Monday, November 30, 2009

Manilow Water to flow at Paris Las Vegas

Manilow Water will flow at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino when Barry Manilow moves his show to the Vegas Strip on March 5th.

We told you back in September that the entertainer who markets his own brand of H2O was ending his longterm run at the Las Vegas Hilton on December 30th and resettling at the Paris' Le Theatre Des Arts, possibly as early as Valentines Day. The two-year Paris deal is reportedly for better money and a lighter schedule (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with occasional Sunday shows).

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for shows through July 18th but are already on sale here for Manilow Fan Club members. Those tickets are priced at $181-$299, plus $16 convenience fees for 7:30 p.m. shows. Front row tickets for shows starting March 6 are open to fan bidding for what the web site calls “fair” prices at FrontRowManilow.com. Front row seats with a pre-show champagne reception, meet and greet and photo with Manilow, and an autographed show program can be bought at ManilowParis.com.

The miracle liquid is not included.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Report: Pharmacy co-owned by Danny Gans invented and sold sex pill that promised to help young male Vegas visitors "F like a porn star"

Another wrinkle has been added to the complicated image of late Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans with the report this morning that the pharmacy he co-owned marketed a male erection pill and advertised it in “crude terms… promising men in obscene terms on a Web site that they could perform ("F") “like a porn star.”

The Las Vegas Sun reports that Scott Silber, Gans’ partner in Green Valley Drugs of Henderson, Nevada, combined Valium and Valium and Viagra into a single pill and called it Vegas Mixx. The pill was advertised on a website in 2007 with “with the promise that the combination would mellow the mind, relax the muscle that causes ejaculation and provide a lasting erection.

“The Vegas Mixx Web site — aimed at guys who come to Vegas for a fling — used crude terms: ‘Vegas Mixx... makes you rock hard, and keeps you that way. Enjoy the ride.’”

The article by Marshall Allen mentions the Danny Gans connection in the fourth paragraph:

“Silber owned the pharmacy with entertainer Danny Gans, who was known for his squeaky-clean Christian image and died May 1 of a prescription narcotics overdose.

“Gans was not aware of Vegas Mixx, Silber said. ‘As you could probably guess, he would not have approved,’ he said.”

According to the Sun article, Vegas Mixx idea was a failure and the website was taken down a month ago. Green Valley Drugs, however, could be haunted by the scheme.

“…Silber could face bigger troubles. Green Valley Drugs is a compounding pharmacy — meaning it can combine unique mixes of drugs, based on a doctor’s prescription — but may have been operating outside the bounds of its license. That could lead to investigations by the Nevada State Pharmacy Board and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

Danny Gans was 52, with a reputation as an athletic, clean-living evangelical Christian when he died unexpectedly on May 1st of an overdose of hydromorphone, a drug known commercially as Dilaudid and on the streets as “drugstore heroin.”

In the days following Gans’ death, his friends and family expressed amazement that he had been involved with drugs in any way. His ownership in the Green Valley Drugs was revealed in August. Gans’ partners insisted the musical impressionist did not use the place as his own dispensary.

This latest story comes amid a publicity push for Gans’ posthumous inspirational autobiography, The Voices In My Head, that included a television interview with his children.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Exclusive! Lewis Bailey's Christmas playlist!

A few days after we brought you the playlist for the Disneyland's Main Street USA Christmas music loop, A CD arrived in the Tabloid Baby mailbox containing Lewis Bailey's latest Christmas mixtape. The world-renowned videographer, photojournalist and homebricker from Bailey Mountain, Georgia, is also Tabloid Baby's country music expert, so we were more than a bit surprised to find barely a country song among the lot-- unless you count Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Bailey cousin Brenda Mae Tarpley-- but settled in for a long car ride as we were transported back to the days we'd pick up the Christmas compilation albums at the Firestone Tire store.

The list of Lewis' Yuletide selections follows. Now find the songs!

