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Spago’s Barbara Lazaroff

2018-10-01T01:26:21+00:00Monday, October 1, 2018|

Barbara Lazaroff is a producer, writer, and published author, mother of two sons, celebrated philanthropist, humanitarian and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder, with Jordan Roberts, at FGI: Filmanthropic Group International, a studio that works with brands, causes and A-list talent to create mainstream film and media. To raise awareness about bullying, FGI hosted the "White Rabbit" release party screening and donated to various charities (2015). Barbara is a highly regarded restaurateur and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). After co-founding, marketing and leading the publicity of the Wolfgang Puck Brand & IP (1979), Barbara established Imaginings Design (1981) and was the sole designer for WP restaurants: Spago Hollywood, Spago Beverly Hills, Chinois on Main, Chinois Las Vegas, Eureka, Granita and all the Cafés. In 1991, Barbara's exceptional work in the restaurant industry was recognized with her induction into Hospitality Design Magazine's prestigious Platinum Circle. Additionally, the Interior Designers Institute of Newport Beach conferred the honorary Bachelor of Arts degree upon her (1992) and Johnson and Wales University granted her the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from (1998). In 2014 she designed her exclusive Flame of Life Dinnerware, available for purchase on [...]

The Road to Joshua

2018-09-29T08:49:23+00:00Saturday, September 29, 2018|

Joshua and I met Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed eget venenatis velit. Aliquam in odio ultrices, finibus arcu nec, vulputate eros. Sed in ultricies arcu. Nullam fermentum, dui eu posuere feugiat, ex metus ultrices felis, eget molestie orci magna nec sem. Sed tempor arcu turpis, eu vehicula diam commodo vitae. Nulla nec velit sit amet dolor dignissim viverra. Suspendisse potenti. Suspendisse efficitur euismod metus ac malesuada. Etiam imperdiet mollis lectus sit amet auctor. Fusce id tellus sit amet eros dignissim vulputate. Ut mollis sapien augue. The Construction of Europe Is The Art of The Possible. Stunning landscapes, historical cities and intriguing cultures. The Beautiful Realm of Asia. Let the natural beauty of Asia inspire you. The Harmony of Wild Africa. Our human compassion binds us one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. [...]

Q & A with Forbes Riley – on Business, Health, Fitness & Life

2018-09-20T22:09:12+00:00Sunday, September 9, 2018|

Q & A with Forbes Riley written Andy Charalambous Profession: TV Host, CEO SpinGym, author, speaker, actress Honors & Awards: National Fitness Hall of Fame 2010, Moxie Award Winner “Best Female Presenter of the Year (2x), “Best Home Home Shopping Presenter”, TeleAward Winner, Miss Teenage NY/America Certifications: Personal Fitness Trainer IFTA, AFFA; Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Hypnotist, Certified NLP Master, Brown Belt Tae Kwon Do ·········· What are you known for professionally? As the 2010 National Fitness Hall of Fame inductee I am most known for being a leading authority in the health, fitness and wellness industry. I am most known for selling more than $2 Billion dollars worth of health & fitness products on TV via infomercials and Live Home Shopping (HSN & QVC). I am most recognized from hosting the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer that aired for 8 years in 80 countries and the Montel Williams HealthMaster Blender for the past 6 years. I am also known for creating the fitness sensation SpinGym – the most unique, innovative and portable fitness product. When I launched it on the Discovery TV series PitchMen I was told it would never work and I was wasting my time – we have [...]

My friend, Neil Simon

2018-09-04T07:43:04+00:00Tuesday, September 4, 2018|

Back in 1985, I was doing the Broadway Show, The Marriage of Figaro co-starring Christopher Reeve.  I had a chance to hang with a lot of the young stars working in New York City and among them was Matthew Broderick.  One night I was visiting the cast of Biloxi Blues and by chance the playwright Neil Simon, was walking out of the backstage door as I was walking in -- it was a true Hollywood meet cute -- we looked at each other smiled, I must have giggled and he invited me for an after show drink at Joe Allen's.  We talked for the next 6 months -- it was an amazing time - except for the 30 year age difference -- it might have turned out differently!  He was a prince, so funny and he will be missed!  Matthew Broderick played Eugene Jerome and in the cast were so many up and comers like Penelope Ann Miller, Matt Mulheron, Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Bill Sadler and Brian Tarantina    This is a clip from the LA TIMES: Neil Simon, whose comic touch in “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and many other hits on stage and [...]

Amy Lyndon- Hollywood Acting Coach

2018-09-24T17:46:04+00:00Sunday, June 24, 2018|

Amy Lyndon and I have been friends for EVER!! We were actresses together in LA and traveled to the Sundance Film Festival to pursue our dreams.  Today she is one of Hollywood's Top Acting Coaches with Emmy Award students and I'm just so proud to call her one of my oldest (hmmm) maybe most genuine, exciting and FUN Friends!

