Hollywood Casting Director Lisa Zambetti is joined by movie and TV buff Dean Laffan to discuss the shows we all love, which feature killer casting. Have a question or comment? Have a suggestion for our next show? Drop us a DM on our Social Media pages and we will get right back to you !
LEAH MCKENDRICK IS "SCRAMBLED". Writer, Director and Star of Lionsgate's new film joins us.
56:16LEAH MCKENDRICK - WRITER, DIRECTOR AND STAR OF THE NEW LIONSGATE MOVIE “SCRAMBLED”. One day you are an actress in Los Angeles, grinding away, trying to get that first TV co-star credit, fast forward through some bloody, sweaty and tearful years and BOOM you are STARRING in a feature film for Lionsgate that you WROTE and also DIRECTED. Please welcome my guest actor/director/writer Leah McKendrick whose new feature film “Scrambled” hits theaters this week. This movie is based on Leah’s true personal story of her journey freezing her eggs, a process that turned out to be scary and painful, but also wildly funny and full of absurd ironies as she (in her character of Nelly) faced some major milestones in her life. Leah shares what it took to get her script on the screen, the twists and turns she’s had as a Hollywood studio writer and how she has finally found artistic freedom. "Scrambled" also stars Andrew Santino (I’m Dying Up Here), Ego Nwodim (Saturday Night Live), Laura Ceron (ER), and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) as well as other very special cameos. Get out there, take your gal pals, you guy pals, your gramma, your mamma and your sisters and go see this wonderful film. Check out the trailer here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ3T3Yr6B54
True Detective | Episode 3| Recap
50:38Lisa and Dean delve into the depths and profundity ofTrue Detective: Night Episode 3. How is Kali Reis in her third only role SMASHING it, up against the legend that is Jodie Foster ? Peter wants to know ‘Who is Mrs. Robinson ?” (Snicker) WT ACTUAL F is going on with Liz and Eve at William Wheeler's crummy, homicidal shack ? When Navarro slips on the ice and has a vision of Liz’s son Holden, why is he reversed/flipped horizontally ? Why …. Oh FMD … too many questions and not enough answers! Tune in to get our take on what we think so far. Credit to the following; BrainPilot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyb8SPoZHFU https://www.vulture.com/article/true-detective-recap-season-4-episode-3-part-3.html https://www.rollingstone.com/tv-movies/tv-movie-recaps/true-detective-night-country-episode-3-recap-jodie-foster-kali-reis-issa-lopez-1234953858/ https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a46553371/true-detective-season-4-episode-3-recap/ Pete Peppers YT recap (the best !) https://youtu.be/5yeyJ4jT6wM?si=ixXDk5ObhFMpsskf Think Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0vU8pOU1AI https://collider.com/true-detective-season-4-episode-3-recap/ Sedna Mythology https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedna_(mythology) Oranges in The Godfather as a harbinger of death https://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/67749/were-oranges-an-intentional-use-of-symbolism-by-filmmakers/67756#67756
True Detective: Night Country | Episode 02 | Bonus with Dean
20:31We all know how much Dean likes to run his mouth and be a smarty pants, especially with all the minutiae that he jazzes on joining dots hither and yon. There was SO much to unpack in Episode 2 that even though we spent an hour with the legend Joel Montgrand, we still couldn’t cover all the twists and turns in that episode. So if you don’t dig the digging deep, give this one a miss. But of you like getting down and dirty (or frosty) with all the easy-to-miss connections and fan theories looking ahead … then dive in ! Let us know what you think and ask Dean followup questions on our True Detective: Night Country Fan page on the Book of Faces here https://www.facebook.com/groups/3518353335092244 Episode 3 Preview/Trailer https://youtu.be/st_dixIqonc?si=Wz0Ow4kEH_yt92YQ REPEAT OF LINKS FROM PREVIOUS EPISODE Joel’s own podcast on First Nations talent in tv and film is called ‘Actors and Ancestors’ check it out here https://www.actorsandancestors.com/ Here’s a terrific interview with Jodie Foster and Showrunner Issa Lopez https://www.gamesradar.com/true-dectective-night-country-interview-exclusive-jodie-foster/ All about Kali Reis the astounding actress playing