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Episode 77: Featuring Christopher McDonald

Episode 77: Featuring Christopher McDonald

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features actor Christopher McDonald. Christopher discussed his role in the Broadway play Lucky Guy, which he is starring opposite Tom Hanks. He talked about how the play came to be, what it’s like to work with Tom, and how getting notes from a theater director differs from a film director. Christopher also discussed his life as a working actor. ...

Episode 76: Featuring Shanola Hampton

Episode 76: Featuring Shanola Hampton

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features Shanola Hampton. Shanola is an actress currently starring on Shameless. Shanola and I discussed why she always knew she wanted to be an actress, how she broke in, and her worst audition experience.  She also spoke about her role as Veronica Fisher on Shameless. She talked about getting that part, the nude scenes, which plot point grossed her...

Episode 75: Featuring Raphael Sbarge

Episode 75: Featuring Raphael Sbarge

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features actor Raphael Sbarge. In addition to focusing on his role as Jiminy Cricket on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Raphael gave an honest account of his life as a working actor. He talked about how show-business has changed in the thirty years he’s been working, his worst audition experience, and how social media is changing things for actors...

Episode 74: Featuring Navid Negahban

Episode 74: Featuring Navid Negahban

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features actor Navid Negahban. Navid discussed his role as Abu Nazir on Homeland. In addition to focusing on his role and the show, Navid also spoke about working with Claire Daines, specifically on how she gets into character and prepares for a scene. Navid also spoke about his life growing up in Iran, what opportunities are available there for aspi...

Episode 73: Featuring Dennis Christopher

Episode 73: Featuring Dennis Christopher

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features actor Dennis Christopher. Dennis discussed his upcoming role as Leonide Moguy in Django Unchained. In addition to the role itself Dennis spoke about working with Quentin Tarantino specifically on how he runs his set and communicates with actors. He also detailed his experiences working with Robert Altman, and Federico Fellini whose directing...

Episode 72: Featuring Michael Mohan

Episode 72: Featuring Michael Mohan

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features Michael Mohan. Michael is a screenwriter and director, his latest movie is the romantic comedy Save the Date starring Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend, and Mark Webber. Michael discussed how he made Save the Date from script-to-screen, his writing process, and how the project initially came together. Michael also talked...

2012 NYTVF: Development Day

2012 NYTVF: Development Day

Tweet Last week I attended the 8th Annual New York Television Festival. Development Day is is where the festival truly shines. The first panel I attended was Light-Sound-Shoot. This panel featured a group of relatively unknown independent filmmakers talking about how to make low budget projects, and it was great. The panelists went into great detail about how to light a set, shoot in the dark, wha...

2012 NYTVF: Fox’s Tuesday Night Lineup (Women in Comedy)

2012 NYTVF: Fox’s Tuesday Night Lineup (Women in Comedy)

Tweet Last week I attended the 8th Annual New York Television Festival. This panel featured Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Dakota Johnson (Ben & Kate), Lucy Punch (Ben & Kate), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Liz Meriwether (creator of New Girl), and was moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Jessica Shaw. Meriwether was the focus of a lot of the conversation. She talked about her early writing...

2012 NYTVF: Long Day’s Journey into Late Night

2012 NYTVF: Long Day’s Journey into Late Night

Tweet Last week I attended the 8th Annual New York Television Festival. As a lifelong fan of late night TV, this was one of the events I was most looking forward to. Moderated by MSNBC’s Willie Geist, the panel featured Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live), Eric and Justin Stangel (The Late Show with David Letterman), A.D. Miles (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Steve Bodow (The Daily Show), and Barry...

2012 NYTVF: Graham Yost

2012 NYTVF: Graham Yost

Tweet Last week I attended the 8th Annual New York Television Festival. Here’s a summary of the Graham Yost keynote. The second day of the festival featured keynote speaker Graham Yost. Graham is a screenwriter, who is currently the showrunner on FX’s Justified. The conversation was moderated by columnist John Sellers. Graham talked about breaking in, his time writing for Hey Dude and Full Hou...