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Episode 22 - Alien

Episode 22 - Alien

October 26, 2020

On the final episode of our month of spooky films, we’re looking at Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi horror Alien! Which two actors hot off Star Wars almost landed roles? Which Oscar-winner was offered Captain Dallas, but only wanted to play the alien? And could Ash have been a more obviously evil robot? Also – move over Grizabella, the Xenomorph is coming to the Great White Way!

 

Alien stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm, and Bolaji Badejo; directed by Ridley Scott

 

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Episode 21 - Psycho

Episode 21 - Psycho

October 19, 2020

Our month of horror films continues with the Hitchcock classic Psycho! Which musical star was considered for Marion? Which Marvel actor almost played heartthrob Sam? And how excited was Flush Magazine to cover the first onscreen toilet? Plus – Don Draper pitches Bates Bubbles and we craft the Full House-meets-Psycho remake that you never knew you wanted, but can’t possibly live without!

 

Psycho stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Patricia Hitchcock, and Simon Oakland; directed by Alfred Hitchcock

 

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Episode 20 - The Silence of the Lambs

Episode 20 - The Silence of the Lambs

October 12, 2020

On the second week of our month-long Horror lineup, we’re looking at the casting of the Best Picture winner: The Silence of the Lambs! Which two-time Oscar winner was supposed to direct AND had his choice of playing Hannibal or Jack Crawford? Which rom-com star turned down Clarice due to the violent subject matter? And what’s a creepier title: Silence of the Lambs or Butterfly Kisses? Also – Hannibal joins the Breakfast Club and we try to figure out which movie owes a bigger debt to Silence of the Lambs: Skyfall or Zootopia?

 

The Silence of the Lambs stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Brooke Smith, Kasi Lemmons, Frankie Faison, and Anthony Heald; directed by Jonathan Demme

 

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Episode 19 - The Devil’s Advocate

Episode 19 - The Devil’s Advocate

October 5, 2020

On this week’s show, Jeff and Amy are breaking down the casting of the operatically silly Devil’s Advocate! Which temperamental star almost landed Keanu’s role? Which two Hollywood heavyweights did Pacino think would have been a better fit for Milton? What would this movie have looked like as a full-blown comedy? And was Keanu trying to do a Zach Morris Time Out? Also – we’re Rockin’ with Reeves in Keanu’s daisy-centric workout series and Mark Ruffalo takes on the mantle of the Pope Detective as he hunts that dastardly devil across Italy!

 

The Devil’s Advocate stars Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones, Judith Ivey, Connie Nielsen, Craig T. Nelson, Tamara Tunie, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and – wait, was that Broadway’s Debra Monk?; directed by Taylor Hackford

 

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Episode 18 - Inside Man

Episode 18 - Inside Man

September 28, 2020

On this week’s show, we’re looking at who almost got cast in Spike Lee’s super enjoyable thriller Inside Man! Who was supposed to play Jodie Foster’s role back when Ron Howard was attached to direct? Which actor in the film almost got cast in a completely different role? And whose idea was it to cover up Clive Owen’s gorgeous face for so much of the movie? Also – Rootin’ Tootin’ Russell is yee-hawin’ his way through this bank heist, and Jeff and Amy Jo finally watch Grease 2!

 

Inside Man stars Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Willem Dafoe, Daryl Mitchell, James Ransone, Marcia Jean Kurtz, and the ageless Christopher Plummer; directed by Spike Lee

 

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Episode 17 - Working Girl

Episode 17 - Working Girl

September 21, 2020

On this week’s episode, we’re looking at who almost starred in the charming 80s comedy-drama Working Girl! Which two-time Oscar winner turned down Tess? Who was originally cast as Jack but got bumped because Harrison Ford was a bigger name? And how unnecessary would a Forrest Gump musical be? Also – coming to NBC this Fall: Peter Falk as The Pope Detective!

 

Working Girl stars Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Philip Bosco, Nora Dunn, Oliver Platt, Olympia Dukakis, Amy Aquino, and the one and only Joan Cusack; directed by Mike Nichols

 

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Episode 16 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Episode 16 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

September 14, 2020

Just in time for Ryan Murphy’s bananas-looking Ratched prequel series, we’re breaking down all the actors who were up for one of the most acclaimed films ever made: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest! Which actors from The Godfather were considered for McMurphy? Which comedy icon turned down Ratched? And was that a disguised Mandy Patinkin sneaking his way into the film? Also – Amy Jo shares tales from a non-union theatre production of Cuckoo’s Nest, and in the role he was born to play, Hugh Grant stars as that stammering, good-natured Brit, Received Pronunciation McMurphy!

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest stars Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Brad Dourif, Danny Devito, Christopher Lloyd, William Redfield, Josip Elic, Vincent Schiavelli, Sydney Lassick, Mews Small, Louisa Moritz, and Scatman Crothers; directed by Milos Forman

 

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Episode 15 - Grease

Episode 15 - Grease

September 7, 2020

On this week’s show, Jeff and Amy Jo are heading to Rydell High to discuss the casting of the smash hit musical comedy Grease! Which sci-fi star was considered for Sandy? Which rock star was up for both Danny AND Teen Angel? How horny would Ralph Bakshi’s version of Grease have been? And does the FBI have a national buttprint database?? Also – sorry drama department, Coach Calhoun is gonna need to toss you into this bonfire as a sacrifice to the High School football gods!

 

Grease stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, Jamie Donnelly, Dinah Manoff, Barry Pearl, Michael Tucci, Kelly Ward, Frankie Avalon, Sid Caesar, Susan Buckner, Eddie Deezen, Lorenzo Lamas, and the incomparable Eve Arden as Principal McGee; directed by Randal Kleiser

 

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Episode 14 - Being John Malkovich

Episode 14 - Being John Malkovich

August 31, 2020

On this week’s show, we’re gearing up for the release of Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things by looking back at his first film: Being John Malkovich! Which A-list star did New Line Cinema want in the title role? Which actress was dropped as Lotte when Cameron Diaz showed interest? And how delightfully random was that Being John Monkey-vich sequence? Also – John Cusack and Malkovich bond over their mutual disdain of Con Air, and we rank Craig’s street puppet show on our list of ‘Horniest Times Square Acts’.

 

Being John Malkovich stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, Charlie Sheen, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, Octavia Spencer, and John Horatio Malkovich as himself; written by Charlie (Kauf Syrup) Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze.

 

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Episode 13 - Clueless

Episode 13 - Clueless

August 24, 2020

On this week’s show, we’re looking at the casting of 1995’s absolutely delightful comedy Clueless! Which actress had to turn down Cher because her TV show wouldn’t work around the shooting schedule? Which future Avenger was up for Josh AND Christian? And is The Picture of Dorian Gray based on Paul Rudd’s life?? Also – Jeff and Amy Jo completely lose their minds when they realize which episode of the Clueless TV show Amy Jo watched.

 

Clueless stars Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, Elisa Donovan, Breckin Meyer, Jeremy Sisto, Justin Walker, Wallace Shawn, Twink Caplan, and Dan Hedaya; written and directed by Amy Heckerling

 

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