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In a special Hannukkah episode, we've invited three of our favorite Jewishes (read this with a soft J to denote respect) on the Frotcast, comedians Matt Lieb and Alison Stevenson, and showrunner Justin Halpern to join Vince and Brendan. We discuss whether Roy Moore losing was a Ben miracle (RIP), talk Inside Lacrosse's All-Name Team, and comb through the recently discovered Daily Stormer Nazi style guide. Alison Stevenson comes on to discuss her recent trip Tindering her way through Seoul, and Justin Halpern joins to talk about his Harley Quinn show, I Tonya and Ladybird. We finish things off with your emails.

3 minutes - Roy Moore's campaign manager malfunctions on live TV

7 minutes - A rundown of this year's All Name Team from Inside Lacrosse

17 minutes - Matt remembers/reenact Blood Diamond

19 minutes - Coming through the recently discovered Daily Stormer style guide

26 minutes - Alison Stevenson joins

36 minutes - Alison Tinders through South Korea.

50 minutes - Justin Halpern on his new Harley Quinn show.

54 minutes - I, Tonya

56 minutes - Armond White, Cole Smithey, and Ladybird/RottenTomato-gate

1 hour 10 minutes - The Disaster Artist

1 hour 26 minutes - Omarosa trapped in the walls

1 hour 31 - Emails

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Greg Sestero is perhaps best known for playing Mark in The Room ("Oh, hi, Mark."). He's also the co-author of The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. Michael Rousselet is co-director of Dude Bro Party Massacre III, which also stars Greg Sestero. Rousselet also happens to be one of the first people to discover The Room, helping to make it a cult hit, who's credited for starting many of The Room's now familiar audience participation trends, like throwing spoons at the screen. I got them together 12 years almost to the day after the first The Room screening, to ask Greg what it was like being Tommy Wiseau's producing partner and roommate, his teenage modeling days in Europe, and what it's like having had his life inexorably tied to Tommy Wiseau's for close to 20 years now. And to ask Mike about the first time he saw The Room, and what possessed him to force everyone he knew to watch it. How old is Tommy Wiseau? Where is Tommy Wiseau actually from? How did Tommy Wiseau get so rich, and how could afford to blow $6 million on The Room? What does it all mean? We answer all or none of these questions on this week's BookDrunk Radio. 

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This week on the Frotcast, Matt Lieb and Jane Harrison join Vince and Brendan to discuss Donald Trump's McDonald's order, deliver our holiday movie guide, and talk about the Netflix documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. Method actors, right? With only a tiny bit of sexual harassment news this week! Thanks, Bryan Singer. Enjoy and Frot on, donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast. 

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This week, former Film.com head critic Laremy Legel joins us to talk about the curious phenomenon of trailer reaction videos -- specifically as it relates to Avengers: Infinity Wars -- and, because it's inescapable, the latest round of sexual harassment firings. We go deep on Matt Lauer interviews to see if there were red flags we should've seen all along. We have a Tales From NPR, answer your emails, and even digress into football. Enjoy, and Frot on! Donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast. 

2:15 - Kevin Smith cries about the new Avengers trailer

21:00 - This week in sexual harasser scandals!

25:00 - Keith Olbermann and the curious phenomenon of "smug elevator pictures"

31:50 - Matt Lauer's super gross Anne Hathaway interview

41:00 Garrison Keillor

51:00 - Tales from NPR

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This week on the Frotcast, the Frot-crew is all traveling, but I do have this phone interview I did with author/journalist/screenwriter Jon Ronson. Ronson is the author of So You've Been Publicly Shamed, a book about internet shaming, Men Who Stare At Goats, and the co-writer of the movie Okja, and more recently he produced a multi-part podcast called The Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Effect traces the rise of free porn and its effect on porn and wider society. The way tech has affected porn seems like a useful (and possibly scary) analogy for the "disruption" of other industries. Enjoy and Frot on!

