Christmas

Who Shot Ya? Episode 98: The 20th Anniversary of 'Eyes Wide Shut' with Ben Mekler

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ben Mekler

Eyes Wide Shut

Masquerade Parties! Orgies! Nicole Kidman! Kink! This episode is NSFW! The gang is joined by the wonderful Ben Mekler to discuss Eyes Wide Shut. Ify bestows Alonso with a new yuletide nickname. Plus, they try to cast themselves in their own I'm Not There-style biopic. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, "Snyderheads" put up billboards at Comic Con, the new James Bond movie will get an all new 007, and Scarlett Johansson says she should be "allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal."

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Jewel's Catch One
Drea - Crawl
Ben - 7 Beauties
Ify - Catwoman

With Ify Nwadiwe, Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Ben Mekler.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? on Twitter or Facebook. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 86: 'Black Christmas' with 'Night of the Comet' & 'Chopping Mall' Star Kelli Maroney

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Kelli Maroney

Black Christmas

Kelli first got her big break in daytime TV, both as the evil adolescent Kimberly in Ryan's Hope and then as vengeful Tina in One Life to Live. Her film debut as the ‘Spirit Bunny’ Cindy Carr in Fast Times at Ridgemont High caught a lot of attention, but Kelli achieved her greatest enduring cult popularity with her delightful turn as the endearingly spunky Samantha in the science-fiction end-of-the-world Night of the Comet. She’s especially memorable as the sweet, killer-robot slayer Alison Parks in the entertaining romp, cult classic Chopping Mall, and as Jamie, a strong female survivor in The Zero Boys, as well as many other films.

The movie that Kelli has chosen to discuss is especially prescient because our host April Wolfe just happens to be writing the remake of the film. That's right, Kelli has chosen to discuss the 1974 classic, Black Christmas. She and April discuss Kelli's career in horror, and how Kelli takes great joy from the fact that horror has recently received the respect it has always deserved. She also talks about "embracing her crap" and coming to terms with the fact that she is most remembered for her cult and horror films. But she also elaborates on how honored she is by the support she receives from the fans of her work, and how meaningful that relationship is to her. Plus, she has a great story about how an off-the-cuff line she said while shooting a machine gun became one of Night of the Comet's most famous lines.

If you haven't seen any of Kelli's films, Night of the Comet is a great place to start.

And go watch Black Christmas too, while you're at it.

With April Wolfe and Kelli Maroney.

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters on Twitter or Facebook.

Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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

Judge John Hodgman Episode 397: Quid Pro Ho Ho Ho

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Ash-Lei files suit against her brother Josh. Their family does a gift exchange for their Ukrainian Christmas celebration every January. Josh has already opted out of participating in Western Christmas gift giving. He would also like to opt out of the Ukrainian Christmas gift exchange. But Ash-Lei says he should participate. Who's right? Who's wrong?

EVIDENCE

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Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 24: Christmas with Paula - An Extremely Non-Silent Night

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Guests: 
Jorge Reyes

It’s Christmas Eve, and Paula and Adam conjure up visions of sugarplums as a soft, fluffy snow begins to blanket Miranda Street. At least, we hope that’s snow. We play some of the latest festive entries to our Theme Song Contest, share our listeners’ stories about their most wished-for Christmas gifts, and we review the 2007 cinematic classic “Transformers” to help you decide whether the new film “Bumblebee” is the right holiday movie for YOUR whole family.

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Jorge Reyes, saxophone
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Who Shot Ya? Episode 68: Christmas Extravaganza! 'Love Actually', White Elephant, and Dan Thompson from the 'Deck The Hallmark' Podcast

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Who Shot Ya?
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Dan Thompson

Love Actually

HO HO HO! It's that time of year again to celebrate the day that Alonso loves. It's the 'Who Shot Ya?' Christmas Extravaganza! And this episode is packed to the gills. It starts off with a white elephant gift exchange. It then moves right into an in depth conversation about the somewhat controversial Christmas classic Love Actually. The crew then chats with Dan Thompson of the 'Deck The Hallmark' podcast about all those wonderful Hallmark Christmas movies. They have their final El Mero Mero De Navidad Christmas Minute. And as always, they've got Staff Picks. If this episode doesn't put you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will!

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Black Christmas
Alonso - The Annotated Christmas Carol: A Christmas Carol in Prose
April - A Diva's Christmas Carol

And here it is, the 'Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas' Video Montage.

PLUS, we have Alonso's Christmas Mix on Spotify.

With April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, 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

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Pop Rocket Ep. 205 The Pop Rocket Holiday Playlist Spectacular

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Karen Tongson, Tre'vell Anderson, Alonso Duralde, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh
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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Tre'vell Anderson
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde

Happy Holidays, everyone! Wynter and Karen are joined by special guest panelists Tre’Vell Anderson (Director of Culture and Entertainment at Out Magazine) and 'Who Shot Ya?'s' Alonso Duralde to create the ultimate holiday playlist. Each panelist created a top ten list of their favorite holiday songs, out of which they’d select twenty for inclusion in the official Pop Rocket Holiday Playlist. Well, that was the plan, anyway. In practice, when faced with making the tough choices, they flopped. Whose version of "Sleigh Ride" should be on the playlist: Andy Williams’s, Ella Fitzgerald’s or TLC’s? Spoiler alert: They couldn’t decide.

Plus, the panelists describe their holiday family traditions, and if you’ve ever been curious what the most popular Philippine Christmas song is, resident scholar Karen Tongson reveals the answer.

From Ella Fitzgerald to Donny Hathaway, from the Morehouse Glee Club to Quad City DJs, the variety of musical stylings in this episode will get your feet tappin'.

