Monday, June 30, 2008
Southern California’s Berry Elegance offers chocolate dipped strawberries, cookies, pretzel, rice crispy treats and more. They offer milk, dark, and white chocolate or all three mixed.
Berry Elegance opened in 2006, but was given a make-over from the new A&E show "We Mean Business.” Founders Amy Stipa and Todd Jones worked closely with original apprentice Bill Rancic, design expert Peter Gursky and technology expert Katie Linendoll.
Their product hasn't changed but the store’s new look compliments the sweet treats.
Berry Elegance will have a celebration Tuesday, July 1, 2008, with free samples, discounts, and other special surprises. There are also discounts for internet orders.
The brand is a popular gift for celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Megan Fox, Ryan Seacrest, Chelsea Handler, Steven Speilberg and more.
Berry Elegance 12265 Ventura Blvd #105, Studio City, CA, 91604. Telephone: 818.762.4797. www.berryelegance.com
Friday, June 27, 2008
TLC Shines in Platinum
Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, right, and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas arrive at the BET Awards on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 in Los Angeles. TLC sparkled in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the BET Awards on June 25th in Los Angeles, wearing Platinum bangles, rings and hoop earrings. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Hunky Hudson's Now on DVD
We aren’t proud to admit it, but we will: we watched The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show weekly. And now, The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show is now available on DVD. Sixteen half hours of Saturday morning family programming that’s the epitome of 70s zany. The Hudson Brothers - Brett, Mark and Bill, were once called "The Kings of Saturday Morning" by John Lennon and are joined by series "irregulars" Ted Ziegler, Billy Van, Murray Langston (The Unknown Comic), Rod Hull and his Emu, You’ll see their fluffy hair and tight polyester pants as they sing ...So You Are a Star (aTop Ten Hit) and more!
* Best of Chucky Margolis
* The Best Sketches from the Hudson Brothers Show
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Cindy Crawford and BeansTalk
Are Totally Dazzled
We’ve been in this phase of sampling different polish colors, coordinating with our outfits (yes, we do realize that’s very outré, but since when have we always gone with the tide of trendy?).
Since we never (self) manicure without appropriate base and topcoat, we’ve had plenty of time trying out a new (to us) line, Dazzle Dry. We love it! It’s miraculously un-stinky, goes on like a dream and the top coat is fantastic. We rarely use nail polish on our paws, since it never, ever lasts more than one day on us, but with Dazzle Dry it lasted more than twice as long as any other products (and we’ve used the alleged “best”). And, it does live up to its claim of quick dry. Since we're always in a hurry, Dazzle Dry appropriately suits our lifestyle.
We were especially tickled when we saw the above image (yup, like us, Cindy Crawford is a fan!) and guessed (correctly) that Dazzle Dry creator, Dr. Vivian Valenty is one of our peeps (yup again, she’s Filipino).
Here’s the 411 from Dazzle Dry describing the produc: Fast-drying nail polish colors and a quick drying top coat of the utmost speed unite to form the Dazzle Dry Quick Dry Nail System - a full line of nail polish colors, a topcoat and a base coat for natural nails that deliver chic, beautiful nails in minutes. The Dazzle Dry Quick Dry Nail System revolutionizes nail care by slicing the time it takes for a normal manicure to dry by more than half. This complete system includes a full line of nail polish colors to suit every mood and deliver beautiful nails easily to even those with the on-the-go lifestyle. www.dazzledry.com
Image: Dazzle Dry creator Dr. Vivian Valenty & Cindy Crawford
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Skin Care To Go
Several of Dr. Kaplan’s patients were having issues with airline regulations – they kept getting their kaplanMD products confiscated. In response, Dr. Kaplan created the Travel Kit which meets airline requirements for carry-on luggage.
The kaplanMD Travel Kit contains the following products:
2oz. Cleansing Lotion
2oz. Revitalizing Toner
.33oz. Day Cream SPF 15
.33oz. Replenishing Night Cream
.33oz. Perfecting Serum
The kit retails for $125 and can be purchased at kaplanMD.com
Monday, June 23, 2008
From the New York Times:
George Carlin, Irreverent Comedian, Dies at 71
George Carlin, the Grammy-Award winning standup comedian and actor who was hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, and groundbreaking routines like “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” died in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday, according to his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He was 71.
The cause of death was heart failure. Mr. Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, went into the hospital on Sunday afternoon after complaining of heart trouble. The comedian had worked last weekend at The Orleans in Las Vegas.
Recently, Mr. Carlin was named the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He was to receive the award at the Kennedy Center in November. “In his lengthy career as a comedian, writer, and actor, George Carlin has not only made us laugh, but he makes us think,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, the Kennedy Center chairman. “His influence on the next generation of comics has been far-reaching.”
Mr. Carlin began his standup comedy act in the late 1950s and made his first television solo guest appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show” in 1965. At that time, he was primarily known for his clever wordplay and reminiscences of his Irish working-class upbringing in New York.
But from the outset there were indications of an anti-establishment edge to his comedy. Initially, it surfaced in the witty patter of a host of offbeat characters like the wacky sportscaster Biff Barf and the hippy-dippy weatherman Al Sleet. “The weather was dominated by a large Canadian low, which is not to be confused with a Mexican high. Tonight’s forecast . . . dark, continued mostly dark tonight turning to widely scattered light in the morning.”
Mr. Carlin released his first comedy album, “Take-Offs and Put-Ons,” to rave reviews in 1967. He also dabbled in acting, winning a recurring part as Marlo Thomas’ theatrical agent in the sitcom “That Girl” (1966-67) and a supporting role in the movie “With Six You Get Egg-Roll,” released in 1968.
By the end of the decade, he was one of America’s best known comedians. He made more than 80 major television appearances during that time, including the Ed Sullivan Show and Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show; he was also regularly featured at major nightclubs in New York and Las Vegas.
That early success and celebrity, however, was as dinky and hollow as a gratuitous pratfall to Mr. Carlin. “I was entertaining the fathers and the mothers of the people I sympathized with, and in some cases associated with, and whose point of view I shared,” he recalled later, as quoted in the book “Going Too Far” by Tony Hendra, which was published in 1987. “I was a traitor, in so many words. I was living a lie.”
In 1970, Mr. Carlin discarded his suit, tie, and clean-cut image as well as the relatively conventional material that had catapulted him to the top. Mr. Carlin reinvented himself, emerging with a beard, long hair, jeans and a routine that, according to one critic, was steeped in “drugs and bawdy language.” There was an immediate backlash. The Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas terminated his three-year contract, and, months later, he was advised to leave town when an angry mob threatened him at the Lake Geneva Playboy Club. Afterward, he temporarily abandoned the nightclub circuit and began appearing at coffee houses, folk clubs and colleges where he found a younger, hipper audience that was more attuned to both his new image and his material.
By 1972, when he released his second album, “FM & AM,” his star was again on the rise. The album, which won a Grammy Award as best comedy recording, combined older material on the “AM” side with bolder, more acerbic routines on the “FM” side. Among the more controversial cuts was a routine euphemistically entitled “Shoot,” in which Mr. Carlin explored the etymology and common usage of the popular idiom for excrement. The bit was part of the comic’s longer routine “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” which appeared on his third album “Class Clown,” also released in 1972.
“There are some words you can say part of the time. Most of the time ‘ass’ is all right on television,” Mr. Carlin noted in his introduction to the then controversial monologue. “You can say, well, ‘You’ve made a perfect ass of yourself tonight.’ You can use ass in a religious sense, if you happen to be the redeemer riding into town on one — perfectly all right.”
