Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Scott Macom has had one of the most diverse career paths of any person we've ever interviewed. After attending Villanova University he worked as a trader on Wall Street right as the bottom fell out of the market in 1987. Then it was off to Law School at the University of Akron. He practiced law in Ohio until becoming the youngest judge ever appointed to the bench in that state. After his three year term he moved to New Jersey where he set up a law practice. He has written several books, is fluent in Russian, is a member of the National Ski Patrol and a Volunteer Firefighter.
But it's his love of cooking that lead him to his current position as a radio DJ. Through the years Scott began writing for a cooking magazine and became immersed in the food world. He was invited by New Jersey AM radio station WOND as a recurring guest on a cooking show for Table for One and did such a good job, the station made him an offer.
In a recent interview with Scott he recalled the day they approached him. "Eventually the staff upstairs came down and said, 'Hey you're really good on the radio. Do you want your own show?' And I said, 'What would that be about?' They said, 'Do you want to do a law show?' And I said, 'Oh god no, I do that all week.'"
Scott began thinking about the kind of show he could do. While at a Chowder Fest in Long Beach Island, he ran into a fellow food journalist, Rich Dobbins, with whom he shared a similar sense of humor. Scott got a crazy idea. "I asked him if he wanted to do a radio show together. He said, 'What would it be about?' I said, 'Well I'm definitely fire and you're definitely ice so why don't we call it Fire N Ice?'"
So now they had a name, but what would they talk about? "We ended up going with intellectual humor… the smart side of humor, kind of like The Big Bang Theory on radio. There's no sports, there's no politics, there's no smut. You can learn something but at the same time have a really, really good time."
There's no rhyme or reason to the guests on Fire N Ice. They have ranged from rocker Ted Nugent to Space Shuttle Commander Terry Hart. He's interviewed artists, museum curators, photographers, authors, scientist, announcers and more.
Scott enjoys talking to all his interviewees but has a soft spot for one. "My favorite guest probably was Ted Nugent because we got to talk about hunting for the first 15 minutes of his interview to promote his show. My dream interview is Steven Hawkins, but I've got so many different people I would love to talk to."
With all this pop culture knowledge we knew Scott would have an interesting answer to our question, which pop culture icon would he choose to walk in their shoes for one day. "Andy Warhol. Because I think it would be so fantastic to be in that weird, weird world that he lived in. I would love to be in there. It would only be for one day because I don't think you could take it for more than one… I think I would also have loved to have been a fly in the Oval Office when Richard Nixon was wiping out those tapes. I think that would have been an awful lot of fun to watch that, too."
And with all his varied interests, we wondered what he would choose to say he was most passionate about. "I am the most passionate about sucking the marrow out of life."
Tune in to Fire N Ice on WOND 1400 am or listen live online at www.wondradio.com Sunday nights from 5-7 p.m. EST.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Photo by ABC/Bob D'Amico
If you’ve never seen the ABC comedy series Trophy Wife, it’s time to tune in for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s great seeing Bradley Whitford every week. You can’t go wrong with Marcia Gay Harden and Malin Akerman, Michaela Watkins and Marcia Gay Harden playing dueling ex-wives. And the kids rival any actors on TV, young or old — especially Albert Tsai. The nine-year-old San Jose native is as adorable as kid actors come. So we were very excited to get a sneak peek at the upcoming episode that’s devoted to his character called “Happy Bert Day.” It did not disappoint.
The premise is simple. Having met his contractual obligation to read 100 books in a year, Bert gets to plan the birthday party of his dreams. Of course, he goes with a literary theme. As Executive Producer Sarah Haskins recounted originally Bert’s big bash was going to have a Great Gatsby theme but as she pointed out, “That felt a little too precocious.” Too which series patriarch Whitford added, “And alcoholic.” Instead it’s all about “Aladdin” with fire-walkers and flying carpets alike.
But there’s something for the ladies’, too. When Bert is offered the opportunity to invite a special celebrity guest he chooses none other than fellow-ABC-star Chris Harrison of The Bachelor franchise. Trophy Wife Executive Producer, and rose ceremony devotee, Lee Eisenberg recounted how the cameo came about, “I host a weekly ‘Bachelor’ viewing party at my house… Chris Harrison came to my house for a behind-the-scenes thing to show all the nerds that watched The Bachelor.”
Friday, February 28, 2014
Photo Courtesy of IFC
While some mega-stars will spend Saturday night getting their beauty sleep for Oscar day, a far hipper band of movie-making brethren will be gathered to celebrate the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Although it seems each year, the crossover between the two events gets larger, this is still the place for the lesser known (and funded) fare to get their dues, too. In a recent conference call, host Patton Oswalt, explained what sets this show apart from all the others. “This awards show digs pretty deep in trying to find movies that took risks and rolled the dice… It rewards people that are clearly emerging and are going to be doing great stuff with their careers. You get to see them early.”
Of course, with the ever-changing entertainment climate, a lot of veteran actors will be popping up at the award show as well. “What I also love is that they keep an eye open for veterans like Robert Redford and Bruce Dern who continue to take risks and seek out challenging, different materials.”
Being a cinefile himself, Oswalt has his own opens about what projects he think deserve a flying bird this year. “The Spectacular Now, I thought was fantastic. Enough Said. I hope Enough Said wins everything that it gets nominated for. The documentary, The Act of Killing, I thought it was crucial — hard to watch, but crucial. Then I really hope that Bruce Dern gets wins for ‘Nebraska’ because I thought he was just amazing. That guy has had awards coming for a long time in my opinion. That would be great.”
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Photo by Frank Ockenfels/FX
Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy that Matthew Rhys took one of the starring roles in the FX series The Americans last year. We loved him so much as Kevin Walker on the tear-jerking drama Brothers and Sisters, that we were happy to see him again. But we wondered before the show aired, if we’d believe the lovable lawyer as a KGB sleeper agent. Needless to say, Rhys did not disappoint as Philip Jennings.
But in a recent conference call interview the Welsh actor discussed his own initial trepidations about signing on to the show. While he acknowledged that he appreciated what he called FX being “bold in their casting” of both himself and co-star Keri Russell who plays his wife Elizabeth, the 39-year-old conceded, “I’m not the big, macho, butt kicking person. But I think as a cover we work well in that we blend into Americana suburbia, and therefore there’s a sort of twist to it. So that element I was nervous about as to sort of being credible in that role with someone who does all those things.”
Monday, February 24, 2014
Photo courtesy of ABC/TNT
We had the chance to talk one-on-one with Eric last week about the challenges of playing such a complicated role. “Getting it right from the beginning was crucial to me. And setting the templates for his symptoms, his passions, his behaviors, his fears. It’s keeping true to that.”
Since they often shoot two episodes concurrently, it is sometimes difficult for the actor to keep track of which crime and which hallucination he is preparing for. He stated, “In the midst of all the basic keeping up with the plots, I have to remind myself to keep true to who he is. Remind myself that he’s not comfortable anywhere and not fall into the trap of just solving crimes.”