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The PodcastReply All (specifically, Episode 158: The Case of the Missing Hit)

Where You Can Stream It: Wherever you get your podcasts (or right here)

The Pitch: We all know how frustrating it can be to have a lyric or a melody from a song stuck in our heads when we don’t know what the full song is. But usually it doesn’t take much to figure it: there are apps that can help identify melodies, and most of the time a search for the lyric will find the answer. But in this episode, filmmaker Tyler Gillet (one of the directors of the horror film Ready or Not) has an incredibly detailed memory of hearing a specific song, but when he went to search for it, he found…nothing. All evidence of it had been scrubbed from Google. What happened? Did the song even exist in the first place, or was Tyler’s memory playing tricks on him? This is the story of what happens when the lack of Google results turns into an obsession and a quest for the truth.

Why It’s Essential Listening: Reply All’s tagline is “a show about the Internet,” which gives it license to cover a wide swath of different material. But episode 158 is a pure, self-contained mystery story which launched the show to new heights of popularity, and for good reason: it’s a totally riveting episode that had me on the edge of my seat. Read More »

Ralph Breaks the Internet - Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer

A few weeks ago, I sat down with directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, alongside producer Clark Spencer, to discuss their latest film Ralph Breaks the Internet. We talked about what made this worthy of being a rare Disney animated sequel and the evolution of the story through development; Johnston told us what’s going on with Reply All and Phantom Tollbooth; we discussed how Moore helped create Ned Flanders on The Simpsons; and the inspiration of Slaughter Race, the unlikely possibility of a theme park land based on this new creation, and much more.

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Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark

Robert Downey Jr.‘s got a lot of Iron Man coming up on his to-do list, but his next new role’s got nothing to do with Marvel at all. He’ll be teaming with director Richard Linklater for an adaptation of the Reply All podcast, specifically the episode titled “Man of the People.” The fact-based tale centers on an early 20th century con man, which sounds like a perfect fit for both Downey and Linklater.

Get all the details on the Robert Downey Jr Richard Linklater project below. Read More »

carell-galifianakis-two-ferns

Everyone want to be in the Zach Galifianakis business these days. He’s in the DreamWorks film Dinner for Schmucks, which opens this week, and now the studio has bought a new pitch that is being set up as a starring vehicle for the comedian. Reply All will be written by Phil Johnston; he also wrote Cedar Rapids, the Ed Helms comedy that just finished shooting.

Galifianakis will be “a guy who hits the “reply all” button to an indiscreet e-mail, and then has to deal with the repercussions.” That’s a particular horror we can all relate to, and for which Galifianakis should be ideally suited, and there might be lots of room to build a great cast around him. [Deadline]

But the bigger news on the Galifianakis front is that he’s got a new episode of Between Two Ferns, in which he ‘interviews’ Schmucks co-star Steve CarellRead More »