Star Gazing

Songwriters Unite!

HOLLYWOOD—Songwriters these days are struggling as well. Struggling for fair treatment. Back in 1974, Dolly Parton was on a winning streak. She had just scored her two number ones on the US country chart with the songs “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.” As she crossed the mainstream pop audience. It was soon after that Elvis Presley had...

Grammy Predictions!

HOLLYWOOD—The 63rd annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 14. Let’s see if our predictions for Album, Record and Song of the Year, plus Best New Artist will be on point. In three of the last four years, one artist has swept all 3 categories. You might recall Adele accomplished the feat four years ago and Billie...

Award Shows 2021!

HOLLYWOOD—While the pandemic is still upon us, it will be an interesting time for the 2021 awards season. Several of the shows, have postponed their dates, due to production setbacks. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark productions and NBC announced the Golden Globe Awards will be taking place on February 28, 2021. The show will air live from...

Movies Of 2020!

HOLLYWOOD—No one really went to the movies this year, but the movies still came to us. The 2020 pandemic sidelined a lot of big blockbusters, leaving smaller, more interesting movies to take center stage. Let’s look at some of the incredible movies from a year where movies still rallied to offer experiences that were compelling, provocative and fun. The film...

All I Want For Christmas Is You!

HOLLYWOOD—Christmas is only 10 days away. This year is like no other year, so it’s making the holidays even more stressful. Many Americans will lose their benefits at the end of the month, from unemployment, unless the government decides to extend the benefits under the Cares Act. So, more then ever, we should put a cap on the spending...

The Times Are-A Changin!

HOLLYWOOD—Bob Dylan is not only an icon and a Pulitzer prize winner, he’s also very rich. You may recall back in 2016, Dylan became the first songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. Dylan has sold more than 125 million records globally. He has just sold his entire song catalog to Universal Music Group, in one of the...

Emily In Paris!

HOLLYWOOD—What can I say about Netflix. It’s one of those rare companies that has benefited from the global pandemic, which kept billions of people at home with nothing to do but stream. Since April, it has added an estimated 15 million subscribers, more than ever. Netflix had enough original content in the pipeline to survive during the lockdown. One of...

Adele And Music!

HOLLYWOOD—What does Chris Rock and Adele have in common?  Looks like they both will have hosted a sketch on "Saturday Night Live." Adele announced on Instagram the other day, she is so excited yet at the same time terrified, to be on October 24. The Grammy-winning popstar who by the way, has lost a tremendous amount of weight to...

Transformations In Hollywood!

HOLLYWOOD—Celebrities love to start dieting in the fall. Especially this fall, after being in quarantine for so many months. Losing weight while you’re a celebrity has its pluses and minuses. You have access to trainers, chefs, and expensive treatments. However, you always have the fans and the unforgiving glare of the media on you. Everyone remembers the weight loss...

Being Powerful In Hollywood!

HOLLYWOOD—Being powerful in Hollywood, these days is not easy. The entertainment industry relies on an “IT” factor for the stars to sell their products that are stubbornly hard to quantify. Celebrities have it overnight, and could lose it just as easily. A celebrity's  reliability at the box office has faded in recent years, and the traditional label system is...
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