Bowie producer livid over TV show portrayal


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David Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti is angry over an upcoming episode of “Autopsy: The Last Hours of . . .” an ITV docudrama that airs on Reelz.

A casting call went out for a “balding Caucasion 50-to-70” to play Visconti, 73, who said, although he’s “been called worse things . . . I will certainly be seeking legal counsel” over the portrayal.

Visconti also posted on Facebook: “Sadly, this scum of a production company is planning one for Lou Reed too. I received a memo from someone near and dear to him asking friends not to participate. Duh!”

The morbid show previously dramatized the deaths of Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, Joan Rivers and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The casting notice says some 20 new episodes will be shot by August for the show’s upcoming season.

“A lot of big names unfortunately passed away in 2016, so we’ll be working on some interesting shoots,” the Talent Talks casting agency ghoulishly notes.

Reelz, the US distributor of the show, did not return a request for comment.

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Woman who sawed lover to death during sex escapes murder conviction


Woman who sawed lover to death during sex escapes murder convictionGabi P. cut her boyfriend’s throat with an electric saw while he was bound to their bed and blindfolded. But a Munich court on Friday delivered a surprise conviction of manslaughter.

 

Judge Michael Höhne determined in his ruling that the victim, Alex H., had been tied down and wearing swimming goggles covered in duct tape at the time of the crime, which took place in late 2008.

At this point Gabi P. twice pressed the electric saw against his throat and then pressed it against his chest, leading to his death.

The fact that the victim was both unsuspecting and defenceless at the time would normally be grounds for a murder conviction, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

But Höhne ruled that it could not be proved that Gabi P. planned to pick up the saw, which was lying in the bedroom after the couple had done some renovation work, or whether she had spontaneously reached for it during the sex game.

The court nonetheless handed down a 12-and-a-half-year sentence on the lesser manslaughter charge.

Prosecutors had demanded a life sentence, saying that the attack was premeditated. They cited Gabi P.’s diary entries, which recorded her tumultuous relationship with Alex H. and the demeaning sexual practices he thought up and which she let happen.

Investigators spoke to witnesses who recounted how Gabi P. threw her boyfriend out of the house after a huge argument at some point in December 2008. But shortly after, he was able to persuade her to let him move back in.

The prosecution alleged that it was at this point the young woman decided to murder him.

But her defence insisted that the act was not premeditated and called for a ten-year sentence for manslaughter. They argued that it was pure speculation that the victim was bound and blindfolded at the time of the crime.

Gabi P. told the court that she could not remember the events leading up to the killing, only that she had pushed the saw towards her boyfriend.

Alex H.’s body was only found in 2016, after Gabi P. buried it in the garden of their house at some point after the crime. His parents presumed that he had run away to Romania

What It’s Like To Love A Gay Man Who Isn’t Out (And Tells His Pals I’m A WOMAN)


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He told his friends my name was “Ashley.”

Ten years ago, I met the second love of my life. I say “second” because there have been three loves of my life. He wasn’t the first, he wasn’t the last, but he was the most influential. I don’t mean that to downplay the importance of the other two. However, he was the one I was with the longest and he was the one that I learned the most from. For the sake of his privacy, we’ll call him L.

I met L on a hookup website. This was not the kind of website that you go to find a partner; this was a place to meet someone, satisfy your needs fairly instantly, and then move on about your life. If you were lucky, you might land a friend with benefits, but it was mostly for one-night stands.

I saw his picture and was immediately into him. I instantly messaged him and anxiously awaited his response. He finally messaged me back and we ended up talking for 4 hours.

Click the Link for the Rest of the Story

http://www.yourtango.com/2017302481/what-its-like-dating-someone-not-out-of-closet

The Real Housewives of New York: S9 Ep7 Bidding on Love-Tom


 

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Mommy Dearest meets the Ramona Silencer

One thing is clear, Ramona’s daughter Avery has her fathers brain.  Baby gurl has no problem telling mommy dearest that she’s wrong and when the subject of Bethenny comes up she tells Avery she doesn’t understand why there is tension with Bethenny and act’s as if  its all Bethenny’s fault.  Avery doesn’t pull any punches and tells mommy dearest her approach can be a little sharp for other people’s tastes.  Ramona isn’t pleased with Avery’s assessment but doesn’t argue.

