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"stephen levinson" Discussed on The McMillion$ Podcast
"All right. What's next met Abedin? Why aren't these idiots? Why aren't these idiots still in jail where they belong feel? You seem very passionate about this. So it's a really interesting thing and this was a question that we asked very early on with the FBI. Like why aren't people still in jail and for white collar crimes? As long as you don't kill someone or kidnaps someone. The sentencing usually aren't as extreme as you would think the next question is from Quin La Mort or the Morte. If you're Sassy did the quote unquote participants pay for the game. Pieces and then split. The winnings Jerry Colombo seems to be making out like a bandit Diddley ever get any money whereas Matthews. He needs his own podcast episode please. Exclamation Mark Exclamation Mark. Mark does a lot on pack every winter. A little bit different Jerry. Columba was worried that people would not actually pay up and there were a couple of cases where people did not want to pay their recruiters. Lee Actually did not get any money. Because Jerry Colombo died. She was waiting for it. She was asking him. It just never happened whereas math use the you never know you can never pin them down. He could be right next to you at this very moment. Undercover next question comes from. Trina Padilla. Is that right. Yeah okay good rap name is how is? Jerry's brother Frank able to so about his brother's dealings without the family being upset. According to frank he cleared it with the family to be able to talk to us and the reason he knows so much is because his older brother Jerry Colombo was one of his best friends and they apparently shared a ton together. Robin obviously helped fill in a lot of holes as well. And there's probably a lot about Jerry that we still don't know to this day next question for Maggie Marshall all caps big question that both me and my daughter have to the general public that played the McDonald's monopoly game sue. Mcdonald's we understand that McDonald's doesn't appear to be at Fault. However who's responsible for all of the hopefuls that kept going to McDonald's to get the game pieces yet? Didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning. Mcdonald's knew that the moment that they agreed to help the FBI by running a game again to catch the person who is behind this they were going to get hit with a great deal of negative attention and there were a number of class action lawsuits. Against McDonald's. Next question is from Neil labarge from Hebrew Arizona. So far you've been quite kinds of McDonald's my question is I have read some material of the case on the Internet. That states uncle Jerry stole the winning monopoly game pieces under the justification that McDonald's was intentionally holding back the winning pieces for distribution solely in the USA. Mcdonald's purposefully not sending them to Canada where the game was also being played uncle. Jerry's justification being that the game is already rigged tampered with so I might as well get on board myself and make some money. Is this true? There is a great deal of speculation. It's something that Jerry Jacobson mentioned at trial. There's actually no evidence to corroborate this. We looked into it the FBI looked into it and in fact we found evidence that actually refuted this statement so even though he said it and it became public testimony. It actually just wasn't true as far as jerry being in the episodes well. You've now seen all of them and see that he's not in it but there might be some things in the future. We have had conversations with them all right. Well thank you for sending in all of those questions. We love answering them. That is it for episode six of the millions podcast. We're also going to have a bonus episode of the podcast. That will be coming out very soon. Yeah Bonus episode will be a bit different. It's going to be hosted by Tom Sawyer. Who's very well known comedian? He will be interviewing us if you do. Have any further questions though. Pleased US and James Again. What does that email that email is mick? Millions PODCAST AT H. B. O. Dot Com that is McMillan spelled with an S. Not The usual dollar sign which you will find all over the Internet and my bedroom where there's a poster and you want to record your voice and email that to us we'll use that on the show and be on the look out for our bonus seventh episode of the mkx millions podcast. This podcast was produced by fun meter in conjunction with unrealistic ideas for fun meter. I'm Brian and I'm James Lee Hernandez Joe fence maker produce. This episode are consulting. Producer is Berry Finkel from Pineapple Street studios. Jp are mixed this episode and the music erred here comes from our actual series and was composed by Panera Tobruk. Unrealistic ideas is mark. Wahlberg Stephen Levinson and Archie Gibbs and of course none of this would be possible without the wonderful people over at HBO. You can find the MKX. Millions PODCAST ON APPLE PODCASTS. Spotify youtube they. Hbo Go and now APPs. Or wherever you get podcasts. Thank you all again so much for listening..
"stephen levinson" Discussed on Your Mom's House
"Pro-clinton were super excited to have the CO creators writers Executive Producers Directors of HBO's hit Docu Series Millions James Lee Hernandez and Brian. Lazar saying that right lethargic any relation. Now I got word that one of the executive producers of the series is a marble wall. Correct yes I think. It's pronounced more the ball asylum. So it's a I'm sorry. I'm blanking unrealistic. Idea really ideas. So let's mark and Stephen Levinson and Archie Gibbs yes and I remember so full disclosure for the viewers listeners. I know Brian Fairly well. We were born two weeks apart next door to each other so Spend a Lotta time together. I remember when the end your cousins. Right well yeah. We didn't say that I was going to get their pictures with bathing together on display in our home. That's when we were like eighteen but also kids too but I remember when this first first story like when you guys were I guess got the rights to a part of the story and then I don't know there's there's this thing about documentaries that I I dunno documentary will become super-popular would say in the last decade especially right there that's exploded and I think everybody feels like when when they hear any seemingly interesting story or meet any type of characterists person you know they're like this'll be a good documentary to do but like this. Guy Hank at. He's always buying coffee. He wears with feathers documentary. How do you filter out that from what you feel like would be a really actually exceptionally good documentary So good question. Usually the first question is. How did you guys get into this? Of course it really comes down to like. What do you think is is an interesting thing to dive into? Yeah so you start to look into it and little pieces of it and there's always a thing of like somebody might come to you and say my friend lives next to an airport and now his whole family cancer. Super Sad right. You don't know if that's related. You start to look into it but specifically with this. It's when you first start to learn about the concept of okay. Well the millions. The McDonald's monopoly game was loved by all. Yes we should have said the title but that you're Docu series on HBO Right now make. Millions more specifically is about the McDonald's obligated that was huge when we were kids and You guys further explore in this. Docu series that there was massive fraud and that the winners were basically not legit winners right so from one thousand nine hundred ninety. Two thousand one. There was a fraud ring that was stealing the game pieces and selling them around so and nobody knew about nobody. I know At the FBI found was tipped off about this and two thousand one and then they looked into it eventually. Take the entire thing down in a pretty hilarious manner especially for what people think of as FBI but for US wound. Like looking into this story. I it's like the personal interest. I loved the monopoly game. First job at sixteen was at McDonald's during the time did work there. Oh Yeah Oh wow really I got my license. The day I got my license came home. Showed my dad like I got my license. He's like go get a job. And so I went to the youth. Employment Service Center and saw big bulletin boards at McDonald's is hiring and underneath. It said free food on all your brakes motivation. Nine Eight McDonald's to this day or you. I went through a really long period of time of not on this project. We probably eaten there in the last two years more than I had. In the previous twenty. What was your. What was your go-to pleasure? Break Food when you worked at McDonalds. A number three super size with a coke. That was a three quarter power that the quarto cheese super size fries and a coke or a sprite depending on that coke formula and the Diet coke taste different than anywhere else and also I would. I remember going McDonald's and if the fries weren't piping hot I'd be like and I would get new. They go from like great terrible immediately. S based on the and also it's one of the only. I felt like it was the only food or at least the first one that I ever discovered that if it had gotten cold and you microwave it it tasted nothing like what you were like a hot version of it again. Like did you get altered? I mean usually you finish it so you must have been like buying two or three of them and taking them possible. I'll have I'll save one for later. You might have been. I'm not I mean we'RE NOT GONNA call names. I probably did that now. Mcdonald's question very quickly the the amounts of pickles and everything that's all regulation like even number of squirts of how many scores of catch up on a quarter pounder with cheese feels of. It's an inferior. It's not enough. Well it's been a few years since I was in the kitchen but us so they have a gun. Yeah and the gun automatically does it. You do one squirt. It does like three perfect little splodges catch up air so rather than you put three pickles on a rally for how many pickles on the mcrib go ahead. I wasn't working there. During the time. Mcgrew was available. Why so much better. I don't know it's like a like a miracle even a movie theater sodas ten times better than if you like crack cocaine. Yeah okay before we move on to more about MC millions. You're Hernandez heirless art they. Were you guys? Tempted to to Feature Shapiro lay because that was once owned by McDonalds. True Okay so there's an all ties. Yeah Good Good. We talked about it and we just decided you know. I'm not as huge fan of like Burritos and we at least had common ground with apple pies. Stick to what you know. The negotiations Taco bell broke down. We're here now but