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Gentry Thomas takes us backstage as he sits down with Emilio Estevez, the renowned actor, writer, and director. In this heartfelt conversation, we delve into various aspects of his illustrious career, touching upon his latest film, cherished memories, and personal insights.
Emilio Estevez graciously shares his thoughts on his latest project, “The Way,” a poignant and introspective movie that explores themes of self-discovery and personal transformation. With great enthusiasm, he offers intriguing behind-the-scenes anecdotes, providing listeners with a unique perspective on the film and its creation.
Moreover, Estevez seizes the opportunity to give us an update on his brother, Charlie Sheen, offering heartfelt reflections on family and the importance of support. As Mother’s Day approaches, he warmly discusses his mother, Janet Sheen, sharing cherished moments and celebrating her role in shaping his life and career.
The conversation takes an exciting turn as we delve into some of Emilio Estevez’s most iconic movies. From the timeless coming-of-age classic “The Breakfast Club” to the unforgettable dramas “The Outsiders” and “Young Guns,” Estevez offers an intimate glimpse into the behind-the-scenes dynamics, memorable experiences, and lasting impact of these influential films. And who could forget the beloved sports franchise “Mighty Ducks”? Estevez shares his fond memories and the enduring connection fans have with these beloved characters.
Listeners will be captivated by Emilio Estevez’s engaging storytelling and genuine passion for his craft. This interview presents a rare opportunity to gain insight into the creative process, the depth of emotions portrayed on screen, and the profound impact of cinema on both artists and audiences alike.
Tune in to this exceptional episode as we embark on a nostalgic journey with Emilio Estevez, celebrating his diverse body of work, the power of storytelling, and the enduring legacy of cinematic masterpieces.
Interviews with Hollywood’s elite, Athlete’s calling in and a possible supermodel surprise visit.
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In this episode, we sit down with American actor Jim Belushi to discuss his latest show, “Growing Belushi.” Jim takes us behind the scenes of his new reality series, which follows his adventures as he runs a cannabis farm in Oregon. He shares his passion for the plant and its healing properties, as well as the challenges and rewards of being a cannabis farmer.
But that’s not all! Jim also reflects on his acting career, which spans over three decades and includes iconic roles in movies such as “The Blues Brothers,” “About Last Night,” and “K-9.” He shares insights on the craft of acting, the challenges of Hollywood, and the importance of staying true to yourself. He even shares some not-so-great memories of working with actor Tom Hanks, whom Jim considers a bit of a douche.
Of course, no conversation with Jim would be complete without mentioning his late brother, John Belushi. Jim shares fond memories of his brother and the impact he had on his life and career. He also opens up about the difficult times following John’s untimely death and how he found healing through music and comedy. Jim even suggests that his late brother could have possibly been saved if marijuana had been legal at the time of his death.
Whether you’re a fan of Jim’s acting, his passion for cannabis, or just looking for insights on life and creativity, this episode has something for everyone. So sit back, relax, and join us for a fascinating conversation with one of America’s most beloved actors.
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Gentry sat down with Jay Glazer, a well-known sports reporter and television personality, to discuss his new book, “Unbreakable: How I Turned My Depression and Anxiety Into Motivation and You Can Too”.
Jay opens up about his personal struggles with mental health and how he has used his experiences to help others. He shares insights from his book and explains how he turned his own challenges into a source of motivation and inspiration.
Jay’s new book, “Unbreakable”, is a candid and inspiring memoir that takes readers on a journey through his personal struggles with depression and anxiety. Through his own experiences and the stories of others, Jay offers practical advice and tools for anyone struggling with mental health issues.
Jay and Gentry discuss how the sports and entertainment industries can be particularly challenging environments for mental health, with high-pressure careers and constant scrutiny from the media and fans. However, by sharing his own story and advocating for mental health awareness, Jay is working to change the conversation and help others who may be struggling.
Throughout the episode, Gentry and Jay’s conversation is both enlightening and engaging, as they discuss a wide range of topics related to mental health, sports, and entertainment. Their easy rapport and shared passion for helping others make for a compelling listen that is sure to resonate with audiences of all backgrounds.
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Lisa Whelchel has been acting since she was just 12 years old, paving the way for young women around the world. Gentry and Lisa discuss ‘The Facts of Life’, Dairy Queen commercials, Disney, ‘Collectors Call’ and so much more.
