Ready4Air: (Brands and Bloggers) |Fathom Travel: Cruising With A Social Conscience

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May 22, 2016 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

Fathom Adonia Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

I was invited to cruise for a purpose. Thanks, Fathom Travel for providing this impact + travel opportunity. As always, opinions are my own.

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami - #TravelDeep (i) Lora Wiley-Lennartz, Vicki Winters and Deborah Mitchell Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami – #TravelDeep
(l) Lora Wiley-Lennartz, Vicki Winters and Deborah Mitchell
Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

It turns out the second time was the charm when it came to a few blogger friends and I sailing on Fathom, Carnival Corporation’s newest ship. Yes, we were disappointed when our first scheduled cruise was suddenly canceled a month earlier but we rebooked as soon as the next sail became available. On May 8, Lora Wiley-Lennartz of Diary of a Mad HausFrau, Vicki Winters of The Vicki Winters Show , her husband Dan and I joined a group of almost 300 passengers to depart the Port of Miami on Fathom’s Adonia, heading to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. WHOOT!

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami - #TravelDeep Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami – #TravelDeep
Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Our cruise was the third sailing for Fathom. Just a week earlier, May 1, the intimate 700 passenger liner made global historical news as the first ship to sail from the United States to Cuba in 50 years. Fathom Travel, the brainchild of social entrepreneur Tara Vargas Russell, is a cruise vacation that offers more than just traditional cruising sun and fun. Instead, interested travelers have a chance to make a social impact at their destination. Fathom Travelers, sail to Cuba or the Dominican Republic and engage in a cultural exchange or some cases give back.

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Fathom Adonia to Dominican Republic, - #TravelDeep Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia to Dominican Republic, – Impact + Travel Training sessions #TravelDeep
Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

In the Dominican Republic, the goal is to give back and make a difference in the community’s economy or assist in their education. Once passengers book a cruise they can review the Fathom Travel Impact + Travel  activities which include:

Reforestation & Nursery

Recycled Paper & Crafts Entrepreneurship

Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative

Community English Conversation and Learning

Student English and Conversation & Learning

Water Filter Production

Concrete Floors in Community Homes

I wanted leave my social impact footprint but also wanted time to relax. Since I didn’t know what to expect I registered for three activities, Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative, Student English and Conversation & Learning  and Reforestation & Nursery. Now, I was ready to become a Fathom Traveler.

Vicki Winters on Fathom Adonia Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Vicki Winters on Fathom Adonia
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

So, what’s being a Fathom Traveler?  Well, for Vicki, it meant being sick to her stomach and confined to bed for the first day of the trip. The ship’s medical staff, on the lookout for possible cases of Norovirus, did not want to take any chances when Vicki told them she was nauseous had diarrhea and couldn’t get out of bed. Ms. Big Fat Mouth was tested and quarantined to her room for two days until the results were in. Only Vicki! (lol!) Read about her crappy sick days here.

Fathom-Impact-Travel-Training-with Impact Leader Gil-Lang Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom-Impact-Travel-Training-with Impact Leader Gil-Lang
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

For the rest of us, our days on the high seas were spent learning how to be good Fathom Travelers. We were divided into cohort groups, a Fathom family of sorts,  to attend a variety of Impact + Travel Training sessions. The 45-60 minute sessions take place throughout the day and are a chance for passengers to meet fellow travelers, learn about the destination and impact activities. We learned how to work alongside and interact with the locals in sessions like “Spanish Phrases,” “Empowering English Tutoring,” and “Social Innovation In Action.” The leader of our group was the cute and knowledgeable Impact Guide Leader Gil Lang, a seasoned traveler with a history of  social impact work.  Speaking of work, even while on vacation,TV producers are always digging for information which meant Gil had his hands full answering Lora and my long list of questions.

Fathom Adonia pulling into Amber Cove, Puerto Plata Dominican Republic Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia pulling into Amber Cove, Puerto Plata Dominican Republic
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

By the time, the ship pulled into Amber Cove two and a half days later; we were ready to get to work. In the past, I have always enjoyed the Dominican Republic from the beach of an all-inclusive luxury resort. But this time, I saw another view of the isle. Puerto Plata, named by Christopher Columbus, means silver port. Mountainous and on the northern side of the island it was beautiful; reminded me of  Jamaica. Turns out the Dominican Republic is the second largest island in the Caribbean (Cuba is one and Jamaica is three). Amber Cove, the 30-acre waterfront property docking station, built for Carnival was going to be our home for the next few days.

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Fathom Travel, Puerto Plata, DR Reforestation and Nursery Group Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel, Puerto Plata, DR
Reforestation and Nursery Impact Activity
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

When we arrived and boarded our activity bus, the question remained for me; how much of a difference could we make in three days, spending only a few hours working? We would soon find out. Our first stop was the Reforestation & Nursery impact activity, our chance to make a difference in the rainforest-one tree at a time!

If you are interested in taking a Fathom cruise, they are offering a discount link. Click here  and use the insider code 1530 to save on your next booking.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Social) | ‘Say Cheese’: Today, Photos Are For Showing Off

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July 22, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

By Alexis Trass Walker

Oh, the times they are a changin’. Gone are the days when people took photos for sentimental reasons. These days, one in three Americans admit that photos are for showing off, according to a survey conducted for specialty online photo printer Kanvess.com.

Have you given up on organizing your photos into scrapbooks and photo albums? As it turns out, social media is now the traditional photo album’s flashier, more exciting younger sibling. Whereas photo albums are seen by a small number of people, pictures shared online are viewed by potentially thousands of people. No wonder, then, that 57 percent of survey respondents say it’s important that people see pictures of them and what’s going on in their life online.

Thirty-five percent say they post pictures simply because they are proud of what they are doing and where they’ve been and they like to brag.

Like many people, I have thousands of pictures, some of which I’ve shared on social media. Pictures of my kids, date nights, post-race festivities, and a few selfies are scattered throughout my Facebook timeline. There aren’t too many pictures, but just enough that my mother felt left out when her friends said they saw pictures of her grandchildren that she hadn’t seen. Not wanting to miss out, she joined Facebook, which was probably a smart move since 44 percent of people say they share their photos via Facebook.

Some people still frame their pictures–16 percent–and, as old-fashioned as it seems to me now, 14 percent share their photos through email.

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“People are clearly taking photos for different reasons in this day and age. Whether it’s a picture of your favorite pet or the exotic meal you just ate, people are looking for ways to hold on to the memories as well as give others a sense of the depth of their interesting lives,” said Doug Lauver, chief photo officer for Kanvess.

Can you believe that 93 percent of us take pictures an average of 10 photos per week? Actually, the number is not that surprising considering that we all walk around with cameras in our pockets. (Don’t even get me started on the many impressive editing apps.) Picture-taking has become a much-loved pastime. We love to show off our families (75 percent), pets (56 percent), friends (55 percent), and celebrations (38 percent). Thirty-one percent take up to five selfies a week.

As evidence of our hectic lives (or, in my case, as evidence of laziness), 55 percent of survey respondents said their old photos are not organized, while 39 percent admit they rarely organize them. Organized or not, we all understand that photos bring back memories and make all sorts of emotions bubble up to the surface, which is why 87 percent of people look at photos at family gatherings. A few years ago, my three sisters and I had a chance to get together over Thanksgiving. I pulled out pictures that I knew they had never seen or had completely forgotten about, and we had a good time reminiscing about people and events from our childhood and young adulthood.

While photos are a good way to brag or show off the interesting parts of our lives, they still have the power to make us feel something, and that makes every picture worthwhile.

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Top 10 Favorite Photo Subjects to Brag About

1. Family
2. Pets
3. Friends
4. Celebrations/Nights Out
5. Travel
6. Selfies
7. Holiday destinations
8. Food
9. Art
10. New Clothing

Why do you take photographs? What are your favorite photo subjects?

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Lifestyle) | Are You Living Out Of Unpacked Boxes?

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July 1, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

By Alexis Trass Walker

Dante’s Inferno talks about the nine circles of hell, but I’m convinced there is a tenth–one that is known as moving. My family and I are moving from northwest Indiana to northeast Florida–a journey of nearly 1,000 miles. Did I mention that we will be driving with four young children? My husband and I are in for so much fun. And by “fun” I mean hell.

Packing and moving is almost always an exhausting experience, but so much more so because stuff accumulates after many years in one place. I’ve spent 11 years in my current home and acquired five wonderful people along the way. We were drowning in the detritus of lives well lived. While we have purged most of our possessions, we still need to pack and transport many things. It’s tiring.

I’m not the only person who finds moving exhausting. I came across a survey conducted for long-distance moving specialists upack.com (coincidentally, we are using Upack) that says that one in four people report that they have enough unpacked boxes from their last move to fill a half a room or more. People are so tired from the actual move that once all their belongings get to their destination, they don’t unpack them right away. Or the next day. Or the day after that….

In fact, according to a new report, one in six Americans says that it took them at least five months to unpack their boxes, and one in 10 says they left unpacked boxes collecting dust for two years. TWO YEARS! I think if you can live without something for that long, it’s probably something that needs to go anyway. Four percent admit to literally living out of boxes for five years or more.

Of course, we all have good intentions. Sixty-nine percent say they plan to unpack immediately but, you know, life happens. I think I will fall in the category of people who say it takes up to two months to unpack that last box–that’s 40 percent of us.

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More than half of Americans say they pack more than 21 boxes when they move. That sounds about right for me, but that’s if I count only the cardboard moving boxes. I still have plastic storage bins and underbed storage boxes. Don’t even get me started on the various bags. An overwhelming majority of us–95 percent–are usually responsible for our own unpacking, with assistance from spouses, partners, and other family members.

Why don’t people unpack their boxes, already?

According to one respondent, “The reason why I usually don’t unpack all my boxes is because I have moved three times in the last seven years, and it just gets tedious. Plus, I have nowhere to put most of these items.”

“I moved into a new apartment and my boyfriend was coming to see it for the first time. I unpacked what made it look like everything was in place, but filled up the closets with the unpacked boxes. All was good until he decided to see what the closets looked like. Oops,” said another respondent.

The problems with unpacked boxes are numerous: forgetting about items, leaving seasonal clothing and items in their boxes, and thinking that items are missing or stolen.

“Unpacking can be a daunting task. It includes that last bit of extra work after an already hectic move,” said AJ Jones, director of moving solutions for Upack. “But when you let your boxes sit for too long, you start to lose track of precious items. Over time, you start thinking that they’re lost forever, when they are actually right where you left them. Early planning and prepping makes the task much easier and helps chip away at the perceived chore of unpacking.”

So, tell us: Are you living out of unpacked boxes?

Top 10 Items Lingering in Unpacked Boxes

1. Pictures/frames
2. Clothing/old clothing
3. Seasonal items
4. Files
5. Kitchen items
6. Shoes
7. Dining room items
8. Living room items
9. Children’s items/toys
10. Small furniture

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Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Lifestyle) | A Vlog Brings Us Face To Face With Makeup And Art History

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi are the vloggers behind Make-up ArtPhoto credit: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi are the vloggers behind Make-up ArtPhoto credit: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi are the vloggers behind Make-up Art
Photo credit: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi

By Alexis Trass Walker

The Internet has a variety of makeup tutorials that are usually related to the worlds of fashion and beauty. The history of art is often discussed in institutional or technical terms that are sometimes beyond the scope of the average person. Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi saw no reason why makeup and art history couldn’t be combined as a source of new synergies. With that in mind, they started the vlog Make-Up Art with the aim of discussing the masterpieces in art history with makeup creations by Santovecchi. They intend to “create an actual face to face with makeup and the history of art with a touch of humor.”

