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The Marilu Henner Show – Friday February 27th 2015

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

www.RottenTomatoes.com
@GraeDrake
“Awards Season Winners and Losers” on Reelz on Saturday and Sunday (check local listings)!

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.

Movies this week:

  • FOCUS
  • THE LAZARUS EFFECT

Tim Phillips10:15AM (PST) – Tim Phillips, Vice-President and co-founder of Animal Defenders International

www.ad-international.org

Tim Phillips’ passion for saving animals grew from a documentary he saw in 1981 titled “The Animals’ Film.” At the time, there was little support for modern animal rights, but the film’s exposure of cruel animal treatment compelled Phillips to make a change. Within two weeks, he became a vegetarian, left his banking job, purchased a camera, and began capturing evidence of animal abuse. Phillips’ video and photographic images have revealed shocking practices in entertainment, farms, and laboratories. He has received numerous awards for his animal protection documentaries, advertisements, and training videos.

In 1990, Phillips co-founded ADI with his wife Jan Creamer, a fellow animal rights activist. With Phillips serving as Vice-President and Creamer as President, the tenacious duo built a worldwide reputation with committed teams stationed in major cities. Last year, Phillips and Creamer, following a series of dramatic ADI exposés leading to laws prohibiting animals in circuses in South America, embarked on enforcing these laws. In Bolivia, almost every circus defies the law, so Creamer and Phillips and their team set about tracking down the illegal circuses. In a series of surprise raids called Operation Lion Ark, they closed every circus and saved every animal, the climax was a huge airlift of 25 former circus lions to Colorado (four other lions were flown to California). Now, ADI’s upcoming documentary “Lion Ark” will astonish audiences with a behind-the-scenes experience of this breathtaking story of courage and compassion.
The two leaders have endured death threats and violent attacks in their mission to take hurt animals away from people who do not want to give them up. The couple publishes technical reports, educates communities, and drafts legislation documents for animals worldwide. They’ve secured bans on animal circuses in 27 countries and 44 in the US as well as a ban on cosmetic testing on animals in Europe. They are currently hard at work on the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA), a bill that aims to end the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses in the US.

Phillips describes ADI’s approach as “holistic,” gathering both physical and scientific evidence to stop animal mistreatment. He uses hidden cameras to capture footage of the suffering and relies on animal experts to analyze the behaviors. The covert surveillance and research provide the necessary evidence to prosecute abusers in court. Phillips and Creamer must often dodge angry mobs and handle dangerous animals in order to pursue their cause, but they persevere in their campaigns to end animal suffering.

Deb Bowen11:15AM (PST) – Deb Bowen, Foremost Authority on Nudism as a Lifestyle, Clothing Optional & Lifestyle Expert

Deb Bowen worked in the nudist/clothing optional business for over 12 years. She is Director of marketing, media and public relations for Caliente Spa and Resort. Deb works with television and movie producers who want to “expose” the barely there lifestyle to the masses for our exposure.

She was interviewed by hundreds of radio hosts, newspaper reporters, national and local curiosity seekers. Deb Bowen is Professional Entertainer, Singer and Performer.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday February 26th 2015

Adanna Duru9:15AM (PST) – Adanna Duru, American Idol contestant

@adannaduru
www.adannaduru.com

Featured on Season 3 of “The Voice” (Team Adam Levine) and the 2011 Southern California Icon winner, Adanna Duru is a Nigerian-American R&B-Soul/Pop-Dance/Rock singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, and musician. Her parents were born in Nigeria and came to the United States for college, eventually having her and her two brothers here. Born on October 10th, 1996, she has been singing and writing music for well over a decade. With her charisma and passion for what she does, she dreams of inspiring people all over the world with her music, dance, and efforts. Adanna performs throughout Southern California regularly and truly enjoys everything she does. She is a busy AP student and plays two Varsity sports at her high school; Track & Field and Volleyball. She competed in the Miss California Teen USA 2013 pageant and is very interested in giving back to her the community. In addition to many other services, Adanna is an ambassador of Stylites, a non-profit organization that raises funds for victims of human sex trafficking in developing countries. She actually brought Stylites to her high school and is co-president of the club; it is a huge hit.

Adanna is a very versatile artist-her many musical influences include Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Abba, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Janet Jackson, and of course, Michael Jackson. Although she is constantly told these things, she doesn’t exactly consider herself a powerhouse vocalist…yet. Her absolute favorite musician and greatest musical inspiration of all time is Michael Jackson. Through positive messages and her inspiring artistic vision, Adanna knows that what she is capable of doing is one-of-a-kind. She loves interacting with fans, so check her out on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook! Check out Adanna’s new dance video that she wrote, choreographed, and directed with the help of Snowglobe Perspective. Click here to watch “Throwback!

Rick Egusquiza9:30AM (PST) – Rick Egusquiza, West Coast Editor of In Touch Weekly, Life and Style Weekly and Closer Weekly

@intouchweekly
@Life_and_Style
@closerweekly

Egusquiza is the veteran gossip hound famed for being the first one to break the story/scandal of political figure John Edwards’ extramarital affair – ten months before mainstream media jumped on the bandwagon.

A bartender turned Hollywood reporter/gossip guru, Rick joined the National Enquirer back in early 2000 by pure serendipity – being at the right place at the right time – but also for the mere fact that the very West Coast hipster-looking thespian has a unique certain je ne sais quoi that somehow makes him a people magnet – he’s everybody’s confidant.
Egusquiza is a walking encyclopedia of all things entertainment celebrity related. Like a sponge, he absorbs information at the speed of light, retains names and faces in a heartbeat, always got the perfect punch and/or comeback line, and of course is always in the know and in the now!
It’s nearly impossible to resist the captivatingly entertaining spell of this corky, bubbly, at times goofy, unique character who luckily for us is blessed with an infectiously great sense of humor, a contagiously energetic and hysterically comical personality. Needless to say, the camera loves him! The fit 45-year-old Cuban-American/New Jersey native has a very unique fashion style sporting his trademark signature attire- flip-flops and black-rimmed glasses – and an indelible “Joie de vivre” grin on his face. He’s appeared on numerous TV shows including Inside Edition, Geraldo at Large on Fox News and CNN to name a few.

There’s definitely something reassuring and contagiously appealing about Rick’s uber cool personality that impulsively draws you to him. Charming and charismatic in a non-threatening way, his ever-so approachable demeanor naturally makes him the perfect candidate to be the ideal “best friend” – and indeed, that’s just it…everybody loves Rick.

