Episode #30 “Sheila Simmons”

This week we are joined in the Burka Cave by actress, director and writer Sheila Simmons.

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Sheila is currently shooting “Blue Wall: The Series“.

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For our Popcorn Movie Talk I give you my review of “Snowden

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And this week Carmela is back with her Theater Bar Talk, discussing “The Humans” on Broadway.

 

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Episode #25 “Christopher Birk”

This week we are joined by a dear friend of mine, actor, director, writer, producer (yup pretty impressive uh?) Christopher Birk!

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His latest project is a documentary called “DRAGGED” where he follows a group of drag queens at different stages of their lives and careers.

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The documentary features Maddelynn Hatter, Jada Valenciaga and Chaka Khanvict and their lives. Every week the three queens have their weekly show “Real Deal Wednesdays” at the Ritz Bar & Lounge in New York City.

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This film is not just a look at their lives but an exploration of what New York is to queens today as well as in the past, we meet the drag queen that was there when it was illegal, the one who left it all when it became too much as well as one who achieved fame from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Drag queens are political too and in this film we cover Sister Roma’s fight against Facebook and the fight for a new location for the New York bar Boots & Saddles.

You can follow DRAGGED on Facebook and Twitter

You can follow Christopher on Facebook and Twitter

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And for our Popcorn Movie Talk this week I give you my review of “Sausage Party”

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Episode #17 “RANGE A Cappella”

This week we had the pleasure to chat with Ben Holtzman and Ross Baum from RANGE A Cappella.

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Ben Holtzman

Ross Baum

Ross Baum

RANGE  a cappella is a New York City based group. They are comprised of artists working in various facets of the entertainment industry, and on Broadway. They are dedicated to producing in-house arrangements, sure to leave you wanting more!

The Rangels

The Rangels

I first came across RANGE on FB when I saw the video they did for the Tony’s, produced by Playbill…and I couldn’t stop watching it!

But then of course I saw their Hamilton (in 7 mins) and again I was hooked!

And let’s no forget about their Oscars moments. In the episode you’ll hear Ben and Ross talk about how they were able to secure this incredible gig!

You can find all thing Range on their official website

www.rangeacappella.com

 

 

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Episode #16 “Create Your Own Work”

This week with Tom we discuss the importance to being able to create your own work in this business.
From theater to film and how to start…

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Remember it all starts with an idea, a passion, a script…and the desire to tell a story.

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It’s important to surround yourself with people you trust who will bring your vision to life and who will become your family for as long as that story will been told!

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Let your creative juices flow and get out there and make some art!

 

This week we wanted to also take a moment thinking about the horrific tragedie(s) in Orlando.

We stand strong with Orlando and everyone involved.

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Episode #12 “Stelio Savante”

This week we are joined by a dear friend of mine and an incredibly talented award winning actor and producer with a very long list of credits in film, tv and theater, Stelio Savante!

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Stelio Savante

You will recognize him from “Ugly Betty”, “My own worst enemy” and most recently as Joe ‘the boss’ Masseria in AMC’s miniseries “The Making Of The Mob: New York”.

Stelio Savante as Joe 'The Boss' Masseria on AMC's THE MAKING OF THE MOB

Stelio Savante as Joe ‘The Boss’ Masseria on AMC’s THE MAKING OF THE MOB

Stelio is an American Movie award winner, SOFIE award winner and SAG Nominee.

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“Eisenstein in Guanajuato” by Peter Greenaway

We discuss his incredible career working with talents like Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams, the Duplass brothers, Samuel L Jackson, Katie Holmes, Susan Sarandon, Tony Shalhoub, David Morse, Kathleen Turner…the list goes on and on.

Stelio Savante in "Where The Road Runs Out"

Stelio Savante in “Where The Road Runs Out”

Stelio also opens up about his battle against depression and dealing with Celiac and Hashimoto Diseases.

You can follow Stelio on IMDB, FB, Twitter and Instagram

 

For this week’s “Popcorn Movie Talk” I give you my review of “Sing Street”.

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Sing Street

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Episode #9 “An Interview With John Stanisci”

This week we had the pleasure to chat with John Stanisci.

John Stanisci

John Stanisci

I’ve know John for over a decade now, and he never ceases to amaze me.

John has been a professional illustrator for over 18 years working for all the major comic book publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing and many more, drawing characters such as Spider Man, Batman, Catwoman, Superman, The Hulk and others.

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Spider Man by John Stanisci

In 2011, John’s book for DC Comics, Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond, premiered at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels.

"Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond" #1 on The New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels

John is currently working on his own comic book called “Lifedeath” and he was kind enough to share 2 pages with us, so you all get a sneak-peek to his incredible work!

