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    CLASSICS-Roman Holiday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 65:36

    Front Row Classics celebrates one of the greatest romantic comedies to ever come out of Hollywood, Roman Holiday. Jay Hoffman from Front Row Flashbacks joins us to dicuss this gem from Hollywood's Golden Age, directed by William Wyler. We discuss the astonishing American film debut of Audrey Hepburn, the generosity of Gregory Peck and the scene-stealing from Eddie Albert. The discussion also turns to the differences in romantic comedies from past to present.

    SPECIAL EPISODE: An Interview with Academy Governor Howard Berger

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 82:35

    “You have to listen to people tell their story.” Howard Berger is an Oscar winner and an Emmy winner for his work in make-up over a forty year career in Hollywood. One of his first projects was Aliensand since then had has become a fixture in special effects make-up especially in the area of creatures and monsters. Howard won his Academy Award for The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Craig gets a chance to ask him about his prolific career as well as some inside stories into his work with Quentin Tarantino and Sam Raimi. They also talk about the role of mentorships in Hollywood. Howard gives Craig his thoughts behind serving as one of the make-up and hair stylists to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. FEATURING: Craig McFarland __________________________________________ 

    ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST - Ep. 3 - Michael Gruber

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 83:29

    In the latest episode of ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST, Gus welcomes a good friend of his from high school and an incredibly accomplished veteran of the Broadway Stage: Mr. Michael Gruber. Michael was born and raised in Cincinnati. Throughout his school years, Michael had a love for acting as he was constantly surrounded by acting and music. He was in various school plays such as Hello, Dolly! and Pippin. From college on, Michael pursued acting, singing, and dancing on stage with much critical acclaim. His Broadway credits include Munkustrap in Cats (Broadway), the Tin Man in Wizard of OZ, Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain, Riff in West Side Story, Cousin Kevin in Tommy, Judd Fry in Oklahoma!, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, and Mike in the final company of A Chorus Line (Broadway). Michael and Gus talk all this and much more in a converstaion you simply have to hear!

    BEYOND THE MOUSE: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 61:22

    “I liked you better as a rabbit, Charlie.” We are excited to dive into the 1971 live action film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It wouldn't be right to talk about this classic film without inviting on Brandon Davis from Front Row Classics to give us a bit of credibility. In addition to Brandon, Anna joins us to give her perspective on Angela Lansbury and the film. It is difficult to watch this film and not compare it to Mary Poppins, so you'll find a lot of talk about that film as well. FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson and Brett Rutherford, Brandon Davis and Anna McFarland __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/thefrontrownetwork/ FIND US ON TWITTER – https://twitter.com/FrontRowReviewz FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod

    INTERVIEW - Liz Hannah on writing "The Girl From Plainville"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 54:22

    Today on the pod Jeremy is speaking with writer, director, producer and show-runner Liz Hannah. Liz is an incredibly accomplished person having wrote the 2017 Steven Spielberg film The Post for which she was nomninated for a Golden Globe. More recently, she was a writer and executive producer on the Hulu series The Dropout. But our conversation today primarily concerns her work co-creating, writing and executive producing the true crime series The Girl From Plainville on Hulu. The series follows the story of Conrad Roy and his long-distance girlfriend Michelle Carter who was convicted of manslaughter after encouraging him over text to commit suicide. The series is a fascinating and heart-breaking look at everyone's everlasitng search for meaning and self-worth and how those desires can lead to tragic outcomes. We talk about this and so much more from the person who's brain it came from! Check out this awesome conversation!

    CLASSICS-Rebel Without A Cause

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 67:03

    Front Row Classics kicks off summer with a film that truly embodies the word, "iconic". We celebrate James Dean's signature performance in Rebel Without a Cause. Brandon and Eric welcome Beyond the Mouse's Craig McFarland to discuss this 1955 classic directed by Nicholas Ray. The hosts pay tribute to the trailblazing performances of Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. We also discuss how the movie remains both timeless and a time capsule through the many themes still relevant in 2022.

