Saturday, April 8, 2017

Return to Spandau with Tom Lipscomb

LAST MAN IN SPANDAU… The mystery surrounding Rudolf Hess’s flight
Tom Lipscomb

The German juggernaut was ripping across Europe and it looked as though nothing could stop them. Country after country fell to the onslaught. Just after the decimated British forces were forced out of France at Dunkirk and just weeks prior Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Soviet Russia, a German Messerschmitt was sighted flying into British airspace over Scotland in the dead of night. Inside the cockpit was none other than Hitler's number man Rudolph Hess. His mission? To take part in an emerging covert plot and coup instigated from the upper echelon of British power to over throw both the British government and remove Churchill. The next step was to appease and make peace with the Germany. This story has all the makings of a master mystery novel full of intrigue and plot twists, except for one thing. It's true.

Tom Lipscomb has done impeccable investigation, as always to the highest standards, and has turned this epic into a stunning new play: "LAST MAN IN SPANDAU…. The mystery surrounding Rudolf Hess’s flight, his subsequent murder and suspected SAS involvement." You'll never believe just how close we came to losing the war except for the will of one man: Winston Churchill. Tom has been a CEO in book publishing, where he was responsible for bestsellers by authors as diverse as Agatha Christie, Susan Isaacs, Craig Claiborne, Jack Anderson, and William Safire.


Previous interview with Tom Lipscomb on this topic

Sunday, March 26, 2017

High Noon with Glenn Frankel

Tonight we look at a classic western film High Noon and the Hollywood Black list. The question remains: how did a movie of such celebrated Hollywood legend, actually get made when its writer Carl Foreman was being persecuted with a systematic Hollywood industry and US government backed juggernaut out to destroy people's reputations, preventing them from working and ultimately destroying their lives. How did writer Carl Foreman persevere through such a dark draconian witch hunt? Foreman would soon be completely isolated and thrown under the bus from his loyal friends, all in a attempt to save their own hides.

During the 30s and through to the end of the war in 1945, German citizens would willing give up the names and families, even children, of Jews to Hitler's Gestapo again all in order to save their own hides. The holocaust only having ended in 1945, and the Black Lists beginning only two years later in 1947, you would think that the bastion of freedom, the United Sates would be impregnable from such hysteria, but that was not the case then, nor is it the case now as we have simply exchanged the term "communists" to "Muslims".

Our guest tonight, Glenn Frankel and author of High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic may just offer us an answer.

GLENN FRANKEL - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller. He was director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin & a visiting professor at Stanford University. He has been a Washington Post reporter, editor and bureau chief in London, Southern Africa & Jerusalem. His books include:

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel
Rivonia’s Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa
High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Amazing Kreskin

"no one has ever asked me that before.....mmmmm...let me think a second..."

Introducing the AMAZING KRESKIN, for the very FIRST TIME.. as you have NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE. Kreskin reveals his inner most thoughts, feelings and anguishes for humanity. He cares profoundly for his fellow man and that comes through in everything he does. Kreskin is opinionated and still controversial on and off stage. Kreskin is sharp...and hilarious. He speaks of being the inspiration for the Hollywood comedic drama "The Great Buck Howard" starring John Malkovich, Tom Hanks and Colin Hanks. Mass hypnosis and Hitler's nefarious use of those techniques and the dangerous in leaders repeating those follies today. The Miracle of Fatima and the phenomena can't be a mass hypnosis event, but must be more...a miracle? Maybe!

Kreskin has appeared on The Tonight Show no less than 61 times, multiple appearances on David Letterman and in 2009 Kreskin became the first guest to make three appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

From 1970 to 1975, The Amazing World of Kreskin was broadcast throughout Canada on CTV and a young boy would tune in week after week and exclaim how does he do that!? That young boy by the way was me.. The series was produced in Ottawa, Ontario at the CJOH-TV studios and distributed in syndication in the United States.

It is my great pleasure to welcome The Amazing Kreskin to the show, but who's show is it lol!?.

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The Great Buck Howard

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy Days with Donny Most

Don Most. Don wears many hats as an artist among them his acting hat where is known for his role as Ralph Malph in the long running television series “Happy Days” working Ron Howard and Garry Marshall. Under the director's cap, Don has directed three feature films.

“The Last Best Sunday”, had its World Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was a feature film winner at the Telluride IndieFest.

"Moola”, starring Treat Williams, Daniel Baldwin, and Curtis Armstrong, premiered at The Newport Beach Film Festival, where it earned Most The Outstanding Achievement In Directing Award.

And “Harley’s Hill”, his first family film, which was recently seen on Showtime, Starz and Encore.

And under the singing hat, Don has a new concert "“Donny Most Sings & Swings”." and has brand new Christmas album out titled: “Swinging Down The Chimney Tonight” He has also released a new single titled " C'est Si Bon" on Itunes. And folks let me tell you Don has serious, serious singing chops.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Little by Little

Rich Little on his true stories about Rich's new song he is writing for Willie Nelson (and he sings it as Willie), swearing in his US citizenship as John Wayne (complete with reenactment), doing Trump (build that wall and his hair), Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronald Reagan ("Rich you do me better than I do"), Rich does an impression of Ronald Reagan doing an impression of Truman Capote, Reagan's call to Rich while in the hospital during his recovery from the assassination attempt and Rich hung up on him thinking it was a bad impersonator, JFK tragedy, Rich's classic A Christmas Carol, playing Johnny Carson in the film "Night Shift", behind the scene stories, Dean Martin roasts, Ed Sullivan who introduced Rich as "Little Richard", a show in Ottawa with PM Pierre Trudeau and Frank Sinatra, more behind the scenes stories.


