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Documentary Film, Unacceptable Levels, Debuts

Posted by Levine Communications Office on June 7, 2013

By: Jacqueline Smith

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‘Unacceptable Levels’, a film by first-time documentarian Ed Brown, will kick off its summer theater tour with a bicoastal premiere.  On the West Coast, a gala event will take place at the New People Cinema 1746 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94115 at 3:00pm on Sunday June 2, 2013

A gala event will take place at the Historic Balboa Theatre 3630Balboa Street San Francisco, CA 94121 at7:00pm and 9:00pm on Wednesday July 10, 2013.  A gala event will take place at the Clay Theater 2261 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94115 at 7:30pm on Thursday July 11, 201

On the East Coast, a gala event will take place at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at 144 W. 65th St. New York, New York 10023 at 6:30pm on Friday May 31, 2013 

and 3:30pm on Tuesday June 4, 2013.

Sponsored by Healthy Child Healthy World, it will shine the spotlight on a film whose themes are of vital importance. The same night, Clean Water Action Connecticut leads a coalition in sponsoring Unacceptable Levels on the East Coast.

This innovative documentary brings knowledge of daily chemical risks to the public, examining separate avenues of exposure as well as chronicling the history of industrial chemicals and their regulation in the United States. Shot and edited almost entirely by Brown, it is the result of three years of arduous travel­ and research. Over 40 luminaries in environmental advocacy, science, and law participated in the creation of the film, granting interviews to the maverick director. Uniting the testimonies of experts across disciplines and areas of focus, ‘Unacceptable Levels’ is comprehensive in scope.

I made this movie because I couldn’t ignore the effects of chemicals on my family. I had to find out more.  – Ed Brown
 The director’s inspiration is indeed apparent in the work, in which his children and wife appear periodically. The interplay of facts and personal history is central to the success of ‘Unacceptable Levels’ as a film and an educational tool, combining the weight of expert interviewees with the universality of family.
On the heels of winning the 30th International Environmental Film Festival, Health and Environment Film Prize, ‘Unacceptable Levels’ was chosen by Lincoln Center Film Society to open its Green Screens environmental film series. It was also selected for the San Francisco Green Film Festival occurring days later. Los Angeles and Connecticut represent the first in a series of theater screenings throughout the summer, including premieres in Austin, Boulder, Chicago, and Washington, DC.
The release of ‘Unacceptable Levels’ comes at a time of growing awareness of chemicals on human and environmental health. Consumers are increasingly demanding safer products, and state and local legislative efforts are gaining traction, approving regulations on things from baby bottles to thermal receipts. On the federal level, the Safe Chemicals Act was reintroduced to the Senate in 2013, as was the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. These would patch gaping regulatory holes in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the 1976 law governing the introduction of chemicals into our system of commerce. Unacceptable Levels demonstrates the limitations of TSCA and profiles the effects of the outdated policy on daily life.

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Conservative activist James O’Keefe talks citizen journalism at ‘Hating Breitbart’ screening

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 15, 2013

By: Patrick Svitek

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Conservative activist James O’Keefe on Tuesday urged Chicago-area fans of Andrew Breitbart to take it upon themselves to continue the late provocateur’s legacy.

“I can’t do it alone,” O’Keefe told about 40 people in a Technological Institute auditorium. “They have come at me with everything. I’m still standing.”

O’Keefe, who brought down community-organizing giant ACORN with a series of undercover videos, was on campus to help promote “Hating Breitbart,” a new documentary about the controversial blogger’s life. The film follows Breitbart as he navigates several muckraking projects, leading up to his involvement in the sexting scandal that culminated in the resignation of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).

Breitbart unexpectedly died of heart failure last year after what director Andrew Marcus described as an “incredibly stressful lifestyle.”

Dane Stier, vice president of special events for NU College Republicans, called Breitbart a “very powerful voice for conservatives” and applauded the film for highlighting his jocular personality.

“The documentary showed a side of him we’re not entirely used to in terms of how other media portray Andrew Breitbart,” said Stier, a Weinberg junior.

