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The Marilu Henner Show – Best of – Monday May 25th 2015

Ai-jen PooAi-jen Poo, Author of “The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America”

@aijenpoo
www.caringacrossamerica.com
The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. As Co-director of Caring Across Generations, Ai-jen leads a movement that is inspiring thousands of careworkers, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, and lawmakers to work together to ensure that all people can mature in this country with dignity, security and independence.

Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, and the National Council on Aging. She is a 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellow, a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Other accolades include the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector America.

Garrett ReismanGarrett Reisman, former NASA astronaut

@astro_g_dogg
garrettreisman.com

Garrett Erin Reisman is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut. He was a backup crew member for Expedition 15 and joined Expedition 16 aboard the International Space Station for a short time before becoming a member of Expedition 17. He returned to Earth on June 14, 2008 on board STS-124 on Space Shuttle Discovery. He was a member of the STS-132 mission that traveled to the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis from May 14 to 26, 2010.
Reisman was born in Morristown, New Jersey and is a 1986 graduate of Parsippany High School, a 1991 graduate of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1997, respectively.

In June 2003, Reisman served as an aquanaut during the NEEMO 5 mission aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory, living and working under water for fourteen days.
Reisman was assigned as a long duration crewmember on the International Space Station. He launched as Mission Specialist 5 aboard the STS-123 (Space Shuttle Endeavour) mission on March 11, 2008. After docking he took part in the first spacewalk of the mission.[5] Reisman stayed on board as Flight Engineer 2 for part of Expedition 16 and part of Expedition 17. Having completed his mission, he returned to Earth as Mission Specialist 5 aboard STS-124 on June 14, 2008. During his time on board the ISS he had seen two visiting Space Shuttles and the installation of the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) and the pressurized section of the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo”.
Reisman was the first Jewish crew member on the International Space Station. He sent a greeting from space to the people of Israel during the celebration of Israel’s 60th Independence Day in May 2008. He also did an entertaining, high definition video of “A day in the life of a space station crew member” while on board as well as demonstrating in the large, and at the time empty, Kibo section, that humans cannot “swim” in the microgravity of orbital space.
On March 4, 2011, SpaceX announced that Reisman would be joining the company as a senior engineer working on astronaut safety and mission assurance.

A self-proclaimed member of the “Colbert Universe”, Reisman was interviewed live from space on the May 8, 2008 episode of The Colbert Report after being seen wearing a “WristStrong” bracelet. On July 24, 2008, after returning to Earth, Reisman appeared in person on The Colbert Report as that night’s featured guest. Reisman presented Stephen Colbert with the WristStrong bracelet he had worn while in space. Riesman appeared on the final episode of The Colbert Report.
Reisman filmed a cameo appearance as a Colonial Marine for the series finale episode of Battlestar Galactica.
Reisman was a childhood classmate of actress Jane Krakowski. In May, 2010, Krakowski said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that she and Reisman exchanged e-mails while he was in space on Space Shuttle Atlantis. At the request of the crew, many of whom were 30 Rock fans, Krakowski provided an autographed script of the show which was brought into space.

Meili CadyMeili Cady, Author of the book, “Smoke: How a small-town girl accidentally wound up smuggling 7,000 pounds Marijuana with the Pot Princess of Beverly Hills”

meilicady.com
@MEILI_CADY
facebook.com/smokethebook
Smoke: How a Small-Town Girl Accidentally Wound Up Smuggling 7,000 Pounds of Marijuana with the Pot Princess of Beverly Hills

A native of Bremerton, Washington, Meili Cady starred as the lead actress in the Showtime comedy film Chick Magnet, and has appeared on Californication and other television shows. After a brief stint in a federal prison camp for her involvement in the internationally known marijuana conspiracy detailed in this book, Meili began the blog “House Arrest Girl” while she served a year of home confinement. She has since found her passion for writing, and has used it as a tool to reflect, and move on from her mistakes. She currently lives in Los Angeles, and is beginning to return to her acting.

Kevin PollakKevin Pollak, actor, director, comedian

Kevin Elliot Pollak is an American actor, impressionist and comedian. He started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 10 and touring professionally at the age of 20. In 1988, Pollak landed a role in George Lucas’s Willow, directed by Ron Howard, and began his acting career. Pollak is an avid poker player, hosting weekly home games with some of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities. He finished 134th out of 6,598 entrants in the 2012 World Series of Poker, earning himself $52,718.
Pollak was born in San Francisco, the youngest son of Elaine Harlow and Robert “Bobby” Pollak. He has one older brother. His brother resides with his family in Boston. He attended high school at Pioneer High School in San Jose.

As an actor, Pollak’s most notable roles are usually playing the best friend or confidant characters to the leading men, as he did in Ricochet (1991), A Few Good Men (1992), End of Days (1999) and The Wedding Planner (2001). However, Pollak has also played a wide variety of parts; he played a criminal in The Usual Suspects (1995) and a gangster in The Whole Nine Yards (2000). He also briefly hosted Celebrity Poker Showdown in its first season. His most substantial role to date was in Deterrence (1999), in which he played the main character, a Vice President who must take over for a deceased President and deal with a nuclear crisis.
In December 2006, he played Karl Kreutzfeld in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room. Through 2008, he had a recurring role as a District Attorney on the television series Shark. In March 2008, Pollak played himself in the web series The Writers Room on Crackle. In 2010, he portrayed Sheriff Tom Wagner in Choose.
In January 2010, Pollak was scheduled to host Our Little Genius on FOX, but the series was pulled before it could air on television. Pollak was then seen hosting Million Dollar Money Drop, again on the FOX network at the end of 2010.
In 2014, Pollak began a recurring role as Alvin Biletnikoff on the CBS sitcom Mom. However, his time on the show was cut short by the death of his character.

Pollak’s directorial debut was on the horror web series Vamped Out, featured on the internet television platform Babelgum. Jason Antoon, Seana Kofoed, Samm Levine and Pollak all acted in the ensemble cast. The screenbook was based on a simple joke that Antoon and Pollak had between them. Most recently, Pollak’s feature film directorial debut, the comedy documentary Misery Loves Comedy, premiered at The 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film sold North American rights to Tribeca Film, a US distribution company.
As a comedian, Pollak’s most famous work was his 1992 HBO special Stop With the Kicking, directed by fellow comedian David Steinberg and produced by Boston comedy writer Martin Olson. In July 2009, The Littlest Suspect, his most recent comedy special, was aired on Showtime. Pollak is especially adept at doing impressions.

Dr. Norman DoidgeDr. Norman Doidge, author of the New York Times Bestseller, “The Brain that Changes Itself” and his new book, “The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity”

www.normandoidge.com
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and New York Times bestselling author. His first book, The Brain That Changes Itself, has sold over one million copies. He is on the research faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York City and on the faculty of the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. He lives in Toronto.

Nely GalanNely Galan, Emmy-winning Producer & Founder of the Adelante Movement

@Nely_Galan
www.nelygalan.com
theadelantemovement.com
facebook.com/TheAdelanteMovement

A Latina leader and media mogul unlike any other, Nely Galan is lighting the way for women’s empowerment. Aptly dubbed “The Tropical Tycoon” by the New York Times Magazine, Galan is a first generation Cuban immigrant who holds the distinction of being first Latina president of a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 700 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the FOX hit reality series “The Swan” and is the first Latina to appear on “Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump” on NBC. Her company, Galan Entertainment has launched nearly a dozen television channels internationally.

When she’s not making magic behind the scenes, Galan is front and center making her mark as a thought-leader. An activist leading the charge for Latina empowerment, Galan has become an in-demand motivational speaker and is the founder of the Adelante Movement (Move Forward!). Backed by Coca Cola, Galan’s Adelante Movement is a grassroots campaign that empowers Latinas financially and entrepreneurially in the U.S. The Adelante Movement: Tour is a series of national empowerment conferences, supported by a digital community that inform, mentor and inspire Latinas to take action!

Research has shown that Latinas between the ages of 18 and 50 are the top emerging economic market in this country, spending over a trillion dollars a year. Numerically, Latinas are the future of this country: By the year 2030, Latinos will comprise 30 percent of this country, and by the year 2050, they will be the majority. Latina moms are the key influencers in their families, controlling the purchases, the vote, and the future of their children. They may not know it, but the world is their oyster. Adelante seeks not only to unite Latinas online and on tour, but to help realize their true power and actualize their economic dreams.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday May 22nd 2015

Grae Drake9:15AM (PST) – Grae Drake, 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.

