Dads & Grads are the popular subjects of special attention the month of June. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th this year and Graduation Day of course occurs all month long. Since my book, Lee Marvin Point Blank has been available since 20013, imagine my pleasant surprise when my publisher,Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press sent this promo in the newsletter for Dads & Grads:
Dads & Grads promo via the Schaffner Press newsletter.
No one was more pleasantly surprised than yours truly when opening my e-mail this morning. Unsolicited promos and endorsement are always the best kind and this one is no different. My only gripe, and it’s a minor one, is the phrase stating that Lee Marvin abhorred violence. Rather surprising as that certainly wasn’t the case based on my research. I suggest reading the book and draw your own conclusion as to whether Lee Marvin abhorred violence. So, go ahead and feel free to treat yourself, family member or friend to Lee Marvin Point Blank. Even after all this time it is still very much available in Trade Paperback and Kindle. The Amazon discount makes it worthwhile and does not effect my royalty. Happy Father’s Day one and all and all the best to graduates everywhere. – Dwayne Epstein.
Dirty Dozen (1967) podcast came as a well-timed pleasant surprise. It proved to be the brainchild of the versatile Steve Rubin, a writer, director, producer and yes, podcaster extraordinaire. After having done a previous podcast a while ago, Rubin contacted yours truly to ask if I’d be willing to do it again in which the subject would be a Dirty Dozenpodcast to be done along with film historian and screenwriter Steve Mitchell (Chopping Mall-1986). Of course I said yes.
Montage of images from The Dirty Dozen.
I got to know Steve Rubin through the auspices of FIlmfax magazine. Publisher Mike Stein asked if I’d like to an interview Rubin following his publication of The Twilight Zone Encyclopediawhich turned out pretty good. We would talk periodically and help each other with research projects as he invited to me to join him and Stave Mitchell on a previous podcast. There were a few false starts but eventually it came to pass and despite my overt enthusiasm, I think it came off rather well. The latest installment of Rubin’s “Saturday Night at The Movies” podcast is available for listening now and I think it also came off rather well. We ran the gamut in discussing Robert Aldrich’s classic, covering everything from its flaws, its cast, screenplay, and its lasting impact. I especially enjoyed talking about the contributions of Ken Hyman, Bob Phillips, John Cassavetes, Jim Brown and Telly Savalas. I come off a little too much like a hyperactive fanyboy, as usual, but the points are all well made. Luckily, I not only got to share thoughts of from Lee Marvin Point Blank but also hint at what will be included in next year’s publication of my book dedicated to The Dirty Dozen entitled Killin’ Generals by Kensington Publishing. So, give a listen here and feel free comment, criticize or what have you. In other words, enjoy!
Yoni Marten, host of the popular podcast “The World According to Yoni,” finally had me as a guest on his show recently. I say finally since it was supposed to happen months ago but due to several unforeseen circumstances — such as that pesky COVID — it took a while to reschedule. Persistence counts as we finally worked it out a few days ago.
Okay, now the bad news. Due to some technical glitches, the video of myself is out of synch with the audio which makes watching it akin to a Godzilla movie. I come in around the 21 minute mark and you’ll see what I mean. As Yoni Marten explained it to me:
“Yeah, I noticed the parts out of sync while we were doing the interview. Actually, it was more that your video froze a few times, while the audio didn’t. Unfortunately, when dealing with software like Zoom and programs like it, that happens sometimes. But what you were saying was more important than the syncing (especially for those listening via the podcast), and I didn’t want to lose your remarks by stopping in the middle, to try and see if we could get the voice and picture to match up better.
Screen grab from my recent talk with Yoni Marten.
Sorry. But even with the video glitches, it’s a great interview. You were funny and engaging. I had fun.”
Well, there you have it. I just figured forewarned is forearmed. The official press release is below….
“NEW (Dateline June 5th) After an absence of several months (watch or listen to the show to find out why), Yoni is back with a new show and a great guest, Dwayne Epstein, author of the NY Times Best-Seller, “Lee Marvin: Point Blank,” a wonderful biography of the late actor. And, naturally, Yoni has a few things to say regarding the current state of American politics. This episode runs a wee bit longer, so you’ll need to leave yourself a little time more time to watch or listen, than usual.
Remember, the show can be watched on the YouTube link connected to this post, or listened to on most of your favorite podcast sites, including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Spotify Amazon Music/Audible, Deezer, etc. And if you enjoy the show, please subscribe to it, either on Yoni’s YouTube channel, or on your favorite podcast site.”
So, feel free to check out our chat at the link below and enjoy…
– Dwayne Epstein