Monthly Archives: March 2012

The King of Nostalgia Joe Franklin “Remembers”

American radio and TV personality Joe Franklin, “Remembers” in a new webseries  reminiscing about  the many 3,000,000 stars he has known and interviewed on his show of 43 years “The Joe Franklin Show”. Joe Franklin a long time friend and icon to the entertainment industry reached new height’s in his career when Billy Crystal began to impersonate him on Saturday night Live in the 80′s, spiraling Joe into a career that never quits not only with his new webseries Joe Franklin “Remembers” but also on Bloomberg Radio for 16 years.
Funnier still is that Joe seems to have finally overcome his notorious shyness after decades of preferring to be off-camera to bring back more than a few fond and hilarious memories in some of the most spontaneous interviews ever given with “Remembers” producer, comedienne and long time colleague, Janet Arneau (currently hosting What’s Your Beer Problem every Friday at Happy Hour EDT on Facebook).
You can see all of Joe’s webisodes by putting Joe Franklin “Remembers” in the youtube search box. Stars Joe has already remembered include Bing Crosby, Irving Berlin, Sammy Davis Jr., Al Jolson, Billy Crystal, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Lucielle Ball, Eddie Cantor and last but not least Joe remembers himself. All of the webisodes viewable on youtube.
From New York City, Franklin is credited with hosting the first television talk show. The show began in 1951 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) and moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) from 1962 to 1993.
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Jessica Gomes: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit “IT GIRL” On The Move

Gia On The Move recently had the opportunity to interview, 2012 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Swimsuit edition stunner and savvy entrepreneur JESSICA GOMES. Of Chinese and Portuguese decent and from Perth, Australia, Gomes is widely known for gracing the pages of the past 5 consecutive SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Swimsuit issues, and has recently been featured on numerous magazine covers including MAXIM, VOUGE Australia and MADISON Magazine.

Standing at a striking 5’9”, the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED exposure was the catalyst to her massive popularity in Asia, leading to the 2008 campaign of the LG Bikini phone, her own reality TV show “MY NAME IS JESSICA GOMES,” and a 3rd place win last year in Korea’s “DANCING WITH THE STARS.”

An “IT” girl, on the move! When she isn’t jet setting between New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, South Korea, and Melbourne, Gomes enjoys music, dancing, cooking, cafe hopping and fashion design.  She’s also fun and totally gracious.  Here’s what this stunning, savvy beauty had to say:

GIA: You placed 3rd in the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars.  How much did you have to train for that?


JESSICA:
I trained everyday and all day! I was very focused Continue reading

SodaHead.com Announces Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award

With this weekend’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards approaching, SodaHead.com, the web’s largest opinion-based community, polled its users to find their choices for the most popular picks in family entertainment over the past three decades.

The winner for Best Family Movie of the 80s was Back to the Future. Home Alone was voted best of the 90s and Harry Potter took the crown for best of the 2000s.  Daniel Radcliffe won the vote for best child actor of the past three decades and Johnny Depp was named best actor to appear in family films today, beating Jim Carrey, Jack Black and Adam Sandler.

In the music categories, Selena Gomez was named most popular singer under the age of 21, topping her boyfriend Justin Bieber. For the title of “Best Boy Band of All Time,” the Backstreet Boys won the vote with 23 percent of the vote, ahead of ‘N Sync (12 percent), Boyz II Men (10 percent) and New Kids on the Block (7 percent).

Full poll results are available at:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.sodahead.com/survey/featured/nickelodeon-nostalgia/

Kobe Bryant Celebrates Turkish Airlines One-year Anniversary at LAX on Wednesday, March 28

Controversially speaking:

In 2010, Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s sparked a protest among Armenian Americans nation-wide when he signed a two-year endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines.

In 2011, amid the expiration of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement and rumors of a ‘death-nell’ lockout tolling, rumors circulated that Besiktas of Turkey’s Super Lig would make a a dollars and sense pitch to Bryant to join.