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A native New Yorker, American entrepreneur, best selling author and TV personality Jon Taffer joins Gentry backstage to talk about his newest season of Bar Rescue Sunday nights on Paramount. Jon gives his guide on how to start your own bar and how much capital it takes to run a successful restaurant business. He even tells the stories of the legendary bands he encountered at an even more legendary venue, the Troubadour which Jon Taffer managed in the 70s and 80s. Jon then describes how the future of bars across the country may include cannabis alongside our favorite alcoholic beverages.
Gentry gets Jon to talk about his drumming background and even his favorite band. The two go on about music, the best drinks, the Las Vegas club scene, gambling and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest interviews.
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Bryan Cranston joins Gentry backstage to answer some questions about his new show “Your Honor” and classic “Breaking Bad.” Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, filmmaker, and director. In “Your Honor” Bryan stars as a judge who confronts his deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family.
Bryan also stars in hit television classic “Breaking Bad” playing the lead role as a chemistry teacher and drug kingpin, Walter White. His role as Walt in Breaking Bad won him three consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He is also well known for his role as Hal Wilkerson in Malcolm in the Middle.
If you would like a chance to meet Bryan Cranston himself, you can enter his Super Bowl Tickets raffle benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Foundation. Go to BryanCranstonBigGame.com to donate which automatically enters you in the raffle.
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Lisa’s purpose for this book is to prove that bravery is a muscle we can strengthen over time through small, daily acts. Lisa shares her vast career experiences as a corporate executive, sportscaster, Playboy cover model, and most famously an investigative journalist. Her investigation has helped highlight crime, scams, child abuse, and even cold case murders.
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This episode we’re going Backstage with widely beloved country music legend, Wynonna Judd. Between 1983 to 1991, The Judd’s of Naomi and Wynonna became Country Music royalty and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. However, behind the curtain of success and fame, it’s hard to imagine the amount of tragedy that Wynonna has had to endure. In recent time, she has dealt with the passing of her beloved and iconic mother, Naomi Judd who unfortunately committed suicide about eight months ago.
Wynonna also is going on a new tour dedicated to the celebration of the life of her mother, Naomi Judd. If you are interested in seeing her preform live, which we would highly recommend, visit the URL below and check out the cities she will be visiting: https://www.thejudds.com
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Gentry is back and this week we’re talking with American actor, author, businessman, producer and director Steve Guttenberg. Best known for his roles in films like “Cocoon”, “Short Circuit” or “Police Academy”. The 64 year old actor talked about his new movie “How to Murder Your Husband”. Based on a true story about Nancy Brophy, who killed her husband on June 2, 2018. Nancy was an author who specifically wrote stories about women fantasizing about killing their husbands, then ironically she murdered her own husband and was sentenced guilty in May 2022.
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Now this is a story all about how Gentry’s life got flipped-turned upside down and I’d like to take a minute just sit right there. I’ll tell you how Gentry interviewed Alfonso Ribeiro in a town called Bel-Air. Actor and TV host best known for his roles on ‘Silver Spoons’, ‘In the House’, and ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Alfonso Ribeiro sits with Gentry and the two talk about him hosting AFV. Going on 33 seasons it’s ABC’s longest running primetime show bringing wholesome family fun for nearly five decades. Alfonso is going into his 8th season as the host of AFV.With the holiday season in full swing Gentry wants to know if Alfonso has any cheat codes to get the Christmas shopping done early. He then gets some tips on how to get some strokes off his golf game. Alfonso talks about ‘The Fresh Prince’, Christmas, suits, dancing and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes releasing.
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It’s that time of the year again where the weather drops below zero and people trample one another for the best deals on toaster ovens. That’s right it’s officially the Christmas season and Gentry went out and caught Ralphie from ‘A Christmas Story’ just for your listening pleasure. Peter Billingsley as most refer to him has a new Christmas movie coming out ‘A Christmas Story Christmas’ based on Ralphie’s character being all grown up and having a family of his own. You can watch the movie now on HBO Max if you’d like to see how well Ralphie took turning 40.Gentry asks Peter to describe some of his favorite scenes as a child in the movie and we even get a rendition of the worst cuss word of them all. He then describes the infamous lamp which 12 year old Peter couldn’t wait to get his hands on. The two talk about Christmas movies, Vince Vaughn, being a child actor, and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest interviews.
