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CELEBRITY MAGNET: Russell Crowe Was Friendly At “Noah” Premiere

CELEBRITY MAGNET: Russell Crowe Was Friendly At “Noah” Premiere

By Tom Murro, Special To The Raleigh Telegram NEW YORK – For those of you who have been under a rock for the last three weeks, the movie “Noah” has been making waves at the box office, reviving interest in Bible-themed films that can obviously make money. At the Noah premiere,…

VIDEO: Live Report From Santa Claus At The North Pole

VIDEO: Live Report From Santa Claus At The North Pole

By The Raleigh Telegram THE NORTH POLE – In this special video from The Raleigh Telegram and RTP-TV, Santa Claus says hello to kids on Christmas Eve and explains that kids should be in bed on time and they should be good in school. Merry Christmas from Santa and Mr.…

VIDEO: The Raleigh Telegram GadgetMonkey Christmas TV Special

VIDEO: The Raleigh Telegram GadgetMonkey Christmas TV Special

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – In case you missed it on TV, you can watch the GadgetMonkey Post Thanksgiving, Pre New Year’s, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas Day TV Special, presented by RTP-TV and the Raleigh Telegram. The half hour special is hosted by the world-famous GadgetMonkey as well as local…

Yahoo Runs Fiery “Fast And Furious 6″ Advertisement Days After Walker’s Death

Yahoo Runs Fiery “Fast And Furious 6″ Advertisement Days After Walker’s Death

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Only a few days after actor Paul Walker’s death in a fiery crash in California, Yahoo.com is running a seemingly embarrassing and inappropriate advertisement and video with an exploding car scene as part of the promotion for the DVD sales for “Fast and Furious…

Police Movie Will Be Filming In Downtown Raleigh

Police Movie Will Be Filming In Downtown Raleigh

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – If you see a large number of police cars and what looks like a major crime scene in downtown Raleigh this weekend, it might actually be the film set of a movie.  An independent film titled “Bragg N East” will be shooting scenes in…

“The Grinch” Musical At DPAC Is Fun For The Whole Family

“The Grinch” Musical At DPAC Is Fun For The Whole Family

By The Raleigh Telegram DURHAM – When you remember certain iconic characters associated with Christmas on television, you remember Charlie Brown and of course, the Grinch, Dr. Seuss’ classic cartoon tale. We recently had the chance to watch a live version of the famous “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” at the…

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Magic Of Lawrence Welk’s Music And TV Show

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Magic Of Lawrence Welk’s Music And TV Show

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “These people looked on us more as old friends than they did as TV performers. It made us try even harder to entertain them.” Lawrence Welk, 1903-1992. It was a surreal moment. Our daughter and her best friend…

Raleigh’s Evan Rachel Wood Complains About The Media

Raleigh’s Evan Rachel Wood Complains About The Media

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Raleigh native and famous actress Evan Rachel Wood has been complaining about paparazzi and the media on Twitter in the last few weeks. The actress, who is currently expecting a child with her husband Jamie Bell, said that she is fearful that the paparazzi…

NC Native Randy Travis Recovering From Stroke, Heart Condition

NC Native Randy Travis Recovering From Stroke, Heart Condition

By The Raleigh Telegram TEXAS – North Carolina native Randy Travis, an Emmy award winning country music singer, is still in the hospital in Texas where he is recovering from a stroke and heart condition, says his fiancee. In a video posted to the Internet, Mary Davis said that they…

Cirque du Soleil Presents Their Best Show So Far, Quidam

Cirque du Soleil Presents Their Best Show So Far, Quidam

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – In Raleigh this week, the Cirque du Soleil traveling show Quidam will be playing at the PNC Arena (formerly the RBC Center) this week through Sunday. During our viewing of the show on Wednesday night in Raleigh, we have to say that out of…

Hundreds Crowd Raleigh Bookstore To Meet Weird Al Yankovic

Hundreds Crowd Raleigh Bookstore To Meet Weird Al Yankovic

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Hundreds of people showed up at the Quail Ridge Bookstore last Friday to meet Weird Al Yankovic, the world-famous comedy recording artist, musician, actor, film producer, and now book author. Yankovic was there to sign copies of his new children’s book entitled “My New…

CELEBRITY MAGNET: Alec Baldwin Is More Sweet Than Sour At Art Party

CELEBRITY MAGNET: Alec Baldwin Is More Sweet Than Sour At Art Party

By Tom Murro, Special To The Raleigh Telegram NEW YORK - Monday night July 1st,  Alec Baldwin made his first public appearance since his recent homophobic rant and was displaying very different behavior. Alec attended the opening night of the Rock Paper Photo Collection in which he was the guest curator. Safely ensconced in a…

CELEBRITY MAGNET: Sharing The Fourth Of July With Nick Cannon In NY

CELEBRITY MAGNET: Sharing The Fourth Of July With Nick Cannon In NY

By Tom Murro, Special To The Raleigh Telegram NEW YORK – For July 4th, I was lucky enough to be invited to the amazing Macy’s VIP party at the Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River where we overlooked the large fireworks display.  Of course, Macy’s did it in style at…

