Beauty and the Beast Brings Magic to Philadelphia

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(PCM) When stage actor Kevin Kulp isn’t singing or dancing his heart out in the enchanting touring production of “Beauty and the Beast,” he finds other outlets for his creativity.

At age 24, the Morristown, N.J. native is thrilled to be coming back home for the Philadelphia return of the smash hit Broadway musical from February 16-21, as part of the Broadway Philadelphia 2015-2016 season.

The current touring show, which is produced by NETworks Presentations, reunites the creators of the original Broadway production, and promises the same magical experience.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Based on the 1991 Oscar-winning animated film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, “Beauty and the Beast” is the 9th longest running musical in Broadway history. It has become an international sensation seen by more than 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into nine different languages. This production began in February 2010 and has been seen by nearly three million people.

“It’s always a special treat when we’re able to invite families and theater loves to come to the relive a classic like Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” said Kimmel Center President and CEO Anne Ewers. “This treasured story, now brought back to life by the Broadway production’s original creators, is sure to be a must-see for fans of all ages.”

Kulp plays a townsperson and enchanted object. His credits include: “Anything Goes”  at The Marriott Theatre, “Miss Saigon”  at the Walnut Street Theatre and Signature Theatre, “A Chorus Line” (Paul), and “The King and I” at the Walnut Street Theatre and Olney Theatre.

Q: When did you join the current tour of “Beauty and the Beast?”

KEVIN KULP: I joined the tour in August. We had three weeks of rehearsal in New York City and we left for the road in September and I am contracted to be with the show until the end of July. It was a long audition process, with lots of call backs. I was there tumbling, singing and acting. We are in Daytona Beach, Florida today and soon head to Philly – my back yard.

Q: Where did you grow up?

KK: Morristown, N.J. Right outside of Philly.

Q: When did you first get the acting bug?

KK: It started when I was little. I sang with the Philadelphia Boys Choir with four years and traveled with them, and we sang a lot of songs from musicals. I was also in The Nutcracker every year at the Academy of Music where “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed so that is thrilling. I loved performing every day and I guess you could say it started from there.

Q: You have tons of local connections?

KK: Yes. I graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, and was in a few shows at the Walnut Street Theater.

Q: Coming home must be exciting. Who is coming to see the show?

KK: I have had lots of friends from Florida, Portland, and L.A. seeing the show at various venues. Now my hometown friends and my family will be coming to Philly, so that is really special to me to be able to share it with them.

Q: Are there any other performers in your family?

KK: No, I am the only one.

Q: Have your parent been supportive or concerned about a show business career?

KK: My parents have been encouraging; they have been truly amazing. They have been my number one supporters since I was little. They have always driven me to auditions and helped in any way that they could.

Q: What do you love about this show?

KK: I love performing in front of an audience every night, and “Beauty and the Beast” is such a fun show it is hard to love it. When you see young children, families and several generations all sharing this, it is really gratifying to see that such a loved musical that everyone has some connection to.

Q: What are some of your of your other favorite Broadway musicals?

KK: I love the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musicals — shows like “Carousel” and “Sound of Music.” I also have a friend from college who is in the current 50th anniversary production of “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway.

Q: Are there surprises being part of a tour like this?

KK: Yes, the traveling. You don’t realize what it’s going to be like constantly being on the go – packing and unpacking and checking into the different hotels. We don’t have any breaks so we can always moving and exploring the cities during the day and performing at night. It is great; but so much more involved than I thought. I didn’t realize the entirety of touring before I did it.

Q: How do you relax when on tour?

KK: A lot of times we will just go out and explore. A lot of the dancers get massages since we are constantly on our feet. The temperature is going up to the high 70s today in Daytona, so many of us will head to the beach.

Q: What else do you do to chill out on the road?

KK: I really like music. I have made a lot of play lists on the road and get the chance to listen to full albums during our travel days. Music is one of my main relaxation outlets. I also really like photography, so I do a lot of photo blogging on Instagram. [Please follow him on Instagram @Kulpy].

Q: Being on the road – what do you miss the most?

KK: My family and friends. And little things – like having a kitchen and being able to cook. Being constantly on the move and being in hotels you don’t get to cook. But sometimes we share an apartment and we can cook.

Q: What is the initial dream versus the reality of your career?

KK: Five years ago the dream would be to tour and travel – exactly what I am doing now. You don’t really don’t know what tour life is like until you do it. Going places on a bus. Living out of a suitcase and performing eight shows a week. It is not a normal life. We perform throughout Christmas and the New Year’s season. We don’t get weekends or holidays off. So I am living the dream – but the reality is that it is also a job and hard work, albeit work that I truly love.

