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Pop Rocket Ep. 214 - We Marie-Kondo the Oscars w/ Matt Rogers

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Matt Rogers joins us to help tidy up the Oscars. The 91-year-old institution has gotten a bit cluttered, so the Pop Rocket panel applies the KonMari Method to the Academy Awards. We’ll keep everything that sparks joy, and the rest will be dropped off at an Out of the Closet in a Hefty bag. Will the short film and animated short categories survive? What about song and dance numbers? Find out.

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All Abouts

Guy remembers his friend and beloved comedian Brody Stevens, who died by suicide last week.

Wynter is all about Kind Hearts & Coronets.

Margaret wants everyone to take a moment to appreciate actress and wordsmith Dame Emma Thompson for her recent letter to Skydance detailing why she will not work with John Lasseter.

Karen Tongson is NOT about the speculation that Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are boffing. And for everyone going gaga over their duet, she reminds us of another live performance with off the charts chemistry, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond at the 1980 Grammys singing
You Don't Bring Me Flowers

Matt Rogers, the self-described “roller coaster bitch” is all about Hagrid Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride that’s coming to Disneyworld.

That's My Jam

Wynter: Dreamgirls Soundtrack - I Meant You No Harm/Jimmy’s Rap - Eddie Murphy

Guy: Gloria Trevi - Todos Me Miran

Karen: Kelly Clarkson - Shallow Live in Green Bay

Margaret: Muppets - Bohemian Rhapsody

Matt: RBG Soundtrack - I’ll Fight - Jennifer Hudson

With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh,
Matt Rogers

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 78: 'High Flying Bird', Steven Soderbergh, and Our Favorite Movie Worlds with Emily Fleming

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High Flying Bird

This week the gang is joined by comedian Emily Fleming (Good Mythical Morning, @Midnight) to talk about Steven Soderbergh's latest movie, High Flying Bird. The crew breaks down last week's Academy Awards. Plus, they discuss the "movie world" in which they would most want to live. And to finish things off, as always, staff picks.

Staff Picks:

Ricky - Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much
Alonso - To Dust
April - Slumber Party Massacre
Emily - Abducted In Plain Sight

With Emily Fleming, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 75: Great Music Moments in Movies and 'Miss Bala'

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Miss Bala

This week, the original crew holds it down - April, Alonso, and Ricky. And they are tackling the new Catherine Hardwicke/Gina Rodriguez film, Miss Bala. You can rest assured that this team won't miss, Miss Bala (thank you). The gang also covers Hollywood remakes of foreign films. Plus, in our additional segment, they talk at length about their favorite music moments in movies. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, the "Ben Affleck Batman era" is over, Liam Neeson reveals a disturbing story about wanting to murder a "black bastard", and a new David Bowie biopic does not have the music rights.

Staff Picks:

Ricky - Horror Noire on Shudder
Alonso - Other People
April - Wisconsin Death Trip

With April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: John David Washington

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John David Washington on his role in Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'

Before John David Washington was an actor, he was lacing up the pads every week for a career in professional football. He spanned the globe from Sacramento to Dusseldorf, Germany trying to make it work. It seems fitting that when he decided to pick up a career in acting that his breakthrough role was the portrayal of an NFL player on HBO's "Ballers." He definitely had the experience. In fact, he was injured from his hard work on the field when he auditioned for the role. He's been part of the main cast of "Ballers" for four seasons, and it's safe to say you'll be seeing a lot more of him soon.

This week, he chats about his portrayal of Ron Stallworth in Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman." It's a fantastic performance – his role in the film earned him a Golden Globe nomination earlier this year. It's a compelling and complex look at the life of the first African-American police officer and detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. The film is based on Stallworth's 2014 memoir, which details his experience investigating the local chapter of the KKK with the help of a white undercover officer.

John David Washington tells us about the insane amount of times he had to audition for his role on "Ballers," and what it was like to chase a career in the NFL when your dad is superstar Denzel Washington. Plus, the challenges of portraying Ron Stallworth, and what it was like to getting stunning offer to play Stallworth via a text message from Spike Lee.

