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A highlight from Claynosaurz INTERVIEW! | Solana's Pixar NFT Roadmap
"All right, today we're going to do a deep dive on a project I think you guys will recognize and it's really kind of focusing in on the NFT space and what the opportunities are. Obviously we've got Breakpoint coming up with Solana, there's going to be a lot of new stuff. This particular project is in alignment with all that, so you guys are going to love it. Stick around for a good one. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back into Tech Pass. Joining me today is Nick Cabana, who is the co -creative director and founder over at Klanesaurs. And of course, Andrew Palekas, the CEO over at Klanesaurs. Great having you both. Thanks, it's great to be here. Excellent. All right, so let's just jump off. We'll start with Nick. And Nick, let's go into a little bit, for most of our audience, some I would say recognize the Klanesaurs brand, so to speak. But for those who might be new, give us kind of a rundown on the size, the scope of the project, your team, etc. Yeah, so Klanesaurs is really a brand of characters focused on cute, quirky little clay dinosaurs that go off on adventures in a fantasy setting. The team is comprised of a wide range of professional industry animators coming from the feature side and from visual effects. Right now on the core team, we've got around 14 with a slew of other freelancers helping out. But it's a pretty big team to pull off what we're trying to do. And it's our initial Genesis release was 10 ,000 collectibles. Today, we have over 40 ,000 assets there, but primarily 12 ,000 characters that we can kind of leverage for content. And our primary focus is just that, is content that kind of engages the audience, engages the fan base using their own collectibles, which is really fun. And our focus was quality above and beyond everything. So we were bringing our knowledge from the animation industry into the game. I've been an animation supervisor, so I've been in the industry for about 13 years as an animator. And for about six years, I was an animation supervisor. So I've supervised creature work on Game of Thrones, on Paddington 2, Fantastic Beasts, HBO's Dark Material, a whole slew of things. I started my career at Sony Animation. So that's where they've done Spider -Verse and Hotel Transylvania. And eventually made my way to studios like Framestore that's notably recognized for like Gravity and Guardians of the Galaxy. I've worked on things like Jurassic World and I've done some music videos as well. So I've worked with Kay Tranata on award winning music videos. And now I do these cute little dinosaurs. And most of the background is welcome into the Web3 space. Right. It's been incredible. Like we saw a huge opportunity for doing things differently and incubating IP and in this new paradigm where artists can kind of retain ownership of the assets. And the whole team comes from a similar background. So we've got leaders across the board and we've got, you know, animators that have been involved with Minions, Hotel Transylvania, Spider -Verse. We've got people from Dreamworks. It's a healthy bag of artists. Andrew, you know, your background interesting as well. And when you guys look at rolling out, you know, projects like what you're doing now, you're starting to do a lot of value add for dinosaurs. Breakpoint is coming up right now, kind of pointing at over a thousand people coming into on that. Andrew, can you tell us a little bit more about what's going to happen at Breakpoint? What's what's kind of in store? Right. So since Buzz has tweeted that we've actually increased that number, I think we're over 1200 now. So we're expecting a big from our community. We're hosting a whole number of events throughout the week. We've got everyone in our in a sort of hotel buyout situation where the community comes together and all stays together. We're hosting lunches and more casual events throughout the week and in the days after that main event. So we're looking forward to all of it. That main event, we're going to broadcast everything into our Discord so that the community that couldn't make it out will still have the opportunity to engage and see what we're working on from their homes or from wherever they are in the world. So, wow, that's that's going to be kind of like a little bit of a mini Super Bowl week for you guys. I mean, you've got a lot happening there along with the release, the cinematic trailer. Talk to me about what that release really means to the Clan of Swords project, but more importantly, maybe even the community. Where do you guys see that going? It means a lot to us. You know, it's it's definitely a labor of love for for the team. It's a statement piece, for sure, because it for us, it kind of leverages our know how and and it's in the quality of what you'd expect from any sort of feature style work. So even in, let's say, the Web 2 world, it's going to be recognized for for the quality and the storytelling that comes across in that video. For us, it's a little bit of like a primary touch point for for fans. And we wanted it to kind of lend itself to familiarity so that people can understand the brand, can understand the larger story. And once they see that, it's a lot more tangible that this can one day become episodic or movies or games. So it's kind of like the wall of quality. And and then when people kind of get introduced to short form content and stuff like that, they can go back to this brand trailer and understand that the the bigger picture. And for the for the Web 3 fans, what's going to be really special to them, and maybe we'll get into this later, is a lot of the ideas in the cinematic is ideas that were leveraged through them, through the pitches they had, through the feedback they've given us for about a year. There's a level of internal pop culture that will come across in this trailer. There's not as many that go as deep as what you guys have done. Is this a bigger kind of story arc that you guys are trying to create into a variety of different multimedia experiences? What's kind of the goal there? Yeah, absolutely. I think you've hit the nail on the head in that one of the problems that we see with a number of early projects in the NFT space is a is a lack of quality. And I think Nick spoke to that just now that we're trying to bring this Pixar Disney quality into the NFT space. And that's where our team comes from. We think this is imperative for bringing people into the space. Yeah, you know, a lot of other projects, they have interesting art, but it doesn't necessarily resonate with a wider community. And it's very tough for them to grow outside of that Web 3 space, if you will. And we believe that great communities have formed around those projects. And just like ours, we think we have a really great community forming around our project. But in order to make that community larger and to turn this into a brand that resonates with a larger population, the quality has to compete at that at that Disney level or at that level when you're turning on Netflix for someone to say, hey, I want to click on this objectively for no other reason than the fact that it looks really great. In the space, there was a there was always a focus on over the top mystery without really getting into characters so much. You know, we've we've seen that with some of the videos from Yuga or even artifact, where early on, there wasn't much of a it felt like the trailers were engineered for hype without really explaining what it's all about. And we and as storytellers doing this, you know, for for larger companies for over a decade, for most of our team, like our approach was, well, if if this is the first time you see this video, you get it and you understand these characters. It makes you smile and you want to learn more about them. And that was the goal, really. Yeah, well, I think this is the problem right now that unfortunately Web three has a bit of a moniker on it, that there's a lot of cash grabs out there. And to your point, Nick, in many cases, the hype is more important than the actual storyline and kind of what the evolution of what that really is going to that project is really going to be about in the future. So it's good to see, you know, projects like what you guys are doing start to really understand that. Obviously, you guys bring the experience from a Web two, you know, and an entertainment environment that can really kind of translate. I want to jump over into the project itself. We're going to show a couple of things on screen and I want you guys to explain classes and foraging. All right. Or foraging, not foraging and thinking of another game. So let's go into that. Well, and either one of you can kind of jump onto it. Let's jump into to that real quick. Just classes in general. Sure. So the class selection is meant to be the first interactive component for the existing NFT collections.
