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Welcome to ReelBlend! Join Managing Director Sean O'Connell (CinemaBlend) and Entertainment Reporters Kevin McCarthy (Fox 5 Washington DC) and Jake Hamilton (Fox 32 News Chicago) as they discuss the latest news, rumors, and movies to hit the big screen. Every week we'll bring you movie reviews, inside looks at the news of the week, stories from the set, and interviews with your favorite filmmakers. Enjoy!
M. Night Shyamalan Talks 'Old' And Career
Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan joins the show to talk bout his new film Old hitting theaters this week. We discuss his incredible camera work, how he chooses an aspect ratio for any given film, casting and working with actors, the moment from his childhood which seemingly sent him down the path of making thrillers and so much more. What an honor! We also discuss Black Widow dropping a considerable amount in its second week at the box office. The trailer for Ridley Scott’s new film The Last Duel just dropped, as well as the trailer for Jackass Forever. This week’s BlendGame has us chatting about our favorite food-centric scenes in movies. Next week, we are looking at our favorite movies/performances from The Rock with #DwayneJohnsonBlend. Send in your pick on Twitter to play along! This Week In Movies (err…some TV too)- Ted Lasso: Season 2 (Apple TV+)- Joe Bell - Snake Eyes- OldReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at cinemablend.com/reelblendpremiumReelBlend on YouTubeBe sure to subscribe to ReelBlend on YouTube (YouTube.com/ReelBlendPodcast) for full episodes of the show in video form. Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnell Jake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacsReelBlend MerchWe have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. (cinemablend.com/shop)Timestamps (approx. only)4:34 - Weekly Poll10:34 - M. Night Shyamalan Interview33:56 - Black Widow Box Office Drop58:33 - The Last Duel Trailer1:05:18 - Jackass 4 Trailer 1:09:41 - Ted Lasso: Season 21:12:59 - Joe Bell Review1:19:08 - Snake Eyes Review1:22:58 - Old Review1:30:33 - Our Favorite Food ScenesSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reelblend/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jul 22
1 hr 49 min
'Space Jam 2' Review & Director Adam Robitel Talks 'Escape Room' Sequel
Director Adam Robitel joins the show to discuss his new horror sequel Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. He touches on the resurgence of genre films, his approach to a sequel, his upcoming series with Darren Aronofsky and more. We have’t yet had the chance to chat about Marvel’s return to the big screen on the show. So this week we spend some time breaking down Black Widow’s triumphant box office performance, the potential lasting effects of its success on Disney+ and of course review Scarlett Johansson’s final adventure in the MCU. The world lost a true icon of filmmaking with the passing of Richard Donner. This week, we pivot our BlendGame to #RichardDonnerBlend in order to reflect on his work and celebrate his astonishing accomplishments in the craft. More info on the OUATIH Giveaway: https://bit.ly/QTxRBgiveawayThis Week In MoviesPigDie in a GunfightGunpowder MilkshakeEscape Room: Tournament of ChampionsSpace Jam: A New LegacyReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at bit.ly/reelblendpremium.ReelBlend on YouTubeBe sure to subscribe to ReelBlend on YouTube (YouTube.com/ReelBlendPodcast) for full episodes of the show in video form. Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnell Jake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacsReelBlend MerchWe have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. (cinemablend.com/shop)Timestamps (approx. only)5:20 - Weekly Poll9:22 - Adam Robitel Interview36:56 - Black Widow Box Office51:12 - Black Widow Spoiler Free Review58:49 - Black Widow Spoilers1:17:21 - This Week In Movies1:19:05 - Gunpowder Milkshake Review1:25:14 - Escape Room: Tournament of Champions Review1:26:57 - Space Jam: A New Legacy Review1:35:07 - Favorite Richard Donner Movies1:50:02 - OutroSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reelblend/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jul 14
1 hr 54 min
Quentin Tarantino Vol. 3: Live At The New Beverly Cinema
The legend Quentin Tarantino returns. This time, we sat down with the filmmaker at the launch of his novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in front of a wonderful crowd at The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. We discuss moments and scenes in the book which were excluded from the film, why he gives us more details on Cliff Booth’s ambiguous past, some of Uma Thurman’s reservations on her iconic Kill Bill tracksuit, his 10th and final film and more. ReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at bit.ly/reelblendpremium.ReelBlend on YouTubeBe sure to subscribe to ReelBlend on YouTube (YouTube.com/ReelBlendPodcast) for full episodes of the show in video form. Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnell Jake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacsReelBlend MerchWe have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. (cinemablend.com/shop)Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reelblend/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jul 6
