Screenwriter and Director Paul Sado was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Queens. He began his career as an actor, appearing on Law And Order and alongside Kevin Hart in his first film Paper Soldiers (Universal). He co-wrote, produced, and starred in the IFC Film The Undeserved before choosing to focus entirely on writing and directing. Sado consulted on Tom McCarthy’s Win Win starring Paul Giamatti and Bobby Cannavle and went on to co-write the screenplay for The Cobbler (Image Entertainment) starring Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, and Method Man, set for release in 2015.

Writer, producer and director Eric Haywood joins illeana on today’s podcast. He’s written on shows such as “Private Practice,” “Soul Food: The Series,” “Empire,” and “Power.” His career started out in music videos, where he learned about success being in “the finishing of a project.” This is a great interview about the nuts and bolts of writing. Listen in!

Eric is on Twitter here. And his website is

Actor Patrick Fabian is on with Illeana this week. You’ve seen him on everything from his SAG-card-getting shampoo commercial to “Friends,” “NCIS,” “Will and Grace,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and his current gig on “Better Call Saul.” He talks about “stalking” stars, the joy of acting with Michael McKean, getting to be a star for a week… this is a really great interview. Do listen!

He’s on twitter here, and here on Instagram.

Patrick’s website is

Actress Donna Pescow joins Illeana this week. They talk about everything from her early stage days in off-Broadway shows to her breakout role in “Saturday Night Fever,” to TV roles in “Angie,” “Out of this World,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Sopranos,” and so many others. They talk about the essential connection to acting training, and how important it is while on set, dancing at a wedding with John Travolta recently, (!) and more. Such a lovely woman. Listen in.

Author Mark Griffin is on the podcast today. His book “A Hundred or More Hidden Things — The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli,” focuses on the famous director. He also wrote a book, “All that Heaven Allows,” a biography of Rock Hudson. He has amazing knowledge and insight and, like Illeana, shares a deep love of all things film.

You can find Mark on Twitter here. And here on Instagram.

His website is www.MarkGriffin

Actress, author and singer Joely Fisher is on the podcast with Illeana today. From her TV work on “Ellen,” and “Til Death,” to films, “Inspector Gadget,” and her appearance on Broadway, she has so many stories! She talks so fondly of her sister, Carrie Fisher, and the rest of her famous family.

These gals dish… don’t miss it!

You can find Joely on twitter here, and on Instagram here.

You can buy her book here.


Actor and comedian, Mario Cantone is on the podcast today with Illeana. From his work on Broadway (including a Tony nomination), to stand-up comedy, to numerous appearances on TV (“Sex and the City,” “Men in Trees”), to feature films (“Quiz Show,” “Surf’s Up,” “The Aristocrats,”) he and Illeana have much to dish about.

You can find Mario on Twitter here.

His website is


The lovely and talented Kelli Maroney is on the podcast with Illeana this week. They talk about her work in classic 80s film “Fast Times at Ridgemont Times,” and the film that brought them together, “Night of the Comet.”

The veteran actresses chat about their favorite actors, Kelli working on “Ryan’s Hope,” and “One Life to Live,” her dreams of being a Shakespearean actor, surviving working for Roger Corman, and much more. Oh, and the story about how she got her first acting role… by accident! Enjoy!

Listen here on iTunes.

Follow Kelli here on Twitter.

Her website is here.


Actress Jaime King joins Illeana this week. Jaime always knew she wanted to be a filmmaker. Her journey from Omaha, Nebraska to NYC to Hollywood is an amazing one. From an young age she was an admirer of photographers, and instinctively knew that fashion would lead her to film.

From early days as a model to quitting at the height of her modeling career, to first films “Happy Campers,” and “Blow,” to the HUGE budget film “Pearl Harbor,” (“run straight and don’t #^@$ it up.”) these amazing actresses talk careers, and get deep into filmmaking and the artistry of their field. Great interview.

Listen here on iTunes.

Director and producer, Joe Dante is our guest this week… and our first returning guest!

In honor of Halloween, he and Illeana talk horror and scary movies. From Bela Lugosi to Boris Karloff and Claude Rains, to the origins of horror movies… humor in horror… this is THE podcast you want to listen to! Film-nerd alert!

Do not miss this show. Or the monsters will get you!

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