KHARDASHIAN NEWS & CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY

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Khardashian News. Creative Artists Agency. We’re taking a trip to Hollywood on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with a peek behind the curtain into the truth of The Khardashian Family and a look behind the scenes of the immensely powerful corporation known as Creative Artists Agency when joining me at my table is the author of THE KARDASHIANS: AN AMERICAN DRAMA New York Times bestselling biographer Jerry Oppenheimer, and the author of In POWERHOUSE, THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOLLYWOOD’S CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY, award-winning journalist James Andrew Miller.

Based on two years of investigative reporting and scores of candid, on-the-record interviews, ranging from childhood friends to powerful business associates who break their silence for the first time, New York Times bestselling biographer Jerry Oppenheimer’s latest book THE KARDASHIANS: AN AMERICAN DRAMA doesn’t disappoint. As Oppenheimer did in earlier books that focused on American luminaries that included the Clintons, Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, Anna Wintour, and the Kennedy, Hilton and Johnson & Johnson dynasties THE KARDASHIANS is at once compelling, and controversial. Secrets and scandals of the Kardashians, so closely held that not even hard core fans have heard about them, are finally exposed in Oppenheimer’s forensic dissection of the infamous reality TV clan. From the curious life of patriarch Robert Kardashian, whose family meatpacking business was tainted by scandal, to Kris Jenner’s top-secret plan for the future, THE KARDASHIANS reveals the untold, definitive story as only author, journalist, investigative reporter, documentarian and television producer Jerry Oppenheimer can.

Khardashian newsIn POWERHOUSE, THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOLLYWOOD’S CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY, James Andrew Miller, the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller THOSE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN: INSIDE THE WORLD OF ESPN and LIVE FROM NEW YORK, who has written for The Washington Post, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair – draws on unprecedented and exclusive access to the men and women who built and battled with CAA, and tells the story of prophetic brilliance, magnificent artistry, singular genius, entrepreneurial courage and above all, daring, spinning a tale of boundless ambition, ruthless egomania, ceaseless empire building, greed, and personal betrayal, and that’s just the beginning.

A trip to Hollywood, the Khardashian News, CAA, don’t miss The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

MICHAEL KORDA KEN FOLLETT

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Michael Korda ALONE: BRITAIN, CHURCHILL, AND DUNKIRK: DEFEAT INTO VICTORY is Korda’s latest in a long line of successful books. Mr. Korda is my guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show .

Michael Korda once said: “Some people are so famous that the legends about them and the cultural aftermath of their life altogether obscure the real human being.” I doubt he was talking about himself when he made the statement, but it is fair to make it today. Korda, is in a word, a legend in his own time. The best-selling author of a host of books that include HERO, CLOUDS OF GLORY, and the extraordinary CHARMED LIVES, Korda has witnessed many remarkable events in the 20th century, not to mention edited presidents, world figures, and newsmakers during his esteemed tenure at Simon & Schuster.

Born in London, Korda is the son of English actress Gertrude Musgrove, and the Hungarian Jewish artist and film production designer Vincent Korda. He is the nephew of film magnates Sir Alexander Korda and brother Zoltan Korda. Korda grew up in England but received part of his education in France. As a child, Korda also lived in the United States from 1941 to 1946. He was schooled at private schools in Switzerland and read History at Oxford. He served in the Royal Air Force doing intelligence work in Germany. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for his participation in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

But it is his witness to history as a young boy, as a bystander across the Channel coming of age in the heady, confusing, exciting, terrifying early days of World War II that serves as the backdrop of his latest book, ALONE: BRITAIN, CHURCHILL, AND DUNKIRK: DEFEAT INTO VICTORY that is a stunning, eye-opening, heart-warming, recounting of a world going mad and the figures and consequences of Hitler’s blitzkrieg into Belgium, France, and the Netherlands in May of 1940.

Michael Korda ALONE, his life, publishing career, the state of the book business, Hollywood and more. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

KEN FOLLETT BOOKS AND INDIA HICKS

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Ken Follett books…is there anything like them, or anyone quite like Ken Follett? Mr. Follett joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show along with the master of island style, India Hicks. The podcast  posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

One of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books Ken Follett’s first bestseller was EYE OF THE NEEDLE, a spy story set in the Second World War. Many of his books have reached number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, including EDGE OF ETERNITY, FALL OF GIANTS, A DANGEROUS FORTUNE, THE KEY TO REBECCA, LIE DOWN WITH LIONS, TRIPLE, WINTER OF THE WORLD, AND WORLD WITHOUT END. Now Ken Follett is out with a gripping new story: A COLUMN OF FIRE, the third book of The Kingsbridge Series. Ripe for these times, A COLUMN OF FIRE pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost. It doesn’t disappoint, and neither does an interview with Ken Follett.

