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Hollywood Casting Director Lisa Zambetti is joined by movie and TV buff Dean Laffan to discuss the shows we all love, which feature killer casting.

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Hollywood Casting Director Lisa Zambetti is joined by movie and TV buff Dean Laffan to discuss the shows we all love, which feature killer casting.

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073 The Offer We got a show ya can't refuse...all about THE OFFER series streaming on Paramount +, the behind the scenes take on the making of The Godfather movie. Some iconic characters come to life brilliantly in the show, despite some fast and loose re-telling of the facts. Our good friend Patrick Gallo is a delight as Mario Puzzo, Matthew Goode wears the Robert Evans role like a well-cut suit, and I can't even remember what Francis Ford Coppola really looks like because I can only imagine Dan Fogler. But first we pay tribute to a paisan who broke the mold...Ray Liotta. RIP
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073 The Offer We got a show ya can't refuse...all about THE OFFER series streaming on Paramount +, the behind the scenes take on the making of The Godfather movie. Some iconic characters come to life brilliantly in the show, despite some fast and loose re-telling of the facts. Our good friend Patrick Gallo is a delight as Mario Puzzo, Matthew Goode wears the Robert Evans role like a well-cut suit, and I can't even remember what Francis Ford Coppola really looks like because I can only imagine Dan Fogler. But first we pay tribute to a paisan who broke the mold...Ray Liotta. RIP
072 Severance Part 2 Lisa, Dean, Matt and Mj resume their coverage of the brilliant Apple TV+ production Severance. Soak it up peeps ! Meanwhile, here are some links to help you binge on yet more goodies, now that the series finale has aired. In a marketing masterstroke, Apple Books have released a faux expose book by a fictional woman named Margaret “Peg” Kincaid. The book purports too be a tell-all by Peg spilling the beans on what’s really happening at Lumon. Get it from Apple Books. https://books.apple.com/us/book/severance/id1613220757  Seven awesome behind the-scenes stories you never knew about the making of Series 1. The first story by some guy called Dan Erickson …. https://www.vulture.com/article/severance-behind-the-scenes-stories.html The story behind the EPIC opening titles designed by enfant terrible Oliver Latta (aka Extraweg) In Dean’s opinion already the best titles of 2022 and unlikely to be beaten. https://mashable.com/article/severance-opening-titles-oliver-latta The Den of Geek article Dean mentioned deep diving on the fascination sci-fi has with corridors https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/in-praise-of-the-sci-fi-corridor/ A constantly updating guide to all of the irl locations where Severance was filmed, not least the iconic Bell Works in Holmdel, New Jersey which serves as the Lumon head office. https://www.atlasofwonders.com/2022/03/where-was-severance-filmed.html  An spooky recent picture gallery of the deserted Bell Works Lab designed by Finnish legend Eero Saarinen https://www.archdaily.com/469456/photos-of-eero-saarinen-s-abandoned-bell-labs Roxanna Hadadi over at Vulture has her own suspicions about what exactly Lumen is up to and what we might fond out in Series 2 Her own suspicions about what exactly Lumen is up to and what we might fond https://www.vulture.com/article/severance-finale-lumon-industries-eagan-theory-clues.html And finally Roxanna’s colleague Jackson McHenry has this great piece on the insanely great (see what I did there) Production Design of the series https://www.vulture.com/article/severance-office-design-explained.html ***************** And as always, our episodes come to you courtesy of our friends at Plantiva. Learn more at http://www.plantiva.com/killercasting and use the promo code KC25 to get 25% off your next order ! *****************
071 Severance Part 1 What show has been mesmerizing Lisa and leading her to an existential crisis? Why the Apple TV series "Severance" developed by Ben Stiller and starring a full on flex of a cast making major pivots in what you have ever seen them do before. Lisa and Dean wrestle the mic from each other to extol the crap out of the microscopic details of this show. Joining them is screen riter Matt Shafeek, who read the original screenplay of Severance and shares with us the major differences in what made it to screen. Also joining our motley cru is sound editing expert MJ Hughes who reveals all the layers we might have missed. No major spoilers revealed here, just lots of geeking out on this super special genre defying show.