Q: Were you familiar with “Beauty and the Beast” before this tour?

KK: My childhood friend played Chip on Broadway when he was younger and we went to see it together after he retired. So, I have a long history with the show. And we have the same creative team that mounted the show in the ‘90s. so it was really great to be working with the same artistic team that presented it then.

Q: I hear you become good friends with those on tour. Are you pals with your roommate?

KK: Yes. I have an amazing roommate and he is one of my closest friends now. I know that we will remain friends after the tour. We will be sharing an apartment in downtown Toronto when we get there and can escape the hotel living and cook some nice meals. I look forward to that.

Q: Do you have any advice to young people who want to follow in your footsteps in pursing musical theater, theater or an entertainment career?

KK: Yes. I would advise someone to really think if this is what your passion is and if you want to make this your career, because you may get 100 rejections before you get a part or an offer. Even after all that you can never get disappointed in yourself, you can’t let the last rejection affect the rest of your day. If this is what you love to do, you need to put yourself out there and something is bound to come out of the auditions and stick. I would also say, audition, audition, audition!

Tickets for Beauty and the Beast and other Philadelphia Broadway series shows may be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. For group of 10 or more call (215) 790-5883.

For more tour information, visit www.beautyandthebeastontour.com.

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X-Files Creator Chris Carter Talks New Episodes, Conspiracy Theories And More!

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(PCM) If you are anything like us than you are positively overjoyed that The X-Files is back on TV! Over the years there has been a ton of murmuring and hope among fans that the series would finally make it’s way back, however this was not concrete until the official announcement was made in March of 2015 that we would be getting at least six new episodes of our beloved sci-fi series.

After viewing the first three episodes, we can truly say it feels as if no time has passed at all despite that fourteen years has gone by since we had a chance to delve into the mysteries and conspiracies that surround The X-Files with duo Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. What was even more thrilling for fans was that both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson had both agreed to reprise their roles.

The new episodes are everything you would imagine and showcase what we adored about the show from the very beginning. They provide the perfect blend of both drama and humor while keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. While the first two episodes provide us with a darker and edgier X-Files, especially showcasing the way the characters have adapted to the world we live in today (a breeding ground for conspiracy), episode three takes us back to The X-Files we all knew and loved, it’s fantastic!

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We recently had a chance to catch up with series creator Chris Carter to chat about the new episodes, revisiting the characters of Mulder and Scully in a new world, conspiracy theories and more.

On Scully’s decision to give William up and it’s effect on these new episodes of the show

CHRIS CARTER: If you remember, they gave up William to protect him. They were afraid that with his whereabouts known, meaning that either one of them would have him, that they would be better to give him up and not know his whereabouts so they couldn’t be tortured into giving him up. So, obviously, William is all important, not to just them, but to others and he will play an important part in not just the episode you saw that aired as Episode 2, but also in Episode 4. But I think he’s always, even though he’s not in the show, per se, he is an absent presence.

On how the up rise of social media will have an effect on the series

CC: Personally, I have an Instagram account that I think I’ve posted two photos to. I’m not a social media person but I appreciate how much social media plays a part in the interaction between fans and the interaction between fans and producers.  When I went to a marketing meeting with Fox before we shot the show, or during the shooting of the show, I was amazed to see that there were 50 people in the room and I’d say a good amount of them were there because they conduct marketing via social media, so the show is marketed very actively on social media platforms. I think that the second screen experience will help the show. I think that the show will, I think, rise, or I should say, its popularity will be enhanced by what I think is the beauty of social media.

On the basis for sort of turning everything on its ear. such as exploring 2016 from a 90’s perspective 

CC: In a way, all six explore it because they are told in a contemporary context. They turn the mythology not necessarily on its head, but the mythology takes a big right hand turn and that plays most actively in the first and last episodes. But I think that technology, and it’s really technology is what you’re talking about, besides what I would call a very strong undercurrent of distrust for government, authority, and for the picture we’re being sold.

But the show is, I think, owes to people like Alex Jones, people like Glenn Beck, and all the conspiracy sites that I look at on the internet, that I digest every day. I get a lot of stuff in my mailbox every day from these sites. I’ve also been—I’ve gone to conventions. I’m actively up on this stuff and I’m actually surprised sometimes how many journalists are unaware of these, as I say, very strong undercurrents.

