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Episode 41 - Bonnie and Clyde

Episode 41 - Bonnie and Clyde

March 9, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re breaking down the casting of the 60s crime classic Bonnie and Clyde! Which Oscar-winning singer/songwriter did Warren Beatty want to play Clyde? Which former co-star of Beatty turned down Bonnie as she found working with him too difficult? And which French director was originally supposed to helm the film but insisted on shooting in – of all places – New Jersey in winter? Also – Bonnie, Clyde, and their hobbit getaway driver go on a crime spree across Middle Earth!

 

Bonnie and Clyde stars Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Evans Evans, and Gene Wilder; directed by Arthur Penn

 

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Episode 40 - The Devil Wears Prada

Episode 40 - The Devil Wears Prada

March 2, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we look at everyone almost cast in the high-fashion comedy The Devil Wears Prada! Which Oscar-nominee turned down Andy? Which talk show host almost landed the role of Nigel? And is Nate the worst boyfriend in cinema history? Also – Amy Jo meets Valentino and Jeff investigates whether or not Christian Thompson is moonlighting as the Dapper Dan Strangler!

 

The Devil Wears Prada stars Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Adrian Grenier, Simon Baker, Tracie Thoms, Rich Sommer, and Daniel Sunjata; directed by David Frankel

 

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Episode 39 - Sister Act (w/ Aaron Jackson)

Episode 39 - Sister Act (w/ Aaron Jackson)

February 23, 2021

On this week’s show, we’re joined by comedian (and Amy Jo’s brother) Aaron Jackson to break down who almost starred in the iconic comedy Sister Act! Which singer/comedienne was attached to star but turned it down because she didn’t think her fans wanted to see her in a wimple? Which member of Hollywood royalty was considered for Mother Superior? And how many people did Eddie Souther punch before he knocked out the right guy? Also – Jeff performs for an audience of nuns and Aaron talks about dancing with Whoopi on the set of Broad City!

 

Sister Act stars Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Najimy, Bill Nunn, Mary Wickes, Wendy Makenna, Beth Fowler, and Jenifer Lewis; directed by Emile Ardolino

 

 

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Episode 38 - The Fifth Element

Episode 38 - The Fifth Element

February 16, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we’re looking at everyone almost cast in the entertainingly ridiculous sci-fi/action film: The Fifth Element! Which problematic star turned down Korben? Which pop singers were considered for Ruby Rhod? And were the Princess Leia buns on that Major military regulation? Also – we break down the performative stylings of the Diva Plavalaguna, aka: Opera Squid!

 

The Fifth Element stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, Brion James, and Tom Lister Jr.; directed by Luc Besson

 

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Episode 37 - Gone Girl

Episode 37 - Gone Girl

February 9, 2021

In a toast to Valentine’s Day, we’re looking at everyone who almost starred in the twisty and twisted mystery-thriller Gone Girl! Which singer/dancer was considered for Amy? Who wanted to play Nick but couldn’t work around the schedule of his hit TV show? What the heck would a sequel look like? And can we please get a Tanner Bolt spinoff series? Also – it’s the Gone Girl/Chicago musical mash up you never knew you needed but can’t possibly live without!

 

Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, Lola Kirke, Boyd Holbrook, Sela Ward, and Missi Pyle; directed by David Fincher

 

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Episode 36 - Face/Off

Episode 36 - Face/Off

February 2, 2021

This week on the show, we’re looking at who almost swapped faces in the wonderfully ridiculous Face/Off! Which macho heavyweights were considered for Archer and Troy? Which Bostonian leading man turned down Pollux? And would you rather switch faces with a chimpanzee or a velociraptor? Also – Cage and Travolta go to boot camp to play theatre games and recreate scenes from Duck Soup!

 

Face/Off stars John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Dominique Swain, Nick Cassavetes, Colm Feore, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Wisdom, Chris Bauer, Margaret Cho, Thomas Jane, and CCH Pounder; directed by John Woo

 

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Episode 35 - Hook

Episode 35 - Hook

January 26, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we’re running down the casting of the adventure/fantasy Hook! Which Oscar-winner was originally cast as Peter but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts? Which singer turned down Hook? Which rom-com star did the screenwriter want for Tinkerbell? And how the heck did we never get a Hookland at Universal Studios? Also – get your subscription now to Maggie Smith’s Goop!

 

Hook stars Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Caroline Goodall, Charlie Korsmo, Amber Scott, Arthur Malet, Dante Basco, and Maggie Smith; directed by Steven Spielberg

 

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Episode 34 - Mary Poppins

Episode 34 - Mary Poppins

January 19, 2021

This week we take a jolly holiday and break down who almost starred in the Disney classic Mary Poppins! Which two-time Oscar winner did Walt Disney want for the titular nanny? Which actors did Dick Van Dyke think would have been a better fit as Bert? And did Poppins kill all those other nannies? Also – Tenet rips off Mary Poppins and Amy Jo explains why you should never watch Saving Mr. Banks on a plane!

 

Mary Poppins stars Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomilson, Glynis Johns, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Reginald Owen, and Ed Wynn; directed by Robert Stevenson

 

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Episode 33 - Twins & Suburban Commando

Episode 33 - Twins & Suburban Commando

January 12, 2021

On our first ever double feature episode, we’re breaking down the charming Schwarzenegger/DeVito comedy Twins and the bizarre Hulk Hogan sci-fi “comedy” Suburban Commando! Would Twins have worked with the alternate casting the studio had lined up? Would an actor other than Hogan have made Suburban Commando watchable? And what kind of suburb has night mimes running around? Also – Amy Jo plays ‘Spot the Faerie Tale Theatre Actor’ and we all learn the valuable lesson: Never go to a secondary planet with Hulk Hogan!

 

Twins stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, Bonnie Bartlett, David Caruso, and Tony Jay; directed by Ivan Reitman

 

Suburban Commando stars Hulk Hogan, Christopher Lloyd, Shelley Duvall, Mark Calaway, Roy Dotrice, and Larry Miller; directed by Burt Kennedy

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Episode 32 - Back to the Future

Episode 32 - Back to the Future

January 5, 2021

For our first film of the new year (woo hoo!) we’re looking at everyone almost cast in the time travelling comedy classic Back to the Future! Which method actor was fired after filming as Marty for six weeks? Which Oscar-winning actor/director was up for Biff? Which star of The Office originally signed a two-picture deal before being let go? And what would the raunchy teen comedy version that studios wanted have looked like? Also – let’s go to the movies to see the new Michael J. Fox hit: Spaceman from Pluto!

 

Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, James Tolkan, Casey Siemaszko, J.J. Cohen, and Billy Zane; directed by Robert Zemeckis

 

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