Calling Old Hollywood
Calling Old Hollywood
About Calling Old Hollywood
In celebration of Black History month, this week on Calling old Hollywood I am shining a light on the episode I did with Louis Gossett Jr. From 2022. Lou Gossett is best known for his roles in Roots, An officer and a Gentleman, Iron Eagle, and The Punisher. The stories he shared during the episode with both make you smile and break your heart.
Filmmaker Brian Levant joins me this week. One of the coolest cats I know, Brian’s work includes directing and producing some of my favorite films growing up such as Problem Child 2, The Flintstones, Jingle all the Way, Are we there Yet?, Scooby Doo, Snow Dogs, and was also a writer back in the day on Happy Days and Mork and Mindy. We geeked out over film history, we conversed of mutual favorite comics like Red Skelton and Buster Keaton, favorite classics, the importance of comedy, and so much more. We also delved into his early influences, journey into filmmaking, writing, working with John Ritter and Arnold Schwarzenegger, favorite films, and his book based on his personal collection and passion for collectible toys, ‘My Life and Toys’.
Scot Schwartz is my guest this week. He is best known for playing Flick in the 1983 beloved film ‘A Christmas Story’. His latest film ‘A Christmas Story Christmas’ is the third installment in the ‘A Christmas Story’ franchise. It debuted November 17th on HBO Max and will be released to other video streaming platforms soon. The film sees the original cast back in action for another round of festive and heartwarming thrills. Scotty and I discuss the film, cast, behind the scenes stories, and go across the board into talks of showbiz, comedy, humility, his work with Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason, his career and more.
One of the coolest around is my guest on Calling Old Hollywood this week, Actor and Author Darby Hinton. From Wagon Train to Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws, Days of our Lives, Good Guys and Bad Guys, he's done quite alot. Best known though for his role as Israel Boone on Daniel Boone. We filmed this upcoming episode in both video and audio. He was generous to show us film and television memoribilia including the coon skin hat that made his role as Israel Boone so infamous (will be in video). Darby and I talk what it was like growing up on set, his father Actor Ed Hinton, personal stories of Hollywood, westerns, life coaching, Film Festivals, his role in organizations like 'A Minor Consideration' and 'The Entertainment Community Fund' (Formerly the Actors Fund), the future of cinema, Fess Parker, Darby's pet monkey that destroyed Zsa Zsa Gabor's house (yep), and more! Follow on social media and support the podcast here : https://linktr.ee/katclassic
This Wednesday on Calling Old Hollywood, you know him from ‘The Pope of Greenwich Village’, ‘Runaway Train’, ‘The Expendables’, ‘Star 80’, ‘The Dark Knight’, and countless other films and television shows. My guest is Actor Eric Roberts. I’ve wanted to interview Eric for awhile for sentimental reasons. Growing up, my Mothers favorite film was 1995 drama ‘Saved by the light’. My mother passed when I was 12 and I’ve always wanted to share with Eric what that film meant to her, and how it’s become a beautiful reminder for me of her. He was very touched to hear this, and we spoke in depth about his portrayal as Dannion Brinkley. We also touched on showbiz, purpose, the importance of pursuing dreams, past films he’s done, and more.
My guest this week is one of the sweetest people I've met and worked with, Actress Catherine Hicks. Since it's October we focused on her role in the very first Child's Play film (listen to the episode I released this past Wednesday with her husband Kevin Yagher). Catherine dishes behind the scenes stories of the film, how the two met, and the impact the film has had on her life. She also dishes about Classic Hollywood influences, how she got into acting, her lesser known yet incredible role as Marilyn Monroe (and how she feels about the icon's legacy being remembered today) and so much more.
my guest is master FX Artist and Director Kevin Yagher. Kevin is best known for his work in designing and creating iconic horror icons like Child’s Play’s ‘Chucky’, the Crypt Keeper creature, and Freddy Krueger’s gruesome makeup. Kevin has worked in the industry since his early twenties, with eager sights set on the FX world. One of the kindest, we discuss his work with Child’s Play, the Crypt Keeper, iconic horror films and early influences, Classic Hollywood, the importance of pursuing your passions in life and humility, and the cutest story about he met his wife Catherine Hicks on the set of the first Child’s Play film. (She’ll been the show the week after!) https://linktr.ee/katclassic
Gearing up for the 2022 Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, this is the second time Martin has been on the show. We discuss all things Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, the remarkable lineup this year, the influence behind creating the convention 17 years ago, the current projects Martin is working on, the coffee shop he has underway, the importance of keeping pop culture and film/tv history relevant, and much more!
My guest this week is Comedian, Writer, Actor and Podcaster -- DANA GOULD. Dana wrote for The Simpsons for seven years, has performed stand up comedy most of his life, and has written and appeared on countless television shows. He's also host of his own podcast The Dana Gould Hour, and has a comedic talk show via YouTube called 'Hanging with Doctor Z' wherein he interviews celebs in full Planet of the Apes attire. Dana and I talk Old Hollywood, humble beginnings, classic films, Star Trek, comedy and the history of comedy, he shares stories of the friendship he had with Maila Nurmi (Vampira), Hanging with Doctor Z and much more.
Burt is an actor best known for playing Dick Grayson's Robin, the sidekick of Batman (played by Adam West), in the television series Batman (1966–1968), its theatrical feature film, the Saturday morning animated series The New Adventures of Batman (1977), the two-episode pilot Legends of the Superheroes (1979), the animated reunion films Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) and Batman vs. Two-Face (2017), and the live-action television event Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019).
My guest is Magician and Mentalist - Mr.Bernie Shine. Bernie Shine is a magician and performer who has been a prolific entertainer since he first appeared on the scene in the 1970’s. Shine was a law student when he first started performing regularly at the Close Up Room at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. The young magician was taken under the wing of some of the more experienced performers, including legends such as Dai Vernon, Francis Carlyle and Senator Clark Crandall.