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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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Episode 31 - Wonder Woman

Episode 31 - Wonder Woman

December 29, 2020

In honor of the sequel having just been released, we’re going back to the distant year of 2017 to break down who almost starred in Wonder Woman! Which Grammy-winning pop star was considered for Diana? Which Oscar-winner was offended when they offered her the ‘mom role’ of Queen Hippolyta? What would the Julie Taymor-directed Wonder Woman have looked like? And does this film feature the first instance of a ‘reverse She’s All That’? Also – whose idea was it to slap a lopsided mustache on the God of War??

 

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, and David Thewlis; directed by Patty Jenkins

 

 

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Episode 30 - Die Hard

Episode 30 - Die Hard

December 22, 2020

For our first winter holiday-themed episode, we’re looking at everyone who was almost cast in the action classic Die Hard! Which famous crooner passed on John McClane? Which action legend was considered for Holly? Which Jurassic Park actor turned down a role? And would you rather win an Oscar or have lunch with Alan Rickman every day for a month? Also – Amy Jo can never look at the dad from Home Alone the same way again, and we find the one element that Die Hard is missing: a live bear!

 

Die Hard stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, De’voreaux White, Hart Bochner, James Shigeta, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Alexander Godunov, Robert Davi, and Grand L Bush; directed by John McTiernan

 

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Episode 29 - Moulin Rouge

Episode 29 - Moulin Rouge

December 15, 2020

On our second listener requested episode, we’re breaking down the casting of the glitteringly bombastic Moulin Rouge! Which rock singer was pissed at Nicole Kidman for beating her to Satine? Which British comedian was up for Lautrec? Which Lord of the Rings star almost landed a role? And is this movie Michael Bay for drama kids? Also – Jeff shares embarrassing high school memories, and the Muppets take Moulin Rouge!

 

Moulin Rouge stars Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Jacek Koman, Caroline O’Connor, Natalie Mendoza, and Kylie Minogue; directed by Baz Luhrmann

 

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Episode 28 - Thelma & Louise

Episode 28 - Thelma & Louise

December 8, 2020

This week on the show we look at the many people up for the excellent Thelma & Louise! Which Oscar-winning duo did screenwriter Callie Khouri want for Thelma and Louise? Which Marvel superhero was deemed too short to play JD? Which Grammy-winning rock star turned down a role? And how did it take us so long to figure out Thunderbird wasn’t the name of that weightlifter in the background? Also – Mad Max takes a backseat as we pitch Thelma & Louise: Fury Road!

 

Thelma & Louise stars Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky, and baby Brad Pitt; directed by Ridley Scott

 

 

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Episode 27 - Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Episode 27 - Romeo + Juliet (1996)

December 1, 2020

On this week’s episode, Amy Jo and Jeff break down the casting of the 90s-est Shakespeare movie ever made: Romeo + Juliet! Which R&B singer was up for Juliet? Which former child star was considered for Romeo? Which two-time Oscar-winner wanted to play Father Laurence? And did Nicolas Cage base his Face/Off performance on John Leguizamo’s Tybalt? Also – move over Tom Hanks, John Leguizamo is taking over as ‘Devil’ S. Pumpkins!

 

Romeo + Juliet stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau, Pete Postlethwaite, Miriam Margolyes, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora, Dash Mihok, Brian Dennehy, Christina Pickles, Jesse Bradford, M. Emmet Walsh, Zak Orth, Jamie Kennedy, Harriet Harris, and Paul Rudd as a lego astronaut; directed by Baz Luhrmann

 

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Episode 26 - Point Break

Episode 26 - Point Break

November 24, 2020

On this week’s show we’re looking at everyone almost cast in the greatest film that features surfing bank robbers dressed like ex-presidents ever made: Point Break! Which John Hughes stars were up for Johnny Utah? Which sci-fi star almost landed Bohdi? And when will the FBI finally invest in a national buttprint database? Also – which is the better Point Break fantasy cast: the Ninja Turtles or the cast of Saved by the Bell?

 

Point Break stars Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley, James Le Gros, John Philbin, and Bojesse Christopher; directed by Kathryn Bigelow

 

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Episode 25 - Toy Story

Episode 25 - Toy Story

November 16, 2020

For it’s 25th anniversary, Jeff and Amy Jo are looking at everyone who almost starred in Pixar’s first film Toy Story! Which future Pixar duo was considered for Woody and Buzz? Which British comedian almost got cast as Slinky? And is a lobsterman the Northeastern equivalent of a cowboy? Also - Tom Waits takes over songwriting duties from Randy Newman and Jeff relives the nightmare of when he had to play Woody in a summer camp revue!

 

Toy Story stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Annie Potts, John Ratzenberger, R. Lee Ermey, and the Queen of Broadway: Laurie Metcalf; directed by John Lasseter

 

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Episode 24 - To Die For

Episode 24 - To Die For

November 9, 2020

On this week’s show, we’re looking at the casting of the Nicole Kidman-led dark comedy To Die For! Which rom-com sweetheart passed on Suzanne? Which future Oscar-winner got turned down as Jimmy cause he looked like an all-American baseball player? And is there a bigger flex than playing ‘All by Myself’ at the funeral of the guy you had killed? Also – we’re thrilled to be joined today by John Say of The Love of Cinema podcast!

 

To Die For stars Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Illeana Douglas, Alison Folland, Dan Hedaya, Wayne Knight, Kurtwood Smith, Holland Taylor, Maria Tucci, and George Seagal; directed by Gus Van Sant

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