Evangeline Navarro https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_Reis A wonderfully readable article on the locations used in this seasonhttps://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/entertainment/a46439515/true-detective-night-country-filming-locations/ Here’s a Buch of RECAPS from the likes of vulture, NYT, Variety and more … https://www.vulture.com/article/true-detective-recap-season-4-episode-2.html https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/21/arts/television/true-detective-recap-episode-2.html https://www.theringer.com/2024/1/21/24046238/true-detective-night-country-season-4-episode-2-recap https://screenrant.com/true-detective-night-country-episode-2-recap-story-reveals/#the-researchers-have-spirals-on-their-foreheads https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a46410144/true-detective-premiere-recap-season-4-episode-2/ https://variety.com/2024/tv/news/true-detective-night-country-episode-2-recap-spoilers-questions-theories-1235880441/ A brilliant resource called TuneFind which lists all the music used in tv and film and most importantly WHERE it occurs in the show ! https://www.tunefind.com/show/true-detective/season-4/246030 All about The Tuttle Cult as er Season 1 … and now introduced to this Season 4 https://true-detective.fandom.com/wiki/Tuttle_Cult Horrific true life inspiration for the ‘Corpsicle’ of scientists from Tsalal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_Pass_incident And finally the IMDB page for Night Country with the complete cast list for this season, in case you need to remind yourself who is who … lord knows we do ! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt29314270/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_cl_sm
True Detective: Night Country | Episode 02 with Joel Montgrand !
54:17You knew that Lisa and Dean were already VERY excited about True Detective: Night Country … but today that excitement was ramped up to level infinity because we are joined in the pod today by one of those actors who despite their role being nominally a recurring co-star, they simply steal your eyeballs in every scene they are in. And don’t take our word for it … after his filming was finished and he was back Stateside, Showrunner Issa López thought so much of his performance that she wrote extra dialogue for him and flew him back for more filming. Today, we are talking about the amazing actor Joel Montgrand ! Better known to viewers as Qavvik, Navarro’s hunky, convenient, sex toy and proprietor of the local brewhouse called … err … Qavvik’s. Joel covers his scarcely believable path to acting, his background as a proud Cree man from Saskatchewan and we dive into his experience on this season with some cool stories of his time in Iceland for principal filming. That’s right folks, it was shot in Iceland not Alaska ! Wanna know why ? Just listen along to find out. And when you are done with all that ear candy from Navvaro's eye candy, then (like Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop) you can go deep, deep DEEP! undercover … with the extensive links below: OK, deep breath … and away we go: Joel’s own podcast on First Nations talent in tv and film is called ‘Actors and Ancestors’ check it out here https://www.actorsandancestors.com/ Here’s a terrific interview with Jodie Foster and Showrunner Issa Lopez https://www.gamesradar.com/true-dectective-night-country-interview-exclusive-jodie-foster/ All about Kali Reis the astounding actress playing Evangeline Navarro https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_Reis A wonderfully readable article on the locations used in this season https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/entertainment/a46439515/true-detective-night-country-filming-locations/ Here’s a Buch of RECAPS from the likes of vulture, NYT, Variety and more … https://www.vulture.com/article/true-detective-recap-season-4-episode-2.html https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/21/arts/television/true-detective-recap-episode-2.html https://www.theringer.com/2024/1/21/24046238/true-detective-night-country-season-4-episode-2-recap https://screenrant.com/true-detective-night-country-episode-2-recap-story-reveals/#the-researchers-have-spirals-on-their-foreheads https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a46410144/true-detective-premiere-recap-season-4-episode-2/ https://variety.com/2024/tv/news/true-detective-night-country-episode-2-recap-spoilers-questions-theories-1235880441/ A brilliant resource called TuneFind which lists all the music used in tv and film and most importantly WHERE it occurs in the show ! https://www.tunefind.com/show/true-detective/season-4/246030 All about The Tuttle Cult as er Season 1 … and now introduced to this Season 4 https://true-detective.fandom.com/wiki/Tuttle_Cult Horrific true life inspiration for the ‘Corpsicle’ of scientists from Tsalal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_Pass_incident And finally the IMDB page for Night Country with the complete cast list for this season, in case you need to remind yourself who is who … lord knows we do ! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt29314270/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_cl_sm
Fargo Season 5 Finale | Recap
51:48Aaaaaaaand that’s a wrap folks ! To breakdown the operatic finale of Fargo Season 5, Lisa and Dean are ecstatic to be joined by the man, the myth, the legend himself, renowned acting coach/teacher Terry Knickerbocker. From his incredible Brooklyn based studio, Terry has worked with actors from beginners, all the way to Hollywood A-Listers such as; Chris Messina (Newsroom, I Care A Lot, The Mindy Project), Oscar Winner Sam Rockwell (Moon, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Seven Psychopaths), Abbie Cornish (Somersault, Sucker Punch, Jack Ryan) Yul Vasquez (Severance, Magic City, Whitehouse Plumbers) Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire, Life on Mars, Manchester By the Sea) and so many others. Lisa, Terry and Dean wrap up this wild season by discussing the overarching main themes, the fate of various characters, the performances of this stellar cast and where this season sits in terms of the Fargo universe. Join us! Subscribe and please take a moment to leave us a 5 star review wherever you get your pods. You can learn more about Terry here https://terryknickerbockerstudio.com Here are some recap/breakdown links to further your Fargoddiction for rounding out this excellent Season Five. https://www.vulture.com/article/fargo-finale-recap-season-5-episode-10-bisquik.html https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/16/arts/television/fargo-recap-season-5-finale.html https://tvline.com/recaps/fargo-recap-season-5-finale-episode-10-ending-explained-1235113875/ https://www.avclub.com/fargo-season-5-finale-review-bisquik-1851169777 https://www.rollingstone.com/tv-movies/tv-movie-recaps/fargo-season-5-finale-fx-jon-hamm-maga-sheriff-juno-temple-noah-hawley-1234947475/
True Detective: Night Country | Episode 01 Recap
1:09:19Lace your snow boots up nice and tight, snuggle into that down parka and scrunch your hat on good and proper because Lisa and Dean are leading you into their recap of the first episode of the much awaited fourth season of True Detective. After three series by Nic Pizzolatto, new Showrunner Issa Lopez has some big boots to fill ... can she do it? What sensibilities will her esoteric Guillermo del Toro-esque magical realism and horror bring to the table and will it resonate with viewers like Season One ... or puzzle and frustrate as Series Two and Three did for some viewers ? Season One famously had Rust and Marty as the primary investigators, Seasons Two and Three were mixed. Here in Season Four we have two very strong female leads in Jodie Foster and the astounding Kali Reis. What will they make of it ? A fist ? Or a dog's breakfast ? So many questions ! Listen in for the answers. LINKS Recaps referenced: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2024/jan/15/true-detective-night-country-review-a-blazing-jodie-foster-makes-this-show-better-than-ever-before https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/14/arts/television/true-detective-recap-season-4-episode-1.html Vulture'True Detective' Premiere Recap, Season 4, Episode 16 hours ago Collider'True Detective Night Country' Episode 1 Recap — "She's Awake"6 hours ago Trailer for Issa Lopez's most recent film 'Tigers Are Not Afraid'. WATCH IT ! https://youtu.be/KyoE0mSJXO8?si=3c5cIBfgeNQ_x55b Need to kill an entire weekend by going down more rabbit holes than Alice and a White Rabbit ? Lose yourself in hypertext land with the whole 'King in Yellow' thing here https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/26/king-in-yellow-true-detectives-hbo-weird-fiction
