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POP INTERVIEW: Actor Juddy Talt and His “Broken Heart”

Juddy Talt is that rare sensitive guy whom chicks begged for tediously in their high school diaries. As an adult, he is to film what John Mayer is to soft love songs, he captures his romantic spirit in his film, Language of a Broken Heart, which he also wrote.



Juddy Talt is that rare sensitive guy whom chicks begged for tediously in their high school diaries. As an adult, he is to film what John Mayer is to soft love songs, he captures his romantic spirit in his film, Language of a Broken Heart, which he also wrote.

Juddy TaltNot everyone acts in their own material. When you acted your own screenwriting, were you harder on yourself than you might have been had it been another actor?
I think that I definitely had a deep vision for my character and it was difficult to let go of the writing and be an actor. Acting in your own material is a lot harder than people think because you actually have to let go of the vision you had and turn it over to the director to guide you. I was fortunate to work with a director that I’ve known my entire life so I trusted what he was doing and where he was taking the story. It’s funny. We didn’t have a big budget and I was in every scene so there wasn’t a lot of down time. I always complained that I didn’t have enough time to go over my lines and people were like “you wrote it!!” Just because I wrote it doesn’t mean I remember everything. I still need time to prepare as an actor but it worked out. I was hard on myself but I think I will be hard on myself for whatever project I take on. I expect actors to be prepared and have done the work. As an actor, your job is to bring something completely unique to each scene. And sometimes you get something out of it that the writer didn’t expect. I think the hardest part for me was just trying to do that. Not playing it exactly as I wrote it, but hoping to find something different than what was on the page.

What’s more unusual? A guy writing romantic comedy! Your film describes the character as neurotic. Are you anything like the character? And why did you want to venture into a genre few men step into?
A guy writing a romantic comedy is so cool these days. You know, sensitive men is the new sexy. Yeah sure… I can build something with my own hands and break shit but add a little bit of sensitivity and you are golden! I’m not afraid to cry in front of my girlfriend and definitely not afraid to express my feelings.

I am quasi neurotic. I get that from my father. He doesn’t like to shake peoples hands which is why he really started bumping peoples fist. I’m like, “That is not cool for you to do that. You are almost sixty. And it was never cool to bump fists anyway.” But, he doesn’t like germs. I just have a lot of little fears. I’m not afraid of flying, but when I get on a plane I definitely think I have cancer.

I think that the genre of romantic comedy is so universal especially when it deals with getting over an ex. We all go through that and even the most alpha male has had his heart broken and done some crazy shit because of it. I just think it’s funny to analyze people who get their heart broken and express it on film because we can all relate. We all have done some pretty crazy things to either get the girl back or get to that realization that “this is not the person for you.” You could have it hit you in the face that the person you think you love is not right for you, but for some reason, it just takes time. Nothing but time and alcohol.

A really good friend of mine lost her husband and then years passed and she started dating again. She got into a serious relationship with a guy and the guy broke her heart. I’ll never forget this, but she told me that it was harder to get over the break-up than it was getting over the loss of her husband because he loved her and didn’t want to leave her. But in a break up it hurts knowing that person is still walking around without you. I don’t know if I agree completely, but it’s a really interesting point. I could never imagine losing a significant other, but I know that in a break up, we drive ourselves crazy about what that other person is doing without you.

In the trailer, the character says, “I write about something that doesn’t exist.” Do you agree with this statement? It’s OK if you don’t believe in true love. And if you do, why are you an optimist?
I believe that true love does exist. But if my girlfriend were to leave me tomorrow, then I would probably go into a tailspin and denounce love forever. Until I got over it. I’m a huge optimist when it comes to love because I was raised that way. My parents have a very healthy marriage and that kind of paves the way for me. When you have a role model like that, it’s hard to not believe in it. I think that we are all after love, we just need to manage our expectations. It’s not always this grandiose thing we see in the movies. Relationships take a lot of work and the work never ends.

What would you do in real life if, like your character, you caught your significant other cheating on you…in front of you?
I don’t know what I would do. It makes me sick to think about. I’d probably just vomit everywhere.

