Friday, May 31, 2024

Episode 201 - Pablo Berger

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On today's episode I have Oscar nominated director, Pablo Berger!

Pablo Berger

Pablo's animated feature length film, "Robot Dreams" was nominated for Best Animated film earlier this year at the 96th Academy Awards and will hit theaters Friday, May 31, 2024, after being picked up for American distribution by NEON. I loved this film when I watched it ahead of the Oscars and re-watching it to prepare to talk to Pablo brought that same joy. 

Pablo at the 96th Oscars for his nomination for Best Animated Feature for "Robot Dreams"

I talked with Pablo about growing up in Spain and finding filmmaking and a love for film, making the move to animation where all of his past films have been live action films, what inspires him about telling a story through animation, staying true to the fans of the "Robot Dreams" graphic novel, getting his Oscar nomination, how Robot Dreams was created, and so much more. 

Tim and Pablo recording the episode

"Robot Dreams" hits theaters May 31st

A huge Thank You to Pablo Berger for taking the time to join me on the show. Go see "Robot Dreams" in theaters starting TODAY! It will continue to hit more and more theaters as the weeks go on, with it's full worldwide release on June 21st. This film will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions that I know you're going to love. 

Thanks, Pablo! 

Enjoy the episode!



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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

We're coming back to SDCC!

 It's official! On the Mic is coming back to San Diego! 


San Diego Comic-Con is the event we look forward to every year and are thrilled they have invited us back for our 9th year. We already have some really fun guests we are working on. 
More details TBA soon! Stay tuned!

Monday, May 27, 2024

Episode 200 - LIVE from WonderCon!

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Today's episode we are coming to you LIVE from WonderCon to celebrate our 200th episode!


For this episode I stole a page from Pete Holmes podcast and had my producing partner, writer/director Alex Watson interview me for the show! It felt very fitting to be celebrating 200 episodes at a place like WonderCon since comic cons and conventions have been a big part of the show since we first started. 

Getting ready to record the 200th episode! It's always surreal to see us listed with so many great shows and panels. 

Watson talked to me about getting started, my inspirations, finding my voice, how we first met and started working together, where the show name came from, and so much more. 

Tim and Alex during the live show

A huge Thank You to everybody who came out for the 200th episode! It's always so hard to get people to stick around 2 hours after the convention floor has closed, but I couldn't be more grateful for the friends and attendees that stuck around for the show. Thank you to those who asked questions and interacted with us during the show as well. And of course, a big thanks to Alex Watson for taking the time to take over hosting duties for the 200th episode. It's an honor to work with him on a daily basis and I was so happy he agreed to be a part of this show. Follow us on the links below!

Here's to the next 200! 

Enjoy the episode. 

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Episode 199 - Brad Peyton

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On today's episode I have director, and producer. Brad Peyton!

Brad Peyton

Brad's newest film "ATLAS", starring Jennifer Lopez, Simu Liu, and Sterling K. Brown hits Netflix this Friday, May 24th. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and was thrilled to have Brad join me on the show to talk about it. You may also be familiar with some of Brad's other incredible blockbuster films such as "San Andreas", "Rampage", and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island". 

Stream "ATLAS" May 24th, only on Netflix

On the episode I talked with Brad about how he got his start, growing up and finding his voice as a filmmaker, the filmmakers who inspired him, his short film (from 20 years ago) Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead that I loved, directing so many blockbuster films, how "ATLAS" came together and its incredible A-List cast, and so much more. 

A huge Thank You to Brad Peyton for taking the time to join me on the show. Make sure to stream "ATLAS" this Friday. May 24th on Netflix. This is such a fun, sci-fi thriller that you are not going to want to miss. Make sure to follow Brad on Instagram on the link below to keep up with all of his new films. 

Thanks, Brad! 

Enjoy the episode!

Go watch "ATLAS"!



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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Megalopolis FIRST LOOK!

 IT'S FINALLY HERE!! After so much anticipation for Francis Ford Coppola's "Megalopolis", the audiences at the Cannes Film Festival got their first look at the film, and in perfect Cannes fashion, received a 10-minute standing ovation. With the festival premier naturally came the trailer release!


