The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between.
Here's the Latest Episode from The Press Box – The Ringer:
The importance (or lack thereof) of polling (02:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:00), the USWNT's World Cup win (18:15), Trump’s Fourth of July parade (33:15) and feud with Fox News (40:00), and the end of Mad magazine (44:45).
Host: David Shoemaker
Guest: Justin Charity
A new accusation of rape against the president (03:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (15:00), Tucker Carlson may have saved us from a war with Iran (17:00), the difficulties in covering sports in NY (30:45), the reviews for David Mamet’s new play, 'Bitter Wheat' (44:00), and more.
Host: Bryan Curtis
Guest: Justin Verrier
Trouble at The Atlantic (03:00), Joe Biden and the art of the campaign flip-flop (21:30), Pablo Torre and Bomani Jones on Jalen Rose’s New Yorker interview (31:00), and Alyssa Bereznak on Steven Crowder and the policies that govern YouTube (37:45).
Guest: Alyssa Bereznak
Prom season is upon us. Tea Time looks back on their favorite celebrity prom appearances (1:17). Time's favorite vegan couple may or may not be engaged (14:12). Miley Cyrus is coming out with a new album and seems to be reinventing herself once again (17:37), and we try to understand the "Cliff Wife" meme (31:44).
The trailer for 'Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood' premiered this week and we're even more hyped than we were before (1:16). Apparently if you're Lil Nas X you can send Maseratis via Postmates (8:16). Katherine Schwarzenegger is getting into podcasting (20:55), and how deep does Ben Affleck's allegiance to Dunkin' Donuts go (44:31)?
'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum' is out this weekend and it looks like it's going to be the summer of Keanu Reeves (4:29). Congratulations are in order for the 'Arthur' character Mr. Ratburn (13:56). 'Tea Time' tries to understand the James Charles and Tati Westbrook feud (19:43), and discusses starting an Emmy campaign for Miley Cyrus (27:31).
‘Fresh off the Boat’ star Constance Wu sent some angry tweets after learning the show was being renewed for a fifth season (1:00) then turned around to deny that’s what she was upset about (13:08). Ahead of her new album, Taylor Swift is back in the public eye (22:09) and it seems like she hasn’t changed much (31:20).
The first Monday in May came and went; we go over best dressed, worst dressed, and iconic after-party moments (1:19). Tea Time–approved movies to watch with your mom this Mother's Day (18:50). It turns out Taylor Swift shares the same pop culture interests as a lot of people on Twitter (26:30), and who wakes up and eats salad for breakfast (30:30)?
Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the South African track star Caster Semenya could not compete in certain races due to her naturally occurring high levels of testosterone (1:36). We talk about what that ruling means and how it will affect the relationship between gender and competitive sports (15:23).
Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
The “sweeping changes” to CBS’s news lineup and what it means for other network news institutions (03:00), the legacy of ESPN the Magazine (20:30), and Elizabeth Warren’s rise in the latest polls plus her game plan of pumping out policy ideas and dad jokes (37:45).
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner had a Vegas wedding after the BBMAs, complete with an Elvis impersonator officiating (1:18). We preview the 2019 Met Gala and try to guess real past themes from fake past themes (9:54). Also, Kylie Jenner hosted an extravagant birthday party for Travis Scott (31:59), and we break down what celebrities are drinking in the name of skin care (44:46).
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby could be here any day now and internet sleuths are trying to figure out when (1:00). 'Vanderpump Rules' star Lala Kent got into a bizarre feud with 50 Cent over the weekend (10:42). A slew of celebrities took aim at cultural critics last week and we talk about the tenuous relationship between celebrities and those who write about them (23:17).
Zoe Simmons (13) and Liz Kelly (25) team up to discuss their unique perspectives on teen culture in 2019, including: Coachella, influencers, and social media platforms like TikTok, Snapchat, and Musical.ly. They talk YouTube stars, MTV's 'Siesta Key,' 'Teen Wolf,' reality TV, Billie Eilish and Adele, celebrity crushes, middle school, Juuling, and more.
Hosts: Zoe Simmons, Liz Kelly
Kanye hosted his Sunday Service at Coachella Weekend 2 and sold overpriced merchandise to go along with it (1:31). Adele and her husband are divorcing and Nikki Bella is moving on from John Cena (11:48). Tea Time reviews Taylor Swift's new single "Me!" (20:57), and special guest Zoe Simmons helps Tea Time celebrate the 15th anniversary of '13 Going on 30' (33:17).
Guest: Zoe Simmons
Following the horrific Easter attacks, Sri Lanka banned social media to prevent the spread of misinformation; was this the right move (1:46)? Also, we discuss the concept of "wrongthink" and how it is affecting our current political discourse (18:13).
Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Coachella Weekend 1 gave us some good celebrity PDA and weird sponsored content (1:16). Jason Momoa broke up with his beard to save the environment (15:42). Noah Centineo's second Netflix rom-com premiered this week, and it seems like they took some of the dialogue straight from his Twitter feed (20:27). And Dax Shepard has a weird relationship with Jell-O (25:56).
The documentary about Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella performance premiered this week and immediately overshadowed the actual Coachella festival (0:43). We analyze some seemingly staged paparazzi photos of Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx (24:50). Plus, a check-in with the royal family (40:49).
Kim Kardashian is becoming a lawyer and other things we learned from her Vogue profile (4:30). The Jonas Brothers are riding hard for a random college bar at Penn State University (8:55). There has been a disturbance in the Hollywood Chris Rankings (24:05), and a cautionary warning before you watch Netlifx's 'Our Planet' (30:25).
Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer
Many prominent people in Silicon Valley use extreme dieting in order to maximize their productivity; where's the line between "biohacking" and disordered eating (1:57)? Joe Biden's nonapology for unwanted touching drew a round of criticism from people on Twitter; when did we all become experts on the art of apology (20:03)?
Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Billy Ray Cyrus is making country music hip again with a remix of 'Old Town Country Road' (1:19), three pieces of lifestyle advice we learned from Kourtney Kardashian's new website Poosh (6:36), the worst April Fools pranks by celebrities (12:58), and trying to understand what janties are (21:26).
Allegations that A-Rod cheated on J.Lo are coming out just days after they announced their engagement (1:12). There are rumors flying about a potential rift between Kate Middleton and her friend Rose Hanbury (6:03), both members of a British social group nicknamed “The Turnip Toffs” (13:28). In her own words, Chloë Sevigny tells the NYT's T Magazine what her most prized possession is (25:49), and other iconic Chloë Sevigny moments (35:44).
Guest: Chris Ryan
Read the T Magazine article about Chloë Sevigny here.
The trailer for the newest season of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' dropped this week and it looks like we are in store for a dramatic season (3:42). Miley Cyrus may be bringing back 'Hannah Montana' (10:33). We pick our favorite movies of 1999 (20:22), and try to figure out why 'Avengers: Endgame' is going to be three hours long (25:02).
Michael Avenatti was charged this week with trying to extort Nike for millions of dollars (1:59). How did the lawyer go from a rising political star to being hated by both the left and right (6:46)? Also, Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, settled a case the state of Oklahoma had brought against them for allegedly igniting the opioid crisis with the creation of OxyContin (19:49).
Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Congratulations to Jessica Simpson, who finally gave birth to her third child after what felt like a multiyear pregnancy (1:05). Also, we investigate Ben Affleck walking around Los Angeles (12:00), discuss Garrett Hedlund being the perfect rebound guy (20:03), and wonder whether the Hadid sisters are actually reading the books they're carrying around with them (32:30).
Elizabeth Holmes is back in the news after the premiere of the HBO documentary about Theranos (4:33). The college-admissions scandal might be the greatest celebrity scam story of the century (13:16). If you want to get back at your ex-wife, a 42-foot-tall photograph of you with your new wife might work (29:34), and we celebrate J.Lo and A-Rod’s engagement (33:07).
Read more about Harry Macklowe’s photographs here.
Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are courting jail time thanks to Operation Varsity Blues, but was USC worth it? (4:15) J.Lo and A-Rod are finally engaged, but her ring is smaller than his (13:40). 'Triple Frontier' lived up to expectations (21:30), and the 'Aladdin' movie may be better than we thought (28:45).
Hosts: Amelia Wedemeyer, Kate Halliwell, and Liz Kelly
Federal agents arrested 50 people this week, including the actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, for allegedly bribing people to get their children into elite colleges (2:35). What does this story say about class mobility and the United States' obsession with college (19:42)?
Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Pete Davidson is back in a big way with a new tattoo and new public displays of affection (3:48). Ahead of her 30th birthday, Taylor Swift published a list in Elle that runs down 30 things she has learned (13:46). Emily Ratajkowski needs to pay her rent (20:16), and why 'Triple Frontier' is a movie made with women in mind (23:56).
Taylor Swift is dropping some major hints that she's going to release new music (1:00). A follow-up to our investigation of the Tristan-Khloe-Jordyn saga (5:14). A new investigation into whether Brie Larson is actually friends with Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence (17:25). And Liz brings back her worst take of the week (22:49).
The social platform Pinterest is going after anti-vaxxing memes in a big way, but what does this mean for free speech online (1:39)? CNN published an investigation of the famous soul singer James Brown this month with grisly allegations about his past. What happens to someone's legacy when new information about them comes out after they've died (22:56)?
Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Read the CNN investigation into James Brown here.
We go deep on the Khloe-Jordyn-Tristan cheating scandal (5:11). Miranda Lambert's new husband previously went viral for being a hot dancing cop (15:34). We preview the Oscars and make some predictions (22:11), and stay tuned until the end for Tea Time's inaugural guest, Bill Simmons (28:40)!
Guest: Bill Simmons
Khloe Kardashian split with Tristan Thompson this week after allegedly finding out he cheated on her with Kylie Jenner’s best friend (2:10). Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, passed away last week, and The New York Times gave her a very rude obituary (17:07). We introduce a new segment called Meg Minute (28:30) and host another round of Celebrity Real Estate Corner (39:26)!
Read The New York Times obituary of Lee Radziwill here.
Watch the Architectural Digest tour of Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard's home here.
Celebrities celebrated Valentine's Day with both extravagant gestures and spon-con (7:05). Zoe Kravitz is thirst-trapping (16:49). John Mayer got his hair cut in between the Grammys and the afterparty (20:31), and if you're going to throw food at someone, why would you throw a salad (27:18)?
Esquire published a cover story this week that Twitter immediately deemed a "hate-read"; is there any value in reading things just to dislike them (1:18)? Atlanta rapper 21 Savage was arrested two weeks ago by ICE; the agency might be trying to send a message (22:21).
Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Richard E. Grant is living his best life on Twitter (6:34). Questions to ask Timothée Chalamet if you were sitting next to him on a plane (13:37). Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of 'He's Just Not That Into You' (18:37). Hailey and Justin Bieber get a Vogue cover (23:27).
Kylie and Kris Jenner have spreads in Architectural Digest and we have a lot of thoughts (2:42). Jennifer Lawrence is engaged to her boyfriend, Cooke Maroney (33:00). Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson were seen stepping out together again (37:12). A new friendship between Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon is blooming down under (48:21).
See Kylie Jenner’s home in Architectural Digest here.
See Kris Jenner’s home in Architectural Digest here.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z will give you free tickets to their concerts for life, only if you're willing to go vegan (9:53). What to watch for at the Super Bowl if you don't care about football (19:33). Dissecting the photo of Kanye West, Timothée Chalamet, Kid Cudi, and Pete Davidson (22:37).
BuzzFeed laid off 15 percent of its staff last week, which does not bode well for the digital media industry (1:35). We're two years away from the presidential election but the Democratic field for president is already looking crowded (18:59).
Hosts: Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs
Jeff Bezos announced two weeks ago that he and his wife were getting a divorce; shortly afterward, the National Enquirer published a report of his affair that included some racy text messages (1:46). Cardi B is being vocal about her political beliefs (34:41), Leonardo DiCaprio flies JetBlue (42:09), and a false article about Miley Cyrus being pregnant reminds us which celebrity news sources we can and cannot trust (43:44).
Read Kate Knibbs on the Jeff Bezos divorce here.
Read Alyssa Bereznak on blind items here.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced this week that he and his wife are getting divorced (1:51); shortly after, the National Enquirer published a report detailing Bezos’s affair (10:41). Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson received blowback after several journalists called out her book for being factually incorrect (16:33)—an example of what happens when you let Twitter become your fact checker (25:47).
Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Jason Gay joins to discuss millennial media outreach among politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke (01:45), 'Washington Post' reporter Chelsea Janes moving from the sports section to covering the 2020 campaign (17:30), and journalists battling over the new movie ‘Vice' (32:00).
Host: Bryan Curtis
Guest: Jason Gay
Lindsay Lohan’s new reality television show, ‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club,’ premiered on MTV this week and it’s not as great as you’d think it would be (1:38). Kate Beckinsale was seen leaving a Golden Globes after-party with Pete Davidson (7:18). Chrissy Metz may or may not have called Alison Brie a bitch at the Golden Globes (11:44). Miley Cyrus got married to Liam Hemsworth in a small ceremony at home (19:08). And another edition of 'Celebrity Real Estate Corner' (28:18).
Read Kate Knibbs’s piece on ‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club’ here.
Taylor Swift kicked off the new year by throwing a themed costume party (1:29 ), Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth got married while Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik split (13:24), and Idris Elba will be performing at Coachella (28:23).
Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer
Netflix removed an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s show ‘Patriot Act’ in Saudi Arabia after the country claimed that it violated its anti-cyber crime law (2:08), and now Netflix is facing accusations of censorship (8:09). The Huffington Post published an investigation last week into the medical company Ambrosia (28:49), a flashy blood-based startup that doesn’t appear to be all it is cracked up to be (35:38).
Read the Huffington Post investigation here.
Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
'Jam Session' recounts its favorite celebrity moments of 2018, including stories it couldn’t believe happened in this year (1:27), breakout stars of the year (20:16), memorable celebrity real estate transactions (26:59), and the stories it'd like to leave behind in 2019 (30:18).
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas got married last week (1:16) and their splashy wedding celebration sparked some suspicions about the nature of their relationship (11:51). Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan are on a press tour for their movie ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ and we’re loving it (23:27). And the onslaught of bad press against Meghan Markle continues (27:44).
Read the Atlantic article on Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas here.
Tumblr announced this week that they are going to ban all adult content from the site (2:00), and many believe this signals the end for the social platform (9:25). The millennial-focused news site Mic laid off the majority of their staff this week ahead of a sale to Bustle Digital Group (21:10); the company may be a parable of what not to do as a young digital media company (30:06).
Hosts: Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs
Kit Harington denies rumors that he cheated on his wife, Rose Leslie, after nude photos of him were released (1:33), Jameela Jamil is fighting the good fight against celebrities who hawk detox teas (12:43), and apparently there’s a royal feud brewing between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle (22:59).
Amazon finally selected the location for its second headquarters (2:39), ending the months-long reality show of cities competing to be selected (8:41). Facebook is in hot water again for some shady practices (17:47), but this time it’s COO Sheryl Sandberg who is taking the heat (28:03).
Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Read Alyssa Bereznak on HQ2 here.
Read the New York Times investigation of Facebook here.
Gwyneth Paltrow got married to Brad Falchuk ... and posted all of the details on goop.com (1:15), Leonardo DiCaprio turned 44 and celebrated accordingly in Los Angeles (15:12), Busy Philipps called out Noah Centineo for ghosting one of her friends (20:47), and congratulations are in order for Idris Elba for winning People’s Sexiest Man of the Year (28:51).
Check out Gwyneth Paltrow’s wedding here.
The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins and Juliet Litman are joined by Micah Peters to talk about the ongoing feud between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj (0:30). Then they talk about the British tv series ‘Bodyguard’ (16:35), their feelings toward Halloween (23:09), and introduce a new segment called "What’s Up on David Geffen’s Instagram" (30:55).
Read Micah Peters on Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj here.
Watch Cardi B's Instagram story here.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the explosives sent to CNN (03:00), the weird controversies surrounding WFAN’s Mike Francesa (28:30), and Megyn Kelly and the “costume police” (44:15).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with actor and now screenwriter/director Paul Dano to discuss the trials of directing his first film and adapting one of his favorite authors, Richard Ford.
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs get together to talk about the spate of potential explosive devices sent to prominent Democratic figures this week (2:14) and how the right-wing media immediately tried to spin it (12:55). Then, they cover the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and how it might affect the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia (21:17).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins get together to talk about Princess Eugenie’s wedding (1:04) and Meghan’s faux pas of announcing her pregnancy during the event (19:38). Then they cover Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s breakup (28:37) and some celebrity real estate news (31:55).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with actor and filmmaker Jonah Hill about directing his personal and affecting first film 'Mid90s.'
