Moe Howard, Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Adam West, and Nancy Kovach star in the 1965 western comedy The Outlaws is Coming.

Adam West, TV & Film Star, Passes At 88 (C3 Remembers Adam West)

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Moe Howard, Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Adam West, and Nancy Kovach star in the 1965 western comedy The Outlaws is Coming.

Moe Howard, Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Adam West, and Nancy Kovach star in the 1965 western comedy The Outlaws is Coming

TV and film icon Adam West, who starred alongside The Three Stooges in the 1965 feature film The Outlaws is Coming, passed away last Friday, June 10th, after “a short but brave battle with leukemia,” his family said in a statement. West was 88.

Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington, he moved to Seattle at age 15 with his mother after his parents divorced. He graduated from Whitman College, a private liberal arts school, in Walla Walla. After serving in the Army, he went to Hollywood and changed his name to Adam West, and began appearing in television series, including Bonanza, Perry Mason, and Bewitched.

West is well remembered for his starring role in the 1960’s TV series Batman. A new generation of fans knew West as the voice of Mayor West on the long-running animated series Family Guy. West received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

Adam was a favorite of Three Stooges fans since his starring role as Bruce Cabot opposite Larry, Moe & Curly Joe in The Outlaws Is Coming.  He was a special guest at the 2016 Three Stooges Convention in Trevose, PA and a hit with all the fans in attendance.

Earl Benjamin, President & CEO of C3 Entertainment said “Adam was a long-time and valued member of The Three Stooges family. We will miss him and we extend our sincere condolences to his family, his friends and fans.”

Adam West at Three Stooges Con in Trevose, PA 2016

Adam West at Three Stooges Con in Trevose, PA 2016



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June 5, 2017 – Chicago, IL – DECADES Network, the multicast TV network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations, announces a special four-day tribute to the slapstick comic legacy of The Three Stooges. The event is scheduled to air Monday, June 19 through Thursday, June 22, in honor of Moe Howard’s 120th Birthday. To celebrate, DECADES will present the nine-part Three Stooges documentary HEY MOE! HEY DAD!, as well as a collection of The Three Stooges movies.

HEY MOE! HEY DAD! covers the complete history of the greatest comedy team of all time.

The documentary is from C3 Entertainment, Inc., The Three Stooges® brand owner and is produced by Frank Basile’s Fresh Produce Productions. The in-depth program pulls back the comedic curtain and tells the backstory of all the members of The Three Stooges, covering a hundred years from the perspective of narrator Paul Howard, Moe Howard’s son. Besides the rare footage and photos, the docu-series also features interviews with family members, friends and Hollywood celebrities, including Leonard Maltin, Billy West, Pat Cooper, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Moe Howard was born on June 19, 1897. Together with his brothers, Curly and Shemp, stalwart Stooge Larry Fine, Joe Besser, and Curly Joe DeRita, The Three Stooges have entertained generations of fans with their timeless comedy. In a 60-plus year career, Moe never missed one performance.

No tribute to The There Stooges comedy is complete without showcasing their slapstick talents from classic films and shorts. DECADES will present the feature length Stooge antics in The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962), The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962), The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) and Stop! Look! And Laugh! (1960). From the first “Why I oughta,” to the next “Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk” to the final “What’s the big idea?”, DECADES pays tribute to the comedy genius of The Three Stooges. To see a complete program schedule and to find out where you can watch DECADES, please visit

In May of 2015, the DECADES multicast network launched on the digital sub-channels of the CBS Television Stations and other broadcast groups. The network is currently available in 69% of the country. DECADES features a schedule that is different each day, exploring a variety of years, trends, events or themes. Programming includes the original one-hour daily series Through the Decades, hosted by award-winning journalist Bill Kurtis, as well as documentaries, popular TV shows and films chosen to immerse viewers in that day’s DECADES context. Weekday programming also currently includes The Dick Cavett Show, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In, and every weekend features The Decades Binge with continuing episodes of classic television series.

Weigel Broadcasting Co. is a Chicago based business, family owned since 1965. Weigel and its affiliated companies own and operate network and independent television stations in Chicago, Milwaukee and South Bend, Indiana. In addition, Weigel is the leader in the multicast television network space with “MeTV,” Memorable Entertainment Television being the number one rated and distributed network in the space, as well as the “Movies!” Network in cooperation with the Fox Television Stations, “H&I” Heroes & Icons, and “DECADES” Network in partnership with the CBS Television Station Group.

