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Milling About visits The Evergreen Inn Bed & Breakfast in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey. Dating back to 1873, it was once a stagecoach stop. Innkeeper Laurie runs the inn like she's hosting a dinner party or hanging with friends at the local Jersey Shore pub. A great storyteller, she entertains her guests at breakfast. If you're still sleeping or even slightly hung over she is the perfect wake-up call! Her juice glasses are on a slant to confuse you even more. She says, 'it's 140 years old so I don't know if I'm the one that's slanted in my 40s or the house is slanted but it works for me!'
One wonders if her five year-old daughter is an inspiration, joking she's a 'beard' for her goofiness. Leaving the corporate world she fell into hospitality having a Yureka moment finding a Christmas ornament that said 'Evergreen Inn.' Since 1997, she put her management skills to work with a homey renovation. The rooms are named for evergreens like The Redwood, a tribute to The Eagles' Hotel California and her 'thing' for Don Henley complete with mirrors on the ceiling and pink champagne on ice.
It's Halloween so everybody loves a good ghost story. Laurie was busy painting alone on the third floor at 2AM when she distinctly heard her name. She laughs, 'Turns out it was an ex-boyfriend calling from across the street at the 7-11 for a booty call at two in the morning!'
Breakfast is the main attraction with names like 50 Ways To Leave Your Lovah French Toast, Brie Rules The World Eggs; one with lobster because hey, it's the beach. Laurie gleefully recites the ingredients as you enter the dining room insisting on seconds.
Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez releases his sophomore film, C.O.G. which he wrote based on a story by David Sedaris. Kyle tells host Robin Milling getting the rights to the story from Sedaris was a challenge as he regularly passes on the idea of making his stories into films.
Determined, Kyle showed up at a Sedaris book signing with his first film, Easier With Practice, in hand. His passion plea was his personal connection to C.O.G.which deals with the intersection of religion and sexuality. Growing up in the Mormon community dealt with that in spades! Four months later Sedaris e-mailed and Alvarez became the first person to adapt his writings for the screen.
Kyle is clear that C.O.G. is not a coming out story but more about coming to terms with being seen as a gay person; nor did he want to cast an openly gay actor as a gimmick. Jonathan Groff was just the right person for the job. He says, 'I think Jonathan has the quality of being an openly gay actor for most of his career, arguably his entire career and I think he truly has the opportunity and the possibility to break out and for people to not question him as a romantic lead opposite women. He has the looks and the talent and the charm to handle all of those things you need from a leading man.'
Daniel Radcliffe was once the bespectacled boy wizard of Harry Potter. With a bit of a scruff and near 25 it doesn't seem odd that he prefers Dan. Speaking to him since he's 10, you happily adopt the name as he's permanently left the Hogwarts building. In Kill Your Darlings he may still be wearing Potter-shaped glasses but the comparisons firmly end there. Dan joins host Robin Milling to discuss taking on the role of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. He tells Robin he modestly dabbled in sonnets when he was 17, but now he's working towards writing screenplays he can direct. To get into the mindset of unrequited heartache for Lucien Carr (played by Dane DeHaan), director John Krokidas, who also joins Robin, suggested he borrow Renee Zelwegger's method of listening to music before the scene. Dan chose jazz singer Jo Stafford while Krokidas turned to bands such as The Libertines with similar torture in their relationship.
John, who is well versed in the Beat Generation keyed into Ginsberg for being openly gay in the 40s and taking his freedom of expression all the way to the Supreme Court. He tells Robin he aspires to be that brave and hopes the film will do the same for audiences. 'Maybe,' he says, 'you will take pen to paper and create something revolutionary.'
Milling About visits Hotel Zero 1 in Montreal, Canada. Senior Marketing Manager Michele Cantin tells host Robin Milling it's an ideal location just steps away from Chinatown and the cultural district Quarter des Spectacles, ripe with art, music and food festivals. For sightseers the Old City and the Old Port are a short walk away. This chic boutique-style property was once home to students attending nearby University of Quebec. The walls are concrete so the renovation focused on the 163 rooms which are stylized for comfort with just enough room for the essentials. The minimalist European aspect might not appeal to Americans looking for lots of space but you soon trade that for efficiency and charm. The beds are the centerpiece with 250 thread count sheets and microfiber duvet and pillows. The cupboards contain kitchenettes with hideaway appliances such as a mini refrigerator and coffeemaker.
