Tue, 8 August 2017
If filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich were just a successful Hollywood writer/director and actor, it’d be impressive enough. His list of accomplishments, published work as an author, hit films, and awards makes him worthy of a ton of esteem already.
But Peter Bogdanovich is clearly more than even that. His stories reflect a rich life surrounded by creativity and the art of theater and filmmaking.
And beyond even that, he is a living link to a classic era in Hollywood. An era of great filmmakers like John Ford, Howard Hawkes, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock.
As a young aspiring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich in his 20s arriving in Hollywood Peter was befriended by all these men and Bogdanovich even goes on to make a documentary about John Ford and write books about Orson Welles.
He talks about his beginnings, working for Roger Corman and then vaulting to Hollywood household name status after he directs The Last Picture Show which he co-wrote with Larry McMurtry.
The film gets 8 Academy Award nominations wins two Academy Awards, the BAFTA award for best writing and on that film Peter Bogdanovich falls in love with a 21 year old Cybil Shepherd who he goes on to marry. That creates personal complications for him at a time of great professional success and he discusses that.
On the professional side, from Steve McQueen to Barbara Streisand, much of Hollywood is wanting to work with him after The Last Picture Show.
He goes on to next direct What’s Up Doc? starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. And the comedy is a smash hit.
He follows that with another smash hit called, Paper Moon, a depression era comedy starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. Peter explains how and why Tatum was cast. The 10 year old Tatum goes on to get the Oscar for her performance.
His relationship with the stunning leading ladies of two of his films captured headlines and created personal issues…marriages and divorces.
But the most tragic romantic involvement of Peter Bogdanovich’s life had to be with actress Dorothy Stratten. After her brutal murder, Peter entered a dark period and withdrew from making movies for a time. He discusses this along with his eventual marriage to Dorothy’s younger sister, Louise.
Peter talks about writing a book on Dorothy and the entire episode.
He also talks bout his recent work as a filmmaker and directing an award winning documentary on Tom Petty.
We wish Peter could have stayed longer with us. It was a pleasure and an honor to have him in.
Writer/comedian Laura House and documentary producer/director and comic J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for this conversation with Peter Bogdanovich.
Here are links to Peter’s books and movies.
Mon, 5 September 2016
Trump, charm school, Dodi Fayed and more...
Model and actress, Sandi Taylor has been around some of the most powerful people in the jet set world. She tells stories of a life out of a movie.
Did Donald Trump really give her a copy of his book ART OF THE DEAL? Did he tell her to change her name? Did he really track her down after seeing her on the cover of a magazine?
First, CBS Sports host and writer Bill Reiter weighs in on the Colin Kaepernick controversy.
Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein
Wed, 10 August 2016
THAT GUY FROM WANG CHUNG IS HERE
That guy from Wang Chung!!
Jack Hues created some of the biggest songs of the decade: DANCE HALL DAYS, EVERYBODY HAVE FUN and TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. to name just three.
Jack joins us from England and talks about riding the 80s wave of Wang Chung and about his new project.
Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein ask about how it was then, how Wang Chung ended up scoring the film To Live and Die in L.A. and how Jack’s latest project has come together.
Here’s the link to get Jack Hues' new stuff:
And here’s a link to his classic 80s Wang Chung stuff:
BUT BEFORE JACK HUES ON THE SHOW: A quick shot of politics with political analyst and correspondent, Michael Shure…
Then Jack from Wang Chung ..
Finally Mark invites his sister into the studio during her recovery to tell her story of being pulled from a burning car right before it exploded in pieces.
J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) joins Mark Thompson
Wed, 15 June 2016
Our newest regular contributor is political analyst, Michael Shure. We’ll spend 10 minutes talking with Michael regularly about the unfolding political season and how the fast moving events of the world shape the respective presidential campaigns
THEN, the documentary film, The Best Of It and the filmmaker, SCOTT PEARSON EBERLY… Scott talks about the characters that inhabit his film. They are four people who make their sole living from betting on sports.
One of them, “Dink”, calls in during the show.
It’s a subculture that’s fascinating, exhilarating and maybe even a bit unsettling.
You don’t need to be a gambler for this episode…but if you want to see his film here’s the link to THE BEST OF IT.
Heather Ankeny and Josh Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with Scott.
Tue, 1 December 2015
He's pioneered a revolutionary part of the law, been a coke addict and a top morning radio personality...
KFI morning radio personality Bill Handel's irreverent, almost reckless style has made him a few enemies along the way but mostly has contributed to the kind of success in the fickle business of broadcasting that most can only dream of.
His place at KFI atop the morning radio ratings goes essentially uncontested.
But what he has done away from radio may be an even better story...
Bill Handel joins Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh)
Wed, 7 October 2015
The new documentary is called MICHAEL DES BARRES-- WHO DO YOU WANT ME TO BE.
It's directed by our own J.Elvis Weinstein and it chronicles a remarkable life in rock music and acting.
DesBarres is a descendent from royalty, raised in England. But his upbringing was a far cry from any royal palace.
He was raised among prostitutes and pederasts before embarking on an astonishing career in theater, film and music.
Michael DesBarres has worked with the biggest names in the history of music, film and television.
The crew just lets him unwind the stories from all those worlds.
A fascinating charmer: Michael DesBarres
Sat, 29 August 2015
Gladiator, Pirates of The Caribbean and X-Men all share one thing, the music of KLAUS BADELT.
Klaus has worked with the best directors in the business from Ridley and Tony Scott and Kathryn Bigelow to Steven Spielberg, Sean Penn and John Woo.
Klaus was asked by the Chinese Olympic Committee to compose the music for the closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He tells us about the wild, unorthodox process that led up to that event.
We’ve included only a sliver of Klaus’ music.
A more complete sample is available through Klaus’ website: klausbadelt.com
Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson
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
Fri, 24 July 2015
From the mind and mouth of friend of the show, Josh Robert Thompson. Check out his work at jrtvoices.com
Tue, 6 January 2015
Exec Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond is adapting the show in India...
Long time Executive Producer of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, Steve Skrovan has just returned from India where they are launching an Indian version of the show.
He shares stories from the road and Mark asks him about a few favorite Raymond episodes.
Heather updates Steve on her prisoner boyfriend.