Rank #1: Moonlight, Mary J. Blige, Queen Sugar, Alexa - IP49
Is Fall 2016 shaping up to be one of the greatest seasons for Pop Culture ever? Consider our latest episode that celebrates the ridiculous heights achieved in music, film and TV in just the past 7 days. First up we discuss the independent feature, Moonlight which opens this week. This movie has filled Sean's soul and rocked his world so hard that it gets the full House of Hyperbole treatment. Find out why he thinks this film cannot be missed! Then, we discuss the new single from the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige. Mary has sat on the throne for 2 decades but we think her new song, "Thick of It," is one of the most soul baring and emotionally gut wrenching songs she's ever recorded. We also reveal the role Mary has played in our personal friendship and podcast partnership. Plus, we talk about the new television drama on OWN, Queen Sugar. The show is halfway through its first season and continues to bring an impressive blend of melodrama, social realism and the most gorgeous cinematography on TV. All hail Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay! Whether you're a huge fan or haven't had a chance to catch it, Amita shares a tip on the 'best' way to view past and upcoming episodes. And #BigSell30 moves into the home stretch with a Big Sell from friends of the show Caroline and Tom Romita (and their new best friend, Alexa).
Rank #2: Thor: Ragnarok, N.E.R.D & Rihanna “Lemon”, Sexual Harassment in Hollywood – IP 99
We discuss the new N.E.R.D & Rihanna collab "Lemon; Thor: Ragnarok, Kevin Spacey and the new George Michael documentary.
Rank #3: Jay Z's 4:44, Best TV of 2017, Bishop Briggs - IP 82
This week, Inside Pop dives into Jay-Z's new album 4:44- we discuss some of the personal issues he revealed in his lyrics along with his evolution from his first album to now. We then discuss other artists who have bared their soul through music and some of the confessional - like songs with which we have connected - including Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Prince, Mary J. Blige and more. Plus, we revel in the abundance of programming that Peak TV has given us in 2017 with our Best of TV picks of the last 6 months. Find out which shows made our individual lists and which shows we shared our undying affection for. Then, Sean gives his Big Sell review and rating of last week's suggestion from Amita- the singer/songwriter, Bishop Briggs. Then, he shares his Big Sell which comes from one of the series on his Best of TV (So Far) list. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders www.insidepoppodcast.com You can also find Inside Pop on Maximum Fun network.
Rank #4: Wonder Woman, Master of None, Tickling Giants, Sense8 - IP 78
This week- we dive into the world of pop culture with: Wonder Woman - Amita gives her reaction and we discuss the film's record breaking box office. Master of None - We can't get enough of the Season 2 and talk about Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang's decision to hold off on Season 3...for now. Sean pours some out for the final season of one of his favorite Netflix series, Sense8. We share an excerpt of our interview with Sara Taksler, the writer/director/producer of the documentary, Tickling Giants. And Sean rates and reviews last week's Big Sell, the soul/funk/blues artist, Earl St. Clair and shares his Big Sell- a new single from Alabama Shakes. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders www.insiodepoppodcast.com
Rank #5: Black Panther Box Office records, Janelle Monae, Musicians turned Actors, Vulfpeck - IP 111
Black Panther breaks box office records and Janelle Monae teases a new album. Plus the Big Sell!
Rank #6: Music Matters: An Interview with Music Supervisor Matthew Hearon-Smith- IP 135
Our guest, music supervisor Matt Hearon-Smith discusses how music is selected and used in Film and TV.
Rank #7: Netflix Goes for the Oscar, How to Watch a Movie, Jose James Covers Bill Withers – IP 136
What is Netflix willing to do to win an Oscar?
Rank #8: Our Life Defining Divas, Fleabag, Preview of Amita's Celeb Husband Bracket - IP 67
This time the Pop Insiders get up close and personal! In the second installment of our series celebrating Women's History Month, we each share how three femalke musicians defined different periods of our lives. We discuss music from artists like Annie Lennox, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé and others that gave us comfort, motivation and inspiration when we needed them the most. Also, Amita reviews Sean's Big Sell of the Amazon series Fleabag. Sean was iffy on whether Amita would really like this Big Sell- listen to hear her verdict. And Amita's Big Sell involved a new British artist AND this reading assignment. Plus - over the past year we've all heard Amita mention her 'husbands' - those celebrities who have the right combination of looks and talent which make them worthy potential spouses. Well - in our version of a March Madness bracket, Amita shares her top eight husbands which Sean will use to prepare next week's celebrity husband bracket. This is guaranteed to be the sexiest bracket you've ever experienced! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders www.insidepoppodcast.com
Rank #9: Childish Gambino's "This Is America", Big Screen vs Living Room films - IP 122
Childish Gambino, Big Screen V. Small Screen,
Rank #10: Spiderman: Homecoming, Best Movies of 2017 (So Far), Summer Blockbusters, Miguel - IP 81
The holiday weekend is over but the fun is just about to begin! Take a deep dive inside the world of pop culture and join Sean David Johnson and Amita Patel as they celebrate their debut episode on Maximum Fun! Who are Amita and Sean? I mean who are they REALLY?: The co-hosts of Inside Pop (aka The Pop Insiders) give you a quick (re)introduction. Inside Pop Quiz: Summer Blockbuster Movie Edition. Sean quizzes Amita on everything from which Spielberg summer flick has made the most money to which of Rihanna's lines of dialogue from Battleship are the most memorable. Best Movies of 2017 . . . So Far: Special guest Mike Cecchini, editor-in-chief of Den of Geek joins Sean and Amita to discuss his favorite films of the first half of the year. Plus he shares an early review of Spiderman: Homecoming. The Big Sell: Each week Sean and Amita take turns recommending something from the world of pop culture the other has yet to experience. Last week, Sean's Big Sell to Amita was the Viceland episode of Earthworks featuring musician (and Inside Pop object of objectification) Miguel. This week Amita big sells Sean music from British singer/songwriter, Bishop Briggs. Follow on Twitter and Instagram @popinsiders Our Website www.insidepoppodcast.com On Max Fun
Rank #11: The Big Sick, Top LGBT TV Characters, TLC - IP 80
This week, Amita discusses the new film, The Big Sick, written and starring Kumail Nanjiani. Will it be the sleeper hit of the summer? Then, in honor of Pride Month, we revisit one of our favorite countdowns- our Top 3 LGBT Television Characters - with special guest Kevyn Fairchild. And Sean gives his review of TLC's new single "Way Back" in the Big Sell and suggests a Viceland show featuring IP favorite, Miguel. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders www.insidepoppodcast.com
Rank #12: Best of TV 2017 - IP 103
We count down the top 10 very best shows of 2017 and we also take time to mention the TV shows we wish we checked out and the ones we regret watching.
