Category Archives: Media Guests

Dennis Rodman

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$40

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$60

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Dennis Keith Rodman is an American retired professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was nicknamed “The Worm” and was known for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities.

Rodman played at the small forward position in his early years before becoming a power forward. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships. His biography at NBA.com states that he is “arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history”. On April 1, 2011, the Pistons retired Rodman’s No. 10 jersey, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later that year.

Rodman experienced an unhappy childhood and was shy and introverted in his early years. After aborting a suicide attempt in 1993, he reinvented himself as a “bad boy” and became notorious for numerous controversial antics. He repeatedly dyed his hair in artificial colors, had many piercings and tattoos, and regularly disrupted games by clashing with opposing players and officials. He famously wore a wedding dress to promote his 1996 autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be. Rodman pursued a high-profile affair with singer Madonna and was briefly married to actress Carmen Electra. Rodman also attracted international attention for his visits to North Korea and his subsequent befriending of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2013.

Apart from basketball, Rodman is a retired part-time professional wrestler and actor. He was a member of the nWo and fought alongside Hulk Hogan at two Bash at the Beach events. In professional wrestling, Rodman was the first ever winner of the Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament. He had his own TV show The Rodman World Tour, and had lead roles in the action films Double Team (1997) and Simon Sez (1999). Both films were critically panned, with the former earning Rodman a triple Razzie Award. He appeared in several reality TV series and was the winner of the $222,000 main prize of the 2004 edition of Celebrity Mole.

James Remar

 

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After studying at The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, James Remar did numerous plays and student films before his big breakout role as the gang tough ‘Ajax’ in the cult classic film The Warriors. James would work with the great Walter Hill 3 more times over the years with the  groundbreaking role of the maniacal killer ‘Ganz’ in 48 Hours being one of the more memorable screen villains in modern times.
Remar has been the go to actor for many of the businesses top directors when it came to casting their villain, Francis Coppola turned to James to play the historical gangster ‘Dutch Schultz’ in the classic The Cotton Club. Most consider James’ portrayal of Dutch to be the definitive one.
Quentin Tarantino loved James’ presence and versatility so much that he cast him as two seperate roles in the smash hit Django Unchained. James plays the slaver ‘Ace Speck’ in the opening sequence and later returns as Leo DiCaprio’s bodyguard ‘Butch Pooch’. As a result James has the distinction of being the only actor to die twice in a Tarantino movie.
With a four decade career under his belt James’ credits are too numerous to mention in their entirety. James credits range from horror to comedy to romance to action and drama.
He spent 8 seasons playing Michael C Hall’s adoptive Father; ‘Harry Morgan’ on the hit show Dexter.
James was ‘Lord Rayden’ in Mortal Kombat Annihilation.
The tortured artist in Tales from the Darkside; the movie.
Opposite Kim Catrall in Sex and the City James played her billionaire boyfriend ‘Richard’.
2 Fast 2 Furious, What Lies Beneath, Hellraiser; Inferno, The Phantom…the list goes on!
As a voice actor James portrayed ‘Sideswipe’ in Transformers, ‘Vilgax’ for Ben10 Alien Force, ‘Harvey Twoface Dent’ for Batman. ‘Hawkman’ for Justice League, ‘Chef LaRousse’ in Ratatouille.
His game credits include, Killzone as ‘Capt Narville’
‘Executor Hideo’ in Destiny
Ajax in The Warriors.
Keeping things current and as always working on his craft James is currently working on the second season of Hulu’s The Path as ‘Kodiak’ a mysterious veteran of the Vietnam War.

Joseph Gatt

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Joseph Gatt started his acting career on London’s West End stage. After moving to Los Angeles Joseph immediately booked a starring role in Pulse opposite Kristen Bell. He then made several guest appearances in ChuckEagleheartBreaking In (The Star Wars Episode), and the NBC Wonder Woman pilot.

Joseph has been extremely busy with many major recurring roles in Game of ThronesFrom Dusk Till DawnThe 100BansheeSecond ChanceTeen WolfTrue DetectiveRay Donovan, & Strike Back, as well as great roles in the movies Star Trek Into Darkness, & Marvel’s Thor.

Gatt is also very famous for his voice and motion capture work on the huge franchise video games Star Trek Online, the God of War series, Star Wars: The Old Republic,  The Elder Scrolls, and Elder Scrolls Online.
Joseph was recently seen playing Yury Becker in Stan
Lee’s Lucky Man, and can currently be seen as “The Man” in Z Nation on Syfy & Netflix.

