This morning’s segment felt as if Kathie Lee, Hoda and I had an off-camera conversation that happened to be caught-on-camera. They have an incredible ability to make an interview feel like a nice chat. I usually prepare, research, read many articles for the segment, but as soon as Hoda asks you the first question, you can’t help but feel as if they are very close friends of yours who you went to lunch with. Time flies by when you are with them. Enjoy the segment.
Happy New Year! On this first show of 2017, we tackle the Megan Kelly departure from FoxNews to NBC and its overall impact in the media industry with Rachel Stockman (1:15) of the media website Mediaite.com. We also catch up with Zootopia’s director and producer Rich Moore and Clark Spencer (7:30) to discuss the creative power and appeal of the film, as well as the details on how they managed to lure superstar Shakira to perform on the soundtrack. And finally, we shoot the breeze with our good friend Kellvin Chavez (26:45), founder of the movie website LatinoReview.com. We cover everything from the Golden Globes, today’s digital movie culture to fraudulent movie trailers. Read More
The first Monday of 2017 and I got the chance to be on the same show Katie Couric co-hosted. Alas, I didn’t get a chance to see her, but awesome to know I was feet away from her. This is also my second New Year’s Day segment in a row. Last year we pre-taped, but this morning was live. I discussed the ‘Most Anticipated Movies and TV Shows of 2017’. Check out above my personal picks for this year!
Had a chance to join Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the TODAY show this morning to discuss Justin Bieber’s concert meltdown… again, Donald Glover’s headline news of being cast in the new ‘Untitled Han Solo’ project and talk on how Tyler Perry beat Tom Cruise at the box-office.
This fourth episode sees me getting in a groove with my podcast. I asked Willie Geist, who has interviewed me for TODAY’s pop culture segments for the last 3 years, to come on the podcast and he said yes. The interview was actually supposed to happen 2 weeks ago, but the Olympics kicked in and we thought it better to push it to this weekend when his new SUNDAY TODAY show was back on air. The interview went fantastic just like I thought it would. Willie reminds me a bit of the gentlemen anchors of yesteryear who gave media its stature. Think Sydney Lumet’s NETWORK and the cachet that dripped even off of the junior producers. We discussed a wide array of subjects from the art of interviewing people, the problem of soccer in America, how and when he became enamored with hip-hop and the show and how he was approached to do the new SUNDAY TODAY show, amongst other subjects. (1:05)
The TODAY show green room was packed when I arrived this morning. I bumped into the members of a band I had not heard of until today called NEED TO BREATHE (in capital letters). I’m actually listening to them on Spotify right now and I like they’re sound a lot. They sound very Mumford & Sons meet Imagine Dragons. Watch them get famous before my very eyes. At least I have them recorded on my FB Live video. The reason for my appearance this morning with Kathie Lee & Hoda was for a regular segment called WHO KNEW?, a fun and informative trivia game where Kathie Lee asks people at the NBC Store questions based on a theme. If they get it right they win $100 on the spot, if they get it wrong they win an autographed Kathie Lee CD. My role is to give the answers context and color, thus hopefully interesting viewers in something else beyond the simple answer. You get learn and have fun at the same time. Today’s topic was MOON references in pop culture because today is National Moon Day. Take a look at the clip and see how many you can answer.
The Wiz is coming back to Broadway. The last time it was on the stage, it was 1975 and it ended up winning the Tony for Best Musical. This time around Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein will re-adapt the original book and Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct. No official date yet, but rumored to come sometime around 2016-2017 season.Read More
For anyone who has ever had the chance to enter the nostalgic and historic landmark space of Café Carlyle in Manhattan, it feels like you’ve time-traveled back to a different era, one which was always full of familiar friends, intellectual conversations about the theater, cuisine and most importantly – music. It is this latter reason why I donned my best summer jacket and strutted in with my illustrious wife to see opening night of Megan Hilty crooning her way into the musical grooves of my mind and heart.Read More
Coldplay will present songs from its upcoming sixth album, “Ghost Stories,” in an hour-long television special titled: “Coldplay: Ghost Stories,” that will focus on the multi-Grammy Award-winning band’s latest album, to be released worldwide May 19.Read More
During March of 2013 Catherine Ochoa competed on the fourth season of NBC’s “The Voice.” She started out in team Shakira and was then swept away by team Usher. Though she was eliminated during the Live Playoffs, that didn’t stop this young singer from continuing her career. Now a year after she left the show she has a new EP out called “Unbreakable,” which debuted at No. 16 on the Latin iTunes chart on March 1, the day of the release, and is still going strong at No. 27. Read More