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29 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Spotlight on Filmmaker John Hughes
Canadian film critic Geoff Roberts drops by to talk about the late great director/screenwriter/producer John Hughes and his remarkable movie career -- including revealing behind-the-scenes information about actors from his films. Roberts has completed in-depth research about Hughes, so movie fans should be pleased with this exclusive interview. Producer Nikki Starr will be hosting. According to IMDb, Hughes was known for creating some of the most memorable comedy films of the 1980s and the 1990s, when he was at the height of his career. Hughes had a talent for writing coming-of-age stories with realistic adolescent characters, but he also was involved with movies like National Lampoon’s Vacation. Hughes directed the following movies. Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Curly Sue, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, She’s Having a Baby, and Uncle Buck. His credits for screenplays include such films as Home Alone, Flubber, Maid in Manhattan, 101 Dalmations, Miracle on 34th Street, Just Visiting, Drillbit Taylor, and Baby’s Day Out. John Hughes died on August 6, 2009. He was 59 years old.
16 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Kevin Costner and Meryl Streep Song Challenge
In one of our most unusual episodes, movie stars Kevin Costner and Meryl Streep compete in a song challenge.. Yes, you read that right! Listeners will be hearing clips of Meryl and Kevin each singing one tune. However, because Kevin’s song is longer than Meryl’s, we will play MERYL STREEP IS FROM THE FUTURE by Afterbirth Monkey, an entertaining Astoria based comedy band. Then Meryl will sing YOU DON'T KNOW ME from her movie Postcards from the Edge, followed by Kevin belting out SUPERMAN with his Modern West rock/country band. There will be no interruptions, just 15 minutes of music, music, music. What fun! GUEST HOST: Amie Hakari PRODUCER: Nikki Starr
44 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Film Critics Predict 93rd Academy Award Winners
Ffilm critics Mack Bates and Geoff Roberts drop by Movie Addict Headquarters to discuss the latest Oscar nominations as well as to predict winners in six key categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Both critics share a deep interest in the Oscars each year, and they really know their movie stuff! Producer Nikki Starr will serve as host for this timely episode. Geoff has been fortunate to be a guest on a variety of Canadian and American radio and TV programs. From 2006-2009 he was a guest on "daytime" in Mississauga, Canada, giving his detailed perspective on the Academy Awards. From 2013-2014 he was the host of Front Row Center on WhiStle Radio 102.7 FM in Stouffville, Canada. Mack has written freelance articles for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and served as a staff blogger for Milwaukee Magazine’s official film blog. He also received an Emmy for his work on the The Robert and Rosie Show. Recently Mack has appeared as an actor on various stage and radio productions. The 93rd Annual Academy Award winners will be revealed on April 25, 2021.
33 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Rocky Horror Time Warp with Barry Bostwick
Award-winning actor Barry Bostwick discusses The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a Movie Addict Headquarters vintage tribute to that bizarre cult classic. He also talks with Alan Levy, co-founder and CEO of BlogTalkRadio, concerning the popular midnight shows connected with this outrageous movie. Bostwick, who played the key role of “Brad Majors” (Susan Sarandon’s naïve boyfriend), speaks candidly about his experiences connected with the film -- including weather problems, what it was like working with Sarandon, his favorite scene in the movie, and much more. Bostwick has appeared in over 100 films and television productions. Although best-known as the clueless mayor on Spin City, he’s a triple-threat entertainer -- singer, dancer, actor -- who created the role of Danny Zuko in Grease on Broadway and won a Tony for his work in The Robber Bridegroom. He’s appeared in such TV programs as Cougar Town, Glee, Scrubs, Law & Order Special Victims Unit, Las Vegas, George Washington, and War and Remembrance (for which he earned a Golden Globe). Among Bostwick’s numerous movies are: Movie Movie; 101 Dalmatians II; Spy Hard; Some Guy Who Kills People; and FDR: American Badass. Let's do The Time Warp again!
15 minutes | May 19, 2020
Happy Movie Tunes To Make You Smile
Movie Addict Headquarters presents another 15-minute musical episode to make you smile. It’s important during these difficult times not to lose our ability to enjoy and to be entertained by wonderful songs. In this lively show, happy movie tunes are performed by the following stars: Gene Kelly, Elvis Presley, Kenny Loggins, Charlie Chaplin, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke. These tunes were show stoppers in Singin’ in the Rain, Viva Las Vegas, Footloose, Modern Times and Mary Poppins. Listeners are invited to sing along as the spirit moves them. What fun!
