A Look back at 2009: The Year in Music

December 31, 2009

2009 was the year that will probably be known as of "the year of the unlikely female singer". Two women went against the traditional and often very formula oriented music scene and made the year their own. Unless you were living under a rock or in the land of "Avatar" this year, you will know that the two women in question were country singer, Taylor Swift and British reality show and You Tube sensation, Susan Boyle.

Taylor Swift's rise to world wide fame began in 2008 when her album "Fearless" sold more than 2 million copies. She skyrocketed to fame in 2009 when "Fearless" was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart for 11 weeks. Swift hosted "Saturday Night Live", was named CMA's Entertainer of The Year and was also named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 2009.

Maybe even more impressive than Swifts' success was the literal overnight sensation, Susan Boyle. Boyle first gained national attention in April as a contestant on "Britain's Got Talent." Boyle shocked and captured the hearts of the world by having a powerhouse superstar voice, a contrast to her "Plain Jane" stage appearance.

Boyle's first album "I Dreamed a Dream", released in November 2009, has been No. 1, entering it's fourth week on the charts with no signs of slowing down. Boyle's album had stiff competition on the charts from superstars such as Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli and Rhianna who all released albums during the same period. Boyle has set records with sales of her album of covers and hers has become Amazon's best-selling album in pre-sales, ever.

Other top artists in 2009 were known for their antics on and off the stage more than for their album sales and accolades.

American Idol contestant Adam Lambert created a stir when he gave a controversial performance at the American Music Awards in November. The performance, in which the singer kissed another man and simulated oral sex on stage, generated a lot of debate about prime time broadcasting guidelines and whether or not the American television audience was gender bias about same sex male acts vs same sex female acts. Barbara Walters would name him one of her Ten Most Fascinating People of 2009 along with Sarah Palin, First Lady Michelle Obama and singer Lady Gaga.

The Black Eyed Peas dominated the singles charts for most of the year with their hit singles "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" holding both the top shots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the same time. Lead singer Fergie continue to branch out, co-hosting Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest and by starring opposite Kate Hudson, Daniel Day-Lewis and Nicole Kidman in the movie musical "NINE."

Lady Gaga topped charts and wowed audiences with her outrageous performances. Her talent more than made up for some of her stage outfits. Although the singer may land on a lot of fashions "Worst Dressed Lists" the New Yorker's song "Bad Romance" was one of the best songs of the year.

Whitney Houston returned with an album entitled "I Look To You" and sat down for an interview about her colorful life with and without Bobby Brown with Oprah Winfrey. The episode was one the high rated shows of the season.

Television had a big influence on music as well. Thanks to the success of the new hit television show "Glee", timeless rock classics such as Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and soulful ballads such as Jasmine Sullivan's "Bust Ya Windows" were introduced to an even broader audience. The show even coined a new phrase for blending two songs together with the word "mashup" being being picked up and added our pop culture language.

Lastly, to look back at music in 2009 is also painful as the music world reflects and continues to morn the loss of Michael Jackson. The music icon and now legend became even more fascinating and intriguing in his death. His music enjoyed continuous radio airplay and album sales skyrocketed again, something that Jackson managed to do in life and in death, a feat that might not ever be matched in music again.

"This Is It", the music documentary/concert film about the preparation for his upcoming concert tour was released and theaters were filled with Jackson fans from around the world. The Grammy Museum has an ongoing Michael Jackson retrospective and a display of his now legendary wardrobe from his stylish Mandarin jackets to his sequenced glove. His music film, "Thriller" was added the the Library of Congress' National Film Registry for preservation, a rare honor for a non-cinematic work. Jackson's memorial service drew more than 31 million television viewers in the US and was streamed live on the internet and movie theaters around the world.

There's no telling what 2010 has in store for the music world, but 2009 will be a tough act to follow.

Gene Simmons, Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono, Vince Gill among Music Stars headed to NAMM Show 2010

December 29, 2009

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) announced the line up of stars that will appear at the NAMM Show from January 14-17, 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center. This trade-only show is an exclusive way from the music world to see and showcase all the latest products, instruments and music that will set trends for the upcoming year.

At the 2010 show, celebrity appearances will be made by Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Jason Mraz, Chad Smith, Nikki Sixx, Vince Gill, Orianthi, Weird Al Yankovic, Stevie Wonder, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Peter Frampton.

Also on hand will be musicians and television stars, country singer Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) and actor Jesse Spencer (House), are scheduled to appear to perform and talk about making music.

Highlights of The 2010 NAMM Show include:

Live Music Morning Show featuring a wide variety of acts.

Thursday, January 14 at 1:30pm:
Yoko Ono, Quincy Jones and a host of other celebrities will show their support for music education and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in 2010 AT THE Wanna Play Lennon Bus Stage on the Plaza.

Friday, January 15:
NAMM Icon Jam featuring Alan White, Lee Oskar, Liberty DeVito, Peter Tork and more.

Sunday, January 17:
A performance by gospel legend Andrae Crouch at Roland.

For the latest information concerning all of the entertainment and live music events at the 2010 NAMM Show, please download NAMM's PLAYback Supplement at www.namm.org/thenammshow or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

Def Leppard to develop a cartoon series

December 28, 2009

The British metal band Def Leppard is getting animated. According to the band’s Web site, defleppard.com, the band has entered into a deal with Primary Wave, a music publishing company, to develop a cartoon series starring these famously long-haired head bangers, to be produced in the United States, along with video games and mobile phone applications. Lawrence Mestel, the chief executive of Primary Wave, said that the show was in the early stages of development, but that it would “depict the five members of the group in a fictional, adventurous setting.” It has not yet been offered to any networks, the site said. With its latest album, “Songs From the Sparkle Lounge,” which came out in May 2008, the group reached its highest spot on the billboard charts since the 1980s and ’90s, when songs like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Love Bites” brought it to the top. In October “personal matters” led to the cancellation of the final leg of Def Leppard’s North American tour.

Stephen King and John Mellencamp To Write Broadway Musical

John Mellencamp and Stephen King (pictured L-R) are collaborating on a musical. Titled "Ghost Brothers of Darkland Country", the musical is set to debut in Atlanta in September 2010.

Mellancamp has said to be working on the music since 2005 and has at least 15 songs written. King has written drafts for the musical as well.

Mellencamp described the musical in an interview that it is about two brothers who despise each other and discover that their father had two older brothers who also hated each other and killed each other in a cabin. The ghosts of the father’s brothers then haunt the sons.

The soundtrack album is expected to be released before the September 2010 premiere. Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson will all be featured on the album.

Both Mellencamp and King are in the cast of the show.

"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" will premiere at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta in September, 2010.


All My Children Celebrates 40th Anniversary on January 4 and 5

ABC’s Emmy Award winning daytime drama, “All My Children” will celebrate its 40th
Anniversary on January 5, 2010. In celebration of this milestone, the show will welcome the return of Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos in two special episodes airing on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 and TUESDAY, JANUARY 5.

“It is always great to come home,” says Kelly Ripa in the networks official press release.

“As soon as a few of its colorful residents invaded my imagination over forty years ago, Pine Valley became my second home and family. A very large and loving family, beginning with the devoted writers and talented actors who bring the characters to life. Then production, from the executive producer and her staff, to studio crews, whose technical skills work the magic of television.
And all this done day, after day, after day. Finally, but most importantly are the millions of viewers over the decades whose loyalty to All My Children and its quixotic characters has kept us on the air for 40 years. To this family, I am forever grateful,” says show creator, Agnes Nixon.

