The Movie Man reviews “50 Shades” and “Kingsman”

The Movie Man was rear-ended on his way to a screening of “50 Shades of Grey.” yet still sat through it in order to chat about it today.  Thank you, The Movieman.   The Movieman: watching films for us so we don’t necessarily have to.   He also gave us his thoughts on “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

Bill McCormick on Spiderman & Valentine’s Day

Bill McCormick joined us from the World News Center with some breaking news about Spiderman.  Then, by popular demand, he once again shared the history of Valentine’s Day, including how it’s now celebrated around the world (Japan might be the winner).

Liz Shannon Miller from Indiewire

It was fun talking TV with Liz Shannon Miller, TV editor from Indiewire.  We chatted about Better Call Saul, The House of Cards leak on Netflix, and why February continues to be nudity, violence and profanity sweeps month.

Ted Gioia, author of “Love Songs: The Hidden History”

Ted Gioia is a music historian and columnist for “Daily Beast.”  His new book is “Love Songs: The Hidden History.  In a very enlightening interview, I learned that love songs are basically responsible for the continued existence of humanity — in more than one way.

Jerry Springer

“The Jerry Springer Show” was just renewed through 2018, and Jerry and I figured out that it comes to about 5400 hours of television, meaning an “Every Episode Ever” marathon would run about 225 days straight.  We also talked about his game show “Baggage on the Road,” and a particularly weird commercial that constantly airs during it.

Jamie Hector from “Bosch”

Jamie Hector scared the living crap out of me when he played Mario Stanfield on “The Wire.”  He’s now playing a good guy on Amazon’s first hour-long drama series, “Bosch,” which premieres this Friday on Amazon Prime Instant Video.  We discussed how he prepared for the role, the creative atmosphere on set, and his “Moving Mountains” foundation, which helps mentor young artists.

Robert Englund

Robert Englund is, of course, best known as Freddy Krueger, but he’s had a career that’s stretched decades that has allowed him to work with some of the all-time cinema greats like Henry Fonda.  We talked about his new movie, “Fear Clinic,” how he made the transition to “older statesman”-type roles, and how he’d like to shoot his next film in Chicago to be close to the Rick Bayless restaurants!

Tymberlee Hill from “Marry Me”

With Tymberlee Hill’s appearance on the show today, I have now been fortunate enough to interview the entire cast of “Marry Me.”  Tymberlee discussed how she knew from the pilot episode that this was going to be a special show, how the writers, directors and producers establish an amazingly creative atmosphere, and how much she values fan interaction.

Other “Marry Me” cast interviews:

Mindy Weiss, celebrity party planner

Mindy Weiss is one of the most sought-after party planners in the country, working with celebrities from Ellen DeGeneres to Heidi Klum to Jessica Simpson.  Her newest project is “The Baby Keepsake Book & Planner.”  We discussed how the book came about, why it’s important to actually write things down (you know — with a pen & stuff), and which celebrity moms are currently using it.

Robin Lord Taylor from “Gotham”

Robin Lord Taylor plays Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin on Fox TV’s “Gotham.”  We talked about when he knew that this was a very special series, how he tranforms physically and mentally into character, and how the immersive environment on set brings out the best in all of the actors.  There’s a new episode of Gotham tonight at 7CT on Fox-32 Chicago.

Other “Gotham” interviews on The Big Wakeup Call: