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Movie Trailers: An Insider’s Guide to How They’re Made – IP139

11/14/2018
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Have you ever wondered how a movie trailer is created? Have you ever questioned why you see a shot in a trailer that doesn't exist in the film or fretted over the amount of plot detail a trailer reveals? Well wonder no more! This week, we speak to Nati Braunstein, Co-President and Creative Director at the Creative Advertising agency, Aspect, and get a look inside the process of making memorable movie trailers. Nati discusses the collaborative effort behind the production of trailers and...

Duration:00:58:53

Interracial Relationships in Pop Culture – IP 138

10/31/2018
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Why is it still rare to see a romantic relationship between a black man and a white woman on TV? Is Netflix more progressive depicting interracial relationships than other networks? How did the casting of a Cheerios commercial ignite a racist backlash? In this week's episode, we chat with Lori Tharps, a former Entertainment Weekly and Vibe Magazine writer, novelist and Associate Professor of Journalism at Temple University about how interracial relationships are portrayed on film and...

Duration:00:58:57

Women in the Director’s Chair: A Conversation with Queen Sugar’s DeMane Davis – IP 137

10/17/2018
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In this encore episode, we speak with DeMane Davis, the director of the hit OWN series Queen Sugar. We chat with DeMane about the unique way she connected with Ava DuVernay to get the opportunity to work on the series and also discuss how she approached directing the premiere episode of the most recent season. DeMane also discusses her new role as the series Producing Director and the responsibilities and creative challenges that come with the job. And she also dissects one of the most...

Duration:01:02:32

Netflix Goes for the Oscar, How to Watch a Movie, Jose James Covers Bill Withers – IP 136

10/3/2018
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This week we tackle the age old, innuendo laced question – 'Does size matter?' Our resounding answer is – ‘yes!’ - especially when it comes to the size of the screen on which one watches feature films. This week news broke that Netflix is considering releasing Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma and the Coen Brother’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs in movie theaters before these films play on its streaming service. This would be an unprecedented move by the media behemoth that might give these movies a...

Duration:00:46:54

Music Matters: An Interview with Music Supervisor Matthew Hearon-Smith- IP 135

9/19/2018
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Ever wonder how some of your favorite songs in films and TV shows are chosen? This week, Sean sits down with Music Supervisor Matthew Hearon-Smith, who has selected songs for the award winning films Tangerine and The Florida Project and also has curated the soundtracks for various television shows including Viceland's My House. We discuss his process for finding the right song for the right moment and how he collaborates with directors and showrunners to create the mood for specific...

Duration:00:59:58

Fall TV Preview & Primetime Emmy Predictions with Norman Baker - IP 134

9/4/2018
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September has arrived and Fall is right around the corner! (Yeah, we said it, FALL! Where does the time go!?) So, we're getting you ready for the Fall TV season with special guest Norman Baker- who, as a self-proclaimed 'Pop Culture Genius', utilizes his entertainment prowess every day as a Senior Producer on The Wendy Williams Show. We find out what it takes to put together the Hot Topics segment of the popular daytime talk show and what inspired Norman to get into television...

Duration:00:51:24

Shining a Light on Cinematography: A Conversation with Graham Willoughby - IP 133

8/22/2018
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If you've ever been struck by the beauty that fills the screen while watching a particular film or television show you have the cinematographer to thank. The cinematographer - or Director of Photography - is responsible for helping the director achieve their vision; and whether the goal is to create an eye catching effect or to simply make natural light look 'natural' on film, the cinematographer commands a unique combination of creative intuition and technical expertise to achieve...

Duration:00:55:34

The (Immediate) Future of Television: Highlights from the TCA Press Tour - IP 132

8/8/2018
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If you love Television, our report on the 2018 TCA Summer Press Tour is a must! This week, the TCA (Television Critics Association) gathered to hear all of the major networks break news with casting announcements, plot line revelations and promises that their new and returning shows will be the peak-iest in this era of Peak TV. We discuss the highlights of the TCA tour and breakdown what all of this news means for the television industry, and for fans of the medium. We'll answer all of...

Duration:00:48:46

Highlights from San Diego Comic Con, Aquaman, Jacob Banks - IP 131

7/25/2018
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San Diego Comic Con is the epicenter of genre fandom, the 'make it or break it' launching pad of potential box office blockbusters and the most intensely overwhelming adventure a fan of pop culture can experience. In this episode, we bring you a report straight from the convention with entertainment journalist and Editor-in-Chief at Den of Geek US- Mike Cecchini. No matter what you're interest- Mike has you covered with inside info and insight including: Aquaman Follow Mike Cecchini and...

Duration:00:55:53

Behind the Scenes at DreamWorks with Tony Ducret, The Handmaid's Tale, Barry, Love Is ___ IP 130

7/11/2018
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This week, we speak with Tony Ducret who works in the story department at DreamWorks Studios / Amblin Partners. Tony speaks with us about the path that brought him to DreamWorks via a an early career as a producer and showrunner in unscripted programming; a writer and director in the independent film world and a student at the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. Tony talks to us about how he uses his diverse background to contribute to the story department at one of the most...

