Alan Alda recently had a new book published, "If I Understood You, Would I Have this Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating".
Alda is an acclaimed actor, star of M*A*S*H, writer, and director, whose many years of interviewing guests on PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers led him on a quest to develop ways to help us learn how
to communicate better. In his new book, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, and teaches us ways to build empathy, use improv games, storytelling, develop a mind-reading ability,
and more, all in an effort to improve the way we relate and talk to others.
With his trademark humor and frankness, Alda digs into the heart of what it means to be a true communicator: being able to read another person so well, you know what they’re thinking and feeling and are
able to be in sync with them. Alda has seen this kind of engagement facilitate real communication in a wide range of settings: within families, between lovers, at the office, between doctors and patients,
and between scientists and the rest of us.
Praise for the book:
“Sit back and enjoy Alan’s scientific journey of communication”--Barbara Walters
“A distinguished actor and communication expert shows how to avoid "the snags of misunderstanding" that plague verbal interactions between human beings…. A sharp and informative guide to communication.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Alan Alda has earned international recognition as an actor, writer, and director. He has won seven Emmy Awards, received three Tony nominations, is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator. Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series M*A*S*H, and his films include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Everyone Says I Love You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Bridge of Spies, and many more. Alda is an active member of the science community, having hosted the award-winning series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years and founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Alda is the author of two bestselling books, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned and Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself.
ABC 7 and many other
news outlets reported that William Christopher died on Saturday 12/31.
His son, John Christopher, said the actor died from non-small cell lung cancer at his home in Pasadena.
He was 84 years old. Alan Alda remembered Christopher in a tweet on his Twitter account.
ET Online and many other
news outlets reported that Wayne Rogers died on Thursday 12/31 surrounded by family after suffering complications from pneumonia,
He was 82 years old. "CBS This Morning" has a tribute video.
"Bridge of Spies" opens October 16 in the U.S. The cast of the Cold War thriller includes Alan Alda. Currently it has a 88% Tomatometer.
You can read a review on Variety.
View: Trailer 1, Trailer 2.
indicated back in June that David Ogden Stiers was cast as Maura Isles' adoptive father, Arthur in season 6 of the TNT detective drama "Rizzoli & Isles".
Episodes can be seen on TNT's site.
The show has been renewed for a seventh season. There is currently no talk about season seven being its last.
The winner in Stony Brook University's Flame Challenge to explain "Sleep" was announced in May at the World Science Festival.
More than 200 researchers responded with videos, images and essays explaining the science of sleep to thousands of 11-year-old judges.
Health physicist Eric Galicia, of Des Plaines, Illinois, won the video entry for his goofy and engaging video berating a sleep-deprived "Destiny" player for
skipping his zzz's. Alan Alda was on hand to thank Galicia and other contenstants.
The Portland Tribune
has an article about Mike Farrell and his history as an activist against the death penalty. He was in Oregon to talk about those passions with opponents of the state’s death penalty.
"The Longest Ride" is now available on
The movie cast includes Alan Alda as Ira Levinson, an elderly widower in poor health whose wife Ruth appears as an image to help him remember their life together: how they met, the paintings they collected and the dark days of WW2. His life becomes entwined
with that of young college student, Sophia Danko and the cowboy whom she loves, named Luke.
The Official Trailer for "Bridge of Spies" is online. The Cold War thriller
from Steven Spielberg stars Tom Hanks; the cast includes Alan Alda as Thomas Watters.
reports Alan Alda, an active supporter of the Democrat Party, revealed that at the height of M*A*S*H's popularity in the 1970s and 1980s he was approached
about running to become a senator. He told the Daily Mail newspaper: "They came to talk to me on the set and said, 'You should run for senator.' I thought,
'How ridiculous! Why would I do that? I don't know anything about it. I'm an actor, not a politician.'"
Alan Alda, an acclaimed actor, writer and director whose passion for science and technology embodies Carnegie Mellon University's interdisciplinary strengths,
delivered the keynote address at the university's 118th Commencement ceremony on
Sunday, May 17, 2015.
Alda also gave a graduation speech in 1979 at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; you can find the text reproduced in the Summer 1979 issue of P&S Journal (now Columbia Medicine).
5/2/2015 - reported by Diane Haddick
This Sunday May 3 starting at 7PM ET, MeTV will air
"Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen" the M*A*S*H finale. To commemorate this broadcast, MeTV has assembled the cast and creators of 'M*A*S*H' to share
their memories of the historic finale. MeTV will broadcast these exclusive interviews along with the uncut series finale, not seen on broadcast television
in years, in a special three-hour MeTV Network event.
