Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Want the Latest on Courteney Cox’s New Baby?: Courteney Cox Arquette decorated new baby Coco’s nursery with whimsical custom work by Kristie Fujiyama (called "Eight Darling Ducklings"). While she was expecting Coco, Fujiyama gifted Cox with a print titled "Moments.” Cox then wrote to Fujiyama to say "Thanks" and requested a custom piece – eight ducklings and a momma duck! Nine hundred limited edition prints are available.

All Elvis, All the Time: Sirius Satellite Radio and Graceland create All-Elvis Presley Radio Channel. "Elvis was a great fan of all new technologies in entertainment and communication. He was always the first person to get the latest gadgetry. I'm sure Elvis would have been SIRIUS Satellite Radio's first subscriber and would have had their rock, gospel and country programming going non-stop at home and on the road. It's such a great way to receive one's favorite music and I know he'd be beaming with pride at having his very own station." Priscilla Presley

Sirius announced the launch of Elvis Radio, a 24/7 all-Elvis Presley® radio channel. All day, every day, Elvis Radio will celebrate ³The King of Rock Œn¹ Roll®² by airing the entire spectrum of his career: His extensive catalog of hit singles ... the rarities ... the 'B' sides ... the “Sun Years,” the movie soundtracks ... and his wonderful concerts. Elvis Radio will be hosted daily by SIRIUS DJs from a specially designed studio in the Plaza at Graceland, Elvis’ Memphis, TN home.

Elvis Radio will debut July 2, 2004 on SIRIUS with a live broadcast from Memphis, TN. Elvis fans from around the world are expected at Graceland and the Sun Studio during the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis' first single, "That's All Right."

The partnership between SIRIUS and Elvis Presley Enterprises calls for SIRIUS radios to be sold at Graceland gift shops and on Elvis Radio will be available in all guest rooms at Memphis¹ Heartbreak Hotel and will play throughout the day in the public areas at Graceland. SIRIUS and Elvis Radio will be promoted on, to Elvis fan clubs and to Elvis e-mail lists.

Freckles are Fancy For Sun Damage: Dr. Simon Ourian of Eipone Medical Center in Beverly Hills has developed Blue Light Therapy, an FDA approved, non-invasive and effective procedure for treating hyper pigmentation, sunspots, broken capillaries and rosacea. The procedure stars with a photosensitive gel applied to the skin. Using a special light, different than a laser treatment, a series of intense light is emitted over the entire face. The light heats up and creates micro pores in the capillaries, causing them to shrink. Any colored material on the surface of the skin, including sunspots and damage, are either absorbed into the skin or evaporated. No recovery, back to work the same day. He recommends three to six sessions, in three to four week intervals. Each session costs between $500 to $1000. More info, visit, or call 800-828-6466.

Kid Friendly Styling Products Circle of Friends: For kids in summer school, summer camp or getting ready for the next year of school, Circle of Friends, offers products like Jacques Hair Jam (Texturizing Hair Wax), Janaina & Sebastio’s Mago Samba Mousee (Alcohol-free mousee with a unique gel-to-foam dispenser), Valerie’s Vanilla Freeze Hairspray and Erik’s Aurora Borealis Gel (Alcohol-free, shaping gel). Visit or call 800-267-4781.

New ‘Do: Beyonce showed up at the Bet Awards with a new below-the-ear cropped cut. It was recently revealed that many of the hair looks she sports are actually wigs, given that her busy schedule doesn’t allow her to configure those long locks on a regular basis.

Fashion Check: Her fellow attendees may have gone for the full-length glam, but Gabrielle Union opted for an above-the-knee, ruched front nearly strapless black fitted dress for the Bet Awards. Very disco-70s inspired the dress was designed by Giorgio Armani.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" in London: It may be about American politics, but the London screening of the blockbuster documentary last night drew numerous stars including Jude Law and Sienna Miller, Katie Holmes and Chris Klein, designer Vivienne Westwood, Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), Emily Mortimer, Harvey Weinstein, Gina Bellman (“Coupling”), Kelly MacDonald (“Gosford Park”), Natasha McElhone and husband Martin Kelly, Alicia Witt, Bianca Jagger, Peter O’Toole, Nick Rhodes, Terry Gilliam and Tom Ford.

What’s Hot: Our friends at L.A.’s Film Fashion invite you to check out the latest Hollywood trends at

Country Star Hits High Note: Toby Keith's latest single, "Whiskey Girl," claimed #1 on Billboard Magazine's, Radio & Records Magazine's and Music Row's Top Country Single
charts this week. The music video for the hit single also moved to #1 on The CMT Countdown. This is Keith's third consecutive #1 single from his nearly quadruple-platinum album, SHOCK'N Y'ALL, and the nineteenth chart-topping single of his career.

Winter on DVD: Johnny Winter – Live in Times Square for is available on DVD. Winter playsguitar and vocals, and his band includes Scott Spray on bass, James Montgomery on harp, and Wayne June on drums, Winter and company rock Times Square.

Winter got his start in the late 60’s with his debut album rising to the top of the charts in 1969. He had his highest charting album with his band “Johnny Winter And.” After his albums became much more blues oriented in the late 70’s, Winter switched to the label Alligator for three albums, and has since recorded albums for the MCA and Pointblank.

The DVD, Live in Times Square, features Johnny Winter playing a live show at the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York. Bonus Material includes interviews with the band, a slide show, and a Hollywood rock walk. Retail $19.95.

Track List

Sugar Coated Love
Boogie Real Low Good Time Charlie
Sick & Tired
Start Over Again
Messin’ With the Kid
Mojo Working
Johnny Guitar
Mojo Boogie
Highway 61

Soul SirkUS : Soul SirkUS’ website ( received over 100,000 hits in only two days.

Soul SirkUS is a group of rockers born out of the ashes of Planet US, a band originally featuring guitarist Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo of Journey along with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen. When Hagar and Anthony left the band to return to their roles in Van Halen, Schon and Castronovo joined forces with singer Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman; also provided lead vocals for the feature character in the movie “Rock Star”) and bassist Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent, Whitesnake) to create Soul SirkUS.

The band’s debut album should be released by early 2005. It was recorded at Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain’s home studio (Wild Horse Studios) in San Francisco, CA in two days. Cain engineered the project and Schon and Soto sat at the producer’s helm.
The website features six 60-90 second sound clips to preview the album.

Schon and Soto met and played together at the Winter NAMM Convention in Los Angeles. Schon then saw Mendoza performing at a showcase that weekend, which sparked an idea to create the band. Once Castronovo and Mendoza were on board, Schon and Soto quickly got to work, collaborating on a number of songs, the results of which will be heard on their debut album.

showing Wednesday, June 30
in the Argyle Los Angeles
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Showtime: 9:30 PM * Dress: Gorgeous

Monday, June 28, 2004

”Terminal”ly Cute: Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a film about Viktor Navorski, a visitor from an eastern European country. While Navorski’s flight is in the air on its way to JFK, the country experiences a coup. Navorski’s passport and visa are null, and he’s forced to stay in the airport’s international terminal by the by-the-book head of security, Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci). During his stay, he meets a diverse group of airline workers each who are won over by Navorski’s kindness and tenacity. The group includes easy-going African-American Mulroy (Chi McBride); Latino Enrique Cruz (Diego Luna), a love struck food services worker, and Indian Gupta (Wes Anderson favorite Kumar Pallana). Navorski also falls in love with a love-starved flight attendant (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who’s having an affair with a married man she connects with at the terminal. Even The Dan Band’s Dan Finnerty (see entry below) has a funny cameo as the terminal’s The Discovery Store manager.

The film’s set is impressive, as is Hanks’ performance, capturing the character’s sweet innocence. There’s a lot to like about the film, but there’s also something lacking in the film. Despite the length (2 hrs. plus), the film barely skims the surface of the characters. You get a general sense of Tucci’s, Zeta-Jones’, Luna’s, etc. personalities, but it’s so superficial you can’t help but be left wanting. The most developed character, Navorski, short of being a truly good person, charming and a talented building artisan, isn’t even fully developed. Spielberg seems preoccupied with the sweetness of the character, depicting his physical situation of being trapped in The Terminal, but doesn’t quite delve deep enough for an audience to feel the necessary emotional attachment, even to Navorski.

Who Was Where: Lucky Magazine and Hollywould Shoes celebrated the launch of Hollywould Shoes' first retail store in Los Angeles at Star Shoes on Hollywood Blvd. In attendance were Nicky Hilton, Bijou Phillips, Casey Johnson, Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody (who were by each other's side all night), Aisha Tyler and Jessica Capshaw.

Paris and Nicky Hilton were seen at Avalon Hollywood on Friday night, with their parents, Kathy and Rick Hilton, celebrating their uncle's birthday. They were seated next to hot couple Wilmer Valderrama and Lindsay Lohan.

British super-star soccer player Vinnie Jones and his best "mate" Jason Statham of “Transporter” and “The Italian Job” were out at Spider Club. He’s as much the ladies man as you’d expect (those moves! That accent!) – he was consistently surrounded by a group of women and left the club with Jones and a group of blondes in a blacked-out SUV.

Also at the Spider club was Nick Lachey, watching the dance floor from the sidelines with his brother Drew and friends, while wife Jessica Simpson is on tour. Hey, you didn’t expect him to stay at home and pine for her, did you?

Pagliei’s New Line: We were lucky enough to get to the Patti Pagliei’s warehouse sale in Marina del Rey, Calif. this weekend. Some of their hottest lines were available at a great prices. But even at regular rates, this is a really amazing jewelry line – it’s very reasonably priced, gorgeous, and super popular with celebs. It’s also – and this is critical – very unique and wearable with a variety of clothing styles. There’s a huge list of celebs who’ve already worn the line. A current favorite is the surprisingly substantial, but delicate appearing sterling "Botanical Collection” which was worn by Ashley Olsen on an E! Entertainment special on both Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen. Ashley chose the dangly Lotus Earrings which complemented her pixie face. Pretty Christina Applegate, who’ll star in the upcoming “Anchor Man” wears the Lotus necklace on a full-page photo in the July issue (page 174) of In Style magazine. Jessica Simpson (You know she knows fashion) has the Lily Cuff. To check out these and other fantastic styles, check out or Pagliei Collection Studio 6508 Arizona Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90045 phone: 310.215.3705 fax: 775.593.2803.

