Get ready for rush hour! 50 MPH is a podcast dedicated to the making and legacy of Jan de Bont’s 1994 summer movie blockbuster SPEED. Across 50 episodes, this one-of-a-kind oral history takes you on a breakneck journey from conception to execution, distribution and beyond. Join entertainment journalist Kris Tapley as he talks to the people who made it happen and discusses their memories of an electrifying thrill ride that defied expectations and became a global, star-making phenomenon. Through conversations with actors, executives, filmmakers, film scholars and film fans, 50 MPH will attempt to secure SPEED’s rightful place in the canon of action cinema on the way to celebrating its fast-approaching 30th anniversary in style. Don’t forget to fasten your seatbelts!
The SPEED production moves to LAX (and Mojave) airport for Bus 2525's final act, including a few more harrowing stunts, roaring Malibu fires and an explosive finale!
In the wake of our study of the jump sequence in SPEED, Drew Taylor and Charles Hood, hosts of Light the Fuse - The Official Mission: Impossible Podcast, help us count down the greatest action set pieces ever!
It's time to talk about "the jump." Cast and crew look back at the centerpiece moment of SPEED and film's most immortal sequence: Bus 2525 sailing across a gap in the freeway.
50 MPH goes deep inside production on the first half of the bus section of SPEED as cast and crew recall a hair-raising hell-ride through Los Angeles aboard Bus 2525.
As SPEED launches into production, let’s take a moment to meet the production department heads and other artisans tasked with lifting Graham Yost’s (and Paul Attanasio’s and Joss Whedon’s) screenplay off the page and onto the screen!
SPEED is an all-time great Los Angeles film. In that spirit, 50 MPH is joined by Tribune Publishing film critic Katie Walsh to help us forge the ultimate LA movie guide, from LA LA LAND and SWINGERS to NIGHTCRAWLER and COLLATERAL and all points in between!
Before the cast and crew for SPEED really get out to set, what IS the set? From Venice to Long Beach, downtown to LAX, strap in for a guided tour of the many locations from the film as Jan de Bont and company set up shop in Hollywood's back yard.
It's high time we met the passengers of SPEED's doomed city workhorse... ALL of them. 50 MPH goes deep into the film's ensemble with insights from the many character actors who filled out Bus 2525.
In his new book "The Last Action Heroes," author Nick de Semlyen charts the rise and stall of the '80s action gods. This week 50 MPH talks to de Semlyen about the era that paved the way for SPEED and where Jan de Bont's film fits in the action movie canon.
An examination of the Easy Rider himself! 50 MPH talks to journalist and author Mark Harris (Pictures at a Revolution) about the life and times of one Dennis Hopper and what he brought to SPEED.
We still need a bad guy! And we won't get one until two weeks into production. The team recounts the whirlwind search for Howard Payne, a role that would be offered to any and everyone under the sun, from Robert Duvall to Christopher Walken. In the end, the film ends up with American icon Dennis Hopper. Hopper passed away in 2010 but his spirit is kept alive by those who remember him and his impact on SPEED.
We need a bad guy, but it's hard to discuss the villain of SPEED without also discussing the journey of Harry Temple, Jack Traven's LAPD SWAT team partner who, until the big 11th-hour rewrite, was actually revealed to be the mad bomber at the center of the story. Actor Jeff Daniels comes to the table with his memories and experiences as a character actor, at the time, desperate for a career turnaround.
With production imminent, the suits at Fox decide the script for SPEED needs a tune-up. In a sprawling, uncommonly candid account that takes you behind the scenes of the screen(re)writing process and the under-the-hood efforts that get a project camera-ready, screenwriters Paul Attanasio and Joss Whedon chime in along with producers Walter Parkes and Laurie Macdonald. All would be uncredited for their considerable contributions to ...
From "America's Sweetheart" to Oscar-winning Hollywood titan, Sandra Bullock is the topic of discussion. 50 MPH talks to IndieWire executive editor Kate Erbland about the rise and continued dominance of a beloved actress who commands an audience to this day. And it all started with SPEED!
With an action hero in the pocket, an action heroine is in order! But the search for unsuspecting bus-passenger-turned-driver Annie proves to be an exhaustive one lasting up until the brink of production. Hear all about the series of events that led to casting a ready-to-ignite Sandra Bullock.
It's time to contextualize our star and how SPEED set him up for the action-hero superstardom he enjoys to this day. 50 MPH talks to journalist Alex Pappademas, author of the book "Keanu Reeves: Most Triumphant - The Movies and Meaning of an Irrepressible Icon," to discuss the enigmatic persona and his eclectic 40-year career.
The search is on for SPEED's leading man. Once again, forget the A-list. John McClane ain't happening, and the studio has its eyes on Topper Harley. The guy from BILL & TED? He wasn't on anyone's wishlist. The team recalls the unlikely casting of Keanu Reeves and the forging of a new action hero.
From Holland to Hollywood! 50 MPH talks to New York Magazine film critic Bilge Ebiri about the career and influence of Jan de Bont. They discuss the cinematographer's early days collaborating with a young Paul Verhoeven, his studio success behind the camera of classics like DIE HARD, FLATLINERS and BASIC INSTINCT and his transition to the director's chair from SPEED to TWISTER and beyond.
Fox searches high and low for a filmmaker willing to take on this silly "DIE HARD on a bus" premise. But having no luck with the A-list set, will the studio play it safe with a journeyman for a single or a double, or will they roll the dice on Jan de Bont, a cinematographer-turned-first-time director who just might hit it out of the park?
"McCartney: A Life in Lyrics" offers listeners the opportunity to sit in on conversations between Paul McCartney and poet Paul Muldoon dissecting the people, experiences, and art that inspired McCartney’s songwriting. These conversations were held during the past several years as the two collaborated on the best selling book, “The Lyrics: 1965 to Present.” Over two seasons and 24 episodes of “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics”, you’ll hear a combination master class, memoir, and improvised journey with one of the most beloved figures in popular music. Each episode focuses on one song from McCartney’s iconic catalog – spanning early Beatles through his solo work. Season 1 premieres on October 4th. “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics” is a co-production between iHeart Media, MPL and Pushkin Industries. Cover Portrait © 1967 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney
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