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Programming Highlights; June 22, 2010

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don-lemonAt 11:30 AM CNN News anchor Don Lemon drops in on Film Festival Radio’s Janice Malone to chat about his documentary, Michael Jackson: The Final Days, which features interviews with Tito and Jermaine Jackson, and debuts June 25—the one-year anniversary of the King of Pop’s death.

 

jason-isaacsAt noon Jason Isaacs—who plays dastardly Lucius Malfoy—reveals to host Robin Milling a real-life crime from the Harry Potter flicks. “They had this pile of gold coins on the set,” says the Skeletons star, “and they broke for lunch and came back and almost all the gold coins had gone.”

 

hatchette-tuesdayAt 2 PM What’s on Hachette’s summer reading list? Find out from three editors—who’ll each make a recommendation: Grand Central Publishing’s Jamie Raab (The Lion), Little, Brown’s Reagan Arthur (The Island) and Center Street’s Christina Boys (Sweet Misfortune).

 

mahq3yearanniversaryAt 4 PM Movie Addict Headquarters celebrates 3 years on BlogTalkRadio (you the man, Betty Jo!) with a special Anniversary Antics edition of the show that never fails to have cinephiles (Jennifer) jonesing for another dose. Best moments, book giveaways, special guests and all that, ah, Jazz.

 

tommy-clarkAt 6 PM World Footprints Radio hosts Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick tips their hats to the FIFA World Cup with an interview with Tommy Clark, founder of Grassroots Soccer, which trains African soccer stars and coaches to teach HIV prevention to local youths.

 

shelby-lynneAt 9 PM Icon Fetch host Tony Peters gets busy with Shelby Lynne, who snagged Best New Artist honors at the 2001 Grammys, and in 2008 released a critically-acclaimed tribute to Dusty Springfield. The Things Are Tough All Over singer will chat about her new CD, Tears, Lies and Alibis.

 

mike-thomasAlso at 9 PM The Bottom Line Sports Show hosts Gerald Brown and Jonathan Foy scrimmage with Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas, who was drafted in late 2009 from U. of Arizona—where he set the school and Pac-10 record for receptions, with 259 for 3,231 yards.

 

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Programming Highlights; June 20, 2010

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bob-baldwin-3At 4 PM Talking Smooth Jazz host Terri Scott hangs with pianist Mike Phillips, whose new album, Never Can Say Goodbye, pays tribute to Michael Jackson with cool takes on such hot King of Pop classics as I’ll Be There, Bad and She’s Out of My Life.

 

jackie-masonAt 8 PM The Honest Conservative rolls out the red carpet (no to mention the red herring) for Jackie Mason. The comic icon will offer is trademark take on the state of the union—including the increasingly obstreperous Tea Party movement. Plus: Reformed PLO member Walid Shoebat.

 

rob-richesAt 11 PM Tag, You’re It hosts Kelly Wallace and Stefan Pinto get busy with Rob Riches, the 2009 World Fitness Model Champion. The British fitness guru—who’s been splashed across the covers of scores of magazines—will share his secrets for looking our best in the buff this summer.

 

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Programming Highlights; June 19, 2010

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italia-ricci At 11 AM Host Timothy Hodge kicks it with Italia Ricci, who has done guest turns on such shows as House M.D., How I Met Your Mother and True Jackson, VP. The actress will chat about filming Cartoon Network’s first original live-action series, Unnatural History.

 

aphrodite-jones1At noon Host Carlotta Chatwood goes one-on-one with Aphrodite Jones, host of the Investigating Discovery series True Crimes and author of Michael Jackson Conspiracy, based on the King of Pop’s 2005 trial—and extreme media bias against him.

 

marcus-andersonAt 4 PM Talking Smooth Jazz host Terri Scott grooves with sax demon (and vocalist) Marcus Anderson, winner of the Capital Jazz Fest Challenge whose latest CD is titled From the Heart, and features the hot tracks Pretty Things and So in Love.

 

mike-gravelAt 7 PM Political Independence host Scott Paris sits down with Mike Gravel, the former Democratic senator from Alaska who threw his hat in the ring for the 2008 White House race. Mike will chat about the National Intitative for Democracy and his Internet pilot, I Like Mike.

 

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Programming Highlights; June 18, 2010

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aphrodite-jonesAt noon Host Carlotta Chatwood goes one-on-one with Aphrodite Jones, host of the Investigating Discovery series True Crimes and author of Michael Jackson Conspiracy, based on the King of Pop’s 2005 trial—and extreme media bias against him.

 

david-provalAt 2 PM Mr. Media says ‘cent’anni’ to David Proval, who played Richie Aprile in The Sopranos 26 years after getting his start in Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets. The paisan will chat about his role in Just 45 Minutes from Broadway, at Santa Monica’s Edgemar Center for the Arts.

