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What to Watch On The 4th and Why

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There are many choices for this festive day. Here is who is on what so you can make your choice.

CNN’s The Fourth in America will feature musical performances by numerous artists including Tony Award-winning Ben Platt, who just completed his residency at the Palace Theatre. The musical lineup also includes Bebe Rexha, The Kid LAROI, The Killers, The Goo Goo Dolls, Kane Brown, T-Pain, Bleachers, Keith Urban, Ashanti, REO Speedwagon, Chris Young, Yellowcard, Boys Like Girls, and En Vogue. The special will also include an ensemble performance by The United States Air Force Band.

CNN’s “The Fourth in America”, features star-studded performances and live firework shows from across the country, as we celebrate the 248th anniversary of the United States’ independence. Stay tune from 7pm ET to 1am ET. The special will broadcast live on CNN, CNN International, and CNN Max.


PBS’ A Capital Fourth:
Grammy Award-winning platinum-selling singer and award-winning actress Fantasia is performing at PBS’ A Capital Fourth, America’s longest-running live national July Fourth TV tradition. She starred on Broadway as Celie Johnson in The Color Purple, and reprised her role in the 2023 film adaptation. Also appearing is Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actor, singer and songwriter Darren Criss. Criss starred in “Glee” and “American Crime Story” and played Seymour in the Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors. Multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter and recording artist Loren Allred, whosang “Never Enough” in The Greatest Showman, will perform making this a spectacular night.

A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. E.T. This show will also air to our troops serving around the world on American Forces Network. The program will stream on YouTube and HERE and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2024.


The 2024 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
will be headlined by Tony Award-winning actress Kelli O’Hara, who was Tony nominated for her performance in this years Days of Wine and Roses on Broadway. Keith Lockhart conducts the Pops playing patriotic favorites, closing with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, followed by a fireworks display over the Charles River, beginning at 10:30 p.m but the show starts at 8–11 p.m.

The performance will be broadcast live on Bloomberg TV and Radio and SiriusXM channel 119, as well as locally on WHDH-TV Channel 7 and online at Bloomberg.com.


Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

Look for T2C’s coverage here as Lainey Wilson, Luis Fonsi, Tanner Adell, Bell Biv DeVoe, Shaboozey, and The War And Treaty take the stage ahead of Macy’s breathtaking fireworks display against the New York City backdrop. Inspired by Macy’s Summer’s Greatest Hits, this year’s custom 25-minute musical score will celebrate the season with summertime classics. Produced by Grammy and Emmy Award winner Jason Howland, the score will feature chart-topping musical talents, including Tony-Award-winning performer Alex Newell, Amber Mark, Brandy Clark and Mickey Guyton. Each will reimagine and remix iconic American tunes across a variety of genres and decades, interweaving patriotic anthems with contemporary hits.

The star-studded event, featuring dazzling fireworks, musical performances and appearances by special guests, will air live Thursday, July 4 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC and Peacock. An encore presentation will air at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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My View: Lucie Arnaz Gloriously Finishes Her “Job” at 54 Below

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Lucie Arnaz concluded her “job” at 54 Below last night as she entranced a celebrity filled audience during the final night of her show titled “ I Got The Job”.   From beginning to end she garnered multiple ovations from an audience that included, Norm Lewis, Linda Purl, Murphy Cross, Paul Kreppel, Bill Hutton, Jamie deRoy, Rolanda Watts, Ken Fallin, MOIPEI, and many others.

LUCIE ARNAZ

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LUCIE ARNAZ

LUCIE ARNAZ

EDA SOROKOFF, MOIPEI, NORM LEWIS

LUCIE ARNAZ & MARK SENDROFF

LUCIE ARNAZ & NORM LEWIS

RON ABEL & LUCIE ARNAZ

LINDA PURL & EDA SOROKOFF

RON ABEL, LUCIE ARNAZ, TODD McPHERESON

JAMIE deROY & RON ABEL

KEN FALLIN & STANLEY

EDA SOROKOFF, STEPHEN SOROKOFF, NORM LEWIS

RICHARD HILLMAN & ROLANDA WATTS

RON ABEL & TODD McPHERSON

MARK SENDROFF & LUCIE ARNAZ

THE PARTY

NORM LEWIS & EDA SOROKOFF

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes

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Patti Lupone is on a roll. Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes will be released digitally on July 19, and on CD on August 30, from Center Stage Records. Her first new studio album since 2006, the Grammy Award winner’s new double album can be pre-ordered now at Amazon and www.CenterStageRecords.com, and the digital album can be pre-saved at https://orcd.co/lifeinnotes.

Never say never, LuPone also returns to Broadway in The Roommate  this fall. It’s been more than two years since LuPone tweeted “Quite a week on Broadway, seeing my name being bandied about. Gave up my Equity card; no longer part of that circus. Figure it out.”

The three-time Tony Award winner will star opposite none other than Mia Farrow in Jen Silverman’s new play “The Roommate,” directed by Jack O’Brien (“Shucked”). The Roommate will begin previews at the Booth Theatre on 45th Street in late August and then open in mid-September.

