Friday, March 31, 2006

Best bets on TV tonight

Las Vegas: 9 p.m., NBC. Danny and Mike want to focus on investigating some break-ins. Instead, they also have to pose for a beefcake calendar. Meanwhile, Jillian (Cheryl Ladd) worries that her flawed marriage to Ed (James Caan) is a bad example and has caused their daughter to stay single. Guest stars include Robert Wagner (as an ex-convict), Brooke Burke and Hal Sparks.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

NRMLA Elects Lender Lead Solutions CEO David Peskin to Board

Senior Educational Innovator to Join Premier Reverse Mortgage Group

Lender Lead Solutions, the premier mortgage educator and lead provider, is proud to announce that CEO David Peskin has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders' Association (NRMLA).

"I'm honored to have been named to NRMLA's board," said Peskin. "I hope to be able to use my new position to build senior awareness about the powerful financial benefits of reverse mortgages."

As the official voice of the reverse mortgage industry, NRMLA is responsible for representing the industry's interests in Congress while promoting reverse mortgage education. As a new member of the board, Peskin will serve a unique role in helping to improve all aspects of the reverse mortgage process from the standpoint of lenders and consumers. Some of the board's current projects include:

* The passage of the "Reverse Mortgages To Help America's Seniors Act,"
which would remove the cap on the number of reverse mortgages that the
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can insure.
* Working with HUD and other agencies to improve reverse mortgage counseling.
* Promoting reverse mortgages in conjunction with the National Council on the Aging.

As the founder of Lender Lead Solutions' Senior Lending Network program, Peskin is no stranger to reverse mortgages. Founded in 2003, the Senior Lending Network was created to educate consumers about reverse mortgages and put them in touch with local lenders.

About Lender Lead Solutions

Lender Lead Solutions (LLS) was launched in 2003 to meet the lead generation needs of the mortgage industry. The company's programs use unique, celebrity-hosted TV advertisements and free DVDs to educate consumers about mortgages, while pairing them with qualified local lenders. LLS' Senior Lending Network campaign, hosted by renowned actor Robert Wagner, was developed to educate seniors about the powerful benefits of reverse mortgages.


Established in December 1997, NRMLA is a national trade association for firms that originate, service, and invest in reverse mortgages. Its members make and service more than 90 percent of all reverse mortgages in the U.S.

Media Contact:
Ben Abelson
Lender Lead Solutions
Marketing Associate

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

What Becomes a Legend Most?

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Robert Wagner (center), celebrates his Copper Wing Award and Tribute at a private party held during the Phoenix Film Festival on March 24, 2006 with filmmakers Brian (left) and Dean Ronalds.

Phoenix film fest draws celebrities, bigger crowds

PHOENIX - Film competition screenings are about to go dark as the Phoenix Film Festival completes this year's event Thursday.

Filmmakers, celebrities and film lovers from throughout Arizona, Hollywood and New York have been participating in the sixth-annual, eight-day movie event at Harkins 101,Scottsdale Road and Loop 101.

There were 850 films submitted this year, 250 features and 600 shorts, 15 percent of which were from Arizona filmmakers.

Program director Greg Hall of Surprise was the final decisionmaker of the festival's 359 feature presentations and 50 shorts. At closing, 200 volunteers will have worked the event, and 20,000 moviegoers will have attended, up by 5,000 from 2005.

The event paid tribute to veteran actor Robert Wagner, who appears in two festival selections, Little Victims and Universal Pictures' Hoot. He received the Copper Wing Award.

Little Victims, which was shot in Phoenix, won the award for Best Arizona Short Film. The eight-minute dark comedy about what lies at the end of the rainbow was produced by local filmmakers, the Ronalds Brothers (Brian and Dean) of Gilbert, and was written by Bruce Dellis of Tempe. It featured Wagner with actress Lori Singer of Los Angeles and Phoenix-area actors Brian Ronalds and Laura Durant.

