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

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Who Shot Ya?
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Rachel Wenitsky
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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.

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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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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 90: 'John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum' and The Directors We First Loved with Special Guest Host Dwayne Perkins

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Dwayne Perkins

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

This week we have a brand new guest host, the wonderful comedian Dwayne Perkins. He joins Alonso and Drea to talk about the newest installment in the John Wick franchise, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. The gang does their best to estimate the number of people that John Wick killed throughout the film. Plus, they discuss the career of the universally beloved, Keanu Reeves. They answer a question from the "Who Shotline" that inquires about which directors they first fell in love with. And to finish things off, as always, we've got staff picks.

In news, Chris Rock is bringing back the Saw franchise, Quentin Tarantino begs the Cannes filmgoers not to spoil his film, Michelle Rodriguez signs on for another Fast & Furious, and the internet is unhappy with the idea of a Robert Pattinson Batman.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Drea - See You Yesterday
Dwayne - Cooley High

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Dwayne Perkins.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? on Twitter or Facebook. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

#217 - Best Batman Movie with Danielle Radford

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The Caped Crusader's received the silver screen treatment more than any other comic book hero, but which of the Dark Knight's films is the best? Hal's Tights & Fights buddy Danielle Radford is the guest we both need and deserve to get to the bottom of this.

Ep 27: Go Fact Yourself with Cara Santa Maria and Glen Weldon

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Brian Firkus, Glen Weldon, J. Keith van Straaten, Cara Santa Maria, Helen Hong, Christopher Marley
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Cara Santa Maria & Glen Weldon
Guests: 
Brian Firkus & Christopher Marley
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong

Happy National Trivia Day! Let’s celebrate with a collision of journalists who also host podcasts!

Cara Santa Maria is the host of the podcast Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria. She’s also a science communicator and there’s a chance that her proficiency in STEM will lead her to victory in this trivia battle.

Her opponent is Glen Weldon, panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He’s written the book on Batman and Superman (literally) but will that knowledge be enough to guide him to victory?

In this episode, we’ll learn about fashion, drag queens and art with deceased creatures.

What’s the difference: Top and Bottom

What’s the difference between a shirt that is “button-up” and “button-down”?

What’s the difference between “below” and “under”?

Areas of Expertise

Cara Santa Maria: Hold ‘em poker, the artist Christopher Marley and the Olive Garden menu.

Glen Weldon: Wine tasting, Rupaul’s Drag Race and Catherine O’Hara.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Cara Santa Maria
Glen Weldon

With guest experts:

Christopher Marley- international artist.

Brian Firkus- actor, singer and embodiment of drag-queen Trixie Mattel.

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

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

#150 - Best Batman Villain with Simon Grimm

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Simon Grimm

The caped crusader has faced many villains over the last 80 years; his rogue's gallery is one of the most notorious in comics, if not the most. But which dastardly do-badder is the worst of the worst? Professional Wrestler Simon Grimm joins us to find answer!
See Mark and Hal LIVE in San Francisco on Sunday, January 14th with guests Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher! Get tickets here.

Ep 3 Go Fact Yourself with Pamela Ribon and Frank DeCaro

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J. Keith Van Straaten
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Helen Hong
Guests: 
Frank DeCaro
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Pamela Ribon

In this episode, comic book author and Moana screenwriter Pamela Ribon faces off against former Daily Show correspondent and host of The Frank DeCaro Show, Frank DeCaro. Ribon’s three areas of expertise are: The Goonies, The Outsiders, and Beastie Boys lyrics. DeCaro professes a deep knowledge of The Munsters, the original Batman TV series, and Broadway musicals. Who’s the better expert? Find out.

Plus, J. Keith and Helen Hong ask the question that’s on EVERYBODY’S mind: What’s the difference between continual and continuous? If you don’t know the answer, drop everything and listen to the show.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Pamela Ribon
Frank DeCaro

With guest experts:
Robert Skir, TV writer whose credits include X-Men Evolution, Disney's Gargoyles and Batman: The Animated Series.

Jeff B. Cohen, Former Goonie and Cofounder of the entertainment law firm Cohen Gardner LLP.

