Episodes

264: A conversation with actor Jamie Dornan, 'Belfast'!

Feb. 1, 2022

This week on Pop Culture Confidential, actor Jamie Dornan, star of ‘Belfast' the critically acclaimed and semi autobiographical film by Kenneth Branagh! Dornan joins us to talk about returning to him hometown for this movie,…

253: Joachim Trier, director/co-writer 'The Worst Person in the World'

Feb. 1, 2022

Director & co-writer Joachim Trier ( ‘Reprise’, ‘Oslo, 31 August’ ) joins us to talk about his critically acclaimed new feature “The Worst Person in the World”, life, love and rom coms! “The Worst Person in the World” is …

263: The Sundance 2022 edition! With critic, host & writer Ryan McQuade

Jan. 26, 2022

This week we are at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival! We are excited to be joined by Ryan McQuade, editor at InSessionFilm, host of the Chasing The Gold podcast and covering Sundance for AwardsWatch.com! We are a little more …

262: Creator/Showrunner Patrick Somerville & EP Jessica Rhoades ("Station Eleven") on making a post apocalyptic show about joy and healing.

Jan. 20, 2022

We are thrilled to be joined by EP Jessica Rhoades (Sharp Objects, The Affair) and creator, showrunner & EP Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers, Maniac) to talk about their groundbreaking series “Station Eleven”. On making a p…

261: Most anticipated new TV shows of 2022! with NPR TV critic Eric Deggans

Jan. 9, 2022

Thrilled to welcome NPR TV critic Eric Deggans back to the show for a new year of television! In this episode we talk about some of the most anticipated new shows coming the first half of 2022. Notorious scandals like the st…

260: The good, the bad & the complicated. Motherhood in film & TV this season. With critic Thelma Adams

Jan. 4, 2022

Critic & author Thelma Adams joins us for an in-depth conversation on the many incredibly interesting portraits of motherhood in film & TV this season, from The Lost Daughter to Succession to Spencer and many more! Thelma…

259: Jazz Tangcay, Senior Artisans Editor at Variety, on the year in movies!

Dec. 21, 2021

We are so happy to have Jazz Tangcay, Senior Artisans Editor at Variety, back on the show! We take a look at some of the incredible achievements behind the scenes, this tumultuous year in cinema. 2021 has been an incredible …

258: We are joined by Erik Anderson (AwardsWatch). We talk controversial Golden Globes, awards season news & a 'Succession' finale deep dive!

Dec. 15, 2021

Editor in Chief of AwardsWatch Erik Anderson is back! We analyze the controversial Hollywood Foreign Press Association and their Golden Globe nominations. We talk about the state of the Oscar awards race. Give our thoughts o…

257: We revisit our interview with Jeremy Strong 'Succession'!

Dec. 3, 2021

This week we revisit our 2019 interview with the great Jeremy Strong! Jeremy Strong talked to us while on location filming season two. We talked about researching media-moguls for the role,  the relationship between Kenda…

256: A special episode! Kirsten Dunst & Benedict Cumberbatch 'The Power Of The Dog'

Nov. 25, 2021

Happy Holidays to all celebrating Thanksgiving this week! As a holiday treat here is is a special episode of Pop Culture Confidential: Kirsten Dunst & Benedict Cumberbatch speak to us about their incredible performances in J…

255: Writer/Producer Georgia Pritchett 'Succession', 'Veep', 'The Shrink Next Door'. Author 'My Mess Is A Bit Of A Life'

Nov. 23, 2021

Thrilled to be joined by the multi-award-winning television writer and producer Georgia Pritchett (In The Thick of It, Veep, Succession) She is currently a writer and co-executive producer on HBO's Succession, now in it's th…

248: The era of Arian Moayed! On 'Succession' s3, Netflix 'Inventing Anna', 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' & much more.