1 hr 44 min
Josh Lucas Talks ‘The Forever Purge,' James Mangold & More
Josh Lucas stars in the new Purge installment, The Forever Purge, from director Everardo Gout, and he joins the show for an incredible discussion on making the film. Not only that, but we cover some moments throughout his decade-spanning career, the directors and cinematographers he’s chased after, the few he has left on his list, and a great story about turning down Martin Scorsese. ReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at bit.ly/reelblendpremium.ReelBlend on YouTubeBe sure to subscribe to ReelBlend on YouTube (YouTube.com/ReelBlendPodcast) for full episodes of the show in video form. Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnell Jake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacsReelBlend MerchWe have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. (cinemablend.com/shop)Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reelblend/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jul 2
46 min
'The Tomorrow War' Director Chris McKay Talks Chris Pratt, Nightwing Movie
Chris McKay, director of The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski and J.K. Simmons, joins the show. We discuss working with a mega-star like Chris Pratt, working with practical effects on such a massive scale, and if his Nightwing movie will ever see the light of day. This week is packed with the releases so get right into our reviews of some of the major films hit theaters and streaming services. This includes Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move, Janicza Bravo’s Zola, The Forever Purge starring Josh Lucas (who will be joining the show later this week) and more. In honor of Soderbergh’s latest film, we take a look back at his career to determine which of his works is our absolute favorite in #StevenSoderberghBlend. You can play along with next week’s BlendGame using #FoodSceneBlend to let us know which scene in movie history that is primarily focused on cuisine is you favorite. ReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at bit.ly/reelblendpremium.ReelBlend on YouTubeBe sure to subscribe to ReelBlend on YouTube (YouTube.com/ReelBlendPodcast) for full episodes of the show in video form. Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnell Jake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacsReelBlend MerchWe have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. (cinemablend.com/shop)Timestamps (approx. only)2:54 - Weekly Poll8:07 - Chris McKay Interview22:50 - This Week In Movies24:52 - The Forever Purge Review30:52 - The Tomorrow War Review36:02 - No Sudden Move Review43:45 - Zola Review48:05 - Favorite Steven Soderbergh Movies1:03:19 - OutroSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reelblend/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jul 1
1 hr 4 min
'Zola' Director Janicza Bravo Talks Adapting A Viral Twitter Story
Director Janicza Bravo joins us for a great chat about the making of her new film Zola, starring Taylour Paige, Riley Keough and Colman Domingo. The film is based on viral Twitter thread chronicling a stripper named Zola’s truly wild journey on a road trip to Florida. ReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at bit.ly/reelblendpremium.ReelBlend on YouTubeBe sure to subscribe to ReelBlend on YouTube (YouTube.com/ReelBlendPodcast) for full episodes of the show in video form. Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnell Jake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacsReelBlend MerchWe have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. (cinemablend.com/shop)Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reelblend/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jun 25
28 min
Steven Soderbergh Talks 'No Sudden Move,' 'Ocean's Eleven' & More
Steven Soderbergh, the legend himself, joins the show to discuss his new film No Sudden Move, starring Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Hamm. We cover moments from across his filmography, from Sex, Lies and Videotape to Ocean’s Eleven to Contagion. F9: The Fast Saga hits theaters in the US this weekend, and our opinions couldn’t be differ any more. Let us know on social what you thought of the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise. In other news for the week, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment signed a deal with Netflix that put folks in a stir. Is this a major shift in the director’s recent comments towards the streamer? Will he direct a film for Netflix in the near future? We discuss. This week’s BlendGame looks at the incredible cinematography from Rachel Morrison. Next week, we’re looking at Steven Soderbergh’s filmography to decide which of his films is our absolute favorite. Play along on Twitter using #StevenSoderberghBlendThis Week In Movies- The Ice Road (Netflix)- False Positive (Hulu)- F9: The Fast Saga ReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at bit.ly/reelblendpremium.ReelBlend on YouTubeBe sure to subscribe to ReelBlend on YouTube (YouTube.com/ReelBlendPodcast) for full episodes of the show in video form. Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnell Jake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacsReelBlend MerchWe have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. (cinemablend.com/shop)Timestamps (approx. only)4:32 - Weekly Poll6:57 - Steven Soderbergh Interview59:18 - Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners w. Netflix1:05:21 - The Suicide Squad Trailer 1:15:51 - This Week In Movies1:20:45 - F9: The Fast Saga Review1:46:05 - Favorite Rachel Morrison Movies1:51:00 - OutroSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reelblend/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jun 23
