Since launching the site in 2005, Sam Tweedle has had the opportunity to interview many people on the pop culture journey – from stars whose names, faces, or signature roles are instantly recognizable, to those whose contributions haven’t made them into household names but still have fascinating stories and points of view. Read on below for some close encounters of the pop culture kind.
Over seven decades actress June Lockhart has had one of the most varied careers in Hollywood. From Universal Horror films to MGM films, June Lockhart hit pop culture gold with roles in three of the most endearing television series of the 50′s and 60′s – Lassie, Lost in Space and Petticoat Junction. Currently involved with the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, June Lockhart hosts their concerts and calls herself their most vocal “groupie.” June Lockhart talks about her love for music and her incredible career in film, television and stage.
In 1966, when the rest of the music industry was singing about love and peace, Chicago based band Coven had a different subject to sing about – the Occult, Black Magic and Satan. Fronted by the mysterious and beautiful Jinx Dawson, Coven broke new ground in rock music by introducing Satanism into their brand of shock rock. Jinx Dawson gives a rare interview where she talks about her life in music, the Occult and Coven.
When West Side Story was released in theaters in 1961, the film showed a human side of juvenile delinquency never seen before or since, and catapulted its young cast to stardom, including George Chakiris. Starting out as a chorus dancer, Chakiris won an Academy Award for the role of Bernardo and was suddenly a screen idol. Now settled in Los Angeles, George Chakiris has left acting behind and has focused on a new career as a jeweler. George Charkiris talks about his incredible career on stage, television and film, and his new passion for the art of silver smithing.
Retried New York homicide detective Steve DiSchivai has found fame in the most unlikeliest job. As one part of the supernatural investigative team on The Dead Files, Steve DiSchivai uses his detective skills to investigate the history of haunted houses across North America while talking with victims of hauntings about their terrifying experiences. Tough as nails but full of heart, Steve DiSchivai has seen scarier things than any ghost, making him the perfect man for this unusual job.
As Motown’s first successful “white” act, Rare Earth had chart success with a string of hits including “Get Ready,” “Hey Big Brother,” “Born to Wander” and “I Just Want to Celebrate.”As lead vocalist and drummer for the 70′s rock band Rare Earth, Peter Rivera both kept the beat while providing the sound for a louder and rawer form of blue eyed soul. Still touring the world today with his own band, Peter Rivera talks about his musical journey and keeping his brand of soul music alive.
Produced in 1971 out of Hamilton, Ontario, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein was one of the strangest, and most successful, independently produced television programs of all time. Staring Billy Van, Fiska Reis and horror icon Vincent Price, the show has been a cult favorite for over forty years. PCA talks to one of the last surviving members of the Frightenstein team, co-creator and producer, Mitch Markowitz, about this legendary Canadian series.
During the late 60′s, American blues band Canned Heat added a unique and instantly recognizable sound to the musical landscape. Reviving classic American blues with the grassroots mentality of the hippie generation, Canned Heat became part of the summer of love’s soundtrack with songs like “Going to the Country” and “On the Road Again” and making appearances at the Montery Pop Festival and Woodstock. One of the last surviving members of the classic line-up, PCA talks to bassist Larry “The Mole” Taylor about his career in music, and his travels with Canned Heat.
One of the new faces on the horror scene, director Ansel Faraj made more films by the age of twenty than most directors make in a lifetime. Called “A young genius” by industry insiders, Faraj had his breakout in 2013 when he brought back the villainous Doctor Mabuse to the screen in his first film starring actor Jerry Lacey in the role. PCA talks to Ansel Faraj about his Mabuse sequel, Doctor Mabuse:Etiopomar, his on-line goth horror series, Cinema Fantastique, and things to come.
Breaking out in Hollywood in the early 60′s, Gary Lockwood was one of Hollywood’s first cross over actors appearing in both film and television. Appearing in television programs including Follow the Sun, Bus Stop, The Lueitenant and taking a key role in the original unaired pilot of Star Trek, Lockwood had big screen success in films such as Splendor in the Grass, It Happened at the World’s Fair and, most imporantly, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Larger than life and living hard, Gary’s Hollywood experience is one of a man who loved lots and fought hard. Gary talks to PCA about his life as one of the 60′s most likeable rouges.
Although her acting career was brief, actress Cynthia Pepper captured the hearts of people across the world as the all American girl next door. First noticed by audiences playing Mike Douglas’ girlfriend Jean Pearson on My Three Sons, Pepper was given her own short, yet memorable, sit-com Margie. However, it was her appearance in the 60′s cult film Kissin’ Cousins opposite Elvis Presley which sealed Cynthia Pepper in pop culture history. Now a regular on the Elvis convention circuit, Cynthia Pepper talks about her life in Hollywood.
As a teenager, actor Pat Mastroianni was one of Canadian television’s most familiar faces as the cocky yet lovable Joey Jeremiah, breakout star of the legendary teen melodrama Degrassi Junior High. With a world wide fan following, teens looked to Joey and his friends for guidance on some of the biggest issues facing teens in what is still considered one of the boldest teen shows of all time. With his Degrassi days now behind him, Mastroianni is looking for to reinvent himself. Mastroianni talks fedoras, comic books, and the cultural and social impact that Degrassi had on it’s viewers.
One of pop culture’s biggest icons, David Hasselhoff has had a colorful career as an actor, director, producer, singer (at least in Germany) and sex symbol. But just what is it about him that keeps him on the pop culture radar? In a brief encounter with the Hoff himself, Sam Tweedle discovers just what it is that makes David Hasselhoff so special.
