Saturday Special: Una Great Movie [Film]

“As a screenwriter takes notes from Hollywood executives, her beautiful diverse movie about a black American woman traveling to Mexico, slowly becomes a romantic comedy with an all-white cast.

Juxtaposed with a heartwarming movie that portrays Mexicans and Black people as humans rather than stereotypes, UNA uses comedy to reflect on relevant contemporary issues. It is fun and humorous with a unique storytelling style that incorporates a professional cast mixed with local Mexican non-actors. The movie introduces refreshing new perspectives against common stereotypes, portraying a universal humanity rather than categories of difference.” – October Coast PR



Oh, what a hell of a film we have for you all today! Una Great Movie is special on many different levels for so many different reasons. First of all, it’s somewhat whimsical in its own way, yet has a very real story to tell. It gives a sort of insider knowledge into how terrible to world of filmmaking can sometimes be. The “suits” who don’t give a damn about the actual artist or the art, only what can sell, work as the prime antagonist throughout the film in a very blatant way. I’d I love every second of it. Filmmaker Jennifer Sharp knew how to make a sincerely funny film with a very real message. As the film’s tag line states, the film expresses a very real “absurd reality of chasing a dream.” I sincerely can not think of a better way to express what this film represents.



Performer JoNell Kennedy shines throughout the film, which he has been doing for quite a few decades now, but it was really great to see her front and center doing her best. Numa Perrier also shines brilliantly, it behooves me to say. In fact, the scenes in which they are together are most definitely the highlights for me. Basically, everyone was wonderful, even those I was surprised to learn were not actually actors, but just locals having a good time.

One of the biggest take aways from Una Great Movie is the fact that I can pretty much guarantee that this film will make an appearance on our end of year list, as it is definitely one of the best films of the year thus far. Seriously Folks, check this one out ASAP!


Check out the film’s WEBSITE for some wonderful behind the scenes treats, and how you can check out the film for yourself.



Francis Capra [Interview]


Hello Folks! And a happy Friday to you all. Today we have a wonderful interview with an absolutely legendary actor who has been in the game for basically his entire life. It’s Francis Capra, Everyone! Growing up in the 90’s I was all too familiar with the work of this cat. Kazaam was one of my favorite films during this time, and if you ask me, it still holds up. I watching A Bronx Tale shortly after, and it’s still one of the greatest films of all time in my own opinion. I truly love what this cat did back then, and is currently doing. Now, with that being said, I need to get personal…..

I’m going to admit it, I did/do not watch Veronica Mars. Nothing against the show, it’s just one of the many that I haven’t managed to check out. I am sure it is wonderful. In fact, the reason for getting personal here is actually something that I have brought up here before. It’s my 14 year old daughter. She has made a few appearances on the site over the years, as I am consistently attempting to earn “cool Dad points” through this site. Well, I may have finally cracked something here. I’ve spoken with her favorite author who has been oh so kind to share her upcoming projects with us on a regular basis now, which is absolutely incredible. But, today we have the fucking Weevil himself! That’s right, my kid is OBSESSED with Veronica Mars. And when I told her that I had Weevil on the site, she lost her mind. I know it seems selfish, but that’s what I am getting the most out of this. Impressing my kids. And anyone who wants to blame me for doing this can just stop reading and depart immediately.

All of that being said, Francis is an extremely impressive performer who we are so excited to have on the site today. He’s so damn talented, and it is a true honor to digitally get to know him. So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Francis Capra!




What inspired you to get into the world of performance? I understand you started pretty early in life? What drew you to this life?

Transformers! Haha, I’m only half kidding. As a young boy, I was a super fan of the cartoon and toy line Transformers. My favorite part of going on an audition was the guaranteed Transformer my Mom would surprise me with afterwards. I thought I had a slick racket figured out! Fortunately for me, my mother saw that I had a talent and put everything into managing my career. I had no real desire to be an actor until much later in life, the first 5 years or so of my career felt very much like a really long party with my Mom, who was my best friend. Good times!


What was your very first paid gig in the world of performance? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affect your work today?

My very first paid performance was in A Bronx Tale, which is still my favorite and most cherished among all of the work I’ve done. If only I could hop in a time machine and eavesdrop on every word Bob (Mr. Deniro) said to me, with these 37 year old ears instead of a 7 year old’s! It was an honor to have been a part of such an incredible film.



One series that you worked extensively on happens to be my daughter’s favorite show, the beloved Veronica Mars. So it behooves me to ask how your experience was working on this fine series? Any fun antidotes from your time on set that you would like to share with our readers?

Oh Veronica Mars, the gift that never ceases to give! I became a man on the set of this show and it seems that I am now becoming an old man on it as well! I never realized how special and powerful this show would be until after we were cancelled, but sometimes it seems like if we never really stopped making Veronica Mars! I don’t think we ever will! It lives on in the hearts and minds of the fans, no matter what form it takes.

As far as anecdotes, the one where Kristen had wrote a fake love scene between Logan and Duncan the very night before a planned loved scene between her and Duncan, and sprung it on Teddy Dunn out of nowhere. It was classic, I always think of how funny that was when asked about anecdotes. We all grew up together and had a lot of fun during the original 3 seasons. I love the gang very much.


Cast of Vernoica Mars at the San Diego Comic Con w/ that legend Kevin Smith. Photo by Tommaso Boded/Getty Images for


Another incredible project you worked on when you were young is one of my favorite films from my childhood, the 90’s classic Kazaam. Again, I am curious to know how your experience was working on this now legendary film? Was it as much fun to work on as it was for me to watch endlessly during my childhood?

Haha, I am glad you enjoyed it! Working on Kazaam was like “working” at an amusement park for 4 or 5 months. Shaquille became very much like a big brother to me and as a boy who hadn’t had many male role models around, I became really attached to him. He’s a terrific guy. I think it’s hilarious how Kazaam has become such a nostalgic 90’s icon and I get asked about it nearly as much as I do about Veronica Mars. Particularly the whole “Mandela Effect” and kids saying how I was in a film with Sinbad, called Shazam. Crazy stuff!



If you were handed the opportunity to appear in the biopic of any legendary figure in American history, who would it be?

