TV & Film

The Monday Morning Critic Podcast is a labor of love for all things Cinema, Television and specific hand selected guests who’ve moved me in their life’s work. Genuine, Interesting Analysis, Well researched Opinions and Interviews.

Episodes

Marc Mero, Former WWE Wrestling Champion and Author of “How to be the Happiest Person on the Planet,” reached the pinnacle of sports-entertainment success – then lost it all — but in the process discovered what’s most important in life.  Everyone faces adversity.  “It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get back up.  You can do anything you set your mind to!”

Marc shares his captivating journey with audiences worldwide and inspires people to examine their life choices.  Listeners feel a greater sense of appreciation toward their relationships and the “gift of time” – and are empowered to make a difference in their personal life, school, career, and community.

 

Meet Marc Mero.

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Born in North Carolina Nick Searcy is one of the best actors working in Film and TV. His filmography is extensive.

 
As of 2018, he has been in 5 films that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture: The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), Moneyball (2011), The Shape of Water (2017), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). The Shape of Water is a Best Picture winner.
 
Meet Nick Searcy.
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Randy Havens is an actor and a life long resident of Georgia. His portrayal of Scott Clarke remains one of the most beloved on television in recent memory. Randy's other credits include Halt and Catch Fire and Archer.

 
Randy has some amazing projects on the Horizon which include Godzilla King of The Monsters, Boy Erased, The Front Runner and Instant Family. 
 
Meet the affable: Randy Havens
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Phil Burke attended the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York, on a Board of Trustees Scholarship. He graduated with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts in 2003. Burke continued his acting training at various performing workshops and studios throughout New York. On stage, Phil Burke holds a noticeable list of leading-roles to his credit while holding mixed work in leading and supporting roles on the screen. Burke's screen debut was in 2005 and since that year, he has performed in various films and on numerous television series. Notable television series of the latter 2000s include The Good Wife (2009) and Hell on Wheels (2011) on which he held a recurring role.

Meet the very funny. Very cool: Phil Burke.

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"While working on the Mars Pathfinder mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, I came to a fork in the road. It was a moment when I had to decide whether to move out of my comfort zone and take a risk.

NASA was putting together a 25-person launch team that would temporarily move from California to Florida near the Kennedy Space Center. All of my best buddies were going to be on this team. I knew it was going to be a “work hard, play hard” scenario, and I really wanted to go.

Up until that point I had been working as the lead for the simulation software that was used to prepare for the mission. At one point, a colleague and I were tasked with fixing the flight simulation code, including the star scanner—the eyeball of the spacecraft. The flight simulation code fakes out the spacecraft so it thinks it’s flying to Mars when it’s really sitting in the lab in Pasadena. The work had fallen nine months behind schedule, and my teammate Miguel and I had been given eight weeks to complete the code. Neither of us had ever written this kind of code before, but failure was not an option.

In one way, the entire Pathfinder mission was a risk—it was an attempt to reinvent space travel, an experiment to see just how cheap and how fast we could put a spacecraft on another planet. And we didn’t want to disappoint America.

Working night and day, we got the code written and meeting performance targets, and then it was time for some folks to head to Florida to prep for the launch. I really wanted to go. But, I wasn’t on the list because my role was not critical to the Florida operations.

My coworker was the UNIX system administrator, and he was on the list. But, he and his wife were having a baby, and he didn’t want to go.

In one moment, I had to make a critical decision: would I take a risk? I had no idea how to do the job. But I love a challenge, and I really wanted to go to Florida.

I raised my hand and said, “I’ll do it, just teach me how to be the UNIX system administrator.” As if it’s so easy.

So my coworker trained me, and I was just writing everything in a notebook, scribbling down as much as I could. Those notes were all I would have to help me do the job."

 

Meet: Cindy Healy.

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JIM FLORENTINE is a stand-up comedian, TV host, actor, podcaster and voice artist. He is best known for co-hosting VH1 Classic's heavy metal talk show series "That Metal Show" that ran from 2008-2015. JIM FLORENTINE is also known for his work on Comedy Central's show Crank Yankers where he performed the voice of Special Ed and Bobby Fletcher. Recently, JIM FLORENTINE has appeared in the hit movie Trainwreck as the one night stand guy and on the critically acclaimed TV series Inside Amy Schumer and Louie on FX. He was submitted for an Emmy for best supporting actor for his role of Kenny on Louie. JIM FLORENTINE appeared on an episode of Girls in 2014. JIM FLORENTINE also appears in the feature film "A Little Help" starring Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesley of The Office). JIM FLORENTINE plays the character Brian, who is Jenna Fischer's love interest in the film. A Little Help won best film in several different film festivals. JIM FLORENTINE played a pimp on an episode of Californication in 2014. JIM FLORENTINE played a Cop on an episode of Red Oaks on Amazon in 2015.