One of England’s busiest actors, Peter Davison has appeared as a regular on over a dozen programs including All Creatures Great and Small, The Last Detective and Law and Order: UK. However, he became a pop culture icon in the role of the 5th Doctor on the legendary sci-fi series Doctor Who. Most importantly, he was PCA’s Sam Tweedle’s “Doctor.” The pop culture journey comes full circle when Tweedle interviews his childhood hero.
Made up of the daughters of WWII era singing group The King Sisters, Tina and Cathy Cole, Carolyn Thomas and Candy Conkling were staples on television as The Four King Cousins. Preparing to return to the stage after over three decades out of the spotlight, PCA talks to Cathy about The King Family’s musical legacy and the past and present of The Four King Cousins.
From 1970 to 1992 actor/musician Barry Dale entertained two generations of Canadian children as Harrigan the Leprechaun. With a sense of charm, magic and an unforgettable theme song, Barry Dale made Harrigan a family affair. Off the radar for years, PCA tracked down the elsuive Barry Dale to Arizona where he agreed to do a rare interview about his days in green. Barry Dale tells the Harrigan story for the first time!
From haunted motels to abandoned prisons, paranormal investigators Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin have become amongst the most famous ghost hunters in North America via thier hit reality series Ghost Adventures. In anticipation for their one hundredth investigation, Travel Channel threw a press conference with The Ghost Adventures Team and PCA was there! Zak, Nick and Aaron talk about many of their experiences and the consequences of living amongst ghosts, spirits and demons.
In a career that crossed six decades, director James Frawley gained a reputation for being an efficient director on difficult sets. From creating the spontaneity on The Monkees to keeping things running during the dramatic early days of Grey’s Anatomy, Frawley also made an impact on programs such as That Girl, Cagney and Lacey and Ally McBeal. However, he will always be remembered as the director who brought the Muppets into the real world for the very first time in The Muppet Movie. Frawley talks about his career, and drives home a very solid lesson about the reality of behind the scenes drama.
As one of the three lead singers of 70′s supergroup Three Dog Night, Chuck Negron was the voice behind such mega-hits as One (Is The L onliest Number), Old Fashioned Love Song and, one of the most important songs of the era, Joy to the World. After battling a drug addiction for decades, Chuck is back in the spotlight stronger than ever. Chuck Negron talks about various projects including books, videos, tours and a brand new musical project which will see the release of three unheard Three Dog Night tracks for the first time.
With a career that has spanned six decades, Canadian thespian William B. Davis has been involved in ever aspect of the acting profession including radio, stage, television, films and teacher. Yet, despite all his accomplishments, he will always be remembered by fans as the villainous Cigerette Smoking Man on The X-Files. William B. Davis talks about his most famous role, and how to play evil.
A familiar face in the background of American International Pictures B-movies during the sixties, including the legendary Beach Party films starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello and Roger Corman’s LSD film The Trip, Salli Sachse cultivated her own fan following with only a handful of scenes. However, when tragedy left her life in shambles, Salli left show business to reinvent herself as an artist. Salli Sachse tells about her life as a B-movie bikini girl, and her emotional journey afterwards.
Star of Travel Channel’s supernatural reality show The Dead Files, medium Amy Allan talks to ghosts in haunted homes across America, giving answers and advice to the owners, and helping the living and the dead. Amy Allan talks about her unique gifts, and gives a hint about whats next.
At nineteen years old folk singer Melanie Safka walked on the Woodstock stage with nearly no fan base, and walked off as one of the symbols of the flower child generation. With a string of hits including Brand New Key, Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma and Lay Down (Candles in the Rain), Melanie has had an emotional journey through music. Melanie shares the stories of her life, and talks about the music that moved a generation.
One of the 60′s most intense actors, Keir Dullea made a name for himself for playing weirdos, loners and disturbed young men in critically acclaimed films such as Hoodlum Priest, David and Lisa, Bunny Lake is Missing, Black Christmas before his legendary performance as astronaut Dave Bowman in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Keir Dullea talks about hsi career in movies and on the stage.
In her brand new book, Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase, comedian Magot Leitman gives readers a look into her often dramatic teenage past as a misfit kid living in New Jersey. A painfully funny book, Leitman taps into a universal feeling of inadequacy and anxiety felt by many, and paints a rare picture of the 90′s, a decade of questionable culture.
As front man for The Playboys, musician Gary Lewis found international fame in the 60′s with a string of top ten Billboard hits including This Diamond Ring, Count Me In, Just My Style and Everybody Loves a Clown. But even more important was that Gary Lewis managed to forge a career without the involvement of his famous father, comedian Jerry Lewis, and found success on his own. Gary talks about hsi return to 2013′s Happy Together Tour and looks back at his career in music.
In the role of Elly May Clampett on the sit-com The Beverly Hillbillies, actress Donna Douglas has become one of classic television’s most iconic faces. A deeply religious woman, Donna talks to us about the blessings that being Elly May has brought to her life, as well as her personal testimony of how faith helped a young girl from Baton Rouge find success in Hollywood.
A true pop culture renaissance man, Bill Mumy has worked in all aspects of the entertainment industry over the past five decades, including television, film, music and comic books. However, audiences best remember him as boy space adventurer Will Robinson on the classic sci-fi series Lost in Space. Bill Mumy talks about Lost in Space, The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock, Fish Heads and more!
Over a career that has spanned five decades, character actor Jerry Lacy has had appeared on television, movies and the stage. A long time staple in soap operas, Jerry became a favorite on Dark Shadows for playing various incarnations of the dreaded Trask clan. However, Woody Allen fans know Jerry as the spirit of Humphery Bogart in Allen’s classic Play It Again, Sam. Lacy talks about both of his most famous productions, as well as his staring role in the independent horror film Dr. Mabuse.
