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August 07, 2017 09:25 AM PDT

Elvis Presley. Elizabeth Taylor. Sidney Poitier…

Kick Back and Relax for
Summer Under the Stars! 

TCM’s Ultimate Movie Star Showcase Returns to
Pay Tribute to 31 Different Stars in 31 Days.
Talk with Film Critic and Turner Classic Movies Host
Ben Mankiewicz About Your Favorite Timeless Films and Matinee Idols!

What better way to enjoy the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer than Summer Under the Stars! TCM’s celebration of classic films and movie stars features a different star and their greatest flicks every day in August. Highlights from this year’s programming include Robert Mitchum’s 100th Birthday celebration and programming dedicated to Elvis on the 40th anniversary of his death. This year, 11 new stars receive their first Summer Under the Stars salute - including Vanessa Redgrave, Sandra Dee and Leslie Caron. Fans can interact with the programming via an interactive calendar of the stars, online quizzes and live tweeting events. Two nights were programmed by TCM’s fanclub, Backlot. 

Ben Mankiewicz is the Primetime host of Turner Classic Movies. He’s been with the network since 2003 and has introduced thousands of movies on the air and conducted long form interviews with more than a hundred of the industry’s top talents. This includes Warren Beatty, Billy Bob Thornton, Faye Dunaway, Michael Douglas, Jerry Lewis, Sophia Loren, Eva Maria Saint, Ann-Margret, Leslie Caron, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. Ben is also a film and television critic, co-hosting the nationally syndicated At the Movies and currently co-hosting What The Flick?! on the TYT Network. 
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August 04, 2017 07:53 AM PDT

The Saga of Moby Beast
Author: Norrie Charles

When the Moby Beast wakes up from his slumber…

Author weaves a story in poetry form for young readers to enjoy and appreciate creative imagination in this literary art form.

A story poem that began as a demonstration of rhythm in poetry for author Norrie Charles’ then seven-year-old daughter, this children’s book started in the middle, which gradually worked its way to either ends – or starts. Illustrated by Angel dela Pena, “The Saga of Moby Beast” follows the adventure of Sir Richard as he overcomes his personal struggles and demons while searching for the miller’s daughter who was captured by a beast.

In this children’s picture book, readers will witness how an ancient creature that, having slept so long that he has become mythical, suddenly arises from his lair in the local swamp and terrorizes a small village.

People in the outlying farms, flock to the village for safety, but the miller’s daughter has been captured by the horrible beast. The villagers approach Sir Robert, a reclusive knight, to affect the rescue of the maid and rid them of the beast. The knight not only slays the beast and rescues the girl, but also faces his own demons, and turns his life around.

Norrie Charles lives in New Zealand – Aotearoa, with his lovely wife Rosie. He has a daughter, 6 nephews, 3 nieces, 4 grandnieces, and 5 grandnephews.
All the children have enjoyed the stories and poems he has told them, and he hopes that children will enjoy this book.

August 04, 2017 07:48 AM PDT

A Flame of Fire
Author: Khalil E. Nikkhessal

Of course, life does not consist only of disturbing memories. There are so many occasions in our life that are very good and the people are happy. There were also many moments in my lifetime when I was full of success and happiness. Memories of our mistakes and problems which make up stories. While the problems often remain in the memories, the good memories always pass by so fast. For this purpose, in most stories, happy memories always ended too soon. I had learned, from the stones that were thrown to me, to build the firm steps to success and climbed from them and I also did it. I was successful in my career even when I was as a religious minority in Iran, where I did not even have the right to live. From zero financial support and a room in my parent’s home, I did build a three thousand square meters plant with hundreds of employees. However, the last stone was a power of the mountain and has thrown from a few directions to me, which has thrown me from the top to down. Ok, it is life, and I can only say who I am thirty years older. I am glad that had my mission is done and happy and that my health is maintained. What was amazing, if I might leave alone for a few minutes, was the ability to be a true dream when I could enter into a state of real survival, into a state of blankness, into a quiet place, painless and peaceful, where I could hold all the times of the world.