This Wednesday, March 28, 2012, as a “global ambassador” for the Turkish Airlines brand, Kobe will help mark the One-year anniversary of Turkish Airlines and inaugurate its increase flights between LAX and Istanbul Atatürk Airport at a ribbon cutting ceremony at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Should be an interesting media frenzy at the Gate.  What’s next Kobe?

BOSTON POPS COMPOSER JOHN WILLIAMS CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF FENWAY PARK

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park, legendary composer and conductor John Williams has composed “Fanfare for Fenway,” the maestro’s special tribute to America’s Most Beloved Ballpark during its centennial.

The piece, just over three minutes long, was recorded Saturday, March 24, at Boston’s Symphony Hall, and performed by musicians from the Boston Pops Orchestra with Williams conducting.

Maestro Williams is a loyal and passionate fan of the Red Sox and Fenway Park, and his music has had a long-time connection to the team and ballpark. A portion of the 2005 Opening Day Ring Ceremony, celebrating the first Red Sox Championship in 86 years, was set to a John Williams medley that featured the “Main Theme” from Star Wars, “Raiders March” from Indiana Jones, and the “Theme” from Jurassic Park, performed by musicians from the Boston Pops. Williams’ music was also featured prominently during the 2008 Opening Day Ceremony as players received their World Series Rings and the second World Championship banner in four years was hoisted to the composers “A Hymn To New England,” performed by the Boston Pops Brass Ensemble. That opening ceremony also featured the “Main Theme” to Superman, “Throne and End Title” from Star Wars: Episode IV, and “Raiders March” from Indiana Jones.

Boston Pops Composer John Williams

The Boston Pops and the Boston Red Sox have had a storied history of working together Continue reading

Heidi Klum in Earnest

Despite the not so quiet break up of her marriage to Seal, Heidi Klum still looks ready to ROCK!  Not so hard when you are so gorgeous and walking off the plane at LAX today in her Earnest Sewn Harlan’s in Blue Sky, the super-model empress definitely impressed!  Heidi-ho!

Favorites Eaten This Week – Food Expo Quick-cap- 2

It’s been over a week and I am still eating — if you can believe it!  But I can’t say that it’s such a hardship.  There have certainly been some spectacular favorites in my goodie bags from the Natural Foods Expo West and many more than I could possibly review, but as always some just stand out.  It’s personal.  Yes.  No matter how I might try, I am certain I will convince no one out there minus the new moms, to really chow down on baby food.  And eating chocolate for breakfast definitely breaks the golden rule in my house.  But there is more than just a bit of attractiveness in simplicity.  When food simply tastes like food, exactly as it should, you can put the hype aside and really savor.  These few suggestions make it easy being healthy and organic.  What more do you want?  – And stayed tuned for more.  I’ve got one production number saved for last in another day or so.

Revive Greek Yogurt & Chai Spices  by Alpina- Artisinal granola:

rolled oats, pistachios, crystalized ginger, hemp seeds, honey, walnut oil, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, salt with Hera’s Calm and Honey and zero fat, tasted as heavenly as the goddess herself would have liked.

Renew Oat Smoothie by Alpina – the power of oats with skim milk was a great reinvigorator midday when I just needed a quick thirst quenching, not too sweet, protein, energy boost.

 Agua Con Lemon & Lime Flavored Water – zero calories, no preservatives, sodium or sugar.  Authentic flavors were light and refreshing. Product of the USA.

Love Crunch – Dark Chocolate & Red Berries by Nature’s Path – too too divine! Certified organic & Non-GMO. Enough said. I didn’t even need the milk.

* My ultimate favorite snacks (yes, these are technically for babies but with so few calories, zero fat, hardly any sugar and lots of vitamins and minerals, they are the perfect tasty snack.  BPA Free packaging and zip lock storage for easy carrying around.   Sprout Baby Food: Herbed Vegetables with Roasted Turkey; Vegetable Lasagna with Beef; Creamy Vegetables with Chicken; Holiday Vegetables with Roasted Turkey; Peach Pumpkin Pie with Graham.

