“Luke Cage” star Mike Colter stopped by the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Cafe to talk to me about why Black superheroes matter. We also talked about hoodies, Harlem and whether The Defenders (that’s Cage’s superhero crew) might someday match up with the better-known Avengers. If you’ve been binging on the new series “Luke Cage,” which was recently released on Netflix, or if you’re a Marvel fanboy or fangirl, you’re going to want to watch this on-camera interview.
Jeff Bridges, the star of “Hell or High Water,” called into the podcast I host to talk about his new film, which has gotten almost universal critical acclaim and is scoring at the box office as well. Bridges, who has starred in such films as “Iron Man” and “True Grit,” also talked about some of his future projects, and gave his take on a reported spinoff of “The Big Lebowski.” Here’s the Speakeasy podcast:
I sat down and talked to LeVar Burton and the cast of the new “Roots” for the WSJ Speakeasy podcast. Here’s the interview.
The Starz TV series “Outlander” took a turn this season when the Scotland-based show suddenly turned up in France. Turns out, though, that the cast and crew filmed many of the Paris-set scenes in Prague and on sound stages…in Scotland. I decided to have the star of the show, Caitriona Balfe, stop by the WSJ Cafe to explain the whole thing to me. She also talked a bit about her coming movie “Money Monster.” Watch the video.
My ten-year-old daughter loves the Broadway show “Hamilton.” My daughter’s friends love “Hamilton.” A number of them have memorized the lyrics, and the ones that haven’t been able to see the show have bought the cast album. I find myself playing the album repeatedly, and each time I do, I catch fresh nuances in the lyrics and the music. So when a chance to chat with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the show, came up, I had to take it. I interviewed him right after the word had come down that “Hamilton” had made Broadway history by grabbing 16 Tony nominations, the most-ever for a show. Listen to the podcast.
I recently took a trip to London to talk to actress Sophie Turner about the coming season six of “Game of Thrones.” Turner plays noblewoman Sansa Stark on the HBO hit, and she told me, surprisingly, that she wants her character to get killed off. Why? You’ll have to watch the video. For more go to WSJ.com/WSJCafe.
I did a video segment on Hollywood, the Oscars and diversity for the Wall Street Journal. Here’s the video.
The mayor of New Rochelle declared by proclamation, that today, Nov. 9, 2015, is officially Christopher John Farley Day! I hope people mark the day by buying my kids fantasy novel “Game World” in bulk! I also thought I’d post some of my favorite “day” videos to celebrate (The Ice Cube video is NSFW, but the groove is good). Are there any great ones I left out?
My favorite moments at this week’s GOP debate were when my wife, CNBC senior personal finance correspondent Sharon Epperson, challenged the candidates to confront two of the biggest issues facing America: student loans and retirement. Nobody wants to talk about retirement in part because it’s hard to face up to the idea of getting old, and many folks don’t want to talk about student loans because we’re filled with guilt about failing our young. Retirement and student loans may not be sexy subjects, but they are just the kind of important issues candidates need to grapple with during an election year. “This country has over $100 billion in student loan defaults–that’s billion with a b,” Sharon said during the debates, before posing her question. “What will you do to make sure that students, their families, taxpayers, won’t feel the economic impact of this burden for generations?” Here are the videos of the questions Sharon posed to the GOP candidates.
Actress Melissa Benoist, who stars in the title role in “Supergirl,” stopped by the WSJ Cafe to talk about a range of things including the new show, Jeb Bush calling her “pretty hot,” and whether she could beat up Wonder Woman and the Flash. For more go to WSJ.com/WSJCafe. Watch the videos.