 

Meet: Jim Florentine. 

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Robert C. Treveiler is an extremely talented actor who has been in some of the best movies in history. These include The Mist, The Accountant, Prisoners and Sully. Robert's TV resume is quite length and includes amazing series like Banshee and Ozark.

Meet: Robert C. Treveiler. 

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A few minutes with iconic actor Tom Berenger.

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Lael Wilcox is an Ultra-Endurance Cyclist who has won both the Trans Am Bike Race and The Tour Divide. She was the first American to win the Trans Am and the first woman to win the Tour Divide.

 She also set world records for her time on the Baja Divide route.

 

She is considered by many to be the best endurance cyclist in the world.

 

Meet: Lael Wilcox 

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A look at the latest in movies, televison and streaming servies!

Welcome to the Summer of Solo Special!

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Michael Tourek was Born in Charleston, SC, raised in Omaha, NE, Michael came about acting at young age. Some of his fondest memories are performing with his local community theatre. After spending a number of years in NYC, Michael moved to Greensboro, NC where his career took an interesting turn. Michael is still extremely active in his acting, however, he now finds his greatest successes in raising his two beautiful children Grace and Isaac.

Some of Michaels credits include: Ozark, Office Christmas Party, Logan Lucky and Boss Level which will be released later in the year.

 

Meet Michael Tourek!

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Doug and I compose a list of 5 fantastic actors that have never been nomintaed for an Academy Award, plus a Wild Card!

 

Enjoy, Breaking Down 8!

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Gary Stevens was born in Caldwell, Idaho, on March 6, 1963. He began working for his horse trainer father, Ron, as a groom at age 8. By the time he was 14, Stevens was riding American Quarter Horses.

    Stevens began his career as a thoroughbred rider in 1979 at Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, winning on his first mount. From there, he soon became a leading rider in Washington and then California. By 1985, Stevens had made a name for himself at the larger tracks and was riding primarily in Southern California.

    Stevens burst upon the national scene by winning the Kentucky Derby in 1988 with Hall of Famer Winning Colors He won the Derby again in 1995 with Thunder Gulch and also in 1997 with Hall of Famer Silver Charm.

    Along with his three victories in the Kentucky Derby, Stevens won the Preakness Stakes three times (with Silver Charm in 1997, with Hall of Famer Point Given in 2001 and with Oxbow in 2013), the Belmont Stakes three times (with Thunder Gulch in 1995, Victory Gallop in 1998 and Point Given in 2001) and eight Breeders’ Cup races.

    Stevens has also won a record nine runnings of the Santa Anita Derby and in 1993 became the youngest jockey to surpass $100 million in career earnings. He won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1996, the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 1998 and the Mike Venezia Award in 1999.

    Other notable races won by Stevens include the Travers Stakes (2), Kentucky Oaks (2), Santa Anita Handicap (4), Arlington Million (2), Pacific Classic (2), Jockey Club Gold Cup, Eddie Read Handicap (2), Del Mar Debutante Stakes (4), Japan Cup, Canadian International Stakes (2) and the Dubai World Cup.

    Stevens retired in 2005 with 4,888 career wins and purse earnings of $221,212,704. He returned to the saddle in 2013 and won the Preakness with Oxbow for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. He has also found success as an actor and television commentator. Stevens portrayed Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf in the film “Seabiscuit,” starred in the HBO series "Luck" and has done racing analysis for NBC Sports, HRTV and TVG.

    Gary Stevens was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Cecil Garner quit his job as an ISGN mortgage loan processor to pursue a unique career: He hauls a mock-up prison set featuring a 16-foot guard tower, hires a zombie (so to speak), and poses for photos with fans of AMC's "The Walking Dead."

Garner boasts the genetics to pull it off. The 43-year-old professional cosplayer is a dead ringer (pardon the pun) for Rick Grimes, the star of the smash television series "The Walking Dead" played by British actor Andrew Lincoln.

Meet: Cecil Garner.

