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Funny women of film

Betty Jo Tucker talks about famous female comedians, including Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds, and Gilda Radner.

Of Tina Fey, she commends “her ability as a performer” and says that “she also is a great writer… the first female head writer for Saturday Night Live.” They go on to call her “self-deprecating” and claim that “she doesn’t seem to know how much of a comedy genius she is,” which they concede adds to her “charm.”

Listen to the full episode here.

Divergent reviewed

RU Instant Reaction Review reviews Divergent, the new movie based on Veronica Roth’s series of young adult dystopian sci-fi novels.

The critics describe the film as “one of those vehicles that is clearly built for an audience that has read the book,” as well as wanting to “obviously wanting to fill the niche that The Hunger Games… and these other dystopian teen films do.” They were”confused by a few things, not having known the source materials,” but found it overall “kind of fun” but nonetheless “choppy and uneven.”

Listen to the full episode here.

What’s New on BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Healthy Vision with Dr. Val JonesWhile you can see a sunburn on the skin, short-term damage to the eyes from UV exposure may be hard to see. Over the long-term, the sun can cause harm to your eye, and to your vision. There are ways to protect your eyes from the sun, just as your protect your skin with sunscreen. Turn into Healthy Vision™ with Dr. Val Jones to hear tips for how you can protect your entire body from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Tune in here.

Tavis-277x180 (1)Listen to The Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) and stay up to date on what’s new in politics, entertainment, literature and more. This week Tavis spoke with Andrew Dice Clay, one of the stars of the new Woody Allen movie, “Blue Jasmine,” along with Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.  And that’s not all, check here to see who else came to TSN last week.

Frank Fontana of The Down and DirtyOn Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, meet actor and woodworker Nick Offerman. He plays breakout character Ron Swanson on NBC‘s Parks and Recreation, but he’s also a long-time woodworker with his own company — the Offerman Woodshop. During the Craftsmanship segment, Frank welcomes Bean Products founder Chuck Blumenthal to the studio to talk about his environmentally sustainable and socially conscious small business specializing in bean bag chairs, pillows, and more! Tune in here.

Verses & Flow Nominated for 44th NAACP Image Award

We are pleased to announce that Verses & Flow has just been nominated at the 44th NAACP Image Awards in the category for Variety Series or Special. Verses & Flow was launched as a program on TV One and is also a BlogTalkRadio station, which celebrates performances from R&B stars and poetry from spoken word veterans.

You can check out the Verses & Flow engineered by Lexus station on BlogTalkRadio, which features astounding performances from phenomenal poets and music artists including Eric Benet, Tamia, Musiq, Elle Varner, Tyrese, Angie Stone and more!

Verses & Flow was nominated along with some pretty heavy hitters:

Variety Series or Special
“Black Girls Rock” (BET)
“Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later” (OWN)
“Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)
“The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls” (OWN)
“Verses & Flow” (TV One)

We congratulate the Verses & Flow team for their nomination and look forward to tuning into the 44th NAACP Image Awards broadcast on NBC, Feb 1 at 8/7C.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Condy LongoCatch up with singer, actor and performer, Cody Longo, who just finished up a summer season of Nick at Nite’s, Hollywood Heights. Hear him chat it up about the show, his music and what’s next? Tune in here.

TAmel Larrieuxhis week Rodney Perry Live is pleased to welcome the incomparable, Amel Larrieux to the show. Rodney and Amel will discuss Amel’s upcoming fourth solo album titled Ice Cream Everyday (Blisslife Records), which is slated for release in 2012.  Tune in here.

Known worldwide by millions as the Berlin Patient, Timothy Ray Brown is the first person to have ever been cured of HIV/AIDS, and the odds of this having happened were 1 in 10,000,000! Listen to his interview from World AIDS Day, Dec. 1st. Tune in here.

Kevin Reginald WestgarthMeet Kevin Reginald Westgarth, a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently plays with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. He is on air with NHLPA rep to provide an update on the NHL Lockout. Tune in here.

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Relationships 2012 have gone digital, and so have break ups. Ouch! The Halli Casser-Jayne Show will be exploring online dating and breaking up challenges with those who have been there and those who have advice on how to navigate the new world of dating. Tune in here.

Victoria JusticeThat’s Entertainment‘s host, Tammy Jones-Gibbs welcomes actress and singer Victoria Justice as she talks about her hit Nickelodeon show, Victorious, her latest movie, Fun Size, and being the musical guest at this year’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center. Tune in here.

Paul MabonStep into The VAULT with Kenyetta Lethridge as she welcomes Def Poetry Jam’s Paul Mabon & Comedy Central and NBC’s Owen Smith. Listen in as they speak candidly, and answer questions from women about dating and relationships. Tune in here.

Tom KennyCatch a new episode of Storytellers with Tom Kenny, comedian and prolific voice actor. Tom is currently the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants with numerous other credits including Mr. Show, Brickleberry, Rocco’s Modern Life,  and more. Tune in here.

Christy Bella Joiner

Christy Bella Joiner is an American actress and model who has starred in Showtime’s The Tudors & Entourage on HBO. She chats with Pam & Dawn about her successful career.   Tune in here.

