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Who Shot Ya? Episode 11: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri w/ Inkoo Kang

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

On this week's episode the gang is joined by friend-of-the-show, film critic Inkoo Kang, to discuss Martin McDonagh's new film Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Heads up: This episode features a provocative and heated debate about the film that pits April and Inkoo against Alonso and Ricky. Inkoo fills everyone in on the new Stephen Soderbergh "Choose Your Own Adventure" film, Mosaic. April challenges the Directors Guild of America to advocate for its female members. And of course, the holiday tradition continues with another installment of Stump Alonso.

In news, Gal Gadot confirms that Brett Ratner is not involved with Wonder Woman 2, Stephen Soderberg has a new series for your phone, the DGA announces a spike in the number of women and ethnic minorities hired as first time directors, and people are watching Netflix in the bathroom.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Alonso - I'll Be Seeing You
Inkoo - Happy Valley
Ricky - Darkman

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Inkoo Kang 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.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 2: Near Dark with Karyn Kusama

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Karyn Kusama

This week, April sits down with director Karyn Kusama (Girl Fight, Jennifer's Body, The Invitation) to discuss the Kathryn Bigelow vampire classic, Near Dark. The two marvel at Bigelow's mastery in crafting a vampire western, the amazing performance of Bill Paxton as the villainous Severen, and the elegant cinematography throughout the film. Plus, Karyn talks about her journey as a director from discovering Michelle Rodriguez for Girl Fight, to subverting genre expectations for Jennifer's Body.

You can watch Karyn's most recent film The Invitation on Netflix.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Near Dark.

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Amy Sedaris & Paul Reiser

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Amy Sedaris
Guests: 
Paul Reiser

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Amy Sedaris on her new show: At Home with Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris made a career playing characters - and we say this with absolutely *zero* shade intended - people who are kind of grotesque and weird. The weirder the better. There's Jerri Blank from Strangers with Candy - a middle aged high school student with an overbite, weird highlights and a penchant for mom jeans. Or Mimi Kanasis, the crazed, kinda plastic-y socialite on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, too. But on her new show, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Amy pretty much plays herself. She talks with Jesse about how that's a transition out of her normal comfort zone.

Also discussed: rabbits (she has one), monkfish (they smell bad when their dead), and Girl Scout badges (she has them all!)

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Paul Reiser on dramatizing the Tonight Show's golden days.

Paul Reiser is, of course, a longtime standup. Alongside Helen Hunt, he starred in the hit sitcom Mad About You. And he's been acting a lot lately, too - he's great in Amazon's Red Oaks, Stranger Things, he was in Whiplash too. He's also the creator of a brand new TV series, it's called There's Johnny and it's premiering this week on Hulu.

It's set in the early 70s, behind the scene of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Reiser knew Carson about as well as anybody could and dishes on what it was like appearing on his show almost a dozen times, how the show came together and what it was like following up a hit show like Mad About You.

The Outshot: Who Needs Donuts?

Finally, for this week's Outshot: Who needs "Who Needs Donuts?" You need "Who Needs Donuts?"

Who Shot Ya? Episode10: Thor-Ragnarok

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

For those about to Ragnarok, we salute you. This week the gang takes on the new Marvel film, Thor: Ragnarok. Ricky is joyous over the return of the McRib to the McDonalds menu. April introduces the world to Rosaura Revueltas in another installment of Forgotten Women of Hollywood. And once again, the gang attempts to overthrow King Christmas himself, Alonso Duralde, in another round of Stump Alonso.

In news, Kevin Spacey gets recast, Disney lifts the ban on the LA Times, Dustin Hoffman is accused of sexual assault, and Disney may purchase 20th Century Fox.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - The Divine Order
Alonso - Lady Bird
Ricky - I Am Thor

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.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 1: Bone Tomahawk with Emily Gordon

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Emily Gordon

On the debut episode of Switchblade Sisters, April talks with the writer and producer of The Big Sick, Emily Gordon. Things get gruesome quickly as the two of them discuss the 2015 horror-western, Bone Tomahawk. April and Emily examine what makes the movie so good; the insane violence, the heartbreaking monologues, the beautiful cinematography. Plus, Emily talks about the making of The Big Sick and how she uses her psychology background in her writing.

You can buy or rent The Big Sick today.

And if you haven't yet, go watch Bone Tomahawk .

With April Wolfe and Emily Gordon.