Movies this week:

Robert Cohen10:15AM (PST) – Robert Cohen, “The Not Milkman”, a wannabe ironman triathlete at 64 years old, and author of over 5,300 free daily columns

www.notmilk.com

Robert Cohen performed research in the 1970’s on the hormonal effects on the brain and behavior. Twenty-five years later, this father of three became concerned about the most controversial drug approval in FDA history, the genetically engineered hormone that is now in our milk supply. Along the way, Cohen discovered that milk is implicated in causing breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and chronic childhood illnesses. Cohen’s skills as a researcher, and his passion for the safety of his family, led to his single-minded pursuit to expose the truth about milk. Based on his exhaustive and comprehensive research over the past six years, Cohen predicted the Mad Cow Disease outbreak. His dogged determination has set the American dairy industry on its ear. To insure that all citizens of the world learn the truth, Cohen founded and is executive director of America’s Dairy Education Board, a group of nationally prominent doctors dedicated to dispelling the myth that milk is nature’s perfect food.

Dr. Peter Glidden10:30AM (PST) – Dr. Peter Glidden, Youngevity

@DrGlidden
drglidden.com
youngevity.com

A second generation native of Nantucket Island, and the youngest of 6 children, Dr. Peter Glidden spent childhood riding bikes, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, sailing and hunting in a quintessential Norman Rockwell-esque, small New England town. His mother’s devout catholic faith had a strong influence on him and subsequently he became involved with the Catholic Church from a young age all the way through High School. The spiritual side of life was always in the foreground of Dr. Glidden mind and for a number of years as a teenager he seriously considered becoming a Catholic priest.
Investigations into the spiritual dimensions of life led Dr. Glidden to become a Transcendental Meditation practitioner at the ripe old age of 10, the same year that he taught himself how to do yoga. Graduating third in his High School Class he matriculated to Williams College in the fall of 1976 ostensibly as a Religion major. Disenchanted with academic life he dropped out of Williams after only three semesters.
For the next 10 years Dr. Peter Glidden pursued a wandering life path of adventure and investigative spirituality which led him to Ananda Cooperative Community in Grass Valley CA, Sant Mat Spiritual Center in New Hampshire, and the Kripalu Center in Western MA. His experience with yoga and meditation had by default put him in touch with the alternative health culture in the US, and he found himself over the years in the company of many different people who referred to themselves as “healers”. Interestingly, 100% of them lacked any substantial grounding in the scientific method, and when push came to shove, they would all fall back on conventional medical methods. There were only two wholistic medical practitioners that he had any respect or admiration for whatsoever – an osteopathic doctor and a chiropractor.

In 1984 Dr. Peter Glidden went back to school, securing a BS in pre-med biology from the University of Massachusetts in 1987 with the intention of becoming an osteopath. In his senior year at U-Mass he became very sick and experienced two things that completely changed his life:

  1. The complete and utter incompetence of conventional medical doctors to help him to even understand what was wrong with him, let alone fix it;
  2. A remarkable and instantaneous cure from a licensed Naturopathic physician.

The juxtaposition of these two events completely altered his professional path, and solidified an unshakable resolve to abandon conventional medicine and become a naturopath.
Five months after experiencing the miracle cure from the naturopathic physician, Dr. Peter Glidden was enrolled at Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle WA. He officially became licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in January of 1992 and have been in the front lines of private practice ever since, often working for years at a time in unlicensed states with the intention of drumming up public support for the naturopathic licensing efforts therein.
Dr. Peter Glidden is unruffled, proud and outspoken pioneer of wholistic naturopathic medicine.

Meredith Jones11:15AM (PST) – Meredith Jones, Author, “Women of the Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns”

www.aboutmjones.com
Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (and How You Can Too)

Meredith Jones is an internationally-recognized researcher, writer, speaker and expert in the alternative investment industry with over 15 years of experience.
Alternative investment consultant and author of “Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (And How You Can Too)”, Meredith began her alternative investment career at Van Hedge Fund Advisors International (VAN), where she was Director of Research. At VAN, Meredith was responsible for manager selection, due diligence, index construction and aggregate industry research for the $500 million fund of funds.
Meredith was then recruited by hedge fund analytics provider PerTrac Financial Solutions. There she focused on industry trends with an eye to providing actionable insights and information. Her research on emerging managers, initiated in 2006, and women and minority-owned funds created new investment categories. It has changed the way investors and money managers behave – both in the way investors allocate and how money managers market to and seek investors. Meredith then went on to be Director at Barclays Capital Strategic Consulting Group. There she consulted for clients and authored white papers, including her first white paper on women and minority-owned investing.

She has gone on to speak and present research internationally – including conferences in Tokyo, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Sydney, Geneva and more.
Until the acquisition of Rothstein Kass by KPMG, Meredith served as Director of the Rothstein Kass Institute, an Alternative Investment Think Tank at the professional services firm Rothstein Kass (RKCO). There she created the first Women in Alternative Investments Hedge Fund Index to measure performance of female hedge fund and private equity managers.

Meredith is a foodie and wine lover and maintains a love of charcoal and open flames when it comes to her own cooking. She is a figure skater and skates weekly, relying on an inexplicable addiction to decaffeinated coffee for her early morning ice times.

Gordon Goodwin

Photo credit: Joe Meyer

11:30AM (PST) – Gordon Goodwin, jazz musician

www.bigphatband.com
KJAZZ Summer Benefit Concert on June 27 @ Disney Concert Hall

Gordon Goodwin aspired to lead a big band from a time before he can even remember. His position at the forefront of 18-piece Big Phat Band, one of the most innovative and versatile collectives of the past thirty years, speaks reams about his seemingly limitless talents as an instrumentalist, composer, arranger, conductor and bandleader.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1954, he moved with his family to California when he was only two. At a very early age, so his mother told him, he would tune in to The Mickey Mouse Club on TV and stand in the middle of his living room, pretending to conduct the orchestra. It seemed innocent enough, but it was just the beginning.
By the time he reached grade school, he was studying piano and saxophone – two instruments on which he excels to this day. While his classmates in junior high and high school were tuning in to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Motown and other iconic rock and pop artists of the ‘60s, Goodwin was charting his own big band compositions and grooving to icons of a different era: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich and Thad Jones.By the early ‘70s, he was able to establish a stronger connection to the soundtrack of his generation via bands like Earth Wind & Fire, Blood Sweat & Tears and others that grafted elements of jazz and swing to the basic components of rock and pop. During high school, he played in youth orchestras that came out on top of just about every competition in the region, including the Monterey Jazz Festival.
During his college years at Cal State Northridge, he spent his days studying orchestration and counterpoint, and his nights playing piano and sax in a rock band whose repertoire included hits by some of the aforementioned jazz-rock powerhouse bands. After college, he spent a few years during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s providing music for various aspects of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. The gig led to opportunities to compose and arrange for TV series produced by Disney, Warner Brothers and others.
Over the past couple decades, Goodwin has composed, arranged and/or conducted for a host of artists, including Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme and Quincy Jones. On the big screen, his scoring and orchestration can be heard on dozens of films, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Get Smart, National Treasure, The Incredibles, Remember the Titans, Armageddon and Gone in 60 Seconds.

Swingin’ for the Fences, the band’s debut recording released in 2000, featured guest artist Arturo Sandoval and Eddie Daniels. It made history as the first commercially available DVD-Audio title ever released and the first DVD-Audio title to receive two Grammy nominations. XXL, the Big Phat Band’s followup recording in 2003, featured a series of high-profile guest artists, including Mathis, Michael Brecker, vocalist Brian McKnight and Take 6. The album garnered three GRAMMY nominations: Best Large Ensemble Album, Best Instrumental Composition (“Hunting Wabbits”) and Best Instrumental Arrangement with Vocals (“Comes Love”, with a guest appearance by McKnight). XXL won the Surround Sound Award for Best Made for Surround Sound Title.
The 2008 release of The Phat Pack marked the band’s move to Immergent Records, but the band’s ability to attract impressive guest artists was not lost in the transition. The album featured performances by Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Eddie Daniels and Take 6. The Phat Band received a GRAMMY nomination and spent 31 weeks on the Billboard jazz charts. Act Your Age, released in 2008, far outsold every other big band record in its path. Produced by acclaimed jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour and nominated for three GRAMMYs, the album featured a host of guests, including Patti Austin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin and Art Tatum.
Goodwin and the Big Phat Band joined the Telarc label for the 2011 release of That’s How We Roll, which included 10 original compositions by Goodwin and a GRAMMY-winning rendition of the Gershwin classic, “Rhapsody in Blue”. Special guests on Roll include Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, Marcus Miller and Take 6.
Goodwin’s latest opus with The Big Phat Band is Life in the Bubble. Often rollicking and upbeat, yet occasionally reserved and contemplative, Life in the Bubble explores the sense of isolation that has emerged in the digital age of immediate access to unlimited amounts information.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday May 21st 2015

Jill Whelan9:30AM (PST) – 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.

