By Mike Lowe Writer
INDIANAPOLIS — Katie Daryl, host of the HDNET entertainment show "Deadline!," put a camera on the top of a giant red and blue foam finger and raised her arm as she walked through the throng of media and players at Media Day Tuesday.
"I’m short," she said. "This is the only way I can videotape anything."
She didn’t mention her own cameraman following her, capturing her every twist and turn, of which there were many.
Ciera, the R&B singer, wore a blue Tom Brady jersey – along with black leather pants and stiletto heels — for the New England Patriots session at Lucas Oil Stadium. then she wore a blue Victor Cruz jersey to the Giants session.
"You’ve got to be respectful," she said, then whispering that she’s really a Patriots fan because she shares the same trainer as Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele.
Shaun Robinson, host for Access Hollywood, tried to see how many players knew the cast from the reality show Jersey Shore. (Not many, by the way, though Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski came close to naming them all.)
And then there was Pick Boy.
Nickelodeon’s superhero mascot once again donned his purple and orange and green costume to join the chaos and fun that is Media Day during Super Bowl Week.
And, yeah, it’s the original Pick Boy. created 10 years ago, he’s been resurrected in the last couple of year’s to try to teach a new generation of football players about touchdown celebrations.
His only regret on Tuesday was that he couldn’t get close enough to Cruz to throw down a salsa showdown, the salsa, of course being Cruz’ touchdown celebration.
Funny though, Cruz had time for a little dancing with Ciera.
As Maria Menounos, the host of Extra (another entertainment show), said after it was all over, "It’s fun, it’s chaotic, it’s exhilarating."
An unabashed Patriots fan — "Hey, I’m from Boston," she said — Menounos wore a Brady jersey throughout the day. and she didn’t get any grief from the Giants players.
She said she was here to work, but spent as much time being interviewed as she did interviewing.
"the Super Bowl is where sports and entertainment collide in the biggest way," she said. "I’m here to cover that entertainment side."
There was plenty of that on Tuesday, though New York’s Chris Canty — a ginormous man at 6-foot-7, 317 pounds — said he found most of the media very respectful.
"everything has been pretty good," he said. "All pretty classy."
Yes, Inez Sainez, the Azteca TV reporter who is more known for her fashion than her questions, was back. she wore her usual skimpy outfit and posed for a thousand photos. Sainez made headlines earlier this season when she went to the New York Jets camp to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Apparently there was an incident in the locker room and, Sainez told other reporters, she’s had a hard time since gaining access to NFL players.
But she was welcomed back on Media Day, where everyone gets a chance to tell a story.
Perhaps the most amazing aspect of Media Day? the fans.
The NFL sold about 7,000 tickets at $28 a pop to attend the annual circus act. they went quickly.
Chad and Tiffany Dzerve of Anderson, Ind., were among them, traveling the 45 minutes to join the crowd.
"It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Chad.
"History," said Tiffany. "and we’re having a great time too."
The NFL handed out ear pieces which allowed the fans to listen to the player interviews. they were able to switch to six different channels.
Tom Brady had one of the best lines at Media Day. Asked if his wife Gisele Bundchen had ever given him advice, he said, "Throw the ball quickly. she doesn’t like it when I get hit very often."
Medford is a city only 4 miles from Downtown Boston. there is a lot of history and pride in the city of Medford that lives strong today. It was founded along with Boston in 1630, making it the 4th oldest English settlement in North America. Jingle Bells was written in Medford, Fannie Farmer is from Medford, NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg grew up in Medford Mass. Many famous actors and TV personalities such as Maria Menounos, and Frank Fontaine are from Medford Massachusetts. Many NHL stars such as Joe Sacco, Keith Tkachuk, and Sean Bates were all raised in the city. former Yankee Mike Pagliarulo also grew up in the city.
