Vince Ferro is a man in desperate circumstances. While on a quick fix-it job, he steals an envelope containing instructions for a mysterious job that promises a potential fortune. He assumes a false identity and follows the instructions, only to find himself a numbered participant in an underworld Russian roulette competition, where gamblers place bets on who’ll survive when the trigger is pulled. The stakes are high, but the payout is more than he can resist. Many are competing for the first time, and a precious few have even returned to play again, but are his odds any better than other players in this most deadly game? What will it take to be the last man standing?
The war to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts has been decided it seems. The gamblers will get their way and the slots, tables, and sporting events will invade three locations yet to be determined. The neighboring Connecticut has been getting many Massachusetts residents invading due to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, two very popular casinos, and all of that money has been going with them, but that will soon change.
Bingo and the lottery has been a staple in the state and many have been a fan of cash bingo games, turning a buck with their lucky numbers. The love of the game of Bingo has stretched across generations and will not be a stranger to the casinos coming to the state. Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods and Las Vegas have all featured Bingo as one of their games included on the roster, and many of the Bingo halls may be out of business when the casinos roll in.
It’s been five years since the release of Nils Lofgren’s last studio album featuring his own songs and, with his forthcoming release titled, Old School, he’s got something to say.
An effort that’s been in the works since the culmination of Springsteen’s Working on a Dream Tour in November of 2009, Lofgren’s Old School covers a variety of topics including desperation, self-doubt, true love, departed friends, holding on to your dreams and the world gone mad… along with a tribute to the late, great Ray Charles.
Actor/Director Eli Roth is no stranger to exploring the nature of evil. As a master of horror with films like Inglorious Basterds and Hostel, Roth turns his lens to research possibly the most horrifying monster of them all – the average American. In CURIOSITY’s “How Evil are You?”, Roth sets out to recreate the infamous Milgram experiment to see how, or if, the results have changed. Roth himself even undergoes tests and scans to see if he carries what researchers dub “the evil gene.” So does Hollywood’s famous horror director have a little extra ‘edge’ in his craft?…
Grammy-nominated singer Adam Lambert (American Idol) and Hollywood award winning singer Steve Cooke powerfully and soulfully interpret ten rock ballads each on this exclusive double deluxe collection “Paramount Sessions” with Madonna and Seal’s backing band.
The re-mixed and mastered songs feature new tracks, extended plays and out takes from Adam Lambert and Rocking vocals from Steve Cooke.
I have always considered HALLOWEEN one of the best horror movies of all time and the strongest series of horror flicks, better as a whole than the other big two: FRIDAY THE 13TH and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, and when Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was returning, I initially was excited. I saw the trailer where she came face to face with Michael Myers and they played that familiar music that is synonymous with the series, you couldn’t help but to be optimistic.
The first problem with H20 is the fact that John Carpenter had nothing to do with it. He declined the offer to write it, which brought in Robert Zappia, who wrote on episode of that great show HOME IMPROVEMENT. I hope you can sense the sarcasm. I hated that show. I like Tim Allen….he’s rather funny in the movies, especially WILD HOGS, but that show was horrible and now they brought in a guy that wrote one episode to write such an important movie? Jeez.
Over the last month, the internet has been crawling with stories on the possible breakup of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Well, I just got off the phone with a buddy of mine who works at the William Morris Agency who knows the team behind them.
“Steve” as I will call him let me know it was an elaborate PR stunt to help Jada out because as you all know, her popular show HAWTHRONE was just canceled. It keeps her name fresh in the public and studios eyes to either get her in a big movie or hit show right away, which in my years as a Talent Agent is brilliant. She is a very talented young lady.
Today, AskMen, the leading men’s lifestyle website with 17 million monthly readers, announced the results of their 6th annual Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2011, as determined by more than 200,000 votes. Visionary Steve Jobs takes the #1 position after a month long public voting process which began in early September. The Top 49 Most Influential Men challenges AskMen’s readers to determine which male figures have made the biggest impact and, ultimately, shaped what it means to be a man of influence in 2011. George Clooney holds the record as the only person to be named to the Top 49 for all six years.
WHAT: During the month of October, Xfinity On Demand and XfinityTV.com are serving up more than 200 movies in a comprehensive collection of classic and current horror and monster films, from edge-pushing slasher and giant monster epics to family-friendly animated scares in its “Halloween Moviethon” collection.
