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Gene Wilder 'Was In a Class By Himself' Says Young Frankenstein Co-Star Cloris Leachman In Touching Tribute

4 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Gene Wilder, the beloved actor from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died on Sunday. He was 83. Since then, tributes had flooded in for the legendary comedian. Cloris Leachman, who worked with Wilder on Mel Brooks' classic 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein and other projects, shared her statement with People on Monday. "Gene was in a class by himself. I looked up to him yet on the set he was just one of us. I remember when we were shooting Young Frankenstein there was a scene where I had to get the group up the stairs immediately. I had to say, »

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Gene Wilder 'Was In a Class By Himself' Says Young Frankenstein Co-Star Cloris Leachman In Touching Tribute

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Gene Wilder, the beloved actor from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died on Sunday. He was 83. Since then, tributes had flooded in for the legendary comedian. Cloris Leachman, who worked with Wilder on Mel Brooks' classic 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein and other projects, shared her statement with People on Monday. "Gene was in a class by himself. I looked up to him yet on the set he was just one of us. I remember when we were shooting Young Frankenstein there was a scene where I had to get the group up the stairs immediately. I had to say, »

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Gene Wilder Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Comedy Icon

11 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news came today as legendary comedian Gene Wilder passed away at the age of 83. The actor's nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed that the cause of death was complications from Alzheimer's Disease. As news of this comedy legend's passing continues to spread, we have more details from Jordan Walker-Pearlman about his uncle's final moments, while several members of the Hollywood community have honored Gene Wilder through social media.

Along with several Twitter tributes, Jordan Walker-Pearlman released a full statement about his uncle's passing. It was never made public that the actor was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, a decision that was made by both the actor and his family. Here's how his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman had to say about why it was never revealed that Gene Wilder suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.

"We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones - this illness-pirate, »

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Gene Wilder's Death -- Emotional Response from Celeb Fans

12 hours ago | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Gene Wilder's passing had some huge celebs sharing their condolences and favorite memories of the legendary actor. — Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) August 29, 2016 — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) August 29, 2016 — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 29, 2016 — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 29, 2016 Rip Gene Wilder pic.twitter.com/TuMQheQCa4 Thank you Gene Wilder for the wonderful, the weird, the pure imagination. One of my greatest heroes. »

- TMZ Staff

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Gene Wilder Dies: Mel Brooks, Josh Gad and More Celebrities Pay Tribute

13 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Gene Wilder's celebrity friends, costars and fans are mourning the loss of the Willy Wonka star, who died Monday at age 83. "Gene Wilder, one of the truly great talents of our time is gone," said Wilder's longtime friend and collaborator Mel Brooks in a statement to People. "He blessed every film we did together with his special magic. And he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed." The Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein star is being remembered by a wide range of celeb fans spanning TV, film, theater and many decades in age. Frozen's »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

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Gene Wilder Dies: Mel Brooks, Josh Gad and More Celebrities Pay Tribute

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Gene Wilder's celebrity friends, costars and fans are mourning the loss of the Willy Wonka star, who died Monday at age 83. "Gene Wilder, one of the truly great talents of our time is gone," said Wilder's longtime friend and collaborator Mel Brooks in a statement to People. "He blessed every film we did together with his special magic. And he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed." The Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein star is being remembered by a wide range of celeb fans spanning TV, film, theater and many decades in age. Frozen's »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

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Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 Review – Director’s Cut (2016)

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Director’s Cut, 2016

Directed by Adam Rifkin

Starring Missi Pyle, Penn Jillette, Harry Hamlin, Hayes MacArthur, Lin Shaye, Gilbert Gottfried

Snyopsis:

Herbert Blount aspires to replace the real director of a movie and make it his own by capturing the lead actress and inflicting much horror upon her in his version.

