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Showing posts with label INTERVIEW. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

JEAN SHAFIROFF ON COVER OF GLOBAL VISION

Jean Shafiroff In Global Vision



Jean Shafiroff was the cover feature of GLOBAL VISION Magazine Summer 2018 issue.



Global Vision is an International Magazine for business executives. The Magazine is distributed through Europe. The story was written by Samantha Yanks, former editor-in-chief of Gotham Magazine and Hampton's Magazine.



The title of the feature is "Jean Shafiroff One of 2018's Top Philanthropists to Watch".

Thursday, May 31, 2018

THE WILLIE NELSON AARP MAGAZINE INTERVIEW

Willie Nelson In AARP




LOS ANGELES, CA — The first in a series of “American Icon” exclusive interviews, Willie Nelson reflects on his life’s trajectory from small-town Texas to the country music mecca of Nashville, the friends he made along the way and his focus on only the essential things in life. With a rich, varied, textured life well-lived and career spanning over 50 years, he is one of the biggest stars in country music. The outspoken musical legend has also endured his share of heartache, from the tragic death of a son to three failed marriages. Even with a 32 million dollar IRS tax bill and drug busts weighing him down, he pulled himself up by the bootstraps and carried on.



When questioned about his secret to life in an intimate interview with AARP The Magazine (ATM), Nelson says, “It’s simple. Do what you want to do. If I don’t want to do it, forget it. But if I do want to do it, get out of my goddamn way.”



Nelson’s words are a testament to such a life that includes smoking a joint on the White House roof during the Carter administration, organizing the Farm Aid benefit concert and winning the admiration and respect of luminaries, including Bob Dylan.



In a fitting tribute, Dylan recalled, “Willie played some of his songs: ‘Night Life,’ “Hello Walls,’ ‘Crazy,’… I thought these were the most perfect songs that ever had a right to be written. I thought he was a genius then, and I think the same thing now.”



Nelson continues to write and perform. His latest album, ‘Last Man Standing,’ features all new original songs. He’s presently at work on a collection of Sinatra tunes, including ‘My Way.’



When questioned about getting old in AARP The Magazine (ATM), Nelson says, “I don’t think my attitude has changed. I’m still doing what I want to do, and I suggest everybody do the same.”




Selections from the Willie Nelson cover story in AARP The Magazine’s June/July issue:


On creative influences:



“He (Hank Williams) was an incredible writer, sang with so much feeling… and he had a hard life. Died at 29. But nobody wrote better songs than Hank. It was the simplicity, melody and a line anybody could understand.”



On working with Frank Sinatra:



“I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank. He didn’t worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever – he could sing it either way, and that’s the feel you have to have.”



On life with his wife, Ann Marie D’Angelo:



“Annie and I have been married since 1991 and found a way to make it work.” “Through thick and thin. You can’t ask for anything more than that!”



On his beginnings with music:



“I started when I was 5 or 6. I had one of those old Sears & Roebuck guitars with the strings high off the neck – your fingers literally would bleed. When they healed up, though, they were pretty tough.”




About AARP The Magazine


With more than 38 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the nation’s largest circulation magazine – and the definitive lifestyle publication – for Americans 50 and older. AARP The Magazine delivers targeted content in three demographic versions – for readers age 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70-plus – including health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP has been publishing a magazine for members since its founding in 1958. AARP The Magazine is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at www.aarp.org/magazine.



About AARP


AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

SNOOP DOGG TALKS ABOUT KAYNE WEST'S COMMENTS


Snoop Dogg Visits 'The View'



Snoop Dogg gives his take on Kanye West's recent controversial comments about slavery, saying "he's crying out for help":


"He truly misses his mother, he truly misses a black woman in his life. He truly misses the stability of having somebody telling him when he's wrong ... as opposed to allowing him to continue to do what he's doing."


"That's my homegirl!"


Snoop Dogg calls his unexpected friendship with Martha Stewart "special":


 "People would've never thought that we could have a relationship ... but that's what's wrong with people. Stop judging a book by the cover and allow people to understand and learn from each other!"


Snoop Dogg says his new gospel album Bible Of Love is inspired by his grandmother:  


"What I wanted to do was make a record that she could be proud of, that she could play. I know she's in heaven right now tellin' everybody 'Look at my grandson shining.'" 


Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

ABC NEWS MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ NIGHTLINE INTERVIEW


The Michelle Rodriguez Nightline Interview



ABC NEWS -- Last night “The Fast and the Furious” star Michelle Rodriguez brought ABC’s “Nightline” along a trip for a trip to the ancient ruins of Mexico where she took part in a five-day intensive spiritual boot camp. She also opened up about working on her “ancient primal anger” which stemmed from her being a woman and growing up "in the ghetto."


Off the movie screen and away from the paparazzi, there are a few things you might not know about actress Michelle Rodriguez.


For example, Rodriguez, known for her roles in "The Fast and the Furious" movie franchise, never finished high school, but is quite a bookworm.


"I have books everywhere, all kinds of books, from all kinds of subjects on anthropology, you know, mysticism, occultism, you know, science, politics, you name it. Psychology, big on that," she told ABC News' "Nightline" at her Los Angeles home. "That's how I learn, because I never had a formal education. So, you know, I know how to extract the things that will be valid if I'm ever trying to talk about this in the future."


Rodriguez is also self-taught and in the midst of a spiritual journey that has spanned decades, taking her to Mongolia, Gabon and Peru, among other countries.


