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Maltin on Movies Podcast

by Leonard Maltin

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Legendary film critic Leonard Maltin loves talking about movies, especially with people who share his enthusiasm, like his daughter Jessie and such notable film buffs as Alec Baldwin, Fred Willard, Doug Benson and Gilbert Gottfried, to name a few. The conversations always include recommendations of films you ought to check out, especially those unsung gems Leonard is so passionate about championing. You don't have to be a buff to enjoy the show—after all, everyone loves movies.


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Film Festivals

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Apr 21, 2017


Leonard and Jessie discuss film festivals they’ve recently attended—large and small—and the phenomenon they represent for filmmakers and moviegoers alike. From the TCM Classic Film Festival to hometown events in San Luis Obispo and Sonoma, California, you’ll learn the ins and outs of these cinematic gatherings. Along the way they recommend some movies worth watching that you can now find online to create your own festival at home.



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J.K. Simmons

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Apr 14, 2017


You all know J.K. Simmons: he’s the Oscar-winning actor who browbeat Miles Teller in Whiplash. He’s Ellen Page’s father in Juno. He’s costarred in such TV series as Oz and The Closer and sells insurance on the side. And for twenty years he’s been the voice of the yellow M&M in those TV commercials. In real life, he’s a hard-working actor with years of experience and lots of great stories. You’ll share Leonard’s interest in this engaging professional who loves what he does.



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Hayley Mills

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Apr 07, 2017


Hayley Mills was earmarked for stardom by Walt Disney more than fifty years ago. She endeared herself to a generation of fans in such unforgettable films as Pollyanna and The Parent Trap. Meeting this charming and unpretentious woman you’d never know she was friendly with the Beatles or came from British show-business royalty. Leonard and Jessie try to remain nonchalant as they chat with the nicest living legend imaginable.



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Kevin Feige

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Mar 31, 2017


Kevin Feige rules the Marvel Cinematic Universe—but the President of Marvel Studios wears his crown lightly. A real movie lover and comic fan, he can hold his own with the fanboys while simultaneously juggling multimillion dollar productions. He attended USC because that’s where his cinematic heroes went to school and remains loyal to his alma mater, visiting Leonard’s class on a regular basis. Jessie and Leonard don’t have to prod him to talk about any of these things--it's his passion. That's what makes him perfect for the job.



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Dax Shepard

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Mar 24, 2017


Dax Shepard has loved cars since he was a kid. Now he gets to race and crash them as the director, writer and star of CHIPS, the new movie that teams him with Michael Pe?a in a rousing reprise of the vintage TV series. Leonard and Jessie go into high gear with the star of TV’s Parenthood—and creator of the unappreciated feature Hit and Run—in this entertaining episode.



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Live at SXSW with Nick Offerman and Brett Haley

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


The eloquent Nick Offerman leaves his much-loved Ron Swanson character behind as he costars with Sam Elliott in the new movie The Hero. Leonard and Jessie interview him and writer-director Brett Haley at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, where the film debuted. A live audience didn’t let a steady downpour of rain dampen their enthusiasm.



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Edgar Wright

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Mar 10, 2017


Edgar Wright is the ultimate fanboy-turned-filmmaker. He has parlayed his love and knowledge into a thriving career, from Shaun of the Dead to Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End, with Baby Driver on its way to theaters soon (after a sneak preview at South by Southwest). He’s as articulate as he is passionate, and shares his enthusiasm for movies with Leonard and Jessie.



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Quincy Jones

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Mar 03, 2017


Listen up! When Quincy Jones speaks he may be imparting Yoda-like wisdom or talking about his collaborations with Steven Spielberg, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, or Hal Ashby, to name just a few. His film credits range from The Pawnbroker and In Cold Blood to The Color Purple and the must-see documentary Keep on Keepin’ On. As a musician, arranger, film composer, and entrepreneur he is without peer, and arguably the coolest guy on the planet. Leonard and Jessie are clearly in awe.



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Melanie Lynskey

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Fri, Feb 24, 2017


From her amazing debut in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures to her long run on the TV sitcom Two and a Half Men, Melanie Lynskey has created unforgettable characters. Her latest is in the Sundance Grand Jury prize-winner I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, which debuts today on Netflix. Leonard and Jessie discover that Melanie is as engaging in person as she’s always been onscreen…and you’ll hear the Kiwi accent she’s so good at disguising.



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Scott Adsit

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Fri, Feb 17, 2017


You know his face from 30 Rock and Veep, among countless other TV shows and movies. You may also know him as the voice of Baymax from Big Hero 6. Now meet Second City graduate Scott Adsit, improv actor supreme and longtime movie buff. Leonard and Jessie learn about his career and his long association with animation, as voice actor and producer, in this interesting chat.



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Alicia Malone

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Fri, Feb 10, 2017


You’ve seen her on Fandango, Screen Junkies, and the new Filmstruck channel. Alicia Malone is a savvy film lover who came to L.A. from her native Australia and wound up with a full agenda of dream jobs talking about movies. Leonard and Jessie learn how her father introduced her to classic films and set her on this rewarding path.

 



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Best Classic Films

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Feb 03, 2017


Leonard and Jessie asked you—our listeners—what films you consider to be classics. That’s the springboard for this week’s conversation about films that have stood the test of time, from the 1930s and 40s and even the 1980s. Everyone’s list is personal, of course. See how many you’d put on your list of all-time classics.