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Columnist Drew Magary wrote in GQ this week, "Why are all the comedy men so awful?" And was immediately deluged with indignant comedy men, averring that they were not defensive. "I am not mad, I am actually laughing." Questions remain. Is comedy especially bad or just a symptom of society? Did comedians screw up or did we screw up pretending they were sage truth tellers? Is a laugh an endorsement of a higher truth, or the teller's personal life? And hey, what's the deal with airline food? Comedians Matt Lieb and Joe Sinclitico also join, to talk Louis CK, the season finale of Nathan for You, the latest creepo allegations -- against Sylvester Stallone -- and answer your emails. Donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast, email us at frotcast at g mail dot com. Frot on! 

4:36 - Drew's article and the blowback

8:35 - Matt Lieb joins

39:27 - Talking the Nathan For Your Season Finale

46:00 - Email questions

1:08:00 - Joe runs down the Sylvester Stallone allegations

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This week on the Frotcast, SB Nation's Matt Ufford joins us to recap the week in movies, discuss Rand Paul's BRUTAL NEIGHBOR FEUD (as well as recap some past celebrity neighbor feuds), get Orange County PTSD with the Dirty John podcast ("a Californians sketch on Klonopin), and finish things off with some Royalty Freestyle. Matt Lieb and Brendan join Vince in the studio. Donate at Patreon dot slash frotcast.

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From The Fat Jew on the TRL reboot to Thor: Ragnarok (my 110% spoiler-free review), this week on the Frotcast, we ponder a future (or a present, really) where repping for the big #brands is the only way to eat. Matt Lieb and Joey Avery join Vince Mancini this week, where, naturally, there's also lots of news to discuss on the Hollywood Sexual Harassment front. Kevin Spacey, Andy Dick, Jeremy Piven... who's the next Hollywood personality to screw up? Should we start a pool? All that, plus a Sebastian Gorka update, on this week's Frotcast. Donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast.

2:00 - Reeling from the TRL reboot

13:00 - An extremely non-spoilery review of Thor: Ragnarok

22:00 - The Hollywood sexual harassment update, first up, Kevin Spacey

36:19 - Sebastian Gorka can't park

45:00 - Matt feels bad for Osama Bin Laden

52:07 - Hollywood harassment part 2: Andy Dick edition

1:15:30 - Hollywood harassment update part 3: Jeremy Piven edition

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Ex-NBA player Paul Shirley joins the Frotcast this week to talk about his new book, plus, we discuss Guy Ritchie's KING ARTHUR and do the internet's first live podcast review of "Doughp," San Francisco's first "hip hop-themed cookie dough kiosk." Matt Lieb and Vince are in studio. We also talk Stephen Dorff, Pauly Shore, PFT Commenter, and George Bush Sr. groping women. Frot on and enjoy, donate at Patreon Dot Com Slash FROTCAST. 

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Ever wondered what it's like to drive 5,000 miles scouting a location and spend eight years shooting a movie in a language you don't speak? That's the story of director Michael Matthews and writer Sean Drummond, the South African filmmakers behind Five Fingers For Marseilles, a Western set in South Africa's Eastern Cape and shot entirely in Sesotho, a Bantu language. In this week's bonus Frotcast #content, my interview with Matthews and Drummond about the creation of their movie. Will you ever get to see it? Sorry, no idea, but it's a cool story whatever the case. Subscribe to the Frotcast on iTunes, donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast. (Apologies for the sound quality this week, the handheld mics are noisier than what we usually use). 

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If you like timely pegs for classic movies, you'll love this week's Frotcast about the 1982 Ridley Scott classic, Blade Runner. Comedian Allison Mick calls it the "un-fun Fifth Element," while Twitter's favorite PR man Ed Zitron defends Harrison Ford's extremely laconic voice over. Comedian Joey Avery just tries to get a word in every now and then. We also talk Harvey Weinstein and Terry Crews (and Rob Schneider and Seth MacFarlane), and Eminem's Trump diss track. It's extremely #content and incredibly blah blah blah. It's not our best work but it's free. 

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What do Harvey Weinstein, Harry Knowles, the leader of a vegan mayo cult, and Juggalos have in common? Well, probably nothing except that they're all #content on this week's Frotcast. Every week we try to be Ira Glass and we end up Harry Carey. But hey, that's why you love us, right, 13 remaining listeners?! Jk, jk, it's a great show. Comedian Joey Avery and Jane Harrison are in the studio this week, with Matt Lieb (LA Matt) and Vince Mancini. Donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast, Frot on and enjoy and please Frot responsibly.