ken follett booksAs of 2011, INDIA HICKS was 678th in line for the British Throne. She is the daughter of famed interior designer David Hicks and Lady Pamela Hicks. India’s grandfather was Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy to India, the Uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and second cousin once removed of Elizabeth II. India was was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her Godfather, Prince Charles, to Lady Diana. But in the map of India Hicks relatively young life, her birthright and her relations are a small part of her story. Ms. Hicks has has built her own brand as the founder and creative force behind the eponymous lifestyle brand India Hicks, Inc., always working to empower and enable women to become entrepreneurs and run their own successful businesses. Mother of 5 children, India has been awarded The Good Housekeeping Award by the editors of Good Housekeeping Magazine and guest editor Melinda Gates for her role in promoting female entrepreneurship. She is the author of three books: ISLAND LIFE, ISLAND BEAUTY, and, most recently, ISLAND STYLE, a New York Times Best Seller.

Ken Follett books, India Hicks Island style, a podcast, two interviews, Princess Diana’s wedding, spies, we have it all for you on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show available 24/7 at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com

Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen Survivor Marion Lazan

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Concentration camp Bergen-Belsen survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan is testament that out of hell can be born an angel. She is living history. One of the last survivors of Hitler’s scourge her story is the subject of her unforgettable memoir FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES: A HOLOCAUST STORY. Marion Blumenthal Lazan joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

concentration camp bergen-belsen survivorMarion’s story begins in Germany in the early 1930s. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to make their way to Holland, but soon Holland was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthal’s were forced to live in refugee, transit, and death camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany, where Anne Frank died. From the events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April of 1945, to her surviving family’s ultimate relocation to the United States and her subsequent years, Marion’s story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, the will to survive and a commitment that the world Never Forget.

concentration camp bergen-belsen survivorThe Holocaust, concentration camp Bergen-Belsen survivor, World War II, Nazi, Germany, history, concentration camps, Auschwitz — we must Never Forget. The story of Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

ASTRONAUT SCOTT PARAZYNSKI NY TIMES JEFFREY KLUGER APOLLO 8

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A rare conversation with astronaut Scott Parazynski and the story of one of NASA’s most daring missions, the Flight of Apollo 8 are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

astronautIn his compelling new memoir, THE SKY BELOW: A TRUE STORY OF SUMMITS, SPACE, AND SPEED astronaut and adventurer Scott Parazynski takes us on a rocketship paced, adrenalin-filled adventure from the dizzying heights of Mount Everest where the wind whips climbers to their death, to the solitude and expanse of outer space where he was tethered to the International Space Station by an improvised leash to make emergency repairs. While his father worked as a Boeing engineer developing the Saturn V rocket, as a young boy Parazynski traveled the earth with his parents and was educated worldwide before returning stateside to earn his medical degree before training at NASA. In THE SKY BELOW Parazynski gives readers a front row seat to his seventeen year career at NASA: his training, leading the first ever US-Russian space-walk and taking us inside the “family escort” role astronauts solemnly perform for each other when disaster strikes Columbia. The climax of his space career comes with a mission that many regard as one of the most dangerous and challenging ever performed.

astronautThe story of Apollo 8 begins in August 1968. NASA was losing the space race with Russia, with earliest estimates of going to the moon still more than two years in the future, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade was sure to be broken. The United States was deep into the Cold War and in the middle of a year of violence abroad and at home: Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Democratic convention in Chicago descending into violence. Then, in the midst of all of that turmoil NASA scrapped their meticulous mission schedules and asked astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders to orbit the moon, and they would do it in just four months despite the substantial risks, the Apollo 8 mission, equal parts fearless and reckless, ingenious and impulsive – told in APOLLO 8: THE THRILLING STORY OF THE FIRST MISSION TO THE MOON written by science editor and senior writer for Time Jeffrey Kluger, also the co-author of the bestselling book APOLLO 13, on which the beloved film is based.

Astronaut, aviation history, NASA, Apollo 8, the Cold War, The Right Stuff all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

FUN FACTS U.S. PRESIDENTS & HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST

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Fun Facts U.S. presidentsA look at fun facts U.S. presidents, their quirks and idiosyncrasies and a conversation about the Hollywood Blacklist (HUAC) and the making of the iconic Western HIGH NOON are the subjects of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when the author of SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS, Cormac O’Brien and Pultizer Prize winning journalist and author of HIGH NOON: THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Glenn Frankel join Halli at her table.