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The 2017 Oscars

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Jan 27, 2017


Oscar season is in full swing, so Leonard and Jessie weigh in on this year’s nominees. They also discuss (and recommend) a number of films and performances that were overlooked. We think you’ll come away with at least a few movie tips you’ll want to check out.



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Stephen Tobolowsky

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Fri, Jan 20, 2017


Stephen Tobolowsky is one of the most recognizable men on earth, now appearing in two first-rate TV shows, Silicon Valley and One Day at a Time...but he's also an author, podcaster, and consummate storyteller. He even made a successful concert movie using Kickstarter funds this year. Leonard and Jessie talk with him about his indelible role in Ground Hog Day, his unusual connection with David Byrne and the Talking Heads, the perils of actors' auditions, and much, much more.



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John Landis

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Fri, Jan 13, 2017


John Landis is never dull, as anyone who has heard him speak can verify. Leonard and Jessie enjoy a wide-ranging conversation with the versatile filmmaker behind National Lampoon's Animal House, Trading Places, Thriller, and An American Werewolf in London, to name just a few. Subjects range from the current Oscar fare to working with music legends like Cab Calloway (in The Blues Brothers). Fasten your seat belt for a jam-packed episode.

 



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Allan Arkush

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Fri, Jan 06, 2017


Allan Arkush directed the enduring cult favorite "Rock 'n' Roll High School," but that's just the tip of the iceberg. He studied with Martin Scorsese at NYU, earned his professional stripes working for Roger Corman, and directed great TV series like "St. Elsewhere" and "Moonlighting" long before cable came along. He's still going strong and has wonderful stories to share with Leonard and Jessie.



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Michael Feinstein

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Dec 23, 2016


When Michael Feinstein moved from the Midwest to Los Angeles he landed a job with the legendary Ira Gershwin. Nice work if you can get it! Since then he’s become an ambassador of American popular song—as a singer, pianist, conductor, archivist, and mentor to young talent. He discusses his exceptional career and pinpoints some favorite movie musicals in this week’s conversation.



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Amy Adams

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Dec 16, 2016


With five Oscar nominations under her belt and two terrific new movies (Arrival and Nocturnal Animals) Amy Adams could be forgiven for having an outsized ego…but that’s not the case. She’s charming and down-to-earth, as you’ll hear when Leonard and Jessie discuss her exceptional career. Want to hear about working opposite Meryl Streep—or playing a slut in her debut movie Drop Dead Gorgeous? Tune in to this lively conversation.



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Drew Friedman

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Dec 09, 2016


Meet Drew Friedman: cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and pop culture connoisseur. Jessie tries to referee as Drew and Leonard trade stories about oddball movies and actors they admire (from the cast of Ed Wood movies to George Jessel) in this lively conversation. If you’re already a Friedman fan you may want to contribute to a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary about him at www.vermeeroftheborschtbelt.com



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Viggo Mortensen

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Dec 02, 2016


He’ll always be Aragorn to some loyalists, but Viggo Mortensen is a versatile actor who won well-deserved praise for this year’s sleeper Captain Fantastic. He’s also an artist, musician, publisher and moviegoer, as Jessie and Leonard learn in a wide-ranging and amusing conversation.



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Joel Edgerton

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Joel Edgerton is one of the most versatile actors of his generation. Currently costarring in Loving, he’s amassed a formidable list of credits in a short span of time, from The Great Gatsby to Exodus: Gods and Kings. He’s also proven himself as a writer and director. Leonard and Jessie discuss his wide-ranging career, the actors he admires most, and exchange movie recommendations.



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Laura Dern

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


Laura Dern grew up in show business, the daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. She has long since carved a niche all her own, with two Oscar nominations under her belt and a lifetime of colorful experiences. From indie films to Jurassic Park, she has great stories to tell and shares them with Leonard and Jessie.



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Patty McCormack

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Can it be sixty years since little Patty McCormack starred in The Bad Seed and earned an Oscar nomination? You won’t believe it, either, when you listen to Leonard and Jessie chat with this delightful woman who has spent her life in show business. She even starred in an indie movie called Mommy as a psychopath whose daughter discovers she is a “bad seed” grown up!

 



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Richard M. Sherman

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Odds are you’ve been singing and humming Richard Sherman’s songs for most of your life. He and his brother won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins and spent ten years writing songs for a variety of Walt Disney endeavors—including “It’s a Small World.” But Richard doesn’t live in the past: he’s as busy as ever, as you’ll hear in this lively conversation with Leonard and Jessie. He also discusses his famous father and what it was like growing up in Hollywood.

 



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Bryan Cranston

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Oct 14, 2016


Bryan Cranston stops by for an engaging and enlightening conversation about his latest movies, the unexpected momentum of his career in recent years, and his modus operandi for keeping his feet on the ground. Leonard found him funny, thoughtful, and candid—and so will you.

 



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Bruce Campbell

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Oct 07, 2016


It’s been years since Bruce Campbell made his reputation in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead movies, but now he’a back in Ash vs Evil Dead and having a blast! Leonard and Jessie caught up with him at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX before an enthusiastic audience!

 



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Tim Burton

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


The one and only Tim Burton joins Leonard and Jessie in a live conversation from Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, following the premiere of his new movie Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. Tim remembers the pride of seeing his prize-winning monster-movie posters on the garbage trucks of Burbank, California, shares some parenting experiences, and discusses some of his more memorable movie moments.

 



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Ed Begley, Jr.