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Rob Schmidt is an American film director and writer. His film credits include Wrong Turn and Crime and Punishment in Suburbia. 

 

Meet: Rob Schmidt.

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Lennie James was born in Nottingham to Trinidadian parents, and grew up in South London. His mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 12. Lennie and his older brother went into a council children's home. When he was 16 he was fostered with a social worker who had two older children, and they remain very close. Within a year Lennie began writing plays (Storm Damage was broadcast by the BBC in 2000 and won a Royal Television Society (RTS) award in 2001). Lennie received his training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama from which he graduated in 1988.

Lennie has an amazing and lengthy filmography and his portrayal of Morgan Jones on The Walking Dead remains one of the best performances of a character in Television History.

Meet the Iconic and Amazing: Lennie James.

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The Black Cowboy is a look at a little known chapter in the history of the United States. It is a story that illuminates the often overlooked people who contributed to the building of the ideal that is the American dream. This documentary will tell those stories from the past to the present. It is the riveting story of the past and present day Black Cowboy.  Rarely seen outside Oklahoma boundaries and never before explored this intensely in film, The Black Cowboy searches to understand the links that connect the development of the American West, the rodeo tradition, and the unbroken spirit of Black Americans emerging from slavery in the 1860s and immigrate to Oklahoma to create new lives on their own terms;  free and open as the West was promised to all Americans.   Black history is American history and The Black Cowboy seeks to convey this to a broader audience.

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There have been many powerhouses who competed in the ring, but few were any stronger than the man known as "The Polish Power," Ivan Putski. Although he rarely was the biggest Superstar in a battle, the Krakow, Poland native's tremendous strength, power and quickness allowed him to go toe-to-toe with the sport's best and usually come out on top.

Putski's family emigrated from Poland to Texas when Ivan was just a boy, and Ivan began his sports-entertainment career there. Prior to coming to WWE, Putski won multiple regional NWA Tag Team Championships in the Southwest United States, most notable the NWA American Tag Team Titles with fellow Texas Legend Jose Lothario (who would go on to train future legend Shawn Michaels).

Putski came to WWE in the 1970s, establishing lengthy rivalries with some of the dirtiest grapplers in the game, including Bruiser Brody, Stan Hansen and Ivan Koloff. More often than not, his opponents would challenge him to some type of strength competition, and usually, they would come out on the short end of the stick. Putski was so strong that he competed in the 1978 World's Strongest Man competition.

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David Newell is an American television actor known primarily for his portrayal of Mr. McFeely, the delivery man on Mister Rogers Neighborhood and works in the public relations department of the Fred Rogers Company (the entity responsible for all rights relating to the program, and other series currently in production from the company). His character's most famous catchphrase was "Speedy Delivery!" He toured the country until he retired in 2015, promoting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as Mr. McFeely.

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Doug and I break down the 1971 classic "Harold and Maude" and Doug shares a story about the iconic Ruth Gordon.

 

Breaking Down 7!

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STEVE TOM is a prolific television, film and commercial actor, as well as a recognized voice over talent. Steve just wrapped a prime supporting lead role in one of 2014’s most highly anticipated sequels, Dumb and Dumber To - alongside Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Kathleen Turner. He also plays the role of 'General Maddoxton' in the IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon, starring Tobey McGuire and Kristen Wiig. For two seasons, Steve was the critically acclaimed host of Will Ferrell's “Funny or Die Presents” on HBO. His most recent television work includes a recurring role as 'Judge Craig Richwood' on TNT's “Major Crimes.” With dozens of prime time guest starring roles to his credit, Steve has also recurred on “Prison Break,” “Weeds,”“Commander in Chief” and the long-running CBS sit-com “Two and a Half Men.” In 2012, he appeared (as Senator Chris Dodd) in the Emmy Award winning HBO drama, Too Big to Fail - opposite William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, James Woods and John Heard. Well-known for his versatility, Steve Tom was also cast in Paramount's comedy The Guilt Trip, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen.

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Daniel Bernard Sweeney was born on November 14, 1961 in Shoreham, Long Island, New York. He got his start in the New York theatre with appearances in dozens of productions including a run on Broadway in "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial". He was selected by Francis Ford Coppola to star in the Vietnam era drama Gardens of Stone (1987). This began a string of performances including Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out (1988), Dish Boggett in Lonsome Dove (1989), Travis Walton in Fire in the Sky (1993), and as Doug Dorsey the hockey player turned figure skater in the classic romantic comedy The Cutting Edge (1992). 

