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Macaulay Culkin ‘Home Alone’ Movie Chicago House for Sale Listed $2.4 Million

May 5, 2011 by  
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MSN Real Estate Teresa Mears reported on Thursday, May 5, 2011 that the house that a young Macaulay Culkin defended from home invaders in the classic 1990 film “Home Alone”can now be yours.
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The couple that owned the 1920s Colonial home in Winnetka, Ill., during the making of the movie are empty nesters and ready to downsize. They are selling the 4,250-square-foot house with four bedroom suites on a half-acre lot about 30 miles outside of Chicago. The listing price is $2.4 million.


“We don’t think about it all that much, and yet there are times we are reminded that the house is somewhat of an icon,” owner Cynthia Abendshien says on a video advertising the property. She mentions once being asked by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to show the house to the Japanese ambassador.

She and her husband, John, bought the home in 1988 and lived there with their daughter, Lauren, during the five and a half months the film crew was there. The house was big enough for the family and the movie cast and crew, the owners said in a Q&A provided by Coldwell Banker.

Lauren, two years younger than the film’s star, played with Culkin and his younger brother, Kieren. The family has lots of mementos of the filming and got to know some of the stars, including Catherine O’Hara and Daniel Stern, who they said were particularly nice to the neighborhood kids.

The Abendshien family was first approached by producer John Hughes’ location scout when they were living in their previous home, also a center hall Colonial, and the filmmaker was making “Uncle Buck.” But they didn’t want the disruption of filming while their home was on the market. Eighteen months later, “Home Alone” director Chris Columbus knocked on their door and said “Are you ready yet?”

To see photos and read  more visit http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/listedblogpost.aspx?post=2b575ecc-2c86-49ca-bdab-7a80cef51cc5


Source: MSN Real Estate  Video & photos courtesy of Coldwell Banker

Editor’s Note: This is our Executive Editor-In-Chief Steven Escobar favorite movie and Macaulay Culkin is a great actor. He have the entire collection from Home Alone to Home Alone 3. I would love to leave Los Angeles and buy the house to retired.


Dear readers and fans, Do you think the price is right for the home? Please leave comments. Thanks


Actress, Singer and Songwriter FAWN Interviewed By The Eerie Digest Magazine

April 1, 2011 by  
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On April 1, 2011 The Eerie Digest Magazine owned by publisher and writer Mr. Joseph O’Donnell and our media partner interviewed our mutual friend Actress, Singer and Songwriter FAWN.
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Fawn was asked about her music career, film, tv credits, nominations, awards and charity involvement.

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Please read some of the interesting questions and responses:

ED- The Eerie Digest is really proud to introduce someone that has been a major part of many of the favorite television shows and films today. Singer / Songwriter / Recording Artist and Composer Fawn has created, written and sung many of the songs heard on popular television shows that we watch daily. She also is a well noted singer and has won some of the most prestigious awards. Fawn, please tell our readers about your early days in music and your greatest influence towards this profession.

FAWN-The earliest connection I had to music was when I was still in diapers, and not yet walking. My parents have video footage of me pulling myself up in the crib, bouncing up and down to music, until my diapers fall down around my ankles! My earliest recollection however, was when I was 7, singing in the famed Children’s Chorale directed by Duane Wolfe. Surely, that was a huge influence on me as well as other recording artists towards this profession. I would sit for hours with my heard phones on, listening to records, over and over, each time listening to a different instrumental line in the song and memorizing it. At the time, I didn’t realize that by listening to incredible songwriters, I was being taught prosody, commercial melody, lyrics, structure. Writers such as Gershwin, Sly Stone, John Denver, John Bettis, Queen, Pink Floyd, Sting, Michael Jackson, Paul Williams, Eminem, Marty Panzer, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mercer, Dolly Parton, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Diane Warren, The Carpenters, James Taylor, Dan Foelberg, India Arie, Cat Stevens, Billy Joel, Carole King, The Beatles – were influencing and shaping my composing and lyrical skills. It felt like music was seeping out of my pores, so it had to go somewhere – into my piano, into my voice, into writing songs, into doing commercials. I started singing radio jingles at age 10 and I think that the catchy jingle melodies also had an influence on making me a very commercial writer.


ED- In 2010 your work appeared in ‘The Click List: Top 10 Videos’. Tell us about this and how it compared with your earlier work.

FAWN- It’s difficult to compare this because it had nothing to do with composing or writing songs for Film and Television, this was for mainstream dance/pop music. The Click list aired my music video for my hit dance song ‘Wish U Love’, produced by Chad Jack and Tim Letteer, and the music video was Directed by Stephen Wozniak. The song ultimately made it to #6 on the Billboard Dance Charts and the music video stayed in the top 10 for 5 months on MTV’s LOGO Channel, The Click List. It was a wonderful surprise.
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ED- During this same period (2008-2011) you also worked with the popular television show ‘The Young and the Restless’. Please describe your work on this production.

