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Director Chris Smith on “Jim & Andy,” Kaufman, Carrey and the Making of “Man on the Moon”

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast, Q & A | 0 comments

If you like documentaries, it’s worth checking out “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” a fantastic film diving into the making of the great Andy Kaufman biopic, “Man on the Moon,” starring Jim Carrey. It was a stellar performance in which Carrey not only channeled Kaufman on screen, but off as well. Needless to say, it created all sorts of problems on set. Not just because Carrey was going full method actor portraying the unpredictable, mercurial comedian, but also his vulgar alter ego Tony Clifton.

We spoke to director Chris Smith about the making of the movie, and what he learned about Carrey in what is a fascinating look at his career, fame, and the pain that makes comedy.

The movie debuts Friday on Netflix. Check it out.

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Yacht Rock!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast, Q & A |

Music lovers, rejoice! In this podcast, we talk with J.D. Ryznar and Hunter Stair, the pioneers of Yacht Rock. Not the music itself, but the naming of the genre, first through their cult favorite web series from a decade or so ago, and now with their podcast.

For the uninitiated, Yacht Rock is a subset of sophisticated soft rock — think Steely Dan, Toto, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins — that was sophisticated, musically, and (letting Wikipedia take if from here…) “existing between the late 1970s and early 1980s. Drawing on sources such as smooth soul, smooth jazz, R&B, funk, and disco, common stylistic traits include high-quality production, clean vocals, and a focus on light, catchy melodies. Initially used pejoratively, its name was derived from its association with the popular Southern Californian leisure.”

It’s a fun conversation, and if you’re a fan of the show/podcast, or just the music of the period, worth a listen.

 

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Michael Apted, Director

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Podcast, Q & A |

Few directors in Hollywood have had a career with as much variety as Michael Apted. His resume includes critically acclaimed films like “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Gorillas In the Mist,” big budget franchise movies from the Bond and Narnia series, and landmark documentaries — his “Up” series, which has for 50 years followed a group of British school children every seven years since they were seven years old. (It’s truly remarkable.)

I had a chance to speak with Apted at length about (among other things) the process of filmmaking, both features and documentaries, what he’s learned from the incredible roster of actors with whom he’s worked over the years, and his new film “Unlocked,” which opens September 1st and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas, Toni Collette, Orlando Bloom, and John Malkovich.

–BK

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Allen Hughes: HBO’s “The Defiant Ones”

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast, Q & A |

Sunday, HBO premiered Part 1 of the documentary, “The Defiant Ones,” a four-part series profiling the legendary partnership between iconic producers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovene. Directed by Allen Hughes, it’s a fascinating look into the music industry, going back decades, and well worth a viewing. You will learn cool stuff, and gain insight into two of the most important figures in modern music history.

We spoke with Hughes ahead of the premiere, about the process of making the film, what he learned about his subjects, the culture wars of the 1990s, and much more.

Listen to the show, watch the doc.

 

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Brian Cox on “Churchill,” great directors, fake cigars, and more

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Podcast, Q & A |

Brian Cox as Winston Churchill

Brian Cox as Winston Churchill

Very excited to welcome Brian Cox to the show this week. The veteran actor’s credits include Manhunter (where he played Hannibal Lecter five years before Anthony Hopkins), Rushmore, Braveheart, the first two Bourne movies, Adaptation, and a lot more. (Seriously, a lot.)

His new film is Churchill, in which Cox plays… wait for it… Winston Churchill. Specifically, Churchill just before Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in June of 1944. It opens Friday.

We talk about that performance, his life in Hollywood, what makes a great director, and more. (Including some bad news for people looking to eat well on a British film set.)

 

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Billy Bob Thornton on Bad Santa 2, TV vs. Film, baseball, and My Little Pony

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Podcast, Q & A |

A few years back, we had the pleasure of welcoming the great Billy Bob Thornton to our show. And now, he’s back!

We talk Bad Santa 2 (along with the original), the greatness of John Ritter, what makes this a golden age for television (Thornton was amazing in AMC’s “Fargo,” and stars in Amazon’s “Goliath”), his love of baseball, and — because of course we would — My Little Pony.

Fun stuff. Enjoy!

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