All Abouts

For the last All Abouts of the year, each panelist picked one thing in 2018, that they could watch, listen to, read, or consume, OVER & OVER again.

Alonso is all about the Amber Ruffin segment on Late Night With Seth Meyers - 'Amber Says Why'

Karen is still all about the series finale of The Americans.

Tre’Vell is awed by EVERYTHING about Cardi B, but especially her recent appearance with James Corden in Carpool Karaoke.

Wynter can’t stop watching Mission Impossible: Fallout.

That's My Jam

For this week’s jams, each panelist picked a song that best summed up the year that was 2018.

Karen: Sound of Music Soundtrack - So Long, Farewell
Tre’vell: Fantasia - Lose to Win
Alonso: Lizzo - Good as Hell
Wynter: Drake - Nice for What

Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback, or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108

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

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Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.

EP65: Holiday Music Special with Alonso Duralde

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Show: 
Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde

The Albums:
Vince Guraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Andy Williams' The Andy Williams Christmas Album (1963)
Stax Records' Christmas in Soulsville (2007)

Heat Rocks was hyped to have film critic Alonso Duralde (The Wrap), one of the hosts of Maximum Fun's movie podcast Who Shot Ya? guest with us to talk about our favorite Christmas songs, holiday fare, songs that should play when it's cold outside, baby.

We visit the canon of Christmas music over the years (Andy Williams 1963 The Christmas Album, Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas and Stax Record's 2007 compilation Christmas In Soulsville and across genres and styles - crooners, sweeping orchestral cinematic pieces, summer songs vs. winter songs, modern Christmas traditions, etc.

Alonso broke down the power of nostalgia as it relates to Christmas music and how our tastes in music are informed by tradition.

Don't be a grinch. Listen to this wintery wonderland of an episode about favorite Christmas tracks.

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Show Tracklisting

  • Booker T and the MG's: Winter Wonderland (Take 2)
  • The Waitresses: Wrapping Paper
  • Ella Fitzgerald: The Christmas Song
  • The Shins: Wonderful Christmastime
  • Michael Jackson: Little Christmas Tree
  • Wild Man Fischer: I'm A Christmas Tree
  • Brian McKnight: Let It Snow
  • Frank Sinatra: White
  • Andy Williams: Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells
  • Andy Williams: Happy Holiday/ The Holiday Season
  • Andy Williams: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Andy Williams: Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  • Mariah Carey: All I Want for Christmas is You
  • Vince Guraldi: Christmas Time is Here (Vocal)
  • Vince Guraldi: Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental)
  • Vince Guraldi: Skating
  • Vince Guraldi: O Tannenbaum
  • Vince Guraldi: The Christmas Song
  • Otis Redding: Merry Christmas, Baby
  • The Staple Singers: Who Took the Merry out of Christmas
  • Albert King: Santa Claus Wants Some Loving
  • The Emotions: Black Christmas
  • Isaac Hayes: The Mistletoe and Me
  • Booker T and the MG's: Winter Wonderland (Take 2)
  • Nate Dogg: Be Thankful
  • Little Johnny Taylor: Please Come Home for Christmas
  • Juice Crew: Cold Chillin' Christmas
  • The Free Design: Close Your Mouth It's Christmas
  • Kenny Bobien: Let Us Adore Him (Come O Ye Faithful)

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 395: Wreathing Havoc

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It’s our last episode of 2018! We’ll be off next week for the holidays. Paul files suit against his wife, Lizzie. Paul loves to decorate for Christmas but Lizzie doesn't. He wants to add more to their home in order to create some Christmas magic for their kid. But Lizzie thinks their tree is enough. Who's right? Who's wrong?

EVIDENCE

Excerpt from the article Lizzie submitted about the Caganer:

"Moreover, in certain regions of Spain, for example in Catalonia, a Caganer is included in the scene – the figurine of a defecating man. The reason for this is unknown, but it’s purpose might simply be to have a laugh or to bring good luck, as the Caganer is fertilizing the earth.

The Catalonian culture features another lovely tradition that has to do with faeces. A fortnight before Christmas, a caga tió, or ‘defecating log’ is created... For this, a small log is hollowed out and given a face.

In the fourteen days that precede Christmas, the log is ‘fed’ with sweets, fruits and nuts. At Christmas eve, the whole family gathers to sings traditional songs during which the log is hit with a stick. When beaten hard enough, the log will ‘defecate’ and spill its contents.”

The full article on Christmas Decorations and Cultural Differences can be found here.

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Everything's Coming Up SImpsons Ep. 168: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire w/ Alonso Duralde

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Alonso Duralde

It's crazy to think we've been doing this podcast for so long and no one has picked the first episode of The Simpsons. That's all about to change! This week, Alonso Duralde relives his memories of watching "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." You know Alonso as a film critic for the The Wrap. He's also one of panelist on "Who Shot Ya?" from Maximum Fun, and the co-host of the pod Linoleum Knife.

Most importantly for today's purposes Alonso is a Christmas expert and has a book to prove it called "Have yourself a movie little Christmas." We'll discuss how this episode was a perfect way to introduce the Simpsons to a mainstream audience. Plus, we'll sing some carols and share some last minute Christmas tips!

#199 - Clean Sleigh 3 with Paget Brewster

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Paget Brewster

In the third installment of #WorkJuiceDecember the wonderful Paget Brewster (Sadie Doyle herself!) joins Mark and Hal for a series of holiday mini-topics. Together they talk food, go through Paget's gift basket, and make your holidays brighter.

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