Award Winning Director/Writer Billy Ray Talks Film: Secret in Their Eyes


Our guest is Billy Ray.  He’s fresh off the writing and directing of SECRET IN THEIR EYES, starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Billy talks about this film as we approach it’s opening weekend,  screenwriting in general, his perfect/favorite movies, film writing and directing, upcoming projects and more.

If it sounds like a lot, that’s because it is.

A great episode with award winning writer/director Billy Ray.

Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) join Mark Thomps

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Secrets of A Vegas Casino SuperHost


The term “whale”, when used in Las Vegas casinos, refers to someone who gambles a lot of money— A LOT of money.

Casino hosts make their livelihoods on how many gamblers they bring into the casino and how much those gamblers put in play.  So the hunt for “whales” is critical to those hosts surviving.

When casino superhost Steve Cyr got to the scene, the competitive hunt for those big gamblers and the rules to bring them in changed.

His life in Vegas has taken him though the many changes in Vegas.  The crew talks about the changing face of Vegas and the extent to which Cyr has gone to bring in gamblers to the various casinos he has called home.

The book Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Superhost – Confessions of a Vegas Superhost is all about superhost, Steve Cyr’s Vegas world.  

Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) join Mark

You can pick up a copy of the book Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Superhost here 

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The Director of the controversial film Blackfish…Then Former Lead Prosecutor at Gitmo



On this episode 2 interviews:  The former lead prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who spent two days on the witness stand testifying in the espionage trial of Pvt Bradley Manning, Col. Morris Davis joins us.

Manning faces 22 charges, including violation of the Espionage Act, for which he could receive life in prison. The charges are in connection to his leaking classified documents to the whistleblower site, Wikileaks.

Colonel Davis tells us what he was doing there and what he thinks will likely happen to Pvt. Manning.  But before he does, Mark gets him into a conversation about Guantanamo itself: Who’s there and what’s happening to them?  What’s the likely future of the place?

Plus, he’ll give us some insights into the Bradley Manning trial as it wraps up.  What is likely to happen with Bradley Manning?

But first, the director of the controversial new documentary, BLACKFISH.  The film looks at the killing of a top trainer at Seaworld by the orca named Tillikum.  How it all happened and how many of the facts were covered up by Seaworld.  The movie is riveting and has footage that is revealing and intense.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite the director of Blackfish joins for the first half of our show

One other quick note….These are telephone interviews so the fidelity suffers a bit but we’re adding some new technology to make these even better in the future.

Thanks for your patience and support.

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When 33 Chilean miners were trapped in a horrible mining accident, the prospects of their rescue looked bleak.

The new film THE 33 tells the story of how the world came together to make that miraculous rescue happen.

The writer of that film is our guest.

Mikko Alanne is not only a gifted screenwriter but he’s a student of a wide variety of subjects and, of course, films.

What’s the challenge of bringing a true story to life in the movies…?

The crew asks him about both THE 33 and then about other true stories that have made it to film.

Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson

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Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey

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Ivy League graduate and former Wall Street investment banker, Sonia Faruqi leaves the business world in the 2008 shake-out.  Then, in an effort to do something totally different ends up at the door of an organic dairy farm.  What happened next would change her life and vault her into the spotlight of food issues for the next generation.

Her adventure takes her on a journey around the world.  A remarkable experience that is chronicled in the new book PROJECT ANIMAL FARM: An Accidental Journey Into the Secret World of Farming and The Truth About Our Food.

From dairy farms in Canada to chicken farms in Indonesia to factory farms in Malaysia, she was not only witness to so much but she turns her business mind loose on what she’s seen.

Then she comes up with a cost efficient alternative way to farm while also perhaps being more humane to millions of creatures.

At the end of the show Angela Daun fills us in on her project.  She is starting a new television show.  The show takes a look around the world at the state of animals (endangered and others).

Angela has a Kickstarter campaign going which you can join by going to Kickstarter and entering the name ANIMAL EMPIRE.

J. Elvis Weinstein joins Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson

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