Bay Street’s ‘grande dame,’ Deborah Carpenter, dies at 68

Thousands of children, stretching over more than 40 years, were introduced to the theater by the vision of Deborah Carpenter.A founder and driving force behind the Bay Street Players community-theater troupe in Eustis, Carpenter died early Friday. She was 68.“She was Bay Street, as far as I’m concerned,” said Bernie Vatter, president of the theater’s board of directors. The theater will honor the iconic figure, whose name was pronounced De-BORE-ah, with a special event later this year.Just a few months after helping create the Bay Street Players in 1975, Carpenter established the Young People’s Theatre (YPT), now the longest continually running children’s theater program in Central Florida.“Her legacy is that children’s program,” said David Clevinger, a longtime friend and artistic director of the Bay Street Players from 1990-2000­­.Carpenter wasn’t a mother, but “she considered the YPT kids her children,” Vatter said. “That’s what she always called them.”Elizabeth Scholl was one of her theater “babies.” She was able to participate in the youth program because Carpenter rounded up scholarships for students who couldn’t afford to pay, she said, and the theater became her “second home.”Years later, after getting a master’s degree in performing-arts management, Scholl enrolled her own children in the YPT — and served as the theater’s executive director for seven years until 2010. Carpenter served as a useful sounding board.“She would never micromanage,” Scholl said. “But I liked to make sure decisions set well with her.”Now based in Boston, Scholl runs her own youth theater. She honors Carpenter’s spirit by not turning away students for lack of funds.“It’s beautiful what she accomplished,” Scholl said. “Her legacy is exponential — the ripple effect is Continue Reading

Entertainment Bridge column for March 24

North-South vulnerable, South dealsNORTH♠J 8 5♥K 6 5 2♦A 6 5♣K Q 5WEST EAST♠4 ♠Q 10 9 7♥9 4 ♥Q J 10 7♦K J 10 8 3 ♦9 4♣A J 10 9 4 ♣8 6 2SOUTH♠A K 6 3 2♥A 8 3♦Q 7 2♣7 3The bidding:SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST1♠ 2NT* 3♦ Pass3♠ Pass 4♠ All pass*Weak, at least 5-5 in the minorsOpening lead: Nine of ♥The “Unusual No Trump,” showing 5-5 in the minors, is a popular convention for tournament players. The West hand is a good example of the bid. When the opponents buy the contract, however, these bids often provide a roadmap for declarer in the play of the hand. The defense to this bid is pretty standard and North’s three diamond bid showed spades and at least invitational values.South won the opening heart lead with his ace and led a low club. Dummy’s king won when West played low, so declarer crossed back to his hand with the ace of spades and led another club. West rose with his ace and continued clubs to dummy’s queen as South shed a low heart. Decision time! West, assuming he was 5-5 in the minors, only had one major suit card remaining. Unless that card was precisely the queen of spades, the contract could not be made with straightforward play. South would have to lose two diamonds and a spade to go with the club trick already lost. Should West’s last major-suit card be a heart, the contract could still be made, and South showed us how.He cashed the king of hearts and ruffed a heart as West discarded a diamond. Dummy was re-entered with the ace of diamonds and another heart was ruffed. South exited with the queen of diamonds to West’s king, but when West tried to cash the jack of diamonds, East was forced to ruff and lead a spade away from his queen. Making four! (03/24/18)[email protected] Continue Reading

‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Mocks Conservatives Who Hate Hollywood as Jealous Haters

"I implore tonight of all Hollywood executives, the next time a conservative comes to you with a really dumb idea for a movie or a... Ross A. Lincoln, provided by Published 9:25 pm, Friday, March 23, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 ‘Real Time': Bill Maher Mocks Conservatives Who Hate Hollywood as Jealous Haters 1 / 1 Back to Gallery On Friday night’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher ended an otherwise uneventful episode with a brutal summation of conservatives who profess hatred for Hollywood liberals: essentially, he said, they’re jealous haters who couldn’t hack it in the entertainment biz. “Republicans have to stop pretending they hate it when celebrities give their political opinions,” Maher said during the “New Rules” segment ending the show. “Please. You’re the party that made Reagan president.” Saying “It’s not our fault that your celebrities are Ted Nugent, Pat Sajak and Donald Trump,” Maher contrasted A-list liberals to conservative entertainers. Also Read: Kimmel Defends Student Protestors From 'Conspiracy Theories' and Ted Nugent (Video) Recommended Video: Now Playing: Talk show host Bill Maher slammed President Trump on Friday in the wake of the indictments against Russian nationals. Media: GeoBeats “James Woods? His last credit was on a Mastercard bill.” “Scott Baio? The only thing he’s been in that made headlines recently was his costar.” Noting that Antonio Sabàto Jr. recently said he’d been “blacklisted” for appearing at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Maher joked that being blacklisted would be a step up. “He’d be lucky to get on a do not call list. You’d have to run him in to show business.” Maher noted that NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch once tried, and failed, to get a sitcom off the ground, adding Continue Reading

