Thursday, December 1, 2011

OUT 1082 ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ (DEC 1-7)




HEY OUTTOWNERS, this week we are coming out with the list of year’s biggest entertainment stories from the Illinois and Missouri area as well as the Top 40 movers and shakers in the St Louis area. These lists will be used for the year end tally countdown that OUTTOWn posts in December. Check out the lists starting at

. You can make your choices as the top stories and mover and shakers in the comment box at that blog post. FYI. The Year Tallies will be posted on the week of Dec 26!


It is rumored that talk show host and Oprah BFF Gayle King reportedly offended the talk show mogul when she recently decided to leave Oprah’s OWN network to become a part of the CBS morning crew recently.

“Oprah is terribly hurt that Gayle could be so ungrateful,” a source told the National Enquirer. “She begged Gayle not to go, but Gayle said she just couldn’t pass up the opportunity of a lifetime…. and I think she stunned Oprah when she kept saying, ‘It’s a major network!’”

Gayle’s decision to jump ship at OWN came shortly after she interviewed 50 Cent on her show.

Despite the rumors about Oprah’s issues with Gayle’s decisions, the media mogul released a statement in which she wished her friend well.

“We are so happy for Gayle’s opportunity of a lifetime,” the network said in a statement. “She’ll be a fantastic host for the new morning show on CBS, and we wish her all the best.”

We are sure on a personal level, Oprah must be hurt by this especially after what she has done for King, but it was reported that King wanted to fulfill her dream to anchor on a national network. And theres no guarantees—even with OWN we hate to say, but now the question is, will the new CBS Show last? If not, ,will Oprah bring her back to OWN?

The 54th Annual Grammy awards nominations were announced Wednesday during a special GrammyConcert thataire don CBS. Leadingthe mods was Chicgao bred rapper Kanye West with seven nods including Song of The Yearand Rap Song (for “All of the Lights”) and Rap Album for “Watch The Throne” (withJay Z) and his own “MyBeautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” Coming in second in nomination was singer Adele with six. Other highlighted ILLI MOians who got nominated were Chicagoans rapper Lupe Fiasco and R Kelly with three and two in the rap and R&B categories respectively, Oak Park ,Ill natives actress Betty White and comedian KathyGriffin for Spoken Word and CoemdyAlbum respectively and East St.Louisan jazz artist/instructor Ron Carter for Best Improvised Jazz Solo. St Louis production duo Foxx Starstruck was nominated indirectly for Best Comedy Album for their production contribution on Lonely Island’s CD, “Turtleneck and Chain.” The Grammy Awards will be aired on CBS Feb 12.

Critics are scratching their heads as to why Kanye wasn't nominated for Album of The Year for his critically acclaimed "Fantasy"CD but Rihanna was for her CD,"Loud"???? Well,it wouldnt be the Grammies without some HUH reaction. LOL

And speaking of the live Grammy Nominations concert,

Chicago native rappers Common, and Lupe Fiasco joined in with rap originators, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, and Scorpio for a one-of-a-kind performance of the seminal rap song, The Message. The special performance took place to honor the recording's recent addition to the 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame. LL Cool J, who hosted the event also joined in the performance.

Hip-hop artist Vince P was in court again on his claim that Kanye West stole a phrase from him, even though it was made famous by Nietzsche the 19th century German philosopher But in court papers defending against a copyright-infringement case, West claims that Nietzsche was the inspiration for some of the lyrics in his megahit "Stronger."

Or anyway, he's arguing that since the phrase came from Nietzsche (originally: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger"), the plaintiff in the case, Vincent Peters, can't claim it as his own.

Vince P -- has already lost one round in federal court; this is an appeal. He claims that he gave a copy of his song, also called "Stronger" to Kanye West's manager, John Monopoly. . Two other similarities between in the songs: they both rhyme "stronger" with "wronger" in otherwise very different lines, and they both refer to supermodel Kate Moss. The district judge earlier declared that none of those things are copyrightable.

Hmmm. we got a feeling Mr P may try to hit US Supreme Court on this matter.We dont think he's going away until he finds a judge to side with him!

Media rumors have been swirling with the news that Chicago native actress LisaRaye (“Single Ladies”) is marrying Bishop Noel Jones, pastor of megachurch City of Refuge.

