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What kind of hero does the word need? This is the question that humanity faces in the wake of the destruction left by Zod and Superman during their battle at the end of Man of Steel. After experiencing the death of his parents as a young boy, Batman vs Superman follows Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) alongside the events of Metropolis in attempts to reach his financial building as the city falls apart. After the dust has settled, Bruce makes it his mission to protect the world against Superman and his casualties of war. In another corner, mastermind Lex Luthor secretly hatches a plan to bring down the last son of Krypton through the power of deception, manipulation, and crime forcing the Amazonian warrior Wonder Woman to intervene.

Ben Afleck

Ben Affleck

Loosely based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, BvS follows suite like you’d imagine bringing to life the epic clash between Batman and Superman pulling off some fun gags and thanks in part to Superman’s morals, director Zack Snyder is able to pull off a believable confrontation between a well trained and armored man and basically a god. Unfortunately waiting for the 35-minute showdown you have to dredge through 2-hours of incoherent thoughts that barely add up. Left in the wake of actions by Superman, Bruce’s anger seems way to forced to have been a hero for 20 years and now is finally having a breakdown of his morals. Since the movie doesn’t do a good enough job letting us know who Bruce/Batman is and what he has done in the past, you are left seeing him as almost as the lunatic nutcase rather than being the calculated detective from publications past. Hints of the possible murder of his sidekick Robin at the hands of the Joker thanks to a marked up costume hanging in his lair, the audience is never informed by Batman’s past but rather sees that he is brutal and psychotic enough to brand his victims.

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill

Snyder’s Batman also happens to be one of the most reckless killers ever seen. Many people have died fighting Batman, it is disappointing that Snyder adds these reckless moments and takes away his shred of humanity. Batman’s quest for justice has always been his unspoken rule, which makes him a hero. Bruce Wayne’s campaign to confront Superman’s recklessness, might just be his blind hatred and the killing seems out of place.

Where BvS gets Batman correct, is with the casting of Ben Affleck. He brings out the broodiness that comes with the lonely life that Batman leads, while showing hints of his compassionate side. Affleck clearly has gained a ton of muscle in training for the role and it showed in Batman’s fighting technique. One fight scene in particular felt right out of one a Arkham video game featuring Batman stringing victims to the rafters, as he takes out a series of guys in brutal, swift movements, using all of his surroundings. Though his motivations seem muddled in BvS, hopefully Affleck brings more personality to the character later in the franchise.

In Man of Steel, Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent/Superman was coping with being an alien from another planet, a man split between two worlds. This time around, his humanity is questioned by the world with all the the casualties left in his wake, while saving the planet. Cavill’s Superman lacks Superman’s boy scout nature, in trying to tackling a problem head on. He was quick to introduce himself to the military in Man of Steel, but does not explain his side of the situation until the public demands answers. He has never had a chance to tell his side of the story.

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot

The entire film, is just a set up to an epic, overall enjoyable, final confrontation. The storyline is a hit and miss. Gal Gadot did a fantastic job bringing Diana Prince/Wonder Woman to life and it is a treat, when she appears in full costume to kick major butt. With around 16 lines, she manages to bring a real mystery to the character, which helps set up a standalone prequel film due out June 2017. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor however is an complete train wreck. Eisenberg’s portrayal of the iconic character is more of an unstable quick witted scientist, rather than a manipulating power mad semi-political figure in the media’s eye. Rumor behind the casting choice is that Eisenberg was selected as the Riddler, which would have made more sense.

It was only a matter of time before we saw these two behemoths come face-to-face on the big screen, but their paths have always narrowly miss. Yes, this showdown is epic but the final conflict creates an overall lackluster experience. With Marvel following its source material closely, BvS will disappoint those who expect the same treatment. It will be interesting to see how they adapt their current and future projects as the harsh criticism continues to pour out.


Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Happy Belated Birthday Judy Garland



Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm met the world on June 10, 1922 and passed away June 22, 1969. I wanted to do a tribute to her life and career, which was marked by extraordinary talent, incredible achievements, and an enduring influence in music and film. Judy triumphed in the face of adversity. Her ability to connect with audiences on a deeply emotional level made her an enduring presence.

Garland’s career began at a young age, performing in vaudeville as “The Gumm Sisters.” Her voice, was characterized by its rich timbre and emotional connection to the material. Her rendition of “Over the Rainbow” from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz remains one of the most beloved songs in cinematic history. “You Made Me Love You” from “Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” from “Listen, Darling” (1938), “For Me and My Gal from “For Me and” My Gal” (1942), “The Trolley Song” from “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944),    ” On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” from “The Harvey Girls” (1946), “Easter Parade” From “Easter Parade” (1948), “Get Happy” from “Summer Stock” (1950) and “The Man That Got Away” from  “A Star is Born” (1954) are all Judy Garland hits.

Judy Garland’s film career was part of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Micky Rooney, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire were her leading men. Her performances were not only entertaining but also deeply moving, showcasing her incredible range as an actress.

Garland’s broke barriers as a performer, becoming a symbol of resilience and determination. Despite facing numerous personal struggles, she delivered unforgettable performances.

The impact she had on the entertainment industry paved the way for future generations of performers. She will be forever remembered

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The Original Captain Jack Sparrow: Johnny Depp’s Tattoo Artist Triumphs At Cinema Village This Weekend in “Scab Vendor”



The streets were alive with the buzz of anticipation as Cinema Village prepared to host NY’s wild and untamed VIP premiere of Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist, a documentary that plunges deep into the chaotic and electrifying life of the legendary tattoo artist Jonathan Shaw. This is not your average film screening; this is a journey into the heart of madness, a redemptive descent into the underworld of ink and rebellion.

 Shaw was a divisive figure even in New York City’s outlaw tattoo subculture. A native New Yorker born to privilege, the Hollywood-raised son of bandleader Artie Shaw and actress Doris Dowling spent the bulk of his youth swept between the flotsam of parental neglect to hangouts at Jim Morrison’s place and campfires with Charles Manson. 

Joe Colman, Jonathan Shaw

Flexing his elevated education Shaw began writing for the Free Press and, armed with whiskey and beer, managed to wrest an interview from Charles Bukowski who promptly enlightened Shaw to his self-emasculating entitlement. He was a snowflake, if you will.  A nepo punk who needed to cast off all protection and seek wide ranging, envelope-pushing experiences in order to become the creator he aspired to be.

Joe Colman

Scab Vendor‘s Brazilian filmmakers adeptly reflect the brave alt-culture erraticism mirrored in Shaw. The production is peppered with Sisso Barros’ emotive animation that energetically  moves the history along. A multigenerational direction team of Mariana Thome & Lucas De Barros have created in Scab Vendor an easy streaming pleasure, a semi-surreal radical fairy tale of an anti-hero’s journey to something like deliverance. 

Eugene Hütz, Jonathan Shaw, John Joseph. Photo courtesy of Clayton Patterson

With cameos from NYC rockers Iggy Pop, Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hütz and Cro-mags’ John Joseph, along with glamorously reckless party pics of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, the film secures Shaw’s impact as the counter-culture bridge from NYC’s illegal underground tattoo parlors and LA’s white hot global lens. 

photo courtesy Clayton Patterson

Shaw’s celebrity is well earned and largely stabilized by his gritty risk taking and repeated determination to position himself among the great American tattoo artists of the day. Even as the artistic sensibility and scope demonstrated by his famous parents pushed him beyond the dreams of these and his Beat Generation icons.

