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Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors' complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects. Each new miniseries, hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film’s most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail. Produced by Ben Hosley.
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If Sarah Reeves was a faery instead of a human, it would be a whole lot easier for her to get what she wants: to ride Cheval Bayard in an elite competition; to earn a spot on the Mundane Intervention Team; and for Brendan Greenwood to like her. But Regan, her archrival at the stables is doing everything she can to steal Cheval Bayard out from under Sarah. There are more students than spaces for the Mundane Intervention Team, and competition is fierce. And Brendan inexplicably likes mean-girl ...
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We will take a look inside the creative process of songwriting, recording and the music business through the eyes of independent musicians. We will cover such topics such as; Inspiration, lyric meaning, writing process, stories from the studio to the road, and more. Each episode will feature a new song(s) and we will have many independent artists to share their own stories and secrets as we dig behind the tracks to find out about the mysterious lives of musicians and this music! Support this ...
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Thirty-six floors. Thirteen (fake) terrorists. One perfect action movie. Kevin Smith - who was in a Die Hard movie AND directed Alan Rickman in DOGMA - joins us again for a supersized episode on McTiernan’s signature film. We’re getting into Bruce's wine cooler commercials. We reveal the surprising Shakespeare play that influenced McTiernan’s direc…
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GET TO THE CHOPPA! Griffin attempts his best (actually, worst) Arnold voice this week as we head to the jungle with Jon Gabrus and some bic razors. For almost three hours, we’re dissecting every little bit of PREDATOR - the glow-stick goo alien blood, the Alan Silvestri score, Arnold’s calves, Arnold’s biceps, Arnold’s long red polo shirt, Arnold’s…
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Okay, action freaks! We’re kicking off our John McTiernan miniseries - POD HARD WITH A VENGECAST - with a film that is not at all indicative of the greatness to come. Nomads! A movie where Pierce Brosnan attempts a garbage French accent and is terrified by some punks in a van. That’s kind of the whole thing. Anyway - get ready for a spirited conver…
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This week on It’s Happening: Leaher returns as guest co-host while Snooki’s away filming for JSFV. Joey and his OG BFF answer texts and voicemails from listeners, discuss celeb gossip, and more! Subscribe and Watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by: Magic Mind - Use promo code SNOOKI to get up to 56% off your first subscription or 20% off you…
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If Yentl was about connecting with her absent father, and The Prince of Tides was about forgiving her difficult mother, The Mirror Has Two Faces is just about BARBRA! Who Weekly’s Bobby Finger and Lindsay Weber join us as we close out our Streisand series with her final film, a strange Frankenstein of a Judd Apatow, Albert Brooks, and Nora Ephron r…
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Can you hear the crawdads sing? Or is that just our Nick Nolte impression? Our favorite Carolinian Katey Rich joins us to chat about Streisand’s 1991 adaptation of Pat Conroy’s bugnuts novel, a story that includes some serious ethical breaches made by alluring therapist Susan Lowenstein. Listen along as Katey shares some tidbits from the book that …
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This week on It’s Happening: Snooki makes two BIG announcements, Poppy’s 69th birthday extravaganza, Joey sees Madonna in concert, and more! Subscribe and Watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by: LEAN from Brickhouse - Promo code: SNOOKI OUAI Haircare - Promo code: SNOOKI BetterHelp Connect with It’s Happening: Instagram | TikTok | Snooki and…
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Surprise! In a first for Blank Check, we're dropping a bonus main-feed episode featuring a conversation with an Academy Award-nominated star of the film we just covered. The great Amy Irving joins us for a fun conversation about her career highs and lows, the behind-the-scenes YENTL gossip, and Ben's buried jeans. That's right, we have to explain B…
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Podcast, can you hear me?” We certainly can, Barbra! The very menschy Jordan Hoffman joins us to chat about Streisand’s official directorial debut, a marvel of a film that makes anyone describing it sound insane. Yes, Barbra wrote, directed, produced, and starred in a period piece about a shtetl girl who crossdresses in order to study the Talmud. Y…
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Hello Gorgeous! We’re kicking off our Barbra Streisand series (titled “Podcastl,” naturally) with a look at her version of the classic Hollywood cautionary tale - 1976’s A STAR IS BORN. And who better to join us than our own songbird superstar - the lovely Rachel Zegler! While Babs didn’t technically direct this one, she and her partner Jon Peters …
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This week on It’s Happening: it’s Snooki & Joey’s first show of 2024 and your “messy besties” are playing catch-up after their holiday break! Subscribe and Watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by: HelloFresh - Promo code: SNOOKIFREE BetterHelp Songfinch Connect with It’s Happening: Instagram | TikTok | Snooki and Joey on Cameo…
