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Episode 56 - The Fast and the Furious

Episode 56 - The Fast and the Furious

June 22, 2021

As the ninth(!) film in the franchise rolls into theaters this week, we’re going back to the beginning to break down the casting of 2001’s The Fast and the Furious! Which 90s heartthrob was considered for Dom? Which Oscar-winner passed on Brian? And how the heck did this franchise go from DVD player heists to car magnets and space spies?? Also – Amy Jo attempts to keep track of the Hollywood Jasons and watches the trailer for F9 for the first time!

 

The Fast and the Furious stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Johnny Strong, Matt Schulze, Ja Rule, Noel Gugliemi, and Ted Levine; directed by Rob Cohen  

 

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Episode 55 - A Few Good Men

Episode 55 - A Few Good Men

June 15, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we’re doing our best to ‘handle the truth’ of who almost starred in A Few Good Men! Which two-time Oscar winner turned down Colonel Jessup? Which sitcom legend was supposed to play the Kevin Pollak role? And – hold up – that was Christopher Guest?? Also – it’s the My Cousin Vinny/Few Good Men mashup you never knew you needed but can’t possibly live without!

 

A Few Good Men stars Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, Wolfgang Bodison, J.T. Walsh, Christopher Guest, Xander Berkeley, Noah Wyle, Cuba Gooding Jr., Joshua Malina, and Kevin Bacon; directed by Rob Reiner

 

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Episode 54 - Raiders of the Lost Ark

Episode 54 - Raiders of the Lost Ark

June 8, 2021

Just in time for its 40th anniversary, we’re breaking down the casting of Raiders of the Lost Ark! Which Saturday Night Live stars were considered for Indiana? Which Oscar-nominee turned down Marion? And how delightful would a Mr. Bean-starring Raiders spoof be? Also – we discover the Disney sidekick who was hiding in the film the whole time!

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey, Denholm Elliot, Wolf Kahler, Anthony Higgins, and Alfred Molina; directed by Steven Spielberg

 

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Episode 53 - Superman

Episode 53 - Superman

June 1, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we’re looking at everyone up for 1978’s Superman! Which Oscar-winner had his pick of playing Clark Kent, Jor-el, OR Lex Luthor? Which Grammy-winning singer was considered for Lois Lane? And did Frozen rip off that Fortress of Solitude scene? Also – Brando starts a feud with Stallone, Gene Hackman and Richard Donner get into a mustachioed standoff, and we try to make sense of a bananas-sounding thriller featuring telepathic plants!

 

Superman stars Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Valerie Perrine, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jeff East, and Terrence Stamp; directed by Richard Donner

 

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The First Annual Almost Starries!

The First Annual Almost Starries!

May 31, 2021

Somehow we've been doing this show for a whole year already, and we wanted to celebrate with the first annual Almost Starries Awards! Who will win Most Unfortunate Accent? Or Most Bananas Alternate Casting? And how long can we make it before giving all the awards to Joan Cusack? Plus - we play the Newlywed Game and answer the questions our listeners were dying to know!

Episode 52 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (w/ Poor Unfortunate Podcast)

Episode 52 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (w/ Poor Unfortunate Podcast)

May 25, 2021

This week we’re joined by the hosts of Poor Unfortunate Podcast, Conor Perkins and Caroline Aimetti, to break down the casting of Disney’s gorgeous The Hunchback of Notre Dame! Which Monty Python star almost landed a role? Whose audition for Quasimodo turned into a wall-shaking shouting match? And is “The Bells of Notre Dame” the one song you can’t option down at the end? Also – break out the cheesecake as we add the one thing this movie’s missing: The Golden Goyles!

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame stars Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander, Mary Wickes, Charles Kimbrough, Paul Kandel, and Tony Jay; directed by Gray Trousdale and Kirk Wise

 

 

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Episode 51 - The Mummy

Episode 51 - The Mummy

May 18, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we look at everyone who almost starred in 1999’s delightful The Mummy! Which Batman star turned down the role of Rick? Which method Oscar-winner was sought for the titular role? And after it worked the first time, why didn’t they just keep launching cats at the mummy? Also – Judi Dench refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer, and we get an absolute banger of a Veggie Tales song stuck in our heads.

 

The Mummy stars Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O’Connor, Jonathan Hyde, and Oded Fehr; directed by Stephen Sommers

 

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Episode 50 - Flashdance

Episode 50 - Flashdance

May 11, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re breaking down everyone who almost starred in the awesomely 80s Flashdance! Which Golden Globe-winner berated the director for taking a call during her audition for Alex? Which rock star turned down Nick? And what the heck would the 2 hour and 20-minute version of the movie have looked like? Also – we imagine a Saturday Night Fever/Flashdance crossover, freak out over the film’s Clue connection, and pitch the sure-to-be smash hit: Joan on Ice!

 

Flashdance stars Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Lee Ving, and Cynthia Rhodes; directed by Adrian Lyne

 

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Episode 49 - Drop Dead Gorgeous

Episode 49 - Drop Dead Gorgeous

May 4, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we’re looking at everyone who almost starred in the dark comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous! Which Nickelodeon star auditioned for Amber? Which sci-fi star was sought for Gladys? And is Allison Janney ever NOT the MVP? Also – Amy Jo talks about her former classmate’s role in the film, we get to the bottom of whether or not that reporter died at the end, and Amy Jo pitches a One Cole Show!

 

Drop Dead Gorgeous stars Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Kirstie Alley, Amy Adams, Sam McMurray, Mindy Sterling, Brittany Murphy, and MVP Allison Janney; directed by Michael Patrick Jann

 

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Episode 48 - Cabaret

Episode 48 - Cabaret

April 27, 2021

On our final week of Oscars month, we’re breaking down the casting of the 1972 musical Cabaret, including everyone else considered for Liza Minelli and Joel Grey’s Academy Award-winning roles: Sally Bowles and the Emcee! Which Bond girl was considered for Sally? Who did Joel Grey say Fosse wanted for the Emcee over him? And how wonderfully bananas is Marisa Berenson’s song on The Muppet Show? Also – Amy Jo talks about playing Fraulein Schneider in college and Jeff and his dad sit through a production of Cabaret featuring – you guessed it – completely nude dancers!

 

Cabaret stars Liza Minelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson, and Joel Grey; directed by Bob Fosse

 

 

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