Extreme TV:  How Far Will The
Giveaways Go?
By: Jonathan Goldstein
Contributing Journalist

Atlanta, GA March 21. 2007 -
ESSENTIALLY GIVES away houses, "
Makeover: Home Edition," will now start giving
away cars.

Of course, you need to be deserving.

On other shows, like
"Oprah Winfrey," you needed
to be lucky -- sitting in the studio audience on a
particular day. It was on an
Winfrey show one day
in September 2004
when she gave all 267
members of her audience new 2005 Pontiac G-6s.

At the time, and probably still today, Winfrey's move
was the most bombastic, headline-grabbing
promotion for branded entertainment deal anyone
has thought up in a long time -- a big, dramatic, TV
talk show moment.

Now Ford, in a somewhat more measured move,
is giving away 50 new Ford Edges to deserving
people on "Makeover," the king of the so-called
wish-fulfillment shows.

Why stop there? Why not give away even bigger
lifelong items -- businesses, vacation homes,
girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands or wives?

Long-lasting "wish-fulfillment" might be four years
of college, a new job, schooling for their children,
or better health. This list may not seem so
practical, however, nor so glamorous.

If that wasn't enough, ABC is also giving away a
fancy new home to store those Ford Edges, in
something called "Extreme Garage Makeover."

One thing that'll continue: the teary-eyed endings of
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

It isn't a normal life. Contestants compete with the
saddest of stories to get this stuff, all while they sit
at the bottom of the life pile. Then, in a video
whisker, they skyrocket to the top. It's part of the
American Dream to have a house and car -- and,
oh yeah, all those surprising taxes that go with
gifts. It all makes for an extreme kind of life.
One of The Original Kings of Comedy is
relinquishing his throne
By:  J. C. Lee
Los Angeles March 21, 2007
Bernie Mac told David
Letterman during an
appearance on
The Late
Show Monday that, after
he finishes shooting the
performance film
Whole Truth, Nothing but
Truth, So Help Me Mac, he's going to retire
from standup comedy.  "And I'm going to put
it in theaters and it's going to be 30 years for
me, and I'm going to call it," the 49-year-old
Chicago native said.   

"I'm going to still do my producing, my films,
but I want to enjoy my life a little bit. I missed
a lot of things, you know," Mac said. "I was a
street performer for two years. I went into
clubs in 1977."  

The two-time Emmy nominee made his
television debut in 1992 on
Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, after which he
was cast in Mo' Money with
Wayans,and he's been on TV or in the
movies pretty much ever since. He has also
penned two books, the pretty darn
I Ain't Scared of You and the
more autobiograph- ical
Maybe You Never
Cry Again

Mac talked about taking on a more serious
turn in the upcoming
Pride, in which he
plays a janitor at a Philadelphia public pool
who helps swimming coach
Howard inspire the local team to victory. The
film opens Friday, March 23, 2007.

Mac said, "Comedy has been so good to
me. And that's all I ever wanted, watching
you guys. I had great mentors -- Jackie
Flip (Wilson), Redd Foxx, Richard
Pryor, Bill Cosby, Buddy Hackett.  I had so
many people to watch, that today you don't
have that anymore."
By:  Bridigit Bianco'

NEW YORK March 21, 2007 -
Consumer Capital, LLC (“HCC”)
The Weinstein Co. (“TWC”)
have partnered to acquire
Halston, one of the most prolific
fashion names worldwide.

Throughout its history, Halston
has launched some of the most
influential fashion trends and
inspired some of the most iconic
names in fashion. The investor
group plans to revitalize the brand,
which is best known for dressing
the international jet set during the
1960s and 1970s.

Among fashion industry leaders
who will help to structure
management and provide creative
direction for the brand is Tamara
Mellon, Founder and President of
Jimmy Choo® Limited.  She has
been named to the Halston
Company’s board of directors.

The announcement was made
March 12, 2007. by James
“Jamie” Salter, CEO of HCC,
Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Chairman
and CEO of Hilco Trading, LLC,
the parent company of HCC, and
Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of
The Weinstein Company.

