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Tim Holmes on How to Gain Weight For Oz the Great and Powerful

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 22, 2013

By Jenn

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Tim has been an action-suspense actor and stuntman and—after taking off some time to raise his 3-year-old twin boys—had missed a workout here or there to focus on being a father. When he landed the Oz role though, that all changed. To live up to the “Strongman” name, Tim ended up putting on 25 pounds of muscle in three months. Three months! Read on for more on how he did it naturally, what his workouts were like and what the whole experience and role taught him!

FBG: How did you go about gaining 25 pounds of muscle?

TH: Gaining 25 pounds took me a total of three months to do. It was not all muscle though, a lot of fat was there, as well. The first thing I did was go to the local health food store and ask the guy with the giant muscles who worked there what I should buy. He helped me create a routine that included about 20 pills a day, weight-gain powder, protein powder and creatine. I ate all day long; ice cream weight-gain powder shakes, red meat and every carb you can imagine. I worked out seven days a week using all free weights. I did five exercises for every body part, each with rep sets of  12-10-9-8, using the heaviest possible weight I could lift. I used a lot of people to get those heavy sets done.

1st day: chest and triceps

2nd day: back and biceps

3rd day: legs

4th day: shoulders, biceps and triceps

5th day: back and chest

6th day: biceps and triceps

7th day: legs and shoulders

FBG: Did you do it in a healthy way?

TH: I was under a serious time crunch while……

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Chad Kultgen – The Average American Marriage: A Novel – Author Interview

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 21, 2013

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1. How did you come up with the title?
It’s a sequel to the Average American Male. I knew I wanted to keep the “Average American” part and now that the main character is married, it seemed like a logical progression to call it “The Average American Marriage.”

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Marriage in the modern world can’t exist in the same form it has for the past hundred years. Monogamy and acceptance of a decreased sexual relationship with your spouse over time are things of the past.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
There are no fantasy or science fiction elements of the book so one hundred percent of it is realistic in that sense. If you’re asking me subjectively how much of the book is realistic, you’d have to ask every person who reads the book to answer that question for themselves.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
No.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Forcing myself to think like a married man with kids.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I don’t know if I learned anything, but I did reaffirm my personal decision to never have children.

 

Read the rest of the interview at Tribute Book Reviews

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Randy Rhoads Remembered: An Interview With Ron Sobol, Author Of Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 21, 2013

By: Leslie Michele DerroughRandy-Rhoads-Book-Cover[1]

“He was a beautiful man.” That is how Ozzy Osbourne remembers the young guitar player who joined his first solo band following Ozzy’s departure from Black Sabbath. Ozzy wanted the best players that he could find to prove to not only his former band-mates but to the music world in general that he was not washed up. It took only seconds for him to fall in love with Randy Rhoads, who at the time was in the popular LA band Quiet Riot, thus securing Rhoads one of the hottest spots in the metal establishment.
Sadly, he was not long for this world. At 25, Rhoads was killed in a freak plane crash while on tour with Ozzy in 1982. In fact, this week marks the 31st anniversary of his death. Not surprisingly, Rhoads’ music remains as much a part of present day rock & roll as it ever did. But while his short tenure in Ozzy’s band is what most people hearken to, it was his time in the early days of Quiet Riot that enriched his soul. And those days have been beautifully captured in Ron Sobol’s magnificent book, Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years.

The oversize book, which is accompanied by a delicious documentary featuring live footage and interviews, brings to life the Randy Rhoads who was a friend and band-mate, practical joker and budding guitar player. With treasured ephemera such as show flyers and ticket stubs, candid memories and hundreds of priceless photographs, this book is a must-have for Rhoads fans, Quiet Riot fans and music fans overall. Sobol has taken great care in putting the book together, formatted like a scrapbook from some of the best times of his life. The pages are laid out for optimal visual devourment and the memories are kept satisfyingly short, just sumptuous enough without the heaviness of too much detail. As with Sean Yseult’s 2010 White Zombie memoir, which was also published in a scrapbook-like presentation, Sobol has given fans the best gift they could wish for: a peek inside one of their favorite musician’s lives where every little detail is a treasure being unwrapped.

It must also be noted that although there is a heavy focus on Rhoads, there is another musician who lived this life with him. His name was Kevin DuBrow and although his reputation as a wild & crazy personality remains a part of his legacy, Sobol, who was best friends with DuBrow since before QR was formed, has also brought to light a young, bubbly teenager who idolized Humble Pie and Rod Stewart and wanted nothing more than to be a rock star.

