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Milling About

Entertainment Reporter Robin Milling engages in candid conversations with today's hottest stars in movies, theater, music, television, and sometimes we do lunch!....Stay tuned!

Published: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:15:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:00:00 GMT

Copyright: Copyright Robin Milling (C/O Blogtalkradio)

Milling About With Ruben Studdard

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:00:00 GMT

The smooth soulful stylings of Ruben Studdard are a natural fit for singing Luther Vandross. Ruben joins host Robin Milling to talk about his new CD, 'Ruben Sings Luther,' which is not only a tribute to the late singer but also a special gift to his mother who always played Luther around the house in Alabama when Ruben was just a kid. Ruben tells Robin about the recording of Luther's music which includes his 'Velvet Tedd Bear' stamp on classics like Here and Now, Always and Forever, and Never Too Much. Ruben could never get enough of music. He joined a fraternity Phi Mu Alpha from Alabama A&M University that nurtured his love of singing and made lifelong friends.  The second season American Idol winner shares his advice on staying focus well after you make it to Hollywood.  Sharing that feeling of success gave Ruben the desire children who have the same dreams and goals through his foundation for children in the arts: sending them to music camp and setting up invaluable scholarships. Far beyond the music, Ruben maintains a humbleness and warmth that is contagious.    

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Milling About with Christina Hendricks

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Christina Hendricks joins host Robin Milling to chat about her upcoming film, "The Strangers: Prey at Night." The thriller also stars Martin Henderson as her husband, Lewis Pullman as her son, and Bailee Madison as her daughter. The family literally have to fight off an intruder in their mobile home.  Christina tells Robin she didn't have to look any further than her own experience with a home break-in to conjure up that fear once again for the film. Also, starring in the television series, "Good Girls," she is playing a very different kind of empowered mother. Christina discusses her feelings about playing a mom and what it means to her own mother to watch her on screen. The film opens in theaters March 9 nationwide.

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Let's Do Lunch! With Sommelier Leslie Britt @ The Lodge at Woodloch

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Host Robin Milling chats with The Lodge At Woodloch sommelier Leslie Britt who likes to think of herself as a 'wine slinger.' She jokes with the guests, giving them the proper phonetic pronunciation, as 'som-el-yay'! Leslie is actually a certified specialist in both wine and spirits. Leslie holds a diploma in wine and spirits from the Wine And Spirits Education Trust which is the pre-requisite for a Master of wine out of London. Leslie believes that wine is an essential part of any dining experience. She hosted a wonderful chocolate and wine pairing – two things that go so well together. Her mantra is wine, chocolate, wine. The presentation featured Eclat chocolate courtesy of Good & Evil featured a blonde chocolate infused with porcini mushroom and thyme which Leslie paired perfectly with Sherry, Muscat, a fruity Chardonnay or a Moscato d'Asti. The milk chocolate pairs beautifully with Merlot, Pinot Noir, Reisling and the dark at 72% cacao is a winner with Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Port. She tells Robin she discovered that her family was part of five generations of brewery from the United Kingdom – Black Sheep Brewery. Leslie admits to Robin her passion for beer. She shares her recipe for food and wine pairings with her preference being Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc "going well with any food." But she doesn't discriminate. She is an “equal opportunity imbiber” as long as it goes with food. Her knowledge of the history of wines and the story behind the label are impressive. Cheers to Leslie Britt!

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Let's Do Lunch! At The Tree Restaurant @ The Lodge At Woodloch

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:30:00 GMT

Join host Robin Milling for Let's Do Lunch! at The Tree Restaurant at The Lodge At Woodloch where spa cuisine is much more than a peanut on a rice cracker. Their portions are just right and all about healthy nourishment served with wine or homemade 'clean' cocktails; with herbal ingredients grown right on property in their Blackmoor garden. A hive of bees makes their home here providing honey for The Maple Honey cocktail with Bourbon F617; tried and tested by sommelier Leslie Britt. The lovely server Mallory discusses three courses spaced perfectly during the meal. The White Bean & Kale Soup is creamy with chickpea and roasted red pepper rouille. The Homemade Pumpkin Ricotta Crostini topped with a fig balsamic is yum. The second course is a salad of Willow Wisp Farm Bibb Lettuce sourced locally. The third course offers meat, seafood and vegetarian selections. Mallory recommends Dijon & Panko Crusted Jamison Lamb Rack. The Vegetable-based Roasted Mushroom Stroganoff is made with shitaki, maitaki and oyster mushrooms served over quinoa pasta that melts in your mouth. Roasted Cauliflower Steak is just as satisfying for meat lovers. Before the meal chef Josh Tomson, who went to French culinary school has incorporated the Amuse Bouche starter, meaning “entertainment for the mouth.” It's a little tiny tasting to awaken your senses for the main course. Leave room for dessert. The Caramel Apple Cheesecake is made with caramel corn crust from popped corn. For chocaholics don't miss their Black Cocoa Forest Cake.

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Milling About at The Lodge At Woodloch

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Milling About visits The Lodge At Woodloch, a destination spa in Hawley, Pennsylvania in the heart of the Poconos, which offers serenity and relaxation in a woodsy environment that not only makes you feel calm, but also invigorated. The focus is to bring nature into the treatment room. Host Robin Milling chats with Treatments Manager Amanda Clabaugh about their signature massages using herbs grown right on property that are infused into body treatments such as local rosemary in “Rosemary Awakening.” “Chakra Balancing" is a fusion of both energy work and Swedish massage that incorporates seven different oils, relating to each of the chakras. For those of you who like to stick to the classic Swedish; their most popular is the Lodge Massage offered with aromatherapy.   After your treatment experience the eucalyptus steamroom which sends your senses reeling. The hydrotherapy waterfall adds even more massage. There's nothing like the outdoor infinity hot tub on a cold crisp day. The Lodge at Woodloch is steeped in family history going back three generations. Owner John Kiesendahl who is also known as the “man who wears funny pants;” advised by his 13 grandchildren, shares his childhood memories of the original Woodloch Pines family resort dating back to 1958. John tells Robin it is actually the place where his parents fell in love years earlier when they were just teenagers. The philosophy behind Woodloch has always been to treat everybody as if they were coming to the Kiesendahl home. Combining luxurious bedding with down to earth comfort; that's just how it feels when you visit The Lodge at Woodloch.    

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Milling About With Rob Reiner

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:30:00 GMT

Director Rob Reiner has made films about presidents before as in the Michael Douglas led, The American President. This time he is exploring the real life making of an American president in LBJ starring Woody Harrelson as Lyndon B. Johnson. Reiner joins host Robin Milling to candidly discuss the making of LBJ from the make-up process Woody had to endure, to how Johnson's children felt about Harrelson's portrayal.  Reiner tells Robin behind-the-scenes stories of using actual locations to recreate the assasination of President John F. Kennedy, A self-described "news junkie," Reiner discusses what this movie might mean to a younger generation.  LBJ opens in theaters November 3.  

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Milling About with Poco's Rusty Young

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:30:00 GMT

Back in 1967 Poco was founded by Rusty Young, Richie Furay, George Grantham and Jim Messina. Over the years the band recruited Paul Cotton, Randy Meisner, and Timothy B. Schmidt. Now 50 years later Rusty Young is still making music with his new CD, "Waitin' For The Sun," which includes the familiar and classic Poco sound with his own personal reflections of his life and bandmates who are all still his friends.  Rusty joins host Robin Milling to talk about the inspiration for the songs which were born in his log cabin in Pucky Huddle, Missouri - "population 50" - waiting for the sun to rise over the hill. Rusty tells Robin how the Poco members still have managed to remain like family - even though they've gone their separate ways into other popular bands like The Eagles and Loggins & Messina described in the song "My Friend." Rusty tells Robin stories behind such songs as "Honey Bee," which featues Messina and Grantham,  a tune that pays homage to his grandmother who played piano alongside silent films. "Sara's Song" is a tearjerker that he wrote when his daughter got married, and "Down Home" features his wife Mary who introduced him to the beauty and solitude of country living. And Rusty reveals how Poco's biggest hit "Crazy Love" almost never got recorded, and some of the weirder places he's heard the song being played.      

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Milling About with Narada Michael Walden & Jennifer Saran

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:00:00 GMT

The collaboration between veteran producer Narada Michael Walden and artist Jennifer Saran turned out to be a magical one. It began in South Africa with the single "Wake Up" - a call to everyone to become aware of what was going on in the world through music. It was during the time of Desmond Tutu's 85th birthday and inspired by the turmoil going on at the time. Saran was then joined by local legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the song with all proceeds going to the "Desmond & Leah Tutu Peace Foundation." They enjoyed each other's company so much they later returned to the studio to record even more songs for her new CD, Wake Up. The result is the title track featuring guitarist Carlos Santana and Jennifer's versions of classics from Bill Withers, George Michael and Doris Day to name a few; along with two original songs that honor her family. Narada and Jennifer join host Robin Milling to talk about how music can affect change and giving back through foundations they've both created so that further generations - including their own children - can thrive. 

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Milling About with Santana & The Isley Brothers

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:30:00 GMT

Never before have Santana and The Isley Brothers, two accomplished musical legends in their own right, collaborated together in the studio until now.  Power of Peace celebrates the musical unity between Carlos Santana, Ron Isley and Ernie Isley. The album also marks a familial gathering as they are joined by their wives - Cindy Blackman Santana, Kandy Johnson Isley (Ron's wife) and Tracy Isley (Ernie's wife) singing background vocals with Cindy on drums.  Host Robin Milling spoke with Carlos and Cindy about their musical and romantic union which Carlos describes as spiritual. He added, "We are bananas for each other both on and off the stage." Their connection is palpable having been married almost seven years. Cindy also talks about contributing the song I Remember which came at a time in her life before Carlos so the song resonates a new meaning. Also joining Robin are Ron and Ernie Isley who discuss their brotherhood with Jimi Hendrix - whose spirit still looms throughout their lives. Ron who lends his soulful lead vocals to such songs as God Bless The Child, What The World Needs Now, and Mercy, Mercy Me discusses the kindred connection to Carlos Santana and how their legacy has been shaped as a result.

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Milling About with Diane Lane & Eleanor Coppola

Sun, 14 May 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Paris Can Wait star Diane Lane and writer/director Eleanor Coppola join host Robin Milling. The two ladies collaboration had been several years in the making -- Lane knows Coppola since she was 17 working with her husband Francis Ford on such films as The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. So when it came time to cast her leading lady in her debut film Lane said 'yes' to the story based on Coppola's food and wine road trip to Paris that she experienced many years ago. Diane tells Robin any thoughts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle went out the car window as she enjoyed the joie de vivre of eating, drinking and pure joy of making the film with Coppola. Eleanor tells Robin even the catering on the set was just as fine for the crew so they wouldn't feel envious of what the actors were eating and drinking.  Paris Can Wait also stars Alec Baldwin as Lane's husband and French actor Arnaud Viard who introduces Lane's character to a culinary experience she wlll never forget.        

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Milling About with Bruce Sudano

Thu, 11 May 2017 20:00:00 GMT

If you grew up in the 70s then you would surely have heard the music of Bruce Sudano, Born in Brooklyn, New York Sudano co-founded the band Alive N Kickin’ which featured the Tommy James penned “Tighter, Tighter.” In 1977 he met Donna Summer, who would become his wife of 32 years and together they wrote such popular hits as “Heaven Knows,” and “Bad Girls” to name a few. Bruce always had a solo career of his own. In this candid interview with host Robin Milling, Sudano talks about his new album 21st Century World which speaks about his social and political concerns and who is accountable to what is going on in society. He tells Robin what inspired such songs as "Coney Island Days;" a nod to the little boy that still lives inside him and "When Cinderella Dies;" his journey of self-discovery entering back into the dating world and the harsh realization of how marriage is viewed today. Bruce also talks about his talented daughters two of which broke into showbusiness themselves -- Brooklyn stars in the NBC series Taken -- and Amanda fronts the band Johnnyswim. Bruce also reveals exciting new details about the upcoming musical that he is helming which pays tribute to Summer's life and legacy.