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Vroom vroom! Michael Mann is BACK. Bilge Ebiri is BACK. How do you say “we’re so back” in Italian? Join us as we talk about cars that go fast (Ferraris), hair that grows long (Adam Driver’s, normally), faces that have seen smart phones (Shailene Woodley’s) and character actors that could have been in this movie (Paul Giamatti, but specifically as P…
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We’re closing out 2023 with two words - Wet. Chocolate. Join us as we bid farewell to the DCEU, say “hello fennel” to Timothée Chalamet, and bring our craziest unhinged, “end of school year” energy to two very different new releases. Orm. Check out Matt Singer’s Wonka Themed IHOP menu article. This episode is sponsored by: Eye of the Duck Hello fre…
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This week on It’s Happening: Snooki and Joey plan their Christmas Eve, holiday tipping, public pooping stats, and more! Subscribe and Watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by: Get 15% off sitewide and up to 40% off with bundle deals during Buffy’s New Year’s Sale at https://www.buffy.co with code JOEY. Thank you to Buffy for supporting the sho…
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The music! The makeup! The MAESTRO! We’re diving into Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic, the result of his post-A STAR IS BORN Blank Check, and we’re getting personal, emotional, and pretty ridiculous. Who does Griffin’s Bernstein impression sound like (because it certainly doesn’t sound like Bernstein)? What is Ben’s familial connection to…
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It took seven years for Hayao Miyazaki and the artists at Studio Ghibli to make THE BOY AND THE HERON. What better way to honor that lengthy process than to invite JD Amato back for another clockbusting, context-loaded episode?! For a rather bit-free THREE-AND-A-HALF HOURS, we are diving into Miyazaki’s personal history, his creative process, the d…
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This week on It’s Happening: Joey’s new couch anxiety, JTT is finally spotted in public, Kylie’s new clothing collection, Christmas gift ideas, and more! Subscribe and Watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by: Songfinch DoorDash - Promo code: SNOOKIHOLIDAY BetterHelp Thrive Causemetics Connect with It’s Happening: Instagram | TikTok | Snooki a…
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Mamma mia! We’ve got-a some-a sleepy pasta for-a you to taste-a this-a week! In our latest, much-awaited installment of PORCH CLASSICS, we’re handing the reins to Producer Ben, who has chosen to spotlight a forgotten comedy about “the world’s horniest pizza man who cannot die.” Lawrence Kasdan’s I LOVE YOU TO DEATH is a feast of bizarre performance…
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This week on It’s Happening: Snooki’s busy November, Joey’s Thanksgiving recap, Diddy drama, Christmas wish lists, and more! Subscribe and Watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by: DoorDash - Promo code: SNOOKIHOLIDAY KiwiCo Get 20% off sitewide and up to 40% off with bundle deals during Buffy’s Holiday Sale at https://www.buffy.co with code J…
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We’re wrapping up our Fincher series with his latest release - a stripped-down, gig-economy hitman thriller - THE KILLER. Is Michael Fassbender’s unnamed hitman actually good at his job, or a total goober? How do your friends at Blank Check feel about The Smiths? Where do the Two Friends put MANK in their final Fincher rankings? And - is Griffin ok…
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Nerts! Are you folks ready to get MANK-PILLED? We advise that you start by “mankro-dosing” David Fincher’s 2020 exploration of the life and times of cantankerous screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. The Big Picture’s Sean Fennessey joins us to chat about Fincher’s first Netflix feature, and we’re asking all the important questions. Would this film ha…
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“Amazing Amy” meets “Awkwardly-Smiling Affleck” in Fincher’s darkly comic masterpiece - an instant classic from that first shot of Rosamund Pike’s pretty head. The delightful Esther Zuckerman (who will definitely NOT “gone girl” her boyfriend) joins us to discuss this impressive work of adaptation. We’re asking all the big questions - is “Amazing A…
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This week on It’s Happening: Snooki hangs with the aliens in Arizona, Joey launches WeedKween.com, and so much more! Subscribe and Watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by: BetterHelp DoorDash - Promo code: SNOOKIHOLIDAY Ibotta - Promo code: SNOOKI Connect with It’s Happening: Instagram | TikTok | Snooki and Joey on Cameo…
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? More like The Girl Who Go On Computer! The Girl with the Fruit Tattoo - Fran Hoepfner - joins us as we dive into Fincher’s 2011 Nordic noir. How does Fincher’s take on Stieg Larsson’s international best-seller compare with the original Swedish version? What does Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander have in common with ET…
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Let us take a walk down memory lane to when the Metaverse was but a twinkle in Zuck’s eye, to when Aaron Sorkin was just a much-respected writer and not yet a (groan) director…to when the idea of a prestige film about millennial tech bros seemed like a ludicrous proposition. My, how times have changed! THE SOCIAL NETWORK is one of the most influent…
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