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The Marilu Henner Show – Best of January – Friday January 30th 2015

Patti StangerPatti Stanger, star of Bravo’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker” (airs Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT on Bravo)

www.PattiKnows.com
www.SingleGirlsHandbook.com

The woman you are about to meet is the star and executive producer of Bravo’s hit docu-series “The Millionaire Matchmaker”, currently in its eighth season. She is known for navigating her business dealings with intense passion, and for those that turn to her for help in the love department, she gives them nothing less than her soul in the quest to find them their perfect match.

Patti Stanger is the star and executive producer of Bravo’s hit docu-series “The Millionaire Matchmaker.” Her bluntness continues to garner her infamy, but no one can deny that Stanger has one of the biggest hearts in the matchmaking field and is often sought out for advice by other matchmaking professionals.
An experienced third-generation matchmaker, Stanger founded her company, the Millionaire’s Club, in January 2000. Introduction services in the new millennium were no longer only for the dateless and desperate, they were becoming far more acceptable and mainstream. Patti realized that busy, upscale men simply didn’t have the time to go looking for a relationship and weren’t meeting the kind of women that they dreamed about. These men needed a private, exclusive club where they could be introduced to exceptional women in a relaxing, discreet and confidential manner. She also saw that, in the dating service industry, the odds of a woman joining a premier dating service on her own were very low so she set out to recruit women from across the country and around the world through advertisements, magazine articles, dating scouts, television appearances and her hit Bravo television show “The Millionaire Matchmaker.” Due to the astounding success of her business, the Millionaire’s Club is open to female millionaires and the gay millionaire community.
From the initial meeting through the marriage proposal, the Millionaire’s Club works with clients on an individual basis and coaches the particular member through each stage of the dating process by providing them with highly tailored feedback every step of the way. Stanger and her highly trained staff personally match every member according to their exact preferences and requirements, and follow up with each one on a regular basis. The club also works closely with leading psychologists, relationship counselors, date coaches, hypnotherapists and image consultants, as well as with a variety of top-notch personal trainers and hairstylists. The Millionaire’s Club knows that chemistry is everything, which is why catering to its members’ precise standards remains its top priority.
The Millionaire’s Club currently has more than 100,000 members available for its clients, catering to men and women all around the globe. Their contemporary approach sets it apart from those of traditional matchmakers and it is the original matchmaking/consultation service that allows most non-millionaire members to join for free, while charging most clients $25,000 to $100,000 per year. Her format has been copied by many other organizations, but none have equaled Patti’s extraordinary success.
Prior to starting the Millionaire’s Club, Patti served five years as the Director of Marketing for Great Expectations, one of the oldest dating services in the United States. Early in her career, she spent 10 years in the fashion industry working for well-known companies such as Union Bay Sportswear, JouJou Jeans and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Stanger’s business and acting ventures also continue to flourish. She has successfully branched out into television and film acting with such appearances as “Drop Dead Diva”, “Days of Our Lives”, and movie commercials from “I Love You Man” “The Muppets Most Wanted” to The Nook. Her official site, PattiKnows.com, features the latest advice on love, dating and relationships. The site includes a special “celebrity guest columnist” section for fans to follow and get a sneak peek into the world of love plus the exclusive Love Report podcast can also be heard on iTunes. There is no site like PattiKnows.com that gives you 24/7 relationship advice at your fingertips.
Stanger’s Simon & Schuster books, “Become Your Own Matchmaker”, “Find Your Match”, “Seal the Deal” and “Raise your Desirability Factor” and DVD “Married in a Year”, have a loyal, devoted following, and continue to brand Patti as the ultimate “matchmaking expert.” Patti continues to bring new relationship products to the market such as AttractingaSoulmate.com and SingleGirlsHandbook.com. Previously Patti had a series of her own columns on People.com and Star Magazine. Patti Live, her one woman show, continues to get booked from large casinos such as Mohegan Sun, Bellagio to women’s shows such as the Southern Women’s shows/Ultimate Women’s Expos to entrepreneur organizations, university and charity events.

Stanger, the daughter of a New York City estate jeweler, launched her own jewelry line Je’Taime, available on ShopbyBravo. Patti has hosted her own radio show “P.S. I Love You” on SiriusXM Radio and has been the brand ambassador for Sensa weight loss system for over 4 years. She is also co-owner for TY KU Sake & Spirits that can be found in supermarket giants such as Whole Foods, Gelson’s and Ralph’s. In the past, she has also endorsed such products as 1-800-FLOWERS.com, Cottonelle, Pucker Vodka, and more.

Dr. Charlotte MarkeyDr. Charlotte Markey, chair of the psychology department at Rutgers University and author of the new book, “Smart People Don’t Diet: How Psychology, Common Sense, and the Latest Science Can Help You Lose Weight Permanently”

Are you someone who makes a resolution to drop a bunch of pounds immediately. The woman you are about to meet thinks you shouldn’t make a resolution to drop a bunch of pounds immediately unless you want to make the same promise to yourself next New Year’s Eve: quick-fix diets just don’t work.

Charlotte Markey, PhD is a professor at Rutgers University and chair of its Department of Psychology. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, Time, and Psychology Today. She routinely writes for the award-winning website ScienceofRelationships.com, focusing primarily on how romantic partners are relevant to individuals’ eating behaviors, body image, and health. Her research has garnered widespread media attention, and she has been featured in and interviewed by The New York Times, The Economist, US News and World Report, Health Day, ABC News, Time Magazine, Health Psychology, The Washington Post, Science Daily, NBC News, Psych Central, Men’s Health, Psychology Today, as well a as a host of others. She currently directs the Healthy Development Lab at Rutgers University and serves as a consultant to the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University. Dr. Markey collaborates in her research endeavors with her husband, Dr. Patrick Markey, a psychology professor at Villanova University, who changed his entire lifestyle (and gradually lost 40 pounds) following her approach to weight management. She has two children.

Shaun KingShaun King, author, “The Power of 100”

www.100lifegoals.com

In his first book, the man you are about to meet, Mashable’s Award winner for Most Creative Good Campaign and leader of Life Goals University, shares how he came from nothing to unlocking his greatest potential and became a successful business man. Encouraging others to overcome the odds and emerge stronger, he is here to give you the tools on how to make dreams come true.

Now a full-time author and teacher through Life Goals University, Shaun King, the founder and CEO of HopeMob and cofounder of Upfront, is one of the most respected social entrepreneurs and humanitarians in the world. His social media and web projects have raised over $5 million for charity, received over 100 million visits on the web, and recently won the coveted Mashable Award for Most Creative Social Good Campaign. Shaun was an Oprah Winfrey Scholar at Morehouse College and is based out of California with his wife, Rai, and their four young children. Shaun and his work have appeared on CNN; Fox News; the front page of the Wall Street Journal; MSNBC; Ellen; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and more.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday January 29th 2015

Jill WhelanToday’s guest host – Jill Whelan, actress, best known for her role as Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter, on “The Love Boat”

Jill Whelan’s love of theatre began at age seven when a summer musical theatre program introduced her to acting. After sending her own school picture to a San Francisco Talent Agency, she did a number of national commercials and, at the age of 10, starred in her first drama TV series, Aaron Spelling’s Friends on ABC.
That same year, she filmed the classic comedy film, Airplane, and guested on The Love Boat playing Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter. The guest character proved to be so popular with viewers, that Aaron personally called 11 year old Jill, and told her he she was to become a permanent cast member.
The Love Boat ran for 10 years on ABC and afforded her the opportunity to work with hundreds of legendary performers including Frank Sinatra, Carol Channing, and Ethel Merman. Through that time she hosted many ‘Variety Club’ telethons to benefit children with prosthetic limbs. For the telethons, she toured and sang/performed with Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli. In 1987, Jill was directed by the legendary Martin Sheen in the Emmy award-winning movie of the week, Babies Having Babies.
Through the 1980s, Jill worked with Nancy Reagan as her national spokesperson for the Just Say No! anti drug campaign. Jill has sung at the White House for two presidential administrations (Reagan and George Bush Sr). After The Love Boat ended, Jill attended college in England at Guildford studying English literature.
After her studies at Guildford, Jill moved to New York to do theater and performed in several off-Broadway productions. Feeling it was important to learn the “other side” of the business, Jill started a career as a producer at Madison Square Garden, where she produced live events including the MTV Birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, the ESPY Awards, Harry Connick Live, and many more.

