August 3, 2020
This week we’re breaking down the casting of the utterly charming Disney film Enchanted! Which pop star was considered for Giselle? Which action heavyweight turned down Robert? And did that troll in the beginning eat all the other Disney princesses? Also – Adele Dazeem gets mistaken for Adele, the Oscars introduce their new category: Dumpin’ on Dempsey, and if you can guess how many Judy Kuhns are stuffed in this closet, you win a pizza party!
Enchanted stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon, Timothy Spall, and the wickedly talented Adele ("romanic") Dazeem; directed by Kevin Lima
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July 27, 2020
On this week’s episode – whoa! – we’re breaking down the casting of The Matrix! Which five-time Grammy-winner was approached to play Trinity? Which Oscar-winner had her choice of Trinity OR Neo? And wouldn’t the machines have an easier time stopping the rebellion if they set the Matrix on the Oregon Trail? Also – step right up and win yourself a Neopet in the Matrix claw game!
The Matrix stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano, Marcus Chong, Julian Arahanga, Matt Doran, Anthony Ray Parker, and Belinda McClory; directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski
July 20, 2020
This week we’re looking at the 1995 comedy To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar! Which Oscar-winner turned down Vida because he didn’t want to play another role with extensive make-up? Who was second choice for the title character if Newmar didn’t give them the rights to her name? And which potential Vida did screenwriter Douglas Carter Beane think looked like the Joker’s sister in drag? Also – we give our picks for which contestants from Rupaul’s Drag Race we’d love to have seen star, and Stephen Baldwin tries to draft Amy Jo into his religion, which may or may not revolve around the movie Bio-Dome.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar stars Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard, Jason London, Chris Penn, Beth Grant, Alice Drummond, and RuPaul; directed by Beeban Kidron.
July 13, 2020
This week we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1990 smash hit Ghost! Which real-life married couple almost starred as Sam and Molly? Which legendary singers were up for Oda Mae? And when did Molly and Sam stop to wash all that pottery clay off? Also – who the heck thought that office should have blue wall-to-wall carpeting, and it’s time to decide: are you a Wall Street bro or are you livin’ that sweet, sweet #tentlife?
Ghost stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles, and Vincent Schiavelli; directed by Jerry Zucker
July 6, 2020
This week on the show Jeff and Amy Jo hold on to their butts as they learn who almost got cast in the iconic blockbuster Jurassic Park! Which sci-fi star did Spielberg almost cast as Ellie? Which future Hollywood leading man auditioned for Tim? How bananas would James Cameron’s Jurassic Park have been? And what do we gotta do to get Andy Serkis voicing a dino in one of these sequels? Also – Amy Jo sells glasses to the stars, Jeff places bets on how dumb Dodgson’s upcoming return to the franchise will be, and the Muppets take Jurassic Park!
Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, BD Wong, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Wayne Knight, and Samuel L Jackson; directed by Steven Spielberg
June 29, 2020
This week we’re giving them the ol’ razzle dazzle with best picture Oscar winner Chicago! Which trio was set to headline the original 1970s film adaptation before it fell through? Which action star was Rob Marshall’s first choice for Amos? Which pop star did Harvey Weinstein try to shoehorn into the film? And how the heck did Catherine Zeta-Jones get into that corset all by herself? Also – Catherine Zeta-Jones teaches us the ABC’s: Always Be Caroling and Amy Jo finds herself on the jury for the state of New York vs Maid in Manhattan!
Chicago stars Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu, and the incomparable Christine Baranski; directed by Rob Marshall
June 22, 2020
This week, we’re looking at the high-flying silliness that is Con Air, aka: The plane movie that ROCKS. Which action heavyweights were up for Cameron Poe? Which Oscar-nominee pulled out a bowie knife during his audition for Cyrus the Virus? And what’s John Cusack hiding in those baggy, baggy pants? Also – John Malkovich was classically trained and don’t you forget it!
Con Air stars Nicholas Cage, John Malkovich, John Cusack, Ving Rhames, Mykelti Williamson, Colm Meaney, Dave Chappelle, Rachel Ticotin, Steve Buscemi, Monica Potter, and Danny Trejo; directed by Simon West.
June 16, 2020
On this week’s show, Jeff and Amy Jo break down who almost got cast in the Tim Burton comedy Beetlejuice! Which member of the Rat Pack did Tim Burton want for the ghost with the most? Which 80s sitcom star was first choice for Barbara? Also, were any actors not in She’s Having a Baby??
Beetlejuice stars Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Glenn Shadix, and Sylvia Sidney; directed by Tim Burton.
June 9, 2020
On this week’s episode, we’re looking at the movie that kicked off the MCU, the original Iron Man! Which future Marvel villain was up for Tony Stark? Which X-Men actors almost played Tony and Pepper? Also, meet Tony Stark’s new assistant – Peppa Pig!
Iron Man stars Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Shaun Toub, Leslie Bibb, Paul Bettany, Samuel L Jackson, and Clark Gregg; directed by Jon Favreau.
May 31, 2020
On the inaugural episode of And Almost Starring, we’re looking at who was nearly cast in the Rob Reiner classic The Princess Bride! Which EGOT winner campaigned for Buttercup? Which Oscar-nominee was up for Fezzik the giant but got scoffed at for only being 6’4”? Also, is Tom Hiddleston just a handsomer version of Gene Wilder?
The Princess Bride stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Fred Savage, and Peter Falk; directed by Rob Reiner.