated, have indicated that users are also heavily-influenced by the social hubs, too, when it comes to "buying-in" to trends, what they watch on Television (and on the silver screen at the local movie theatre) and in respect to the products they reach for at their local retailers.
In fact, the poll dredged up a truckload of interesting factoids!
Apparently, 80% of the TV viewers probed (ages 13 to 49) visit Facebook while they're on the couch channel-surfing.
"Social media is the connective tissue that enables consumers to multi-task during their entertainment experience by connecting with others and sharing their opinions," underscored head surveyor, Jon Penn (based on polls taken at 750 popular social network sites).
The poll also found that when it came to entertainment choices, 79% of the users always or sometimes visited Facebook while watching TV and that 41% may even tweet about the show their eyes are focused on for the moment.
51% of the TV viewers also fessed up - that when they do post - it is to feel connected to others who may be watching the same program.
By the way, 56% of the pollsters acknowledged that they are mostly-likely to post their witty comments (and what-have-you) in response to the comedies they may be watching, while only 26% do so in respect to Cable News programs.
Facebook was the also the obvious "social network" of choice, according to the pollsters.
When the poll was taken, for example, it was determined that 98% of those quizzed were die-hard Facebook members (who cruised to the site at least once a day) while only 56% were tweeters (1 out of 2 members visited the twitter site at least once a day).
Any startling revelations???
Social Networkers apparently follow twice as many celebrities on Twitter than they do on Facebook!
By the way, the top 3 celebrities associated with Facebook are Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Beiber, and Lady Gaga.
On Twitter - Ashton Kutcher, Lady Gaga, and Justin Beiber - rein supreme, though.
It will be interesting to see when they "fall from grace", don't 'ya think?
Stay posted for updates!
Friday, March 9, 2012
Tattler readers may recall that I began my career as an artist - an abstract-expressionist painter - in fact.
My paintings were first exhibited in a group show at the Galerie Allen in Gastown, Vancouver (B.C.) way back in 1972!
Later, one-man exhibitions followed at the Contemporary Royale Gallery (which was once-situated on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver and owned by high-flying business entrepreneur Nelson Skalbania) and at Open Space (Victoria).
In the fledgling stages of my artistic pursuits, I was also commissioned by the City of Vancouver to create a set of street kiosks to enliven the downtown core.
The beautiful West Coast City also owns four of my original paintings.
They're hanging in hallowed halls somewhere!
My work is also in many private collections around the country.
Pieces that were purchased for a paltry $300 a scant few years ago are conceivably worth about $2,000.00 today.
Yes, investment in art is a great hedge against inflation.
A bit of publicity doesn't hurt, either.
Career profiles that appeared in local dailies such as the Vancouver Sun, boosted sales for the Contemporary Royale Gallery show, for sure.
An online interview - which focuses on my involvement with the "Arts" in depth and my thoughts on the subject - may be perused at:
Over the years, I left painting to pursue other interests - acting in Hollywood - for instance.
Occasionally, you may catch sight of me in on old re-run or two on late-night TV.
I may appear a bit younger, however!
For a brief time, I was involved in casting, and later became a Literary Agent.
But, perhaps I am best-known for my blog, The Tattler!
At this site, I pen movie reviews, report on celebrities, and what-have-you.
But, guess what?
Over the past few months while residing in San Francisco, a sudden surge in creative energy inspired a new series of paintings, which I am now preparing to exhibit.
Finding the right gallery space to show off the paintings!
Perhaps some of my readers have a venue in mind?
If so, do tell, please!
1976 South La Cienega Blvd
Suite No. 171
Los Angeles, CA
Hope to hear from 'ya!
Meanwhile, I'm keeping my eye out, too!
Tim Burton has been blessed with an honor, of sorts, in gay old Paris!
An exhibition of the famed filmmaker's artwork - dazzling drawings, visionary designs, extraordinary costumes, and one-of-a-kind movie artifacts - has been installed at the oh-so-prestigious Cinematheque francais.
The comprehensive collection was organized by The Museum of Modern Art in 2009 and has been garnering accolades on the touring circuit ever since in New York, Melbourne, Toronto, and Southern California.
According to the curators, the eye-popping insightful collection has been the 5th best-attended show over the past three decades.
The overseas display runs through August 5th (2012).
Catch it if 'ya can, eh?
Die-hard fans of Axl Rose are excitedly gearing up to attend a rare club gig tonight that Axl Rose is slated to appear at.
Tickets for the Hollywood Palladium concert will probably sell out.
