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ALEC BALDWIN, MOVIE LOVER EXTRAORDINARE

I’ve enjoyed all the guests who have appeared on my podcast, Maltin on Movies, but Alec Baldwin is in a class by himself: a talented actor and star who is as much a film geek as anyone I’ve ever met. I have interviewed him a number of times over the years but somehow never touched on this facet of his personality; we were too busy promoting one of his new movies. I learned about his love of cinema when he joined TCM and engaged in lively and incisive conversations with Robert Osborne on The Essentials.

Since then, I’ve enjoyed listening to his wonderful podcast Here’s the Thing, where he interviews actors, writers, directors, journalists, and authors.

This week I turned the tables as Alec agreed to be my guest for an hour of movie talk. What a treat to talk to someone who loves what he does, the people he gets to work with, and the medium of film itself. (He also does some pretty cool impressions.)

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to our chat by clicking HERE.

Leonard Maltin is one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians. He is best known for his widely-used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, now in its third edition, as well as his thirty-year run on television’s Entertainment Tonight. He teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and appears regularly on Reelz Channel and Turner Classic Movies. His books include The 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great Movie Comedians, The Disney Films, The Art of the Cinematographer, Movie Comedy Teams, The Great American Broadcast, and Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia. He served two terms as President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, is a voting member of the National Film Registry, and was appointed by the Librarian of Congress to sit on the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He hosted and co-produced the popular Walt Disney Treasures DVD series and has appeared on innumerable television programs and documentaries. He has been the recipient of awards from the American Society of Cinematographers, the Telluride Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Perhaps the pinnacle of his career was his appearance in a now-classic episode of South Park. (Or was it Carmela consulting his Movie Guide on an episode of The Sopranos?) He holds court at leonardmaltin.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook; you can also listen to him on his weekly podcast: Maltin on Movies. — [Artwork by Drew Friedman]

One comment

  1. David Johnson says:

    Leonard, I’m sure you’re very busy but could we have more movie reviews. Now that we no longer have your wonderful book I’m lost.

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