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Switchblade Sisters Episode 81: 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' with 'The Devil Wears Prada' writer and 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Co-Creator/ Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Aline began her screenwriting career in 1999 with her first produced feature, the romantic comedy Three to Tango, starring Neve Campbell. That film established Aline as a go-to writer of realistic drama and romance. She followed that film up with 2004’s Laws of Attraction, starring Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan. But her best known work came with the film adaptation of the popular novel, The Devil Wears Prada, a modern classic, and features one of Meryl Streep’s signature roles as the imperious magazine editor, Miranda Priestly. In 2014, Aline added television to her resume when she co-created the critically acclaimed, Emmy award-winning comedy series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, on which she served as head writer, showrunner, and executive producer. The series just finished airing its fourth and final season on the CW.

The movie that Aline has chosen to discuss is the wonderful Steven Spielberg film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She discusses how the film has become one of her favorites over the years, and one that she admires as a feat of technical storytelling. She dives into the process of working with actors to help change movie scripts on set, like working with Emily Blunt on The Devil Wears Prada to fully develop her character. She elaborates on showrunning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the insane schedule of producing a musical one hour sitcom. Aline also bemoans the lack of character-driven films that were so prevalent in the '70's, and how she frequently falls asleep during the final fights of Marvel films.

You can check out Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

With April Wolfe and Aline Brosh McKenna.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 89: 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' and the Difficulty of Adapting Video Games Into Film with Special Guest Host Ify Nwadiwe

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Gotta catch 'em all? More like, gotta listen to 'em all. The Who Shot Ya podcast episodes, that is. This week we have a very special guest host, comedian and actor Ify Nwadiwe. This self-proclaimed "Turbo Nerd" is the perfect person to discuss Pokémon Detective Pikachu with Alonso and Drea. They chat about why video games have such a tough time being adapted into films. Plus, they confess the movie recommendations they most regret. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, the Avengers: Endgame editors had to go through 900 hours of footage, the backlash over Mel Gibson portraying Santa has begun, and Taylor Swift goes to cat school.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Charlie Says
Drea - The Biggest Little Farm
Ify - Goodnight Mommy

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Ify Nwadiwe.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 80: 'An American Werewolf in London' with 'American Psycho' and 'Charlie Says' Writer Guinevere Turner

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An American Werewolf in London

Guinevere Turner is a writer, director and actor who has been working in film and TV since her 1994 debut feature Go Fish, which she wrote, produced and starred in. The film premiered at Sundance and then got picked up by Samuel Goldwyn. Next, Guinevere teamed up with director Mary Harron to write the adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho, starring Christian Bale as a psychopathic finance guy who murders people for fun and to see how much he can get away with. Guinevere also worked with Harron writing The Notorious Bettie Page. She was a writer, story editor, and played a recurring character on Showtime’s The L Word. Her latest screenplay, Charlie Says, tells the story of the women who killed for Charles Manson as they serve out the first few years of their decades-long prison term. Charlie Says is directed by Mary Harron and is in theaters now.

The movie that Guinevere has chosen to discuss is An American Werewolf in London. She and April elaborate on just how groundbreaking this film was in terms of its combination of comedy and real horror. They, of course, dissect the famous werewolf transformation scene. Plus, Guinevere talks about her own process, and how her childhood spent in a cult inspired her newest film Charlie Says. She reveals that she hates it when actors change the dialogue from one of her screenplays, but conversely, as an actress she always asks if she can change lines. She discusses her dislike of tricking actors into performances. And she even touches upon working with Christian Bale on American Psycho and her decades long collaborative relationship with Mary Harron.

You can check out Charlie Says in theaters now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch An American Werewolf in London.

