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The most captivating, informative and revealing stories from professionals in the arts and beyond.
110 Episodes
Keith Coogan was born Keith Eric Mitchell on January 13, 1970 in Palm Springs, California. The grandson of legendary character actor Jackie Coogan, Keith began his acting career doing TV commercials -- his first gig was as a stand-in in a McDonald's TV spot -- as well various TV shows and made-for-TV movies. Coogan did the voice of Young Tod for the charming animated Disney picture "The Fox and the Hound." His first on-screen role was the smitten Brad Anderson in the delightful teen comedy cult favorite "Adventures in Babysitting." Keith gave a very funny and engaging performance as Christina Applegate's stoner layabout brother Kenny in the equally enjoyable "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" and was impressive as Jonathan "Snuffy" Bradberry in "Toy Soldiers." Among the television programs Coogan has made guest appearances on are "The Love Boat," "Eight Is Enough," "Mork & Mindy," "Knight Rider," "CHiPS," "Starman," "21 Jump Street," and "Tales from the Crypt." Keith graduated from Santa Monica High School and attended Santa Monica College, where he majored in Drama and minored in English Literature. He also attended Los Angeles City College, where he majored in Java Programming. Coogan resides in Los Angeles, California and continues to act with pleasing regularity. In his spare time he runs a couple of blogs.Support the show
Bennett Yellin is a professional screenwriter, he has honed his skills at crafting a strong story and communicating it with precision and passion. His credits include both the original Dumb and Dumber (1994) as well as its official sequel, Dumb and Dumber To (2014.) Bennett is applying his expertise to the world of themed entertainment. Whether it's a feature film, a television show or an amusement park experience, everything begins with a strong story. Known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Dumb and Dumber To (2014) and Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003). Support the show
Jeffrey Gurian is a “Renaissance Man”, because he’s involved in so many things. He’s a comedy writer, performer, director, author, producer, radio personality, motivational speaker and doctor, and not always in that order.    As a comedy writer he’s worked with and written for legends like Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, George Wallace, Phil Hartman, Richard Belzer, Jerry Lewis, and Andrew “Dice” Clay, among many others plus new superstars like Nick Kroll, and John Mulaney.   Jeffrey has performed stand-up comedy at most of the big clubs in NY and L.A. was a regular on Sirius XM radio for two years with Ron Bennington, and was Patrice O’Neal’s co-host  on The Black Phillip Show on XM radio.   As a comedy journalist he’s been covering the comedy scene since 1999,  and has also written for MTV, National Lampoon, Weekly World News, The Weekly Humorist and was the main writer for many Friars Roasts for 12 years.  His Comedy Matters TV, You Tube channel has over 500 A-list celebrity interviews and almost 2 ½ million views, with everyone from Jimmy Fallon, to Amy Schumer and Bill Burr, to Tracy Morgan and D.L. Hughley, and he’s produced shows starring Kevin Hart and Susie Essman.  According  to Paul Provenza, and Nick Kroll  Jeffrey is known by everyone in comedy. Support the show
Steven Adam Renkovish resides in Easley, South Carolina. He is the director of the short films, A Beautiful Silence, Fugue, and 401 Rogers. In 2021, his first feature film, The Awakening of Lilith, entered the festival circuit. Garnering much critical acclaim, the film has won several awards, including Best Feature Film and Best Actress.Support the show
Laura Willoughby was born on October 9, 1963 in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA. She is a producer and casting director, known for 8-Bit Animal Playhouse with Jason Mewes(2013), Aliens vs Scarecrows vs Zombies and Pet Sematary (1989). She was previously married to Harry Lee Glaser and Robert Richard Gross.Support the show
Nick Taber has an obsession with making the entire world healthy. He grew up with cerebral palsy issues and in the late 80s and 90s and a lot of folks counted him out and making him feel that he was limited in what he could do. With help he worked through 99% of the physical and emotional issues over the years. Nick became a certified personal trainer specializing in training children, teens and adults with reducing and getting rid of anxiety and depression through physical fitness. Nick is nationally certificated by National Association of Body Fitness (N.A.B.F.) He serves greater areas of Southcoast MA and RI.  He loves helping people overcome obstacles and get stronger. He wants everyone to reach their highest potential. He loves being married and loves American History and is a huge fan of Leonardo DaVinci and the band Postmodern Jukebox. Check out his podcasts Real Talk with Sensei Nick and Movie Theater Time Machine. Support the show