In NYC? It’s Your Chance to See the DAN BAND: the dan band has 2 shows left in NEW YORK CITY....
(the first 2 shows at the knitting factory sold out, so the last show on july 9th has been moved to BB Kings in Times Square, which is much bigger...)

tell your friends:

FRIDAY JULY 2nd @ the knitting factory
74 leonard street in tribeca

FRIDAY JULY 9th @ bb kings
237 west 42nd street in times square

(NEXT L.A. SHOW: FRIDAY JULY 23rd @ Avalon)

Who’s Wearing What : Holly Robinson Peete at March of Dimes “Healthy Babies – Healthy Futures” awards dinner wore a cocktail dress by Sunny Choi. The star of WB’s comedy Like Family, accepted an award in Choi’s copper lace strapless knee-length dress with bow accent at the waist. Sunny Choi’s eveningwear collection, available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores as well as her own freestanding boutiques in Canada and London, has been worn by celebrities such as Daryl Hannah, Alison Krauss, Lauren Ambrose and Carmen Electra.

Soap Stories NOW: launches SOAPnet Storyline, a downloadable desktop tool for your computer that allows users to get soap news headlines, teasers for upcoming soap storylines, alerts about events and stunts and more. Users don’t have to be on the website to receive all this information. Check here for more details:

SOAPnet, the new way to watch soaps, offers same day episodes of daytime dramas including "All My Children,” “Days of our Lives,” "One Life To Live” and "General Hospital" for evening viewing. In addition, the network provides original programs, including "Soap Talk" and the entertainment magazine show "Soap Center." Wrapped in a 24-hour environment, SOAPnet also offers primetime classics including "Dynasty," “Dallas” and "Knots Landing," as well as former daytime series “Port Charles,” "Ryan's Hope" and "Another World.”

If You’re In L.A. July 9th…: Guitar rockers Squad Five-0 will play at Los Angeles' Troubadour on Friday, July 9, 2004. "Late News Breaking," the band's major label debut, will be released on June 29, 2004 . The album’s produced by Matt Wallace (Replacements/Faith No More).
Squad Five-0
w/ Throw Rag
Friday, July 9th
9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
Doors: 8:00pm/Event: 9:00pm
Price: $10.00 adv/$12.00 at the door

Combatting Redness: The Murad Redness Therapy line consists of four products, Soothing Gel Cleanser ($22), Recovery Treatment Gel ($45), Correcting Moisturizer SPF 15 ($32), and Neutralizing Treatment Powder ($30). Murad says when used together, the products reduce redness, skin irritation, sensitivity, stinging and dryness. Murad also features Wrinkle-Free Forever: The 5-Minute 5-Week Dermatologist's Program ($14.95) book which looks at diminishing signs of aging and sun damage, enriching skin and body internally with supplements, reducing the effects of ultraviolet radiation, pollution, and stress on skin and body. Available at the Murad Medical Spa, Sephora stores and other Murad salons and spas. call 1800-33-MURAD or The book is also available at and Barnes & Noble.

Flat Irons If you don't want to go the thermal straightening route (we've done it and loved it), you might want to consider the flat-iron options, as delineated by Sally Beauty. For coarse, resistant hair, they recommend the Ceramic Tools Porcelain Flat Iron. For Curly or Wavy Hair, they say try the Ion Anti-Freeze Ceramic Iron, and for Fine Thin Hair, try the Ceramic Tools Porcelain Curved Iron. Stylist Ernie McCraw recommends using a product like Ion Anti-Frizz Heat Protection on dry, clean hair, then dividing the hair into sections top, left and right. Next, work from front to back taking small sections and moving the iron in one fluid motion from roots to ends. Don't let iron sit in one palce too long, since heat can be damaging. Then, comb out hair and spray on a balm or glosser like Ion Anti-Frizz Glossing Mist to keep hair straight and shinier longer. Check out for more info.

Brow Beaten: Anastasia Soare, whose name is synonymous with Hollywood eyebrows, has introduced new brow powders. The dubbed "Browcologist" has launched the new line, which comes in Blonde, Ash Blonde, Light Brown and Brunette and retail for $20. Ginkgo Biloba is used as a free radical scavenger and Dog Rose extract is used for emollient consistency. Soare has done the beautiful brows of Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Sharon Stone, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Garner, Debra Messing, to name a few.

Bling: Simon G has added tri-gold pieces to his line, in which he intertwines rose, yellow and white gold. They come in rings, earrings, neckpieces and bracelets, using 18-karat gold with precious metals and natural-colored diamonds. More info? Call 213-622-2660 or visit

Vote for Change!: Los Angeles-based apparel company Clothing of the American Mind, in association with co-chairs Kirsty Hume, Amber Valetta and Donovan Leitch, presented Fashion 4 Change, a fundraising evening of Democratic-oriented fashion and music on Friday, June 25, 2004 at the Spider Club. Fashion 4 Change benefitted Clothing of the American Mind¹s commitment to increasing voter registration across America. The event featured a fashion show, silent auction and DJ John Blista.

Clothing of the American Mind showcased its line of topical T-shirts -- designs are politically-themed, featuring slogans lambasting the Bush Administration¹s wrongdoings. Catch phrases like ³Axis of Evil Doers,² ³Environmental Destroyers,² ³Halliburton Overchargers² and ³No Child Left Behinders² are printed on sports team-like American Apparel jersey T-shirts. There is also a full line of tees, tank tops, underwear and shorts encouraging all to ³VOTE² come November.

100% of the net proceeds from this star-studded event benefit Clothing of the American Mind, whose nationwide campaign to increase voter awareness and registration will culminate in a cross-country road trip throughout the month of July. Voter registration rallies will be held along the way, leading up to and finishing at the Democratic National Convention from July 26 29, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Clothing of the American Mind was founded in mid-2004 in response to the vast unyielding money-making machine of the current administration and the alternative idea vacuum that has become the order of the day. The company has found the ideal way to simultaneously make a statement while starting a dialogue of the real issues. All net proceeds go to reputable organizations committed to the advancement of progressive political causes and for tossing George W. Bush and his posse out of the White House. For more information or to purchase T-shirts, visit

California’s Gov: Animal Terminator: SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the doghouse with animal-welfare advocates for proposing that shelters be allowed to kill stray animals more quickly to save money, said Friday that his budget recommendation was a mistake.
As part of his budget proposal first drafted in December, the governor had asked the Legislature to repeal a 1998 law that requires the shelters to hold dogs and cats up to six days before destroying them. The governor wanted to save local goverments that operate the shelters $14 million by cutting the waiting period in half.

But after a nationwide storm of protest, the governor organized a press conference outside his Capitol office and confessed to his error.

"I realized last night that there was a mistake that I made on the budget," he explained, noting he had only a few weeks to put his proposed budget together between his inauguration in November and when the document went to the printers in December.
Statewide, an estimated 600,000 dogs and cats are put to death each year -- 34,000 in Los Angeles alone. In addition to cats and dogs, the shelters also care for many other animals including birds, hamsters, potbellied pigs, rabbits, snakes and turtles.
H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the state Department of Finance, had said the six-day waiting period caused overcrowding and forced some shelters to kill off animals.

Political observers noted the issue was potentially volatile.
"Cats and dogs are like mom and apple pie," said Barbara O'Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at California State University, Sacramento.
"Don't mess with the pets. Most people prefer them to other people," she said.

The Legislature is working to pass the state's budget before the next fiscal year begins July 1.

From Our Friends at Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project: The clock is ticking and there are only 129 days left until the Election! In preparation, PPAP has developed an aggressive grassroots voter education and mobilization program to make sure we elect pro-choice candidates this November. We are part of a national PP campaign called Stand Up For Choice! (a.k.a. ‘SU4C’) that involves contacting thousands of voters here and throughout the country about the importance of voting pro-choice in this election. As you know, we have never had more at stake and EVERY vote will count in what is sure to be a tight race. Today we’re contacting our supporters and e-activists to announce the official launch of our Stand Up For Choice! campaign. We're counting on you to be among our strongest advocates and best weapons against the anti-choice movement.
Our team has been very busy developing a series of volunteer activities that will help maximize whatever time you have to donate. Take a look at the list below and email us at to let us know which activity you’d like to take part in.

Select a theme, invite your friends, and we’ll set you up with an easy-to-follow party guide and a copy of the powerful documentary, Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance, to help you plan some Pro-Choice fun! This is a great way to educate your friends & family about the importance of this year's elections, voting and the current threats to Choice.

Speak at a Soirée For the well-versed SuperStar PPAP Volunteer, this is the perfect way to get your voice heard! Someone else plans the house party--you show up to talk about the role of Choice in this year’s elections and inspire the guests to vote and take action!

We want all of L.A. County to know about our campaign before Election Day. To make sure this happens, we need pro-choice supporters like you to show up en masse to the activities that follow. (*Specific dates to these activities will be announced in future e-updates)

Bar Bashing Nights* Go barhopping with the PP Crew in your favorite Pro-Choice T, all in the name of increasing SU4C visibility! (Please note: you must be at least 21 years old to participate).

Run Against Bush* Run, jog, or walk with this established group while passing out SU4C stickers and spreading the PP message.
Stand Up For Choice at a MeetUp Join your local candidate meet-up and be PP’s pro-choice voice! You’ll be making sure our issues don’t get ignored.

Not a Joiner? Then Be a Leader! Round up some friends and form your own SU4C Visibility Team. Run For Choice…Shop For Choice…just get out there!

Make a Bold Fashion Statement Be an Everyday Activist. You don’t have to say anything to be heard. Just wear a SU4C T-shirt to the supermarket or while walking the dog…or anywhere. This ensemble is very versatile! We’ll provide you with talking tips just in case your T-shirt isn’t loud enough.

Can You Hear Us Now?* Practice your conversation skills while talking to battleground state voters about Choice. (August-October)

These Shoes Were Made For Walking* A great way to get a workout and spread the Pro-Choice message! (October)

Tell-A-Friend Forward our e-updates to your friends and encourage them to join you in Action.