Our interest was piqued, so Alexis Trass Walker asked Gabardi and Santovecchi to answer a few questions about how they came up with the idea of this vlog and how people are inspired by great works of art.

 

The idea of putting makeup tutorials with art history is unique. How did you two come up with it?

Chiara: Make-Up Art dates back to a serendipitous encounter in New York between us; we met ages after we had lost touch. I was in town cohosting a television show on movies, Arise On Screen, working as an international reporter, and exhibiting my paintings in Manhattan.

Federica: I was taking a year off in the Big Apple to enhance my professional career internationally and to follow the passion I have for makeup and attending the Fashion Make-Up Artistry course at Make-up Designory School.

We met one evening in the Village, and that was when our New York adventures began, through art openings, drawbridges, Oscar celebrations, and, of course, many makeup sessions. Amusingly enough, both our professional destinies brought us back to Italy where we decided to put into practice our stars and stripes experience through our Italian touch and all the beauty that the boot-shaped land can evoke.

Tell us how the makeup techniques can be used by the everyday woman.

The techniques we talk about definitely give the basic guidelines for everyday makeup, such as notions of contouring or how to make certain features of your face stand out more. Naturally, certain creations are bold in color and shape and would be more suitable for themed parties. But the fun trait about Make-Up Art is that you learn about art history through a makeup tutorial that you can custom-make, according to your tastes and the occasion you want to wear it for.

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From left: Photo Credit: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi

From left: The Lady With an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci, Crying Woman by Gustav Klimt, and Vegetables in a Bowl (The Gardener) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Photo Credit: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi

How do you decide which artists you want to feature? What is it about his/her technique that makes them interesting?

We look at style, which we often trace down to one of the artist’s works. It must be audacious so it will trigger a strong inspiration to Federica for her makeup creations. They also have to have a fascinating story within art history for Chiara to discuss. So far, we have covered several Italian artists since they are connected to our heritage. We also look to many things that are occurring in our city, Milan.

The first artist we chose was Arcimboldo, who has inspired the mascot of Expo 2015–the prestigious worldwide fair that is running until October 31 in Milan and has people from all over the globe flying in to visit it. We then picked Leonardo da Vinci’s genius, which is being celebrated in the largest da Vinci retrospective ever organized in Italy at Palazzo Reale. We tried to surprise our viewers by avoiding the Mona Lisa, opting to feature The Lady With an Ermine, which is drenched with an incredibly fascinating story.

We then chose Klimt because we wanted to go for something that could allow for capricious and wacky makeup–that is when gold leaf was used. Ultimately, as two strong believers in girl power, we wanted to pick a woman artist whose artwork was just as fascinating as her personal life. For that reason, we chose to feature Tamara de Lempicka. We always try to bring together great aesthetics and enthralling stories. This will be our leitmotif in the episodes to come.

Speaking of Tamara de Lempicka, you talked about how Madonna was influenced by her work. Can you give examples of contemporary artists who you think are influenced by artists of the past?

Artists in a variety of fields have been inspired by painters of the past. Fashion designers keep adopting patterns in their artwork from great masters of the past, such as Mondrian (Yves Saint Lauren), Van Gogh and Botticelli (Rodarte), Monet and Goya (Carolina Herrera), and many more. This can also be clearly seen in music videos and obviously in motion pictures, too.

One of the most recent examples in film is how The Hunger Games was inspired by Futurism, the artistic and social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century and emphasized speed, technology, youth, and violence. In The Hunger Games, the setting is a dystopic society that is divided into castes. Technology plays an important role and costumes include numerous nods to past trends such as Impressionism, Baroque, and Art Deco, but are reinterpreted in an ultra-modern way. Many creative fields draw inspiration from artwork of the past, and this is what we try to do through makeup.

xxx by Tamara de LempickaPhoto Credit: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi

The Sleeping Girl Kizette by Tamara de Lempicka
Photo Credit: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi

Why do you think it’s significant to look to the past for inspiration?

Pablo Picasso once said, “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” If you trace back to what inspired the masters–either through works of their predecessors, or nature, or other fields–it proves to be true. Certain artistic and fashion trends tend to return periodically, with some innovations and variances. Looking back to the past is laying the groundwork to renew the arts.

What inspires your work and your life? 

Federica: I am profoundly inspired by Coco Chanel and Steve Jobs. In different fields, they both had a vision, which became the emblem of what they achieved professionally and what represented the grounds for their life.

Chiara: I certainly can join Federica with being inspired by Steve Jobs. I dedicated an entire lecture for my students of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts to his sense of vision. As for women, I’m very much inspired by the human side of Audrey Hepburn, besides her elegance and beauty. She was the granddaughter of a baron but spent her childhood and adolescence raising money for the Dutch resistance against the Nazis. She was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for a single performance in Roman Holiday and was chosen by Colette herself to play Gigi on Broadway. In her later years, she was a very committed goodwill ambassador at UNICEF.

I also admire the charisma of Elizabeth II. At the age of 14, during World War II, she made her first radio broadcast during BBC’s Children’s Hour to support her country. She became queen when she was 26, and she married for love. She’s a great leader who always has kept a sense of propriety in line with the times.

Can you share the artists you will be featuring in the future and tell us why you chose them?

We wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise. But something you can anticipate is that we will be exploring other creative fields in the visual arts, beyond traditional painting, to inspire the makeup creations.

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica SantovecchiPhoto Credit: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi
Photo Credit: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Federica Santovecchi

Chiara likes to define herself as a storyteller, since she works as film critic, screenwriter, filmmaker, visual artist, reporter, and columnist for American, British, and Italian outlets. As a journalist, she is a member of the Italian Association of Journalists and the Foreign Press Association in New York. The paintings she makes are called Material Puns, since they combine mixed media with wordplay, with references to the Dada movement, ready-made and conceptual art. She is currently a professor at Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan for the course on Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts.

Federica comes from the world of marketing and advertising where she started working immediately after she earned a degree in economics at the University of Bologna and a Master of Marketing and Business Communication in Milan. She developed her skills in a communications agency and then in the telecommunications company Vodafone Group, where she developed her interest in multicultural and international contexts. She took a year off to travel around the globe and cultivate her makeup passion by attending a makeup artistry course in New York City. Currently, she works as a consultant in the field of marketing and communications.

You can visit Make-Up Art here and contact Chiara and Federica at makeupartcreations@gmail.com. Find them on Facebook at Make-Up Art or follow them on Twitter @MakeUpArtVlog.

Thank you, Chiara and Federica!

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Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Lifestyle) | It Pays To Be Different: The Top 10 Most Unique Celebrities

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June 9, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

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Lady Gaga, Johnny Depp, and Madonna
All photos via Twitter

By Alexis Trass Walker

Which celebrities come to mind when you think of who has the most unique style? When this question was posed to me, I immediately thought of Lady Gaga. I don’t know her music very well, but I do remember how she “hatched” from an egg for a performance. She has spent her career being memorable and unique. As it turns out, it pays to be one of a kind. According to a new report, Lady Gaga tops the list of the most unique celebrities.

Actor Johnny Depp and Queen of Pop Madonna, round out the top of the list, followed by singers Katy Perry and Prince.

The survey of 1,000 people was conducted for North37design.com–makers of handmade one-of-a-kind sail bags. In it, more than half of Americans said they are drawn to celebrities who always look different because they never know what they will come up with next. Fifty-three percent say their unique style means they totally “own it.”

There was a woman in my dorm during my college days who I remember as having a unique style. Admittedly, it’s not that hard to stand out when nearly everybody else is wearing jeans and T-shirts on campus, but this woman’s accessories were attention-grabbers. She wore jewelry that was big and colorful, and some argued, obnoxious. Not everyone appreciates the constant tinkling of earrings and bracelets with every move. This woman designed some of her jewelry, so her accessories were items that weren’t going to be found at the local department store. She didn’t have a lot of money, but she did have a lot of creativity and completely owned her unique style.

Lady Gaga has spent her career making a name for herself by surprising audiences with outrageous and over-the-top costumes. You can’t get too much more outrageous than wearing a dress made of meat. Johnny Depp always keeps people guessing, from his roles in everything from Pirates of the Caribbean to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If you’ve ever seen these movies (and others like Edward Scissorhands), think about how he wholly embraces the weird appearance of the characters he plays. And Madonna continually reinvents herself with her eclectic style. Even after a three-decade career, you never know what Madonna will embrace next.

Forty-seven percent of survey participants say these celebrities are memorable because they work hard to create new looks. This is so true–you never know what you’re going to get with these celebrities, and it’s fun to watch them make style decisions that few of us could pull off. Forty percent said they love these celebs because they don’t seem to care what other people think, and that kind of confidence adds to the celebrities’ allure.

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“It’s great to be different. It helps you to stand out and define who you are in a sea of people who want to be the same,” said Guillaume Fournier Montgieux, CEO of North37 Design. “But often being different has a price. Lady Gaga, Johnny Depp, and Madonna have huge clothing budgets. Sometimes you have to be willing to spend a bit of money if you really want to stand out.” I would add that if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you can still be unique; you just have to be willing to spend a lot of time and effort on being creative.

Like the woman in my dorm, many of us value uniqueness. Forty-two percent of survey participants said it’s important to own clothing and accessories that are totally unique. While 71 percent think it’s a compliment when someone asks them where they purchased an item, 18 percent don’t want family and friends to know for fear that they’ll run out and buy the item. They deflect the question by pretending not to remember where the coveted item was purchased. I’ve never done that, but I can understand the desire to make sure that you’re the only person in your circle who owns a particular item. Would you try to keep people from copying your style?

Most Unique Celebrities

1. Lady Gaga
2. Johnny Depp
3. Madonna
4. Katy Perry
5. Prince
6. Rihanna
7. Miley Cyrus
8. Dennis Rodman
9. Taylor Swift
10. Kelly Osbourne

Who are some other celebrities that should be on this list?

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Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Lifestyle) | Manicures Making News And Celebrities Who Are Nailing It

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May 19, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

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Crosses, roses, and robots adorn Katy Perry’s fingernails in 2012.
Photo via Us magazine

By Alexis Trass Walker

With nail salons making the news in the last few weeks, the Ready4Air team isn’t surprised to read just how much women love their manicures.

One thousand US adults were surveyed for nail fashion expert Bundle Monster–an online do-it-yourself destination where customers can explore a broad range of trendy nail art, stamping image plates, polishes, charms, tools, and techniques–and the results show that one in six has tried to imitate the nail colors and designs they spot on celebrity nails. Manicures are considered a luxury, but 94 percent consider this luxury a necessity, and 54 percent say that nail care is just as important as hair care.

Katy Perry is known for her unique style onstage and on the red carpet. One aspect of her unusual look is her fingernails. Perry express herself with her nails, and she has been known to wear metal talons, to show her support for Barack Obama, and to show off her love for the MTV show Daria. She is no stranger to unconventional shapes, designs, and colors.

Little wonder, then, that Perry tops a list of celebrities with the most stylish fingernails. She is followed by Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga.

Manicures three times a month? That’s about right for 55 percent of respondents, and 35 percent go for pedicures once a month. The looks that are in today are short, rounded nails (42 percent) and short, squared off nails (38 percent). Long, pointed talons are a dated shape according to 54 percent of respondents.

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Carol Wu, vice president of marketing for Bundle Monster, said: “We find that many women see their nails as an extension of themselves and it gives them an identity. They want to experiment with different designs, colors, and effects. Nail art is a fashion statement within itself, and now more than ever, it’s just as important as the fashions a person is wearing.”

Mani-pedis are important enough to 11% of respondents that they admit to taking time off from work to get them done. Sixty-seven percent have spent upwards of $400 a year on just their nails.

And people are not visiting nail salons for standard polishes anymore. French manicures, trendy pastels, and bright, funky colors are in and artificial nails are out.

