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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss Michael Bay’s new movie Pain and Gain, which has some humor, little humanity, and no warmth. The ‘Festers are then joined by New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter to discuss his new book about the battle for morning TV dominance. Finally, our co-hosts ponder Amazon’s new TV pilots and whether its crowdsourcing model could herald a change in TV content.
Here are links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- A few of Michael Bay’s movies: Bad Boys, Transformers trilogy, Armageddon, and The Rock.
- The TV show Burn Notice.
- Director Stephen Soderbergh.
- “Notes on the Auteur Theory” by Andrew Sarris
- Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, by Brian Stelter.
- Amazon’s original TV pilots
- June Thomas for Slate on whether Amazon’s new pilots can transform TV.
- Willa Paskin on Amazon’s comedy pilots for Salon.
- The musical Web series from Joss Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
This week’s Audible suggestion: Just Kids written and narrated by Patti Smith
Dana: The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda, currently playing on Broadway.
June: The amazing FX series The Americans.
Stephen: New York’s sports talk radio station WFAN, which handled the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins exquisitely.
Outro: “Top of the Morning,” by Bing Crosby
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This podcast was produced by Julia Furlan. Our intern is Sally Tamarkin.