Oh gosh, there are too many. It’s not quite American and I’m far too old to play the role, but I am currently writing a screenplay of the young life of Vlad III called The Scholomance. It’s a lifelong passion project for me and like many of my favorite writers, I’ll no doubt portray a role as well.


What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

The future is blindingly bright! As I mentioned above I have begun to enter the insane world of writing, I cannot wait to reveal the nature of my first project as it deals with a franchise/world I have dreamt of working with since I was a child. A literal dream come true. As for film, I recently appeared in an independent film titled Shadows with David Labrava of Sons of Anarchy/The Mayans. David & I had a lot of fun on that film and we are planning on working together again later this year. As for TV, I am currently working on something really exciting but am buried under so many NDA’s a few friends of mine would kill me if I said anything. As always, you can tune into my Twitter @franciscapra I almost always run my mouth on there as soon as I am able! 🥰


What was the last thing that made you smile?

My Wife, Nora.

Kyle Ayers [Interview]


Hello Folks! We have an absolutely wonderful interview for you all today that I have been wanting to have go up on the site for quite some time. It’s Kyle Ayers, Everyone! We have had a lot of comedians on this site over the years, and I would be willing to say that all of them are very, very, nice. But, there is something about the (at least digital) aura that Kyle puts out into the world that feels just so damn pleasant. Hailing from the midwest, Ayers puts out a a vibe that feels very Missouri-like, but only in the good ways. He is what a mother from Columbia, MO would probably refer to as a “nice boy”. And this is not to say that his comedy is “clean”. Far from it actually. He’s just a brilliant comedian with a great sense of whimsy and self-awareness that blends into a perfect comedy act that just about everyone can enjoy.

Kyle also happens to be the creator of two very different, yet insanely hilarious projects that I feel as though the entire world should know about it. One would be “Boast Rattle”, which is a competitive compliment contest, which should have been a very obvious idea in theory, but in reality, the idea of being funny whilst being the opposite of being offensive is actually a very foreign idea if you really think about it. But Sir Ayers made it happen, and it is fucking incredible. I have not had the great fortune of seeing the show live, but I sure hope to one day!

The other amazing project he has out in the digital ether is his incredible podcast, Never Seen It. It’s “another movie podcast” where he has comedians write short scripts about classic films that they have never seen. This is the main gist of the show, but please trust me when I say that it is SO much more than just that. He also creates a multitude of games (often with long winded titles, which is hilarious in itself) to play with his guests that are so damn much fun. And as a person who has, quite frankly, stolen these ideas and played them in a office environment, I guarantee they are worth a listen. Regular readers around here know that I am a huge fan of Doug Loves Movies, and have called it the premium “movie podcast”. But, Never Seen It is an entirely different movie podcast experience entirely, and I enjoy it on the same level. And, much like DLM, Kyle has an abundance of guests who have been featured on these here digital pages. Folks like Amy Miller, Joe DeRosa, Steph Tolev, Shane Torres, Tommy McNamara, Tom Thakkar, DC Pierson, Billy Wayne Davis, Kurt Braunohler, Martha Kelly…..okay, now it feels like I am just bragging on our part, and I should probably not do that. Anyway, cool people have done his podcast. They are all wonderful!

So Folks, please forgive this long-winded introduction, and let’s get into some answers from the star of the site today. Please enjoy some wonderful words from the absolutely hilarious comedian, Kyle Ayers!




What inspired you to get into the world of comedy? Was it something that you have aspired to do since your youth? Or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day?

You know, I kind of eased into it, I suppose. It never really seemed like something that could be a feasible career. I remember seeing Dave Attell and Lewis Black on tour, sometime in middle school or freshman year of high school, and thinking “Oh wow, this is actually a job?”

But I never really thought it’d be something I’d do. I always felt funny, but more as a defense mechanism to avoid bullying, or get out of trouble, or something like that.

I reluctantly auditioned for an improv troupe in college, and that sort of started my on-stage comedy performing. I’d done some theater and the like in high school, but it still all never felt like a thing that could be a job.

Improv lead to open mics and stand up (and a lot of bombing), but it was really the only thing I ever felt like I wanted to keep doing. No “traditional” career ever caught my attention long enough to care.

This is meandering and I guess the gist is that I kind of just kept doing it until it was the only thing I was doing.

What was your very first paid gig in the world of comedy? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affects your work today?

I honestly can’t remember my first paid comedy gig, but WAY too early on I was booked by a friend to perform at their college (while I was still in college). I had to do an hour when I had probably five minutes of decent jokes. A lot of bad crowdwork, a lot of waxing poetic on premises that I’d never even tried on stage before. It didn’t go great. Honestly, I wish I could say that the lesson I learned was “Don’t perform outside of what you’re capable of.” but I think the lesson I actually took away was “Get paid when you can, even if you bomb. It’s hard to get paid.”

Can you tell our readers a bit about Boast Rattle? What made you want to come up with this concept? And how has your experience been putting it out in the world?

Boast Rattle is a comedic compliment contest that I started running years and years ago in Brooklyn. Comedians competitively complimenting one another. The concept started as a bit during a different show I ran, just a fun idea I thought could break up a bigger show. Then something happened: everybody loved Boast Rattle more than the rest of the show. So I formed it into a full show, and it took off. It’s now been to tons of festivals, Just for Laughs Montreal, Bonnaroo, Moontower, SF Sketchfest, and more. It’s its own show on Sirius XM now, too.

People seem to connect with the positivity of the show, and the creativity required to write effective compliment-jokes. When a lot of things seem overwhelmingly negative or angry or third adjective here, Boast Rattle seemed to cut through all of that and resonate with people. It makes me truly happy, and the show is really funny.

I’m a huge roast fan, too. I think roasting amongst friends is a high form of love. Some things I love about Boast Rattle are 1) Talking with comedians about how interesting and tough writing Boast jokes is, and watching comedians deliver those jokes. 2) Watching comedians receive compliments. It’s incredible to watch comedians receive positivity. The reactions range from elation to “i cannot be told kind things.”

Being happy is tough for me. Amongst a myriad of mental illness, I have depression. I think there is something to be said for, even when it’s tough, trying to be positive and happy, and help others feel the same. I hope the show achieves that.



