Shoot This Now

65 EpisodesProduced by Tim Molloy

We talk about true stories that we think should be made into TV shows or movies. First we talk about why they belong on-screen -- then we talk about how we'd like to see them on-air: Who should direct, who should write, who should star. We dig up lesser-known people whose stories deserve to be told,… read more

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Meet Nakano Takeko, Female Samurai

June 14th, 2019

29:37

Nakano Takeko was a 21-year-old martial arts instructor who came to lead a battalion of women against the Emperor of Japan's Imperial Army, 150 years …

Starlite

June 7th, 2019

31:17

Maurice Ward was a British hairdresser and amateur inventor who was inspired by a horrific plane disaster to invent a material that could withstand …

BONUS: Listen to 'Inside Star Wars' Revisit Day 1 of Shooting 'Episode IV: A New Hope

May 29th, 2019

3:47

It was March 22, 1976 -- the first day of shooting "Star Wars." As Mark Ramsey's new "Inside Star Wars" reimagines that day in the Tunisian desert, it included hours of falling droids, an unlikely cameo by Jesus Christ, …

Carrie Fisher Didn't Want to Be an Actor. She Became an Icon (Featuring Inside Star Wars' Mark Ramsey)

May 17th, 2019

40:00

This week, Mark Ramsey joins us to preview "Inside Star Wars," which debuts Wednesday, May 29 and which you should subscribe to right here. But he …

When Santa Cruz Had Two Serial Killers

May 10th, 2019

33:52

There aren't enough content warnings in the world for the story of Ed Kemper and Herbert Mullin, two serial killers who simultaneously stalked Santa …

His Parents Destroyed His Porn, So He Sued Them

April 25th, 2019

37:09

You may have read news stories - or heard jokes - about the Indiana man who sued his parents this month for destroying his massive collection of …

When the Irish Were Starving, the Choctaw Tried to Feed Them

April 9th, 2019

34:59

The Irish famine killed a million people of Ireland, and scattered the islands hungry people across the world. It received a woefully inadequate …

The Twins Who Tricked the 1984 Olympics

March 22nd, 2019

39:07

In the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico’s Madeline de Jesus was injured in the long jump, and found herself unable to run in the 4×400-meter relay. Fortunately she had a secret weapon: Her identical …

It's Weird That Michael Jackson's 2005 Trial Hasn't Gotten the 'People v. OJ Simpson' Treatment

March 12th, 2019

57:42

It's fitting that Michael Jackson's 2005 trial ended with a woman releasing white doves -- one for each count on which he was acquitted. Doves are a traditional part of many magic shows, and Jackson's trial was his …

Angela James' Life Story is the Black Lesbian Hockey Movie America Needs

February 26th, 2019

33:09

Born in Toronto to a black father and white mother, Angela James went from defending herself from bullies in the projects to becoming one of the …

A 27-Year-Old Is Suing His Parents Because He Didn't Consent to Be Born (feat. Trey Williams)

February 9th, 2019

53:14

Six months ago, Raphael Samuel informed his mother over breakfast that he planned to sue his parents for bringing him into existence without his …

Let's Talk Halston With "Halston" Filmmakers Frédéric Tcheng and Roland Ballester

February 1st, 2019

44:40

Frédéric Tcheng's Sundance doc "Halston" is about an Iowa boy turned fashion icon who went from making hats for Jackie Kennedy to ruling Studio 54 to …

Move Over, Fyre Festival: Woodstock '99 Was the Worst Festival Ever

January 25th, 2019

53:28

If the "Fyre" and "Fyre Fraud" documentaries made you think the Fyre Festival was the worst music-fest ever, may we introduce you to the nightmare …

Texas Delight: Meet the Man Who Made Millions Telling People They Could Lose Weight in Their Sleep

January 11th, 2019

38:14

Harry Siskind is a photographer-turned-entrepreneur who made a lot of promises about his weight-loss company, Body Solutions -- including that it …

How Tekashi 6ix9ine Became a Human Meme (feat. New York Times Reporters Joe Coscarelli and Ali Watkins)

December 8th, 2018

43:25

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, aka Daniel Hernandez, Tekashi 69 and just 6ix9ine, is what The New York Times' Joe Coscarelli and Ali Watkins call a "human meme." This week, we talk about his journey from a nice kid in a bodega …

'Surviving Y2K' Host Dan Taberski on the Real Raiders of the Lost Ark, Richard Simmons and What He's Doing Next

