A Spine-Tingling conversation with Terry Castle

by Mark Ramsey
Published September 6th, 2010

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She’s the daughter of legendary Hollywood producer and director William Castle, the mad genius of movie hokum who had skeletons sliding across movie houses on strings (an attraction he called “Emergo!”) and buzzers under seats to simulate the tingle of a giant caterpillar along your spine (“Percepto!”).

(And did you know that Castle is available now – beyond the grave – thanks to Facebook?)

She was bounced on the leg of Joan Crawford and has the photo to prove it. Never mind that Joan never would have had anything human on her leg if the paparazzi were not present for the shot.

She was on-set as the great Vincent Price (“Vinnie”) chewed up scenery like it was a gourmet meal.

She was the only kid I know whose dad gave her a charm based on the theme of each of his movies.  Charms shaped like an ax, anyone?

Yes, I’m talking about the shockingly well-adjusted Terry Castle.

Listen as Terry and I swap horror-kid stories and as she expresses profound sympathies for my wife who has to put up with it all even today.

Whether or not you remember cinematic B-movie horror essentials like House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts, and The Tingler, you will enjoy this conversation.

Especially if a thrill runs down your spine whenever a head rolls into a scene and looks like it was manufactured by Cub Scouts on craft day.

Thank you, Tingler!

And thank you Terry Castle!

Enjoy this audio:

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Growing Up Twisted – a MovieJuice interview with Dee Snider

by Mark Ramsey
Published August 2nd, 2010

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You may know him from the heyday of Twisted Sister and those platform shoes (or are they high heels? – Dee Snider scolded me on the difference). But he is fast becoming famous for his latest project, the “Leave It To Beaver with tattoos” reality show Growing Up Twisted, Tuesdays on A&E.

Check out Dee and his family on a reality show that apparently has so many naturally weird moments nobody needs to bother inventing them.

And enjoy this conversation with Dee as we talk about the show, the incredible diversion from reality that is reality TV, and what Twisted Sister-era Dee would say if he could see himself today.

Enjoy!

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Jake Gyllenhaal is Ambiguously Straight

by Mark Ramsey
Published July 6th, 2010

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Richard Laermer is a Hollywood Publicist extraordinaire and fame-maker to the stars (and to regular folks, too).

Listen as Richard and I dish on the gender preferences of Jake Gyllenhaal.  Do women repel him? Does he look straight or not?  Is he or is he not with Reese “Motherspoon”?  And why IS he “growing his beard”?

And what about Richard’s close personal friend Ariana Huffington – who would be a movie star if only we could understand a word she said and if she could say it without sing-songing it.  Marvel as we ask the provocative question:  Which cast-member of Gilligan’s Island is Ariana: Ginger or MaryAnn – or perhaps the Professor?

That and more on this episode of All Things Considered from National Lunatic Radio.

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Anya Monzikova pierces Iron Man 2

by Mark Ramsey
Published April 13th, 2010

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She’s Russian-born and Florida-bred, and now Anya Monzikova is trying to conquer Hollywood, one blockbuster at a time.

Anya is featured in the upcoming Iron Man 2 and may be familiar to regular watchers of Deal or No Deal.

If only Howie Mandel could follow this career trajectory!

Listen to this interview to find out more about Anya, including what it’s like to work with Bruce Willis and never talk to him (who can blame her?), why my Russian accent is Boris Badenov-quality, and why the final confrontation in Iron Man 2 will come down to two very short actors battling to the death.

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Awards Weekend Wrapup

by Mark Ramsey
Published January 18th, 2010

So another kickoff to the awards season comes to an end. The end of the beginning, as it were.

What began with Friday night’s fabulous Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ended with Sunday’s Golden Globes.  I was present at the former and set my DVR on “stun” for the latter.

As is my custom at this time of year, it’s all grist for the satirical conversational mill that is my good friend Richard Laermer.  Richard is a well-known Hollywood PR guru, author and columnist.  And he is my guest to discuss that madness that is awards-giving in Hollywood.

Enjoy my chat with Richard.  You will be less disappointed than the average viewer of the Golden Globes was.

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