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down President Trump's new media strategy (03:00), the reportorial tactic that separates NBA insiders (25:45), and Senator Warren’s preemptive strike against swift boaters (41:30).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey speaks with comedic talent Ike Barinholtz about his directorial debut, ‘The Oath,’ and how it’s a direct response to the breakneck speed of the news cycle since the election.
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs get together to talk about Taylor Swift’s decision to finally get political (2:01) and the political fight going on involving the Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty (21:08).
Read Alyssa Bereznak on Taylor Swift here.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at the New York Times story on Trump's taxes and how the Times rolled it out (03:00), the release of 'Venom' and 'A Star Is Born' in today's media landscape (27:30), and the mystery of Jamal Khashoggi going missing (48:45).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey is joined by colleagues Juliet Litman, Amanda Dobbins, Lindsay Zoladz, and Andrew Gruttadaro to discuss their immediate reactions to the ‘A Star Is Born’ phenomenon—weighing in on Bradley Cooper’s emergence as an auteur, what the film is saying about pop music, the press tour, Lady Gaga, and more.
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins talk about Juliet’s royal sighting while in London (1:11), Bradley Cooper’s press tour for ‘A Star Is Born’ (11:38), the bizarre video of Lindsay Lohan harassing a family (22:25), and the news that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are officially married (25:27).
Read Rob Harvilla’s article on Bradley Cooper here.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at Senator Flake and other figures from the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings (03:00), the rise in NFL ratings (25:15), and Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" (37:00).
Ringer Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey is rejoined by filmmaker David Lowery to discuss his new movie 'The Old Man and the Gun,' directing Robert Redford in his final performance, and his knack for crafting modern-day fables.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker gather for an emergency podcast to give their initial reactions to the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the surrounding media coverage.
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs talk about a crazy week in U.S. politics that led to the news media jumping over each other to get scoops (1:20) and how that affects our news consumption (5:21). Then, they turn their attention to Canada’s version of Donald Trump (15:34).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the complicated media coverage surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (03:00), NBA profiler Lee Jenkins's career pivot to front office of the L.A. Clippers (31:45), and whether or not the podcast bubble has burst (50:15).
Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey chats with actor and occasional director Ethan Hawke about his new film 'Blaze,'
a biopic about the creative life and tragic death of the musician Blaze Foley.
The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins talks with 'New York Times' writer Caity Weaver about what it’s like to profile celebrities including Maya Rudolph and Justin Bieber (2:57), her thoughts on Meghan Markle’s first four months as Duchess of Sussex (29:25), and Millie Bobby Brown going to Drake for dating advice (38:37).
Read Caity's profile of Maya Rudolph here.
Read Caity's profile of Justin Bieber here.
Read Caity's profile of Dwayne Johnson here.
Read Caity's article 'I Also Went to the Royal Wedding' here.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at The New York Review of Books' decision to publish Jian Ghomeshi's first-person story (03:30), dive into some of the top stories from around the NFL (28:15), and wrap up by discussing the cable news coverage of Tropical Depression Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut (43:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Nicole Holofcener about her consistent career in film and how she's able to draw on inspiration from her life to create the characters and stories in her movies.
The Ringer’s Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity try to parse the meaning of Nike’s recent ad campaign featuring free-agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick (01:24). Then, they discuss the reboot of Gawker and the potential impact new owner Brian Goldberg might have on the content of the site (22:36).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at Bob Woodward's new book 'Fear: Trump in the White House' (03:00), the anonymous New York Times op-ed (27:00), and the ousting of Les Moonves from CBS (40:30).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with with Michel Gondry to discuss his long career in film and reteaming up with Jim Carrey 14 years after ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ to create the upcoming Showtime series ‘Kidding.’
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins sit down to talk about the increasingly weird press tour for ‘A Star Is Born’ (1:40), Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s relationship as he heads back to rehab (20:08), the Geoffrey Owens debacle (28:40), and Gwyneth Paltrow’s company, Goop, getting sued over its vaginal eggs (35:24).
Read updates about 'A Star Is Born' by Miles Surrey here.
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss The New Yorker's decision to invite — and then disinvite — former Trump aide Steve Bannon to its annual festival, and what that says about covering the right and the problem with "ideas" festivals.
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with first-time filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty to discuss leaving his job at Google to make ‘Searching,' a thriller starring John Cho shot entirely through the POV of screens.
This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss the complicated feelings that come with mourning late Senator John McCain (0:47). Then they investigate why the Twitter persona of former Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become so fascinating (24:19).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker link up to remember Senator John McCain and his relationship with the media (02:30) before looking back at Jemele Hill's last year at ESPN (15:30). Then they unpack a wild Tuesday for Trump (26:00) before examining varying opinions of 'The Athletic' (39:30).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan highlight this summer’s movies by awarding the biggest surprises, best independent films, best scenes, the best and worst movie of the summer, and much more.
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by Kate Halliwell to talk about the Netflix movie ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ (1:00) and the breakout star of the movie, Noah Centineo (10:12). Then Alyssa Bereznak comes on to talk about Elon Musk’s relationship with the singer Grimes (17:39) and Azealia Banks’s weird weekend at Musk’s house (23:32).
Read Kate Halliwell's article 'The Romantic Comedy Guide to Having a Fake Relationship' here.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss local news outlets across the country renouncing Trump's attacks on the media (02:30), New York magazine's owners exploring a sale (20:15), and Chris Berman's potential return to ESPN (34:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ director Jon M. Chu to talk about his development as a director and how his personal experience as a Chinese American inspired him to make this movie.
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs try to figure out what’s going on with Elon Musk and why we care (0:57), and then they discuss the downward spiral of MoviePass (21:02).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker link up to discuss the release of Omarosa's new book, 'Unhinged' (03:45); ESPN reshuffling the network (24:15); and whether the media should be involved in Hall of Fame voting (36:15).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Bill Simmons, and Amanda Dobbins discuss the recent announcement about upcoming changes to the Academy Awards and debate how to usher the ceremony into the new era.
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the details of Beyoncé’s new Vogue cover (1:10). Then, the two give an update on David Geffen’s notorious summer yacht, discussing the celebrity politics of being photographed and seen with questionable public figures (18:52).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at Donald Trump's new feud with LeBron James (03:15), Urban Meyer's administrative leave and how it's been covered in the media (23:00), and the New York Times' hiring of Sarah Jeong and the unearthing of her past tweets (37:45).
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss the "bad actors" that Facebook recently removed from the platform (1:03) and the contradictory ways in which they decide to handle controversial, high-profile figures like Alex Jones of InfoWars (12:35).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss The New York Times facing off with President Donald Trump on his home turf (03:30), Mark Zuckerberg's clumsy efforts in dealing with Alex Jones (18:30), and the problems the NFL media faces while covering training camps (33:00).
Produced by: Jim Cunningham
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ director Christopher McQuarrie to talk about his creative collaboration with Tom Cruise, the challenges and rewards of coming back for a second ‘Mission: Impossible’ film, and his personal reckoning with his role as a filmmaker post-‘The Usual Suspects.’
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins talk about their love for ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’ (1:34) and Karlie Kloss’s engagement to Joshua Kushner (22:39). Then Andrew Gruttadaro joins to talk about Leonardo DiCaprio’s hobby of the summer: beach volleyball (34:04).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the future of the New York Daily News following their mass layoffs (03:00), the fallout from the Refinery29.com's "Money Diary" column (20:00), and the passing of Los Angeles food writer Jonathan Gold (37:45).
Produced by: Jim Cunningham
Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with comedian and first-time filmmaker Bo Burnham and actress Elsie Fisher to discuss ‘Eighth Grade,’ their perceptive film about the cringeworthy experience of middle school.
This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss how Amazon Prime Day turned into an ethical mess (1:29) and how to handle Sacha Baron Cohen's political satire in the age of President Donald Trump and fake news (17:53).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker link up to look at Donald Trump taking his "fake news" vendetta overseas (03:00), the positive vibes in the NBA media (22:00), and Sacha Baron Cohen's trolling in 'Who Is America?' (39:00).
Produced by: Jim Cunningham
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with acclaimed filmmaker Gus Van Sant about his lasting legacy in film, reteaming with Joaquin Phoenix on 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot,' the role his late friend Robin Williams played in the film, and where to go when you’ve accomplished so much.
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins sit down to talk about Lindsay Lohan’s new beach club in Mykonos (1:00), what other celebrities have been up to this summer (21:55), and what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been up to since their wedding (24:56).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker link up to analyze the media's role in the recent resignation of Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator (02:00), the return of World Cup criticism in America (21:00), and the popularity of the NBA compared with the NFL's (31:30).
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with first-time filmmaker and longtime musician Boots Riley about the challenging transition from making music with his group The Coup to making his first feature-length film, the experimental social comedy ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ on his own.
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey speaks with filmmaker Peyton Reed about returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make an Ant-Man sequel and the challenges of merging his story with the aftermath of 'Avengers: Infinity War.'
The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker reflect on the tragic shooting at the Capital Gazette last week and how Donald Trump's and Milo Yiannopoulos's comments against the press can stoke violence toward journalists (02:26). Then they talk about the impact LeBron James has had on sports media in light of his recent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers (20:50) and examine Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise win in the New York Congressional Democratic primary last week (37:50).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan discuss the unlikely 'Sicario' franchise and its approach to violence and morality along the U.S.-Mexico border with ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ director Stefano Sollima.
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins get together to take a look at Mandy Moore’s recently completed mid-century mansion (0:30), explain the concept of "Big-Dick Energy" (7:54), and celebrate the start of celebrity-yacht season (20:12).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to weigh the images we see of immigrants at the border versus the tweets we see from Donald Trump and his allies (03:00). Then they dive into ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski tipping picks at the NBA draft (26:00) before closing out the show with a look at the Rolling Stone piece on Johnny Depp and the state of the celebrity profile (39:15).
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker J.A. Bayona about his new film, 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' and what it’s like creating a terrifying new dinosaur and diving into a major franchise.
This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss the political chaos surrounding children being separated from their families and detained at the U.S.-Mexico border (1:10). They also delve into the incredibly fraught life and legacy of rapper XXXTentacion, who died on Monday (19:46).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to sift through the blame game regarding children being separated from their parents at the border and how the media writes about "lies" (04:15), the Justice Department seizing 'New York Times' reporter Ali Watkins's emails and cell phone data (14:00), the recent profile of ESPN's Stephen A. Smith in 'The New Yorker' (28:00), and how the media handles celebrity suicide (37:00).
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Pixar original Brad Bird about returning to his animation roots with ‘Incredibles 2’ after making live-action movies like ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’ and ‘Tomorrowland.'
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins give some background on Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson (1:00) before going deep on the timeline of their relationship leading up to their engagement (9:57). Plus, Amanda gives her two-minute review of ‘Ocean’s 8’ (29:17).
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville about his new film, ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ about one of the world’s foremost champions of kindness and decency, Mister Rogers.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to reflect on the legacy of Anthony Bourdain (02:15), conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer announcing he has weeks to live (13:45), the Showtime doc series 'The Fourth Estate' (21:00), and the 'Fire and Fury' sequel (34:00).
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Ari Aster to discuss his first full-length feature, ‘Hereditary,’ and the process of crafting a deeply disturbing experience for moviegoers.
The Ringer's Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs try to understand why there are so many conspiracy theories around the lack of public Melania Trump sightings (0:52) and how the first lady is different from both her family and her predecessors (4:37). They also discuss the rap beefs that are currently ruling the music world and how people remain entertained even as the public spats turn violent (17:20).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker run the hurry-up offense to tackle Donald Trump's issue with the Philadelphia Eagles (04:30), the Bryan Colangelo story (10:30), Bill Clinton's appearance on 'Today' (23:45), 'High Noon' with Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre (32:00), the end of 'Arrested Development' and 'Roseanne' (39:45), and LeBron James's press conference after the J.R. Smith snafu (46:45).
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with writer-director Bart Layton about his path from unconventional documentaries to his ambitious new docufiction heist movie, ‘American Animals.'
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins are joined by Justin Charity to break down the current feud going on between Pusha-T and Drake, including Pusha-T’s diss track alleging Drake has a secret child (1:32) and what this will mean for the future of the rappers' careers (14:26). Then they breakdown the other feud of the weekend between Kim Kardashian West and Rhymefest over Donda’s House (29:18) and Kardashian’s trip to the White House to discuss prison reform (34:05).
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The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and David Shoemaker convene for an instant-reaction breakdown of the latest 'Star Wars' spin-off movie, ‘Solo,’ to discuss whether Alden Ehrenreich lives up to Harrison Ford’s legacy, how the story’s timelines fit together, and whether the movie actually works.
The Ringer’s Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity unpack the complicated politics and relationship between pop musician Grimes and tech billionaire Elon Musk (1:50), and then analyze the recent television ad campaigns from Facebook and Uber that vaguely acknowledge each company’s recent scandals and promise to be better (13:00).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker "celebrate" the one-year anniversary of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 presidential election (02:30), examine how America consumed the royal wedding (22:30), and look at Alex Rodriguez's media makeover (35:30).
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader to discuss his powerful new film, ‘First Reformed,’ starring Ethan Hawke; his patient style of filmmaking, and his major career achievements, such as cocreating ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Raging Bull,’ and ‘The Last Temptation of Christ.’
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Andrew Gruttadaro digest the latest blockbuster superhero movie, ‘Deadpool 2,’ by unpacking what worked and what didn’t among the numerous meta jokes and pop culture references. They discuss the long-anticipated arrival of Josh Brolin’s "Cable," why Deadpool is so popular, and where the character and the franchise goes from here.
SPOILER ALERT: This episode contains serious spoilers for the movie. Be warned!
In his first micropod, chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin to recapitulate their debate over the controversial film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’
Stay tuned for Dave’s interview with ‘Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson and film critic Karina Longworth later this week.
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins answer listener questions about Saturday’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They cover everything from the situation with Meghan’s dad (1:21) to speculation about Prince Harry's real parents (24:57). Then they make some predictions for the event (41:31).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at how sports writers may be partially responsible for the Supreme Court's recent ruling on sports gambling (02:15), how the media is celebrating John McCain (21:00), and why Andrew Marchand of the 'New York Post' called out ESPN's Katie Nolan (37:45).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with comedic filmmaker Ben Falcone about ‘Life of the Party’—his new movie starring his wife, Melissa McCarthy—and what it’s like to creatively collaborate with his life partner.
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Jason Reitman about his early box office success with movies like ‘Juno’ and ‘Up in the Air,’ the complicated nature of making movies that are not meant to be blockbusters in 2018, and his new and terrifying film about parenting, ‘Tully,’ starring Charlize Theron.
The Ringer's Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss Childish Gambino's new song, "This Is America," and its controversial music video (0:29), what the qualifications are for handing out the "black genius" title (11:03), and R. Kelly potentially beginning to face consequences for his actions (19:31).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to examine Rudy Giuliani's enlightening interview with Sean Hannity (02:00), Peter King's departure for 'Sports Illustrated' (23:00), and the confusion surrounding MSNBC's Joy Reid (38:30).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss what led to Kanye West's latest controversial statement (2:13). Then, TMZ producer Van Lathan joins the show to discuss his confrontation with Kanye on 'TMZ Live' (15:48) and what happened after the cameras went off (30:33).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker deconstruct the media reaction Michelle Wolf's jokes (03:15), the role journalists played in bringing Bill Cosby to justice (26:00), and Mike Francesa's brief retirement and return to WFAN (28:45).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and David Shoemaker take an exhaustive trip through the galaxy to break down the plot twists, character deaths, and paths forward for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the action-packed, plot-heavy ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ SPOILER ALERT: The second half of this episode contains serious spoilers for the movie. Be warned!
The Ringer's Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss Kanye West's latest deep dive into the MAGA life (1:38), how rants are his signature art form (9:37), and the parallels between him and Donald Trump (12:15). Then they break down the incel movement, which started as an innocent online community but has grown into a deadly threat (17:40).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down Donald Trump's infatuation with Maggie Haberman (03:00), the media's outrage regarding sideline reporter Allie LaForce's question to LeBron James (23:00), and the fallout from 'Harper's' magazine firing editor James Marcus (41:30).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with legendary filmmaker Willam Friedkin, who’s responsible for films such as 'The French Connection,' 'The Exorcist,' 'Sorcerer,' and 'To Live and Die in L.A.' Friedkin discusses his distinguished career in film and why, at 82, he decided to create a new documentary about a real-life exorcism called 'The Devil and Father Amorth.'