A highlight from Why Aida Rodriguez Believes in Giving Grace
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A highlight from The Mike and Mark Davis Daily Chat - 09/15/23
"I thought I was having a stroke. I think, is that me talking again? That was the previously on the Mike and Mark segment, because we got through all the important stuff, because there have been some things going on. But then I didn't really get to the part where our plane got hit by something during our sojourn in New York. What did your plane get hit by? What kind of thing hits planes these days? A bird? Bingo! Bird strike. Now, here's the good news. We were not on the plane. So what do you mean, our plane? So we're at DFW, getting ready to board for New York on Thursday afternoon last week. And then the word comes from the gate. It's never a good thing like, flight, we got a special announcement, draw near, light a fire, here we go, we got info. And it was, there would be a delay because on the way in the flight, which usually would turn around in about 45 minutes, yeah, that wasn't going to happen because there was a bird strike on the way in. And it was American. And listen, you've done a lot of travel and I have too, somewhat less, when they tell you the delay is going to be an hour and a half, you know it's going to be five. You know, you may not get out that day. Actually, the delay really wound up being about close to an hour and a half and American actually handled it very, very nicely. I'll tell you what they did, they put us on another plane, which I'm thankful for because I believe that the technicians and the workers would all get in there and make sure there's not, you know, a nest of birds in the turbine engines or so. I mean, but I was glad to be on another plane. But that gets me to question number two for my travel oracle, Mike Gallagher. You're both a travel oracle and a dog lover, right? We all love travel and dogs, correct? At the same time on the list of things we love travel. So it's a fixture now. Everybody's got, and I'm not talking about a support peacock or any of this idiocy, but actual service dogs are a common thing. And I love that when I see somebody, I know they got something going on and it just makes me feel, you know, empathy and love toward one. I sat in front of one yesterday, beautiful dog, well behaved, and a lady with special needs. You could tell she, I think she was with her daughter and that, and it was a big dog, but they were at her feet and just sleeping all through the flight and just as docile and peaceful and beautiful as can be. So here's the question I have, where do they poop? If you've got a service dog and it's like, well, it's going to be four hours. Now, some airports, DFW among them have places, I think, where you can go take the puppy when puppy has to pop a squirt. I mean, I totally get it. Lord knows if I do, it's right there. But what if a Rover has one in the chamber and I mean, we're sorry, your flight is going to be four hours. How in the world? And I've never, now that you mentioned with all the travel I do, I've never, ever heard of any kind of an accident on the plane with a service dog. Well, maybe, maybe they just have doggy bags. Would people have carry doggy bags with them? And they're able to scoop stuff up. You know, I mean, you talk about travel challenges though. My friends, Joey and Peg took three days to get back from New York to South Carolina. This is what they do. Walk. No, it was the flights were canceled because of weather on Sunday. Then they were all sold out on Monday. Then they got back on a plane Tuesday, and then it stormed again on Tuesday. They finally got in a car, tried to drive from New York to South Carolina, made it to Philly, and then were able to get on a flight from Philly into South Carolina. And that's a normal thing, though. When you say an hour and a half, believe me, tell that to Joey Hudson. It took three days. He would have killed to take an hour and a half. One of the last thing, truly last thing, because this ties into technology you talked about yesterday. We were talking about the wonderful story of the electric vehicle caravan that just was destroyed by the facts of life and Jennifer Granholm because they couldn't find a charging station, blah, blah, blah. And you talked about the Tesla experience where the, where your car knows where the charging stations are, knows how many people are at the charging station. And so that put very front of mind the notion of modern technology and how it knows where people are. Surely you've done this. That was my first experience. Again, at DFW, one of these stores, it's run by Amazon. It's called Grab and Fly, which is a very uncomfortable title where you walk, you go bloop, you scan your credit card. Then you go through a turnstile, walk in, buy, pick stuff up and walk out. And it knows what you have and hits your card. And I asked the woman, I said, how does it know that I have a magazine and a bottle of water? It just knows. And it knows where you are. It senses what you have. It senses where you are. It follows, it tells you, it tells you how long you were in the store to the second. I mean, cause, cause I just experienced my first Amazon pop -up store last week in New York. They have one right across from the hotel. You feel like you're shoplifting because you don't even walk out. You don't even have to put it. You don't even have to, or you could just carry it all out under your arms like a shoplifter. Like you're in San Francisco. It's another day in New York city. I mean, you'd walk out and then about five or 10 minutes after you leave the Amazon store, you'll get a note on your, you'll get an email and you'll get a notification on your Amazon app. Okay. You had a 33 ounce bottle of water. You had a bottle of two bag of chips. You have it. It's the craziest thing I've ever seen in my life. I totally love it. I love it until this technology is suddenly turned against us, which could happen at any moment. I'm thinking so. Now, speaking of technology, how much have you done with AI? How much have you done on air about artificial intelligence? Have you talked about it? Okay. In terms of talking about whether the answer is a little in, I can give you a 30 second summation. I'm fascinated by perfect framework because I'm fascinated by it. There are parts of it that are really cool. I think it's making students lazy cause they're getting it to write compositions for them, but you can always tell when AI has done it because it's kind of passionless and unartful. I farted around with a stupid chat GPT thing. I remember I had it write a promo for your show, which was actually pretty good and et cetera, et cetera. But the whole notion of surrendering to artificial brains, all manner of things is a little daunting to me. Now, when you asked me about it as a topic - Well, let me tell you what I'm getting to. When I bring it up - Instead of your dissertation, let me tell you why I'm asking you about it because we got a big problem on our hands. I'm going to tell you right now, and your indifference to it has been my indifference to - I'm not indifferent. No, no, no. I don't mean indifference, but I'm with you. I'm exactly the way you've been. It's like, oh, okay. It's kind of cool. Let me tell you something. It's bad, and they're holding hearings on Capitol Hill, Mark, and let me tell you how it hit us yesterday, a dose of reality that applies to what we do for a living because this is not chat GPT. This is real potential for some serious mayhem and Armageddon. Let me tell you what happened. I'm on the show yesterday, and I can see, I don't know how your setup is in your studio in Dallas, but I can see the incoming calls that Tracy is getting when they call the show. Line four lights up. It's Los Angeles. I see Tracy because we're all on camera in this setup we have, and I can see her eyes get real big. She puts the guy on hold. She says, oh my gosh, it's Bill Maher on line four. I said, Bill Maher? She goes, yeah, and I look up, and she's got Bill Maher on the screen, line four, Los Angeles. I said, it's not Bill Maher. She goes, I'm telling you, I'm talking to him. I know what he sounds like. It's Bill Maher. I say, Eric, talk to the guy. See if it's Bill Maher. And supposedly, he's calling a few select talk shows that he respects to explain why he's bringing his show back to HBO despite the writer's strike. And he is bringing his show back despite the writer's strike. That's a story. Good for him. It's a cool story because he's telling them, you know what? I got people that got to pay the bills. And here we go with 46 % pay raise, and they want to work one less day a week and 90 weeks of vacation. Oh, yeah. Other than that, they're fine. I'm going to take the labor side in a minute, but finish. Oh, please. Well, let's not get distracted with that crap. A little bit. Go ahead. A labor side. Yeah, you take the labor side. I'm going to have some love for the law workers. You go demand, Jeff Mitchell, you want a 46 % pay raise tomorrow. Give me a break. Give me a break. It's not the same thing. Don't be a pro -union. Come on, give me a break. I'm the last person to do that, but those workers were told certain things and had certain things happen and they've been screwed to a degree. But they want a 46 % pay raise. They want a 32 hour work week. They want 40 hour pay for 32 weeks of work, 32 hours of work. They want, give me a break. They're greedy. They might be entitled to something, but they ain't entitled to what they're demanding. Don't take the side. Okay, Richard, Jimmy Hoffa, knock it off. Don't squirrelly on me. Oh, golly. Focus, focus. So Bill Maher. Well, yeah, you tell him good. Be pro labor. Yeah, you'd be pro labor. So anyway, Bill Maher. So I say, Eric, get on the phone. Talk to the guy. Eric has been at this for 25 years. Yes. He is a veteran. He comes back to me, eyes bugged open. He said, Mike, I'm 95 % sure that's Bill Maher. I said the final. It was responsive. He asked it. He asked it questions and he asked the question and the guy answered. Now I say, finally, we see the number on the screen. We have caller ID. I said, what's the, what's the number? We ran it. We run a check on the number. Oh, it's, it's Bill Maher. So the guy, so I'm thinking, I think it's him. So I went on the air with him. Listen to what it sounded like. No. Okay. Listen to what? Well, listen, why not? Bill Maher's calling the show. Because you know, it's fake because I don't know it's fake. Bill flipping Maher is not going to cold call radio stations. He's going to have three, three production assistants call your people and that's how it's going to go. Okay. So listen to the exchange. Listen, listen to the exchange. We're all mystified by this. I'm going to, we're going to probably get burned on this. Uh, I got, and the problem is I got 30 seconds left in this segment. So we're all, we're all taking bets as to whether or not you are really Bill Maher. Is this Bill Maher? Yes, it is Bill Maher. Thanks for letting me come on.
A highlight from Jeff Allen
"Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original, something unique and without equal. Look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Metaxas. Hey there, folks. Welcome to the show. As you know, on this show, we often talk about incredibly substantive issues. We talk about the economy. We talk about what's going on in the news and the stolen election and the evil fake president and all that kooky important stuff. But today, I get to do what I want to do. I get to talk to a comedian. Now, even if we talk about important stuff, I'm still talking to a comedian. So you got a would -be comedian talking to an actual comedian. His name is Jeff Allen. And I just might as well say, Jeff, welcome to the program. Hey, thanks for having me, man. I appreciate it. So even for being serious, you're still officially professionally a comedian. Absolutely. I'm a sometime comedian, but I'm always a would -be comedian. And I really, I've followed comedy my whole life. And it's something, you know, people say like, what do you take seriously, Eric? What are you really seriously interested in? Comedy is at the top of the list, which is one of the reasons I know you and I know your work. I can't remember where I first would have seen you. Upstate New York, man, at the New Canaan Society. No, no, no, no. That's where I first met you. I'm talking about where I saw you on TV or whatever, because you've been in the business for a while. I don't 70s or the 80s where I might have caught your caught your act on TV. I was in, I was in New York in the 80s. Had to get out of there before I killed somebody or myself or work or work or were killed by somebody. Yeah. I had a guy from HBO see my set one night at stand of New York. He says, why are you guys so angry? So when a guy from HBO says you're angry, maybe I should get out of town. Wow. Yeah. Yeah. He says, I caught your act and you're angry.
