Category Archives: Podcast – Cult Fix

Chat with Magda Apanowicz

So, maintaining my tradition (of a year ago *ahem*), I am officially calling in 2015 with a Canadian.

Last year it was the delightful Leah Cairns (who I will absolutely be bringing back for a chat!)…this year, Culturally Fixated  is joined by the equally fabulous and hilarious

Magda Apanowicz

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Andy Jenson – Kyle XY

Where to start!! There’s something about Magda that made it just *IMPOSSIBLE* for me to stay in interview mode – she’s that sort of person that I immediately started chatting to as though we were life long friends!

We discuss Christmas and her two Christmas TVM for Scifi (I refuse to call them siffy) – Snowmageddon and the 12 Disasters of Christmas.

Then we took a meander down ‘genera’ lane and chat about the appeal of Sci Fi and the huge emotions and stories that can be told. Kyle XY, Caprica, Caontinuum, Battlestar Galactica – it’s so wonderful to find an actor that loves ‘my’ shows as much as I do.

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Lacy Rand – Caprica

 

Oh, and did I mention she’s a Buffy fan. There’s a point where you can almost hear us swoon across two different continents over Spike…that is to say James Masters.

We cast a quick eye over two of her recent (released if not shot recently) films – A Reason and The Green Inferno and Magda compares the mediums of TV and film to  come round to a favourite medium for telling stories.

We briefly touch upon some of her hobbies outside of acting – including travelling and both her Canadian and Polish roots. Finally we chat about the upcoming year!

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Kicking ass as Emily – Continuum

 

***LANGUAGE***

We swear. No two ways about it. I mean, we’ve not vulgar, heaven forfend…just passionate people with expressive vocabularies…
***SPOILERS***
We *RUIN* practically every show that we mention – especially Caprica, Continuum (up to season 3) and discuss in detail the atrocious ending of Kyle XY. Aspects of Battlestar Galactica.
[audio http://culturallyfixated.podbean.com/mf/web/hkb3wx/CultFixS04EP05-InterviewwithMagdaApanowicz.mp3]

Some of the music that we both love!

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Reed Diamond – Christmas Special the Second

Once again Culturally Fixated is joined by our Special Correspondent in LA to celebrate Christmas!!

Welcome back to the fabulous, the funny, the festive

REED DIAMOND

daniel whitehall gifWhat a chat!! We cover all sorts of everything – we dove straight in and began discussing Marvel, comics, Agents of SHIELD and Reed’s reunion with Jed Whedon, Mo Tancharoen and Dichen Lachman. From there – it was a hectic head first trip down the rabbit hole as we covered Rossum, Hydra, the spectrum of TV villains and the parallels of the fictional and real world.

Then onto Reed’s insanely busy 2014 – from Wayward Pines to the final season of Franklin and Bash, to working with Malcolm McDowell and his first foray in comedy (on TV anyway), then onto State of Affairs and back again.

REED DIAMOND

as Daniel Whitehall

 

All the while joined by Monkey (an actual magical monkey) and Donald (the inebriated and obscenely snobby elf). Daniel Whitehall – yup, heartless evil Nazi Hydra leader – even serenaded us with a chilling rendition of Jingle Bells.

Oh and I taught Reed how *not* to say Nollaig Shona (Merry Christmas in Irish).

***LANGUAGE***
We’ve very good. Practically not offensive at all.
***SPOILERS***
Agents of SHIELD. We ruin the living daylights out of the first half of the second season.
And the end part of the first.
Oh, we also assume that everyone is up to speed on Dollhouse and Much Ado About Nothing. Because why wouldn’t you be?

 

[audio http://culturallyfixated.podbean.com/mf/web/mr574p/ReedDiamond-ChristmasSpecial.mp3]

 

Reed Diamond – Christmas Special the Second

Reed Diamond – Christmas Special
Reed Diamond – our 3rd chat – HERE!
Reed Diamond – our 2nd chat – HERE!
Reed Diamond – our 1st chat – HERE!
Say hi to Reed on Twitter. Don’t be shy – he’s delightful – @ReedDiamond

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Interview with Sandeep Parikh!

Cult Fix Season 4, Episode 4 – Interview with Sandeep Parikh

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As a Christmas treat, Cult Fix (me!) was joined by the charming, multi-talented and funny Sandeep Parikh!

Unfortunately the first three minutes of the recording went completely bonkers – it sounded as though we were under water for some strange reason. Then, without any rhyme or reason, it all played beautifully. Weird!!

Sandeep and I had a great chat about all sorts of everything. It’s so delightful when you just get into a conversation flow, you know?

Particular highlights for me included discussing the art of being funny – or learning how to take comedy seriously; his favourite film (and the resultant fan boy moment).

