Center Stage with Mark Gordon

About Center Stage with Mark Gordon

Center Stage with Mark Gordon is a weekly radio show that looks at film and the people who make it happen in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes. Some of the notable guests have included: Academy Award winners Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire ), Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) Jim Broadbent (Iris) • Adrian Brody (The Pianist) • Holly Hunter (The Piano) • Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) • Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) • Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) • Haskell Wexler (Bound for Glory and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) • Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, Reds and Apocalypse Now) • Denys Arcand (Les invasions barbares) • Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) • Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) • Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) • Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) • Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September) • Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) • Errol Morris (The Fog of War) • Elliott Goldenthal (Frida) • Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) • Arthur Cohn (One Day in September, American Dream and Le Ciel et la boue) Saul Zaentz (The English Patient, Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) • Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) • Robert Moresco (Crash) and Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction). Other notable guests include: Ridley Scott, (Bladerunner), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes), Joel Schumacher (St. Elmo's Fire), Bennett Miller, Howard Zinn (Voices of a People's History of the United States) • Singer Songwriter Sting • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith • Professor William J. Fulco (The Passion of the Christ) • Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka • Dr. Daniel Ellsberg (The Pentagon Papers) • Ron Kovic (Born on the Fourth of July). Center Stage airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles and streaming at kxlu.com

Scott Wilson | IN COLD BLOOD

Tune in Tuesday, March 21, as KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring special guest Scott Wilson.  He will be talking about the upcoming 50th Anniversary Screening of In Cold Blood.

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at kxlu.com

In Cold Blood, the film version of Truman Capote’s immensely popular true crime novel, was nominated for four top Oscars in 1967. Richard Brooks received two nominations, for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, and the film was also nominated for Conrad Hall’s striking cinematography and Quincy Jones’ memorable score.
In his best-selling book, Capote chronicled the events leading up to and following the senseless murders of a family of four in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. He drew a pointed contrast between the prosperous, all-American Clutter family and the two social outsiders, Perry Smith and Richard Hickok, who committed the murders.
In adapting the book, Brooks (the Oscar-winning writer-director of such films as The Blackboard JungleCat on a Hot Tin RoofElmer Gantry, and Sweet Bird of Youth) resolved to be as faithful as possible to Capote’s chronicle, even filming in many of the actual locations where the events took place. With Capote’s encouragement, Brooks cast unknown actors as the two killers, and the performances of Robert Blake as Smith and Scott Wilson as Hickok earned critical raves. More established actors John Forsythe, Paul Stewart, and Will Geer filled out the supporting cast. Brooks also bucked the industry practice and decided to shoot the film in black-and-white at a time when color cinematography had become virtually mandatory for big-studio films.
Reviews at the time were largely positive. The Saturday Review’s Arthur Knight declared the film to be “one of the finest pictures of the year, and possibly of the decade.” Its reputation has not diminished. In an article in The Wall Street Journal in January of 2017, critic Peter Cowie called the film “a classic of American cinema” and added, “In Cold Blood retains its relevance today, even as random shootings continue to appall.”
About Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson made his film debut earlier in 1967, in the Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night. In Cold Blood was only his second movie. He went on to co-star in John Frankenheimer’s The Gypsy Moths, the Robert Redford version of The Great Gatsby, Philip Kaufman’s The Right StuffThe New CenturionsThe Ninth Configuration, and more recent appearances in Dead Man WalkingThe Last Samurai, Monster, and Junebug. He also is known for his roles in the popular TV series CSI and The Walking Dead.

2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Scott Wilson’s first two films “In the Heat of the Night” and “In Cold Blood”. Both films are listed on the National Film Registry of culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films worthy of preservation in the Library of Congress.

In a highly diversified motion picture career Scott Wilson has emerged as the choice of an impressive list of the film industry’s most admired directors, who have called on the accomplished actor to fill leading and pivotal roles that often are lauded by film critics as the highlights of a film. The heralded actor has scored memorable film characterizations for a long list of directors who have gained from the profound characterizations that have placed Wilson at the top of his profession. It was Norman Jewison who first spotted Wilson’s potential when he cast him as a murder suspect proven innocent in the classic “In the Heat of the Night”, opening the door for Richard Brooks to star him as Richard Hickock in one of the screen’s most insightful portrayals of a complex killer, in the Truman Capote classic “In Cold Blood”.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Wilson found his professional destiny when he hitchhiked to Los Angeles, California and landed in an acting class where he was given a scene to read from the Eugene O’Neill play “A Long Voyage Home”. It was a moment that catalyzed his dedication over the next five years to learning all aspects of the craft of acting even as he struggled through a variety of menial jobs to continue his studies.

After the success of his early films, the industry took note and Wilson was cast in key roles in Phil Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff”, HBO’s “The Tracker”, Walter Hill’s “Johnny Handsome”, John Frankenheimer’s “The Gypsy Moths”, Sydney Pollack’s “Castle Keep”, Robert Aldrich’s “The Grissom Gang”, Jack Clayton’s “The Great Gatsby”, Tim Robbins’ “Dead Man Walking”, Steve Kloves “Flesh and Bone”, Christopher Macquarrie’s “Way of the Gun”, Patty Jenkins’ “Monster”, Ridley Scott’s “G.I. Jane”, and Michael Bay’s “Pearl Harbour” among a group of such varied performances that he soon became known as an actor who could play anything.

Recognizing his body of work, Wilson has received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actor for “Ninth Configuration” and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Florida Film Festival amongst other film festival awards and his films have been chosen for screening at such festival’s as Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival, the Heartland Film Festival, Chicago’s Children’s Film Festival which recognized his performance in two “Shiloh” films and the Floating Film Festival that awarded him an Exemplary Achievement award for his body of work as an actor.