Ricardo Aviles was born, raised and educated in Puerto Rico who moved the mainland United States in 2008 to serve in the US Army. After his time in the military Ricardo began training Brazilian jiu jitsu under Brian Stuebner and continues to train. He has worked heavily in the interpreting world helping child trafficking survivors with his language skills that have earned him the nickname Language Ninja. With all his skills and love for others he started the Rico Podcast in 2021 with one of his best friends Eric McElroy. Rico loves cigars, anime, languages and family.Support the show
Jeremy James Miller is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Ben Seaver on Growing Pains and its two reunion movies. He also was the voice of Linus in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown and Snoopy the Musical.Miller was first cast in a McDonald's commercial and then began to land multiple guest roles in Charles in Charge, Different Strokes, Punky Brewster, and Pryor's Place. He was cast in the NBC mini series Deceptions with Barry Bostwick, Stephanie Powers, and Fairuza Balk before landing the role of Ben Seaver, the youngest son on Growing Pains. Miller was supposed to be a part of the cast of the PBS show Ghostwriter. The creator wanted to make him a mentor to the younger Ghostwriter members, but the producers decided it wasn't a good idea for the show to have an older ghostwriter team member and Miller was not invited back after shooting the pilot. As an actor, probably his most recognizable trademark is the "Ben Seaver Scream", which can be heard and seen in any number of Growing Pains episodes and during the closing credits of the movie Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.After Growing Pains, Jeremy co starred as "Jake" in the TV movie Based on an Untrue Story with Morgan Fairchild, Robert Goulet, Rikki Lake, Dan Hedeya, Victoria Jackson, and Harvey Korman.He then decided to take a break from acting and attended the University of Southern California for a year where he studied drama. Soon after he began to pursue his passion for cooking and enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at Le Cordon Bleu which he left just short of graduating. Jeremy started his own catering company called "No Small Affair" as well as freelanced as a chef for multiple LA based catering companies. He also teaches private cooking classes and group cooking parties. Jeremy continues to pursue acting and went to Shanghai (where he enjoys a huge popularity and following) to co star in the film Milk and Fashion, He starred in a commercial for McDonald's "Dollar Menunaires" promotion shot as a parody of the VH1 series Best Week Ever. He has also been spotted in Boys and Girls Guide To Getting Down. He can be seen in four movies in 2009: Ditching Party, Never Have I Ever, The Fish and Tar Beach. He will also be co-starring in the upcoming horror film Awakening as well as two new shows; One a recurring role in the comedy - The Comeback Kids and one as the lead in the Paranormal Suspense Drama - 3rd Eye.Support the show
Marc Sheffler used to work as a stage actor for off-Broadway theater. His only film role is of the teenage Junior Stillo in the low-budget Last House on the Left (1972). Since then, Sheffler decided to pursue a career into television writing and production rather than acting.His credits include episodes of "Sister, Sister", "Harry and the Hendersons", "Who's the Boss", and "Charles in Charge" to name but a few. He's also been involved with all kinds of pilots, made for TV movies, and television specials, including the failed "The Little Shop of Horrors" pilot, "The Happy Days Reunion Show" and "The Best of the Hollywood Palace" specials. He also worked with Mel Blanc, the voice of Warner Bros. cartoons, as the writer of How Bugs Bunny Won The West (1978).Support the show
Kristina Klebe is an American actress, director, producer and writer who came to prominence for her portrayal of Lynda Van Der Klok in Rob Zombie's Halloween.  Her other film roles include Proxy, Neil Marshall's Hellboy, and Two Witches, the last of which she also co-wrote.Tina Krause is an American film actress, producer, director, and model. Tina worked as an artist and graphic designer prior to embarking on an acting career after being discovered by director/producer Gary Whitson at a spring Chiller Theatre horror convention in New Jersey in 1994. Besides acting primarily in horror films, Krause has also worked as a model and continues to work as a graphic designer in between acting assignments. Tina directed her first movie in 2001. Joseph Zaso is an American actor and filmmaker. He is a b-movie regular and has been involved in the low budget science fiction and horror industry since 1990. Zaso, an avid bodybuilder, is usually cast as husky villains.Support the show
