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Posts Tagged ‘Article’

Swiss Cheese Theory of Life Featured in Single Minded Women

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 31, 2011

LCO Clients Judy Belmont M. S. and Lora Shor M.S.W. of The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life were featured in Single Minded Women recently.  They discussed the being in love with love in the article Do You Go Gaga for Love? 7 Telltale Signs. Belmont and Shor are both psychotherapists, wellness speakers, and co-authors of the upcoming book “ The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life” due out April 1, 2011. This self-help book on resiliency teaches us how to get through life’s holes and not get stuck in them!

Check out the article and visit theswisscheesetheoryoflife.com for info about their upcoming book!

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Father Cutie Heading to Daytime TV

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 25, 2011

LCO Client and New York Times Bestselling Author Father Alberto Cutie will be joining the likes of Dr. Phil,  Ellen and other daytime heavyweights on the talk show circuit.  He’s just landed his own nationally syndicated show that will focus on a variety of life issues.  The show will debut in test markets this summer.

Cutie told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’ll be everything from sex to salvation. Hopefully it’ll invite ‘greater dialog’ with the audience”, he added.

Father Cutie is a former Roman Catholic priest who left the faith after his conflicts with the religion and falling in love with Ruhama Canellis, whom he married in 2009.  In 2008 he left the Catholic faith and is now Episcopalian priest.

To learn more about Father Cutie and his new book Dilemma: A Priest’s Struggle with Faith and Love, visit padrealberto.com.  And follow him on Twitter @padrealberto

 

 

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Kevin Michael Richardson Featured in Locale Magazine

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 19, 2011

LCO Client, funnyman and extraordinary voice over talent Kevin Michael Richardson recently sat down with Local Magazine.  The vocal powerhouse and star of FOX’s The Cleveland Show (he voices 14-year-old Cleveland Jr.) discussed how he got started, why he decided to go “off camera” and what he does to relax on the weekend.  Click here to see the article (jump to pages 152-153).

Follow Kevin on Twitter @ClevelandJr and visit him at KevinMichaelRichardson.com

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A Good PR Consultant is Worth the Money

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 19, 2011

Luke Johnson, in a Financial Times article entitled, “A Good PR Consultant is Worth the Money,” writes about how companies can utilize public relations to promote their business. He points out that while nobody knows the company’s story better than the CEO, an outside consultant can often bring a fresh and objective perspective to a PR campaign.

If you would like to arrange a time to speak about how to get your story out to the media call (310) 300-0950 x230.


 

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Arizona Shooting: Alleged Shooter to Appear in Court Today

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 10, 2011

Tragedy struck Tuscon, Arizona this weekend when a shooter took the lives of 6 people and attempted the assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona)  at a “Congress on Your Corner” event  Saturday.  The lone gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, is scheduled to be arraigned in court today at 2pm MT.

Loughner opened fire on the crowd gathered in the Tuscon Safeway grocery store  parking lot shortly after 10am inquiring 14 and killing 6 people: Chief Federal Court judge John Roll (63) 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, Gifford’s Director of Communications, Gabe Zimmerman (30)and retirees and Arizona residents Dorwin Stoddard (76),  Dorothy Morris (76) Phyllis Schneck (79).  His main target however was U.S. Rep Giffords (40) whom Loughner shot in the head at point black range.  Giffords remains in critical condition following the attack, however her doctors are “optimistic” about her recovery.

Loughner has been charged on three counts: first degree murder, attempted murder and attempting to kill a member of congress.  The state is set to also bring charged against the gunman.

This weekends’ events have also sparked a heated conversation about the climate of the current political rhetoric and what role it had to play in this tragedy.   Oddly enough, prior to her shooting, Giffords felt that the rhetoric did in fact need to be turned down and she expressed this in an email written to Arizona Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R).    In her note to Grayson, Gifford said

“After you get settled, I would love to talk about what we can do to promote centrism and moderation,” wrote Giffords. “I am one of only 12 Dems left in a GOP district (the only woman) and think that we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down.”

Pima County Sheriff Clarance Dupnik has also been very vocal this weekend.  During an interview with ABC News, Sheriff Dupnik explained his feeling towards the recent events saying:

“We have become a very angry country, part of it very ugly. And that even though we have free speech in this country, constantly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making the people angry at government . . . may benefit some party, but I think those people have to consider that they may have some responsibility when incidents like this occur and may occur in the future.”

Authorities are still conducting an investigation into what led Loughner to commit this crime and if he did in fact act alone.  There has been no concrete evidence disclosed at this time linking him to any specific agenda.

Stay tuned for emerging details.

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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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Staying Motivated During Your Job Search

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 29, 2010

As the economy continues to recover, US corporations have begun to hire again: just not in the US.  According to The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, says American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas this year, compared with less than 1 million in the U.S.  That paints a pretty grim picture for the nearly 9.8% of Americans who are out of work.

With few jobs being created stateside, navigating the job market continues to be arduous and the process can cause a great deal of stress.  But you can avoid the “burn out” by following a few simple guidelines. More Magazine discusses how you can stay motivated though you job search with a few simple tips in How to Avoid Job Search Burnout.  In the article, LCO Client and New York Times best-selling author Leanne Ely (savingdinner.com) discusses the importance of starting the day with breakfast as a way of keeping energy high during your search.  Check out what Leanne has to say and the other helpful tips in the article.

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Today in Business: USA the Comeback Kid in 2011

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 27, 2010

Today on DailyFinance, Jim O’Neill (Head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management  NYSE – GS ) predicted that the US economy will rise once again next year. Earlier this week, O’Neill told clients that he saw 2011 as the likely ‘year of the USA’ following a recent influx of stronger-than-expected economic data. Some U.S. investors are skeptical about his optimism, but his outlook for 2011 shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Nearly a decade ago O’Neill predicted the emergence of and recommended investors buy into BRIC economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

See the full article from DailyFinance.

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LCO Welcomes the CMO Club

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 22, 2010

LCO would like to welcome the newest client (partner) to our roster, The CMO Club.

From their website:

The CMO Club was created for the unique purpose of bringing Chief Marketing Officers together in an environment of openness and contribution that enables them to become better at what they do. Tailored exclusively to top marketing executives, this club hosts dinners and events, shares reports and research from leaders in the marketing industry, and leverages the first online network for “CMOs only” for sharing ideas, helping each other, and serving as a resource for CMO career opportunities. The CMO Club was founded in 2007 by seasoned marketing executive Pete Krainik and currently has over 700 members.

Led by its founder, Peter Krainik, who brings to the network over 28 years of Marketing, Sales, Product Management and IT experience, the club currently has over 700 members and sees an average of 30-40 new members per month.  And over 83 percent of its members have brands worth anywhere from $50 million to $1 billion dollars.

We are proud to have the CMO Club join the LCO Family and look forward to our partnership in 2011 and beyond!

For more information about the CMO Club visit thecmoclub.com

Also check out founder Peter Krainik’s Forbes.com blog posts

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