Ripa, Consuelos and La Rue will be joined by a list of fan-favorite veterans to celebrate “All My Children’s” 40th anniversary including; Julia Barr, Laurence Lau, Taylor Miller, James Mitchell, Leven Rambin and Eden Riegel. In story, Pine Valley will be elected “The Most Congenial Town in America.” Hayley (Kelly Ripa) and Mateo (Mark Consuelos) return to their home town for Hayley to produce and host a documentary for her television show “The Wave,” as she interviews her family members, friends and citizens who all call Pine Valley home.

The timing of the two special episodes also marks a new and exciting beginning for “All My Children,” as January 4 is the show’s first day of production in Los Angeles. The state of the art studio will allow the show to move into the future, broadcasting in high definition with more expansive studio space and sets which will enable creative growth and storytelling. The show’s first HD broadcast is anticipated sometime in February.

“All My Children” has successfully maintained its popularity and continues to be one of daytime’s most compelling dramas. “All My Children” took home the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, the third time the show received this top honor, having also garnered the award in 1994 and 1992. In 2004 the show also received its third consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series Writing, its third Writers Guild Award and its fourth GLAAD Media Award in March 2007.

Created by Agnes Nixon, “All My Children” premiered on the ABC Television Network on
January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer. “All My Children” will be produced in Los Angeles, beginning January 4th, 2010 and airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (1:00-2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Billboards Names Top 50 Moments of The Decade In Music

Billboard Magazine names its Top 50 Moments of the decade on it's website. In this age of concerts, videos and music
Record Stores Crumble Across U.S.
(October 9, 2006)
For 40 years, the Tower Records brand was synonymous with music in the minds of many buyers. As CD sales dwindled in the wake of digital stores like iTunes, the once-powerful chain was forced to file for bankruptcy twice in the 2000s, eventually shutting its physical doors in October 2006. Virgin Records and hundreds of independent stores across the country soon followed, signaling that the one-stop music shop was fast becoming an antiquated idea.


Tyra Banks To End Talk Show in 2010

Talk show host and model, Tyra Banks, has announced that she plans to end her talk show at the end of the season. The former model and actress has hosted The Tyra Banks show since 2005.

“As many of you know, several years ago I made the decision to leave modeling -- at the height of my modeling career -- and although it was the most terrifying move, it was the BEST decision and led to me fulfilling some big lifelong dreams,” Banks said in a statement to fans on her website. “Now, I'm a bit nervous and excited for my next HUGE steps which will allow me to reach MORE women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are!"

Banks other show, "America's Next Top Model" in which she serves as executive producer,host and judge will remain on the air.

Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' video directed by Spike Lee

Director Spike Lee has a tribute to Michael Jackson in this video of "This Is It". Lee even traveled to Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana for footage.

Michael Jackson - This Is It - Directed by Spike Lee from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.


People's Choice Awards: Favorite New Shows Voting Still Open

Voting is still open for the 2010 People's Choice Awards in the Favorite New Show Categories.
Nominees for Favorite New TV Comedy are "Accidentally On Purpose", "Glee", "Modern Family", "Cleveland Show", "Cougar Town".
Nominees for Favorite TV Drama are "Flash Forward", "V", "The Good Wife", "The Vampire Diaries", "NCIS: Los Angeles"

Queen Latifah hosts the show which will be broadcast on Wednesday, January 6 on CBS.
For more info and to vote for your favorite show: VOTE NOW

NINE, Avatar and Inglourious Basterds Lead Critics Choice Awards Nominations

The Critics Choice Movie Awards will be held live on Friday, January 15 and will be broadcast on VH1. This years show will be hosted by Kristen Chenoweth. The films "Inglourious Basterds" and "Nine" lead the nomination tallies with an astonishing 10 nominations each. Films "Avatar", "The Hurt Locker" and "Up In The Air" also were well received with multiple nominations.

"Inglourious Basterds" earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design and Best Action Movie. "Nine" received nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Song.

In the acting categories, Saoirse Ronan was nominated in both the Best Actress and Best Young Actor/Actress categories for her role in "The Lovely Bones." Familiar faces in the actor category include former Oscar nominees and Oscar winners, George Clooney for "Up In The Air", Morgan Freeman for "Invictus", Jeff Bridges for "Crazy Heart", and Viggo Mortensen for "The Road." Rounding out the list of Best Actors are Colin Firth for "A Single Man" and Jeremy Renner for "The Hurt Locker."

The 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards also marks the addition of seven new award categories - Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup, and Best Sound. Additionally, the BFCA has returned to separating the screenwriting category into Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay.



An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up In The Air


Jeff Bridges - "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney - "Up In The Air"
Colin Firth - "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman - "Invictus"
Viggo Mortensen - "The Road"
Jeremy Renner - "The Hurt Locker"


Emily Blunt - "The Young Victoria"
Sandra Bullock - "The Blind Side"
Carey Mulligan - "An Education"
Saoirse Ronan - "The Lovely Bones"
Gabourey Sidibe - "Precious"
Meryl Streep - "Julie & Julia"


Matt Damon - "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson - "The Messenger"
Christian McKay - "Me And Orson Welles"
Alfred Molina - "An Education"
Stanley Tucci - "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz - "Inglourious Basterds"


Marion Cotillard - "Nine"
Vera Farmiga - "Up In The Air"
Anna Kendrick - "Up In The Air"
Mo'Nique - "Precious"
Julianne Moore - "A Single Man"
Samantha Morton - "The Messenger"


Jae Head - "The Blind Side"
Bailee Madison - "Brothers"
Max Records - "Where The Wild Things Are"
Saoirse Ronan - "The Lovely Bones"
Kodi Smit-McPhee - "The Road"


Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up In The Air


Kathryn Bigelow - "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron - "Avatar"
Lee Daniels - "Precious"
Clint Eastwood - "Invictus"
Jason Reitman - "Up In The Air"
Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"


Mark Boal - "The Hurt Locker"
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - "A Serious Man"
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber - "(500) Days Of Summer"
Bob Peterson, Peter Docter - "Up"
Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"


Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach - "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - "District 9"
Geoffrey Fletcher - "Precious"
Tom Ford, David Scearce - "A Single Man"
Nick Hornby - "An Education"
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner - "Up In The Air"


Barry Ackroyd - "The Hurt Locker"
Dion Beebe - "Nine"
Mauro Fiore - "Avatar"
Andrew Lesnie - "The Lovely Bones"
Robert Richardson - "Inglourious Basterds"


Dan Bishop - "A Single Man"
Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg - "Avatar"
John Myhre, Gordon Sim - "Nine"
Naomi Shohan, George De Titta, Jr. - "The Lovely Bones"
David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco - "Inglourious Basterds"


Dana E. Glauberman - "Up In The Air"
Sally Menke - "Inglourious Basterds"
Bob Murawski, Chris Innis - "The Hurt Locker"
Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron - "Avatar"
Claire Simpson, Wyatt Smith - "Nine"


Colleen Atwood - "Nine"
Janet Patterson - "Bright Star"
Sandy Powell - "The Young Victoria"
Anna Sheppard - "Inglourious Basterds"
Casey Storm - "Where The Wild Things Are"


District 9
The Road
Star Trek


District 9
The Lovely Bones
Star Trek

District 9
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek


Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Princess And The Frog


District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek


(500) Days Of Summer
The Hangover
It's Complicated
The Proposal


Gifted Hands
Grey Gardens
Into The Storm
Taking Chance


Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Red Cliff
Sin Nombre
The White Ribbon


Capitalism: A Love Story
The Cove
Food, Inc.
Michael Jackson's This Is It

For more about the Critics Choice Awards: visit the official website: Critic Choice Awards

Sheryl Lee Ralph to perform New Year's Eve Show In Los Angeles

December 27, 2009

Singer SHERYL LEE RALPH (Sister Act 2, The Flintstones,Dreamgirls) will be ringing in the New Year by celebrating 2010" at Upright Cabaret on Vermont (located within Vermont Restaurant complex), 1714 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027. The multi-talented singer will appear on Wednesday and Thursday, December 30 and on New Year's Eve, December 31st.