Action News 4
reports Alan Alda will deliver the commencement address at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on May 17. He will also receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
"The Longest Ride" which includes Alan Alda in the cast, opened on April 10. According to Box Office Mojo
it was number 3 its opening weekend, falling to number 5 its second weekend and number 7 last weekend. On
Rotten Tomatoes it is currently scoring 29% with critics but 77% with audiences.
WebProNews has an article titled '“The Longest Ride” Failing At Box Office'.
The Age has an article with
titled "Married 58 years, Alan Alda talks long-term love" with quotes from Alda. The New Haven Independent
has a review titled "The Longest Ride Is Not All Bull". Finally,
UPI has an article
"'Longest Ride' star Alan Alda explains how a ruined rum cake led to his 58-year marriage" which includes a photo of Alan with his wife Arlene.
Clarion-Ledger has a video
covering a recent event where Loretta Swit of M*A*S*H and former WWE superstar Ted DiBiase Jr helped host a showing of Jan Thompson's POW film, "Never the Same."
Benefits from the showing went to the Warrior Bonfire Project.
Gothamist has a Q&A with Alan Alda and his wife Arlene.
They ask them both questions such as "What's your favorite current TV show?" and "What's the last music purchase you made?"
Empire reports that screenwriter Marc Platt has casually revealed that
Spielberg's movie set during the Cold War is titled "Bridge Of Spies". Tom Hanks stars in the film as the lawyer who negotiated for the release of U2 spy
plane pilot Gary Powers. The title refers to the popular Cold War nickname for what's now the Glienicke Bridge connecting Wannsee and Potsdam, formerly
part of East and West Germany. As previously reported, the supporting cast includes Alan Alda.
/Film also reports John Williams has been confirmed to provide the score for the film.
U-T San Diego has an article and Q&A with Alan Alda, who
visted UC San Diego recently to lead workshops meant to teach researchers and students to more effectively communicate science to the general public.
The Morning Call
has an article about Sally Kellerman who played "Hot Lips" in the original movie M*A*S*H. She recently performed music in a show called
"From Hot Lips to Cool Jazz, Blues and Rock 'n' Roll," Jan. 24 at The Rrazz Room, the supper club at The Ramada New Hope.
"Like the title says, It's a little jazz, a little blues, a little rock and roll. I never picked a lane," Kellerman says.
Kellerman has worked in music as well as acting all her life. Her latest album
came out in 2009. She indicates she is collecting material for a new album.
The article also mentions she had her memoirs published in 2013 entitled "Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life".
Loudon Wainwright III, the actor/musician who played Captain Calvin Spalding, released Haven't Got The Blues (Yet)
in September. It is available from Amazon.com in MP3 and CD format.
Time has an article titled "What College Professors Can Learn From Alan Alda".
It describes how schools are trying to get scholars to make their work accessible and more understandable by everyone, much as Alan Alda has done with scientists
since his time hosting "Scientific American". “I must have interviewed about 700 scientists,” says Alda. “I just listened and tried to understand what they were saying. But they were in lecture mode most
of the time.” The actor remains involved in the center—there he’s called Professor Alda—and uses improv and other techniques to teach graduate students how to better
convey their findings.
Yahoo! News reports Alan Alda
was among those who paid tribute to former New York Governor Mario Cuomo at his funeral. The former three-term governor — who flirted with but never
made a presidential run and turned down an opportunity to be nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court — died January 1.
The official trailer for "The Longest Ride", directed by George Tillman Jr., has
been posted online. The movie stars Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, and Alan Alda. It will be in theaters April 2015.
Alan Alda was one of the many guest stars featured in the sing-along performance of "We'll Meet Again" during the finale of "The Colbert Report".
An annotated version of the video can be found at Slate.com
(Alda can be seen around the 2:40 mark).
Entertainment Weekly has stills listing the names.
According to Yahoo! News and other media outlets,
"Love Letters" abruptly closed on December 14. Directed by Gregory Mosher, it included a rotating cast of name stars and had been scheduled to run
at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre through February 15. The play had its strongest weeks at the box office with Alda and Bergen. However, the stripped-down
concept, with the two actors sitting at a table reading their characters' correspondence throughout, was evidently a tough sell at Broadway prices.
Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg had been scheduled to perform next, followed by Angelica Huston and Martin Sheen. The play does have a national tour set to
launch in fall 2015, with cities, dates and stars to be announced.
both have articles about the Flame Challenge for 2015: What is sleep? As with other year's, the challenge as started by Alan Alda
is for scientists to answer the question in such a way that an 11-year-old can comprehend the answer. Anyone in the science arena can submit their answer
to The Flame Challenge by writing an explanation, filming a video or creating a graphic. The deadline for entry is Feb. 13, 2015.
Entertainment Weekly has the first
photo from the still-untitled historical drama from director Steven Spielberg starring Hanks as James Donovan, the true-life attorney working
on behalf of the CIA to secretly negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 pilot captured by the Soviets.
The cast includes Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, and Mark Rylance; the screenplay was written by Joel and Ethan Coen.
The New York Post has an "In My Library"
article listing some books which Alan Alda has in his library. They also have a Page Six
article with quotes from famous people on their Christmas memories. It includes a quote from Alan Alda saying, "Worst was when I was 6,
I'd gotten a train set. A family friend came over, stepped on it and broke the thing."
The entire episode of "On Stage"
from 11/29/14 is available from NY1 Online. The episode features an interview with Alan Alda and Candice Bergen, who starred in the play "Love Letters" on Broadway.
The Deadline Hollywood reports
ticket sales of "Love Letters", which currently features Alan Alda and Candice Bergen, rose last week almost $90,000 to $483,280 at the Brooks Atkinson,
a relatively healthy 62% of gross potential for a show with minimum weekly running costs. Three-quarters of the 1,068 seats were filled.
indicates while they were originally scheduled through Dec. 5, will now play an additional 13 performances through Dec. 18.
Alda and Bergen appeared on the Today show to discuss the play.
has a photo gallery of Alda and Bergen. The pair also showed up during Rokerthon,
Al Roker's record-breaking long weather report. Yahoo! News
has an article about the pair appearing on Broadway.
What's On Stage
reports "Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie", a play written by Alan Alda about the lift of Marie Curie will receive its UK premiere in London next year.
It will run at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick from 4 to 28 February 2015. The play premiered in Los Angeles in 2011
Goderich Signal Star
and The Washington Times
both have articles about members of the "Love Boat" cast recently reuniting at a celebration to coincide with the North American launch
of the Regal Princess, the newest ship in the Princess Cruises line. The festivities included Mr. MacLeod, who starred as Capt. Merrill Stubing,
along with five other regulars and guest stars such as Jamie Farr, Loni Anderson, Charo, Florence Henderson, Lorenzo Lamas, Rich Little and Marion Ross.
Vulture has spoilers for the recent
mid-season finale for "The Blacklist" which included Alan Alda reprising his role as Fitch.
has a list from the "Sydney Morning Herald" of some of the most memorable "will they/won't they" couples on TV from over the years, which
includes Hawkeye and Hot Lips.
The Hollywood Reporter
and many other media outlets say Marcia Strassman has passed away at the age of 66 after battling breast cancer. She played Margie Cutler on six episodes
of M*A*S*H, as well as other TV shows such as "Welcome Back, Kotter" and movies including "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids".
The St. Augustine Record
reports Underwood Jewelers will host a three-day benefit for Ayla's Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue Thursday through Saturday.
Loretta Swit will be a special guest at a cocktail party from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ponte Vedra store, 330 A1A N. Actor, St. Augustine, FL.
Underwood Jewelers will donate sales, host a cocktail party and raffle, and feature an adoption day — all to support
the mission of Ayla’s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue.
ComingSoon.net reports that filming and principal photography
has begun in New York on the still untitled Cold War spy thriller from Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks. The supporting
cast includes Alan Alda and Amy Ryan.
has an article with video from Fox News about a panel discussing fears over Ebola spreading in the United States.
The panel included Wayne Rogers, Eric Bolling, Michelle Fields, and Jonathan Hoenig. Rogers was among those who expressed concern over Ebola.
An older article on Mediaite includes video of Rogers
debating the question of paying ransom to terrorists with Michelle Fields. "All you do when you do that is encourage them to do more kidnappings," Rogers said.
a film from 1955 starring Howard Keel and Ann Blyth was recently released on blu-ray. The supporting cast includes Jamie Farr playing a merchant.
The adaptation of the stage musical follows a poet and his daughter during one day of shifting events, living a lifetime’s worth of comic/romantic adventures.
has an article where they rank female presidents, vice presidents and secretaries of state from silliest to most serious.
