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Barry Gordon, Co-Star of A Thousand Clowns: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Barry Gordon

From our special screening of the film A Thousand Clowns at Cinefamily in Los Angeles, a special podcast-only episode of The Sound of Young America: Jesse's conversation with Barry Gordon, the then-15-year-old co-star of the film. Released in 1965 and now out-of-print, the movie stars Jason Robards as Murray, a comedy writer who struggles to come to terms with growing up – something he must do if he wants to stop child protective services from taking away his adopted son Nick, played by Barry Gordon.

Barry Gordon was a child actor who played the role of Nick on the Broadway and touring versions of A Thousand Clowns before making the film; he's since, by turn, been a voice actor, a lawyer, the president of the Screen Actors Guild, a talk show host, a teacher and even a congressional candidate. One of his recent projects has been hosting Left Talk with Barry Gordon. We're very pleased he could join us for this special screening and Q&A, and many thanks go to him and the Cinefamily for helping us put on this event.

The film has finally come back into print - you can get it from Amazon by following this link.

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Jesse Hosts the Spirit Awards Nomination Special

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Hey, remember that time I hosted the Spirit Awards Nomination Special? And Eva Mendes touched my leg and acted like we were friends?

No?

Well watch this. Then you will remember it.

What's "A Thousand Clowns" About?

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Tonight at Cinefamily in Los Angeles we're presenting a screening of A Thousand Clowns. If you asked me what it was about, I'd probably say it's about comedy, the pain of show business and what it means to be an adult. It's also about Irving R. Feldman's Birthday, the great under-celebrated national holiday, and a million other things. (As the poster can attest.)

It occurs to me that I have three "favorite movies." They're this one, Rushmore and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Pee-Wee is about a man-child. Rushmore is about a child-man. A Thousand Clowns is about a man-child's relationship with a child-man. I guess I have some growing up issues.

Tickets are only ten bucks for the show tonight, and I'll be interviewing Barry Gordon, who starred alongside Jason Robards in both the Broadway play and the film. He went on to become a lawyer and eventually served as president of the Screen Actors' Guild.

See you tonight at Cinefamily.

The Spirit Awards!

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The kind folks at IFC invited me to host The Spirit Awards Nomination Special. You can watch it and see me interact with a very actor-y Jeremy Renner, the very charming Eva Mendes, and the very funny (and distressingly handsome) Joel McHale. You can also find out who was nominated for the only big awards show that consistently awards really great movies.

You can catch it on IFC starting Saturday:
Sat 02/05/11 12:00PM (premier)
Tue 02/08/11 09:30AM
Sun 02/13/11 03:30PM
Tue 02/15/11 02:30PM
Thu 02/24/11 12:00PM

The VCR Plus code is THEREISNOSUCHTHINGASVCRPLUSANYMORE. So just type that into your betamax and we'll be all set!

You should rent Macgruber.

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I know... you missed it in the theater.

But you can rent it.

And you should.

Judge John Hodgman Ep. 4: Tear Down That Wall

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This week on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast, a dispute between friends. Foy argues that breaking the fourth wall ruins film and theater. His friend Matt disagrees. Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

To listen to this week's Judge John Hodgman podcast, subscribe in iTunes or using this feed.

Discuss the ruling on our forum here.

Judah Friedlander: World Champion, 30 Rock Star, Author of How To Beat Up Anybody: Interview on The Sound of Young America Live at WNYC

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Judah Friedlander


Photo credit WNYC and Casey De Pont.

Judah Friedlander is a regular on NBC's 30 Rock and the author of How To Beat Up Anybody. He is the World Champion.

Judah joined us on our live show at WNYC to discuss the differences between a Yeti, a Sasquatch and a Bigfoot (and how to beat up all three). He also delineated his strategies for fighting groups of people and even groups of strippers.

When Friedlander's not beating people up, he plays writer Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock. He's had a long and successful career on stage as a standup comic, and his film roles include an acclaimed turn as the Original Nerd, Toby in "American Splendor."

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Lee Unkrich, Director of Toy Story 3 and Pixar Veteran: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Lee Unkrich

Lee Unkrich is the director of Toy Story 3. He's worked at Pixar for more than 15 years, and co-directed Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. and Toy Story 2. Before he worked at Pixar, he was an editor in non-animated film = his credits include a TV movie called "Separated By Murder" and the erotic TV thriller Silk Stalkings.

Lee talked with us about being a non-animator in an animation company, and what his traditional film-making skills mean in a Pixar context. He also talks about introducing themes of mortality into kids' movie, and the pressure of making a Pixar film.

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Jesse and Jordan on The Grid: The Wild & Wonderful Whites and The Boobs & Blood Film Festival

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As some might know, I've been hosting the show "The Grid," which airs Thursdays at 7:45 Eastern / 4:45 Pacific on IFC. Above, you can check out an interview I did there with Julian Nitzberg, the director of "The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virginia," a terrifying documentary about a completely out-of-control family of party animal grifters. That's also kind of amusing. And amazing. And definitely tough to describe.

Below: Jordan's first piece for the show. He covered the "Boobs & Blood Film Festival," which celebrates exploitation movies of all kinds.

Chris Morris on All Things Considered

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Robert Siegel - Class Act.

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