Mary Sean Young was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Lee Guthrie (née Mary Lee Kane), an Emmy-nominated producer, screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist, and Donald Young, Jr., an Emmy award winning television news producer and journalist. She has Irish, English, and Swiss-German ancestry. She grew up with an older brother Donald Young III and a sister Cathleen Young in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Cleveland Heights High School, and then transferred to and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. A trained dancer, she studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City, and did some modeling. Sean Young began a promising film career by acting in a Merchant-Ivory film Jane Austen in Manhattan, She followed that up in the comedy hit film Stripes. Soon, important directors were casting her in their films, such as Academy Award nominee David Lynch in Dune and Ridley Scott's film BladeRunner. Oliver Stone cast her in the hit film Wall Street. However, her other hit film No Way Out, which involved a famous steamy scene in the backseat of a limousine with Kevin Cosner, gave her star status. She was at the height of her fame, which led to her being cast as Vicky Vale in Batman. She had an accident while she was training for the film. As a result, she lost the role to Kim Basinger for what turned out to be the biggest hit of 1989. Young put on a brave face and gamely moved on to do comedies Fatal Instinct and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the latter's box office success made Jim Carreya star, who immediately landed the role of the Riddler in the Batman sequel. Mary Sean Young is living in Austin, Texas. She created a new business venture called Austin Film Tours. It is Austin's first and only film location tour.Support the show
Flynn is a native of Nashville, TN. At a young age he was enthralled with cartoons and acting. Growing up he acquired 8 years of concert, jazz & marching band experience. In 2007, Flynn became an Independent Professional Wrestler & Sports Entertainer, performing in 13 states and working for WWE, including appearing on Pay Per View in 2022. In 2014, he got married and started a family, and in 2018, took some time away from wrestling. However, upon returning in 2022, he immediately laid claim to the UCW Southern States Championship, along with starting a pursuit of the UCW Ultimate Championship. He also created the “I Know You Hear Me!” Title, to remind fans he’ll always be a champion. During his time away from wrestling in 2018, he still had the urge to continue performing and pursued voice acting. While following that dream, he got the chance to learn from so many of the voices of his childhood, developed a love for improv, and also got involved with Shakespeare and live performance (both on stage and on camera). In 2022, Flynn was asked to join the American Immersion Theater & he is also versed in 13 dialects including Southern “Tidewater,” Elevated British, Irish and several more. In August of 2021, he started the “I Know You Hear Me!” Podcast, which is available on iTunes, Spotify and many other platforms.When Flynn isn’t acting, auditioning, or podcasting,  he loves spending time with his family – binge watching shows with his wife, watching his oldest play baseball, playing with his 2 rescue cats. He’s also big into exercise – he converted his garage into a home gym. Flynn is also involved in his church, helping out with security among other things. Flynn’s bucket list projects include working in the Dragon Ball Franchise, Star Wars, South Park, and Archer.Support the show
Steven Jay Rubin is the founder and president of Fast Carrier Pictures, Inc., a Los Angeles-based motion picture and television production company. He made his producing debut for Showtime in 2001 on the baseball comedy classic Bleacher Bums, starring Peter Riegert, Brad Garrett, Wayne Knight and Charles Durning. In 2002, for the Hallmark Channel, he produced the true World War II drama, Silent Night, starring Linda Hamilton, which was nominated for four Canadian television academy awards. Rubin was the executive producer of Archie’s Final Project, a teen dramedy which starred David Carradine, Mariel Hemingway, Joe Mantegna, Nora Dunn, Tony Hale, Harry Shearer and amazing newcomer, Gabriel Sunday – a film that won 19 Best Picture awards around the world, including the Crystal Bear for Best Picture in its class at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Rubin wrote, produced and directed the feature documentary, East L.A. Marine: The Untold True Story of Guy Gabaldon (Virgil Films). His upcoming film projects include a number of comedies he wrote with