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Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe says The 257ft 52 crew Royal Yacht Dannebrog is the mother of all Superyachts

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The Royal yacht Dannebrog by H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

The Royal Yacht Dannebrog: My viking father His Highness Prince Waldemar zu Schaumburg-Lippe always said it is a Floating Palace and a true Symbol of Danish Royalty. 

The Royal Yacht Dannebrog is not just a vessel; she is a floating palace, an emblem of Danish heritage, and a cherished symbol of the monarchy. I love to call it the mother of all Superyachts.

Launched in 1932, this majestic ship has served the Danish Royal Family for generations, facilitating official duties, hosting state visits, and providing a private sanctuary for the royals during summer cruises.

Dannebrog, named after the Danish flag, is more than a ship—it’s a maritime ambassador. The yacht’s elegant design, with its classic lines and gleaming white hull, exudes timeless sophistication. Inside, the royal apartments are adorned with exquisite furnishings and decor, reflecting the rich history and traditions of the Danish monarchy.

For over nine decades, Dannebrog has been the setting for countless memorable moments in Danish history. It has hosted dignitaries from around the world, witnessed royal weddings and christenings, and served as a platform for cultural exchange and diplomacy. The yacht’s quarterdeck, with its expansive views of the surrounding waters, has been the stage for official receptions, state dinners, and festive celebrations.

Beyond its ceremonial role, Dannebrog also serves a practical purpose. It is equipped with modern navigation and communication systems, allowing it to function as a floating command center during official visits and crises. The yacht also participates in surveillance and sea rescue operations, demonstrating the Royal Family’s commitment to maritime safety and security.

Life onboard Dannebrog is a unique blend of tradition and modernity. The crew, carefully selected from the Danish Navy, are highly skilled professionals dedicated to ensuring the smooth operation of the yacht and the comfort and safety of the royal passengers. They uphold the naval traditions and protocols that have been passed down through generations, while also embracing modern technologies and practices.

For the Royal Family, Dannebrog is a cherished home away from home. It offers a private retreat where they can relax, reconnect, and escape the pressures of public life. The yacht’s spacious cabins, comfortable lounges, and elegant dining rooms provide a tranquil setting for family gatherings, informal meetings, and quiet reflection.

The Royal Yacht Dannebrog is not just a symbol of the Danish monarchy; it’s a symbol of Denmark itself. It embodies the nation’s maritime heritage, its commitment to tradition and innovation, and its unwavering support for the royal family. As Dannebrog sails into the future, it will continue to serve as a floating palace, a symbol of national pride, and a testament to the enduring legacy of the Danish monarchy. My father Prince Waldemar zu Schaumburg-Lippe, son of Princess Feodora of Denmark my grandmother, loved the time he spent on the Royal Yacht Dannebrog and she truly is more stunning then any other Superyacht built will ever be. His Majesty King Frederik, Her Majesty Queen Mary, Crown Prince Christian and Princess Isabella of Denmark are blessed to have the most luxurious, precious and special Superyacht in the world. A Royal beauty and floating palace with a priceless value…

Yacht Facts:

Displacement 1,238 t (1,218 long tons)
Length 78.43 m (257 ft 4 in)
Beam 10.4 m (34 ft 1 in)
Height 32 m (105 ft 0 in)
Draft 3.62 m (11 ft 11 in)
Propulsion
  • 2 × B&W Alpha Diesel engines, type 6T23L-KVO, 870 hp (640 kW) each
  • 3 × Scania diesels, type DI12 62M 326 hp (240 kW) each
Speed 13.5 knots (15.5 mph; 25.0 km/h)
Range 3,600 nmi (6,700 km)
Crew

Value

9 officers & 43 men of the Royal Danish Navy

Priceless

* Prince Mario-Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe is the son of Her Highness Princess Antonia zu Schaumburg-Lippe and His Highness Prince Waldemar zu Schaumburg-Lippe. His Grandmother is Her Royal Highness Princess Feodora of Denmark.

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A Weekend In The Hamptons With Holistic Health Fair, Store Opening, Oyster Farms and Art Party

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Every weekend in The Hampton’s it’s not what to do, but which to do. We decided to join Cristina G Cuomo’ s Purist for its third annual health fair in Southampton and experience the best in wellness. From top concierge practitioners of Eastern and Western modalities, to clean beauty, sustainability and nutrition, this was one terrific event to attend.

This year’s participants included: Boiron, Ecotone New York, Flyte, Bellantz, Cancer Culture, Rejuvenation Health, reactIVate, STANDwellness, Boxed Water, Biography, Post House, Cocoon and Hive, Mrs Momma Bear Workwear, Juice Press, evolvetogether, Figaro Apothecary, Hamptons Aromatherapy, Tahuu Chocolates, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Filienna Filigree Jewelry, Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart, The Erickson Method, bySILKE, Dr. Lea Lis, and  Happy Coffee by Robert Downey Jr. 

One of our favorite things was flyte. I have been wanting to create a floating Orgone and this just may be part of my answer. They also had a bed that vibrated to music and heals, that was highly effective.

I also loved the infra red light therapy by STANDwellness, the energizing clothing by Cocoon and Hive, CBD Chocolates by Tahuu Chocolates. The crystals and healing modality by Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart and the amazing massage by Linda. Thank-you as my shoulder was really in pain.