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With Allison Mick stuck in traffic, we've got Dave Lozo joining Vince and Matt Lieb on the Frotcast this week, to discuss the Tomb Raider remake, JJ Abrams, Sean Spicer at the Emmys, Hillary Clinton's terrible book, THE ACCOUNTANT, and Lawrence O'Donnel's Bill O'Reilly'style freakout. And of course, we finish things off with a round of the Royalty Freestyle, with Matt improvising songs for Patreon donors Jon G and Dan L. Enjoy, and Frot on! Donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast

6:52 - The Dave Lozo career arc
10:00 - A TOMB RAIDER remake! Sure, why not.
15:33 - JJ Abrams directing STAR WARS EPISODE IX
19:30 - Sean Spicer at the Emmys-gate
38:10 - Matt and Dave have terrible opinions about BABY DRIVER
40:09 - Hillary Clinton loves Goldfish crackers! So relatable.
47:30 - An important update about "Doughp", San Francisco's first hip hop themed cookie dough restaurant
1:12:52 - Lawrence O'Donnell freak out

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Matt Lieb and Joey Avery are in the Frotquarters this week, to discuss the "new" Bodega app, the Charlie Sheen '9/11' movie, and of course, Ted Cruz cranking his hog. There's also San Francisco's "hip hop themed cookie dough kiosk," and the return of "millennial comedian"/fascinating sociopath Dan Nainan. We also do a call-in with Frotcast Hurricane Correspondent Ashley Burns, who gives us a first-hand account of his brush with Hurricane Irma, and the five racist signs you meet in Florida. It's a double episode loaded with #Content! Enjoy, frot on, and donate at patreon.com/frotcast.

1:30 - Ted Cruz cranking his hog
4:39 - Discussing BODEGA, the start up that's going to make mom-and-pop stores obsolute by re-inventing the vending machine.
11:13 - This week's first character, Chapstick Robot
17:34 - Far worse than Bodega, it's Doughp, San Francisco's hip hop cookie dough shop.
28:10 - I'm leaving Chicago
46:33 - Discussing Charlie Sheen's '9/11,
59:00 - Hurricane Correspondent Ashley Burns with his first-hand report on Florida livin'.
1:12:40 - The return of "Millennial Comedian" Dan Nainan!
1:40:11 - Matt Lieb's advice for a listener trying to get a brother to quit heroin.

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This week on the Frotcast, Justin Halpern joins for a quick story about his friend farting in Anne C0ulter's drink one time. Then comedians Joey Avery and Allison Mick join Vince Mancini in the studio, to interview Steve Bramucci about dragging Vince to Oregon Eclipse Festival/Symbiosis/Burning Man lite, as well as his new book, Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo, and the time he hitchhiked through Australia and almost got murdered by a drug dealer during a shark dive. Then, official Frotcast Taylor Swift correspondent Allison gives us her unified theory of Taylor Swift. Donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast.

00:00 - Justin Halpern's story about his friend farting in Anne C0ulter's drink
9:30 - MOVIE NEWS! The all-female Lord of the Flies remake, Ed Skrein dropping out of Hellboy because of white washing
20:00 - Uproxx Life editor and author of Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo Steve Bramucci joins us
34:28 - Steve's story about thinking he was going to get murdered by an Australian drug kingpin
47:17 - Allison Mick's Unified Theory of Taylor Swift
1:10:10 - The Black Bloc vs Neo-Nazis, and not feeding the trolls vs. zero tolerance.

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We couldn't get the Frotcast gang in the same room this week, but, I do have some interviews to share. The first is with SNL's Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary, who starred in (Kyle) and directed (Dave) Brigsby Bear, a strange yet sweet movie about a kid who's raised off the grid watching a TV show that his father has made just for him. We get deep with Kyle and Dave about the filmmaking process, and about San Diego-based comedy, something they have in common with the Frotcast. The second is with Top Chef host Tom Colicchio, who tells us about his first food memory, the validity of "Jersey red sauce," the way the food industry has changed with the advent of food TV and the internet, and more. Donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast, email us at frotcast@gmail.com, and we'll be back with the whole gang next week. 