 

al-chalkAt 5 PM Host Caleb Jones kicks it with Al Chalk, Hollywood’s leading voice-over artist, who has appeared in trailers for every major studio—from Dreamworks SKG to Warner Bros—as well as in promos for ABC, Spike TV and every network in between. Al will answer listener questions about the V.O. industry.

 

al-jarreau1 At 7 PM WDKK Radio host Darryl Williams is live at Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival in Philadelphia today through Sunday, where he’ll groove—and chat—with Al Jarreau, Dave Sanborn, George Duke, Sonny Fortune, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and other headliners.

 

kimberly-locke-1 At 7 PM Film Festival Radio host Janice Malone chats with Kimberley Locke, the 2003 American Idol finalist who went on to star on Celebrity Fit Club. The diva will discuss her work as an HIV/AIDS activist, and her poppin’ new single, Strobelight.

 

theo-alexanderAt 9 PM Artists on Demand fawn over Theo Alexander, who’s joined the cast of True Blood in the role of Talbot—half of a same-sex power couple who’ve been together for 700 years. “He loves his husband,” Theo has told Access Hollywood of Talbot. “They have a great relationship.”

 

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Joe Jackson: It’s All About the Benjamins (and a Hearty Breakfast)

It’s good to know that Joe Jackson—who turns 81 next month—is making at least one concession to a healthy diet.

Interviewed on Film Festival Radio via phone from his Indiana hotel room last week, the Jackson family dad stopped in the middle of his chat to order breakfast.

CAPTION: "I'm ordering my food and talking on the radio." Joe (above) told us. "Ha ha!"

"I'm ordering my food and talking on the radio!" Joe (above) laughed.

“Let me have one pancake, two eggs, summer sausage and sugar-free syrup,” he told room service—before adding, “And two strips of bacon.”

Moments earlier, however, when host Janice Malone asked Joe about his favorite composition by his son, Michael Jackson, he replied, “I like the Earth Song. [It's] about saving the animals.”

Joe, who was in Janice’s hometown of Nashville this weekend for an appearance at the 1st Annual Metro City Women’s Forum & Expo, also discussed another of his superstar offspring— Continue reading

Programming Highlights; May 30, 2010

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stanley-brownAt 1 PM Host Sharon Nelson hangs with Stanley Brown, music supervisor for BET’s Sunday Best and Exalted. The composer—who has worked with such acts as The Temptations, Run DMC and Salt-N-Pepa—will offer his take on the current state of the music biz.

 

michaeljackson-scroller11At 4 PM In the nearly 11 months since Michael Jackson passed, fans the world over have been giving credence to the notion that he may have faked his own demise. Death-hoax investigators Tom Pickering and Maura Stephens join host Carlotta Chatwood for Part 5 in this series.

 

joe-beninatiAt 8 PM Sports Heaven hosts Evan Brandoff and Mark Elliot Wishnia kick it with NHL on Versus broadcaster Joe Beninati—a four-time Emmy champ—who’ll offer his trademark take on the Stanley Cup finals.

 

manouschka-scroller At 9 PM Olivia Wilder sits down with Manouschka Guerrier from Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills. The home-schooled culinary maven—whose first venture was a catering company called To Serve, with Love—will share her favorite Caribbean-influenced recipes.

 

vivica-fox-scrollerAlso at 9 PM The NBA Breakdown gets busy with Vivica A. Fox—star of everything from Kill Bill to Curb Your Enthusiasm—who boasts of her own hoops skills, “I got a helluva jump shot. That’s for damn sure. And I will back you up with all of this booty!”

 

jasonstanos-scrollerAt 11 PM Francy and Friends host Francy Weatherman cuts loose with Hell’s Kitchen’s Jason Santos. The chef, who runs Gargoyles on the Square in Somerville, Mass., will preview Season 7 of the Fox reality show—which kicks off tomorrow—and how things, ah, “pan” out for him.

 

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Michael Jackson Was Enthralled by Stevie Wonder’s Fabulous, Pulsating Sound, Says Susaye Greene

CAPTION: "When Stevie and I communicate, it's just magic," Susaye (above) tells us.

"When Stevie and I communicate, it's just magic," Susaye (above) tells us.

It doesn’t necessarily take a genius to know a genius. But that was the scene back in 1976, when Stevie Wonder pitched his latest composition to Michael Jackson in hopes of having the future King of Pop record the track.

Interviewed on Fresh Touch Radio, Susaye Greene, the last official member of legendary Motown girl group The Supremes, recalls how the two virtuosos had a musical meeting of  minds.

“Stevie came to me and said he wanted to write something for Michael,” Susaye, then in the midst of recording backup vocals for Stevie’s double album, Songs in the Key of Life, tells host Darryl Williams.

