Sun, 22 November 2015
Our guest is Billy Ray. He's fresh off the writing and directing of SECRET IN THEIR EYES, starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Billy talks about this film as we approach it's opening weekend, screenwriting in general, his perfect/favorite movies, film writing and directing, upcoming projects and more.
If it sounds like a lot, that's because it is.
A great episode with award winning writer/director Billy Ray.
Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) join Mark Thompson
Wed, 11 November 2015
The term “whale”, when used in Las Vegas casinos, refers to someone who gambles a lot of money— A LOT of money.
Casino hosts make their livelihoods on how many gamblers they bring into the casino and how much those gamblers put in play. So the hunt for “whales” is critical to those hosts surviving.
When casino superhost Steve Cyr got to the scene, the competitive hunt for those big gamblers and the rules to bring them in changed.
His life in Vegas has taken him though the many changes in Vegas. The crew talks about the changing face of Vegas and the extent to which Cyr has gone to bring in gamblers to the various casinos he has called home.
The book Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Superhost - Confessions of a Vegas Superhost is all about superhost, Steve Cyr’s Vegas world.
Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) join Mark
You can pick up a copy of the book Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Superhost here
Sun, 1 November 2015
When 33 Chilean miners were trapped in a horrible mining accident, the prospects of their rescue looked bleak.
The new film THE 33 tells the story of how the world came together to make that miraculous rescue happen.
The writer of that film is our guest.
Mikko Alanne is not only a gifted screenwriter but he's a student of a wide variety of subjects and, of course, films.
What's the challenge of bringing a true story to life in the movies...?
The crew asks him about both THE 33 and then about other true stories that have made it to film.
Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson
Fri, 18 September 2015
WE TALK PRESENT AND FUTURE WITH THE WATER GENIUS—
PETER GLEICK is a water expert who has written several books about the world's water situation. He is also, by any yardstick, a genius. In this episode, he shares insights and thoughts on our world’s water problems.
And, Peter has written a book about bottled water as well. So we also discuss our obsession with bottled water and whether or not bottled water really is any better.
Here’s a link to Peter Gleick’s books including BOTTLED AND SOLD THE STORY BEHIND OUR OBSESSION WITH BOTTLED WATER
ALSO IN THIS EPISODE:
NBC has just announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken up the role left by Donald Trump on Celebrity Apprentice. Arnold calls us with a preview of what he’d like to see on the show.
J.Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson
Sun, 23 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, 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.
Tue, 14 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.
Thu, 9 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/
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
Thu, 19 March 2015
Two notable friends of the show died this week.
Simpsons creator, Sam Simon whose meteoric rise producing classic television comedy propelled him to the heights of the industry at an unprecedented early age. And classic TV and film creator and Exec. Producer, Harve Bennett.
The crew looks back at these two men and talks about the way they were memorialized with help from Sam's close pal, Emmy-winning comedy writer, Merrill Markoe.
King of TV and pop culture maven, Paul Goebel joins Heather and Mark.