Category Archives: Celebrity

Orlando Live – The Blogger Episode!

The Top 5 is so excited to be on Orlando Live, a kicking broadcast that focuses on all things Orlando. Hosted by Peter Murphy, the show explores everything the City Beautiful has to offer, including local celebs ranging from Dwight Howard, Mayor Buddy Dyer, celebrity chefs, musicians and their bands, singers like Jacqueline Jones, and many many more!

Occasionally Murphy focuses on bloggers, including J from J’s Everyday Fashion, Mark Baratelli of The Daily City, and Gustavo Hernando of Dafoodie to name a few. This Sunday night, Murphy is turning his attention to Top 5 editor Bess Auer and the Pulse of Central Forida’s Kimberly Taylor and Ashley K. Edwards.  We’ll be discussing things to do in Orlando as well as what makes this City such a wonderful place to live and work.

J from J's Everyday Fashion being interview by Peter Murphy.

So, how can you see the special blogger episode?  Tune in and watch LIVE this Sunday night, starting at 9 pm…there is surely the potential for some major bloopers!  So remember on Sunday night to go to Orlandolivestreaming.com to see it.

We’ll definitely give a shout out to the Top 5 fans! Woot!

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You are Welcome, Jim Morrison.

Today Governor Charlie Crist led a successful effort to clear legendary frontman Jim Morrison (of The Doors) of indecent exposure here in Florida, posthumously, of course.  Morrison was born in Melbourne, FL and briefly attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Crist’s alma mater. Gov. Crist – who took the unusual step of speaking on Morrison’s behalf during the hearing – said there remained doubts as to whether the singer exposed himself or not at a Miami concert back in 1969.

 

 

 

While the board’s vote to clear Morrison was unanimous, Attorney General Bill McCollum said he was “disturbed” by all the attention paid to a dead celebrity… we tend to agree.  It seems like there are better ways to be spending the government’s time! I mean, this guy died nearly 40 years ago!

While we love The Doors music, we’re NOT listing this as a Top 5 event.

On a side note, there was an avid Doors fan named Michael Zidanic in attendance for the hearing. “It’s a real relief for Doors fan all over the world,’’ said Zidanic. He later called the granting of the pardon a “historic moment” and a “moving experience.”  (Well, it’s still not going down as a Top 5 event!)

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Hollywood Glamour Meets O-Town!

How fun!  Celebrity sighting in Orlando: Academy award-winning actors Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones along with their children flew over The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and past Hogwarts Castle while riding Flight of the Hippogriff at Universal Orlando Resort.

 

Photo credit: Matt Stroshane, Universal Orlando Resort

Fans of the Harry Potter books and films, the family also sampled Butterbeer, got fitted for wands at Ollivanders and toured Hogwarts Castle while on vacation at Universal Orlando over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the most spectacularly-themed entertainment experience ever created that was inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters.

We hope the celebrity family enjoyed their time as much as the Top 5 did when we got our sneak peek back in June before the Wizarding World officially opened.  At any rate, it’s nice to see a bit of Hollywood glamour here in O-Town!

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Tangled: Starring Central Florida Native Mandy Moore

 

 

So, what are you taking the kids to see this weekend? Chances are it will include Disney‘s 50th animated feature Tangled which star Central Florida native Mandy Moore.

If you go, you won’t be alone…because the numbers are in and it scored 11.6 million on its first day of release, making it the highest grossing Thanksgiving release ever, even beating Toy Story 2. Woot! And way to go, Mandy Moore!

(Disclosure:  She is a proud alumna of Park Maitland School, where I teach! Hee hee!)

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Central Florida is LivingStrong!

Congratulations to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando for being named the recipient of not just one, but two LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project awards! These awards will bring cancer support programs to patients in Central Florida, and are funded by LIVESTRONG, the organization founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong.

I have long been a fan of Lance Armstrong, and indeed, one of my very first blog posts was about Lance returning to ride in the Tour de France just after a short retirement.

