Little Gold Men

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Peter Cowan
 Aug 6, 2018
Staying up to date with all things Hollywood and the world of awards is always a delight. Love hearing from the Vanity Fair team with their expertise and knowledge. Love my weekly dose.

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Little Gold Men is the inside story of Hollywood, from awards shows and red-carpet premieres to the hard work and whisper campaigns that get people there. Weekly episodes feature obsessive, expert conversations about the best of television and film, with special guest appearances from stars, creators, and critics. LGM also dives deep into Oscar history, and offers insight into all the other awards that make up Hollywood’s continual dash toward glitz and glory.

Episode Date
Live from the Toronto Film Festival
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Krista Smith joins the crew to discuss the most buzzed-about films of the fall's biggest festival, from a surprisingly entertaining crime caper to the Lady Gaga movie that dominated every conversation.
Sep 13, 2018
What We've Learned So Far From Festival Season
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A look back at the biggest titles from Telluride and Venice, and a look ahead at Toronto.
Sep 06, 2018
How Monica Lewinsky Became an Emmy Nominee
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The <em>Vanity Fair </em>contributor and anti-bullying advocate Monica Lewinsky talks about her Emmy-nominated PSA <a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/10/monica-lewinsky-speaks-out-against-cyberbullying-in-new-psa">"In Real Life."</a> Plus, a look at the wild two weeks of film festivals ahead.&nbsp;
Aug 30, 2018
How Summer Movie Season Got Good Again
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The summer of Moviepass's demise was also one of the best for moviegoing in recent years. Plus, discussion of <em>The Wife</em> and <em>Support the Girls.&nbsp;</em>
Aug 23, 2018
The Good and Bad of the Popular Film Oscar
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A full-length conversation about the big new changes to the Academy Awards. Plus a look at the new <em>Widows</em> trailer and some concerns about Emmys hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che.
Aug 16, 2018
Have the Oscars Made a Huge Mistake?
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A response to the sweeping changes announced by the Academy this week, plus discussion of Eighth Grade and Crazy Rich Asians.
Aug 09, 2018
MoviePass Was Too Good to Be True
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Richard is joined by K. Austin Collins and Hillary Busis to discuss the life and death of MoviePass, <a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/07/spike-lee-on-blackkklansman-the-trump-era-and-his-place-in-the-canon">Spike Lee’s new film</a>, and a Sundance favorite finally getting released.
Aug 02, 2018
Your Guide to the Fall Festival Season
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A look at the expansive lineups of the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Plus, a conversation about the genuinely excellent new blockbuster <em>Mission Impossible: Fallout.&nbsp;</em>
Jul 26, 2018
Inside the Escapist Joy of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
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Director Ol Parker joins for a conversation about the sequel musical. Plus, a look at the rash of recent prestige movie trailers, from <em>Mary Queen of Scots</em> to <em>Boy, Erased.</em>
Jul 19, 2018
Explaining the Emmy Nominations
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It was a great day for Westworld, a tough one for One Day at a Time, and more reactions to the 2018 Emmy nominations.<figure class="attachment attachment-preview" data-trix-attachment="{&quot;contentType&quot;:&quot;image&quot;,&quot;height&quot;:1,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif&quot;,&quot;width&quot;:1}" data-trix-content-type="image"><img src="https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif" width="1" height="1"><figcaption class="caption"></figcaption></figure>
Jul 12, 2018
The Women Behind Two of the Year's Best Films
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Joanna Robinson talks to <em>Blockers</em> director Kay Cannon, and Richard Lawson talks to <em>Leave No Trace</em> director Debra Granik.
Jul 05, 2018
The Emmy Contenders Giving Us Hope
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A case for our favorite of this year's Emmy hopefuls, plus a conversation with one of them—<em>Barry </em>star and creator Bill Hader.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
Jun 28, 2018
Judd Apatow Feels "Very Sad" For His Old Friend Roseanne Barr
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The director of <em>The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling</em> looks back at his comedy career and influences. Plus, a conversation with <em>Howard's End </em>star Hayley Atwell and a look at the guest actor categories at the Emmys.
Jun 21, 2018
Mandy Moore Was At a "Low Point" Before This Is Us Came Along
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The star of the smash drama joins us in studio to talk about how the show has changed her life and career. Plus, conversations about the Tony Awards, <em>Incredibles 2</em>, and one of the most fascinating Emmy races.
Jun 14, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: An In-Depth Conversation About The Fourth Estate
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<em>Vanity Fair</em>'s Sonia Saraiya and Joe Pompeo sit down for a wide-ranging talk about the Showtime docuseries that takes viewers inside <em>The New York Times.</em> But just how intimate is that access, and will non news-junkies even be interested?&nbsp;
Jun 08, 2018
Claire Danes Explains How Homeland Keeps Predicting the Future
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The star of the Showtime series is also in the new film <em>A Kid Like Jake</em>. Plus conversations about the documentary series <em>The Fourth Estate </em>and this weekend’s big new release, <em>Ocean’s 8</em>.&nbsp;
Jun 07, 2018
The Best Movies of 2018 So Far
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A guide to catching up now that the year is halfway over, plus a conversation, conducted May 11, with Jordan Klepper, host of <em>The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.</em>
May 31, 2018
One of the Year's Best Movies Comes to HBO This Weekend
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A look at the Cannes winners, a discussion of the HBO movie and Sundance hit <em>The Tale</em>, and a conversation with <em>GLOW </em>star Alison Brie.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
May 24, 2018
When Will The Star Wars Universe Start Having More Fun?
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With <em>Solo</em> earning positive reviews, could it inspire Lucasfilm to get more adventurous with their spinoffs? Plus, a look at the latest from Cannes, and an interview with <em>Three Tall Women </em>star Glenda Jackson.&nbsp;<br>
May 17, 2018
How Lena Waithe Wound Up on *Dear White People*
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Series creator Justin Simien spills all the previously secret details of the second season of the Netflix series, from the high-profile cameos to why no one ever mentions Donald Trump.
May 10, 2018
John Legend on Jesus Christ Superstar
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The actor, musician, and Oscar-winner joins to talk about what worried him about the live musical, and why he's still an optimist by nature.
May 03, 2018
Do The Handmaid's Tale and Westworld Still Have What It Takes?
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The two high-profile prestige dramas are back, but can they hang on to the Emmys heat they had in their first seasons?
Apr 26, 2018
Why Cannes and Netflix Went to War
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Rebecca Keegan joins to discuss the dustup between the prestigious festival and tech giant, and preview New York’s upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.