"A lot of my friends in the party scene or social scene are thinking I'm crazy," she said. "Everybody's poking me. They're like, 'Michelle, when are you coming back?' My agent, you know, my friends are like, 'Michelle, you know, you haven't partied for two years. We're worried about you. You're just locked up in your house.'"


"I'm trying to figure out who I am and why I'm here," she said.


Her journey most recently took her to Mexico.


"I can't run away from who I am. I can't wear masks anymore. This side of me that you're probably about to see will be new, for a lot of people. Because, just, nobody's ever been interested. So I've never shown it to anybody," she said, laughing.


"Nightline" recently traveled with Rodriguez to the ancient ruins of Mexico where she took part in a five-day intensive spiritual boot camp, working one-on-one with renowned spiritual teacher Sergio Magana, whose book "The Toltec Secret" has caught on around the world.


Magana, an expert on the indigenous Toltec tradition who claims to have taught more than 100,000 students, specializes in lucid dreaming.


"[Lucid dreaming] is when you're conscious of sleeping in your dream and you are awake. You're in control," Rodriguez said.


With lucid dreaming, the belief is that if you are aware that you are dreaming, you can influence your dream. That will plant an idea or even redirect your subconsciousness and bring about real change to your waking life.


Rodriguez said her goals for the boot camp were to find techniques to tap into the subconscious and to be able to identify patterns that were disruptive in her life.


"I think whenever you learn something new, you've got to really push it. 'Cause otherwise it's just a phase, a fad. I don't want it to be a fad. I want it to be something that I can incorporate into my every day," she said.


During the boot-camp experience, Rodriguez said she tried hard not to get lost in drawing connections to her previous research and explained why this journey was so important to her.


"I want to be able to see the beauty in everything. I can't do that by partying around the world and living extreme and having sex with hot people, or, like, you know, hanging out with powerful people," she said. "I'm putting all of my value outside of myself by doing that and I want my value to be inside."


Some of the work with Magana delved into her personal demons, she said.


"I had some ancient primal anger. I've been working on that anger for years," she said. "I was able to leave a lot of [that] there. I felt it like coming out of my chest, my brain, everything. ... I feel a lot lighter."


When asked what made her most angry, Rodriguez said it stemmed from her being a woman and growing up "in the ghetto."


"I had to pretend to be a guy just to have freedom to do what I want without having to marry someone, you know, or be somebody's girlfriend," she said. "I was like, 'That’s pathetic, dude, you know, that I have to pick up a gun or hang out, you know, with all these violent people in order to be free.' And, that's kind of what I felt most of my life. And, I realized it was obviously all in my mind."


A month after the boot camp, Rodriguez, who returned home to Los Angeles, said she was happy with the work she'd accomplished.


"It was amazing. I got to learn all these great tools that I get to use for the rest of my life. I was blown away just by the history of the place," she said of her trip to Mexico. "As far as letting anger in, there's a door there now and that door cannot be opened very easily -- as easily as it was opened before."


Magana said he too saw improvements, and their work and friendship continues.


"She told me that she feels a lot lighter, that she's more clear about the path to take, that she has decided to go back to work after the [sabbatical] and that she's deciding to also do her own projects," Magana told "Nightline." "It's a huge change."

Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney

Monday, January 08, 2018

DAVID LETTERMAN'S NEW SHOW HAS BARACK OBAMA


My Next Guest Needs No Introduction



David Letterman is out of retirement and returning to television with a six-episode, 60-minute Netflix series -- My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. The first episode will premiere on Friday, January 12, 2018 with each subsequent episode streaming monthly from February to June. Dave’s lineup of influential guests includes George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and President Barack Obama.


The interviews take place both inside and outside a studio setting, with Letterman traveling to "locations far and wide," according to a Netflix press release. The episodes will take an in-depth look at Letterman's guests.


When Letterman announced the new show, he said in a statement, "I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely."


He also told the New York Times that the new series "feels like exactly what I want at this stage of my life." Letterman said he plans to keep his outgrown beard.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

GENE WILDER'S WIDOW OPENS UP ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S


Heres How ABC News Covered Gene Wilder's Death




ABC NEWS -- In an exclusive essay for ABC News, Karen Wilder opens up about her 35-year marriage to the late actor and activist Gene Wilder. The “Young Frankenstein” star died last year at the age of 83, after battling Alzheimer's disease in the final years of his life. Wilder discusses some of the trials and tribulations caregivers or spouses can experience when caring for someone living with the debilitating disease.



Gene Wilder's widow on what it's like to care for someone with Alzheimer's



I never pictured myself marrying a movie star. I also never saw myself spending years of my life taking care of one. But I’ve done both. Love was the reason for the first. Alzheimer’s disease, the second.



I met Gene Wilder in 1989. He was preparing to shoot a movie called “See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” in which the character he played was deaf. Though I grew up in very small town in Idaho, where it was a big deal if you had indoor plumbing, I had been working in New York City for over twenty years by that point as a speech pathologist with the hearing impaired. As he always did when he took on a role, Gene wanted to understand his character. He showed up at my office one day in search of my professional advice.



We formed a powerful bond. At the time, Gene was married to Gilda Radner, who was in the final stages of ovarian cancer. After Gilda’s death, Gene sought me out again. We married a year later and, for more than twenty years, we were one of the happiest couples I knew. We traveled to France and played tennis together (three sets in a single afternoon). When I signed up for tap dancing lessons, Gene joined me. We set up side-by-side easels in the garden painting watercolors. At night, we danced together on a floor we’d built, under the stars -- The Waltz, Salsa, Cha Cha and Tango.



