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The entertainment industry influencers sit down with the New York Film Academy to discuss the world of filmmaking to share their experience and knowledge. Hear from legends of the industry like Al Pacino, Bryan Cranston, Aubrey Plaza, Seth Rogen and many more.
 
Join actor Anna Kendrick for a discussion and Q&A about Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.
 
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Queen of Cannes Juliette Binoche joins me to discuss Between Two Worlds and the tough working life of an actor; director Mia Hansen Love completes a Cannes double with Bergman Island last year and now the gorgeous One Fine Morning with Lea Seydoux. Plus Norway’s Thomas Robsahm talks A-ha - The Movie. Take on me indeed. Music by Lee Rosevere. See ac…
 
Dublin director Colm Baread celebrates the first-ever wide release for an Irish-language feature film; The Quiet Girl. A haunting and beautiful adaptation of author Clare Keegan’s story, Foster. I review Call My Agent remake Ten Percent and look at Gaspar Noé’s minor masterpiece Vortex. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and o…
 
I talk to director Roland Joffe about working with Ennio Morricone on The Mission, as featured in the new documentary Ennio - Roland also recalls Saturday morning cinema, winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and falling in love with Julie Christie. And I meet director Nabil Ayouch, creator of lovely film Casablanca Beats about a bunch of Moroccan kids…
 
Venice-winning director Audrey Diwan joins me to talk about her brilliant, breathless abortion thriller Happening, starring French film's Most Promising Newcomer, Anamaria Vartolomei; billionaire property developer and film producer Charles Cohen reveals his love of classic pictures, his adoration of classic cinemas and why he's restoring more sacr…
 
I talk to Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen about his Cannes-winning Russian train romcom Compartment No 6; and I meet director John Madden at The Chiswick Cinema to discuss Operation Mincemeat, war films and working with Colin Firth for the first time in over 20 years. Plus I review Viking epic The Northman and lesbian nun movie Benedetta. Music by …
 
Acclaimed writer and actress Alexis Zegerman joins me to discuss her new play at Hampstead Theatre, The Fever Syndrome and takes me through her work with Mike Leigh, her favourite film memories and some Dirty Dancing. Joe Cole talks accents in indie film One if These Days and not doing Michael Caine in The Ipcress File. I review Mexican drama Praye…
 
Director Harry Wootliff talks about sex in British movies and falling in love with Ruth Wilson making True Things; I meet our risingest new star Nicôle Lecky from hit new BBC Three show Mood; and visit BFI Flare Closing Film Tramps! with director Kevin Hegge; plus some Oscar predictions ahead of Sunday's big night in Hollywood. Music by Lee Rosever…
 
Paris and Oslo are the destinations as two leading lights of European cinema come to town on BAFTA weekend. Actor, performer, musician Jehnny Beth is one of the stars of Jacques Audiard's Paris 13th District and she talks about young love in Paris. a thing for Truffaut and her teenage crush on Sophie Marceau. Norwegian producer Thomas Robsahm is ch…
 
As he takes on the docs at the BAFTAs and Oscars, debut director Questlove joins me from his office in 30 Rock to look at my favourite film of the last year. We talk about the goosebump moments of seeing the re-discovered concert footage from Harlem 1969 for the first time, why he opened with Stevie Wonder on the drums, and how Sesame Street stoppe…
 
Dominican actor Manny Perez, perhaps best known for his films 'Washington Heights,' 'El Cantante,' 'Bella' and the hit action film ‘La Soga,’ is now doing his directorial debut with the sequel - 'La Soga Salvation'. We discuss what it takes to write, direct and produce his own movie, what the future of Dominican cinema looks like, and his opinion o…
 
Fresh from her double BAFTA nomination, the star of Spielberg's West Side Story joins me to talk about playing the iconic role with original Anita, Rita Moreno, on set, hitting the high notes of Tonight, dancing the Mambo and meeting Stephen Sondheim; and star of 4-times BAFTA nominated Boiling Point Jason Flemyng talks about working in British ind…
 
Director Garth Jennings talks me through making a giant animated movie musical and reveals his love of Billy Wilder; debut film maker Sonita Gale discusses the brutal politics and necessary action around her doc Hostile. Among my recommendations are Riders of Justice and Parallel Mothers. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and…
 
