TV & Film

Monday Morning Critic podcast developed by my passion for people whose work has moved me. Guests are hand picked and purposely selected in a format where storytelling is done properly, skillfully and legitimately. Most importantly, MMC Podcast is a podcast and host with substance, doing things the right way. Welcome to Monday Morning Critic Podcast!

Episodes

Vince DiCola is an American composer, keyboardist and arranger best known for his work on the "The Transformers:
The Movie," "Staying Alive" and "Rocky IV" soundtracks.

DiCola also pioneered the use of sequencers on his
soundtrack recording for "Rocky IV,"
one of the first to exploit the Fairlight CMI
and Synclavier II computers' sequencing capabilities.

 

Meet the awesome: Vince DiCola.

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William Sadler is an iconic actor whose filmography includes Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted Face the Music (August 2020), Die Hard 2, The Green Mile and his absolutely phenomenal performance as "Heywood" in the best movie in the history of cinema, The Shawshank Redemption.

 
Meet: The very cool, kind and supremely talented, William Sadler.
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Billy Hayes and his life story were made into the 1978 movie "Midnight Express", which told the true story of an American backpacker who was jailed for trying to sneak a few kilos of grade-A hashish back into the United States. With a screenplay by Oliver Stone (earning him his first Oscar), a haunting electro score by Giorgio Moroder (also scoring an Oscar) and a riveting performance from then newcomer Brad Davis, Midnight Express became a breakout hit that would forever be ingrained in the memories of many a viewer.

Meet: Billy Hayes.

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Jason Watkins is an English stage, film and television actor. He played the lead role in the two-part drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. His most recent performance as Prime Minister Harold Wilson in "The Crown" is absolutely phenomenal, and personally speaking my favorite performance of the year.

Jason is very kind, immensely talented, has a wonderful sense of humor and I consider myself extremely fortunate in having the opportunity to converse with him.

Meet Jason Watkins.

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Patrick's iconic role as Mike Eruzione of the epic 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team in "Miracle"... the greatest sports story in the history of modern day sports-continues to impact thousands of athletes and dreamers from professional athletes to those children just starting to realize what "dreaming" is.

Welcome the awesome, talented and very cool...Paddy Demsey. 

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Special Christmas Release!

Episode 164. Garon Grigsby!

Garon's filmography includes The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Quantum Leap, Grey's Anatomy and the absolutely epic, Richard Jewell.

Meet the very kind and talented Garon Grigsby.

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Film Guru Darek Thomas breaks down "The Rise of Skywalker"

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Mathilde was raised in a multicultural environment, surrounded by her Russian grandfather, German grandmother, and Belgian parents. While growing up in the small city of Liège (Belgium), she took dancing classes for over a decade, trained in improvisation, and performed in a few plays throughout the years, coached by professional comedians.  Two months after graduating from high school, she took a leap of faith and made her way to New York City to pursue her dreams. She first studied Meisner at The Acting Studio under James Price, then completed a "One Year Acting for Film Conservatory" at The New York Film Academy, and finally graduated with a "Two Year Acting Conservatory" diploma from The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. 
In 2019, she's been portraying Amity in the J.J. Abrams & Stephen King series, Castle Rock.
 
Meet the very talented and fearless: Mathilde Dehaye.
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Darek Thomas breaks down "The Irishman"

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A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible...

Director Daniel Sivan and I talk about his much talked about Documentary.

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Tait Fletcher is an actor, speaker, former mma fighter, and stuntman.

He can currently be seen on Disney Plus as Paz Vizla (Heavy Mando) AND Alpha Trawler.

Tait's filmography includes:

 

John Wick, Breaking Bad and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

 

Meet the very honest, generous and talented, Tate Fletcher.

 

 

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Born in Saratoga, New York Scott Valentine over came early adversity, to star in one of the greatest family shows (Family Ties) of all time and build a very strong filmography in short period of time.

Meet the very cool, very kind: Scott Valentine.

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Darek Thomas and Monday Morning Critic Podcast reviews "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

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Paul Hirsch is an academy award winning editor who has been editing movies for over 50 years.

His Filmography includes Star Wars: A New Hope (Academy Award Winner), The Empire Strikes Back, Carrie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and so many more.

Meet the legendary Paul Hirsch.