When her firstborn child, Harrison, was three, Jill landed a role on the daytime soap The Young and the Restless, but realized that with a new child she needed to find a job with more stable work hours. A lifelong fan of news and headlines, she began working at KCOP News in Los Angeles as an assignment desk assistant, and worked her way up to an investigative producer. After four years, Jill decided to leave after their news became ‘infotainment’.
Jill moved back to the Delaware River Valley where she gave birth to her second child, Grant, in 2005. During this time, Jill also formed a successful acting studio for children and adults in Bucks County and Philadelphia where she taught improv comedy, scene study, film, television and commercial acting.
Jill has co-hosted two popular podcasts, The Venus Diaries, and then in 2012, joined forces with Brian Phelps, of KLOS’ popular The Mark & Brian Show, to form The Brian and Jill Show, which debuted at number one on iTunes.
Recently returning to her acting and singing career, she created a one-woman cabaret show, Jill Whelan: An Evening in Dry Dock, which she performed off-Broadway, and internationally. She’ll be touring the show in 2015 including a week on the RSVP Gay Cruise Line on Valentine’s Day week, where she’ll be the celebrity cohost along with Kathy Najimy.
She recently starred in the Christmas television movie, A Christmas Tree Miracle on Up TV, and the indie horror film, 6 Degrees of Hell.
In 2014, she and the cast of The Love Boat christened the Princess Cruise Lines for their 40th Anniversary in an all star celebration. The cast will also reunite for the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade on New Years Day.

Grae Drake9:30AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes

www.RottenTomatoes.com
@GraeDrake

In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae was arranging movie outings for all her friends, she picked the movie. Through the years studying film at the University of Texas at Austin, being honored by Sundance and the Director’s Guild of America, and working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, she realized how terrible she was at keeping her opinions to herself. The Popcorn Mafia podcast was born, and led to her becoming CNN’s movie critic. She also has dished the dirt with stars on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, Fox News, G4’s Attack of the Show, and is a regular at the TV Guide Network and the Reelz Channel. Her passionate thoughts can also be heard on terrestrial radio all over North America. And just to note, she still won’t let other people pick the movies.

William Ury10:15AM (PST) – William Ury the author of “Getting to Yes With Yourself and Other Worthy Opponents”. His book is known as The ‘Bible of Negotiation’. He is also the cofounder of the Harvard Program on Negotiation

www.williamury.com
facebook.com/WilliamUryGTY
@WilliamUryGTY

Conflict abounds in nearly every aspect of our lives—from Washington politics, international affairs, and race relations to business dealings, sporting events, with our partners, and at the family dinner table. Although many of us instinctually react negatively to problems, the man you are about to meet, who is one of the world’s most influential negotiation experts and co-author of the world’s bestselling title on the subject, Getting to Yes, has proven that we can ‘get to yes’ and successfully resolve even the most intractable disputes.

William Ury, cofounder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, is one of the world’s best-known experts on negotiation. He is the coauthor of Getting to Yes, an international bestseller with over 13 million copies sold worldwide. He is the author of eight other books including Getting Past No and The Power of a Positive No. He describes GETTING TO YES WITH YOURSELF: And Other Worthy Opponents as the “missing first half” and “necessary prequel” to Getting to Yes.

William Ury has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from boardroom battles to coal mine strikes to wars in the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caucasus for the past thirty-five years. He has taught negotiation and mediation to tens of thousands of leaders in business, government and civil society around the world. He has consulted for dozens of Fortune 500 companies, and has served as a consultant to the White House.
Ury is founder of the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to inspire understanding and prosperity by opening a long-distance walking trail across the Middle East retracing the journey of Abraham and his family. Trained as a social anthropologist, with a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard, he lives with his family in Colorado.

Sandy Campanella10:30AM (PST) – Sandy Campanella the Owner of Sandy Campy Fitness, Fitness Trainer to the Stars

@SandyCampyFit
sandycampyfitness.com

A dancer since the age of four, the woman you are about to meet’s love of movement transformed into an addiction to group fitness at the age of eighteen. Now with more than 20 years in the fitness industry, she is the owner of SC Fitness in North Hollywood. She holds a BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts, was rated as a Top Ten Zumba Instructor in LA by Rate Your Burn, and has been an Ambassador for lululemon Athletica for the past 2 years. She’s certified in Zumba, Cardio Barre, AFAA Youth Fitness, and AFTA Group Fitness, and she is best known for inspiring strength and motivation to each individual regardless of their fitness level.

Sandy Campanella is the Founder of SC Fitness and is certified in Zumba, Cardio Barre, AFAA Youth Fitness, AFTA Group Fitness and is a member of AFAA. A dancer since the age of four, Sandy’s love of movement transformed into an addiction to group fitness at the age of eighteen.
Now with a twenty-year fitness career under her belt, Sandy is most excited when she sees students embracing working out, releasing their inhibitions and committing to making fitness a lifestyle choice.
Graduating with a BFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts, Sandy’s experience as a dancer lends itself to her popular and heart-pumping Zumba classes. One of her strengths as an instructor is the personal atmosphere she creates. Sandy gets to know all of her students so that she can discover their strengths and challenges, knowing just how to push and encourage them at the same time. Rate Your Burn rated Sandy one of the Top Ten Zumba Instructors in Los Angeles in 2012.
In Sandy’s Body Sculpt class, she is best known for inspiring strength no matter the individual’s fitness level. She understands that many people feel self-conscious about participating in group fitness and that they need the right kind of motivation just to begin. Sandy’s gratitude for life and passion for exercise was recognized by lululemon athletica when they invited her to be an Ambassador for their brand in 2013.

When she’s not in the studio, you can find Sandy at home enjoying her family. She started SC Fitness to be an example to her children on taking care of themselves and pursuing what they love with passion and commitment.
Sandy teaches Zumba, Body Sculpt and Cardio Tone. For private training sessions in your home or at the studio with Sandy, please check sandycampyfitness.com for pricing and availability.

Kimberly Henderson11:15AM (PST) – Kimberly Henderson is the single mom whose beautiful lullaby of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” went viral several weeks and received over 1 million views

www.kimberlyhendersonmusic.com
facebook.com/kimberlyhendersonmusic
@kimmylou1988
youtube.com/Kimberlyjh88

The woman you are about to meet took the Internet by storm with her breathtaking lullaby cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know”. After a whirlwind few weeks of viral fame, the 26-year-old has released a new original song: “Tiny Hearts” — a beautiful ballad about her experiences as a single parent. The first verse describes her earliest months as a young, single mom to her baby girl. “My friends are doing normal things like going to the movies and on dates and out on the weekends. And I’m at home,” she explained. “I felt like I was missing out on something, but coming home to her and being with her gave my life more meaning.”

Henderson’s devotion as a mom is evident in her lullaby video, which shows the talented singer serenading her one-year-old daughter Vaida (the video currently has over 1.4 million views on YouTube). After the video went viral, a company called Cosco Kids reached out to the South Carolina mom and offered her the opportunity of a lifetime: an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to write and record an original single.
Working with BREAK Entertainment songwriters Jay Levine and Sophie Dupin, Henderson wrote and recorded “Tiny Hearts” in less than 24 hours. The mom told The Huffington Post that the experience was “a dream come true” and taught her that being a parent doesn’t mean abandoning her passion. A self-described “music freak,” Henderson hopes other parents, especially single moms, will connect with “Tiny Hearts”.
On an even more personal level, Henderson hopes that her viral fame might reconnect her with her own mother, who disappeared from her life when she was only 11-years-old.