I am so excited for this film and still so blown away that Francis Ford Coppola put up 120 million dollars of his own money to make this passion project happen. We will anxiously wait on pins and needles for a release date to be announced.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!

"Longlegs" trailer first look!

 We got our first look at the new horror/thriller "Longlegs" a few weeks ago with a crazy teaser trailer that left everybody begging for more, and now we finally have it! The first main trailer for the film is here and looks absolutely crazy!


Starring Nicholas Cage and Maika Monroe, it looks like we're in for a wild ride. If you're not familiar with Maika Monroe, I cannot encourage you enough to check out her film "Watcher" that premiered at Sundance a few years back. It was such a fun ride and was my first introduction to her. I became an immediate fan and can't wait to see her in "Longlegs".

"Longlegs" hits theaters July 12, 2024

Monday, May 13, 2024

Episode 198 - Jonathan Graves from This Means Podcast

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On today's episode I have filmmaker and podcaster Jonathan Graves from This Means Podcast! 

Jonathan Graves

I initially discovered This Means Podcast through Instagram, and quickly became a fan of the show. Many of you know my love for the Looney Tunes and animation, and "This Means Podcast" has become my go-to place for everything Looney Tunes and Warner Brothers animation. 


On the episode I talked with Jonathan about how he first discovered Looney Tunes, his favorite episodes, the characters that inspired us, #ReleaseCoyotevsAcme, Looney Tunes history, dressing up as characters, the importance of animation, and so much more. 

Tim and Jonathan during the episode. 

A huge thanks to Jonathan Graves for taking the time to chat with me and geek out about the Looney Tunes for an hour. Make sure to follow him on all of the links below and listen to "This Means Podcast" everywhere you find podcasts. 

Thanks, Jonathan!

Enjoy the episode. 






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Friday, May 10, 2024

The Academy launches Academy100 outreach campaign

 As many of the Hollwood studios have celebrated their 100th anniversary over the past 10 years, we are closing in on 100 years of the foundation the celebrates and preserves excellence in film The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 


Ahead of their 100th Anniversary, The Academy has launched Academy100, a 500MM (US) global revenue diversification and outreach campaign. 

Longtime Academy partner Rolex has also expanded their year-round support as part of the Academy100 launch. 

We are incredibly excited to see all that is instore as we approach the Academy's 100th anniversary. 
 Read the full press release below!



LOS ANGELES, CA – In honor of the 100th Oscars® ceremony in 2028, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today publicly launched Academy100a $500MM (US) global revenue diversification and outreach campaign designed to expand the Academy’s worldwide scope, ensure the success of its next 100 years, and connect audiences through their shared love of cinema. The Academy announced the initiative during an in-person press conference, hosted by Cinecittà in Rome, Italy.

Support for the Academy100 campaign will endow and fund programs that recognize excellence in cinematic artistry and innovation; preserve our film history; enable the creation of world-class film exhibitions, screenings, and publications; train and educate the next generation of diverse global film artists; and produce powerful digital content. Visit Academy100.org for more information.

“The future of the Academy is global, and Academy100 will deepen our worldwide reach and impact,” noted Academy CEO Bill Kramer. “The Academy will soon enter its second century, and we want to ensure that we continue to be the preeminent leader of our international film community. Like all healthy organizations, the Academy needs a sustainable and diverse base of support, and we are deeply grateful to Rolex and all of our partners for helping us launch this important and forward-looking initiative.”

More than $100MM has been committed to the campaign, including ongoing support from long-standing Academy partner Rolex. Rolex and the Academy are deeply committed to perpetuating cinematic excellence and linking generations of filmmakers, students, and arts patrons. Rolex’s transformative support will help solidify the Academy’s and Rolex’s shared roles as global leaders in the celebration, preservation, and advancement of cinema.

“Rolex is a proud partner of the Academy, putting its full support behind its important endeavors including Academy100,” said Arnaud Boetsch, Director of Communication & Image at Rolex. “As a global company with a long history, we understand the importance of communicating across countries, cultures and generations. Building networks across the world, the Academy will be able to inspire filmmakers globally to always reach further to attain excellence.”