I am a huge fan of your podcast Never Seen It. Our dear friend and past guest Amy Miller did  about The Shining, and I still laugh to myself when I think about a “complimentary stabbing knife”, lol. I am curious to know about what have been some of your favorite moments of the show?

Oh god, picking out a few favorite moments will be very tough. The podcast is produced by Starburns Audio, and early on in our pod-life (the show had been a live show for years and years before a podcast) Dan Harmon told me that he loved the concept of the show, and he even brought it up on his podcast, and then eventually guested on Never Seen It. It got the show out there to such a wonderful audience, and hearing compliments from someone I admire like Dan was very surreal. His “Dan Harmon Has Never Seen Lawrence of Arabia” script is still an all-timer for me, too.

Hearing from guests that they had a fun time writing their scripts always makes me happy. I laugh about Henry Zebrowski’s scripts all of the time. The same with Miel Bredouw’s Shawshank Redemption script.

The outpouring of fan love for my dad has to be my favorite part, though. Working with him (and my mom, who does the behind the scenes) to get segments of “Guess What Movie Kyle’s Dad is Describing Having Only Watch the Trailer and Never Having Heard of the Movie” makes me smile on a daily basis. That and fans submitting scripts, game suggestions, Before & Afters, and more, just really makes the entire show feel so wonderfully collaborative.

Langston Kerman’s Scarface, Dave Ross and Hampton Yount’s Human Centipede, and Alison Leiby’s The Sopranos scripts are all better than anything I will ever write in any capacity, the rest of my life.

I noticed that you are on the road quite a bit making the world laugh. I always like to ask touring comedians this one question: What are some cities that many people may not realize are great places for comedy? What are some “fly over cities” off the coasts that have great audiences?

I love that comedy has helped me travel to places I never would have been able to, otherwise. It’s helped me see the world! It’s not exactly traveling, for me, but my hometown of Kansas City has seen an incredible growth in the comedy scene in recent years, thanks to a supportive scene, and tons of comics, including the very funny Aaron Naylor, who seems to be a point person for lots of comedians traveling through. The same with Andrew Youngblood (and a slew of others) in Houston. Melissa Hahn of Modelface Comedy in Asheville puts on shows that are as good as anywhere in the country.

There are so many great comedy shows that don’t require you to go to a traditional comedy club and buy two drinks or whatever. Denver has a million great shows. Atlanta is another.

And less-on-the-radar, you’ve got Omaha, Des Moines, there are so many places. Comedians and producers are putting in so much work to build scenes all over the country and bring in hilarious, interesting acts. Anyways I went on too long with this one but check out local comedy wherever you are!

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m always keeping on with Never Seen It podcast. You can listen to it wherever you get podcasts. I’m just wrapping up a month long tour with a couple of bands where we put on a big interactive wrestling-themed music+comedy show. It’s been wild but I’m excited to get back into more regular stand up, again.

I recorded an album in December and it will be out this spring, with Blonde Medicine records. Please just follow me online to keep an eye out for it! I am very proud of it. I recorded it outside, which is insane for comedy, and I think it conveys who I am really well, in the record. I’ll be posting about it on instagram / twitter a ton once I settle on the exact date to release it, please follow me there!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My friend Dana just got a very funny puppy and posted a bunch of pictures of him on Instagram, which I proceeded to show to people as though Dana’s dog was my son.





Kyle Ayers also has a wonderful YouTube series entitled “Stuff I Notice the Second Time Through Watching A Movie I Didn’t Know the First Time”. Check out his incredible latest clip centering around a dear old friend of ours, John Carroll Lynch. Enjoy!


Georgina Reilly [Interview]


Hello Folks! And welcome back to another wonderful week here at TWS. Today we have an absolutely wonderful performer to share some words from. It’s Georgina Reilly, Everyone! If you all can bring your thoughts to the beginning of the year, you may remember a Sunday Matinee we ran for the incredible new biopic Goalie that is now available all over the place. We praised the film quite a bit, and specifically Reilly’s harrowing performance. And now Folks, we are so excited to have her grace our digital pages today to tell us a bit about her time working on this wonderful film, and so much more about her illustrious career thus far.

O’Reilly has done some amazing work in the past beyond just Goalie, and will soon have a reoccurring role in an upcoming ABC series that she discusses below and you should all be looking forward to. In relation to our past guests here at TWS, Georgina appeared in an episode of There’s Johnny!, which was co-created by our dear friend and past guest David Steven Simon. And another close tie-in: the aforementioned upcoming project, The Baker & The Beauty, features direction from one Mark Polish, who if you go way back into our catalogue (7 years!) you’ll find a mention of him when we spoke with his creative teammate/brother, Michael Polish. It’s all just great talent working together to create wonderful art, all the time!

If O’Reilly isn’t a household name in the coming years, there is absolutely something wrong happening. Her talent is undeniable. Based on her work in Goalie alone, I would argue that she is one of the best in the game right now. So Folks, please join in with us here to enjoy the honor of having one Georgina Reilly on the site today! Enjoy!




What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it something that you have aspired to do since your youth? Or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day?

Art was the family trade. Mainly music for most of my family, so it was something I ended up naturally falling into. I had a regular childhood and education but music, acting, dance were very prominent. Once I finished high school I knew I wanted to be an actor, and thankfully my parents were very supportive of this choice. That being said , my career has gone through many changes, parallel to my life, the reason and purpose behind it shifts but the one thing that has always stuck was just the joy it brings to play pretend. If you get good at creating realities, I think it’s easier to see ways to shift your own into something better.


What was your very first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affects your work today?

Technically my first paid job was at the age of 10, singing the title track for a cartoon on the BBC. I did the recording in my pjs at the home studio. My first paid acting gig was a commercial for a toy called ROBOBOT. It was my first time on a full set, watching how many people contribute to making something. Learning everyone’s names, and understanding what they do is something that has always stuck with me, it’s a team effort to make something. There have been times where I wasn’t very welcomed on set, and it didn’t help me do my job better. It’s important to make everyone feel seen and validated. Basic manners but it’s amazing how many people don’t use them! 


You gave an absolutely amazing performance in the recently released Terry Sawchuck biopic Goalie. I am curious to know what drew you to this project? What was it about this story that made you want to take on the role of Pat Morey?

Thanks so much! 

