- Rebecca Jarvis and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers1 day ago
Despite all his successes as an entrepreneur and investor – owning the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Magnolia Pictures, cable television’s AXS TV and Landmark Theaters – billionaire Mark Cuban said the lessons from his business failures are his biggest motivator.
“It’s so painful, I don’t ever want to experience it again,” he said. “I take the lesson of what I did wrong but more than that I take the fact that I hated it so much as motivation to do the work. That fear of failure motivates me more than anything.”
That doesn’t mean Cuban dwells on the failure or its associated emotions saying, “You can take your energy and apply it to being mad or you can go to work. The best revenge is success and doing it right.”
Worth an estimated $2.6 billion, Cuban’s latest venture is Cyber Dust, a smartphone app which has been dubbed as the Snapchat of texting. Encrypted texts sent through the app are destroyed 24 seconds after the recipient opens it, reducing both parties’ digital footprint.
- Mara Schiavocampo and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers6 days ago
When Carly Rae Jepsen first joined the cast of Broadway’s “Cinderella,” she recalled a conversation with the stage manager about fame.
“He said, ‘The funny thing about being famous is that we all know this about you,’ and he went on to explain something that he thought he knew. And I said, ‘Actually the funny thing about being famous is that everyone thinks that they know things,’ and we kind of figured out the truth of it together. The quick lesson that I learned is that none of the fame part is really real.”
That explains why Jepsen – whose hit single “Call Me Maybe” quickly escalated her singing career – has been able to stay grounded, feel grateful for her fans’ support, and focused on what she loves most: the music. She is currently working on her next album, writing songs she calls very “personal and from the heart,” in between a hectic schedule of eight shows a week as Cinderella opposite Fran Drescher, who plays her wicked stepmother.
- Steve Osunsami and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers9 days ago
Since he left office in 1981, President Jimmy Carter has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, founded a nongovernmental center to address global public policy, and written 28 books. He considers his latest one – “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” -- “by far the most important book I’ve ever written in my life.”
The book addresses the human rights violations and horrific abuses against women and girls worldwide, including sexual trafficking, genital mutilation and child marriage. But abuses are not solely relegated to the developing world; they're rampant in the United States as well.
For example, President Carter said 100,000 girls are sold every year into bondage in the U.S., where a brothel owner can buy a girl – usually from Latin America or Africa -- for about $1,000. He also pointed to rape on college campuses, where only 1 out of 25 cases is reported. In addition, the well-publicized incidence of sexual abuse in the nation’s military stands in contrast to the rapists who are actually punished: only about 1 percent.
- Dan Kloeffler and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers13 days ago
Few actors in Hollywood have the good fortune to star in one successful and long-running show. Comedian Bob Saget not only starred in two, but at the same time.
In his new book “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian,” Saget, 57, juxtaposes his professional success -- playing Danny Tanner in “Full House” and hosting “America’s Funniest Home Videos” -- while also coping with tragedies in his personal life. For him, the writing became a “cleansing, purging experience.”
“It was one of the most freeing experiences I had and allowed me to unleash the things I’ve been storing up,” Saget said.
At one point, his manic schedule included shooting for “Full House,” having dinner with a friend, doing some stand-up at a local club in Los Angeles, and then, well after midnight, visiting his sister at the hospital where she was suffering from scleroderma. She died from the disease at 47 years old. His other sister had earlier passed away from a brain aneurysm at 34.
It was comedy which gave Saget an outlet for the pain he experienced. His style was influenced by his father whose “odd humor” consisted of “creepy jokes.”
- Dan Kloeffler and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers13 days ago
KISS frontman Paul Stanley does not mince his words when talking about his band’s induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
“It’s a farce.”
KISS has endured for four decades and sold 100 million albums as rock and roll legends, yet Stanley says the hall of fame induction is a grudgingly given honor.
“These guys, these people behind the scenes, decide who they want in their club,” he said. “Because they don’t think that we meet their criteria for rock and roll. I guess I’m too smart, too healthy, and I have somewhat of a business head on my shoulders. It would be much more to their liking if I was washing cars at this point. These people find credibility in you doing drugs, or having a hard life, or tattooing yourself from head to foot or putting pins in your eyes, those people don’t do it, but that’s what they deem to be credible. They don’t have the guts or stupidity to live like that but they champion the people who do.”
- Reena Ninan and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers22 days ago
When Hulk Hogan hosts WrestleMania 30 on April 6 in New Orleans, it will mark not only his return to World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship event, but three decades since he defeated The Iron Sheik to become WWE Champion.
