Spotlight on Director Beth McCarthy-Miller (Ep. 268)
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Director Beth McCarthy-Miller participates in a conversation with Shanta Fripp and Sarah Brooke on McCarthy-Miller's career as a filmmaker. She shares details from behind the scenes of her career including directing live television titles such as Saturday Night Live (for 11 years), the Super Bowl, The Sound of Music Live and half-hour comedies like 30 Rock, Veep, Modern Family, and Bob Hearts Abishola.
Tom & Jerry's Tim Story, Spider-Man Film Titles, And More
Director Tim Story joins the show to discuss his latest, Tom and Jerry. He gets into his love for the source material, how they developed Tom’s “traps” for the movie, building the sound design from the Hanna-Barbera archives and we even get to his take on one of his Fantastic Four characters making the jump to the MCU. Also on this week’s show, Spider-Man 3’s title, Spider-Man: No Way Home, has finally been revealed after a shaky social media announcement. Sean was able to see a couple scenes from Disney+’s upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier series, and discuss the future of Marvel television with Kevin Feige. We take a look at Halle Berry’s filmography for #HalleBerryBlend. Next week, we’re diving into Wesley Snipes work to figure out our absolute favorites. Send in your pick using #WesleySnipesBlend on Twitter. *This Week In Movies* --------------------- - Bigfoot Family (Netflix) - Tom and Jerry (Theaters & HBO Max) - The Father (Limited) - Cherry (Limited) - The United States Vs. Billie Holiday *ReelBlend Premium!* -------------------- Sign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at ( ). *ReelBlend on YouTube* ---------------------- Be sure to subscribe to ** ReelBlend ( ) on YouTube ( for full episodes of the show in video form. *Follow The Show* ----------------- ReelBlend - *@ReelBlend* ( ) Sean - *@Sean_OConnell* ( ) Jake - *@JakesTakes* ( ) Kevin - *@KevinMcCarthyTV* ( ) Gabe - *@gabeKovacs* ( ) *ReelBlend Merch* ----------------- We have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. ( ( ) ) *Timestamps (approx. only)* --------------------------- 2:21 - Weekly Poll: Favorite Video Game Movie 7:40 - Tim Story Interview 39:09 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Reveal 49:48 - The Future of Marvel TV 57:54 - David Fincher’s Next Film 1:05:20 - This Week In Movies 1:19:56 - Favorite Halle Berry Movies 1:33:42 - Review/Outro Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
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Script Apart
Script Apart
Script Apart
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom with Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Today we’re launching a very special Script Apart awards season mini-series! Yes, it’s that time of year again: the Oscars and Baftas are around the corner, and to celebrate, over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be chatting to writers behind some of the most astounding movies of the last 12 months – all of which would make worthy winners if you ask us. First up we have Ruben Santiago-Hudson – writer of the superb Netflix drama, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Adapted from a play by the legendary August Wilson, Ruben’s screenplay transported audiences to a swelteringly hot 1920s Chicago, where across one eventful afternoon, blues pioneer Ma Rainey is scheduled to record new material. Things don’t go quite to plan, however, and as the temperature rises, so do tensions between Ma – played by Viola Davis – and ambitious but emotionally wounded young trumpet player, Levee (the late, great Chadwick Boseman in his final performance). We spoke to Ruben to hear how he brought these two beautifully complex characters to life, delving into his close friendship with August Wilson, some curious differences between his early drafts and the final film, and the importance of acknowledging onscreen that the real-life Ma was a woman whose sexuality was fluid and whose generosity of spirit was strong. This is a spoiler discussion as you might have guessed, so if you haven’t already, you may want to check out Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, available now on Netflix, before listening. Support for this episode comes from Arc Studio – the beautifully-designed screenwriting programme whose intuitive interface and host of innovative features helps you get the most out of your writing time – and Coverfly, who curate the best screenwriting talent-discovery programs into one place and connect emerging screenwriters with industry professionals who can bring their ideas to screen.* *Script Apart is a podcast about the first-draft secrets behind great movies. Each episode, the screenwriter behind a beloved film shares with us their initial screenplay for that movie. We then talk through what changed, what didn’t and why on its journey to the big screen. All proceeds go to Black Minds Matter UK, the NHS Charities Covid-19 Appeal and the Film and TV Charity. Script Apart is hosted by Al Horner and produced by Kamil Dymek, with music from Stefan Bindley-Taylor. You can follow Script Apart on Twitter and Instagram. You can also email us on
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