16 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Four Film Ladies Sing Fun Songs
To help listeners get through the “stay home” blues, Movie Addict Headquarters has put together fifteen minutes of sheer musical FUN. Four funny ladies of film are featured in this special episode. The talented quartet includes Madeline Kahn, Julie Andrews, Lucille Ball and Gilda Radner. Each one performs a silly song guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Madeline Kahn sings You’d Be Surprised, a relatively unknown Irving Berlin tune she performed at Carnegie Hall as part of Berlin’s 100th Birthday Celebration in 1988. The song was also sung by Olga San Juan in Blue Skies, a 1946 movie starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. Julie Andrews warbles A Spoon Full of Sugar Makes the Medicine Go Down from the original Mary Poppins in 1964. Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman composed this memorable ditty. Lucille Ball belts out Mother, What Do I Do Now, her comedy burlesque number in Dance, Girl, Dance, an amusing 1940s film co-starring Maureen O’Hara. The music and lyrics for this raucous number are by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright. Gilda Radner sings and taps her way into our hearts in I Love To Be Unhappy, an unforgettable performance from Gilda Live from New York, her 1979 stage show.
45 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Movie Critics Predict 92nd Oscar Award Winners
Noted film critics Mack Bates and Geoff Roberts visit Movie Addict Headquarters again to discuss the latest Academy Award nominations as well as to predict winners in these six key categories: BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, and BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Both Bates and Roberts share a deep interest in the Academy Awards each year, and they really know their movie stuff! Roberts has been fortunate to be a guest on a variety of Canadian and American radio and TV programs. From 2006-2009 he was a guest on "daytime" in Mississauga, Canada, giving his detailed perspective on the Academy Awards. From 2013-2014 he was the host of Front Row Center on WhiStle Radio 102.7 FM in Stouffville, Canada. Bates has written freelance articles for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and served as a staff blogger for Milwaukee Magazine’s official film blog. He also received an Emmy for his work on the The Robert and Rosie Show. The 92nd Annual Academy Award winners will be revealed on Sunday, February 9, 2020..
30 minutes | Dec 24, 2019
It Had To Be Us: Chapter One Reading
Movie Addict Headquarters presents an audio version of Chapter One from It Had To Be Us, a romantic memoir by Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. This chapter deals with two important Christmases for a couple who were divorced and estranged from each other for almost 20 years. How does Christmas help bring Harry and Elizabeth back together? Listen in and find out! Then stay for a medley of love songs that follows the Chapter One presentation and includes performances by Tony Babino, Alice Faye, Richard Vernon and Lucie Arnaz. This popular episode features lovely Lizette Amado-Bettinger and her late great husband George Bettinger reading “ remembrances” of Harry and Elizabeth in this beginning chapter of their romantic memoir. Host Betty Jo Tucker and her husband Larry co-wrote the award-winning E-book under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence, and it was adapted for the screen under the title CAKE: A Love Story. Directed and written by Misha Zubarev and Vera Ulea, this movie won First Place in the Short Film category at the NSAEN Online Film Festival and is now available on YouTube. It stars Debra Lord Cooke, Richard Vernon, Nancy Lombardo and George Bettinger. The multi-talented George, who won acclaim for his uncanny impressions including Groucho Marx, George Burns and the Three Stooges, made fans worldwide with his “Mom & Pop Shop” radio show. Lizette is a versatile actress and soprano singer with experience at the Metropolitan Opera. It Had To Be Us won first place in the Ebook category at the Hollywood Book Festival for its potential to be transferred to other mediums such as film, radio and TV.
15 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
Judy Garland & Lorna Luft Sing Great Movie Tunes
Movie Addict Headquarters presents a special musical show featuring Judy Garland and her daughter Lorna Luft singing five great tunes from the movies. These songs have been sung in the following films: THE WIZARD OF OZ, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, BRINGING UP BABY, TOO MANY GIRLS, and A DATE WITH JUDY. Garland starts the show with Over the Rainbow, of course. She follows that with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Then Lorna joins Judy in a gorgeous Mother/Daughter medley that includes: You’re Nearer, I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, and Smiling Through the Years. The last three songs are from Lorna's wonderful SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME album.
