Adam Tsekhman and The Films of Michael Curtiz: Next on TVC

Actor and writer Adam Tsekhman and author and film historian Alan Rode will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

If you watch DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, you know Adam Tsekhman as Gary Green, the bumbling, neurotic government agent who works for The Time Bureau. If you watch the History Channel original series Six, you know him as oil billionaire Yuri Petrov. Adam has also appeared on such top network, cable and streaming shows as Hawaii Five-0, 2 Broke Girls, Transparent, 24, NCIS: Los Angeles, How I Met Your Mother, The Young and the Restless, Rizzoli & Isles and The Mentalist, while his film credits include the upcoming action feature Dragged Across Concrete, starring Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson, which is slated for release later this year.

Adam originally set out to become a businessman, but idle curiosity led him to a career as an actor and writer. We will ask him about that, plus we’ll talk about some of the various comedy projects he has in the works, one of which is a reboot of Americanistan, a comedy pilot about a group of Western reporters who take on the Middle East. Adam Tsekhman will join us in our second hour.

Calendar year 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the widespread release of Casablanca. With that in mind, film historian Alan Rode will join us in our first hour as we spotlight the career of Michael Curtiz, the colorful, instinctual yet often controversial Academy Award-winning director whose best known films include Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mildred Pierce, The Adventures of Robin Hood and White Christmas. Though Casablanca certainly cemented him into cinematic history, Curtiz had already left his mark as a filmmaker and stylist at Warner Bros. throughout the 1930s, and in his native Hungary throughout the 1920s, producing and directing a wide array of films, shaping the early days of Warner Bros. Pictures while also embodying the entire studio system.

Alan’s latest book, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, is a comprehensive biography and filmography of the Oscar-winning director that also provides a window into the history of film, from early 20th century Europe to Hollywood’s golden era, and the colorful people who brought it to life. Though Alan’s book does not shy away from the abrasive side of Curtiz—including his frequent clashes with actors such as Errol Flynn and James Cagney, not to mention his often brutal work schedules—it debunks several myths about Curtiz, while also showing how he served as a mentor to John Garfield, Doris Day, Elvis Presley and other pop culture icons. We’ll cover these topics and more, including Curtiz’s brief foray into television with John Frankenheimer, and how he came to direct what is unquestionably the best feature film adaptation of the Perry Mason novels that Warners produced in the 1930s.

Alan Rode has several appearances coming up in the weeks and months ahead, including a presentation at the Los Angeles Breakfast Club on June 27; a book signing at the Bryant Park Reading Room in New York City on July 2; and The Noir City Film Noir Festival in Chicago from Aug. 19-23. Visit Alan’s website for more information on these and other upcoming appearances.
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