Apr 20, 2018
Guillermo del Toro on the "Heart of Darkness" That Is Awards Season
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The Oscar winner reflects on his <em>Shape of Water</em> with William Friedkin in this exclusive preview of the upcoming episode of The Talkhouse Podcast. Plus, a conversation with Buzzfeed's Alison Willmore about Wes Anderson's <em>Isle of Dogs </em>and Hollywood's ongoing problem with Asian representation.&nbsp;
Apr 12, 2018
Why Don't These Perfectly Good Movies Have Any Oscar Buzz?
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<em>A Quiet Place, Chappaquiddick, </em>and <em>Blockers</em> are all worthy of your attention, but getting statues to go with it will be a bit harder. Plus, a discussion of the new TBS series <em>The Last O.G.</em>
Apr 05, 2018
Can Cannes Save Cinema?
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Mike, Joanna, and Richard discuss the Cannes Film Festival essentially banning Netflix films, plus a check-in on a sexual harassment investigation within the Academy.
Mar 29, 2018
2019 Oscar Predictions (Yes, Really)
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Decider’s Joe Reid joins for a look at the year ahead, and some bold — and probably foolish — best picture predictions for 2019.&nbsp;<br><br>
Mar 22, 2018
All the Buzz Out of SXSW
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Catching up on <em>Blockers, American Animals</em>, and more of the hottest titles out of the Austin festival. Plus a discussion about the new gay teen rom-com<em> Love, Simon.</em>
Mar 15, 2018
The Oscars: What You Didn't See on TV
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Hollywood Correspondent Nicole Sperling joins to reveal what <em>really</em> happens at the Oscars, from Jennifer Lawrence's accidental grand entrance to who hung out at the bar.&nbsp;
Mar 09, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: The Day-After Oscars Explainer
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How did The Shape of Water win best picture? What really happened inside the *Vanity Fair* party? And more details from inside the Oscars.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Mar 06, 2018
Final Oscar Predictions, Part 2
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The second of two episodes predicting the 2018 Oscar winners, including best supporting actor, best actress, and best picture.
Mar 01, 2018
Final Oscar Predictions, Part 1
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The first of two episodes predicting the 2018 Oscar winners, including best supporting actress, best actor, and best director.
Feb 27, 2018
Could Titanic Still Win Best Picture Today?
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A look back at the 1998 Oscars, plus conversations about the BAFTA winners and the Oscar-nominated short films.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Feb 22, 2018
The Case for Dunkirk to Win Best Picture
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A look at the best picture voting math suggests Christopher Nolan's war epic might just have a chance. Plus, a discussion of the ideal food to serve for an Oscar party, with or without puns. With special guests Daniel Joyaux and Carla Lalli-Music.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
Feb 15, 2018
The Most Surprising Awards Season Stories
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Executive Awards Editor Anna Lisa Raya discusses <em>Vanity Fair</em>'s second-ever special awards season issue, which contains stories about everything from the surprisingly diverse animated feature category to James Cameron's brush with a wardrobe malfunction the night he won best picture for <em>Titanic</em>.&nbsp;
Feb 08, 2018
Willem Dafoe's Road from Experimental Theater to the Oscar Circuit
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The <em>Florida Project</em> star sits down to talk about the path to his third Oscar nomination. Plus, a look at the still-in-flux best picture race, the buzz around <em>Black Panther</em>, and Sundance.&nbsp;
Feb 02, 2018
Explaining the 2018 Oscar Nominations
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With mixed news for <em>Three Billboards</em>, a surprising surge for <em>Phantom Thread</em>, and a total baffler in the documentary category, there's a lot to discuss.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 24, 2018
Final Oscar Nomination Predictions
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The Little Gold Men crew gathers to make their final predictions for the Oscar nominations, which includes figuring out just how popular Three Billboards is and debating whether Christopher Nolan really is the Charlie Brown of the Oscars.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 18, 2018
The Golden Globes Took Away the One Oscar Frontrunner We Thought We Had
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A topsy-turvy awards season only got muddier at the Golden Globes, and the awards nominations that have come since aren't helping, either.&nbsp;
Jan 11, 2018
Predicting the Golden Globes Winners
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A recap of a raucous New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony, a look ahead at the Golden Globes, and a conversation with <em>Mudbound</em> writer/director Dee Rees.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 05, 2018
Lesley Manville and Jamie Bell, In Conversation
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Richard Lawson interviews two of the fall's most fascinating actors: Lesley Manville, of <em>Phantom Thread</em>, and Jamie Bell, of <em>Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool.&nbsp;</em>
Dec 28, 2017
The Backlash to the Star Wars Backlash
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<em>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</em> has enraptured critics and divided audiences, but how much does the backlash matter? Plus discussion of <em>The Greatest Showman</em> and <em>All the Money in the World</em>, and resolutions for the new year.
Dec 21, 2017
What the SAG Award Nominations Mean, and What They Don't
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<em>New York Magazine</em>'s Mark Harris joins for a wide-ranging conversation about the SAG and Golden Globe nominations. Plus, a conversation with <em>Call Me By Your Name</em> star Michael Stuhlbarg.&nbsp;
Dec 14, 2017
The One Oscar Frontrunner Everyone Can Agree On
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The Best Picture field remains wide open, and most acting races are in flux, but one actor has emerged as a clear frontrunner, at last.&nbsp;
Dec 07, 2017
The First Awards of Awards Season Are Here
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It’s been a good week for The Post, Get Out, and Call Me By Your Name, and it’s only getting better. Plus, Richard talks with Richard Jenkins about his role in the <em>The Shape of Water</em>.
Nov 30, 2017
Is Meryl Streep About to Crash the Oscar Race?
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Steven Spielberg’s <em>The Post</em> is technically still under embargo, but early buzz suggests a major contender is about to overturn the Oscar race as we know it.&nbsp;
Nov 23, 2017
Inside the First Oscars Event of the Season
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Rebecca Keegan reports back on the Academy’s Governor’s Awards, <em>The Darkest Hour</em> director Joe Wright stops by for an interview, and the terribleness of <em>Justice League</em> is discussed at length.&nbsp;
Nov 16, 2017
The Day Disney Blinked
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<br>Discussing the recent Disney v. Los Angeles Times kerfuffle, plus analyzing the trailer for The Post.&nbsp;
Nov 09, 2017
The New Scandal Rocking Awards Season
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Kevin Spacey was a contender for a best supporting actor statue, until allegations against him put the fate of his entire movie in doubt. How Hollywood continues to move on from the latest sexual assault scandal.&nbsp;
Nov 02, 2017
The Most Wide-Open Oscar Race in Recent Memory
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Every year Oscar pundits get excited when there doesn’t seem to be a best picture frontrunner, but this year it really seems to be true. How 2017 turned out to be such a puzzling Oscar year.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Oct 26, 2017
The Secret Weapon of the Best Movie on Netflix
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Elizabeth Marvel, who stars in Noah Baumbach’s new film <em>The Meyerowitz Stories</em>, talks to Richard Lawson about her long and enviable career. Plus, conversations about the ongoing Harvey Weinstein fallout, Woody Allen’s latest, and, somehow, <em>American Vandal.&nbsp;</em>
Oct 19, 2017
Harvey Weinstein and the Week That Changed Hollywood
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The producer who changed the Oscars and defined independent film for decades has been fired from his company after allegations of widespread sexual assault. So what happens now?&nbsp;
Oct 12, 2017
How Far Can Blade Runner 2049 Go?