The Broadway Legend, best known for her Tony Nominated role as Deena Jones in the original production of "Dreamgirls" will perform three shows where she will sing a wide range of songs, including Holiday favorites, Broadway show-stoppers and R&B including songs from "Dreamgirls"!

Ralph has entertained audiences for many years and has been instrumental in her efforts to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS related charities. "Simply Sheryl Lee" is your chance to get up close and personal with this smart, sexy and brilliantly talented songstress as she continues to raise money for the Diva (AIDS) Foundation.

Simply Sheryl Lee: Singin' & Swingin' into 2010 to benefit The Diva (AIDS) Foundation
Three rare solo cabaret performances:
Wed, Dec 30, 2009, Showtime 9pm (The Diva's Birthday)
Thurs, Dec 31, 2009, Showtime 7:30pm
Thurs, Dec 31, 2009, Showtime 10:30pm

Tickets: $80-125, available online (www.uprightcabaret.com/events) or at the door (if available). Ticket price includes Entertainment, 3-Course Pre-Fixe Meal, Tax & Gratuity (Champagne Toast is included for the Dec 31/10:30pm performance only). Additional liquor, wine, beer and beverages are available.

Only at Upright Cabaret on Vermont! (located within Vermont Restaurant complex), 1714 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027. For more info about Upright Cabaret including show times, tickets and scheduled performers, please visit us at www.UprightCabaret.com

2010 Namm Show: Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono, Gene Simmons, Stevie Wonder and more to attend annual music industry convention

December 26, 2009

The 2010 Namm Show announced its celebrity attendees. The trade-only and highly exclusive NAMM Show is one of the most popular in the music industry, featuring thousands of the latest musical instruments and products, amazing live music at every turn and the biggest names and brightest minds from the international music products industry.

This years attendees includes such music superstars as Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Jason Mraz, Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith, Motley Crue Bassist Nikki Sixx, Vince Gill, Orianthi, Weird Al Yankovic, Stevie Wonder, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Peter Frampton.

The 2010 Namm Show will be held in Anaheim, CA from January 14-17, 2010.

For more info, visit: NAMM.org

Friends Christmas Episodes Best

December 24, 2009

Jimmy Fallon and The Muppets sing "The Twelve Days Of Christmas"

Last night Jimmy Fallon and The Muppets sang "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon". As usual Miss Piggy got the best solo but Fozzy stole the spotlight. Check it out below:
Happy Holidays to all from Spotlight On Entertainment!!!


Sting shares his thoughts on his new music

Rock legend Sting is back with an all new album. The former Police frontman has just released . He talks with ABC about

First Look: Sex and The City 2 Trailer

The girls are back. The trailer for the upcoming "Sex and The City 2" movie has been released. The promo says to get "Carried" away with Carrie Bradshaw. The film, staring Sarah Jessica Parker opens next summer.


Zoe Saldana discusses "Avatar"

December 23, 2009

It's been a fantastic year for Zoe Saldana. From her starring role in this summer's blockbuster "Star Trek" to her latest film, Jim Cameron's "Avatar", the young actress is adjusting to the life as a movie star. In "Avatar", Saldana plays the very tall blue warrior woman, Neytiri, who tries to protect her Na'vi people from unfriendly humans threatening their peaceful existence.

Saldana talked to Parade.com about her move into the Sci-Fi action genre and what it's like to work with a directing legend like James Cameron.
"It was the most physically demanding role I've ever done. I trained in everything from riding bareback and martial arts to archery", the actress shared with the site. "I was okay with almost all of it except our trip to Hawaii before filming to experience a tropical environment like Pandora. Jim made us live for three days without technology and a minimum of creature comforts while we went climbing and digging in the dirt. I was almost naked for three days and as muddy as a dead rat. I finally went, 'I can't deal with this' and Jim said, 'Oh, come on, Zoe, suck it up!'"


Christmas Day Movies Have Something For Everyone

This year's Christmas Day movie list offers something for everyone. From love after 50 and Italian cinema to squeakeling chipmunks, this years crop of movies promise to great.

NAMM: TV stars head to 2010 NAMM Show

December 22, 2009
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) today announced just some of the many stars and events that will make up the world-famous NAMM Show, which will take place in Anaheim, Calif., Jan 14-17, 2010, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The trade-only and highly exclusive NAMM Show is one of the longest-running and largest events in the music world, featuring thousands of the latest musical instruments and products, amazing live music at every turn and the biggest names and brightest minds from the international music products industry.

At the 2010 show, attendees will be able to see such greats as Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Jason Mraz, Chad Smith, Nikki Sixx, Vince Gill, Orianthi, Weird Al Yankovic, Stevie Wonder, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Peter Frampton.

Additionally, TV stars, including actress and country singer Julianne Hough from ABC's Dancing with the Stars and actor Jesse Spencer from FOX's House, will be on hand to perform and talk about their passion for making music.

The NAMM Show starts each morning with live music from many exciting and diverse acts. On Thursday, the show kicks off with the 40th anniversary of the Petiot All-Industry Marching Band who will join forces with the Get a Life Marching Bandfrom Portland, Ore., a group of passionate seniors who love playing music just for fun, to lead the parade.

At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the Wanna Play Lennon Bus Stage at the Arena Plaza, Yoko Ono, Quincy Jones and a host of other celebrities will show their support for music education and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in 2010 -- the year that would have been Lennon's 70th birthday and 30th anniversary of his death. Thursday's events conclude with a stirringTribute to Industry Leaders Lost, featuring legendary guitarist Doyle Dykes and the L.A. Scots, followed by a powerful concert from The Mark Wood Orchestra featuring Jesse Spencer from FOX's House.

On Friday, the raucous Wicked Tinkers will open the show with plenty of energetic Celtic music. That evening, the NAMM Icon Jam takes center stage and features a variety of music legends, including Alan White, Lee Oskar, Liberty DeVito, Peter Tork and more.

Saturday opens with the 350-piece Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band thundering up Convention Way in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. Then, the U.S. Airforce's Mobility band will take the main lobby stage. In the afternoon, NAMM will present the finals of the SchoolJam USA teen battle of the bands competition, featuring a performance by Jive Recording artists, The Dares. That evening, Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi will play a special concert on the main lobby stage, presented by PRS Guitars.

Steel Pan Palooza will kick off the last day of the show and later, the final act on the main lobby stage will be GRAMMY-Award winners, The Mariachi Divas. Also on Sunday, Roland Corporation will present a performance by renowned contemporary Christian artist Andrae Crouch.

For the latest information concerning all of the entertainment and live music events at the 2010 NAMM Show, please download NAMM's PLAYback Supplement at www.namm.org/thenammshow.