Cantin is no stranger to the hospitality business having worked at a spa, but jumped at the chance to launch the opening of Hotel Zero 1 just two years ago, named for the address on Boulevard Rene-Levesque. She says being the new player in the city, they are the talk of the town. Their best kept secret is the 5 floor terrace where you can be very French and just take in the views of the city with a bottle of wine. It's a taste of France just six hours drive from New York City.
Veteran Hollywood studio executive David Picker joins host Robin Milling to discuss his book Musts, Maybes And Nevers, an inside look at the movies that were produced during his reign at United Artists Corporation, Paramount, Lorimar and Columbia Pictures. A third generation motion picture producer, Picker was responsible for bringing films to United Artists by any means necessary. He tells Robin the real story behind the James Bond franchise that's never been heard before and how his cousin's husband started the Thunderball rolling if you will by introducing him to Ian Fleming's novels. David orchestrated The Beatles' films A Hard Days Night bringing director Richard Lester on board and was instrumental in starting Steve Martin's movie career with The Jerk.
Born in Brooklyn, Picker followed in his family's footsteps loving movies as his father Eugene Picker ran Loews Theaters, and his uncle Arnold Picker was a founding partner in the new 1951 United Artists. He worked alongside some of the greats and not so greats and it's all in the book in black and white. As the legendary director Billy Wilder once told him over lunch, 'There are only three kinds of movies – musts, maybes, and nevers," and that's what inspired the title. The book chronicles a very exciting life of bringing award-winning and classic films to fruition.
Jonathan Groff has a new philosophy about apples; he may never look at an apple the same way again thanks to his role as an apple factory worker in C.O.G. based on a story by David Sedaris. Jonathan tells host Robin Milling he spent months on a real assembly line alongside workers amazed by what goes into sorting the bright red fruit.
Growing up in Lancaster, PA farm country Jonathan was no stranger to menial jobs. For his horse trainer father he shoveled poop out of horse stalls and drove a tractor spraying weeds on the horse farm. His grandmother had many Amish women working her garden so Jonathan would often drive them home after mowing her lawn. He laughs, 'Sometimes I was an Amish chauffeur!'
Jonathan who is Mennonite never opened up about his sexuality in high school. It wasn't until he got to New York that he came out. Recently he tells Robin he returned home for his high school musical where many of the students were out and proud. 'They were out living their lives and I thought, 'wow this is so great that this is happening now because the idea of doing that when I was high school seemed just crazy!'
Choosing projects where his character is gay like C.O.G., The Normal Heart and Looking for HBO are just happy coincidences. He says, 'I'm thrilled to be doing these gay-themed projects because obviously I have a personal stake in them and it means a lot to me. Kids are able to see more stuff like this on TV and hopefully it makes people more comfortable and as time goes along it becomes a non-issue.'
In Broadway Idiot documentary filmmaker Doug Hamilton gets an all access pass to film a behind-the-scenes look at Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong as he observes the cast and crew interpret his music for the stage from day one to opening night of American Idiot. Doug joins host Robin Milling to discuss how he got inside this Broadway world shown from the unique perspective of this musical superstar.
He knew he had something special when he captured a teary-eyed Armstrong watching the cast performing his songs for the first time. Illustrating his commitment to the project, Armstrong offered home video footage as a pre-teen singing Send In The Clowns to replace a scene for the film which was already in the can. Doug says, "I had found this old footage of Billy, not what you see in the film, singing Christmas songs at 14 in some hospital. He said, 'this is great but I can do better.' " He had gone to his cousins and gotten that old family footage. I had to remix the film with that new scene but it was so worth it.' Throughout the story Doug weaves concert footage of Green Day with entire numbers from the show.
Fans of Green Day who couldn't afford the price of a Broadway ticket will not only see the making of American Idiot the musical in the documentary, but Doug confirms the feature film version is well in the works starring Armstrong as St. Jimmy.