Clayton Patterson, Lucas de Barros, Mariana Thome

LES archivist Clayton Patterson weighed in on Shaw’s importance to NYC’s 90’s counterculture when he secretly opened Fun City, the city’s oldest tattoo shop still thriving on St. Mark’s Place. “Shaw was the major rep between east coast and west coat and that counted for a lot. He became the editor of the world’s most sophisticated tattoo magazine and took that to LA and helped make tattoos a legitimate art form. Here in New York where his shop and community were you couldn’t become famous. It’s classic Jonathon, he lives the contrast and takes opportunities from both sides. “

Jonathan Shaw-as-bridge between the old New York and it’s stroller strewn modern iteration is echoed often among his circle of supporters. Bronx-based attorney Stacey Richman observed on the artist’s nature after she successfully defended him from a massive weapons charge in 2011. “Jonathan is a collector,” she explains, speaking about the trove of guns and finely forged knives discovered by movers when Shaw relocated west to begin recovery. “Back in the day, you could buy an AK-47 on Canal Street. He had licenses for all the weapons and they were stored away for years along with art and other ephemera. As the laws changed, people like Jonathan got caught in the middle.”

As fascinating as all this NYC history is, Scab Vendor is a deep treat on many levels. The hilarity and delight as an ungloved Johnny Depp gouges “OCJ” into Shaw’s arm amongst loud curses and complaints is fly-on-the-wall celebrity pleasure. Shaw’s struggle with addiction and his resolve for compassionate communication with his parents and far-flung son is a pointed lesson in masculine evolution. As Shaw continues his shaman era (a term the showman rebukes) from his Rio de Janeiro retreat it would appear that the mountain of acclaim has now come to the man.

Now Playing: Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist

June 14-16 

Cinema Village

22 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003  

Special Events:

  • Director’s Q&A: On Friday, June 14, join directors Lucas de Barros and Mariana Thome for an insightful Q&A session following the 7 PM screening.
  • Meet Jonathan Shaw: The renowned tattoo artist will be present at the showings, providing a unique opportunity to hear his stories firsthand and gain insights into his extraordinary career.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: “Scab Vendor” is based on Shaw’s 2017 book of the same name and features music by Iggy Pop and Gogol Bordello. The documentary explores Shaw’s rise to fame, his struggles with addiction, and his profound influence on the tattoo culture in NYC and beyond.

A Special Treat for Collectors: For those looking to add a permanent piece of Shaw’s art to their collection, Jonathan Shaw will be tattooing at his World Famous Tattoo City over the weekend. This is a rare chance to be inked by the artist who helped shape the tattoo culture in New York City.

Be There: Head to Cinema Village this weekend to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Jonathan Shaw. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this special event, meet the icon who revolutionized tattooing, and experience his incredible story through the lens of those who knew him best.

Get Your Tickets: Tickets are available now for the screenings and special events. Join us at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, NYC, and be part of this unforgettable celebration of a tattoo legend

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Tribeca Festival World Premiere of ‘Following Harry’



“Following Harry” had its world premiere at Tribeca Festival this weekend.

The film begins with Harry Belafonte at the age of 84, embarking on a deeply personal journey, disrupting injustice over the next ten years by passionately encouraging a diverse group of entertainers and activists to overcome soaring national unrest and anger, by believing that love has the power to redirect oppression into oblivion.

The story unfolds like a poem punctuated by a collection of provocative and deeply personal ruminations from Belafonte. Featuring conversations with Aloe Blacc, Aja Monet, Angela Davis, Jesse Williams, Phillip Agnew, Jamie Foxx, Carmen Perez, Matt Post, Chuck D, Talib Kweli, Rosario Dawson among others, the film encourages today’s youth to use their strength to meet complex social issues with love, compassion, and a fierce determination to stand for justice. It’s our turn to carry this forward.

Director/Editor Susanne Rostock
Produced by Frankie Nasso, Edward Zeng, Susanne Rostock
Executive Produced by Harry Belafonte, Pamela Belafonte, Jeffrey Kranzdorf, Karol Martesko-Fenster
Co-Produced by Douglas Dicconson

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Randy Edelman



“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed live every Wednesday from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Randy Edelman about his extensive musical career. Some of Edelman’s best known films scores include Twins, Ghostbusters IIBeethoven, Gettysburg, Angels in the Outfield, The Mask, Dragonheart, Gettysburg and so many more. If you known the Carpenter’s “You,” Barry Manilow’s “Weekend in New England,” Olivia Newton-John’s “If Love Is Real” Dionne Warwick’s “The Laughter and the Tears,” Blood, Sweat & Tears “Blue Street” and many others, these were written by Randy.

