When we first heard the classic soundtracks of the Beatles' Help and A Hard Day's Night, they were in pulsing, pounding mono from a movie theater speaker. Retrieving the original tapes, experts have re-produced that seminal sound on vinyl for the first time. Steve Berkowitz, co-producer of the Beatles in mono project, tells Bill Newcott what it was like to thread those historic tapes into a reel-to-reel tape deck after all these years.
As the female police deputy at the center of the TV series Fargo, Emmy-nominated Allison Tolman had big boots to fill: Frances McDormand won an Oscar playing a woman cop in the Cohen Brothers movie on which the series is based. As the show comes to DVD and Blu-ray, Tolman tells Bill Newcott she got lots of help on the set from the veteran cast, including Keith Carradine, who plays her dad.
Fifteen of Alfred Hitchcock's best movies are included in the mammoth new Blu-ray set, The Masterpiece Collection.
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For 10 years, a generation of families gathered around the television to watch Lesley Ann Warren star in the 1965 production of Cinderella. A half century later, Warren tells Bill Newcott she still hears from fans whose lives were changed by that one show.
The day Mel Brooks knew Young Frankenstein would be a hit. Young Frankenstein, now celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new Blu-ray disc, is hailed as a classic now, but Mel Brooks told Bill Newcott his idea of making a black-and-white horror satire was not seen as a sure-fire success.
Susan Sarandon gets sweet-talked by Kevin Kline as Errol Flynn—who’s got romantic designs on her character’s 15-year-old daughter in “The Last of Robin Hood,” an intriguing new film based on a true story. Susan Sarandon explains to Bill Newcott why her character is a bit of a crazy stage mom.
Kevin Kline reveals to Bill Newcott the secret of making a great movie. Kevin Klein plays a guy who inherits a Paris Apartment—only to discover it’s occupied by an old woman who, according to law, doesn’t have to leave for as long as she lives. The movie is, My Old Lady starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas is in theaters now.
Since 2006, Long Island social worker and technology expert Dan Cohen has been bringing iPods to nursing homes, using music therapy to help patients break through the bonds of Alzheimer's. A new documentary, Alive Inside, tells his inspiring story—a story director Michael Rossatto-Bennett tells Bill Newcott he wasn't sure he wanted to film.
It's hard to imagine anyone holding onto the same job for 25 years these days, but British actor David Suchet has played Agatha Christie's legendary detective Hercule Poirot since 1989, filming screen versions of every one of Christie's 70 Poirot mysteries. As his final episodes come to Acorn.TV, PBS, and DVD, Suchet tells Bill Newcott he has, oddly enough, been prepared for this day from year one.
Sitcom star? Oscar-winning actor? Hollywood cautionary tale? Bill Newcott looks back on the late star's career and weighs the laughter and the tears.