On writing for Mulder and Scully again

CC: As you see, they’re no longer together. They’re not under the same roof, I should say, so that provided an interesting point of departure dramatically and I think that it made the characters interesting to explore because that’s how they began their lives together. Their lives changed. They were a couple and now they’re apart, so as we’ve lived our lives, they have lived theirs. That’s the way we’re playing it.

On deciding the way the first episode would be put together and completed after being away from these characters for quite some time

CC: Well, it took a lot of consideration because I had to think about the characters and their relationships. I had to think about the character in a contemporary context, so much has changed technologically, geopolitically, so I had to put a contemporary context both personally and professionally. I also had to be mindful that the reason we’re back is because of the hardcore fans but, also, there is another audience out there that I think everyone wants to—doesn’t want to ignore as a possible new audience. With more viewers there’s a chance for more X-Files.

On the possibility of a third movie 

CC: I like doing the television show because it gives me a chance to tell a lot of interesting X-Files stories. I probably wouldn’t want to do the third movie that I wrote. I think I would have to rethink it. I might use some elements of it. I can tell you that if and when we do a third movie, I wouldn’t do it if it were not the proper budget and the proper release date. I feel we didn’t have either in the last movie, so I’d be looking to do something more like the first movie.

On Mulder and Scully’s evolving relationship in the first three episode and if eventually we will see them where we left them years ago

CC: So, it was my thinking and our thinking, the producers, that Mulder and Scully would have had a very hard time living under the same roof based on their personalities and their passions. I see Mulder now as probably, because he’s got Google and the internet and search engines, he probably spends a lot of time sitting at home in front of his computer in his underwear.

I didn’t imagine that would sit well with Scully who is a serious scientist and doctor, so I think it would spell, I believe it would spell a bump in the road for them, which is why you find them not together. But I think you’ll see, through the course of these six episodes, that they begin to be drawn closer together through not just their investigations but through, I would call it, a deep love for one another.

On seeing a present day William in the new episodes

CC: He does not appear again in the series, but he is important to the arc of the stories going forward.

On how the fandom for the series has evolved

CC:  It’s hard for me to say because I don’t—in term of its systematic sophistication, I guess it has because of social media. I still hear the drumbeat loud and clear. I would say it takes, for me, experiences like Comic-Com 2013 where I got a direct hit from the fans for their desire to see this show, either back on the big screen or back on the small screen. It’s that direct experience that is most impressive to me.

On FOX developing any non-X-Files projects he has worked on or developed such as bringing back Millennium

CC: Right now we’re so focused on this that there are no talks about doing anything else. I can tell you, there is a constant drumbeat to bring back Millennium and I’m just always so taken by that, also that hardcore group of fans out there who would like to see it back. I have ideas how it might come back but, it’s really, once again, it’s a Fox show. They own it. It’s really up to them whether or not they would ever want to go down that road.

But, you know, I also think Harsh Realm would deserve another chance. I’m not sure if The Lone Gunmen would ever see the light of day, but Unique would be a show I would love to see done, if not at Fox, someplace else.

On bringing back writers James Wong, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, for this event series

CC: You know, it’s funny. I don’t remember specifically calling them and asking them. It kind of happened—Glen and I share an agent, so it kind of happened through our agent and then the same agent told me that Jim was interested. Glen told me that Darin was interested. The band kind of folded back together in the most natural way. Everyone had good ideas. Jim and I are tennis players. We played tennis one day, sat down and talked about his episode, but Glen and Darin both had very worked-out ideas when we first met in Glen’s backyard way back in the spring of last year. So the band came back together as if no time had passed at all.

On the role of The Lone Gunman in this six-episode series

CC: I would only spoil it for you if I told you, but I can tell you that they come back in a way that you will absolutely never expect. If I gave you 100 guesses, right now, you’d never get it.

On the differences between working the FOX on the series now versus when it first aired 

CC: You know, when you first get up and running, everyone is very nervous because you’re spending millions of dollars. Everyone is prepared for you to be a big failure. They’re prepared for you to waste all their money so everyone, there’s a tremendous amount of nervousness. This time out, there was a tremendous amount of respect. Fox was very hands-off in almost all respects. That’s not to say they didn’t have notes, they didn’t have ideas, they didn’t have suggestions, they didn’t have good direction…

They have done a fantastic job marketing this show, but it’s funny that we came back to do six episodes which, in the grand scheme of things, doesn’t seem like very many. I can tell you that I’ve worked as hard on these six episodes as I ever worked on this show and my involvement with Fox was as—even though, as I said, it was respectful, it was as collaborative as I’ve ever experienced.