McDonald's to answer your question about what makes something worth pursuing as documentary. We we saw this is not only was character and story like if the story is just a surface like oh the FBI crack the case. You know phone calls. They didn't undercover operation. And that was it like maybe that would be an interesting short or maybe that would make a good short story or you could build a whole feature script around something like that but for us talking to the FBI agents. Who were the first people that we actually spoke to in this process? Hearing how far back this went how. I mean how case that lasted twelve year up sort of the conversation that you're talking these guys. Do you realize that how rich the story is it? In the first time you talk to them and it was actually it was almost it was definitely before physical like we actually shot anything so we we got a lot of the court transcripts So we we had a general idea of the overall story but there's a lot of confusion it like in reading through transcripts. You kind of. You're getting pieces of the details but in talking to mark Debra who is the federal prosecutor he really laid out so much and there was a story is great by the way he's great. Oh yeah well. He's a performer. He's he's a trial shiny the US government. Like you have to be that shellman and you can tell you that like I even watching him originally. He's in. He tells the her one of the first things he told us was about the story. Where the FBI had three people from McDonald's when they finally decided. Hey we hit a wall. We're going to get three people from McDonald's in on this and have them come out to FBI JACKSONVILLE. And we're not going to tell them why we need to meet them. Yeah and And we he picks them up from the airport drives him personally to the. Fbi must have been shitting their pants and we were asking and this is not really covered too much actually in the series but we were asking the FBI and marked ever like. Why would you tease them? Like why would you have them show up? Not say like they're talking about the weather. Like what are we doing here in markets like a sunny out? Yeah exactly like oh. We'll we'll we'll get into that the fucking. I mean state prosecutors like. How's this rain right? Like why are we going to the FBI headquarters and Chicago to Jacksonville is not like a thirty minute? Flying stewing over. What in the world are we being moved out here for us and you think from their perspective. If if why wouldn't we go to the Chicago? Office of the EPI is the third largest in the world. So why wouldn't we drive twenty minutes over to this? I mean he lied Jacksonville Florida so he brings them into the FBI. Rick Dent greets them and they take them through what is called mantrap at the FBI which is basically you enter it into one room and all the doors shut behind you and you need someone from the FBI to like punch in another coat. Open another door for you to enter. And so all of this is being dragged out and we're asking the FBI like what is the point of this and they're saying how it's part of a strategy to actually see if any of these people get rattled because you know if they were guilty they would give off signs like they would start sweating 'cause they would know why they're there right and so it was all built into this like bill because he says in that. First episode mark. Deborah Not Devereaux Chris. Graham No. What'S THE MR personality. Technology Matthews says that that I think that he came in again when he came in and his suit That he was also checking out body. We're reading language and everybody at least pass the eye test right because they they really had no idea but they're trying to discover just to restate for the audience that this humongous game the McDonald's monopoly game the FBI at this point is is basically has discovered or is it in the process of at least partially discovering that there are no legit winners of big prizes. So like coke and stuff. Yeah but the big money. Prizes are being stolen and at this point early on in this investigation they have to out are is because they don't know to what degree this this conspiracy. You know how big it is. They have to look at these. Mcdonald's corporate people are are they a part of it is it is it in. Mcdonalds is the whole thing. I was saying right before we started recording. The thing about this series is that it is really like a fun A crime caper has that Ocean's eleven you know these guys are they're stealing but you doing from a corporation not that it's like justified but you don't feel like it's going to be a depressing story. It's like it gets more and more outrageous. The characters are spectacular real people and every episode that that passes. It's like another twist and turn comes that you didn't expect it's like a fun thing to watch. It was a big MOE. Thank you was at first. You look at it you see like. It's not about a mass murderer. It's not about like somebody wrongfully jailed. For Twenty five years right so there is that the latitudes at you don't Wanna be like six episodes of here's the dungeon. I slept rice. I know we. We're also big fan of that style of of a show or that style of movie and the stories that we heard I mean we talked about. I mean we talked about re-creations for the series early. On though it's part of our initial pitch. Yeah it was a media and everything is so cinematic within the story was like basically somebody wrote this but it actually happened in real life and you can't there are no cameras inside of an FBI office and McDonald's but the story is so fascinating you needed to live that moment where the FBI agents are sitting there with McDonald's and Doug walks in and that gold suit yeah not nearly as entertaining just dogs sitting there telling it laughing at himself. Yes although still mildly entertaining yes but we also know is a bit of Experiment and it was kind of risky to ride that line of humor and seriousness. Like even when we were pitching we told you know. Hbo This is. There's a lot of humor here and I you know they were definitely incredible. Network and partner to have you know throughout but there was definitely that like how houses can be funny right in until they saw it until they realize like. Oh my gosh like Doug is a phenomenal character. But just the style and approach. We hadn't seen that done in a true crime series before yeah it. The subject matter allows guys to be funny too right. Yeah it's like if it was like a Docu series about a bunch of kidnappings. It's like you know. Dial down the funny yes so you know I was just thinking now at the FBI thing you were talking about when they take them into the room and they closed the door. I feel like I would give off tells even though I wasn't guilty because I feel guilty going through..
"stephen levinson" Discussed on The McMillion$ Podcast
"Who the recruiter was. Obviously when Jerry Colombo was in the mix he dealt with things very differently than how. Aj or Dwight Baker. So it just it. It was different in each instance. Our next question comes from Jason G. Hi conducted a spin off. Love the show and the podcast first off. Thank you for reading it like that. I feel much better by my day. Second we might be working on something with Doug so stay tuned. This is from Ryan by our socks. How did the other winners out that they should not go to Vegas or participate in the reunion? Was That just part of coaching grooming or was the mob starting to figure out that the FBI was onto them. That was really the luck of the draw. Who is the first people to commit to going to this Vegas trip? Those are the people that came in for the shamrock productions interviews. Our next question comes her Maxwell Keagan in Atlanta Georgia did Jerry in the Colombo's have access to only the instant winner pieces or do they actually have the pieces that were needed to complete the monopoly game. For example did they have boardwalk to go along with Park Place? Brian Jerry Colombo did have multiple. He had the instant million dollar prize gain peace. He had the boardwalk and park place there. Also in a few instances like with leak. Asano they were like four pieces together for her. Yeah it was three or four pieces and you put them all together and you get one hundred thousand dollars so the answer is he. Had all of them yeah. Our next question is from David. Holzer David Holzer Rights. How did Jerry from Simon Marketing in Uncle Dominic actually meet? Who Approach to. How did they? I connect this is a hard one answer because uncle dominic passed away but for what we've heard it was through some shady connections that Uncle Jerry had introduced him to uncle dominic because he wanted to expand the fraud you. Some people have often thought that this was tied to Barbell. Marvin Marvin could've and who knows right? Ben All right. Our next question is from Mike Shubert. This is an audio question. Hey Jim Brian. My Name's makes Uber. I'm a huge fan of the documentary as well as the podcast that you're making to go along with it. I think the music that is used in Macmillan's is absolutely fantastic. And I'd love to know more about how you chose the songs where you got the music from and anything in regards to the music selection throughout the documentary because I think you do a great job of using it to heighten certain scenes. We Really Love. The music too. That's why we chose it. It's a layered question because I you have to have enough music to cover six hours so we would took a along time to pick a fantastic composer. Npr tope wreck. She came off of working on this really small project called. Captain Marvel before ours. And we're just lucky enough to get a meeting with her and she really enjoyed the story and dove into this craziness with us and then as far as the popular songs that was all of us putting our ninety s nostalgia together to choose some of the best things Brian. How did you feel about The music selection what we always wanted to keep it rooted in the nineties or in that caper ask thriller type VIBE. Really have to give hats off to Jodi McVeigh Schultz. Who was our supervising editor on the series. And Jody really helped in shaping the initial tone. Often what you do when you're just feeling something out as you you start playing with what we call temp music to just a vibe but oftentimes when you do that it doesn't really feel like you have one sound because you're pulling from all these various sources and that's the beauty of what a composer does is they take the spirit and they create a sonic landscape that can apply to the entire series and we did have RJ D two. We had a couple of songs from R. J. D. Two. We had a fantastic team that helped us get popular songs in Jill Meyers and Sarah Greasy to be able to get songs like this is how we do it our JD. To and even to get a billy Joel Song to end out