The romantic rumor was started by Media Take Out, which reported that Raye and Jones have been quietly dating for a while before Jones allegedly popped the question. Raye has occasionally been spotted at Jones’ Gardena, CA church.

It is also reported that the two were even shopping a reality show to the networks called “Keeping up with the Joneses.” The show would star Jones, who is the brother of singer Grace Jones. He has apparently expressed interest in aspirations beyond the pulpit.

But one of LisaRaye’s representatives stated that the rumor is false and is quoted as saying, “That is not correct, she is not engaged.”

LisaRaye also seemed to be surprised by the rumor and wrote on Twitter:

“Come on y’all. If I was engaged you would see a ring first of all, and it wouldn’t be a secret because I would be happy.”

Here’s LisaRaye in yet another rumor mill. First it was her and stacy Dash bickering and fighting supposedly leading to Dash’s exit from the series “Single Ladies.” After the first season Now this. We are sure it is a sight to see Lisaraye in the pews of his TV centic church (that we attended as a visitor in 2006) and folk gossiping away as they are praising the Lord.. And as they say, if they are dating, we are sure she is getting something out of it even if it isn’t a ring.

Pop singer Demi Lovato unintentionally added a new move to her choreography for the song “All Night Long” when she pulled out one of her extensions during a concert in Kansas City last week on her Unbroken Tour.

The singer, 19, reportedly got her ring caught in her hair while she whipped her hair around during Missy Elliot’s verse in “All Night Long.” The singer, though handled her minor hair malfunction like a true professional. She continued with the choreography as she held on to the loose lock until it fell from her hand and clothes.

To see the mishap go to

Chicago native comedian/actor Rodney Perry had his former boss and talk show mate comedian/actress Monique on his Blog Talk radio cast this week talking about the defunct Mo’ Nique show that aired on BET for two seasons. To hear it go to


On the record: “I have yet to pay for a dinner at a restaurant.” – Rosie O’Donnell talks about her time in Chicago during Monday’s “The Rosie Show.”



: Michael Jordan was spotted ordering the bone-in filet and Caesar salad and spinach during his lunch at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse Monday.


Oscar Winner and Chitown native Jennifer Hudson talks about finding her joy as she graces the cover of the latest edition of Ebony magazine. Also she will be one of the performers on VH1 Divas celebrates soul is a new special along with Jill Scott,, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and Florence & The Machine. The Roots will serve as the house band for the event which airs December 19th on VH1.

THREE ILLIMO actors are making air on two prominent TV shows.

First Chicago native teen actor Bobbe Thompson can be seen in Tyler Perry;s new sitcom For Better For Worse that airs Fridays on TBS. He was a semi regular on Perry’s House of Payne in the current seventh season Second, veteran award winning St Louis native actress Marsha Mason returned for a third season on the hit show The Middle that airs Wednesdays on ABC. And Third, Chicago native and award winning actress Marla Gibbs has signed on to guest-star in an upcoming episode of procedural drama “Southland,” which stars her old “227” cast mate Regina King on the TNT series. The episode will air Tuesday, Jan. 24.


St Louis native and student of Parkway Central High School Angie Tozer (FAR LEFT )will be featured on the long running makeover reality show MADE that will air this Saturday on MTV. Also in the show will be STL beauty queen Tara Osseck (LEFT) and dancer Jason Wimberly (shown with Tozer in PIC) .


Free agent Albert Pujols was in Chicago this week to entertain offers that the Chicago Cubs had in regards to the possible signing of the baseball superstar. tESPN reported the Chicago Cubs are in the market for Pujols. Rumors of this possible joining occurred earlier this year when when the Cards played against the Cubs in mid-May, when a picture of then-general manager Jim Hendry hugging Pujols during batting practice made waves among fans of both teams.

Hendry was fired three months after that. Current manager former Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is now in talks with Pujols. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Epstein has been given permission by Cubs top brass to pursue Pujols as well as Prince Fielder. Both men play first base. Critics say the problem is that Pujols and Fielder are both in the National League Central Division.

Many are saying this is a ploy of Pujols being coaxed by the Cubs, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Pujols starts wearing another “C” on his jersey.



IN RELATED PUJOLS NEWZ>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Controversial radio personality JC Corcoran was suspended this week on KTRS (AM-550), where he has a daily show, after ranting on Twitter from tweeters who called him out for his prediction that Albert Pujols would sign a new contract with the Cardinals on Nov. 18. as a result of the back and forthin, KTRS suspended him for two weeks and he will return the week of Dec 12. Subsitute radio people at KTRS are filling his time noon to 3pm time slot at the moment.

