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Josh Fadem (30 Rock)

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This week on The New Hollywood Podcast, actor and stand up comedian Josh Fadem. Josh and Brian discuss the alternative comedy scene in LA, the Groundlings where Josh got his start, the ups and downs of auditioning, Upright Citizens Brigade and above all…movies from the 70’s.

Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire)

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On this week’s episode of The New Hollywood Podcast Brian speaks to TV and Film director Allen Coulter. They discuss Allen’s little known art film/noir The Hobbs Case, learning his craft on the show New York Undercover, his big break on The Sopranos, his work on Boardwalk Empire, Ray Donovan, his debut feature film Hollywoodland, (widely thought of as the beginning of Ben Affleck’s comeback) and his upcoming Untitled Rock and Roll series for HBO with Marty Scorsese and Terence Winter.

Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling)

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This week director Joe Dante discusses some of the films he directed including Piranha, The Howling, the amazing Leslie Nielsen show Police Squad, (one of the four segments of) Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gremlins, and Explorers. We also discuss his childhood, his early days at Roger Corman’s company New World Pictures and his online project Trailers From Hell. All that and more on The New Hollywood Podcast.

Adam McKay (Anchorman)

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Today on The New Hollywood Podcast, writer/director Adam McKay. Adam co-wrote and directed Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, The Other Guys and Anchorman 2. We discuss his early days in the Chicago improv scene, his days on SNL, not being able to get Anchorman made until Will Ferrel popped in Old School, making Anchorman and lots of other cool stuff. Please enjoy the crap out of this one.

Alan Marlowe (Eddie The Mute)

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Today our guest is 70’s producer Alan Marlowe. Alan produced such little-known movies as The Sins Of Elmira, An Arrangement of Marriage and Flowers and Eddie The Mute. Brian discusses these titles and not much else with Alan, in what is easily the strangest episode of the podcast so far. All this on The New Hollywood Podcast. 

Fred Roos (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now)

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You ever hear that story about how Harrison Ford was discovered when he was working as a carpenter? Well the guy he was working for is today’s guest, former casting director and producer Fred Roos. Here is a partial list of movies Fred was involved in either as a casting director or producer. Five Easy Pieces, American Graffiti, Fat City, all of The Godfathers, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and on and on, right up to the recent Bill Murray movie St Vincent. I tried to touch on most of those films, but we also discuss Fred’s early days producing low budget war movies in the Philippines with his friend Jack Nicholson (who calls Fred ‘The Rooster’), we discuss his time in Haight-Ashbury in the late 60s, his quick ascent to casting-director-in-demand and lastly the 3 names that were being bandied about for the role of Don Corleon – and only one of them was Marlon Brando. All that and way freakin more on this week’s episode of The New Hollywood Podcast.

George Litto (Dressed To Kill, Agent to Robert Altman)

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Today on the podcast former literary agent and producer George Litto. (Dressed To Kill, Blow Out) George and I discuss his teenage years playing saxophone in jazz bands around Philadelphia and New Jersey, his first job in the business – working at the William Morris agency – where he booked summer stock for people like (an aging) Mae West, Henny Youngman and Chico Marx. We also discuss starting his own literary agency where he packaged the films Petulia and Hang ‘Em High and was very successful representing writers and directors like Waldo Salt, Dalton Trumbo, Robert Altman, Ring Lardner, Abraham Polonsky and Michael Wilson. (all but Altman were Blacklisted Hollywood writers) George went on to have a career as a producer producing several Brian De Palma films, as well as others, and is still working at the company he owns with his daughter. This interview has LOTS of Robert Altman and M.A.S.H stories, just how we like it, so enjoy The New Hollywood Podcast.

Barbara Boyle (Piranha, Bottle Rocket)

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Todays guest is former Executive Vice President at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures and later Head of Production at Orion Pictures, Barbara Boyle. I haven’t named episodes before but if i were to name this one it would be called The Art Of The Deal because it really sums up what Barbara is all about. As she says, “what interested Roger Corman was production, what interested me was distribution, television libraries, the deal”. She tells a few great stories about Ron Howard and John Sayles, but mostly she talks about being one of the first women lawyers and then executives in the film business and what a challenge that was. All that On The New Hollywood Podcast. 