December 1st, 2018

35:36

In the beautiful "Surviving Y2K" podcast, Dan Taberski talks about how a few incredibly compelling people prepared for what they thought would be …

How C. Delores Tucker Became the Most Hated Woman in Hip-Hop

November 16th, 2018

44:17

In the 1960s, '70s and '80s, C. Delores Tucker was best known as a politician, feminist, and Civil Rights activist who was friends with Rosa Parks …

We Pitched Emily Ratajkowski and Aaron Paul a Couple Movie Ideas

November 8th, 2018

30:00

This week, we pitched Emily Ratajkowski and Aaron Paul two ideas for stories we think should be movies: one about Planned Parenthood founder Margaret …

We Need a Movie About Harry Eastlack, the Man With Two Skeletons

November 2nd, 2018

38:09

Harry Eastlack was only a child when he broke a bone that wouldn't heal. Instead, his skeleton began to grow abnormally, his bones doubling over one …

Karen Gillan on a Witch Story, Avengers 4 Secrecy and 'The Party's Just Beginning'

October 26th, 2018

21:56

This week we talk with Karen Gillan (star of "Jumanji," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and the new "Avengers" films) about her debut as a writer-director, the comedy-drama "The Party's Just Beginning."

She also shares two …

'Watergate' Director Charles Ferguson on 'How We Learned to Stop an Out-of-Control President'

October 19th, 2018

23:07

This week: Oscar-winning director Charles Ferguson talks about his film "Watergate, or How We Learned to Stop an Out-of-Control President." We talk …

Tom Arnold Talks Trump Tapes and Mark Burnett

October 13th, 2018

33:09

This week, Tom Arnold joins us to talk about Viceland's "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes." And we pitch him on why his producer's trip to her home …

Jeff Bridges Talks 'Bad Time at the El Royale,' 'Starman,' and Saving the World One Change at a Time

October 3rd, 2018

22:28

This week, Jeff Bridges (!) joins us to talk about his new films "Living in the Future's Past" and "Bad Times at the El Royale" -- and about "Crazyheart," "Starman," and why birds fly in formation. Also about why you …

'Slow Burn' Host Leon Neyfakh on Linda Tripp's Sandwiches... and President Gore

September 20th, 2018

37:10

"Slow Burn" host Leon Neyfakh tells us how he made the Clinton-Lewnisky scandal feel fresh, found common ground with Linda Tripp, and the possibility …

How a 30-Year-Old's Eviction By His Parents Turned Into an Attack on Millennials

September 14th, 2018

34:47

In May, a 30-year-old man named Michael Rotondo got evicted – by his parents. They took him to court as he pleaded for more time. 

In some corners, …

His Teenage Parents Put Him Up for Adoption. Decades Later, He Reunited Them

September 7th, 2018

33:51

This week, we talk about a New York Times wedding story that needs to be a movie: The story of a man, put up for adoption by high school sweethearts, …

'Better Call Saul' Boss Peter Gould Almost Made a Clinton-Lewinsky Movie With Puppets

August 28th, 2018

56:14

This week we're joined by Peter Gould, one of our favorite writers. The co-creator of "Better Call Saul" talks about a project he almost made with …

Payne Lindsey Talks "Up and Vanished" Season 2 and "Atlanta Monster"

August 24th, 2018

41:21

Every week we talk about stories that should be made into movies. This week, Up and Vanished and Atlanta Monster host Payne Lindsey explains why Up …

We're Suckers for Special Guest Paul Scheer's Movie Pitch About Con Woman Bertha Heyman

August 17th, 2018

1:06:13

Paul Scheer ("The League," "How Did This Get Made," "Unspooled," "The Disaster Artist") shares his amazing idea for a movie: The story of 19th …

Let's Talk About Jobriath, the Openly Gay '70s Rocker Who Inspired Morrissey and Def Leppard

August 10th, 2018

32:53

Jobriath was a '70s glam-rocker who, like David Bowie, Elton John and Freddie Mercury, sang songs about space. But unlike any of them, he was openly gay in the 1970s - long before the people of earth were ready to …

In 1969, Native Americans Took Over Alcatraz - and Held It for 19 Months

August 3rd, 2018

30:37

in 1969, Native American activists took over Alcatraz and held the island for nineteen months. Though the famous former prison was known worldwide, they argued that they had "discovered it" - just as Europeans had …

'Supertrain': NBC's 1979 Trainwreck of a Show - With The Industry's Dan Delgado

July 27th, 2018

30:48

In 1979, NBC spent millions to produce a series that was supposed to save it from last place. Instead, it produced "Supertrain," a disaster of a drama that mixed railroads and disco. It baffled viewers, broke a TV …

The Nazi Titanic: The Most Expensive Propaganda Film in History

July 20th, 2018

29:12

In 1943, Nazi Germany made the world's most expensive propaganda film: "Titanic." The story of the Nazi Titanic ends even more tragically than the story of the real Titanic.