CBS Television Stations consists of 29 owned-and-operated stations, including 16 that are part of the CBS Television Network, eight affiliates of The CW Network, three independent stations and two MyNetworkTV affiliates. Among its stations are WCBS-TV and WLNY-TV (New York), KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV (Los Angeles), WBBM-TV (Chicago), KYW-TV and WPSG-TV (Philadelphia), KTVT-TV and KTXA-TV (Dallas-Ft. Worth), KPIX-TV and KBCW-TV (San Francisco), WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV (Boston), WUPA-TV (Atlanta), WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV (Detroit), KSTW-TV (Seattle), WTOG-TV (Tampa-St. Petersburg), WCCO-TV (Minneapolis), KCNC-TV (Denver), WFOR-TV and WBFS-TV (Miami), KOVR-TV and KMAX-TV (Sacramento), KDKA-TV and WPCW-TV (Pittsburgh), WJZ-TV (Baltimore), as well as WCCO-TV’s satellite stations KCCO-TV (Alexandria, Minn.) and KCCW-TV (Walker, Minn.

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C3 Entertainment Licenses The Three Stooges® And Motor Marc Art Brands To NVR Shoes For Custom Kicks

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GLENDALE, CA – June 1, 2017 – C3 Entertainment, Inc. announced the addition of  NVR Shoes as a licensee for The Three Stooges® and Motor Marc ArtTM Brands for a line of custom sneakers. Products will be available this summer online at and

Sneakerheads can now get their kicks with Larry, Moe and Curly and the fantasy art of internationally acclaimed fine artist, Motor Marc, emblazoned on a svelte, mid-cut canvas sneaker. “The unique style, quality, and comfort of the NVR sneakers will appeal to Three Stooges and Motor Marc fans.”, says Ani Khachoian, C3’s Executive Vice President of Licensing, Merchandising, and Distribution.

The Three Stooges and Motor Marc will be the first brands to embellish NVR’s newly released NVR5 sneakers, the first canvas shoe that was built around patented DTG-Print technology. Each shoe comes with an insole for comfort, foam inserts in the sidewalls for added quality and durability, and a synthetic backstay/toe protector for added style and functionality. NVR shoes are designed and decorated out of their facility in Los Angeles, CA. Sneakers will retail for $99.00.

Nick Romero, owner of NVR Shoes, shared, “I couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with C3, Motor Marc, and The Three Stooges. The opportunity to partner with this company and these brands to offer footwear is huge for us, and I think the fans will agree.”

The Three Stooges are ingrained in the pop culture lexicon and are forever popular through their timeless physical comedy and quotable dialog in their film shorts and movies. The Three Stooges popularity continues to rise in large part due to their massive online and social media presence.

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Motor Marc is an internationally known artist, recognized for his extraordinary works including fantasy art, classic cars, motorcycles, and music fine art. His art has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and Speed TV. He has recently completed large-scale commemorative works for The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the 50th Anniversary of Team Penske, and the Mount Rushmore Society. Motor Marc Art will also soon appear on a line of Urban Spirit clothing apparel and towels.

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About NVR Shoes:

NVR Shoes was founded by LA’s customized sneaker king, Nick Romero. Romero began his customized design success with his Venice Beach storefront, The Ave. Designed with customization in mind, NVR Shoes are engineered to work efficiently with Romero’s patented printing process. He and his creations have been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, MTV2’s The Dub Magazine Project with Macklemore, Entertainment Tonight with Sofia Vergara, G4’s Attack of the Show, Beats Per Mnet, KTLA 5 Morning News, Ovation TV’s The Art of: Sneakers, and in Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, The Source, Thrillist, Metal Insider and many more.


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Michael Grandinetti Returns for Fourth Season of Hit CW Series MASTERS OF ILLUSION

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Broadway World – TV- bwwtvMay 19, 2017

Illusionist Michael Grandinetti is always up for a challenge. For the past 20 years, Grandinetti has made a name for himself across the country with such stunning feats as levitating in a stadium while surrounded by 70,000 people, causing a 200 piece orchestra to read the minds of an audience and play songs only thought of, and even making a 20ft American Flag appear on the White House Lawn for Easter.