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The sci-fi drama opens this week with rave reviews and two big stars, but is Oscar glory ahead? Plus a look at the long, successful road of Call Me By Your Name and some debate on what Netflix is even doing in Oscar season.&nbsp;
Oct 05, 2017
What Makes Oscar Buzz Last?
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A look at the films from earlier in the year working to be remembered, at films opening in the crush of fall movie season hoping to be noticed, and also *Kingsman: The Golden Circle*, just because.&nbsp;
Sep 28, 2017
Wrapping Up the Emmys and the Toronto Film Festival
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In one day, the Emmy Awards were handed out and the Toronto Film Festival announced its most surprising Peoples Choice Award winner in years. We break down what it all means.&nbsp;
Sep 21, 2017
Live from Inside the Toronto Film Festival
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An episode recorded literally inside the heart of TIFF, talking about the biggest films of the festival, and featuring a conversation with TIFF Long Take hosts Rob and Geoff about how the festival became central to awards season.&nbsp;
Sep 14, 2017
What We Learned About the Oscars at Telluride
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Gary Oldman is a frontrunner, Emma Stone is back in the race, and a movie about a woman falling in love with a sea creature may be surprisingly moving: Richard Lawson reports back from the Telluride Film Festival.&nbsp;
Sep 07, 2017
What to Expect as Festival Season Begins
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At the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals this weekend, some of the biggest movies of the fall season— and maybe the most Oscar-worthy— will premiere. Here’s your guide for what to expect and how to interpret the avalanche of buzz coming our way.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Aug 31, 2017
Are These The Funniest Movies Ever Made?
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A conversation with BBC Culture’s Christian Blauvelt about the list of the 100 greatest film comedies ever made. Plus, interviews with Emmy nominees Ann Dowd (of *The Leftovers* and *The Handmaid’s Tale*) and Lena Waithe (*Master of None*).&nbsp;
Aug 24, 2017
How Can Game of Thrones Stick the Landing?
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As the current season winds down, and the series finale looms in the distance, we wonder if <em>Game of Thrones </em>can continue to be critic-proof to the very end. Plus conversations about <em>The Killing of a Sacred Deer</em> and Steven Soderbergh’s new movie <em>Logan Lucky.&nbsp;</em>
Aug 17, 2017
Carrie Coon's Amazing Five Years
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<br>Emmy-nominated actress Carrie Coon stops by to talk Leftovers, Fargo, and what's next.&nbsp;
Aug 11, 2017
Which Oscar-Winner Deserves a Comeback?
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In honor of Halle Berry's latest thriller, Mike, Joanna, and Richard discuss Oscar-winning actors who need a little boost.
Aug 03, 2017
The Curious Case of Ben Affleck’s Post-Oscar Career
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Amid rumors he won’t play Batman much longer, Ben Affleck seems a long way from the Oscar-winning director of <em>Argo</em> he was just five years ago. How did that happen, and what on earth is going on with Batman, anyway?&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jul 27, 2017
Can Dunkirk Hang In Through Oscar Season?
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Christopher Nolan’s war movie is beautiful and thrilling, but can it be an awards contender? Plus discussion of the <em>Game of Thrones</em> season premiere, the confusing state of <em>Twin Peaks</em>, and the controversial new project from the <em>Game of Thrones</em> creators.&nbsp;
Jul 20, 2017
The Emmy Nominations, Explained
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A look at the snubs and surprises of this year’s Emmy nominations, plus discussion of the new season of <em>Game of Thrones</em> and <em>War for the Planet of the Apes.&nbsp;</em>
Jul 13, 2017
A Hot Summer Afternoon Spent With Alec Baldwin
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Ahead of Alec Baldwin's “One Night Only” special on Spike TV, Mike Hogan and producer Jordan Bell caught up with the actor and famed Donald Trump portrayer on one very warm New York afternoon.&nbsp;
Jul 06, 2017
The Best Movies and TV Shows of the Year So Far
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The team discusses the highlights of the year in film and television, which includes <em>Okja</em>, the new film from Bong Joon-ho now on Netflix that stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Steven Yeun, who joins us for an interview about the film.&nbsp;
Jun 29, 2017
An Emmy Nominations Preview?
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The Television Critics Association award nominations are out— do they tell us who the Emmy contenders will be as well? Plus a discussion about the shakeup on the Han Solo spinoff movie, and conversations with <em>Stranger Things</em> star David Harbour and <em>Silicon Valley</em>’s Zach Woods.&nbsp;
Jun 22, 2017
Summer’s Feel-Good Indie Hit Is Almost Here
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After winning over crowds at Sundance, the comedy <em>The Big Sick </em>is coming to theaters, and Richard Lawson talks to director Michael Showalter about bringing it to life. Plus more looks at the ongoing Emmys campaign season, including the awards hopes for Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Carrie Coon.&nbsp;
Jun 15, 2017
The Hollywood Events Even Crazier than Oscar Night
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It’s June, which means it’s Emmy season— and the town is going crazier than ever in the pursuit of a different set of little gold statues. Plus: a conversation with <em>The Mick</em> star Kaitlin Olson, and some head-scratching at <em>The Mummy.&nbsp;</em>
Jun 08, 2017
Is Wonder Woman Really the Best Superhero Movie Ever?
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Why the Rotten Tomatoes score doesn’t tell you everything about the latest DC Movie. Plus a look back at Cannes, and a conversation with <em>The Crown</em> star Claire Foy.&nbsp;
Jun 01, 2017
The Triumphant Return of Twin Peaks
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A look inside the new <em>Star Wars </em>portfolio in <em>Vanity Fair</em>, one last dispatch from Cannes, and a celebration of the wonderfully weird <em>Twin Peaks,</em>now back on TV.
May 25, 2017
Anthony Michael Hall's Stranger-than-Fiction Hollywood Story
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A conversation with the teen movie icon and star of the new Netflix drama War Machine. Plus a look ahead at the Cannes Film Festival.&nbsp;
May 18, 2017
God Bless Goldie Hawn
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A look at two new releases— <em>Snatched</em> and <em>Alien: Covenant— </em>the new season of the Netflix series <em>Master of None</em>, and the MTV Movie and TV Awards, which gave us all a look into How The Kids Think Now.&nbsp;
May 11, 2017
Are Horror Movies Awards Bait Now?
