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SoundBits: Brett Cohen, Barely-Legal Media Maven (and Lovin’ It)

You know the voice, now meet the boy man. Since the early days of BlogTalkRadio, Brett Cohen has been a force to be reckoned with, what with his trademark wit and ingratiating demeanor. Then of course there’s his roster of A-list guests, which has – in the past six months alone – included Jimmy Fallon, Paris Hilton, Mandy Moore, Mick Fleetwood, Nancy O’Dell and Carson Kressley. Along with way, his interviews have been picked up in such powerhouse news outlets as People magazine online and the New York Post. So if that’s any indication, the still-in-his-teens host, who hails from Long Island, N.Y., and who’ll be transferring from Penn State to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut this fall, should have quite a career ahead of him. (We just hope he isn’t snatched up by the Big Media boys before landing Jack Nicholson or Angelina Jolie.)

Brett (above): Another Charlie Rose in the making?

Brett (above): Another Charlie Rose in the making...

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

World Talk Live! has been keeping BlogTalkRadio listeners captivated for nearly two years now. Each week, I interview a wide variety of people with compelling, news- worthy stories to tell (whether they come on the air intending to tell them or not). My guests range from musicians to actors to com- edians to media figures to polit- icians to folk heroes – you name it.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

The first is my age. I’m only 18, so I can’t legally drink on the air (though I can drive – and eat most snack foods). My youth usually shocks people because of how much I’ve accomplished thus far in my career. For example, from 2006 to 2008 I was the prime minister of Canada. Then again, I don’t usually talk about my age because I want to be taken seriously (so immediately after reading it, please shred this web page).

The second thing is that I do great vocal impersonations, and have even created my own characters for the show. While my background isn’t in acting, I’ve been told that I have a natural comic sense. My dream job would be to join the cast of Saturday Night Live.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Or another John Belushi?

...or another John Belushi?

I can’t really narrow it down to one person. But Howard Stern has long been an inspiration, simply because of all the attacks and other obstacles he has had to put up with to maintain his style. So I’ll always appreciate his innovation. But I think that the media and entertainment industries have been my main motivation for taking to the airwaves. There are so many talented people who work in broad- casting, and just being a part of that is immensely fulfilling.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

I really enjoy interviewing politicians, so it would be great to speak with Barack Obama. The story of his rise to power is fascinating – and he’s the coolest commander-in-chief our country has ever seen. So an interview with him would be meaningful in many ways. But the chances of that happening seem slim. Then again, I never thought that I’d interview some of the people who’ve already appeared on my show, Ralph Nader or Akon or even Gennifer Flowers. The truth is, I appreciate when anyone comes on my show and gives me some of their time.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Hugo Boss jeans, a dark-blue polo shirt, New Balance sneakers. Chrome by Azzaro is my fragrance of choice this evening.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

During my interview with Paris Hilton, I asked her out on a date. She’d just broken up with Benji Madden, so I figured it couldn’t hurt. She, of course, declined my offer, and then went on to explain that it wasn’t the appropriate time for me to invite her into a relationship. (Well, Paris, we’ll always have BlogTalkRadio.)

To sample Brett’s show, click here.

To read how Brett recently landed in People magazine online, click here.

And to read how he elicited a shot from Jerry Seinfeld’s TV mom that was read ’round the world, click here.

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Mick Fleetwood: I Still Love Stevie Nicks

 CAPTION: “It’s a great epitaph to a real friendship that runs deep,” Mick (above, with Stevie in 2005) tells us of his former flame’s current status within the Fleetwood family.

“It’s a great epitaph to a friendship that runs deep,” Mick (above with Stevie in 2005) tells us of his former flame’s current status in the Fleetwood family.

Of all the bands to come out of the Golden Age of Rock, none carried as much emotional baggage into the studio as Fleetwood Mac.

While recording their 1977 album Rumors – which featured such hit singles as Go Your Own Way and You Make Loving Fun John and Christie McVie were separ- ating, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were breaking up, and Mick Fleetwood was divorcing his wife.

During that tumultuous period, Mick and Stevie also hooked up, only to go their own ways after the pairing proved too painful.

Twenty-eight years later, however – with the band embarking on its first tour in five years – Mick tells BlogTalkRadio that his relationship with Stevie is as solid as ever.