The material seems innocuous by today’s standards, but it caused an uproar when broadcast on the New York radio station WBAI in the early ’70s. The station was censured and fined by the FCC. And in 1978, their ruling was supported by the Supreme Court, which Time magazine reported, “upheld an FCC ban on ‘offensive material’ during hours when children are in the audience.” Mr. Carlin refused to drop the bit and was arrested several times after reciting it on stage.
By the mid-’70s, like his comic predecessor Lenny Bruce and the fast-rising Richard Pryor, Mr. Carlin had emerged as a cultural renegade. In addition to his irreverent jests about religion and politics, he openly talked about the use of drugs, including acid and peyote, and said that he kicked cocaine not for moral or legal reasons but after he found “far more pain in the deal than pleasure.” But the edgier, more biting comedy he developed during this period, along with his candid admission of drug use, cemented his reputation as the “comic voice of the counterculture.”Mr. Carlin released a half dozen comedy albums during the ’70s, including the million-record sellers “Class Clown,” “Occupation: Foole” (1973) and “An Evening With Wally Lando” (1975). He was chosen to host the first episode of the late-night comedy show “Saturday Night Live” in 1975. And two years later, he found the perfect platform for his brand of acerbic, cerebral, sometimes off-color standup humor in the fledgling, less restricted world of cable television. By 1977, when his first HBO comedy special, “George Carlin at USC” was aired, he was recognized as one of the era’s most influential comedians. He also become a best-selling author of books that expanded on his comedy routines, including “When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?,” which was published by Hyperion in 2004.
Pursuing a Dream
Mr. Carlin was born in New York City in 1937. “I grew up in New York wanting to be like those funny men in the movies and on the radio,” he said. “My grandfather, mother and father were gifted verbally, and my mother passed that along to me. She always made sure I was conscious of language and words.”
He quit high school to join the Air Force in the mid-’50s and, while stationed in Shreveport, La., worked as a radio disc jockey. Discharged in 1957, he set out to pursue his boyhood dream of becoming an actor and comic. He moved to Boston where he met and teamed up with Jack Burns, a newscaster and comedian. The team worked on radio stations in Boston, Fort Worth, and Los Angeles, and performed in clubs throughout the country during the late ’50s.
After attracting the attention of the comedian Mort Sahl, who dubbed them “a duo of hip wits,” they appeared as guests on “The Tonight Show” with Jack Paar. Still, the Carlin-Burns team was only moderately successful, and, in 1960, Mr. Carlin struck out on his own.
During a career that spanned five decades, he emerged as one of the most durable, productive and versatile comedians of his era. He evolved from Jerry Seinfeld-like whimsy and a buttoned-down decorum in the ’60s to counterculture icon in the ’70s. By the ’80s, he was known as a scathing social critic who could artfully wring laughs from a list of oxymorons that ranged from “jumbo shrimp” to “military intelligence.” And in the 1990s and into the 21st century the balding but still pony-tailed comic prowled the stage — eyes ablaze and bristling with intensity — as the circuit’s most splenetic curmudgeon.
During his live 1996 HBO special, “Back in Town,” he raged over the shallowness of the ’90s “me first” culture — mocking the infatuation with camcorders, hyphenated names, sneakers with lights on them, and lambasting white guys over 10 years old who wear their baseball hats backwards. Baby boomers, “who went from ‘do your thing’ to ‘just say no’ ...from cocaine to Rogaine,” and pro life advocates (“How come when it’s us it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken it’s an omelet?”), were some of his prime targets. In the years following his 1977 cable debut, Mr. Carlin was nominated for a half dozen Grammy awards and received CableAces awards for best stand-up comedy special for “George Carlin: Doin’ It Again (1990) and “George Carlin: Jammin’ ” (1992). He also won his second Grammy for the album “Jammin” in 1994.
During the course of his career, Mr. Carlin overcame numerous personal trials. His early arrests for obscenity (all of which were dismissed) and struggle to overcome his self-described “heavy drug use” were the most publicized. But in the ’80s he also weathered serious tax problems, a heart attack and two open heart surgeries.
In December 2004 he entered a rehabilitation center to address his addictions to Vicodin and red wine. Mr. Carlin had a well-chronicled cocaine problem in his 30s, and though he was able to taper his cocaine use on his own, he said, he continued to abuse alcohol and also became addicted to Vicodin. He entered rehab at the end of that year, then took two months off before continuing his comedy tours.
“Standup is the centerpiece of my life, my business, my art, my survival and my way of being,” Mr. Carlin once told an interviewer. “This is my art, to interpret the world.” But, while it always took center stage in his career, Mr. Carlin did not restrict himself to the comedy stage. He frequently indulged his childhood fantasy of becoming a movie star. Among his later credits were supporting parts in “Car Wash” (1976), “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989), “The Prince of Tides” (1991), and “Dogma” (1999).
His 1997 book, “Brain Droppings,” became an instant best seller. And among several continuing TV roles, he starred in the Fox sitcom “The George Carlin Show,” which aired for one season. “That was an experiment on my part to see if there might be a way I could fit into the corporate entertainment structure,” he said after the show was canceled in 1994. “And I don’t,” he added.
Despite the longevity of his career and his problematic personal life, Mr. Carlin remained one of the most original and productive comedians in show business. “It’s his lifelong affection for language and passion for truth that continue to fuel his performances,” a critic observed of the comedian when he was in his mid-60s. And Chris Albrecht, an HBO executive, said, “He is as prolific a comedian as I have witnessed.”
Mr. Carlin is survived by his wife, Sally Wade; daughter Kelly Carlin McCall; son-in-law, Bob McCall, brother, Patrick Carlin and sister-in-law, Marlene Carlin. His first wife, Brenda Hosbrook, died in 1997.
Although some criticized parts of his later work as too contentious, Mr. Carlin defended the material, insisting that his comedy had always been driven by an intolerance for the shortcomings of humanity and society. “Scratch any cynic,” he said, “and you’ll find a disappointed idealist.”
Still, when pushed to explain the pessimism and overt spleen that had crept into his act, he quickly reaffirmed the zeal that inspired his lists of complaints and grievances. “I don’t have pet peeves,” he said, correcting the interviewer. And with a mischievous glint in his eyes, he added, “I have major, psychotic hatreds.”
Friday, June 20, 2008
Earth: The Biography – New Mini Series- Begins July 13 on NatGeo
Filmed on all seven continents and culled from more than 250 hours of spectacular footage, Earth: The Biography — a stunning three-night, five-hour high-definition television event two years in the making — provides viewers with a visual feast of the fantastic forces that shape our planet, impact the evolution of life and dictate Earth’s future. State-of-the-art cinematography, breathtaking aerial footage, time-lapse sequences, satellite imaging and insights from scientists and experts bring to life the history of our living Earth and its great forces as never before. Join our host and earth scientist Dr. Iain Stewart for an epic journey around the globe — from Ethiopia to Antarctica to the United States, and on every continent in between — as he explores the dynamic systems of our world.
