19 year-old Dana Gaier is an aspiring film actress, a singer/songwriter and a junior at UCLA. And she's back as the voice of middle sister Edith in "Despicable Me 3". In this "LCJ Q&A", I catch-up with the New Jersey native (we first spoken just prior to the release of "Despicable Me" back in 2010). We talk about her seven year journey with this franchise, including stories involving Steve Carell, Pharrell Williams and Julie Andrews, and her upcoming on-screen film debut - in the horror movie "The Ice Cream Truck".
This ep of the 'LCJ Q&A Podcast' takes us across the pond for a conversation with award-winning Film/TV composer Rael Jones. He and Jackson discuss his stirring score for "My Cousin Rachel", his relationship with the film's director (Roger Michell) and his mold-breaking soundtrack to the Hulu series "Harlots".
Rolling Stone magazine ranks Bill Burr 17th on its list of The 50 Best Stand-up Comedians of All-Time. He's also a writer, actor and is the co-creator and EP of the Netflix animated sit-com "F is for Family". The series, now in its second season, is based on Burr's experiences growing-up in the 70's. In this first-ever R-rated 'LCJ Q&A' (mature language), Burr talks about the show, his TV influences back when he was a kid and he rants about the recent controversy involving NY Mets mascot Mr. Met (just don't call it a rant).
David Soren bravely goes where no animation director has gone before: taking-on the challenge of bringing the wildly-popular "Captain Underpants" book series to the big screen. In this LCJ Q&A, Soren ("Turbo") talks with Jackson about his backstory with the novels, the decision to use adult comedians (including Kevin Hart) to voice the kids in the movie and his own schoolday experiences with teachers/ principals - some who were super and others who were not.
He's one of the biggest names, with one of the most iconic voices, in the history of comedy. Gilbert Gottfried has done it all - standup, voice-over, reality shows. In this LCJ Q&A we talk about some of his incredible career highlights, including the new, highly-acclaimed documentary ("Gilbert"), getting fired by Donald Trump on "The Apprentice", voicing Iago in "Aladdin" and why he's still doing comedy club gigs after all these years.
One of the most in-demand, cutting edge art directors/animation designers in the business, Kevin Dart has worked on such projects as the movies "Her" and "Big Hero 6", and TV series "Steven Universe" and "The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show", for which he just won a Daytime Emmy Award. On this 'LCJ Q&A' I talk with Kevin about Season 4 of "Peabody and Sherman", which just dropped on Netflix, and what his design studio - Chromosphere has in the works.
His hosting resume includes such modern classics as "Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck" and "Family Game Night", which earned him a Daytime Emmy Award. In this LCJ Q&A Jackson talks with 'The Host with the Most' (he actually has that copyrighted) Todd Newton, on his 15 years as the ringleader of 'The Price Is Right LIVE', this year's Daytime Emmys and his latest tattoos.
He was part of the creative team on the original "Beauty and the Beast" and helped revolutionize animation comedy with the "Shrek" series. Now veteran director Kelly Asbury is bringing everyone's favorite little blue creatures back to full animation with "Smurfs: The Lost Village". In this LCJ Q&A Asbury talks about his effort to take this iconic franchise back to its roots, working with the great Julia Roberts and his gig as a guest judge on "Cake Wars" to help promote the film.