MOVIES TIL DAWN’S MAIDEN VOYAGE: ANDY GARCIA AND JOHN AVILDSEN

As explained in the previous blog entry, my new podcast ‘Movies Til Dawn’ has finally launched. The show is a series of in-depth conversations between me and a variety of legendary, accomplished and always fascinating directors/actors/producers. The first two episodes are two-part interviews, one with Andy Garcia and one with the late John G. Avildsen (‘Rocky’, ‘The Karate Kid’, ‘Lean On Me’). You can listen by going to https://moviestildawn.transistor.fm Once there, you’ll find the episodes embedded on the site. Or if you prefer to listen via your favorite podcast platform/supplier/app/whatever just go to ‘Subscribe’ and you’ll be given a list of many glorious options. You may be a Stitcher person, an Apple Podcasts guy, a Soundcloud girl, a Spotify sort, a Tune In type or a Youtube…whatever. Or maybe you don’t really have time to listen to another podcast, in which case forget about the whole thing.

But I think you’ll enjoy this new and enjoyable use of my phone book (still leather, non-electronic) in which I’ve accumulated the names/phone numbers/e-mails of a lot of filmmaking greats who I admire and whom I’ve badgered into participating in this venture.

This blog will now exist as a ‘support’ to the podcast. I’ll be posting videos of the subjects of the interviews, beginning right now. See below for a series of clips from the work of Andy Garcia and John G. Avildsen. Enjoy!

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Here’s Andy Garcia and Cher discussing their work together on ‘Mamma Mia 2’.

 

 

Here’s Andy and his daughter Donimik Garcia-Lorida discussing working with each other in my movie ‘City Island’.

 

 

Here’s a clip from Andy’s movie ‘The Lost City’ which he starred in as well as directed and which we discuss at length in the podcast. And below that, a clip from his breakout role in ‘The Godfather 3″.

 

 

And now for John Avildsen. Here’s John winning the best Director Oscar for ‘Rocky’.

 

 

 

Here’s a clip from 1974s ‘Save The Tiger’ featuring Jack Lemmon’s searing Oscar-winning performance.

 

 

And finally perhaps Avildsen’s most beloved scene from 1985s ‘The Karate Kid’.

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