Jason Douglas

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Currently appearing as ‘Tobin’ in seasons 5 and 6 of The Walking Dead, Jason Douglas has also been a recurring guest on AMC’s Breaking Bad, ABC’s Nashville, NBC’s Revolution, and El Rey Network’s From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series. Feature film appearances include Sin City, A Scanner Darkly, Machete, No Country for Old Men, Snitch, the recent hit indie-thriller TWO STEP, and the upcoming Jack Reacher 2: Never Go Back.

Jason is also an award-winning voice artist, having created the fan-favorite roles of ‘Beerus’ for the new Dragon Ball Z films and games, and ‘Krieg the Psycho’ in the popular game title Borderlands 2. As one of the Anime industry’s most prolific voice artists, Jason has voiced lead characters in nearly 200 titles including Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Attack on Titan, Deadman Wonderland, Psycho Pass, and One Piece.

Martin Starr

 

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Martin Starr was cast as Bill Haverchuck in the NBC sitcom Freaks and Geeks.

After Freaks and Geeks, Starr had a number of guest appearances and one-time roles on shows such as Ed, Mysterious Ways, Providence, King of the Hill, and Normal, Ohio. He had a small recurring role during the third season of Roswell as the character Monk. In 2002, Starr appeared in the films Stealing Harvard and Cheats. He also reunited with both Freaks and Geeks producer Judd Apatow and Freaks and Geeks co-star Seth Rogen when he made a guest appearance on Apatow’s situational comedy Undeclared in the episode “The Perfect Date”. In 2005, he appeared in the miniseries Revelations and the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

Starr co-starred in the 2007 comedy film Knocked Up, which was directed by Judd Apatow. The same year, he had small appearances in Superbad and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, both of which were produced by Apatow. The success of Knocked Up led to Starr having larger roles in films, such as Good Dick and Adventureland. Starr also appears in many well received short films that premiere at film festivals, such as the Sundance Film Festival.

From 2009 to 2010, Starr was a series regular on the Starz sitcom, Party Down, portraying Roman DeBeers. Since 2011, he has co-starred on the Adult Swim television series NTSF:SD:SUV::, in which he plays Sam Stern. In 2011, Starr had a major role in the film A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and also had guest appearances on television series such as Mad Love, Community and Childrens Hospital. In the latter he reprised his role of Roman DeBeers from Party Down.

Starr reunited with Freaks and Geeks and Party Down cast member Lizzy Caplan in the 2012 film Save the Date, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The same year he had a supporting role in the thriller film Deep Dark Canyon, as well as guest starring on sitcoms Parks and Recreation and New Girl. In 2013, he had a small role playing himself in This Is the End, which was directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and had a starring role in the Kristen Bell film The Lifeguard, later working with her again in the film Veronica Mars. He also guest starred in The Aquabats! Super Show!Franklin & Bash, and Drunk History. In 2014 he was casted to play Bertram Gilfoyle in the HBO comedy Silicon Valley. As of spring 2016, Starr is reprising his role as Gilfoyle in the third season of the show.

John Francis Daley

 

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John Francis Daley  is an American actor, screenwriter, film director, and musician. He is known for playing high school freshman Sam Weir on the NBC comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks and FBI criminal profiler Dr. Lance Sweets on the series Bones, for which he was nominated for a 2014 PRISM Award. He plays keyboards and sings for the band Dayplayer. In 2011, Daley co-wrote the box office hit Horrible Bosses with his writing partner Jonathan M. Goldstein.

Daley began acting when he was cast as “Young Tommy” in the U.S. and international tours of the Broadway hit The Who’s Tommy. He played Sam Weir, protagonist of the “Geeks”, in the television series Freaks and Geeks, and since then he has worked continuously in television, including series such as The Geena Davis Show, Boston Public, Regular Joe, Kitchen Confidential, Judging Amy, and Spin City. He was #94 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

In 2001, he co-directed a short film titled What Babies Do. He also wrote and starred in the comedy short Friday Night. In 2005, he appeared in the film Waiting… and in the Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential. In 2007, Daley joined the cast of the Fox drama series Bones, portraying psychologist Lance Sweets. He co-wrote the season six episode “The Truth in the Myth” with his writing partner Jonathan Goldstein.

Daley was also featured in the music video for “Mercy Kiss” by Abandoned Pools.

