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
Thu, 22 October 2015
Ivy League graduate and former Wall Street investment banker, Sonia Faruqi leaves the business world in the 2008 shake-out. Then, in an effort to do something totally different ends up at the door of an organic dairy farm. What happened next would change her life and vault her into the spotlight of food issues for the next generation.
Her adventure takes her on a journey around the world. A remarkable experience that is chronicled in the new book PROJECT ANIMAL FARM: An Accidental Journey Into the Secret World of Farming and The Truth About Our Food.
From dairy farms in Canada to chicken farms in Indonesia to factory farms in Malaysia, she was not only witness to so much but she turns her business mind loose on what she's seen.
Then she comes up with a cost efficient alternative way to farm while also perhaps being more humane to millions of creatures.
At the end of the show Angela Daun fills us in on her project. She is starting a new television show. The show takes a look around the world at the state of animals (endangered and others).
Angela has a Kickstarter campaign going which you can join by going to Kickstarter and entering the name ANIMAL EMPIRE.
J. Elvis Weinstein joins Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson
Wed, 14 October 2015
Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon's Trust Is Now Battling Over Money Needed For The Dog Left Behind...
With no mention of his dog in his trust, Sam Simon has left behind some bizarre questions about how money is going to be distributed to the causes he cared most about. Those are likely going to be worked out.
But the oddest and seemingly most straight forward question of all still goes unanswered. Where is the money to support and maintain the high maintenance dog that Sam loved so much, Columbo.
The Sam Simon trustee says there is none provided for Columbo in any of the documents.
Will Sam's dog go more or less orphaned by the estate? It's a question we try to answer in this episode.
Columbo's trainer and Sam Simon friend, Tyson Kilmer joins us with his wife, Allison. He describes in detail the communications he’s had with the estate.
We are also joined by a leading estate and trust lawyer, Jeff Condon. Jeff explains that the trustee may have legal high ground to leave Tyson and Columbo out in the cold financially.
Finally, we share a statement from the Sam Simon estate that attempts to set the record straight on this subject but it may leave you with more questions than answers.
Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson
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
Wed, 30 September 2015
THE POPE'S VISIT AND POLITICS
He might have once been a devoted Catholic altar boy in Chicago but Jimmy Dore seems more about rebellion now.
He’s a comedian and author who is a regular and welcome guest.
Rebelling against religion and mainstream party politics, Jimmy always shakes up the conversation.
He tells the story of being chased by a molesting priest and how that priest was ultimately handled by the community and the church.
It’s religion and politics for sure but the crew gets to a lot of other things as well…Like the psychology of success and jockeying for position in life.
Plus, now that Heather’s inmate lover is out (he was serving 5+ years in a federal penitentiary for a white collar crime), Jimmy is updated on her situation and shares some tough love with Heather.
Josh gives Mark and Jimmy a hard time over their affections for the app PERISCOPE.
You can find more Jimmy at jimmydorecomedy.com
Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein (Josh) 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
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
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.