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NOH8 – Behind the scenes at the LCO offices

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 21, 2011

Behind the scenes at the NOH8 photo/video shoot at the offices of LCO

Nichole is keeping the set quiet

Edmond is busy keeping clients happy

Jonathan smiles for the camera

Peace and love for everyone

Alex pointing out her newly designed cheek

Alex, Lavaille Lavette, and Barbara

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.

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Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 20, 2011

Artist to the stars. CNN talks with artist, Dick Zimmerman, a photographer and painter sought around the world by the rich and famous.

Check out Dick Zimmerman’s stellar segment with CNN’s Becky Anderson! He’s painted everyone from MJ for the Thriller album to Salvador Dali. CNN talks with artist, Dick Zimmerman



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Dick Zimmerman: Connect the World on CNN

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 13, 2011

LCO client and renowned portrait artist Dick Zimmerman has painted the world’s biggest names – from Michael Jackson to Salvador Dali to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  He even literally gave Michael Jackson the suit off his back for what later became the iconic cover of the smash hit album Thriller.  Zimmerman works out of his studios in Tampa, Florida and Los Angeles, and has been creating portraits for nearly four decades. Described as one of the most well-known portrait artists of the 20th century, Zimmerman says his work “captures the subtleties of the soul”.

Dick’s segment will air tomorrow night (Thursday 4/14) @ 4pm ET- The Segment usually airs at 4:45pm ET so make sure to check it out!

For further info click here.

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“Where is Vivian Now?”

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 12, 2011


WANTED (badly)

The Worldwide “Where is Vivian Now?” Contest

David, world-renowned masterpiece portrait artist Dick Zimmerman – the man, the legend who painted MJ for what went on to become the iconic Thriller album cover – seeks any and all information leading to his reunion with the subject of his iconic painting, “Vivian.”

S/he who supplies information leading to Vivian’s return to Zimmerman, who is looking to do a then (the original dating back to 1971) and now follow-up portrait,  will receive a full 20×24 oil painting on canvas (valued at well over $50,000) by the artist.

Serious inquiries only need apply.

About Dick Zimmerman
Dick Zimmerman’s unique and refined technology in portraiture captures and enhances the essence of the subject’s beingness. His paintings communicate life and energy captured in a preservation of a moment in time. Zimmerman has created hundreds of portrait commissions, which range from actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Michael Jackson, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley to icons such as Aaron Spelling, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Zimmerman has also had the rare honor of having the great artist Salvador Dali and his wife Gala sit for their fiftieth anniversary portraiture. His work has been exhibited all over the world.  For more info about Dick click here.

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Mark Joseph: “The ‘Narnia’ Films Are Something of a Miracle”

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 5, 2011

Yesterday on FoxNews.com, LCO Client, producer and author of the new book “The Lion The Professor & The Movies: Narnia’s Journey To The Big ScreenMark Joseph talked about why in this day in age in Hollywood, the “Narnia” films are something of a miracle.  In his poignant post, Joseph reminds traditionalist of the impact this movie series has made by bringing the Christian message to the mainstream.

Check out Joseph’s view on Christianity going mainstream:  Hollywood and the Miracle of ‘Narnia’

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Schwarzenegger’s New Gig?

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 3, 2011

As gubernatorial power changes hands today in California (Jerry Brown returns to serve a 3rd term), many are wondering what’s next for the body-builder turned actor turned politician Arnold Schwarenegger.  Well, he’s currently sorting trough all types of offers from Hollywood and the literary but doesn’t quite have his next steps mapped out.  I guess he joins the other 9.8% of American’s out of work right now.  Check out the article below.

From the Associated Press

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is sifting through a stack of corporate, Hollywood and real estate offers as the celebrity politician nears an inevitable career crossroad: On Monday, he’s out of a job.

His next act? After seven years in Sacramento, the former strongman and film star will by his own account hit the speech circuit, keep a hand in political activism and possibly write the autobiography that publishers have wanted him to do for years.  Schwarzenegger says he even might get back into acting if the right script comes along — presumably one appropriate for a 63-year-old father of four with political baggage, advancing age lines and a tinge of gray.

