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INTERVIEW: Hilary Kole Admits, She And Taylor Swift Are Alike

The New York TImes said jazz singer Hilary Kole's "smooth melodic lines have never been so consistently infused with literary subtext." But like a certain country songstress, her relationship status and songwriting go hand in hand – often, the outside world wants to know what is really happening between the lyrics – and as she learned, it can interfere with your career when you walk off the stage. Kole, like Swift, is open with how she perseveres through dating choices and is planning her next tour.

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

INTERVIEW: Richard Simmons On Lady Gaga, How He Survived His Eating Disorder And Being Healthy

If you haven't heard of him, you've heard of his legacy: Bethenny Frankel, Kim Kardashian, Jillian Michaels and other big names have built exercise DVDs into their empires, a career choice modeled after Richard Simmons, the fitness pioneer. When the New Orleans native moved to California, he felt downcast by LA's fad diet gimmicks and trendy gyms filled with people who didn't need to lose weight. He opened his own center, Slimmons, and his workout videos were so integrated into American pop culture that General Hospital gave him a four-year recurring role playing himself. Thank goodness he chose to inspire people instead of becoming a priest!

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

INTERVIEW: Max Solano, Emeril Lagasse's Las Vegas Mixologist

As the beverage director at The Palazzo's Table 10 and The Venetian's Delmonico, people have tried bribing him for seating at the prominent restaurants. Too bad they didn't know they should have come for the whiskey besides the dinner. Solano's menu, called The Book of Whisky, provides the Emeril franchise with one of America's largest whiskey selections.

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

INTERVIEW: Publicist Mikey Rox On How To Do Your Own Press For Free

In the beginning stages of starting a business, forming a band or creating products, you don't have a large PR budget (or often, none at all). Publicist Mikey Rox of Paper Rox Scissors gave his best tips and tricks for doing your own press before you are a household name.

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

INTERVIEW: Malcolm Freberg Of "Survivor: Philippines" And "Survivor: Caramoan"

He told People in April, "I'm a lucky guy." And he is: Malcolm Freberg has appeared on two installments of the CBS Survivor franchise, with just two weeks of preparation in between.

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

INTERVIEW: ABC's "Whodunnit?" Butler Giles, Gildart Jackson

This summer's hit mystery reality show is so true to life, some viewers thought contestants actually died on the program. As Butler Giles, General Hospital actor Gildart Jackson guides contestants in the quest to unmask the "real" killer among them.

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

INTERVIEW: Alex Bowen Sings The Blues

As America celebrates the Fourth of July, here's a treat from Down Under: Alex Bowen! Branching out on his own after years in bands, his impressive first solo EP – produced exclusively with crowdsourcing donations – is old fashioned blues music stripped clean of the big industry touch.

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

INTERVIEW: HLN Anchorwoman Rita Cosby

Rita Cosby has won three Emmys for her reporting, worked at Fox News and MSNBC and topped bestseller lists with her books. A fill-in anchor for HLN and the host of New York's WOR 710 talk radio program, The Rita Cosby Show, she breaks down why she lives up to her first name's Hindi origin, "absolute truth."

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

5 Sweet Ideas for the Confused Gift Giver

To give or not to give, and what? Ricky Eisen, president and founder of Between the Bread and The Crafted Cookie in Manhattan, provided tips on how to make the most of a simple cookie and how a small choice creates a happy day for someone special.

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

INTERVIEW: "Last I Heard" Director David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez cast the cream of the crop from the mobster flick acting pool in his propitious film, Last I Heard. With talent like Paul Sorvino in the lead, making it an official selection was an offer the Seattle Film Festival couldn't refuse, and he hopes audiences this fall love it too.

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

INTERVIEW: The New York Dolls' David Johansen Resurrects Buster Poindexter

David Johansen startled the dormant music industry with his band's punk flair in the 1970s. A founding member of The New York Dolls, he wrote and performed the group's savvy material, paving the New Wave highway for superstars like Blondie, Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga. This April, his alter ego, Buster Poindexter, reestablished his formidable albeit bewitching stage persona with a concert at The Cutting Room in Midtown Manhattan, fittingly titled, "The Return of Buster Poindexter."

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

INTERVIEW: Brian Cuban Overcame Bulimia And Wants Men To Know They Aren't Alone

His brother, Mark, proudly proclaimed himself an entrepreneur since grade school and owned the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, yet Brian Cuban felt ashamed of himself. Since college, he dealt with bulimia, a disease he wouldn't admit to suffering from because he never thought other men struggled with body image. He opens up about men facing eating disorders and BDD in his new book, Shattered Image.

Nicole Russin 6 years ago

10 Pop Culture Events That Harmed Your Psyche

You didn't see these changes coming, and now your persona is broken.

Nicole Russin 6 years ago