I love period pieces, working with hair, makeup and costume to build the character and time. I thought Pat was actually a very strong female character despite her situation and I wanted to tell her part of the story. There are many women who stand behind their men, and are a huge part of why they succeed in their careers, we should tell their stories more. 






And now that the film is out there in the world, hitting theatres all over the place, what are your thoughts on the final product? Can you tell our readers why they HAVE to see this film? I’ve already told them, but in case they missed it.

Oh gosh, I try to not have too much opinion on final products I’m in. It’s hard to step back when you know the inner workings of it all. But I am proud of it, I had a wonderful experience making it. I love Adriana (our director) and I hope to work with her again.  I think they should see it because supporting independent film is important. Also it’s not your regular sports flick, it shows the darker side of being an athlete, these guys sacrificed a lot for the future of the game. 


If you were handed the opportunity to portray any legendary figure in American history, who would it be? 

Dolley Madison’s story would be really interesting to see and Josephine “Chicago Joe” Airey. Both badass women during their time.


What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m finishing up a show for ABC called The Baker & The Beauty. It premieres APRIL 13th 10pm after the new season of The Bachelorette. I play Piper, the best friend to the beauty. It’s a warm, fun show! 


What was the last thing that made you smile?

My daughter. She’s an endless source of delight.

Sunday Matinee: Flint: The Poisoning of an American City [Film]


“Flint: The Poisoning of an American City traces the timeline of the city’ s interaction with the Flint River – from the continued abuse and neglect of both city infrastructure and environmental regulations, to subsequent population decline, through to Michigan’s 2013 appointing of outside emergency managers. This poisonous mix of factors created a crisis which has gone on for five years, resulting in record high levels of lead in the drinking water of the city.” – October Coast PR



As many regular readers here know, we are huge fans of the world of horror around here. There is something incredible cathartic in getting the shit scared out of you by visual elements that you know can’t actually hurt you, but it’s hard not to relate to the threat of physical violence. Now, that’s all just fiction, Folks. It’s stuff that we should be able to decide if it is frightening or horrific or not. But the film we are showcasing today is about a subject that is NOT up for debate. This is fucking horrible. Plain and simple. It’s tragic, frightening, and completely unacceptable really. Flint: The Poisoning of an American City is a highly informative and down right aggravating film. And the awareness that this film enlightens it’s viewers to is the type that needs to be brought into our public schools, ASAP. I would have thought that I understood what was happening in Flint, and that eventually the powers that be will take care of the situation. I was wrong. So damn wrong. First of all I had no idea just how drastic the circumstances have been for residents of Flint. Most of all, I didn’t realize that NOBODY is doing ANYTHING about it. Our government does not care about what they did, and they are refusing to take any blame. The state of Michigan is essentially causing domestic terrorism against its residents, and it needs to stop.



The best thing I can say about this film is that, it’s actually pretty simple. Filmmaker David Barnhardt does an amazing job of taking the very complex situation that is happening in Flint, and making it as clear as the water in Flint isn’t. With a great mix of knowledgable experts on the matter and the people who are being directly affected by the problem, go ahead and forget what you thought you knew. This film is 100% going to knock you on your ass, and possibly leave you in tears of frustration. The mass hysteria and preventative maintenance that is currently occurring due to the coronavirus should serve as a prime example. Everybody is losing their shit over this pandemic. Meanwhile, we are about to be pushing a decade long wait for close to 100,000 people to be able to use the water in their city without making themselves sick. Oh and by the way, they STILL HAVE TO PAY FOR IT! That’s right, the corrupt and shameful politicians have managed to make this happen. Seriously Folks, and I would never normally say this, but you really should be obligated to see this film. And to tell your friends. We may not all individually be able to stop what is happening, but if enough noise is made, maybe something can happen. And a project like this is a wonderful step forward, and should be watched with full sincerity.


Flint: The Poisoning of an American City is available now on Digital platforms from Upstream Flix.


Saturday Special: Addicted To You [Film]


“Luke, a Buzzstory producer, is convinced at an early age to never fall in love. He takes this advice into adulthood, until he sleeps with his new co-worker, Aimee, who falls madly in love with him. With his job at stake, Luke devises a master plan to pose as a recovering sex addict to ditch Aimee. Just as Luke thought he could get away with it, his boss reveals that he is also a sex addict. Luke is quickly pressured into joining a real sex addiction group where he meets Kara, who could possibly become the love of his life.” – October Coast PR



Sometimes we just need to relax and watch a real feel good romcom in these dark and somewhat trying times. We will get into some real harsh shit tomorrow, but for today….let’s talk about sex addiction. And let’s have some fun with it. Addicted to You is an absolutely delightful with very little danger involved. We get to watch a character with what would seem to be the best problem in the world, mentally break down through a series of lies and manipulation going out and coming back to him from all angles. And with a wonderful mixed bag of supporting performances, there really isn’t anything to dislike about this intriguing story of love.



Shane Hartline and Melissa Paulo are obviously the shining stars of Addicted to You, and it is suffice to say that they performed wonderfully. But, I sincerely believe that this film would not have been as pleasurable if it were not for the likes of the film’s co-stars who are absolutely fascinating. The tag team stoner duo of Choni Francis and Garrett Mendez are just so damn much fun and bring the wonderful zany element to the film. And sweet shit of Christ is Cat Alter simply brilliant, and absolute star in the making. While writer and director Mike Cochnar clearly has a knack for great storytelling, Addicted to You is one of those films that can be clearly defined by the casting choices that were made. We’ve said it time and time again here at TWS, but good writing is worthless without the proper performances. And the performances we see in this film are beyond proper. They are exquisite!


Addicted to You is available now on VOD and DVD from Leomark Studios. Pick up a copy at the Leomark Official Webpage to receive 20% of using the promo code: IAMADDICTED.



Michael Boatman [Interview]

Pictured: Michael Boatman as Julius Cain of the CBS All Access series THE GOOD FIGHT. Photo Cr: Patrick Ecclesine/CBS ©2017 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Hello Folks! And a happy Friday to you all. As we lean into the weekend, we have an incredible interview with a wonderful performer who is about as recognizable as they come. The great Michael Boatman is gracing our digital pages today, and I could honestly not be more excited. Boatman has been a figure in my life, especially on television, for as long as I can really remember. In fact, during my formative years of middle & high school, Michael was in two shows (at the same time) that would, in different ways, be also very formative to me in very different ways. We discuss this all below, and I think you are going to love what he has to say about his work on shows like Spin City and Arli$$.

