This past December 2nd, I was preparing myself for what I referred to as “Sinatra Weekend. It was a Friday, and that coming Sunday, I was to perform for the first time on stage as part of the Sinatra Birthday Bash, an annual tribute concert event held at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. Before the show was to be held, a session was scheduled at Carroll’s Music Studio in Midtown Manhattan, a rehearsal where the cast of the production would review their performances with the entire orchestra. When one of my charts was called, I strode to the nearby microphone and took a survey of the entire contingent, a strings and brass ensemble of thirty pieces.
Looking at all of these professionals, I wondered if Sinatra had experienced a similar feeling when reviewing the musical splendor assembled before him. Indeed, December 2nd was a landmark date for Sinatra, as on that day fifty-five years before I stepped up to rehearse a tribute to his music, the singer himself was climbing on stage at Sydney Stadium in Australia, beginning the first of a two-concert date that would mark his second tour to the far flung locale.
Miguel Ferrer, an actor best known for his roles on television series like “Twin Peaks” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” died after a battle with throat cancer on Thursday. Ferrer was reportedly surrounded by friends and familly at the time of his death. He was 61 years old.
Born into Hollywood royalty as the son of singer Rosemary Clooney and Academy Award winner José Ferrer, the actor was the first cousin to George Clooney.
Finding that one place with all the information you want on a certain subject is never that easy, especially with the abundance of various pages which emerge on daily basis.
There is however a new football-related website which – in our modest opinion – will provide punters and tipsters with extensive explanations and guidelines towards betting, but with a particular kick toward the Enhanced Betting Odds.
The site is called Dailyenhanced.co.uk and we must say we have been rather impressed with the easy-to-manage layout of the website, in addition to all of the useful information we found on it of course.
What are the Enhanced Odds?
With this week commemorating what would have been the 73rd birthday of the dearly departed Frank Sinatra, JR., we take a moment to remember a unique recording project he took on some eleven years ago. Covered previously in a biographical installment of “The Sinatra File,” the 2006 album “That Face!” would serve, literally, as the swan song of the younger Sinatra’s recording career, a spread of five studio albums and several guest vocal appearances over a course of more than forty years.
Laid down when Sinatra, JR. was sixty-two and captured over the course of a few days at the renowned Capitol Studios in Hollywood, “That Face!” is an enjoyable listening experience. Produced by Sinatra Enterprises associate Charles Pignone with an orchestra led by JR.-confidante Terry Woodson, the album captures a man who is still on the way to reaching his vocal peak while sounding several years younger. When considering the news that the singer wasn’t feeling up to par during the recording sessions, it makes experiencing the performances all the more remarkable.
• 1 pkg (15.25 oz/432 g) carrot cake mix
• 1 can (11 oz/300 mL) mandarin orange segments in light syrup, undrained
• Optional toppings: Orange Cream Cheese Frosting (see Cook’s Tips) and spiralized carrot or powdered sugar
The Academy Awards are a long-standing tradition in the world of film that have had a tremendous impact on the way production companies approach film-making, particularly near the end of each year. Films that release in late November to early January are often referred to as being released during “Oscar Season”. With 2016 finally behind us, it’s now time for us to look forward and speculate on possible contenders for the coveted awards. While some of the most popular categories include Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress, the supporting roles in film cannot be ignored. Supporting roles contribute immensely to the quality of their films, and are just as important to the telling of a good story as a lead role. As such, we’re going to take a look at a few of the front-runners for the Best Supporting Actor award for the 2017 Academy Awards.
Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today the return of the network’s hit series, VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL, from Truly Original, in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment. Kicking off a thrilling third season on Monday, January 23 at 9/8c, VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL takes viewers deep inside the vaults of iconic publication Vanity Fair to review some of the most sensational true crimes of the century. From salacious sex scandals to cold-blooded murder, the 12-part season explores the real-life dramas of the rich and powerful, and features new, exclusive insights about the crimes from the Vanity Fair writers and editors who worked closest to these cases.
PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES, a partnership between America’s leading mystery and suspense network, Investigation Discovery (ID), and Time Inc.’s People, America’s leading multimedia brand mixing entertainment news, lifestyle coverage and human interest reporting, has received an early greenlight from ID for a sophomore season. Drawing from the reporting of People’s award-winning and accomplished true crime editorial team, the series delves into extraordinary tales of ordinary people thrust into the national spotlight, reported by the leading crime journalists in the nation today. The series received a full 10-episode second season, expected to premiere in late 2017.