The first signs of trouble were small. Always the kindest, most tender man (if a fly landed on him, he waited for the fly to leave), suddenly I saw Gene lashing out at our grandson. His perception of objects and their distance from him became so faulty that on a bike ride together, he thought we were going to crash into some trees many feet away from us. Once, at a party with friends, when the subject of “Young Frankenstein” came up, he couldn’t think of the name of the movie and had to act it out instead.



When we finally got him tested and the diagnosis came back, it was Alzheimer’s. Unlike other diagnoses, even some cancers, this one offers not even a shred of hope for survival. The synapses of his brain were getting tangled and the result would be a steady and terrible progression of losses -- memory of course, but also motor control, to the point where eventually his body would simply forget how to swallow or breathe.



My husband took the news with grief, of course, but also astonishing grace. I watched his disintegration each moment of each day for six years. One day, I saw him struggle with the ties on his drawstring pants. That night, I took the drawstrings out. Then his wrist was bleeding from the failed effort of trying to take off his watch. I put his watch away.



I was determined to keep Gene with me –- in California and, finally, at the home we’d made together in Connecticut. We still managed to have some good times and to laugh, even at the ravages of the disease that was killing him.



One day, when he fell on the patio and couldn’t get up, I maneuvered him over to the edge of our pool and floated him to the other side, where there were steps and a railing to assist him. Another time, after struggling for twenty minutes trying to pull himself up, he looked out as if he was addressing the audience at the Belasco Theater, a place he knew well, and said in his best Gene Wilder voice, "Just a minute folks. I’ll be right back."



But there’s another particularly cruel aspect to the disease of Alzheimer’s, because in addition to destroying – piece by piece – the one who’s stricken with it, it ravages the life of the person caring for its victims. In our case, I was that person.



I am grateful that I knew to reach out for help from the Alzheimer’s Association. When I did, I learned some alarming statistics from them. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. That means, if a mature couple invites two couples over for dinner, one of the couples could face Alzheimer’s.



Then came the biggest shocker: 40 percent of Alzheimer's caregivers die before the patient according to a study done by Stanford Medicine -- not from disease, but from the sheer physical, spiritual and emotional toll of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.



Gene died fifteen months ago. I was in the bed next to him when he took his last breaths. By that point, it had been days since he’d spoken. But on that last night, he looked me straight in the eye and said, three times over, "I trust you."



 Pure Imagination Project



So, I have a responsibility, I think. Neither my love, nor science, could save my husband’s life. But it’s my most profound hope that through research and awareness, others may be spared the experience that killed Gene -- and could have killed me, too. of Earlier this month, The Gates Foundation announced the largest gift ever presented to the cause of Alzheimer’s research: a commitment of $100 million aimed at eradicating the disease within our lifetime. I am profoundly grateful that this crisis, viewed for too long as insoluble, is receiving funding for the dedicated scientific community, with the goal of early diagnosis and ultimately a cure. It was in this vein that I allowed the use of my husband’s character of Willy Wonka to be used in the “Pure Imagination Project,” a new video campaign to bring greater awareness about Alzheimer’s and encourage each of us to do our part.



But let’s not forget that other killer -- the silent one that takes its victim even before the disintegration of brain cells does its own dirty work. I am speaking of the crisis that can kill the once-healthy loved spouses, siblings, friends and adult children of Alzheimer’s patients, who devote almost every waking hour of their lives (and also the nights) to caring for a person they love, but who may no longer recognize them.



I am grateful that Gene never forgot who I was. But many caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients are less fortunate.



Every year, Alzheimer’s disease costs our nation an estimated $259 billion, according to the Alzheimer's Association. At this hopeful moment, when there is more momentum than ever towards finding a cure and treatments, let’s also remember the desperate need of caregivers.



It is a strange, sad irony that so often, in the territory of a disease that robs an individual of memory, caregivers are often the forgotten. Without them, those with Alzheimer’s could not get through the day, or die -- as my husband did -- with dignity, surrounded by love.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

BOLLYWOOD STAR KATRINA KAIF ON TIGER ZINDA HAI


Tiger Zinda Hai





Abu Dhabi, UAE -- Bollywood superstar Katrina Kaif talked about her intensive training ahead of filming for her blockbuster film with Indian icon Salman Khan in Abu Dhabi. In an exclusive interview, Kaif said that she really enjoyed aggression training which supported her action scenes, and praised Abu Dhabi as a filming destination saying that it offered “one of the best studios in the world.”


‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is the most anticipated Bollywood movie to be released at the end of 2017 and is Abu Dhabi’s longest feature film project to date. The film was shot in Abu Dhabi over a 65 -day period with a 300-person international production team. It was released in cinemas on December 21, 2017.


Friday, November 17, 2017

NEW YORK CITY'S FIRST LADY JEAN SHAFIROFF PROFILE

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New York’s First Lady of Philanthropy Jean Shafiroff Featured in HOLA! and HELLO! Magazine UK
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Jean Shafiroff


Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff is featured in the November, 2017 issue of Hello Magazine UK, with Duchess Kate Middleton on the cover. The 9-page feature has also been released with a total of 10 pages in the Spanish sister publication to Hello Magazine, HOLA! which was published in Spain, Mexico and Argentina and features Victoria and Cristina Iglesias, daughters of Julio Iglesias, on the cover. HOLA! dubbed Jean “The First Lady of Philanthropy in the United States and included a feature on Queen Letizia of Spain. Jean’s features were first in both HOLA! as well as HELLO! UK.