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with comedic actor, director, and writer Jay Chandrasekhar about returning to make a ‘Super Troopers’ sequel 17 years after the original. Chandrasekhar also discusses what it’s like being an Indian American in Hollywood, returning to his roots, and bridging the divided audiences in comedy.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Khloe Kardashian giving birth in the midst of her boyfriend's cheating scandal (0:38), Beyoncé's Coachella takeover (22:07), and Gwyneth Paltrow's engagement party, which definitely wasn't a wedding (33:35).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the news of Sean Hannity being Michael Cohen's third client (02:00), the "Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week" (15:015), the James Comey book tour (19:15), and the media's coverage of the missile strike on Syria (39:30).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Andrew Haigh about his emotionally devastating ‘Lean on Pete,’ about an orphaned boy (Charlie Plummer) and his horse, the titular Pete, and their journey from Oregon to Wyoming in search of a long-lost family member. Haigh also discusses his long career as a director and the difference between making TV shows and making movies.
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs break down Mark Zuckerberg’s week testifying in front of Congress (2:04) and what the legislators questioning him were missing (14:03). Then, they discuss the backlash against the ‘Simpsons’ character Apu (18:07) and how the series decided to address the controversy this week, which caused even more outrage (20:19).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to unpack 'The Atlantic' severing ties with Kevin D. Williamson (02:00), how 'The Simpsons' responded to criticism of Apu's character (25:45), and the statement that news anchors on Sinclair-owned stations read (37:30).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with Kay Cannon, the veteran screenwriter on ‘30 Rock,' New Girl,’ and all three ‘Pitch Perfect’ movies to discuss her new R-rated studio comedy and directorial debut ‘Blockers’ and her transition from writing to directing.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss actress Allison Mack's reported involvement in the alleged sex cult called Nxivm (1:38), Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's breakup (12:48), Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon's budding friendship (21:43), and the possible bad blood between Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss (28:06).
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The Ringer’s David Shoemaker and Bryan Curtis discuss President Trump and Amazon’s latest spat (2:30), ESPN’s new morning show ‘Get Up!’ (18:05), and the latest Tiger Woods tell-all biography (35:51).
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In preparation for Steven Spielberg's ‘Ready Player One,’ The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan discuss and debate the prolific filmmaker's best movies of all time. They cover everything from ‘Jaws’ to ‘Jurassic Park,’ from the ‘Indiana Jones’ series to ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ and many, many more (1:00). And later, CEO of The Ringer Bill Simmons stops by to give his take on how terrifying 'Jaws' was and Spielberg's career (43:00).
This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins discuss the unrealistic expectations surrounding Stormy Daniels’s ‘60 Minutes’ interview (1:47), the obsession with creating nostalgia porn for millennials (18:33), and how ‘Ready Player One’ may not be as groundbreaking as gamers think (29:04).
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with 'Wild Wild Country' directors Maclain and Chapman Way and producer Mark Duplass about the arduous process of making an in-depth documentary that features a 64,000-acre ranch in Oregon, a spiritual guru, ritualistic group sex, assassination plots, guns, drugs, and bioterrorism.
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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Mark Zuckerberg’s apology tour (02:00), the news that Sports Illustrated’s parent company intends to sell the venerable magazine (21:20), and a Fox News analyst leaving the network while Breitbart hemorrhages readers (34:45).
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins break down the timeline of Ben Affleck's phoenix back tattoo now that we finally know it's real (1:52). They also discuss Cynthia Nixon's announcement that she's running for New York governor (24:21), Aubrey O'Day's alleged affair with Donald Trump Jr. (27:15), Rihanna's takedown of Snapchat (34:13), and the latest in the Reese Witherspoon/'Big Little Lies' universe (38:53).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker examine the startling story behind John Skipper's ESPN departure (01:45), Chris Cuomo's pivot to primetime (19:30), and how cable news is staffing the White House (28:30). They wrap up the show by reflecting on some notable media moments from the NCAA Tournament (33:15).
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The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan recap the best movies they saw at the SXSW Film Festival, including ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Eighth Grade,’ and more.
This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins discuss critics’ confusing handling of Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ (1:17), why wishing for black artists to have opportunities to make mediocre work is flawed thinking (19:44), and the cultural-appropriation accusations against Bruno Mars (21:39).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the media spectacle surrounding Donald Trump's alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels (03:00), the controversy following New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo's social media experiment (22:00), and how Michael Smith's departure from 'SportsCenter' reflects ESPN's programming problem (34:30).
Ringer Editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with first time director Cory Finley about his film ‘Thoroughbreds’ and his transition from playwright to filmmaker.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the handling of the Academy Awards (01:45), what Hope Hicks's White House departure means for the press (22:45), and the FBI vs. the University of Arizona by way of ESPN and Mark Schlabach (35:30).
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins rejoice at the end of awards season and discuss Sunday night’s Oscars (1:21). They also talk about Barbra Streisand cloning her dogs (17:23) and the four billboards outside Palm Springs in honor of Serena Williams (22:26).
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Francis Lawrence about making ‘Red Sparrow,’ his fourth film in a row starring Jennifer Lawrence; their working relationship forged through ‘The Hunger Games’ movie franchise; and his new creative venture with Apple TV.
This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins discuss the strange media phenomena surrounding the Parkland activists (1:18), Donald Glover's identity crisis playing out in The New Yorker (12:06), and the outcry over Mo'Nique’s pay-equity campaign against Netflix (26:08).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about how the NRA became a media entity (03:00), the messy Winter Olympics coverage (17:45), and Amos Barshad's article about The Player's Tribune (34:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins and K. Austin Collins and New York Times critic Wesley Morris to discuss eerie similarities between ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and the notorious 2006 Best Picture winner, ‘Crash’ (0:00). Then, Chris Ryan joins to discuss ‘Shape of Water’ and its status as the clear front-runner to win Best Picture (0:00).
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey speaks with acclaimed writer and director Alex Garland about the making of the Natalie Portman sci-fi thriller ‘Annihilation’ and the tricky nature of adapting Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling book. They also discuss Garland’s first film, ‘Ex Machina’; his time as a novelist and screenwriter of movies like ‘28 Days Later...’ and ‘Sunshine’; and a lot more.
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Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Jennifer Aniston’s divorce from Justin Theroux (2:00), Amy Schumer saying yes to the wrong dress (15:31), what’s going on with Jennifer Lawrence’s career (19:51), and The Daily Mail’s weird new direction (23:00).
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how the media, and the survivors, shaped the coverage of last week’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida (02:00); Laura Ingraham vs. LeBron James (24:00); and the furor over the New York Times op-ed page (35:30).
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Ringer Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey speaks with Academy Award-nominated documentarian Yance Ford about making Netflix’s ‘Strong Island,’ a personal film about the tragic murder of his brother, William, and the larger implications in the story about segregation, race, violence, and power.
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with ‘Wallace and Gromit’ creator and Academy Award–winning animation director Nick Park to discuss the time-consuming process of making stop-motion animation, his commitment to the form, and his new underdog cavemen comedy, ‘Early Man.’
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins on the meme-ification of Kim Jong Un’s sister (1:18), the overheated response to the Obama family’s official portraits (8:22), The New York Times’ op-ed problem (13 :30), and—in anticipation of 'Black Panther'—the merits of the 'Blade' film franchise (22:04).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the prank pulled on Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges (03:45), the 'Black Panther' backlash and reviewing movies in 2018 (23:30), and the rivalry between NBA insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania (41:45).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey speaks with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry about his quick-and-cheap working style and his shift from art house movies like his latest, ‘Golden Exits,’ to his upcoming big-budget ‘Winnie the Pooh’ adaptation for Disney.
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Bryan Fogel to discuss his Academy Award–nominated documentary, ‘Icarus.’ Fogel explains how his journey into the world of blood doping and cycling was transformed into a larger story about the state-run Russian Olympic doping program.
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Kylie Jenner’s birth announcement before Juliet gives her official Kardashian baby-name ranking (0:36). They also have an update on Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet’s exciting Oscars press tour (22:18) and discuss the latest in celebrity real estate, featuring Taylor Swift, Jemima Kirke, and Jennifer Aniston (27:41).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker examine the media's coverage of Super Bowl, including the feud between Philly fans and Cris Collinsworth (06:00), the fights on radio row (15:30), and the chaos in Philadelphia (20:30). They then celebrate the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:45) before discussing why Lewis D’Vorkin was ousted as L.A. Times editor (27:30) and The New York Times' beef with the publication (37:30). Finally, they wrap up by looking at the news of Felix Salmon's salary at Fusion (42:30) and how every stop in a journalist's career is a bubble (44:30).
Ringer Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey speaks with documentarian Erin Lee Carr (‘Mommy Dead and Dearest’) about her new project “Drug Short,” an installment in Netflix’s new doc series ‘Dirty Money’ and why she’s drawn to grim and morally gray stories.
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins discuss Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address (2:52), why Representative Joe Kennedy III’s Democratic response was underwhelming (8:06), and the complicated reactions to Marvel’s upcoming film 'Black Panther' (15:36).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker examine why it took so long for the media to cover the Larry Nassar case (03:00), Jason Isbell's war on fake news (18:00), and the odds that Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight gets sold (34:30).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the news about Meryl Streep joining the cast of ‘Big Little Lies’ (0:58), what Ellen Pompeo had to say about being the highest-paid woman in a prime-time drama (13:26), and the magical world of celebrity real estate and HGTV (24:26).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Amanda Dobbins, and K. Austin Collins react to the 2018 Oscar nominations. They break down the front-runners, the most shocking snubs, and what to look forward to come March 4. Also: the Academy’s apparent love of fish sex.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker mourn the end of 'The Awl' (03:00), award the "Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week" (19:30), sift through the Tony Romo backlash (22:00), and discuss Slate.com's extreme makeover (37:15).
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins unpack the media firestorm surrounding a Babe.net article about Aziz Ansari (1:00). Then, Ringer colleague Kate Knibbs joins for a conversation about sexual misconduct and high-profile apologies (16:00).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker examine the journalistic "shithole" that Donald Trump created last week (05:00), the content that attached itself to the Stefon Diggs's walk-off touchdown (23:15), and Facebook's announcement regarding media posts (34:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with director Jaume Collet-Serra to discuss teaming up with movie star Liam Neeson for a fourth time in his new movie, ‘The Commuter’; the difficulties of shooting a movie in a confined space; and why he keeps coming back to genre films.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss what Michael Wolff—author of the new book 'Fire and Fury'— was doing in the White House (04:30), how ESPN’s big story about the Patriots was scooped before it came out (20:00), and the oddest feud in sportswriting: Rick Carlisle vs. ESPN vs. LaVar Ball (32:00).
Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss everything that went down at Sunday's Golden Globes, including the highs and lows of bringing activism to the red carpet (1:02), Oprah’s big night (13:52), the best speeches (20:50), and the most egregious wins (29:12).
This Week in Ringer Culture features ‘Bachelor Party’ discussing their early favorites among this season’s 'Bachelor' contestants (00:46), ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ with Pete Holmes discussing his HBO show 'Crashing' (04:53), ‘Damage Control’ discussing the backlash following Dave Chappelle’s two new Netflix specials (09:44), and ‘The Watch’ discussing the Golden Globes (16:02).
This Week in Ringer Sports features ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ with Mike Francesa discussing the tension between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (00:38), ‘Ringer University’ discussing the upcoming College Football Playoff final (07:04), ‘The Ringer NFL Show’ discussing playoff teams in an imaginary scenario with Blake Bortles at QB (11:13), ‘Against All Odds’ discussing gambling props for wild-card weekend and the College Football Playoff championship game (12:17), ‘Sources Say’ discussing how the Cavaliers-Celtics game brought the LeBron and Kyrie split back into the spotlight (15:43), ‘Ringer FC’ discussing the impact of Liverpool FC acquiring Virgil van Dijk (21:45), ‘One Shining Podcast’ discussing the legacy of Joe Castiglione (26:38), and ‘The Masked Man Show’ discussing the Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho match at ‘Wrestle Kingdom 12' (28:49).
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins consider what YouTube should do about Logan Paul (1:00), what Twitter should do about Donald Trump (12:00), and what the rest of us should make of Dave Chappelle’s new, controversial Netflix specials (19:30).
The Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with first-time screenwriter Liz Hannah and Academy Award-winning scribe Josh Singer about 'The Post,' their collaboration for Steven Spielberg about the men and women who published the Pentagon Papers in The Washington Post.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look back on 2017 by reflecting on the ideas of the journalist as a hero (01:30) and the journalist as a villain (19:30). They wrap up the show by discussing the problems with "best of" lists when it comes to journalism (32:00).
This Week in Ringer Culture features 'The Big Picture' talking with 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson (00:40), 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' with Ben Thompson on Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox (05:35), 'Damage Control' on Eminem’s new album 'Revival' (12:00), 'Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air' with Vox cofounder Ezra Klein on journalistic standards (18:13), 'House of Carbs' on Philadelphia restaurants (23:47), and 'The Watch' on their favorite people in pop culture in 2017 (28:55).
This Week in Ringer Sports features 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' with Mike Francesa on Jimmy Garoppolo (00:50), 'The Ringer NBA Show' on the Houston Rockets' hot streak (4:06), 'The Ringer NFL Show' on the L.A. Rams' and Jacksonville Jaguars' Super Bowl potential (9:32), 'Ringer University' previewing the Rose Bowl between Oklahoma and Georgia (14:55), 'Ringer FC' on the future of goalkeeping (20:00), and 'Against All Odds With Cousin Sal' on a special holiday gambling prop (23:40).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, Amanda Dobbins and K. Austin Collins rank and debate the best movies of 2017.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss John Skipper’s resignation as ESPN president and the future of the company (03:00), the backlash to the mainstream acceptance of 'Star Wars' (24:00), and objectivity in sports journalism (38:20).
With another new ‘Star Wars’ movie in theaters and the franchise once again dominating the cultural conversation, The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh revisits the franchise’s forgotten lean years, when ‘Star Wars’ nearly faded away in the long drought between the original and prequel trilogies. Through interviews with prominent figures from Lucasfilm and the fan community of the 1980s and 1990s, Ben retraces the decline and subsequent resurgence of ‘Star Wars’ as the series fulfilled its destiny as the powerful intellectual property and source of fan fixation that it is today.
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins unpack the tension between prominent black intellectuals Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cornel West (1:00) and then critique Eminem’s lackluster new album ‘Revival’ and one-sided feud with President Trump (15:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with writer-director Rian Johnson about making ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ putting his own spin on the franchise, and his upcoming spinoff trilogy.
'This Week in Ringer Culture’ features ‘The Watch’ on the top TV shows of 2017 (00:30), ‘Jam Session’ on a crazy George Clooney gift-giving story (05:30), ‘House of Carbs’ on Pizza Hut’s alcohol delivery (10:15), ‘Against All Odds With Cousin Sal’ with ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm's’ Bob Einstein on his favorite entertainers (13:30), ‘The Rewatchables’ on the 2007 thriller ‘Zodiac’ (18:30), and ‘Binge Mode’ celebrating the droids of 'Star Wars' (23:15).
'This Week in Ringer Sports’ features ‘The Ringer NFL Show’ on the impact of the Carson Wentz injury (00:30), 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' with Kevin Clark and Bill's dad on the Patriots-Steelers matchup (5:00), ‘One Shining Podcast With Titus and Tate’ on Duke losing to Boston College (08:45), ‘The Ringer NBA Show’ on the Rockets as a potential landing spot for LeBron this offseason (14:30), ‘The J.J. Redick Podcast’ with Karl-Anthony Towns on the current crop of NBA big men (19:15), ‘Ringer FC’ on the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchups (23:45), and ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the main event for New Japan’s 'Wrestle Kingdom 12' (27:00).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker examine how the media covers 'Star Wars' (02:00), Mike Francesa and the last segment of sports radio (22:30), and Wright Thompson's departure from Twitter (34:00).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, and Andy Greenwald go back to 2007 to discuss the most fascinating year for movies in recent memory.
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Armie Hammer's performance in "Call Me by Your Name," his career thus far, and what's next for him (0:15). Then they talk about George Clooney and some of his recent (and not-so-recent) media morsels (14:10), wish Taylor Swift a happy birthday (21:45), and speculate on a possible J-Rod holiday engagement (26:20).
'This Week in Ringer Culture’ features ‘Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air’ with Dan Rather on a pressing question he’d ask President Trump in an interview (0:30), ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ with Bryan Cranston on what it was like to get famous later in life (03:30), ‘The Big Picture’ with director Sean Baker on the making of ‘The Florida Project’ (06:45), ‘The J.J. Redick Podcast’ with James Corden on his preshow routines (10:00), ‘House of Carbs’ on a crazy food-life hack (15:30), and ‘The Watch’ bonding over a Netflix original from earlier this year (19:45).