Carl Gottlieb Extra (JAWS, The Jerk)

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This week: more from last week! Today we have the first 20 minutes or so from the full episode of Carl Gottlieb, where he talks about the house where they filmed some of The Jerk, a movie he wrote with Steve Martin, his early career as a film journalist (or rather film-trade-paper-reviewer), his time in NYC with Larry Hankin and the early days of the SF improv group The Committee. All this week on The New Hollywood Podcast. . 

Carl Gottlieb (JAWS, The Jerk)

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Today on the podcast JAWS writer, actor and director Carl Gottlieb talks about his early days with the Committee – if you are paying attention you will notice lots of connections to the San Francisco improv group The Committee – his time as a TV writer with The Smother Brothers that lead to a little known show called The Music Scene, (basically the precursor to Saturday Night Live). Carl tells us how our old friend Robert Altman came to see the Committee and hired Carl to play Ugly John in MASH and how later he got a call from his friend Steven Spielberg asking him to rewrite JAWS. There is TONS of great JAWS stuff here, as well as stuff from one of my favorite movies The Jerk, a movie Carl co-wrote with Steve Martin. All that and more on this week’s episode of The New Hollywood Podcast.

David Proval (The Sopranos, Mean Streets)

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This week on The New Hollywood Podcast we talk to actor David Proval. David plays one of the best baddies ever on The Sopranos – Richie Aprile. We talk about how Jon Voight helped him get a meeting on Mean Streets with a Marty Scorsese that David thought went terrible until he was awoken by a phone call at 2 a.m. telling him he got a part. Also he tells a story of how he broke a rib in the famous pool room scene and how he never mentioned it. Ever. Until he talked about on the podcast. So thats pretty cool. We also discuss his little known feature film Nunzio that many people talk about with great love but whose failure to change his career frustrated David so much he left LA and went back to the New York theater world. And of course we talk David Chase and The Sopranos. All here, today, on The New Hollywood Podcast t. 

Larry Hankin Extra (Seinfeld, Escape From Alcatraz)

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After last week’s episode with Larry Hankin went live, I realized I had a really good 20 minutes of conversation I had to cut out but really wanted to share. So here it is. We talk literature, getting sleep and his struggle to remember his lines. BTW, the actor Larry has a problem with in the story is David Rasche. Look him up, you’ll know his face. 

Larry Hankin (Seinfeld, Escape From Alcatraz)

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Today on the podcast actor Larry Hankin. If you don’t know who Larry is, believe me, you do. Larry has starred in countless TV shows and films, is probably most famous for playing the neighbor Mr. Heckles on Friends, he played the role of Kramer in the fake pilot Jerry and George make on Seinfeld, he often known for playing Carl in Billy Madison or the junkyard owner on Breaking Bad. Larry and Brian discuss his love of fire as a kid and how he almost burned down LaGuardia Airport, how his roommate Carl Gottlieb, the screenwriter of Jaws, keep him alive on stolen shrimp, how for years he performed a very radical version of stand up, was considered the other Lenny Bruce and counted Bob Dylan as a fan. He also talks about the unorthodox way he was cast by Don Seigel in Escape from Alcatraz where he played opposite Clint Eastwood. Lastly we discuss the what it’s like being that guy in that thing and how he deals with being stopped on the streets. All that and more this this weeks episode of The New Hollywood Podcast. 

Stacy Keach (Fat City, Cheech and Chong)

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Today on the podcast actor Stacy Keach and I discuss how he ignored his actor-dad’s advice to stay out of the business, how as a teenager he and his friend wrote a war epic for Roger Corman that never got made, how working with Robert Altman was a perfect fit for him, how mega-producer Ray Stark had to wrestle the backgammon board away from his Fat City director John Huston and how on that film Keach got knocked out cold while filming a boxing match. Lastly he sets the record straight about what is was like working with Cheech and Chong. All that and more on The New Hollywood Podcast. 