Returning as one of the featured performers on The CW’s hit series MASTERS OF ILLUSION, Grandinetti, who has been named by Entertainment Weekly as “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience” and by Hidden Remote as “a fan favorite”, is aiming to top his past performances in all three seasons with a batch of brand new illusions that combine his signature elements of drama, suspense, and comedy, with music, personality, and audience participation.

Since the show’s premiere in the summer of 2013, Michael has performed some of his favorite illusions on the show’s Hollywood stage, including levitating an unsuspecting audience member under bright lights, shrinking a dancer to the size of a basketball, causing live goldfish to appear from his bare hands, and vanishing from high above the stage and reappearing in the center of the audience. This season will include Michael’s 20th illusion that he has performed on the series (a stunning, never before seen illusion with a 40″ spinning buzz saw).

Currently airing in over 100 countries around the world and hosted by actor Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), MASTERS OF ILLUSION is a show the entire family can enjoy, with weekly illusions, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand, and more, all performed before a live audience. Premiering on June 30 at 8pm, 13 all-new episodes were filmed for the season. A few of the new surprises Michael has in store this year include:

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Illusionist Michael Grandinetti levitating 15 feet over Hollywood Blvd.

Melting Through An Industrial Fan
Michael attempts to pass his body through the spinning metal blades of a 5ft diameter industrial aircraft fan, and hopefully emerge unharmed on the other side.

The Mind Reading Mouse
In this surprising effect, Michael uses a live, white mouse to read the mind of an audience volunteer. This has to be seen to be believed.

Visible Buzz Sawing in Half
Giving one of magic’s classics a modern touch, Michael visibly divides a girl in half with a 40″ spinning buzz saw. Then, without any cover, her halves are separated across the table top, as she continues to smile, laugh and interact with the audience.

The Borrowed Object Challenge
Watch as Michael creates a slow motion close-up illusion, as a borrowed pencil dramatically melts right through the center of a borrowed twenty dollar bill. This effect, which takes place only inches away from the audience, looks like a Hollywood special effect, LIVE.

Test Conditions Levitation
Known for his stunning levitation illusions, Michael suspends a dancer in mid-air while the camera films the magic from 360 degrees.

Michael’s career history includes performances on television series and specials (NBC’s The World’s Most Dangerous Magic, CW’s Masters of Illusion, Pop’s Don’t Blink, FOX’s Bones, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, SportsCenter, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Hollywood Christmas Parade), for NFL halftime and NBA halftime shows in massive stadiums and arenas, with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and symphony orchestras, in theaters, casinos, and arenas around the country and even at The White House. Michael was also the first illusionist ever invited to appear in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC, where he levitated a girl high above a float as it moved down Constitution Avenue as 250,000 people lined the streets.

Masters of Illusion is produced by Associated Television International, with executive producers David McKenzie (The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” “Marie”), Al Schwartz (The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” “The Golden Globe Awards” 2013 & 2014, “The Gulf is Back”), Gay Blackstone (“The World Magic Awards 2007-2009) and David Martin (“Marie”), along with co-executive producers Justin Pierce (“The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance”) and Jim Romanovich (“Inside Story: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”). Sony Pictures Television will handle the show’s international distribution.

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C3 Entertainment Licenses The Three Stooges® Brand To Signs 4 Fun, Inc. for Novelty Aluminum Signs

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GLENDALE, CA – MAY 23, 2017 – C3 Entertainment, Inc. announced the addition of  Signs 4 Fun, Inc. as a licensee for The Three Stooges® brand for embossed aluminum signs, magnets, and Novelty ID cards. Products will be available in early July on and

Signs 4 Fun has been creating high-quality novelties for over 30 years,”  says Ani Khachoian, C3’s Executive Vice President of Licensing, Merchandising, and Distribution. “Three Stooges aluminum signs never go out of fashion and brighten any room in the house with laughter.”

