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Maltin on Movies

Leonard Maltin & Jessie Maltin

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Legendary film critic Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie are the ultimate movie fans. They love talking about movies, especially with people who share their enthusiasm—from living legends like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Quincy Jones to such contemporary artists as Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Laura Dern, and Bryan Cranston. You’ll meet all kinds of interesting people and hear their recommendations of unsung movies you ought to know.
 
Radio8Ball is a musical divination podcast hosted by ANDRAS JONES. We answer questions (and question answers) by picking songs at random, and interpreting them like musical tarot cards. The questions come from our celebrity guests and the answers are performed by our featured songwriter. Featured guests have included: Viggo Mortensen, Fred Armisen, Jon Auer, Tig Notaro, Mose Allison, Eleni Mandell, Inara George, Allen Toussaint, Susanna Hoffs, John Trudell, Michael Ian Black, John Doe, Exene ...
 
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Ask Jessie or Leonard who their favorite guests have been and they will invariably name the late Richard Donner, who came to our studio in 2018. The man who directed Superman (with Christopher Reeve), The Omen, Lethal Weapon, and The Goonies should need no introduction…but his career began in theater and television and he had many great memories he…
 
When Leonard feels like discussing vintage animation he calls on old friends like Jerry Beck (www.cartoonresearch.com) and Mark Evanier (newsfromme.com) who never run out of things to say. Mark actually worked for Hanna-Barbera and even shared an office with Tex Avery. Jerry is involved in restorations of other classic cartoon shorts. These three p…
 
In this season finale, the stars of Netflix film Passing discuss race, colour and movies. Ruth Negga worries about playing Lady Macbeth; Moonlight star Andre Holland remembers The Wizz, Diahann Carroll and living in Harlem. I also talk to Oscar-winning director of Free Solo, Chai Vasarhelyi, about her breath-taking doc reconstruction of the cave di…
 
As BBC drama Ridley Road reaches its finale, writer Sarah Solemani joins me to talk about making it, Anglo-Jewish trauma, and her favourite film moments, from Life Is Beautiful to Oliver! and a sexy night with Volver. In film-related activities, I review new play The Shark Is Broken and tour round The French Dispatch exhibition. Music by Lee Roseve…
 
On this episode I'm joined by podcaster and LFF first-timer Ygraine to review some of our highlights from the 65th edition of the festival: amid the voices and sounds of the festival listen out for news of Belfast, The Phantom of the Open, Last Night in Soho, Spencer, The Wolf Suit, Hit The Road, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon and many more... Music …
 
John Ross Bowie is a comedic actor you know from such TV shows as The Big Bang Theory and Speechless (not to mention the newly-hatched Feel Good and Generations). His pet project is a new podcast dedicated to character actors called Household Faces. Leonard and Jessie share his interest in these unsung heroes of films and television… and apparently…
 
LFF preview with Tricia Tuttle. As the 65th BFI London Film Festival begins, I talk to its Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle about her life as a curator and about the films she’s loved and been inspired by. Plus I introduce a new star, Agnes O’Casey, from BBC One drama Ridley Road. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out …
 
Having organized a series of film festivals, rescued little known movies from oblivion, and written eloquent odes to many a forgotten picture, Eddie Muller has earned the soubriquet “the czar of noir.” He now reaches a wider audience than ever on Turner Classic Movies’ Noir Alley and has recently published an expanded edition of his milestone book …
 
This week, it's Seen Any Bond Films Lately? On a brilliant Bond takeover, I'm joined by Bond guardians/producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson and five-time Bond composer Don Black to talk about their favourite Bond songs, cars, locations, posters. It's about family, film and the Daniel Craig-era finale. Plus I deliver the first review of No T…
 
This episode is dedicated to director Roger Michell. This Is England actress Jo Hartley discusses her role as a Mum in lovely new British coming-of-age movie Sweetheart, shares her love of Grease and tells all about a first date with a future member of Take That. I review French gem Gagarine and give some recommendations for the upcoming BFI London…
 
