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97 minutes | May 14, 2021
Ep 20: Why Kool Moe Dee Ain’t Into Buying Your Trendy Sneakers...Bruh
A living hip hop legend, Kool Moe Dee has plenty of insights & opinions on the industry he helped build -- and he ain’t afraid to share them. Covering everything from Big Business’s toxic effect on the modern day hiphop industry, to his decades-long friendship with Will Smith, to the evolution of his legendary feud with LL Cool J, Kool Moe Dee provides an honest, raw, and intriguing look at the growth of the hip hop world that can only come from someone who has been inside it for decades.Buckle up for this episode of Moment 2 Moment, as no target is safe from the observational glare of this poetic erudite’s stare…and if ya don’t duck quick, it might just singe ya hair. The one and only, Kool Moe Dee.
3 minutes | May 11, 2021
Ep 19: Leaving Herself Alone: Prolific Theatre Actress Angelica Page Reflects On Her Process and Why She Can Say “No” To a Director
Not many people can say that Tennessee Williams read them bedtimes stories when they were young, but that’s par for the course when you were raised around legends like Angelica Page was. In this episode of Moment 2 Moment, multi-award winning actress Angelica Page explores her life from growing up as the only daughter of acting icons Geraldine Page & Rip Torn, growing up around the likes of Truman Capote, all the way to being mentored by Estelle Parsons, and touring her own plays.Join Angelica as she discusses the importance of acting through osmosis, touring with the Dead Kennedys, and what it’s like to have your head on the chopping block.
60 minutes | May 10, 2021
Ep 18: From The Appalachian Mountains To The Hollywood Hills: Writer Kevin Bernhardt Reflects On Those He Climbed and Others He Fell From
From a childhood spent devouring hundreds of books deep in the frozen woods of Pennsylvania, to hunting deer just so his family could survive the winter, to learning how to bullfight, the life prolific Screenwriter Kevin Bernhardt has lived could fill a book of his own. Or three.Giving up a successful career as a Hollywood heartthrob to become a screenwriter, the star of General Hospital and Dynasty turned down Aaron Spelling’s offer to create a star-making TV series just for Kevin himself, decided to take on Hollywood on his own terms.In Part 1 of a conversation that must be heard to be believed, Kevin reflects on the trials & tribulations of having nothing to lose, everything to gain, and why he was happy to have his mugshot posted in a film studio’s security-guard booth.
47 minutes | May 9, 2021
Ep 17: Why California Reggae / Hip-Hop Artist Ben Barbic Always Picks Up The Phone When Opportunity Calls
When the going gets tough, Ben Barbic gets going — into his music studio, that is. A graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, the up & coming singer/songwriter has taken more knocks than most, and through allowing his life to inform his art, sends back a few knocks back of his own. From losing everything he owned in a house fire, to becoming a father while barely of legal drinking age, to climbing out from rock bottom, the Bay Area musician feels most alive when letting it all come out through his signature rhymes, and infectious melodies. In this episode of Moment 2 Moment, Ben breaks down the moments that have defined his budding career thus far, the ethos of positivity and motivation he tries to maintain in his work, and the importance that his family holds in his life. Finding inspiration in everything from Guns n Roses’ Appetite for Destruction to Treach and Sizzla, Ben Barbic is rising to Opportunity. And where it doesn’t knock — he builds a door.
54 minutes | May 8, 2021
Ep 16: Faith, Family, Food, and Fun: Celebrity Chef Jernard Wells Shares His Food, His Love, and His Story
To Chef Jernard Wells food, love, and heritage are one and the same. Growing up in Mississippi, he might have spent his days working on the family farm, but he spent his nights dreaming of something much bigger. In this episode the celebrity chef and runner up on Food Network Star talks growing up in a huge family, opening his first restaurant at the tender age of 16 just so he could buy a car, and how ambition keeps him from falling to what he calls “the demon of comparison”. From traveling the world to the stages of Food Network to being in front of the camera for his own show, Chef Jernard has lived a life driven by big love and even bigger dreams and he is here to share that inspiration with the world.
