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Musicians Talking Movies. Hosted by longtime journalist Ryan J. Downey (MTV News, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter.)

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Musicians Talking Movies. Hosted by longtime journalist Ryan J. Downey (MTV News, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter.)

    HALLOWEEN (1978) with Twiztid

    HALLOWEEN (1978) with Twiztid

    TWIZTID joins Ryan J. Downey to talk HALLOWEEN (1978), directed by John Carpenter, written by Carpenter and Debra Hill, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Visit PopCurse.com and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.


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    • 43 min
    ROBOCOP (1987) with Blöthar the Berserker

    ROBOCOP (1987) with Blöthar the Berserker

    GWAR frontman Blöthar the Berserker joins Ryan J. Downey to talk ROBOCOP (1987), directed by Paul Verhoeven, written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, and starring Peter Weller. Visit PopCurse.com and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. 




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    • 32 min
    THE SHINING (1980) with Spencer Charnas

    THE SHINING (1980) with Spencer Charnas

    ICE NINE KILLS frontman Spencer Charnas  joins Ryan J. Downey to talk The Shining (1980), directed by Stanley Kubrick, from a screenplay by Kubrick and Diane Johnson, adapted from the Stephen King story of the same name. The Shining stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers. Visit PopCurse.com and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    May The Fourth

    May The Fourth

    Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy, SECT, The Damned Things) joins Ryan J. Downey (MTV, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard) for a new "show-within-a-show" where the two of them turn their ongoing conversation about STAR WARS into a podcast. In this kickoff, the duo talk about their lifelong relationship to the galaxy far, far away; the May the 4th news about Taika Waititi and the films and Disney+ shows in development; and set the stage for many of the conversations to come, from deep dives into Star Wars history to personal anecdotes, and much more. 

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does Whatever Sony Says He Can...

    Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does Whatever Sony Says He Can...

    How did Marvel lose the rights to Spider-Man? Why is it so complicated? 

    Downey breaks it all down, in simple terms, with a look back at the history of the wall-crawler on the big screen. 

    This includes near-misses that would've starred Tom Cruise, Charlie Sheen, or Leonardo DiCaprio as Peter Parker; Arnold Schwarzenegger as Doc Ock; the time Jake Gyllenhaal nearly replaced Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2; Sam Raimi's scrapped plans for Spider-Man 4; and more. 

    Give this episode a listen and you'll be able to spin a web to your friends about why Tom Holland may never swing alongside the Avengers again. 

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    Check out other PopCurse network podcasts: Hoosier Illusion, No Prize From God, and Speak N' Destroy.


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    MCU Rewatch Kickoff

    MCU Rewatch Kickoff

    PopCurse Lives! Is it a reboot? A sequel? 

    Ryan J. Downey is joined by his old friend and Hoosier Illusion (part of the PopCurse podcast shared universe) cohost Neal Taflinger to lay the groundwork for what's sure to be a fun and informative rewatch of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

    As we breathlessly follow the news about Black Widow, Doctor Strange Into the Multiverse of Madness, the Disney+ TV shows and all of the rest, we're taking a detailed look back at the first ten years of the MCU: the films, the TV shows (RIP, MCU adjacent Netflix shows), the struggles to get each hero onto the screen; the false starts and almost-casting or almost-directors; the various rights issues that kept Spider-Man away from the MCU (then in it and then apparently back out of it again) and more.  

    Whether you're knee-deep in MCU lore, an old school comics canon connoisseur, or a casual fan, we promise this will work for you. We'll have guests, extra insights, and even some news along the way. Let's go! 

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    Check out other PopCurse network podcasts: Hoosier Illusion, No Prize From God, and Speak N' Destroy.


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    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Jeanette_Jordan ,

Amazing podcast!

Love, love, love this! It's usually hard for me to stay interested in podcasts but that is not the case with Pop Curse! The Robert Englund episode is my favorite - I've listened to it multiple times. My teenage son loves it too as he is a huge Nightmare on Elm Street fan. Such great content! Can't wait for more episodes!

Creepshows ,

Downey is the master!

It's always so refreshing to hear Ryan Downey talk to these icons. His wealth of pop culture knowledge always surprises me. There's never a dull moment. His chemistry with the interviewee is perfect. And he always has a fresh take on the subject matter, even if say, the topic they may be discussing is 30+ years old. (Thank you, for digging up Elm St. stories I've never heard from Robert Englund!)

NatalieN152294 ,

Stop and listen

This is my first podcast I started listening to. It captured me right away. It's quickly becoming my new thing to do in the morning! Do yourself a favor and subscribe!!

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