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Hilarity For Charity® Is Throwing James Franco A Bar Mitzvah!

Hilarity for Charity (PRNewsFoto/Hilarity For Charity)

Hilarity for Charity (PRNewsFoto/Hilarity For Charity)

This came in yesterday and apart from it being a part of the Hillary movement…this event is linked to raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease:

Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity®(HFC), a movement led by the couple to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the millennial generation, today announced the theme of the fourth annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show: James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah!

This year’s HFC Variety Show will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association®. The flagship Los Angeles Variety Show is creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates through evenings filled with music and comedy.  Each year, the HFC Variety Show has a new theme and this year the organization is excited to throw James Franco his Bar Mitzvah.

“Ever since I’ve known James, he’s been talking about wanting a Bar Mitzvah.  We’re excited to see him finally become a man while also helping us raise awareness and funds for people living with Alzheimer’s and towards research that will lead to a cure,” said Rogen. “And in celebration we’ll also have a mohel and a live bris for James at the event. You don’t want to miss it.”

Miller Rogen, whose mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 55, said, “Five million Americans are currently living with the disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet it is the least funded and the only one with no treatment whatsoever.” She continued, “I hope we’re able to capture the attention of more young people, and get the disease the type of funding it deserves.”

Past shows have drawn some of Hollywood’s biggest names with performances and appearances by Paul Rudd, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruno Mars, Jack Black, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Kroll and many more! In 2014 the Prom Night themed Variety Show raised nearly $1 million.  The lineup for this year’s Variety Show will be announced in the coming weeks.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 11, 2015 at

About Hilarity For Charity
In 2012, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen (along with some amazing friends), created Hilarity for Charity (HFC), a movement to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the millennial generation. They later established the Hilarity for Charity Fund as part of the Alzheimer’s Association, through which monies raised are directed to help families struggling with Alzheimer’s care, increase support groups nationwide, and fund cutting edge research. Since its inception, Hilarity for Charity has raised $2.5 million to support these efforts. Through evenings filled with music and comedy, the flagship Los Angeles Variety Show is creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates.  Join the online conversation by using the hashtag #HFC , and following Hilarity for Charity on Twitter (@Hilar4Charity), Instagram (@hilarityforcharity) and liking us on For more information,

About Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit®.

Rose McGowan’s Seven Bold Tips for Fighting Sexism in the Film Industry

By Rose McGowan | Women and Hollywood


The following speech was originally delivered on April 21 to the Sisterhood of Traveling Producers, a small, invite-only group of young female executives and producers founded three years ago by Stacy Keppler.

women-hollywood-bannerTo the wonderful women in this business of film: Your welcoming kindness last night meant a lot to me. As an actress, I’ve been treated as property or as a competitor. There is very little camaraderie on my side of the business. Your warmth was a new experience for me. How wonderful that you women have each other, and how wonderful that we got to meet.

I’ve been thinking about what I said last night. I feel inspired to expand on last night’s topic, that of Being Progressive.

Historically, artists have had patrons to finance and shepherd their work. To me, that is what anyone working on your side of the business is: a patron of the arts. We artists need you to be our protectors and our warriors. Not that we need coddling — quite the opposite — but we need fighters. Washington, D.C., accuses us of having an agenda. Damn right we do. We have a responsibility to push for our world to be better. We all know the power of media. Let’s use it to our benefit. As I said last night, we count as audience members, too.


Here are a few actions you can take to improve and change the role of women in film and the role of film in society.

–Just because a writer or director “succeeded” at something before doesn’t mean they should do it again.

–If you know certain directors (men) behave reprehensibly, fight against their hire and offer up alternatives. BE BOLD. If someone is a known dickhead, stop their hire. If they are misogynists, stop their hire. These are not the people we need to reward. Stand up and stop perpetuating the cycle. We are responsible. Stop protecting evil. We didn’t join the Mafia when we joined this business. We owe no one our vow of silence.

–Suggest traditional men’s roles be turned into ones for women. It will instantly make your work more layered. Anyone from the lead to the sidekick to a character with one line — turn them into women. It is imperative that we start seeing women on film in other roles than The Wife or The Sexpot. How boring. Let’s reflect on film what society ACTUALLY looks like: 50% female. Women are in all kinds of jobs and have complex lives, so put that on the screen. I’m curious about the plumber who says two words on film if she’s a woman. What’s her story? How’d she get there? People love relating to othe rpeople onscreen. So why aren’t we women allowed to relate to our own lives? Where is our representation? Let’s take action to change these tropes. It is time.