The profile highlights Jean’s passion for philanthropy, the importance of giving back, and how to inspire others to make the world a better place, as well as a few in depth tips on serving as the perfect event hostess. The spread features gorgeous photography of Ms. Shafiroff’s Upper East Side home and extensive art collection, as well as sharing few of her favorite designer pieces.



In the interview, Ms. Shafiroff tells Hello about her desire to instill in her children a passion for philanthropy and good deeds. “It’s crucial to teach children that they have to do their best to help others and make this world a better place,” she tells the publication. Ms. Shafiroff also discusses the drive behind her need to give back and how she inspires others to use their own resources to make the world a better place. “At the Catholic school that I attended, the nuns always taught us the importance of helping others and taught us to be compassionate and generous.” says Ms. Shafiroff. “I dedicate most of my social life to philanthropy, going to charity events, meeting people and organizing fundraisers. And I feel very fortunate to be able to do so.”



Ms. Shafiroff, who sits on the board of eight charitable organizations, including the New York Women’s Foundation, New York Mission Society, and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, is also an Ambassador for the American Humane Society and hosts many charity events and fundraising galas each year. She is the author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give (Hatherleigh press), in which she shares her expertise with others who seek to give back to those in need. Mrs. Shafiroff has conducted many interviews and television and radio appearances discussing the importance of philanthropy.



Mrs. Shafiroff talks about her own parent’s influence on her desire to do good by others. Shafiroff has since made sure to inspire her own children Elizabeth and Jacklyn with the same message. Elizabeth, her younger daughter, has co-founded Global Strays, an organization dedicated to obtaining grants for organizations focused on animal welfare in developing countries.



“The most important thing is to teach children the importance of caring for those who have less or who might need help,” says Mrs. Shafiroff. “You have to foster and promote empathy and solidarity.”


Thursday, May 25, 2017

NEWSWHISTLE INTERVIEWS EMMY WINNER RITA COSBY

The Pope With Rita Cosby



In NewsWhistle’s weekly question-and-answer series, Clara Morgan speaks with some of her favorite influences and finds out more about their lives and careers. This week, Clara speaks with Rita Cosby, multiple Emmy-winning TV host, radio star, and best-selling author. You can read the great interview HERE.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

MORGAN FREEMAN TALKS MARIJUANA & MANDELA

Morgan Freeman In AARP



Morgan Freeman has weighed in on the current political landscape in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine in an interview before Inauguration Day.




On playing POTUS



“Some people thought Hollywood wasn’t ready for a black president, but I didn’t consider it. I’m not a professional black actor; I’m a professional actor. I can remember only once in the movies playing black, and that was Driving Miss Daisy.”



On the current political landscape



“As for politics today, I supported Hillary in the election, and now it feels like we are jumping off a cliff. We just have to find out how we land. I’m not scared, though. I’m holding out hope that Donald Trump has to be a good president. He can’t not be. What I see is a guy who will not lose.”



On his stint in the United States Air Force



“I went into the Air Force with the idea of being a fighter pilot, but they made me a radar mechanic. I’m about as mechanical as a doorknob, and my test scores qualified me to be an electronic countermeasures operator, but they weren’t having that. As I understand it, General Curtis LeMay didn’t want anybody black in there. Eventually, I decided my attraction to being a fighter pilot was all movie stuff, so I said ‘Never mind.’”



On his early work studying dance



“I came out to Los Angeles and started taking classes at L.A. City College. A teacher said, ‘You move very well, so you should really study dance, because actors who sing and dance are what they call triple threats.’ This was 1962, and I danced until about 1967. I was in a production of West Side Story. I danced at the 1964 World’s Fair. With dance, you have to be all in. On The Electric Company, in the mid-‘70s, they wanted me to do some ballet move and I almost wrecked myself. You can’t just throw your legs up in the air.”



On being quite the ladies’ man



“Oh, this is Mr. Cool. Taken while I was on tour with The Royal Hunt of the Sun. that was the way I dressed on tour. And I was a smoker. Was I a lady-killer in those days? Big time. Big time. Tall and good looking, what was my secret. We went to 14 cities. A lot of the places were colleges, so it was a feeding ground. But then the show ended, and there was no work. The magic wore off. I got a job and Nedick’s, which was like McDonald’s before McDonald’s caught on.” The lady-killer? He started selling hot dogs.



On The Electric Company


“I did more than 700 episodes of The Electric Company over five years. This was Season 1, because Bill Cosby did only the first season, and, yeah, I was as shocked as everyone by the recent news about him. We all got along great, but by the third year, I began to hate myself for not having the gumption to quit. I was on my way to becoming Captain Kangaroo. No, no, no. I’d come home and my wife would hand me a glass full of scotch and water. One day, she said, ‘You need to quit this. Have you ever tried marijuana?’ From there, it was a gradual but definite weaning from alcohol to Mary Jane.”



On his relationship with his mother



“Mama was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi. She had four boys and one girl. Mama was a rolling stone. She like to go. She had a very strong moral streak: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ I’m a mama’s boy, but I got in trouble with her a lot, usually for doing something neglectful. I remember we were living close to the bone in this Chicago tenement, and she made banana pudding. I lit the oven and never took the pie out. Let’s just say I can still hear her hollering.”