Obviously we also chatted about his work on network TV (The Crazy Ones and Community) as well as his online performances (The Guild, Legends of Neil).

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We also discussed how improv has influenced his work; the balancing act of writing, directing and acting and the importance of working with and creating a community of similarly minded creative folks.

There’s also a little glimpse into what 2015 has in store both for Sandeep and Effing Funny

Say hi to Sandeep on twitter – @SandeepParikh

***LANGUAGE***

We’ve very good. Practically not offensive at all.
Nevertheless, those of an especially sensitive nature might want to brace themselves.
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Wayward Pines Trailer

Really excited to hear that Wayward Pines has been picked up by Fox UK for next year!

BLURB (from Official Website)

Imagine the perfect American town… beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you’re going insane. You must be in Wayward Pines.

Secret Service Agent ETHAN BURKE (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon, “Crash,” “City of Ghosts”) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, searching for two missing federal agents. One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he’s the man who knew missing agent KATE HEWSON (Carla Gugino, “Watchmen,” “Entourage”) better than anyone. They were more than partners; their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage.

Everything changes when a truck slams into his car…and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable NURSE PAM (Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo, “The Fighter,” “Treme”) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam is more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes.

As the mysteries within the town pile up, Ethan starts to question his own sanity. He is confronted by the mysterious and charismatic DR. JENKINS (Emmy Award nominee Toby Jones, “The Girl,” the “Harry Potter” franchise), the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital. As he begins to meet some of the local residents, including toymaker HAROLD BALLINGER (Reed Diamond, “24,” “Much Ado About Nothing”), Ethan forms a bond with BEVERLY (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis, “Hysterical Blindness,” “Cape Fear”), a bartender who is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is.

Back home in Seattle, Ethan’s wife, THERESA BURKE (Shannyn Sossamon, “40 Days and 40 Nights,” “How to Make It in America”), a former Secret Service Agent trainee, is informed by Ethan’s boss, ADAM HASSLER (Tim Griffin, “Prime Suspect”), that early testing shows Ethan was never in the car which was recovered on the side of the road outside of Wayward Pines. They’re still investigating. But this isn’t enough for Theresa. So she sets out on her own search for her husband, along with their teenage son, BEN (Charlie Tahan, “Charlie St. Cloud”).

Meanwhile, Ethan is challenged at every turn by the town’s die-hard residents, especially SHERIFF ARNOLD POPE (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, “Crash,” “Hustle & Flow”), who takes offense at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf. Ethan’s continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?

 

Here’s the trailer to whet your appetite!

 

(For the love of all thinks holy, don’t think of Carry on my Wayward Son by Kansas – you’ll totally ear worm yourself replacing sons with pines… Just me?)

Cult Fix 4.02 – Chat with Munich

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Looking well dodgy

A few months ago I bumped into a few members of Leeds based electro-indie band Munich while waiting for a gig.

Naturally, we got to talking. They seemed to be pretty cool lads so I arranged to have a bit of a chat with them about their band, music and Leeds.

Obviously, it’s taken us just AGES to arrange something but finally we sat down in Cafe 164 and had a natter!

 

Meet Gareth (2nd in the photo!). Then go listen to their music!!

Hope that you enjoy!

 

Video for their single The Home

Visit their website – Munich Band

Tweet the band – @MunichLeeds

Like on Facebook – Band Munich

Hear some of their sounds – SoundCloud

And finally – Instragram

Some background on the band:

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Brainstorming

Munich was formed by six friends studying music production and music technology at Leeds Met, and the band come from all parts of the UK and Ireland.

Gareth Keane (vocals) was born and raised in the city that the band is named after before moving to Dublin at eight. After school he struggled to find a musical outlet for the songs he recorded on his 8-track portable studio. Poor life choices left him working in an office and living in a dilapidated ghost estate on the fringes of Dublin’s northside. Like the rest of the band he moved to Leeds to meet other musicians and develop musically.
Since forming last summer they have played Live At Leeds and supported established acts such as Delays and up and coming bands such as Shy Nature and The Creases, to name a few.
The songs are about the fear of growing up and struggling to find a place in life, as well as a celebration of adolescence. Munich spend hours in damp basements with shitty amps trying to reconcile the joys of youth with the trepidation of adulthood.
Munich‘s new video for The World was released on the 10th June via their Facebook page. It was produced by Feeble Media and stars Christian Brown as a man reflecting on his life choices as he walks around Leeds.
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Their next gig is the Futuresound Music Competition on Thursday 17th July, to try and win a place to play at the Leeds/Reading festivals. Tickets are £4 and can be bought from the band directly.
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