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.

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Josh Mikel is an actor, playwright, director, and musician from Conyers, GA. A graduate of Florida State University's Theatre and Creative Writing programs, he honed his craft on the stage at FSU's School of Theatre. There, he developed a love for film and TV working on both sides of the camera, with the acclaimed Florida State Film School. A published playwright, Josh is known particularly for his theatre for young audiences works, "The Monster Hunters," and "Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island." He is the resident playwright at Endstation Theatre Company (Lynchburg, VA). As a director, he has created and animated music videos for the acts Against Me!, Waxahatchee, Jake Bugg, Neon Trees, and American Authors. Josh is the long time drummer for the indie rock band Look Mexico. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he is represented by J Pervis Talent Agency.

 

Meet Josh Mikel.

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Gerald Patrick "Jerry" Mathers is an American actor. Mathers is best known for his role in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver, originally broadcast from 1957 to 1963, in which he played Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, the younger son of the suburban couple June and Ward Cleaver and the brother of Wally Cleaver.

An actor, a veteran, an entrepreneur and a fantastic human being...
 
Meet Jerry Mathers.
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Norman D. Golden II AKA Enormus was born in Racine Wisconsin. He moved to California with his family when he was 3 years old. He grew up in the South Bay Area of California. Norman is best known for his co-starring role as Devon Butler in the movie "Cop and a half" with Burt Reynolds. Norman has starred and co-starred in several movies such as, his portrayal of Pharaoh Rivers in the made for television movie "There Are No Children Here" starring Oprah Winfrey, Jim Jam Ween in "On Promised Land" Joan Plowright, Aaron Crawford in "America's Dream": "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black", Wesley Snipes and the remake of "Moby Dick", where he played the role of Pip, starring Patrick Stewart and the late Gregory Peck.

Norman has an enormous heart of generosity and believes in helping people to become happy. While on the set of "Cop N Half" he visited the cancer division of a Florida children hospital. He also joined Tatiana Ali, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and other child actors on a Celebrity Cruise to raise funds to help with research for Juvenile Diabetes. He spoke before 1500 young people at the Festival Hall in his hometown (Racine WI) at "Violence No More" events. Norman made several visits to various schools encouraging students to stay in school and make sure they learn how to read. And at six years old he created his very own Public Service Announcement encouraging people to learn how to read!

Norman had an incredible career as a child actor; without regret, he took time off from the entertainment industry to concentrate on his education. He received his AA degree in English and is finishing his BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. While on his hiatus, he developed other skills and interests such as music and writing screenplays. Norman is quite a diverse artist and always hard at work, he is continuously working on new film and music projects that are in various stages of development. Norman is now entering the music business as "Enormus"

He has collaborated and performed with Grammy-award winning flutist Nestor Torres and has graced the stage with Jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock and Bennie Maupin. Enormus continues to do live performances across Southern California. He released his debut EP entitled SEEDS Vol 1 "Pick of the Litter" with Vol II in development/production.

As a child actor Norman burst onto the silver screen where he stole the hearts of many and is preparing to take the hip-hop/spoken word scene by storm as a rapper-poet and producer. Through the measure of time Norman has evolved into an enthusiastic young adult with a dynamic presence expanding his artistry into several areas. Norman's approach to creating this artistry is one of unlimited possibility and straying from what is considered to be the "norm". With experience in hand, and a global vision of sharing his gifts, one can say that, "Norman is truly Enormus"!

 

Meet: Norman Golden II.

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Mark Rolston is an American actor, known for his major roles in well-known films such as Aliens, Lethal Weapon 2, The Shawshank Redemption, The Departed and the Saw film series.

 

Meet: Mark Rolston.

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NBA Analyst and Friend of the show Peter Vecsey is back!

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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Richard Young (born December 17, 1955) is an American actor, independent filmmaker, screenwriter, photographer and artist. Active from the early 1970s, he gained prominence starring in the opening sequence of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Other feature films appearances include: The Ice Pirates (1984), Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) and An Innocent Man (1989).

In the 1990's, Young had a position as a cameraman for a documentary of a woman who came into the U.S. for a new life after the Bosnian War. During the time of the filming, the crew found out that her family went missing in Croatia. It was when then at the time Young, the crew and the woman went into the war zone looking for the last surviving members of the family. After the shooting was completed, Young stayed behind in Croatia. The war had a profound effect on him and, after his return to the US, he chose to follow his love of photography, and is now working on detailing his Croation experience in either a screenplay or an autobiography.

As of 2018, Young has been living in Seattle, Washington in the Pacific Northwest, and owns the Silverwing Images where he does fine art photography.

 

Meet "Fedora": Actor Richard Young!

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September 4, 2018

(Episode 90) George Christie.

George Christie, Jr. was born in 1947 in Ventura, California to a family of Greek immigrants and grew up as an only child. From an early age he was fascinated by motorcycles and outlaw culture, and by the time he started school his intelligence and rebellious attitude set him apart from his peers. As a teenager he became an avid surfer, who are outlaws in their own rite.

Over the objections of his father he bought his first bike, a 1957 Panhead, for $200 in 1966, and was soon hanging around with outlaw bike clubs The Question Marks, Satan Slaves and famous motorcycle customizers Von Dutch and Dick Woods. As George puts it, "some people run away and join the circus. I ran away and joined the Hells Angels." He became a full-patch Hells Angel in the Los Angeles charter in 1976 and, six months later, became president of that charter before founding the Ventura charter in 1978. His tenure as such was the longest in the clubs history, spanning 7 U.S. Presidential terms beginning with Gerald Ford and ending with Barack Obama.  

