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The Flop House: Episode #251 - Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The Flop House

We watch one we were all honestly pretty excited about: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Were we all as excited once we were done? Meanwhile Dan introduces a new Jeff Foxworthy routine, Elliott explains Nicholas Cage’s pursuit of Bernadette Peters, and ‘allo ‘allo? Oo’s back again, then, Stuart?

Movies recommended in this episode

Mom and Dad
Now, Voyager

Who Shot Ya? Episode 24: 50 Shades Freed & Sex in Cinema with Drea Clark

Who Shot Ya?
Ricky Carmona
April Wolfe
Alonso Duralde
Drea Clark

Turn on the air conditioning because it's getting hot in here! The gang is joined, once again, by "kid sister" Drea Clark to talk about 50 Shades Freed. They talk the good, the bad, and the boring of the film. Drea dreams of getting a quote on the 50 Shades Freed DVD cover, April cites some issues that a gynecologist would have with the film, and Alonso points out the enjoyment of watching it as "luxury porn." PLUS the crew has an in depth conversation about the use of sex in cinema. Ricky has some great suggestions because he sure did his homework. Light some candles and turn the lights down low, because you're gonna wanna to set the mood to listen to this episode.

In news, Christopher Nolan's kids won't stop calling him "Woodcock", Ava Duvernay and Mayor Eric Garcetti launch an LA diversity initiative, Doug Jones (The Shape of Water) doesn't love that they made a "Fish Man" dildo, and working with Jim Carrey caused makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji to go to therapy.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - The Party
Alonso - Double Lover
Drea - The Crash Reel
Ricky - Y Tu Mamá También, The Dreamers, and Sex and Lucia

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

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

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

Ep 6 Go Fact Yourself with Lizz Winstead and Alonzo Bodden

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Alonzo Bodden
Lizz Winstead
Marcus Miller

In this episode, J. Keith and Helen play host to comedians Lizz Winstead and Alonzo Bodden. Lizz is the founder of Lady Parts Justice and was the co-creator and head writer of The Daily Show. Lizz’s topics of expertise were: fitted sheet folding, Scrabble, and the 1980s Minneapolis music scene. Winstead also demonstrates that loose lips’s chances to succeed at game shows. Alonzo won the third season of Last Comic Standing and is a regular panelist on Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! His areas of expertise are: Motorcycles, LA Clippers, Contemporary Jazz. Bodden shares tales from his time hanging out with elite soldiers, as well as elite musicians. It’s a really fun episode so pop your headphones on and enjoy! You can also enjoy this episode without headphones. Up to you.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Alonzo Bodden,
Lizz Winstead, Co-creator and head writer of The Daily Show and Lady Parts Justice League founder

With guest experts:
Marcus Miller, Two-time Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist jazz fusion artist

Alan Stern, former Guinness World Record Scrabble player and Director of NASPA Los Angeles Scrabble Club #44

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Christian Dueñas

Inside Pop Ep. 110- Black Panther Special, Hamilton's Hamildrops

Inside Pop

From the moment the Black Panther cast took a group selfie at Comic Con the anticipation and expectations for this film began to grow; and over the past year the buzz has reached a fever pitch (especially for these two podcast hosts). Well, the film has arrived and Inside Pop is devoting this episode to everything Wakanda!

We share our review of the film (just moments after seeing a special screening) and discuss the highlights and the themes that most resonated with us.

Then we review the soundtrack for the film which is curated by Kendrick Lamar and features Lamar, Sza, 2 Chains, Jorja Smith and Khalid.

The only way we would divert from our Black Panther deep dive is to review last week's Hamilton related Big Sell.

And Sean ends this episode with a Black Panther related Big Sell which he hopes will help Amita appreciate the film even more than she already does.

Wakanda Forever!