A highlight from The Mike and Mark Davis Daily Chat - 08/22/23
"Back to the mid -80s. Everybody wants to rule the world, little tears for fears. Half of that outfit, Roland Orzeball, is 62 today. This is a theme from the Dennis Miller talk show, I believe, on HBO. Everybody wants to rule the world. I don't remember that. I don't remember the Dennis Miller show, really, on HBO. He had an HBO show. There was a Dennis Miller window there. I loved his stand -up. He was so self -aware about his crazy overuse of vocabulary. I think he had a book or a special called Citizen Arcane, with a reference to his over -the -top scholarly references that even if you only got 80 percent of them, you were still well -served. He had a radio show for a while, you remember the Dennis Miller show? Of course I do. With Westwood One. And then he was on, didn't he have a stint as an NFL announcer, of all things? That was a dumb idea. Quite the Renaissance man. Quite the Renaissance man. No, I love the guy. Love him. Hey, listen, first of all, who is on the debate stage tomorrow night, and who's not? I told you, Asa Hutchinson, except he's not going to be on the debate stage. I thought, well, yes, he is, and I don't want to argue with you. And then Larry was for 10 minutes, or he actually wasn't. Larry thought he was for 10 minutes, and then had to take that one back. That's a shame. So it looks like he's not there. He didn't make it, because Seb Gorka announced last night he's there. And then Carrie Lake, who I'm going to interview, I think, tomorrow as a preview of the debate. Carrie Lake said, I just talked to Larry Elder, and he said the RNC is refusing to allow Larry to be on the stage, even though he's met the donor threshold, he's in 1 percent in three polls, but the RNC, one of the polls is a Trump -affiliated poll, I guess. What does that mean? I think they need all of the polls to be like Gallup and Reuters and NBC, which may have their own biases, obviously. There may be no such thing as an objective poll, but there may be a bit of a blackout rule for any poll that is specifically tied to a candidate. The debate stage is better with Larry on it. It's a waste of time with Asa Hutchinson on it, but it looks like that's what you got. But Doug Burgum is there. So listen, we're all right there. At least he's there. I'm hanging on. I'm going to be hanging on to his every word. Every word from Doug. It's terrifying. Not that he gets Doug Burgum. He seems like a good dude, a good governor, but just why, why, why, why? Well, let me prepare everybody for tomorrow night. Let me warn you, because I just thought about this, and it's absolutely going to be true. You know why the debate is going to be so maddening for us? They're going to bag on Trump and there ain't nobody to defend him. There is no, there will not be any counter. They'll be able to lie about him. They'll say things, I guarantee you, and it's going to make us all crazy. They're going to say he incited the insurrection. They're going to say... Who will do that? Chris Christie, but anybody else? Well, but when Chris Christie says it, there won't be any counter to that. Nobody's going to refute the anti -Trump narrative at all.
Ex-Capitol Police Chief: Pelosi's Daughter's Filming Endangered Exit
"Should have been fired is blasting former House Speaker Pelosi for hampering her evacuation from the u .s. Capitol that day by letting her daughter Alexandra film her exit saying it proved a distraction that put unnecessary strain on her security detail well that's my point it's so weird when you look at the footage what you need to realize is a protective detail is specific specifically for the protectee you're there you're protecting the protectee sunset on just the news now Capitol Police statutorily have do the authority to protect family members it's my understanding the person holding the camera was Pelosi's daughter but she's there in the position of being media media the protective details in there to protect media and whoever else was there with her for the sole purpose videotaping of creates a major distraction for the protective detail and he added you know they don't train to protect those additional people this suggests to me that Nancy wasn't all that scared or not scared to the point that a lot of people would be I mean you're filming it? Sun was reacting to newly released Capitol Police obtained security footage by just the news showing Pelosi's evacuation from the US Capitol on January 6 where a daughter can be seen filming her for an HBO documentary you know it was
Uncovering the History of the Pro-Life Movement With Randall Terry
"It's interesting that when you're really successful in moving the dialog, the culture, people kind of move on, they forget they're ever was a day when evangelical Christians couldn't care less about the unborn. And it's only because of Francis schaeffer and because of Randall Terry and a handful of others that Christians who claim to believe in Jesus and the Bible suddenly understand, oh, that means killing the unborn is wrong. Fascinating to think about. There's a phrase that I heard years ago. Winners write history. And so every child in America learns about the civil rights movement. Ending the Jim Crow laws and any segregation because they won. The reason that my name and the name of operation rescue is not known to so many young people is because up until now, we haven't won. But now that roe is overturned, there's a documentary crew coming around that I'm a central part of their documentary in its on Frances shaffer. And the whole, it's an HBO documentary and the whole premise of it is that Francis schaefer gave this theology and Randall Terry took it to the streets. So I'm saying to people, look, doctor schaeffer gave us the theology, doctor Martin Luther King gave us the tactics. I just combined them and we went out into the street and it went to seed. So when these tens of thousands of people got arrested, many of them went on into politics. People have been elected to the U.S. House. Many people elected to the U.S. House who were arrested with us. Many people have become campaign managers. They work in campaigns. They've fought to get control of the Republican Party in their area to make it the pro life party. It didn't used to be this way. People don't even know that there were pro life Democrats and pro abortion Republicans.
A highlight from Out Of The Basement Podcast Episode 119
"Welcome to the Out of the Basement Podcast, a show where a group of friends get together and talk about a variety of geeky topics. Find out what shows we've been watching, find out what movies we've seen, find out what games we're playing. Come along and join us. We hope you enjoy the show. Right, hello and welcome to another episode of the Out of the Basement Podcast. My name is always Devan Tarak and today we've got a lot of people joining us. We've got Patrick Leeson. Out in the PEI, but only for two more weeks. Patrick Ramsahoy. Hey guys. Paul Sanders. Hello. And joining us from the CTC and Xtreme Tabletop Gaming, it's Joe Miedema. Hey everybody. All right, so let's just jump right into it. What have you all been up to? We're going to do this in the new format that we came up with as of our anniversary episode back in November, and we're going to start with movies. Who wants to talk about movies? Paul, how about you? What have you been watching? Nothing. Cool. Okay, moving on. Patrick. That was fast. Easy peasy. It's true. There's really nothing that's caught my eye, nothing that's come out that I haven't that I seem to be interested in. None of the Marvel stuff has caught my eye at all. I kind of seem to have really drifted away from that stuff. I don't know why, but... Well, maybe it's just everything kind of ended with Endgame, right? So it seemed like a nice place to stop and then you haven't picked up with the new stuff they're coming out with. I mean, I have watched some of the new stuff, but it just, it doesn't feel as good as that stuff did before. And I'm not sure why, like it, I don't know. I just feel everything feels darker and I don't, I'm not, I'm not a fan of it. I just don't like it as much. So... That's just me. Pat, movies, go. All right. I saw Medieval, which is based on in the Hungary area, the hero of those times and it was actually pretty good. It was, it was nice and brutal medieval sort of one, like lots of gore and also good medieval, you know, healing. Oh, you've got to cut your eye here. Let's grab some maggots and throw them in there. So they'll eat the dead flesh and you'll be able to, you know, survive. I recommend it if anyone who likes that sort of, you know, Pendragon medieval sort of idea, it's a nice one. And again, not that much because whole thing going on with mom and all that. Oh, sorry. One on one, Hell Dogs in the House of Bamboo, which is a Asian one, Japanese. It's actually pretty good. Yakuza sort of idea, not too much Hong Kong action, more just brutal viciousness. That's it for movie. That's it for movie. I recommend if you, anyone who likes sort of, you know, Asian flavor, Yakuza sort of idea triads, it's a good one to pick up. Okay. Joe, how about you? Have you been watching any movies? No, I have not. The last movie I watched was Top Gun Maverick and then I watched it because it came out on like digital HBO or whatever. So I kind of watched that and no, we're in shows, not movies at this point. Okay. Pat? Yeah, we had initially been planning to see Ant -Man and the Wasp on to Mania yesterday, but the lackluster reviews from friends got us thinking, we'll just wait until it shows up on Disney Plus next month or something. Other than that, yeah, I haven't really seen any movies in the theaters or on TV for that matter. Oh, sorry. We did watch the Jennifer Lopez movie, Shotgun Wedding. Wouldn't really recommend it all that much. I was going to say why? Yeah. Jen ended up watching it on her own and she said, Dev, it's a good thing you didn't watch this. You would not have liked this movie. Yeah. It seems like all movies these days have just gone right to the shitter. I haven't seen any winners or heard of any winners or anything. From Norseman. Oh, I didn't talk about that North because it wasn't there last month, but