With her own unique sense of dramatic flare and poetic lyrics, Canadian musician Sarah Slean has gained a cult following throughout the world. Promoting her latest two disk CD Land and Sea, Sarah Slean talks about touring, writing music, and her continuous work on a bilingual stage production.
In 1994 Canada’s favorite passive aggressive piece of footwear, Ed the Sock, joined Much Music and became an overnight Canadian icon via his wild celebrity interviews, and his popular Formage specials. In 2013, Ed returned to his former stomping grounds for the first time since 2007, and gave PCA an exclusive on the reasons he left, and for his triumphant return!
One of the most celebrated song writers of the 20th Century, multiple award winning musician Paul Williams wrote the songs of our lives including We Only Just Begun, Evergreen and The Rainbow Connection. Current president of ASCAP, and the subject of the award winning documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive, Paul talks to PCA about his career and about addiction, recovery and the power of kindness.
As the front man for one of the celebrated cult groups of the 1960′s, James Lowe spent decades trying to forget about The Electric Prunes, deeming the group to be a failure. However, with a growing cult of fans still talking abotu the group, Lowe has embraced the band all over again, continuing their unique sound into the 21st Century.
One of the most beautiful actresses in pop culture history, Sherilyn Fenn lit a million hearts on fire when she played poor little rich girl in David Lynch’s cult classic Twin Peaks. However, after making a number of high profile cult films, Sherilyn fell out of the spot light to become a Mom. Now back on the radar with a new film, Sherilyn Fenn is back, setting hearts on fire all over again – including PCA’s Sam Tweedle who she turns into a puddle of goo.
One of Canada’s most prolific young actresses, Paula Brancati has found her footing on the CanCon industry by being in three cult series by the age of 25. Most famous for the role of Jane Vaughn on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Paula found recent success as Jenny Zalen in Being Erica, and co-starred in the recent independent film Moon Point.
In the role of Dr. Simon Tam on the cult phenomena Firefly, actor Sean Maher found a devoted fan base. But, in a strange twist of fate, found himself forced back into the closet by managers and publicists that thought if the public found out that he was gay it would harm his career as a brooding leading man. Now out to the public, Sean gives a revealing look at a disturbing truth of sexual politics in Hollywood, showing that things possibly haven’t changed as much as you might think.
One of Canada’s most versatile actresses, Kristin Booth has dual careers with mainstream success in the US and as the independent film darling of Canada. Still riding high on the success of her portrayal of Ethel Kennedy in the controversial mini-series The Kennedys, Kristin Booth talks to PCA about her upcoming film, Sex After Kids, and her independent horror hit Below Zero.
One of the most over hyped holidays of the year, New Years Eve can be the night of the year, or a giant let down. Thats why geek goddess of the North, and PCA favorite, Liana K offers Toronto based fans an alternative of hanging out in over priced clubs with annoying hipsters. Liana talks about her own charity based New Years celebration, Futurecon, and talks about whats coming up for 2013.
While many teenagers from today’s YouTube and reality show generation often seek to find instant fame without talent or time, award winning actress/director/writer Athena Beaumeister has been heading her own productions since the age of twelve. Having recently starred in her first full length independent film, Monster and Me, Athena is a talent powerhouse with a promising future in film.
As the official teenage spokes model for Dr Pepper, Donna Loren managed to dip her fingers into every aspect of pop culture during the 1960′s including film, television, print and music. As a fixture in the AIP Beach Party films, as well as a regular on Shindig!, Donna Loren was the hardest working teenager in America, until she walked away from it in 1968. Now, Donna Loren returns to talk about her colorful past, and her current projects, in an often thought provoking discussion of the culture of the 60′s.
One of MTV’s earliest icons, singer/songwriter Ivan Doroschuk fronted Montreal based ‘new wave” group Men Without Hats, which produced one of the most important songs of the era, The Safety Dance. Now, after a twenty year hiatus, Ivan is back with a newly formed Men Without Hats with a dynamic new album, and a current tour throughout North America and Europe.
During the late 70′s and early 80′s Todd Bridges captured the hearts of audiences in the role of Willis Jackson, a young boy trying to maintain his cultural identity after being adopted by a white millionaire in the sit-com Diff’rent Strokes. In the 90′s Todd’s life took a tragic turn where he had a much publicized battle with drugs and crime. Now, sober from twenty years, Todd is trying to resurrect his acting career, and find his way out of the shadows that haunt him. Todd Bridges gives a personal and in depth talk about surviving drugs, addiction and child stardom and his thoughts and feelings about his time on Diff’rent Strokes
In 1999 Heather Donahue’s frightened eyes became one of the most iconic symbols of the horror genre when she captured the imaginations of audiences worldwide in the cult film The Blair Witch Project. However, by 2008 Heather was completely off the radar. Finally coming back onto the pop culture radar, Heather has released her first book, Grow Girl, chronicling her uprising Post-Bliar Witch career as a medical marijuana grower.
With a string of hits in the late 1960′s, such as Lady Midnight, This Girl is a Woman Now and Over You, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were one of the pioneers of the soft rock genre. One of the best vocalists of the era, Gary Puckett rejoined the Happy Together Tour in the summer of 2012, bringing his smooth sounds throughout North America. And what about the meaning of Young Girl? Well we go there, and Gary explains it in a new and different light.
During the 1980′s Catherine Mary Stewart held the heartstrings of a legion of young cinefilein her hands by playing “the girl next door” in films such as The Last Starfighter, Night of the Comet, Dudes and Weekend at Bernie’s. Although most of her films were critically dismissed during the time of their release, Catherine is now enjoying cult fame while her films are finally being appreciated by viewers hungry for 80′s nostalgia.