Cocktail Chat* Train to be the ultimate “Activist-In-the-Know”. Spend an evening with us brushing up on choice issues and pro-choice candidates. You’ll never be stumped by your conservative aunt!

Register Everyone You Know by the 10/18 deadline It’s fast, it’s cheap and the easiest way to make your voice count. Convince even the most cynical of your friends to register and vote before it’s too late! Still have doubts about voting? Log on to for more information.

Phew! We know it looks like quite an extensive list but we are all about giving you CHOICES! So, if any of these great activities catches your eye (or, you still can’t find something that fits your style and schedule), send us an email at or call 323-223-4462 x3157.

Friday, June 25, 2004

The Mummy Ride at Universal Studios: Last night, the entire staff of BeansTalk attended Universal Studios private party for the premiere of the much-anticipated Revenge of the Mummy ride.

The Jurassic Park ride was also open. It was a treat to not wait in any line, have an entire car to ourselves, but not so much the getting wet. Getting absolutely soaked. We took our wet selves over to the line for the Mummy ride – significant because the even more privileged got to go straight to the front. It took more than an hour. The ride is fairly raucous (not for the faint of heart).

There were a bunch of celebrities – most of whom (despite being on the periphery of entertainment) we didn’t recognize. We got to meet Jon Favreau, who we actually had just done an hour-long phone interview earlier that day! Stars Brendan Fraser and Arnold Vosloo were there, along with one-hit wonder Geraldo, Miguel Ferrer, Davleigh Chase, Thora Birch and Wayne Brady.

Bear in mind that starting today, the lines for Revenge of the Mummy will be long – and the ride (per a BeansTalker) seems to last about 45 seconds.

If Ben Affleck Can Win $365K…: GSN, the network for games, gets ready for “Celebrity Blackjack” its premiere episode of “Celebrity Blackjack,” with Snoop Dogg, Shannon Elizabeth, Jason Alexander, Camryn Manheim and Kevin Nealon. The six-episode series hosted by Matt Vasgersian (lead TV broadcaster for the San Diego Padres) and Alex Borstein ("Mad TV," "Cat Woman"), and featuring 25 celebrities playing for their favorite charities debuts on Monday, July 5, 2004 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT). The winner earns an impressive $100,000 donation. Then on July 12, 2004, Richard Belzer, Chynna Phillips, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Andy Dick and Mark Steines take their turn at the table.

Miming Martha (Stewart, that is): With Martha Stewart’s fate in the balance, ABC is jumping on the opportunity with the new series “The Great Domestic Showdown.” Steve Kemble is on the contestants on the series, which airs Sunday, July 11, 2004. Kemble’s appeared on “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?” on the Style Network, to a role on ABC Family Channel’s “My Life is a Sitcom.”

Adam Carolla, TV and radio personality (“The Man Show” and “Loveline” – and graduate of North Hollywood High School, class of 1982) hosts. Kemble and five other contestants prove their diva-ness in six categories: decorating, cooking, gardening, entertaining, home improvement and the final challenge – a splendid gala event. Judges are Sandra Lee, host of the Food Network’s “Semi-Homemade;” Robert Verdi, host of the Discovery Channel’s “Surprise by Design;” and Govind Armstrong, one of LA’s top chefs at the elite Table 8. Contestants are judged on originality, creativity, resourcefulness and the ability to stay within the rules. The winner gets a deal with Hyperion Books, an appearance on “Good Morning America” and his or her own television show.

Kemble says, “this show is a dream come true for me. On any given day, I’m used to working with ice sculptures the size of a ballroom and enough roses and flowers to create a botanical garden – then, I’ll go home and host a 50 person cocktail party. I’m truly a domestic diva!”

Contestants lived together in one mansion, shared a solitary bathroom and were monitored by audio and cameras 24-hours a day. No communication with the outside world were allowed. They also had only five “survival” items they were allowed to bring as resources to prove their domestic skills.

Who’s Wearing What: Ashley Judd signed as Face of Estee Lauder's "American Beauty" and she showed up at Wednesday’s NYC Carlyle Hotel event in a Marc Jacobs dress, Chanel earrings and Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Julie Delpy, at the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival - "Before Sunset" Premiere showed up in a gorgeous deep green silk satin dress, looking not a day older than she did at the “Before Sunrise” premiere years ago.

God knows what Winona Ryder was wearing at that event. The actual outfit – destined to make the “What Was She Thinking” columns – wasn’t bad, but on petite Ryder it overwhelmed her. The vintage clothing fan wore a 70s styled silk chiffon pastel and amber print pleated dress, with an empire waist, and halter top. She added a red silk print kimono coat and carried, curiously, a tan leather everyday handbag.

Our friends Karen Brailsford , pretty in a Sue Wong print dress, and Alice Chung were at the Levi's 501-Caroline Calvin Reception at Pearl (we couldn't go since we were at the Universal Event even those we LOVE the hosts, the guys at Rousso/Fisher, Ryan and RJ).

Safe Tan : St. Tropez Tanning Essentials instant self-tanner is a favorite of Victoria Beckham , Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Ripa, Mia Tyler, Cate Blanchette, action super star Rick Yune, EXTRA¹s Samantha Harris, Fox 11 News/ Entertainment Reporter Lisa Breckenridge, producer Joe Reitman, and even the British Royal Family, who get tanned at the palace! New is the Self-Tan Remover: A fast and easy way to remove any unsightly stains from your palms after using any self-tanner. The Remover, along with other St. Tropez products, is available at Sephora Stores around the country and selected beauty and department stores throughout Europe.

St. Tropez Body Bronzing Treatments are available at four Equinox locations throughout New York City as well as the Four Seasons Hotel & Spa in Beverly Hills. These St. Tropez treatments are performed by trained and certified St. Tropez technicians skilled to give the ultimate glowing tan.

Pin-Heads: Fifty years ago James Dean bowled at PINZ (formerly Sports Center Bowl) in Studio City, CA. Regulars at PINZ include Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and their exes Brittany Murphy and Jared Leto. Sports and music celebs include Shaquille O¹Neal, Kobe Bryant, Method Man, Nelly and Ice Cube. Eleda Cohen owner of PINZ, just announced summer activities including "Bikini Bowl" and "Pajama Bowl.” 818 -769-7600.

His Parents Sang “Mockingbird” : Ben Taylor makes his acting debut guest-starring in a multi-story arc as Cal, a struggling singer-songwriter in the mid-1960s who will also be performing in the Lair -- and provides a new romantic interest for Beth Mason (Rachel Boston) -- in the third season of NBC's "American Dreams" (Sundays, 8-9 p.m. ET).

“I am really looking forward to being on American Dreams,” says Taylor, whose parents are Carly Simon and James Taylor. “It will be a good way for me to get my feet wet in acting as the character I am playing is very much like myself. In the meantime, I am trying to finish my band’s new album and really trying not to think about the fact that I have never acted.”

Taylor is currently in an Atlanta studio recording the Ben Taylor Band's follow-up album to their 2003 debut, Famous Among the Barns. Recording with producer Rick Beato (Ingram Hill, Flickerstick, The Rising), the band's new album titled Another Run Around the Sun, is expected to be released this fall to coincide with the season premiere of NBC's "American Dreams," which will also feature original music from this album.

"It's our show's good luck to have Ben Taylor playing the Beatles' 'In My Life' last season," said "American Dreams" executive producer Jonathan Prince. "There will be romantic tension between Ben's character and Beth, played by Rachel Boston. How could there not be? A good-looking guy with a guitar who sings like an angel."

The Ben Taylor Band's debut album, Famous Among the Barns, has sold over 50,000 copies since release through Taylor's self-owned label, Iris Records (Ryko/MRI). The band spent much of 2003 on the road promoting the album and touring with artists as Dar Williams, Blues Traveler, Spearhead, and Ziggy Marley. The group also appeared on NBC "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," CBS "The Early Show," NBC "Last Call with Carson Daly," and FOX "Summer Music Mania," and also won a Boston Music Award.

The Ben Taylor Band's music has been described as a mixture of rock, pop, folk with touch of hip-hop infused lyrics.
"American Dreams," has won two Emmy Awards and is set against the music of the 1960s. It’s life as seen through the Pryor family of Philadelphia. "American Dreams" is from NBC Universal Television Studios. Dick Clark and Jonathan Prince are executive producers. For further information on the ben taylor band visit:

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Here Comes NRBQ on DVD! : NRBQ – One In A Million has just been released on DVD.

Generally recognized as “the greatest bar band in the world”, NRBQ got their start in 1968 when they signed with Columbia Records. The future looked promising for the band, but soon third-stringers started getting similar contracts with big record companies.

Although NRBQ’s records didn’t shoot up the charts, they and their fans were more than satisfied with the results. Coming off a few regional hits and rabid east coast fandom, things began to fall into place for the band. Musicians like Dave Edmunds and Elvis Costello showed interest and NRBQ was finally in the limelight.

The release of “One In A Million” is a representative slice of NRBQ in their prime. Shot in 1989 and featuring the classic quartet of Terry Adams on keyboards, Joey Spampinato on Bass, “Big Al” Anderson on guitar, and Tom Ardolino on drums, it demonstrates the frightening ease with which one of America’s best bands can perfectly play prime material that is fun, showing their fans what rock ‘n’ roll really is. Retails for $16.95

Bonus material includes an NRBQ slide show, and a bonus video from the title track, 2004 release, “Dummy”.

Track List:

I Got a Rocket In My Pocket

Girl Scout Cookies

It’s A Wild Weekend

Little Floater

You’re So Beautiful

12 Bar Blues

Crazy Like A Fox

Here Comes Terry

Shake, Rattle & Roll


Hollywood, Broadway Stars and Top Gay Leaders Gather for Gay Pride Awards at NYC's City Hall

WHO: New York State Senator David A. Paterson; Actress Laura Linney; Actress Joyce Randolph; Tony Award winners Harvey Fierstein and Alan Cummings; Queer As Folk's Hal Sparks; John Tartaglia; Larry Kramer Star of Tony Award-Winning Avenue Q; Playwright Ronald Johnson; Creator of Hedwig and the Angry John Cameron Mitchell; Mayor, New Paltz, NY Jason West; Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom

WHAT: Paterson and the New York State Democratic Conference will lead a press conference honoring exceptional champions of equal rights and cultural expression for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community.