    BEYOND THE MOUSE: Ultra Violet and Black Scorpion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 51:49

    “We get to have a very unique Mexican-American superhero.” Craig had an excellent opportunity to catch up with the showrunners behind the new Disney Channel series Ultra Violet and Black Scorpion, Leo Chu and Eric Garcia. This team has been creating together for a decade going back to their time developing Afro Samurai. They open up about their creative process and discuss the writing and creative growth of Ultra Violet and Black Scorpion. It's a fun conversation digging a bit deeper into what it takes to bring a show to series. “Violet Rodriguez, an everyday Mexican American teen, is chosen by a magical luchador mask which transforms her into Ultra Violet, a superhero fighting crime alongside her luchador uncle, Cruz, also known as Black Scorpion.” FEATURING: Craig McFarland __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/thefrontrownetwork/ FIND US ON TWITTER – https://twitter.com/FrontRowReviewz FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we'll see you in the front row!

    MCU HQ - Ms. Marvel Recap Show - Episode 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 49:43

    Hello all you Marvel Crazies and welcome back to MCU HQ. The very first episode of Ms. Marvel has debut on Disney+ and we've got the full breakdown. All the easter eggs and theories you can handle as the MCU has officially been introduce to Kamala Kahn.   We also throw in a bonus at the beginning reacting to the recent news of the greenlight being given to the long-rumored Thunderbolts movie.   FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Craig McFarland

    NEW SHOW LAUNCH - MCU HQ Episode 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 10:44

    Hello all you Marvel Crazies and welcome to the very first episode of MCU HQ; the all things Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast from the Front Row Network on NPR Illinois! On this show we will discuss all things MCU from Disney+ after-show and feature film reviews to interviews with MCU creators and the odd STRANGE episode where we'll just GEEK OUT! In this intro episode, Front Row editors-in-chief Jeremy Goeckner and Craig McFarland give an overview and the genesis of how the show came to be. New episodes will drop EVERY FRIDAY so be on the look-out!

    CLASSICS-The Best Years of Our Lives-Interview with Alison Macor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 69:53

    Front Row Classics is pleased to welcome award-winning author, Alison Macor, to the podcast. Brandon and Front Row Flashbacks host, Jay Hoffman join Alison to dicsuss hew newest book, "Making the Best Years of Our Lives: The Hollywood Classic that Inspired a Nation".  Macor discusses the history of The Best Years of Our Lives along with its many themes that remain contemporary in 2022. We also get Jay's perspective on the way veterans issues were portrayed in the 1946 film. The hosts also discuss why this film remains such an unsung classic among comnemporary audiences. 

    CONVINCE ME - THE WIZARD OF OZ

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 69:27

    Look, this whole show is about celebrating differences, right? Well, Larry REALLY doesn't like The Wizard of Oz. Like, really doesn't like it, so he would like to find out why he's wrong about this. Joining him on the show are the incredible Brandon Davis, host of Front Row Classics, and the incomparable Anna McFarland, cohost of the network, Craig's wife, and The Wizard of Oz superfan. Fun episode and Larry accepts he may be wrong...may.

    SPECIAL EPISODE: Fan Expo St. Louis 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 33:24

    After a couple weeks of reflection, and just sheer busyness, Jeremy and Craig have a chance to speak about their experience at Fan Expo St. Louis. The two recap the planning that went into the con. Then they jump into their individual experiences including their panels with Carl Weathers, the cast of Smallville, the cast of Clerk, Billy West, Ron Pearlman (and surprise Theo Rossi), Kevin Smith and so much more! It was such a great weekend, come along and experience the memories. FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner and Craig McFarland

    SPECIAL EPISODE: A Preview of Physical Season Two

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 26:07

    We were delighted to be invited to a recent press junket in preparation for the release of Physical season two on Apple TV+. Craig was able to preview some of season two as well as interview the show's creator Annie Weisman. She provided insights on where we will find our characters as they move throughout season two, and who messages she is hoping to convey to the audience. Next, Craig caught up with actress Dierdre Friel, who plays Greta in the series. She explains how she relates to her character and talks about the onset chemistry between her costars. Catch new episodes of Physical on Apple TV+ beginning June 3. FEATURING: Craig McFarland  

    CLASSICS-A Place in the Sun

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 60:21

    Front Row Classics kicks off June with a discussion of George Stevens' Oscar-winning film, A Place in the Sun. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric to disucss this well-made drama from 1951. They discuss the bold direction from Stevens as well as the Oscar-nominated performances from Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters. The hosts also pay tribute to the legendary Elizabeth Taylor in her first mature role in a film. The discussion also turns to the central themes of the film, which amazingly are still relevant in 2022.