Since launching on Oct 1, 2005,
The Weinstein Company has
made several investments in
diverse companies including a
70% ownership in the home video
company Genius, aSmallWorld.
net, the exclusive social
networking Web site, and Ovation
TV,  the cable channel devoted
exclusively to art-related program-
ming, launched Weinstein Books,
distributed by Hachette Books.
Cornucopia of African Film Launches April 4
at the Film Society of
Lincoln Center

NEW YORK March 21, 2007 - Marking the 50th
anniversary of the independence of Ghana, the
first sub-Saharan African nation to gain
independence from colonial rule, the 14th annual
New York African Film Festival
(NYAFF) will center
on the struggles for liberation, the efforts to undo
the cultural legacy of colonialism and the quest for
a new African identity captured on film.

Celebrating 50 Years of Independence and
Cinema will commemorate this milestone with 47
films from 20 countries ranging from Algeria to
South Africa, including a selection of rarely seen
archival footage of colonial propaganda films and
newsreels capturing the very moment of
independence of various African nations. Pairing
classic films with new works by talented directors
representing the future of African cinema, this
year's festival will highlight films from the African
Diaspora and include the screening of a film by
the late Ossie Davis set in Africa, hosted by his
widow, film legend Ruby Dee.  An opening night
gala featuring Guinean director Cheick Fantamady
Camara's Clouds over Conakry, winner of the

People Choice Award
at the FESPACO 2007; a
centerpiece selection of London Film Festival Best
First Film Award winner Max and Mona' by Teddy
Mattera; and a special preview screening of Africa
Unite, a
tribute to Bob Marley, hosted by Danny
Glover and Marley's widow Rita.  The festival runs
from April 4 through 12 at the Walter Reade
Theater,165 W. 65th Street, Plaza Level, April 4
through April 12.  Tickets for Film Society of
Lincoln Center screen- ngs are $11 for the
general public.    The second presentation of the
NYAFF will be held on April 20 & 21 at the
Museum of the Arts, located at 1040 Grand
Concourse, Bronx, NY, suggested admission for
is $5.  Visit www.bronxmuseum.org     The festival
concludes with screenings at BAMCinematek
(Brooklyn Academy of Music) running from May 25
through May 28, 2007, $10, located at 30 Lafayette
Ave. in Brooklyn.        Visit BAM.org  
The Master Class Series returns to the
NY Blue Note for the first time in over a
year with guitar legend Jim Hall on
Saturday, April 7 at 2pm.
Jim Hall
NEW YORK March 21, 2007
Master Class
Series returns to the
Blue Note for the first
time in over a year with
guitar legend Jim Hall
on Saturday, April 7
at 2pm.            As always, the Blue Note
encourages everyone to bring his or her
instruments, giving a whole new meaning
to the phrase
audience participation.  It is
up to the artist to decide how the master
class is conducted, and the classes often
range from open talks, listening sessions,
or group lessons to individual critiques and

Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at
the Cleveland Institute of Music,    by 1960
had arrived in New York to work with people
Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer.  Hall's
"live" and recorded collaborations are
legendary, like those with
Bill Evans, Paul
Desmond, and
Ron Carter.  

In 1997,  Jim Hall won the
New York Jazz
Critics Circle Award
for Best Jazz
Composer/Arranger.   When accepting the
NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship Award   Hall
said, “The women and men who have
received this award in the past have spread
peace and love throughout the world - - -
something that governments might
emulate.     I am pleased to be one of the
Blue Note 131 W. 3rd
Street, NYC 10012   / Tel: 212-475-8592.
INDABA MUSIC Launches Exciting  
Website For Online Music

NEW YORK April 9, 2007 - Indaba Music (http://www.
indabamusic.com) is an exciting new international
community for music creation and collaboration.
Music professionals including all types of
musicians, producers, engineers, managers, DJ’
s, writers, publicists, photographers, booking
agents, venues and others related to the musical
side of life can explore the creative possibilities of
making music with people from all around the

The word “Indaba” refers to a gathering place or a
forum for sharing ideas, and this site is exactly
that - for musicians! Indaba Music is a place to
experience, create, and share music online while
finding new people to collaborate with. Indaba
offers an easy-to-use set of tools including a
production console that musicians can use to
access, edit and mix their music from any
computer in the world. You can even have other
Indaba members submit their mixes for review.
Indaba members can create public sessions and
get new people to collaborate with them, or they
can create private sessions and work with people
they already know in a closed environment.