16 minutes | Oct 1, 2019
Halloween Fun Fest with Nikki Star & Friends
Movie Addict HQ begins Halloween month with a Halloween Fun Fest featuring short clips from two of our favorite interviews. Through the magic of imagination and technology, guests Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff join the late great entertainer George Bettinger and talented actress/singer Lizette Amado-Bettinger in a lively discussion about which movie is the scariest one ever made. Next, actor Barry Bostwick – who plays Susan Sarandon’s naïve boyfriend in The Rocky Horror Picture Show – talks about the famous Rocky Horror midnight screenings with BlogTalkRadio CEO Alan Levy, one of the first fans participating in those unique events that helped make this outrageous film so successful. Lugosi is best known for his creepy performance as Dracula in the 1931 film of the same name, and Karloff for his scary monster in Frankenstein -- also released in 1931. Bostwick has appeared in over 100 films and television productions. He may be best-known as the clueless mayor on Spin City. However, he’s a triple-threat entertainer -- singer, dancer, actor -- who created the role of Danny Zuko in Grease on Broadway. The Rocky Horror Picture Show makes fun of B-movies, science-fiction and horror films. Adapted from the British rock musical written by Richard O’Brien, the movie was directed by Jim Sharman -- and Tim Curry made his film debut as the flamboyant Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Surprisingly, Rocky Horror bombed when it first opened in 1975, but those entertaining midnight showings soon catapulted the film into cult status.
31 minutes | Jul 23, 2019
All-Star Extravaganza Show
Movie Addict Headquarter presents its first All-Star Extravaganza Show. This episode features clips of some favorite interviews and performances during the past 12 years of our show. The following stars are included: Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, Madeline Kahn, Robert Osborne, Rita Moreno, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Julie Andrews, and Dick Van Dyke. Two classic films are in the spotlight for this special episode: Some Like It Hot and Singin’ in the Rain. Tony Curtis, in one of his last interviews, talks about working with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot. Rita Moreno, Robert Osborne and Debbie Reynolds share their feelings about the continued success of Singin' in the Rain. Gene Kelly performs his iconic song and dance about rain, and Madeline Kahn sings a rarely heard tune by Irving Berlin. What fun!
16 minutes | Jun 4, 2019
Judy Garland & The Wizard of Oz
In this fun episode, Lorna Luft talks about Judy Garland’s role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She also discusses what it’s like to be the daughter of her famous mom. Lorna is an accomplished performer in her own right. She’s won acclaim on stage, film and television. Plus, she’s also a best-selling author, recording artist and Emmy-nominated producer. Her book, Me and My Shadows: Living with the Legacy of Judy Garland, was optioned by ABC-TV and turned into a riveting miniseries starring Judy Davis. Lorna served as co-executive producer on that project, which won 5 Emmy Awards. It’s also important to mention Lorna’s live theater experience as the Wicked Witch of the West in the UK production of The Wizard of Oz. She gives listeners an amusing hint of what that involves during her interview clips. Although released way back in 1939, The Wizard of Oz still captivates audiences throughout the world. It’s a timeless gem, and Garland’s heart-tugging performance emerged as one of the film’s highlights. Her beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” will never grow old. Listeners get to hear that wonderful melody again by tuning into this episode.
32 minutes | Feb 12, 2019
Movie Love Songs Sing-a-Long
Movie Addict Headquarters invites you to sit back, relax and listen to some beautiful movie love songs performed by an all-star cast including Debbie Reynolds, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Bryan Ferry, Rita Graham, Alice Faye, and Lucie Arnaz. The songs have been featured in such classic movies as: THE BAND WAGON, WORDS AND MUSIC, TAMMY, CASABLANCA, SOME LIKE IT HOT, LEAVING LAS VEGAS, HELLO FRISCO HELLO. Listeners are encouraged to sing along with the stars in this pre-Valentine musical episode.
47 minutes | Jan 29, 2019
Film Critics Predict 91st Academy Award Winners
Noted film critics Mack Bates and Geoff Roberts drop by to discuss the latest Academy Award nominations as well as to predict winners in these six key categories: BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS. Both Bates and Roberts share a deep interest in the Academy Awards each year, and they really know their movie stuff! Roberts has been fortunate to be a guest on a variety of Canadian and American radio and TV programs. From 2006-2009 he was a guest on "daytime" in Mississauga, Canada, giving his detailed perspective on the Academy Awards. From 2013-2014 he was the host of Front Row Center on WhiStle Radio 102.7 FM in Stouffville, Canada. Bates has written freelance articles for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and served as a staff blogger for Milwaukee Magazine’s official film blog. He also received an Emmy for his work on the The Robert and Rosie Show. The 91st Annual Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 22, and the winners will be revealed on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
17 minutes | Jan 8, 2019
Everybody Loves Gilda Radner
Who doesn’t love Gilda Radner? Love, Gilda – a revealing documentary about Gilda Radner – is reviewed during this special episode, and Gilda’s famous tap dance audition gets special attention. This splendid documentary is a well-deserved homage to a terrific entertainer. Although appearing in seven movies, Gilda received her highest acclaim for the hilarious characters she brought to life on Saturday Night Live. Who can forget Emily Litella, Roseanna Roseannadanna and Bawba Wawa? In fact, Gilda was the first performer hired for SNL, and she won an Emmy for Outstanding Performance on that show. She also starred in a one-woman Broadway show called Gilda Live. In addition to her films and TV credits, Gilda wrote It’s Always Something, a candid memoir about her struggle with cancer. Gilda’s movies include: HAUNTED HONEYMOON, ANIMALYMPICS, THE WOMAN IN RED, THE LAST DETAIL, MOVERS AND SHAKERS, HANKY PANKY and FIRST FAMILY.
