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Romy Rosemont and Mary Birdsong interview on pop my culture podcast

Romy Rosemont (“Glee”) and Mary Birdsong (“Reno 911!”) chat with Cole and Vanessa about The Emmy’s, silver jump suits, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Judy Garland, Downwardly Mobile, Bitter Party of Five, Chariots of the Gods, Party Wizards, Andy Serkis, Mickey Rourke and the Kardashians texting during a moment of silence at the VMAs.

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Mary Birdsong and Romy Rosemont with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton


  • Comment by corinne — September 2, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    Bad news about the tie…

  • Comment by Scott — September 3, 2014 @ 6:54 am

    Hey guys. Love the podcast! Listen all the time.

    Just a quick note on something obscure and nerdy. About what Cole said about The Hobbit being a 300pg book adapted into a trilogy of films. I could put it into words, but PJ himself is much more succinct than I could be: http://www.hypable.com/2013/12/11/why-is-hobbit-three-movies-peter-jackson/

    The idea that the three-film Hobbit decision was made for only monetary reasons just stood out to me. Although I feel it should be more specific that these films aren’t The Hobbit that sits on ones shelf, but rather The Hobbit + The LOTR Appendices + Character Expansion for depth of worldbuilding…but that’s probably too long a title.

    Oh, and while I’m here, don’t stop doing “build-a-movie”. That’s always awesome!

  • Comment by Todd Mason — September 3, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

    Definitely, the earliest memory I have of an alien character (rather than one of more purely fantasy/folklore origins) making a Big impression was from the film QUATERMASS AND THE PIT/FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH, which I first saw when I was about five…particularly the climax, as Quatermass and the other survivors are doing their damnedest to beat back the alien menace, which has taken on rather familiar form. This would’ve been about the same time I first saw THE PRISONER, and Rover made a similar impression (if you’d asked about freakish and improbable [and roaring] prison robots…). I’ve been a skeptic since about that point (as well as an enthusiast of science and of sf, fantasy and horror fiction as well as drama), so I never took accounts of aliens actually making landfall too seriously…I am old enough to have lived through the CHARIOTS OF THE GODS? fad (as the guest notes, it’s certainly never died on cable, but was harder to miss along with similar Bermuda Triangle bubblegum in the early ’70s), and I certainly also am willing to believe there is other life in the universe and probably even in our galaxy, but we’ll be lucky (or unlucky perhaps) if there’s even the simplest form of life off Earth in our solar system that we didn’t carry to whichever planet or moon or comet one might be finding it on (the larger moons of Saturn and Jupiter are are current best bets). (Among the responses to…or piggybacks on…van Daniken was at least one fundamentalist Christian response to his claims, where the title, CRASH GO THE CHARIOTS, was the best aspect of his book…though the cinematic exploiters and some of the other coat-tail riders among what might be charitably call these fringes-of-science sorts included such other at least vaguely Christian books/”dcoumentaries” as THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH…and an earlier sensation, Immanuel Velikovsky, mostly had made claims that Biblically-cited events involving the rotation of the Earth were caused by passing comets and the like…it’s a ?proud? tradition.)

    Good interview…and sorry for all the jackanapes over at iTunes (never trust an Apple chauvinist!).

  • Comment by Todd Mason — September 5, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

    Or, even, the big moons of the gas-giant planets are Our current best bets for simple life forms in our solar system, in the oceans under the clouds and/or ice of such satellites as Titan and Ganymede.

  • Comment by Allen P. Williams — September 6, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    I think the first thing for me was E.T. and/or Flight of the Navigator. I feel like the alien/robot/spaceship/whatever thing from Flight of the Navigator was just constantly doing impressions of Pee-Wee Herman. As far as E.T. goes, I just remember it was a big deal when the younger brother said “penis breath”.

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