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Two Enthusiastic Thumbs Up for This Week’s ‘Mix’!

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Who says?  We do.

And if we had a third thumb (disgusting as that would be), we’d put it up, too.

Because this isn’t just any old edition of The Mix. It’s one that answers such all-important questions as:

Homosexuality "could happen to anybody. It could happen to a ball player, it could happen to a cop, a detective – it could happen to a mobster,” says Joseph.

Homosexuality "could happen to anybody. It could happen to a ball player, to a cop . . . it could happen to a mobster,” says Joseph.

—Why Frasier star Jane Leeves feels cable TV’s the only place to be these days – and what she’ll be doing in that “racier” realm.

—How the gay community reacted to Joseph Gannascoli’s portrayal of gay mobster Vito Spatafore, according to The Sopranos star himself.

—Did Cheetah Girls star Adrienne Bailon try to cheat her way to superstardom – by leaking nude photos of herself onto the Internet?

—Why pals of former pop princess Deborah Gibson thought she’d bomb in her most recent stage outing – the lead in an L.A. production of The King and I.

—How tough-guy actor Robert Davi, in his first outing as a director, managed to reign in his stars, Peter Bogdanovich and Chazz Palminteri – both of whom are veteran directors.

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

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Peter Bogdanovich to Chazz Palminteri: Listen to your director – not me!

Here’s a Hollywood anecdote that’s nothing if not ironic.

Director Peter Bogdanovich, as film fans need not be reminded, was a golden boy during the ‘70s. Among his now-classic flicks are The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon and What’s Up, Doc?

Since then, however, he’s been working more on-screen that off-, making cameo appearances in TV shows like The Sopranos and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Now Chazz Palminteri.  He made his name as star and writer of the 1993 flick A Bronx Tale (which was directed by Robert De Niro – though forget De Niro; he’s got nothing to do with this story).

Since then, Chazz – in addition to dabbling in directing – has carved out a niche for himself as a big-screen mobster, having played one in such hits as Bullets Over Broadway and Analyze This (which starred Bobby De Niro, who, remember, we don’t care about here).

Reigned in on Robert’s set.

Chazz: Reigned in on Robert’s set.

Now onto Robert Davi, another tough-guy actor who’s perhaps best known for playing an FBI agent in the original Die Hard, and the villain in the 1989 James Bond film License to Kill.

Unlike Peter and Chazz, Robert (Davi, that is; we still don’t care about De Niro) had never directed until getting behind the camera for The Dukes, his feature film about an aging doo-wop group, which opens today, and which he also stars in – along with Peter and Chazz.

So this week on BlogTalkRadio’s Movie Geeks United, host Jamey DuVall asks Robert the natural question: Was it hard for him to direct a skilled director like Peter, or even, to a lesser extent, Chazz – all of whom are real-life pals?

“The funny part is, there were a couple of times,” says Robert. “Because, when you’re close friends, every once in a while somebody might challenge you by saying, ‘You know, I don’t really…’ As a director, if you let the horses out of the corral, it could be devastating. So you gotta maintain that kind of a thing.

“I remember one time, Chazz asked [about a scene] and I said, ‘Chaz, just do it – da da da – this way, and I think it’s gonna work.’

“Then he looks at Peter and says, ‘Peter, tell him.’ And Peter, in that inimitable way he has, turns to Chazz and says, ‘Robert’s right, Chazz. Listen to your director.’”

To hear Robert dish more about his first outing behind the camera, click here.