Shortly after the video went viral, Cosco Kids learned that Kimberly, a single mom of 4, was in a serious car crash and a Cosco car seat saved her child’s life. Realizing this mom’s potential, Cosco Kids flew Kimberly to Los Angeles to record an original single, and film a music video.
Kimberly’s Cinderella story continues to unfold with her newest single, Tiny Hearts, now being available on iTunes with an upcoming video debut! Last week, Tiny Hearts, which speaks to the struggles of being a young, single mom was listed #53 in singer/songwriter charts, and (reportedly) Kimberly is in talks with several major record labels.
This woman has proven that no matter your situation in life, dreams can always come true.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday January 28th 2015

Jill WhelanToday’s guest host – Jill Whelan, actress, best known for her role as Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter, on “The Love Boat”

Jill Whelan’s love of theatre began at age seven when a summer musical theatre program introduced her to acting. After sending her own school picture to a San Francisco Talent Agency, she did a number of national commercials and, at the age of 10, starred in her first drama TV series, Aaron Spelling’s Friends on ABC.
That same year, she filmed the classic comedy film, Airplane, and guested on The Love Boat playing Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter. The guest character proved to be so popular with viewers, that Aaron personally called 11 year old Jill, and told her he she was to become a permanent cast member.
The Love Boat ran for 10 years on ABC and afforded her the opportunity to work with hundreds of legendary performers including Frank Sinatra, Carol Channing, and Ethel Merman. Through that time she hosted many ‘Variety Club’ telethons to benefit children with prosthetic limbs. For the telethons, she toured and sang/performed with Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli. In 1987, Jill was directed by the legendary Martin Sheen in the Emmy award-winning movie of the week, Babies Having Babies.
Through the 1980s, Jill worked with Nancy Reagan as her national spokesperson for the Just Say No! anti drug campaign. Jill has sung at the White House for two presidential administrations (Reagan and George Bush Sr). After The Love Boat ended, Jill attended college in England at Guildford studying English literature.
After her studies at Guildford, Jill moved to New York to do theater and performed in several off-Broadway productions. Feeling it was important to learn the “other side” of the business, Jill started a career as a producer at Madison Square Garden, where she produced live events including the MTV Birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, the ESPY Awards, Harry Connick Live, and many more.

When her firstborn child, Harrison, was three, Jill landed a role on the daytime soap The Young and the Restless, but realized that with a new child she needed to find a job with more stable work hours. A lifelong fan of news and headlines, she began working at KCOP News in Los Angeles as an assignment desk assistant, and worked her way up to an investigative producer. After four years, Jill decided to leave after their news became ‘infotainment’.
Jill moved back to the Delaware River Valley where she gave birth to her second child, Grant, in 2005. During this time, Jill also formed a successful acting studio for children and adults in Bucks County and Philadelphia where she taught improv comedy, scene study, film, television and commercial acting.
Jill has co-hosted two popular podcasts, The Venus Diaries, and then in 2012, joined forces with Brian Phelps, of KLOS’ popular The Mark & Brian Show, to form The Brian and Jill Show, which debuted at number one on iTunes.
Recently returning to her acting and singing career, she created a one-woman cabaret show, Jill Whelan: An Evening in Dry Dock, which she performed off-Broadway, and internationally. She’ll be touring the show in 2015 including a week on the RSVP Gay Cruise Line on Valentine’s Day week, where she’ll be the celebrity cohost along with Kathy Najimy.
She recently starred in the Christmas television movie, A Christmas Tree Miracle on Up TV, and the indie horror film, 6 Degrees of Hell.
In 2014, she and the cast of The Love Boat christened the Princess Cruise Lines for their 40th Anniversary in an all star celebration. The cast will also reunite for the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade on New Years Day.

Aasif Mandvi9:30AM (PST) – Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show correspondent and author the the new book, “No Land’s Man”

@aasif
No Land’s Man
No Land’s Man Audiobook

The man you are about to meet is actor, comedian, writer and The Daily Show correspondent. His new book, NO LAND’S MAN is available now, and if you’re listening in the Los Angeles area, he’ll be at Book Soup tonight at 7:30 PM.

Aasif Mandvi is well known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning show, THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART. Notable television work includes US & THEM, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, SEX AND THE CITY, SLEEPER CELL, THE SOPRANOS, THE BEDFORD DIARIES, OZ, CSI, LAW AND ORDER, and TANNER ON TANNER directed by Robert Altman. Recurring roles include JERICHO and ER. Currently, Aasif is writing, producing, and starring in HBO’s upcoming series, THE BRINK, co-starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins.
November marked the release of his memoir, NO LAND’S MAN, a collection of humorous and personal stories published by Chronicle Books.

Aasif is also a critically acclaimed stage actor who received rave reviews for creating the role of ‘Amir Kapoor’ in the world premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, DISGRACED, at Lincoln Center. Hewas the recipient of the 1999 OBIE award for SAKINA’S RESTAURANT, a critically acclaimed play he wrote and starred in. Other stage credits include the Broadway revival of OKLAHOMA and SUBURBIA.
In film, Aasif’s recent work includes, MILLION DOLLAR ARM with Jon Hamm, THE INTERNSHIP, starring alongside Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, MOVIE 43, THE DICTATOR with Sacha Baron Cohen, DARK HORSE for Todd Solondz, RUBY SPARKS, (from the creators of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), GODS BEHAVING BADLY, and PREMIUM RUSH. He also co-wrote and starred in TODAY’S SPECIAL, which premiered at the London Film Festival. Additional film credits include leads in THE LAST AIRBENDER and THE MYSTIC MASSEUR, and supporting roles in IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, THE PROPOSAL, GHOST TOWN, MUSIC AND LYRICS, SPIDER-MAN 2, FREEDOMLAND, ANALYZE THIS, MARGIN CALL, and THE SIEGE.

Suzan Sazman10:15AM (PST) – Suzan Sazman, author, “The Reluctant Psychic”

www.suzansaxman.com

The woman you are about to meet may be a reluctant psychic but she is not a reluctant storyteller and she has an extraordinary story to tell about coming to terms with her strange gift.

Suzan Saxman has been communicating with the dead since she was a toddler. She never went to college and when once asked what her credentials were, she shrugged and said, “God?” She’s never advertised but for 35 years people have been seeking her out to help them connect to love ones who have passed. She lives in Woodstock, NY with her family and runs a small clothing boutique.

Caroline Arnold11:15AM (PST) – Caroline Arnold, author, “Small Move, Big Change: Using Micro-resolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently”

www.carolinelarnold.com
Small Move, Big Change – Book
@CarolineLArnold

Most of us begin the year enthusiastically vowing to lose weight, get organized, make time for our families or arrive on time for work. Yet just weeks into the New Year our willpower craters, our old routines creep back, and finally we give up on our resolutions altogether. Despite being an award-winning technology leader on Wall Street who was able to succeed at work, the woman you are about to meet was part of the 90 percent of resolvers who annually fail at their New Year’s pledges. Frustrated by her inability to crack the code on personal self-improvement, she began reverse engineering her broad resolutions into small but pivotal behavior shifts that proved far more powerful in effecting personal change than any of her more drastic efforts. Guided by these first successes, she devised a system to exploit the dynamics of habit and willpower, and began succeeding, rather than failing, with every resolution.

Caroline L. Arnold has been a technology leader on Wall Street for more than a decade, leading software development teams as large as five hundred technologists. She received the Wall Street and Technology Award for creating the Google IPO Auction platform and her name appears on several patents pending. She is a managing director at Goldman Sachs and lives in New York City with her family.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday January 27th 2015

Cory Nieves9:15AM (PST) – Cory Nieves, a 10 year old entrepreneur, and CEO of Mr. Cory’s Cookies

www.MrCorysCookies.com

You’ve heard of Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Jay-Z; all big names in the business world. Now, the boy you are about to meet, a pint-sized entrepreneur who’s making his name in cookies, one bite at a time, is here to share with us his secrets of being a successful entrepreneur… and he’s only 10 years old.

