Talking With Dick Guttman – January 28, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with Dick Guttman. To listen to the interview click below.

Film publicist Dick Guttman is author of “Starflacker: Inside the Golden Age of Hollywood.” The book is look at a unique place and time, full of stories of Hollywood legends and how publicity worked in the days before social media, before the change in Hollywood from mystique to accessibility.

Guttman is, according to Scott Feinberg, entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter, “one of the most experienced and accomplished film publicists who ever lived, his knowledge and experience stretching from the Golden Age through the present day.“

Guttman has helped in the building and maintaining of the careers of literally hundreds of film stars for more than 60 years. He has also helped shape the campaigns of dozens of classic motion pictures. In the process, he stored up a rich anecdotal history of stardom in its various transitions.

While he has written scripts for theatrical and television motion pictures, Guttman’s favorite writing has focused on capturing the originality, wit, humanity and antics of the stars around whose lives his own career wove.


Talking With Mike E. Winfield – January 21, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with Mike E. Winfield. To listen to the interview click below.

Mike E. Winfield, headlining at the Laugh Factory in the Tropicana Las Vegas through January 24, has not slowed down since his debut on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” followed by a reoccurring role on NBC’s “The Office.”

The Baltimore native got his comedy start in California’s state capital, starting off at an open mic night at Sacramento State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in English. He caught the comedy bug. Why Sacramento? According to Winfield, “If they want you, they’ll find you.”

Winfield was a semifinalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and has won various comedy competitions across the country. He has appeared on Showtime’s “Comics Without Borders,” Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” and “The Arsenio Hall Show.”

He has remained true to his school, continuing his habit of writing daily (learned from his English classes) and has become a one-comedian content provider.


Talking With Lucie Arnaz – January 14, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with David Osborne. To listen to the interview click below.

Lucie Arnaz, who is headlining in Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center January 15-16 with “Latin Roots,” began her long career in a recurring role on the television program, “The Lucy Show.”

At age 15, she became a series regular on “Here’s Lucy,” a show that ran for six seasons. She later starred in her own series, “The Lucie Arnaz Show” and later in the critically acclaimed “Sons & Daughters” on CBS.

Arnaz has co-starred in “The Jazz Singer” with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Olivier, as well as starring in several made-for-television movies.

On the stage, she first created the role of Kathy in the west coast premiere of “Vanities” at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Arnaz then hit Broadway starring as Gittel Mosca in the national company of the musical “Seesaw.” She went on to star as the unforgettably wacky Sonia Wolsk in the Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlisch musical, “They’re Playing Our Song.”

Arnaz received rave reviews for her portrayal, on Broadway, of Bella in the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play, “Lost in Yonkers,” written by Neil Simon. In 1995, she starred off Broadway in “Grace and Glorie,” a two-woman play, with Estelle Parsons.

In 2006, she returned to Broadway in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” She toured the country in the First National Tour of the Tony Award winning musical, “Pippin,” playing Pippin’s fabulously sexy grandmother, Berthe.

Touring the U.S. and Europe with her critically acclaimed nightclub act, Lucie has made stops in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno and Feinstein’s At The Regency in New York. Her debut album, Just in Time, was released on the Concord label and “Lucie Arnaz: Latin Roots,” debuted in 2010.

Arnaz and her husband, actor/writer Laurence Luckinbill, teamed up to form ArLuck Entertainment, a film and television production company, and together produced the documentary “Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie,” which aired on NBC and was honored with an EMMY. Another company, Education through Entertainment, published two CD-ROMs – “Lucy & Desi: The Scrapbooks, Volume 1” and “How to Save Your Family History, A 10-Step Guide” by Lucie Arnaz.


Talking With James Kaplan – January 7, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with James Kaplan. To listen to the interview click below.

James Kaplan is author of “Sinatra, The Chairman” (the sequel to the best-selling “Frank: The Voice”).

His essays and reviews, as well as more than a hundred major profiles of figures ranging from Madonna to Helen Gurley Brown, Calvin Klein to John Updike, Miles Davis to Meryl Streep, and Arthur Miller to Larry David, have appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and New York.

Kaplan’s first novel, “Pearl’s Progress,” was published by Knopf in 1989. His nonfiction portrait of John F. Kennedy International Airport, “The Airport” (1994) — called “a splendid book” by Gay Talese — remains a classic of aviation literature and New York storytelling.

His second novel, “Two Guys From Verona,” published in 1998 by Atlantic Monthly Press, was chosen by The New York Times as one of its Notable Books of the Year. In 2002 Kaplan co-authored the autobiography of John McEnroe, “You Cannot Be Serious,” which was an international bestseller (and number one on the New York Times list). His 2005 book “Dean and Me: A Love Story,” co-written with Jerry Lewis and published by Doubleday, was a New York Times bestseller as well.

In November 2010, Doubleday published “Frank: The Voice,” the first volume of Kaplan’s definitive biography of Frank Sinatra, which quickly went onto the New York Times bestseller list and was chosen by Times chief book critic Michiko Kakutani as one of her Top Ten Books of 2010. In 2011, Kaplan signed with Doubleday to write Volume Two, “Sinatra: The Chairman,” which was published in 2015.

In 2012, James Kaplan was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction. He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife and three sons.