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Jon Tenney continues climbing the TNT ladder starring in his own series King & Maxwell where he and Rebecca Romijn play former secret service agents turned private investigators. Jon tells host Robin Milling he's enjoying the scruff of Sean King compared to clean cut FBI agent Fritz in The Closer, who will be making an appearance in the spin-off show Major Crimes.
For King & Maxwell, the fun has begun. Already Jon and Rebecca have been stuffed in a trunk and almost blown up by an exploding building chasing bad guys. Jon says most of the hard stuff is done by stunt men. He's embarrassed to admit he got injured by a camera while running after a suspect! He recalls, 'I did a U-turn into the steady cam and smashed my head open and that wasn't too good!'
The chemistry between Romijn and Tenney is undeniable. Jon says throughout the course of the series their relationship may take a 'Moonlighting' turn, but he prefers the question continuing.
For those of you who are missing Fritz and Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick), Jon says they remain close friends and may have other projects in the works so stay tuned for that.
Ask anyone where to go in Rockland, Maine for a great meal and you'll hear, Cafe Miranda. Let's Do Lunch! took that advice for Sunday brunch and chef/owner Kerry Altiero didn't disappoint. He's a character well known for his gift of gab, and his gift of cooking.
Kerry became a chef out of necessity, joking his mom overcooked La Choy eggrolls! There's always a story to the creative menu items. Homemade hummus sans the tahini was born out of a Thanksgiving party adding chick peas for color, to become 'Hummus Goes To Italy.' The foccacia was a happy accident when loaves caught on fire in his wood-fired oven. Kerry's been doing the farm to table thing 'before it was hip' as all the wood and veggies come from the Headacre Farm where he lives.
Cafe Miranda, named for his dog, opened in 1993 when Maine was a culinary wasteland. The fanciest dish was shrimp cocktail so Kerry changed that with classic comfort meals with a robust twist. Beef Groce is Thai-influenced beef salad with just the right kick. Try Fish Cake Bennies with smoked haddock topped with creamy hollandaise, where the egg explodes onto the fish. Kerry's fire-roasted kale pre-date kale chips that melt in your mouth. Visit http://www.cafemiranda.com
Author Gwen Cooper joins host Robin Milling to talk about her new novel, Love Saves The Day which is the story of bridging the gap and cementing the bonds of unconditional love between a mother and daughter, told through the voice of a brown tabby cat they rescue named Prudence. Even if you're not a cat lover, you will relate to this story of how animals can ultimately rescue their humans, which Prudence firmly believes she has done.
Gwen who says she is an equal opportunity animal lover has three cats of her own, all of them adopted or rescued. She tells Robin the feline heroine in the book is based on her cat Scarlett who made her debut in her bestselling memoir Homer's Odyssey, about her blind cat Homer who became a celebrity in his own right especially amongst the rescue community who rallied to the book.
What is most rewarding for Gwen is how Homer's Odyssey inspired many more adoptions of blind, deaf and special needs pets, namely the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in North Carolina who have seen a spike in support since the book was published. She hopes Love Saves The Day has a similar impact, embarking on a tour across the country to 15 no-kill shelters whose outreach in their communities benefit the elderly, the homeless and at risk children. Gwen says the temptation to adopt another cat while she's there will be great but realizes living in a New York apartment; three is the charm!
Host Robin Milling introduces singer/songwriter Maesa Pullman. Maesa started playing piano and writing songs when she was seven. She grew up in an artistic family whose roots go back to her grandfather who also played piano and sang. Her dad is an actor who's family sang folk songs, her mom is a dancer, and her brothers both play music. In fact her brother Louis plays drums with Maesa's band so when things get going in the Pullman household, she describes it as a 'soul jive.' On occasion her older brother Jack who plays banjo joins the family band, which Maesa cleverly christened, The Pull.
On her own Maesa's music is haunting with reflective lyrics; a poetic combination of folk, rock and soul steeped in Americana roots. When listening to some of her songs you can just imagine a horse and rider drifting on the plains. She's an old soul singing about the mysteries of life but her youthfulness shines through some of the darker themes.
Maesa performs her songs The Fall, Bells co-written with her cousin Rosa, and Nobody Can Tell joined by Jason Hiller on bass. The Fall has a music video in the works so stay tuned.
You can get Maesa's music @ www.maesa.bandcamp.com
For more information visit: www.maesamusic.com www.facebook.com/maesa.rae
Let's Do Lunch! visits Jacksonville, Florida to the Casa Marina hotel and their fabulous Penthouse Restaurant. Executive Chef Aaron Webb, celebrating 15 years, joins host Robin Milling preparing a tasting of spicy shrimp saute where you want to sop up the sauce with a spoon, to die for homemade blue chips drizzled with bluecheese and balsamic rosemary reduction, creative crabcakes with Ritz cracker crumbs, and fresh local Mahi Mahi sandwich.
The Casa Marina is the place in town for Chef Webb's signature Sunday buffet brunch with it's eyecatching seafood display, and a destination for weddings featuring a delectable menu for the bride and groom to be. Chef tells Robin he began his culinary career washing dishes at 15, cooking comfort style for his young foodie sons at home; even teaching them the fundamentals of preparing seafood.
Beverage Director Kyle McManus takes Robin behind the bar for a first on Let's Do Lunch! to whip up two of his signature martinis, featuring Raspberry Lemonade and Moonlight martinis. Guests can enjoy other beachfront cocktails that Kyle designed such as the Cucumber Lichee Martini, and the Ex-Boyfriend, ordering off their light-up menu for what Chef Webb describes as 'sexy little tapas' such as Kobe sliders, chorizo and onion, and mini duck confit.
