Friday, July 31, 2009

Fri Jul 31, 2009

On Today's Show:

Dr. Ayala Laufer Cahana
Herbs have been used to add flavor to food across cultures for centuries and known for their wonderful healthful benefits. With so many people living in urban areas such as LA, people don’t have access to fresh herbs, know how to blend them or have time to fit them into their daily diet. Ayala’s Herbal Water, the only USDA Organic Certified water of its kind, has been created to reach the health minded and foodies alike with their original delicious blends of culinary herbs.

Q: Who is Dr. Ayala?
Dr. Ayala (Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.) is the creator of these drinks. She is a pediatrician, a mom, a lifelong vegetarian and an artist.
Q: How did she come up with the idea for this company?
As a mom, Dr. Ayala was constantly searching for healthy ways to nourish her family. She started making these drinks at home using herbs from her garden. Her family and friends enjoyed her herbal waters so much, Dr. Ayala considered sharing them on a larger scale. She decided to start a company offering this unique and healthy alternative to sugary mainstream beverages.
Q: How do you pronounce her name? “Eye-ah-lah”

David James Elliott ("General Braxton" on NBC's "The Storm")
SUNDAY AUG 2 9 PM ET/PT ON NBC David James Elliott stars in NBC’s new miniseries “The Storm” as General Braxton. Elliott, the Canadian star of the hit, one hour legal show, “JAG” (NBC, 1995-96; CBS 1997-2005,) was recently cast in the lead role of Alex Kinter on the miniseries “Impact!” Before that, he was seen as District Attorney Conlon on the second season of Jerry Bruckheimer’s hit series “Close to Home.” Best known for his role on “JAG,” Elliott captivated audiences for ten years as navy lawyer, “Lieutenant Harmon Rabb.” “JAG,” which featured explosive action, dramatic stories, and film-quality special effects, was one of the most powerful and ambitious military legal dramas on television. The show earned numerous awards including the 2001 Imagen Foundation Award for a Primetime Television Series and the ASCAP Award for Top Television Series in 2000, 2003, and 2004. For his role on “JAG,” Elliott won the 2000 TV Guide Award for Favorite Actor in a Dramatic Series, was nominated by TV Guide for Actor of the Year in a Dramatic Series in 2001, and landed a spot on People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful List. Elliott may seem like a natural in front of the camera, but he did not always aspire to be the talented actor he is today. The second of three sons, he was born in Toronto, Canada. As a child, Elliott had a wild imagination and enjoyed playing make-believe war games. One of his high school teachers, impressed by his reading of “King Lear” in a theater history class, encouraged him to consider pursuing an acting career. While at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto, one of the most prestigious acting schools in Canada, Elliott auditioned for “The Stratford Shakespearean Festival Company,” earning a job with the acting troupe for two years. He then went on to win the Jean Chalmers Award for Most Promising Young Actor of the Season. Soon after, Elliott caught the attention of the producers of the Canadian television show “Street Legal,” while performing the role of “Dick,” a dim-witted stripper in “B-Movie: The Play.” The show was a breakout hit and made Elliott a household name in Canada. Elliott’s breakthrough performance on “Street Legal” was just the beginning of his ongoing success. Elliott landed a role in “Police Academy 3: Back in Training.” Soon after, he decided to move from Canada to Los Angeles to further pursue his acting career. Upon his arrival in L.A. he immediately began doing guest appearances on various TV shows including “China Beach,” “The Hidden Room,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and “Dark Justice.” In 1992, he landed a recurring role as a pro-baseball player in the long running hit series “Knots Landing,” and later that year he starred in the syndicated series “The Untouchables” (1992-1993) as Treasury Agent Paul Robbins. Elliott also had a recurring guest role as Terry Parsons on the hit series, “Melrose Place.” He recently starred opposite Patricia Arquette in “Medium” as her ‘other life’ husband. One of his most memorable TV appearances was when he played “Carl the Moving Guy,” an anti-abortion furniture mover on “Seinfeld.” He credits that one time gig for opening bigger doors than he could ever knock down in any of his previous acting series. “I’ve always made a good living doing drama,” says Elliott, “but I learned that if you do a comedy, the whole world opens up.” Furthermore, Elliott had roles in movies including the 1997 “Clockwatchers” with Parker Posey and Lisa Kudrow, as well as “The Shrink Is In” (2001) with Courtney Cox and David Arquette. Additionally, he had starring roles in the TV movies “Code 11-14” (2003) and “The Man Who Lost Himself” (2005). Elliott produced and starred in the made-for-TV movie “Dodson’s Journey” (2001), the first project for his production company, Firefly Productions. Off camera, he directed the “JAG” episodes “Lifeline” and “Take it Like a Man.” He also wrote an episode of the show. Elliott married his co-star, Nanci Chambers, in a quiet wedding in 1993. In his spare time he enjoys playing with his 2 children, reading, golfing, writing, and watching old movies. He also loves to go running and has competed in many marathons and triathlons. “The Storm” is an epic miniseries event where the changeable forces of nature combine -- in the air, on land, in the seas -- as the world counts down its final, catastrophic hours. Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Treat Williams (“Everwood”) and James Van Der Beek (“Dawson’s Creek”) star in this ultimate tale of man against nature.

David Vergari Owner/Winemaker - Vergari Wines
Founded in 2003 by owner/winemaker David Vergari, Vergari Wines strives to produce Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards that are exclusively suited to those varietals. David shepards the wine from vine to bottle, ages them solely in French oak barrels and trusts that if he’s doing his job well, each wine will display its own “voice” – its own distinctive and unique character. While studying Enology and Viticulture at UC Davis, David interned at Sonoma-Cutrer and The Hess Collection in Napa Valley, and worked abroad at Coldstream Hills in Australia and Covisa in Spain. Landing back in California, David worked his way up to Research Enologist at Joseph Phelps Vineyard before moving to Rutz Cellars in the Russian River Valley, where he not only became the winemaker, but honed his skills and appreciation for Pinot Noir. Then, after four years as Head Winemaker at Maddalena Vineyards, David decided to launch his own label, Vergari Wines. In his spare time, David acts as a consulting winemaker and teaches extension wine courses at UC Irvine. David ascribes his life-long interest in wine at least in part to his Italian ancestry. His first memory of wine goes back to when he was five years old, in his great-uncle’s cellar in San Francisco tasting "Dago Red" - cut with water, of course! For a while in his twenties he worked as a financial analyst, but winemaking was in his blood, and inevitably he decided to change careers and follow his passion. David makes his wines at Owl Ridge Wine Services in Sebastopol, California, formerly co-owned by friends and fellow winemakers Greg LaFollette and Greg Bjornstad. David became fast friends with the two Gregs while attending UC Davis and vowed that one day he would make wine at their facility. The third generation of his family from western Sonoma County, David divides his time between the winery and vineyards in Northern California and his home life with wife Katie Orth in Sierra Madre, Southern California. David’s philosophy; “Give every lot of grapes the attention and careful handling it needs, let the wine find its voice while knowing when to stay out of the way, and always remember that wine is something to be enjoyed – like the company of an old friend.”

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy
What's happening at the movies this weekend? Steve has all the info on what to see or maybe what to pass up. The hottest films and the biggest bombs from "The Movie Guy".