Leland Orser10:30AM (PST) – Leland Orser, stars in Faults

Faults Trailer
facebook.com/faultsthemovie
@FAULTSmovie
@LelandOrser

Leland Orser first came to prominence in David Fincher’s SE7EN with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. He has gone on to give memorable performances in one great film after another: ALIEN RESURRECTION with Jean Pierre Jeunet and Sigourney Weaver; SAVING PRIVATE RYAN with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks; THE BONE COLLECTOR with Philip Noyce alongside Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie; VERY BAD THINGS directed by Peter Berg, with Jon Favreau, Jeremy Piven and Cameron Diaz; TWISTED directed by Philip Kauffman with Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson; THE GOOD GERMAN with Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney and Cate Blanchett; and the TAKEN series with Pierre Morel, Olivier Megaton and Liam Neeson. Orser recently appeared in Rupert Waytt’s THE GAMBLER for Paramount opposite Mark Wahlberg, as well as the critically acclaimed psychological thriller THE GUEST, which premiered at Sundance, and now on March 6, Riley Stearns’ dark comedy FAULTS, which premiered in 2015 at the SXSW film festival.
Other film credits include RUNAWAY JURY, PEARL HARBOR, ESCAPE FROM L.A., EXCESS BAGGAGE, RESURRECTION, DAREDEVIL with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, and CONFIDENCE with Ed Burns and Rachel Weisz.

On television, Orser most recently appeared in ‘Magic City’, ‘Revolution’, ‘Touch’, and ‘Scandal’. He appeared for the final five years of NBC’s ‘E.R’ as Dr. Lucien Dubenko and regularly on Fox’s ‘24’.

Orser wrote and directed the feature film MORNING which was released by Anchor Bay in theaters last fall. He stars in the film alongside Jeanne Tripplehorn, Laura Linney, Kyle Chandler and Elliott Gould. MORNING is now available on iTunes.

Nigel Barker11:15AM (PST) – Nigel Barker, fashion photographer and author of “Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion”

www.nigelbarker.tv
@NigelBarker
instagram.com/nigelbarker
Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion

Nigel Barker is a fashion photographer whose images have been printed in many major magazines. The host of Oxygen’s The Face, Nigel was also a judge on America’s Next Top Model for nine years. He also directs and produces films and documentaries, many of which are devoted to his humanitarian work for organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He’s also the author of his new book, “Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion”. He lives in New York City with his wife, Cristen, and their two children, Jack and Jasmine.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday February 25th 2015

Al Watts10:15AM (PST) – Al Watts, President, National At-Home Dad Network

www.DadsBehavingDadly.com
@BehavingDadly
facebook.com/DadsBehavingDadly
Dads Behaving DADLY: 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood
www.AtHomeDad.org
facebook.com/athomedadnetwork
instagram.com/homedadnet

Al Watts is a twelve-year veteran stay-at-home dad of 4 children ages 12, 10, 7 and 6. He is the President of The National At-Home Dad Network when he is not driving kids to soccer, hockey, theater or the emergency room. Al is a regular contributor for a gender issues website Role/Reboot, the men’s issues website GoodMenProject and the National At-Home Dad Network’s blog. Dads Behaving DADLY: 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood is his first and favorite book he has written. Al and his family live in the Chicago area.

Andy Cohen11:30AM (PST) – Andy Cohen, Talk Show Host & Executive Producer, “Watch What Happens Live”, and author of the “Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year”

@Andy
instagram.com/bravoandy
therealandycohen.tumblr.com
The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year

Andy Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host, producer, and author best known as the host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live”, Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show. The series is the only live show in Late Night, and features everyone from “Bravolebrities” to big names in pop culture, including Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, and Jimmy Fallon. In 2014, Details Magazine called the show, “compulsively engrossing”, while touting Cohen as “possibly the smartest man on TV”. GQ describes “WWHL” as “the most primitively authentic ting on television” and TV Guide thinks it’s late night’s “unlikeliest success story”.
Cohen also serves as executive producer of “The Real Housewives” franchise and hosts the network’s highly rated reunion specials. In November 2014, he became a New York Times best-selling author for a third time with the release of his latest book, “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look At a Shallow Year” published by Henry Holt. Cohen achieved similar success with both the hardcover (May 2012) and the paperback (May 2013) versions of his first book, titled, “Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture”.

In his ten years as an executive at Bravo he was responsible for an aggressive slate of unscripted series and specials including hits such as “Project Runway”, “Top Chef”, “Queer Eye”, “The Millionaire Matchmaker”, “Million Dollar Listing”, “Being Bobby Brown”, “Shahs of Sunset”, “Flipping Out”, “Top Design”, “Work Out”, “Make Me a Supermodel”, “Blow Out”, “Kathy Griffin My Life On the D List”, “The A List Awards”, “The Rachel Zoe Project”, “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”, “Bethenny Ever After”, “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover”, and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Cohen started at Bravo in 2004 as Vice President, Original Programming and most recently, served as Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Development and Talent from November 2011 to January 2014.
Cohen received an Emmy award when season six of “Top Chef” won Outstanding Reality Competition Program at the 2010 primetime Emmy awards and has been nominated for 17 additional Emmy Awards as Executive Producer of “Project Greenlight”, “Project Runway”, “Top Chef” and “Queer Eye”. In 2005, Cohen was awarded a Peabody Award for his role as Executive Producer of the TRIO documentary “The N Word” and another in 2008 as an Executive Producer of “Project Runway”.
Cohen ran Original Programming and Development for the pop culture and arts cable channel TRIO, beginning in July 2000. He was responsible for developing and supervising all of TRIO’s original productions including the critically acclaimed original documentaries “Gay Republicans”, “Easy Riders/Raging Bulls”, and “Brilliant, But Cancelled”. He spent ten years (1990-2000) as a producer at CBS News, working on “CBS This Morning” and “48 Hours”.
In 2011 and 2012, he hosted the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants live on NBC. Cohen has appeared on the covers of several magazines including Parade, Entertainment Weekly, Hamptons, and The Advocate. In June of 2013 he was named to Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business List. In December of 2012 GQ Magazine named Cohen one of the 25 Best Dressed Men of the Year. And in 2010, he was listed as one of TV Guide’s “25 Most Influential People in Television”. Cohen has interviewed Lady Gaga for Glamour Magazine, Rihanna live on Facebook, Jerry Seinfeld on AOL.com, and Martha Stewart at the 92nd St Y.

Born in St. Louis, Cohen is a graduate of Boston University where he received a B.A. in broadcast journalism. Cohen is currently on the board of directors for charity Friends In Deed and resides in New York City.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday February 24th 2015

Kat Perkins9:15AM (PST) – Kat Perkins The Voice (new Season)

@katperkinsmusic
facebook.com/katperkinsmusic
www.katperkinsmusic.com
Fearless is available on iTunes

Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, she made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.

Over the years, Perkins has performed and recorded with her bands Scarlet Haze, Northern Comfort, and SKITZOfrenic. Scarlet Haze’s third record came out February of 2012 and was produced by James ‘Fluff’ Harley of World Record Productions and the debut single features Guns N’ Roses guitars Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin, Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Korn) and her current musical director Eric Warner.
Perkins recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5). Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts.

