Podcast: Interview with Series Creator Billy Ray about The Last Tycoon

Set in Hollywood in 1936, ‘The Last Tycoon’ explores a pivotal time in American history. The Amazon original series, based on an unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, features a stellar cast and impeccable production values to tell a complex and compelling story set against the backdrop of a time when movie studios collaborated with Nazi Germany to censor their own films.

Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo speak to series creator, writer, and executive producer Billy Ray to talk about ‘The Last Tycoon’ and comment on the recent announcement from Amazon that they were cancelling the series after just 6 weeks. Billy Ray shares his thoughts on the relevance of this series to our world today and explains why it’s so important for these kinds of stories to be told. If you haven’t started watching The Last Tycoon, we highly recommend this incredible series. There is currently a petition to sign. If you search for the hashtag #SaveTheLastTycoon in Twitter you should find it easily. This series deserves a chance to continue and after listening to our conversation with Billy Ray, we hope you’ll agree with us on that as well.

Click on the Youtube link below for this fascinating discussion.

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Twin Peaks Podcast Discussion

Grab a booth at the Double R, order up a slice of cherry pie, and prepare to drink a damn fine cup of coffee because we’re about to talk Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks.’ In this episode of The Pop Culture Juke Joint, Jack Lugo and Zachary Towlen try to make some sense of what happened throughout the new season of ‘Twin Peaks’ as well as during the unsettling finale. David Lynch’s attempt to bring arthouse cinema to television has been met with both praise and frustration from fans of the series. Did it take too long for us to see the Dale Cooper we grew to love? What’s going on with Audrey, and why is David Bowie’s character a giant tea kettle? Jack and Zachary try to make sense of it all during their conversation. So sit back, settle in, and have a listen as we try to decipher 18 hours of David Lynch’s return to Twin Peaks and where this journey leaves fans of the show. Click on the Youtube link below.

 

Pop Culture Juke Joint Podcast: Dice on Showtime

The Diceman is back on Showtime for a second season of misadventures and irreverent vulgarity that only Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay himself could deliver. Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo couldn’t possibly be more overjoyed with the return of the comedic gem of series.

As we discuss the merits of Dice’s Showtime series, Anthony dives into his own personal history with Dice both as a fan and as a journalist. We also talk about the general format of this Curb-esque type comedic series and whether or not we’ve grown weary of them. This is a discussion you won’t want to miss. So get yourself a drink, sit back, and relax. We promise we won’t break your balls, but if you go see Dice at a club be warned… He just might break yours and that’s why we love him.  Click on the Youtube link below to check it out!

 

Podcast Discussion: Netflix Original Documentary Nobody Speak- Trials of the Free Press

This episode, Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo talk about the Netflix Original documentary “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.” The new documentary takes a close look at the lawsuit stemming from the Hulk Hogan sex tape and the ultimate downfall of Gawker Media including several individuals responsible for that publication.

There are also broader implications that go beyond the surface of this case that the documentary chooses to highlight with varying degrees of success. Anthony’s 20 year experience working in newsrooms as a writer and web editor lends him a unique insight into some of the events that drive this documentary as well as many of the current relevant topics involving the media today.

This may be a complex and, at times, divisive topic, but we hope you find our observations of interest nonetheless. Grab yourself a drink (perhaps make it a double) and listen as we discuss this controversial yet fascinating topic involving the media, the First Amendment, the right to privacy, and how all of these issues converge in our complex society today.

Editor’s note: Anthony was having temporary mic problems that should be fixed by the next episode.

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The Leftovers Finale Discussion (SPOILERS)

In the latest episode of the Pop Culture Juke Joint podcast, Anthony Venutolo and I discuss the series finale of The Leftovers on HBO.  This was an incredibly brilliant series that explored the nature of belief and spirituality in quite an original way.  If you followed the show, please check out our discussion. We hope you enjoy it.  We do discuss some SPOILERS just to give a heads up.