Everyday Superheroes - Meet 3 Extraordinary Actors who Perform with Disabilities
1:02:24Lisa is thrilled to be joined by three wonderful actors who you need to know about! Carey Cox recurs on “The Handmaid’s Tale” as Rose Blaine, Joseph Kibler has acted on shows like “Criminal Minds” “Good Trouble” “Chicago Med” and Leah Rachel is model, dancer, actress performing all over London on both stage and screen. What do these three artists have in common? In addition to being talented, they are all performers with disabilities and advocates in their own unique capacities. Carey, Joseph and Leah have so much to share with us, not just about their career challenges but also about their wins and their view of the changing landscape of visibility, accessibility and inclusion for performers. Joseph’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_wSQDC60FRxjUxdrjGRHVA Joseph’s Insta https://www.instagram.com/josephakibler/ TikTok - Josephakible Joseph Kibler’s blog - www.fancywalker.blog Carey’s Insta https://www.instagram.com/careyleighcox/?hl=en Leah’s Insta https://www.instagram.com/leahrachel99/ Leah’s other Socials @LeahRachel99 Website: https://www.leahrachelcaplan.com Leah Rachel is an Access Coordinator, Disabled Actress, and a Medical Ethics Researcher currently based in the UK Carey Cox is a New York based actor. Originally from El Paso, TX, Carey has a BFA in Musical Theater from Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and an MFA in Acting from UNC Chapel Hill. Carey has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional theater. She was a writer and performer for the 2022 Viacom/CBS Diversity Showcase, and she plays Rose Blaine on The Handmaids Tale. She also stars in the upcoming Indie feature Where Did the Adults Go?. Other passions include visual art, playwrighting, stand-up, singing, guitar, and volunteering. Carey has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and advocates for disability inclusion. She has three cats and one dog with her husband Joe. Joseph Kibler is a born disabled and HIV positive actor/writer/content creator living in New York, NY. Joseph has appeared on shows such as Chicago Med, Good Trouble, Criminal Minds and CSI Cyber along with several National commercials from brands like Wells Fargo, Toyota, National Association of Realtors & United Healthcare. He was a long time member of Upright Citizen Brigade as an improviser & sketch comedy writer and was on the MessHall Team Fetch. Joseph has also produced and was the subject of an Award Winning Documentary called Walk On. Walk On follows Joseph's journey training to walk 6 miles in the LA AIDS Walk. It was produced by Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson, Hugh Jackman, Steve & Nancy Carell and won best documentary at Burbank International Film Festival & Timecode: NOLA. Alongside his HIV & Disability activism and writing his own spec films/tv shows, he enjoys his days with his spouse, Carey Cox and their four senior pets. Here is the rundown: 01:29 The Reality of Being a Disabled Actor 02:29 The Importance of Authentic Representation 07:23 The Struggle for Equal Opportunities 09:52 The Isolation of Disabled Actors 12:57 The Role of an Access Coordinator 15:35 The Challenges of Accessibility on Set 27:48 Carey's Character in The Handmaid's Tale 29:58 Character Research and Backstory 30:27 Wheelchair Barbie 31:47 Impact of Representation on Younger Generations 32:28 The Struggle for Representation in Children's Media 35:49 Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Disability in Performance 37:04 The Importance of Representation and Accessibility in Media 40:49 The Need for Disabled Creatives in the Industry 55:00 Future Projects and Hopes for Increased Representation
FARGO SEASON 5 | EPISODE 9 The Useless Hand Recap
1:00:16Here we are in the penultimate episode of the season and the forces are amassing for the big showdown. Tillman’s lost his mojo and maybe his mind as all the chess pieces make their final moves. Lisa and Dean break it all down. One of us thinks the tension is delicious, one of us thinks the episode may have lost the plot in some key moments. Join us for the conversation. Subscribe and share! Please leave us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. #tvrecap #podcast #actors #acting #directors #directing #wardrobe #wallpaper #screenwriting #streaming #casting #castingdirectors #jonhamm #junotemple #noahhawley #hulu #fx #joekeery #davidrysdahl #lamornemorris #jenniferjasonleigh #richamoorjani #davefoley #Fargo