top television writer Billy Riback (Home Improvement, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody), including The Line Kings, about a group of rabid Star Wars fans determined to be the first to see the latest film in the series. He’s also the executive producer of The Coolest Guy Movie Ever, a documentary produced and directed by Chris Espenen, that takes viewers to the locations where The Great Escape was shot in 1962, and which features one of the few interviews with Steve McQueen on record. Recognized around the world as an expert on the James Bond movies, Rubin previously wrote The James Bond Films: A Behind the Scenes History (Arlington House, 1981, Crown Publishers, 1983), and The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia (Contemporary Books, 1990, 1995, McGraw Hill, 2003). His latest books include The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia (Chicago Review Press, 2017), and the upcoming children’s picture book, The Cat Who Lived With Anne Frank (Penguin/Philomel, 2019), which he co-authored with David Lee Miller. Rubin also frequently writes for CinemaRetro magazine, where his cover stories have included heavily-researched behind-the-scenes studies of Rocky and The Bridge at Remagen. He recently interviewed actor Kirk Douglas for a retrospective look at the actor’s favorite film, Lonely are the Brave. As a film historian, Rubin was nominated for Best Classic Commentary in 2004 by the DVD Exclusive Academy for his hosting work on the Special Edition DVD release of The Great Escape, a film he also covered in a documentary that debuted on Showtime in 1993. As a marketing executive, with a specialty in publicity and promotion, Rubin worked on the publicity campaigns for over 150 movies and television series. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Elisa, daughter Jaymie and son Darren.Support the show
John Bukowski has been a practicing veterinarian, a public health researcher, and a medical writer. But through it all has been his love of books. Like you, He has always loved to read. And like you his tastes have changed over time from Jules Verne and Tolkien to Hemingway, Steven King, and Michael Crichton. Likewise, his writing has changed from consumer handbooks and website content to fast-paced thriller novels, which are a lot more fun.  Just as great chefs have distinctive styles, every good author has a distinguishing “voice” that both labels and defines their work. Read a couple of pages of Hemingway and you won’t have to be told that Papa cooked the bouillabaisse. His voice diverges a bit between novels and short stories. As a child of the Twilight Zone, his short fiction deals mostly with quirky situations and surprise endings, usually with a touch of humor to leaven the bread. His novels, on the other hand, start out with a thrilling roux of “what if,” then add two cups of violence, a tablespoon of humor, and a hefty dash of spicy sex. He hopes you like what he has been cooking up for you.Support the show
Christen Stovall is an avid reader and lover of fantasy. She began storytelling at a young age but never considered writing until she was an adult. In 2008 Christen married her first love, Dustin. Sadly, just a year and a half later, Dustin ended his life. At 28 Christen was a widow, alone, and struggling to find meaning in her brief time as Dustin's wife. In her sorrow she turned to fantasy.Five years later, Christen published her first novel, Soulbound, as a tribute to her late husband. Through the Song of Souls Trilogy Christen has found healing and purpose. Her greatest hope is that her books can provide a long lasting legacy for Dustin.Support the show
Bruce Vilanch is a comedy writer, songwriter and actor. He is a two-time Emmy Award-winner. Vilanch is known for his acting roles in The Ice Pirates and You Don't Mess with the Zohan. However he is probably best known to the public for his four-year stint on Hollywood Square, as a celebrity participant; behind the scenes he was head writer for the show. In 2000, he performed off-Broadway in his self-penned one-man show, Bruce Vilanch: Almost Famous.Vilanch was the head writer for the Oscars after being an Oscar program co-writer for the previous ten years. He is also a featured writer for the Tony, Grammys and Emmys. Support the show