The DVD is a treasure trove of live Quiet Riot footage and interviews with band members Rudy Sarzo and Drew Forsyth, Rhoads’ guitar tech Brian Reason, fan club president Lori Hollen, DuBrow’s mother and Rhoads’ girlfriend. You see the band frolicking in dresses that were found in a dressing room, performing at a Chili festival and Rhoads taking your breath away playing a live guitar solo.

Last month, I talked to Sobol about his youthful days with Quiet Riot, his love for photography and why he decided to finally share his memories of Randy Rhoads, Kevin DuBrow, Kelly Garni, Drew Forsyth and Rudy Sarzo.

Why was this the right time to put this book together? And how long did it take you once you got started on the project?

It took about two years and it was put together because I was asked if I wanted to have some of my photographs in another book and I liked the way that other book came out. So I asked them if they could do a book with my photographs. It was going to be a book with not just my Quiet Riot pictures but I used to shoot other rock bands, like Queen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick. Once it started to be put together there were so many Quiet Riot pictures we decided to do a book about Quiet Riot’s Randy Rhoads years.

Do you think you will eventually do the other book?

It depends on how successful this one is. This came out pretty much in December so it’s only been out a little while and it’s just really hitting the public now. So we’ll see what happens. It’s a possibility.

I’ve seen some of your other photographs on your Facebook page.

Yeah but I don’t put my best pictures on there (laughs) I save the best ones for something like a book. The ones I’m putting up there are mostly my rejects (laughs) You know, it’s funny, because I just put a picture of Randy when he was in Ozzy up on a Randy Rhoads page on Facebook; well, there are actually a lot of them but this one has 138,000 people following it. So I put a picture up and I got like the greatest reaction to it but to me it was a reject. But everybody loved it. I guess what I think isn’t good necessarily doesn’t mean that it’s not good, know what I mean. Maybe I’m my own worst editor (laughs)

You have a great one of Queen on there. I don’t know how that can be a reject.

(laughs) Well, thank you very much. A lot of those pictures were sent to Japan and they never sent them back to me. I used to shoot for Japanese magazine so a lot of my stuff is in Japan in some drawer I’m sure and I’ll never get it back. Back in those days, it wasn’t like anybody thought to save the pictures necessarily. I didn’t really think about that then. But now it’s the big thing where people want older pictures from then. Fortunately, I saved most of my Quiet Riot ones. But some are still in a drawer somewhere in Japan.

When you were putting this book together, how did it make you feel?

You mean did I get emotional? Well, you know, the kind of emotion I got was excitement from finding pictures that I had forgotten about. Like the picture of Randy with, how should you say, that sexual anatomy guitar (laughs). I had forgotten about that picture and it wasn’t something I remembered until I found it. I went, “Wow, look at this. This is great. This is perfect for the book.” The mug shot pictures towards the back of the book, I forgot all about those until the book writer said to me, “Do you still have the intro tape?” Quiet Riot used to go out to an intro tape, which was about five minutes long, where there was police siren sounds and crowd noises and explosions and there was a guy announcing, “We’ve just received word of a riot that has broken out downtown.” I took mug shots of the band and we used to project them up on the screen for that intro. Well, I forgot about that. I guess I’m going into a pretty long story but I was searching everywhere and I thought, Oh man, I got to find those. I searched for like three days looking for them. Finally, I found them in a corner in a lonely box all by itself. I was so excited to find those. That would be the emotions I had as far as the book. As far as the movie, every time I watch it I get choked up at the end with Kevin and Randy’s passing.

Read the rest of the interview at Glide Magazine

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Actor Pulls Back Curtain in OZ Movie on Dr. Carole’s Couch

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 20, 2013

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Tim Holmes, plays the circus Strongman in the box- office hit movie Oz: The Great and Powerful. He takes us behind the scenes to reveal what it was like to work on this blockbuster, and how he realized his dream of being featured in it.

Listen to the interview on VoiceAmerica

 

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Q&A: MMA legend Tito Ortiz gone, but not forgotten

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 19, 2013

By: Brantley Watson

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Tito Ortiz had a plan. He would wrestle in the Olympics or he would become a schoolteacher.

If you ask Ortiz, he didn’t come close to either. He simply surpassed both.

Ortiz is arguably the most famous mixed martial artist in the history of the sport. He was a pioneer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, headlining a majority of the company’s inaugural major events and representing one of only nine members in the UFC Hall of Fame.

Now Ortiz, 38, has stepped away from the ring for good. He has a clothing line, he manages fighters and he’s a father. He owns and helps operate Punishment Training Center in Huntington Beach.

The same spark and bravado that made Ortiz a star, whether you hate or love him, keep him relevant in the world of MMA.

Ortiz checked in with the Register to talk about what it was like growing up in Huntington Beach, why he’s the most famous MMA fighter in the world and when he knew it was time to hang up the gloves.