Cory Nieves, age 10, is a versatile entrepreneur and performer. Born in the Bronx, Cory developed a love for performance while accompanying his mother, actress Lisa Howard, to auditions. He has worked in theatre, film, television, commercials and as a model. He brings to each project his outgoing, playful spirit and warm smile. Having worked professionally since age 3, Cory has developed a maturity beyond his years. He is a great listener, communicates clearly with others, and understands how to take direction. Cory displays his own creative spirit in the clothing he chooses and his love of baking cookies and music. Down to earth and humorous, Cory engages well with others and loves to be in the public eye. From starting a foundation to opening a cookie stand, Cory has since become the founder and CEO of Mr. Cory’s Cookies.

Since his rise to internet stardom, Cory has appeared on The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, ABC News, The Huffington Post, Daily Mail Online and more. He is currently a contestant on the third season of FOX’s MasterChef Junior. Highlights from Cory’s career include: “Stand Boogie and Shout” (dir. Kurt Anthony), Sesame Street, over a dozen national commercials, and still images for Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Parenting Magazine, Target, H&M and more.

Rob Shuter9:30AM (PST) – Rob Shuter who hails from across the pond is one of New York’s most fun gossip columnist. He is a frequent contributor on The Today Show, Good Day New York, Fox 5, Dr. Oz, the Daily News among others. His website is called naughty gossip.com but he always spread the word with a glimmer in his smile and a wink in his eyes

www.naughtygossip.com

Before launching his own site and morning TV show, the man you are about to meet was The Huffington Post’s Celebrity- only columnist. He was also executive editor of OK! Magazine, which quickly became the country’s fastest growing weekly magazine during his tenure. With his help the magazine sold its first ever million selling issue breaking such exclusives as Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy, Britney’s first post meltdown interviews, Eva Longoria’s Wedding and worldwide baby exclusives of Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s gorgeous tots.

Currently Rob hosts “The Gossip Table Monday-Friday on VH1. Additionally Rob has represented some of America’s biggest stars including Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi.

He is a frequent contributor to a variety of media outlets and lives in New York City with his Westminster winning Glen of Imaal Terrier.

Alex Pepper10:10AM (PST) – Alex Pepper, 25-year-old Doritos contestant who could earn $1 million from $80 ad

He’s an actor, dancer and Doritos enthusiast who has already turned a 30-second film with an $80 budget into a $25,000 payoff. With a bit more luck, it could even make him a millionaire.

Pepper, 25, is one of 10 finalists out of 4,900 contestants in PepsiCo’s annual “Doritos: Crash the Super Bowl” ad contest. For a brief spot called “What could go wrong?” he’s earned a minimum prize of $25,000 and a trip to the Super Bowl with his girlfriend Sarah Lynn Reedy, who shot the ad. They will be guests at a private suite watching the big game in the University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1.

Two ads from the 10 finalists will air during the game. The grand prize, selected by voters on the Doritos web site, grants the winner a $1 million jackpot plus a one-year “dream job” at Universal Pictures, according to PepsiCo, which owns the Doritos brand. The second prize winner, selected by PepsiCo, gets $50,000.

Timothy Bloom10:30AM (PST) – Timothy Bloom, Two-time Grammy Winning songwriter

@timothybloom
Timothy Bloom Stand in the Way (of MY LOVE)

He’s written for many great artists including NeYo, Chris Brown, Elle Garner, K’Michelle and many more.

Timothy Bloom is an American Alternative Soul singer-songwriter and record producer. He began his career as a songwriter and producer, writing and producing Grammy Award-winning songs for both Ne-Yo (“Say it” on Because of you) and Chris Brown (“All Back” on F.A.M.E) as well as writing for Smokey Robinson (“My World”, “Fallin in Love”). In 2010, Timothy released an EP on Interscope Records entitled “The Budding Rose” which contained the video for the single “Til the End of Time.” In 2014, Timothy released an independent self-titled album, with the debut single “Stand in the Way (of MY LOVE)”, which was #13 on the iTunes R&B charts release week and in the Billboard top 100 R&B albums. His new CD “Timothy Bloom-Deluxe” was released Oct. 13, 2014. The video for the single “Stand In The Way” features an appearance by legend Herbie Hancock. He was also named VH-1 Soul You Oughta Know artist in October. In March 2014, he was a featured artist on the Amazon Digital showcase at SXSW.

Raised by two preachers, as a young boy Timothy was only allowed to listen to gospel music. One day he ran away to the car and turned on the radio and the first song he heard was “Lay Lady Lay” by Bob Dylan and this influenced his decision to become a secular music. North Carolina raised singer, songwriter and producer who plays piano, guitar, bass and drum now makes Los Angeles his home.

Christopher McDonald11:00AM (PST) – Christopher McDonald, actor, “Texas Rising”

The man you are about to meet is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore, Tappy Tibbons in Requiem for a Dream, Mel Allen in the HBO film 61* and Morton Stockard in Lawn Dogs.

McDonald was born in New York City, the son of Patricia, a nursing professor and real estate agent, and James R. McDonald, an educator and high school principal. He is of Irish ancestry. He was raised in Romulus, New York, and is a graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, New York.

McDonald has numerous film and television roles, often as a supporting actor and often portraying antagonistic characters. In addition to the above, his credits also include Breakin’, Grease 2, The Boys Next Door, Thelma & Louise, Grumpy Old Men, Celtic Pride, Quiz Show, Flubber, The Faculty, The Perfect Storm, House Arrest, Dirty Work, American Pie 5: The Naked Mile, Broken Flowers and Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams. He was featured as Ward Cleaver in the movie version of Leave It to Beaver and famous baseball broadcaster Mel Allen in 61*. In 1994, he starred in the film Terminal Velocity as an aggressive Russian mafia villain alongside Charlie Sheen. He appeared on The Dating Game in 1978 as one of the three bachelors, but was one of the two who was not chosen for the date. He Starred in 2006 film Funny Money.
In the realm of television, along with recurring roles on the television series Family Law, North Shore, Veronica’s Closet, Good Advice, and Harry’s Law, McDonald has also made guest appearances on Cheers, Riptide, Knight Rider, The Sopranos, Psych, both the 1985 and the 2002 versions of The Twilight Zone, Home Improvement, Las Vegas, the Law & Order franchise, Stargate Universe and Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lt. Richard Castillo in the season 3 episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise”.
McDonald’s voice work includes the determined government agent Kent Mansley in the animated film The Iron Giant. He also voiced Jor-El (Superman’s father) in Superman: The Animated Series and subsequently an older version of Superman in Batman Beyond. He has recalled great affection for these roles, saying that he enjoyed them because he was (and continues to be) such a fan of Superman and because they were in such contrast to his less than sympathetic on screen roles that he is famous for. He subbed for Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. In 2009, McDonald also lent his voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, McDonald played the characters of Luke the Evangelist. The project also featured a large ensemble of well known Hollywood actors including Jim Caviezel, Lou Gossett, Jr., John Rhys-Davies, Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Jason Alexander, Marisa Tomei and John Schneider.
He was also in Peter Gabriel’s music video for the song “The Barry Williams Show” with McDonald as the eponymous lead. He also replaced Robert De Niro in the Midnight Run movie franchise; he played “Jack Walsh” in three TV films – Another Midnight Run, Midnight Runaround, and Midnight Run for Your Life.
He portrayed baseball player Joe DiMaggio in the ESPN original series The Bronx Is Burning.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday January 26th 2015

9:30AM (PST) – Philip Boyd and Joe Williamson, actors

Philip Boyd
www.philipboyd.net

Philip Boyd was born May 12, 1975 and began his career near his hometown in Conyers, Georgia doing background work for the show “In the Heat of the Night”. Soon after graduating from Rockdale County High School in 1993, he tried to follow in his great grandfather, David Harris’ footsteps and try his hand at professional baseball. When that didn’t pan out, he turned back to acting and moved to Los Angeles in 1995. Shortly thereafter, he worked on a pilot with Michelle Williams called “Raising Canes”.
Since then, Philip has appeared on several tv shows and has worked with such actors as Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes, Bette Midler and Holly Hunter, who is also a native of Conyers, Georgia. In fact, they went to the same high school.
Philip has also been in several movies where he has shared a BEST ENSEMBLE CAST award for his role as Matt in “29 Reasons to Run” at the Bare Bones Film Festival in 2006. Boyd also received a Best Supporting Actor nominee for his work in “Clones Gone Wild” at the 2009 Action on Film Festival.