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Jerri Tubbs is an American actress known for her roles in Stranger Things, Into the Badlands and Ozark, among others. She will be playing the role of Margo in the upcoming 10th season of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Jerri is originally from Newburgh Indiana. She grew up in San Jose, California and moved to Los Angeles to study acting at UCLA. Upon receiving her MFA in Acting, she trained with the celebrity acting coach Ivana Chubbuck at her studio in Hollywood. Her television and film credits include The Passage, Under the Dome, Valor, Logan Lucky and Pure Country, Pure Heart. Jerri was also recently cast in the Emmy-nominated  series Cobra-Kai.

Meet the very cool and talented: Jerri Tubbs.

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Tony Cavalero is a fantastic actor with over 75 credits in his IMDB filmography.

His most recent work includes the Motley Crue movie "The Dirt" as Ozzy Osbourne and his portrayal as Keefe Chambers in HBO's "The Righteous Gemstones" is legendary.

Meet the very talented, kind and AWESOME: Tony Cavalero!

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Costume Designer Karyn Wagner’s work can be seen in the iconic films of luminary directors, such as Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile, starring Tom Hanks; The Majestic, starring Jim Carrey; Nick Cassavettes’ The Notebook, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams; D.J.Caruso’s The Salton Sea, with Val Kilmer and Vincent D’Onofrio; Eve’s Bayou, directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Samuel L. Jackson; and Steven Soderbergh’s Underneath, starring Peter Gallagher.  Her television credits include the Antoine Fuqua directed Murder Book, and the wildly successful Friday Night Lights series.

Karyn is a third generation film industry veteran and a native of California, whose grandfather met her grandmother on the set of an Erich Von Stroheim film. Karyn’s father, Richard Wagner, was a Sound Mixer, so she grew up on Hollywood studio backlots.  Armed with a degree in Art History from University of California Davis, Karyn first worked in Production, and then in the Camera Department before finding her true passion of Costume Design, where her thirst for knowledge of the culture and sociology of a film’s period informs her designs.

Karyn’s recent credits include Lovelace, with Amanda Seyfried, James Franco and Peter Sarsgaard, Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston, and Underground, the historical antebellum drama from WGN America. Karyn’s most recent work can be seen in the AMC series Preacher, and in Mr. Church, a feature from Bruce Beresford starring Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson.

 

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Alex and Marcus Lewis have lived a life that, without exaggeration, has probably never been experienced by any two brothers who have ever walked the earth. 

Their story starts in 1982, when Alex, who was 18 and growing up in Sussex, was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. Hitting his head during the crash after losing his helmet, he slipped into a coma, only to wake up in the hospital without any memory of anything — except for the fact that he recognized Marcus, his identical twin. For the next few years, Marcus helped his brother regain a sense of who he was: This is where we live. These are your friends. This is where we’d go on vacation. This is your mother and father. It was an incredibly touching gesture on Marcus’ part, essentially serving as the memory bank for two brothers as he helped Alex regain a sense of himself and the life that he had lost. 

Except, Marcus wasn’t telling his brother the entire story. A photograph Alex stumbled upon in their house triggered something in the young man — a sense that something wasn’t quite right. And when he confronted Marcus, it set in motion a series of revelations about their past that Marcus had hoped he could keep from his twin. But there was no stopping that now.-Mel Magazine.

Meet the incredible Alex and Marcus Lewis.

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Dave Sheridan is a rare breed of talent and humor.

His lengthy filmography includes: Scary Movie, Ghost World, The Devil's Rejects and the Cult Classic "Windy City Heat"

Meet the talented and down to earth: Dave Sheridan.

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Among John Kapelos's lengthy filmography, includes Weird Science, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. His acting in John Hughes movies paved the way for millions of us who were raised on and idolized these classics and his characters.
 
Meet: John Kapelos.
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Richard Bey is a legendary innovator of the day time talk show format.

He also remains one of the pioneers of reality television.

Please welcome the very kind and talented: Richard Bey.

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Josh Albee is an actor whose filmography includes Lassie, The Addams Family, Gunsmoke and the ICONIC Jeremiah Johnson.

 

Meet Josh Albee.

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NFL Veteran and Actor Anthony Alabi comes on the critic to talk about his life, the NFL and acting.

 

Meet the awesome: Anthony Alabi.

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The amazing story that led to one of it not the BEST movie of 2019.... "The Peanut Butter Falcon"

 

Meet the amazing, talented, and kind: Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz.

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Ken Shamrock is a UFC Hall of Famer and WWF/WWE Legend.

 

Welcome Ken Shamrock.

