Wednesday, August 17, 2011

8/17 Executive Producer of Batman Michael Uslan, Children's Eye-Care, Wine Bargains, "Love In The Wild:" Host Darren McMullen

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Executive Producer Michael Uslan Talks With Us About The Ups And Downs of Trying to Make The Batman Franchise

He has generated $2.6 billion in worldwide box office grosses, countless millions in toy and merchandise sales and survived not one, but two battles with a homicidal maniac. What’s more, he’s not done yet. Batman is one of the world’s most dependable film properties, with even the worst entry in the franchise’s history still charting $238 million in receipts.

As the trailer for the next installment of the franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, debuts online and with the release of the blockbuster Harry Potter film conclusion, millions have already started the countdown until next July when the new film opens. But if it weren’t for the perseverance of one man who toiled nearly 10 years to make the franchise’s first entry in 1989, it would not have happened at all.

Michael Uslan is the executive producer, along with his partner Benjamin Melnicker, of the Batman franchise of motion pictures. In his 33 years in the film and television business, he has been involved with such projects as National Treasure, Constantine, and countless animated projects. His projects have won Oscars®, Golden Globes® and Emmy® Awards. He recently formed an independent film development and production firm called The Uslan Company (

We're Talking To Dr. Christopher Vargas About Children's Eye Health And Reading

80 percent of what a child learns is through vision. Yet, according to the American Public Health Association, 25 percent of children in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to impede learning. Healthy vision is critical for children’s performance inside the classroom and in everyday life, which is why scheduling an eye exam in addition to all of the other health and wellness checkups your family gets each year is so important.

Dr. Christopher Vargas is a board certified and therapeutic licensed optometrist who runs a family-based practice in Anaheim, Ca. He is currently a member of the Orange county Optometric Society, American Optometric Association, and California Optometric Association. Most recently, he is a candidate to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Vargas has welcomed a diverse patient base and is one of a handful of optometrists in the country who speaks Spanish fluently. You can find him routinely at health fairs, school screenings, local service clubs and church events volunteering his time and efforts for the betterment of the community. It is his mission to give back to the community that has given him so much.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Traveling Time! The Great Larry Lipson Tells Us About His Latest Finds

Reporting from Costa Rica, CRN's international wine correspondent Larry Lipson will tell us about his latest Wine finds, including wines UNDER $10!Larry always has something cooking up at the Lipson Institute of Advanced Wine Studies! Larry forages all of Costa Rica for the absolute best wines. No region is spared from his intense search. No mountain or range or valley is safe from his reach. He leaves no grape unturned, this man of passion. Wine is his life. His love for wine is only paralleled with his love for his lovely parter in wine, Lillian Lipson.Be fully prepared for this master of vino as he shares his food and wine pairing techniques and experiences with you on this great day in America - and the world.

Darren McMullen Host NBC's "Love in the Wild" Stops By To Tell Us About The Season Finale

With seven adventures under their belts, the final two couples face their last journey together, an overnight quest that will test their endurance, strength, resolve, and more importantly, their relationship. In the end, one couple will remain revealing if they had the ultimate journey of finding love in the wild. Hosted by Darren McMullen and produced by Endemol USA. "Love in the Wild airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on NBC.

Darren McMullen possesses a knack for making people laugh, as well as for entertaining audiences and cozying up to some of the biggest names in the industry. He has hosted numerous high-profile television shows, and his on-screen efforts have redefined the traditional host role.

Scottish-born McMullen began his career in front of the camera as host of “Ignition,” a monthly car show in Sydney, Australia. He went on to host “Exclusive” from Australia’s Arena TV, an entertainment news show, where he showed he could dive into the action -- ranging from crashing the stage at Eskimo Joe's “Homebake” performance to getting arrested at a Robbie Williams concert. McMullen even turned the crowd on Johnny Knoxville at his own premiere -- dressed as Jean Pierre, one of his alter egos.

In addition to hosting “Love in the Wild,” McMullen currently hosts Australia’s version of “Minute to Win It.”

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