Nebraska

November 30th 2013

Tasting Room Radio B_BANNER2 Alexander Payne – The Oscar winning director of Sideways, The Descendants and Nebraska, opening this weekend. His leading lady –  Will Forte from Saturday Night Live. The Wine Diva previews the first 50 selections from her Top 100 Wines under $20.00 for 2013. Part One Carlo Mondavi..Surfer/snowboarder explains how The family lost an Empire and gained a single brilliant wine. Rocker Sam Roberts explains his love of wine.  [divider]

THE SHOW

Carlo Mondavi’s Grandfather was the wine legend Robert Mondavi.


Carlo Mondavi

Carlo Mondavi


There’s no class anywhere that can teach what Robert taught Carlo. Being around wine was just part of Carlo’s growing years. Then came the fateful day when the Mondavi Family lost their winery to a corporate Giant. They immediately  started planning their future. Making a single World Class wine..on a single piece of land. That wine is Continuum Estate . It’s a brilliant blend of  Cab/Cab Franc/Petit Verdot and Merlot. Carlo fills us in on how it all went down.   http://www.continuumestate.com  [divider] The Sam Roberts Band is about to release their next Album Lo-Fantasy Feb 11. More Sam 2   We’ll deal with that fact on Saturdays Mulligan Stew.  Sam Roberts  is a huge wine fan.   More Sam   When Jason Priestley and I were shooting HollywoodandVinesTV in Ribera del Duero Spain, We were deep into the Neo cellar and we find  a barrel signed by Sam Roberts. I’ve been waiting 5 years to ask him..how that barrel came to be. Sams parents moved from South Africa to Montreal where Sam was born months later. He attended McGill and then hustled the music scene through various bands until he found the right song and the right band. The song was Brother Down and the band became The Sam Roberts Band. This was fun!! www.samrobertsband.com   [divider] Nebraska poster
Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne


Alexander Payne is a one-of-a-kind screenwriter and director. The list of films he’s given us should tell you everything you need to know about his taste and smarts.

  • Election –  Oscar Nomination for Screenplay. Starred Mathew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon.
  • About Schmidt – Jack Nicholson
  • Sideways – The best film ever made about wine
  • The Descendants –  Won an Oscar for Screenplay. Starred George Clooney.

Will Forte

Will Forte


His latest film Nebraska  comes out Nov 29th in BC,  December 13th in Alberta. Its shot in black and white and stars Bruce Dern  as grumpy old guy who refuses to believe that a form letter saying he may have won a Million Dollars is not real. Will Forte from Saturday Night Live plays his son who travels with his Father to watch over him. It’s certainly going to be nominated for Oscars this year. Alexander Payne and Will forte guest on this week’s show www.nebraskamovie.com Listen to interviews here: [divider]
Daenna Van Mulligen

Daenna Van Mulligen


Looking to stock up for the Holidays? Looking for wine to gift? The Wine Diva returns with a timely list. It’s her Annual Top 100 wines (plus 13) Under $20.00 We’ll try to talk about as many of the first 50 as is possible. The complete list can be found at www.winediva.ca www.winescores.ca