And for live up-to-the-minute Webcast coverage of the show's events, interested parties can visit namm.org or follow The NAMM Show on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nammshow.

YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Stars Share Their Favorite Holiday Songs

December 21, 2009
Several stars from the #1 Daytime Drama, The Young & The Restless joined Susan Lucci to participate in the 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade. Three lovely ladies Judith Chapman, Kate Linder and Jeanne Cooper shared their favorite holiday songs:


Judith Chapman (Gloria): "I’d say 'The Little Drummer Boy'. It’s way up there in my list of favorites."

KATE LINDER (Esther): "Well, let’s see I have so many. Well, ‘Jingle Bells’ comes to mind. It’s always so hard to choose just one song. I love that once Thanksgiving happens, then all of a sudden you hear all the music and you go wow it’s really here. I love that."

JEANNE COOPER (Katherine): "Drummer Boy"

General Hospital's and Cougar Town's Carolyn Hennesy: The Hollywood Christmas Parade Interview

General Hospital's Carolyn Hennesy participated in the 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade. She shared her holiday traditions and talked about starring on two successful shows. Check out the video and the transcript below:


What are your Christmas Traditions?

We’re at home. Well my husband and I, this is our second Christmas together we’re going to start traditions. We’ll see. Will we get a real tree or will we get a fake tree? Things like that.

What’s going on with Diane [Carolyn’s character from GH]?

Diane and Max are finally back together. They had a fabulous Thanksgiving on the day before Thanksgiving episode where they were reunited in a very poignant and hilarious fashion.

Is it easy juggling the two shows [Cougar Town and General Hospital]?

Is it easy? Well I’m not really on 5 day a week on one and 5 days a week in another. I’m working a couple of days here and then a coupe there so it’s working right now [crosses fingers].

Well, we love you on both.

Carolyn: Thank You.


ABC Daytime Promotes 'NINE' starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Kate Hudson

December 16, 2009

ABC and Disney are pulling out all the stops to promote the new movie musical "NINE". On the daytime drama "One Life To Live", the characters, Starr (Kristen Alderson), Cole (Brandon Buddy), Markko (Jason Tam) and Langston (Brittany Underwood)discussed the Rob Marshall directed film based on the Tony winning musical of the same name. In the "One Life" scene, the foursome are watching promos for the movie online and commenting on how amazing the dance numbers look. They each say they are planning to see the movie.

ABC and Disney have also counted down the Top Nine Moments for 2009 for each of their three dramas, All My Children, One Life To Live and General Hospital.
For more info on "NINE", visit: ABC.com. The film opens on Christmas Day.

"All My Children", "One Life To Live" and "General Hospital" air weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SOAPnet. To view online episodes of the dramas, visit: abc.com/daytime.
"NINE" stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Marianne Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman.

Check out the trailer for "NINE" below.


ABC Daytime Promotes 'NINE' starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Kate Hudson

ABC and Disney are pulling out all the stops to promote the new musical "NINE". On the daytime drama "One Life To Live", the characters, Starr, Cole, Markko and Langston discussed the Rob Marshall directed film based on the Tony winning musical of the same name. In the "One Life" scene, the foursome is w

Designer Nate Berkus to launch show on Oprah's OWN Network in September

Oprah's favorite decorator, Nate Berkus is getting his own show. Berkus, a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Since Winfrey announced on her talk show last month, that she will end her successful talker in 2009, speculation has surfaced who she would hand over the talk show reigns to. With the announcement of Berkus' talk show

Harpo Productions, the producing arm of Ms. Winfrey’s television empire, will introduce, probably in the fall, the next Oprah-originated daytime talk host in Nate Berkus, the decorator and design expert who has been a staple on Ms. Winfrey’s show for the last six years.

The move comes only four weeks after Ms. Winfrey announced she intends to step away from daytime talk on broadcast television in 2011, starting a frenzy of speculation about potential replacements.

Harpo and Sony Pictures Television will announce on Wednesday that they are creating a show for Mr. Berkus and that they will begin to test interest from local television stations for a possible start of “The Nate Berkus Show” next September.

“Nate is a bona fide star,” said Erik Logan, one of the two presidents of Harpo Productions.

“We know our viewers love him.”

Mr. Berkus, like other Oprah-spawned hosts before him (they include Dr. Phil McGraw and Rachael Ray), built his profile by regular appearances with Ms. Winfrey, where he has discussed home and fashion design.

Though she labeled the informal tryout format “Oprah’s laboratory,” Sheri Salata, the other president of Harpo, said the emergence of another potential host through steady exposure to Ms. Winfrey’s audience does not follow any specific plan, but is instead “a very organic process.”

John Weiser, the president of distribution for Sony Pictures Television, said the ratings backed up the decision. “When Nate appears with Oprah, the ratings spike,” he said. Specifically, Mr. Weiser said the total audience rating increased by an average of 13 percent when Mr. Berkus joined Ms. Winfrey, and by 20 percent in the core constituency for Ms. Winfrey, women viewers 25 to 54 years old.

Mr. Weiser said Sony had been testing the waters with the Berkus project and had received strong feedback from both station managers and advertisers. He said that a show with so many design elements being discussed would have natural appeal for a wide range of advertisers.

Mr. Logan said the announcement of Mr. Berkus’s show was evidence of the continued commitment by Ms. Winfrey’s company to stay in the talk show and syndication business on broadcast television, even though she herself will be leaving that arena to work on her own cable channel, OWN. “Harpo Productions is here to stay,” Mr. Logan said.

Buppies webseries a hit for Tatyana Ali and BET

December 15, 2009

BET.com Web Series 'BUPPIES' is the first Web Series for the network.

THe premise for the series is set against the glitzy backdrop of Black Hollywood, this dynamic 10-episode series follows the ups and downs of a closely knit group, and stars actress Tatyana Ali.

Quinci, the socialite daughter of a Hollywood celebrity, trying to recover from the loss of her father and being dumped by her basketball star fiance. In what ends up as a misguided attempt to cheer her up, Quinci's friends throw her a big birthday celebration that unfolds into a compelling series of personal dramas and deep secrets that is the premise for the series.
The series stars Tatyana Ali, Ernest Waddell, Robin Thede, Preston Davis, and Chante Frierson.

For more info about BUPPIES, visit: BUPPIES

To watch episodes of the show, visit: BUPPIES VIDEOS

Source: BET Networks Web site: http://www.bet.com/

V and FlashForward leave ABC to return with new episodes in March

December 4, 2009
(L-R) John Cho and Joseph Fiennes
ABC has announced it's freshmen hit dramas "FlashForward" and "V" return to the network in March.

FlashForward” Returns Thursday, March 4, and “V” on Tuesday, March 30.

“FlashForward” and “V”, talking this 3 month break, allows both shows to air uninterrupted through the end of the season. “FlashForward” has been a ratings and critical success since it's September debut.

“FlashForward” stars Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, Zachary Knighton as Bryce Varley, Peyton List as Nicole Kirby, Dominic Monaghan as Simon, Brían F. O’Byrne as Aaron Stark, Courtney B. Vance as Stanford Wedeck, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford and Christine Woods as Janis Hawk.

“V” has performed well agaignst tough competition, CBS' “NCIS” and NBC’s “Biggest Loser."