–Put female writers and directors on the TOP of your lists. Do it every time. If asked why, say why not, smile and walk away. Give them something to think about. It’s about time to see women in films as equals. This is a simple way to start. Remember: Just because it’s been done a certain way doesn’t mean it should still be done that way. The sad fact is, Hollywood is out of date. Let’s bring our town into the modern world. Dwindling ticket sales are a reflection of how largely passé Hollywood films are. Let’s be better, let’s do better.

–Stop rewarding males that do half-ass jobs. Hire women instead of men. Be bold when you hire. Go with your gut. Go with someone interesting and not someone “safe.”

–If someone yells at you or puts you down, stop them in their tracks. Retrain them. If someone says your name wrong, you correct them, so why don’t we do it when mistreated? Correct bad behavior as it happens. If Scott Rudin throws a phone at your head, throw one back and throw it harder. No one gets to abuse you. If someone is a misogynist, an abuser of talent and crew, or worse, DO NOT LET THEM GET HIRED.

–Finally, please stop viewing film and TV as product. It is not product. You and I are making documented history. We are creating a time capsule. Choose what you put in it wisely.

We can be the change we want to see. Let’s go, let’s have an agenda, and let’s do this.

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Millennials Are a Highly Engaged Audience Willing to Spend on Arts Events

Art is definitely not dead and today Eventbrite released new insights that showcase Millennials’ unique perspective on Performing and Visual Arts events.


Eventbrite, the global ticketing and events marketplace, today released new research that examines how millennials define, discover, spend on and engage with performing and visual arts events. Eventbrite, which experienced a 54% year-over-year increase in performing and visual arts events, surveyed more than a thousand Americans who attended an event in this category in the past 12 months. The study, “The Art of Attraction: How to Grow Your Millennial Arts Audience,” uncovers key insights including:

Millennials Attend and Spend
The millennial generation currently commands an estimated $1.3 trillion in direct annual spending and they are allocating a healthy amount of their disposable income to performing and visual arts events; one in five millennials spend $500 or more in the past year on or at performing arts or visual arts events. They also splurge on souvenirs at these events; one in three millennials said they were likely to buy merchandise, such as posters or apparel, while attending an arts event.

Numerous millennials are apt to prioritize spending on arts events over other discretionary spending. When presented with the question, if you won $1,000 and had to spend it all in the next 12 months, more millennials said they would allocate the money to arts events (50%) than coffee (35%) or alcohol (29%).

Defining and Fueling a New Performing and Visual Arts Experience

Millennials are expanding the definition of ‘arts’ and ‘arts’ events: nearly one in three (31%) feel that iPhone photography is considered a visual art, more than half (54%) consider graffiti or street art a visual art, and 43% consider comic books or graphic novels a visual art. While some speculate that millennials are less engaged with the arts, Eventbrite’s survey found millennials are often more engaged than boomers and crave a closer, more interactive look at the performing and visual arts world. Forty-three percent of millennials said they would prefer to attend events that incorporate audience participation, while only 29% of boomers feel the same way.

Some millennials take this engagement even further and set out to acquire new skills following arts events. Millennials are more than five times as likely as their boomer counterparts (21% vs. 4%) to take a class related to the arts after attending an event, such as enrolling in dance lessons after visiting the ballet.

Focus on Digital Discovery and Crowdsourced Recommendation
Millennials are more likely than boomers to hear about arts events through online resources like social media (48% vs. 24%), online ads (28% vs. 19%), and blogs (25% vs. 4%). In contrast, boomers are more likely than millennials to learn about arts events through traditional channels, including TV (66% vs. 42%), print (63% vs. 33%) and radio (49% vs. 33%) ads.

When it comes to taking action from reviews, everyone’s a critic in millennials’ eyes: they are almost equally as likely to attend an arts event because it was recommended on a site such as Yelp (47%) as they would if it was recommended by a critic or reviewer (53%). Boomers are more influenced by critics, with 73% likely to attend arts events if they recommend it and only 27% likely to attend based on a recommendation from a review site.

A Millennial Rendition of Arts Events
In 2014, Eventbrite saw a more than 60% growth in performing and visual arts events where alcohol is served, a trend in line with survey findings that more than half (58%) of millennials prefer arts events with drinks on the menu. Additionally, two in three millennials (66%) prefer arts events with food, and 31% said they would attend more arts events if they could eat or drink during a performing or visual arts event.

Millennials embrace the tradition and formality around arts events; survey results found that they enjoy dressing up and attending fancier gatherings. Thirty-five percent of millennials would rather attend an arts event that is formal instead of casual (vs. 14% of boomers). Nearly half of millennials (49%) even think performing and visual arts events are not dressy enough. Even though formality can be a draw for millennials at arts events, they don’t want to be forced into a tux. Sixty-three percent would prefer events without the rules of a dress code, proving a little freedom can go a long way with this generation.