the entire show. It's very difficult to track all that down and we absolutely had to use the most perfect song for the show ever created if we wanted to keep things ninety s Ben Caught Zealand by. Jane's addiction came out in the ninety S. And I'm in the name of the song says all right. That was actually one of the first pieces. The music that we are the first thing I ever did was create that sequence. Yep well thank you for sending in all those questions. We love hearing from you. It's really really cool. That people think so critically about the show and we'll be able to address more questions at the end of the next episode. That is it for episode five of the MIC millions. Podcast if you have any questions about this episode or any future episodes coming up please contact us and James Again. How do they do that? You can email us at MC millions podcast at H. B. O. DOT COM. That's mcmillian spelled with an S. Not The normal dollar sign like you'll see on advertisements around the world and if you WANNA record your voice and email it to us we can play your question right here on the show. Don't forget to check out our finale episode of MC millions coming next to Monday night at ten PM on. Hbo and see you next week. For episode six of the mkx millions podcast. This podcast was produced by fun meter in conjunction with unrealistic ideas for fun meter. I'm Brian Lasarte's and I'm James Lee Hernandez Joe Fence to make her produced. This episode are consulting. Producer is Berry Finkel from Pineapple Street studios. Jp Hesser mixed this episode and the Music Kurt here comes from our actual series and was composed by the Fabulous Pinar Tobruk. Unrealistic ideas is mark. Wahlberg Stephen Levinson and Archie Gibbs and of course none of this would be possible without the fantastic support of HBO. You can find the McMillan's podcast on apple podcasts. Spotify youtube the HBO and now APPs or wherever you get your podcast. Thanks for listening bye bye..
"stephen levinson" Discussed on The McMillion$ Podcast
"But when you originally talked to Dwight working together on this does you know that he was gonNA keep going. When do I had originally approach me with the ticket? It was coming from somebody. He had a relationship with in his real estate business. I had no idea that there had been other tickets or would ever be other tickets. Given to other people now was obviously disappointed to find out that that was not the case. But I did not find that. Out until after the Indictments how do you think your life would be different? Had you never agreed to take that game piece? I don't know we don't have that option. I've laid in bed at night and wondered about other things you know if I had done this or if I had it on dad or I think that's the human condition and we we do that. But if you spend a lot of time focusing on that then you don't have the ability to focus on what we are going to do tomorrow and a decision for GonNa Make Mara So. If I had participated in McDonalds staying at undoubtedly some things would have been easier. Some things would have been more normal especially for Russel and my kids and but normally boring. I don't have any regrets I I don't have a singer if I had it to do all over again. Gentlemen I would do it again and presented in the same conditions in the same light from the same context without the knowledge that I have obviously after the fact I would absolutely do it again. Can you ship us some of the sweet tea we had at your place? Yeah can I can get you some tea that T- comes from Sherry Lay Holbrook's Sherry is a longtime friend of mine and cater Sherri. We love you and you might good sweet tea. Yeah so I'll try to get her ship you some tea. In the upcoming episodes we will learn a bit more about you and the challenges that you faced and there's GonNa be some surprises. It's painful to watch and places embarrassing and places interesting in places but overall So far I'm happy with the level of integrity. Well it was really easy with. You would just turn the camera on and let you be you. I'll take that as a compliment. is a lot of fun. You know I'm still having fun you know all you gotta do is drop in on me One weekend and we'll We'll have some more fun awesome. Well stay tuned for more from George Chandler upcoming episodes. Thank you so much for talking with us on our podcast here. Yeah thanks George. It's been my pleasure. Thank you all right George. You're off the hook. Now you can go have a drink or three Matt's I think that's an order so now we want to answer. Some questions you sent in first question comes from John. Costa CH- he asks did I miss how Uncle Jerry's name became the focus of the investigation so early on within skipped on purpose or cut from the dock. If you remember an episode one when Doug Matthews reached out based on that sticky note he was given three names and this nebulous name of Uncle Jerry. Being at the root of it it's in there and now we have an audio question from Jordan Green. Let's listen to it. Hi My name is Jordan. I live in Florida. My question is how is Mark Wahlberg affiliated with your show? Is He a producer. What is his role that he plays in your show. My second question is did anyone else. Notice how awkward and strange it was when they were in the house of that guy pretending that he won the check and the way that doug rolled up the paper of his all like he was trying to be all neat. I don't know how to explain it but what in the fuck was up with that you can ask. Doug that from me well to answer the first question. Mark Wahlberg is an executive producer on this project. Along with Stephen Levinson Archie Gibbs Brian and myself. We teamed up with them to work on this project and they were great support group for us and also really helped us helped back us in directing the series when talking with HBO as season as they are They always had great ideas and feedback to offer US along the way and with what What was up with Doug Matthews? So you see how. Doug Matthews is all the time the way he is in the interviews within the show. That's how he always is now if you add the extreme kinetic energy and excitement of him being able to go undercover you're going to heighten your. You're going to multiply that several several times. And that's why he may have asked a little extra spazzy. During that time. In general those interviews are just so awkward in a way because you are watching two groups of people lie to each other and you're watching someone that had committed a criminal activity now fully lying to the people that know what's really going on and actually after I Open up birthday or holiday gifts. I actually wrap my paper the same way Doug did so I? I don't see anything wrong with how he Flexing for the camera. He was flexing for the camera car. So our next question is another audio question. And it comes from Lee Gardner. Hi Nick Malians podcast. This is Lee from Seattle. I watched the HBO documentary last night. Safeway recently did a which is owned by route sins. It's a grocery store chain but they recently did them. Napoli game so this is going to be interesting to see if these types of games will be played again. What are thoughts on this? Everybody wants to the chance to win even to this day. You gotta remember the the scan that happened between nineteen eighty nine and two thousand one involved more than just the monopoly promotions. That McDonald's did they did all these other promotions so McDonald's ran multiple versions of this game. It wasn't just the McDonald's monopoly game. There were different peel off prize games that they had run were branded. There was a how who wants to be a millionaire game. There's one for scrabble monopoly. Just so happened to be the most popular right. And the fact that you're seeing a similar version of the game out there in Safeway or albertsons because they all know that uncle Jerry's busted and he's not behind this but it is not at all affiliated with the original McDonald's monopoly game and we've no reason to believe that there any shady dealings with Safeway or Albertsons who maybe we should try to find the winner of that game. They have on the show them on the podcast. That'd be that'd be pretty cool all right. Our next question comes from Diane Horsh Ler just wondering who made the initial phone call to the FBI that triggered this investigation. That's is the million dollar question. Who took this entire thing down who helped the FBI discover this was happening what we learned is the FBI receives multiple complaint calls all the time? Like people who say like Oh. I think that there's a suspicious package down the street. I don't like my neighbor right so it came through complain. Call Rick Dan a supposedly. This might have actually been on his desk for a long time before Doug Matthews. Actually I saw it. There's a lot of speculation as to who made that phone call. We asked everybody about it and it was quite interesting. How many different. There are a lot of theories on on who could be and what happened and we talk a lot more about it in our last episode. Actually our next question is from Dera. Bryant's how did meaning Jerry Jacobson get the winning pieces through all those layers of security? This was the nagging question that the FBI had you know. We're following the same procedure. That the EPA. I went through when they actually investigated this case and they didn't find out until the very end. Thank you all so much for sending those questions. We look forward to answering more in the future. Well that's it for episode. Four of the mcmillian podcast. If you have any further questions about this episode or any future episode coming up please contact us. You can email us at make millions podcasts at. Hbo Dot Com mcmillian spelled with an S. Not The normal dollar sign like you'll see all over the Internet television and really anywhere in the world. If you want to record your question as a voice memo please do that and email it to us. We love and we'll play it right here on the show. Don't forget to check out millions airing Monday nights at ten on. Hbo and see you next week. For episode five of the MIC millions. Podcasts this podcast was produced by fun meter in conjunction with unrealistic ideas for fun meter. I'm Brian Lewis. Rt and I'm James Lee Hernandez Joe Fence maker produced. This episode are consulting. Producer is Berry Finkel from Pineapple Street studios. Jp hesser mixed this episode. The music heard here comes from our actual series and was composed by Bernard Tobruk. Unrealistic ideas is mark. Wahlberg Stephen Levinson and archie gifts. And of course none of this would be possible without the amazing support of HBO. You can find them. Make MILLIONS PODCASTS. On Apple podcasts. Spotify youtube the. Hbo Go and now APPs. Or wherever? You get your podcasts. Thanks for listening later skater..
