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."
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: 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.
: 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.
: 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
, 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
: 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:
SIRIUS PROGRAMMING STAFF:
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.
SIRIUS ON-AIR MUSIC PERSONALITIES:
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 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
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 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.