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Pop Culture Confidential

Pop culture conversations with today's innovators, entertainers and newsmakers - podcast hosted by Christina Jeurling Birro.


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Epi 149: Awards season is here! Oscar buzz from the film festivals+ Emmy predictions w/ Claudia Puig

The Joker! J Lo! Adam Driver! Almodovar! An exciting Oscar season is unfolding as the big film festivals roll out. Claudia Puig, President of the LA Film Critics Association and a critic on NPRs FilmWeek (KPCC), joins us to talk about the Oscar buzz coming out of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals. Plus Ms Puig and Christina share their Emmy predictions ahead of the big TV awards on Sep. 22nd. Let us know your predictions on twitter @podpopculture!
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Episode 148: Kaitlyn Dever, Susannah Grant, Sarah Timberman Netflix 'Unbelievable'

This week on Pop Culture Confidential: writer/creator Susannah Grant, producer Sarah Timberman and actor Kaitlyn Dever about their gripping, true crime, drama ?Unbelievable?. The Netflix limited series is based on an explosive article from 2016 (ProPublica/The Marshall Project) called ?An Unbelievable Story of Rape? that went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. We spoke to Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and Sarah Timberman (Justified) about making this gripping and important show, what they learned about rape victims and trauma as well as about sexual assault investigations, making this post- #metoo, believing women and more. We also spoke with actor Kaitlyn Dever, who we last saw in another stellar performance in Olivia Wildes ?Booksmart?, about playing this difficult role and why it was important for her to be a part of it. Kaitlyn Dever turns in an incredible performance as Marie, an 18-year-old from Washington state, raised in the foster care system who claimed that she was raped by an intruder in the middle of the night. When police detectives, her trusted foster moms and friends begin to doubt her story, she begins to doubt herself. She is shaken and traumatized as she has to recount her story again and again. Later two female detectives in another state (Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) are following leads of what seems to be a serial rapist on the loose and connections to Maries case are made.
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Episode 147: Liz Hannah, Writer/Producer on Mindhunter Season Two

This week on Pop Culture Confidential we are thrilled to have screenwriter Liz Hannah in conversation about the incredible new season of Mindhunter, as well as working with Steven Spielberg on The Post and more! Liz Hannah burst onto the scene a couple of years ago when her first screenplay, a spec script about Washington Post owner Kay Graham and her decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, was picked up none other than Steven Spielberg. That became The Post starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Liz Hannah went on the write the critically acclaimed comedy Long Shot starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. Now she is onboard Mindhunter season two as a writer and producer. Liz Hannah talks to us about her career, working with David Fincher (exec producer and director on Mindhunter, writing and staging one of the most intense episodes of TV this year the Charles Manson episode, getting into the heads of serial killers and much more.
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Episode 146: Vilhelm Blomgren, 'Midsommar'

Join us for this great conversation as we dive deep into this seasons most buzzed about movie Ari Aster?s critically acclaimed ?Midsommar'. Our guest is the very talented new star Vilhelm Blomgren. This summer Blomgren has starred in two major productions; HBOs ?Gösta' by writer/director Lukas Moodysson and as the mysterious Pelle in ?Midsommar?. Vilhelm Blomgren joined us to talk about the making of ?Midsommar' and his incredible year! We talked about everything from working with the visionary director, Ari Aster, to interesting details about the long days filming in Hungary. We talked about the themes and layers in 'Midsommar? like grief, immigration and loss. And what it was like for the Swedish actors to film some of the crazy things that go down in the movie. This and so much more. Welcome to Hårga!
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Episode 145: Barbara Ling, Production Designer on Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Welcome back to PART 2 of our 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' special! This week are joined by the legendary production designer Barbara Ling (The Doors, Batman & Robin, Falling Down, Less Than Zero). Barbara Ling talks to us about her incredible work on 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood?, turning back to clocks to 1969 and recreating some of LAs most iconic landmarks. From incredibly difficult face lifts on Hollywood Boulevard, to rebuilding Spahn Ranch, to how they used Tarantino?s massive memorabilia collection in their design work and much more.
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Episode 144: Mary Ramos, Music Supervisor on Tarantino's 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood'

