Announcing a New Page About the In View Series

Announcing a New Page About the In View Series

The In View series enlightens viewers across the nation about numerous subjects.

Check out the recently added page dedicated to In View hosted by Larry King, a TV program hosted by television icon and Hall of Fame broadcaster Larry King. The In View series producer team finds interesting stories across American culture to spotlight on the program.

Get Celebrity Treatment and Maybe See Stars at America’s Best Spas and Resorts

Get Treated Like A Star at the Best Spas

Get Celebrity Treatment and Maybe See Stars at America’s Best Spas and Resorts

Celebrities like Brooke Shields have been known to relax and unwind at spas and resorts across the country.

For years, celebrities have gone to spas and resorts across the country to pamper themselves, relax and detoxify their bodies.  Offering massages, pedicures, manicures, facials and other treatments and services that help people look better and feel better, spas across the country cater to celebs, A-listers, actresses, actors, musicians, artists and others who want to relax and refresh themselves. A wide array of stars have a history of frequenting spas across the country, including figures like Oprah Winfrey, Miley Cyrus, Drew Barrymore, Jay-Z, Jessica Simpson, Chuck Norris and Kristen Bell. Hoteliers and entrepreneurs like Ed Safdie have promoted their properties as places that celebrities and other prominent figures visit to unwind and relax.

Ed Safdie Group’s Properties Have Hosted Numerous Celebrities

Offering upscale foods, treatments and facilities, the best spas across the country, including some owned and operated by the Edward J. Safdie group, have gained reputations for meeting and exceeding the expectations and demands of celebrities, even some with notoriously high standards. The best resorts and spas offer spectacular pools, landscapes and amenities, creating peaceful, private and welcoming environments where visitors can escape the pressures and anxieties of their daily lives.

However, one does not need to have fame or wealth necessarily to enjoy the pleasures of spas. Regular people can relax and unwind at resorts and spas, such as those owned by the Ed Safdie group. This group’s properties have hosted some huge names, including prominent political figures, models, actresses, actors and TV figures. Some of the firm’s guests have included Matt Lauer, Joan Rivers, Rob Reiner and Brooke Shields.

The Celebrity Phenomenon

           

           I have always wondered why celebrities get held in such high regard by today’s society. They are people with skills like ever one else, so why are they put on pedestal? Let’s delve into these questions and try to better understand the celebrity phenomenon that our society perpetuates.

             I think we long for what we don’t have and what we can’t do. Not everyone can shoot a basketball like Michael Jordan or make acting look easy like Morgan Freeman. A select few in our society can be professional actors, sports stars, models, and singers. With the perfection achieved comes wealth and in America we chase after wealth like a moth to flame. We don’t just chase after wealth. Our society tells us to get stuff, look a certain way, and we’ll be happy.  The celebrities look that certain way, have the money, the toys, and we believe them to be happy. They are what we want to be thus we hold in them in such high esteem that we want to know everything about them.

            We keep this phenomenon going because we are a voyeuristic people. We love to watch those that we deem successful. The everyday person wants to emulate their lives and as a result we want to know everything about them.  We want to know what cars they drive, the clothes they wear and purchase and the restaurants they eat at and so on. We long to be like them and we want a glimpse of what we could be like if we had what they have. So try an imitate then but we often fail.  Since we don’t have what rich and famous have we as a society love to see them fail. We love to see the high and mighty come crumbling down. It shows us their just like us with everyday troubles like the rest of us.

                 It’s a cycle that will never end. New people will become famous and we will long to be like them  they go on a pedestal. Then we try to emulate them and love to watch them fail. This is the celebrity phenomenon of modern day America.

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The Punisher: Comic to Movie

The Punisher: Comic to Movie

The Punisher: Comic to Movie

The Punisher a comic book character has made two different film appearances The Punisher and Punisher Warzone.  They were both enjoyable movies to watch for different reason and I have few complaints about them.  In the comics The Punisher aka Frank Castle loses his family due to the mafia trying to kill him but instead kill his wife and two kids. Frank dons the persona of the punisher and seeks out vengeance on all criminals not just the people that killed his family. he is alone in the fight against crime he wants no friends or family and he will punish anyone that gets he deems a criminal.