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Richard, Mike, and Joanna discuss the sudden resurgence of prestige horror, plus an interview with Underground creator Misha Green.
May 04, 2017
What Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale Like So Much About Each Other
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A conversation with the co-stars of <em>The Promise</em>, plus a look at the potential WGA strike and a reflection on Jonathan Demme’s remarkable career.&nbsp;
Apr 27, 2017
What It's Like to Have Someone Play You on TV
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A conversation with Rebecca Skloot and Rose Byrne, who plays Rebecca Skloot in HBO's <em>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</em>. Plus a look at this season of <em>The Leftovers</em> and the Tribeca Film Festival.&nbsp;
Apr 20, 2017
No One Makes Movies Like These Anymore…. Except James Gray
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The director of <em>Lost City of Z</em> joins to discuss the passion (and possibly insanity) that drove him from New York City’s outer boroughs to the Bolivian jungle, and why he was so happy to come back. Plus discussion of the MTV Movie and TV Awards and Kathryn Bigelow’s <em>Detroit.&nbsp;</em>
Apr 13, 2017
The Reese vs. Nicole Battle Begins
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Richard, Joanna, and Mike discuss the Emmy-destined <em>Big Little Lies</em>. Plus: Anne Hathaway's monster movie and a look at some Cannes hopefuls.&nbsp;
Apr 06, 2017
What’s Next for the Academy After Envelopegate?
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A dispatch from Rebecca Keegan on the Academy’s big meeting, a look at the <em>Feud</em> episodes all about the Oscars, and a moment to wonder if whitewashing has finally become bad business for Hollywood.&nbsp;
Mar 30, 2017
Why Some People Never Stop Chasing Oscars
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We welcome special guest David Sims, co-host of the Blank Check Podcast, to discuss Steven Spielberg's Oscar history and how he might win one more. Plus an early look at the Emmy best drama race.
Mar 23, 2017
The Movie That Proves Charlize Theron Can Do Anything
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Fresh from SXSW, Joanna Robinson reveals which films to look forward to, and even a few with Oscar buzz! Plus discussion of <em>Get Out, Personal Shopper</em>, and <em>Beauty and the Beast.&nbsp;</em>
Mar 16, 2017
It’s Never Too Early to Predict the 2018 Oscars
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Decider’s Joe Reid joins us to share his 2018 Oscar predictions, and to look back at the predictions we all made together last year—we didn’t see <em>Moonlight</em> coming at all and were way too high on <em>Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.</em>
Mar 09, 2017
How Moonlight Pulled Off the Best Picture Upset
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Days after the Oscars, there’s still so much to discuss about the surprising best picture win, the history <em>Moonlight</em> made, and what changes might come after that big envelope-opening snafu.&nbsp;
Mar 02, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: The Morning-After Oscars Explainer
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How did <em>Moonlight </em>beat <em>La La Land? </em>What on earth happened with the envelopes? Who was partying with <em>Vanity Fair </em>after? That and much more, explained.&nbsp;
Feb 27, 2017
Backstage at the Oscars
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VF’s Hollywood Correspondent Rebecca Keegan has been on a fly on the wall backstage at the Oscars for years, and joins to share her stories from inside. Plus, our final Oscar predictions, for best director and best picture.
Feb 24, 2017
Inside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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What really happens when you get a lot of famous people in one room? <em>In the Limelight</em> co-host Julie Miller shares stories from inside the famous soiree. Plus, discussion of the animated short film nominees and predictions for best actor and actress.&nbsp;
Feb 23, 2017
Who Will Win the First Oscars of the Night?
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The supporting actor and actress Oscar categories, typically handed out early in the broadcast, are your best chance to see major movie stars without staying up too late. We predict those categories, and also discuss the live-action short nominees.<br><br>OSCAR WEEK GIVEAWAY || Leave us a review on iTunes for a chance to win a Blu-ray set of four Best Picture nominees: <em>Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Hell or High Water, </em>and<em> Hacksaw Ridge. </em>Please include your Twitter handle in your iTunes review; winners will be contacted via Twitter.
Feb 22, 2017
When Taraji P. Henson Does All Your Oscar Campaigning For You
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Ted Melfi is nominated for two Oscars this year, but as the co-writer and director of <em>Hidden Figures</em>, he’s been happy to let stars like Taraji P. Henson take center stage. Plus, the beginning of our Oscar predictions!
Feb 21, 2017
The Oscar Nominees Most Likely to Break Your Heart
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The documentary short films category can be difficult to predict, but includes some of the best films in the running. We discuss these heartbreakers, and also talk to Roger Ross Williams, director of the Oscar-nominated feature documentary <em>Life, Animated</em>.
Feb 20, 2017
The Feud That Will Help You Survive Your Post-Oscars Hangover
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With Oscar voting in full swing, we discuss the results of the BAFTA awards and make a few last-minute pleas to voters. Then we get an advance look at the TV addiction of the spring, Ryan Murphy’s <em>Feud.&nbsp;</em>
Feb 16, 2017
La La Land Is Poised to Make Oscar History
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After winning a Directors Guild Award over the weekend, <em>La La Land</em> director Damien Chazelle seems ready to become the youngest best director Oscar winner in history. Can anything stop him?&nbsp;<br><br>Plus, the annual Oscar nominee group photo:<br>http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/02/emma-stone-ryan-gosling-oscar-nominees-class-photo-2017&nbsp;
Feb 09, 2017
What Happens When Awards Season and Politics Collide
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With Hollywood fired up and angrier than ever in the early days of the Trump administration, what does the next month of red carpets have in store? Plus, our interview with the filmmakers of the Oscar-nominated short documentary <em>The White Helmets</em>.
Feb 02, 2017
Inside the 2017 Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue
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The annual tradition of gathering Hollywood’s best and brightest has continued with this year’s Hollywood Issue, and&nbsp;<em>Vanity Fair</em>’s executive west coast editor Krista Smith joins to give us a look behind the scenes of the biggest photo shoot of the year. &nbsp;<br><br>See all of the past Hollywood Issue covers at: <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/photos/2012/03/hollywood-cover-timeline-slideshow-201203">http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/photos/2012/03/hollywood-cover-timeline-slideshow-201203</a>
Jan 26, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: What We Learned from the Oscar Nominations
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The gang gathers from three different time zones to hash out this year’s Oscar nominations, including the snubs (Amy Adams!), the surprises (Michael Shannon!), and the truly inexplicable (Oscar nominee <em>Suicide Squad</em>!).&nbsp;
Jan 24, 2017
What's Already Different About This Year's Oscars
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A look ahead at next week's Oscar nominations announcement, plus an interview with <em>Captain Fantastic</em> writer/director Matt Ross.&nbsp;
Jan 19, 2017
How Andrew Garfield Learned to Stop Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
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The star of <em>Hacksaw Ridge</em> and <em>Silence</em> addresses his viral Golden Globes moment, how he learned to handle fame, and what he learned about self-loathing from Mike Nichols. Plus a look at the Golden Globes winners and the latest in Oscar buzz.