“Do you still love her,” World Talk Live! host Brett Cohen asks him.

“Oh, absolutely. She’s one of my dearest, dearest friends. And it’s a great part of my life and her life,” the drummer, who has a new, non- Fleetwood Mac album out titled Blue Again, replies.

CAPTION: The band in its incestuous heyday (l-r): Stevie, Lindsay, Christie, John and Mick.

The band in its incestuous heyday (l-r): Stevie, Lindsey, Christie, John and Mick.

“We’ve shared a lot of things in terms of Fleet- wood Mac and we continue to have the partnership that has spanned a huge amount of time,” he adds.

Not only is the one-time couple still tight, but Stevie’s a member of the family.

“She’s a mighty good godmother, I might add, to my two beautiful twin daughters.”

To hear Mick’s full interview, in which he discusses the current state of the music industry – and why he thinks American Idol is good for it – click here.

$2 Million Paris Hilton Heist: I Moved into a Gated Community to Get Away from the Paparazzi, She Told BlogTalkRadio

NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2008 (BlogTalkRadio) – Burglars broke into Paris Hilton’s home today, making off with an estimated $2 million worth of jewelry and other valuables.

$2 million poorer.

Paris: It was the flashbulbs she feared.

The hotel heiress had just recently moved into the Hollywood Hills abode.

Ironically, however, it wasn’t to get away from robbers – it was to flee photographers.

In a Nov. 29 interview on BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live! Paris, 27, told host Brett Cohen exclusively that she’d taken a hard line against the prying eyes of ever-present paparazzi.

“They follow me all day long. But I moved into a gated community now,” she said.

“Before, they would literally be running up my driveway and taking pictures through my windows – could see everything in my house.

“Now I live in a gated community, so they usually just fly over with helicopters!”

To hear Paris’ full interview, click here.

Leticia Cline to Heat up ‘World Talk Live!’

Mention the name Leticia Cline to any teenage boy between the ages of 13 and 73 and he’ll stop dead in his tracks.

How come?

Because he’s suffering cardiac arrest – and with good reason.

Heart attack-inducing hottie.

Leticia: Heart attack-inducing hottie.

The Playboy Radio Morning Show regular is without a doubt one of the most luscious ladies every to grace planet Earth.

And today at 4 p.m. ET, she’ll be on World Talk Live! to talk about… well, who really cares what the topic is?

The point is, Leticia will be there in all her glory to chat with host Brett Cohen – and take your calls.

To hear this awesome edition of WTL! click here.

Paris Hilton Leaves the Door Open for Benji Madden Reunion: ‘We speak 10 times a day. I’m not seeing anyone else’

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2008 @ 11:32 p.m. ET (BlogTalkRadio) — Sounds like the world’s most famous hotel heiress is laying out a big ole welcome mat for her ex.

“I love him very much,” Paris tells BlogTalkRadio about Benji.

“I love him very much,” Paris tells BlogTalkRadio about Benji.

Paris Hilton tells World Talk Live! host Brett Cohen that she and Benji Madden – who dumped her via voicemail two weeks ago after a nine-month fling – are still in each other’s lives big-time.

“We speak probably 10 times a day,” she says of the Good Charlotte guitarist, 29, whose bandmate – and twin bro – Joel Madden has a baby with Paris’ BFF, Nicole Richie.

“He’s my best friend. So we’ll always be close.”

If that weren’t a big enough hint, Paris, 27, goes on to say that she hasn’t got eyes for any other guys:

“I care for [Benji] and we’ll see what happens in the future. I’m not seeing anyone [else]… I’m not interested in anyone.”

Meanwhile, the budding entrepreneur – who has been busy launching her new fragrance, Fairy Dust – reveals that she has taken a hard line against the prying eyes of ever-present paparazzi.

Paris and Benji in April – back when love was in bloom.

Paris and Benji in April – back when love was in bloom.

“They follow me all day long. But I moved into a gated community now,” says Paris.

“Before, they would literally be running up my driveway and taking pictures through my windows – could see everything in my house.

“Now I live in a gated community, so they usually just fly over in helicopters!”

To hear Paris dish more about her personal life and upcoming projects, click here.

Ron Lester: 350-Pound Loser – and Lovin’ It!