For many years D.B. has devoted himself to supporting our Troops and their families. He’s been overseas to war zones several times and made scores of appearances at posts, bases and ships stateside. 

 

Meet the very talented: D.B. Sweeney.

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Bernard "Bernie" White is a Sri Lankan–American actor, screenwriter and film director. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and raised in Detroit, White received his bachelor's degree in theatre at Michigan State University.

 
Bernard has over 104 movie credit's in his IMDB profile.
 
Some include:
 
Bernard's movies include: Captain America: Winter Soldier, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Quarantine, Matrix Revolutions, Matrix Reloaded, The Scorpion King, Pay it Forward, City of Angels, Hill Street Blues, Highway to Heaven, Knight Rider and Street Hawk.
 
Meet the awesome: Bernard White.
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François Scarborough Clemmons is a singer, actor, playwright, professor, writer, university lecturer and father figure to so many people. He is perhaps best known for his appearances on the PBS television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood throughout the 1970's as "Officer Clemmons"

Meet the giving and wonderful: Francois Scarborough Clemmons

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David Lee is a household name in South Africa where he worked predominantly in theatre and television. His outstanding performances on stage garnered him multiple nominations all around Southern Africa. In 1995, David completed a post graduate drama course at Drama Studio London, where he was nominated as Actor of the Year for his powerful and moving performance of "Othello".

His first film, "Paljas", was an official selection for the Academy Awards in 1998. His last film before departing for the United States, "Final Solution", produced by Messenger Films (USA), was an official selection at 11 film festivals and has earned 6 awards, including the I.C.V.M Award for best film.

2017 saw David join the Marvel family with his contribution of the villainous character, "Limbani", in Marvels latest super hero installation, the 2018 record setting "Black Panther", working alongside Michael B. Jordan(Eric Killmonger) and Andy Serkis(Ulysses Klaue).

Prior to that, David returned from a long stay in New Orleans, where he reunited with Warner Brothers and director/writer/producer, Dean Devlin ("Independence Day", "Godzilla", "Leverage") working alongside Gerard Butler, Academy Award nominee, Andy Garcia and Academy Award winner, Ed Harris in Dean Devlin's much anticipated upcoming blockbuster, "Geostorm".

After creating the recurring role as the sinister and somewhat charming villain 'Phillip Jones' in season 2 of "Nikita", David is now "bringing the funny". Going back to his comedic roots and doing what he loves most, he can be seen starring as a recurring guest star alongside Melissa Peterman, and Jean-Luc Bilodeau in ABC Family's hit sitcom, 'Baby Daddy'. This, along with his finely tuned, over-the-top and "oh-so-funny" portrayal of 'Dolph Gruber in Disney's "Kickin' It" and his creation of 'The Blacksmith' for Krafts' Velveeta Cheesey Skillets campaign, is David's launch pad into the Hollywood comedy scene. His work on US soil was jump started with notable guest appearances in "N.C.I.S", "Chuck", "Lost", "CSI", "Castle" and the hit drama on TNT staring Oscar winner Timothy Hutton, "Leverage". He worked opposite Acadamy Award winner Anne Hathaway, Acadamy Award nominee, Steve Carrel and Academy Award winners Alan Arkin and Terence Stamp, in Warner Brothers' "Get Smart" in which his memorable scene stealing work was noted by both producers and fans alike. Prior to that he appeared alongside Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou in the Oscar nominated film, "Blood Diamond". Recently, David completed work on a stylish independent film, "Pacific Standard Time", shot completely in LA and the Hollywood Hills, where he plays a surly and intriguing LA detective who has fallen on hard times in a throw-back, noir-style thriller.

David is bilingual (English/Afrikaans) with a massive specialty in dialects, going from Russian, to Italian, to German to British and most notably, American English (and more). He is also an accomplished tri-athlete who is ready for anything from running, to swimming, to biking, to skiing to horsemanship, to dancing and singing.

This extraordinary and versatile actor not only brings the funny (comedy IS hard) but is an accomplished dramatic actor.

 

Meet: David S. Lee

 

 

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Tomas Arana co-starred as Quintus in Ridley Scott's GLADIATOR, the Dreamworks-Universal movie and winner of five Oscars, including Best Picture, starring Russell Crowe & Joaquin Phoenix.

