Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In Support of Victimized Ohio Autistic Teen, Sverve and GiveForward Launch #Love>Hate Fundraising Campaign

The bullies from Bay Village Ohio who "pranked" an autistic teen with a fake ALS Ice Bucket Challenge have been identified and may face criminal assault charges. The three teens convinced an autistic classmate to participate in an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But they had no intention of doing a real challenge. Instead of water and ice, the bullies poured urine, feces, spit, and cigarette butts on the autistic teen. They videotaped and posted the cruel act on social media sites. Ohio native Drew Carey and other celebrities [Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg] offered rewards in excess of $10K to I.D. the bullies. Three teens have been identified.

"Under Ohio law, no person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another. Physical harm means any injury, illness, or other physiological impairment regardless of its gravity or duration." At this time it has not been determined specifically what charges will be filed against the three who have been identified as the perpetrators. Bay Village Ohio school officials say they will take no disciplinary action until the police complete their criminal investigation. The "prank" did not occur during school hours nor on school property. However if it can be proven the victim's education process has been interfered with, the teens could be suspended and/or expelled.

The school also released the following statement: "Dear Bay Village students, parents, staff and community members: Many of our students and staff members have been participating in fundraising for ALS through the Ice Bucket Challenge. It hurts us deeply to see such a wonderful effort twisted to deliberately cause someone pain. We are supporting our Bay Village Police Department as they vigilantly work to complete their investigation in this case."

Fundraising for the victimized teen has not been limited to celebrities on twitter. Give Forward "the world's #1 fundraising site for helping people in need" in conjunction with social media site Sverve has launched #Love>Hate campaign in support of the autistic teen. As of this posting GiveForward has reached 54% of the #Love>Hate $5000.00 goal.

For official ALS IceBucketChallenge Information please click this link: ALS

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Joan Rivers 6~8~1933 - 9~4~2014

Pioneer. Author. Businesswoman. Philanthropist. Wife. Mother. Widow. Grandmother. Fashionista. Comedian. Icon. Joan Alexandra Molinsky better known as Joan Rivers.

i never met Ms Rivers but i am a fan. That was inevitable. Besides being one of my favorite comedians, i always felt a connection to her. my [late] mother & she had the same first name. One of my siblings was born the same day as Ms Rivers---June 8th which also means she and my sib's astrological sign is gemini and mine is too.

If someone were to ask what will i miss most about Joan Rivers i cannot limit my answer to only one thing. i loved her catch-phrases: "can we talk" "oh grow up!" "pick a finger" and my favorite "who are you wearing?" she was a force of nature, with a quick wit and a sharp one when need be. she wasn't perfect, but being true to her brutally frank nature she was as quick to point out her own flaws as she was to catalog others. she was funny. she was brave. she was smart.

When i'd heard the news of Ms Rivers having gone into respiratory and cardiac arrest while undergoing a "routine procedure", an endoscopy, at an outpatient facility, later being rushed to a hospital and placed in a medically induced coma---i, despite praying i was wrong---knew to prepare myself for the worst.

As of this posting Yorkville Endoscopy clinic is being investigated by the NYC Department of Health. The NYC Medical Examiner’s Office is also investigating the cause of Ms Rivers’ death.

In the meantime NYC and indeed the world are celebrating the life and mourning the loss of Joan Rivers. May the gods speed her. A private memorial will be held 11:00am Sunday 9~7~2014 at New York City’s Temple Emanu-El.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Seth Meyers Hosts, Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams, at the 66th Prime Time Emmy Awards Monday 8~25~2014 8PM ET/5PM PT

[Prime Time Emmy Awards Press Release]

Late night talk star Seth Meyers is set to host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, live coast-to-coast on NBC on August 25.

Television producer Don Mischer — known for steering such big galas as the Super Bowl halftime shows, Olympic Games openings, the Oscars and more — is set to executive-produce the 66th Primetime Emmys. Producing with Mischer will be Charlie Haykel and Julianne Hare.

"Seth's expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at 'SNL,' as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys," said Paul Telegdy, President, Late Night and Alternative Programming, NBC Entertainment. "Plus, with Don's vast experience at putting these type of big productions together, we'll be in great hands."

"Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards," said Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. "We are also excited to welcome Don back this year and very much look forward to their collaboration as we celebrate television's biggest night during one of the most transformative years in Television Academy history."

Primetime Emmy winner Meyers took over hosting duties on NBC’s Late Night in February following Jimmy Fallon’s jump to the Tonight Show. He also voices the character Prock on Hulu animated original The Awesomes, the superhero series he executive produces and co-created with Mike Shoemaker.

Widely recognized as the longest serving anchor on iconic Saturday Night Live segment “Weekend Update," the Northwestern University alum also served as head writer for SNL for 9 of his 13 seasons with the series.

Meyers won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for SNL host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue in 2011 and has 10 additional Emmy nominations for television writing to his credit. Earlier today, Meyers was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2014.

