December 12, 2018
In the new Hollywood, popular books are worth their weight in gold as the intellectual property powering countless franchises in movies and TV—from Crazy, Rich Asians to The Devil Wears Prada. As co-head of the book department at The Gotham Group, Eddie Gamarra is responsible for finding the manuscripts and published works that could become the next blockbuster or breakout series—exactly what he did with The Maze Runner and its sequels, which he executive produced. In this episode, Eddie helps the guys work through three pretty amazing bottles of domestic Merlot as he talks about the difference between Hollywood and publishing, how he ended up in entertainment after getting a PhD in psychoanalysis, and his weekly commute to LA from his home in Minneapolis.
November 28, 2018
A veteran of LA’s improv scene, actor-writer Damon Jones (Life of The Party) has had success across the entertainment spectrum, from creating sitcoms like USA’s Benched and Comedy Central’s Halfway Home to writing the script and music for the upcoming Melissa McCarthy movie Margie Claus. In this episode, he helps the Hollywood Uncorked panel select wines for the perfect holiday party as he discusses coming up in the famed Groundlings comedy troupe, how he landed a role in an infamous Seinfeld episode, and the time he ended up in Carrie Fisher’s bathtub with John Malkovich.
November 15, 2018
Everybody has that go-to wine they drink by when nobody else is around. The kind that’s cheap, tasty enough and gets the job done. But are we doing ourselves a disservice when we settle for “good enough” wine? Is there actually a better option out there for the same amount of coin if we just took the time to find it? In this episode, the panel puts that premise to the test as each member brings a bottle of their favorite house wine while letting the professionals at K&L Wines suggest an alternative. Will the Hollywood Uncorked crew stick with their go-to wines or take the pro advice? Find out as the guys are joined by guest Mike Cohen, who takes them inside the world of augmented reality and how it’s poised to impact the entertainment landscape.
October 31, 2018
Ever been in a mall and wondered about the ridiculously good-looking people staring back at you from kiosk ads and clothing store bags? Well, wonder no more! Actor/model Spencer Hill joins our new episode to talk about his career, which includes being the face of Aveda’s men’s grooming line and appearing in countless commercials and TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood and CSI:NY. Joined by guest co-host Gren Wells, Spencer helps drink three bottles of wine from Ben’s personal cellar as he discusses aging into playing the “sexy dad,” how modeling is a family affair that includes his wife Alicia Hill and their son, and what it was like to play Avril Lavigne’s boyfriend in a music video. Because that happened.
October 18, 2018
In this episode, the guys take a thematic trip north of the border to encounter two true rarities: Canadian wine and one of that country’s most prolific married writing couples: New York Times best-selling author Tanis Rideout (Above All Things) and Simon Racioppa, showrunner for the upcoming Amazon series Invincible based on the comic books of The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman. While sampling three unique wine offerings from Prince Edward Country, Ontario, Rideout talks about how she went from working retail at an outdoor store to writing her award-winning novel based on George Mallory's failed 1924 attempt to be the first person to climb Mount Everest. Meanwhile, Racioppa discusses how he approaches adapting well-known literary material—from beloved comic books to writing for The Dark Crystal prequel series from Netflix.
October 3, 2018
Adam Campbell might be the first classically trained English actor to break into Hollywood by headlining back-to-back spoof movies, with leading roles in both Date Movie and Epic Movie in the mid-2000s. Since then, he has stayed true to the comedic path, with credits ranging from The Five-Year Engagement to Hello Ladies, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and as a series regular on the Tina Fey-produced sitcom Great News. Adam joins today’s episode to dip into the largely unknown world of English sparkling wines while discussing his journey from England to California, the movie review that almost broke him, and how his marriage to Glee actress Jayma Mays helps keep his comedy chops up.
September 12, 2018
As the founder of Madhouse Entertainment (Prisoners, Slender Man), producer/manager Robyn Meisinger deals in her share of gifted wine. And while most of it still sits in a box in the corner of her office, she’s nonetheless an appropriate guest to join in on an exploration of three of the most gifted bottles of wine in Hollywood. As she helps the guys work their way through a Jordan, a Sideways-inspired Hitching Post Pinot Noir, and a Rombauer Chardonnay, Robyn delivers some classic industry yarns—including the time she got a movie financed with a drug dealer and how she got her start managing clients as a producer’s assistant by secretly repping writers that were submitted to him.
August 29, 2018
As the longtime host and executive producer of Survivor, Jeff Probst has presided over his share of epic battles of will. But few have been as suspenseful or delightfully haphazard as this episode’s inaugural Hollywood Uncorked Blind Tasting Challenge! Joining a specially convened competition panel, Probst competes through four rounds of wine-tasting travails—from a blindfolded opening act to a wild finale that involves two players sampling the contents of the infamous dump bucket. Along the way, Probst spills some details about the upcoming season of Survivor: David vs. Goliath, discusses how he and Phil Keoghan of The Amazing Race almost ended up with each other’s jobs, and describes what really happened behind the scenes of the infamous 2008 Emmys he hosted alongside the other four nominees for best reality host.
August 14, 2018
Nick Nantell has spent more than a decade working as an executive for producers like Beau Flynn (Skyscraper) and Dan Jinks (American Beauty). Now stepping out as a producer in his own right, Nick stops by the podcast to help drink three bottles of oh-so-sweet Sauternes (paired with cheeses and patés courtesy of guest co-host Arvind Ethan David) as we talk about the wilderness of independent producing, how Nick parlayed a string of college internships into a lasting Hollywood career, and the controversial decision to add a “Popular Film” category to the Academy Awards.
July 31, 2018
Actress Katie Von Till is active in front of the camera and behind the scenes in entertainment—as a Los Angeles SAG-AFTRA Boardmember and as a TV mainstay on shows like Mom, Young Sheldon, Conan, and The Big Bang Theory. But she also carries on a rare Hollywood legacy as just the fourth woman in history to be the official voice of Disney’s Snow White. In this episode, she joins us to drink three varietals of Vadio from the Bairrada region of Portugal (provided by Rachel Farah Selections) as she discusses the difference between acting and voiceover work, how she got her start doing regional theater and singing at NHL games, and the fight ahead for Hollywood’s labor unions.