070 Edward Hong Part 02 Our episodes come to you courtesy of our friends at Plantiva. Learn more at http://www.plantiva.com/killercasting and use the promo code KC25 to get 25% off your next order ! ***************** Lisa Zambetti: Lisa is back gabbing with Edward Hong…talking about so called “cancel” culture and how complicated it is for us emotionally as fans when our heroes fall — but how vital it is for us to be the first to call their crimes out. Is it possible to compartmentalize behavior vs art…and if it is possible, should it be? Lisa also talks about a very famous actress who confessed another famous actor slapped her across the face to get her into character. Wtf!  Please don’t hit the actresses! Keep your freaking hands to yourself!!!  But we also talk about OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH which features our mutual friend Samba Schutte!!! We get all into it…
069 Edward Hong Part 01 Our episodes come to you courtesy of our friends at Plantiva. Learn more at http://www.plantiva.com/killercasting and use the promo code KC25 to get 25% off your next order ! ***************** This week Lisa is joined by eclectic actor Edward Hong, who has carved out quite a career in tv, film, stage, commercials and especially voice overs! Eddy’s voice can be heard in the English dubbing of the incredibly popular Netflix series “Squid Game” as well as in all kinds of anime, video games, scripted podcasts…you name it and he has probably voiced it.  Ed and Lisa careen through all kinds of topics including how he became famous as “The Cinnabon Guy”. (Yes really) Check out all things Eddy here https://linktr.ee/Cinnabonmonster
068 Oscars Wrap Up This episode comes to you today with thanks to our new friends at Plantiva. Learn more at http://www.plantiva.com/killercasting and use the promo code KC25 to get 25% off your next order ! ***************** The idiot savant team are back! Dean and Paul are flying solo (well that doesn’t actually make sense does it ?)  Let’s just say without Capt. Lisa as pilot-in-command. The boys cover off on their favourite Oscars moments, what worked .. what didn’t … Paul reviews his favourite part of any Oscars, that being the ‘In Memoriam’ section … which has been done well  … and done in appalling fashion, depending on who is driving that section in any given year, how did it fare this year ? Well, hit Play to find out that and a whole lot more ! Riz Ahmed's beautiful speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdO9Eyp4ZFY  Dianne Warren's frosty re action to Billie Eilish winning Best Song at the Oscars. https://youtu.be/UfpTx2eAglk  Steven Spielberg keeps his seat for Godfather https://youtu.be/h_Kb_MaBWT8?t=160    Maybe Francis will make Steven of aoffer he .. meh, you know.
067 The Slap Everyone is weighing on the confrontation at the 2022 Oscar ceremony between Will Smith and Chris Rock. While we wish we could focus on the winners (and we will), today seemed like a good time to get some perspective and context about the dramatic, confusing and shocking incident from other people who work in Hollywood. Joining Dean and Lisa to decompress and reflect on Will Smith, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith and what the slap seen around the world means.  Thank you to our guests, Hollywood super star teacher, former agent Wendy Alane Wright....and award winning writer producer David Fortune.  They have very different views on the events and they are great at explaining why.
065 Oscars '22 - Part 2 of 3 This episode comes to you today with thanks to our new friends at Plantiva. Learn more at http://www.plantiva.com/killercasting and use the promo code KC25 to get 25% off your next order ! ***************** Lisa, Dean and Paul continue their casting review of all the Best Picture nominees, counting down to the winner of the "Zammy" (Excellence in Casting) Since the Film Academy doesn't give out that award! Lisa thinks it is almost impossible to compare "apples to orangatans" but there is certain criteria to consider if one is going to quantify "Best Casting".  You'd have to think about difficulty of roles, achievement of authenticity, outside of the box creativity, re-invention of an actor, chemistry of the cast, discovery of new actors, and casting well known actors in a totally different way. Let's see how the competitors fare!
066 Oscars '22 - Part 3 of 3 This episode comes to you today with thanks to our new friends at Plantiva. Learn more at http://www.plantiva.com/killercasting and use the promo code KC25 to get 25% off your next order ! ***************** Well folks, here is our third installment of our Oscar 2022 coverage. We've wrung our hands, pulled our hair, paced up and down...but we think we finally have decided who to hand the "ZAMMY" to for excellence in Casting!  (tho, if you follow the pod, this won't be a shocker).
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