When not on stage, you can usually find Perkins nannying, writing, recording and constantly coming up with new projects as well as managing other bands in the business. She speaks at many schools also.
You can view her performances from The Voice on her homepage.
Perkins’ new EP entitled “Fearless” is available at all digital retailers.

Lindsey Hall10:15AM (PST) – Lindsey Hall, Eating Disorder Survivor, Freelance writer, Book Publicist in Manhattan, and quickly becoming a valued voice for the eating disorder community

@lindsey422
instagram.com/_lindseyhall_
ihaventshavedinsixweeks.com

A misplaced Texan living in NYC, Lindsey Hall is a Book Publicist by day and ED Activist by night. Having struggled with the Eating Disorder cycle for 8+ years, Lindsey has been in recovery for over a year. Currently on a quest to humanize and debunk the stereotypes of rehab and “eating disorder culture”, she blogs about her experience at the aptly titled “I Haven’t Shaved in 6 Weeks: All The Truths About Eating Disorders“. Raw in her writing, she’s unabashedly honest about the process of recovery and the struggles that ensue both pre and post-rehab. She loves to connect with others through sharing her experience.

In the past, Lindsey has written for outlets including Greatist, MindBodyGreen, XOJane, and more – and has been shared by multiple activists in the eating disorder community including bestselling LIFE WITHOUT ED author Jenni Schaefer, ABC’s The Taste Cassandra Bodzak, Melissa Fabello, and Madelyn Moon. She has also recently signed on as a blog contributor for the largest eating disorder non-profit organization Project Heal, and as well a contributor to The Beauty Bean.

Through NEDA’s “I Had No Idea” campaign this year, Lindsey also speaks at various colleges in New York and Boston in order to share more insight for parents and friends of eating disorder patients.

Lynn Grefe10:30AM (PST) – Lynn Grefe, President and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

www.MyNEDA.org
Contact NEDA’s Live Helpline: 800-931-2237
@NEDAstaff

Lynn Grefe has served as president and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) since 2003. In that role, she has led the creation and expansion of innovative and ground-breaking programs to meet the needs of the 30 million people and their families who will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life.

A published author in the field and NEDA’s spokesperson, she frequently appears on television and in print, both nationally and in virtually every major market across the country.
Grefe’s career has long centered on issues, advocacy and solutions. She has worked for state government in the criminal justice system; the private sector for a variety of corporate and non-profit clients on legislative and policy issues; and in the non-profit political arena for women’s reproductive health issues.

Grefe is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the National Institute of Mental Health Alliance and is the leader of the NEDA Network of 23 eating disorder non-profits around the nation. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Mental Health Foundation, which honored her in 2011. In 2014, Grefe was also honored by Women’s E-News as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

Phil Rosenthal11:15AM (PST) – Phil Rosenthal, the creator of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, director of the documentary film ‘Exporting Raymond’ and Host of an upcoming food and travel TV series

@whereslunchphil
Exporting Raymond

Phil Rosenthal was born in Queens, raised in Rockland, N.Y., and attended Hofstra University on Long Island. Starting out as an actor in New York, Rosenthal also wrote and directed theater before relocating to Los Angeles.

Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and “Coach”.
He was the creator/executive producer of the hit CBS comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, staying with the show for its entire nine season run, beginning in l996. “Everybody Loves Raymond” was nominated for over 70 Emmy awards, and won 15 times, including for Best Comedy Series in 2003 and 2005.
Rosenthal has the distinction of having directed President Bill Clinton in the White House Correspondents Dinner video, which was shown to wide acclaim at the April, 2000 event. He co-wrote “America: A Tribute to Heroes”, the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks, won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing.
Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Television Writing for his “Everybody Loves Raymond” script, “Italy”.
He returned to his roots as an actor in the James Brooks feature film “Spanglish”, in which he played Adam Sandler’s sous chef. He also appeared in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, Jake Kasdan’s feature ”The TV Set”, “The Simpsons Movie”, and starred in Funny or Die’s “Jewish James Bond” as James Bond.
Rosenthal is the author of “You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom”.
His first feature for Sony Pictures: “Exporting Raymond”, which he wrote and directed, the true story about the attempt to turn “Everybody Loves Raymond” into a Russian sitcom, was released in April of 2011.
In 2014 Rosenthal participated in the Emmy nominated CNN documentary series, “The Sixties” and is the host of a new food and travel series for PBS: “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”.

Rosenthal lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, actress Monica Horan (who played Amy on “Everybody Loves Raymond”), and their two children.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday February 23rd 2015

Lawrence Zarian9:45AM (PST) – Lawrence Zarian, Fashion expert reviewing Oscar fashions

@LawrenceZarian
lawrencezarian.com
Lawrence Zarian’s Ten Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe

One of the most sought after on-camera lifestyle & fashion experts in the television industry today with experience on-air of over 15 years, and Author of the successful fashion “Bible” ​​Lawrence Zarian’s 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe, which was released in February 2014. With the support and endorsements of top industry professionals in the TV and fashion world, his book not only breaks down how to maximize ones wardrobe and style potential but it also emphasizes the importance that true style originates with a happy and healthy mind, attitude and lifestyle.

As a consistent on-air fashion and lifestyle host for Live With Kelly & Michael for almost 15 years, in addition to Steve Harvey, Rachael Ray, The Doctors and Entertainment Tonight, Zarian not only knows how to spot a current fashion trend, but how to interpret Hollywood’s most expensive looks into affordable styles for everyone. With energy and sharp insight, Zarian is at home in every situation; from the award season red carpet, to hosting his own show or even making over a family of five from Ohio.

Other credits include: ABC’s Live at The Academy Awards, Inside Edition, The Early Show, EXTRA, KTLA, GDLA, Dr. Phil, and hosting his own shows, Red Carpet Fashion Wrap and The Fashion Team, on the TV Guide Network.

Peter Miller10:15AM (PST) – Peter Miller, Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual

www.petermiller-nm.com

Peter Miller professional credentials: 2006 Northwestern Mutual Forum Member, 2006 Northwestern Mutual Crystal Award – Associate of the Year, 2005 SFBAG Associate of the Year, 1996 Gold Award – Top 20 in Western Region, 1995 Silver Award – Top 20 in Western Region, 1994 Bronze Award – First in Western Region.
His professional designations: Chartered Financial Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC), Representing Northwestern Mutual since 1993.
He as Bachelor of Arts at Harvard College with Economics as his major.

Peter is a long-time San Carlos resident, living with his wife Patti and their sons. Timmy is junior at Carlmont High School and Jay attends the San Carlos Charter Learning Center. Peter is an avid golfer and evolving pizza maker.

Amy Newmark10:30AM (PST) – Amy Newmark, Chicken Soup for the Soul series

@ChickenSoupSoul
@amynewmark
www.chickensoup.com

Amy Newmark is the woman behind the legendary Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and a true leader in the self-improvement space. Topics such as self-improvement, finding inner strength, and the power of forgiveness are just a few of the useful subjects that Newmark can speak to as she passes along the real-life lessons and useful tips she has picked up from the thousands of inspirational and aspirational true stories she has placed in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.

