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Risky Business - For Annual Subscribers

It was a Risky Business proposition for Tom Cruise to take another starring role in a teen sex comedy after Losin’ It failed to satisfy audiences. But a bolder future is planned for new virginal lead Joel Goodson, as he partners with call girl Rebecca DeMornay to turn his parents’ stuffy suburban home into a pop-up brothel. Is Cruise’s first hit an occasion to take those old records off the shelf and dance around in tighty whities?  Find out what Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart will do for their Gold Level Donors when you step into a shower of Tom Cruise shows this Spring.

 

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Losin’ It - For Annual Subscribers

Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie are Losin’ It this spring with a Gold Level retrospective committed to finding the reasons why Tom Cruise became the biggest movie star of the 1980s. The journey begins with a road trip to Tijuana, where the almost famous actor is finding it hard to score with ladies of the night. Can flighty divorcee Shelly Long give Cruise a reason to flash that devilish grin?  And what fireworks will Bad News Bear Jackie Earle Haley set off in his quest to obtain Spanish Fly and avoid Mexican jail? Find out when you cross that border and Donate Now!  

  

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Us - For Annual Subscribers

This Friday the 13th, slip on a red jumpsuit and tether yourself to the weirdest blockbuster of 2019. Lupita Nyong'o returns to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk where she once mysteriously went missing, and confronts sinister duplicates of her family. Is getting these leering lookalikes out of her childhood home as scary or funny as Get Out? And why did writer-director Jordan Peele link this slasher scenario to the failed 1986 humanitarian effort Hands Across America? The Now Playing hosts have five on it, so don’t panic. Join Us in our Spring donation drive to Find Out!

 

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Dragged Across Concrete - For Annual Subscribers

Mel Gibson has been Dragged Across Concrete for more than a decade over drunken, hateful comments caught on tape. Can he make a comeback in the buddy cop genre that made him a superstar?  Indie filmmaker S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) pulls Lt. Riggs out of retirement, and asks him to meditate on police ethics in the age of viral outrage while on stakeout with new partner Vince Vaughn. One listener called it his favorite film of 2019 and assigned Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to the case.  Find out if they agree when you Enlist as a March Now Playing Patron.

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Closer - For Annual Subscribers

Get to know Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in revealing new ways this February when you listen to their decidedly un-romantic Valentine’s Day review of 2004 drama Closer. Will London writer Jude Law find the words to break up with American stripper Natalie Portman after falling for married photographer Julia Roberts?  And will doctor Clive Owen send the stringy trickster to the ER for catfishing him in a chatroom? Find out who gets screwed, and who gets screwed over, when you sign the contract to become a Now Playing Patron!

Rush Hour 3 - For Annual Subscribers

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker served up a triple order of soul food and crab lampoon when they delivered Rush Hour 3 to hungry audiences in 2007.  But does their brand of bromance partner well with the added ingredients of a long lost Japanese relative, saucy European locations, and a full body search from smooth criminal Roman Polanski?  And does it take an ace detective to deduce that Max Von Sydow is up to no good? Find out if the mismatched cops are still arresting ten years later when you donate for Platinum Level and download the fun.

 

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Rush Hour 2 - For Annual Subscribers

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are still stuck working together in Rush Hour 2, but now the flow of traffic sends the mismatched cops back to Hong Kong to investigate a mad bomber (Crouching Tiger’s Ziyi Zhang) and Triad gang lord (Last Emperor John Lone).  Will audiences find love on this lavish double date that includes trips to the massage parlor, Michael Jackson karaoke, and raids on a real estate tycoon’s yacht?  Print off a little counterfeit money and donate to hear the Now Playing podcasters break this Platinum Level Series down. 

 

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Amadeus - For Annual Subscribers

Hear the voice of God… or at least podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob… when you receive an exclusive show devoted to Amadeus.  Was Mozart (Tom Hulce) murdered by jealous court composer Salieri (F Murray Abraham) in an elaborate plot to steal away his final musical composition?  And didn’t the cackling brat kind of deserve it for being such an irresponsible husband and disappointing celebrity in person? Find out why this 1780 costume drama became one of the biggest hits of the 1980s when you become a Now Playing Patron this January.

The Grudge (2020) - For Annual Subscribers

It’s 2020, and Kayako has made the New Year’s resolution to bury her two decade Grudge against house guests and let a new face of death terrorize rural Pennsylvania. Can a widowed police detective (Andrea Riseborough) work backwards through stories of doomed real estate agents (John Cho and Betty Gilpin), obsessive cops (William Sadler and Demian Bichir), and Lin Shaye’s failed assisted suicide to find the Japanese influence?  And will her son be the next victim in the chain? Find out in the time it takes to count to five by Donating for Gold Level.

 

 

 

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Ju-On: The Final Curse - For Annual Subscribers

Before Now Playing’s Gold Level Grudge retrospective concludes with a podcast review of the newest American sequel, donors head back to Japan for a final Ju-On double feature. It’s The Beginning of the End for four Tokyo schoolgirls after they break into a haunted house and incur the wrath of howling mad cat-child Toshio. Can a subway security guard, psychic hotel worker, or Toshio’s teenage cousin do anything to lift The Final Curse that hasn’t already been tried in ten previous films? Get to the center of this dizzying spiral when you Donate and Listen Now!

 

 

 

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