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Joe Mantegna Gears Up for the 2021 National Memorial Day Concert

We are getting ready for the annual holiday that pays tribute to the men and women who serve & served in our armed forces. With this in mind, a time-honored tradition in our nation’s capital is the National Memorial Day Concert. For the past thirty-one years, we are not only entertained by wonderful actors and musicians but we get to experience some amazing stories from brave men and women as we remember.

Since 2002, actor Joe Mantegna has been one of the hosts of this spectacular ninety-minute program, which airs this Sunday on PBS. Today, I got to talk to Joe about his involvement with the NMDC.

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The Profile of Timur Bekmambetov

In our second and final Profile interviews, I sat down, via Zoom, to the writer, producer & director of the movie, Timur Bekmambetov! We talked about how he set up a meeting between the actress Valene Kane and real-life subject Anna Erelle and his film language, Screenlife, and where do we see it going for the future of filmmaking.

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In Step with Mayans M.C.’s Justina Adorno

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Let’s give a warm welcome to actress, vegan and owner of Castby & Penni, Justina Adorno
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Matthew Jensen Has a “Wonder”ful Eye for Wonder Woman 1984

 

On this superstar edition of the INTERVUE, imagine yourself going to a well-known museum, let’s say the world-renowned Smithsonian Institute, to take some courses on film and then somewhere down the road in the course of life, you put all that you have learned and take it back to your hometown. This is what happened with our next guest.

A graduate of Univ. of Southern California, Variety listed him as one of the “10 Cinematographers to watch 2017”. Over the course of his career, his credits include the films Chronicle & Fantastic Four and television series Ray Donovan, Game of Thrones, and The Mandalorian. Now, he has come full circle as he brought his craft to our Nation’s Capital with the epic superheroine sequel, Wonder Woman 1984. You can see his work now on Digital and coming soon to Blu-ray and DVD on March 30th!

My fellow readers welcome to the INTERVUE, DMV’s own Matthew Jensen!

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The War with Grandpa Interviews

For today’s EMExclusive, you are in for a real treat. I got to sit down with the cast of the upcoming comedy The War with Grandpa!

Based on the award-winning book by Robert Kimmel Smith, Sixth-grader Peter is pretty much your average kid-he likes gaming, hanging with his friends and his beloved pair of Air Jordans. But when his recently widowed grandfather Ed moves in with Peter’s family, the boy is forced to give up his most prized possession of all, his bedroom. Unwilling to let such an injustice stand, Peter devises a series of increasingly elaborate pranks to drive out the interloper, but Grandpa Ed won’t go without a fight. Soon, the friendly combatants are engaged in an all-out war with side-splitting consequences. 

To talk about this cool family film, I talk to five of the cast members: Oakes Fegley, Laura Marano, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin and Jane Seymour!

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McCrary and Wright Joseph Grace Their Presence in DC

It was the year 1994 that the epic Disney movie The Lion King roared its way into our lives. The story, the songs, the magic still resonates with us today. This weekend, we get to experience the magnificent adventure of Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa and the mighty Mufasa all over again with an updated version of the movie. I recently sat down with the youngest stars of the movie, JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph play the young Simba and Nala. We talked about feeling the love that is The Lion King.

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Talbot and Fails: A Friendship that Brings San Francisco to the World

 

Dean on the Scene with an exclusive interview with the director and star of the upcoming film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”. Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joining me to talk about this new A24 film that opens in DC Friday is director, producer Joe Talbot and screenwriter and star Jimmie Fails!

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Misha Jones Bakes His Way to the Kids Baking Championship

Contestant Misha Jones poses for a photo, as seen on Kids Baking Championship, Season 6.

On the first 2019 edition of  EMExclusives, Annapolis native Misha Jones is one of a dozen kids to take part in the Sixth season of Kids Baking Championship this Monday, January 7th on The Food Network. Up for grabs is a feature in the Food Network Magazine, a grand prize of $25,000 and a year’s worth of bragging rights. For Misha, its an unique experience he’ll never forget!

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Kiki Layne: The Ingénue of Beale Street

In this EMExclusive, I interviewed actress Kiki Layne about her new film “If Beale Street Could Talk”. In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. I sat down with Kiki during a roundtable to talk about her big-screen debut!

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Rupert Everett is “Wilde” about Oscar

This weekend at the movies, the audience will get a glimpse into the final days of  in the  tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a man who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor. The Happy Prince marks the directorial debut of actor Rupert Everett, who also wrote its screenplay. I recently sat down with Mr. Everett to talk about directing for the first time and playing Oscar Wilde a second.

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