Audiences fell in love with two time Emmy Award winner Kristen Johnston for her role of Sally Solomon in the hit sit-com 3rd Rock From the Sun. However, what they didn’t know is that Kristen Johnston was addicted to pain killers and alchol, which would have her fighting for her life in a London hosptial in 2006. Now sober, and with a powerful new book, Guts, currently in bookstores Kristen Johnston is back on top with a brand new sit-com, The Exes. Kristen tells all, and a bit more, in a powerful and honest interview.
One of the most colorful “heals” in the heyday of WWF wrestling in the 80′s, Wayne Ferris, aka The Honky Tonk Man, went down in history for holding on to the title of Intercontinental Chapion longer then any other pro-wrestler, defending hit title against Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. The Honky Tonk Man talks about his career, and about the tough business of wrestling.
In the 1980′s Lance Guest became known as “the guy next door” in extradonary situations in films such as Halloween II and Lou Grant. However, he would be remembered by an entire generation as Alex Rogan in The Last Starfighter. Today Lance Guest plays singer Johnny Cash on the hit Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. Lance talks about movies, music and more.
In the role of evil witch Angelique Bouchard on the cult daytime drama Dark Shadows, actress Lara Parker became a fan favorite. Lara Parker talks about Angelique, her roles in Save the Tiger, Race with the Devil, and about her cameo in Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s version of Dark Shadows.
Although movie fans remember her best as The Carrie Nation’s drummer Pet Danforth in Russ Meyer’s cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. But when her mother disappeared in Nigeria during a military coup, Marcia dismantled her career in an effort to have her mother returned home safely and took up the family trade of social activism. From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Russ Meyer Marcia McBroom shares some of her extraordinary experiences as an actress, model, activist and educator.
He is an abrasive Canadian icon who happens to be a piece of footwear. She is the Geek Goddess of the Great White North. Together, Ed the Sock and Liana K form the due of Ed n’ Red, who beat the odds by winning last years Canadian Comedy Award for Best TV Show. Ed and Liana return to PCA to discuss their brand new TV series, I Hate Hollywood, and talk about how the media machine manipulates the public with banality. Ed and Liana are about to change the way you look at media forever!
To film fans Linda Harrison ignited a thousand crushes as mute savage woman Nova in the sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes. But in reality Linda was the wife of one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, which gave her a unique behind the scenes look at the inside look at the big business behind movies and brought her in contact with some of the biggest directors in today’s film industry.An outsider looking in to a world that most people don’t see, Linda Harrison shares her life on and off the Planet of the Apes.
When director Michael Bay announced that his plans to make a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, but was going to turn the turtles into aliens, fans revolted with an uproar. Amongst the chaos an unlikely, but obvious, ally spoke up and called Michael Bay out – former child star Robbie Rist who also voiced Michelangelo in the original Ninja Turtles films. A friend of PCA’s, Robbie talks about his public “feud” with Michael Bay.
From the pages of Playboy Magazine, to the psychedelic set of the cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, actress/model Dolly Read has a way of sending men right to the moon. However, instead of continuing her promising career as a Hollywood star, Dolly fell in love with comedian Dick Martin and fell out of the spotlight. Dolly Read turns on her special brand of charm in this exclusive interview with PCA!
As lead singer to Queensryche, Geoff Tate has been performing his unique brand of “thinking man’s heavy metal” for three decades. Currently working on a solo project, as well as making his acting debut in the upcoming independent film The Birmingmoore Incident, Geoff Tate talks to PCA about touring, songwriting and thirty years of Queensryche.
As on of the 1950′s fabled “Three M’s,” platinum blond beauty Mamie Van Doren became one of the era’s most celebrated sex symbols. But while she was publicized as Universal’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, Mamie etched out her own unique persona as a Hollywood rebel during a repressed era where women weren’t able to be rebellious. Highly insightful and incredibly intelligent, Mamie Van Doren shares her stories about her career and her journey amongst Hollywood’s elite including Howard Hughes, Rock Hudson, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
One of Hollywood’s most controversial comedians, Andy Dick is pop culture’s most unusual “bad boy.” In a rare candid interview, PCA gets the whole Andy Dick experience as he shows two faces to his persona – angry and defensive, and warm and whimsical. Andy talks about his film, Division III, as well as the stigma surrounding him, his famous 2007 confrontation with John Lovitz, fatherhood and more.
In 1967, writer John A. Russo and producer Russell Streiner joined forces with director George Romero to create one of horror’s most fascinating films, Night of the Living Dead, and in the process revamped the zombie sub-genre into the guilty pleasure we know today. Both gentelmen had parts in the film as well, with Russo playing a flesh eating ghoul, and Streiner taking the key role of the film’s first victim “Johnny.” PCA sit sdown with Russo and Streiner to talk about the film, as well as their current careers as mentors to the next generation of film makers as part of the John A. Russo Movie Making Program.
Model, singer, actress, pin up girl, fashion designer, psychic, enchantress, high priestess and artist, Giddle Partridge has all of her fingers dipped in the neon green and pink honey pots in Hollywood. A pivotal part of the Hollywood community, Giddle Partridge lives her life by her own rules, and as a result has found her own unique fan following for just being the one and only Giddle Partridge in the universe. We try to crack the enigma that is Giddle Partridge as she talks about life and her personal philosophies.