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The legendary Tzi Ma has been in such films as "Arrival", "The Ladykillers", "Rush Hour" and "The Farewell" just to name a few.

He shares a glimpse into his amazing life.

Meet the awesome: Tzi Ma.

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W.Earl Brown is a fantastic actor whose work includes "There's Something About Mary", "Deadwood", "Draft Day" and "True Detective". Along with his acting accomplishments he's a very talented musician avid Chicago Bears fan and all around solid human being.

 

Please welcome the versatile and talented, W. Earl Brown.

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Meet the very talented and kind, Tony Anderson.

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The amazing Peggy Roeder has been in countless television shows, theatrical productions and movies. Most notably her work in Stranger than Fiction, Groundhog Day and the phenomenal "Road to Prediction" remain timeless classics.

Please welcome the kind, talented and honest: Peggy Roeder.

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Journalist Jesse Barron shares his insight on this very difficult and complex case.

In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy died by suicide in his car at a parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass. Police soon discovered a series of alarming text messages from his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, that seemed to encourage him to kill himself. This discovery sparked sensational headlines nationwide, leading to a trial that raised difficult questions about technology, social media and mental health, while asking if one person can be held responsible for the suicide of another.

In 2012, teens Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy fell in love. They lived hours apart and met in person no more than five times, but exchanged thousands of texts over a two-year period. After Roy was found dead in his car in July 2014, what appeared to be a standard case of suicide by carbon-monoxide intoxication took a shocking turn when investigators discovered alarming text messages on his phone. Carter, 17 at the time, had urged Roy to kill himself, even after he had second thoughts and removed himself from his car.

 Directed by Erin Lee Carr (HBO’s At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal and Mommy Dead and DearestI Love You, Now Die explores the complicated relationship between Carter and Roy, drawing on some of the thousands of texts they exchanged over two years to chronicle their courtship and its tragic consequences. Featuring unprecedented access to the families, friends and communities that were forever changed by this unusual case, the documentary explores the changing nature of the justice system today, following a story that has wider implications for society at large, both online and in real life. The film presents a well-rounded look at a bizarre tale that was a deadly convergence of mental illness, loneliness, pop culture and technology.

In July 2017, Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of Roy. In August 2017, she was found guilty and began her 15-month prison sentence in February 2019, following a failed appeal.

I Love You, Now Die includes footage from Michelle Carter’s trial, where the filmmakers had the only camera allowed in court and supplied the pool camera for this historic case. It also features interviews with key individuals in the story, including: Conrad Roy’s immediate family; Joseph Cataldo, Michelle Carter’s defense attorney; Dr. Peter Breggin, an expert witness for the defense; police detectives; and journalists who covered the case extensively.

The documentary premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.

I Love You, Now Die is directed and produced by Erin Lee Carr; produced by Andrew Rossi; co-producer, Alison Byrne; original music, Ian Hultquist; cinematographer, Bryan Sarkinen; editor, Andrew Coffman; executive producer, Sheila Nevins; senior producer, Sara Bernstein.

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 A look back at Ace Comic Con, Seattle!

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Ward Russell, award winning Cinematographer/Photographer, adapts his Hollywood art to the world of fine art photography. Transitioning from the moving image to the still frame, he masters the same depth of meaning and emotion. Just as he added mood and drama in movies, he now creates that complexity in his stills. Ward converts the cinematic close up into the revealing portrait. He adapts the story telling of movies to that momentary truth of people in time and space of the still photo. Ward’s motion picture, “Days of Thunder” established his reputation for bringing stylish and breathtaking photography to action pictures. His contemporary film noir, “The Last Boy Scout”, has become a cult film, studied in film schools. “X-Files, the Movie” expanded the acclaimed TV series onto the big screen.

 

Meet the very talented and kind: Ward Russell.

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Monica Abbott.
 