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Gentry goes Backstage with Director and Producer Robert Alexander best known for his work on ‘A Man Named Scott’ and ‘The Shop’. Rob recounts his newest work, a documentary on NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal and his bigger than life personality. Gentry brings up how different the big fella is from the majority of celebrities and despite his larger than life stature he’s pretty down to Earth. The documentary debuts November 23rd on HBO Max.Rob calls Phil Jackson The Zen Master and talks about what it’s like talking to so many famous athletes and coaches. He then illustrates the many characters you’ll meet in the upcoming documentary. Gentry and Rob talk about the NBA, celebrity lifestyles, Shaq, and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest interviews.
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Gentry goes Backstage on the set of ‘To Die For’ to talk to actor and country singer John Schneider. The ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star talks about his newest movie ‘To Die for’ which Schneider leads and directs. The film honors the people who have sacrificed for our freedoms and sets the record straight about what matters in this country today. Going against woke culture and defeating the snowflakes is the goal this motion picture shoots to achieve.John describes the importance of the American flag in today’s society and why we should be fighting to protect it. He also describes the importance of debate and conversing issues with one another. Gentry and John talk about ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’, making movies, patriotism, and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest interviews.
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Today we go backstage with Jeff Pearlman, a sports author and New York Times best seller. Pearlman has a total of seven New York Times best sellers. They talk about Pearlman’s most recent work ” The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson.” This book is about Bo Jackson and his stellar athletic career in both professional Football and Baseball throughout the 80’s and 90’s, and is the only player to ever make All Star status in both professional football and Baseball.Gentry and Pearlman talk about the popular series “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.” Pearlman has published a book called “Three Ring Circus”, which is about the Lakers Dynasty in 1996 through 2004 when Kobe and Shaq collided as one of the best duo’s in basketball history. Pearlman also share’s his thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s recent controversy reposting and anti-semetic documentary found on Amazon.
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Gentry goes Backstage today to talk to famous actor and director Jerry O’Connell. He talks about his newest adventure, being the host of a Pictionary game show airing on Fox. The two also talk about how much the younger generation has lost its touch with art because of all of their devices. To each man’s bewilderment they don’t teach kids how to sign in cursive anymore.Jerry talks about working on the 1996 movie ‘Joe’s Apartment’ where he plays a young man moving into a grimy New York City apartment which has talking and singing roaches. He then talks about what it’s like being a child actor and working on ‘Stand by Me’. Gentry and Jerry shoot the breeze about being dads, Pictionary, Tom Cruise, and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest interviews.
Talk radio veteran Jeff Zito speaks with celebrities about their first job. If not for their big break, what would they have become? Were they destined to be rich and famous? Or were they almost a jobber?
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Gentry talks with Nate Boyer who has done it all from football, being a Green Beret, to even acting. The two talk about Nate’s new movie ‘M.V.P’ named after the foundation which he co-founded that merges vets and players. To find out more click the following link https://vetsandplayers.org. It was created to help them with coming to terms following life after the military and after professional sports. The movie stars Mo McRae, a retired NFL star and Nate Boyer, a former Marine, as the two cross paths in an unlikely manner.The film involves real military vets and real former NFL stars each telling their real life stories and what transitioning back to regular life is like. Nate then tells what his experience was like going to war then playing both college and professional football and then going back to civilian life. Gentry then pitches a game show idea to him which makes military vets the stars. Gentry and Nate talk about ‘M.V.P’., being a war vet, NFL, and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes and interviews.
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Gentry is joined by Jay Leno, a world famous comedian and the former host of NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’. The comic talks about the newest season of ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ where he drives really nice cars with really famous people. Some of his guests include Elon Musk, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Evans as well as numerous other celebrities that like to cruise in crazy cool cars. The newest season premieres September 7th on CNBC at 10 pm (EASTERN TIME). Jay describes Elon Musk’s genius and how he wants to make humans a multiplanetary species. He then describes being there for Rodney Dangerfield in his last moments and what the last joke he told Rodney was. Gentry and Jay talk about ‘The Tonight Show’, expensive cars, comedy and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest interviews.
