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Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors' complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects. Each new miniseries, hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film’s most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail.

Latest Episodes

Love & Basketball with Carl Tart

It’s rare we get to start a mini-series with a classic. 20 years after its release, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s directorial debut still stands the test of time as a top-tier cinematic love story. This week’s all about Love and Basketball (2000), which would set the tone for her career. But what’s the story that led her there? Carl Tart (The Good Place, Comedy Bang Bang) joins as we discuss how Sanaa Lathan fought for her big break, the impact of seeing a romance between two Black leads on the big screen (and VHS), and confuse Griffin with WNBA and NBA stats. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (http://forhims.com/blank) Mack Weldon (http://mackweldon.com/check) (CODE: Check) MUBI (http://mubi.com/check)

152 MIN3 d ago
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Love & Basketball with Carl Tart

Julie & Julia with Romilly Newman

Alas, our Nora Ephron series has come to an end! For our last ep, we’re happy we get to end on a high note and a touch of the Tucc… with 2009’s Julie & Julia. Returning to not only offer her chef expertise but share but how this movie molded her life is noted sister, Romilly Newman! We talk Meryl Streep’s Oscar nomination, why Amy Adams’ half works just as well, and why this film encapsulates Nora’s career so perfectly. Stay tuned ‘til the end for our rankings and announcement about our next series! This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) Better Help (https://www.betterhelp.com/check) Ritual (https://ritual.com/check)

146 MIN1 w ago
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Julie & Julia with Romilly Newman

Bewitched with Dana Schwartz

Years were spent trying to figure out the perfect way to bring back the 60s sitcom, Bewitched. The result was a confusing, critical bomb. How do you go wrong with a hot Oscar winner, SNL star, a handful of Daily Show correspondents, and the Ephron sisters? Blank Check attempts to find out. Dana Schwartz joins #thetwofriends to discuss 2005's Bewitched! Plus, a special bonus interview with Alex Ross Perry and Jason Schwartzman on his experience working with Nora Ephron. This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check) Better Help (https://www.betterhelp.com/check) MUBI (https://mubi.com/check)

164 MIN2 w ago
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Bewitched with Dana Schwartz

Lucky Numbers with Alex Ross Perry

It’s an extra-sized episode featuring director Alex Ross Perry for this strange film about lotteries or something. Which Seinfeld characters are the Two Friends, Ben, and Ang? What awesome tidbits did Alex pick up from the Lucky Numbers commentary? What are the merits of the films of all the other Friends (from Friends)? This episode is sponsored by: Hawthorne (https://hawthorne.co/) (Code: CHECK) Raycon (https://rayconglobal.com/check) Master Class (https://www.masterclass.com/check) TheSeinfeld theme is composed by Jonathan Wolff (https://seinfeldmusicguy.com/) .

177 MIN3 w ago
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Lucky Numbers with Alex Ross Perry

You've Got Mail with Bobby Finger & Lindsey Weber

AOL may have aged out but has this classic rom-com? We invited Who? Weekly's very own Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger to discuss another Nora Ephron box office hit–You've Got Mail (1998). We get into the all-star cast with Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Dave Chapelle, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, meet cutes, and Nora's New York City. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (https://forhims.com/blank) Lumin Skin (https://www.luminskin.com/check) Stamps (https://www.stamps.com/) (CODE: CHECK)

134 MINJUL 12
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You've Got Mail with Bobby Finger & Lindsey Weber

Michael with Kevin Porter

This week, Blank Check tackles one of film’s greatest mysteries, John Travolta’s career in the 90s. In Michael (1996), he plays an angel who visits earth to bring people together, but get this…he’ a bad boy! With the cast rounded out with Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins and of course, Sparky the dog, it did well at the box office but where does it land in the scope of Nora’s career? Kevin Porter (Good Christian Fun (https://www.goodchristianfun.com/) , Gilmore Guys (http://www.gilmoreguysshow.com/) ) joins! This episode is sponsored by: NOOM (https://www.noom.com/) (CODE: Check) The Truth vs Hollywood Podcast (https://audioboom.com/channels/5017114)

139 MINJUL 5
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Michael with Kevin Porter

Mixed Nuts with Charles Rogers

The friends are joined by Search Party director Charles Rogers to discuss this mixed bag of mixed messages of a Christmas movie that shows maybe Norah Ephron can't do black comedies. Don't worry if you haven't seen it, because this is mostly an extensive discussion about Steve Martin's career, Liev Schreiber being great in drag, and the Sondheim musical Assassins. Check out Search Party Season 3 (https://www.hbomax.com/sp?utm_id=sa%7c71700000068498215%7c58700006069882428%7cp54907110273&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4u_squmd6gIVoAiICR1kswrFEAAYASAAEgIwpfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds) on HBO Max, RIGHT NOW! For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help. This week's organization is: The Marsha P. Johnson Institute https://marshap.org/donate/ https://twitter.com/MPJInstitute This episode is sponsored by: Theragun (https://www.theragun.com/us/en-us/4th-generation-devices/?src=check) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE...

