Is Sabrina Taylor the real-life Olivia Pope? We're not saying, but she does speak six languages and is already having an "amazing" week on a Monday -- assets that come in handy for a publicist in Hollywood. In our new episode, she knocks back Aglianico with the guys as she talks about how to disappear a naked selfie from the Internet, being tutored by the legendary Ronni Chasen, and passing on representing Donald Trump.
Project Runway Executive Producer Barbara Schneeweiss got her big break in entertainment as Harvey Weinstein's assistant, where she quickly adopted the keys to his success: be super passionate and don't be afraid to work. Now VP of Film & Television at The Weinstein Company, Barbara joins the podcast to knock back some Viognier, spin a yarn or two about Miramax's heady days in the late '90s, and reveal why you should always perk up when someone at your first Hollywood job asks: "Hey, what are you doing right now?"
Best-selling YA author Patrick Carman started writing books by secretly turning a story he used to tell his kids into a manuscript. He then paid to have 12,000 copies printed, and drove town-to-town selling them out of his trunk. Millions of copies later, The Dark Hills Divide became Carman's first hit in a career that has spawned 35 novels and even paved his way to Hollywood. In our new episode, Patrick joins the podcast to sample three different reds from Andrew Will and talk about how the work of an author really begins when a publisher comes along.
April 26, 2016
When the audition involved questions like "Are you claustrophobic?" and "Would you shave your head?" actress Naomi Grossman knew the role she was trying out for on American Horror Story: Asylum was anything but conventional. But she didn't totally see what she was in for until she was made up as Pepper, the tragic, malformed sprite who spanned two separate seasons of Ryan Murphy's groundbreaking series. In our new episode, Naomi joins Hollywood & Wine to taste Oregon pinot noir while giving us the inside scoop on one of the more shocking TV transformations ever.
April 19, 2016
Producer Josh Shader stepped out from behind the camera to help two directors shoot very different versions of the same script on the award-winning Starz documentary series, The Chair. In this episode of Hollywood & Wine, he steps into an equally daunting crop of Russian River Valley pinot noir with the guys. Along the way, he shares what Youtubers have figured out that Hollywood hasn't, why film schools should be graduating salespeople, and how the key to longevity in entertainment comes down to surviving the dip. Oh, and everybody mercilessly hammers on Scott for casually working in that he just got back from London.
April 12, 2016
How do the ladies from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills treat the crew on the show? How do the show's camera folks sniff out when a dinner fight might be coming? These questions and more are answered as television director of photography Beth Kochendorfer drops by the podcast to dish on her career and rip through four bottles of Santa Rita Hills pinot noir with the guys. Learn about this southernmost region of West Coast pinots and that Tom apparently knows way too much about Lisa, Kyle and the RHOBH ladies.
Shiraz is the same thing as Syrah, so why the different name? Can you safely go with the "Syrah is from Europe, Shiraz is from Australia" rule? Or does it somehow all harken back to the Iranian town of Shiraz? TV comedy writer Pete Tibbals joins the guys to help peel back the mysteries of this bold party wine, describe the five people you'll meet in a network sitcom writers' room, and explain how a failed typing test may very well have cost him years of Friends residuals.
March 22, 2016
Produced exclusively in the Italian village of Montalcino, Brunello is a lesser-known varietal of red wine that hit a near-perfect vintage in 2010. So count on the guys to throw patience and decency out the window to commit infanticide on three prime, young examples of the stuff before they have the chance to reach full maturity. Film producer Erin Eggers joins in the fun to talk about the art of attaching actors to your movie and why you sometimes have to just not give a shit.
Does the "suns down, guns down" rule apply to rosé? Why do we only feel totally safe ordering it at baby showers and brunch? Paradigm literary agent David Boxerbaum joins the guys to discuss the new rules of this often misunderstood wine, the art of turning a "no" into a "yes" as a Hollywood dealmaker, and how he got his start thanks to some guy named Bruckheimer.