“Amid recent studies indicating a decline in arts event attendance rates for U.S. adults, it was encouraging to see that our study found 70% of millennials who recently attended an arts event expressed interest in attending more,” said Martina Wang, marketing lead at Eventbrite. “The challenge for performing and visual arts organizations is to effectively reach this highly-connected, influential generation, while staying true to deep-rooted traditions. Our findings offer them valuable insights into the future of this industry.”

For more details and to view the full study, please visit the Event Academy, Eventbrite’s resource for event organizers with webinars, whitepapers, and industry insights for events of any kind. To learn more about Eventbrite ticketing and registration for performing and visual arts events, check out

About Eventbrite
Eventbrite is the global marketplace for live experiences that allows people to find and create events. Since 2006, the self-service platform has helped event organizers of all kinds to sell more tickets through robust technology and promotional tools, totaling $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales. In addition to providing technology for organizers, Eventbrite has become the destination for consumers looking to discover a variety of live experiences from small photography and yoga classes to large concerts and festivals with tens of thousands of attendees. More than 200 million tickets have been processed on the platform, and in 2014 alone, Eventbrite processed $1.5 billion in gross ticket sales for attendees in more than 180 countries. Eventbrite investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Learn more at


50 Years of The Sound of Music


Sound of Music

This one just landed in my email box and maybe it’s not so exciting for some of you edgier folks.  But I personally still love the legendary Julie Andrews in this gorgeous classic which on Tuesday, March 10th, that’s tomorrow by the way, will celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary.  Here’s the awesome part for musical lovers, a 180 GRAM 2-LP EDITION will be released and it will feature previously unreleased material and a new introduction by Juli Andrews!

RAZOR & TIE’s new audiophile imprint ANALOG SPARK will launch with the vinyl release of The Sound of Music – 50th Anniversary Edition. The score from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 5-time Academy Award-winning movie musical will be available in a newly-remastered and expanded two disc version on 180-gram vinyl. The original 16-track Grammy® Hall Of Fame-inducted RCA Victor soundtrack album will also be available on 180-gram vinyl and super audio CD (SACD), and include the eight-page booklet which accompanied the original vinyl release. All releases will be available on March 10. Get more info at:

Here’s the official press:

As part of an extensive half-century celebration, The Sound of Music – 50th Anniversary Edition will feature previously unreleased orchestral cues from the score, and all vocal performances in one set for the first time. Led by Julie Andrews, whose work in the film earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination, the soundtrack rings out with heartwarming, iconic standards. From the title composition, “The Sound of Music,” to “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and of course, “My Favorite Things,” The Sound Of Music is a treasure for all time.

Nominated for ten Academy Awards and winner of five (including “Best Picture” and “Best Director”), The Sound of Music stands as the most successful movie musical of all time. The soundtrack is a classic in its own right, having spent its first four years on the Billboard Top Albums chart, including fourteen weeks at number one. It has subsequently sold over 20 million units to date.

In addition to the previously unreleased material, the 50th anniversary edition will also include new introductory notes from Julie Andrews and Theodore S. Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers & Hammerstein.

The standard compact disc will be available through Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release The Sound of Music 50thAnniversary Blu-ray, a 5-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition. Included in the package will be an exclusive 50th Anniversary CD featuring the original soundtrack album expanded with eight exclusive international bonus tracks from the Spanish, French and Italian-language versions of the film and never-before-released in the United States. Four new books are being published in 2015 to coincide with the anniversary. They are: The Sound of Music Companion – 50th Anniversary Edition (Laurence Maslon, Pavilion/Rizzoli); The Sound of Music Story (Tom Santopietro, St. Martin’s Press); Sound of Music FAQ (Barry Monush, Applause Books); and The Sound of Music: BFI Film Classics (Caryl Flinn, BFI).

ANALOG SPARK is the new audiophile imprint of leading independent record label RAZOR & TIE. The imprint is focused on the reissue of classic and acclaimed albums on 180-gram vinyl and SACD, and is working with the best sources, mastering engineers and pressing plants to ensure that their releases are of the highest quality. Future releases include albums from Kate Bush, Ben Folds Five, The Dave Brubeck Quartet and Laura Nyro.

With over 40 million units sold, 24-plus years in business and multiple Grammy Awards, RAZOR & TIE is one of the largest privately owned independent music labels and publishing companies in North America. The full service label (which was founded in 1990 and has been co-owned since its inception by entrepreneurs Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam) employs an expert staff that provides strategic marketing, publicity, new media/online marketing, tour marketing, radio and video promotion, as well as in-house creative team and video production services.