There will be an awards ceremony immediate following the press onference-open to the public-in City Hall Chambers.

WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 2004
4:30 PM
5:30 PM

City Hall Red Room
City Hall Council Chambers

BBC America's "Family":

Driving tests, teenage parties, annoying neighbors, young love and a never-ending job search are just a few of the trials and tribulations awaiting Robert Lindsay (G.B.H., Oliver Twist) and Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Gormenghast) in a new season (Season 2) of "My Family," Wednesdays from July 21, 2004 at 9:00 p.m. ET, 8:00 p.m. PT.

Family life never runs smoothly, at least that is the view of creator and U.S. sitcom writer Fred Barron (Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show and Caroline in the City). Based on his own family, he and a British team of writers have created a family that is funny but flawed.

Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay) is a dentist who finds family life a frightening prospect. His wisecracking wife, Susan (Zoë Wanamaker), is the one who keeps order in the busy household – although her culinary skills would be enough to make anyone leave home as soon as they were able.

The children, couch potato Nick (Kris Marshall, Love Actually), ‘mature’ Janey (Daniela Denby Ashe, EastEnders) and sensible Michael (Gabriel Thomson) bring their own problems to the family, making Ben wish he was far away from the disordered life in which he exists.

Brit Gardening: Back in the U.S. by popular demand this summer, the Ground Force America team pack up their gardening kits and head across the pond for an all-new season of inspirational makeover programming. New shows premiere every Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET\PT beginning July 13 with Ground Force America: Santa Barbara.

Gardening goddesses Charlie Dimmock and Kirsty King join forces with construction kings Tommy Walsh and Will Shanahan to present five all-new episodes filmed across the west of the United States in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. In each location the team have just 48 hours to secretly tackle and transform lame looking backyards while one of their owners is away from home. There are two new faces lending a helping hand this season, Tommy’s trusty building assistants, Jason and Chris.

New terrains create tough new challenges and exciting new creative possibilities for television’s original gardening gurus. From the slopes of the Santa Barbara hills to the desert landscapes of Santa Fe and Las Vegas and the stunning woodland backdrop of San Antonio, the Ground Force America team tame the wildest gardens and confront the trickiest problems to create awe-inspiring new spaces.

Incorporating regional plants and landscaping styles, Charlie and Tommy bestow stunning original garden designs to compliment the local style and culture of each new location. Look out for an artistic garden in Santa Fe with a southwestern flavour, a swinging pergola and path in an elegant Fort Worth garden and a majestic gothic ruin in the heart of Santa Barbara.

Get Your Retro Groove On:
Fast cars, dashing do-gooders, high-kicking heroes and international intrigue… The Avengers, The Saint and The Prisoner swing into action in BBC AMERICA’s new Friday night line-up beginning July 9, 2004 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Cool, classic and quintessentially British – Friday nights kick off with The Avengers as BBC AMERICA presents some of the show’s most popular episodes featuring Patrick Macnee (Scrooge, The Fantastic Seven) as debonair expert agent John Steed and Dame Diana Rigg (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Mrs. Bradley Mysteries) as aristocratic widow and amateur secret agent, Emma Peel.

Men envy him and women adore him… Roger Moore (A View to a Kill, Four Your Eyes Only) stars as Simon Templar – The Saint. In an action-packed hour of international intrigue, the debonair daredevil steals from criminals and keeps the spoils for himself.

Finally, BBC AMERICA offers one of the most ground-breaking series of the ’60s, The Prisoner. Patrick McGoohan (Danger Man, Mary, Queen of Scots) plays a man known only as Number 6 who wakes up in a surreal and disturbing place called “The Village” – where nothing is what it seems and everybody knows too much.

Another retro British series comes to Friday nights in November as two millionaire playboys team up to bring justice to an unjust world. Tony Curtis and Roger Moore star in The Persuaders.

Get Your Bling Here: Debra Savage the jewelry designer for Chad Allison Designs uses symbols in her jewelry line. One of her most popular is a cross with four equal sides. "This represents balance in life and was originally the symbol of the goddess," explains Savage from her Scottsdale design studio overlooking Camelback Mountain.

Fleur de lis and hearts are other themes running throughout the Chad Allison line. The collection features wide, diamond cuffs, large pendants, a large selection of diamond hoops and chandeliers and a collection of rings. The Chad Allison Collection has been expanded to include several new pieces.

A commonality to her line, "All my pieces are big. They make a statement. They are not for the meek woman," said Savage. They are, she insists, "for the woman who embraces excess - the woman who can buy for herself and will enjoy the purchase".

Chad Allison was co-founded in l999 by diamond dealer David Goldstein and designer Debra Savage. Prices range from $500 to$500,000. For information or 877.947.7844.

More Bling : Players Club jewelry line from Mirabelle features more than 80 pieces featured in this new collection, gaming pieces feature jeweled encrusted heart, spade, clover and diamonds necklaces, chandelier and drop earrings, bracelets and cufflinks. Handcrafted in 18k white and yellow gold, the pieces featured diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.

Mirabelle plans to enter the winner's circle with this line with a July 4, 2004 launch in Las Vegas. Celebrities wearing Player¹s Club include players Dave Navarro, Jennie Garth, James Woods, Kathy Najimy, Star Jones, Mena Suvari, and Rosario Dawson. The line has already been featured on Bravo's Celebrity Poker.

Available at Saks Fith Avenue and other retailers nationally.

Celebs Get Comfy: Super hot Mischa Barton and Jessica Simpson are just two celebs who love the designs of Peddy Ebrahimian, 27. He created "One Life," a new sportswear line.

With no formal training, Peddy's inspiration comes from the streets. His marketing approach is also very "street." "The best way to advertise my line is for people to wear it," says Ebrahimian. "It's cut to fit and accentuate curves. It's comfortable, durable and extremely wearable and I want to get everyone-- from the hipster, or car pool mom, to the Ivy luncheon society babes sporting it."

Made from double-knit fabric the line is reversible and Ebrahimian likes the practicality of this design. "No one else is doing this, and today who has the time to shop for multipleoutfits or pack too much," says Peddy. "We live in a fast paced world. I like to pack and go".

"Cowgirl", the reversible line, is available at Fred Segal, and Kitson in Los Angeles, as well as on ­line in a variety of colors including reversible black to grey, pink to blue, grey to white and other solids including orange, baby blue, black, and tan. All items carry the One Life logo and unique finishing studs.

New collections will hit stores mid-summer and fall and include Gothic, Desert Fatigue and Kaleidoscope.

Celebrity fans include Christina Aguleria and Rachel Bilson who own several sets in four colors. Stacey Ferguson (Black Eyed Peas) packed a suitcase full of One Life for her concert tour while Dennis Rodman favors the new One Life beenie cap.

What's That (Great) Smell??: Fruits & Passion, a Canadian( offers consumers products from skincare to home care to gourmet foods.

Fruits & Passion’s CUCINA DOLCE collection, a
collection of candles, soaps, and home-fragrance products are inspired by Italian cafés and desserts. This new collection also includes a wonderful diffuser which fragrances the home and bathroom with CHOCOLATE ORANGE, CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT, and CHOCOLATE MINT wax slabs wrapped like candy bars. They’re not edible, though you’ll certainly be tempted.

A quartet of candles scented like Italian coffees features ESPRESSO, FRESH CREAM, NUTMEG AND ORANGE ZEST, and HAZELNUT candles are poured into genuine Italian espresso glasses for a sophisticated collection that creates a warm and welcoming ambiance.

Gelato Soaps come in three fragrances that are reminiscent of
Italian bonbons. STRAWBERRY, PISTACHIO and LEMON Italian ice soaps smell like ice cream and are wrapped like candy.

Don't Miss This If You're In Town : Mother Jones & AEG Presents, A Madison House & Spire Artists Production
A benefit to assist the voice of independent media


Mother Jones Magazine’s State of the Union project represents a year-long campaign intended to inform millions of Americans of important trends and facts that are relevant to the 2004 elections in November. As part of these continuing efforts, Mother Jones, together with Madison House Inc. and Spire Artists, will organize a spectacular evening of political comedy. This special event will be held on September 4th, 2004, the weekend following the Republican Convention, at Town Hall in New York City,

This show will benefit various independent media outlets in an effort to increase the reach of information that is often dismissed by mainstream news organizations. By using humor as a vehicle for artists’ social and political commentary, the producers and participants of this presentation hope to connect important content of independent political issues with a broad cross section of Americans.

Who's Wearing What :

A glamorous bosomy Catherine Crier wore a pale yellow silk satin Donna Karan dress with dangling diamond earrings to the American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards held at the NY Hilton

Mariska Hargitay chose a black silk satin backless sexy Vera Wang dress to the American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards held at the NY Hilton

Deborah Roberts elected to wear a lingerie styled Ralph Lauren dress in champagne with sleeveless lace to accentuate her fit arms to the American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards held at the NY Hilton

Tracey Ullman channeled the 80s in a vintage dress -- a black print, with a bold purple pattern and wide matching belt to the American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards held at the NY Hilton

Elisabeth Hasselbeck wore a grey tank top and coordinating long grey skirt (and ribbon belt) from H&M to to the American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards held at the NY Hilton

Meredith Vieira, wore a black pantssuit, tux style by Calvin Klein to the American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards held at the NY Hilton

Gayle King wore a tangerine print Carmen Marc Valvo dress to the American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards held at the NY Hilton

Eva LaRue Callahan chose a lavender silk chiffon Jean Paul Gaultier dress to the American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards held at the NY Hilton

Rene Sylar wore a turquoise Carmen Marc Valvo dress to the American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards held at the NY Hilton

Shandi Finnessey, Miss USA, chose a strapless red satin dress with sexily exposed sides designed by Stephen Yearick to the American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards held at the NY Hilton

Kelly Ripa chose a classic black Roberto Cavalli dress, with a "V" at the back and simple and elegant otherwise to American Women in Radio & Television 29th Annual Gracie Allen Awards

At the "Spider-Man 2" Los Angeles Premiere, Kirsten Dunst wore her living-room curtains. OK, she didn't but it looked a little like it. Of course, it's something we would probably like and wear, but the gorgeous Dunst was hiding all her assets.

