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For Those of You Who’ve Never Seen A Complete Episode…

For those of you who’ve never been able to see a complete episode of “The Stephen Holt Show”, only You Tube segments, here’s a complete, unabridged version of what is aired on TV. Enjoy!

Camera ~ Jack Siberine

Editing ~ Kevin Teller

Theme Music, the Overture from “Kareer Suicide” by Donald Arrington

In NY It Feels Like Snow, but Here Is P-town in the Moonlight

The wind is howling like a banshee trapped amidst the skyscrapers, and it’s so cold out, it feels like Snow any minute, though it’s Spring!

Spring is late this year. So here’s a little Provincetown in the Moonlight Memory, a Summer Serenade. If only it would come!

Trying to Find Affordable Eyeglasses in New York, Good Luck!

Ok, first. I stepped on my glasses, which had slipped on to the floor in the middle of the night from the (admittedly not secure) perch that I had put them on and I broke the frame. Dear Readers, Dear Cineastes all, I’m sure you wear eye-glasses, too. I have had them since I was a child. I always felt defined by them. Not always in a good way.

And now that I’ve been on television for Yonks, as the Cockneys say, being so constantly photographed in them and usually in a close-up. That’s what TV is. A Close-Up. An Endless Close-Up. Like for instance, Sally Jesse Raphael. What do you remember most about her? Her red-framed eye-glasses.

So I put a lot of thought into trying to find, well, glasses that just look like mine in the picture above.^ I’ve had them for eight years, it turns out, and they have served me well. And have worked for the TV viewers, I think, at least to the extent that they photograph well, but not obtrusively.

So I went to my place where I had originally got them, on Lower Broadway, near my old studio, and while they had my name still on file.(I had just had an eye exam and my pupils were dilated, dontcha know.But I need new glasses IMMEDIATELY because these were/are held together with just a wing and a prayer. I mean, I stepped on them in just the right place so that I was able to pop the lens back in and they’ve sort of held together…) The guy in the store, who remembered me, said “You’re taking a big risk, wearing them.” Broken.

But…

Running around the streets of New York, like I do, if they fell apart and the lens shattered…I would be…well…I would be blind…and in trouble.

So the previous Lower Broadway Eye Place(not its’ name) had a BEAUTIFUL pair of frames that they could give me(and this is without the charge of an eye exam, mind you, which I had just had elsewhere) the price tag, and here’s the punch-line was $300!?! Or more! I nearly fainted.

I had to sadly decline. And went to search for another eye-glass place, which was recommended to me that I THOUGHT was in the Puck Building, y’know where “Will and Grace” was set? I had never been in there and come to find out THEY MOVED! Then I was given bad directions by a smirking security guard, but finally after staggering around Soho AS IT BEGAN TO RAIN(and of course, no umbrella) for what seemed like HOURS,  I finally found them on Greene St.

They really were worth the search! The unusual name is Worby Parker. And they’re at 121 Greene Street, and a very nice young gentleman helped me try on pair-after-pair. I felt like a rich, bored woman in a shoe store, trying on heels that NEVER FIT!

But finally there was one that worked with my face, and would look good photographed! And was only $125!?! New Yorkers take note! This is the kind of miracle one is always hoping for in New York, and so rarely happens!

To Be Continued…

Holt On, Bro! Summer IS coming! & Scott Cakes Is Pinker Than Ever!

As it remains, colder than a witch’s (blank), it’s forever summertime at Scott Cakes and the pinker than ever Scott Cunningham! Who actually ENCOURAGES me to sing a few forgotten ditties from “Promenade”, Al Carmines and Maria Irenes Fornes’ sole collaboration, which started at the Judson Church, where Al was the minister and ended with an Off Broadway run that was so beloved they named the theater after it! And it’s there today! The Promenade!

And enjoy this high camp high tea at the Pink Cupcake shop on Angel’s Landing in Provincetown! You’ll feel like you’ve gone to Gay Heaven!

AND IT’S ALL PINK!

