Friday, February 24, 2017

Susan Granger's Timeless Movies

On February 28, noted film critic Susan Granger visits Movie Addict Headquarters to discuss her book 150 Timeless Movies – a marvelous collection of film reviews -- and to share her reactions to the 89th Academy Award results, which are scheduled to be announced on February 26. Susan is an international film critic who grew up in Hollywood. She was born into a film-business family. Her father was director and producer S. Sylvan Simon, whose credits include Son of Lassie, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood and Born Yesterday. After his death, her mother remarried Armand Deutsch, an MGM producer. As a child actress, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and Lassie. For more than 25 years, Susan has been an on-air television and radio commentator and entertainment critic. Her commentaries, reviews and interviews are distributed around the world by SSG Syndicate. Susan is also the film critic for the monthly magazine, Video Librarian. 

In her Introduction for 150 Timeless Movies, Susan writes, “I believe the 150 movies that I’ve chosen for this collection of reviews, many of which made since the turn of the 21st century -- yet still including 25 classics -- will stand the test of time…Timeless movies come in all forms: animated, comedy, drama, horror, romance, war, western, documentary and science-fiction. What they all have in common is that they’re a successful creative collaboration, often revolving around love, family and the indomitable human spirit.”

Among the films included are: 2001: A Space Odyssey, African Queen, Avatar, The Bucket List, City Lights, Saving Private Ryan, The Lives of Others, The Social Network, Slumdog Millionaire , The Wizard of Oz, and 140 more must-see movies.

150 Timeless Movies is published by Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. and can be purchased wherever books are sold including online retailers like,,, and It is available in paperback, hardcover and e-book.  

150 Timeless Movies with Susan Grangerairs live on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, February 28, 2016. An archived segment will also be available after the live show.

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Remember the Day

I am so happy that Misha Zubarev gave me permission to debut “Remember the Day” on our Movie Addict Headquarters Valentine’s Day show!  This original song is from the upcoming film Cake: A Love Story, which is based on It Had To Be Us, the award-winning romantic memoir my husband and I co-wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. 

Misha, co-writer/co-director (with Vera Zubarev) of the film, also wrote the lyrics and composed the music. Actor Richard Vernon performs the song. He portrays a man who reunites with his true love after being estranged from her for almost twenty years. The scene that includes the song showcases a regular guy with a guitar singing his heart out about life and love. It’s a perfect song for this movie!

Pamela Jaye Smith, our special Valentine’s Day guest, who talks about her wonderful book Romantic Comedies during this episode, calls the song and performance “very touching.” And I agree with her.

Listen to “Remember the Day” and to Pamela Jaye Smith anytime by clicking on the link below.

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Romance from Book to Screen

Valentine’s Day will soon be here, and Movie Addict Headquarters plans to celebrate early with a special episode scheduled for February 7. Noted actors/comedians/radio hosts George Bettinger and Nancy Lombardo have been invited to drop by for a discussion of their experience as cast members in the upcoming short film based on It Had To Be Us, the award-winning romantic memoir my husband and I wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. Filming of the movie was completed in late December, and the project is now in postproduction. It co-stars Debra Lord Cooke and Richard Vernon as Elizabeth and Harry. Co-writers/directors Misha Zubarev and Vera Zubarev report that Nancy and George, who portray Elizabeth’s friends, kept everyone in stitches on the set. Debra has several films to her credit, including Woody Allen’s Café Society. Richard is a musician as well as an actor.

Nancy hosts the hilarious Comedy Concepts show on BlogTalkRadio. She does stand-up comedy and has also appeared in numerous films and on TV’s Saturday Night Live. George hosts the very entertaining Mom & Pop Shop show on tune in radio from Miramar, Florida. He has won recognition for his many amusing impressions of such stars as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Humphrey Bogart, W.C. Fields and more.     

During this episode, a Valentine’s Day informational clip about It Had To Be Us -- made by George Bettinger and myself – will also be played.

Listeners are invited to call in during the live show and to participate in a chat. An archived segment will also be available.

This episode airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

CALL-IN NUMBER: 646-478-5668
HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr

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