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Inside Pop Ep. 151 - Game of Thrones: The Bells, Tribeca Film Festival premiere of ‘Only’

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Inside Pop
Guests: 
Takashi Doscher

Fan anticipation is at a fever pitch as Game of Thrones races towards its final episode. This week we review the show's penultimate episode, "The Bells" which may go down as one of the series' most divisive episodes. We breakdown why so many fans of the show were disappointed and also highlight what worked well.

Then we present a one-on-one interview with Takashi Doscher, the writer and director of the film Only which premiered this month at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr. as a couple fighting to survive in a world in which Pinto's character may be the only woman left alive. Takashi and Sean discuss the inspiration of this apocalyptic romance, the six year journey from screenplay to its premiere and the experience of showing one's film at one of the word's most prestigious film festivals.

Plus Sean review's Amita's Big Sell about pop plagiarism and then sells her a very Special new show on Netflix.

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The JV Club Ep. 321: Jenny Tolman

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The JV Club
Guests: 
Jenny Tolman

Meet the delightful singer/songwriter responsible for creating the opening song Jeff Bridges sang at Lebowski Fest! Nashville native Jenny Tolman hangs with JV in LA and these new gal pals talk Dolly and Burt, the glory of creative collaboration, and even some classroom panic attacks— you know, just to spice things up and get in touch with their true grit.

Come see Janet at PodX in Nashville from May 31 to June 2! 

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Inside Pop Ep. 150 - Game Of Thrones: The Long Night, Avengers: Endgame, Tribeca Film Festival

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It's official- good things happen in April and this past weekend was proof positive with two of the most anticipated pop culture events of the year- the Game of Thrones epic white walker showdown and Avengers: Endgame. Somehow, we handled (survived) all of the epic pop culture offerings this weekend and have thoughts, questions and predictions! (Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, but NOT Avengers)

We start off with our reactions to the epic third episode of Game of Thrones and one of the most surprising and satisfying Stark moves of the entire series! We chat about the suspense, horror and action filled 87 minute journey that took us on a fire and icy ride through Winterfell. Plus, we pour some out for those who didn't make it and try to predict what will happen next.

Then, Sean tries to discuss Avengers: Endgame without spoiling anything for Amita. We discuss what it was like to avoid spoilers all weekend and how it may have been easier than expected.

Plus, Sean attended a few screenings at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and gives his take on the new Wu-Tang Clan doc series, Of Mics and Men and a new Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer film called Luce.

And in the Big Sell, Amita reviews the 2019 playlist from our podcast friends JoJCast and sells Sean on an interesting essay from Vulture about pop plagiarism.

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Inside Pop Ep. 149 - Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere, Guava Island

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The wait is over and the end is also near. The season premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones has arrived and we have oh so many thoughts! [Do we need to say there are spoilers ahead? Cause there are.]

We dissect the record-breaking premiere episode - the call backs to the very first episode, our favorite lines, which moments gave us joy and also which ones left us asking questions. We also share some bold predictions for the rest of the season including who we think will claim the Iron Throne. And of course we discuss the dragon riding scene. (Whether you love it or hate it you will definitely want to check out the dragon ride mashup Amita references here).

Plus, we review Guava Island, the tropical fable starring Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino and Rihanna which leads us to discuss the risks of setting high expectations for our favorite artists.

Then, Sean gives his rating and review of last episode's Big Sell- the Kore Conversation between Queer Eye's Tan France and The Good Place's Manny Jacinto about Asian representation in pop culture and shares his Big Sell for this week- a 2019 Spotify playlist from our friends and fellow podcasters JoJCast featuring their favorite tracks so far this year.

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The White Walkers spiral theory

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Inside Pop Ep. 148- Inside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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Inside Pop
Guests: 
Brian Ives

This week we interview music journalist Brian Ives who shares everything that went down at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Friday night. We discuss the history of the RRHOF, the controversies surrounding voting, memorable moments from the past, and the class of 2019 including The Cure, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, Roxy Music, and Janet Jackson. Brian discusses who showed up, who showed out and who pulled a no-show. Plus we discuss the artists Brian thinks should be inducted in future years and which artists don’t make the grade.