Corcoran reportedly went on at some length on his website about the "agenda" local media outlets — such as the Post-Dispatch and Riverfront Times — have had against him for years. He did not address the question of whether he had been suspended.


Yeah, it's the same old fights, same old stuff," Corcoran said. "It's just the new technology." He said he is provoked by "these little slimes that buzz around ... little knuckleheads," who are trying to create trouble by poking at him during slow news times.

"They see me taking somebody's head off and they go ahead and publish it," he said of the media. "Well, that's not how I treat people. That's how I treat creeps."

We are sure that Cochoran is playing this smart because KTRS knew what they were getting into by hiring him. Cochran is like the STL version of Howard Stern and the more controversial he is, the more people will listen to him. Cochran did mention on one of his last shows before his suspension was that The Cardianals organization would likely push back a supposed press conference to publicly announce Pujols’ re-signing with the Cards just to spite him. Well, no press conference took place and now he is suspended collecting pay. We wonder if it was a strategy for Pujols to visit Chicgao Cubs organization this week just to elongate the actual announcement that Cochran claim his sources are correct on? Hmm.

This week Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver sold the team to the Pakistani born and Illinois resident Shahid Khan (PICTURED). Khan owns an automotive parts company called Flex-N-Gate Corp and was in play to buy the St. Louis Rams when they were for sale previously. According to previous reports, the team will remain in Jacksonville. In 2010, Khan had entered into an agreement to buy 60% of the St. Louis Rams, but minority owner Stan Kroenke had the ability to match the offer and he did, ultimately buying the franchise.

Illinois State coach Greg Schiano again finds his name linked with a major opening. Though the Chicago Tribune, citing unidentified sources, reported on Monday night that Schiano is on the list of candidates to replace Ron Zook at Illinois, the Big Ten school has made no contact — formal or otherwise — to discuss its coaching vacancy with him, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

According to reports, Anheuser-Busch has pulled out of the annual New Year's Day event in Pasadena, California, bringing an end to a longtime tradition of the horses pulling the Budweiser float. The company says it notified parade organizers in May that it intended to invest only in sponsorships and events more likely to reach beer drinkers. Anheuser-Busch had been involved in the parade for nearly a century, and the clydesdales have been pulling a float since 1953.

Recently retired talk show veteran Regis Philbin made a stop in St Louis recently to promote and discuss his new book "How I Got This Way" at Chaminade College Preparatory School. The event was part of KMOX personality Charlie Brennan’s Monthly Book Club. (Photo courtesy of KPLR TV )

St Louis bred rap superstar Nelly just opened the doors to his new recording facility The Vatterott College Ex’treme Institute, a 9,000-square foot facility, located on Laclede’s Landing in downtown St. Louis. There,students can gain real life experience working alongside artists, producers and engineers in the music industry. It houses a recording studio, a music engineering space, and a design studio in which students can work on creating album covers and other music related artwork. Students can create their own schedule, choosing from the available courses. The courses are designed for all types of music genres.

Classes began on November 28th. For more information and a complete list of the offered courses, visit""> or call 1.888.841.3602.

In related newz, there was a private VIP Open House party that took place Wednesday at the venue.

According the social media arenas, last Friday’s comedy show featuring Katt Williams at the Chaifetz arena was quite disappointing. Many on the social network sites reported that Williams bombed on stage and wasn’t really funny. He also told a joke about opening act Faison Love who was a no show saying that Love felt Williams needed him to sell tickets and demanded more on his rider. When his demands were denied he was dropped from the bill. The other opener Charlie Murphy also was a no show. There was no explanation as of why he did not perform but from a source he had supporters and people who traveled to St Louis to see him perform. Unknown comics filled in for the no shows one being Chaunte Wayans, the niece to the Wayans Brothers. And from what I hear the new opening acts were quite funny—even funnier than Williams.

Wow ..guess you cant underestimate talent...

Rocker Ryan Adams is at the Peabody Opera House. Jan. 31.

Raunchy female rap diva Trina will celebrate her bday in St Louis at Club Amnesia and The Mansion Dec 3. It is presented by LOOSE CANNON, LIQUID ASSETS AND DTLR

FIVE STL natives are makin waves either outside of STL or in their hometown.