For more information, please visit

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th Anniversary Edition – Double  LP  Track List


  1. Prelude / The Sound of Music (**)
  2. Overture / Praeludium / Dixit Dominus /  Morning Hymn / Alleluia (*)
  3. Maria
  4. I Have Confidence
  5. Sixteen Going on Seventeen (**)
  6. My Favorite Things / Salzburg Montage (**)
  7. Do-Re-Mi
  8. The Sound of Music
  9. The Lonely Goatherd
  10. Edelweiss
  11. Grand Waltz (*)
  12. Laendler
  13. So Long, Farewell
  14. Processional Waltz (*)
  15. Goodbye Maria / How Can Love Survive Waltz (*)
  16. Edelweiss Waltz (*)
  17. Entr’acte
  18. Climb Ev’ry Mountain (**)
  19. My Favorite Things (reprise)
  20. Something Good (**)
  21. Processional / Maria (The Wedding)
  22. Sixteen Going on Seventeen (reprise)
  23. Do-Re-Mi (reprise)
  24. Edelweiss (reprise)
  25. So Long, Farewell (reprise)
  26. Nuns And Nazis / Escape / Climb Ev’ry Mountain (reprise) / Finale (**)
  27. End Titles (*)


* indicates previously unreleased

** includes previously unreleased material


THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th Anniversary Edition – SACD / Single LP  Track List

  1. Prelude / The Sound of Music
  2. Overture / Preludium (Dixit Dominus)
  3. Morning Hymn / Alleluia
  4. Maria
  5. I Have Confidence
  6. Sixteen Going on Seventeen
  7. My Favorite Things
  8. Climb Ev’ry Mountain
  9. The Lonely Goatherd
  10. The Sound of Music
  11. Do-Re-Mi
  12. Something Good
  13. Processional / Maria
  14. Edelweiss (Reprise)
  15. So Long, Farewell
  16. Climb Ev’ry Mountain (Reprise)


What’s In A Name?

I was told by another writer who analyzed one of my websites that I should completely throw out my name.  Get rid of it altogether so that it would be more appealing to sell my work for profit as a writer myself.

But what if that name is already a brand?  And what if that brand is already a public identity that not just readers recognize, but other influencers who are tying to make a connection: publicity and marketing specialists, merchants and artists in the arts & culture sphere, hoping I’ll hear what they have to say and write about them?

I never actually thought of my blog as a tool for sales.  That was never the point.  It was designed as a platform through which I could parlay my former celebrity and notoriety with other reinventions of my entertainment career and create a place where others could launch themselves.  That may sound very altruistic, but opening up the door for other artists in the ways I had needed, wanted and sometimes got, over the years, was, I thought. necessary.  I needed a champion.  I could now be one.

This was the first time I’d ever heard this advice from anyone including other professionals. But instead of it being a shock, I focused.  I asked myself, “what’s important to me and what’s important to others about what I do?”

Through the advice of  a friend, colleague and brilliant business strategist, I realized I needed a new direction, a larger goal, some minor tweeks for a dynamic change.  And yes, I could make money, keeping my integrity and my name intact.

I guess you could say that it wasn’t the name, it was the meaning.  I now have a better plan.


Super Fluff

Finally got around to seeing The Avengers today.  Love Joss Whedon but The Avengers was fluffy at best.  All action and barely a story – diced and sliced to start in the exciting, chewy center.  Ah, and Hello Thor!  Why are you not paying your long lost love, Jane Foster, aka Natalie Portman – a visit.  After all she’s been dedicating her entire life, thus far, re-discovering and re-opening a portal that doesn’t exist until now (re-build from fatal damage apparently) in order to find a way to get to you.  There’s a good case for What’s Love Got To Do With It.  Such a guy thing.  Props to 3D of course.  Captain America is still hot even though he gets called grandpa quite a bit by Iron Man who ultimately saves the day practically by himself.  Oh, Robert!  You’re my hero!

It must be spring

Walking down a dark street last night, my eye instinctively darted to a four-legged figure on the sidewalk ahead of me.  Funny thing is, I couldn’t tell if it was a dog or a coyote.  We both stopped and looked at each other for a couple of seconds and then the animal trotted away.  Well, it must be getting closer to Spring because this is the time of the year when it gets warm enough and safe enough for them to come down from the hills and muse around – often on Sunset Blvd. with the rest of us.

I’m tired today.  So glad it’s Friday.  Celebrating my birthday on Oscar Night.  So many great films this year.  Of course I am always crossing my fingers for Scorsese. lol