For nearly a quarter century Merv Griffin hosted a daily talk show that featured icons from show business, politics, and the arts. Now a 12-disc DVD set brings back the best of Merv's shows from 1962 to 1986. Shortly before his death in 2007, Merv chatted with Bill Newcott about his show and his unique in-your-face interview style.
The screen's longest-reigning 007 tells Bill Newcott why the title of his new memoir, One Lucky Bastard, is appropriate…and why he loves watching Daniel Craig step into Moore's most famous role.
Nov 4th, 2014 by aarp
She's been nominated for six Oscars and won one, but the legendary star tells Bill Newcott she still doesn't know how she does it.
In his Tony Award-winning one-man Broadway show 700 Sundays—now on DVD—Billy Crystal tells the story of his loving relationship with his father Jack, a record store owner and a legendary Jazz promoter. Sadly, Jack died suddenly when Billy was just 15, but the star tells Bill Newcott his dad left him and his brothers with a lifelong love of music and performing.
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.
Sep 30th, 2014 by aarp
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.