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

Pop Rocket 84: Summer Blockbusters with Devin Faraci and Riley Silverman

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Riley Silverman, Oliver, Devin Faraci, and Wynter
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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Devin Faraci
Guests: 
Riley Silverman

Oliver takes over hosting duties today and is joined by Wynter and special guests, comedian (and writer for MaxFun podcast International Waters!) Riley Silverman and Editor in Chief of Birth.Movies.Death, Devin Faraci. This week, the gang talks about this summer’s blockbusters with a focus on DC and Marvel movies! Is Suicide Squad a beautiful trainwreck or just a trainwreck-y trainwreck? Why does Marvel seem to be killing it at the box office and with critics while DC struggles to do either? Who in the world wanted another Independence Day movie? All that, plus, Oliver finds a new weird Olympic sport to obsess over, Wynter brings in some more KCRW-esque Jams, Riley has a few words to say on Rio de Janiero, and Devin still holds hope for one final potential summer blockbuster.

NOTE: Mild Harry Potter spoilers from 03:35-07:01 YOU’VE BEEN WARNED, NERDS!

Hey, you! Margaret Wappler’s book is out now! Treat yourself tonight and get Neon Green HERE or at your local independent bookstore. Check her website for tour dates.

With Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell and special guests Riley Silverman and Devin Faraci.

That’s My Jam:

Riley Silverman - Tegan and Sara - Boyfriend
Oliver Wang - Buddy Fo – Watermelon Man
Wynter Mitchell - Mateo Senolia - Baldwin
Devin Faraci - G.L.O.S.S. – Give Violence a Chance

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ellie Kemper & Glen Weldon

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Bullseye
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Ellie Kemper
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Glen Weldon

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Photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Ellie Kemper was introduced to the popular consciousness through her role as Erin Hannon on the NBC sitcom, The Office. Her portrayal of the office receptionist was popular with both fans and critics and showcased her talent and skills as a comedic actress. These talents have also been showcased on the big screen in films including Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street.

Now, she plays the title character in the Netflix Original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Despite the show’s dark premise which involves her character being abducted by a cult leader and sequestered in a bunker, the show plays it all for laughs as her character tries to rebuild her life in New York City. Her years of isolation leave her ignorant of many social touchstones, but she pushes through with an enthusiasm and tenacity that is both endearing and hilarious.

Ellie Kemper joined Jesse to talk about her early experiences of living and working in New York, mining material from her time at Princeton and her self-consciousness about privilege.

The second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is available this Friday on Netflix.


Photo: Faustino Nunez

Glen Weldon on the Lasting Popularity of Batman in Pop and Geek Culture

For almost 80 years, Batman has changed and evolved to mean something to different generations of fans. Whether his characterization was that of the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader or the campy character of sixties television, Batman has become a lasting icon of popular culture.

In his new book, The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, author Glen Weldon moves beyond the chronological history of the character. He explores how fans of the various iterations of the character on radio, film, television and the comics have made the character a reflection of their own self-identity, be they straight or gay, cool or geek.

Glen sits down with Jesse to talk about why Batman fans both hate and love the 60s television series, why the character of Robin is so important to Batman’s mythology and how the character also serves as a symbol of gay culture.

Glen Weldon’s book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture is available in bookstores everywhere.


Photo: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

The Outshot: Remembering A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg

Jesse fondly remembers Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest.

Wham Bam Pow Ep. 78 - Batman Returns

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Wham Bam Pow

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.

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @rheabutcher and Ricky is @rickycarmona. Discuss the show using the hashtag #WhamBamPow!

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 77 - Batman

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Wham Bam Pow

This week, we chat about Batman and take a step back to appreciate Tim Burton before the CGI saturated Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Plus, Ricky drops a Sam Shepard reference on us and lets us know what's poppin', and the crew anticipates this week's biggest trailers.

Next week, we will be watching Batman Returns, which is currently on Netflix Watch Instant.

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @rheabutcher and Ricky is @rickycarmona. Discuss the show using the hashtag #WhamBamPow!

Don't forget about our Facebook and Tumblr pages. You can also email us at whambampow@maximumfun.org

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