“Earth: The Biography: Volcanoes”
Sunday, July 13, at 9:00 PM ET/PT
“Earth: The Biography: Ice”
Sunday, July 13, at 10:00 PM ET/PT
“Earth: The Biography: Atmosphere”
Monday, July 14, at 9:00 PM ET/PT
“Earth: The Biography: Oceans”
Monday, July 14, at 10:00 PM ET/PT
“Earth: The Biography: Rare Planet”
Tuesday, July 15, at 10:00 PM ET/PT
“Earth: The Biography: Volcanoes”
Sunday, July 13, at 9:00 PM ET/PT (World Premiere)
Volcanoes are one of nature’s most awesome and destructive forces — they can raise up great mountains and create new land, or they can level cities and destroy entire civilizations. In Earth: The Biography, journey to some of the most dramatic places on earth to experience the full power of volcanoes. Our adventure begins in Ethiopia, where host Dr. Iain Stewart rappels down 100 feet into the lava lake of the Erta Ale volcano — a bubbling, seething cauldron of molten lava — to experience the incredible heat that lies just beneath earth’s surface. As Iain observes, “What makes this lava lake more than just pure spectacle is that it’s a window that allows us to look deep into the earth, and it helps us to understand the forces that shape our planet.”
“Earth: The Biography: Ice”
Sunday, July 13, at 10:00 PM ET/PT (World Premiere)
Our icy adventure with host and earth scientist Dr. Iain Stewart begins in the European Alps, where he goes down an ice crevasse to physically show viewers how each year’s snowfall gradually develops into expansive, dynamic masses. And with satellite imaging, we discover hidden worlds that ice obscures from us — like Antarctica’s Lake Vostok, one of the largest lakes in the world, which has been isolated under sheets of ice for 15 million years. Then, with the help of CGI, we witness how ice can move with surprising speed and power to shape the earth’s topography, giving rise to features as diverse as Yosemite National Park and even New York’s Manhattan Island — both carved by inexorable glaciers moving over the landscape. Finally, journey to Greenland to see how the ice sheets and glaciers are melting at a phenomenal rate that is likely to accelerate over the coming years, fundamentally changing the world we know today.
he Earth: our planet and our home. The jewel of our solar system and perhaps even our galaxy, it’s an ever-changing world full of wonder and astonishing beauty. Over billions of years, natural forces – from volcanic eruptions to pounding seas – have been working together to maintain a world fit for complex life. Beginning on Sunday, July 13, 2008, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) presents Earth: The Biography – a stunning three-night, five-hour high-definition television event two years in the making.
Filmed on all seven continents and culled from more than 250 hours of spectacular footage, this series provides a visual feast as we witness the fantastic forces that shape our planet, impact the evolution of life and dictate the Earth’s future. State-of-the-art cinematography, breathtaking aerial footage, time-lapse sequences, satellite imaging, and insight from scientists and experts bring to life the history of our living Earth and its great forces as never before.
Join our host and earth scientist Dr. Iain Stewart for an epic journey around the globe – from Ethiopia to Antarctica to the United States, and on every continent in between – as he explores the dynamic systems of our world. Follow Iain to Ethiopia, where he rappels down into Erta Ale volcano’s molten lava lake. And travel to South Africa, where he launches into the stratosphere onboard one of the fastest fighter jets on the planet.
The miniseries event explores the Earth’s forces in five episodes: in Volcanoes, experience the scorching heat of the planet’s most destructive mountains; in Ice, feel the arctic freeze of Earth’s colossal glaciers; in Atmosphere, soar to dizzying heights to experience the dynamic layers of Earth’s outer limits; in Oceans, dive to the darkest depths of the mighty seas; and in Rare Planet, explore how these systems make the Earth one of a kind in our solar system, and how our remarkable planet may be facing its greatest challenge yet: the impact of humankind. The question is, are we irreparably damaging the Earth’s ability to support life? Or is our planet more resilient than we sometimes imagine?
The three-night television event begins with Volcanoes and Ice on Sunday at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by Atmosphere and Oceans on Monday at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT, and culminates on Tuesday with Rare Planet at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Sunday, July 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Volcanoes are one of nature’s most awesome and destructive forces, but they are also the life force and architect of our planet. They can raise up great mountains and create new land, or they can level cities and destroy entire civilizations. They provide a glimpse of the power of Earth’s internal heat source, without which it would have become a dead planet millions of years ago.
In this episode, Iain takes us on a journey to some of the most dramatic places on Earth to experience the full power of volcanoes. Our adventure begins in Ethiopia, where Iain rappels down 100 feet into the lava lake of Erta Ale volcano – a bubbling, seething cauldron of molten lava – to experience the incredible heat that lies just beneath Earth’s surface. As Iain observes, “What makes this lava lake more than just pure spectacle is that it’s a window that allows us to look deep into the Earth, and it helps us to understand the forces that shape our planet.”
Then in Iceland, he scuba dives in the eerily beautiful pools and watery canyons that have formed as Europe and America are being slowly and continuously separated from each other by the power of plate tectonics. Finally, we soar off to New Zealand’s Rotorua volcanic hot springs, which typify the conditions where life most likely began on our planet.
Sunday, July 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Ice can be found in every corner of our planet – it dominates the world’s highest mountains and covers almost the entire continent of Antarctica. Ice can accumulate to monumental proportions, carve spectacular landscapes, create iconic scenery and inflict devastating catastrophes. It has even played an integral part in the course of human evolution, triggering global changes that affect the climate of the entire planet.
Our icy adventure with Iain begins in the European Alps, where he rappels down an ice crevasse to physically show viewers how each year’s snowfall gradually develops into expansive, dynamic masses. And with satellite imaging, we discover hidden worlds that ice obscures from us – like Antarctica’s Lake Vostok, one of the largest lakes in the world, which has been isolated under sheets of ice for 15 million years. Then, with the help of CGI, we witness how ice can move with surprising speed and power to shape the Earth’s topography, giving rise to features as diverse as Yosemite National Park and even New York’s Manhattan Island – both carved by inexorable glaciers moving over the landscape. Finally, journey to Greenland to see how the ice sheets and glaciers are melting at a phenomenal rate that is likely to accelerate over the coming years, fundamentally changing the world we know today.
Monday, July 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
The atmosphere is Earth’s protective layer, cloaking us in a warm, oxygen-rich embrace and shielding us from the cold hostility of space. It acts as a natural greenhouse, keeping the Earth 51 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it would otherwise be. Yet the atmosphere is also full of contradictions. It’s immensely powerful but at the same time highly sensitive. It’s destructive, yet it shelters us. It was created in part by the planet’s first organisms, and it continues to be essential for life on Earth.
In this episode, we travel with Iain to South Africa to launch into the stratosphere onboard one of the fastest aircraft on the planet – virtually a missile with wings – that was specially designed to operate at superhigh altitudes. Viewing spectacular aerial footage from 50,000 feet, we zoom through violent lightning storms to experience the dynamic power of our atmosphere firsthand. Then we’re off to understand the forces that created Arizona’s rock formation known as “the wave,” a series of giant curvaceous shapes that appear to have been carved by water … but in fact have been etched by wind blasting the rock over thousands of years. Finally, we make the long journey to Siberia, one of the coldest and most remote places on the planet. But hidden in this ice-covered ground is the potential for climate disaster: methane. Attempting to demonstrate how global warming could release methane on a massive scale, Iain nearly gets his eyebrows singed when he discharges and ignites methane gas bubbles trapped under a frozen lake.
Monday, July 14, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Earth’s oceans help make our planet different from every other planet in the solar system. As far as we know, no other place is the right temperature for liquid water, the most essential ingredient for life to exist. The oceans are Earth’s primary stabilizing force, and their immense power helps to shape the appearance and behavior of the entire planet and everything living on it. And they are also the planet's great unknown – their deepest points have been visited less often than the surface of the moon.