As a club leader in Ventura, he became one of the most powerful voices in the national Hells Angels organization, and spent three decades battling the law, rivals and members of his own club while building the club’s daily business operations. He famously carried the Olympic torch in the 1984 Los Angeles Games. After challenging the Kennedy family over fund disbursements for Special Olympics, he found himself on the radar of many police agencies as well as the establishment. Never one to back down, he went on a world wide pilgrimage for peace between all outlaw bike clubs declaring law enforcement their common enemy. This made him a police target for the next three decades. In 1986/87 he was tried for a murder that never happened and after spending a year in federal prison he was found not guilty and cleared of all charges. 

In 1997, the Ventura District Attorney launched an investigation and after three grand juries, George was arrested in 2001 with a 59 count indictment. He spent a year in solitary confinement before the case collapsed under its own weight. George was offered a plea bargain for time served, which he took. 

In 2011, he resigned his presidency of the Ventura charter and left the club. George was quickly excommunicated by his former brothers. The feds wasted no time and within weeks came with an indictment for a 2006 conspiracy to firebomb two Ventura tattoo shops. As George faced a mandatory life sentence if found guilty, the government offered a plea deal, but he would have to accept responsibility for the arson.  In a surprise move just before sentenced was rendered, Mr Christie asked to address the court. He explained to Judge Wu that he had not directed anyone to burnout the two shops but would accept responsibility for poor leadership. The court accepted his explanation, and after two years on house arrest recovering from double hip replacements, George left for a Texas Federal prison where he would spend the next year. In August of 2014 he was released from custody. 

 George currently serves as a consultant for defense attorneys, news outlets and works with first time offenders to understand the judicial process. He lives with his wife and son in Southern California and has three adult children. 

He has no regrets.

 

Meet: Goerge Christie.

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Actor Bernard White and I talk depression, mental health, "Its Kind of a Funny Story" and his new show, "Kidding"

 

Meet: Bernard White (again)!

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Don is probably best known for his co-starring role as Ralph in the long running television series “Happy Days”. During this time, he worked with such emerging talents as Ron Howard and Garry Marshall. Donny has always appreciated the swing and big band style of music and now he delights audiences with a unique show that fuses the swing era with the 50’s cool.Donny has directed three feature films. “the Last Best Sunday”, “Moola” and “Harley’s Hill”. His films have premiered at The Newport Beach Film Festival, at the Seattle International Film Festival, and earned Most The Outstanding Achievement In Directing Award.

 

Meet: Don Most.

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Alissa Wilkinson is Vox's film critic. She's been writing about film and culture since 2006, and her work has appeared at Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, The Atlantic, Books & Culture, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Paste, Pacific Standard, and others. Alissa is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and a 2017-18 Art of Nonfiction writing fellow with the Sundance Institute. Before joining Vox, she was the chief film critic at Christianity Today.

Alissa is also an associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City, where she teaches criticism and cultural theory.

 

Meet: Alissa Wilkinson.

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With a cool stoic gaze suggesting unmentionable thoughts lurking somewhere deep behind those deep, blank eyes, popular character actor Peter Stormare offered American audiences slightly discomforting comic relief in Joel and Ethan Coen's popular dark comedy Fargo (1996), though his versatility and adaptability have since led him to major Hollywood blockbusters.

One of the best actors of our generation, known for one legendary role after another...

Meet: Peter Stormare.

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Chapter Director Sean C. Quigley

As a former Army Medic, DAV, American Legion member and dog lover, Sean believes the organization is the perfect way to combine two things he is very passionate about: Veterans and dogs. He looks forward to improving the quality of life for local Veterans and providing loving homes for dogs in need.

 

Meet: Sean Quigley.

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Back for Round 2, one of the most popular MMC guests, NFL Analyst, Chris Raybon!

 

Meet: Chris Raybon.

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Avi Nash is an actor best known for Barry, Learning to Drive and currently as Siddiq in The Walking Dead. Avi is fluent in 7 languages, educated at Stanford and in London. He is doing some amazing work on The Walking Dead and continues to shine as an actor.

 

Meet: Avi Nash.

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Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a "master storyteller." Eig is the author of five books, three of them New York Times best sellers. He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Eig is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he remains a contributing writer. Eig has also written for The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and The Washington Post, among others. Prior to The Wall Street Journal, he worked as a feature writer for Chicago magazine and as a news reporter for The Dallas Morning News and The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Eig's books have been published in 13 languages. His first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, won the Casey Award for best baseball book of the year. Ali was named winner of PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting; best book of the year by Sports Illustrated; and one of the ten best non-fiction books of the year by The Wall Street Journal. Ali won best biography and best overall book in the British Sports Book Awards. It also won the award for best biography or memoir from the Society of Midland Authors. It was a finalist for Mark Lynton History Prize; the Plutarch Award; the William Hill Award; the James Tait Black Award for biography; an L.A. Times Book Award for biography; and an NAACP Image Award.

Eig has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and in two Ken Burns documentaries: Prohibition and Jackie Robinson. He is currently working with Burns and Florentine Films on a Muhammad Ali documentary. His next book will be a biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Gregg Olson came in like wildfire as a reliever in the late 1980s, mowing down everything in his path with a blazing fastball and devastating curve."  Baseball Historian Sheldon Stewart in the Baseball Library (The Idea Logical Company, 2006, Gregg Olson)
 
 
Meet: Gregg Olson.
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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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March 5, 2018

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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