In late 2011, Philip took some time away from acting when he that learned his older brother, David Boyd, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He went back to Georgia to be by his brother’s side in hopes that David would beat this horrible disease.
Unfortunately, on January 4, 2012, David’s battle with cancer ended. David left behind a daughter and a son along with his wife. Since then, Philip has worked on creating a non-profit organization to help kids out who have lost their parents to cancer at an early age. This is near and dear to his heart and he hopes that he can make a difference in the world in this regard.
Since the death of his brother, Philip has been back at work and appeared on the VH1 Show Single Ladies, and just wrapped the short film, “Hell Bent”.

Joseph Williamson
www.josephwilliamson.net

Joseph Williamson is a father, husband, and actor; and he approaches all three with a passion!

Joe was born and raised in Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University where he discovered two of his passions: his wife Joni and acting! Shortly after college, the two of them made the hike out to L.A. to pursue their dreams and they have never looked back.
Bringing a blend of alpha male swagger and mid western nice guy, Joe loves to dive into a character. The key to bringing his characters to life? Imagination. Joe believes acting is an art, not a science… and it’s an art he strives to learn more and explore every day. He is most known for his three season recurring role as PIERCE on ABC’s hit series GREY’S ANATOMY. As the new, yet cocky intern, he created conflicts and “who’s the daddy?” love triangles. He also recurs as Jon on HBO’s LOOKING. Other TV Guest cast appearances include BONES, CASTLE, NCIS, SOUTHLAND, HOUSE M.D., CSI: NY, LAS VEGAS and one heck of a memorable movie theater scene with Elizabeth Moss on MAD MEN. Joe’s Starring roles in independent features include the gritty drama THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, the epic WWII drama FORTRESS, and the soon to released action thriller REDLINE.

Joe’s successes don’t stop there. He and his wife Joni created his 3rd passion: his children, Maggie and Bucky who have him wrapped around their little fingers already! His dedication for both his family and his career are what drives Joe and is the formula that makes him such a committed and talented actor and an all-round wonderful guy. He even finds time to give back and is very active with education-promoting children’s charities such as “Teach for America” and “Young Storytellers”.
As if he’s not busy enough, Joe believes you’ve got to have fun and also take care of yourself, so when he’s not working, Joe is working out. A fan of the increasingly popular Israeli self-defense program Krav-Maga, he stays in immaculate shape through cross-fit training while also staying active outdoors through beach volleyball, running and hiking. Oh, and he doesn’t miss a single Buckeye’s football game!

Samantha Hess9:45AM (PST) – Samantha Hess, founder of the company, “Cuddle Up To Me”, and founder of the event “Cuddle Con”

@CuddleUpToMe
Cuddle Con: The Cuddling Convention
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The world’s first cuddling convention will feature a day’s worth of yoga, massages, pillow fights, piggyback rides and a giant ‘snuggle party,’ where hundreds of cuddlers will get together to nuzzle each other. And, the woman you are about to meet, who owns the snuggling service Cuddle Up To Me, is organizing the eight-hour platonic touch fest.

Samantha Hess, the owner of Oregon-based snuggling service Cuddle Up To Me, dubbed the day-long conference “the most important event in cuddling history.” Couples, singles and groups of friends are all invited. Cuddle enthusiasts must take a 30-minute consent class before they can touch any other participant, and organizers will not tolerate any funny business.
Hess is expecting hundreds of people to attend the event, which will take over several venues in downtown Portland, “the Cuddling Capital of the World.” She recruited other touch experts — such as celebrity massage therapist Meagan Holub and a team of yoga pros — to “help create a more touch-positive world.” While couples can learn massage and dance lifts, the main event of the day might be the “snuggle party.” Midway through the eight-hour touch fest, cuddlers will pile into a room and nuzzle up to each other.

Hess started her cuddling company as a one-woman snuggler. Now, Cuddle Up To Me has a brick-and-mortar store front filled with beds to cuddle on and employs several other full-time nuzzlers. Hess even has even written a book about to power of human touch.
Tickets to Cuddle Con start at $25. The event runs from noon until 8 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Meg Grant10:15AM (PST) – Meg Grant – AARP Movies For Adults

AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards

AARP, The Magazine, the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50-plus and the world’s largest circulation magazine with more than 35.2 million readers, will host its annual gala in celebration of this year’s Movies for Grownups® Awards at the Beverly Wilshire on February 2. Recognizing 2014’s standout filmmakers, actors, actresses and movies that bear unique relevance for the 50-plus audience.

AARP Magazine’s West Coast Editor Meg Grant has worked in magazine journalism for more than 25 years, writing and editing content about ordinary and extraordinary people for AARP The Magazine, TIME, PEOPLE and Reader’s Digest. She has interviewed and profiled dozens of celebrities and notable figures including Robert Redford, Tom Hanks, Natalie Cole, Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Carter and Betty Ford. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

Marky Ramon10:30AM (PST) – Marky Ramon, author of “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone”

markyramonesbeer.com
@MarkyRamone
facebook.com/OfficialMarkyRamone
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Marky Ramone: Punk Rock Blitzkrieg

Among the most revered bands in music history, the Ramones have been ranked by Spin Magazine as the #2 greatest Bands of All Time”, second only to the Beatles. As a group, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002, and in 2011 they received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The man you are about to meet provides the final word on “The Ramones” on and off the road in his new memoir.

Marky grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, during the 1960’s, and like many up-and-coming drummers at the time, saw himself as a “Ringo”. The first band he played drums in was the Uncles (a tribute to the ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ TV show), and they rocked Ditmas Junior High School. Soon after, Marky met Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, and Jim Morrison at a club in the city… and was ready to be a rock star.
Marky’s first break out band was the proto-heavy metal, Dust. The trailblazing (and way-ahead-of-its time) band signed a major recording contract and recorded a self-titled album – opening for Alice Cooper and managing to break the Billboard Top 100 chart.
Marky next honed his drumming in the successful 70’s band, Estus… but it wasn’t really his scene. He didn’t truly feel at home until he became part of the early New York punk scene and joined two of the most infamous bands to play the clubs: Wayne County and The Backstreet Boys and Richard Hell and The Voidoids (playing on the latter’s classic 1977 album, ‘Blank Generation’).
Marky joined The Ramones after drummer, Tommy Ramone, decided to leave the band. For Marky, it was just rock and roll logical – he already had the look down, was wearing the leather jacket and jeans in Dust, played the drums exactly as the machine gunned songs demanded, had known the boys from Queens for years… and was just as much a freak as they were. Although Tommy and the band were parting, it wasn’t on terrible terms; Tommy was actually the member that recommended Marky to the rest of the band.
All four original members took on the same stage surname as a tribute to Paul McCartney’s pseudonym, Paul Ramon, back from when the Beatles were the Silver Beatles. They were all from a nice, middle-class (largely Jewish) neighborhood in Queens, known as Forest Hills.
Stephen King invited the entire band up to his house in Bangor, Maine. He handed Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone a copy of his book, Pet Sematary, and in under an hour, Dee Dee wrote a song about it. Stephen King loved it and wanted it recorded by The Ramones for the new movie that was coming out, based on the book. The song hit #4 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.
In 1994, Bono invited The Ramones to play a huge show with U2 in Ovideo, Spain. Bono presented The Ramones with their MTV Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, which made perfect sense – the band had inspired Bono since the late 70s when he saw them play in Dublin.
Their final album, 1995’s Adios Amigos, was written mostly by Dee Dee.