  •  Luigi Bosca Malbec, Mendoza Argentina
  • Louis.M.Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County California
  • Hess Select Chardonnay, Monterey California
  • CanTinian Malbec, Mendoza Argentina
  • Gray Monk Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC
  • Quinta do Ameal Branco Seco Vinho Verde, Portugal
  • Santa Rita Reserva Pinot Noir, Cassablanca Chile
  • Kangarilla Road ‘Hellbent’ South Australia
  • De Martino ‘Nuevo Mundo’ Cabernet Sauvignon~Malbec Reserva, Maipo Valley Chile
  • Cono Sur Organic Pinot Noir, Colchagua Valley Chile
  • Domaine Zinck Pinot Blanc, Alsace France
  • Navarro Lopez Rojo Granrojo Tempranillo, Castilla Spain
  • La Posta ‘Cocina’ Tinto, Mendoza Argentina
  • Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Mendoza
  • Masi Masianco Delle Venezie, Italy
  • Loma Larca ‘Lomas del Valle’ Pinot Noir, Casablanca Chile
  • Santa Cristina Toscana, Tuscany Italy
  • DeAngelis Prato Grande Chardonnay, Marche Italy
  • Norton Reserva Malbec, Mendoza Argentina
  • Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia
  • Peter Lehmann ‘Layers’, Barossa Valley Australia
  • Pascual Toso Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza Argentina
  • Chateau de Nages ‘Buti Nages’, Costieres de Nimes, Rhone France
  • Quarisa ’30 Mile’ Shiraz, Australia
  • Wirra Wirra ‘Scrubby Rise Red’ Adelaide South Australia
  • La Poderosa Reserva Syrah, Chile
  • Township 7 Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC
  • Bartier Bros. ‘Lone Pine Vineyard’ Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley BC
  • Castillo de Monseran Garnacha, Carinena Spain
  • Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley Chile
  • Bartier~Scholefield Rose, Okangan Valley BC
  • Castillo de Malunda ‘Punto Y Coma’ Garnacha Vinas Viejas, Calatayud Spain
  • Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley California
  • Bodegas San Alejandro ‘Pablo’ Old Vine Garnacha, Calatayud Spain
  • Dona Paula Estate Torrontes, Cafayate Salta
  • Chateau D’Angles ‘La Clape Classique Blanc’, Languedoc France
  • Domaine Bousquet Malbec, Tupungato, Mendoza Argentina
  • Louis Latour ‘Ardeche’ Chardonnay, Coteaux de l’Ardeche France
  • Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Leyda Chile
  • Vina Las Perdices Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza Argentina
  • Tormaresca ‘Paiara’, Puglia Italy
  • Gunderloch’ Fritz’s’ Riesling, Rheinhessen Germany
  • Harper’s Trail ‘ Silver Mane Block’ Riesling, British Columbia
  • Purato Nero d’Avola, Sicily Italy
  • Nathalie Bonhomme ‘el petit bonhomme blanco’, Rueda Spain
  • Sperling Vineyards ‘The Market White’, Okanagan Valley BC
  • Dominio del Plata ‘Crios’ Torrontes, Argentina
  • Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay ‘Paragon’, San Luis Obisbo County California
  • Chateau de Jau ‘Le Jaja de Jau’ Syrah, Pays D’Oc France
  • Poplar Grove Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC

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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

 

  • Bistro Seventeen 89. Seafood and wine pairings
  • Brian Skinner  (The Acorn)– BC Gold Medal Plates Champion.
  • Wine Diva – Top 100 under $20  Part Tw0
  • Chefs David Hawksworth and Suzanne Goin (AOC Cookbook) in a roundtable discussion.   
  • A Return to La Morra. Piedmont Italy
  • Beppi Crosariol and Lucy Waverman from The Globe and Mail. Great new Book!!
  • Jorge Riccitelli. Winemaker at Norton. Mendoza Argentina

 

Nebraska Interviews by TDM

 “Payne has never before been this melancholy, or this sincere. Nebraska looks into America’s soul and finds a troubling emptiness.”

Peter Howell ,Toronto Star


Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who’s convinced he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach costar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Interview with Alexander and Terry David Mulligan:


Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne


Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Of Greek descent (the family name was changed from Papadopoulos), his parents George and Peggy ran a Greek restaurant. He has two older brothers.
Alexander attended Stanford University, where he majored in Spanish and History. He then went on to study film at UCLA Film School. His university thesis film was screened at the Sundance film festival, which led to him being backed by Miramax to write and direct Citizen Ruth (1996). Payne prefers to have control over his movies, from scripts to cast.  known for the films Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants. His films are noted for their dark humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society
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Often sets his films in and around Omaha, Nebraska
Frequently films scenes at natural history museums
Frequently casts Phil Reeves
Frequently uses actual people in roles of minor characters in his movies (real life policemen for policemen, real life restaurant servers for servers, real life teachers for teachers)
Frequently incoporates telephone monologues as a dramatic device
His films often revolve around adultery in marriage and relationships
His films often deal with a sense of loneliness depicted by the main character
Features characters that endeavor for self-fulfillment and individualism (Sideways (2004), About Schmidt (2002)).

Interview with Will Forte and Terry David Mulligan:

