Kumail Nanjiani - Star/Co-Writer “The Big Sick”

December 12, 2017

2017 has been a breakthrough year for actor/comedian Kumail Nanjiani. After five seasons on HBO's "Silicon Valley", Nanjiani has landed his first Critic Choice nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. On top of that, the 39 year-old has picked-up two more CCA nominations, as well as Independet Spirit nom., for his first feature film, "The Big Sick" which he co-wrote with wife Emily.

On this episode of the LCJ Q&A Podcast, Nanjiani talks about all this Awards Season recognition, what his next script with Emily will look like and why he hasn't used a drive-thru window in over 3 years.

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Joel Crawford - Director “Trolls Holiday”

November 22, 2017

He was Head of Story on DreamWorks 2016 animated hit "Trolls". Now Joel Crawford has reunited with Poppy, Branche and friends for the new DWA TV special, "Trolls Holiday", this time as director.

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Nick Filippi - Exec. Producer “Big Hero 6: The Series”

November 15, 2017

Disney's "Big Hero 6" won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2015. "Big Hero 6: The Series" gets its launch Monday Nov. 20 8pmET on Disney Channel and Disney XD with the one-hour movie "Baymax Returns". In this 'LCJ Q&A Podcast' episode, series executive producer/supervising director Nick Fillippi talks about the changes made in look and feel for the series, the efforts to get Hiro's college experiences just right and working with one of his personal heroes - the legendary Stan Lee.

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Timothy Reckart - Director “The Star”

November 7, 2017

Sony's "The Star" marks the feature film debut of Timothy Reckart, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2013 for his animated short "Head Over Heels".

 

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Amanda Lipitz - Director “Step”

October 9, 2017

The Tony Award-winning producer talks about her directorial debut - the groundbreaking and inspiring documentary "Step", which chronicles the lives of three students at Baltimore's Leadership School for Women as they strive to get accepted into college and thrive as members of the school's Step team.

 

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Brian Fee - Director “Cars 3″

October 2, 2017

After working as a storyboard artist on several Disney/Pixar films, including "Wall-E", "Ratatouille", "Cars" and Cars 2", Brian Fee made his directorial debut with this Summer's "Cars 3". He was also part of the writing team for this latest Lightning McQueen adventure, and is now an ambassador for the "Cars" franchise. I recently tracked Fee down at the opening of the new "Cars 3: Inspired by NASCAR" exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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Matthew Margeson - Composer “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

September 8, 2017

Matthew Margeson has composed scores for such films as "Eddie The Eagle", "Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children",  and the 2014 hit "Kingsman: The Secret Serice", on which he collaborated with colleague Henry Jackman. The duo got back together for the sequel - "Kingsman: The Golden Circle", one of the mostly highly-anticipated movies of Fall '17. In this 'LCJ Q&A Podcast' episode, Jackson talks with Margeson about composing big action scenes, the addition of Amercian music to the "Kingsman" franchise and icon Elton John's appearance in the film. 

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Jenna Wolfe - Host “First Things First”

September 1, 2017

Former "Today" show host and "Dr. Oz" contributor Jenna Wolfe is back on morning TV. She's part of the team of FS1's new daily sports talk show, "First Things First". In this inaugural "LCJ Q&A" episode of the new season, Jackson talks with Wolfe about this career move, working with co-hosts Chris Carter and Nick Wright, the "obscene" hour she'll be getting-up everyday and, of course, movies.

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