9:15AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes
Fall Movie Preview Review special with Leonard Maltin airs all this month on Reelz!
In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae was arranging movie outings for all her friends, she picked the movie. Through the years studying film at the University of Texas at Austin, being honored by Sundance and the Director’s Guild of America, and working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, she realized how terrible she was at keeping her opinions to herself. The Popcorn Mafia podcast was born, and led to her becoming CNN’s movie critic. She also has dished the dirt with stars on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, Fox News, G4’s Attack of the Show, and is a regular at the TV Guide Network and the Reelz Channel. Her passionate thoughts can also be heard on terrestrial radio all over North America. And just to note, she still won’t let other people pick the movies.
Movies this week:
- The Last Witch Hunter
- Steve Jobs
- Jem and the Holograms
- Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
- Rock the Kasbah
9:30AM (PST) – Cara Santa Maria, Co-Host, “Brain Surgery Live with Mental Floss”
Photo credit: Bob Nybe
Brain Surgery Live with Mental Floss Premieres Sunday, Oct. 25, at 9 p.m. ET Live on National Geographic Channel
Cara Santa Maria is an American neuroscientist, science communicator, journalist and podcaster. She has written for the Huffington Post and was its founding science correspondent and host of the “Talk Nerdy to Me” web series. She currently hosts the podcast “Talk Nerdy”, and is a co-host of “TechKnow” on Al Jazeera America and “The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe” podcast. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy from the University of North Texas in 2004, before graduating with her Master of Science in biological science with a concentration in neuroscience from her alma mater in 2007.
10:15AM (PST) – Pam Franklin, Author of “My Five Sisters: A Psychological Thriller Based on a True Story of Multiple Personalities”
My Five Sisters
Pam Franklin spent a lifetime trying to escape her past. Pam was born and raised in and around Jackson, Mississippi where she spent most of her life. At sixty-five years old, she decided to embrace her early childhood and write it down in a journal. The process was so cleansing she wanted to share her story with other people who had lived through the same type of abuse she had endured at the hand of her mentally unstable older sister.
In the back of her book, there are pages and pages of photographs with Pam and movie stars, including: Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Rob Lowe, Pierce Brosnan, John Travolta, Tom Selleck, Ryan O’Neal, Matt Damon, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, and Billy Bob Thornton. She co-founded Franklin Designs in 1990 and is partners in Phoenix Entertainment, a theatre management company that operates 150 movie screens nationwide.
As a successful businesswoman for the past forty years, Pam feels her ability to overcome such a challenging childhood made her into the strong and versatile person she is today. When not working or writing, she spends time in Charleston, South Carolina with her daughter, Whitney, and her grandsons, Teague and Crews. She now resides in Celebration, FL with her husband of twenty-five years, Bobby.
10:30AM (PST) – Jim Beaver, actor, “Crimson Peak”
Jim can currently be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak”. He plays Carter Cushing, a wealthy Buffalo industrialist who is a firm but loving protector of his daughter Edith (played by Mia Wasikowska)
Jim Beaver, who starred as the gruff but tender prospector Ellsworth on HBO’s hit Western series DEADWOOD and as the beloved demon hunter Bobby Singer on SUPERNATURAL, also played Sheriff Shelby Parlow on JUSTIFIED and gun dealer Lawson on BREAKING BAD, and has leading roles in the upcoming films THE FRONTIER and Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK, making him one of Hollywood’s busiest character actors and the proud “owner” of nearly 711,000 Twitter followers. A SAG Award nominee (DEADWOOD) and a Critics Choice nominee (JUSTIFIED), he previously starred as Sheriff Charlie Mills on CBS’s HARPER’S ISLAND and as “Uncle” Nick Vukovic on ABC’s DAY BREAK. Before that, he starred as quirky Vietnam Joe on HBO’s series JOHN FROM CINCINNATI, while simultaneously playing Carter Reese on HBO’s BIG LOVE.
