'Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Instant Analysis | The Big Picture (Ep. 474)

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and David Shoemaker convene for an instant-reaction breakdown of the latest ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movie, ‘Solo,’ to discuss whether Alden Ehrenreich lives up to Harrison Ford’s legacy, how the story’s timelines fit together, and whether the movie actually works.
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Uber, Facebook, and Elon Musk Seek Image Repair | Damage Control (Ep. 473)

The Ringer’s Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity unpack the complicated politics and relationship between pop musician Grimes and tech billionaire Elon Musk (1:50), and then analyze the recent television ad campaigns from Facebook and Uber that vaguely acknowledge each company’s recent scandals and promise to be better (13:00).
Source: Uber, Facebook, and Elon Musk Seek Image Repair | Damage Control (Ep. 473)

The Mueller Investigation Turns 1, Royal Wedding Reactions, and the Repackaging of A-Rod | The Press Box (Ep. 472)

The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker “celebrate” the one-year anniversary of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s possible involvement in the 2016 presidential election (02:30), examine how America consumed the royal wedding (22:30), and look at Alex Rodriguez’s media makeover (35:30).Credits:Hosted by: Bryan Curtis and David ShoemakerProduced by: Jim CunninghamBrought to you…
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Making ‘First Reformed,’ the Best Movie of the Year So Far, With Paul Schrader | The Big Picture (Ep. 471)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader to discuss his powerful new film, ‘First Reformed,’ starring Ethan Hawke; his patient style of filmmaking, and his major career achievements, such as cocreating ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Raging Bull,’ and ‘The Last Temptation of Christ.’
Source: Making ‘First Reformed,’ the Best Movie of the Year So Far, With Paul Schrader | The Big Picture (Ep. 471)

Emergency ‘Deadpool 2’ Breakdown | The Big Picture (Ep. 470)

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Andrew Gruttadaro digest the latest blockbuster superhero movie, ‘Deadpool 2,’ by unpacking what worked and what didn’t among the numerous meta jokes and pop culture references. They discuss the long-anticipated arrival of Josh Brolin’s “Cable,” why Deadpool is so popular, and where the character and…
Source: Emergency ‘Deadpool 2’ Breakdown | The Big Picture (Ep. 470)

Rehashing ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ With Mallory Rubin | The Dave Chang Show

In his first micropod, chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin to recapitulate their debate over the controversial film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’Stay tuned for Dave’s interview with ‘Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson and film critic Karina Longworth later this week.Subscribe to ‘The…
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A Very Royal Mailbag Episode | Jam Session (Ep. 464)

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins answer listener questions about Saturday’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They cover everything from the situation with Meghan’s dad (1:21) to speculation about Prince Harry’s real parents (24:57). Then they make some predictions for the event (41:31).For more reading on…
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How the Media Normalized Sports Gambling, John McCain’s Long Goodbye, and Katie Nolan Gets Called Out | The Press Box (Ep. 464)

The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at how sports writers may be partially responsible for the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on sports gambling (02:15), how the media is celebrating John McCain (21:00), and why Andrew Marchand of the ‘New York Post’ called out ESPN’s Katie Nolan…
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Making the Melissa McCarthy Machine, With Ben Falcone | The Big Picture (Ep. 467)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with comedic filmmaker Ben Falcone about ‘Life of the Party’—his new movie starring his wife, Melissa McCarthy—and what it’s like to creatively collaborate with his life partner.
Source: Making the Melissa McCarthy Machine, With Ben Falcone | The Big Picture (Ep. 467)

Jason Reitman Is Not Here to Make a Blockbuster | The Big Picture (Ep. 466)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Jason Reitman about his early box office success with movies like ‘Juno’ and ‘Up in the Air,’ the complicated nature of making movies that are not meant to be blockbusters in 2018, and his new and terrifying film about parenting, ‘Tully,’ starring Charlize…
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