watch the Northman. Hamlet done great. Northman was decent. Yeah. I saw that when it was first in theaters many, many moons ago. I love people like, oh, it's a whole bunch of action. It's like, not really. There's, there's not that much action scenes in the movie. I mean, I've heard, okay, this is completely off topic, but, um, well, no, it's not off topic. It is a new movie. I haven't seen it personally, but I've heard great things about it and it's, it's on, I guess it's on Prime video. It's the whale, the bread and free film. I hear, I hear it's fat, you know, it's a drama. It's not like our usual thing, but I hear it's really, really good. So I don't think it's something I would ever watch, but you know, if it's, if that's the kind of thing you're into, then I hear it's really good. But I mean, there was some good indie ones, like everywhere, everything at once. Oh my God. I tried watching that. It is garbage. It's Really? beautiful, man. If you want to see, if you want to see multi first stuff, watch that instead of Dr. Strange. Yeah. So I, I tried watching it. I got to the part where they're, um, at the IRS and I'm like, no, I'm done. Then I can't do this anymore. Oh, you got to keep watching, man. Yeah. I hear it's almost as good as that. Um, uh, no, that, no. Okay. Nevermind. I, it's something, I can't remember what it is though. It was Dr. Strange one. No, no, no. I think it had to, had to do, crap. What was it? I want to say, um, I want to say Game of Thrones, but not, no, no. Like I said, if you want to compare anything, it would be Dr. Strange. I'm looking, I'm looking because of the multi -verse sort of stuff and that sort of thing. Yeah. That's what it's, that's what it's called. No, I'm not thinking multi -verse. I'm just thinking it was sort of, um, wasn't the Lord of the rings stuff either. It was just something that they put out, they thought was going to be successful and it bombed really bad. Oh, there's a bunch. No, I know that, but it was sort of like, well, there's, um, the Witcher. Yeah, that was it. That was the Witcher. But that, that's not, that's not a movie. It's a mini series. No, I know that. But you know, just things like that, just, you thought they were going to be good and they were just out of absolute trash. Oh no, no. It did everything everywhere at once. It's not trash. It's good. Remember Dev didn't like the original Blade Runner. So he has no say in these sort of things to be fair. I didn't like the original. I thought it was long, convoluted and boring. It is, it is all of those things. Okay. Anyway, um, I was on a airplane recently, so I watched a ton of movies. The one I really want to talk about, because one of them was like the, the third installment of the Fast and Furious movies, Tokyo Drift, which I love. I just watched that for like the eighth or ninth time or whatever. I love that movie. But the ones I actually want to talk about, um, the first one is called The Menu. It's not really within our genre normally, but I think that's also available on Prime now. It is. Or on Disney Plus. It is fucked up in all the best ways. Um, it's basically, um, one of those elitist snobby restaurants in the middle, on an island where these people pay, you know, thousands of dollars to go and have a chef give you, um, food that's not really even food. It's, it's, uh, concepts more than anything like, or, or visual spectacles, but it takes a very dark turn, like three quarters of the way through the movie. And then it just goes off the rails. It is fantastic. I absolutely recommend The Menu. Very, very good. Really enjoyed that. Um, is this where they find out they're eating people? No, I don't think they actually ever eat. That's Soylent Green.
George Carlin: People Are Worried About Everything Every Day
"George Carlin from his 1992 HBO special It's very much worth listening to America Because it put things in perspective Cut 16 go You got people like this around you Countries full of them now People walking around all day long Every minute of the day worried about everything worried about the air word about the water worried about the soil Worried about insecticides pesticides food additives carcinogens worried about radon gas worrying about asbestos worried about saving endangered species Let me tell you about endangered species all right Saving endangered species is just one more arrogant attempt by humans to control nature It's arrogant meddling It's what got us in trouble in the first place Doesn't anybody understand that Interfering with nature Over 90% over way over 90% of all the species that have ever lived on this planet ever lived are gone They're extinct We didn't kill them all They just disappeared That's what nature does They disappear these days at the rate of 25 a day And I mean regardless of our behavior irrespective of how we act on this planet 25 species that we're here today will be gone tomorrow Let them go gracefully Leave nature alone Haven't we done enough We're so self important So self important Everybody's gonna save something now Save the trees save the bees save the whales save those snails And the greatest arrogance of all save the planet What Are these people kidding me Save the planet We don't even know how to take care of ourselves yet We haven't learned how to care for one another We're gonna save the planet
"hbo" Discussed on Trivia With Budds
"Number 9 doom patrols and action series on HBO Max is Doom Patrol a marvel or D.C. property. Doom Patrol marvel or D.C.. Number ten on Barry what is Barry's initial job on the show on Barry what is Barry's initial job? On the show. And the bonus for two points, what was the earliest console to let players play the last of us when it first came out? What was the earliest console to let players play the last of us when it first came out? The HBO series very popular. That one is about the original game. Let's see if you know that one. All right, those are all your questions for HBO. We'll be right back with the answers after this. We are back with the answers to HBO trivia. Let's see how you did if you got all 11 correct. Pat yourself on the back. If your name's pat, pat yourself twice. Number one, Chris knoff played Mike Logan on Law & Order. He played mister big on Sex and the City. They killed him off in the reboot. Mister big, died on a peloton, I think. Number two, what HBO series focused on the Fisher family running a funeral home in LA, 6 feet under, 6 feet under. Number three, played by JB smoove. What's the first name of Larry's friend and roommate on curb your enthusiasm? Leon, that's Leon. Number four, what Jim Henson produced kids show could only be seen on HBO from 1983 to 1987, fraggle rock. Number 5, what comedian filmed a record 14 specials for HBO, George Carlin. Number 6, who did guitarist Steve van zant play on The Sopranos, Silvio, the concierge of Tony's crime syndicate. Number 7, how many seasons did entourage run for four 6 or 8? It was 8 8. Number 8 the rehearsal in Nathan for you, star a Canadian comedian named Nathan. What's his last name? Fielder, Nathan Fielder. Number 9 doom patrols and action series on HBO Max is Doom Patrol a marvel or D.C. property, D.C., D.C., number ten, on Barry, what Barry's initial job on the show, hitman, hitman, turned actor. And the bonus for two points, what's the earliest console to let players play the last of us when I first came out? PlayStation 3, PlayStation 3. I would have definitely thought it was four, but hey, it was three. All right, that's today's episode. Fact of the day, Bill Murray was arrested when he was 20 for trying to bring 20 pounds of marijuana on a plane classic Bill Murray caper. I wanna see that movie. We have the geek out challenge that I will try and do right now for your listening pleasure. 6 films in which a dream sequence appears. Oh boy. Uh, nightmare on Elm Street, one through 6. That's my cop out answer. I can't think of any other ones right now. Two shows that have come back after being canceled. How about mad about you? They redid that one a couple of years ago. And how about Murphy Brown? In both of those have since been canceled again. Two titles in which the Vatican plays a role for books, angels and demons, and the da Vinci code. Both by Dan Brown. Four songs with the word knight in the title, here's to the night, that's gotta be a song right here to the night. That's on good Charlotte. I can't think of who had that song. Something about the night, night train, by our crazy train. Wait, nope, that doesn't help me at all. There's no night and crazy train. That's a totally different word. Oh man, here's to the night by some band, pop punk band, I think. And that's all I got. Oh, come on. That's terrible. 6 TV actors who went on to be feature film stars. That's pretty much anybody, right? Everyone starts off TV. Danzel Washington was on saint elsewhere. Boy, I'm really rusty today, guys. Saint elsewhere, is that the name of a show? Denzel Washington was on a TV show before he was in movies, I believe. Patrick Swayze was at an episode of mash before he was in a lot of stuff. I had to do 6 of those. There's no way. That's all I got. There you go. Mila Kunis, she was on that 70s show. She's in a lot of movies. Okay, I got three. I got half of them. And I'm done. I hope you had fun playing along. Leslie gerhardt, a friend of mine who listens to the show, always comments that she likes on Facebook when I play those at the end. So there you go, Leslie, that was for you. And shout out to my friend Michael V, check out Michael V art on YouTube. He's a big supporter of the show. He does like live streaming of making art and he listens to the podcast on YouTube and his viewers of his art channel, they play the trivia together while he does the art. So that's very, very cool. And a very unique way to listen to the show. Thank you, Michael, V art, and you guys are awesome. Thanks for listening. Thanks for telling a friend. We'll see you next time for more trivia with buds. Cheers.
"hbo" Discussed on Trivia With Budds
"Law & Order, who did he play on sex in the city? Number two, what HBO series focused on the Fisher family running a funeral home in LA. Number two, what HBO series focused on the Fisher family running a funeral home in LA.
