14 episodes

Here it is folks, the podcast that was almost called "Bloodsport", for reasons that will become increasingly clear! Join us to talk film, TV, books, music, Adam Driver's hands, Lizzo, bad fashion choices, Timothee Chalamet ... all the stuff that's fit to ruin friendships over and much, much more.
We are Kylie Klein Nixon and Emily Brookes, a couple of Kiwi entertainment journalists, TV watchers, film lovers, pop corn eaters and fangirls, who dive, deep, deep, no deeper than that even, into the heady, intoxicating, slightly arousing world pop culture news with a half hour cast every Friday.

Off Script Kylie & Emily

    • TV & Film

Here it is folks, the podcast that was almost called "Bloodsport", for reasons that will become increasingly clear! Join us to talk film, TV, books, music, Adam Driver's hands, Lizzo, bad fashion choices, Timothee Chalamet ... all the stuff that's fit to ruin friendships over and much, much more.
We are Kylie Klein Nixon and Emily Brookes, a couple of Kiwi entertainment journalists, TV watchers, film lovers, pop corn eaters and fangirls, who dive, deep, deep, no deeper than that even, into the heady, intoxicating, slightly arousing world pop culture news with a half hour cast every Friday.

    Off Script Episode 13, or “Eleanor Roosevelt says you should listen.”

    Off Script Episode 13, or “Eleanor Roosevelt says you should listen.”

    In which Kylie Klein-Nixon and Emily Brookes discuss the Netflix series Hollywood and dig deep into the camp confection that is Ryan Murphy’s filmography.

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    Hollywood in the late 1940s: Glitz and glamour, big studios and tiny waists, beautiful women, handsome men - and racism, sexism, and homophobia in spades.

    That’s the basic gist of Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series Hollywood, an impeccably elegant period piece about a group of beautiful young aspiring actors and filmmakers in the post-war US who face all kinds of ingrained societal hurdles as they fight to realise their dreams.

    It’s Ryan Murphy, he of Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, Feud, Pose, The Politican and much more, so this show is as stylish as Timothee Chalamet (spoiler: he’s #1) and as camp as a rear field on the second day of Glastonbury.

    But is it any good?

    The answer to that question might depend on how high your threshold is for fix-it revisionist history in which spunk and gumption is enough to overcome biases so ingrained that they continue to make headlines today; ours, it turns out, is pretty low.

    Join Kylie and Emily for a romp through Ryan Murphy’s back catalogue, confessions about our teenage years and our thoughts on when Hollywood does Hollywood well, and when it doesn’t.

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    Hollywood is streaming in its entirety on Netflix, so go watch and tell us if we’re totally wrong.

    You Must Remember This is Karina Longworth’s glorious podcast about Hollywood’s forgotten history.

    Kenneth Anger’s controversial Hollywood Babylon covers some of the same ground as Hollywood, but in a very different way.

    Watch the Coen Brothers’ under-rated Hail Caesar and imagine Kylie tucked up next to a giant butt.


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    Episode 12, or “The podcast on the front lawn halfway down Dominion Rd”

    Episode 12, or “The podcast on the front lawn halfway down Dominion Rd”

    In which content-hungry fangirls Kylie Klein-Nixon and Emily Brookes discuss the almost entirely delightful covid-19 phenomenon of candid celebrity videos - not commissioned, not paid, not sponcon - just famous people being themselves and bringing a little joy to the world.

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    Have you ever imagined what it would be like if one of your favourite musicians played a private concert just for you? Or one of the best shows of all time reunited and sent you a special one-off episode? Or an actor you adore and no you don’t have daddy issues made you a negroni?

    Kylie and Emily don’t have to, because all of that and more has happened to them in the last few weeks!

    Of course, this stuff didn’t exactly happen only to us. Thousands tuned in to watch Don McGlashan play his two ANZAC Day gigs on Facebook Live, while Stanley Tucci’s video of himself making a cocktail (for, we admit, his wife) has clocked up over 800,000 views on Instagram, but there’s something about the intimacy of celebrities just doing something they love in their homes, and pinging it straight into our homes, that we really love.