On the possibility of additional episodes

CC: You know, I think everyone had a very good experience. I think everyone’s happy with the way it worked out. I think, now, it’s waiting to see if we build it, will the audience come? I hope they will. It’s seems as if there is a viewership out there but, you know, we live in a different world now where the viewership is fractured. Fox has fewer viewers. They are able to market, do on-air promotions, reaches fewer people. Everyone’s got to get the word out there in order to get the ratings that will promote more episodes.

On why 2016 was the right time to bring this series back to life

CC: The question kind of answers itself. Anyone who’s picked up a newspaper recently, or gone on the internet, knows that we live in an era of tremendous amount of suspicion and distrust of not only our government leaders, but world government. So that’s an interesting time to tell an X-Files story.

When we went off the air in 2002, there could not have been more trust in government and institutions and we allowed a lot of our rights and liberties to be abridged in the name of security. I think that we’ve all witnessed now the abuse of that trust and The X-Files wants to point a very bright light at some of those dark corners that have developed.

On making the new episodes appealing for both long-time fans and those who may be new to the series as well

CC: Yes, it was important to us to actually be mindful that there’s an audience out there that we know, they know the show. They know it better than I do , to be honest, and this series is for them. But if there are to be more of these episodes, we have to be inclusive of a casual viewing audience, people who may have seen it, may have known about it in the past, but we also—I have to tell you that I’ve had a number of times kids say to me that they loved the show and I look at them and I realize that they weren’t even born when the show was on. Maybe some of them were not even born when the show went off the air, so we’ve got another audience out there that we need to make sure that we don’t forsake going forward.

On the placement of Easter Eggs in the new episodes

CC: There are Easter eggs and, you know, when you do a show that has been off the air for 14 years, it’s funny that even with—you do unintended Easter eggs. There are specific ones and then there are the unintentional ones that come just because the show has to be self-referential in order to tell these stories. I would say, yes, intentionally and unintentionally, we do.

On the idea that Mulder is this kind of prophesized savior of mankind

CC: It’s interesting. He’s got a heroic quality. He’s the most unlikely hero, but he does have a kind of heroic quality, in that sense, and the mythology that developed around him gave him a kind of savior-like quality. That said, I would never label him a savior, but I would label him an agent of change.

On if it is scarier for him to believe their are aliens out there or there may not be

CC: It’s scarier to me that there are aliens out there because I think once that would become a reality, and I’m talking about the kind of aliens that we’ve come to either [indiscernible] fascinate us or terrify us, which is a somewhat humanized or humanoid life form. I think that it would throw mankind into a panic both biologically, psychologically, philosophically, spiritually. I think that it would be—it would change the world as we know it immediately and overnight and I think that is a rather harrowing idea.

 

 

Ray Stevenson Tells Us What It Was Like To Take On The Role Of “Blackbeard” In The Starz Hit Series “Black Sails”

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(PCM) Iconic actor Ray Stevenson took some time to chat with us about this upcoming season of the Starz hit series “Black Sails” and what it was like for him to take on the role of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. One of the most notorious pirates to have ever lived, Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, returns to the account to settle some unfinished business. But a great deal has changed in his absence, and to cement his legacy he will have to challenge Nassau’s most powerful… at sea. On land. And at the end of a sword.

The ten-episode third season of the authentic high seas drama series, returning in 2016, follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens), and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” In the wake of the burning of Charles Town, all the New World lives in fear of Captain Flint. But when his campaign of terror crosses over into madness, and new threats emerge to challenge his supremacy, it falls to John Silver to locate the man within the monster, before Flint’s war against the world consumes them all. Meanwhile, on the pirate island of Nassau, it’s a new day. With Eleanor Guthrie facing judgment in London, Jack Rackham sits atop a fortune in Spanish gold, hoping to secure his legacy as a king among thieves. To do so, he’ll have to compete with the return of one of history’s most notorious captains, who holds a different vision for their home, as well as a complicated past with Rackham’s chief ally, Captain Charles Vane. All will be tested when a new opponent arrives to claim Nassau, one the pirates could never have anticipated. It knows them. It understands them. And in the blink of
an eye, it will do the one thing they never thought possible… turn them against each other.

We absolutely can’t wait to see what Stevenson’s Blackbeard will bring to this already intense series! Season three of “Black Sails” will premiere on January 23 at 9pm only on Starz!

