Friday, June 11, 2010

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

I just realized that our Movie Addict Headquarters show has been running for three years now on BlogTalkRadio. So it’s true about time flying when you’re having fun! The show debuted on June 5, 2007, with a 15-minute commentary about Kevin Costner’s thriller Mr. Brooks.

Originally, I intended the format to include a weekly rant or rave about one current theatrical release. But things changed rapidly, and MAHQ has become a 45-minute talk show featuring spirited conversations with all kinds of film personnel. And, thankfully, it’s not just me doing the interviewing. The current MAHQ gang includes our savvy co-host Jazz Shaw and our producer extraordinaire Nikki Starr as well as frequent assistance from such respected movie critics as Mad Movie Man A.J. Hakari, entertainment journalist Diana Saenger, and film historian James Colt Harrison.

During the past three years, many fascinating guests have visited MAHQ, including Debbie Reynolds, Fred Willard, Cloris Leachman, Julie Benz, Joe Mantegna, Michael Emerson, Tippi Hedren, William Sanderson, Todd Fisher, Tanna Frederick, Henry Jaglom, Tim Reid, Amin Matalqa, Chris Lemmon, Nancy Lombardo, David Zayas, Christine Evangelista, Todd Langen, John P. McCarthy, Rosemary Gore, Misha Zubarev, Lorna Luft, Anya Monzikova, Michelle Monaghan, Nell Minow, Tim Daly, Tony Curtis, Barry Bostwick, Alan Menken, V. Ulea, Robert Osborne, Sally Kirkland, Larry Manetti, Ron Masak, Kherington Payne, Cammie King Conlon, David Worth, Gary King, Ravi Godse, Steven Bauer, Tony Luke, James Reynolds, Margaret Avery, Phil Hall, Legacy Perez, and Jason Connery. We’ve learned a lot about the movies from our wonderful guests!

Much of the fun at MAHQ comes from people who sign up for the Chat during the live shows. Our perceptive chatters have offered interesting comments and questions that enhance each show.

Thanks so much to founder Alan Levy for this almost miraculous technology and to all the folks at BlogTalkRadio for their splendid support. Special thanks to A.J. Daniels for permission to play “If You Knew How Much I Love You” as our outro music and to Will Griffiths for the show introduction.

Here’s a BIG SHOUT OUT to all our loyal listeners!

It’s been a great three years for a movie addict like me.

(Archived segments of all 150+ MAHQ shows are available for everyone’s listening pleasure by clicking on the link below.)

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Judy Joy Jones Show

I’m really looking forward to being interviewed by Judy Joy Jones on her terrific BlogTalkRadio show this coming Saturday at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. We’ll be talking about my books and the Movie Addict Headquarters radio show.

The Judy Joy Jones show is one of my favorites. As the host, Joy books such diverse guests, then makes them feel right at home -- and her discussions are quite informative as well as entertaining.

In preparation for Saturday’s show, I sent Joy copies of IT HAD TO BE US, CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT and SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK. It was great to hear back from Joy already about the little romantic memoir my husband and I co-wrote (under the pseudonyms of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence).

Here’s the e-mail she sent me:

I love "It Had To Be Us!" It would make a good sitcom/tv movie/film. The writing is simple, clear and the love between the two of you pours into the hearts of the reader. Just lovely. Your honesty with the reader is refreshing.

Growing up with radio and no TV until I was 10 years old; my mind became my theater and your book leaves me spaces to dream and imagine more. After I finished; I thought; 'OK this needs to be a TV movie"; and found myself hoping you would let me know when it is scheduled for me to watch on TV!!

Thanks so much, Joy!

Listen to The Judy Joy Jones show by going to the URL below.

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