Holly Bailey10:15AM (PST) – Holly Bailey, national correspondent at Yahoo News, and author of the book “The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado”

www.mercyofthesky.com
@hollybdc
hollybailey.tumblr.com

Holly Bailey is a national correspondent at Yahoo News, for which she is now covering the Boston Marathon bombing trial. A former White House correspondent for Newsweek (the youngest ever) her work has appeared in Slate, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Texas Monthly and Oklahoma Today. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX and NPR to discuss her work. Originally from Oklahoma, she went to school in Moore and grew up dreaming of being a meteorologist, devouring every book she could find in the library on tornadoes. She went to the University of Oklahoma and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jennifer Blake10:30AM (PST) – Jennifer Blake, McCready the Musical

www.mccreadythemusical.com
@jenniferblake

Jennifer Blake is originally from Montgomery, Alabama and moved to LA from New York after working successfully in various Off-Broadway and regional productions. She was accepted into NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Summer Theatre Program and went on to earn her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory.

Credits include: Off-Broadway: The Donkey Show, Original Cast; Hair, Bay Street Theatre, NY (Jeannie); Title of Show(LA Premiere), Jesus Christ Superstar, Attic Theatre, LA (Mary Magdalene); Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter (workshop/production LA); Little House on the Prairie-Oke!; Bukowsical, King King, LA & NY Fringe Festival (winner, Best Musical of Fringe); Chess, Lyric Stage Boston; The Crucible, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Recent TV: ABC’s How to Live with Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life. Recent Film: Behaving Badly (starring Mary Louise Parker, Patrick Warburton, Selena Gomez).

Jennifer has also produced, and stars in the comedy web series, The Bar, with her production company. She’s the Most proud of her current collaboration with Jon and this sexy cast of talented boys on McCREADY!

David Feldman11:15AM (PST) – David Feldman, author, “Super Survivors”

facebook.com/SupersurvivorsTheBook
@Supersurvivors
www.supersurvivors.com

David B. Feldman, PhD, is considered to be among the top experts on hope in the field of psychology. An associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, he holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a fellowship in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a medical center associated with Stanford University. His research addresses such topics as hope, meaning, and growth in the face of serious medical illness, trauma, and other highly stressful circumstances. In addition to numerous articles in academic journals, he is the author of three books and has regularly contributed to Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.

Roberto Martin11:30AM (PST) – Roberto Martin, Author of the book, “New Vegan Cooking”

facebook.com/VeganCookingForCarnivores
@_ChefRoberto
New Vegan Cooking

Roberto Martin is the author of Vegan Cooking for Carnivores and the former personal chef to celebrities including Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi. He began his culinary career in college, when he fell in love with cooking while working in a restaurant. After attending the Culinary Institute of America, he became a personal chef focusing on nutrition and health. He lives in Southern California.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday May 20th 2015

Kat Perkins9:15AM (PST) – Kat Perkins, Correspondent, The Voice

@katperkinsmusic
facebook.com/katperkinsmusic
www.katperkinsmusic.com
Fearless is available on iTunes
Live on the stage of the Medora Musical for ONE DAY ONLY! ~JULY 31, 2015~

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.

J.R. Martinez9:30AM (PST) – J.R. Martinez, “The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family”

www.JRMartinez.com
@iamjrmartinez
@LincolnAwards
facebook.com/thelincolnawards
www.thelincolnawards.org

J.R. Martinez is an actor, best-selling author, motivational speaker, advocate, and wounded U.S. Army veteran. He is many things. But perhaps most significantly, he is an inspiration.
J.R.’s career path has been incredible, and perhaps even a bit improbable. Once a high school football player from a small town in Georgia, the only son of a single working mother who emigrated from El Salvador, J.R.’s trajectory is nothing if not surprising. Even to him.

Jose Rene Martinez was born June 14, 1983 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Maria Zavala. His two sisters, Consuelo and Anabel, were raised in El Salvador with his mother’s family. He never met Anabel, who died as a young child. At nine years old, J.R. moved with his mother to Hope, Arkansas, where he lived until he was 18. He then moved to Dalton, Georgia, a place he proudly calls his hometown. J.R. always loved playing football and had aspirations of making it to the NFL.
After high school, he joined the army. J.R. was proud to serve, as a way to give something back to a country that had already given so much to him and to his family. In September of 2002, J.R. underwent Basic and Advanced Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he gained skills as an 11-B Infantryman. After reporting to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in January of 2003, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.In March of 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq. On April 5,he was driving a humvee in Karbala when his front left tire hit a roadside bomb. The three other soldiers were ejected from the burning vehicle, but J.R. was trapped inside. He suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to 34 percent of his body. J.R. claims that while he was fighting for his life and awaiting medical help, his sister, Anabel, appeared to him giving him the strength to live.J.R. was immediately evacuated to a local medic station in Iraq and then on to Landstuhl, Germany, for immediate care. He spent 34 months in recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC/SAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. He has undergone 34 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery in the eleven years since his injury.
During his recovery, a nurse asked him to speak to a burn patient, who had just seen his body for the first time and had become withdrawn. After a brief visit, J.R. realized he had a positive impact on this patient and decided to use his own experiences to help others. He continued to visit patients every day sharing his story and listening to theirs. He learned that inspiration is often a two-way street. Martinez has since become a highly sought-after motivational speaker. He travels the world spreading his message of resilience and optimism. He devotes himself to showing others the true value of making the most of every situation. He has spoken to troops at various bases around the world, as well as to such groups as the Clinton Global Initiative, the Red Cross, and dozens of universities, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies. His story is unique, but his message is universal: your path in life is decided by your own ability to adapt and overcome.
However, many also know J.R. as “Brot Monroe”, a combat veteran who was injured in Iraq and returned home to face the new challenges of reintegrating to civilian life, on the Emmy Award winning daytime drama All My Children.
In 2008, J.R.’s friend noticed an open casting call from All My Children looking for a veteran to join their famed cast. That friend encouraged J.R. to try out. After several meetings with producers he was cast and an actor was born. Due to his runaway popularity, what began as a three month story arc for his character developed into a three year role. After “All My Children” ran its final season, J.R. went on to surprise and inspire a nation on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Along with partner Karina Smirnoff, J.R. won the coveted mirror ball trophy, and they were named season 13 champions.
J.R. can currently be seen costarring on the syndicated action series, SAF3 (CW Network), as a Los Angeles County firefighter, paramedic, and veteran USAF pararescue jumper “Alfonso Rivera”. He also guest starred in the season 6 finale of Army Wives.
J.R has been featured on many shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, Ellen, The View, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, CBS Nightly News, CNN, Fox, HLN, and Univision. He narrated the CNN documentary series In America: Vets Wanted? In 2013 he was a guest host on The View. He was also the host of the J.R. Martinez Showon KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles, one of the most popular talk radio stations in the country. He has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times, US Veterans Magazine, and was featured on the cover of People Magazine, in their annual Sexiest Man Alive issue, and was named one of their Most Intriguing People of 2011.
Martinez is the author of the New York Times best-selling book “Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit” a memoir about how he was able to take his own personal tragedy, and turn it into an inspiration for others.

Dedicating his time to nonprofits is something J.R. is very passionate about. He serves as a spokesperson for Operation Finally Home, as well as for the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Glasswing International, Free the Children, the Viscardi Center, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
When J.R. does have leisure time, he likes to spend it with his family, friends, and his black lab, Romeo.

Dr. Matt McCarthy

Photo credit: Nina Subin

10:15AM (PST) – Dr. Matt McCarthy, author of “The Real Doctor Will See you Shortly”

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@DrMattMcCarthy

Dr. Matt McCarthy is an assistant professor of medicine at Cornell and a staff physician at Weill Cornell Medical Center. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Slate, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Deadspin, where he writes the Medspin column.

Sarah Tomlinson

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11:15AM (PST) – Sarah Tomlinson, journalist and author of the book, “Good Girl”

www.sarahtomlinson.com
@duchessofrock
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Sarah Tomlinson has more than a decade of experience as a journalist, music critic, writer, and editor. She has ghostwritten twelve books including two uncredited New York Times bestsellers. Her father-daughter memoir, GOOD GIRL will be published by Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster on April 21, 2015.