1 hr 52 min
'F9' Director Justin Lin Dives Deep Into His 'Fast And Furious' History
Director Justin Lin joins the show to discuss F9: The Fast Saga, the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise, starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the rest of the fam. He discusses opening the film with a vintage Universal Pictures logo, shooting on film, weighing practical effects with visual effects and more. This week, we also review Disney Pixar’s Luca, Netflix’s Fatherhood (starring Kevin Hart), and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek). John M. Chu’s In the Heights failed to meet expectations a the box office its opening weekend. We discuss why that might be, and the future of HBO Max’s release strategy. This Week In Movie- The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard- Luca- FatherhoodReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at bit.ly/reelblendpremium.ReelBlend on YouTubeBe sure to subscribe to ReelBlend on YouTube (YouTube.com/ReelBlendPodcast) for full episodes of the show in video form. Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnell Jake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacsReelBlend MerchWe have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. (cinemablend.com/shop)Timestamps (approx. only)3:25 - Weekly Poll6:48 - Bo Burnham’s Inside15:58 - Justin Lin Interview39:11 - In the Heights Box Office54:43 - Tick, Tick…Boom! Trailer 1:13:44 - Favorite Ian McKellen Movies1:31:05 - OutroSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reelblend/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jun 16
1 hr 32 min
Marvel's 'Loki' Premiere & 'In the Heights' Review
We were able to screen the first two episodes of Marvel’s new Disney+ series Loki starring Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson. We give our spoiler-free takes on the series so far, and it’s shaping up to be the best Marvel series to date. Jake was able to screen Jon M Chu’s In the Heights before it hits theaters this week, and gives us his thoughts on the hotly anticipated musical from the mind of Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. This Week In Movies- Loki (Disney+)- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway- In the Heights (Theaters, HBO Max)ReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at bit.ly/reelblendpremium.ReelBlend on YouTubeBe sure to subscribe to ReelBlend on YouTube (YouTube.com/ReelBlendPodcast) for full episodes of the show in video form. Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnell Jake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacsReelBlend MerchWe have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. (cinemablend.com/shop)Timestamps (approx. only)2:55 - Weekly Poll11:20 - Box Office Return Continues21:58 - Loki Episodes 1 & 232:30 - In the Heights Review39:56 - Our Favorite Elliot Page Movies50:56 - OutroSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reelblend/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jun 8
52 min
‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ Director Michael Chaves Guests
The Conjuring franchise’s 8th installment, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) hits theaters and HBO Max this week, and director Michael Chaves took time to sit down and discuss his process in taking over the core of the franchise from James Wan. We also discuss the triumphant return of the movies with A Quiet Place Part II’s massive opening weekend, AMC’s potential acquisition of ArcLight Cinemas and more. This week’s BlendGame celebrates the Summer season with our favorite films which evoke Summer. Next week, we’re taking a look at the career of Elliot Page, and debated which of their performances is our absolute favorite. Play along on Twitter by sending in your pick using #ElliotPageBlend. This Week In Movies- Samaritan- Spirit Untamed- The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at bit.ly/reelblendpremium.ReelBlend on YouTubeBe sure to subscribe to ReelBlend on YouTube (YouTube.com/ReelBlendPodcast) for full episodes of the show in video form. Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnell Jake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacsReelBlend MerchWe have all kinds of fun merch for dedicated Blenders to flaunt their fandom with pride. (cinemablend.com/shop)Timestamps (approx. only)5:00 - Weekly Poll6:39 - Michael Chaves Interview28:54 - Box Office Roundup42:14 - A Quiet Place Part II Refresh Review52:14 - CinemaCon Returns 55:55 - AMC Acquiring ArcLight Cinemas?1:04: 57 - This Week In Movies1:17:52 - Our Favorite Summer Movies1:28:45 - OutroSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reelblend/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jun 2
1 hr 31 min
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