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Will Forte

Will Forte


Forte was age 32 before he came to the public’s attention on “Saturday Night Live”(1975), but had been working in comedy since 1997. Forte is the son of artist Patricia and financial broker Orville Willis Forte III (divorced) and has one older sister, Michelle. A creative and artist child, he was an athlete (football and swimming) in high school and voted Best Personality at Acalanes High School. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in History, Forte had a brief career at a brokerage house before deciding to try comedy. Although he rarely performed stand-up, he joined the world- famous “Groundlings” and was hired as a writer for the series, “The Jenny McCarthy Show” (1997), The Army Show, and The David Letterman Show. He eventually caught the attention of Carsey-Werner executive Tom Werner when he wrote a pilot about two childlike idiot brothers (eventually turned into the film, The Brothers Solomon (2007)) and was hired for the shows, “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996) and “That ’70s Show” (1998).
In 2002, Forte moved from his home state of California to New York City to join “Saturday Night Live” (1975) as a writer and cast member. Although known as shy and reserved in his personal life, Forte was one of the individuals responsible for the shows move to absurd, surrealist comedy. Along with voice-over acting, guest appearances on television and small roles in films, Forte had his biggest opportunities to be a movie star with films he wrote. Forte wrote the screenplay for The Brothers Solomon (2007) (and had the leading role of childlike “Dean Solomon”) and played the title role and co-wrote the SNL film MacGruber (2010). Although both films were given small budgets ($10,000,000 each), the were both considered box-office and critical failures, although they do have a cult following.
After MacGruber’s theatrical release, Forte left SNL for personal and professional reasons, although he has returned as a guest performer. Forte has had a recurring role on the series 30 Rock and made numerous other guest appearances on other TV comedies. Since leaving SNL, he has also increased his work as a voice artist and appeared in 5 movies (A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, Rock of Ages, That’s My Boy, and The Watch).
Since 2012, he has moved into dramatic and straight roles on a television pilot titled Rebounding by the producers of Modern Family and Irish film Run and Jump. In August 2012, he was cast (and first choice) in the much anticipated Alexander Payne film Nebraska, despite rumors that higher profile actors such as Casey Affleck and Paul Rudd were interested in the role.
 
 

Nebraska – Interviews by TDM

 “Payne has never before been this melancholy, or this sincere. Nebraska looks into America’s soul and finds a troubling emptiness.”

Peter Howell ,Toronto Star



Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who’s convinced he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach costar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Interview with Director Alexander Payne and Terry David Mulligan:


Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne


Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Of Greek descent (the family name was changed from Papadopoulos), his parents George and Peggy ran a Greek restaurant. He has two older brothers.
Alexander attended Stanford University, where he majored in Spanish and History. He then went on to study film at UCLA Film School. His university thesis film was screened at the Sundance film festival, which led to him being backed by Miramax to write and direct Citizen Ruth (1996). Payne prefers to have control over his movies, from scripts to cast.  known for the films Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants. His films are noted for their dark humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society.

 

Often sets his films in and around Omaha, Nebraska
Frequently films scenes at natural history museums
Frequently casts Phil Reeves
Frequently uses actual people in roles of minor characters in his movies (real life policemen for policemen, real life restaurant servers for servers, real life teachers for teachers)
Frequently incoporates telephone monologues as a dramatic device
His films often revolve around adultery in marriage and relationships
His films often deal with a sense of loneliness depicted by the main character
Features characters that endeavor for self-fulfillment and individualism (Sideways (2004), About Schmidt (2002)).
 

Interview with Actor Will Forte and Terry David Mulligan:

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Will Forte

Will Forte


Forte was age 32 before he came to the public’s attention on “Saturday Night Live”(1975), but had been working in comedy since 1997. Forte is the son of artist Patricia and financial broker Orville Willis Forte III (divorced) and has one older sister, Michelle. A creative and artist child, he was an athlete (football and swimming) in high school and voted Best Personality at Acalanes High School. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in History, Forte had a brief career at a brokerage house before deciding to try comedy. Although he rarely performed stand-up, he joined the world- famous “Groundlings” and was hired as a writer for the series, “The Jenny McCarthy Show” (1997), The Army Show, and The David Letterman Show. He eventually caught the attention of Carsey-Werner executive Tom Werner when he wrote a pilot about two childlike idiot brothers (eventually turned into the film, The Brothers Solomon (2007)) and was hired for the shows, “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996) and “That ’70s Show” (1998).
In 2002, Forte moved from his home state of California to New York City to join “Saturday Night Live” (1975) as a writer and cast member. Although known as shy and reserved in his personal life, Forte was one of the individuals responsible for the shows move to absurd, surrealist comedy. Along with voice-over acting, guest appearances on television and small roles in films, Forte had his biggest opportunities to be a movie star with films he wrote. Forte wrote the screenplay for The Brothers Solomon (2007) (and had the leading role of childlike “Dean Solomon”) and played the title role and co-wrote the SNL film MacGruber (2010). Although both films were given small budgets ($10,000,000 each), the were both considered box-office and critical failures, although they do have a cult following.
After MacGruber’s theatrical release, Forte left SNL for personal and professional reasons, although he has returned as a guest performer. Forte has had a recurring role on the series 30 Rock and made numerous other guest appearances on other TV comedies. Since leaving SNL, he has also increased his work as a voice artist and appeared in 5 movies (A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, Rock of Ages, That’s My Boy, and The Watch).
Since 2012, he has moved into dramatic and straight roles on a television pilot titled Rebounding by the producers of Modern Family and Irish film Run and Jump. In August 2012, he was cast (and first choice) in the much anticipated Alexander Payne film Nebraska, despite rumors that higher profile actors such as Casey Affleck and Paul Rudd were interested in the role.