Mon, 24 August 2015
Daniele Watts, an actress from Django Unchained, and Chef BeLive aka Brian Lucas www.ChefBeLive.com should be sampling the best of what L.A. has to offer. They are artists with a strong hand in the creative community. Daniele was educated at USC and the British American Drama Academy in London, and they are both people in the center of an ongoing controversy that’s going back to court in just a few days.
Certainly, the questioning and subsequent arrest of Daniele Watts seems as though it was a situation that blew up into more than it should have. She admits in this conversation she had a hand in that as well.
The incident, in which police responded to a call about Daniele and her boyfriend having a sexual encounter in a parked car on an L.A. street, became a high profile case about race and policing. We ask her and Brian what was going on in the car that day.
Ultimately the story involved an audio tape recorded by Sgt. Jim Parker (the responding officer). The tape gave listeners an idea of what went on during the exchange between officers and Daniele and Brian.
The tape was leaked to TMZ apparently to clear the reputations of the cops who were taking on ugly charges of racism around the arrest both in published reports and internet postings worldwide.
The now famous tape seems to reflect an exchange that, indeed, has nothing much to do with race.
But in this conversation, Daniele Watts explains the emotion and history that’s coming to the exchange and how the encounter with police officers was a flashpoint for her.
While not explaining away her emotion, the conversation certainly helps the listener understand what’s in her head.
Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) join Mark Thompson and press Daniele about why the whole thing turned into such a mess. And ask her about the now controversial, court ordered APOLOGY LETTER (the full text below). The court ruled it insufficient and ordered the letter rewritten.
We also don’t think it’s much of an apology and we ask Daniele why the apology is so difficult.
It’s a spirited and enlightening conversation with two people who we haven’t heard in a long form conversation since the incident.
Wed, 12 August 2015
THE BROTHERS MANKIEWICZ
Dateline NBC”s Josh Mankiewicz and Turner Classic Movies' and The Young Turks' Ben Mankiewicz
Josh and Ben Mankiewicz grew up in and around politics but are from show business royalty, as the grandsons of Herman Mankiewicz. Herman is the man who wrote the classic film CITIZEN KANE.
In fact,members of the Mankiewicz family have produced, written and created some of the biggest entertainment franchises on TV and film.
In this hour...everything from politics to show business.
Puling apart The Trump phenomenon…The Classic Murder Movie, Double Indemnity, as it would be reported on Dateline NBC.
The stars and starlets that connected with the Mankiewicz family in Hollywood…and...The new kind of kidnapping.
Heather Ankeny joins Mark
Wed, 29 July 2015
He's one of the more entertaining and honest figures in all of television, film, music and even Periscope.
Regardless of the medium Andy has enjoyed great popularity
His credits include THE BEN STILER SHOW, NEWS RADIO, LESS THAN PERFECT and more recently DANCING WITH THE STARS and the film DANNY ROANE: FIRST TIME DIRECTOR
His stints in various rehabs never really "took" but he talks about his latest experience in a different way. One that he seems to be happy with.
J.Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson for Andy's visit.
Fri, 24 July 2015
From the mind and mouth of friend of the show, Josh Robert Thompson. Check out his work at jrtvoices.com
Wed, 15 July 2015
What's it like to have your life turned into a movie?
The film FOXCATCHER is based on Mark Schultz’s life story and he says it's not exactly what he'd expected.
Together with his brother Dave, Mark Shultz built an unprecedented wrestling record.
The Schultz brothers won more NCAA, US Open, World, and Olympic titles than any American brother combination in wrestling history.
In fact, Mark and Dave are the only two brothers ever to both win an Olympic and a World gold medal.
FOXCATCHER was the name given to the wrestling compound that the paranoic, uber-wealthy John DuPont created to “coach” wrestlers although DuPont knew NOTHING about wrestling.
Mark Schultz’s brother Dave was ultimately murdered by DuPont and the depiction of that murder in the film is eerily accurate.
What else is true and what was altered for the film?
Mark Schultz tells his story to Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein on THE EDGE
Here is a link to the website Mark Schultz talks about during the conversation.
Fri, 10 July 2015
If you watch TV, go to the movies or see commercials anywhere in the world, you have likely heard the voice of Josh Robert Thompson. You may even have heard him as the voice of some very famous people.
Josh uncorks Schwarzenegger, Morgan Freeman, his fundamentalist preacher and more.
Our own J. Elvis Weinstein was the original voice of Servo the robot on Mystery Science Theater, and Josh Robert Thompson was the voice of Geoff the robot on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Now these two great robot voices meet on The Edge.
More of Josh Robert Thompson is here at http://www.joshrthompson.com/
Wed, 1 July 2015
There's something odd about this call...
Warning for language--
Mark Thompson speaks with and about The Terminator movie on THE EDGE
Sat, 27 June 2015
While most of Hollywood comes and goes, Jackie Collins flourishes.
Having had 29 New York Times best sellers and countless movies and television series come from her writings, Jackie Collins knows how to spin a yarn...a true Hollywood insider who has stood the test of time.
Jackie talks to the crew about her new novel, THE SANTANGELOS and she also dishes with the crew of THE EDGE (Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein) about celebrities, royalty and what it takes to write some of the hottest best sellers in history.
Jackie’s latest book is available here and her website is jackiecollins.com
WARNING: SOME EXPLICIT SEXUAL REFERENCES
Wed, 10 June 2015
Comic/Weather Guy Fritz Coleman
FRITZ COLEMAN is here and we talk about almost everything EXCEPT weather.
Fritz has become a local news institution in L.A. as the weather guy on KNBC-TV.
All the while, he’s been a writer and comedian who has opened for top performers and and has been a regular at clubs nationwide.
Fritz shares stories and reflections on Ray Charles, James Brown, Johnny Carson and David Letterman.
Before Fritz arrives the crew talks the death of U2’s manager and gets an update on Heather’s fiancé prisoner, his upcoming freedom and his birthday gift to Heather which was a portrait painting of her.
Plus, an update on J. Elvis Weinstein's documentaries, one of which is making into the festival circuit.
Hang out for the conversation
Sat, 30 May 2015
Aron Ralston’s harrowing experience trapped under an 800 lb. boulder in Utah was portrayed by James Franco in the film directed by Danny Boyle, 127 Hours. The movie was nominated for 6 Academy Awards.
That the real Aron Ralston survived amputating his own arm with a crude cutting tool is remarkable in itself but to think there are other rich details, involving his mother’s role in miraculously locating him and the kind of unmitigated luck that prevailed to help him survive, that had to be left out of the film brings the discussion to another place.
Ralston talks with Mark and Heather about what actually happened and what it’s like to have your own near death story told on screen.
How did they decide on James Franco? Who else was being considered? How involved was Aron with the creative aspects of the film?
Aron is a lot of fun and he discusses it all with Heather and Mark.