Speaking of visiting nail salons, Debbie Mitchell–the founder of Ready4Air–visited hers over the weekend, and she heard customers asking their manicurists about their work conditions and family lives. The customers’ curiosity was piqued by New York Times staff reporter Sarah Maslin Nir’s recent investigative series that exposed the brutal conditions that many nail salon workers are subject to. Debbie says that customers are usually quiet or talking on their phones.

Also, Mitchell has written about how nail care is an important part of grooming for television appearances. She says your hands are always showing, so they should look good. And Wu says that manicures are often connected to confidence and self-esteem. “Polished, well-kept nails give women the external appearance of being well managed and it can contribute to feeling that way internally,” she said. Manicured nails are more important that being tanned (46 percent), wearing great accessories (25 percent) and wearing makeup (20 percent).

No doubt about it, manicures make women feel feminine, refreshed, and confident.

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Top Celebrities Who Nailed It:

1. Katy Perry
2. Rihanna
3. Jennifer Lopez
4. Beyonce
5. Lady Gaga
6. The Kardashians
7. Gwen Stefani
8. Nicki Minaj
9. Angelina Jolie
10. Heidi Klum

Top 10 Most Popular Nail Trends

1. Glitters/powder
2. Stickers
3. Flowers
4. Holiday Themes
5. Hearts
6. Strips
7. Studs
8. Stamps
9. Abstracts
10. Geometrics

What other celebrities do you think have the most stylish fingernails? Which nail trends are part of your mani-pedi lineup?

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Lifestyle) | Look Who Made The List Of Top 10 All-Time Stylish Male Celebs

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May 6, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

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George Clooney
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By Alexis Trass Walker

Are you surprised that actor George Clooney has been named the most stylish man of all time? I certainly am not. In fact, when I heard about this poll of 1,000 Americans–conducted by Bombfell, a men’s online personal styling service–I knew that Clooney would be at the top of the list. After all, this is a man who was twice named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive (1997 and 2006) and who is sometimes described as the most handsome man in the world.

I told my husband, Darius, about this top 10 list and asked him who he thought was number one. He immediately said George Clooney. When I asked why he came to mind right away, Darius said, “There’s something about the guy. He looks good in everything he wears. His tailoring is perfect.”

Runner-up in the poll was James Bond icon Sir Sean Connery. Classic leading man Cary Grant and rock and roll legend Elvis Presley landed in third and fourth place. And Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra rounded out the top five in the poll.

So what is it about a man that makes him exude style? In the case of Clooney, his good looks definitely add to his appeal, but I think there’s more to it than that. His salt-and-pepper hair, the mischievous twinkle in his eye, and his natural self-assurance all work in concert to send the message that he doesn’t lack for style.

According to Bombfell’s research, 65 percent of respondents said that the way a man carries himself lends to his stylish appeal. Sixty-three percent think style is about knowing how to dress for the right occasion. Other key qualities are dressing appropriately for one’s age, wearing clothing that expresses individuality, good grooming, and well-trimmed facial hair.

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Sandro Roco, Bombfell’s manager of business development and marketing, said often it’s not about the clothing itself, but how men feel in what they are wearing that helps them exude style. “When we see these male celebrities looking well put together on the red carpet, it’s not necessarily just a reflection of their style,” said Roco. “These men are conveying to fans that they are confident in their own skin and in who they are.”

For the respondents, dark hair tops the list of the most attractive physical features. Other favorites include a mustache, gray or mixed gray hair, cheek dimples, and a beard. Other respondents said the eyes and the smile have it.

Nineteen percent have tried to copy the same clothing they see worn on their favorite male celebs. They’ve copied T-shirts, shirts, and pants or jeans. But 40 percent said the clothing was too expensive.

Bombfell‘s clothing service for men utilizes personal stylists who hand select designer men’s clothing items based on fit, style, and personalized data from social media.

“People always seem to connect to these leading men who look timeless and strikingly handsome, and we think similarly about clothing,” said Roco. “The key is to maintain a high quality wardrobe with classic ‘go-to’ items that transcend age and time. It’s an effortless way to stay up on fashion and look good, no matter how old you are or how little time you have to do it.”

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Top 10 All-Time Stylish Male Celebs

1. George Clooney
2. Sean Connery
3. Cary Grant
4. Elvis Presley
5. Frank Sinatra
6. Will Smith
7. Brad Pitt
8. Johnny Depp
9. Pierce Brosnan/Michael Jackson
10. LL Cool J

Stylish Male Celebs’ Most Attractive Physical Features

1. Dark Hair
2. Mustache
3. Gray/Mixed Gray Hair
4. Cheek Dimples
5. Beard
6. Long Hair
7. Goatee
8. High Cheekbones
9. Chin Dimple
10. Light Hair

So what do you think? Who would you add to the list of most stylish male celebrities? What are the features you find most attractive in men?

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Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Travel) | People Power: The Philippine Revolution–An Outsider’s View Of The Insiders’ Experience

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February 28, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

 

Marian and the Diaz family wait for news of the revolution.

Marian and the Diaz family wait for news of the revolution.
Photo courtesy of Marian Rivman

By Marian Rivman

February 25 was the 29th anniversary of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.

In 1967, the Peace Corps posted me to Davao City on the island of Mindanao, in the southern end of the Philippines. Even then, the Diazes–my adopted Filipino family–were not Ferdinand Marcos fans. Antonio (Ding) Diaz, a businessman whose family had been early pioneers of Davao, was one of the early organizers of the Marcos opposition in Davao. He circulated Cory Aquino’s nominating petitions at a time when it was dangerous to do so.

At Ding’s request, I went back to Davao City to visit the Diaz family. I arrived after the election just as the military rebels occupied Camps Aguinaldo and Crame. Ding was in Manila to meet me. He picked me up at the airport having spent the night guarding the camps in response to Cardinal Sin’s call for citizens to place themselves between the rebels and the Marcos forces. Ding was elated at the swelling throngs of civilians he had witnessed arriving in response to the Cardinal’s directive. “This is it,” he kept repeating. “Marcos is finished. ‘People Power’ will win.”

I didn’t realize it at the time, but our flight from Manila to Davao was one of the last to leave the capital city. Hours later, the airport would be closed in the gathering storm as Marcos sought to crush the opposition, and military leaders refused to obey his orders.

The international news networks and wire services kept the rest of the world informed as events broke in Manila, but in Davao City, we had almost no way of knowing what was happening. Was Marcos resisting? Was the army staying with him? Would there be civil war? Would Filipinos be dying in the streets?

While my friends in New York watched detailed news reports of up to the minute events in Manila, I sat in the Diaz house listening to the cackling radio, waiting to learn what was happening. The television stations were broadcasting Dallas, game shows, and music videos a la MTV.

We waited, we called friends, and we prayed. Mostly, we ate. Over the last 20 years, life under Marcos had taken a severe toll on everybody, including the Diaz family, but there was no shortage of food to put on the family table. So we sat, and talked, and waited, and cooked, and ate.

All of Davao City listened to the radio. We all were tuned to DXFM, the only Davao radio station that was reporting political events; the others were playing rock and roll. For hours on end, we waited for some important word. While we waited and listened, we ate. And when news reports did come in–either over the radio or via telephone calls with friends in Manila–well, that was cause for celebration and even more eating.

I’d never realized that revolutions can be so fattening.

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I will always remember the pervasive hunger for information. On the plane from Manila to Davao, every passenger was devouring newspapers. They were government “crony” papers printing the official line, but they were all that was available on the flight.

Ding always wore a yellow Cory Aquino T-Shirt and drove what could be called a “Corymobile.” Wherever we stopped, people who thought he would have the latest news–and not just the latest Marcos propaganda–mobbed him.

The family met us at the Davao airport — and drove us straight to a Cory Aquino rally. Ten thousand people were gathered there to cheer their president on. The rally had officially been cancelled when Aquino had changed her schedule, but these people didn’t care. They wanted to show support for their champion.

This was my first real taste of People Power. “Look at everyone in yellow,” Ding’s wife Elsie instructed me gleefully. “Yesterday, we had a seminar for 900 district directors for Cory’s civil disobedience program. Mr. Marcos better start packing. We don’t want him anymore and we mean it. Tell that to your Mr. Reagan.”

After 24 hours traveling, all I really wanted was a shower. “Don’t worry,” said Ding. “We’ll talk about that when we get home.” Little did I know that the Diaz family had their own personal crisis. The water pipes had broken the day before I arrived. Broken pipes meant that there was no running water, and no shower for this weary traveller.

In Davao, we would be isolated from breaking events. In nine days in the Philippines, I never once saw Cory Aquino on television. In the United States, you saw her inauguration. We didn’t. You heard her speeches and press conferences. We didn’t.

Even without news, Ding and his family knew what would be happening. “Marcos will leave,” Ding reassured me. “His time is over.”

“Don’t worry,” Elsie Diaz would endlessly repeat, as much to convince herself as to reassure me. “No one will be killed. Filipinos will not shoot Filipinos.” But she didn’t want her family to go outside. We stayed in the house, listened to the radio, talked about life, politics, and our twenty-year friendship and ate.

On Monday, the Diaz family received a call from their niece in Ohio. She was calling to tell us that the US state department had issued a traveler’s advisory against going to the Philippines. The family jokingly puts me under protective custody. Nothing is going to happen to this American.

It’s hard to separate the news from the rumors. On Monday, we received incorrect information that Marcos had fled. Then we heard that Cory Aquino will be sworn in as president. “You see, we told you,” the Diazes beamed. “It’s People Power.”

Monday night. The TV broadcasted a Marcos news conference to dispel the rumors of flight. But no one was even willing to believe their eyes. “Those are actors imitating Marcos,” says Ding. “Marcos has fled.” One of the TV reporters asked the president what time it is, in an effort to convince the audience that this is really Marcos, and that the broadcast is live. While we watch the proceedings, we eat.

Tuesday. The schools are closed because of the state of emergency. We read newspapers and we ate some more. We watched the inauguration of Marcos on television. My family gossiped about Imelda’s triple chins and her love affair with George Hamilton. We heard nothing about Aquino. We go to the Davao Insular Hotel to meet friends, talk about politics,   and eat.

Tuesday night. We heard that the rebels had taken Channel 4 television, the government station. We don’t receive that channel in Davao, but the family cheers. This is a good sign. I go to bed, and a half-hour later, there’s a knock on my door. “Come upstairs and listen to the radio with us,” said Elsie. “American helicopters are coming for Marcos. He is leaving. It is over.” I ran upstairs. The radio didn’t report where Marcos was going. What’s important is that the deposed president, the hated Imelda, and his dreaded General Ver are leaving. It is 10:00 p.m. when we learn that the helicopters have left Malacanang Palace for nearby Clarke Field.

As the radio announcement is heard, a siren went off at the Davao Light and Power Company. Windows opened all over Davao City and people called to each other, laughing and crying. The whole town is yelling and banging on pots and pans.

We all get dressed, except for Mitzi. She can’t find her long pants. She doesn’t have anything to wear.

The car is decorated with Aquino posters, stickers, and yellow streamers. Ding has his bullhorn. There are cars coming from everywhere, blowing horns, filled with shouting, exuberant people. Tens of thousands of people, a hundred thousand people pouring into the streets to sing and dance and laugh and cry in the victory of People Power. Exhausted, we finally return home–to eat.

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Ding, Elsie, and Natalie Diaz at Malacanang Palace
Photo courtesy of Marian Rivman

Wednesday. A celebration mass was held at Magsaysay Park. There was a march to the town square. Elsie said it’s the longest walk she’s taken in the 20 years since Marcos came to power.

