Steve Buscemi seems pretty happy

It was to be my 5th and final Boardwalk Empire Premiere. It has been a show that I have watched intently for it’s pedigree of writing, it’s historical perspective and it’s brilliant acting, especially from Buscemi. This man does not suffer fools in interviews so I kept this straight. I also ask him about his New York Firefighter documentary that you can see on HBO. Buscemi was a firefighter in the early 80′s.

The Cloud and your nude photos

It was a wild week in the world of celebrity. The photo hacking of the cloud sent alarm bells ringing throughout Hollywood. It was terrible what was exposed and it opened the question, Do you have nude photos in the cloud?

I went out on to the streets of New York City to find out if people were keeping nude photos of themselves in the cloud and what they thought about this latest hacking scandal.

And by the way it’s always a pleasure when I meet someone who’s name rhymes with a body part. (Hat off to Seinfeld!)

Robin Williams a true champion

MorkIt’s been a few weeks since the great Robin Williams passed away. In that time we also lost another great comic in Joan Rivers. Both forces of nature when it came to their own style of comedy.

At one stage in the late 70′s Robin Williams was the biggest TV star in the US. A few years later he became the biggest star in my homeland of Australia. Mork and Mindy was on 5 times a week in Australia and I would watch it daily at 5.30pm. Mork was like nothing else I had seen on TV. At that stage my TV viewing history was a mixture of Skippy, The Love Boat, Little House on the Prairie, The Sullivans, Tom and Jerry, Happy Days, CHiPs and Eight is Enough. After looking at that list, and being a 6 year old, the character Mork was definitely going to spin my head.

His death brought an interesting level of sadness, because he was a mainstay in popular culture, stemming from the collective viewing of Mork and Mindy and then his success in movies. And when you wanted more of him he would pop up on your favorite talks shows, from Carson to Letterman to Leno. His personality made you think he was your friend, that he would always be there on the big screen or the little one, ready to make you laugh.

In my first six months as a fledgeling radio reporter who had to get interviews and somehow make them funny I ran into Robin Williams in New York. It was at the premiere of his movie INSOMNIA, also starring Al Pacino and Hillary Swank.

It was May 2002 and Robin had performed the previous night at a concert for the Tribeca Film Festival. I went to the concert and he had done a funny bit on “nipples” in New York City when the weather improved.

Have a listen to my first radio moment with Robin Williams…

A year later Robin won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album and I was at the press conference. This is short but again “nipples” gets a mention.

In April 2005 Robin Williams helped his daughter Zelda promote the movie the House of D. I worked hard to get under the hood of Robin in this red carpet interview. There are moments where I think I’m getting a serious Robin Williams and then hilarious madness kicks in. It was great to have had some warm moments with the very big Robin Williams.

Game of Thrones crew help me out

When I did the following interviews I had seen a mere 6 episodes in total of Game of Thrones. This was the season 4 Premiere red carpet in New York City. So as you will see I am a little out of the loop. As the season four finale is done and aired I am happy to say I am now officially an expert. I have fully caught up and look back at these interviews shaking my head. There was some innocence about me though! Or maybe it was stupidity.

Watch this very funny bunch of actors from Game of Thrones as they help me with what is actually going on in this fantastic TV show on HBO. Check out Bran… what a great bloke.

Kevin Spacey was being honored by the Museum of Moving Image in New York City. It was a great moment to be in the company of Frank Underwood. We discuss his career at the moment and the ability to get his head into that Ellen selfie at the Oscars. Also for political buffs there is a catch for you at the very end!

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And why did he mention John Stamos? Surely he wasn’t at the Oscars!

George RR Martin has been in television for a long time. Yet he had to write millions of words and put it into a few books to get the big break he was chasing. Now the South Park crew write a songs dedicated to him called Floppy Wieners. He is a the brains behind the Game of Thrones books and I manage to snag a chat about where he gets his ideas from and if he enjoyed the floppy wiener song. By the way here is a taste of the song….

And here is the interview with George.

And if you want a little more George he even taps into his brain to let me know where the Malaysian Flight 370 might be.

The loose crew from Game of Thrones Special Edition

At the stage of these interviews I’d only watched 6 episodes of the mighty show Game of Thrones. I am now on the way to setting up a massive binge this weekend. I am loving this show. Check out this piece I did with some really funny members of this show.

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I’m bigger than Arnie

Back in November 2002 I interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was for the re-release of Pumping Iron. I was very excited to interview one of my heroes of the big screen. The interview started awkwardly because Arnie mistook my sadness for me being cocky. I was sad for the fact I was nearly a foot taller than the great man. As the interview progressed I bent my knees and things became markedly better. A quick lesson in no Hollywood star wants to be seen next to a tall person.

11 years later, already a two term governor of California, a child to the Mexican nanny and a divorce (his not mine) I was in front of the great man again. It was for the movie Sabotage. We may as well not mention the movie due to the fact it tanked at the box office and Arnie may never star in another Hollywood film. Besides that point, I was just happy to stand, with bent knees in front of the Terminator again.

Have a look….

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Russell Crowe even thinks NOAH was a bit nuts

NOAH has proven it’s self at the box office making a load of cash to put it Number 1 in the US. This is another feather in the cap of Russell Crowe, as this movie could of been the film to destabilize an illustrious career so far. Rusty was in pretty good spirits at the red carpet in New York City. Why wouldn’t he be? He had his good mate James Packer there with him and the red carpet couldn’t get enough of the poetic Crowe.

I managed to get a few moments with him and he was opened up about Sunday school and the madness of the bloke with all the animals.

Have a look….

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Aaron Paul loves the pressure

This is my first interview with Aaron Paul. As a fan of Breaking Bad it was super cool to get in front of this fella for a yarn.

We have a great chat about his new movie NEED FOR SPEED. I attempted to wear a suit jacket and a tie for this interview.

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