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Sep 23, 2016


Ed Begley, Jr. is one of the most familiar faces in television and movies—and has great stories to match his incredible career, from Best in Show to Ghostbusters and beyond. He tells Leonard and Jessie how he came to be directed by Jack Nicholson, and reveals how Christopher Guest steers his actors through their improvised comedy scenes.



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Carl Reiner

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Fri, Sep 16, 2016


This week, Leonard and Jessie meet another comedy legend: Carl Reiner, creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, partner of Mel Brooks’s 2,000 Year Old Man, director of such hit movies as The Jerk, and a true television pioneer alongside the great Sid Caesar. Carl is still active (and funny) at age 94 as an author and performer. He even graces us with some of his hilarious Shakespearean giberish!



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Chaplin and Keaton

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Fri, Sep 09, 2016


Hard to believe, but after 100 years there are still discoveries to be made involving two of movie’s most towering figures. Leonard and Jessie exchange observations about Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, with suggestions of where you can go to find rare footage and valuable information.



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Edgar Ramirez

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Sep 02, 2016


Currently starring with Robert De Niro in Hands of Stone, Edgar Ramirez is steadily building an international reputation as an actor of great strength and versatility. It turns out he is as charming and articulate as he is talented. Leonard and Jessie fall under his spell and talk about his many roles, ranging from Jennifer Lawrence's husband to the notorious Carlos the Jackal.



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Robert Forster

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


John Huston launched his film career; Quentin Tarantino rescued it with Jackie Brown, which earned him an Oscar nomination. Robert Forster has spent years in front of the camera working alongside Marlon Brando and other greats. What’s even more impressive is his work ethic, which he explains in eloquent terms. Leonard and Jessie also get his reaction to some of their favorite “unsung” Forster films.

 



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Mel Brooks

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Aug 19, 2016


Leonard and Jessie spend quality time with the one and only Mel Brooks, who’s as spry as ever and bursting with great stories. He reveals the name of the funniest comedy he ever saw, talks about Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers, and explains how he and his pal Carl Reiner screen movies together almost every night. You don’t want to miss this one.

 



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Phil Proctor

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Aug 12, 2016


As cofounder of Firesign Theater, Phil Proctor influenced several generations of comedy fans. (One of them was Steve Jobs.) Younger people may know him better as the voice of Howard Seville on The Rugrats. He’s still going strong, providing voices for video games, animated movies like Toy Story and Monsters Inc., and costarring in the YouTube comedy series, “Boomers on a Bench.” There’s nothing Phil hasn’t done in show business; he and the Firesign gang even wrote the first psychedelic rock Western, Zachariah, back in 1971. There’s no shortage of great stories when Phil starts talking to Leonard.



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Charles Phoenix

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Aug 05, 2016


Our guest is Charles Phoenix, the Ambassador of Americana: part stand-up comic, part pop culture curator, and full-time purveyor of fun. His lectures, videos, and weekly e-mail blasts celebrate the joys of life in the 50s and 60s, including moviegoing (with drive-ins a specialty). Jessie and I are great fans and had a great time talking to this effervescent fellow. Check out his site at  http://www.charlesphoenix.com/

 



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Live at SDCC with Doug Benson

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Fri, Jul 29, 2016


Leonard and Jessie welcome Doug Benson in a live-audience podcast from the San Diego Comic-Con. Doug and Leonard share notes on some of their favorite films from the current crop, with some timely suggestions on what to see. Then Jessie serves as quizmaster when the two big-league film nerds play Doug’s own creation, The Leonard Maltin Game.



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Clare Kramer

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Sat, Jul 23, 2016


This week Leonard and Jessie welcome fan favorite Clare Kramer, best known for her roles in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Bring It On. She's used that notoriety to become an entrepreneur as the cofounder of Geek Nation. She shares stories about her career and recommends some films you may have missed.



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Roseanne Barr and Eric Weinrib

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Fri, Jul 15, 2016


Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie welcome the always-outspoken Roseanne Barr and Eric Weinrib, director of the new documentary Roseanne for President! The conversation ranges from the comedienne's presidential run in 2012 to her favorite performers when she was growing up. Eric, whose past adventures with Ken Kesey and Hunter S. Thompson prepared him for almost anything, explains how his long association with Michael Moore led to this collaboration with Roseanne.



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Kevin Pollak

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Wed, Jun 29, 2016


The one and only Kevin Pollak is a wonderful character actor who has recently experienced what it's like behind the camera as a director. Kevin joins Leonard to talk about all the lessons he learned directing his first indie comedy The Late Bloomer. He also tells us why his roles in Deterrence, The Usual Suspects, and Avalon are important to him. Plus, Christopher Walken makes an appearance.



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British Films with Danielle Hope

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jun 22, 2016


Leonard and his daughter Jessie are joined by British actress and singer Danielle Hope to talk about their favorite British actors (including Dani’s mentor, Michael Crawford) and films over the years, including the current release Genius with Colin Firth and Jude Law, the 2014 family comedy Paddington, and the works of the brilliant Mike Leigh.

This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.



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82 Kate Micucci

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Wed, Jun 15, 2016


The talented Kate Micucci (of the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates) joins Leonard to talk about her costarring role in the new Mike Birbiglia film Don't Think Twice, which comes to theaters in July. They also discuss people who have inspired Kate in her acting career (including Cloris Leachman and Anjelica Huston), and some of her favorite films, including Searching for Bobby Fischer and While You Were Sleeping.



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81 Alec Baldwin

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Wed, Jun 08, 2016


Alec Baldwin joins Leonard from New York City through the magic of the internet to chat about the joy of doing his podcast "Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin," his memories of working in Tim Burton's modern classic Beetlejuice, and the tradition of staying up late watching classic films on television with his father when he was young. Plus, Alec recommends some of his favorite unsung movies.



