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Episode 60: The Expanse’s Wes Chatham & New Zealand Pinot Noir

7/18/2018
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What actually happens when a show gets canceled on one network and picked up by another? Does fan outcry actually help an axed show’s chances of finding new life? In this episode, the guys get a front-row seat to Amazon’s decision to save science fiction drama The Expanse after it was canceled in May by SyFy—all told by one of its stars, Wes Chatham. As he helps sample three bottles of New Zealand Pinot Noir, Wes also explains how he got his Hollywood start while in the Navy and what...

Duration:00:41:43

Episode 59: Manager Ava Jamshidi & Provence Rosé

7/3/2018
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What should an aspiring screenwriter do to land their first manager or agent? And what’s expected of them if they’re lucky enough to find representation? In this episode, we sit down with Ava Jamshidi, who has been a rep on both sides of the aisle—as a longtime agent at ICM and currently as a literary manager at Industry Entertainment. As she does her part to help with three bottles of Provence rosé—including the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie-owned Miraval—Ava discusses her transition from...

Duration:00:50:34

Episode 58: Entertainment Lawyer Howard Abramson at the LAYN Wine Event

6/19/2018
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Drinking free wine is pretty great on its own, but even better when you do it for a good cause. In this episode, Tom and Scott soldier on without an absent Ben as they crash the home of entertainment lawyer Howard Abramson for the L.A. Youth Network wine event supporting local homeless youth. As we sample wines from Chris Blasman of Four Brothers Winery and Geoff Graber of San Se Wines, we talk to Howard about his love of aged wine and how he went from working with Alan Dershowitz at...

Duration:00:39:49

Episode 57: Writer-Director Greg Pritikin & Oregon Pinot Noir

6/5/2018
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Nobody has had a better view of the changes in independent film over the past decade-plus than Greg Pritikin, who began his career by making a $10,000 movie on his credit card, went on to write and direct notable indies like Dummy with Adrien Brody and Milla Jovovich, and has now graduated to Netflix where he has The Last Laugh with Richard Dreyfuss and Andie MacDowell coming out. As he discusses his career and the ups and downs of movie-making, he joins the guys in their second dip into...

Duration:00:48:15

Episode 56: Champagne Expert Richard Juhlin & Wines of Effervescence 2018

5/23/2018
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What better way to gussy up L.A.’s first sparkling wine event than with the vino-swilling freeloaders from Hollywood Uncorked? In this special live episode, Ben, Scott and Tom broadcast from the Hollywood Avalon during the inaugural Effervescence 2018, featuring champagnes and sparkling wines from across California and the world. As the guys sample the fares of Hillersden and Flying Goat Cellars, they interview the three finalists of Effervescence’s Best Sparkling Somm competition, talk to...

Duration:00:38:43

Episode 55: Colony’s Sarah Wayne Callies & Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

5/8/2018
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We at Hollywood Uncorked wrestle with many of life’s conundrums, but we know this: When actress Sarah Wayne Callies invites you to her hotel room to drink French wine and talk about the recently launched third season of her fantastic science-fiction series Colony, you go! As Sarah helps the guys polish three bottles of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, she talks about what she learned about her craft by directing an episode of the new season (Wednesdays 10/9C on USA), the rollercoaster ride that...

Duration:00:52:54

Episode 54: TV Writing Team Nora & Lilla Zuckerman and Hot Tub Wines

4/24/2018
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Nora & Lilla Zuckerman have carved out an amazing career as a sister writing team for high-concept television dramas like Fringe and Suits, and currently serve as co-executive producers on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. In this episode, we blend their passion for television with one of their choice hobbies: hot tubs, and specifically the act of drinking wine in them. While swigging three low-cost white wines, the Sisters Zuckerman fill us in on the dynamics of being a sibling...

Duration:00:56:49

Episode 53: Producer Arvind Ethan David & St.-Estèphe Bordeaux

4/10/2018
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How did Arvind Ethan David go from Oxford-educated British lawyer to Hollywood producer? It started when he quit his former law firm the day after being selected for the partner track—and he hasn’t looked back since. Arvind joins us for a hilarious unpacking of his career spanning film, TV and theater—while doing his part on three esteemed bottles of St.- Estèphe Bordeaux. Along the way, we get to hear about the cultural fallout of his big-screen British comedy The Infidel, his involvement...

Duration:00:49:23

Episode 52: Actress Christina Moore & Bourgueil

3/27/2018
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Christina Moore has had some diverse chapters in her Hollywood career—from famously replacing the original actress who played Forman’s sister on That ‘70s Show, to being known by kids the world over as the absentee mom on Disney Channel’s Jessie. As she helps the guys get through three bottles of amazing, yet affordable Bourgueil, Christina talks about the things she learned working with Sharon Stone, the fun insanity of being a cast member on MadTV, and her dual role producing and...

Duration:00:52:04

Episode 51: TV Writer Mike Lam & Volcan Tequila

3/13/2018
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As Hollywood adapts to shifts multicultural and digital in nature, Mike Lam has a unique view of both as co-creator of the standout Spanish-language Netflix comedy series, Club de Cuervos. About to shoot its fourth season, the show documents the power struggle that ensues when the owner of a fictional Mexican soccer team dies, passing it on to his squabbling son and daughter. On this episode, Mike talks about the serendipitous origins of the show, the unique challenge of translating comedy...