    FULL DISCLOSURE- Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 55:49

    Welcome to the '90s! Chip ‘n Dale are back and better than ever in this new film brought directly to Disney+. We were excited to sit down and tell you all about it. Craig and Vanessa from Beyond the Mouse were also joined on this review by Mike Wennmacher, known locally to the Springfield area through his work with Mid-West Family Broadcasting. The three chat about the awesome cameos and Easter eggs, as well as the voice-acting and how the screenwriters were able to tie all of it together. The first few minutes are a spoiler-free overview followed by all the juicy details of Rescue Rangers. FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson, Mike Wennmacher __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/thefrontrownetwork/ FIND US ON TWITTER – https://twitter.com/FrontRowReviewz FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we'll see you in the front row!

    BEYOND THE MOUSE: Moon Knight with Academy Award Nominee Donald Mowat

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 16:48

    “Everybody got help from someone…” We were recently invited to a press junket where Academy Award Nominee Donald Mowat was talking about his recent hair and make-up design for Moon Knight on Disney+. We had a few minutes to chat with Donald about his process, and how he went about preparing for his opportunity in the MCU. We do sneak in a question about his recent Academy Award nomination for his work on Dune. FEATURING: Craig McFarland __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/thefrontrownetwork/ FIND US ON TWITTER – https://twitter.com/FrontRowReviewz FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we'll see you in the front row!

    FAN EXPO ST. LOUIS - BTM 90's Character Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 54:50

    “Literally we can't let Brett keep winning these. Please, help.” This past weekend, we were LIVE on the Creator Stage at Fan Expo St. Louis. We decided what is geekier then three hosts doing a 90's character draft. The rules are simple, the character had to appear in a Disney property in the 90s. Three hosts enter the stage, only one left victorious. You listener may right the wrong done in St. Louis. Join the Beyond the Mouse Podcast Pals Facebook group to vote in our listener poll of the episode. FEATURING: Brett Rutherford, Craig McFarland __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/thefrontrownetwork/ FIND US ON TWITTER – https://twitter.com/FrontRowReviewz FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we'll see you in the front row!  

    FULL DISCLOSURE - Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 72:26

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to chug along with the release of their latest box-office busting hit Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Dr Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens a portal to the multiverse. However, a threat emerges that may be too big for his team to handle. Alex Orona of Super GG Radio and Editor-In-Chief Jeremy Goeckner break down all of the biggest moments and discuss where the MCU goes from here.

    CLASSICS-Bonnie & Clyde

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 75:16

    Front Row Classics shines the spotlight on one of a true landmark of cinema history. Bonnie & Clyde marked the beginning of a new era of moviemaking. Brandon and Eric dicuss the many aspects of how this film ushered in the "silver age of cinema" from 1967-1976. The hosts also pay tribute to legendary performances from a cast including Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman.

    SPECIAL EPISODE: FanExpo St. Louis with Kevin Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 37:22

    Meet me in St. Louis! Craig was given the great opportunity to speak with director/podcaster Kevin Smith. The two speak about Kevin's experience at comic conventions ahead of his appearance this weekend at FanExpo St. Louis. Kevin and Jay Mewes will have a special show Saturday night after the comic con wraps up for the day. Craig also asks Kevin about his upcoming comic line Secret Stash Press with Dark Horse Comics coming out this fall. It is a really fun conversation in preparation to what will be an excellent weekend!   Tickets to FanExpo: Fanexpohq.com/fanexpostlouis Find The Front Row Network on all major platforms by going to linktr.ee/FrontRowNetwork

    CLASSICS- Interview with Michael Feinstein

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 53:47

    Front Row Classics is thrilled to bring you a special conversation with Mr. Michael Feinstein. Michael is a renowned pianist, singer and historian. He's also the definitive Ambassador for the Great American Songbook.  The interview includes discussion on his personal relationships with some of the greatest contributors to Twentieth Century popular music, including Ira Gershwin and Rosemary Clooney. Brandon and Michael also discuss well-known and not so well-known movie musicals.  Michael also takes time to mention some of his latest projects. These include upcoming shows celebrating Judy Garland's 100th birthday & his newest album, Gershwin Country.  For information about upcoming performance dates, you can visit michaelfeinstein.com.  

