Posts Tagged ‘MOVIES’

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.

FORREST GUMP AUTHOR WINSTON GROOM – PAUL SIMON BIOGRAPHER PETER AMES CARLIN

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“Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” is one of the most memorable lines in cultural history a play on an earlier line penned by the brilliant author Winston Groom in his iconic novel FORREST GUMP. Groom joins Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wednesday, December 14, 3 pm ET to talk about his latest work EL PASO. Also joining Halli is bestselling author, veteran rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin out with his new controversial PAUL SIMON HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON, the first major biography of American music icon.

Forrest GumpWinston Groom is the author of twenty previous books, including CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ENEMY (Pulitzer Prize finalist), SHILOH 1862, and THE GENERALS. As embodied by Tom Hanks on-screen, Winston Groom’s FORREST GUMP is perhaps one of the most identifiable fictional characters of the last thirty years. EL PASO marks Groom’s triumphant return to form: a swirling, unstoppable saga set against the panorama of the Mexican Revolution and its march into the American Southwest, a you cannot put this one down sweeping novel. Drawing brilliantly from Groom’s award-winning nonfiction and inspired by a true story, EL PASO begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the Great War raging in Europe, the Mexican Civil War spilling over the border, and the titans of American industry—the Hearsts, Whitneys, and Morgans—holding fast to their lands in northern Mexico.

Paul SimonThe first major biography of American music icon, PAUL SIMON, has arrived! Interviewing more than 100 people from Simon’s world, veteran rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin, the bestselling author of the Bruce Springsteen biography, BRUCE, brings us the new book: HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON. With meticulous detail, Carlin fully reveals one whose life and career, in so many ways, exemplifies the American experience from 1950 through today.

History, music, fiction, biography, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show offers up a box of chocolates for your listening pleasure when authors Winston Groom and Peter Ames Carlin sit down with Halli, Wednesday, December 14, 3 pm ET. 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.

B.B. KING: INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER-DIRECTOR JON BREWER

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B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper’s son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, he rose to become a living legend — the most renowned blues singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer of the past 40 years — earning the moniker “King of the Blues.” Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at the life of the King of Blues with rock and roll legendary manager Jon Brewer, the award-winning producer/director of American Masters: B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY, premiering nationwide during Black History Month on Friday, February 12 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates and appears in the film.

JONBREWERBBKINGHIMSELFDirector/Producer Jon Brewer is a well-established music & media industry veteran with a career in Music, Film and Television spanning 4 decades. He began in management with names such as David Bowie, Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones, Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Gene Clarke, Yes, and Gerry Rafferty before moving into publishing and the burgeoning video industry, where he was at the helm of the 3rd largest video distributor in the UK. Film Production soon followed. Ultimately he turned to making the most authentic series of music documentaries made with the full participation of the icons of Rock and Roll (The Classic Artists Series). He worked on B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY the film with King for two years. Filming was completed shortly before King passed on May 14, 2015.

jONbREWERBBKINGA conversation with Jon Brewer, music & media industry veteran and producer/director of the new American Master’s documentary, B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR SUSAN MINOT

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SUSANMINOTCOVERAward-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet and screenwriter Susan Minot joins Halli at her table Wednesday, September 16, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

Susan Minot’s first novel MONKEYS was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Etranger in France. Her novel, EVENING, was a worldwide bestseller and became a major motion picture. She teaches at New York University and Stony Brook.

SUSANMINOTLRASet against the haunting canvas of war-torn Africa, in her latest book, THIRTY GIRLS – her first work of fiction in ten years – Minot interweaves the stories of two young women, a precocious Ugandan teenager abducted by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army and Jane an idealistic, emotionally wounded American writer, each fighting for salvation in the face of ruinous brutality and loss.

Emotional nuance, formal daring, stunning evocations of Africa’s splendor and its struggles and more when bestselling author Susan Minot visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, September 16, 3 pm ET. For more information 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.

FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD TO THE WHITE HOUSE

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HollywoodBookTheResidenceInsidetheprivateworld...Wednesday April 15, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show will take you on a journey from the back stages of glamorous old Hollywood to the residence of the White House when joining Halli at her table are the authors of IN THE COMPANY OF LEGENDS, Joan Kramer and David Heely, and author of THE RESIDENCE, INSIDE THE PRIVATE WORLD OF THE WHITE HOUSE Kate Andersen Brower.

HollywoodBookIntheCompanyofLegendsStarting with their award winning profiles of Fred Astaire in 1980, Joan Kramer and David Heely documented the lives and careers of some of Hollywood’s greatest legends, establishing a reputation for finding the un-findable, persuading the reluctant, and maintaining unique relationships with the stars long after the end credits rolled. Their programs have received five Emmy awards and twenty Emmy nominations. IN THE COMPANY OF LEGENDS with a foreword by Richard Dreyfuss, the authors share amusing and poignant portraits of the kings and queens of old Hollywood with stories of Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Jane Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, and Bette Davis, and more.

HollywoodBillandHillaryKate Anderson Brower covered the White House for Bloomberg News and Businessweek. As part of the White House press corps she traveled on Air Force One, accompanying President Obama on dozens of trips worldwide. She was assigned to cover First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Brower, a graduate of Barnard College with a Master’s Degree from Oxford University, worked at CBS News in New York and as a producer at Fox News in Washington, D.C. In THE RESIDENCE Brower sheds light on the 96 full-time staff members devoted to the maintenance of the White House and to the comfort of the families who inhabit it. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with butlers, maids, chefs, florists, doormen, and other staffers—as well as former first ladies and first family members—the book offers a never before seen glimpse behind the scenes at The People’s House and a never before seen look into the personal lives of the president’s and the families which they serve.

HollywoodJamesStewartJoanandDavidFrom Hollywood to the White House on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 15, 3 pm ET. For more information visit 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.

JOHN WAYNE WITH NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR SCOTT EYMAN

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WaynebookcoverandJohnWayneSunday, November 2, 8 pm ET, the life and legend that is John Wayne is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli welcomes to her table acclaimed bestselling Hollywood biographer Scott Eyman. Eyman’s new book on the Hollywood icon JOHN WAYNE, THE LIFEAND LEGEND is a New York Time’s bestseller.

With his new engaging, revealing and fully rounded portrait of one of America’s most enduring and controversial film icons in JOHN WAYNE: THE LIFE AND LEGEND, Scott Eyman colorfully chronicles the life of the one of America’s most enduring and controversial film icons, drawing on unpublished materials, exhaustive research, and more that a hundred interviews with Wayne and many of his closest colleagues, friends, and family members.

Scott Eyman has written eleven books, including, with veteran actor Robert Wagner, the New York Times bestseller PIECES OF MY HEART. Among his other titles are EMPIRE OF DREAMS: THE EPIC LIFE OF CECIL B. DEMILLE, winner of the 2011 Richard Wall Memorial Book Award: LION OF HOLLYWOOD: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF LOUIS B. MAYER; PRINT THE LEGEND: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN FORD.

The life of Hollywood legend John Wayne, Sunday, November 2, 8 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always bringing you Talk Radio for Fine Minds. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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