On breaking into Hollywood



“I’m 50 years old, playing off-Broadway opposite the incredible Dana Ivey. Driving Miss Daisy changed everything. We heard Warner Bros. was making the movie, but they never hire New York actors. When the movie’s director, Bruce Beresford came backstage, I said, ‘So, do I get the job?’ he said, ‘You’re kinda young.’ He wanted Sidney Poitier. But when they went to Sidney, Sidney said, ‘Go with the kid.”



On that Oscar win



“The truth? It was anticlimactic. I was up for best actor three times. The Oscar for Million Dollar Baby was for best supporting. I keep the statue at home in a little room in Mississippi that has tchotchkes in it, and all of the high-end awards are there: the Screen Actors Guild, the People’s Choice, Golden Globe. I’ve stopped waiting for the best actor Oscar, because you get to a point where it’s better to be nominated over and over. It’s more fun that way. You get to stay in that crowd.”



On the comforts of home



“… I own this blues club called Ground Zero in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where I live. We needed good music there because the place has everything else: It’s beautiful. It’s quiet. It’s green. I started going to Mississippi in the 1970s, after my folks moved back there. I couldn’t do New York anymore – living in a cave, concrete everywhere. I get to have a normal life in Mississippi. Nobody bothers me. I stay home. I golf with friends. I go have dinner. I survived inner-city South Side of Chicago, which was a hellhole, and worked hard over the years. I figure I owe it to myself to have some peace at this point in life.”



On Nelson Mandela



“I’d been trying to make a movie about Madiba for 15 years. When his book Long Walk to Freedom was published and someone asked who should play him in the movies, he called me out. So we got in touch and stayed in touch. I went to his house in Johannesburg. I said, ‘If I’m going to do this, I need to get to know you. I need to be able to touch you.’ I would go and watch him and listen to him until I could capture that Madiba spirit. One day, his assistant, Zelda, came to the Invictus set. She said, ‘How did he get here before me?’ She thought I was Mandela. What did I take away from him? Well, yes, he’s a hero, but he’s also just a guy. He has all this courage, and that’s what it takes to be Mandela. You can do anything with enough kindness and compassion.”


On his family



“We’re not a get-together-on-Thanksgiving kinda family. My daughters fight like cats. I say, ‘You people want to be together, fine. Not here.’”



“I think when someone in my family is famous, the downside is everybody expects things of you. But you have to make things happen on your own When my son was younger, he said he wanted to be an actor and that I should introduce him to people. I said, ‘You should change your name. Don’t use Freeman.’ He didn’t listen to me.”



On his AARP Movies For Grownups Career Achievement Award



“At a certain point in life, if you’ve had some success, awards start to fall from the sky. But the Movies for Grownups Achievement Award really means something. I started my movie career at the age of 50, and some of the best years have happened since then. I get a lot of pats on the back – they’re all over the place – but this one’s more than fun. It’s priceless.”


Cover Photo By: “Robert Trachtenberg for AARP


Monday, July 25, 2016

SHEILA E. TALKS PRINCE WITH LARRY KING NOW


Shelia E. On Larry King Now



On a special season 5 premiere episode of the multi-Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now,” Prince’s ex-fiance and legendary drummer Sheila E. sits down with Larry King where she opens up about the untimely death of her friend and music partner, sharing special moments she shared with the icon and whether or not we will hear Prince's unreleased music in the near future. Plus, Sheila discusses the state of the music business and dishes on her most notable collaborations, from Ringo Starr to BeyoncĂ©.




Sheila reflects back on her fondest memories with Prince and his unfortunate cause of death, which was officially classified as an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl. She reveals whether or not she had ever seen Prince use or abuse pain medication and says, “I’ve never even seen him take an aspirin, or a Tylenol,” however, due to the nature of his performance, she knows that “he was in pain...I was always getting hurt and so was he.”




The musician also reveals to Larry King that Prince has hundreds of unreleased tracks that she hopes the world gets to hear, “There’s hundreds of songs that I recorded with him that I have not heard yet.” Adding that Prince did not have plans to release the music himself, saying “He said he wouldn’t release it, but he said maybe someday someone would.”




When reflecting back on the difficulties she experienced breaking into the music industry as a woman, Sheila remembers being offered record deals in exchange for sex. She described the challenge saying, “It was the things that the other guys would say to me that were offensive,” like “I can get you a record deal. Here’s my number, hey, let’s have sex.” Sheila is also not shy about her disdain for the rise of music streaming venues like Spotify and Apple Music, telling Larry that “It’s kinda like stealing. I don’t like it, I don’t appreciate it, again it’s helping collapse this industry.”


Plus, Sheila plays Larry King’s signature trivia game, 'If You Only Knew,' in which she reveals the music collaboration she wishes to see in the near future and the most starstruck she's ever been. Prince’s longtime friend also discusses how the legendary 'Purple Rain' singer will be remembered 50 years down the road. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

MICHELLE OBAMA IS MAY COVERGIRL IN SEVENTEEN

First Lady Michelle Obama



NEW YORK, April, 15, 2016 – Seventeen, the largest monthly teen media brand, today unveiled the May 2016 flip issue featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and two real girl winners of the Seventeen Better Make Room essay contest on one cover, which opens to a 11-page commencement section, and singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor on the other. This marks the first time that a First Lady has appeared on the cover of Seventeen, and inside the First Lady offers advice to the winners—and all Seventeen readers!—on preparing for college.



