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Join film critic Betty Jo Tucker, a confirmed movie addict, as she rants and raves about all things cinematic with co-host Jazz Shaw, producer Nikki Starr and noted movie critics – plus lots of fascinating film folks.

Join film critic Betty Jo Tucker, a confirmed movie addict, as she rants and raves about all things cinematic with co-host Jazz Shaw, producer Nikki Starr and noted movie critics – plus lots of fascinating film folks.
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Join film critic Betty Jo Tucker, a confirmed movie addict, as she rants and raves about all things cinematic with co-host Jazz Shaw, producer Nikki Starr and noted movie critics – plus lots of fascinating film folks.






True Romance from Page to Screen

This episode of Movie Addict Headquarters focuses on the remarkable journey of a true romance from page to screen. George Bettinger -- the popular actor, comedian, impressionist and radio host -- has given his permission to replay his recent Dream Stream Radio interview with Betty Jo Tucker about how It Had To Be Us -- a romantic memoir she and her husband wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence -- became the inspiration for filmmaker Misha Zubarev’s award-winning short...


Tanna Frederick on Train to Zakopané

Acclaimed actress Tanna Frederick returns to talk about her intriguing new movie, Train to Zakopané. An award-winning actress, director, and environmentalist, Tanna was named Favorite Female Star by Movie Addict Headquarters listeners who voted in an e-mail election held in 2012. Her upcoming film, written and directed by Henry Jaglom, takes us back to 1928 Poland prior to World War II. Based on a true story, it deals with two strangers who meet on a train and fall for each other despite...


Film Critics Predict Oscar Winners

On February 27, noted film critics Mack Bates and Geoff Roberts drop by Movie Addict Headquarters to discuss the latest Oscar nominations as well as to predict winners in these six key categories: BEST PICTURE; BEST DIRECTOR; BEST ACTOR; BEST ACTRESS; BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR; and BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS. Both Bates and Roberts share a deep interest in the Academy Awards each year, and they really know their movie stuff! Roberts has been fortunate to be a guest on a variety of Canadian and...


Director and Cast Discuss CAKE: A Love Story

Filmmaker Misha Zubarev and cast members discuss CAKE: A Love Story, the award-winning short film based on It Had To Be Us, a romantic memoir Betty Jo Tucker and her husband Larry wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. Zubarev, co-director/writer of the movie plans to reveal why he undertook this particular project and how the film differs from the book. Debra Lord Cooke and Richard Vernon, who play Elizabeth and Harry, have agreed to talk about what it was like...


Critics Pick Best Films of 2017

Three noted film critics reveal their picks for the Top Ten Films of 2017 during this highly anticipated episode. Diana Saenger, James Colt Harrison, and Richard Jack Smith also plan to discuss the most disappointing films of the year. All three critics have a passion for the cinema, They contribute reviews to ReelTalk Movie Reviews and pull no punches with their opinions. Diana, the founder of Classic Movie Guide, also operates Review Express and is the entertainment editor for San...


Bette Davis: Tribute to a Great Star

Film critics Diana Saenger and James Colt Harrison drop by Movie Addict Headquarters to salute Bette Davis, one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history. Davis received two Oscars for her extraordinary work in Dangerous and Jezebel. She became known as the intense actress who could play a variety of strong and complex characters. The Internet Movie Data Base lists 124 acting credits for this remarkable star. That list includes such diverse films as All about Eve, Now Voyager, The...


Actor Michael Caine: Birthday Bash!

Movie Addict Headquarters celebrates the upcoming 83rd birthday – March 14 -- of Michael Caine by revisiting a spirited discussion with noted film critic John P. McCarthy and award-winning blogger Fausta Rodriguez, who reveal their favorite Michael Caine films and performances up through 2009. Producer Nikki Starr and former co-host Jazz Shaw also join in that lively discussion. After the tape, an update of Caine’s movies from 2010 to date will be presented as well as a preview of his...


Oscar After Party and Cinema Stanzas Celebration

Film critics Richard Jack Smith, James Colt Harrison and Diana Saenger rant and rave about the Oscar results -- plus publisher Denise Cassino joins in to help celebrate the release of Cinema Stanzas: Rhyming About Movies, host Betty Jo Tucker’s new book. During the first part of the show, film critic guests will discuss the biggest surprises at this year’s Oscar ceremony, their agreement or disappointments related to winners, the best and worst acceptance speeches, Chris Rock’s hosting...


Hollywood Movies: Their Changing Nature

Award-winning author/screenwriter/playwright Bill Mesce drops by to discuss his book, Reel Change: The Changing Nature of Hollywood, Hollywood Movies and the People Who Go To See Them. Mesce’s other books about movies include Overkill: The Rise and Fall of Thriller Cinema,Peckinpah’s Women: A Reappraisal of Portrayalof Women inthe Period Westerns of SamPeckinpah, andIdols, Icons, Illusions: The Movies We Love and Love To Hate and the People Who Made Them. His screenwriting...