She has turned her passion for music, literature, and pop culture trends into cutting-edge coverage and cultural criticism. Her personal essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in publications including Marie Claire, MORE, Salon.com, The Huffington Post and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her fiction has appeared on Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Her articles and music reviews have appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Boston magazine, Spin.com, Billboard.com, Alternative Press, Swindle, Preen, Rockpile, The OC Weekly, and The Willamette Week, and she wrote a weekly local music column, “Notes”, for The Boston Phoenix. She has written bios for bands on Virgin, Red Ink/Columbia, and MySpace Records and contributed to the electronic press kits for artists on Warner Bros. Records.

After growing up in Maine, Sarah attended the early college, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and then earned a BA in Creative Writing at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. After four years spent writing and buying records in Portland, Oregon, she earned an MA in Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston. While in Boston, she launched her journalism career.
Sarah currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. She writes journalism, novels, memoirs, screenplays, TV pilots, personal essays, short stories and online dating profiles for her friends. She has read at Los Angeles literary happenings including Sit ‘n Spin, Vermin on the Mount, Tongue and Groove and Little Birds. Her favorite band is T. Rex.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday May 19th 2015

Peter Mehlman9:30AM (PST) – Peter Mehlman, Author, “It Won’t Always Be This Great”

pmehlman.com
It Won t Always Be This Great: A Novel

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Peter Mehlman , a New York native, became a writer for the Washington Post. He slid to television in 1982, writing for “SportsBeat with Howard Cosell”. From there, he began forming full sentences as a writer for numerous national publications including The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Esquire, and a multitude of women’s magazines due to his advanced understanding of that gender.
In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles, where he bumped into Larry David, whom he’d met twice in New York. David, developing “a little show with Jerry Seinfeld,” invited Mehlman to submit a sample script. Having never written one, Mehlman sent a humor piece he’d written for the Times Magazine and got an assignment, which became the first Seinfeld freelance episode, “The Apartment”. Over the eight-year run of the show, Mehlman rose to executive producer and coined such Seinfeld-isms as “Yada Yada”, “spongeworthy”, “shrinkage”, and “double-dipping”.

In 1997, Mehlman joined DreamWorks and created “It’s like, you know…” a scathing look at Los Angeles. In recent years, he has written several humor pieces for NPR, Esquire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, several of which were published in his collection, Mandela Was Late. In addition, he has also appeared on-camera for TNT Sports and the Webby-nominated “Peter Mehlman’s Narrow World of Sports”, while also starring in his short film Blank, for which he won best writing at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus

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10:15AM (PST) – Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, Authors of the book “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland”

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland

Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, a husband and wife team, report from Mexico for the Washington Post. They won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for stories about the lack of the rule of law in Mexico and the horrific conditions in the Mexican criminal justice system. Formerly, the Posts’s correspondents in Tokyo, they also won a George Polk Award in 1998 for their reporting about the Asian financial crisis, as well as awards from the Socity of Professional Journalists and the Overseas Press Club of America.

James Wilder

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11:00AM (PST) – James Wilder, “3 Holes and a Smoking Gun”, DVD comes out today

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www.themodernvillas.com

For anyone who may have forgotten what a powerful and versatile actor James Wilder is, just check out his latest role in the indie psychological thriller “3 Holes And A Smoking Gun”. For his stunning portrayal of a duplicitous washed up screenwriter, Wilder garnered a Best Lead Actor nod at the Red Dirt International Film Festival, Best Actor at the Winter Film Awards, the Independent Spirit Award at the Garden State Film Festival and the Recognition of Dramatic Excellence at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. The film was also awarded the prestigious Grand Jury Prize at the Red Dirt International Film Festival and Best Screenplay honors at L.A.’s Downtown Film Festival. The film’s DVD release is set for May 19.

The actor’s indelible portrayals include an ambitious lawyer in the Emmy Award-winning drama “Equal Justice” (co-starring Sarah Jessica Parker) and the charmingly sleazy drug dealing seducer in “Melrose Place”. His demonically authentic rendering of serial killer Carl Isaacs in the acclaimed Miramax film “Murder One” that led the New York Times to comment: “James Wilder, as Carl Isaacs, is a thoroughly malevolent character, one in whom evil rather than insanity seems to prevail.”
Wilder, however, is no one-trick pony. In fact, acting wasn’t even on his radar when he started out as a street performer in his native San Francisco and later in LA, New York, and Europe. Renowned for juggling three running chain saws as part of his perilous crowd-pleasing act, Wilder was only 14 when he performed at the legendary Moulin Rouge in his mother’s native Paris and was barely out of his teens when he staged a one-man show on Broadway. When Wilder did catch the acting bug he threw himself into it like everything else he does. He studied at the famed NY Actors Studio and quickly began getting high profile roles. At some point, however, the offers ceased being interesting and he turned his attention to his other many artistic pursuits.
Although not formally trained, he has become a formidable architect and designer who transformed a dozen empty lots throughout California into singularly unique residential art spaces that have attracted a stellar cast of celebrities and creative types. Over the years many of his properties– collectively known as The Modern Villas — have hosted long-term A-list tenants and served as sites for numerous photo shoots and exclusive events. One of his homes was even recognized by HGTV — alongside a Frank Lloyd Wright property — as among LA’s top three architectural gems. He also designs exclusive leather jackets and jewelry, refurbishes vintage furniture that he finds at auctions and flea markets, collects classic cars and commits to acting projects only when it inspires. “3 Holes And A Smoking Gun” is one such project.
Committing only to that which truly inspires him — be it a film, TV or stage role, designing award-winning Hollywood Hills homes or an exclusive line of leather jackets and jewelry — Wilder has been successfully merging creative spirit with entrepreneurial instincts since his early teens. It was then that he first discovered he could earn more money as a fire-eating/knife-throwing street performer than bagging groceries. And it was far more fun.

Raised in the bohemian enclave of Sausalito (outside San Francisco) where he attended an all-boys advanced learning institute, Wilder’s paradoxically liberal upbringing allowed for the kind of creative freedom from which his maverick tendencies were born. At the age of 14 Wilder was living in his mother’s native Paris, regaling audiences with his one man show at such legendary venues as the Moulin Rouge and Lido and later on Broadway. While there, he performed with the Nouveau Cirque De Paris, the precursor to Cirque du Soleil, before making his way to LA where he lived for several years in his customized van.
When not constructing homes, acting or designing, Wilder can often be seen searching for vintage treasures or working on one of his classic cars and Indian motorcycles.

Shane Dawson11:30AM (PST) – Shane Dawson, author, “I Hate My Selfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson”

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Shane Vlog Channel
@shanedawson
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facebook.com/shanedawsonfans
www.sdarmy.com
I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson is a director, actor, comedian, musician, and YouTube vlogger. The New York Times has dubbed him ― YouTube’s comic for the under-30 set. He lives in Hollywood, California. Shane’s full-length film directorial debut, Not Cool was released in September. I Hate My Selfie is his first book.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday May 18th 2015

Ana Martinez9:15AM (PST) – Ana Martinez, Producer, Hollywood Walk of Fame

www.walkoffame.com

Ana Martinez is affectionately known as Star Girl. She started with the Chamber in 1987 as a receptionist and six months later assumed the duties of staffing the Walk of Fame. She has worked more than 600 ceremonies. “Everywhere I go, when someone finds out what I do for a living, questions fly back and forth about who my favorite star is, what was the most unusual ceremony and much more. My oldest daughter is waiting in line for my job by the way, and hopefully both my girls will experience an enjoyable career such as the one that I have. I am one of those rare people that can truly say I love my job!”

Kevin Sessums10:15AM (PST) – Kevin Sessums, Author of the New York Times bestselling memoirs “Mississippi Sissy” and his new book, “I Left it on the Mountain: A Memoir”

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@kevsessums
I Left It on the Mountain: A Memoir

Kevin Sessums is Editor-in-Chief of Four TwoNine magazine and author of the New York Times bestseller Mississippi Sissy. He was previously a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Allure. His work has appeared in Elle, Travel + Leisure, Playboy, Out, and Show People. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Sebastian Maniscalco

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10:30AM (PST) – Sebastian Maniscalco, Comedian

@SebastianComedy
sebastianlive.com

Saying what we’re all thinking has always been Sebastian Maniscalco’s specialty. Except when he says it, it’s a whole lot funnier. And in his Showtime standup special “Aren’t You Embarrassed?” the sophisticated comedian with the chiseled cheekbones gives us a hilarious reality check of the world we all find ourselves living in. Continuing to bring his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modern behavior and etiquette in his second Showtime special in two years, Sebastian takes on everything from selfies that he calls “lonelies” (“Do you know how alone you have to be to have 838 photos of yourself in your bathroom?”) to online restaurant reviews (“Who’s got the time to write an 18 page essay on asparagus?”) to airport check-ins (“I’m taking out a boot…a sock…a toothpaste…does anyone know what two pounds is?”). The special has already spawned the Twitter hash tag #Aren’tYouEmbarrassed, with thousands of followers donating their take via social media on the absurdities of everyday life in the year 2014.

