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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?

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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Topless Robot Interview: Zero Dark Thirty and Highlander Stuntwoman Gaelle Cohen

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 15, 2013

By Luke Y. Thompson

I’ve interviewed many a director and actor in my day, but when it comes to so many of the movies we like, there’s a key reason they kick ass figuratively and literally that I’ve never really been able to explore: the stunt people.

It’s a fascinating world they inhabit, in which life and limb are put on the line every day, not for queen and country, but for the sake of entertaining us all. So when the chance came to speak to stuntwoman Gaelle Cohen – whose credits include Zero Dark ThirtyBrotherhood of the Wolf and Martyrs – came up, I took it. I think you’ll be glad I did. Read on to learn about the differences between realistic and stylized action, the superheroes she likes and would like to be, and how stuntwomen really feel about Quentin Tarantino turning Zoe Bell into a lead actress.

Luke Y. Thompson: You got your start on Highlander: The Raven, right?

Gaelle Cohen: Yes, I did, in Europe. It was shot in Europe. It was shot in France, mainly, and that’s how I started with swordfights.

LYT: Did you always know this was what you wanted to do?

GC: Not at all, total coincidence! I had finished law – to become a lawyer – and then I worked on a show where stunt people were working, and they were rehearsing a fight, a swordfight, and we became friends. I said, “If you want I can train you. I can put a fight together for you,” because they had an audition; they were preparing for an audition. So they said “Yes,” we put up a fight together, and train them, and off they went to their audition. And then one day I received a phone call, and it was the coordinator of their show who wanted to meet me, because he really liked what I did. So I said “OK, I’ll meet you, but I have no idea what your job is. I’m not at all in the movie industry.”

That was 16 years ago already. I met him, and he said “I’m doing a show called Highlander, and there’s a lot of swordfights. Would you like to work with me?” I said, “If you think I could do a good job, yes. Otherwise, no.” So I started doing fights, doing all the bad girls in there, all the females who were killed, and so I got addicted. I thought, “My god, this is what I want! This is really what I want to do.” So I trained for a year and a half. I learned everything and anything that could be useful for stunt work, like, I did the national circus school; I was already a very good horse rider; I was doing shooting and stuff like that. I trained martial arts, trampoline, all that, diving, then after a year and a half, I started working and I never stopped.

LYT: How did you know how to put together that first swordfight? Did you just make it up?

GC: Well, I was – that’s the thing I forgot to tell you, I should have started with that – I was on the national fencing team for many years; I’m a national champion. So fencing was natural for me, I was doing it every day, five hours a day, so that’s why it was natural for me.

LYT: Is there a gender bias? Do you mostly work with guys, or has that changed?

GC: In the past, many, many years ago, there were not so many stuntwomen; in the ’60s, not so many stunt women. So men were doubling for men and women. And then women became more interested and started training. So then it became, why wouldn’t women be able to do what men are doing? So they started training, and they started being respected by coordinators who thought that finally women could do the job, and it actually looks better than the men with the wig, because he’s not shaped as a woman! So it became natural for woman to double woman. It’s still a very manly world, but women have a big place, a big influence. In the stunt coordinating world, I read that there’s not, there are barely women, so I’m super happy to be one who is coordinating, which is really rare, because it’s still very manly.


Read the rest of the interview at Topless Robot

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‘Yes’ or ‘No’ Interview with LCO Executive Assistant, Jennifer Schard

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 14, 2013

In my life, I have momentarily lusted over a coworker.


I would not date anyone who admitted to having a one-night stand.


I’d give $10 for a nude photo of Tina Fey.


I was lousy at typing class.


Carly Simon sounds like a porn name.


I have friends who drink and drive.


Because of the sex scandal, the Catholic Church has been stained forever.


I would be disappointed if I found out my parents had tried cocaine.


The thought of Alec Baldwin nude makes me slightly ill.


I hate barbecued ribs.


I would rather see Van Morrison in concert than Justin Timberlake.


I have been to Alabama.


I miss Austin Powers.


I’ve never discussed my sex life with my parents.


I wish I could throw a pie in the face of rude parents who refuse to control their kid(s).


I would return an engagement ring if we ended the engagement.


People tend to criticize President Barack Obama less because he’s black.


I wore braces as a child.


Lasik surgery scares me.


I’d happily watch a 24- marathon of the reality show, “Cheaters”.


I agree with Betty White that Facebook is a big, fat waste of time.


Smoking pot should be legal.


My life would be better if I slept more.