But, what is most captivating and wonderful about Mr. Boatman is that he never seems to let up. Whether it’s starring in current hit TV shows like the The Good Wife or The Good Fight, or bringing his brilliant acting chops to the stage or to films like Charles Burnett’s controversial and legendary film The Glass Shield, or the recent Peter Segal directed romcom Second Act, there is literally NOTHING that this man can not accomplish as a performer.

And for these reasons alone we would be excited to have him on the site today. Fortunately, he is also just a hell of a nice guy who gives a wonderful interview. We are so excited to have him on the site today, and for you, our dear readers, to get to know a little more about a guy we know you are all already very aware of after he has graced stage and screens for over 30 years. So Folks, please enjoy some incredible words from the even more incredible, Michael Boatman!




When did you first discover that you had a passion for performance? Was it something you had always wanted to do since your youth, or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day?

Before high school I had never even considered stepping on a stage. I was a very shy, withdrawn and socially awkward kid who loved books, science and The Six Million Dollar Man. But in high school, a guidance counselor dissuaded me from pursuing a career in the sciences. I was terrible at math, and when he saw my math scores he suggested a career as a plumber, or possibly something in the military. I was the child of a busy single mom and didn’t know how to fight back against authority. I’d wanted to study the stars or the oceans, and he just killed that dream. I think I became something of a class clown after that, cracking jokes that some of my teachers actually appreciated. A couple of them persuaded me that I had a sense of humor, which led me to audition for the next school play. I did it mostly to meet girls but, to my surprise, I actually landed a part. I loved the process of putting a play together, and when the curtain closed on that first performance I never looked back.


What was your very first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affect your work today?

My first paid gig was in a McDonalds commercial starring James Brown. I was the usher at a concert featuring the Godfather of Soul, only to abandon my post when a bunch of hungry concert- goers take off to score some Chicken McNuggets. I’d auditioned almost on a dare, and I got the part during the summer break my sophomore year of college. Until that point I had been planning to tour the Midwest after graduation, trying to work the regional theaters and sketch comedy circuit, before settling down to get a Master’s degree and a teaching job. The residuals actually helped pay my way through college, and that was when I learned that I could actually make money as a young actor.


When I was growing up, Spin City was one of my favorite sitcoms. I tried with all my might not to miss a week of it (because we had to do that back then!). And you were phenomenal, especially with Carter’s back and forth with Stuart that I still think about and laugh regularly. So, I am curious to know how your experience was working on this now legendary series? Was it as much fun to be a part of as it was for me to watch for all of those years?

What I remember from my Spin City days was the raucous, continuous laughter. I discovered a camaraderie there that remains a part of my life to this day. I’m still close to several members of that cast. Michael J. Fox and I have worked together on the The Good Wife, and on the current spin off, The Good Fight. Alan Ruck and I speak often. Alexander Chaplin and Richard Kind remain annoyingly present in my life, and Charlie Sheen became one of my closest friends. For six seasons we spent every week figuring out ways to crack each other up on the set while also rehearsing a hit television show. When they turned the cameras on for the Friday night show, that energy just continued in front of the live audience. It was a dream job, and remains one of the highlights of my professional life.



During the same time, you were also appearing on the legendary HBO series Arli$$, which happened to star our dear friend and past guest Richard Wuhl. Now, I got into this one later, for obvious reasons such as me being fairly young and more susceptible to the likes of Spin City at that time. But, I did eventually enjoy the program very much. Same sort of question mainly, how was your experience working on this project? What set this project apart from the plethora of other projects you had worked on prior, or even since?

Arli$$ was a whole other kind of fun for me. The camaraderie among actors who love their work has always been very important to me, and I was lucky enough to be a part of two shows where that camaraderie was constant. Robert Wuhl (Arliss Michaels) loves actors, so he made that set incredibly welcome and open to creativity. Since we were on HBO we were also allowed to run down some crazy story paths: adult situations, darker themes, sex, and lots of F-bombs. I also met the great Sandra Oh (Rita Wu) and the insanely brilliant Jim Turner (Kirby Carlisle), both of whom remain dear friends. We had many late summer nights, shooting crazy scenes with some of the greatest athletes in the world. It was glorious and hilarious at the same time.


In your career spanning over 30+ years, you have done some wonderful work in the world of television, film, stage, and beyond. When it comes to actors, I am always curious to know which form of performance takes all the proverbial cake? If you were destined to only work in one field for the remainder of your career, which would it be?

The live audience format of a multi-camera sitcom is hard to beat. I love comedy. I also love a live audience. Theater is my first love, because the immediacy of the audience creates a kind of tightrope tension, a dark chasm just beyond the footlights, waiting to absorb you or reject you. The audience wants to comfort you, and to commiserate with your character, whether the circumstances are tragic or comic. The tension and energy of a live audience is addictive, and performing for a live television studio audience is the greatest thrill of all.


If you were handed the chance to portray any legendary figure in in American history in a biopic, who would it be?

Currently, I’m obsessed with the voice of the great jazz singer, Johnny Hartman. He was, in my opinion, an overlooked performer who found some popularity when two of his songs were included in Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County. I’m told we have a similar vocal quality, which blows my mind because his voice is truly epic. I’m not a singer. I can carry a tune well enough, but I would learn to sing properly  if I could bring Hartman’s story to the screen.


What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to share with our readers?

I’m also a writer, so I’m always looking for the next story idea to kick me in the face. I recently sold a short story to an anthology of fantasy stories about Africa called. The story is called Thresher of Men. It’s  about what happens when a forgotten African goddess discovers the last of her believers in a small racist town in the Midwest. The anthology is called Dominion and it’s coming out later this year. So I’m excited about that. I’m also kicking around a few screenplays and television ideas. There are so many platforms these days and they all need content. So I’ve got a few irons in that fire. I think it’s probably time to direct something too.


What was the last thing that made you smile?

Watching my daughter complain about my inability to finish Game of Thrones…just now.

