April 20, 2014

Tony Robbins gives inspirational story through new reality show

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: When motivational guru Tony Robbins debuts his powerful new NBC “Breakthrough With Tony Robbins” reality show July 27, viewers will see such astonishing stories as that of a man who broke his neck at his own wedding reception and became a quadriplegic – who discovers he can still have a full life through a string of challenges that includes skydiving over Fiji. He and his wife…well, have the Kleenex ready.

Robbins tells us that there was so much more story to each of the six hour-long shows he’s prepared, “We’re going to do a ‘Breakthrough’ Insider kind of site. These were 30-day journeys, and so much more happened than we can show.”

Indeed. Late legendary basketball coach John Wooden gave his final pep talk to a single athlete — Juaquin Hawkins, once known as the Oldest Rookie in the NBA, who in 2008 suffered a stroke that ended his career and left him unable to speak. Wooden’s meeting with Hawkins was part of Robbins’ plan to help him find his way to a new life.

“It was the last thing John Wooden taped, and it’s not even on the show,” says Robbins. It will be on the website.

So will the behind-the-scenes saga of the tragedy-touched wedding couple, Frank and Kristen Alioto, who are seen in the premiere, and their harrowing trip to Fiji. According to Robbins, it took some doing to even convince them to leave their house, she was so worried about his seemingly-fragile state. “They’ve become dear friends,” he says. “They sent me a message: ‘Guess where we are? Camping.’”

Not surprisingly, Robbins says he’s been approached numerous times about doing a reality show through the years. He warmed to the idea as the economy got ugly. On a “Today” show appearance, he found himself with three minutes to impart wisdom on how to cope. He wanted a better way.

“I’m not one for b.s. positive thinking, but showing people whose life is slammed, step-by-step how they can turn it around – no matter how tough your life is.” He has two executive producers from “The Biggest Loser” and one from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” with him on “Breakthrough.”

With his crammed schedule of 50-hour seminars around the world, prison work and other service activities — in addition to 12 companies — Robbins says he’ll have to find a way to clear time to do more shows. “If the audience is there, we’ll do more next year.”

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE: A November release is now being plotted for “Queen of the Lot,” as in the sequel to Henry Jaglom’s popular “Hollywood Dreams” of 2006. That’s the word from Tanna Frederick, who plays that queen: Iowa girl Margie Chizek-turned-starlet Maggie Chase. Sounds as if the parody could have been ripped from recent headlines, as Tanna reports the new film will find our not-so-happy heroine “wearing an ankle bracelet on house arrest.” She’s made three action films, “but she’s angry. She thinks her career sucks because she wants to be making serious films.” “Queen of the Lot” also has Noah Wyle, Mary Crosby, Peter Bogdanovich and other Hollywood players doing cameos as themselves.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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  • Tony listener since 1990
    July 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    I can’t wait to watch Tony in action again. I attended his seminar back in 1992 and did not know that after 5 hours we were expected to do the fire walk.

    I did not believe I could do it because years ago I had suffered 3rd degree burns on my feet. I was a baton twirler in high school and was rehearsing with the band during the summer. I had flip flops on and one of them busted while marching on the boiling hot pavement.

    This is the kind of pain you NEVER forget.

    There were approximately 1000 of us at the Hilton Hotel @ LAX and he told us to take off our shoes & socks and walk up to the roof of the Hotel where 12 lines of fire coals were waiting. I went through the motions fearing I would quit just before walking over the red hot coals and just hoped for a miracle.

    I was one of the lucky ones. Tony was at the front of my line and when it was my turn to walk, he asked me: “Are you ready?” (how can you tell Tony no?). He said “Just repeat: COOL MOSS…COOL MOSS”.

    Well, the drumbeats synchronized with my heart and I looked up to the starry sky and DID IT!!

    After they threw cold water at my feet, I ran to the back of the line again to do it again because I didn’t believe I had done it.

    Tony said: “Always remember that if were able to walk on fire today, you can achieve anything you set your heart out to do.”

    He was RIGHT!! Thank you Tony.

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