FARGO SEASON 5 | Episode 8 "Blanket" Recap
1:02:53FARGO SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8 “Blanket” Recap TRIGGER WARNING: Due to the graphic depiction of domestic violence and coercive control in Episode 8, our discussion contains equally graphic descriptions that may be upsetting. Please exercise caution when listening. Lisa and Dean react to this traumatizing and powerful episode which delivers the confrontation we all knew was coming: a death match showdown between Dot and Tillman. As Tillman’s obsession with Dot increases, so does her desperation to escape his control. We analyze Tillman’s malevolence and the amazing writing of this character. We also breakdown the metaphor of Dot being chained in the barn which symbolizes so tragically the literal chains that many victims of domestic abuse carry with them, no matter how far away they get from the abuser. Can a survivor ever really be free of these binds, psychologically, spiritually free? We certainly hope so for Dot's sake. Lisa and Dean also shout out Lamorne Morris’ portrayal of good Trooper Witt Farr, whose decency and depth elevate the show. Join us for so much more discussion on this complex episode. Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you listen. Here is the Run Down: 01:51 Upcoming Special Guests and Future Podcast Plans 03:38 Discussion on Podcast Rankings and Reviews 05:08 Analysis of Fargo Episode 8 09:49 Discussion on Domestic Abuse and Power Dynamics 17:43 Indira's Discovery 32:25 Dot's Escape Attempt and MacGyver Skills 32:51 The Debate and the Mockery of Tillman 33:51 Tillman's Humiliation and Loss of Control 34:39 The Strategy Against Tillman and Its Consequences 36:08 Dot and Gator's Emotional Exchange 37:17 The Reality of Dot's Dream and Gator's Transformation 42:50 The Fate of Danish Graves 58:00 Dot's Hopelessness and the Bleak Ending of Episode #tvrecap #podcast #actors #acting #directors #directing #wardrobe #wallpaper #screenwriting #streaming #casting #castingdirectors #jonhamm #junotemple #noahhawley #hulu #fx #joekeery #davidrysdahl #lamornemorris #jenniferjasonleigh #richamoorjani #davefoley #Fargo #DomesticAbuse #CoerciveControl #Murder #TV #Series
BONUS EP! Dean's Twixtmas Movie List - "Just in the St. Nick of Time" things to watch before New Year!
22:48Just in the St. Nick of time! Whilst we are still enjoying our “twixtmas” haze on the couch lounging around scrolling for something fun to watch with family and friends before the New Year is upon us and we are back from holiday break (if you were lucky enough to have one!) here is THE DEAN’S LIST of holiday movies to enjoy before all is said and done. Dean has listed from “Nice” to “Naughty” his recommendations of Christmas movies to watch, starting with his favorite classics, moving to the the “middle” era of holiday fare, on through some worthy Christmas musicals to be on the look out for as well as “Christmas ADJACENT” films set at the holiday time, wrapping up with some truly dark and twisty takes on Santa. Add these to your queues and enjoy. In this episode, hosts Lisa and Dean Laffan discuss a wide range of Christmas movies, from traditional classics to alternate, horror, comedy and Christmas-adjacent films. They delve into films like 'It's a Wonderful Life', 'Die Hard', 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas', 'A Christmas Horror Story', and 'Bad Santa', among many others. They also chat about some obscure choices such as 'Tangerine' and 'Violent Night'. The conversation also includes Lisa's reluctant watching experiences and Dean's detailed reviews and recommendations. Here is the Run Down: 01:00 Family Switch Movie Review 04:39 Four Christmases Movie Review 07:51 Muppet Christmas Movie Review 08:28 Elf and Scrooged Movie Review 09:08 A Christmas Story Live and Christmas in Connecticut Movie Review 11:22 Discussion on 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' 12:28 Opinions on 'Miracle on 34th Street' 12:48 Christmas Adjacent Movies: 'Die Hard' and Others 16:43 Alternative Christmas Movies: 'A Christmas Horror Story' and More 20:31 Christmas Slasher Movies: 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' and Others 20:52 Unique Christmas Movie: 'Tangerine' 21:47 Conclusion and Sign Off #classicchristmas #Christmasmovies #Holidayfilms