Milling About visits Sans Soucy Vineyards in Brookneal, Virginia for a delicious wine tasting hosted by owner Paul Anctil. A French Canadian, Paul says growing up he'd turn anything fruit into wine. His six acre vineyard offers daily tastings from bold and dry reds to light and sweet whites. Once a tobacco farm, some reds take on a smoky tobacco finish like Petit Verdot, with hints of dark cherry and vanilla. There's a dish of semi-sweet chocolates to compliment the bold reds. The wines are named for their pets. Cab, a black Lab dons the label of their stellar Cabernet Franc perfect with T-bone steak. The light summer red is Chateau Weuf de Pup. The family cat is on Chat-O, blending Traminette and Viognier for honeysuckle notes. Paul's military time in the hot summers of Spain inspired the Tempranillo featuring raspberry and blackberry tones; the unique Ginger wine comes from the British Marines, made from whole ginger root. The Bark & Wine festival in June donates their wine tasting fees to a no-kill animal rescue in town. www.sanssoucyvineyards.com
John Schneider is doing double duty on the nighttime soap scene with Tyler Perry's The Haves And The Have Nots and Mistresses. In the former John stars as Jim Cryer, king of the haves, sowing his married oats and gluttonously taking whatever he can have. It's Tuesday night's guilty pleasure on OWN.
John joins host Robin Milling from Baton Rouge, Louisiana which serves as the home of his production company, John Schneider's Fairlight Films named for himself of course, and his regal standard poodle. It is also close proximity to Atlanta where the show shoots and Savannah, where his daughter attends college. John tells Robin he can relate to the riches his character possesses having once owned a jet for the convenience of shuttling himself from Thousand Oaks, California to Vancouver during Smallville so he could be home with his kids in time for sports Saturday. The similarities end there as John is a much happier person but says he's having a hell of a time portraying him.
The season finale airs tonight but will resume shooting in October. John says, 'Tyler knows how to write a cliffhanger like nobody I've ever seen. When you see this show you will be cringing until you get to see more of them!'
During his hiatus, John is busy editing Smothered, his first feature under his production banner which he describes as a 'horromedy.' Starring famous movie serial killers, John says he feels like the champion of the disenfranchised masked killers because he's given them an opportunity to appear without a mask or some weird disguise in his film. Of course the release date will be next December, Friday, the 13
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Gary Busey wants you to get into The Busey Zone, interactive webisodes where you ask Gary questions and learn from his unique perspective on life, like 'A Moment With The Hobbits.' Gary tells host Robin Milling he's visited Middle Earth in his dreams through body projection. He says, "I time travel in my dreams." These observations come from a Harley Davidson accident when the curb split his head open and he died after brain surgery, seeing the other side. He jokes, "I could tell you more but it's like explaining an orgasm to a 10 year-old; you can't really discover it all!"
There's three books in the works from the mind of Busey including his autobiography, "360 Ways To See An Elephant;" meaning there's more than one way to see something. Plus a two- volume collection of his Buseyisms; Gary takes the letters from a word and creates a definition. His buddy Donald Trump is 'Taking Redirection Understanding Massive Power.' And from the man who played Buddy Holly, will be his book of lyrics 'Song Poetry.'
For Busey's outlook on life visit http://www.buseyzone.com
The life of lightweight boxing champion Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini reads like a Greek tragedy which is why it makes the perfect movie, 'The Good Son.' During his rise to become a champ he was struck down by the death of his brother Lenny which only propelled him to get back into the ring. Then the worst thing that could possibly happen did - - Duk Koo Kim died following the match that gave him his title at Caesars Palace on November 13, 1982. Any other man might have thrown in the towel; but not Ray. Instead he chose to deal with whatever obstacles life gave him with grace and dignity. In the film you see his life come full circle years later when he meets Kim's family.
Celebrating his success at the premiere party he tells host Robin Milling, 'everyone takes their shots and you got to keep moving forward. My faith kept me from jumping off a bridge.' Ray is certainly moving forward. At 52, he has re-invented himself in the wine business launching three new wines from Napa under the name South Paw; named for being a lefty as well as for his last name 'Mancino' which means left-handed. He is also a poet. Writing since he was a kid, his mother would secretly enter his poems into contests. He recalls, 'I'd get in the mail you're an honorary member of the National Poets Society. What's this?!'
For everything Ray from wine to memorabilia, visit http://www.rayboomboommancini.com