One of our favorite guests returns to Pop Culture Confidential! Music Supervisor Mary Ramos has spent 27 years working with Quentin Tarantino, on every one of his films. Mary Ramos has expertly and painstakingly helped make Tarantino's soundtracks and epic musical choices a major part of his cinematic legacy. This week she talks to us about the incredible work she has done on his critical acclaimed new film 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood'. As always, in Tarantino?s films, the soundtrack on ?Once Upon A Time in Hollywood? is meticulously curated. And, as always, Music Supervisor Mary Ramos adds her genius to the mix. Ms Ramos talks to us about Tarantinos musical vision for the movie, his music room where they discuss all the details, her detective-like work tracking down the often forgotten tracks that the director wants and some incredible stories about working on this production!
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Episode 143: Jeremy Strong, Succession

Ahead of the much awaited second season of Succession, we are thrilled to have actor Jeremy Strong join us to talk about his brilliant performance as Kendall Roy. The critically acclaimed series, also starring Brian Cox as the patriarch Logan Roy, follows a family-owned media conglomerate and the power struggle within. It?s high stakes Shakespearean drama, black comedy and the timeliest of themes of power and greed. Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Selma, The Big Short) talked to us while on location filming season two. We talked about researching media-moguls for the role,  the shakespearian relationship between Kendall and his father Logan, Succession in the age of Trump,  filming the very powerful last scene and how it almost made him quit acting, what's in store for Kendall in season two and so much more  Succession was created by Jesse Armstrong (The Thick Of It, In The Loop) and produced by Adam McKay (Vice and The Big Short). Season 2 of Succession premieres on HBO in August.
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142: Brett Gelman on the genius of Fleabag, finding comedy in drama +taking a stand against misogyny

We are so happy to have actor, comedian and writer Brett Gelman with us this week to talk about one of the best shows on TV ?Fleabag?, his great performance on it and so much more.  Brett Gelman is everywhere! No doubt you've seen him on one or more of your favorite shows: The Office, Mad Men, Another Period, Love, Twin Peaks: The Return, Californication, Curb Your Enthusiasm, just to name a few. Brett Gelman will be starring on the upcoming season of Stranger Things and on the Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes. In our interview we talk about the genius of Fleabag and creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Bringing to life his odious but still relatable character Martin. Also how Gelman in 2016 severed ties with the network Adult Swim over, among other things, the ?misogyny of their policies? and the backlash he received after, including death threats. You can watch Fleabag season 1 & 2 on Amazon Prime.
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Episode 141: Jessica Yellin, former CNN Chief White House Correspondent. Author of Savage News

This week on Pop Culture Confidential awarding winning journalist and former CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin. Mr Yellin spent decades covering Capitol Hill, domestic policy, the White House, elections and more  at  MSNBC, ABC, CNN to name a few. Now she is on a mission to change how we receive and process the news. Recently she started a digital platform 'News Not Noise?, and using her instagram feed  @Jessicayellin she reports video updates,  bringing her followers the news ?not a panic attack?. She has also just released her debut novel Savage News,  the story of an ambitious journalist on the front lines of the new business and the White House, obviously built on many of her own experiences.  Ms Yellin talks to us about her experiences as Chief White House Correspondent,  misogyny in journalism, Savage News and her goal to bring hard hitting news not alarm to audiences.
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Episode 140: The Pop Culture Confidential movie preview special with critic Claudia Puig!

This week we are joined by the President of the LA Film Critics Association Claudia Puig who guides us through her most anticipated movie releases coming up this summer and fall. From Olivia Wilde?s Booksmart to Tarantino?s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, what to expect from the new Elton John biopic Rocketman, Scorsese's new Netflix movie and the new Lion King adaptation. And what is making the festival circuit this year and we talk Oscar frontrunners. Plus the conflict between the Writers Guild and the talent agencies has led to 7000 writers firing their agents, what does this mean for the industry going forward? Join us!
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Episode 139: Jared Harris star of HBO's 'Chernobyl'