Wynn’s signature to remain on Las Vegas Strip

Strip visitors walk past the Wynn Las Vegas on South Las Vegas Boulevard on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (Patrick Connolly Las Vegas Review-Journal @PConnPie)Rod Stewart performs in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Nov. 6, 2013. (Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Wynn Las Vegas is pictured in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Philippe Starck's sculpture "Saam by Starck," lower right, is displayed at the front entrance at SLS Las Vegas during the grand opening celebration on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (David Becker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Singer Elton John announces final world tour at Gotham Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Singer Elton John performs before announcing final world tour at Gotham Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Sam, a statue by designer Philippe Starck, decorates the main entrance to SLS Las Vegas casino-hotel in Las Vegas Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Steve Wynn has sold his stake in the company that bears his name. But there are no plans to strip the “Wynn” signature off Wynn Las Vegas. Amid speculation of how Wynn Resorts will deal with its suddenly complicated name, company spokesman Michael Weaver said in an e-mail Friday, “I have not heard that there is any announcement planned on any name change … (there is) certainly no truth whatsoever to changing any names in Las Vegas.” But the naming of Wynn’s Boston Harbor project seems uncertain. The consensus around Wynn/Encore is the new resort will be called Encore, not Wynn. The $2.4 billion Wynn Boston Harbor project is moving forward even as Wynn has resigned from the company amid reports of sexual misconduct. This week he sold all of his stock in the corporation. Word from Wynn/Encore on the Strip is the mood around the property has lightened considerably since Wynn stepped down and removed himself from company Continue Reading

Asleep at the Test Screening? ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Investors Sue Arnon Milchan for Fraud

On top of neglecting Warren Beatty film, financiers say Milchan focused instead on bombs like "A Cure for Wellness," "Assassin's Creed" Matt Donnelly, provided by Published 5:45 pm, Friday, March 23, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Asleep at the Test Screening? ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Investors Sue Arnon Milchan for Fraud 1 / 1 Back to Gallery A group of movie investors has sued producer and financier Arnon Milchan for fraud, accusing him of negligence on Warren Beatty’s 2016 awards hopeful “Rules Don’t Apply.” Investors like the embattled Brett Ratner, multimillionaire Steve Bing and failed Weinstein Company bidder Ron Burkle say Milchan tanked Beatty’s long-gestating Howard Hughes film by refusing to fulfill most of the points in his contract. The fraud allegations come in response to a December suit from Milchan, who said the investors owed him close to $20 million following the commercial failure of the film, which earned $3.6 million at the box office on a $31 million production budget. Also Read: Hollywood Producer Arnon Milchan Questioned in Bribery Inquiry Involving Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Recommended Video: Now Playing: New York's attorney general is suing the Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein alleging years of sexual harassment and misconduct by the movie producer. Insiders say the case could jeopardise talks on a potential sale of the studio. What does the civil suit allege? That the company's executives and board repeatedly failed to protect employees from Weinstein for years, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. It also names Weinstein's brother Bob, who co-founded the company. Weinstein Company executives, it is alleged, failed to act despite being repeatedly presented with credible evidence of Harvey Weinstein's behaviour. Schneiderman also said he sued the company in part because of reports that a sale could be Continue Reading

DuShon Monique Brown, ‘Chicago Fire’ Actress, Dies at 49

"The 'Chicago Fire' family is devastated to lose one of its own," Dick Wolf says in a statement Reid Nakamura, provided by Published 7:14 pm, Friday, March 23, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 DuShon Monique Brown, ‘Chicago Fire’ Actress, Dies at 49 1 / 1 Back to Gallery “Chicago Fire” actress DuShon Monique Brown has died at the age of 49. Brown died just after noon on Friday at St. James Olympia Field Hospital in Chicago. No cause of death has been officially released, but TMZ, citing anonymous sources, reported that Brown had admitted herself to a Chicago hospital for tests after suffering chest pains earlier this week. “We are very sad to announce the untimely death of beloved Chicago actress DuShon Monique Brown,” said Brown’s manager, Robert Schroeder. “DuShon, most affectionately known to many as Connie on NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire,’ died suddenly Friday morning of natural causes. We are devastated by the loss of a very talented and kindhearted soul. DuShon was a film, television, commercial and voice-over actress who also graced the stages of many Chicago theaters. She brought laughter and joy to many and will be greatly missed. At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected.” Also Read: 'Chicago PD' Star Jason Beghe Apologizes for 'Anger Issues' and On-Set Behavior Recommended Video: Now Playing: Actress Emma Chambers, who starred in the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill alongside Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, has died at the age of 53 Media: People Brown had appeared on the NBC drama since its premiere in 2012, playing Connie, the assistant to Eamonn Walker’s Chief Wallace Boden. She also appeared on Fox’s “Prison Break” from 2005 until 2007. “The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own,” executive Continue Reading

