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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

Episode 23 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Episode 23 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit

November 2, 2020

On this week’s show, we break down who almost starred in the utterly delightful Who Framed Roger Rabbit! Which two Grease actors almost reunited on this film? Whose Judge Doom audition did Zemeckis and Spielberg find TOO scary? And are we the only ones still scarred by that sweet little shoe getting’ the dip? Also – Jeff and Amy Jo try to make sense of a Scarecrow-led UK children’s show and meet Goopy, Goofy’s secret Nazi doppelganger!

Who Framed Roger Rabbit stars Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Kathleen Turner, Stubby Kaye, and Charles Fleischer as Roger; directed by Robert Zemeckis

 

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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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