Filipinos don’t show emotion in public. They are a proud people who may smile and frown easily, but keep deep feelings personal and inside. As more than 300,000 people joined in Aquino’s theme song, I turned to Ding. There were tears running down his face as he holds J.B., his 11-year-old son close to him. Unconstrained, and for the first time in 20 years, unashamed. A proud man’s public tears and public love–love for his family and love for his country and love for his people.

That love is radiating all around me as a human sea of yellow lift their voices in thanksgiving, aware that this is the shining hour of the Filipino people. I feel incredibly privileged to be sharing this moment. I silently thank John Kennedy for having created the Peace Corps all those years ago.

I’m running all over trying to take pictures, climbing buildings to reach good photographic vantage points. My private bodyguard and guide is 27-year-old Anthony Diaz. He was only seven when I was here as a Peace Corps volunteer. I was 21 then. Now, I’m too old and out of shape for this kind of exercise. When we’re done, we all get together and go to the ice cream store, part of a monopoly owned by a Marcos crony. With the liberation came an end to the boycott. We ate ice cream not by the cone but by the gallon. Victory tastes sweet.

Thursday. Is that all there is to a revolution? Cory is president. The schools are open again. The adults go to the beach. That night, Ding leaves for Manila to meet with some Japanese businessmen. They are eager to re-establish their connections in the Philippines. The kids and I play Trivial Pursuit. “Marcos-si,” they yell. Cheating. The questions are too American. The nervous eating is over. Now we can get down to serious banquets.

One of Ding’s friends has made a vow that when Cory becomes president, he will kill a cow. We plan the victory banquet for Saturday night. The “cow” turns out to be two steers and seven piglets, and masses of ube, pancit, and sweet coconut–enough food for the 700 guests who come to the party. And also finally off the Marcos crony boycott list, San Miguel beer. It flows by the case.

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Sunday. My last day in Davao is very relaxed. The children are studying. Anthony is doing his best to fix the pipes (we haven’t had water all this time), and Elsie is cooking. Planning my farewell dinner, we all go to the central market. It’s a new experience for the kids, who have not been allowed to go there for fear of terrorist attacks. Now that Cory is president, there is a new optimism. Anything is possible. People Power won back their streets, their market, their city, their self-respect.

Monday. Elsie and I fly to Manila where we meet Ding and the oldest Diaz daughter, Natalie, a dentist. Together we go to Malacanang Palace. Natalie has never seen it. For all of her life, it has been closed, cordoned off to the public with barbed wire. Elsie wants to see Imelda’s giant bathtub with the mirrored ceiling, and retrieve Marcos’ medals so I can bring them to him as I pass through Hawaii on my way home.

Elsie’s mother, brother, and sister join us in Manila. They have come from their hometown of San Pablo, an hour drive away, to spend some time with me before I have to leave. It is a warm and loving reunion. We share one final victory feast. There is a great sense of relief that the revolution is over. There is lots of talk about the faith that sustained them during these hard times. And finally, there is talk about the future. For 20 years, no one has wanted to think about the future. Now, it is all that people want to talk about.

Filipinos had won their liberation. And I had gained ten pounds.

Marian Rivman is a New York-based public relations and communications consultant. Her clients have included UN agencies, Fortune 500 companies, international nonprofits, bold-faced names, and the recreational scuba diving industry. She is known for her unbounded energy, directness, and skill at translating complex issues into comprehensible messages for an array of audiences. Marian is particularly interested in the power of nonverbal communication. In addition to her independent consulting work, Marian is affiliated with New Solutions.

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Travel) | Decades Later, Hong Kong Is Like New York On Steroids

Photo credit: Marian Rivman

February 18, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

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The Chungking Mansions survived all the changes in Hong Kong. Rooms now cost $40 a night.
Photo credit: Marian Rivman

By Marian Rivman

I just spent a few days in Hong Kong. My first trip there was in 1968. It was a stop on my itinerary when I was returning back to the US after having spent two years in the Philippines as a Peace Corps volunteer. At that time, colorful sampans zigzagged across Victoria Harbour, the Star Ferry was the only means of public transportation to get from the island of Hong Kong to Kowloon, and there was nary a skyscraper to be seen on the horizon.

The Hong Kong I encountered was much like the city that was the backdrop of the movie Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, which I had seen multiple times. My days were spent wandering the streets and exploring the open-air markets. Like many Western travelers on a budget, I stayed at the Chungking Mansions on Nathan Road in Kowloon. Each floor housed a different hotel. The cost of a double room was $3.00.

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Photo credit: Marian Rivman

The Hong Kong skyline
Photo credit: Marian Rivman

Over the decades, I’ve returned to Hong Kong a couple of times; my last visit was in 1998. With each visit, I was taken with the changes in the city. This time around, the changes blew my mind. There was not a sampan in sight, the Star Ferry is mostly for tourists, and massive skyscrapers are everywhere. Hong Kong has become an ultramodern, sophisticated, world-class city.

What was most striking was the pace of the city. As a native New Yorker, I pride myself on my big-city credentials. In Hong Kong, I felt like a hick from the boondocks. People race-walk down the streets and escalators move so fast you have to jump on and off. The Hong Kong metro system is clean, efficient, reliable, and easy to navigate. There’s cell service at every station, on every train, and virtually every passenger is busy on a phone or tablet. There’s a mall above every station.

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Shops in a Hong Kong children's designer mall

Shops in a Hong Kong children’s designer mall
Photo credit: Marian Rivman

Shopping is a national pastime and luxury brands are an obsession. Gucci, Prada, Dior, Rolex, Fendi, Patek Philippe, Bottega Veneta and countless other high-end label shops can be found in the malls. There’s a section of a mall near the Kowloon Star Ferry terminal devoted to designer shops for children. There are still outdoor markets, but the action is at the malls.

On a Saturday afternoon, I went to both the Hong Kong Art Museum and the History Museum. There were a handful of people in each. That same day, I passed by the Apple store and was almost trampled by the crowd. One of the salespeople told me it was like that every day and that 85% of the customers are from mainland China.

Hong Kong is New York on steroids.

Marian Rivman is a New York-based public relations and communications consultant. Her clients have included UN agencies, Fortune 500 companies, international nonprofits, bold-faced names, and the recreational scuba diving industry. She is known for her unbounded energy, directness, and skill at translating complex issues into comprehensible messages for an array of audiences. Marian is particularly interested in the power of nonverbal communication. In addition to her independent consulting work, Marian is affiliated with New Solutions.

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Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers) |#TBT A Birthday Reflection: The Choices We Make…

Marian Rivman

February 5, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

The Irish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. April 2012.
Photo courtesy Marian Rivman

By Marian Rivman

The choices we make as young adults can profoundly affect the rest of our lives. The seminal seed of the woman I grew to be was planted during an assembly program my senior year at the Bronx High School of Science. A Science graduate who was joining one of the first Peace Corps groups came to talk to us. Peace Corps service resonated with both my desire to make a difference in the world and to have a life far beyond the Bronx. I would have signed on right then and there, but you needed a college degree. I made a solemn commitment to myself that I would join the Peace Corps as soon as I graduated from college.

Graduation day at Hunter College, June 1966
Photo courtesy Marian Rivman

My father made it crystal clear that if I wanted a college education, I better get accepted to one of the City University of New York (CUNY) schools because they were tuition-free. Hunter College in the Bronx was my choice. I lived at home and walked to classes. To appease my parents, I was an education major (“You can always fall back on it.”). I did a second major in anthropology to prepare myself for the globetrotting life I planned to live. After graduating from Hunter, I spent the summer of 1966 in a Peace Corps training program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My training group flew to the Philippines on September 12, 1966, my 21st birthday. I took it as a sign.

The Philippines was definitely not the Bronx, but my assignment was also not the tropical paradise I had envisioned. My first year, I lived in a dusty, dangerous inland town on the island of Mindanao.

Tacurong, an inland town on the island of Mindanao
Photo courtesy Marian Rivman

There was no running water. Sometimes there was electricity from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Telegraphs were the most advanced communication technology available. Pigs and chickens walked through my bedroom at will. The rats were the size of cats. Sewage ran in ditches along the side of the road. Women never went out unaccompanied. Men played mah-jongg with their guns on the table, and the heat and humidity rivaled hell.

When the municipal judge was shot to death on Easter Sunday while taking Holy Communion (My family read the story in The New York Times and went CRAZY.), the Peace Corps finally granted my request to be transferred to Davao City. I had done a summer project for Bayanihang Manggagawa (Brotherhood of Workers), a local nonprofit, and they wanted me back. I helped to create the first comprehensive telephone book for the city of Davao, which they sold to raise money.

The Bayaniyang Mangagawa office in Davoa City
Photo courtesy Marian Rivman

Bayanihang helped indigent Filipinos–who had been forced to leave land they had farmed as squatters–to adjust to city life and find a way to earn enough money to feed and house their families. A Maryknoll priest and a missionary couple from the United Church of Christ were the founders. Some of the most prominent businessmen in the city were on the board. They all thought it fitting for a Jewish Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) to join their ecumenical effort.

Décor in my Davao apartment included a life-size wooden carabao and farmers’ hats from local villages
Photo courtesy Marian Rivman

My year in Davao City was an extraordinary personal and professional experience. I found an apartment in the heart of downtown. While a woman could be on the streets unaccompanied, it was strictly taboo to live alone. I was to live with another PCV. For a myriad of reasons, roommates passed through at the rate Murphy Brown went through secretaries. No matter. I was incredibly happy and fulfilled.

Forget VitaCoco or Zico. This is the way to drink coconut water.
Photo courtesy Marian Rivman

Compared to my first assignment, Davao was heaven. Work was great. I designed training programs and spearheaded a study of Philippine handicrafts that would be suitable for cottage industries. Between my Bayanihang colleagues and the dozens of PCVs assigned as teachers at schools in and around the city, I had a busy social life. I spent holidays and vacations exploring the Philippines. Be there no mistake, most of the country is the tropical paradise of my fantasies. In addition, Filipinos are warm, welcoming people. I have been back several times in the last four decades.

By June 1968, the end of my tour of duty, Bayanihang was a highly-respected and effective organization. A half-dozen PCVs were going to spend the summer working on initiatives I had helped develop. The plaque I received at my farewell party still hangs in my apartment.

The plaque I received when I left the Philippines that hangs in my New York City apartment. Photo courtesy Marian Rivman

I took the long way home–Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Greece. It was mind-boggling. Serving in the Peace Corps and traveling so extensively at such a young age has informed my worldview my entire life.

Since it’s creation in 1961, 200,000 Americans have served in 139 countries. I am proud to have been one of them. Once I am no longer responsible for the care of my 95-year-old invalid mother, there’s a good possibility that I’ll sign up for another tour of duty.

For more information about the Peace Corps, go to http://www.peacecorps.gov/

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Happy Birthday, Marian!

Would you join the Peace Corps or encourage your kids to join the Peace Corps???

 

Marian Rivman is a New York-based public relations and communications consultant. Her clients have included UN agencies, Fortune 500 companies, international nonprofits, bold-faced names, and the recreational scuba diving industry. She is known for her unbounded energy, directness, and skill at translating complex issues into comprehensible messages for an array of audiences. Marian is particularly interested in the power of non-verbal communication. In addition to her independent consulting work, Marian is affiliated with New Solutions.

Coming up: Ready4Air (Lifestyle Lineup) Marian writes about her upcoming travels to the Philippines and Hong Kong.
Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Social) | 4 Favorite Apps For 2015: Meeting Your Mobile Needs

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February 4, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Pros Talk TV And Social Media | By

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By Jessica D. Bell

As an associate web producer, I’m always on the search for new apps. When looking for apps, I ask myself the following: How will this app make my life easier, more adventurous, and memorable? The apps I chose below unlock the answers to all of my mobile needs.