FAWN- The songs I’ve written for Young and The Restless have ranged from Pop songs, ala Katy Perry in French to Dance songs, to piano based compositions, to Standard Christmas songs, to Jazz songs, to Halloween songs, to acoustic songs, to rap songs, to hip hop, to broadway, to children’s songs. As a songwriter and vocalist, I have an expansive range of styles I’ve written and performed in. I also sing in almost every language. There is one specific memory I have where there was an ‘emergency’- the deadline was just one hour. I had to write, sing and record the song in French…luckily I had a brilliant arranger and producer to work with to make that deadline happen, Danny James. He sent me a 10 second loop, which I looped into 1 minute and while I was recording my vocals, he was working on the arrangement and production end, I sang the song in one take, flew the vocals over to him, he mixed it and viola’! There was the song! You can hear this song on youtube/FawnTv, it’s called ‘French Kiss.’ I think I thrive under this kind of pressure. Some writers don’t do so well with that, but I tend to blossom and revel in it, because I am extremely competitive, even with myself and it challenges me on every level.

ED-You have also won many coveted awards. Please tell our readers about these and the sense of accomplishment that you felt in receiving them.

FAWN- The fist award I ever won was for saving a Junior High School from a fire when I was 13 and another award at that age for philanthropic work, but as far as my music goes, the first award I ever won was when I was 16 for The Elovox Jazz Festival for my A Cappella, 12 voiced vocal rendition of ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by the Beatles. Shortly after that I won the top songwriting awards 3 years in a row at Berklee College Of Music for my songs ‘Livin’ With Out Your Love,’ ‘Just Look At Us Now,’ and ‘Playin’ The Fool.’ Those will always be precious and dear memories to me, being noticed in the infantry of my music career. I have won a few songwriting awards over the years, one of which was the VH-1 song of the year for my song “Into The Light” with music co-written and produced by Lasswell. In 2009 I won the JPF Music Awards for Best Dance Song for of the Year – ‘Wish u Love,’ the JPF Music Award for Best Dance Album of the year – ‘Body, Soul and Mind,’ and was nominated for the Hollywood Music In Media Award in 2010 – ‘Wish U Love’ and the Wake Up Award for 2010, which is for people who make a difference in this world. This is all I can think of, off the top of my head. I am always completely surprised just being recognized with any kind of nomination, and winning…well forget about it! I’m a mushy mess of gratitude! I do my music because it chose me, I didn’t chose it, so it is always a blessing to be recognized that you are touching people in some way and making a difference in the world through the gift of music.

ED- In 2009 you won the JPF music awards for ‘Wish U Love’ – ‘Best Dance Song’ and ‘Body Soul and Mind’ – ‘Best Dance Album’ for your album. You were also second only to Madonna in sales for the Masterbeat exclusive releases for ‘Wish U Love’ for 2 months running and you have produced several albums and singles and are working on some new material as well. Please tell us about these accomplishments and new developments.

FAWN-The JPF Music awards were held in Nashville, TN. and it was my first time ever being there, so just traveling and seeing the city was exciting enough! I remember when my name was called at the awards show – I couldn’t believe it! I think that the laughter and clapping in the audience was due to the funny, shocked look on my face when my jaw dropped down to the floor in surprise. As I was leaving the stage with my award, they were announcing the other category. The photographer was taking photos of me with my award when some one came running over to the red carpet where we were and yelled, “Fawn! You won again!” So I went back out there onstage, still a ball of nerves and excitement with tears streaming down my face from the first win. It was surreal. As for the success of “Wish U Love” it has been a dream come true. To be second to Madonna in sales was mind blowing. It was also another pleasant surprise to be just underneath Lady Ga Ga on the Billboard Charts. I was overwhelmed by the incredible talent surrounding my music and was also in awe of it. As for new developments, I am currently writing and recording some Christmas songs for a Movie Of The Week, after that I will start recording a Dance Remake of an old song for Hades Records and will be finishing up my 2 new albums – An Electro Dance Album and a Piano Compositions Album. Both will be available this year.
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ED- Your work has also raised over five million dollars for people with HIV/ AIDS. This was a most worthy cause, and we know that you are a star in every right for all the fine work that you have created. We have been honored to be able to have this interview with you and want to thank you for your time with us. Please promise that you keep us updated with your career so that The Eerie Digest can share this news with our legions of readers.

FAWN – Well thank you. I think that we are all stars in our own right. I used to have this saying on my wall growing up, and I memorized it: “To be a star, you must shine your own light and do not be afraid of the darkness, for that is when stars shine their brightest.” We each need to be who we are born to be and be a LIGHT in the world. The song for HIV/AIDS was my first “real” song for the masses. Everything was donated on that song, and that was long before I knew any one with HIV/AIDS. I was a teenager when I wrote, sang and then recorded it with BT. The reason I wanted to do this song, was to give back to the world. I think we are only as good as what we give away. Thank you so much for asking me to be part of your magazine. I am honored and yes, I promise to keep you posted on my life, just for the Fawn of it! Ha Ha. For more information about FAWN visit http://www.fawnmusic.com

You can read the complete interview on The Eerie Digest Magazine

2011 Grammy Nominees Official Album Set for Release January 25th

January 6, 2011 by  
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53rd Annual Grammy Awards CDThe Grammy Awards are around the corner and The Recording Academy announced on Thursday, January 6, 2010 that The Recording Academy and Jive Records to release the 2011 Grammy Nominees album, this is the 17th edition of the best selling which will included artists and songs of 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees.
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“The exceptional mix of recordings contained on this preeminent compilation provides an incredible playlist from some of this year’s remarkable and talented GRAMMY nominees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. He continue“With 19 diverse selections, the nominees album offers quality recordings for all music fans. We are proud and excited to, for the first time, collaborate with Jive Records on this project and we look forward to another successful chart-topping GRAMMY album.”


