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Who Shot Ya? Episode 22: Cloud Atlas and Our Favorite Films that Other People Hate

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

We're doing things a little differently this week. Instead of seeing a movie in theaters, we let Ricky pick one. And to the chagrin of many, he chose the Wachowski's three hour long epic, Cloud Atlas. After first complaining about the length, Alonso and April then discuss the merits and aspirations of the polarizing film. And don't worry, they do talk about all the prosthetics and makeup (there are A LOT of fake noses in this movie). Dovetailing with that conversation, the gang discusses the movies they love...but everyone else hates. You may be surprised by the terrible movies these professional film critics like! You'll never guess who likes Dragonball Evolution.

In news, Helen Mirren is sad about Star Wars, Richard Roeper buys Twitter followers, LilRel Howery gets an invite to the Oscars, and work has begun on a Passion of the Christ sequel.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Slaughterhouse-Five
Alonso - Scream 3
Ricky - Prisoners

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, 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 13: Raw with Barbara Crampton

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Barbara Crampton

On this week's episode we have the legendary horror actress Barbara Crampton. You may know her from a number of classic horror/thrillers; Re-Animator, Body Double, From Beyond, and many others. She sits down with April to discuss last year's best french, veterinary school, cannibal film, Raw. Barbara regales April with stories from her prolific acting career, working with Brian De Palma, and eschewing the 'Scream Queen' title. She dives deep on what it takes to motivate her as an actor. Plus, they cover Barbara's thoughts on the use of sex and nudity in horror films.

Check out Barbara Crampton's work in From Beyond, Re-Animator, and most recently Beyond The Gates.

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

With April Wolfe and Barbara Crampton

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.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 21: Fashion in Film and Phantom Thread with Drea Clark

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

Strike a pose, people. We're talking fashion in film and Daniel Day-Lewis' "final" performance in, Phantom Thread. Regular contributor and friend of the show, Drea Clark, joins the crew as they discuss their personal movie fashion icons. One of April's is Woody Harrelson from White Men Can't Jump, obviously. The gang also plays the Sundance game; Alonso names 3 real Sundance movies and 1 fake title and each person guesses which one is the fake. Hint: Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day is actually a real movie. In this episode you can also hear Alonso quote the Diana Ross film Mahogany when he tells everyone to "Flash that baby grand you call a smile!" Check it out now!

In news, The Oscar nominations have been announced, Tom Hardy's rap album is leaked, and Hispanic actors want to protest the Oscars.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Drea - Battle of the Sexes
April - Wendy and Lucy
Alonso - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Ricky - The Last Of The Mohicans

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

With Drea Clark, 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 12: Set It Off with Tina Mabry

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Tina Mabry

Much like Queen Latifah's character, Cleo, April is also about to SET IT OFF...with this interview! Director Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned, Insecure, Dear White People, Queen Sugar) is on this week's episode to discuss the 1996 bank heist classic. Tina goes in depth on her history with the film and how much Queen Latifah's character meant to her growing up. She also discusses her directing techniques for getting through emotional scenes, growing up in the south, and why her cinematographer refused a helicopter shot on her debut feature Mississippi Damned.

Check out Tina Mabry's TV work on Queen Sugar, Insecure, and Dear White People. Also check out her feature Mississippi Damned

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Set It Off.

With April Wolfe and Tina Mabry

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 Episode 11: Star Trek Generations with Marianna Palka

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Marianna Palka

Resistance to this episode is futile. This week, April talks to writer, director, and actress Marianna Palka (Good Dick, Bitch, GLOW) about the undersung Star Trek film Star Trek Generations. Marianna covers what makes this particular Star Trek film so beautiful and how it has inspired her to be a better person. She also talks about her filmmaking process and how there is no reason to be unkind and frustrated on a film set. April and Marianna also dive into the work that Marianna has done to promote awareness for Huntington's disease, a disorder that runs in her family. This is a truly fascinating episode that, of course, goes boldly where no woman has gone before.

Marianna Palka's Bitch is available on Google Play.
And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Star Trek Generations.
With April Wolfe and Marianna Palka
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.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 19: Molly's Game with Louis Virtel

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

This week the Who Shot Ya? gang is joined by the one and only Louis Virtel to discuss the new Aaron Sorkin talk-a-thon, Molly's Game. The crew examines the type of character Jessica Chastain always seems to play and how this movie is WAY too long. They delve into some of their favorite gambling films. PLUS, they get a call from critic, Inkoo Kang, in a new segment called You're Wrong! Tune in to hear which opinions of Ricky, Alonso, and April from past episodes were actually wrong!

In news, the Golden Globes say "Time's Up," Disney admits to darkening the skin of their extras on Aladdin, Kendrick Lamar is curating the soundtrack for The Black Panther, and Catherine Deneuve and 100 other french women denounce #MeToo.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:
Louis - Secrets & Lies
April - Crank 2: High Voltage
Alonso - Paddington 2
Ricky - The Game

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

With Louis Virtel, Inkoo Kang, 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 10: The Legacy with Lotti Pharriss Knowles

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Lotti Pharriss Knowles

On this week's episode, April talks to producer, writer, and actress Lotti Pharriss Knowles about the 1978 supernatural horror, The Legacy. They discuss the hot chemistry of the leads Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, their favorite death scenes, and, of course, cats! Plus Lotti talks about the making of her film Chastity Bites, the casting process, and her desire to produce a remake of The Legacy.