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Milling About with Donny Most

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Brooklyn-born Donny Most aka the lovable Ralph Malph from Happy Days is now crooning his way into our hearts with a new CD, D Most: Mostly Swinging. Donny joins host Robin Milling to talk about his showbusiness journey from performing in the Catskill hotels as a teenager, to his memories of the Happy Days gang, and his undeniable love for jazz standards and the American songbook which led to his foray into musical recording and performing. Songs on the CD include such standards as Lover Come Back, Blue Skies, Let's Fall in Love, The Tender Trap, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, One for My Baby, and I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good. Donny tells Robin about being a number one fan to Bobby Darin and what it meant to him when Kevin Spacey took on the iconic singer in the film Beyond the Sea.  Donny jokes to Robin about how he has the first chapter for his memoirs -- if only he could find them! He also talks about meeting his wife on the set of Happy Days and the wonderful television family that he still keeps close after all these years. D Most: Mostly Swinging is available on, iTunes and To see Donny in action visit his YouTube channel            

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Milling About with Judith Owen

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Singer/songwriter Judith Owen joins host Robin Milling the day following her album showcase, “Somebody's Child” at the Iridium in New York. This Welsh-born entertainer is a beautiful songstress who weaves personal life lessons and stories throughout each song with a dab of her cheeky sense of humor thrown in for good measure which propel you not only to fall in love with her music, but with her as well. “I told you I was a bottomless pit of need,” she jokes speaking about wanting the feedback from the audience. Born into a musical family – her father was an opera singer at Covent Garden – where hanging out with Pavarotti backstage seemed common place. She became “obsessed with the piano and singing from an early age;” wanting to experience the same joy her father did when he sang. Unfortunately she inherited melancholy from her mother who suffered from depression. Judith reveals, “Dad's the reason why I can sing and my mother's the reason why I sing and that's absolutely the truth.” After 10 albums Owen tells Robin she has finally reached a stage in her career where people are appreciating her authenticity and how she has reached a point in her life where she can say, “I've been getting well, I've been getting me sorted. I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin.” Never one for a false note musically or in conversation Judith talks about her journey in turning her life around with the help of her music, her mench of a husband This Is Spinal Tap writer/star Harry Shearer, and the unconditional love from her yellow lab, Doris Day. But that's another story! Judith is currently on tour with Bryan Ferry. For more information on Judith Owen visit

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Milling About with Bart Freundlich

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Writer/director Bart Freundlich joins host Robin Milling to talk about his new film Wolves. The film stars newcomer Taylor John Smith as a rising highschool basketball player who must overcome the challenges of his gambling father (Michael Shannon) and overcompensating mother (Carla Gugino) to excel.  Basketball is in the family as Bart tells Robin he still plays, his son plays for Davidson College, and his daughter for her Junior Varsity team. In fact most of the film's basketball scenes were shot at a local New York school where the classrooms often doubled for dressing rooms. Bart tells Robin he actually began writing Wolves almost 30 years ago in his own 10th grade highschool English class so on many levels this film is a win-win for him.          

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Milling About with Stephen Dorff as Wheeler

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:30:00 GMT

Stephen Dorff stars as Wheeler Bryson, a country singer songwriter in the film Wheeler who captures Nashville by storm with his unique talents. Stephen tells host Robin Milling what it was like to be completely unrecognizable underneath the weathered Wheeler prosthetics and how he managed to fool the people who knew him such as the session musicians he grew up knowing through his famous songwriting father, Steve Dorff. The Hollywood actor, also an accomplished musician in his own right did all the performing live throughout the making of the film in the infamous Bluebird Cafe; home to patrons who come to hear the newest voice on the Nashville circuit. The recording of the film's music along with Nashville songwriter Bobby Tomberlin is currently available as a soundtrack featuring the single "Pour Me Out Of This Town."  

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Milling About Broadway With Georgina Pazcoguin

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:30:00 GMT

Georgina Pazcoguin, now playing Victoriathe Cat in Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical CATS joins host Robin Milling. For the sake of familiarity, Gina met Robin for an informal chat in Central Park with her adorable black Labs in tow, Jett and Marco, to talk about her turn as the white cat. Gina tells Robin walking in the park is essential for her to wind down on her days off from her hectic Broadway schedule; doing eight shows a week. A day in the life of CATS for Gina begins with ballet class where she puts on her pointe shoes so she can keep herself in shape for the vigorous Andy Blankenbuehler dance work-out followed by acupuncture and physical therapy. On hiatus as a soloist for The New York City Ballet, she had to learn how to apply her own Victoria make-up which proved to be a learning curve for the self-described “rogue ballerina.” While still working with NYC Ballet, she practiced in her dressing room psyching herself up with songs like Cat Scratch Fever and What's New cat. Cat themes are all the rage backstage at the Neil Simon Theater where becoming a cat entailed studying videos and channeling your inner feline nature. Gina tells Robin she modelled Victoria after a close friend's cat named Emma, “she is this beautiful white-gray cat who is kind of like a dog. She come when you call. She is a little shy. And kind of my inspiration for Victoria.” Listen here for more behind-the-scenes stories including “owning her body in a white unitard” and a very special opening night gift Gina gave her CATS cast mates. Visit Georgina on Facebook:  

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Milling About with Marc Cohn

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Do you remember how you felt when you first heard Walking In Memphis, the seminal debut from Marc Cohn, which would ultimately become his signature song. Marc joins host Robin Milling to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that song, and talks about his memories and inspirations from his songwriting vault in Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs And Rarities. A consummate storyteller, Marc tells Robin wonderful stories behind such songs as Ghost Train and Silver Thunderbird, along with oldies but goodies he has released on this newest collection; among them Nowhere Fast, From The Faraway Nearby, and Maestro. Oddly enough Marc has never been able to read a note of music but the talent for weaving words and music has shaped him into the prolific songwriter he is today. Stay tuned for much more from Marc Cohn, including writing his memoirs some day, a possible Broadway show, and of course, the music. For more information visit          

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Milling About with Gbenga Akinnagbe

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:00:00 GMT

Gbenga Akinnagbe (pronounced phonetically as Benga Akinabee) joins host Robin Milling to talk about his turn as Agent Matthew Travis to President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) in Independence Day: Resurgence. His background is perfectly suited for the role as he tells Robin there was a time when he actually was interested in becoming President of the United States. He weighs in on Trump, "If I told you 10 years ago if Donald Trump was gonna be one of two people who were definitely gonna be president you would've laughed in my face and called the police to take me away!" Deciding not to pursue politics, Gbenga became an actor instead, but he still remains passionate about government and citizens' rights. He discusses his theories about gun control, and how seriously he looks at handling weapons in a film. Ad avid adventurer, he also contributes essays about travel, science and sports for The New York Times. Next he will be starring in the television series, The Deuce, as a pimp amongst the backdrop of the beginnings of the industry in the 1970s.    

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Milling About Dance with Margo Sappington

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:00:00 GMT

Milling About Dance visits the production of Monte/Molissa/Margo/Muller – LIVE! At New York Live Arts through June 18. Host Robin Milling chats with choreographer Margo Sappington about her piece Entwined featuring dancers Lillian DiPiazza, Marjorie Feiring, Chyrstyn Mariah Fentroy, Silken Kelly and Marlon Taylor-Wiles, who expertly and sensuously weave in and out of each other's bodies to the serene music of Erik Satie's solo piano compositions, the Gnossiennes. Margo tells Robin about her ballet beginnings at 17 with the Joffrey Ballet; how Robert Joffrey noticed her when she was just 14 and waited until she finished high school in Houston, thus starting her professional dancing career. She recalls, 'I levitated and floated out of his office!' She danced there for two years before a fated audition for Bob Fosse landed her Broadway debut in Sweet Charity. Choreography is an aptitude that Margo had back in high school; her first piece was to poetry. Over the years she's created ballets with some very interesting musical collaborators. She tells Robin wonderful behind-the-scenes stories working with William Shatner on his CD Has Been and Billboards set to the music of Prince. For more information visit  

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Milling About with West Side Story cast at Paper Mill Playhouse

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT

The Jets vs. The Sharks are back for another rumble at The Paper Mill Playhouse production of West Side Story running June 1- June 26. Host Robin Milling goes behind the scenes to chat with the cast. Michigan born Mikey Winslow (On The Town) as Riff  began his career on Broadway dancing in the ensemble of the 2009 revival of West Side Story. He tells Robin, “Working my way up to the gang. I was Baby John, Big Deal; I played Action and now here I am. Maybe someday I'll play Officer Krupke!” Natalie Cortez reprises her role as Anita. In the 2009 Broadway revival she was cast just after having her first child. She recalls, “Just do West Side Story to lose baby weight! I have a 10-month old so I'm dancing off the baby weight this time too!!” German Alexander (2010 national tour of West Side Story) describes his take on Bernardo. “He plays against his situation either through jokes, humor, or sex. Anything that gets in the way of his relationship with Anita, with Maria is a threat to him just like the Jets are.” Spring Awakening star Matt Doyle is a newcomer to the Jerome Robbins classic. He says, “I'm talking middle school, high school; I've never done it. I somehow always missed the boat. I'm excited for the opportunity to finally get to play Tony, and hopefully not too late!” Belinda Allyn played Maria before at Riverside Theater in Florida, reuniting with choreographer Alex Sanchez at Paper Mill. She says the story still has incredible relevance and needs to be told to reinforce it's theme of intolerance. “The moral of the story is to not hate and that lesson still hasn't been learned in the world.”  

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Milling About with Harry Hamlin @ Tribeca Film Festival

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Harry Hamlin joins host Robin Milling from the Tribeca Film Festival to talk about his film Rebirth. It's the story of communication in the modern age and redefining yourself through self-actualization and EST-like retreats. Harry tells Robin he's familiar with pounding pillows amongst the guys to get frustrations out, and also welcomes marriage therapy with his wife Lisa Rinna to "keep their relationship on track and harmony in the household." Harry plays a sex guru in the film which he says was a perfect role for him at this stage in his career, which has recently included an older gay lover in Shameless and as ad executive Jim Cutler in Mad Men. At 64, Harry is certainly not resting on his laurels. Closing his bricks and mortar clothing store Belle Gray that he developed with Lisa, now available on QVC, has given him that freedom. He jokes that he's embracing his upcoming Medicare status! Listen to how he hopes to celebrate and what's in store for Harry Hamlin.

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Milling About with Graham Nash

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 20:30:00 GMT

Graham Nash joins host Robin Milling to talk about his new solo album, 'This Path Tonight.' At 74 years old it's been quite the journey for Nash who celebrates several milestones including his 60th year in the business making music, leaving his home in Hawaii for New York City, and finding love again with Amy Grantham after separating from his wife of 38 years. He tells Robin the story of how they met and how she has become his personal photographer, contributing the solo photos you see here. Graham candidly talks about how the songs on his new CD are his most personal to date, sharing writing credit with producer Shane Fontayne, who has been a fan of Nash's since The Hollies. Nash never looks back he says, always living in the moment; but he is looking forward to a CSNY Broadway musical and many more years of songwriting to come.

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Milling About with Pump Boys & Dinettes

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:00:00 GMT

Milling About goes behind-the-scenes with Pump Boys & Dinettes playing The Papermill Playhouse April 6-May 1. Joining host Robin Milling is James Barry (Jim), Julie Foldesi (Prudie), Jason Ostrowski (L.M.), Alysha Umphress (Rhetta) and choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock). All the action takes place on North Carolina's Highway 57. The Pump Boys at the gas station (James, Jason, Gabe Bowling as Jackson and Sam Weber as Eddie) are a musical foursome, playing all their own instruments in the show with styles ranging from the 30s to the 80s. On acoustic guitar is James who tells Robin he grew up playing in rock bands. He says the music in the show features ragtime to classic country, soul and funk. On piano, percussion, accordian and a 'little tap dancing' is Jason, an accomplished pianist who tells Robin tapping while playing accordian was a challenge, 'It's a funny moment because I'm playing accordian while I'm doing it in cowboy boots!' Jason goes from Sondheim to country rock 'n roll having played piano and bass in Company. And then there's the Dinettes of the Double Cupp Diner featuring Julie and Alysha as the Cupp sisters. Julie is musically inclined as well playing ukelele, guitar and piano but had to learn accordian and harmonica for the show. She tells Robin, 'I have my own 'Keep Your Eye on Foldesi' band, sort of bluegrassy folk. I have two albums on iTunes and Amazon!' Alysha trades in her taxi medallion in On The Town as a percussive dinette. She laughs, 'I play tubs, a cheesegrater and a whisk. I do oatmeal. Things you never thought could be played, I play!' Pump Boys and Dinettes premieres April 10 at The Papermill Playhouse. For more information visit Music provided by Pump Boys and Dinettes Original Broadway Soundtrack  

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Milling About with New York Pops Conductor Steven Reineke

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:00:00 GMT

New York Pops Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke joins host Robin Milling to talk about the upcoming Carnegie Hall concert celebrating the music of 50 Academy Award nominee John Williams from Spielberg to Star Wars. John tells Robin he culled through much of Williams' extensive soundtrack catalogue but narrowed it down to collaborations with filmmaker Steven Spielberg to honor his 70th birthday. Steven says the music of John Williams is so powerful and visceral that if you close your eyes it just takes you back to the movies such as his most recent score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “Even the earliest memories from Jaws in 1975, I remember sitting in a movie theater being very young with my family watching Jaws for the first time and it was fantastic. Every time I conduct or hear that opening theme, 'Baadum, Baadum,' I am transported right back.” Four of Williams' Academy Award winning film scores will be played by The New York Pops orchestra on April 8 at Carnegie Hall including Jaws, ET: The Extraterrestrial, Star Wars, Schindler's List and much more. For more information visit  The New York Pops

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Milling About With Alan Parsons

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:00:00 GMT

Alan Parsons joins host Robin Milling to discuss his personal and professional journey from Abbey Road Studios to The Alan Parsons Project and more. A renaissance man, Alan is also an author of 'Art & Science of Sound Recording' and hopes to pen his autobiography some day. With entertainnment in his family, he is also actively pursuing a career as an actor. Alan tells Robin how he landed his coveted job as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road Studios and would come to work with The Beatles on such projects as Let It Be, and the Abbey Road album. Listen for some great behind-the-scenes stories of what it was like to work with The Beatles in the recording studio,andwith Paul McCartney at his home studio. Plus Alan talks about embarking on a 'greatest hits' tour with The Alan Parsons Project, and much more. For more information visit  

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Milling About Remembers David Bowie

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:00:00 GMT

Legendary rocker DAVID BOWIE has died January 10, 2016 at the age of 69; just two days after his 69th birthday and his latest album release, following an 18-month battle with cancer. Blackstar, his 25th and final album released January 8th has been described as a 'parting gift to his fans.' His other most recent musical creation was the off-Broadway show, Lazarus featuring his music and starring Michael C. Hall; based on The Man Who Fell To Earth. Host Robin Milling dips into the archives to pay tribute to the Thin White Duke in this interview from 1992 with Bowie and Tin Machine bassist Tony Sales.