55 minutes | May 7, 2021
Ep 15: The Man Who Built The Lightsaber Finally Speaks!
For the first time, Oscar-winning production designer & director Roger Christian reveals his own personal voyage: from his earliest work in the British film industry, to his breakthrough contributions on classic masterpieces such as Star Wars, Alien, and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.On this episode of Moment 2 Moment, Roger takes us inside the manic three months that it took to build George Lucas’ legendary "space opera", and why he was so keen to take on the challenge. From building sets out of recycled airplanes, cameras, and wheelbarrows, to seeing modern children play with toys he designed, Roger Christian gives us a glimpse inside the at times chaotic but always creative world of Star Wars that the public rarely gets to see.In this candid interview, Roger delves into his relationships with legendary figures George Lucas to Ridley Scott, as well as the secrets of his greatest work. And most personally, how it felt to have his own film (Black Angel) be rediscovered — three decades after the film was purported to have been lost.
36 minutes | May 6, 2021
Ep 14: A Fantastic Distraction: How Writer-Director Heidi Greensmith Turns Quarantine Into Television Creativity
Once Heidi Greensmith hopped on the filmmaking train, she knew she’d never stop. A celebrated indie screenwriter & director, like many, Heidi’s career has been chock full of unexpected twists and turns.From accidentally moving next door to her favorite photographer, to directing music videos for the likes of Fatboy Slim, even to stumbling upon screenwriting when needing a creative outlet during her first pregnancy, Heidi has always been on the lookout for personal and meaningful stories to tell. Join in as Heidi as she talks filming television in quarantine, the instant connection she made with her future leading male actor, Sons of Anarchy’s Tommy Flanagan, and even sneak a peak into her new rock star murder mystery.
77 minutes | May 5, 2021
Ep 13: How Prolific Songwriter Adonis Shropshire Won Over Diddy, and Parlayed That Into 3 Grammys In The Process
Mariah Carey. Usher. Alicia Keyes. Beiber. P Diddy. Who do these superstars call when they need a hit song? Adonis Shropshire, that’s who.On this episode of Moment 2 Moment, one of the most celebrated R&B songwriters of his generation breaks down his storybook career. From hopping on a last minute 14-hour bus ride from Atlanta to NYC to finding himself recording his first track with Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez on his FIRST day in New York (merely hours after arriving)...to a 15-minute midnight writing session with Jermaine Dupri that became Usher’s My Boo…to spending a week on a Caribbean island with Mariah Carey co-writing the groundbreaking comeback album, Emancipation of Mimi…Adonis' much-celebrated body of work is only second to his impeccable reputation & integrity.To date, Adonis has been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards, earning 3. He is the only songwriter in history to win the Grammy for Best R&B Album of the Year — in back to back years. The first coming for Usher’s 2004 Confessions; the second coming for Mariah Carey’s 2005 Emancipation of Mimi.
43 minutes | May 4, 2021
Ep 12: How Years After Winning American Idol, Singer-Songwriter Caleb Johnson Still Dreams On
Caleb Johnson is a Rock & Roll pastor, and with his new album, he's ready to preach to his congregation once again. A rock musician who won season 13 of American Idol in resounding fashion, Caleb couldn’t be more proud of his upcoming album — Mojo Mountain Vol 1 — and more importantly, what it took to get there.On this episode of Moment 2 Moment, he breaks down the resilience it took to audition and be rejected for American Idol not once…not twice…but three times before he finally broke through. And most impressively, Caleb tells the UNBELIEVABLE-BUT-TRUE story of the single greatest dramatic moment in American idol Finale History…that you've NEVER heard before. Until now.Caleb also shares what it’s like to tour with icons the likes of Joan Jett to Cheap Trick, from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to KISS. And most triumphantly, getting the personal nod from the Legend — Meatloaf himself — to perform his infamous songs from Bat Out of Hell. Whether him sharing about the first time he sang front of an audience or divulging the truth about being on one of the most popular singing competition shows of all time, Caleb Johnson comes at this episode the way he does his music: with an unbridled, raw, and infectious energy that can’t help but make your jaw drop and feet stomp.