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Get Your Tambourine! (Black People and Horror Movies, Election Cycle Tips 2020, Kamala Harris, and Women's March)

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Nnekay and James are a splashing around in the giggle pool reminiscing about Nnekay's wild weekend- first a guest spot on the live taping of Judge John Hodgeman at the legendary Castro Theater! Then a baby shower for what James' dubs The Bay Area's Baby! James managed to help plan the shower from across the country because that's what friends are for (Thanks Dionne). Next Up- We got a little incident of trolling going on James' facebook page, mostly surrounding Kamala Harris and her Presidential Bid... by you guessed it- Nnekay. The wonder twins break down what happened and how we got to that point. In the Korners- Nnekay talks about Black People in horror movies. Some good, some bad, some are Candyman. James then helps us all with some tips on how to survive and THRIVE this next Election Cycle of 2020. We also talk Martin Luther King Jr. and Spike Lee.

Links!

https://www.vulture.com/article/horror-films-starring-people-of-color.html

MK 149: POCs, and LGBTs...on TV and Queer the Vote! (Asian-American Actors on TV, Queer Politicians, Blackkklansmen, Melania's Racist Fashion, and Starbucks)

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Coming in strong with the duo discuss what they recently viewed! Nnekays talks about seeing Spike Lee's Blackklansman  move, and James was inspired by Notorious RBG. James also had an interesting experience with a woman in Starbucks... should we yearn for the better days of the 1950s? Nah. What the hell is Melania wearing and what historical implications does it have. Hint: it's not good. Nnekay talks about all the new and exciting Asian and Asian-American actors on Fall TV Premiers. James wants us to Queer the Vote, but highlighting some LGBTQ politicians running this coming November! 
 
 
Links!

http://blog.angryasianman.com/2018/09/all-asians-on-tv-fall-2018-series.html 
 
QUEER CANDIDATES TO VOTE FOR:
https://www.shondaland.com/act/a22061885/lgbt-candidates-midterm-electio...

Run For Something Candidates: 
https://runforsomething.net/candidates/

https://swingleft.org/

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 50: 'BlacKkKlansman' and The Filmography of Spike Lee with Brandon Johnson & Baron Vaughn

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April Wolfe
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Baron Vaughn

BlacKkKlansman

This is one of our wildest episodes to date. And for our 50th episode, no less! We've got first time guest, comedian Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie, Mystery Science Theater 3000) and returning guest Brandon Johnson (Rick and Morty, Animals). They're on to discuss the brand new film, BlacKkKlansman. Brandon, once again, tries to hock bootleg merchandise. Baron earns his anointed title of "The Big Pun" by making puns with a machine gun pace. April holds it down by recommending some post WWII era German-Jewish poetry. And Ricky fixes his car stereo like the Fonz. Plus, the crew discusses the films, style, and career of BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee. And as always, we have Staff Picks.

In news, the "Popular Movies Oscar" gets some support, Idris Elba tells everyone NOT to believe the James Bond hype, and screenwriter John August is compiling the list of popular films that can't be found online.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Kareem: Minority of One
April - Point Break
Brandon - Crazy Rich Asians
Baron - The Final Master

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Crazy Rich Asians.

With Baron Vaughn, April Wolfe, Brandon Johnson, and Ricky Carmona.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Spike Lee & The Creators of 'High Maintenance'

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Katja Blichfeld
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Spike Lee on 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus', the Knicks, and Gentrification

Jesse sits down with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. Spike tells us about how addiction is made explicit in his new movie, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, how he really feels about Larry Bird and about his own very serious addiction.... to Air Jordans.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is in theaters now and available on VOD.

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High Maintenance: Co-Creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair Talk About Marijuana, Their Webseries, and Asking for Money

Jesse sits down with Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair. Katja Blichfeld is a casting director who previously won an Emmy for her work on 30 Rock; Ben Sinclair is an actor. The two are a married couple, and created the series High Maintenance, a “not on television” show that follows a New York City marijuana delivery guy as he visits his various clients.

The series has evolved over two seasons and several years of production. Sinclair and Blichfeld released the second half of season 2 on Vimeo earlier this month.

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The Outshot: Wonder Showzen

MTV2's Wonder Showzen looked like a kids' show. But it wasn't. It really, really, wasn't. Jesse tells us why Wonder Showzen is his favorite TV satire of the past decade.

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