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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Rene Russo & Dan Gilroy of 'Nightcrawler'

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Bullseye
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Rene Russo
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Dan Gilroy
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Alexandre Desplat

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Dan Gilroy and Rene Russo of 'Nightcrawler' on Seediness in TV News, Writing a Desperate But Strong Female Character, and the Constraints of Independent Film

Dan Gilroy is the writer and director of the movie Nightcrawler, which is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a video stringer for a local TV news program, and Dan's wife Rene Russo as an overnight news producer, Nina.

Lou is an anti-hero, bordering on a psychopath. His attempts to build a career and establish relationships with others are charmingly off-kilter. But also more than a little creepy. Russo’s character, Nina, ends up on the receiving end of both the charm and the creepiness.

Jesse spoke with Gilroy and Russo in front of a live audience at a benefit for the film nonprofit Vidiots.

Nightcrawler is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Song Exploder: Alexandre Desplat on Creating The Imitation Game's Theme

Alexandre Desplat is an Academy-Award-nominated French film composer. He's written the score for lots of Hollywood movies: Zero Dark Thirty, Harry Potter, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and several Harry Potter films among others.

Desplat talked to Hrishi Hirway for an episode of his podcast, Song Exploder. On Song Exploder, Hrishi asks musicians to deconstruct their songs, track by track. This year, Alexandre has been nominated again for an Oscar twice in the same category, for his work on both "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game".

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the English mathematician Alan Turing. Turing helped crack the Enigma code during World War II, but his achievements didn't keep him from being persecuted for his sexuality.

Desplate broke down the orchestration in the main theme from the film.

You can listen to other episodes of Song Exploder on our website, in iTunes or wherever you download podcasts.


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The Outshot: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jesse talks about beauty, perfectionism and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 85 - American Sniper

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Wham Bam Pow
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Jared Logan

This week, Rhea's adrift in the ocean, so Cameron and Ricky invite comedian Jared Logan to join the panel for an in-depth discussion of American Sniper and the culture surrounding it. Plus, Cameron shares a TV show that made her, and everyone tries to figure out Sienna Miller.

Next week, we'll be watching Big Hero 6, which is available now in theaters.

You can follow Jared Logan on Twitter @JaredLogan, and you can find all of his upcoming tour dates here!

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 84 - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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This week, we check in with everyone's favorite Wall Street guru turned CIA analyst turned POTUS (eventually), in the 2014 action flick Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit! Plus, Rhea divulges a movie mystery that made her, and we wonder about the difficulties of recasting beloved characters.

Next week, we'll be watching American Sniper, which is available now in theaters.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 83 - Automata

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This week, Rhea and Ricky take a look at the 2014 sci-fi/thriller Automata. Plus, we have an in depth discussion of who and what went overlooked by the Oscar nominations and what it means for the industry.

Next week, we'll be watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 82 - From Russia With Love

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Wham Bam Pow
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Sarah Morisano
Guests: 
Kimberly Clark

This week, Ricky welcomes guests Sarah Morisano and Kimberly Clark to chat about Oscar nominations snubs and shockers. Plus, we take a look at the classic Bond film From Russia With Love.

Sarah Morisano's podcast is called CRUSHED, and you can follow her on Twitter @thesarahbellum!

Kimberly Clark co-hosts The Goosedown with Jasper Redd. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @tribecalledkim!

Next week, we'll be watching Automata, which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 81 - 2014 In Review

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This week, we take a look back at the movies of 2014. What genres crushed in theaters? How did the year stack up to years gone by? What were our overall bests and worsts? Where is our Wonder Woman movie? All of these questions and more, answered!

Next week, we'll be watching From Russia with Love, which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 80 - The Grandmaster

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This week, we discuss one of the biggest pieces of movie news in recent months: the Sony hack and the decision to cancel the Christmas release of The Interview. Plus, Cameron and Rhea discuss the 2013 martial arts drama The Grandmaster and wonder if Pirates of the Caribbean 5 could be the breath of fresh air the series needs.

We are off for the next 2 weeks, but we will be back on January 9th with a look back at the movies of 2014 and a look ahead at what 2015 will bring. Happy holidays!

A very special thanks to Colin Anderson for engineering this week's recording.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 79 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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In observance of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Week on Wham Bam Pow, this episode features no fewer than two unintentional pizza puns. Plus, Ricky dishes about one of the early movies that made him, and we decide when a reboot just isn't right.

Next week, we will be watching The Grandmaster, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Chris Rock, John Cleese & Scott Aukerman

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Chris Rock
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John Cleese
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Scott Aukerman


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Chris Rock Explains His Commitment to Stand Up

Chris Rock has never strayed for too long from stand up comedy. He started performing stand up in his late teens, then he was handpicked by Eddie Murphy to be in Beverly Hills Cop II. Rock then spent a few years on Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, and eventually turned to stand up yet again in the mid 1990s.

You probably remember what happened next. Rock released a series of stand up specials, earning him several Emmys and cementing his status as one of the industry's best comics.

It was Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing that inspired him to work behind the camera, as a movie director. Rock directed two movies in the 2000s, Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife. His latest is a comedy called Top Five. Rock stars as Andre Allen, a famous comic who wants to be taken seriously as an actor. Andre can't get audiences to embrace his dramatic turn in a movie about the Haitian slave rebellion -- they just want him to be funny.

Rock will talk about why he's making movies instead of touring stand up clubs, why he isn't worried about becoming "old Bob Hope", and the real reason he's afraid of losing his fame.

Top Five is in theaters this week.

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I Wish I'd Made That: Scott Aukerman on Twin Peaks

Artists are always influenced by the work of others. And sometimes, something an artist sees is SO good, so PERFECT that they wish they had made it themselves.

This happens so often to the people we talk to, that we made a segment about it. It’s called I Wish I’d Made That.

Today you’re going to hear from the Comedy Bang Bang host Scott Aukerman. One of his early jobs was as a writer for the comedy program Mr. Show.

So why does this comedy aficionado wish he'd made the dark, surrealistic murder-mystery show Twin Peaks? He'll explain.

Twin Peaks is currently available on Blu-ray and Netflix, and will be returning to air sometime in 2016 on Showtime.

You can hear more from Aukerman on the TV show and podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!. Season three of the show is wrapping up on IFC.

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John Cleese on His Early Life and the Road to Comedy

John Cleese is one of the most influential figures of comedy. He's best known as one the creative forces behind the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python. But before that, he was almost a lawyer.

Cleese went to Cambridge, studied law, and was about to accept a job with a big firm when another opportunity came up. This one was perhaps slightly less distinguished, but infinitely more appealing to Cleese. The BBC was impressed by his work with his college comedy revue, The Footlights, and offered him a job writing and producing comedy.

In his new memoir So, Anyway… Cleese discusses his journey, from his childhood in prep school, to his early days of sketch comedy at Cambridge, to the co-founding of the Pythons.

Cleese will talk about being one of the "scientific" minds of the Pythons, writing and re-writing with his comedy partner Graham Chapman, and how he felt about the recent Monty Python reunion.

Cleese's new book, So, Anyway… is available now.

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The Outshot: Transparent

Why does Jesse like Transparent? Well, it's the rare television show that has people acting like... real people.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 78 - Batman Returns

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This week, we delve deeper into the Bat-iverse with Batman Returns, featuring the inimitable (but underused) Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Plus, we have an extra long catch-up session where everyone shares some recent celeb elbow-rubbing experiences.

Next week, we will be watching the original live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.

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