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Blues Guitarist B.B. King Dead at 89

posted by Corine Gatti

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King died Thursday night at the age of 89 in a Las Vegas hospital. King was the son of a sharecropper, and was born on a plantation in Mississippi. He worked his way up from singing in church, performing on street corners to influencing musicians like Ringo Star, Brad Paisley, and moved blues to a mainstream audience.

King recorded his first song in 1949, and celebrated the first hit with the release of Three O’Clock Blues in 1952.

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“Blues means what milk does to a baby,” he said. “Blues is what the spirit is to the minister. We sing the blues because our hearts have been hurt, our souls have been disturbed.”


‘Where Hope Grows’ is a Much Watch

posted by Corine Gatti

Kristoffer Polaha stars as a baseball slugger with Detroit Tigers who was forced to retire early due to panic attacks at the plate. Calvin Campbell struggles with alcoholism, depression, and battles his demons of a failed career.  But his life will change after meeting Produce (David DeSanctis) who works at a local market and has Down syndrome. Produce challenges Campbell to think outside him, embrace the future of possibilities, and to grow up in “Where Hope Grows.” Don’t miss it.


Where Hope Grows is Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award winner is capturing the hearts and minds of audiences across the country with more than 10.4 million trailer views to date.


One Good Fella

posted by Corine Gatti

Jersey Girl, the Body Guard, and Goodfellas–Mike Starr always plays a wise guy. The graduate of Hofstra University’s latest role is the comedy Dancer and the Dame, a film about a police officer (Billy Gardell) demoted to the desk after a failed bust, and later paired with a police dog as a partner.

Starr’s character (Poochareli) is a mob associate from Chicago, but this New Yorker may be tough to crack on film, but in reality is positive, supports his wife, who is a doctor and serves on medical missions, and is the kind of guy you can have a beer or coffee with.


Starr was in Chicago when he read the script for Dancer and the Dame.

“I soon as I heard that Billy Gardell and a couple of my friends were in it, I said I love to be involved. It’s a fun script, the people involved were really good, and really positive people. I am kind of like the Red Herring in the film, which I am used many times,” Starr said, who enjoyed the filming location in Monroe, Louisiana. “I am kind of the linchpin in dealing with the real bad guy.”

Mike-StarrAfter Starr and other members of the crew landed in Houston, the weather was so bad they had to drive seven hours get to the set, and “actually it was a big adventure, and a lot of fun,” Starr laughed, adding it was a “pleasant movie to be involved in, too.”


Being involved and supporting his wife of 11 years is important to Starr.  His wife was a musician and went into medical school and is a pediatric heart surgeon. She’s volunteered in Uganda, Africa, Central America and China.

Compassion and laughter also keeps Starr looking the same after years in the business.

When Starr was at the Goodfellas anniversary celebration people mentioned he didn’t age.

“I said it’s because I laugh all the time.” So when the grandfather of five was asked if he could start giving health tips—Starr was on-board.

Starr will be busy  will be honored at the Hoboken, New Jersey Film festival in May 29 held in Middletown, NY, and going to his newest grandchild’s christening.  Also look for him on Ed Burns and Stephen Spielberg’s new series, Public Morals on TNT.

“It’s an exciting time,”  Starr admitted, and is enjoying the ride as one of the good guys.

Check out Dancer and the Dame here.


Fox Bids ‘American Idol’ Farewell

posted by Angela Guzman

American IdolAfter 15 seasons, Fox has decided to cancel American Idol. Since Simon Cowell’s departure in 2010, ratings have continued to decline. Despite the 11 million viewers still watching the series, Fox has commented that the costs and salaries for the cast are too expensive to keep going – even though it is reported that the judges took a salary cut to return for the 15th season.

Over the past year, Fox has found new found success with scripted programs like Empire and Gotham. Therefore, the network is not as dependent on American Idol for ratings.


While American Idol is famous for discovering chart-topping artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert – it has been nearly a decade since an award winning artists has emerged.

The series has received as many as 31.1 million viewers in 2006 when Carrie Underwood was discovered. And there is no doubt that American Idol will be remembered as one of Fox’s greatest series – especially considering the copycat shows that emerged after Idol’s success. Without Idol’s fame and fortune there may have been no Voice, X-Factor, or Lip Sync Battle.

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