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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Actor/architect/designer James Wilder joined me Monday at 9:30am pst!

Had a great time chatting with James Wilder on the second half of today's show! If you missed James, listen to our conversation here!

Congrats to James Wilder!
In addition to winning the Independent Spirit Award at the Garden State Film Festival, he also won Best Actor Award at the Winter Film Awards! WOO HOO!!!


Neil Young wrote that it’s better to burn out than fade away. But for actor/architect/designer James Wilder neither option is acceptable. Juggling artistic mediums like the three running chainsaws that earned him notoriety on the streets of New York and Los Angeles -- and later on stages throughout Europe -- Wilder is that rare breed of artist that is not drawn to the flame of fame and fortune but rather the exhilaration of a new challenge.

Committing only to that which truly inspires him -- be it a film, TV or stage role, designing award-winning Hollywood Hills homes or an exclusive line of leather jackets and jewelry -- Wilder has been successfully merging creative spirit with entrepreneurial instincts since his early teens. It was then that he first discovered he could earn more money as a fire-eating/knife-throwing street performer than bagging groceries. And it was far more fun. 

Almost always judicious in his career decisions, it’s been a while since Wilder found a project compelling enough to distract him from his other ventures. But the opportunity to play a duplicitous washed up screenwriter in the soon-to-be- released indie psychological thriller “Three Holes And a Smoking Gun” (formerly titled “Three Holes, Two Brads, And a Smoking Gun”) was just too juicy a role to pass up.

Co-starring Joaquim de Almeida, Rudolf Martin, and Richard Edson, “Three Holes And A Smoking Gun” has since accrued a slew awards -- including the “Grand Jury Prize” and “Best Lead Actor” (Wilder) at the 2014 Red Dirt International Film Festival, "Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film" at the 2014 Laughlin International Film Festival, and “Best Screenwriter” (Scott Fivelson) at a 2014 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. The film will also screen at the high profile Winter Film Awards in NYC (Feb 26, 2015) and the Garden State Film Festival (March 19-22) in Atlantic City prior to its early spring theatrical release.

Similarly graced with nearly universal critical praise for its incisive script and powerful acting, “Three Holes…” has even earned comparison to Robert Altman’s award-winning anti-Hollywood classic “The Player”: Writes Film Threat Magazine” “Three Holes and a Smoking Gun managed to make a film about struggling screenwriters alluring and engaging… The level of moral bankruptcy that reveals itself reminded me of The Player and if you’re going to find comparisons to a film, that’s not a bad one to have.”

Of his searing portrayal of Bobby Blue Day, the London Film Review decrees that Wilder delivers: “an excellent performance… burning up the screen… and never less than believable… It’s a great role and Wilder more than does it justice… In Bobby Blue Day, Wilder and writer Scott Fivelson have given us a highly memorable screen creation.”

Concurs online site “Despite being a low-budget film, (“Three Holes And A Smoking Gun”) provides big-budget drama. Where most films go for flash and computer graphics this film honors past “Who Dunnits” in the style of Agatha Christie by being driven purely by dialogue. And how that dialogue is translated can only come from good acting. Wilder… creates a character who is dangerously unpredictable, disturbing, and desperate beneath a veneer of charm; charm that is deceiving.” observes that “(It is) a dark, and occasionally comedic (in an understated and visceral sense) sleuth film in the vein of a good Agatha Christie novel… (this is) intelligent writing at its best,” while Film Industry Network definitively states that for those who have ever “wondered what happened to smart, well-written movies”… Three Holes And A Smoking Gun is the answer.”

Raised in the bohemian enclave of Sausalito (outside San Francisco) where he attended an all-boys advanced learning institute, Wilder’s paradoxically liberal upbringing allowed for the kind of creative freedom from which his maverick tendencies were born. At the age of 14 Wilder was living in his mother’s native Paris, regaling audiences with his one man show at such legendary venues as the Moulin Rouge and Lido and later on Broadway. While there, he performed with the Nouveau Cirque De Paris, the precursor to Cirque du Soleil, before making his way to LA where he lived for several years in his customized van.

As his legend grew so too did his opportunities, his charisma and movie star good looks soon propelling him into the world of acting. “I never set out to be an actor,” he admits. “But with so many people urging me to give it a shot, I succumbed to the temptation.”

