Bitcoin Demystified

March 11, 2014

The March 7 episode of John Gruber’s podcast “The Talk Show,” has one of the clearest explanations of bitcoin that I’ve heard, thanks to his guest Glenn Fleishman. If you have any interest, or even curiosity in cryptocurrencies, this is well worth you time.

My Interview on Showbiz Sandbox

1 June 2013

Showbiz Sandbox

I was thrilled to have been a guest on one of my favourite podcasts, the must-listen entertainment industry show Showbiz Sandbox. I joined host J. Sperling Reich in Cannes in May, when I was there for the Cannes Film Market, and he was there covering the movies. We talked about how very different experiences can be there. For example, when we spoke, he’d seen around two dozen movies, while I have seen none.

While I am there for the whole show, the first half is mainly Sperling talking to Stephen Garrett of the New York Observer about films they’d seen at the festival. My discussion starts at 36:48.

Have a listen to audio player below, or on the Showbiz Sandbox page.


Steve Jobs’ interviews at All Things D

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at All Things D

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at All Things D, May 2007

I just subscribed via iTunes to the interviews Steve Jobs did over the years at All Things D. There are seven episodes all together, with the interviews starting in 2003, and include the famous conversations between Jobs and Gates in 2007.

Looking forward to listening to them, although I have hesitations. I’m still too sad to read the Isaacson biography (started it, but had to put it aside). So am hoping the interviews are easier to handle.

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Image credit: Joi Ito via Wikimedia Commons.

Listening to Genius: Kurzweil and Doctorow

Listening to smart people say smart things is a good habit.  In that spirit, let me point you to two very interesting podcasts, both of which were on the Triangulation podcast by Leo Laporte and Tom Merritt.

Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil

The first is with Ray Kurzweil, who has done more in his life already than most of us will ever dream of. He is an author, inventor and futurist who developed the “first CCD flatbed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.” Kurzweil’s books include The Singularity Is Near, The Age of Spiritual Machines, and Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. (Amazon links.) Kurzweil’s take on where we are headed, and how we will continue to integrate technology into our lives is fascinating. You can listen to the Triangulation interview here.



Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

The second is with Cory Doctorow, well-known blogger, journalist and the author of any number of books, including Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Little Brother, and For the Win. (Again, Amazon links.) Doctorow is the co-editor of Boing Boing, one of the busiest sites on the web, and is a strong proponent of giving away versions of his work for free (you can, for example, download Little Brother legally here). But part of what is fascinating about the interview is just his take on how to innovate as an author and how, basically, as an author, obscurity is your enemy. You can listen to the Triangulation interview here.


5 Essential Podcasts for Filmmakers

Listening to podcasts is a great way to keep up with what is going on in the business of show business.  Here are five I consider essential for filmmakers.  Note that I subscribe to my podcasts on iTunes, although there are other ways to do it as well.

Showbiz Sandbox

Showbiz Sandbox is a weekly hour-long show hosted by J. Sperling Reich and Michael Giltz. Reich writes for Celluloid Junkie and Giltz is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. Each week they cover the breadth of showbiz news, including film, TV, box office results for the US, plus a segment of short news bits called Big Deal or Big Whoop, and an Inside Baseball segement that dives into topics that “no one outside Hollywood would really care about”. Their analysis is cogent and their delivery is insightful and  fun. (Showbiz Sandbox on iTunes)

KCRW’s The Business

Another insider look at Hollywood is KCRW’s The Business hosted by Kim Masters, a half-hour weekly that focuses on “the people who make the entertainment”.  The Business starts each week with a bit of banter between Masters and John Horn, staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering current and lighter topics.  Masters then dives into longer segments on particular issues. For example, check out her interview with Tom Shadyac where he talks about making films with meaning, or this one with the guy who is Jeff Bridges’ decades-long stand-in.  (The Business on iTunes)

Oh, and while you are there, you should also subscribe to the shorter weekly podcast, KCRW’s Hollywood Breakdown, a three-minute look a a current topic with Masters and Horn. (Hollywood Breakdown on iTunes)

The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith and Creative Screenwriting

The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith is the newest podcast on the list, at only a few episodes old.  But Goldsmith was, until recently, the podcaster behind the fabulous Creative Screenwriting Magazine podcast, which is still a must-listen-to, especially for writers.  Check out this interview with my hero Aaron Sorkin when he was doing publicity for the Social Network, or this interview with Joel and Ethan Cohen.

With The Q&A, Goldsmith has said he will broaden his horizons beyond what he did for Creative Screenwriting, adding directors, producers, and actors to the mix, along with writers.

(The Q&A on iTunes; Creative Screenwriting on iTunes)


With Filmspotting, we leave the producer’s point of view behind, and come at films from the consumer’s point of view.  Each week, hosts Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson cover a number of films in depth, some new, some from the archives, and some just plain strange ones.  Their discussion (and their taste) is often erudite and opinionated, but very listenable.   For filmmakers, it is an interesting look at how true film buffs talk about film.  Their shows typically have some sort of Top 5, like Top 5 Long Takes or Top 5 Manic Pixie Dream Girls, a segment called Massacre Theater (where they butcher a scene from a movie), and various bits of news about films and DVD releases.  Plus, a few times a year, they do a marathon on a particular filmmaker or topic.  Past marathons have had themes like Akira Kurusawa, Angry Young Men, or New Hollywood.

Filmspotting has been going for a number of years, and they have a large and loyal following, which gives a them plenty of input. (Filmspotting on iTunes)


What’s your favourite podcasts that’s important for filmmakers? Let me know in the comments below.


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