What is Love Actually?

By Beth Amann & Patrick Flynn

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A podcast trying to understand the classic romcom by taking it apart & putting it back together again. Hosted by Beth Amann & Patrick Flynn.

Episode Date
New Year's Eve
01:15:17

Lauren Halvorsen, creator of Nothing for the Group, joins Beth & Patrick for this “movie.”

We cover: stakes, beards, Lea Michele, Matthew Broderick hanging around, NYPD fetishization, Common, Ludacris, Beth’s Grey's Anatomy knowledge, Patrick’s dubious relationship with the Razzies, and Lauren’s seeing Magnolia on her first-ever date.

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Dec 31, 2021
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star
01:04:06

When this episode begins, Beth & Patrick haven’t seen the film yet. But will they have by the time it’s over?!? (Yes.)

We cover: Frank, why they need to switch, the Extended Christmas Prince Cinematic Universe, Rent: Live on Tape!, who should’ve played Fiona’s mom, and The Princess Switch 4: Jewel of Denial.

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NEXT WEEK: the multi-plot holiday epic New Year’s Eve!

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Dec 24, 2021
Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus
01:11:31

This movie is buck wild. But not buck wild enough?

We cover: Michigan, laughing like Santa, Tim Allen, Pizza Hut, Auntie Anne’s, Twister, flat characters, and whether or not Patrick responds to “vibes.”

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Dec 17, 2021
Christmas Crush (aka Holiday High School Reunion)
01:11:56

Did you know there are two holiday movies called Christmas Crush? Neither did we until this episode and Beth has now seen them both.

We cover: what actually is on the periodic table of elements, how Beth planned her high school reunion, what glee club remixes shouldn’t be allowed, gaslighting, Cory Feldman, budget restrictions, and why everyone should watch this movie.

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Dec 10, 2021
My Christmas Inn
01:03:48

The formula is in place, so why is Patrick still so confused?

We cover: food fights, diarists, cookie baking, big city girls with big city dreams, stolen recipes, missed screenplay opportunities, and was Eddie real?

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Dec 03, 2021
Journey Back to Christmas
01:08:24

Kicking off Season 2 with this Candace Cameron Bure vehicle that should’ve been called The Christmas Comet but it isn’t. But there are Goldens!

We cover: war memorials, Tom Skerritt, gazebos, The Gabby Douglas Story, Oliver Hudson’s trustworthy status since he played that heel on Nashville, and the ethics of time travel

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NEXT WEEK: Tia Mowrey in My Christmas Inn, available on Amazon Prime!

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Nov 26, 2021
SEASON 2 COMING 11/26/2021!!
01:48
Nov 01, 2021
Christmas in July: The Holiday (w/ the Out for Blood Podcast!)
01:16:38

Chris Adams and Holly Morgan from the podcast Out for Blood: The Story of Carrie the Musical join Patrick and Beth to break down the movie that so many of our guests thought was Love Actually.

We cover: the agony and the agony of Cameron Diaz, very British children, the Nancy Myers of it all, trolls and their bridges, Kate Winslet’s cottage, why Patrick won’t AirBNB and/or Uber.

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Jul 25, 2021
Love Actually 13. Red Nose Day Actually
01:08:48

Patrick and Beth are back! They have heard your voicemails, read your missives, and are ready to bring you all the Christmas cheer you expect from your favourite (with a “u”) podcast that directs Love Actually in this manner!

We cover the Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral Red Nose Day sequels (are they sequels?), the race for the 2020 UK Christmas number 1, introduce our new theme song (maybe), and finally put #Schiffergate to bed (except we don’t).

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Listen to Patrick & Beth on the Taking Hugh for Granted podcast!

The 2020 UK Christmas number 1 song is……?

The Christmas 2020 UK Singles Charts (in case you're interested)

“Thank You Baked Potato”

 

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Dec 25, 2020
Love Actually 12. And at Christmas You Tell the Truth
01:16:56

Patrick and Beth try to make sense of all this, tally the scores, and endeavour to discover just what is Love Actually?

We cover erroneous commas, Love Actually in the news, Lulu Popplewell, the A Christmas Prince drinking game, Schiffergate, longing for the 4-hour cut of this movie, and how this repeated viewings of Love Actually led Patrick back to the works of Paul Thomas Anderson (specifically Magnolia).

EMAIL US AND WE MIGHT READ YOUR MISSIVE ON OUR CHRISTMAS EPISODE!