He has appeared in more than 60 films, ranging from large budget Hollywood Studio pictures to Independent films in both the U.S. and Europe. His studio pictures include THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, LIMITLESS, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, LA CONFIDENTIAL, THE BODYGUARD (as Portman, Kevin Costner's antagonist), HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (as Loginov, the Russian Saboteur), among others. He played Lazarus in Martin Scorsese's controversial LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, starring Willem Dafoe & Harvey Keitel.

Tomas Arana grew up in San Francisco and studied classical theatre at its prestigious American Conservatory Theatre, afterwards relocating to New York and acting in off-Broadway productions. He then hitchhiked throughout Europe and ended up living in Naples, Italy, where he worked in the famous Lucio Amelio Art Gallery, working with such artists as Warhol, Rauschenberg, Beuys, Richter, Longobardi, Clemente, Gilbert & George, etc. Andy Warhol painted his portrait, which is now part of his extensive art collection. He was an award winning athlete as a youth and has practiced for many years Aikido, Judo, Japanese Sword, Fencing as well as advanced dance and movement techniques. He has both U.S. and Italian citizenship. He has three sons, Yanez, Joaquin & Dashiell Arana.

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Jimmy Vee is a Scottish actor and stunt performer. He is best known for playing a number of Doctor Who and Harry Potter playing a number of monsters and aliens, as well as the actor who took over for the late, great Kenny Baker as R2-D2 in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens.

 

Meet: The fearless,  Jimmy Vee

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Nathaniel Philbrick was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended Linden Elementary School and Taylor Allderdice High School.  He earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978, the same year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI.

In 2000, Philbrick published the New York Times bestseller, In the Heart of the Sea, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. The book was the basis of the 2015 movie of the same title directed by Ron Howard.  The book also inspired a 2001 Dateline special on NBC as well as the 2010 PBS American Experience film “Into the Deep” by Ric Burns.

Philbrick’s writing has appeared in Vanity FairThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. He has appeared on the Today Show, the Morning Show, Dateline, PBS’s American Experience, C-SPAN, and NPR. He and his wife Melissa still live on Nantucket.

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Tom Wood is an American film and television actor. He is known for his portrayal of police characters, especially Deputy Marshal Noah Newman in the 1993 film The Fugitive and its spinoff, the 1998 film U.S. Marshalls.

He's worked for a variety of film directors including Andrew Davis, Ron Howard, Barry Levinson,  Nora Ephron and Victor Nunez.

On Broadway, Wood starred with Jason Robards and Christopher Plummer in Harold Pinter's four-character No Man's Land.

Tom is also very passionate about music, the arts and his family.

Meet: Tom Wood.

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Actor Doug Hutchison and I talk about the Top 5 Movies that are guaranteed to make you cry and we spend a bit of time talking about my Bizarro Clone, "The Fraudcast." (Names have been hidden to protect the untalanted) 

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Actress Tantoo Cardinal, a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honors. The Order of Canada recognizes Cardinal for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada.

Arguably the most widely recognized Native Actress of her generation; Tantoo has appeared in numerous plays, television programs, and films, including Legends of the Fall, Dances With Wolves, Black Robe, Loyalties, Luna, Spirit of the Whale, Unnatural & Accidental, Marie-Anne, Sioux City, Silent Tongue, Mother's & Daughter's and Smoke Signals. Recent work includes the films Eden, Maina, Shouting Secrets and From Above.

Her stirring performance in Loyalties earned her a Genie nomination, American Indian Film Festival Best Actress Award, the People's choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, plus Best Actress Awards at International Film Festivals in Zimbabwe and Portugal.

Cardinal was just honored with the 2015 ACTRA Award of Excellence, other honors include Best Actress - Elizabeth Sterling Award in Theatre for All My Relations, First Americans in the Arts Totem Award for her portrayal of the character Katrina in Widows at the Forum Stage in Los Angeles. She won the American Indian Film Festival's Best Actress Award as well as the first Rudy Martin Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Native American in Film for Where the Rivers Flow North, a Gemini Award for North of 60 and a Leo Award for Blackstone.

Her television credits include recurring roles on the series: Blackstone, The Killing, Arctic Air, Strange Empire,The Guard, North of 60, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, The Lightening Field, Street Legal, The Campbell's, Gunsmoke, Tom Stone, Myth Quest, Lonesome Dove and Renegade Press.com. MOW's include Full Flood, The Englishman's Boy, Dreamkeeper and the PBS documentary Nobody's Girls.