Sarah T. Cohen [Interview]


Hello Folks! And a happy Friday to you all. Today we have a wonderful interview for you at all with a star on the rise that you absolutely need to know. It’s Sarah T. Cohen, Everyone! I recently caught Sarah in the wonderful, and recently released, indie-horror film Cupid from director Scott Jeffrey (who coincidently was involved in a film we unexpectedly loved from last year entitled Pet Graveyard). While the cast was great as a team, Cohen really stood out to me as somebody I should be following, as the sky is clearly the limited for this insanely talented performer.

Regular readers here at TWS know that we are obsessed with the world of horror around here. And while it’s not the only world that Sarah works in, she absolutely excels within it. We were very excited to talk to her about this, the release of Cupid, and much more. She turned out to be an absolutely wonderful interview subject and was gracious enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to share a few words with us here. So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the great Sarah T. Cohen!



What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it something that you have aspired to do since your youth? I understand that you may have had a bit of influence growing up, but when was it that you personally decided to get into this world?

Back in Primary School, the cool thing to do was to take part in the Christmas Pantomime. Everyone auditioned each year, but they really only gave out roles to the children in their final year. When Year 6 rolled around, I managed to get the role of the Evil Queen in Snow White. I’m not sure if its something to brag about, but I was the first kid at the school to ever get booed. After that, I caught the acting bug. I always knew I would do it for fun, but I’m the practical sort, and when deciding what to study for university, I was leaning towards law, as I knew it could guarantee me a reliable income. Ironically, it was my parents (both of whom were computer programmers) who encouraged me to pursue acting as a career. They said it was the only time of my life I could really give my dream of acting a proper go. As always, they were right, so I applied to New York University for acting, and never looked back.

What was your very first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affects your work today?

I was incredibly lucky to get my first paid job while I was still at university. It was only my third audition, and I went in for the role of Young Cathy for the Amazon Pilot called The Interestings, based on the infamous book by Meg Wolitzer. I get a call a couple days later, and they asked me to audition for the role of Ellen Jacobson instead. She was the older sister of the main character, and was fantastically cruel. I went into the audition, and was surprised to see not only the casting directors, but the amazing writers (Lynnie Greene and Richard Levine), and the renowned director Mike Newell. It is undoubtedly intimidating to be in a room full of the industry greats, but I went in, guns blazing, and threw a middle finger into the scene just for fun. The following week, I found out I got the part. I will forever be grateful to Barden / Schnee Casting for taking a chance on an unknown actor like me. It was a dream come true. I was flown out to LA, and I got to work with some of the most talented people I’ve ever met, whom I had looked up to my entire life. I thought my career was set, and I would never have to worry about getting jobs again. Boy was I wrong. After that, I only got two more auditions for an entire year, and the pilot did not get picked up. That was my biggest lesson. Learning how to deal with the mental struggles of the industry. I had assumed that auditions would land in my lap, after already bagging such an amazing role. When I subsequently got so few opportunities, I put so much weight on each potential role, and I think that ended up sabotaging the quality of my work. I had to come to terms with the fact it would still be a hustle, and to cope with lack of opportunities. I learned to be proactive, but realistic, and not simply expect things to be handed to me. That has stuck with me ever since. And more importantly, I learned to not take the acting world too seriously. At the end of the day, it’s meant to be enjoyable, I learned to have fun with all aspects of my work, to do justice to the role, and worry about nothing else. It allowed the joy of acting to stay alive.

I really enjoyed one of your latest films, Cupid, and you were absolutely fantastic in it. I am curious what drew you to this role? What was it about this particular story that made you want to work on this project?

Thank you so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Cupid has been one of my favourite movies to date. I particularly enjoy working with the Proportion Production team. Scott Jeffrey and Becky Matthews are infinitely talented, and the quality of work they produce on the budgets they have is mind-blowing. I had already worked on Clown Doll with them, and knew I adored working with the team, so when they approached me about Cupid, I was ecstatic. The role of Elise was just glorious. I’ve always found the unlikable characters the most fun to play; they are so layered, and you get to say and do things you would never usually get to in real life. Elise takes the cherry for unlikable characters, she is straight up awful, egocentric, a bully, and I love her. As an added bonus, Scott (the director), let me throw in improv here and there, which made her even more fun to play. There was a lot I really liked about the story too, 1) high school drama, 2) fun characters, 3) an evil Cupid, and 4) the script didn’t take itself too seriously – it allowed for hammy acting, and hilarious one liners, which is a B-Movie dream. On another note, I liked that Cupidtackled the issue of bullying, showing the psychological impacts it can have, and the extremes people will go to on both sides. Bullying is still far too prevalent, especially in schools, and I think Cupid helps shine a light on that.



While it’s not the only genre you have worked in by far, but you have done some amazing work in our favorite genre of film, the world of horror. I am curious as to how you enjoy working in this realm? What is it about the world of horror that sets it apart from the other genres you have worked in?

As a viewer I always enjoyed scary movies, I love the adrenaline rush you get from watching them. It was interesting switching over to actually being in the movies. I think working in horror Is an actor’s dream. It allows you to put yourself into the most extreme circumstances, and truly test yourself as an artist. Life and death scenes are certainly the most demanding to portray, and scary movies have those in bucket loads. I still love working in drama and comedy, but horror often has elements of these and more. Horror is certainly more technically challenging to shoot than most other genres – you have to find angles and effects to make the gory scenes look realistic, so it is a lot more of a puzzle piece to film than other genres I’ve worked in. That being said, I’ve always loved a challenge, so horror is right up my alley.

If you were handed the opportunity to portray any legendary figure in American history, who would it be?

What a great question. You know what, I would actually love to play Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Ruth may be more of a recent figure than you had in mind, but portraying her would be an honour.  She is just such an incredible woman, a pioneer, and an inspiration. Furthermore, I think from an acting perspective she would be fun to play. She has a lot of specific mannerisms, and a very distinctive way about her

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

There are some really fun things coming up. My recent films Clown DollHellKat, and Awakening the Nun will all be coming out over the next few months. I’m also going to be filming a shark film, and a dinosaur film, currently titled Deadly Water and Jurassic Island (although the titles are likely to change). I am very excited about these. I’ve never worked with CGI before, so I’m pretty pumped.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I love this question. Just before this interview, my friend sent me a picture of her dog looking out at a view of Chicago from his potential new apartment, and proceeded to point out his “lil adorable poot poots”, or as the general public calls them, ‘paws’. I genuinely laughed out loud.