Raleigh Telegram Writers Win Awards, Newspaper Mentioned In Editor & Publisher

Raleigh Telegram Writers Win Awards, Newspaper Mentioned In Editor & Publisher

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Raleigh Telegram newspaper writers and news producers have been recently honored for their work by their peers. Raleigh Telegram travel writers and photographers Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher, a husband-wife team, have earned $525 in prize money for six award-winning entries, including a…

VIDEO: 30 Minute News Special On Raising Blackbeard’s Cannons

VIDEO: 30 Minute News Special On Raising Blackbeard’s Cannons

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - In this video from The Raleigh Telegram newspaper and RTP-TV, we learn about Blackbeard and his ship The Queen Anne’s Revenge which ran aground near Beaufort, NC almost 300 years ago in 1718. We also go along on the dive last Thursday in Beaufort Inlet…

Carolina 2013 Rebellion Delivers, Despite the Weather

Carolina 2013 Rebellion Delivers, Despite the Weather

By Andy Martin Jr Saturday was the kind of day that rock festivals were made for.    The weather was great.  The bands were excited and amped to play. The rebels were ready to rock. Saturday brought a lot of great bands and great sets.   Highlights of the day included Three…

“Sopranos” Actor James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly In Italy

“Sopranos” Actor James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly In Italy

By The Raleigh Telegram ITALY –  Famous actor James Gandolfini who rose to fame due to the HBO TV series “The Sopranos” has died in Italy.  The actor was 51 years old and apparently died of a heart attack according to news reports. The actor was in the country on…

Walt Disney Tries To Trademark Mexican National Holiday

By The Raleigh Telegram ORLANDO – The Walt Disney Company was recently criticized for its attempt to trademark a national holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and South America. The “Day of the Dead” or “Dia de los Muertos” is traditionally celebrated the day after Halloween to honor relatives and…

Carolina Rebellion Expected to Attract Over 50,000 Music Fans

By The Raleigh Telegram An expanded Carolina Rebellion returns May 4th and 5th, 2013 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. After uncharted success in 2012, the Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival is growing to two full days in its third year…

“Moonshiners” TV Star Arrested In Virginia For Being Drunk

“Moonshiners” TV Star Arrested In Virginia For Being Drunk

By The Raleigh Telegram DANVILLE – According to the Danville Police Department in southern Virginia, a famous character known as “Tickle” on the popular “Moonshiners” reality television show on the Discovery Channel has been arrested recently. Police said today that they arrested Steven Ray Tickle, age 35, on charges of…

Durham’s DPAC Announces Top Broadway Show Lineup For Next Season

Durham’s DPAC Announces Top Broadway Show Lineup For Next Season

By The Raleigh Telegram DURHAM – The highly successful Durham Performing Arts Center recently announced its lineup of Broadway and other shows for next year’s season. The DPAC is operated by the Nederlander group, which is responsible for booking shows and running the theater.  The performing arts center has gained…

Raleigh NHL Star Bates Battaglia To Be On CBS TV Show

Raleigh NHL Star Bates Battaglia To Be On CBS TV Show

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – According to the Carolina Hurricanes, former National Hockey League player and Raleigh business owner Bates Battaglia will star on the upcoming season of the TV show “The Amazing Race” on CBS. Battaglia is a well known former hockey player who played from 1998 to…

Raleigh Photographer Will Host Tanzania Photo Exhibition

Raleigh Photographer Will Host Tanzania Photo Exhibition

Submitted, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – When local artist and World Traveler Georges Le Chevallier was named as one of only four recipients nationwide to a Travelocity Travel for Good Grant to journey to Tanzania to volunteer on education, health, and social services initiatives in the community, he never imagined how much…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Western Films And Cowboy Ethics

NOTES ON QUOTES: Western Films And Cowboy Ethics

By Gordon And Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” Will Rogers, Cherokee, Cowboy and American Humorist, 1879-1935. The great westward migration, the building of the railroad and a thriving nation’s demand for beef spawned…

The Triangle’s Scotty McCreery Announces Headline Tour

The Triangle’s Scotty McCreery Announces Headline Tour

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Local NC State University student and Garner native Scotty McCreery has announced some initial date for his new headline tour.  The “American Idol” country star released the information via his Facebook page and said that more dates will be announced. McCreery has been immensely…

REVIEW: Jekyll And Hyde Electrify Audiences On Stage In Durham

REVIEW: Jekyll And Hyde Electrify Audiences On Stage In Durham

By Dorothy Lewis, The Raleigh Telegram DURHAM – A scientific phenomenon is storming through the Triangle this week, electrifying the Durham Performing Arts Center, and leaving a path of intrigue in its wake. Former American Idol contestant, Constantine Maroulis has shockingly transformed his own identity into a man possessed of…

Triangle Filmmaker Survives “Summer Of Death” On Mt. Everest

Triangle Filmmaker Survives “Summer Of Death” On Mt. Everest

By The Raleigh Telegram CARY – Local filmmaker and adventurer Allan Smith survived a terrifying but unique experience this past summer as he filmed an expedition trying to make a record climb to the top of Mt. Everest.  By the end of the summer, 10 people had died on the…