With April Wolfe and Guinevere Turner.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 88: 'Long Shot' with Special Guest Host Brodie Reed and TV Writer Brendan Hay

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Long Shot

On this week's episode, please welcome to the hosting chair, special guest host, comedian Brodie Reed! This great man helps the crew dissect the new Charlize Theron/ Seth Rogen rom-com, Long Shot. They are also joined by TV writer Brendan Hay (Harvey Girls Forever, Dawn of the Croods, Robot Chicken). They discuss their favorite school movies. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Sonic the Hedgehog switches gears, Jacki Weaver tells Anjelica Huston "she can go fuck herself", director Joe Carnahan goes crazy on the critics.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - The Burial of Kojo
Brendan - Under the Silver Lake
April - Sightseers
Brodie - Native Son

With Alonso Duralde, Brendan Hay, April Wolfe, and Brodie Reed.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 79: 'The Red Queen Kills Seven Times' with 'Body at Brighton Rock' Director Roxanne Benjamin

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The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

Roxanne Benjamin is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, who began her career in creative development, analyzing story for film festivals and production companies. In 2010, she moved up the ladder at a company called The Collective, where she went on to produce the well known anthology horror films V/H/S and V/H/S/2, which premiered at Sundance Midnights. Roxanne then helmed the short “Don’t Fall”, part of Magnolia Pictures’ all-women-helmed horror anthology, XX. She served double duty on the film, co-writing and producing the segment “The Birthday Party” for musician-turned-director Annie Clark aka St. Vincent. Body at Brighton Rock is her solo feature directorial debut. It tells the story of a young woman working the trails of a mountainous park, who finds a dead body in the middle of nowhere and is given orders to guard the scene, facing down all her worst fears. Roxanne is currently working on a remake of Night of the Comet for Orion Pictures.

The movie that Roxanne has chosen to discuss is a giallo classic - The Red Queen Kills Seven Times by Emilio Miraglia. She and April go over all the tenants of the Italian giallo genre - the murder, the fashion, the blood! Roxanne talks about how giallo has influenced the way she works on her own films, and particularly, how she crafts her kills on screen. Plus she goes into detail on the production of her newest film, Body at Brighton Rock, and the "1980's TV movie" look she was going for. She and April also dissect the unfortunate prevalence of rape in the horror genre, and how so often it's disturbingly used as a device to titillate.

You can check out Body at Brighton Rock streaming now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Red Queen Kills Seven Times.

With April Wolfe and Roxanne Benjamin.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 87: 'Avengers: Endgame' and Fond Farewells

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Avengers: Endgame

In this episode, the gang says "auf wiedersehen" to two beloved powerhouses - The Avengers, and more importantly, our beloved host Ricky Carmona. But don't worry, this is a fond farewell, with Ricky bringing that Bustelo-fueled Carmona Energy. Plus, the gang answers several calls from the Who Shot Line. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, RIP John Singleton, director Dee Rees sheds some light on "discrimanatory theater practices," and repertory theaters are worried about Fox's film library under Disney ownership.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Howards End
Drea - Knock Down The House
April - Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
Ricky - Sneakers, The Night of the Hunter, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Interview with the Vampire, Strangers on a Train, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, All About Eve, John Wick: Chapter 2.

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 78: 'Mulholland Drive' with 'Wild Nights with Emily' Director Madeleine Olnek

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Mulholland Drive

Madeleine Olnek is a New York City based playwright and filmmaker. She began her career with award-winning and widely screened comedy shorts. ​Countertransference ​(2009) and Hold Up ​(2006) were official selections of Sundance, while ​Make Room For Phyllis ​(2007) premiered at Sarasota. Olnek was also awarded best female short film director at Sundance in 2009 by LA’s Women In Film organization. Her debut feature, ​Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, told the story of three lesbian space aliens who come to Earth, and one of them falls in love with an earthling. It ​premiered at Sundance 2011 and is now translated into eleven languages. Her second feature, ​The Foxy Merkins,​ is a kind of buddy-comedy homage about two lesbian prostitutes. She is one of the authors of The Practical Handbook for The Actor (with a foreword by David Mamet), a widely used acting textbook. And now she’s back with her third feature, Wild Nights with Emily, a perhaps more truthful yet comic telling of the life of Emily Dickinson, starring Molly Shannon as the eponymous poet. Madeleine was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for the completion of the film, so it is a BIG DEAL.

