Friday, January 11, 2013

Baseball, Bob & Barry

Three things that interest me:  Baseball, Bob Costas and Barry Levinson.   Starting this Monday the 14th, they will be part of a six segment show on the MLB Network called Costas at the movies.  Bob is interviewing the stars and directors of iconic baseball movies.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, this is the lineup of films:

Monday, January 14 - Cobb
Interviews: Tommy Lee Jones (Ty Cobb) and director Ron Shelton

Monday, January 21 - Bad News Bears
Interview: Actress Tatum O'Neal (Amanda Whurlizer)

Monday, January 28 - A League of Their Own
Interviews: Geena Davis (Dottie Hinson) and director Penny Marshall

Monday, February 4 - Eight Men Out
Interviews: Director John Sayles

Monday, February 11 - The Natural
Interview: Director Barry Levinson

Gina Davis, A League of Their Own
As Bob says in THR:  “Not only do they take pride in the work they did in these movies, but they don’t often get a chance to talk at length about it,” Costas says. “Everything now is a sound bite. The idea of getting to speak in complete sentences and actually recalling something that was an important part of your life and career I think appeals to people.”

Bob's talk show, Later was one of my favorites. I met Bob during a taping of Later (an act I worked with was on the show) and he paid me one of the greatest compliments.  He said, "You really do know your baseball."  It doesn't get any better than that.

Bob and Howard Stern are the best interviewers out there.  They both get so much out of their guests.  Bob loves baseball and I see this series as being a (ahem) home run.  Can't wait. 

Strangely, the MLB Network does not have a mention of this show on their site.