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Journey guitarist Neal Schon walked down the aisle for the fifth time Sunday night when he exchanged vows with former D.C. Housewives star Michaele Salahi in a televised Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
For 16-bucks on pay-per-view you got to see 36 crystal chandeliers hanging in a tent, a lighted Christmas trees, a behind-the-scenes look at their 18-year friendship, interviews with the maid of honor and wedding planner, footage from Saturday night's rehearsal dinner, as well as the celebrities walking the white carpet.
Among the close to 400 guests were Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, and R&B singer Brian McKnight. Schon took the stage to do an instrumental ballad he wrote for his bride. Journey also performed as did Tower of Power, with Hagar dancing right at the foot of the stage. Hagar said, "This is an amazing, beautiful, over-the-top event. The ceremony was unbelievable. The minister's rap was the best I ever heard. And on his wedding night, Neal gets to be a musician. Michaele seems to love and embrace that."
Hagar also supplied his Beach Bar Rum, which was mixed with egg nog for what he called Touch of Cheer. The wedding cake was upward of eight-fee high with the frosting made to look like bark on a birch tree. The wedding party consisted of 18 bridesmaids, 14 groomsmen, two flower girls and a ring bearer. Included in this lot were Schon's five children from his four previous marriages, and Michaele's siblings. She was married once to Virginia wine tour operator Tareq Salahi. They grabbed their 15 minutes of fame when they crashed a White House state dinner in 2009.
The cost alone to use of the Palace of Fine Arts, a film permit, a commercial-use fee, impact fee and parking fees was $246,000.
Proceeds from the event went to typhoon relief in the Philippines, home of Journey singer Arnel Pineda. Oh, and the pay-per-view telecast included a PSA from Pineda.
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Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor met on Friday and May says they "pressed two important buttons. 2014 is going to be an interesting year for us."
The two buttons are an album of unreleased Queen material, including a few duets with Michael Jackson, and a tour with Adam Lambert back on vocals. Taylor says Lambert's a "real dark force now. He's very theatrical and he really interprets our songs just brilliantly. And he has that incredible instrument, that voice and I feel he's going away from the pop thing, which is good I think...."
They have previously done seven shows with Lambert -- six in Europe and one this past September in Las Vegas.
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The actors who will portray Gregg and Duane Allman in the film version of Gregg's book My Cross to Bear have been announced.
The film's producers have tapped Tyson Ritter, the lead singer-songwriter of pop-rock band The All-American Rejects, as Gregg Allman while Wyatt Russell, who's currently shooting 22 Jump Street with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, will take the role of Duane Allman. Both Ritter and Russell will perform vocals, guitar, piano and organ throughout the movie.
The film, tentatively titled Midnight Rider, will be directed by Randall Miller (who did the CBGB film). Production is scheduled to begin in February in Savannah, Georgia. The plan is to use original Allman Brothers tracks in the film as well as re-recorded performances by the actor-musicians.
Charles Dickens would be so proud of K-Mart's latest Holiday ad.
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Over the last year, the Pop Secret Labs have been brainstorming new ways to eat popcorn. There was Pop Search, a browser add-on that searched the web to find the best place to watch a movie online; a Rotten Tomatoes partnership to help viewers find like-minded critics; and an app to prevent your popcorn from ever burning again.
But this might top them all.
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It seems you can't get away from Ron Burgundy this week. He hosted a newscast in North Dakota. He's starred in Dodge (Yodge) Durango commercials. Ben & Jerry's released the new "Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch" ice cream. This week on ESPN, he interview Payton Manning. And the week isn't over yet...
When it comes to promoting their movie, no one does a better job of Will Ferrell. Whether you think he's the funniest SNL Member of ALL Time or Not, you have to respect his ability to own the media when his movies come out. Even the bad ones...
The new Ron Burgundy-branded Scotch called "Great Odin's Raven Special Reserve" is the best product tie into a movie character ever. For $25 a bottle, the marketer in an online newsletter described the brand as "a great opportunity to sell a high-quality product and embrace a promotional wave spearheaded by one of the funniest characters to hit the big screen in decades." Orders from stores will be shipped with stand-up displays of Ron Burgundy. Classic!
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Netflix is back with a pretty cool Christmas commercial that stars a long suffering tree topper with a very familiar voice… see if you can guess who she is. If not, scroll down for the answer.
It's Sopranos actress Lorraine Bracco!
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Scented candles are awesome… when they don't smell like food. I love walking into a room that smells like Christmas Trees to find a Yankee Candle burning on a nearby table. Personally, the "Storm Watch" scent is my favorite but when they discontinued it, I moved on to "Fresh Linen."
Scented candles cross the line in my book when they smell like food. No one wants to come home hungry with a "Christmas Cookie" candle burning in the room. I can't tell you how many times I got up to blow that candle out at my house late at night to fight the urge to grab a snack!
For those who like the obscure scents like "Fresh Cut Grass," you'll enjoy the new scent of Fried Chicken that is being made by Kentucky for Kentucky. They go on sale this Friday… no word if the candlemakers will share their secret recipe.
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What? Foot Locker has Mike Tyson apologizing to Evander Holyfield (for the ear bitting incident), Brett Favre "walking away," and Dennis Rodman buying a one-way ticket.