Morning Links: Francis Bean ‘Engaged’ According to Facebook, Justin Bieber’s ‘Vocal Balls’ Dropped

● Courtney Love’s 19-year-young daughter, Francis Bean, is engaged — if her recently changed Facebook relationship status is to be believed — to her boyfriend of one year, The Rambles singer Isaiah Silva. [NYDN] ● Now that Entourage has ended, Adrien Grenier says he has “to console so many people on the street. I mean grown men practically in tears now wondering what they’re going to do now on Sunday nights. So it’s a lot of huggin’ it out,” he told CNN. [CNN] ● Word has it that Madonna is joined by Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. on her new single, “Give Me All Your Love,” set to be debuted during Madge’s Superbowl halftime show this year. [JustJared]

● Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber’s manager/handler/maker, says that the 17-year-old’s Christmas album will be his most “seductive” yet because “vocally, his balls have dropped.” [Page Six] ● Usually they teach you that it’s all in the hips, but Taylor Swift proves that dancing can be all about the arms if you want it to. Behold: “A Comprehensive Guide To Taylor Swift’s Arm Dancing.” [NYM] ● Face-paint wearing, Faygo-guzzling Juggalos have been listed this year, alongside the likes of the Crips and the Bloods, on the FBI’s National Gang Threat Assessment. [Wired]

Danny ‘A-List’ Abeckaser

Danny A. has been a fixture in New York nightlife since the mid 90’s. He is known as a promoter/owner and certainly a player. His “friends” are often the young Hollywood set and all the models, actresses and bright beauties that are part of their entourage. After a dabble here and there in film Danny has now produced and stared in Holy Rollers, a buzz film about Hasids from that “un-gentrified” part of Brooklyn that smuggle drugs from Amsterdam. At Sundance he received support from his pals Gerard Butler, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly, Adrien Brody, Adrian Grenier, Wilmer Valderrama and Guy Oseary. He even got a favorable notice from Harvey Weinstein, who called Danny’s performance “awesome.” His New York premier the other night was all that it should’ve been. Everyone who is anyone in the scene was delighted by Danny A., the movie star. He even has a new— or I guess an old—name now. The Danny A. we all love is now the equally loveable Danny A. Abeckaser. I will just assume that the middle “A” stands for awesome or amazing or “A” list. I caught up with my old friend and asked him about what it all means.

First congrats! As an A-list promoter/owner who has been know to travel with celebrity friends, how do you perceive how a successful film career will change your relationship with the club people and the celebrities? I hope nothing changes. The fact that I’m friends with actors that became movies stars as our relationship evolved has nothing to do with why I consider them really good friends. I’ll also be in the club business for the rest of my life, no matter how my film career takes off.

How long have you been acting and where do you want to go with this? I’ve been acting all my life and I want to go straight to the top.

Who or what helped you create the character you play in Holy Rollers? Being in the club business, I’ve been around a lot of shady characters. It was not a far-fetched thing for me.

Is this the end of Danny A and the beginning of Danny A Abeckaser? Or has Abeckaser always been here? It’s always been there, buddy. It just needed time to evolve and to wait for the right moment to strike

Of the other players in club land who else do you see as an actor? DJ Juske.

What else are you working on in film and is acting your goal or do you see yourself directing or writing or doing something else? Well, I was both a producer and an actor in Holy Rollers, so I think my main focus will stay with those two things, but you never know.

Tell me about working with my dear friend Jen Gatien. Jen is awesome, she’s a dear friend of mine, too. She brought a lot to the table and did so much for the film. She was awesome to work with.

Can I have your autograph? Why in the world would you want that?

When does the movie come out and where? It comes out May 21st in New York and LA. In New York it’s playing at the Landmark Sunshine on East Houston and the AMC Loews 84th Street. In LA it’s playing at the Landmark. Other cities will open in the weeks to follow, so check out for the full schedule.

Industry Insiders: Scott Harrison, Clean Water Guru

You may remember Scott Harrison from back in the nineties when he was often spotted in the enclaves of New York’s VIP rooms and parties. After a decade as a club promoter, Scott had an epiphany. The seemingly dazzling world of glitz and status in NYC nightlife was not everything he wanted, after all. He’d soon begin dedicating his life to providing clean water to millions of people around the world. In just three years, his organization, charity: water has raised over $11 million.