Sleighride Leroy Anderson
Run Run Rudolph
Chuck Berry
No Place Like Home for The Holidays
Perry Como
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters & The Mitchell Ayres Orchestra
Christmas Island
The Fontane Sisters
White Christmas
Bing Crosby
The Andrew Sisters
Jingle Bell Rock
Bobby Helm
Santa Claus Is Back in Town
Elvis Presley
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Brenda Lee
Please Come Home for Christmas
Charles Brown
Blue Christmas
Elvis Presley
Let It Snow
Vaughn Monroe
Merry Merry Christmas
Baby Dodie Stevens
Here Comes Santa Claus
Gene Autry
Merry Christmas Baby
Charles Brown
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Elvis Presley
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry

The Christmas Song
Nat "King" Cole
Santa Baby
Eartha Kitt
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Silent Night
Bing Crosby
Silver Bells
Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
White Christmas
The Drifters
Winter Wonderland
Louis Armstrong
Please Come Home for Christmas
The Eagles
Holly Jolly Christmas
Burl Ives
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Darlene Love
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Judy Garland

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Danny Gans' children: "Where's the truth?"

On the eve of their first Thanksgiving without their father, Danny Gans' three teenage children have come forward nearly seven months after their father's death, in an interview to promote his new posthumous autobiography, The Voices In My Head, and to deny their father was addicted to drugs.

The heartbreaking talk with teenagers Andrew, Amy and Emily took place in a hotel room with a reporter from Las Vegas television station KTNV, focused on Gan's untimely death on may 1st from an overdose of the painkiller hydromorphone, known as Dilaudid and on the streets ad "drug store heroin."

The Gans kids insist their father was not addicted to painkillers at the time of his death, but despite earlier denials from the musical impressionist's friends and colleagues, they do confirm that he had been prescribed drugs to deal with pain from various injuries and surgeries.

"He didn't like being on the pain medication because he didn't like the way it made him feel," said Andrew. "So he'd go onstage sometimes, he'd be in so much pain, he'd have to go offstage during a change and get sick because he was in that much pain and he didn't like taking the medicine."

Daughter Amy added: "Because of the fact that I knew Danny-- he was my Dad-- sometimes he would go without the medication. And I can't, I can't believe people would just say that just to say it. Where's the truth behind it?"

The children were brought out to speak with the media a few weeks after their father's death. At time, they claimed they had no inkling that Danny Gans had any medical problems, except for high blood pressure.

In the latest interview, Amy also said she was sad that her father will not be around to give her and her sister away in marriage.

The family has since moved back to California. Emily has started high school. Emily is checking out colleges. Andrew, who, like his father, had a potential baseball career ended by injury, has taken up acting.

Once again, their mother Julie, Gans' widow, who discovered his body and called 911, did not participate in the interview.

See the entire interview here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Carrot Top is a classic clown

The Las Vegas Sun website is carrying a long, serious profile of Carrot Top, whom writer John Katsilometes takes pains to refer to by his given name, Scott Thompson, a member of the Las Vegas Strip Laugh Pack. The article is an appreciation and a keeper for all comedy fans, and the accompanying photo places Carrot Top squarely in the tradition of underappreciated comic talents, in the manner of the Clash using London Calling to stake its lineage to Elvis.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Paso Robles loves Chris Montez movie

"This is only a preview of our film about Chris Montez-- and it was put together for a convention of Beatles fans..."

Director Burt Kearns' teasing introduction to the preview of El Viaje Musical de Ezekiel Montanez: The Chris Montez Story was more than fulfilled last night as the Frozen Pictures film proved to be a hit at the Paso Robles Digital Film Festival. The screening at the La Quinta Hotel attracted a crowd of filmmakers, actors and musicians, who cheered the music as well as the intriguing and surprising story of Montez's experience headlining a tour of England with the Beatles as his opening act-- the very month Beatlemania broke out in the UK.

