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Hosts Josh and Maureen Goldman, along with a rotating cast of pop culture connoisseurs, break down the best pop culture stories from around the web each week.
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In Episode 80, we give some more details about the decline in viewership for award shows. In the Snack Bag, we talk about the BIG (totally dumb) “Friends” reunion special on the horizon for the upcoming HBO Max streaming service. In the Premiere Topic, we are bringing you another installment of our semi-regular series within The Popped Cast called “First Time.” Our third installment in the series is Josh’s first viewing of the film, “Downton Abbey.” It’s actually Maureen’s first time seeing the film as well but she was extremely familiar with the source material of “Downton Abbey” the TV show before we watched the movie. In this Premiere Topic, we hear Josh’s “First Time Take,” give our most and least valuable player (MVP & LVP) picks and tell you whether or not you should watch the movie. PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a new NBC comedy and Josh recommends an Oscar-winning film from this past year. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: Decline in award shows chart The “Friends” cast is reuniting “Downton Abbey” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” “JoJo Rabbit”
In Episode 79, we are back to our regularly scheduled programming after breaking down the Oscars last week. In the Snack Bag, we discuss the down ratings for the Oscars and the return of Gordon Bombay to the ice. In the Premiere Topic, we continue our mini-series on “The Popped Cast” that we do from time to time called “Pilot Review.” Always on the hunt for a new show to watch together, we watched a pilot for a show we’ve never seen and decide whether or not it’s worth the time to continue watching. After trying "Cheers" last time, the Showtime hit “Episodes” is up next. We discuss our thoughts on the pilot, the good, the bad and whether or not we will keep watching. (You can currently watch “Episodes” on Netflix.) PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a Netflix documentary/reality TV series and Josh recommends season 40 of a CBS stalwart. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: 2020 Oscar ratings “Hair Love” - Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film “The Neighbor’s Window” - Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short Film Emilio Estevez returns to “The Mighty Ducks” reboot “Episodes” “Cheer” on Netflix “Survivor: Winners at War”
In Episode 78, Maureen and Josh are podcasting late into the night to bring you a full breakdown of the 2020 Academy Awards, which aired on ABC last night, so you can be the talk of the office with your fresh knowledge of everything Oscars. We discuss the big winners (“Parasite” for Best Picture!), the best speech, the best moment, the best one liner, the worst moment(s) and give our overall grade of the show. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Link: 2020 Oscar Winners Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 77, we are back after a two week break! In the Snack Bag, we dedicate all of our time to talking about the death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and dig into why people are so emotionally affected by the passing of a person they don't know. In the Premiere Topic, we break down our favorite commercials from this year's Super Bowl (New York Life?!) and discuss Shakira and Jennifer Lopez's energetic and entertaining halftime show. PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a movie you should definitely see in theaters and Maureen recommends an animated movie featuring some of the best toys around. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: "We Have To Tell The Whole Truth About Kobe Bryant" "Smaht Pahk" Hyundai commercial "Love Takes Action" New York Life commercial “Loretta" Google commercial "Typical American" Budweiser commercial "United Towns" Walmart commercial "1917" "Toy Story 4"
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 76, we finally reveal our secret message to our listeners and decode the secret code we’ve been planting in each episode since #68. In the Snack Bag, we talk about the royal rift in England, Leonardo DiCaprio’s maritime heroics and analyze the 2020 Oscar nominations. In the Premiere Topic, we compare the 1994 version of “Little Women” to the 2019 version of “Little Women.” We discuss which performances are stronger, which story structure works better and which film has the better ending. Come for the discussion of the March family and stay for the chat about the amazing Saoirse Ronan and which movie has the better kitten to human ratio. PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a Jeopardy tournament and Maureen recommends season 3 of a popular Amazon show. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: The Royal rift Leonardo DiCaprio saves a man at sea 2020 Oscar nominations “Little Women” from 1994 “Little Women” from 2019 “Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 75, we are back after a week off celebrating Christmas and the turn to the new decade! We discuss Clint Eastwood’s ski day with Arnold Schwarzenegger and also give our thoughts on how “Cats: The Musical: The Movie” is getting worse and worse despite attempts to “improve it.” In the Premiere Topic, Josh does a quick hit recap and instant reaction to the 2020 Golden Globes, which aired last night. Didn’t catch the show? Want to know who the big winners were? We’ve got you covered! PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends an easy to swallow Netflix show she just discovered and Josh recommends a British show that originally aired in 2013 but is now on Netflix. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: Clint Eastwood & Arnold Schwarzenegger go skiing “Cats” tries to fix its special effects errors The 2020 Golden Globe winners “Broadchurch” “Virgin River”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 74, we kick things off by talking about the massive difference in box office returns for the just released “Star Wars” movie and “Cats: The Musical: The Movie.” In our Premiere Topic, we talk about some of our favorites from the world of pop culture in 2019. We each talk about our favorite new movie we saw, discuss our favorite returning TV show and give our take on our favorite new show of the year. Josh also recommends a book that was first published in June 2019. Thanks to everyone who has listened in 2019. See you in 2020! Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com!