"I have made several films in Arizona over the years including Broken Lance with Spencer Tracy, Love Among Thieves with Audrey Hepburn and we brought our Hart to Hart show here, too," Wagner said.

"It's wonderful working here," he said. "There is a great film community in Arizona, and I look forward to working with the Ronalds Brothers on their next film here, NetherBeast, in the coming months."

Wagner said he had wanted to be in movies since he was a boy and considered himself very lucky that it happened.

This year's festival was a third bigger than last year in terms of selections, sponsors and programming, according to Chris LaMont, the festival's executive director.

An integral part of the festival is the educational outreach program, according to festival director Jason Carney of El Mirage.

"We had 500 students attending workshops from 20 middle school and high schools throughout Arizona to learn about the business and get experience working with professionals," Carney said.

Workshops are offered in screenwriting, acting, directing, producing, editing, casting and independent filmmaking.

Festival dates have already been set for April 12-19, 2007.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Will Smith in Big Screen Thief Adaptation

Universal Pictures has attached Will Smith to star in a feature adaptation of the TV series It Takes a Thief, reports Variety. The Roland Kibbee-created series, which starred Robert Wagner, ran 1968-70.

Smith will play a charming rogue who is blackmailed by the government into doing covert larceny for the good of his country. The film will put the professional thief in the employment of the CIA.

Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter have come aboard to produce the film with Kevin Misher, John Davis and Joe Singer. Four Brothers screenwriters David Elliot and Paul Lovett are set to write the script.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Ronalds Brothers Take Part in Honoring Robert Wagner at Phoenix Film Festival

Phoenix, AZ - March 20, 2006

The Ronalds Brothers will take part in honoring actor Robert Wagner at this years Phoenix Film Festival. The Festival will recognize the contributions to cinema of the Hollywood Friday, March 24, 2006 at the Harkins Cine Capri at Scottsdale 101, 7000 East Mayo Blvd., Northeast Phoenix, and beginning at 7 p.m.

Wagner, whose Hollywood career lists nearly 200 credits over the past five decades in movies and television, is the quintessential leading actor of the American screen a man who is handsome, charming, and debonair, and whose style and presence invoke intelligence and wit equally. Baby Boomers remember Wagner fondly as the handsome heartthrob from films like THE PINK PANTHER and as the suave millionaire detective Jonathan Hart in the television series HART TO HART, and todays audiences know him as Dr. Evils eye-patched Number Twoin the Austin Powers film trilogy.

Last year, Wagner co-starred as the suave and dapper Howard in the short film Little Victim that was produced and directed by Arizona filmmakers Brian and Dean Ronalds with Kevin Berman as executive producer. Little Victim is an Official Selection of the 2006 Phoenix Film Festival and will be presented at the Harkins Cine Capri at Scottsdale 101 on Saturday, March 25 at 9:05 a.m., March 26 at 3:15 p.m. and March 29 at 5:20 p.m. Other members of the cast include Lori Singer, Laura Durant and Brian Ronalds.

Little Victim has already played as an Official Selection nearly a dozen film festivals world-wide, including: the 2006 Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Garden State International Film Festival; London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film; Tiburon International Film Festival; Queens International Film Festival; Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee and Sonoma Valley International Film Festival.

Over the last few years, the Ronalds Brothers have been actively producing short films, television programs, and music videos in the metro Phoenix area. Currently, the brothers are in pre-production for their first feature film Netherbeast Incorporated. The Phoenix Film Festival recognized the Ronald Brothers' contributions to Valley cinema in 2005 by naming them Arizona Filmmakers of the Year. To learn more about the brothers and their films, visit their website at

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About The Phoenix Film Festival
The Phoenix Film Festival is an organization that wishes to organize and perpetuate an exciting event that creates a community of film-lovers and filmmakers who encourage and educate the world about filmmaking and the art of the film. The goal is to promote independent filmmaking, with a spotlight on films made for under a million dollars and showcasing Arizona filmmaking. For more information on PFP, please visit the website at

Friday, March 17, 2006

Festival working to buff its image with moviegoers

There are moviegoers and there are film buffs. The intent of the Phoenix Film Festival is to convert the former into the latter.

