And Almost Starring
Episode 89 - Supergirl

Episode 89 - Supergirl

August 9, 2022

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On this week’s listener request episode, our Dog Days month gets super silly as we break down who almost starred in 1984’s Supergirl! Which three-time Oscar nominee was up for the title role? Which country music legend turned down a part? And why does Peter O’Toole keep saying, ‘squirt’ so much?? Also – we pitch the muppetized version of the movie we most want to see: Superpig!

 

Supergirl stars Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O’Toole, Mia Farrow, Brenda Vaccaro, Peter Cook, Simon Ward, Marc McClure, Hart Bochner, and Maureen Teefy; directed by Jeannot Szwarc

 

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Episode 88 - Congo

Episode 88 - Congo

August 2, 2022

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On the first episode of our Dog Days month, we’re breaking down who narrowly dodged starring in the Michael Crichton sci-fi/adventure Congo! Which British rom-com star turned down a role? Which Oscar-winner was Monroe Kelly originally written for? And how did John Patrick Shanley go from writing Moonstruck to this nonsense? Also – Amy Jo schools us on these so-called “talking” gorillas, and Jeff pitches the Gorilla Workout!

 

Congo stars Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson, Dylan Walsh, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, Bruce Campbell, John Hawkes, Delroy Lindo, Joe Pantaliano, and Tim Curry; directed by Frank Marshall

 

 

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Patreon Exclusive: Jaws (PREVIEW)

Patreon Exclusive: Jaws (PREVIEW)

August 1, 2022

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On this month’s Patreon-exclusive episode, we’re looking at who almost starred in the Spielberg classic Jaws in a watch-along commentary! Which Godfather actor turned down a role? Which musical theatre star was up for Hooper? And how was the original plan to TRAIN an ACTUAL SHARK?? Also – bada bing – It’s the sequel you never knew you wanted but can’t possibly live without: The Sopranos vs Jaws!

 

Jaws stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Murray Hamilton, and Lorraine Gary; directed by Steven Spielberg

 

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Episode 87 - Death Becomes Her

Episode 87 - Death Becomes Her

July 26, 2022

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To celebrate it’s 30th anniversary, we’re breaking down who almost starred in the pitch-black comedy Death Becomes Her! Which Oscar-nominee could have played Helen? Who was cast as Ernest but dropped out over a pay dispute? And what’s the announced musical adaptation going to look like? Also – Amy Jo gives a dramatic reading from Sweet Bird of Youth, Jeff goes on a Michael Caine deep dive, and it’s Nick Nolte like you’ve never seen him before: massive musical theatre buff!

 

Death Becomes Her stars Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, Isabella Rossellini, Ian Ogilvy, and Sydney Pollack; directed by Robert Zemeckis

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Episode 86 - Hercules (w/ Poor Unfortunate Podcast)

Episode 86 - Hercules (w/ Poor Unfortunate Podcast)

July 19, 2022

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This week we’re joined again by the hosts of Poor Unfortunate Podcast, Conor Perkins and Caroline Aimetti to break down the casting of Disney’s EXTREMELY 90s take on Hercules! Which comic legend was originally cast as Hades but replaced after having already recorded all his lines? Which Oscar-winning director auditioned for Phil? How different would the music have been if they’d gotten their original choice to play the Muses? And Zeus SWEARS he’s never been to this Hooters before! Also – category is: Column Couture!

 

Hercules stars Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods, Barbara Barrie, Hal Holbrook, Matt Frewer, Bobcat Goldthwait, Rip Torn, Lillias White, Roz Ryan, LaChanze, Cheryl Freeman, Vanéese Y. Thomas, and Danny DeVito; directed by Ron Clements and John Musker

 

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Episode 85 - Time Bandits

Episode 85 - Time Bandits

July 12, 2022

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On this week’s listener request episode, we’re looking at everyone who almost starred in the delightful Terry Gilliam adventure/fantasy Time Bandits! Which future Gilliam star turned down Evil Genius? Which Oscar-winner was cast as Mrs. Ogre but had to drop out when she broke her leg? What would the proposed 90s sequel have looked like? And how gloriously bananas is that ending?? Also – we debate whether Sean Connery is recognizable by his gams alone, and Jeff goes on a furious rant against Garfield!

Time Bandits stars Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Malcolm Dixon, Mike Edmonds, Jack Purvis, Tiny Ross, Ian Holm, Sean Connery, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Shelly Duvall, Katherine Helmond, Peter Vaughan, and David Warner as Evil Genius; directed by Terry Gilliam

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Episode 84 - Three Amigos! (w/ Adina Verson)

Episode 84 - Three Amigos! (w/ Adina Verson)

July 5, 2022

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We’re delighted to welcome special guest Adina Verson (Only Murders in the Building) to chat about who almost starred in the 80s comedy Three Amigos! Who did Steve Martin have in mind when writing the roles of Dusty and Ned? Who did Steven Spielberg want for the Amigos when he considered directing? And why didn’t they make that talking turtle an honorary Amigo? Also – Adina takes us behind the scenes of what it was like working with Steve Martin and Martin Short, and we pitch the Martin Short action franchise you never knew you needed but can’t possibly live without!

 

Three Amigos stars Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Patrice Martinez, Alfonso Arau, Tony Plana, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, and Joe Mantegna; directed by John Landis

 

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Patreon Exclusive: Thor Ragnarok (PREVIEW)

Patreon Exclusive: Thor Ragnarok (PREVIEW)

July 1, 2022

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On this month’s Patreon exclusive episode, just in time for Love and Thunder, we’re looking at everyone almost cast in Thor: Ragnarok! Which former James Bond turned down a role? Which comedy star was a fan favorite for Loki since the 90s? Which TV sci-fi star was the front-runner for the Hulk? And are we finally free from the clutches of Morbius?? Also – Amy Jo is forced to endure a (thunder and) lighting  round quiz on MCU trivia!

 

Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom ‘Sexy Gene Wilder’ Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel House, Taika Waititi, Clancy Brown, and Jeff Goldblum as himself.

 

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Episode 83 - A League of Their Own

Episode 83 - A League of Their Own

June 28, 2022

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June-a Davis Month comes to a close with the excellent A League of Their Own! Who was cast as Dottie but dropped when they learned Madonna would be in the film? Which Oscar-winner auditioned for ‘All the Way’ Mae but couldn’t play baseball well enough? And what would a potential musical League look like? Also – we marvel at the casting of Older Dottie and Jeff finds himself forever hounded by the specter of the film Newsies!

 

A League of their Own stars Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, Megan Cavanagh, Tracy Reiner, Bitty Schram, Ann Cusack, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn, Garry Marshall, Lynn Cartwright, and Bill ‘King of New York’ Pullman

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Episode 82 - Cutthroat Island

Episode 82 - Cutthroat Island

June 21, 2022

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June-a Davis month continues with the supremely silly swashbuckler Cutthroat Island aka: Slash ‘n Dash! Which Oscar-winning legend was considered for Morgan Adams? Who was cast as the male lead but dropped out last-minute after Geena Davis’ role was expanded? And NOBODY could think of a better alternative to the “blow out his bottom” line?? Also – we workshop a better villain outfit for Langella’s Uncle Dawg and try to get to the bottom of the great V-8 mystery!

 

Cutthroat Island stars Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Maury Chaykin, Stan Shaw, Rex Linn, Patrick Malahide, George Murcell, Christopher Masterson, and Harris Yulin

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