    Florence Pugh cooks! The Goonies and Outrageous Fortune reunite! John Krasinski has an ugly globe! These guys are getting lockdown celebrity content so, so right and we’re here to talk about it.

    Not everyone is, though (ahem Gal Gadot ahem) - we’re talking about that too.

    Join us to find out which celebrity’s house we most want to move into, which celebrity’s family we most want to be adopted into, and which celebrity we deem “New Zealand’s favourite uncle.”

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    Don McGlashan - he of Blam Blam Blam The Front Lawn, The Mutton Birds, and our hearts - performed two Facebook Live concerts in honour of ANZAC Day. He played again today, and will performa agin on Sunday morning at 7am.

    Stanley Tucci wants to make you a negroni. 

    And, in her stories highlights, Florence Pugh wants to teach you how to cook some simple and tasty food.

    John Krasinski has some good news for you.

    Sam Neill is a national treasure. 

    And Dita von Teese has one hell of a house.

    Finally, if you really must… Here’s Gal Gadot and a bunch of other celebrities being totally tone-deaf, in every way imaginable.


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    • 32 min
    "Do you wanna build a podcast?"

    "Do you wanna build a podcast?"

    It was early in 2020, before the pandemic, back when life was less like an episode of The Walking Dead and more like, you know... Gossip Girl meets Shortland Street meets 30 Rock. A couple of Entertainment and lifestyle journalists hatched a plan... 


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    Episode 11, or “Shlubby Off Script is the best Off Script”

    Episode 11, or “Shlubby Off Script is the best Off Script”

    In which sci-fi fan Kylie Klein-Nixon and her somewhat willing protege Emily Brookes delight over Taika Waititi joining the Star Wars universe, talk about the high and low points of that and other franchises and - finally - rank the Chrises.

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    Can we make Taika Waititi New Zealander of the Year again? Fresh off winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Jojo Rabbit, and with his second Thor film in the works, it’s been announced that the Kiwi filmmaker will co-write and direct a Star Wars movie.

    There are already some who are grumbling about this decision, but Kylie and Emily are thrilled with it and think that particular Waititian blend of genre reverence, deadpan humour, self-referentialism and pathos might be exactly what this legendary, if not uneven, franchise needs.

    Of course you can’t talk about Taika Waititi in franchises without discussing Thor: Ragnorok. We chat about that, too, and the ups and downs of Star Wars, Avengers and Star Trek.

    All of which leads us to a frankly long-overdue Ranking of the Chrises (that’s Evans, Hemsworth, Pine, and Pratt, for those of you unfamiliar with the term), leading to some surprising conclusions.

    Plus, Kylie starts to ease Emily into Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming two-part adaptation of the classic novel (the first of which is due out in December), which Emily will have to watch as a Timothee Chalamet completist, even if she doesn’t consider herself a sci-fi fan.

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    Folks are super excited about Waititi’s turn at the Star wars helm. Check out this killer Māori/lightsaber make-up look. 

    Waititi isn’t the first Māori filmmaker to make his mark on the Star Wars Universe. That honour goes to Temuera Morrison for his turn as Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. 

    Tem also performed the voice of Boba Fett in the zhooshed up 90s re-release of The Empire Strikes Back, a role it was announced on Saturday he’ll be reprising in Kylie’s favourite Star Wars instalment to date - The Mandalorian. This Is The Way!

    What We Do in the Shadows is currently in its second season. It airs on FX and Hulu in the US and Neon in New Zealand, and is probably available where you live. 

    Here’s the incomparable David Mitchell and Robert Webb asking: “Are we the bad guys?” 

    Murray and Bret are not happy about Jemaine dating and Australian girl in Flight of the Conchords.

    As Kylie points out, it will probably be a while before we have a Dune trailer, but Vanity Fair has released the first stills and they are fittingly epic. 


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    • 38 min
    Episode 10 or, "When IS it OK to blow up a head?"

    Episode 10 or, "When IS it OK to blow up a head?"