Jan 12, 2017
What to Expect at the Golden Globes
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With the first major televised awards show of the season coming, we predict the upsets and the viral moments, plus a look at the box office hits that emerged over the holiday.&nbsp;
Jan 05, 2017
The Best Movies of 2016
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We discuss Richard Lawson’s top 10 list and our own picks for the best films of the year—plus one can’t-miss TV show.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
Dec 29, 2016
How Hollywood Will Spend Its Christmas Vacation
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As the industry shuts down for a holiday break and digs into their piles of screeners, we predict where the season’s buzz is headed—and which films will benefit most from the awards nominations thus far.&nbsp;
Dec 22, 2016
Understanding the Golden Globes and SAG Nominations
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Why Octavia Spencer is suddenly in the club but Annette Bening might not be. Plus, there's a new Star Wars movie!&nbsp;
Dec 15, 2016
The Big Oscar Season Problem No One Is Talking About
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New critics’ awards and the upcoming Golden Globes give us lots of Oscar buzz to discuss. But first, we address the situation with Casey Affleck, whose best actor campaign doesn’t seem hampered by sexual assault allegations...but should it be?
Dec 08, 2016
How to Understand Critic’s Awards
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With a slew of critic’s groups and other groups handing out the first awards of the year, we take a look at what it all means, which titles have emerged on top, and how the box office might make more of&nbsp; a difference than anything else.&nbsp;
Dec 02, 2016
Yes, Viola Davis Is Going to Win an Oscar
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As voting deadlines for various critic’s groups loom, a number of movies have finally revealed themselves, most notably <em>Fences</em>—a slam-dunk Oscar win for Viola Davis, and a possible coronation of Denzel Washington as an actor-turned-director genius.
Nov 24, 2016
How Will Donald Trump Affect the Oscar Race?
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In the wake of the unexpected conclusion to the presidential election, we debate how Hollywood will react. Plus, updates on the state of the <em>Harry Potter</em> franchise and <em>Manchester by the Sea,</em> and a dispatch from Rebecca Keegan about the Governor’s Awards&nbsp;
Nov 17, 2016
Get Ready for Lin-Manuel Miranda to Dominate Oscar Season, Too
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This week we check in on new buzz surrounding <em>Fences</em> and the AFI Film Festival, then chalk up the awards chances of Netflix’s ultra-lavish new series <em>The Crown. </em>Finally, we accept the inevitable: Lin-Manuel Miranda is <em>totally</em> going to win an Oscar.&nbsp;
Nov 10, 2016
The Oscar Campaign So Crazy It Just Might Work
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This week we catch up on lots of small developments in awards season, from the quixotic campaign for <em>Sausage Party</em> to the release of Mel Gibson's <em>Hacksaw Ridge</em>. We also share Richard’s interview with French actress Isabelle Huppert, star of <em>Elle</em>.&nbsp;
Nov 03, 2016
How to Get Away With Category Fraud
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With the news confirmed that Viola Davis will be running as a supporting actress for <em>Fences</em>— the role that won her a <em>lead</em> actress Tony award— we talk about the perennial problem of category fraud, and why women are so much more likely to be considered supporting for roles that are actually leads. Plus we share our interview with Kelly Reichardt, director of <em>Certain Women</em>, and make bold predictions about who will win the best original screenplay Oscar. &nbsp;
Oct 27, 2016
Why It Might Be Hard to Get Oscar Nominations For The Year’s Best Performances
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Opening in theaters this week,&nbsp;<em>Moonlight</em>&nbsp;features stellar performances from everyone in its cast—but its unique structure makes it particularly challenging in the context of an Oscar campaign. We discuss the film that has us all swooning, and then talk to&nbsp;<em>Moonlight</em>’s director Barry Jenkins, who has a theory that if one of his actors were onscreen longer, he’d have the best supporting actor statue wrapped up already.&nbsp;<br><br>Panoply Survey: Here at Panoply, we want to get to know you (and your podcast listening habits) a little better. To take the next step, we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fill it out, you'll help Panoply to make great podcasts about the things you love. And things you didn't even know you loved. To fill out the survey, just go to&nbsp;<a href="http://panoply.fm/survey">panoply.fm/survey</a>
Oct 20, 2016
Inside the Strongest Best Actress Race in Years
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Looking at the performances from Emma Stone, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, and more that have everybody buzzing. Plus a post-mortem on&nbsp;<em>The Birth of a Nation</em>’s box-office failure and some bold predictions about the best supporting actress race.&nbsp;<br><br>Panoply Survey: Here at Panoply, we want to get to know you (and your podcast listening habits) a little better. To take the next step, we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fill it out, you'll help Panoply to make great podcasts about the things you love. And things you didn't even know you loved. To fill out the survey, just go to&nbsp;<a href="http://panoply.fm/survey">panoply.fm/survey</a>
Oct 13, 2016
Molly Shannon Is Ready to Make You Cry
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The star of the indie drama&nbsp;<em>Other People</em>&nbsp;talks about how she's been playing dramatic characters even since her SNL days--whether or not people noticed. Plus discussion of the new HBO drama&nbsp;<em>Westworld</em>&nbsp;and the state of the best supporting actor race.&nbsp;<br><br>Panoply Survey: Here at Panoply, we want to get to know you (and your podcast listening habits) a little better. To take the next step, we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fill it out, you'll help Panoply to make great podcasts about the things you love. And things you didn't even know you loved. To fill out the survey, just go to&nbsp;<a href="http://panoply.fm/survey">panoply.fm/survey</a>
Oct 06, 2016
Will Denzel Washington Win Oscar Number Three?
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The&nbsp;<em>Fences&nbsp;</em>trailer has us pretty excited, and we’re still asking questions about&nbsp;<em>Birth of a Nation</em>.
Sep 29, 2016
Did the 2016 Emmys Spell Trouble for Trump?
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Well, the diversity of winners was certainly heartening to see. Mike, Richard, and Joanna assess the awards, and share stories from the party circuit. Plus: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s new trailer!
Sep 22, 2016
Who Will Win at the Emmys This Weekend?
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With TV's big night around the corner, Richard and Joanna handicap the big races. Plus: can La La Land's Toronto momentum last till Oscar night?
Sep 16, 2016
Did Next Year’s Best Picture Premiere at Telluride?
