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Straight pop culture and showbiz talk from two hard-boiled writers. Grab a drink and settle in...

Straight pop culture and showbiz talk from two hard-boiled writers. Grab a drink and settle in...
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Straight pop culture and showbiz talk from two hard-boiled writers. Grab a drink and settle in...

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English


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Ep. 30: Best, Worst and Plum Weird Commercials of Super Bowl 2018

2/5/2018
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Check out the latest episode of ‘The Pop Culture Juke Joint’ podcast where TV fanatic Anthony Venutolo is joined by co-host Jack Lugo as they delve into the pop culture aspects of the SUPER BOWL 2018. They chat about what made their best and worst list as well as the spots that were just too weird to put on either. They also chat about the plethora of film and TV trailers that debuted as well as Justin Timberlake’s halftime show.

Duration:00:50:49

Ep. 29: HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ is David Simon’s Ode to Dirty NY

10/31/2017
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Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo are joined by TV critic Vicki Hyman in a discussion about HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ that you don’t want to miss. Created by David Simon and George Pelecanos ‘The Deuce’ explores the New York City sex trade in the early 1970s centered around Times Square. The panel each offer their individual thoughts on what they liked about the show as well as some of their qualms with the series. Among many topics, we discuss the complexity of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character Eileen /...

Duration:00:37:16

Ep. 27: Will ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Boldly Find it’s Streaming Audience?

9/27/2017
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In a solo episode, co-host Jack Lugo weighs in on the much anticipated world premiere of ‘Star Trek: Discovery.’ CBS has decided to use the show to launch its subscription-based media streaming platform CBS-All Access. Sonequa Martin-Green stars as the series lead Commander Michael Burnham, a human Starfleet officer raised on Vulcan by Sarek (Spock’s father). A violent encounter with a Klingon forces Burnham to take extraordinary measures to try to protect her ship and the Starfleet...

Duration:00:32:23

Ep. 25: Was ‘Twin Peaks’ on Showtime 18 Hours of WTF?

9/9/2017
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Grab a booth at the Double R, order up a slice of cherry pie, and prepare to drink a damn fine cup of coffee because we’re about to talk Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks.’ In this episode of The Pop Culture Juke Joint, Jack Lugo and Zachary Towlen try to make some sense of what happened throughout the new season of ‘Twin Peaks’ as well as during the unsettling finale. David Lynch’s attempt to bring arthouse cinema to television has been met with both praise and frustration from fans of the series....

Duration:01:01:41

Ep. 23: Is ‘Logan Lucky’ Soderbergh’s Return to Form?

8/19/2017
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Jack Lugo gives his quick review of the new Steven Soderbergh film ‘Logan Lucky.’ This is the Oscar-winning aeuter’s return not only to theatrical filmmaking but to the heist film genre after his previous success with the ‘Oceans’ film franchise. This heist flick touts a stellar cast featuring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig in his most uncharacteristic role yet – a Southern explosives expert named Joe Bang. Does this “Hillbilly Oceans film” live up to the heights Soderbergh...

Duration:00:14:54

Ep. 19: HBO’s ‘The Defiant Ones’ Defines Genius by Exploring Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine

7/18/2017
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Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo take on the HBO Documentary ‘The Defiant Ones.’ Bookended by the multi-billion dollar acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics by Apple, ‘The Defiant Ones’ offers an intimate look at the lives and careers of both music business producer-entrepeneur Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop visionary Dr. Dre. Both rose to unimaginable heights while contributing to as well as shaping music culture over the span of decades. Anthony and Jack discuss this four-part...

Duration:00:31:45

Ep. 16: What’s Old is New Again… Beware of Rejoice?

6/15/2017
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Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo discuss the never-ending slew of remakes, revivals, and reboots of TV shows and films that permeate pop culture. Grab a drink and join us as we talk about some of the current and upcoming nostalgia productions that have piqued our interest this year. Some of the properties we discuss include: ‘Roseanne,’ ‘One Day at a Time,’ ‘Fuller House,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Get Shorty,’ the Universal Monster films, ‘Creed,’ ‘Dirty Dancing,’ ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘Miami...