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Milling About with Taylor Kinney

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Taylor Kinney stars in The Forest, the first horror film in 2016. Taylor stars alongside Natalie Dormer as they search the famed Aokigahara suicide forest in Japan searching for her missing twin sister. Taylor tells host Robin Milling what he did during his off-time shooting the film in the Serbian mountains, his upcoming nuptials to Lady Gaga, his pride in playing a fireman in Chicago Fire, holiday traditions, and more. Movie stills courtesy of Gramercy Pictures by James Dittiger.

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Milling About with Natalie Dormer

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Natalie Dormer stars in The Forest, the first scary movie in 2016. Making her horror debut, she takes on double duty playing twins in the story about traveling to Japan to save her sister from impending doom in the famed Aokigahara suicide forest. Natalie tells Robin she tempted fate by visiting the forest prior to shooting the film by stepping off the path for a mere second. Not one to be put off by spirits, insects are another story as she had to fend off the creepy crawlers in the scene where she falls down the sinkhole. Coming off Cressida in Hunger Games, and playing Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, Natalie tells Robin about changing her hairstyle for roles, reuniting with her family for the holidays, and more. Movie stills courtesy of Gramercy Pictures by James Dittiger

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Milling About with American Dance Machine

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:00:00 GMT

Milling About visits a special sneak preview of American Dance Machine where 22 dancers perform classic Broadway dance numbers reimagined by some of the dance world's best choreographers. Host Robin Milling speaks with dancer/singer Lori Ann Ferreri (On The Town, Wicked) who says she felt guided by her mentor, A Chorus Line's Donna McKechnie for her rendition of Music & The Mirror. Tyler Hanes (On The Town, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity) who performs Tommy Tune's We'll Take A Glass from Grand Hotel, and duets with his favorite New York City Ballet soloist Gina Pazcoguin, says working on the New York stage is a dream come true. Director Wayne Cilento (Wicked, Sweet Charity revival, The Who's Tommy) who played Mike in A Chorus Line, reunites with the legendary Cassie, Donna McKechnie. They share what it's like coming full circle as dancers to behind-the-scenes, working with Artistic Director Nikki Feirt Atkins to bring a fresh approach to a dance theatrical experience. American Dance Machine premiering December 21 at The Joyce Theater in New York City, features works from A Chorus Line, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Singin' In The Rain, West Side Story, and The Who's Tommy; to name a few.

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Milling About with Narada Michael Walden

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:00:00 GMT

Narada Michael Walden grew up as Michael in Kalamazoo, Michigan in a house filled with music always playing. He would beat along on pie tins and table tops, and at five years old when he received his first Toyland drum kit, that set his musical path. Fast forward to 19 when he was discovered by John McLaughlin who introduced him to his guru, giving him the name 'Narada' which means supreme musician. That set his spiritual path. Producing pop music was just an extension of Narada's listening to what was hot coming up in Michigan, from 'Motown to Johnny Mathis and everything in-between.' He tells Robin how 12 year-old Stacy Lattisaw was his first big break as a producer; putting her and him on the map with Let Me Be Your Angel. He recalls, 'And then my phone started ringing from Clive Davis and you name it. Will you produce this person and this one? And I said yes to everybody. I blew up!' Narada treats Robin to stories about some of the incredibly talented artists he's worked with over the years including Elton John, Sting and his Rainforest productions, Lionel Richie, Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston; to name a few. He also talks about his new album Evolution and says the songs were inspired by the changes in him since fatherhood.

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Let's Do Lunch! with Kate Baldwin

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:00:00 GMT

Broadway star Kate Baldwin joins host Robin Milling for Let's Do Lunch! at Village Prime in New York City. On stage at 59 E. 59, Kate gets her honky tonk on as Tammy Trip, a former Nashville Grand Ole Opry queen in Songbird; music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard. She tells Robin she has never been to Music City but studied Robert Atlman's film 'Nashville' to prepare for the role and read up on famous female country artists like Wynona Judd and being a woman in the world of country music. She reveals her ultimate inspiration for the character looking sinewy and fit was inspired by a pop star. Her country twang came from listening to a playlist of several country singers, and one in particular became her model. At Village Prime, the fresh baked bread on the table was tempting, but Kate abstained as she is keeping her strict carb-free diet that she began with her husband; fellow actor, Graham Rowat, who also got in shape to play a gladiator in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. A foodie herself, she jokes that they may look great but they're 'exhausted and starving!' She tells Robin how they met during a run of 1776 at the Fords Theater in Washington, D.C. playing Richard Henry Lee and Martha Jefferson. Kate says their four and a half year-old son Colin is an equalizer between career and motherhood. Kate tells Robin her Broadway debut was as a swing in The Full Monty, and then as a dancer in the ensemble of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Learning the line dance in Songbird was plenty for Kate who jokes that she is a 'recovering dancer.' The menu at Village Prime consisted of Pumpkin Bisque soup, Roasted Salmon with Hudson Valley spaghetti squash and artichoke puree, Vegetable Flatbread with grilled seasonal veggies and mozzarella cheese, and Tuna Nicoise with bonito tuna, hard-boiled egg, haricot vert, potato over mixed greens.

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Milling About with Douglas Hodge

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:00:00 GMT

Broadway star Douglas Hodge makes his directing debut on the great white way with Old Times starring Clive Owen, Eve Best, and Kelly Reilly. Douglas joins host Robin Milling, taking time out of his hectic schedule for tea and a chat. Douglas tells Robin how impressed he was with Clive Owen and company who brought their own memories of loved ones into Harold Pinter's play about jealousy and obsession. He says he would love to make the piece into a film if only he could get the rights to it; taking the cast onto the big screen and opening it up onto the streets of London. Never settling on one thing, Douglas is shooting Penny Dreadful as Inspector Bartholomew Rusk, in Ireland through March; busy 'chasing Josh Hartnett across the desert!' In between he's off to France to work on a French film. And musically he's keen on performing a couple of gigs, writing a new commissioned musical, as well as anticipating his own musical 'Meantime' in London.

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Milling About with Marty Balin

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Marty Balin: singer/songwriter, founding member of Jefferson Airplane and hit maker of Jefferson Starship joins host Robin Milling to share 50 years of musical memories with his new CD, Good Memories. Spanning five decades, whether you grew up in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or 2000s you'll always remember such songs as It's No Secret, Count on Me, With Your Love, and Miracles; to name a few. Marty tells Robin how they came up with the name 'Jefferson Airplane,' along with his fond memories of Grace Slick, and not so fond memories of playing Woodstock! He says the behind-the-scenes goings on at the festival were much more memorable. When Marty isn't making music he is making art. His art gallery in St. Augustine, Florida features his paintings and lots of memorabilia for sale. As a follow up to Good Memories, Balin – who is known as “The King of Love Songs” – will release The Greatest Love; a new album of original music. For more information visit:

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Milling About with Steven Beer: Your Child's Career In Music & Entertainment

Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:30:00 GMT

Steven Beer, author of Your Child's Career in Music and Entertainment joins host Robin Milling. If your child is contemplating a career in showbusiness; this is the book for you. A former artist manager and currently an entertainment attorney, Steven was inspired by his personal journey as a stage parent when his 13 year-old son got his first role. He tells Robin, 'I realized how a prudent parent needs to approach the business. When it happened to my son it made me take a step back because I realized if I had all these questions I could imagine what other parents with kids interested in pursuing a career in music and entertainment might have.' In the book Steven provides answers to the questions a prudent parent may have; as he says there is no real guide or structure available to teach them the best way to go. Steven has felt like a parent in many ways with his extensive experience mentoring and representing multi-platinum music artists, such as Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Jon Batiste and Stay Human; but nothing could prepare him for the hurdles his own child faced getting into the business. Of course he says with success comes a buffet of seductions so it's important for the parent and child to partner with each other and set boundaries. He talks about the challenges of maintaining objectivity when it comes to your own child's career and remaining vigilant every step of the way, along with keeping a sense of humor. He jokes, 'Justin Bieber's parents could probably write their own book from what they've learned! But You Tube has become the launching pad, the new audition room. And because it's so easy to get discovered it's really important for the parents to understand what goes along with that today.' For more information visit:

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Milling About With Tovah Feldshuh

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:00:00 GMT

Broadway veteran and entertainer Tovah Feldshuh joins host Robin Milling to talk about her new one-woman show Aging Is Optional, inspired by her beloved mother Lillian after passing away at 'over 103.' She tells Robin, “In honor of that event I wrote the show because she was really a beacon of light and died well over a century old without dementia so it was just a miracle.” Her show deals with quantum time with what she calls the memory box. Tovah is happy to still be in the game of showbusiness where most women of a certain age are put to pasture. Her last role on Broadway was a trapeze swinging grandma in Pippin and she was ready for that! “I wasn't scared because I had a swing-set as a three year old child in Scarsdale in the backyard with two swings and a metal bar with two chains which was like a little trapeze and I would hang upside down!” She's kept her Pippin figure swimming a half mile every day, biking and hiking; most recently up Mt. Kilimanjaro! Sunday is a double-header for Tovah who not only performs at 54 Below, but continues her role as Deanna Monroe, the head of Alexandria, in the premiere episode of season six of AMC'sThe Walking Dead.

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Milling About with Patrick Wilson & Paul Wilson

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:00:00 GMT

Patrick Wilson and Paul Wilson join host Robin Milling to talk about their film Big Stone Gap. It was a labor of love for the Wilson brothers who's family roots are steeped in the small Virginian town. As children they recall spending summers with their grandparents who lived in Big Stone Gap. They tell Robin it was bittersweet to return to the place of their fondest childhood memories to shoot the movie, even staying in the house where they summered. Patrick says, 'It's really been the most personal project I've ever been a part of.' Paul tells Robin the story of how the Wilson family has been immortalized in the town with 'Wilson Road,' and the 'Paul J. Wilson' bridge named for their grandfather. In fact their grandparents were friends with the parents of writer/director Adrianna Trigiani who waited until Patrick was old enough to play the part, to make the film of her book. Patrick and Paul's collaboration goes beyond movies, as they also have a band called The Wilson Van along with their brother Mark playing renditions of Van Halen songs. Big Stone Gap also stars Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Jenna Elfman, and John Benjamin Hickey.

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Milling About with Grayson Hugh

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 19:00:00 GMT

Grayson Hugh is Back To The Soul with a new album, returning to his blue-eyed southern soul sound, country and rock roots. Grayson tells host Robin Milling the inspiration for the album and stories behind such songs as the title cut, Rock 'n Roll Man, Getting On With My Life and Already In Love With You; a tribute to his marriage of seven years to wife and collaborator in life and music, Polly Messer. Grayson says the album is a return to his soul both musically and spiritually. He explains, 'A song like Thank You Lord; I'm very grateful to be alive, be sober 11 years and my gratitude also being happily married finally after many dysfunctional relationships I'm very grateful to my higher power.' For more information and to buy Back To The Soul visit:

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Milling About with Something Rotten Portrait Party @ Tony's di Napoli

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 17:30:00 GMT

Host Robin Milling is joined by Valerie Smaldone to celebrate the unveiling of the Something Rotten portrait at Tony's di Napoli in New York City. The event, created by Tony's Bruce Dimpflmaier celebrates the best of Broadway with a one-of-a-kind portrait by artist Dan May. Stars Brian D'Arcy James, John Cariani, Christian Borle and Book, Music and lyricist Karey Kirkpatrick were on hand to unveil the portrait. Poster copies signed by the stars will be auctioned off at a future event to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS        

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Milling About With Ben Vereen

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:00:00 GMT

Brooklyn is in the house as consummate entertainer Ben Vereen joins host Robin Milling to talk about his new film, Time Out of Mind, his upcoming stage show From Brooklyn to Broadway and much more. Ben tells Robin what it was like to portray a homeless man opposite Richard Gere, and how the film affected his personal relationship to homelessness. He also reveals plans for an upcoming stage show and his long overdue memoirs.  