Cormac McCarthy’s book SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS: STRANGE STORIES AND SHOCKING TRIVIA FROM INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE is a fun, informative, quirky compendium of fun facts U.S. presidents and historical trivia of our American presidents. Murder, adultery, gambling, UFOs the SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the men who have occupied the Oval Office in one of the hardest jobs in the world, our presidents at once revered and often reviled around the globe.

fun facts U.S. presidentsIn his new book HIGH NOON: THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Glenn Frankel explores the making of the western classic starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, during the toxic political climate of the late 1940’s and 1950’s Hollywood Red Scare, the film written by Carl Foreman, a former Communist who intended the film to be a parable about the Hollywood blacklist. In fact, during filming, Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. Weaving together the stories of some of Hollywood’s most talented writers and producers — Carl Foreman, Stanley Kramer, Fred Zinneman and Cooper himself – HIGH NOON is at once Hollywood history, scholarly insight, and wonderfully dishy — in a word, fascinating.

Fun facts U.S. Presidents quirks, strange stories and shocking trivia from inside the White House with Cormac O’Brien and the making of the classic Western HIGH NOON in the toxic political climate of the 1950s on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 30, the podcast posted 3 pm ET at  Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JIMMY BUFFETT BIOGRAPHY & STORY OF DRIVING MISS NORMA

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The lazy, hazy days of summer are great days for reading and The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you two wonderful books to take with you to the beach  — the Jimmy Buffett biography JIMMY BUFFETT: A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY and DRIVING MISS NORMA. Joining Halli at her table are authors Ryan White, Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle.

Jimmy Buffett, the iconic “Pop of Trop Rock,” the Pirate Captain of Margaritaville, the one person with whome we would all like to share a cheeseburger in paradise. Writer, performer Buffett has earned millions through record sales and top-grossing concert tours, but he is also the CEO behind – and get this – a $1.5 billion-per-year Margaritaville industrial complex, a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, lifestyle products, and now about to open Margaritville retirement homes. But before he became the flip-flop music legend and the CEO of Margaritville, Inc. there was the kid from Pascagoula, Mississippi. There have been a lot of changes in attitudes, changes in latitudes in James William Buffett’s life and Ryan White the author of SPRINGSTEEN: ALBUM BY ALBUM, who has twice been named one of the top feature writers in the country by the Society for Features Journalism explores them all in the Jimmy Buffett biography JIMMY BUFFETT: A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY, a great read for those lazy, hazy days of summer.

Jimmy Buffett biographyBefore she became known as the adventurous nonagenarian road tripper and international sensation “Miss Norma” with over 500,000 devoted Facebook followers, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt lived a quiet, modest life for 90 years in rural northern Michigan, never crossing a state line let alone a zip line. But following the death of her husband of 67 years and after being diagnosed with terminal uterine cancer only two days later, Miss Norma broke with her way of life, and instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Norma rose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.” And she did with her son and daughter-in-law Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle, their giant poodle Ringo, their story of adventure and insight told in the new book DRIVING MISS NORMA.

Jimmy Buffett biographyIn those lazy, hazy days of summer, what could be better than cheeseburgers in paradise, nibbling on sponge cake, watching the sun bake and reading the Jimmy Buffett biography JIMMY BUGGETT, A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY, and enjoying the feel-good book of the summer, DRIVING MISS NORMA all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

JOSEPH BOLOGNA AND RENEE TAYLOR

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Joseph Bologna, actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982’s “My Favorite Year” and for his long collaboration on stage and screen with wife Renée Taylor, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast we visit our archives and a madcap, freewheeling, eye-opening interview with the two legends of stage and screen.

Early in their 52-year marriage, Renée Taylor and Joe Bologna had a huge fight — a fight that ultimately led to a highly autobiographical, two-person show. “I told him to get out,” Taylor recently said in an interview. “So he started packing. But then I started packing, too. He asked me why and I said, ‘If you ever leave me, I’m going with you,’” which became the title for the show.

Joseph Bologna Renee TaylorFifty-two years later Taylor and Bologna were one of the major power marriages in entertainment. Bologna starred in movies such as “My Favorite Year,” “Blame It on Rio,” “Chapter Two” and “Big Daddy,” and is probably best known for TV’s “Married With Children.” Taylor has appeared in “The Producers,” “Dr. Doolittle 2,” and “Alfie.” She is probably best known as Fran Drescher’s mother, Sylvia Fine, on “The Nanny” and had a recurring role on “How I Met Your Mother.”

