America’s Got Talent Season 10 Kicks Off With An Epic Pajama Party In NYC


(PCM) What we have always adored about America’s Got Talent is that it showcases talents that extend beyond just singers and truly gives many artists (and some non-artists) their due time in the spotlight.  It is hard to believe that the show is in its’ 10th season, but it continues to be as strong as ever!

We got to experience the AGT Season 10 premiere in epic fashion by attending the AGT PJ Party held at the famed Ritz Carlton Hotel in NYC.  As if hanging with judges Mel B and Howie Mandel, as well as, host Nick Cannon wasn’t enough, we also spent the evening with some of the season’s featured talents including the boys that make up Triple Threat, Scott Heierman, Shirley Claire and hypnotist (and Drake look-a-like) Cris Jones.

We were able to nosh on some delicious grub including a full ice cream sundae bar and chat with both Mel B and Howie Mandel, who told us “This season is sure to be the best one yet!”


There were several truly stand-out moments from the AGT premiere one of which was hypnotist Cris Jones convincing judge Howie Mandel (a known germ-a-phobe) to shake hands for the first time with those around him. Jones convinced Howie that everyone was wearing a thin pair of gloves. Another stand-out performance was from singer/songwriter Johnny Shelton, who performed an original tune that he penned for his 5-year old son, whom he lost to cancer. We also adored comedian Drew Lynch, who has overcome the odds after suffering a sports injury that left him with a severe speech impediment and totally won over the judges and us as well. He wowed Howie Mandel so much that he even used his one and only Golden Buzzer to send Lynch straight to the finals at Radio City Music Hall.

Overall, it was a great premiere and even better to view it alongside both the judges and talent while relaxing in our lovely AGT robes and slippers enjoying the “suite” life that only AGT and NYC has to offer!

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Coldplay Debut Game Of Thrones: The Musical In Support Of Red Nose Day!


(PCM) In what is probably one of the greatest music/TV collaborations ever, Coldplay joined forces with the cast of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” to  present “Game Of Thrones: The Musicial” in support of Red Nose Day a very special cause that helps lift children out of poverty not only the U.S. , but in some of the poorest communities around the globe.

The sketch film documenting the creation of ‘Game Of Thrones: The Musical,’ written by Coldplay and featuring a number of the HBO show’s cast members, was be one of the many highlights in ‘Red Nose Day’! You can view the full 12-min video below:

Red Nose Day was created to raise money to help children and young people living in poverty in the United States and some of the poorest communities around the world. The inaugural Red Nose Day was held on Thursday May 21, 2015. The day’s events culminated in a three-hour entertainment TV special on NBC, featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars. Money raised will go to the Red Nose Day Fund, a program of Comic Relief, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. The Red Nose Day Fund will distribute the money raised by the Red Nose Day campaign to charity partners whose work helps to achieve Comic Relief, Inc.’s vision of a just world free from poverty.



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Giuliana Rancic Confirms Return To Fashion Police


(PCM) Giuliana Rancic will return to “Fashion Police” when the show comes back to E! in the fall. The E! News co-host made the announcement to Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover today, adding that the recent controversy over comments regarding Zendaya’s hair actually bolstered the show’s standing.

“I think more than ever, [‘Fashion Police’] is definitely coming back, because [the controversy] shows that a lot of people were watching the show and enjoyed the show. So yeah, it’s coming back in September, in time for the Emmys,” she said. “I will be on the show, Brad Goreski will be on the show, and now they just have to fill the other seats.”

Giuliana, who also admitted she will move to Chicago full-time with husband Bill Rancic and son Duke in August, may be adding another show to her TV resume – a joint endeavor with Bill. “Bill and I would love to do something together,” she said. “I have a great marriage, and we’re thinking maybe something in the relationship space to help people – not just bring them on to fight and get ratings – but actually bring them on to talk about their problems and get them a real solution to their problems.”

The “Fashion Police” co-host, who recently revealed that she and Bill’s surrogate had suffered a miscarriage with the couple’s last remaining embryo, said she’s exploring additional options to hopefully bring a second child into the world. “I would love to have another baby. Love,” she told Billy and Kit. “We’re talking about it and we’re talking to our doctor and we’re just figuring out what we can do. “Can I somehow do IVF again to try to have a baby? Or adoption?” she continued. “We’re not quite sure what it is, but we absolutely want to expand our family. Absolutely.”

Check out Giuliana’s full interview on Access Hollywood Live:

Giuliana Rancic: Did Kelly Osbourne Turn On Her?