118 MINJUN 28
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Mixed Nuts with Charles Rogers

Sleepless in Seattle with Katey Rich

Only Nora Ephron could make a rom-com where the leads interact for 2 minutes an instant classic. The BC crew makes a Tom and Meg inspired long distance call to Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) for Ephron's sophomore hit, Sleepless in Seattle (1993). We get into how rom-coms have risen and fallen, the lure of cool boat houses, and the enigma that is Chet Hanks. For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help. This week's organization is: The OKRA Project (https://www.theokraproject.com/) This episode is sponsored by: The Truth vs Hollywood Podcast (https://audioboom.com/channels/5017114) Keeps (https://www.keeps.com/check) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check)

159 MINJUN 21
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Sleepless in Seattle with Katey Rich

This Is My Life with Michelle Collins

"Everything is copy." is the code Ephron lived by and no film fit that better than her directorial debut, This is My Life (1992). After the success of When Harry Met Sally, Nora and Delia Ephron teamed up for a comedy about two sisters and their mother's rise on the comedy scene in NYC. Comedian and host of Sirius' The Michelle Collins Show, Michelle Collins, joins to talk Julie Kavner's career, realistic movie standup, and weird child actors. For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help. This week's organization is: The Emergency Release Fund emergencyreleasefund.com @release_fund This episode is sponsored by: Lumin Skin (https://www.luminskin.com/check) Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank)

118 MINJUN 14
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This Is My Life with Michelle Collins

When Harry Met Sally... with Dana Stevens

It laid the groundwork for her entire film career. It set the mold for every rom-com that followed. Though it wasn’t her directorial debut, you just don’t do Nora Ephron without covering When Harry Met Sally. We invited Slate critic and podcast host Dana Stevens (Culture Gabfest, Flashback) to discuss the 1989 classic and ask the big questions. How is Billy Crystal so damn charming? Which Meg Ryan hairstyle is best? And most importantly...can men and women be friends??? This episode is sponsored by: NOOM (https://www.noom.com/) (CODE: Check)

149 MINJUN 7
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When Harry Met Sally... with Dana Stevens

Latest Episodes

Love & Basketball with Carl Tart

It’s rare we get to start a mini-series with a classic. 20 years after its release, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s directorial debut still stands the test of time as a top-tier cinematic love story. This week’s all about Love and Basketball (2000), which would set the tone for her career. But what’s the story that led her there? Carl Tart (The Good Place, Comedy Bang Bang) joins as we discuss how Sanaa Lathan fought for her big break, the impact of seeing a romance between two Black leads on the big screen (and VHS), and confuse Griffin with WNBA and NBA stats. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (http://forhims.com/blank) Mack Weldon (http://mackweldon.com/check) (CODE: Check) MUBI (http://mubi.com/check)

152 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Love & Basketball with Carl Tart

Julie & Julia with Romilly Newman

Alas, our Nora Ephron series has come to an end! For our last ep, we’re happy we get to end on a high note and a touch of the Tucc… with 2009’s Julie & Julia. Returning to not only offer her chef expertise but share but how this movie molded her life is noted sister, Romilly Newman! We talk Meryl Streep’s Oscar nomination, why Amy Adams’ half works just as well, and why this film encapsulates Nora’s career so perfectly. Stay tuned ‘til the end for our rankings and announcement about our next series! This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) Better Help (https://www.betterhelp.com/check) Ritual (https://ritual.com/check)

146 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Julie & Julia with Romilly Newman

Bewitched with Dana Schwartz

Years were spent trying to figure out the perfect way to bring back the 60s sitcom, Bewitched. The result was a confusing, critical bomb. How do you go wrong with a hot Oscar winner, SNL star, a handful of Daily Show correspondents, and the Ephron sisters? Blank Check attempts to find out. Dana Schwartz joins #thetwofriends to discuss 2005's Bewitched! Plus, a special bonus interview with Alex Ross Perry and Jason Schwartzman on his experience working with Nora Ephron. This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check) Better Help (https://www.betterhelp.com/check) MUBI (https://mubi.com/check)

164 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Bewitched with Dana Schwartz

Lucky Numbers with Alex Ross Perry

It’s an extra-sized episode featuring director Alex Ross Perry for this strange film about lotteries or something. Which Seinfeld characters are the Two Friends, Ben, and Ang? What awesome tidbits did Alex pick up from the Lucky Numbers commentary? What are the merits of the films of all the other Friends (from Friends)? This episode is sponsored by: Hawthorne (https://hawthorne.co/) (Code: CHECK) Raycon (https://rayconglobal.com/check) Master Class (https://www.masterclass.com/check) TheSeinfeld theme is composed by Jonathan Wolff (https://seinfeldmusicguy.com/) .

