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  • Anson Williams Talks: His Latest Invention, Being on Happy Days, His Work as a Director, Entrepreneurship, Being Coached by Ronda Rousey, More

    Being a cast member of the 1970s hit television show Happy Days, Anson Williams made a name for himself playing the ever likeable Warren “Potise” Webber. Beyond being on that iconic show, from its beginning to its end, Anson has had a successful career as a TV director. He has directed episodes of popular TV shows including Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place. Mr. Williams has also been an entrepreneur. Anson is currently promoting something he created, with input from his now deceased, famous cousin, Dr. Henry Heimlich. Dr. Heimlich, of course, is most well-known for creating the Heimlich maneuver, the technique which can help save people who are choking. Anson’s new product is meant to address drowsy driving. Driving while feeling drowsy can lead to falling asleep at the wheel of a car, something that, frighteningly, he says he has experienced. With the help of Dr. Heimlich, Anson has produced what he says is an all-natural, citrus infused spray called Alert Drops. The actor/director claims Alert Drops will help a person stay awake. You can find more information about his product at www.alertdrops.com.

  • Boxer, Model, Actor, Producer, Director, Writer Gary Stretch is a True Renaissance Man: Talks Boxing Career, Acting and His Film on Ronda Rousey, Through My Father’s Eyes, More

    Gary Stretch is a man of many talents. An accomplished boxer, he is a former WBC International Light Middleweight Champion. Arguably, his most prominent fight occurred in 1991 when he fought Chris Eubank in the billed Beauty v The Best contest for the WBO World Middleweight Championship. If Mr. Stretch’s saga ended there, his life would be remarkable. But he was just getting started. Gary went on to have a career in modeling and acting. His acting work includes roles in the 2004 film Alexander and the 2006 movie World Trade Center.

  • Alison Arngrim, Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie, Talks: Emmy Nomination Consideration for Life Interrupted, Her One Woman Show, More

    In the 1970s, one of the popular television shows in the United States was Little House on the Prairie. One of the characters in the show was Nellie Oleson, played by actress Alison Arngrim. Today, the now veteran entertainer has a one woman show titled Confessions of a Prarie Bitch. This past weekend, she had two performances of the show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York. In the acting world, Ms. Arngrim has teamed up with frequent CYInterview guest Mason Reese, to produce a pilot for the sitcom, Life Interrupted, which will hopefully be picked up. You can see the pilot, broken down into 5 minute segments, on YouTube. In Life Interrupted, Ms. Arngrim plays the ex-wife of Mason’s eponymous character. Her role in the series is up for Emmy nomination consideration, in the Best Actress in Short Form Comedy category.

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    Actress Tippi Hedren Talks about Her Remarkable Life, Her Acting, Working with Director Alfred Hitchcock, Shambala, More

    Last year, Tippi Hedren shared with the world the tale of her extraordinary life in her autobiography, Tippi: A Memoir. Now, in an over 40 minute conversation, the actress talks Hitchcock, working with actor Sean Connery in the film Marnie, her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith and her lifelong desire to protect animals, among other topics. When we think of Alfred Hitchcock movies, the beautiful blonde actress Tippi Hedren immediately jumps to mind. Known for her roles in The Birds and Marnie, Ms. Hedren still keeps busy today, at 87 years old. The Hollywood legend continues her work with animals. She resides with them at her foundation, Shambala, in California. Those animals include tigers and lions, among other wild animals.

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    Mason Reese Back to Talk Life Interrupted, Fills Us in on His Dating Life, More

    After returning from a trip to Los Angeles and celebrating his birthday last week, Mason Reese is looking forward to the next chapter of his new situation comedy, Life Interrupted. With all the episodes now available on YouTube, the web series has been submitted to a variety of festivals and competitions. In our latest conversation, Mason reflects on his birthday, his trip to Los Angeles and what it was like to work with actor, musician and friend Robbie Rist, in episodes five and six of Life Interrupted. We’ve already heard, in earlier CYInterviews with Mason, what it was like to work with fellow co-stars Dawn Wells, Alison Arngrim, Erin Murphy and Michael Learned. But what about the actor who played Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch? Mason fills us in. Speaking of The Brady Bunch, Mason also revealed to us that he has been dating fellow actress Geri Reischl. After The Brady Bunch ended, a variety show titled The Brady Bunch Hour debuted in 1976 and Geri played the role of Jan Brady.

