Monthly Archives: January 2016

Jonathan and Drew Scott from “Property Brothers”

Jonathan and Drew Scott are realtors, home remodeling experts and stars of HGTV’s “Property Brothers.”  They also have a strong musical background, going back to when they were kids and finding out they had special twin harmony skills.   Drew and Jonathan called in to talk about their new music, which was originally written for their TV special “Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch,” but is now available on iTunes by popular demand.   I also reminded them that I’m a drummer and I often see that they’re filming in Chicago.  I’m available, guys!

 

Kevin Murphy from Rifftrax & Tommy Wiseau from “The Room”

Kevin Murphy is a featured performer with the Rifftrax gang and a former cast member of Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Tommy Wiseau is the director, producer and star of the cult classic film “The Room.”  They’ve teamed up to bring Rifftrax’s take on the film to theatres nationwide on January 28.  Check fathomevents.com for a theater near you.

 

Russell Simmons on his new book “The Happy Vegan”

Russell Simmons called into the show to talk about his new book, “The Happy Vegan,” and how small changes in our thoughts and behavior, including a more mindful approach to what we eat, can have both short and long term positive effects on our health, our mood and our planet.

The Movie Man reviews “Hateful Eight” and “The Revenant”

The Movie Man called in to give us his thoughts on “The Hateful Eight” (and the literal and proverbial size of the director’s head) and “The Revenant,” plus some thoughts on this weekend’s Golden Globes.

Bill McCormick talks science fiction & science facts

Bill McCormick checked in from the World News Center to give us the latest on Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Jessica Jones, and then shared some real-life stories involving fun with science.

Tim Blake Nelson on his new film “Anesthesia”

Tim Blake Nelson is the writer, director, producer and co-star of the new film “Anesthesia,” which following a successful run on the film festival circuit opens in theaters and on demand this Friday.  We discussed the general theme of the film, what it’s like to be involved in every aspect of a film’s production, and the message Tim hopes we’ll take away from the movie.  Tim also talked about the strong cast, especially Kristen Stewart, whom he calls a “fantastic actor” who has a “Jodie Foster-like career ahead of her.”

Michael Ian Black on his new book “Navel Gazing”

Michael Ian Black is one of my all-time favorite comedians who has quickly become one of my favorite authors as well.  His new book “Navel Gazing” is a very personal and emotionally honest work that might surprise those who only know him from his on-stage persona.   We discussed his writing process for the book, how he feels more comfortable about himself as he gets older, and his ultimate goal for book-related talk show appearances.

John Ridley on Season 2 of “American Crime”

John Ridley is an Academy Award-winning writer (Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave) and is also the creator and producer of the Emmy award-winning series American Crime, which returns for its second season tomorrow night at 9 on ABC-7 Chicago.  We talked about the advantages and challenges of producing an anthology series, how the show was re-cast for season two, and the topics and themes that will be explored this season.