One of television’s most important stars, Larry Hagman found initial fame playing astronaut Tony Nelson in the classic 60′s sit-com I Dream of Jeannie. However, he would discover pop culture iconic by playing TV’s greatest villain, the devious Texas oil man J.R. Ewing on the classic drama Dallas for thirteen seasons and a number of TV movies. Larry Hagman talks to PCA about being “the man you love to hate” as he prepares for the return of Dallas to television in 2012.
One of televisions most beloved icons, Barbara Eden has been the subject of generations of school boy crushes in her iconic role of Jeannie in the classic sit-com I Dream of Jeannie. Recently releasing her memoir titled Jeannie out of the Bottle, Barbara Eden talks to PCA about her book, her career, her character, her encounters with some of the biggest icons of pop culture as well as the saddest moment of her life in a candid and personal interview.
In conjunction with The Happy Together Tour, PCA talks to The Association’s Larry Ramos who helped shape some of the biggest hits of the 1960′s including Windy and Never My Love. Larry also shares with us his stories as a member of early commercial folk group The New Christy Minstrels, and stories about his life in music during his childhood in Hawaii.
Most famous for playing the adopted son Ernie on the classic sit-com My Three Sons, character actor Barry Livingston continues to maintain a career as one of Hollywood’s most prolific character actors. Barry talks to PCA about his career, and the people he has encountered, from Elvis Presely to Charlie Sheen as he brings us through his entire career from Ozzie and Harriet to The Social Network and beyond!
As youngest son Chip Douglas on the classic sit-com My Three Sons, America watched Stanley Livingston grew up from a child of ten to a man of twenty two over twelve seasons. Now a director and producer at his own production company, Stanley, with the help of a who’s who of pop culture icon, has put together “The Actor’s Journey” – a program teaching the business end of Hollywood.
From awkward background dancer to public crusader, internet celebrity Benni Cinkle has been using her sudden bizzare fame to help people and charity organizations world wide. With a cult status that continues to grow each week, PCA sat down with Benni for a second time to talk about her charity work for cystitis fibrosis and a hint of what is next for this extraordinary California teenager.
In roles such as Courtney in Bring it On, Lucy in the Sky in D.E.B.S. and Glory on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Clare Kramer has made an entire career out of playing the perfect bitch. A classically trained actress, Clare has had a successful career in film, television and on the stage. Clare talks to us about her suprising beginnings in show business, as well as talks about just what it takes to play some of the bitchiest characters in pop culture!
When Canadian actress Linda Thorson took the role of Tara King in the 1960′s cult spy series The Avengers, she had might big boots to fill as the replacement for the iconic fan favorite Diana Rigg. However, approaching the role with litte fear, Linda Thorson added a sense of youth and romance to the program for it’s final season.
One of the most popular of the original Mouseketeers, Cubby O’Brien was the first crush for hundreds of little girls across North America during the 1950′s. However, Cubby has had a lifetime of experiences in entertainment beyond The Mickey Mouse Club via his career as a drummer for entertainers such as Lawrence Welk, Ann-Margarat, Spike Jones, Bernedette Peters and The Carpenters! In our rare interview Cubby talks about his life in show business, and takes you into the world of some of music’s lendary performers!
As a member of The Kids in the Hall, Scott Thompson has become a Canadian comedy icon via his many characters including Buddy Cole, Danny Husk and HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Currently promoting his new graphic novel, The Hollow Planet, Scott Thompson talks about his career, and the changing face of homosexuality on television.
In the years since we last spoke to Canada’s strangest icon, Ed the Sock, life has been a series of up and downs. Cancelled and resurrected, it’s often been a struggle for Ed to stay alive on the changing Canadian television landscape. However, finally finding a foothold on CHCH TV, Canada’s favorite aggressive cigar smoking opinionated sock puppet is back with a new show and new projects…including a bid for Prime Minister of Canada!
From the burlesque stage to men’s magazines, Kitten Natividad not only became one of the most popular girls to appear in sexploitation director Russ Meyer’s films, but became beloved by Russ Meyer himself, with whole she had a relationship with during the later years of his career. Kitten gives an open an blunt look into her life with Russ Meyer, as well as the true confessions of her life as a sex industry icon.
From family comedies to action flicks, everybody has seen a film featuring Danielle Harris. However, she will possibly always be remembered for her role as Jamie Lloyd, the niece of Micheal Myers, in the Halloween franchise, which has lead to a career as one of today’s busiest “scream queens.”
In 1955 child actor Lonni Burr took his place in the role call of the legendary Mickey Mouse Club, quickly becoming one of the most popular Mouseketeers. Lonnie talks about life before, during and after The Mickey Mouse Club as well as memories of Walt Disney, Jimmie Dodd, Roy Williams and his romance with Annette Funicello.
In the role of “vampire without a clue” Harmony Kendall of the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer, actress Mercedes McNab took what was to be a minor role, and shaped it into a fan favorite, eventually bringing the role over to the spin off series Angel, where she brought comedy and sex appeal to the offices of Wolfman and Hart.
When Benni Cinkle’s classmate Rebecca Black asked her to participate in a music video for a vanity project she was working on, little did Benni know that she would gain a world wide cult following as “That Girl in Pink That Dances Awkwardly in Rebecca Black’s Friday Video.” Charming the public by laughing along with the Friday phenomena, Benni took her new found fame to help raise money for relief in Japan. Benni talks about her charity efforts in her first ever interview.
One of Hollywood’s most versitile character actors, Harrison Page found cult stardom in Russ Meyer’s Vixen! and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls before graduating to dramatic roles on ER, Hill Street Blues, Ally McBeal, JAG, while rounding out his career as LT. Tuck in the cult comedy Sledge Hammer, and as Jaques Claude Van Damme’s right hand man Joshua in Lionheart.