Mantis Evar, Indaba’s Creative Guru Extraordinaire
says, “We started Indaba Music because we
wanted it to be a comfortable place to call home
for the community of people who create music.
The whole Indaba team shares the same vision of
bringing people together through music, and we
already we have a great  group of supporters that
have become members. It’s becoming a very
strong community, with a lot of great talent!”
Jazz Improv LIVE Convention
& Festival October 2007

NEW YORK April 9, 2007 -
Register now and take
advantage of the Early-Bird
WHAT:  Jazz Improv LIVE! -
Convention & Festival 2007
WHEN:  October 25-28, 2007
Thursday, October 25 - Kickoff
Friday, October 26:  
9AM - 6PM: Exhibits, Panels,
Workshops, Performances
7PM - until Main Stage -
feature performances
Saturday, October 27:  
9AM - 6PM (Exhibits, Panels,
Workshops, Performances)
7PM - Midnight Main Stage -
feature performances
Sunday, October 28: To be

WHERE:  New Yorker Hotel
481 Eighth Ave, New York, NY
Main: (212) 971-0101
Reservations: 866-800-3088;               mailto:
 Mention Jazz Improv
Convention for discounted
group rate!
Manhattan Center, 311 W.
34th St., NYC

WHO:  Preliminary artist
lineup includes:
McCoy Tyner,
Pat Martino, Joey
Jimmy Heath,
Wallace Roney, Geri Allen,
Sonny Fortune, Vic Juris,
Jackie Ryan, Valery
Ponomarev, Ron Blake,
Jimmy Bruno, Mark Elf, Cecil
Brooks III, Loren Schoenberg
& The Jazz Museum in Harlem
All-Stars, Hal Galper, Don
Friedman, Mike Longo, Harvie
S, Tim Horner, Michael Weiss,
John DiMartino, Dom Minasi,
Marvin Stamm, Frank
Catalano, and others.  Many
more artists and experts to be
added to the lineup leading up
to the event.

CLICK HERE to register:  
Kaufman Center Presents Chamber Jazz  --
Ron Carter Nonet  / Aaron Goldberg Trio  at
Merkin Concert Hall, Monday, May 7 at 8:
Ron Carter’s 70th Birthday

NEW YORK April 9, 2007 - Ron Carter stands
with the greatest of double-bass players. His
collaborations with
Miles Davis, Herbie
Hancock and Eric Dolphy are some of the
highlights of his storied career, which includes
more than 2,000 appearances on record as
an accompanist. For decades, he's led his
own unique string ensembles, including this
fascinating Nonet that features himself on
piccolo bass, Stephen Scott on piano, Payton
Crossley on drums, Rolando Morales-Matos
on percussion, Leon Boots Maleson on bass
and the four cellos of Kermit Moore, Zoe
Hassman, Carol Buck and Maxine Neuman.

Ron will share the evening with pianist and
Sunnyside recording artist Aaron Goldberg,
often featured with Joshua Redman and the
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Aaron pursues
the art of the trio with bassist Omer Avital and
drummer Ali Jackson. Ron Carter is among
the original, prolific and most influential
bassists in jazz. With more than 3,000 albums
to his credit, he has recorded with many of
music’s greats—Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans,
Lena Horne, Bill Evans,
B. B. King, the Kronos
Quartet, Dexter Gordon,
Wes Montgomery and
Bobby Timmons.

Aaron Goldberg is a young pianist and
composer working at the forefront of jazz
music. His Merkin Hall performance will
feature selections from his latest Sunnyside
release, Worlds, and some newer
compositions.  In addition to heading his trio,
Aaron has spent the last 10 years touring with
many of the most brilliant voices in jazz --
Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Betty
CarterNicholas Payton, Al Foster, Kurt
Rosenwinkel and many others.

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center.
129 W. 67th St. ( Broadway & Amsterdam)  
212 501 3330 or  
'how come U
don't call me?'
5 min
23 sec
Alicia Keys is the classically
trained pianist who mixes her
talents with contemporary R&B
and hip-hop.
stores Oct. 11, 2005.  She said
"On stage it is big everything but
we brought it down to an
intimate environment. and it's
great to be able to share this."