'This Week in Ringer Sports’ features ‘One Shining Podcast with Titus and Tate’ on the postgame tensions between Xavier and the University of Cincinnati (00:30), ‘GM Street’ on which NFL coaches might get fired (08:00), ‘Against All Odds With Cousin Sal’ on a fun fake gambling prop (12:45), ‘Sources Say’ with LaVar Ball on his family’s pursuits in acting (19:30), and ‘Ringer University’ on the College Football Playoff (23:45).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at Sam Seder's (brief) ejection from MSNBC (02:00), Mike Mitchell's compelling rant on Matt Hasselbeck (19:30), and Facebook lifting its ban on pre-roll video ads (34:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Sean Baker, who was recently awarded Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle for his latest film, ‘The Florida Project.’ They discuss how Baker tells authentic stories about underrepresented communities, his use of inexperienced actors, and why he prefers making smaller-budget films.
On 'This Week in Ringer Sports,' Joel Embiid joins J.J. Redick on his debut podcast (00:30), 'The Ringer NBA Show' discusses the Blake Griffin injury (04:45), 'GM Street' reacts to the Eli Manning benching (07:45), 'The Press Box' breaks down Greg Schiano's short-lived career at Tennessee (12:15), 'Ringer U' weighs out the importance of dynasties in college football (16:45), 'The Masked Man Show' thinks WWE should refocus Roman Reigns's story line (20:30), and Steve Kerr shares some Michael Jordan stories on 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' (25:45).
'This Week in Ringer Culture' features 'Jam Session' on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's BBC interview (00:52), 'The Watch' on Marvel Studios' new trailer for 'Avengers: Infinity War' (06:30), 'The Rewatchables' on the best scenes from 'Friday' (12:00), 'The Big Picture' with Errol Morris on interviewing Trump (17:15), 'Black on the Air' with Judd Apatow on using improvisation in his films (19:30), and 'Binge Mode' on Pixar's new movie, 'Coco' (26:15).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with documentarian Errol Morris to discuss his new Netflix miniseries ‘Wormwood,’ a story of mind control, LSD, the CIA in the 1950s, and murder. They also discuss Morris’s classic works like ‘The Thin Blue Line,’ as well as the day he spent with Donald Trump to discuss the president’s favorite film, 'Citizen Kane.'
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the firings of Matt Lauer (03:00) and Garrison Keillor (11:15). Then they recognize the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (19:00) before getting into the University of Tennessee's handling of the Greg Schiano situation (23:00), the ESPN layoffs (31:00), the failed attempt to bust The Washington Post by James O'Keefe and Project Veritas (38:00), and the purchase of Time Inc. by the Meredith Corporation (44:00).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement by detailing the public announcement (2:00), analyzing the royal couple’s first interview on BBC (10:15), and considering the implications for the relationship’s next steps (27:45).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with director Joe Wright to discuss how he picked himself up after the failure of his 2015 film, ‘Pan,’ to deliver ‘Darkest Hour,’ a Winston Churchill biopic that stars a mesmerizing Gary Oldman. Plus: Wright discusses the changing state of the movie business and why he took the reins on an episode of ‘Black Mirror.’
Featuring 'The Watch' on The Ringer's list of the 50 best superhero movies of all time, 'The Rewatchables' on favorite scenes from 'The Dark Knight,' 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' with Ta-Nehisi Coates arguing about the best season of 'The Wire,' 'House of Carbs' on the ranch vs. blue cheese debate, 'The Big Picture' with Greta Gerwig on the making of 'Lady Bird,' 'Jam Session' on an interesting tweet from Chris Evans, 'The Press Box' on the new Tina Brown book 'Vanity Fair Diaries,' and 'The Watch' with Joe Hagan on his book 'Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.'
Featuring 'Heat Check' on a potential new NBA award, 'The Ringer NFL show' on surprising NFC teams, 'Against All Odds With Cousin Sal' on NFL gambling myths, 'Ringer FC' on World Cup qualification ideas, 'Ringer University' on Tennessee's and Florida's coaching vacancies, and 'One Shining Podcast With Titus and Tate' on college basketball coaches.
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey is joined by fellow Ringer staffers and comic book enthusiasts Jason Concepcion and David Shoemaker to discuss the evolution, the current state, and the future of the movie universes of DC and Marvel.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and the age of new-media denial (03:00), the most groan-inducing headline puns (19:45), Tina Brown and the twilight of the magazine editor (22:30), and postgame locker room quotes (37:00).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss GQ's profile of Gal Gadot (0:57) and New York Magazine's cover story on Cardi B (8:36). Then they examine why Taylor Swift’s new album, ‘Reputation,’ feels disingenuous (20:10); process Meghan Markle leaving ‘Suits’ to (probably) join the British royal family (26:59); celebrate the reignition of the Jenny Slate–Chris Evans relationship (31:37); react to an excerpt from Jenna Fischer's new book (35:07); and talk about Serena Williams’s new house (41:20).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with actor, writer, and director Greta Gerwig to discuss her critically acclaimed film ‘Lady Bird.’ Gerwig shares her years-long writing process, how she casts actors, and a defense of Dave Matthews Band.
In the first installment of ‘This Week in Ringer Culture’ we feature ‘Damage Control’ on Taylor Swift's new album, ‘The Watch’ on ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘House of Carbs’ with Adam Rapoport on prepping for Thanksgiving, ‘Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air’ with Carl Reiner on the Trump administration, ‘The Press Box’ on the entertainment media’s coverage of the Weinstein and Louis C.K. scandals, and ‘The Big Picture’ with Richard Linklater on his filmmaking process.
In the first installment of ‘This Week in Ringer Sports’ we feature ‘One Shining Podcast with Titus and Tate’ on Louisville without Pitino, ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ with Dan Patrick on their favorite NBA shooters, ‘The Ringer MLB Show’ on Shohei Otani’s potential move stateside, ‘The Ringer NFL Show’ on the Packers without Aaron Rodgers, ‘The Ringer NBA Show’ on the Eric Bledsoe trade, ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the new Ric Flair documentary, ‘Ringer FC’ on the fresh new faces of the U.S. men’s national team, ‘Ringer University’ on Notre Dame vs. Miami, ‘NBA Group Chat’ on Porzingis, Lowry, and Ball, and ‘Against all Odds with Cousin Sal’ on who’d win a fake fight between Tony Romo and Deion Sanders.
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins assess the damage caused by Louis C.K and other badly behaved men of Hollywood (1:00). They also discuss the unfortunate prison sentencing of underdog rapper Meek Mill (11:30) before reviewing Taylor Swift's latest album, ‘Reputation’ (18:30).
Richard Linklater to discuss the impact of war in his new film, ‘Last Flag Flying,’ as well as his tendency to creatively revisit his previous films over time, like with ‘Dazed and Confused,' ‘Before Midnight,’ and ‘Boyhood’ (1:00). Linklater also discusses the state of sexual harassment news in Hollywood (28:00).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how the Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K. scandals have changed entertainment journalism (03:30), Disney versus the nation's film critics (21:30), and the Ric Flair 30 for 30 documentary, 'Nature Boy' (37:30).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Taika Waititi about his transition from small indie comedies in New Zealand to Marvel’s big-budget superhero epic ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker get together to discuss how a Sports Illustrated writer predicted the 2017 World Series champions three years prior (01:00), how the Harvey Weinstein scandal has become a media scandal (22:30), and Papa John's taking on the NFL's protesters (38:30).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins express their affection for the Jennifer Lopez-Alex Rodriguez relationship as portrayed in the recent Vanity Fair profile (0:12), debate the logistics of managing a relationship while maintaining a nomadic celebrity lifestyle (5:12), and celebrate the impressive career of Jennifer Lopez (11:03). Then, they call Ringer staff writer Katie Baker to delve deeper into the J-Rod romance by discussing Rodriguez’s post-baseball persona (13:57). Afterwards, they discuss Selena Gomez getting back together with Justin Bieber (28:12), rehash Martha Stewart’s bizarre gym routine (30:05), and review their recent celebrity sightings: Victoria and David Beckham (32:31) and Jennifer Garner (37:53).
There goes the neighborhood. The Ringer’s K. Austin Collins and Justin Charity are skeptical of George Clooney’s satirical misfire, ‘Suburbicon.’ But they’ve got high hopes for ‘Wolfenstein: The New Colossus’ and the future of Nazi punching — strictly in video games, of course.
In this special crossover episode, ‘Binge Mode’ hosts Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion draw parallels between the 2017 MLB World Series and the NBA by highlighting five commonalities between the two sports.
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Ruben Östlund about his new film, ‘The Square,’ satirizing the art world, and why he enjoys toying with audiences.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down for an emergency discussion about ESPN's cancellation of 'Barstool Van Talk' (02:00), the 'New York Times' interview with the cofounders of 'The Athletic' (21:30), and the end of Jemele Hill's suspension (33:30).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Todd Haynes to discuss his journey of making movies as a child to channeling youth and finding children to star in his latest film, ‘Wonderstruck.’
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the hottest celebrity dating storylines, including Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner's engagement (6:00), Jenny Slate and Chris Evans's romantic evening in Atlanta (16:00), Scarlett Johansson's new look (28:00), and Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle (36:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with writer-director Noah Baumbach to discuss his new film, ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’; creating a serious role for Adam Sandler; Netflix purchasing his film; and how he captures the American family.
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the comments Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made regarding kneeling during the national anthem (02:30) and how the media covered the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer (20:30) and then honor sportswriting great Dan Jenkins (37:00).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins are joined by Sean Fennessey to unpack the avalanche of bleak news about Harvey Weinstein (2:30) and examine Hollywood’s attitude toward misogyny (10:25). Then, they call staff writer Kate Knibbs, who discusses Lisa Bloom’s brief legal representation of Harvey Weinstein (23:25).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky to discuss his polarizing film, ‘Mother!,’ and the art of putting both his characters and the audience under duress.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the harassment accusations levied against Harvey Weinstein in the New York Times (5:00), Kesha's bounce-back and revealing Rolling Stone profile (15:00), the tepid Vanity Fair profile of Kate McKinnon (23:00), and Gabrielle Union's inspiring new memoir (33:00).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker banter about ESPN's reported development of a 'Pardon My Take' TV show (02:30), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (17:30), Cam Newtown's butt-headed fumble (20:00), and what Tucker Carlson and Clay Travis have in common (33:45).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, and Rob Harvilla remember the life and music of the late Tom Petty.
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh talks to author, historian, and statistician Bill James about his new true-crime book, 'The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery,' in which James attempts to identify the man who may have been the deadliest serial killer in American history.
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins break down their favorite films about the British royal family (1:00) before Sean sits down with acclaimed director Stephen Frears to discuss his new film ‘Victoria and Abdul,’ making films about the royals, and his longevity in the industry (10:00).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker analyze President Donald Trump's effect on apolitical NFL broadcasters (02:30), Megyn Kelly's transition to morning television (18:15), and the end of 'Fixer Upper' (28:30).
The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins and Shea Serrano ask and answer three essential questions regarding the romantic comedy genre: Is this creepy? (1:20); Is this a rom-com? (16:20); and, Who belongs in the Rom-Com Hall of Fame? (25:40).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Amanda Dobbins, and K. Austin Collins attempt to wrap their heads around Darren Aronofsky’s controversial new film, ‘Mother!’
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Jennifer Lawrence's press tour for 'Mother!' (5:00), Laura Dern's cold shoulder at the Emmys (17:00), Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson's break-up (27:00), and Fergie's return (31:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and executive editor Chris Ryan reveal their favorite biopics and hash out what makes them great (1:00). Then, Sean sits down with writer, actor, and director Danny Strong to discuss his recent J.D. Salinger biopic, ‘Rebel in the Rye,’ and how doubling down on his passion paid off (12:00).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and Sean Fennessey discuss Jemele Hill, starting with her rise at ESPN (5:00), her upbringing in Detroit (15:00), the Trump administration's response to Hill's tweets (18:00), the impact of politicization on ESPN (26:00), and Hill's next move (32:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Kate Knibbs about Stephen King’s classic horror novel ‘It’ (0:30) before sitting down with Andy Muschietti, who discusses adapting the book for the screen and re-creating the terrifying character Pennywise (6:20).
The Ringer’s Hannah Giorgis and Alison Herman look ahead to the season finale of HBO’s ‘Insecure’ by first celebrating the nuanced character developments in Season 2 (2:50), highlighting the show’s place among the summer TV landscape (8:15), and giving recognition to the showrunners’ even-handed approach in tackling the issues facing black employees in the workplace (10:40). Then they voice their expectations about how the finale will address the protagonists’ various romantic relationships (19:40), whether ‘Insecure’ will head the route of a sitcom or a more in-depth social commentary (23:30), and whether perhaps the Issa-Lawrence relationship will be reconciled (27:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Meghan Markle's Vanity Fair cover story (5:00), George Clooney's renewed availability (21:00), and Serena Williams's new baby and decision to remain living solo before marriage (30:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Katie Baker about the best hockey films ever made (0:30) before he sits down with actor and now director Jay Baruchel about making his first film, 'Goon: Last of the Enforcers'; hockey fandom; and filming the perfect hockey fight (6:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Taylor Swift's shaky roll-out of her new single, 'Look What You Made Me Do,' and accompanying VMA video release (5:00), Swift's corporate sponsorships (12:00), Katy Perry's credibility in the pop music world (17:00), and the winners and losers from MTV's Video Music Awards (22:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and Justin Charity chat about the Netflix film ‘Death Note’ and the difficulties of adapting anime (1:00). Then Sean sits down with director Adam Wingard to discuss how he went from scraping by to directing large-scale projects like ‘Death Note’ and the forthcoming ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ (13:00).
Ringer East Coast bureau chief Donnie Kwak is joined by special projects editor Hannah Giorgis and staff writer Micah Peters to talk omissions from "The 20 Best Southern Rap Albums Ever" article on The Ringer, including reader submissions (0:35). Then, Donnie sits down with a roundtable of The Ringer’s music experts to discuss their favorite Southern rap mixtapes (10:20) and predict the future of the genre (31:00).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the announcement of Taylor Swift’s upcoming album ‘Reputation’ (1:10), her new media strategy after her feud with Kim Kardashian West (5:40), the decision to release a single before the VMAs as it relates to her ongoing rivalry with Katy Perry (20:00), and which guests will be featured on the new album (26:35).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Alison Herman about Janicza Bravo’s approach to uncomfortable comedy and her direction of “Juneteenth,” the instant-classic episode of ‘Atlanta’ (1:00). Then Sean sits down with Bravo and her husband/producing partner, Brett Gelman, to discuss the tumultuous five-year process of getting their film ‘Lemon’ into the world (10:00).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and K. Austin Collins discuss the Safdie Brothers’ new crime film, ‘Good Time.’ (0:30) Then, Sean sits down with the Josh and Benny Safdie to discuss making a movie starring Robert Pattinson, capturing New York City on-screen, and the frenetic pace of ‘Good Time’ (11:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Vanity Fair vs. Angelina Jolie (5:00), Malia Obama's wild time at Lollapalooza (15:00), and Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's separation (22:00). Then, Zoe Simmons joins to give her thoughts on MTV's new reality show 'Siesta Key' (40:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman discusses the final episode of the 'Bachelorette' season with her colleague Hannah Giorgis (1:08). Then, former Bachelor Ben Higgins comes on to give his thoughts on Peter's reluctance to propose and his pick for the next Bachelor (27:54).
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan discuss screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s films ‘Sicario,’ ‘Hell or High Water,’ and his new film, ‘Wind River,’ starring Jeremy Renner (0:40). Then, Sean and Sheridan discuss 'Wind River,' how he depicts raw and realistic scenarios in his movies, and why he decided to get behind the camera (11:00).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by The New York Times’ Wesley Morris to discuss this week’s “Men Tell All” episode, Rachel’s season so far, and the upcoming ‘Bachelor in Paradise’.
The Ringer’s Micah Peters sits down with rapper Vic Mensa to discuss his upcoming album ‘The Autobiography’ (0:30), becoming sober while battling depression (4:40), forgiving the man who killed his friend (10:00), and working with producer No I.D. (16:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by her colleague and 'Bachelor' enthusiast Rodger Sherman to discuss this week's episode, including Rachel's hometown experience and the show's trip to Spain.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Angelina Jolie's Vanity Fair cover story (https://goo.gl/vdij5A) (5:00), the PR rollout versus Brad Pitt (19:40), and Jolie's fame in 2017 (34:00).
