The Movie Man reviews “Black or White,” “The Loft” and “Project Almanac”

After blowing us off two weeks ago and having no movies worth discussing last week, The Movie Man returned and hoped upon hope we hadn’t forgotten about him.  We had, but he quickly reminded us who he was and why we should listen to him.  Then he let us know his thought and feelings (and feelers) about this weekend’s new releases, and what he would do if he had access to a time machine.  SPOILER ALERT:  it wasn’t to go back two weeks and not blow us off.


An extra-long super bonus episode with Bill McCormick!

Bill McCormick joined us live from the World News Center for an extra-long segment where he warned us about genetically modified mosquitoes and deflated all hopes and expectations about how great it would be to have super powers.

Brooks Wheelan

Brooks Wheelan is a stand-up comedian who was a cast member on SNL for the 2013-14 season.  His new comedy album “This Is Cool, Right?” is out now digitally and will be released on vinyl this spring.  In a very funny interview, Brooks talked about how he selected material for the album, his thoughts on SNL, and why hipsters are responsible in the delay of the vinyl release.


Ben Gleib from “Idiotest”

Ben Gleib is a stand-up comedian who hosts “Idiotest” on Game Show Network.  Ben was very funny as we discussed how the game works, the production schedule, and how he kindly and gently lets people know that they are, in fact, idiots.

Jen Widerstrom from “The Biggest Loser”

Jen Widerstrom checked in with us this morning to talk about the live finale of “The Biggest Loser: Glory Years,” airing tomorrow night at 7 Central on NBC-5 Chicago.  Two of Jen’s original team members are up for the title of “Biggest Loser.”  We also chatted about how we both proudly represent the Chicago ‘burbs.

Peter Richardson, author of “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead”

Peter Richardson is the author of  “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead.”  We talked about the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation (including the announcement of reunion shows in Chicago), the cultural impact of the group, and what their legacy ultimately represents.


Ken Marino on “Marry Me” and “Wet Hot American Summer”

Ken Marino called in this morning to talk about tonight’s new episode of “Marry Me” (8:00 Central on NBC5-Chicago).  Ken was very funny, as he always is, and talked about where they were during their week off, the depth to which he researches each role he plays, and revealed some non-spoiler details about the “Wet Hot American Summer” series prequel.

Kevin Daniels & Mike Mosley from “Sirens”

“Sirens” returns for Season 2 with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, January 27th at 9 central on USA Network.  Kevin Daniels and Mike Mosley called into talk about where we find Hank and Johnny as season 2 begins and the challenges of filming the series late summer through late fall in Chicago.  I also suggest a very quirky and unusual twist for the characters, which they said they’ll pass along to the writers.  I’ll be expecting to see my name in the credits for Season 3.

Ben Rosenfeld, author of “Russian Optimism”

Ben Rosenfeld is a comedian and writer and is the creator of the hilarious new book, “Russian Optimism: Dark Nursery Rhymes To Cheer You Right Up.”  It’s an illustrated coffee table book filled with Russian nursery rhymes, lovingly translated into English.  Ben discussed the history behind the book, read a few rhymes, and described what he means by “Russian Optimism.”


Sam Palladio from “Nashville” and “Strange Magic”

Sam Palladio is the voice of “Roland” in Disney’s new animated feature “Strange Magic.”  We discussed why Brits are so good at southern accents, how he restrained himself from totally geeking out when meeting George Lucas, and why he hopes he’ll soon be an action figure.