The Punisher and Punisher Warzone both do an excellent job of showing he is a loner and misses his family. The Punisher makes it more tragic and he loses not just immediate   family but his extended family as well.  In punisher warzone Frank it inferred that he lost his family and they show that by having a brooding Frank Castle. Both of these movies are revenge tails. They both pull characters to from the and have lots of action violence that would be accepted from a Punisher comic.

There are only two gripes I have with these movies. the only complaint about  The Punisher is setting why it set in Tampa.  The punisher fights the mob and in the comics its usually in new York. So why change to Tampa? Tampa is nowhere near as dark and gritty as New York. I can see them Chicago it still screams dark and gritty and filled with mafia crime. Punisher Warzone was set in New York but the acting was so bad. I enjoyed the movie because of the action scenes  that were like they were pulled right from the comic and put on the big screen. I get you don’t need a superb actor when the main character   only says a couple words. The supporting cast was something horrible with a over exaggerated New York accent by the main villain.

Other then these two gripes I did enjoy both movies for what they were; a fun action revenge story.  Both movies had their own unique style and enjoyed them immensely. I recommend both of them to my friend whenever the topic of conversation is about good comic book movies.

Wolverine

wolverine picComic book movies are growing every popular with their adaptation onto the big screen. Comics have a very long time to expand on and evolve into what they are today. My favorite comic book character that has made a total six movie appearances is Wolverine, also known as Logan,  all played by Hugh Jackman. When taking a character from a book to a movie the trick is getting it as close as possible to the source material without butchering the character too much. 

For the most part Wolverine is pretty close to his respective counterpart in the comics. Logan is a loner, he doesn’t know his past, he has rage issues, he has a healing factor and he has metal claws that extend out of his hand that he cut through anything with. These are some essential character traits that you cannot make the character without or it will not be the same character. They did a good job in adapting these from the comics to the big screen. 

Even though the main character traits are there I wish some of the small things would have been portrayed as well. They never really show him snap and go berserk.  That is one thing that Logan is always fighting to control in the comics and is not really shown in the movies at all. Logan is a 5’ to 5’ 5 inches tall in the comics. He is shorter than most people he fights and he is underestimated by his opponents.  In the movies you think he could take someone without his power.  My gripes are small and don’t make the movies any less enjoyable to watch. For the most part wolverine’s adaption from the comics to the movies is pretty spot on. I enjoy watching him on the big screen just as much I do reading about his exploits in the comics.

Honoring Past Musicians Goes Over Well with Music Fans

Honoring Past Musicians Goes Over Well with Music Fans

Carlos Santana’s 1999 slbum “Supernatutal” became a huge commercial success.

Many music fans appreciate musicians who honor their predecessors. Music fans like collaborations between modern musicians and music legends. Carlos Santana’s “Supernatural” album had the guitar legend collaborating with younger musicians, and the album, featuring guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Dave Matthews, Lauryn Hill, Everlast, Wyclef Jean and others, went platinum many times over.  Many songs today in R&B and hip-hop feature samples of great songs from the past. Music producers and remix producers like Chris Diodati have enjoyed success by remixing songs by music legends, introducing these songs to new generations of fans.

Producers Like Chris Diodati Play Vital Roles in Today’s Music Business

Chris Diodati Has Helped Many Artists Enjoy Chart Success

Producers Like Christian Diodati Play Vital Roles in Today's Music Business

Christian Diodati (“Dio”) has enjoyed success with remixes of songs by artists like James Brown.

Producers like Chris Diodati and Timbaland have become some of the most important figures in the music business today. Diodati, also known as Dio, Diomix and Christian Dio, remixes songs by various pop stars and R&B musicians, helping these songs become dance hits and radio hits. Whether involved in the production process or post-production, leading music producers have a knack for identifying and helping to define musical tastes. Music producers can make suggestions to artists as they record songs and albums that improve the music and make it more appealing to the public.