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 73, we talk about the new trailer for “Wonder Woman 1984” and look at the nominations for January’s Golden Globe nominations. In our Premiere Topic, Josh is joined by special guest Mike Wilbur to talk all about “Star Wars.” We delve into the history of the franchise, discuss the ups and downs of the series and give our takes on the Disney+ show, “The Mandalorian.” Where does “Star Wars” stand in 2019? Find out! Then in Teasers for this week, Josh recommends a fascinating book on baseball and Mike suggests both a lighthearted “Star Wars/Hamilton” spoof and a gripping non-fiction audiobook. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: “Wonder Woman 1984” “Golden Globe Nominations” “Dear Baby Yoda” “In Harm’s Way” “Astroball”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 72, we jump right into the Premiere Topic with special guests Zac and Sally Crippen (founders of the Vernacular Podcast Network and co-hosts of Vernacular Podcast) to determine the best Christmas song of all time. In a bracket style tournament, 16 songs enter (in four regions - Religious, Classics, Animated Classics, Modern) and only one emerges as the winner. Which song takes home the crown? The winner might surprise you! Then in our Teasers for this week, Josh recommends a really fun whodunnit movie in theaters now, Maureen proposes you watch a documentary you can catch on Amazon Prime, Zac suggests a re-imagined animated Christmas film you can see on Netflix and Sally praises another film you can still catch in theaters. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: “Knives Out” “Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of” “The Grinch” “Ford v. Ferrari”
In Episode 71, we give you an update on the (now resolved) Taylor Swift drama, talk about the big box office for “Frozen 2” in its opening weekend and discuss Ricky Gervais being named the host for the 2020 Golden Globes. In the Premiere Topic, we are diving deep into our first edition of “Wheel of Disney Originals” (AKA WODO) with the 1999 hit film “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.” We talk about our impressions of the movie, what the movie got right (and wrong) about the future, why the acting is so bad and rate it on a special Disney scale. PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a possible Oscar contender still in theaters and Maureen recommends taking a step back and slowing down this Thanksgiving week. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: Taylor Swift drama resolved “Frozen 2” crushes at the box office Ricky Gervais will host the 2020 Golden Globes “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” “Ford v. Ferrari”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 70, Josh is re-joined by Maureen after her week off to attend the wedding of a close friend. We talk about the Taylor Swift drama dominating the news, the newly named “People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive” and how celebrities are really just like us. In the Premiere Topic, after rewatching the five “How I Met Your Mother” Thanksgiving episodes, we discuss our personal favorites, our least favorite, the MVP of the episodes, how it compares to the “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes and how the show holds up today on a partial rewatch. PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends some more Netflix content and Josh recommends a new band recommended to him by the robots at Spotify. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: Taylor Swift drama John Legend named “People’s Sexiest Man Alive” Does John Legend look like Arthur? Matt Damon’s daughter falls asleep during his movie “How I Met Your Mother” “Queer Eye: We’re in Japan” Hush Kids on Spotify
In Episode 69, Josh is joined by a special co-host, Zac Crippen, who is covering for Maureen as she attends a wedding out of town. We kick things off talking about the ramifications of James Dean being resurrected digitally for a new movie (spoiler: NO THANKS!) and get Zac’s take on the Martin Scorcese Marvel drama. In the Premiere Topic, we talk all about HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” We talk about our favorite moments and episodes from the acclaimed comedy, our favorite characters, our least favorite aspects of the show and whether or not we’d recommend to someone if they’ve never seen it. PLUS, in our teasers, Zac suggests a forthcoming entrant in the streaming wars and Josh recommends a new movie from South Korean director Bong Joon Ho. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: Josh and Peter’s podcast on the Nationals World Series championship James Dean digitally resurrected “Silicon Valley” on HBO Disney+ “Parasite”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 68, we commiserate over the end of Daylight Saving Time, discuss just announced casting for a new movie musical, talk all about the “Game of Thrones” prequel drama and say farewell to an original “Survivor” castaway who passed away at the age of 91. In the Premiere Topic, we are back with another installment of “Critically Panned” and examining the 2001 film “A Knight’s Tale” starring Heath Ledger. We give our own critical reviews, discuss the Rotten Tomatoes score, award our MVP (most valuable player) and our LVP (least valuable player) and tell you what we would do to improve the movie. PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a fun sketch from Stephen Colbert and Josh recommends a new Netflix show starring Paul Rudd. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: Andrew Garfield cast in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film “tick...tick...BOOM!” “Game of Thrones” prequel drama Rudy Boesch passes away at the age of 91 “A Knight’s Tale” “A Knight’s Tale” on Sony Crackle “The Late Show is Releasing 900 Christmas Movies” “Living with Yourself” on Netflix