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Luc Besson's filmography includes such classics as La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The 5th Element, and... uh... Lucy, that one where Scarlett Johansson accidentally ingests some drugs and becomes the human embodiment of the galaxy brain meme. You know how you can only use 10% of your brain? What if Scarlett Johansson could use 100%? Self-hating PR pro Ed Zitron joins Brendan, Matt, and Vince this week as the Frotcast's first British guest (citation needed?). Other topics include crying Nazis, Tales from NPR, and the Royalty Freestyle. Donate at PATREON DOT COM SLASH FROTCAST! Thanks and Frot on.

00:00 - Talking 'Lucy'

29:00 - Tales from NPR (PRI, in this case, but whatev): The worst podcast ad ever

35:00 - Crying Nazis

1:20:00 - The Royalty Freestyle, with Matt Lieb

 

 

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Republicans like to use "San Francisco" as code for everything wrong with the world, and now we're in range of North Korean nukes. Uh... does this mean we're expendable? Our guest, Matt Ufford from SB Nation (and combat veteran!), joins Vince, Matt Lieb, and Brendan to talk about nuclear threats, as well as Matt's Game of Thrones scorecards and Matt gives us a preview of this season of Hard Knocks (see also: anecdotes from former NFL left tackle, Brendan). Enjoy and Frot on! Donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast.

3:00 - Which city would we sacrifice to North Korean nukes.
12:30 - That Google engineer who got fired for saying girls can't code good
19:35 - Talking Game of Thrones, like every podcast ever.
37:35 - Brendan explains what it's like to be too old for a bachelor party
48:00 - Matt Ufford's preview of this season of Hard Knocks.

 

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Do you love Robocop (1987)? Then you'll love this Frotcast (maybe)! Comedian Joey Avery and Matt Lieb from The Star Wars show watched Robocop for the first time, to discuss it with Robocop superfans Vince Mancini and Brendan. Also this week -- we talk the strange phenomenon of Ready Player One (soon to be a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg) and examine some of the author's slam poetry (mmm, member berries). We've also got the Worst Takes of The Week and an appreciation of tortured music reviews. Enjoy, and Frot on. Donate at patreon.com/frotcast.

2:23 - Talking Ready Player One, member berries, and the author's old slam poetry
33:50 - Discussing the 1987 classic, Robocop.
45:21 - Paul Verheoven's perverted teen boy sensibility
59:00 - Appreciating the Zucker Brothers classics like Naked Gun and Airplane!
1:05:00 - Worst takes of the week!

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Do you remember the good ol' boy movies of the 1970s? The ones that celebrated a guy, who maybe wasn't particularly handsome, or smart, or heroic, but he loved sweet cars, was always up for a good time, and inexplicably surrounded by hot willing women? Well Mike Sacks remembers those movies, which is why he wrote 'Stinker Lets Loose,' the novelization of a "lost" 1976 CB radio classic about a cross-country trucker sent to deliver a shipment of Coors to the president -- accompanied by his overweight buddy and a female chimp in heat. We talk to Mike about his book, discuss Game of Thrones, and get the scoop on Comic-Con from Matt Lieb (of 'The Star Wars Show!'), who just got back from there. Starring Vince Mancini, Joey Avery, and Matt Lieb. Donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast, and Frot on.

3:20 - Is Game of Thrones jumping the shark if I'll keep watching it no matter how much I complain?
13:52 - We talk to Mike Sacks, author of 'Stinker Lets Loose,' the novelization of a non-existent 70s CB radio adventure comedy.
22:35 - Actual excerpt from the 'Stinker Lets Loose' audiobook
41:35 - Matt Lieb tells us all about his Comic-Con experience.
1:06:27 - Listener emails. We talk Chester from Linkin Park and celebrity death in general.

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This week on the Frotcast, we take advantage of our all-millennial panel (comedians Matt Lieb, Joey Avery, and Kollin Holtz) to introduce them to the critically-acclaimed 1980s classic, The Untouchables. Will they love it?! Before we get to that, we discuss Game of Thrones on Chemo Couch Time with Ben, and answer your emails. Email us at frotcast@gmail.com, donate at Patreon.com/frotcast. Frot on!