 Brasqwell’s Hot Jalapeno Jelly – Savory Sweet Heat spoon fed or on a cracker with cream cheese or paired with a salty something. Either way, it’s all naturally delicious.


And the coup de gras of snacks, Indian Life Masala Peas. I’m not sure if it’s the all natural spices or the expeller pressed Canola Oil, but with so little sodium, it was easy to munch and munch and munch and munch and munch and — oh shoot — gone!  And they come in other exciting flavors: Hot Punjabi Mix, Chevdo, Dal Mix, Channadal.  Plus these guys were hilarious.  Stumbling upon them at the end of the day, I just couldn’t help but get some spontaneous footage.

The Allen Theatre – America’s New Broadway Playhouse

Although most individuals envision Broadway as THE place to go to study the arts, NYC isn’t always a viable option. For many aspiring singers, dancers and actors, New York’s high cost and distance prevents them from pursuing their dream.

However, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Cleveland State University (CSU), Playhouse Square and the Cleveland Play House, individuals from the Midwest and other parts of the country can now get all the benefits of Broadway closer to home.

After a massive renovation, the Allen Theatre Complex in downtown Cleveland has officially opened as a truly innovative, state-of-the-art center for performing arts and arts education. As part of PlayhouseSquare – the second largest performing arts complex in the United States – this incredible collaboration is able to provide aspiring thespians with a viable and affordable option when choosing where to go to study the arts. 

The Allen Theatre Complex is also the new home of The Cleveland Play House and CSU’s theatre, dance and art departments. Part of what makes this such a unique and progressive project is that CSU’s theatre program has now become the only undergraduate program in the country to be affiliated with a major professional theatre!

Not only does this provide CSU students with the opportunity to work alongside of professionals from the Cleveland Play House and PlayhouseSquare, but it also enables students to stage larger productions of their own. And it’s all part of one of the greatest partnerships of urban revitalization in the country!

Michael L. Mauldin, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair; The Department of Theatre and Dance, Cleveland State University was gracious enough to chat with me about the new project.  Here’s what we had to say: 

(Gia)  How is this partnership already affecting the students and the community at large currently?
(M.M) The students are enjoying new state of the art facilities and there has been an enormous interest from prospective students from throughout the nation who previously never would have considered CSU.  There is also Continue reading

LA Fashion Weekend – Let the Side Show Begin

by Tracey Paleo~

I simply WON’T be discussing the mayhem of the evening.  Being asked to check in twice between a solid hour waiting in drizzle and stilettos; my guest not getting a seat; thimble-sized vodka shots in the mixed drinks; how I starved for a hors d’oeuvres and never found the restroom; the sound that kept going in and out; and the evil ‘tourist’ from Chicago who threatened to ‘cut’ another person in the valet line equipped with only 3 men to serve over 500 attendees…

Betsy Johnson

Vilorija

So as I delightedly peruse through my 2nd row from the front of the stage center aisle seat swag bag, and think Thin as I munch nutritious caramel fudge, fantasize about my fabulously new LiQWD volumized shampooed hair, Skineez-ily slinking around the streets of LA, moisturized, toned and Too Too frangrantly Betsy Johnson, I note the highlights of the first night of LA Fashion Weekend starting with my new BFF, fashion designer Jelena Vujanovic of the brand Vilorija, Paris, France who I accidentally photographed as a fantastical fixture in the room, complimented her on her style, subsequently ran into over and over throughout the evening and finally practically pushed onto the red carpet.  It’s so unfair that so much fun, flirty romance and futuristic fashion sense could be housed into one woman.  But then she was in great company with our very own BETSY boop who simply pleased the audience with more than a little punch, poof, florals and flounce on the runway.