First, St Louis native actor David Guintoli, who has been cast in the new NBC TV drama “Grimm,” is on the cover of the December issue of Alive Magazine.


STL native model Karlie Kloss was one of the angels in this years Victoria Secret Fashion Show that aired Tuesday on CBS.


STL singers Aloha Mi'sho and Bradd Young have released a duet through Rockhouse Entertainment called "Ready For Christmas" check it out at


St. Louis gospel singer and 2012 Sunday Best winner Amber Bullock will do an in-store appearance at Vintage Vinyl in the University Loop Dec. 8. There she will sign copies of her EP, “Thank You"

Chicago based model/actor and Surround Sound of Fashion contestant Richard Gallion will be starring in the upcoming giospel play The Aftermath that will be held at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium in Miami Dec 4. Gallion’s other plays that he costarred in “Ideal Husband”: is available at Redbox and “Love Me or Leave Me” at Netflix. Both are also sold at national chain stores that sell DVDs.

This Thursday on FOX 2 at 9 am NYC bred stylist Ola (RIGHT) will showcase her new plus size OLA STYLE collection and details on her next fundraiser I Am QUEEN Fashion show Dec 14 at Copia. In unrelated newz, Ola, along with KSDK’s Ashley Yarchin (FAR RIGHT), and STL business reps Nick Planck and Cassandra Giaimo were the Top Four Winners in Alive Magazine’s Most Wanted Contest chosen by readers during the magazine’s Pre TGiving party held at Mollys last week. To see pics GO TO


Erin Bode and David Halen are teaming up again for their second annual Holiday Concert, taking place Dec. 9 at the Foundry Art Centre.

There is a new meteorologist on KSDK her name is Bree Smith Meteorologist. She is coming from station WVLA-TV, in Baton Rouge, La.

St Louis based rap group Block Boyz released the official video for their single-This Ain't A Movie on YOUTUBE, You can peep it out at


STL Filmmaker Kevin Coleman will have a screening for his films OSI and the award winning film SNAPSHOT at Moolah Lounge Dec 8 across from St. Louis University. The films will specifically screen in the Mini-Moolah. This is also a fund...raiser for the upcoming film production of ELON SETTLES, story of a homeless 16 year-old male prostitute living on the streets of St. Louis. The film is based on a true story. There will be two screenings. 7:10pm-8pm, and 8:10pm -9pm. OSI and SNAPSHOT will screen in both hours. Both films are 20 minutes in length. Admission to the event is free, the production team asks for your support in making ELON SETTLES. Donations and contributions (any amount big or small is appreciated) will be accepted during the screening. If you cannot attend the screening but still wish to donate, please contact Kevin Coleman, director/producer at

CONGRATS to event promoter Amit Dhawan and event producer Kelly Hummert (couple in center of PIC) who tied the know last weekend. From reports, the couple is now honeymooning in Hong Kong; Koh Samui, Thailand; and Macau.


STL based event photographer King Yella who won a BET Award this summer for Best Photographer

BLIND PICZ. Who was this sista sporting a huuuge mane of tresses at a recent event at Exo?

BLIND DISHZ. Which STL personality say their colleague was spotted gettin sauced on the alcohol at Nelly's OpenHouse Party for his EI Recording Studios on Laclede Landing?

Hint 1--The personality is a male

Hint 2. The personality has their own popular show

HINT 3. The initials of their first and last name starts with a consonant.

HINT 4. The colleague is a female

HINT 5 The colleague recently won a "gender specific" award for their accomplishments

HINT 6. The initials of their first and last name are the first two letters of the name of a specific fruit.

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which STL movers and shakers are getting it in this week? Event promoter Mocha Latte and radio personality Tammie Holland (TIE) and The Men of Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and Dano Johnson) and event promoter Phil Assets (TIE)

Mocha Latte.(FAR LEFT) The Queen of Promotions is back in her regular section this week as she started the week hosting Rockhouse Ent and 3 Way Promotions’ Mogul 3 party at Lola this past Sunday, on Thursday, she will host her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics at Inspot and on Saturday maintain her hosting duties at The Loft.

Tammy Holland (LEFT) This lovely sista cracks us up daily as the co-host of the Tony Scott Afternoon Show on KMJM. She also is the editor of the blog Laugh, Shine , Repeat which is also the title of her lip gloss line. She also has The Happy Bag giveaway going on on her blog and she, along with promoters Topher Jones, Lisa West , Tony Davis and City Lounge owner Jason Spain, created a new weekly networking event called Breathe that started last week at Spain’s venue.