Rose and his current back-up players - Richard Fortus, Tommy Stinson, Bumblefoot, and others - are expected to rock the house with a truckload of acid-laced memories of yesteryear!
The celebrated band is breezing through town on what is best-described as a three-show L.A. Takeover.
See 'ya there!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
You know you're getting older
all your conversations
are focused on
The Daily Planet
A Collection of Poems
The most under-the-radar ultra-exclusive watering hole to sip on a Tequila-and-creme de menthe Mockingbird (a house special concocted by Damian Windsor mixologist extraordinaire) and rub shoulders with the hot-to-trot "inner sanctum" of the elusive A-list circuit in LA LA LAND these days is undoubtedly "Smoke & Mirrors".
Locating the trendy - oh-so-cool - nightspot is one thing (it is artfully hidden away at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood) but, slipping inside the lofty climbs is a tougher proposition (especially if your party of hapless hopefuls cruise up curbside at the rope after 10 p.m. on any given night of the week).
Those who are "connected", however, marvel at their up-close sightings of the likes of - Mickey Rourke, Harvey Weingstein, Kirsten Dunst, and Sean Penn - once they pass muster and maneuver their sleek bodes into part-ay mode at the long bar or atop any one of the chic black leather banquettes sprinkled about the sparsely-decorated interior.
Owners Paul Sevigny (noted DJ) and actor Armin Amiri (The Wrestler) exalt the credo that "less is more" obviously.
"The place was practically designed with Scotch tape," joked Amiri, while holding court one day with the local press.
"It's the people inside that matter, not the fu*king decoration," Sevigny huffed, in an afterthought.
I expect they intend to give it the old College try, eh?
A well-deserved toast to those rarefied stiffs who manage to nimbly maneuver their way into the sacred premises without noticing (or caring) that the Kings aren't wearing any clothes!
Only in Hollywood!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
After radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh hurled a vile insult at a female student for lambasting his loud-mouthed bully objections against insurance politices that cover the cost of "condoms" (preventive), ballsy stand-up comic - Chelsea Lately - uttered up what was undoubtedly the "Birth Control" quote of the day.
"If Viagra is covered by medical insurance, and condom's aren't, how are us women going to protect ourselves from all those big hard male penises coming at us all the time?" she quipped, in so many words.
Obviously, big bad Los Angeles is coming of age!
Take last night, for instance.
The trendy twenty-forty-something-set trekked downtown into the mean streets of LA LA LAND to attend a chi-chi soiree tossed by THE MACALLUN DISTILLERS (of Scotland) where they commenced (after throwing caution to the wind) to hand over their precious car keys to a host of snappy Valet parkers, sip on No. 10 Whiskey (courtesy of the House), and chat up tony upscale guests (as well as a colorful assortment of movers-and-shakers on the fringes of the burgeoning local scene).
The dudes were mostly outfitted in dark tasteful suits, sweater-vest ensembles, and the like.
Elegant, for the most part.
The gals opted for a bit of style and panache in outfits (pretty cocktail dresses were teamed with pricey high-heels and eye-catching accessories, for instance) that complemented the look of the male peacocks in the room.
Meanwhile, gracious servers also wafted about the spacious "Majestic Halls" (http://www.MajesticHalls.com) and offered up delicious mouth-watering finger foods such as bacon-wrapped steak, whimsically-designed salmon appetizers, and turkey sliders.
A Facebook presentation had also been set up at one end of the main room so that the guests - all in quite a celebratory mood, I might add - could queue up in line, take a photo, and post it on The MACALLUN page a nano-second or two later.
In addition to the meet & greet, the MACALLUN folks treated all in attendance to a mind-swillling "whiskey-tasting" session in a sit-down set-up in a chic backroom on the premises.
The handsome male host (attired in plaid slacks, navy blazer, teamed with a no-frills open-collared shirt) - who identified himself as the US Ambassador to MACALLUN Distillers - offered up a bit of history on the whiskey manufacturers who are based in Scotland, cracked jokes, and led the enthusiastic guests through the whiskey sniffs (3 in total).
I downed all of mine in seconds flat!
MACALLAN is one of the world's most awarded and admired single malts, after all.
Recently named "Best Malt in the World", the whiskey is found in the finest hotels, bars, and restaurants around the globe from New York to Singapore!
The MACALLUN Sherry Oak expressions are matured exclusively in hand-selected European oak casks from Jerez, Spain, that previously held sherry.
The MACALLUN built its reputation on its Sherry Oak expressions and its unwavering dedication to selecting the finest sherry wooden casks for holding the newly made spirit as it slumbered in preparation to become the world's finest single Malt (according to its makers).