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80 Horror Comedy with Dana Gould

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Wed, Jun 01, 2016


Traveling troubadour of comedy Dana Gould returns to join Leonard to talk about practical effects vs. special effects, Don Knotts in hysterical comedy-horror film The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and the 1943 horror film I Walked with a Zombie from producer Val Lewton. Plus, Dana tells us about his new comedy-horror series Stan Against Evil based on his father.



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79 Listener Questions with Jessie Maltin

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Wed, May 25, 2016


Jessie Maltin is back to answer some listener questions addressed to Leonard including: his thoughts on Lost in Translation, the future of the Disney treasures, which classic films he would introduce to a younger audience, and much more. Plus, Leonard recommends some sleepers that are currently in theaters such as the Italian-French erotic-thriller A Bigger Splash starring Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes.



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78 Films From the 80's with Samm Levine

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Wed, May 18, 2016


Actor, comedian, and fellow movie lover Samm Levine is back to join Leonard for a discussion of films of the 1980s: the box-office hits, enduring favorites, and titles we’ve all forgotten. They also discuss remakes, what it means for a movie to be considered a classic, and the pre-computer & post-cellphone eras in film.



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77 Susan Sarandon

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Wed, May 11, 2016


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76 Joe Dante

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Wed, May 04, 2016


Filmmaker and film lover Joe Dante (Gremlins, Matinee) joins Leonard to talk about writing for the horror/science fiction film magazine Castle of Frankenstein, going from creating trailers to making a feature film of his own, and his classic and cult movies based web series Trailers From Hell. Plus, Joe recommends some unsung favorite films such as John Farrow’s 1948 film noir The Big Clock.



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75 Paul Scheer

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Wed, Apr 27, 2016


The multi-talented Paul Scheer of How Did This Get Made? joins Leonard to talk about his podcast unearthing gems like the Village People's Can't Stop the Music, wearing out the VHS tapes of movies he recorded as a kid, and the ground rules for doing a remake. Plus, Paul recommends some of his favorite films from the golden age of Hollywood including the 1934 comedy-mystery The Thin Man.



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74 Gilbert Gottfried

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Wed, Apr 20, 2016


Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried joins Leonard and Baron to talk about growing up in New York watching old movies on late-night TV, doing impressions of Humphrey Bogart as he started doing stand-up at the age of 15, and how his lifelong passion for old movies has informed his comedy. Plus, Gilbert recommends some unsung movies you should seek out, including 1968's The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster.



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73 Cate Blanchett Movies

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Apr 13, 2016


This week, Leonard and Baron discuss the works of the extraordinary Cate Blanchett and focus on three films in which she disappears into her role: the great Notes On a Scandal, a movie that got a bum rap when it was released, and the Sam Raimi directed supernatural thriller The Gift.



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72 From Ed Wood to O.J.: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Apr 06, 2016


Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have a terrific skill writing movies about real people in their films Ed Wood, Man on the Moon, and Big Eyes—not to mention The People vs. O.J.. They join Leonard this week to discuss how they went from writing Problem Child to biopics, adding their own life experience into their writing, and why their Robert Ripley & Marx Brothers projects never got made. Plus, they recommend some underrated films that have influenced them.



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71 More True Stories with Jessie: LIVE from SXSW

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Mar 29, 2016


Recorded live at South by Southwest 2016, Leonard, Baron, and Jessie discuss three movies based on True Stories: the 2011 Richard Linklater comedy Bernie starring Jack Black, a semi-biographical sports drama that you should avoid, and Errol Morris' unpredictable 1997 documentary Fast, Cheap & Out of Control.



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70 Meet Midnight Special's Jeff Nichols

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Mar 22, 2016


Filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) joins Leonard to discuss his terrific new sci-fi chase film Midnight Special, which is best appreciated on a theater screen. Jeff explains why he continues to shoot on film, how he began his collaboration with Michael Shannon, directing child actor Jaeden Lieberher, and making the moviegoing experience special. He also reveals which movies have influenced him as a fan and a filmmaker.



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69 Live at SXSW with Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Mar 16, 2016


Recorded live at South by Southwest 2016, comedian, storyteller, filmmaker Mike Birbiglia and storyteller Ira Glass join Leonard, Baron, and Jessie to discuss Mike's new film which is produced by Ira, Don't Think Twice. It tells the story of the friendship between members of a New York improv group that is put to the test when their lease is up and one of them lands a TV show. Plus, Mike and Ira recommend a couple of films that you should revisit.

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68 Meet Indie Film Hero John Sayles

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Mar 09, 2016


Filmmaker John Sayles joins Leonard and Baron to talk about how he came to make his first feature, Return of the Secaucus 7, as well as The Brother from Another Planet, Eight Men Out, Matewan, and other indie milestones. He also discusses directing music videos with Bruce Springsteen, his process working with actors, and two of his favorite sleepers.



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67 Sports Movies

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Mar 02, 2016


Leonard and Baron return this week to talk about three Sports movies: the delightful 1992 film A League of Their Own, a star-studded turkey that you can skip, and a 40-year-old Motown sleeper called The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.

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66 Foreign Films with Jessie

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


This week Leonard and his daughter Jessie shine on a light on some unsung foreign films worth seeing. They recommend three spectacular sleepers: Mariana Chenillo's Mexican drama Nora's Will, Susanne Bier's Danish film Brothers, and Nimr?d Antal's Hungarian comedy–thriller Kontroll.