31 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
Actor Zack Ward Reminisces about A Christmas Story
During this popular interview taped several years ago, Zack Ward, who plays the ferocious red-haired bully in A Christmas Story, reminisces about his experience filming the beloved 1983 holiday movie. Zack has been very busy since his first screen gig as the scary Scut Farkus. He’s appeared in over 80 movies and TV shows. Zack’s films include Transformers, In the Void, Aurora Borealis, Almost Famous, and Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Among his numerous television credits are such popular series as Warehouse 13, Lost, Dollhouse, Deadwood, and Crossing Jordan. A Christmas Story is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year!
18 minutes | Dec 4, 2018
Christmas & Love Songs Singalong
Love is all around during the holiday season. That’s why Movie Addict Headquarters is presenting a special medley of songs about Christmas and Love. During this fifteen-minute episode, listeners are encouraged to sing along with such performers as Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, Lucie Arnaz, Alice Faye, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Dave Barnes. Each song represents the season or an oldie-but-goodie film, including MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, THE BAND WAGON, HELLO FRISCO HELLO, and MARY POPPINS. Among the songs scheduled are: All I Want for Christmas Is You, You and the Night and the Music, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, You’ll Never Know, Here Comes Santa Claus, and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
18 minutes | Jul 31, 2018
3 Fun Skits by the Movie Addict Players
During this unusual episode, the fearless Movie Addict Players poke fun at three movies in skits performed on past Movie Addict Headquarters shows. Films receiving attention are: EAT PRAY LOVE, starring Julia Roberts and released in 2010; THE MUPPETS, which opened back in 2011; and THE LITTLE MERMAID, one of Disney’s most beloved animated musicals. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sebastian the Crab, Harry Lawrence, and Elizabeth Lawrence are the characters focused on during these short skits. Movie Addict Players providing their excellent voice talents include Amie Hakari, Larry Tucker, Danielle Honeycutt, and Morgan Lawrence. Host Betty Jo Tucker and producer Nikki Starr join in the fun.
30 minutes | May 15, 2018
True Romance from Page to Screen
This episode of Movie Addict Headquarters focuses on the remarkable journey of a true romance from page to screen. George Bettinger -- the popular actor, comedian, impressionist and radio host -- has given his permission to replay his recent Dream Stream Radio interview with Betty Jo Tucker about how It Had To Be Us -- a romantic memoir she and her husband wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence -- became the inspiration for filmmaker Misha Zubarev’s award-winning short film titled CAKE: A Love Story. Included in this fun recorded conversation is actor/musician Richard Vernon’s moving rendition of “Remember the Day,” Zubarev’s original song for the movie. As an added attraction, a medley of favorite film love songs will be played, including: You and the Night and the Music (from The Band Wagon) performed by Lucie Arnaz; You Made Me Love You (from The Jazz Singer) belted out by Tony Babino; and You’ll Never Know (from Hello, Frisco, Hello) sung by Alice Faye.
45 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Tanna Frederick on Train to Zakopané
Acclaimed actress Tanna Frederick returns to talk about her intriguing new movie, Train to Zakopané. An award-winning actress, director, and environmentalist, Tanna was named Favorite Female Star by Movie Addict Headquarters listeners who voted in an e-mail election held in 2012. Her upcoming film, written and directed by Henry Jaglom, takes us back to 1928 Poland prior to World War II. Based on a true story, it deals with two strangers who meet on a train and fall for each other despite their very different backgrounds and attitudes. Tanna's impressive resume includes the following Jaglom films: Hollywood Dreams, The MWord, Irene in Time, Queen of the Lot, Ovation, and 45 Minutes from Broadway. Tanna made her directorial debut while also starring in a theatre production of Why We Have a Body at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. For her performance in Hollywood Dreams, her first feature with Jaglom (who is now her husband), Tanna was named Best Actress at WorldFest Houston, Montana International Film Festival, Fargo Film Festival and the Wild Rose Film Festival. Among Tanna’s other acting honors are Performer To Watch at Method Fest and a Maverick Award from the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival.
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