Giuliana Rancic opens up about the fallout after her “Fashion Police” joke aimed at Zendaya. Will she be able to bury the hatchet with Kelly Osbourne? Giuliana’s book, “Going Off Script,” is available now.

Giuliana Rancic Responds To Weight Loss Scrutiny

Giuliana Rancic gives an update on her health. Was she hurt by comments about her weight loss? Plus, she shares details of her return to “Fashion Police.” Giuliana’s book, “Going Off Script,” is available now.



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NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Lies

brian-williams-chinook-story(PCM) It’s not often we catch mainstream media in lies, but it is becoming more evident the public is lied to in news.

On Wednesday February 4, 2015 NBC News Anchor Brian Williams admitted he was part of a false news story that took place in March 2003 Iraq. He was forced to finally recant his lie during his own NBC News Network broadcast.

His original story that Williams has retold as recently as January 2015 at a New York Rangers hockey game in a televised retired soldier tribute is told simply. Williams espouses his helicopter was hit by enemy fire and forced down. “The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG. Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”

It’s not true. It did not happen. Brian Williams now admits to this as a lie. Now to your typical young millennial that most likely doesn’t even watch network news or traditional news source, this revelation has no meaning.

This news does have meaning. It does to everyone. The hallowed ground of objective journalism is being repeatedly stepped upon with contempt in the name of pressing personal agendas. In addition, reporters are never meant to be the news, they report the news.

brian-williams-caught-in-chinook-story-lieFebruary 4, 2014 was Brian Williams day of reckoning. In less than a minute he read a statement of apology for the manner in which he characterized the experience. “After a ground fire incident in the desert during the Iraq war invasion, I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago. It did not take long to hear from some brave men and women in the air crews who were also in that desert. I want to apologize. I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by [rocket-propelled grenade] fire. I was instead in a following aircraft.” Williams continued, “This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and, by extension, our brave military men and women, veterans everywhere, those who have served while I did not.”

Many may decide this is not a ‘big deal’ and that Brian Williams only embellished the truth. Embellishing that he was in one of the helicopters while in flight may almost be a tolerable lie. However Williams claimed,  “Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.” In truth Brian Williams was in another formation which traveled an hour behind and took no fire at all.

Brian Williams apology is marred by justification with the excuse he wanted to pay tribute to someone else. To this end, one may question not only the sincerity of the apology but the purpose.

Most should agree that for Brian Williams to continue as news anchor of NBC shows zero accountability for him perpetuating the deceitful news story as truth.

At one point in journalistic history, as few as 20 years ago providing news from an unbiased point of view was a standard every young reporter was held to by the old guard. Murrow, Cronkite and others may have had their own idealistic agenda never let on which side of the political pendulum they fell to. Reporters that move on as editors then instil this mental model of objective reporting along with other important news reporting rules such as fact checking and verifying sources. A golden rule in reporting is to never put serving yourself ahead of serving society.

An interesting side note to this story is that good reporting is what outed NBC anchor Brian Williams lie. Investigative reporter Travis J. Tritten at Stars and Stripes newspaper contacted crew members of the 159th Aviation Regiment. They were in the Chinook struck by ground to air rockets. They gave their own account of the Chinook Brian Williams reported he was on board during the RPG attack. Those crew members reported Williams did not arrive on their helicopter. He instead arrived on another an hour later. Brian Williams has since answered to them, “I do not know what screwed up my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”

Brian Williams is not the first to violate the ethics of good journalism. Some may recall Dan Rather was also guilty of manipulating the public with his own storytelling to discredit former President Bush.  As you read this, your own bias may accuse this writer of a political slant or purpose as you may feel this is an effort to defend, protect or promote Bush. That would be a mistake.

The point being made here is that  news reporters, and especially anchors have a responsibility to tell accurate news stories without bias. If a story serves the reporters own agenda is not the issue. The concern is truth. If the truth hurts, so-be-it. Let the public decide which slant it wants to perceive that news as.

Williams case goes beyond just the lie, but an attempt to cover it up. Brian Williams initial response in 2008 to accusations of this lie was in a blog post, “Chinook helicopter flying in front of ours (from the 101st Airborne) took an RPG to the rear rotor.”

In the end Dan Rather lost his job at CBS after a respected career in broadcast journalism. He moved on to a cable network where he has fallen into obscurity.

What will happen with Brian Williams?  Will NBC hold him equally accountable? Without trust in a newscaster, they have no value to the audience. It’s a simple debate. If a news caster such as Brian Williams is willing to lie once, when is he or she telling the truth?

This matters because for the time being news networks CBS, NBC and ABC, still have a broad reach across a huge demographic. If they get away with inaccurate news, unfair news, and slanted news, they will shape our society into what they want it to be.

