Category Archives: IFBB Pros

Roland Kickinger starring in Terminator 4: Salvation

Roland Kickinger is a little busy these days, down in New Mexico filming the 4th movie in the Terminator Series, titled Terminator 4: Salvation: The Future Begins.  Set for a release date of May 22nd, 2009, Roland is playing the character of the T-800, which was the original terminator.

This movie picks off where Terminator 3 ended, where the Skynet computer has destroyed most of humanity. John Conner, who will be played by Christian Bale, and his group start to lead the rebellion against the machines.  Roland Kickinger is set to go after John Conner, who will be protected by a good terminator, in this case, played by Josh Brolin.

Here is a synopsis released by Warner Bros. Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale), the man fated to be the leader of the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators, and the future he was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a Terminator whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they find out a terrible secret that may lead to the possible annihilation of mankind.

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IFBB Figure Pro Amanda Jo Savell and Dave Jacobs are found dead

 
I received the call very early this morning here in Los Angeles. What is going on? People rarely call this early? Did you hear the news? Amanda Jo Savell and Dave Jacobs were found dead in their house? WTF? Are you serious? Bull! No, I am serious? They are treating it as a murder, although the rumors are saying that Dave Jacobs shot Amanda and then killed himself?

I am still in a daze from hearing that such a beautiful person is gone this morning, and that we still don’t know much as the police are investigating to what happened? Some are saying it is a double murder, because of Dave Jacobs involvement with steroids, his talking about which players in the NFL are involved, and so on. Others are saying that this is a case of jealously, whereas Dave flipped out because Amanda was talking to various guys when Dave wasn’t there.  We don’t know.  All I know is that Amanda is not going to be around anymore? All I can remember is her friendly voice, great attitude, pictures and video interviews we did with her, and I feel sadness for her friends and family. 

From various friends, we know that the last anyone talked to Amanda is Monday evening. When her friends and family tried to text or call her Tuesday, she did not answer. That was unusual. By Wednesday, they were very worried that something had happened. They called the police to check it out. They finally went to check it out late Wednesday night. And it was Thursday morning that the worst fears had come true. Amanda was training to compete in the 2008 IFBB Europa Pro Figure show in August. Her friends knew something was wrong, because there was no way she would no be training for the show, and not calling her friends. Today, the figure community is stunned. This stuff just doesn’t occur.  

More rumors coming in – that Dave Jacobs was not there for the weekend, came back Monday, looked at Amanda’s cell phone calls, and flipped out when he realized that she was talking to guys that she dated before. People have said that Dave was insanely jealous, that he had flipped out in the past, and they had warned Amanda to not stay with him. It does appear that Dave shot her, and then killed himself.  Wow.  

Still, others say it was a double murder.  More information will come soon, perhaps clearing some up. But then again, I don’t think I will ever understand why. Amanda was 30 years old.  She will be missed. My condolences go out to her family and friends.

Congratulations to Shawn and Kristie on the new baby

Congratulations to Shawn and Kristie Ray on the birth of their second daughter. Isabella Blu Ray was born on April 30th, at 9:22pm in the evening. She weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces, and measured 19 1/2 inches long.  Isabella’s big sister, Asia, is going to have a whole new person to share all her toys with now!

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Kevin Levrone – new movie called ‘I Am’ and more

When we were in Boise, we got a chance to speak to Kevin Levrone about what is new in his life, and various subjects including his upcoming movie titled “I Am”. Kevin started to shoot the move in Castle Rock, Colorado around October 2007, and it is slated for a Fall 2008 release.

To check out the interview, please go to:

Kevin Levrone Interview with Ron Avidan

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Here is a synopsis of the movie. A film with the passion and exciting, raw emotional drama of Romeo and Juliet, I AM is the story of a young man who has always been everything to everyone. Marvin The Great Pearl is a man who is truly blessed in life and succeeds in everything he pursues; class president, valedictorian and star athlete turned global icon. He is in the midst of beginning his political career when through personal tragedy, or perhaps divine intervention, he finds that he is losing the most important thing in his life. It also happens to be the one thing in this world that he cannot control through his own power. And with the two most powerful words on the planet, I AM, Marvin is confronted with the decision of his life and death!

For more information on the movie, please go to:

I Am Movie Info and Trailer

Jay Cutler’s 2008 Mr. Olympia Top Five Predictions

Larry Pepe, on the Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Radio show, got out of Jay, the honest answer on who he thinks will be the top five at the 2008 Mr. Olympia. Here is Jay’s prediction on who they are.

1) Jay Cutler
2) Dexter Jackson
3) Phil Heath
4) Dennis Wolf
5) Kai Greene

Missing are some noteworthy competitors, including Melvin Anthony, Silvio Samuel, and Gustavo Badell. The reason that Victor Martinez is not on the list, is that we all assume he is bypassing the Olympia due to injury, and will concentrate on the 2009 Arnold Classic instead.

Jay Cutler at the 2008 Boise Expo discussing predictions

Ah, leave it up to an encounter in Boise, Idaho at the 2008 Boise Fitness Expo where Jay Cutler himself decided to talk to Ron about his pick of who will win the 2008 Mr. Olympia. A few weeks back, in a heated moment on the boards, I got caught up into the action, and, in a moment of passion, said that Dennis Wolf is going to win the 2008 Mr. Olympia. Originally, I had Jay Cutler as my top prediction, but when Lonnie Teper went with Jay (and since Lonnie is usually wrong), Dennis Wolf was the choice.