After guest hosting a couple of radio shows, Marky was invited by Sirius to have his own show that invites listeners to enjoy punk rocks songs and learn about where they came from, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg plays unique bands like Rancid and Circle Jerks, among many other top artists. It’s been airing for ten years.
After Marky’s drinking became so out of control that he drove through a storefront window (!), he was forced out of The Ramones in 1983. During his early sobriety, he actually became a bike messenger, before rejoining The Ramones in 1987. He has been sober for over thirty years, constantly keeping himself in check.
The 2004 DVD release, “Raw”, is a compilation of mostly home videos filmed predominantly by Marky, and entered the Billboard video chart at number 5. It has since been certified gold in three countries and currently the best-selling Ramones DVD release to date. It has also subsequently aired on VH1 Classic.
In 2010, Marky shared his recipe for pasta sauce, by introducing Marky Ramone’s Brooklyn’s Own Pasta Sauce, where a portion of the proceeds go to the non-profit, Autism Speaks.
In February 2011, The Ramones received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. It was the first Grammy for the punk rock pioneers.
As a member of The Ramones for over 15 years, Marky’s book will serve as the definitive story of one of rock’s most influential and popular bands.
Marky continues to play around the world, including guest performances at Barclays Center (in his hometown of Brooklyn) with such major acts like Arcade Fire and Fall Out Boy.

It Was Me All Along11:15AM (PST) – Andie Mitchell, author, “It Was Me All Along”

www.canyoustayfordinner.com

All her life, the woman you are about to meet had eaten mindlessly and with abandon. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fracturing family. But when she stepped on the scale on her 20th birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself. Her life was at stake.

Andie Mitchell shares her inspiring story of successful weight loss and continued love of food on her blog “Can You Stay for Dinner”. A freelance writer and recipe developer, she now lives in New York City.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday January 23rd 2015

Jimmy Shubert9:30AM (PST) – Jimmy Shubert was one of the semi-finalists on the last season of “Last Comic Standing” and Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground. He’ll be headlining the Hollywood Improv on Friday, January 30th

www.jimmyshubert.com
Hollywood Improv

The man you are about to meet has built an impressive career as an actor, both in film and on television, and as a comedian, fresh of making the top 10 of this season’s Last Comic Standing.

Jimmy Shubert has built an impressive resume as an actor, both in film and on television. As a comedian, he is recognized as one of the busiest comedians working today, fresh of making the top 10 on this (2014) season’s Last Comic Standing finishing 9th and Also on Comedy Central as the closing act on Dave Atell’s Comedy Underground, headlining A list comedy clubs, casinos and theaters across the country. His hour-long stand-up comedy special which just won top ten comedy DVD’s by Punchline Magazine, and it’s available on i tunes!!
“Alive N’ Kickin’” is a theatrical presentation of Shubert’s stand-up persona of a blue collar working man’s man. He combines the outlook of a modern-day Archie Bunker with an utterly real world sensibility to create signature pieces of comedy, From airport security, Therapy cats, Male grooming and the dumbing down of America.
In television, Shubert just finished a run on this season’s Last Comic Standing finishing in the top 10 out of thousands of submissions. He is also known for his recurring role on “King of Queens” for five years and several appearances on “Entourage”. Jimmy has a wide range as an actor and has played everything from a prison guard in a hostage crisis to a murder victim on “Monk”. He’s worked with such marquee names as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Katie Holmes, Robin Williams. On the small screen, he recently did a guest star on ABC’s “Back in the game” with James Caan on the CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls”. He played Betty Whites neighbor in a new NBC show called “Off Their Rockers”. He recently appeared on Disney’s hit show “Zeke and Luther” as Bobby Dicey ”World’s Greatest Daredevil”, and “Barely Legal” a pilot presentation about a dysfunctional family law firm. Other TV credits include “Heist”.
It was Jimmy’s performance as the lollipop-sucking strip club bouncer Vic jr. in Columbia Pictures “Go”, directed by Doug Liman, that jump started his film career. He then starred in a short film, “Velocity Rules”, for producer Brett Ratner and director Patty Jenkins (“Monster”) which premiered at the AFI Film Fest, as well as the Telluride Film Festival. He has since landed roles in numerous other films such as Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Coyote Ugly”, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “One Hour Photo”, “The Italian Job”, and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”. He starred in a short film entitled “Wedding Jimmy”, and a feature entitled “Cutoff” released on DVD starring Faye Dunaway and Malcolm McDowell & “Uncle Melvin’s Apartment” which just won best screenplay at the Hoboken Film Festival in June 2011, and is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit.
In September 2007, Jimmy recorded his first half-hour special for Comedy Central Presents at the Hudson Theater in New York City, which received rave reviews from critics and a standing ovation from the discerning New York audience. In addition, he has released three comedy albums, “Animal Instincts”, “Pandemonium” & “Alive & Kickin” were produced by Grammy-winning producer Dan Schlissel and Stand Up Records. A veteran of live performance, Jimmy has performed all over the United States twice, China, Honk Kong, Singapore, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Korea and, he along with Drew Carey, performed for the troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan as part of the “America Supports You” program for the Defense Department and Armed Forces Entertainment.

A Philly native, growing up as the son of a Philadelphia Detective wasn’t easy for Jimmy. Jimmy and his band of six brothers were always getting into trouble, and being the middle child, Jimmy learned at an early age that a sense of humor could get him through any situation. He attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. It was from those experiences in acting class that Jimmy knew he wanted to be an Comedian. Always the class clown, Jimmy performed magic tricks for his friends and family at 10 years of age. By the age of 15, he had become an accomplished professional magician. He later channeled that energy into stand-up comedy.His unique ability to see the humor in social trends and deliver his poignant and hilarious point of view on world issues has made Shubert one of the most respected and original comedians working today.
Jimmy started performing right out of high school in comedy clubs around the Philly area. He later moved to Los Angeles and started working at the Comedy Store. It was at the Comedy Store where he later met Sam Kinison, and after taking him offstage on a Motorcycle at the Comedy Store’s Main room in front of a packed house, they became fast friends. Kinison liked Shubert’s cockeyed chutzpah and included him as one of the original “Outlaws of Comedy” which he toured with for five years, playing major casinos in Las Vegas and other venues like the Universal Amphitheater in front of audiences as large as 6,500 people. In 1997, after a well recognized performance at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, he was spotted by the late Brandon Tartikoff, who signed Jimmy to a holding deal to develop a pilot sitcom for him to star in at 20th Century Fox, which led to another holding deal and then finally a Pilot.
Jimmy’s comedy routine is usually performed with an observational point of view, in comedic short-story form, and typically focuses on poking fun at pop culture.

Toni Basil

Photo credit: Jennifer Kennedy

10:30AM (PST) – Toni Basil, choreographer (and doing the choreography for Bette Midler’s upcoming tour)

tonibasil.net
Toni’s Youtube Channel

The woman you are about to meet is a Multi-award winning and nominated Emmy and Grammy director, choreographer and performer who choreographs for major stars like David Bowie, Tina Turner, and Bette Midler; Had the Mega hit “Mickey” and is one of the only few woman that has concepted, directed, choreographed, and edited all her own videos, and did the same for her two highly acclaimed U.K. BBC Specials.