Olympic Experience

  • 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist; Posted a 0.29 ERA and a 3-0 record in 24 innings pitched while striking out 32 batters
World Championship Experience

  • 2018 WBSC World Championship Gold Medalist; Had a 1.62 ERA while going 5-0 in 26 innings pitched; led the tournament with 5-0 record
  • 2010 WBSC World Championship Gold Medalist; Had a 0.58 ERA with a 2-0 record in 12 innings pitched while striking out 16
  • 2006 WBSC World Championship Gold Medalist; Posted a 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in six innings pitched with 10 strikeouts
  • 2003 WBSC Junior Women's World Championship Silver Medalist; Had a 0.28 ERA with a 2-2 record in 32 innings pitched with 58 strikeouts
Other Career Highlights

  • 2018 Japan Cup; Had a 0.00 ERA with 10 strikeouts in seven innings pitched
  • 2018 USA Softball International Cup; Had a 0.35 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched
  • 2007 Pan American Games Gold Medalist; Posted a 2-0 record, led team with 10.0 innings pitched with a team-high 20 strikeouts
  • 2002 Pan American Championship (18-Under) Gold Medalist; Named MVP of the Pan American Championship
  • Five-time Japan Softball League Champion with Toyota Motor Corporation
Personal: Wears No. 14...Parents are Bruce and Julie Abbott...Founded the Monica Abbott Scholarship, which grants a scholarship to multi-sport female athletes that demonstrate leadership in the classroom and on the field....Favorite hobbies include sleeping, shopping and seeing the world....Personal motto: #Live2BringIt...Best advice she's ever received: Don't ever give up!...What non-softball sport would she like to try: Beach Volleyball...Plays professionally in the United States for Scrap Yard Fast Pitch...Plays in the Japan Professional Softball League for Toyota Motor Corporation
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COLLEGIATE HIGHLIGHTS

- Set career and single season NCAA records her senior season with 189 victories, 2,440 strikeouts, 112 shutouts, 253 appearances and 1,448.0 innings pitched
- Finished career at Tennessee with 23 no-hitters and six perfect games
- Recipient of the 2007 Honda Award as the nation's top collegiate softball athlete
- Named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year (2007)
- Four-time First-Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American selection
- Tennessee's first softball All-American in school history
- Named to All-Women's College World Series team three times
- Three-time SEC Pitcher on the year; 2005 SEC Co-Pitcher of the Year
- 2007 ESPY Finalist for Best Female Collegiate Athlete
- Four-time First Team All SEC

 

Meet Monica Abbott whom many consider to be the best fast pitch softball pitcher in history.

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Doug and I break down people we both like and hate.

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Kelsey Scott is an Emmy Award nominated actor and writer that has appeared in such Television and Films as- True Detective, Fear the Walking Dead and the Academy Award winning 12 Years a Slave.

Meet the beautiful and talented: Kelsey Scott.

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My next guest has been in (to name a few)....

E.T., Cujo, The Howling, Critters and so many more.

Meet the awesome and legendary, Dee Wallace.

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Doug and I break down our favorite movies about War.

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Julian M. Richings is an English-born Canadian actor.

His work includes:

Man of Steel, The Red Violin, Open Range, Cube, The Witch, Percy Jackson, Supernatural, Wrong Turn, Orphan Black and so many more.

 

Meet the very talented and kind, Julian Richings.

 

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Terri Tatchell is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter known for "District 9" and "Chappie", and author of the wonderful children's books "Endangered and Misunderstood".

Terri is married to director Neil Blomkamp.

Meet: Terri Tatchell.

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William Katt is a legendary actor in such classics as Carrie and The Greatest American Hero.

Welcome the very kind and legendary: William Katt.

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Iconic Actor and Monday Morning Critic Favorite Lennie James returns to talk about Season 5 of "Fear the Walking Dead"

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Tim Plester is an actor, playWrite and documentarian.

His filmography includes Game of Thrones, After Life and Bohemian Rhapsody.

 

Meet the very kind and talented: Tim Plester.

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Isadora Marie WILLIAMS is a Brazilian Ladies’ singles skater. She was born in Marietta, Georgia, United States.

 Isadora is the first figure skater to ever represent Brazil at the Olympic Games, in 2014.

She is the 2017 Sofia Trophy champion, the 2019 MNNT Cup silver medalist, the 2018 Volvo Open Cup silver medalist, the 2016 Santa Claus Cup silver medalist, and the 2016 Sportland Trophy silver medalist.

She is a two time Olympian competing in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Meet the very talented, beautiful and kind Isadora Williams.

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Brandon Auret is a fantastic actor whose filmography includes Chappie, Elysium and District 9.

 

Welcome Brandon Auret.

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Remakes.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

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Paul Calderon was born on a remote
 farm with no electricity or running
water high in the beautiful, rugged
mountains of Puerto Rico.  He moved
as a kid from that wild freedom to the
shock of NYC where he honed his sense
of drama in the tenements and tough
streets of the Lower East Side and
Spanish Harlem.  After a stint playing
semi-pro baseball, his dream of going 
pro was shattered by a shoulder injury.
 Later he joined the Army, serving in
Germany for several years while he
struggled to find a new dream.