Jessica’s Favorite Apps For 2015

1. Converter Plus: Everything from splitting the tip at a group dinner to converting measurements for a recipe just got a lot easier. It has a customer rating of 4.5 stars, and according to reviews, “it’s the most powerful converter out there.” You can even calculate your mortgage with this app!

Cost: Free

Who Should Download: If you attend a lot of group dinners, alter recipes to increase the serving size, or if you’re in charge of your mortgage, you should definitely download this app.

Get it here.

2. OpenTable: If you’re a foodie like me and love to try new places, this is the perfect app for you! Whether you want to impress a date in your hometown or a business client in their hometown, OpenTable will help you reserve the perfect venue within your budget.

Cost: Free

Who Should Download: Certified foodies, frequent first daters, and anyone who may want to impress a client.

Get it here.

Related Post: Ready4Air | 5 Tips To Get Active On Twitter And Reach Your Brand’s Audience

3. Pic Stitch: This app allows you to share multiple photos with your friends or followers at one time instead of spamming their feeds with multiple posts.

Cost: Free

Who Should Download: Everyone! This app allows you to digitally scrapbook your favorite moments in a collage to share on your social media platforms.

Get it here.

4. Timehop: Ever wish you could turn back the hands of time? Timehop allows you to check out things you’ve posted to various social media platforms exactly one to two years from the day you initially shared it.

Cost: Free

Who Should Download: If you’ve been on Facebook or Instagram for the last three years and want to literally go back in time to something you posted on that day in your personal history, this app is loads of fun!

Get it here.

I hope you find these apps as useful as I do. If you have any apps you would like to recommend, please tweet me @IamJessD or share them in the comments section below for all to see.

Join the conversation: How do you determine which apps are worthy of your download? Is price or functionality the determining factor? We would love to hear from you!

Jessica D. Bell, Associate Web Producer

Associate web producer Jessica D. Bell

Read more about Jessica on her LinkedIn profile. Click here.

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Thanks, Jessica!

Coming up: #TBT Marian Rivman travels to the Philippines 

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Benedict Cumberbatch: Hobbit Style | Robert Downey, Jr. On Twitter | Social Media Dos For 2015

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December 29, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

 

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What are you planning to do for New Year’s Eve? I usually like to be very quiet and reflective, which has in the past included activities like a daytime yoga class and then a quiet dinner. One year, I joined a friend on a last-minute SCUBA diving trip to Turks and Caicos, and it was the best New Year’s Eve ever!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson. Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson.
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

For the last week of 2014, we continue our look back at a few of our favorite posts for the holiday season. Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson is back with two posts, starting with a look at actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch is having a blockbuster year with roles in the November release The Imitation Game and the latest and last installment of the Hobbit trilogy The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. Cumberbatch is the voice of Smaug (and plays Necromancer) in the movie, which opened on December 17.

Later in the week, Jackson shares another post on Ready4Air (Social). This time, he’s writing about actor Robert Downey, Jr. in “Robert Downey Jr.: Hollywood’s New Titan Of Twitter.” The Iron Man star is new to the Twittersphere and has become a celebrity online as well as on the big screen. When Jackson wrote the original post in the summer, Downey had 1.64 million Twitter followers.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Film) | A Series of Summer Superhero Sequels

Jessica Williams, Web Editor

Jessica Williams, Web Editor

We’re happy to have web editor Jessica Williams back with a few smart social media tips for the New Year. We first posted “Ready4Air (Social) | Three Ways to Keep Your Social Media New Year’s Resolutions” tips in January 2014. How many of  you actually followed her suggestions? It’s a year later, but the tips are still good to go!

Related Post: Ready4Air (Social Media) | Breaking News: Social Media: On the Scene

Well, we are wrapping it up for this year. No matter what you do to celebrate bringing in the new year, keep it safe and we’ll see you in 2015!

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

 

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air Is In For A Merry Xmas!

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December 25, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By


Merry Christmas from the team at Deborah Mitchell Media Associates!

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Unplugging For The Holidays | Telling A Great Story | Holiday Food Shopping In Munich

December 15, 2014 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Culinary Cues, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

Arise On Screen Holiday Greetings Graphic Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar

Arise On Screen Holiday Greetings
Graphic Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar

 

As 2014 swiftly comes to a close, we are gearing up to unplug for a few days. For now, it seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day for both teams at Arise On Screen and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates to do everything that needs to get done before we wrap up the year. Between holiday parties, shopping, preparing to travel for the holidays, and wrapping up show and blogging production before the end of the year, we are all working in overdrive.

This week, the Arise On Screen team is working on producing our regularly scheduled December shows alongside the Christmas and New Year’s programs. This means additional scripts have to be written, video has to be edited, and studio interviews and movie reviews have to be completed. The same goes for the DMMA team as we move full-speed ahead to get our blog posts ready so that we can unplug and enjoy the holidays, too. The hours are long, but we’re rocking and rolling to get it all done.

Mob Wives creator Jenn Graziano, Debbie Mitchell, and Mob Wives star Big Ang Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Mob Wives creator Jenn Graziano, Debbie Mitchell, and Mob Wives star Big Ang
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Before we unplug, we are going to tell brands the best way to get their message across and tell their story. The saying is true: Everybody does have a story. Now, let’s find a way to tell it. This week in Ready4Air, several film and television professionals, including Mob Wives reality show creator Jenn Graziano, remind us of the best and most effective ways to tell a story. Look for the tips in Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers) “Creating Your Brand’s Storyline: A Few Tips From Television And Movie Pros.”

Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) | The Top 4 Things Reporters Look For When Developing A Good Story

Film Critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson.com Photo Credit: Catherine Smalls and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson.com
Photo Credit: Catherine Smalls and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Later in the week, we’ll hear from Ready4Air guest contributor Jackson Murphy, teen film critic and creator of the website Lights Camera Jackson. This year, we’ve loved having Jackson be a part of the DMMA family. While he can’t always make it into the studio to tape with the Arise team, I look forward to reading his weekly post where he gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on in Hollywood. Thanks, Jackson! We are looking forward to working with you more in 2015.

 Related Post: Ready4Air (Film) | Hollywood Remembers The Summer Of ’89

The Dallmayr gourmet delicatessen in Munich, Germany

The Dallmayr gourmet delicatessen in Munich, Germany

And, finally, we are going to put you into the holiday mood this week by taking you shopping at The Dallmayr gourmet delicatessen in Munich, Germany. When I first read this post, I wanted to go to Germany immediately. Television producer, food blogger (Diary of a Mad Hausfrau), and German food expert for about.com Lora Wiley-Lennartz is behind this Friday’s Ready4Air (Culinary Cues) at The Dallmayr. Once you read it and see the beautiful photographs, you will want to hop on a plane to Germany, too.

Stay tuned…

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Coming up: Creating Your Brand’s Storyline – A Few Tips From Television And Movie Pros.

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

 

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

 

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Lessons For Female Entrepreneurs | Previewing ‘Beyond The Lights’ | In VO-Know Your Voice

2014 American Express Open Forum: CEO Bootcamp
Photo credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates.

November 10, 2014 | Posted in Film, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), TV Production | By

 

2014 American Express Open Forum: CEO Bootcamp Photo credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates.

2014 American Express Open Forum: CEO Bootcamp
Photo credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates.

I am always amazed at how quickly the weeks go by, especially when it’s the holiday season. I can’t believe it’s the start of a new week already. Just last week Monday, I was at the Sheraton Times Square attending an all-day event for female entrepreneurs. The free event was sponsored by American Express and was called the OPEN FORUM: CEO BOOTCAMP. When fellow entrepreneur–Suncera Johnson, founder of Amass Digital–told me about the event, I decided to check it out and I’m glad I did. The day featured 30-45 minute breakout sessions on topics like “Standing Out in a Crowded Marketplace,” “Workshops on Strategies For Small Business,” and “Bootcamp For Your Books.” I paid very close attention to the session entitled “Social Media Power Hour” and sat in on the “Social Media Lab for Twitter and Pinterest.” The experts heading up those sessions had a lot to say and gave good advice that any business or brand could use. Designer Diane von Furstenberg was on hand for a panel discussion where she shared the story of how she built her brand, and she doled out a bit of advice for a couple of up-and-coming designers.

 

2014 American Express Open Forum: CEO Bootcamp Photo credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates.

2014 American Express Open Forum: CEO Bootcamp
Photo credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates.

 

The event featured the sessions in several ballrooms and the ladies had a chance to have their photos taken in front of a snazzy step and repeat wall. This event was perfect for me since I am a die-hard American Express fan. Those membership points have paid for many a vacation. LOL! I’ve been an American Express member since college, and I’m usually quite put off when a merchant doesn’t take the card, which happens often when I travel internationally.

However, my favorite session at the OPEN FORUM: CEO BOOTCAMP was the one led by TV personality JJ Ramberg entitled “The Perfect Pitch” where we learned to refine our company pitch into a 30-second elevator pitch. Once Ramberg gave us instructions on what to do, each table of entrepreneurs had to come up with a pitch and practice on each other. The exercise was challenging, but very useful in the end. Later this month, I will be sharing more of what I learned along with my fellow female entrepreneurs.

Beyond The Lights

Beyond The Lights

Related Post: Ready4Air (Film) | Gina Prince-Bythewood: When A Woman Is The Writer And Director

Director and writer Gina Prince-Bythewood is one entrepreneur who is very busy these days. On Friday, her latest film Beyond the Lights–a modern-day love story starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker–opens in theaters nationwide. The writer and director has a great track record in Hollywood and fans of her highly successful debut film Love & Basketball are waiting to see if she’s done it again. Prince-Bythewood will join us on Arise On Screen on Saturday, but host Mike Sargent sat down with her for a radio interview and asked her what the new film meant to her.

Prince-Bythewood had this to say: “This film is very important to me. It’s a story that’s been locked in my head for many, many years. It’s really about a young woman who’s pushed into a highly sexualized persona to get ahead in the music industry, and it works. She becomes very successful, but at a cost, and the film is really about that cost to her soul.”

This week on Ready4Air (Film), more of Mike Sargent’s interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

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We are ecstatic to have another guest post from voiceover artist Bob Hennessy. I met Bob during the holiday season last year and he’s a former veteran television cameraman who has reinvented his career and I love it. Doing voiceover work may appear easy, but it is harder than it looks. It turns out that doing voiceovers is one part of having a good voice along with being a good actor.

This week in Ready4Air (TV), Bob writes about finding your voice as a voiceover artist. Hennessy lets us know that, “First of all, you know your own voice. Maybe you’re not Don Pardo. Maybe you’re more Don Knotts. That’s fine; there’s work out there for you.”

That is good news. If you know your voice then you could be working it.

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And finally, if you are in New York City on Tuesday, November 11, join me at the latest Savor The Success event. I will be the guest speaker for the NYC LIVE Mastermind: How to Master the Art of Being Interviewed. As an entrepreneur, you and your brand will want press at some point. When you get in front of the camera, you want to be ready for air and I will be giving tips on how to be your best before the cameras.

During the intimate group session, I will share the following:

• How to increase your comfort level appearing in front of any media audience and how to use your own particular style with ease to get your message across
• Discover how to handle challenging questions
• Use the power of three to tell stories concisely and efficiently anywhere
• Design an effective website, YouTube channel, and sizzle reel to maximize your media appearance

These tips will take you and your business to the next level. So make a little time to top by and say hi.