Rank #13: Beyonce at Coachella, Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer, Scandal Signs Off - IP 119
Beyonce at Coachella + Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize + Shonda Rhimes' Television Legacy = Black Overachieving Excellence!
Rank #14: Behind the Scenes at DreamWorks with Tony Ducret, The Handmaid's Tale, Barry, Love Is ___ IP 130
Developing Scripts in Hollywood, The Handmaids Tale, Barry, Love is_, Jacob Banks
Rank #15: Fall TV, Movie & Music Preview - IP 90
We put away our white shoes and are previewing some of the upcoming Film, TV and Music we're looking forward to this Fall! There's an overwhelming amount of pop culture coming out in the next few months, but we'll help you select the best of the best that cannot be missed. Which television shows in the era of Peak TV have caught our attention and demand us to check them out? Which films could be awards contenders AND crowd pleasers? And what albums and concerts do we plan to line up to listen to and experience? We reveal all! And Sean reviews last week's Big Sell, the Game of Thrones behind the scenes series, "Game Revealed," and gives Amita a unique Big Sell - a multi-media article featuring Issa Rae, James Davis, Rachel Bloom, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders You can also find us at MaximumFun.org Visit our official site at WWW.InsidePopPodcast.com
Rank #16: The Walking Dead, Big Little Lies, Prince, Kendrick Lamar - IP 70
This week, we achieve the impossible- we discuss the finales of The Walking Dead and Big Little Lies without spoiling a thing! Our discussion focuses on the appropriate length of a season and the pros and cons of producing a series with an end in sight. Then, Sean takes a purple moment to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Prince's seminal album, Sign O The Times. And the Big Sell gets super sized thanks to Kendrick Lamar's single "The Heart Part 4" and the new music video for "Humble". Listen now and let us know what you thought about the finales of The Walking Dead and Big Little Lies- @popinsiders on Twitter or Instagram. www.insidepoppodcast.com Links: Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" video A Tribe Called Quests's music video for Dis Generation
Rank #17: Game of Thrones Returns, Emmy Nominations, A Wrinkle in Time, Best Music of 2017 – IP 83
Join us and raise a glass to toast the return of Game of Thrones - but before you take a swig just make sure you're not on Arya's sh*t list! On this episode of Inside Pop, we dissect the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones which has us talking about everything from filthy chamber pots to Ed Sheeran cameos to Vermeer paintings to the one thing Daenerys has in common with Prince and the Revolution! (There are Spoilers in this conversation- you've been warned) Then - we give you many reasons why you should be over the moon (just like us) for the the new trailer for the Ava DuVernay epic, A Wrinkle in Time. We're also joined by special guest, DJ and Television Producer James Barker (aka DJ Chaotic) who shares his favorite albums and singles of the first half of 2017. A must listen if you're looking for thoughtful, upbeat, quality tunes to add to your playlists! Plus, we give you our thoughts on the Emmy nominations. And it's quid pro quo time in The Big Sell. Amita rates Sean's Big Sell from last week (an episode of the Amazon series, I Love Dick) and in turns sells Sean on an Emmy nominated episode of Atlanta he (shamefully) has not yet seen. James' Best of 2017 (So Far) Albums: Harry Styles - Harry Styles Lorde - Melodrama Qveen Herby - Qveen Herby Singles: Maty Noyes - The Making of 'London' Geordie Kieffer- Red Line Carly Rae Jepsen- Cut to the Feeling @PopInsiders on Twitter and Instagram www.insidepoppodcast.com http://maximumfun.org/shows/inside-pop
Rank #18: Avengers: Infinity War, Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer, Tribeca Film Festival, Kanye West- IP 121
An inside look into Avengers, Janelle Monae, Kanye West and Tribeca Film Festival.
Rank #19: Top Fashionable Females on TV, March Madness Bracket Winner, The White Helmets - IP 69
We conclude our pop culture themed Women's History Month segments with an interview with Esta Fiesta, host of the Poised N Polished podcast! We talk to Esta about her top 3 fashionable female characters on TV and discuss fashion and feminism. Next, the conclusion of our inaugural March Madness bracket dedicated to Amita's celebrity husbands contains a surprising finale. Wait until you hear who she chooses to be her ultimate celeb husband. And we discuss Sean's Big Sell from last week, the Oscar winning documentary short, The White Helmets. Tweet us who you would have picked to win the March Madness bracket @Popinsiders and let us know your favorite fashionable female on TV. www.insidepoppodcast.com Links: Poised N Polished on iTunes Esta Fiesta's Blog - Living Fiesta
Rank #20: Queer Eye Season 2, LGBTQ Pop Culture - IP 127
Queer Eye, Queer Pop Culture