Toni Basil’s multifaceted career has been on the cutting edge of pop culture since she co stared in easy rider and five easy pieces in the mid 60’s..In 1973 she single-handedly change the face of dance with her iconic street dance group The Lockers that she put together with Don Campbell the creator of the dance the campbellock and she even coined the term “Street Dance”. In that same year she co directed with David Bowie and choreographed his legendary Diamond Dogs tour. She was the first to merge classic music with street dance with her Emmy nominated “Swan Lake” dance piece. Later on in that decade she wrote the anthem “oh Mickey you’re so fine” a multie platinum single and gold album as well as a Grammy nominated music video that burst onto MTV and the international music charts. Toni co directed both of her BBC specials and has choreographed and directed over 22 music videos for herself and other legendary stars. In the Pop concert world she has directed and choreographed tours for many plus Tina Turner and Bette Midler as well as Bette’s “the Showgirl must go on” which resided in Vegas for over 2 years. She is now championing American street dance all over the world judging their international competitions and writing a book on the history of this great American art form and once again working with Bette Midler in putting together her 2015 American and U.K. Tour.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday January 22nd 2015

Michael Grandinetti9:30AM (PST) – Michael Grandinetti, Masters of Illusion

www.michaelgrandinetti.com
Michael Grandinetti – 20 Years of LIVE MAGIC in Amazing Places

See Michael TOMORROW night (Friday Jan. 23rd) on “Masters of Illusion” on The CW at 9:30pm E/P

Additional upcoming projects:

  • Masters of Illusion Live Tour at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City – January 29 at 8pm
  • Masters of Illusion Season 2 taping in February, coming to The CW this summer
  • Street Magic television series coming to Pop Network this summer (very unique with large-scale magic performed live, on-location throughout LA)

Over the past 20 years, the man you are about to meet has been driven to make magic contemporary, and give it a wide, mainstream appeal.

His performances on national and international television, in stadiums, arenas, casinos, and theaters around the country, for Fortune 500 companies, with symphony orchestras, and at The White House, Michael Grandinetti has made a name for himself around the world as a talented entertainer with a unique style, a compelling creative vision, and an engaging personality.
Over the past 20 years, Michael has been driven to make magic contemporary and to give it a wide, mainstream appeal. He has been featured on NBC’s “The World’s Most Dangerous Magic II”, CW’s “Masters of Illusion”, “Entertainment Tonight”, ESPN’s “SportsCenter”, ”New York Today”, “FOX & Friends”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Crook & Chase”, and “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon”. He has also appeared on radio stations across the country, including several nationally syndicated broadcasts. In addition, Michael has created and developed custom presentations for major corporations including Hewlett Packard, Grainger, Mazda, Harley Davidson, and Bayer and has designed original illusions for national and international film, television, and stage productions.
Possessing a true passion for amazing live audiences, Michael has performed at Heinz Hall with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Grand Central Station in New York City, John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA, the Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Navy Pier in Chicago, the Four Seasons Resort in Lanai, Hawaii, on the red carpet of ESPN’s ESPY Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, and at The White House Easter Celebration. Last year, Michael was honored to be the first illusionist ever invited to perform in America’s Independence Day Parade in Washington DC. During this national celebration of our country’s history, Michael levitated a girl high above one of the floats as it moved down Constitution Avenue while an audience of 250,000 people lined the streets.
This summer, Michael was one of the headlining performers in “Masters of Magic”, a large scale production show which ran nightly for two months at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. Presented on the world’s largest indoor stage, with a full acre of usable space, Michael caused a 500lb motorcycle to appear in mid-air, levitated 10ft into the air at the front of the stage, created interactive magic with everyone in the theater at the same time, and melted his body through the center of a 7ft tall wall of solid, examined steel.
Michael is also featured in the 2014 CW television series “Masters of Illusion”, hosted by Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Hit The Floor). Showcasing the world’s top magicians and illusionists, Michael performed both grand illusions and interactive stage magic in front of the live studio audience, including shrinking a girl to the size of a basketball, vanishing borrowed rings and causing them to reappear baked inside a loaf of bread, and escaping from a platform suspended 20ft above the stage. Special guest Ace Young, star of American Idol and Hair on Broadway, also assisted Michael onstage for his “Walking Through Steel” illusion. Michael also appeared in “Masters of Illusion Live!” (based on the television show), the largest touring magic production in the world, in the 5,000 seat Entertainment Center at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada. The show played to capacity audiences.
Striving to take the art of illusion in new and exciting directions, Michael has pioneered live magic in one of the most challenging environments imaginable – major-league baseball and football stadiums and in the round basketball arenas. When he performed an NFL halftime show at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium for the Carolina Panthers game against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, a live audience of over 73,000 people watched with a 360 degree view as Michael caused people to appear, vanish, shrink in size, and levitate 10ft into the air, right on the 50 yard line. At Citizens Bank Park, Michael made the 7ft tall, 300lb Philadelphia Phillies mascot, The Phanatic, magically appear in the center of the outfield. At Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, Michael performed one of the largest live interactive illusions in history when he read the minds of all 45,000 people in the stadium at the same time. This is magic on a major scale.
For the Miami Marlins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at Marlins Park in Miami, Michael had the honor of throwing out the first pitch, after first making the game ball magically appear. Michael’s recent halftime show for the University of Michigan vs. Michigan State Men’s Basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI was featured on both the national CBS Broadcast and ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Michael Grandinetti has come a long way since he received his first magic set for Christmas at the age of 5. When he was just 16, Michael designed and performed his first large-scale illusion when he caused a girl to vanish from the middle of an open football field and reappear in the stands among the astonished audience for his high school’s football halftime shows. At 20, Michael created and produced his own two-hour show at Pittsburgh’s historic Byham Theater. During the performance, a sold-out crowd of twelve-hundred people watched in amazement as Michael performed his original illusions, including bringing a life-size painting of a beautiful woman to life and levitating on the point of a razor sharp sword. That same year, Michael was honored to receive the City of Pittsburgh’s “All-Star Achievement Award”, given to those who have carved positive and noteworthy paths in their industry.
Michael’s personality and style were introduced to the world when he performed his original creation “The Spike Tower” on the NBC television special “The World’s Most Dangerous Magic II”. While covered with a mixture of gasoline and kerosene and secured by chains, Michael had only sixty seconds to escape before two walls of flaming steel spikes were thrust towards him at over 50mph. Bringing together seven illusionists from around the world, Michael was the youngest performer on the show.
Michael combined the worlds of magic and music when he created a special performance for the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. During the show, while the orchestra played musical selections specially themed for each illusion, Michael magically transformed a tuxedo into the orchestra’s conductor, made roses bloom and levitate on the stage, and, for the show’s finale, caused the orchestra itself to read the minds of the audience and play songs only thought of.
When ABC Family wanted to promote their “World Magic Awards” television special, Michael was contacted to create and stage spectacular live demonstrations throughout New York City. During the event, passersby watched in amazement as Michael levitated a woman while completely surrounded at various locations including Columbus Circle, Grand Army Plaza, and Grand Central Station. As a tribute to one of magic’s legendary performers, Doug Henning, Michael repeated the illusion using Doug’s original equipment, this time levitating actress Rachelle Wells high above the beach in Santa Monica, California.
His other live performances include over 100 shows at the world-famous Magic Castle (one of the few performers to headline in all five showrooms), CBS Television’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, and the Woman of Valor Gala in Beverly Hills with celebrity organizers including Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Michael also successfully predicted the exact score of Superbowl XXXVII, two weeks in advance, live on Los Angeles radio.
As a respected Creative Consultant, Michael is also very accomplished behind the scenes. His original illusion designs have been featured in productions in Atlantic City, Branson, Seoul, Korea, and on the television series “Paolo Limiti” in Italy. For the TBS show “Conan” starring Conan O’Brien, Michael consulted on a special illusion design intended to make Zac Galifianakis magically appear at the panel for his interview. Michael was also contacted to contribute an original illusion for the Pamela Anderson show at the Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In addition, Michael has taught magic to the actors on the CBS Daytime Drama “The Bold and the Beautiful”, consulted on a national commercial featuring sleight of hand for the United States Treasury, and provided additional techniques in the instructions for a unique piece of close-up magic marketed after its appearance on a David Blaine special.
Michael was also a historical/magic consultant for the book “Spellbound”, detailing the life of Doug Henning and is featured in the book “Variety Acts: Gaining Respect” along with six other noted illusionists, including famed Las Vegas performer Lance Burton.
Magic is Michael Grandinetti’s life. And, through his work, Michael is making the ancient art of magic modern, innovative, and exciting while showing audiences around the world that nothing is impossible.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday January 21st 2015

Jim Hindman10:30AM (PST) – Jim Hindman, entrepreneur and founder of Jiffy Lube, and author of the book, “Was Blind But Now I See”

www.wasblindbutnowisee.com
@BlindButNowIC

“You are legally blind.” Those were the devastating words that the man you are about to meet heard after he had been diagnosed with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – a silent disease and a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.