The fact is when one news organization gets it wrong, an overall distrust of all news sources comes into question.

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Injury Causes U2 To Cancel Week Long Tonight Show Residency


(PCM) It appears that U2’s Bono can’t seem to catch a break! Last week, he got quite the scare when the tailgate of his private Learjet flew off mid-flight which could have led to a potential plane crash. Now, he has injured his arm after a cycling accident in New York’s Central Park which will require surgery to repair.

Bono’s arm injury also has caused the band to pull out of their scheduled week long residency on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The band’s website featured the following statement from Edge, Adam and Larry: “We are one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it.”

The statement went on to say “It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time. Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.”

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Vivica A. Fox, Leeza Gibbons and Ian Ziering Talk Celebrity Apprentice


(PCM) Everyone was excited by the recent casting announcement for The Celebrity Apprentice Season 14. Battling it out in Mr. Trump’s boardroom this season will be Shawn Johnson, Leeza Gibbons, Lorenzo Lamas, Kevin Jonas, Jamie Anderson, Johnny Damon, Vivica A. Fox, Geraldo Rivera, Kate Gosselin, Ian Ziering, Terrell Owens, Gilbert Gotfried, Sig Hansen, Brandi Glanville, Keisha Knight Pulliam and Kenya Moore.

We were recently able to catch up with Celebrity Apprentice Season 14 cast members Vivica A. Fox, Leeza Gibbons and Ian Ziering to discuss the new season, some of their strategies, opponents, chemistry and more!

Competing on a show like The Celebrity Apprentice is all about thinking fast under pressure and doing the best job possible, however there can always be a few setbacks that pop up from time to time.

Celeb-Apprent2Leeza Gibbons comments “I think everybody brought their A game and everybody in this cast delivered their best, it’s an incredible season. One of the first things that I noticed in terms of what you’re calling drawbacks, this is a group of people that likes to be in charge of their own lives, right, everybody likes to be buckled into the driver’s seat of their life. And this requires that you collaborate, that you compromise. I don’t think that comes naturally to a lot of us.

Viviva A. Fox adds, “We’re so used to taking constructive criticism from producers and directors that we know how to bend and not everyone bends as easily as others, that’s what I found out from working this season on Celebrity Apprentices.”

The late Joan Rivers was an incredibly memorable contestant when she appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice and she will appear as a judge on two episodes coming up this season. We were curious about the cast member’s experience working with Joan on the show.

Vivica A Fox responded “Well for me it was an absolute pleasure because I had met Joan over the years just being on the Red Carpet, you know, with the famous, you know, who are you wearing and when she would show up, you know, it was always so much love and such a pleasant surprise.

And she was tough, you know, she would let you know you’re not doing a good job or you need to step-up so it was definitely tough love and an absolute pleasure to spend some time with her and I was just as shocked and devastated as with everyone else was of her passing.”

Ian Ziering comments “I had a chance to be on Joan Rivers’ talk show many, many, many years ago — maybe it was the early 90s — and have always been – had always been a fan of hers to meet her in person was really a thrill. She, you know, for a person who can dish out such caustic humor, she always maintained a sense of grace and elegance which was a nice juxtaposition against her comedy.

She was fun to be around and was very exciting to work with her.”

And Leeza Gibbons adds “Very supportive, a mentor for woman. Joan certainly knows business like nobody, she’s just, I mean, like nobody else. She was so sharp and so honest and stayed so relevant but what everybody I think remembers about her is that cheerleader side of her, that warmth side of her, that supportive side of her, of really wanting to inspire and encourage — especially other woman in business — and it was really a very rare and wonderful treat to be able to work with her on this as I’ve done in other shows in the past, but this was really just a perfect venue for her.”

Of course all fans of The Celebrity Apprentice know that each season it not without its’ sometimes shocking moments and we are sure that season 14 will have some of those moments in store.

Celeb-Apprent3Ian Ziering jokingly says “Donald Trump got fired. I bet you’re shocked to hear that. How can we talk about that without spoiling anything?”

To which Leeza Gibbons adds “You’ll be shocked to find out that – I think everyone will be stunned to find out that Gilbert Gottfried is an animal. He’s just an animal. It will be incredible to have that side of him revealed.”

Vivica A. Fox claims “And then also you – I think shocking things that you’ll be able to see — shocked to see — some of the friendships that develop. Like who works really well with each other and who doesn’t work so well with each other, that will be shocking to find out.”

We have heard from several contestants over the years just how physically and emotionally taxing that competing on The Celebrity Apprentice can be. We have to wonder how these celebrities prepare for such a fierce competition.