This week on Pop Culture Confidential actor Jared Harris joins us to talk about his spectacular performance in the new HBO miniseries ?Chernobyl?. We talk about researching his character, Valery Legasov, the real-life Soviet nuclear physicist who was one of the first to understand the scope of the destruction, the lies and conspiracy that surrounded the disaster, how Harris choses his roles and what he learned from his father, actor Richard Harris. Over the past years Jared Harris has given us some of the most interesting and versatile performances in film and TV, from Lane Pryce (Mad Men) to King George VI (The Crown). He has played Andy Warhol, John Lennon and Ulysses S Grant, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Spielberg?s Lincoln. Now he stars in ?Chernobyl? a 5 part miniseries that delves into one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history. 'Chernobyl' also stars Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson. Written by Craig Mazin, directed by Johan Renck. ?Chernobyl? premieres on HBO May 6th
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Epi 138: Erin Lee Carr 'All That You Leave Behind' on love, loss, lessons from her father David Carr

This week we talk to documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr who has written the brutally honest and beautiful memoir 'All That You Leave Behind', about her relationship with her father the celebrated NY Times reporter David Carr, who passed away 4 years ago Erin Lee Carr talks to us about writing the memoir, about the the almost 2000 emails and texts that she and her dad wrote to each other through the years, her childhood, her dads addiction and her own struggles with addiction  And of course David Carrs journalistic legacy and his greatest advice to her as she continues her acclaimed career as a documentary filmmaker.  David Carr wrote the memoir 'The Night of The Gun?  (2009) where he investigated himself; his years as a crack addict, being a single parent to Erin and her twin sister Meagan through addiction and recovery, and his journey to columnist at the  New York Times Some of Erin Lee Carr's work includes the films Mommy Dead and Dearest ( HBO ), Dirty Money: Drug Short (Netflix) and the upcoming At The Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (HBO)
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Epi 137 Nicholas Monsour editor "US". On Jordan Peele, editing horror, all those audience theories

This week we are so glad to speak to film editor Nicholas Monsour about his work on the innovative, multi-leveled, genre-defying and just flat out terrifying new movie ?Us'. In this fascinating conversation Mr. Monsour speaks about working with Oscar winner Jordan Peele, his research and influences going into the project (which included the films of David Lynch, Friedkin and Bergman) working with the incredible actors and editing the doppelgänger scenes. We also spoke of the multiple levels of 'Us', the social commentary, the many fan theories, the intersection of comedy and horror, and how Peele and team worked to both entertain, scare and start the many, many conversations audiences and critics are having.
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Episode 136: author David Sedaris (Calypso)

This week on Pop Culture Confidential, Christina talks to one of her personal favorites, author David Sedaris! Sedaris, a contributor to the New Yorker and This American Life, has sold 12 million copies of his books. His personal essays and reflections have entertained, enlightened and sometimes even shocked readers for decades. His latest book of essays ?Calypso' is hilarious and charming and it beautifully deals with aging, loss and love. In our conversation, while on book tour in Stockholm, Sedaris reflects on his hatred of American service banter, his mothers alcoholism and his mentally ill sister Tiffany's suicide just a few years ago. He talks about his thoughts on his father who is a Trump supporter, how he and long-time love Hugh complement each other after so many years together and much more! ?Calypso' is available now.  Published in Swedish by Mondial.
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Epi 135 Writer Daniel Stiepleman 'On The Basis Of Sex', writing his aunt Ruth Bader Ginsburg's story

This week on Pop Culture Confidential we talk about a legend,  a role model, and a real bad ass, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. My conversation is with someone who knows her very well, Daniel Stiepleman. Stiepleman is the screenwriter of the movie ?On The Basis Of Sex", based on a major part of her life,  and he also happens to be Justice Ginsburgs nephew. We talk about the case at the center of the movie, his aunts first reaction to Mr. Stiepleman wanting to write her story, her notes on his screenplay, and more.  "On The Basis Of Sex "is directed by Mimi Leder (The Leftovers) and stars Felicity Jones as Justice Ginsburg and Armie Hammar as her husband Martin Ginsburg. The film premieres in Sweden on International Women's Day , March 8th , and is out in the theaters in the US.
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Episode 134: Our 2019 TV update! Russian Doll, Fosse/Verdon, Big Little Lies and more