Newmark has been a writer, speaker, financial analyst and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications for over thirty years. As publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, she has edited or co-authored the last 100+ books, has a weekly syndicated column through the Hearst Corporation and a weekly column on SheKnows.com with over 40 million unique visitors a month.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday February 20th 2015

JonnyDonahoe10:15AM (PST) – Actor, Jonny Donahoe, “Every Brilliant Thing”

www.EveryBrilliantThingPlay.com
www.BarrowStreetTheatre.com
www.jonnydonahoe.co.uk
@JonnyDonahoe

Jonny Donahoe (Performer/Writer). Every Brilliant Thing is performed and co-written by Jonny Donahoe. Best known in the UK as a comedian, Jonny is the frontman of musical comedy act Jonny & the Baptists, who have been nominated for five major awards in the last 18 months. They have been commissioned to create work for BBC Radio 4, BBC television and have been featured on The Now Show (Radio 4), The Gadget Show (Channel 5), The Infinite Monkey Cage (Radio 4), Fresh from the Fringe (BBC TV/Radio 4) and Sketchorama (Radio 4). Earlier this year they were commissioned to write and perform at the National Theatre as part of Mark Thomas’s 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. Jonny’s Recent acting credits include Real Horror Show (Leicester Square Theatre & tour, 2012-13), and the Dawson Brothers’ hit YouTube series That Meeting, now viewed by over 3 million people worldwide. He has also worked as a writer and performer in development workshops with Les Enfants Terribles, the Soho Theatre and The Old Vic Theatre.

Lana Veenker10:45AM (PST) – Lana Veenker, CSA, ICDN, Founder/Principal, Casting Director – Cast Iron Studios, Portland, OR

facebook.com/castironstudios
@CastIronStudios
facebook.com/lanaveenker
@lanaveenker
castironstudios.com

With more than twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, Lana’s credits span the globe. Before founding Cast Iron Studios (formerly Lana Veenker Casting) in 1999, she acted in France, England and Venezuela, lived in India and the West Indies, and helped hire European leads for major studios and networks as part of a London casting office. In the U.S., she has grown Portland-based Cast Iron Studios into one of the top location casting companies in the country by working with directors such as Jean-Marc Vallée, Gus Van Sant, Robert Benton, Guillermo Arriaga, Catherine Hardwicke, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn. Her company’s commercial division has spearheaded countless award-winning projects for Nike, Apple, Facebook, Nintendo and more, and has worked on major international campaigns everywhere from Shanghai to Santiago. As a member of the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN) and the Casting Society of America (CSA), Lana maintains strong partnerships worldwide. She speaks French and Spanish, and frequently lectures in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at the Finnish Actors’ Union in Helsinki, Amsterdam School of the Arts, Actors in Scandinavia in Stockholm, Prague Film School, The Actors Platform in London, Webster University in Vienna, The Acting Studio in Berlin, Studio Bleu in Paris, and in ports of call from Tonga to Trieste aboard the luxury liner M/V The World. In a single week, she’s been known to sway legislators with compelling arguments for Oregon’s film incentives, fly to Paris to produce a staged reading and top-rope up the side of an Austrian WWII anti-aircraft tower.

Nikki Moustaki11:15AM (PST) – Nikki Moustaki is a renowned pet expert, award-winning poet, and author of “The Bird Market of Paris”

The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir
www.nikkimoustaki.com

Nikki Moustaki is the author of twenty-five books on the care and training of exotic birds. She holds an MA in creative writing, poetry, from New York University, an MFA in creative writing, poetry, from Indiana University, and an MFA in creative writing, fiction, from New York University. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry, as well as many other national writing awards. Moustaki splits her time between New York City and Miami Beach.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday February 19th 2015

Tony Harris9:15AM (PST) – Tony Harris, Emmy Award Winning Broadcast Journalist Explores the Roots of Intolerance in Investigation Discovery’s New Special, “Hate In America” Premiering Monday, February 23 at 8/7c on Investigation Discovery

www.InvestigationDiscovery.com
facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery
@DiscoveryID

Tony Harris is a news anchor, television correspondent, and filmmaker currently anchoring Al Jazeera America’s (AJAM) 4pm and 6pm newscasts from Al Jazeera’s US headquarters in New York City. Previously, Harris anchored the flagship Al Jazeera Newshour from the company’s global headquarters in Doha, Qatar becoming the first African-American anchor to be based outside the U.S. for a global news network. Before his current position, Harris anchored NN Newsroom with Tony Harris for CNN and was a member of the teams that earned CNN George Foster Peabody Awards for coverage of the British petroleum oil spill and Hurricane Katrina, and an Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami.

Alan Thicke9:30AM (PST) – Alan Thicke, Dancing Pros: Live!

@alan_thicke
@dancingproslive
www.dancingproslive.com
www.alanthicke.com

Television audiences know Thicke best as psychiatrist and father Jason Seaver from ABC’s Growing Pains, now syndicated in over 65 countries. Last year’s Growing Pains: The Reunion was one of Disney’s highest-rated TV Movies. He starred as the dim-witted diva ‘Dennis Dupree’ on the NBC series HOPE & GLORIA, and has guested on countless episodics ranging from Just Shoot Me, Arliss, Son of the Beach, and Married with Children to Seventh Heaven and Outer Limits. He has also appeared on the CBS hit comedy How I Met Your Mother.
In theatre, Alan received rave reviews opposite Jason Alexander in the Neil Simon/Burt Bacharach musical Promises, Promises and for his Broadway debut as ‘Billy Flynn’ in CHICAGO-The Musical.