Duration:00:47:35

Episode 50: TV Writer/Podcaster Jessica Gao & Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

2/27/2018
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Hollywood isn’t exactly teeming with Chinese-American writers. So Jessica Gao makes up for it by doing the work of several people: writing on shows like HBO’s Silicon Valley and Comedy Central’s new sitcom Corporate, doing feature rewrite work, and co-hosting the Whiting Wongs podcast alongside Community creator Dan Harmon. While helping us drink Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, Jessica talks about the time her parents sent her back to China on a plane by herself as a child to learn the...

Duration:00:53:51

Episode 49: Jersey Boys' Joseph Leo Bwarie & Sicilian Wines

2/13/2018
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Having played Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys for a record eight years and more than 2,000 shows, Broadway star Joseph Leo Bwarie amazingly said he never got tired of playing the legendary singer and performing his iconic songs. With this impressive stamina in mind, the guys put him through the Hollywood Uncorked ringer, forcing him to drink three wines from Sicily and to tell numerous stories from his long career in movies, recording, and theater. As a result, Joseph describes his first TV...

Duration:00:53:27

Episode 48: Rude Jude Angelini & 2015 Saint-Joseph

1/30/2018
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On a very special episode of Hollywood Uncorked, we get an unforgettable visit from hip-hop provocateur, Rude Jude Angelini. After finding fame as the in-house insult comic on the Jenny Jones show in the ‘90s, Rude Jude eventually caught the attention of Eminem, who hired him to host the “All Out Show” for his Sirius XM channel, Shade 45. While Scott, Tom and Ben spend the episode sampling 2015 Saint-Joseph, Rude Jude samples his own “chemical of choice” as he spins yarns that range from...

Duration:00:54:14

Episode 47: Manager Ashley Berns & Valpolicella and Amarone

1/16/2018
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How did Ashley Berns go from a desk job in London to becoming a Hollywood manager at management powerhouse Circle of Confusion? In this episode, Ashley tells the whole sordid tale—which began with a simple plan to drive across the country with a friend. While discussing with the panel how Disney’s purchase of Fox will affect the entertainment industry and the spec script market, he also helps sample two lesser-known Italian wines: Valpolicella and Amarone. Meanwhile, we learn how Tom’s New...

Duration:00:52:26

Episode 46: Reality Producer Craig Armstrong & Australian Cabernet

12/26/2017
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Where does reality sit in the entertainment landscape—as its crowd-pleasing future or in its sordid past? We sit down with prolific reality producer Craig Armstrong (The Hero, Fashion Star, King of the Nerds) to talk about how the genre is hard to classify, as it’s got as many tiers and categories as movies and scripted TV. As guest host Gren Wells helps the panel drink three cheap(ish) bottles of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, they discuss the ingredients of a successful reality series,...

Duration:00:50:37

Episode 45: Actress Cristen Coppen & Cabernet Franc

12/12/2017
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With its notorious instability at an all-time high, is Hollywood worth a full-time effort anymore? For actress Cristen Coppen and many others working in the entertainment industry, the answer, increasingly, is no. Despite regular work and appearances on countless TV shows and movies including Road Trip and Hulu’s Casual, Cristen set out from the beginning to complement her entertainment career with outside endeavors like her handmade jewelry company and investments in several John Deere...

Duration:00:33:49

Episode 44: Producer Nick D’Angelo & Lopez de Heredia Wines

11/28/2017
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Nothing looms larger on Hollywood’s horizon than China—how to appeal to its audiences, attract its investment dollars, and navigate its rules and customs along the way. In this episode, we talk about the intricacies of Chinese funding with two American producers who have done plenty of it: Resonate Entertainment’s Brent Emery and Nick D’Angelo of China-backed Cristal Pictures. Over three bottles of wine from Spain’s Lopez de Heredia winery, the panel discusses the negative affect of a...

Duration:00:52:24

Episode 43: Manager Zach Cox & Thanksgiving Wines

11/14/2017
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Circle of Confusion literary manager Zach Cox joins the podcast to talk about the ongoing spate of sexual harassment and misconduct incidents in Hollywood, and whether overlooked norms in the industry played any role in them. During a frank and emotional discussion, the panel ponders if anything will change as a result of the revelations, and debates the path forward for both the victims and perpetrators. They also try three bottles of wine paired specifically for Thanksgiving dinner – no...

Duration:00:47:31

Episode 42: Director Jonathan Kesselman & Burgundy (Fixin)

10/24/2017
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Jonathan Kesselman got his big break directing the 2003 cult hit The Hebrew Hammer, which he had directed as a short film at USC Film School. And while he continued his career directing major commercials and comedies like Jimmy Vestvood, Kesselman always thirsted to make a sequel of Hammer. A window of opportunity opened up last year when investment rules changed, allowing non-accredited investors to participate in a film’s equity. To capitalize on this, Kesselman shot a short earlier this...

Duration:00:50:00

Episode 41: Producer Steve Wegner & South African Wines

10/10/2017
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Steve Wegner (Insomnia, The Blind Side) was 12 years old when he saw Blade Runner, and even wrote a paper on it in film school. Little did he know he would become a producer on the film’s much anticipated sequel, Blade Runner 2049, which topped the box office this past weekend on some of the strongest reviews for a sci-fi movie in recent memory. In this episode, Steve joins the panel as they drink South African wine and discuss how a Blade Runner sequel came to be – from the “ah-ha” moment...

Duration:00:54:37