Taping the special “Aren’t You Embarrassed?” in Chicago was a homecoming of sorts for the self-proclaimed ‘half-Sicilian, half-Italian’ who grew up in the middle class suburbs of Chicago (“The world doesn’t match my upbringing”). Priding himself on a work ethic his father instilled in him when he began working at the age of 8, Sebastian made his first dime as an altar boy at funerals during his lunch break to contribute to the family.
Still sporting his Chicago accent despite leaving the Windy City in the early 2000’s to follow his dream in Los Angeles, Sebastian began paying his comedy dues by night playing his brand of comedy in bars and bowling alleys while working as a waiter at theFour Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. He eventually broke into the national spotlight with a 20-city tour in support of his one-hour Comedy Central DVD Special. Yet, it wasn’t until Sebastian captured the attention of award-winning actor and entertainer Vince Vaughn who selected him to be one of four featured comedians in the critically acclaimed film “Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show” that his comedy career began to explode.
Since then, the 2014 American Comedy Award nominee for Best Club Comedian has established an avid fan following via national late night television appearances on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, “Lopez Tonight”, “Conan” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. Sebastian is also a popular guest on such ground-breaking podcasts as “WTF with Marc Maron” in addition to starring in his own wildly popular “The Pete and Sebastian Show” podcast every Friday night. If that wasn’t enough, Sebastian is currently writing a pilot for NBC alongside Austen Earl and Greg Garcia.

Still enjoying the honeymoon phase with new wife and renowned L.A. based artist Lana Gomez, Sebastian continues to develop new material at frequent shows at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. Sebastian also routinely devotes time to The COMMIT Foundation, which creates serendipity for veterans by fostering mentorship, extending professional networks, and promoting familiar camaraderie for our country’s military.

Jen Lancaster11:15AM (PST) - NY Times Bestselling Author Jen Lancaster and author of the new book, “I Regret Nothing”

www.jenlancaster.com
facebook.com/AuthorJenLancaster
@altgeldshrugged
I Regret Nothing: A Memoir

Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of eight memoirs and four novels. She has appeared on the Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their ever-expanding menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

Les Gold11:30AM (PST) – Les Gold, Hardcore Pawn

@truTV
truTV.com
@Hardcorepawn
pawndetroit.com
@lesHCP
For What It’s Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker

The charismatic patriarch of the Gold family, Les Gold built American Jewelry and Loan from the ground up. Les is an old school, hard-nosed pawnbroker at heart with a passion for collecting unusual items and a nose for deals – and people. Les is also the New York Times Bestselling Author of For What It’s Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker.
In over five decades of pawnbroking, he has learned invaluable business lessons not available in any business: buying, selling, negotiating, managing employees, dealing with customers, advertising, tracking trends in technology and fashion, and predicting the economy’s ups and downs.

Becoming a reality television personality was not something that Les predicted, but he has embraced it with gusto. Hardcore Pawn has broken numerous audience records including launching as the No. 1 unscripted program in its time period among all basic cable networks for adults and men 18-49, as well as total viewers. This increased visibility and notoriety has catapulted him into speaking engagements, sales training seminars, even a TED talk. Further, he engages in product endorsements, commercials, and charity appearances. He has been sought for comment on Detroit’s financial troubles for media outlets such as The Detroit News, The Huffington Post, TMZ, and Fox Business.

Les is known for his easy-to-remember negotiating tips, which are often the topic of his media appearances including: The Today Show, Yahoo! Financially Fit, Good Morning America, Inc. Magazine, CNN Your Money, Forbes Magazine, and more.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday May 15th 2015

Grae Drake9:15AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Rotten Tomatoes

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@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.

Movies this week:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Pitch Perfect 2

The A-List9:30AM (PST) – Alyson Stoner and Will Bigham, The A-List

“The A-List” – available NOW on VOD & iTunes
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@TheAlistMovie
The A-List Official Trailer

Eric Schultz is the most popular student at Lake Odell High School. He has the looks, the girl, and even the school newspaper has turned into a gossip blog about his personal life. His guidance counselor, Sylvia Martin, is just as obsessed with him as everyone else is. Being a nerd back in her day, Sylvia had always wished she could have done the things that come so easily to Eric. After going through Eric’s records Sylvia discovers that he is missing a class to graduate. She makes a deal with him. If he completes a list of 5 things she always wanted to do when she was in high school, she will fudge his transcript allowing him to graduate on time. When your life is under a microscope people are just waiting for an excuse to push you off your pedestal.

Alyson Stoner
@AlysonOnTour

Alyson Stoner made YouTube history earlier this year as she broke records attracting more than 13 million views for her “Missy Elliott Tribute Video“, which premiered on Buzzfeed and made national headlines. Re-living the iconic moves she showcased at just seven years old in legendary music videos for Grammy Award winning artist Missy Elliott, Alyson also executed new choreography proving to the world she never left the entertainment industry and she isn’t going anywhere.

While many recognize Alyson as the “little pig-tailed dancer” from the Missy Elliott videos, she also laid the foundation for an impressive acting career. Simultaneously she landed series regular roles on 6 TV pilots (ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC), seven award-winning Disney Channel programs (That’s So Raven, SuiteLife of Zack and Cody, Lilo & Stitch), guest starred on major television series like House M.D. and Major Crimes, and starred in blockbuster hits like Cheaper By The Dozen 1 & 2, Step Up and Step Up 3D, Disney’s Camp Rock and Camp Rock: The Final Jam. Additionally, Alyson has played the voice in over 30 animation films, video games, shows and commercials including Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra, Cartoon Network’s Young Justice, Kung Fu Magoo and The Little Engine That Could.
More recently, Alyson has covered all spectrums of film and TV with Lifetime’s Expecting Amish, spicy MOW Sugar Babies, teen comedy The A List, family theatrical drama Hoovey, movie thrillers Selling Isobel and Kadence, the hit dance franchise Step Up 5: All In, and the new musical Summer Forever. She’s no stranger to all facets of the industry, producing her first project at 16 (The Alyson Stoner Project), creative directing and choreographing for Australia’s GleeClub, and opening for the Jonas Brothers on the Jonas Brothers World Tour.

The 21​-year-old is now turning heads in the music industry with her new pop and R&B influenced dance tracks. She made her music debut in 2011 when she released her first EP Beat The System. She currently has numerous music singles available on iTunes, including her original song “Dragon (That’s What You Wanted)”, with its music video at over 3 million views on her official YouTube Channel. She has been the featured artist on collaborations with major music sensations such as Casey Abrams (American Idol), Tyler Ward, Alex G and Max & Kurt Schneider.
Today, when the triple threat isn’t playing​ the voice of “Isabella” on Disney’s award-winning animated series Phineas and Ferb​, Alyson can be found writing music, studying neuroscience, and working alongside iPourLife organization to end poverty and create sustainability in third world communities. Alyson is also a motivational speaker and travels around the country encouraging her generation to fulfill their potential, stand ​up ​for self-respect and lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Will Bigham

Will Bigham (director) has been working and living in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters for the past ten years. In 2007, Will competed in the DreamWorks Television and Mark Burnett Productions reality competition “On the Lot”. From the initial 12,000 entrants, Will was selected to be one of 50 directors competing for the top prize, and by the end of the summer, Will was the last man standing. An MFA grad from Florida State University, he is now developing several projects through his production company, Shamrock Motion Pictures and recently completed the award winning short film series “Seasons”.

Catherine Falk10:00AM (PST) – Catherine Falk, The Peter Falk Bill

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Catherine Falk, the daughter of actor Peter Falk and Alyce Falk. Mr. Falk divorced Catherine’s mother when she was 5 years old and remarried the following year. For 30 years, Mr. Falk maintained a loving relationship with Catherine despite constant interference by his second spouse, Shera Danise Falk. In 2008, Mr. Falk became completely incapacitated as a result of advanced dementia, possibly related to Alzheimer’s disease. Mrs. Falk, however, failed to inform Mr. Falk’s children of his condition and refused to allow his children to visit their ailing father. In December 2008, Catherine filed a petition for conservatorship of her father in the Los Angeles Superior Court in order to find out her father’s medical condition and obtain the right to visit her father. There is nothing within the Probate Code, however, that provides a child with the right to visit their ailing father, leaving it completely within the discretion of the court to grant such a right. After 7 months of very expensive litigation and two days of trial, the Court placed Mr. Falk in conservatorship, appointed Mrs. Falk as the conservator, and ordered the conservator to allow Catherine to visit her father. Although the Court found that Catherine’s actions in bringing the conservatorship petition benefited the conservatee, it awarded Catherine only a fraction of her attorney’s fees because she brought the conservatorship petition in part for her personal benefit in order to obtain the right to visit her father.