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Q & A: John Carroll

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 12, 2013

By: Barbara Akowuah

For over 62 years , Beverly Hills based Carroll & Co. (www.carrollandco.com) has been dressing prestigious directors, producers, writers, and numerous actors. Carroll & Co. has custom-tailored clothing for Hollywood celebrities such as Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Rock Hudson, George Clooney, and Ryan Gosling to name a few. Examiner.com recently had the pleasure of speaking with legendary menswear connoisseur John Carroll about his storied career, red carpet trends, love of fashion, and more…

Q: Where did you grow up and what was it like there?

A: I was fortunate enough to grow up in Beverly Hills and attend Beverly Hills High School. Beverly Hills had its positives and negatives. Yes, there were the rich kids with the nice cars, but there were more middle class families like myself. Early on as a high school kid I took an interest in my father’s men’s store and worked throughout my high school years. It gave me a great foundation to begin my career.

Q: What are the wardrobe staples every man must have in his closet?

A: Every man should have a navy blue suit, a navy blazer, a pair of grey dress slacks, for the dress up times. A blue and black jean, one or two cashmere sweaters and a leather jacket for those more casual affairs. With these items, he’s set.

Q: What are some of your favorite pieces of the Carroll & Co collection?

A: Every piece of sportswear that we do from Luciano Barbera is a work of art.
Our Connaught Collection of Savile Row inspired clothing is a big hit. Meticulously tailored using the finest fabrics and very well priced. I love our classic navy blazer with scarlet red lining and our Carroll brass buttons. We do an Italian gabardine slack that is tailored and fits better than any slack I have ever seen. Cashmere sweatshirt from Scotland in 26 colors – a real winner. And for fun, our “cushy sock” has a following among our customers like no other item in the store. So soft and fluffy, you think you’re wearing a soft slipper.

Q: Describe John Carroll style in three words?

A: Stylish, Classic, Quality.

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JJ Flizanes in The Daily Breeze

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 13, 2011

Shape up for summer and find the right swimsuit for your shape

When swimsuit season arrives, insecurities seem to follow.

But there is a right swimsuit for every person – you just have to know how to find it.

Juliana Renz, who designs the celebrity-favorite swimwear line Le Doux, says the key to buying a swimsuit is knowing your body type.

“To me, swimwear is about knowing what your body looks like and how to create the illusion of proportion,” Renz said. “I think that’s what you try to accomplish when you buy swimwear – to hide the less pleasant areas, whatever it is. So to me, it’s about creating proportion where you don’t have it.”

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Brandmaker News interviews Fabienne Fredrickson

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 13, 2011

Brandmaker News interviews Fabienne Fredrickson

Brandmaker News: What were some of the initial challenges you faced as you tried to balance motherhood and running your own business?

Fabienne Fredrickson: I’d had my own business for a few years before having a family. I was used to working whenever I wanted and setting my own hours. But when my first child arrived, I felt an enormous amount of guilt spending time on my business. I felt that I was stealing time from my infant daughter if I took time to market my business or when I was speaking to a client on the phone. At the same time, I felt conflicted, because I knew that I really enjoyed my work, that it brought me fulfillment but that I also needed to focus on my business if I wanted to continue having paying clients.

To continue reading go to – http://brandmakernews.com/features/how-to/5708/balance-life-mom-wife-ceo.html

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Business News Daily interviews Ryan Kugler

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 13, 2011

Business News Daily interviews Ryan Kugler

“I thought, ‘Why am I not doing this with other products, especially in this time when our sales went from $20 to $16 million?’ ” Kugler said of their decision to broaden DVA’s product line.

Click here to continue reading – http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/changing-dva-profile-1269

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Egyptian Entertainment interviews Dick Zimmerman

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 13, 2011

Egyptian Entertainment’s interview with Dick Zimmerman

EE: What inspired you start creating masterpiece portraits for elites around the world?

Dick Zimmerman: By turning some of my favorite iconic celebrity photographs into refined oil paintings.

Continue Reading At – http://egyptianmanentertainmentgroup.com/interview-world-renowned-artist-dick-zimmerman/

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Dick Zimmerman interview

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 12, 2011

Interview with Dick Zimmerman, the man behind the camera of the iconic “Thriller” cover shot of Michael Jackson.

Q: Tell me concerning the morning you photographed Michael Jackson’s Bad cover.
A: Near to the morning using the shoot, he arrived alone. No entourage.

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Father Alberto Cutie –

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 29, 2011

VIDEO : Cheating on the church, an exclusive interview with Father Alberto Cutie

“The tabloids only give you the scandal. I wanted people to know the real story behind what happened,” said Father Cutie. “The one thing I regret is not having come out first and saying to everyone…this is something I’m going through and I need to get out of here.”

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