    PEANUT BUTTER & BISCUITS - An Interview with Toheeb Jimoh

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 53:16

    Hello all you Lasso fans! It's a big day here at the Biscuit Lounge as we're welcoming our biggest guest yet! We are so proud to bring you our conversation with Sam Obisanya himself, Mr. Toheeb Jimoh! As if it wasn't obvious, Toheeb is one of the better humans on the planet with a zest for life that matches his on-screen persona. We talk about how he got into acting, what lead him to Ted Lasso, his heartbreaking turn in the series "Anthony", which teammates he's choosing for his 3 on 3 squad game and we play of round of crazy season 3 rumors to either confirm or deny! This is an episode you do not want to miss!   FEATURING: Craig McFarland & Jeremy Goeckner   Email the show at frontrowlasso@gmail.com   Follow on Twitter at twitter.com/PBBFRN   Join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/3161086474176010

    CLASSICS-The Human Comedy with Christian Blauvelt

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 58:11

    Christian Blauvelt returns to Front Row Classics to celebrate one of the greatest homefront films of World War II. Brandon and Christian discuss 1943's The Human Comedy. The movie, based on an original screenplay by William Saroyan, was made at the peak of MGM's powers during the days of the studio system. Mickey Rooney delivers an Oscar nominated performance alongside a top notch ensemble cast. The film is a perfect mix of sentimentality and the reality of war on the homefront. Both Brandon and Christian hope this dicussion will lead listeners to re-discover this underappreciated gem. Christian Blauvelt is an entertainment journalist, who serves as the managing editor of leading film and TV industry website IndieWire. He regularly appears on CBS New York to give previews of upcoming films and awards season analysis; has hosted films on Turner Classic Movies; and has presented at South by Southwest and San Diego Comic-Con. Blauvelt is the author of books including, "Hollywood Victory" from TCM and Running Press. He lives in New York City.

    BEYOND THE MOUSE: Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser (Part Two)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 65:07

    May the Fourth be with you! The Halcyon Five are back in the thrilling conclusion to their Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser journey. We hope you celebrate this Star Wars Day responsibly, by booking a stay off world near Walt Disney World! FEATURING: Brett Rutherford, Alexa Giacomini, Brittney McLaughlin, Tyler Dobson and Beckham Stewart __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/thefrontrownetwork/ FIND US ON TWITTER – https://twitter.com/FrontRowReviewz FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we'll see you in the front row!

    BEYOND THE MOUSE: Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 65:10

    Together as one! The Halcyon Five were among the first to voyage on the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser which blasted off from Walt Disney World in early March. The group has come back together to discuss the trip in this first of two parts. In this episode we hear about their first experiences onboard the Halcyon! FEATURING: Brett Rutherford, Alexa Giacomini, Brittney McLaughlin, Tyler Dobson and Beckham Stewart __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/thefrontrownetwork/ FIND US ON TWITTER – https://twitter.com/FrontRowReviewz FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we'll see you in the front row!

    CLASSICS-Danger on the Silver Screen-Interview with Scott McGee

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 52:54

    Front Row Classics is happy to welcome Scott McGee! Scott is a senior director of Original Productions at Turner Classic Movies. He joins Brandon to discuss his newest book, "Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films Celebrating Cinema's Greatest Stunts". The book takes a look at the storied history of stunt work and the men & women who pioneered this artform. Brandon and Scott discuss key films in the evolution of stunt work and some of the greatest stars who brought them to the screen.  "Danger on the SIlver Screen" is available from Running Press and Turner Classic Movies wherever books are sold. Scott McGee is a senior director of Original Productions at Turner Classic Movies. He is also a programmer for TCM's annual film festival and the lead programmer for the TCM Classic Cruise, and has been a presenter at many of TCM's past festivals and other industry conventions.