The cd will be available for purchase on January 25 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares Foundation and the Grammy Foundation, those are two charities established by The Recording Academy. For more information and where to buy the cd http://www.2011grammycd.com
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Also Ivan Gavin, COO of the RCA/JIVE Label Group said “The 2011 GRAMMY Nominees album showcases some of the year’s best artists and songs from all genres and we’re honored to partner with The Recording Academy to release this compilation of the signature songs from the past year,” He concluded “In addition to offering great music, the collection also gives music fans the opportunity to support MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation — two charities that benefit the artistic community.”
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2011 GRAMMY Nominees AlbumTracklist:

1.        CEE LO GREEN “Forget You” Record Of The Year Song Of The Year
2.         B.o.B FEAT. BRUNO MARS “Nothin’ On You” Record Of The Year
3.         KATY PERRY FEAT. SNOOP DOGG “California Gurls” Album Of The Year

4.         LADY GAGA FEAT. BEYONCÉ “Telephone” Album Of The Year
5.         EMINEM FEAT. RIHANNA “Love The Way You Lie” Record Of The Year Album Of The Year Song Of The Year

6.         LADY ANTEBELLUM “Need You Now” Record Of The Year Album Of The Year Song Of The Year

7.          ARCADEFIRE “Ready To Start” Album Of The Year

8.          ADAM LAMBERT “Whataya Want From Me” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

9.          JOHN MAYER “Half Of My Heart” (with Taylor Swift) Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

10.       MICHAEL BUBLÉ “Haven’t Met You Yet” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

11.        BRUNO MARS “Just The Way You Are” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

12.       MICHAEL JACKSON “This Is It” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

13.       RAY LAMONTAGNE and the PARIAH DOGS “Beg Steal Or Borrow” Song Of The Year

14.      MIRANDA LAMBERT “The House That Built Me” Song Of The Year

15.        SADE “Babyfather” Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

16.       PARAMORE “The Only Exception” Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

17.       TRAIN “Hey, Soul Sister” (Live) Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

18.       MAROON 5 “Misery” Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

19.       GLEE CAST “Don’t Stop Believin'” (Regionals Version) Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
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The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 13 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
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About The Recording Academy Was established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and aYouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

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About Jive Records Jive Records is a record label within the JIVE Label Group.  The label represents a varied group of internationally renowned artists representing all genres of music including Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Usher (LaFace), Tool (Volcano), Ciara (LaFace), P!nk (LaFace), Britney Spears, OutKast (LaFace), Kirk Franklin (Verity), The Days Grace, T-Pain, Marvin Sapp (Verity), Jordan Sparks, JLS, Bullet For My Valentine, Buddy Guy, Anthony Hamilton and more. JIVE Label Group is a unit of Sony Music Entertainment. Sources: The Recording Academy Press Room & Hollywood Events Examiner
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Editor’s Corner: Readers what do you think about this compilation? Will you go purchase it? Will you watch the show too? Please leave your comments and feel free to share this story with your friends. Also follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/diversitynewsee and add me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Escobar/100000054606373


Pepper MaShay performs live at the Pre Grammy Party at Life on Wilshire

January 30, 2010 by  
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davidOver 800 people attended the Pre Grammy Party held at Life on Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.

“The event was awesome and bigger turnout then we thought
” said Cher Rue, actress.

They had a red carpet and step and repeat at the pre Grammy party, which played a tribute to the “King of Rock n’ Roll” Elvis Presley. Also the event was dedicated to artists lost last year, including the King of Pop Michael Jackson. The venue was pack with actors, models, actress, singers and publicists. There were also lots of media taking videos and photos of everyone. The highlight of the night was Pepper MaShay who performed 3 songs.

Please see below video of the event.

Michael & Rebecca Gray owners of Life on Wilshire & their entire staff make their guests and friends feel so welcomed. There were about 800+ people who attended the event.


Some of the live performers were international recording artist Smitty, Cameo Adele, Chadwick Music, SpaceMonk, new recording artist D’ London, international disco and dance diva Pepper Mashay, Jeanette Turner, Abraham McDonald, Alestar Digby, and Martin Gershwitz.

The team event organizers were Lydia, Monica Wild, Cher Rue and Seth Donavan. It was produced by Wild Eagle Entertainment & Cher Rue Productions. The event was held on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 8:00pm to 2:00pm at Life on Wilshire located at 6311 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA. 90048. For more information visit http://www.lifeonwilshire.com

Note: Story proof read by Linda Krongold, Diversity News; New York, NY Special Correspondent you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Knight of Jeffknightphotography.com © 2010 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.