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Today Gentry goes Backstage to talk to a lawyer, producer, reporter and founder of the renowned tabloid publication TMZ, Harvey Levin. He gives us all the backstory and knowledge now available about Michael Jackson’s mysterious demise. He even describes Michael’s battle with addiction and how it all stems back to a horrible accident during a Pepsi commercial in 1984. TMZ reveals how the King of Pop’s death was much more complicated than most of the public may think.In the new special ‘TMZ Investigates: Who Really Killed Michael Jackson’ they take a deep dive into the corruption in Hollywood and its doctors. Harvey describes Michaels, 19 different aliases that he used to get prescription drugs to feed his crippling addiction and how close he was to death during his last tour. Gentry and Harvey talk about who’s responsible for Michaels death, the names of all the doctors he used, how demented the Hollywood lifestyle is and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest interviews.
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Gentry’s Backstage again and today he’s with British actor Tom Hopper. His newest movie ‘Love in the Villa’ premiers September 1st on Netflix. Tom plays the role of a cynical British man who’s room gets double booked with a mysterious female stranger. The Englishman describes the beautiful shooting location of the film “Verona Italy” which is famous for being the setting in Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Despite the awe inspiring views of Verona the only thing Gentry could focus on in the movie’s trailer was a nearly naked Tom and all his muscles.Gentry even gets some dieting tips from Tom who describes himself as a vegetable connoisseur. The two then compare the U.S. and the U.K. in several subjects and debate on which country has the better football. Tom and Gentry talk about Ozzy Osbourne, American and British cuisine, The Umbrella Academy and so much more on today’s episode. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest interviews.
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Gentry goes backstage today with a psychic medium and reality TV star Matt Fraser. You may have seen Matt on his hit TV show ‘Meet The Frasers’ which stars him alongside his whole family going through their loud, erratic, and spiritual life. The Native Rhode Islander has just recently released a new book ‘We Never Die: Secrets of the Afterlife’ which describes the truth about heaven and why we never really die. Matt even describes how he used his psychic powers to woo his now wife over.America’s top medium explains to Gentry how each and everyone of us has energies even after we pass. He then describes the signs you can recognize that your loved ones use to show they are still looking after you from the afterlife. Gentry even gets his own reading and the two talk about unsolved mysteries, speaking to the dead, the burden of being a psychic, and so much more on today’s episode of Backstage Pass. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes.
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On today’s rendition of Backstage Pass we’re joined by actress, writer, math genius, and an advocate for education Danica McKellar. Also known as Winnie Cooper from her starring role in The Wonder Years. Today she hangs with Gentry to talk about her newest children’s book ‘Double Puppy Trouble’ a picture book dedicated to making mathematics simple and fun. She describes what it was like growing up being a child actress and what The Wonder Years set was actually like. Danica explains how her busy childhood on set may have led her to writing children’s books.Gentry asks the famous math PHD how he can help his young daughter get through pre-algebra and Danica tells Gentry to ‘Kiss My Math’. The childhood sweetheart who stole hearts aplenty reveals who her childhood crush was nearly the second she was asked. The two talk about The Wonder Years, Michael J Fox, being a child actress, and so much more in today’s episode of Backstage Pass. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes. Rate and Review the show please and thank you! See ya Backstage!
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Today Gentry is joined by professional wrestler, and WWE champion Booker T. The two talk about Booker’s recent return to the ring and how surreal it was and how he even wore the same tights from 1998. Gentry gets some workout tips from the biggest man in nearly every gym on how to keep pushing the weights even as an older gentleman. In light of the news of Vince McMahon’s recent departure from the WWE the hall of famer gives his thoughts on the matter and how he thinks Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan will fill his role. The 11 year World Wrestling Entertainment vet explains what it means to be champ and how one acquires the belt and championship status. He also gives some insider secrets on which wrestlers cried the most in the locker room. Gentry and Booker converse about trash talk, the wrestling business, what makes a wrestler great and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the newest episodes.
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Gentry delivers today’s rendition of Backstage Pass with actor, comedian, radio personality, and record breaking podcaster Adam Carolla. The man with the girthiest…….. hands has a new book releasing ‘Everything Reminds Me of Something: Advice, Answers… but no Apologies’ which is available for purchase now on amazon. Gentry and Adam talk about the difference between going on CNN vs Fox and how profitable podcasting can be. Carolla also talks about his new invention the beet bracelet which hopefully will hit stores soon. The 58 year old comedian tells stories of his fellow joke tellers who’ve recently passed such as Norm McDonald and Gilbert Gottfried. After reminiscing and remembering the ones we sadly lost Adam and Gentry make presidential predictions as well as talk about our current president. We get all the dirty details about Trump, Adams’ new book, the Playboy Mansion, and the all time great comedians. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest and greatest interviews.