Nov. 20, 2021

One of our favorite guests returns! Actor, writer, director Arian Moayed joins us to talk about the incredible season opener of 'Succession' S3 (HBO Max), Stewy & lots of behind the scenes talk from the show. Plus Moayeds up…

254: Kidman, Smith, Gaga & angry fans. AwardsWatch Erik Anderson is back with a report from AFI fest & all the movie and awards news

Nov. 18, 2021

AwardsWatch Erik Anderson is back with a report for the AFI fest & more! We talk about Will Smith, on his way to Oscar glory as KING RICHARD & Lin Manuel Mirandas excellent directorial debut TICK TICK …BOOM! Nicole Kidman is…

252: Executive producer/writer Danny Strong 'Dopesick'

Nov. 10, 2021

A conversation with Danny Strong (‘Game Change’, ‘Recount’) the creator/writer/director of ‘Dopesick’. Mr Strong talks about making the series & taking on the origins and devastation of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. And…

251: Actor Reed Birney "Mass"

Nov. 1, 2021

Actor Reed Birney (House of Cards, The Blacklist) joins us to talk about his Gotham Award nominated performance in the powerful film ‘Mass’. We spoke about his role (which first time director Fran Kranz wrote specifically fo…

250: Erik Anderson, AwardsWatch! All the latest industry news, controversies & Timothée Chalamet heats up the box office

Oct. 28, 2021

Erik Anderson, editor-in-chief AwardsWatch .com, is back for our regular segment covering all the most important industry & awards news! Dune and Belfast. The Golden Globes, just when we thought we were out they are dragging…

249: A conversation with director Yngvild Sve Flikke, 'Ninjababy'

Oct. 22, 2021

An unwanted pregnancy, an animated fetus and Rakel, a great character at the center, Ninjababy is a hilarious film that packs some powerful punches. We talk to director Yngvild Sve Flikke about the interesting themes, how di…

247: An hour with Brian Cox!

Oct. 11, 2021

At the height of the pandemic lock-down, while waiting to finish season 3, the great Brian Cox sat down with Christina to talk about his incredible portrayal of Logan Roy on HBO’s Succession, who he jokingly calls his “evil …

246: Squid Game! Professor Areum Jeong on the cultural, political & artistic impact of the Netflix megahit

Oct. 8, 2021

This week we talk about the biggest television show in the world, Squid Game! Honored to have Professor Areum Jeong with us to talk about the cultural, political & artistic impact of the Netflix megahit Dr. Jeong, assistant …

245: Rick Stanton, one of the lead divers in the Thai soccer team cave rescue. Author 'Aquanaut'.

Oct. 3, 2021

We are honored to talk to Rick Stanton MBE, one of the lead divers & key players in the 2018 dramatic rescue of the 12 boys and their soccer coach from an underwater cave in Thailand. An incident that, for weeks, was followe…

244: The race is on. AwardsWatch Erik Anderson joins us for movie news, hits & misses and a taste of Licorice Pizza!

Sept. 27, 2021

The stars are out this festival & awards season and Erik Anderson of AwardsWatch.com is back with us! We talk Denzel, Will Smith, Kristen Stewart, Chastain. The state of the oscar race and festival hits & misses. Why musical…

243: Emmys 2021 Predictions Special! With critic Thelma Adams

Sept. 16, 2021

Ted Lasso! The Crown! Get your ballots ready for Emmys 2021! Critic and writer Thelma Adams joins Christina as they predict this exciting year ahead of the Emmys telecast on Sunday the 19th. Learn more about your ad choices.…

242: Our Venice Film Festival dispatch part two! On location with critic John Bleasdale

Sept. 5, 2021

Welcome to part two of our Venice Film Festival dispatch! Critic, writer & host of the ‘Writers on Film’ podcast John Bleasdale joins Christina, in Venice, to talk about the the 2021 festival and review & discuss the films t…

241: Ciao Venezia! Critic John Bleasdale joins us to talk about what to expect from the Venice Film Festival 2021!

Aug. 26, 2021

In part 1 of our Venice Film Festival special writer & critic John Bleasdale (The Guardian, Sight & Sound) talks to Christina about some of the movies, directors and performances they are most looking forward to at the festi…