The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh sits down with Pat Morrow, head oddsmaker for Bovada, to talk about the phenomenon of betting on HBO’s 'Game of Thrones' (2:10), reading fan theories as part of research (7:00), and how having a professional stake in the show affects consumption (21:45). Lindbergh’s article on the subject—“Growing Strong: Inside the Burgeoning ‘Game of Thrones’ Gambling Business”—can be found on The Ringer.
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins discuss Gillian Robespierre’s ‘Obvious Child’ (0:10) and her new film, ‘Landline.’ Then Sean is joined by Robespierre, Jenny Slate, and Elisabeth Holm to discuss growing up in the ’90s, the sacrifices of independent filmmaking, and collaborating on their second project together (10:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by former 'Bachelor' contestant Ashley Iaconetti to discuss this week's "hometowns" episode, Ashley's take on 'Bachelor in Paradise,' ideas to spice up the show next season, and their picks for the next Bachelor.
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan discuss the successes and failures of filmmakers who have recently overseen big-budget franchises, such as Matt Reeves’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ series, Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers’ series, and Christopher Nolan’s sustained run (1:05). Later, Sean sits down with Matt Reeves to discuss the intricate filmmaking process of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and what to expect from his next movie, ‘The Batman’ (13:30).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat scandal (5:00), Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s newest controversy (15:00), Lena Dunham’s dog drama (23:00), Lorde’s scoffing at Taylor Swift (33:30), and Ben Affleck’s new boo (42:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by ABC's senior vice president of alternative programming, Rob Mills, to discuss all things 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette.' They talk about the most recent 'Bachelor in Paradise' news leaks (4:10), some of this season's 'Bachelorette' moments (17:05), next season's 'Bachelor' candidates (30:24), and the upcoming 'Bachelor Winter Games' (44:55).
In the absence of a new 'Bachelorette' episode, The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by friend and former Bachelor Nick Viall for a free-for-all podcast. They talk about some common misconceptions about 'Bachelor in Paradise', life after reality TV, the Kardashians, NBA players, and much more.
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson discuss filmmaker David Lowery’s latest, ‘A Ghost Story,’ an unconventional film with an unconventional debut at Sundance (1:00). Later, Sean chats with Lowery about the making of the movie and why he no longer watches his movies or reads his reviews (9:30).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by her colleague Andrew Gruttadaro to discuss a special double-episode week in 'The Bachelorette.' They talk about the new 'Bachelor in Paradise' rules following the alcohol incident (1:33), then they examine Dean and his chances to make the final three (5:00), Brian (7:35), Peter (13:00), and Eric (21:55).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the birth of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's twins (5:00), Serena Williams's Vanity Fair cover (20:25), Katy Perry and Chris Martin's festival fling (30:00), and Betty Gilpin's colorful ways to describe her breasts (37:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by New York Times writer and former colleague Wesley Morris, a 'Bachelorette' newbie, to discuss the events on this week's episode. They examine the prevalence of alcohol throughout the franchise (2:40), Rachel's one-on-one date with Dean (7:17), Rachel's breakdown (10:20), Lee's shady ways (18:20), and the less-than-impressive spelling bee (28:05). Then Juliet talks with Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman about the return of 'Bachelor in Paradise' (41:05).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and staff writer Lindsay Zoladz discuss the dearth of female filmmakers in the R-rated comedy space (2:00) before Sean chats with the ‘Rough Night’ writing and directing team of Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs about meeting at the UCB Theatre, developing ‘Broad City,’ and making a studio comedy starring big names like Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Zoë Kravitz (17:00).
The Ringer staff comes together to examine the upcoming "The Notorious" Conor McGregor–Floyd "Money" Mayweather fight. First, David Shoemaker and Chuck Mindenhall discuss whether or not we should be excited about this match (0:22). Later, Shoemaker is joined by Micah Peters and Sam Schube, who ask the question, "Can McGregor actually contend with Mayweather in a boxing match?" (27:08).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Katy Perry’s new album and the press tour around it, including her four-day livestream and New York Times profile (1:36). They also examine Tobey Maguire’s kid’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ production (27:30), Oprah’s Fennelgate (35:40), and Rita Ora’s new (excellent) song (41:55).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by insider Reality Steve to discuss the suspension of 'Bachelor in Paradise' filming over allegations of misconduct.
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and film critic K. Austin Collins discuss the emergence of modern horror films like ‘The Witch’ and the increasing emphasis on tone over standard horror tropes (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by Trey Edward Shults, who explains how working through his own darkness led to making his latest film, ‘It Comes At Night’ (15:50).
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss the exciting offseason moves to be made in the Premier League this summer. They look at Arsenal (4:28), Manchester United (7:30), Tottenham (15:20), Manchester City (23:20), Chelsea (32:00), and Liverpool (38:28), and finish up with their dream-transfers (41:58).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by former Bachelor Ben Higgins to discuss this week's episode of 'The Bachelorette.' They talk about Blake and Lucas's final moments (8:08), possibly the strangest group date in 'Bachelor' / 'Bachelorette' history (17:44), Eric's drama with some of the other guys (28:00), and 'Bachelor in Paradise' (39:07).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey discusses comedic storytelling and Amy Schumer’s career arc, from stand-up comedian to movie star, with Jason Zinoman of The New York Times (0:50). Then Sean is joined by filmmaker Jonathan Levine (‘The Wackness,’ ‘50/50’) to discuss collaborating with Schumer on his new comedy, ‘Snatched’, his own career arc, finding his path, and dealing with bad reviews (14:20).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the Rock's star power (5:00), Justin Bieber's smugness and catchy new single (14:00), Ellen Pompeo's Hamptons retreat (23:00), Keri Russell's star on the Walk of Fame (32:00), and Lorde's elitist Instagram comments (42:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by her colleague Hannah Giorgis to break down Episode 2. They discuss DeMario's surprise guest (1:29), celebrity appearances by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis (23:17) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (31:43), and evaluate some of the contestants (38:34).
The Ringer's Micah Peters sits down with hip-hop pioneer T-Pain to discuss the impromptu release of 'T-Wayne,' a project with Lil Wayne dating back to 2009 (2:55), T-Pain's discovery of Auto-Tune (13:15), and how Auto-Tune creeped into mainstream hip-hop (17:15). Later, T-Pain shares his new and upcoming projects (30:48) and explains his new antisocial music mindset (34:35).
The Ringer's Donnie Kwak, Micah Peters, and Justin Charity discuss Lil Yachty's new album, 'Teenage Emotions.' They examine Yachty's brand vs. his music (7:40) and the album cover art (11:33), and try to determine an overarching theme to the project (31:09). Finally, they answer this question: Is 'Teenage Emotions' any good (39:02)?
Ringer Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey chats with The Hollywood Reporter’s Matthew Belloni about the Netflix controversy at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and how streaming services are reshaping the movie industry (1:00). Then Sean is joined by filmmaker David Michôd to discuss his new film ‘War Machine’ and making a big-budget war movie with Brad Pitt for a streaming service (14:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with the Sports Gal to discuss Rachel's debut as the Bachelorette (02:00), the "whaboom" guy (06:00), a not-so-romantic kiss with Bryan (14:30), their sleeper picks (18:50), the unacceptable purring (25:00), and some of their favorite entrance props (30:45).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis is joined by MLB Network's Brian Kenny to discuss the decline of 'Baseball Tonight' (5:00). Then, Ringer staff writer Claire McNear joins to give her thoughts on why Fox News refuses to cover Trump's ties to Russia (20:30). Finally, Jon Greenberg, lead columnist for The Athletic, chimes in to give his firsthand experience of covering the Chicago Cubs after the curse (33:10).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh, who still doesn't have a driver's license, investigates how far away we are from a driverless future, the utopian (and dystopian) visions of what a driverless world could look like, the hurdles that have to be cleared, and whether driverless cars can arrive in time to save him (and other licenseless citizens) the trouble of ever learning to parallel park.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Andrew Gruttadaro team up to discuss the latest news from the world of 'The Bachelor' (02:00) and then jump into the 'Bachelorette' bios (07:00), giving out awards such as "First Impression Rose" (09:30) and "Highest Paradise Potential" (12:00), and pick their favorite to take home the final rose (32:45).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Steve Harvey's stern memo and work expectations (5:00), Katy Perry's press tour and feminist brand (15:00), Pippa Middleton’s wedding plans (26:00), Harry Styles's love life and inspiration for songs (30:00), and Goldie Hawn's quest to live forever (38:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with BuzzFeed’s Alison Wilmore about Doug Liman’s career and his notable films, including 'The Bourne Identity' and 'Edge of Tomorrow' (0:01). Then Liman joins the podcast to discuss making his new war film, ‘The Wall,’ and why he changed the ending six months after finishing production(6:50).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and executive editor Chris Ryan explore the career arc of renowned director Guy Ritchie (0:30)before sitting down with Ritchie (10:00) to discuss the challenges of making his new film, ‘King Arthur,’ and his personal philosophies surrounding fear, results, and self-confidence.
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon preview the Juventus–Real Madrid matchup in the Champions League final. They cover the teams' differing management styles (2:52), Real Madrid's deep roster (7:00), and Juventus's consistent performance (17:10). Later they briefly discuss the Premier League (24:30).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis brings on author James Andrew Miller to examine the notion that ESPN has a "liberal agenda" (5:00). Then, The Ringer's Danny Chau joins to discuss the destruction of TrueHoop (25:00). Finally, essayist John Lingan joins to offer his thoughts on why baseball has no athlete activism (39:15).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Brad Pitt's revealing GQ Style profile post-divorce (5:00), Pitt's newfound love for Frank Ocean (15:30), Chris Rock's Rolling Stone profile (19:00), mourning the loss of the Met Gala's relevance (29:00), Kanye's absence (38:00), and Prince William and Kate on BBC Radio (42:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with first-time director J.D. Dillard to discuss how he went from dropping out of school to being on the set of ‘The Force Awakens’ with J.J. Abrams to debuting his first film, ‘Sleight,’ at Sundance. Dillard also talks about helming the long-rumored reboot of ‘The Fly.’
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis is joined by BuzzFeed's Joel Anderson to discuss Donald Trump's impact on the NFL, the price of Colin Kaepernick's protest (6:00), Trump's ideal athlete lifestyle (11:00), and the political climate within football locker rooms (17:00). Then, The Ringer's Kevin Clark joins to discuss the similarities between CNN and ESPN (23:30) and the intersections between sports and political coverage (31:00). Finally, The Ringer's David Shoemaker joins to give his thoughts on professional wresting in the world of Trump (36:30).
Editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with director Ben Wheatley to discuss his latest film, ‘Free Fire’ (0:10), getting sought out by star actors and directors like Armie Hammer and Martin Scorsese (6:40), and striking a balance between entertaining and traumatizing an audience (14:40).
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon discuss UEFA’s decision to force Borussia Dortmund to play after the attack on their bus (1:25), officiating in the match between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid (7:14), and the upcoming market for strikers (20:26). They wrap up with predictions for the Premier League (28:21).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Harry Styles's 'Rolling Stone' cover (5:00), Styles living in Ben Winston's attic (10:00), and dating Taylor Swift (14:00). Then, Ringer staff writer Kate Knibbs joins to discuss internet gossipmonger Nik Richie's 'The Dirty' (17:45) and the best place to find gossip in 2017 (26:00). Finally, Juliet and Amanda give their thoughts on Serena's snap (33:00), Meghan Markle's role with the British royal family (38:00), and more Chris Evans (41:00).
The Ringer's Sean Fennessey, Micah Peters, and Justin Charity discuss Kendrick Lamar's new release, 'Damn.' (5:00). Topics include: the collabs on the album (11:00), the logical progression of K-Dot (17:00), Kendrick's taste (22:00), his grand design (30:00), his influence on fellow rappers (34:00), and a ranking of Kendrick's albums (38:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with acclaimed director James Gray to discuss the high stakes of filming his new movie, ‘The Lost City of Z,’ in the jungle, the near-impossible task of making a classic film, and why he isn’t interested in making a television series.
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey sit down with actor Jake Johnson and director Joe Swanberg to discuss their new gambling film ‘Win It All’, why they wanted to make a movie for Netflix, and what it’s like teaming up for multiple projects.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Jenny Slate's press tour for 'Gifted' (5:00), Chris Evans's Disney-level fame (11:00), Anne Hathaway's confessional (16:00), A-Rod and J.Lo's new romance (24:00), Ed Sheeran's Taylor Swift remarks (27:00), and Nan Talese's Vanity Fair profile (34:00).
The Ringer's Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey sits down with director Charlie McDowell to discuss his new film 'The Discovery' (1:55), casting Robert Redford (12:58), being one of Netflix's first major features (21:05) and how to pull off an ending with a twist (18:45).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins are joined by Bill Simmons to discuss Reese Witherspoon's sprawling catalog (5:00), her relationship with Ryan Phillippe (12:00), her R-rated turn in 'Cruel Intentions' (16:00), her missed opportunity with 'Clueless' (23:00), her Oscar curse (29:00), her fling with Jake Gyllenhaal (36:00), her comeback with 'Gone Girl' (43:00), and her next big career move after 'Big Little Lies' (48:00).
The Ringer’s Micah Peters and 'Get Out’ star Lil Rel Howery examine his character, Rod (7:20), and take a look film’s intricate cinematography (12:05). Later, they discuss the future of "social thrillers" (23:40).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion have a spoiler-free discussion about their impressions of the perplexing 'Mass Effect: Andromeda,' Bioware's brain drain, and the ways in which recent releases have raised the bar for big-budget games.
The Ringer's Micah Peters sits down with producer Mike WILL Made-It to discuss working with Pharrell on 'Ransom 2' (01:00), his recording process (06:00), and his dream collaboration (15:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker teams up with Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling to discuss Shane McMahon's elbow drop on 'SmackDown' (03:00), the general manager situation on 'Raw' (10:00), how Braun Strowman could fit into the Roman Reigns–Undertaker match (21:30), the "Missing Ron Simmons" teaser (29:00), and Twitter questions (34:00). Then Bruce Prichard of "Something to Wrestle With" calls in to discuss kayfabe in today's wrestling (39:00) and share Andre the Giant stories (46:00).
The Ringer's Micah Peters, Hannah Giorgis, and Justin Charity discuss Drake's latest project, 'More Life,' and whether it's an album (00:30), grime songs (06:00), and their least favorite track (11:00). Then, The Ringer's Rob Harvilla calls in to talk about the song "Fake Love" (18:00), Drake the underdog (25:00), and "tough guy" Drake (26:30).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the end of a gossip era with the selling of Us Weekly (5:00). Then, former Us Weekly editorial director Lara Cohen joins to give her thoughts on the invention of "Bennifer" (11:00), Britney Spears's head-shaving incident (17:00), and the biggest celebrities today (25:30).
Geoff Shackelford and Joe House welcome four guests in one show, starting with Arnold Palmer Invitational winner Marc Leishman (02:00), then shifting to discussion of the upcoming WGC Match Play and Austin golf with Criquet Shirts cofounders Billy Nachman and Hobson Brown (18:30). Then they welcome Geoff’s dad, former UCLA basketball star Lynn Shackelford, to further discuss the Austin golf scene (34:00) and the 50th anniversary of his first NCAA championship (37:30).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to Compete writer Maddy Myers about experimenting with supplements that promise gaming benefits, covering competitive gaming's growing pains, and gender imbalance in eSports. For a full version of this episode subscribe to Achievement Oriented on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon discuss Manchester City’s Champions League exit (0:55), glance at the top English teams (11:50), and later take an in-depth look at the Champions League quarterfinalists (17:17).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling team up to discuss the passing of Dennis Stamp (02:00), Triple H's and Finn Balor's returns (10:00), the 'WrestleMania' card (19:00), and Twitter questions (37:30).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by Bill Simmons to discuss Nick’s decision to choose Vanessa over Raven (0:30), things they’d rather see in a finale (7:30), and a new version of 'The Bachelor' with celebrities (18:50). Then Ringer 'Bachelor' recap writer Rodger Sherman joins to further dissect Monday's finale (32:12).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins are joined by ‘Girls’ writer Sarah Heyward to discuss the final season (5:00), the infamous Iowa episodes (12:00), Judd Apatow’s subtle influence (22:00), the best moment in the series (27:00), the best guest stars (33:00), and the feeling of wrapping the series (38:00).