This week on Pop Culture Confidential journalist Alicia Lutes joins us with a 2019 television update! Ms Lutes recently spent a couple weeks covering the TCAs, the Television Critics Associations huge event where producers, showrunners and casts gather to present their new and returning shows. From FX Fosse/Verdon to HBOs new season of Big Little Lies, to sex advice with Dr Ruth and much more! Plus we discuss the brilliance of Netflix new show Russian Doll.
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Epi 133: The Pop Culture Confidential 2019 Oscar predictions special with Kyle Buchanan (NY Times)

Welcome to our 2019 Oscar prediction special! We are thrilled to welcome back to the show the New York Times Carpetbagger columnist Kyle Buchanan, who covers every aspect of award season. Join us as we discuss this crazy Oscar season and predict the winners. Follow Mr. Buchanan on twitter @kylebuchanan
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132: R Kelly/Bryan Singer, shocking exposés and survivors getting heard. Guest: writer Rachel Leah

This week we are joined by Rachel Leah (writer at covering culture, race and criminal justice) for a conversation on some difficult topics but also about what may be the beginnings of a cultural shift. Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, R Kelly, Michael Jackson, Bryan Singer? Recently there?s been a wave of shocking articles, exposés and documentaries about allegations of sexual misconduct by high profile artists and industry titans. Allegations that have dogged them for years, sometimes even for decades. How can it be possible that these allegations have been industry, and even public, knowledge for years and still their careers flourish? But has the #Metoo movement allowed for more survivors to come forward with their stories when the justice system seems to often have failed them? And what does this mean going forward? Rachel Leah has been covering these topics extensively and joins us this week for an in-depth conversation.
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Episode 131: Tony McNamara, screenwriter "The Favourite"

Episode 131: Tony McNamara, screenwriter "The Favourite" by Pop Culture Confidential
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Episode 130: Director Rich Moore, Producer Clark Spencer "Ralph Breaks The Internet" + Spring TV

On the show this week the director and the producer of "Ralph Breaks the Internet?, the Oscar buzzed and critically acclaimed sequel to "Wreck-it Ralph"! Rich Moore (The Simpsons, Futurama, Zootopia) and Clark Spencer (Lilo & Stitch, Zootopia) join us to talk about developing their new movie, what they discovered about the darker side of the internet during their research process, Rich Moore?s legendary work on The Simpsons and what he learned about animation and satire, iconic characters from Lisa Simpsons to Vanellope to Disney princesses and much more. Plus TV and film critic Candice Frederick (The New York Times, The Guardian)on some of her most anticipate shows on TV this spring and some very interesting female protagonists we have coming our way.
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Epi 129: The race towards the Oscars! Predictions and analysis with critic+Oscar expert Thelma Adams

A new year, and a new Oscar race! Film critic, writer and Oscar expert Thelma Adams is here to guide us, ahead of the nominations announcement on January 22nd. Ms Adams joins us to talk about this very eventful year at the movies. How did the Golden Globes change the Oscar race? What are some of the years controversies, who will get nominated and take the gold on the biggest night of the film year? Thelma Adams has written for Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. She?s an Oscar expert at Gold Derby, a two-time past president of the New York Film Critics Circle and a best-selling novelist.
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128:Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw,Rob Marshall 'Mary Poppins Returns'

On a very special edition, Pop Culture Confidential went to London to meet the cast and director of the magical new movie ?Mary Poppins Returns?! Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw and director Rob Marshall on the making of this sequel, 50 years in the making!
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Epi 127: Tonia Sina, Intimacy Director ?Directing sex scenes for stage and film in the #metoo era?

When HBO and David Simon hired an intimacy coordinator/director to choreograph and monitor the on-set sex scenes on his show ?The Deuce? it started a lot of interesting conversations. We wanted to know more! On the show this week, one of the co-founders of ?Intimacy Directors International?, Executive Director Tonia Sina. An intimacy director acts as an advocate for the actors, keeping actors physically and psychologically safe when acting in scenes of an intimate nature. As stunt coordinators have long done for fight scenes.  Tonia Sina is the Executive Director of ?Intimacy Directors International? a nonprofit she cofounded in 2016. Ms. Sina has been researching intimacy for the stage and sexual harassment in the industry since 2004 and  she also advises Universities on their curricula to help avoid harassment and abuse in academia.
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Episode 126: author Soraya Chemaly 'Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger'