So, when I heard that Central Florida was in the running for one of his great programs, I Facebooked, tweeted, and blogged to get people to vote. I am so proud it paid off, as I feel it will be a true benefit to cancer patients as well as local artists. (FYI: Over a two-week period, more than 260,000 votes were cast and M. D. Anderson – Orlando was among the finalists. WOW!)

“This is a tremendous opportunity for M. D. Anderson – Orlando and we are thrilled to be named as a recipient of these awards,” said Clarence Brown, III, MD, president and CEO, M. D. Anderson – Orlando. “We want to give special thanks to LIVESTRONG and to everyone who voted in support of this program here in Central Florida. We are very excited to move forward and provide these programs to our patients.”

For the first program, United Arts of Central Florida will work with The Creative Center’s Artists-in-Residence program and will allow patients to explore, absorb, and express themselves creatively as they endure diagnosis and treatment. The program will work bedside as well as in small group settings with men, women, and children.

“Through the generosity of LIVESTRONG, United Arts is proud to facilitate in bringing local artists to M. D. Anderson – Orlando as the fight against cancer continues,” said Cory Warren, events manager, United Arts of Central Florida. “We are honored to continue the success of The Creative Center’s Artists-in-Residence program locally by coupling the arts and medicine in the full spectrum of the healing process.”

The second program, The Cancer Transitions is designed to support, educate and empower people with cancer in the transitional period after treatment is over. By incorporating support groups, education, nutrition and physical exercise, as well as addressing other medical management, a survivor’s psychosocial and quality of life issues will be discussed.

M. D. Anderson – Orlando was selected as a recipient for the $20,000 in LIVESTRONG grants following a national online voting campaign involving more than 170 hospitals and cancer centers.

Congrats and use it well!

More LIVESTRONG News:  “The 28 Can’t Wait.”

You can support the LIVESTRONG foundation even more by buying really, really cool yellow gear. (Yeah, there are other colors, too, but yellow is the really, really cool one, no?)

Between now and midnight on November 30, all LIVESTRONG gear will be 28% off in honor of the 28 million survivors who are fighting this disease.

Get your LIVESTRONG gear today, and use the discount code THE28 to get 28% off! Click here to shop now.

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Orville Schell: The Top 5 Concerns Central Florida Should Have about China

The Top 5 was very excited to be able to speak with Orville Schell, one of the country’s leading authorities on China. (You’ve seen him on 60 Minutes.)  Orville is coming to speak at Rollins College tomorrow night, Thursday, November 11.

Special note from the editor: Yes, I did a bit of reading to sound intelligent when speaking with Orville–I tried!– but he was kind enough to explain why relations with China matter to you and me as average Central Floridians.

And, after this conversation, I do realize how important his message is to all of us: from the products we buy and the jobs we may or may not have, to the money we can or can’t borrow from the bank to even preventing future apocalyptic wars. Pretty important stuff, no? Here’s what he had to say…

The Top 5 Concerns Central Florida Should Have about China

1)  Trade

Have you been to a Walmart recently? Come on, even if you haven’t surely you have seen these three words over and over: Made In China.

Confession: I heard about a local school who had a Veteran’s Day Assembly, where several worthy veterans were honored. The students proudly waved tiny American flags to show their patriotism. (The flags were flown on sticks that read “Made in China.” Ugh!)

2) Almost $2 trillion in Debt

Yep, China holds 20% of the U.S. government’s debt, and we seem headed towards going even deeper into their pockets.

Now, my hubby doesn’t let me handle our own bills, because I’m not much with economics, but even I can see the MAJOR problems with this much foreign ownership. It seems to put us in a rather poor negotiating stance, doesn’t it?