One of America’s most sought-after emcees, Alan has hosted event specials including THE EMMY AWARDS; ABC’s OLYMPIC KICK-OFF GALA; CBC’s NHL AWARDS; ABC’s DISNEY CHRISTMAS and EASTER PARADES; ABC’s and NBC’s FALL PREVIEW SPECIALS; the MISS UNIVERSE, MISS WORLD USA, and MISS USA Pageants;SHOWTIME’S COMEDY ALL-STARS; TV’s FUNNIEST FAMILIES and NBC’s WORLD’S GREATEST MAGIC. His series hosting includes ABC’s ANIMAL CRACK-UPS; the EMMY-nominated PICTIONARY; A&E’s TRAVELQUEST; Game Show Network’s ALL NEW 3’S A CROWD; and the current MIRACLE PETS for PAX-TV, and TODAY’S MANairing on CNBC.
As a headliner, Alan has played the main Vegas showrooms of the Hilton, Desert Inn and Sands, as well as Atlantic City’s Resorts International, numerous cruise ships, and corporate events for Borden, Nestle, Mattel, Baskin-Robbins, Brite-Smile, and the Tournament Golf Association.
As an author, LOVELY PARTING GIFTS, HOW TO RAISE KIDS WHO WON’T HATE YOU – the sequel to HOW MEN HAVE BABIES – The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide, a perennial favorite since its release in 1999 and now translated into Spanish, German, and Chinese. (Alan’s recorded version won an AUDIE AWARD, the Oscar for Books-On-Tape).
Alan wrote and/or produced comedy specials and series for BILL COSBY, FLIP WILSON, KENNY ROGERS, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, ANNE MURRAY, and BARRY MANILOW. He produced and wrote the revolutionary comedies FERNWOOD 2NIGHT and AMERICA 2NIGHT for Norman Lear.
Alan’s background in game shows is extensive. He produced CELEBRITY SWEEPSTAKES and WIZARD OF ODDS, launching the career of his friend Alex Trebek. WHEEL OF FORTUNE and THE JOKER’S WILD are among over 45 television theme songs composed by Alan, including FACTS OF LIFE and DIFF’RENT STROKES.

Alan is married to Tanya Callau and is a proud father of three sons: Brennan, Robin and Carter.

10:30AM (PST) – Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley, The Real Housewives of Orange County

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‘Real Housewives’ star Gretchen Rossi’s in Fan Fest fashion show
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Gretchen Rossi joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County in Season 4. The budding entrepreneur grew up in La Crescenta, California, and attended Baylor University in Dallas, Texas, where she studied Psychology. After struggling with their relationship last year, Gretchen and her long-time boyfriend, Slade, are stronger than ever. With her signature Gretchen Christine line taking off, Slade has started to veer into a new profession, hosting a local radio show. Simultaneously, he and Gretchen are focused on the well-being of his son, while also contemplating the future of starting their own family together.

Slade Smiley
First Look: Texas Rising
Where the Starlight Ends

He may be called “Mr. Gretchen Rossi” behind his back, but Slade Smiley’s history with The Real Housewives of Orange County runs deeper than just his fetching fiance and minor squabbles with the other Housewives.

Slade grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and attended college briefly at the University of Alaska at Anchorage before transferring to California State University, Long Beach.
Slade Smiley spent a good deal of the 1980s racing bicycles competitively, and claims to have raced in the Tour de France once. He also had a fairly successful modeling career, shilling for brands like Adidas, Gillette, and Cherokee Clothing. Somewhere along the way, Slade even found time to become fluent in Japanese.
But his personal life was a bit less steady. In the 1980s, he was married to Rose Smiley and had one son, Gavin, who’s now in his early 20s. He has another son, 12-year-old Grayson, with ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo. Sadly, Grayson suffers from a serious neurological disease called diffuse fibrillary astrocytoma. He underwent an invasive surgery last year to remove as much of his brain tumor as possible and has been recovering well ever since.

In 2006, Slade joined the Real Housewives of Orange County with then-fiance Jo De La Rosa. According to Vicki Gunvalson, Slade and Jo’s addition was a total fluke after the two of them won an opportunity to appear on the show in an auction.
Unfortunately, Slade and Jo parted ways in 2007 when Jo decided to move to LA to pursue her music career. Strangely enough, the pair reunited (professionally, at least) for the reality show Date My Ex, in which Jo went on a series of dates and received advice about her various suitors from Slade and two of her best friends.
Following his breakup from Jo, Slade also dated RHOC co-star Lauri Waring briefly before really hitting it off with Gretchen Rossi in 2009. The two are still together and happily engaged now too! Gretchen threw convention to the wind and proposed to Slade on April 14 atop the AT&T building in LA.
Although tongues have wagged in the past about Slade’s money problems (his real estate business floundered during the economic downturn, and he’s been accused of being a deadbeat dad as well), he’s now gainfully employed as a talk radio host on Orange County station Playlist 927.
With a wedding to plan and babies to be had, Slade will continue to be a fixture on Real Housewives of Orange County for a long time to come!

Nigel Barker11:15AM (PST) – Nigel Barker, fashion photographer and author of “Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion”

www.nigelbarker.tv
@NigelBarker
instagram.com/nigelbarker
Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion

Nigel Barker is a fashion photographer whose images have been printed in many major magazines. The host of Oxygen’s The Face, Nigel was also a judge on America’s Next Top Model for nine years. He also directs and produces films and documentaries, many of which are devoted to his humanitarian work for organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He’s also the author of his new book, “Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion”. He lives in New York City with his wife, Cristen, and their two children, Jack and Jasmine.

Grae Drake11:45AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes

www.RottenTomatoes.com
@GraeDrake
“Awards Season Winners and Losers” on Reelz on Saturday and Sunday (check local listings)!

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.

This week’s movies:

  • THE DUFF
  • HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2
  • MCFARLAND, USA

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday February 18th 2015

Michael Orland9:15AM (PST) – Michael Orland, American Idol

www.michaelorland.com
@MichaelOrland

Michael Orland is currently the Pianist, Arranger, Vocal Coach and Associate Musical Director for the hit FOX-TV series AMERICAN IDOL. Through this amazing opportunity, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD and a record number of appearances on THE ELLEN SHOW. At the end of every IDOL season, Michael also accompanies the top 3 contestants to New York for appearances on REGIS & KELLY, LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL, CBS EARLY SHOW, and concerts on the plaza for THE TODAY SHOW. He has collaborated with music industry giants such as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Diane Warren, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Jennifer Lopez, and Tony Bennett all as a result of American Idol. He also served as a pianist/coach for the successful summer series AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (Seasons 1 & 2) and a few seasons back AMERICAN JUNIORS and has Associate Produced two hit singles (GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. and WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE) for AMERICAN IDOL as well as the hit compilation CD from AMERICAN JUNIORS.

Michael began his impressive musical career in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts at the tender age of three, when he escorted each member of his family, one by one, to see “MARY POPPINS” and then sat down at the piano and played the songs by ear. Since this auspicious beginning, he has become one of the most acclaimed musical directors on the concert, theater, and nightclub scene.
In addition to playing and conducting for many celebrities including Lucie Arnaz, Kaye Ballard, Lynda Carter, Kristin Chenoweth, Sam Harris, Jennifer Holliday, Lainie Kazan, Sally Kellerman, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Maureen McGovern, Idina Menzel, Chita Rivera, and the late Wayland Flowers & Madame, Michael played for the hit shows “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY”, “RUTHLESS!”, and “WHEN PIGS FLY” in Los Angeles. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut accompanying the legendary MGM star Ann Miller.
Prior to AMERICAN IDOL, television appearances have included The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Leeza, The Maury Povich Show, The Wayne Brady Show, and Geraldo. He also appeared on the hit sitcom “THE NANNY” performing an original song. He also played a pianist (it’s a stretch) on the WB sitcom “WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU” and the UPN sitcom HALF & HALF.