Xfinity On Demand’s “Halloween Moviethon” offers instant access to a bevy of the greatest movies that can get any member of the family into a scary holiday mood, from the vampire-obsessed teens to the 20-somethings and Scooby-Doo loving toddlers. The films are grouped according to genres, such as: Creepy Classics, Frightful Family Fun, Horror Franchises and Scream with Laughter. Highlights include:
Tears For Fears co-founder Curt Smith has announced that he’ll be re-releasing his long out-of-print solo album, “Mayfield,” on November 15 via his own KOOK Media imprint and eOne Music Canada (for Canadian digital sales). The release will include a new bonus track, “Trees,” featuring Janice Whaley.
“Mayfield was a band I formed after moving to New York, a couple of years into my hiatus from Tears For Fears,” Smith says. “The premise was to not use my name (hence “Mayfield”: Curt-is Mayfield, get it?) and just try to rediscover the joys of music through playing live. We played at downtown New York clubs like Brownie’s, Mercury Lounge and CBGB’s. Those were a couple of the most enjoyable years I’ve spent as a musician.”
‘Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals won’t make you dead’ – says Gail Rubin, author of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die (Light Tree Press). Rubin uses gentle humor to convey vital information about funeral arrangements that most people don’t learn until faced with a death in the family.
With chapters named Over My Dead Body, I Got It At Costco, and It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To, Rubin has overcome society’s last taboo with a book like no other – a great resource minus the morbidity! Rubin’s book provides the information, inspiration and tools to plan and implement creative, meaningful and memorable end-of-life rituals for people and pets while taking the fear out of the subject of death.
NY Times bestselling author Steve Alten’s epic new book, Grim Reaper: End of Days (Tor/Forge – St. Martin’s Press) introduces readers to the dangers of biological warfare. Grim Reaper will open your eyes.
Believing she has been chosen by God to bring on Revelations, Ft. Detrick microbiologist Mary Klipot releases a man-made version of Bubonic Plague at the U.N. – exactly six-hundred and sixty-six years after the Black Death nearly wiped out humanity, the near End of Days event summoning the Grim Reaper to walk the earth.
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The personal basketball memorabilia collection of Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Muhammad Ali’s fight-worn trucks from Ali vs. Frazier – “The Fight of the Century” — highlight SCP Auctions’ spring auction set to begin Friday, Oct. 28.
Other historically-important memorabilia that make up the 763-lot offering include Lou Gehrig’s 1938-39 bat used to hit his last home run in a Yankees uniform, Mickey Cochrane’s 1934 American League Most Valuable Player trophy and the only known autographed photo of 19th Century baseball icon Mike “King” Kelly. Bidding will be open to registered bidders on Friday, Oct. 28 and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 19. For more information on how to participate, visit www.scpauctions.com or call (800) 350-2273.
Pop sensation and all around badass, Emii, has premiered her new music video for “Zombie Boyfriend” on AOL Music. Perfect for the Halloween season, Emii battles her ghoul-guy’s couch potato ways with her seductive stares and electrocuting guitar. The award winning video was directed by Jenine Mayring of Brooklyn Girl Productions and can be seen here:
Over the Labor Day weekend I flew out to California to stay with some close friends from my old Hollywood Days. My dear/close friends Aldo Obarhagen and his wife Dolly, were top consultants for the I Love Lucy Show and years later, they worked on The Joey Bishop Show from 1967 – 1969. On Joey’s talk show, is where they met his sidekick Regis Philbin. I can remember when Aldo took me on the set when Joey had on Dean Martin and he had me in stitches calling me Pally. The likes of Martin’s talent will never be seen again. I have always felt he was much more talented and funnier than Jerry Lewis .
Last month was the 9/11 tenth anniversary, and I want to extend my utmost heartfelt wishes to all the families of loved ones lost to continue with the healing process. It was a tragic day that we will never forget. As I sat glued to my TV watching many of the amazing stories about behind the scenes heroes, I saw a separate news story on Jermaine Jackson taking to the airwaves that during his brother Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial he, along with other family members, had devised a plan to get Michael out of the country if he had been found guilty.
First of all, who knows if this is true, but it seems that several of the Jackson family members have tried to turn a buck on their dead brothers name and it’s getting disgusting. It always seems that either Joe his father, or Jermaine his brother are the main ones. Janet Jackson has shied far away from this nonsense which I think is a smart move and I am not surprised by it.