Even after the conservatorship proceeding was concluded, Mrs. Falk continued to interfere with the relationship between Mr. Falk and his daughters. Although Catherine fought for her right to visit Mr. Falk, his other daughter Jackie did not do so. As a consequence, she was unable to visit with her father for the last three years of his life. Further, Mrs. Falk did not notify Mr. Falk’s daughters when he was hospitalized in June 2011. Mrs. Falk also did not notify Mr. Falk’s daughters when Mr. Falk died. Instead, they learned of the death of their father from media reports and their attorney. Mrs. Falk buried Mr. Falk without notifying his daughters.

To this date, Mr. Falk’s daughters have received no official confirmation as to where their father has been buried. The cemetery where the daughters believe Mr. Falk has been buried refuses to provide any information regarding the burial, because they are not required to do so under California law. Catherine Falk did in fact locate where her father was buried in Westwood among other notable celebrities like Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, and so on.
Today, it is Catherine’s mission to pass legislation with the support of her team, friends, and family along with those in the assembly and congress, so that no other adult child can be unreasonably denied visitation rights of an ailing parent.

Carol Alt10:30AM (PST) – Carol Alt, Model and author of the book, “A Healthy You: Boost Your Energy, Live Cleaner, and Look and Feel Younger Every Day”

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@ModelCarolAlt
instagram.com/modelcarolalt

Carol Alt is the author of the three raw lifestyle books Eating in the Raw, The Raw 50, and Easy Sexy Raw. As one of the world’s first supermodels, Carol has graced the covers of more than seven hundred magazines, including two Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. She has been featured in calendars, posters, and exercise videos, and has appeared on stage and television, and in more than sixty-five movies. Carol is an accomplished spokesperson and actress, a healthy lifestyle expert, and one of the raw food movement’s most recognized advocates.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday May 14th 2015

Grace Fraga9:30AM (PST) – Grace Fraga, a bi-lingual award winning actress, comedienne, writer and producer

@gracefraga
Find a list of her upcoming shows at GraceFraga.com

Some of her guest star roles include, “The Steve Harvey Show”, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”, “Comedy Cage Match”, “FBI Files”, “Mystery ER”, “Killer Outbreaks”, “The First Time” and “North Mission Road”. Spanish language credits include “No Me Hallo”, “Acceso Maximo” and “Amor or Mentira”.
Night club appearances include stops in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Salt Lake, Chicago, New Orleans, Reno and Las Vegas at top rated venues such as The Comedy Store, The Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Ice House, The Comedy Zone and Harrah’s. College appearances include University of San Diego, Cal State University, West Hills College and East Los Angeles College.
She has also toured in the “Las Comadres of Comedy, the Funniest Latinas in America” and “Women Who Kick ComedyButt” troupes and been a guest on National Lampoon and a co-host on Playboy Radio. Her internet show “Laff It Off With Grace” is still currently in syndication around the country.
Recently, with Emmy Award winner Anne Beatts, she co-created, wrote, produced and starred in webisodes of “Dr. Lupe’s Love Picante”. Currently her comedy DVD “Full of Grace” is distributed by New Wave Entertainment and is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

Rumored to be distant relative of Eva Peron, Grace Fraga arrived in Los Angeles via New Orleans from her home town of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since taking each city by storm, the blond bombshell has accomplished a lot. One was her win of a Big Easy Entertainment Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her supporting role in Walt Donk’s stage play “Rio Seco”. Another was to develop a sitcom, “For the Love of Grace”, being mentored by Ellen Sandler (an Emmy Award nominee for her work on “Everybody Loves Raymond”.) Her one woman show… the Latin American Princess’ international search for her Knight in Shining Armor… “Sleeping Booty: A Modern Fairy Tale” recently had a one night only sneak peek garnering audience comments that included, “very entertaining,” “incredibly sincere, funny and intimate” and “an incredible accomplishment-so much humor and heart.”
As a child growing up in South America, the ever inquisitive over achiever of a civil engineer and concert pianist earned three college degrees – a BA in Art History Education, an MA in Art History with an emphasis in Theatre and Film Analysis and a MBA in Finance, which of course led her to her career in the entertainment field because. Still close to her mother, many of Fraga’s routines are based round her mother’s advice.

She founded Juan-ah-Laff Productions in 2000.
Grace can now add author to her impressive list of accomplishments. Her book, titled, “Love at First Ex”, has been getting excellent reviews on amazon.com. The book teaches how to incorporate your Ex’s into your life. She has appeared on “The Steve Harvey Show”, launching her career as a relationship coach.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Grace just got a development deal from PBS to shoot a pilot for a new show which she executive produced and hosted.

Alice Eve Cohen10:15AM (PST) – Alice Eve Cohen, Author of the book, “The Year My Mother Came Back”

www.aliceevecohen.com

Alice Eve Cohen is a theatre artist and playwright. Her first memoir, What I Thought I Knew, received the Elle Magazine Literary Grand Prix for Nonfiction, was one of O: The Oprah Magazine’s 25 Best Books of Summer, and was one of Salon’s Best Books of the Year. She written for Nickelodeon, CTW, and CBS and has toured her plays nationally and internationally. She holds a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from the New School, where she currently teaches.

The Willis Family10:30AM (PST) – The Willis Family, Airs Tuesdays @ 10/9C on TLC

@TheWillisClan
The Willis Family | TLC
New album #Heaven available for pre-order now!

The Willis Family brings their musical talents to TLC in a thirteen-episode series following their life at home and on the road. THE WILLIS FAMILY follows Brenda and Toby Willis as they share the challenge of maintaining their large, fourteen-member family while keeping up with the workload required to manage their touring band.

The family, hailing from just outside of Nashville, was thrust into the limelight after making it to the final rounds of America’s Got Talent, where everyone fell in love with their music and original sound; the YouTube video from their national performance alone has garnered more than 6 million views. Throughout the series, viewers will get an inside look into their lives as they travel the country sharing their talents and balancing a life at home.
In one episode, Brenda gears up for her birthday, but with mountains of laundry piling up and meal-planning for fourteen getting in the way, her special day seemingly gets put on the backburner. That’s when her kids, led by the eldest siblings Jeremiah and Jessica, step in to make sure it is a birthday she won’t soon forget. Jessica, with the help of her brothers and sisters, composes an original song, “Mama,” that brings the whole family to tears. Later they sing the song at the Grand Ole Opry, a legendary stage where they frequently perform. In the same episode, the family also heads to a local library for an intimate concert to raise money for a community charity.
Throughout the season, viewers follow the Willis family as they produce and record their new album. From making deadlines to planning an album release party and creating music videos, the family stays busy making new music and preparing for shows large and small. They also gear up for their first West Coast tour traveling the country in a new tour bus, and Brenda organizes an Irish music festival in Nashville. From historic auditoriums to small local performances, the family devotes their time to connecting to people through music.

Brenda, Toby and their twelve children function like a well-oiled machine with Brenda managing the band (and occasionally performing) and Toby taking charge of all things technical. The kids have a bevy of talents including singing, dancing, acting, writing and painting – to name a few. Follow them on their journey as they bring their inspiration to TLC and continue performing their Irish-influenced music around the country.
The Willis Clan are frequent guests on Nashville’s famous Grand Ole Opry.

Jessica
www.thewillisclan.com

Jessica is the main singer/songwriter in the family band. She plays piano, violin, and sings, and has written over three hundred pieces of music. She also enjoys exploring various creative outlets including poetry, novels, costume design and other visual arts. Starting off in Irish step dancing, she is now pursuing a wide education in all areas of dance including ballroom and west coast swing.

