Forty years later, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In finds respectability as a PBS special. The show’s creator, George Schlatter, tells Bill Newcott how NBC aired the series almost as an afterthought—and how the blackout comedy show ended up helping elect a president.
The day Mel Brooks knew Young Frankenstein would be a hit. Young Frankenstein, now celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new Blu-ray disc, is hailed as a classic now, but Mel Brooks told Bill Newcott his idea of making a black-and-white horror satire was not seen as a sure-fire success.
Susan Sarandon gets sweet-talked by Kevin Kline as Errol Flynn—who’s got romantic designs on her character’s 15-year-old daughter in “The Last of Robin Hood,” an intriguing new film based on a true story. Susan Sarandon explains to Bill Newcott why her character is a bit of a crazy stage mom.
Kevin Kline reveals to Bill Newcott the secret of making a great movie. Kevin Klein plays a guy who inherits a Paris Apartment—only to discover it’s occupied by an old woman who, according to law, doesn’t have to leave for as long as she lives. The movie is, My Old Lady starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas is in theaters now.
Since 2006, Long Island social worker and technology expert Dan Cohen has been bringing iPods to nursing homes, using music therapy to help patients break through the bonds of Alzheimer’s. A new documentary, Alive Inside, tells his inspiring story—a story director Michael Rossatto-Bennett tells Bill Newcott he wasn’t sure he wanted to film.
It’s hard to imagine anyone holding onto the same job for 25 years these days, but British actor David Suchet has played Agatha Christie’s legendary detective Hercule Poirot since 1989, filming screen versions of every one of Christie’s 70 Poirot mysteries. As his final episodes come to Acorn.TV, PBS, and DVD, Suchet tells Bill Newcott he has, oddly enough, been prepared for this day from year one.