Every winter, Michael musical directs one of the touring companies of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMA SPECTACULAR starring the world-famous Rockettes. And he is now a published author in the best-selling book “Chicken Soup For The American Idol Soul”.
For the last four years Michael has also musical directed the Lythgoe Family Productions of the UK-famous “Panto Style” Theatre experience at both The El Portal Theatre and The Pasadena Playhouse including CINDERELLA starring Shoshanna Bean, SNOW WHITE starring Ariana Grande, ALADDIN starring Ben Vereen, and SLEEPING BEAUTY starring Disney’s Olivia Holt & Garrett Clayton and Lucy Lawless.
An accomplished songwriter, his songs have been featured on several daytime soaps and primetime shows. On recordings, he can be heard on Debbie Gravitte’s “Alan Menken Album” and “MGM Album”; Rita McKenzie’s “Ethel Merman’s Broadway”, “Ruthless! The Musical”, and produced and arranged several CD’s for cabaret artists. Michael is currently working on a solo piano album due out soon.

Kathy Wollard10:15AM (PST) – Kathy Wollard, the author of Newsday’s popular How Come? column

Kathy Wollard is answering questions from kids (and adults!) for more than 20 years, in her popular “How Come?” column. She has physics and journalism degrees from New York University, and has written about science and health for Self, Scholastic, Popular Science, and Family Fun magazines. She is the author of four books about science and nature in the How Come series. Her latest, “How Come?”, answers nearly 200 of the best questions sent in by readers, from “Why is the sky blue?” to “Why do fingernails sound so awful on a blackboard?”

Benjamin Scheuer10:30AM (PST) – Benjamin Scheuer, Singer and songwriter whose autobiographical solo show The Lion is currently playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in NYC

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@TheLionMusical
www.BenjaminScheuer.com
@BenjaminScheuer
www.BetweenTwoSpaces.com

Benjamin Scheuer (Writer/Performer) is the recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting and the 2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics. He has performed his work in New York at Lincoln Center, City Center, Symphony Space, Birdland, Merkin Hall, 54 Below and Joe’s Pub; in London at the Royal Albert Hall and the St. James Theatre; and in Edinburgh at Usher Hall and the Fringe Festival. The animated video for Scheuer’s song “The Lion” (dir. Peter Baynton) has been featured in the 2014 British Animation Awards (Public Choice for Best Music Video), 2013 Annecy Film Festival in France (Special Jury Award for Best Commissioned Film) and the 2013 Crystal Palace International Film Festival (Best Music Video, Best Animated Video). With his band Escapist Papers, Scheuer has released two albums: Escapist Papers and The Bridge (produced by Geoff Kraly). Scheuer has been a writer-in-residence at the Goodspeed Opera House and the Weston Playhouse, and is an alumnus of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. With photographer Riya Lerner, Scheuer is the co-creator of the book Between Two Spaces. He lives in New York City.

Mike Ritland11:15AM (PST) – Mike Ritland, Former Navy Seal and Author of “How to Train Your Dog – The Navy Seal Way”

Team Dog: How to Train Your Dog–the Navy SEAL Way
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Mike Ritland joined the navy in 1996, and after twelve years started his own company to train dogs for the SEAL teams. His clients include the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs, TSA, and the Department of Defense. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Trident K9 Warriors, which is being adapted for film. Gary Brozek has coauthored and ghostwritten nearly twenty books, including four New York Times bestsellers.

Jefferson Graham11:45AM (PST) – Jefferson Graham, Tech Columnist for USA Today

@jeffersongraham
jeffersongraham.net
tech.usatoday.com

Jefferson Graham is a photographer & Los Angeles based technology columnist for USA TODAY, and the host and producer of USA TODAY’s Talking Tech video series. Tech is seen on USATODAY.com and Gannett TV stations, including outlets in Phoenix, Minneapolis, Buffalo, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Portland.

Graham is the author of nine books, including “Video Nation: A DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting and Sharing Great Video”. Other titles include “Vegas: Live and In Person”, “Come on Down: The TV Game Show Book”, and biographies co-written with the late TV producer Aaron Spelling, infomercial king Ron Popeil and manager Ken Kragen. He regularly speaks to students and gatherings about multimedia journalism, and how to use simple consumer tech gear to make great looking videos. Graham has spoken @NYU, Ohio State, University of California, the Apple Store, B&H Photo, Samy’s Camera, PhotoPlus, ProPhoto Expo, the Atlanta TV Fest, the Napa Valley Film Festival and the Big Photo Show.

Graham is a working portrait photographer in Manhattan Beach, California and an accomplished jazz guitarist.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday February 17th 2015

Rick Egusquiza9:15AM (PST) – Rick Egusquiza, West Coast Editor of In Touch Weekly, Life and Style Weekly and Closer Weekly, some of the most popular entertainment magazines you love reading

Egusquiza is the veteran gossip hound famed for being the first one to break the story/scandal of political figure John Edwards’ extramarital affair – ten months before mainstream media jumped on the bandwagon.

A bartender turned Hollywood reporter/gossip guru, Rick joined the National Enquirer back in early 2000 by pure serendipity – being at the right place at the right time – but also for the mere fact that the very West Coast hipster-looking thespian has a unique certain je ne sais quoi that somehow makes him a people magnet – he’s everybody’s confidant.
Egusquiza is a walking encyclopedia of all things entertainment celebrity related. Like a sponge, he absorbs information at the speed of light, retains names and faces in a heartbeat, always got the perfect punch and/or comeback line, and of course is always in the know and in the now!
It’s nearly impossible to resist the captivatingly entertaining spell of this corky, bubbly, at times goofy, unique character who luckily for us is blessed with an infectiously great sense of humor, a contagiously energetic and hysterically comical personality. Needless to say, the camera loves him! The fit 45-year-old Cuban-American/New Jersey native has a very unique fashion style sporting his trademark signature attire- flip-flops and black-rimmed glasses – and an indelible “Joie de vivre” grin on his face. He’s appeared on numerous TV shows including Inside Edition, Geraldo at Large on Fox News and CNN to name a few.

There’s definitely something reassuring and contagiously appealing about Rick’s uber cool personality that impulsively draws you to him. Charming and charismatic in a non-threatening way, his ever-so approachable demeanor naturally makes him the perfect candidate to be the ideal “best friend” – and indeed, that’s just it…everybody loves Rick.

Margaret Cho10:30AM (PST) – Margaret Cho, comedian

@margaretcho
“ALL ABOUT SEX” – TLC’s weekly late night talk show

Beginning with her early days on the scene in SoCal, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a difficult, or even ‘taboo’ topic, there is no subject off limits. Her socially aware brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader as well as a teacher to those with open minds and open hearts.