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Maybe! Richard recounts his adventures in the mountains, where&nbsp;<em>La La Land</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Moonlight</em>&nbsp;cast a spell. Plus: an interview with Emmy nominee Judith Light.
Sep 08, 2016
Why Do Actors Keep Falling in Love on This Guy’s Film Sets?
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A conversation with&nbsp;<em>The Light Between Oceans</em>&nbsp;director Derek Cianfrance, and a discussion about an under-the-radar Oscar hopeful.
Sep 01, 2016
Should Oscar Voters Worry About Nate Parker’s Past?
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The director of&nbsp;<em>The Birth of a Nation</em>&nbsp;was acquitted on rape charges in 2001, but the controversy is just beginning. Plus: are these really the 100 best movies since 2000?
Aug 25, 2016
The Big Breakouts of 2016 So Far
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Discussing Logan Lerman, Anya Taylor Joy, and Kate McKinnon's banner year. Plus: could Sausage Party get an Oscar nomination?
Aug 18, 2016
The Most Shocking Performance of the Year?
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On this week's episode, Mike, Richard, and special co-host Hillary Busis talk about Isabelle Huppert's intense performance in the Oscar-y French film ELLE. Also: a rave for Pete's Dragon and a look at the New York Film Festival lineup.
Aug 11, 2016
Can We Like Woody Allen Movies Anymore?
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A discussion of Suicide Squad naturally leads to Woody Allen and his Café Society in this week’s Little Gold Men.
Aug 04, 2016
Oscar Season Has (Almost) Officially Begun
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On this week's episode, we look back at ComicCon, and ahead to the Toronto Film Festival, whose lineup helps clarify what this year's Oscar race might look like.
Jul 28, 2016
The TV Sensation of the Summer?
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On this week’s episode of Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men podcast, Mike, Richard, and Joanna discuss Stranger Things, the new Netflix series that’s a scary, nostalgic blast. Then we’re joined by our colleague Julie Miller for a ComicCon preview. Plus: Emmys snubs and surprises, a spoiler-y chat about Ghostbusters, and a look at the 1983 best picture Oscar race.&nbsp;
Jul 21, 2016
The Most Hated, Most Beloved Movie of the Year
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On this week’s episode of Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men podcast, Mike, Richard, and our esteemed temporary co-host Joanna Robinson debate the merits of "Ghostbusters" and its legion of “ghostbro” haters. From there, the conversation moves to "Swiss Army Man," a controversial indie movie that Joanna loves, Richard hates, and Mike is ambivalent enough about to play referee. Plus, we offer up some Emmy nominations predictions, and then take a look at the 1985 Oscars, when "Ghostbusters" was nominated for best original song, up against some certified classics. &nbsp;
Jul 13, 2016
Would a More Diverse Academy Have Given That Oscar to Gabourey Sidibe?
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As AMPAS addresses its diversity problem by inducting a huge new class of voters, Mike Hogan and Richard Lawson get the inside scoop from&nbsp;<em>L.A. Times</em>&nbsp;reporter Rebecca Keegan - and indulge in a bit of reckless speculation regarding the 2009 race for best actress.
Jul 07, 2016
Summer Movie Season’s Surprise Hit
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This week we have a tale of two summer movies: one,&nbsp;<em>Independence Day: Resurgence</em>, a sequel that nobody asked for and not that many people saw either, and the other,&nbsp;<em>The Lobster</em>, a surprise arthouse hit. Even bigger surprise? We have a lot of affection for both of them. All of that plus a look at Matthew McConaughey’s would-be Oscar bid,&nbsp;<em>Free State of Jones.&nbsp;</em>
Jun 30, 2016
Will Every Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Eventually Have a TV Show?
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Cameron Crowe has had a rough go of it since winning the best original screenplay Oscar for&nbsp;<em>Almost Famous</em>, but Showtime’s&nbsp;<em>Roadies</em>&nbsp;could serve as something of a comeback— maybe. ON this week’s episode Joanna Robinson joins us to talk about her visit to the set of&nbsp;<em>Roadies</em>, and we also take advantage of her&nbsp;<em>Game of Thrones</em>&nbsp;expertise to look back at what the season has brought us, and explain a few things about what the heck the White Walkers are up to, anyway.&nbsp;
Jun 23, 2016
What the Oscars Should Learn From the Tonys
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This week we finally have an awards show to talk about— the Tonys! The Broadway awards were a bigger hit than usual this year, and had the usual expected doses of earnest enthusiasm; we debate whether any of that can actually translate to the movie-star cool of the Oscars. Plus discussion of Meryl Streep’s would-be summer hit&nbsp;<em>Florence Foster Jenkins</em>, a look at the grim state of summer box office, and a surprisingly fervent debate about the best picture of 2003.&nbsp;
Jun 16, 2016
The 50 Movies That Should Have Changed Hollywood History
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This week we’re joined by Slate’s Aisha Harris, co-author of The Black Film Canon, a piece that highlights the 50 best films by black directors - many of which you’ve probably never heard of, which is precisely why there needs to be a black film canon in the first place. From there we discuss the upcoming Tony Awards, which are not&nbsp;<em>just</em>&nbsp;about Hamilton, plus some pondering over the new miniseries&nbsp;<em>O.J.: Made in America,&nbsp;</em>which is airing on ABC but&nbsp;<em>also</em>&nbsp;eligible for the Oscars.&nbsp;
Jun 09, 2016
The Oscar Winner Butterfly Effect
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With a special guest appearance from&nbsp;<a href="http://decider.com/">Decider.com</a>'s Joe Reid, we look back at Oscar history to watch what would happen if, say, you took Kathy Bates's Oscar and gave it to Julia Roberts. Plus an examination of why the Oscars seem so allergic to comedies, even very good ones like The Nice Guys.&nbsp;
Jun 02, 2016
What Everyone Got Mad About at Cannes
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When the Cannes Film Festival awards were announced on Sunday they were met with boos in the press room-- why? Richard Lawson explains what went down, and then three special guests and fashion experts join to discuss the other thing everybody was talking about on the Croisette: the fashion.&nbsp;
May 26, 2016
Inside the Cannes Film Festival
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Richard phones in from Cannes to fill Katey and Mike in on the highlights of this year's Cannes Film Festival, from the Oscar contenders that are already emerging to the way Leonardo DiCaprio made even a room full of glamorous Cannes attendees starstruck.&nbsp;
May 19, 2016
Game of Thrones Is Great, But What About Its Actors?
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With Mike and Richard both en route to the Cannes Film Festival, Katey enlists VF.com’s Hollywood writer, and podcast expert, Joanna Robinson as co-host, as the two discuss the week in Oscar news, the careers of the actors on&nbsp;<em>Game of Thrones</em>, and get into a debate about the 1997 Oscar race. Plus, a guest appearance from Jordan Hoffman, who can tell you everything you&nbsp;<em>really&nbsp;</em>need to know about Cannes, from the French teenagers begging for tickets to the place that serves the best kebabs on the Croisette.
