Hollywood Headlines

Jun 29, 2018

Extra extra! Contestants are rewarded for their cinema know-how when they identify movies based off their corresponding prop-newspaper headlines.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

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Our next game is about fictional movie newspapers. Remember when a New York Post headline made you chuckle and not cry?

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EISENBERG: Let's meet our contestants. First up, Sarah Bois. You're the director of research and education at a nature foundation here in Nantucket. Welcome.

SARAH BOIS: Thank you.

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EISENBERG: When you ring in, we'll hear this.

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EISENBERG: Sarah, what piece of celebrity gossip are you following right now?

BOIS: I'm always kind of interested in who's breaking up and who's getting together. And as I'm checking out of the grocery store looking for what's going on with Jennifer Garner - I just want to make sure she's OK.

EISENBERG: How's she doing?

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BOIS: She seems good. She seems good.

EISENBERG: Yeah?

BOIS: Yeah, dropping the kids off - carpool lane.

EISENBERG: Oh, good.

CECIL BALDWIN: I was like, should I be worried?

EISENBERG: Yeah.

BOIS: Yeah, she's good.

EISENBERG: OK, good. Your opponent is Michael Stiver. You're the director of event sales for a restaurant group. Hello.

MICHAEL STIVER: Hello.

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EISENBERG: When you ring in, we're going to hear this.

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EISENBERG: And, Michael, you're visiting Nantucket as...

STIVER: Yes.

EISENBERG: ...Your husband is doing theater here.

STIVER: Yes.

EISENBERG: That's a good gig for you.

STIVER: Not bad.

EISENBERG: Yeah, OK.

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STIVER: Good vacation.

EISENBERG: So you work for a restaurant group now, but a long time ago - I was impressed to learn that you danced in a Vegas review.

STIVER: I did.

EISENBERG: Can you tell us about that?

STIVER: Yeah. It was, you know, the typical kind of topless show...

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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STIVER: ...That you see in Vegas.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

STIVER: And...

EISENBERG: You were topless.

STIVER: I was topless for most of the time. The most interesting thing for me - I was young, like 21 years old. And we did our first dress rehearsal, which was an undressed rehearsal.

EISENBERG: Yes.

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STIVER: So I danced for the first time and saw all these things.

EISENBERG: Everything.

STIVER: Yeah, all of it.

EISENBERG: And how long did you do that?

STIVER: Eight months.

EISENBERG: Eight months.

STIVER: Yeah.

EISENBERG: And then you were like...

STIVER: Yeah.

EISENBERG: ...Saw it enough.

STIVER: Bye-bye.

EISENBERG: OK. Very good.

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EISENBERG: Remember, Sarah and Michael, the first of you who wins two of our games will go on to our final round. Let's go to your first game. So we've got a trivia game for you called Hollywood Headlines. Cecil and I will read a headline from a prop newspaper in a movie. You just have to ring in and identify the movie. And to make it extra fun and a little embarrassing, we're going to try to read these headlines like old-fashioned newspaper boys. And we expect you to deliver the answers in a similar way.

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EISENBERG: OK, here we go. Extree (ph), Extree, toon kills man. Marvin Acme murdered at the hands of a jealous rabbit.

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EISENBERG: Sarah.

BOIS: "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

EISENBERG: Yeah. There you go.

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BALDWIN: Youth jailed. Marty McFly Jr arrested for theft. Hop on your hover board and read all about it in USA Today.

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STIVER: "Back To The Future."

BALDWIN: "Back To The Future...

STIVER: Two?

BALDWIN: Yeah, that's it.

EISENBERG: Known as the connoisseur's "Back To The Future."

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EISENBERG: Breaking news in today's Gotham Globe. Penguin forgives parents.

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EISENBERG: Sarah.

BOIS: "Batman Returns."

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

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BALDWIN: Beauty bares all at Statue of Liberty. Read this mermaid tail in the National Star Confidential.

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BALDWIN: Sarah.

BOIS: "Splash."

BALDWIN: Yeah, that's correct.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: A less complicated "Shape Of Water," don't you think?

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BALDWIN: But the color palette.

EISENBERG: The color palette. This just in from the Windy City. Community rallies around sick youth. You guys need a hint. It's a comedy from 1986.

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EISENBERG: Michael.

STIVER: What is - oh, not what is. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Yeah, what happened to your news boy thing there? You went into a different...

STIVER: "Jeopardy."

EISENBERG: ...Game show, and then...

STIVER: I know.

EISENBERG: ...Something happened.

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EISENBERG: This is your last clue.

BALDWIN: More news from Chicago. Kimble in Chicago. Fugitive escapes downtown pursuit.

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BALDWIN: Sarah.

BOIS: "The Blues Brothers."

BALDWIN: Sorry, that's incorrect. Michael, can you steal?

STIVER: "The Fugitive."

BALDWIN: That is correct.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: So guess what though? We have a tie. So, yeah, get ready to ring in. Here's your tiebreaker. Pick up your copy of the afterlife. Sand worm incidents increase 13 percent from last year.

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EISENBERG: Sarah.

BOIS: "Beetlejuice."

EISENBERG: Yes, that is correct.

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EISENBERG: OK. That was a close one. Sarah, congratulations. You're one step closer to our final round.

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EISENBERG: This is an open casting call for the role of ASK ME ANOTHER contestant. And you don't even have to be a member of SAG-AFTRA to apply. Just go to amatickets.org, take our quiz and maybe you'll score a callback. Coming up, we'll play Meet the Expert with Steve Young who'll tell us all about the world of industrial musicals. Those are musicals commissioned by corporations 'cause - I don't know if you know this - but to an artist, the greatest gig is the one where the check clears.

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EISENBERG: I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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