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Lawrence O’Donnell: My MSNBC Guests Are Less Politically Astute Than I Am

It’s tough being Lawrence O’Donnell—what with knowing more about politics than many of his guests.

Interviewed on Mr. Media, the host of MSNBC’s new political-commentary show, The Last Word—who previously served as a guest host on Countdown with Keith Olbermann—‘fesses up a long-simmering frustration.

“Frequently—because I worked in politics, because I worked in government—in the past, as a host, I’ve been sitting there knowing more than my guest, and I am being forced to ask a question of someone who knows less than I do,” Lawrence, who formerly served as staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and legislative aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, tells host Bob Andelman.

CAPTION: Lawrence: Finally got his own soapbox. (But can he get smarter guests?)

Lawrence: Finally got his own soapbox. (But will he be able to get more sagacious guests?)

‘There’s an awkward posture to that that I think we got away with, thanks to my acting skills,” he adds.

Lawrence knows whence he speaks on the acting front, having been a producer and writer for NBC’s The West Wing (for which he won an Emmy), as well as creator and executive producer of Continue reading

‘Warehouse 13′ Star CCH Pounder: Host Bob Andelman Knows More About My Show Than I Do!

We don’t call him Mr. Media for nothing.

CCH Pounder—who plays the often all-knowing Mrs. Irene Frederic on the hit Syfy series Warehouse 13—was chatting with Mr. Media Radio host Bob Andelman this week when she stopped mid-confab to heap some praise upon him.

PHOTO CAPTION: "I don't know if you've ever noticed, but Mrs. Frederic, she never opens a door," CCH (above) tells us of her "Warehouse 13" character. "She's just THERE."

"I don't know if you've ever noticed, but Mrs. Frederic, she never opens a door," CCH (above) tells us of her "Warehouse 13" character. "She's just THERE."

“Mr. Media, you know more about Warehouse 13 than the back of my hand,” said CCH (which, incidentally, stands for her birth name, Carol Christine Hilaria) as Bob was running through a detailed breakdown of her and co-stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly and Saul Rubinek‘s story lines since the show launched last year.

“I am so impressed! There were things that even I missed,” she added.

“Mrs. Frederic is under a little bit of strain in these last two episodes, and there are glitches in the machinery.”

In the final two episodes of Warehouse 13‘s second season, which wraps Sept. 21, CCH’s character (who’s the head of a secret government organization) puts her life on the line to try and save The Warehouse.

“That’s where we see a chink in the armor,” she said of Mrs. Frederic, who gets a little help from a doctor played by Lindsay Wagner of The Bionic Woman fame.

CCH, who also played Moat in James Cameron‘s Avatar, said she took the role in Warehouse 13 as a change of pace after a career playing heavies.

“I thought it would be a lightweight version of taking a break from the very, very strong and under-pressure Mrs. Claudette Wims from The Shield. I call it ‘X-Files Lite.’

“[The producers] had not, at the outset, decided whether Mrs. Frederic was human or not; how old she was; or where she comes from.

“To this day, I still don’t know any of that information. She has no beginning and no end.”

To hear CCH Pounder’s full interview click here.

Robert Schimmel: 1950-2010. ‘What I went through wasn’t for nothing,’ the cancer-stricken funnyman told us in 2008

Tragically, comedian Robert Schimmel—who had been battling cancer for a decade—died last night from injuries sustained in a car crash in Phoenix eight days earlier, after his daughter Aliyah swerved to avoid an accident in her lane.

We here at BlogTalkRadio will always remember the Howard Stern Show regular for his numerous appearances on Mr. Media Interviews.

CAPTION: "Time is the greatest gift anyone can give you," Robert (above) told us. "The time you gave me today, that's mine now."

"Time is the greatest gift anyone can give you," Robert (above) told us. "The time you gave me today, that's MINE now."

“I chose the title—Cancer on $5 a Day* *(chemo not included)—because I wanted people to know right up front that I’m not Deepak Chopra or Dr. Phil, and that I am a comedian this is about cancer. But there are lighthearted moments in it,” he told host Bob Andelman in April 2008 of his new book.

“The only other choice I had for a title—[the publisher] wanted something like My Unplanned Journey, which—that’s not me. The other title was, When Bad Things Happen to Seemingly Good People.

“But I like Cancer on $5 a Day. That grabs you and you look at it…and I’m very proud of it.

“First of all, it’s dedicated to my son Continue reading

Kevin Schmidt on Fellow ‘Y&R’ Star Eric Braeden: Lots of ‘Restless,’ Not Much ‘Young’

Does Kevin G. Schmidt think it’s time for TV granddad Eric Braeden to hang it up?

Maybeif we’re hearing him correctly.

CAPTION: Eric: Daytime stud past his prime?

Eric: Past his daytime prime?

Interviewed on Mr. Media, Kevin weighs in on the controversy surrounding Eric’s departure last week from The Young and the Restless.