It wasn’t long before Wilder nabbed a role in the Broadway hit “Sugar Babies” while studying at the famed NY Actors Studio, at which he was later inducted as a member. Upon returning to LA his impressive range and determination quickly earned him a reputation as a fearless and committed actor. TV and film roles rolled in. Some were great, highlighting his scope, others not so much. But the one thing that remained constant was the recognition of his talent. From his breakout role as the troubled addict son of Ed Asner in the ABC Circle Theater presentation “Cracked Up” to his heralded star turn in the Emmy-award winning one hour legal drama “Equal Justice” (with Sarah Jessica Parker) and evocative characterization of a drug-dealing seducer on “Melrose Place,” Wilder metamorphosizes with Kafka-esque ease from sleaze to tease, charming marauder to murdering psychopath… and virtually every persona in-between.

His film work included such diverse projects as “Scorchers” with icons Faye Dunaway and James Earl Jones, “Flypaper” opposite Lucy Liu, and “Nevada” alongside Angus McFadden and Gabrielle Anwar. He also appeared in (starred) “The Coriolis Effect,” which won The Grand Prize (in its category) at the Venice Film Festival. But it was his scorching depiction of serial killer Carl Isaacs in the acclaimed Miramax film “Murder One” that definitively thrust him into the limelight. Having spent an entire day with the prisoner at Atlanta’s Reedsville State Penitentiary, Wilder embodied the dark and sinister psyche of a deranged murderer with chilling acuity. Or as the New York Times wrote: “James Wilder, as Carl Isaacs, is a thoroughly malevolent character, one in whom evil rather than insanity seems to prevail.”

As his star ascended, Wilder was featured in the pages of Vanity Fair alongside Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, Robin Wright, and Keifer Sutherland, GQ, Detour, and many other high profile titles. Often disinterested in the mainstream roles coming his way, he began turning his attention to the more provocative world of independent films and his passion for design and architecture.

Untrained as an architect or interior designer, Wilder’s keen eye and distinct vision has transformed a dozen empty lots throughout California into panoramic living art. From gothic to baroque, sleekly modern to vintage chic, each of designs boasts a singularly unique aesthetic, one of which was recognized by HGTV as among LA’s top three most outstanding properties alongside a Frank Lloyd Wright design.

Slowly the homes he built in his exclusive Hollywood Hills neighborhood have evolved into a loosely-structured artist’s retreat inspired by Elia Kazan, Wilder’s favorite renegade. Annie Leibovitz, Stanley Tucci, Blake Shelton, Tom Ford, Eddie Van Halen, Jesse James, and Stevie Wonder are just a few of the marquee names who have chosen his properties for photo shoots, exclusive events and long-term inspirational living spaces.

When not constructing homes, acting or designing, Wilder can often be seen searching for vintage treasures or working on one of his classic cars and Indian motorcycles. Boredom and routine does not suit a man who is fueled by the thrill of the unknown and the rush of a challenge. Seems he’ll always keep us guessing as to his next move.

Pamela Giusto-Sorrells, a third generation natural food industry pioneer, joined me Monday at 9:00am!

Special thanks to Pamela Giusto-Sorrells, founder of Pamela's Products, for calling in to today's show! If you missed our conversation, catch it here!


Pamela Giusto-Sorrells is passionate about food and passionate about people. So much so that in 1988, filled with compassion for eaters limited to tasteless food due to health considerations, she founded a company dedicated to baking gluten-free foods so delicious that no one would know the difference. To this day, she personally develops each of the products that bear her name, with new recipes continually under development, often based on customers’ inquires and needs.

Giusto-Sorrells is a third generation natural food industry pioneer who grew up in a family which included a natural food store proprietor and artisan bakers.

Established by Pamela’s grandparents in 1941, the Golden Crescent was one of the first health food stores in San Francisco. Years, later, her father grew the business into a wholesale bakery, where one of Pamela’s responsibilities was packaging a variety of cookies made with safflower oil (and no preservatives of course): sticky macaroons, molasses bars, and gluten-free confections made of rice and soy flour that her family had made since the 1940s. Pamela was seasoned in the values on which she would later build her own business: that ingredients must be wholesome, that customers must be able to know without a doubt that the product meets their dietary needs – however unique – and that recipes must be so delicious that everyone could enjoy them.

