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Episode 63 - Sense and Sensibility

Episode 63 - Sense and Sensibility

September 14, 2021

This week we’re breaking down the casting of the gorgeous Jane Austen adaptation Sense and Sensibility! Which real-life sisters were considered for Elinor and Marianne? Who did Emma Thompson originally want for Colonel Brandon? And who’s more famous: Jane Austen or Selena Gomez? Also – enjoy the hit new single: Stick in a Bog!

 

Sense and Sensibility stars Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Laurie, Greg Wise, Imogen Stubbs, Elizabeth Spriggs, and Tom Wilkinson; directed by Ang Lee

 

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Episode 62 - Super Mario Bros

Episode 62 - Super Mario Bros

August 31, 2021

On the final (listener-requested) episode of our Dog Days month, we’re breaking down the casting of the box office Bob-Omb Super Mario Bros! Which double Oscar-winner had his pick of Mario or Luigi? Which action heavyweight turned down Koopa? And what is up with that cut rap scene? Also – Dennis Hopper gets roasted by his son, and we pitch our new podcast: Hangin’ with Mr. Koopa!

 

Super Mario Bros stars Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Fiona Shaw, Samantha Mathis, Fisher Stevens, Richard Edson, Francesca P. Roberts, Mojo Nixon, Gianni Russo, and Lance Henriksen

 

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Episode 61 - Showgirls

Episode 61 - Showgirls

August 17, 2021

Our Dog Days month continues as we break down the casting of the disasterpiece that is Showgirls! Which 80s child star was offered Nomi? Which pop singer was considered for Cristal? And did we just strike gold coming up with 2001: A Space Goddessy? Also – hold the phone – there’s a Showgirls sequel??

 

Showgirls stars Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Gina Ravera, Lin Tucci, Alan Rachins, Greg Travis, Rena Riffel, and Glenn Plummer; directed by Paul Verhoeven

 

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Episode 60 - Demolition Man

Episode 60 - Demolition Man

August 3, 2021

On the first episode of our Dog Days month, we’re breaking down the casting of the Stallone vs Snipes sci-fi silliness that is Demolition Man! Which action stars were originally set to square off but couldn’t decide which one of them got to play the hero? Which actress was cast as Huxley but fired after two days due to ‘creative differences’? And how much would it cost to eat on a Frozen Stallone table? Also – Arnold runs for politics to spite Stallone, and we try to add “Enhance your calm” into our everyday vocab!

 

Demolition Man stars Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne, Benjamin Bratt, Glenn Shadix, Denis Leary, Rob Schneider, and Bob Gunton; directed by Marco Brambilla

 

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Episode 59 - Clue

Episode 59 - Clue

July 20, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we break down who almost starred in the 1985 comedy Clue! Who was originally cast as Miss Scarlett only to drop out four days before shooting? Which British actor passed away before he could play Wadsworth? And what’s up with that proposed fourth ending? Also – Amy Jo talks about playing Mrs. Peacock for director Jonathan Lynn for the film’s 30th anniversary!

 

Clue stars Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Lee Ving, and Colleen Camp; directed by Jonathan Lynn

 

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Episode 58 - Yentl

Episode 58 - Yentl

July 6, 2021

This week we’re breaking down the casting of the Barbra Streisand passion project musical Yentl! Which star of erotic thrillers turned down the male lead? Which 17-year-old future Oscar-nominee auditioned for Hadass? And why did we have to have so much narrated think-singing? Also – did our subtitles cover it up, or did this film feature full frontal Patinkis?

 

Yentl stars Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving, Nehemiah Persoff, Steven Hill, Allan Corduner, Doreen Mantle, and Miriam Margolyes; directed by Barbra Streisand

 

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Episode 57 - Men in Black (w/ Jonathan Braylock)

Episode 57 - Men in Black (w/ Jonathan Braylock)

June 29, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re joined by the hilarious Jonathan Braylock (Black Men Can’t Jump [In Hollywood], Netflix’s Astronomy Club) to break down the casting of Men in Black! Which former DC superhero turned down J? Which actor allegedly won their role in a poker game? And were those cockroaches SAG? Also – Jeff finds the ridiculous user reviews for the MIB filming location!

 

Men in Black stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D’Onofrio, Tony Shaloub, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, and Rip Torn; directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

 

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Episode 56 - The Fast and the Furious

Episode 56 - The Fast and the Furious

June 22, 2021

As the ninth(!) film in the franchise rolls into theaters this week, we’re going back to the beginning to break down the casting of 2001’s The Fast and the Furious! Which 90s heartthrob was considered for Dom? Which Oscar-winner passed on Brian? And how the heck did this franchise go from DVD player heists to car magnets and space spies?? Also – Amy Jo attempts to keep track of the Hollywood Jasons and watches the trailer for F9 for the first time!

 

The Fast and the Furious stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Johnny Strong, Matt Schulze, Ja Rule, Noel Gugliemi, and Ted Levine; directed by Rob Cohen  

 

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Episode 55 - A Few Good Men

Episode 55 - A Few Good Men

June 15, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we’re doing our best to ‘handle the truth’ of who almost starred in A Few Good Men! Which two-time Oscar winner turned down Colonel Jessup? Which sitcom legend was supposed to play the Kevin Pollak role? And – hold up – that was Christopher Guest?? Also – it’s the My Cousin Vinny/Few Good Men mashup you never knew you needed but can’t possibly live without!

 

A Few Good Men stars Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, Wolfgang Bodison, J.T. Walsh, Christopher Guest, Xander Berkeley, Noah Wyle, Cuba Gooding Jr., Joshua Malina, and Kevin Bacon; directed by Rob Reiner

 

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Episode 54 - Raiders of the Lost Ark

Episode 54 - Raiders of the Lost Ark

June 8, 2021

Just in time for its 40th anniversary, we’re breaking down the casting of Raiders of the Lost Ark! Which Saturday Night Live stars were considered for Indiana? Which Oscar-nominee turned down Marion? And how delightful would a Mr. Bean-starring Raiders spoof be? Also – we discover the Disney sidekick who was hiding in the film the whole time!

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey, Denholm Elliot, Wolf Kahler, Anthony Higgins, and Alfred Molina; directed by Steven Spielberg

 

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