What does charity: water do? We are a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in need around the world. We work in 16 developing nations, mainly Africa, but also Southeast Asia, India, and Central America.

How does a club promoter become the founder of a major charity? From the age of 18 to 28, I was involved in nightlife. I moved to New York City at 18, grew my hair long and planned to become famous. Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, I guess. After ten years of nightlife, I found myself with the life I thought I’d always wanted and I was completely miserable. When I was on a long vacation in Uruguay, I decided to change my life and go serve the poor. I then went to Liberia and my journey started while volunteering on a hospital ship with some facial surgeons. I spent two years there and decided to help people for the rest of my life. I wanted to start my own charity and sort of reinvent (the idea of) charity.

How were you able to use your club promoter expertise in creating charity: water? I hadn’t gone to school for international development or anything like that, but during my time in Liberia I was traveling like crazy. I was flying on UN helicopters and spending time in Leper colonies. I really got to see a lot of need and what was being done about it. That entire time, I was writing and sending photos to 15,000 people. So, my whole decade of nightlife contacts was in an email database. I was talking to a pretty influential group of people from the beginning. When I came back I just took my laptop to clubs every night. I’d be in DJ booths at three in the morning showing people photos of kids with huge tumors and facial deformities, drinking out of swamps.

Who are your biggest contributors? We’re really now a celeb-driven cause. We’ve had great help from Adrian Grenier from Entourage. He’s hosted the last three events that we’ve done. Jessica Stam has helped in the fashion community. We’ve had some actors sponsor wells all over the world. But mainly the $11 million or so that we’ve raised has come from 60,000 donors. It’s really grassroots. The average gift size is $180. So, it’s not foundations, it’s not million dollar gifts, its kids, its parents, its families sponsoring $5,000 wells and companies getting involved.

Any events coming up? We do the charity: ball every year. It’s on December 14. Last year’s is going to be hard to top. It was 1,200 people. We put out a big photo exhibition and really try to tell the stories of the people we help to the people contributing.

Do these events raise a lot of money? The last two brought in a half a million dollars — so a small-ish percentage, but it’s great for awareness and it’s great to get people together. We’ve always kept them pretty cheap. They’re normally $250, so it’s not like buying a $20,000 table where people won’t be able to afford it.

Who inspires you? I was most inspired by a doctor named Gary Parker. He was on the hospital ship with me. He left his plastic surgery practice in California to go and volunteer his assistance on the ship. He’s now been there 23 years, so he never left. He traded in a life of driving a Mercedes and having lots of money to operating 60 hours a week on people who have no money with facial deformities and people that are blind. I spent a lot of time with him, and he was one of the most humble people that I have ever met.

Do you go back to the nightclubs anymore these days? I did at the beginning. I have to get up so early now, so it’s really tough. Every once and a while I’ll go out. It’s hard to find me at Marquee or Griffin these days. I have a lot of love for people in nightlife though. Many clubs have sponsored wells. Lotus/Double Seven group has been really supportive. Tenjune helped sponsor $40,000 in projects in Northern Uganda. I definitely have not turned my back on nightlife, it’s just that the hours are too tough.

What about restaurants … any NYC favorites? I live in SoHo so I just go to the hole-in-the-walls. I go to Fanelli’s. Every once and a while I’ll go out with donors to Nobu. That’s always a treat.

What is something about you that people may not know? I’m getting married September 26 to charity: water’s designer, and I’m going to take my first proper vacation in a while. We’re going to go to Europe for our honeymoon, and then I’m going straight to Ethiopia.

How do we get involved? The value proposition for giving people clean water is pretty simple. It’s $20 helps one person for 20 years. One of the unique things about the organization is100 percent of the money that we raise publicly goes to directly to our projects. All of our operational costs — such as staff costs, or flights — are covered by a separate set of donors. So, if you give $20, all of that $20 goes to a well. If you give $5,000, for those people who are wealthier, it can sponsor an entire community of 250 people with clean water. Come to the volunteer night every second Wednesday right here in the office. We also launched a new website just a few weeks ago called It’s a way that people can petition for donations by giving up their birthday, running marathons, or swimming. Some people ask for money for their anniversaries or weddings. It’s already raised $265,000 in three weeks. There are more than 5,000 people already part of that community. We got a call from one of the people on there who is an entertainment attorney. One of his clients just sponsored $250,000 worth of wells for his 50th birthday. So, you never know.