52 minutes | May 3, 2021
Ep 11: How Director Andrew Davis Snuck His Socially Conscious Themes Into His Movies — and To Over Billion Dollars At The Box Office
Though he might be best known for his work directing smash hit action films like The Fugitive (nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture), his themes of social justice always lay just below the surface. Guided by his internal truth teller informed by his undergraduate journalism background, and his belief in the importance of reflecting society's realities on-screen was steadfast.In this episode of Moment 2 Moment, the seminal director breaks down his career, revealing how his style of filmmaking was influenced by the times he grew up in: from his majoring in Journalism, to the realities about Vietnam, to marching with Dr. Martin Luther King. Listen in as Andrew also shares unknown nuggets about the impossibly short post-production schedule the studio allotted The Fugitive, and how it was his sister (of all people) that ultimately provided the missing raison d’être the draft of the screenplay so desperately needed.So sit back, relax, and like Tommy Lee Jones’ quips in his Oscar-winning performance in The Fugitive: “think yourself up a cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut — with some of those little sprinkles on top”, and get ready to go on a wild ride.
37 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Ep 10: When The Going Gets Tough, 8-time NHRA Champ Tony Schumacher Gets Going
Tony Schumacher survived one of the worst accidents in drag racing history. His thoughts on it? Working an office job still scares him more. In this episode of M2M the most successful drag racer in NHRA history shares the importance of having a good team around you, growing up in the shadow of his father (legendary driver, Don Schumacher), and what it’s like handle an engine that accelerates faster than any other car, jet, or space shuttle ever invented.From his very first professional race where one of the best drivers in the world (Blaine Johnson) was killed, to his most recent crash in the middle of a pandemic, to having a military chopper full of soldiers in Baghdad delay take-off awaiting to hear how he performed in the now-famous “Final Run” race, Tony Schumacher has raced under every condition known to man, is living to tell the tale with all limbs intact, and can’t wait to talk about what with 12,000 horsepower feels like on your face.
29 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
Ep 9: Mo Kheir Is Just Another Sudanese Kiwi, Working To Make His American Dream Come True
Mo Kheir would like you to write a recommendation for his green card application. The accomplished Comedian, Musician, Architect, and Sudanese-New Zealander comes from a long line of impressive people — a legacy he’s acutely aware of, and actively trying to live up to. On this episode, Mo breaks down how his background in Architecture helps inform not only his unique approach to writing music, but writing jokes as well. Most memorably, tune in to hear how comedian Hannah Gadbsy changed his life, and just what he won’t talk about on stage.
28 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Ep 8: Cung Le’s Momma Said Knock You Out
Your typical Hollywood Action Star has never lived in a refugee camp, but then again having first started his career as an MMA World Champion, Cung Le’s life has been anything but typical.On this episode of Moment To Moment, the actor and martial artist shares everything from the breathtaking tale of his family’s harrowing escape from Vietnam moments before the fall of Saigon (being flown out under fire in American GI Helicopters), to growing up in a small home with 14 people, and most formatively: to being bullied as a small Asian kid in a typical American town in the 1970’s, where many fathers & uncles had just returned from witnessing the horror of war against the Viet Cong…coming home to now find this “Charlie” had moved next door.Growing weary of hearing how her young, small was being chased & bullied by the kids in school, Cung’s mother told him that his running days were up — and it was time for him to start throwing the first punch. Once he started, Cung Le didn’t stop -- punching his way all the way to becoming a 2-time MMA World Champ. From there, Hollywood came calling, and propelled Cung to becoming one of Hollywood’s most prominent Asian Action Stars.Join us as he shares his story, and entertaining highlights on everything from his time trading nutrition tips with superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme — to the time he let Channing Tatum (accidentally) choke him into unconsciousness, in order to preserve the best take of their infamous fight scene together.
