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Convonista

Questioning pop culture.

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Convonista interviews award-winning, critically acclaimed actors, directors, producers, chefs, and authors, and covers their latest family news - think baby buzz, small + silver screen releases, theatre premieres, special needs, life + style launches and philanthropic endeavors - in a conversational way that redefines Q+A.

Feel free to contact Pilar at mariapilarclark@yahoo.com to coordinate an interview and/or event coverage.

Interviews are conducted by Maria Pilar Clark, gabby mom to two, who is also the writer and creator behind Chicago Parent's Cosmotot.

'It's just amazing' says NSYNC's Joey Fatone of fatherhood


Posted Nov 23, 2010 12:02 PM

Former Dancing With The Stars runner-up and 'NSYNCer, Joey Fatone, might have once sung "Bye Bye Bye" but the singer, actor, and father is back with a new single, new daughter, and a guest stint on a new episode of Playhouse Disney's hit series, Imagination Movers, to air Saturday, May 22 on Disney Channel.
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Playhouse Disney's Nancy Kanter develops preschooler programming that balances entertainment with education


Posted Nov 23, 2010 12:01 PM

Parents are all about embracing and fostering that growing sense of independence in their children, but letting them choose what to watch on television can be difficult. Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President of Playhouse Disney Worldwide shares her take on what makes Disney programming different.
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British explorer Olly Steeds solves history and brings wanderlust to the classroom


Posted Nov 23, 2010 12:01 PM

The iconic Indiana Jones might be firmly rooted in filmlore, but his wry sense of humor, sexy rough-and-tumble appeal, and deep knowledge of ancient civilizations lives on in rogue British reporter, journalist and explorer, Olly Steeds.
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Disney's Imagination movers talk turkey and other holiday traditions


Posted Nov 23, 2010 12:01 PM

What do you get when you mix blue mechanic's jumpsuits with music? Every dad's man crush, that's what. More specifically, the Imagination Movers, who dish on the Thanksgiving- and Christmas-oriented traditions that get them into the holiday spirit.
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Homespun musician Dan Zanes raises immigration awareness with 'The Welcome Table'


Posted Nov 23, 2010 12:00 PM

There are two really good ways to describe Grammy-winning musician Dan Zanes: iconic and approachable. And when you make your living singing cross-cultural children's songs while raising awareness of social issues facing communities across the board at the same time, both are pretty darn important.
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America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel team up in DreamWorks 'How To Train Your Dragon'


Posted Nov 23, 2010 12:00 PM

Taking two young actors used to doing the underdog shuffle and putting them in the lead roles of DreamWorks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon makes for a movie that encourages audiences to see the world from an entirely different point of view.
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Hot Scots Craig Ferguson and Gerard Butler join comedic forces in DreamWorks 'How To Train Your Dragon'


Posted Nov 23, 2010 12:00 PM

What do you get when you combine Craig Ferguson's comedic stylings with Gerard Butler's smoldering sexiness? Two hot Scotsmen that play off each other so well that the highly anticipated DreamWorks Animation picture, How To Train Your Dragon, is this year's must watch children's movie.
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Iron Chef Mario Batali cooks up favorite father son moments in the kitchen


Posted Nov 23, 2010 12:00 PM

His Cheshire cat expression, fiery red ponytail and beard, and jolly, offbeat style accented by bright clogs, cargo shorts and a fisherman-style vest make award-winning chef, restauranteur and media personality, Mario Batali, seem larger than life.
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Chicago dads David and Adam Rudman work non-stop to create Bunnytown for kids


Posted Nov 23, 2010 11:59 AM

A music-filled, laugh-packed puppet variety show for the preschool-going set has invaded the Playhouse Disney airwaves, inviting little viewers to experience life through the eyes of fuzzy Peep-colored bunnies that are the creation of brothers and Chicago natives, David and Adam Rudman, along with their partner, music director and executive producer, Todd Hannert.
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Scott Baio and wife Renee fight for expanded newborn screening following health scare


Posted Nov 23, 2010 11:59 AM

Scott and Renee Baio were blessed with a baby girl last year, but found themselves dealing with a life-threatening condition known as Glutaric Acidemia - Type 1, at what should have been the happiest time in their lives.
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