Right, so here’s the pitch. Knocked Off is a crowd funded police thriller starring Missi Pyle, Harry Hamlin and Hayes MacArthur and directed by Adam Rifkin and is about a killer who mimics other killers from the past and these cops are trying to work out who did it. Director’s Cut, the film this reviewer is trying to explain and the film you’re actually watching, is the alternative cut made by one of its backers; a mild mannered man named Herbert Blount, played by Penn Jillette, who thinks of himself as a filmmaker and a better »

- Luke Owen

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Sharknado: The 4th Awakens: All the Best and Weirdest Moments

31 July 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We might as well all just quit now. Critics and creators alike have officially been stripped of their purpose by the glorious masterpiece that was Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. Tornadoes can't get better than this. Sharks can't get better than this. Art itself will never be better than this. SyFy's fourth installment of its "hit" Sharknado franchise had pretty much everything we could ever dream of: Sharknadoes, Bouldernadoes, Lightningnadoes, Tara Reid resurrected as a robot, a small child who thinks his mom is a shark but is actually the robot Tara Reid, Gilbert Gottfried as a storm chaser for the Today Show, and Real Housewives working as astrophysicists. At no point would we have been »

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Will Gilmore Girls Hurt Black Friday? How Is Degrassi Pair Still Married? Wayward Signage? And More TV Qs

29 July 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Stranger Things, The Fosters, Rizzoli & Isles and Wayward Pines!

1 | From Stranger Things Episode 5: Why didn’t Hopper contact Joyce right after he discovered that Will’s corpse was a fake?

RelatedStranger Things Season 2 Would Explore ‘Bigger Mythology’

2 | As great as it was to see the old Degrassi gang during Episode 500, was anyone else disappointed that Emma and Spinner were still married after that wacky TV-movie? Was it delusional to think Sean »

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 29, 2016)

28 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 29. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Bad Moms

Director: John Lucas and Scott Moore

Cast: Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Emjay Anthony, Jay Jablonski, Kesha Rose Sebert

Synopsis: A woman with a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. »

- Steve Greene

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‘Sharknado: The 4th Awakens’: Find Out Tara Reid’s Fate After Certain(?) Death in Last Movie

24 July 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

You may have trouble believing this, but the “Sharknado” franchise isn’t above the age-old practice of reviving a once-dead character in a sequel. Or is it? Ahead of “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens,” SyFy has revealed the results of a social-media campaign based around a simple question: “Does #AprilLive or does #AprilDie?” The character in question is played by Tara Reid, a mainstay of the series since its first installment. Watch the video below to learn her fate.

Read More: Read More: ‘Sharknado: The 4th Awakens’: SyFy Reveals ‘Star Wars’-Inspired Poster Plus Partial List Of Cameos

The tongue-in-cheek made-for-tv series, which first caught on before it even aired thanks to the knowing absurdity of its title, has become a mainstay of so-bad-it’s-good viewing for many. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” aired in 2014, “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” in 2015.

Read More: Read More: Daily Reads: Rethinking ‘Sharknado, »

- Michael Nordine

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Sharknado 4 Trailer Unleashes a Firenado, Cownado and Wayne Newton

14 July 2016 3:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, Syfy released a new trailer for their highly-anticipated sequel Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, which revealed the fate of Tara Reid's character April. The third installment ended on a cliffhanger, allowing fans to vote whether April lives or dies. Fans voted for her return. Today we have a new trailer, which features just some of the numerous cameos, along with a few Star Wars references as well.

The trailer, which debuted on YouTube today, reveals that the action has shifted to Las Vegas, and that this new Sharknado isn't the only thing Vegas residents have to worry about. We also see a number of new tornadoes, such as a "firenado," "oilnado" and a "cownado," which may be a not-so-subtle reference to the infamous cow scene in the 1996 thriller Twister. It is also revealed cities such as San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake City coming under attack from these inexplicable storms. »

- MovieWeb

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Exclusive Trailer: Sharks and More 'Nados in 'Sharknado: The 4th Awakens'

14 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

What could you possibly be looking forward to more than more Star Wars movies, Jurassic Park sequels or Star Trek franchises? Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, of course! An all-star cast including Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, David Hasselhoff, Gilbert Gottfried, Gary Busey, Stacey Dash and more appear in the sequel to the sequel to the sequel, as after five quiet and shark-free years, suddenly sharknados (and other kinds of 'nados) are popping up and wreaking havoc in places like Seattle and...