Watch: Trailers For Martin Scorsese’s List Of The 39 Foreign Films You Should See Before You Die

You may have heard this one before: several years ago a young filmmaker (Colin Levy) wrote to Martin Scorsese asking which films he should see in order to broaden his cinematic horizons. Much to his surprise the director answered him and provided a list, through his assistant, of 39 essential foreign films to watch – or as many are calling it, the 39 films you should see before you die.

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Mike Medavoy Part 2 (Zodiac, Orion Pictures)

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Today on the podcast Mike Medavoy Part 2 – Mike and I talk about him getting started United Artists, how after his bosses told him hurry up and green-light a movie, the first thing he thought of was a book Kirk Douglas gave him years ago called One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. We also discuss what it’s like making a movie with Sam Peckinpah, how producers simultaneously brought him Martin Scorsese’s next film New York New York and a script by some unknown actor called Rocky, how UA made them both and how the results of those two movies were not what anyone thought they would be. And we discuss his trip to the Philippines where he asked Francis Coppola when he was going to finish his film Apocalypse Now and Francis responded “Never”. All that and more on The New Hollywood Podcast. 

Michael Gruskoff (Young Frankenstein, Quest For Fire)

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This week Brian talks to Producer Michael Gruskoff about starting his career in the William Morris mailroom with guys like Jerry Weintraub and Irwin Winkler, making Dennis Hopper’s deal as an agent for The Last Movie, then having to live with that deal as the Executive Producer of the film, having Mel Brooks slam the door in his face then approve him as Producer of Young Frankenstein and the huge effort it took to get Quest For Fire made. All that and Werner Herzog makes a promise, James Coburn takes a lesson from Bruce Lee and Freddy Fields knows how to sign – on today’s episode of The New Hollywood. 

Jonathan Taplin (Mean Streets, The Last Waltz)

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This week Brian talks to Producer Jonathan Taplin about coming into Albert Grossman’s employment as a sophmore at Princeton, taking acts like Joan Collins, The Band and Bob Dylan on the road and living in Woodstock with Dylan, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Later he would would come to Hollywood and almost immediately read a script called Season Of The Witch (later renamed Mean Streets) and produce and finance that movie, as well as The Last Waltz and others. All on The New Hollywood Podcast.

Tony Bill (The Sting, My Bodyguard)

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This week on The New Hollywood Podcast, Tony Bill talks to Brian about his overnight success as an actor, his (then unknown) friends Francis Coppola and Steven Spielberg, how he sold Warners a script by (totally unknown) AFI grad Terrence Malick, how working with Warren Beatty and Hal Ashby on Shampoo was like a paid vacation and his beloved former restaurant 72 Market Street he had with his friend Dudley Moore. And of course, Steelyard Blues and The Sting! 

Michael Phillips (Taxi Driver, Close Encounters)

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For episode 4 of The New Hollywood Podcast, Brian sits down with the producer of The Sting, Taxi Driver and Close Encounters Of The Thrid Kind Michael Phillips. Michael discusses how his luck at poker helped finance the scripts for Steelyard Blues and The Sting, how nervous he was waiting for Taxi Driver to open and how having to wait for Steven Spielberg was a blessing in disguise. 

Jennifer Salt (Sisters, Play It Again Sam)

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For episode 3 of The New Hollywood Podcast, Brian sits down with former actress and current American Horror Story writer/producer Jennifer Salt. Jennifer discusses her parents – writer Waldo Salt and actress Mary Davenport, working with directors John Schlesinger, Robert Altman, Brian De Palma and Woody Allen as well as living with her best friend Margo Kidder in that famous house on Nicholas Canyon beach. 

Henry Jaglom (Easy Riders, Venice/Venice)

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For our 2nd episode of The New Hollywood Podcast, Brian sits down with film director Henry Jaglom. Henry is a little annoyed at Brian at first (enjoy listening to Brian squirm) but they quickly settle in and have a great talk about Henry’s early days in New York with Lee Strsberg, his time at BBS with his friend Bert Schneider and his many lunches with Orson Wells. There are a few technical glitches which we cut around as best we could FYI.