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65 Meet Lenny Abrahamson, director of ROOM

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Feb 16, 2016


Lenny Abrahamson, director of the critically acclaimed Room, which earned Brie Larson an Oscar nomination, joins Leonard, Baron, and Jessie to talk about the letter he wrote to persuade novelist Emma Donoghue to adapt it for the screen, his love of Laurel & Hardy, and one of his favorite sleepers, Margaret (2011) with Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, and Mark Ruffalo.

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64 Wedding Movies with Jessie

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Feb 10, 2016


Leonard is joined this week by his newlywed daughter Jessie! In celebration of this momentous occasion, they take a look at some of the great marriages in movies. From 1998's Polish Wedding to 2006's Confetti, Leonard and Jessie discuss which wedding movies you'll absolutely adore and one you should avoid.

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63 2016 Oscar Nominees

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Feb 03, 2016


Inspired by the 2016 Oscar Nominees, Leonard and Baron discuss the movies of two actors and one filmmaker: Brie Larson in the tremendous Short Term 12, a turkey from Sylvester Stallone, and a sleeper by the name of Win Win from Spotlight director Tom McCarthy.

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62 Grae Drake, Senior Editor of Rotten Tomatoes

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jan 27, 2016


Leonard is joined by his ReelzChannel partner, the irrepressible Grae Drake, Senior Editor of Rotten Tomatoes. Grae recalls some of her unique press junket experiences, which include getting her own Bond Girl name from Dame Judi Dench and leaving Dustin Hoffman speechless. They also discuss two favorite films of 2015 that aren’t part of the Oscar conversation: 99 Homes and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

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61 Doug Benson of Doug Loves Movies

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jan 20, 2016


Doug Benson loves movies more than you. Doug's podcast "Doug Loves Movies" has even given Leonard Maltin street cred thanks to the popularity of "The Leonard Maltin Game." Doug joins Leonard this week to discuss his lifelong love of movies and one of his recent favorites, Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russell.

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60 Tales of Showbiz

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jan 13, 2016


New Year greetings from Leonard and Baron! On the first new episode of the year, they discuss three movies inspired by Tales of Showbiz: the wildly ambitious Tim Robbins film Cradle Will Rock, David Mamet's most lighthearted work State and Main, and a turkey that is regarded as one of the worst movies ever made.

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59 Dana Gould, comedian and Simpsons writer

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Dec 30, 2015


Dana Gould, comedian/Simpsons writer/die-hard movie buff joins Leonard and Baron to talk about what lead to his love of horror films, the incredibly wide range of references on The Simpsons that you would either get or not get, and one of his favorite sleepers, Carnival of Souls (1962) directed by Herk Harvey.

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58 Christmas Movies with Jessie

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Dec 23, 2015


Holiday Greetings from Leonard and his daughter Jessie! We all know the quintessential Christmas movies but what are some of the other Holiday gems that have fallen by the wayside? From Elf to The Santa Claus, Leonard and Jessie discuss which films you must see this Holiday season.

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57 True-Life Stories

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Dec 16, 2015


This week Leonard and Baron discuss three movies based on True-Life Stories: the 2013 drama Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska (an adaptation of Robyn Davidson's memoir of the same name), a musical biopic told in an unconventional way, and Bobcat Goldthwait's documentary Call Me Lucky which chronicles the life and work of comedian/activist Barry Crimmins which you should definitely seek out.

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56 Special guest Scott Cooper (“Black Mass”)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Dec 08, 2015


Scott Cooper, the writer-director of Crazy Heart, which earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar, and this year’s Black Mass with Johnny Depp joins Leonard to talk about his lifelong love of movies, how he makes actors feel at ease, and one of his favorite sleepers, Funny Bones (1995) with Oliver Platt and Jerry Lewis.

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55 New York Movies

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Dec 02, 2015


Leonard and Baron are back this week to discuss three movies set in New York: the delightful 2009 release City Island, a major league movie that they think is not so hot, and 1994's Fresh, a genuine sleeper.

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54 The Greg Proops Film Club

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Nov 25, 2015


The Smartest Man in the World, Greg Proops joins Leonard this week to discuss his wide-ranging interest in movies, which he screens in front of a live audience at Cinefamily in Los Angeles. They'll also talk about one of Greg's personal favorites, Don Siegel's 1973 crime thriller Charley Varrick, starring Walter Matthau.

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53 Broadcast News (w/ Samm Levine)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Nov 18, 2015


You know him and you love him from Freaks and Greeks, Inglourious Basterds, and his notoriously celebrated appearances on Doug Loves Movies, Samm Levine joins Leonard this week to discuss his lifelong love of movies and one of his particular favorites, James L. Brooks' Broadcast News.

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52 Storytime with John Landis

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Nov 11, 2015


The man who directed National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is also one of Hollywood’s most avid and knowledgeable film buffs. John Landis joins Leonard and Baron this week to talk about a wide variety of subjects, from Don Rickles to Fred Astaire. He also reveals one of his favorite unsung horror movies of the 1930s.

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51 Animated Cartoons (w/ Jerry Beck)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Nov 04, 2015


Jerry Beck of CartoonResearch.com is one of the world's leading experts on Animated Cartoons. This week Jerry joins Leonard to talk about growing up with cartoons, recent animated shorts from Disney and Pixar, and three must-see animated features: Disney's Teacher's Pet, Surf's Up, and Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues.