This week on Pop Culture Confidential it's all about rage! Joining us is Soraya Chemaly, author of the provocative, infuriating and inspiring new book  ?Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women?s Anger.? Ms Chemaly has written for Time magazine, The Guardian and The Atlantic. She is an activist and the director of the Women?s Media Center Speech Project. In our interview we talk about her new book, her research into women?s anger and rage, how women are taught and conditioned by society to suppress anger and how it can be a powerful tool in our lives. We talk about recent events such as how Serena Williams was penalized at the U.S. Open for arguing with the umpire, the Kavanaugh hearings, Jordan Peterson and so much more.
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Episode 125: Garrard Conley, author ?Boy Erased' + our Halloween movie/TV special

This Halloween week writer and critic Alicia Lutes joins me to dissect some of the new horror hits on film and TV. We cover Jaime Lee Curtis' return for her final confrontation with Michael Myers in ?Halloween?, Luca Guadagnino's reboot of Dario Argento?s ?Suspiria' and the Netflix hits ?Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? and ?The Haunting of Hill House?. PLUS This week marks the US premiere of  ?Boy Erased' starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Lucas Hedges. We revisit our interview with Garrard Conley, author of the memoir 'Boy Erased?, and survivor of gay conversion therapy.
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Episode 124: Luke Davies, Screenwriter (?Lion? 'Beautiful Boy?)

This week Pop Culture Confidential Oscar nominated screenwriter Luke Davies talks about adapting the addiction memoir ?Beautiful Boy? starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. As well as about his own painful and personal journal though a 10-year heroin addiction
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Episode 123: cinematographer Linus Sandgren (?First Man?) + an update on the Oscar race!

This week on Pop Culture Confidential Oscar winning cinematographer Linus Sandgren talks about his incredible work on ?First Man? Damien Chazelle?s new movie about Neil Armstrong. And: Gregory Ellwood covers movies and awards on The and is the host of the 4 Quadrant Podcast. Gregory joins us with an update on the Oscar race! From Lady Gaga?s star turn in ?A Star is Born?, to Nicole Kidman?s in 2 powerful roles, Spike Lee is back and Christian Bale transforms himself, yet again, playing Dick Cheney in ?Vice?? who are the frontrunners?
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Episode 122 writer Constance Grady: the Kavanaugh hearings and reflections in popular culture.

Episode 122 writer Constance Grady: the Kavanaugh hearings and reflections in popular culture. by Pop Culture Confidential
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Episode 121: Björn Runge, director "The Wife?

This week on the show our conversation with the award-winning Swedish director Björn Runge (The Wife). Glenn Close delivers a stunning, Oscar worthy performance in The Wife, a searing portrait of a marriage, intimately directed by Björn Runge. The film hits the zeitgeist on so many levels, particularly now at the height of the #timesup movement.  Björn Runge talks to us about marriage, compromises, how the film quite literally saved his life, working with his own wife editor Lena Runge, why he left the Swedish film industry after a frustrating period, working with the great Glenn Close and much more.
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Episode 120: Writer/Director Paul Schrader ?First Reformed"

This week on Pop Culture Confidential we welcome a legend of cinema to the show, Paul Schrader! He is the screenwriter behind such films as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and writer/director of American Gigolo and Light Sleeper, to name a few. Paul Schrader joins me this week to talk about his career, Travis Bickle, male anger, faith, love, Bergman and his spiritually brutal new work of art, First Reformed.
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Episode 119: TV Special Part 2. The creators of Netflix ?Maniac? + Emmys recap

Episode 119: TV Special Part 2. The creators of Netflix ?Maniac?, Cary Fukunaga and Patrick Somerville + 2018 Emmys recap with journalist Alicia Lutes
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Episode 118 TV Special Part 1. The creators of ?Forever?, Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard.

This week on Pop Culture Confidential the dream team of Alan Yang (Master of None, Parks and Rec) and Matt Hubbard (Parks and Rec, 30 Rock) on their new series ? FOREVER? , starring another dream team, Maya Rudolph and Fred Armison. Amazon?s new series "Forever" is already getting rave reviews right out of the box. It?s a comedy, but also quite a serious look at a marriage stuck in a rut. And there is a serious twist that we are not allowed to mention! The series stars the former SNL duo Maya Rudolph and Fred Armison as the married couple June and Oscar. Catherine Keener also stars. We talk to Alan and Matt about ?Forever?, their comedy icons, marriage, when Paul Tomas Anderson visited the set and much more. ?Forever? is out now on Amazon Prime!
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Episode 117: Todd Fisher ?My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie?