55 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Ep 7: Chasing The Dragon: How Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Danny Seraphine Still Gets Lost In The Groove
Saved by the Music: as a teenage father & gang member, high school dropout Danny Seraphine thought his dreams of a life in music had slipped through his fingers. That is, until the day Fate — and Dick Clark — stepped in, and forever altering the tempo of Danny’s life, and the pages of Rock n’ Roll History in process.This is the implausible tale of how as one of the most gifted & instinctual drummers in Rock N Roll history almost traded his drumsticks for nightsticks — nearly choosing to become a WiseGuy for The Outfit instead (the notorious mob that ran Chicago). But in that fateful Moment of Decision, Danny found himself able to turn his life around, and went on to become Co-Founder of the legendary band CHICAGO — selling over 120 million albums, and becoming one of world’s best-selling bands of all time.On this very special episode of Moment To Moment, sit back & relax as living legend Danny Seraphine openly shares about everything from his life growing up in the rough & tumble streets of Chicago, to some of his personal craft in creating such innovative music, to how he might describe his signature sound. All the while, sharing about his unrelenting pursuit of being open to a larger universal & creative energy that is available to anyone who may have enough courage to “let go”…and get lost in the groove.
53 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Ep 6: How Choosing Writing Over Revenge Led Bobby Moresco To Convert Purpose from his Pain, and Back-to-Back Academy Awards
When dealing with the violent loss of a loved one, a gangster gets revenge but a true artist gets to writing. And that’s just one of a series of crucial Moments of Decision that forever altered the life of Academy Award-winning Writer, Director, and Producer Bobby Moresco.In this episode of Moment To Moment, the man behind Oscar-winning films like Crash and Million Dollar Baby poignantly shares both his professional path, as well as personal process, along with valuable insights into what drives him to write every single day, the simplest way an actor can embrace his or her truth, the importance of making mistakes, and most meaningfully — how he defines Art. From growing up on the tough streets of NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen and eventually making his way to the glitz & glamour of Hollywood studio filmmaking, having seen it all, Bobby Moresco’s got a thing or two that he’d like to tell you about it. And after spending 20+ years toiling as a writer every single day, who better to hear it from than another of Hollywood’s “overnight sensations”.
43 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Ep 5: Why Operation Odessa’s Tarzan Fainberg Owes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson a Drink
For most people, an Instagram shout out from the #1 movie star on the planet to his nearly quarter billion person following would be the highlight of their life; but to a former enforcer for the Gambino Crime Family constantly looking over his shoulder, it’s just the only highlight of his morning. Enter “Tarzan” Fainberg — the magnanimous NY mobster turned Miami strip club owner…turned Creator of successful children’s animation? Why not. After all, one can only take so much death & destruction before turning over a new leaf…which is exactly what Tarzan did. Perhaps that’s what doing time for attempting to broker the sale of a Russian nuclear submarine to a Colombian drug cartel might do to you, too — and impersonating Pablo Escobar in the process (WHILE Escobar was still alive.) Chutzpah? Tarzan lathers in it. If Tarzan’s life story was being shopped as a Hollywood movie, the pitch would be “Wolf of Wall Street” meets “Blow” (in that order). Star of the sensational Showtime documentary “Operation Odessa” (now on Netflix), it lays bare an origin story so outlandish & wild, others could only dream of having — and The Rock couldn’t help but share. Finally brought to justice, Tarzan was simultaneously arrested by the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, Homeland Security, and Bureau of Alcohol & Tobacco — all at once. Another mere mortal would have been staring down the barrel of multiple life sentences yet somehow…today Tarzan is free as a bird. Could it be because after 18 miserable months inside, this little bird started singing to reduce his time? Tune in as Tarzan unflinchingly answers the tough question head on: did this former mafia enforcer break the most sacred of oaths, and cooperate with law enforcement as a “rat”? Or could it be he cunningly hatched a plan to be a “stool pigeon”, ultimately springing them both free in the process?
