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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Antonio Banderas

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Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas. Need we say more? The man has been acting for nearly forty years, yet his role in Pain and Glory is one of his most challenging to date. But what could challenge a man that fought for his life, guitar in hand and learned how to wield a sword from a whip-cracking Anthony Hopkins?

The film is directed by Banderas' long-time friend, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. The two started working together in Madrid. Banderas was a regular in Almodóvar's eccentric dramas throughout the 80s. But by the 90s Banderas had relocated to Los Angeles and was making his way into American films like The Mambo Kings. Over the years he became the Banderas we all know; the Banderas that is a household name.

But all his Hollywood know-how had to be set aside when preparing for his character in Pain and Glory. Banderas plays Salvador Mallo, a director crippled by his many maladies: headaches, back pain, asthma. As a result Mallo's career is at a standstill. He's stuck, yet he still has this yearning to create. All of which has been a very real struggle for Almodóvar, who has lived with chronic pain for much of his life.

The film debuted at Cannes Film Festival where Banderas won a much deserved award for Best Actor — his performance is beautiful. He doesn't try to channel Almodóvar, but rather personifies the director's pain. But don't take our word for it, go see it yourself.

On Bullseye, Banderas talks to us about about how his heart attack has informed his acting, reuniting with Almodóvar and coming-of-age in Spain.

Pain and Glory is in theaters now.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Robert Eggers, director of The Lighhouse

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Director Robert Eggers on his new film "The Lighthouse"

Robert Eggers is a filmmaker who's made a name for himself making beautiful horror films that linger with you. Long after you've left the theater.

The writer, director was born in New England and cut his teeth in New York designing and directing theater productions. He made his feature film debut with 2015's The Witch which
premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to near universal acclaim. Set in 17th century New England, a family of settlers are haunted by an evil force that threatens to destroy them. The film received critical praise.

His latest film, The Lighthouse, is just as haunting.

It's about two old-timey sailor men living on an island off of New England in the 1800s. One is old. The other is young. It's all in black and white. The wind howls outside. The old man, played by Willem Dafoe, doesn't like the young one. He's played by Robert Pattinson. They drink a lot. Somewhere, off the shore, there's a mermaid. A storm comes. The two men, slowly, lose their sanity. We don't want to give too much of it away. You really have to see if for yourself!

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and has since received rave reviews. Robert talks to Bullseye about the joys of research down to the finest historical detail, about the uniqueness of the New England landscape and provoking questions in his films. Plus, we find out what scares him the most.

The Lighthouse is in theaters now.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Soprano Renée Fleming

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"America's Diva," Soprano Renée Fleming on acting in musical theater

Known as "America's Diva," Renée Fleming has performed in venues all over the world, singing in acclaimed productions of operas composed by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Dvorak and more. If you're no expert in the world of cabelettas, cavatinas and coloraturas, fear not! Renée has mastered jazz, country and just about every other music genre as well.

She grew up in a musical household, the child of two music teachers and she knew from a rather early age that music was her destiny. As a teen, she took chorus classes and music theory. A few years later she attended college at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Postdam. There, she joined a jazz trio. An invitation was extended for her to go on tour with the band but she had other dreams in mind.

She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and attended graduate school at Julliard while performing professionally in the 1980s. Since then, she's performed with the New York City Opera in La bohème, with the Royal Opera in London in Cherubini's Médée and with the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera alike as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. She's appeared on popular movie soundtracks including The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Shape of Water.

She's also performed under truly unique circumstances like singing the National Anthem at the 2014 Super Bowl while 50 million people watched from home and Black Hawk helicopters flew overhead! There was also her performance at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration. It was...amazing!

Lately, she's been working on stage in musicals. Her latest, The Light in the Piazza just wrapped up in Los Angeles, with productions in Chicago and Sydney on the horizon.

Renée talk to Bullseye about managing acoustics, growing up in a musical home and not only cultivating her talent but her image, too. Plus, she gives Jesse some pretty solid music advice. What an episode!

Renée sings the music of Brahms, Schumann and Mahler. You can listen to the album here.

Click here to listen to Renée Fleming's interview on YouTube!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez

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NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez on his new podcast Wide Open

Tony Gonzalez made football his career, but it could just have easily been basketball. In college, at UC Berkeley, he played both, but in his own distinct way: he played forward sort of like a football player, and he played tight end sort of like a basketball player.

In 1997, Tony entered the NFL draft. Tony played 12 seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs, and then another five for the Falcons. He's been to the Pro Bowl over a dozen times.

He ranked in the top five for career receptions, and after he retired was inducted into the hall of the fame in his first year of eligibility.

These days, he's on TV a lot. He's an analyst for Fox Sports, where you'll see him both Sundays and Thursdays.

He's one of the greatest tight ends in history, but it wasn't always easy.

Growing up, he was bullied constantly. His first year in the NFL was so tough he almost called it quits. And throughout his career, he never really felt like he could stand up and address his whole team.

He's very open about his struggles and sacrifices. Tony's got a new podcast where he invites people in business and entertainment to talk about the oftentimes difficult journey to success. It's called Wide Open. It's a show about becoming the best version of yourself, what he calls "leveling up."

We'll talk about his new podcast, wretched middle school days, and he'll open up about his time in the NFL.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 438: You've Got Bail!

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This week: You've Got Bail! Lillie files suit against her husband, Thaddeus. Thaddeus has had the same email address – Apemanson@ – for 18 years. He uses it for everything, including as his contact information for their kids’ schools. Lillie finds Thaddeus’ email address embarrassing and offensive and would like him to change it. Thaddeus would like to keep using his email address.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Only one can decide!