After an advance screening of “Hating Breitbart,” O’Keefe and Marcus answered audience questions on topics ranging from O’Keefe’s next stories to the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers’ rumored interest in buying Tribune Co.

Asked how online pioneers like Breitbart could gain more traction outside conservative circles, O’Keefe stressed his followers have to understand where widespread exposure lies.

“You have to get covered by the mainstream media,” O’Keefe said. “That’s what success is.”

O’Keefe took particular aim at journalism schools, including the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. He laughed as he recalled walking through the McCormick Tribune Center earlier Tuesday, holding up a video camera and finding visibly uncomfortable students.

“There is a sort of fascist disposition toward what I do” at places like Medill, O’Keefe said.

Stier said he invited “at least a dozen” Medill professors to attend the discussion, but none showed up.

Marcus took a broader view of the state of journalism education, stressing today’s students must learn from Breitbart and build their own brands.

“They’re going to find out themselves on their own,” Marcus said. “They need to be creative about what they’re going to do.”

 Find the article at The Daily Northwestern

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Amanda Bynes’ Cryptic Tweet

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 13, 2013

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What happen to that funny girl from Big Fat Liar?  Is Amanda showing signs of depression?

It seems the pressures of fame, celebrity and transitioning from child start to adult star didn’t work in Amanda’s favor and like most child stars who go through this stage of their life fall hard.

The child star seems to have fallen deeper down the rabbit hole!

Not only has Amanda gained social media fame and strange tweet’s from fans supporting her awkward behavior. The Easy A star post a comment about NOT being loved, which are red flags that she NEEDS HELP desperately!

Amanda left followers baffled after she posted this Twitter:

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A post like this should worry Amanda’s family and alert friends that something is seriously wrong and they should seek help for Amanda. We spoke with renowned Beverly Hills media psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman and author of “Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets” to touch on Amanda’s bizarre and strange behavior.  In an EXCLUSIVE interview with us, Dr Lieberman gave us ample insight into “child star syndrome” which you will be able to hear later this week.

Why is Amanda acting this way and what is really bothering her is still a mystery, however, Dr. Carole Lieberman did reveal to us the Hairspray star started  when she was 7 years old at comedy camp, something that her father wanted to do, since he always wanted to be a stand-up comic, but instead became a dentist.

It seems that Amanda has been living her father’s dream and since she announced that she has quit acting she is on a rebellious,yet downward spiral.  Her Tweet’s have been weird for the most part, but today’s Tweet is over the top.  Many young adults have said crazy things like the above tweet regarding love and being unloved.

We are just worried that Amanda may hurt herself. Yes we know we could be reading too much into this, but we’d rather see Amanda back on her feet healthy and strong instead of saying R.I.P.

Where is her family and why are they not helping her like Britney Spears father, who helped Britney clean up and get her life back on track?

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How to Protect Your Children from Online Predators

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 13, 2013

By: Kim Garst

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The web has such amazing opportunities for our children and families, doesn’t it? Who would have guessed when we were all growing up that there would be something as amazing as social media, which is way cooler than growing up with your own phone line in your bedroom, right?

But with the power to connect with the people we love comes some risks that are important to understand in order to protect our families.

Where are your kids online? It used to be that we just needed to know where our children were physically; if they were at home, whether they were safe, where they were going.

It’s not that different online. It’s important to know where your children are online every bit as much as where they are physically.

Depending on your children’s ages, they might be using sites like Giant Hello, Club Penguin or Webkinz which are social sites designed for kids, without the age restrictions of sites like Facebook. Each of these sites have different kinds of verification methods that ensure parents are aware of their children signing up, along with methods to make sure that your children can only connect with people they know.

In either case, it’s important that children learn great social media habits right out the gate, and this is a conversation that you can begin at any age; the sooner the better!

Post Appropriately. Teach your children that everything they post should be treated as viewable by anyone, anywhere, and that they should not post private information publicly.

Children don’t always know where the line between private and public is, so you need to be involved! Especially with younger children, let them know that the privilege of social media access comes with oversight from you.