Khalil was born in Yazd, Iran, on April 11, 1941. He was the fourth child in a family of seven (a brother, three sisters, and his parents).
He was raised in the religion Bahá’í. He got his master’s degree in electronics from the Technical University of Frankfurt in 1970 in Germany and married Farahnaz at the same year. They have three children—one son and two daughters—and two grandsons.

August 03, 2017 06:54 AM PDT

Amazing Race Host Phil Keoghan Introduces Viewers to the Captivating People & Places in his Native New Zealand in
FLYING HIGH WITH PHIL KEOGHAN  Premiering Sunday August 6th at 8pm ET/PT on Smithsonian

New Smithsonian Channel Special Offers a Unique Look at the Island at the Edge of the World

An Emmy award®-winning producer and host of The Amazing Race, Phil Keoghan has experienced a life full of travel and adventure. He started traveling around the world at age two and has been globetrotting ever since. After surviving a near-death experience at age 19 after getting lost inside a 22,000-ton shipwreck, Keoghan wrote a list of things to do before he died. For more than 20 years, he has lived this list in front of a TV camera in more than 100 countries as an actor, author, television host, producer and cameraman. 

In his latest adventure, Phil returns home to his native country of New Zealand for the new Smithsonian Channel TV special Flying High with Phil Keoghan. Phil and his crew go beyond New Zealand's jaw-dropping scenery and natural wonders, and meet some of the country's icons, game changers and global celebrities.  From Academy Award®-winning Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to the world's fastest female rally driver, Emma Gilmour, Phil meets with inventors, entrepreneurs, comedians and scientists  that reflect the tenacious, humble and creative spirit of the Kiwis.

Phil discusses the captivating stories viewers can expect to see in the new special, some of the most memorable and thrilling adventures he's experienced in his lifetime, as well as his life philosophy (also the title of his best-selling book), No Opportunity Wasted. 

August 01, 2017 08:32 AM PDT

Elvis Presley. Elizabeth Taylor. Sidney Poitier…

Kick Back and Relax for
Summer Under the Stars! 
Talk with Turner Classic Movies' Newest Host
Tiffany Vazquez
About Your Favorite Timeless Films and Matinee Idols

What better way to enjoy the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer than Summer Under the Stars! TCM’s celebration of classic films and movie stars features a different star and their greatest flicks every day in August. Highlights from this year’s programming include Robert Mitchum’s 100th Birthday celebration and programming dedicated to Elvis on the 40th anniversary of his death. This year, 11 new stars receive their first Summer Under the Stars salute - including Vanessa Redgrave, Sandra Dee and Leslie Caron. Fans can interact with the programming via an interactive calendar of the stars, online quizzes and live tweeting events. Two nights were programmed by TCM’s fanclub, Backlot. 

Tiffany Vazquez joined TCM in May 2016, becoming only the third host hired in the network's history (she's also the youngest ever host, the first woman and the first person of color). Born in Bronx,
New York, and raised in Queens, Vazquez, a passionate classic film lover, holds two graduate degrees from Saint John's University in international communications and from New York University in cinema studies. In 2014, Vazquez entered and won TCM's 20th Anniversary Ultimate Fan Contest, flying to Atlanta to introduce a film of her choice on-air with Robert Osborne. She was later asked back to host a series of movies that aired later that year, and was ultimately offered the position of Saturday afternoon host.


July 31, 2017 08:23 AM PDT

Don't Dream It, Build it!" 
How a Mexican Immigrant and High School Dropout Turned a Small Car Wash into one of the Country's Most Successful Auto Restoration Shops

Hear the Inspirational Story of Ralph Holguin,
Star of Velcocity's Brand New Series, RMD Garage  Premiering Wednesday August 2nd at 9pm ET/PT on Velocity

As a high school dropout who grew up in a disadvantaged neighborhood, Ralph Holguin was unlikely to succeed, let alone own his own company and become a millionaire. However, he overcame the odds, creating RMD Garage, one of the nation's hottest automotive restoration shops, and starring in the all-new Velocity TV series RMD Garage.