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‘Life, Animated’ Review: The Best Disney Movie That Disney Didn’t Make

3 July 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Disney characters are so beloved that it’s easy to forget they’re also commercial products, united by the marketing heft of a massive corporate entity. Their history is also riddled with culturally problematic representations, from the Middle Eastern stereotypes of “Aladdin” to the black crows of “Dumbo.” But such a skeptical reading is irrelevant to the appeal of “Life, Animated,” documentarian Roger Ross William’s straightforward but innately touching look at a young man with autism for whom Disney characters represent salvation from his condition. It’s the best Disney movie that Disney didn’t make.

Williams (who won an Oscar for his short “Music By Prudence”) follows up his look at homophobia in “God Loves Uganda” with a far more intimate project. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind’s book, “Life, Animated” revolves around the plight facing Suskind’s autistic son Owen, who spent several years of »

- Eric Kohn

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Syfy reveals the fate of Tara Reid’s April in new Sharknado: The 4th Awakens promo

22 June 2016 3:34 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last year, Syfy offered fans of the Sharknado series the chance to decide the fate of Tara Reid’s April, with Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! ending on a cliffhander followed by a title card encouraging viewers to determine whether #AprilLives or #AprilDies. Well, the network isn’t making us wait until next month’s Sharknado: The 4th Awakens to find out the answer, as a new promo has arrived online entitled ‘Is April Alive?’, which you can watch right here…

See Also: First trailer for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens arrives online

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens is set to premiere on July 31st and will see the return of Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), David Hasselhoff (Col. Gil Shepard) and Ryan Newman (Claudia), while new additions to the cast include Gary Busey as April’s father Wilford Wexler, Tommy Davidson as billionaire tech playboy Aston Reynolds, »

- Gary Collinson

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Sharknado 4 Trailer Reveals Tara Reid's Bionic Fate

22 June 2016 3:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's the Sharknado news the world has been anticipating! Finally, the answer to the burning question: "does #AprilLive or does #AprilDie?" Syfy is unveiling the results of the first of its kind Sharknado social campaign - which invited fans to determine the fate of the beloved character April Wexler (Tara Reid, American Pie). The results can be seen in a new trailer for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.

Additionally, Syfy announces the final wave of cameos for this summer's fourth installment, including appearances by Carrot Top, the Chippendales Dancers, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Girardi, Steve Guttenberg (3 Men and a Baby) and WWE Superstar Seth Rollins. Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering, 90210), in his determined fight to protect the world from the sharknado menace, will enlist help from some new friends. Here's what we can expect from these latest cameos.

Andre "Black Nerd" Meadows (YouTube star) plays a Train Conductor, »

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TVLine Items: Sharknado's 'Revealing' Teaser, Scream on the Move and More

22 June 2016 2:03 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Consider this a warning to all Great Whites in the Vegas area.

After the fate of Tara Reid’s April was left up to the audience to decide via online voting at the end of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, a new trailer confirms Finn’s wife is alive and will be back for the next installment of the Syfy franchise, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. (Watch the video above.)

RelatedSharknado 4 Teaser Trailer: Strippers Join the Battle to Defend Las Vegas

Additionally, a final wave of cameos for the latest Sharknado film (airing Sunday, July 31 at 8 pm), include »

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'Sharknado 4': SyFy announces April's fate

22 June 2016 1:19 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The moment some of you have been waiting for has arrived. And it’s good news, assuming you are Tara Reid fans. Syfy and the folks of the Sharknado movie series have announced that April (Reid) will return for more flying fish fun when the next installment airs in July. This comes following a social media campaign where people could vote on whether or not April ended up perishing from flying Space Shuttle debris using #AprilLive or #AprilDie. In addition to revealing that Reid will rejoin Ian Ziering for more shark shenanigans, the network also announced a number of new D-listers for the made-for-tv movie. They include Steve Guttenberg, Carrot Top, Gilbert Gottfried, David Hasselhoff spawn Hayley and Taylor-Ann, professional wrestler Seth Rollins, and Paul Shaffer among others. They’ll join the previously announced cast that features Vince Neil, David Faustino, Gena Lee Nolin, and Alexandra Paul among others. Sharknado »