The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and Mark Titus discuss the NCAA bracket release (5:00), Duke’s additional adversity (9:00), the UNC-Arkansas rivalry (14:00), the First Four game worth watching (19:00), potential matchups in the Midwest (28:00), Gonzaga’s favorable path (32:00), and the biggest snubs of the tournament (38:00).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion bring on Kotaku news editor (and author of the forthcoming book 'Blood, Sweat, and Pixels') Jason Schreier to discuss reviewing great games (1:00), how 'Breath of the Wild' departs from and improves upon previous 'Zelda' installments (8:30), what lessons developers can take from the game's open-ended structure (34:00), and the Switch's post-launch outlook (40:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker, Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling, and "Hollywood" Dan St. Germain team up to reluctantly break down 'Fastlane' (01:00), the end of Kevin Owens's championship reign (13:20), Goldberg headlining 'WrestleMania' (17:00), Braun Strowman and the Undertaker (25:40), Jack Gallagher's headbutts (34:00), and AJ Styles's loss to Randy Orton (37:00). Then they wrap up by answering some of your Twitter questions (40:20).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins celebrate Connie Britton's birthday (5:00), discuss Brad Pitt's rumored reunion with Jennifer Aniston (12:00), and Meghan Markle wins. Then, Ringer writer Allison P. Davis joins to give her thoughts on Emma Watson's press tour for 'Beauty and the Beast' (22:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with writer-director Jordan Peele (of 'Key & Peele' fame) to discuss his new hit film, 'Get Out,' how and why he made it, and its overwhelmingly positive reception. Peele also talks about ideas for alternate scenes and endings as well as his reasoning behind some of the movie's most pivotal moments.
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by former Bachelor Ben Higgins to discuss the Fantasy Suite (0:45), his thoughts about Raven’s celebratory “music video" (22:25), and Nick’s upcoming appearance on 'Dancing With the Stars' (37:10).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion have a spoiler-free chat about the newly released PS4 exclusive 'Horizon Zero Dawn,' discussing its obvious influences, how it tweaks the open-world formula, and whether games have gotten too long (1:00). Then they bring on Kotaku editor Luke Plunkett to talk about his aborted attempt to play 'Resident Evil 7' and try to pinpoint what combination of in-game mechanics and hangups inside their own psyches makes some video games so scary (24:30).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker teams up with Dave Schilling and Steve Kazee to discuss the "Dusty Finish" at the Oscars (02:00), whether the WWE will sign Matt and Jeff Hardy (05:45), AJ Styles defeating Luke Harper (18:10), and Randy Orton burning down Bray Wyatt's compound (19:45). They finish with a preview of 'Fastlane' (31:30).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by Rob Mills, ABC's senior vice president of alternative programming, to discuss being at the Oscars (1:20), this week’s episode of 'The Bachelor' (9:00), the top five 'Bachelor' contestants (18:00), and the decision to pick Rachel as the next Bachelorette (36:10).
The Ringer celebrates Last Meal on Earth Week with two unique audio stories. First, Danny Chau reports on an ambitious new product attempting to solve one of the food industry's biggest dilemmas (0:10). Then, Katie Baker introduces us to the Lopez siblings and their critically acclaimed family-run Oaxacan restaurant, located in Los Angeles's Koreatown (11:10).
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House so they can respond to The Ringer's top-50 fast food list and offer up their thoughts on which items were overrated, underrated, and properly rated.
Geoff Shackelford and Joe House discuss Ricky Fowler's bizarre win at the Honda Classic (03:05), Johnny Miller's criticism (04:05), and the upcoming changes to the rules of golf (15:45). Then they welcome golf instructor/equipment reviewer/travel guru Mark Crossfield to share how he used honesty to build an online presence (24:05) and answer a few questions from the Callaway Community (27:05). To close out the show, Geoff and House preview the WGC-Mexico Championship (45:35).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion briefly consider the future of TV video game adaptations, reacting to comments by 'Castlevania' producer Adi Shankar and 'The Expanse' co-author Ty Franck (3:30). Then they bring on longtime Giant Bomb video producer Drew Scanlon to discuss having a GIF of his face go viral and how long his fleeting internet notoriety will last (9:30). Lastly, they talk to Kotaku staff writer Heather Alexandra about glitching, speedrunning, and the creative ways in which players navigate games (25:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling team up to honor Ivan Koloff (3:30) and George "The Animal" Steele (8:30), and discuss Max Landis's video on Kevin Owens (16:50), the art of projecting during a promo (21:10), the Rock calling out CM Punk (26:00), and the downsides to attending 'Raw' (30:35).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Harrison Ford's flying skills (5:00), Malia Obama's sabbatical (10:00), the Clooney twins (18:00), Kirsten Dunst's Soho apartment (23:00), Miles Teller's birthday party (32:00), and Eileen Fisher's morning routine (37:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with Bill Simmons and Mallory Rubin to discuss a day in the life of Vanessa (2:00), being in on Corinne (6:50), Rachel's level of interest in Nick (25:25), and a trip to Arkansas with Raven (43:30).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to Jordan Thompson, lead software engineer for the latest Google Doodle game, about building games for a massive search-engine audience with unique control constraints and compatibility concerns (0:15). Then they bring on Ubisoft creative director Jason VandenBerghe to discuss the innovative combat system at the center of newly released fighting game 'For Honor,' why sword-fighting is so tough to translate to video games, and how he created the concept of Vikings versus Samurai (19:30).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with Academy Award winning director Gore Verbinski to discuss his new film 'A Cure For Wellness' (0:40)as well as his career arc of going from directing music videos and television commercials to big budget features like the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Rango' (11:00).
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss Arsenal–Bayern Munich (5:00), Barcelona-PSG (13:00), and the concept of club identity in the sport (20:00). Then, USMNT member and Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris joins (30:00) to give thoughts on the role of college development on the pitch (34:00), break down what a manager actually does during a game (38:00), and discuss how he watches soccer as a fan (42:00).
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker teams up with Bleacher Report’s Dave Schilling to break down the main event from 'Elimination Chamber' (01:30), Bray Wyatt’s future as champion (03:05), Emmalina and the most meta moment in professional wrestling (23:35), Bailey ending Charlotte’s reign (29:00), Kevin Owens betraying Chris Jericho at the 'Festival of Friendship' (36:10), and the upcoming Andre the Giant documentary (41:55).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman sits down with the Bachelor, Nick Viall, to talk about being on the show four times (1:30), kissing in front of the other contestants (7:14), and his biggest surprise thus far(11:20).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion discuss PS4 Pro envy and 'Resident Evil 7' (0:40) and talk to The Guardian's games editor Keith Stuart about the continued sales success of 'Grand Theft Auto V,' the perpetual repackaging of old titles, and the worst US presidents in video games (6:08). Lastly, they talk to Polygon's Owen Good about the latest bad news for NBA Live, why so many sports games are going extinct, and the NBA's plans to partner with Take-Two to launch an official 'NBA 2K' esports league (26:05).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with writer and director Barry Jenkins to discuss his film ‘Moonlight’ and its eight Oscar nominations, what it’s like working with his old friends (6:30), casting nonactors (12:52), and whether or not he plans to speak out politically onstage if he wins at the Academy Awards (28:13).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker, Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling, and "Hollywood" Dan St. Germain team up to preview the "Elimination Chamber" (00:30) and discuss Bray Wyatt and babyface Luke Harper (02:20), booking Samoa Joe (16:45), Jeff Jarrett's control of TNA (23:00), Hulk Hogan's rumored return (27:30), and the Hall of Fame induction of the Rock 'n' Roll Express (32:00).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Beyoncé’s big Instagram announcement and her pop star supremacy (1:30), Lady Gaga’s personae and Super Bowl performance (13:05), Chris Evans and Jenny Slate’s breakup (20:15), and Ed Sheeran and Russell Crowe’s unlikely friendship (25:50).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio to discuss 'The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions' (00:30), staying competitive (06:30), the 'Are You The One?' kids (7:15), the best 'Challenge' competitor of all time (10:35), and what comes next (25:40).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by NBA TV’s Trey Kerby to discuss the Bachelor’s trip to St. Thomas (4:55), Jasmine’s departure (11:10), Danielle’s cluelessness (23:50), and, of course, Corinne (32:00).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Ezra Edelman to discuss the making of 'O.J.: Made in America,' his epic eight-hour Oscar-nominated documentary examining O.J. Simpson’s rise and fall through the lens of race, place, celebrity, and time.
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to Frank Cifaldi, founder of The Video Game History Foundation, about his desire to salvage old video games (6:10), the difference between porting and emulating (9:35), whether online communities can be recreated (14:00), his greatest discoveries (38:05), his efforts to finish unfinished games (42:15), and eight-bit NES porn (50:05).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling team up to discuss the injury Seth Rollins suffered at the hands of Samoa Joe (01:00), the role of Triple H in the WWE Universe (07:15), how they would improve 'WrestleMania' (22:00), Randy Orton's 'Royal Rumble' win (33:15), and the rumored matches for 'FastLane' (37:10).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by former 'Bachelor' contestant Ashley Iaconetti to discuss last night's episode (5:15), what to do during group dates (14:15), being sick of Corrine (30:35), and how being the Bachelor can lead to real love (33:15).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker, Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling, and "The King of Sad Style" Dan St. Germain react to the 'Royal Rumble' results and answer viewer questions about the pay-per-view and the road to 'WrestleMania.'
The Ringer’s Micah Peters is joined by New York magazine’s Rembert Browne to discuss the improbable Migos run (1:00) and the big projects they’re excited about in 2017, including albums by Gorillaz (15:45), Lorde (19:40), and Thundercat (22:25). They also cover some of their favorite new artists on the rise and the importance of seeing live music (26:10).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to Blake Rochkind, a video game agent for United Talent Agency, about how his job works, Hollywood's appetite for movie adaptations of video games, VR's bright future, and his favorite games from last year(0:50). Then they bring on Josh Hano, the creator of new platformer 'Nefarious,' to discuss video game tropes and games that let the player be the bad guy (36:22). They also welcome eight former guests back to the podcast to pick their all-time favorite boss battles(53:15).
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon run through the top four Premier League clubs and discuss Chelsea's recipe for success (5:00), Tottenham’s continuity (12:00), Liverpool's offensive approach (18:00), Man City's stylistic change (24:00), Everton's ownership (29:00), what success looks like in the league (34:00), and the bottom-feeders (40:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling team up to discuss the lineup for Sunday's pay-per-view extravaganza (5:39), Finn Balor's return (9:35), the "filler matches" (10:50), two gigantic championship matches (20:35), and the Royal Rumble match itself (32:40).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Martha Stewart's drone protocol (10:00), the passing of Mary Tyler Moore (19:00), Matthew Goode on 'The Crown' (24:00), Oscar snubs (27:00), A$AP Rocky and Kendall Jenner's relationship status (32:00), and Bradley Cooper's bachelor lifestyle (38:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by ESPN's David Jacoby for an emotional 'Right Reasons' reunion to discuss Corinne's valid argument (02:01), Danielle L.'s one-on-one date (20:45), rollerskating in a museum with Raven (26:58), and Kristina the Russian (39:33). Then they quickly delve into 'Mariah's World' (46:24) and 'Vanderpump Rules' (52:36).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion bring on Ben 'Professor Broman' Bowman to talk about life as a full-time Twitch streamer and a forthcoming change to Twitch that threatens to erase the boundary between streaming and regular life (1:00). Then they talk to IO Interactive creative director Christian Elverdam about how the first season of 'Hitman' synthesized the best features of previous games in the series, used illusion to empower players, and benefited from being released episodically (26:45).
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with the artist and director Mike Mills, who opens up about his latest film, ‘20th Century Women,’ and what it's like directing a movie largely inspired by his mother (1:37), his decision to set the movie in the ’70s (14:25), and choosing the best songs from his childhood to score the film (31:42).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling discuss the passing of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (02:51) and the United Kingdom Championship Tournament (07:30). Then, "Hollywood" Dan St. Germain calls into the show to discuss his dream 'WrestleMania' lineup (13:31). Lastly, they break down how 'Raw' is setting up the 'Royal Rumble' (30:26).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss new celeb power couples (5:00), Drake and J.Lo dating (10:00), the state of Drake's relationships (17:00), Rooney Mara's serious opinions (22:00), Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons (25:00), Serena's engagement (28:00), Ryan Gosling's style (34:00), and Tom Hiddleston's tone-deaf speech (37:00).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by former Bachelor Ben Higgins to discuss returning to his job after being on TV (0:01), how Nick is handling being the current Bachelor (3:00), the biggest overreactions on the show so far (5:15), things Ben would have never done on the show (16:25), Corinne’s questionable decision-making (29:13), and hot takes on hot tubs (48:45).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion share their hands-on impressions of the Nintendo Switch and 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' and discuss some big questions surrounding the forthcoming console. Then they bring on the creator of the YouTube channel 'How Big Is the Map?' to explain his incredible, quixotic quest to traverse the map of every open-world game.
The Ringer's Sean Fennessey sits down with Ted Melfi to discuss the success of his latest film, 'Hidden Figures' (1:10), and how it came about (3:19), as well as the difficulties of making an entertaining movie about math (8:00). Melfi also shares what it's like working with Taraji P. Henson (18:27) and Kevin Costner (21:15), getting Pharrell to score his movie (29:20), and how he feels about the 'Hidden Fences' mishap (38:45).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling to discuss Peter Thiel's Trump-Hogan quote (01:30), the return of the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels on 'Raw' (06:01), Chris Jericho defeating Roman Reigns (17:04), the golden age of Monday-night main events (21:38), the Bullet Club (30:11), and their "SmackDown Stock Watch" (41:14).
In their third SMHOF episode, The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan induct ‘Any Given Sunday’ and break down Oliver Stone's bizarre editing (02:25), Cameron Diaz's underrated ownership chops (08:15), Al Pacino's last great performance (11:16), the Tao of James Woods (15:15), the eye-opening concussion/painkiller subplots (16:44), Jamie Foxx's breakout role as Willie Beamon (21:17), the craziest cameos (34:27), and where the "Inches" monologue ranks in the pantheon of great sports movie speeches (45:04).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by former ‘Bachelor’ producer Pete Scalettar and former contestant Jade Roper to discuss their feelings about Nick (1:20), Corinne’s villain status (3:40), Liz’s epic departure (25:40), her TV wedding to Tanner (33:35), and Danielle’s tragic confession (43:50).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion recap their holiday gaming and talk to New Yorker contributing writer Simon Parkin about his book, 'Death by Video Game'; VR and psychology; end-of-year lists; and recent (and future) industry developments. Then Ben, Jason, and their colleague Justin Charity talk to actor Ruffin Prentiss about playing the protagonist of 'Watch Dogs 2.'
The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Dave Schilling to discuss "CarmEllsworth" (04:12), Dean Ambrose's IC title win on 'SmackDown' (6:32), Shoemaker coming to grips with Paige's engagement to Alberto Del Rio (10:54), 'Raw' gearing up for the 'Royal Rumble' (25:24), and a familiar face on 'Bring It to the Table' (39:47).
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by the Sports Gal to recap the first episode of ‘The Bachelor’ and to ask the big questions, such as “Is Nick a good bachelor?” (1:15), “Why did so many women wear red?” (8:05), “What was up with the dolphin/shark suit?” (21:05), and “Why didn’t Liz give Nick her number?” (32:05).
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss 'Moneyball,' the second inductee into the Sports Movie Hall of Fame. They cover everything from the state of Brad Pitt's career (0:45), the past 20 years of sports movies (2:34), the making of 'Moneyball' (9:25), their favorite moments from the film (14:20), and the future of sports movies (51:54).
The Ringer's team of tech writers — Molly McHugh, Victor Luckerson, Alyssa Bereznak, and Kate Knibbs — discuss their best and worst of the year in tech. Listen as they reveal their best app of the year, their least favorite acquisitions and memes, and what we as consumers have to look forward to.
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion discuss the newly released movie 'Assassin's Creed,' then bring on their colleagues Jon Lovett and Kam Collins for a wider discussion about why video-game adaptations historically haven't worked well as films. Lastly, they talk to Chris Plante of The Verge about how and why first-person shooters broke out of their slump and whether 2016 was the best FPS year ever.