The McGlynn School and Andrews School are 2 new construction schools have been created near Hormel Stadium and offer state-of-the-art facilities. Many of the city’s historical brick schools have now been turned into condos in the last 5 years. these include the Swan School at 75 Park Street, Gleason School at 160 Playstead Road, Franklin School at 68 Central Ave, and now the Lincoln-Kennedy at 215 Harvard St in South Medford. The old Medford High on Forest Street was converted to condos in the 1980′s.
Condos at the Swan School typically started around $449,000 for massive 3-bedroom condos around 2200 s.f. Units at the Gleason School were scarce townhouses and started around $575,000. The Franklin School conversion was awarded the 2007 Prism Award as the Best Condominium Conversion in new England. Condos a the Franklin School started around $349,000 for a 2 bedroom, and sold as high as $650,000 for a penthouse. Units at the Lincoln Kennedy development start around $309,000 for a 1 bedroom condo.
At Super Bowl media day, football is not a particularly popular topic except for the handful of reporters who are actually here to cover the game. these were some of the questions I heard asked:
– Do you speak any German?
– What do you listen to on your iPod before the game?
– Do you have a message for the people of Mexico? — you are a kicker, yes?
– What kind of shampoo do you use in your hair?
– have you ever been to Hawaii?
– What kind of dance will you do if your team wins?
– Can you spell “Belichick?”
Meanwhile, Maria Menounos was edged out by pop star Ciara in the competition for who could wear the tightest pants while also wearing a football jersey contest. But Maria, the pride of Medford, gave it a heck of a shot. A women from Mexico, meanwhile, wore a red dress that resembled body paint. It was so tight she could barely walk. Shockingly, she had no problems getting interviews. She came equipped with a sombrero that the players all happily wore on camera.
There were fans who apparently paid actual money to watch this. one guy wore a complete Tom Brady uniform, down to the eye black. Some reporters, bored with the actual players, ventured over to the stands to interview him. I assume the first question was, “My God, have you no shame?”
Ross Ventrone, he of the long hair and 21 transactions since Aug 10, claimed he was a poet. That quickly established him as the Media Day MVP because everybody with a notebook or microphone loves a scrub player who’s colorful.
Rich Ohrnberger and Ryan Wendell did promos for the television network in Germany despite not speaking any German. their first take wasn’t good enough, however.
“You need more enthusiasm,” they were told by the producer. They tried again, this time with big smiles and two thumbs up. the demanding Germans deemed that performance acceptable.
The Pats were on the field from 10 to 11 a.m. After a break for brunch, the Giants had their turn at noon. By then, the hordes had thinned a bit.
Still, somebody hung around long enough to ask Eli Manning if he was staying with his brother Peyton this week since both were in Indianapolis. Turns out Eli is an adult and was staying at team hotel.
The players on both teams smiled and laughed their way through the whole thing. one can only imagine how Josh Beckett or Kevin Youkilis would react in a similar environment. Somehow, I don’t see them doing promos for German television.
The Patriots have another interview session tomorrow morning. I believe they filter out the superheroes for this one. But hopefully Maria will be back. Stay tuned.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Singer Taylor Swift gets a hug from Robert Redford at the premiere of the documentary film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.
The Sundance Film Festival has more than movie deals going around.
In years past, no matter the precautionary measures exacted, barely anyone, from the actors to the agents to the taxi drivers, has escaped Park City, Utah without succumbing to the dreaded “Sundance cold”—a mix of sneezing, sniffles and general malaise brought on by too many handshakes, double-cheek kisses and time spent in luke-warm movie theaters.
This year bartenders took on the germs by infusing their cocktails with healthy mixers in an effort to keep the bugs at bay and the festival-goers sniffle free.
My first encounter with such a cocktail came last Friday evening when I attended a dinner for the film “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” at the Montage Deer Valley hosted by Moroccanoil. as per usual, I was in limbo between ordering a white wine or a cocktail and Robert, a local bartender was eager to help make my decision for me.
“I am going to make you something special. And I promise you won’t get sick this week,” he told me.
Robert mixed together a splash of blood orange juice, a splash of soda, tropical Emergen-C and a lime. I made a face.
