In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae Drake 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 Revenant
- Hateful 8
- The Forest
Season premiere of American Idol, tonight (Weds Jan 6th) at 8/7c on FOX
Disclaimer: “American Idol” clips heard on today’s episode of The Marilu Henner Show are courtesy of FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA, INC., 19 TV LTD. & FOX
Michael Orland is currently the Pianist, Arranger, Vocal Coach and Associate Musical Director for the hit FOX-TV series AMERICAN IDOL. Through this amazing opportunity, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD and a record number of appearances on THE ELLEN SHOW. At the end of every IDOL season, Michael also accompanies the top 3 contestants to New York for appearances on REGIS & KELLY, LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL, CBS EARLY SHOW, and concerts on the plaza for THE TODAY SHOW. He has collaborated with music industry giants such as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Diane Warren, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Jennifer Lopez, and Tony Bennett all as a result of American Idol. He also served as a pianist/coach for the successful summer series AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (Seasons 1 & 2) and a few seasons back AMERICAN JUNIORS and has Associate Produced two hit singles (GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. and WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE) for AMERICAN IDOL as well as the hit compilation CD from AMERICAN JUNIORS.
Michael began his impressive musical career in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts at the tender age of three, when he escorted each member of his family, one by one, to see “MARY POPPINS” and then sat down at the piano and played the songs by ear. Since this auspicious beginning, he has become one of the most acclaimed musical directors on the concert, theater, and nightclub scene. In addition to playing and conducting for many celebrities including Lucie Arnaz, Kaye Ballard, Lynda Carter, Kristin Chenoweth, Sam Harris, Jennifer Holliday, Lainie Kazan, Sally Kellerman, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Maureen McGovern, Idina Menzel, Chita Rivera, and the late Wayland Flowers & Madame, Michael played for the hit shows “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY”, “RUTHLESS!”, and “WHEN PIGS FLY” in Los Angeles. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut accompanying the legendary MGM star Ann Miller.
Prior to AMERICAN IDOL, television appearances have included The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Leeza, The Maury Povich Show, The Wayne Brady Show, and Geraldo. He also appeared on the hit sitcom “THE NANNY” performing an original song. He also played a pianist (it’s a stretch) on the WB sitcom “WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU” and the UPN sitcom HALF & HALF.
Every winter, Michael musical directs one of the touring companies of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMA SPECTACULAR starring the world-famous Rockettes. And he is now a published author in the best-selling book “Chicken Soup For The American Idol Soul”. For the last four years Michael has also musical directed the Lythgoe Family Productions of the UK-famous “Panto Style” Theatre experience at both The El Portal Theatre and The Pasadena Playhouse including CINDERELLA starring Shoshanna Bean, SNOW WHITE starring Ariana Grande, ALADDIN starring Ben Vereen, and SLEEPING BEAUTY starring Disney’s Olivia Holt & Garrett Clayton and Lucy Lawless.
An accomplished songwriter, his songs have been featured on several daytime soaps and primetime shows. On recordings, he can be heard on Debbie Gravitte’s “Alan Menken Album” and “MGM Album”; Rita McKenzie’s “Ethel Merman’s Broadway”, “Ruthless! The Musical”, and produced and arranged several CD’s for cabaret artists. Michael is currently working on a solo piano album due out soon.
A speaker, author, consultant, coach, and mentor, Bob Proctor was already a legendary figure in the world of personal development long before his appearance in the hit film The Secret. For more than 40 years, Proctor has been one of the biggest names in prosperity and personal development, delivering talks throughout the world that help people achieve success and prosperity. He is also the author of THE ABCs OF SUCCESS from Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House. Through his work with the Proctor Gallagher Institute, which he co-founded, he has transformed countless lives with his message of prosperity.
Who is the last person you would expect to be a super hero? Answer: A Baptist minister. Author Chris Whaley, Southern Baptist minister and former professional wrestler, brings to life a new Christian superhero. Rev. Chris Samuels becomes The Masked Saint. He is inspired by childhood friend, Miss Edna, who inspires him to help those who can’t help themselves. Your heart will be greatly encouraged by her wisdom and his might. Chris Whaley is an American author, Southern Baptist pastor and former professional wrestler who competed in Florida using the ring name The Saint. His novel The Masked Saint was turned into a movie in 2013. He grew up in Auburndale, Florida and graduated from Auburndale High School in 1972. He married his high school sweetheart, Verna Jacoby in 1975. He has two daughters, Alyson and Kacie. Whaley was trained by The Great Malenko. In the 1980s Whaley wrestled professionally in Florida and the southeastern states for ten years, competing with The Undertaker among others. His last three years he wrestled in Texas with Wild West Wrestling, WCCW and independent shows. Whaley graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Whaley quit professional wrestling and in 1988 studied theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. By 2000 he had become Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Longwood, Florida. Drawing on real-life experiences from both wrestling and his career as a pastor, he wrote the novel The Masked Saint which was published by Tate Publishing. In 2013 a movie based on the book was filmed in Sault Ste. Marie. His first church was Westside Baptist Church in Lake Wales, Florida. He pastored First Baptist Church in Beverly Hills, Florida from 1990 – 2000. His last church was First Baptist Church in Longwood, Florida from 2000 – 2013. The Masked Saint movie won Best Picture at the 2015 International Christian Film Festival. Whaley has a cameo role in the film.