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Winter Olympics, The Flu, School Shooting, Uma Thurman Interview, Quentin Tarantino, Shaun White, Police Consent Loophole, Rob Porter, Stormy Daniels Payment, Proposal to Change SNAP

Courtney Enlow

INTRO: 0:25

Biden Correction
Black Panther Review
Bevs Like These


Winter Olympics
The Flu
School Shooting (Content Warning: Gun Violence)


Uma Thurman Interview
Quentin Tarantino
Shaun White
Police Consent Loophole

Rob Porter (Content Warning: Abuse)
Stormy Daniels Payment
Proposal to Change SNAP


OUTRO: 1:32:10

MK116: James Squared (James Nowlin author of The Purposeful Millionaire, The Winter Olympics, Omarosa, Celebrity Big Brother, Delivery Men)

Minority Korner

This week kicks off with the wonder twins chatting it up about the wonderful world of the Winter Olympics! The beautiful opening ceremony... which may have or may not have made one of our host bawl like a baby over the unification of North and South Korea. They also touch down on how exactly to feel about Omarosa and her new turn as Celebrity Big Brother participant. Should we feel empathy? Apathy? Anger?! Nnekay also covers a run in with a delivery man who was less than thrilled to see her... how very odd it is to disappoint a person you don't know. Then we get to the main event of the episode! James sits down with New York Times Best Seller James Nowlin the author of The Purposeful Millionaire. Our James has shared some of James Nowlin's "52 Rules to a Better Life of Wealth and Happiness," in previous episodes and now we're getting it straight from the source. How will tips like applying the success formula, making your bed, surrounding yourself with positive people, releasing your own self worth, and waking up early lead you to a better more fulfilling life? How can you overcome obstacles no matter your race, gender, or sexuality? Listen up as James Squared explains and so so much more! Get ready to live a more purposeful life, like a millionaire! 


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Friendly Fire Ep 6: Stalag 17

Friendly Fire

Stalag 17: Is this P.O.W. dramedy a prison break film or is it a movie about coming together during times of distress? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John crawl through the mud of World War 2 humor and discover that no matter what the outcome, first you’ve got to find the rat.

Tights and Fights Bonus Ep. 7: The Greatest Hits feat. Box Brown and Hannibal Buress

Julian Burrell
Hal Lublin
Danielle Radford
Mike Eagle
Box Brown
Hannibal Buress

Welcome to the very first “Greatest hits collection of Tights and Fights!

Producer Julian Burrell has collected three of the best segments from the show’s archives for your enjoyment.

Misandry Corner

Danielle Radford leads the team to discuss some of the sexist history of wrestling’s past. In this inaugural edition of the segment, the spotlight is on WWE’s most sordid Diva’s moments: a water balloon wet T-Shirt contest. How terrible was this? And which men would we like to see recast in it?

My Special Wrestler

Comic Creator Box Brown joins the program to discuss one of the greatest heels of all time: Ravishing Rick Rude.

Ring Tones

Comedian Hannibal Buress joins the program to discuss the music of Triple H. This will include every phase of his career from his time as Hunter Hearst Healmsley to his joining DX to becoming the cerebral assassin to his modern day role as the WWE’s chief executive of talent relations.

Hosted by Julian Burrell, Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you want to talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 15: The Shining with Lin Shaye

April Wolfe
Lin Shaye

This week we have the star of Insidious: The Last Key, the wonderful and vibrant Lin Shaye. She speaks with April about the seminal horror film, The Shining. Lin discusses how it was actually Jack Nicholson who discovered her and cast her in the film that brought her to LA. She also talks about convincing the Farrelly brothers to cast her as the disgusting landlady in King Pin, working with James Wan on Insidious, and how she really is game to play any type of character. April also details the intense production of The Shining, the extreme techniques used to get the desired performance from Shelley Duvall, and the effort that went into the set design. This is a fantastic episode for all those interested in the art of acting.

Check out Lin Shaye in Insidious: The Last Key in theaters now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Shining.

With April Wolfe and Lin Shaye

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

International Waters Ep 116: Muppet, Please

Dave, Kristina Wong, and J Keith Van Straaten
J Keith Van Straaten
Kristina Wong
Harriet Kemsley
Glenn Moore

Kristina Wong, J Keith Van Straaten, Glenn Moore and Harriet Kemsley join host, Dave Holmes for embarrassing drunk stories, romcom ruining, and Ugandan rap

Kristina Wong wants to plug her eventual run for public office and recommends Landry Prep students' college acceptance videos.

J Keith Van Straaten wants to plug Go Fact Yourself from Maximum Fun and recommends Effectively Wild.

Glenn Moore wants to plug his live shows and Absolute Radio and recommends Review.

Harriet Kemsley wants to plug Bobby and Harriet Get Married and Why is Harriet Crying? and recommends The Guilty Feminist.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. Dave would like to recommend Rogue Magic.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Christian Dueñas, and Laura Swisher.

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