Like many kinds of freedom, social sharing freedom is going to come gradually as they grow older and demonstrate their ability to handle this newfound freedom.

 

Read the full article at GalTime.com

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‘Ladies & Gentlemen: The Great and Powerful, Tim Holmes!’

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 1, 2013

Interviewed by: Russell A. Trunk

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Tim Holmes, a Lansing, Michigan-born, action-suspense actor and stuntman and father of three-year-old twin boys, has successfully transformed his career as a firefighter into becoming a Hollywood actor.

Holmes began his career in entertainment by successfully pursuing music and was able to parlay his contacts into a thriving acting career, appearing in afternoon soap operas, B films and various other TV pilot projects.

In 2011 Tim was seen in multiple feature films, including DreamWorks Pictures’ ‘Real Steel,’ Raw Nerve’s ‘Hostel 3,’ Sony Pictures’ ‘S.W.A.T.: Firefight’ and in 2012 he appeared in QED Internationals’ ‘Alex Cross.’

And with the just-released ‘Oz the Great and Powerful,’ Holmes in the role of The Strongman has just become a break-out star!

‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, produced by Joe Roth, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner. The film stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, and Michelle Williams as Glinda.

Chatting recently with the Strongman himself Tim Holmes, taking it from the top, I first wondered (being that he is actually a Fireman by trade) when he had first gotten the firefighting bug? “I became a fireman in the late 90`s in Los Angeles CA. I was freaking out a bit because I did not make a career yet in the entertainment business. So I decided I better get a back up gig and a fireman was my choice.”

Born here in Lansing, MI do you still live and work here or have you moved to Hollywood? “I live in the house I grew up in, in Michigan from April to October and travel in and out alot to California for auditions, meetings and acting work throughout that period. From November to March I live full time in Los Angeles. We have a place there in Woodland Hills, CA. Depending on where this acting career takes me will depend on where we live full time.”

“If I hopefully keep working in film I can keep the same schedule. Yet if I get a gig as a series regular on a TV series I would have to relocate with me and my family to that area for the run of the show.”

And the same question applies to your acting bug? When did that first bite you? “I got the bug in junior high school when I was in jazz band. We used to play alot of events and I would have to go out front of the jazz band and do my trumpet solos. The thrill of being on the spot in front of people was a great rush for me. I then took drama class the next semester and got the the same rush. And so the acting/performing bug bite me, baby!”

 

Read the rest of the interview at Anne Carlini

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Spotlight: Top Hollywood Stuntwoman Gaëlle Cohen Dishes On Working With Jessica Biel And Penelope Cruz And Shares Some Delicious Recipes You Can Whip Up At Home

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 1, 2013

By: Melissa

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She is one of the most in-demand stuntwomen in Hollywood. A native of France, Gaëlle Cohen was recently featured in the award-winning box office smash Zero Dark Thirty. Her stunts have long been receiving industry acclaim for their breathtaking craft and gritty realism.

But when she’s not busy shooting major studio productions like Rush Hour 3,Babylon A.D. and the upcoming disaster thriller Black Sky, she’s cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Gaëlle is a true gourmet cook with a passion for organic cooking.

Here she shares her tales of working with a host of stars and provides some of her favorite recipes that you can whip up in the comfort of your own home.

CelebZter: How did you get into being a stuntwoman?

Gaëlle: I had just finished law school when a friend of mine asked me to help her on a show for which she urgently needed a replacement actress. I had never done that before, but she figured I wasn’t shy and would pull it off. There I met some stunt people who were practicing fencing—I found out they were actually rehearsing for an audition. I was on the National French Fencing Team for many years before that, so I offered to help them put a fight together.
Several days later, the stunt coordinator calls me and offers me to work for him on the sword fights for a TV show called “Highlander.” I hadn’t the slightest idea of what stunt work was, but after my first day on set, I knew this was what I wanted to do. Law was definitely not for me anymore.

CelebZter: How do you train for stunts?