In our first episode, we welcome actress Justina Machado. You know her from the Emmy Award-winning comedy reboot of “One Day at a Time” from legendary producer Norman Lear and several other tv shows and films. Our conversation covered several interesting subjects such as Latino representation in the animation industry, why Hispanic animated films s…
 
Romola Garai tells me about making her feature directing debut with horror film Amulet, and the films that inspired her along the way; award-winning artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige open up the secrets of their gorgeous film Memory Box, discussing their teenage years in Beirut, 80s mixtapes and the power of food; I review Nightmare Alle…
 
Andrea Arnold discusses farming and realism with Cow, her captivating study of the brutish life of a beautiful dairy cow called Luma; Chinese-America filmmaker Jessica Kingdon talks about shooting in Chinese factories - and eating duck - for her visually stunning doc Ascension. I review Drive My Car and Munich - The Edge of War and there’s Mary Pop…
 
Mat Whitecross tells me about re-capturing 80s America and putting capitalism and pugilism in the ring for his new Discovery doc series The Kings, with Hagler and Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran; director Phil Barantini explains how, why and where he made his amazing one-take restaurant movie Boiling Point with Stephen Graham; I review …
 
I run through the films that have stood out, sparked debate, and made an impact, from Bond to music docs. And I talk to director Tomas Alfredson and writer Peter Straughan about making Tinker Tailor and the films that have influenced their lives. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Gloria Calderon Kellett's 'With Love' is the best Latinx television I have seen. It combines all the American TV characteristics we grew up with, but with a US Latino family at the center. Think of ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ ‘Love Actually,’ 'The Holiday,' but with Latinos. It's all the shows that make us cozy up to a warm fire, a snug blanket, and ho…
 
Scandi superstar Noomi Rapace is on sparkling form discussing her Icelandic roots, her new film Lamb and her movie loves; actress Joanna Vanderham reads out the London Critics' nominations, Wendy Mitchell joins me to react and I review Don't Look Up, The Lost Daughter and swoon over The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao. Music by Lee Rosevere. See …
 
Fresh from the first awards bash of the season, I catch up with winners from the British Independent Film Awards - Celeste Bell who carried of two prizes including Best Documentary for Poly Styrene: I Am Not a Cliche about her Mum, Poly Styrene, the late lead singer of former punk band X-Ray Spex; and Breakthrough Performance winner Nell Barlow, fr…
 
Here's the trailer to Season 3 of Seen Any Good Films Lately? on which I'll be focusing on the awards season, from the BIFAs to the Oscars. I'll bring you the latest news and interviews with nominees and winners and the newest reviews so you know exactly which films to catch up with to be in the know during all the clamour and glamour of the red ca…
 
This week I welcome Colombian photographer Josefina Santos who as of late has been photographing some of the biggest names in music, tv, and film, such as Olivia Rodrigo, MJ Rodriguez from ‘Pose’ and indie director Jim Jarmusch to name a few, plus has photographed covers for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Teen Vogue and more. Josefina and I di…
 
On a new episode of Highly Relevant, I talk to director/producer Lissette Feliciano about her new indie film 'Women Is Losers'. The film which premiered at 2021's SXSW Festival, has gotten good reviews for it's female empowerment story and her use of multicultural characters. She tells me how lies about Latinos in the media has become the driving f…
 
In this season finale, the stars of Netflix film Passing discuss race, colour and movies. Ruth Negga worries about playing Lady Macbeth; Moonlight star Andre Holland remembers The Wizz, Diahann Carroll and living in Harlem. I also talk to Oscar-winning director of Free Solo, Chai Vasarhelyi, about her breath-taking doc reconstruction of the cave di…
 
In this rebroadcast of our interview with director Robert Rodriguez from February 27, 2019, we discuss his new film at that time 'Alita: Battle Angel,' how one of the main goals of his TV network 'El Rey' was to find and hire more Latino filmmakers, and if it is the responsibility of a Latino directors to create Latino stars. Highly Relevant Playli…
 
