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Factual America examines America through the lens of documentary filmmaking. Guests include Academy Award, Emmy and Grammy-winning documentary filmmakers and producers, their subjects, as well as experts on the American experience. Find out more about the current and upcoming documentaries on Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Sky Documentaries and other platforms directly from the creators. Whether we discuss true crime, music, burning social and political topics, history, or arts ...
 
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Every Best Picture nominee of the 21st century. Join Mike and Brian as they reevaluate the films and Academy Awards of the past, talk trivia and top fives, and address the big question: "Would you keep or kick the Academy's picks for Best Picture?" All that and more on Best Picture This -- where it's always Oscar season!
 
Gold Derby is Hollywood's No. 1 source for awards expert predictions, news, analysis, gossip, and interviews with celebrity contenders throughout Oscar and Emmy season. Subscribe to the Gold Derby Show for the latest editor and expert slugfests and exclusive interviews.
 
TALKING BAY 94 is the only Star Wars podcast solely devoted to interviews with the cast, crew and creators from a galaxy far, far away. Join host Brandon Wainerdi (huge DVD special feature dork), for a weekly deep dive into some never-before-heard stories from the set and Skywalker Ranch. From background aliens to some of the biggest stars in the universe, TALKING BAY 94 will be trying to talk to them all, every Wednesday.
 
'And the Losers Are' is a podcast where three failing screenwriters discuss Oscar nominated and prominent films, while drinking enough alcohol to make this seem like a good idea. Each season takes a look at a decade of film. In each episode we discuss each year's Best Picture nominees, as well as five movies that didn't quite make it, before deciding our winners and losers. If films, political incorrectness, foul humor, and excessive drinking is your thing, this is the podcast for you.
 
Are you ready to burst your filter bubble? To hit pause on righteous anger? Principle of Charity injects curiosity and generosity back into difficult conversations, bringing together two expert guests with opposing views on big social issues. But here’s the twist: as well as passionately advocating their own views, each guest is challenged to present the best, most generous version of the other’s argument. This unique format comes from an ancient idea - the principle of charity - which tells ...
 
Not Her Again is the movie podcast where we look at those Oscar years where Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar… but went home emptyhanded. All 17 of them (and counting? Probably? Who knows?). Looking at Meryl’s record number of losses will take us from Hollywood in the late ’70s to today, and we’ll see how things have changed, how things haven’t, who should have won, what films were overlooked or overpraised, and why this woman’s attendance is damn near perfect when she loses 85 percent ...
 
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On this episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen get their lolz on to talk about the comedy series categories at the 2022 Emmys. Joyce and Chris weigh in on Hacks versus Ted Lasso versus Barry (00:10). Then, Joyce and Chris touch on the new season of Stranger Things (45:20) and whether it can shake up the drama catego…
 
Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 220: Top Gun Released 18 May 2022 For this episode, we watched and talked over Top Gun, the film which invented Tom Cruise. It also stars Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt and Val Kilmer. It was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr, directed by Tony Scott and produced by…
 
Today's interview is with Derek Arnold, an incredible creature performer and puppeteer, who helped bring to life so many wonderful aliens in the recent Star Wars films. From Pao to the Thala Siren to the Luggabeast, the list goes on and on. As mentioned, here is me and Derek's first ever interview from 2018 (right before the podcast launched!): htt…
 
What was the best movie of 2006? The Academy awarded that title to director Martin Scorsese's "The Departed," but in this series finale episode, Mike and Brian shake things up. They recap the year that was, rank the nominees for Best Picture, kick the ones that don't belong and discuss their personal top fives. www.bestpicturethis.com Want to curat…
 
Documentary film ‘Hold Your Fire’ provides us with a riveting account of a hostage situation in Brooklyn in January 1973, when four young African American men were caught stealing guns in a sporting goods store and took a dozen hostages. The police assumed that they were members of the Black Liberation Army and came down with all the force of the N…
 
On this episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen discuss the drama categories at the 2022 Emmy Awards, with special focus on "Succession," "Winning Time," and "This Is Us." (00:10). Then, Joyce and Chris spoil the hell out of "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." (45:36). To make your Emmy picks, head to http…
 
Mike Chen is an incredible author whose newest novel, Star Wars: Brotherhood is one of my favorite new canon books in recent memory. We dive into his career, his process, and his work on this incredibly important piece of the saga! Thank you so much again to Mr. Chen for taking the time and being so open with his thoughts and stories, as well as hi…
 