As the co-star of True Gritopposite of John Wayne, actress Kim Darby became an overnight sensation in 1969. However, Hollywood was not a fairy tale place of fantasy that it is thought to be. Now, for the first time, Kim Darby talk tells the truth about the rumors of discontent on the set of “True Grit” and her real life battle with amphetamines and eating disorders. Kim Darby’s story of survival and is a must read for any woman persuing a career in film today.
One of Canada’s most talented singer/songwriters, Royal Wood offers listeners something more geniune and thoughtful then top forty radio. Touring across Canada in the fall of 2010, Sam Tweedle talks to Royal about his fourth album, “The Waiting,” as well as his journey both on the road, and through the music industry.
Multiple Emmy Award winning comedian Alan Young has had a long and colorful career in Hollywood. With his natural wit and recognizable voice, multiple Emmy Award winning Alan has done radio, voice acting, sketch comedy, film and television. Hower he will probably be most remembered in the role of Wilbur Post on the classic sit-com Mister Ed.
Sam Tweedlecatches up with magician Misty Lee who talks about her grand new regular performance at Los Angeles’ famous Magic Castle night club where she conjurs up Harry Houdini and the ghosts of the Magic Castle’s colorful past in a brandnew seance show! Misty Lee takes us through the process of creating the show, and talks about the history and of the prestigious private club and the ghosts that haunt the famous Los Angeles landmark.
One of film’s strangest feminest icons, Camille Keaton will always be remembered as the star of the controversial grindhouse film I Spit On Your Grave. Camille shares with PCA stories of her early career, the contrvoersial aspects of I Spit On Your Grave and her thoughts on the upcoming remake.
Upon the premier of his first live action television program, animation legend and comic book writer Paul Dini talks about “Tower Prep.” Debuting in the Fall of 2010 on the Cartoon Network, Paul tells Sam what to expect from the new series, and introduces us to his newest characters and the talented young cast that will bring ”Tower Prep” to life.
One of television’s most respected actors, Edward Asner holds the unique record of winning more Emmy Awards then any actor in the history of television – eight statues for his roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Roots, Rich Man, Poor Man and Lou Grant. As a result of his performance as the voice of Carl Fredrekson in Pixar’s Oscar winning animated film Up, Ed Asner is once again on the forefront of the pop culture radar, and as controverisal and opinonated as ever!
Although a classically trained actor, John LaZar made his mark on cult cinema history when he played the mysterious, hedonistic, sexually ambiguous Ronnie “Z-Man” Barzell is Russ Meyer’s 1970′s classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Back on the pop culture radar in the award winning horror short Alice Jacobs is Dead, the mysterious John LaZar talks about his life, his colorful career and about bringing Z-Man to life.
As a member of the top 40 pop band The Turtles, Mark Volman, along with Howard Kaylan, brought a sense of psychadelic humor to the world of pop/folk, and introdcued the world to the 60′s anthem Happy Together. However, due to legal battles. by the 1970′s the pair could not use their real names and were reborn as “Flo and Eddie” alongside Frank Zappa. In a rare interview about his music career, Mark Volman talks about his musical journey.
As straight man Winston Zeddemore, Ernie Hudson gained pop culture fame in the Ghost Busters films. Continuing his success in The Crow and Oz, Ernie Hudson is still looking for that big break out role that he still desires. Promoting his independent film Doonby, Ernie Hudson discusses his career, and answers the question which ever Ghost Busters fan wants to know – whats going on with the sequel?
One of pop culture’s most beloved femme fatals, actress/dancer Julie Newmar has had a long career onstage, television and cinema where she has played sexy and sultry roles in shows such as The Twilight Zone, The Monkees, The Beverly Hillbillies and Get Smart. However, TV audiences will forever recognize her as the first, and favorite, actress to bring the classic Batman villain Catwoman to life.
Through the role of Regina Howard in the Emmy nominated NBC drama Friday Night Lights, Angela Rawna has been bringing a new bold reality to the face of drug addiction to television audiences, quickly becoming one of television’s newest and most respected character actresses. Angela Rawna talks to us about creating the role of Regina Howard and what the future holds for her.
One of the soap opera industry’s most iconic performers, German born actor Eric Braeden has been portraying anti-hero Victor Newoman for thirty years on The Young and the Restless, and is fondly remembered as fan favorite Captain Hans Dietrich on The Rat Patrol. One of episodic televisions most legendary villains, Eric Braeden talks about his acting career as well as topics ranging from politics, history, the Middle East, the World Cup and his latest film The Man Who Came Back.
With a combination of good looks, unique style and raw talent, Paul Revere and the Raider’s lead singer, saxophonist and front man Mark Lindsay became one of the most respected and revered rock performers of the 1960’s and one of the era’s biggest heart throbs. Mark Lindsay talks about life as a rock star in the 1960′s and today, as well as reveals his feelings about his falling out with former partner Paul Revere and tells of the day he came face to face with a strange man named Charles Manson.
Starting his career in the mid 1950′s in “beefcake” roles, actor/novelist Brett Halsey has delved in all aspects of the entertainment industry. Best remembered for his roles in film favorites such as Return of the Fly, Twice Told Tales, Today We Live, Tomorrow We Die, Return to Peyton Place and The Godfather Part III, Brett Halsey has done everything from soap operas to spaghetti westerns making him a virtual pop culture renaissance man.
With a career spanning over sixty years in film and television, character actor William Schallert has made a career out of playing “straight” or “everyman” characters in some of television’s most beloved programs such as The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Get Smart and The Nancy Drew Mysteries. However, he is probably best remembered as TV Dad Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show.