    BEYOND THE MOUSE - 2022 Walt Disney World Trip Report

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 80:37

    We are finally back! Craig and his family finally made it back to Walt Disney World! Anna and Craig speak about their trip overall. We also discuss recent changes to Disney Genie+ as well as discussing some new dining options throughout the park. There is also a follow up to Jordan Fisher's offer to purchase a lightsaber for Craig's son. So much fun in this episode!   FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Anna McFarland and Vanessa Ferguson __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod

    CLASSICS-Lady Sings the Blues

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 60:15

    Front Row Classics is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lady Sings the Blues. Brandon and Eric are joined by Bea Bonner from NPR Illinois' Community Voices. The hosts discuss Diana Ross' Oscar nominated performance as the legendary Billie Holliday. The peformances of Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor are also celebrated. Lady Sings the Blues is a heartwrenching, if not entirely accurate, biopic. We hope this episode will inspire a new generation to discover one of the most underrated films of the 1970s.

    FIVE STAR POD SPLASH - WrestleMania 38 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 107:50

    FIVE STAR POD SPLASH makes its triumphant return for the first time in over a year and we're coming out swinging with the show of shows, WRESTLEMANIA! The 38th Mania saw two nights of packed action, massive returns, some all-time great matches and some of the most surreal stuff you'll ever see in a wrestling ring. Lou and Jeremy break it all down for you!

    FLASHBACKS - Titanic

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 96:58

    Today marks the 110th Anniversary of the sinking of the unsinkable Titanic, and then 30 years ago the biggest movie on the 20th Century was released and teen and pre-teen girls collectively lost their minds over the romance aboard the sinking ship. Join us as we dig into behemoth of a natural disaster movie. Does the movie hold up? Is this just a mushy love story, or is there more to this movie beneath the surface? We'll get into that and more on this episode of Flashbacks! FEATURING: Jay Hoffman, Ryan Lootens, & Erin McCabe Front Row Flashbacks: https://linktr.ee/Flashbacks  

    ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST - Ep. 2 - Jim Walton (Part 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 56:24

    Episode 2 of the Front Row Network's newest show, ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST, is the continuation of Gus's talk with Broadway legend Jim Walton. Gus and Jim discuss his journey to Broadway and the amazing story of Merrily We Roll Along. Join us for part 2 of this amazing interview.

    VIEW FROM THE BACK ROW -- Interview with Lillie Lainoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 59:32

    On this special episode, Steve interviews Lillie Lainoff, author of the new novel, "One for All," a gender-bent retelling of "The Three Musketeers." But there's one more twist to the story: Like the protagonist in her book, Lillie has Postural orthostatic tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Listen in as Lillie tells how her disability has challenged her personally and professionally. FEATURING: Steve Sykes and Lillie Lainoff View From the Back Row: https://linktr.ee/VFTBR   FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/thefrontrownetwork/ FIND US ON TWITTER – https://twitter.com/view_row FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/view_from_the_back_row __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of VIEW FROM THE BACK ROW, and, as always, we'll see you in the front row!

