By Matthew B. Zeidman
NEW YORK (Hollywood Today) 6/4/08 –
After taking a moment to wipe her tears in response to the enthusiastic clubgoers, Summer, 59, began her hour-long set with her 1978 hit MacArthur Park, followed by one of her newer works, “I’m a Fire,” which reached the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart on April 19.
Summer then delighted the audience with an energized rendition of her 1979 single “Bad Girls,” which preceded a performance of “Hot Stuff,” in which the “Disco Queen” raised the microphone stand high above her head in a musical duel with her guitarist.
The sultry singer then treated the masses filling Mansion to two more numbers off of her new CD, “Science of Love” and “Stamp Your Feet,” before surprising the room with an a cappella performance of the popular and oft-covered Charlie Chaplin composition “Smile.”
Much to the chagrin of her fans young and old (some of whom who had been zealously dancing, jumping and toasting on tabletops just a few feet in front of Summer throughout the entire show), she then thanked the crowd, announcing she was preparing to perform her last number of the night, which was, of course, her signature hit “Last Dance.”
Summer may be best known for her work in the 1970s, but she proved Tuesday that she hasn’t lost a bit of her passion, power or panache in the decades since.
By Jeffrey Mitchell
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 3/7/08 –
John Lennon’s son Julian Lennon said “They walked and spoke together as musical giants and great friends.
Tom Petty told us “To even begin to name the songs in Bob Dylan’s amazing catalogue would take too long and would be like reading from the encyclopedia.”
Joan Baez is quoted as saying “Bobby just came along and blew everyone away, each day bringing forth material that was better than the day before and it just never stopped for years on end.”
Accordingly to Yoko Ono, Lennon’s song, “God,” was intended as a dialogue with Dylan.
Dylan’s multi-generational career, recently covered in the award-winning film “I’m Not There,” where his 60s era was portrayed to such acclaim by Cate Blanchett (pictured with Dylan above) .
His move to electric guitar from the folk world was as controversial as it was simple.
He would span the pop world with classics
DID YOU KNOW?
By Brian Frederick
BEAUMONT, TX (Hollywood Today)
Most corporate cable companies are awarded communities to provide cable service, this limited choice forces customers to pay whatever fees are presented.
With a presumed decrease in downloads because of the extra charges, Time Warner will be able to free up cable bandwidth and increase the number of subscribers using their service – more subscribers means more revenue, not necessarily better service.
The program could become the next windfall for cable companies now that DVD downloads have become the future for movie rentals and quickly taking over mail-in DVDs.
It’s not clear if Time Warner will waive the increase for customers who use Netflix’s unlimited DVD downloads of $8.99 per month through a set-top-box or subscribe to other unlimited download movie providers.
Can Netflix survive localized monopolies like Time Warner and Comcast?
This question is probably being asked by Netflix executives now.
If Time Warner strong arms Netflix, this could catapult the lawsuit needed to deregulate the regional monopolies cable companies have over their consumers.
AOL, the innovator in mass internet usage opened the internet door to millions of consumers in the early 1990s and could be credited for starting the internet revolution.
AOL’s market share has been reduced significantly since the merger and the company no longer uses the AOL name with Timer Warner.
What’s left of AOL as a company, no longer charges a meter fee.
If the meter fee usage did not work with AOL, will it work for Time Warner?
Can consumers expect to be charged a full gigabyte when they download less then a full gigabyte or will the company round up and bill consumers for downloads they never purchased?
An alternative to customers who have no choice but to use the only cable provider in their neighborhood might be dish technology, such as Direct TV.