As BBC drama Ridley Road reaches its finale, writer Sarah Solemani joins me to talk about making it, Anglo-Jewish trauma, and her favourite film moments, from Life Is Beautiful to Oliver! and a sexy night with Volver. In film-related activities, I review new play The Shark Is Broken and tour round The French Dispatch exhibition. Music by Lee Roseve…
 
On this episode I'm joined by podcaster and LFF first-timer Ygraine to review some of our highlights from the 65th edition of the festival: amid the voices and sounds of the festival listen out for news of Belfast, The Phantom of the Open, Last Night in Soho, Spencer, The Wolf Suit, Hit The Road, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon and many more... Music …
 
You may know her as Rachel Roth aka Raven on Titans Did you know she is Australian? Our editor Alaisdair chats to Tegan about all things Titans and DC Fandome. Make sure you catch DC Fandome happening this Sunday morning at 4am AEST with the official Australian after-party at 10am. Check out our website here --- Send in a voice message: https://anc…
 
DC Fandome is happening this Sunday. Steph "Hex" Bendixsen chatted to Alaisdair about the upcoming event and her favourite DC characters. Catch all the action at www.dcfandome.com from 4am AEST Sunday October 17. Make sure you tune into the afterparty at dcafterpartyanz.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/morning-brew/message…
 
Adriana Barraza is one of five Latinas to have ever been nominated for an Academy Award in acting. She is now starring in the new Blumhouse horror film 'Bingo Hell' on Amazon Prime Video, perfectly timed for Halloween. In this new interview, Adriana and I discuss being the first Latina actress in her 60s to lead a film. It was also directed and co-…
 
LFF preview with Tricia Tuttle. As the 65th BFI London Film Festival begins, I talk to its Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle about her life as a curator and about the films she’s loved and been inspired by. Plus I introduce a new star, Agnes O’Casey, from BBC One drama Ridley Road. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out …
 
This week, it's Seen Any Bond Films Lately? On a brilliant Bond takeover, I'm joined by Bond guardians/producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson and five-time Bond composer Don Black to talk about their favourite Bond songs, cars, locations, posters. It's about family, film and the Daniel Craig-era finale. Plus I deliver the first review of No T…
 
Actress/producer Aubrey Plaza has become a cult indie film queen since her big break as April Ludgate on NBC’s “Parks And Recreation”. Since then she’s done popular films such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and the Child’s Play reboot. She’s now coming off of a dramedy with Michael Caine called Best Sellers, is cu…
 
Known for being one of the biggest comedians in Mexico, Eugenio Derbez made a splash in the indie film scene with his bilingual movie ‘Instructions Not Included,’ which became the highest-grossing Spanish-language film and the fourth highest-grossing foreign film of all time in the United States. He followed that up with ‘How to Be a Latin Lover,’ …
 
This episode is dedicated to director Roger Michell. This Is England actress Jo Hartley discusses her role as a Mum in lovely new British coming-of-age movie Sweetheart, shares her love of Grease and tells all about a first date with a future member of Take That. I review French gem Gagarine and give some recommendations for the upcoming BFI London…
 
Daniel Craig gives farewell speech after James Bond wraps sending the internet into meltdown Box Office News - Shang-Chi reigns supreme, Dune cleans up international markets Warner Bros rebooting The Bodyguard and The Lost Boys Anthony Mackie joins Playstation Productions for Twisted Metal Bryce Dallas Howard rebooting Flight of the Navigator Sony …
 
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! I am kicking off a retrospective series for Hispanic Heritage Month where I revisit with you my favorite interviews of the last five years. We start it off with the star of In The Heights and Transformers 7, actor/singer Anthony Ramos. In this interview I did with him on October 5th, 2018, Ramos is coming off of a co-…
 
My guest this week is Camila Legaspi, the Chief Content Officer of Latina Media Ventures, the company which owns Latina Magazine. She joins me this week for an in-depth discussion on the relaunch of Latina.com. We discuss why the brand took a hiatus, why it decided to return, and what role will it play for this new generation of Latinas. Can the br…
 
Ruth Wilson stars in Venice movie True Things, discussing the benefits of an intimacy advisor and the perils of love. Rounding up the big movies at Venice 78, I look at the awards contenders jostling for the spotlight and re-examine British classic The Servant. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
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