Rich Little: A man of many voices

Discussed in this episode:
Little by Little: People I've Known and Been

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Killing Reagan director Rod Lurie



Based on Best-Selling Book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard and Produced by Scott Free Productions

(Washington, D.C. – July 30, 2016) On March 30, 1981, at 2:27 p.m. six shots were fired from a .22-caliber pistol at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. On one side of the gun was an aimless and deranged young man, misguided by an obsession with an American actress. His intended victim: the U.S. president. Though he failed in his assassination attempt, he succeeded in changing not only a presidency but a man and a marriage.

On Sunday, Oct. 16 at 8/7c, National Geographic Channel will go deep inside this harrowing moment in U.S. history, with KILLING REAGAN, produced with Scott Free Productions and based on the New York Times best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The two-hour movie event is the fourth in a successful partnership between NGC, Scott Free and O’Reilly, with the previous three collaborations — Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus — serving as the network’s three most-watched programs of all time and earning multiple Emmy nominations. The movie will air globally in early 2017 on National Geographic Channels in 171 countries and in 45 languages.

Leading the KILLING REAGAN cast are Tim Matheson (“The West Wing,” “Burn Notice,” “Animal House”) as Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, who was struck down only 69 days into his presidency, and Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City,” Tony Award for “Rabbit Hole”) as Nancy Reagan, the loyal and protective first lady. Actor and improv comic Kyle More (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “CSI”) portrays John Hinckley Jr., the misguided and mentally unstable would-be assassin. The movie is directed by Rod Lurie (“The Contender,” “Commander in Chief”) from a script written by Oscar-winner Eric Simonson (“A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin”).

“No matter your political leanings, the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan was not just a crucible in history, it didn't just reset the Reagan presidency, it told us about a man,” said Lurie. “This isn't so much a political thriller as it is a psychological thriller. We get deep into the head of Reagan and get even deeper into the heart of his love story with Nancy. We get into Hinckley's insanity, but we also get into the tick-tock of the environment that drove him to want to murder Reagan.”

KILLING REAGAN begins late in the 1980 election campaign as Ronald Reagan (Matheson) and Jimmy Carter battle for the Oval Office. With help from his group of trusted advisors, including Jim Baker III (Geoff Pierson, “Castle,” “Dexter,” “Boardwalk Empire”), Mike Deaver (Jeff Harlan, “Parks and Recreation,” “NCIS”), James Brady (Michael H. Cole, “Dirty Grandpa”) and Edwin Meese (Joel Murray, “Mad Men,” Shameless”), and his fiercely protective wife Nancy (Nixon), Reagan is able to reposition his public persona, easily winning the election. But the early days of his presidency prove rocky as he battles low approval ratings and an unfriendly Congress.

At the same time, 25-year-old Hinckley (More) is increasingly spiraling into mental instability. He ignores his parents’ pleas to seek therapy or to hold down a steady job and instead fixates on actress Jodie Foster. After a disastrous attempt to visit her at Yale, he decides to try and get her attention with an extreme action: assassinating the president.

On the afternoon of March 30, 1981, at 2:27, these disparate figures collide with each other and history outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Hinckley fires six shots at Reagan and his entourage as they depart an event, striking a local police officer, a Secret Service agent, Brady and the president. The event sent the White House — and the nation — into a chaos that rewrote the course of history: The president’s popularity surged during his recovery, and the assassination attempt forever changed the intimate dynamics of his marriage.

“If Hinckley had never pulled that trigger — if he’d gotten the help he needed to deal with his mental health — this world might be a much different place now,” said Bill O’Reilly. “President Reagan was truly damaged in the early days of his presidency, and this horrific act turned his presidency on its head. It’s a riveting period of history, with effects that reverberated through the whole world.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Alan Thicke, Canadian class

When I started the Brent Holland Show as a campus radio show in Sudbury circa 2009, I reached to many Canadian celebs to come on the show to inspire the youth of today as the show is syndicated through the campus radio network, I invited Margret Attwood (elitist), Mansbridge (clueless) The Dragons (gutless), a whole bunch. PM Paul Martin said yes and Alan Thicke. You see, when you do my show its because you care about the youth. Students don't have money to buy books. For my guests it is an opportunity to engage with them and inspire them through their own life experiences; trials and success.

We booked a date through email, then the day of the interview Alan emailed me with a new telephone number to call him at. So I called him early that Hollywood evening in March. Alan was at a friend's house, Turned out his friend was the producer of a new Hollywood feature film, Alan was decked out, all set to go to the premier. He could have easily canceled, but instead he showed so much class that he didn't and called me and did the interview inspiring with every word. He spoke about the responsibility of being a dad, not only on TV but real life, how proud he was of them, his efforts to raise funds through LA celeb hockey tournaments, hockey ran through his red Canadian blood and the Canadian Diabetic Foundation. You see Alan has a son who is diabetic. He also spoke glowingly about our Canadian Forces who, at that time, were heavily engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan. He chastised all those who dared to criticize the Forces, not the war, the Forces.

Alan Thicke could have refused to come on the show that evening and who could have blamed him? But he didn't. He was a down to earth guy, the guy next door: help you paint a room or mow the lawn.Have a beer and BBQ with and watch a hockey game.
I am forever grateful to him for coming on my volunteer campus show.
Alan Thicke was a true touch of authentic Canadian class.

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