Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

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.

MEMOIRS: FIONA LEWIS MALACHY MCCOURT

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memoirs“Memoirs are a well-known form of fiction,” or so said Irish writer Frank Harris. He was kidding, of course, right?! This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Halli brings you two delightful guests the always charming Irish-American actor, writer, politician and the author of a hilarious, smart and sassy, insightful new memoir DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL, Malachy McCourt. And also joining Halli at her table model, actress, writer Fiona Lewis the author of a fun, fascinating and candid new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

Model, 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).

memoirsBefore his brother Frank wrote ANGELA’S ASHES, Malachy was the famous McCourt. Malachy was a bon vivant actor, talk show host, saloon owner —  he practically invented the singles bar; was a pioneer in talk radio, a soap opera star, a best-selling author and a gold smuggler and he was once a candidate for governor of the state of New York. Known as a professional Irishman, he was a regular on the Tonight Show. Now he is the last of  Angela’s children, the others long dead and gone. That, and given that he is Irish, make Frank’s younger brother a bit of an expert on death, death the subject of his latest book, DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL. But not to worry, no grim reaper here, DEATH NEED NOT BE FINAL is a hilarious, eye-opening, heretical, smart and sassy look at all things death and dying as only an Irishman could write that will take you from laughter to tears, brotherhood, poverty, history, the famous — Bill Clinton, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Merv Griffin are just a few names that crop up in this oh, so honest new memoir.

Memoirs, Hollywood, film, Angela’s Ashes, romance, wisdom, death and dying, humor, politics, living life to the fullest, we have it all on The Halli Caser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

AMERICAN PRESIDENTS QUIRKS + HIGH NOON THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST

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A look at the quirks of American Presidents and a conversation about the Hollywood Blacklist 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 Pulitzer 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 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.

American Presidents and high noon and the hollywood blacklistIn 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.

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. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FROM HOLLYWOOD TO THE WHITE HOUSE…

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The story of Hollywood and Creative Artists Agency CAA

We’re taking a trip to Hollywood on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when we take a peek behind the curtain of the immensely powerful corporation known as Creative Artists Agency. In POWERHOUSE, THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOLLYWOOD’S CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY, award-winning journalist James Andrew Miller spins a tale of boundless ambition, ruthless egomania, ceaseless empire building, greed, and personal betrayal, and that’s just the beginning. And in our second half-hour, it’s FOUR BROADS TALKING politics and more with our panel of smart, feisty, broads.

The movies you watch, the TV shows you adore, the concerts and sporting events you attend—behind the curtain of nearly all of these is an immensely powerful corporation known as Creative Artists Agency. Started in 1975, when five bright and brash employees of a creaky William Morris office left to open their own strikingly innovative talent agency, CAA would come to revolutionize the entertainment industry, and over the next several decades its tentacles would spread aggressively beyond film and television into music, advertising, and investment banking. In 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.

FOUR BROADS TALKING

With less than three months to go until Election Day, with Donald Trump shaking up politics as usual and with Hillary Clinton quickly rising in the polls, oh what fun our FOUR BROADS TALKING™ panel of brilliant political pundits will have when they sit down for their weekly chat on all things politics and culture in our second half hour. Look for sparks to fly with this tell it like it is panel Sheila Weller, Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews and your host, Halli Casser-Jayne.

Hollywood, film, TV, stars, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, politics, Election 2016, we have it all for you on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 17, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

MERYL STREEP AND KICK KENNEDY WITH BIOGRAPHERS MICHAEL SCHULMAN & BARBARA LEAMING

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The greatest actress of our generation, Meryl Streep and the life of JFK’s little-known sister Kick Kennedy are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are biographer Michael Schulman, HER AGAIN, BECOMING MERYL STREEP and Barbara Leaming, KICK KENNEDY, THE CHARMED LIFE AND TRAGIC DEATH OF THE FAVORITE KENNEDY DAUGHTER.

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Author Michael Schulman’s brand new portrait of one of the legends of our time, Meryl Streep, is the first thoroughly researched biography of the actress, with the narrative thrust of a novel. Beautifully written, Schulman peels back the curtain behind the greatest actress of her generation, granting us an intimate look into the formative years that shaped her into the icon she is today. Schulman is a contributor and arts editor at the New Yorker.

KickKennedywithbrothersYou will be riveted by the story author Barbara Leaming tells of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, second daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy, the high spirited and dynamic young woman – as ambitious and eager for power as her brother, Jack who would become the 35th President of the United States. Full of determination, and with her best asset her engaging personality, Kick Kennedy’s is a story of love and war, of politics and changing expectations socially and economically, a story that ends in tragedy, as too many Kennedy stories do. Leaming is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including her most recent book JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS.

Biographies, politics, film, history and the lives of two extraordinary women on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 11, 3 pm ET with authors Michael Schulman and Barbara Leaming. For more information, and to listen to past podcasts visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

MIKE & MOLLY’S ACTRESS SWOOSIE KURTZ

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SwoosieBookPartSawnPartGooseShe’s a multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, a Broadway icon, a film star and plays the hysterical character Joyce Flynn on the critically acclaimed long-running sitcom Mike & Molly. And she is the author of a brave and riveting memoir PART SWAN, PART GOOSE. She is actress Swoosie Kurtz and she’ll be joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday May 6 at 3 pm EDT.

With a name like Swoosie she was destined to lead an interesting life. From her first appearance on The Donna Reed Show to her Tony Award-winning roles in Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July and John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves to her much-heralded turns on television series Sisters, Pushing Daisies and Mike & Molly, Swoosie has been embraced by critics and fans alike for her quirky, heartfelt, and always attention-getting performances.