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50 Halloween Films

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Oct 28, 2015


That frightening time of year is upon us and this week Leonard and Baron work up the courage to discuss three terrific films perfect for the Halloween season: a modern classic 28 Days Later, Guillermo del Toro's masterful Pan's Labyrinth, and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, a clever film that mixes humor with horror.

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49 Philip Seymour Hoffman Films

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Oct 21, 2015


This week, Leonard and Baron discuss the remarkable Philip Seymour Hoffman and focus on three films from his unbelievable career: the exceptionally great film Charlie Wilson's War, a definite dud in which he's actually very good in, and a sleeper worth checking out called A Late Quartet.

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48 Chicken Soup Movies

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Oct 14, 2015


Leonard and Baron respond to Jessie Maltin's concept of naming "chicken soup" movies: films that make you feel better when you’re sick, and others that you might discover when you’re housebound. Examples range from Marx Brothers comedies to 10 Things I Hate About You.

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47 Baseball Movies (w/ Fred Willard)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Oct 06, 2015


If you haven't seen Fred Willard's face you have been living under a rock for the past 35 years. Fred joins Leonard and Baron this week to talk about his career from his time performing at Second City in Chicago to his work in many hilarious Christopher Guest films. Fred also discusses his love of baseball movies which include The Pride of the Yankees, Field of Dreams, and Clint Eastwood's Trouble with the Curve.

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46 Superheroes For the Generations (w/ Jessie Maltin)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Sep 29, 2015


Who is your Batman—Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, Adam West? Leonard and his daughter Jessie talk about the movie heroes we’ve all grown up with, and why we’re attached to the ones we saw first…from Superman to James Bond.

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45 LA Movies: LIVE from LA Podfest 2015

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Sep 23, 2015


Recorded from the 2015 Los Angeles Podfest, Leonard and Baron discuss LA Movies: the 2006 true-crime period film Hollywoodland, a true-crime turkey also released that very same year, and a brilliant sleeper by the name of King of California. Plus, they take questions from the live audience!

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44 Broadway Danny Rose (w/ Phil Rosenthal)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Sep 16, 2015


Phil Rosenthal, creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and the new PBS series “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” joins Leonard this week to discuss Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose: a hilarious film that showcases the low end of New York show business.

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43 More Funny Ladies

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Sep 09, 2015


Finally, a sequel as good as the first! This week Leonard & Baron discuss the many great performances by Catherine O'Hara, Madeline Kahn, and Melissa McCarthy, as well as Baron's new theme song!

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42 Back to School

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Sep 01, 2015


School is back in session and this week Leonard and Baron discuss three films that deal with school life: the terrific social satire Election, a movie with a likable cast that is unapologetically bad, and the breath of fresh air that is 2004’s Saved!

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41 Adventures in Moviegoing (w/ Jessie Maltin)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Aug 26, 2015


Leonard and Jessie Maltin are back this week to talk about many facets of moviegoing: accepting a movie for what it is and not for what it isn’t, the experience of seeing a movie with an engaged audience at a film festival, and discovering a wonderful movie sometimes by luck.

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40 From Small Screen To Silver Screen

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Aug 19, 2015


Transferring hit TV shows to the big screen isn’t a new idea. This week Leonard and Baron discuss three films that have received this treatment: 1991’s dark and twisted The Addams Family, two unfortunate turkeys, and the underrated (and star-studded) SNL film Coneheads.

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39 Stranger Than Fiction

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Aug 12, 2015


This week Leonard and Baron discuss three documentaries that are well worth your time and will make you cry: Jesse Moss’ The Overnighters, Crips and Bloods: Made in America, and an inspiring film about two remarkable people separated in age by more than 60 years.

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38 Funny Ladies

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Mon, Aug 03, 2015


Baron and Leonard are reunited once again! Inspired by leading ladies Amy Schumer & Melissa McCarthy, they discuss three films that feature funny ladies: Whoopi Goldberg in the crowd pleaser Sister Act, Lily Tomlin in The Late Show, a sleeper from 1977, and a stinker from one of everyone’s favorite female comics. (p.s. it wasn’t her fault).

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37 Music in Film (w/ Jessie Maltin)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jul 29, 2015


Leonard and Jessie Maltin are back this week and this time they are answering your questions about music in film! What’s the best music score? Which film has the best soundtrack? What are some unknown musical movie gems? Tune in to find out!

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36 Movie Walkouts, Alan Smithee Films and Beyond!

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jul 22, 2015


Leonard returns along with his daughter Jessie Maltin to answer all your questions! What was Leonard’s first (and second) experience walking out of a movie? What is the best Alan Smithee film? If you can only watch movies from one decade which will it be? Tune in to find out!

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35 The Great Unknowns (w/ Jessie Maltin)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Jul 10, 2015


Baron is joined once again by the globe-trotting Jessie Maltin as they discuss actors who fill major roles in major motion pictures constantly but aren't names known by "your mom."

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34 The Q&A (w/ Jessie Maltin)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Jul 03, 2015


This week Baron and special guest Jessie Maltin answer some listener questions addressed to Leonard & Baron including: favorite film of all time, favorite film composers, if they have ever changed their opinion of a film upon a second viewing, and much more.

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33 Behind the Scenes

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jun 24, 2015


This week Leonard and Baron welcome Leonard’s wife Alice to sit in with them as they discuss three excellent documentaries that take you behind the scenes of movies in different ways: Casting By, a celebration of the casting profession and casting pioneer Marion Dougherty, Lost in La Mancha which follows Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, off the ground, and It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles, the story of a notorious Orson Welles project about South America that was never completed.

