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Episode 47 - Training Day

Episode 47 - Training Day

April 20, 2021

On the third week of Oscars month, we’re looking at everyone almost cast in 2001’s Training Day and whether anyone else could hold a candle to Denzel Washington’s tour-de-force performance as Alonzo! Which Marvel star was dropped from playing Jake? Which action heavyweight turned down Alonzo? And whose idea was that green-tinted ‘weed vision’? Also – move over Godzilla as Jeff pitches: Denzilla vs Kong!

 

Training Day stars Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Cliff Curtis, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eva Mendes, Macy Gray, Harris Yulin, Raymond J. Barry, Raymond Cruz, Peter Greene, and Terry Crews; directed by Antoine Fuqua

 

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Episode 46 - The Godfather

Episode 46 - The Godfather

April 13, 2021

On our second week of Oscars Month, we’re looking at everyone up for one of the most acclaimed films of all time, The Godfather, and whether anyone else would have touched Marlon Brando’s iconic Academy Award-winning turn as Don Vito Corleone! Which Godfather actor almost wound up playing a completely different role? Which rock and roll singer auditioned for Tom Hagen? And Brando was voted the champion of what during filming?? Also – the Godfather/sitcom mashup you never knew you wanted, and Jeff and Amy Jo learn the hard way to not watch The Godfather on an empty stomach!

 

The Godfather stars Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Richard S. Castellano, Sterling Hayden, Abe Vigoda, Al Martino, Morgana King, and John Cazale; directed by Francis Ford Coppola

 

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Episode 45 - My Cousin Vinny

Episode 45 - My Cousin Vinny

April 6, 2021

On our first episode of Oscars Month, we’re breaking down who almost starred in the courtroom comedy My Cousin Vinny and whether anyone else could have compared to Marisa Tomei’s absolutely delightful Academy Award-winning turn! Which stand-up comic almost played Vinny? Which comedy legend could have played the Judge? And how good is Ralph Macchio’s titular line reading? Also – Amy Jo and Jeff are delighted to discover the continuing adventures of Vinny Gambini in both book and song!

 

My Cousin Vinny stars Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne, Lane Smith, Bruce McGill, and Austin Pendleton; directed by Jonathan Lynn

 

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Episode 44 - Catwoman

Episode 44 - Catwoman

March 30, 2021

On this week’s show, we’re looking at all the actors who were lucky enough to not be cast in the 2004 Cat-astrophe Catwoman! Which Aussie star turned down the titular role? Which double Oscar-winner passed on Ophelia Powers? And would Patience Phillips have been the Jellicle choice? Also – Catwoman joins the Princess Switch franchise and we pitch the surefire hit: Air Bud…But With a Cat!

 

Catwoman stars Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Alex Borstein, Lambert Wilson, and Frances Conroy; directed by Pitof

 

 

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Episode 43 - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Episode 43 - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

March 23, 2021

On today’s listener request episode, we’re cutting class with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! Which John Hughes regular turned down Ferris out of fear of being typecast? Which horror icon was the first choice for Jeannie? And where did those stair dancers come from during the parade? Also – Amy Jo cuts class for a Lawrence of Arabia screening and we nominate Charlie Sheen as our first ever #dangerbae!

 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off stars Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward, Charlie Sheen, Del Close, and Edie McClurg; directed by John Hughes

 

 

 

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Episode 42 - The Truman Show

Episode 42 - The Truman Show

March 16, 2021

On this week’s show we break down the casting of the Jim Carrey dramedy The Truman Show! Which Oscar-winning comedian was considered for Truman? Who was originally cast as Christoff but left production after only a few days of shooting? And what would the show’s producers have done if Truman grew up to be a serial killer? Also – Jessica Fletcher rides into town to help Truman solve a mystery on a very special Murder She Wrote/Truman Show crossover episode!

 

The Truman Show stars Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElHone, Holland Taylor, Peter Krause, Philip Baker Hall, Harry Shearer, and Paul Giamatti; directed by Peter Weir

 

 

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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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