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Remembering Wes Craven

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:00:00 GMT

Writer/director horror master Wes Craven spoke with host Robin Milling for the film The Serpent and The Rainbow starring Bill Pullman. In this interview from 1988, Wes revealed to Robin his inspiration for Freddie Kruger, the star of Nightmare on Elm Street and how some of his films came straight out of his personal nightmares. He tells Robin about his own intrigue, fears and curiosities about death and the macabre, 'there's an age old fascination with death. It's one of those truly unsolved mysteries. Since it's something we're all moving towards and know in the back of our minds that we're going to face; I think that even at the level of a child you're fascinated by it and the ultimate finality of it. When you see a scary movie you're somehow relieved that you survived it. But ultimately it brings everybody down; even the most powerful and the weakest.' Surprisingly, Wes told Robin he would like to do a comedy, even a love story. No matter the genre, Wes will live on in the movies; always to be remembered for his uncanny abilities to frighten the old and the very young. ** This was recorded on cassette so please excuse the old-fashioned noise in the background.

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Milling About With Patrick Stewart

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:30:00 GMT

Patrick Stewart stars as Walter Blunt in the Starz series Blunt Talk; a straight talking newsman who brings his English wit and wisdom to American broadcast news. This is not your Star Trek or Shakespeare Stewart. Blunt is much more politically incorrect; a bawdier, mischievous scalliwag who spoons his female manager, snorts cocaine, suckles prostitutes and makes no apologies for his behavior. And that's just the first four episodes! Patrick tells host Robin Milling the character is closer to him personally than any other in that he shared his deepest secrets with writer Jonathan Ames (HBO Bored To Death) which made their way fictiously into the series. He even named the character based on his pseudonym. Patrick talks about his first on-camera sex scene with Elisabeth Shue, guest stars from the Enterprise including Brent Spiner, and  throws down a rap about salmon, charmingly revealing there are many hidden talents we have yet to discover about him.

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Milling About with The Bacon Brothers

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:00:00 GMT

The Bacon Brothers,Kevin and Michael join host Robin Milling backstage at City Winery in New York City to talk about their new album 36 Cents. A blend of folk, rock, soul and country; this band of brothers debuted in 1995 and are still going strong 20 years later. Their songs have always had a sense of humor, but not always, such as Hookers & Blow which Kevin says has a much darker side. 'With the kind of straight ahead lives that both of us live; being married for a long time we lead pretty normal sort of lives. So when somebody said, 'well how was your weekend my joke is, oh you know it's just the usual, hookers and blow! It's kind of a walk in the shoes of this guy who is messed up.' Currently on tour, Kevin tells Robin they've played everywhere from The Roxy in Los Angeles to even a pork festival at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana. Michael says, 'I think we have a really hardcore group of fans that really appreciate the band's music.' The show featured a young musician from WHEELS (Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School) who jammed with The Bacon Brothers on stage using a donated guitar from WQXR's instrument drive. Kevin says, 'Alot of the schools and kids throughout the five boroughs in the New York City school system don't have access to instruments. And they don't get lessons. Music as you know is a really peaceful, healing, brain-making pleasure. We're trying to raise money now on six to refurbish some of these instruments that they have.' For more information visit:

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Milling About with David Crosby

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:00:00 GMT

It appears to be a long time since David Crosbyreleased a solo album; 20 years and counting. Croz, named for what his friends call him, is 11 tracks, some of which he wrote with his son James Raymond.   It's the amalgamation of the inevitability of time passing. Crosby tells host Robin Milling that time is a theme that has run in his songs throughout his life. He also reflects on how his near death experience has impacted his life since, and where he is headed. He says, 'I think your time here on the planet is the most valuable resource you have. I came to that from having wasted a great deal of it. I wasted years and years of time just getting loaded or just getting laid or just being a crazy man.' In this candid, outspoken, provocative and blatantly honest conversation, Croz talks about debunking song myths, what drove CSNY to break up, his Woodstock memories, and where he currently stands with Neil Young to name a few topics. His rants on Twitter exemplify his need to tell it like it is which he says might be a Leo trait he's always had. No matter how much he may get in trouble for speaking his mind, the music has always been his essential means of communication which he describes as a 'lifting force on the human race.' For more information on David Crosby visit his website

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Milling About with Rain Pryor

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:00:00 GMT

What do you do when you're born to legendary comedian Richard Pryor and white Jewish go-go dancer Shelley Bonus in Los Angeles, California, spending your formative years navigating what it's like to be Black and Jewish? You write a show about it! Rain Pryor joins host Robin Milling for a backstage chat about her one-woman show, Fried Chicken & Latkes, now playing at the National Black Theater in Harlem, New York. On stage Rain tells poignant tales of her childhood, growing up in Beverly Hills in the heyday of the 60s and 70s, expertly weaving in the voices of her mother, her Bubby, her father's grandmother, and her dad. There was the time when she was five and someone called her the 'N' word, and all through her teenage years valley girls bullied her just because she looked different. She tells Robin, 'Growing up in Beverly Hills there weren't kids like me. I think I just wanted to feel normal. It wasn't like I wanted to be white. I didn't want to be black. I just wanted to be OK to be me and it wasn't. I was bullied when kids would chase me down the street throwing rocks at me; that's bullying. It felt like I was running for my life through Beverly Hills! And I literally hid in bushes.' And then there are the stories of her famous father who had Miles Davis play her a lullaby to send her to dreamland, and when she first realized his comic genius. Father and daughter relationships can be tricky after divorce, but Rain also had to deal with sometimes coming second to her dad's fame and career. She tells Robin how his presence is still strongly felt even 10 years after his death, and dedicates the show to his memory.

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Milling About with Ted Neeley

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT

It's been 42 years since the original cast and crew of the 1973 film Jesus Chris Superstar have all been in the same room together, and tonight (April 27), Director Norman Jewison, Ted Neeley (Jesus,) Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene,) Barry Dennen (Pontius Pilate,) and Josh Mostel (King Herod); to name a few, will reunite for a special screening at the Beekman theater in New York City. Getting the band back together so to speak would've happened much sooner for Ted whose boundless enthusiasm for what he calls his life-changing role has never left. He tells host Robin Milling, “I've been trying to get this reunion to happen since the film came out. I've been trying to get all of us together to do another production; if nothing else just to hang out for a few days. It's never happened until now. And the fact that we'll all be in the same place at the same time with Norman is a miracle!” Miracles have been known to happen in the life of Jesus Christ, but it almost didn't happen for Ted who reveals he almost missed out on being cast in the iconic role. He also tells Robin how he met his wife of over 40 years, Leeyan Granger on the set and how their two children have been happily following dad's adventures as a superstar. Most actors run from one role defining their legacy but Ted has embraced Jesus, still performing the role wherever and whenever he can; most recently touring Italy for a year. He says joyfully, “It completely changed my life, spiritually, personally. So why slap that in the face? And I still love it; every performance is like the first time all over again. That music starts to play and I just lift off the ground, 'ok take me wherever you want me to go!”

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Milling About with Kevin Pollak

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT

Kevin Pollak joins host Robin Milling at the Tribeca Film Festival, now in it's 14th year to discuss his film Misery Loves Comedy. Kevin wrote and directed this insightful documentary about what goes on behind the laughter and what drives today's hottest comedians to get up in front of a roomful of strangers to be the center of attention and tell jokes. Kevin was ultimately curious about the type of person who suffers from 'hey look at me syndrome devoted to acceptance and appreciation.' He tells Robin he began with a very strict shooting schedule which allowed for a commitment from comedians; most of them his friends such as Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Christopher Guest, Janeane Garofalo, Bob Saget, Lisa Kudrow, Tom Hanks, Kevin Nealon, and Larry David; to name a few. By the end he had over 60 but one that was sorely missed is the late Robin Williams, a mentor and close friend to Kevin, who unfortunately was not available during the locked-in time. Kevin says they had hour-long conversations which made up for his absence, and when he passed while he was editing the film it was a 'no brainer' to dedicate the film to him in his memory. “It was frustrating for both of us. He wanted me to know how much he wanted to be in the film, how much it meant to him that I was doing this and spoke a great deal about his own journey and misery and happiness and life. All of those things that long-time friends talk about.” Kevin keeps very busy with his own podcast, Kevin Pollak Chat Show, and has no immediate plans to join his friend Larry David on the Broadway stage in A Fish In the Dark. He tells Robin, “I'm happy for Larry's now historical Broadway success but that is the last thing I want to do!”

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Milling About Bang Candy Company

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:00:00 GMT

Milling About visits Bang Candy Company in Nashville, Tennessee where handmade gourmet marshmallows are the bomb! There's all types of confection creations designed by owner Sarah Souther. Sarah came to Nashville by way of Ireland and the idea for her candy company started over dinner with a friend when her dessert contained a handmade marshmallow. She tells host Robin Milling, 'I thought, wow, people make marshmallows! I went home and I messed around in my cupboard and I found some cardamom and some rose. I thought, ooh I'll make a rose cardamom marshmallow! It's very simple; gelatin, some syrup and you whip it up until it gains volume, cools, traps the air bubbles and then you have this lovely spongy substance.' A big hit at a potluck party, Sarah was convinced she could make a business out of her designer marshmallows and she did. She jokes how she first would 'deal marshmallows' to friends in parking lots but then expanded to a 'shed on wheels' to cart her sweets around town called The Cocoa Van. Their home now is a former car factory for Marathon Motor cars right next door to the Antique Archeology shop where American Pickers began. There are literally endless ways to flavor a marshmallow and Sarah has tried them all taking full advantage of her neighboring distilleries including black currant absinthe, maple bacon bourbon and spicy margarita, as well as chocolate chili and toasted coconut almond; then dipped one by one on a diagonal in chocolate. Sarah says it's time consuming but well worth it and encourages anyone to try making marshmallows at home. Recipes are at

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Let's Do Lunch! at Lockeland Table

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:00:00 GMT

Let's Do Lunch! visits Lockeland Table in Nashville, Tennessee; a neighborhood restaurant that features delicious and creative cuisine, and gives back to the community it serves. The home of Lockeland Table is steeped in history going back to the 1930s. It's old world charm is preserved with the original facade, and murals of the previous establishments line brick walls. From 4-6pm they offer a Community Hour; a happy hour menu where a portion of the proceeds benefit Lockeland Springs Elementary School PTO and other local organizations. Some of the snacks to share are whipped goat cheese topped with grilled leeks prepared with butter and worcestershire sauce served with grilled pita, homemade vinegar chips soaked for three days for the ultimate flavor where you can't eat just one, and to-die-for New York Cheese pizza with chili oil that rivals it's namesake. The dishes have a gourmet flair, exquisitely prepared by Chef Hal who hails from West Virginia and was inspired at five years old spending time in the kitchen with his mother. He says, 'I've been practicing and studying the art and science of culinary production for over half my life now.' The signature dish is grilled Hereford NY strip which Chef says is over 20 years old, 'it's a dish I came up with while in college and it's all about the chimichurri;' which you will want to eat with a spoon! North Carolina mountain trout is seared with the skin on, along with crawfish tails for a southern kick from his time in New Orleans. Save room for dessert with their Samoa Torte; a Girl Scout tribute of shortbread, dark chocolate ganache and coconut mousse, drizzled with caramel and toasted coconut crumbles. Yum! If you can't make it to Nashville stay tuned for a book in the works with lots of their recipes! Visit

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Milling About The Big Bungalow

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:00:00 GMT

Milling About visits The Big Bungalow in Nashville, Tennessee. Located in historic Edgefield, it's a homey three bedroom B&B, owned and operated by Ellen Warshaw. A native New Yorker, Ellen tells host Robin Milling how she came to Music City with the dream of continuing her career as a singer/songwriter when 'the 80s and MTV killed my careeer'! As John Lennon says, 'life is what happens while you are busy making other plans;' Ellen made a go of it but found her style wasn't in harmony with everyone else's so she set her sights on something new. She says, 'It wasn't my heart. Rock 'n roll was my thing and here it's a different language. It wasn't fun anymore, so you have to move onto the next thing. I write feel songs and country music is story songs and that wasn't my story.' That next chapter of her story was the hospitality business, specifically a B&B which came to her in a eureka moment one morning. Her philosophy was, 'if you build it they will come and that's what happened!' Her love of music is infused in The Big Bungalow with The Music City Room; covered with her own memorabilia and a country music decor. The other rooms are The Grandiose Suite and The Cozy Room. She also hosts house concerts in her living room where all the local musicians gather to jam. The other kind of jam is served with the delicious breakfasts such as French Toast Casserole and Spinach and Feta Frittata with homemade fruit and nut bread. Ellen admits it was a learning curve to turn down the fancy. 'In the beginning I was making things like smoked oyster and proscuitto quiche with provolone cheese but nobody ate it!' Now her motto is simple but tasty. Visit

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Milling About with Sam Jaeger