The Black Tulip writer, producer, director and star Sonia Nassery Cole, along with her dear friend Natalie Cole, who contributed two songs to the film, join host Robin Milling. Ironically there is no relation between them, but their 18 year friendship and what they have been through together has made them close enough to consider themselves 'sisters of different mothers.'
Sonia tells Robin after 9/11 she was inspired to write about a family who open a restaurant/poet's retreat to commemorate their new found freedom from under the Taliban's rule. While shooting the film she feared for her life 24/7, bravely entering into a war torn Afghanistan in 2001; bombs went off right near her hotel and she was even kidnapped. She tells these stories and much more in her book, 'Will I Live Tomorrow? The Making of The Black Tulip.'
Natalie calls in for a special follow-up chat. The multi-award winning artist who contributed the songs One Moment In Time and Freedom Song to the film's soundtracks says the basic freedoms of music and art were not lost on her when she visited Kabul with Sonia and entertained the troops. Natalie is also on the Board of Directors for The Afghanistan World Foundation founded by Nassery Cole which provides money to build hospitals amongst many other things and much needed aid to Afghan refugees.
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Photo credits: David McFarlane and Sam French
Piano bar meets delicious southern comfort cuisine at Jimmy's On The James in Lynchburg, VA. where crooning saloon keeper and chef Jim Dudley combines his love of performing the classics like Sinatra and piano jazz, entertaining diners while they eat. Jim often honors requests when patrons come in to celebrate a special occassion.
Also an actor, Jim tells Robin how the restaurant business fuels his creative side. There are caricatures of famous comedians lining the walls courtesy of his brother-in-law, like Jackie Gleason, Jack Benny and Red Skelton which reflects the period of his favorite music.
As for the food, Jim doesn't shy away from butter and olive oil evoking childhood memories like fried oreos and sweet spoon bread.
For more information visit www.jimmysonthejames.com
Veteran stage and screen actor Tony Lo Bianco joins host Robin Milling to discuss his return as Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia in The Little Flower for a special limited engagement.
Tony tells Robin the reasons why he wanted to bring back his one-man show which is the third incantation of the colorful mayor's life.
Tony's passion for the leaders of this country is evident as he urges young audiences to see the play running October 23-November 2 at the Dicapo Opera Theater in New York City.
For more information visit @TonyLoBianconyc on Twitter and Facebook.
Marilyn Monroe tribute artist Erika Smith joins host Robin Milling for lunch at Segafredo's in New York. For the past three years Erika has been wowing audiences from NYC to the Far East with her uncanny spot-on portrayal of MM.
Erika tells Robin that on her recent visit to China as Marilyn she felt like a Beatle, as she couldn't go anywhere without getting her picture taken! Ironically, she once performed for Paul McCartney and his then fiance Nancy Shevell.
Erika reveals how she developed Marilyn's persona after a booking agent for party entertainers saw her burlesque show as Scarlet O'Hara.
Also an actress and writer, she is currently developing her own sitcom for network television which will feature what she knows best -- an actress playing Marilyn.
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For Ellen star Paul Dano joins host Robin Milling to talk about his part as a musician who struggles between his role as a rock star and his role as a father. Paul tells Robin he related to his character as he has a band in real life called Mook which he started with high school pals.
Paul got deathly ill shooting in the cold winter in Messina, New York as his wardrobe didn't consist of much except leather jeans and a jacket with a wife beater T-shirt. Paul says he was able to use his sickly pallor to his advantage in some of the inebriated bar scenes.
Somewhat of a method actor, Paul spent some time hanging out in the local pubs secluding himself from the cast as his character was often lonely drowning himself in alcohol.
Paul has a busy slate of films coming up including Looper where he plays a hitman co-starring Bruce Willis and Twelve Years A Slave as a plantation overseer with Brad Pitt.
Host Robin Milling caught up with Ballet NY choreographer John-Mark Owen in rehearsals for the company premiere of Triptych, featuring dancers Fidel Garcia and Nadezhda Vostrikov. A dancer himself, Owen tells Robin the dance was inspired by the ups and downs of a former relationship.
Raised in Macon, Georgia, Owen began his career as an interpretive sign languager but quickly changed his course when he was wowed by Mikhail Baryshnikov in The Nutcracker. As fate would have it, their paths crossed in the New York dance studio Steps. Owen says he embarrassingly missed the opportunity to tell Baryshnikov of his inspiration in a starstruck moment.
Triptych can be seen August 9-11 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. For more information visit www.balletny.org
Photo of Jennifer Goodman and John-Mark Owen in Twilight courtesy of Christopher Duggan
With the release of the remake of Total Recall, Milling About 'recalls' back to 1990 with Sharon Stone, chatting with her over lunch about her break-out role in the original Total Recall.
Stone was extremely candid in her conversation with host Robin Milling where she talked about her initial skepticism to play another action character, and her playful audition for director Paul Verhoeven as the sci-fi seductress who kicks Schwarzenegger's butt. Sharon would reunite with Verhoeven two years later for Basic Instinct.
At the time Stone posed for Playboy and reveals to Robin her decision to do it, why it empowered her and how it strengthened her self image. Known for her beauty, Stone shrugs off nudity on camera with a sense of humor, and talks about how modeling was a stepping stone for her acting career. She confidently tells Robin, 'I'm a good actress and I know it.' Now, over 20 years later, Stone has proven that statement over and over, becoming a major movie star.
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