To the delight of customers seeking wheat-free cookies the whole family would crave, Pamela’s Products started by developing delicious tasting Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies and rich Peanut Butter Cookies. From the picturesque Ukiah Valley, Pamela’s Products now proudly offers an expansive line of baking mixes, cookies, fig bars, snack bars and her newest introduction, Graham-style crackers.

As the company heads into its twenty-seventh year, Giusto-Sorrells remains at the heart of a business that continues to lead the way in bringing home-baked, convenient indulgence through an ever-expanding array of delicious gluten-free choices for all to enjoy. Pamela’s Products. Gluten-Free Cravings Fulfilled Since 1988

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Think you're in a funk?! Nancy Appleton joined me Monday @ 9:30am pst to talk about our love affair with sugar, our addiction, and the impact sugar has on our bodies and long-term health

Miss Nancy on today's show? Listen to our conversation here!

Nancy Appleton has been studying and researching nutrition and health for many decades, earning her B.S. from UCLA and her PhD from Walden University. Driven my her own addiction to sugar, she has written several books on the subject, including Lick the Sugar Habit, Suicide by Sugar, Stopping Inflammation and Killer Colas. Retired from individual consultations, Dr. Appleton is hard at work writing her latest book: Your Fate is On Your Plate. She lives in San Diego.

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Rachel Hofstetter, former food editor at O Magazine and author of Cooking up a Business, joins me Monday March 23 @ 9:00am pst to talk about her enterpreneurial spirit, PR School and more!

Did you miss Rachel on today's show? Listen to our conversation here.


Rachel was so inspired by the entrepreneurs she wrote about—as the food editor at O, the Oprah Magazine and her book, Cooking up a Business, that she caught the entrepreneurial bug herself. Today she's the founder of guesterly, which creates who's who guide to events, and PR School, where editors themselves help entrepreneurs get great press.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015


IRVINE, Calif. (March 17, 2015) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama presents Marc Camoletti’s classic farce Boeing-Boeing. A madcap comedy listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most performed French play throughout the world. Translated into English by Beverly Cross and directed by Chancellor’s Professor of Acting Eli Simon, Boeing-Boeing is a stylistically lush and comically rich romp of a tale. At the center is swingin’ bachelor Bernard, who has a flat in Paris and relationships with three gorgeous stewardesses, all unaware of his duplicity. When the new and speedier Boeing jets deliver all three women to him simultaneously, however, the jig is up and hilarity ensues.

Boeing-Boeing lands on the heels of a couple of this season’s more serious offerings, Naomi Wallace’s The Liquid Plain and Distinguished Professor Mihai Maniutiu’s The Electra Project, providing some springtime comic relief. According to Professor Simon, it is “a perfect vehicle for the exploration and execution of high-impact farce.” With vivid costuming and cleverly constructed sets, the play’s comedy relies on nimble physicality as well as brisk wordplay. “This style of theater takes situation comedy and pushes it to extreme levels of zaniness,” says Professor Simon. “Any madcap comedy should have lots of doors, and this show has seven! Imagine swinging bachelors and hip airline stewardesses flying in and out of those doors with split-second timing -- that’s farce, that’s fun… that’s Boeing-Boeing.”

The English language adaptation of Boeing-Boeing was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 then transferred to the Duchess Theatre in 1965, which ran for seven years. It has been adapted to film in five languages. The 2008 Broadway revival won Tony Awards for Best Leading Actor (Mark Rylance) and Best Revival of a Play. This production is sure to be an enormously entertaining romp!

Humanities Hall Little Theatre

Evenings: April 25, 30; May 1, 2 at 8:00 pm

April 29 at 7:30 pm

Matinees: April 26; May 2, 3* at 2:00 pm

* Ticketholders: please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

UCI Faculty and Staff: $14 / UCI Students and Children under 17: $11 / General: $15

For tickets, call (949) 824-2787 or visit

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Jaime DeJong, Director of Marketing & Communications

Office: (949) 824-2189


Monday, March 16, 2015

Natural Products Expo West/Engredea Shatters Attendance Record - Predicts the Macro Trends for Natural, Organic and Healthy Products

Boulder, CO, March 10, 2015 – The 35th annual Natural Products Expo West, the world's largest natural, organic and healthy products event, took place March 4-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The event grew 7.2 percent bringing together an inspired community of over 71,000 industry members, more than 2,700 exhibiting companies and 634 first-time exhibitors. The event is produced by New Hope Natural Media.