"stephen levinson" Discussed on The McMillion$ Podcast
"They didn't discuss monopoly on the phone. He's not all the time. Yeah I don't think they ever really discussed it. You would talk with Jerry Jacobson even sometimes when Jerry was home. And wh what was that like did you guys have conversations where you've become friends. I I like to think we did. What was Jerry Jacobson like a very classy to me? He just seemed like he had his ship together. Excuse my language he used the power really so I it. Somebody that when you're around them you feel like they. They're he's fully under control. He's he's the one pulling the strings on everything going on. Yes most definitely yeah. Yeah you knew it. You felt it his presence everything about him his mannerisms did he ever Bring you guys rack of ribs? Actually no he and my husband fixed an Italian dish together in the kitchen the dish. Oh I don't even remember the name of it not being cook myself. It's not a A regular dish. Would they cooked together in your kitchen? Yes they did I get in. I was on the patio have line so we had heard the Jerry Colombo. Your husband was also very generous to and assuming that he was bringing in all kinds of money from various sources sources right. Do you have any idea how much money he had either in the safe from the bank? No no I don't. How many game pieces do you think that husband? Jerry Colombo help distribute quite a bit. I at least a dozen. At least I'm sure there's more I mean a dozen that I can think of robbery closely and thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us talking to you guys. You're like doom bud talion so that helps see so you understand. This has been great and stay. Stay healthy my daughter and I are doing Juicing and cleansings in all kinds of stuff it sounds like you've got nine lives and hopefully hopefully you're only on the first couple now. I don't know about that probably a couple more. I've I know I've been through a few well Robin. Thank you again so much. Thank you for for doing this. And and we will We'll talk to you soon now. Brian what is on tap for episode three? We have a chance to meet Gloria Brown. One of the winners. And we're GONNA talk about a really incredible business venture that Jerry Colombo got involved in incredible indeed next week. We're going to be answering listener questions. So if you have any questions James How do people Right in you can send us an email at MC millions podcast at H. B. O. Dot Com. That's mcmillian's with them ass. Not The normal dollar sign. Don't forget to check out. Macmillan's airing Monday nights at ten PM on. Hbo and see a next week for episode three on the millions. Podcast this podcast is produced by fun meter in conjunction with unrealistic ideas for fun meter. I'm Brian Lasarte's and I'm James Lee Hernandez Joe Fence to make her produce. This episode are consulting Producers Berry Finkel from Pineapple Street studios the music. You heard here comes from our actual series and was composed by Panera Tobruk. Unrealistic ideas is mark. Wahlberg Stephen Levinson and Archie Gibbs and of course none of this is possible without are fantastic partners at HBO. You can find the McMillan's podcast on apple podcasts. Spotify youtube the. Hbo Go and now APPs. Or wherever you get your podcasts. We'll see you next week for episode three. Thanks for listening..
"stephen levinson" Discussed on The McMillion$ Podcast
"Doug at loved naming everything something with McDonald's and so he named the production company shamrock productions after shamrock shakes and. That was really ironic for me. Because actually shamrock shakes are how I came to McDonald's. I'm from Philadelphia and my dad used to work for the Philadelphia. Eagles whose colors are green and white and so he had contacted McDonald's about doing a fundraiser. To raise money for this house for terminally ill children And SHAMROCK SHAKES. Were the promotion at the time. So he's like. I'll give you players that have green jerseys on to wrote this if you give some of the money to this house for terminally ill children to stay. While they're being treated McDonald said we'll give you all the money of shamrock shakes if you call it the Ronald Mcdonald House. So it's sort of the whole start of the McDonnell. Hal Story so when Doug told me that he decided to name it shamrock productions. I was like. Wow that's Unbelievable that you'll pick that name with you guys working with a a an entity as large as McDonalds. The what goes into that. This was different because you had a billion dollar company a Fortune. One hundred company presumably as victim usually in white collar cases. You have you know the victim. Is the government government programs or defrauded or innocent people? You know elderly. Who are defrauded in this situation. With a company like McDonald's. We had to be cognizant of their of their reputation their brand. We understood early on that they you know that they had some potential legal exposure down the road from disgruntled folks here and there we ultimately had to come into a partnership with them and tell them what we could without going overboard and we kind of expected the same thing from them. We got a obviously critical cooperation and information with them agreeing to work with you. Felt similar to what it took for them to agree to work with us on the documentary series. Why do you think they did it when they say that we as a company needed to do this because it was the right thing to do that we owed it to our customers? I absolutely believe that that was a constant theme throughout you are dealing with them in that initial meeting and there was always this outside. Possibility that somewhere within McDonnell's there might have been somebody who knew of this or was part of it or was working helping Jerry. They realized it. We realized it made a lot of revenue for them. They were they were popular. It would make no sense for them to in any way arrange for winners not to be winners so we put that aside pretty early but you know there was always this on both sides particularly their side. You know there'd be somebody on the inside that was involved and fortunately for I think for them and really everybody that was not to be in this particular case the decision to work with the FBI had to happen really quickly within a matter of days. And that's just not how they operate but it was Jack Greenberg who was the CEO at the time really initiated? This need to participate immediately. The head of McDonald's security rob home. He was in the room in Jacksonville. When you guys I laid everything out to him he was a big proponent of we should do this their decision really almost a partner and and help us work with us in the case their understanding of our need to go into a proactive mode on the case and continue and do the wiretap and the undercover that. They had enough experience to see that. Hey without that you've really got a quarter of a case that may or may not make it and leave a whole lot of questions unanswered and culpable people may slip through. They understood that it was not was not a frivolous or or over the top requests and that there was a legitimate investigative and legal. Need to do it all right well. Thanks Chris this is. This has been so great. It's great to go back and relive it so appreciate you guys giving me the chance. Are you enjoying your retirement? No I miss it. Definitely miss it. Thanks for taking the time. We're excited to see what you think about the rest of the series likewise I'm looking forward to it. That's it for episode one. That was a lot of fun. We're excited about next week's episode where we introduce the criminal side of this story including how the mob got involved. If you have any questions about this episode or any future episodes coming up. Please contact US millions. Podcast AT H. B. O. DOT COM MC MILLION SPELLED WITH AN S. And not the dollar sign which we have everywhere else on the Internet and in the Real World. If you want to record your voice and email it we can actually play your question on the show. Don't forget to check out. Make millions airing Monday nights at ten PM on. Hbo and see you next week for episode two of the MIC millions. Podcast this podcast with produced by fun meter in conjunction with unrealistic ideas for fun meter. I am Brian was take an. Im James Lee Hernandez Joe Fence. To make her produce. This episode are consulting producers very fickle from Pineapple Street studios the music. Kurt here comes from our actual series and was composed by Panera Tobruk. Unrealistic ideas is mark. Wahlberg Stephen Levinson an archie gifts. And of course none of this would be possible without the amazing support of HBO. You can find the McMillan's podcast on apple podcasts. Spotify youtube the. Hbo Go and now APPs. Or wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks so much for listening..