In Episode 67, we are podcasting on the road (literally recording in the car driving back from a wedding). First up in the snack bag, we discuss the ramifications and frustrations of Francis Ford Coppola’s comments about Marvel movies. In the Premiere Topic, we are doing something a little different this week in celebration of Halloween on Thursday! We are doing a bracket-style tournament where we are determining the very best Halloween candy that’s out there. 16 candies enter, one emerges as champion. Who takes home the crown? PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends some music he’s been listening to recently and Maureen recommends an ABC show that’s just for fun. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: Francis Ford Coppola goes off on Mavel Top Halloween candy by production Coldplay “Dancing with the Stars”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 66, Josh and Maureen open the episode, yet again, with another saltine update. Then, we discuss a Snack Bag topic so serious, it’s the only one on the docket this week. In the Premiere Topic, we are kicking off a new mini-series on “The Popped Cast” that we will do from time to time called “Pilot Review.” Always on the hunt for a new show to watch together, we will watch a pilot for a classic show we’ve never seen and decide whether or not it’s worth the time to continue watching. First up, the NBC 80s juggernaut “Cheers.” We discuss our thoughts on the pilot, the good, the bad and whether or not the show holds up today. (You can currently watch “Cheers” on Netflix.) PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a great article on his beloved Washington Nationals that transcends baseball and Maureen suggests a throwback movie starring Julia Roberts. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: Lady Gaga falls off the stage in Vegas “Cheers” “First comes the NLDS, then comes ... a baby? Inside Daniel Hudson's life-altering weekend” “Eat, Pray, Love”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 65, we have a special crossover episode with another Vernacular Podcast Network podcast that Josh co-hosts - "Breaking Pod" - to talk about the just released Netflix original film "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie." Josh is joined by his "Breaking Pod" co-host (and co-founder of the Vernacular Podcast Network), Zac Crippen, to discuss overall thoughts on the movie, how it stands up to the "Breaking Bad" series and favorite and least favorite moments from the film. Email us here!
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 64, we reaffirm Josh’s love for saltines (and thank all those who emerged from the shadows to stand with him), discuss Spider-Man returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (just weeks after he left) and talk about Martin Scorsese’s ill-timed comments on Marvel movies. In the Premiere Topic, we take a look at the upcoming streaming service from Apple, Apple TV+. We discuss whether or not the service will be worth it and give our takes on four trailers they’ve released thus far for original content coming to the service. PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a new season of a British competition show and Josh recommends a new show from Ryan Murphy on Netflix. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: Spider-Man is back in the MCU Martin Scorsese on Marvel films Apple TV+ “The Morning Show” trailer “Dickinson” trailer “See” trailer “For All Mankind” trailer “The Great British Baking Show” “The Politician”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already! In Episode 63, we talk about J. Lo performing at the Super Bowl in 2020 (and her not so covert campaign strategy to get an Oscar), the possible remake of “The Princess Bride” (PLEASE, NO!) and the original stars of “Jurassic Park” returning to the franchise in the upcoming “Jurassic World 3.” In the Premiere Topic, we take a look at the upcoming streaming service from Disney, Disney+. We discuss whether or not the service will be worth it and give our takes on a couple of trailers they’ve released thus far for original content coming to the service. PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends an ABC show going into its final season and Josh recommends some music you might have missed back in 2012. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: J. Lo at the Super Bowl Remaking “The Princess Bride” “Jurassic Park” stars are returning for “Jurassic World 3” Disney+ “The Mandalorian” trailer “Lady and the Tramp” trailer “Noelle” trailer “Modern Family” John Mayer’s “Born and Raised”
In Episode 62, Josh is podcasting solo (and late into the night) to bring you a full breakdown of the 2019 Emmy Awards, which aired on Fox last night, so you can be the talk of the office with your fresh knowledge of everything Emmys. He discusses the big winners (and his thoughts on those), the best moments, the most cringeworthy moments and wraps things up by giving his final impressions of TV’s biggest night. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Link: 2019 Emmy Winners Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!
In Episode 61, we talk about a bad hire for SNL (another racist white guy who gets a shot - sigh), Zooey Deschanel’s new boo, the passing of “Take Me Home Tonight” singer Eddie Money and a heartwarming story out of Florida (that’s only partly pop culture BUT THIS IS OUR PODCAST AND WE DO WHAT WE WANT). In the Premiere Topic, we revisit the pilot of the hit ABC show “LOST” and discuss how well it holds up 15 years later, the good and the bad in the two-part episode and whether we would recommend it to someone who’s never seen it. PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a new movie starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson and Josh recommends a powerful short documentary that first aired on ESPN. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! Links: Shane Gillis racist comments surface Zooey Deschanel is dating WHO?! Eddie Money passes away A heartwarming story out of Florida) “LOST” “Late Night” “The Man in the Red Bandana”
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