Friday, October 31, 2014

Interview with BITTEN's Laura Vandervoort and Greyston Holt

If you don't already know about my obsession with Canadian TV network Space's Bitten, jump to this post on the blog and find a way to watch the first season.

I have no doubt fans of the female-lead werewolf show will enjoy this interview with leads Laura Vandervoort and Greyston Holt shot by Eclipse Magazine at Comic-Con.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bella Thorne on the Cover of the Platypus Issue of 360 Magazine

Volume 18 of 360 Magazine is now available at Magzter and Blurb!

Known as the Platypus issue, it features Bella Thorne, Robert Budd, Al Hutchinson, Wilmer Valderrama, Jennifer Ehrenfeld, Alex Garibyan, The Vampire Diaries, Aerosmith, Estelle, Alex Chung, Miike Snow and much more.

Bella Thorne discusses her upcoming films, what she learned starring in Shake It Up, overcoming dyslexia and working on her debut album.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bizarre: A Circus Story

I'm thrilled the first trailer has been released for the documentary Bizarre: A Circus Story, with the tagline "A Small Man with a Big Dream for the Big Top."

Circus Center is across the street from the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. It is where circus performers learn their craft under the guidance of Master Lu Yi, who's hailed as the father of modern acrobatics.

This visually stunning documentary is about Master Lu Yi, Circus Center and the circus' place in our digital century. It's now headed to a film festival near you.

Be sure to jump to their site to learn more about Bizarre: A Circus Story.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The second season of The Comeback (co-created by Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King) airs November 9, 2014, with Kudrow returning as neurotic Valerie Cherish nine years after the first season premiered on HBO.

Between 2005 and now, there have been plenty of reality stars, but none have brought me as much joy as Kudrow's sincere, smart and manipulative Valerie Cherish, a faded sitcom star followed around by a reality-TV film crew as she tries to reignite her career on a sophomoric TV sitcom with much younger co-stars.

The new season promises many more cringe-worthy moments of Valerie Cherish trying to edit and re-edit (with no editor in sight) what the reality-TV film crew records as she anxiously second-guesses how every little thing she says and does might be judged by her much-loved fans.

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!"