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32 Films That Left A Lasting Impression (w/ Jessie Maltin)

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jun 17, 2015


Inspired by Father’s Day, Leonard’s daughter Jessie Maltin returns to discuss the movies that her dad shared with her growing up—and Leonard explains why he chose the classics. Plus, Baron explains how movies as diverse as Amadeus and the Muppets opened him up to a world of great movies.

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31 Cartoons for Grownups

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jun 10, 2015


This week Leonard and Baron discuss three films that prove cartoons aren’t always intended for children: the first animated feature ever submitted by France as its official entry for the Oscars, 2007’s Persepolis, a stop-motion animated sleeper from Australia, and a stinker from one of the medium’s true innovators. (Hey, nobody’s perfect…)

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30 Movie Remakes

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jun 03, 2015


Every rule has exceptions, and while Leonard and Baron have reservations about many remakes of older films, this week they spotlight a couple they love! They praise the breathless, incredibly funny His Girl Friday, lament that the latest RoboCop was hamstrung from the beginning by a terrible script, and recommend a remake of a spooky Swedish thriller.

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29 Page To Screen

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, May 27, 2015


This week Leonard and Baron discuss three films adapted from books; two that are great, and one that’s just grating. They’re captivated by the many grace notes of the John Irving adaptation “The Cider House Rules,” and appalled by the bloated, lugubrious “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” before recommending a classic from the 30’s that takes you to a remote, exotic land.

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28 Women Behind the Camera

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, May 19, 2015


This week Leonard and Baron discuss three movies made by women: Love & Basketball, written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, a reimagining of a popular TV show that’s not worthy of its director or star, and a compelling sleeper written and directed by Dee Rees called Pariah.

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27 Femme Force

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, May 13, 2015


This week Leonard and Baron discuss three movies featuring female duos of all stripes! After praising the debut film of a famed directorial duo, they advise listeners to steer clear of the shrill caricatures that populate The Other Woman, and check out the haunting musical sister act Hilary & Jackie.

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26 Generation to Generation

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, May 05, 2015


While Baron is on assignment, Leonard welcomes a special guest-co-host, his daughter Jessie Maltin to discuss the movies that made a deep impact on them in their formative years. Tune in to hear which films changed the game for both Maltins from generation to generation.

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25 I'm With The Band

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Apr 28, 2015


This week, Leonard and Baron sing the praises of movies about (fictional) musicians and bands. First, they celebrate Christopher Guest’s faux folk singers in A Mighty Wind, then blast a Broadway rock musical that shouldn’t have left the stage. Finally they recommend a sleeper called Still Crazy—a treat for music lovers and Anglophiles alike.

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24 Stars Directing Themselves

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Apr 22, 2015


Inspired by Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner, Leonard and Baron discuss three films in which a director also is the star of the film. Ed Harris’ outstanding film Pollock, a turkey from Kenneth Branagh, and Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming’s wonderful sleeper The Anniversary Party.

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23 Buddy Movies

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Apr 15, 2015


This week Leonard and Baron discuss three films that fall under the umbrella of buddy movies: Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin in the classic Midnight Run, a prequel of a buddy movie that shouldn’t have been made, and Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in I Love You Phillip Morris, a movie you might have missed. Plus, Leonard shares a story about how he managed to land an interview with De Niro when Midnight Run was about to be released.

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22.5 Bonus: Interview w/ Stephen Tobolowsky

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Fri, Apr 10, 2015


Cue the digital fanfare! In a first ever Bonus Episode, Leonard & Baron sit down with Stephen Tobolowsky to discuss acting, writing, storytelling, having your scenes cut from movies, the benefits of heated hallways, and of course, whether or not Godzilla was a documentary."

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22 Leading Ladies

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Apr 08, 2015


This week Leonard and Baron discuss three films with interesting women in them: Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, and Minnie Driver in An Ideal Husband, Charlize Theron in a film they both can’t stand, and Passion Fish, a sleeper starring Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard.

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21 Comedy: A Serious Business

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Mar 31, 2015


Leonard and Baron are back to discuss three films revolving around the world of stand-up comedy: Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, a great comedian’s semi-autobiographical saga that doesn’t quite add up, and a sleeper with a hell of a Punchline.

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20 Morgan Freeman Films

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Mar 17, 2015


This week, Leonard and Baron discuss the inimitable Morgan Freeman and focus on three films from his long career: Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone, another film that even this great actor couldn’t salvage, and a sleeper worth checking out called The Magic of Belle Isle.

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19 Nicole Kidman Films

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Mar 10, 2015


This week Leonard and Baron recognize the great Nicole Kidman by discussing 2010’s Rabbit Hole, which earned her an Oscar nomination, another movie with a great cast that didn’t come together (for many reasons), and 2004’s Birth, a most unusual sleeper worth checking out.

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18 Robot Films

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Mar 03, 2015


Inspired by the release of Chappie, Leonard and Baron discuss three films based around robots. The original sharp and pointed Robocop, a remake worth forgetting, and a striking sleeper called Robot & Frank that you should seek out.

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17 Black History Films

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Feb 25, 2015


In celebration of Black History Month, Leonard and Baron discuss three significant films. Spike Lee’s monumental film Malcolm X, a turkey about the Tuskegee Airmen that was made with all good intentions, and a sleeper that dates back just over 30 years called The Brother from Another Planet.