Bethenny and Dorinda are Renovating Their Lives

Major changes are in play for Dorinda and Bethanny.   Dorinda’s daughter Hannah is moving out and Bethenny is finally divorced and has a new man in her life. “Dennis” who seems to adore her.   Dorinda is going to be alone . She says ,she’s relishing the idea of living alone. “I’ve either been married or a single mom or remarried. I definitely want to spend a little time being on my own. And also I’m looking forward to whenever I leave a Chanel jacket out it doesn’t go missing for two weeks.  Bethenny is buying an renovating a new place and Dorinda is renovating her apartment.

Luann and Sonja The Aftermath!

The last time Sonja and Luann saw each other. Ramona was going off on Bethenny.  Luann is maybe feeling a bit guilty as she encouraged the heated Ramona to talk to Beth. So Luann wanted to know what happened?   She learns it was more of the same.  Sonja, continues to defend Bethenny, you don’t play with Bethennys business and her child, but “Bitch’O”Matic (Ramona) doesn’t care.

Climb Baby Climb

Big city girl Carole Radizell, wants her place back.  It was designed for a single women (her) and I think while she wants to be in a relationship, at the end of the day, she wants to go home, alone.

Boyfriend Adam was this…close to getting his own place and then it went off the market (Damm, Damm, Damm)   Young Adam is fit and into rock climbing, and that means she is into rock climbing too (Not!)    The two get along well (for now) but she doesn’t see them advancing anytime soon.

Man-eaters and A Cradle for Two

Ramona like being the center of attention.  Especially when there are men around and when it comes to men, the 60 year old has no boundaries she will take yo man and then toss her hair as to say WHAT!!    Meanwhile, men are drawn to Sonja.  She cant help it !

Enter Tinsley, still semi fresh faced at 41.  With the Maneaters Ramona and Sonja in house she doesn’t stand a chance.  Tins, wants to settle down and she also wants to play.   Ramona, schools her on how to pick up  men.    You gotta love her, and what she can do with a straw. “Ramona got’s Talent”

Tinsley seems to be attracted to the kiddies.and sets her gage on young Chad.  This doesn’t go unnoticed by Ramona who shamelessly flirts with young Chad.  Tins, is liking what she sees , but roomie, and resident house nag ,Sonja doesn’t approve.   Tinsley likes young handsome Chad and doesn’t want to get married she just want to knock some serious boots .

Meanwhile, Sonja is on a man name Milos

Next time we see  41 year old Tinsely, is on a date with 23 year old Chad at a bowling alley, where there was some awkward kissing.   Home boy had food in his mouth and Tinsley tongue is trying to make its way around the Nachos.   Forget the damm bowling balls and go find a room.   The only problem, Sonja wont let her bring boys home, and he probably has a curfew.

At the bar, Ramona talks to some non-housewives friends and learns that one of the women “Missy” who says she was actually dating Tom until she walked in on him with Luann at a bar which will give her more ammo for her next chat with Luann.  Ramona continues to be obsessed with Tom and Luann’s relationship. Tom seems like a round the way man.  He reportedly has women around the way.

Dorinda Makes Nice

Bethenny, doesn’t talk about her ex, but he is very present in her life.   When she gets up to speak at a function she becomes very emotional and is unable to speak.  Carole says, “Bethenny may have signed her divorce papers, but she’s still in the thick of it with her divorce, and all of these emotions are coming to the surface.”

Dorinda is haveing a “Beauty For Freedom action event.  Everyone is socializing and the auction is facing failure until Carole and Bethenny become “Charity Whores” walking guest over to the area to bid on the various items.

Ramona. is present.   Bethenny is not feeling Ramona and avoids her.   At the event is Luann and  ‘TOM”  The two seems to be working over time smooching every few minutes.   Bethenny meets TOM for the first time (Can You Say Awkward!) and apologizes for the drama she caused (the other woman at the Regency) he seemed to take it well.