"stephen levinson" Discussed on The Watch
"The last eight days about Vanderbilt exclusively for Julia is here with me, and he couldn't make it today. But and we push the pot a day who needs them because I wanted to catch the wave of the Fossey verdant wave surf news day. So Fossey Verdon is up to night. The first episode goes on FX check it out and Juliette Nago talk a little bit about Fossey Verdon. And then the second half of the pie cast is my interview with to the people behind Fossey Verdon. Tommy kale to is the director of Hamilton what the musical Stephen Levinson who wrote the book for deer. Evan Hansen, and is one of the main writers on fussy Vernon. We talked about the sort of what it took to bring the Show TV and genuinely. Excited. Listen that conversation was actually a delightful, delightful Congo. Those guys were really really interesting, and it was really fun to talk to them. They were in post. I believe on some of the later episodes of the season. But there were I stuff to take some time to talk to me. So we're gonna talk about Fossey for a few minutes. And we'll talk about killing me. I. Where do you put your killing eve phantom at at the end of season one like heading into season two you like this one of the best things on TV? I I like this. Well, obviously, this comes with a lot of emotional baggage as Grey's anatomy longtime, I know longtime and current view. The Yang Yang is my homegirl. It's very amazing about her is that when I watched the show, I'm not like. Wow. Christina gang has a new job. It's like, wow, Sandra's amazing. Actress. So that of course, I do do very emotional baggage to the table. I was really excited about it. It's a great show. It also is feminist without feeling political in a cool way. It doesn't feel like we're making a feminist statement and happens to be a show that is about like two women kind of particularly. Kind of obsession. Yes. Absolutely. Which is which is really cool one another. Yeah. And feels different organic so very I was like eagerly anticipating it, but it doesn't have the same kind of economy around the game of thrones. As so it's easier to just slip into the show and like watch it. Enjoy it though that is apparently changing. Yes. Huge ratings huge ratings for season two. It's already been reviewed for season three and their Sarah. Is her name is overseas AMC networks, which is and Sundance BBC America. Great shrike are there as sensually talking about killing eve as one of the planks on which this network of channels is sort of built along with Walking Dead. Isn't it amazing? Thank about the like how how went from being like the mad men and breaking bad networks now being like the killing eve network. Yeah. Especially just a different time and TV over the last ten years it is and I couldn't help. But feel like I heard that information as I watch these the. Episode of season two, you know, like knowing that is so important for the continued growth and stability of a series of channels was kind of fascinating to watch cause you I did feel like a little bit. Like the first episode season two did a lot of water treading. Yes. It dead, but still just incredible performance. Jody Omar, she is like transfix ING, I haven't really take that waiting to share with her. I feel like her closest comp on television is Cozma Kramer. Particularly special because you don't watch Seinfeld. But her physical acting is so incredible. And like, it's almost miraculous to me. It's actually kind of cool talk about it leading into Fossey burden. She's she would be an amazing theater actress when she takes us wig vodka. And then pours it on herself. I just like I felt disgusted and pain..
"stephen levinson" Discussed on 710 WOR
"City councilman Stephen Levinson, you Sheba's in Williamsburg, particularly or being told that they'll be shut down if they allow unvaccinated students to attend school. We need to make sure that there's good information. That's out there. That's culturally sensitive that makes sure that it's getting to the right people to make sure that it's real scientific information. So that people know that this is not a risk Rockland county recently banned unvaccinated people from going in public places that was struck down by the courts. The polls are open in Israel for a presidential election. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking for a fifth term, but he's facing a very stiff challenge. The polls show things pretty tight right now. Let's get an update joining us live NBC radio national correspondent bills in from good morning Bill. Hey, joe. Good morning at you. And you're right. This is an election that is going to push Benjamin Netanyahu to the limit here as he seeks his fifth term as prime minister in Israel if he wins. He would be is real longest serving leader. But the polls going into this showed that the opposition party. The blue white party led by Bennie Ganz actually was in line to get more seats in the Knesset. But the feeling is that Benjamin Netanyahu may be able to get together a coalition more easily than Gaunt's since neither party, the Likud party for Netanyahu or the blue white party for Ganz would be able to get a majority in the Knesset. So lot of is on this one, of course, and the relationship with Donald Trump big time in this campaign. You see the big posters with Benjamin that yahu and Donald Trump shaking hands all throughout Israel on election day today. Also, a shadow hanging over this as well Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to be indicted on three different cases earlier this year, the attorney general in Israel announced intention to indict and Benjamin Netanyahu could have that Paul cast over him as well. Even if he wins, this and retains his prime ministership. They're interesting Joe. We've got to elections going on around the world today. One of them the largest democratic exercise in history taking place in India the other involving a country about the size of New Jersey, which one do you think has the bigger global implications? I guess is going to be Israel. Yeah. You're right. All right. NBC radio national correspondent bills in for. Thank you Bill. Still no sign of a mount Vernon couple missing in. The Dominican Republic is nothing now from wwl. Sue Guzman family is deeply worried and working with officials at the State Department at trion find them even call in DR. They said that they didn't make their flight also spoke to someone in US customs. They said my brother did not make his flight back here in the US. Lucia Turner, says her brother Orlando, more and girlfriend Porsche revenue Ellie were supposed to have returned home to mount Vernon March twenty seventh with family members say they're not answering their phones in their car is still parked at Newark, liberty international airport. Authorities say the to check out if their hotel on the island participate after that. I'm sue Guzman on seven ten W O R. Actress Felicity Huffman, taking full responsibility for her part in that college admissions cheating scandal of thirteen others have agreed to plead guilty in the scam which involved bribery and other forms of fraud to get their kids into prestigious colleges. In a statement Huffman said she is in full acceptance of her guilt and with deep regret and shame over what she did. She claims her daughter knew nothing about what she was doing a guilty plea in the case of an upstate sex cult or well known actress cut a deal smallville. Actress Allison Mack was in tears as she apologized and admitted her guilt in Nexium. Prosecutors had said she was paid money to arrange sexual partners for founder Keith Ranieri who marketed himself as a self help guru for the Albany based group match lawyers didn't comment as to any terms of a possible. Plea agreement the charges she pled guilty to carry up to twenty years in prison. She's one of six people arrested in connection Nexium alleged founder in areas. Set for trial later this month in Brooklyn federal court. James flippin for seven ten W, O R, Brooklyn DA. Erin Consol is calling for the decriminalization of prostitution. He told a form that his office already handles cases in a soft prosecution manner saying no one goes to jail people typically get a desk appearance. Now Gonzales says, he's even open to legalizing prostitution, a federal judge in California temporarily blocking.