The cheese in the trap are "showcase" features starring Bruce Willis, Hugh Grant or Luke Wilson, many of them already scheduled for wide release in coming months. Among the stars appearing at this year's event are Laurence Fishburne, Robert Wagner and Melissa Joan Hart.

"A lot of people who are not familiar with film festivals need to see stars in their movie to make them want to see the film," festival director Chris Lamont says. "Our hope is they'll see all the programming we have and want to see the other films, too."

The showcase movies this year are Fishburne's Akeelah and the Bee, about an inner-city girl who makes it to the National Spelling Bee; Grant's American Dreamz, a spoof on American Idol-style reality TV; and Lucky Number Slevin, a thriller starring Willis, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley.

The star power of that last movie alone is enough to attract a crowd, but the sixth annual festival, expanded from four to eight days, has enough variety to satiate the most rabid film buff. Eleven competition features will vie for Copper Wing awards, which include best picture, best director and best screenplay, there's a world cinema competition and a slew of short films.

"The film-festival crowd is a completely different animal," says Chris Gore, who will be in town for the screening of My Big Fat Independent Movie, a spoof on the indie world that he co-wrote and co-produced. "These people seek out movies at festivals . . . that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see."

"Seeing a movie at a festival is a different experience," says Gore, who's also the creator of the Web site, "and I think a more intimate one (because) you have access to the filmmakers and actors. It's sort of the difference between going to a stadium to see your favorite band or going to a small dive bar where you can make eye contact."

Of course, most bands that play small dive bars are dreaming of someday filling stadiums, and the bulk of the titles at festivals like this one are by aspiring filmmakers who make shorts to display their talent. This year's festival includes eight shorts programs, in categories for live action, animated, world cinema, Arizona filmmakers, college and high-school/grade-school shorts.

"The shorts programs always sell out, because people love to see fresh talent and new ideas," Lamont says. "And if they don't like the movie they're watching, it's going to be over in five minutes anyway."

The event begins Thursday at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 with a reception at 5 p.m. and the Arizona première of Akeelah and the Bee at 7, followed by a Q&A with Fishburne and writer-director Doug Atchison. Admission to the opening gala is $40 ($30 for students and seniors).

Phoenix Film Festival

When: March 16 through March 30.

Where: Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. (Scottsdale Road and Loop 101), Phoenix.

Admission: $10 for individual screenings. Package options range from the $30 Flex Pass, good for four films, to the $425 VIP Patron Pass. Discounts for students and seniors.

Details: (602) 955-6444 or

Friday, March 03, 2006

Robert Wagner Golf Videos

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Four Designers From Bravo's Project Runway Will Attend FIDM'S L.A. Fashion Gala

FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising presents its annual “L.A. Fashion Gala” on Saturday, March 4, 2006 with four very special alumni in attendance, who all appear on the hit Bravo television series Project Runway.

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) March 2, 2006 --
FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising presents its annual “L.A. Fashion Gala” on Saturday, March 4, 2006 with four very special alumni in attendance, who all appear on the hit Bravo television series Project Runway. Guadalupe Vial ’01, Raymundo Baltazar ’04, Daniel Franco ’91 and Satino Rice ’94, who are all FIDM graduates, will attend the gala this Saturday. Additionally, FIDM graduate Nick Verreos, who also appeared in the series, is out of town and unable to attend. An annual event, which benefits the FIDM Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization assisting students with completion of their education. The evening’s activities will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and will be hosted by actor Robert Wagner, with a special guest appearance by Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant.

The evening is designed to highlight the work of FIDM Theatre Costume Design and Advanced Study Fashion Design graduating students. The Debut Fashion Show is an important part of their learning experience, with graduates showcasing their designs on a 98 foot runway.

Ticket prices for the Scholarship Benefit start at $350 per person. For public information please call: 213-624-1200.