“V” stars Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans, Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols, Joel Gretsch as Father Jack, Lourdes Benedicto as Valerie, Logan Huffman as Tyler Evans, Laura Vandervoort as Lisa, with Morena Baccarin as Anna and Scott Wolf as Chad Decker.

On Hollywood Christmas Parade Red Carpet with GH's Dominic Zamprogna and Julie Berman

December 3, 2009

General Hospital actors Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) and Julie Berman (Lulu) attended the 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade. The two talked to Spotlight on Entertainment on the Red Carpet about Christmas and General Hospital.

Check out our conversation below on video, along with a transcript in case you have trouble hearing it above all the excitement of the red carpet.

This year the Hollywood Christmas Parade will enjoy nationwide coverage on MyNetworkTV, on two broadcast dates: December 10th and December 24th 8:00-10:00p, local time (7:00p Central time).

For more information, visit: Hollywood Christmas Parade.

For Photo Coverage of the Red Carpet & Parade: Photos

Dominic and Julie Converstation:

Congratulations on your Emmy.

Julie: Thank You.

Dominic: She bought it.

Julie: He bought it for me.

Dom: Of course. She should be thanking me for getting it for her.

Julie: Yeah. I could tell that he wanted me to appreciate him.

What’s your favorite holiday song?

Dom: My favorite holiday song? “Blue Christmas” by Elvis.

Wow. I can’t top that. You beat me. “Jingle Bells”.

Dom: Wow.

Yeah. I like that one.

By who? Which version?

You know. The good one.

The old one? The one by Perry Como or something like that?

What are your holiday traditions?

Dom: Holiday traditions. Well we alternate every year between my
wife’s family who’s on the East side of Canada and mine is on the West
side of Canada so every year we alternate and go to the other’s house.
We just get with the families, do Christmas stuff, have dinner.

Lastly, what’s coming up for your characters [Dante and Lulu on
General Hospital] on the show?

I never know what’s coming up with my character. I literally
won’t know what happens until like a week before.

Well I enjoy watching both of you on the show. Happy Holidays.

Thank You

Thank you. Nice meeting you.

Songs by The Doors, James Brown and Janis Joplin to be added to the Grammy Hall Of Fame

Songs by rock and roll legends The Doors, James Brown and Janis Joplin have been added to the Grammy Hall of Fame List. To read the full story, click on the link:

Songs by The Doors, James Brown and Janis Joplin to be added to the Grammy Hall Of Fame

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Billy Elliot announces casting for its Chicago production of the musical

The Tony Award winning "Billy Elliot" is coming to Chicago. The production recently announced open casting calls for the role of "Michael". For more information: www.BEBILLY.com


Johnny Depp To Be Honored at The Bahamas Film Festival

December 2, 2009

Variety Magazine is reporting that Johnny Depp will be honor with a career achievement award from the Bahamas Film Festival. The festival will run from December 10-17 with Depp receiving his award from Sean Connery on December 13.

A three time academy award nominee, Depp will next be seen in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" opening in March of 2010.

Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream Tops US Music Charts

Susan Boyle holding up her number 1 album " I Dreamed A Dream". (Photo:AP Milligan)

Susan Boyle's " I Dreamed A Dream" album debuts at # 1 according Neilsen's Soundscan lists. The music sales tracking chart lists Boyle's debut album at the top of the current albums chart with 701,000 copies. Those numbers make it the best selling album debut for this year week for an album in the U.S. this year. This album also marks the highest opening for an album by a female artist since SoundScan started tracking the numbers back in 1993.
Read the full article at LA Music Examiner

Conan O'Brien Jokes About "New Moon"

Conan O'Brien took on "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" for his own spoof of the popular movie. Watch as he mocks the family of werewolves from the film on "The Tonight Show."


2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade Photo Recap

Susan Lucci
Here is a look back that this year's Hollywood Christmas Parade in photos. With Grand Marshal Susan Lucci, the parade had giant balloons similar to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The full parade will be broadcast on myTV Network on December 8 and December 24.

For the photos, click on the link: HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE PHOTOS

2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade

December 1, 2009
The 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade held on Sunday November 30, 2009.

Pictured are: Olympic Torchbearer Alison Hestrin Lerner, Santa Claus, Erik Estrada, Heather Tom of "Bold & the Beautiful", Oscar Nunez of "The Office", Olympic Hurdler LaShinda Demus and son, Kate Flannery of "The Office", actress Gage Golightly, Jennifer Gareis of "Bold & Beautiful", WAR's Lonnie Jordan and wife, Vanessa Marano and Haley Erin of "Young & the Restless", Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho of "The Amazing Race", Leslie Anne Down of "Bold & Beautiful", Dominic Zamprogna & Julie Berman of "General Hospital", Jonathan Roberts & Anna Trebunskaya of "Dancing of the Stars", Jeanne Cooper of "Young & Restless", Melora Hardin of "Monk", Lisa Leslie Lockwood, Gilles Marini of "Brothers & Sisters", recording artists Savvy & Mandy, Brian McKnight, Susan Lucci of "All My Children", Ace Young, John Ingle of "General Hospital", Chris & Kyle Massey, Judith Chapman of "Young & Restless", Carolyn Hennesy of "General Hospital" and "Cougar Town", Olympic Hurdler Kevin Young.

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Susan Lucci, Brian Mc Knight, Ace Young and more attend 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Hollywood Christmas Parade was held on Sunday, November 29th in
Hollywood. This year's Grand Marshal was Daytime television icon and
"All My Children" star Susan Lucci. The parade started at 6:00pm, on
Hollywood Boulevard at Orange, the U-shaped parade route traveled
east to Vine, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west to Sunset and
then back to Orange.
Joining Susan Lucci in the parade were music artists Brian McKnight,
American Idol's Ace Young, Lonnie Jordan of War, recording artists Saavy & Mandy and more.

For the full article visit, LA Music Examiner

It's A Very Soapy 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade

November 28, 2009
Susan Lucci Photo: ABC
The world of soap operas will be heavily represented this year at the 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade. Starting with Grand Marshal, television icon, Susan Lucci. The "All My Children" actress heads this years parade as the 40 year old show moves its production out West next year. All My Children began taping in 1970 at ABC Studios in New York City. The show moves to California starting in January.

Joining Ms. Lucci in the parade are cast members From “The Young and the Restless” including: Judith Chapman, Jeanne Cooper, Hayley Erin, Sean Kanan,Kate Linder, Vanessa Marano, Kevin Schmidt and Yvonne Zima; cast members from “The Bold and the Beautiful” including: Lesley-Anne Down, Jennifer Gareis and Heather Tom; and cast members from General Hospital including: Julie Berman, Carolyn Hennesy (“Cougar Town”), John Ingle and Dominic Zamprogna.

Hosting the broadcast portion of the parade are Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie.
Parade Roving Reporters are brothers Kyle Massey (“That’s So Raven”,“Cory in the House,” The Disney Channel’s #1 Sitcom) and Christopher Massey (“Zoey 101”,“The Lion King”).

Other participants scheduled to appear are Jonathan Goldsmith, Louis Gossett, Jr., Katerina Graham, Stephanie Himonidis, Maria Ho, Kevin Knotts, Lorenzo Lamas, Tom LaBonge, Eva La Rue, Kristy & Lindsey Landers, Lisa Leslie, Lee Majors, Giles Marini, Judge Greg Mathis, Ross Mathews, Brian McKnight, Tiffany Michelle, Oscar Nuñez, Naya Rivera, Victoria Ruffo, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Kim Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Devon Werkheiser, Cindy Williams, Montel Williams, Ace Young and many more.