For her contributions to the Native Artistic community, Cardinal won the Eagle Spirit Award. She has also been honored with the MacLeans' magazine Honor Roll as Actress of the Year, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Toronto Women in Film and Television, an International Women in Film Award for her lasting contribution to the arts, and induction to the CBC/Playback Hall of Fame.

 

Meet: Tantoo Cardinal.

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Spring Teaser!

Passionate, authentic and original.

 

Monday Morning Critic!

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A look back at every guest on the Monday Morning Critic, special moments and the future. My year behind the microphone.
 
Thank you.
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Born in the 12th ward of New Orleans, Lance is most widely known for his role as the preacher in the 2008 Academy Award nominated film, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, alongside Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Following the success of this role, Nichols landed a part in the Warner Bros. summer blockbuster THE CAMPAIGN (2012), starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Throughout his 30+ years of acting, spanning from the early 80s to present day, Nichols has made over 75 appearances on multiple award winning and critically acclaimed television series including: CHEERS, MURDER SHE WROTE, MATLOCK, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. 

 

Lance is also a passionate New Orleans Saints fan and acting teacher/coach.

 

Meet: Lance E. Nichols.

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Doug and I break down our Top 5 Romantic Movies of all time!

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Peter Vecsey has been one of the most prominent basketball columnists in the world for more than 40 years. He has covered the NBA and ABA for decades and been an expert analyst on both network and cable television in the United States. He is best known for his exclusives and biting commentary in his “Hoop du Jour” column that ran for years in the New York Post.

Vecsey’s inside information and access to the league’s top players, coaches and executives helped earn him recognition as one of the “Most Powerful People in Sports” by The Sporting News. He was honored with the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2009 by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

In addition to the Post, Vecsey has also worked at USA Today, the New York Daily News, NBC, TNT/TBS, NBA-TV and the USA Network. Active on Twitter since leaving the Post in 2012, Vecsey is now back in the game and covering the NBA.

 

Meet: Peter Vecsey

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Antowain Drurell Smith (born March 14, 1972) is a former American Football Running Back in the National Football League who played nine NFL seasons, most notably with the New England. At 6'2", 232 pounds, Smith's powerful running style made him an effective runner between the tackles. He is a two time Super Bowl Champion with the Patriots and was a huge factor in developing the dynasty the Patriots are today.

 

Meet: Antowain Smith

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As a senior at Arizona State University he was a Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award candidate, and was one of the premier kick returners in the country. He ranks third in ASU history with 3,299 career rushing yards. His total career yardage ranks 26th in Pac-10 history.

Redmond is best known for his role on the 2001 New England Patriots. Redmond caught three passes in the Patriots' game-winning overtime drive during the famous "Snow Bowl" playoff game against the Oakland Raiders. Most famously, in SuperBowl XXXVI, with the Patriots on their own 30-yard line with 41 seconds left, Redmond caught a 3-yard dump-down pass from quarterback Tom Brady, dodged a tackler to pass the first down marker and then dragged a second tackler to the sideline, extending the ball out of bounds to stop the clock. The stopped clock allowed the Patriots to keep the drive alive and led, plays later, to a Patriots victory on an Adam Vinatieri field goal. Charlie Weiss, the Patriots offensive coordinator at the time, has said that he would have recommended playing for overtime had Redmond not gotten the first down or failed to get out of bounds and stopped the clock.

 

Meet: JR Redman.

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Actor/Writer Doug Hutchison break down the top movies of the year!

 

 

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Ron Thomas is internationally known for his portrayal of Bobby Brown, the Cobra Kai bad guy who hurt Daniel-San’s leg in the original and iconic film, The Karate Kid. He’s achieved numerous successes in a town where most fail and, having done so, has had the privilege of working with some of the best and biggest names in Hollywood.

Ironically, Ron is a real-life martial artist and true “Sensei.” He’s a high-ranking black belt, 2-time world champion, and former member and trainer of the United States Sport Ju-Jitsu Team. Sensei Ron founded the World Class Training Center in Los Angeles where he personally mentored and trained several national and world champions, priming not only their physical game but their mental game as well.

 

Meet: Ron Thomas.