Spectacular! Spectacular!

A circus of mostly media, little hats, booties, multicolors, glitters and glasses (filled with pink moonshine).  One of my favorite moments was watching everyone else film, photograph, and iPad-ograph the event.   So when the show finally got on the road, what a relief to view the not so normal street wear, but a parade of prints, jewel tones and even classic looks I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing and more to the point, wearing to my next Oscars show a la Dina Bar-El who produced some eye-goggling sexiness in slinky (but not slutty) form fitting lines and simple, gorgeous fabrics for a very, daringly refreshing and bold Napoleon Perdis  glamour enhanced, almost 40′s inspired night.  Yes, that’s exactly how I would put it.

Run LA. Go Go GO! – LA Marathon & LA Fashion Weekend Collide

My Fortune Cookie today said, “Don’t wait for your ship to come; swim out to it.”

Well, this weekend thousands of people may not be swimming, except in the possible expected rain showers on Sunday, but they certainly WILL be running into their destinies.  Months of training, sweating, braving traffic, smog and all kinds of unusual weather conditions this year, Angelenos along with visitors from, I dare say, all over the world will be running the LA Marathon.  From historic Dodgers Stadium all the way to Ocean Park, Santa Monica happy feet will be pounding the pavement for the glorious finish.

But before the weekend ends, LA Fashion Weekend will be leaving its mark at Sunset Gower Studio smack in the middle of race day giving the marathon a good run for its money and fans.

I’m off tonight to cover Opening Night – Betsy Johnson, Dina Bar – El, Vilorija Paris with my new BFF Tracy Pattin of Adventurize Your Life.  Trés LA Neuvo Chic hits the runway at 8pm.  Check back for coverage…charging up my electronics as I type.  Twitter baby!

Welcome to the Sexual Counterrevolution

Hailstorms and Tornados.

Why, when the United States is mired in its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, would birth control, abortion, and the rights of gays and women top the agenda of the Republican Party? How could this obsession with sex and family matters be squared with the pledge by Tea Party Republicans that they would put Americans back to work and be true to the principles of limited government, personal liberty, and the constitution of the founding fathers?…It wasn’t supposed to happen like this …Welcome to the sexual counterrevolution, the great untold story behind America’s plunge into political delirium. **

Gia and Nancy L. Cohen at the 'Delirium'book-signing at the WEHO Public Library

 Tuesday evening, topped out at the West Hollywood Library with a book signing, reading and Q&A with Nancy L. Cohen, historian, outspoken Angeleno and author of the hot off the press and just in time to meet all the presidential campaign forums, book, Delirium.

Delirium investigates a shadow movement by a very small minority, that has hijacked and polarized our country — an ideologically powered, strategically organized and well financed political movement aimed at sex, women’s rights, women’s roles, gay civil rights and family. A movement that is also bipartisan (and yes, I mean the Democrats) – not just a Republican affair.  Surprised?  Don’t be.  American politics have gone insane.  It was supposed to be about the economy.  Instead it’s about women and sex.  But then, this obsession has been going on since the 60′s and 70′s.  And if you had actually known the history of the sexual revolution, you wouldn’t be shocked at all.

Listening to Nancy was a powerful eye-opener.  Smart, clear and unintimidated, she read the introduction to her book with unparalleled cerebrality, and without a sliver of emotional indulgence.  Standing in line waiting to have my [complimentary] copy signed, I quickly devoured the opening text in amazement.

Other interesting facts, excerpts and notes:

- If the pill had never been invented, American politics would be very different today.

- We’ve grown so accustomed to a Republican Party so consumed with gays and abortion that many Americans likely do not know it was ever any other way. In fact, in an earlier time, the highest-ranking woman in the GOP was a pro-choice feminist.

- Barry Goldwater the 1964 Republican nominee, was an ultraconservative who supported women’s right to abortion and thought Americans “had a constitutional right to be gay.”