Gaëlle: After my experience on Highlander, the only skill I had was fencing, which is a start, but not enough to be hired as a complete stunt woman. So I started training full-time to acquire all the skills stunt people need to perform in movies. Not only did I attend the National Circus School to learn trapeze and acrobatics, but I practiced martial arts, horse riding, trampoline, motocross, high falls, etc.
I trained for a year and a half, before really starting to consider myself “hireable” as a stunt woman.

On a regular basis, you work out to keep in shape, and you train to maintain or improve the level of your skills.

CelebZter: What is the best experience you have had on a movie set?

Gaëlle: There are so many! This is why I love my job, just like all stunt people do, I am sure. One of my most memorable memories is from spending time in the Moroccan desert dunes, riding a camel as Penelope Cruz’s stunt double in the movie “Sahara.” It was such a magical moment.

I also remember, 15 years ago on my first feature film (a movie called Young Blades with Hugh Dancy) I was on the top of a 35-foot tree in a French countryside forest, ready to slide down on a rope and jump on a horse. It was then that I realized how incredible my life was. The beautiful view and the wind in my ears just added to the whole experience. I felt really blessed.

 

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Check Out Alana Stewart in O Magazine!

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 23, 2013

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Celebrity Endorsements: How Adly Helps Even Small Businesses Build Brand Connection With Celebrity Power

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 22, 2013

By Jonathan Keane

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It’s important for your customers to be able to connect with your service or product, almost on a personal level. We tend to look for something to relate to in everything, something that speaks to us. In the areas of marketing, this cannot be understated. You are looking for a connection and in the age of instant communications, where some are often ephemeral, crafting a connection that you can harvest and make last for years to come is vital to your business surviving in the high speed digital age. So where do celebrities come into this?

Celebrities, regardless of their background, whether it’s an actor, musician, athlete or someone who’s famous just for being famous, brings a certain eminence with them and most importantly, a fan base.

Charities, for example, have leveraged this for many, many years with countless organizations pairing with a celebrity, or a slew of celebrities, to be the face of their cause and spread the word. It’s a model that isn’t new by any means but in the age of social media, and specifically Twitter, companies, big and small, are finding new ways to engage with consumers and celebrity endorsements are just one way of doing that.

Adly is an online marketing start-up that was founded in 2009, but in May of 2012, they grabbed a few headlines when they announced that former News Corp. executive and Photobucket general manager Walter Delph had been named the new CEO of the company.

“With the advent of social media consumers are able to connect with celebrities that they would not have otherwise had access to,” Walter explains on the very basic idea that inspired the beginning of Adly four years ago.

The small company, with a team of four, is a marketing firm that aims to “spark authentic conversations between celebrities and their fans”, all on the topic of your brand. By analyzing the conversations, Adly optimizes the results for more efficient targeting of your product/service to the right people in the right places. These two services of celebrity contacts and analytics form the foundation for Adly and it has been built from there.

“The power of celebrity has long been acknowledged as one of the most powerful ways to influence and connect with consumers. A brand’s ability to influence consumers via celebrity is considered one of the most effective ways to raise affinity and ultimately to drive purchase. Now with the power of data we can provide ROI metrics to brands,” says Walter on the power Adly and the information they can provide.

“For brands, the potential for celebrity influence is greater than ever, given how far a message can go thanks to social media and its ability to reach wide audiences,” he explains. “It’s apparent that a vast majority of consumers are using social media platforms to engage with celebrities and key influencers and this creates a space where brands can join in and benefit from the influence of a celebrity. Celebrities have the same reach as most in social television shows. The difference is that there is a two-way interaction between the consumer and the influencer.”

Read the rest of the article in SmallBizTechnology

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Anthony Weiner Making Theatrical Debut in ‘Hating Breitbart’ Doc (Video)

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 22, 2013

The former congressman will be seen via news clips and the filmmakers are using his image to market their project.