Long before Buffy or Bella, Kathryn Leigh Scott played Maggie Evans, the obsession of original vampire anti-hero Barnabas Collins, on Dark Shadows. With new interest in the gothic romance genre, Kathryn Leigh Scott shares her memories of the original gothic soap opera, as well as her earlier career as a Playboy Club bunny.
As Bud Bundy on TV’s cult sit-com Married with Children, David Faustino was unlike most TV sit-com sons – sleazy, sarcastic and horny. From striking out with girls to his adventures as Grand Master B, David Faustino maintains a strong fan following today.
Making his first film breakthrough in the role of Sabertooth in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, former wrestler Tyler Mane has become a cult film icon by donning the mask of Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s relaunch of the Halloween franchise.
One of the most beautiful women of the 1970′s, Swedish model/actress Maud Adams made her mark in film history as being the only woman to play two different Bond girls in two different films – Andrea Anders in The Man with the Golden Gun and the title character in Octopussy. Maud Adams remains to be one of the most popular Bond girls from the cult film series.
In 1968 the world was shocked when Australian model George Lazenby replaced Sean Connery as James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. A year later he shocked the world once again when he turned his back on the franchise after one film making him one of the most notorious and mysterious of the actors to play secret agent 007. George Lazenby reveals why in our exclusive interview!
Nastier than Darth Vadar, bitchier than Nurse Ratchet and more vicious than Hannibal Lecter, Nellie Olson pushed the buttons of TV audiences world wide, becoming one of the most iconic characters from the beloved series, Little House on the Prairie.
Sam’s interview with the loathed ‘Cousin Oliver’ from the later years of TV’s beloved The Brady Bunch. Robbie Rist went on to have a fascinating acting career spanning decades, and is best known today for his voice over work and his music.
Sam sits down with legendary B film director Roger Corman, who Sam has often described as “the reason I watch the films I watch.” Over a career spanning more than 50 years and almost 400 films, Corman has created drive-in staples, have mentored some of Hollywood’s most legendary directors and captured the imaginations of movie-goers. Sam spoke to Mr. Corman from his home in Los Angeles.
Little sister of Hollywood Icon Natalie Wood, Lana grew up in the limelight, starting her own acting career at age 8. Years later, the little girl now a voluptuous bombshell, she starred opposite Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever, creating the unforgettable Plenty O’Toole. From James Dean to James Bond, Lana Wood takes us through a journey of her life in Hollywood.
Strong, mysterious and powerful, Barbara Steele was a refreshing change from the damsels in distress of earlier horror films. One of the first goth queens of pop culture, she appeared in dozens of horror films in the 60s. Unable to escape typecasting, she still yearns for new roles.
Over the last two decades Hart has become a mainstay in the streets of Los Angeles where he can be seen nightly outside of the Hollywood Bowl and the Santa Monica Pier performing his unique original compositions with his puppet companion Doug the Dog. Today, David Liebe has become a YouTube phenomena, and internationally famous for his appearances on the Eric and Tim Awesome Show, Great Job! Easily one of the strangest interviews ever conducted for PCA.
Over her five decades in the music business, Buffy Sainte-Marie has continued to be courageous, hard hitting and beautiful in both mind and soul. Through her music and message, Buffy Sainte-Marie continues to be a music, feminist and Native American icon. Sam sat down with her during a visit to Peterborough, ON.
Ever action hero needs a villain, and actor David Roya fit the bill perfectly when he took on the role of Bernard Posner in the Grindhouse classic Billy Jack. Out of the public spotlight for decades, and having not talked to the media for years, this is the first time that David Roya has had a chance to tell about his career, his mistakes and the challenges of working on Billy Jack.
In the role of free spirited Indian girl Kit, nineteen year old Debbie Shock gave a standout performance in her one and only screen appearance in the grindhouse favorite Billy Jack. However, while Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor were heroes to many young people in the late 1960′s, Debbie Shock had a personal relationship with the first couple of counter culture films as their next door neighbour and babysitter! Debbie Shock gives us a look into the Laughlin-Taylor household and behind the scenes on Billy Jack in this exclusive interview.
As current lead singer and front man to Chicago based rock band The Buckingham’s, Carl Giammarese helped shape the sound of the 1960′s with such Billboard hits such as Kind of a Drag, Don’t You Care, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song.
One of Hollywood’s busiest character actors, Daniel Roebuck has appeared in hundreds of films and television programs over the last three decades, but is probably best remembered by fans as Andy Griffith’s sidekick Cliff Lewis on Matlockand Dr. Leslie Artz on the cult hit Lost. Daniel Roebuck talks about his career, and the state of pop culture today.
At age fourteen Tony DeFranco hit teen stardom when he and his brothers and sisters formed the pop group The DeFranco Family and hit bubblegum gold with Heartbeat (It’s a Lovebeat). Now a successful real estate mogul, Tony DeFranco shares the highs and lows of being a teen idol and a one hit wonder.
While he may always be remembered best for his unique contribution to the Star Wars franchise, many fans may be surprised to know that Jeremy Bulloch also worked in a number of other popular sci-fi/fantasy franchises, including Doctor Who, James Bond and Robin of Sherwood.
Still banned in a number of countries today, Cannibal Holocaust is still the record holder of the most banned film in movie history. Deodato’s demeanor is not as intimidating as his reputation. However, deep in his eyes is a kind of certain intensity and fire that is unmistakable. There is no doubt that he is the kind of man who can lead a film crew into the deepest darkest jungles, look madness in the face, and come back to tell the tale.