Co-located with Natural Products Expo West was Engredea, the event to source new ingredients, packaging, technologies, equipment, and services for cutting-edge products, and the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace, an innovative outdoor event that combines a traditional farmers’ market feel with the business-building power of a trade show.

Due to demand, New Hope expanded the event’s exhibit space to encompass the entire Anaheim Convention Center campus. In addition to traditional Exhibit Halls, new exhibitors showcased new products at the Hilton Hotel Anaheim, which also offered an extra day of exhibits on March 5. NEXT Forecast estimates the industry natural and organic products industry is expected to grow to $252 billion by 2019.

First time exhibitor, Keith Mullin, Founder of Zippy’s based in La Jolla, CA said, “We launched a new product at Natural Products Expo up in the new products area at the Hilton. We had some really high-quality conversations with retailers and received great feedback about how they perceived our product and how we can expand and grow with their companies.”

“Thanks so much for having us; we had a really great time at Expo West. We love the new changes this year! Loved the Thursday hot products at the Hilton, loved seeing all of the new things coming out and are excited to come back next year! See you in September for Expo East!,” added Beth and Amy Soergel of Naturally Soergel’s based in Wexford, PA.

Matt Stearn, Project & Social Media Manager of Derma E based in Simi Valley, CA commented, “As a company that has been coming for over 30 years, we have to say that this is our best Expo West ever! Everybody has been so awesome and we are ecstatic about the audience that we saw this year.”

This year the conference program was extended to four days of robust education. The program offered a full docket of education topics as well as keynote presentations from Mark Bittman, food journalist at The New York Times, regular guest on the Today Show and author of How to Cook Everything series and VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 and Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, board-certified Neurologist, fellow of the American College of Nutrition and New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain.

New Hope’s team of editors and analysts identified the five macro trends influencing the marketplace. They include:

Transparency advancements: Consumers are increasingly demanding to know what is in their food, and brands are responding by using technology and other innovations to provide greater transparency and traceability for their products.

Ancient Wisdom Gets Wiser: Brands continue to innovate by producing simple, delicious products that take minimally processing to new levels and contain short lists of nutrient-dense ingredients.

Paleo 2.0: Paleo-positioned products were even more prevalent. The newest Paleo offerings are popping up in every product category, from English muffins to chocolate.

Packaging Innovated: From edible cups to packages featuring famous cookbook authors, the packaging innovations made advancements in sustainability, consumer education and shelf stability.

Protein Invasion: Responding to consumers' insatiable hunger for protein, natural and organic brands are packing new offerings with protein in every conceivable form.

"Advancements in transparency, clean product development and sustainable packaging created a rich environment of inspiring product innovation at this year's Expo West," said Carlotta Mast, Executive Director of Content and Insights, New Hope Natural Media.

Many companies were recognized with awards at Natural Products Expo West.

The official Natural Products Expo West “Best of West: Press Award” went to Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Runner ups include: Noosa Yoghurt, LLC’s Vanilla Yoghurt and Brandstorm, Inc.’s Dark Chocolate Covered Chia Seeds

The winner of the NEXT Accelerator Natural Products Business School Pitch Slam was Loliware.

Expo West and eTown hosted a sold out benefit for Just Label It to help fight for federal mandatory GMO labeling. The evening of musical entertainment and interviews included performances by Ziggy Marley and Aimee Mann.

Natural Products Expo East 2015 will return to the Baltimore Convention Center, September 16-19, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. Natural Products Expo West 2016 is scheduled to take place March 11-13, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

Follow @NatProdExpo or #ExpoWest on Twitter for ongoing conversations or connect on our Facebook or LinkedIn groups to keep up on Natural Products Expo latest developments.

About New Hope Natural Media

New Hope Natural Media is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry, with print, in-person/event, and e-business products and services.


Heather Smith

Natural Products Expo West Media

T: 303.998.9232