Unfortunately this is turning out to be another season of TOM.   Carole of all people is hearing Tom is still cruising ” The Regency’ (the scene of  last years Tom sighting) for women.   The person tells her Luann knows all about it. “Luann’s got something to prove,” the source reports. “She’d rather get married and get divorced than call it off.”

Looks like Carole and Luann are going to have a chat about Tom

See ya next time!

CityFella

 

 

 

 

RHOA Afterdrama : Does Producer Carlos King play a role in Phaedra Parks Megawatt Lie?


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Its nearly two weeks since the airing of part four of the reunion and  people are still talking about what executive producer Andy Cohen called the Megawatt Lie.   While Bravo still haven’t officially announced her status, Cohen recently told “E” Parks, co-stars had no desire to film alongside her ever again.  Which basically says, No Gurl ,you wont be back!    Parks maintain she was set up by the producers.  Could she be telling the truth?

People are STILL SQUAKING about the ATL Ladies

Earlier Today, Tamra Judge from the Real Housewives of Orange County #RHOCO took to Facebook to  share her thoughts about The Real Housewives of Atlanta season 9 reunion drama involving her fellow Bravo star Phaedra Parks.   “When you make up a lie about a cast mate (or husband) and try to destroy their character & reputation, YOU SHOULD BE FIRED,”

Bethenny Frankel, from the Real Housewives of New York #RHONY  talked to US Magazine and said the reunion   “made her feel dirty” “It was disgusting,” ““I don’t think Phaedra can bounce back from that,” Frankel concluded of the drama.

Frankel disagrees with Parks

She tells “E” “I’ve been doing this for 10 years,”  “I actually, sadly, consider myself to be a veteran. The producers do not make you do these things at all.”  “The producers don’t know exactly what’s going on, so they might say, ‘Are you going to talk to Kandi about this?’ They don’t know,”   Bethenny insists producers would never plant a lie on the Housewives; saying the drama is real.

A Parks source said there was “a producer who told her the drug and rape story, which she repeated to another cast member. It snowballed. The editing was not kind to her.”

Sources close to the ex-Housewife told TMZ she’s mad as hell, because she claims a producer gave her the B.S. story she told to Porsha Williams about Kandi Burruss — the whole drugging and raping thing.

The producer didn’t necessarily tell her to repeat it with cameras rolling, but we’re told Phaedra explained the producer’s role during the reunion show. She’s also angry because that was edited out of the reunion to make it look like she acted alone.

We’re told the way Phaedra sees it, she was fired in retaliation for throwing producers under the bus. We’re told Phaedra insists the ‘Housewives’ crew knows she’s not the source of the lie.   Sources said , she said she outted the producers and it was cut from the show. They’re not allowed to break the ‘fourth wall’ and talk about production. It may not have been entirely Phaedra’s fault, but she has to take the fall,” the source said.

Is the producer Carlos King? If so,what was his motive? 

There are many rumors circling the Former Real Housewives of Atlanta producer Carlos King.  Yes, like Parks, King will not return for season 10.

Carlos King insist’s he wasn’t fired  He says his production company, Kingdom Reign, signed a production deal with ITV in November of last year and that he told the cast in January that he was leaving.

Edited: From Tamera Tattles (3/17/17)

I’m told it went down like this. Kandi came hard for Porsha. So Porsha rolled over on Phaedra admitting that everything she said was told to her by Phaedra. Phaedra blamed Carlos. She said Carlos told her all the stuff about the sex dungeon and “Marvin.”

If you are like me, at this point in the story you are thinking, “Wouldn’t Phaedra know more of Kandi’s personal information that Carlos King?”  I am only reporting what I am told. So Carlos was behind the entire storyline against Kandi.  I’m not surprised. But I am sure that Phaedra was more than willing to take that storyline and run with it.