Critics forecasting what a Meyers-helmed Emmys show might be like may look to his turns hosting the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN — and perhaps his appearance at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner — all of which garnered solid reviews.

Acclaimed television and live events producer Don Mischer returns for his twelfth Primetime Emmys run and his eighth time as executive producer.

He has been honored with 14 Emmy Awards, a record 10 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, 2 NAACP Image Awards and a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. Mischer is also the recipient of Europe's prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux and the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America.

Among some of his producer and director credits are several Super Bowl Halftime shows (Prince, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen), the Democratic National Convention, the Academy Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games and more.

Mischer has also produced specials with Beyoncé, Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Britney Spears, James Taylor, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand, the Black Eyed Peas and Carrie Underwood, among others.

Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards Executive Producer Don Mischer announced this morning at the Red Carpet Rollout that Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams during the In Memoriam segment of the 66th Emmy Awards.

Additionally, Mischer announced that the In Memoriam segment will feature a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

First Group of Presenters Announced for 66th Emmy Awards

This year's esteemed presenters represent some of television's biggest stars including Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, Tony, Golden Globe winners and more.

Halle Berry – Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy-winning actress currently starring in the CBS series Extant

Bryan Cranston – Two-time Emmy, Tony (2014's All The Way), and Golden Globe-winning actor, and Emmy-nominated star of AMC's Breaking Bad

Zooey Deschanel – Three-time Golden Globe nominee and star of the FOX series New Girl

Woody Harrelson – Oscar winner, Emmy winner and nominee this year for his role in HBO's True Detective

Adam Levine – Grammy-winning recording artist from Maroon 5, and the star of the NBC series The Voice

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Golden Globe and four-time Emmy winner, as well as the Emmy-nominated star of HBO's Veep

Julianna Margulies – Emmy and Golden Globe winner as well as the Emmy-nominated star of CBS' The Good Wife

Matthew McConaughey – Oscar and Golden Globe winner, and Emmy-nominated star of the HBO series True Detective

Jim Parsons – Golden Globe and three-time Emmy winner, as well as the Emmy-nominated star of CBS' The Big Bang Theory

Amy Poehler – Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominated star of NBC's Parks and Recreation

Julia Roberts –Oscar and Golden Globe winner, Emmy-nominated actress and star of HBO's movie The Normal Heart

Gwen Stefani – Grammy winning recording artist as well as newest coach for the NBC series The Voice

Kerry Washington – Two-time Emmy nominee and star of ABC's Scandal

Additional award-winning stars and critically acclaimed performers announced include:

Viola Davis – Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actress as well as the star of the upcoming ABC series How to Get Away with Murder

Allison Janney – Four-time Emmy winner and two-time nominee this year for her roles on CBS' Mom and Showtime's Masters of Sex

Keegan-Michael Key – Emmy-nominated writer and performer from Comedy Central's Key and Peele

Lucy Liu – Star of the CBS drama Elementary

Debra Messing – Emmy-winning actress and star of the upcoming NBC series The Mysteries of Laura

Jordan Peele –Emmy-nominated writer and performer from Comedy Central's Key and Peele

Andy Samberg – Golden Globe winner and star of Fox's Brooklyn 99

Octavia Spencer – Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actress as well as the star of the upcoming Fox series Red Band Society

Sofia Vergara – Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and star of ABC's Modern Family

The final group of Emmy presenters announced includes:

Uzo Aduba – Emmy winner this year for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Netflix's Orange is the New Black

Scott Bakula – Star of the upcoming CBS series NCIS: New Orleans

Ricky Gervais – Emmy-nominated star of the Netflix series Derek

Chris Hardwick – Host of the Emmy-nominated Comedy Central series @midnight

Lena Headey – Emmy-nominated actress from the HBO series Game of Thrones

Katherine Heigl – Star of the upcoming NBC series State of Affairs

Mindy Kaling – Star of the FOX series The Mindy Project

Joe Morton – Emmy winner this year for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role on ABC's Scandal

John Mulaney – Star of the upcoming FOX series Mulaney

Hayden Panettiere – Star of the ABC series Nashville

Liev Schreiber – Star of the Showtime series Ray Donovan

Kate Walsh – Star of the upcoming NBC series Bad Judge

Allison Williams – Star of the HBO series Girls

The Emmy Award-winning late night hosts each confirmed to present include:

Stephen Colbert – Host of Comedy Central's Emmy-nominated The Colbert Report and Emmy Award winner this year for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series for The Colbert Report

Jimmy Fallon – Host of NBC's Emmy-nominated Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Emmy Award winner this year for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for NBC's Saturday Night Live

Jimmy Kimmel – Host of ABC's Emmy-nominated Jimmy Kimmel Live

The 66th Emmy Awards will air coast-to-coast on Monday, August 25 (8:00 PM EDT live / 5:00 PM PDT live) on NBC. Emmy's Official twitter #Emmys