This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with The Hangover Part II screenwriter Craig Mazin and continue the screenwriting/sequel theme with Kung Fu Panda 2 writers Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger.
Plus, Katey Rich from Cinema Blend battles Jordan Raup of The Film Stage in the Movie News Pop Quiz Arena of Death. The result? You’ll have to listen to find out, but we end up talking about the bad week that 3D has been having.
Reject Radio brings it on home this week, so kick off you shoes and stay awhile.
On This Week’s Show:
The Reject Radio Movie News Pop Quiz [The Beginning – 15:20]: It’s Rich vs Raup in a high-scoring, nail-biting edition of the pop quiz. From glory to defeat, our topic this week (chosen by the winner) is the incredibly crappy week 3D filmmaking has had from theaters in Boston dimming 2D movies to an abundance of 3D showings being blamed for the lower-than-expected take for Pirates 4.
The Wolf Pack is Back [15:20 – 35:45]: The Hangover burst onto the scene in a major way, becoming the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, and now the team is back and headed to Thailand. Screenwriter Craig Mazin joins us to speak candidly about joining the wolf pack already in progress, the sticky places in Bangkok and the connection between comedy and neurosurgery.
Po Boys [35:45 – The End]: With Kung Fu Panda 2, screenwriters Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger are returning to the characters they created with Dreamworks in the first film. Here, they discuss the challenges of making a violent genre friendly for all audiences, dissect the legacy of Bambi, and discuss the lengthy (and rewarding) process of writing for animation.
As a bonus, they melt my cynicism about a Candyland movie (almost) completely away.
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