The world-class filmmaker with the distinctive voice is our esteemed guest today. He’s not intimidating—quite the opposite—as he describes his early life, what drew him to filmmaking, and how he teaches students by throwing them in the deep end of the pool, so to speak. His passion is undiminished after more than fifty years of memorable, provocati…
 
If you’re a baby boomer, you know all about Hayley Mills, the charming young actress who became an overnight star in Pollyanna and The Parent Trap under the tutelage of Walt Disney. Her new autobiography, Forever Young, will hold surprises even for the most devout fan, as Hayley was given access to her files in the Walt Disney Archives, where she m…
 
Ruth Wilson stars in Venice movie True Things, discussing the benefits of an intimacy advisor and the perils of love. Rounding up the big movies at Venice 78, I look at the awards contenders jostling for the spotlight and re-examine British classic The Servant. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Director Paul Weiland tells how he turned the nightmare of his own Bar Mitzvah clashing with England's 1966 World Cup Final into much-loved, belated hit comedy Sixty Six; and I'm on the Lido with the first reviews from the 78th Venice Film Festival. Music bt Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Billy Bob Thornton is in a class by himself. If you haven’t seen his Amazon series Goliath, just about to launch its fourth and final season, you’re missing a great acting showcase…a perfect follow-up to his unforgettable turn on the first season of Fargo. Leonard and Jessie are longtime fans and delight in talking to him about finding his place in…
 
Scottish director Michael Caton-Jones talks about his latest film Our Ladies, his memories of Scandal and his Hollywood career with Bruce Willis, De Niro and Sharon Stone in a fascinating interview that also takes in Lee Marvin, The Seven Samurai and Monument Valley. I review The Nest, The Last Bus and The Toll and trumpet the doc I made at Green M…
 
Joe Morgenstern is the age-defying film critic for the Wall Street Journal, a post he has held since 1995. He’s also one of only three film critics to have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Sample any one of his reviews and you will see why he is so highly regarded. An elegant, witty, and knowledgeable essayist, he represents the best of the breed. Wh…
 
How many authors get to see themselves portrayed on the big screen? R.L. Stine has—and by the very cool Jack Black, in two movies, based on his phenomenally popular Goosebumps books. Bob has entertained (and scared) several generations of kids—like Jessie—with his scary books for young people, and seems as surprised by their success and durability …
 
A major exclusive as Johnny Depp joins me in his only UK broadcast interview to discuss what’s next for his career, his music and his latest performance as Life photographer Eugene Smith in Minimata. I also preview my first festival line-up for the Cinedrome at Green Man Festival. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
 
Norman Lloyd was a mere 103 when we recorded this interview in 2018. He lived to be 106…and what a rich life it was. Listen as he talks about people he knew and worked with: Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Jean Renoir, Martin Scorsese. Leonard and Jessie will never forget the day they made this recording and think it’s well worth a…
 
This is the end of Season Three: The Appening.. Host Andras Jones assays the remains of this cloistered season which began on February 4, 2020 when R. Walt Vincent asked if he was worrying too much about the “novel” flu he was reading about coming out of China. And now we're closing it out with this session recorded on July 8th, 2021 featuring: - A…
 
For my 50th episode, multi-million selling novelist Jojo Moyes joins me to talk about the film adaptation of The Last Letter From Your Lover and the films that have influenced her chart-topping romances, from Wong Kar Wai to The Black Stallion. I also review The Most Beautiful Boy in the World and Night of the Kings. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acas…
 
In 2018 Al Pacino—yes, Al Pacino—spent an hour with Leonard and Jessie talking about the theatrical release of his long-delayed film of Salome (featuring a young Jessica Chastain) and its accompanying documentary Wilde Salome. If you also want to hear what challenges him as an actor…or stories about the making of The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, a…
 
There's a season finale with an explanation of our recent absence coming on 8/8. In this special episode we celebrate the life of Chuck E. Weiss who left us on July 20, 2021. Chuck was on Radio8Ball three times with... All Day Sucker - http://www.radio8ball.com/2017/11/02/chuck-e-weissall-day-sucker/ Don Heffington - http://www.radio8ball.com/2018/…
 