"Lifedeath" by John Stanisci, colors by Andre May

“Lifedeath” by John Stanisci, colors by Andre May

"Lifedeath" by John Stanisci, colors by Andre May

“Lifedeath” by John Stanisci, colors by Andre May

 

You can view John’s online gallery -> HERE.

Art by John Stanisci

Art by John Stanisci

In addition to being an artist, John is also an accomplished actor who has appeared in Film, TV and on Broadway. In 2005, he co founded his own theater company, Invictus Theater, which was chiefly responsible for bringing the play ‘Irena’s Vow’ to Broadway in 2009. John co produced the play (along with Daryl Roth and Jimmy Nedelander) and co starred in the role of Rokita. Irena’s Vow starred four time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh.

"Irena's Vow" Thomas Ryan, Tovah Feldshuh, John Stanisci

“Irena’s Vow”
Thomas Ryan, Tovah Feldshuh, John Stanisci

John is also an accomplished writer and he’s putting the final touches on his new play “JEREMIAH 5:1”. I saw the very powerful staged reading he did in December directed by Michael Parva and featuring Kathleen Turner, Sarita Choudhury, David Morse, Stelio Savante and Thomas Ryan. It’s an incredible story and I’m very much looking forward to see what’s next for this piece!

The cast of "Jeremiah 5:1" during their one night presentation on December 14th 2015

The cast of “Jeremiah 5:1” during their one night presentation on December 14th 2015

You can follow John on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

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Episode #8 “An interview with Kirsten Russell”

This week we are joined by actress, director, writer and producer Kirsten Russell.

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Kirsten Russell

Kirsten began as an actress in Miami, Florida where she attended the Performing and Visual Arts High School. She was accepted into California Institute of the Arts and after two years there left for New York City. She spent many years performing off Broadway and eventually began her own theatre company.

Then in 2006 she wrote, produced and directed her first film short, “Valentines”. She followed it by writing and directing her award-winning first feature, “Rabbit Stories”.

She is currently on the festival circuit with her award-winning short “Universal Language” that she wrote and directed in Paris in 2013.

You can watch “Universal Language” -> HERE until June 1st.

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“Universal Language”

She is currently editing her next short “Like Totally Hot Couple Seeking Same” that she wrote but co-directed with her long-time collaborator, Marcel Simoneau.

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“Like totally hot couple seeking same”

I’ve know Kirsten for many moons and she wrote a short film I directed in 2015 “Meet me here” that is now out in the festival circuits.

"Meet me here"

“Meet me here”

You can find Kirsten on facebook on her personal profile and also on her official page and she’s also on Instagram.

This week for Carmine’s Theater Bar Talk, Tom gives his review of “She loves me” on Broadway.

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“She loves me”

For our Popcorn Movie Talk I share my review of “Demolition” directed by Jean-Marc Vallée starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.

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“Demolition”

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Episode #7 “An interview with Suzie Cho”

This week we had the pleasure to have on the show, the Artistic Director of Full Spectrum Theatre Company, Suzie Cho.

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Suzie Cho

She’s an incredibly talented actress, singer and producer.

Her acting credits span across film, television and stage, including Law and Order, Inside Amy Schumer, and Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, as well as national commercials.

Suzie is a producer as well whose credits include the development of Broadway’s Irena’s Vow at the Walter Kerr Theatre

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Irena’s Vow

as well as the original New York premiere of Murder in the First (winner of two Innovative Theatre Awards), and Suzie was lead producer of The Baby Dance with Invictus-Pub Theatre Company, in which she also played the principal role of “Wanda.”

"The Baby Dance" (Suzie Cho & James Farrell)

“The Baby Dance” (Suzie Cho & James Farrell)

Suzie started Full Spectrum Theatre Company to bring diversity on stage in order to broaden perceptions of who looks and sounds American beyond the surface of race, ethnicity and accents. By presenting every day characters with an extended range of diversity, FSTC believes audiences will see characters who are easily relatable through the common experiences of family dynamics, friendships, and growing pains.

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“It is in the full spectrum of the human experience where we find common ground, and which ultimately unites us.” (Full Spectrum Theatre Company)

I’ve know Suzie for many years and I had the pleasure to direct her in Full Spectrum Theatre Company’s first production, “Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Rabbit Hole (Suzie Cho & Amar Srivastava) Photo courtesy of Daniel Hurtado

Rabbit Hole (Suzie Cho & Amar Srivastava)
Photo courtesy of Daniel Hurtado

www.fullspectrumtheatre.com

For this week’s Carmine’s Theater Bar Talk, Tom gives hos review of The Crucible on Broadway.

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And I will, once again, slip into my Binge Watching Pants during the Tv Dinner Talk to discuss all things Bates Motel.

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