“Will I still have the patience to sit on the set and to do a movie for three months or for six months, all of those things? I don’t know,” the governor tweeted in October in a rare exchange about his future plans.

Spokesman Aaron McLear says Schwarzenegger is sorting out “an absolute flood of every conceivable offer” from the corporate world, real estate ventures and the entertainment industry, but the governor insists he won’t make any decisions until after he surrenders the office to his successor, Democrat Jerry Brown.

“I don’t have a plan,” Schwarzenegger told hundreds of supporters and staffers at a private farewell party in Sacramento last month.

He was less guarded in October when, along with plans for speeches and a book or two, he hinted broadly at a continuing role with the environment and political reform, issues that have become part of his mixed legacy at the statehouse.

In the absence of a global climate-change treaty, Schwarzenegger has urged state and regional governments around the world to address greenhouse gases. This month California regulators approved the nation’s most extensive system giving major polluters financial incentives to discharge fewer greenhouse gases, a key piece of a 2006 climate law championed by the governor.

“There are a lot of important things that I want to say,” Schwarzenegger tweeted. “My struggle for reform will continue, my belief in environmental issues and in protecting the environment will continue.”

One thing is certain: The multimillionaire Schwarzenegger will start earning money, after passing up his $174,000 salary throughout his two terms. His time in office left the governor with plenty of political welts, but the biggest hit was on his own wallet.

State records show Schwarzenegger dumped at least $25 million in direct and indirect payments into two campaigns for governor and other political ventures since 2001, no small sum even for an actor who once commanded $30 million a movie.

That doesn’t include travel costs. He often commuted from Los Angeles to Sacramento several times a week in a private jet at his own expense. He, wife Maria Shriver and his children never moved to Sacramento, preferring their secluded canyon estate a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.

His assets have been held in a private trust since he took office in 2003, but he can return to managing his portfolio, deep in real estate holdings, after stepping down.

His Hollywood future will be the subject of endless speculation. Hollywood insiders say he could take a role as producer or director, but don’t look for him to reappear as a hulking screen hero swinging an automatic weapon.

“He’s a wealthy and clever man. Wealthy and clever men have lots of possibilities,” said longtime Hollywood publicist Michael Levine (Founder of Levine Communications Office), who has represented Academy Award winners such as Charlton Heston and Jon Voight.

But the messy work of politics “tarnished his superhero persona,” Levine says. “He can get into anything that doesn’t involve politics or acting.”

One way to understand the governor’s future is to look at his past.

Schwarzenegger rarely leaves anything behind. He might have spent years bickering over budget deficits and public pensions in Sacramento, but he maintained strong ties in the sports world and entertainment industry.

He has staged sports and fitness events in Ohio since 1989, and even while in office he made cameo appearances in films, most recently in friend Sylvester Stallone’s action flick, “The Expendables.”

Some of his Hollywood friends were on hand at his exit party, giving a peek into the private life to which he returns in January — Stallone, Tom Arnold, Jay Leno and Danny DeVito.

Schwarzenegger long ago tamped down the showy lifestyle of his glory days in Hollywood — his gas-swilling Hummers now run on clean fuels. Wild nights? In his spare time he likes to work out and dote on his kids.

He says a fun night can be watching a movie at home or going out to dinner with the family, although he gets out for an occasional motorcycle ride around Los Angeles.

The seven-time Mr. Olympia appears robust despite a string of medical problems: He had a heart valve replaced in 1997, a 2001 motorcycle crash left him with several broken ribs, he had rotator cuff surgery in 2003, went to a hospital complaining of a rapid heartbeat in 2005, and broke an upper thigh bone while skiing in 2006.

He’s acknowledged using steroids in his bodybuilding days, before they became illegal without a prescription, but it’s unknown whether the drugs that can cause heart problems have had anything to do with any of his health issues.

