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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!

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    • 4.8 • 256 Ratings

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!

    Tom & Jerry's Tim Story, Spider-Man Film Titles, And More

    Tom & Jerry's Tim Story, Spider-Man Film Titles, And More

    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 Hannah Barbera archives and we even get to his take on one of his Fantastic 4 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

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    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

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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Tenet's Composer Talks Christopher Nolan, Black Panther and The Mandalorian

    Tenet's Composer Talks Christopher Nolan, Black Panther and The Mandalorian

    Composer Ludwig Göransson has worked on some incredible properties such as Black Panther at Marvel, The Mandalorian for LucasFilm and now Tenet with Christopher Nolan. He joins the show this week to discuss his work with Nolan, the process behind designing the score for the film and even how his music was able to influence how the film was actually shot. He also describes meeting Ryan Cooler in film school, their early student projects together, and their breakout feature Fruitvale Station.

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    • 35 min
    Cathy Yan Talks Dead Pigs, MUBI and More

    Cathy Yan Talks Dead Pigs, MUBI and More

    Director Cathy Yan joins ReelBlend once again to discuss her debut film Dead Pigs. The film has had an interesting journey as it was originally completed, and ran the festival circuit before Cathy landed Birds of Prey. That said, the film is finally available for audiences to enjoy on the MUBI streaming service.

    You may have heard of the streamer most recently when Martin Scorsese called them out alongside The Criterion Channel as rare examples of platforms which actually curate their film selections versus an algorithmically-generated set of recommendations. Cathy provided her own perspective on the MUBI service and the concept of human curation in film. We also touch on her experience as a journalist before directing, and how that informs her storytelling. We ask about some visual choices in the film, including wider shots and the creative use of subtitles, and how they leant themselves to the story.

    She is a fantastic return guest, and if you missed our first discussion with her on Birds of Prey, you can check that out here: https://youtu.be/npWQeKIH56Q

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    • 24 min
    Barb And Star Spoiler Conversation With The Comedy's Director Josh Greenbaum

    Barb And Star Spoiler Conversation With The Comedy's Director Josh Greenbaum

    Director Josh Greenbaum joins the show to discuss Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (starring Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan). He gets into the pure absurdity that guided the comedy of the film, Kristen Wiig's unbelievable duel performance, Jamie Dornan's amazing comedic turn and more.

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    • 32 min
    Golden Globes Analysis And The Mauritanian Director Kevin Macdonald

    Golden Globes Analysis And The Mauritanian Director Kevin Macdonald

    Director Kevin Macdonald joins the show to discuss his new film The Mauritanian starring Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tahar Rahim. He shares some incite on the process of adapting Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s harrowing story of his imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay.

    The Critcs’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes have released their lists of nominees. We dive into some of the surprises and stubs, and larger picture for where the race to the Oscars stands. Stick around to hear our predictions for Oscar nominations as of February 10th.

    This week’s BlendGame focuses on our favorites from one of the all-time greats, Morgan Freeman. Next week, we’ll be celebrating the work from Academy Award winner Halle Berry. Use #HalleBerryBlend on Twitter to let us know your favorite performance of hers!

    This Week In Movies
    - Fear of Rain

    - Music

    - To All the Boys: Always and Forever

    - French Exit

    - Minari

    - Judas and the Black Messiah

    - Land

    - The Mauritanian

    - Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

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    Timestamps (approx. only)
    4:06 - Remembering Christopher Plummer
    8:18 - Kevin Macdonald Interview
    36:24 - Weekly Poll
    37:01 - Golden Globes & Critics’ Choice Awards
    54:33 - Oscar Predictions
    1:14:53 - This Week In Movies
    1:29:51 - Favorite Morgan Freeman
    1:39:10 - Outro/Review

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    • 1 hr 41 min
    John David Washington Talks Netflix's Malcolm & Marie, Tenet

    John David Washington Talks Netflix's Malcolm & Marie, Tenet

    John David Washington is climbing his way to becoming one of Hollywoods best with yet another tremendous performance alongside Zendaya in his latest, Malcolm & Marie, which hits Netflix this week. He was so much fun to chat with, and brought along an infectious energy that proved to be a testament to the level of passion and excitement he brings to his work. He is a true cinema nerd, cluing us into his process with directors like Spike Lee and Christopher Nolan, behind-the-scenes details from Tenet and so much more. Stick around for our full reviews of Malcolm & Marie later in the episode.

    Also this week, John M. Chu has been tapped to direct the long-anticipated film adaptation of Wicked. Zack Snyder dropped some Joker teases for Justice League. We chat about WandaVision’s bombshell Episode 4 (check timestamps below to skip spoilers).

    This week’s BlendGame honors the legendary composer Terence Blanchard. Next week, we’re tackling the long and storied career of Morgan freakin’ Freeman. Send in your favorite Morgan Freeman performance on Twitter using #MorganFreemanBlend.

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    Timestamps (approx. only)
    2:13 - Weekly Poll
    4:41 - John David Washington Interview
    29:52 - John M. Chu Directing Wicked
    35:28 - Zack Snyder’s Joker Tease
    43:50 - WandaVision Ep. 4
    54:01 - This Week In Movies
    1:08:08 - Terrence Blanchard Favorites
    1:15:21 - Outro

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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
256 Ratings

256 Ratings

TheTruebroadwayboy ,

Incredible podcast! 👌🏼🎞

This podcast is such a fun ride that you will not ever want to get off. I had been familiar with
Jake/ Kevin from their YouTube interviews for years and literally stumbled on this podcast a couple of months ago and binged my way through the show! I’m so glad I did cause I love the guys commentary, interviews, and behind the scenes look at the industry.

I was recently very fortunate to interview Sean for my podcast and he was such a delight and I felt incredibly blessed to have him on my show to represent Reel Blend.

Seriously, if you love film or just the entertainment industry you will love this podcast and make it part of your weekly routine! Thank you Sean, Jake, Kevin, & Gabe for all of the joy you bring to our lives! 😊

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I found this podcast because of the brilliant Patty Jenkins interview and instantly became a fan. You guys really appreciate film and have great views on topics that I don’t hear a lot of people commenting on. I’m super excited to listen to upcoming episodes.

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