At the same premiere, former Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar wore pinstriped taupe capris, super high heeled sandals and a seafoam green silk chiffon floaty top.

Soon to be wed Rachel Leigh Cook looked beautiful (she's engaged to a Spiderman 2 co-star), in a pale seafoam green strapless dress, with ruching at the bodice and a slit in the front. A peachy pink silk fringed shawl was shrugged over her shoulders and her sexy high-heeled sandals were very strappy and tied at the ankles. Her hair, once elfin and short, is now long and feathered.

Talk about classically elegant! Ashley Judd at the Window Unveiling of Armani Fashions Inspired by her New Film "De-Lovely" appeared in a knee length, traditional black silk sleeveless Armani sheath, with Armani shoes in white with black accents.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Who’s Wearing What:

“Smallville" beauty Kristin Kreuk wore a cute black-printed, ruffled-bottom dress with a black tie- at-the-torso shrug to the premiere of “The Notebook” last night.

At the same event – at Westwood’s Mann Theater – Brooke Burke wore a simple white tank over a bold patterned silk skirt with blues and browns, and a ruffled bottom.

“Notebook” star Rachel McAdams, sporting a much darker red heavily banged ‘do, wore a beautiful 20s-inspired champagne colored dress cut down to there.

Daisy Fuentes showed off those Pilates created curves in a halter black dress with a printed ruching down the center.

Lauren Bacall chose a taupe pantsuit, lavender pointed shoes and beige clutch for Former US President, Bill Clinton's Book Release Party for "My Life" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Chelsea Clinton supported her dad in a very conservative black pantsuit, featuring a zipped up cardigan top with subtle cut-out accents.

Holding hands with her hubby, Senator Hilary Clinton, chose wide ivory pants and a light pink collarless jacket – she looked happy and sweet.

Meanwhile, Phoebe Cates supported husband Kevin Kline for the NY premiere of "De-Lovely" wearing an asymmetrical shouldered black silk satin dress, one shoulder ruffled, with 40s-inspired slingbacks with a leather flower accent.

Ashley Judd looked lovely for “De-Lovely” in a Chanel ensemble that included a silk chiffon pleated short-sleeved ivory blouse and full 50s style black skirt with white accents and cut-out designs.

Talk about va-va voom! Alanis Morisette (a film co-star), wore a black silk dress that criss crossed against her bosom, exposing her stomach, with a long fitted black skirt. She looked voluptuous and sexy. She cuddled with bearded date Ryan Reynolds.

Darling Tracy Ullman, who we idolize, wore mismatched blacks, a long-sleeved button-up blouse and a beautiful kicky black-velvet skirt.

Beyonce Knowles wore a side-revealing baby blue silk halter dress to the London launch of her New Tommy Hilfiger Womens Fragrance "True Star."

Belly Basics is Back Big Time: Whether you’re a celeb or a commoner, Belly Basics has been considered a solid, quality maternity clothing line. The watershed Pregnancy Survival Kit has been a “must have” for expectant mommies, with its versatile (and here’s the key word: ) comfortable clothing staples. They’ve added designer Ema Degnan, a young brit to complement the line with fashion forward wear. The line can be purchased at Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, Pickles & Ice Cream,, and in August, purchase at Celeb fans include Courteney Cox, Debra Messing, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, and Marcia Gay Harden.

Banishing Brown Spots Dermaplaning, microdermabrasion and TCA Peels are used at Century Cosmetics medi-spa in a program developed by plastic surgeon Peter Fodor, to refine skin tone and combat the damaging effects of sun exposure (including those nasty brown spots). For more info, call (310) 203-9533 or visit

Sweet Hands & Feet: L.A.’s Paint Shop offers such dessert like treats as the Godiva chocolate foot bath or the margarita foot scrub, manicures and pedicures include Footsie White Choco-Latte, Ritas & Rocks, and Shaken Not Stirred. Celeb fans include Cameron Diaz, Janet Jackson and Tyra Banks. Prices range from $25 to $78. Visit

New Haircare Line: growUp’s a new professional line geared towards teens and tweens, but can be used by anyone. Products include Loosen Up Ballerina Detangler, Hold Fast Gymnast Finishing Spray, Reach for the Stars Cheerleader Shine Serum for girls and Stand Firm Karate Hard Hold Hair Gel and Blaze a Trail BMX Styling Stick for boys. More info, call (800) 267-4781 or visit

Monday, June 21, 2004

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story The BeansTalk Review: Ben Stiller may have hits and misses, but he manages to score with his latest film, “Dodgeball,” which co-stars his wife, Christine Taylor and Vince Vaughn. The premise is simple: two rival, neighboring gyms – a high-tech, over-the-top facility run by the ridiculous White Goodman (Stiller) and one slovenly one, run by the nice-guy-who-needs-a-break Peter La Fleur (Vaughn). Taylor plays a lawyer negotiating the collapse of one and the rise of the other who falls for La Fleur. She’s a natural, credible actress (albeit almost distractingly too thin) who plays it straight among the wacky characters.

It may not be the most thought-provoking film of the year, but “Dodgeball” delivers consistent, nearly non-stop laughs that can be credited to the quick pacing and balanced acting. Balanced refers to the fact that writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber allows Stiller to be silly and exaggerated (although after actually meeting Tony Little, Goodman isn’t too far from actuality), and has La Fleur be deadpan, yet appealing. As a BeansTalk staffer noted, Vaughn seems to be channeling Bill Murray. Indeed, it’s a role Murray could easily have played. Because it’s not at such an A.D.D. hyper pitch and actually doesn’t try too hard or work to cover all its bases (and be simply not funny as comedies can be), it’s a very successful comedic film. There’s a minimum of gross-out factor, as well, keeping the humor surprisingly smart.

Swing Time! Music Video Distributors and Disconforme announce the release of The Swing Era DVD Series; they’ll be released on August 3, 2004 and retail for $19.95.

One of the legends of jazz, Count Basie (1904-1984) came to epitomize the very concept of swing. The fabled Basie, fronted two of the very best jazz orchestras ever: his classic 'Old Testament' line-up from 1935 to 1949 and a renewed, hard-swinging 'New Testament' band from 1952 onwards. If his early orchestra featured such legendary players as Lester Young, Harry Edison and Buck Clayton, or the relentless rhythm section of Basie on piano, Walter Page on bass, Freddie Green on guitar and Jo Jones on drums, the second Basie band was also a star-studded, powerhouse affair. The DVD is completed with different sounds showcasing Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Joe Turner, Henry Red Allen, Gene Krupa, Lucky Millinder and the dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson. (TRT 93 minutes)

The greatest of the jazz clarinetists, Benny Goodman (1909-1986) was universally known as "The King Of Swing". A colorful, extroverted personality and a top-notch performer, Goodman enjoyed a phenomenal string of hits all through the Thirties and Forties while fronting his powerhouse orchestra or resorting to the small-combo format. A charismatic figure, B.G. was also known for the quality of his bands, which at one time or another featured jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Harry James or Charlie Christian. A household name for millions, Goodman is still remembered as one of the most influential musicians in the last century. A compilation of different clips featuring the great Benny Goodman and his band, this video is completed with a selection of assorted sounds from the Swing era starring star performers and bandleaders of the day such as Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, Hoagy Carmichael and Jack "Mr. T" Teagarden. (TRT 77 minutes)

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) featured jazz greats such as Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Paul Gonsalves, Sidney Bechet, Cootie Williams, Harry Edison, Clark Terry, Barney Bigard, Jimmy Blanton, and a host of first-rate sidemen too numerous to mention. Ellington was also a superb composer who wrote literally thousands of songs (including numbers such as Flamingo, Take The A Train, Caravan, and countless other classics). Besides being a top-notch arranger, the Duke was also a restless, experimental artist by nature and a musician who never stopped recording from 1926 on. This video compiles different films starring the great Duke Ellington and his orchestra: Black And Tan (1929), Symphony in Black (1935 - featuring the famous sequence with Billie Holiday), plus assorted different musical sequences from other motion pictures, including the three scenes starring Mae West in the 1934 movie Belle Of The Nineties. (TRT 60 minutes)

The leader of one of the most popular combos in jazz during the fifties and early sixties, the blind George Shearing (born 1919) was reputed for his mastery at the piano, an instrument he played in a sophisticated style he termed 'locked hand.'
Shearing was also known for the unique sound of his quintet, which featured an unusual lineup, with the vibraphone and guitar tripling the melody. Shearing's very special sound proved fruitful during his heyday, when he was one of the best-selling jazzmen around. A notable composer, the blind pianist wrote numbers which have become classics. Lullaby of Birdland, Conception, Consternation... he employed Latin-oriented sidemen such as Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo or Cal Tjader and performed alongside jazz greats such as Oscar Pettiford, Peggy Lee, Wes Montgomery, Mel Torme or Jim Hall. Besides gathering different clips and sounds featuring the great George Shearing and his combo, this video includes additional numbers showcasing what we could term Fifties Swingers: Mel Torme, the Slam Stewart Trio, Slim Gaillard, the Bob Cats, and others, in all, a splendid compilation. (TRT 97 minutes)

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Six-Feet Under It may have taken a year for the new season, but fans are anxiously checking in with the Fisher family and their associates. Here’s a look at episodes for July


Episode #43: "Can I Come Up Now?"
Debut date: Sunday, July 11, 2004, 9 p.m.
David's (Michael C. Hall) ex-fiancée reenters his life in search of answers to the question "Why me?"; Nate (Peter Krause) has a psychic rendezvous; Keith's (Mathew St. Patrick) new job sends him into the closet; Claire (Lauren Ambrose) decides not to let life pass her by; George (James Cromwell) dumps some surprise baggage on Ruth (Frances Conroy); and Margaret(Joanna Cassidy) weighs in on Brenda's new relationship. Written by Alan Ball; directed by Dan Minahan.