May 12, 2016
Rob Reiner Has a Plan to Save the Oscars—and the Country
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The acclaimed director of&nbsp;<em>A Few Good Men, The Princess Bride</em>, and now&nbsp;<em>Being Charlie</em>&nbsp;weighs in on modern politics— including Ted Cruz’s love of&nbsp;<em>The Princess Bride&nbsp;</em>and what Archie Bunker would think of Donald Trump— as well as what went into making his most personal film. Plus: a discussion of the week’s biggest new release,<em>Captain America: Civil War.&nbsp;</em>
May 05, 2016
How Jason Bateman Has Kept Up a 3-Decade Hollywood Career
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The actor and director of the new indie&nbsp;<em>The Family Fang</em>&nbsp;joins us to talk about the start of his directing career (at the age of 18!) and what you learn about yourself when you direct Christopher Walken. Also discussed: Michael Keaton and Meryl Streep’s next Oscar bids, the new season of Game of Thrones, and a look back at the 2007 Oscar race.&nbsp;
Apr 28, 2016
What Will Be This Year's Mad Max? Or Carol? We May Know Already
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This week we're joined by Indiewire's film editor Kate Erbland to run down this year's TriBeCa Film Festival, and we dig into new release The Huntsman: Winter's War, which stars one Oscar winner and therefore can't be ignored. Plus chatter about the Cannes Film Festival lineup and a debate about the most controversial Best Picture win of the last decade.&nbsp;
Apr 21, 2016
The Best Movies of the Year So Far Are . . .
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We’re a quarter of the way through 2016, and are there any good movies out there at all? Yes, says our guest Matt Patches, the senior entertainment editor for Thrillist, who is keeping a running list of the year’s best movies, and is already getting hate mail for it. From there Katey, Richard, and Mike discuss Richard Linklater’s new film Everybody Wants Some, and go back in time to rewrite history and hand Linklater that Oscar he deserves.&nbsp;
Apr 15, 2016
Where Are All the Good Scripts in Hollywood? This Guy Knows Where
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This week we welcome special guest Franklin Leonard, the founder and CEO of The Blacklist, which is the perennial answer to the question “where are all the good movies?” We ask Franklin about how he and The Blacklist dig up the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood and what’s the good stuff we should look forward to this year. From there we look at the year’s biggest, most prestigious awards: The MTV Movie Awards (OK, maybe not). But there&nbsp;<em>are&nbsp;</em>some surprisingly satisfying nominees this year.&nbsp;
Apr 07, 2016
The Best Movie of 2016 So Far Is Not a Movie
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Giving in to what we’ve actually been obsessed with since the Oscars, we dive into&nbsp;<em>The People v. O.J. Simpson,&nbsp;</em>the FX miniseries that has us and much of the country re-obsessed with a 20-year-old trial. From there we look at an accidental trilogy of music biopics arriving at an odd time of year, and then dare to re-arbitrate the 2014 Oscars: if you were in charge that year, who would have won best actor?&nbsp;
Mar 31, 2016
The 1996 Oscars, 20 Years Later
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Joined by special guest Christine Lahti, who won an Oscar in 1996 for her short film&nbsp;<em>Lieberman in Love</em>, we look back at the ceremony that happened 20 years ago this week, from the bad fashion to Christine’s memorable competition with the likes of Jeff Goldblum. We also discuss this week’s new release&nbsp;<em>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</em>, catch up on the latest in Oscar buzz, and make our cock-eyed predictions of who would win best supporting actor if the Oscars were held . . . tomorrow.
Mar 24, 2016
Who Is Crazy Enough To Make 2017 Oscar Predictions?
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The Oscars may be over, but the seeds of Oscar season are sown well before anybody actually starts campaigning— which is why we’re keeping Little Gold Men going through the “off-season” between now and Labor Day. To kick things off, we’re joined by Decider’s Joe Reid, who is one of those crazy people who has made his 2017 Oscar predictions, and who shares some of them with us. From there we talk about one of the most interesting movies of the spring so far, Jeff Nichols’s&nbsp;<em>Mud</em>, and make some truly insane predictions about what would win best picture if the Oscars were to happen tomorrow.&nbsp;
Mar 17, 2016
Explaining the Oscars
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Oscar night is over, so how did it all happen, and why? Katey and Mike, still in formal wear from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, join Richard to discuss the awards and the big, big surprise that came at the end of the night.&nbsp;
Feb 29, 2016
Inside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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In this special pre-Oscars episode, we're joined by Vanity Fair's executive director of public relations Beth Kseniak to share stories from inside Vanity Fair's annual Oscar party, from attempted gate-crashers to the good old days when a wall was knocked down every year to make the party happen. From there we dive deep into the complicated math that determines best picture: what is the preferential ballot, and why does it matter? Allow us to explain.&nbsp;<br>Sent from my iPhone
Feb 27, 2016
Why an Oscar Can Be Worth $50 Million
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With Oscar night just days away, we welcome Deadline Hollywood’s awards expert Pete Hammond to talk about the real nitty gritty of the awards race, and how The Revenant seems to have pulled off a late-breaking surge to win the whole thing. Also this week: We did our homework and discuss all of the nominated short films, and dive into the best original song category to answer the question that’s truly on everyone’s minds this season— “Will Lady Gaga win an Oscar? "
Feb 25, 2016
Meet the Woman Who Tells Leonardo DiCaprio Who Will Win the Oscars
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This week we’re joined by the New York legend and awards season powerhouse Peggy Siegal, the publicist and hostess behind the New York luncheons, dinners, and cocktail parties that are crucial for anyone who wants to win an Oscar. A woman who sees plays in London with Tom Cruise and gives Leonardo DiCaprio awards season advice at Christmas parties in the Caribbean, Peggy shares her stories from the awards circuit and tells us who will win everything this year. She’s the woman who knows everything, so you should take her predictions as gospel.&nbsp;
Feb 18, 2016
Being an Oscar Nominee Isn’t as Hard as Climbing Everest, But It’s Close
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<em>Room</em>’s best director nominee Lenny Abrahamson joins us with a dispatch from the thick of awards season, where you have to be in shape to shake all those hands and to survive the buzz that says you’re never getting nominated— having an 8-year-old accomplice definitely helps. We also look at the careers of this year’s nominees and predict who will use their nomination to make the biggest career leap. In other words, get ready to see a lot more of Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson. Finally, we go big before we go home and predict, for the final time, the best actress winner.