60 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
Ep 4: How Writer-Director Michael Corrente Drives Academy Award-Winning Actors to Tears — And Why They Love Him For It
What do you get when you combine late night theatre, a buck knife, and the New York City subway? A classic Michael Corrente story, that’s what. Equally comfortable as a Writer as he is a Director, Corrente has cemented his reputation as an "Actor’s Director”, time & again having had the finest actors in America gravitate towards his projects. All told, the actors he has Directed have amassed a combined total of no less than 53 Golden Globe & Academy Award Nominations, earning 15 Golden Globes & 3 Academy Awards between them.In this episode, the highly respected Writer, Director, and Producer recounts his experiences of growing up in a most wise(guy) of climates in the mobbed up streets of Rhode Island’s Federal Hill, through being saved from the consequences of that life by his father introducing him to the captivating world of cinema. And most inspiringly: how Dave Mamet’s groundbreaking play AMERICAN BUFFALO not only changed Corrente’s life, but the unbelievable-but-true story that years later, led to Mamet selecting Corrente to direct the film adaptation.Join us as we find out how he began his longstanding friendship and collaborations with award-winning talents the likes of Peter & Bobby Farrelly (Dumb & Dumber, Outside Providence) and Terence Winter (Brooklyn Rules, Wolf of Wall Street). And as well, perhaps a glimpse into some of just why Corrente was only the second Director that master craftsman Alec Baldwin ever agreed to work with a 2nd time — the first being, Martin Scorsese.
46 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
Ep 3: Getting Up and Moving On with Ruby Mazur…The Artist Who Defies Defeat
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it might’ve been like to trip on LSD with Salvador Dali at Studio 54, then has Ruby Mazur got a story for you! A world famous Artist & Painter, Ruby first gained international acclaim as a Grammy Award-Winning Designer of over 3,000 album covers for the most iconic bands in the history of music.What’s it feel like to have your legendary “Mouth & Tongue” design for The Rolling Stones Tumbling Dice record sleeve celebrate its 50th year as the most recognizable symbol of an iconic band? Probably right up there with celebrating the 50th Anniversary of first discovering & launching the musical career of none other than Billy Joel. Because that is precisely the type of year Ruby Mazur had in 1971. And with the sheer volume of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll that he found himself instantly thrown into, it’s a miracle that he can recall any of it.In this episode, Ruby fondly recounts his wild rock & roll lifestyle and openly shares the moments of his greatest breakdowns and breakthroughs.
49 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Ep 2: Where Soprano's Actor Arthur Nascarella Gets the Stones (and When He Does…You Might Have a Problem)
Having spent the better part of 21 years working Undercover Narcotics, by the time he retired as a 2nd Grade Detective Arthur Nascarella had learned more about high stakes “acting" than anybody this side of Donnie Brasco. From the moment he finally stepped in front of the camera at the age of 46, he found himself an in-demand character actor. Quickly compiling over 80 credits to his name, he fast became a favorite go-to actor for iconic Director Spike Lee — having been cast in no less than nine Spike Lee Joints (and counting…)Whether working alongside megastars the likes of Robert De Niro & Sylvester Stallone, to A-List filmmakers Martin Scorsese & James Mangold, he has built a reputation for making daring &fearless choices on set. Listen in as we find out just where Arthur Nascarella gets his stones, and why when he does, you might have yourself a little problem…
44 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Ep 1: How Global Action Star Michael Jai White Became The Most Sensitive Of Artists…You’d Never Want To P*ss Off
Long recognized as “the baddest man in HollywoodLand”, Michael Jai White’s road to success has been anything but easy. In this inaugural episode of Moment To Moment, the respected Action Star, Director, Martial Artist, Father, and Husband openly shares about his early gang days riddled with fist fights & gunfights, and the life-changing moments that connected him to both his pain, as well as his secret dreams — spurring him towards the Creative Life. Join us as Michael reflects on the influences that have shaped the artist & man that audiences the world over have come to love watching, and the fellow that artists ranging from Heath Ledger to Jean-Claude van Damme have come to love working with. Plus, an unbelievable Christopher Nolan story you’ll have to hear to believe.
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