Episode 74: 1947's Miracle on 34th Street turns 75!

75 years ago, the Macy's Santa Claus got drunk at the Thanksgiving parade, paving the way for the real Kris Kringle to step in and replace him. A single divorced career mother didn't want her little girl to grow up believing in fairy tales and myths and legends. The executives at Macy's and the executives at Gimbel's engaged in a Christmas season retail smackdown. And that's just the tip of the tinsel for this endearing holiday classic with Edmund Gwynn in his Oscar-winning performance as Santa, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, and child star Natalie Wood. Plus, the usual behind-the-scenes fun facts, poll results, interactive trivia segment, and listener shout-outs!

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00:28:54 12/19/2022

Past Episodes

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Previous guest DJ Nik returns for a look at Miss Potter and Goodbye, Christopher Robin, two biopics of the authors of classic children's story characters. You'll feel the nostalgia for Peter Rabbit and Pooh Bear as you hear about these portrayals of Beatrix Potter and A.A. Milne, the impact of their families on their creations, and Margot Robbie's British accent. Plus, poll results, interactive trivia, and listener shout-outs!
00:48:47 4/15/2024
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Tom Hanks wins the Oscar-winning smackdown in this episode that explores his "goofball comedy" era of the 80s and his "actor with a capital A" era of the 90s through Splash and Forrest Gump, respectively! Behind-the-scenes fun facts, poll results, interactive trivia, and listener shout-outs, nary a box of chocolates.
00:36:48 4/9/2024
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Actress Amy Steel shows both 'Jason Voorhees' and 'Buffy St. John' what she's made of as the 'Final Girl' in two 80s-era slasher flicks, while TV personality and broadcaster Dana Hersey of The Movie Loft gets his overdue thanks. Plus, behind-the-scenes fun facts, poll results, interactive trivia, and listener shout-outs!
00:39:25 4/1/2024
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The 2014 Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed Best Picture winner turns 10! Return guest Chris of the Just Go Watch Podcast joins me for a look back at the Michael Keaton headliner that melds together haughty actors, fractured relationships, washed-up superhero movie stars, ambiguous endings, and that most tragic of Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth. And Chris does not hold back with his thoughts on Eddie Redmayne's winning Best Actor that year, either. Plus, poll results, interactive trivia, and listener shout-outs!
00:46:37 3/25/2024
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Director Yorgos Lanthimos and 2-time Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone bring out the most eccentric in each other in these two films. With Academy Award nods for Best Picture (as producer) and Best Director for both, Lanthimos is a creative force that defies description. And with Oscar nods (and one win) for both films, Emma Stone is willing to play it to the hilt no matter what it takes. Behind-the-scenes fun facts, poll results, interactive trivia, and listener shout-outs!
00:36:51 3/18/2024
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The 96th annual Academy Awards are doled out tonight, so here is part 2 of a two-parter where return guests Brendan and Zak - former high school film students of mine, now college grads and film entrepreneurs in their own right - join me for the second consecutive year to discuss the nominees - specifically, the four acting categories, Director, Original Score, Original Song, Costume Design, Hairstyling and Makeup, Animated Feature, and International Feature Film!
00:55:37 3/10/2024
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Released ahead of schedule to get the jump on the 96th annual Academy Awards in three days, return guests Brendan and Zak - former high school film students of mine, now college grads and film entrepreneurs in their own right - join me for the second consecutive year to discuss the nominees. Part 1 of 2: Best Picture (Part 2 of 2 coming soon!)
00:54:27 3/7/2024
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Writer-director Wes Anderson gets the spotlight as we dive into 2023 Oscar nominee for Best Live Action Short, his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar, as well as the 10th anniversary of his 4-time Oscar winner The Grand Budapest Hotel. Plus, behind-the-scenes fun facts, poll results, interactive trivia, and listener shout-outs! (Bring your own courtesan au chocolat and lobby boy uniform.)
00:37:49 3/4/2024
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It's a Margot Robbie Best Picture nominee two-fer as her performances as Sharon Tate for Quentin Tarantino and as Barbie for Greta Gerwig come front and center! With her total Oscar nominations to date including two for acting (2017's I, Tonya and 2019's Bombshell) and one for producing (2023's Barbie), her Hollywood career is one that's on a hot streak. Plus, behind-the-scenes fun facts, poll results, interactive trivia, and listener shout-outs!
00:40:58 2/24/2024
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Twenty years after Alexander Payne and Paul Giamatti teamed up for Sideways (Oscar win for Payne's screenplay), they've reunited for The Holdovers, which is currently up for 5 Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Da'Vine Joy Randolph and Best Leading Actor for Giamatti. (Plus, both films are Best Picture nominees!) Behind-the-scenes fun facts, poll results, interactive trivia, and listener shout-outs!
00:37:55 2/12/2024

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