Randy Jackson and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds at the Isina Global Gala. Isina Global Gala 2017 – Unisi Casa – Culver City, CA – October 10, 2017 Welcome to the 2017 Isina Global Gala, the first of its kind. Taking place in the city of stars amongst the brightest stars of them all, it was clear that this event was special. Described as “a worldwide music talent search that opens opportunities for artists in all corners of the world,” Isina has been started to assist artists all a
Nickelodeon’s 29th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards 2016 Kids Choice Awards – On your marks… Get set… Vote! Voting kicks off today, February 2nd, 2016 for this years Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards! Superstar nominees in 22 different categories include favs like Adele, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, Chris Pratt, The Weeknd, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez and Chris Hemsworth and many more! This year's KCA awards will be hosted by country star and The
Ressurrection – The Complete First Season Resurrection – The Complete First Season (2014 – ABC Home Video) On March 9th, 2014, ABC premiered Resurrection, a drama-filled hour that has turned out some interesting and intriguingly good television on Sunday nights at 9:00. Based on the book The Returned by Jason Mott, the producers have taken an unlikely subject that the average adult knows technically to be unbelievable, but made the idea enjoyable by adding mystery, suspense
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney Kemp Agboh at the New York Press Day for “Power.” Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney Kemp Agboh Have Got the Power by Brad Balfour After an ill-fated first pitch for the New York Mets (ahead of their game against Pittsburgh Pirates), rapper/actor/producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has been trending on television lately. But soon he will be more than just a music moment — such as his recent Good Morning America’s summer concert appearanc
Lee Unkrich at the New York press day for “Toy Story 3.” Lee Unkrich A Dual Oscar Nominee, Toy Story 3‘s Director Muses on Childhood and the Future by Brad Balfour Now sitting before me is a big box – something like a Borg cube, but not one loaded up with malevolent androids wanting to absorb me into the collective. It is the box set of the three Toy Story films on DVD. These discs have time-traveled me back to a storied childhood that turns me into a burbling sentimentalist.
HOLLYWOOD TREASURE — “Collector’s Warehouse” — Pictured: Joe Maddalena — Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/Syfy Joe Maddalena Digging for Hollywood Treasure by Jay S. Jacobs If you have ever fantasized about tickling the ivories on Sam’s piano from Casablanca, or maybe holding Han Solo’s blaster from the original Star Wars, or following the Yellow Brick Road, then Joe Maddalena is your man. Maddalena has made a passion for the movies and collecting into a big-time business – and no
A Very Brady Musical A Very Brady Musical Lloyd Schwartz and Hope Juber Reimagine the Family Business by Ronald Sklar For the producers of The Brady Bunch, it was more like Family Affair. Creator Sherwood Schwartz (who also gave the world Gilligan’s Island) worked closely with his son, Lloyd, and still does. However, for those five sunshine-day seasons on ABC, the Schwartz team lived, loved and laughed along with TV’s last truly happy family, both on camera and off. “I’m prou
Maureen McCormick Maureen McCormick Brady Country by Ronald Sklar Each and every one of us has early memories of Maureen McCormick, but one of her earliest memories was entering the Miss San Fernando Valley beauty contest at age seven. She remembers the delighted look on her parents’ faces as she took center stage in her bathing suit and sang “Getting to Know You.” A more prophetic song could not have been selected for her. We got to know her all right. Oh, brother, did we as
Christopher Knight Christopher Knight My Fair Knight by Ronald Sklar Christopher Knight may have once starred on VH1’s The Surreal Life, but his own real life was as real as reality gets, at least as real as any ex-Brady could hope to have. “My dad was an actor and a struggling one at that,” he says from his home in Southern California. “I never really wanted to have the downside of that life. I wanted a white picket fence and some kind of known avenue. Something accountable.
Barry Williams Barry Williams Time To Change by Ronald Sklar Think of it this way: about forty years ago, you land a job. It’s a good job and you feel lucky to get it. You like it. Everybody else likes you in it. It’s a good gig. You stay at this job for about five years, then you move on. The only problem is this: you’re already gone, but the world is still tugging at your sleeve. They don’t want you to go. In fact, the entire planet becomes obsessed with that one job you’ve
Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless in “Cagney & Lacey: The Complete First Season.” Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless – She’s Lacey and She’s Cagney by Jay S. Jacobs Originally posted on May 19, 2007. It was a series that broke all the rules. A cop drama in which the two leads were both women – looking at the personal and professional lives of two women making their way in a man’s world and not only keeping up, but excelling. Hard to believe it has been 25 years since Cagney and Lacey debut
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (2005) Starring Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, Bill Bailey, Warwick Davis, Su Elliott, Stephen Fry, Richard Griffiths, Dominique Jackson, Simon Jones, Thomas Lennon, Mark Longhurst, Kelly MacDonald, Ian McNiese, Helen Mirren, Steve Pemberton, Jack Stanley, Mak Wilson, Albie Woodington and John Malkovich. Screenplay by Douglas Adams and
James Pickens, Jr. in “The Lyon’s Den.” James Pickens, Jr. Into The Lyon’s Den by Jay S. Jacobs Every year, TV Guide does a special issue called “The Best Show You’re Not Watching.” In it, they champion a TV series that has fine acting, excellent writing and good production values, but somehow has not seemed to attract a huge audience. Sometimes the honor has helped a show find its footing (The Practice, The Gilmore Girls, Seventh Heaven). Other times it has helped a terr
Joshua Malina in “The West Wing.” Joshua Malina Hail to the Chief by Jay S. Jacobs There are lots of ways that people go about trying to get their first big break in acting. Some people kill themselves working a minimum wage job while floating from audition to audition. Some try other arts, like music or modeling, as an entrance. Some people sit on a stool in a Hollywood soda fountain and wait to get discovered. Some eat something gross on national television. Joshua Malin
Peter Krause in “Sports Night” Peter Krause Helping to Make TV Safe for Smart People by Jay S. Jacobs The fall of 1998 was a tough time for television comedy. The networks tried to come up with a plan for post-Seinfeld TV, but the best they seemed to be able to come up with were tired retreads like Jesse, Two of a Kind and Maggie Winters. But shining like a diamond in the empty mine of a new comedy schedule was one true pedigree. Sports Night was a smart and funny look behind
Alan Rafkin Alan Rafkin The King of Nick at Nite by Ronald Sklar “I’m still working,” sixty-eight-year-old Alan Rafkin says. “They’ll have to carry me out in a body bag.” If you had his job, they would drag you out kicking and screaming too. Alan Rafkin is a TV sitcom director. And not just another forgotten name you don’t pay attention to during the opening credits. Rafkin is king. In fact, he has justifiably nicknamed himself The King of Nick at Nite. That’s because he has