The parade begins at Hollywood & Orange streets at 6pm. The parade will be nationally broadcast for the first time on MyNetworkTV, on two broadcast dates: December 10th and December 24th 8:00-10:00p, local time (7:00p Central).

For more information visit the official website at thehollywoodchristmasparade.com


Scrubs Returns for Season 9 Dec. 1 on ABC

The hit comedy "Scrubs" is back for a whole new season of laughs. Check out the promo below. To read about the changes to the show this season, read: Scrubs Season 9 Article


Kelly, Mya and Donny compete in the Dancing With The Stars Finale

November 24, 2009
Kelly, Mya and Donny Compete in The Dancing with The Stars Finale

  • (L-R)Kelly Osbourne, Mya, Donny Osmond

    Singers, Mya, Kelly Osbourne and Donny Osmond are competing against each other in a very challenging awards show. It's not the Grammys, The American Music Awards or The People's Choice Awards. The songsters are fighting to see which of them take home the mirror balled trophy of "Dancing With The Stars".

    On last nights show, each couple danced three numbers including a side by side same choreographed dance that had a combination of three dance styles.

    Osmond is partnered with Kym Johnson. Total Score-85 out of 90
    Mya is partnered with Dmitry Chaplin. Total Score- 87 out of 90
    Osbourne is partnered with Louie Van Amsel. Total Score-76 out of 90

    At the end of the evening Mya led with 87 and had Kelly Osbourne had the lowest score with 76. Donny received a 30 for his Free style dance. Mya received a 30 for her Paso Doable dance.

    Other highlights of the finale are past contestants and champions, and a musical number by Whitney Houston.

    "Dancing With The Shows" 2-hour series finale airs at 9/8c on ABC

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    Dreamgirl's National Tour Kicks-off in Harlem

    Dreamgirls Cast
    Producer John Breglio and the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. are presenting the premiere engagement of Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater, prior to the national tour of the groundbreaking musical. Dreamgirls introduces Moya Angela as Effie White and features, as The Dreams, Syesha Mercado as Deena Jones, Adrienne Warren as Lorrell Robinson, and Margaret Hoffman as Michelle Morris with Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Curtis Taylor, Jr., Chester Gregory is James "Thunder" Early, Trevon Davis as C.C. White, Milton Craig Nealy as Marty Madison in a cast of 26 that also features Tallia Brinson, Felicia Boswell, Ronald Duncan, Talitha Farrow, Brittney Griffin, James Harkness, Robert Hartwell, Eric Jackson, Chauncey Jenkins, Jared Joseph, Nikki Kimbrough, Brittany Lewis, Douglas Lyons, Kimberly Marable, Jarran Muse, Amaker Smith and Marc Spaulding.

    Moya Angela and Syesha Mercado
    The national tour of Dreamgirls premieres at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater (253 West 125 Street), previews began Saturday, November 7, 2009, and opened Sunday, November 22, 2009, for 5 weeks only, through December, 12, 2009. Dreamgirls will be a highlight of the Apollo Theater's 75th Anniversary celebration in 2009. The national tour has announced a series of cities and dates where the musical will visit, the current listing can be found by clicking here.

    Dreamgirls is directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with co-choreography by Shane Sparks, scenic design by Robin Wagner, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, media design by Howard Werner for Lightswitch and is produced by John Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions. Following the Apollo Theater engagement, the national tour of Dreamgirls will play Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, Columbus, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Costa Mesa, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and more.

    Dreamgirls tells the rags-to-riches story of an up-and-coming 1960's girl group from Chicago, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. The original Broadway production of Dreamgirls opened December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre and won six 1982 Tony Awards. Dreamgirls closed on Broadway August 11, 1985, after 1,522 performances. Dreamgirls features music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy-Award winner Tom Eyen. The original Broadway production was directed byMichael Bennett and choreographed by Bennett and Michael Peters. Dreamgirls was adapted into a motion picture by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, and opened in December 2006.

    For further information, visit www.apollotheater.org. For more information, please visit www.dreamgirlsonstage.com.

    photos: Broadway World

    2009 American Music Awards

    The 2009 American Music Awards held on Sunday November 30 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

    Entertainer of The Year: Taylor Swift
    International Artist: Whitney Houston
    Breakthrough Artist: Gloriana
    Favorite Male Artist: Michael Jackson

    Blake Lewis, Day 26, Demi Lavato, Gloriana, Adam Lambert Stage, Green Day, Joe Perry, Keith Urban, One Republic, Paula Abdul

    2009 Daytime Emmys

    The 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards held on Sunday, August 30, 2009 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles
    Best Drama: Bold & Beautiful
    Best Actor: Christian Le Blanc (Y&R)
    Best Actress: Susan Haskell (OLTL)

    Ashley Jones, Alex Trebek, Aaron Spears, Bold & Beautiful Cast, Big Bird, Bradford Anderson, Billy Miller & Liz Hendrickson, Bryton James, Bindi Irwin, Kristen Storms, Bree Williamson, Aiden Turner, Brandon Beemer, Christal Khallil, Colin Eggelsfield, Corbin Bersen, Jeanne Cooper, Cornelius Smith JR, Denise Vasi, Crishell Stause, Ricky Paull Goldin, David Canary, Lexi Ainsworth, Debi Morgan, Drew Garrett, Eden Riegel, Emily O'Brien, Ewa DeCruz, Trent Dawson, Gina Taglioni, Susan Lucci, Guiding Light Cast, Susan Haskell, Heather Tom, Ron Moss, Hillary B. Smith, Hunter Tylo, Jacob Young, Jake Silberman

    Johnny Depp named People Magazine's sexiest man alive!

    November 18, 2009
    "Pirates of the Caribbean" super star Johnny Depp was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for the second time, Reuters is reporting.

    "Whether it's onscreen in roles like Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise or at home with his family on their private Bahamian island, the 46-year-old father of two with 25 years in show business still reigns as Hollywood's most irresistible iconoclast," People said in a statement.

    Depp will next be seen in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" which opens in March of 2010. He is also the executive producer and star of "Rum Diaries" which will open next year.

    People Magazine hits news stands Friday.

    ABC Daytime promotes "NINE" by naming the Top Nine "All My Children" moments of 2009

    November 17, 2009
    ABC Daytime is joining ABC, Disney and the Weinstein Co. in their efforts to support and promote the upcoming movie musical "NINE". Throughout the month of December, All My Children, One Life To Live and General Hospital will incorporate "NINE" into their show's story lines.  To kick off the celebration, the shows have  begun counting down the Top Nine moments of 2009 for every soap. Check out part 1 of the Top NINE All My Children Moments of 2009 below.  "NINE" stars Daniel-Day Lewis, Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman and is directed by Rob Marshall. The film will be released on Christmas Day.