The film places a great importance on family. How much does your family mean to you? How has your family been a good influence in your life? Do you ever consult family members about love or career choices?
Like I said above, I have great parents who represent that love does exist and can endure. After a tough break up years ago, my father noticed that I was really sad and he took me out to get a beer. You know, one of those moments where you just talk about life over a few beers. He told me about all the tough things that he has overcome in his life and some relationships when he was younger that didn’t work out. Then there was a pause and he said, “You just need to go out this weekend and get laid twice.” I love my family and am blessed to have such great people who have faith in me and always pick me up when I’m down. And I know what you are wondering, but I didn’t even get laid once that weekend. I take all advice with a grain of salt. People are just trying to help they just don’t know what’s best for you all the time. You have to figure that out on your own.

As someone who loves the romance genre, you probably are a bit of a sensitive type…the most popular right after bad boys. Has this placed a different cloud of ideas over your work as opposed to someone who might be the “bad boy” type, like George Clooney, with your writing?
It definitely has. Being a writer is all about finding a unique voice. Look, I’m the sensitive guy and I bring that into all of my work. And I think a lot of producers find that refreshing. I can go dark or “bad boy” but there will still be a happy ending.

When I saw your trailer, I thought of another movie I liked, “The Art of Getting By,” and really found a similar connection between them. Is this feel what you hope represents your artistry?
You know… I hate to admit but I haven’t seen “The Art of Getting By.” But I will check it out now. Our film really doesn’t re-invent the wheel of romantic comedies but it’s a poignant little story about heartbreak. It is a lot like “500 days of summer” in that regard. But we didn’t have a very big budget and did the best we could. We are very proud of it and excited that it has a theatrical release. I think what best represents my artistry is finding that perfect blend of comedy and drama. James L. Brooks is my hero because he does this so well. And Cameron Crowe too. It’s really hard to get these type of films to land right. Tone is very critical to a film and it can easily get lost with this type of blend.


Who Is This Brian Balthazar Guy, Anyway?

Did you see Brian on TV today? Wondering who he is? Here’s much more than you wanted to know. They leave the part out that he loves a well mixed Dark And Stormy, but let’s keep things professional…




You may have seen Brian Balthazar on television this morning, heard him on the radio, or read about some recent developments in the world of media and pop culture. But who the hell is this guy? Brian Balthazar leads a double – triple – okay, maybe quadruple life. Part journalist, actor and comic, he appears on many TV shows as a guest, but is also a developer and creator of several television shows behind the scenes. This when he’s not renovating homes and making snacks for his websites, and

After launching the fourth hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, he turned his attention to cable television, overseeing the direction and development of several shows on HGTV, including Flip or Flop, Love It Or List It, Christina On The Coast, House Hunters, Hit Properties with Nathan Morris, Flea Market Flip and dozens more.

As a comic he served as the opening act for Russell Brand In New York City and the MTV series Man and Wife featuring hype man Fatman Scoop.  He has performed at The Comic Strip, Caroline’s On Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club and more.Wendy Williams Show Feb 2013

In addition to being a frequent guest on “The Wendy Williams Show,” (he co-hosted several times during Williams’ three week break) and appearing on the “Today” show, where he guest co-hosted with Jenna Hager-Bush,  Brian has frequently been seen co-hosting the syndicated TV gossip show Page Six TV.

Additionally, he was the sideline reporter for HGTV’s Rose Parade Coverage, hosted the HGTV Special I Bought A Famous House, and has appeared on CBS’s The Talk, HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, MSNBC’s Caught On Camera, The Joy Behar Show, and more.

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An appearance on the fourth hour of the TODAY show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

He has also been an emcee for many notable events and sponsors, including work as a brand ambassador for Bombay Company, the co-host of the Miss Tennessee and Miss Mississippi USA pageants, and a red carpet host at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

You may also have seen Brian in some viral videos, most notably a recent parody of Bird Box, and a satirical look at House Hunters’ Writers’ Room.

HGTV – House Hunters Writer’s Room from Buffalo Picture House on Vimeo.

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Appearing in a series of videos for Bombay Company.