In 2011, Daley and his writing partner Jonathan M. Goldstein wrote the black comedy Horrible Bosses. In 2013, Daley co-wrote The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Goldstein; Daley also has a cameo in the film as a paramedic. In 2013, the two were hired to write Cal of the Wild for DreamWorks Studios. John plays Ben House in Rapture-Palooza. Daley went on to write the story for the sequel to Horrible Bosses.

Daley and Goldstein co-wrote and co-directed the 2015 film Vacation, the latest installment of the National Lampoon’s Vacation film series, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.

In July 2015, Daley and Goldstein confirmed that they will write the screenplay for the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Tom Payne

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$70

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Tom Payne can currently be seen as ‘Paul “Jesus” Rovia’ in AMC’s record-breaking hit series The Walking Dead. A beloved character in the comic book series, his debut in the spring of 2016 was met with both fan and critic approval.

Previously, Tom starred on Luck, the critically acclaimed HBO series from creators Michael Mann and David Milch which centered on the fast-paced and sometimes brutal sport of professional Horse Racing. Payne played the lead role of ‘Leon Micheaux’, a jockey in the center of this tumultuous world.

Payne made his feature film debut in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day opposite Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, and was cited as one of Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow.”

Other credits include the lead role in The Physician as the title character, ‘Rob Cole.’ Based on the bestselling novel by Noah Gordon, about a young man who wants to learn medicine from a renowned scholar in Persia, the film also stars Sir Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgaard and Olivier Martinez and was released by Universal Pictures internationally. He also starred as the famous footballer George Best in the BBC telefilm Best, as well as in Miss Marple with Brian Cox, and Withering Heights opposite Tom Hardy and Andrew Lincoln.

A U.K. native, Tom is a graduate of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, from which he earned his BA in Acting in 2005. At the School, he appeared in stagings of such plays as ‘Class Enemy’, ‘The Balcony’, ‘The Rivals’, ‘Three Sisters’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (as Bottom), ‘Richard III’, and ‘The Man Who Had All the Luck’.

Post-graduation, Mr. Payne starred in a lead role in David Grindley’s sold-out New Ambassadors revival of Journey’s End in London’s West End; and played opposite Imogen Stubbs in Maria Aberg’s Soho Theatre staging of Shrieks of Laughter.

He has also made appearances on U.K. television, in episodes of the hugely popular Skins as well as Casualty. He had a regular role on the hit show Waterloo Road; and has costarred in the telefilms Miss Marie Lloyd directed by James Hawes, and He Kills Coppers directed by Adrian Shergold.

When not filming, Tom currently resides in Los Angeles.

Austin Amelio

 

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Austin Amelio is an actor and writer, known for playing Dwight on AMC’s  The Walking Dead, Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), Putting the Dog to Sleep (2014) and Over Again (2014).

LeVar Burton

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$45

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$45

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Best known for his work as Geordi La Forge in Star Trek The Next Generation and hosting duties on the long running PBS series Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton’s career has been punctuated by exceptional roles in landmark series.

LeVar Burton made his acting debut in 1977 when he played Kunta Kinte in the ABC award-winning drama series Roots, based on the novel by Alex Haley. Burton’s audition for the role of Kinte was the first of his professional career. As a result of his performance, he was nominated for the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

For a remarkable 23 seasons Burton served as the host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow, making it one of the longest running children’s programs on PBS. Furthermore, the series garnered over 200 broadcast awards over its run, including a Peabody Award and 26 Emmy Awards, 11 of which were in the “Outstanding Children’s Series” category.

In 1986, Gene Roddenberry approached him with the role of the then Lieutenant Junior Grade Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. La Forge is blind, but is granted “sight” through the use of a prosthetic device called a VISOR, which is worn over his eyes. La Forge is the USS Enterprise’s helmsman, and as of the show’s second season, its Chief Engineer.

Burton also portrayed La Forge in the subsequent feature films based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, beginning with Star Trek Generations in 1994 through 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. Burton directed the season one episode of Star Trek: Voyager titled “Ex Post Facto” as well as season two episode of Star Trek: Voyager titled “Dreadnought.” Also an accomplished director, Burton has directed and appeared in the season five episode of Star Trek: Voyager titled “Timeless” and directed several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise.

In 2014, Burton spearheaded a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring Reading Rainbow back. Now focused on reaching children through web videos and mobile apps, Reading Rainbow is introducing an entirely new generation of children to the joy of reading.