Tag Archives: Ron Howard

Darius Rucker on New Hootie Album: ‘Absolutely’ Happening

Just because Darius Rucker‘s now burnin’ up the country charts doesn’t mean he’s abandoned the band that made him a pop star.

Interviewed on Film Festival Radio, Darius—who in November won the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year award—reveals his plans for laying down new tracks and going out on the road with Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates Dean Felber, Jim Sonefeld and Mark Bryan.


"I love bein' a dad," Darius (above) tells us. "I was put on the earth to be a dad."

When host Janice Malone asks, “Will there ever be a Hootie & the Blowfish reunion project or tour?” the Only Wanna Be with You singer replies:

“Absolutely. We wouldn’t even call it a reunion-because we don’t feel like we’ve ever broken up. We still feel like a band. We still do suff together all the time.

“It won’t be anytime soon. But, yes, within the next few years, there will be another Hootie & the Blowfish record tour.”

Hootie, which won Best New Artist honors at the 1996 Grammys, and whose Cracked Rear View became the top-selling album of 1995, disbanded in 2008—according to Darius himself. During the group’s AOL Music Sessions show in August of that year, he said:

“We have four charity gigs every year and we will still do them, but we will not do a record or tour. Even when we play now, we’re not as close as we were. I don’t miss Continue reading

It’s a Literate Edition of ‘The Mix’!

That’s right.

We said literate – as in, well, whatever the definition of literate is.

Old WHO Eyes?

Gay: Old WHO Eyes?

Among the guests “booked” on tonight’s Mix are two bestselling novelists, one comedian who’s a newbie author, one director whose latest flick is based on a hit play, one beloved mythical character reading aloud and one British actor chatting about the screenplay for his latest star vehicle.

More specifically, the show answers such all-important questions as:

—While researching a long Esquire magazine profile on Frank Sinatra, why Gay Talese (right) didn’t think it was all that important to interview the legendary crooner himself.

—Which little-known Christmas tale Santa Claus chose to officially kick off the holiday season.

—How the script for Nobel Son led star Alan Rickman to order a set of crooked teeth from his dentist.

—Why David Baldacci is “terrified” that Uncle Sam has enlisted his help to thwart terror attacks on U.S. soil.

—How a homicidal inmate prompted Kevin Nealon to sire his first child.

—Why Ron Howard insisted that Oliver Platt hold nothing back while impersonating Richard Nixon in the new flick, Frost/Nixon.

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


Ron Howard Apes Richard Nixon: “Don’t come up behind me like that!” Cracks the Director-Cum-Impressionist

Fans of ’60s TV know him as Opie Taylor.

Fans of ’70s TV know him as Richie Cunningham.

Fans of ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s feature films know him as the creative force behind such hits as Splash, Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind.

Now BlogTalkRadio fans know Ron Howard as a Rich Little wannabe!

I am not a politician!

Ron: I am not a politician!

In a Wilshire & Washington interview about his latest directorial effort, Frost/Nixon, which tells the story of British talk-show host David Frost’s 1977 interview series with Richard Nixon – for which the then-resigned president was paid big bucks – Ron launches into a dead-on impression of Tricky Dick.

“Everybody that you interview who knew Nixon – no matter how much they loved him – they can’t help but do ‘Richard Nixon’ at some point,” Ron tells W&W host Ted Johnson.

“You know, he said to me, ‘Please don’t come up behind me like that!’ And they have to do that and it’s so funny, which is why I really wanted Oliver Platt [in his role as Bob Zelnick, executive producer of the Nixon-Frost interviews] to go full-out in his scene,” says Ron.

To hear more from Ron about Frost/Nixon, which opens Dec. 5 and stars Frank Langella as Nixon, click here.

What’s Going On? Wednesday December 3, 2008

Academy Award-winning director, Ron Howard

Ron: Making history with "Nixon."

Welcome to another action-packed day of programming courtesy of BlogTalkRadio. There’s a lot going on today so I won’t bore you with the small talk. Suffice it to say, you’ll want to stay tuned well past sundown. (All times EST.)

An interview with Academy- Award winning director Ron Howard is on tap for Wilshire & Washington this morning. Ron talks about his new flick, Nixon/Frost, starring the great Frank Langella as Richard Nixon and Michael Sheen as British talk-show host David Frost. Listen in at 10:30 a.m.

Sin City Sessions is featuring a sizzling bikini giveaway courtesy of designer Kari Anne Peniche. The bikinis are valued at $400, so listen in to learn how you can win. The show aired at midnight, but the podcast is available on demand.

American Idol contestant Blake Lewis brings his beatbox to Buzzworthy Radio this afternoon at 2:30. Tune in to find out what he’s been up to since being booted from the popular television talent competition.

Star Trek the Next Generation‘s Jonathon Frakes will be a guest on SyFy Radio tonight at 10:00 p.m.

Guess who’s visiting Movie Geeks United tonight at 10:00? Why, it’s Proffesor Severus Snape himself, actor Alan Rickman. He’s stopping by to discuss his latest projects.

If you miss any of these segments, don’t despair. All of our programming is available on demand immediately following the live broadcast.