    CLASSICS-Interview with Ben Mankiewicz

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 55:40

    Front Row Classics is thrilled to welcome Turner Classic Movies' host, Ben Mankiewicz. Ben has been an on-air host for the channel since 2003. Our interview covers his background in both film and politics. You'll also learn about some of his most memorable interviews during his tenure with TCM. Brandon and Ben also have fun discussing the pros and cons of classic film fandom. Ben Mankiewicz is the primetime host of Turner Classic Movies. When he made his TCM debut in September 2003, he became only the second host hired in the network's history.    During his career at TCM, he has introduced thousands of movies on the air. Additionally, he's become one of the best interviewers in the business, leading thoughtful and entertaining long-form conversations with more than two hundred of the industry's top talents, including Mel Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Sophia Loren, Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Ava DuVernay, Annette Bening, Robert Redford, Quentin Tarantino, Jodie Foster, Brad Bird, Faye Dunaway, Lou Gossett, Jr., and Michael Douglas.    Mankiewicz is the host of TCM's first podcast, The Plot Thickens. Each of the three seasons, I'm Still Peter Bogdanovich, The Devil's Candy, and Lucy, were met with outstanding reviews and industry awards.   Since 2019, Mankiewicz has served as a contributor to the Peabody and Emmy-winning news magazine, CBS News Sunday Morning, and has hosted the American Society of Cinematographers Awards since 2018.   Prior to TCM, Mankiewicz worked as a reporter and anchor in Charleston, SC, and Miami, FL, twice being named Best Anchor in South Florida by The New Times. Additionally, he contributes to The Young Turks, an online political show he co-founded with Cenk Uygur in 2002.   Mankiewicz moved to Los Angeles nearly 75 years after his grandfather, screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz (“Mank” to his all his friends), headed west to work in the movie business. Soon after arriving, Herman cabled his friend Ben Hecht in New York, "There are millions to be grabbed out here and your only competition is idiots. Don't let this get around." His grandson is now proudly one of those idiots.   He's a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Tufts University, and Georgetown Day High School in Washington, DC, the school with the worst mascot in recorded history: the Grasshoppers.   Mankiewicz lives in Santa Monica with his beautiful wife, their beautiful daughter, one perfect dog, and one other dog, who's available for adoption at any time. Seriously, please take him.

    BEYOND THE MOUSE: Mulan (1998)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 49:57

    “We failed the Bechdel test.” Sometimes the boys of the pod leave for Disney World. Sometimes that means the true foundation of BTM, Vanessa Ferguson, has to come in and make sure the show will go on. This week, Vanessa chats with her NPR Illinois Community Voices Co-host Bea Bonner about the 1998 Disney animated classic, Mulan. FEATURING: Vanessa Ferguson and Bea Bonner __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we'll see you in the front row!

    CLASSICS-Casablanca 80th Anniversary

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 93:24

    Front Row Classics celebrates the 80th anniversary of one of a film that truly epitomizes the word, timeless. Lou Hare, from Guilty Pleasures, joins Brandon and Eric to break down a movie that remains as powerful and relevant as it was in 1942.  The hosts discuss the iconic performances, scenes and dialogue that have made Casablanca a touchstone in film history. We also make the case for why it can be ranked among the top movies of all time.

    CONVINCE ME -The Return of Lana Love and New Friend Trina Merry

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 67:39

    Friend of the podcast Lana Love returns and brings along a friend, brilliant body paint artist Trina Merry, to discuss SXSW, walking around Austin (mostly-ish) naked, performing, the importance of laughter, and body positivity.     

    CLASSICS: The Essential Directors-Interview with Sloan De Forest

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 62:16

    We're thrilled to welcome author & historian, Sloan De Forest to Front Row Classics! Sloan's most recent release is "The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema's Most Influential Filmmakers".  The book highlights fifty-six of the greatest directors from the silent throught the modern era. Brandon and Sloan highlight several of these filmmakers along with some of their greatest movies. We also spend time discussing Sloan's lifelong love of cinema. "The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema's Most Influential Filmmakers" is available from Running Press and Turner Classic Movies wherever books are sold. Sloan De Forest is a writer and film historian. As a relative of talking-pictures pioneer Lee de Forest, she has film history in her blood. Sloan is the author of Dynamic Dames: Fifty Leading Ladies Who Made History (2019, Running Press) and Turner Classic Movies Must-See Sci-Fi: Fifty Movies That Are Out of This World (2018, Running Press). She is a contributing author of Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life by Manoah Bowman (2016, Running Press) and Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen (2017, HarperCollins), and has written about film for Sony, Time Warner Cable, the Mary Pickford Foundation, and Bright Lights Film Journal. Sloan has also appeared as a commentator for CNN's television documentary The Movies. She lives in Hollywood—mentally, spiritually, and geographically.  