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Lois Lowry (born Lois Ann Hammersberg; March 20, 1937) is an American writer credited with more than forty children's books. She has won two Newbery Medals, for Number the Stars in 1990 and The Giver in 1994. As an author, Lowry is known for writing about difficult subject matters within her works for children. She has explored such complex issues as racism, terminal illness, murder, and the Holocaust among other challenging topics.  A film adaptation of The Giver was released in 2014.

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Interview with Andy Weir,  Andy is the author of the Golden Globe winning, and Academy Award nominated blockbuster "The Martian" starring Matt Damon. Andy has also won many literary awards. 
 
Andy and I talk about the writing process, NASA, Science Fiction, and everything under the Sun (and around it) and we even mange to sprinkle in some Star Wars, Star Trek and Interstellar!
 
Meet the very funny and bright: Andy Weir.
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Xander Berkeley is a fantastic actor who has had significant parts in some of the best movies in history, a few of which were Academy Award winning movies. Some of Xander's filmography includes: Terminator 2, A Few Good Men, Heat, Apollo 13, Leaving Las Vegas, Air Force One, Gattaca, Amistad, Taken, Kick-Ass, Faster and currently Proud Mary.

 
Xander is involved in many projects, most notably as Gregory, Mayor of the Hilltop on The Walking Dead (and he's phenomenal).
 
Meet the very funny and talented: Xander Berkeley. 
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Monday Morning Critic welcomes actor Faran Tahir!  The very talented Faran Tahir talks about his Pakistani roots, being an actor who is Muslim,  his unique journey into acting and his amazing life. We talk movies, TV, Bollywood, theater, Iron Man, Star Trek, Elysium and so much more. 
 
Meet the very humble: Faran Tahir
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Back by popular demand, actor Jayson Warner Smith, graciously joining us for a second appearance. Jayson has acted in many roles, and currently portrays Savior,  "Gavin" on The Walking Dead. 

Jayson and I spend some serious time breaking down and going into depth into The Walking Dead, Negan, Rick, Scott Gimple, the Saviors everything that's "The Walking Dead"-under the sun! 
 
We also talk about how his portrayal as Bill Cooper in "American Made", the 2017, hit movie with Jayson acting along Tom Cruise and Domhnall Gleeson recently of The Last Jedi.
 
Say Hello to Jayson Warner Smith, again!
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Erin Blunt is an actor and a DJ. His filmography includes: Hill Street Blues, Quincy, Alice, The White Shadow, Car Wash, What's Happening, Happy Days and perhaps his most well known role as Ahmad Abdul Rahim in the Bad News Bears trilogy. 

Erin and I talk everything from acting, music and life's journey. 

Meet the very cool: Erin Blunt.

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One of this podcast's favorite Composers- Christopher Spelman talks about his rapport and journey with former student and now gifted director James Gray, composing, The fantastic "Lost City of Z" and his love for music. Chris manages to also talk about the Patriots, his beloved New York Yankees and his roots in Western Massachusetts.

 

Meet: Chris Spelman.

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Justin Rain is an outstanding actor who stars as "Crazy Dog" in "Fear the Walking Dead" and many other wonderful shows. Justin's accomplishments as a human being are even more impressive. Justin is Cree, one of the largest groups of First Nations in North America with over 200,000 members living in Canada. Justin speaks to children on and off reservations, sharing his life, motivating students and making a difference. Justin's interview is emotional, heart wrenching, and filled with redemption. You will love Justin Rain the actor, you will come to love Justin Rain the person just as much.

 
Meet just a fantastic human being: Justin Rain.
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Actor Reed Diamond and I have an in depth conversation about acting, life, the paths we choose (and the ones we don't) reflecting, family and life. Reed has been in such hits as Moneyball, Agents of SHIELD, Designated Survivor, 24, Good Night and Good Luck and so many more.

 

Meet: Reed Diamond.

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Director Jeremiah Chechik is a very talented director who in his directorial debut directed the instant classic: "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation" a timeless classic, that many consider to be the greatest comedy in history. Christmas Vacation is as much a staple around the holidays as Santa Clause, Christmas Trees and gifts that keep on giving!

Jeremiah and John Hughes made for a wonderful team on Christmas Vacation. His filmography is very extensive in both the big and small screens.

Jeremiah and I have a very candid and interesting conversation about a wide range of topics. Jeremiah also shares a few little known facts and stories about life on the set of Christmas Vacation.

 

Meet the very kind, and very talented: Jeremiah Chechik.

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