Celebrity Interviews2020-07-29T07:10:23-08:00

Celebrity Interviews

Film Legend Francis Ford Coppola: Wine, Women and Spirits

By Audrey Pavia, Portraits by Monti Smith Driving through picturesque, treelined Highway 128 on my way to the Coppola Family estate in Napa Valley, I flashed back to the first time I saw The Godfather. It was 1972, and I was 14 years old. I remember sitting in the theater with my parents, mesmerized by what was happening on screen. I was too young to understand that gripping storytelling, brilliant acting and a [...]

Sports Happen, Life Happens: The Renaissance of Joe Buck

By Randy Mastronicola, Portraits by Monti Smith When I told a colleague of mine recently that I was writing a cover story for our magazine about Joe Buck, his response was, “You know, that’s cool. His voice is incredible and he really knows his stuff. What’s ‘The Renaissance’ thing about though?” Joe Buck turned 50 this year. He has one-yearold twin boys. This is his second act. Like most everyone in the public [...]

Michael Strahan: Enjoying the Ride

By Joe Bosso, Portraits by Scott McDermott Michael Strahan admits that he has a lot of cars, but he isn’t exactly sure how many he owns. Surveying the enviable fleet of cool, classy rides (special emphasis on Mercedes and Porsche) that are stacked on hydraulic lifts inside his Hackensack, New Jersey, warehouse, the former NFL superstar turned media titan suggests that the size of the group is always in flux. “Cars seem to [...]

Champion Lennox Lewis: Looking Back and Being in The Moment

LOOKING BACK AND BEING IN THE MOMENT By Randy Mastronicola, Portraits by Monti Smith WHEN IT COMES TO STYLE, IMPACT AND LEGACY, THE FOLLOWING BASEBALL PLAYER ANALOGIES ARE A JUMPING OFF POINT IN GETTING A FEEL FOR CHAMPION LENNOX LEWIS. THINK MORE DEREK JETER THAN BARRY BONDS. THINK MORE MIKE TROUT THAN BRYCE HARPER. AS FOR A BOXING ANALOGY: THINK MORE LENNOX LEWIS THAN MIKE TYSON. AND HERE’S SOMETHING THAT RESONATES: THE. [...]

Chill Bill: Ambassador of Fun

By Randy Mastronicola Vodka, fun and Bill Murray—it’s easy to see the connection there, but why Slovenia Vodka? Bill told us recently, “When I drink Slovenia Vodka, I feel like I just had a facial. It literally opens up my eyes and spreads my eyelids farther apart, leaving me with enhanced vision and increased wisdom.” Slovenia Vodka has received accolades, and is recognized as a legitimate player in the increasingly over-populated celebrity spirits [...]

An Interview with Jon and Jesse Bon Jovi: Rockin' the Wine World

By Randy Mastronicola JON BON JOVI is one of the most popular and enduring rock musicians of the last thirty-plus years. A legitimate best-selling rock n’ roll hit maker who, along with bandmates Richie Sambora, Tico Torres, David Bryan, et al., has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, performed over 2,700 concerts in 50 some odd countries, and played in front of 34 million fans. Jon was inducted into the Songwriters Hall [...]

The Whiskey and Wisdom of Bob Dylan

By Randy Mastronicola Bob Dylan is a musical icon. He is one of the most influential and groundbreaking artists in recorded music history. What most people do not know is that he is also a metalwork artist with his own brand of whiskey. The Bob Dylan musical dossier is, of course, legendary. He was an essential guiding spirit of the musical zeitgeist and countercultural movement of the 1960’s. The masterful and socially trenchant lyrics [...]

Charissa Thompson: FOX NFL Kickoff Host Leads the Pack

By Randy Mastronicola, Portraits by Ian Bailey CHARISSA HAS BEEN IN THE PUBLIC eye for twelve years and she has become one of the most recognizable television hosts and broadcasters on the sports and entertainment landscape today. The road was not always smooth but in many ways—it was. Charissa’s career path has given her the opportunity to cover a lot of terrain. She was raised in Seattle, Washington. Hence, her lifelong passion for [...]

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