    Oscars Forum 2022 - Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022 88:59

    The 2022 Academy Awards are nearly upon us! As is our tradition here at the Network, it's time to disect all of the Best Picture nominees with some of the personalities you LOVE from all over the Front Row Network. On this part 2 host Ryan Lootens is joined by Craig McFarland, Larry Smith, Jayson Hoffman, Erin McCabe, Brandon Davis & Brett Rutherford to discuss Licorice Pizza, The Power of the Dog, Nightmare Alley, King Richard, Dune & West Side Story.

    Oscars Forum 2022 - Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 65:13

    The 2022 Academy Awards are nearly upon us! As is our tradition here at the Network, it's time to disect all of the Best Picture nominees with some of the personalities you LOVE from all over the Front Row Network. On this part 1 host Vanessa Ferguson is joined by Jeremy Goeckner, Louis Hare, Ethan Fant, Ryan Lootens & Steve Sykes to discuss "Drive My Car", "CODA", "Don't Look Up" & "Belfast".

    ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST - Ep. 1 - Jim Walton (Part 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 53:47

    Episode 1 of the Front Row Network's newest show, ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST, welcomes Broadway legend Jim Walton to the virtual studio. Gus and Jim discuss his journey to Broadway and the amazing story of Merrily We Roll Along. Join us for part 1 of this amazing interview.

    BEYOND THE MOUSE: An Interview with Dave Goelz

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 70:24

    “The Great Gonzo!” We are excited to interview Muppet legend, Dave Goelz. Dave has been responsible for creating and portraying Gonzo on The Muppets, as well as numerous other characters including Floyd and Professor Bunsen Honeydew. We talk to Dave about his career. We also focus on his direct work with Jim Henson. Lots of Muppet Christmas Carol talk is waiting for you as well! FEATURING: Brett Rutherford, Craig McFarland and Vanessa Ferguson __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we'll see you in the front row!  

    CLASSICS-The Quiet Man

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 77:03

    Happy St. Patrick's Day from Front Row Classics! We're celebrating the 70th anniversary of John Ford's love letter to Ireland, The Quiet Man. Erin McCabe from Front Row Flashbacks joins Brandon and Eric to salute to break down this whimiscal, romantic comedy/drama. The Quiet Man makes the most of its Irish locations with some of the most beautful cinematography in film history. The hosts discuss John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is one of their classic on-screen pairings.  We also spend some time discussing a few outdated potrayals of gender roles and Irish stereotypes seen in the film.

    FLASHBACKS - Gangs of New York

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 79:16

    Front Row Flashbacks is gearing up and linking up with our best gang mates to battle it out for dominance over the Five Points. Please join us as we work through Martin Scorses' Gang of New York. This movie has vicious violence, poignant commentary, and a grit that seems to be missing from most period pieces. Not only that, but this movie features two Herculean actors in Leo DiCaprio and Daniel Day Lewis. Give it a listen to see what we thought. FEATURING: Jay Hoffman, Ryan Lootens, & Erin McCabe Front Row Flashbacks: https://linktr.ee/Flashbacks Please enjoy this episode of FLASHBACK and as always, we'll see you in the front row!

    NEW SHOW! Original Broadway Cast with Gus Gordon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 34:10

    We are so excited to bring into the Front Row Network! Jeremy and Craig talk to Gus all about his plans for the show, and about his love for theatre. Please make sure to follow Original Broadway Cast on its very own Anchor feed. We will post the first several episodes in this FRN feed as well. Email Gus at BroadwayFRN@gmail.com FEATURING: Gus Gordon, Jeremy Goeckner and Craig McFarland

    BEYOND THE MOUSE: Pixar's Turning Red (with Jordan Fisher)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 43:03

    “We need kindness, y'all.” We are excited to bring you our conversation with Jordan Fisher! A mainstay in all things Disney, Jordan has been featured in the parks and in many Disney television and film properties. Today we bring you a conversation with Jordan primarily about his role in the new Pixar film, Turning Red. In the film Jordan plays Robaire, who is part of a fictional boy-band called 4 Town. We speak to him about many of the movies main themes, as well as some fun questions on boy-bands, his run on the hit Broadway show Hamilton and much more! We'd also like to thank Pixar for the opportunity to view Turning Red prior to its release on Disney+ on March 11. FEATURING: Brett Rutherford, Craig McFarland and Vanessa Ferguson __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we'll see you in the front row!  