- President George W. Bush’s grandfather, investment banker and Republican Senator Prescott Bush, was an active member of Planned Parenthood.

And it gets better than this merely skimming the content.  In a word ‘provocative’.

Based on this book alone, let’s hope Americans wake up and engage more with themselves, each other, their liberties and begin dialoging for a reconciliation.

Buy this book today and form your own opinion on the matter – don’t take my word for it: http://www.nancylcohen.com/delirium/

**Excerpt from the new novel, Delirium, How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America by Nancy L. Cohen.  A groundbreaking investigation into the Shadow Movement that Fuels our Political Wars.

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JACK KEROUAC’S ONLY FULL-LENGTH PLAY!

I have a special place in my heart for Kerouac.  Having auditioned at one time for Francis Ford Coppola in his quest to produce a film version which turned into a radio version of On The Road, it is pretty awesome to finally have some of my homies from Massachusetts present our homie in the world premiere of Kerouac’s one and only full-length play. GO UMASS!

Merrimack Repertory Theatre and the University of Massachusetts Lowell announced today – which would have been Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday – they will present the world premiere of the Lowell native and literary icon’s only full-length play, “Beat Generation,” in a staged reading for eight performances only.

The world premiere of the play is the centerpiece of the 2012 Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, which will be held Oct. 10 through Oct. 14 in Lowell, Kerouac’s hometown. The festival – held every two years by UMass Lowell, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! and numerous other community partners – features a variety of programs inspired by Kerouac’s works and life in Lowell, and showcases prominent contemporary authors. Anita Shreve, Russell Banks and Andre Dubus III were among the writers who participated in the last Kerouac Literary Festival. This year’s theme is “Writing and Music.”

“Beat Generation” is a story of friendship and karma set in the 1950s and its characters and dialogue capture the Beat mentality at the roots of American counter culture as only Kerouac could. The play’s premiere is being presented in Lowell with the support and collaboration of Kerouac Literary Estate representative John Sampas.

“At midcentury, Jack Kerouac and his fellow Beat writers posed a series of pertinent questions regarding the assumptions of the Cold War, the attractions of suburban family life, the costs of conspicuous consumption, and what they saw as American spiritual deprivation,” said Todd Tietchen, a UMass Lowell English professor and expert on Beat Generation writers. “Those questions take center stage in ‘Beat Generation,’ as the principal figures of this important literary movement reaffirm their friendship in a search for alternative approaches to life,” said Todd Tietchen, a UMass Lowell English professor and expert on Beat Generation writers.

The play’s premiere and the festival come during what many are calling “The Year of Kerouac,” which also includes the theatrical release of the feature film “On the Road,” based on the author’s most famous book and the U.S. publication of the recently discovered Kerouac novel, “The Sea is My Brother.”

“This is a moment of literary and theatrical history,” said MRT Artistic Director Charles Towers. “When the ‘Beat Generation’ manuscript was discovered in a warehouse in 2005, it made international news. Such is the remarkable influence of Kerouac on contemporary culture. Now, the entire script of ‘Beat Generation’ will be first spoken aloud on the stage inLowell, his native city, and it is fitting that Lowell’s professional theater company – Merrimack Repertory Theatre – is producing its world premiere.”

MRT has a history of being the first to present Kerouac’s works to audiences. Its performance space, known as Liberty Hall, was the site in the 1980s of several sold-out screenings of the premiere of John Antonelli’s documentary, “Kerouac, the Movie” and in the 1990s, the stage adaptation of Kerouac’s Lowell-set romance, “Maggie Cassidy.”

UMass Lowell is home to the Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for Public Humanities, which works to strengthen the study of American culture through academic and other programs, including serving as the home for the Kerouac Writer-in-Residence program, the New England Poetry Conference and the literary festival. The center was established with the support of the Kerouac Estate and Sampas, who has generously granted permission for the first presentation of “Beat Generation” in Lowell.