They have written and directed for the theater. Their first play together, “Lovers and Other Strangers,” was a Broadway hit, and then became a film, earning them an Oscar nomination. Their relationship  always at the heart of their creativity. “People always ask us the secret to our relationship,” Taylor said. “We started thinking about it, and that led to this show.”

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A visit to the archives of The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast with two legends of our times, Renee Taylor and the late Joseph Bologna. The podcast posted  at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

DYNAMIC WOMEN JOAN JULIET BUCK + FIONA LEWIS

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Two strong and dynamic women with great tales to tell are my guests on The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour when joining me at my table are Joan Juliet Buck the first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue and whose new book is eye-opening THE PRICE OF ILLUSION. And in our second half-hour the equally dynamic former model, actress, writer, Fiona Lewis the author of a brutally, candid new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

Joan Juliet Buck, the only child of larger-than-life film producer Jules Buck, was born into a world of make-believe. Her childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces: John Huston, Peter O’Toole, Lauren Bacall, Federico Fellini, Angelica Huston, and many more; ever-changing home addresses: London, Paris, Cannes, Los Angeles; and the unspoken lesson that appearances mattered more than reality. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue, she quickly became a force in the cult of fashion and beauty. Joan’s world was the land of illusion. But illusions cannot be sustained indefinitely, and they always come at a cost. In her new book THE PRICE OF ILLUSION Joan offers up a dazzling compulsively readable memoir spanning six decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, and more. But what is the price of illusion? Tune in to find out.

Dynamic womenModel, actress, writer and raconteur, Fiona Lewis has led the life of which dreams are made. Smart, savvy beautiful, her acting credits include Roman Polanski’s ‘The Vampire Killers’, Ken Russell’s ‘Lisztomania’, and Brian de Palma’s ‘The Fury’. She is the author of the novel BETWEEN MEN, her writing appearing in the New Yorker, The Observer and the Los Angeles Times. And, she may be, which she candidly admits, the only woman in America who has written for the New Yorker and posed for Playboy. One marriage didn’t work, one has, and her list of friends is a Who’s Who of international royalty. But then, just when life seemed to be singing along just famously, Fiona Lewis woke up one morning, asking herself that proverbial question songstress Peggy Lee once asked: “Is that all there is?” And then she met a French chateau, and answers to her own questions came, chronicled in her new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

Hollywood, the 60s, fashion, fame, Vogue, Paris, illusion, memoir and strong and dynamic women on The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour. Be sure not to miss this one! The podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

OUT OF AFRICA ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE HOUR

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Two stories out of Africa are the focus of The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Up first, a visit with journalist Stephanie Hanes the author of a highly-controversial new book, WHITE MAN’S GAME: SAVING ANIMALS, REBUILDING EDEN & OTHER MYTHS OF CONSERVATION IN AFRICA, a thought-provoking exposé of the troubling realities of Western conservation efforts in Africa. And in our second half-hour a visit to Maasailand with Joni Binder, the author of MILE 46: FACE TO FACE IN MAASAILAND. You’re in for two truly fascinating conversations on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

Stephanie Hanes has worked across the African continent her journalism appearing in dozens of publications, including The Christian Science Monitor as well as the PBSNewHour. In her new book WHITE MAN’S GAME, Hanes presents a provocative account that profoundly challenges the way we think about philanthropy and conservation. In an eye-opening examination, Hanes addresses the problems that arise when Westerners try to “fix” complex, messy situations in the developing world, acting with best intentions yet potentially overlooking the wishes of the people who live there. Beneath the uplifting stories we tell ourselves about helping Africans often lies a dramatic misunderstanding of what the locals actually need and want. WHITE MAN’S GAME is a gripping narrative of environmentalists and insurgents, poachers and tycoons, elephants and angry spirits that profoundly challenges the way we think about philanthropy and conservation.

Joni Binder’s book MILE 46: FACE TO FACE IN MAASAILAND is a fascinating photographic and literary memoir about her time in Kenya living with the Maasai that underscores the urgent need for global community awareness and support for women who are disenfranchised by their own cultures. A wife and mother of two, Binder has served as president of the Modern Art Council at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has become a strong advocate of arts education as a Fine Arts Committee member and Education Committee co-chair for the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State. She is currently helping to lead an international arts-driven campaign with Futures Without Violence and The Representation Project to raise awareness about healthy masculinity and its role in eliminating domestic violence.

 

OUT OF AFRICAOut of Africa stories of wildlife, colonialism, philanthropy, environmentalism, animals, politics, violence against women, genital mutilation — a thought-provoking, empowering hour with Stephanie Hanes and Joni Binder on The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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