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Coming up: Mike Sargent’s interview with Gina Prince-Blythewood

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

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#TBT Ready4Air | Fall Fashion Favorites For Every Closet

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October 30, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

Fall is here and everyone is talking about fall trends. I love flipping through the magazines and seeing how trends come and go, then come again. However, the best way to shop is to avoid buying trends and keep basic, classic looks that can go from any season and remain timeless. So in the spirit of the fall season, below are my picks:

Jeans – the great thing about jeans in this era is the STRETCH! Not only do stretch jeans avoid those moments of diet concerns, but they are also comfortable and look great. They give you the ease of going to work then to play in a stylish manner. My favorites are the Old Navy Rock Star super skinny jeans in black and crème caramel. Colored jeans are great for the summer, but the fall brings subtle colors such as the crème caramel. It’s an updated look from your boring khaki pants. The great thing about Old Navy is that the size ranges from 0 – 30 and the jeans create a great fit for any silhouette. Only $32.50, available here.

Related Post: TV Tips For Being Fashionable On-Air

Riding Boots – This is an oldie but goodie. Great leather riding boots not only add comfort but length to your legs. Try going for a pair with gold accents like a side buckle, but keep it basic. This look can be paired with your husband’s white collared shirt, black leggings, a loose fitting sweater, and a cropped leather jacket. Remember, moms can be chic, too.

Try the Willow riding boot by Banana Republic for $198  or  Zara flat crocodile boots for $229.

 

 JCrew Basic Sweaters – Comfort with style.

Oversized Merino sweater at JCrew for $118  or Jackie pullover sweater $55

 

 

Basic tote – Perfect for carrying your essentials, including your baby’s needs. Check out kellemiles.com for the weekender tote or the Lance Wovens, which is a step up from the traditional canvas tote.

 What is your favorite fall trend?

 

 For years, Kelle Miles has been traversing the world to discover luxury, art, and style. Building upon her years as a stylist and fashion editor, her travels have taken her from the aromatic streets of India to the mystical sites of Hong Kong and back again. Every season kellemiles.com will bring you a hand-curated selection of global treasures and artisanal staples.

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Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers) | A Grand Brand: When It’s An Island All-Inclusive Hotel

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

October 8, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

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Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana. Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

It’s not unusual for me to decide at the last minute to take a vacation. Anyone who knows me well knows that I rarely plan far into the future when it comes to vacation, so booking a last-minute flight and finding a place to get away to on a moment’s notice is par for the course. Last week was no different when I decided to take a quick break and hop on a flight to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. I chose Punta Cana for its location–only three hours away from New York City–its sun, and the fact that I had never been there before. As usual, I did my own research, found my JetBlue flight, and booked a room at an all-inclusive hotel, the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana.

I usually shy away from all-inclusive hotels. Why? Because when I travel, I enjoy wandering around the locations, discovering the off-the-beaten track attractions, and connecting with the people and culture of the location. All-inclusive hotels rarely encourage that. The property is so comfortable and accommodating that you rarely want to leave it. Even knowing this, I decided to do this trip a little differently and booked it.

Related Post: Cookin’ and Cruisin’ on the High Seas with The Norwegian Epic

Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana. Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

I had lots to do before the trip and ended up not sleeping the night before my flight and slept sporadically on the flight. I was tired. Once I arrived at the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, it didn’t take long for me to realize that this gamble was going to pay off. The lobby of the hotel is a sprawling, Spanish-tiled interior filled with glass and rich dark wood. Light shone through all the open spaces and filled the lobby with speckles of sunshine. In the middle of the lobby was what looked like a tall bronze palm tree statue. I arrived at the hotel a little before noon and waited a couple of hours to get into a room. Since the hotel checkout is at noon, my room wasn’t ready until about 3:30 p.m. How did I spend my time? I had lunch, sipped cocktails in the lobby area, and just relaxed.

Related Post: Foodie Friday: Fine Disney Dining With Mickey And Minnie

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana. Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

While one of the perks of staying at an all-inclusive hotel is the all-you-can-eat food and drinks, I’m always challenged by the options. It’s just like being on a cruise–discipline is key. A big worry is that with all the food and drinks available, the extensive menu offered won’t have most of what I usually like to eat. But at the Grand Bahia, healthy portions of vegetables and fish–including dorado, snapper, and grouper–were available to eat.

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana. Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

One of my vacation goals was to unplug, but I couldn’t resist taking a few photos since I knew I was going to blog about this trip. I started taking pictures of various locations in the hotel. In full disclosure, I did use Wi-Fi one hour every day during the trip. 🙂

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana. Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Once my room was ready, I was happy to meet the bellhop and my bags at the beautifully decorated room with a view overlooking the pool. Before finding the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana Resort online, I had never heard of it. Once I arrived, I found out that the entire resort has 3,108 rooms divided into different hotels including the Punta Cana hotel with 708 rooms, the Bavaro has 816 rooms, and the Premier section has 504 rooms.  The luxury hotels on the resort include the Ambar Don Pablo Collection with 528 rooms and the Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection with 504 rooms. Both luxury hotels are steps away from the beach. All of the hotels are in the five-star category, and by looking at my room, I could see why. It’s hard not to love a king-size bed with a towel swan propped up to greet you. The junior suite had a couch and small table for eating. Again, food and drinks are looming. LOL! The granite-filled bathroom and sunken tub were an inviting sight. The bellhop showed me around the room and told me exactly where everything I needed could be found. If I needed anything else, I should just call the front desk. Once I said goodbye, I thought about heading down to the pool, but first, I needed to take a nap. The perfect way to begin vacay.

Stay tuned for my adventures at the Luxury Grand Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection.

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Coming Up: Interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead |A Visit With Joey Pants | An All Inclusive Vacation Surprise | Writer And Director Gina Prince- Bythewood

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October 6, 2014 | Posted in Film, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), TV Production | By

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The Grand Bahia Principe resort in the Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

First of all, I want to thank the DMMA team, Nay Ayache and our newest team member, Alexis Trass Walker, for keeping the train on the tracks last week while I was gone. I was out of the country for a few days and the ladies kept all the balls in the air and for this I say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!”

My trip turned out to be an interesting one; fun and filled with a few surprises including being introduced to a new hotel brand, The Grand Bahia Principe. It’s an all-inclusive hotel in the Dominican Republic that I found online at the last minute. More about that later.

This week on Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers), I take off my production hat to blog about my latest travel adventure.

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Related Post: Cookin’ and Cruisin’ on the High Seas with The Norwegian Epic

Now, it’s time to get back to my television life. Whether you are heading up a television show or a company, the product’s success is only as good as the team. I’ve written about my small team at Arise On Screen. Everyone knows their responsibilities, keeps a lookout, and lends a hand wherever needed. My favorite moments are when the members of my young TV team don’t wait for me to tell them what to do; instead they are proactive, looking at the big picture, evaluating what’s needed, coming up with ideas, and jumping into action. This is a leader’s dream team in any company.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Social Media) | Creating Social Media Buzz For Arise On Screen

Writer and Director Gina Prince-Bythewood & Deborah Mitchell

Writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood and Deborah Mitchell. Photo Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar.

Later in the week, we catch up with writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood. She is one of those rare gems in Hollywood, a female writer and director who also happens to be African American. Her debut film–Love & Basketball released in 2000–tells the romantic story of Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan), childhood friends who are both talented basketball players. But will their love of basketball get in the way of their love for one another? Epps and Lathan had incredible chemistry and the film has become a classic.

It turns out romance storytelling is a favorite genre for the writer and director. Gina’s latest film–Beyond the Lights, another love story set in the music industry–comes out in November. The movie stars Belle actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker–another perfect on-screen couple. I asked Prince-Bythewood about creating these amazing on-screen pairings. She told me, “It’s really the role of the director to create an environment where actors can develop themselves fully. And the amazing thing is that people believe them as a couple, and that’s your goal in a love story.”

This week on Ready4Air(Film), writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood talks about her love of romance films and getting work done in Hollywood.

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Joe Pantoliano with Deborah Mitchell at the studio of Arise On Screen. Photo Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar.

 

And finally, actor Joe Pantoliano, a.k.a Joey Pants, stopped by the Arise On Screen studio last month for an interview a few days before his 63rd birthday. Our studio crew and staff went a little crazy with excitement and Joey Pants went right along with the energy and had fun. You should know that Joe Pantoliano has been in over 100 movies and television series, including The Matrix, The Fugitive, and my favorite, Midnight Run with Robert DeNiro. But he’ll always be Ralph “Ralphie” Cifaretto on The Sopranos. Ralphie and Janet Soprano took dysfunctional couples to a new level.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), a look at our interview with our favorite character actor Joe Pantoliano.

Stay tuned…

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Coming Up: Interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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#TBT Ready4Air (Music) | Motown: The Musical – Where The Music Is The Star Of The Show

July 31, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

I’ve been away from  Ready4Air for a few weeks now. so sorry about that! There’s a lot going on but I had to come back today and write a post because I saw the best Broadway show last week:  Motown: The Musical. 

Debbie Mitchell and Dorcia Kelley, Motown: The Musical Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Debbie Mitchell and Dorcia Kelley, Motown: The Musical
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

I went last week Thursday with friend Dorcia and we had a blast. Hey, it’s several days later and I’m still humming, singing and tapping my feet to the Motown sound. I actually downloaded the soundtrack from the show- that’s how much I liked it. I say run don’t walk to see this Broadway show. If you’re a fan or even if you are not a fan of Motown music this show will have you dancing in your seat. In an interview businessman and music mogul Berry Gordy, who is 83 years old, says that it took him  five years to mount the show on Broadway and I have to say his hard work has certainly paid off. This show is destined to be a hit!

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While many of us know the story of Berry Gordy and Motown records it’s amazing to see what he actually went through to start the company. Berry Gordy had several careers before he actually founded Motown. Gordy’s family had doubts about young Gordy’s dream and  gave him a little bit of a hard time before lending him the $800 needed to start Motown. But they loaned him the money anyway. With that dream Gordy a.k.a The Chairman found talented people, AND a formula (groomed his artists, taught them to dance and dress) that worked. He went on to build of one of the biggest record labels in history during the 60’s a time when music did not cross the color line.

With artists like Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and the list goes on, Berry broke all the rules and and found a listening audience of every color.

The minute the musical starts the audience is brought into the performance. We become a part of the show- you can’t help it you’re singing and you’re dancing in your seat.  We  know all the songs-the music takes you back in time. I remember clearly as a child listening to The Jackson Five, Diana Ross and The Supremes and The Temptations singing “My Girl.”  Motown: The Musical introduces us to an amazing ensemble of theatrical singers and dancers. The music is the star of this show so you forget that you’re not listening to Michael Jackson because Raymond Luke Jr. who plays little Michael Jackson has an amazing voice and steals the show.  I think Michael Jackson would be proud.

I went into Motown: The Musical  thinking I knew all there was to know about Motown but I did learn a few new things such as, Smokey Robinson, portrayed by Charl Brown played a big role in the Motown history. He wrote several big hits including  “My Guy” by Mary Wells, followed by “My Girl” by The Temptations. In a recent interview with CBS This Morning, Gordy says he’s the one who taught Robinson to write songs, since Smokey’s songs were long and had not beginning, middle or end.   Dorcia and I each had our actor crush  from the show. I liked the actor who played Smokey Robinson (Charl Brown) she liked the actor who played Berry Gordy (Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon ). Both guys are cute  talented and can sing!
Berry Gordy wrote the entire play and doesn’t shy away from his story. He’s very upfront about his relationship with Diana Ross. Ross was the bosses girlfriend and  yes she was talented but  he was head over heels in love with her and he made her a star. Actually Ross’ starring role in the Oscar nominated movie “Lady Sings The Blues” was bankrolled by Berry Gordy’s-a surprise role for his lady. The actor and actress, Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) as Berry Gordy and Valisia LeKae (The Book of Mormon) as Diana Ross, respectively did the role justice. Valisia  LeKae totally captured the elegance and over-the-top essence of Diana Ross- the hair, the clothes, the coquetish flirting- LeKae has it all.
The Motown sound came to life at the hands of an 18 piece orchestra that kept the party going from beginning to end. I laughed at times because the audience kept singing along with the actors, so the night became a sing-a-long event. The best part of the evening for me is that it brought back great memories, memories of a time when music was a part of my story. I was young, growing up and having fun. The fact that I was a part of this musical history really made the evening special.
Motown: The Musical is my music and it’s something that I’ll cherish forever. Thanks Berry Gordy!So what’s your  favorite Motown jam or group? Drop a line and tell us about it.
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Coming Up: Ready4Air (Music) | Music Makes My Life w/ Afrobeat Musician Femi Kuti
Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com

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Ready4Air (Film) | A Series of Summer Superhero Sequels

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April 29, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

By Jackson Murphy

The eagerly-anticipated release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is finally here, kicking-off the 2014 Summer Movie Season and a new group of superhero blockbusters. Joining Spidey are X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23), Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8).