Duration:00:30:47

Ep. 15: Break out the Bell-Bottoms! Showtime’s new ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ has Arrived

6/11/2017
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Bell bottoms… Check. Porn stache. Check. Wretched excess? CHECK! Anthony Venutolo gives his quick impressions of the new Showtime period drama “I’m Dying Up Here,” which takes a deep dive into the gritty stand-up comedy scene of the seventies. Based on the book “I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy’s Golden Age” by William Knoedelseder and executive produced by Jim Carrey, the show is chock-full of period detail and boasts a stellar cast that includes the terrific...

Duration:00:09:54

Ep. 14: ‘The Leftovers’ Series Finale Discussion [spoilers]

6/4/2017
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Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo discuss their thoughts on the series finale of ‘The Leftovers.’ After three creative seasons, the critically-acclaimed HBO drama was never one to shy away from complex themes and subjects centering on faith and loss. But did the finale deliver? Jack and Anthony dive in. Caveat, however, it’s filled with spoilers. Enjoy this show? Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to review the show…

Duration:00:35:13

Ep. 12: The Forgotten Bond

5/26/2017
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Go grab that martini (Shaken, not stirred, of course) because we have something very special: Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo chat about the new Hulu documentary BECOMING BOND which delves into the fascinating life of forgotten James Bond George Lazenby.

Duration:00:39:13

Ep. 11: Look Up in the Sky … Superhero Documentaries!

5/20/2017
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Faster than a speeding bullet… Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo chat about four incredible superhero and comic book documentaries: ‘Batman & Bill,’ ‘Behind the Mask: The Batman Dead End Story,’ ‘The Death of Superman Lives’ and ‘Doomed: The Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four.’

Duration:00:40:14

Ep. 10: ‘Hap & Leonard’ Season 2 Finale & ‘Fargo’ Season 3 Premiere

4/26/2017
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OUR FIRST MINISODE. Think of it as a shot and a beer. Pop culture expert Jack Lugo gives us his take on the ‘Hap & Leonard’ season two finale and a quick review of the season three premiere of ‘Fargo.’

Duration:00:14:51

Ep. 9: Decisions! Decisions! Too Much Great TV

4/21/2017
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Together, Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo discuss the fact that there’s too much great goddamned TV on at the moment and their DVRs are working overtime. Among the topics: SundanceTV’s ‘Hap and Leonard,’ IFC’s ‘Brockmire’ and AMC’s ‘The Son.’ Plus much much more…

Duration:00:34:52

Ep. 6: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and ‘The Young Pope’ (eps. 4-6)

2/4/2017
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Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo chat all about the Oscar-nominated film ‘Manchester by the Sea.’ They also talk about the fourth, fifth and sixth episodes of the Sky TV and HBO limited series ‘The Young Pope.’

Duration:00:48:00

Ep. 5: HBO’s ‘The Young Pope’ Premiere and PBS’s ‘Sherlock’ finale

1/23/2017
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Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo delve into the first three episodes of the Sky TV and HBO limited series ‘The Young Pope.’ They also chat about the season (and possibly series) finale of PBS’s ‘Sherlock.’

Duration:00:34:02

Ep. 2: ‘The Walking Dead’ Mid-Season Finale, ‘This is Us’ and Romero Zombies Forever

12/11/2016
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Check out the latest episode of ‘The Pop Culture Juke Joint’ podcast where TV fanatic Anthony Venutolo is joined by fellow boob tube fan Jack Lugo. Together they delve into the Season 7 mid-season finale of ‘The Walking Dead’; George Romero and his school of zombies; NBC’S ‘This is Us’ and HBO’s ‘Westworld.’

Duration:00:33:44

Ep. 1: HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Season 1 Finale

12/4/2016
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Check out the inaugural episode of ‘The Pop Culture Juke Joint’ where TV fanatic Anthony Venutolo is joined by fellow boob tube fan Jack Lugo. Together they delve into the trippy finale of HBO’s newest juggernaut hit ‘Westworld.’ They also discuss what may lie ahead as well as what this means for HBO.

Duration:00:30:39

Ep. 0: Welcome to the Show

12/2/2016
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Tired of the usual pop culture podcasts filled with elistist opinions? Look no further. Here’s a quick welcome to the Pop Culture Juke Joint from host former newsman and current hard-boiled crime writer Anthony Venutolo. Each episode he’ll be taking a deep dive into one particular aspect of pop culture. Be it movies, books, comics, or music, he’ll be here to help you along on your commute, workout or down time. So sit back, relax, grab your favorite cocktail and … Enter the juke joint...

Duration:00:02:02

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