With a “no fear” sense of confidence, Canadian synth-pop artist Lights has created a devoted fan falling throughout North American and Europe. With her beauty and talent, she is currently laying down the groundwork on her own unique path as a pop culture icon. Read as PCA’s Sam Tweedle falls head over heels in love with one of Canada’s newest eccentric music sensations.
One of the legends of exploitation film, Tura Satana’s personal story is more gripping than any script. She has been many things in her lifetime, but to her fans worldwide she’ll always be the deadliest pussycat of them all. One of Sam’s personal film icons, Tura reveals some of her personal tales about sex, violence, iconisim and more.
A man who needs absolutely no introduction, Henry Winkler became one of the most legendary pop culture icons of all time for his portrayal of Arthur Fonzerelli, aka The Fonze, on the classic hit sit-com Happy Days. Sam conducted a breif interview with Henry Winkler while promoting his Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever series of books.
Happy Days kid sister Erin Moran answers some of the questions that fans really want to know! Did Joanie “really” love Chachi? Does “Chachi” really translate into “penis” in Korean? When did Happy Daysjump the shark? Whatever happened to Chuck? Erin Moran shares her stories of growing up on one of television’s most beloved sit-coms.
Alluring, beautiful and whimsical, Los Angeles based magician Misty Lee has been casting her own magic spell on audiences and fan boys alike. Developing a fan following of her own, the multi-talented voice actress, singer and comedian also provides the voice for the mischievous Little Rashy the sock monkey in a series of videos developed by Misty and her husband Paul Dini.
Stars of the Monkey Talk internet video series, popular comic/TV writer Paul Dini and his sock monkey “son” Little Rashy create mirth and mayhem while interviewing some of pop culture’s biggest stars.
One of the legendary icons of Grindhouse cinema, Sid Haig appeared in dozens of films throughout the 60′s and 70′s, most notably for director Jack Hill. However, he would find his defining role in decades later when he played Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects endearing himself to a new generation of film fans.
As head of a Hermanless Herman’s Hermits in Europe, drummer Barry Whitwam reveals the secret history of the legendary 60′s pop band full of backstabbing, legal battles and the rivalry between the Hermits and front man Peter Noone. Barry’s story will shock you in one of PCA’s most controversial interviews.
Unhappy with PCA’s interview with former band mate Barry Whitwam, Peter Noone, frontman for classic 60′s super group Herman’s Hermits, provides a rebutal to Barry’s interview and an alternative version of Herman’s Hermits often stormy history. Blunt, honest and unedited, this is Peter Noone like you’ve never seen him before. Is Peter Noone’s word on Hermit history the final word, or does he just open a brand new can of worms? You be the judge.
One of pop culture’s strangest oddities, Geri Reischl, better known to her fans as “Fake Jan,” made the pop culture radar by replacing Eve Plumb in the role of Jan Brady on the ill fatedBrady Bunch Variey Hour. Although she only kept the role for a breif time, she remains to have a cult following and be a fan favorite today.
Loud, abbrasive, angry and blunt, Canadian late night oddity Ed the Sock has been entertaining audiences with his “no hold barred” interviews and commentary since 1987. Joined by his smart and beautiful co-host Liana K, the pair talked to PCA about the entertainment stories of summer 2007
Former MonkeeDavy Jones takes his place on his soap box in our epic interview. Conducted over two days, Davy Jones takes on subjects such as sex, women, American Idol, superstardom, The Beatles, The Rock n’ Roll hall of Fame, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, laundry and what he really thinks of the rest of the Monkees. This is Davy Jones, unedited and unleashed. His opinons will shock and delight you.
Although she will always be best known for the role of Melanie Daniels in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller The Birds, Tippi Hedren made her mark in the film industry as one of the most beautiful leading ladies of the 1960′s. However, today Tippi devotes her life to saving lions, tigers and other large cats via the Shambala Wildlife Preserve.
As a member of rock n’ roll groups such as The Destinations, The Hardy Boys, The Grass Roots and Badfinger, Reed Kailing’s stories straddle both sides of the industry. It can often be a magical place full of highs and joys, but also can be cold and cruel, full of backstabbing and death. Reed Kailing is the real deal, and through his journey the true face of the rock and roll is revealed.
Believed to be dead by his former bandmates, The Hardy Boys drummer Bob Crowder proves to be alive and well and comes out of the woodwork to share his sstory. Although the world may not know his name, for thirty years Bob Crowder worked as a session drummer, putting the beat behind some of the biggest musical legends of our time including Marvin Gaye, Howlin’ Wolf and The Bee Gees.
As lead singer to Miluakee based group The Messangers and short lived 60′s bubblegum band The Hardy Boys, Jeff Taylor was the voice behind some of the best pop music of the era that you have never heard. Now working as a goldsmith in Fish Creek WI, Jeff Taylor provides some of the missing links to PCA’s search for The Hardy Boys.
Prior to his gig as saxaphone player for the obscure pop band The Hardy Boys, Norbert “Nibs” Solystiak was a part of the 1960′s Chicago music scene where played with the noteable garage band The Delights. Nibs gives us a history lesson of the Chicago music scene and shares his rock n’ roll stories in the first ever PCA interview!
When PCA conducted an interview with Bobby “Boris” Pickett in 2006, little did we know that it’d be the last interview he would ever give. One of the more difficult interviews conducted by PCA, our interview with Bobby Pickett was featured at CNN.com upon his death in 2007
As one of The New Kids on the Block, singer Jordan Knight helped redefine the face of bubblegum music in the 1980′s, and relaunched the boy band phenomena to brand new heights. Still performing both as a solo artist, as well with the reformed New Kids on the Block, Jordan sat down with Sam Tweedle and Candace Shaw in PCA’s very first face to face celebrity interview.