Audiences are anxious to see how this latest chapter in the “Spider-Man” saga stacks-up against its predecessor. Personally, I don’t think “2” needs to do a whole lot to be better than the 2012 reboot. In general, some superhero sequels have been outstanding, while others failed to connect with fans:

Back in Time with Batman and Superman

Before Christian Bale and Henry Cavill, there was Michael Keaton and Christopher Reeve. The original “Batman” and “Superman” films are considered classics, while their sequels were disappointments, led by the mid-90s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

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X Marks the Spot

X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) were both HUGE successes for Marvel. The only thing they both suffer from are awkward titles.

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The Original Spider-Man

When it comes to director Sam Raimi’s original “Spider-Man” trilogy, Spider-Man 2 (2004) was a Fourth of July smash, while Spider-Man 3, which opened the summer 2007 season, was the least liked by critics and the weakest performer at the box office.

Nolan Nails It

Director Christopher Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins set the stage for 2008’s mega-hit The Dark Knight, which won two Oscars, including one for the late Heath Ledger’s incredible performance as The Joker. Four years later, Nolan followed up with The Dark Knight Rises, which I genuinely liked but consider to be slightly overrated.

Does modern Marvel reign supreme? Robert Downey, Jr. is fantastic as Tony Stark in The Avengers and all three “Iron Man” movies. But diehard Marvel fans were generally let down by 2010’s Iron Man 2 and last summer’s Iron Man 3. I have a difficult time naming a favorite in the series. All three films are solid, but not extraordinary. When it comes to the “Captain America” series, The Winter Soldier is much stronger than The First Avenger, while Thor: The Dark World was equally as dull as the 2011 original.

Related post: Ready4Air (Film) | Let the 2015 Oscar Award Campaigns Begin

Other past entries in the world of Superhero Sequels include bombs Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Kick-Ass 2, as well as disappointments Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Nonetheless, comic book and superhero fans generally flock to these films no matter what, because the build-up and anticipation is so strong. And the general public will follow, as long as the follow-ups provide the thrills and excitement we’ve come to expect from these blockbuster movie events. As always, it’ll be interesting to see which ones deliver this summer.

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Foodie Friday | No Animal Products In Your Diet: Committing To A Vegan Lifestyle

Jarid Manos CEO of Great Plains Restoration Council

April 25, 2014 | Posted in Culinary Cues, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

 

Jarid Manos CEO of Great Plains Restoration Council

Jarid Manos CEO of Great Plains Restoration Council Photo Credit: Julia Yarbough Media Group

By Julia Yarbough

Nothing happens by accident. The people we meet. The experiences we experience. The foods we choose to eat to nourish and power our bodies. It stands to reason then it was no accident that while attending the Break The Color Barrier in the National Outdoors conference in Atlanta, Georgia several years ago journalist Julia Yarbough met, chatted with and forged a personal and professional relationship with American Writer (Ghetto Plainsman, 2010), Ecological Educator, CEO of Texas-based Great Plains Restoration Council and Vegan Athlete, Jarid Manos. She says the first thing she noticed about Manos when they met was how incredibly fit and healthy he appeared. It turns out, there was and is a reason for that.

Manos is a VEGAN. He describes his nutritional choice as just one aspect of his life’s work as a literary voice and Ecological Educator. Manos helps individuals recognize the damage we do to ourselves and to our bodies; saying it is akin to the damage we do to the planet.  Manos is part of a growing wave of thought leaders and outspoken American voices, like Beyonce and Jay-Z, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and blogging sensation Deliciously Ella: Ella Woodward – all touting the mental and physical benefits of adopting a Vegan diet and lifestyle.

So what EXACTLY does VEGAN mean and can anyone go VEGAN? Manos took a few minutes out of his day of to shed some light on the Vegan world:

Q: What is the difference between vegan and vegetarianism and why is this your healthy lifestyle choice?

Jarid: Vegan means NO animals products; Vegetarians often still eat dairy and eggs. Vegans most often simply refer to our lifestyle as adopting a 100% plant-based nutritional diet. I’ve made this my healthy lifestyle choice because sometimes life can be rough on us as humans and our choices can be rough on our environment. Choosing a plant-based nutrition is the single most immediate thing I can do – everyday – to take care of and take charge of my own health and impact others less.

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Q: What are the primary benefits of a VEGAN lifestyle~ physically, mentally and socially?

Jarid: Physically speaking, I find the richness and diversity of good, clean (and as organic as possible) plant-based nutrition directly feeds your muscles and blood and organs and other body systems with nutrient-dense food. From your cells to your athletic performance to your ability to fight stress and repair damage, clean plant-based nutrition can blow your mind with its super-charged capabilities, allowing us to thrive; sometimes to an extent that it almost feels like science fiction!

Mentally I find plant-based nutrition to offer a clearer mind, and it helps fight depression, anger, and other mental challenges as well. The thing is, clean plant-based nutrition supports our whole system, which also extends to our spiritual and emotional health. Every meatless meal is a celebration because it gives to you more while taking from the world less.  At the same time the longer you live on clean plant-based nutrition, things start to elevate and change. All of your senses become heightened. You might start to feel as if you’ve become more penetratingly human, almost as if another sense is settling into your overall being. Certainly it helps you become a little more “unbreakable” with many of the rough challenges life can throw at us.

Q: What are some of the challenges of committing to a VEGAN lifestyle in terms of finding and purchasing healthy food, preparing it and the costs?

Jarid:  I think eating a meat diet would seem to be the hard thing. Choosing a plant-based nutrition is much easier than in years past because most restaurants offer vegan options.   But because I want the highest athletic performance from what I eat, I prefer to spend my money on the cleanest (organic, non-GMO where possible), non-processed, socially conscious foods as possible. I don’t drive myself crazy over it, but I am focused. There are Whole Foods and other reputable natural food stores everywhere, as well as local farmers’ markets, and regular grocery stores have good healthy and organic sections inside. I’m busy and pretty simple, so most of the foods I make take very little time to prepare.  I use lots of spices, olive oil, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, a sauce pan, my stove top or oven broiler, a toaster oven, a blender, and I’m good. I eat a lot of raw too, or meals that combine half raw with something cooked. I eat good!  As far as costs, when you look at the prices of commercial, pesticide-sprayed, processed foods, it’s really not that much of a difference. And I don’t drink and party and all that. And I believe I’m healthier; I haven’t had to pay the doctor, so I’m probably spending less money. But even when I do, it’s worth the investment because I HATE to not feel great. Every day I need to explosively thrive.

Jarid Manos CEO Great Plains Restoration Council

Jarid Manos CEO Great Plains Restoration Council Photo Credit: Julia Yarbough Media Group

 

Q: As an athlete we typically think high levels of protein are necessary- is that true and how to you offer your body sufficient nutrients on a vegan diet?

Jarid: Vegan athletes hear that all the time but I don’t look at all as if I’m nutritionally deficient or protein-starved? Protein is in so many foods and I would argue that high quality plant-based protein is far more potent for the body’s athletic performance than protein (excuse me on this…) from dead animals.

Q: Where did your personal commitment come from to adopt a VEGAN diet and how do you stay true to it and yourself? Does food mean more to you than just something to eat?

Jarid:  First I cut out red meat a long time ago because it was making me feel bloated and gross and unwell. I immediately felt better. So that excited me to take another step, then another step. It was for health reasons first.

But then as I started feeling better and stronger, my mind and spirit became clearer and stronger too and I had more hunger for knowledge and the world around me. So I saw the other impacts of a meat diet, such as the poisoning, trapping, shooting, strangling and gassing of native wildlife by cattle ranchers, worldwide destruction of grasslands and tropical forests, massive air and water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, murder of native peoples (either historically or ongoing) in the U.S., Brazil and parts of Africa, environmental justice (terrible disgusting pollution forced onto low-income communities from factory feedlots, slaughterhouses and rendering plants), worker being maimed in these kinds of facilities, animal cruelty, and the dying of our oceans… I simply didn’t want to eat that either! I understand a little what it’s like to suffer and struggle, and if I’ve ever asked for mercy, I can’t in turn blindly ignore the suffering and pain of others. But again, I have zero desire to eat meat. The thought makes me recoil. I avoid the back of the grocery aisle. It smells bad!

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Q: You’ve probably convinced some readers to make the switch – what are some tips of encouragement for those wanting to adopt this lifestyle?

Jarid:  First, do your research, and check out well-regarded, trusted sources. An informed mind is an empowered mind. Use this process to guide yourself into learning to listen to, inhabit and participate in your entire body’s working systems. You’ll learn to be part of your own life, and know what’s going on with you and how you can support, heal and maintain your life and performance.

Second, find out what you like and what you love – practice trial and error, listen to your body and how it responds, adjust in a forward manner and soon you will know what works for you and your lifestyle. Your food choices, in all the richness and diversity of plant-based foods, are nearly endless and exciting.

And most importantly,  don’t freak out! Take small steps, Remember, every single thing you do to help yourself more and hurt others less is a celebration. Flip the mindset: it’s not a punishment or taking something away from yourself but rather a reward – a gift, the most exciting thing. There are vegan options to all the foods we love, and a whole new world of foods you may not ever have thought about. Trust me, every single aspect of life, from athletic performance to sleep to sex to mental clarity to emotional strength can be heightened. Even in the midst of all the hell and chaos and worry of our current world, I feel like I’m living 300 years from now. That, in turn, allows me to not only walk through the war zone, but also do something about it 🙂

Jarid Manos , CEO Great Plains Restoration Council

Jarid Manos , CEO Great Plains Restoration Council Photo Credit: Jarriel Jones/Photographer

 

Jarid Manos is the CEO of the Texas-based Great Plains Restoration Council, Manos has devoted more than a decade of his life to making healthy choices for not only his own body for that of the Earth. He works to save some of the last remaining swathes of native Texas prairie – acres of serene and beautiful landscape virtually untouched by man. In his hallmark program, Restoration Not Incarceration® designed to involve troubled and disenfranchised youth in land/restoration/work programs, Manos guides young men and women who have often times never loved or cared for themselves, in discovering self-worth, determination and purpose as a result of working hard to save plants, animals, birds and landscape.

You can join him on his latest health journey, Fear and Loving: Where the Ocean Meets the Streets, a two-year blog-story chronicling Manos’ desire to “go deep” into facing his own fears while taking becoming a certified scuba diver. The same care and concern given to saving the Texas prairies is now on target for our oceans and coral reefs with Manos leading the charge. Follow Manos at www.jaridmanos.com

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Could this be a Record-Breaking May at the Box Office?