TONY Committee Decides Jake Gyllenhaal Is Lead, Tony Danza, Supporting

TONY 2015 1The TONY committee has decided that Jake Gyllenhaal is to be considered as a Leading Actor in a Play for “Constellations” and that Tony Danza is to be considered in the category of Best Featured Actor in a Musical for “Honeymoon in Las Vegas.”

Read on ~

TONY AWARDS ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE MEETS

FOR THE THIRD TIME DURING THE 2014-2015 SEASON

TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY

 

New York, NY (March 19, 2015) – The Tony Awards Administration Committee met today for the third time this season to determine the eligibility of two Broadway productions for the 2015 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards®, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The Tony Awards Administration Committee will meet a total of four times throughout the 2014-2015 season to decide the eligibility for the 69th Annual Tony Awards.

 

The two productions discussed were Constellations and Honeymoon in Vegas.

 

The committee made the following determinations:

 

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Constellations. 

 

Tony Danza will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical category for his performance in Honeymoon in Vegas. 

 

The 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 (8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT time delay) on the CBS Television Network, live from the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

 

The official eligibility cut-off date will be Thursday, April 23, 2015, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2014-2015 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2015 Tony Award nominations.

 

The Nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards will be announced live on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from New York City.

 

A limited number of tickets to the 2015 Tony Awards will be made available to the general public. Tickets will be available at http://www.TonyAwards.com starting on April 28, 2015.

 

For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Don’t Despair! Summer’s coming! Inn at Cook Street, Pt. 2

Don’t despair, New Yorkers! Even if it was SNOWING yesterday! Summer IS coming. Eventually, and why not look at a summer-y situation in Provincetown, the East Coast’s gay heaven. Here’s part 2 of the delightful Inn at Cook Street, and it’s equally super hosts John Jay Wooldridge and Patrick Flaherty. Here , in Part 2, they give us a tour of their fabulous house and cottages! Enjoy!

The Magnificent Sissy Gamache! I’m Her Guest Tonight!

How lucky am I? I’m the guest on the Magnificent Sissy Show. No. Not mine. The other Big Sissy. Sissy Gamache, the hostess with the utmostest, tonight on Ch. 56 at 7pm in Manhattan on MNN. It can also be seen at that time tonight, if I’m not mistaken on Ch.34 on RCN cable and also Ch.83 on Fios.

It’s also online at http://www.mnn.org at 7pm Click on Channel 2, Watch Now.

Sissy’s everywhere and unlike me, she does her show in a big for-real studio, and we talked straight(and/or gay) for half hour! In sub-zero February weather. It’s still going on. We’re supposed to have snow today in NYC!

Above ^ you’ll see Sissy on my show last year on the Drama Desk  Nominee Press Reception morning above with my long-time host T.J.Craig.

I love this muy caliente chicka! Born in Roumania and raised in Costa Rica, she reigns on many Spanish language channels too numerous to mention, or spell!

So Honored to be Headlined at Awardsdaily.com!

Always an honor and a thrill to be headlined at the great .Awards site http://www.awardsdaily.com

Here’s the pic,

Rendez-vous 15And here’s the link, I think ~

http://www.awardsdaily.com/blog/2015/03/french-stars-shine-stephen-holt-covers-rendez-vous-avec-french-cinema-2015/

Focus Propels Meryl Streep(again!)& Carey Mulligan into Oscar Race with “Suffragette”

Meryl Suffra !Focus Features who did SOOOOO right by Eddie Redmayne in this year’s Oscar Race, winning him Best Actor for their wonderful Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything”, is certainly not letting the grass grow under their feet with their announcement BELOW of “Suffragette” starring 19-time nominee and three-time Oscar Winner Meryl Streep opposite one-time nominee Carey Mulligan in “Suffragette.”

This is IN ADDITION to it’s aiming Eddie Redmayne’s next tour-de-force-to-be “The Danish Girl” which features the young Oscar Winner as one of the world’s first transgenders, Lili Elbe. It’s aiming it right at Oscar with its’ Nov. 27 release date.Eddie Lili

So IOW Focus has got it hands full already of potential Oscar nominees. The fact “The Danish Girl” has Oscar Winner Tom Hooper directing it is another AMPAS  A-plus-plus.