Lollapalooza’s Spirit Alive In Chicago

Lollapalooza’s Spirit Alive In Chicago

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Summer is in full bloom, Chicago’s Grant Park resonates with it’s familiar flutter of musical genius and smells of some of Chicago’s finest tastes draws in the yearly masses. Much has changed since Jane’s Addiction front man Perry Farrell’s brainchild Lollapalooza festival debuted in…

Locally Owned Galaxy Cinemas Shows Last Movie, Shuts Down

Locally Owned Galaxy Cinemas Shows Last Movie, Shuts Down

By The Raleigh Telegram CARY – One of the few locally owned and operated movie theaters in the Triangle has now shut down as their building will be demolished by their landlord who will replace the cinema with a Harris Teeter supermarket.  Known for independent films, locally produced films, and…

REVIEW: Million Dollar Quartet Shakes, Rattles, and Rolls Through Durham

REVIEW: Million Dollar Quartet Shakes, Rattles, and Rolls Through Durham

By Steve Niezgoda, The Raleigh Telegram DURHAM – Excited audience members were transported back to the night of December 4th, 1956 at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night. The event was perhaps one of the greatest nights of music ever, the jam session of the very first, if…

Raleigh’s “Cinderella” Celebrates 29 Years, 300 Performances This Holiday Season

Raleigh’s “Cinderella” Celebrates 29 Years, 300 Performances This Holiday Season

By RLT, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Cinderella and her colorful friends return to Raleigh Little Theatre this holiday season, once again bringing to life this timeless tale and delighting families from across the region. This year marks both the 29th anniversary and the 300th performance of this…

REVIEW: Jersey Boys Spellbinds Audiences With Magical Story, Music

REVIEW: Jersey Boys Spellbinds Audiences With Magical Story, Music

By Dorothy Lewis, Special To The Raleigh Telegram DURHAM – Oh, what a night as some guys from Jersey mesmerized and hypnotized an audience at the DPAC Friday evening. That’s right, the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” has hit the Triangle, spellbinding audiences with a story that takes one to another…

CELEBRITY MAGNET: Raleigh’s Original Cowboy Randy Jones Celebrates Birthday With Barbara Walters

CELEBRITY MAGNET: Raleigh’s Original Cowboy Randy Jones Celebrates Birthday With Barbara Walters

By Tom Murro, The Raleigh Telegram NEW YORK – Last month, hundreds found shelter from the pouring rain aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum on the Hudson River in NYC. All there to commemorate the first anniversary of the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay and…

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Man Who Was Driving On Hank Williams’ Last Ride

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Man Who Was Driving On Hank Williams’ Last Ride

By Gordon and Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “Hear that lonesome whippoorwill? He sounds too blue to fly. The midnight train is whining low, I’m so lonesome I could cry.” — Hank Williams With Hank Williams’ final days covered in “The Last Ride” (2012), we headed to Montgomery,…

Watch The Romney-Obama Presidential Debate Online

Watch The Romney-Obama Presidential Debate Online

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Did you miss the Presidential debate from Colorado last night?  Thanks to the power of the internet, you can now watch the entire debate online as many websites offered live streaming of the debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. [VIDEOS APPEAR…

VIDEO: Interview With CIA About Secret Sub Spy Mission In 1972

VIDEO: Interview With CIA About Secret Sub Spy Mission In 1972

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – The CIA engaged in a top secret submarine mission in 1972 to retrieve a spy satellite film package from 16,400 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. In this interview at the Raleigh Spy Conference at the North Carolina Museum of History, we…

CELEBRITY MAGNET: Real Housewives Of New Jersey On Vacation In Where Else But New Jersey

CELEBRITY MAGNET: Real Housewives Of New Jersey On Vacation In Where Else But New Jersey

By Tom Murro, The Raleigh Telegram NEW JERSEY – Ever wonder how and where some of the Housewives Of N.J. are spending their summer? Thinking somewhere exotic? Well think again. Real Housewife Of N.J. Jacqueline Laurita shared with me that her castmates/in-laws Caroline and Al Manzo rented a three story…

Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion Has Some Exciting Acrobatics

Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion Has Some Exciting Acrobatics

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – We recently had a chance to see Cirque Du Soleil’s “Dralion” production as it is playing in the PNC Center each night in Raleigh through the end of this weekend. We’ve seen other Cirque Du Soleil shows before, so there is a certain level…

When Is The London Olympics Closing Ceremony On TV?

When Is The London Olympics Closing Ceremony On TV?

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Viewers in the Triangle area who want to catch the closing ceremonies from the London Olympics can watch it online live at the NBC Youtube streaming channel or they can watch it on regular TV as well. Local NBC affiliate NBC-17 will be airing…

Avenue Q Puppet Musical Will Run In Raleigh Next Week

Avenue Q Puppet Musical Will Run In Raleigh Next Week

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy Theatre continues its run later this month with the “Avenue Q” musical.  The musical presented by Theatre Raleigh runs from August 15th through August 19th at the Fletcher Opera Theatre at Progress Energy Center in downtown Raleigh. Written…

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