Randy will be performing this Friday, June 14th at Chelsea Table & Stage at 9:30pm

Randy appeared thanks to Eileen Shapiro.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

I am so grateful to my guest Randy Edelman

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

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The Glorious Corner



G.H. Harding

A JON BON SURPRISE — (Via Ultimate Classic Rock) Jon Bon Jovi played a surprise five-song set in Nashville on Friday, June 7.

The intimate performance celebrated the grand opening of JBJ’s, the new rooftop bar and restaurant owned by Jon Bon Jovi. It also came on the day Bon Jovi released their sixteenth studio album, Forever.

The show was notable considering the lingering uncertainty surrounding Jon Bon Jovi’s voice. The singer underwent vocal surgery in 2022 and has been enduring a long road to recovery ever since. The frontman recently confirmed he’ll be unable to tour in support of his new album, noting that he’s “more than capable of singing again,” but that “two and a half hours a night, four nights a week” would not be possible.

The frontman’s voice appeared pitchy but strong during the Nashville club set. Bon Jovi showcased plenty of his trademark energy during the gig, dancing on the small stage and engaging fans to sing along with him.

The performance opened with “Blood on Blood,” the stirring album cut from Bon Jovi’s classic 1988 LP New Jersey. According to, this marked the first time “Blood on Blood” has been performed in concert since 2019.

Later, the singer addressed his absence from performing.

“It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been up on a stage with some people in the house,” Bon Jovi declared midway through the set. “Too long, too long. Yeah, it feels good. I hope it sounds good, because it feels good.”

Bon Jovi also acknowledged Nashville’s importance in his band’s history, noting that they’d spent “so much time” writing and recording in the town. “I always jokingly say, Nashville, this is my people.”

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil. Jelly Roll and Big Kenny from Big and Rich were among the celebrities on hand for Bon Jovi’s club gig. Other highlights on the night included a rousing rendition of “You Give Love a Bad Name” and the lead single from Forever, “Legendary.”

See the complete set list below, along with video of the entire performance.

Bon Jovi, 6/7/24, JBJ’s, Nashville, Set List

1.  “Blood on Blood”
2. “We Weren’t Born to Follow”
3. “You Give Love a Bad Name”
4. “Born to Be My Baby”
5. “Legendary”

Jon’s been very, very visible of late. From his Hulu-four-part show to stints on everything from Kelly Clarkson to Jimmy Kimmel and it seems to me he’s been a tad overexposed. Sure, he’s got a new album to sell as well as the cable-series, but his logline seems to be over whether he can tour … or not.  And, apparently, he can’t.

Honestly, that’s gotten bigger play than his rumored feud with Richie Sambora. I know Jon and he’s smart as a fox. He and his PR-person, which I believe is Brad Cafarelli, have done a stellar job.

This Nashville-appearance was after he may the ‘I can’t tour’ announcement, so what gives?

I’d love to know who he played with in Nashville. Was it some of the Bon Jovi-band or just some Nashville-players? Maybe we should ask Brad.

George Harrison

GO GEORGE — We loved this story from Far Out Magazine about George Harrison and Phil Collins:

The seed for his prank on the Genesis drummer began back in 1970 when Collins was a teenage session musician who grew up in absolute awe of everything Beatles related.

At the time, Collins was in his former band Flaming Youth and wouldn’t audition to join Genesis until later on in the same year.

“Our manager got a call from Ringo Starr’s chauffeur, who said they needed a percussionist, and he suggested me,” said Phil.