Dealer pleads guilty in drug death of actor
"A New York City dealer has pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute the drugs that led to actor Michael K Williams overdose death. Prosecutors for the southern district of New York say that Irvin cartagena supplied Michael K Williams with the fentanyl laced heroin that killed him in September 2021 under the plea deal cartagena could face 40 years in federal prison at his August sentencing, the minimum is 5 years. Part of the evidence included surveillance video of the sidewalk drug deal in Brooklyn, Williams was found dead in his penthouse apartment, the actor shot to fame on HBO's the wire that portrayed drug crews like the one authorities say cartagena belonged to. Julie Walker, New York
Lance Reddick, 'The Wire' and 'John Wick' star, dies at 60
"Actor Lance Reddick known for the wire, fringe and the John Wick franchise has died. He was 60. Reddick may be best known for playing a cop at the HBO series the wire. These people do not touch the drugs. They don't go near the drugs. The wire is what gives us box deal. The actor died Friday of natural causes, according to his publicist, the Baltimore born and raised Reddick was a Yale drama school grad, and once said, I knew I was at least as talented as other students, but because I was a black man and I wasn't pretty, I knew I would have to work my butt off. John Wick star Keanu Reeves says he's dedicating the upcoming film to Reddick and was deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss. Redick is survived by his wife and children. I'm Julie Walker.
Nancy Pelosi’s Daughter Caught on Tape Refuting J6 Narrative
"A gateway pundit Refuting January 6th narrative admitting January 6th protests not an insurrection D.C. courts to bias Well that's an interesting headline Very interesting What's going on here Nancy Pelosi's daughter Alexandra palosi is producing an HBO documentary about the January 6 2021 protests and riot in Washington D.C. rights gateway pundit Jim Hough In October 2022 CNN released never before seen footage Nancy Pelosi Mitch McConnell inside the U.S. capitol on January 6th 2021 The two people who refused to call in the National Guard prior to that day and during the riding You know Mitch McConnell has never been held to account by Republicans He was responsible for securing that building too and he didn't do anything He didn't lift a finger He didn't even lift one of his crooked arthritic figures mister producer The footage was filmed by Nancy's daughter Alexandra Nancy son in law was outside during the protests filming the quote unquote insurrection Nancy had a camera crew at the U.S. capitol as if she knew it was going to be a historic day Quite the coincidence So it turned out January 6th was a historic day It was also well planned and staged he says now there's never before released video of Nancy Pelosi's daughter admitting to a January 6th defendant That the insurrection narrative was nonsense The Washington D.C. is too biased to hold fair trials for Trump supporters I believe that a 100%
How to Find Lauren Chen's Movie Reviews
"Tell us where can people find your movie reviews? Sure, you can find my movie reviews on Facebook. They're just under Lauren Chen, my general Facebook page, or on YouTube, they are on the media holic channel. So that's media holic, like alcoholic, but for media hall. Media Hollywood, what's the last thing you reviewed? I believe the last thing that I reviewed was the horrendous just truly terrible velma series on HBO that not only race swap, but also sexuality. Is it a conservative ploy I've heard some people say it's so bad, it's got to be a conservative troll. Part of me has wondered that because it's just very hard to imagine anyone even a far left liberal progressive who would think that this is good content. And actually the next video I have coming out is a review of Bros, which has been touted as the first gay RomCom. It's a tough competition as to which show or movie is actually worse, but essentially a lot of the videos that I do over on the media channel revolve around the idea of me watching it so you don't have to.
Understanding the Fees Dispute Between DirecTV & Newsmax
"Idea was that you run the cable till your house, you pay the cable company announced satellite, but it's the same principle, and then you get more programming. Well, the programming that was put on these channels. Some of it came from your local stations, some of it came from channels that developed as pay per channel like HBO or they started up and became cable channels. Originally it was just they were bringing in broadcast channels, but the signal was better. And then it added an added and the whole thing was so that they could sell you a premium movie channel like HBO Cinemax, et cetera. Well, the local channels said, well, this isn't fair. That we're providing you with a way to make money. And you're not compensating us for it. And so all of these cable and satellite companies got into arrangements with your local TV channel. So if you're the, if you watch the NBC station in a market and let's say it's channel 13. Well, they've made a deal with the cable and satellite company and in exchange for running channel 13, then they may also carry 13.2 or 13.3. One of the other channels that the over the air station operates. Okay, so they're getting something for it. Well, what about these cable only channels as we called it? What about ESPN? What about Fox News? What about newsmax? Well, they want to get a little action on this. Why should AT&T and direct TV make 2.7 billion with a B dollars in profits last year? Why should DirecTV make 2.7 billion in profits? And then refuse to pay a channel to help them make that money.
FYI, 'The Sopranos' Is Not About a Church Choir
"And I'm not proud of this. Some of the shows I like are kind of edgy. Veep is a good example. It's lots of language in it. This is not you know what haunts me. Many years ago, I admitted I watched The Sopranos with Denise and the kids on Sunday nights. On HBO. And a little old lady called me months after I said on air that I like The Sopranos. And she went out and ordered HBO because, well, if Mike likes it, I'm going to watch it and it must be a show about a church choir. The Sopranos is most decidedly not about a church choir. And this poor little old lady called me and she was mortified at the violence at the language, and I just have always been worried about recommending TV shows to you because I don't want some little old lady to watch veep and then be offended by the language because there's some raunchy language in it. It's the funniest TV series ever made. I mean, it's right up there with Arrested Development. That's another one. You want to binge watch funny TV series, again, warning not for children, okay? These are edgy shows. But Arrested Development is just fall down funny.
Why Is Biden's Chief of Staff Ron Klain Leaving?
"As I said before leading me to leading me to believe that this is a really really big scandal and the left knows it by the left I include the media She was the chief of staff Ron klain leaving There is no bigger ass kisser in the administration than Ron klain Ron klain again is a man with no human dignity whatsoever A guy who's been involved in every major left wing nonsense thing going on since the Bush V gore election So much so if you watch the HBO the biased HBO movie recount about the Bush V gore election one of the main characters is Ron klain In the movie no I'm not kidding Go watch it You'll see You'll also learn that Al Gore not in one single count in that election was ever ahead to any point ever which HBO was forced to admit the movie which shocked a lot of leftists who still insist Al Gore had the election stolen because their election deniers despite the fact that Al Gore was never had ever on any single vote count ever in Florida just the tidbit I thought I'd throw in there But getting back to Ron klain Ron klain is a Biden bootlicker He's the chiefest He's the resident boom Michael that's his job like chief of staff slash bootlegger That's what he does He gets the boots he's like like some right up right So why is Ron klain leaving I didn't run claim just get done telling us what Joe Biden Jim you heard it right That this is the most successful three year presidency since FDR and you're nearly and you're leaving why are you leaving I don't understand why you're leaving I don't understand You're leaving for other opportunities What other opportunities do you want to have a movie with HBO What You're leaving You're leaving right as the documents scandal and the Hunter Biden thing and the special counsel gets a point that's also so strange
Richard Plepler Explains HBO's Financial Tightrope
"Richard, was it difficult to run HBO when so much change was being contemplated at the corporate level? Well, remember the opportunity to say yes to what we as a team wanted to say yes to. Was just up against the reality of being a division of apparent company that had its own demands and requirements about our earnings and what we needed to deliver. So that was just an honorable tension between, as I would always say, you know, what in Pennsylvania avenue? Are you sitting on? Jeff's end to Pennsylvania avenue he has, earnings that he has to deliver to the street. He has a multiple which he has to be able to justify. He's thinking about different permutations of the company. If you're on my independence avenue, you know, look, you'd like to be able to charge a little bit less to your distribution partners because you know that that's going to result in more subscribers and you'd like all the resources for marketing that you could possibly get both for the show as themselves and for the brand. We didn't have that much money. Relative to what Netflix was spending and what others were spending. We had very little money. So we had to figure out creative ways to break through the noise of popular culture through free media, through events, through social eventually, and I think our guys did a very brilliant job in that. So would have liked my marketing money. We would have liked more programming money. And we would have liked, of course, the ability to adjust the price because the number one complaint of our partners are distributors was not that HBO isn't great. But it's expensive, right? So if we could have taken the price down a little bit, had more money for marketing, more money, that would have been terrific. But perfect wasn't on the menu. We had to deliver what we had to deliver. And that's just running a business.
