Can black moviegoers and black critics impact the way Hollywood markets quality films?
He's a veteran New York City radio host. I've posted blog pieces that call the weekend show he has on Arise TV "groundbreaking." And I mean it. New York City film critic Mike Sargent is the host of On Screen, the Arise TV weekly film review/interview and entertainment news program. Mike presents different critics every week.
I'll introduce you to Mike and find out if he shares my opinion that On Screen is groundbreaking. I think you'll dig Mike. He's a serious film lover with a lot to say about Hollywood and today's movie marketplace. Episodes of Arise On Screen are on YouTube. The channel's website is www.Arise.TV.
The closest Mike and I could probably get to any of London's royals would be to sit through another DVD screening of Oscar winner Helen Mirren as The Queen. But I met a most charming New York wife and mother who has been up close to royalty. Britain's Victoria Arbiter is the go-to correspondent for all the inside scoop and commentary on members of the Royal Family. Here she is wearing a rather royal blue.
How is Victoria's domestic life in Manhattan? Fine, thank you. Except in the kitchen. She met with American show biz royalty about that very thing. When Oprah Winfrey was the Queen of Daytime Talk Shows, Victoria was knighted as "the worst cook in America."
Victoria had a fabulous and funny time doing the show. She'll tell us a sweet behind-the-scenes story about Oprah. Of course, I ask Victoria if her cooking has improved.
Like I've done with Mike Sargent, I talked about classic films with Victoria Arbiter. When she was a girl, she wanted to be a dancer. Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers get mentioned in our chat. Ginger starred in a romantic comedy called Vivacious Lady and that title fits Victoria. Victoria said a line often credited with the late, great Texas Gov. Ann Richards: "Ginger did everything Fred did only backwards and in heels." (I seem to recall former NBC journalist Linda Ellerbee saying that first on her innovative NBC News Overnight show in the early 1980s. Gov. Richards said it later.)
Ginger Rogers. One of the hardest-working and most versatile Hollywood actresses of the 1930s and 40s. She won her Best Actress Oscar for a very feminist drama, Kitty Foyle (1940). She was one of Hollywood's top comic actresses (Tom, Dick and Harry, Billy Wilder's The Major and the Minor, Bachelor Mother, Stage Door, Roxie Hart) and she became a Hollywood musicals icon in the 1930s with a series of original screen musicals co-starring Fred Astaire -- musicals like the 1935 classic, Top Hat.
Dig the big finish with the dinner tables.
Two television talents known to New York City and London. Two different stories to tell. Both talk about movies. I hope you can join us. Hear me with Arise TV's Mike Sargent and CNN's Victoria Arbiter the week of April 7th on my BobbyRiversShow.com podcast.