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Real Genius - For Annual Subscribers

Anyone can make a popcorn film, but it takes a Real Genius to engineer one of the greatest comedies of the '80s!  Join Arnie this June as he slips on the Deely Bobbers and heads back to his Reagan-era school days for another look at this cherished Cold War spoof from the creators of Valley Girl and Police Academy. Can party animal Val Kilmer teach a 15-year-old nerd how to stop worrying and love the high powered laser they're developing for satellite warfare? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize you need to become a Now Playing Patron and listen now!

 

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Candyman: Day of the Dead - For Annual Subscribers

Horror movie lovers call Candyman to the screen for a third time as East LA celebrates Day of the Dead. Can the urban legend boogeyman once known as 19th Century artist Daniel Robitaille convince new blonde Donna D'Errico (Baywatch) to promote his legacy of violence in an art gallery exhibition of his paintings?  And would the LAPD dare crack down on gang activity in the rough neighborhood once the sweet-talking serial killer starts recruiting locals into his congregation? You're invited to the picnic too when you become a Silver Level Donor.

 

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Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh - For Annual Subscribers

How many beads will New Orleans throw hook-handed slasher Candyman after he leaves Chicago to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Big Easy, and flash that infamous chest full of bees at the descendants of those who lynched him?  Is this sequel really a Farewell To The Flesh, or a hearty hello to new director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), and a new blonde scholar out to shatter the urban legend's bad boy reputation with grade schoolers?   It's sweets for the sweet Now Playing donor who unwraps the Silver Level foil on this tasty podcast.

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Candyman (1992) - For Annual Subscribers

Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob invite Now Playing listeners to "be our victim" all June long, as they whisk Silver Level Donors back to Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing project in search of the original Candyman. Tony Todd (Final Destination) stars as an urban legend serial killer who likes to put grad students like Virginia Madsen on the hook for all his grisly deeds.  Is there any truth to the rumor that Clive Barker's honey-voiced slasher surpassed Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers as the horror icon of the 1990s?  Donate and find out!

 

 

 

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A.I.: Artificial Intelligence - For Annual Subscribers

In 1968, director Stanley Kubrick concluded mankind’s space odyssey would be cut short by an evil computer named HAL. In 2001, sentimental friend Steven Spielberg completed the dead filmmaker’s exploration into Artificial Intelligence with one Siri-ously trippy sci-fi collaboration called A.I. What happens when android Pinocchio Haley Joel Osment takes sexbot Jude Law and a talking teddy bear along on his quest to become a flesh-and-blood boy? The Now Playing hosts promise to keep it real when you upgrade to Patron status this May.

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Born on the Fourth of July - For Annual Subscribers

Tom Cruise finishes out the 1980s playing real life Marine-turned-war protestor Ron Kovic in the Oscar-winning drama Born On The Fourth Of July. How did Oliver Stone convince Hollywood's Top Gun to dirty his uniform, and join the Platoon director for a second tour of Vietnam? And did the wheelchair-bound actor deserve more respect, and maybe a few medals pinned to his chest, for being brave enough to ditch the sunglasses and change his image? Listeners will take home all the Gold Level glory when they show their support for Now Playing. Donate Today! 

  

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Rain Man - For Annual Subscribers

Tom Cruise proves to be an excellent driver in Rain Man, navigating a classic tale of estranged brothers on a cross-country road trip that ended with co-star Dustin Hoffman bringing home his second Oscar. Who better to teach an autistic savant how to dress, dance, and turn his toothpick-counting skills into a profitable (though risky) business venture than the flashiest movie icon of the ‘80s?  Find out if revisiting this beloved Best Picture Winner gets Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob into any hot water when you Donate for Now Playing’s Tom Cruise Retrospective.

 

 

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Cocktail - For Annual Subscribers

Was heartthrob Tom Cruise writing his own obituary when he traded fighter jets for martini shakers, and agreed to star in Cocktail - the totally blitzed bartender drama crowned Worst Picture of 1988 by the Golden Raspberry Awards?  Don’t worry... be happy you at least get to soak up the sage advice of TGI Friday’s resident philosopher Bryan Brown, while enjoying Sex On The Beach with Elisabeth Shue. Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie get there fast and then take it slow for donors who wanna go back to the 80s for Now Playing’s Gold Level Tom Cruise series.

 

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The Color of Money - For Annual Subscribers

Cruise learns to drive stick as his movie career races into the big leagues with The Color of Money - his Oscar winning 1986 collaboration with Paul Newman and Martin Scorsese. Sure the show-off has all the right moves to dominate a pool table. But will he ever listen to original hustler Fast Eddie Felson, and throw enough games to hook the rich saps who call themselves players?  And what will happen when the protegee faces his master in a climactic 9 ball tournament?  Now Playing is ready to break it all down when you bet on Tom Cruise this

 

 

 

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Top Gun - For Annual Subscribers

Tom Cruise’s career finally broke the sound barrier with the release of Top Gun, the biggest movie of 1986!  Ride back into the danger zone with a hot shot pilot so determined to bag an elite flight school trophy (and instructor Kelly McGillis) that he’ll risk the lives of wingman Val Kilmer and RIO Anthony Edwards. Have Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob lost that lovin’ feeling for this very '80s touchstone? Or does Tony Scott’s aerial dogfights still take their breath away?  You’ll be playing with the boys all summer long when you enlist at the Gold Level. Donate now! 

 

 

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