Q: You grew up in Huntington Beach, wrestling at Huntington Beach High and at Golden West College. What influence has growing up and competing in Huntington Beach had on your career?

A: I think it had a great influence on me. From age 6 to 13, I lived in Santa Ana. One of my friends got shot and killed, and when my mom saw that, she left my father, got remarried and moved to Huntington Beach.

When we got here, I was still kind of hanging out with the wrong people, but the police were cracking down more on the gangs here and got rid of them really quick. Then, I found wrestling.

Wrestling saved my life. I was a big fan of the (World Wrestling Federation), so I walked into the gym at Huntington Beach High looking for the ring, and I realized they were two different sports (laughs). My real name is Jacob, and in the Bible, Jacob wrestled against an angel and the angel beat him. The angel saved his life. What a coincidence.

If it wasn’t for the wrestling program, I wouldn’t be where I am. It gave me the thought process that I have to do well in school to compete in wrestling and that’s what kept me focused and taught me discipline and dedication.

Q: How’d you get into MMA and the UFC?

A: I took a year off after wrestling in high school because I kind of just lost my way. I was headed down a bad road, hanging with the wrong people and doing the wrong things. So my high school wrestling coach, Paul Herrera, saw me at a club one night and asked what I was doing with myself. I told him I was trying to make ends meet.

He asked was I OK, and I didn’t really understand what he meant. He asked if I wanted to come back to wrestling and try to get financial aid at Golden West College. I went home that Saturday night, looked in the mirror, and I didn’t recognize myself at all. I was 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and doing meth. I realized I was turning into my parents, and it scared me.

So Monday, I told my job I couldn’t come in, and they said if I didn’t come in, I was fired. So I quit, and that was a huge chance. I walked into my coach’s office that day, and he couldn’t believe I showed up. So that year, Paul Herrera was coaching a guy named Tank Abbott that fought in the UFC. He needed someone to wrestle with Tank and help him get ready for a fight.

Then I met a guy that I beat in the state wrestling tournament, Jerry Bohlander, and he was fighting in the UFC. I told Tank that I wanted to give the UFC a try. So Tank helped me get a fight, but my school said if I did, I couldn’t get any prize money because I was an amateur wrestler and I wasn’t professional. The UFC was going to give me around $20,000, and I waived it. I fought for free on May 30, 1997, for the first time.

Q: How’d you get the nickname, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy?”

A: I was brash. I was a young kid that spoke his mind. It just goes back to me living on the streets and not holding anything back. I attacked the guys who I fought.

I watched Muhammad Ali talk trash in boxing, and I figured I could do the same thing in MMA. I wanted to manipulate someone’s mind so they’re not thinking about the fight, they’re thinking about how bad they want to kill me. It was psychological warfare. I would say a lot of rash things about my opponent.

Find the rest of the interview in The OC Register

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Richard Gordon – Healing with Quantum Touch – The Value of Love: Accelerating the Healing Process

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 19, 2013

THE MORNING SHOW
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Patrick Timpone

Richard Gordon

Quantum-Touch 2.0: The New Human

Our Love is a Real Force That Changes the World

What if everyone had the innate ability to quickly and easily do powerful energy healing, on themselves and others, even at a great distance and across time? It would change our whole notion of what a human being is, what we can accomplish, and how we can evolve our civilization.

Everyone does have this innate ability, asserts author Richard Gordon. We just need someone to point it out to us, show us how to use it, and then return us to our daily lives, enhanced, transformed, and empowered. This is what he does, clearly and simply, in Quantum-Touch 2.0: The New Human.

The originator of the Quantum-Touch energy healing method, Richard Gordon has been refining and augmenting Quantum-Touch since the publication of his best-selling book Quantum-Touch: The Power to Heal. He shares his latest and most revolutionary discoveries in this new book, taking Quantum-Touch to a far more expanded and powerful level. Science assumes that we are separate, and that our thoughts don’t affect the outer reality. This notion is something that each of us can clearly demonstrate to be untrue.

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Tito Ortiz on with Canada AM

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 18, 2013

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Former heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz, after UFC.

Watch the interview HERE

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Television Star Turns Ear To Radio

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 18, 2013

By: Alyson Ward

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Janine Turner has declared her new radio show “the no-blame-game zone.”

Turner, a Texan – and yes, the actress who played Maggie O’Connell in “Northern Exposure” – has spent the past few years mastering politics and American history. Monday, she makes her Houston radio debut with a two-hour talk show.

“The Janine Turner Radio Show” premieres on KPRC-AM (950). The two-hour program will air live, 5-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. KPRC is the first AM station to carry the new show, which also can be heard on Sirius XM Radio (channel 166) and through iHeartRadio online.