Feb 11, 2016
Whoopi Goldberg and Tom McCarthy Share Secrets from the Awards Circuit
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Two incredible guests this week: Whoopi Goldberg, a four-time Oscars host, Oscar winner, and presenter at this year’s awards, shares her stories from the stage and her thoughts on Hollywood’s ongoing push for more diversity, at the Oscars and beyond. Then we’re joined by Tom McCarthy, the Oscar-nominated director of best picture contender&nbsp;<em>Spotlight</em>. He discussed how he and his co-writer Josh Singer became journalists themselves to make the movie, and how little he expected the real-world implications the film has had.&nbsp;
Feb 04, 2016
How Can the Oscars Actually Fix Their Diversity Problem?
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In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and the Academy's bold new rule changes to try to correct the problem, we talk about Hollywood's overall diversity dilemma, with some input from Spike Lee, Don Cheadle, and John Legend. From there we catch up on the biggest news from Sundance, including Nate Parker's record-busting hit The Birth of a Nation, and do our best to predict one more mysterious category, Best Director.&nbsp;<br><br>
Jan 28, 2016
Why Nobody Really Knows What Will Win Best Picture
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With the Oscar nominations now behind us, we take a look at the closest best picture race in recent memory, and bring back Decider's Joe Reid to talk about This Had Oscar Buzz, the 2015 class. We also make bold predictions about one of the year's trickiest categories, best supporting actress, where any one of the five nominees could conceivably win.&nbsp;
Jan 21, 2016
Explaining the Oscar Nominations
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We react to the 2016 Oscar nominations with surprise, resignation, and in the case of&nbsp;<em>Mad Max: Fury Road,&nbsp;</em>awe that it happened at all. From there we share our interview with Domhnall Gleeson, who stars in&nbsp;<em>two</em>&nbsp;best picture nominees (<em>The Revenant</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Brooklyn)&nbsp;</em>as well as two more films that received multiple Oscar nominations (<em>Ex Machina</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>). Even he agrees he probably deserves a break at this point.&nbsp;
Jan 14, 2016
The Golden Globes After-Party
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While Hollywood recovers from its hangovers, we gather for a special Little Gold Men episode to digest the Golden Globes— the winners, the losers, the many surprises, and the standing ovations that tell us a lot about Oscar season.
Jan 11, 2016
How Star Wars Changed Ridley Scott’s Life
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As New York floods with awards hopefuls getting in face time before Oscar voting closes, we have two great interviews to share: first with Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard, the director and writer, respectively, of The Martian, and then with Sarah Silverman, the SAG-award nominated star of I Smile Back. We also squeeze in some discussion of the Golden Globe nominees and make our picks for who will win the best original score Oscar.
Jan 07, 2016
Why Is It So Hard to Pick the Best Movies of 2015?
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For the final episode of the year, we look back at the year in film and the wacky Oscar race that has resulted. Plus, a conversation with Elizabeth Banks, star of Love and Mercy and the final Hunger Games movie as well as director of Pitch Perfect 2. Finally, we check in on the state of the extremely competitive best actress race.
Dec 31, 2015
How to Use Ryan Gosling in an Ugly Wig to Explain the Financial Crisis
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Adam McKay, director of The Big Short and a fellow podcaster, joins us to talk about the sense of anger— but also humor— that led him to make the financial crisis film The Big Short, and why he absolutely had to bring in Anthony Bourdain to help him do it. From there we’re joined by Vanity Fair’s executive West Coast editor Krista Smith to dig into Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which is just one of two movies this Christmas about men killing each other in the snow. Finally we go big before we go home and weigh on whether Leonardo DiCaprio is a lock to win the best actor category.
Dec 24, 2015
Can Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crash the Oscar Race?
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We’ve finally seen the new Star Wars film, so we discuss (with minimal spoilers!) whether it lived up to the hype, and what its Oscar potential might be. From there we talk to Jennifer Jason Leigh, a Golden Globe nominee for her role in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and one of the three voice actors in Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa. Finally we make our predictions for who will win best cinematography— and can Emmanuel Lubezki make history?
Dec 17, 2015
How to Make Sense of the Golden Globe Nominations
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After a crazy week of awards nominations, top ten lists, and everyone complaining about “snubs,” we sort through the SAG and Golden Globe Nominations and the critical buzz to figure what’s really happening with awards season now. Then we use all of that newfound knowledge to make our predictions, once again, of what will win the best picture Oscar.
Dec 10, 2015
How Leonardo DiCaprio Will Finally Win an Oscar
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We’ve finally seen The Revenant, so we dig into the awards potential of the grim, long Western that should finally get DiCaprio his little gold man. From there we look back at our favorite Oscar wins of the recent past, and then forward to the upcoming Golden Globe nominations. Finally, we go big before we go home and predict who we think will win best supporting actress.
Dec 03, 2015
Did the Oscars Really Begin as a Publicity Scam?
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Special guest Karina Longworth, host of the Hollywood history podcast You Must Remember This, joins us to explain how producer David O. Selznick bucked Hollywood tradition to put his weight behind future Oscar behemoth Gone With the Wind. We also discuss the much-loathed Oscar tradition of “category fraud” and whether or not it even matters, pick some movies we think might surprise us this year, and make our bold predictions for who will win the best supporting actor Oscar.
Nov 19, 2015
And the Year’s Best Oscar Campaign Is . . .
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Vanity Fair’s executive west coast editor Krista Smith joins us to give a real insider’s look at the year’s Oscar campaigns so far, and make a bold prediction about the Best Picture hopes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And speaking of bold predictions, we close with our best guess of who will win Best Director.
Nov 05, 2015
When Oscar Buzz Goes Sour
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Special guest Joe Reid joins us to talk about his Tumblr This Had Oscar Buzz and look back at movies that didn’t quite make it into the annual derby. Plus we discuss your choices for under-appreciated Oscar contenders of years past, ponder the awards possibilities for Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, and make our boldest predictions for who will win Best Actor.
Oct 22, 2015
Jason Segel Still Gets Starstruck at the Oscars
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Our special guest Jason Segel, who plays David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, tells us what was scary about taking on the role, what it was like to attend the Oscars with The Muppets, and how the help of friends like Paul Rudd has raised the profile of this tiny— but Oscar-buzzy— indie film. Plus, we go over the highs and lows of Steve Jobs, talk about your answers to our question about which overlooked talents deserve awards attention this year, and make our bold, probably foolish picks for who will win Best Actress. This episode is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/GOLD
Oct 08, 2015
So, Is Johnny Depp Finally Going to Win that Oscar?
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The Oscars may not be until February, but awards season has already kicked off. In the first episode of Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men, Katey Rich, Mike Hogan, and Richard Lawson discuss the two buzziest titles from the Toronto Film Festival, Room and Spotlight, and then look at two A-list actors— Johnny Depp and Matt Damon— who are making a run for best actor.
Sep 24, 2015