Well, Jay Cutler himself wasn’t too happy with me. Click below for the pics and story of Jay guest posing and more.

Jay Cutler at the 2008 Boise Expo

Lee Priest signs with Muscular Development

The last time we saw Lee Priest, we were at the 2008 Arnold Classic, where Lee was standing in the MuscleMag booth greeting some fans. Today, Lee decided to sign a deal with Muscular Development, and judging from many rumors, it looks like Lee will be let back into the IFBB, and perhaps be allowed to compete at the 2008 Atlantic Pro. If he places in the top three there, then it is off to the Olympia stage. But first, he needs to be reinstatement into the IFBB.Congratulations Lee on your contract with MD.

Dexter Jackson signs with Weider Publications

After being with Muscular Development magazine for the past few years, Dexter Jackson made a bold choice, and signed with Weider Publications (Flex, Muscle & Fitness Magazine) in a stunning move that left many in the industry surprised. Many people did not even know that Dexter’s contract with MD was up. Still, the announcement on Tuesday evening on Flexonline created quite a stir, as Dexter had just come off winning three IFBB contests in a row (2008 Arnold Classic, 2008 Australian Pro, 2008 New Zealand Pro).Congratulation to Dexter, as teaming up with Weider, along with his Muscletech contract, puts Dexter is a great position as he rests and gears up for the 2008 Mr. Olympia contest. We here see Dexter as easily being in the top 4 at the 2008 Mr. Olympia, along with Jay Cutler, Dennis Wolf, and Phil Heath.

Will Harris Sneak Pics before the Ironman Pro

Will Harris is always a wild card in the quest for a top five placing at the Ironman Pro. But the competitor surprised us last year with almost winning the 2007 Europa Pro show. So can Will come with a better physique at the Ironman Pro? Various sources who train with Will say yes, he is going to surprise everyone!

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Melvin Anthony – where have you been?

From our sources, Melvin Anthony has come back from a month out in Kuwait, where he ate, slept and trained hard for the upcoming Arnold Classic competition March 1st. Melvin went out there to endorse a gym, signed a lot of photographs, made a number of appearance, and even went on an Arabic television show much like the ‘Jay Leno’ show that we have here, and talked about bodybuilding, competing and training. Melvin spoke in English to the host, while the translator gave his responses. It was a blast.

Our friends say that Melvin is 255 pounds, and his conditioning is right on to surprise many at the Arnold Classic. Melvin may be considered the underdog at the Arnold Classic to place even in the top three, but he intends to beat out his own physique from the last show, which was the Olympia. Either way, it is going to be a great battle on stage between the competitors. We will next see Melvin at the Ironman Pro show, but not competing. Melvin will be there to check out his fellow competitors, and will be at the Weider booth, since Muscletech may not have a booth there.

Neset Icli – 3 weeks out from the Ironman Pro pics

Siggi Segers of Belgium sent us some pictures of one of the pro’s that he is helping to train and will compete at the Ironman Pro. Neset Icli is flying in from Europe for the show for the IFBB’s first pro show of the year.

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Desmond Miller Dropped

Muscular Development athletes are getting dropped or leaving left and right. The latest departure from MD is IFBB Pro Desmond Miller. Miller will be competing at the IRONMAN Pro in less than three weeks. MD’s Flex Wheeler coined him the best NPC Nationals winner of all-time.

Deshaun Grimez 3 weeks out from IRONMAN photos

Deshaun Grimez at Gold’s Gym Venice. The 2008 IRONMAN Pro will be his pro debut. He says he’s ready, what do you think? Stay tuned for more photos and video interview with this IFBB pro bodybuilder.

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Art Atwood cuts a deal in steroid case

The New York Times broke this story that had been lingering in the rumor mill for awhile. Another rumor proves to check out.

PLANO, Tex. — A black Hummer pulled into the Hooters parking lot as dusk fell. Arthur Dale Atwood, a professional bodybuilder with a 61-inch chest, opened the tailgate for a police informant to deliver more than 100 bottles of fake drugs made from vegetable oil.

When Arthur Atwood was arrested, he wasn’t charged with a drug violation because of a continuing federal investigation.

For months, city detectives had been watching as Atwood, 34, amassed steroids, human growth hormone, Ecstasy and exotic thyroid stimulators. Last May, the police made their move. Outside the Hooters lot, officers pulled over the Hummer. But instead of filing drug charges, they turned Atwood over to federal prosecutors running a more ambitious investigation.

Three days later, federal agents began arresting seven other bodybuilders across the state. One of them, David C. Jacobs, 35, known to friends as Bulletproof, publicly boasted of having evidence to link players for the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons to steroids. No such evidence has been revealed, and those teams have strongly denied his statements.

>> Read the full story here.

Moe El Moussawi – 4 weeks out from the Ironman Pro pics

From New Zealand, Moe sent us a few pics of him getting ready for the 2008 Ironman Pro, to be held on February 16 in Los Angeles. Moe plans on getting on the stage at 225 pounds, and at 5″9″, he plans to make excellent progress in his shape since last year. It will be interesting to see Moe compared to a number of other bodybuilders, as he looks quite good at the moment.


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