Basically, Andy’s reaction about “stuff coming out” was about Phaedra basically admitting she set Porsha up with the lies to tell on Kandi. Again, THIS IS NOT NEWS TO US! HOW IS THIS NEWS TO ANDY? But apparently it was. Phaedra has always been Andy’s favorite RHOA.  This time he finally went hard on Phaedra and told her she knew exactly what she was doing when she feed dumb old Porsha the information. .

In the end, Phaedra got the really bad edit as a liar and a shit stirrer. It’s about time. But again, this is not shocking to anyone but Andy. I wondered if all the mentions of Carlos would be aired and a source said that it would probably be edited to say “a producer.”

Click the link below to see the full story

http://tamaratattles.com/2017/03/17/exclusive-rhoa-reunion-tea-what-the-hell-happened/

From Bossip: “Our sources also say that Phaedra tried to blame the lesbian & date rape lie she fed Porsha Williams on producer Carlos King,” wrote B. Scott.”Which might have something to do with why he won’t be back to work on the show next year.” (4/10/17)

Sheree Whitfield has had an issue with Mr King.  In 2015, Ms Whitfield told the press she was “duped” by Carlos King.  At the time she was a friend and thought she would receive her “Peach” following the departure of Nene Leakes in a backroom deal she brokered with shows former producer Carlos King.  She learned she would only appear in some of the episode in season 8.  She didn’t learn this until after production.    According to a source, Whitfield met with the reality show producer earlier this year (2015)and pitched him a concept – a show about African-American real estate agents in Atlanta.

When Whitfield departed from the show three years ago she went on to get her real estate license and had been selling properties since.She wanted to be featured in the new show along with several other women she knew were also having success in the world of real estate and believed King could help her sell the show to a network.

‘Without telling Sheree, Carlos started pitching the show to networks and WE TV became interested,’ claims the source. He sold them the concept without Sheree’s involvement and then had to go back to her with a make-good once he did.

Is Carlos King “The Streets” and is there Bad Blood With Todd Tucker?

  Is Phaedra telling the truth?  Is a producer?  Could it be Revenge?   When I think of it?  It was odd that Todd Tucker remained on stage through part 4.   Normally the husbands have a segment on the reunion show and then are dismissed however, Todd remained.  Perhaps Todd suspected King was involved.

 

(Edited) From Straight from the A (3/19/2017)  Todd and Carlos were once partners in TV One’s “Hollywood Divas”   Produced by Tuckers’ TTucker Productions and King’s Kingdom Reign Entertainment.

Todd and Carlos were partners in “Hollywood Divas “their business relationship soured because they couldn’t see eye to eye about how to handle production and the two lost a lot of money.   Tucker and King are reportedly aren’t on speaking terms.

Kandi unhappy with King 

Carlos King is working on an Xscape documentary with Jermaine Dupri.   Word on the curb is that Kandi had no clue about the project and was actually planning one of her own prior to finding out.

Apparently Kandi doesn’t own any rights to Xscape or their music but Jermaine does and Dupri has been working with King to produce it. Needless to say, Kandi was apparently livid about the news and felt that Carlos intentionally deceived her. The trio have been at odds ever since.

Kandi and her reunited girl group Xscape have been working with Mona Scott Young (Carlos King’s former boss who fired him from LHHATL). It seems that Carlos was trying to get the jump on Mona and he succeeded by going straight to Jermaine!

I was also told that Carlos interviewed Mama Joyce for information about Xscape but at the time he did, Kandi had no idea that it was for the project with Jermaine.

To see the full story(and more) click on the link below

http://straightfromthea.com/2017/03/19/rhoa-season-9-reunion-tea-fake-makeups-breakups-r-i-p-frick-frack/

As it stands of this writing, there will be two Xscape pics.  The Dupri project is not endorsed by any member of Xscape.

CityFella

 

Adventures in Dating: A man of a certain age


God has a sense of humor, when you were in your twenties with a perfectly firm body,  you didn’t appreciated it, you were too busy comparing yourself with someone else.     My twenties was a time of rebellion,exploration, and independence with major states of outrageous panic.  The mind of many twenty somethings are filled with Jello. My world was fantastically crazy.