This week producer Todd Fisher on his excellent memoir "My Girls". This is a very personal story of his life with two iconic women: his mother Debbie Reynolds and sister Carrie Fisher. On their Hollywood life, tumultuous relationships and the huge pain of losing them both only 24 hours apart in December 2017. Todd Fisher, the son of ?America?s Sweetheart? actress Debbie Reynolds (Singing in the Rain) and singer Eddie Fisher grew up in Hollywood glamour. In our interview he talks about his childhood among Hollywood royalty, his great bond with sister Carrie, her meteoric rise to stardom with Star Wars, her struggles and how their mother formed their lives immensely.
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Episode 116: John David Washington & Sera Gamble

On the show this week, the star of Spike Lees powerful new movie BlacKkKlansman, John David Washingto and showrunner, executive producer of the the new Lifetime/Netflix series ?You?, Sera Gamble. John David Washington stars as Ron Stallworth in the critically acclaimed new movie BlacKkKlansman, based on a true story and directed by Spike Lee. Stallworth, a black police officer in Colorado Springs, infiltrated the KKK in the 1970s. Also this week prolific writer, producer and show runner Sera Gamble of shows such as Supernatural and The Magicians. Her new show ?You?, which she co-exec produces with Greg Berlanti, stars Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail is a ?twisted love story in the social media age?. It premieres on Lifetime and Netflix on September 9th. Plus journalist Alicia Lutes on Louis C.K?s return to stand up after accusations of sexual harassment.
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Episode 115: SPECIAL Your vote counts! + Greg Poehler

On this special episode of Pop Culture Confidential we have teamed up with Democrats Abroad to help spread the word to Americans overseas: your vote really counts in the very important 2018 US midterm elections! PLUS an exclusive interview with actor/director and expat Greg Poehler! Poehler , the creator of WELCOME TO SWEDEN a semi autobiographical sitcom and co production beteen TV4 Sweden and NBC, is now starring on YOU ME HER. You Me Her has just been renewed for its 4th and 5th season on the Audience Network and Netflix. We talk about how moving to Sweden lead him to a career back in Hollywood, following your dreams, why certain humor really does not translate, the privilege of voting in 2 countries and much more And Alex Lange, Chair of Democrats Abroad Sweden, guides us through the process of registering to vote and requesting your ballot as an overseas voter. Voter deadlines are upon us. Your vote really matters, be a part of this historic moment! To America voters abroad: on the website you can create your voter registration and ballot request form. Here you can get help, ask questions and get all the info you need to send it in!
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Episode 114: ?Boy Erased? Garrard Conley

Episode 114: ?Boy Erased? Garrard Conley by Pop Culture Confidential
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PCC Episode 113: "Weird Al" Yankovic

We are thrilled to be joined this week by an icon of American pop culture, the parody king and the coolest man with an accordion, ?Weird Al? Yankovic. He?s sold over 12 million albums, spoofed the biggest artists from Michael Jackson, to Nirvana, to Coolio, to Miley Cyrus. A career that spans four decades. Join us for a conversation about his musical process, capturing the zeitgeist, asking Kurt Cobain and Sir Paul McCartney for permission to parody their music, the pure magic of the accordion, how the industry has changed and being kind! And journalist Alicia Lutes (The Hollywood Reporter, The Nerdist, MTV) joins us again this week to talk about the much debated news about the changes coming to the Academy Awards.
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Episode 112: Actor, comedian, author Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, Crazy Rich Asians)

Episode 112: Actor, comedian, author Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, Crazy Rich Asians) by Pop Culture Confidential
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Episode 111: Zoe Perry of ?Young Sheldon? & the Season Highlights

Actress Zoe Perry of the hit CBS sitcom ?Young Sheldon? joins us this week to share what it means to be playing a younger version of a part that her mother Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne and Lady Bird) originated on the massive hit show ?Big Bang Theory?, plus her thoughts on the cancellation of ?Roseanne?. Then we give you all the highlights from this Spring with a compilation of just some of the guests such as Gustaf Skarsgård, Henry Winkler, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Karamo Brown.
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Episode 110: Fall TV Lineup & Comedy in the Trump Era