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman for the inaugural Sports Movie Hall of Fame induction ceremony to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of 'Jerry Maguire.' Topics include: Rod Tidwell spin-offs (6:00), Cruise Oscar snubs (12:00), the opening montage (16:00), Jonathan Lipnicki's pinnacle (22:00), "show me the money" (28:00), the best Cruise movies (35:00), the birth of the modern sports movie (40:00), and Cruise's romantic-lead chops (45:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Dan St. Germain and Steve Kazee to discuss 'Roadblock' (1:43) and provide their 2016 WWE highlights and lowlights, including ‘WrestleMania 32,’ AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar, and Sasha-Charlotte (31:00).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion name-check their favorite 'Star Wars' games and talk to Jack Sorensen, the former president of LucasArts, about how he helped oversee several classic titles during the heyday of in-house 'Star Wars' development (5:24). Then they welcome Douglas Reilly from Lucasfilm and Justin McCully from Electronic Arts to discuss the upcoming slate of 'Star Wars' games (34:10) and the challenge of telling original stories within the larger 'Star Wars' universe (38:10).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Clark Duke to discuss his Doink sighting (1:12), politics in wrestling (9:05), the New Day passing Demolition (14:20), and 'Roadblock: End of the Line' (33:01).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins determine who is the biggest star in the 'Star Wars' canon (6:00), discuss the onscreen charisma of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in 'La La Land' (10:00), weight Meghan Markle's royal stardom (24:00), and examine John Mayer subtweeting Taylor Swift (30:00).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion react to recent announcements of new installments in a few of their favorite game franchises, then call New York Times contributing game critic Chris Suellentrop (8:30) to talk about 'The Last Guardian,' the genius of Fumito Ueda (13:00), and the legacy of 'Ico' and 'Shadow of the Colossus' (19:00). Lastly, Ben, Jason, and Chris talk to novelist and 'Westworld' writer-editor Charles Yu (29:15) about the video game roots of the show's first season.
The Ringer's resident soccer heads, Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon, return to discuss Premier League title contenders (6:00), Chelsea's talent (10:00), Mesut Ozil vs. Alexis Sanchez (17:00), Tottenham's key injuries (20:00), Manchester United's Europa League nightmare (24:00), Stoke's middle-of-the-pack life (29:00), and the most impressive players so far this season (35:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by his former tag-team partner, Peter Rosenberg, to discuss Rosenberg’s appearance on ‘WWE TLC Kickoff’ (1:05), his beef with Booker T. (2:34), working with Daniel Bryan (7:12), and Lance Storm's tweet about him (12:31). Then, LaToya Ferguson joins to talk about ‘TLC’ (18:24), relationships in wrestling (28:23), and the impressive “work rate” from the week (32:45).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by Dave Schilling of The Guardian to discuss the Attitude Era moments on 'Raw' (7:30), the shock of the ‘Survivor Series’ (14:30), the legitimacy of Sasha-Charlotte among all-time classic feuds (23:10), and the Mount Rushmore of wrestling (41:25). They wrap up with a preview of this Sunday's 'TLC' card (46:12).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss and dissect the return of 'Gilmore Girls' (5:00), examine the latest British gossip with Prince Harry (37:00), and wrap up with One Direction talk (43:00).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to their colleague Justin Charity about Square Enix's newly released role-playing game, 'Final Fantasy XV' (1:34). Then, they bring on Blake J. Harris, author of 'Console Wars' and the forthcoming 'The History of the Future,' to discuss the current state and mystifying future of virtual-reality hardware and software (19:50).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with Chris Tomson to talk about his new solo project, Dams of the West (2:10), recording in Nashville with Patrick Carney of the Black Keys (9:04), being an artist in today's social media spectrum (13:12), and his new video, "Death Wish" (19:12). Then, Tomson opens up about his Nets fandom (24:39) and the future of Vampire Weekend without Rostam Batmanglij (33:44).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk about how Telltale Games created a successful assembly line for licensed, episodic adventure games, and report their impressions of 'Batman: The Telltale Series' (1:33). Then, they bring on Telltale alum and Campo Santo co-founder Sean Vanaman to discuss how he wrote 'The Walking Dead' and 'Firewatch' (15:55) and what he has in mind for the 'Firewatch' film adaptation (54:53).
The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion share their thoughts on stealth games and discuss their impressions of recent high-profile releases ‘Dishonored 2’ (3:25) and ‘Watch Dogs 2’ (16:40). Then, they bring on ‘Firewatch’ and ‘Mark of the Ninja’ designer Nels Anderson to explain ‘Dishonored’ from a developer’s perspective and reveal how his games avoid the potential pitfalls of stealth and narrative exploration games (21:33).
‘The Masked Man Show’ went live for the WWE ‘Survivor Series’! David Shoemaker welcomed Steve Kazee, Dan St. Germain, and Dave Schilling to discuss the big matches and what the results mean going forward in a post-show wrap.
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to prolific video game voice actress Jennifer Hale about the ongoing voice actors strike (2:24), the unique challenges of voicing video games (8:07), and infiltrating a formerly male-oriented field (21:54). Then, they bring on Nate Nanzer, Blizzard Entertainment's global director of Overwatch e-sports, to discuss how the company is trying to fuse its popular e-sport with the infrastructure of traditional sports in the forthcoming Overwatch League (25:45).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Prince Harry's new flame, Meghan Markle (6:00), Bruno Mars's new record (16:00), and Mandy Moore's recent run of success (24:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens to discuss how his life has changed since winning the title (2:45), traveling the indie circuit (7:48), connecting with the fans (22:45), his dream 'WrestleMania' opponents (39:30), and more.
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to former pro gamer and coach and current 'Call of Duty' and 'Overwatch' caster Matt "Mr X" Morello about the appeal and future of 'Overwatch' and E-sports (1:31). Then, they bring on Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier to discuss Nintendo's NES Classic, the risks of going retro, and gaming nostalgia (32:12).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and The Guardian's Dave Schilling discuss another inconsequential episode of 'Raw' (2:44), the future of the Cruiserweight division (7:35) and the upcoming 'Survivor Series' card (26:16), and then give their commentary on the Goldberg-Lesnar match from 'WrestleMania 20' (35:05).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to their colleague Victor Luckerson about mid-generation console updates and the PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch optimism, and Nintendo's mobile strategy. Then they bring on New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram to discuss his 'Call of Duty' love affair, gaming culture in the NFL, and his thoughts on creepy clowns.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Prince Harry's new boo (5:00), Meghan Markle's star status (8:00), Drake–Taylor Swift dating rumors (16:00), Lindsay Lohan's accent (24:00), and nostalgia for mid-2000s reality TV stars (27:00).
David Shoemaker and Steve Kazee discuss 'Hell in a Cell' (5:02), Sasha and Charlotte's performance (16:44), and the NXT house show experience (23:30), then preview the 'Survivor Series' (36:50).
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion introduce Channel 33's new gaming podcast and discuss their impressions of newly released big-budget shooters ‘Battlefield 1’ and ‘Titanfall 2.’ Then they bring on Vince Zampella, the creator of ‘Call of Duty’ and CEO of ‘Titanfall’ developer Respawn Entertainment, to discuss his design choices and the past, present, and future of first-person shooters.
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss José Mourinho's Manchester hotel, the extinction of the striker, and the continued dominance of Chelsea's N'Golo Kanté.
David Shoemaker and LaToya Ferguson discuss the new WWE Performance Center recruits (9:31), story lines involving cars (21:30), superstar James Ellsworth (24:17), and the 'Hell in a Cell' main events (35:15).
The Ringer's Micah Peters is joined by 'Atlanta' star Brian Tyree Henry to discuss his roots in Broadway, working with 'South Park' creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Donald Glover's genius, the familial vibe on the set of 'Atlanta,' and why he refers to his character as “Alfred” and not “Paper Boi.”
'Any Given Wednesday' writers Cathy Lew and Brendan Lynch break down the latest in internet culture. They discuss Instagram accounts 8Booth and Bread Face, the evil clown movement, and more.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Emma Stone's Vogue cover story and '73 Questions' video (9:00), Emily Blunt's range and move to Brooklyn (20:00), Tobey Maguire and the return of the “Pussy Posse” (29:00), and Obama's farewell tour and Michelle Obama's overall elegance (32:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and The Guardian's Dave Schilling discuss Paige's proposal to Alberto Del Rio (2:33), the Undertaker's crutches (6:25), and the surprisingly entertaining return of Goldberg on 'Raw' (7:29). Then, the announcement for the main event for 'Hell in a Cell' is analyzed (27:18) as is the impressive championship match on 'Smackdown' (36:41).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell to discuss their new reality on reality TV (8:00), "cray" vs. "crazy" (13:00), Ben's political aspirations (19:00), the Pacers date (24:00), and the most awkward moments on the show (27:00).
David Shoemaker and Steve Kazee discuss the return of Goldberg, a crazy Paige rumor (10:40), and the upcoming 'Survivor Series' matchups (14:25). Then, they consider possible high spots for 'Hell in a Cell' (18:30) and review 'No Mercy' (34:20).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins are joined by Bill Simmons to discuss Kim Kardashian's heist (5:00), Mila Kunis's universal likability (12:00), and pop star Shawn Mendes's upside (17:00). Then, Juliet and Amanda break down Brangelina's split (27:00) and the return of 'Gilmore Girls' (36:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Dan St. Germain discuss the TNA sale (6:00), Ric Flair–Halle Berry rumors (12:00), Sasha's big win (22:00), 'No Mercy' headliners (35:00), and Dolph vs. Miz (43:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Sam Donsky discuss the potential sale of TNA (8:00), the 'Clash of Champions' results (22:00), and the Seth Rollins–Kevin Owens rivalry (37:00).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman discuss Les Miles's legacy at LSU and Ed Orgeron's fit for the Tigers in the interim. To hear the full episode, visit: https://soundcloud.com/ringeruniversity.
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss José Mourinho's tiring coaching style (8:00), Man City's dominance (16:00), Everton's surprising start (20:00), and Pep Guardiola vs. Mourinho.
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman discuss Louisville's smackdown of Florida State and Urban Meyer's continued dominance in Columbus (14:00). Then, Associated Press college football writer Ralph Russo joins to discuss Lamar Jackson being in the September Heisman zone (23:00), North Dakota State's consideration in the top 25 (30:00), and Wisconsin's identity (38:00). Finally, Mallory and Ben wrap up with picks for the upcoming weekend (44:00).
David Shoemaker welcomes The Guardian’s Dave Schilling to discuss Seth Rollins's face turn (08:15) and a great week of 'Smackdown' (18:55), and to preview ‘Clash of Champions’ (44:45).
Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins come to grips with the Brangelina bombshell, discuss Angelina's divorce attorney Laura Wasser (19:30), and dive into 'Bridget Jones's Baby' (38:08).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman brings on Reality Steve to discuss the jam-packed 'Bachelor in Paradise' finale, mull over the many rumors of Nick Viall's upcoming season, and brainstorm ways to improve the 'Bachelor in Paradise' franchise.
Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman discuss a surprisingly exciting Week 2, the Oklahoma State loss, and Clemson's future. Then, Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel joins to preview this weekend's slate of games.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by comedian Dan St. Germain and Ringer staff writer Sam Donsky to discuss CM Punk's abysmal UFC showing, AJ Styles's ‘SmackDown,’ and Mick Foley's management style.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by actor Steve Kazee and AGW writer Joel Solomon to discuss CM Punk's UFC debut, Triple H and the belt appearing on 'SmackDown,' Sasha Banks's "Bad News" promo on 'Raw,' and the first pay-per-view 'SmackDown' post–brand split.
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman break down a fantastic Week 1, the implosion of the SEC, Texas's "18 Wheeler" package, and the Deondre Francois experience. Then, they preview the less-than-stellar slate of games for this weekend.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins dedicate a reluctant two minutes to Taylor Swift and then dive in to discuss Drake-Rihanna (10:00), Elizabeth Holmes's Vanity Fair profile (25:40), and Jonathan Safran Foer's acknowledgements in 'Here I Am' (34:00).
The Ringer's Molly McHugh is joined by Ringer staff writer Alyssa Bereznak, Wired's David Pierce, and freelance tech journalist Glenn Fleishman to discuss Apple's big iPhone event and the fatigue hanging over the entire rollout this year.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by 'AGW' associate producers Emily Collette and Sam Usher to discuss the groundbreaking news that Nick Viall is the new 'Bachelor.' Later they discuss 'Paradise,' including why the twins haven't done well and why Evan and Carly never talk about their kids.
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman prep for kickoff of the college football season by offering their playoff, national championship, and Heisman predictions; taking stock of the most hyped preseason players and teams; and forecasting the Week 1 slate.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker brings on Ringer staff writer Sam Donsky and ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ writer Angelina Burnett to discuss Kevin Owens's big win on ‘Raw,’ break down Daniel Bryan vs. the Miz (35:00), pay respects to Mr. Fuji (47:00), and reflect on whether any of the ‘SummerSlam’ matches even mattered (58:00).
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon break down the groups for the Champions League and give their preview for Liverpool-Tottenham this weekend.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Joshua Jackson and Ruth Wilson's eight-hour dinner escapade, Renée Zellweger's pushback in a revealing 'Hollywood Reporter' profile, and the celebrity allure of owning art books.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and actor Steve Kazee offer up their final thoughts on this year's 'SummerSlam,' discuss what's next with NXT, and break down what happened between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton.
On this week's edition, ‘AGW’ writers Travon Free and Cathy Lew offer up their winners and losers of summer ’16. Then, Pat Barker and Joel Solomon reprise their 'Get Off My Lawn' segment with some thoughts on the NFL's suspension policy. Finally, Brendan Lynch and Cathy kick off a new segment titled 'Hot Wrecks' and give a slew of recommendations, including "trash pizza" protocol.
Nick Viall stops by this week’s Bachelor Party to discuss how he got on the show, where he stands with Kaitlyn and Andi, his feelings toward Josh Murray, and his drink of choice in Paradise.
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon preview the Round 2 matchups, and discuss Manchester United's midfield, Leicester City’s and Arsenal's slow starts, Everton's transfer activity, and much more from around the league.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Ringer staff writer Sam Donsky and The Guardian’s Dave Schilling to preview ‘SummerSlam’ and ‘NXT Takeover.’ Then, 'Fake It So Real' director Robert Greene joins (1:02:00) to discuss the current wrestling scene and catch up with his old buddy the Masked Man.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins map out the all-time best and worst songs of the summer.
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion give their thoughts on one of the year's most highly anticipated video games, 'No Man's Sky.' Then, game creator Sean Murray joins (26:55) to discuss the release process and dealing with lofty expectations.
On this week's episode of ‘Bachelor Party,’ Juliet Litman is joined by 'AGW' associate producers Emily Collette and Sam Usher to discuss 'Bachelor in Paradise.' They give their conflicting thoughts on Christian, and talk about Leah's new look, appropriate footwear at the beach, and the sexy six's make-out pad.
David Shoemaker is joined by comics writer and 'Straight Shoot' host Aubrey Sitterson to discuss what WWE can learn from PWG (4:00), wrestling's place in the Olympic ringer (38:30), and Raw’s main-eventers (43:30).
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss 20 looming questions heading into the Premier League season, including Pep Guardiola’s and Jose Mourinho's arrivals in Manchester, whether Leicester City can repeat, and Paul Pogba's potential to be the best player in the league.
Juliet Litman is joined by 'AGW' producers Emily Collette and Sam Usher to discuss JoJo's final choice of Bachelor and to offer their differing opinions on Jordan. Then they reflect on how JoJo may be the Thon Maker of ‘The Bachelorette,’ Robby's socks and teeth, and why the contestants' families should be involved in the rose ceremonies. Finally, they talk about what's next for 'Bachelor in Paradise.'
Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis brings on the former top editor at Sports Illustrated, Us Weekly, Rolling Stone, and Esquire to discuss the appeal of a magazine (5:00), Rick Reilly's SI career and departure (12:00), handling the SI Swimsuit Issue debate (21:00), and his new book, 'The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers' (30:00).
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker is joined by 'AGW' writer Joel Solomon to discuss Rhyno’s recent GOP victory (5:00) and Shoemaker’s trip to the PGW (14:00). Then they run through the ‘Cruiserweight Classics,’ (15:00) some of the rising NXT stars of ‘Raw’ (19:00), and highlights from last week’s matches (21:00).
On the inaugural 'Writers' Room,' a rotating cast of 'Any Given Wednesday' writers chime in with their thoughts on pop culture, sports, and the power of the internet deep dive. First, writers Travon Free and Cathy Lew discuss the anticipation for Frank Ocean's new album and if the world can handle a Kanye-Drake collaboration. Then, Pat Barker and Joel Solomon join to break down what's grinding their gears in the sporting world. Finally, Brendan Lynch and Cathy Lew wrap it up with Brendan's most recent internet deep dives.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins give their thoughts on the 'Gilmore Girls' reboot trailer, Lindsay Lohan's social media activity (17:00), and Wendi Murdoch's Rolodex reveal in 'Vogue' (25:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and comedian Dan St. Germain discuss the new era of WWE: a solid 'Battleground,' a shocking 'Raw,' and a new-look 'Smackdown.'
