• Unconventional and Unstoppable: Eddie Izzard's Path to Success in Comedy and Drama - Part 1

    In this podcast episode of "Movie Talk," host Julian Schlossberg interviews the multifaceted Eddie Izzard, who shares his experiences as a comedian, actor, and transgender individual. Izzard discusses his early life, his transition from street performing to stand-up comedy, and the creation of his own comedy club. He reflects on the challenges he faced in the industry, his strategic move to theater, and his decision to come out as transgender in 1985. Izzard also talks about his acting career, including his one-person adaptation of "Hamlet," and the importance of authenticity and learning from failures. The conversation offers a glimpse into Izzard's journey of resilience and the pursuit of his passions against societal expectations.



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    46m - Apr 10, 2024
  • The Most Influential Figures in Ben Mankiewicz's Journey to TCM - Part 2

    In part 2 of this interview, Julian Schlossberg interviews TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. They explore Ben's career at TCM, his family's Hollywood legacy, and his approach to film analysis. Ben reflects on succeeding Bob Osborne at TCM, his admiration for his brother Joshua, and the complex life of his grandfather Herman Mankiewicz, including Herman's portrayal in "Mank." The episode covers Herman's influence on Hollywood, the impact of casting on film history, and personal anecdotes involving film legends. Discussions on scriptwriting, the enduring charm of classics like "Casablanca," and the creative process round out the conversation, offering a deep dive into classic cinema and industry insights.



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    40m - Apr 3, 2024
  • The Most Influential Figures in Ben Mankiewicz's Journey to TCM - Part 1

    In this podcast episode, host Julian Schlossberg talks with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz about his family's political background, his education, and his career in film criticism. Mankiewicz reflects on his upbringing in a politically active family, his experiences at Georgetown Day School and Tufts University, and his journey to becoming a film critic and host at TCM. He discusses the influence of his brother Joshua, his decision to attend Columbia's School of Journalism, and his move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Mankiewicz also shares anecdotes about his family's history in the film industry, including his grandfather Herman Mankiewicz, and his own experiences producing and directing the documentary "No Nukes." The episode explores the collaborative nature of filmmaking, the impact of iconic directors, and the personal connections people make with movies.



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    35m - Mar 27, 2024
  • Unveiling Carol Kane's Remarkable Path in the Entertainment Industry

    Julian Schlossberg interviews the accomplished actress Carol Kane. They discuss her illustrious career, touching on her Emmy wins for "Taxi," her Academy Award nomination for "Hester Street," and her roles in classics like "Annie Hall" and "The Princess Bride." Kane shares her early desire to act, her family's influence, and her regret at not pursuing music. She reflects on the importance of supportive directors like Mike Nichols and John Cassavetes and her transition into comedy, highlighted by her work with Gene Wilder and memorable performance in "The Princess Bride."



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    55m - Mar 20, 2024
  • Breaking Boundaries: David Mamet's Unconventional Approach to Theater

    In this episode of "Movie Talk," host Julian Schlossberg interviews renowned playwright and filmmaker David Mamet. They discuss Mamet's career, his distribution of "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey," and his book "Everywhere in England." Mamet criticizes Hollywood's middlemen, arguing that great producers support artists without interference. He recounts his insistence on final cut rights, as exemplified by his experience with HBO during the making of the Phil Spector film. Mamet also shares the intense audience reactions to his play "Oleanna," highlighting the powerful impact of his work on viewers.



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    46m - Mar 13, 2024
  • Twiggy's Unexpected Journey: From Runway to Broadway

    In this episode of "Movie Talk," host Julian Schlossberg interviews Twiggy, the iconic supermodel turned actress, singer, and podcast host. Twiggy recounts her rise to fame, her nickname's origin, and her transition from modeling to acting and singing. She discusses overcoming stereotypes and the support she received from influential industry figures like Diana Vreeland and Ken Russell. Twiggy also shares anecdotes about her podcast "Tea with Twiggy," her musical "Close Up," and an upcoming documentary about her life. Throughout, she reflects on the challenges and joys of her diverse career, highlighting the importance of creativity and collaboration.



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    1h 5m - Mar 6, 2024
  • That Girl: The Hilarious and Heartfelt Moments of Marlo Thomas's Career - Part 2

    In part 2 of this episode, Julian Schlossberg continues his interview with Marlo Thomas, delving into her illustrious career as an actress, author, and producer. They cover her Emmy win against stiff competition, her preference for theater's immediacy, and her experiences with directors like Mike Nichols. Marlo discusses her reluctance to direct, her involvement in remaking "It's a Wonderful Life," and her spontaneous on-set moments, including one with Orson Welles. She also touches on her father's role in founding St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and her groundbreaking project "Free to Be... You and Me." Throughout, Marlo reflects on breaking industry stereotypes and the importance of being recognized for her own merits.



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    49m - Feb 28, 2024
  • That Girl: The Hilarious and Heartfelt Moments of Marlo Thomas's Career - Part 1

    In this episode of "Movie Talk," host Julian Schlossberg interviews Marlo Thomas, delving into her life as an actress, producer, and author. Marlo shares anecdotes from her childhood with her father, Danny Thomas, and her journey in the entertainment industry. She discusses the influence of her father, her early career challenges, and her experiences in 1960s London. Marlo also touches on the cultural impact of her show "That Girl," her resilience in a male-dominated field, and the physical demands of working on a weekly series. She reflects on her decision to study with Lee Strasberg and her transition to dramatic roles, highlighting her determination and growth as an artist.



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    52m - Feb 21, 2024
  • Serendipity and Success: Richard Benjamin's Hollywood Odyssey - Part 2

    In Part 2 of Julian's interview with Richard Benjamin, Benjamin recounts his adventures in the film industry. He shares engaging stories about collaborating with iconic actors like Walter Matthau, Peter O'Toole, and Orson Welles, and discusses the nuances of directing and casting. The episode also features a plug for Schlossberg's audiobook "Try Not to Hold It Against Me," providing more insider insights into the entertainment world. Listeners get a rare peek into the dynamics of filmmaking from a seasoned actor-director's perspective.



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    43m - Feb 14, 2024
  • Serendipity and Success: Richard Benjamin's Hollywood Odyssey - Part 1

    In this episode of "Movie Talk," host Julian Schlossberg interviews Richard Benjamin, a renowned actor and director. They delve into Benjamin's formative years at the High School of Performing Arts and Northwestern University, his early career as an NBC page, and his breakthrough audition for "Barefoot in the Park." The conversation highlights Benjamin's serendipitous rise in the industry, including his transition to directing. A nod is given to his work with the esteemed Myrna Loy, reflecting on the influence of chance encounters and opportunities in shaping his successful career in entertainment.



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    46m - Feb 7, 2024
  • F. Murray Abraham: The Most Memorable Moments in a Storied Career

    In this episode of "Movie Talk," host Julian Schlossberg interviews F. Murray Abraham, exploring his journey from a childhood battling asthma in Pittsburgh to becoming an Academy Award-winning actor. Abraham recounts his early days in El Paso with the Pachecos gang, his distinctive name's origin, and the development of his theatrical voice. He reflects on learning from Uta Hagen, working with greats like George C. Scott and Al Pacino, and his pivotal role as Salieri in "Amadeus." The conversation also delves into the nuances of acting across mediums, the impact of fame post-Oscar, and Abraham's enduring passion for the craft.



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    56m - Jan 31, 2024
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