333: Sarah Megan Thomas
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333: Sarah Megan Thomas

She says, “Virginia Hall was the first female field agent―spy―for Churchill’s secret army, the British SOE, and the spy the Nazis dubbed the most dangerous of all Allied spies in World War II.” She should know; she wrote and stars in A Call To Spy, a feature film about Hall’s exploits. Continue reading »

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326: Alec Baldwin

Admired for both comedy (30 Rock) and drama (Streetcar), he is an astute observer of other actors and once wrote a fan letter to Tom Courtenay for his work in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Courtenay replied, “How odd that you would take the time to write this to me about this film I did so long ago.” No … Continue reading »

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310: Sheila Nevins

For decades, she ran HBO Documentary Films, producing over a thousand and winning more prime-time Emmies than any other person, clearly reflecting her love of the form. “No! I hate documentaries. I didn’t like documentaries at all. I wanted to do things that people watched; I wanted to get patted on the back; I wanted … Continue reading »

Movies / Theater

Episode 229: Todd Solondz

   Is Julie Chen’s defense of her husband, Les Moonves, pathetic stand-by-your-manism or admirable personal loyalty? A surprising analysis from the creator of the darkly comic films “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Happiness.” This fall he makes his playwriting and stage directing debut with “Emma and Max,” described as “a satire of tragic dimensions,” at … Continue reading »

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Episode 139: Andrew Bergman

  His screenplay Tex X evolved into Blazing Saddles after amiable hours writing and rewriting with Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks: workmates! He directed Marlon Brando in a rare – and terrific – comedy performance in The Freshman. Plus a childhood visit to Victor Borge’s dressing room and a chance encounter with Philip Roth. And … Continue reading »