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Mallory Rubin discuss Aaron Rodgers's long-awaited response, bid farewell to Luke and break down the fantasy suite dates for Jordan, Robby, and Chase.
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Travis Sawchik to discuss all of the ways the Pittsburgh Pirates are embracing sports science. Then Ben and Michael discuss whether baseball movies are having a moment by breaking down the 2016 lineup of 'Everybody Wants Some!!,' 'The Phenom,' and 'Undrafted.'
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon talk about England’s manager search (2:30), Paul Pogba’s rumored move to Manchester United (10:00), the role of agents in transfers (11:00), and how Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have gone about team building (25:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman dives deep into the 'Bachelorette' hometown dates. Ringer editor Molly McHugh makes a guest appearance to discuss the sibling rivalry between the Rodgers brothers. Later, Ringer staff writer Allison P. Davis joins to give her top picks for the show's most eligible bachelors.
On this emergency special of 'Jam Session,' Amanda Dobbins and Juliet Litman talk exclusively about Kimye v. Tay, also known as the Snapchat tapes (4:00). Plus a bonus interview with 'GQ' writer Caity Weaver for an insider look at the "Famous" feud (18:00).
Geoff Shackelford and Joe House break down Henrik Stenson's win over Phil Mickelson at “The Open,” Billy Horschel’s backward cap, and Trump phoning Shackelford directly!
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by 'AGW' writer Joel Solomon and The A.V. Club's Latoya Ferguson to discuss the PED allegations against Brock Lesnar (6:00), the impending brand split (20:00), their top-10 draft lists (40:00), and the most valuable wrestlers in the new-look leagues. Then, the Miz joins to discuss the importance of the draft (1:16:00) and what it's like to be a Cleveland sports fan.
Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Jonathan Safran Foer's email correspondence with Natalie Portman in ’T Magazine,' Jennifer Aniston's new foray into blogging, and Ciara and Russell Wilson's nuptials.
On a special edition of 'The Ringer Tech Pod,’ Molly McHugh and staff writers Alyssa Bereznak, Kate Knibbs, and Victor Luckerson discuss the use of Facebook Live to stream the tragic events in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Texas last week, and the implications that real-time violence has for the future of the platform.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and comedian Dan St. Germain discuss Brock Lesnar's UFC 200 upset (8:00), Dean Ambrose's draft stock (22:00), Shane McMahon's 'SmackDown' (42:00), the impending ‘Raw’ vs. ‘SmackDown’ brand split (52:00), and ‘Final Deletion’ and the Wyatts–New Day fight (58:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Bryan Curtis discuss the rift between the Rodgers brothers (8:00), how Aaron Rodgers has "chosen to do life" (14:00), the strange Kama Sutra horse date (20:20), and the bond between Texans on the show (26:00).
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon give their big-picture review of Euro 2016. Then, Donnie Kwak joins to discuss the France-Arsenal alignment and designate the final four "most deserving" teams of the tournament. Finally, Kevin Clark chimes in with Euro final predictions and discusses Ronaldo's chance to add to his ever-growing star.
The Ringer’s Molly McHugh discusses some of the challenges of the digital music space with the founders of now-defunct services Turntable.fm (04:30) and Vivogig (13:30), and chats with tech reporter Victor Luckerson. Later, she brings on Scott Pinkmountain (22:00), a music analyst at Pandora, to share his thoughts on the industry.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Steve Kazee on Kevin Durant's wrestling-worthy responses, Brock Lesnar's UFC 200 ripple effect (8:00), the holiday letdown of 'Raw' (27:00), the WWE pay-per-view expansion (36:00), the impending draft (47:00), and the current iteration of the New Day (54:00).
Bryan Curtis examines what makes Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully undeniably the greatest sports broadcaster of all time. MLB Audio of Vin Scully is used with permission of MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All Rights Reserved.
Ep. 141: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins by The Ringer
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Mallory Rubin discuss Chase and Derek's two-on-one date with JoJo. Then, they talk about the scene featuring a live singer's melodramatic rendition of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" after Derek's dismissal. Later, they debate the merits of being serenaded by a piano player versus a guitar player and talk about why more NFL families should be on reality TV.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker brings on 'Any Given Wednesday' writer Joel Solomon to discuss Roman Reigns's next move, AJ Styles's heel turn (20:00), the biggest slide in the upcoming draft (32:00), WWE's dating carousel (42:00), and 'Monday Night Raw': The Man vs. The Guy vs. The Dude (53:00).
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, "Reasonable Doubt," The Ringer's Jay Z aficionados reflect on Hov's impact on the modern-day rap mogul and discuss what the next step is in his career.
Chris Ryan, Ryan O’Hanlon, Micah Peters, and Kevin Clark reflect on the group stage’s most compelling performances and discuss what will be a completely different tournament going forward.
Description: The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Bryan Curtis discuss cliff-diving dates in Uruguay, Vinny the barber, and why America isn't making a big deal about Jordan Rodgers. Then Reality Steve joins to talk about an unprecedented moment in ‘Bachelorette’ history.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by actor Steve Kazee and television writer Angelina Burnett to discuss the Roman Reigns solution (10:00), 'Money in the Bank' winners and losers (19:00), John Cena's supremacy (40:00), the upcoming 'SummerSlam' (52:00), and Sasha Banks's rising star (57:00).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis talks to TV showrunner Damon Lindelof, HitFix's Alan Sepinwall, Slate's Willa Paskin, The New York Times' A.O. Scott, and more about the rise of the television critic.
The Ringer's Chris Ryan, Ryan O'Hanlon, and Micah Peters take the temperature on Euro 2016, looking at the best players, most disappointing teams, and biggest story lines after the first week of the tournament.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins on Leonardo DiCaprio's rumored sexual tics, Queen Elizabeth and the coverage of the British royal family (11:00), James Corden's showmanship (21:00), and the latest trends in celebrity real estate (27:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and 'Any Given Wednesday' writer Brendan Lynch discuss conspiracy theories about last week's episode, why Under Armour should make merchandise for 'The Challenge,' and their predictions on who will win this season.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and comedian Dan St. Germain on 'WWE SmackDown' vs. 'Raw' (15:00), 'NXT TakeOver: The End' (32:00), the upcoming 'Money in the Bank' 2016 (47:00), and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (1:04:00).
The Ringer's Molly McHugh talks to former Taxi Magic founder George Arison about making one of the first ride-hailing apps (5:00), Harry Campbell, 'The Rideshare Guy,' about the culture and business behind Lyft and Uber (17:00), Victor Luckerson about self-driving cars (32:00), and transportation advocate Sunday Parker about her optimism for autonomous cars (42:00).
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis is joined by legendary Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford to discuss the current sports scene, the coverage of Muhammad Ali's death, and his renowned NPR commentaries.
The Ringer's Chris Ryan, Ryan O'Hanlon, and Kevin Clark name their select a starting 11 dream team for Euro 2016, discuss the names to watch throughout the month-long journey, and pick their favorite to win it all.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Allison P. Davis on the four-hour 'Bachelorette' binge, Chad's exit, and Ben Roethlisberger's odd cameo.
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and acclaimed baseball writer Rany Jazayerli on the Chicago Cubs’ historic season and their chase to emerge as the best team in MLB history. Remember to subscribe to the 'Ringer MLB Show' feed!
David Shoemaker, David’s buddy Blake, and Guardian writer Dave Schilling talk about Brock Lesnar's UFC announcement, Lesner's career, and how his MMA return may affect his legacy (4:00). Then they discuss a very goofy episode of ‘Raw’ (26:00) and hold a ‘Raw’ vs. ‘SmackDown’ mock draft (36:00).
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins on Taylor Swift's relationship status, Emilia Clarke's role in 'Me Before You' (17:00), Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst's rumored romance (24:00), and potential options for a female lead in the Bond franchise (30:00).
The Ringer's Molly McHugh and Kate Knibbs dedicate a full podcast to emoji with help from Fred Benenson, who translated 'Moby Dick' in its entirety into emoji, and internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch, who explains why the icons have become such an important part of conversation.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Bryan Curtis on JoJo's first group date, the trip to the 'SportsNation' set, Chad's continuous protein intake, and the boring 'Bachelor' options.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by former (and maybe future) professional wrestler Bill Goldberg to discuss his favorite WWE memories, the return of the L.A. Rams, and the 'WWE 2K17' roster card. Then A.V. Club writer LaToya Ferguson (19:00) on the upcoming WWE brand split and re-examining the 2002 WWE roster selections.
The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Juliet Litman check in on MTV's 'The Challenge: Rivals III.'
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and the Sports Gal on JoJo Fletcher's 'Bachelorette' 2016 premiere.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and actor Steve Kazee on Cody Rhodes's release from WWE, Charlotte Flair's growing star, Monday-night ‘Raw,’ and ‘Extreme Rules 2016.’
Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis explores the history and uncertain future of the television highlight package.
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and comedian Dan St. Germain on the recent rumblings around the wrestling world, ECW and hardcore wrestling in WWE (25:00), and a preview of WWE's 'Extreme Rules' (48:00).
Jon and Dan discuss the Democratic primary results from Kentucky and Oregon, Bernie's stance toward Clinton (14:00), Trump vs. The New York Times (23:00), and the horse race between Hillary and Trump.
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins on Mariah Carey as an interviewee, the summer of Zac Efron (11:00), Greta Gerwig's likability (20:00), surprises in 'Scandal' Season 5 (28:00), and the return of 'Unreal.'
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Allison P. Davis run the gamut on the release of JoJo Fletcher's ‘Bachelorette’ 2016 contestants.
Chris and Andy share their thoughts on last night's 'Game of Thrones' on their 'Channel 33' finale. Please subscribe to the separate 'The Watch' feed for more episodes!
Jon and Dan talk about Trump's attempts to pivot, "cocky" Democrats, close polls, and The NYT Magazine’s Ben Rhodes profile. Then, ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd joins (50:30) to discuss Trump hacking the political process, Todd’s critiques of the media, and the future of political journalism.
Juliet and Amanda discuss Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's rekindling in Paris, the Kardashians’ trip to Cuba (10:00), Ryan Gosling's new baby (23:00), and Jenny Slate and Chris Evans's newfound love.
Chris Ryan hosts today's show without Andy, but gets help from a slew of Ringer staffers. First, Bill Simmons recaps the 'GoT' season thus far and talks about his favorite Netflix horror film. The full episode can be found separately on 'The Watch' podcast feed.
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The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by screenwriter Drew Goddard to break down the season premiere of MTV's 'The Challenge,' Johnny Bananas's master toasting (20:00), the struggling new season of 'The Real World' (36:30), and his career highlights (49:00).
Jon and Dan rehash the highlights from the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Then, Tommy Vietor, former spokesman for President Obama, joins to discuss Trump virtually securing the nomination, Hillary-vs.-Trump scenarios (22:00), Hillary's strategy vs. the Donald (44:00), and the anniversary of the Bin Laden raid (50:00).
Juliet and Amanda jump on the fashion beat to break down the many looks of the Met Gala. Then they discuss Stephen and Ayesha Curry's (27:00) parenting style and Britney Spears's next stand (36:00).
Chris and Andy discuss 'Game of Thrones,' the two poles of TV drama viewership (18:00), the challenges of modern filmmaking vs. TV-making (27:10), Drake’s ‘Views,’ and the impact of event listening on record releases (42:00).
Mays and Kevin give their winners and losers from the 2016 NFL draft. Topics include: Jacksonville's big additions, Tomlin's talented defensive selections (11:00), RGIII's new crop of receivers (15:00), the Jets' QB conundrum (20:00), Mickey Loomis's press conference versatility (28:00), Roberto Aguayo vs. the internet (32:00), Myles Jack vs. Jaylon Smith (40:00), the Ravens’ revamped defense (48:00), and the significance of this group of draftees (50:00).
Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis is joined by James Andrew Miller to discuss the departures of Skip Bayless and Mike Tirico, and the future for ESPN.
On the inaugural ‘Ringer NFL Show,’ Robert Mays and Kevin Clark report live from the draft in Chicago to break down the first-round highlights, lowlights, and biggest moves from day one. Then, third overall pick Joey Bosa joins (28:50) to discuss pre-draft prep and what he's looking forward to in his first year in the league.
Jon and Dan are joined by Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Obama, to discuss Trump’s triumph in the Northeast (6:00), the Cruz-Kasich alliance (8:00), the beginning of the "veepstakes" (16:00), Clinton's potential progressive VP options (22:00), the science of writing comedic speeches (28:00), and the best moments from Obama's White House Correspondents’ Dinner appearances (33:00).
Juliet and Amanda defend Kelly Ripa's belief in "respect in the workplace," try to make sense of Melania Trump's GQ profile (20:00), and break down Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' love triangles (28:00).
Mays and Mallory team up for the final time to boldly cap their pre-draft journey, discuss the biggest moves still on the table, and bid their farewells. Then, Mays is joined by Lance Zierlien (18:20) to recap his top prospects to look out for on Thursday night. Los Angeles Rams star running back Todd Gurley (35:15) reflects on his rookie season and how he has rapidly adapted to the Los Angeles lifestyle. Finally, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah (45:05) wraps it up with his thoughts on Goff vs. Wentz and his biggest "beware" prospect on the board.
Chris and Andy recap a busy weekend in culture by breaking down the 'Game of Thrones' season premiere, Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' (8:00), Prince's passing and everlasting impact (18:00), and the return of 'Jason Bourne' (32:00).
Mays and Mallory break down the big Eagles-Browns trade with resident Eagles fan Chris Ryan and resident Browns apologist Matt Borcas (22:00). Then they discuss the "draftnik nonsense" of "red flags" (39:00) and the "bluechip battle of the week" (47:00) featuring Reggie Ragland and Darron Lee, and wrap it up with a mailbag to examine Josh Norman's next move.
Jon and Dan break down New York’s big winners, Trump's "reset button" (3:00), Bernie's bleak outlook (12:00), Hillary's hopes for Sanders support (18:00), and new ways to recruit millennial voters (25:00). Then, ‘Today’ co-anchor Savannah Guthrie joins (28:00) to discuss covering the White House beat and the transition into mainstream television.
Juliet and Amanda advocate for Australian biosecurity by breaking down Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's apology video. Then, they tackle the greatest moments in celebrity apology with Ariana Grande (16:00), Kristen Stewart (25:00), Kanye West (32:00), and Jeremy Piven (36:00).
The Ringer's David Shoemaker talks to six-time MMA Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani about Conor McGregor's retirement announcement, Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux, and more.
Andy and Chris prepare for the 'Game of Thrones' premiere with help from Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion (16:30). Then, Oscar-winning director Richard Linklater joins (42:00) to discuss his new film, 'Everybody Wants Some!!'
Mays and Mallory make sense of the Rams-Titans trade involving the no. 1 pick, discuss prospect of the week Emmanuel Ogbah, break down the top DB's, make their case for Mackensie Alexander, and wrap it up with a mailbag.
Jon and Dan recap the major story lines of the week: Bill Clinton's finger-wagging, De Blasio's botched bit with Hillary, President Obama's 'GoT' viewership, Trump's new hires, and Cruz's craziness. Then, former White House adviser and actor Kal Penn hops on the line to break down Bernie's hopes for the nomination, pushing grassroots political action, and Obama's legacy.
After Juliet and Amanda divulge their affinity for British leading men, they examine the objects of their affections by identifying the senior class, the actors in their prime, and the up-and-comers.
Chris and Andy prepare for the 'Game of Thrones' premiere, get hype over the 'Rogue One' trailer (10:00), wrap up 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' (21:00) and shine some light on 'Catastrophe' (29:00) and 'The Last Panthers' (37:00).
Actor Sam Rockwell, star of the new film 'Mr. Right,' joins Andy Greenwald to discuss acting, creativity, and the persuasiveness of Brad Pitt.
Mays and Mallory return to discuss all things NFL draft, including the Broncos’ QB situation, Ezekiel Elliott's top-five-pick potential (12:00), the argument against drafting running backs early (17:00), Keith Marshall vs. Todd Gurley, the Baltimore Ravens’ draft options (28:00), DeForest Buckner vs. Joey Bosa (37:50), and Prospect of the Week: Ronnie Stanley (47:00)! They wrap it all up with a mailbag.
Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer recap the week in politics, react to the Republican race in Wisconsin, discuss Trump vs. Cruz, debate Bernie's long-shot odds, and examine Bernie Sanders’s new aggressive tone. Then, Thomas Perez joins to offer his insights into the 2016 election, his path to becoming secretary of labor, and his top White House perks.
Juliet and Amanda go through the archives of celebrity dating triumphs and tribulations to select the best relationship runs. Then, they play Two Truths and a Lie to see how well they know celebrity dating history.