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16 Films from Past Oscar Winners

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Feb 18, 2015


Continuing with the Oscar theme, Leonard and Baron discuss the movies of past Oscar winners: Emma Thompson’s knockout performance in Primary Colors, Matthew McConaughey and Nicole Kidman in a very strange movie they don’t recommend, and Denzel Washington in truly inspiring story you should seek out.

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15 Who Didn’t Get Nominated

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Feb 11, 2015


Leonard and Baron discuss three worthy individuals who were not nominated for an Oscar this year:  David Oyelowo of Selma, who’s equally good in another film about the Civil Rights movement, Ralph Fiennes of The Grand Budapest Hotel in an unfortunate turkey, and a sleeper from the great writer/director Mike Leigh, who brought us Mr. Turner this past year.

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14 2015 Oscar Nominees Pt. 2

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Feb 03, 2015


In part two of their 2015 Oscar nominees conversation, Leonard and Baron discuss three more films from this year’s contenders: Keira Knightley in the charming musical Begin Again, a movie about magic that sadly dropped the ball, and a sleeper from Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who gave us The Imitation Game.

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13 2015 Oscar Nominees Pt. 1

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Jan 28, 2015


Inspired by this year’s Oscar Nominees, Leonard and Baron discuss the movies of two actors and one filmmaker: the movie that put Eddie Redmayne on the map, Reese Witherspoon in a sequel that probably shouldn’t have been made, and a sleeper from filmmaker Richard Linklater’s catalog. Tune in next week for part two!

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12 Liam Neeson

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Wed, Jan 21, 2015


Inspired by the release of Taken 3, Leonard and Baron praise the versatile Liam Neeson by discussing A Walk Among the Tombstones, another high-profile film that turned out to be a dud, and a sleeper that means a lot to them both.

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11 Julianne Moore

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Tue, Jan 13, 2015


Inspired by her brilliant performance in Still Alice, Leonard and Baron pay tribute to the fearless Julianne Moore by discussing The Kids Are All Right, along with a rare clunker and a sleeper that no fan of this actress should miss.

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10 Movie Musicals Pt. 2

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Jan 06, 2015


In part two of their Movie Musicals conversation, Leonard and Baron discuss three more interesting choices:  the Irish musical Once, with its Oscar-winning song, a historically bad sequel that shouldn’t have happened, and a student film from the creators of South Park that’s well worth seeking out.

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9 Movie Musicals Pt. 1

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Wed, Dec 31, 2014


Inspired by the year-end release of Annie & Into the Woods, Leonard and Baron discuss three movie musicals: the cult classic Hedwig and the Angry Inch, another film that made the transition from Broadway to the big screen in a most unfortunate way, and a sleeper about a singing group that is close to Baron’s heart. Tune in next week for part two!

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8 Food Movies

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Wed, Dec 24, 2014


In celebration of the New Year, Leonard and Baron tackle three enjoyable Food movies: the incredible animated Pixar film Ratatouille, a romantic comedy revolving around two chefs in New York, and a sweet movie about two Italian brothers who own a restaurant in the 1950s.

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7 Holiday Movies

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Dec 17, 2014


In the spirit of the holiday season, Leonard and Baron discuss three Holiday films: the classic Black and White film Miracle on 34th Street, a Christmas movie that doesn’t hit the bullseye, and a continental sleeper that you must put on your list. Along the way, they’ll spread some holiday cheer as they talk about other Christmas classics.

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6 Animated Features

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Dec 10, 2014


Triggered by the release of the new DreamWorks animated feature Penguins of Madagascar, this week Leonard and Baron discuss three other feature-length cartoons: a Disney classic that will make you cry, a big CGI movie that looks great but doesn’t do a good job of storytelling, and a unique, wonderfully wacky sleeper called A Town Called Panic.

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5 Sequels

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Dec 03, 2014


Inspired by the release of Horrible Bosses 2, Leonard and Baron return this week to talk about sequels: the good, the bad, and the ugly. They’ll explain why they don’t like the idea of sequels in general, before citing a notable exception, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. They also discuss a terrible sequel (complete with a bad subtitle), and a horror/slasher sequel that’s improbably good given its pedigree.

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4 Breakthrough Performances

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Nov 26, 2014


Inspired by Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, this week Leonard and Baron look back at the breakthrough performances of three remarkable actors: Jennifer Lawrence's performance in a stark film that is compelling to watch, a stellar career that had an interesting start on the big screen, and one film that made a star overnight. Along the way, they discuss the promised breakthroughs for actors that didn’t happen.

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3 Comedians Get Serious

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Tue, Nov 18, 2014


Inspired by Steve Carell in Foxcatcher, this week Leonard and Baron look at serious roles tackled by three other funnymen: a brilliant character that Robin Williams brought to life, Jim Carrey in a miscast dramatic lead, and a likable, believable turn by Will Ferrell. Their conversation takes in other examples of comedic talents who turned serious from time to time.

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2 Matthew McConaughey

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Wed, Nov 12, 2014


This week Leonard and Baron discuss the films of Matthew McConaughey. They’ll talk about the film that established him as a star, a romantic comedy dud, and the sleeper that paved the way for the McConaissance. Plus, they share their affection for one other unsung McConaughey movie.

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1 Biopics

hello@wolfpop.com (Earwolf and Leonard Maltin)Author: Earwolf and Leonard Maltin
Mon, Nov 03, 2014


Welcome to the first episode of Maltin On Movies with Baron Vaughn. This week Leonard and Baron will focus their conversation on one biopic that’s really good, one that isn’t, and one sleeper that you need to see. Plus, they figure out who they would cast in their respective Biopics.

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