"stephen levinson" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Of Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon, another is Lin Manuel. Miranda who's Broadway success with Hamilton has been nothing. Short of phenomenal. His presence alone suggests that the musical numbers recreated here will be done with precision and reverence and they are and while her presence dictates that this biography of a parent is authorized it is not an entirely flattering portrayal of either of them the portrayals. However are so good. It's almost a relief. Gwen Verdon is played by Michelle Williams, who's come a long way from the WBZ Dawson's creek. And she was good. Even there in Manchester by the sea Brokeback mountain and my week with Marilyn she shown her versatility and sensitivity. And when I saw her take a turn starring in the recent Broadway revival of cabaret. She was one of the best sallies. I saw at the round. About theater, and I saw them all and speaking of versatility. Bob Fosse is played by Sam Rockwell who's done terrific work in everything from confessions of dangerous mind and galaxy quest to three billboards outside ebbing, Missouri. In Fosse Verdon these to inhabit their roles, completely and convincingly. The story isn't rolled out sequentially. It starts with the filming of sweet charity and keeps hopping backwards and forwards revealing bits of their past a scene at a time. So I'm not doing any spoiling here by presenting a scene from one after the couple separated, but still seeking support and advice from each other. He visits her after a day working on the movie cavalry. And she welcomes him warmly at first but not for long. Any worries about this drama taking a too easy on the characters are instantly, alleviate cut of the movie? What's wrong with the move? Oh, just to do things. Numbers of flat story doesn't make. There is no story. What is the story? I'm gonna see if they'll let me reassure the whole thing you think spring for. Felt the same way up. You saw the first cut of Jared. You know, so well, I was thinking maybe you could come to the editing room for few weeks. You know, and maybe see some things that I don't see a little lost. And why not? Didn't I tell you? I found a play. Oh, yeah. I'm going to be in rehearsals. Play. Straight plane. Yes. So it's called childrens children to throw a brand new, right? It's a terrific part in the place. Yes phenomenal. Well, that's congratulations. When do you start now is setting up a meeting with the director? I I just wanna make sure we have a good reform. You can start with trust difficult role. You're gonna hate it. I don't know why he would say that to me. And was the last time you act. Now when he walked in the door. How do I do? Very funny FX has made half of Fossey Verdon available for preview that's enough to recommend it highly. But not quite enough to allow for the rendering of a final verdict. I really like that it makes room for some of Fossey's famous friends like Neil, Simon and Patty Tchaikovsky played respectively by cordray and Norbert, Leo Butz. And while I'm intrigued by others. Like, Margaret qualley is an Ryan king. I need to see more to see how this all plays out. That's because Fossey Verdon written and directed by tag team of other producers and executive producers, including Thomas. Gale Stephen Levinson, Joel fields, and Charlotte stout is all over the place emotionally and artistically it recreates scenes from classic stage shows and movies while framing them within a frenetic sometimes fantasy narrative, that's exactly what Bob Fosse himself did while directing the nineteen Seventy-nine movie all that jazz, which was his barely fictionalized story of his own physical breakdown while juggling work on several similar tina's projects this FX series is in Justin. Oh, Majd all that jazz. It plays almost like an expanded director's cut with verdicts half of the story, given equal prominence, but the difference is Bob Fosse's, all that jazz was all Bob, Fosse's vision and voice, and I know how he ended all that jazz boldly and brilliantly with Fosse Verdon. I still haven't seen any. From the Chicago musical or anything else. From the later years yet. I'm very eager to see what Fossey Verdon presents in its second half. Because the first handful of episodes like the musical numbers. They recreate are surging with creativity and excitement, it's Showtime..
"stephen levinson" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"And welcome to all of it. I'm Jenna Flanagan host for metro focus on channel thirteen sitting in for Alison Stewart. So thanks for joining me today, we're beginning to show with the segment that is quintessential to all of it at the intersection of culture, and the culture, legendary dancer choreographer Bob Fosse left behind a legacy on Broadway. He won a record eight Tony's for choreography plus one for direction. He also wanted Oscar for cabaret and three Emmys for LIZA with z, but often left out of the story of Bob Fosse is his longtime collaboration with Tony winning dancer and actress Gwen Verdon Fosse married Vernon in nineteen sixty and although they eventually separated they remained married until his death in nineteen eighty seven a new series on FX Fosse Verdon explores the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse Gwen Verdon that spanned five decades Fosse's played by Sam Rockwell and Verdon is played by Michelle Williams, executive producers Thomas. Kale Joe field and Stephen Levinson. Join us now to talk about Fossey Verdon, which premieres on April ninth on FX Thomas. Kill who directs the series won a Tony for best director for Hamilton in twenty sixteen. Joe fields rights for the series and was an EMMY winning former show runner for the Americans and Steven Levinson, a writer and show runner is also the Tony award winning book writer of deer. Evan handsome. Stephen, Joel Thomas. Welcome to all of it. Thanks. Thank you. All right. It's quite an introduction for everybody. I I just wanna start with. Why are you why do this piece in why do it now? Student. You wanna kick it off uh? Sure, I think I think you know. Obviously as people that MO all of us here came up in the theater in one way or another and these were figures that loom very large, particularly Bob Fossey. And I think the fact that Gwen Verdon loomed large, and even for someone like myself who grew up loving musicals, and sort of immersed in this culture. I knew very little about Gwen before we started on this project, and as we dug deeper and deeper discovered how much of a role she played in the works that only have Bob's name on them. And how much she played a role in his life, and how much of that was erased or or overshadowed, and I think that's sort of goes to the question of why? Now, it felt like this was a, you know, in this moment in time, and we're really as a culture discussing, you know, the way that women have historically been raised or marginalized in these stories of of great men. This was one story where we could kind of go. Back and peel back the layers and discover what that really what really was happening between them. And of course, that was one of the things that stood out so much to me was this is the first time that I had even heard about Gwen yet. I'm a Broadway neophyte, and I know who brought Fossey's, but he was also I mean, this wasn't his only relationship he was married three times. So what was it about this partnership that made it so significant in terms of his work in his life? I think as as we delve into this Stephen put it really, well, a very simple question. Why do we know his name? Why don't we know hers? So to to do that. Let's try to excavate in explore baba someone who was married twice previously to performers one. Who is in the unsolvable? His ex wife was a little more of a star. And then he met Gwen who is in her full bloom. It was really the next big thing. And I think Bob was heat-seeking in in a way that you trying to be near the newest shiniest thing, but I think on a much deeper more fundamental level. Gwen was equal in Gwen was his match in Glenwood, finish his physical phrases. She would finish his sentences. She could think just as fast if not faster than he could. And I think that there are certain people when they encounter others who can do things they can't do move towards them some run away from that. But Bob who had a lot a lot of complexity and a lot of darkness that. I don't admire. Fire did have this ability to see someone who could do something. He couldn't do and wanted to run towards that. And I think that Quinn could make him better and deeper and sharper, and all of those things I think Bob crepe that. And of course, the the issue, I guess of difficult men is something we're also sort of attempting to unpack. I'm wondering how much did you decide to go into Fosse's darkness and the sides of him that perhaps weren't as attractive or appealing is the work that he did. I think we decided to go all the way in to those because they're just unavoidable. They are as much a part of who he was as his art was and the fact that that art included him putting himself forward as an tour when the truth is he was supported by a whole number of people. But particularly this woman has wife and support it in a way that wasn't recognized. It was a key part of the story. And so is that why the title is Fossey Verdon with slash not with the end. Absolutely, absolutely. Yeah. We wanted to play around with you know, there's sort of interchangeable at a certain point with that slash one could come before the other. And we also liked the fact that we're used to hearing Fossey that's such a that's such a term you hear. And then you suddenly this other name, and that sounds different than what I'm used to and sort of begs the question of why of course, which she so unfamiliar to us when it came to casting. Why was it that Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell will chosen for the lead roles? Because we're pretty smart. And when when you when the real thing wants to do this say yes in different ways limit well. And I started talking about this in June of two thousand sixteen so we were much younger than and we all read the book all the sort of Hamilton clever to read the book and been really struck by. And then Lynn had a friend Watson who wrote the book was option, my effects Lind said, hey, why don't we do this together? And I said, yes. And the next thing that I thought about was I wonder Sam who I knew a little bit would be interested in doing this just like there is something about. Sam's approach to the work. His love of performing the jazzy nece that he brings to performing his dedication craft his that the fact that he has this incredible f- ability, but also has edges to him. And then a month about a month and a half later. I happen to be in London casting a new production of Hamilton. And I walked into my hotel and same with standing in the lobby and I knew him. We were pals asset we have breakfast tomorrow, and we have breakfast and. Before we ordered the omelette. He