    In which former teenage social outcasts Kylie Klein-Nixon and Emily Brookes debut their new, snappier, single-topic (with lots of tangents) podding style with a discussion of Netflix’s new dramedy about teenage social outcasts, I Am Not Okay With This.

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    If you took all of our favourite teen-focused films and TV shows - your Buffys, your Freaks and Geeks, Stranger Things, the entire John Hughes canon, what have you - and put them in a venn diagram, the point where they converge would be the Netflix series I Am Not Okay With This, a seven-parter (Emily thinks that’s too short) about a 17-year-old girl dealing with high school, her annoying next-door neighbour, her father’s suicide and, oh, the fact that she has incredibly destructive and largely uncontrollable superpowers.

    Telekinesis as a metaphor for the trials of puberty and emergent sexuality are nothing new, but with a top-notch cast (including teenagers played by, shock horror, actual teenagers), a snappy, snarky script and pop culture references that are plentiful and prominent, this is a hard one not to like.

    But it saves a lot of big revelations (as well as a Roxy Music prom dance and a lengthy Carrie homage) for the final episode, which ends on the sharpest of cliffhangers. The graphic novel on which it’s based and which Kylie has read is a standalone, so where does the show go from here?

    Tune find out what we think about this, why 16 Candles is the worst John Hughes movie, how far and for what reasons we stuck with The Handmaid’s Tale, our views on The CW’s teen soaps, and which friend Emily is going to have to abandon for alerting her to that  Timothee Chalamet photo.

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    I Am Not Okay With This is streaming in its entirety on Netflix now. Here’s the trailer.

    Is this enough to redeem 16 Candles? You decide. 

    This song was probably not played at your school ball, but how much do you wish it was? 

    Here's the best song in the show... the one we forgot to talk about...


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    • 35 min
    Episode 9, or "Pod casts never say die."

    Episode 9, or "Pod casts never say die."

    In which lifelong fangirls Kylie Klein-Nixon and Emily Brookes discuss the films, music and books that set them on the path to becoming the trivia-loving, Vulture-reading, pop culture-podding, unfit-for-outside-company obsessives they are today.

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    We have dug deep and uncovered our pop culture roots. They are in the 1980s.

    This week, we go back to where it all began: our very first pop culture loves, the films, the music and the books that they would like to pass on to the next generation.

    Turns out the 80s were a formative decade for us. You’ve already heard us fangirl out over Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (or if you haven’t, you can, by clicking on episode 3); today we’re all about The Goonies. And Back to the Future. And The Lost Boys. Oh, The Lost Boys...

    Obviously, the 80s were good for music too. Well, so were the 60s. And - sort of - the 90s. Kylie goes full new wave, Emily goes full folk, with a little meander through angsty girl alt-rock, and tries to convince Kylie that good music has been produced since 1989.

    You’ve probably never heard of our book choices. We’ve never heard of each other’s, anyway. They’re obscure, they’re out of print, and they made such a big impression on us, we’re still talking about them today.

    EPISODE NOTES

    If First Aid Kit covering America IN FRONT OF PAUL SIMON doesn’t move you to tears, check your pulse.

    Robert Zemeckis shot five weeks of Back to the Future with Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly - that’s a lot of footage, and you see some of it, and hear Zemeckis talk about why they recast, in this clip.

    The Lost Boys truly is everything that’s great about 80s movies, vampire movies, Kiefer Sutherland and pop culture in general - I mean Cory Feldman’s line delivery on “Or a vampire,” I can’t even.

    And we called this one... The Lost Boys' epic beach sax scene is now the stuff of internet legend.

    And speaking of sax on the beach, Here’s Duran Duran’s Union of the Snake with its glorious soprano sax solo.

    The Juniper Game is, tragically, out of print, but some wonderful fan has done the Lord’s work and TYPED OUT THE ENTIRE NOVEL for your reading pleasure.

    The Silver Metal Lover is still in print, a it's its sequel Metallic Love, check them out on Amazon. 

    The Goonies: so problematic, yet so great.


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