In the late 1950’s, as I have mentioned before I worked for Errol Flynn who seemed to know everyone in the business from movie stars – to music stars. None were bigger and more talented than the late Billie Holiday. “LADY DAY” as she was known in the music world had a voice that was just amazing. To test my theory, pick up what I think is her greatest work on a Columbia album (I still say album, but I know this generation says CD) called LADY IN SATIN. One track amongst many that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up is YOU’VE CHANGED.
It was around 1956, and Errol had just finished shooting ISTANBUL that actually did decent box office returns and had the late/great Nat King Cole as his co-star who sang WHEN I FALL IN LOVE which was a smash hit for him. I was unable to go with Errol to shoot the movie even though he really wanted me too. I was stuck back in New York working a deal for Marlon Brando to star in SAYNORA which earned Red Buttons an Oscar of all people. Marlon always told me he loved that Red received that Oscar.
Hello NewzBreaker readers… Sorry of my absence of columns as of late, but I had a medical procedure done. When you are in your late 70′s like I am, it takes longer to recover. I have been reading so much lately on Charlie Sheen because I was confined to my hospital room at Mount Sinai Hospital on Miami Beach. Great staff, but horrible food…. I am home now and thanks to many of your NewzBreaker emails for letting me know you enjoyed my columns. Your words are appreciated and always welcomed.
In 1985, I met Oliver Stone who had come to fame off his work in writing the screenplay for Al Pacino’s Scarface at a party through a producer buddy of mine name Al Ruddy who produced The Godfather amongst many other big productions. Oliver, and I hit off right away and we sat for hours talking about old Hollywood where he asked me repeated questions which I was full of stories to tell. Before the end of the night was out, Stone invited me to the set of his first really big movie he directed (he did others before like The Hand with Michael Caine), but none was a big budget as Platoon.
Today, as I sit on my lawn chair in the backyard and have my breakfast, I can see out onto the Biscayne Bay which is beautiful and serene. As I fired up my laptop and checked my email, I had one from an old chum who still lives back in Hollywood named Billy Braverman. Billy and I did some work to help the late Tyrone Power get the role in the 1957 movie Witness for the Prosecution which also starred the late Charles Laughton. It was a great movie and yielded outstanding performances from both actors. I had actually met Power in an elevator a few years before in Jacksonville, FL when I was in town scouting some locations for a movie that slips me at this time. I immediately recognized him and we chatted for a few and had mutual chums we both were friendly with.
So today’s news is dominated by the recent information that Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are breaking up after several years of marriage. Is this true or a publicity stunt to get Demi’s career back on track? What we have here is the old movie STAR IS BORN storyline. However, instead of the female lead becoming the star, and the male lead becoming an ex-star, you have the opposite with Ashton Kutcher’s star reaching the stratosphere with his recent signing to replace Charlie Sheen on TWO AND A HALF MEN and Demi’s falling faster than quicksand for the time being.
Dave Cunningham, author of Travel Within: The 7 Steps to Wisdom and Inner Peace says it all with: “Terror on the Border is a gripping story. The last 120 pages will take you on a breathless ride.”
Hunt’s lead character is Jack Cassidy, a fearless ex-sniper who wants justice! And he wants it for the oppressed citizens of San Miguel, Mexico, a town ravaged by violence inflicted by a malicious cartel, headed up by an egotistical madman and his evil enforcer. Married to a woman who was herself a victim of human trafficking, Cassidy and his bride Juanita set out to do all they can to help this seemingly forgotten town.
Background for dying to do Letterman: turning someday into today (HCI Books– $14.95). A very special book which grew out of his award-winning documentary film by the same name, here is everything you need to know about Steve, the book, and the film:
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“We thought the gay community would pick up on it (It’s Raining Men), but had no idea it would become their anthem.” – Martha Wash
OMG – OMG – OMG…. Baby girls can you feel a Queen’s excitement? OK close your eyes…. It’s 1982, and my toothless hunk of a husband Georgie Girl – Santiago has most of his teeth. We are in a disco dancing our tail feathers off with tight leather jeans, with me looking like a true Queen while the lights of the disco ball hits my beautiful face. The voice of a Queen (Martha Wash) comes booming across the speakers at Studio 54 where the crowd hears It’s Raining Men…. Queens & Straights take over the dance floor…
From that night forward, Martha was our Queen and It’s Raining Men was our GAY ANTHEM. So grab your umbrellas Queens, go outside, look to the skies and find to your delight, IT’S RAINING MEN…….. HOLLA…