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Truth vs Hollywood is a critical look at the real story behind popular films that are Based on a True Story. From the tragedy of Munich to the fun of Goodfellas, our film-loving hosts David Chen and Joanna Robinson will explore the films as well as What Really Happened. Aided by interviews with writers, journalists, and the people who were really there. In exploring the true story and how it was portrayed in the film, Truth vs Hollywood examines the larger theme of film vs real life.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.6, 248 Ratings

Truth vs Hollywood is a critical look at the real story behind popular films that are Based on a True Story. From the tragedy of Munich to the fun of Goodfellas, our film-loving hosts David Chen and Joanna Robinson will explore the films as well as What Really Happened. Aided by interviews with writers, journalists, and the people who were really there. In exploring the true story and how it was portrayed in the film, Truth vs Hollywood examines the larger theme of film vs real life.

    4: The Social Network, Part 2

    4: The Social Network, Part 2

    The second half of The Social Network has a lot of surprises, including lighting scarves on fire, the strange depiction of a Napster co-founder, and cannibal chickens. Plus a look at where Facebook went between the film and now - it's social media for your parents to post weird things on.

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Under Suspicion," by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) ; and “Thinking Music,” “Beauty Flow,” and "Concentration," by Kevin MacLeod. (https://incompetech.com/)

    Sound effects from freesound.org (http://freesound.org/) by qubodup (https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/182109/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

    • 53 min
    3: The Social Network, Part 1

    3: The Social Network, Part 1

    Dave and Joanna talk about The Social Network, with its jarring Aaron Sorkin dialogue known for being clever but inaccruate. We'll hear from journalsits who have a softer take on Zuckerberg's motivations, a harsher take on how important the Winkelvoss twins actually were, and hear about Facebook's OTHER founders. Also, are there any women in this movie at all? 

    This episode is sponsored by:

    The Great Courses Plus (https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/tvh)

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Deliberate Thoughs,” “Thinking Music,” and “Beauty Flow,” by Kevin MacLeod. (https://incompetech.com/)

    Sound effects from freesound.org (http://freesound.org/) by qubodup (https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/182109/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

    • 54 min
    2: Goodfellas, Part 2

    2: Goodfellas, Part 2

    Hit jobs, heists, and strange music choices galore! In this second part of the Goodfellas discussion, David Chen and Joanna Robison talk about the film’s time trip through fashion, the best trip to prison ever, and we hear what happened to the real Henry Hill after the film ends.  

    This episode is sponsored by:

    The Great Courses Plus (https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/tvh)

    Care/Of (https://takecareof.com/) (Code: TVH50)

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Thoughtful,” and “I Bet You Wonder Why” by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) ;  “Distilled” and “Escapade” by Nctrnm (https://soundcloud.com/nctrnlmusic) ; and “Chronicle” by Scott Buckley  (https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/)

    Sound effects from freesound.org (http://freesound.org/) by qubodup (https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/182109/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)  

    • 59 min
    1: Goodfellas, Part 1

    1: Goodfellas, Part 1

    Welcome to Truth vs Hollywood! In the inaugural episode, David Chen and Joanna Robison start a deep dive into Scorsese's Goodfellas, based on the life of gangster Henry Hill. Hear from experts about the cut heist scenes, real-life Karen's background, and the accuracy of Joe Pesci's portrayal of Tommy De Simone. 
    This episode is sponsored by:
    The Great Courses Plus (https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/tvh)
    Mint Mobile (https://www.mintmobile.com/tvh)
    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Thoughtful,” and “I Bet You Wonder Why,” by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) ; and “Escapade” by Nctrnm (https://soundcloud.com/nctrnlmusic) .
    Sound effects from freesound.org (http://freesound.org/) by qubodup (https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/182109/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)  

    • 46 min
    1: Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

    1: Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

    David Chen and Joanna Robinson are the hosts of brand new show Truth vs Hollywood. Launching June 12th, Truth vs Hollywood will take a critical look at the real story behind popular films that are Based on a True Story. From the tragedy of Munich to the fun of Goodfellas, our film-loving hosts will explore the films as well as What Really Happened. Aided by interviews with writers, journalists, and the people who were really there. In exploring the true story and how it was portrayed in the film, Truth vs Hollywood examines the larger theme of film vs real life.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 Ratings

abbykathryna ,

Dave & Joanna deliver again (& always)

I don’t think there is any podcast these two do that I wouldn’t listen to? They are smart, genuine, and always bring something thoughtful to the table. Many pop culture podcasts are, I feel, mostly an excuse for the hosts to hear themselves talk, but Dave and Joanna really bring a level of intellect to their subjects. In the land of fake news, they are two sources I trust to be thorough and well researched, which is, of course, the heart of this podcast. Keep it up, y’all, you are getting me through quarantine!

Inglefinger ,

Overall good but...

I am digging this podcast & how it pulls from multiple sources to compare fact vs dramatization. By & large it’s well put together. My only note is from a technical/editing standpoint. It seems a lot of journalists they interview speak at a different (often quieter) volume than the hosts so listening to this while driving makes it a bit of a chore. Adding to the impact is the gratuitous (dare I say excessive) use of the projector reel/cue mark sound effect used nearly every time they cut to a guest. It’s ok to just introduce the clip & not rely on a sound cue every time. This goes from gimmicky to annoying very quickly. Other than that, great podcast & looking forward to more.

Pwalt89 ,

Two great subjects!

Love that this show combines cinema and history!! Will be listening every week!

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