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Yahoo! News - “Richard Curtis: I have respect for people who don’t like my films” (9/6/20)

Lulu Popplewell on the podcast Almost Famous with Barnaby Slater (10/15/20)

Cosmo - “Love Actually star slams the film as cheesy and sexist” (10/18/20)

The Irish Times - “Harsh words about Love Actually will not spoil this classic for me” by Marie Louise McConville (10/24/20)

E! Online - “Let's Settle This One and For All: Is Love Actually a Good Movie?” by Tierney Bricker (11/4/20)

The New Zealand Herold - “The weirdly popular Christmas movie that isn't actually a Christmas movie” (11/9/20)

RNLI Charity Auction: Love Actually. A framed film cell featuring the final frame of film from the original 35mm reel.

Buy Patrick’s book Visual Literacy: A Practical Text on the Analysis, History, and Creation of Visual Media is available from Kendall-Hunt.

 

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 11. Ringo Starr Married a Bond Girl
59:23

Robbie Rozelle & Robert W. Schneider from the Gay Card Revoked podcast join Beth & Patrick to revel in the story of Daniel (Liam Neeson, Darkman, Schindler's List), Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen’s Gambit, Game of Thrones, Phineas and Ferb), Joanna (Olivia Olson, Phineas and Ferb), and Carol (Claudia Schiffer).

We cover Robbie’s funeral plans, Rob’s Emma Thompson stories, Liam Neeson’s family kidnapping issues, animal porn, airport runs, and we finally settle Schiffergate once and for all (except we don’t).

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Perfect Crime: New York’s longest-running play.

The Gay Card Revoked Podcast

Buy Robbie’s album Songs from Inside My Locker available on Broadway Records!

Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends - Rob’s podcast with Kevin David Thomas

 

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 10. Both Sides Now
50:02

Wonder duo Jenna Duncan (theatre director) & Rick Westerkamp (actor, teacher) join Patrick & Beth to sob through the chronicle of Harry (Alan Rickman, national treasure), Karen (Emma Thompson, two-time Oscar winner & damn national treasure), and Mia (Heike Makatsch, Resident Evil).

We cover dirndls, how to seduce your boss with Beth & Jenna, Jenna’s many soapboxes, the issue with Rufus the Angel, and how much we love Emma Thompson.

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 09. Would We Call Her Chubby?
01:09:06

Married-acting-singing persons Evan Casey & Tracy Lynn Olivera join Beth & Patrick to glance askance at the saga of David (Hugh Grant, from this mugshot) and Natalie (Martine McCutcheon, EastEnders).

We cover the Casey/Olivera Christmas watchlist, how Billy Bob Thornton can get it, the Teapot Dome Scandal, recasting Hugh Grant & Colin Firth with Willem Dafoe & John Malkovich, body positivity, and we finally settle whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie (it isn’t not).

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Hugh Grant & Colin Farrell - Actors on Actors - Full Conversation

 

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 08. Two Years, Seven Months, Three Days, and (I Suppose) Two Hours
57:23

Married podcasters Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (Broadwaysted! and Broadway Baby podcasts) & Jay Schmidt (Broadway Baby podcast and Preview’d on YouTube) join Patrick & Beth to suffer through the tragedy of Sarah (Laura Linney, national treasure) and Karl (Rodrigo Santoro, 300).

We cover Karl’s job, Karl’s glasses, Karl’s abs, this film’s abuse of Laura Linney, Beth’s accent blindness, Downton Abbey, THAT scene, and the incredible beginning to Jay & Kimberly’s relationship. Seriously, it’s like freakin’ Serendipity or something.

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The Broadway Baby podcast

The Official Broadwaysted! Podcast

Preview’d

 

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 07. All I Want for Christmas is You
01:06:14

Jonathan Howard (genuine Brit and bass with The King’s Singers) & Jess Newman (American transplant in England) join Patrick & Beth to gaze lovingly at the romance of (porn?) stand-ins Jack (Martin Freeman, Sherlock, the MCU) and Just Judy (Joanna Page, Gavin & Stacey).

We cover: The Great British Bake-Off, Richard Curtis and “the Canon,” American women shagging any Brit they meet, how British IS this movie?, anoraks, Teletext, and the John Lewis Christmas advert.