LI’s Shaggy to perform at Queen Elizabeth’s birthday bash

Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday celebration will have a bit of Long Island flavor, as Shaggy has been chosen to perform at a star-studded concert in her honor. Shaggy, who splits his time between Valley Stream and the island of Jamaica, will perform at “The Queen’s Birthday Party” on April 21 at Royal Albert Hall with Sting. They are expected to do a selection from their “44/876” album, set to be released April 20. Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Shawn Mendes, Craig David and Ladysmith Black Mambazo are also part of the concert, which will air live on BBC One and on BBC Radio Two. Queen Elizabeth and members of the Royal Family are expected to attend, though the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to skip it since the due date of their third child is around the same time. “It promises to be a spectacular evening of entertainment destined to bring the whole nation together,” Lewis Carnie, head of BBC Radio Two, said in a statement. The performance for Queen Elizabeth will be another in a string of high-profile appearances for Shaggy, best known for reggae-pop hits like “Boombastic.” In addition to multiple appearances on the Grammys, earlier this month he appeared as President Donald Trump in the video for a remake of his hit “It Wasn’t Me” on “The Late, Late Show With James Corden.” Corden played special counsel Robert Mueller, peppering him with questions about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, to which Shaggy/Trump responds, “No collusion” and, of course, “It wasn’t me.” Glenn Gamboa is Newsday's music critic, covering entertainment news and events since 2000. Continue Reading

WLIR doc, ‘New Wave: Dare to Be Different,’ chronicles rise, fall of the coolest ‘80s radio station

The legend of WLIR, the small, but influential Hempstead radio station that helped bring British new wave to America in the ’80s, is about to grow much, much bigger. “New Wave: Dare to Be Different,” Plainview native Ellen Goldfarb’s documentary about the station’s rise and eventual fall in 1987, due to a licensing dispute with the FCC, will get a national audience, starting Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. on Showtime. “It was great to see how the New York crowd reacted to it — it’s about their home,” says Goldfarb, who premiered the movie at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. “But in other places, people were cheering along. . . . There was a woman from St. Petersburg who came up to me and said, ‘I didn’t grow up on Long Island, but I wish I did.’ ” FROM STATION TO SCREEN “New Wave: Dare to Be Different” chronicles the era when Long Island, not New York City, had the coolest radio station. In one telling clip, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes talks about the British rockers’ first trip to New York and the angst they felt about seeing the Manhattan skyline they dreamed about get smaller because they were on their way to Hempstead. “[Program director] Denis McNamara at ’LIR had a real vision,” Rhodes says. “That was the thing that changed radio — the vision.” McNamara, who is semi-retired from radio and lives in Northport, says he has been surprised by the response to the documentary. “I’ve just been knocked out by the way people respond,” said McNamara, who still has a weekly radio show on WUSB at 10 a.m. Fridays. “There’s just so many people thanking us.” BIG LOCAL REACTION For him, it has put a happy ending on a traumatic part of his career. “When it ended, we felt like failures,” McNamara said. “We never knew the impact we had with the listeners or even the artists. Continue Reading

Pop culture anniversaries 2018: ‘Space Odyssey’ turns 50, ‘Grease’ turns 40, more

In 2018, we’ll be celebrating many significant pop culture anniversaries from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Grease” to the arrival of “Sex and the City” and departure of “Seinfeld.” Here’s our annual, extremely subjective list of notable anniversaries — designed, as always, to make you shout out loud, “I can’t believe it’s been that long!” 50th anniversary: On these dates in 1968 "Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In" premieres JAN. 22 Fast-paced (for the time) laugh-a-minute hour that revolutionized the sketch-variety show (for the time). Some say presidential candidate Richard Nixon’s September cameo (“Sock it to me?”) helped give him the edge in his neck-and-neck race with Hubert Humphrey. Pictured: Dick Rowan, left, and Dick Martin Otis Redding's '(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay' hits No. 1 MARCH 16 This wistful posthumous hit, recorded three days before his death in a December 1967 plane crash, was the soul singer’s legacy. '2001: A Space Odyssey' hits theaters APRIL 6 Stanley Kubrick’s film would break sci-fi barriers. How sad is it that today when we hear its majestic theme song (“Thus Spake Zarathustra”), we first think of the 1970s Elvis waddling on stage. Pictured: Keir Dullea '60 Minutes' debuts SEPT. 24 A half-century later, it’s still ticking. Pictured: Mike Wallace in 2002 40th anniversary: On these dates in 1978 “Saturday Night Fever” fever MAY 13 Yvonne Elliman’s rendition of “If I Can’t Have You,” hit No. 1. In doing so, the movie’s soundtrack album became the first soundtrack to score four No. 1 singles — a record that still stands. The others were three BeeGees’ songs: “Night Fever,” “Stayin’ Alive” and “How Deep Is Your Love.” 'Grease' hits theaters JUNE Continue Reading


Full-size trucks such as the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 are hugely popular. But not everyone needs that much capability from a new pickup. For them, a midsize truck is a viable alternative. The latest midsize trucks are able to tow, haul and transport passengers nearly as well as their full-size brethren, yet they offer increased maneuverability, lower starting prices, and the potential for better fuel economy. Which one is the best? Edmunds rounds up the lot to explain their individual benefits and drawbacks. Continue Reading