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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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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 officeRicky 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 dramaJohn 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 championshipJames Dean digitally resurrected“Silicon Valley” on HBODisney+“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 dramaRudy 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 MavelTop Halloween candy by productionColdplay“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 MCUMartin Scorsese on Marvel filmsApple 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 BowlRemaking “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 WinnersPlease 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 surfaceZooey Deschanel is dating WHO?!Eddie Money passes awayA heartwarming story out of Florida)“LOST”“Late Night”“The Man in the Red Bandana”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 60, we kick things off by giving some cold hard facts as to what really finished #1 in the race for the song of the summer. Then we jump right into the Snack Bag where we talk about Jeremy Renner’s failed fan app, Nicki Minaj’s surprise retirement (with some bonus life advice from Maureen) and the newest celebrity professor at the University of Texas.In the Premiere Topic, we are bringing you another installment of our semi-regular series within The Popped Cast called “First Time.” Our second installment in the series is Josh’s first viewing of the classic coming-of-age film, “Clueless.” We hear Josh’s “First Time Take,” give our most valuable player (MVP) and least valuable player (LVP) picks and tell you whether or not you should watch the movie.PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a cancelled Fox show that he loves (and that Maureen hates) and Maureen recommends new seasons of a Canadian show that just came to Netflix. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com!Links:Jeremy Renner’s failed appNicki Minaj is retiringA new professor in town at the University of Texas“Clueless"“The Last Man on Earth”“Workin’ Moms"
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 59, we discuss the breakup between Sony and Marvel over Spider-Man, reboots on reboots on reboots from Disney (“Home Alone” and “Lizzie Mcguire”) and Taylor Swift taking her power back by pledging to re-record her first six albums next year.In the Premiere Topic, Maureen and Josh are giving their snap judgements on possible 2020 Oscar contenders based solely on the trailers that have been released. We rate the movies on a scale of “Oh yeah!” to “Ehhhhhh” to “HECK No” and talk about whether or not the movies will be contenders or pretenders during the upcoming awards season. PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends the fourth season of a Netflix show and Josh recommends some lovely film scores to pass the time at work. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com!Links:Sony and Marvel break up over Spider-Man “Home Alone” and “Lizzie McGuire” reboots on Disney+Taylor Swift will re-record her first six albums in 2020“The Irishman”“Harriet”“Little Women”“Ford vs. Ferrari”“The Goldfinch”“1917”“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”“Queer Eye” season 4 on NetflixThomas Newman
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 58, we talk about Jeremy Renner’s incredibly silly Jeep commercials, Harry Styles turning down the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s forthcoming live action reimagining of “The Little Mermaid” (and give our pick for who SHOULD play the role) and discuss the Princess Diana musical hitting Broadway next year.In the Premiere Topic, Maureen and Josh each give their picks for who they think were the three most influential people in pop culture over the past decade. PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a Charlize Theron/Seth Rogen comedy and Josh recommends a song he just discovered. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com!Links:Jeremy Renner Jeep commercial Harry Styles passes on Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid”Princess Diana musical“Finder” by Cyrus Reynolds“Long Shot”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 57, we are back with a regular edition of the Snack Bag! We talk about Nicolas Cage’s real life hunt for the Holy Grail, Universal’s decision to cancel the release of the film “The Hunt” and singer Mike Posner’s walk across the United States (and his unfortunate run in with a baby rattlesnake that put him in the hospital).In the Premiere Topic, we are kicking off a new semi-regular series within The Popped Cast called “First Time.” Each new episode of this series will feature Josh or Maureen’s reaction to a movie, TV show, book or music that they’ve never seen, read or heard until just prior to the recording the podcast. Our first installment in the series is Maureen’s first viewing of the classic courtroom drama “A Few Good Men.” We hear Maureen’s “First Time Take,” give our most valuable player (MVP) and least valuable player (LVP) picks and tell you whether or not you should watch the movie.PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a sci-fi novel and Maureen recommends season 3 of a Netflix comedy. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com!Links:Nicolas Cage searches for the Holy Grail Universal cancels the release of “The Hunt”Mike Posner is bitten by a rattlesnake“A Few Good Men”“Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch“GLOW” Season 3 on Netflix
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 56, we bring you our second installment of “Critically Panned” with two special guests - Maureen’s brother and Josh’s brother-in-law, Kevin, and Kevin’s wife and our sister-in-law Kathy! We jump right into our Premiere topic to discuss whether or not the abysmal Rotten Tomatoes score (23%!!!) for the beloved classic “The Mighty Ducks” is warranted. 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 the next season of her favorite guilty pleasure show, Kathy recommends an audio book read by its very distinguished author, Josh recommends an AMC original show and Kevin recommends a Netflix miniseries. Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com!Links:“The Mighty Ducks” “Bachelor in Paradise”“Becoming” by Michelle Obama“Better Call Saul”“Maniac”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 55, we talk about the passing of Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse, and discuss “Avengers: Endgame” passing “Avatar” to become the highest grossing movie of all time. In the Premiere Topic, we are looking at the career of Leonardo DiCaprio (AKA Maureen’s favorite actor of all time). Inspired by the article “‘His Brand Is Excellence’: How Leonardo DiCaprio Became Hollywood's Last Movie Star” by Tatiana Siegel of “The Hollywood Reporter,” we consider our first interaction with Leo, list the best performances he has given, give our favorite movies in which he has appeared and try to determine just what it is that makes him such a bankable and reliable movie star.PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a finance podcast and Maureen recommends a throwback show that just had a recent revival on Hulu.Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com!Links:Russi Taylor passes away“Avengers: Endgame” passes “Avatar” for all-time global box office record“How to Money” podcast“Veronica Mars” on Hulu
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 54, we react to the brand new “Cats” and “Top Gun: Maverick” trailers, give our thoughts on the forthcoming “It’s a Wonderful Life” musical with music and lyrics by Paul McCartney (spoiler: NO THANKS) and hear Maureen’s live reaction to Marvel’s just announced future plans. In the Premiere Topic, we are talking all about the 2019 Emmy nominations. We give our takes on the nominees, the surprises and the snubs before giving our early predictions for the winners in the major categories.PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a throwback album from Celine Dion and Josh recommends the brand new season of one of Netflix’s most popular shows.Email us here!Links:“Cats” trailer“Top Gun: Maverick” trailer“It’s a Wonderful Life” the musicalThe future of Marvel2019 Emmy nominationsCeline Dion’s “Falling Into You”“Stranger Things 3”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 53, we have a special episode featuring Zac Crippen, co-founder of the Vernacular Podcast Network! Josh and Zac talk all about “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and give their overall impressions of the movie, their favorite and least favorite aspects of the film, their thoughts on Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, hash out the best supporting characters and discuss where Marvel goes from here.Email us here!
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