 

Falling in Love with Lynn Flickinger in the Touring Musical Once

Flickinger_Lynn(PCM) It’s not where you start – it’s where you finish.

Just ask actress and musician Lynn Flickinger, who first placed her hands on a piano at the tender age of three or four, fell in love with music and the theater arts, and took a slight detour to make time to raise and nurture her three children.

While growing up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, her mother Peggy’s influence as a musician and church organist in Dublin, PA. led Flickinger’s interest in learning the violin in the second grade and viola in fifth grade.

In fact, Peggy, now 80, still plays the piano and organ; and Flickinger, now 54, is back on her musical theater path and plays all three instruments. She also learned the accordion for her role in the touring company of “Once,” showing at the Academy of Music from Jan. 15-17.

On Broadway, “Once” won eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical, and also earned the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

The show features a book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh, direction by acclaimed Scottish director John Tiffany, and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The musical is based on the Academy Award-winning film.

Flickinger, who understudies the part of Baruska, is on a break from teaching at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem. Among her theater credits are: The Carnegie Hall premiere of Fannie Lou (Mrs. Richards); Carousel (Nettie); Into the Woods (Witch); a solo career in Vienna, Salz­burg and Munich. She also plays the role of Mrs. Gabor in the upcoming film adaptation of Spring Awakening.

Q: Please tell me what is so appealing about the musical Once?

LYNN FLICKINGER: It is different from the standard musicals. It is set in an Irish pub and all of the characters play instruments on stage – the actors are also musicians. Once tells the story of a street musician from Ireland who is stuck. He is afraid to move on in his life; which resonates with everyone.

Q: Then what happens?

LF: He meets a Czechoslovakian girl who is captivated by his music and she decides to encourage him and help him. They introduce each other to the other’s world and they make and record music. In the end, they get to move on.

Q: In addition to having an affinity for music, how did you fall in love with musical theater?

LF: I have always loved the idea of telling stories through music.

Q: Why?

LF: I feel that stories are timeless. Stories are the beautiful thing about musical theater. It is about being able to enable someone and transport them to another time or place. Whether they are happy or sad, if they can get caught up in the story I feel like I have done my job.

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Q: What does this remind you of?

LF: It is like when you are reading and get caught up in the story and want to know about the characters. Music is the bonus – it helps connect us emotionally to what’s going on in the story. If someone says I cried or laughed I feel like it is a job well done.

Q: You have deep Pennsylvania root?

LF: Yes. I was born in Doylestown and raised in Tinicum. I live in Bethlehem and teach at Leigh High Valley Charter School for the Arts. I recently was married for the second time to a wonderful supportive man, Daniel Jodre. He is not in the business; he is operation’s manger for a company, and wonderfully supportive of me and my career.

Q: Tell me about being part of the tour for Once.

LF: I started the audition process in September [2015.] There were five auditions and I was cast in November. The actors are actual musicians which is why the audition process is so long. We started rehearsal at the end of November. The tour just began and we will perform in 38 cities over six months.

Q: Are you worried about being on the road?

LF: I’m not concerned. It’s a wonderful, talented cast so that makes it easier. I am a little worried about missing my husband and my family. We talk on the phone all the time and they are coming to see it. My roommate is from Utah and she talks to her family every night using Facetime.

Q: What are the challenges of the role?

LF: I had to learn to play the accordion, which I’m pretty good at now. At first I thought I’d never learn this; but now I can play it. You need really good musicianship skills, and I am able to pass that on to my students while I can experience it first-hand.

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Q: This is your first tour at age 54, is there a lesson there?

LF: Sure. I did a lot of music, but I didn’t start the major auditioning until I was in my ‘40s. I raised my family first. Then I did TV and film work, and the premiere of a new musical called Fannie Lou at Carnegie Hall — the story of Fannie Lou Hamer and the fight for voting rights

Q: What advice has helped you during the rough patches?

LF: I believe in the saying from Norman Vincent Peele – ‘It’s always too early to quit.’ Even in this business, I don’t think you can ever say you’ve done all you can. Life is still happening. Take Barbara Cook who won her first Tony Award at age 80. I’m always striving to learn new things with my singing. I believe there is a place for all of us and all of our dreams.

Q: You were a single mom for a while.

LF: Yes. I have three children – 18, 29 and 30. My oldest is a girl and I have two boys and now a 10-year-old grandson, Logan. I raised my youngest child by myself.

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Q: What is it like to have your family behind you?