We relied on Robert P. Watson's book "The …

Gaslit Nation's Andrea Chalupa Tells Us About Ira Aldridge, the Black Shakespearean Who Tore Down Racism

July 14th, 2018

45:28

Thirty-three people are honored with plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, but only one of them, Ira Aldridge, is an African-American. At a time when the United States still held black …

Theme From Atlanta Monster (Bonus)

July 9th, 2018

1:23

Because of our past episodes about the "Atlanta Monster" podcast, we've been given this opportunity to share with you the first track from the upcoming "Atlanta Monster" soundtrack.

This track, "Theme From Atlanta …

'The King' Director Eugene Jarecki: America Is in the Fat Elvis Stage

July 6th, 2018

29:23

Eugene Jarecki's Elvis Presley documentary "The King" argues that America in its Fat Elvis stage. He tells us why Chuck D of "mother--- him and John Wayne" fame was the film's key interview.

We also talk about why …

The Making of Steven Spielberg, With 'Inside Jaws' Host Mark Ramsey

June 29th, 2018

32:54

"Inside Jaws" isn't just the story of the first summer blockbuster - it's also the story of how Steven Spielberg found his voice and his courage.

"Inside Jaws" host talks to us about Jaws, recreating shark attacks using …

The Bruce Lee Story With "Bruce Lee: A Life" Author Matthew Polly

June 22nd, 2018

24:50

We need a proper Bruce Lee biopic, one that addresses his profound influence on race relations and celebrity. This episode, "Bruce Lee: A Life" …

Who is Teal Swan? The Gateway's Jennings Brown and Jessica Glazer on the Mysterious YouTube Guru

June 15th, 2018

34:20

Teal Swan is an internet guru who finds followers largely online. She presents herself as a healer, but critics say she is playing with fire and has …

The Bank-Heist Bromance That Gave 'Stockholm Syndrome' Its Name

June 13th, 2018

34:29

In 1973, a robber who looked like Bill Skarsgard took hostages in a Swedish bank. He demanded money, a fast car, and the release of a "pop gangster" prison buddy who looked like Armie Hammer. The Swedish government …

The "Dear David" Victory-Lap Episode (feat. Beatrice Verhoeven)

June 7th, 2018

20:59

In February, we talked about why "Dear David," BuzzFeed writer Adam Ellis' internet ghost story, should be a movie. This week, we found out it's …

Anna Delvey, the 'It' Girl Who Duped New York

June 1st, 2018

37:20

Neff Davis met Anna Delvey when Anna gave her $100 for a restaurant recommendation. Anna soon drew Neff into a moneyed game of trying to conquer New York City. Imagine if the Great Gatsby passed the Bechdel test.

Prison Angel: Sister Antonia's Story Is 'Troop Beverly Hills' Meets 'Dead Man Walking'

May 26th, 2018

36:55

Antonia Brenner wasn't the most likely woman to become a nun, much less a nun who moved into a Tijuana prison: Born into a wealthy family in Beverly Hills, she was a twice-divorced mother of seven when she chose to live …

Call Me By Your Name (With Demons): Aleister Crowley's Sex Magic

May 19th, 2018

36:22

Every week on "Shoot This Now" we talk about a different story that should be a movie. This week: That time "wickedest man in the world" Aleister …

Atlanta Monster's Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright Talk About Talking With Wayne Williams (Bonus Episode)

May 11th, 2018

49:42

In this special bonus episode, we talk to "Atlanta Monster" host and co-creator Payne Lindsey and co-creator Donald Albright about the odds of an "Atlanta Monster" TV show, the frustrations of talking to Wayne Williams, …

Gwyneth Paltrow Meets Drunk Christopher Walken

May 8th, 2018

34:43

In this, our name-droppingest episode ever, we discuss Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner's Goop Podcast discussion of the time 19-year-old Gwyneth …

'Django Unchained' Meets 'Ocean's 11'