3) Climate Change

Although my older brother used to tell me that I could only get to China by digging a hole through the middle of the Earth, the world is apparently much, much smaller than he thought.  If ash from an Indonesian volcano can drift across the Pacific to pollute the western coast of America, then certainly the coal China and America burn affects each other.  We pollute the same air, melt the same glaciers, and destroy the same environment. Think about this: even if all of America switched to electric cars, there would still be 27 million cars in China to deal with!

“China is the fastest-growing contributor of global warming emissions,” says Douglas Ogden, director of the China Sustainable Energy Program, “with its carbon dioxide output on track to surpass that of the U.S. by 2025.”

So the lesson in all this? America must be on good terms with China to be able to work together to reduce the carbon emissions and slow the effects of global warming. Yeah, our very survival as a race depends upon this!

4) Nuclear Weapons

Okay, just Orville saying those two words kind of freaks me out!

There are a lot of countries that have (or soon may have) nuclear weapons, and North Korea and Iran are two that are not so friendly to the United States and our policies.  China, however, seems to have a much better working relationship with these two countries, and so it is imperative we learn to cooperate with China to reduce any and all nuclear threats. (That or we need to dig more fall out shelters here in Florida!)

5) Global Financial System

Here in Central Florida we have all felt the effects of the slow economy. Thousands of jobs lost, hundreds of stores closed, and far too many people out of their homes.  And in a global market dominated by both the U.S. and China, we will need to work together not only to keep the system from breaking down altogether, but to also figure out how to rebuild it.

As Orville pointed out, “We are joined at the hip with China whether we like it or not. It is an illusion to think we can separate ourselves.”

Baby Steps

Of course, the teacher in me asked Orville whether he thought today’s schools were preparing tomorrow’s generation to deal with this massive gorilla on our back (metaphorically speaking, of course), and he said no.  He pointed out that schools are not teaching students the history, culture, language, or politics to be able to deal with China. So, I would like to give some kudos to Lake Highland Preparatory School for offering Mandarin Chinese as one of their foreign languages options. At least it’s a start!

I would also like to congratulate the Central Florida city of Tavares, whose mayor Robert Wolfe is currently on a trip to Taiwan to explore a sister-city relationship. By taking the initiative, perhaps we Central Floridians can have a greater influence on international relations than we realize, and this can only be for the good of all!

Go Hear Orville Schell in Person: 2 Chances

Tomorrow night at Rollins College, Bush Auditorium, 7 pm:
Climate Change and the Melting Glaciers of the Himalayas: Why it Matters

Friday morning at Rollins College, Bush Auditorium, 9 am:
What’s Happening in China and Why It Matters: Q & A with Orville Schell

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Top 5 “Popular Music” Events for November

1. America’s Got Talent

November 7 at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
One of our favorite shows is coming featuring the 10 ten performers from this latest season, including Jackie Evancho and Prince Poppycock! If you are not familiar with Jackie Evancho, just listen to her unbelievably beautiful voice… and no, she is NOT lipsynching!

And, for flair and fashion (as well as incredible talent) here’s Prince Poppycock:

2. Sevendust with 10 Years

November 11 at House of Blues
We’re so excited about Sevendust and 10 Years coming… sure winners for our ears!

 

Sevendust

With their hit song “Driven” we’re excited to hear them sing in the more intimate setting of the House of Blues. We think dinner at Downtown Disney and then rocking out with Sevendust and 10 Years sounds like an awesome night!

3. Rock For Hunger 5

November 6 at Festival Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl
Featuring a variety of local bands, we love rocking out for a cause! Especially during the upcoming season where so many are hungry!

4. Diana Ross

November 19 at King Performing Arts Center in Melbourne
Want a chance to see a legend? You don’t get much more legendary that Diana Ross! Appearing in her “More Than Yesterday” tour, we can’t wait!

The fabulous Diana Ross

6. Loretta Lynn

November 21 at King Performing Arts Center in Melbourne
Country fans unite! For over 50 years now she has been a cultural icon in the country music industry… whoah!

Legendary Loretta Lynn

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