- David Eckstein

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‘Sharknado: The 4th Awakens’ Adds Cameos, Reveals Social’s Verdict On Tara Reid

22 June 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Syfy today unveiled results of its yearlong Sharknado social media campaign, inviting fans to decide whether Tara Reid’s April Wexler character lives or dies. Watch the video announcement above. The NBCU network also revealed what it swears is the final wave of cameos for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, this year’s installment of its annual orgy of excess that premieres at 8 Pm Et on July 31. Among the names, Gilbert Gottfried has been typecast as a… »

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10 Must-Listen Podcast Episodes from 2016 So Far

14 June 2016 10:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Maybe you’re a podcast obsessive, filling every spare moment of your commute to catch up on your favorites. Or a single-subject listener, only keeping up with a subject or issue that means most to you. The beauty of podcasts is that they can cater to completists and dabblers alike.

Regardless of your preferred way to enjoy these stories and conversations, it can be daunting to track the latest from every show. To highlight some of the year’s best, here are 10 quality episodes we suggest adding to your listening queue.

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People – 1. Ron Paul’s Baby

Airdate: March 15th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: In all its various broadcast homes, “The Chris Gethard Show” has been one of the most thrilling weekly experiments on TV. So it makes sense that a Gethard-hosted podcast would have the same comedic blend of empathy and honesty. The show is built on conversations between Gethard and anonymous callers, governed only by two rules: the phone line closes after an hour, but Gethard can’t hang up before then. The host has a keen sense for the unspoken questions, the topics that each caller wants to discuss but can’t quite figure out how to broach. Not afraid to let callers turn the questions onto him, these talks have a way of culminating in a common understanding between strangers, which can be as therapeutic for a listener as it is for the two parties involved. And there’s no better place to start than the premiere, which ends with a moment so cathartic, it’ll make you an instant fan of both the individuals involved.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “2. Passport, Exodus,” “4. The Most Amazing Destruction”

 

Embedded – The House

Airdate: March 30th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: As an NPR production, Kelly McEvers and the staff of “Embedded” demonstrate one of the essential values of great journalism: the power to use specific stories to generate empathy for groups of people often discussed in the abstract. “Embedded” is a ground-up approach to documenting various cross-sections of communities, highlighting the individuals to present an alternative to the group characterization that often befalls them. The premiere episode finds McEvers profiling the residents of a shared home in Austin, Indiana, where opioids have become an inescapable addiction for its residence. The details are stark, unsettling and unadorned. Perhaps the best proof of the value of a show like “Embedded” is that the people at the center of these stories don’t end after a half hour: an Austin resident was the subject of their first follow-up story.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “The League”

 

Extra Hot Great – 114: Blindly Watching Game of Thrones

Airdate: April 26th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Extra Hot Great has been offering its special brand of TV observations over multiple podcast feed and co-host roster iterations. Now well past 100 episodes into its resurrection, the television discussion show has refined its dependable format, complete with a weekly consideration of a TV episode for induction in their Canon (spoiler alert: they don’t always make it, as is the case with the “30 Rock” episode discussed here). But what sets #114 apart is the episode’s installment of the weekly Game Time feature. The gang plays an round of a listener-submitted game called TV Typos (basically, the round-robin game show version of #ChangeALetterRuinATVShow). What follows is 25 minutes of brilliant, dumb wordplay with enough built-in momentum to have each co-host sobbing by the end. It’s a testament to the co-host’s deep bench of TV minutiae that they’re able to anticipate some of these before they come. The seconds between when you can tell they have the answers and the moment they give them are some of the simplest joys you’ll find anywhere.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “75: Ew Detective,” “103: The People Vs. The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “105: Ringing in a New Season of Better Call Saul