This episode documents the epic story of our oceans and how they have thrived for nearly 4 billion years, helping to carve the coastlines, drive the climate and control the destiny of life itself. Our watery journey begins with Iain in Hawaii, as we get up close to some of the biggest waves on the planet. Filmed at high speed, Hawaii’s waves demonstrate the force of the sea and its ability to capture and transfer energy. Next we fly off to the Amazon River in Brazil, where we face one of the most dramatic tidal phenomena on the planet – a tidal bore, or single surging wave created when large tides in the Atlantic Ocean get funneled into mouths of rivers on just a couple of days each year. Time-lapse photography captures one of the biggest tidal bores in the world to demonstrate the battle between land and water. Finally, Iain takes us to the coast of England to discover how global systems of ocean currents are vital to life on Earth, as they distribute heat around the planet and drive the climate of our world. From the Gulf Stream to El Niño to hurricanes, it is the oceans that regulate our planet.
Tuesday, July 15, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
It has taken 4.6 billion years for the Earth to evolve from a barren rock into the world we know today. In the finale of Earth: The Biography, explore the forces beyond our planet that have determined Earth’s destiny – forces of destruction and regeneration in the solar system that created the planet and still protect it. And now the remarkable planet is facing a new challenge: humankind. The question is, how will it survive?
In this episode, we head off to Mexico, where Iain scuba dives in giant caverns deep within the jungle known as “cenotes,” through flooded subterranean tunnels that – as new imaging from space shows us – were created by the very meteorite that scientists believe wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago and paved the way for the rise of mammals, and ultimately humans. Then we journey to outer space to discover that Jupiter is Earth’s protector, as its enormous gravity helps to shield us from destructive meteorites flying around our solar system. Finally, we visit one of the most ecologically vulnerable places on the planet – Madagascar, an island full of unique plants and animals that are threatened by the destruction of its rain forests. Humans are upsetting the delicate balance – the way the planet and its systems work together to keep Earth safe for life. But while it may take a million years, the Earth’s systems will recover. It is humans who are likely to be found vulnerable.
Earth: The Biography is produced by Wildvision for the National Geographic Channel.
Earth: The Biography hits stores on DVD and Blu-ray July 22, 2008 — one week after the premiere.
*Launching next week, Earth: The Biography Web site, www. natgeotv.com/earth
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
"Smart" Hathaway Chooses Neil Lane
Anne Hathaway arrives at the film premiere of Get Smart in Los Angeles, Calif. on Monday, June 16, 2008. She wore Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane, a pair of darkened Platinum, diamond and sapphire drop earrings and a Platinum ring with moonstones and sapphires. (Fashion Wire Daily/Maria Ramirez)
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Not Going Out Comes Right Back
BBC America’s Not Going Out Returns Only Two Weeks After Season One Finale The Office’s Sally Bretton joins UK comedians Lee Mack and Tim Vine for Season Two Note: Spoiler Alerts!
Returning two weeks after its season finale, BBC America premieres seven new episodes of romantic sitcom Not Going Out, starring Lee Mack (The Sketch Show). Lee’s roommate Kate has moved back to America and his best friend and landlord, Tim (Tim Vine, The Sketch Show), has put the apartment up for sale. Faced with the prospect of losing the apartment, Lee rents the spare room to Tim's ambitious younger sister Lucy (Sally Bretton, The Office) – a simple solution that quickly becomes complicated.
Not Going Out, season two, premieres Tuesday, July 8, 8:40 p.m. ET/PT.
The new living arrangement turns out to be far from perfect. While Lee can now keep his well-meaning but utterly useless housekeeper Barbara (Miranda Hart, Hyperdrive, Lead Balloon), he finds himself in a bidding war with high-rolling Lucy for the apartment. Sibling rivalry turns into full-on anxiety as uptight accountant Tim quickly becomes suspicious of Lee's influence on his kid sister. To top it all, Lee starts to seriously question the suitability of Lucy’s new boyfriend Guy (Simon Dutton, The Saint, Holby City).
Still unburdened by ambition or drive – although now the proud owner of an ice-cream van – Lee finds his plans for keeping the apartment are not straight forward. On the plus side, his new domestic set-up does lead him to discover the art world, the underworld and the lengths one man will go for tickets to an England soccer game.
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Episode Seven- Mortgage
Now that Lee’s former roommate Kate has moved back to America, Tim decides to sell the apartment. Faced with homelessness, Lee announces he’ll buy the apartment himself, and gets to work putting off any other prospective buyers - including Tim’s sister Lucy. Things get worse when Lucy puts in an offer on the apartment and Tim is forced to decide where his loyalties lie.
Episode seven premieres Tuesday, July 8, 8:40 p.m. ET/PT.
Episode Eight- Gay
A misunderstanding leads Lucy to persuade Lee to pretend to be gay in order to get closer to an attractive new business acquaintance Guy. Initially resistant, Lee changes his mind when he discovers there’s something in the arrangement for him – tickets to Wembley Stadium for a soccer game. Seeing through his charade, Guy decides to test Lee’s sexuality by taking him to clubs.
Episode eight premieres Tuesday, July 15, 8:40 p.m. ET/PT.
Episode Nine- Librarian
Lee is becoming increasingly irritated by Guy’s constant presence in the apartment, and his distrust of him is fuelled by the discovery that he runs a lap-dancing club. Meanwhile Tim finally seems to have found a girl who he really likes, and of whom Lucy approves. The perfect girl, until Tim finds out what she does for a living.
Episode nine premieres Tuesday, July 22, 8:40 p.m. ET/PT.
Episode Ten- Baby
Lucy is worried about the age gap between her and Guy, a concern that increases when Guy turns up to meet her with his grandson in tow. A family emergency means Lee and Tim are left in charge of the baby, and they prove to be less than ideal babysitters.
Episode ten premieres Tuesday, July 29, 8:40 p.m. ET/PT.
Episode Eleven- Art
In an effort to appear as intellectual as Lucy’s friends, Lee shows off his ‘knowledge’ of the art world, talking at great length on the subject of an unknown artist who his housekeeper Barbara has told him is the next big thing. When Lucy takes Lee’s advice and invests a fortune in the artist’s work, Lee is left trying to prevent Lucy from finding out the artist is a nobody and from losing her investment.
Episode eleven premieres Tuesday, August 5, 8:40 p.m. ET/PT.
Episode Twelve- Dating
As Lucy and Guy’s relationship intensifies, Lee starts to feel his own lack of a girlfriend, and encouraged by Lucy and Barbara, tries speed dating. Lee meets Daisy, and in a moment of desperation asks her out. Meanwhile Tim is forced to go on a disastrous date with Barbara, in order to prove that he sees her as more than ‘the help’, but all is not lost when they discover a mutual love.
Episode twelve premieres Friday, August 12, 9:20 p.m. ET/PT.
Episode Thirteen- Gangster
When Guy showers Lucy with expensive clothes prior to whisking her off for a mystery weekend away, Lee’s suspicions of Guy are aroused once again. After some high-level surveillance he comes to the conclusion that Guy and Lucy’s romantic trip is actually a front for a diamond-smuggling operation. Egged on by Barbara, Lee starts to realize that he doesn’t object to Guy just because of his age, constant presence in the apartment and dubious business interests – it’s also because Lee wants Lucy for himself.
Episode thirteen premieres Friday, August 19, 9:20 p.m. ET/PT.