The university posthumously awarded Kerouac an honorary doctor of letters degree in 2007. That same year, the university and Lowell National Historical Park hosted an award-winning exhibit of the “On The Road” scroll – Kerouac’s 120-foot-long original version of the manuscript – in honor of the 50th anniversary of the novel’s publication. The exhibit drew more than 25,000 people to Lowell.

“It is very exciting for UMass Lowell to be part of the world premiere of Jack Kerouac’s only full-length play,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. “As Kerouac’s artistic influence on this city, his hometown, is still so great, it is important that this work be presented in Lowell first. UMass Lowell is proud to partner with Merrimack Repertory Theatre to bring this unique literary experience to our students and the community.”

Ticket and casting information for the premiere of “Beat Generation” will be announced at a later date. For more on the production and the Kerouac Literary Festival, visit http://www.uml.edu/kerouacplay. The website will be updated regularly with details on both in the coming months.

ABOUT JACK KEROUAC 

Born Jean-Louis Kerouac in 1922, Kerouac is Lowell’s most famous native son. He was a football star at Lowell High School and was awarded a scholarship to Columbia University. However, Kerouac was unhappy in college and after his father lost his printing business, he dropped out of school. During World War II, he joined the Merchant Marine and became friends with Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Kerouac wrote his first novel, “The Town and the City,” about his struggle to balance the expectations of his family with his unconventional life, which was published in 1950 with Ginsberg’s help. Kerouac took several cross-country trips with Cassady during this time, which became the basis for his most famous work, “On The Road.” The manuscript – presented to his editor on a single, unbroken roll of paper, the scroll that was later exhibited in Lowell – was rejected and  six years would pass before it was published in 1957. In the years in between, Kerouac followed Ginsberg and Cassady to San Francisco and the term “Beat Generation,” which Kerouac coined, gained popularity. When Kerouac finally broke through with the release of “On The Road, he was faced with challenges presented by the fame that followed, trying to live up to the image portrayed in his novels and facing criticism from the literary establishment for being part of what was considered a fad. He would go on to publish additional novels, many of which used settings based on Lowell – including “Doctor Sax,” “The Subterraneans,” “The Dharma Bums” and his final great work, “Big Sur.” He settled in Florida with his wife, Stella Sampas, and his mother, where he died in 1969 at age 47. He was buried in Lowell.  Even after his death, Kerouac’s popularity continues. “On The Road” has remained widely read and Kerouac was named one of the most important figures of the 20th century by LIFE Magazine and the Times of London. In recent years, interest in Kerouac has grown with the publication of his letters, poetry, spiritual writings, early novels and more from his remarkable literary archive. He has been cited as an influence by countless writers and musicians, including The Doors. A 2005 forum in New York featured a reading of a passage from “Beat Generation” by actor Ethan Hawke, but to date, the play has yet to be staged in its entirety.

ABOUT THE PRODUCERS

Founded in 1979 by a group of committed civic leaders, Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s mission is “to advance the cause of human understanding by creating theatrical productions at the highest level of artistic excellence and making them affordable to the broadest possible community.” Merrimack Rep’s unique artistic vision is shaped by a passion for excellence and a profound commitment to its community. It strives to enhance the community’s quality of life while contributing to its economic strength, measuring success by the depth of the company’s artistic and social contribution to the region. A member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), MRT has received hundreds of awards and accolades, including recognition in American Theatre Magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and The New York Times for artistic excellence and its contribution to the community. MRT’s history comprises more than 210 productions including 16 world premieres and 34 regional premieres, contributing significantly to the canon of the American theater and bringing new plays to audiences throughout New England. Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 2011-2012 season is sponsored by Lowell Bank. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For details on MRT’s season information, show times, tickets, directions or to request a brochure, visit www.merrimackrep.org or call 978-654-4MRT (4678).

UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 15,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, education, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, liberal arts, management, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers.  www.uml.edu