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Episode 70: ‘Missing Richard Simmons’ with Dan Taberski  

Richard Simmons, workout and fitness guru, is a true American pop culture icon. One example of the empire he built is his workout video “Sweatin’ to the Oldies”, which sold millions of copies. Three years ago Simmons mysteriously disappeared from public life, including cutting off contact with most of the world. This week we speak to Dan Taberski about his search for answers that lead to the massive podcast hit “Missing Richard Simmons”. Taberski is a writer, director and former producer for “The Daily Show” who was a student at Simmons fitness class “Slimmons” in Beverly Hills. He became friends with Simmons and had discussed making a documentary about his life and work. So why does the most flamboyant and visible exercise evangelist suddenly disappear without alerting friends and colleagues? Dan Taberski talks to host Christina Jeurling Birro about the importance of Richard Simmons, the many thousands of people that Simmons so generously helped during his career and the theories to why he may have retreated for the public eye.

AMK Morgon 13 mars  

Gäster: Johanna Wagrell, Sandra Ilar, Thomas Eriksson, Branne Pavlovic.       Martin har Maffia Super-Weekend på fredag 17 mars: http://www.ticketmaster.se/event/maffia-comedy-super-weekend-med-martin-soneby-m-fl-biljetter/452075 och lördag 18 mars: http://www.ticketmaster.se/event/maffia-comedy-super-weekend-med-martin-soneby-m-fl-biljetter/452073   STANDUP: ALLA MINA KAMRATER – THE REUNION   SHOW ONSDAG 24 MAJ 19.00, SCALATEATERN I STOCKHOLM   Nisse Hallberg, Fritte Fritzson, Martin Soneby och David Sundin gjorde över hundra podcastavsnitt och flera bejublade standupturnéer tillsammans. Nu kommer the four horsemen att ride again! For one night only!* På Scalateatern i Stockholm!   Det kommer att bli precis som det var förr i tiden! Vi går upp på scen och gnabbas lite alla fyra. Med en alldeles för stor urna lottar vi i vilken ordning vi ska uppträda. Sen kör de första två av oss 20-30 minuter standup var.   Sen tar man en paus och dricker öl. Sen kommer man tillbaka och så kör de resterande två 20-30 minuter standup var. Vi kommer med ett glatt humör och nya skämt – det blir en nostalgisk upplevelse för er som var med när det begav sig och en ny erfarenhet för er som helt missat detta.   Och sen dricker vi.   All öl.   För lyssna på det här! Dagen efter är en röd dag. Och sen kan man kanske ta en klämdag på fredagen. Det betyder att man har hela fyra dagar på sig att återhämta sig från att ha blivit överkörd av det här öl-och-skämt-tåget.   Fixa din biljett här: THE REUNION   Sandras special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrGMXkKA_GM&app=desktop ---   Vi säger vad vi tycker om stickade grejer som graffititags istället för klotter, och vi tycker det är gött med hockeyfighter, men att de borde ha skridskorna på händerna istället. Vi läste om två anställda som blev gripna på Melodifestivalens efterfest: http://www.expressen.se/noje/melodifestivalen/tva-gripna-pa-melodifestivalens-efterfest/   Johanna stör sig på sättet det talas om droger, som antingen är moraliserande eller som om det är riktigt coolt att bruka det. Martin berättar om att man efter maten i Barcelona på restaurang får in en silverbricka med kokain på. Sen diskuterar vi Paolo Robertos dåliga skämt om kvinnor bröst, och kommer in på god retorik som vi återfinner i Gudrun Schyman, Adolf Hitler och Malcolm X.   Martin berättar om hur tröglorier blir behandlade, och Branne älskar tigrar och det här tigerklippet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4t0aeTX954   Från det kommer vi in på BBC-reportern vars barn kommer in under en liveintervju: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39230706   Thomas gillar det här barnet för att det är från Dalarna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b16-QrE6T8E   Chatten tipsade om det här barnet som också har kul dialekt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcVx20R19d8   Vi tycker att pedofiler har förstört för bögar för att de numera lätt kopplas ihop. Vi läste om hur det gick i auktionen av Marcus Birro-tavlan: http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/a/Bavwg/sa-mycket-kostade-birros-skilsmassotavla   Sen snackar vi om hur inkonsekvent Marcus Birro är gällande att bo på Södermalm kontra sin åsikt om Södermalm, men vi läser sen hans ursäkt. Sen nämner vi kort Marcus Birros stand-up som visats i Kanal 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajIOdV9HpXU ---   Låtarna som spelades var:   Kvelertak - Nattesferd   Whitesnake - Give Me All Your Love   Thomas S

The stars of Orange is the New Black and Netflix Ted Sarandos  

Now that the film award season has come to a dramatic conclusion we are happy to turn our attention to the upcoming season of television. This week’s episode of Pop Culture Confidential covers the recent Netflix event in Berlin where they unveiled the upcoming lineup. Host Christina Jeurling Birro was thrilled to speak with two of the stars of Orange is the New Black – Kate Mulgrew who plays Red and two-time Emmy winner Uzo Aduba who plays Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren. We also speak to Netflix Chief Content Office Ted Sarandos who shares his journey with Netflix and the power of user data in creating original content including the hit House of Cards. It’s a very special ‘on location’ edition of Pop Culture Confidential where we dive into the recent and upcoming milestones for Litchfield Penitentiary, what it means to be Captain of a Starfleet ship, the Oscar win for White Helmets and how Netflix is supporting film distribution, and much more!