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April 24, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

By Jackson Murphy 

This time last year, I wrote a blog predicting box office totals for each of the major May films. The closest result (I was only off by $4M) was “Star Trek Into Darkness”, which grossed just under $229 million. Combined, the eight films made over $1.4 billion domestically. But that total could actually be surpassed this May. Time to tackle the month again and see how the numbers add up.

Here are my picks May’s 10 wide releases:

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

(PG-13) Spidey’s back with a new set of foes to face. I’m expecting big things, both from the film itself and from ticket sales. If the film that kicks-off the all-important Summer Movie Season disappoints, it could mean we’re in for a rough 4 months. Don’t think that will happen. Opening Weekend Prediction: $125M; Total Gross Prediction: $290M – May 2

“Neighbors”

(R) I’ve already seen this raunchy Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy, and it’s very uneven. Nonetheless, those who’ve enjoyed Rogen’s films in the past (including last Summer’s “This is the End”) should happily shell-out $$ for this one. OWP: $35M; TGP:$90M – May 9

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“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”

(PG) Advertised as the sequel to “The Wizard of Oz”, this will be the first big animated film in a month. However, it comes from a very small studio (Clarius Entertainment) and looks it. Still, “The Nut Job”, which opened in January, was sub-par and still grossed $65M. “Oz” may follow the same road. OWP: $20M; TGP: $60M

“Moms’ Night Out”

(PG) This family comedy starring Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton and Trace Adkins looks downright terrible. Going up against  “Spider-Man” and “Oz”, this doesn’t have a chance. OWP: $10M; TGP: $25M

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“Maleficent”

(PG) Angelina Jolie stars as the title villain in this Disney prequel to “Sleeping Beauty”. In the right hands and with the right script this could be the perfect match. But since the film’s rated PG, how dark and scary/violent can it be? OWP: $60M; TGP: $155M – May 30

“Godzilla”

(PG-13) Marks an eagerly anticipated return of the classic monster to the silver screen. Godzilla is, by definition, both a popcorn and Drive-In movie. OWP: $75M; TGP: $180M – May 16

“Million Dollar Arm”

(PG) Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) stars in this Disney baseball drama about a sports agent who hoping to turn some Cricket players into MLB pitchers. Kevin Costner’s NFL “Draft Day” hasn’t connected with audiences, and I’m not confident this will either. OWP: $15M; TGP: $45M

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

(PG-13) While “The Wolverine” and “X-Men: First Class” were disappointments when compared to the original three “X-Men” movies, this latest in the series combines both sets of characters into one super, superhero movie. Diehard fans have been waiting for this origin backstory for a long time, and it looks like it should deliver. OWP: $120M; TGP: $275M – May 23

Related post: Ready4Air (Film) |Summer Movie Season – I Am On the Fence About These Films

“Blended”

(PG-13) It appears that Adam Sandler has a chance to hit a new, all-time low with this “comedy”, co-starring Drew Barrymore. But there are a ton of Sandler fans out there, though having “X-Men” as direct competition could be a fatal blow. OWP: $30M; TGP: $95M

“A Million Ways to Die in the West”

(R) Seth MacFarlane follows-up “Ted” with this wacky, adult, comedy Western. The trailers are downright awful. How many millions will be made? Not nearly as many ($218M) as the pairing of Mark Wahlberg and his Teddy Bear. OWP:$30M; TGP: $85M

If my projections are close we’ll fall just a little short of last year, with a $1.3 billion total. It’ll be very interesting to see how it all plays out.

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record(Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Foodie Friday | Refrigerator Ruckus: 4 Simple Steps to Keeping Your Fridge Organized

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April 18, 2014 | Posted in Culinary Cues, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

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Photo Courtesy of inpraiseofsardines.typepad.com

How many times have you come home from the market and the thought of putting away your day’s shop make you feel overwhelmed? Do your dinner leftovers from the week make your fridge look like a museum of unrecognizable artifacts? Working in high-end kitchens, such as the Food Network, I’ve learned a lot of crafty ways to keep refrigerator spaces organized both large and small. These methods can work for the college dorm mini fridge as well as the gigantic walk-in fridges used in most restaurants.  With a little time and effort, your meal planning can be easier and cleaning your fridge will no longer be a guessing game. Related post: Foodie Friday| Looking Good Enough to Eat: 5 Things You Should Know About Food Styling I’m going to share some easy tips to make your refrigerator easy to navigate and give you a new perspective on managing your kitchen! It’s painless, I promise. Are you ready?

Tools You’ll Need:

30-40 minutes one day a week Various sized Freezer/ Storage bags Colored Permanent Markers Labels or Small color-coded dot stickers you can find at any dollar store Paper Towels Food storage containers (should range from 2 oz. – 16 oz. in size) First things first, begin organizing your fridge by grouping all “like” items together. Fridges usually have 2 drawers at the bottom for fruits and veggies and most of us tend to put all condiments in the door of the fridge so you’re ALREADY off to a GREAT start. Now, while saving the bottom shelf for last (keep reading to find out why) put all dairy items together and place all prepared foods on the second shelf. Then go and gather your “tools” listed above and follow the steps below. Extra tip: You’ll find most of these tips most helpful if you’ve just completed your shopping for the week; choose one color marker for each week/ day.

Photo Courtesy: ContainerStore.com

Photo Courtesy: ContainerStore.com

 

Step 1

Separate all fresh herbs and wrap them in slightly damp paper towel. Place them in a storage bag and seal midway. Use your selected color marker and label the storage back with the name of the herb and date it was purchased & stored. Note: The damp towel keeps the herbs from drying and the partially closed back allows for natural air that plants need without them freezing.

Step 2

Do almost the same step as the last with your meat! Remove them from the original packaging and place in freezer safe storage bags; making sure you’ve pushed out all the air in the bag, seal tightly. Feel free to double the bag if the product is large. Note: If you’re not freezing your meat, place on the bottom shelf of the fridge that way, any bleeding or leakage doesn’t contaminate other food items.  Doubling these bags is also helpful. Related post: Foodie Friday | Food As Medicine: My Nutrition Revolution

Step 3

Check all expiration dates on prepackaged items; this way you know what needs to be discarded and you can make notes for your new shopping list.

Step 4

Remove those pots and pans holding all your leftover meals and put them in the Food Storage Containers you bought. Use the color-coded dot stickers to show which cooked items belong together or could be made together. Don’t forget to label what they are and the date of which they were prepared. Keeping an eye on expiration dates of food and know the “shelf life” of food items is the key to a clean and healthy fridge.  For more details about to keep your Refrigerator Ruckus FREE, email me at ElleSimone@shechef.org for a in-home consultation.

Chef Ella: Chef Coat by Chandler Timothy at Bobby Dale Images

Chef Elle: Chef Coat by Chandler Timothy at Bobby Dale Images

Elle Simone is a culinary maverick. Always drawn to creative food culture, Elle has been dazzling the culinary world since 2006, quickly becoming a highly sought after freelance food stylist and culinary producer. Elle has collaborated and contributed her unique styling abilities to Food Network, Food Network Magazine, The Cooking Channel, The Katie Couric Show, CBS Corporation, ABC’s The Chew and Bravo’s Chef Roble and Co.

Her Specialties don’t stop with styling and production. As the creator of SheChef, Elle shares her passion for Culinary Arts by mentoring women within the industry and by sharing meals through The Cast Iron Supper Club. Through SheChef, Elle brings a holistic approach to culinary and media and its multitude of avenues, offering the following services: recipe testing, recipe development, cookbook editing/formatting, cooking lessons and menu planning. With a focus on beautiful and tasty dishes Elle transcends the traditional role of a chef, working to share her gift and tell a story through food.

You can find Chef Elle anywhere below:

Instagram: @Chef_Elle & @SheChefLLC
LinkedIn: Chef Elle
Website: SheChef.org

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Let The 2015 Oscar Award Campaigns Begin

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

April 18, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Yes, it’s only the middle of April, but it’s never too early to begin analyzing this year’s awards season. As summer rolls in, studios will be unveiling trailers for anticipated contenders. Some, however, have jumped the gun with early marketing campaigns, hoping for some lasting promotional success. These five films have made good first impressions:

Get On Up

Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson in 42) plays the iconic James Brown in this biopic life story. The musical drama re-teams The Help director Tate Taylor with stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Looks like a major hit. August 1

Related post: Ready4Air (Film) |Summer Movie Season – I Am On the Fence About These Films

The Boxtrolls

The latest stop-motion animated collaboration from Focus Features and Laika (who’ve scored Oscar nominations with Coraline and ParaNorman) is practically a lock for a nod, off of its funny, inventive and quite memorable teaser trailers. September 26

Gone Girl

The just-released debut preview of The Social Network director David Fincher’s drama is incredibly intriguing. Based on the book by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the screenplay), Ben Affleck stars as a man on a desperate search for his missing wife. But did he actually kill her? October 3

Interstellar-Teaser-Trailer

Interstellar

So far, only a brief teaser has been released for Christopher Nolan’s space mystery. But we do know that recent Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway will be looking for seconds, and they’re joined by Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon. Plus, there are limitless possibilities for stunning, Nolan-esque visual effects. November 7

Related post: Ready4Air (Film): Lights-Camera-Jackson- Spring Movie Preview

Unbroken

Angelina Jolie goes back behind the camera for the true story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was captured by the Japanese during World War II. An inside look aired on NBC during February’s Winter Games. I’m sure Jolie is thinking gold. December 25

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen executive producer Debbie Mitchell and teen film critic Jackson Murphy.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Summer Movie Season: I Am On the Fence About These Films

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

April 11, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

 

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

By Jackson Murphy

As the summer movie season approaches, there are several films (based on their trailers) that look quite promising. These include Get On Up, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Maleficent. But there are others that, frankly, could go either way: a solid hit or a complete disaster.

Here are my Top 5 cautiously optimistic summer releases:

Neighbors

Last year, Seth Rogen teamed up with all his Hollywood buddies for This Is The End. The first half was brilliant, and then it quickly became just another typical raunchy and forgettable comedy by the end. Now, Rogen’s back with Zac Efron for another hard-R comedy about parenting and an annoying group of fraternity brothers who move in next door. Potentially could be very funny or misguided and way too over-the-top. (May 9)

Related Post: Ready4Air (Film): Lights-Camera-Jackson- Spring Movie Preview

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane’s first big screen effort, 2012’s Ted, proved to be comedy gold. Now, before the return of the crazy bear next year, MacFarlane is directing himself, along with Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron, in this spoof on classic westerns. Kinda has a Land of the Lost vibe (one of Will Ferrell’s good but not great comedies). I’m worried the repetitive theme of the title will get old fast. (May 30)

Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this sci-fi action thriller version of Groundhog Day. They play soldiers who keep waking up on the same day–Judgment Day–only to lose the war against the aliens every time. Now, they have to figure out why this keeps happening and how they can stop it. I like these two very much, but this is another case where the unique plot may get tiresome quickly. And how many sci-fi movies can Cruise honestly keep doing? (June 6)

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s a Marvel superhero movie with a fantastic cast. But it seems like this one may try to balance uneasy laughs with intense action. Already, the trailer is offering mixed results. Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) joins Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Avatar) as part of the latest group to join the Marvel cinematic universe. Bradley Cooper actually voices a raccoon, and Vin Diesel plays a large tree trunk. Avengers: Age of Ultron may not come fast enough. (August 1)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The fifth big-screen version of the “Heroes in a Half-Shell” crime fighters is yet another reboot. Michael Bay has producing credit and his former Transformers leading lady, Megan Fox, is April O’Neil. The turtles themselves are CGI (in this case the G stands for Giant), and they’re clearly not as “cute” as the earlier versions. Is the old fan base, and new generation of kids watching the Nickelodeon animated series, ready to shell-out cash to see yet another Turtles adventure? (August 8)

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Coming Up: Insider from a Reality TV source

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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