Producer Brett Hudson & producer/directorBurt Kearns, star Chris Montez and producer and director of photography JB Blunck introduce the film preview

Brett Hudson, who shares producing duties with Kearns, promised the full movie will be released in 2010. Festival director Benford Standley said immediately that he wants to show it in Paso Robles.

ItalicFestival director Benford Standley, The Chris Montez Story's executive producer Oscar Arslanian and Chris Montez

More photos from the Paso Robles Digital Film Festival:

Chris Montez rehearses the all-star bandGary Busey dances to a terrific set by Diamond Dave Somerville that included a guest spot by Sonny Curtis

Kathleen Quinlan greets Gary Busey
Max Gail and Gary Busey

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Chris Montez & Gary Busey rock Paso Robles

The town of Paso Robles California is rumbling with the power of rock 'n' roll as the Paso Robles Digital Film Festival rolled on this afternoon with a concert at the Silvester Winery featuring Chris Montez, Gary Busey, Diamond Dave Somerville and Sonny Curtis.

Yes, that Gary Busey, who will be at the screening of his Oscar-nominated turn in The Buddy Holly Story, followed by an exclusive preview of The Chris Montez Story doco from our pals at Frozen Pictures. The line-up was also a tribute marking the deaths of Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper fifty years ago: Montez was Valens' heir apparent, Busey played Holly and Somerville displayed a personality as big as the Bopper's).

Musician/producer Vic Germano and Chris Montez

Rock on...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chris Montez movie previews Saturday at Paso Robles Digital Film Festival

The centers of the movie and music worlds come together this weekend in Paso Robles, California when the Paso Digital Film Festival features big time rock 'n' roll and a sneak preview of The Chris Montez Story, the new nonfiction film being produced by our pals at Frozen Pictures.

The Paso Robles festival (in the town where they made the movie Sideways), is in its second year and has already won a reputation as a rollicking and dead-serious gathering of hard-living heavy-hitters from film and music, with screenings, concerts, receptions and panel discussions, with a special emphasis on music, digital filmmaking and children’s rights issues.

While Clint Eastwood was on hand last year, this weekend's lineup includes Luke Perry, Gary Busey, Kathleen Quinlan and Ken Kragen (executive producer of “We Are the World”), among others.

As for the music, Chris Montez will be performing Saturday afternoon with Gary Busey and former Buddy Holly sideman Sonny Curtis, followed by a screening of the preview of El Viaje Musical de Ezekiel Montanez: The Chris Montez Story.

Busey, of course, was a star of Frozen Pictures' 2006 feature film comedy, Cloud 9, written and produced by Brett Hudson and Burt Kearns along with their pal, Academy Award®-winning (The Godfather, Million Dollar Baby) producer Albert S. Ruddy.

The festival runs tomorrow through Tuesday at various locations throughout Paso Robles. For more information, call 323-850-8919 or visit the festival website.

Lindsay Lohan watch: This week

With her father taking the heat off concerning her dangerous spiral, Lindsay Lohan carried on regardless on the party circuit this week, among them the Twilight: New Moon premiere bash in Hollywood.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sarah Palin cameltoe controversy

Everybody's making a big deal about the Newsweek cover that shows Sarah Palin tarted up in running gear in a photo that was intended for use only in Runner's World magazine. Sarah's throwing around the word "sexist," just as she's tossing around "pornography" regarding her granddaughter's father Levi Johnston's spread in Playgirl.

So why has there been no mention of the rest of the Runner's World photos themselves, which seem to display the classic "cameltoe" phenomenon-- the outline of the labia majora through her tight-fitting running garb?

Can Sarah Palin be so naive after her vice presidential campaign? Frankly, we're offended and a little disappointed that she'd pose in such provocative positions while wearing such an outfit. What constituency is she targeting here? Not a bad match for Levi's layout, though.

Photos by Brian Adams-- and a tip of the Tabloid Baby hat to him!