David “Avocado” Wolfe

2018-05-29T22:28:00+00:00Tuesday, May 29, 2018|

David Wolfe — Health, Eco, Nutrition, and Natural Beauty Expert Today is the best day ever.  That is one of David's Favorite quotes.  He is a genuine inspiration and I'm thrilled to call him a friend.  to learn about his amazing health and wellness products click HERE A true inspiration.  We both co-star in the film SuperCharge ME -- worth watching if you're on a health quest and curious about raw, natural foods.  SUPERCHARGE ME! is a life blessing message for everyone, said one reviewer. Ever wonder what the opposite of the film SUPER SIZE ME would be like? With a tip of the headdress to Morgan Spurlock of SUPER SIZE ME, Jenna Norwood takes us on her journey to see what happens when she enrolls in a raw food detox center and consumes only organic, raw, enzyme-rich foods for 30 days. It is all in an effort to fit into a Las Vegas showgirl costume for Halloween, but the experience has some surprising results. Meet experts (David Wolfe), celebrities (Ben Vereen & Kathy Sledge) and others seeking to resolve serious health issues on a raw food diet. Takes the mystery out of colon hydrotherapy, too. An entertaining, educational and [...]

Celebrity Trainer David Kirsch

2017-11-16T23:59:26+00:00Thursday, November 16, 2017|

Had the amazing pleasure to meet David at a Speaker Training I co-hosted in Las Vegas -- he blew me away with his insight, talent, and heart!  No wonder A-List celebrity flock to him and RAVE about his training! about David - David Kirsch is a wellness visionary with over two decades of experience in uncovering the connection between mind, body, and spirit. Founder of the award-winning Madison Square Club in New York City, David has trained a number of A-listers including Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Kate Upton, Kerry Washington, and Anne Hathaway.  David is also the author of five books, including the bestseller The Ultimate New York Body Plan, and has appeared on numerous television shows, such as The Today Show, E!, CNN World News, Dr. Oz, Live with Regis and Kelly, and The View. David’s philosophy—“Sound Mind, Sound Body”—transcends fitness to encompass wellness as a whole.Whether you want to lose weight or body fat, energize and/or just maintain the highest level of wellness, my products – portable and transportable – will deliver the results you want and help you attain the body and lifestyle you thrive to have.  “LET’S GET KIRSCHED!” -DK With over two decades of experience [...]

Forbes Riley

2017-10-27T10:54:30+00:00Thursday, September 28, 2017|

World-renowned fitness and wellness expert and National Fitness Hall of Fame inductee, Forbes Riley continues to revolutionize the exercise world with the completely portable SpinGym, allowing people to get an effective, heart pumping, body changing workout anywhere, anytime. Having now sold more than 1 million SpinGyms, it is not only a growing favorite among celebrities seeking red carpet ready arms, but SpinGym is working its magic worldwide in office cubicles, pilots in cockpits, professional sports athletes and everyone in between. This perfect “on-the-go” health addition for a busy lifestyle was created out of Forbes Riley’s own frustration as an overweight actress and busy working mom of twins. Her ugly duckling transformation has now severed to inspire men and woman from all walks of like, all over the globe. Born on Long Island, New York, Riley began studying dance at the age of 4, dreamed of being an actress and dancer but struggled with weight and body image her whole life. Her ability to overcome her own personal issues is a driving force behind need to communicate to others. Today she says that she hasn’t been on a diet in more than a decade but is delighted to fit in clothes [...]

Movie Producer Brian Grazer loves SpinGym

2017-09-25T14:42:24+00:00Thursday, September 21, 2017|

 I was lucky enough to run into Brian backstage in NYC at Fox & Friends.  He asked about SpinGym, tried it, loved it and even posted it to Twitter! He co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986, with Ron Howard. The films they produced have grossed over $13 billion.The movies include four for which Grazer was personally nominated for an Academy Award: Splash (1984), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Frost/Nixon (2008). His films and TV series have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards, and 131 Emmys. In 2002, Grazer won an Oscar for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind (shared with Ron Howard). In 2007, he was named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World". Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. While executive-producing TV pilots at Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s, he met current long-time friend and business partner Ron Howard. He produced his first feature-film, Night Shift, in 1982, directed by Howard. Grazer and Howard teamed up again for Splash in 1984, which Grazer produced and co-wrote. Splash earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1984. In 1986, Grazer and Howard co-founded Imagine Entertainment, which became one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful production companies. Over the years, Grazer's films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Academy Awards, and 131 Emmys. At the same time, his movies [...]

Getting Kids to Juice!

2017-08-12T15:49:10+00:00Tuesday, June 7, 2016|Tags: , , , |

People always ask me, 'How do you get kids to eat healthy?" The answer is simple - feed them healthy - may sound easy but before most children are 2 years old they have been inundated with sugar, birthday cake, candy, high fructose corn syrup, cereals, ice cream and the list goes on... food that if you truly realized how bad it was - you wouldn't feed to someone who hated - but now you are noticing you're feeding it your most precious loved ones -- they are getting desensitized to taste, further away from raw, natural flavors and the heading towards early diabetes, obesity and a host of health problems. If its true you ARE WHAT YOU EAT - then lets start with natural, nutrition rich ingredients to help build our young ones as strong and healthy as possible yes?   replace sugar drinks with fresh natural juices (adding in veggies) offer them water whenever possible involve them in the cook process in the kitchen talk about what food really is and why we eat - and if you don't know, lets get educated!