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:00:00 GMT

Sam Jaeger explores a different kind of parenthood in the indie short Plain Clothes. Sam wrote, directed and stars as a cop trying to balance the brutality of his work without bringing it home to his family. In real life, Sam is a family man with two boys who married his college sweetheart. He tells host Robin Milliing how the themes of marriage and family have resonated throughout his projects. He says, 'I guess I've always been fascinated by how we are defined by our families. Parenthood was another avenue of that. The construct of that entire show was we're fallible people but we're trying to do better.' Growing up in the small quaint Ohio town of Perrysburg, Sam says he sought out the movies rather than 'drinking and sledding.' The Dead Poets Society inspired him to become an actor. His passion for filmmaking began in high school where he'd shoot movies on VHS and offer free rentals in the local video store. He says taking control of the stories he wanted to tell was what compelled him to write and direct. Recently he took his wife and kids to New Zealand to film the pilot Lumen which he says also touches on the realities of family, but with a sci-fi backdrop. For more information visit Plain Clothes on Facebook:

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Milling About The Urban Wine Trail

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:00:00 GMT

Milling About visits the Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. Our first stop is Cottonwood Canyon ( hosted by Randy. Known for their Pinot Noir, it's the first winery in Santa Barbara county to be put in caves; 6,000 square feet to keep the temperature and humidity constant for fine wines. They also have a European style 2001 Pinot with hints of earthy peat moss, mushroom truffle, caramel smoke and then the berries (in that order). Randy says their 'slap upside the head' perfect prime rib Syrah has red licorice and plum flavors. And their dessert Syrah comes with instructions to go perfectly with chocolate. Our next stop is the Santa Barbara Winery ( hosted by Shai. It's the oldest winery in the Funk Zone. Their white wine is produced on the premises and their reds are done at Lafond vineyards in the Santa Rita hills. Their Pinot Gris has aromatics of granny smith apple and green pear; Shai recommends it as a cocktail wine. Their Reislings have different levels of sweetness to the amount of alcohol; the less sugar goes well with spicy thai and the sweeter wine is described as a cheesecake dessert. Our last stop is Riverbench Winery ( known for their sparkling wines; hosted by Cassie. Their Blanc de Blanc has notes of apple, kiwi and a toastiness that is attributed to an unfortunate fire but lends itself to a delicious smokey flavor. Check out their Valentine's Day mixer with a never before tasted Pinot and game night where you can taste wine and challenge yourself to Twister!

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Milling About the Bath Street Inn

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:00:00 GMT

Milling About visits the Bath Street Inn in Santa Barbara, California. Host Robin Milling chats with co-owner Deborah about this lovely 1895 Victorian home which was gifted by Mr. Hales to his wife Abigail for their 50th wedding anniversary. In fact, Deborah tells Robin that The Abigail Room is the former master bedroom where guests have reported sightings of a white-haired woman sitting on the edge of their bed. This however was 15 years before their time with the inn so Deborah jokes that perhaps she's moved out! The Bath Street Inn is a mixture of the old and the new with eight guest rooms. We stayed in The Rose Room, aptly named for the wallpaper which has a jacuzzi; perfect at the end of a long day walking downtown Santa Barbara. The newer Summer House with fireplaces and jacuzzis is adjacent to the wisteria covered courtyard where breakfast is also served. And breakfast is a healthier vegetarian alternative which Deborah says was put into place because the former owner wasn't exactly a morning person! Each morning homemade granola with seeds and nuts is served along with fresh fruit complimented by gourmet-style meatless dishes. You will never miss the meat or taste the difference as they are delicious as well as nutritious. During our stay we were served peach-topped croissant french toast, baked pear with ginger sauce, eggs florentine with raspberry muffins, and pain perdu with cherry berry stuffing...yum! For more information visit  

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Milling About with Sam Harris

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:30:00 GMT

Multi-talented performer Sam Harris joins host Robin Milling for a backstage chat about his one-man musical, 'Ham: A Musical Memoir,' now playing at Theater 511 at Ars Nova in New York City. Directed by Billy Porter, featuring pianist Todd Schroeder, the show is based on his autobiography, 'Ham: Slices of A Life.' On stage Sam expertly tells stories, speaking about his life's journey from boyhood to the present; whether in song or candid monologues. He tells Robin he's embraced the term, 'ham,' recalling his earliest performance at three singing The Star Spangled Banner at a football game in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Sam says performing is everything to him. 'It was my coping mechanism being a little bit of a different kind of kid growing up in rural, Baptist South; the buckle of the bible belt! For a burgeoning gay showbusiness kid it was a little freaky especially being born in the early 60s.' And for those not born in the 60s, Star Search was the American Idol of it's day, where Sam won the 1983 grand champion singer with his rousing rendition of 'Over The Rainbow.'  He tells Robin he accepts the legacy, along with his other accomplishments as an actor, a writer, and a recording aritst. Sam talks about the cathartic experience he feels exorcising his demons on stage, although some things were left in the book such as his alcoholism; celebrating 11 years sober. Even though the show is personal to his life experience, he tells Robin it's universal. 'I don't think there's anybody who doesn't feel outside. I don't think there's anybody who doesn't need to be told 'you're enough.'' For more about Sam visit

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Milling About With Thomas Jane

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:00:00 GMT

Thomas Jane brings in the new year with Vice, playing a futuristic cop investigating a resort run by Bruce Willis, where human-like androids (Ambyr Childers) programmed to fulfill a user's fantasy have gone off the grid. Jane tells host Robin Milling he is a Sci-Fi fan so the opportunity to tell the story which might be a cautionary tale of abusing technology in the present, intrigued him. He admits he is not a fan of social media but got into the game with his own site, where he can check in occassionally to a supportive forum of like-minded graphic novel enthusiasts. He jokes, 'Nobody has created a fake Thomas Jane account on my forum; at least not that I know of!' Thomas' plans for 2015 are vast, with a second graphic novel in the works, and a western that he wrote which he hopes to direct. The working title is 'The Magnificent Death From A Shattered Hand.' On the small screen he's got The Expanse for SyFy and the History channel's Texas Rising, which features his daughter making her acting debut alongside her dad. He tells Robin he was amazed by her talent, 'She was kind of uncanny. She must've absorbed it through some mechanism that we're not aware of, yet. There's some kind of morphogenic field out there where you can absorb experience from your parents somehow!'

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Milling About With The Cast of Elf

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:00:00 GMT

To celebrate the holidays, Milling About joins the cast of Elf, now playing at The Papermill Playhouse. Based on the film, it's a musical about Buddy, an oprhan who was left on Santa's doorstep in the North Pole and raised by elves. All grown up, he returns to earth to discover his true identity; and in the process learns much more about love and family. Host Robin Milling asks James Moye (Buddy), Heidi Blickenstaff (Emily Hobbs), Robert Cuccioli (Walter Hobbs), Jake Faragalli (Michael), Kate Fahrner (Jovie), Paul C. Vogt (Santa) and Matthew Sklar (Composer) about five things they couldn't live without if they traveled from earth to the North Pole and their fondest Christmas memories.

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Let's Do Lunch! with Bill Pullman - 5th Anniversary Show

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Bill Pullman joins host Robin Milling celebrating the 5th Anniversary show of Let's Do Lunch! at Urbo in the heart of Times Square. Just a couple of blocks west, Bill is starring in The New Group's Sticks and Bones at The Pershing Square Signature Center Theater. The play by David Rabe focuses on the devastating toll war can take on a family, and how they deal with their son returning home from the war. Bill tells Robin of his affinity to the military and the intensity of the play, sharing a dressing room with co-star Richard Chamberlain, and his affection for the rest of the cast featuring Holly Hunter, Ben Schnetzer, Raviv Ullman, Nadia Gan and Morocco Omari. The conversation with Bill is always delightful, as we discussed everything from his musical family, his adventures in Norway as he's on his way to star in Othello, with his friend and director Stein Winge, his next bow on Broadway, and of course the sequel to Independence Day. Lunch at Urbo (named for Urban Bohemian), a two-story restaurant featuring an eclectic menu and warm dining with open kitchens was a delicious Chef's Sushi Platter, Autumn Vegetable Bisque and Goat Cheese Ravioli. Urbo not only offers delicious cuisine, but is a great space for events, featuring live music upstairs. Visit  

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Milling About at Lennon:Through A Glass Onion with John R. Waters

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:00:00 GMT

John R. Waters brings his own imaginings of John Lennon through music and stories to the stage in Lennon: Through A Glass Onion. He joins host Robin Milling backstage at the Union Square Theater to discuss his inspiration for the show that began 22 years ago in a pub in Australia. Waters, who was born in London, tells Robin how he got his first theatrical break playing Claude in the original Sydney production of Hair, leading to acting gigs that have made him a famous name down under. The steady work drew him to raise his family there. Waters tells Robin he first discovered the Beatles listening to pirate broadcasting from Radio Luxembourg under the covers when he was a teenager. Waters doesn't claim to be a Beatles scholar, admitting he didn't do much research on the Fab Four to tell the stories in the show; which he says are his own interpretations of Lennon, and of course Yoko. Her greenlighting the show meant it could come to New York where John says the show belongs. Don't expect to see a Lennon look-alike with the round glasses. Accompanied by Stewart D'Arrieta on piano, John re-imagines Lennon. He says, 'I put a figure up there that represents John Lennon and the audience projects their own John Lennon onto me.'

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Milling About with Author Robyn Webb

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Author Robyn Webb joins host Robin Milling to discuss her E-book 'The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide.' Inspired by her love of Paris and desire to live amongst the locals, Robyn crafted this how-to guide with detailed instructions on how to find the perfect Parisian apartment for your next visit to the city of lights. Robyn, who grew up in the hotel business as her parents worked for the famed Concord hotel was like Eloise of the Borscht Belt. A foodie, nutritionist and cookbook author, she changed to apartment renting in Paris for the excitement of cooking her own meals; even buying aluminum foil. She talks about some of the challenges she experienced the first time renting like getting the key into the front door! However she assures that rental agencies provide on-sight assistance when emergencies arise. Private listing services like Air B 'n' B come with a renter beware warning, as Robyn discusses the potential nightmare of being homeless on the streets of Paris when dealing with an owner. If you've never been to Paris and don't speak a word of French, don't fret as Robyn takes you through the process step by step so that you feel comfortable in your new surroundings without getting scammed! You can find Robyn's E-book at  Amazon      

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Milling About with Jonny Orsini

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Jonny Orsini (Broadway's The Nance, MacBeth) makes his Off-Broadway leading debut in Almost Home playing a marine who returns home to uncertainties and challenges after his tour of duty. Jonny tells host Robin Milling he went the distance for the role taking on the physique of a marine with lots of pull-ups and push-ups consulted by former marines, co-star Joe Lisi playing his father and playwrite Walter Anderson who based the play on his own experiences in Vietnam. He also had to be mindful of his vegan diet so he reveals the 'eggs' he eats on stage every performance prepared by his mother, played by Karen Ziemba (Bullets Over Broadway), are really tofu scramble made to look like the real thing. Jonny has an affinity for men in service, playing a marine before in the film Cigarette Candy. He says he deeply admires their sacrifice and contribution and is honored to bring their stories to light. Born in the small town of Cheshire, Connecticut Jonny gave up the saxophone to pursue sports and that fell by the wayside when acting became his passion at college in Boston. Music will always be a part of his artistic expression. He recalls the night when Ethan Hawke picked up the guitar in MacBeth to appease the audience after a technical glitch canceled the show. Next Jonny is looking forward to starring withLarry David in A Fish In The Dark starting rehearsals in December. Click here for a free audio book!    

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Milling About at The Veranda Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Milling About visits The Veranda Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn in Senoia, Georgia where tourists and vacationers alike flock to the home of The Walking Dead, now shooting season five. In fact the inn is situated right around the corner from where Woodbury once stood, so owner and innkeepers Rick and Laura Reynolds welcome people from all over the world with their warm southern hospitality, who for no other reason are coming to see the fictitous town. The inn which dates back to 1906 when it was originally The Holbrook Hotel has retained it's original features; Georgian pine floors, ornate ceilings with elegant chandliers, and 11 fireplaces throughout the nine guest bedrooms. There is a wonderful wrap around porch where you can sit back on a rocking chair or a porch swing and take in the sights. Laura tells Robin some of those sights have included a Norman Reedus (Daryl) sighting flying past the inn, or guests treated to a showdown at 2 AM of walkers vs. Rick and company on the street right in front of the inn. And several cast members have stayed at The Veranda including Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Chandler Riggs (Carl); room three is unofficially named 'The Andrea.' Laura says, 'we've had a great influx of people. And they're so excited when there's a room! It's exciting to see people so happy about a place and they're never disappointed in Senoia. Not only are they seeing Woodbury but they're seeing Senoia and it's a special place.' Make your reservations now at

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Milling About with "On The Town"

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:00:00 GMT

New Yorkers are so excited for the Broadway musical, "On The Town" opening this fall at The Lyric Theater in the heart of Times Square. Host Robin Milling was treated to a sneak peek performance for the press by the multi-talented cast of dancers, singers and actors who are bringing this show back to the Great White Way bigger and better than ever. Featuring direction by John Rando and choreography by Josh Bergasse, On the Town is a classic that never goes out of style with music by Leonard Bernstein, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Based on Jerome Robbins' idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy Free, which he had set to Bernstein's music; it's a story about three sailors on 24 hour leave in New York who are swept away by all the city has to offer, set to dance. Robin chats with Rando and Bergasse about their indelible mark on this quintessential classic. The show's principal cast featuring Tony Yazbeck as Gabey, Jay Armstrong as Chip, Clyde Alves as Ozzie, Elizabeth Stanley as Claire DeLoon, Jackie Hoffman as Madam Dilly, and Alysha Umphress as Hildy share their stories of coming to New York for the first time, bonding with each other as a family, and why On The Town is still so prevalent for everyone to enjoy 70 years later. It's a helluva show!