Monday, June 16, 2008
TV Star at Tonys
Mary McCormack arrives at the 62nd Annual Tony Awards in New York on Sunday, June 15, 2008. The star of the summer USA series In Plain Sight, McCormack was nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in the play Boeing Boeing. McCormack wore Chopard’s golden pearl and diamond drop earrings.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Beauty “Lies” and Realities
From Jan Arnold, Co-Founder of CND
1. Lie: “Eat gelatin to grow strong, healthy nails.”
Reality: There is no scientific evidence of any benefit to nails from eating gelatin.
2. Lie: “Never file ‘back and forth’ on the nail.”
Reality: Filing ‘back and forth’ is perfectly safe IF you are using a fine grit file (240 or higher).
3. Lie: “It is best to leave toe nails square to prevent in-grown toe-nails.”
Reality: Square corners create sharp spikes that are driven into the surrounding skin under the pressure of tight or pointed shoes. Always trim corners at a 45 degree angle and smooth nail into a rounded square.
4. Lie: “Remove enamel and all coatings from the nail periodically to ‘let them breathe’.”
Reality: Coatings – anything from a thin base and top coat to a nail enhancement coating – protect nails and help to prevent them from becoming dry and brittle.
5. Lie: “Acetone polish remover is bad for nails.”
Reality: Acetone-based removers are superior because they efficiently remove pigment from the nail, leaving no residue or stain. Non-acetone removers evaporate very slowly, leaving a gummy film behind.
6. Lie: “Square shaped nails are stronger than oval or almond shapes.”
Reality: Strength comes from the sidewalls of the nail. Always keep the sides parallel, where the pink meets the white, and then begin shaping near the extended edge.
7. Lie: “It is OK to cut off calluses.”
Reality: Smooth, do not remove calluses. Calluses protect the pressure points of the feet. You need them. Use a gradual process of exfoliation to smooth and polish callused and very dry areas of the foot.
8. Lie: “Wear only pale enamel shades on short nails.”
Reality: In fact, short nails can carry dark shades best because the darker color helps to give the illusion of a beautiful, classic, well groomed nail.
9. Lie: “Nail enhancements (tips and/or coatings) are bad for the natural nail.”
Reality: Today’s nail enhancement technology is light, thin, safe and protective. Coatings protect the natural nail from the rigors of everyday impact. (The bonding process comes from advanced technology without the use of primers or filing damage! They grow out with the natural nail only requiring maintenance once a month.) Polish never chips and a custom-blended natural look offers great fashion freedom.
10. Lie: “Cutting cuticles makes my nails look so clean and healthy.”
Reality: Over time, cutting cuticles will lead to thickened scar-like tissue. The more you cut them, the thicker they will become. Stop the vicious cycle by using an AHA cuticle remover to gradually micro-exfoliate the non-living tissue. If used daily, this will prevent dry skin build-up and deeply hydrate the skin to keep it tight, clean and healthy.
11. Lie: “Skin that easily tans can’t successfully wear purple nail enamel.”
Reality: All skin tones can wear all colors, if the correct hue of the color is chosen. If you tan easily, this means you have a lot of yellow in your skin. Choose a lilac or purple with yellow in it. Such as “Rebel With A Cause.” If you easily burn in the sun, you have ‘cool’ or ‘blue based’ skin, choose a purple without yellow in it. Such as “Jiggy.”
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Best Foods From Nutritionist Oz Garcia
Warmer weather is here but don’t look to the latest skin creams and cosmetic procedures to give your skin a natural glow; nutrition counselor Oz Garcia teaches that good nutrition is the fundamental step in keeping skin glowing and healthy. (Two of the top foods, blueberries and Brazil nuts are featured in the image above). Here are his suggestions for the seven best foods to keep skin looking flawless all summer long:
· Jump on the pomegranate bandwagon. Pomegranates are loaded with vitamins and nutrients, including polyphenols, a very potent type of antioxidant which is known to boost collagen, improve skin tone and diminish cellulite.
· Cook up the egg whites. Egg whites are a strong source of zinc, an essential mineral that keeps the skin firm and youthful.
· Grab a handful of Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, which helps to improve the elasticity of the skin, and helps strengthen hair and nails. Brazil nuts also contain zinc, which aid in treating acne, eczema and psoriasis. The nut also contains fatty acids that help prevent dryness.
· Snack on wrinkle-busting blueberries. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, and prevent cell-structure damage that can lead to wrinkles and loss of skin tone.
· Stock up on pro-biotic yogurt. The probiotic bacteria in yogurt are very important for healthy skin because it improves your immune system and kills bacteria that cause acne and other skin problems.
· Don't forget your leafy greens. Deeply hued vegetables benefit your skin with a wide range of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Spinach and kale are loaded with beta-carotene and lutein, two nutrients that aid in improving skin elasticity and firmness.
· All important Omega-3 Oils. Healthy fats can be your skin's best friend. Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes so that they are effective barriers-allowing water and nutrients into the skin, and keeping toxins out. Omega-3's also may also protect skin against sun damage, and can reduce inflammation in the body (inflammation can trigger the cells to clog pores).
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Pretty in Pink
At the premiere of the new M. Night Shyamalan film The Happening, star Zooey Deschanel carried a handbag by Mary Norton. The “It Girl” accessorized her berry-colored strapless dress with Mermaid – a framed fan clutch in a neutral champagne color with clear Swarovski crystal detailing. We love Zooey, but M. Night Shamalama Ding Dong’s movies usually suck. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Monday, June 09, 2008
Two Nights of Classic Films on TCM Celebrating SAG’s 75 Years
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) celebrates the 75th anniversary of the formation of Screen Actors Guild, the nation’s largest labor union for actors. The two-night festival will feature 11 films featuring founding members, union officers and other prominent figures in Screen Actors Guild’s 75-year history, on Monday, June 23, and Monday, June 30
Schedule of films:
Movies: Monday, June 23
8 p.m. Movie Crazy (1932), with SAG founding member #17 Kenneth Thomson. The first meetings to form Screen Actors Guild started in Ken Thomson’s house. He then became the first executive director of SAG.
9:45 p.m. The Kennel Murder Case (1933), with first SAG president Ralph Morgan (1933, 1938-40), founding member William Powell and founding member Mary Astor.
11:15 p.m. The Kid from Spain (1932), with SAG president Eddie Cantor (1933-1935). Image above is from The Kid from Spain.
1 a.m. The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), with SAG founding member #9 Boris Karloff; founding member #10 Charles Starrett; and founding member Jean Hersholt, who provided the initial money to purchase the land for the Motion Picture Country House & Hospital and who served as a board member and assistant treasurer for SAG.
2:15 a.m. The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937), with two-time SAG president Robert Montgomery (1935-1938, 1946-1947); vice president and recruiter Joan Crawford; board member Frank Morgan, whose brother Ralph was the first SAG president; founding member William Powell; and Jessie Ralph, only the third woman to join SAG.
4 a.m. For Me and My Gal (1942), with vice president and board member Gene Kelly (1943-1948); and Judy Garland, who joined SAG in its final membership recruiting drive in 1937; and SAG president George Murphy (1944-1946).
Monday, June 30
8 p.m. Ben-Hur (1959), with SAG president Charlton Heston (1965-1971).
Midnight Stallion Road (1947), with two-time SAG president Ronald Reagan (1947-1952,1959-1960); Alexis Smith, part of a SAG delegation to Chicago in 1946; and board member Ralph Byrd.
1:45 a.m. A Thousand Clowns (1965), with SAG president Barry Gordon (1988-1995), and SAG president William Daniels (1999-2001).
4 a.m. The Miracle Worker (1962), with SAG president Patty Duke (1985-1988) and SAG board member Victor Jory.