Movie Tunes All-Star Nostalgia Mix

Movie Addict Headquarters invites you to sit back, relax and listen to favorite film songs from the past performed by an all-star cast including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Alice Faye,Mickey Rooney, Lily James, Julie Andrews and more. These wonderful movie tunes were featured in such popular motion pictures as Mary Poppins, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Singin in the Rain, Viva Las Vegas, Tammy, The Wizard of Oz and Wordsand Music. Listeners are...


Filmmaker David Spaltro: In the Dark

Award-winning filmmaker David Spaltro returns to Movie Addict Headquarters for a discussion of In the Dark, his new horror film about demonic possession. Spaltro calls In the Dark his lovingly bloody valentine to the inspirational works of Stephen King, John Carpenter and The Exorcist. His movie combines both the appeal of the thrills and chills that is a staple of the horror genre as well as a strong, original story headed by a female cast of some of the most talented actresses in New...


Jackie Chan: His Remarkable Film Career

With the recent release ofDragon Blade,Jackie Chan now boasts 120 movies to his credit – plus seven more in pre or post-production or announced. Mad Movie Man A.J. Hakari returns for another discussion of Chan’s remarkable film career. Hakari plans to share his updated picks for the best Jackie Chan movies, and host Betty Jo Tucker will rant and rave about the epicDragon Blade, one of the most expensive movies ever made in China.Hakari, a frequent and favorite guest on Movie Addict...


Best Film President Debate: Round Three

Although the next presidential election won’t take place until November of 2016, media outlets are already focusing on the preliminary campaigns.That’s why Movie Addict Headquarters is presenting its third Best Film President Debateduring this special episode.Hereis your chance to vote again for the actor you think should be named Best Film President. Just listen to rousing campaign speeches by Jazz Shaw, A.J. Hakari, Fausta Rodriguez, NikkiStarr, and host Betty Jo Tucker plusinformation...


Critics Preview Fall Film Schedule

Popular film critics Nell Minow, A.J. Hakari and Mack Bates preview upcoming Fall movies in thisepisode designed to help listeners make choices among over 70 films vying for their box office dollars during Fall2015. All three critics are candid, informative and great fun to listen to!Nell, the famous Movie Mom, is one of the most respected film critics working today. Shewrites commentary for and is the author of many film-related books. A.J., the Mad Movie Man, contributes...


Nell Minow Rates Comic-Con and Minions

Nell Minow, the famous Movie Mom, drops by to discuss her exciting Comic-Con adventures as well as the new Minions film, and A.J. Hakari, aka the Mad Movie Man, joins in the fun as co-host.Nell is one of the most respected film critics working today. Her Movie Mom website just celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Nell writes commentary for and is the author of many film-related books. She’s been featured in such publications as USA Today and The New York Times. She is a member of...


Movie Tunes for National Dance Day

Movie Addict Headquarters gets ready for National Dance Day (July 25) with Gene Kelly, James Cagney, Lucille Ball, Lily James, Dick Van Dyke, Lucie Arnaz, Julie Andrews and more. Tap, rumba, waltz, burlesque, musical comedy, ballet and other dance styles on film will be included in this special episode. National Dance Day was created to raise awareness about and encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health.Back in 2010, Eleanor Holmes Norton...


Alive and Kicking: Women's Soccer Movie

FilmmakerScott Abramovitch discusses Alive and Kicking,his upcoming film about soccer moms and how starting a woman’s soccer league changes their lives on and off the field. Based on the true story/book written by New York Times bestselling author Harvey Araton, the movie is an underdog sports story focusing on a group of multi-ethnic women who learn what it means to be teammates and friends.Abramovitch, who wrote the screen adaption, will be directing this motion picture, and his company...


James Horner: Film Music from the Heart

Movie Addict Headquarters pays tribute to James Horner, the composer of such memorable movie scores as Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, Avatar, Braveheart, Field of Dreams and The Spiderwick Chronicles. Noted film critics Richard Jack Smith and A.J. Hakarijoin in this celebration of Horner’s impressive contributions to the cinema. Smith is the soundtrack reviewer for ReelTalk Movie Reviews, and Hakari contributes movie reviews to various sites including his own popular blog CineSlice. Sadly,...


Madeline Kahn Biographer William V. Madison

Author William V. Madison drops by to talk about Madeline Kahn: Being the Music – A Life, his fascinating biography of the beloved actress who won so many fans by combining her musical talent and flair for comedy in such iconic movies asYoung Frankenstein andBlazing Saddles. Madison boasts excellent qualitficationsto write this well-researched book. His experience includes serving as anAssociate Editor of Opera News and a production assistant on the Broadway musical Rags. Madison is alsoa...


Celebrate Eight Years of Movie Fun!

Movie Addict Headquarters invites you to ourEighth YearAnniversary Bashfeaturing clips of famous guests, favorite shows, a book giveaway and other goodies. The list of popular guests to be spotlighted includes such fascinating film folks as Cloris Leachman, Barry Bostwick, Tanna Frederick, Rita Moreno, Tippi Hedren, Lorna Luft, Lucie Arnaz, Robert Osborne, NellMinow, Morgan Lawrence, Richard Jack Smith,Lizette Amado-Bettinger, Misha Zubarev, Tony Babino, J Blair Brown, Chuck Skull, A.J....


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