The MACALLUN Sherry Oak expressions enjoy the distillery's characteristic smoothness, complimented by a old and robust spiciness.
With notes of cinnamon, dried fruit, and dark chocolate, it is the classic expression of the world's finest distillery.
After sampling a taste, I wonder now why I wasted so much time on brewskies and cheap wines when I was a younger man!
I'm a convert now, after last night, I believe me!
Lalique decanter auctioned for $460,000 last year!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
For years, the Cecil Hotel has been struggling to distance itself from the image of a flea-bag infested Hotel, running rampant with psycho drug addicts who hunker down in the urine-stained halls nightly.
The assessment is right on the money (and more)!
Consequently, the Cecil's owners have jumped on the Internet bandwagon in a deceitful bold-faced effort to book run-down rooms, a "walk-in" off the street would steer clear of from the get-go if they were a local familiar with lodging in the area!
In order to carry out their nefarious rip-off, scurrilous managers at the City's seediest joints on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles, have misrepresented their status in the community.
For example, the Cecil is currently promoting itself as an elegant old-world-style Hotel on the World Wide Web, catering to the savvy International Traveller
Excuse me for a moment, while I go throw-up in a sunken tub, please!
Unfortunately, for the unwitting tourist who gets hoodwinked, there is no turning back once they realize they've been taken advantage of at check-in.
Because the Cecil collects the fees upfront, there is no other recourse but to either forfeit the monies paid (and trek off to another nearby establishment at sky-high last-minute prices) or suffer through the night in the biting cold (there's no heat) in out-of-vogue suites which they will undoubtedly share with a host of nasty bed bugs out for a blood feast.
Notwithstanding, the amenities (if you can call them that) the service is downright appalling.
My spies informed me, for instance, that they witnessed tourists lined up in the dark dank lobby for hours on end - frustrated as hell - because the Hotel Clerk on duty at the front desk was unable to locate reservations booked days in advance through Expedia, Orbitz, and other up-and-coming enterprising Internet entities.
Were the disgruntled guests offered a courtesy drinkie-pooh to calm their nerves (or discount coupon) to compensate for the shocking unprofessional maneuverings at the entrance which left them totally exhausted and SOL?
One poor fellow stood in line for about an hour before he was finally curtly informed that there would be no room in the Inn for him.
Why, pray tell?
According to their computer, the businessman (who had been a guest previously at the Cecil) was blacklisted, for some inexplicable reason.
When the kindly gent asked for a manager, he was shooed away by the employee.
"There's no Manager on duty. Call Monday," he scowled with little empathy.
How would he like to be left out in the cold in downtown Los Angeles at 11 p.m. without any Hotel room to check in to because of an obvious PC glitch or nasty snafu?
If anything, the man's basic Constitutional rights were violated, that night.
Unfortunately, the uneducated Latino employee didn't have a clue, as he stood there sorting out the mess (at which point, he picked at snot in his nose, then ate it).
There outta be a law.
The Cecil is the worst Hotel in Los Angeles.
Unless you're a filmmaker researching a piece on the tenderloin, I'd say avoid this place by a country mile.
Who know what you'll catch just strolling through the tacky front doors!
Last night, normally-shy Harvey Levin - with drinkie-pooh firmly clenched in tight fist - excitedly announced that TMZ is slated to launch a "LIVE" tabloid-style edition of the show from the bowels of the gossip-monger's stealth sound stages.
In an on-camera promo - thrown together in a slap-dap fashion at the dinner hour - the industry's top scandal-chaser (in overcrowded shark-infested waters) noted that the searing lens will focus on the investigative arm of the ratings-getter as it puts a titillating expose to "bed" each night.
Ever wonder how a "hot tip" becomes a sensational headline on the explosive pages of the TMZ web site?
Do the cub reporters in Harvey's "rec room" follow the ethical standards of journalism when they are in the throes of releasing a juicy exploitative scoop?
Or, are the kids (Irish, blond, fresh-faced, dumpy, nicely-racked) inclined to fib (embellish?) a tad to "sell" a tawdry tale to the common Joe around the country?
With that thought in mind, I have to wonder if Levin is worried about his rivals stealing the tricks of the his trade, in a bold-faced effort to take the wind out of his sails?
Can "inside sources" be bought?
Which begs the question.
When push comes to shove, will Levin's contacts remain loyal, and kow-tow to check-book journalism?
Enquiring minds will undoubtedly tune in on March 12th to find out.
News at 11!