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“The Room’s” Carolyn Minnott Interview (Lisa’s mom)

“The Room’s” Carolyn Minnott Interview (Lisa’s mom)

Carolyn Minnott played the mom in “The Room,” you know the one who drops the bomb that she has cancer, but it never comes up again? Carolyn gives her side of the story and dishes the dirt about being in the worst movie ever made. Hear more interviews below.
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Dan Janjigian talks “The Room” & Chris-R

Dan Janjigian didn't just play Chris-R in “The Room” he's an Olympic athlete, reality star and he was played by heartthrob Zach Efron in the Oscar-nominated film "The Disaster Artist.' But his teenage daughter is still not impressed. Listen to the interview.

Dan Janjigian didn’t just play Chris-R in “The Room” he’s an Olympic athlete, reality star and he was played by heart throb Zach Efron in the Oscar-nominated film “The Disaster Artist.’ But his teenage daughter is still not impressed. Listen to the interview.

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Robyn Paris From “The Room” Tells All

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“The Disaster Artist” The Real Sandy Schklair

 

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Is Tommy Wiseau Scared of Rick Harper?

“The Room” is fully exposed in Rick Harper’s doc “Room Full of Spoons.”

 

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bout the legal feud with Tommy, their strange friendship, where Tommy is actually from, how much work did it take to find his home town, and what Rick thinks of James Franco’s new movie “The Masterpiece.”

RICK REVEALS WHERE TOMMY IS FROM!

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“Uncle Kent 2” writer/star Kent Osborne

kents-humor-list“Uncle Kent 2” — “Adventure Time” writer Kent Osborne moonlights as a mumblecore leading man. With parts in “Hannah Takes the Stairs,” “Uncle Kent” and now it’s unlikely sequel, “Uncle Kent 2.” We talk to the star about making the niche cult classic and his other movie roles.

(HEY! BUY THAT “THE ROOM,” “LIFE DAY” OR “BREAKING BAD” UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS!)

“Hannah,”“Uncle Kent” and 1/8th of “Uncle Kent 2” were directed by Joe Swanberg. The rest of the movie was directed by Todd Rohal. Let’s hope for an Uncle Kent 3.

Buy the book and the movie!

The opinions expressed by my guests are strictly their opinion. So please don’t punch me in the face.

Go see it in the theaters this weekend at the Alamo Draft House in Brooklyn!

Here’s me on Kent’s cartoon “Cat Agent.”

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Alan Sacks: From Kotter to LA Punk

An incredible interview with a man who went from co-creating "Welcome Back, Kotter" to going deep into the LA Punk scene to making Disney Movies

 Alan SacksAlan Sacks co-created “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Alan Sacks gave John Travolta his big break. He produced films for the Disney Channel and the Jonas Brother. Most Recently, Alan Sacks managed the kid rock phenom ” .” But for me, he’s best known for the Ray Sharkey LA Punk Rock art house flick, duBeat-e-o.

On the podcast, Alan Sacks goes into great detail about his experience in the punk scene and what brought him there.

I talked to Alan Sacks and I brought up that I thought he was the manager of the kid heavy metal band, “Unlocking the Truth.” Alan immediately set me straight and let me know that he was let go. Alan’s options are his own. I know nothing of this situation. I invite the parents of the kids or the management to rebut what Alan said. But again, it’s his opinion. Not mine or the show’s.

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Burt Dubrow – The Ringmaster of Daytime Talk

Burt Dubrow – The Ringmaster of Daytime Talk

Before reality shows, there was something even crazier – Daytime Talk Shows. Burt Dubrow is the man behind some of the craziest moments on TV.

Everyone from Cher to “Lesbian Nuns” to  “Feuding Sisters,” appeared on Sally Jessy Raphael. It was Burt Dubrow who brought them all to daytime TV.  He discovered Sally Jessy Raphael and Jerry Springer. Not only did Burt live through the craziest period of TV, he helped create it.

Burt Dubrow talked to me from his office at his show, “Dr. Drew.” Burt serves as the EP of the HLN show. After our interview, Burt Dubrow took me on a tour of the set. It was originally just a desk and backdrop. Drew occupied one half of the set, while Piers Morgan had the other. When Peers went away, Burt drew on his old school talk days and added an audience that would join in on the conversation.

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Madeleine Smithberg  Robert Morton Pt 1    Robert Morton Pt 2   Todd Yasui

For even more interviews check out “Proudly Resents: Interviews.”

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John Pierson -“Clerks,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Slacker” and More

The man that brought you “Slacker,” “Clerks,” “Thin Blue Line” and “Go Fish” comes on the podcast to talk about the golden age of indie film – the 80’s. John Pierson talks about negotiating, finding new films, dealing with film makers and more. He tells his story of making a place for himself in the indie film scene in his great book, “Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes.” This book is filled with great stories. Instead of having JohnPierson just repeat them, I tried to get him to expand and give a perspective 20 years later.

In the interview I might have slammed Michael Moore for making money on his message and I also might have gotten sucked into an internet scheme. You’ll have to listen to find out!

John Pierson wasn’t here just to indulge us! He’s got a great film festival to promote.Pierson_S14_C

At the Cinefamily Theater on March 4 John Pierson is presenting Spike Lee’s first film “She’ Gotta Have It” and on March 5th he’s presenting “Roger & Me.” On both films Pierson was the “Producer’s Representative.” Find out what that means when you listen to the podcast.

The Cinefamily Theater in Los Angeles on Fairfax Ave, up the street from Cantor’s and down the street from Oakie Dog, is in the middle of the “Underground USA Indie Cinema of the 80’s film festival. There are great films like Repo Man, Blood Simple, Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Evil Dead, Desperately Seeking Susan and more. That’s right, MORE!

John Pierson was born on April 30, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He has been married to Janet Pierson since 1983.

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“The Daily Show” co-creator Madeleine Smithberg

“The Daily Show” co-creator, Madeleine Smithberg talks about her amazing career in TV. From  Late Night With David Letterman to life after co-creating and running “The Daily Show.”

Madeleine give a lot of insight to the creative part of TV as well the harsh business practices. Talks about Jon Stewart changing the work atmosphere at “The Daily Show,” how she got David Spade to stop doing fat actress jokes and why Bloomberg TV rejected a very funny Julie Klasner.

She tells amazing stories about starting in live Italian TV, her one try at Reality to harsh and ridiculous network notes, to what she thinks of “The Daily Show’s” new host. Plus insights on her latest project “This Week in Black Twitter.”

Fans of TV and comedy will love her from a true insider.

We talked at her home in Valley with her son in the other room playing video games and her dog protecting us from lawn mowers and people taking out the trash.

In Madeleine’s living are her trophies for her years of work. A Peabody, an Emmy and a wax bust of David Letterman.

Madeleine Smithberg earned Peabody and Emmy Awards, and two other Emmy nominations, for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which she co-created and ran as executive producer for seven years. During her tenure, she was directly responsible for the hiring/casting of performers such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Ed Helms, and Rob Corddry, Mo Rocca, Lewis Black, among others. She served as producer/show-runner for The Daily Show forerunner, The Jon Stewart Show, on MTV and later in syndication. She also brought her skills as executive producer and writer of The WB comedy/variety show Steve Harvey’s Big Time. She spent six years as a talent coordinator, then producer, for NBC’s original ’t Sleep! Hosted by T.J. Holmes.  

If you want more, here’s another interview with Madeleine. 

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