Allison Janney has earned accolades for her performances in just about every medium, including a couple of Tony nominations. But she's probably best known as a TV star -- especially as Press Secretary CJ Cregg on "The West Wing" -- a role that won her four Emmys. She's won two more for her latest role on the sitcom "Mom." The actor opens up about finding the levity in tragedy of her addict character on the show... and reveals her inner Notorious B.I.G.
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The actress, who is known for standout character roles in films like "Scott Pilgrim Versus the World" and the Mark Wahlberg drama "The Gambler," is receiving Oscar buzz for her star turn in the critically acclaimed new film "Room." She talks to Rico about seeking out roles worth fighting for, the resilience of the human spirit and what it's like to be on a plane when the in-flight movie happens to star you.
Back in 1994, Carrie Brownstein co-founded Sleater-Kinney -- a blazing all-woman rock trio that made a huge impact on critics and the indie rock scene. Their debut record, "Dig Me Out," landed on Rolling Stone's list of The Greatest Albums of All Time. Then, in 2006, Carrie left the group, and along with comedian Fred Armisen, co-created the hit sketch-comedy show "Portlandia." In her new memoir, she reflects on trying (and failing) to survive on rock and roll alone.
Olivia Wilde is perhaps best known as the secretive doctor Thirteen on the hit TV series "House," and has also appeared in dozens of films including "Tron: Legacy," "Rush," and the Oscar-nominee "Her." Wilde's latest film is called "Meadowland" - a portrait of a family grappling with loss. She talks to Brendan about what makes this project unique, the importance of having more women behind the camera, and a time when a certain Rolling Stone stole her favorite seat.
Bill Charlap is one of the top jazz pianists and bandleaders in America. And Tony Bennett... well, in his almost 70 years as a musician, he's released over 70 albums, won 18 Grammys, and a couple of Emmys, and is one of the greatest singers ever of American jazz and pop standards. He and Charlap just released "Silver Lining," an album of songs by the composer Jerome Kern and the two talk to Rico about Kern's work, finding satisfaction as an artist, and Bennett's unwavering love of San Francisco.
Killer Mike and El-P are the hip-hop duo "Run The Jewels." They're adored by fans and critics alike for their menacing beats and dexterous wordplay. They've released two acclaimed albums... neither of which could've prepared us for the one they dropped this week. The two talk to Brendan about their fan-driven project, "Meow The Jewels," juxtaposing goofiness and seriousness, and why you shouldn't ask about the state of hip-hop.
Paul Scheer is probably best known for his role on the hit show "The League," and he also co-hosts the "How Did this Get Made?" podcast, which is dedicated to mocking terrible films. The comedian, who appeared at our Los Angeles Podfest event, reveals the moment he knew "The League" was going to be a blast, why he can't look away from "The Bachelor," and how an elaborate skateboarding scene is signal of a bad movie.
Emily Mortimer played the wealthy, cheated-upon wife in Woody Allen's "Match Point and appeared in the Martin Scorsese films "Shutter Island" and "Hugo." But her latest project is a TV series, the comedy "Doll & Em," which she created with her best friend, Dolly Wells. The actor puts friendships under the lens, examines the trend of actors giving meta-performances, and why dogs in Shakespeare's work might been a bit of pandering.
Salman Rushdie is widely considered one of the world's great writers. His blend of magic realism and historical fiction have garnered him the Booker Prize, a British knighthood and -- for his novel "The Satanic Verses" -- a notorious fatwa that sent him into exile. The author digs into his latest work, "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights," discusses the awkward process of going "full literary frontal," and his unexpected Yankee pride.
Uzo Aduba was known mainly as a Broadway actress -- she starred in the revival of the musical "Godspell" a few years back. But these days she's known for her deeply sympathetic portrayal of Suzanne, a.k.a. "Crazy Eyes," on the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." The actress digs deep into her character's love-based pursuits, reveals her most unconventional fan interaction, and asks to keep her pie.