Along with providing movie contributions to VH1’s morning show – Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan – I am also dispensing some TV acumen to the pop culture public. Today I did just that by dishing the best TV has had to offer for 2013. Take a look at what you need to be watching on TV this year!
VH1’s producers came up with the idea to ask me if I would host a game show segment that they were doing for Battle of the Sexes. I did and I, like them, thought I did well. Then they asked me to do it again and I have to say, I’m starting to bond very closely with it. I now wonder if game show hosting is in my cards? Have a look at the video below and let me know what you think. Peace!
I think this segment goes down as one of the more creative segments I have ever done at VH1. You can tell that the producers invest the time into coming up with creative ways to freshen up mundane TV segments. This is a great example of why this show should be one in a million reasons you need to start watching “Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan” M-F at 10am.
And this is why VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” is the coolest morning show on TV. Who would do a “Guac Off” competition and pull it off!? The creative peeps at VH1! I somehow won this contest, all while thinking I was the worst one. Go figure. It was a lot of fun to be a part of this segment and to now share with you guys. Enjoy the guacamole!
This past Monday I went to the best morning show on TV – ‘VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live,‘ to talk about January movies with Carrie Keagan. We discussed Zero Dark Thirty and it’s torture scenes, Bigelow’s snub, Gangster Squad and the reasons behind its flop and Broken City, another flop. Get ready to watch because I’m not holding back!
I have done hundreds of interviews in my life, but few have ever been as revealing, honest, almost visceral as the one I did with Matthew Lilliard on Monday, October 1, 2012. It was at the NYIT auditorium and Lilliard left it all on the floor. It was almost as if he were bearing his soul on everyone because it was too heavy to carry. The video you are about to see is a condensed version of what was an hour long confession on acting and directing and the hard effort into making cinematic art. Thus, we were all given a remarkable and heartfelt look at the work of Lilliard as a director and a retrospective at an actor who struggled and succeeded in making a living in his craft.
A few months ago, the Center for Communications, a non-profit independent media forum to bridge the gap between the communications industry and the schools, asked me to moderate an exclusive Q&A with Josh Radnor from CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” on his new movie “Liberal Arts” at the SVA. The movie was charming, simple, smart and funny and so was Josh. He doesn’t open as much, but he did here… of course! We talked everything from his affection for classical music, how to tell a story, his CBS show HIMYM, and how to get into the film business when no one wants to help you. Hope you enjoy it!
This is my SECOND time at the TODAY show, and this time, I joined the charming ladies of Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee to talk some Latino pop culture in a trivia segment called ‘WHO KNEW?’ Let’s see how good you guys are!
It’s Halloween and movie award season all rolled up into one. So to kick things off, I visited my fab VH1 familia in Times Square to share some wisdom on some very good horror movie options in theaters, for adults and kids, as well as what the frontrunning films are right for Best Picture at the Oscars in February. Take a look…
Motown has become part of my daily musical life for the last several months. I do this as I have found myself dissatisfied with today’s current music scene. But I was also curious to know what it was that made Motown so special, so magical, why riffs have been sampled by today’s artists so much. Then a friend convinced me to get Spotify Premium for $10 a month and that was it. I had at my fingertips the whole Motown catalog. It’s not that I never heard Motown, but it was so sparse, I couldn’t really tell who sang what. I discovered the sublime power of The Supremes, perhaps the best female vocal group of all time, and arguably the most successful band period of any generation. They were toe to toe with The Beatles, and that was back in the 60’s, in their prime!
Through hours of perusing, I stumbled upon this album ‘The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart’. It was a combination of my first musical love – jazz – and now the best of – Motown. It’s heaven to hear. It possesses a Diana Ross with a lot of swing and sweet sounding crooning. They’re not by any means Ella or Billie, but they provide a refreshing sound to the classic pop jazz of the times. Have a listen, you’ll be indulgent from the start!
Here’s a review from allmusic.com: The somewhat unlikely appearance of an album’s worth of show tunes from a group primarily known for R&B and pop music proves once again that Motown was producing artists and concepts that reached far beyond that of other record labels. The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart began as a multimedia spinoff based on the female vocal trio’s appearance on the prime time ABC TV special Rodgers & Hart Today during the summer of 1966. Although the original idea that included a double LP was scrapped, the dozen tracks that made the cut are indeed the crème de la crème of savory and sophisticated stage and screen showstoppers with ’60s soul. The naturally dramatic vocal delivery of the Supremes — Diana Ross,Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard — was an obvious key to the success of their chart-topping hits “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” and “You Can’t Hurry Love.” Additionally, the trio had incorporated show tunes both into its stage performances as well as recordings, so the concept was not as foreign as first impressions might infer. The mix of traditional and modern arrangements also lends to the ageless quality of the music. The album is bookended by the lavishly orchestrated “The Lady Is a Tramp” and “Blue Moon”; however, the whole of pop music is explored in between. The intimate jazz leanings of “My Funny Valentine” and “Thou Swell” foreshadow the role Ross would play in Lady Sings the Blues. There are also a few instances of the fusion between the hip-shakin’ Motor City R&B magic that had become synonymous with Motown and the songwriting craftsmanship of Richard Rodgers andLorenz Hart. The up-tempo “My Heart Stood Still” and “This Can’t Be Love” mirror the funky and contemporary rhythms of “You Keep Me Hanging On.” The perky “Mountain Greenery” has a bossa nova influence, with the trio’s cherubic and spry vocals gently peppering the melody. These recordings also marked a historical milestone for the Supremes. Not only would this project be the last time the trio would receive group credit — as all future releases involving Ross would give her top billing — but sadly, these also turned out to be the final studio recordings made by the original lineup. Shortly after a final run of shows at the Copa in New York, Flo Ballard would be replaced by Cindy Birdsong. A greatly expanded version titled Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart: The Complete Recordings was issued in 2002. The single CD includes all 25 unique recordings that they made during those sessions, including two previously unissued sides: “I Could Write a Book” and a medley of “The Lady Is a Tramp” and “Let’s Get Away From It All” from their legendary Copa performances.