6 a.m. The Roaring Twenties (1939), with SAG president James Cagney (1942-1944) who was 1st Vice president when the film was made, and board members Humphrey Bogart and Elizabeth Risdon.
About SAG: Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 120,000 working actors in motion pictures, television, commercials, industrials, video games, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is available online at www.sag.org.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Fischer Chooses Meister for Premiere
Jenna Fischer joined her co-stars of The Promotion on the red carpet in a cocktail dress by David Meister. Fischer wore Meister’s beautiful black satin sheath dress with crystal accent on the bodice.
Here are details about The Promotion, from Yahoo: Two mid-level Chicago supermarket employees--Doug and Richard, a dubious new guy from Canada--compete ruthlessly for a coveted managerial post at a new store location. Doug and Richard could not be more different, but going head-to-head in a contest of wits and will reveals how they have more in common than they once suspected.
Starring: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Lili Taylor, Gil Bellows
Directed by: Steve Conrad
The movie premieres today (6 June 2008).
Farouk/Chi Help Audigier Celebrate 50th
BeansTalk was in WeHo on Saturday, and was wondering who Christian Audigier was and why he rated giant billboards on Wilshire Blvd. Then, we went to the Beverly Center, and kept running into guys wearing Ed Hardy shirts. Then it all clicked. So there you go. Farouk Systems put together the birthday gift bags for Audigier’s 50th birthday party the for designer the Ed Hardy clothing line, manufactures locally, hence the “Made in the USA! Farouk Systems was featured this weekend on NBC’s Extra. CHI Organics new products were in the gift bags for celebrities who included Brittany Spears, Michael Jackson, Fergie, Pamela Anderson among others. BioSilk was also on Extra.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Sale This Weekend
This weekend, Gold ‘N Dulcinea is participating in a sample sale, partnering with other brands.
Shop for designer clothing, swimwear, jewelry and scented luxury home accessories at discounted prices.
Saturday June 7TH 10:30AM to 4PM
1220 Maple Ave, Suite 901, LA, CA 90015
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Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation Claws Back to Animal Planet
Friday, June 6, at 9 p.m.
Stockard Channing Joins the Manor as the Emmy®-Nominated Series’ Narrator
What's different this season in Meerkat Manor:
* Stockard Channing narrates
* Flower has passed away and is remembered, but her two daughters, Rocket Dog and Maybelline, fight for top 'kat!
* The Whiskers Family has divided!
* There's a whole new cast of characters
* Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation has a new time: 9 p.m.
Meerkat Manor’s favorite first family, the Whiskers, was dealt a harsh blow last season with the death of their fearless matriarch, Flower. With the family in shambles, Rocket Dog fought her way to the spot as top “kat” and new leader for the Whiskers clan. But, mutineer Maybelline didn’t accept her sister Rocket Dog as queen and ditched the clan to form her own mob, the Aztecs. With the family divided, the sisters’ claws come out—and the Manor is changed forever.
Now, beginning Friday, June 6, at 9 PM (ET/PT), Rocket Dog and Maybelline must live within the rather large shadow of their late mother, Flower, and there’s very little room in the Kalahari for both sisters’ clans. Not only do the meerkats face predators, harsh desert weather and archenemies the Commandos—there’s dissent in their ranks. Without a solid leader to unify them, they face their toughest survival threat yet—each other. The sisters’ enmity isn’t the first time a family spat has threatened a homeland. History’s Tudor queens had a rivalry that put a wedge through England. This season, viewers are knee deep in the Kalahari as betrayals, romances, seductions and new titillating storylines unfurl. The Tudor family had nothing on these mobs—this brand-new generation of meerkats gives new meaning to bad “Manors.”
No matter which meerkat deserves the title, this season, another queen reigns over the Kalahari. Emmy® award-winning Stockard Channing joins the Manor as the series’ headstrong narrator. With her previous role as First Lady on The West Wing, Channing is no stranger to politics.
Each Friday night during the scandalous 13-episode season of Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation, witness the meerkats in a battle royale of competition and survival. Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation takes charge at a new time, Fridays at 9 PM (ET/PT) beginning June 6 and continues thereafter every Friday at 9 PM (ET/PT).
Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation is produced for Animal Planet International by Oxford Scientific Films (OSF). Caroline Hawkins is the executive producer for OSF. Mick Kaczorowski is the executive producer for Animal Planet U.S.
Escada Bag Stars in SITC
Escada’s “Margaretha Bag,” from the Spring / Summer 2008 collection, is a fashion feature in Michael Patrick King’s much-anticipated, “Sex and the City,” which premiered in New York on May 27, 2008. Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda Hobbes carries the bag during a pool scene. The Escada Beverly Hills boutique also appears in the film.
The Margaretha Bag is crafted of the lamb nappa and printed canvas, is hand-pleated in Italy and features an orange and blue print inspired by Moorish tile. Buy the Escada boutiques.
Escada collections includes clothing, accessories, eyewear and fragrances. Established by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley in 1976, the company generated sales of €686 million (more than 1 billion USD) in fiscal year 2006/2007 and is represented by over 400 stores in around 60 countries.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
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They Surf(ed) Wise: The
First BeansTalk read about them in the L.A. Times. Then, second son Jonathan Pankowitz appeared on one of regular shows, The Stephen Colbert Show. Finally, BeansTalk's CFO commented, "This is really your kind of story."
And indeed, he is right. We find this utterly fascinating. There's a documentary of the lives of these extraordinary people, Surfwise, which we're certain we're bound to see. For now, we were pleased to get ahold of these bios as we couldn't find anything on the web that listed the Pankowitz kids in chronological order and also gave details of their lives, past and present. So you are rewarded with all this scoop in one place. We've also included a synopsis of the documentary (straight from the movie's presskit, btw). Doc's marriage to Juliette is his third, but for him, it's the proverbial third time's the charm -- the couple are still affectionate and together.
“Most parents say ‘Go to school. Don’t go swimming with sharks, that’s dangerous. Our parents said, you can go swimming with sharks, but you’re not fuckin’ going to school—that shit’s dangerous!” - Salvador Paskowitz, the 7th Paskowitz son
Surfwise follows the odyssey of 85-year-old, legendary surfer Dr. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children—all of whom were home-schooled on the beaches of Southern California, Hawaii, Mexico and Israel; they surfed every day of their lives, and were forced to adhere to a strict diet and lifestyle by their passionate and demanding, health-conscious father.
In the mid-1950s Dorian Paskowitz was a successful doctor living the good life in the territory of Hawaii, until two devastating divorces and the realization that he had no interest in money or status caused him to completely upend his life. Dorian dropped his practice and traveled to Israel for a year where he lived among the Bedouins and developed a lifelong obsession with a healthy diet. He introduced surfing to Israel and became a hero in the burgeoning Tel Aviv beach scene. Returning to the States, he met his wife Juliette, and the rest was history. They fell madly in love, steered clear of society, lived out of a tiny camper on the beach, and had 7 sons in rapid succession: David, Jonathan, Abraham, Israel, Moses, Adam, and Salvador Daniel. Then they had one daughter, Navah, and their ninth child, Joshua.
The children were raised in the Jewish tradition, complete with Shabbat on the beach every Friday night. But that’s where similarities with a normal societal upbringing end. Doc’s absolute determination was to raise his children according to the strictest standards of nature. They ate only organic and/or raw foods with no sugar or fat. Their community was their family. They didn’t need money or have to pay bills or taxes. Their home was anywhere the crowded camper was parked.