“So I went down to Abbey Road, and Harrison was there and Ringo and Billy Preston and Klaus Voormann and Phil Spector, and we started routing the song.”

George was recording his debut solo album, All Things Must Pass.

“No one told me what to play, and every time they started the song, Phil Spector would say, ‘Let’s hear guitar and drums,’ or ‘Let’s hear bass and drums.’ I’m not a conga player, so my hands are starting to bleed. And I’m cadging cigarettes off Ringo – I don’t even smoke, I just felt nervous. Anyway, after about two hours of this, Phil Spector says, ‘Okay congas, you play this time.’ And I’d had my mic off, so everybody laughed, but my hands were shot.”

“After that they all disappeared – someone said they were watching TV or something – and I was told I could go. A few months later, I buy the album from my local record shop, look at the sleeve notes, and I’m not there. And I’m thinking, ‘There must be some mistake!’ But it’s a different version of the song, and I’m not on it.”

Once Collins would become a world-famous star in his own right, he and George were back in contact.

“Cut to years later,” Collins added. “I bought [former Formula 1 driver] Jackie Stewart’s house. Harrison was a friend of Jackie’s, and Jackie told me George was remixing All Things Must Pass.

“He said, ‘You were on it, weren’t you?’ And I said, ‘Well I was there.’ Two days later a tape’s delivered from George Harrison with a note saying: ‘Could this be you? Suddenly the congas come in – too loud and just awful. At the end of the tape you hear George Harrison saying, ‘Hey, Phil, can we try another without the conga player?’

“So now I know, they didn’t go off to watch TV, they went somewhere and said, ‘Get rid of him,’ cos I was playing so badly. Then Jackie rings and says, ‘I’ve got someone here to speak to you,’ and puts George on and he says, ‘Did you get the tape?’ and I said, ‘I now realise I was fired by a Beatle.’ He says, ‘Don’t worry, it was a piss-take. I got Ray Cooper to play really badly, and we dubbed it on. Thought you’d like it!’ I said, ‘You f**king bastard!’”, Collins then reminisced in hindsight, “It was lovely, wasn’t it?”

Yes, George went out of his way to pay a whole band to spend a day in the studio with him just so he could pull a joke on Phil Collins.

The Killers

SHORT TAKES — Our spy at the weekend’s Governor’s Ball said The Killers were spectacular. They played “Mr. Brightside” and “Andy, You’re A Star” (first time in seven years). One of my favorite bands, ever! Great to hear this …

Dick Van Dyke

Congrats to Dick Van Dyke at 98 winning an Emmy for his stint on Days of Our Lives. Bravo! …

This Thursday at the Landis Theatre in Vineland, New Jersey, is a special screening of The Zombie Wedding. Based on the hit interactive play (which premiered in 2015). The first-ever wedding between a Human Bride and a Zombie Groom; starring Heather Matarazzzo; Kevin Chamberlin; Vincent Pastore and Micky Dolenz.

Details to follow from producer Robert Dragotta … Watched Michael Mann’s Ferrari over the weekend and just loved it. Adam Driver; Penelope Cruz and Shailene Woodley were just extraordinary. Not your typical Mann-pic either. A must-see for sure …

And also caught Netflix’s Hitman with Glen Powell-the man-of-the-moment in film. He’s great, sort of a George Clooney-in the making. Directed by Richard Linklater – a surprise. Kind of a silly premise, but he carries it admirably and does his love-interest, the sultry Adria Arjona – who makes a rather memorable debut.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Jane Blunkell; Dan Zelinski; Jane Berk; Howard Bloom; Peter Lubin; Stu Taub; Roy Trakin; David Adelson; Michael Nice; Joel Diamond; Mark Bego; Jimmy Fallon; Julie Gurovitsch; Vince Napolitano; Obi Steinman; Peter Abraham; David Sanborn; Craig Zisk; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Brad Balfour; Jill Christiansen; Anni Bella; Lush Ice; Markos Papadatos; and Bella.

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