“Twin Peaks” is finally coming back to television. The long-awaited revival will debut on Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. with a two-hour premiere episode. The limited event series will consist of 18 hours total. The announcement was made Monday by Showtime president and CEO David Nevins at the 2017 Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
• 2 medium onions
• 3 lbs. (1.4 kg) 90% lean ground beef
• 6 garlic cloves
• ⅓ cup (75 mL) chili powder
The star of movies such as “City of Joy” and “East Is East” suffered a heart attack early Friday at his Mumbai home, according to a close friend.”He was a torchbearer of Indian cinema,” actor Anupam Kher told CNN, describing Puri as “a wonderful friend and an amazing person.”
Puri was known for his versatility and appeal across global markets. He appeared not only in mainstream Bollywood movies and regional Indian cinema but also British and Hollywood productions.
Puri was one of the lead stars of 2014’s “The Hundred-Foot Journey” and also appeared in 2007’s “Charlie Wilson’s War” and 2012’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.”
Panzanella is a hearty Tuscan bread salad that is popular in the summer. For a more substantial meal, add diced cooked chicken or Italian deli meats.
• 1 large red bell pepper, stem removed, seeded and quartered
• 1 large yellow squash, ends trimmed, cut into 3″ (7.5-cm) pieces and cut in half
• 4 cups (1 L) Italian bread cubes (about 1/2 of a 1-lb/450 g loaf, cut into 1/2″/1 cm cubes)
Things could have been a lot worse for David Spade after he was involved in a pretty horrific car accident on Wednesday, January 4th.
The actor’s tricked out Range Rover was destroyed after he was hit by another vehicle on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Somehow, David seems to have only suffered minor bumps and bruises, but he is getting checked out by a doctor.
About a year ago, 84-year-old country legend Mel Tillis was in critical condition following complications from colon surgery. The entire 2016 year was rocky for his health, but his daughter, Pam, kept country fans at ease with updates about her legendary father. Some parts of the year were scary when she begged fans for prayers, but later posts reassured us Mel was feeling much better. She even went on to say that he was sitting up, watching TV!
“It bears repeating how much your prayers mean to our family…We’ll keep you posted if there is any change, but right now we’re just trying to fatten him up and get him strong!!! Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers,” she wrote on Facebook in April 2016.
Crispy bacon wrapped around the tender mini peppers with a creamy and cheesy filling – what’s not to love!
• 12 sweet mini peppers
• 4 oz (125 g) chive & onion cream cheese spread, softened
• 4 oz (125 g) shredded Italian cheese blend (1 cup/250 mL)
• 2 garlic cloves, pressed
Old Shuck is the name given to a black dog being found primarily in the folk lores of the British Isle, often said to be associated with the Devil or a Hell-hound. Its appearance was regarded as a portent of death. It is generally supposed to be larger than a normal dog, and often has large, glowing eyes. It is often associated with electrical storms (such as Black Shuck’s appearance at Bungay, Suffolk), and also with crossroads, places of execution and ancient pathways. Throughout European mythology, dogs have been associated with death. Examples of this are the Garmr and Cerberus, who were in some way guardians of the underworld.
Rebecca Ferguson Says She’ll Sing At President (ELECT) Trump’s Inauguration Under One Condition – Breaking World News
British pop singer Rebecca Ferguson says she has been invited to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration, but her response may not be the RSVP the President-elect’s team were expecting.
The former UK X-Factor runner-up said she would only accept the invitation on the condition that she could perform “Strange Fruit” — a song protesting racism in 1930s America, made famous by Billie Holiday.
In a statement posted to the singer’s Twitter account on Monday night Ferguson said: “I’ve been asked and this is my answer. If you allow me to sing “strange fruit” a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington. Best Rebecca X”
This recipe is great for the occasional meatless dinner.
• 3 cups (750 mL) uncooked instant brown rice
• 2¼ cups (550 mL) water
• 1 cup (250 mL) lite coconut milk (shake before opening)
• 1½ tbsp (22 mL) Asian Seasoning Mix
It’s a boy!
Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana welcomed their first child, a son, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, her rep confirms.
“Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana are thrilled to welcome their new son Eissa Al Mana into the world,” her rep says in a statement.
It was the trial that defined a generation. This January, Investigation Discovery (ID) in association with Objective Media Group challenges everything you think you know about the trial of O.J. Simpson in a riveting new six-part docu-series IS O.J. INNOCENT? THE MISSING EVIDENCE. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor and activist Martin Sheen, and featuring exclusive new interviews with the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, the series follows investigators as they re-open the case that captivated the world, exposing the facts that were overlooked by authorities and questioning and dissecting each pivotal move in the original investigation.
This healthy, gluten-free and Vegan recipe is a one pot wonder that comes together in a snap!
• 1 cup (250 mL) uncooked quinoa
• 1 cup (250 mL) vegetable broth
• 1 orange or red bell pepper, stem removed, seeded
• 1 medium zucchini, ends trimmed and cut into 3” (7.5-cm) pieces
The initial autopsy report on pop icon George Michael who died on Christmas day last year are in. Read HERE.