    Top Nine All My Children Moments of 2009 Part 1:


    To find out more, visit: All My Children

    Beyonce and Lady Gaga team up for "Video Phone" video

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    Beyonce's Video Phone (Extended Remix)" has been one of the most highly anticipated videos. The video will feature Lady Gaga. Hype Williams directed the video. The video premiered tonight MTV.com at midnight EST on Tuesday, November 17.  Check out the full video at MTV.com here: Video


    Paul McCartney's Thanksgiving Special to air on ABC

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    Recording artist Paul McCartney will be featured on an ABC television special on Thanksgiving night, November 26. The special will include rarely seen footage of Mc Cartney, revealing interviews and a musical performance. Here is the ABC press release about the show:

    "Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City," at 10:00 p.m., ET
    Forty-four years ago, four kids from Liverpool performed what was then the largest, highest grossing rock concert ever - the Beatles Live at Shea Stadium. In the summer of 2009, Paul McCartney did it again, performing at Shea's former site, New York's Citi Field in Queens, NY. ABC will bring viewers this dazzling concert in which he performs Beatles, Wings and solo classics. Culled from nearly three hours of music and video, the program is an emotional journey through his legendary 50-year musical career and includes footage of the original Beatles concert at Shea. McCartney also talks candidly about those early days and what it was like to return to a place where he performed at the height of Beatlemania.


    American Idol's Kris Allen promoting newly released album

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    American Idol winner,Kris Allen, releases his self titled debut album today.  Having wrapped up an appearance on  The Tonight With Conan O'Brien, Allen,  is forging a full press tour to promote the album.  In the next few weeks, the singer is expected to visit

    Good Morning America and "It's On With Alexa Chung" on MTV today (November 17) and VH1's Top 20 Countdown on November 21.
    The singer is expected to present at the American Music Awards and will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 23.

    For more information on the album, visit: Kris Allen

    For interviews and more info on Kris Allen, visit: Kris Allen Interview


    General Hospital Weekly Promo 2009: Week of November 9

    November 5, 2009
    Here is the promo for next week's General Hospital. It deals with the aftermath of Claudia's death. I wonder if James Franco's new character is "watching"? James Franco debuts on General Hospital on November 20.


    AFI Festival Hightlight: 'Guy and Madeline On a Park Bench'

    November 3, 2009

    "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench" is look at the Boston jazz music scene told through the eyes of a young, up and coming trumpeter, Guy, and Madeline, the woman he is involved with. As the story progresses, Guy and Madeline part ways as Guy quickly finds a substitute for his attention and concentrates on music. Madeline's coming of age begins as she rents a room from a friendly older couple and works as a waitress in a restaurant. She and her co-workers break into song and dance, showing a great love of music and how Guy's love of music influenced her life.

    Through her journey, Madeline decides to move to New York just as Guy realizes that he needs Madeline in his life. They meet again on the eve of Madeline's Big Apple move. The movie is a great reflection of love and the love of music.

    The film stars real life acclaimed jazz trumpeter, Jason Palmer. The music was composed by Justin Hurwitz and recorded by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. The film also stars Desiree Garcia, Sandha Khin, trombonist Andre Hayward, and Kelly Kaleta.

    Music is a another character in the film as the movies characters have impromptu jam sessions where they show their craft. Jazz, dance, music and movie lovers will love this unique look at the movie musical. To view a trailer, click HERE.

    Running time: 82 minutes; Written and Directed by Damien Chazelle; music by Justin Hurwitz


    All My Children Weekly Promo 2009 Week of November 2

    November 2, 2009
    Here is what's coming up this week on All My Children:


    One Life To Live November 2009 Promo

    Here is the November Sweeps Promo for One Life To Live:


    A Look Back: Soap Opera Recap Week of October 26 2009

    November 1, 2009
    Here's a recap of what happened on your favorite soap operas last week:

    All My Children-- Zach, Ryan and Erica launched their plan to gaslight Adam. Kendall and Zach dreamed that they were back in each others arms. Scott almost revealed the truth to Zach. Natalia and Brot got to know each other better.Liza refused to help David.

    As The World Turns-- Brad died before he could meet his and Katie's son. Jack dealt with his guilt over shooting Brad. Barbara and Margo cornered Audrey, who escaped. Maeve left town after Holden turned her down.

    Bold & The Beautiful-- Jackie pushed Owen into having a baby with Steffy. Katie choose the executive team at Forrester. Justin flashed back to his high school years with Donna. Pam appeared on a talk show hosted by Donna with hilarious results. Brooke made Bill an offer.

    Days Of Our Lives-- Hope moved into the Kiriakis mansion. Bo agreed to help Carly. Vivian vowed revenge for Lawrence's death. Ordered by Stefano, Mia told Chad several men could have fathered her baby.Rafe told Arianna that Sydney was Sami's child.

    General Hospital-- Claudia took Carly hostage who then went into labor. Lulu did not remember learning that Dominic is a cop. Luke caught Nikolas and Elizabeth kissing. Sonny was devastated to learn that his dark side frightens Kristina.

    One Life To Live-- Bo and Nora kissed and he told her he loves her. Schuyler kissed Gigi, Dorian's big gay wedding began. David and Destiny headed to London. Ross found out Danielle was in London and headed there as well. Rex and Natalie looked for Jared. Oliver told the crowd of protesters at the wedding that he was gay.

    Young And The Restless-- J.T. attacked Deacon. Nikki thought of a future with Victor. Ashley and Mac fumed over Billy's exposed on Victor. Adam told Sharon about his encounters with Rafe.







    AFI Film Festival Highlight: "La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet"

    LadanseFamed documentarian, Fredrick Weisman returned to Paris to shoot the documentary feature, "La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet". "La Danse" is one of the documentaries highlighting the 2009 AFI Film Festival.

    In the film, Weisman allows us to voyeur into the world of the ballet behind the scenes. We see rehearsals in the studios and on stage, the costume making department, and the administrative offices of the artistic director. He allows the audience us to sit in on meetings with the artistic director as she meets with budgeting committee, her choreographers and her teachers. We get an even more personal view as the artistic director has a heart-to-heart or one-on-one with one of her dancers, who at over 25, is fearful of not being able to perform the demanded jumps and plies that a performance often requires. The director assures the dancer that she would not have to participate in every dance and that reassurance seems to be just what is needed. The realities of putting on a costly production are looked at as well, as life as a dancer is shown as well. There is a company meeting where retirement packages for a dancer in the Paris Opera Ballet is discussed and reminded that a dancer's life ends at 40.

    Lovers of all dance genres will love this look at dancing. Shot in France with English subtitles, there are beautiful aerial looks at Paris. Final performances at the end, bring the film full circle.

    Running Time: 2hr 38 min Production Company: Zipporah Films, Inc./Ideale Audience
    Producer: Frederick Wiseman, Pierre-Olivier Bardet
    Cinematographer: John Davey
    Editor: Frederick Wiseman
    Sound: Frederick Wiseman

    In theaters, Wednesday, November 4th

    Check out the trailer for the film below:


    The Music of 'Twilight Saga: New Moon' discussed at Film and TV Music Conference

    twilight-new-moon-soundtrack-album-art-400x400The Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference was held at the Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Panels were  devoted to the music of the Twilight Series. The upcoming feature "Twilight Saga: New Moon" and it's soundtrack was discussed. The soundtrack is currently #1 on the Billboard Chart.

    In attendance at the first panel were the film's Music Supervisor Alexandra Patsavas and Livia Tortella from Atlantic Records. They shared their premise behind choosing the music for the film. Every song was specifically written for the movie. The two note that this movie feels more male oriented than the last one which seemed to make it easier for the music team to make song and band selections this time around. Bands from around the world, pitched material to the film's director, Chris Weitz,  and Summit Entertainment, before the final song selection was chosen.  The result is a collection of songs that Patsavas feels could all easily go together. "You could easily attend a Lollapalooza-like music concert and see all of these artists on the same bill", Patsavas said.