said, yes. And he was like, yeah. Let's go. And so Sam was there really early on. And then I met Stephen about three or four months later, and we started kicking it around and talking about this whole thing. And then Michelle. Put her hand up and said, I can do this. And I remember I went to meet with her in Brooklyn takes a lot to get to Brooklyn. And I went to her in Brooklyn. And I probably waited for her to round the corner afterwards before I called, Stephen. I was like, okay, we're done casting like there. She is. It was that. There was a there was an intensity to her. There was a there was a store. She was telling me in the hair on her arm stood up a story about performing and what it means to perform what if it was taken away. And I thought. That's glenn. That's it. Well, actually before we get a little bit more into the story. I do any here. We have a caller right now. Grace from Jersey City who actually danced with Bob Fosse, grace can join us on the show. Yeah. Thank you. So what was your experience in dancing with Bob? Vying who's I was only eighteen the first thing I've ever done on Broadway chorus. And what show you with me? Teaser, etc. My about five one. I will never forget. And he was wonderful. I actually during him physical challenging demanding but wonderful to work for as you answer. Difficult. Sorry. I don't mean to cut you off scribe him is difficult. What does that mean unpack that a little bit? Well, he he was quite a lot from you. He required to give in everything we've possibly could. And he was consistent in that. Whether you wanted to or not and one thing about him. That he was. I mean, we all want to be called for and he did that. Well. So what do you think of this movie or this series? That's gonna be coming out on FX that the leads that were cast weren't actual professional dancers. But more actors we're going to be betraying dances. Would you have preferred to have seen professional dancers stepping into those spots? Or does it not matter? Well, depending on what they're doing in the in the production. If it if it was dancing then. Yeah, I would prefer professional dancers because he's he just made us all better. And and we, but he also was he hired really good people. So that that's an important piece but benches it really good actors too. So. 'cause we had to act it all the time dancing. I have preference. That was question before. I let you go. Did you also know Glenn? She would come to her assault. She was such a lovely gal. She would come very huge. It was pregnant at the time and she would help him, but she was just one of the nicest people I have ever come across. Yeah. I didn't get to know her because she didn't gauge with us very much. But a lovely person not to mention the talented course. But yeah, it was. It wasn't being done in your little as I did. And you liked her mmediately. All right. Great. Thank you so much for your call that actually brings us into another part of the story that you guys get into and that is the life of their child so often we hear stories about how difficult it is to grow up in the shadow of Uber famous. Parents what did you guys decide to explore with their daughter's life? Will I I I answer that question by saying I think it was less a decision for us about what to explore and more about what unfolded as Stephen Tommy. And then ultimately, I got to know Nicole, and Nicole Fosse their daughter was so incredibly open with us, and she really is the only person in the world who has her life experience, and who was there with them through all of this and her generosity in terms of sharing stories and sharing the emotional dynamic was incredibly important for us all in putting the show together. Did she indicate at all that the perhaps tumultuous day of her parents marriage left any sort of scars or marks on her coming up at such voter time in her life? I think all of that is is stuff that would be explored for for those who who watch. But that's definitely part of the show that dynamic part of the show. And I think part of part of these eight episodes that we hope will be compelling are that. Yes, they're they're about difficult men. And yes, they're about this moment in time. And yes, they're about Broadway. Dancing and music. But ultimately, it's about a relationship. It's about a marriage. It's about a very complicated marriage, and it's about a very complicated family and as with all great marriage stories in great family stories. It's utterly unique. And yet this stuff in it. We can all relate to hope. Well, one of the other things I thought was really interesting was that this also will take us into a little bit of the backstory of Bob Fosse, because of course, no genius. Just comes out of nowhere. So I understand that he actually begin dancing back during the wars that correct? You know, he actually he began as a young man he danced from the time. I think he was probably seven or eight years old took classes in a little store front dance. Studio in a suburb of Chicago. And as a pretty young man thirteen years old. He started dancing, professionally in burlesque houses in Chicago. Which is parents didn't know very much about. But basically his dance teacher and his manager at the same person got him these jobs dancing in in places that young man, you you probably should not have been at two or three in the morning. And so he came up in that world. And then he he was a special entertainment unit in World War Two as a dancer and moved back to Kim back home, moved to New York and began a career as a dancer, and as we talk about a lot one of the great ironies difficulties with Bob Fosse is he his only real dream ever in life was to be Fred Astaire. That's that's what he wanted to be. That's that's who he thought of himself as being he moved out to Hollywood. He got a seven year deal with MGM to be a dancer an actor. And it looked like it was all going to happen. He did his first film studio watched the rough cut of it and said that guy's not a star if to re cut the movie. Wow, these other actors and sort of marginalized that guy he had to wear to pay. It was losing his hair and essentially at a very young age in his twenties, his dream, his real dream was taken from him and everything that came. After the choreography. The directing the accolades the awards, none of that actually satisfied the actual desire. He had which was to be a star. And what oh sorry. I just say, you know, one of the things that that I think this brings up which I was really excited to explore the series. To to try to see if we could get inside this notion of. How you define yourself. When the thing that you are is taken away. So the dancer dies twice dancer dies when they stop dancing, and then they die when their life ends. And for Gwen. We see that as a woman aging in a business that said, we want you we want you to we want the new model of you is what happens over and over get business in with Bob at twenty five. He was done. They said enough of that. So who are you now?.
"stephen levinson" Discussed on The Watch
"I am not in a state today where I'm going to be able to show one for that. I was thrilled about is watching the show with Amanda dons and child fantasy MandA was really pulling for Hugh Grant. I was not because she was encroaching on my lead in the wind share when full but. But yeah, Yeah. sorta little bit about the show. We're also going to talk about some of the movies that were nominated last night. Right. You've seen recently like vice and if Beale street could talk, and we're also gonna chat just very briefly because you can only say so much about these snippets. But we got a couple of really nice appetizers for two thousand nine television. The first footage from the last season of game of thrones. I footage from watchmen and really fun trailer for Fossey Verdon. Do you want to burn through that? I I feel like that's some say I I am absurdly excited for Fossey burden. I know you are so it's executive produced by Lin Manuel Miranda. And it's run by Stephen Levinson, did dear. Evan handler on Broadway. German Hanson Hanson. Handler. And he's ended. I think he was in California -cation, they believe anyway, let me tell you about this cast Sam Rockwell's, Bob Fosse fans Korean. We saw the look last night on stage. Michelle Williams is Gwen Verdon. Great Margaret qualley is an Rankin Norbert. Leo blitz. His tatty sqi amazing. I a- cash Joan Simon very happy about that. Nate cordray is Neil Simon. Yep. Bianca moral keen as Chita Rivera. Yes. And Kelly Barrett as LIZA Minelli. This is affects has like fucking ragtime, but for Broadway. This is great FX has this lane. Locked where it's your I can't tell whether you're more excited about the actor side of that list or the character side of that list. Either way you've bought a ticket. Yes. It looks great. And it's from all that jazz that I don't think it'll be sacrilegious to do this. And I think I'm really I'm really excited for the Michelle Williams song and dance routines. I think it'll be interesting because we've entered into this face specially with with stuff where 'bio-pics and historical series. They're all the rage. We're getting a lot of them, but they are becoming increasingly Samy in terms of tone in terms of either seriousness of purpose or particular agenda with type store, you wanna tell this looks like, obviously, there's a story to tell them about these characters, but it looks like it's leading with style. Which I appreciate I think it will set it apart. I think it should be a lot of fun. So then we had a little bit of game of thrones HBO. So it's basically just a seen. It's like John, and Danny are standing together and say has walks up to them, and then John Luke's at Santa goes my wife. Are we talking about Sasha, baron, Cohen's hair? Did we think he got hair triplet? Do you think he got a hair transplant? I think I think I think he got what he paid for it looks right? Somebody last night. I was like holy shit guys really just committed to the bit. Who was it? Oh, you know, what it was? And no disrespect you. I think it was the ads for Fallon. It was Cranston on Falun. You thought he looked really like like he had he'd been deductor Spock of like. He went to doctors. But Gemini hassle. Hassle in which the full narnia. It's not that. I would like a Caesar a resplendent main. You you're sick. But you're not upstairs. Okay. So game of thrones back a little bit. Did you? I'm just gonna put you on the spot here on this. Did you for a second forget, the character's names, just Mallory will happily tell you. I've been walking around being like, I wonder what's gonna happen with little finger. Like, I can't remember any of the right? It's just been too long. I I don't know what to tell you guys. It's just gonna get back there. I'm gonna get into my spring training for it. But it's just been too long. I mean, it was not very much, but it was the right moment to show. I guess you know, what is left of this season is a little bit of bring everybody together. And then a lot of breaking it all down for China, whatever..
