Sunday, October 30, 2011

My Interview with Sam Zien of the Sam LiveCast Where there's ALWAYS food but it's NOT always about Food and where it's always FUN!

So in order to teach someone how to cook you need to be a trained Chef right?  Wrong.  With appearances on The Today Show and several cook books to him name Sam Zien, fondly known as Sam 'The Cookng Guy' with his simple but beautifully done  recipes for the 'Average Joe' blows this theory out of the water!

In probably one of my favorite interviews yet I got to chat with the self taught cook who filled me in on how a guy from Vancouver made his to San Diego and started teaching people how to cook. We also talk about what it's like working with your family, some of his favorite things to eat and why it's important to do what you love.

How does a guy from Vancouver make his way to San Diego and start cooking?!

haha! Funny story. Well I went from Vancouver to Toronto then bought a yogurt shop in Phoenix but it was too damn hot there!  and we said fuck it! Let's mover to wehre we have family and the weather is awesome! We end up in San DIego and I don't know what the hell to do. So I did what people do when they don't know what to do...I sold real estate and I hated it! So one client I sold a house to asked me to be his facility manager. I did that for eight years and I hated that. As you can see, there's a pattern here. Like the story of the three bears, I couldn't find the right fit!

So when I was sitting at my desk one day I thought 'What would I do if nothing else mattered.  And then I came up with the idea for a travel show based on a trip to Tokyo I took with my wife's brother. I mean he worked during the day so I ran around by myself. People asked me 'How did you do that by yourself and not understanding the language?!' That was an adventure to me and I wanted to encourage  others to do the same. So I thought it would be cool to make a travel show like that.

So, then what?

I quit my job and had a crew ready and then... 9/11 happened. That day changed thousands of people's lives; much more than mine. But still, it affected me. It really changed things for me. There was no way people would be interested in a travel show now and I couldn't back to my job but I was still on the idea of helping people do something they didn't think they could do. So food and cooking came to mind. And again keep it simple not watching a Chef that you think,  'WOW that looks good but complicated  so....let's go out and eat! So I sent out a demo and well...people hated it!  But there was this one guy in San DIego who said 'Your quirky and likable. Let's do this!' I really believe that you only need one person to believe in you. You don't need twenty people, just one.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Franco Flaunts More than His Good Looks in new Issue of 'Flaunt'

 The actor -turned- director who just finished making a bio-pic of famed1950's actor Sal Mineo who was known as one of the first openly gay actor.  Check out what Franco had to say!

On his artistic vulnerability: “I want to pull back the curtain, because what goes on behind the scenes is often more interesting and informative. We are so used to presenting films and art that are polished and impenetrable - they are well-crafted to the point that there is no messiness, and in some senses, not quite human.”

On criticism his work isn’t easily understood: “I don’t think what I’m doing is confusing … What is confusing is that I’m an actor in mainstream film and the people that usually comment on mainstream film are idiots, and they don’t try to think outside of their pop-culture commentaries. It’s so easy to criticize contemporary art from the outside.”

**Check out more photos from the shoot after the jump!

Source: Just Jared

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Movie Posters Post!

Tom Cruise's upcoming Mission Impossible flick Ghost Protocol recently released a new poster feat. the whole cast. Although it's a pretty neat group shot it looks pretty photoshopped and I think I liked the one of just Tom better. On the same note The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  which stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara released a new poster as well  and again while this is a more creative leap than the Mission Impossible peeps took I still like the original better.  I was just grittier and fit the theme of the film more.

**Check out LARGER images after the jump!

Source: Flix66, joblo

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ben Rector is 'Letting the Good Times Roll' !

Recently I had the chance to chat with the super talented Ben Rector, a singer/songwriter hailing from Nashville. I was blown away with talent when I had had opportunity catch his show last Spring here in Pittsburgh! So when the chance came to talk with Ben about his new album I was super excited.  Check out what Ben had to say about being on the road promoting the new album, Billy Joel and his LOVE of ultimate Frisbee!