The Owner of Signs 4 Fun, Thomas Parides says, “We are extremely excited to partner with C3 Entertainment and The Three Stooges® brand to bring our customers Stooges- themed merchandise. Our customers have been asking us about Three Stooges products for years, and we are proud to finally be able to fulfill our customers’ requests.” photoTuxedoes.jpg

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C3 Entertainment, Inc. is a premier Entertainment and Media company engaged in motion picture, television, digital and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution, as well as licensing and brand management of world famous classic brands and personalities. For more information, please visit

About Signs 4 Fun, Inc.:

Signs 4 Fun has been in business since 1984 in Phoenix, Arizona. Their beginning was selling novelty and trendy items to small gift shops and national retailers. As their business grew in the 1990s, they began selling metal signs. Since the early 2000s, they have created, manufactured, and wholesale distribute metal signs in various shapes (rectangular, square, round, arrow, and beyond).


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Celebrating the Music and Life of Ritchie Valens

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By Alex Garcia, Sun Contributing Writer | Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

His younger sister, Connie Valens, says even more important is that Valens, a Pacoima native, remains a part of the community where he grew up.

“He left a legacy that, if you’re young and have your dreams and are willing to sacrifice, you can make them come true,” she said over the phone from Iowa, where she moved some years ago. “And family comes first.”

Valens’ family — sisters Connie and Irma Norton, and brothers Bob Morales and Mario Ramirez — will share some of that legacy with the San Fernando Valley community Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, as they celebrate “Come On Let’s Go Rock ’n’ Roll Day” to commemorate Valens’ 76th birthday with a series of events.

Last year the Los Angeles City Council proclaimed a day of honor for the iconic Latino rock star and his family, who keep his memory alive through their nonprofit Ritchie Valens Foundation.

They want to annually honor the anniversary of his birth. This year they are doing it through a series of events that will culminate on Saturday with a “sock hop” dance at San Fernando High School, Valen’s alma mater. The money raised would benefit the school’s ASB Music Program.

Success At A Young Age

Ritchie Valens was born on May 13, 1941 and learned to play guitar after getting a few lessons from his uncle and cousins, Connie remembered.

“He heard songs and taught himself to play. He joined the (school) band, somebody saw him and offered him a record deal,” she said.

His career lasted barely eight months but he had several hits, most notably “La Bamba,” an old Mexican folk tune that he turned into a rock & roll classic.

Connie, who was in elementary school at the time, remembers those days fondly.

“We heard his songs on the radio. He would come home excited from the concerts with sacks of pictures, publicity pictures he had to sign,” she said. “My sister and I would sell them at school for a nickel each. We were pretty popular.”

On Feb. 3, 1959 — what many dubbed “The Day the Music Died” — Valens was killed in a plane crash in Iowa. The accident also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.

The 1987 biographical movie about Valens, titled “La Bamba,” renewed interest in the musician, who was later inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

A Father Figure

While new generations may only know about Valens through his music and the movie, Connie remembers him as the older brother who took care of them.

“He was a father figure,” she said.” Mom was a single mother. The summer before he went on tours, mama went to work and Ritchie was there to take care of us. He made sure we ate, made sure we didn’t get into trouble.”

He was also trying to get his family out of poverty, a message Connie hopes to convey to San Fernando High School students during two special assemblies on Friday, which will feature the Alley Cats, a nationally touring a cappella Doo-Wop group.

“I want to tell them that they can pave their own way. They don’t have to sit around and have someone pave it for them,” Connie said.

“Kids nowadays get lazy. We want them to see that with a little hard work and determination and enthusiasm — tienen que tener ganas. They have to have a will, a desire to step forward.”

“Ritchie had a purpose, to free his family from a life of poverty. Nobody has to live in poverty. You can be poor, but not live in poverty — but you have to want to do it. I want to give them a little nudge in that direction,” she added.

Connie believes it’s an easy message for the San Fernando High School students to grasp, some of whom may share some of the same circumstances that her family endured.

“First of all, Ritchie is a local kid. He was somebody who grew up in the same circumstances that they’re growing up, with a single parent family,” Connie said.

“He could have been their peer. He was taking classes in the same classrooms, he lived there in San Fernando. I hope that’s something motivational, that they can see a little bit of themselves in Ritchie — being Hispanic, coming from broken homes.

“There’s a way out. You need to find what is inside of you and shape it into something for your future. I want it to be personal for them. They, too, can live their dream.”

