Happy Sad Confused
Happy Sad Confused
Oct 14, 2020
Anya Taylor-Joy, Vol. II
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It's been a pretty cool week for Anya Taylor-Joy. She's got a new Netflix series coming out next week. She's shooting Robert Eggers' new film in Belfast. And and she was just cast as Furiosa in George Miller's next film in the Mad Max universe! There's lots for Josh and Anya to catch up on on this episode, including her passion for all things Harry Potter!

And The Writer Is...with Ross Golan
And The Writer Is...with Ross Golan
Big Deal Music // Mega House Music
Ep. 103: Andres and Mauricio
Today's featured guests have established themselves as A-list writers and producers in the music industry, crafting major hits such as “Traicionera,” “Sé Que Te Duele,” and the worldwide smash “Despacito.” In 2017, they won the Latin GRAMMY for Record of the Year and were also nominated for the National GRAMMY of Record of the Year with “Despacito.” This year, they received three nominations at the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards for Producer of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Song for “Bonita (ft. Sebastian Yatra)” by Juanes. Born in Colombia where they began their respective careers, this production duo, who often writes as a team, has become one of the most sought after teams in the world and have worked with artists such as Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, OneRepublic, Sebastian Yatra, Morat, Cali Y El Dandee, Nacho, Alejandro Fernández, Carlos Vives, among many others. One member of his creative duo is half of the very successful urban pop duo Cali Y El Dandee, and crafted major hits for the band such as "Yo Te Esperaré" and "Por Fin Te Encontré." The other member has developed a career as a session musician, producer, and songwriter. He earned a Latin GRAMMY for his work with Alejandro Sanz and received several nominations. He has worked with artists and producers such as La Santa Cecilia, Sebastian Krys, David Bisbal, Noel Schajris, Alejandro Sanz, Jesse & Joy, among many others. In 2015, they decided to join forces after a long friendship and professional relationship. And The Writers are… Andres and Mauricio!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
54 min
Off Camera with Sam Jones
Off Camera with Sam Jones
Sam Jones
Ep 46. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
One of best ways to enter and appreciate the original, prolific brain of Joseph Gordon-Levitt is through the lens of hitRECord, the open, collaborative production company he founded in 2005, and one of the most creative and inspiring uses of the Internet ever. Its nearly 100,000 members submit projects – films, stories, songs, drawings, you name it – for other members to edit, build on and evolve. Gordon-Levitt credits directing short films on hitRECord with teaching him what he needed to know to make Don Jon, his first feature film as a writer, director and star. It was a darkly comic but ultimately hopeful tale about what happens when we become too connected to our devices, consuming people as things and communicating at versus with each other. His effort was rewarded with critical acclaim rare for actors who have the audacity to become auteurs; more importantly, audiences dug it. A lot of artists might find hitting it out of the park on their first time at bat daunting, but it just made him want to do more, and on a more collaborative level. That’s because Gordon-Levitt has never been fond of one-way streets – not for communication, not for critiques, not for creating, and especially not for careers. He could’ve ambled down his own pretty easy and lucrative path after early childhood success in commercials, films and most famously, NBC’s hit sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. Instead, he went to Columbia University, largely out of a desire to reclaim the feeling of “not knowing what I was going to be” – an open question for many college freshmen, but few actors who’ve worked steadily from the age of four. When he found himself roaming the streets of New York with a video camera, he knew a return to acting was inevitable, but he knew it would have to be in unexpected roles – not to make an artistic statement, but to prove to the business (and himself) that he didn’t have to be just one thing. When such roles weren’t immediately forthcoming, his restless creativity found an outlet in hitRECord. The roles he was seeking eventually surfaced in films like 500 Days of Summer, Brick, Inception and Mysterious Skin; and hitRECord projects began to take on momentum. Good times for someone who “gets off on the stuff I never anticipated would happen.” He believes we should welcome versus dread the unexpected, that change is the most natural state, that good becomes great when we all participate and, as poignantly demonstrated by his late brother Dan, that “people can be whatever the hell they want to be.” All of which posits that the best artists are collaborators, and the best collaborators tend to have a stubborn optimistic streak. Maybe it’s that enthusiasm (and a certain degree of DIY showmanship) that invests his performance as funambulist Philippe Petit in Robert Zemekis’ The Walk with such verve and authenticity. That, and his superior make-believe skills – a blank green screen is no match for a fertile imagination. In this issue, we talk to him about that film, the role of technology in modern life, what he’s learned from being on both sides of the camera, and his hopes for future of hitRECord. For those still unclear on that concept, tune in to our broadcast episode for Gordon-Levitt’s demonstration – and the musical results. Thanks, well,…everyone.
1 hr 1 min
Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia
Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia
Slate Podcasts
Turn Around, Bright Eyes, Part 1
Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. Producers and songwriters have a major impact on how a finished pop song sounds, and feels. But it’s possible no hitmaking mastermind—not even Phil Spector—has had a more specific pop sound than Jim Steinman. His songs have an unmistakable signature: pounding pianos, revving motorcycles, sometimes literal thunder. And power-vocalists singing passionate lyrics that don’t always make sense but always sound like the fate of the world depends on this song. Chris Molanphy tells the story of a fervent, headstrong songwriter who fused with a singer who called himself Meat Loaf, creating a blockbuster song cycle called Bat Out of Hell. Steinman then went on to spread his pomp-rock to other artists: Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Air Supply’s “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.” Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.” Every song sounded like a hallelujah chorus and a Broadway show—even though Steinman’s actual Broadway show was a notorious flop. But nothing keeps Jim Steinman down. Forever’s gonna start tonight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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