Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lotti Pharriss Knowles Talks Goddess: The Fall & Rise Of Showgirls (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Lotti Pharriss Knowles about her new project “Goddess: The Fall and Rise Of Showgirls” she is producing with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.  A pivotal interviewee already announced is “Showgirls” director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, Elle) who has also given this project his full blessing. Director Jeffrey Schwarz stated, “It’s been a longtime dream to make the definitive documentary about a film that has fascinated and flabbergasted audiences since its release in 1995. ‘Showgirls’ is a misunderstood masterpiece and although it is a gaudy, over the top spectacle, it wrestles with issues of sex, power and the American Dream. ‘Goddess’ will dig deep into the intentions of its creators, recount the negative reaction by the press and the public and chronicle how the cult of ‘Showgirls’ has grown over the years.” We talked to Lotti about her inspiration for producing this significant documentary “Goddess: The Fall & Rise Of Showgirls” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what she hopes to accomplish with her work, Pharriss Knowles stated, “All of my work has a similar angle to it which is to entertain my audience. I always have that in the forefront of my mind but I also always want to work in something that has some kind of social commentary or message. Kind of once people finish the ice cream cone maybe there’s a little nut at the center that they’re like ‘oh that was fun but now I’m thinking about something.’ I’ve been an activist and someone interested in social issues my whole life. I mean that was stuff my parents and I would talk about around the dinner table. So I just can’t help that I always have a little bit of that or a lot of that in any piece of work that I’m involved in or creating.”

Lotti Pharriss Knowles is a writer and Emmy-nominated producer based in Los Angeles. She is the writer and producer of horror-comedy feature film “Chastity Bites” and with documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz she produced “I Am Divine”, “The Fabulous Allan Carr” and HBO Documentary Films’ “Vito”. Her play “Because They Have No Words” was nominated by Los Angeles Stage Alliance’s Ovation Awards for World Premiere Play and was published by Northwestern University Press in the anthology titled “Katrina On Stage”. Lotti is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Producers Guild of America.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Brandon Uranowitz Talks “Burn This” on Broadway & More (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Tony nominee actor Brandon Uranowitz appearing in “Burn This” alongside Academy Award nominee Adam Driver and Golden Globe winner Keri Russell currently in previews on Broadway and opens on April 16th at the Hudson Theater at 141 W 44th Street in New York City. The fabulous play by Lanford Wilson begins shortly after the funeral of Robbie a young gay dancer who drowns in a boating accident with his lover Dom. Robbie’s other roommates Anna played by Russell, a dancer/choreographer and Larry a confident gay ad man played by Uranowitz are joined by screenwriter Burton, Anna's longtime lover and Pale played by Driver, Robbie's hyperactive restaurant manager brother. Thrown together in this shared tragedy the quartet attempts to make sense of their lives and reconsider their own identities and relationships. “Burn This” is a smoldering story of love and raw attraction by one of the most vital playwrights of the modern era. It’s directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer and also costars Tony nominee David Furr. We talked to Brandon about how he got involved in this openly gay role and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBTQ civil rights especially with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall coming up Uranowitz stated, “It is extremely important to me. I mean I think it’s probably the most important thing to me particularly trans rights. I think trans visibility is of the utmost importance now. It’s sort of at the top of my priority list I guess if I was to have one and you know it’s a funny question only because I can’t imagine someone in my position that there’s anything less than a 100% commitment. So I guess it’s hard for me to answer because it just feels organic and natural for me to make that my mission to be a representative for our community and make sure that we are seen and heard and we are accepted and equality is something that we fight for and we win. We were winning but it looks like we’re taking a few steps back but I will be on the frontline with my colleagues to make sure that we fight always. It would be weird that anyone would say otherwise.”

Brandon Uranowitz is a two-time Tony Award nominee for his performances in “An American in Paris” and “Falsettos.” In 2018 he was acclaimed for his starring roles as Otto Kringelein in “Grand Hotel” at New York City Center Encores! and Itzik in the Tony Award winning Best Musical “The Band’s Visit.” His upcoming film credits include “The Kitchen,” starring Melissa McCarthy and “Stage Fright.” On television Brandon has a recurring role in season two of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Additionally, he has made guest starring appearances on “Dietland”, “Blue Bloods" and “Inside Amy Schumer”. Currently in previews “Burn This” runs April 16th to July 14th.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ted Allen Talks Dining Out For Life To Fight HIV/AIDS (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Ted Allen, television personality and host of Food Network’s “Chopped” about Dining Out For Life the HIV/AIDS fundraiser. Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru® takes place in 60 cities across North America on Thursday, April 25th. The event was conceived 28 years ago in Philadelphia and the concept is quite simple. More than 3,000 participating restaurants donate a generous percentage of that day’s proceeds to support service providers in their region to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDS services. This year over 3,000 participating restaurants, thousands of volunteers and an expected 300,000+ diners will be served to raise over $4 million for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and Canada. We talked to Ted about being a spokesperson for this fabulous event and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what he would like Dining Out For Life to accomplish this year Allen stated, “Well I think the model has long been proven, it raises a lot of money. What I think we would like to accomplish this year is to raise more money than we ever had before and we are talking about millions and millions of dollars that you are helping to raise that stays in your community. The money that is raised in Houston is spent in Houston helping your own neighbors, people down the block and I think that’s another thing that people feel really good about with this technique of fundraising.”

Emmy and James Beard Award winner Ted Allen is the host of “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior” the Food Network’s hit primetime culinary competition shows and the author of two cookbooks, “In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks” and “The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes" both published by Clarkson-Potter. Previously he was the food and wine specialist on the Emmy-winning Bravo series “Queer Eye” and a regular judge on both Food Network's “Iron Chef America” and Bravo’s “Top Chef.” This is the twelfth year he has served as a volunteer celebrity spokesperson for Dining Out For Life along with actor/activist Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown) & HIV positive designer Mondo Guerra, winner of Project Runway All-Stars and host of the new streaming series “Runway Remake”. Ted lives in Brooklyn with his husband Barry Rice.
For More Info: diningoutforlife.com





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