 

I Was There Too – Raiders of the Lost Ark with Martin Casella

Airdate: February 16th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Matt Gourley’s interview show takes a biweekly look at the actors on the periphery of some of most beloved films of the past few decades. While the actor interviews give some choice fly-on-the-wall observations from set, the show’s most compelling episode this year is the talk with Martin Casella, who served as Steven Spielberg’s assistant during the production of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” From impromptu costume decisions to the director’s TV viewing and nutritional regimens, this firsthand account adds a new angle to an established classic. (And for anyone who’s ever obsessed over an Indiana Jones costume, Jeremy Carter’s post-interview discussion of the search for the perfect Indy leather jacket might do the same.)

Listen to These Episodes Next: “Field of Dreams with Dwier Brown,” “Aladdin with Gilbert Gottfried

 

Keepin’ It 1600 – Ep. 7: Cruz-Kasich Alliance and Special Guest Jon Lovett

Airdate: May 6th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Amidst an election season that’s alternated between chaotic and soul-crushing in equal measure, it’s been fascinating to filter each week’s craziness through the perspective of two individuals who’ve been buried deep within the past two major presidential cycles. Former speechwriter Jon Favreau and Strategy and Communications Advisor Dan Pfeiffer (both of whom worked on President Obama’s national campaigns and in the White House) are each invested insiders and passionate outside observers of 2016’s descent into madness. A weekly look at the current state of political media, it’s also a dependable repository for great White House anecdotes. Alongside fellow former speechwriter Jon Lovett, the show’s seventh episode featured the trio recounting the choicest lines from the President’s various Correspondents Dinner appearances (particularly those delivered in the immediate wake of ordering the Bin Laden compound strike).

Listen to These Episodes Next: “Ep. 1: Drumpf and the Media and Rubio’s Missteps,” “Ep. 5: Bill Clinton’s Finger-Wagging and Special Guest Kal Penn,” “Ep. 9: ‘Meet the Press’ Host Chuck Todd, Drumpf’s ‘Pivot,’ Polling Mayhem, and More”

 

Modern Love – 3: Not So Simple Math

Airdate: January 28th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Sarah Paulson’s central role as Marcia Clark was one of the main reasons the “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” grabbed the public’s attention in the year’s early months. But Paulson also gave another 2016-best performance in a venue where no one could see her face. Wbur’s Modern Love enlists notable performers like Paulson to perform entries from the regular New York Times column that highlights love in all its forms. Paulson reads Amy Seek’s story of navigating an open adoption with a gentleness that conveys the underlying heartbreak without being manipulative. While other episodes usually succeed on the strength of the performance, this one features a conversation with Seek herself, whose recollection of the events she details in her piece and the six years since is a powerful addendum to a story beautifully told.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “7: In Darkness and In Light,” “9: Seesawing Libidos”

 

More Perfect – Cruel and Unusual

Airdate: June 1st

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Some of the best new podcasts of the year have focused on institutions, whether they’re more abstract (American Public Media’s The Uncertain Hour focuses on policies and practice within America’s welfare system) or more defined, as with More Perfect’s close examination of the Supreme Court. In its pilot episode, this Radiolab presentation trains its microphones on the pivotal individuals at the center of multiple states’ capital punishment programs. Layered with the trademark attention to atmospheric sound design that makes its parent podcast such a reliable listen, More Perfect should provide a healthy perspective amidst a judicial branch currently in flux.

Listen to These Episodes Next: Once you’ve listened to this and Episode 2, “The Political Thicket,” go back and listen to the Podcast Hall-of-Fame-worthy Radiolab episode “Stochasticity.”

