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Tola Talks Pilgrams, NYC & Thanksgiving Day Idiots

On a special Thanksgiving Day show and Throwback Thursday, Tola Talks about the first-ever festival in 1621 between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians that established the national holiday, plus the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. Rich also talks about two time Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, NFL legend Gordie Howe, and RIP tributes to Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee and Margaret Thatcher, plus the number one animated film of all time, Frozen, and the GYST Award to 6 disrespectful idiots in NYC. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

All the best from Tola Talks

 

Tola Talks w/ Hollywood Casting Directors Mockrin & Walters

 

Tola Talks about our final show on LATalkRadio before moving to YouTube.com/TolaTalks.

On this special Farewell Friday, Rich interviews Hollywood Casting Directors Kevin Mockrin & Karina Walters, and talks about Russian President Vladimir Putin, former New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio & Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, Bjork & Carley Jepsen, Goldie Hawn & the late (and great) Harold Ramis, plus Tweety Bird and all things Hollywood, including the Get Your S#!T Together Award given to sitcom star and comedian, Bill Cosby (for obvious reasons).

Tola Talks' Rich Tola with Kevin Mockrin & Karina Walters of Hollywood's Mockrin/Walters Casting

Tola Talks’ Rich Tola with Kevin Mockrin & Karina Walters of Hollywood’s Mockrin/Walters Casting

Tola Talks w/ Founder of Stage 32, Richard (RB) Botto

 

Tola Talks with Founder & CEO Richard (RB) Botto of Stage 32, the ultimate social networking web site for the entertainment industry, as well as entertains us with the latest news including the Irish Rock Band U2’s Bono requiring surgery from a bicycling accident, the new Jeep Renegade selling for well below $20,000, and the passing of legendary Hollywood Director, Mike Nichols. On Throwback Thursdays, Rich also talks about moving the show over to YouTube.com/TolaTalks Monday, November 24th and takes us back to the highlights of 1963.

Stage 32 Richard Botto Tola Talks Rich Tola

 

Celebrate the Small Victories

My 13 year-old niece texted me yesterday after her basketball game that I would be proud she scored 4 three-pointers and a basket. I was beyond proud and impressed her to keep taking those shots and always believing in every one you take – and to take time mentally to celebrate life’s “small victories“.

Because they are victories. Like my niece’s excellent shooting, or closing that important deal at work, or helping your children with homework, or exercising every day this week (or any number of days).

Why not reinforce your daily accomplishments with some good mental ju-ju! And just like the Oscar winners are celebrating their victories today – CONGRATS to all of them and Best Picture ARGO! – take some time each day to celebrate your small victories, whatever they may be.

And perhaps my dear friend and leading lady Stephanie Drapeau and I may not have walked the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards this year, here we are at the premiere of the heartfelt movie CAMP, benefiting Royal Family Kids.

Enjoy – R

Rich Tola and Stephanie Drapeau at CAMP movie premiere 2/22 (photo by Bob Delgadillo)

Rich Tola and Stephanie Drapeau at CAMP movie premiere 2/22 (photo by Bob Delgadillo)

The Academy Award for Best Actress goes to…

Well my vote is in: hands down this year’s Oscar for Best Actress goes to…Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn. If I had to describe Michelle’s performance and her exquisite reincarnation of the beautiful and legendary Marilyn Monroe in two words, I’d say phenomenally awesome. Because she’s just that! And for someone who loves the “art of acting” and who sees almost every film out there – in the past two weeks alone I’ve watched MoneyBall (again), The Descendants, Mission Impossible, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (twice), Sherlock Holmes, Young Adult, We Bought A Zoo, War Horse, and My Week With Marilyn – she certainly gets my vote.

And if you’re wondering what else I’m doing in Hawaii besides admiring the best films and acting performances of the year, I’m almost finished with my book, Simply Between Millions: From Wall Street to Hollywood. Which, by the way, has some pretty cool Cover Art that you’ll find quite fitting. So wherever you find yourself this holiday season, make sure to find time for the lovely and amazing Michelle Williams in a true-to-life story of Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn. You won’t regret it!

And what else you won’t regret is getting your daily workout in. Especially if your holiday diet calls for Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake or perhaps a little Tiramisu. But no worries, just take a quick break and slim down your waistline with my 5 Minute Fat Burning Workout #82 – Easy Abs. Enjoy – R

Anything’s possible

Anything's possible

Imagine peeling off a Post-It note and sticking it on your wardrobe mirror so you can watch the morning news while you’re getting dressed.  Or better yet, post it anywhere – at any time – and join me for 5 minutes of yoga or a 15 minute fat burning workout.  Because soon the U.S. Army will be field testing a so-called “Dick Tracy wristwatch” with a flexible plastic screen that won’t shatter or crack like glass.  That one day soon may result in moving images that are not limited to your PDA, television or computer screen.  Imagine that.  A wireless flexible display that can receive and transmit data anywhere.  And we thought space travel was impossible.  Simply put, anything’s possible.  Or at least anything you set your mind to.  Because why not change your belief that something isn’t possible and go for it.  At the very least, if you truly believe and manifest that something is possible, and set your sights beyond your previously perceived realm of possibility, then your new belief might just happen.  Like embracing a daily fitness program.  Because who doesn’t have 1% of their life to respect themselves?