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Today’s rendition of Backstage Pass brings us 80s child mega-star, actor, and musician Corey Feldman. The artist is celebrating his new album ‘Love Left 2: Army With Love’ and his new box set ‘Love Left 2.1’ which is releasing on his birthday July 16th. Corey is currently touring all across the country playing his music for all to hear and enjoy. The last tour date is September 18th at ‘The Canyon’ in Santa Clarita, California so get tickets while you can at his official website Corey Feldman.netThe 50 year old entertainer describes how he first found his love for performing while lip syncing Billy Jean in front of 40,000 people at the Rose Bowl at just 12 years old. He also describes how his friendship with Michael Jackson as a young kid influenced the way he performs now from being with Michael at shows and even being with him in the studio. The 80s star talks about his documentary ”My Truth: The Rape of Two Coreys’ where it describes how he lost his childhood friend and how Charlie Sheen is responsible. Gentry and Corey talk about Stand By Me, River Phoenix, Corey Haim, the dangers of being a child actor and so much more. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest interviews.
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On today’s backstage escapade Gentry is joined by producer and actor Marcus Harvey along with media personality and son of heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne Mr. Jack Osbourne. The two talk about their ongoing show Fright Club which looks and explores the internet’s craziest paranormal content. The aforementioned show was just renewed for its second season, dropping June 30th and can be streamed on Discovery+. Gentry gets all the dark details about all of their ghastly adventures across the globe.Marcus bravely speaks out about the ghost that touched him one night which he hasn’t reported up until this interview. Jack shares how he may have accidentally opened a portal to the other side and has seen full body apparitions. The trio talk about UFO Ubers, Bigfoot’s junk in the trunk, and how scary Ozzy Osbourne can be when he gets mad. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes of Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas.
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On today’s podcast Gentry talks with author and retired Air Force Lieutenant colonel pilot Dan “Two Dogs” Hampton. The author has recently come out with a new book ‘Valor: The Astonishing World War II Saga of One Man’s Defiance and Indomitable Spirit’ which is about a world war two P.O.W. who withstood the unimaginable. Hampton himself has pushed through some inconceivable feats as he’s flown 151 combat missions and has logged 726 career combat hours. And he’s additionally written nine different books since 2012 while also achieving the New York Times best seller status.Gentry picks Dan’s brain about the recent Ukraine conflict with Russia and if he feels modern day war has changed since his time in combat. The two also talk about what the greatest threat to the American people is and whether it is an external or internal threat. The Air force Vet then describes the F-35 fighter jet which he states is the most advanced of its kind and should leave other countries shaking in their boots. Gentry asks about politics, war, top gun, and the presidency all on today’s rendition of Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes.
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On today’s episode of Backstage Pass Gentry is joined by actor, comedian, and writer Bashir Salahuddin. The two talk about his recent role starring alongside Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer in Top Gun Maverick. Bashir plays Hondo which is Mavericks A.K.A. Tom’s best friend in the movie. Naturally as his best friend in the movie he has all the best stories about Tom taking G-forces like a champ while zooming around at supersonic speeds in a F/A-18 Super Hornet for your viewing pleasure. The Chicago Native also talks about his ongoing sitcom now streaming on HBO Max promptly named South Side. The show is about two friends living out of Englewood Chicago who are trying to make it big. The show holds a special place in Salahuddin’s heart because of his south side up-bringing. Gentry and Bashir talk about Top Gun, Tom Cruise, sports, and being coated in baby oil all in today’s podcast. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes.
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On today’s episode of Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas we go in depth with actor, boxer, musician, and teacher Tony Danza. The two talk about his recent performances of music from the American songbook. The 71 year old singer is touring all across the country and bringing joy everywhere he goes reviving the songs of the early 20th century. Tony even describes how working on the Emmy award winning show Taxi led to his interest in performing music on stage.The Italian boxer explained how his boxing career actually landed him the role for Taxi after he came into the audition all banged up from a bout he had the night before. The native New Yorker gives his thoughts on the recent youtuber boxing matches that have been blowing up everywhere and if they belong in the sport. Tony gives his take on the recent defunding of the police movement because of his involvement in the police athletic league. Danza talks with gentry about all of his famous co-stars, civil rights, the state of boxing today and so much more, all on today’s episode of The Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes releasing.