Turning 40 was awkward,  I was 39 for three years.  In my head, I was 40 but my mind and mouth weren’t in sync.   I just couldn’t say 40 in a room full of strangers.

I celebrated turning 50.   I was looking forward to it. It was a milestone .  My father died at 42 and being overweight, I never thought I’d reach 50.   I was like a five year old holding up my fingers “I will be 50 in this many months”

But what did 50 mean?  Bulletproof polyester, with Velcro shoes?    I received an AARP application in the mail just before I turned 50.  (Now that I think about it, how did AARP know?)

Jane Fonda wrote fifty is the beginning of cruise control. Your view of life is much different than someone in their thirties and even forties..  At 50, you’ve been there and done that enough times, that life challenges rarely sends your world into a tailspin.

“50”

At fifty, my stretch marks were in the same places.  I still grunted as I tied my shoes and was still predisposed to uncontrollable farting after downing a vanilla large milkshake.

What ever 50 meant, I wasn’t ready for a fly swatter and elevator music in my car and I didn’t want to recapture my youth.  OMG that would be like a pencil in the eye.    So I lived my semi-normal life.

50 was like, a microwave bell going off, signaling to the youngsters that I was available. .   Suddenly, I was desirable to youngsters, many in their twenties.  While the attention was flattering, it also was very uncomfortable. I always had a negative view of old men dating youngsters. After all, I’m a father of grown children and what would they think?

Yes, while had a few friends dating outside their age pool, but that’s them not me.

The downside of fifty are the cracks, just as your mind is coming into its own, you have to worry about Acid Reflex. At 50, your a little more aware of the coughs. (is this the last one?)   Then there is the ever present concerns about your mortality. God has a devilish sense of humor.

Dating,Age is more than a number

Dating, someone near my age became challenging.  I found myself being interviewed, while I understood it  (You don’t  have time for the Bull Shit) It was uncomfortable, and where was the fun?   Younger people didn’t ask those questions, they were more in the here and the now.    So I dated a youngster.  This person convinced me ,they were tired of dating immature men and wanted someone who was settled.

Conversations were fun and light, until they became the dreams and frustration of a twenty something and when you had twenty something children, its like reliving a bad dream.

I learned a lot from the youngster, but sometimes I wanted someone who could relate to the events of a 50 year old.     Someone 26, may have had a full life, filled with a lot of experiences.  What they don’t have is the life experiences of someone 50 and that difference can be as wide as the Mississippi.

I love the energy, but I needed more than the 26 year old had to offer.

Seeing both sides, there are some challenges.   A 50 years old has seen that ,been there.   A 26 year old hasn’t.  To ask the 26 year old to assume the lifestyle of a 50 year old is unreasonable and a balance has to be found.  After dating the youngin, I dated someone near my age and found myself on a sofa watching three hours of Paula Dean.   There was no interest in going out.  Dancing, was out of the question and before I got an invite to a garden show, I was out of there.  For days, I fucking craved everything made of butter.

Dating someone your age, means your mortality is front and center looking back at you.   A truth that’s difficult for some 50 somethings and as a result they date younger people.

A friend turned 50 in March, and he is excited by the attention from the younglings.

Today, I am 61, I don’t know what my dating the future holds.  I’m still Velcro and polyester free. I can be found everywhere in Sacramento, from arcades and area dance floors.  I’m obsessed with tweeting and nearly all forms of social media.  I’m not actively trolling for children on a big wheels or avoiding baby boomers in mild pastels .  My dating circle has a wide range.  The urgency is gone, life is good.  I’m less concerned about age, figuring I will eventually end up with the person I’m supposed to be with.

Hello, I’m CityFella!

Policing: Its not just Black and White


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Tone

  1. a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength. “the piano tone appears monochrome or lacking in warmth”

synonyms: timbre,sound,sound quality, voice, voice quality,color tonality “tone             of the tuba”

  1. the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation,etc. “trust            her to lower the tone of the conversation”

synonyms: mood, air,spirit, feel ,sound,flavor, note, attitude, character, nature,              manner, temper;

 

The Tale of Two Communities

A large backyard barbecue, the crowd overflowing into the garage and the front yard. The homeowners are in their late forties.  Alcohol fueled aggression and loud talking resulted into a complaint call by someone in the neighborhood.   Two Sacramento County Sheriff Cars Arrived with lights flashing, a few minutes later a third car arrived.