EVIDENCE

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Chris Morris on "The Day Shall Come" and more

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Chris Morris on his new film The Day Shall Come

We're big fans of Chris Morris' absurdist works of satire – but he just doesn't make up that much, these days.The writer-director's new film, The Day Shall Come, is kind of a farce about terrorism and the FBI's efforts to fight it.

In the film, Morris examines how the Bureau tends to find eccentrics – guys who live in communes, that kind of thing. Then, with undercover agents and financing, the Bureau takes these eccentrics and turns them into bigger threats than they actually are. The film tells a complex and often bizarre story that is almost entirely based on real things that happened in the counter terrorism world.

In the mid-90s, Chris was the host and creator of The Day Today, the BBC news parody where he'd read headlines like "Sacked Chimney Sweep Pumps Boss Full of Mayonnaise." And, who could forget: "Where Now For Man Raised By Puffins?"

He followed up that with, Brass Eye, another brilliant news parody where he'd con elected officials into warning kids to stay away from a fake drug called "Cake." The fake drug, supposedly came in a giant yellow pill, roughly the size of a circular cake. Try swallowing that.

Chris Morris joins us to talk about his new movie. He'll chat about reading court transcripts, talking with journalists, even attending trials to really understand what goes on at the Bureau. Plus, we'll talk about The Day Today and Brass Eye, too!

You can stream or download The Day Shall Come on various platforms including Amazon and YouTube.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: The Righteous Gemstones' Edi Patterson

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Edi Patterson on her hit show "The Righteous Gemstones"

Actor, comedian Edi Patterson got her start in improv. She's a veteran of the Groundlings sketch group and we can not stress this to you enough: she is super funny.

Edi's past television work includes roles on Californication, Partners and Black-ish. One of her most memorable roles was in Danny McBride's dark comedy Vice Principals where she played a jilted and emotionally unstable past lover of McBride's Neal Gamby.

She currently co stars alongside McBride, John Goodman, Walton Goggins and Adam Devine on HBO's The Righteous Gemstones where she plays the hilarious Judy Gemstone. The show is about the Gemstone family. They're pastors and owners of a massive megachurch with hundreds of thousands of followers. Think Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. The family centers around Dr. Eli Gemstone, the patriarch, who's been preaching on TV for decades. He's played by John Goodman. But the *show* centers around Eli's kids.Their power struggles, their scheming, their scandals and their hamfisted attempts to curry favor with their father.

On a show filled with some of the most talented people in comedy, Judy Gemstone is easily the funniest character on this show. She's got this kind of manic energy - she alternates between total confidence in everything she does to massive, crippling insecurities. She doesn't have much filter and she has a very, very short temper.

She steals every scene she's in.

Edi talks to Bullseye about reuniting with her Vice Principals costar, about her experience with televangelists and her love of horror films. Edi's a real horror buff!

Plus, we'll talk about "Misbehavin'" the catchy as heck Christian county tune she sings and helped write for the series.

HBO has renewed The Righteous Gemstones for season two. We can't wait to find out what Edi and the rest of the cast and crew have in store!

You can stream Season 1 on HBO.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 437: Stick and Move and No New Butterfinger

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Paula Poundstone

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket with special guest Paula Poundstone! You've heard Paula as a frequent guest on NPR’s weekly comedy news quiz, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me. She also hosts the Maximum Fun podcast Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone with co-host Adam Felber. Paula P. joins us to promote her debut rap single: Not My Butterfinger. We talk candy bars, bathroom trash cans, etiquette for packing bags for airport flights, cell phone plans, and more!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 436: The Skeleton Brief

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This week: The Skeleton Brief. Kris files suit against his fiancee, Bonnie. Bonnie loves to decorate their home for the Fall season. Kris thinks she starts decorating too early in the year. But, Bonnie says she wants to enjoy her favorite time of year as much as possible.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

EVIDENCE

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Thank you to Susan Crum for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

And special this episode, don't forget to tweet at us using the hashtag CozyGoth!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Taylor McFerrin

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Taylor McFerrin on bringing his vocals to the forefront in his new album

Taylor McFerrin is a gifted musician. He got his start as a beatboxer, making beats and producing tracks for others. He's also made music as a keyboardist, a DJ and a composer. As an instrumentalist, McFerrin is brilliant. He creates these lush, kind of swirling songs. He blends jazz, electronic and hip-hop in a way reminiscent of Flying Lotus. In fact, his first album, Early Riser was put out on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label.

The son of American jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin (yes, the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" singer), Taylor grew up with a comprehensive understanding of song construction and an ear for melody. You can hear the influence of his father's use of vocal percussion in Taylor's earlier work as a beatboxer as well as the rich production value that he brings into every track.

Taylor has a new album called Love’s Last Chance. The album represents something of a first for the musician: his first time as lead vocalist on most of the tracks. Each song conjures up the feeling of two past lovers reminiscing about a relationship that once was. The lyrics are timeless but also have a modern feel to them, like scrolling through photos of an ex you've "forgotten" to erase from the Cloud. Taylor's voice is confident and sensual but he also knows when to sit back and let his voice ride the melody.

Taylor joins us to talk about his love of the process of making music, experimenting with 808s and how his new album came together. Plus, we'll talk to him about his work with other artists like Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Emily King and his own father. Don't miss our chat with the talented artist.

Love’s Last Chance is available now.

Catch Taylor on tour across the US
here.

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