 

 

Lauren Scruggs Kennedy11:15AM (PST) – Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, Author of the book, “Your Beautiful Heart: 31 Reflections on Love, Faith, Friendship, and Becoming a Girl who Shines”

yourbeautifulheart.com
lolomag.com

Lauren Scruggs is a fashion journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief of LOLO Magazine, an online lifestyle experience magazine that integrates coverage of the food, fashion, beauty, health, and travel industries. She has served as a contributing editor at MyItThings.com, SMUStyle, and PR Couture. A 2009 Dallas Baptist University graduate, Lauren has worked in the Michael Kors showroom and reported from New York, Paris, and Montreal Fashion Weeks. She is currently in the process of starting a foundation that works to provide beautiful prosthetics for those in need.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday May 13th 2015

Kat Perkins9:15AM (PST) – Kat Perkins, Correspondent, The Voice

@katperkinsmusic
facebook.com/katperkinsmusic
www.katperkinsmusic.com
Fearless is available on iTunes
Live on the stage of the Medora Musical for ONE DAY ONLY! ~JULY 31, 2015~

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.

Lea Black9:30AM (PST) – Lea Black, Real Housewife of Miami, Author of the book, “Red Carpets and White Lies: A Novel”

www.theworldofleablack.com
leablackbeauty.com
Red Carpets & White Lies: A Novel
Real Housewives of Miami

Mother, wife, philanthropist, author, television personality, political fundraiser and entrepreneurial titan. On most days, you will find her juggling all of these duties on her near surgically-attached smart phone.
A Texas native, she moved to Miami in the late 1980’s and brought with her an unbridled passion and compassion, dynamism and focus, business acumen and civic responsibility, that together has left an indelible mark on Miami. As head of a home, a business and community leader, she believes people and particularly woman can accomplish whatever they set their minds to and what they are passionate about. Lea was a main cast member, for three seasons on the “Real Housewives of Miami” and has had numerous appearances on CNN HLN; EXTRA; KTLA; NBC6 Miami; Watch What Happens Live; The Bethenny Frankel Show; and many other national news and entertainment shows. She also blogs for the Huffington Post and has her own blog, leablackink.com

Outspoken and uncompromising in her beliefs, Lea divides her time between fulfilling her philanthropic missions centered around at-risk teens, and furthering her international business interests with her skincare, handbag, accessories and offering entrepreneurs business opportunities for her brands. Her charity work in Miami began twenty years ago when she founded THE BLACKS’ ANNUAL GALA, a yearly event unparalleled in both its success in raising money for its causes, and in its magnetism to attract A-list entertainers, Aretha Franklin, Lil Wayne, Queen Latifah, Tony Bennett, Diane Warwick, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole, Barry Gibb, Aretha Franklin, Pit Bull and Pharrell Williams, to name a few. All of the Charity’s efforts, as well as all of the monies raised are used to provide at-risk youth with educational resources, vocational training, and creative and cultural outlets.
Lea’s business focus for more than twenty years has at its core the health, beauty, and wellness of women everywhere. She has an unparalleled track record of success in developing and marketing beauty products. In 2010 she co-founded and co-launched a haircare line with Oprah’s personal hairstylist. Her Sudden Youth instant facelift kit was featured on Amazing Discovery’s as a top rated infomercial. Her previous beauty company had over 400 products, including the highly successful fragrance “Jazz” which was sold to YSL. To share her beauty secrets with women everywhere, she authored the book “Beauty from Within”.LeaBlackBeauty.com currently features over 400 beauty products.
Lea’s newest venture launches this April, a fictional, scandalous novel – “Red Carpets & White Lies”. A composite of fascinating characters set in Miami that reveals, in a tongue in cheek, humorous way, a scandal that brings out the best and worst of Miami’s rich and shameless that promises to be a page turner – published by Beaufort Books.
Perhaps her most challenging, rewarding and important role is that of CEO of the Black Family household.

Behind this ‘energetic woman’ are actually two great men: her intelligent and adventurous 13-year old son RJ, and her husband, famed criminal defense attorney, Roy Black, who finds that on most days, it is far easier to get the last word in the courtroom than in the family’s living room.
Lastly, but of no less importance, Lea is actively involved in politics. She has hosted fundraisers for President Obama, who personally called her to host his very first fundraiser in the State of Florida, as well as, VP Joe Biden, NY US Rep. Charlie Rangle, US Congressman John Conyers Jr., US Sen. Al Franken, US Sen. Claire McCaskill, US Sen. Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi when she was the Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and other politicians passionate about causes she connects with.
She lives in Miami and spends summers and holidays with her family at their home in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles.

David Rockwell10:15AM (PST) - Set and restaurant designer, and Tony nominee, David Rockwell

www.rockwellgroup.com

David Rockwell, FAIA, has long harbored a fascination with immersive environments. He grew up in the theater—his mother, a vaudeville dancer and choreographer, often cast him in community repertory productions. But when he was 12, David’s family had a dramatic scene change, moving from Deal, New Jersey to Guadalajara, Mexico. There he discovered a whole new world of vibrant marketplaces, street life, and public spaces.

David founded Rockwell Group in 1984. The 250-person award winning, cross-disciplinary architecture and design practice is based in New York City, with satellite offices in Madrid and Shanghai. David is inspired not only by theater and public space, but also technology and finely wrought craft, to create a unique narrative for every project.
After training in architecture at Syracuse University and the Architectural Association in London, David brought his passion for theater and artistic eye for the color and spectacle of Mexico to his profession. Today, his work ranges from restaurants, hotels, airport terminals, and hospitals, to festivals, museum exhibitions, and Broadway sets.
David’s honors include the 2008 National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for outstanding achievement in Interior Design; the 2009 Pratt Legends Award; the Presidential Design Award for his renovation of the Grand Central Terminal; induction into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America and Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame; inclusion in Architectural Digest’s AD 100; three Tony Award nominations for Best Scenic Design; and four Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical.
David is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Rockwell Group was twice named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative design practices in their annual World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies issue.

Known for his commitment to charitable organizations, David currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) and as a board member of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Citymeals-on-Wheels.

Carolyn Robb10:30AM (PST) – Carolyn Robb, Royal Personal Chef to TRH Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry and the author of “The Royal Touch: Simply Stunning Home Cooking From A Royal Chef

www.theroyaltouch.com
The Royal Touch: Simply Stunning Home Cooking from a Royal Chef

Carolyn Robb was born and raised in South Africa. She began to cook at a very early age; as soon as she could firmly grip a wooden spoon in her tiny hand and was able to read enough words to decipher a recipe she was in the kitchen at every opportunity! Inspired by her mother, a wonderful cook, she had her sights set on cooking for the Queen one day… After studying languages at University, Carolyn traveled to Switzerland to spend a winter season working in a ski resort hotel. The experience of Swiss hospitality inspired her to seriously pursue a career in food. She attended the Tante Marie School of cookery in Surrey and after gaining her diploma in Cordon Bleu Cookery, with distinction she moved to Kensington Palace where she began work as chef to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Two years later, in the summer of 1989, Carolyn was offered the position of chef to TRH The Prince and Princes of Wales.

After 13 years in the Royal Household, Carolyn left and moved to Dubai to work as Project Director for a newly established company called Chef’s Larder. Her remit included the opening of several delicatessens, offering an exclusive range of imported products never previously seen in Dubai, from all over the world. She also established and implemented consultancy / training programmes in the top hotels, including the famous ‘seven star’ Burj al Arab and Al Maha Desert Resort. Carolyn had regular radio and television slots and wrote for several local publications. After 15 months with Chef’s Larder, Carolyn took up the full time position of food editor for ‘Time Out’, which published magazines for both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This job entailed reviewing in excess of 50 restaurants a month – often 2 a day!
On her return to the UK, in 2002, Carolyn established her own company. ‘Calla-Bash’ provided catering and event management to a diverse and high profile client base as well as product development expertise to several small organic food companies and consultancy to hotel groups and restaurants. After a two year stint in California in 2005 and 2006, and exposure to yet another wonderful food culture, Carolyn returned to the UK again.

At present Carolyn is living in Wallingford, a historic 900 year old town, on the river Thames, about 10 miles south of Oxford. She has a baby daughter Lucy and is enjoying every minute of motherhood but also continues to work with her loyal and ever expanding client base. She has clients on both sides of the Atlantic. Carolyn is also working on several exciting book projects.

Andy Selsberg11:15AM (PST) – Andy Selsberg, Author, The Jottery

@AndySelsberg
The Jottery: Thought Experiments for Everyday Philosophers and Part-Time Geniuses

Andy Selsberg is a former staff writer for The Onion. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, GQ, and The Believer, among other publications. He is the author of You Are Good at Things: A Checklist and Dear Old Love: Anonymous Notes to Former Crushes, Sweethearts, Husbands, Wives, & Ones That Got Away, and has taught writing for more than ten years.

