Mike Tollin began his career in producing and directing in La Costa. At the La Costa Film Festival earlier this month, he shared how he began his career, where it’s taken him and why anyone who wants to make films has a chance today. Mike is well known for the TV shows: Smallville, One Tree Hill, and the film, Coach Carter. At the Second Annual La Costa Film Festival, he was joined by actor Ed Harris who starred in the film, Radio, directed by Mike Tollin.Read This Article
Actor, Ed Harris, spoke with Live Fit Magazine’s Phoebe Chongchua at the La Costa Film Festival. The actor was honored at a VIP Tribute reception by the film festival at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa and then a retro screening followed at the Cineopolis.
Ed has had a long career in the film industry starring in popular films such as Apollo 13 (Best Supporting Actor), A Beautiful Mind, The Right Stuff, Pollock (Director debut in the Oscar-Winning film),The Hours, The Truman Show, and his first leading role in was in Knightriders in 1981. He’s been nominated several times for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2013, he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Game Change. And he won a Golden Glove for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his acting in The Truman Show.
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Helping employ the homeless, one CD at a Time. This could be a story about any of us. A moment when we lost ourselves and our way. One organization is making every effort to help improve the lives of the homeless and it all begins with music and a CD. Watch the story to learn how you can create harmony for the homeless. Then make a donation to Harmonic Humanity’s Indiegogo Campaign. Pledge to help those how need your help right now. Share the video and spread the love.
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Summer’s hottest ticket in this town is Del Mar Racetrack’s opening day. Horses, hats and heels define the exhilarating event. Let me set the scene. The paddock where the thoroughbreds are paraded is crowded with anxious owners, curious onlookers, cowboy-hatted enthusiasts and multitudinous news crews covering the seasonal debut. Like guided missiles, creative haberdasherists make their way to Opening Day’s Hat Contest (this year’s challenge was a brisk wind that sometimes uprooted a towering headdresses from its model’s head). Cigar-toting men escort high-heeled women as regulars make their way through the maze of fans into the grandstand before the starting 2 pm post time. It’s a people-watching mecca, one that occurs annually each Wednesday through Sunday from mid-July to early-September, but one that is over-the-top on the first day of each season.
However, it is the track’s Hollywood-linked history that truly sets it apart from other horse-racing venues. From the beginning it was star-studded. Conceived in 1937 by a partnership, it included three well-known celebrities – Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien and Oliver Hardy (of Laurel and Hardy fame). Though popular crooner Bing Crosby was at the front gate personally greeting fans on the first opening day, it was on August 12 the following season that the Del Mar Racetrack officially came into its own.
Host of a race between two horses for a $25,000 winner-take-all purse, NBC Radio covered the stand-off live, a first in the history of racing. The horses were Argentinean thoroughbred, Ligaroti ridden by jockey Noel Richardson, and Seabiscuit, commandeered by George Woolf. The result: Seabiscuit won by a nose.
Ensuing years took the Del Mar Racetrack to another rung up the ladder of success as it became Hollywood’s summer playground, with celebrities such as Jimmy Durante, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz considered regulars. All of this ended during World War II when the track closed for two years and was used as a United States Marine Corps training facility and as a manufacturing site for parts of the B-17 bomber.
When it reopened, purses got bigger – attracting more fans, better-known horses and top-notch jockeys, one of whom was Bill Shoemaker who collected more than his share of the stakes. A new crop of celebs came onto the scene, including Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickenson. But at its half-century birthday, a renovation was in need. And in 1990 the grandstand was demolished and replaced with the one standing today.
Fast forward to 2000 and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s desire to attract a younger audience, in addition to its established multi-decades racing crowd. Positioning Del Mar as a fashion destination, opening day became synonymous with hat-loving women, as well as men, making one of the largest draws for the energetic crowd the famous hat contest.
From Bing Crosby and Hollywood to World War II and opening day’s contemporary hat contest, continuity remains at the Del Mar racetrack. Always played before each days’ first and last race, a tune recorded long ago by Bing Crosby, “Where the turf meets the surf,” remains the theme of the racing track located seaside in the village of Del Mar.Read This Article
The MS Fitness Challenge took place in San Diego today. The one-day event helps raise money and awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. Founded by bodybuilder, David Lyons and his wife, Kendra, the event sends a powerful message to those diagnosed with the disease: “Don’t give up and keep your body moving”.
Entertainers helped show their support by performing at the event held at Campland on the Bay. Live Fit Magazine’s Phoebe Chongchua talked with recording artist, B. Taylor who’s known for being a #1 Billboard Charted multitalented musician, writer, producer, and performer blessed with the ability to play four instruments (the piano, drums, guitar and organ). Taylor, a Peoria IL native, was a decorated sailor in the U.S. Navy, and he was given a rare early honorary discharge by the Secretary of the Navy to pursue entertainment professionally. He is now the face of music for the US Navy, and is endorsed by top ranking officials from all four branches of the U.S. Military (Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marines).
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Phoebe Chongchua from Live Fit Magazine interviews legendary singer, Jay King from Club Nouveau about the band’s new album, “Consciousness”, life in the music industry, and more.
Some of his greatest hip hop work created in the late 80s is still popular songs today. “Rumors” from the Timex Social Club was independently produced and marketed by King, who turned the song into a smash hit. He then founded his own band, Club Nouveau in 1986 after successfully releasing music under other record labels and his own. Club Nouveau became a sensation winning a Grammy in 1987 for the band’s cover of “Lean On Me”.
Jay King is still creating, producing, and positively impacting music and people’s lives. Watch the interview.
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A growing number of minority owned-businesses are helping fuel the economy. Reports show that between 2002 and 2007, there was a 46 percent increase in non-minority-owned businesses compared to only a 10 percent increase in nonminority-owned businesses, according to the Minority Business Development Agency.
Many of these businesses are also female-owned. The Small Business Association (SBA), in a recent report, stated that female-owned businesses remain steady at 36 percent in 2012. Like all businesses, they have many challenges. However, small businesses, in particular, often face issues of accessing capital and surviving beyond the first five years. Approximately 50 percent of small businesses make it past five years, but only one-third survive beyond 10 years.
The SBA reports that, “Despite their growing economic significance, women- and minority-owned firms tend to be smaller and less profitable; and they carry lower survival rates than their male or non-minority counterparts.”Read This Article
As we head into a Mother’s Day celebration weekend we share this important story about a breast cancer survivor and a San Diego resident who, along with Marrokal Design & Remodeling, is helping other’s diagnosed with the disease. Lynn, was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly 20 years ago. Today she educates others about early prevention and helps patients through difficult times. When she had her home remodeled by Marrokal Design & Remodeling, the renovation developed into an even deeper partnership to raise awareness and help those with cancer.
Phoebe Chongchua from Live Fit Magazine has her story and a look at her beautifully remodeled home.
For support fighting cancer visit CancerCare . The non-profit offers educational information and free workshops on breast and ovarian cancers. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is another great resource.
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