“Stevie had part of the hook – ‘Can’t help it, if I wanted to,’ but Continue reading

Michael Jackson Planned to Step into Jimmy Cagney’s Shoes, Says ‘Captain EO’ Producer and Longtime Pal Rusty Lemorande

Unlike his idol Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson never established himself as a movie star – namely in a musical remake of the 1938 James Cagney flick Angels with Dirty Faces – and it’s a reget he took to his grave.

That, according to the King of Pop’s Captain EO collaborator, and friend of 25 years, Rusty Lemorande.

CAPTION: "He really wanted a film career," Rusty tells us of Michael (above in 1999).

"He really wanted a film career," Rusty tells us of Michael (above).

In an exclusive interview with BlogTalkRadio, Rusty – who produced and co-wrote the 3-D, Francis Ford Coppola-directed Captain EO as a Disney theme park attraction in 1986 – recounts how Michael came to sign on for Angels and another feature during the early ’90s.

“Michael was pretty pleased with our relationship, and he had just set up his film company at Sony-Columbia. And the problem was, with all the development people, etc. – and it was a pretty thick company with people – he wasn’t committing to anything,” Rusty, whose other production credits include the 1983 Barbra Streisand star vehicle Yentil, tells Movie Geeks United! host Jamey DuVall of the pop star, who died June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest.

“I think people didn’t understand how to relate to him. I used to say to him, ‘You’re a little like Arnold Schwarzenegger. You can’t do any part. The part has to be tailored to you. He became a star because of Terminator.

“Well, Michael said, ‘You come up with some ideas.’ And I came up with two fairly quickly.

CAPTION: Jimmy (right) was among the screen idol Michael hoped to emulate.

Jimmy (right) was the screen idol Michael (left) hoped to emulate in "Angels with Dirty Faces."

“One was to remake an old film called 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, which was a [1964] Tony Randall film that involved a child protagonist, and the other was to remake the film Angels with Dirty Faces, which is a James Cagney film. Michael was a huge James Cagney fan.

“Michael loved both projects. Part of it was the way I explained it to him, talked him through it. We had sketches done and creatures made – you really had to turn it into the toy version.

“On Dr. Lao, we had the set miniatures built of the circus and he committed to both, which was a major event at the time.

“One was set up at Warners. And the other was set up at Turner – who owned the remake rights. And everything was going great. Fantastic!

“And then the first scandal hit.”

CAPTION: The King of Pop with Francis during the production of "Captain EO."

The King of Pop with Francis during the production of "Captain EO."

(In 1993, Michael was accused of child abuse by the father of then 13-year-old Evan Chandler. Though he denied the allegations, the pop idol eventually settled the suit out of court for $22 million.)

“I remember it as vividly as I remember when I heard President Kennedy was shot. I was in my car driving to this studio where we were building these miniatures, where people were going to come and see them. And someone called me and said, ‘Did you see what’s on the news? Michael Jackson’s ranch has been raided,” continues Rusty.

“The truth of the matter is, very simply – and in fairness to Hollywood and the big studios – they have huge investment obligations to their shareholders. So they got very nervous. They didn’t know if the audience would still be there for Michael.

As the title character in "Captain EO."

As the title character in "Captain EO."

“Suddenly, nobody wanted to touch him… It was quite sad that it never happened, because it was very important for Michael to be in movies.

“He used to talk about Elvis Presley’s career and say, ‘If Elvis hadn’t made all those films, he wouldn’t be as remembered as he was.'”

During the 30-minute interview, Rusty also reveals how he came to earn Michael’s trust while he and The Godfather director were working on Captain EO.

“The secret of working with Michael Jackson was to think, how would you, literally, deal with a 10-year-old boy?

“Francis got it. At one point, he was having trouble directing Michael. Michael didn’t seem to respond to the kind of word dialogue that a director largely uses.

His only other big-screen appearance: Co-starring as Scarecrow in 1978's "The Wiz."

His only other big-screen appearance: As Scarecrow in 1978's "The Wiz."

“So [Francis] sent out for some masks: happy masks – like clown masks – and scary masks. And when he wanted to elicit an emotion from Michael, he would put on those masks and it would be as if a child were reacting to a mask. And it was effective!

“Michael loved to go toy shopping. But the adult in him wanted to drive his car. And he drove like a maniac. I was always grippin’ my seat.

“He loved masks. He had masks in his glove compartment, which he would put on as he drove. His explanation was, ‘If I don’t put it on, people will see it’s me and they’ll chase me.’

“Then we’d go into a toy store. Then it was funny, because the mask he’d wear into the store would usually be like a woman’s harem mask kind of thing, with a veil across his face.”

To hear Rusty’s full interview, click here.