When someone breaks the law, most of us have an instinct that they should be punished. In fact, that they deserve to be punished. At the base of this is a sense that we are morally responsible for our actions and we should get our ‘just deserts’ if we make bad choices. This assumption is deeply encoded in the criminal law itself. Sure, there are ot…
 
Released in between "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," "The Prestige" stands out as a bold, personal choice for director Christopher Nolan. In this episode, Mike and Brian talk about Nolan's obsession with obsession, magic as a standin for cinema, the all-consuming power of creativity and if Nolan's film about magic and magicians deserves a pla…
 
The Invisible Pilot is an HBO Max Docuseries that captures the incredible story of Gary Betzner, an Arkansas crop duster who died under mysterious circumstances. Or did he? The mystery around this man's death would be more than enough for a compelling doc. But that is only the beginning of a story that proves that truth is most definitely stranger …
 
On this special episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen continue their Oscars Playback series with a look at the 1995 Oscars, when Forrest Gump swept the nation and won top awards for Picture, Director, and Actor for Tom Hanks. But does that win hold up when Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption were among the nomine…
 
On this episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen discuss the 2022 Emmy contenders in the music categories, including Best Score, Best Main Title, and Best Original Song (00:10). Then, Joyce and Chris offer their reactions to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the latest blockbuster from Marvel (31:38). To ma…
 
Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 219: Triangle Released 4 May 2022 For this episode, we watched Triangle, a 2009 psychological thriller written and directed by Christopher Smith and with Melissa George leading the cast. From its budget of $12m it made back less than $2m and it has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 80%. BE…
 
Danny Wagner is a model maker, makeup artist and more for the prequel trilogy. From the Star Wars Special Editions to working on the podracers to working on George Lucas’ cameo in Revenge of the Sith, Mr. Wagner’s stories are truly mind-blowing. We will have a live panel at Star Wars Celebration, at 11AM on Friday 5/27! We’ll see you there, with a …
 
Is "The Departed" Martin Scorsese's best movie? It's the only one of his films that has won Best Picture at the Oscars, and the only one for which he's won for Best Directing. So it's gotta be his best! ... Right? In this episode, Mike and Brian put on bad Bostonian accents to talk identity, machismo, pulpy genre, love triangles, self-seriousness a…
 
Legendary rock band King Crimson has been inspiring generations of musicians for over 50 years. After starting off with great success in 1969 in London, the band effectively split up in the same year, which then started a process of fragmentation and reinvention that has continued for 52 years. Documentary film In the Court of the Crimson King that…
 
On this special episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen return with another edition of Oscars Playback. This week, it's time for the 1999 Oscars ceremony, when "Shakespeare in Love" beat "Saving Private Ryan" and ushered in the modern awards campaign. Joyce and Chris look back on the ceremony, its fraught legacy due …
 
On this episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen return to talk about the 2022 Emmy Awards contenders in the limited series categories, where Dopesick, The Dropout, Maid, The Staircase, WeCrashed, The First Lady, and seemingly countless other top series are in a battle for supremacy. To make your predictions, head to …
 
Immigration is such a hot topic. Our borders are, in a sense, our collective skin and the question of who we let in seems to activate our primal instincts. Who comes in can feel and can at times be dangerous. Yet we want new ideas, new brain and brawn-power to fuel our country. A larger population can bring greater economic growth and prosperity. A…
 
Director Clint Eastwood released two films in 2006, both about a pivotal battle in World War II -- except, one movie ("Flags of Our Fathers") was told from the American perspective, while the other ("Letters from Iwo Jima") explored the Japanese experience. In this episode, Mike and Brian discuss what analyzing the two movies through the scope of t…
 
On this special episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen return with another edition of Oscars Playback. This week, it's time for the "Titanic" Oscars, when James Cameron was crowned King of the World and 57 million people watched the biggest Academy Awards ceremony ever (00:10). Joyce and Chris discuss their general …
 
Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 218: I’m Your Man Released 20 April 2022 For this episode, we watched I’m Your Man, the 2021 romantic drama with a sci-fi twist, written by Maria Schrader and Jan Schomburg, directed by Schrader and starring Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens and Sandra Hüller. At the Berlin International Fi…
 
On this episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen get their LOLz on by checking in with the 2022 Emmy Awards comedy contenders, including Minx (7:24), The Flight Attendant (18:30), Barry (32:26), and more. To make your own predictions in the comedy categories -- and all other top Emmy races -- head to https://www.goldd…
 
Brian Muir is an incredibly talented sculptor, who worked for decades in the film industry, and especially on the original Star Wars, on Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Death Star droids and so much more. But that is not all: learn about his involvement in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, James Bond, and many many more projects, in this fascina…
 