Episode #44: "That's My Dog"
Debut date: Sunday, July 18, 2004, 9 p.m.
With Keith out of town on business, David gets taken for a ride by a hitchhiker; Nate feels out of place in a bereavement group; Ruth tries to play matchmaker, to George's chagrin; Claire feels empty after a critique of her self-portraits; Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) and her mom go back to school; and Federico gets an unexpected visitor at work. Written by Scott Buck; directed by Alan Poul.

Episode #45: "Terror Starts at Home"
Debut date: Sunday, July 25, 2004, 9 p.m.
Fisher & Diaz hosts two very different parties in one night; David is uncomfortable with all the comfort he's receiving; Nate finds temporary relief at a "canine retreat"; Claire and her art school friends go on a trip; Ruth grows frustrated with George's "nasty little secrets;” Federico (Freddy Rodriguez) gets his phone wires crossed; and Brenda and Joe (Justin Theroux) find a basket to house their eggs. Written by Kate Robin; directed by Miguel Arteta.

Hot Handbags : Swarovski crystals, layered feathers and the gemstones make the latest collection of Lauren Scherr Handbags an enchanting way to carry treasures.

Feathers are available in bright red, deep burgundy, shades of purple, plum, fuchsia, midnight teal and black accented with complementing gemstone detail offer versatility.

“Feathers bring out the feminine, softer side of a woman,” says Scherr. “By adding sparkle, baubles, dazzling color and texture, you create an element of excitement and artful allure guaranteed to turn heads.” Visit to view the entire line.

Time Tells: The following actresses have diamond-encrusted watches by ROBERT LIGHTON NEW YORK.

Angelina Jolie The Oscar-winning actress was spotted at the Cannes Film Festival, promoting her upcoming animated feature Shark Tales, wearing an 18K white gold and diamond "Wharton" style watch on a black satin band.

Angela Bassett has been seen at several events at the Maui Film Festival sporting her 18K white gold and diamond "Algonquin" style watch on a pink alligator band.

Eliza Dushku spiced up her little black dress at the unveiling of Fox's fall line-up in New York with her sterling silver "Gramercy" style watch on a pink alligator band.

Every Robert Lighton New York watch features a "vintage" aesthetic. All watches are crafted in Switzerland.

Fashion Bits: Famke Janssen hit the red carpet this weekend at the "Nip/Tuck" season premiere in an outfit by Monique Lhuillier. The actress, whose character on the series debuts this season, chose a black two-tiered chantilly lace miniskirt, paired with a black hammered organza ruffle blouse with cap sleeves. Famke accessorized her ensemble with a black crystal and chain bracelet and black leather and crystal handbag by Daniel Swarovski Paris.

Alexandra Kerry, filmmaker and daughter of Presidential candidate John Kerry, strolled the red carpet at this weekend's Crystal & Lucy awards in a cocktail coat by Pamella Roland, selecting a tailored silver ¾ length evening coat over her own black dress.

At the 31st Annual Women In Film Crystal & Lucy Awards, Alicia Silverstone wore a minidress by Monique Lhuillier, a black Alencon lace minidress with flared bell sleeves.

Both Camryn Manheim and Sharon Lawrence chose ivory silk pantsuits for 2004 Crystal & Lucy Awards: Women in Film Celebrates the Paltrow Family (Kelly Carlson chose a super similar outfit for "Nip/Tuck" Season 2 Premiere).

Meanwhile, Joely Richardson (at Nip n Tuck), Famke Janssen and Portia de Rossi chose cocktail-length black dresses (Richardson’s was strapless, Jansen’s was mini and frilly, de Rossi’s a halter)

At that same event, latest “Six-Feet Under” addition Mena Suvari chose a sexy silk satin midnight blue fitter halter dress.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Don't Miss Monk: The new season of our favorite show "Monk" begins this evening at 10 p.m. on the USA Networks.

Madonna's (Colorist) Man: Celebrity hair colorist Steven Tapp will be touring with Madonna throughout the U.S. for her color touch-ups. Tapp says, “To maintain her new very light, bright blonde locks that I created for the tour, I fly out to see Madonna every few weeks. She’s a wonderful person to work with.” His celebrity clientele includes Carmen Electra, Naomi Watts, Christina Applegate and Cameron Diaz.

New Cinemax Documentary: More than 20 years ago, college student Steve James became a Big Brother to Stevie Fielding, a troubled 11-year-old from rural Illinois. After graduating, James moved away and lost contact with Stevie. Ten
years later, James returned to find out about who Stevie had become.

From the award-winning director of "Hoop Dreams," the acclaimed feature documentary "Stevie" takes a compelling look at how years of poverty, neglect and abuse have affected the development of a troubled young man. Debuts Tuesday, July 27, 2004 on Cinemax.

Inaugural Event: Discovery Health Channel's inaugural Discovery Health Channel Medical Honors celebrates the nation’s premiere health and medical pioneers of the 21st Century for their remarkable discoveries and lifesaving contributions to the field of medicine.

Discovery Health Channel will honor those unsung individuals and organizations dedicated to improving and protecting health around the world. The unprecedented Hollywood-style Honors, in association with the National Health Museum, will be held June 23, 2004 at D.A.R. Constitution Hall and hosted by famed TV personality and talk show host, Regis Philbin. Discovery Health Channel will broadcast the event on July 8, 2004 at 8 p.m.

Partnering Organizations:
• American Academy of Pediatrics
• American Cancer Society
• American Diabetes Association
• American Heart Association
• American Hospital Association
• American Lung Association
• Biotechnology Industry Organization
• Consumer Healthcare Products Association
• The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
• The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
• The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Celebrity presenters include:

Dr. Drew Pinsky
Marlo Thomas
ER's Yvette Freeman
Christoper Reeve (via tape)
Dr. Ben Carson

Da Ali G Show's Back: According to Rolling Stone, "The best interviewer working in television today is not the host of 'Nightline' or 'Meet the Press.' His name is Ali G." Called "the funniest British comedy invasion since 'Monty
Python'" by the Detroit Free Press and "irresistibly, corrosively
funny" by the New York Times, he's back on HBO for a second season of six new episodes when "Da Ali G Show" returns Sunday, July 18, 2004 at 10:30 p.m. following the new comedy series "Entourage," with other editions debuting on subsequent Sundays at the same time.

Sacha Baron Cohen crosses America exploring different aspects of our culture through the unique points of view of his three alter-egos: Ali G, a "wanksta journalist," dressed in his trademark yellow track suit, wraparound glasses and pullover hat; Borat, Kazakhstan's premier journalist; and Bruno, the übercool Austrian fashionista.

Each show features real-world encounters between Ali G, Borat and
Bruno and real-life celebrities and everyday American citizens in a variety of settings. Among the notables interviewed on the show this season are journalist Sam Donaldson, conservative icon Pat Buchanan, former governor and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman and educator-linguist Noam Chomsky.

Edition #7: "Respek"

Ali G talks with Sam Donaldson, "boss man of ABC News," about
Nixon's "Waterworld" crisis, journalist biases and TV ratings, among other critical issues. Borat over-imbibes with a pair of genial gents at a wine tasting in Mississippi. Ali G probes the legal travails of "The Simpsons" with former LAPD police chief Daryl Gates, then questions a pair of ATF dog trainers about bomb-sniffers and canine discrimination.

Edition #8: "Peace" debuts Sunday, July 25, 2004

Ali G has a serious sit-down with conservative icon Pat Buchanan,
pondering the prospect of presidential partnerships, "him"igration pros and cons, and Iraq's possession of "BLTs." Borat hits the campaign trail in Oklahoma with a congressional candidate, then delivers a speech to the City Council after getting tips from the state's Republican Party chairman. Ali G presides over a family roundtable discussion with Michael Easley (senior pastor, The Immanuel Bible Church), Karen Mulhauser (Veteran Feminists of America), Diane Knippers (president of the Institute of Religion and Democracy) and Roger Lancaster (professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies), then visits a farm in search of the answer to a question on everybody's mind: Why are there are so many Vietnam veterinarians?

Around the World in 80 Days: The BeansTalk Review In Jackie Chan’s latest film, he gets to show off those amazing choreographic skills – not just the masterful martial arts – but the ability to use props in a calculated chaotic fluid way. The film is a remake of the classic 50s film, starring David Niven and Cantinflas (Chan plays the latter’s part), in which a London-based eccentric inventor (Steve Coogan, as Phineas Fogg) must travel around the world in 80 days to win a bet (as well as his future career and pride). Along the way, the once introverted scientist finds friendship and love – and plenty of wacky adventures.

In the 1999 documentary in which Chan proudly shows where his ideas come from (he clips articles, photographs, keeps massive binders, bulletin boards, anything that might turn into one of his signature exchanges) and each of those – here, using a wooden bench, the Statue of Liberty, among many – is used to great effect.

But the notion of building a film around Chan’s brilliance doesn’t quite work. For starters, the original “Around the World in 80 Days” was so steeped in the pop culture of the time it was made (1956). What’s unfortunate in this remake is that little effort was affected to make this version funny to a contemporary audience. There are, in all seriousness, probably only a couple of laughs in this two-hour film. One is in Chan’s trademark fight sequences and the other is from a cameo by his “Shanghai Knights” co-star, Owen Wilson.

The audience isn’t ever really catapulted into 1872, when the film is set. It uses its version of “magical realism” – beautiful, colorful transitional art – to move between the many locations the film is supposed to take its characters and audience to, but moreover, director Frank Coraci is more about the wink-wink celebrity cameos, holding the camera lovingly and pointedly on each of his “guest stars.” Never mind that many of these are wholly nonsensical.

Even the costumes and make-up in this film – which is sweeping in its very premise – seem thrown together carelessly. But most disappointing is the script and dialogue, none of which can be saved by the pretty sets or even Chan’s charm.

Stylish Gatherings:
Eva LaRue wore a white Banana Republic t-shirt over a baby blue asymmetrical Pucci skirt at Entertainment Weekly's Celebration of "The Must List: The 137 People & Things We Love This Summer" Issue.