“Cinecittà welcomes the Academy for such a significant celebration of its history. Co-hosting this Academy100 event underscores the strength of our partnership, which is also evident in our support for the Academy Museum and its Italian film programming,” said Nicola Maccanico, Cinecittà CEO. “Like the Academy, Cinecittà is embracing the future with enthusiasm and establishing itself as a leading industrial player in the global film industry. We support and champion the Academy100 initiative and share the same values and commitment to future generations.”

In addition, throughout the Academy100 campaign, the Academy will host convenings, community gatherings, special events, and educational programs with Academy members and the broader film and arts communities in locations around the world. As the Academy and the film industry become increasingly global, this expanded international outreach will help develop a pool of new filmmakers and Academy members and support the worldwide filmmaking community. Locations include Buenos Aires, Cannes, Johannesburg, Kyoto, Lagos, London, Los Angeles, Marrakesh, Melbourne, Mexico City, Mumbai, New York, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Toronto, Toruń, Venice, and more.

Beginning in 2027, in honor of the 100th Oscars in 2028, the Academy Museum will present a series of special exhibitions, film programs, and publications connected to the history of the Academy and the Academy Awards®. More details will be announced at a later date.

SUPPORT FOR ACADEMY100

Key supporters have laid the foundation for the Academy100 campaign and have helped to fund Academy Museum exhibitions, screenings, and programs, Academy member and filmmaker panels and gatherings around the world, K-12 and early and mid-career talent development and educational programs, and items for, and care of, the Academy Collection.

Academy100 lead supporters include Rolex, Cinecittà, Delta Air Lines, Dagmar Dolby and family, Dorchester Collection, Drs. Melina and Eric Esrailian, Dr. Kathy Fields and Dr. Garry Rayant, PwC, Teddy Schwarzman, and George Stevens, Jr. They join a broader community of Academy and Academy Museum supporters who have made recent gifts: A. Scott Berg and Kevin McCormick, Jeffrey Berg and Denny Luria, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Jules Brenner Trust, Bronni Stein Connolly, Marc and Alice Davis Charitable Trust, Hani Farsi, the William Fox, Jr. Foundation, Cindy Y. Huang, JPMorgan Chase, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Irwin and Margo Winkler.

Philanthropic support for the Academy is administered by the Academy Foundation,
a section 501(c)(3) public charity, which operates the Academy’s outreach and educational initiatives, including the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s premier organization devoted to the celebration, exhibition, and preservation of cinema. The Academy has the world’s largest film-related collection, the world’s largest film museum, the most globally recognized awards for cinematic excellence, the most esteemed membership of film professionals and is the home of a global cinematic expertise that is unmatched.

The Academy recognizes and celebrates all aspects of the film industry and the diverse, talented people who make movies via the Oscars, the Governors Awards, the Scientific and Technical Awards, the Student Academy Awards, and the Academy Museum Gala.

The Academy inspires young artists and creates opportunities for underrepresented communities to engage with the film world through the Academy Museum’s K-12 educational programs and initiatives for early and mid-career filmmakers. These include the Academy Gold Rising Internship Program, the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, the Careers in Film Summit, and the Gold Fellowship for Women.

The Academy preserves our film history and curates vital and thoughtful programs and initiatives about cinema’s past, present, and future. The Academy Collection is the largest film-related collection in the world – more than 23 million items – housed at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, the Academy Film Archive, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The collection contains costumes, storyboards, scripts, posters, production and costume design drawings, photographs, films and videos, cameras, sound recordings, books, makeup and hairstyling process pieces, visual effects and technology assets, promotional materials, and more.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Previous exhibitions include Hayao MiyazakiRegeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971, and John Waters: Pope of Trash, which is currently on view. The museum’s core exhibition, Stories of Cinema, explores a broad range of films, filmmakers, genres, and crafts, including The Wizard of Oz, Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, The Godfather, Agnes Varda, the history of the Oscars, Boyz n the Hood , costume design, hair and makeup artistry, animation, visual effects, film music, sound, and more. The museum also presents a robust slate of film series, public programs, and issues world-class publications on cinema. In addition, the Academy’s digital and televised content reaches millions of people around the world each year, connecting global audiences through their shared love of cinema.

