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On her hit TV Land show 'Happily Divorced' (Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m.), Fran Drescher plays Fran Lovett, a Los Angeles florist whose husband of 18 years comes out as a gay man. Drescher didn't need to do much research for her role - she lived it.

Drescher's real-life former husband, writer and producer Peter Marc Jacobson, came out in the 1990s while the pair were in the midst of producing new episodes of 'The Nanny' for CBS. After the couple divorced in 1999, they remained close and eventually decided that their story made a promising premise for a new series.

'It's better to burn out than to fade away' Neil Young (1979)

'If Neil Young admires that sentiment so much, why doesn't he do it?' John Lennon (1980)

British author Jeremy Simmonds admits that he has had an obsession with death, and in particular rock star deaths, for many years. 'A very unhealthy obsession ever since I was young,' he told me in a recent phone call from his home in South London. 'I've followed rock and roll for 40-odd years. I felt that there was a history that one could look at from six feet under.'

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:51

2013 in music: Forthcoming releases

Over the next several months, expect to see some familiar names returning to the 'New Releases' section of your favorite music outlet.

Jan. 8 will mark the release of 'SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD' the eighth studio album from Dropkick Murphys and their second with producer Ted Hutt. The band's Ken Casey calls the record 'catchy, fun and as sing-song as can be.'

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 14:17

George Hale in his own words Part two

When Maine Edge assignment editor Katy England asked me to submit a favorite column from the past year, I didn't need to think about it for very long.

Putting together my cover story featuring George Hale (June 20, 2012, click here to read part one) was an extraordinarily fun but somewhat difficult experience. The first draft was nearly three times the length of the story I ultimately submitted.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 10:29

Lynyrd Skynyrd crash survivor looks back

Band's former manager offers new book Turn it Up!' free to veterans and military personnel

Oct. 20, 1977 is a date that Ron Eckerman has thought about nearly every day for the last 35 years.

Eckerman was tour manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd - at the time, one of the biggest bands in America. On that particular Thursday, the group and their entourage were flying from Greenville, South Carolina to their next concert, scheduled for Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In 2010, Robby Benson ('One on One,' 'Ice Castles,' 'The Chosen' and the voice of Beast in Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast') was lying in a hospital bed in Cleveland waiting for personnel to wheel him into surgery in a fourth attempt at repairing a congenital heart defect.

While waiting, he was staring at the ceiling and wondering how many patients before him had gazed at the same tiles, 'morphing them into images and faces' as he describes in the preface of his new book 'I'm Not DeadYet!'

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:41

John Slattery From Mad Men' to Millinocket

As Roger Sterling on 'Mad Men,' AMC's chronicle of the inner workings of a high-pressure New York City ad agency, John Slattery plays a hilariously sly heart attack-prone, heavy smoking and drinking womanizer. But in real life, he is nothing like Sterling, right? 'I'd like to think so, but there's probably a lot of me in that character,' Slattery says. 'Half the things he does would land you in jail right now. It's a lot of fun to play.'

Slattery plays an altogether different character in his latest film, 'In Our Nature,' in theatres Dec. 7. The movie centers around two couples. Slattery is Gil, the estranged father of Seth. Father and son unexpectedly come together with their respective girlfriends for a weekend at the family cabin. 'When dad and his son see each other, they immediately want to leave, but the two women persuade them to stay,' Slattery told me.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 22:11

Jimmy Page unguarded in Light and Shade'

As editor-in-chief for Guitar World magazine since 1989, Brad Tolinski has had the opportunity to interview most of his heroes to discuss music, life and how the two intersect.

His most significant interview subject has been one of rock's most notoriously private legends, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin's guitar wizard, producer and co-writer of most of the band's catalog.

Significant not only because Page has agreed to be interviewed by Tolinski more than a dozen times, but also for the fact that he has revealed more in those conversations than with perhaps any other journalist.

For Maine native John O'Hurley, Thanksgiving would not be the same without the company of dozens of dogs, their handlers and upwards of 25 million people welcoming them into their homes.

Best known for his portrayal of 'Seinfeld's' J. Peterman, a fictionalized version of the real life fashion and accessory catalog magnate, O'Hurley will preside over his 11th consecutive 'National Dog Show' telecast on Thanksgiving day beginning at 12 noon on NBC.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 22:44

Q&A with Ken Burns on 'The Dust Bowl'

Two part film debuts Sunday, 11/18 on PBS

It's been said that more people have acquired their history from Ken Burns than from any other single source.

Over the last 30 years, the award winning documentarian and film maker has crafted definitive portraits on subjects ranging from The Civil War and World War II to baseball, jazz and our National Park System.

His latest film chronicles a catastrophe of Biblical proportions the Dust Bowl of the 1930s that turned vast stretches of the Great Plains into a desert and convinced many of its victims that they were witnessing the end of times.

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