And in this week’s Big Sell, Amita rates new music from Tierra Whack and sells Sean on a one on one interview featuring cast members from The Good Place and Queer Eye.

Check out Brian's RRHOF coverage at the links below:

https://power98fm.com/2019/03/29/janet-jackson-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fam...
https://wmmr.com/2019/03/30/rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremon...
https://wmmr.com/2019/03/30/def-leppard-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induc...
https://wmmr.com/2019/03/29/stevie-nicks-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-indu...
https://wmmr.com/galleries/2019-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-red-carpet/

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Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 182: An Interview w/ Head Ned of Okilly Dokilly

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We're doing something a little different this week! We're joined by the lead singer of Okilly Dokilly, the world's only "Nedal" band. Yep, a subgenre of metal music themed around Ned Flanders. The band's new album "Howdilly Twodilly" drops March 29th. Jordan Morris guest hosts with Julia on this epic musical journey of obscure Simpsons references and heavy metal.

The MaxFunDrive wraps up this week! Right now is the best time to support this show and all of the Max Fun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one! Listen carefully and find out how you can help out during the drive.

Inside Pop Ep. 147 - A Conversation with the director of American Horror Story, Mayans M.C., and Raising Dion

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Inside Pop
Guests: 
Rachel Goldberg

This week, we are excited to bring you our conversation with Rachel Goldberg, a successful TV and Film director who has worked on episodes of American Horror Story, Mayans M.C., and the upcoming Netflix series Raising Dion. Rachel discusses how she approaches directing in different genres, the recent shift in Hollywood when it comes to hiring female directors and gives some sage advice on how to be successful in the industry.

We are also in the midst of the Max Fun Drive! Take the time right now to head over to maximumfun.org/donate to become a member, renew or upgrade your membership. We appreciate your support!

Then, in this week's Big Sell, Sean gives his review and rating of a recent album from the soul/funk band with an international vibe, Khruangbin, and sells Amita on new music from Tierra Whack.

You can find more info about Rachel Goldberg here.

Check out Khruangbin's Tiny Desk Concert performance of Maria Tambien here.

Sean's Top 4 female bass players:

4. Melissa Auf der Maur

3. Gail Ann Dorsey

3. Tina Weymouth

1. Meshelle NdegeOcello

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The JV Club Ep. 309: Vera Sola

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The JV Club
Guests: 
Vera Sola

Get ready to cut some alarm wires, escape your apartment and sneak on over for some teenage tales of literature devouring, lakeside sulking, and blue hair dying with musician Vera Sola, and find out who King Solomon was (no, not that King Solomon) and the mysterious fate that befell him.

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Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Inside Pop Ep. 143- Winter 2019 Pop Culture Preview

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Inside Pop

We kick off the new year with a special Winter Preview edition of the Inside Pop Quiz! Sean tests Amita's knowledge of major upcoming releases in TV, Music and Movie. Play along and see how much you know (and how much you find out) about some of the most anticipated offerings of the season.

Plus - the Big Sell returns in a big way! Find out why Amita's Big Sell of a conversation between Gina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo and Emma Roberts gets four stars! Plus hear all about Sean's Oscar campaign season influenced Big Sell - a revealing discussion between actors Mahershala Ali and John David Washington.

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The Horror films Jordan Peele asked Lupita Nyong'o to Watch Before Filming Us:

Dead Again, The Shining, The Babadook, It Follows, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Birds, Funny Games, Martyrs, Let the Right One In, and The Sixth Sense.

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The JV Club Ep. 303: Alicia Witt

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The JV Club
Guests: 
Alicia Witt
Guests: 
Janet Varney

It’s a foamy almond milk latte of an episode with the delightful Alicia Witt, who talks Nashville, Bill Shakes, and the simple elegance of a tv show title when it’s as self-explanatory as “That’s Incredible!”

Alicia Witt's EP 1500 Days is available now.

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