A Vietnam veteran, Jim first came to prominence as Bruce Willis’s best friend in Norman Jewison’s acclaimed film about Vietnam vets, IN COUNTRY, and appeared in such hit films as MAGNOLIA, JOY RIDE, SISTER ACT, BAD GIRLS, SLIVER, BLUE CHIPS, GERONIMO, TURNER AND HOOCH, HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE, SILKWOOD, and SEMI-TOUGH. Other films include two Nicolas Cage movies, NEXT and ADAPTATION, and a starring role with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet in Sir Alan Parker’s THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE. From 1996 to 2002 he appeared as Father Tim Jansen on NBC’S popular daytime drama DAYS OF OUR LIVES. For two seasons he played Mark Harmon’s partner, Detective Earl Gaddis, on NBC’s critically acclaimed drama REASONABLE DOUBTS. He followed that with two seasons starring as Edward Asner’s sidekick Leland on the comedy THUNDER ALLEY. He has guest starred on shows such as DEXTER, LIE TO ME, THE MENTALIST, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, THE WEST WING, NYPD BLUE, THE X-FILES, CRIMINAL MINDS, SIX FEET UNDER, LYON’S DEN, MONK, PHILLY, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, MURDER ONE, MIDNIGHT CALLER, YOUNG RIDERS, PARADISE, MATLOCK, PERRY MASON, and JAKE AND THE FATMAN. He starred in the cable movies WARDEN OF RED ROCK and DIVIDED BY HATE and has appeared in other television movies such as THE COURT-MARTIAL OF JACKIE ROBINSON, EL DIABLO, FOLLOW YOUR HEART, and AMERICAN RIVER. He is the only actor ever to play different roles in consecutive GUNSMOKE productions.
As a stage actor, he has appeared all over the country in the classics as well as dinner theatre. He spent five seasons with the Dallas Shakespeare Festival, played lead roles in MACBETH and LAST MEETING OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE WHITE MAGNOLIA in national tours, as well as regional theatre roles such as Henry II in THE LION IN WINTER, Lachie in THE HASTY HEART, Starbuck in THE RAINMAKER, Sgt. Trotter in THE MOUSETRAP, The Inquisitor in THE LARK, and the title role in CHARLEY’S AUNT. He is a three-time Los Angeles Dramalogue Critics Award® winner for his work writing and acting in his own plays, VERDIGRIS, SEMPER FI, and SIDEKICK. He studied acting with Maximilian Schell.
In addition to his acting, Jim is a nationally recognized playwright and the author of two books of film history JOHN GARFIELD and MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS, and is working on his third, an already controversial book on the life and mysterious death of TV’s original SUPERMAN, George Reeves. For television he has written episodes of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, TOUR OF DUTY, and VIETNAM WAR STORY, among others, and was twice nominated for the ACE Award® for cable television writing. For nearly ten years, he was film critic/columnist for FILMS IN REVIEW magazine. His video essays on film appear in the online BEAVER’S LODGE. His new book, LIFE’S THAT WAY, a memoir of his wife’s battle against cancer, was published to widespread critical acclaim.
A Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam and the former chairman of the board of Theatre West in Los Angeles, Jim is a Cherokee-German native of Laramie, Wyoming who was raised in Irving, Texas. He was married from 1989 until her death in 2004 to actress Cecily Adams, daughter of GET SMART star Don Adams. Jim lives in Los Angeles with their daughter Madeline.
11:15AM (PST) – Dick N. Bolles, Author of “What Color Is Your Parachute? – Job-Hunter’s Workbook”
Photo credit: Glenn Jones
Dick Bolles on LinkedIn
Richard N. Bolles has led the job-search field for more than 40 years. A member of Mensa and the Society for Human Resource Management, he has been the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. Bolles holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University, a master’s degree from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City, and three honorary doctorates. He is the author of the worlds bestselling career book, What Color is Your Parachute?. The 2016 edition of the book is out now.
11:30AM (PST) – Andy Kindler, Comedian
SHINING LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH gala at The Maple Counseling Center, Thursday October 29th at the Montage Beverly Hills
Tickets available at eventbrite.com
Andy Kindler is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker. Originally from New York, and now complaining from California, he annoys people all over the world.
Andy was a frequent guest and correspondent for The Late Show with David Letterman. Each summer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal he delivers the State of the Industry address to a packed ballroom filled with comics and Hollywood industry types. He is infamous for his scathing attacks on the world of entertainment, including the previously taboo practice of making fun of his fellow comedians. Just as the comedy boom of the nineties was imploding, Andy wrote the “Hack’s Handbook” for National Lampoon. This “how-to” guide satirized and exposed tired comedy formulas.
Andy currently recurs on IFC’s Maron, Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 and Fox’s hit animation, Bob’s Burgers. He was also a judge on the seventh season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and starred in two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials. Other noteworthy credits include the HBO Young Comedians Special, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Wizards of Waverly Place, Dr. Katz Professional Therapist, Home Movies and The Larry Sanders Show.
Andy is often recognized for playing the life-affirming character “Andy” on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.