Penn Jillette is the talking half of one of the most successful acts in all of show business, Penn and Teller. He is a highly principled purveyor of magic and a great entertainer as well. He and his partner have conquered every conceivable medium and show no signs of slowing down—in Las Vegas or on television. Leonard and Jessie loved getting to sp…
 
Rahmin Bahrani is one of the most gifted filmmakers of our time. He proved this with his first ultra-low-budget features, Man Push Cart and Chop Shop—keen-eyed observational portraits of characters living in the margins of society. (Both are now available in comprehensive Blu-ray editions from the Criterion Collection). What’s more, he is a recent …
 
My second Cannes Film Festival Special is a bumper show which stars Black Widow baddie and Bond girl Olga Kurylenko; I meet new sensations in Cannes Best Actress winner Renate Reinsvie and the amazing Agathe Rousselle who stars in the shock Palme D’Or winner Titane; there’s the lovely British actor Adeel Akhtar from Ali & Ava; I give you a run down…
 
Jake Johnson is a versatile guy who was inspired by the Second City troupe in Chicago, and set out to emulate them, first in New York and then in Los Angeles where he started landing movie and TV roles. Eventually he won a costarring role in New Girl with Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield. Leonard and Jessie discuss how each job—and personal conne…
 
The music you remember from The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Angels in America, Finding Nemo, 1917, and the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre was all written by Thomas Newman. His father was the legendary film composer Alfred Newman (who won nine Oscars and composed the 20th Century Fox fanfare). His brother David is also a film compos…
 
A delicious edition with the directors of gorgeous doc The Truffle Hunters, Michael Dwek and Gregory Kershaw; and actor Jasmine Batchelor talks about her Brooklyn indie gem The Surrogate and answers the SAGFL Questions with Whoopi, Whitney and Love Jones. I review Black Widow and Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast…
 
Sam Richardson’s performance as the clueless but good-hearted Richard Splett on Veep endeared him to a legion of viewers…but he started winning fans before that on The Office, in movies like Horrible Bosses and We’re the Millers, and on The Detroiters, a comedy series he created and starred in with his best friend Tim Robinson. He has the leading r…
 
Prolific British director Ben Wheatley tells me about making the UK's first Covid-era production, his freak-out mushroom trip movie In The Earth. Ben also takes us through his movie moments, from Yentl to the Temple of Doom and Annie's Song; doc maker Marc Isaacs talks us through the wry observations of his home life - and British life - in The Fil…
 
Oscar winner Sir Christopher Hampton discusses making and writing The Father with Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman and he takes us through his life in movies as he faces the SAGFL questions. We talk writing in fountain pen, Fred Astaire, The Graduate, Bunuel's cocktails, and what to do during a 15-minute standing ovation at Cannes. Meanwhile, I re…
 
Sheffield DocFest begins with my film of the year Summer of Soul, so festival head Cintia Gil tells us what else to expect and takes us through her SAGFL cinema memories. And debut director Aleem Khan tells us the personal stories behind his new film After Love. Music by Lee Rosevere See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
New York film maker Ira Sachs talks about working with Isabelle Huppert on location in Portugal and takes us through his movie life, from Fantasia trauma to the pleasure of Jimmy Cagney and the music of Claire Denis. I review Cruella and Tilda, and tantalise you with one of the best concert docs ever made... Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/pri…
 
Ella Fitzgerald is the subject and my guest is revered British documentary maker Leslie Woodhead with his film about the Queen of Jazz - it's called Just One of Those Things and plays at the re-opened BFI Southbank. Leslie recalls a life in film, including working with the elusive Terence Malick, the shock of DA Pennebaker's Primary and years spent…
 
Four-time Oscar winner Ben Burtt has crafted and created sounds we all know—from the heavy-breathing of Darth Vader to the pops and squeaks of R2D2, not to mention the voices of WALL-E and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. He’s been obsessed with sounds since he was a boy and has never lost that passion, which comes through in everything he does—includin…
 
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