"stephen levinson" Discussed on WCBS Newsradio 880
"Jamie wax tells us more less than two years since its broadway premiere dear evan hansen continues a radical experiment using a musical to address the issues of depression and suicide it's got a chart topping original cast album and six tony awards but the show is also hailed for a realistic and constructive approach to an issue that ails so many did you foresee this piece having such huge impact when you began your work on it everybody that we told the idea to thought that we were insane but it just doesn't sound like a musical and it didn't sound like something that people thought had any kind of commercial viability and the tony award goes to dear evan hansen the success of deer evan hansen caught everybody by surprise including playwright stephen levinson who created the musical along with the oscar winning songwriting team bench pasok and justin paul it tells the story of an unlikely bond between the socially anxious and isolated high school senior evan hansen let's standard and the family coping with the suicide of evans classmate connor murphy it's anything but your typical broadway blockbuster but according to levinson what the audience found in the show and appreciated was a sense of authenticity i think it's about empowering people and letting them know that there is help and there are people that are there to listen and as cheesy as that sounds it's true that message began resonating with audiences well before it success on broadway rachel bay jones received a tony for her role as evans mother heidi when we did early productions even early readings and workshops that people who came narrow responded in such an emotionally visceral way that it was clear that this is going to make an impact on a lot of people.
"stephen levinson" Discussed on WCBS Newsradio 880
"A radical experiment using a musical to address the issues of depression and suicide it's got a chart topping original cast album and six tony awards but the show is also hailed for a realistic and constructive approach to an issue that ails so many did you foresee this piece having such huge impact when you began your work on it everybody that we told the idea to thought that we were insane it was very polite about it but it just doesn't sound like a musical and it didn't sound like something that people thought had any kind of commercial viability and the tony award goes to dear evan hansen the success of deer evan hansen caught everybody by surprise including playwright stephen levinson who created the musical along with the oscar winning songwriting team bench pasic and justin paul it tells the story of an unlikely bond between the socially anxious and isolated high school senior evan hansen with disaster family coping with the suicide of evans classmate connor murphy it's anything but your typical broadway blockbuster but according to levinson what the audience found in the show and appreciated was a sense of authenticity i think it's about empowering people and letting them know that there is help and that there are people that are there to listen and as cheesy as that sounds it's true that message began resonating with audiences well before it success on broadway rachel bay jones received a tony for her role is evans mother heidi when we did early productions even early readings and workshops that people who came there responded in such an emotionally visceral way it was clear that this is going to make an impact.
"stephen levinson" Discussed on WCBS Newsradio 880
"Correspondent jamie wax tells us more less than two years since its broadway premiere dear evan hansen continues a radical experiment using a musical to address the issues of depression and suicide it's got a chart topping original cast album and six tony awards but the show is also hailed for a realistic and constructive approach twenty issue that ails so many did you foresee this piece having such huge impact when you began your work on it everybody that we told the idea to thought that we were insane it was very polite about it but it just doesn't sound like a musical and it didn't sound like something that people thought had any kind of commercial viability and the tony award goes to dear evan hansen the success of deer evan hansen caught everybody by surprise including playwright stephen levinson who created the musical along with the oscar winning songwriting team bench pasok and justin paul it tells the story of an unlikely bond between the socially anxious and isolated high school senior evan hansen paulette's disasters and the family coping with the suicide of evans classmate connor murphy it's anything but your typical broadway blockbuster but according to levinson what the audience found in the show and appreciated was a sense of authenticity i think it's about empowering people and letting them know that there is help and that there are people that are there to listen and as cheesy as that sounds it's true that message began resonating with audiences well before it success on broadway rachel bay jones received a tony for her role is evans mother heidi when we did early productions even early readings and workshops that people who came there responded in such an emotionally visceral way that it was clear that this is going to make an impact a lot of people.
"stephen levinson" Discussed on News Radio WGOW
"Phone with william morris and i'd be talking to these agents in saying why is it that eunegotiated a one point five million dollar fee for walberg to do the reach shoot but you only secured a thousand bucks eighty bucks a day for michelle williams that's who to blame don't blame the system quote unquote don't blame mark wahlberg he did what anybody should do he did what michelle williams agents should have done and if i'm marsha if i'm michelle williams i see this story greg on fire of immediately firing my agent hiring mark wahlberg say gentlemen i'm going to go back in the mood to try to get some of that money back try to give free lunch vernon do i mean you know instead of just crying and moaning about what a what a separate a tragic situation it is that so many women get paid do something about it get it better agent who drives a harder bargain now walberg has a reputation uh back in august of 2017 forbes magazine had named mark wahlberg as the highestpaid actor of 2017 they calculated his pretax earnings at sixty eight million dollars and they also wrote in that people when they wrote about him they noted that mark wahlberg along with his manager stephen levinson and his agency william morris they do have a reputation in hollywood for driving a very tough bargain well obviously they do and michelle williams if she wants some social justice in all of these people marching through the streets if they want some social justice why don't you get yourselves a team like mark wahlberg and you'll get some justice get about one point five million dollars worth of it 141 take a short break that i'll be right you're listening to be brian joy on one or two point three fm the dubbed monster is live and local real folks in real time talking topics closetohome click the link anytime w g o w dot com.
"stephen levinson" Discussed on Outkick the Culture
"The loud music there's action to it in terms of football side of things their stories about celebrity in fame and money and all of those things power father time winning every battle it's very similar entourage ethic that was a comparison originally to make sense is closest to the whole productions did both shows a stephen levinson is associated with both shouts the rock is ari gold you could say in other not perfect comparisons although i think that one is pretty damn close blood john david washington a tricky jarrett he's kind of your vinnie chase oh more some miller charles green somebody's just kind of trying to make his way after a career you could say that's johnny drummer may be gets a vernon littlefield is dry is a drama maybe greenest turtle lighten there's not a comparison for every character but if you've got a comparison for vinnie and you've got a comparison ferrari then you've got to show that is awfully close now entourage show the for the first two years was just absolutely so just great a ton of fun to watch same thing just very very entertaining and then they decided to try make vinnie into a tragic figure or somebody that can get out of his own way and then they started to focus on the side characters all becoming stores in our own right and the only thing that was consistently good for a moment one to moment last on entourage was already gold jerry pit in was just born to play that role whatever you want to say about piven you're entitled to say.
"stephen levinson" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Is and how sort of deep hole he's in and how in need of some sort of singer he is so that you you really understand why he falls into this lie because it's so perfectly sort of presented is it a savior foreign s i mean i think on some level it it it does end up being sort of us a senior does force him to connect in a way that he never has but of course there is a dark side to that too and force them to sort of face demons that he has as far selfhatred and and not liking he sees in the mirror and but at the end of the day it really does it starts conversation for him with especially with his mother which is i think what we found the show really has the ability to do is to start conversations of people that are coming to the show a topics that people feel sort of freight to broach especially intergenerational conversations that really seems to just just bus that door wide open and i think that's what that's rabbit by the way congratulations on the nomination of like you very much as well thank you so much when you write the book what does that mean it it means essentially that my responsibility is partly to structure things to kind of come up with the the roadmap pray and then all the dialogue and what it meant in this case because we had no source material often you have a book or a movie was banned justin and i kind of came up together with the rudiments store orient some characters and then i went off and wrote the first act as though it were a play um and left spaces where where the three of us have decided songs might go and then i sent them that draft and they looked at it and set okay we'll here where we thought there would be a song i think the sun comes earlier so the scene now needs to be shorter or this needs to be longer or it's kind of a the building the skeleton that's the star of the musical dear evan hanson ben platt along with the writer stephen levinson this news charlie rose bloomberg radio.