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters: Coming November 9th

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Emily Gordon

Our debut episode drops this Thursday!

Make sure to subscribe where ever you listen to podcasts.

On the upcoming premiere episode, April Wolfe (lead film critic at LA Weekly) sits down with the writer and producer of The Big Sick, Emily Gordon. The genre film Emily chooses to discuss is the 2015, horror-western, Bone Tomahawk. Emily highlights the things she loves about the film; the crazy violence, the heartbreaking monologues, the beautiful cinematography. Plus, she also discusses what challenges and joys she encountered in the making of The Big Sick.

That's just a taste of what's to come. Some other upcoming guests include Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body, The Invitation) Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Princess Diaries) and Issa Lopez (Tigers Are Not Afraid).

The first episode of Switchblade Sisters arrives this Thursday, November 9th.

You can check us out on @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: John Hodgman & Tig Notaro

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
John Hodgman
Guests: 
Tig Notaro

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John Hodgman on his new book Vacationland

It's Bullseye, I'm Jesse Thorn. My first guest: John Hodgman!

Look, you probably know who John is already. He's been a regular contributor to McSweeney's and This American Life and a bunch more. He's an actor who's worked on shows like 30 Rock, Flight of the Conchords, Adventure Time. At my company Maximum Fun he's the judge on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast.

John's also written four books. His latest is Vacationland, and it's kind of a departure for him. John's previous work has been pretty much all jokes - really funny jokes, but nothing personal. Stuff like hobo nicknames and gags about John Cusack or whatever.

Vacationland is plenty funny, but it's also really intimate. It's kind of a meditation on aging and the world we live in today. It's about fatherhood and adolescence and how to accept that at some point in your life. there's gonna be more road behind you than ahead.

John Hodgman joins Jesse to talk about his new book and the swear words he wishes he never said to his children.

Click here to listen to John Hodgman's interview on YouTube

Tig Notaro on weaving fiction and autobiography in One Mississippi

Tig Notaro has been on the show a few times before - the last time was 2014. She was kicking off her Boyish Girl Interrupted tour. Only a couple years before that, she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer - a topic that showed up in her standup in a really honest and affecting way.

In 2015, she collaborated with writer Diablo Cody to create the show One Mississippi, she's also the star. Her character, Tig, is a radio DJ who's moved from Los Angeles back to her home state of Mississippi. Like Tig in real life, she's a cancer survivor, she's gay, she's really, really funny.

One Mississippi is entering its second season on Amazon now.

Click here to listen to Tig's Bullseye interview on YouTube!

The Outshot: Henri Rousseau's Tiger in a Tropical Storm

Finally, for this week's Outshot, Jesse talks about painter Henri Rousseau and his transfixing "Tiger in a Tropical Storm," or… "Surprised!"

Click here to listen to Jesse's Outshot on YouTube!

Who Shot Ya? Episode 9: Suburbicon

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

This week Ricky, April, and Alonso have a lot to say about the new George Clooney movie, Suburbicon. The gang breaks down the allegations against Kevin Spacey and his history of sexual assault. Plus, November has begun and Alonso cannot contain his Christmas joy. So Ricky and April do their best to test him on his Christmas knowledge in a new segment called, Stump Alonso.

In news, director Brett Ratner gets accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by 6 actresses, James Franco directs The Disaster Artist in character, Regal Cinema introduces "demand based pricing", director James Gunn tries to faciliate peace, and Tiffany Haddish wants everyone to wash their hands.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Strange Weather
Alonso - A Bad Mom's Christmas
Ricky - Out of Sight

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.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Stephanie Beatriz & Griffin Dunne on Joan Didion

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Stephanie Beatriz
Guests: 
Griffin Dunne

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Stephanie Beatriz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and taking the lead in The Light of the Moon

For five seasons, Stephanie Beatriz has starred on the hit fox show Brooklyn Nine Nine. It's for real one of our favorites, everyone's great in it - Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Chelsea Peretti. Stephanie plays Detective Rosa Diaz. And Rosa is easily the toughest cop in the precinct - she's brave, she's serious, she rides a motorcycle.

Now, Stephanie is starring in a brand new movie. It's called The Light of The Moon. In it, Stephanie plays Bonnie, a young woman living in Brooklyn with her boyfriend. Towards the beginning of the film she goes through a vicious sexual assault. And from there, the movie tells the story of the aftermath of that event - its effect on her work life, her relationships… even little stuff - like whether or not she wears headphones when she's walking off the subway. It's a little brutal to watch, but it's also nuanced, realistic and really touching.

