Fri, 3 May 2013
Writing for TV, movies and novels...The quirky, funny, cynical world of Hollywood writer Caprice Crane
Writer Caprice Crane is funny, charmingly self-deprecating and sharp witted with a cynical edge. She's loved by audiences across a few media...They read her books, interact with her online and follow her very funny Twitter feed.
Caprice grew up in Hollywood the daughter of famous parents and gives us a sense of her world as a kid. It was one made up of hanging out with the children of the glitterati but it seems with all the normal teen crushes as the rest of the world that just played out in a bit of a different way. In fact, one of those crushes led to hunting down her teen heartthrob.
Links to Caprice's books, pictures of her folks, etc. can all be found here.
We really liked Caprice's visit and hope she'll be back--Next time she'll have to bring her own coffee because clearly Mark can not be trusted to make it.
J. Elvis Weinstein from Cinematic Titanic, Freaks and Geeks and Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a friend of the show and an accomplished wrter/producer as well so we invited him to join in on the conversation.
As always Heather Ankeny (actress and producer) co-pilots with Mark Thompson
Thu, 25 April 2013
Carl Gottlieb. He wrote JAWS and THE JERK (with Steve Martin).Collaborated with Richard Pryor and other greats.
Carl Gottlieb joins us. He wrote JAWS.
JAWS is one of those movies that has spawned entire festivals and annual meetings in which people dress up and reenact parts of the film. In a word, the movie is a classic.
JAWS vaulted Steven Spielberg to filmmaking royalty and writer Carl Gottlieb to the top of Hollywood screenwriters.
Hosts Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny ask about JAWS ...among other things, how Carl arrived at writing the line "You're gonna need a bigger boat".
If it wasn't Carl, then who actually wrote the classic "Indianapolis speech" from Quint (Robert Shaw) and what movie had both Spielberg and Gottlieb seen that inspired them in a pinch to rework JAWS so the audience doesn't see the shark until well into the story?
Carl is the reason that Steven Spielberg used DEVIL'S TOWER in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and he tells us the story of alerting Spielberg to that location.
What about THE JERK? How did the association with Steve Martin start and how did the two collaborate to make that movie?
Among the many legends Carl has collaborated with is Richard Pryor. He wrote two movies and television comedy with Pryor. Carl talks about what Pryor was like to work with and be around and how he once broke up a fist fight between Pryor and an NBC page.
Carl also talks about meeting the legendary musician David Crosby and becoming his biographer through a life so sorted and wild that it took TWO BOOKS to chronicle it all.
Carl Gottlieb...Hollywood writer of comedy, drama, suspense and biography.
Thu, 18 April 2013
Stan Rizzo from Mad Men, Jay Ferguson: On acting, romance, his love of trivia and his dad on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire
Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny welcome Jay Ferguson from Mad Men.
You may never guess that Jay Ferguson, Stan Rizzo from the hit TV series Mad Men, is a huge trivia hound. Mark tosses him a few trivia questions on the fly.
You also may never have guessed that Jay fell into a deep decline and considered leaving his craft of acting and show business....Mad Men arrived just as he was building it back.
It's a useful story for anyone in a struggle to maintain or regain what they had. Jay tells the story of the fall from success at television series work as a young actor and the way he stopped that fall.
Fans of romance will love the way Jay met his wife...And you may be surprised the way cigarette lighters enter the story as a mark of attraction in this case.
Jay tells the story of "WRONG ANSWER KENT" and WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE....Jay's father had always obsessed with being on the original Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Regis. One day, he finally makes it. Jay shares the tale of why at the last second he can't be his father's "phone a friend" lifeline but connects him with his buddy Kent. Jay's actually able to be there at the last second---sort of. When his Dad calls while on "Millionaire" to get help from his trivia buff son and his friend Kent, it all doesn't go as planned.
Josh Weinstein (Freaks and Geeks and Mystery Science Theater 3000) sits in with Heather and Mark and is already a show favorite as he's irrepressibly funny and even reveals that he was the answer to a Jeopardy question. Oh, and by the way, he's a trivia monster also.
Mon, 15 April 2013
PREVIEW of Mad Men's Jay Ferguson (Stan Rizzo) talking about his dad finally making it on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with Regis!
Jay's father made it on to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire but not without some twists and turns.
He tells Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny the whole story of how it happened and then WHAT happened as he visits THE EDGE.
The VERY funny Josh Weinstein from Mystery Science Theater also sits in.
Here's a preview ...the entire story and whole show coming soon.
Wed, 10 April 2013
Our resident culture critic Michael Snyder stops through and he shares the stuff he thinks we might enjoy.
It's 30 minutes of Heather and Mark giving Michael a hard time but, make no mistake, they are jotting down his recommendations.
Thu, 4 April 2013
He's covered the Jodi Arias trial for Dateline NBC. Now, Josh Mankiewicz breaks it down for us (here's a little taste)
Mark Thompson asks Josh why things are not going more quickly in the Jodi Arias trial. Here's a taste of Josh's answer.
Tue, 2 April 2013
Our Guest Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz talks of murder, mystery and in this case getting voice coaching
Josh is whipped into submission by a top voice coach...Josh doesn't react well and shares the story.
Tue, 2 April 2013
Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny welcome Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz.
Josh is the first guest in our new outdoor studio overlooking Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.
While he fills us in on Jodi Arias' trial for murder (and helps Heather with her obsession about this case), he also reviews the murders of Jon Benét Ramsey who you may know from our maiden voyage show is Heather's former neighbor in Colorado.
Heather asks for advice as to whether or not she should "lawyer up" after she murders her husband.
Mark busts one of Josh's signature interview techniques and Josh explains it.
On a serious note: What do law enforcement believe are the three basic motives for murder? Josh tells us.
He tells us of the network sending him for voice training from a famous voice coach in New York...it did not go well.
Josh is from a high profile family and has a famous goddaughter, Allison Williams (from HBO's series GIRLS). We work him for a few details.
Then we dance!
Mon, 1 April 2013
The uber-hot Heather Ankeny sits in on all things including her obsession with the Jodi Arias trial…The full show available on iTunes!
Mon, 1 April 2013
Emmy winning Steve Martin/Martin Short writer David Feldman seems to like the vibe of the new pope.