Treat Williams11:30AM (PST) – Treat Williams, actor

Richard Treat Williams is a Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated American actor and children’s book author who has appeared on film, stage and television. He first became well known for his starring role in the 1979 film Hair, and later also starred in the films Prince of the City, Once Upon a Time in America, The Late Shift and 127 Hours. From 2002 to 2006, he was the lead of the television series Everwood and was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Williams was born in Rowayton, Connecticut, the son of Marian, an antiques dealer, and Richard Norman Williams, a corporate executive. His maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Senator William Henry Barnum of Connecticut, the third cousin of the showman P. T. Barnum, and a distant relative was Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Williams graduated from the Kent School in Connecticut and Franklin and Marshall College. During his adolescence, Treat was often affectionately referred to by nicknames such as “Sweet Treat” and “Big Meat Treat”. These later resurfaced when Williams was featured in the February 1980 edition of Playgirl.
Williams made his film debut in the 1976 thriller film Deadly Hero. He came to world attention in 1979, when he starred in the Miloš Forman film Hair, which was based on the 1967 Broadway musical. He has gone on to appear in over 75 films and several television series.
Williams was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his part in Hair as George Berger. He got a second Golden Globe nomination for starring in Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City (1981) and a third for his performance as Stanley Kowalski in the television presentation of A Streetcar Named Desire. In 1996, Williams was nominated for a Best Actor Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work in The Late Shift, an HBO movie, in which he portrayed agent Michael Ovitz.
Williams has also worked as a director, winning two festival awards for directing Texan in Showtime’s Chanticleer Films series.
In 1996, he played villain Xander Drax in Paramount’s big budget comic book adaptation, The Phantom, in which Williams’ character did his best to take over the world and kill Billy Zane’s mysterious superhero.
Williams’ career includes numerous stage roles. He won a Drama League Award for his work in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, and another for starring in the off Broadway production of Captains Courageous. Other notable Broadway shows include Grease, the Sherman Brothers’ Over Here!, Once in a Lifetime, Pirates of Penzance and Love Letters, and off-Broadway, he has appeared in David Mamet’s Oleanna and Oh, Hell (at Lincoln Center), Some Men Need Help and Randy Newman’s Maybe I’m Doing It Wrong.

Adding to his long list of accomplishments, Williams has now published a children’s book titled Air Show! (Illustrated by Robert Neubecker, and published in 2010 by Disney/Hyperion Books). The target audience being children ages three to seven, the book playfully documents the airshow experience with simple text and bold illustrations of such aircraft as a Boeing B-17, a Pitts Special biplane, and the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angel F/A-18.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday May 12th 2015

9:15AM (PST) – Naturi Naughton and Joseph Sikora, POWER on Starz

“Power”, Season 1, out on DVD TODAY, May 12th
The second season of “Power” premieres on Starz on June 6, 2015

Naturi Naughton

Naturi Naughton is a singer and actress best known for her performance as Lil’ Kim in Fox Searchlight’s hit film Notorious and her role in MGM’s remake of the classic film Fame. Naughton has starred in various other projects including Warner Bros.’ Lottery Ticket where she starred opposite Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, Mike Epps and Bow Wow. On the small screen, Naughton is known for her memorable guest performances on “Mad Men”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” as well as her roles on “The Playboy Club” and “The Client List”. She also appeared on Broadway in the Tony® Award winning musical, “Hairspray” for three years.

Before her transition into film and television, Naughton was a member of the platinum-selling pop trio 3LW. She was greatly inspired by Whitney Houston as a child and knew by the age of five that she wanted to be a singer and an actress.

Naughton was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey and attended Seton Hall University. She believes that her faith, tenacity and fearlessness will give her longevity and continue her prosperous career.

Joseph Sikora

Joseph Sikora has been establishing himself as an actor who tackles the complexities of both the internal and external life of a character through his ability to speak with any accent and morph into different lives. Just seen in a recurring role on HBO’s “True Detective” as gnarly biker, Ginger, opposite Matthew McConaughey in the now famous six-minute uncut action shot, in Chris Mcquarrie’s Jack Reacher as a soldier who turns inward becoming a killing machine, and in Lionsgate’s Safe as a Russian gangster and nemesis to Jason Statham.

Sikora, born in Chicago, studied improv and scored a Joseph Jefferson nomination for one of the many plays he starred in within the prestigious Chicago theater community. He has appeared on and off Broadway in New York and in addition to winning an LA Theatre Ovation Award for the West Coast premiere of Tracy Letts’ “Killer Joe” at the Lost Angels Theater, he was in Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig” at the acclaimed Geffen Theater. In television he’s been seen guest starring in over three dozen television programs, including the Martin Scorsese directed pilot episode of “Boardwalk Empire”, “Banshee”, “CSI: NY”, “CSI: Miami”, “Criminal Minds”, “Law and Order: SVU”, and “Grey’s Anatomy”, and starred opposite Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson in the highly controversial HBO film “Normal”. Sikora was also seen in Scorsese’s Shutter Island and David Schwimmer’s directorial debut, “Trust”, opposite Clive Owens. Sikora is based in New York City.

10:15AM (PST) - Stars of the stage and screen, Harriet Harris and Edward Hibbert star as the “Mother of the Groom” and the “Wedding Planner” in Broadway’s newest musical comedy, It Shoulda Been You

@ShouldaBeenYou
instagram.com/shouldabeenyou
facebook.com/shouldabeenyou
www.itshouldabeenyou.com

Harriet Harris
www.harrietharrisactress.com

Harriet Harris (Georgette Howard). Broadway: Madame, the wicked step-mother, in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Present Laughter, Cry-Baby: The Musical, Old Acquaintance, Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Featured Actress in a Musical) and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Encores!: Little Me. Off-Broadway: Standing on Ceremony; Yeast Nation; Jeffrey (Drama Desk nomination), Bella, Belle of Byelorussia (Drama Desk nomination). Film: Love Is Strange, Memento, Nurse Betty, Addams Family Values. TV: “Desperate Housewives” as Felicia Tilman, “Frasier” as Bebe Glazer. Member of the Acting Company, AEA.

Edward Hibbert
www.edwardhibbert.com

Edward Hibbert (Albert). Broadway: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Noises Off, The Green Bird, Me and My Girl, Alice in Wonderland. Off-Broadway: The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, My Night With Reg, Jeffrey (Obie/Drama-Logue) and as Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency. Encores!: Lady in the Dark, Anyone Can Whistle. Lyric Opera: The Sound of Music. London’s West End: The Mystery of Irma Vep, Lend Me a Tenor and Twelfth Night. Film: The Prestige, Taking Woodstock, Everyone Says I Love You, The First Wives Club and The Paper. TV includes 11 seasons on “Frasier” as Gil Chesterton.

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley10:30AM (PST) – Seth Rudetsky & James Wesley

www.sethtv.com
The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek

Seth has worked as the music director and/or pianist for some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Betty Buckley, Andrea Martin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Megan Mullally, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, Megan Hilty and many more. He spent years as a pianist on Broadway playing such shows as LES MIZ, THE PRODUCERS and RAGTIME and currently divides his time between being the afternoon deejay on the SiriusXM Broadway channel/ host of “Seth Speaks” as well as touring North America doing his show DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY. His upcoming summer series in Provincetown features Matthew Broderick/Sarah Jessica Parker, Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Neil Patrick Harris and more.

Seth’s novel, “MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN”, was published by Random House and the “THE RISE AND FALL OF A THEATER GEEK” comes out in June, You can watch all of Seth’s videos on SethRudetsky.com.

Mary Beth Peil11:15AM (PST) - actress, Mary Beth Peil, one of the co stars (she plays Matild Schell) in the new Kander & Ebb musical “The Visit”, nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical

thevisitmusical.com

Mary Beth Peil (Matilde Schell) Broadway: Follies, Women On The Verge, Sunday In The Park, Nine, King and I (Tony nom.) Off Broadway Companies: Atlantic, Playwrights Horizons, Transport Group, Primary Stages Regional: LaJolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Kennedy Center, Yale Rep TV/Film: The Good Wife, Dawson’s Creek/Mirrors, Odd Couple 2, The Reagans, Stepford Wives 2.

David Proval11:30AM (PST) - actor, David Proval, from the Sopranos and the new play, “A Queen For a Day”

www.AQueenForADayPlay.com

David Proval is starring in a play that reunites two Soprano cast members on stage for the first time. David Proval (Richie Aprile in the Sopranos; Mean Streets; Everybody Loves Raymond) and Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy in the Sopranos; Broadway’s Bullets Over Broadway).

In A Queen for A Day they play brothers, where one is asked to turn on the other in a legal arrangement sometimes called A Queen for a Day deal. It is filled with twist and turns and is a great night out. The show is now running and will go through July 26 on West 46 Street (St. Clements Theatre).