Scott Marcano [Interview]


Hey Folks! Happy Monday to you all! I have to preface this interview by stating that this is an interview that I have been hoping to get since I began this site in that lonely Mississippi hotel room almost 9 years ago. Today’s amazing interview subject, Scott Marcano, is a man who was involved with a certain film that shaped not only my childhood, but my interpretation, for better or worse, of what adulthood could possibly be, even if it wasn’t the path I would myself follow. As we will learn in the text below, Scott worked on the absolutely incredible and highly underrated film Bio-Dome, which I simply could not get enough of when I was a kid of a certain age. On a much smaller scale, I am a 90’s Pauly Shore movies that aren’t Son-In-Law loyalist in the vein of the Star Wars prequel loyalists, with Bio-Dome being the absolute pinnacle fo them all. I feel like I relate to these categories because we can see the faults, but goddammit they mean SO much to us. I was an innocent. And Mr. Marcano created a highly original film that was just so damn much fun, in a time when we could still imagine that fun was something we could put on a screen.

I will not apologize for my love of this film, and I have no reason to apologize, only pride, in the fact that we have the incredible Scott Marcano gracing our digital pages today! As per usual, I learned that Scot has been involved with a plethora of amazing projects throughout a decades spanning career, including work with a new friend of ours. Details are below. You’re going to love this, Folks. A huge thank you to Marcano for joining the TWS family. We are honored to have you here.

So Folks, please enjoy some incredible words from the brilliant Scott Marcano! Enjoy!




What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it something that you have aspired to do since your youth? Or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day?  

I’ve always been interested in storytelling, ever since I was very young, it’s just been something I understood and knew how to do.  I was shy as a kid, but one of the things that got me out of my shell in middle school was telling ghost stories to my friends. By the time I was in High School, I was making my own little comic books and writing short stories.  I didn’t think I could actually get a job in the entertainment industry until I was in my second year at UC Santa Cruz and I started taking film classes, then I applied to the film program at NYU – to my shock I got in and that’s when I focused full time on working in the entertainment industry.  Things went full circle for me as several years after I made it as a successful screenwriter I was able to start my own comic book company, so now I find myself back to where I was in High School, making little comic books!  


What was your very first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affects your work today?  

My first gig was when I was hired for $600 to write a script for two producers who had a deal at Fox.  I was still in film school at the time and I was thrilled to be paid anything to write. I was recommended for the job by a buddy of mine who was already writing big studio projects – he thought the money was ridiculous, but I was like—yay! Pizza money!  It turned out to be a big deal as the script was picked up by MGM and later become Bio-Dome starring Pauley Shore. I still get checks for the that silly film. The lesson I learned is never turn down a paying job (or cool job for that matter). You really never know where it will lead.  That little writing job started my whole career.  


While I know that some people may take issue with me saying this, because the term gets tossed around a bit too much….but the 1996 project you co-wrote entitled Bio-Dome is an absolute CLASSIC in mine eye. Granted, I was 11 years old when the film came out, and I was in love with it, but I still continue to love it to this day. So, that being said, I am curious to know what drew you to working on this zany buddy comedy that defined a generation (in my opinion)? And what are your thoughts on the legacy of the film?  

I really love Bio-Dome.  I got a lot of stick about it when it first came out because it was so zany and there was a big anti-Pauly Shore backlash right after it came out.  The critics hated it, but I always thought it was just a lot of good clean fun and they were being way to harsh about it. I also like it because, unlike a lot of comedies, it really did have a point to make about the environment.  It was a total blast to write. I was drawn to the pitch about making an environmental comedy and also the prospect of actually being paid to write – it wasn’t a lot of money, but I was very flattered at the time to be paid anything to be creative.  Me and my writing partner Kip Koenig would just hang out in my tiny apartment, trying to make each other fall over laughing as we wrote jokes for the script. We never thought it would lead to anything at the time, which really freed up our minds to just to be whacky and crack each other up. 

Later on, when it was being filmed, it wasn’t as fun as the writing part was mostly over and we were just spectators as it was being filmed, but still it was a good time hanging out on the set. One of my favorite memories, was Pauly Shore calling me up in the middle of the night to complain about a line he thought was misspelled.  The line was “If we stay in this Bio-Dome any longer we’re going to turn into the Doner Party!” We were referencing the Doner Family that ate eat other when they were stuck in a blizzard in the Sierra Mountains in the 1800s. But Pauly I guess had never heard about them. He kept insisting that I had misspelled “dinner party” – I tried to explain it to him over and over again, but he just didn’t get it.  I finally had to change the line to make him happy. Funny enough, that film has really aged far better than anyone thought it would. As I said, I still get checks for it all the time because it’s always on TV. I think the legacy of the film is very satisfying. I’m really happy people like yourself enjoyed the film and it put smiles on a lot of faces. I’m very proud of it, even if it is a bit zany to say the least.  


The year prior you were also involved with another project that I absolutely adore still to this day, a film written by our dear friend and past guest Rich Wilkes entitled Glory Daze. How did you manage to become a part of this project? And how was your experience in doing so?    

Me and Rich were close friends from UC Santa Cruz and we were roommates while I was studying film at USC.  Rich had sold the script to Glory Daze when he was still at AFI, so he was making some big bucks as a screenwriter when I was still in grad school.  He’s actually the one who threw me a bone by recommending me to the Bio-Dome producers. Rich didn’t need $600 to write a script because he was making bank at the time (still is!), so he told them to hire me.  Really nice of him to do that. Glory Daze was about his senior year at Santa Cruz and all our friends. Rich was going through a lot that year with a ex-girlfriend and really didn’t want to leave college, so he wrote this kick-ass script about all his coming-of-age angst.  I wasn’t there senior year to console him because I had transferred to NYU, but I knew all the people and events he wrote about, so I had a really keen sense of the story he was going for. I read the script many times as he worked on it and told him I thought it was excellent. 