'Insecure' Showrunner Prentice Penny on How the Show Changed Him
"How did insecure change you? I think it changed me as a creator profoundly I started on girlfriends with primarily in African American show but certainly feeling like we were a marginalized and UPM CW not taken seriously by our peers and I think after having gone to network shows where I was the only person of color in the room. You sort of get used to like accepting things as they are, right? And going to do a secure with Easter Molina, but that energy of a young energy wanting to come in and take over as I did too, but you're also feeling like you're on the island all the time. Off of that experience was just like, no, we're not asking for permission anymore. We're just going to do the thing and speak up for what we want to do, how we want to build our crews, right? Saying that we're not going to 50% has to be people of color on women. And saying we're doing this or we're not doing this, right? And I just think it made me be much more vocal about the types of things that I would want going forward as a producer, like any other person, right? Like any other white creator gets to say, I want to do this. I want to do that. But sometimes when you're the only one you don't feel empowered to do that because you have to justify or explain why it just gets kind of tiring. So it definitely made me much more assertive in terms of what I would expect and what I want to do going forward. And I think as a writer, I would say insecure reminded me why I wanted to write in the first place was when I read that script, it just felt super fun. And it reminded me when you're in the network world or just the business a long time, you can kind of get hammered or drill. This is the way we do things, right? Or don't do it like this, or do do it like this. We're kind of getting this copycat formula and it really just reminded me when you're a kid and you're like coloring a picture and you might call it a cactus pink. You might cover the sun purple, and nobody tells a 5 year old, don't make the sound purple. You just let them create. And I was like, that's what this experience reminded me of. Like just create. Remember to have fun. That's why we're doing it. As opposed to being afraid to fail or not thinking about the business part. Then I went to go make insecure. It didn't make sense to be financially to go to a secure. It wasn't my material. I was losing money, but it was something in the tuning fork of it felt like the right thing to do creatively. So from that place, it has made me a better writer. It just freed me from the anxiety or the insecurity of a fear of what the business can kind of put into
"hbo" Discussed on SI Boxing with Chris Mannix
"When you're spending that kind of money on original programming, you just don't have the money to go after the acquisitions to have a portfolio of rights that HBO used to have. I mean, thank God HBO was able to get the rights that it did early in its history when the competition was in his fierce and the price tags weren't so high. But you can kind of start to see in 2000 the fact is a lot of this money is going to be shifting over to original programming. It's not going to be a priority for us. And as a result, I think you used the right word. I've said it myself and I think it's the subtext in what I write about it. It was sad to see it go, because HBO sports was a big deal. It was a unique creature. It wasn't as vast as ESPN. It wasn't as vast as ABC wilder sports. You know, they had a page from their playbook stolen from them about sports documentaries by 30 for 30. But you still kind of like wanted it around. You know, you still wanted to see what they would come up with. And so they have a much more limited agenda right now. They don't have the lampley's of the world. They don't have the Tyson's other world. They don't have, you know, a lot of things that they used to have. So. Sometimes progress sucks because you know it's just like you want those old days of innocence where you know they were like literally when HBO covered Wimbledon, Chris, they put the tapes on the freaking Concord to get it back in time. So they could show it before anybody else. We had coverage of weekdays at Wimbledon. I mean, I don't know, not to sound like somebody who's nostalgic, but I miss those days. I kind of do as well. And if HBO boxing has a legacy, it's that everything they did was taken and adopted by somebody else, you know, whether it is the 24/7 vehicle, all the stuff they did in the corners. You mentioned the documentaries inside the NFL. Inside the NFL was, I mean, look, no offense against Sunday countdown and all these other shows that are ubiquitous now, but they had that before anybody else. And that was, you know, that was a big deal as one of their longest running shows. In fact, Dave harman worked on it. His father worked on it. It was appointment television for a lot of football fans. And when that went away, that was also a heartbreaker. Well, Dave harman and avid listener this podcast will be happy to know that you approved of his work there. Well, he deserves it all, man. He does. The book is tinderbox, HBO's ruthless pursuit of new frontiers. We only covered a fraction of what's in there. Jim, tremendous stuff, always great to catch up with you and thanks for joining me. Thank you, man. Thank you. Thanks a lot. When we come back, my conversation with Regis program. Support for this podcast in the following message come.
"hbo" Discussed on SI Boxing with Chris Mannix
"That I mean, he certainly was worth every single penny they paid him and probably more. And probably more. And it was, you know, for me, when lamps went, you know, off the grid, so to speak at HBO and HBO boxing, it was a real loss because he was just he was just as important to that night as the two fighters. You know, you couldn't wait to see him. He set the table at the beginning and the other thing was, again, like we were talking about commercials after the fight's over. The networks would be running to a commercial. After the flight's over at HBO, you go to the center of the ring. And merchant and lampley are there. And merchant may be doing as crazy thing with, you know, who knows who, but why is there and he is deconstructing that fight with a scalpel? I mean, he is exacting in his analysis of it. And it's a pretty it's pretty formidable. You really can't find a lot of people who can do that back then like he did. They built some talented boxers over the years, but I say this as a broadcaster as well, but their broadcasting crew was excellent. Whether it was lampley all throughout Larry for many years, max taking over. I thought Emmanuel Stewart turned into one of in addition to one of the great trainers of all time, became I thought one of the great broadcasts of all time. I mean, he was tremendous. I don't know how much you got into his life and time at HBO, but I thought he before his passing had he was probably as good a broadcast versus it was a trainer at that point. Well, I think the other thing that that shows, I agree with you. And I think the other thing that shows is that HPO was constantly trying to figure out new ways to cover the sport and new ways to create a narrative for the sport, both for the fight and for the larger context of boxing. I think they really cared about boxing as an institution, not just, you know, okay, let's throw this fight on. They were a big part of it. Some went might argue too big a part of it. But I think their dedication loyalty to sport was particularly in the late 70s in the 80s and early 90s was without beer. No question. Before I let you go, we talked about the beginning of HBO, the middle of HBO. The end was for lack of a better word kind of sad where they were relatively inactive over the last couple of years and they kind of quietly go off the air in December of 2018. What did you learn about kind of the end of HBO and what prompted them to get out of the business? Well, you know, the current leadership at HBO will always be correcting me because HBO sports technically hasn't died. There's real sports. There's hard knocks and there's still HBO sports documentaries. But I think that the HBO that you and I grew up around, I think that we started to see the warning signs at the end of last century because they had Wimbledon. They gave up Wimbledon, which was really painful for their employees of HBO sports. We talked about what happened with boxing. And they didn't have look when you're spending a $140 million on band of brothers and a season of Sopranos or let alone Game of Thrones. My gosh, the most expensive series HBO has ever done..
"hbo" Discussed on SI Boxing with Chris Mannix
"Thing I can say is that pay per view was like a grenade that just went off inside boxing. Because as a result, you didn't have that ability to kind of control the sport the way you used to. And I think a lot of promoters were very eager to get some of that pay per view dollars for themselves and for their fighters. And so as a result, I mean, HBO had TKO and it was important. And people like Lou de Bella and Mark Taffet and were doing incredible enterprising things at HBO sports. But it just was never the same like it was in the late 70s and early 80s. I mean, Friday night fights. I mean, look, ESPN went through a lot of this as well. But I think that it became harder and harder for the public to understand the sport. And for there to be personalities. I mean, Mayweather was a gift, Pacquiao, obviously, but they're just weren't those Marvin hangers at Thomas hearns of the world and sugary Leonard enticing, of course. I think a lot of the sport was built on those personalities. And you lose them sometimes. Yeah, no, there's no doubt about that. I think this century has seen the diminishing of a lot of personalities. Many personalities in box. And you mentioned Larry merchant HBO effectively created Jim lampley in a lot of ways. I mean he was doing things before. He was the first ever sideline reporter on football broadcasts. But when you were kind of addressing that part of it, like lampley's rise as the face of boxing. What did you kind of discover? I got to tell you, you know, I'm blown away by Jim Webley. This is a guy who you know those people that can remember every day their life. It's like this weird mental thing. Well, let me not like that about his life, but he's like that about boxing. Like, I would talk to him. I would call him. We'd be talking all of a sudden I mentioned a fight. He'd say, oh, yeah. He would give the date of the fight, then he'd say like, yeah, and in the fourth round, he had a left hook that really it's like, what the hell? Oh my God, the guy's memory. The guy's encyclopedic knowledge. His love of the sport and his his level of detail in terms of what he examined about the sport, the fighters, the promoters, the trainers, everybody. I mean, it's just incredible. And I think that HBO was, you can't talk about HBO's position in boxing without talking about how amazing Jim lampley was. Why was he so good in that role? He's a talented broadcast, no doubt. He'd have success in any medium, but he just seemed to it was round peg round hole when it came to Jim lampley and boxing. Yeah, I think that's true. I think that he had, look, he has, in addition to his incredible mind, an insight into the sport. He has dare I say a rather beautiful way of marrying what's actually happening in the ring with a larger context, which is the personality of this guy, the dynamic between the two fighters, the shakespearian drama that's lurking, but beneath it all. And I mean, he's so well spoken. And he's so incredibly vivid in his descriptions of things that you just get a level of detail and verisimilitude on a fight that lampley is a part of that you just don't get anyplace else..
