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Inside the mind of a Hollywood Production Designer and Casting Disabled Actors – IP 158

9/11/2019
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In this episode we speak to Warren Alan Young, the production designer of some of the most visually captivating television shows and films. From Fargo to Strange Angel to American Crime to the upcoming film Harriet, Warren has been responsible for creating, designing and executing a look that propels the plot, illuminates the characters and elevates the overall storytelling of all of his projects. He discusses his process to approach each unique project and shares his thoughts on being one...

Duration:01:04:31

Inside the Mind of a Music Supervisor: A Conversation with Matthew Hearon-Smith - IP 157

8/14/2019
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If you've ever admired the soundtrack to a film or TV show and wondered who was behind the music, we've got you covered! Sean sat 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...

Duration:00:59:58

Interracial Relationships in Pop Culture - IP 156

7/31/2019
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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

Movie Trailers: An Insider's Guide to How They're Made - IP155

7/17/2019
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Summer movie blockbuster season is well underway and there's no better time to revisit our episode that focuses on what goes in to making movie trailers. 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,...

Duration:00:58:53

Other Boys NYC: Queer Men of Color doc series, Andre 3000 - IP 154

6/26/2019
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We continue our celebration of Pride Month with an interview with Adam Vazquez - the co-creator and co-producer of Other Boys NYC - a 50 part documentary series that explores and celebrates the lives of queer and transgender men of color living in the big apple. We discuss why Adam and his producing partner, Abdool Corlette, felt the need to create the series and we also talk about the current state of life for queer men of color on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Plus,...

Duration:00:38:33

Rebellion! Stonewall on MSNBC, Split Screens Festival, Handmaid's Tale, Queen Sugar, When They See Us & Late Night - IP 153

6/12/2019
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June is bursting at the seams with pop culture and we are here for it! We're celebrating Pride month with a conversation with the producers behind the MSNBC documentary special- Rebellion! Stonewall. Katherine Linton & Joe Danisi share their journey to making this important and timely film, the queer history surrounding the Stonewall Riots and how it directly connects to present day politics and our future. The documentary premieres on MSNBC on Sunday, June 16th at 10pm, but can also be...

Duration:00:59:27

Killing Eve & Fleabag: The Worlds of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Costume Design of She's Gotta Have It, Netflix's Special - IP 152

5/29/2019
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If you're tired of hearing about the collective disappointment of a certain dragon-centric TV show - have no fear - in this episode we celebrate successful achievement of some of the most satisfying shows on television! First up, Sean and Amita discuss the second seasons of Killing Eve and Fleabag, two creations of the absurdly talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge (ok - and maybe we go on a teeny tiny tangent and discuss how some series are better than others at concluding). Then Amita...

Duration:01:04:54

Game of Thrones: The Bells, Tribeca Film Festival premiere of ‘Only’ – IP 151

5/15/2019
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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...

Duration:01:11:13

Game Of Thrones: The Long Night, Avengers: Endgame, Tribeca Film Festival - IP 150

5/1/2019
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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...

Duration:00:54:21

Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere, Guava Island - IP 149

4/17/2019
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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...

Duration:00:51:26

Inside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - IP 148

4/3/2019
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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...

Duration:00:54:13

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

3/20/2019
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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...

Duration:01:02:01

The Hollywood Apology Trend & Inside Pop Quiz: Oscars Edition - IP 146

2/20/2019
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This week, we bring you another installment of the Inside Pop Quiz - but this time, Sean quizzes Amita on her Academy Award History knowledge and also gets a few predictions for the upcoming awards ceremony. Then, we discuss the increasing amount of apologies in Hollywood - from Aziz Ansari or Kevin Hart, it feels like every day a celebrity is apologizing, or *not* apologizing for suggestive behavior, comments, tweets or actions. The sheer number of mea culpas these days makes it hard to...

Duration:00:52:16

Inside the Production Design of Fargo, American Crime, Strange Angel + Casting Disabled Actors - IP 145

2/6/2019
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In this episode we speak to Warren Alan Young, the production designer of some of the most beautiful television shows and films we've ever watched. From Fargo to Strange Angel to American Crime to the upcoming film Harriet, Warren has been responsible for creating, designing and executing a look that propels the plot, illuminates the characters and elevates the overall storytelling of all of his projects. He shares the secrets of the craft of production design and reveals his journey as one...

Duration:01:04:31

Oscar Nominations - IP 144

1/23/2019
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And the nominees are... In this episode, we share our immediate reaction to the 2019 Academy Award Nominations- what films we think might win Best Picture, what documentaries were snubbed and Sean shares his secret adoration for one of the Supporting Actor Nominees! Plus, Amita gives her rating and review of the Actors on Actors conversation between Mahershala Ali and John David Washington. Then, she sells a thought piece about Hollywood's Disability problem. Follow us on Twitter &...

Duration:00:43:09

Winter 2019 Pop Culture Preview - IP 143

1/9/2019
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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...

Duration:00:44:26

2018 Best Movie Moments and Entertainers of the Year - IP 142

12/26/2018
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If it's the end of December, then it's time for our last episode of the year- our round up of the best movie moments of 2018! This year, Action, Horror, Indie, Drama, Foreign and Documentary films make up our lists. From the blockbuster Black Panther to the silent thriller A Quiet Place to the indie darling, Eighth Grade, we break down which moments moved us to tears, made us laugh and kept us on the edge of our seats. But wait, there's more! For the first time ever- we are sharing our...

Duration:00:59:42

The Best Television & Music of 2018 - IP 141

12/12/2018
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Inside Pop presents our year end special highlighting the very best Television and Music of 2018! That's right - this one episode brings you our picks for the most binge-worthy TV shows ( including Atlanta, Dear White People, Barry, The Haunting of Hill House, Killing Eve, Queer Eye, Sense8) and most addictive music (including Janelle Monae, Cardi B, Meek Mill, Florence and the Machine, Ella Mai, Jacob Banks, Chloe X Halle) of the past 12 months. Listen to hear new insights into the shows...

Duration:01:07:52

Inside the World of a TV Casting Director: A Conversation with Evan Majors (Rhythm + Flow, The Real World) - IP 140

11/28/2018
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Have you ever wondered what minds were behind the casting of your favorite unscripted TV shows and how they found the personalities who've grown to feel like family? In this episode, we chat with Casting Director Evan Majors to find out his approach to finding talent worthy of TV screens and pop culture obsessions. He shares how he approaches meeting and interviewing talent, the need for more representation in film and TV and a little insider info on his latest project, the recently...

Duration:00:59:47

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