Reality by Rach: So you've been on tour for a little over 2 weeks now, what are some of your favorite venues that you've played so far?

Ben Rector: World Cafe Live in Philly... A lot of venues have been really great! 

RBR: So let's talk a little bit about your new album 'Something Like This'...

BR: Yeah! I made it with the same guy who made my last album. I was just trying to figure what vibe I wanted it to be.  This was the first record that I've had any expectations about.  I was like, 'This has to be good!  People were looking forward to this, it wasn't just my Mom!'

Monday, October 17, 2011

It's a Christmas in October Post!

Blame the poor economy or simply, just blame people's damn impatience for the fact that all things Christmas seem to be coming our way before the leaves have even hit the ground! Dropping this month is Christmas from Michael Bublé and Justin Bieber...YES you've read right folks, its Biebs vs. Bublé ! Check out samples of music off of their upcoming Christmas albums as well as some sweet movie posters from A Harold and Kumar Christmas after the jump! Looks like I'll finally be replacing my Nsync 'Home for the Holidays' cd which I keep on heavy rotation over the holiday Season! I know it's just a preview but at least it's something fun to look forward to this Christmas. Until then enjoy your 'Pumpkin Spice Lattes'!

Siurce: Just Jared

Henry Cavill Looking Like he's 'Made of Steel' on the Cover of Men's Health!

The 28-year old actor is about to have a HUGE year! Starring alongside Kellan Lutz in The Immortals coming out in Nov. as well as gearing up to play Superman in Zac Snyders' Superman: Man of Steel next year; Cavill's career is bursting at the seems and about to explode! Well...if the films are actually good. Either way I'm pretty excited to see what happens with this guys' career! I never really got into the Tudors so I don't know much about Cavill's acting but was pretty amused by his interview with Men's Health. Check out some highlights from the interview here!

On losing the role of James Bond to Daniel Craig
“I obviously wasn’t right for Bond. I did [give it my all], and I wasn’t right. That’s all.”

On his reaction to losing certain roles: 
“I want to be chosen, not wish I was part of something. I didn’t pine over the fact that I didn’t get the last one. It was ‘move on, carry on,’ whatever!”

On maintaining an eight-pack to play Theseus in Immortals: 
“It’s very stressful, waking up Monday morning and saying ‘Can I still see that vein in my abs?’”

On training for Immortals on set:
“There was a sense of team and camaraderie. We all sweated together, we all bled together, we all ate the same highly inefficient food and just kept on going and supported each other.”

**MORE pics after the jump!

Source: Just Jared

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Greatest Sketch SHow You've Probably Never Seen...Ladies and Gentlemen, 'The Jeannie Tate Show'

So my early morning bus rides to work are made tolerable, dare I say, enjoyable due to the WTF Podcast hosted by Marc Maron. This Stand-up comic has a great voice and great guest. Most recently I was listening Marc's interview with Parks and Recreations Aubrey Plaza. When asked what advice she would give to up and coming stand ups or actors who want to be in her shoes Plaza put it simply and calmly "Say yes to everything."  Then preceded to talk about how she dragged herself out of bed on a Saturday to work on a skit being put together by Bill Hader and his wife over in Hoboken, NJ and how because of this sacrifice she made connections and contacts for life.

Now while on paper, the skit about a Soccer Mom who conducts interviews with celebs in her van while she runs errands may not sound that funny the Jeannie Tate Show is wonderfully funny with a great cast of quirky characters, and the special guest in this ep.?? RASHIDA JONES!!!!  Hope you guys enjoy and be sure to click on the 'WTF Podcast' link at the top of the post and check that out as well, YOU WON'T BE SORRY!