Eric Deggans, NPR?s TV critic, reports on the Fall TV lineup including the genre trends, and which shows look the most promising. Then, author and comedian Laurie Kilmartin discusses her latest book, live-tweeting her father?s death, and what it means writing for Conan in the age of President Trump.
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Episode 109: Screenwriter Craig Mazin on writing, the Weinsteins & his new HBO series ?Chernobyl"

Host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined by screenwriter and producer Craig Mazin whose credits include the wildly popular sequels for ?The Hangover? and ?Scary Movie?, the hit podcast ?Scriptnotes? with fellow screenwriter John August, and the HBO limited series ?Chernobyl?.
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Episode 108: Henry Winkler - Barry, Arrested Development & being The Fonz

TV icon Henry Winkler joins host Christina Jeurling Birro to speak about his newest hit show ?Barry?, working on "Arrested Development", the influence of "Happy Days", living with dyslexia, jumping the shark, and much more.
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Episode 107: Killing Eve & The Cosby Verdict

Luke Jennings, author of the novel ?Codename Villanelle?, the basis for the hit series ?Killing Eve?, plus reporter Annette John-Hall joins to give some perspective on the Bill Cosby case and trials.
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Episode 106: Comedy writer Nell Scovell + The 2018 Summer Movie Preview

Veteran comedy writer Nell Scovell shares her experience from ?The Simpsons? to ?Letterman?, and how she survived the male dominated writer's rooms. Plus our big summer movie preview with Mark Johnson of Awards Circuit.
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Episode 105: Director Johan Renck - Bowie, Breaking Bad & the new series ?Chernobyl?

Director Johan Renck shares his ever changing creative journey, from Stakka Bo to working with Madonna, David Bowie and Beyonce, directing feature films and TV such as ?Breaking Bad?, ?The Walking Dead? and ?The Last Panthers?. Renck also speaks about his latest project is the massive new HBO series ?Chernobyl? starring Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jared Harris from ?The Crown?.
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Episode 104: Ane Crabtree & Bill Barretta

Award winning costume designer Ane Crabtree (Sopranos, Westworld) speaks about her powerful designs for The Handmaid?s Tale, that have also become an important symbol of protest worldwide. She also discusses her creations for the much awaited second season, how she finds inspiration, her upcoming projects, and much more. In 1955, Jim Henson created the The Muppets, and by the late 70?s more than 235 million people were watching worldwide. We are joined by veteran puppeteer/director Bill Barretta who is featured in a new documentary Muppet Guys Talking, that gives a rare behind-the-scenes look at a beloved institution. Mr Barretta shares the legacy of Jim Henson, the art of acting and voicing the Muppets, and what it is like to bring some of the most famous muppets, including the Swedish Chef, to life.
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Episode 103: Michael Kenneth Williams & Joy Press

Actor Michael Kenneth Williams, of The Wire and The Night Of, takes a very personal journey with a new documentary, and Joy Press speaks about how women are revolutionizing television and her new book ?Stealing the Show?.
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Episode 102: Dr Adam Rutherford & Jonathan Abrams

On this week?s episode host Christina Jeurling Birro speaks with geneticist, and host of the BBC Radio show Inside Science, Dr. Adam Rutherford. He has been the science advisor on 'World War Z', 'Ex Machina', and 'Annihilation', one of the most talked about films this Spring. She is also joined by bestselling author Jonathan Abrams, who wrote ?All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of the Wire?, the definitive oral history of David Simons groundbreaking show 'The Wire'.
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Episode 101: Gustaf Skarsgård

Host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined by actor Gustaf Skarsgård for an exclusive conversation about taking on Hollywood after his successes in Sweden, competition, rejection, advice from his father Stellan, stepping into the much anticipated upcoming season of Westworld, and so much more.
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Episode 100: Ruth E. Carter on costuming 'Black Panther' & Liz Shannon Miller of IndieWire

This week host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined by legendary costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who designed the stunning costumes of the blockbuster hit ?Black Panther?, then we get the lowdown on the Spring TV season with IndieWire?s Liz Shannon Miller.
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