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"You get not only do you get thrill Manila, but then very quickly hearns hagler, you get you get the life after Ali and you're just there HBO was there in turn for a little guy named Mike Tyson. So it's like a Sugar Ray Leonard. I mean, all these people come through HBO's gateway. And it just blows up the sport again. Do you think it's surprised that the top executives at HBO just how big it became and how quickly it became such a big tent pole for what they do? Well, now you're talking about a different thing because now you're talking about hubris. And there were a lot of those guys at the company at the time. We were like, damn right, I knew it. I wasn't sure. Yeah. Michael fuchs, who was fearless about spending money on sports, got Wimbledon coverage during the week for the first time ever. He's been like $62 million on Mike Tyson at a time when nobody really knew what he was what he was capable of. So I think they have every right to kind of be boastful about it. Proud of it. I mean, herns, you go through all those big, big fights. They knew what they had. And they really transformed the sport for a long time until pay per view came along. If you could sort of elaborate on that point, you mentioned what boxing did for HBO. What do you think HBO did for boxing? Well, there's a couple things. And again, you know, I feel weird telling you this because you know how much better than I but here's one very easy thing to understand, which is that HBO didn't have commercials. And so what's going on is you're able to stay in the ring between rounds. If you're watching ABC world of sports in the 70s, the bell rings, they can't wait to get to a commercial to start getting money. HBO's got nowhere to go. And so as a result, we're like staying in the ring, we're seeing what it's like to be in that stool. We're seeing them talk to them. We're seeing them cut and we're seeing them all fix that up. And the other thing that they did, because production ecstasies were really important to HBO. They stick the mic there. So as a result, there's like two or three major moments where HBO is picking up there's two plastic jars, two plastic drinking containers. And you hear the trainer say to somebody, hand me that one..
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"This is boxing with Chris Manning are somebody punch him in the face. Anthony Joshua is a composed and ferocious finisher. Watch this. Ruiz is the heavyweight champion. Hosted by SI's Chris mannix. That was my moment. Now with interviews and analysis and everything going on in the world of boxing. When you have talent, you are given another chance here's Christmas. All right, welcome back to another episode of boxing with Chris mannix part of the volume sports podcast network. We have an amazing show for you this week. The demise of HBO has been a popular topic amongst boxing fans for some time now. James Andrew Miller, who is one of the great oral historians of our time has written terrific books on ESPN, Saturday Night Live. He did a deep dive book on HBO including the rise and fall of boxing at HBO. James joins me on the podcast to discuss that very topic. How HBO got into the business and how ultimately HBO quietly got out of the business. A little bit later on, Regis program, the former 140 pound champion, he has been relatively quiet in 2021. That is not a lot of fighters have been willing to step up and to fight him. I talked to Regis about that about his new deal with the fledgling promotional outfit and what he hopes to accomplish in 2022. As always, best way to support this podcast, get over to Apple podcasts, post a comment, leave a rating, it's simple, it's easy, it's free. It's the best way to make sure that we keep doing this podcast week after week. That's it. All right, onto the show. All right, there's no greater writer of oral histories, among other things, than James Andrew Miller. He's the author of books like powerhouse, live from New York, these guys have all the fun. His latest project is tinderbox, HBO's ruthless pursuit of new frontiers, which you can pick up everywhere that you buy books and Jim Carrey, because you want me here. On the show, Jim, let's just start before we get into the boxing part of this, which is obviously what I want to dive into. The name was interesting to me right off the bat. Why tinderbox, because I think that, you know, look for the past 49 years at different incarnations and different key inflection points in its history. HBO has been flammable. It's been one of these things that not only ignites change within the network itself..
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"Gotten to page 6 35 out of the 9 50. So I haven't gotten to the. You've only found some cards part. Two hours. Two days in. So part of the book I love because I love both those guys so I have to mention this. I don't think the Ali G show gets the credit deserves for being so groundbreaking. And when it was on originally, I just I remember being so completely blown away by the alleged show. But there's a great story in the book that Jerry Seinfeld wanted to meet Sasha Baron Cohen because his wife loved Ali G so much and Jerry had to call someone at HBO to set up a meeting. Now, here's Jerry Seinfeld, the biggest sitcom star in the universe with the most popular sitcom of all time, and he wants to meet Sasha car. I thought that was a great story. It was Jerry's wife, Jessica. Sasha. But you know, one of those moments where, you know, an employee at HBO feels like they're doing the lord's work and it's so excited about their ability to connect these people and I think they're still close to this day. I love that nugget. One of the things that really struck me about the book is, I mean, you forget, you really forget about how much HBO has done. We know this shows we talk about the shows all the time with Sopranos and curb Game of Thrones and veep everything. The documentaries, the music specials, you know, I really enjoyed the beginning part of the book when you got into the late 70s, early 80s and just how it was so HBO was unlike everything they've seen. I think in the book, I think the first musical thing they did was a Bette Midler concert and early on. Yeah. And just how that came about and really just when you see everything they've done in the scope of your book, it is pretty remarkable. I mean, look, Michael fuchs was a big, big, important part, and the people who worked with him at HBO were a big part of HBO's beginning. But if you're sitting there at the beginning of HBO and you're trying to figure out what can be done, the best thing that they decided to do was not try and become a network. And how are the ways that we can do that? And if you're a comedian like say in the late 70s or in the 80s, your big break is going to be Johnny Carson, right? So what happens when you go on Johnny Carson? You have like a four and a half minute routine that you get to do. Your stand up routine. And of course it has to be previewed for the network sensors. So there are certain things that you can say certain words you can say and certain things you can't say. And you have to memorize basically that routine and you can't go if you go outside those guardrails, man, you will be voted off the island. They will not let you back. So that's your big break. All of a sudden, HBO says, screw that. Why don't you go on for an hour, hey Steve Martin, hey Robin Williams, hey Robert Klein, hey, George Carlin. Come on for an hour. And you can say whatever you want. So like George Carlin literally does the 7 words you can't say on television on television. I mean, that freedom and that strategy of making sure that, you know, that's part of what started HBO, uncensored, uncut movies, without commercials, lots of boxing, which, you know, quite frankly, the networks are given up on..
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"Like I think in the book points out, like, you know, John ham could say, Jesus, and he gets a Christ, but I can't say Jesus Christ. HBO, anything goes, as you saw. So was that was that a sort of a turning point when mad men and breaking bend didn't Breaking Bad. We're not HBO shows, which everyone thought they would be based on what they are. I mean, look, first of all, you can't bout a thousand. The circumstances for each of those shows not beyond HBO were different. I would go to another example, which is particularly formidable in terms of House of Cards. So House of Cards, HBO was interested in, they're ready to do a pilot. And then all of a sudden, David Fincher gets a two year season commitment from Netflix. And that, I think, is the moment where you realize, okay, wait a second. The world is shaking under our feet. This is a whole new dynamic. We're not in Kansas anymore. And I think that that I think that was important. And I would add a fourth to the list, which is that the producers and the great Peter Morgan came to HBO first with The Crown. They thought that HBO was the natural place for it. They wanted to be there. It wound up being a disastrous meeting for a variety of reasons. That went to Netflix as well. So you start to see, I mean, look, Netflix is always had some advantages. They're going to spend a lot more money. They don't have to show profits like HBO does. But I think that when you start to look, can you imagine how House of Cards and The Crown not on Netflix but on HBO?.