A generation of fans remembers that January 1984 fight in Madison Square Garden as the inception of “Hulkamania.” And it is for those fans – and now, their children -- that Hogan, 60, returned to WWE after a six-year absence.
“It was the logical extension of my career, of the Hulk Hogan legacy, of destiny,” Hogan said. “I started here. This is my home. What a great time to come back where the the family can sit in the living room and the grandfather and the father and the son all have something in common and that's Hulk Hogan, 'cause they all know me and they all know the WWE universe.
Watch the video above to see Hulk Hogan talk about his most challenging wrestling move
“I think it's a great time. Like I told [WWE Chairman and CEO] Vince McMahon, ‘Do you want to make history again, brother? Because we're going to.’”
- Mike Boettcher and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers1 mth ago
If the founder of a multimillion dollar company defined wealth as people with nearly no material goods, it would be shocking. But when Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS, pinpointed the richness he experienced among the poorest people he met in Ethiopia, it’s not wholly unexpected.
“They were living with no plumbing, no electricity, in these mud huts,” said Mycoskie. “And these people were the happiest people I’ve ever seen. I remember coming back to Venice (Calif.) to my fancy loft and I had all this stuff and I was always worried about all these things. They had more time with families, more time with their friends. Rich is being free to love the people you care the most about. And to actually have time. I think that’s the most important resource in the world.”
It’s something the Chief Shoe Giver at TOMS tries to remember even when he’s not traveling the world on “giving trips” to places such as Rwanda, Honduras and Haiti. TOMS’ motto of “One for One” appeals to the socially conscious customer of the company’s shoes, eyewear and, just recently announced, TOMS Roasting Co. One bag of coffee is equal to funding one week of clean water to a person in need.
- Mike Boettcher, Mary-Rose Abraham and Lee Alexander at Newsmakers1 mth ago
Since winning an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley’s schedule has been hectic. He’s been busy shooting American Crime , a pilot for ABC while also promoting the U.S. premiere of his highly anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All is by My Side at SXSW in Austin.
So it’s understandable the screenwriter turned director has had little time to dwell on his alleged behind-the-scenes feud with 12 Years a Slave director, Steve McQueen which went public once he failed to thank the director during his Academy Award’s acceptance speech.
“I’m not worried about it,” says John Ridley, “what Steve did was potentially monumental and nobody can take that away from him . . . I’ve been a lot of places recently, and all I know is people praise that film like they should and more importantly, talk about Solomon and his story.”
Instead, Ridley is using his time to focus on his latest project, Jimi: All is by My Side , a film set to be released in the United States later this summer.
- Rebecca Jarvis and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers1 mth ago
Even though it was 18 years ago, Peter Thum vividly remembers the phone call. It was the call telling him that his good friend from college had been shot and killed. She had been recently married and was only 28 years old.
“I can identify with a person who was so bright and whose future was going to be so wonderful,” said Thum. “Most of the time after people grieve, they move on. But this process of doing what we’re doing, this business, reminds me of her quite often.”
That business is Liberty United, which takes guns and bullet casings, melts them down and turns them into rings, bracelets and necklaces. The weapons, both illegal guns and pistols turned in during buyback programs, are sourced from local law enforcement. The company donates 20 percent of its profits to groups working to reduce gun violence.
“To me, [gun violence] is an unacceptable problem,” said Thum. “In the United States, this has to be something that we come up with a solution for. Two groups of people are unwilling to talk to each other and have set up polarizing sides that leave everyone in the middle feeling trapped. That’s not an acceptable way to treat the lives of those people who have been sacrificed.”
- Juju Chang and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers1 mth ago
In her seventh book on parenting, Jo Frost – better known to U.S. audiences as the “Supernanny” – lays out the basics for raising a child during one of the most trying stages: toddlers.
The inspiration for Jo Frost's Toddler Rules is not only her 25 years’ experience guiding families. It was an incident on a Jet Blue flight a couple of years ago.
Watch the video below for the Supernanny's guide to handling your toddler's tantrums
“I was watching television and I saw that an aircraft had turned the plane around because a family couldn't control their child while she was having a temper tantrum,” recalled Frost in a Newsmakers interview at My Gym in New York City. “Have we come to that? Have we really got to the stage where pilots are turning around airplanes because children are having meltdowns?”
In her book, Frost not only details the steps to dealing with tantrums, but says they’re healthy opportunities for a family to connect with their child and learn what the real problem is. The first step is understanding what triggers the meltdown so parents can respond rather than react.
Frost breaks tantrums into three categories: