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Martini Shot



Veteran TV writer and producer Rob Long shares his behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life on "Martini Shot." A contributing editor for the National Review and Newsweek International, he was a co-executive producer of "Cheers" while still in his 20s and



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Not My Face

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:44:00 -0800

This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about the true pioneers in the areas of film technology and computer graphics and making things look like other things: the plastic surgeons.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-not_my_face-180221.mp3




Two Businesses

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:44:00 -0800

On today’s Martini Shot I give some important and useful advice to one of the richest and smartest people in the world, a true business visionary, and I’m not even humble about it.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-two_businesses_2018_02_14-180214.mp3




Stretch Out

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:44:00 -0800

This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot, I talk about a complicated moment from an old movie where they use a word that we don’t use much these days in a way that is actually kind of funny. Yeah, I think that’s vague enough.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-stretch_out-180208.mp3




No money

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:44:00 -0800

This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I describe the classic pose of the buyer and the seller: one person leaning forward at the table, the other leaning back, arms folded. Always know which one you are.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-no_money-180131.mp3




Old Shows

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:44:00 -0800

This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I uncover the secret to show business success, which is: if it worked before, do it again. I mean, you know, make a few changes, but basically do it again.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-old_shows-180124.mp3




Virtual Reality

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:44:00 -0800

Today I hang out in a movie theater lobby and watch people enjoying the virtual reality machines more than the movie they came to see. A glimpse of the future.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-virtual_reality-180103.mp3




Continuity

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:44:00 -0800

At a certain point during post-production, when whatever you’re working on is in the editing stage, you have to choose between making an edit that helps the pace, uses the best take, removes an element you no longer need — any number of useful and necessary things — and one that doesn’t show the coffee cup suddenly appearing in the star’s other hand.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-continuity-171220.mp3




My Friend's Place

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:44:00 -0800

Hey, are you busy on Saturday? This Saturday, the sixteenth?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-my_friends_place_2017_12_13-171213.mp3




December 2017 Pledge Drive

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:44:00 -0800

KCRW has been broadcasting the best and freshest music, commentary, news, and astonishing audio for decades — and for about as long, people have been listening to it and loving it and forgetting, or allowing  themselves to forget, that the station really does depend on the commitment of its listeners. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-december_2017_pledge_drive-171206.mp3




Bethpage

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0800

The universal indicator of the health and prosperity of the entertainment industry — which is, the quality of the free snacks.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-bethpage-171129.mp3




Irreplaceable

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0800

What makes a powerful man think that anyone wants to see his naked body, for any reason?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-irreplaceable-171122.mp3




Key demos

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0800

Money and death and weight and all of the things no one wants to talk about.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-key_demos-171108.mp3




Cancel my subscription

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0700

Rob pitches a simple app that would change the television business forever: something that makes it easy to cancel all of those channels we pay for.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-cancel_my_subscription-171101.mp3




Going forward

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:44:00 -0700

The single most important and revealing document in the entire entertainment business — understand this and you understand Hollywood: the call sheet.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-going_forward-171025.mp3




The trouble with Harvey

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:44:00 -0700

How to be an insider in the business: when you hear big, surprising news for the first time, act like you heard it months and months ago.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-the_trouble_with_harvey-171018.mp3




Pixelate this

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:44:00 -0700

Rob learns the difference between real nudity on television, fake nudity on television, real nudity that's pixelated with blurry boxes, and fake real nudity that's pixelated with blurry boxes.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-pixelate_this-171011.mp3




Fun stuff

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:44:00 -0700

Rob pitches his best stuff to the town and this is what he hears: fun stuff, let us talk internally and get back to you.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-fun_stuff-171004.mp3




Present

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:44:00 -0700

Rob learns how to be more present, how to have a more still mind, how not to analyze everything he sees and hears by wondering if there's some angle in it for him. It's a work in progress.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-present-170927.mp3




New Justin

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:44:00 -0700

Rob discovers the next Justin Bieber, because it's about time we had another one. This one is from Kazakhstan, and his name is Dimash Kudaibergenov. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-new_justin-170906.mp3




One year ago

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:44:00 -0700

The perfect way for people in the entertainment industry to read the trades without being consumed by jealousy -- or, at least, unnecessary jealousy.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-one_year_ago-170830.mp3




Not funny

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:44:00 -0700

Why you need a joke to cover the cross and a button to end a scene and why some people get that and some people don't.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-not_funny-170823.mp3




Promoted post

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:44:00 -0700

Rob promotes a lot of stuff on his Instagram feed, or wishes he could, if he had any followers.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-promoted_post-170816.mp3




Bad timing

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:44:00 -0700

Remember the old show business adage, give the people what they want? Rob updates it: just give three million people what they want. The rest of them will be watching home remodeling shows.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-bad_timing-170809.mp3




Running out of money

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:44:00 -0700

The only thing that really matters in the entertainment business isn't how much money an entertainment company has, but how long it's going to last. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-running_out_of_money-170802.mp3




Lazy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:44:00 -0700

How to make a lot of money investing in the one thing that all humans have in common, the one thing that draws us all together: we're kind of lazy.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/ma/KCRW-martini_shot-lazy_2017_07_26-170726.mp3