Star Gazing

A Star Is Born!

HOLLYWOOD—The media gets blamed for either blowing things out of proportion, too much coverage, misquotes, fabrications, lack of coverage, bad reviews and going too far. Everyone seems to blame the press. Celebrity columnists are just as competent as investigative reporters, they both get the dirt. Investigative journalism is when reporters deeply investigate a single topic of interest, such as...

Sequels And Franchises!

HOLLYWOOD—It was back in 2012, that Hollywood decided to release a plethora of sequels and franchises. It would be a risk-taker to release would-be originals that may or may not financially merit the pockets of movie execs, thus 2015, is no different. Hollywood decided to reap the rewards of sequels for this year once again. As you may know, sequels...

Copyrights And Catwalks!

HOLLYWOOD—Forgery is more or less the white collar crime of signing another person's name to a document or check. Forgery is considered a serious offense subject to state and sometimes federal laws and penalties. More or less on the same level as cheating the IRS, for tax fraud. Then we have copyright laws that govern the reproduction of original creative...

Songwriters And Singers!

HOLLYWOOD—Pop culture is full of contradictions. So many stories about the beginnings of fads, products, books and songs are always fun to tell, but you really can't be sure if they're true. There was always two versions of the origin of the rock n roll classic, "Blue Suede Shoes," each told by two very reliable sources. The story that Carl...

All That Drama!

HOLLYWOOD—Last year, the Oscars actually went up with the ratings with 43.7 million people tuning in. Everyone seemed to love the host Ellen DeGeneres, especially with her creativity of taking the infamous selfie, which even crashed Twitter. This year, the Oscars which aired on February 22, averaged 36.6 million viewers, down 16 percent from last year, according to Nielsen...

Chocolates, Engagements And Oscars!

HOLLYWOOD—How ironic that billionaire Michele Ferrero passed away at the age of 89 on Valentine's Day, February 14. His family business which included the famous, delicious Nutella, made him Italy's richest individual with a personal fortune according to Bloomberg last year at $26.7 billion. He never deviated from his paternalistic spirit, worked hard and stayed humble. Over the years his...

Awards, Fashion And News!

HOLLYWOOD—What can be said about the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, that was held on February 8, at the Los Angeles Staples Center, that hasn't been said already. The show had a little bit of everything from politics, to religion to all-star-collaborations that ruled the night in a typical Grammy fashion. A touching, powerful performance by Beyonce brought goosebumps to everyone. Tony...

Whitney Houston’s Daughter And More!

HOLLYWOOD—The Super Bowl on February 1, was full of intensity, excitement and celebrities. Legendary musician Sir Paul McCartney, John Travolta and Mark Wahlberg were some of the celebrities that were at the game. The New England Patriots were crowned the champions against Seattle Seahawks 28-24 and win their first title in a decade. Tom Brady joined the ranks of...

February Is A Month Of Surprises!

HOLLYWOOD—What a beautiful, touching moment, when legendary actress Debbie Reynolds was recognized with a lifetime achievement at the SAG Awards in Los Angeles on January 25. The 82-year-old was both celebrated and roasted by her daughter, "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher. Miss Reynolds has been around for decades. She starred alongside Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire among many....

A Brush With Success!

HOLLYWOOD—To a makeup artist, every face is an empty canvas. That, however, is where the metaphor seems to end. Makeup is transitory, a fleeting illusion. But there is a beauty to transitory things, and a value as well. Makeup is like a frame around a picture. The frame doesn't make the art better, but it does make it look...
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