Schwarzenegger and his wife are known for charitable work, which is expected to continue, and he also founded a committee with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to encourage road, bridge and other infrastructure development.

Another run for political office appears unlikely. The moderate Republican will leave Sacramento unpopular with state voters, and he has often noted how his wife never wanted him to enter politics. He often sounds dismayed at the dysfunction within the Legislature.

In a way, he doesn’t need to. If he chooses, Schwarzenegger and his circle of wealthy friends can finance ballot proposals that can reshape state politics.

Shriver, for her part, has chafed at questions about her future.

A power in her own right during Schwarzenegger’s term, the 54-year-old former TV journalist is best known for running an annual women’s conference that attracted a long list of business, political and entertainment luminaries, along with an audience of thousands.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver each declined interview requests from The Associated Press.

In 2007, Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty, said she wouldn’t resume a TV news career after the media circus surrounding Anna Nicole Smith’s accidental drug overdose. “It was then that I knew that the TV news business had changed and so had I,” she said at the time. In a 2009 interview with AP, she said “I’m too much of a free spirit” to consider running for elective office.

As with Schwarzenegger, she’s being approached by businesses and nonprofits with ideas for the future. She has a strong interest in Alzheimer’s disease, which afflicts her father, R. Sargent Shriver, a 1972 vice presidential candidate. Her late mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded the Special Olympics, where Maria Shriver serves on the board. She’s made documentaries, including on Alzheimer’s.

“I love the possibility that good journalism can inspire people and educate people if done well. I think there are many opportunities to do certain forms of journalism,” she said in 2008.

Could Shriver become another Oprah Winfrey? Establish a women’s conference as a private venture? Turn back to journalism?

What’s next?

“I have no idea,” she told reporters last week.

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Check Out Paul Stanley’s Latest Interview on KNBC Tonight

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 16, 2010

LCO client Paul Stanley was in an interview shown last night on KNBC tonight discussing his amazing artwork. In case you missed the interview last night, you may click here or on the picture and view what he said on NBC’s website.

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Doonby Star Pays Tribute to a Legend

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 15, 2010

Crooner and Doonby (doonbythemovie.com) star Robert Davi proved his vocal chops (who knew) when he covered Frank Sinatra during the encore of his performance in the Phil Ramone-produced musical “Lanza”.  Now Davi takes it to the next level with an all out tribute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes” on January 15 in his show ” Davi Sings Sinatra: A tribute to Frank Sinatra, the Great American Songbook, and America” at the Thousand Oaks Performance Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA.

From davisingssinantra.com

“Davi will bring to life his love letter to Sinatra and The Great American Songbook – composed by many of America’s greatest songwriters and lyricists.   Sinatra, he believes, is the greatest singing genius that America has ever produced and the songs he sang represent nothing less than the “Shakespeare of America.” The Great American Songbook – composed in the early to mid 20th century – crossed and continues to cross all cultural boundaries. And why? They touch the heart and move the soul; they can bring you to tears; and they can make you swing.  The American Songbook, in fact, is one of the reasons why the world fell in love with America and Sinatra is its definitive interpreter.”

Davi will continue to get his “croon” on when he releases his upcoming album “Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance” set to release in Spring 2011.

For details on his upcoming performance, visit davisingssinantra.com.  And be on the look out for Robert Davi in Doonby (doonbythemovie.com ) set for release in Spring 2011.

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Passion – Focus – Results

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 6, 2010

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Michael Levine Gets Bronzed

Posted by Levine Communications Office on August 13, 2010

Sculptor Victor Issa is known for his unique ability to shape bronze into extremely lifelike figures. He has been sculpting for nearly twenty years and his works have been featured in exhibitions since 1985. Although it has been about two years since updating his newsletter “Creating Living Bronze”, Issa has been busy and productive creating these wonderful works of art that he is best known for. This past year, Issa worked with the Levine Communications Office founder, Michael Levine in creating a bronze portrait bust of him. Michael Levine is featured in Volume 12, Issue 1 of “Creating Living Bronze” as seen below.

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