Duration:00:52:08

Strong Black Lead, Sense8 Series Finale - IP 129

6/27/2018
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Please note that this episode of Inside Pop is NOT sponsored by Netflix despite the fact that we're celebrating the network's content throughout the half hour! First up - we examine the Strong Black Lead promo Netflix released at the beginning of the week. We discuss its impact, what iconic photo inspired it, who created it and yes - how it caused some controversy. Then, Sean says good-bye to one of his favorite series of all time in a completely non-objective review of the Sense8 series...

Duration:00:40:06

Luke Cage Season 2, Won't You Be My Neighbor - IP 128

6/20/2018
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We're heading straight to Harlem for this special Luke Cage edition of Inside Pop. We've seen the second season of Marvel's Luke Cage and we're bringing you an exclusive preview of the first two episodes. We'll also provide some fascinating behind the scenes info about the show's music and production crew and theorize why vocal fans of the first season may have inspired the more volatile Season 2 Luke Cage. Plus, we question why we're anti-shipping Mariah and Shades. Then, Amita reviews the...

Duration:00:42:39

Queer Eye Season 2, LGBTQ Pop Culture - IP 127

6/13/2018
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We're celebrating Pride Month in this episode by highlighting some of our favorite queer pop culture. First up, we've had an advanced look at the second season of Queer Eye on Netflix and we're giving you an exclusive preview of the series that consistently gives everyone the feels. We'll tell you how the series is breaking even more new ground than ever before. And then we bring you a special rainbow colored Big Sell in which we recommend some under the radar pop culture with an LGBTQ...

Duration:00:36:18

Pose, Kanye West, Roseanne Cancellation - IP 126

6/6/2018
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This week, we are serving all sorts of pop culture realness - starting with our first impressions of the new Ryan Murphy series, Pose, on FX. Amita shares how Viceland's My House influenced her viewing experience of Pose and Sean comments on why both shows are helping bring a piece of LGBTQ culture to the masses. Then, Amita shares her thoughts and honest critique about Kanye West's new 7 song album, Ye, and revealing that he is bipolar. Plus, we discuss if the idea of a Roseanne spinoff...

Duration:00:46:09

Queen Sugar Season 3 Premiere - IP 125

5/30/2018
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We've been waiting for months and it's finally here! The Queen Sugar Season 3 Premiere aired on Tuesday night and we have an exclusive interview with the director of the hit OWN series- DeMane Davis. We had the privilege of watching the Season Premiere in advance of our interview with DeMane so be warned, there will be spoilers in this podcast! We chatted with DeMane about the unique way she connected with Ava DuVernay to get the opportunity to work on the series, her approach to directing...

Duration:01:02:32

Deadpool 2, Janet Jackson at the Billboard Awards, Vulture Festival – IP 124

5/23/2018
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We have an embarrassment of pop culture riches this week! First up, Amita provides a spoiler free review of the box office record breaking Deadpool 2. Sean hasn't seen the film yet, but it doesn't stop him from asking deep probing questions (you guessed it - Josh Brolin's physique is a point of discussion!). Then, Sean and Amita discuss Janet Jackson's appearance at the Billboard Music Awards. They rate her red carpet look and give what may be considered a surprisingly objective review of...

Duration:00:48:39

TV Cancellations, Andre 3000, Florence + The Machine, Aggretsuko - IP 123

5/16/2018
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This week, we're talking about the recent announcement of TV cancellations and renewals- which shows were chopped (Quantico, Rise) and which ones were surprisingly revived by another network (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Last Man Standing?!) and the one show that Sean may just start a Twitter campaign to save. Then, we discuss the two unique songs that Andre 3000 recently released that are dedicated to his late mother and father and what we think of his new sound. And Sean shares his experience at...

Duration:00:43:14

Childish Gambino's "This Is America", Big Screen vs Living Room films - IP 122

5/9/2018
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From the visceral imagery to our initial reactions- we discuss and try to decode the video that everyone is talking about- Childish Gambino's "This Is America". We give our thoughts and praise to Donald Glover's latest music video/artistic statement. Then, we discuss what films are big screen worthy and which films you can watch at home. Amita shares her thought process on how she determines which films pass the big screen test. And finally, Sean gets brutally honest about last week's Big...

Duration:00:49:49

Avengers: Infinity War, Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer, Tribeca Film Festival, Kanye West- IP 121

5/2/2018
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We've witnessed and survived a huge week in pop culture and are here to tell the tale! First, we share our SPOILER FREE thoughts about the latest chapter in Marvel's Avengers series- Avengers: Infinity War, and find out if the superhero filled sequel succeeded in meeting our expectations Then, we're all about Janelle Monae's latest album, Dirty Computer, and the accompanying emotion picture. We predict the songs we want to be the next single and chat about her musical evolution from her...

Duration:00:50:34

Westworld Season 2, My House on Viceland, Tribeca Film Festival 2018, Rhye - IP 120

4/25/2018
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On this episode, Sean discusses his thoughts and predictions about Westworld Season 2 and shares a helpful NYTimes Season 1 recap to refresh Amita's memory on the sci-fi fantasy series. Then, Amita has an exclusive sit down with Sean about his latest project, the new Viceland follow doc series, My House which chronicles the lives of performers in the NYC vogue ballroom scene. And the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival has started and we had the privilege to watch a couple of music focused...

Duration:00:47:12