LF: Wonderful. All of them are coming to see me. They are very proud of me. It means the world to me that my kids are kids of me. They also see how far I have come. As older women, we are examples to young women; not to give up. My daughter is now completing her degree as a paralegal, and dealing with being a bit older than the other students.

Q: She must have learned from you that it is never too late.

LF: Yes. You can still do whatever you want to do as a woman of any age. I always want to be encouraging to younger women and my peers that you are never done being creative and being who you are.

Q: Lastly, why should people come to see Once as it tours around the nation?

LF: It is a unique music theater experience. The music is Irish folk songs. There is also Czechoslovakian music. It is also the story of pursuing your dreams. There is a line my character Baruska says that I can definitely relate to, ‘Those who live in fear die miserably in their graves.’ It is a story about not giving up. There you go. That’s why it resonates with me.

Photo credit: “Original Australian Company” – Photos by Jeff Busby

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Start to Eat Clean, Stay Lean for a Healthy New Year

Eat-Clean2(PCM) The New Year is the ideal time to improve our healthy ways, and a new book on eating clean from Rodale Press will supply us with the tools we need to get a jump start. In Wendy Bazilian’s new 294-page book “Eat Clean Stay Lean” (Rodale Press $21.99), she has found a refreshing approach to doing just that.

She also has the ideal qualifications. Bazilian is a registered dietitian and certified exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine. She is an author, journalist, researcher, educator, and food enthusiast.

The author gives her readers common sense advice on how to shop with an eye toward optimal health benefits; as well as 300 real foods and flavorful, unique recipes for life-long health and lasting weight loss. The book includes ultimate clean foods in every category: fruits and veggies, proteins, grains, sauces, snacks and treats, and beverages.

The book gives readers tips on how to turn their kitchens into an “eating clean oasis.” There are also simple strategies for how to recognize the different between clean food and the impersonators, pages on the surprising foods that contain fillers and unexpected ingredients. The book also shows how to continue to eat clean on the go, whether at a party, event or restaurant. Sample menus for a day of good clean/lean eating are included.

In “Eat Clean Stay Lean” Bazilian’s aim is help readers transform their kitchens into a place where they can go to get healthy. In doing so, she explains why it’s better to buy fresh ingredients and give readers some tips on where to find them and what to look for.

The first step healthy eating is selecting clean ingredients. These include organically grown vegetables and grass fed beef; that is free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, as well as antibiotics and growth hormones. If her advice is taken, readers will quickly get to know the people at their local farmer’s market and road side stands.

“My favorite foods are those without a label,” Bazilian said. “The cleanest foods you can eat are real foods that haven’t been highly processed, refined and poured into big boxes, crinkly bags or shiny wrappers. Research shows that these whole foods are the best at creating, restoring, and preserving the healthiest bodies.”

When you get home with your new found booty, the book provides numerous recipes with everything from veggie burgers to homemade salad dressings, and Southwest Skillet Eggs to Savory Bread pudding. There are lots of tips and more do’s than don’ts.

Using her book as a guide, “you’ll be cooking and eating clean, healthy, flavorful meals in no time; with a new found confidence in what you are eating because it will be prepared in a healthy way, using the cleanest ingredients. “

“At the end of the day,” she writes in her book, “the pleasure from eating flavorful foods feels so good. Ultimately, while being healthy itself is a compelling goal, you know you probably won’t stick with a plan if it doesn’t also taste delicious. Great news: Clean foods, prepared creatively like the recipes provided will tantalize your taste buds also.”

So, in her book, she invites us to enter the world of great tasting meals made with clean ingredients. “Feel better about what you’re eating because you know what is in your food.”

Eat-Clean1Q: We want our children to be healthy, yet we all know picky young eaters who refuse to try anything green; or anything new that may be a healthier choice. Do you have any thoughts about that?

WENDY BAZILIAN: Yes, it can take a little bit of time, so you have to be patient. From the first introduction of a food we know it can take 15-17 times for someone, especially a child, to try something out. The goal is to establish a memory along with a sensory experience. You take simple steps and reinforce it. The more variety and the more flavor involved will increase the success. It definitely takes time; but it is well worth the effort.

Q: Please talk about clean living.

WB: Clean living is eating clean. It is not about a single fad or a way to eat. Eating clean is eating more whole, minimizing chemicals in your day and removing artificial colors and preservatives.

Q: Do you eliminate some of our favorite foods like pizza, cookies and other snacks?

WB: No. In the book we categorize – meat, popcorn, veggies, snack food –and there are pizza and cookies. It is embracing what we have in common, rather than what we have that is different.