 

Reply All – #64-67: On the Inside

Airdate: May 11th-June 9th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: This Gimlet show has been the best podcast in existence for the better part of a year now, so to pick just one standout episode is particularly difficult. But the edge goes to the four-episode arc centered on Paul Modrowski, whose blog written from inside prison (where he’s currently serving a life sentence) first attracted the attention of producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni last year. What begins as an investigation of the logistics behind the posting of Modrowski’s expansive online diary eventually uncovers questions surrounding his incarceration. Like the best true crime stories, it balances the details of the central murder cases with a careful consideration of the individuals who allegedly inhabited its timeline. Most popular true crime podcasts keep the perspective of a single narrator, but Pinnamaneni sprinkles in just enough input from regular hosts Alex Goldman and Pj Vogt to add a conversational, illustrative layer to Modrowski’s story. Pinnamaneni’s reporting is extensive and forthright, the kind that will make you want to do your own outside research as soon as the last chapter ends.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “#3 We Know What You Did,” “#44 Shine on You Crazy Goldman,” “#56 Zardulu”

 

Skillset – #3: This is Bringing Up Weird Feelings for Me

Airdate: May 12th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Amy Nicholson’s first-person podcast for MTV News is an intriguing blend of below-the-line education and critical insight. Between her forgotten film history written intros and the specificity of her interview subjects, Nicholson helps Skillset feel more like a series of audio profiles than regular taped conversations. These episodes highlight movies not just as a vital art form, but a gateway to the rest of what the world has to offer. (How many other film podcasts would have jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire as their inaugural guest?) This particular episode features a window into the practical, unenhanced feline training that let the cats of “Keanu” steal the spotlight against some comedic heavyweights. And if you’re wondering what a real punk band thought of Jeremy Saulnier’s latest genre triumph “Green Room,” Nicholson enlists The Muffs for some authentic opinions. It’s this kind of extra-layer digging that has this fresh batch of MTV shows (“The Stakes” takes a similarly fascinating route to addressing the unspoken side of politics) already off and running at full speed.

Listen to These Episodes Next: All six episodes so far all have quality hooks, but the Sharlto Copley episode from the pilot is particularly worth a listen.

 

Start Up – Season 3, Episode 4: Dear Music Fans…

Airdate: May 12th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Season 1 of Start Up was a rare glimpse inside the creation of its podcasting parent company Gimlet Media, right as the medium was becoming mainstream. Season 2 stayed nested inside a company’s origin story, this time as an outside observer of a dating site’s early months. For their most recent set of episodes, Start Up managed to compress the roller coaster of entrepreneurship in a more compact form. Profiling the unexpected rise and publicly unceremonious end of Grooveshark, Eric Mennel reports on the music streaming site’s early troubles, serendipitous success and eventual replacement in the entrepreneurial space. It’s a familiar arc for the biographies of these kinds of businesses, but through the Start Up lens, these triumphs and tragedies reach further toward each pole than you might expect.

Listen to These Episodes Next: Season 1 launched the entire company, but Season 2’s 10-episode arc on Dating Ring is still great.

 

Honorable Listens also highly worthy of your time: the aforementioned The Uncertain Hour and The Stakes; 99% Invisible’s ode to trash truck tunes; Mortified’s tale of pining after the vice principal;  Lauren Lapkus helps to tackle kids’ impossible questions on The Longest Shortest Time; Candidate Confessional talks to the recipient of one of local politics’ most infamous viral booing sessions; Five Thirty Eight Politics’ audio doc on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright week of the ’08 presidential campaign; the episode of the Washington Post’s Presidential that proves James Monroe was everywhere in early American history; Making the Sausage’s in-depth conversation about music licensing; The First Annual Blank Check Awards (one of the best 2015 year-end wrap-ups you’ll hear); the ongoing You Must Remember This series chronicling the Hollywood Blacklist is a given for a list like this; The Dollop’s overview of the truly unbelievable Fed Ex Flight 705; Buzzfeed’s Internet Explorer compendium of workplace email/chat catastrophes; You’re the Expert’s hilarious panel show with a leading psychologist who studies nightmares; the Planet Money profile of an infuriating-yet-textbook Internet scamming scheme; The Memory Palace’s cryptic look at an American pariah-turned-wrestler; a careful consideration of the future of animation/CGI via Fighting in the War Room; The Gist and Chris Molanphy remember Prince.

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