Leading Producers Stay in High Demand

Leading producers seem to have the golden touch, helping artists achieve chart success. Christian Diodati, who has remixed songs by artists like Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Jamie Foxx, Angie Stone, Whitney Houston, James Brown, Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Monica and Mary J. Blige, has scored a string of successes, with numerous chart-topping records and radio hits. Their knack for churning out hits helps the best producers consistently get work with musicians, musical groups and bands. Record companies will frequently pair up-and-coming bands and musicians with the best record producers, especially those who have a track record of producing hit albums and hit singles.   The Avett Brothers, for instance, recorded their most recent album with super-producer Rick Rubin. The band, like many before it, has seen its album sales soar with Rubin’s help.

Hip-hop producers like Timbaland, Russell Simmons, Sean Combs and Rubin have become well-known for their ability to churn out hit songs and top-selling albums. They use remixes, music samples and other techniques to make artists’ music more popular.

Larry King, an Iconic Figure in the History of Television

Long ago, Larry King established himself as an iconic figure in television. Known for his soft and conversational interviewing style, King has shown the ability to get people to share their stories for decades. In a career lasting more than 50 years, King interviewed some of the biggest figures and personalities in many areas of American life. He spoke with some of the biggest figures in American politics and world politics, as well as notable musicians, actors, actresses, athletes, newsmakers and criminals.

Although King no longer hosts a primetime television show, he remains involved in a number of media projects, including the In View series. In View hosted by Larry King, runs on cable outlets like the Discovery Channel and reaches Internet users around the world.

 

Robert Downey Jr. Offers an Encouraging Example

Robert Downey Jr. Offers an Encouraging Example

Robert Downey Jr. has been an example of the life that recovery can offer.

For many people struggling with addiction, the prospect of recovery can seem dim. Simply the idea of separating themselves from drugs and alcohol that have for so long dominated their lives can be difficult to imagine.

For Robert Downey Jr., that probably was the case as well. For years the talented actor struggled with alcohol and drugs, resulting in arrests and in lost roles. In 1996, he was found after wandering into a stranger’s home and going to sleep in a child’s bed, and in 2001 he lost a recurring role in the Fox television series Ally McBeal because of his addiction.

However, redemption has been sweet for Downey, and the best alcohol treatment centers can help others in similar circumstances despite the seemingly hopeless situations people find themselves in.

Despite the desperation that would have certainly been a part of Downey’s life just a few years ago, he is now one of the most sought-after and respected actors in Hollywood, leading a life of sobriety with a wife and a young son.

The best drug rehab centers in Northern California can offer this same possibility for patients from any walk of life dealing with a variety of different types of addiction. In today’s world, one in ten adults is suffering from some form of addiction, and these treatment centers can offer individualized care that help people deal with the very specific circumstances of their own addiction while also dealing with many of the universal pains that come with the disease.

For Robert Downey Jr., a once bleak outlook has been cast aside in favor of a family and a successful career, and the best in life is possible for anyone who is willing to take those first steps of recovery.

In View Series Hosted by Larry King to Feature Veterans

Honoring and Helping Military Veterans

In View Series Hosted by Larry King to Feature Veterans

Actor Gary Sinise (right) visiting a wounded warrior.

Whether out of sincerity or for publicity, many celebrities, at the very least, pay lip service to the idea of honoring and helping veterans. Some honorably praise military veterans for their service, and encourage fans to do the same. For instance, the producers of the In View series, an educational television program carried on cable networks across the country as well as on cable channels like the Discovery Channel, have announced plans to feature companies dedicated to helping veterans and military families. The In View TV series will also spotlight some of the community organizations and charitable groups that strive to make veterans’ transition to civilian life as smooth and seamless as possible. However, some stars and celebrities go beyond simply praising veterans for their service and for defending our freedoms. Some, like actors Gary Sinise and Tom Hanks, who co-starred in the memorable film classic “Forrest Gump,” have given generously of their time to support efforts that aid veterans and calling attention to the struggles that veterans often face.

Aid for the Transition to Civilian Life

The In View series Larry King has showcased companies and organizations that help veterans find employment and offer other services to returning members of the military. Many veterans find it difficult to transition from the structure and responsibilities of war and military service to civilian life. Many need counseling and therapy to overcome mental issues. Other veterans need counseling and rehabilitation to recover from injuries.  The In View series hosted by Larry King will look at ways that government programs, private companies and community organizations have come together to provide veterans with the resources they need to succeed as civilians.