Star of 12 Years a Slave and the new movie Z for Zachiarah, Chiwetel Ejiofor talks to Jesse about dealing with creative ambition and getting into a Jiu Jitsu ring with David Mamet. Later, casting director Allison Jones talks about finding talented new actors and pushing to get them on screen. Plus Jesse considers what jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon can add to the discussion around race in America. Show notes
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Set your DVRs: Michael Ian Black will premiere his new one-hour special Very Famous on Comedy Central tomorrow, Saturday August 6th, at 11pm/10c. If the anticipation is too much for you, check out the network's teaser clips.
Can you believe that our beloved MaxFunCon pals Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy have been producing their terrific Rifftrax films and commentaries for more than five years? To celebrate, on August 17th the trio will be skewering the flick "Jack the Giant Killer" and broadcasting the performance live to movie theaters around the country. Go here to find more info on the big event and locate a participating theater near you.