Loretta Swit playing President Barbara Adams in "Whoops Apocalypse" came in the middle, number 7 out of 14.
has an article ranking the characters from "The West Wing"
in honor of the show's 15th anniversary. Alan Alda's character of Arnold Vinick comes in at number 16.
Time published an article written by Alan Alda in which he
remembers Robin Williams. Along with Jane Fonda, the two shared hosting duties of the 58th Academy Awards
in 1986. As many others are saying, Alda asks that this be a wake-up call for people to become educated on depression, its warning signs and how dangerous it is.
Entertainment Weekly reports
A.R. Gurney’s romantic play “Love Letters” is about to hit Broadway again with some big movie stars.
The two-person work, composed of letters exchanged over a lifetime between friends who grew up together, will star Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow
from Sept. 13 to Oct. 10, then Carol Burnett and Dennehy (Oct. 11-Nov. 7), Alan Alda and Candice Bergen (Nov. 8-Dec. 5), Stacy Keach
and Diana Rigg (Dec. 6-Jan. 9) and finally Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen (Jan. 10 to Feb. 1).
The New York Times Art Beat
has an update on the production, indicating "Love Letters" will switch from the originally announced Nederlander Theatre
to the Brooks Atkinson Theater. The Brooks Atkinson has 126 fewer seats but also has a smaller stage and allows for the greater intimacy that
a two-person play requires.
reports a tractor-trailer driver died after he crashed into Tony Packo's, the famous hot dog eatery in Toledo, OH on Friday August 1 at about 7:15 am.
No one was inside the restaurant at the time. The restaurant has significant structural damage to its front and will have to be stabilized.
The Hollywood Reporter
says "The Longest Ride" will now be released April 10, 2015.
The movie cast includes Alan Alda as Ira, a man who becomes stuck in his car after a major crash on an isolated road.
The press release shows that filming
on the movie has already begun.
British news site The Telegraph
has an article listing M*A*S*H as President Obama's favorite TV show. In 2012, President Obama was asked by a couple in a Minneapolis restaurant about his favourite TV show and he replied:
"You know what pops in to my head? I'm older than you, so you won't remember, but it's a show called M*A*S*H."
According to Entertainment Weekly,
Alan Alda is in talks to join the cast for an untitled film by Steven Spielberg set in the Cold War. The thriller is set to star Tom Hanks as James Donovan,
who won the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his work trying to free U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers after he was shot down over Russian territory in 1960.
Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script for the film and Amy Ryan has been cast to play Donovan's wife.
The first season of "The Blacklist" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 12. It is available for preorder on Amazon.com -
The Blacklist: Season 1 [DVD] and
The Blacklist: Season 1 [Blu-ray].
During the show's first season, Alda played Alan Fitch, part of the global alliance
which is at least partially at odds with Red (James Spader).
An upcoming episode of YoungArts MasterClass on HBO
will feature Alan Alda on September 16 at 7:30 PM ET. The series chronicles the work of renowned artists sharing their art
and life experiences through master classes with National YoungArts Foundation alumni. Each edition of the program highlights the importance of
mentorship, which resonates in the arts and beyond, allowing the next generation of young artists to meet and work with legends, like Plácido Domingo,
Frank Gehry, Bill T. Jones, Patti LuPone and Wynton Marsalis, in the fields they aspire to pursue.
The New York Daily News
reports Lester Wisbrod, 67, used a self-focusing camera to take what he says was the first selfie, of himself and humorist Art Buchwald,
more than 30 years ago. The picture came out blurry, but Wisbrod eventually learned the style, taking about 150 snaps with celebrities over the years.
Wisbrod says that only Loretta Swit refused his selfie offer - she wanted someone else to take a photo of the two of them.
Entertainment Weekly reports the panel for "The Blacklist"
at this year's Comic-Con said "Alan Alda will maybe-probably return."
The Winnipeg Free Press
reported on July 7 Jamie Farr was released from the hospital and set to return to the stage after falling ill during a performance in Edmonton.
He was performing in "The Last Romance" at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre when he fell ill during the play the previous day.
reports Alan Alda will star in "The Longest Ride", the George Tillman Jr-directed adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestselling novel.
Alda will play Ira, a man who becomes stuck in his car after a major crash on an isolated road. As he drifts in and out of consciousness awaiting rescue,
the man sees visions of his life's love, who died earlier.
has an article with video about this year's winner of Alan Alda's annual Flame Challenge.