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Remembering Robin Williams

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:30:00 GMT

Robin Williams was a master at the spontaneous riff. He could just take a topic and go off on several different tangents, making them funnier and funnier as the ideas came to him literally on the spot. In this short chat from 2002 for the film Insomnia, he was in a really healthy and happy place. I have interviewed him over the years since 1982 and he never ceased to amaze and entertain me. He talks about turning 50, but of course in the way that only Robin Williams can, his return to stand-up after 15 years, and the future of his own Cabarnet wine Chateau Pimm named for his son's middle name, which he loftily gives out to family and friends. The artistry and comedy of Robin Williams will forever be missed, but never forgotten.

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Let's Do Lunch! at Love Cafe & Bar

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Love Cafe & Bar owner Margarita Abramov greets you so warmly you already feel like family. She brings many of her grandmother's delicious homemade recipes all the way from Odessa, Russia to New York City; one of which is over 200 years old. Margarita proudly claims this one-of-a-kind cheese blintze recipe doesn't exist anywhere on the internet so it's safe within the family. Love Cafe & Bar is a loving tribute, honoring both her grandparents, bringing in a menu of Russian and European delicacies all under one roof. Her crepes are so delicious you can eat them solo but the Count Amaury with grilled chicken and mushrooms floating in house made Bechamal sauce is a must try! Her pierogies are a slice of crescent heaven, and blini with imported Russian red caviar explode in your mouth. Russian salads include Olivier, a Russian potato salad and Vinegret, a Russian beet salad. For meat lovers there's an irresistable chicken liver pate that's smooth and creamy, and comforting Hungarian Ghoulash served in a bread bowl. Signature stuffed cabbage has a twist; it's mixed with basmati rice. Her chicken wings are her baby and they are to die for with over 1,000 flavors such as garlic parmesan, chili and mango barbecue. There is a full espresso and juice bar featuring a European flair of Italian sodas, iced macchiato which looks just as good as it tastes; caramel with french vanilla espresso and milk over ice. Margarita says there is Russian sophistication in their Italian drinks. At Love Cafe & Bar, Margarita spreads the love, making you feel like you're part of the family. Her motto is 'serve the people what you would eat yourself and do it with love which is the main ingredient with every dish we produce!'

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Milling About with Michael Douglas

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Legendary movie star Michael Douglas joins host Robin Milling to talk about his role in And So It Goes. Michael discusses his quirky co-star and love interest in the film, Diane Keaton and working with Director Rob Reiner. He also candidly discusses the parallels between his real life son and movie son and the addictions they both share. For this and more listen anytime and to receive a free audiobook click

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Milling About with The Devil In The Marshalsea Author Antonia Hodgson

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Author Antonia Hodgson joins host Robin Milling at Kings Cross bar down in the Bowery in New York City to talk about her new murder mystery, The Devil In the Marshalsea. It's a fitting place to meet as her novel is set in 18th century gritty London where oweing a debt can land you in the city's most notorious prison -- the Marshalsea Gaol, and the Bowery was once home to vagrants and street criminals. Facts meet fiction in this page turner featuring the charming rogue Thomas Hawkins whose gambling habits get the best of him and he is thrown into the gaol where a murderer is still at large. Antonia tells Robin she spent many hours in the British public library researching prisoner's diaries, becoming fascinated with the debtors prisons where rich and poor alike ironically had to scrounge up money to pay for food and shelter in these seedy surroundings. She decided to set her crime novel in this world where whores, society gentlemen and scoundrels live under the roof of the ruthless governor William Acton who actually ran the Marshalsea almost 300 years ago. The Devil In The Marshalsea has visuals that are ripe for the screen. Antonia says the book has already been optioned for television to develop a series where her wish casting would include Tom Hiddleston in the role of Hawkins. In her other life Antonia is an editor and works with many actors so she is thinking about writing a part for Rupert Everett in her next book which is a sequel! Click here for free audiobook

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Let's Do Lunch! with Spencer Day

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Torch song stylist Spencer Day joins host Robin Milling at Henry's restaurant in New York City to talk about his latest release Daybreak; a combination of cover tunes and originals where Spencer blends his signature sultry jazz with a little bit country. He puts his own spin on Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made For Walkin', The Association's Never My Love, Creedance Clearwater Revival's Bad Moon Rising, and Lennon/McCartney's A World Without Love. Spencer tells Robin his originals such as Naturally and You Don't Know You're Lonely pay homage to Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield. The writings are a reflection of 'one of the most consistently stable and happy periods' of his life. Spencer candidly talks about his struggles with depression and how he has learned to cope with disappointment in a healthier way. As a result he shares his story, involving himself with organizations such as NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness). He says, 'if you're a sensitive and artistic person the world can be a really hard place to be. If you can channel positivity into your art then what you perceive as your weaknesses can be your biggest strengths.' Stay tuned for a possible part two of Daybreak which would feature Bobby Vinton's Sealed With A Kiss and Terry Stafford's Suspicion. Click here for free audiobook! Visit

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Milling About 'The Walking Dead' City

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Milling About visits Senoia, Georgia, also known as the city of The Walking Dead. This sweet little town just outside of Peachtree City, Atlanta with it's Norman Rockwell Main Street, has become the backlot for the most successful television show on AMC. Walking around you see where the Governor lived, Hershel's farm, the railroad tracks and lots of familiar woods where zombies roam. Don't expect to go there and try to hop the fence that was built around the surrounding woods or find out anything about season five currently shooting there as the show is shrouded in secrecy. Scott Tigchelaar, president of Raleigh Studios, which houses the production, and John Hartnett, former president of Riverwood Studios now with Southern Hollywood Film Tour join host Robin Milling with some fun nuggets about the show. John tells Robin why the homeowner of Hershel's farm was a tough sell and how tourists love to ring the bell of the Fried Green Tomatoes house even though someone lives there! Scott reveals why Senoia is their permanent production home and how the cast, especially Norman Reedus (Daryl), like to surprise Walker Stalkers visiting The Woodbury Shoppe, the official Walking Dead store. There's a great photo on their Facebook page with Norman and manager Carrie happily straddled behind him on the motorcycle which is on display in the store's basement. Here is where you'll find all your Walking Dead swag. Scott promises an upcoming installation of Penny for Penny's Cage by zombie make-up artist Greg Nicotero. They have specialty items like leather eater keychains with ears made of leather; a throwback to Daryl's trophy of zombie ears he wore on a lanyard around his neck. For more information visit:

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Milling About With The Papermill Playhouse Stars of 'Grease'

Thu, 29 May 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Start off the summer with the new stars of Grease, Taylor Louderman and Bobby Conte Thornton performing May 28- June 29 at the Papermill Playhouse. They join host Robin Milling during their rehearsal in New York to talk about taking on the beloved roles of Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko. Broadway theater lovers may remember Taylor from Bring It On, but Bobby is making his musical stage debut while still in college balancing musical theater with playing tennis at the University of Michigan. Bobby tells Robin their show promises to take on more inspiration from the stage version than the movie which starred Olivia Newton John and John Travolta. The one change is adding 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' to their show which wasn't in the original musical. The other classic songs remain the same, but the two actors admit they had to step it up a bit learning the 50s style choreography of 'Hand Jive' by JoAnn M. Hunter. For their homework as members of the highschool gangs the Greasers and the Pink Ladies, they can still recall their former selves in highschool. Both Taylor and Bobby are the first in their families to make their way into show business. Bobby comes from a family of scientists while Taylor who grew up in Bourbon, Missouri says 'the cattle population exceeds the human population and there's really no theater!' Their families are very supportive of their careers and will no doubt be front row and center to see them starring in Grease! For more information visit Rehearsal photos courtesy of Jerry Dalia

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Milling About In Peachtree City, Georgia

Wed, 21 May 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Milling About visits Peachtree City, Georgia where ironically there is not a peachtree in sight. Hop on one of their 10,000 golf carts and drive around 90 miles of designated golf cart paths and you'll soon discover the charm of this southern city affectionately known as 'The Bubble.' Turn 15 and you are gifted a golf cart which Executive Director of the CVB, Nancy Price says, 'can be tricked out!' Celebrities who frequent Peachtree City can be seen cruising around like Bret Michaels; a regular performer at The Fred Ampitheater, a quaint venue celebrating it's 20th anniversary, which Price also manages. Life is good at 15 mph where golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation. If you stay at The Wyndham Hotel don't miss their photo safari with Frank Murphy where you are given a map, a list of clues and a camera to photograph the answers. Friendly shopkeepers and locals don't even seem surprised when you ask if they have a red Solo cup or if they can model a throw of frisbee golf. Dolce Hotels and Resorts General Manager Wende Blumberg along with Chef Len Elias and Georgia Shrimp Company restaurant owner Ant Murphy join host Robin Milling to talk about what makes Peachtree City so special. Wende tells Robin how the laidback lifestyle attracts guests. Some are high profile preferring the woodsy privacy of the property. Mums the word but she did fess up to neighboring Pinewood Studios gearing up for Ant Man starring Michael Douglas. Long Island native Dolce Chef Len Elias brings farm to table goodness with a southern flair featuring chocolate espresso shrimp atop grits sprinkled with local goat cheese, and oysters topped with University of Georgia caviar! South African born Ant Murphy puts a peri peri sauce spin on Georgia shrimp like you've never tasted before. And when he's not greeting diners, he's crooning Frank Sinatra standards with the house jazz trio fronted by songstress Toni Byrd.

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Milling About with Candy Spelling

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Candy Spelling joins host Robin Milling to discuss her new memoir, 'Candy At Last,' an insightful look at her life living without her soulmate of 38 years, Aaron Spelling; and reflecting on the beautiful memories they shared together with the rich and famous, while having to move forward. She reveals the role reversal of having to take care of him in the end as he suffered from Alzheimer's. Candy candidly discusses why her relationship with her TV reality star daughter Tori is constantly tabloid fodder. She tells Robin, 'She's bigger than life and she's my child and sometimes people will have nasty things to say about her. They think they're talking about some notorious reality star and I have to remind them, 'you know that's my little girl you're talking about.' She also talks about where all the memorabilia has gone to after selling The Manor and what was the most difficult to give up. Through therapy Candy has discovered how to move on, becoming a Broadway show producer plus there's another book in the works featuring her husband's love letters, poems and songs he romantically wrote for her.

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Milling About with Pippin Stars Kyle Dean Massey & Ciara Renee

Thu, 01 May 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Join Pippin stars Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin) and Ciara Renee (The Leading Player) backstage at The Music Box Theatre with host Robin Milling. Boldly stepping into the circus choreography for five weeks of training to take over for Matthew James Thomas and Patina Miller, they are relaxed and eager to perform. Ciara says she picked Patina's brain for some direction before turning out Fosse's jazz hands and learned trapeze with the bruises to prove her hard work! Massey had to master a completely different skill set of acrobatics including a back flip! Kyle tells Robin there's history as Matthew's girlfriend Jennifer Damiano played his sister in Next To Normal, so passing the chained linked sweater onto him was an honor (and yes it is made of real heavy metal). Matthew even left a photo behind of Damiano which sits on Kyle's dressing room shelf. Both experienced natural opening night jitters. Ciara, previously The Witch in Big Fish, says she'd never been so nervous on stage before, but with the non-stop action you don't have time for nerves. Kyle agrees, "You're shot out of a cannon literally and you don't stop until the end of the show.” From the first chord Ciara says she can feel the energy from the audience. “Before I come out I have that silhouette moment; you can feel their presence through that curtain. That's an amazing energy and you ride on that till the end.” For tickets visit Click here WWW.AUDIBLETRIAL.COM/MILLINGABOUT! for free audio book

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Milling About with America Ferrara & Ryan Piers Williams at Tribeca Film Fest

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Married couple America Ferrara and Ryan Piers Williams star in X/Y premiering at The Tribeca Film Festival. The film bravely depicts sex scenes shot so tastefully you don't even see a butt cheek or a breast. Ryan tells host Robin Milling he had to convince his own mother he wasn't making a o, but rather implying the visuals for a stronger impact. America says her sister came away with the impact of the journey far more than, 'I can't believe I had to watch my sister and her husband make love!' Putting themselves out there on the big screen as a married couple, Ryan wanted to make sure the scenes were shot in a tasteful way that got to the heart of the emotion. America adds, 'Sometimes a hand touching a curve on your back is the most intimate thing you can experience. Of course as an actor I appreciated that Ryan didn't get gratuitous with the sex!' And being directed by your husband making out with Common in a bathroom stall can be a little awkward but professionalism always came first. Ryan says it's intense directing your wife in a sex scene with someone and being in a sex scene yourself but it was his job to make everyone feel comfortable to get the best results. Ryan and America who make their home in New York took advantage of their daily Bikram yoga and Soul Cycle spin class routines for the film as well as using those locations where they work out. Ryan also wants to remind New Yorkers that Far Rockaway is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, using those beaches for the surfing scenes. They discuss the trajectory of their relationship from dating, engagement to marriage and how that has impacted their work together, telling Robin their mutual respect and championing of each other creatively and pushing each other's boundaries is what makes the balance work.