    What also sets this soundtrack apart from others is that every song in the movie is on the soundtrack, which is rare. Many radio stations are already treating the soundtrack as a concept album and are playing it from straight through from beginning to end. The soundtrack features the music of Death Cab For Cutie, Thom Yorke, Anya Marina and more. After having a song on the first soundtrack,  one sought after artist' s work will not be included this time around, the film's star, Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward.  Patasavas notes that he didn't want a second track. He's a private artist and music is his hobby so he declined a chance to put a song on "New Moon". Summit definitely wants to feature his music on future soundtracks should he change his mind.  They will ask him again when selecting music for the next film,  "Eclipse" and  hopes that he reconsiders.

    The clever marketing  and cross-promotion campaign that was instrumental in the success of the first Twilight

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    film, will repeat again. Some of the bands whose music is featured on the soundtrack and cast members from the film will be heading out on tour at Hot Topic locations and various sites across the country. Headlining the tour's opening date will be  Death Cab for Cutie, who has the first single off of "New Moon", "Meet Me On The Equinox.”

    Tour Schedule:

    The New Moon tour will kick off  in Los Angeles at the Hollywood & Highland mall, with  performances by Death Cab For Cutie, Band of Skulls, Sea Wolf and Anya Marina, as well as a Q&A session with some of the cast members.

    Official dates and locations of the Twilight Saga: New Moon Talent Tour are as follows:

    11/06 Hollywood – Hollywood & Highland Hot Topic (feat. Death Cab For Cutie, Band of Skulls, Sea Wolf, Anya Marina)
    11/10 Chicago – Fox Valley Mall (Anya Marina)
    11/10 Philadelphia – Cherry Hill Mall (Hurricane Bells)
    11/11 Minneapolis – Mall of America (Anya Marina)
    11/12 Boston – Natick Collection (Hurricane Bells)
    11/12 Seattle – Westfield Southcenter (Anya Marina)
    11/14 Salt Lake City – Fashion Place (Anya Marina)

    "Twilight: New Moon" opens Friday, November 20. The original movie "Twilight" will be re-released in theaters for one  day only on the 19th, as way for film goers to see both films on the big screen again and to create even more excitement for the new film.

    Daytime Drama Week of October 19- October 23 2009


    Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

    Total Viewers
    1. Y&R 5,054,000 (-253,000/+65,000)
    2. B&B 3,241,000 (-250,000/-279,000)
    3. DAYS 3,002,000 (-37,000/+346,000)
    4. AMC 2,670,000 (+68,000/-73,000)
    5. GH 2,565,000 (-15,000/-62,000)
    6. OLTL 2,492,000 (-75,000/-147,000)
    7. ATWT 2,447,000 (-103,000/-296,000)

    1. Y&R 3.7/13 (-.1/same)
    2. B&B 2.4/8 (-.1/-.3)
    3. DAYS 2.2/7 (same/+.2)
    4. AMC 2.0/7 (same/-.1)
    5. GH 1.9/6 (same/-.2)
    5. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/-.1)
    7. ATWT 1.8/6 (same/-.3)

    Women 18-49 Viewers
    1. Y&R 1,140,000 (-80,000/+89,000)
    2. DAYS 867,000 (-44,000/-66,000)
    3. GH 843,000 (-47,000/-19,000)
    4, AMC 735,000 (+14,000/-131,000)
    5. OLTL 710,000 (-64,000/-108,000)
    6. B&B 707,000 (-41,000/-67,000)
    7. ATWT 592,000 (+22,000/-120,000)

    Women 18-49 Rating
    1. Y&R 1.7/11 (-.1/+.1)
    2. DAYS 1.3/8 (-.1/-.1)
    2. GH 1.3/8 (same/same)
    4. B&B 1.1/7 (same/-.1)
    4. AMC 1.1/7 (same/-.2)
    4. OLTL 1.1/7 (-.1/-.1)
    7. ATWT 0.9/6 (same/-.2)

    Girls 12-17 Viewers
    1. OLTL 44,000 (-6,000/+19,000)
    2. GH 43,000 (+3,000/+31,000)
    3. Y&R 38,000 (same/-4,000)
    4. DAYS 27,000 (-6,000/-23,000)
    5. AMC 25,000 (+5,000/-4,000)
    6. B&B 18,000 (+1,000/-8,000)
    7. ATWT 17,000 (-4,000/-19,000)

    Women 18-34 Rating
    1. Y&R 1.2/8 (same/+.3)
    2. DAYS 1.0/6 (+.1/-.2)
    3. AMC 0.9/6 (same/same)
    3. GH 0.9/6 (same/same)
    5. OLTL 0.8/5 (-.1/-.1)
    6. B&B 0.7/5 (same/+.1)
    7. ATWT 0.6/4 (+.1/+.1)

    Men 18+ Viewers
    1. Y&R 1,211,000 (-69,000/-46,000)
    2. B&B 701,000 (-103,000/-36,000)
    3. DAYS 605,000 (-27,000/+72,000)
    4. AMC 545,000 (+52,000/+34,000)
    5. ATWT 524,000 (-23,000/-20,000)
    6. GH 482,000 (+4,000/+47,000)
    7. OLTL 467,000 (+11,000/+6,000)


    Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

    Monday: 2.0/2,751,000
    Tuesday: 2.0/2,690,000
    Wednesday: 2.0/2,598,000
    Thursday: 2.0/2,613,000
    Friday: 2.0/2,699,000

    Monday: 1.7/2,298,000
    Tuesday: 1.8/2,459,000
    Wednesday: 1.7/2,287,000
    Thursday: 1.8/2,474,000
    Friday: 1.9/2,717,000

    Monday: 2.4/3,283,000
    Tuesday: 2.5/3,280,000
    Wednesday: 2.2/2,962,000
    Thursday: 2.5/3,378,000
    Friday: 2.3/3,301,000

    Monday: 2,4/3,257,000
    Tuesday: 2.3/3,076,000
    Wednesday: 2.1/2,897,000
    Thursday: 2.0/2,706,000
    Friday: 2.3/3,073,000

    Monday: 1.9/2,727,000
    Tuesday: 2.0/2,628,000
    Wednesday: 1.9/2,539,000
    Thursday: 1.9/2,518,000
    Friday: 1.9/2,413,000

    Monday: 2.0/2,823,000
    Tuesday: 1.9/2,461,000
    Wednesday: 1.9/2,385,000
    Thursday: 1.8/2,340,000
    Friday: 1.9/2,449,000

    Monday: 3.8/5,059,000
    Tuesday: 3.7/4,922,000
    Wednesday: 3.7/4,961,000
    Thursday: 3.7/5,169,000
    Friday: 3.6/5,169,000


    For the SEASON September 21, 2009 through October 25, 2009

    1. Y&R 3.8
    2. B&B 2.4
    3. DAYS 2.3
    4. GH 2.1
    5. AMC 2.0
    6. OLTL 1.9
    7. ATWT 1.8

    Women 18-49 Rating
    1. Y&R 1.8
    2. DAYS 1.4
    2. GH 1.4
    4. OLTL 1.2
    5. AMC 1.1
    5. B&B 1.1
    7. ATWT 0.9

    Source: Soap Opera Network

    Y&R = The Young & The Restless, B&B = The Bold and the Beautiful, GH = General Hospital, DAYS = Days of Our Lives, ATWT = As The World Turns, OLTL = One Life to Live, AMC = All My Children.