Lotti Pharriss Knowles' Chastity Bites is available on Amazon Prime.
And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Legacy.
With April Wolfe and Lotti Pharriss Knowles

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.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 18: Movies of the Near Future and Downsizing

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

This week the gang takes a trip to the near future as they talk about Alexander Payne's newest film Downsizing. Ricky, April, and Alonso tackle the controversy surrounding Hong Chau's depiction of the Vietnamese refugee Ngoc Lan Tran. They also ponder whether they would "downsize," April claims Christoph Waltz as her second husband, and the crew discusses the prolific career of Laura Dern. Plus, each host takes turns designing their own awards show. April has some very interesting stipulations for award show speeches so listen now!

In news, 300 women in the film industry say "Time's Up" for sexual harassment, Laura Dern shares some advice she received from Steven Spielberg, the three highest grossing films of 2017 were fronted by women, and MoviePass gets 1 million subscribers

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Teeth
Alonso - Five Came Back
Ricky - The X-Files: Fight the Future

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 9: Snowpiercer with Trish Sie

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Trish Sie

Just in time for record freezing temperatures, this week April talks to Pitch Perfect 3 director Trish Sie about Bong Joon-ho's frozen feature, Snowpiercer. They discuss the amazing performance of Tilda Swinton as the authoritative Mason, the commanding directorial style of Bong Joon-ho, and the train car on the Snowpiercer they'd most like to spend time in. Trish also talks about getting her start directing the famous OK GO "treadmill video" for the song 'Here It Goes Again' and what it's like taking over an existing franchise with Pitch Perfect 3. She also shares some fascinating tidbits about the eating habits of polar bears.

Trish Sie's Pitch Perfect 3 is in theaters now.

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

With April Wolfe and Trish Sie

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: Terry Crews, Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Terry Crews
Guests: 
Jessica St. Clair
Guests: 
Lennon Parham

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

Terry Crews on addiction, physical fitness, and why he works so much

[R] Terry Crews is the kind of performer that has his hand in all different facets of the entertainment industry. He starred alongside Ice Cube in the Friday After Next, played Chris Rock's Dad on Everybody Hates Chris, and he played the president in Idiocracy. Now he's Andy Samberg's co-star on Brooklyn Nine Nine as Sergeant Jeffords. He was also the screaming muscle man in all those Old Spice ads. But, before all that, Terry was a football player from Flint, Michigan - like not just high school and college - he played on four NFL teams over 5 years. He was picked by the LA Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft, and in 1996 he played his last season ever for the Eagles.

Terry and Jesse discuss football, and the culture that surrounds the player in training and on the field. They discuss what life was like for Terry after leaving the NFL, and how that time shaped his relationship to fitness. They also discuss his childhood, his relationship to success, and why he works so much.

Listen to Terry Crews' interview on YouTube!

This segment originally aired in May of 2017.

Canonball with Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell: King Crimson’s 'In The Court of the Crimson King'

Every so often we like to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. It's Canonball.

No one says The Rolling Stones don’t belong in the pop music canon. But what about Genesis? Or Yes? What about the prog rockers? The music wasn’t down and dirty, and the songs weren’t pop-radio short. Sometimes they were downright long. But prog has always had its loyalists.

This week Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell, the editors of the prog rock anthology Yes Is The Answer: (And Other Prog Rock Tales), explain why the King Crimson album In The Court of the Crimson King is a classic, and how it laid the foundation for a whole genre. They’ll explain how these classically trained musicians mixed flutes, horns, blues riffs, and synthesizers to create this face melting album.

Listen to this segment on YouTube!

This segment originally aired in June of 2014.


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Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham of 'Playing House': Improv in the writers' room, and showing realistic friendships on television.

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham play best friends on TV, and if their on-screen chemistry seems real, it is. They met doing improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and have been writing partners ever since. They co-created and star in Playing House, a sitcom about female friendship that's more reminiscent of Lucy and Ethel than it is Carrie Bradshaw's gang.

Playing House follows Emma and Maggie, two women who have been friends forever. Maggie stayed in their hometown, got married, and is expecting a baby. Emma has been professionally ambitious, closing business deals in Shanghai, and hasn't been back to visit for what must be years.

Parham and St. Clair join us to talk about the marathon improv sessions that produce the show's jokes, and their real-life friendship.

You can watch *every episode* of Playing House on USA's website.

Listen to this interview on YouTube!

This interview originally aired April of 2014.

The Outshot: The Gap Band

Finally, for this week's Outshot: The Gap Band. Jesse tells us about a chart-topping album with a lot of funk and soul, The Gap Band IV.

Listen to Jesse's Outshot on YouTube!

This segment originally aired in May of 2017.

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