The Plot Thickens

By TCM & Campside Media

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Reviews: 2

Bon
 Jul 6, 2021
UPDATE! .. Season Two is 🔥 Fascinating story! Well researched, well put together, and humorous. Can't wait for the next

Ryan Peck
 Aug 25, 2020
I am really interested in Peter Bogdanovich and it's great to hear his own words and impressions, but then Ben Mankowicz awkwardly inserts a name drop from his family, which comes off as pathetic.

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Welcome to The Plot Thickens, a documentary podcast from Turner Classic Movies. Each season we'll bring you a story about the movies and the people who make them.


Episode Date
The Best Movie We Ever Made
2448
With production now in Los Angeles, Brian De Palma feels the pressure from prying studio executives – and from Bruce Willis, who starts directing other actors on how to be funnier.  De Palma gets some much-needed encouragement from his friend Steven Spielberg, who is an old pro at playing the Hollywood game.  Then, as post-production ramps up, studio heads see a first cut and love the film, though they have no idea how to market it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 03, 2021
Hollywood Heat
2067
As production moves to Los Angeles, the specter of sexism clouds the movie. Rumors swirl among the crew about Melanie Griffith’s plastic surgery, Kim Cattrall's weight loss, and an affair between actress Beth Broderick and director Brian De Palma. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 27, 2021
Wire Without a Net
2520
The cast shows its true colors: some are easygoing and relatable, but not Bruce Willis.  The New York shoot spirals over budget as the courtroom scene can only be shot at night, and the film’s entire opening is scrapped in favor of the most expensive Steadicam shot ever devised.  Meanwhile, Bronx residents show up to throw garbage at the filmmakers, and one irate New Yorker confronts Brian De Palma directly. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 20, 2021
The War Zone
2455
Shooting hasn't even started and the movie is already under attack.  Detailed leaks and star outbursts are reported daily by a hungry press.  Bit parts, courtroom locations, snippets of dialogue, even a single shot of a plane landing at JFK – every little decision becomes a battle as the crew preps for filming. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 13, 2021
Reaching for the Stars – and Paying the Price
2421
As Tom Hanks researches his role, nobody recognizes how wrong he is for the part. There's more immediate pushback against the casting of Bruce Willis, since his part was written as British.  But the hardest decision comes when the director insists that a Jewish judge be played by a Black actor, to soften the film’s racial tensions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 06, 2021
Lighting the Fire
2812
One decision could make or break The Bonfire of the Vanities: who will play the female lead?  It comes down to two actresses – established, expensive Melanie Griffith or an unknown, alluring 19 year-old named Uma Thurman. Suddenly the producer, Peter Guber, vanishes from the scene, departing both the movie and the studio in a whirl of bad publicity. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 29, 2021
Introducing The Devil's Candy
265
A blockbuster book, an all-star cast... what could possibly go wrong?  For our second season, we're telling the inside story of The Bonfire of the Vanities, a movie that was supposed to be a hit – but wasn't.  Come with us onto the closed set and hear actual recordings of Brian De Palma, Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith and others, to find out how a highly-anticipated film became a cautionary tale for the ages. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 09, 2021
The Plot Thickens Returns This Summer
47
We've got two new seasons coming your way in 2021, and the first is dropping soon.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 05, 2021
The Plot Thickens Virtual Event
1809
TCM host Alicia Malone hosts a conversation with Peter Bogdanovich and Ben Mankiewicz, who share memorable stories and answer questions from listeners about Season 1 of The Plot Thickens. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 02, 2020
Henry Fonda, John Wayne and James Stewart
1599
Highlights from Peter Bogdanovich’s interviews with three of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars, who talk about the unique challenges of working with director and legendary curmudgeon John Ford. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 14, 2020
Alfred Hitchcock
1710
Peter Bogdanovich sits down with one of his filmmaking heroes, Alfred Hitchcock, for a wide-ranging conversation about Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Rear Window and more.  Plus, Hitchcock shares stories about being arrested as a child, appearing in his own movies, and why he doesn’t like eggs. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 30, 2020
Howard Hawks
1630
For our first bonus episode, Peter Bogdanovich interviews director Howard Hawks in the Palm Springs desert in April 1972.  Hawks tells Peter how he got started in showbiz and provides insight into many of his best movies, including Rio Bravo, The Dawn Patrol, His Girl Friday, Hatari! and Scarface. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 16, 2020
I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich
2652
Grief-stricken for years, Peter finally goes back behind the camera and ends up shooting one of his most popular films.  But he sues the studio before the movie is released, further endangering his career.  While trying to recover, Peter once again becomes a target of the press after he marries Dorothy’s sister. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 02, 2020
Dorothy
2793
Alone for the first time, Peter finds love in an unexpected place: the Playboy Mansion.  His passionate romance with Playmate Dorothy Stratten ignites his creativity, culminating in his best movie in years.  But Peter’s life is forever changed by a devastating murder and a series of disastrous financial decisions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 26, 2020
Bogdanovich, The Misunderstood
2302
Feeling betrayed, Orson Welles humiliates Peter on national television.  So Peter heads overseas to shoot a daring new movie, filming in secret to evade government censors.  While his career starts to recover, he embarks on an affair with his new leading lady – causing his relationship with Cybill to crumble. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 19, 2020
Babe Ruth Just Bunted
2995
Following The Last Picture Show, Peter directs two more major hits, What’s Up, Doc? and Paper Moon.  But then his wife leaves him, and his next three movies are high-profile flops.  As his relationship with Cybill is splashed across the tabloids, Peter finds himself despised by the public and ostracized in Hollywood. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 12, 2020
Cybill
2207
Peter challenges himself to film an “unfilmmable” book and creates one of the seminal movies of the 1970s: The Last Picture Show.  His actors win Academy Awards and the accolades pour in, including comparisons to Orson Welles himself.  But Peter risks losing his family after an affair with his leading lady, Cybill Shepherd. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 05, 2020
Target: Hollywood
1692
Peter meets Polly Platt, his closest creative collaborator – and soon, his young wife.  The newlyweds drive across the country to break into the movie business, starting with a low-budget directing gig for Roger Corman.  And Peter finally encounters Orson Welles, who becomes an important mentor to the eager young filmmaker. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 28, 2020
Bugs
1946
A young film buff named Peter Bogdanovich grows up in New York, learning to obsess over the movies the way his father obsesses over art.  With his sights set on acting, Peter lies his way into the most prestigious acting class in the world.  That’s where he unexpectedly finds his calling as a director – by sparring with one of the biggest TV stars of all time. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 28, 2020
Bonus Trailer: I'm Still Peter Bogdanovich
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Learn more about the first season of The Plot Thickens, the new podcast from Turner Classic Movies.  The first two episodes premiere on April 28. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 14, 2020
Introducing The Plot Thickens
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Peter Bogdanovich was a young cinephile who quickly rose to become one of Hollywood's top directors. But he soon found himself a victim of jealousy, hubris, public scorn – and a devastating crime.  Now, he looks back on a life of fame and failure, and through it all, an enduring love of the movies. A new seven-part documentary podcast from Turner Classic Movies. Premiering April 28. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 26, 2020