Q: Who and what inspires you in life?

WB: I am inspired by the environment around me and what’s possible in my own life. I’m inspired by people – chefs and gardeners who I see bring things to life, and athletes who perform their feats. I’m inspired by people who follow their passion – including my family members and friends.

Q: Do you have any favorite recipes in the book?

WB: I love the apple pie parfait and the apple pie smoothie. That cinnamon red hot warming flavor is perfect for a chilly day in the fall or winter. I like to eat to the season and rely on mother nature.

Q: How do you feel about leftovers?

WB: The salmon salad recipe is perfect for that it is as simple as making tuna fish salad. There are also affordable choices that are clean eating, like buying canned wild salmon. I like the cauliflower crust pizza with marinara, fresh mozzarella and sautéed mushrooms. Taste should be your prevailing force when it comes to meals and snacks. What I love about this endeavor is that there is truly something for everyone in this book.

Q: What do you hope readers will get from this book?

WB: I hope that people see we can all be on a mission together. I would say to eat a little bit better today than yesterday and feel the immediate impact – feel more vital, and have more energy. Our health is impacted by food, so it is the most important thing we do for our health. What we have control over often seems magical.

Q: Are there other health benefits?

WB: Yes. Your skin will look better; you are looking at heart health, and brain health. There are mountains of studies connected to reducing medical risks and improving our health by eating cleaner, yet delicious food

Q: What about those of us who love our chips, cookies and other snacks?

WB: All of this is a cumulative effect of what we put in our bodies. An occasional mis-step doesn’t undo everything if you eat clean most of the time. So don’t beat yourself up during the holidays or an upcoming birthday celebration. Your home environment should reflect your eating with easy access to clean and healthy foods and snacks.

Q: Do you have any overall advice?

WB: I always tend accentuate the positive like the old song tells us. Don’t beat yourself up. Go for the next meal to be clean and healthy and give yourself credit for making small changes. Be proud for those foods to be in your diet.

Q: Are there ways that you personally have people change habits so they are eating cleaning and staying lean?

WB: Sure, by cooking and writing and continuing to get the word out on how we can have a healthier community. I want to see more people in the kitchen and show them that we can help our own health out there. It is also about skin care productions, community supported agriculture, using what foods are available for the season, doing some canning, and all of the generations being involved side-by-side.

Q: Will there be a companion workbook to help people on their new clean eating adventure?

WB: Yes. It will give people a road map to help them get started and engaged in these recipes. It will look at sports performance and weight loss. The East Clean Diet Book companion should come out in the fall.

Q: What is it like to meet fans of your book, recipes and lifestyle changes at special events?

WB: Food is the connection and it is wonderful to share memories and stories as a community.

Q: How has this book changed your life?

WB: I have the opportunity to share with others the benefits of clean eating. I love to have them share their stories and build a community and through this I know we are more in common than we are different. I am so impacted by it. Mother Nature had a plan, we need to focus on. Use our farmers, farmers markets and regular grocery stories, and at the end of the day celebrate delicious and healthy food on our tables.

Q: There are 12 foods in the book that boost your mood. Tell me about them.

WB: Clams, walnuts, flaxseed, coffee, radishes, oysters, pomegranates, yogurt, kefir, shitake mushrooms, chocolate and apricots. They are blessed with compounds that lift your spirits.

Q: Do you have any last advice for our readers?

WB: The use of one simple mantra: “Eat Clean, Stay Lean,” can really change your life.

For further information go to: www.eatclean.com or http://www.wendybazilian.com.

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Deadpool Fans Receive A Christmas Surprise With New Red Band Trailer

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(PCM) Words can not even express how excited we are for the upcoming Deadpool film starring Ryan Reynolds!  20th Century Fox had been teasing us with the “12 Days Of Deadpool” campaign that featured our favorite snarky superhero sipping some eggnog and showcasing a giant chimichanga, all leading up to the release of the upcoming film’s new red band trailer.

The film will be released on February 12 and the new trailer gives us some insight into Deadpool’s creation, as well as, a first clear look at X-Men’s Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic). We also got to see Ellie Phimister commonly known as Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by Brianna Hildebrand) and we were thrilled to see her mutant powers showcased in the trailer.

