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Allen Hughes: HBO’s “The Defiant Ones”

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast, Q & A |

Sunday, HBO premiered Part 1 of the documentary, “The Defiant Ones,” a four-part series profiling the legendary partnership between iconic producers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovene. Directed by Allen Hughes, it’s a fascinating look into the music industry, going back decades, and well worth a viewing. You will learn cool stuff, and gain insight into two of the most important figures in modern music history.

We spoke with Hughes ahead of the premiere, about the process of making the film, what he learned about his subjects, the culture wars of the 1990s, and much more.

Listen to the show, watch the doc.

 

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Brian Cox on “Churchill,” great directors, fake cigars, and more

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Podcast, Q & A |

Brian Cox as Winston Churchill

Brian Cox as Winston Churchill

Very excited to welcome Brian Cox to the show this week. The veteran actor’s credits include Manhunter (where he played Hannibal Lecter five years before Anthony Hopkins), Rushmore, Braveheart, the first two Bourne movies, Adaptation, and a lot more. (Seriously, a lot.)

His new film is Churchill, in which Cox plays… wait for it… Winston Churchill. Specifically, Churchill just before Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in June of 1944. It opens Friday.

We talk about that performance, his life in Hollywood, what makes a great director, and more. (Including some bad news for people looking to eat well on a British film set.)

 

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Billy Bob Thornton on Bad Santa 2, TV vs. Film, baseball, and My Little Pony

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Podcast, Q & A |

A few years back, we had the pleasure of welcoming the great Billy Bob Thornton to our show. And now, he’s back!

We talk Bad Santa 2 (along with the original), the greatness of John Ritter, what makes this a golden age for television (Thornton was amazing in AMC’s “Fargo,” and stars in Amazon’s “Goliath”), his love of baseball, and — because of course we would — My Little Pony.

Fun stuff. Enjoy!

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Ricki Stern — HBO’s “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing”

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Podcast, Q & A |

Andy and Brian talk with Ricki Stern, co-director of the HBO documentary ‘Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing.’ The movie takes an in-depth and sobering look at the devastation following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and how various victims picked up the pieces to move forward with their lives. The interview also touches upon the way we discuss terrorism in America and the process of telling such personal and painful stories.

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Nick Swardson — The Do Over

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Podcast, Q & A | 2 comments

You’ve seen him on stage doing standup and in all sorts of Happy Madison productions.

Now, hear him on our show!

He’s Nick Swardson, who stars in the new Adam Sandler movie “The Do Over,” premiering May 27th on Netflix. We talk Minnesota sports — he’s a native — and their general reluctance to heckle, how he broke into comedy, and how a comedian develops his material and stage presence. Fun stuff.

Here’s the trailer for the movie. Warning, it contains coarse language.

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Podcast: Lakers injuries pile up, the future for Mike D'Antoni and Phil Jackson, Trips to Mars

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blogs we like, Interview, Jerry Buss, Lakers Analysis, Mailbag, Mitch Kupchak, Podcast, Q & A | 3 comments

How bad have things become for L.A.? They”re now down 0-2 to the Spurs after , and compared to the aftermath, that”s the good news.

Lakers injuries are piling up like cars on the 110 during rush hour. Thursday, they announced an in-game hamstring pull suffered by Steve Blake will leave him indefinitely sidelined. Additionally, Steve Nash, after re-aggravating his recent hamstring problem is doubtful for Friday”s Game 3. Ditto Jodie Meeks, whose Game 1 ankle sprain prevented him from participating Wednesday. As we joked in a previous podcast, this is been the basketball version of ”Final Destination.”  Scarily — or perhaps mercifully — we”re running out of characters to maim.

But even with bodies dropping left and right, the show must go on. Among the talking points:

  • With the guard tandem now down to Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock and perhaps a converted-on-the-fly Robert Sacre, is there any possible way for the Lakers to remain competitive?
  • As bad as things have gotten, can the season at least be appreciated for the team-wide grit displayed down the stretch?
  • Armed with new information, we revisit a subject bandied about beforeWould it have been better to simply miss the playoffs altogether?
  • With Mike Brown back for a second tour as the Cavs” head coach, the Lakers now owe him less money, making it (for many fans, at least) more financially feasible to can Mike D”Antoni and rehire Phil Jackson. But on a few levels, is The Zen Master a realistic option?
  • If that”s not doable, what about a different coach, but PJ joining Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak in the front office?
  • Applications are being taken for one-way tickets to Mars in 2022. Who is the prime demographic applying for  the expedition?

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