**Special thanks to my friend Adam Novak for the heads up about this great podcast!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Are Biopics the new way to win an Oscar?...'My Week with Marilyn'

It seems that with King's Speech taking top honors at last years' Academy Awards that the trend this year is to bite off their style by doing a biopic in order to get some Oscar buzz this Season.  This became ever so present with all hype surrounding Clint Eastwood's J.Edgar staring Leo DiCaprio. Although I'm not sold on all the 'Hoover Hype' being thrown our way I was beyond surprised and impressed with how good the My Week with Marilyn trailer looks! The subtle approach that the film has taken not only to its marketing but also to its filmmaking I find really enjoyable. The film isn't over-the-top (despite having Kenneth Branagh in its cast) and Michelle Williams gives a phenomenal portrayal of the icon that is both tragic and beautiful. I'm SO excited for this!  What do you guys think??

Williams looking MARVELOUS as Marilyn!

Source: OhNoTheyDIdn't

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Woman on a Mission to Spread Peace!: My Interview with Alina Villasante of 'Peace, Love, World'

Alina Private Jet Shoot for Fall 2011

Recently, I had the chance to chat with Alina Villasante the Creator and Visionary behind Peace, Love, World; a fashion line that isn't just about looking good but about spreading good as well. Alina and her team bring us a look that radiates color as well as a positive message and if their plan of a world  dominated by peace and love seems like a far fetched hippie dream there are those that would beg to differ. Celebs such as J Lo, Rob Kardashian and Beau Mirchoff of the new Mtv 'teen dramedy' Awkward are just a few of the names who can be caught supporting the line. And I believe this is just hte beginning for this wonderful company. Check out my interview with Alina here!

How did Peace Love World first come about??

"Well, it all started with my 'I am Love' shirt. I would meet up with my girlfriends and one year I made these shirts and they loved them. So it all went from there and now, 3 years later we're in Greece, Germany and France!"

What first made you want to get into fashion?

"I just kind of feel into fashion. It's something I've loved my entire life. I just believe in being very fashion forward and having a message!"

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Kate Winslet Busy Being Beautiful on the Cover of 'Harper's Bazaar'

After watching the Emmys I immediately made the decision that Kate Winslet is hands down one of the most beautiful I've EVER seen! She's a classic beauty and nothing showcases this better than her recent shoot for the UK issue of Harper's Bazaar'! Check out her interview and the rest of the photos from the shoot after the jump.  Enjoy!

Source: Just Jared

Sunday, October 2, 2011

David Beckham Looking Classic in New Issue of 'Wall Street Journal' Magazine!

Check out what the soccer star and proud Papa had to say to 'WSJ' magazine.  He gives such a fun interview and it makes me like him even MORE!

On aging:
 “Got my first gray a few years ago, and a couple more since we’ve had the little girl [Harper]. I definitely feel different than I did 10 years ago. It takes a while for the Achilles to warm up…Once I’ve had my coffee, I’m good.”

Oh how wife Victoria Beckham told him they were expecting: 
“She pulled [David] aside and told him, “Oh, by the way, we’re pregnant.’”

On his H&M bodywear line: 
“I’m totally involved in everything that goes out there in stores. I don’t just sign with a company and give my name to do whatever they want. Everything that goes out there is something I would wear.”
**MORE awesome photos after the jump!

Source: VGLMen

Melissa McCarthy Puts on a Show on SNL!


I ABSOLUTELY love Melissa McCarthy and albeit a lot of that adoration stems from her performance in Bridesmaids , I've gotta say I liked her a lot in Gilmore Girls as well. She just so darn charming! So it's no surprise that she was a wonderful presence on SNL this weekend. Check out the performance here! What do you guys think??

Source: Deadline

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara Looking Badass on the Cover of 'Empire'!

I must admit, with each month that passes my anticipation grows for David Fincher's (Zodiac, The Social Network) American remake of The Girl with the Dragan Tattoo.  This recent collection of photos of Craig and Mara from their shoot with Empire are beautifully done and I tink show whats to come in the moving coming out this December. What do you guys think??

Source: Just Jared