In support of the Better Make Room campaign, launched by the First Lady, Seventeen’s essay contest asked girls to write about how they plan on using a higher education to pursue their dreams and help their communities. The contest, which received hundreds of submissions, had two winners—Gemma Busoni, 17, of California, and Zaniya Lewis, 18, of New Jersey. Both received an all-expenses paid trip for themselves and a chaperone to Washington, D.C., where they met the First Lady and interviewed her alongside Seventeen editor-in-chief Michelle Tan. Each winner also took home a $10,000 grant provided by Microsoft.



For the interview, the First Lady shared a personal story about her own perseverance: “…when it was time for me to apply to colleges there were some counselors who said, ‘Maybe, with Princeton, you’re reaching a little high.’ And I thought, ‘You really don’t think I can do it?’ But here’s what I did: I decided to ignore the doubters. I plunged ahead and got in. I went on to Harvard Law School and every step of the way I used those doubting voices as motivation.”



Other quotes from the First Lady’s interview include:


On knowing what you want to be when you grow up: "I always tell people, the question of what you want to be when you grow up is one that you will eternally be answering. I’m still asking myself that question! What am I going to do when I leave here? How do I want to impact the world? I’ve gotten used to the fact that I don’t have to know. I’m always going to be discovering new parts of myself, and you’ll find that you will be too.“

On whether she though she would become the First Lady: “… I never thought I’d be First Lady! [laughs] When I was growing up, the notion that we would have an African-American president, the possibility that we would have a woman president, that wasn’t even on the horizon. I didn’t believe it until we walked into the White House!”

On her advice for picking the right college: “The one thing I’ve been telling my daughters is that I don’t want them to choose a name. I don’t want them to think, ‘Oh I should go to these tops schools.’ We live in a country where there are thousands of amazing universities. So, the question is: What’s going to work for you?”

Better Make Room is a new public awareness campaign that calls on young Americans to seek higher education–whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university–and guides them through the steps to get there. The campaign also celebrates those reaching higher by spotlighting their higher education stories across various media and advertising platforms. User-generated content appears on the Better Make Room website, posters, outdoor street art, and more, allowing for self-expression, support and encouragement. Better Make Room is part of the Reach Higher initiative to create higher-education opportunities for low-income and minority youth.



“So much of Seventeen is about encouraging and empowering teens to reach their full potential,” said Tan. “It was an absolute thrill to give two incredible readers, Gemma and Zaniya, the opportunity to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, who is such an inspiration for those seeking higher education and the very definition of girl boss. Their honest and real conversation is the perfect way to kick off our bonus commencement section filled with life-changing advice for high school graduates.”



The special commencement section also includes edit from the First Lady on ten things to know before going to college and advice from six inspiring women—Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper, activist and model Ashley Graham, fashion designer and Celebrate author Lauren Conrad, Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo, Black Lives Matter Cofounder Opal Tometi, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cofounder Melinda Gates—for the Class of 2016.

Monday, March 07, 2016

JENNIFER GARNER ACCEPTS BAD THINGS HAPPEN

Jennifer Garner



E! News -- Jennifer Garner accepts that bad things happen to good people.


In her new movie, Miracles From Heaven, she plays Christy Beam, the real-life mom of a 10-year-old girl named Anna who was diagnosed with a fatal and incurable digestive disease. At one point in the film, Christy loses faith in God and stops going to church.


In the end, Anna is suddenly cured after she says she spoke to God during a freak accident left her unharmed after falling three stories to the bottom of a hollow tree.


Garner, herself, has never lost faith.


"You can't expect the world just to be good," Garner told me this weekend while promoting the movie. "You can't have faith if only good things are happening in the world. That's the whole point. You have to dig deeper to rely on something."


She explained further, "The world is a complicated place…The world is full of extreme views and complications and it's driven by all kinds of things out of our control."


Miracles From Heaven has inspired Garner to attend church services with her and Ben Affleck's three kids like she did when she was growing up in West Virginia.


"I hadn't been participating in giving them some kind of ground under them in the way that my parents had done for me,' she said. "I just expected them to have it because I do."


One thing she won 't be doing in front of the kids—cursing. A video of Garner reading Go the F--k to Sleep during her photo shoot for Vanity Fair recently went viral.


She said she hopes the kids "never" see the video. "That would not be OK with me," Garner said.


But then she admitted, "I can go through phases in life where I have a potty mouth but then I clean it back up because I really don't like to hear it so much."


Miracles From Heaven is in theaters on March 16.


Garner also weighed in the possibility of an Alias reunion. Click the video to below to hear what she had to say.




Friday, March 04, 2016

E! NEWS HAS CHRISTIAN BALE'S BEN AFFLECK ADVICE

Christian Bale



E! NEWS -- Christian Bale's Batman words of wisdom to Ben Affleck were pretty simple.


"Make sure you can piss in that suit," the Dark Knight actor told Affleck, who will make his debut as the Caped Crusader later this month in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.


In other words, Affleck made sure that his bat suit included an easy access zipper.


"It's essential," Bale told me while promoting his new movie Knight of Cups. "You don't feel much like a superhero when someone else has to help you pee."


Bale also revealed that he wasn't exactly happy when he first tried on his bat suit back in 2005 for Batman Begins.


"I felt ridiculous and stupid. It didn't fit," he said. "I just left like a rat prat. And then by the time it did fit, I was like I can't do this because I'm claustrophobic. I'm hyperventilating and they cast the wrong person."