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Milling About with Fireside Sleigh Rides

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:00:00 GMT

Catch the last days of winter at Fireside Sleigh Rides in North Conway, New Hampshire. Joining host Robin Milling are owners Jason and Heather Blakeney; brother and sister equestrian experts who took their love and expertise with horses hitching them to a romantic sleigh ride through snowy trails along the Saco River. Homeschooled, Jason tells Robin they would do their homework on horseback and both have degrees in equestrian studies so starting a business together where horses were involved was a natural progression. Arrive at a quaint log cabin office where hot apple Cider and hot chocolate awaits to take along on the ride. Jason takes out the sleigh led by Percherons named Freckles and Pretty Face with Freckles' foal in training leading the way or taking a break to nurse! Unnamed at the time, Jason jokes that patrons were all giving their ideas based on his shiny black coat such as Darth Vader for starters. They went with Pecos (like the river that flows through New Mexico and Texas). There is the private sleigh ride with room for four but two is always better for the full coziness of snuggling under warm wool blankets. Or if you want a party 'Big Red,' the Bob Sled can accommodate 10 adults and eight children. Both rides end up at a fire pit complete with sticks and marshmallows ready for toasting. Or bring your own chocolate and graham crackers and you can make S'mores. If you miss the snow, trail and wagon rides are available during the summer at their farm in Brownfield, Maine. For more information visit:

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Milling About With Stephen Bishop

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Singer/songwriter Stephen 'Bish' Bishop, best known for top of the chart hits like 'On And On,' 'Separate Lives,' and the theme from Tootsie, 'It Might Be You,' joins host Robin Milling to play and chat about his new album Be Here Then. A fanatical Beatles fan since seeing them on The Ed Sullivan Show, Stephen tells Robin about his dream of being asked to join the group by John and Paul! Stephen has come a long way since going door to door to music publishers playing them his music in hopes of getting signed. He tells Robin he even gave Barbra Streisand and her then beau, Jon Peters a private concert in her home when they were shopping for A Star Is Born songs. 'They made out on the couch and I sang songs!' Stephen performs the first single, 'Pretty Baby,' from his new CD, a beautiful acoustic version of 'Separate Lives,' which was covered by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin, confirming it was written about his break-up with Indiana Jones actress Karen Allen. Writing songs since he was 13 there is one he didn't write, It Might Be You, which he sung for the film Tootsie, and performs here. Stephen also reveals his hidden talents doing a mean Billie Holiday impression. Click here for your free audiobook:

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Let's Do Lunch! at Snowvillage Inn

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Let's Do Lunch! visits Max's Restaurant where guests and locals alike are welcome to dine at Snowvillage Inn in Snowville, New Hampshire. A wood-burning stove sits in the middle of the dining room to warm up diners from the snowy cold. Chef Ben Frieden looks more like a rock star with his tattoos and long hair but his skills are evident, enthusiastically serving a delicious tasting menu starting with Flatbread topped with blueberry infused sauce and pulled pork. Thai influenced, Ben creatively substitutes coconut water for veg stock. The main course was pan-roasted snapper with Tom Kha inspired flavors of jalapeno, lime and coconut over basmati rice. Green-lipped mussels are Ben's favorite with roasted garlic and tomato, and a beautiful split caesar with half a head of romaine, lightly seared on the grill topped with homemade dressing, sweet and sour pickled onions, white anchovies and oh so thin and crispy prosciutto. Dessert was a sinful hot brownie sundae and maple ginger brulee. Owners Kevin Flynn and Jen Kovach met saving the Eaton Village Country store. The Inn which dates back to 1902 has been welcoming guests since 1948 by Max & Greta Pluss. Kevin tells Robin there is talk that Greta has haunted the Inn, but in a friendly way of course! Ghosts aside, Kevin and Jen make their guests feel right at home, decorating it with family photos. Disconnecting from the hustle and bustle is what it's about at The Snowvillage Inn so there are no TVs but you can snuggle up with a good book hand picked by Jen's mother, 'the book whisperer.'  The Presidential mountain range including Mt. Washington which you can see on a very clear day make for gorgeous views. It is a perfect getaway from New York City but also ideal for country weddings, and parents visiting their kids in nearby summer camps.

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Milling About with Kelli O'Hara

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star of The Bridges of Madison County joins host Robin Milling backstage at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York City. Kelli tells Robin her dressing room is decorated with photographic inspirations to put her into the mindset of Francesca like a map of Italy, an 18th century Italian sketch, as well as a picture of the actual Rosamund Bridge in Iowa where Robert (played by Steven Pasquale) and Francesa meet. Born in Oklahoma on a farm where she chopped cotton and was the 'official lawn girl'; she and her sister would harmonize through the aisles of the cotton fields ironically singing 'Love Could Build A Bridge.' Kelli could tap into Francesca's farm life, but slipping into her lilting Neopolitan accent combined with a bit of Americana happens when she says 'Francesa,' puts on a brown wig over her blonde locks, darkens her eyebrows and wears a farmwife's dress. She also has a ritual on her walk to the stage of reading all the signs on the wall in her accent like, 'stage right,' or 'no toaster ovens please!'  Having a new addition to the family and loving relationship with her husband, Greg Naughton enriches her with love and emotion which she brings into the role of Francesca. She says, “I don't think I could've played this role without having what's going on in my personal life right now. You come to a place in your life where everything is just at the right time.” Click here for your free audiobook Photos courtesy of Joan Marcus

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Milling About with Jonatha Brooke

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Jonatha Brooke, currently starring in My Mother Has 4 Noses at the Duke Theater in New York City joins host Robin Milling. Jonatha tells Robin her mother who had four prosthetic noses, ('one for each season,') due to skin cancer, inspired her to write the piece which is filled with tremendously uplifting stories told through song and monologues. It's a Kleenex box worth of tears but you will also laugh along with Jonatha as she relates her journey helping her mother through her declining dementia. In fact the show has inspired so many people to tell their story of sorrow and loss that Jonatha has set up a virtual memory wall on for people to share. A singer, songwriter who toured concert halls for almost 25 years, Jonatha says she comes from a musical family where her father played trumpet and her mother 'played piano rather badly but was passionate about music.' The show is a 'mom and pop operation' produced by her manager/husband Patrick Rains. Jonatha performs select songs from the show including The Wind, How Far You Go For Love, and Scars. Don't miss this show! It's a universal story where even celebrities can empathize. Edie Falco and Bill Irwin came to the show and cried, sharing their stories afterward with Jonatha. And sometimes she pretends Meryl Streep is sitting in the audience because, 'she's got a great nose and mom would've loved her nose!' For tickets visit Click here for a free audiobook!

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Milling About with Lili Taylor

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Almost Human star Lili Taylor stars in The Cold Lands as a mother living a Bohemian lifestyle in the middle of the woods with her son when her sudden death leaves him to fend for himself. A mother herself, Lili commuted to the set from her house across the river. She tells host Robin Milling that while she loves nature she is not an 'off the gridder,' and encourages the importance to her daughter of existing with others. Fancying herself more of a boyscout than a hippie, she says she could survive the wilderness if put to the test. 'I like to know how to tie a knot and how to build a fire and how to survive because you just never know!' I want to know how to handle a bear if I see one and I want to know how to save someone's life if they're in trouble.' Living for two weeks in the woods with Earth First destroying their equipment so they wouldn't destroy redwood trees gave Lili a taste of what it's like. Lili likes it old school. Playing a futuristic police captain in Almost Human, she prefers paper and pen to the fancy holograms they use on the show. She confesses she'd like to have more wild weapons like her cop co-stars Karl Urban and Michael Ealy use, and get out of the office more! Coming up, Lili will grace the stage with Chloe Grace Moretz in The Library directed by Steven Soderbergh. Get your free Audible book and 30 day trial by signing onto

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Let's Do Lunch! with Cady Huffman

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:00:00 GMT

Cady Huffman joins Let's Do Lunch! at Gaby Brasserie Francaise to talk about her fabulous one-woman show, Hungry and Horny! Cady tells host Robin Milling about her passion for food which began with her mother and grandmother's homemade meals growing up in Santa Barbara. Food is life and love to Cady and she performs it all in song for one night only at 54 Below in New York City. In the show she explores her relationship to food such as grappling with the loss of her ex husband's cooking. She jokes, 'After 17 years of marriage I found myself 'divorced and hungry!' Cady talks about her dating escapades and how she's moved on. Cady talks about her wondrous musical theater career which began as a teenage drag queen in La Cage Aux Folles and most recently as a Burlesque dancer in The Nance. Her dancing accomplishments began with Bob Fosse in Big Deal. Gaby's Chef Sylvain Harribey, former winner of the Food Network's Chopped serves a delicious tasting and wine pairing. Beginning with butternut squash bisque in a capuccino cup, followed by fois gras delicately rolled with proscuitto and served with a mini beaker of truffle oil to drizzle over it, lamb loin on white bean puree, and an american standard 'Frenchinized,' as Chef puts it -- a hamburger or Franburger served on a crispy baguette with brie cheese.

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Milling About with Andy Garcia

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:00:00 GMT

Andy Garcia joins host Robin Milling to discuss his starring role in At Middleton. Andy plays a father bringing his son to college orientation, who strikes up a relationship with Vera Farmiga, bringing her daughter to the same orientation, played by her real life sister, Taissa. In real life Andy has two daughters of his own, both of them actors. In fact his daughter Daniella appears in the film. Andy tells Robin what it's like having them follow in his footsteps. Next he stars in the animated film, Rio 2 and the features Rob The Mob and Kill The Messenger. For his next directing job Hemingway & Fuentes, Andy tells Robin he hired a St. Augustine boat builder to build an authentic Cuban skiff for his boat captain Gregory Fuentes. He also announces a new cast member to replace Anthony Hopkins as Hemingway so stay tuned.

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Let's Do Lunch! with Author Sherill Tippins at The Fourth

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Author Sherill Tippins of Inside The Dream Palace The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel joins host Robin Milling for Let's Do Lunch! at The Fourth in the Hyatt Hotel in Union Square. Since 2006 Sherill has been working on the book which tells all kinds of stories about the famous inhabitants that lived there; not to mention the cockroaches living side by side with them! Through her conversations with former beloved landlord Stanley Bard she writes about the celebrities who called the Chelsea Hotel their home such as Ethan Hawke staying for free under the conditions he get Uma Thurman back. Playwrite Arthur Miller used the hotel to recover from his break-up with superstar Marilyn Monroe to avoid the paparazzi, and where he stayed to write After The Fall about his relationship with her. And of course there are the famous ghostly inhabitants which Sherill's psychic friend encountered while staying in room 325 with her to research the book. Her friend claims they would all crowd into the room every night from different eras to get their stories into the book! According to her friend one ghost from the 60s named Larry gave Sherill the theme of the book, 'just tell her man, The Chelsea Hotel is not about the art; it's about the life!'    

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Milling About With Alice Eve

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Alice Eve has been on the Star Trek Enterprise in Star Trek Into Darkness, a sexy Irish nanny in Sex And the City 2, and most recently a hooker in Some Velvet Morning. They are all very different characters than who she is in real life, but none so as being a hotel proprietor also running a brothel in Cold Comes The Night. And she gets to be the first actress to work alongside Bryan Cranston post Breaking Bad! For her role Alice tells host Robin Milling she actually changed dirty bed sheets in motels around the Catskill area where the film was shot to get an idea of a day in the life. Talk about method acting! This year Alice can be seen in 1:30 Train opposite director/star Chris Evans filmed in New York City last Christmas, and she is reteaming with Neil LaBute for Dirty Weekend opposite Matthew Broderick.  