No doubt about it: This is conservative talk radio. But Turner, despite her political leanings, doesn’t want to just preach to the choir. Heck, she’d love it if some Democrats tuned in – or even called in.

“What I’m concerned about is Americans almost flat-out don’t want to speak to each other anymore,” Turner, 50, said in a phone interview last week. “All these prejudices just pop up. We’re forgetting we’re American.”

Turner’s show will follow the tried-and-true talk radio formula: She’ll start with a monologue, interview guests and then take calls from listeners. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News will be one of her first guests. Also lined up for this week are Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Larry Kudlow of CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” and George P. Bush, who has just announced he’s running for Texas land commissioner.

That’s a decidedly conservative line up, but Turner envisions her show as more positive and productive than other talk radio. She doesn’t want to condemn one party or one politician for all the nation’s woes.

“We have to stop blaming,” Turner said. “We can still be opinionated, but I want to be the solution and not the problem.”

Turner’s show had humble beginnings. A couple of years ago, she started recording podcasts from her bedroom using an iPhone. She distributed the podcasts through social media, and a few months later an AM station in Dallas gave her a two-hour time slot on Saturday nights. The weekly Dallas Observer called it the best radio talk show in town.

Read the rest of the article at The Houston Chronicle

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How to make ourselves more attractive to date (without being easy)

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 18, 2013

By: Aly Walansky

Being attractive to a man in today’s high-supply sexual economy means far more than being sexually attractive.

These days, sex is cheap. A well-worded text can lead to some canoodling, which makes dating successfully even harder than ever. Being different means being the one to win the race.

Famous evolutionary psychologist David Buss, Ph.D., says the only way to compete successfully for desirable men is by embodying what men want. “If women are seeking a long-term mate, they need to embody what men want in a long-term mate. Although attractiveness is important, other qualities include loyalty, fidelity, kindness, intelligence, dependability and good health. These are all qualities that are under women’s control, at least to some degree.”

Aspire (don’t despair!)

As boring as it may seem, your best odds of success will come when you start to hang out with happy couples. “Sixty percent of married couples meet through a married friend. Marriage is like a born-again religion!” says Dr. Buss. Once couples have marital bliss, you are compelled to share it. I must warn you though, it will take some time and you may feel like the third or fifth wheel at a few dinner tables, but before long, one of those married women will find a dude at her office for you.

Make the effort

Bad Girls and why men love them

Every woman can and should make herself more physically attractive if she wants to catch a prince. Yes, life isn’t fair, but men are visual and grow up on images of Barbie and beer ads, says Dr. Carole Lieberman, M.D., media psychiatrist and author of Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn their Secrets and Bad Boys: Why We Love Them, How to Love with Them, And When to Leave Them. No matter how close you come to fitting that description, you can certainly do better — starting with a warm smile that lights up your face.

Good grooming is essential. It tells a guy how much you value yourself. Nails, hair, makeup, clean clothes and so on — can all do you in if they’re not polished. Also, “Don’t dress like a tramp, but show off your best assets — one at a time. Wear a conversation starter, such as a hat or a T-shirt with an intriguing saying or logo on it. Guys need help starting up a conversation,” says Dr. Lieberman.

Play it smart

Don’t seem desperate and hungry for a man — even if you are. Have an active social life with friends. This tells him you’re not just waiting around for the one,” says Dr. Lieberman.

 

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Internship Positions Available

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 17, 2013

We are in search of hardworking and dedicated interns to assist Account Executives and Founder, Michael Levine.

For consideration please submit your updated resume and cover letter to mlasst@lcoonline.com.

** Cover letter must include the following:

  1. Why are you the best candidate for The LCO Internship Program?
  2. What goals do you hope to gain from this internship?
  3. What attributes do you intend to bring to the company?
  4. How important is professionalism in a workplace?

REQUIREMENTS:
-Must be able to work 2-4 days out of the week.
-Must be able to work from 9:00-7:30 on your scheduled days
-Available to interview as soon as possible

JOB DUTIES
-Administrative tasks (filing, making copies, etc.)
-Like all internships, you are given administrative duties in the beginning and task levels will be built up once you’ve proven yourself, if you have a problem with this please do not bother applying
-Research
-Attend/Plan Events
All Interns who have successfully completed the LCO Internship Program will receive the following:
-Letter of Recommendation from one of the most prominent entertainment publicists
-Certificate of internship completion
-INCREDIBLE entertainment industry references & networking opportunities
-Entertainment industry experience for your resume
-School credit if applicable **DON’T NEED TO BE A STUDENT
-This is an unpaid internship, but once completed there is employment potential

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