The Celebration

Apart from the school assemblies, there are other events to acknowledge the second annual Ritchie Valens Day in Los Angeles on Friday. Connie, her brothers and sister will appear at a “meet and greet” to debut “Ritchie Valens Soy Capitan” Cola at the Rocket Fizz Candy and Soda Pop Shop, located at 3524 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday evening they return to San Fernando High School for the family-friendly sock hop in the school’s gym.

Everyone is encouraged to wear 1950s attire. The music will be courtesy of John Mueller of Winter Dance Party and Ritchie’s brother Mario Ramirez, whose group The Backyard Blues Band will play Valens’ hits.

Sal Rodriquez, a drummer of the rock group War, will be the guest emcee.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” says Connie, herself a San Fernando High graduate.

She said that when they were thinking of a way to honor her brother, they immediately thought of the school.

“What better venue than San Fernando High School? We wanted to involve the entire community and give a little bit back too,” she said.

San Fernando High students will be admitted to the dance free with school ID. Tickets for the sock hop are only available the day of the event, cash only at the door. Adults are $15, while couples pay $25. Kids under 18 are free with parent. For more information, visit


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – LA Weekly – by Johnny Whiteside


May 13 was officially proclaimed Ritchie Valens Day last year by Los Angeles City Council, and this year, his family and supporters have mounted a series of events over the weekend that are the perfect occasion to revisit Valens’ superb stack of records — songs equally tender and muscular, impressively diverse in style, strikingly well-written and, most importantly, a hell of a lot of fun to listen to

Valens’ incandescent rock & roll testimony remains as influential and high impact today as anything in the historical big beat canon. “Ooh, My Head” and “That’s My Little Suzie” are stone killer rave-ups driven and defined by Valens’ knockout combination of simplicity and soul. And the boy had funk; get a load of the bluesy growl on “I Was Framed,” and his knock-down, tore-up instrumental workout “Fast Freight,” all dazzlingly persuasive glimpses into a stunning artistic range the young musician, just 17 when he died, was only beginning to explore.

“Ritchie was my idol,” says fellow local rocker Chris Montez, whose 1963 U.K. tour featured The Beatles as his opening act. “After I had heard ‘La Bamba’ and ‘Donna,’ I bought his album and tried to sing just like him. Before Ritchie I never knew rock & roll was open for Mexican-Americans because there were no others, so he really opened the door for me.”

Recording with New Orleans studio potentates Rene Hall and Earl Palmer and (who else?) bassist Carol Kaye, his records exerted an influence across the full spectrum, but most critically in East L.A., where an entire game-changing tribe of equally driven teen players broke out with their own singular soul-rock strut just a few years after Valens’ death.

Apart from all that incredible music, Valens’ also left behind a fiercely loyal family who have worked hard to preserve his legacy. “He was a big brother,” his sister Connie Lemos says. “He teased you, he chased you, and he watched over you. But, since my mom worked, he was also a father figure; he fed us, he entertained us, watched over us.

Valens always tried to take care of his family, especially after his recording career really gave him the means to do so. “When he bought us the house, we all drove up, parked outside and I couldn’t believe it,” Lemos remembers. “It was monumental, for people in our position. I said, ‘We are going to live here? It’s like a castle!’ That was the happiest day in my Mom’s life, but it also was the saddest, because she really couldn’t live there after he died. She’d rather have him alive, with us.”


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“Every song was different,” Lemos says. “Ritchie expressed himself in so many ways, and he always wrote from his own life. ‘Donna,’ of course, and ‘That’s My Little Suzie’ which was about a friend of ours who had a clubfoot, so when she walked she really did ‘rock to the left and rock to the right.’ Mom used to always tell us, ‘Come on, Let’s go!’ And after he had a dream where he was on a flying carpet, he wrote ‘In a Turkish Town.’ All of his feelings, emotions came out in the songs.”

The weekend’s events include two special student assemblies on Friday featuring a cappella doo-wop group The Alley Cats at Valens’ alma mater, San Fernando High School on Friday, followed by a meet-and-greet with siblings Connie Lemos, Irma Norton, Bob Morales and Mario Ramirez Friday night at Burbank’s Rocket Fizz (also a launch party for the estate’s newly introduced Richie Valens Soy Capitan Cola). On Saturday, an open-to-the-public sock hop hits San Fernando High, free for anyone 17 and under, headlined by Ritchie’s younger brother Mario Ramirez and his Backyard Blues Band, with proceeds going to the school’s music program.