What happens to eight brothers and a sister that are raised under such extraordinary circumstances? Surfwise is the story of a man who pursued his dreams and dragged his family along for the wild ride.
The Paskowitz Parents
DORIAN “DOC” PASKOWITZ, M.D.
Dorian Paskowitz is an 86 year-old doctor and surfer who has spent most of his life promoting what he calls the “5 Pillars of Health”: diet, exercise, rest, recreation, and habits of mind. An early advocate of preventive health and the benefits of surfing, his philosophies are detailed in his 1988 book SURFING AND HEALTH: How to Lose Weight and Gain Life.
Born in 1921 in Galveston, Texas, Doc first surfed at the age of nine in the Gulf of Mexico. Both he and his mother were asthmatic and as a result she was a devoted health-food advocate. His father was a shoe salesman and they were all raised in the Jewish faith. Doc’s younger sister and brother, Sonia and Adrian, are both interviewed in SURFWISE. The family moved to San Diego in the 1930s where Doc became a lifeguard and was among the first true generation of early California surfers, making San Onofre his favorite spot (“old man’s” break is still named for him and his buddies).
In the 1940s, Doc earned B.A. and M.D. degrees from Stanford University and did military service aboard the USS Ajax, when he witnessed the atomic bomb tests on Bikini Island. He became president of the American Medical Association in Hawaii and had two unsuccessful marriages when he became disillusioned with his life. He traveled to Israel, where he lived in the desert (learned to eat healthy), tried to join the Israeli army (failed), tested his newfound sexual prowess on dozens of women (he called it a scientific “study of the psychosexual behavior of women”), and became a local hero for introducing surfing to Tel Aviv. Then, he returned to the U.S. with a new set of priorities “to be a good father, and thus, a good man” as he says in SURFWISE, and wed his current wife of 48 years, Juliette.
As the film details in living color, Doc and Juliette had nine children together, whom they home-schooled and surfed with as they traveled around the continent in a 24-foot camper. Living a pure and healthy life outside of all societal expectations, Doc has always shared strong opinions about how modern America is rapidly “killing ourselves” through fat and lack of exercise. He therefore made sure his own family lived according to the strict diet and lifestyle of animals in wild, which has brought both praise and controversy from his kids and outsiders.
Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Doc would take on part-time medical work in needy areas to make small amounts of money as they traveled. In the summers, their home base became San Onofre beach in California, where the family established the world-renowned Paskowitz Surf Camp in 1972.
Though Dorian Paskowitz was inducted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame in 1991, he was never a big-wave or competitive surfer. Instead, Doc has incorporated the “aloha spirit” of surfing into his life and made it a vital component of his teaching. Throughout the surfing world, Doc is famous for the medical treatment and lifestyle advice he’s given to surfers, and for the impact his wife and 9 incredibly-dynamic children have had upon it. Until recently, Doc and Juliette lived in a small apartment in Waikiki, Hawaii (seen in SURFWISE). They are now back in Southern California.
JULIETTE EMELIA PAEZ
Juliette was born in Long Beach California in 1932. Her parents were originally from Durango, Mexico and she had four sisters and three brothers (which perhaps prepared her for the idea of having nine of her own?). Immersed in music from an early age, she learned to sing every part of the great operas such as Carmen, Rigoletto and La Traviata that her father would play for her on 78 records. After her voice deepened (and she became very tall) she continued her passion for music by attending Long Beach Community College where she took “every music course they had to offer,” with an emphasis on choral work and J.S. Bach (her “first love”). After studying music, Juliette auditioned for, and was accepted into the internationally-acclaimed Roger Wagner Chorale in Southern California. But after meeting Dorian Paskowitz in a bar on Catalina Island, things changed fast. They fell in love, and she was pregnant and married within a year, with the two of them living out of a modified Studebaker and establishing a style of beach-living that they would continue for most of their lives. Even though SURFWISE highlights the difficulties of life in the camper for Juliette (“for ten years I was either pregnant or breast-feeding, without one day off…”), Juliette is very outspoken about her devotion to her husband, and her support of the lifestyle they chose. She and Doc remain as a strong couple today and she stays in close contact with all nine of their children, as well as all seventeen grandchildren.
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The Paskowitz Children
DAVID PASKOWITZ, son #1, born in 1959
David was always the captain of the family. As the oldest child, he was expected to lead, encourage, and enforce Dorian’s philosophy while keeping his eight siblings in line. After he finally broke away from the camper at age 23, David used his amazing vocal talent and stage skills to launch a musical career as lead singer of Johnny Monster and the Nightmares (a popular Orange County band who played with Sublime and others), Rock Kandy, Goldfish, Metal Snake (an ‘80s heavy metal revival band), and now, The David King Experience, a variety show in which he documents his life story in song. As depicted in SURFWISE, David’s attempt to help save the Paskowitz Surf Camp in the late ‘90s led to a major family rift, which is only now being mended. David, his wife Nancy and his daughters Davida and Delilah live near San Diego, California. He surfs everyday.
JONATHAN PASKOWITZ, son #2 born in 1961
Jonathan Paskowitz spent years involved in the surf industry. First as a professional surfer winning the US and World Longboard championships in 1987 and 1988. He later worked with surfer hero Herbie Fletcher at Astro Productions, creating the first surf comic book Surf Crazed and the first surfer trading cards. Astro Boys division of film Video production became his favorite part of the job developing Wave Warriors surf Videos with WEA and Warner Bros Music. After leaving Astro he went to Fly Industries and developed an eyewear company called Black Flys, manufacturing eyewear snowboards and apparel. Fly Girl, a femme line of similar products and Fly TV a line of inexpensive surf skate and snow videos. After Flys, Jonathan was the director of Marketing for Gotcha brand management, working on Gotcha Girl star and MCD. Later, he did indie marketing for companies like Earthlink, Adidas and Oliver Peoples (brand eyewear). He then went on to work with Stephan Nemeth of Rhino films (who developed Lords of Dogstown) and worked with Brian Grazer on Blue Crush. While at Rhino, Jonathan met Doug Pray. While there he also met Graydon Carter and during the next few years he worked on little projects and surfed with Graydon’s family and Punch Hutton-Hodges. Through these associaties, the SURFWISE team slowly evolved, adding Matt Weaver and Tommy Means along the way. Jonathan’s other film work includes Big Wednesday and Back to the Beach. www.alohadoc.com
ABRAHAM PASKOWITZ, son #3, born in 1962
In SURFWISE, Abraham Paskowitz jokingly calls himself the “first girl” of the family, having used his culinary skills and empathy to help his mother manage daily life in the camper. Tired of his competitive brothers, Abe left his family in Baja California at age 15 with $50 in his pocket to pursue romance and a series of restaurant jobs in Southern California. Interviewed for SURFWISE while working as a chef at San Clemente’s Beach Fire Bar & Grill, he has recently moved to Spring Hill, Florida, and opened “Our Pots and Pans,” a restaurant and catering company. Despite his passion for cooking, surfing has always been a big part of Abe’s life. He ran the family surf camp for a whole decade (1984-94), and produced a number of major longboard surfing competitions, including the Cabo Classic (with Herbie Fletcher) and, for six straight years, “A Tribute to the Greats Longboard Classic.” In the mid-1990’s, working with Tommy Hilfiger, he developed a line of Paskowitz family surfwear, and began his own brand, called Jaisle. Near the end of SURFWISE, Abe and his wife Shelly are seen introducing their newborn baby, Levi, to grandfather Dorian for the first time at the Honolulu Airport. He has two other daughters, Naomi Paskowitz and Caia Jaisle.