Jim Hindman, renowned entrepreneur and founder of the Jiffy Lube franchise, would face the biggest challenge of his life at age fifty-seven when he was diagnosed with macular degeneration, an age-related progressive disease that leads to blindness.
Throughout his successful career, Hindman had always met challenges head-on, but nothing prepared him for the impact macular degeneration would have on his life. Fearlessly embarking on a more than twenty-year exploration with multiple renowned physicians throughout the United States, Hindman refused to give up until he found a way back through the darkness: innovative new medical procedures and technologies ultimately restored his vision after he successfully underwent surgery for the implantable miniature telescope (IMT).

In Was blind, but now I see, Jim Hindman shares his remarkable journey to recovery, his setbacks and achievements. Woven throughout his inspirational account is a rags-to-riches story featuring many of the lessons he learned as a street-smart kid roaming the streets of Sioux City, shining shoes and selling newspapers, from being a court-ordered orphan at the age of ten to becoming a self-made millionaire by thirty-five.
All proceeds from Was blind, but now I see are designated for education, rehabilitation, and research, in an effort to eradicate AMD, suffered by tens of millions today and the generations to follow.

Ken Weber11:30AM (PST) – Ken Weber, financial expert and author of the book, “Dear Investor, What the Hell Are you Doing: Smart and Easy Ways to Fix the Mistakes You Make With Your Money”

www.weberasset.com

With more than 30 years of experience in the investment industry, the man you are about to meet has become one of the premier mutual fund experts in the United States, and his financial advice has appeared in every major financial publication.

For ten years he published a financial newsletter, “Weber’s Fund Advisor”. His investment advice has also appeared in most major financial publications, including Barron’s, Money, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and The New York Times. Weber is also a founding member of Fidelity Investments’ RIA Advisor Council, and is a member of the National Association of Active Investment Managers and the Financial Planning Association.
Prior to entering the financial services industry, Weber was a professional magician and mentalist. He is also the author of the book Maximum Entertainment: Director’s Notes for Magicians and Mentalists.

A native New Yorker, Weber holds a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and a master’s degree from Brooklyn College of the City of New York. His company, Weber Asset Management Inc., is located in Lake Success, New York.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday January 20th 2015

Kevin Daniels9:30AM (PST) – Kevin Daniels stars as the all-knowing Chicago EMT Hank St. Clare on USA’s hit comedy series Sirens

“SIRENS” – Season two of the popular series, from executive producers Denis Leary and Bob Fisher, returns Tuesday, January 27 at 10/9c with two back-to-back episodes.

Daniels can also be seen in the recurring role of Longinus on the hit series “Modern Family”. Other television appearances include: “Justified”, “House”, “Chuck”, “Franklin and Bash”, “Law and Order”, “Frasier”, “Brothers and Sisters”, the telefilm “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, starring Halle Berry as well as the television movie “One Chrismas Eve”.
His feature film credits include Touchstone Pictures Ladder 49 starring John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix, Warner Brothers’ And Then Came Love opposite Vanessa Williams. Kevin also appeared in McCanick, directed by Josh Waller starring David Morse and Ciaran Hinds, which premiered at this years Toronto International Film Festival. Other film credits include Kate and Leopold, The Island, and Hollywood Homicide.
On the stage, Daniels was last seen as legendary football player Jim Brown in the Rogue Machine’s production of “One Night in Miami” nominated for four Ovation awards including Best Acting Ensemble and Best Production. Prior to that he played the title role of Earvin “Magic” Johnson in “Magic/Bird” on Broadway directed by Thomas Kail.

Daniels graduated from the Juilliard Drama Division and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Garren James11:30AM (PST) – Garren James, CEO and owner of Cowboys4Angels

www.cowboys4angels.com

Garren James the CEO and owner of Cowboys4Angels, and who is the consultant on the show Gigolos, is available for interviews. He’ a wonderful. smart, sensitive and charming man and I think your audience would be not only fascinated, but would consider the use of such a service once they see there is no stigma, after all, men have been using these kinds of services forever and what’s good for the goose in good for the gander.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday January 19th 2015

Chuck LaBella9:30AM (PST) – Chuck LaBella, Emmy nominated producer, talent and development executive

The man you are about to meet is an Emmy nominated producer, talent and development executive who has built a reputation for creating and producing original entertainment across the spectrum of television. From foul-mouth puppets on “The Bronx Bunny” to comedy legends for “The Kings of Late Night” his expertise as a veteran entertainment producer has been essential to many productions by bringing key talent to a wide variety of projects.

LaBella has a long list of diverse credits including Talent Producer for four seasons on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Last Comic Standing” as well as Talent Producer for the History Channel’s “Top Gear USA”. He also serves as a talent consultant for NBC’s Alternative Series and Specials department and is Executive in Charge of Talent for the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Along with developing projects and specials for the Museum of Television & Radio’s Paley Center, Chuck continues to consult for Double Z Enterprises, one of Ireland’s top entertainment companies and the producers of “The Bronx Bunny” and “Podge & Rodge”.
After starting his entertainment career in New York as an NBC intern Chuck became an on air talent producer for Westwood One Radio working with and developing relationships with artists such as Paul McCartney, The Who, Paul Simon and more. From there he became a producer at a start up cable network working for Roger Ailes called America’s Talking, which would later become MSNBC. This led to a position as a talent producer for Comedy Central’s “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher”. When ABC bought the show and moved it to Los Angeles Chuck moved with it and built a reputation for finding guests such as Trace Adkins, Ann Coulter, Arianna Huffington and Christine O’Donnell that would go on to national prominence.
When “The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn” launched they hired Chuck to book music guests and performances. Chuck helped provide a platform for new and breaking artists such as the Dixie Chicks and Train. He has gone on to produce a multitude of series and specials for network and cable including “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, “Crank Yankers”, “Thank God You’re Here”, “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” and many other specials and series.

LaBella has served as the Director of Development for New Wave Entertainment developing new projects for the company’s original scripted, unscripted, reality TV, Internet and feature film formats as well as working for True Entertainment/Endemol as a development executive for TV and entertainment projects. Chuck was hired by the global customer experience company iQ as President of its North American business operations and opened its first international office in Los Angeles and consulting on international formats.

Jeff Hirsch10:30AM (PST) – Jeff Hirsch, Founder & Partner “The Right Brain Studio”; he co-directs innovation and research efforts, and is responsible for creative development

@jeffreyhirsch
www.therightbrainstudio.com

Creating a brand for a business or a person is one of the most important assets a company or a person can have.

Jeff Hirsch, Right Brain Studio Founder & President, is an accomplished marketing innovator and highly skilled ideation facilitator and moderator.
His business building strategies and new product ideas have touched many and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues for prestigious consumer and B2B companies such as Pepsi, Colgate-Palmolive, Caesars Entertainment, NetSuite, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Brown Forman, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Anheuser-Busch, Disney and many others.
Prior to starting The Right Brain Studio, he worked at DKG Advertising, Brown-Forman, Campbell-Mithun and Chiat/Day.

In addition to being an avid reader, gym rat, golfer, filmgoer and music lover, Jeff frequently performs solo and with his rock band at local clubs and events. He still hopes to play center field for the New York Mets.
Jeff earned an M.S. in Advertising and B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.

Chelsey Crisp11:15AM (PST) – Chelsey Crisp, actress, “Fresh off the Boat”

@ChelseyCrisp
www.chelseycrisp.com
www.duchessriot.com

Chelsey plays “Honey” on the new ABC series, “Fresh off the Boat” which premieres TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10th at 8|7c.

Chelsey was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. At age 18, she moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduating, she studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Since then, she has continued her studies with Steppenwolf West, Stan Kirsch Studios, Carolyne Barry Creative and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.

She loves improvisation and performs in several troupes in LA. She also enjoys travel and has been to Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. In 2010, she spent the year living in South East Asia as a Show Director for Universal Studios Singapore.