Cho could be called the “Queen of all Media,” having conquered the worlds of film, television, books, music and theatre. She has three Grammy Award nominations and one Emmy nomination under her belt. Her comedy tours always sell-out, and she’s had two shows debut Off-Broadway (I’m The One That I Want and The Sensuous Woman). She has made an indelible mark in television, starting in 1994 with the network comedy All American Girl, followed by one of the first “reality sitcoms” to air on VH1, The Cho Show, and spent six seasons on the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva. She will be one of a panel of hosts on All About SEX, TLC’s new talk show about sex. Margaret will be covering alternative sexuality for the show, bringing her fearless brand of humor and frank talk to late night.
Margaret’s film and DVD releases of her Stand Up shows have broken records – literally, with I’m The One That I Want still holding the title for ‘Most Money Grossed Per Print’ for an independent film. Her other releases, which Cho fans collect and swap with zeal, include Notorious C.H.O (2001), Assassin (2005), Beautiful (2009) and Cho Dependent (2011). Margaret’s next show, which will be filmed in New York City in March, is There’s no I in Team, but There is a Cho in Psycho. Her latest work picks up where MOTHER, her 2012 show, left off. Since 1999, Margaret has been responsible for the distribution and sale of all her content.

Another one of Margaret’s new projects is something that’s very dear to her heart. As the “Patron Saint” for Outsiders, Margaret advocates for gay rights, bullying, and most recently, the homeless community in San Francisco. When the sadness of her dear friend Robin William’s death overwhelmed her, a mutual friend told her not to grieve Robin, but to ‘Be Robin.’ The hashtag #BeRobin was born, and Margaret began performing in and around San Francisco, putting the information of where she’d be on her Facebook and Twitter pages. The program has shed a new light on treating homeless people with the dignity they deserve. Incredibly, the #BeRobin project has led to more music from Margaret. Waiting for the right opportunity to release the music she has made since her last, Grammy-nominated effort, Cho Dependent, Margaret has two album’s worth of music, and when released, the proceeds will go toward the support of the homeless community.

John Oates11:15AM (PST) – singer and song writer, John Oates

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John Oates was destined to be a musician. Singing from the time he could talk and Playing the guitar since the age of five, his calling in life was never in question. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania in the early 1950’s…. a move that would change the course of his life. Like most kids at that time, the impact of the early days of rock left a lasting impression on John. At the age of four he witnessed his first live concert: Bill Haley and the Comets playing their classic rockabilly hits at a local amusement park.
Then there were the records…He began to collect 45 rpm singles …treasures from Little Richard, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Conway Twitty, Gary U.S. Bonds and of course, Elvis. He spent countless hours twisting the dial on his AM transistor radio trying to tune in the local R&B stations and listening to DJs like Jerry Blavat spinning obscure Doo Wop records and B sides.

When it came to influences John was open to more than just the top 40 hits…his friends’ older brother turned him on to the nascent folk music scene that began to sweep the country in the early 60’s. John’s interest in traditional American music began and he immersed himself in discovering primitive Appalachian Scotch Irish ballads, bluegrass, delta blues and the ragtime guitar styles performed by many of the newly rediscovered bluesmen and folk singers who began to make appearances at the Newport and Philadelphia folk festivals. At the same time he had the unique opportunity to attend shows at the famous Uptown Theater hearing many of the R&B legends like Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield as well as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Absorbing it all, he developed a kind of musical split personality.
One night John might be wearing a sharkskin suit playing everything from Doo Wop to the big R&B hits of the day with his band and the next night he would be playing solo with his acoustic guitar in a local coffee house performing blues and folk…to this day the very same roots and influences still can be heard in John’s original playing and singing style. John had the good fortune to meet an influential guitar player/ teacher named Jerry Ricks who had spent time on the road with Mississippi John Hurt and Son House. Jerry took John under his wing and introduced him to many of the newly rediscover folk performers, such as; Doc Watson, Reverend Gary Davis, Dave Van Ronk and Mississippi John for whom Philadelphia’s folk venues, like the Second Fret and Main Point, were frequent stops in their concert schedules. John had the unique opportunity to play alongside some of these seminal musicians learning first hand, their finger picking and flat-picking styles. In 1966, he wrote and recorded his first single “I Need Your Love” recorded at the legendary Virtue Sound Studio on North Broad Street and released on the Crimson label owned by a local music store called the Record Museum. The song was arranged by Bobby Martin who at the time was producing and arranging for Gamble and Huff. The single received airplay on Philly’s R&B radio stations and John began to divide his time between being a student and a professional musician.
In the late 60’s John moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University to be closer to the city’s music scene. While attending Temple John met Daryl Hall and they began their historic partnership. After graduating in 1970 with a degree in Journalism, John devoted the next few years working with Daryl in Philadelphia establishing the sound that would one day become world famous.
When John first met Daryl Hall it was their mutual love for urban rhythm and blues blended with the more rural roots of Americana music that created their unique sound. Since the formation of their partnership in the early 70’s Hall & Oates have gone on to record 21 albums, which have sold over 80 million units making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 top 40 hits and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in the original “Live Aid” concert and the ground breaking “We Are The World” charity recording have further established them as legendary artists who have personally and through their music, stood the test of time. Their influence on modern pop music has been cited by numerous contemporary bands, like the Gym Class Heroes, The Killers and Hot Chelle Rae, all of whom have credited and acknowledged H&O’s considerable contribution to American popular music. In addition to their numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations, in 2005 they were inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and in May of 2008 were presented the prestigious BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in song writing. In April 2014 Hall & Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He is also the creator and executive producer for the “7908 the Aspen Songwriters Festival” that brings together the finest songwriters from around the world to perform at the Historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen Colorado. The festival’s mission is to celebrate the art and craft of songwriting combined with a strong educational component dedicated to mentoring and developing the next generation of songwriters.
Since 1999, John has recorded five solo albums: “Phunk Shui,“100 Miles of Life”, “Mississippi Mile” and a live album called “The Bluesville Sessions”. In 2013 he released “Good Road To Follow”, which began as a series of digital singles featuring collaborations with legendary as well as new rising stars such as Vince Gill and Ryan Tedder. In March of 2014 the songs were compiled into a critically acclaimed fifteen song, three disc album. The wide range of songs and productions showcases the unique musical diversity that has become the trademark of his artistic talent.