More than 27,000 schoolchildren from 19 countries helped pick the winners from nearly 400 entries attempting to explain "What is color?"
The prize in the video category went to Dianna Cowern, an outreach coordinator in the physics department at the University of California, San Diego who
runs a YouTube channel under the name Physics Girl. In her less-than-4-minute clip, Cowern wears costumes and interacts with animations, asking her viewers
to imagine themselves as color to bring them on a journey from a wavelength of light to a reflection to a brain signal to a perception.
According to Yahoo! Finance,
Alan Alda and Haddy N'jie will be the hosts for this year's Kavli Prize Ceremony on September 9 in Oslo, Norway.
The Kavli Prize from The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in
astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. This year's laureates were selected for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation, for
transformative contributions to the field of nano-optics and for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition.
The Baltimore Sun
reports Alan Alda will be the speaker on September 30, the first in the 2014-15 Baltimore Speakers Series at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. talks are sold by subscription only, with prices for the entire series ranging from $275-$415.
For more info see baltimorespeakersseries.org.
Radar's Teddy Bear was recently auctioned off at One Of A Kind Collectibles.
There were 19 bids with the winning bid going for $14,307.50.
Las Cruces Sunlife
reports filmmaker Jan Thompson and Loretta Swit will present screenings of Thompson's documentary "Never The Same: The Prisoner of War Experience"
at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, NM. The film is narrated by Swit and features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Ed Asner, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Robert Loggia, Kathleen Turner, Robert Wagner,
Christopher Franciosa, Christopher Murray and Sam Waterston. It was inspired by the experiences, journals and artifacts of U.S. servicemen held as POWs by the Japanese during World War II.
The screenings will be 7pm Friday 3/21, 3 and 7pm Saturday 3/22, and 7pm Monday 3/24; a brief question-and-answer session will follow each screening.
For tickets go to RioGrandeTheatre.com.
CNN has an article noting
the 40th anniversary of Free to Be You & Me
After debuting as an album in 1972, the TV special was first broadcast on March 11, 1974.
It was an early example of multimedia which was "feminist and multicultural" and helped educate children about understanding and respecting others.
There was the gold record album, a best-selling book and in 1974, an Emmy- and Peabody-winning TV special that starred its creator, Marlo Thomas,
"and friends" -- literally, her formidable list of famous pals, including Harry Belafonte, Alan Alda, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Carl Reiner,
Rosey Grier and a young Michael Jackson. The TV special is available on DVD from Amazon.com.
The Stars and Stripes
reports Mike Farrell received a standing ovation when he recently spoke at an Air Force Academy for the school's National Character and Leadership Symposium.
He focused on human dignity, derided the death penalty and the Iraq war, and described American tactics against alleged terrorists as "drone murder."
The New York Times
has a Q&A along with a video with Alan Alda concerning his interest and contributions to science.
The Huffington Post UK
has a video with Alda speaking to Paxman on Newsnight about science.
The Monterey Herald
has an article about Mike Farrell and his stand against the death penalty.
Farrell is president of Death Penalty Focus, California's most prominent anti-capital punishment group.
He was in Monterey last week to introduce his organization's new executive director, Matt Cherry, to a gathering of capital case defense attorneys
from around the state. He spoke to The Herald just a day after three former California governors promoted a proposed ballot measure to speed up executions.
Silver City Sun-News has an article with quotes from Loretta Swit
and Ed Asner who recently co-starred in "Eleanor & FDR" in Las Cruces, NM. Swit talked about stories which audience members shared with her
as well as what it means to portray Eleanor Roosevelt.
Las Cruces Sun-News
reports Ed Asner and Loretta Swit will perform "Eleanor & FDR" as a benefit for the NMSU Theatre Arts scholarships and others in the community.
The performances will be January 24 and 25 at the NMSU Center for the Arts in Las Cruces, NM; tickets are available
Live Science (via Yahoo! News)
says the next question from Alan Alda and his annual Flame Challenge is "What is color?"
Scientists have until March 1, 2014 to submit their answers in written, video or graphic formats, answering the question so that it can be understood by an 11-year-old.
The contest organizers were attracted to the question "What is color?" because it can be answered from the standpoint of several different disciplines, from physics to psychology.
Good Morning America (via Yahoo! News)
has an article with quotes from Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, and William Christopher about the Heroes Homecoming III celebration. The Veterans Day celebration
honored and remembered the soldiers of the Korean War with tributes, exhibits and recognition ceremonies.