The Movie Man finally got his power back on out in L.A. and was able to call in to review Exodus, Inherent Vice and Top 5. We discussed Christian Bale’s meandering “Moses” voice and Joaquin Phoenix’s general weirdness.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It was an honor to speak with legendary TV host Dick Cavett about his new book “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks.” We had a fun conversation about comedy writing, cultural references, and why people hear his voice in their heads. Toward the end of the interview, he complimented me on my hosting skills. That specific quote is immediately going on my resume.
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Praise for RYAN GATENBY and THE BIG WAKEUP CALL
“It’s a pleasure talking to you. You do this very well.” — DICK CAVETT
Liz Tuccillo was a writer for “Sex and the City” (penning the classic episode “The Post-It Always Sticks Twice”) and is the co-author of “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Her latest project is her first feature film, “Take Care,” now in select theaters and video on demand. We talked about her writing process and how an independent film comes together.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Leighton Meester called in to promote her debut LP, “Heartstrings,” and surprised us by performing the title song live! We also chatted about how much music means to her and what artists inspired her growing up.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Ken Marino is, of course, a member of the highly influential sketch comedy group The State. He currently stars as Jake on NBC’s “Marry Me.” We talked about the quality of the show’s writing, the development of the cast’s chemistry, and the force of nature that is John Gemberling.
Graham Elliot is currently seen as a judge on Fox Tv’s “Masterchef Junior.” We talked about the incredible skills displayed by the young contestants, what continues to surprise him on the show, and why some kids think he’s too nice of a judge. I also pitched him on opening a new restaurant near my house.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Al Madrigal plays Andy on NBC’s “About a Boy.” We discussed his unique twist on the “married friend of a single guy” role, the chemistry of the cast (and crew), and the creative atmosphere on set that allows for creative collaboration.