Even almost 60 years later, Valens’ loss remains incalculably painful to his siblings. “Ritchie’s career moved so quickly,” Lemos says. “It was like he was on the straight-away and all he had to do was just hang on.”

An unbearable “what if?” hangs over Valens’ death to this day. The only reason he got on the plane, a tiny Beechcraft Bonanza that made an ill-advised takeoff in bad weather, was that he persuaded Holly’s guitarist, Tommy Allsup, to wager his seat in a coin toss. (Allsup passed away Jan. 11, 2017.)

“Mom never forgave herself for signing his guardianship over to [Del-Fi Records head] Bob Keane,” says Lemos. “[Keane] was supposed to be there. Ritchie wasn’t supposed to be making those decisions.”

A pause.

“She always said Ritchie played so hard, she thought he’d make the guitar cry.”

Richie Valens Soy Capitan™Cola launch with Valens siblings Connie Lemos, Irma Norton, Bob Morales, Mario Ramirez, at Rocket Fizz, 3524 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, Friday, May 12, 6:30-8 p.m. (818) 846-7632.

Mario Ramirez & Backyard Blues Band, John Mueller at San Fernando High School Auditorium, 11133 O’Melveny Avenue, San Fernando, Saturday, 5-9 p.m.; $15 general admission, $25 per couple, 17 and under free accompanied by parent. (818) 898-7255. Tickets available via

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Bare Tree Media Features Three Stooges With Stoogemojis

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May 05, 2017 By License Global

C3 Entertainment and Bare Tree Media have joined forces to create and launch “Stoogemojis,” the official emoji-sticker-photo app for The Three Stooges.

The new app will include a host of Three Stooges-themed messaging stickers that can be sent via iMessage, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Twitter. The “Stoogemojis” app also includes an iMessage extension so fans can easily access the stickers.

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April 21-13 Preview: JOHN MUELLER’S WINTER DANCE PARTY at South Point Hotel & Casino

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Broadway World Las Vegas: by Debbie Hall Apr. 19, 2017

In 1959, pioneers of rock Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were part of the Winter Dance Party tour when their plane crashed in an Iowa cornfield. But the music and their contribution lives on and John Mueller‘s “Winter Dance Party” will pay tribute to the artists, their music and legacy at the South Point Showroom in the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa April 21-23.

Hosted by John Mueller (as Buddy Holly), the tribute show re-creates the iconic legends’ final tour during a high-energy, two-hour live performance. Fans can sing and dance to the trio’s iconic hit songs of the ’50s, including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Donna,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace” and “Crazy Blues.”

Mueller’s parents were older when he was born and the family listened to the music of 1950s. “My older Brother Loved Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry and it struck a chord with me too,” Mueller told “My friends would make fun of me but I kept listening.”

He grew up and followed a career in acting, first in Chicago and then in Los Angeles. While Mueller is also a musician and plays guitar, he was focused on acting. Set up for audition as Buddy Holly for a television show, Mueller brought the trademark Buddy Holly frames and guitar.

“I strummed by guitar and I was cast on the spot,” he explained. “I didn’t realize that I resembled Buddy so much.”

After that television appearance, Mueller was cast in musical “The Buddy Holly Story.” Audience members would comment that while they didn’t care for the play, they loved the music. After touring with the show for a few years, Mueller decided to create “Winter Dance Party” and focus on the music. The show debuted in 1996 and has been touring throughout the years.

The passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper has affected popular culture. In 1971, Don McLean released “American Pie,” which lamented, “the day the music died” in reference to the plan crash and loss. The song reached No. 1 in 1972 and No. 12 when it was reissued in 1991.

Lou Diamond Phillips starred as Richie Valens in the biopic “La Bamba” released in 1987. An original soundtrack with some of the “Winter Party Songs” was released and the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama in 1988.

“They were all unique performers and this makes it fun for the audience,” Mueller said. A documentary about the show is being produced with an anticipated completion date in 2018. Mueller also works on other projects including original music but mainly focuses on the tour.

John Mueller‘s “Winter Dance Party” will be performed in South Point Showroom in the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa April 21-23. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information about the show and Mueller, visit