Den politiska Oscarsgalan och 10 år sedan Britney rakade huvudet  

Har Oscars alltid varit politisk? Journalisten Christina Jeurling Birro kommer och leder oss genom galans historiska stunder.I dagarna är det 10 år sedan Britney rakade av håret och vi minns tillbaka Har Oscars alltid varit politisk? Journalisten Christina Jeurling Birro kommer och leder oss genom galans historiska stunder.I dagarna är det 10 år sedan Britney rakade av håret och vi minns tillbaka

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Episode 68: The 2017 Oscar Special  

The Academy Awards are upon us and this is the annual Pop Culture Confidential Oscar predictions show! We are joined again by Sasha Stone, journalist and founder of the website Awards Daily, who gives all the details of this years statistics, trends and controversies. Annually there are many big award shows during the season, from the Golden Globes to BAFTA, each giving us a hint at which film could take the top prizes at the Academy Awards. So you can imagine how excited we are that the big day is almost here with this years host Jimmy Kimmel. On this episode host Christina Jeurling Birro and Sasha Stone discuss how the preferential ballot system can affect the results, the industry buzz around the nominees – and maybe most importantly, which films we predict will win in all of the main categories!

Kinberg Batra lyckas inte sabba Det politiska spelet  

Busch Thor tror på Adam och Eva, Löfven skäller på sexperten Janouch och Furtenbach gör en räddningsinsats. Dessutom blir baby Reinfeldt-Alenius veckans politiska spelare och svensk kristenhet listas från Birro och Skyttedal till Carola och Alf.Med Fredrik Furtenbach, Tomas Ramberg och Elisabeth Sandlund. Programledare Henrik Torehammar.

Episode 64: Damien Chazelle & Mandy Moore – La La Land  

When we say La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is one of the most buzzed about films this awards season – we’re not kidding! The film won every in every category it was nominated for at this years Golden Globes, including for Best Film and Best Director. As the most awarded film in Globe history – the road to Oscar glory seems unstoppable. Host Christina Jeurling Birro is thrilled to speak to two of the films creative powerhouses – writer/director Damien Chazelle and award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore. The film is Chazelle’s ode to Hollywood and musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain – and to the city of Los Angeles with its freeways, sound stages and dreamers. It is the perfect showcase for the beautiful choreography of Mandy Moore. Director Damien Chazelle was only in his late 20’s when he burst on the scene with his movie Whiplash, which went on to win three Oscars. He shares with us his creative process, what it takes to make it in Hollywood, what it was like to work with the films stars and his upcoming projects. Over her career Mandy Moore become a bit of a legend in the dance community. She has choreographed for films like Silver Linings Playbook and TV’s Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. We speak to her about the La La Land’s amazing musical numbers and teaching Stone and Gosling to not only dance but rival the greats like Fred and Ginger.

Episode 63: Kirsten Johnson - Director of ‘Cameraperson'  

Veteran filmmaker and documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has spent the last 25 years capturing the often-harsh realities of humanity in some of cinemas most influential documentaries with directors such as Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11), Laura Poitra (Citizenfour about Edward Snowden) and Kirby Dick (This Film is Not Yet Rated). Her latest documentary is a very personal exploration of her life behind the camera over her vast career and is on the 2017 Best Documentary Oscar shortlist. Cameraperson is like meditation or fragmented memories, a montage of footage with no voiceover that opens up all the questions Kirsten has asked herself during her career. The film moves between outtakes from documentaries she has shot intercut with private footage of her family including Kirsten’s twins and her mother. Through all of her footage, difficult and beautiful, you feel Kirsten Johnson’s warmth, empathy and her huge laugh fills the space. Host Christina Jeurling Birro has been a longtime follower of Kirsten’s work and was delighted to have the opportunity to speak with her about the ethics and moral choices faced when filming subjects, what is was like for her to relive the joys and the horrors she has seen, the power of the moving image and much more!

Episode 62: Hollywood Legend Roger Corman & Professor Lilly Goren  

We kick-off the New Year with a true Hollywood legend - Roger Corman, whose latest film Death Race 2050 is perfectly timed for the current political landscape. Then host Christina Jeurling Birro discusses politics and pop culture with author and political science Professor Lilly Goren, including how female presidents are depicted in film and TV, and how this might change after the recent U.S. presidential election results.

Episode 59: Steven Knight, Screenwriter of ‘Allied’  

A Canadian spy, a French resistance fighter, and a love story set in the Sahara desert? Academy-Award nominated screenwriter Steven Knight has spent thirty-odd years bringing the new blockbuster ‘Allied’ starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard to the big screen. In those thirty years Knight has been busy writing critically acclaimed films like ‘Dirty pretty Things’ for which he was Oscar nominated, Eastern Promises, Pawn Sacrifice, and the upcoming sequel to ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ – just to name a few. Knight has also been busy with the hugely popular BBC/ Netflix TV series Peaky Blinders and the upcoming FX mini-series Taboo starring Tom Hardy. This week host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined by Steven Knight to discuss the decades long journey to making ‘Allied’ with director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump,” “Flight”), including the original inspiration for the plot. The World War II drama is inspired by the classic films like ‘Casablanca’ and tells the story of an intelligence officer and resistance fighter, who fall in love during a mission to kill a German official in 1942. They fall in love, have a child and settle down to a fairly normal life – until they are mortally set against each other when their identities are revealed. Knight also shares his journey as a screenwriter, how Brad Pitt inspired him to bring ‘Allied’ to the big screen, Peaky Blinders, his upcoming projects – and much more!

Episode 57: Morgan Spurlock, director of “Rats”  

Disgusting vermin multiplying before our eyes, threatening to take over modern civilization. No, we are not referencing the recent US Presidential election but the unsettling new documentary “Rats” that takes us deep into the infestation of rats around the world. Our host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined this week by the films director Morgan Spurlock who also brought us Freakonomics, Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden and Oscar nominated Super Size Me for which he gained 25 pounds eating only McDonald’s for a month.

Episode 56: Star of Atlanta – Brian Tyree Henry  

Race, sexual politics, masculinity, friendship and parenthood – the new FX TV show Atlanta tackles all of these subjects with uncompromising honesty and humour. This week host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined by one of the shows stars - Brian Tyree Henry who gives a powerful performance on the show as Paper Boi, a rising-star of the Atlanta rap scene.

Avsnitt 197 – Skarvsladdens födelse  

197 – längden i cm hos Felipe VI av Spanien. Men 197 är också det antal avsnitt som hittills utkommit av din bästa podcast Kvack!. I detta etthundranittiosjunde avsnitt snackar Frida om stjärntecken, David pratar om IS-sympatisörer och Henrik rabblar låneord. Dessutom: påven, Birro och en insändarskribent i helig treenighet. Nu kör vi! Och så […]

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Episode 55: Joe Swanberg, creator of ‘Easy’ on Netflix  

This week host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined by Joe Swanberg – maybe one of the hardest working filmmakers in the indie world with 29 director credits to his name at the age of 35. His work has been at the center of the mumblecore film movement that has also included the Duplass brothers, Lena Dunham and many more. Often low budget, featuring naturalistic dialogue and relationship focused, his films like Digging for Fire, Happy Christmas and Drinking Buddies have attracted talent like Orlando Bloom, Anna Kendrick, Jack Johnson and Olivia Wilde. Swanberg has been called an American auteur and critics have compared him to Lars von Trier and even Ingmar Bergman. His latest project Easy, Netflix for which he is the creator, writer and director, is probably more mainstream than his previous work, but does not stray away from his usual themes. Each episode focuses on a different relationship and stars Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Malin Akerman, Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, and many more. Don’t miss this portrait interview with Swanberg where he shares his work process, how he includes his own life and family into his films, what it’s like to punch a critic, why he hates movie awards - and much more!

#45 Jim O'Heir  

The 45th episode of VARVET INTERNATIONAL contains: American actor Jim O’Heir on Parks and Rec, Sundance Film Festival, Harris Wittels, syndication, being a character actor, theatre acting and adoption of animals. Host: Kristoffer Triumf. Producer: Christina Jeurling Birro. Editor: Lovisa Ohlson and Tomas Kullshage. Theme song producer: Maria Marcus. Photo: Ignition/Cullin Tobin.

#44 David Koechner  

The 44th episode of VARVET INTERNATIONAL contains: American actor and stand-up comedian David Koechner on creativity, Chicago, political science, Second City, Saturday Night Live, improv comedy and growing up in Missouri. Host: Kristoffer Triumf. Producer: Christina Jeurling Birro. Editor: Lovisa Ohlson and Tomas Kullshage. Theme song producer: Maria Marcus.

#43 Sara Schaefer  

The 43th episode of VARVET INTERNATIONAL contains: American stand-up comedian and writer Sara Schaefer on self-confidence, beach tents, the South, Los Angeles, politics, socialism, Virginia, making pilots and open relationships. Host: Kristoffer Triumf. Producer: Christina Jeurling Birro. Editor: Lovisa Ohlson and Tomas Kullshage. Theme song producer: Maria Marcus. Photo: Nymag.com.

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