Another first we talked about was Bale's first red carpet premiere. He was 14 and it was the royal premiere—Queen Elizabeth was in attendance!—of Empire of the Sun.


Bale was told he had to wear a tux. "I didn't know where to get a tux from and my dad didn't either," he remembered. "We went down that morning thinking, Oh, they got tons of tuxes probably and the only one that fit me was this white one with lifted flowers on it and bright red bow tie. I was mortified. But that's all they had and I turned up in this and everyone was like, 'You're outdoing everyone else, aren't ya?'"


When Bale moved to L.A. a few years later, he got his first taste of the city pretty quickly. "I was renting a place in North Hollywood and we'd arrived on our first night there and there had been shotguns out and choppers above. [They were] arresting somebody right next door to our house," Bale said. "It was the full-on introduction to L.A.


"And then within a couple of days [there was] a big earthquake," he continued. "I had 17 people sleeping on couches and stuff, all friends from England who had come out, and were all running around cheering, 'Earthquake! Earthquake!" and just loving it."


In Knight of Cups, Bale plays a divorced Hollywood screenwriter who seems to go to a lot of parties and sleeps with a lot of women, but makes trips to the desert for "real relaxation and cleansing."


Directed by Terrence Malick, there's not much dialogue in the film. The story is told through images and voiceovers. The cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Wes Bentley, Freida Pinto and Teresa Palmer with unexpected cameos by people like Joe Manganiello and Nick Kroll.


"I did hate it for the first year or two. I really did," Bale admits about his initial time in L.A. "Coming from a walking culture, I just don't want to do it. I don't know what to do here. I have to jump in the car all the time. And also, I would just roll up to people's houses without calling beforehand and just knock on the door and be like, 'Hey, how you doing, mate?' And they'd be like, 'What are you doing' and I'm like, 'I'm coming over to hang out,' because that's what we did in England…Here, it's like you just murdered their children with the look they gave you. It's insane."


He eventually grew to love the city—even if it included some car accidents. "I could drive but I would drive around without a license," Bale said. "I got into a couple of accidents but I manage to talk myself out before anyone knowing I didn't have a license at the time. I could drive, but I just hadn't taken many lessons."


For more of my chat with Mr. Bale, make sure to click the video above. Knight of Cups is in theaters today, March 4.



Thursday, February 11, 2016

THE VIEW COMPLETE BERNIE SANDERS INTERVIEW

Bernie Sanders



Yesterday on ABC’s “The View” Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with the co-hosts for his first interview following his New Hampshire primary win.



The Vermont senator discussed his victory and keeping momentum alive, education, Wall Street, gun control, the Flint water crisis and reaching out to the African American community. He also said some nice things about his opponents, tried his very own ice cream flavor for the first time and shot some hoops with the co-hosts. Senator Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders also spoke with co-hosts about Donald Trump. Take a look:

Bernie Sanders On The View



Bernie Sanders on New Hampshire Win & Education



WHOOPI GOLDBERG: We were so honored that he's making this his first stop right after that huge win. So please welcome Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.


AUDIANCE: Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie.



WG: First of all, congratulations on this win last night. I mean, it was quite something. But the whole -- the whole journey has been quite something. People fainting. They're screaming and passing out. So my question is, it's a wonderful thing that's happened, but how do you keep this momentum? How do you go to -- I don't know -- Nevada, how do you go to the Carolinas? How do you keep this going?


BERNIE SANDERS: With a lot of effort, I'll tell ya. There's a lot of hard work in front of us, but Whoopi, I think the message that we're bringing forth, that this country is supposed to be a nation of fairness, and we're not seeing that fairness right now. We have massive levels of income and wealth inequality, the 20th wealthiest people in America now own more wealth than the bottom 50%, 150 million people. As I go around the country, we're finding kids who leave school 50, $100,000 in debt.


JOY BEHAR: That's crazy.


BS: It is. We're punishing people for trying to get an education. What sense is that?


JB: I was telling you before which I've said on the show that when I went to college -- this is how old I am -- it was $24 a term at Queens College. That was free. That's free.


BS: And you had schools like the University of California, one of the great public university systems in the world, virtually tuition free. Today you go to Germany, Scandinavia -- I was at a meeting once and I said in Scandinavia college education is free and some kid from Finland raised his hand and said you're wrong. They pay us to go to college. The point being that countries issue investing in young people. They want the best educated workers.



Bernie Sanders on Tackling Wall Street


CANDACE CAMERON BURE: You said last night that Wall Street is running the country.

BS: Yes.

CCB: And that you implied that Hillary is tied to big banks and people are tired of the greed. Do you think that some of the votes you got in New Hampshire were from people just tired and not wanting to vote for Hillary?



BS: Let me give you an example. Everybody here knows that the greed and recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street drove this country into a horrible recession, right? Three weeks ago Goldman Sachs, one of the large financial institutions in the country, reached a settlement with the federal government for $5 billion. Okay? How many people in Goldman Sachs will now have a criminal record? Zero. Some kid in New York City picked up with marijuana today will have a police record for the rest of his life. But if you're an executive on Wall Street whose illegal behavior helped destroyed the economy, not a problem. And I think people are upset about that. 


AUDIENCE: Go Bernie!


JB: The kids love you.