In January 2015 John released his latest project on Warner/Elektra, a DVD entitled “Another Good Road”. Recorded live in a Nashville studio in one session and featuring some of Music City’s finest musicians and singers, this intimate performance video takes you on yet another musical journey. The video contains rare, seldom seen footage of his family ranch in Colorado and a glimpse into John’s world behind the music.
Songs include live gems from the critically acclaimed “Good Road To Follow” album as well as three new, never before recorded songs. This performance truly captures the early roots influences of Americana and blues blended with his unique pop sensibilities that has earned John worldwide popularity and respect over the last four decades.
When, not touring with his solo show or with Daryl Hall, John, his wife Aimee and their son Tanner divide their time between Nashville Tennessee and their rescue ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, along with dogs, Emus, Peacocks, Llamas and Alpacas.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday February 16th 2015

Carlos Pratts9:30AM (PST) – Carlos Pratts, “McFarland USA”

@carlospratts
facebook.com/mcfarlandusa
@DisneyPictures
McFarland USA Release Date: February 20, 2015

Carlos Pratts stars in the film “McFarland USA” opposite Kevin Costner. The film is inspired by the 1987 true story that follows young Latino runners from McFarland, California, with exceptional determination and running skills as they give their all to become a championship cross country team under the direction of Jim White (played by Costner). In the film Prattsplays Thomas the most prominent of the kids not only is asked to join the team but also has a crush on White’s daughter. This is Pratt’s first leading role in a film.“McFarland USA” will be released by Disney on February 20, 2015.

Growing up in Woodlands, Texas, acting was an unlikely career for Pratts. He preferred football, basketball and wrestling until he took an acting class as an elective senior year in high school. It was not long before he was hooked. Shortly after college, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. Taking acting lessons and working as a waiter at the Cheesecake Factory by day, allowed him to perform in acting showcases nightly hoping to snag the attention of a prominent agent or manager. It was not long before someone noticed him and he started to professionally audition.
Other credits include a supporting role in the 2014 hit movie “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”, as well as guest starring appearances on “Southland”, “Prime Suspect”, and “Justified”.
Pratts won the starring role in “McFarland USA” following acclaim he received for portraying the Gus, the son of the character Marco Ruiz (played by DemianBichir), in season 1 of FX’s “The Bridge”.

He lives in Los Angeles.

Reed Alexander10:15AM (PST) – Reed Alexander, ambassador, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and host of Reed On Air, every Thursday at 8pm on Air Toronto Radio

@reedalexander

In addition to his role as an actor, celebrity food and lifestyle expert, and sought out contributor to the international news and top magazines and media outlets, Reed Alexander launched his website KewlBites.com in 2010, which went on to become a tremendous success and spawn a career as a spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation and special partner of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. He is presently working on his next cookbook while also hosting his new weekly radio show, #ReedOnAIR, which is streamed globally online and on airwaves and is an hour-long culmination of the topics Reed is most passionate about: food, news and journalism, entertainment and pop culture, music, and conversation with the highest-profile A-list celebrities and influencers of today.

It’s not everybody who can transition seamlessly from acting on Nickelodeon’s iCarly to culinary superstardom, but that is exactly what 20 year old Reed Alexander has done. Not content to rest on his 2013 Kid’s Choice Award nomination, Reed authored a #1 bestselling cookbook KewlBites: 100 Nutritious, Delicious, and Family-Friendly Dishes, and launched an entire cooking empire with brand endorsements from First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

Reed, known to TV audiences as Jordy Truman on Will & Grace, and the villainous Nevel Pepperman on iCarly and Sam & Cat, has channeled his inner chef as a teen and hasn’t looked back. At the age of fourteen, Reed realized that with heart disease and diabetes in his family, he needed to get in better shape. He changed his diet, and shared the resulting recipes and cooking ideas on a KewlBites.com, a site he created. This in turn, served as the catalyst for the bestselling KewlBites: 100 Nutritious, Delicious, and Family-Friendly Dishes. Reed launched the cookbook on NBC News’ Today Show followed by an international public appearance tour that spanned North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Reed now serves as Ambassador for the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and has teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign. These opportunities afforded Reed the privilege to place his recipes in over 25,000 school cafeterias – reaching more than 30 million students daily. His line of Kewlbites recipe cards, which feature nutritious, delicious and uncomplicated dishes have been a big success with families nationwide. Since then he has been a contributing guest on NBC’s Today Show, a health and food correspondent for the BBC, a writer for The Huffington Post, a lecturer at Columbia University, and profiled in leading magazine and newspaper spreads while also collecting hundreds of thousands of followers across social media and digital platforms. For the past few years, Reed has hosted cooking demos in Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide, and has been the only youth headliner at Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival and the New York City Wine & Food Festival, which collectively attract over 20,000 attendees each year. 2015 marks the fourth consecutive year that Reed will reprise his role at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival where he’ll star in his own culinary demonstrations. In addition, he’ll serve as the event’s host and public face joining previous emcees such as Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and Sunny Anderson. Reed has recently signed on to be a series regular and celebrity chef mentor on Jamie Oliver’s new cooking competition show, Pressure Cooker: Kids. Spring 2015 will see the release of Reed’s first line of branded cookware and lifestyle products hitting shelves at leading retailers nationwide. Reed Alexander’s passion for cooking and eating well has blossomed into its own industry. Juggling acting, writing, lifestyle projects, along with studies in Broadcast Journalism at New York University, Reed has cooked up remarkable success at the age of twenty – success that is just beginning.

Marc Mero11:30AM (PST) – Marc Mero, Former WWE Wrestling Champion, America’s #1-Requested School Presenter, Inspirational Speaker, and Author of “How to be the Happiest Person on the Planet

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@MarcMero
facebook.com/MarcMeroPage
America’s #1-Requested School Presenter – Marc Mero – Champion of Choices

Marc Mero experienced his first crisis at age eight when his parents divorced. He grew up in a single-family home in a poor section of New York, but wrote down his dreams and goals, setting his sights on athletics. Marc worked hard to achieve success in hockey, football, boxing and professional wrestling. After reaching the pinnacle of sports entertainment as a WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion, Marc suffered enormous loss and learned that money and fame can’t buy happiness.
The tragic loss of more than 30 of Marc Mero’s close friends and family members – largely due to lifestyle choices and negative behaviors – spurred Marc into action. He wanted people to be aware of the consequences of their choices. Marc is determined to keep students off of the “death list” he speaks of during his presentation – helping young people realize that life is precious and relationships should be cherished.

Mero selflessly gives of his time and talent to impact young lives with amazing results. Through the nonprofit organization he founded in 2007 called Champion of Choices, this self-proclaimed “Happiest Person on the Planet” shares his powerful story of tragedy and triumph, speaking candidly about where his good and bad choices took him. His anti-bullying, substance abuse, and suicide prevention message reaches students at a heart-level during a dynamic stage production. Lives are saved and changed by his honest portrayal and courage to stand up, step up, and speak up. Thousands of young people credit Marc Mero with giving them hope, inspiring them to live healthy, successful lives by empowering them to make positive choices.
Marc Mero’s commitment to improving the lives of children and teens is unparalleled. It’s not a job – it’s his “passion.” He works countless hours to respond to students who need words of encouragement, and connects suicidal and depressed youth (many who are cutting themselves) with school counselors. Most of these students would otherwise hold in their hurt and pain. Marc is their “Hero and Champion!” There are two types of people in this world: Those who say that something needs to be done, and those who say they will do something. Marc Mero is a doer.