At the core of all Academy initiatives is a deep and unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. By providing opportunities for underrepresented communities to engage in the film industry, producing programming highlighting often marginalized voices and stories, diversifying the Academy’s membership, and robust accessibility and sustainability programs, the Academy seeks to drive meaningful change for the global film community.

ABOUT ROLEX AND CINEMA

For many decades, Rolex has maintained close ties with the world of cinema. Its watches have played a role in numerous films, including Oscar®-winning masterpieces. The company promotes excellence, encourages the preservation and transmission of the cinematic arts and celebrates progress by accompanying cinema legends and budding talents: through its Testimonees such as Martin Scorsese and James Cameron, its partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative for talented young filmmakers. Rolex has partnered the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2017, serving as Proud Sponsor of the Oscars®, hosting the event’s Greenroom, while also supporting the Governors Awards, recognizing lifetime achievement in film. To assist in the preservation of film history for future generations, Rolex became a Founding Supporter of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Through its support of the film industry, Rolex champions excellence, the perpetuation of knowledge, the conservation of the art of filmmaking and the rise of new talent.

ABOUT CINECITTÀ

Cinecittà S.p.A., founded in 1937, is an Italian public company whose sole shareholder is the Ministry of Economy and Finance; shareholder rights are exercised by the Ministry of Culture in agreement with the Ministry of Economy and Finance. In the past three years, Cinecittà has again established itself as a leading industrial player in the global film industry, welcoming major productions from around the world in its legendary film studios, offering the unique expertise of the Art Department, the extraordinary technological capabilities of VR and a variety of fundamental services for the realization of feature films, TV movies, TV series, and the development of new media. The new project incorporates the activities of Cinecittà Digital Factory, the Studios’ digital center: from post-production to restoration. Cinecittà holds one of the most important European film and photographic Archive in which are collected and digitally categorized both its own productions, and materials derived from private collections and acquisitions by a variety of sources. Cinecittà distributes and supports domestically the theatrical releases of Italian first and second time feature films; moreover, distributes films and documentaries made by Italian and European directors and guarantees they are given an adequate release in the national market. Cinecittà’s institutional work includes promoting Italian cinema both at home and abroad by means of projects dedicated to the great authors, actors and personalities of the past and their classic films, as well contemporary ones.  Cinecittà also owns a film library, Cineteca, containing titles of the most significant Italian film productions, subtitled in foreign languages, which serve in promoting Italian culture at major national and international Institutes around the world, also in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for the Foreign Affairs.



Monday, May 6, 2024

Episode 197 - Daina Reid

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On today's episode, I have actress and Emmy nominated director, Daina Reid!

Daina Reid

Daina and I first crossed paths a few years ago through the Sundance Film Festival with her film, "Run Rabbit Run". My Sundance 2023 coverage was limited given my own filming schedule, but Daina was somebody I had really wanted to talk to about this film and I am so glad we were finally able to make this happen. The day we recorded this the new Elizabeth Moss led Hulu show "The Veil" premiered their first two episodes which Daina directed!

Daina on the Emmy's purple carpet for her nomination for "The Handmaid's Tale"

"Run Rabbit Run" now on Netflix

On the episode we talked about how Daina got her start, acting on the hit Austrailan sketch show "Full Frontal", getting back to directing, working with comedy heroes like Greg Daniels and Steve Carrell on "Space Force", getting her Emmy nomination for "The Handmaid's Tale", directing for TV vs. directing for film, working with Sarah Snook and Lily LaTorre on "Run Rabbit Run", how the film came together, and so much more!



Tim and Daina during the episode

A huge Thank You to Daina Reid for taking the time to join me. It took some coordination to make this episode happen since Daina was back home in Melbourne, 17 hours ahead of me here in Los Angeles, but we had such a great time chatting! You can watch "Run Rabbit Run" on Netflix NOW, as well as the first two episodes of "The Veil" on Hulu! Make sure to follow Daina on all of the links below. 

Thank you, Daina!

Enjoy the episode. 

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