King Kerry and DanoJohnson. (RIGHT) These guys are continuing their promotions game with serious swagger on a weekly basis. With MPAC they do $2 Tuesdays at BSV Lounge, then on Fridays $5 Fridays at the Broadway and this Sunday they will do their weekly Sunday party at Lola with Rockhouse Ent with new themes. This Sundays event will be called Cupcakes and Champagne.

Phil Assets.(FAR RIGHT) The CEO of Liquid Assets also continues to get it in on a weekly basis at his mainstay venue, Club Amnesia with Get At Me Tuesdays,Look at me Now Thursdays, Fetish Fridays with Mookie Assets and a special Ladies Night on Saturday with a bday party for rapper Trina co-promoted with Loose Cannon Slim.

WORDZ TO THE WHYZ??????????????????????????

Why does it seem as though GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain campaign seem like a set up for his failure? Why did an NFL player recently pee in a cup on the sidelines? Why is Florida A &M boycotting Tom Joyner's show over his comments about Kappa Kappa Psi's hazing record?

AT THE SOUL TRAIN AWARDS. Why was the Heavy D tribute a letdown? Why didnt Kurtis Blowrap when he walked out on the stage? Why does it seem the Goodie Mob looked out of place presenting with their former lead group member, Ceelo? Why was Mary Mary performing with the Gladys Knight tribute? Why werent the Pips honored? Why was Natalie Cole's voice so weak? Why did Miguel look uncomfortable performing during the Earth, wind and Fire? Why is the Time now called the Original&even? Why was the balcony area seats so vacant when Cedric The Entertainer was shown up there with the crowd? And why wasn’t Don Cornelius there?


STL SAGITARIANians BDAZES THIS WEEK: Politican Charlie Dooley, radio personality Dwight Stone, singers Niambi Rowland and Nick Gordan, actress Lisa Harris, poet Maria Guadalupe Massey, singer, socialites Becky Blue (PICTURED) and Monica Witherspoon

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis will perform at Jazz at The Bistro thru Dec 3

McDonalds Grand Opening Midnight Madness will be midbnite Dec 1 on Tucker in downtown St Louis.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL will be staged at The Fox Theatre Dec 1-4

American Idol" finalist Scott MacIntyre will perform Dec. 2 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

Socialite Sonia Brown and Barber/bodybuilder Steve Lacy will celebrate their Big 40 bdays at BINIONS 5917 DELMAR DEC 2

Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, December 2nd as we visit The Loft Jazz Club, located at 3112 Olive Street in Midtown St. Louis...we will not bore you with the details; just know that you are guaranteed to have a great time...5pm start time..'


1st FRIDAY This Friday December 2 @ Bar Italia (Luna Lounge)13 Maryland Plaza Central West End

Bringing You The Best Parties @ The Best Venues

Come Kick it!!!

starts at 10pm

Pop rockers The Fray (PICTURED), O.A.R., Colbie Caillat and Andy Grammer will perform at the Y98 Mistletoe show. Dec. 3 at the Peabody Opera House.

The Platinum Group 10th Xmas and Promotions Party will be held Saturday, December 3, 2011

Time7:00pm until 10:00pm at The Carbriant, 11896 Raymond Ave, St. Louis, MO 63138

Come out and network before you get your party on. There's nothing like a Platinum Group party. FREE FOOD




DEC 3 at Robert Orpheum Theatre

Begin your Holiday Season giving to local charities by attending The Ice Ball 2011, an Alternative Hair and Runway Show produced by Paul Mitchell the School St. Louis. Local designers and salons are featured with a silent auction in the lobby. **ALL PROFITS BENEFIT THE ST. LOUIS CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK ( and THEN ANDREW GOMEZ DREAM FOUNDATION (**

**Special Guest Host: Lux from 1057thepoint

J.Marie by Joni Marie Ross & New Beauty Lace Wigs Presents... Hair and Fashion Collision!Sunday December 4th, 2011 from 12p.m. to 4p.m. at New beauty lace wig salon and supply store, 4142 Martin Luther King

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Rockabilly artist and 2012 Grammy nominee Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot performs at Pop's at Dec. 5.



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