ISRAEL “IZZY” PASKOWITZ, son #4, born in 1963
Izzy is the surfing champion of the family, having competed in, and won, dozens of longboard titles, including the 1988 Hang Ten World Championship. At the height of his competitive surfing career, he had numerous sponsors and had modeled for Nike ads and many other surfwear brands. In 1998, Dorian gave Israel ownership of the world-famous Paskowitz Surf Camp. Since then, he and his wife Danielle have owned and operated the camp out of Mission Beach, California, with the help of various Paskowitz brothers and professional surfers. The camp, which offers weeklong sessions throughout the summer for children and adults, was originally started by Doc and Juliette in San Onofre 35 years ago to help spread the “Aloha spirit” and advance the sport of surfing. Izzy and Danielle have three children, including Isaiah, who is autistic and is shown in SURFWISE at home with his father. Inspired by the positive results of tandem surfing with Isaiah, Izzy and Danielle founded SURFERS HEALING, a very successful nonprofit organization that offers free surfing day camps to hundreds of autistic children and their families in Southern California, New York, and Hawaii. Izzy and Surfers Healing were recently profiled in a widely-shown short on ESPN. (www.surfershealing.org)
MOSES ZYUS PASKOWITZ II, son #5, born in 1964
As the middle child in a family of 9, Moses is the ultimate intermediary between all the different factions of brothers. But he’s also a peacemaker because he’s very big and very strong. In fact he’s the only Paskowitz to have attended college due to a full scholarship he received to play football at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Though a bad knee injury cost him that scholarship, he went on to play for the San Diego Chargers’ farm team until additional injuries forced him out. Moses then set his sights on the entertainment industry, first going to school to learn the “biz” and eventually joining a union and becoming a transportation captain and field producer on numerous feature films, as well as being a full-time professional driver for Michael Bay and Tori Spelling. Moses ran the Paskowitz Surf Camp for one year and remains an active surfer. He and his wife, Phaedra, live in Encino, California and have three sons. In SURFWISE, Moses’ most memorable quote is how a terrible surfing accident (involving a surfboard fin and his colon) almost cost him his life.
ADAM PASKOWITZ, son #6, born in 1966
Adam pushes the limits, applying his creativity to everything he does. Not content to just surf like his siblings, he was among the first anywhere to do certain types of aerials, consecutive 360s, and to add extra fins to his board. In SURFWISE, he is found coming back from the sea on his surfboard after “extreme fishing,” where he drops a lure and lets sharks and other big fish pull him around (or so he claims!). But Adam’s primary gift has been music. An extremely talented songwriter, vocalist, pianist and guitar player, his first big break was with the popular late ‘80s glam-band Mozart. He then created the band The Flys with his brother Joshua, and co-wrote their top-40 hit “Got You (Where I Want You).” That song became the soundtrack single for the movie “Disturbing Behavior” and got them a tour with the Rolling Stones as the opening act. He’s seen in SURFWISE performing with his current band Jetliner (www.jetlinermusic.com). Despite two decades of music industry success, Adam is the son who most wants to emulate his father’s nomadic life by leaving it all behind, home schooling his children and traveling around the world in a “slow-moving shrimp boat.” Fittingly, he and his wife Tracy have named their newborn son “Doc”.
SALVADOR DANIEL PASKOWITZ, son #7, 1967
It was miraculous enough that when Dorian first met Juliette he predicted the future by telling her she’d become the mother of his “seven sons” (a true story)… But nobody would have guessed that 7th son would be born on the 7th day of the 7th month in the 7th decade of the century, as was true for Salvador. A brilliant illustrator and self-described “nerd” of the family, Sal was fascinated with books and technology and got into computer programming (on a jerry-rigged unit in the camper) before most people even knew computers existed. Early in his post-camper life, he worked for Adobe Illustrator, and helped pioneer color selection software that is still in use today. In 1991, he drew and published the world’s first (and only?) surf-related comic book, “Surf Crazed Comics”, and has been a commercial illustrator and logo designer for Hurley, Billabong, and many other major sports companies. Though he still does graphic design for various clients, he has become a screenwriter, having recently co-wrote the film VOLPONI for Disney and other projects in development. He and his wife Kristin have a teenage daughter, Halo, who they have home schooled.
NAVAH PASKOWITZ-WALTHER, #8 child and only daughter, born in 1969
It’s hard to imagine growing up in a 24-foot camper with nine kids, but even harder to imagine being the only girl. But Navah grew up “just like one of the brothers,” surfing with them, being one of the gang, and, as she jokes in SURFWISE “without ever even having any girl’s underwear.” Like her siblings, Navah has a strong creative streak. She is a talented illustrator and has done surfwear design for Guess, Marciano, and others, including a wetsuit line she developed in the mid-1990s. Her striking good looks also have allowed numerous modeling opportunities, showing off her surfing skills in advertisements for high-end swimwear. Today, Navah describes herself as a full-time working mother. She has three children, Aviva, Wolf, and Max and lives in Encino, California with her husband Hank Walther. Religiously devoted (perhaps more than her brothers), Navah is heavily involved as a volunteer at their Temple and children’s school. In SURFWISE, Navah talks about the choice she made to opt for a suburban, domestic life, but that she still feels like a “fish out of water” when she’s sitting in traffic on the 101, daydreaming back to her days in Cabo…
JOSHUA BEN PASKOWITZ, #9, eighth son and final child, born in 1974
Josh is the youngest child of Dorian and Juliette. As he grew up, his cramped living quarters became increasingly spacious as all his siblings aged and moved out of the camper, eventually leaving him alone with his parents living on the beach in Acapulco. Yet, Josh seemed to absorb, and equal, all of his sibling’s good looks and talents: as an artist, a surfer, an athlete, and a musician. Musically, he was catapulted into early rock-stardom with his brother Adam in their band The Flys, (mentioned above, who had a top-40 hit and toured with The Rolling Stones). In SURFWISE, he is filmed performing the song “Black” on the Sunset strip with his co-writer Brian Ginsberg in the band Life in Exile (www.myspace.com/lifeinexile). Now applying his creativities to film, he’s directing and scoring his own documentary about the surf community in San Clemente. Josh is a strong surfer and has worked as an instructor at many sessions of the surf camp over the years.
Walsh Has a Ball at the Ball
Actress Kate Walsh poses for photographers while arriving at the 7th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Los Angeles. Walsh an Escada red strapless dress for the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball this week-end. The dress is accented with a thin belt. (AP Photo/Chris Weeks)
Inspector Lewis Returns
On the Chairman of the Board’s birthday, 6 July 08, Masterpiece Mystery! “Inspector Lewis, Series I ‘Expiation’” premieres from 9 to 10:30 p.m.
“Inspector Lewis, Series I”--Kevin Whately returns as Detective Inspector Robbie Lewis in the spin-off to the popular “Inspector Morse” series. Lewis, back in Oxford following the tragic death of his wife, is cracking cases with his sharp young sidekick, DS Hathaway (Laurence Fox, Becoming Jane). An impressive list of guest stars (Gina McKee, Anna Massey and James Wilby) joins Lewis and Hathaway this season as they take on murder mysteries that draw them into the underbelly of celebrity, ambition and the sexual politics of the Oxfordshire elite. “Expiation”--When an Oxford housewife is found hanged in her home, Lewis and Hathaway unearth a far darker murder case than the initial suicide verdict suggests. Hosted by Alan Cumming.