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Update: During this podcast, we put the call out to listeners/readers to create a system that would act as a running scoreboard, dynamically updating with the box office numbers to show who is in the lead throughout the Summer. A /Filmcast listener named Paul answered the call, and you can now check the running tally on the Summer Movie Wager Virtual Scoreboard. We didn’t actually expect anyone to create anything as intricate as this, so a big thanks goes out to Paul. Please also check out his cocktail blog here.

Its that time of year again — the Summer movie season is upon us. And the /Filmcast team have once again gathered to compete in what has become an annual tradition: the Summer Movie Wager. Every year in the past I would make a guest appearance on the Totally Rad Show for this segment, but with that show now disbanded we have taken on the job of hosting this contest on /Film. This is the tenth annual edition of this contest.

Last year was David Chen’s first time participating and he won the wager. This year the contest includes Devindra Hardawar (his first time), David ChenGermain Lussier, Jeff Cannata and myself in a game is to decide what will be the highest grossing films of the Summer. It’s a free-for-all; the person with the best score wins. But it isn’t just that easy — not only do the participants need to predict what 10 films will be the highest grossing films domestically, but we need to place them in order. After the jump you can listen to the full episode of the show with our predictions.

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David, Jeff, and Angie Han discuss this year’s Oscar nominations and Golden Globe awards. Be sure to read the nominations at /Film, what the biggest snubs were, what a completely nonwhite set of acting nominees would look like, and whether or not Leo screamed and cried good enough.

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The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – Making a Murderer

Making A Murderer

David, Peter, and Jeff have a spoiler-filled discussion about the engrossing Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer. Be sure to read Peter’s write-up, Buzzfeed’s interview with the filmmakers, Pajiba’s write-upand the ongoing Subreddit about the series.

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The 2015 Summer Movie Wager: Results and Podcast

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David, Jeff, Peter Sciretta, and Germain reconvene to discuss the results of their 2015 box office summer movie wager results. Below, you’ll find the actual box office rankings for this summer, as well as Dave, Jeff, Peter, and Germain’s original rankings. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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TheChair

David speaks with producers Chris Moore (American Pie, Good Will Hunting) and Josh Shader about what it was like to make the Starz original series The Chair. They discuss advice for first-time filmmakers, what it’s like to feel Zachary Quinto’s wrath, the difficulty of getting indie films seen, and how they might approach The Chair: Season 2 differently.

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Straight Outta Compton

Devindra chats with Wilson Morales, editor of Blackfilm, and Guardian contributor Ben Westhoff about Straight Outta Compton. Spoiler: It’s one biopic you won’t want to miss. Check out Ben’s pieces on the inaccuracies of the film (with a little help from Ice Cube), as well his book, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop.

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David is joined by Matt Singer to discuss American Ultra (and why you shouldn’t see Hitman: Agent 47). Check out Matt’s pieces in praise of Jesse Eisenberg, reviewing Hitman, reviewing American Ultra, and ranking the worst movie parents of the summer and the 50 best movie taglines.

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Getting a Career Writing About Film/TV

Almost Famous

More and more frequently these days, my colleagues and I receive these questions from listeners/readers: How do I get a job writing about film or television? How do I build up an online presence and get myself noticed?

I don’t really know how to answer these questions — but fortunately, I know some very smart people who do. I invited Alison Willmore from Buzzfeed and Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair to join me for a bonus /Filmcast episode, in which we discussed our diverse career paths. We discussed we do for a living, how we got the jobs we have, what advice we’d have for those starting out, and what we’d do differently if we had the chance.

In my opinion, Alison and Joanna are two of the smartest, most observant people in the industry right now. I hope you’ll benefit from their knowledge and experience, as I have. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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Rogue Nation IMAX Preview

David talks with composer Joe Kraemer about writing the score for Mission: ImpossibleRogue Nation, incorporating Puccini into his work, figuring out how to open a film, and figuring out the theme for the Solomon Lane. You can buy the Rogue Nation soundtrack on iTunes, Amazon, or Lalaland records.

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