    CLASSICS-Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 69:30

    It's Oscar season on Front Row Classics! We're celebrating the Academy Awards with the Best Picture winner of 1935, Mutiny on the Bounty. Ryan Lootens, host of Front Row Flashbacks, joins Brandon and Eric to dicuss this seafaring epic. The hosts discuss the legendary performances of Charles Laughton and Clark Gable as Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian. We also break down all the reasons why the movies is just as effective and exciting nearly 90 years later.

    PB&B- Survivor: Richmond (with Josh Wigler of Post Show Recaps)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 123:26

    SPECIAL EPISODE OF PEANUT BUTTER AND BISCUITS Hello all you Lasso fans! Today we bring you something really special to celebrate the premier of Survivor Season 42. We sat down with a Survivor simulator called Brantsteele to simulate which Ted Lasso character would reign supreme over all others on the island. Craig is joined by Lou Hare (Front Row Guilty Pleasures) as well as Josh Wigler from Post Show Recaps. Josh had his own Ted Lasso podcast as well as podcasts on many popular shows, like Better Call Saul. Part of the "Rob Has a Podcast" family, Josh is no stranger to Survivor having recorded a 300+ hour audio guide called The Evolution of Strategy about the game. It is Brains vs. Brawns vs, Beauty in this 18 player matchup... Who will the tribe ultimately vote as sole survivor? FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Jeremy Goeckner, Lou Hare and Josh Wigler Email the show at frontrowlasso@gmail.com Follow on Twitter at twitter.com/PBBFRN Join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/3161086474176010

    BEYOND THE MOUSE: Disneyland Attractions March Madness!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 85:52

    Time to get into the madness! We are so excited to bring back a 32 team tournament to determine the best Disney attraction on the west coast! We are joined by Matthew Krul of the Imagineer Podcast and David Alpert of E-Ticket to Broadway to breakdown both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure sides of the bracket. Let us know what we got right and what we got wrong! Let's find out the best attraction according to our panel. Visit Imagineer Podcast: https://imagineerpodcast.com Visit E-Ticket to Broadway: https://www.eticketpodcast.com FEATURING: Brett Rutherford, Craig McFarland and Vanessa Ferguson __________________________________________  Named one of the top 50 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts  FIND US ON NPR ILLINOIS! https://www.nprillinois.org/programs/front-row-network FIND US ON FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/thefrontrownetwork/ FIND US ON TWITTER – https://twitter.com/FrontRowReviewz FIND US ON INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod __________________________________________  Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we'll see you in the front row!

    CLASSICS-The Real Brady Bros-Interview with Barry Williams and Christopher Knight

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 49:24

    Front Row Classics returns to the world of classic television this week. Brandon is delighted to welcome Barry Williams and Christopher Knight (Greg and Peter Brady) to discuss their fun new podcast, The Real Brady Bros. The weekly podcast covers a discussion of a classic episode of The Brady Bunch. Our interview covers the genesis of the podcast, memories of filming the iconic show and the enduring legacy of the Bradys. So, please have a "Sunshine Day" and enjoy this truly fun conversation.

    SPECIAL EPISODE: An Interview with John Scalzi

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 73:33

    We are thrilled to bring you our interview with prolific Sci-Fi author, John Scalzi. Craig and Mike chat with John about his upcoming release, The Kaiju Preservation Society. Set for release on March 15, this new stand-alone novel is signature Scalzi, bringing humor and wit to the world of kaijus. We also talk his previous works, including the Old Man's War series as well as Red Shirts and others. Scalzi provides insights into his writing process, and even compares Sci-Fi to his favorite dessert. FEATURING: Craig McFarland and Mike Anthony 

    SAG Awards 2022 Reaction!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 20:21

    It was a big night for the 2022 Awards race at the SAG Awards because some serious wrenches were thrown into the emerging narratives leading up to the big night. Surprising wins for CODA,  Jessica Chastain and Will Smith have given the Oscars an air of unpredictability this year that we haven't had in a long time. Ryan and Jeremy are here with their instant reactions and to tell you what it all means for the big night coming up March 27.

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