One man in the garage is agitated by the presence of the officers. The homeowner and a women attempt  to calm him.  As they were talking to him, others ,seeing the flashing lights came out of the backyard.    As one family was leaving, an officer yelled at them and told to stand near the fence.   The women said they were going home.  Another women in the crowd screamed at the officer, ” they ani’t doing nothing why cant they go home? Another officer calmly asked  them to wait.    This irritated some  of the people watching.  Some of them said, the first officer had an attitude and was unnecessarily aggressive.  Within a couple of minutes other Sheriff cars appeared.    While some members of the party were quietly leaving,others were angrily talking to the officers.  One young man, fueled by alcohol began shouting at the officers and two officers restrained him. They eventually released him.   After 30 minutes, it was all over.

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In another community,  Homeowners in the mid fifties.  A wedding party went later than planned.  Late night alcohol fueled aggression and excessive noise party resulted into a complaint call by one of the neighbors.

My friend said their were no flashing lights as the police car arrived. The officer asked to speak to the homeowner.     There was a lot of loud music in the backyard.  As the officer passed me, he said good evening.   He and the owner asked people to quiet down in the backyard,the music was turned off.    One man, who could barely stand, swore at the officer. Another attendee, started yelling at a young man who was siting at a table threatening him.    As I was watching this unfold,another officer arrived, he was very pleasant and stood silently in the backyard  as the other officer unsuccessfully attempted to calm the yelling man down.    He then spoke to the out of control man, he wasn’t loud or threatening but he was firm.  It seemed to work.

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There is a different approach, a different tone used by officers in  lower income areas. Some of the officers are aggressive and often disrespectful to members of the community.  As a result, members of that community are often hostile to the officers.

There are some officers who are intimidated by people of color. Some are predisposed to believe they will face hostility in these neighborhoods.  Its not uncommon to see police officers with the guns drawn in these neighborhoods, in front of women and children.

If your a resident of an upper middle income neighborhoods, you cant relate to citizens in lower middle class neighborhood.   You may even assume  those people are predisposed to violence and perhaps the police are justified in their actions.

If you live in a low or middle income community. If you haven’t experienced an negative interaction with law enforcement, there is a good chance you’ve heard or know someone who has.

 Adding fuel to the mistrust of police officers are the constant reports of unarmed black ,latino and poor whites being shot and killed by the police.

There some white officers who fear or mistrust people of color.   The tone and body language is aggressive.  In Sacramento, the makeup of the police and sheriff departments do not reflect the community they serve.

  Also missing is education, people often fear the things and people they don’t understand.  Members of nearly all police department across the country. Could benefit from education about various minority groups.  For example, many groups, cultures, talk loudly and aggressively. For some, outside the culture may find this intimidating.

One would think with multi million dollar payouts to citizens.  Cities leaders would be actively looking for a solution.  But this isn’t happening.    Most cities are reactive, putting out destructive wild fires.   Community meeting are short lived, fading within months.

Change is difficult, our world is changing, a compromised is needed.  But the tone has to change. It is in the best interest of the cities to encourage and support ongoing dialogue bridging not only in law enforcement and the people they serve but cities leadership. As there are some elected officials who are out of touch with segments of their community.

EVERY member of law enforcement (not just department heads) should be required to attend an community meeting twice a year to meet interested citizens.  Public Notices of these meetings should be in all forms of  media to encourage participation.

Yes, there is a cost to this.  The City of Sacramento and other cities across the country pay over a billion dollars a year settling claims and the amount are increasing each year.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are struggling.  Some cities are struggling to recruit officers. Others are struggling to retain officers.  Many officers and police unions believe they’re being asked too much and  feel they are under attack.

The solution is daunting.

CityFella