Entertainment Weekly recently spoke with Serbian actor Stefan Kapicic about his role as Colossus, 7 and half foot tall mutant in the upcoming film. When asked if he had any previous knowledge of “Deadpool” and if he was a fan, Kapicic revealed “Yes! I am big comic book geek. I can’t live without them! Deadpool was always one of my favorite characters because of the way he handles all kinds of situations. His style and humor make him the perfect antihero. It’s great finding a comic book character that doesn’t care about following traditional comic book rules like “breaking the fourth wall” and being explicit about everything! This gives Deadpool the arrogance which you just have to love.”

He also spoke at length about the audition process for the film saying, “It was such a top secret project from the beginning that I didn’t even know what I was auditioning for. All the characters had different names attached as well. I found out I was up for this while I was working in Belgrade and my manager (at Endorse Management Group from LA) was visiting me on-set where he promised an opportunity to work on a film in the U.S. in the near future.

A few weeks later, he called with this secretive role on a film to self-tape. Since that time, this became a three-month experience that I was self-taping from Europe (where I was working in Serbia). It was only after the second round of casting that some of the names were revealed and I figured it out IMMEDIATELY, so it was a much bigger deal for me because I am such a huge fan. I had such great experience with the casting team at FOX.

They were so great to me, while giving excellent directions and notes, that I ended up with 120 takes on my third call of auditions. After that, FOX called my manager and requested I come back to my home in Los Angeles (which happened to be the ONLY week between my two theatre performances in Dubrovnik, Croatia and Montenegro) when we were dark. When I was there, I worked at FOX studios with Tim Miller (Director) for the last part of the audition. The session was supposed to be for four hours, but we got inspired and creative, so it continued for eight more hours. After we were done, I flew the 14hr flight back to Montenegro and drove straight to the theatre to perform “Romeo and Juliette.” I was reeling with excitement from that last week in LA, but I couldn’t tell ANYONE about Colossus!”

When asked about his reaction to knowing that he had gotten the part, Kapicic says, “I still get chills when I think about it. Amazing! I’ve filmed before in USA, and have more than 80 roles in TV, Film, and theatre, but the feeling of becoming a part of the Marvel Universe as Colossus is incredible! Sometimes you just can’t explain that moment, but when you think about it you feel so happy and proud. This is a dream opportunity!”

Kapicic also spoke to EW about the voice acting process for the films revealing “Tim Miller’s idea of Colossus was to be bigger and stronger than everyone else, so for the motion capture they needed an extremely tall man (I’m 6’4”, but he wanted Colossus to be over 7’, so they used a stunt-double to recreate his height, and he did very good job there). Tim also wanted Colossus to sound as close as possible to the comic book character’s background, so he had me to come in, since my voice was what he envisioned for Colossus who has an authentic Russian accent. My character’s voice gives him the past history as Piotr Nikolayevich Rasputin once you hear him speak. This made him the most authentic to the original idea of the comic book character.”

He goes on to say that “Giving the voice and expressions to a character is giving it a soul. It is a specific type of acting and it must be precise as it has to bring a character to life. We had been trying all sorts of depths–both vocal and emotional–while playing with variations of Russian accents to give a range to the role until we finally got what the director wanted. It was such an amazing process and all the hard work payed off! I cannot wait for everyone to enjoy it! Colossus’s voice is not much different than mine as the director loved my natural color and range of voice, so we kept it and worked more on the Russian accent. The best note I received was to be authentic.”

The film was very close to being completed when Kapicic got his news about the role. He addresses this by saying “Yes, I was aware, so I knew how important was to make a perfect Colossus. We worked our best to make him a well-known character–an original from the comic book–because of the huge fan base that Colossus has.”

Finally, when asked about working with Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller, Kapicic says “There is no actor in the world with such talent and charm that could play Deadpool as well as Ryan Reynolds. Working with him was a fantastic experience, and his ideas and suggestions helped me out a lot. It was just great fun to work one-on-one as Deadpool and Colossus.

I worked with many directors in my life, but Tim Miller is definitely my favorite. He not only has a beautiful sense of directing actors, but he also shares a great love and passion for the comic book world, as I do. I enjoyed working and spending time talking with him. He is an exceptional man and friend and I can never thank him enough for this opportunity that he gave me.”

He concludes that working on the film was a dream come true because “My grandfather bought me my first marvel comic book when I was six years old, and since then, it has been an ongoing love. It was an X-Men comic book. Becoming a part of the Marvel Universe was my childhood dream. Like most kids growing up, I read a lot of comic books and acted out some of the characters with friends. Since I can remember, I wanted to be a superhero, so it’s not just a movie for me–or just another role–it’s a fulfillment of my dreams on so many levels.”

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