If you want to fully experience the world's coolest pop culture events, you have to know The Rules. Entertainment correspondents and insiders Josh Horowitz & Ben Lyons are your eyes and ears at the 2020 Sundance Film festival with exclusive interviews, movie reviews, and all the fun and flavor you can usually only get with a VIP pass.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus plus Josh & Ben's Sundance Awards!
Sundance 2020 is history but first, Josh & Ben want to give their own awards to the best films and performances they saw in Park City this year. Plus Julia Louis-Dreyfus talks about her very Sundance-appropriate debut, the snow-set comedy "Downhill".
Carey Mulligan Plays a "Promising Young Woman" at Sundance
Both Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham have had memorable Sundance success stories in their past but now they can add the debut of "Promising Young Woman" to the list. Josh chats with both about their darkly comic film. Plus, Ben meets two of the upcoming stars of "Beast Beast".
Alison Brie Brings “Horse Girl” To Sundance
As much as Sundance is about discovery, it’s also a place for reinvention and evolution. That’s precisely how to describe what Alison Brie is up to by producing and co-writing her very personal new film, “Horse Girl”. Plus Alison discusses her upcoming holiday romantic comedy with Kristen Stewart! Finally, Josh catches up with one of his favorite actors making his Sundance debut, Ben Whishaw. They talk Ben’s new film “Surge”, plus what we can expect from Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film, “No Time To Die”.
Aubrey Plaza Returns & Joe Keery Makes His Sundance Debut
Aubrey Plaza & Sarah Gadot are Sundance veterans, but it’s safe to say they’ve never been in a film like “Black Bear”. The duo join Ben and Josh to discuss their meta black comedy and Aubrey’s plans to play Catwoman someday. Plus, Josh catches up with “Spree” star Joe Keery to talk “Stranger Things” and his budding friendship with Drake.
“Zola” Star Nicholas Braun Remembers Kobe Bryant
The news of the Kobe Bryant tragedy is touching us all, even in Park City. Josh and Ben reflect on Kobe's legacy and how his life and sensibilities were in keeping with the artistic community of Sundance. Plus Ben chats with Nicholas Braun about Kobe and the new film, "Zola"
Andy Samberg & Sienna Miller Return To Sundance
Sundance is all about variety and this episode of The Festival Rules definitely embodies that. We start with a hilarious conversation with the stars of "Palm Springs", Andy Samberg & Cristin Milioti (plus an awesomely unexpected moment with Robert Redford. Kinda.). Then Josh & especially Ben try to recover from an emotional screening of "Wander Darkly" to talk to the stars, Sienna Miller & Diego Luna, plus writer/director Tara Miele.
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I hope this pod jumps to other festivals
I LOVED THIS PODCAST!! I actually have had the privilege of going to Sundance once (2016) and it was the most magical long weekend of my adult life! I have missed it for the past few years for various reasons but this podcast brought back all the feels. The films that come out of the festival remain some of the most innovative and powerful works of art around. Thanks Josh and Ben for bringing this year’s festival directly to me and all the other listeners. I am looking forward to seeing several of the films you guys reviewed. Thanks also for repping the NRDC, which is one of my favorite organizations!
I loved this podcast so much. I arrived on the 4th Day of the fest but started listening before I came then listened to the rest of the episodes as I was here to stay in the loop. It is easy to get overwhelmed with so many great movies, actors and makers over ten days at Sundance —these conversations made me feel so connected to the films + filmmakers and helped me chose films to see that I might otherwise miss. (+ I met Josh on Main Street in between interviews.
Next stop? SXSW?
Josh Horowitz is my main man.
I am a die hard Happy, Sad, Confused fan. Hadn’t really known Ben before, love his enthusiasm and POV, might suggest that Ben listens more to the verbal cues that his interviewees give him, as I find he often talks over, changes the stream of consciousness before they get to make their point; talk less-listen more mantra.
These two together have a lot to offer. Kudos to the partnership.