Charles Divins

Spiritual Food for Thought welcomes actor, model & host of The Daily Buzz, Charles Divins. He has appeared on the NBC daytime drama Passions, the WB sitcom Half & Half and guest starred on CSI, Melrose Place & My Boys. Charles shares how his career began by taking a leap of faith.  Tune in here.

BlogTalkRadio Celebrates Halloween with The Fright Night Awards & Shadoe Stevens

On the 2nd episode of our new series, Storytellers, BlogTalkRadio teamed up with America’s Most Haunted for a special Halloween broadcast. Host Eric Olsen talks Fright Night Awards with the hot and saucy Carrie Keagan of VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live and Mike Burg, creator/producer of the Teen Choice and Kids’ Choice Awards and owner of Edge Health and Edge Marketing and Entertainment.

The Fright Night Awards celebrates actors and actresses in the vampire and supernatural genre of film.  The big event is the brainchild of Mike Burg, a blood cancer survivor and Cancer Bites, a new blood cancer awareness and education initiative, with winners announced by Carrie Keagan on VH1.

Also, the mythic radio (KROQ, American Top 40) and TV personality (Craig Ferguson) Shadoe Stevens joins the show to chat about his weekly paranormal Mental Radio show.  As the first PD of LA’s KROQ-FM, Stevens created one of the first Alternative Rock formats in the country, and as radio personality there, he won the Billboard Magazine Personality of the Year Award. In 1988, he followed Casey Kasem as host of American Top Forty for the next six years, broadcast in 120 countries to an estimated 1 billion listeners every week.  He was a regular on the popular Hollywood Squares TV program and is currently announcer for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Tune in here.

Our New Storytellers Series Debuts with Tony Bennett Oct. 24

Tony Bennett in The Zen of Bennett

BIG NEWS. Or, as we like to call him, Mr. Tony Bennett. The legendary crooner kicks off our new Storytellers series, featuring the most talented people on the planet.

Storytellers on BlogTalkRadio

Our new series will feature the greatest storytellers of our time, from radio, film, literature and music, talking with hosts Eric Olsen (@amhaunted) of America’s Most Haunted and The Morton Report and BlogTalkRadio‘s own Director of Marketing, Chitra Agrawal.

Eric Olsen, BlogTalkRadio Host

Eric Olsen

Chitra Agrawal, Marketing Director at BlogTalkRadio

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There are few greater storytellers than Tony Bennett, who’s spent 60 years interpreting the lyrics of the American Songbook with his inimitable voice. Tony will premiere our new Storytellers series on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 3PM EST and talk about an upcoming documentary about his life, The Zen of Bennett and his newest album, Viva Duets.

The Zen of Bennett premiered to strong critical and audience reactions at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. In the film, on the eve of his 85th birthday, Tony reflects back over his 60 year career and discusses his philosophies of life, lessons learned, and his passion for art and music.  The documentary features many touching moments including Tony in the studio singing duets with the likes of Natalie Cole, John Mayer, the late Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga.

Watch the trailer:

The Zen of Bennett will debut in theaters in New York on Wednesday, October 24th, followed by openings in select cities throughout November and December.  The film will also be available on Netflix streaming after November 12th.

Viva Duets, is Tony’s third duets-themed project, following the platinum selling and critically praised Duets and Duets II albums. Viva Duets features Tony singing his greatest hits with a celebrated roster of Latin artists including Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Miguel Bose and Maria Gadu.

Marc Anthony & Tony Bennett

He remains the Columbia recording artist with the greatest longevity at the label and his Duets II CD, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album charts making him the oldest artist to achieve the top spot at the age of 85. Viva Duets is set to release on October 23rd.

We’re collecting questions for Tony on our Facebook event page. Join to ask your questions and save the date for the show on Wednesday, October 24th @ 3PM EST.  You can tune in to the live show here or by phone at (646) 716-5155.

What’s New On BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Healthy Vision with Dr. Val JonesResearch shows that many contact lens wearers are significantly non-compliant in virtually all active steps involving soft contact lens wear, including hand washing, case hygiene, lens disinfection and following the recommended lens replacement schedule. On the new edition of Healthy Vision™ with Dr. Val Jones, optometrists Jason Pingel and Christi Closson join Dr. Val to talk about how to get the full benefit of contact lens wear and reduce the chances of developing problems that could have an effect on your vision and the health of your eyes. Tune into the podcast here. In conjunction with the show, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. has developed a new educational resource, Healthy Vision & Contact Lenses, available at www.acuvue.com/press.

Frank Fontana of The Down and DirtyOn Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, tune in to actor/voice artist Doug James. If you’ve been watching Boss on Starz, you know him as the mysterious “Grey Haired Man” who always gets the job done. Also on the show is Souldier founder/president Jen Tabor discussing her awesome guitar straps (and other musical accessories) she makes for artists ranging from Mastodon to the Grateful Dead. Tune in here.

When it comes to incorporating a business, entrepreneurs have many questions they may need help with, but can’t afford to bring an attorney on board. In this show, Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet.com will discuss with Host Tai Goodwin about the top 5 mistakes entrepreneurs make when they incorporate their business and how to avoid them. Tune in here.