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As former congressman Anthony Weiner gears up for a possible run for mayor of New York, he is also making his theatrical debut in a film he probably wishes didn’t exist. Those involved with the movie, called Hating Breitbart, are also intending to lean on Weiner’s image — by way of news video of some of his embarrassing TV moments — to promote their film.

Weiner quit his congressional seat two years ago after he was caught tweeting lewd photos of himself to women he met on the Internet. His “sexting” turned into a major scandal in part because his wife, Huma Abedin, was at the time pregnant and an aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The entire episode, since dubbed “Weinergate,” is retold in the documentary film Hating Breitbart, which Freestyle Releasing will open in several theaters across the country on May 17, when it also becomes available on VOD.

Weiner did not participate in the making of the film but is seen via news clips, sometimes disparaging Andrew Breitbart, the new-media raconteur who exposed the then-congressman’s sexual foibles. The film is about Breitbart’s rise to prominence as a harsh critic of the mainstream media and as a favorite at Tea Party and other conservative gatherings.

Even though Weiner’s appearances are relatively few, the folks behind the film intend on making Weiner a large part of their marketing campaign, beginning with a video that will be released on the Internet, though The Hollywood Reporter has an advanced copy which is embedded below.

The 3-minute video is a timeline of the fiasco that began when Weiner denied tweeting pornographic photos of himself and insinuated his Twitter account had been hacked by Breitbart. Clips from numerous TV segments where experts attack Breitbart and defend Weiner are played over circus music. Besides multiple shots of Weiner, Wolf Blitzer, Chris Matthews and other news personalities are featured.

“CNN puts this Breitbart guy on and says the most outlandish things about complete, innocent people,” Weiner complains in the video. After Weiner calls a reporter a “jackass” for inquiring about his tweets, Breitbart is seen celebrating the exchange as the moment the media “got it.”

But Weiner’s primary miscalculation in the whole mess, Breitbart argues in the movie, was when he tweeted that his Facebook page and TiVo had been hacked, which, in retrospect, seems like Weiner’s hastily conceived plan to explain away a mistaken tweet that he sent to thousands instead of just the one intended recipient. By tweeting he was hacked — and the fateful tweet remained on his old Twitter account on Tuesday — he made accusations of a federal crime on one hand though on the other hand he was oddly disinterested in allowing an investigation.

The video ends with Weiner at a press conference where he comes clean about the tweets more than a week after Breitbart — who died a year ago — broke the story.  “To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it,” Weiner says.

Weiner, contacted by email, had no comment on the film or its marketing plans.

Read the story in The Hollywood Reporter

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Paul Stanley, from ‘chunky’ kid to fit KISS rocker

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 21, 2013

By James S. Fell

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The “Starchild” outfit Paul Stanley wears as frontman forKISS is a revealing one. That’s why I chose it for Halloween a couple of years back. I wanted to showcase the efforts of my diet and exercise regimen. I got the hair wrong.

And at 61 years of age, Stanley can’t let himself go and still rock out to arenas full of screaming fans. As one of the hardest working bands in rock ‘n’ roll, he has a reputation to maintain — one he won’t let age tarnish. I’ve seen how lively KISS performances are up close and understand his dedication to fitness to keep the fans on their feet for the band’s Monster world tour.

Were you always such a fit guy?

The only exercise I got as a kid was fork to mouth. Food was equated with love in my household. I thought you left the table when the zipper was down and you’d explode if you took another bite. I’d eat my plate and then everyone else’s leftovers.

I was a chubby boy. My pants used to wear out in the middle, and it was because my legs used to rub together. I wasn’t obese, just chunky.

That doesn’t sound at all like the Paul Stanley we’ve seen on stage. What changed?

Even when the band started, I was chunkier, and the wide belt I used to wear on stage was a bit of a corset. Over the years that became unnecessary. I couldn’t do what I started doing onstage without “leaning out” because the physicality of it was akin to an aerobic workout. This was coupled with a mystery virus in the early ’70s that laid me up for a month and I barely ate. When that was over, I looked in the mirror and was pretty lean, and it had been a life dream of mine. And I decided to hang on to it.

Read the rest of the interview at LA Times

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