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”Teletext for Your TV” | Instantly Dated | Episode 25 at You Tube Dot Com

The 2020 John Lewis Christmas Advert

 

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 06. Yes is Being My Answer
01:02:08

This episode we get serious with married journalistic-people Alexandra Petri (columnist and author of Nothing is Wrong and Here is Why!) & Stephen Stromberg (editorial writer for The Washington Post). They join Patrick & Beth to wade through the fairy tale of Jamie (Colin Firth, Pride and Prejudice) & Aurélia (Lúcia Moniz, Portugese pop sensation).

We cover turtlenecks, “the woman language,” Christmas movies = horror movies, tramp stamps, the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, and the plurality of movies in which Colin Firth swims in a pond.

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Lúcia Moniz’s performance at Eurovision ‘96

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 05. Don't Buy Drugs
50:19

Married people Jon Markland & Malinda Markland join Beth & Patrick to boogie through the world of fallen popstar Billy Mack (Bill NighyLove Actually) and Joe (Gregor Fisher, The Baldy Man).

We cover the most beautiful man in Britain, the truth behind the UK’s Christmas number 1 song, Ant and/or Dec, Iggy Pop dry-humping J.Lo, and why the line: “a hefty number of half-naked chicks with their mouths open” makes us especially uncomfortable.

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Slate’s Hit Parade Podcast: The Christmas Is All Around Edition (12/21/18)

Music video for “All Rise” by Blue

 

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 04. To Me, You are Perfect
59:10

Married co-stars of NBC’s Connecting Keith Powell & Jill Knox Powell join Patrick & Beth to ask all the right questions about the tale of Juliet (Keira Knightley, Pirates of the Caribbean I-IV), Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kinky Boots, Serenity, 12 Years a Slave), and Mark (Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead).

We cover diversity hires, toxic masculinity, the awfulness of an episode of Friends, and the time 19-year-old Jill went on a date with an NBA player as old as her dad.

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NBC’s Connecting

 

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 03. Shag Highway, Heading West
56:01

Long-time actor friends John Loughney & Katie McManus join Beth & Patrick to suffer through the quest of Colin (Kris Marshall, My Family) and his decision to go the States to get laid against the advice of his friend, Tony (Abdul Salis, Casualty).

We cover ice skating injuries, Colin’s job, the nature of Colin and Tony’s relationship, INCELs, a new podcast: 3 Gen-Xers and a Millennial, and whether or not the women Colin meets in Wisconsin are drug dealers using him as a mule or a coven of witches (it’s definitely one or the other).

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 02. This is SO Much More Than a Bag
01:26:39

Patrick & Beth found two human beings on this planet, Solomon Parker III & Joshua Simon, who had never seen Love Actually! So they all watch it from top-to-bottom.

We cover that Love Actually is not The Holiday, Josh’s non-Christmas-movie Jewish upbringing, how Solomon is HERE for declarations of love, the definition of “Beth,” and whether or not Kate Winslet is in this movie (she’s not, that’s The Holiday).

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Nov 27, 2020
Love Actually 01. Who is Richard Curtis and Are We Going to Say Terrible Things About Him?
01:13:35

Mr. Curtis is a comedy hero to Patrick and much less than that to Beth.

We start at Oxford, sidle over to the classic BBC comedies Blackadder, Mr. Bean, and The Vicar of Dibley, before finally paying special attention to the three romcoms he wrote prior Love Actually: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones’s Diary. What is known in England as “The Canon.”

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Nov 27, 2020
What is Love Actually? Coming 11/27/20!
03:19

Welcome to the podcast that tries to discover just what the 2003 romantic Christmas film Love Actually is by taking it apart and putting it back together again.

Coming 27th November 2020! A 12-episode deep-dive into the 2003 Christmas romcom Love Actually.

Join Patrick Flynn (of The Original Cast podcast) and Beth Amann as they examine each component of Richard Curtis’s holiday opus

 

With guests such as:

Keith Powell & Jill Knox Powell from NBC’s Connecting

Alexandra Petri, columnist and author of Nothing’s Wrong and Here’s Why

Robbie Rozelle & Robert W. Schneider from the podcast Gay Card Revoked

Stephen Stromberg, The Washington Post

Jonathan Howard, The King’s Singers

Kimberly Cooper Schmidt, Broadwaysted! & Broadway Baby podcasts

Jay Schmidt, Preview’d on YouTube and the Broadway Baby podcast

and many others as they try to discover “What is Love Actually?”

 

about Patrick at Unknown Penguin Dot Com

about Beth at Monumental Theatre Dot Org

 

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Oct 21, 2020