International critics hailed Wilson’s performance in Krzysztof Zanussi’s “A Year of the Quiet Sun”, winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion and the great Polish director sought him out again to play the Polish Saint Brother Albert in “Our God’s Brother”, based on a play written by Karol Wojtyla, who later became Pope John Paul II. The Pope himself invited Wilson to screen the picture at Castel Gandolfo, complimenting the actor as reaching deeply into his own thoughts about the character. The Catholic Church has embraced the film internationally.

On television Wilson was seen in a recurring role as Sam Braun, on the top-rated CBS series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and as the universally beloved character, Hershel Greene, on the wildly successful AMC series “The Walking Dead”. He will shortly be appearing as a regular in the role of Abel Johnson in the Netflix original series “The OA” with Brit Marling, directed by Zal Batmanglij.

One of Hollywood’s most stable citizens, Wilson has been married for almost 40 years to attorney/artist Heavenly Wilson.

Mike Mendez | DON’T KILL IT

Veteran horror filmmaker Mike Mendez came Center Stage with Mark Gordon to talk about his latest film DON’T KILL IT. It tells the story of an ancient evil that is unleashed in a small Mississippi town leaving a trail of death and destruction as it passes from host to host. The only hope of survival lies with a grizzled demon hunter (Dolph Lundgren) who has faced this terror before. Together with a reluctant FBI agent (Kristina Klebe) he has to figure out how to destroy a demon with the ability to possess its killer.
The interview originally broadcast Tuesday, February 28, 2017 on KXLU Los Angeles,

88.9 FM

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at kxlu.com
Mike Mendez comes Center Stage with Mark Gordon

DIRECTORS STATEMENT

Horror doesn’t have enough cinematic heroes. We have Ash from the “Evil Dead” series, but that’s about it. For years I’ve wanted to do something that was like the Indiana Jones of horror. A character that we were dropping in on, who we felt has had many previous adventures and could go on to many others. So it was a wonderful surprise when I read the script for “Don’t Kill I” because here was a character that was part Indiana Jones crossed with “The Exorcist”. When Dolph Lundgren was added to the equation, I knew we had something special. Something out of the box, which is always a fun place to start. It was also great to work with a legend like Dolph Lundgren. He was really open and game for playing with his image. He’s used to playing either tough guy or psycho. Here we got to play him as a booze swilling cowboy shaman. We had a great time bringing this character to life and it’s a different side of Dolph than you’ve ever seen before. Dare I say it’s the funniest you’ve ever seen him. Balancing out the cast is horror favorite, Kristina Klebe. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kristina before and it was great to have her bring balance to the film. We needed someone who could be tough and stand up to a giant like Dolph, yet be vulnerable at times. Kristina did an awesome job of bringing that element to the film. It was also great to work with a variety of practical fx, which I’m a big fan of. We were lucky enough to have FX veteran, Robert Kurtzman (“From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Evil Dead 2”) on our side. His team did an amazing job of helping me spread the red. And boy did we! As they say, the gore the merrier! “Don’t Kill It” is part horror movie, part action movie mixed with a healthy dose of black humor. What I really aim for is to give you something fun. To give you a heaping helping of the things you go to the movies for. To be thrilled, to laugh, be scared and maybe gross you out just a wee bit. It’s a fun combination and a wild ride. I’m really excited for audiences to see it.

MIKE MENDEZ Director A native to Los Angeles, Mike Mendez was in the backyard making movies since the age of 10. At the age of 23, Mike made his first feature film Killers, which was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. He followed that up with the horror comedy The Convent, which was also accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. The film was released by Lionsgate in the U.S. In 2002, he produced a documentary for Universal Television and Showtime entitled Masters of Horror, featuring interviews with some of the genre’s most legendary filmmakers. In 2006, Mike’s film The Gravedancers premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released in theaters nationally by Lionsgate & After Dark Films as part of “8 Films To Die For”. After working on short films for X-box and working on television show’s such as “Beavis & Butthead”, Mike’s next film, Big Ass Spider! in 2013 would go on to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. It also won the Saturn Award that year for best limited release film. The latest batch of work includes the horror anthology, Tales of Halloween, of which he served as a producer and one of the directors. Mike also helmed the 2015 television movie, Lavalantula for the Syfy channel.

Sylvie Rokab | Love Thy Nature

Tune in Tuesday, February 21, as KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring special guest Sylvie Rokab, Director and Producer of Love Thy Nature. The film points to how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. The film shows that a renewed connection with nature is key both to good health and to solving our climate and environmental crises..

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at kxlu.com

John C. Clark | A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE

Tune in Tuesday, February 14, as KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring special guest John C. Clark.  He will be talking about his new feature film A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE, a homoerotic Evangelical exorcism movie. The film has been awarded the Best LGBT Film award from the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and will be screening on Sunday, February 19th at 10pm.

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at kxlu.com

ABOUT JOHN C. CLARK:
John’s previous work includes the Outfest-selected dark comedy BLOODY LESBIAN MELODRAMA and the Kenneth Anger-inspired music video for Xiu Xiu’s “El Naco” (which premiered on Bloody Disgusting with comparisons to Miike’s AUDITION and was called “pure horror movie creep“ by Stereogum). With A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE, John is finally going to fulfill his lifelong dream of making an erotic horror feature film that also pays tribute to his religious upbringing.
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