Director Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men," starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine, is full of stunning action sequences shot entirely in long takes. But is the movie more than visual spectacle? In this episode, Mike and Brian talk technical achievements in cinematography, biblical and prog rock allusions, and trivia, before decidin…
 
On this special episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen return with another round of Oscars Playback. This time, they look at the 1997 Academy Awards, which included the return of host Billy Crystal following a brief hiatus (00:10). Then, Joyce and Chris look back at the winners -- including a sweep from The English …
 
Our Great National Parks is a breathtaking Netflix original docuseries, executive produced and narrated by President Barack Obama, who protected more public lands and waters than any other US president in history. Watch the full episode at https://www.alamopictures.co.uk/podcast/our-great-national-parks President Obama takes us on a journey to expe…
 
On this episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen discuss the drama categories at the Emmy Awards, including how the buzzy Season 1 finale of Severance sets that show up for a big haul come July (00:10). Then, Joyce and Chris touch on the series finale of Killing Eve, the acting categories, and more -- including the fi…
 
Today, I’m talking to Toby Longworth, an incredible actor and comedian, who voiced Lott Dodd and Gragra in The Phantom Menace. Mr. Longworth’s stories and charm are absolutely incredible, and this interview is one of my favorites ever. I hope you enjoy it. For more information about his work, as well as to download the audio books we discussed, hea…
 
Up until not that long ago, storytellers were encouraged to flex their creative muscles, to look outside themselves, and armed with their imagination as well as a lot of research, to bring to life characters, stories and worlds that they didn’t inhabit themselves, often worlds vastly different to the culture they’ve grown up in. But relatively rece…
 
Nominated for Best Picture and winner of Best Screenplay of 2006, "Little Miss Sunshine," directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, was a surprise smash hit, both critically and commercially. But has its charm worn off in the 16 years since its release? In this episode, Mike and Brian talk screenwriting "tricks," the power of an ensemble cast …
 
On this special episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen introduce Oscars Playback, a podcast devoted to Academy Awards ceremonies from history. First up, Joyce and Chris tackle the 1992 Oscars, when Silence of the Lambs swept the top categories and Beauty and the Beast made history as a Best Picture nominee. 00:10: O…
 
Ella Blumenthal is one of the oldest living survivors of the Holocaust. Despite living through one of history's darkest chapters, she brings a joy to life that few can match. On her 98th birthday, however, Ella reveals to close friends and family profound memories of her incredible survival in a way she has never done before. Award-winning document…
 
Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 217: Flirting with Disaster Released 6 April 2022 For this episode, we watched Flirting with Disaster, the 1996 comedy written and directed by David O Russell and starring Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette and Tea Leoni. It cost $7m to make and produced a modest box office return of ar…
 
On this episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors and experts Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen finally put aside the Oscars to talk about the 2022 Emmy Awards. Is this the most crowded year ever? What to make of the comedy and drama categories -- and don't even get them started on limited series. 1:58: Comedy categories 27:53: Drama categories 48:13: …
 
Martin Rezard has worked on many Star Wars movies, from Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith to all of the new Disney films, as a Creature Concept Sculptor. His work is incredible and instantly iconic, from Raddus to Beezer Fortuna to Emperor Palpatine, and I can’t wait for you to hear his stories. Mr. Rezard is such a talent and was so gracio…
 
Is "Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo del Toro's best movie? In the years since its release in 2006, the Academy has embraced this director, awarding him Best Picture for "The Shape of Water" (2017) and nominating his "Nightmare Alley" in 2021. Although "Pan's" was only recognized with awards for its visuals (cinematography, art, makeup), the bea…
 
On the latest episode of the Gold Derby Show, editors Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen try to predict what the roster of 2023 Oscar nominees might look like just days after the 2022 ceremony has come to an end (00:10). Will Best Director include Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese together for the first time? Might Best Actress be a replay of the 2…
 
Andy Warhol is arguably the most famous artist of his generation, and his work still resonates today, 35 years after his untimely death. But what do we know about the man behind the cultural icon? Acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Rossi is the writer and director of the Netflix docuseries, The Andy Warhol Diaries. In this 6-part series, Andrew brings Warh…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from Bryan's chat with writer, producer, and food critic Bill Oakley. They also talk about the overwhelmingly positive response to the Mark Lanegan tribute episode. Finally, Bryan and Jason talk about taking a break from podcasting so they can focus on family and other creative endeavors.…
 
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