Eric, 68, who has played Victor Newman since 1980—and took a voluntary pay cut two years ago —reportedly quit the CBS soap after refusing to his have his salary slashed again.

Now it seems Kevin, who has played Noah Newman since 2008, feels Eric—and other Y&R cast members —are getting a bit too long in the tooth.

“Our show was created 37 years ago. And 37 years ago our business was very different.” Kevin, 21, tells host Bob Andelman.

“Now it’s so interactive. People just want Continue reading

Bai Ling: I’m Happy to Snag White Women’s Roles

Bai Ling can safely say that her ethnicity hasn’t stood in the way of getting hired in Hollywood.

Interviewed on Mr. Media, the Chinese stunner discusses landing a leading role in the recently-wrapped feature Love Ranch, co-starring Joe Pesci, Gina Gershon and Helen Mirren, and directed by Helen’s Oscar-winning hubby, Taylor Hackford.

CAPTION: Bai: Hello to Western coquettes.

Bai: Hello to Western coquettes.

“I got cast for Love Ranch, for which they originally wanted someone with big boobs, blonde hair, 20 years old—and totally a white girl,” she tells host Bob Andelman.

“But I got it. And I’m pretty happy to play a white woman’s part,” adds Bai, whose latest flick, A Beautiful Life, co-stars Debi Mazar and Dana Delany, and opens Oct. 2.

“That gives me Continue reading

Bob Dylan Photog Charles Gatewood: I Only Got $105 for Famed Poster

Charles Gatewood learned the importance of royalties the hard way.

Interviewed on Mr. Media, the photographer known for his iconic shot of Bob Dylan recalls how that 1966 pic came to be—and how he got the raw end of a deal that helped shape an entire generation.

CAPTION: It ain't profitable, babe: Charles' shot of Bob seen 'round the world.

It ain't profitable, babe: Charles' shot of Bob seen (and sold) 'round the world.

“I had a job working in a Stockholm news agency, and after I worked there awhile they started giving me little privileges, like the key to the equipment cabinet and a press pass so I could go out and shoot things on my own and polish my skills,” he tells host Bob Andelman.

“Then, a few weeks before I shot Dylan, Martin Luther King was in town and they gave me the assignment…And I blew the assignment. I took Continue reading

‘Buffy’ Star Anthony Head: ‘I Love the Idea of a Buffy Movie’

As yet another sign that the vampire rage shows no signs of abating, Buffy Summers’ British mentor may be coming to a Cineplex near you.

Anthony Head, who played Rupert Giles in the TV version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, says he’d sign on in a flash for the planned big-screen remake of the 1992 flick.

CAPTION: "It's just very strange that anyone would think of doing it without him," Anthony (above) tells us of a Joshless Buffy reboot.

"It's just very strange that anyone would think of doing it without him," Anthony (above) tells us of a Joshless Buffy reboot.

He only asks that Joss Whedon, who wrote the script for the original film and later developed the series that ran from 1997 to 2003, helm the project.

“I love the idea of a Buffy movie. I think it’s about time,” he tells Mr. Media host Bob Andelman.

“I’m not sure about the idea of it being done without Joss Whedon. In fact, I’m absolutely clear that it shouldn’t be done without Joss Whedon.

“It’s Joss’ baby. And everything that was right about the show – and for me really didn’t work in the original movie – everything that was right was Joss,” continues Anthony, who currently plays King Uther in the NBC series Merlin.

“Because he was young and he didn’t have much of a voice in the original movie.

“If he was involved, I would leap at the chance at doing something again with him.”

To hear Anthony’s full interview, click here.


Charles Grodin: Farrah Fawcett Was ‘as Nice a Person as I’ve Ever Met’

CAPTION: "She's been on my mind more lately," Charles (above) told us of Farrah.

"She's been on my mind more lately," Charles (above) told us of Farrah.

Ten weeks before Farrah Fawcett died tragically of cancer at age 62 last week, one of her silver-screen co-stars was singing the actress’ praises – and rightfully so.

Interviewed in April on Mr. Media, Charles Grodin reminisced about working with the beloved beauty in the 1979 comedy-thriller Sunburn.

“Farrah? Just as nice a person as I’ve ever met. Just couldn’t be nicer,” he told host Bob Andelman.

“I had love scenes [with her], but I never went out with her. She was a darling – and is a darling person,” he continued.

“I’ve never heard anyone say anything negative about her. And I know people who know her a lot better than I do.”

sunburnAlso during the interview, Charles recalled how a bit player in the flick “accidentally” assaulted him while filming.

“I was supposed to be unconscious and he was supposed to punch me while I was lying there,” he said.

But after breaking Charles’ nose, the actor said to the leading man:

“You have all these love scenes with Farrah, and I have a big crush on her.”

To hear Charles’ full interview, click here.