Next onto BIBA’s store opening with Ilene looking fabulous, with the store’s manager. BIBA, has returned to the East End to showcase its collections, featuring an eclectic melange of clothing from both local and European designers. During the years of 1995 to 2010, BIBA held locations in East Hampton and Southampton Village, and has continued to serve customers in South Florida, with a Delray Beach location, ever since. Now open in Southampton Village, BIBA is frequented by celebrities, visitors, and locals alike, and aims to bring a VIP shopping experience to all. Snowbirds can rejoice knowing the store will have locations in both Southampton and South Florida.

John Nicolas, of Mudford Farms in East Hampton Shuckers, grows oysters and populates the waters to clean and make a healthier water and a healthier dish by filtering the water in the biggest way he knows how. Currently incubating about 1 million oysters in this facility alone.


Finally Rick Friedman and his wife is Cindy Lou through a fabulous art party with fireworks, a band and of course art.

All photo’s by Roger Sichel

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Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe the Prince of AI and the Evolution of Artificial Intelligence Live from Hollywood

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Steven Calcote and H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe at the Television Academy (Emmy’s) Member event about AI 

Our fabulous Television Academy Governors Eric Shamlin and Christina Lee Storm (The Emmy’s) invited me to a fabulous AI gathering. What a treat as media producer and member of the Television Academy to experience the newest AI updates AND see samples of productions by the elite panel moderated by Steven Calcote, Partner and Director of Butcher Bird Studios, consisting of Rachel Joy Victor, Co-Founder of FBRC.ai, Edgar Dawson-Taylor from CG Pro and Jagger Waters the Founder of WorkFLOW. Butcher Bird Studios in Glendale provided the perfect setting for the event.

My question what makes AI good was unisono answered: Not visible. If you can not detect AI was used it was done right. It reminded me of great CGI when I produce, its not visible and does not flash.

Steven Calcote and H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, the Prince of AI

H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, the Prince of AI at Butcher Bird Studios

AI is no longer just a futuristic concept in television production; it’s a reality reshaping the industry from script to screen. Artificial intelligence is weaving itself into the fabric of how we create, produce, and even consume TV content.

For content creators, AI offers a wealth of tools to streamline and enhance their work. Scriptwriters can now turn to AI for brainstorming, plot suggestions, and even dialogue options, accelerating the writing process and providing fresh inspiration. AI-powered video generation can conjure realistic visual effects, animated sequences, and entire scenes, potentially cutting down on costly and time-consuming physical production. Even voice acting is being revolutionized, with AI capable of generating eerily convincing synthetic voices, offering flexibility and cost savings in casting and dubbing.

In the production process itself, AI is making its presence felt in various ways. AI-driven cameras are becoming smarter, automatically tracking subjects, adjusting focus, and even suggesting shot compositions. This liberates human operators to concentrate on the creative nuances of their craft. Editing is also getting a boost from AI algorithms, which can analyze footage, pinpoint key moments, and propose edits based on factors like pacing, emotion, and storytelling principles. The realm of special effects is being transformed, with AI-powered tools creating photorealistic visuals, such as seamlessly adding or removing objects from scenes, enhancing backgrounds, and even manipulating the appearance of actors.

AI’s impact doesn’t stop at the production studio. It’s also changing how content is distributed and personalized for viewers. Recommendation algorithms, powered by AI, analyze viewer behavior and preferences to serve up tailored content suggestions, driving engagement and retention. Accessibility is also being enhanced, with AI capable of generating subtitles, captions, and audio descriptions in real time, making content more inclusive for diverse audiences. Additionally, AI’s translation and dubbing capabilities are opening up new global markets for TV productions.

While the benefits of AI in television production are undeniable, the industry also faces challenges and ethical considerations. The automation of certain tasks may displace jobs traditionally held by humans, requiring a reevaluation of skills and workforce development. The use of AI-generated content raises questions about authenticity, ownership, and the potential for misuse. Furthermore, biases present in AI algorithms can perpetuate existing inequalities in content creation and recommendation.

As AI continues to evolve, the television industry must navigate this changing landscape carefully, embracing the opportunities while mitigating the risks. By doing so, it can harness the power of AI to usher in a new era of creativity, efficiency, and personalization, ultimately enriching the viewing experience for audiences worldwide.

The man of the year for AI is definitely Jensen Huang. The 100 Billion Dollar CEO of NVIDIA. Here his impressive educational background and career trajectory:

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE): Oregon State University (1984)
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE): Stanford University (1992)

Career:

  • LSI Logic: Worked as a microprocessor designer.
  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD): Served as a microprocessors designer.
  • NVIDIA: Founded in 1993 and has been the CEO ever since.

Additional Accomplishments and Recognition:

  • Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People
  • Recognized as the world’s best CEO by Fortune, the Economist, and Brand Finance
  • Received numerous awards, including the Robert N. Noyce Award and the IEEE Founder’s Medal
  • Awarded honorary doctorate degrees

* Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe is a working Royal, German Prince and LA based media producer and host for live and television broadcasts.

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