177 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Lucky Numbers with Alex Ross Perry

You've Got Mail with Bobby Finger & Lindsey Weber

AOL may have aged out but has this classic rom-com? We invited Who? Weekly's very own Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger to discuss another Nora Ephron box office hit–You've Got Mail (1998). We get into the all-star cast with Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Dave Chapelle, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, meet cutes, and Nora's New York City. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (https://forhims.com/blank) Lumin Skin (https://www.luminskin.com/check) Stamps (https://www.stamps.com/) (CODE: CHECK)

134 MINJUL 12
Comments
You've Got Mail with Bobby Finger & Lindsey Weber

Michael with Kevin Porter

This week, Blank Check tackles one of film’s greatest mysteries, John Travolta’s career in the 90s. In Michael (1996), he plays an angel who visits earth to bring people together, but get this…he’ a bad boy! With the cast rounded out with Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins and of course, Sparky the dog, it did well at the box office but where does it land in the scope of Nora’s career? Kevin Porter (Good Christian Fun (https://www.goodchristianfun.com/) , Gilmore Guys (http://www.gilmoreguysshow.com/) ) joins! This episode is sponsored by: NOOM (https://www.noom.com/) (CODE: Check) The Truth vs Hollywood Podcast (https://audioboom.com/channels/5017114)

139 MINJUL 5
Comments
Michael with Kevin Porter

Mixed Nuts with Charles Rogers

The friends are joined by Search Party director Charles Rogers to discuss this mixed bag of mixed messages of a Christmas movie that shows maybe Norah Ephron can't do black comedies. Don't worry if you haven't seen it, because this is mostly an extensive discussion about Steve Martin's career, Liev Schreiber being great in drag, and the Sondheim musical Assassins. Check out Search Party Season 3 (https://www.hbomax.com/sp?utm_id=sa%7c71700000068498215%7c58700006069882428%7cp54907110273&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4u_squmd6gIVoAiICR1kswrFEAAYASAAEgIwpfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds) on HBO Max, RIGHT NOW! For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help. This week's organization is: The Marsha P. Johnson Institute https://marshap.org/donate/ https://twitter.com/MPJInstitute This episode is sponsored by: Theragun (https://www.theragun.com/us/en-us/4th-generation-devices/?src=check) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE...

118 MINJUN 28
Comments
Mixed Nuts with Charles Rogers

Sleepless in Seattle with Katey Rich

Only Nora Ephron could make a rom-com where the leads interact for 2 minutes an instant classic. The BC crew makes a Tom and Meg inspired long distance call to Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) for Ephron's sophomore hit, Sleepless in Seattle (1993). We get into how rom-coms have risen and fallen, the lure of cool boat houses, and the enigma that is Chet Hanks. For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help. This week's organization is: The OKRA Project (https://www.theokraproject.com/) This episode is sponsored by: The Truth vs Hollywood Podcast (https://audioboom.com/channels/5017114) Keeps (https://www.keeps.com/check) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check)

159 MINJUN 21
Comments
Sleepless in Seattle with Katey Rich

This Is My Life with Michelle Collins

"Everything is copy." is the code Ephron lived by and no film fit that better than her directorial debut, This is My Life (1992). After the success of When Harry Met Sally, Nora and Delia Ephron teamed up for a comedy about two sisters and their mother's rise on the comedy scene in NYC. Comedian and host of Sirius' The Michelle Collins Show, Michelle Collins, joins to talk Julie Kavner's career, realistic movie standup, and weird child actors. For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help. This week's organization is: The Emergency Release Fund emergencyreleasefund.com @release_fund This episode is sponsored by: Lumin Skin (https://www.luminskin.com/check) Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank)

118 MINJUN 14
Comments
This Is My Life with Michelle Collins

When Harry Met Sally... with Dana Stevens

It laid the groundwork for her entire film career. It set the mold for every rom-com that followed. Though it wasn’t her directorial debut, you just don’t do Nora Ephron without covering When Harry Met Sally. We invited Slate critic and podcast host Dana Stevens (Culture Gabfest, Flashback) to discuss the 1989 classic and ask the big questions. How is Billy Crystal so damn charming? Which Meg Ryan hairstyle is best? And most importantly...can men and women be friends??? This episode is sponsored by: NOOM (https://www.noom.com/) (CODE: Check)

149 MINJUN 7
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When Harry Met Sally... with Dana Stevens

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