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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. 28: Is 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Season 9 Larry David's Return to Form?

10/2/2017
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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' has returned and with it begins a whole new season of antisocial awkwardness and insensitivity that only Larry David can deliver. Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo discuss the long-awaited season 9 premiere in which “Larry” must deal with an “un-fireable” assistant plus the fallout of having offended the Ayatollah as well as squirm his way out of new faux pas involving Richard Lewis’s dead parakeet and a lesbian wedding. Anthony and Jack discuss the cultural influence...

Duration:00:27:13

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. 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. 26: 'The Last Tycoon' Creator Billy Ray Talks His Passion Project

9/19/2017
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Set in Hollywood in 1936, 'The Last Tycoon' explores a pivotal time in American history. The Amazon original series, based on an unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, features a stellar cast and impeccable production values to tell a complex and compelling story set against the backdrop of a time when movie studios collaborated with Nazi Germany to censor their own films. Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo speak to series creator, writer, and executive producer Billy Ray to talk about 'The...

Duration:00:40:26

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. 24: 'Dice' on Showtime Returns for Season Two and It Just Gets Better

8/24/2017
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The Diceman is back on Showtime for a second season of misadventures and irreverent vulgarity that only Andrew 'Dice' Clay himself could deliver. Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo couldn’t possibly be more overjoyed with the return of the comedic gem of series. As we discuss the merits of Dice’s Showtime series, Anthony dives into his own personal history with Dice both as a fan and as a journalist. We also talk about the general format of this Curb-esque type comedic series and whether or not...

Duration:00:38:23

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. 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. 22: Did We Throw Tomatoes at the Season 1 Finale of 'I'm Dying Up Here'?

8/14/2017
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While Anthony reviewed the debut episode of the season one Showtime drama 'I'm Dying Up Here' a couple of months back back in Episode 15, in this mini-episode of The Pop Culture Juke Joint, Jack Lugo reflects on the season finale. It’s been a season of ups and downs for this Jim Carrey-produced show, but was it worth sticking with until the end? Does this show deserve to stay on the main stage on Showtime or should it be relegated to open mic night down in the cellar? Jack gives us the...

Duration:00:20:30

Ep. 21: Yo, Adrian! We Just Saw the Unreleased 'Rocky V' and it's Amazing

8/7/2017
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‘Rocky V’ is a film that most fans have grown to begrudgingly accept as a low point in an otherwise heartwarming and inspiring franchise. Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo discuss an unreleased workprint / director’s cut that casts this entry in the Rocky franchise in an entirely new light. WE SAW IT AND IT'S AMAZING! Many sequences in the workprint differ greatly from the theatrical cut resulting in a viewing experience that in our opinion is vastly superior to the film that most fans have...

Duration:01:02:14

Ep. 20: Epix's New 'Get Shorty' TV Series Misses All the Marks

8/2/2017
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This episode, Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo review the new Epix series remake of 'Get Shorty.' Is this series worth diving into or should we stay far away from it like a certain locker being monitored by the DEA? Without giving too much away, let’s just say that just like Chili Palmer’s jacket, some things just shouldn’t be messed with. Speaking of Chli Palmer’s jacket, Anthony has a personal story to tell about his quest to find the perfect Chili Palmer leather jacket back in the day....

Duration:00:30:18

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. 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. 18: 'GLOW' on Netflix is the Perfect '80s Throwback

7/5/2017
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Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo are joined by TV critic and journalist Vicki Hyman (Anthony's former partner in crime during his news days) to discuss the new Netflix original series 'GLOW' Our panel discusses why this female driven "dramedy" may just be the breakout hit of the year. Starring Alison Brie, Marc Maron and Betty Gilpin, 'GLOW' explores the relationships between its female characters in quite a refreshing and empowering way. Anthony, Vicki, and Jack take a deep dive exploring...

Duration:00:33:20

Ep. 17: Gawker Media, Hulk Hogan and the 'Scumbaggery' of Journalism

6/28/2017
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This episode, Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo talk about the Netflix Original documentary “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.” The new documentary takes a close look at the lawsuit stemming from the Hulk Hogan sex tape and the ultimate downfall of Gawker Media including several individuals responsible for that publication. There are also broader implications that go beyond the surface of this case that the documentary chooses to highlight with varying degrees of success. Anthony’s 20...

Duration:00:42:09

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 Vice,'...

Duration:00:30:47

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