Ep 573: Bruce Dern • Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

Sep 05, 2019

[10 mins. 13 secs.] Bruce Dern ("Smile", "The Hateful Eight") is the guest. "Freaks", Dern's first science fiction thriller since 1972's "Silent Running", is in theaters on Friday, September 13th. In "Freaks", a disturbed father (Emile Hirsch) locks his bold 7-year-old daughter (Lexy Kolker) in a house, warning her of grave dangers outside. But the mysterious Mr. Snowcone (Dern) convinces the girl to escape and join him on a quest for family, freedom, and revenge. Hirsch & Dern are also co-starring in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".

[32 mins. 11 secs.] Next up, co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman ("The Times of Harvey Milk", "The Celluloid Closet") have made a new documentary about one of the most successful and versatile female singers of the 20th century - and one of the most successful recording artists of all time; it's called "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice". At the height of unprecedented success, Ronstadt, a restless and adventurous artist, turned away from pop music to explore an astonishing variety of musical styles, from American standards to country to classical operetta before circling back to her family roots with traditional Mexican canciones. Withstanding constant pressure from a risk-averse industry, Linda insisted on following her musical instincts. Today Ronstadt has Parkinson’s disease and her magnificent singing voice has been silenced. But rather than letting that voice be lost to history, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice tells Linda’s story through her own words and music, and by such professional colleagues as Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Aaron Neville among many others. The film, which is distributed by Greenwich Entertainment and CNN Films, is in theaters Friday, September 6th.

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