But to my surprise it was delicious and I felt quite good about myself. That’s dangerous when there is vodka involved. But I will admit, I had nary a hangover in the morning and at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level that is quite the accomplishment.
I thought healthy drinking was a one-night anomaly, but the next day I sauntered into the Talent Resources celebrity gifting suite only to find two healthful alcoholic beverage options.
Jennie Ripps, the founder of the Teaologist, a specialty tea blending company in Manhattan was mixing up tea-infused cocktails for the crowd that included Mary J. Blige, Laura Prepon, Chris Kattan and Maria Menounos.
“’The celebs, press, and industry execs who travel to Park City for Sundance are extremely busy from the minute they land and at the same time are dealing with an altitude change and cold, dry weather,” Ripps told me. “ I wanted to create teas and tea mixers that helped with these conditions–both the chaos of the festival and the more extreme climate.”
Among Ripps’ tea drinks was the Coco Premiere, a Chai blend full of good-for you spices including ginger, cardamom, and pepper mixed with Voli Vodka and Agave. There was also the Green Light, an energy enhancing blend containing green tea, yerba mate, ginger and peach that is rich in antioxidants…also mixed with Voli Vodka.
Click here for a recipe for the Coco Premiere.
Across the suite, vying for imbibers with the Teaologist were cocktails made from Sensa Quench, a low calorie energy drink that contains Maqui Berry, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants and vitamins A, C, D, B6 and B12.
Click here for a recipe for the Green Light cocktail.
Again, a hangover seemed like a thing of the past.
Nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, says most immune system boosters like vitamin drinks and Emergen-C often fail because people only take them once they are feeling ill. Drinking them consistently throughout the week will help ward off colds. Putting them in cocktails during a week of partying is certainly a way of making sure you get a consistent dose. But alcohol itself can harm the immune system so it is best to continue to consume it in moderations.
Click here for an Emergen-C cocktail recipe.
“Daily consumption of immune boosters and vitamins can help,” Batayneh said. “However the alcohol can also compromise your immune system, resulting in a hangover, dehydration, lack of energy and negative affects on your sleep.”
Besides the impending colds another health challenge facing folks at Mardi Gras in the mountains is maintaining a healthy diet. With all the running between screenings and parties you’re often just a mini quiche away from collapsing or ending up with a very upset stomach.
Enter the Sneaky Pete’s Hot Spiked Cider, a fiber-filled toasty delight which was being served at the DIRECTV premiere parties for Super Crispy Entertainment’s “Nobody Walks” and “Smashed” to celeb guests Aaron Paul, Ron Livingston, Octavia Spencer, and Olivia Thirby. Sneaky Pete’s, is a soluble oat beverage which provides the drinker with their daily dose of fiber.
To make the cocktail, bartenders heated up the Apples Away flavor of the drink, added vodka and cinnamon and subsequently settled everyone’s stomachs.
See their recipe here.
Source: huffingtonpost.com – Monday, February 06, 2012 Maria Menounos proved she was a dedicated New England Patriots fan by freezing her butt off in Times Square this morning. The diehard football fan bet fellow "Extra" correspondent and New York Giants fan AJ Calloway, that she would strip down to a tiny bikini in Times Square if the Patriots lost the Super Bowl. Needless to say, Menounos must have been thankful that New York is having one of its warmest winters. Menounos kept her word and donned a tiny red, white and blue bikini on air this morning, giving the crowd and "Extra" correspondent Mario Lopez an eyeful. The 33-year-old had an action-packed Super Bowl weekend in Indianapolis, ‘ Tebowing’ with Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and participating in DIRECTV’s sixth annual Celebrity Beach Bowl game. Menounos wasn’t the only one who made a wager that involved removing clothes. Rapper 50 Cent accepted a challenge from a Twitter follower to tweet a photo of his penis if the Giants lost. Fiddy must have been happy his team won, even though he later told Yahoo that he didn’t plan on honoring the bet . Check out Maria making good on her bet and the rest of her busy Super Bowl weekend:All Related | More on Super Bowl
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