Show No. 404 with guests Neil Sandilands, Lili Bordán and Lisa Hackett
Original Airdate: May 11-14, 2018
First hour: Actress Lili Bordán (Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, The River, Max’s Midnight Movies) talks to Ed about filming the crime thriller Live or Die in La Honda on location in the historic town of La Honda, California; playing iconic Warner Bros. story editor Irene Lee in the upcoming biopic Curtiz (which depicts the events behind the scenes of the production of Casablanca); and what music she listens to when dancing in her car. Lili also appears with Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen and Diane Keaton in the romantic comedy Book Club, which opens in movie theaters nationwide on Friday, May 18; Live or Die in La Honda is available for streaming on demand through Amazon and other platforms. Also in this hour: Ed welcomes Lisa Hackett, one of the daughters of legendary comedian and actor Buddy Hackett, and the executive in charge of licensing and distribution requests for Hackett Entertainment. Topics include Buddy’s short-lived series, Stanley (NBC, 1956-1957), one of the last live sitcoms from the Golden Age of Television, and the first television series role for Carol Burnett; and how Buddy revolutionized how comedy concerts were filmed for cable television. All nineteen episodes of Stanley are available as a DVD set, while two of Buddy’s live comedy specials for HBO, Buddy Hackett: Live and Uncensored 1 and Buddy Hackett: Live and Uncensored 2 are available for streaming on demand through Google Play, iTunes and Amazon.com. Second hour: Ed welcomes Neil Sandilands, the actor who currently stars as arch villain Clifford Devoe, The Thinker, on Season Four of The Flash. Topics include finding the humanity in characters such as Devoe; Neil’s interest in all aspects of film production, including directing, editing, and cinematography; and why he thinks of himself more as an “interpreter” than an actor. The season finale of The Flash airs Tuesday, May 22 on The CW. Neil can also be seen as Academy Award-winning director Fred Zinnemann in the forthcoming biopic Frank and Ava.