May 2nd, 2018

50:29

Every week we talk about stories that should be movies. This episode: TheWrap film reporter Trey Williams tells us about 23-year-old slave Robert …

The Stride of Pride

April 18th, 2018

28:47

We talk about stories that should be movies. This week, Matt and Tim have a healthy, no-dumb-jokes discussion about a "This American Life" episode in …

Sean Hannity: The College Years

April 11th, 2018

29:47

Sean Hannity got Jimmy Kimmel to apologize this week for homophobic jokes, but Sean Hannity was fired for homophobic comments from his first radio …

What Facebook Can Learn From the Tylenol Murders

April 4th, 2018

26:36

We talk about stories that should be made into movies. This week: How the Tylenol murders offer a masterclass in crisis PR -- one  Facebook CEO Mark …

Wakanda Over Everything (Special 'Low Key' Podcast Preview)

March 29th, 2018

58:19

We have a special treat: A bonus episode of "Low Key," the new podcast Tim is making with Aaron Lanton and Keith Dennie. Our first journey with the crew explores the key themes of "Black Panther" that went unnoticed. …

Angela Davis: The Anti-Forrest Gump

March 21st, 2018

40:15

Angela Davis was a Black revolutionary professor catapulted to the national stage when California Gov. Ronald Reagan fired her from UCLA in 1969. A …

Make THESE Comics Into Movies (feat. Umberto Gonzales, aka El Mayimbe)

March 15th, 2018

41:30

This week, we talk about comics that deserve to be movies with TheWrap's comic maestro, Umberto Gonzales - aka @ElMayimbe.

We talk about why Ninjak, Ann Nocenti's X-Men spinoff "Beauty and the Beast" (featuring ex-disco …

Bonus: 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Secrets With Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

March 6th, 2018

6:25

Every episode, we talk about stories that should be movies -- except this time. Because our special guest, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, has guested on …

'UnREAL' Star Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Talks MTV's 'Real World' Season 3: Puck v. Pedro

March 6th, 2018

35:22

On this, our best episode, we're joined by Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, star of "UnREAL" and host of "JBC Presents Conversations With Others." On "UnREAL" he plays a reality show producer, so we talk about the greatest …

Slenderman Meets 'Black Mirror'

February 28th, 2018

39:40

This week's episode is inspired by the Slenderman case and "Black Mirror." How do you sentence kids who commit crimes because they can't tell the internet from real life? And is there still a difference?

Also, Matt …

Not OK, Cupid (feat. Brian Welk)

February 23rd, 2018

35:21

Though Tim messed up the intro this week (sorry), "Shoot This Now" is the podcast where he and Matt talk about stories that should be movies. This …

The Dear David Story (feat. Beatrice Verhoeven)

February 14th, 2018

35:46

We talk about stories that should be movies, and this week, Beatrice Verhoeven joins Matt Donnelly and Tim Molloy to tell us about one that haunts …

Cheat On Your Spouse at My House

February 9th, 2018

31:25

This week on "Shoot This Now" (where Matt Donnelly and Tim Molloy talk about stories that should be movies), we talk about a very strange ad Matt …

The Nod's White Jeans Story

February 2nd, 2018

22:49

Each week, TheWrap's Matt Donnelly and Tim Molloy talk about stories that should be made into movies - now. This episode, we talk about a wonderful …

The Barry Rothbart Nudist Videographer Story

January 26th, 2018

29:44

Each week, TheWrap's Matt Donnelly and Tim Molloy talk about stories that should be made into movies - now. This episode, special guest Barry …

And Tom Hanks as The Antichrist

January 19th, 2018

32:35

Have you ever said "This should be a movie?" Yes, you have. So have TheWrap's Matt Donnelly and Tim Molloy, and with "Shoot This Now," they focus …

The Atlanta Monster Sinatra Story

January 17th, 2018

29:16

Have you ever said "This should be a movie?" Yes, you have. So have TheWrap's Matt Donnelly and Tim Molloy, and with "Shoot This Now," they focus …

The Anti-Hitchcock Story

January 11th, 2018

30:09

Have you ever said "This should be a movie?" Yes, you have. So have TheWrap's Matt Donnelly and Tim Molloy, and with "Shoot This Now," they focus …

The John Mayer Story

January 8th, 2018

36:55

Have you ever said "This should be a movie?" Yes, you have. So have TheWrap's Matt Donnelly and Tim Molloy, and with "Shoot This Now," they focus …

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