Born to become a stellar success, Swoosie is the only child of Frank and Margo Kurtz. Her father was an Olympic diving medalist and one of the most decorated aviators in American history. Her mother, nearing 100 years old is an accomplished, opinionated, and filled-to-bursting personality.

The fascinating and accomplished Swoosie Kurtz visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 6, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Let’s talk.

ACTOR LORENZO LAMAS: A CONVERSATION

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LamazbookpromotionThe life, loves, and the new autobiography RENEGADE AT HEART of Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Lorenzo Lamas are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wednesday, March 11, 3 pm ET when Lamas joins Halli at her table.

Lorenzo, the son of films stars Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl and stepson of swimmer and actress Esther Williams, was born to Hollywood royalty. He entered the family business in his teens and has­­ played many roles over the course of his rollercoaster career. Five time husband and father of six children, the reality-show star has been tabloid fodder for decades. Fans believe they know every side of him, but the truth is far more interesting…and surprising.

The engaging life story as unpredictable as the plotline from one of the soap operas in which he starred, heartthrob Lorenzo Lamas on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 11, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

UP NEXT: HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD OSCAR PREVIEW

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OscarsadvertisemovierollHooray for Hollywood and hooray for the Oscars! This year’s 87th Academy Awards is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, February 18, 3 pm ET. Joining Halli at her table are Betsy Sharkey, esteemed film-critic for The Los Angeles Times, director/writer/producer Charles Matthau, and stage, film and television actor currently starring in the Peabody Award winning TV drama SWITCHED AT BIRTH on ABCFamily, D.W. Moffett.

Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey is an award-winning entertainment journalist and bestselling author. She began her career as a feature writer for the Dallas Morning News and has since written for The New York Times, TV Guide and Esquire among others. She is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the Society for Professional Journalists and Cinema for Peace’s international jury. She holds a degree in journalism and a master’s in communications theory from Texas Christian University.

American film, TV, and theater actor D.W. Moffett’s film credits include Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, for which he won a Screen Actors Guild Award and Thirteen. Onstage, he has appeared opposite John Malkovich in Balm In Gilead in New York City, opposite Brad Davis in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, opposite Matt Dillon in Boys of Winter, and was most recently seen on stage at the OldVicTheater in London, playing opposite Kevin Spacey in The Philadelphia Story.

Director, writer, producer, actor and raconteur Charles Matthau was weaned on film. His father was actor Walter Matthau. He appeared as a child actor in such films as Charley Varrick, The Bad News Bears and House Calls before he turned to directing with The Grass Harp, from a novella by Truman Capote, and the made-for-TV movie The Marriage Fool. A graduate of the film school at the University of Southern California, Matthau also directed Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Her Minor Thing, Baby-O and Freaky Deaky starring Christian Slater.

No one gives a party like Oscar, except The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Join us for our Oscar celebration, February 18th 3 pm ET. The party takes place at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

UP NEXT: ACTOR STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY

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TobolowskiGroundhogYou might not know his name, but you’ve seen his face a thousand times on both the big and small screen because Stephen Tobolowsky is one of America’s most prolific Hollywood character actors. But you will recognize the voice of some of your favorite characters, and the storyteller behind the popular podcast “The Tobolowsky Files” when Mr. Tobolowsky joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, February 11 3 pm ET.

TobolowskihimselfStephen Tobolowsky is everywhere, having appeared in productions that range from TV’s Californication, Glee and The Goldbergs, and on the big screen in such celebrated films as Mississippi Burning, Thelma and Louise, Basic Instinct and Ground Hog Day in the part of the annoying but endearing insurance salesman Ned Ryerson, playing annoying characters his trademark.

TobolowskiBookTheDangerousAnimalClubAnd still Tobolowsky is so much more. As a dazzling storyteller and writer, he has earned a devoted fan base for his original stories recorded in the popular podcast: The Tobowlowsky Files. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for the 2002 revival of Morning’s at Seven. He is the author of THE DANGEROUS ANIMAL CLUB, the book billed as a “creative mitzvah, a work of art, and a narrative feat that combines biography and essay.” But that’s not all. In March he will be joining the cast of Comedy Central’s new series Big Time in Hollywood Florida, executive produced by Ben Stiller.

Actor, writer, podcaster, director, producer Stephen Tobolowsky, the guest for the hour on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Let’s talk Wednesday, February 11, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

ACTRESS VICTORIA TENNANT TALKS HER NEW BOOK “IRINA BARONOVA AND THE BALLET RUSSES DE MONTE CARLO”

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VictoriaBookIrinaSunday, November 16, 8 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds explores the life of Prima Ballerina Irina Baronova. Joining Halli at her table to discuss her new book IRINA BARONOVA AND THE BALLETS RUSSES DE MONTE CARLO is Baronova’s daughter author and actress Victoria Tennant.

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Irina Baronova was a Russian-born ballerina and actress who was one of the Baby Ballerinas of the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, discovered by George Balanchine in Paris in the 1930s. Baronova’s first principal role was Odette in Swan Lake, partnered by Anton Dolin, which she performed at just 14 years old. Born in Russia, forced to flee to Romania because of the Russian Revolution her parents took her to Paris to study ballet at the behest of her dance teacher. From there Baronova traveled the world adored by all, retiring from dance to marry Cecil Tennant, Victoria’s father.

VICTORIAMITCHUMVictoria Tennant is an Emmy nominated and Golden Globe nominated film and television actress. Best known for her role in the iconic TV mini-series The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, in which she appeared as actor Robert Mitchum’s on-screen love interest, Pamela Tudsbury, Tennant also starred with her former husband, Steve Martin in two of his films All of Me and L.A. Story.

Miss Tennant will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International November 16-23rd in downtown Miami at Miami Dade College.

A conversation with actress and author Victoria Tennant on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, Sunday, November 16, 8 pm ET. Tune in at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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