Miss USA Shandi Finnessey wore a flouncy hot pink Carlos Meile dress; Ashanti went total Christian Dior (a sunny yellow sheath dress and matching sandals); “Rich Girl” Jaime Gleicher carried a Gucci bag and chose a Marc Jacobs dress; Model and rock daughter Theodora Richards also wore Marc Jacobs; Ashlee Simpson wore Punk Royal Capri length khakis, with a black white-lettered NEW YORK DOLL T; Fashionista Bai Ling wore a cropped black tank top with a low-riding matching skirt – all of her own design; Vanessa Minnillo chose a lightening bolt printing Sheri Bodell mini; Tovah Feldshuh wore a bright turquoise and yellow Valentino…

The cool event to have been at last night was 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival - "Garden State" Opening Night Premiere: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Ruffalo, Rose McGowan, Christa Miller, Zach Braff, Evan Rachel Wood, Monet Mazur and Gillian Anderson were among the attendees.

2004 Crest Whitestrips Style Awards on the 16th featured Maggie Gyllenhaal (elegantly garbed in a soft pink sheath under a white blazer, pearls around her neck, and her mom as her date), Kate Beckinsale (in a bright turquoise dress with deep blue pointy toed, high heeled boots), Sharon Stone (in slinky halter topped aubergine), Jewel (in a printed pink silk skirt, black tshirt top and a hot pink purse), Mena Suvari (in distressed gray denim Capri jumpsuit), Sarah Wynter (in ivory), Sigourney Weaver (in a crisp ivory, “plaid” tie-dyed 60s style dress with wide belt), and even La Toya Jackson (in a bright white suit).

NOT “Dirty Dancing, Havana Nights”: Siegfried and Roy present the U.S. debut of “Havana Night Club—The Show” Friday, July 30, 2004 at the Stardust Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The contemporary Cuban music and dance features a cast of more than 50 Cuban dancers, musicians and singers and is the first show of its size and caliber to emanate from Cuba and play on U.S. soil in more than a half century. It’s played to more than two million fans in 16 countries around the world since 1999 . Siegfried and Roy exclaim, "We've witnessed the magic of this show and felt compelled to bring its electrifying energy to Las Vegas. This is one party you can't miss!" The show also features the 13-piece award-winning Cubaximo band and singers. "I wanted the world to see, through this show, the glorious untouched talent of Havana," said Nicole "ND" Durr, producer, creator and artistic director. "Every beat and every note is filled with vitality and unbridled energy. The audience is invited to a party made up of glorious colors, rhythm, dance and music."

Durr joined forces with presenters and associate producers Siegfried & Roy, the illusionist team who began their careers in Las Vegas on the same stage at the Stardust over 28 years ago, along with Emmy-Award winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega (Barbra Streisand, Cher, Madonna, Opening Ceremony/Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Games) and set designer Michael Cotton, (Gloria Estefan, N'Sync, Michael Jackson and Aerosmith) who designed each of the show's 16 elaborate scenes. Tickets are on-sale now at the Stardust Resort and Casino Box and by calling 1-866-525-2077 for show ticket reservations.

This is NOT Your Father’s Arthur Godfrey: There’s a new Arthur Godfrey -- the blue-collar son of a Boston fireman returns to New York for a June 30, 2004 showcase at the Laurie Beechman Theater beneath the West Bank Café. In May, Godfrey got a Page 6 notice in the New York Post after playing a private party at the West Bank hosted by Sean Penn. His show was seen by Al Pacino, Chris Noth, Catherine Keener, Sean Lennon, Elizabeth Jagger and others.

Penn tracked Godfrey down after catching one of his sets at a Memphis dive two years before, and has been one of his biggest supporters ever since. Penn flew Godfrey and band out to perform at the wrap party for "21 Grams." Godfrey even has a brief cameo in Penn's forthcoming film
about Richard Nixon.

Several of Godfrey's songs from his two independent releases have won awards. In 2001, "Simple Man" won the Grand Prize in the Folk Category of the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest. He repeated as a Grand Prize Winner two years later, with the song "Amen. In the Billboard Songwriting contest of 2001, his song "Danielle" took second prize. He's currently in the studio working on a third record, and the recent media attention has drawn the interest of several major record labels.

While spending 20 years working for the U.S. Postal Service in towns across the country, Godfrey never forgot about growing up on the wrong side of the tracks on the outskirts of Boston. He collected stories that would blossom into vivid character sketches of the shattered and downtrodden, as well as the blue collar everyday heroes of American life. "I just want to make a working man's living by playing music, case closed," he says.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Captured One of the most talked-about films of 2003, the Academy Award nominee “Capturing the Friedmans” landed on more than 150 top ten film critics' lists last year and won a host of major awards, including the 2003 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Debuting Thursday, July 8, 2004 at 9 p.m. on HBO, director Andrew Jarecki's documentary feature film debut riveted viewers with its exploration of a seemingly normal family embroiled in one of the strangest criminal cases in American history. “Just a Clown,” the short film Jarecki was making when he discovered the Friedmans' story, debuts the following evening, Friday, July 9, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

With a predilection for hamming it up in front of home-movie cameras, the Friedmans were a seemingly normal middle-class family living in the affluent New York suburb of Great Neck. One Thanksgiving, as the family gathers at home for a quiet holiday dinner, their front door explodes, splintered by a police battering ram. Officers rush into the house, accusing Arnold Friedman and his youngest son Jesse of hundreds of shocking crimes.

“Capturing the Friedmans” follows their story from the public's perspective and through unique home-movie footage of the family in crisis, shot inside the Friedman house. Sullied by scandal, vilified by the media and haunted by damning secrets from the past, the family begins to disintegrate, raising provocative questions about justice, family and, ultimately, truth.

The New Yorker called the film "a masterpiece" that "demonstrates the audacity, the evenhandedness, the sense of detail and structural power worthy of such accomplished documentary filmmakers as Marcel Ophuls and Frederick Wiseman." The New York Times hailed the documentary as "one of the most astonishing debut features ever," while Entertainment Weekly described it as an "extraordinary film...gripping, lacerating, moving and haunting."

Miracle Towels: Bleachsafe towels, (available to both the professional beauty trade and consumers at retail) are featured on Bravo’s reality series, “Blow Out” and are revolutionary in that bleach and stains poured directly on the 100% organic cotton towels, robes and sheets wash right out with ordinary detergent while the colors stay in. No fading, no staining -- no chance of germs and bacteria from lower washing temperatures.

Hot Dude: With a RIAA-gold-certified self-titled Capitol Nashville album in hand, Dierks Bentley was named Top New Artist from the Academy of Country Music at ceremonies held last month in Las Vegas. He was also named one of People Magazine’s Hottest Bachelors, in the issue that comes out tomorrow, June 18, 2004. Bentley can also boast: CMT’s 2004 Flameworthy Breakthrough Video of the Year (for "What Was I Thinkin¹") Best New Country Act in the 2003 Country Music Critic¹s Poll; #1 Top New Country Artist of 2003 in Billboard Magazine; Music Row Magazine¹s Breakout Artist of 2003; and Best New Act by the Country Music Critics Poll.

Discovery Channel’s Animal Olympics : On Monday, August 2, 2004, starting at 9 p.m., the Discovery Channel will present the world's first-ever "Animal Games," pitting animal athletes head-to-head in classic track and field events, no matter how many legs, fins or claws they've got. Teams of Mammals, Birds, Fish, Herpitiles and Insects will vie for gold, in events such as the 100-Meter Dash, 100-Meter Swim, High Jump, Long Jump, Weightlifting and Shooting.

Poised: In the aftermath of opening for Britney Spears on the “Onyx Hotel Tour,” Skye Sweetnam’s debut album, NOISE FROM THE BASEMENT, from the 16 year-old Capitol recording artist is due in stores later this summer. Her girl-power anthem, "Number One,” is currently being featured in national TV spots for the WNBA.

Scot Rockers : Scottish rockers Idlewild will play two special acoustic shows previewing material from their forthcoming new album at L.A.'s Hotel Cafe on July 5th and 6th. Idlewild's last album, The Remote Part (2003), was one of the year's best-loved albums, a mainstay on endless "best of" lists and critics' polls. In a four-star review, Rolling Stone called it the band's "third and strongest LP...elevating them heads above their musical kin." Formed in Edinburgh in 1995 as a quartet of distortion-wielding punks, Idlewild quickly ranked among the brightest of a new crop of tuneful, punk-influenced bands overseas. But 2001's 100 Broken Windows, a breakthrough hit with U.S. critics and fans, made them *the* literate alt-rock find of that year and beyond.
July 5th and 6th
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
7:00 pm doors/9:00 pm show
$12 adv/dos

Stylish Gatherings:

Sharon Stone, who stars in this summer's atwoman, wore a 1940's inspired dress by Elsie Katz Couture to host the First-Annual Crest Whitestrips Style Awards on Wednesday afternoon (June 16, 2004). The actress chose a black and lavender silk chiffon tea dress with ruched bodice and fishtail hem.

Erica Courtney jewelry had a presence at the June 16, 2004 premiere of “White Chicks”. Actresses Brittany Daniel and Jennifer Carpenter wore jewelry suites of Erica Courtney, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings.

On Brittany Daniel:
• Gold Gypsy Earring on Open Flower Clover Earring with Diamond Briolettes on Small Gold Huggies
• 2 Wavy Gold Ring Bands with a Wavy Diamond Flower Matte Ring
• Gold Bar Bracelet with a Gold Rose Cut Diamond Cross Charm
On Jennifer Carpenter:
• Platinum & Gold Tulip Earrings with Cognac Diamonds on Large Gold Huggies
• Gold Diamond Cross Shape 16” Necklace
• sterling silver & gold oval and cross bracelet

Moisten Up : Summer got you dry? Check out Madgic Moisture, a moisturizer from Elements by Madge. Created by Hollywood make up artist Madge (aka Meg Thompson), it provides moisturizer, enchancer (gives skin a delicate golden radiance and adds barely-there shimmer), cover up and Sunscreen. It’s suitable for allages, with an anti-acne product for the younger and hydration and nutrition for more mature skin. Madgic Moisture ($19.50) and all Elements by Madge cosmetics can be purchased separately or as part of an Elements by Madge Kit with No-Smadge Mascara, Dream Team Triple Shadow, Lip-Locked gloss, First Blush Créme Blush, Mini Tool Kit, and a chic little Seersucker Bag to hold it all.

