The Movie Man called in to give us his thoughts on this weekend’s new releases, including “Mother’s Day,” “Green Room” and “Keanu.” We discussed what happened to Garry Marshall (please, call him Garry), the sketch comedy of Key and Peele blown up to the big screen, and bad punk rock gigs. We also took a few moments to attempt to figure out what we’re doing with our lives.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Bill McCormick took the World News Center 9000 Mobile Broadcast Unit to a popular local coffee shop in order to mingle with the locals and tell us the latest news about taking an EM propulsion drive to Mars , “Batman: The Killing Joke,” “Dr. Strange,” and the three-hour R-rated “Batman v. Superman.”
Bobby Rydell landed 34 songs on the Top 40 charts and sold more than 25 million records. He writes about his life and career in a new book, “Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances.” It’s a very personal and honest book about his struggles with alcohol, the death of his first wife Camille, and career ups and downs. We discussed why he decided to write the book and some of the anecdotes he shares, including being acknowledged by Paul McCartney as an influence on The Beatles, working with Jack Benny and George Burns, and breaking into the music business as a teenager.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Leeza Gibbons is an Emmy award-winning television host, successful businesswoman and best-selling author. Her newest book is “Fierce Optimism: Seven Secrets for Playing Nice and Winning Big.” We discussed how we “worked together” back in the ’90s on her syndicated radio countdown show, what she means by “Fierce Optimism,” and why a climate of positivity and kindness results in a more successful business and successful life.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dan Howell and Phil Lester are two of the world’s biggest YouTube stars as well as best-selling authors. They’re about to launch a live series of shows with “The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire,” which comes to the Chicago Theatre for two shows on May 27th and 28th (the 28th is already sold out, but tickets for the 27th remain). We discussed their rise to fame on YouTube, how their book deal came about, and what they have in store for fans at their live show, which may or may not involve a glitter cannon.
Antoinette Coulton is a staff editor at People Magazine, and she called in to talk about the selection of SPOILER ALERT BUT NOT REALLY BECAUSE THE WORD IS OUT Jennifer Aniston as their “Most Beautiful Woman” of 2016. We discussed why Jennifer was chosen, the definition of “beauty” is 2016, and what else will be covered in the issue.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jim Koch started the craft beer movement in America more than 30 years ago with the launch of Samuel Adams. Jim tells his story and shares some business advice in a new book, “Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two.” We discussed what the beer scene was like in America when he started in 1984, why he actively supports other craft brewers (profits from the book will go toward making microloans for small businesses), and how it’s taken 30 years to get to a 1 percent share of the beer market.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jeff Passan is the lead baseball columnist for Yahoo! Sports and the author of an acclaimed new book, “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports.” Jeff discussed why he decided to explore the subject, exploded a common myth about Tommy John surgery, and explained why we won’t see a whole new generation of knuckleballers.Follow @bigwakeupcall