The movie that Madeleine has chosen to discuss is one that she calls a "masterpiece." That would be David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. Madeleine likens the film to The Bible in that there are many interpretations that are applicable across generations. She discusses how she is personally connected to the film and how she felt that it truly mirrored her own life. Madeleine even dons David Lynch "our great poet of filmmaking" and explains why this film (and Inland Empire) are his greatest poems. She also discusses why she cast Molly Shannon in her newest film, Wild Nights with Emily. And how most literary adaptations do not properly portray the true words and feelings of a piece of literature. She ends the conversation with explaining why artists have the moral obligation to put humor in their work, and how making a straight drama is not a creative choice.

You can check out Wild Night with Emily in theaters now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Mulholland Drive.

With April Wolfe and Madeleine Olnek.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 86: Living That 'High Life' and The Stereotypical Favorite Movies of Millenials with 'The New Negroes' Head Writer Kevin Avery

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Body

High Life

Robert Pattinson, "Fuck Boxes," and screaming babies - you gotta listen to our conversation about the Claire Denis sci-fi odyssey, High Life, to hear all of these topics covered. The crew is joined by the head writer of the new Comedy Central show The New Negroes, Kevin Avery. Plus, they discuss the stereotypical favorite films of millennial men. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, a Wisconsin man saw Captain Marvel 116 times and Abigail Diseny calls CEO Bob Iger's salary insane.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Some of My Best Friends Are...
Drea - Band Aid
April - Long Weekend
Kevin - Zorro, The Gay Blade

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, April Wolfe, and Kevin Avery.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 77: 'The Peanut Butter Solution' with 'Pet Sematary' Actor and 'The Girlfriend Experience' Co-creator Amy Seimetz

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Amy Seimetz

The Peanut Butter Solution

Amy Seimetz started out writing, directing, and acting in short films and made her feature debut in a pair of films, Black Dragon Canyon and the indie cult hit Wristcutters: A Love Story. She appeared in films such as Gabi on the Roof in July, Tiny Furniture, You're Next, and The Myth of the American Sleepover before directing her own feature debut, Sun Don't Shine in 2012. Amy went on to co-create and executive produce the critically acclaimed Starz series The Girlfriend Experience. In 2018, Amy directed two episodes of the acclaimed FX series Atlanta and subsequently signed a first look television production development deal with the network. But yes, she continued acting throughout that time as well, and you’ve seen her in Upstream Color, Alien: Covenant, The Killing, Stranger Things, Wild Nights with Emily, and Pet Sematary.

But the movie that Amy chose to discuss has nothing to do with any of that! She's chosen The Peanut Butter Solution, a Canadian children's movie from the eighties that most people thought they dreamed up. April and Amy dissect the crazy plot and how something this unconventional could be made for children. Amy discusses working on her debut Sun Don't Shine, collaborating with Hiro Murai and Donald Glover on Atlanta, and being directed by Madeleine Olnek on Wild Nights with Emily. Plus, they ponder the lessons on creative freedom that can be learned from children's films and how it's sometimes best to not think logically.

You can check out Pet Sematary and Wild Nights with Emily in theaters now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Peanut Butter Solution.

With April Wolfe and Amy Seimetz.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 85: The Gang Gets Buried in the 'Pet Sematary' and Discusses Why There Are So Many Horror Remakes

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Pet Sematary

Much like being buried behind the 'Pet Sematary,' this podcast will bring you back to life! April, Alonso, and Drea discuss the latest Stephen King movie adaptation. They also try to tackle why there are so many horror remakes recently, and when it actually makes sense to remake a film. Plus, they answer a question from the Who Shotline - "What's your favorite movie with a tragic, yet happy, ending?" And, of course, we've got staff picks.

In news, Keanu Reeves was sent to "movie jail," WGA members begin to fire their agents, and Werner Herzog wants to know all about Pokémon GO.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Wild Nights with Emily
Drea - Hail Satan?
April - Smithereens

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and April Wolfe.

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