Vivica A. Fox tell us “What I did is I asked a couple of people that had been on there in the past from Star Jones to Holly Robinson Peete to Mark McGrath, who we were doing Sharknado 2 with what was it like.

And the first thing that they all said is be prepared to work. So I said, ‘okay, this isn’t going to be, this is no-no, you don’t work, so that, you know, and I said okay, you’ve got to be mentally tough and physically tough to endure this.”

Leeza Gibbons adds, “Yes Holly was really great giving me insight to as was Marilu Henner and I think that probably for most people because it’s – you’re putting yourself in an environment that’s unfamiliar to you, you know, you want to kind of reach out and say, hang on, is this – am I going to be able to deliver and do my best and everybody from – well my buddy Bill Ranci from the very first Apprentice to everyone else that I spoke with — it was just a handful of people — said what a great experience it was for them, how much attention the opportunity brought to their charities — which everybody on this call cares about — and how much they grew and that’s a real opportunity, you know.

This was probably one of the best opportunities for personal growth that I can imagine. You know, you don’t know how much you can take, you don’t know who you are going to be in this scenario, you think you do, but you really don’t know until you get there and it was revealing.”

Ian Ziering adds that he prepared by “talking to a few past contestants, Mark McGrath, of course, because I was working with him right before on Sharknado, spoke to Annie Duke, but on top of that I also went back and watched every episode of Celebrity Apprentice. I wanted to see how the dynamic of the show played out. What things Donald looked for, what things he didn’t like, what qualities in people he gravitated towards, what he was adverse to.”

Leeza Gibbons revealed “I think all of us though regardless of how well prepared you thought you were or not it comes down to, you know, taking a deep breath and moving forward because you don’t have time to really think about anything else, you just have to get into action.”

Ian Ziering comments “Yes and like you said Leeza the personal growth that you experience is tremendous. For me, you know, I never thought in a business sense. Being on Celebrity Apprentice, for me, was like getting an MBA at Trump University. Going through the prerequisites and studying all the prior shows and putting together my game and then implementing everything that I’d come to the party with really set my mind spinning, you know.

Since the show I’ve gotten involved in three businesses because I just found that I could do something, I could do it, I could make it happen and I’d never even applied myself in this direction so it’s really spurred me on to do things that I’d never done before.”

There are always things that a person will learn about themselves during their participation in a competition series such as The Celebrity Apprentice.

Celeb-Apprent1Vivica A. Fox replied “Well for me it was my patience. I definitely learned to be a lot more inpatient and learned to kind of know my place, play my position and stay in my lane because there were times that you were the project manager that had to take the lead then there were other times that your job was to be an assistant.

So being that we all are type, you know, the type of people that are in charge of our careers and we run our system, we converse with our manager and our agent on what direction we want to go in. These – the challenges that we – the tasks that we were given some times and just knowing your place and playing your position and staying in lane for me that was like, oh wow, okay, I’m good at strategizing and more than anything else was I learned about patience because there were days that my patience was definitely tested.”

Leeza Gibbons adds, “Yes I concur 100% with that. I learned that my mother was right, that if you just, you know, put your blinders on and don’t worry about the other horses in the race, you’re going to succeed and, you know, you’re going to do better. And for me, you know, you’re looking at everybody else and part of the game is to figure out what everybody else is doing and, you know, how to build on that or how to defend yourself against that.

But, you know, I learned that I did best if I just focused on the task at hand. It was surprising to me – all of us have been around camera’s for decades and I thought, well, it’s a realty show, we’re going to be very aware of where those cameras on and when they’re shooting us. It took about a nano second for that to go away and for the entire experience I really had no awareness — and really didn’t care — when the cameras were on or not because we were so focused on your competitive drive just gets into overdrive, and you started there Ian in overdrive.”

Ian replies  “Oh, you know what, every night I had to unwind and we’d come home, we’d just finished a day and, you know, I would just – I started just write down my thoughts for the day just to figure out where my head was. And then after the show was over — after my participation within the context of the entire show was done — it still took me about two or three weeks to unwind and settle back because I would just look at things like how do I overcome, what do I need to accomplish to achieve my goal, how do I get around, who can I talk to to facilitate. I mean everything just lights up when you’re on The Apprentice as you get immersed in it your thought patterns change. And for me it took a little bit of time to decompress from that. It’s such a – you’re compressed and you’re immersed in it. You do a new project every other day.”

The cast members also shared their impressions about meeting and working with Donald Trump.