Stephanie's talks with Jesse about all that and more from NPR's studios in New York.

A quick warning - the second half of this interview contains some honest and frank talk about sexual assault and the trauma dealing with it.

Click here to listen to Stephanie's interview on YouTube!"

Photo: David Shankbone/Flickr

Griffin Dunne on making a documentary about his aunt, Joan Didion

Griffin Dunne is mainly an actor. Recently he starred alongside Kathryn Hahn in the Amazon series I Love Dick. He was also in the Dallas Buyers Club, an American Werewolf in London, and in the 1985 Scorsese classic After Hours.

He's also a director - and just released his first ever documentary. It's a biography of his aunt, Joan Didion, one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary writers.

Didion rose to fame for her journalism - she immersed herself in stories. In the late 60s, she broke through with Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In her career she covered a bunch of different stuff - the counter culture, war, immigration. She also wrote a handful of novels, a couple memoirs.

She's lead a fascinating life, but until now, there hadn't been a documentary about her. She's pretty private - doesn't give a lot of interviews, either.

The film is called Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, and it's available on Netflix now. Dunne gives us an intimate look at one of the most compelling thinkers alive. It talks about her impact on journalism, her works of fiction too. Dunne also focuses a lot on one of the biggest tragedies to strike Didion's life: in 2003, her husband John Dunne died of a heart attack. Not long after that she also lost daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne.

Click here to listen to Griffin's interview on YouTube!"

The Outshot: The Dana Carvey Show

Finally, for this week's Outshot, Jesse plugs the Dana Carvey Show - possibly the funniest thing to ever follow Home Improvement on ABC.

Click here to listen to Jesse's Outshot on YouTube!"

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Halloween Special! Elvira's Cassandra Peterson, Andy Daly & more!

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson
Guests: 
Andy Daly
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde

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Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson on her career and Halloween influence as Elvira

Her name is Cassandra Peterson, better you probably know her better as Elvira - Mistress of the Dark - probably the most famous Halloween character ever since Dracula. She's rocked the giant wig, the tailored black dress and glossy black nail polish for 36 years now.

Elvira's has appeared on countless TV shows, hosted her own, starred in two movies. Since 1983, she's appeared live on stage at Knott's Berry Farm for a special nightly Halloween performance. This year marks her last ever performance there.

Where'd it all start? Back in 1981. Peterson had just been hired to host the spooky B-Movie TV show Movie Macabre. In those late night episodes, sprawled out on a red velvet couch and wearing all black, Cassandra Peterson became Elvira.

Cassandra joins Jesse to talk about her career as Elvira and the character's impact on her fans.

You can keep up to date with Cassandra Peterson on her website.

Listen to Jesse's interview with Elvira!

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Andy Daly on "The Song that Changed my Life"

Every now and then we find a guest with a story about a song they love. We call it "The Song that Changed my Life." This week, we've got Andy Daly with a special Halloween treat: he's going to talk about the Monster Mash, by Bobby "Boris" Pickett.

Andy Daly is a comedian and actor. You've seen him on Mad TV, Eastbound and Down, he plays the terrible doctor on HBO's Silicon Valley.

And for three years he starred on the Comedy Central show Review, where he played a critic willing to review pretty much anything life has to offer. Even if it's something as simple as eating a bunch of pancakes.

Check out more of Andy Daly's work on Andydaly.com

Listen to Jesse's interview with Andy Daly!

Film critic April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde on Halloween movies

There's more to the Halloween spirit than getting scared. And movies help you with that! What's Thanksgiving without Planes Trains and Automobiles? Christmas without Charlie Brown? 4th of July without… Born on the 4th of July?

This week, for a Halloween special, to talk about Halloween movies both spooky and ooky are two resident film experts at Maximum Fun and expert panelists from the new Maximum Fun movie podcast Who Shot Ya. April Wolfe is a film critic who's written for LA Weekly, The Atlantic, NPR, Vice and more. She's joined by Alonso Duralde, film critic the Wrap.

Listen to Jesse's Halloween film panel with April and Alonso!

The Outshot: "I Put a Spell on You"

In this week's Outshot, Jesse points out how Nina Simone's rendition of Jay Hawkin's "I Put a Spell on You" is better than the original.

Listen to Jesse's Outshot on "I Put a Spell on You"

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