Brian has provided analysis, interviews and helped co-host the Tony Awards backstage show. He also followed all the backstage madness at the launch of Fashion Week in New York City while co-hosting the Red Dress Event. He has been a roving reporter for the Dr. Oz show. Earlier in his career he was a features reporter and contributor on NBC, MSNBC, United Airlines In-Flight Entertainment and more.

For A&E network, Brian appeared in an episode of Biography about Jim Carrey. He also provided play by play of some of film’s greatest car chases for a documentary about, well, car chases. (Ask his family and they will tell you: NO one would have expected to see him in a show about cars. We’ll leave it at that.)


Before ‘finding himself’ professionally, Brian was a singer on a ship, a publicist for a trance medium, an insurance customer service rep, waiter, bartender, activities director, substitute teacher, website programmer, pianist at a camp for spoiled children, and college mascot. None of them worked out. Let’s hope this does.

To contact Brian, email

To check out his video clips from NBC, HLN, and MSNBC, click HERE…

And – become his friend on facebook!

For a more extensive listing of his TV appearances visit his IMDB page.

And he’s apparently getting better about Twitter. So he says. He’s @BrianBalthazar.

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POP in the Kitchen! The Perfect Snack and Cocktail Pairings.



POP Goes The Week’s Brian Balthazar is part of the all new Food Network Kitchen App! Cook LIVE alongside Brian as he makes get party food and the drinks that go perfectly with them!

Hey everyone! I’m so excited for this – I was thrilled to be a part of the new app, which is an all new way to cook with your favorite chefs and cooking experts. In the app, you can get the recipe and ingredients and recipe in advance, check the live class schedule, then cook at the very same time as your instructor!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to do a live snack and cocktail pairing, which you can still watch – and cook along with me! Trust me, these all start out as live, which means anything can happen! (I have an adventure with the broiler in one of them!)

Download the app here.

For my recipes, I made a pulled pork toast with queso, sour cream radishes and green onions, along with a smoky mezcal paloma.

Pulled Pork Toasts with Sour Cream, Queso, Radishes and Green onions, garnished with cilantro. The recipe is literally those ingredients stacked onto baguette slices!

In another class, I make lavender honey that gets drizzled right on top of baked brie with herbs, then use that same lavender honey for my own interpretation of a “Bees Knees” cocktail that I call a “Bees Knees Breeze.” I came up with the variation because the original recipe, simply gin, honey and lemon was just TOO strong for me and I found myself always getting plastered!

Check out the gallery of what I made, all available on the FNK app!

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I hope you can check them out, AND all your favorite instructors like Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentiis and Ree Drummond!



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‘Saved By The Bell’ Cast Reunited For 30th Anniversary – And I’m So Excited



If you think your high school experience feels like ancient history then it won’t bring you any comfort to know that Saved By The Bell debuted 30 years ago!

Back in 1989, Saved By The Bell hit the small screen and quickly became a television staple. Over the course of its four seasons, the sitcom followed Zach Morris and his unique blend of friends as they navigated the tricky waters of high school. Everyone had a favorite Bayside Tiger and the series spawned many memorable scenes…but you are a liar if you didn’t say your favorite scene was where Jessie broke down crying after coming to terms with her caffeine pill addiction while crying out the most iconic line ever, “I’m so excited…I’m so excited…I’m so…scared”


In any event, some of Bayside’s most memorable students reunited over the weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the hit sitcom. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zach Morris), Tiffany Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) all gathered together to hit us right in the nostalgia. Notably missing were Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) and Dustin Diamond (Screech). Berkley wrote on her Instagram “FRIENDS FOREVER!!!” along with some sweet and fun hashtags. Lopez upped the ante and posted a video recapping the fun time the gang had as they reminisced on the days way back when. WHY WASN’T THIS TELEVISED?!? Many are speculating the reunion to be the beginnings of a reboot or revival but nothing of the sort has yet been confirmed.



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FRIENDS FOREVER #spousestoo!!!❤️❤️❤️#imsoexcited #buddybands #love #friends #family #life #magic

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Credit card roulette comin up! #OldSchool

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