Mark Christopher Lawrence is best known for his series regular role as Big Mike on the NBC TV series CHUCK. He recently completed production on the hit ADULT SWIM TV show BLACK JESUS and is recurring on The PureFlix Show Malibu Dan The Family Man. He can be seen on the Disney Channel’s original TV movie Life Is Ruff and guest appearances on Lab Rats, Good Luck Charlie, Heroes, Weeds, My Name Is Earl, Reba, Grounded for Life, Crossing Jordan, and Amazing America with Sarah Palin. MCL is in pre-production on several projects as a writer and/or producer and has just released on his hilarious talk show Pure Comedy, which he also hosts. On video, you can watch MCL’s work in The Pursuit of Happyness, The Island, Garfield, Terminator II, Fear of a Black Hat, and Cooties to list a few.As a producer Mark Christopher Lawrence has produced a six episode series for PureFlix  entitled Pure Comedy. He co-produced the first VR comedy special, Mark Christopher Lawrence Live from the Mad House Comedy Club. This work has received the DreamlandXR award for Best Director and has been a FireFox VR Pick of the Week as well as having been nominated for an Emmy award. He’s currently in pre-production on his one-man stage show and an album of hymns where he showcases his more than capable vocal prowess. Support the show
Dublin born Ciarán Sheehan is an acclaimed actor, singer, voice healer whose performances have been said to warm the heart and touch the soul. There is an amazing quality to his voice and his ability to capture an audience is nothing short of remarkable. Ciarán has many professional accomplishments to his credit, most notably playing the role of The Phantom in “The Phantom of The Opera” for over 1,000 performances on Broadway and in Toronto. But perhaps of more importance than his accomplishments is his sincere desire to use his incredible talents to inspire others to look within themselves to discover their own inner beauty.His work as Billy in the Boston production of Carousel gained him multiple best actor nominations, and his work as Wolfe Tone in Peter Danish's The Final Days of Wolfe Tone in Nashville, Tennessee also received multiple best actor nominations. In film, he has won a best actor award from the NY International Film Festival for his role in The Waiting Room. He is due to be seen in the Deborah Markowitz film The Only Woman In The World  when it makes its world premiere.Currently he is touring internationally with the group The Four Phantoms In Concert Support the show
Loren-Paul Caplin has had a varied career in the literary and dramatic arts. His experience in film has involved him in writing and directing History of the World in Eight Minutes, producing Forbiddeb Zone, writing the original story for Lost Angels, and co-writing and co-producing Battle in the Erogenous Zone for Showtime.His plays, "Sunday's Child", "Men In The Kitchen, "A Subject Of Childhood and "City Muzik" have been performed throughout the northeastern United States. "The Presidents", a play he co-wrote, has enjoyed a national tour and an appearance on PBS. His poetry has appeared in both the Paris Review and Rolling Stone. Caplin teaches screenwriting at Columbia University, Tisch School of Dramatic Writing at NYU, and the New School University. He lives in New York City with his wife, painter Jenne van Feghen.Support the show
ACTING IN FILM AND TELEVISION SINCE 1964. Early Film roles included, "What's so Bad about Feeling Good," Opposite Mary Tyler Moore and "The Godfather," opposite James Caan.  After Lou's father's (The Notable Character Actor, Lou Martini) death in early 1971, Lou's mom decided it was best for him to take a break. It wasn't until  attending The University of Houston that Lou took up acting again.  Although, the "bug" for acting had been dormant it had never left.  After graduating with a BA in Communications, Lou landed a leading role in the smash off-broadway show "Tony and Tina's Wedding".  Since then Lou has consistently appeared on stage, in Television and Film. Lou's latest TV credits include Guest and Recurring Roles on such hit shows as, HBO"s "The Deuce" opposite James Franco, "Sneaky Pete," opposite Giovanni Ribisi, "Crashing", "Vinyl", "Orange is The New Black", and "Girls".   One of Lou's most recognizable  characters was the loveable eye glass doctor "Anthony Infante" on the last season of HBO"s "The Sopranos," which garnered the cast a SAG award nomination for best ensemble.  Another notable TV credit was as host for one of the first network reality shows, "The Gastineau Girls."Some of Lou's last film roles include, "Alto" opposite Annabella Sciorra, "West End," Opposite Eric Roberts, and "Redemption," opposite James Macaffery.  Lou won the prestigious best actor award  at Nation's 4th biggest film festival Houston World Fest, for his portrayal of a down on his luck theatre director...and devout the dark comedy  "Suicide Notes."  Lou is set to produce and star in 2 of his original screenplays, the first called  "Honor" sometime next spring - an 80's drama that centers around a family of cops driven by secrets, torn apart by lies, longing for a way out but bound by Honor. Ultimately a story that searches for redemption in the depths of our darkest secrets while finding ones true identity. The second, a dark comedy about a down and out Elvis Tribute Artist with an overbearing mother, and kooky girlfriend sidekick.Support the show
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