Here’s what Focus had to say today. Cleary these are both important films.

FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TOSUFFRAGETTE,

STARRING CAREY MULLIGAN, HELENA BONHAM CARTER AND MERYL STREEP

 

SANTA MONICA, CA, March 17th, 2015 – Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights from Pathé to the drama Suffragette, directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from a script written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan, for a Fall 2015 domestic release. The cast of the U.K. film includes Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, BAFTA Award winner Ben Whishaw, British Independent Film Award winner Anne-Marie Duff, Golden Globe Award nominee Brendan Gleeson, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. Focus has also acquired the distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea, and most of Eastern Europe including Russia; Universal Pictures International will release the film in those territories. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today.

 

Ruby Films’ Alison Owen, an Academy Award nominee as producer of Elizabeth, and Faye Ward are the producers of Suffragette, which is directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) from a screenplay by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady). The film’s executive producers are Cameron McCracken, Tessa Ross, Rose Garnett, Nik Bower, James Schamus, and Teresa Moneo.

 

Suffragette is a Ruby Films production for Focus Features, Pathé, Film4, and the BFI in association with Ingenious Media and with the participation of Canal+ and Cine-Cinema.

 

Suffragette is a moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring story, inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, the suffragettes become galvanized – risking their very lives to ensure that women’s rights would be recognized and respected.

 

Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features, said, “Suffragette is a story that will resonate with men and women across the generations; it is about parents and children, courage and dedication, and making hard choices. Sarah, Abi, Alison and Faye are women who represent an amazing convergence of filmmaking talent. We’re proud to partner with Pathé to bring this powerful drama to audiences worldwide.”

 

The deal was negotiated by Focus Features’ Beth Lemberger, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, and Lia Buman, President of Acquisitions, with Cameron McCracken, Managing Director, Pathé Productions, and Muriel Sauzay, Head of Sales, Pathé International.

 

ABOUT FOCUS FEATURES

Focus Features (www.focusfeatures.com) makes, acquires, and releases movies from rising and established talent and filmmakers.

 

In addition to Suffragette, upcoming releases from Focus include Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3, the newest chapter in the terrifying horror series; Tarsem Singh’s Self/less, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley; Sinister 2, directed by Ciaran Foy; London Has Fallen, the sequel to the worldwide smash hitOlympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler and directed by Babak Najafi; Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener (Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander); Kubo and the Two Strings, the new family event movie from animation studio LAIKA, directed by Travis Knight with a voice cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro, and Art Parkinson; Stephen Hopkins’ Race, starring Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, and Stephan James as the legendary athletic superstar Jesse Owens; and Juan Antonio Bayona’s visually spectacular drama A Monster Calls, starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, and Liam Neeson.

 

Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

 

ABOUT PATHÉ

Pathé operates as a fully integrated studio and has a presence in France, the UK, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. It is involved in all aspects of filmmaking, from development and production through to international sales, distribution, and exhibition.

 

 

Inn at Cook Street, Provincetown. You’ll Love It!

Anticipating the Spring and Summer seasons like mad, after our very long and hard winter here in NYC, I am happy to introduce you dear readers, dear cineastes, to the wonderful Inn at Cook Street. It’s in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where else? And here’s an interview with the handsome-as-can-be Innkeepers and life partners John Jay Wooldridge and Patrick Flaherty. Transplanted New Yorkers, this is John and Patrick’s first season open at Provincetown, and they are definately the hosts-with-the-mosts! In addition to the wonderfully prepared and tasty breakfasts, they feature peanut-butter and sugar cookies as an afternoon snack. And have a peaceful garden with many birds and a small cottage in the back.

Be sure to check them out before they get all booked up for this coming season. Summer is just around the corner. And here’s their info ~

  1. Inn At Cook Street
  2. 4-star hotel
  3. Housed in an 1836 Greek Revival home and 2 cottages, this elegant B&B is less than a mile from Macmillan Pier and 2.7 miles from Herring Cove Beach. … More
  4. Address: 7 Cook St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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