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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Alexander Payne, Kay Cannon, and Eugene Levy

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Alexander Payne
Guests: 
Kay Cannon
Guests: 
Eugene Levy

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Filmmaker Alexander Payne on his film 'Downsizing'

Alexander Payne is an accomplished writer and director. He's won two Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay for the films "Sideways" and "The Descendants." His other films have been nominated for tons of awards, too -- "About Schmidt," "Nebraska," and "Election." His films are known for their satirical nature, dark humor and usually include some sort of existential crisis. His latest film "Downsizing" is no exception.

The movie centers on Paul and Audrey, an average couple from Omaha, played by Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig. In an effort to combat overpopulation and global warming, people can be shrunk down to about five inches. But things don't go exactly as planned for the couple.

Jesse sat down with Alexander Payne to talk about his love of silent films, what it was like to achieve success for his thesis film shortly after graduating college, and how he bonds with his six-month-old through film. Plus, he'll tell us about his favorite sequence in "Downsizing," and why he loved directing the challenging eight minute scene.


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The Craziest Day Of My Entire Career: Kay Cannon

Kay Cannon is a brilliant and hilarious writer. You know her work -- she wrote all three of the Pitch Perfect movies. Before that, she spent five years on "30 Rock," first as a writer and then as a supervising producer. Kay then went on to work on Fox's "New Girl" and she also created the Netflix original series "Girlboss."

Her directorial debut, "Blockers" is in theaters now. In the film, three teen girls make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Their parents, played by Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena, will do everything they can to stop them.

Kay Cannon tells us about the craziest day of her entire career, which starts on the Golden Gate Bridge, takes a scary private plane flight in a private jet and ends in an awkward meeting with John Cena.


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Eugene Levy on working with his son on 'Schitt's Creek'

Eugene Levy is probably best known for his role as Noah Levenstein in the "American Pie" franchise. Noah is the nerdy, oftentimes clueless dad of Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs). Noah's efforts to help Jim navigate puberty often result in embarrassing and awkward situations for Jim. The film series spans eight films, and Eugene is the only actor to appear in all of them.

He first got his start in improv comedy. He was a founding member of SCTV - the pioneering sketch comedy show that helped launch the careers of Rick Moranis, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, and many, many more.

Recently, he's been reunited with Catherine O'Hara in the sitcom "Schitt's Creek." The show was created by Eugene and his son, Dan Levy. Eugene plays Johnny Rose, the patriarch of a socialite family that lost their fortune. Johnny and his wife Moira, played by Catherine, head to the last place they can call their own: the backwoods Canadian town Johnny bought as a gag gift the year before. Together the family pieces their life back together.

Eugene sits down with Jesse and talks about what it was like to work with his son on "Schitt's Creek," and why he almost turned down his iconic role from "American Pie."


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The Outshot: Rigo 23’s “found lost bird” posters

And finally, Jesse tells us about a recent visit to the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. He describes the lost bird posters collected by Rigo 23 in the 1990's from the Mission District in San Francisco. The posters reflect the lives of the people who posted them, but also serves as a reminder of a community that no longer exists.

Who Shot Ya? Ep 20: Proud Mary w/ Ira Madison III

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Show: 
Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Ira Madison III

This week on Who Shot Ya?, Ira Madison III joins us in studio and shares his thoughts on where Proud Mary went wrong. Plus, the panel looks at some of their favorite female assassins, and they also create the definitive “12 Under 12” list, of the best actors who had yet to reach puberty when they delivered an outstanding performance.

ITIDIC
Tom Hardy helps homeless puppies
Matt Damon promises to shush his mouth
Retired actor Daniel Day Lewis enjoys watching Naked & Afraid
A not at all unhinged pastor blastsThe Shape of Water
Some dude has released a De-Feminised version of The Last Jedi

The Definitive 12(ish) Under 12 List
The baby from American Sniper
The toddler from Superman
Saoirse Ronan in Atonement
Victoire Thivisol in Ponette
Sunny Suljic in Killing of a Sacred Deer
Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds of A Quiet Place
Anaïs Reboux of Fat Girl
Sean Nelson of Fresh
Kirsten Dunst in Interview with a Vampire
Pascal Lamorisse from The Red Balloon
The kids from Ratcatcher
Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver
The kids from Magnolia

Staff Picks:
Ira - A Vampire in Brooklyn
April - Ganja and Hess
Alonso - The Lair of the White Worm and Gothic
Ricky - Jackie Brown

Check out our Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

With
Ira Madison III
Alonso Duralde
April Wolfe
Ricky Carmona

You can tweet us at @WhoShotYaPod
Email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 18: Movies of the Near Future and Downsizing

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde

This week the gang takes a trip to the near future as they talk about Alexander Payne's newest film Downsizing. Ricky, April, and Alonso tackle the controversy surrounding Hong Chau's depiction of the Vietnamese refugee Ngoc Lan Tran. They also ponder whether they would "downsize," April claims Christoph Waltz as her second husband, and the crew discusses the prolific career of Laura Dern. Plus, each host takes turns designing their own awards show. April has some very interesting stipulations for award show speeches so listen now!

In news, 300 women in the film industry say "Time's Up" for sexual harassment, Laura Dern shares some advice she received from Steven Spielberg, the three highest grossing films of 2017 were fronted by women, and MoviePass gets 1 million subscribers

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Teeth
Alonso - Five Came Back
Ricky - The X-Files: Fight the Future

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Bonus Episode 112: Oscars Special with Chris Schleicher

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Guy, Margaret, Chris, and Karen
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Chris Schleicher

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.

Dive in!

Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Chris Schleicher

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Other Links:
Viola Davis' acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress
Elaine Stritch's 2004 Emmy's speech

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

Minority Korner 42: James Misses Every Sex Show (DNC, Bernie Or Bust, #StrongerTogether, Matt Damon, Peep Shows, Dore Alley, Black Movements, Movement Politics, The Black Panther Movie, Shirley Chisholm)

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We're back! In more ways than one. Nnekay and James are physically back in the same time zone, same space, and same park, that's right we're back in Dolores Park, will things get as crazy as last time? Nnekay explains the history of pigeons, and James tells his tales of cheep peep shows, and sexy fairs. In the issues korner Nnekay sheds light on other movements outside of #BlackLivesMatter, that's right there's other movements effecting change. James has a DNC news roundup! This year at the DNC we had a lot of 'firsts' as movements are having effects on our electorate and party system in more ways than you think. Also James calls out Bernie or Bust, which is big, because as you recall Minority Korner feels the burn! Quizlet Korner has a whole new set of rules as we talk about Matt Damon is everyone's savior, male body dysmorphia, and poisonous vagina. All on this weeks episode of Minority Korner!

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