This is a rush edition of Pop Rocket focusing on The Oscars. Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson and special guest Chris Schleicher waste no time in dishing on cinema's biggest night. They skip the "all abouts" and jams and get right to the WTF of it all--the best picture debacle, Casey Affleck and Brie Larson, bad hair, bad clapping and Hacksaw Ridge. Plus, we'll get to the bottom of why Margaret Wappler wants to be Taraji P. Henson's eyebrows when she grows up.
Guy Branum explains why he has a problem with standing ovations, and reveals a fact about director Ezra Edelman (OJ Made in America) that blew him away.
Margaret Wappler hearts Natalie Portman's performance in Jackie and, apparently, Taraji P. Henson's eyebrows.
Karen Tongson analyzes the ways Moonlight was successful in moving the lens away from gay white people.
And Chris Schleicher gets all Zapruder film in breaking down the Best Picture fiasco and gives us his theory about Faye Dunaway.
In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Andrew Reich interviews Will Gluck (Director of Easy A and Friends with Benefits, Co-creator of The Michael J. Fox Show) regarding his dead pilot, Angry Angel. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Angry Angel performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors like:
Aubrey Plaza as Alison Pyke, Danielle Nicolet as Connie, Ed Weeks as Barker, Cedric Yarbrough as Leonard/Middle Aged Man, Craig Cackowski as Skater/Shaun White/Business Man/Wallstreeter #1/Taxi Driver, John Ross Bowie as Male Judge/Co-pilot/Driver/Jogger, Kerri Kenney-Silver as Female Judge/Old Woman, Josh Zuckerman as Stoned College Kid/Young Man, Chris Tallman as Pilot/Captain Sully/Wallstreeter #2/Older Voices/Conductor, Mark McConville as Air Traffic Control/Rescuer/Older Voices, Alison Rich as Teenage Girl, Janet Varney as Flight Attendant/Mother/Suspicious Mother, Gary Anthony Williams as Man in Uniform/Regular/Older Voices/Security Guard, Jamie Denbo as Woman, Humphrey Kerr as Patrick, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.
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Another example of using comedy for good today: Lucasfilms has collaborated with Stand Up to Cancer to make this Star Wars themed video tribute featuring Aziz Ansari, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, and Emma Stone acting out lines from (the best movies of) the Star Wars series. Stand Up to Cancer funds a variety of innovative and collaborative research projects that are working towards a cure.
Good nerdy fun and all for a good cause.