Jeff Timmons – 98 Degrees – Boy Band!

2017-08-12T15:51:46+00:00Thursday, June 2, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Why am I a fan? Jeff Timmons is talented, funny, charming, can sing and did you SEE his biceps. Its also GREAT that he loves SpinGym JEFF TIMMONS Jeff Timmons is the founding member of the Grammy-nominated, internationally-acclaimed, multi-platinum-selling vocal group 98 Degrees, which has sold over 15 million albums, with four Top 5 radio singles. The group has produced such mega hits as “The Hardest Thing”, “I Do”, “Because of You”, and the No. 1 hit single “Thank God I Found You,” which is a collaboration with Mariah Carey. After his stellar success with 98 Degrees, Jeff has ventured out as a soloist, and single-handedly wrote and produced his first solo album which was released as a joint venture with Rising Phoenix and SLG Music. The album’s first single produced a top 20 hit on both the Billboard adult contemporary and R&B charts with the song “Whisper That Way.” This song reached No. 1 in many major markets out-performing Usher’s “Burn”, and Alicia Keys “If I Ain’t Got You.” The album also produced three additional chart-topping singles worldwide. In 2010, a single entitled “Emotional High” leaked to the radio international [...]

Rali Ivanova & Noemi Olah at the Studio!

2017-08-12T15:51:47+00:00Sunday, May 1, 2016|

Fit and Fit at Forbes Riley TV Studios! Come take a backstage look at sneak into my dressing during a fitness photo shoot - just one of the amazing and fun things we do here in St Pete at my studio - Forbes Riley Studios 2 of my FAVORITE female fitness models Rali Ivanova owes her exotic looks to Bulgarian, Russian and Italian ancestry, but she calls Bulgaria home, because she was born and raised in Varna. Her extraordinary beauty caught the eye of a cosmetic company and she started modelling at the age of 15. Four years later she made the biggest step in her life and moved to USA, chasing her dream to live in sunny Florida. She remembers that it took her a while to get used to the American environment, but today she loves her glamor life in the beautiful city of Tampa. While having cocktails with friends on the beach, a photographer noticed her and offered her to shoot for a local calendar. She gave it a try and that’s how her professional modelling career started. The way she posed and [...]

Movie Producer Brian Grazer loves SpinGym

2017-08-12T15:51:48+00:00Sunday, May 1, 2016|

 I was lucky enough to run into Brian backstage in NYC at Fox & Friends.  He asked about SpinGym, tried it, loved it and even posted it to Twitter! He co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986, with Ron Howard. The films they produced have grossed over $13 billion.[2] The movies include four for which Grazer was personally nominated for an Academy Award: Splash (1984), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Frost/Nixon (2008). His films and TV series have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards, and 131 Emmys. In 2002, Grazer won an Oscar for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind (shared with Ron Howard). In 2007, he was named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World". Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. While executive-producing TV pilots at Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s, he met current long-time friend and business partner Ron Howard. He produced his first feature-film, Night Shift, in 1982, directed by Howard. Grazer and Howard teamed up again for Splash in 1984, which Grazer produced and co-wrote. Splash earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1984. In 1986, Grazer and Howard co-founded Imagine Entertainment, which became one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful production companies. Over the years, Grazer's films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Academy Awards, and 131 Emmys. At the same time, his movies [...]

I’m not really a Doctor!

2016-04-30T09:10:36+00:00Saturday, April 30, 2016|

Love the Line - I'm not really a doctor, I just play one on TV! It must have been amazing to work on the set of ER or Chicago Hope and play doctor - well this week I got to "play" doctor in the controversial film Blurred Lines focusing on the rights of TransGender - my character is not very sympathetic - so you'll have to watch to see how it turns out!  

Nurses love Spingym

2016-04-26T15:50:10+00:00Tuesday, April 26, 2016|

We Love Nurses! For industries with aging employees, such as nursing, the goal of a healthy workforce may be even more important to mitigate health changes associated with aging and to help nurses retain their ability to manage the physical demands of caring for patients. The average age of a nurse in the US is nearing 50 years (American Nursing 2011).  Trusted professionals such as nurses have a distinct opportunity to educate not only patients, but also each other, about healthy lifestyle choices that incorporate a balance of exercise and proper nutrition. At the regional nursing convention I had the chance to teach more than 200 nurses how to SpinGym (especially wonderful as my daughter Makenna helped as well) The response was extraordinary and many plan to incorporate the workout into their daily routine and for patients that can handle it as well -- a win / win all round! www.SpinGym.com