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Let's Do Lunch! With The Fifth Beatle Author Vivek Tiwary

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:00:00 GMT

New York Times bestselling author Vivek Tiwary of The Fifth Beatle joins host Robin Milling for Let's Do Lunch! at Giorgio's. A Beatles fan since the womb, it was a passion project 21 years in the making for Vivek to tell the untold story of The Beatles manager and founder Brian Epstein. Through years of interviews with people who knew him, the tale of seeing them at The Cavern Club to bringing them to the world stage unfolds in this graphic novel illustrated by Andrew C. Robinson. A film is already in the works based on the novel, with Bring It On director Peyton Reed at the helm.  Casting is a bit hush hush but there will be plenty of music due to unlimited access to the Lennon/McCartney catalog. What Vivek may have in common with Epstein is not taking 'no' for an answer. He even has the four rejection letters to prove it. He says, “That's what Brian Epstein went through. He got rejected for The Beatles by every single record label!” 'Thumbs up' came from Paul McCartney, Ringo, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. Vivek was especially pleased with McCartney's review and his warmth about Brian's memory. He did famously say, 'If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.' Visit Watch the book trailer Get your free audio book on here

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Milling About with 'Johnny Carson' author Henry Bushkin

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:00:00 GMT

'Heeeeere's Johnny!' was the melodious phrase Ed McMahon would say every weeknight for 30 years to introduce Johnny Carson, the beloved talk show host of The Tonight Show. Henry Bushkin, author of 'Johnny Carson' was there beside him for 18 of those years as his lawyer but as he writes, 'his earpiece, mouthpiece, enforcer, running buddy, tennis pal, drinking and dining companion, foil or the quicker picker upper.' Henry joins host Robin Milling to talk about the ups and downs of representing the most powerful man in show business whether it was dealing with his divorces, the NBC network or his personal happiness or unhappiness off camera. He tells Robin Johnny was not the man the country went to bed with at night joking and cajoling celebrity guests, but rather complex and complicated. He says, 'I've gotten letters and e-mails from people saying they had no idea how he was off the screen compared to who he was on the screen. If he's Mr. Rogers off the air who would be interested in him? I think this book is part of a renaissance for the guy because people are now talking about him because of this book.' Henry discusses his disappointment with the lack of feedback from late night talk show hosts like David Letterman who've put Carson on a pedestal and chose to not mention the book or invite him on to discuss it. One theory is because he doesn't hold back, revealing an image that is less than rosy, betraying Carson in some way and he's the bad guy. In fact he's writing a second book which explores the affects of the first and the late night talk show hosts will have their own chapter. Tune in and get your free audio book on by clicking

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Milling About with Drew Lachey

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Drew Lachey is dreaming of a charitable Christmas. Drew tells host Robin Milling the many ways he has made someone else's Christmas wishes come true. It all started with 98 Degrees visiting urban neighborhoods for The Boys and Girls Club singing accapella Christmas carols, doo-wop style. That spirit of giving back blossomed into what Drew and his family do today; supplying gifts for the Boys and Girls Club and the Children's Hospital in his hometown of Cincinnati. His children are also learning the love of giving. He says, “My daughter actually gave up getting birthday presents at her birthday party this year for donations for the Children's Hospital raising almost $1,000. That's one of the things as a parent where you're like, 'Yes! I'm doing something right!'” In fact Drew encourages everyone to make a difference in somebody else's life, foregoing that tie clip or Itunes gift card. That homey feeling is one of the reasons why h'es joined Up, the family friendly network which features shows his seven year-old daughter can watch; like his starring turn in Guess Who's Coming To Christmas. Drew stars as Dax, a jaded rock star who jump starts his image by fulfilling a child's 'Dear Santa' Christmas wish to spend the holidays with them. Drew's image is slightly different these days; he's not interested in being the bad boy anymore. “I'm trying to set a good example for my kids and the people who look up to me and look up to my wife. That's what I'm trying to focus on, spreading that good cheer.” Drew looks forward to going out on the road again with his brother Nick and the band. Whether it's Dancing With The Stars, Broadway, or film acting; it seems performing is Drew's greatest gift.

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Milling About with Song of Spider-Man Author Glen Berger

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:00:00 GMT

It seemed that Spider-Man:Turn Off The Dark, the Broadway musical was doomed from the start with the production suffering budgetary issues, actors getting injured attempting aerial stunts, not to mention personality clashes with the show's directing diva Julie Taymor. Now the story behind the web of chaos and collaboration is told from co-book writer Glen Berger who has penned Song of Spider-Man about what it was like to stand side by side with Taymor helping to create her vision, only to be spun out of control. Glen tells host Robin Milling how a need to seek vengeance on then President Bush inspired the scene that would get him the gig. He describes, “the Green Goblin is tickling the ivories on top of the Chrysler Building, ending with him pushing the piano off in order to murder the little ants down below, and winding up caught in Spider-man's web.” Ironically he says that scene may have gotten him the job, but ultimately led to Taymor's dismissal. Glen writes joyously about working with Taymor who he describes as a true artist with a capital 'A' and his devotion to doing whatever it took to realize that artistry. He admits it was a heady experience visiting the Edge and Bono in their Irish homes, watching them orchestrate the musical. Glen observes that problems actually began three months after he joined the project in 2005, six years before opening, when the lead producer Tony Adams dropped dead right as Edge was signing the contract! To purchase the book visit:

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Milling About with Sunlight Jr. Director Laurie Collyer

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Sunlight Jr. writer/director Laurie Collyer joins host Robin Milling to discuss working with her stellar cast which includes Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon and Norman Reedus. Laurie tells Robin how Matt went through rigorous wheelchair training to portray his paraplegic character who is married to Watts in the film. She says he was so convincing in the chair and the way he finessed getting in and out of it that she was surprised when he actually got up to walk in-between takes! Matt also had to practice wheeling Watts around on his lap. That playfulness was captured by an on-set photographer. Laurie says, “They had a lot of fun. One of our publicity stills wasn't shot as that but they were just having fun playing around 10 feet away from the craft service table with Matt wheeling her around on his lap and it's actually the photo that's now our poster.” And then there's Reedus, red hot from The Walking Dead who contributed his own idea to the look of his character; Watt's risky and wild ex who still has a thing for her. Already inked up and wearing a wife beater, he suggested he come in sporting a new tattoo covered by a bandage. Laurie remembers one fun day on the set. “You never actually see that little Dennis The Menace urinating (tattoo) but we all knew it was there so one day our make-up artist put a sharpee tattoo of that on lots of members of the crew so people were walking around with that guy on the side of their neck, on their arm, on their hand.”  

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Milling About with Bob Guccione Assistant Jane Homlish

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione is the subject of Filthy Gorgeous, a documentary chronicling the rise of the media mogul and his magazine. Jane Homlish, his longtime personal assistant for over 30 years who is featured in the film, joins host Robin Milling to talk about a relationship so unique it will never exist for her again. Jane tells Robin she was convinced that Guccione was the right fit for her inquisitive nature as a young traveler who also had a passion for art. When she answered an ad for a receptionist job she quickly moved up the ranks, knowing Guccione would not only be her boss, but her mentor. They connected creatively in their shared love of art, and spiritually searching for a greater truth as Jane, a Catholic school girl, thought she would be a nun and Bob thought he would be a priest. Jane earned his respect, ultimately overseeing the magazine from cover to cover, curating his massive art collection and his home where 11 pony size Rhodesian Ridgebacks once ruled the roost. They became 'inseparable' working till the wee hours of the morning from his East 67th Street townhouse where Bob lived and worked and Jane had her own private suite to accommodate the hours. She says, “I spent more hours with Bob Guccione than anybody in his entire family including his wife.” Along with the job came managing the photo shoots and sometimes even the Penthouse pets who would do anything they could to get to Bob through Jane. Jane tells Robin she maintained a professional relationship with Guccione, developing a dear friendship, becoming his confidante over the years and the keeper of his secrets; which she cherishes to this day. Bob once told Jane he was convinced they were a prie[...]

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Milling About @ The Evergreen Inn Bed & Breakfast

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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.

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Let's Do Lunch! with Christopher Rice @ The Cecil

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Author Christopher Rice joins host Robin Milling over lunch at The Cecil in Harlem to talk about his first supernatural novel, The Heavens Rise which is a page-turner featuring a 'Louisiana swamp mind-control parasite atmosphere.' Chris returns to New Orleans he says to give the community a kindness post Katrina. Compared to his first book A Density of Souls, where he trashed everyone he went to high school with, he is now paying homage to the people of the city and their desire to see it thrive. Chris says that of all his novels The Heavens Rise is the most cinematic and he would want to be involved in writing the screen adaptation. He may come full circle as he originally moved to Los Angeles to write screenplays; surprising even himself by writing a book. As the son of Anne Rice and his late father Stan who was a creative writing professor and poet, writing was inevitable. Chris reveals his father read him Tin Tin as a bedtime story while mom favored singing show tunes to lull him to sleep! Lunch with Chris at The Cecil in Harlem, named for the former hotel, was prepared by Chef de cuisine J.J.  It's Afro Asian new American cuisine featured Oxtail dumplings, spicy crispy ginger squid, and crispy okra fries. He brought his influences from Ghana, steeping himself in African markets, and preparing meals alongside the locals. At The Cecil he adds green apples to curry, and perry perry sauce to prawns. Save room for dessert with their peanut opera; sponge cake layered with peanut butter and chocolate and flourless chocolate cake with beany seed brittle. And watch for a second supernatural thriller from Christopher set on a planta[...]

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Milling About with 'Broadway Idiot' Director Doug Hamilton

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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.

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Milling About with Daniel Radcliffe & John Krokidas

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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.'

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Milling About with David Picker

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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.

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Milling About with Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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.'

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Milling About with John J Zullo Dance/Raw Movement

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Choreographer John J Zullo joins host Robin Milling to discuss the new season of John J Zullo Dance/Raw Movement featuring three works inspired by memory. A film student at American University, John saw Bill T. Jones Arnie Zane dance company piece Still Here and discovered the emotional impact dance can achieve. Referring to the season as his Memory Suite, All What This Do Has You Happened See? Before is about perception and fragments of memory while This Equisite Diversion/Mysterious Skin is about blocked memories and the process of recovery. Six foot glowing plexi-glass panels play with perception as a metaphor for moving through corridors in the mind. The third piece Project XIII explores varying memories through 12 different versions of one movement. This Equisite Diversion/Mysterious Skin was inspired by Scott Heim's novel Mysterious Skin about two young boys who are sexually exploited. John says, 'it had a really strong impact both in my own personal experiences having been sexually abused at a very young age and then dealing with that.' Also discovering one of his dancers was sexually abused when he was young drove the piece, interpreting moments of the book through movement. John insists it's not a victim piece, but more about navigating through a traumatic experience.The audience will experience it raw and real.

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Milling About with Jonathan Groff

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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 go[...]

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Let's Do Lunch! @ Novecento

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Let's Do Lunch! visits Novecento in New York's Soho for a traditional Argentinian tasting prepared by Chef Oscar Santana. Celebrating 33 years in the business, Oscar came from Mexico with his wife to pursue his dreams, working his way from washing dishes oddly enough right across the street at Felix, to becoming chef at Novecento. Santanta offered a meat eaters feast starting with pan fried crispy sweet breads that melt in your mouth, served with green beans, mushroom, corn and yuca fries. The appetizer empanadas are enough for a meal. Each flaky serving features a different shape filled with meat, chicken with sweet onions and white wine, spinach and mozarella cheese and ham and mozarella cheese; gooey and delicious. Another traditional dish served at Novecento is Trio Argentino, a threesome of chorizo, blood sausage and sweet breads accompanied with chimichurri sauce that you want to eat with a spoon. And of course it wouldn't be complete without Entrana, Argentinian skirt steak with creamy mashed potatoes complimented with a glass of Malbec. The kitchen is open with a view of the bar so Oscar can see diners enjoying his food. The restaurant opens up to the street inviting passersby to come in; great for people watching on a summer day. For authentic Argentinian cuisine, you can't beat Novecento. Photos courtesy of Antonia Russo

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Milling About with John Schneider

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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 disenfranchi[...]

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Milling About @ Hotel Zero 1

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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.

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Milling About at Blue Sky Studio

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Milling About visits Blue Sky studio, the creators behind Ice Age, for a behind the scenes tour of the making of Epic, now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. Starring the voice talent of Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried and directed by Chris Wedge, Producer John Donkin takes host Robin Milling on a guided tour to the departments that are responsible for making Epic. John says it takes about three years from inception to screen overseeing the creative team for theatrical and home video release. He tells Robin there's nothing more rewarding than when the movie appeals emotionally to parents as well as to kids. They are wary of off-color jokes so Denis Leary, the voice of Diego, had to be wrangled in so his kids could watch. Senior Character Technical Director Sabine Heller's job is to put anatomy into the characters about nine months before the animator puts them in motion. With a click of the mouse she makes Nim Galuu smile or move one of his many arms and legs. Sabine says she does her homework learning everything about caterpillar anatomy to see how they actually move. She also takes nature walks around the property and nearby Audubon Center looking for real life inspiration. Story artist Warren Leonhardt gets a script, a handful of characters, some of the set and literally acts out a dress rehearsal for the director. Part actor, Warren pitches the scene from the storyboar[...]

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