6:58 - Discussing Rooney Mara never having eaten pie before prior to A Ghost Story
18:47 - Chemo Couch Time With Ben! Ben gives us his thoughts on all the shows he's been watching while laid up on chemo.
24:29 - Game Of Thrones, and the bad take that the appeal is "liberals secretly longing for monarchy"
43:00 - Matt Lieb explains how to do heroin (again)
1:01:18 - The Untouchables
1:27:00 - Answering your emails

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This week on the Frotcast, Justin Halpern, recently of Powerless, joins to talk about his cancelled show being Adam West's final screen credit, accuse Vince of being the new Armond White, and tell apocryphal stories about Lord and Miller on the set of Method Man shows. We talk about the critical hive mind, what Lord and Miller must've done to get canned from the Han Solo movie, DC fans, Marvel, and more. This week's hosts are Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk/Uproxx and Matt Lieb from AJ+/The Star Wars Show. Frot on! 

4:55 - The Return Of Fake Bret
6:30 - Talkin' Otto Warmbier
11:30 - Talkin' All Eyez On Me and music biopic tropes
15:25 - Justin Halpern joins via Skype
28:00 - Justin's story about Lord and Miller and Method Man
30:00 - Speculating about the Lord and Miller/Star Wars split
31:40 - Justin brings in RESEARCH, to bolster his Vince Mancini/Armond White theory.
55:00 - The Mummy, and Justin's incredible story about getting negged by Brendan Fraser's publicist.
1:00:00 - The Case Against Keith Olbermann
1:26:00 - Royalty Freestyle for Emmett
1:29:33 - Royalt Freestyle for Matthew C.

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This week on the Frotcast, we break down Colin Trevorrow's Book of Henry (the worst film of the year?), the week's worst takes (both Cosby and Kevin Durant-based), and Uber's disastrous board meeting. Panel includes Vince Mancini, Matt Lieb, Brendan, and fresh from the Giants game, Joey Avery.

3:00 - Uber's awesome press conference

16:15 - Is 'Book of Henry' the worst movie of the year? And how much of the plot can Brendan predict without having seen it?

40:00 - The Worst Takes Of The Week

1:25:00 - Emails

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THIS WEEK ON THE FROTCAST:
I interview Demetri Martin. "Sexist" Wonder Woman reviews? The Mummy, and the rise of the "shared universe." Tom Cruise's ageless asexuality. Is the Babadook gay?Your email questions. Your panel includes Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk/Uproxx, co-host Brendan, and comedians Matt Lieb and Allison Mick. Donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast!

Intro - Is Wonder Woman a Zionist?
5:33 - Edelstein's Wonder Woman review: deserved dragging or unfair?
10:15 - American Gods/We imagine what different celebrities' dicks might look like
12:00 - The Mummy, and how it made Wonder Woman look that much more groundbreaking.
22:30 - Demetri Martin talks about his new film 'Dean,' starting out as a stand up, and more.
59:21 - The ouvre of Tom Cruise

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Drew Magary from Deadspin/GQ (whose latest novel, The Hike, drops on paperback in July) by this week to talk Big Summer Camp, Fargo, and whether sports reporters are more obnoxious than film critics. We also talk Netflix's Roger Stone documentary, Get Me Roger Stone. Is it not ironic that the guy who brought the "cuck"-shouting alt-right to national prominence was once run out of Washington over a scandal about letting other men have sex with his wife? Why do all of the bad things seem to come from Nixon? And what the hell is going on with the guy's skull? Naturally, we finish off with the Royalty Freestyle. Frot on and enjoy, donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast.

1:00 - Drew Magary joins, to complain about Big Summer Camp
19:00 - Talking Baywatch, and the idea of the self-referential movie
29:00 - Fargo
35:00 - More tolerable, group of film critics or group of sports reporters
52:33 - 'Get Me Roger Stone'
1:01:50 - We find out about Ben Jacobs getting bodyslammed by congressional candidate Greg Gianforte in real time and can't stop laughing.
1:12:10 - The Royalty Freestyle. "Everything is a twist in this life."

 

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