Not So Shabby: Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic (the iconic furniture line that launched a host of imitators) recently launched a new sleepwear collection. They are perfect for getaways or cozying up at home! Since the collection hit stores, Tallulah Belle Willis bought a set and Sharon Osbourne bought four. It’s the perfect thing to cuddle onto that Shabby Chic (now a universal descriptive, but it was Ashwell’s first) couch.
We Want Our Satellite Radio: We actually have it and love it. Check out the power behind the voices:


Kid Kelly, Director of Pop Programming
The Wall Street Journal and VH1 have both credited Kelly with launching the 1980s revival sweeping the country. An award-winning 19-year industry veteran, Kelly created and hosts the nationally syndicated show "BACKTRAX USA." He's responsible for the programming of: SIRIUS HITS 1, STARLITE, SIRIUS LOVE, TOTALLY '70s, BIG '80s, THE PULSE and THE STROBE.

Greg Steele, Director of Rock Programming
Greg Steele has cris-crossed the U.S., handling music director and program director duties for a variety of rock stations in Fargo, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami and elsewhere. He's been named Operations Manager/Program Director of the year by a variety of publications, including Billboard. Steele oversees the programming of the following rock channels for SIRIUS: HARD ATTACK, OCTANE, SIRIUS GOLD, Œ60s VIBRATIONS, CLASSIC VINYL, CLASSIC REWIND, THE VAULT, BUZZSAW, HAIR NATION and SIRIUS BLUES.

Gary Schoenwetter, Director of Rock Programming
As operations manager for ClearChannel in San Francisco and San Jose, CA, Schoenwetter ran KSJO, KUFX, KCNL and KIOI for five years. He oversees the programming of these rock channels for SIRIUS: JAM_ON, THE SPECTRUM, ALT NATION, FIRST WAVE, SIRIUS DISORDER, LEFT OF CENTER, FACTION, THE BRIDGE and REGGAE RHYTHMS.

Kaaren Hushagen, Director of Classical Programming
Kaaren, a trained opera singer, has worked extensively in classical and public radio and has created and produced a variety of nationally syndicated programs. She oversees programming of SIRIUS¹ three classical music channels: SYMPHONY HALL, CLASSICAL VOICES and SIRIUS POPS. She can be heard weekdays as 6am to 12pm ET host on CLASSICAL VOICES.

Shirley Maldonado, Director of Jazz & Latin Programming
A 20-year veteran of the radio and recording industries, Maldonado has worked for a variety of the nation's top jazz and Latin music format stations in addition to Polygram Distribution and Chappell Music. She is responsible for programming of the following SIRIUS music channels: Latin (UNIVERSO LATINO, TROPICAL, MEXICANA), Jazz (PLANET JAZZ, JAZZ CAFÉ), and World Music (HORIZONS).

Scott Lindy, Director of Country Programming
Radio Ink has named Lindy one of the most influential programmers in the country, as well as the number one country music program director. Lindy oversees the programming of SIRIUS¹ six country music channels: NEW COUNTRY, PRIME COUNTRY, THE ROADHOUSE, OUTLAW COUNTRY, BLUEGRASS and FOLK TOWN.

Geronimo, Director of Hip-Hop & Dance Programming
Geronimo has worked with some of the most successful radio stations in the country, including WPLJ, WBLS, WKTU and HOT 97 in New York. He was also one of the founders of Republic Records, now owned by Universal Music Group. Geronimo oversees all dance and hip-hop programming, which includes these eight channels: HIP-HOP NATION, WAX, BACKSPIN, STREET BEAT, REMIX, PLANET DANCE, CHILL and THE BEAT.

BJ Stone, Director of R&B Programming
Stone, the host of the Billboard Award-winning "Star Magic Dance Party," has been given nearly 20 Gold and Platinum records for his early support of hit songs. His urban radio experience includes WILD, WNJR and WRKS and he produced "The Ashford & Simpson Radio Show."

Steve Blatter, VP of Music Programming
Blatter developed the formats for the wildly successful stations KLYY in Los Angeles and Y107 in New York. He has produced live radio coverage of the GRAMMY Awards, CMA Awards and MTV Video Music Awards and was named one of the Top Major Market Programmers in America by Radio Ink Magazine.


David Johansen
David Johansen, one of modern music¹s most innovative and versatile artists, hosts ³David Johansen¹s Mansion of Fun Show² on SIRIUS DISORDER // 24 every Friday from 3pm to 6pm ET. The show is an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, rock, folk, soul, opera and more. Known as the leader of the glam/punk pioneers the New York Dolls and as his nightclub singer alter-ego Buster Poindexter, Johansen's work spans an extraordinary range of genres.

Vin Scelsa
Vin Scelsa, one of the most respected figures in New York radio, is host of ³Vin Scelsa¹s Sunday Night Idiot¹s Delight,² broadcast live each Sunday night from 8pm to midnight ET on SIRIUS DISORDER // 24. ³Vin Scelsa¹s Sunday Night Idiot¹s Delight² is a free-flowing mix of music, monologues, and live performances and interviews with a wide variety of guests. Scelsa¹s sensibility and eclectic tastes make any edition of ³Idiot¹s Delight² a unique radio journey.

Kurtis Blow
Award-winning rap music pioneer Kurtis Blow is host on SIRIUS¹ classic rap channel BACKSPIN // 43 every weeknight from 6pm to midnight ET. Previously, he hosted a hip-hop radio show on Los Angeles¹ KPWR-FM (POWER 106). The first rapper ever to be signed to a major label, Blow has worked with the likes of Russell Simmons, Run DMC, Wyclef Jean and many others.

Carol Miller
Miller is a daily host on two rock channels on SIRIUS: THE SPECTRUM // 18 (weekdays from 6am to 12pm ET) and CLASSIC VINYL // 14 (nights from 6pm to midnight ET). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has only honored a handful of broadcasters. When visitors to the Hall come across the radio exhibit, they hear the work of legendary radio performers like Alan Freed, Scott MuniŠand Carol Miller! Miller is a veteran of influential stations including Philadelphia's WMMR and New York's WNEW.

Mark Goodman
Mark Goodman hosts 5pm to 9pm ET weekdays on BIG Œ80s // 8 (where his former MTV colleagues Alan Hunter and Nina Blackwood also host daily programs). He is best known to a generation to Americans as one of MTV's original five VJs. He's also an experienced radio personality, having worked at WMMR/Philadelphia, WPLJ/New York, KROQ/Los Angeles and others.

Pat St. John
Well-known radio personality Pat St. John is Format Manager of SIRIUS BLUES // 29. Pat St. John can be heard weekdays on SIRIUS BLUES from 6pm to midnight ET. John is also a host on classic rock channels CLASSIC VINYL // 14 and THE VAULT // 16. St. John hosted a six-hour special blues program with Eric Clapton for SIRIUS in March 2004, and has recently interviewed such blues greats as Kim Wilson, Tower of Power, Charlie Musselwhite and Bo Diddley for SIRIUS BLUES.

Liquid Todd
One of the original tastemakers in the American electronic music scene, Liquid Todd is probably best known as the award-winning host of ³Solid State,² New York¹s first-ever Saturday night electronic show (10pm to 2am ET on 92.3 K-ROCK), now in its seventh year. Liquid Todd also programs and hosts ³The Liquid Todd Show² Fridays 9pm to midnight ET on ALT NATION // 21. Todd also consults for SIRIUS and was one of the developers of the new, critically acclaimed CHILL // 64 channel.

Seth Rudetsky
Writer/performer Seth Rudetsky, weeknight host from 6pm to midnight ET on BROADWAY¹S BEST // 77, has played piano or conducted more than a dozen Broadway shows, including ³The Producers,² ³Mamma Mia² and ³The Phantom of the Opera.² He wrote and starred in his own off-Broadway comedy called ³Rhapsody in Seth,² for which he won a Playbill Leading Man award. He was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work as a comedy writer on TV¹s ³The Rosie O¹Donnell Show.²

Jim Kerr
Longtime NYC radio personality Jim Kerr can be heard on two SIRIUS channels: NEW COUNTRY // 31 on weekdays from 6am to 12 pm ET, and weekends on Œ60s VIBRATIONS // 6. Kerr spent a successful 15 years at WPLJ-FM, where he was the youngest person in New York radio history hosting mornings. He also held down morning duties at additional tri-state area radio stations including WYNY, WMXV-FM, WQCD-FM, and Y107. Kerr also spent five years as the permanent substitute host of the ³Rush Limbaugh Show² and frequently hosted programs on NY¹s WOR and WABC radio stations.

Richard Blade
Richard is the 3pm to 9pm ET host of SIRIUS¹ classic alternative channel FIRST WAVE // 22. Within a few months of landing his first American radio gig in Los Angeles, the UK-born Blade became the #1 Arbitron-rated radio personality on the West Coast. Blade went on to build a successful career as a radio and TV personality, as well as an actor. In addition to hosting ABC's "Countdown to the AMA's," "Video One" and others, he's appeared in the TV classic "Square Pegs" and the film ³Girls Just Want to Have Fun.²

MC Lyte
For 13 years, MC Lyte (born Lana Moorer) has been a leading female rap star. She hosts 12pm to 6pm on weekends on HOT JAMZ // 50 on SIRIUS, and has been part of the SIRIUS on-air lineup since before its 2002 launch. MC Lyte was one of the first female rappers to point out the sexism and misogyny that runs rampant in hip-hop, often addressing the subject head on in the lyrics of her songs, which helped open the door for such future artists as Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott.

Meg Griffin
Meg Griffin is Format Manager for SIRIUS DISORDER // 24, which she also hosts from 12pm to 6pm ET weekdays, and for FOLK TOWN // 38, which she hosts from 6am to 12pm ET. Griffin has worked for New York City stations WNEW, K-ROCK, WFUV and others. She's also been an on-camera host on VH1 and hosted a series of live shows at the Bottom Line in Greenwich Village.

This Week’s Costas : Actor Kevin Kline, actress Phylicia Rashad (a recent Tony winner for "A Raisin in the Sun") and musician David Byrne head the guest list on the season finale of HBO's critically acclaimed “On the Record with Bob Costas,” debuting Friday, June 18, 2004 at 11 p.m. on HBO. This episode concludes the 45-minute talk show’s 12-week run.