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    Mason Reese, Alison Arngrim and Dawn Wells Turn in Strong Performances in Life Interrupted on YouTube; Mason Back to Discuss, More

    What do you get when you bring stars from Little House on the Prairie, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, The Brady Bunch and The Waltons together? You get the new sitcom Life Interrupted, now being rolled out in small weekly episodes on YouTube. The show, featuring 1970s star and frequent CYInterview guest, Mason Reese, just released its second episode today. Mason turns in strong work, opposite actresses Alison Arngrim who played Nellie Oleson Little House on the Prarie and Dawn Wells, best known for her role as Mary Ann on Gilligans Island. Both Ms. Arngrim and Ms. Wells turn in magnetic performances and seem ideally cast. You can see the first two mini-episodes of Life Interrupted here and here. We welcome back Mr. Reese, who shares stories with us about what it was like to work with these two TV legends, as well as other stories from Life Interrupted. Additionally, he fills us in on what else he has been up to you.

  • Actor Gary Busey Talks New Movie Candiland, Storied Career, More

    In recent years, audiences have seen actor Gary Busey on Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars. Aside from his appearances on reality TV shows, he has continued to do the thing that made him a star, acting. His latest project is a movie titled Candiland out now on DVD and video on demand. The former Oscar nominee plays a father concerned about his son’s well being. We spoke with Mr. Busey about Candiland, his role as Buddy Holly in the 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story that earned him an Academy Award, his favorite movie roles and other topics.

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    Life Interrupted Coming to YouTube: Mason Reese Gives Us the Lowdown; Talks Super Bowl 51

    We are only a few weeks away from the first YouTube episode of Mason Reese's show Life Interrupted. The pilot, which was shot last year, will premiere on YouTube February 14th. A new episode will debut each week, for seven consecutive weeks. The production features veteran TV actors Dawn Wells of Gilligan's Island, Alison Arngrim from Little House on the Prairie, Robbie Rist from The Brady Bunch and Erin Murphy from Bewitched. A few teaser clips of Life Interrupted have already been posted on YouTube. You can find them here. As 1970s star, Mason told us last month, this will be his first acting role in over 30 years. We welcome him back to talk about the clips that have already been released, as well as what he is most looking forward to as time draws closer to the premiere of the first episode. He also gives his thoughts on upcoming Super Bowl 51.

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    Talented Mason Reese Visits Us for the Holidays and Talks: Growing Up Celebrating Hanukah and Christmas, How He Liked NYC Better When It Was Grittier, Being Mentioned on NBC’s Today, More

    Right after Christmas, 1970s star Mason Reese will begin releasing teaser clips of his pilot Life Interrupted. The first of seven YouTube episodes will be posted on Valentine’s Day 2017. It will provide the first new acting work people will have seen of Mason in over 30 years. Listen to our segment to hear what he wants fans to take away from his latest offering. With the holiday season here, Mason tells us why his family celebrated both Christmas and Hanukah, reacts to being mentioned on NBC’s Today this morning, shares what he wants his fans to take away from his new acting work, in Life Interrupted and lets us in on his New Year’s Resolutions.

  • Actor Jon Donahue Talks: His Upcoming Role in Inferno; Tom Hanks, Director Ron Howard, More

    From working in a movie theater to being on the big screen, the story of actor Jon Donahue is one of persistence and triumph. In a few weeks, more film enthusiasts will know his name as he stars alongside Tom Hanks, as Professor Robert Langdon, in Inferno. The film is the third one based off the popular Dan Brown books. The 2006 movie The Da Vinci Code and the 2009 film Angels & Demons, the two prior films, were blockbusters. Inferno is slated for release later this month. In the film, Jon Donahue plays the role of Richard Savage, an employee of the World Health Organization. Throughout the movie, he is in pursuit of Professor Langdon. The filming of Inferno took him, Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard all over the world, including Budapest, Italy and Turkey.