Back in the States he went to acting school
under the GI Bill, studying with Sonia Moore,
Kim Stanley, Bobby Lewis, Irene Moore and
Wynn Handman.  As a writer he published
several short stories, optioned screenplays,
and was a co-writer of Abel Ferrara's cult
classic "Bad Lieutenant", in which he
co-starred opposite Harvey Keitel.

He was made a member of the Actors Studio
in 1984, and eight years later was one of the
 founding members of LAByrinth Theater Co.,
where as writer/director he helped mentor
such talent as Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Stephen Adly Guirgis, Sam Rockwell,
David Zayas, Lauren Velez & Manny Perez.

As an actor he has had the honor and
great fortune of working with some of the 
greatest talent of our time - Robert DeNiro,
 Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet,
Spike Lee, Nick Nolte, Gerard Depardeiu,
Christopher Walken, Steven Soderbergh, 
Steve Buscemi,  Martin Scorcese, Edy Falco
Tim Roth, Ellen Burstyn, Quentin Tarantino
Sydney Pollack, Melissa Leo, Woody Allen,
Alejandro Inaurritu and George C. Wolfe. 

He's won numerous awards for his theater,
film and television work, including an Obie
for his performance in "Blade to the Heat" 
at the Public Theater, and a SAG Award
nomination for his part in the ensemble
cast of Boardwalk Empire's final season.
For many years he's been on the faculty
 of NYU Tisch Graduate Film School,
The Lee Strasberg Institute, and
The School of Visual Arts.

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Leah Cairns was born on June 2, 1974 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for Interstellar, Battlestar Galactica, 88 minutes, Travelers and so many more.

 

Meet the beautiful, funny, talented: Leah Cairns.

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Michael Werwie is an amazing writer who wrote the screenplay for "Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile"

Meet the very talented Michael Werwie.

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P.F. Kluge- "Anyone who knows me, or my work, is well aware that what I write is based on my experience of a place, its history, character, and story-telling possibilities. My first novel, The Day That I Die, and my most recent novel, The Master Blaster, are set on my frequently-revisited Peace Corps island of Saipan. The Philippines and my home state of New Jersey have engendered books. So have Gambier and Kenyon College. I'm utterly familiar with the place I call home and sometimes wonder if — congenial as it usually is — it has lost its ability to surprise me. That, it turns out, is a mistake. July 4, 2015 startled me. Fresh from yard work, unshaven and unkempt, I made my way into the village, looking forward to chatting with friends and neighbors, listening to speeches, watching a notoriously quaint Independence Day parade. The usual stuff. But I was ambushed — pole-axed — when I saw my Kenyon classmate (1964) and lifelong friend, Perry Lentz at the podium, announcing the 2015 Gambier Citizen of the Year. Me. The applause, the plaque, the bouquet of roses — which I couldn't quite figure out how to hold with real dignity — were unforgettable."

 

Meet the supremely talented and immensely underrated P.F. Kluge.

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Best remembered for playing Eddie in Eddie & the Cruisers (1983) and its sequel, Eddie & the Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives! (1989), Michael Pare makes his living appearing in B-movies and straight-to-video actioners. The Brooklyn-born Pare started out as a New York Culinary Institute-trained sous chef and then a model. He started acting at a friend's suggestion and studied under Uta Hagen and Marvin Nelson. His first break came from playing tough student Tony Villicana on the adventure/comedy series The Greatest American Hero (1981). This led to the leading role in the made-for-television film Crazy Times (1981). Following his work in Eddie & the Cruisers, Pare starred in The Philadelphia Experiment (1984). His shot for major movie stardom came from director Walter Hill, whose own career was taking off following the success of his Eddie Murphy vehicle 48 Hrs. (1982). Hill cast Pare in the lead of Streets of Fire (1984). The director had originally meant for it to be the first of an action trilogy starring Pare, but the film failed at the box office. Subsequently Pare became the star of numerous low- and medium-budget features and the occasional made-for-cable television movie. In 1987, he starred in the short-lived television series Houston Knights. He reappeared in a big-budget feature, Village of the Damned, in 1995, but despite it's fairly big-name cast, it was unsuccessful, and Pare returned to B-movies such as Raging Angels (1995) and Bad Moon (1996).

 

Meet: Michael Pare.

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