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David Gergen perhaps is best known for his role serving as an adviser to four American presidents, Republicans and Democrats alike. He helped President Nixon write his resignation letter after Watergate, that now resides in the Smithsonian Institute. He assisted President Gerald Ford navigate out of inflation and saw President Reagan go from actor/cowboy to true leader in The Situation Room. During this podcast with Gergen, our host Gentry Thomas discusses our current President Joe Biden, how to attack inflation and his biggest moments while being a public servant. David Gergen fresh off his 80th Birthday just a couple weeks ago discussed his new book, Hearts Touched With Fire: How Great Leaders are Made. Gergen gave his perspective on how hardship can breed strong leaders, and the state of political leaders today.
David has often been praised for his ability to see both sides and work across the isle. Some in politics call him the last reasonable American man. Hear his takes on Russia Ukraine and the moment in public service that has brought him the most joy. Subscribe and tell a friend to listen to Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas. For more great interviews go to ThePodcastPlayground.com
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Gentry talks with Cedric The Entertainer about Cedric’s show on CBS, a sitcom called The Neighborhood.
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Today on Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas we are joined by the one and only WWE legend The Big Show or as he likes to be called Paul Wight. The two talk about his recent move to AEW (All Elite Wrestling) where his name is no longer The Big Show but instead he has decided to keep his name Paul Wight at least for the time being. Gentry also does his best to organize a match between Paul and The Big Aristotle AKA Shaq. The 50 year old wrestler talks about his involvement with an NFT sci-fi series in the GenZeroes universe. The show’s plot is chosen by the viewers who provide monetary donations and in return choose the direction of the show. Paul talks about his time acting as Walter Krunk in the movie Knucklehead and how he related to the character because of his larger than life size. The two talk about basketball, wrestling, comedy, technology, the internet, and he reveals his new wrestling name which is…… Make sure to subscribe and follow Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas for the latest episodes.
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On today’s episode of Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas we are visited by a four time Grammy award winning musician John Elefante. The former lead man of Kansas, a band made famous by songs such as ‘Carry on Wayward Son ‘and ‘Dust in the Wind ‘, has just released his own solo album. Promptly named ‘The Amazing Grace’ the album is dedicated to understanding God’s faith and is available on Spotify, YouTube, and his website JohnElefante.com.John and Gentry discuss the recent resurgence of vinyl records and which records were their favorites as young kids. John even tells a story how as a young man he sold 50 of his records for just 25 cents. He then describes how he used his award winning voice to become the front man of Kansas despite him stating how his knees were shaking during the audition. John Elefante gives his takes on Steve Walsh, Kerry Livgren, social media, faith, Tennessee Titans, and so much more on today’s podcast. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes.
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On today’s episode of Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas we listen to author and director Kevin Smokler. The two talk about Smokler’s new documentary ‘Vinyl Nation’ which looks into the new resurgence over the past decade of vinyl records. The documentary is available to watch on YouTube, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime. They also touch on the coming up vinyl record day which is August 12th where you celebrate by going out and supporting a local record store.
The director discusses his obsession with 80s movies and how he always wanted to live in Hill Valley California with Marty McFly after stating he has watched ‘Back to the Future’ more than anyone ever. The two also speak on how the production of vinyl records have changed and how large companies have reduced the quality of the records they sell to make a quick buck. Gentry and Kevin chat it up about records, music, new technology , 80s movies, and so much more on today’s podcast. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes.
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On today’s episode of Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas we get to talk to the Fonz from Happy Days, the one and only Henry Winkler. The two talk about Winkler’s ongoing show ‘Barry’ which is about a low level hitman traveling to LA and ends up wanting to be an actor. The show’s first three seasons are available to watch on HBO Max and Hulu. The legendary actor gives Gentry his own mini acting class revealing inside tips on how to be a Hollywood star.
The 76 year old author additionally speaks about his book series he co-wrote with Lin Oliver. The now trilogy series is called Alien Superstar and is about a teenage extra-terrestrial crash landing on Earth and becoming a famous actor. Henry and Gentry chat it up about Adam Sandler, Happy Days, Shaq, and so much more on today’s podcast. Make sure to subscribe and follow for the latest episodes.