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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn

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Wallace Shawn on acting and his latest book, 'Night Thoughts'

Who comes to mind when you think of a character actor? There's a lot of good ones, sure ... but there's no one quite like the great Wallace Shawn.

On screen he's had over 180 credits! You've seen him in films like Clueless. He played Cher's teacher Mr. Wendell Hall. He had the guts to give her an "C" on her debate speech. As if!

In My Dinner with Andre, Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory play fictional version of themselves. They spend two hours catching up. They're both dramaturgs and have very different world views. Gregory has a very nihilistic view of life in the early 1980's. Wallace might be a bit more of an optimist.

And it would be truly inconceivable if we didn't mention The Princess Bride. In that classic film, Wallace played the villian, Vizzini, his distinct voice shouting "inconceivable" nearly every time he was on screen.

He's also had regular roles on Gossip Girl and Crossing Jordan. Plus, a ton more really great and memorable work. Maybe you've seen him in Manhattan or Radio Days. Perhaps you heard his voice work in A Goofy Movie or The Incredibles.

Wallace is also an Obie award-winning playwright and the author of several books. When he joined us back in 2017, he had just written Night Thoughts, an extended collection of essays touching on topics like politics, morality, and privilege. Plus, he'll talk frankly about how the movie business has changed since he started acting some 40 years ago. You can hear him as the voice of T-Rex in Toy Story 4 later this month.

Episode 93 - ‘Dark Phoenix’ with Kimberly Clark and Rachel Wenitsky

Who Shot Ya?
Rachel Wenitsky
Kimberly Clark

Dark Phoenix

This week, Alonso is asked to give the briefest synopsis of a movie yet. Can he sum up the plot of DARK PHOENIX in just one sentence? Listen to find out. In the host’s seat we’ve got comedian Kimberly Clark, and Rachel Wenitsky, head writer of the Story Pirates podcast, flew in from New York on the Maximum Fun private jet just to record this week’s show.

Rachel Wenitsky, Drea Clark, Alonso Duralde and Kimberly Clark

There’s a heated discussion over which fizzy water beverages are best, and the panelists are granted the power to kill their most-detested movie franchises. For one panelist, the force is not with her.

In news, Michael Douglas believes Steven Spielberg cost him a best actor award at Cannes.

A new USC Annenberg study reveals women directed just 3% of animated movies.

Canadian chanteuse Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to a fight in the octagon, and then took it back.

Staff Picks
Drea - Deep Murder
Alonso - Stop the Church
Kimberly - I Called Him Morgan
Rachel - Annihilation

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Still Buffering: How to Poetry

Still Buffering

We all did it as angsty emotional teens, didn't we? Filled notebooks and notes apps with long, dramatic, heartbreak poems? Or was that just Sydnee and Rileigh?

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Sawbones: Trichinosis


We all know it's probably smart not to eat raw pork, but this week on Sawbones, we'll meet the inspiring people brave enough to ask "Why?" (Note: We're publishing this week's episode a little early because we're headed out on tour!)

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

MK184: A Reason For The Season (Underground Railroad Game, LGBTQ History Changers, Pride, The Tony's, Alan Turing, Bessie Smith, Straight Pride Parade)

Minority Korner

Happy Pride Everyone!!!! James went to the theatre and saw quite the show in the off Broadway production of "Underground Railroad Game"... who was this really for? Hold onto your butts! The Tony's happened! Who won, who lost, who watched... who didn't? This week we're celebrating with a list curated by James of history LGBTQ  game changers! Some you may know some you may not! Also we got a Ask Minority Korner Anything! This one tackles Cardi B. James and Nnekay reminice about going to the Scissor Sister's concert. Oh- and Ninja Turtles... yup... we're going there! 
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Friendly Fire Ep 75: The Sum of All Fears (2002)

Friendly Fire

In the Tom Clancy Universe equations are as useful as a lost bomb. So when a shadowy organization pulls the strings in an attempt to start WWIII, it's not long before Jack Ryan does the math. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John order the planes to stand down, while reviewing this 2002 calculation!

This film is available on:
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Sisters Episode 84: ‘3 Days of the Condor’ with the Incomparable Adrienne Barbeau

Katie Walsh
Adrienne Barbeau

3 Days of the Condor

Adrienne Barbeau was born in Sacramento, California, and caught the showbiz bug while entertaining troops on Army bases in Southeast Asia as part of the San Jose Civic Light Opera. She moved to New York City in the 1960s and made her Broadway debut co-starring in Fiddler on the Roof with Bette Midler. She went on to star in more than 25 musicals and plays, originating the role of Rizzo in the Broadway production of Grease, for which she was nominated for a Tony. From 1972 to 1978, Adrienne starred in the sitcom Maude as Carol, the daughter of Bea Arthur’s character. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for that role. She also made appearances in numerous TV shows, movies of the week and game shows. In 1980 Adrienne starred in her first theatrical film, John Carpenter’s The Fog, as radio deejay Stevie Wayne. That film established her as a genre film star. She went on to star in sci fi and horror classics such as Escape from New York, Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing, and the Steven King adaptation Creep Show. She’s also starred in comedies like Canonball Run and Back to School and Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. She’s never stopped working and we’re thrilled to have her on the show with guest host Katie Walsh.

Adrienne chose to talk about 3 Days of the Condor, based on the 1974 novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady. Sidney Pollack directed the 1975 film, which was written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch 3 Days of the Condor. For those of you with library cards, you can stream it for free on Kanopy.

With Katie Walsh and Adrienne Barbeau.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 147: Robe Warrior Ric Flair w/ Adam Pranica

Adam Pranica

This week, Hal and Danielle are rejoined by Adam Pranica. He’s the host of the fellow Max Fun Podcasts "The Greatest Generation," "The Greatest Discovery," and "Friendly Fire."

He joins the team to discuss one of the most important and storied figures in the history of wrestling: Ric Flair. He’s known as a 16-time world champion, a classic wrestling figure, and the father of Charlotte Flair. We take a look at his life and career form some of his best matches, most rambling promos, what made him such a significant figure in wrestling

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, and Adam Pranica.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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The JV Clup Ep. 327: Susan Simpson

The JV Club
Susan Simpson
Jenny Tolman

This week's episode was recorded in front of a live audience at POD X in Nashville, Tennessee.

JV takes a one-week break from the boys of Summer series to chat with attorney and podcaster Susan Simpson!

In addition to being one of Janet's all-time favorite people that she's admired from afar, Susan's got tons of stories about being a sporty high schooler and childhood dismemberment at Chuck E. Cheese (yes, really!)

Plus: live musical performances from JV Club alum Jenny Tolman!

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 29


One last Lunar Interlude. As Kepler recovers from the devastation of the last hunt, the Pine Guard reflects on the events that brought them to their final confrontation.

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