Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mild to Wild: First Annual Bob Mizer Emerging Photographer Competition

The Bob Mizer Foundation has announced its First Annual Bob Mizer Emerging Photographer Competition. It is the Foundation’s 4th anniversary and the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Bob Mizer’s amazing career.

Entries will be evaluated by a panel of internationally recognized professionals, including photography critic Vince Aletti, working artist John Sonsini, and editor Dian Hanson of Taschen Publishing.

Gene Eberle
Winners will receive cash and original, unpublished Bob Mizer photographs.

While Mizer’s best-known work was erotic or semi-erotic in nature, his experimental work often was not. This competition is open to all subject matter—from mild to wild.

Jimmy Lewis
If you're a fan of this blog and of the photographs at my vintage beefcake blog, you know Mizer nearly all by himself invented the concept "male model" in the 1940's in Los Angeles, California. When you jump to this post on the blog, you can read about Mizer in my interview with Dennis Bell, the current owner of the Athletic Model Guild and founder of the Bob Mizer Foundation.

Jack Conant and his wife
With this competition, Dennis Bell’s primary focus is to encourage emerging, unknown photographers to publicly share their vision.  Professional photographers are welcome to submit experimental work that has not been commercially sold or publicly exhibited.  Images should focus on experimental photographic methods—whether historic or modern—and may be shot digitally.  (There's a separate category for analog photography.)  Entry categories are: Figurative, Portraiture, Erotic; "Retro," Any Subject, and Analog Camera (i.e. traditional film).

John Winship
Entries must be received by the end of the day on November 30th, 2014.  Applications are available on the Foundation's website.

Winners of the 1st Annual Bob Mizer Foundation Emerging Photographer Competition will be announced December 30, 2014.

Hank Evans
For further details about the 2014 Bob Mizer Emerging Photographer Competition, including the list of awards, award judges, and their credentials, please go here.

Email the Foundation for all submission and media inquiries.

You can help support the Bob Mizer Foundation by donating directly at its website. There you will find more information on Bob Mizer, the Athletic Model Guild and the Bob Mizer Foundation, including its mailing address for your donations and updates on gallery shows, screenings and lectures.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Geir Ness: Norway's First International Fragrance Designer

Obsessed with film and television shows as far back as I can remember, I always enjoy learning how a celebrity got their big break.

Teenager Lauren Bacall was acting and modeling in New York, when Hollywood powerhouse Howard Hawks asked his secretary to find out more about Bacall, who was featured on the March, 1943 cover of Harper's Bazaar. Misunderstanding, his secretary sent Bacall a ticket to Hollywood to audition for To Have and Have Not.

In the 1970's, Harrison Ford was both an actor and a carpenter. While installing a door at George Lucas' film studio, he caught Lucas' attention and was cast as Han Solo in Star Wars.

Norwegian Geir Ness hardly spoke English while a fragrance model at a department store in Los Angeles. He wanted to become Norway's first major fragrance designer, so he purchased a $5 suit, retrieved a red carpet from the garbage and secured a photographer (who couldn’t afford camera film). Then, with students from his acting class pretending to know him as a mega-celebrity from Norway, Geir pulled off a publicity stunt at Nordstrom that landed him his first order of 1,000 bottles of Laila perfume.

Geir Ness in Norway

Nordstrom thought the order would last three months. It sold out in an hour.

You likely know Geir now offers in stores and online Laila Eau de Parfum (named after his mother) and Geir for Men.

Laila Eau de Parfum

Geir for Men

He also designs handbags, one of which Tara-Nicole Azarian was seen sporting at the Golden Globes.

Tara-Nicole Azarian at the Golden Globes

Despite his hectic schedule, Geir found a few moments for me.

I started with: It's very nice to meet you. What are you currently working on?

A new handbag for the winter season. A gift set for my new skin care line, Skin of Norway. New packaging for Laila. And a new face scrub for Geir, as well as a shaving gel/shower gel combo.

And you seem to be traveling all around the U.S.A. via your partnership with Nordstrom.

Working with Nordstrom is a lot of fun. I enjoy meeting lots of interesting people.

Any standout moments?

One winter day I was in Chicago doing an event with Nordstrom. The next morning I was booked to be a guest speaker at a big trend show with Nordstrom in Detroit. But a snowstorm shut down the Chicago airport, so I rented a car and drove in the storm straight to Detroit. I arrived at 7:59 am. The MC introduced me as I walked on stage at 8 AM sharp. Whatever it takes, you can make it happen. After that show, I sold out of every single piece. :-)

Geir Ness and his mother, Laila

Fulfilling a personal goal to help others, Geir donates both his time and money to a long list of foundations and charities: the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Los Angeles AIDS Ride, and SumoKids Foundation are just a few.

