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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.


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.


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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.


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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.


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Oscar white tuxedoWhat is it with Oscar? It’s the little engine that cannot get it right. Chug a chug chug, it’s the show that no matter what wheezes down the track. Sometimes it takes the bend too quickly, sometimes, as it did last night, too safely, but it just never ever quite cruises successfully to its destination. Clang, clang, clang went the trolley, hitting the perfect speed only one time during the entire long ride to the inevitable Twelve Years a Slave win (more about that in a moment) when Pink, pretty not in pink, hit the right note in her send-up to Judy Garland’s Over the Rainbow in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of film-classic The Wizard of Oz.


This year’s Oscar conductor, the sometimes acerbic, always deadpan daytime diva Ellen DeGeneres, who, by the way, wore her evening tuxes better than any man in the room, should stay in daytime, which suits her better. While the glam kings and queens vied for uber-Hollywood sophistication with DeGeneres at the helm, it too-often felt like they were overdressed for Ding Dong School at The Dolby Theater (if you’re too young to remember Ding, Dong School, look it up online).

With men, and DeGeneres, dressed like porters in a train’s club car (Matthew McConaughey, you can wear anything and clang, clang, clang goes my trolley) and the women bedecked and bedazzled to bland perfection, I wasn’t hungry for a pizza, which Ellen served up in true porter’s fashion, but rather for a blemish, a blotch, a bump on the track of the show, but alas, we were on the Oscar train. As I said, the little engine that never seems able to make it along its track just right.

But I’m happy that at least The Oscar’s had the good sense not to have the frozen faced one-time Hollywood legend Kim Novak present the award for Best Animated Feature to Frozen. Nice to see Miss Novak, but question: Your first appearance at the Oscars in a gazillion years, and, what, you could not afford a dress? OK, I’ll let it go…let it go…let it go…tra la la.

As to the awards themselves, no surprises here, and that’s a BIG problem for The Oscars. First, by the time we get through the long award season, we’re numb. Who cares? Oscar? So! And two, by the time it gets to The Oscars we pretty much know the winners. Is it time for the Academy to change the show’s date? Change, something, please.

There was delicious innovation in films this year: Gravity brilliantly used new technology in an appropriate way. Spike Jonz’ screenplay for Her was a fresh idea and deserved its win. 12 Years a Slave told a previously untold story, but sadly focused yet again on the theme of the sadistic slave owner and the brutality that he inflicts on his poor slaves. The cruelty displayed in this version, in fact, so-over-the-top, even if truth, that it sickened, losing the strength of its character-driven story to apology. Perhaps, it is time for filmmakers to build a new track. When does Hollywood stop clinging to stories that massage their social venue and get back to what it used to do best: simply tell a story?

And speaking of simple: While Pharrell Williams’ Oscar nominated song Happy from Despicable Me 2 didn’t win the best, it clearly was the tune everyone was singing, dancing out of The Dolby Theater happy the long night at The Oscars was over. And therein lies a lesson for Oscar: Keep it simple, but please, not stupid, and short.

Clang! Clang!



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