Director Barry Sonnenfeld dialed us up for a chat about his new book “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother.” Barry shared stories about the origin of the book’s title, breaking his hand while punching Will Smith, and verifying David Letterman’s claim that “there is some evidence to suggest he is not hooked up right.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
John Waters dialed us up for chat about his new book “Mr. Know-It-All.” We also discussed our transitive property connection that totally makes us best friends, and then John tried to teach me to be cool.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Michael Apted is an acclaimed film director whose work includes “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Gorillas In The Mist,” “The World Is Not Enough,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Michael called in to discuss his newest film, “Unlocked,” which stars Michael Douglas, Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom and is in theaters this Friday (9/1/17).Follow @bigwakeupcall
Colin Trevorrow co-wrote and directed “Jurassic World” (and is set to direct the follow-up) and will direct Star Wars episode IX. His newest film is “The Book of Henry,” opening tomorrow. We discussed the film’s concept, the ensemble cast, why I’m not allowed at preview screenings, and what exactly an executive producer does. A very educational and informative interview. It’s not every day you get to pick the brain of a top-notch director.
Stephanie Soechtig is the director of the new documentary film “Under the Gun,” which was executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric and is now available on iTunes and other digital platforms. We discussed the inspiration for the film, how the gun safety issue is manipulated by one major lobbying organization, some of the controversy surrounding the film, and what she hopes viewers will take away from it.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Actress, screenwriter and director Zoe Cassavetes called in to talk about her latest film, which she co-wrote and directed, “Day Out of Days.” We discussed the role of crowdfunding in getting the film made, the value in showing a film on the festival circuit, and whether doors really do start closing on actresses in Hollywood once they reach 40.
“Day Out of Days” is available on Digital HD and On Demand beginning Tuesday, February 23.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Victor Levin is a four-time Emmy nominee from his work as a writer and producer in television. His debut as a feature film director is “5 to 7,” which opens in select theaters on Friday. We talked about how the script came about (he’s also the screenwriter), the challenges of shooting an indie film in Manhattan, and whether success on the film festival circuit translates to success in the mainstream.