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This Week in BlogTalkRadio, 1/18-1/24

Another week whizzed by on BlogTalkRadio.  With the recent events in Haiti, we thank our hosts for participating in raising awareness through ashanti21their shows.  Here are some highlights:

Sultry singer Ashanti spoke with Mr. Media about her heartwarming role as the celebrity volunteer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Actress Michelle Monaghan spoke with Betty Jo about her edgy role in upcoming flick, Trucker.

Marketing guru and author Seth Godin talked with The Publishing Insiders about his new book Linchpin: Are You Dispensable?

Alpha Waves Radio welcomed Bear McCreary, the composer behind all the stirring sounds of Battlestar Galactica.

Jerry Rice, widely recognized as one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, chatted with Bottom Line Sports.

peopleshistory1Film journalist Peter Biskind discusses his controversial new book, Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, with The Movie Geeks.

Harper Perennial and The Zinn Education Project presented a conversation with Howard Zinn on his acclaimed book, A People’s History of the United States.

JD Lasica launched his show with a discussion with Pamela Hawley of Universal Giving, featuring ways to contribute to Haiti relief efforts.

If you missed these interviews the first time around, tune into the on-demand versions linked here.  For more Featured content from this week, check out our Weekly Best section, and our Featured Talk Radio area on the homepage.  If you have a favorite moment from this week not included here, share it with us in the Comments section.

Have a great weekend!

Brett Ratner Clarifies ‘Corrupt’ Remarks in Roman Polanksi Case

Brett Ratner didn’t mean to diss California’s legal system—as he tells us himself.

On Sept. 29, the New York Post ran a story about Movie Geeks United‘s interview with the Rush Hour director.

That interview, which will be featured in The Geeks’ Oct. 4 Roman Polanski special, was conducted by host Jamey DuVall on Sept. 26, just hours before Roman’s arrest in Switzerland in the 31-year-old Samantha Geimer case.

Brett: No harm done.

Brett: No offense to La-La Land.

News from the interview included the fact that Brett announced he’s producing a sequel to Marina Zenovich‘s 2008 documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, which examined the Geimer case in painstaking detail. Also that Roman, who (apart from archival footage) did not appear in the first project, had “agreed to participate” in the sequel.

Citing verbatim from a tape of his interview, The Post included the following quotes from Brett:

“The family has forgiven [Polanski]. The victim has forgiven him. The rest of the world has forgiven him… The L.A. judicial system is corrupt. It’s horrible.”

The Post also attempted to reach Brett, but reported that “Ratner did not respond to repeated requests for comment via his publicist.”

Then yesterday, Brett issued the following statement to BlogTalkRadio: Continue reading

‘Movie Geeks’ Spotlights Roman Polanski (with a Little Help from Wunderkind Brett Ratner)

Call it a “Rush” job—though one that’s been in the works for weeks.

On Sunday, Oct. 4, Movie Geeks United unspools the latest in its ever- popular “Director Series,” this one focusing on the films and career of acclaimed, yet controversial, director Roman Polanski.

CAPTION: "He has a great life, a great family," Brett (above) tells us of Roman. "This case has just been going on too long, and it's just ridiculous."

"He has a great life, a great family," Brett (above) tells us of Roman. "This case has just been going on too long, and it's just ridiculous."

During the two-hour special, hosts Jamey DuVall and Jerry Dennis talk with director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour); Bobbie O’Steen, the wife of Roman’s late editor, Sam O’Steen (Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Frantic); cinematographer William A. Fraker (Rosemary’s Baby); and critic Keith Uhlich.

Also featured will be highlights from the Geeks’ January 2008 interview with Marina Zenovich, director of the 2008 documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

Brett’s interview, as fate would have it, was taped just hours before Roman’s arrest on Saturday in Zurich Continue reading