Bernie Sanders On Gun Control



SUNNY HOSTIN: Senator Sanders, guns and gun violence in our country has become one of our nation's biggest problems. Hillary Clinton has argued repeatedly that you are out of step with what Progressive voters feel about gun control. Vermont has some of the most lax gun laws in our country and you have voted against the Brady bill. You did support allowing riders to bring guns in checked bags onto Amtrak trains. If you become president what will you do about guns in our nation?



BS: Let me just say right now about Amtrak, right now if you wanted to take a gun on an airplane and you checked it, you can do that so that's not a controversial issue. But here's the point. I resent people saying that I am out of touch. In 1988 I ran for the United States Congress from Vermont, okay? The gun people were against me because in 1988 I said I did not think it appropriate that we should be selling assault weapons in this country. I lost that election by three points, okay? I have consistently fought for instant background checks because at the end of the day what we want is to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them, people with criminal backgrounds, people mentally unstable. I want to work with President Obama to expand that right now. I am strongly supportive of doing away with what we call the gun show loophole which means that you can avoid the instant background check through the internet or a gun show, and you can buy a gun legally without having to go through the instant background check. So I think I am very much in tune with where the American people are in gun safety. 


WG: Let me -- I want to just ask you -- 


BS: And by the way, by the way, I have a D-minus voting record from the NRA. That should say something.




Bernie Sanders on EPA and Flint Water Crisis



WG: Say you get elected. You know you're going to be facing a house and senate that is really going to be, I feel, very obstructionist. I could be wrong, it's possible. How do you feel about the EPA and what's going on in Flint? What do you think we can do to prevent this kind of insanity from happening everywhere? Because we know there are a lot of states in the union right now that have these problems but nothing as bad as Flint has. What would you -- how would you get around these folks saying, oh, it's not a big deal?



BS: I think you have one of the great public health crises of our time.


WG: Yeah. 


BS: I have asked for governor Snyder's resignation. And I didn't say that easily. I didn't make that politically. The irresponsibility there in terms of what the government -- state government knew and should have done and did not do is literally beyond comprehension. What I will say to you, Whoopi, also as I think most people know, if that was an affluent white community I suspect government would have responded somewhat differently.


RS: Yes.



BS: But it's unspeakable tragedy because we're not going to know for many, many years what the long-term impact on brain development is for the kids right now. But the bottom line is if the state is not prepared to act, the federal government should act decisively in every respect.



Bernie Sanders on African American Community



BS: We have a lot of support within the African-American community, but I think most importantly, I think the reason we'll do well is our views on criminal justice in this country, and that is we have a broken criminal justice system. Why should we in America have more people in jail largely African-American and Latino than any other country on Earth? [ Applause ] And I think most Americans, black, white, Latino, whoever, understand that it is not acceptable to see unarmed people being shot by police officers. I'm a former mayor so I know most police officers work hard doing a very difficult job, but when a police officer breaks the law like any other public official, that officer must be held accountable. [ Applause ] And let me just say this. When youth unemployment in the African-American community, kids who are unemployed or underemployed for high school graduates is 51%, don't tell me we do not need to invest heavily in the African-American community and create decent paying jobs.



Bernie Sanders Says One Nice Thing About GOP Candidates



CCB: Since this political campaign at times has been a little bit nasty and since Valentine's Day is right around of the corner, I would like for you to say one nice thing, even if it's just one word, about the following people.

JB: Uh-oh, this is going to be challenging.

CCB: John Kasich.

BS: Old friend.

CCB: Donald Trump.

BS: What can I say?

CCB: One nice thing, come on, Bernie, one nice thing.

RS: Nice ties?

JB: Nice hair?

BS: Humble. [ Applause ]

CCB: Hillary Clinton.

BS: Intelligent.

CCB: Ted Cruz.

BS: Loud.

CCB: Is that nice? Okay, that's it.



Bernie Sanders Tastes His Ice Cream Flavor


RS: But you have your own flavor ice cream, just to lighten up the mood a little bit. [ Applause ] Bernie, are you lactose --

BS: I am not. I'm tasting this for the very first time.

CCB: What is it called?

RS: It's called Bernie's Yearnings. Ben and Jerry created one just for you and we had to show this.

BS: Mmm. [ Applause ] Really good. This is the first time I've tasted it.

RS: Did you like it?

BS: Excellent. I'm not just saying that because it's Bernie's yearning.



Bernie Sanders Plays Basketball With The View Co-Hosts


RS: You know it's funny because last night we saw you celebrating your win by shooting some hoops. Normally us girls here wear heels, but we decided to celebrate with you coming on the show by playing some basketball. Are you down for the cause?

BS: All right. Let's do it. [ Cheers and applause ]

RS: Everybody got on heels today. I don't play basketball.

[ Cheers and applause ]

BS: Come on, Whoopi.



Bernie Sanders' Wife Jane on Donald Trump



RS: I just want to point out that your wife is in the audience with us today. Thank you for coming. I have a question for you actually if it's okay. 


JANE SANDERS: Okay. 


RS: You have spoken out publicly about Donald Trump and the "Huffington Post" just labeled him as xenophobic and racist, but then you got -- you won and he won. What does that say about our country? We have such strong this and such loving this. What do you say about that? 


JS: I think they find a commonality, a surface commonality in terms of people saying what they think and not being part of the inside crowd, just saying whatever is polished and prepared by speech writers and by pollsters. I think that's the best face I can put on it considering Valentine's day is around the corner.

RS: Thank you.


Photos Courtesy Of: Lou Rocco/ABC NETWORK