Henry Winkler is the very definition of an American TV icon. After all, his signature leather jacket from Happy Days is in the Smithsonian Institution. But, instead of playing the “Don’t you know who I am? I’m The Fonz!” card to get jobs, Winkler told us he still goes out and auditions for the jobs he wants, and he explained why he does that. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Winkler)
Winkler’s current project, Barry, airs Sunday nights at 10/9c on HBO.
There aren’t too many actors whose characters are represented in the Smithsonian Institution as being, well, an American institution, but Henry Winkler’s Fonzie is one of them. Though he’s gone on to have a long and diverse show business career, Winkler will forever be linked to the iconic ’70s sitcom Happy Days, and he’s fine with that. As he tells it, working on the show was one of the best experiences he’s ever had, and he attributes a lot of that to the way the show was run by its creator and executive producer, the late Hollywood legend Garry Marshall. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Winkler)
These days, Winkler’s keeping busy with two shows: the reality show Better Late Than Never, airing Monday nights at 9/8c on NBC, and a new HBO series with Bill Hader, Barry, which premieres on March 25.
Ever since its debut 42 years ago, Saturday Night Live has specialized in political satire. From Chevy Chase’sGerald Ford to Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump, American politicians have provided plenty of opportunities for great SNL impersonations and sketches over the years. Larry David, who got rave reviews for his spot-on Bernie Sanders impression during the 2016 campaign, will be hosting SNL on November 4, and you can bet he’ll be breaking out his Bernie again. David, whose first TV gig was on the ’80s sketch show Fridays, told us that once people saw Sanders debate, he was booked on SNL almost instantly. (Click on the media bar below to hear Larry David)
In addition to hosting SNL on November 4, David is starring in a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sunday nights on HBO.
His name is attached to some of the biggest, most influential American movies of the last 50 years: Jaws, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, and Schindler’s List, just to name a few. Now, Steven Spielberg’s name is attached to a biographical documentary airing Sunday night, Spielberg. It’s a fascinating look at one of Hollywood’s most iconic directors, from his youth up until today. Shot by director Susan Lucy, the film shows Spielberg letting his guard down and telling some amazing stories about his life and career.
I’ve had the privilege of speaking with Spielberg several times over the years, and one of our favorite conversations came when I asked him to tell the unusual — and unbelievable — story of how he managed to get a job on the Universal Studios lot. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)
If you ever get to visit Spielberg’s office at Universal, you’re in for a treat. It’s filled with mementos from his films; for a movie lover, it’s heaven on Earth. Of course, you’ll find items from ET, but you won’t find the one thing Spielberg treasures most about that movie, because that’s something Spielberg carries in his heart. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)
Over the course of his career, Spielberg’s won plenty of acclaim — and three Academy Awards. And while he certainly wouldn’t mind winning another, he’s good with what he’s already got.
If you are a fan of Spielberg and his movies — or if you’re just a movie fan in general — you won’t want to miss Spielberg, airing Saturday night on HBO.
To capture the correct look for HBO’s gritty drama The Deuce, the producers went to great pains to recreate the solemn, seedy-looking streets of New York City’s infamous porn community back in the 1970s. James Franco, who stars in and produces the show, is also directing episodes, and he told us they’ve been obsessive about finding ways of making today’s Big Apple look like it did back then. (Click on the media bar below to hear James Franco)