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"I mean, when you think about it, look at Succession. I mean, they're still doing it because there's two things about succession that scream out. One is there's no one that you fucking like. There's no one that you admire that you want to hang out with that you want to be. I mean, so much of television is aspirational, right? Yeah. But like, who on no offense against any of them, but who do you want to hang out with on a Sunday afternoon and have them over to brunch and just take a deep breath with? No one. And the second is that when they decided to do the show, Casey boys who runs content and is really smart. Says, we don't need a star. We believe in the material. We believe in the writing. We believe in this concept. We don't need to camouflage it or hedge our bets by trying to get Jennifer Aniston to play shit for, you know, whatever it might be. And both of those are two big power moves. Another thing I loved in the book about The Sopranos, you go into great detail about the pine barrens episode, which there was a lot of great, great information in there. And how about the fact I learned this in James book, they had not planned for the snow when they did all the rehearsals and the scout of the location. They were supposed to be in the Woods. And then there was a snowstorm and they had to incorporate it basically. And how much of a factor did the snow play ends up playing in that episode? That is an amazing twist of fate right there. It's just fantastic. You know, Jeffrey katzenberg, when he was at Disney, he said this rule that the audience doesn't like snow. And I think that for a long time, there weren't a lot of there weren't a lot of movies set in snow. He just, you know, he had his reasons. But I can't look at that episode and think, you know, what would have been like without. I mean, obviously it still would have been a great show. And it was written beautifully, Steve Buscemi, direct. I mean, you can go on and on. But the snow, each one of them talk about the fact that this is okay. And they weren't going to back down. In fact, I mean, it led to some of pi parents, obviously you know this, but you talk about the Sopranos ability, that shows ability to combine fear, drama, and humor. It's unbelievable. Yeah. Oh yeah. Yeah. And a great nugget too that I learned in the book. As a viewer, you think the whole episode is shot there in the Woods, but the scene where Pauly and Christopher and the van eat and the catch up, that's shot on a sound stage because they had to worry about lighting and darkness and all that. So I loved learning about that episode in the book with those. Now here's what's I find this interesting, the flip side of that. Sopranos tested poorly, HBO basically said screw the testing. We're putting it on. Many, many years later, Lisa Kudrow, after friends get to show called come back..
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"There's a great he said to somebody, you don't know what the show is doing to me. And you just feel for him. And of course he was so incredibly talented, so loved by his castmates and obviously the public. And you just think, you know, your heart goes out to the guy. I never knew I never knew he had those addiction problems. I never knew it until your book, I think he was formidable. Larry, the funny thing is that Larry has always been like a sad happy as a happy Larry, right? I mean, even back to SNL, where he could barely get a sketch on the air and stand up life wasn't doing great. I mean, if you think about Larry David before Seinfeld, it's a tough story. I mean, he really hung in there and he had financial difficulties and he had a really tough road. I think one of the things that HBO did that was so smart. And they said to Larry David, not only whenever, but however, and whatever. So you can't be in business with Larry David for nearly 20 years, basically. And have any guardrails up. I mean, can you imagine being like a young age pro executive and like you're supposed to give Larry David notes? Forget it. Just go to the Grand Canyon and take a swan dive. And I think that they've been really smart about how they've treated him and obviously he's happy about it. That's the thing Larry still wouldn't be doing it if they were giving him notes that he could, he's got the power there, which is great. That's part of what HBO does throughout its history, which is that they decide to do and perform in a way that's a 180° different from the networks. So the piggyback on that, one of the things I found really interesting in the book about The Sopranos is, you know, listen, now everyone agrees Sopranos, greatest show of all time. It's legendary, but the book details very specifically that the show tested poorly with audiences and there was an HBO didn't know whether they were going to pick it up and go forward with it. And HBO being HBO and not a network like CBS or ABC. I mean, she said, you know, basically screw the testing. We're going to go through with it. It's crazy to think how close it might have come to never happening. Well, I think that the reason why I dwelled on that in the book is because that's one of those proverbial forks in the road where the network, given the test results that came back for The Sopranos, the network, a commercial network probably would not have gone ahead. And let's face it, they probably would not have cast change game, defeating the lead. Because now we know him to be this remarkable actor. And we know that he could carry a show before that he wasn't he wasn't a known star. And he had obviously great moments and get shorty and true romance and other things. But a network would not have taken a show and put it on his let put it on this guy's back. So once again, you see HBO making moves in a way that had never really been done in the industry before..
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"On HBO and our lives. And so one of the things that I tried to do was try to explain who they are, tried to explain some of the chaos that was going on and some of the incredible, incredible, great moves that were going on behind the scenes at HBO. And especially with Game of Thrones and others and show people that it's an iceberg. You know, for what everything you see on a Sunday Night, there's a whole lot of shit going on underneath the water. Yeah. And it was a lot of shit with the Larry Sanders show. That's for sure. Well, that's the thing. I mean, Larry was crazy. I mean, you know, and it's great to have people like Peter toland who's a wonderful writer and obviously Judd Apatow and others talk about Gary's neuroses. Gary, Shannon himself didn't shy away from his talking about his neuroses. But I think it was important to try and place it in the context of the show. If you're trying to get a show out every single week, and this is who's at the center of it. And this is some of his demons. And this is some of his the way he's overextended and the way it's manifesting itself post in terms of the workload and his own health. You know, people talk about what he's kind of medicine he's taken in the kind of long days he's at. That to me is something I really want to dig into. It was interesting, too, because it was a thing in there about I guess someone was going to quote unquote expose Gary chant like drug problem, but it was ambien. And there is a whole thing in the book about James Gandolfini did have a drug and alcohol problem. There was an intervention. And it seemed for the two of them, the pressure of constantly having to do that show every year. Really got to them, especially for James Gandolfini, you had to get into the Tony Soprano character and it wore him down. Then you have the flip side, which is Larry David, which HBO basically told Larry, you do the show whenever you want. You want to take one year row of two years old, three years old, you know, it's the dichotomy there. I thought it was very interesting between Larry Gary Shannon and James Gandolfini and then Larry David in the sort of how they handled the shows. So the truth is, I mean, look, acting is difficult and great active is even harder. But you bring yourself with you. You know, you can't. It's not like when you go on a set, you're obviously becoming another character, but you're still the same human being inside. And one of the things I think that we saw with James Gandolfini was that he had a dark side to him that he knew about, even as a teenager and playing Tony Soprano, forced him to tap into that dark side. So it became incredibly debilitating for him. And it became very, very hard..
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"Kenan ends up being renamed. Hbo video short time later. It changes names again to. Hbo entertainment and They had a few successes but really it was touching. Go for a while it wouldn't be until. Hbo original programming really took off in the nineties when hbo entertainment had it made because now they became the distribution for hbo originals. That everybody wanted to have all right but at the time it was really just scraping by moving onto nine hundred eighty six. That's hbo established. Hbo showcase which was an actual production company. So they'd already moved into distribution and they had a production company over on the west coast in los angeles called. Hbo pictures but now they wanted to create another production company on the east coast. So this one was based in new york and the idea was to make grittier more. You know kind of real listrik or hard hitting movies then. Hbo pictures was known for so there. First picture was about a kgb agent who was involved in a big operation. This was actually true story about a urine cinco so they were going kind of this. This hard gritty route and in general people said it felt more like hbo whereas the stuff from hbo pictures felt a little more. You know glossy and glitzy certainly had bigger budgets Had access to bigger names. So you saw moore movie stars in. Hbo pictures productions but The hbo showcase would be the kind of more down to earth stuff. So both of these would eventually merged together and become. Hbo films and colin callender. Who had been the head of hbo. Showcase became the head of this whole department. I'm sure there were some grumblings on both sides. I'm sure the the the showcase folks were thinking. You know i get all the money. They get access to all that talent whereas the pictures folks were probably thinking they have this crazy reputation which we should have because look at what we're doing so so everyone get together and play. Nice yeah Fortunately they were separated by the rest of the united states with one being in l. a. and the other being in new york so i think they could. They were insulated enough..
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"At and t. also reported earnings and we don't normally care about their quarterly numbers and actually don't care today what we do care about is they're streaming numbers. Hbo max went from being sort of a punchline sort of an also ran in the streaming worst to suddenly. All of their movies will be available to stream day of release at no extra cost. Maybe we need hbo. Max our lives after also did wonder woman nineteen eighty-four moves the needle for them. Early signs are pointing to. Yes apparently if you take. Hbo and hbo max subscribers and put them in one bucket. That number grew twenty percent year over year to forty one and a half million subscribers reaching number that. Hbo was hoping for two years ahead of their own forecast. Hbo max activation doubled to seventeen point two million since the end of q. Three quoting variety. The company said it invested about eight hundred million dollars in. Hbo max in the fourth quarter and more than two billion dollars for the year on the streaming service these subscriber gains in q four were undoubtedly boosted by warnermedia's in four to distribute. Hbo max on roku and amazon's fire tv on the q for call with analysts. At and t. ceo. John stinky said were media is aiming for a cue to launch of a price reduced ad supported version of. Hbo max but he didn't provide other details on the avio de product. The company plans to launch hbo. Max internationally this year. Starting with latin america in the second quarter stinky said. At and t. will host an investor event in the second. Half of q one to outline this and quote
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"Offer the service to people who maybe aren't willing to pay fifteen dollars a month for it. The that's the whole reason. They need this data. The point of contention for amazon is is literally nothing. It's just that if they keep the prime channel they have control over. The data and that data isn't selling the advertisements on that channel anyway so it really doesn't do that much for amazon to make. It seem like a big deal however in and then there's the other part of it if you sign up for amazon prime channel you through amazon. That is you're utilizing each or starz or showtime amazon gets a cut however if somebody sangha for. Hbo macs using an amazon fire device..