I wasn’t involved in the filmmaking most of the time, however, other than to offer encouragement and recommend to Rich that he cast our mutual friend “Vinnie” as the character based on him. I’m actually kinda glad I wasn’t around on set with those guys because I heard all the war stories of how the shoot went up in Santa Cruz and it sounded like things got really crazy.  I’d tell you how crazy, but I took a vow of silence to never reveal all the details. I’ll just say, those guys had a lot of fun. I did manage to get my toe in the production in a funny back-door sorta way. Me and Rich were playing together in a punk band at the time and one day Rich asked me to help him record an old drunken beer song he’d written back in college called “Sports Pack” that he wanted to put on the soundtrack.  It was a total blast, Rich got a professional recording studio for us and talked one of the members of the Vandals to be the producer of the song. It came out pretty good I must say, a classic punk song about shot-gunning beer. I should get out my Glory Daze soundtrack and give it a listen again soon. I haven’t rocked out to it in awhile. 


You tend to wear a lot of proverbial hats in the world of filmmaking, filling many different roles from writing and producing to directing as well. I am curious to know which one you prefer the most? If you were only able to work in one of the fields for the rest of your career, which would it be?

I’m kind of a jack of all trades by necessity.  I started out studying to be a director, but I was pegged as a writer because that’s how I broke into the business.  Later I had to start producing in order to get some of my projects off the ground. I definitely find producing to be the least satisfying, but most necessary of all my skills.  I really enjoy writing because that’s where the rubber meets the road in terms of creativity, it’s just you and a blank piece of paper. Everyone else gets to work with something (namely a script), but the writer has the most challenging job, I think because they have to initiate everything and make it work.  I love the challenge of that. As I’ve gotten older, however, I’ve become more interested in directing because I really enjoying managing the film from the beginning to end. At this point, I’d love to direct if I had to choose one thing to do the rest of my career.  


 If you were handed the opportunity to create the biopic of any legendary figure from world history, who would it be?

Funny you should ask, I’m actually fascinated by this rather obscure figure from history, a conquistador named Martin Lopez who was with Cortez during the conquest of Mexico.  I’m working on a script about him as we speak. I’ve always found the whole story of the war between the Spanish and the Aztec Empire to be the greatest saga of history that’s never been properly told.  Martin Lopez was a mere carpenter working for Cortez, but he was a very brilliant man and his ingenuity turned the whole conflict in Cortez’s favor (for better of worse). I won’t give it all away, but his story is one of these great tales of a smart guy who changed the whole world by using his brains, not brawn – it’s the story of the a regular person who for a few months became the most important man on the planet and changed the lives of millions of people, and then was largely forgotten by time and circumstance. 

However, I also have had a passion project for years that I want to get produced about Rube Foster, the legendary black pitcher who founded the negro leagues. Foster changed the lives of a generation of African Americans and made Jackie Robinson’s heroics possible. He was an absolute genius who worked tirelessly to fight racism and prove African Americans were not only the equal of whites on the field, but also in business. His story is phenomenal and he was an incredibly complex, colorful figure, imagine Eddie Murphy, Notorious BIG and PT Barnum all rolled up into one – that was Rube.  I’d love to get my project about him off the ground one day. 


What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

 I have several really great film projects that look like are going into production soon.  One is a film I wrote, Mort In Sherman Oaks, that is set to be filmed later this year. It’s a dark comedy (along the lines of She) where in the future they can tell you your exact “death date” – and this shy mortician named Mort finds out he has a year to live and tries to fall in love before it’s too late.  It’s one of my favorite scripts I’ve written. Keep an eye out for it!  


What was the last thing that made you smile?

 I try to smile a few times every day no matter what, but my kids just made me smile a little while ago – they were doing an impression of me, imitating my booming voice as I babbled on about something and picked my nose.  Very accurate I must say. 

Sunday Matinee: Carol of the Bells [Film]


“A young man with a troubled past seeks out his biological mother. His world is turned upside down upon discovering that she is developmentally disabled. Unable to work through this new discovery on his own, the man’s wife takes matters into her own hands forcing her husband to face the truth and heal the past. A crew of 70% individuals with developmental disabilities recently produced Carol of the Bells through Travolta’s Inclusion Films.” – October Coast PR



Folks, get ready to break out the feels on this one. If you have some resemblance of a soul, or even just a bit of consciousness, hell even a pulse, Carol of the Bells is a heart-warming film that is bound to take your breath away. Even if the events depicted in this truly original film don’t hit you personally, you are going to feel something special after just one viewing of this incredible film. By the above description alone of the film, you should probably know what you are getting into. But, let me tell you Folks, it’s more. SO much more. Carol of the Bells is honestly one of the most touching films I have ever seen. Misguided anger, mixed with regret, and the misunderstanding of things we can not begin to comprehend are themes that emancipate the story into the lovely package that the film is as whole.



Filmmaker Joey Travolta has managed to make writer J.C. Peterson’s amazing story into an absolute visual masterpiece in so many ways. And the idea that 70% of the crew involved in making this wonderful film happen is a true testament to the idea that we shouldn’t pass judgement too quickly (maybe, at all?) to the idea that folks who may have been dealt some challenges in their lives aren’t able to do amazing work in the world of the creative arts. I would love to think that this is not a real problem in this world that on the surface seems to be so open to difference, but sadly that would be a pipe dream if I ever heard of one. But Travolta, Peterson, and his wonderful crew have created something magical with Carol of the Bells, and it definitely deserves to be celebrated.

As one would expect, RJ Mitte was wonderful with his dramatic depiction of the tortured soul of the film. Some of use grew up watching him on the small screen, and would honestly expect nothing less. This is not to take away from his work here, but when you have established yourself as a dynamic force to be reckoned with, one would be surprised to see a bad performance. The dynamic force that struck me the hardest within Carol of the Bells, was actually a sort of tag team effort, if I could call it that. And that would be between Andrea F. Friedman in her titular role as Carol, and Yuly Mireles as the very pregnant, and very forward thinking Karen Johnson. Not throwing too many spoilers out there, but if you are at all interested in seeing this flick, these two interacting is hands down my most favorite part of the film.

So Folks, this is a very special film that is a brilliant story brought to screen by an incredible filmmaker, and is star-studded beyond comprehension. It’s one of my favorite films of the year thus far, and I know you are going to love it. So check it out!


Carol of the Bells will be available on DVD and Digital March 3 from High Octane Pictures. Find it wherever you purchase great films.