In 2009, he teamed up with Norwegian Olympic Gold Medalist, Grete Waitz, to run in the New York Marathon to support of the Grete Waitz Cancer Foundation. When Grete was unable to participate due to chemotherapy, Geir ran the marathon on her behalf to raise money for cancer patients. His time was an amazing 4 hours, 28 minutes. They raised close to $300,000 for the charity.

Referring to his success as the designer of Norway's first international fragrance, Geir says, "The American Dream can come true and it does not stop here, always more to come!"

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas announced today that the eight-episode, weekly web series, Play It Again, Dick, debuts September 16 on the CW Seed.

The web series centers on actor Ryan Hansen trying to get the CW Television Network to greenlight a Veronica Mars spinoff show about his character, Dick Casablancas, as a motorcycle-riding, lady-killer P. I.

Ryan says in his pitch to the CW: "It's like a Veronica Mars that isn't afraid of sex. Rob always called me the dessert of the show. Why not a show that's all dessert? We drop all the who-gives-a-damn high-school-is-a-metaphor-for-something-or-other and just give the people what they want: Dick!"

Thomas promises Veronica Mars actors will appear in the web series as skewed versions of themselves.

You can watch the trailer and weekly episodes here.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

CMG Short Film Festival 2014

Love short film festivals? Love knowing a big chunk of your ticket price is benefiting the AIDS Walk Los Angeles?

Then, clearly, the CMG Short Film Festival is perfect for you!

The CMG (California Men's Gatherings) Short Film Festival is four programs of LGBTQ films shown Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

The Festival is at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, which is located at 625 San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. (Ticket holders enjoy validated FREE PARKING at the Festival.)

Each program costs $10.00.

No film repeats in a second program, so when you purchase a festival pass at $35.00 for all four programs, you won't see the same film twice.

Be sure to jump to the Festival's site to read all about the films being shown.

Tell your friends! Rack up mega-bonus karma points by enjoying a festival, that is an all-proceeds benefit for AIDS Walk Los Angeles (and has been for its entire existence.)

The impressive group of sponsors include The Abbey Food & Bar and CINEMAGIC.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Who on the Cover of the Scottish Wildcat Issue of 360 Magazine

Volume 17 of 360 Magazine is now available at Magzter and Blurb!

Known as the Scottish Wildcat issue, it features The Who, Gabrielle Aplin, Julian Lennon, Johny Dar, Tatyana Ali, Tamara Bubble, Jessie Ware, Bebe Rexha, The xx and much more.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


If you're a fan of this blog, you already know I love to write female-lead stories and am obsessed with the TV series Veronica Mars and Buffy. So, it's probably no surprise to you that I binge-watched the Canadian TV series Bitten the day I discovered the first season on Netflix.

The show is based on the Women of the Otherworld series of books written by Kelley Armstrong. Laura Vandervoort plays Elena Michaels, a woman struggling to live in our world with her human boyfriend Philip at the same time she is drawn back to her werewolf pack, which includes her former fiancé Clayton (played by Greyston Holt).

Elena and Clayton's scorching-hot, star-crossed relationship reminds me of Buffy and Angel's angst-ridden love affair in Buffy.

I was pleased to find out the show was renewed for a second season.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael Sam Wins Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Tonight Michael Sam accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPY's for his courage to be the first openly gay football player drafted into the National Football League.

Since 1993, cable network ESPN presents ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) awards to individuals and teams to recognize sports-related achievements.

If you are unfamiliar with Arthur Ashe, I encourage you to visit his website.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Zeppelin" by Eli Lieb

I was thrilled today when Eli Lieb dropped his new single, "Zeppelin."

I've been watching the music video on repeat ever since.

Of course, I've already purchased the single at iTunes.

I write in this post on the blog about his single, "Young Love," which reminds me of...the one who got away.

If you haven't already checked out Eli's website, I encourage you to do so now.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tamar Braxton on the Cover of the Carolina Parakeet Issue of 360 Magazine

Volume 16 of 360 Magazine is now available at Magzter and Blurb!

Known as the Carolina Parakeet issue, it features Tamar Braxton, Gabrielle Aplin, Iggy Azalea, Johny Dar, Jhene Aiko, Art by J Taylor, Cliff Watts, James Hicks and much more.

Tamar Braxton discusses her album Love and War, her successes on numerous television shows, and the influence Whitney Houston has had on her since the first evening they met.