Episodes

274: Writer/Showrunner Liz Hannah "The Dropout" , "The Girl From Plainville"

March 27, 2022

Thrilled to have writer, producer, director Liz Hannah (The Post, Long Shot, Mindhunter) back on Pop Culture Confidential. Liz Hannah is currently involved in two of the most critically acclaimed, true crime series on televi…

273: Kyle Buchanan is back! We talk Oscar predictions and his new book “Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road”

March 23, 2022

New York Times journalist and awards season columnist Kyle Buchanan is back on Pop Culture Confidential for his yearly visit! We talk about his fantastic new book “Blood, Sweat & Chrome” on the chaotic making of George Mille…

272: Kogonada "After Yang" "Pachinko"

March 16, 2022

A wonderful conversation with writer/director Kogonada about his film ‘After Yang’, memory, feeling displaced, being in the present, the love of movies, the AppleTV+ series ‘Pachinko’ and much more

271: A conversation with Noomi Rapace!

March 9, 2022

She is never afraid of a challenge. The fearless and talented actor & producer Noomi Rapace joins us for a conversation about her new film Lamb, her most personal work yet, & much more. Noomi Rapace is also starring in the u…

270: Will Smith, Coda and Squid Game big winners at the Screen Actors Guild awards 2022! SAG reactions with Erik Anderson! (AwardsWatch.com)

Feb. 28, 2022

Erik Anderson, editor-in-chief, at Awardswatch joins us to talk about last nights 2022 SAG awards! Plus our reactions to the Academy Awards decision not to air 8 major awards during the Oscar telecast in March.

269: Actor Jeff Hiller 'Somebody Somewhere' (HBO)

Feb. 25, 2022

The wonderful Jeff Hiller (‘30 Rock’ ‘Community’ ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’) stars in the hit, HBO comedy-drama ‘Somebody Somewhere’. Jeff joins us for a great conversation about the themes of the show, finding your people …

268: "Beyond the Best Dressed-A Cultural History of the Most Glamorous, Radical, and Scandalous Oscar Fashion". Author Esther Zuckerman

Feb. 21, 2022

Writer Esther Zuckerman joins us to talk about her new book “Beyond the Best Dressed” a cultural history of Oscar fashion! Esther Zuckerman is an entertainment journalist whose work has been published by Thrillist, Entert…

267: Writer/director Kenneth Branagh, 'Belfast'

Feb. 15, 2022

Writer/director Sir Kenneth Branagh joins us for a conversation about his semi-autobiographical new film “Belfast” and much more! ‘Belfast” is nominated for 7 Academy Awards including, Best Director, Best Screenplay and B…

266: A conversation with Oscar nominee screenwriter/director Eskil Vogt (co-writer 'The Worst Person in The World', writer/director 'The Innocents')

Feb. 10, 2022

A conversation with newly minted Oscar nominee Eskil Vogt! Vogt was just nominated for Best Original Screenplay, together with director Joachim Trier, for ‘The Worst Person in The World’. The film was also nominated for B…

265: The Oscar nominations 2022! With Erik Anderson (AwardsWatch)

Feb. 8, 2022

Erik Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Awardswatch.com, joins us to to talk about the Oscar nominations 2022! The surprises, the snubs and state of the race. The 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

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…