Vivica A. Fox said “Well if I, that was my first time having that much contact with Mr. Trump and I found him to be a straight shooter, which is the kind of person that I like. I found that if you were honest with him and you didn’t try to BS him, that you – that he would – he just responded to you a lot more positively. So like I said I got to know him and I personally got even more respect for him because he’s a straight shooter and he likes making things happen and that’s my kind of guy.

Leeza Gibbons shared her thoughts saying “Donald Trump is so charismatic, such a powerful force, such a strong business icon but what I loved was seeing the off-camera side of him which is as Vivica said very straight-forward and no nonsense, but really funny, like really, really, funny. And he’s very aware of making sure that everybody feels that they are having a shot.

Meaning, you know, he’s just aware of everybody’s presence in the room he’s the Donald and equally as impressive to me were working with the advisors, his children, Don, Erik and Ivanka, wow, the work ethic in that family is so high that we couldn’t not deliver because you thought everything we’ve done they’ve done and more. And they are great advisors, they taught me a lot too so I really, really enjoyed the whole family.”

Ian Ziering concurs saying “The family, the organization, really just class acts through and through. You know my first experience with Donald was when he came into the board room and he comes on – comes in with this very serious face and he sits down — and this is even before the cameras had started rolling — the first thing he says is I want you all to know that this is my hair, it is not a toupee. 

You know, but again, great sense of humor and a class act. You’re right, Vivica, he’s a very straight shooter, he tells it like it is, he’s got an opinion and, you know, he’s an amazing dynamic man who’s an incredible builder, he’s built up so many parts of New York, he’s expanded down into the Washington, DC area into Florida with the Doral Golf Course”

The Celebrity Apprentice takes celebrities out of their comfort zone a lot of times and puts them deep in the business world instead. We wanted to know about any business lessons they may have taken away from the show.

Ian Ziering comments “I would look for ways to duplicate successful models. If there was an opportunity for me to be involved in something where whatever the product or goal was, if there was a similar business that was out there that was doing it already, I would look for ways to duplicate successful business models. And do what the successful people are doing to make them successful.”

Leeza Gibbons adds “I realize that it takes both the ability to be a strong leader and to be a good follower or business does not get done and so we were all challenged with showing up in both of those categories on the tasks. And especially in this pressure cooker environment where things are accelerated at warp speed I learned that inspired thought requires bold action.”

Finally, we also gave the cast members a chance to talk about the various charities they will be playing for this season.

Ian Ziering tells us “My charity was Epidermolysis Bullosa a medical research foundation that does such incredible work. You can find them online at and it’s a fatal skin disease that causes the proteins in the skin to be malformed and eventually the skin just doesn’t hold up. So these children end up living their lives in bandages, in constant pain. So having two little girls myself I couldn’t imagine anything more horrible and I wanted to champion that cause because I felt that its overlooked and underfunded and I wanted to make a change for something that’s being done here in the United States.”

Leeza Gibbons says ” I’m – my goal for getting on the show — the incredible opportunity that it is — is really this amazing pot of gold for charity. And for a charity like mine, which is called Leeza’s Care Connection, this opportunity can be a real game changer. So my mother who has passed away from Alzheimer’s disease was my guiding light the whole time.

Ten years ago I started our foundation because it was what I created in the world what we wished we’d had when my mom was going through her Alzheimer’s disease. You know my dad and my brother and my sister and myself we were lost and we didn’t, you know, we were stuck with this burning question now what?

So we created Leeza’s Care Connection which is part of the answer for now what do you do when someone you love gets a diagnosis, how do you get support, how do you feel empowered, how do you call on your courage so that you can move forward and take care of that person and also hang onto yourself.

So my dog in the hunt was really representing all of those family caregivers, those heroes, who show up for duty every day when someone they love is sick or dying.

And most business leaders have that instinctively, that was really driven home for me during Celebrity Apprentice because you had to rely on – you had to take action, there was no time to overthink and sometimes we act without thinking but many times we continue thinking without acting and that’s the kiss of death in business. So I really learned that you have to take bold action.”

And Vivica A. Fox concludes “I played for Best Buddies. I was introduced to Best Buddies with – through Carl Lewis — Olympian Carl Lewis — years ago and I fell in love with the Kennedy/Shriver family who works very, very hard to provide housing and employment opportunities for kids with – special needs kids and adults with special needs.

To see these kids with special needs, how they just want to be normal, the things that we take for granted, getting up, going to work, having someone take you serious, have someone look at your talent and not look at you because you have a special need and let it be a detriment.

It’s something I’ve been involved in for the last ten years and they actually came by and celebrated a birthday with me when I was filming the show. And for me Best Buddies is just something that I believe in and was proud to represent them.



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