It’s been seven years since Varsity Blues star Ron Lester underwent the dramatic surgery that allowed him to shed 350 pounds – after leaving him dead on the operating table.

“This is what’s left after losing 348 pounds,” says Ron in his new BodyBuilding.com video.

“This is what’s left after losing 348 pounds,” says Ron in his new BodyBuilding.com video.

Now he’s back on BlogTalkRadio to update us on his progress, and let us know what’s next in his career.

Atop the list of questions from fans who’ve watched the actor’s new BodyBuilding.com video (and know that’s he’s already had 16 epidermis-tightening procedures) will no doubt be, “How do you plan to get rid of all that extra skin?”

But rest assured that World Talk Live! host Brett Cohen will cover that territory and more when Ron – who once tipped the scales at 508 pounds – appears live today at 4:30 p.m. ET.

After moving from his hometown of Kennesaw, Ga., to Los Angeles in the mid-1990s, Ron began his showbiz career a stand-up comic. His first acting role was in the 1997 flick Good Burger. Two years later, he landed a recurring role on the Judd Apatow-produced NBC comedy Freaks and Geeks.

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"But I still have a lot of skin to remove," laments the 38-year-old actor.

In 2001, Ron appeared in Not Another Teen Movie, parodying his role as the rotund Billy Bob in Varsity Blues. That same year, he underwent duodenal-switch surgery, and flatlined during the risky procedure.

Now the actor clocks in a healthy 160 pounds.

To hear Ron’s BlogTalkRadio interview today, click here.

For more on Ron, click here.

EXCLUSIVE: Famed movie-trailer voice’s widow to Hollywood: Give Don LaFontaine his rightful place on the Walk of Fame!

Despite being the greatest Tinseltown pitchman of all time, Don LaFontaine, who immortalized the phrase “in a world where…,” was denied a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – and it has his widow seeing Technicolor red.

BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live!, Nita Whitaker tells host Brett Cohen

“Don wanted to be known as the small-town guy who made it good,” says Nita.

In an interview on BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live!, Nita Whitaker tells host Brett Cohen that she and her husband – who passed away Sept. 1 at the age of 68 – applied last year to have his name immortalized on the walk, but were told to hit the road.

“We got denied. I guess that’s par for the course,” she shrugs, while in the same breath vowing to right the snub.

“Now we’re really pushing to get a star,” says Nita. “We’re trying to gather as many people as possible to say, This should have happened. Why hasn’t this happened?

“We really want to push for that, not just for his legacy [but] for our children, so they can say, Wow, look at what my dad was able to accomplish.”

A sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, the Walk of Fame was designed by artist Oliver Weismuller in 1953 to give the movie capital of the world a “face lift.” Its first star was awarded in 1960, to actress Joanne Woodward.

Last year, Don posed in his home studio next to a look-alike Walk of Fame star given to him by Nita.

Last year, Don posed in his home studio next to a look-alike Walk of Fame star given to him by Nita.

The walk is currently embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of both human celebs and fictional characters honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry.

In order for a celeb to get a star on the walk, he or she must agree to attend a presentation ceremony within five years of selection, and pay a $25,000 fee to the Hollywood Historic Trust.

To hear more about Nita’s campaign to land Don a star, and her recollections of the voice-over great, click here.

‘Soup Nazi’ Spills Plans for Seinfeld College Tour

Soup for NYU!

Larry Thomas: Soup for NYU!

Nothing 101?

That may be the idea behind a series of college seminars planned by Seinfeld distributor Sony Pictures for cast members of the classic sitcom, including Jerry Seinfeld and Larry Thomas “The Soup Nazi” Thomas.

In an exclusive interview airing Tuesday, August 12 at 9 a.m. ET, Thomas tells World Talk Live host Brett Cohen:

“I’m gonna join Jerry and tour to a few different colleges. They’re doing sort of a Seinfeld presentation at some colleges. I know they’re gonna do it in September at NYU. And in Phoenix and in San Francisco. So I’m gonna join him on a couple of those dates.”

Larry – who in real life sounds nothing like his signature character – also says he’s growing his mustache back for the events:

“[Sony hasn’t] said anything, but I’m assuming they’re gonna want me to at least look the way I looked on the show.”

Click here to hear what else Larry has to say.