Josh Olson

Academy Award nominated screenwriter of “A History of Violence,” Josh Olson, joins Illeana on the podcast this week. They talk life in Hollywood, being an artist and a writer, his one definition of success, carrying Billy Barty (literally), his thoughts on getting notes, being nominated for an Oscar, and so much more!

Listen on iTunes here.

Check out his audio-drama, Bronzeville here.

His viral rant, “I will not read your fucking script,” can be found here. 



Lois Smith

The amazing, talented Lois Smith is on the podcast this week. She talks about her amazing career, spanning six decades, and includes equal time spent in the theater, and in films and television. Some of her notable theater roles are “The Iceman Cometh,” “The Grapes of Wrath.” TV roles in “Route 66” and “Thirtysomething.” Her film roles include “Five Easy Pieces,”, “Midnight Run,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” and most recently “Lady Bird,” and “Marjorie Prime.”

Sam Shepard, Robert Duvall, Steppenwolf Theater, and Melvyn Douglas… just a few of the people Lois has worked with. She’s a brilliant performer, and this is an exceptional interview. Don’t miss it!

Listen here on iTunes. 

You can find Lois here on Twitter. 


Adam Rifkin

Writer, Director and Filmmaker Adam Rifkin dropped by to chat with Illeana this week. His films include “The Dark Backward,” documentary, “Guiseppe Makes a Movie,” “Detroit Rock City,” and “Look.” Adam talks about his latest project, “The Last Movie Star,” with his childhood idol, Burt Reynolds. He also tells some fantastic stories about being educated by Svengoolie, his Adam Rafkin/Alan Rifkin/Adam Rifkin ‘name-cameo’ in the TV series “Action,” his ‘unearned confidence,’ and starting his career by flipping through the Yellow Pages. GREAT interview, don’t miss this one.

Listen on iTunes here.

Watch on YouTube here. 

His film, Giuseppe Makes a Movie can be streamed here.

He’s here on Twitter,

and here on Instagram

And you can get your own Burt Shirt here!

Thanks Adam!

Laraine Newman

Laraine Newman joined Illeana today. They talked about her voiceover work,  being a founding member of The Groundlings, studying with the amazing Marcel Marceau, and of course, Saturday Night Live.

Watch here on youTube.

Laraine’s first movie was called X76 Blood Rust. None of us can find any info on it!



Beverly D’Angelo

The wonderful, beautiful and talented Beverly D’Angelo joins Illeana on the podcast this week. They talk about the lasting impact of film… including Ben Hur, her start as a singer, her enduring friendship with Carrie Fisher, and so much more. Listen in!

Watch here on YouTube.

Listen here on iTunes.

Ed Asner

Actor/activist and 8-Time Emmy Award-winning actor ED ASNER is LIVE on the podcast today.

We’ll be talking about his long and illustrious career, from Roots, to the Mary Tyler Moore show, his activism, being President of SAG, to his endearing role in the Oscar Winning UP! Don’t miss this interview.

Ed’s on Twitter here. 

You can find his book The Grouchy Historian here. 

And if you haven’t watched the “Chuckles” episode lately… here it is. You’re welcome.

Beverly Gray

Author and Movie Maven, Beverly Gray is on the podcast this week. She talks about writing theater reviews while a student at UCLA, her long working relationship with Roger Corman and how she came up with the twist ending to one of his most popular films, and of course, her thoughts, insights and inside intel on The Graduate.

Beverly is here on Twitter.

Here on Facebook.

Her website is here. 

Tom Cross

Tom Cross, the Academy Award winning editor of Whiplash, talks with Illeana on the podcast today.

It’s a wonderful in-depth chat about musical favorite, La La Land (and some inside scoop about that opening scene in traffic!), editing tricks from Whiplash, and so much more. Listen in!


Listen here on iTunes.

Jon Cryer

Emmy winning Actor, writer, director and producer Jon Cryer joins Illeana on the podcast today.

They talk about his early career on Broadway (and his striking resemblance to Matthew Broderick), Theatre Camp, his “luck” in the business, meeting Jerry Lewis, and of course, Pretty in Pink.

You can find Jon on twitter @MrJonCryer

His book, So That Happened is here on Amazon, and here on Audible.

Amanda Wyss

The gorgeous, talented, funny Amanda Wyss is on the podcast this week.

She and Illeana talk about her start in theatre (The BAD SEED!), her audition process for Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the rotating room in Nightmare on Elm Street (and getting vertigo), and so much more. Don’t miss this one!

Listen here on iTunes.

Amanda is on Twitter here. 

And here on Instagram.