In 1991, Ralph launched a small local car wash at the age of 19, and with just $600 to his name, he set upon his dream to become a success in the auto industry. After many years of hard work and hustle, he introduced RMD Garage in Southern California, a wildly popular restoration shop that restores and customizes classic cars into show-stopping, remarkable vehicles that have caught the attention of car aficionados across the country. In the first episode of RMD Garage, we'll see Ralph's outstanding creations come to life, including a 1958 Chevy Apache Dream Catcher, a 1962 Bel Air Bubbletop, and a 1957 Lincoln Continental.

 Ralph shares the amazing inspirational story behind his success and his advice for other young entrepreneurs, as well as the new show RMD Garage and some of his favorite creations. 
To learn more about RMD Garage, visit:

July 31, 2017 08:19 AM PDT

From the Producers of Laguna Beach

Kick back with MTV’s new series -

Siesta Key   Premieres Monday July 31st at 10pm ET/PT

Viewers go on the ultimate vacation with the new summer soap docuseries Siesta Key. The premiere season of 10, one-hour episodes follows a group of young adults as they confront issues of love, heartbreak, betrayal, race, class, and looming adulthood, all while trying to enjoy the most epic summer of their lives.

Ric catches up with Chloe, one of the stars of the series from the producers of Laguna Beach. Siesta Key is shot cinematically (a format rarely seen on TV), without typical reality show confessional moments, allowing viewers to be fully immersed in the intoxicating drama.

Chloe knows everything about everyone, especially when it comes to Alex. She’s most likely to be your best friend, and your worst enemy. One thing is for sure, you don’t want to get on her bad side. 
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July 28, 2017 10:37 AM PDT

1967 will always be remembered as a very turbulent year in America. It marked a period of uncertainty, social unrest and violent acts, which greatly wounded society. Experience a vivid odyssey to that time with the release of Sizzlin’ Summer Surprise, a new book authored by Alton J. Myers.

Sizzlin’ Summer Surprise takes a look back at the riot that occurred in Detroit during the summer of 1967. It follows the exploits of a teacher, doing graduate study, who gets thrown into the thick of the outbreak along with his friends. As such, it conveys the exciting adventure brought into the lives of those who lived the days. Though it is fiction, much truth is contained in its core message. With its compelling narrative, readers will realize why that particular summer changed the lives of many. The feelings, pains, and observations of the characters are brought out vividly in this release.

July 28, 2017 10:33 AM PDT

Battersea Island
Author: Robert H. Nieder

Mathias Kamau-Barrett takes a hiatus from college to spend time on Battersea Island. He is hopeful that he can get involved with the residents and help them in their tax assessment problem.

Upon his arrival to the remote location, he quickly becomes acquainted with Harper Shaye, lead advocate in the fight against the county. Becoming immersed in the situation, he discovers that he possesses the paranormal ability to read people and situations, which guides him to believe that there are ulterior motives within the county and the state to remove an indigenous population from their land.

Coming off of his first novel, Sense of a Hummingbird, Bob Nieder is a fictional author, presenting his second tale, Battersea.

Born and raised in The Bronx, New York Bob is an avid sports aficionado now retired on the West Coast of Florida. When he’s not engrossed with an odd character or two Bob is provoking his wife Carmen, his daughter, Lyndsy and their dogs and cat, Oreo, Lucky and Creeper

July 28, 2017 10:28 AM PDT

Invest in YOURSELF with Exercise
The Whole-Body Healing Power of Vigorous Workouts

Whether you already exercise daily and are a fitness buff, or if you’ve been saying for ages that one day you’ll start exercising and get fit and healthy, today’s program is for you!
Our guest, Dr. Susan Smith Jones, is an expert in healthy living; high-level fitness; whole-body rejuvenation; and how to lose weight, reshape the body and look years younger in record-breaking time. In fact, she was the first fitness trainer in Los Angeles decades ago, and to this day, among her other talents, she still works with lots of celebrities and Fortune 500 leaders in her hometown of Brentwood in Los Angeles and worldwide to get and keep them healthy and fit. We find out about her terrific new book Invest in Yourself with Exercise and some of her most coveted health and fitness tips to motivate, inspire and empower you to invest in exercise and vitality. 

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