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SuperFeast Podcast
#144 Sexual Activation and Feminine Embodiment with Eva Williams

SuperFeast Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 76:53


Eva Williams is the founder of Golden Lotus; A divine online portal of meditations, movement practices, and sexual/spiritual energy education designed to cultivate spiritual awakening, sexual activation, and embodied sovereignty. This episode explores rebirth and the unfolding of the sacred feminine through preparation and activation rituals, with a deep dive into birth and pregnancy. Tahnee and Eva journey into the numinous layers of Eva's healing work, her Golden Lotus portal, her focus on cultivating and purifying the body through ancient techniques, sexual embodiment, self-pleasure practices, and the many dimensions of birth work. A healer and teacher with over a decade of experience in bodywork, energy work, and feminine sexual cultivation techniques, Eva carries a depth of knowledge that women need now more than ever. Currently, the way most women in society birth is within the structure of an over-medicalised patriarchal system. Sacred feminine lineages of natural birthing wisdom have been at large, replaced with time constraints, interventions, inductions, and regulations; The antithesis of a naturally unfolding feminine space. How did we end up here? With so much of her work focused on this space and where sexual embodiment falls into birth, Eva discusses the importance of birth preparation; From detoxing, orgasms, and opening the pelvis to the deep work of trusting the body and baby to do what they instinctively know how to do. This conversation is a deep weaving of energetic, sexual, and birth culture healing; For all women, past, present, and future.   "Many people come into tantra with a concept of a partner base in mind. But the way I was trained, particularly with my teachers in this more Sufi tradition, I never went into any of this work looking for my sexuality. I never thought I would only work with women; I never thought I would be working with birth. That was not my aim; My aim was to heal people. I worked on everyone. Ultimately, I wanted to find God. I wanted a very deep spiritual experience or a series of those. And over time, that guided me in that direction.  But there was a level of care and sobriety cultivated within me before I was put on that path. And this level of deep devotion and sobriety to my self-development was paramount".   - Eva Williams     Tahnee and Eva discuss: Doula work. Ultrasounds. Inducing labour. Foetal monitoring. Dolphin midwives. Birth preparation. Empowered birth. Tantric practices. Devine Female Orgasm. Self-pleasure practices. Feminine embodiment. Female sexuality and birth. The pelvis is a fluid body. Somatics and embodiment. Time constraints placed on pregnancy and birthing.   Who is Eva Louise Williams? Eva Louise Williams is a healer and teacher with over a decade of experience in bodywork, energy work, and feminine sexual cultivation techniques. She began her journey at 18 learning reiki and pranic healing, before becoming initiated into Kriya yoga (the lineage of Babaji) at 20, then went on to study Shiatsu, Japanese Acupuncture, and Taoist sexual cultivation techniques. She began teaching others at 26 and received the transmission for Golden Lotus at the age of 29. She currently has over 10,000 hours of experience as a bodyworker and teacher. Eva is also a doula, a birth educator, and an RYT 500 in tantric Hatha and kundalini lineages. Golden Lotus was founded to both serve and lead female seekers towards awakening and remembering Self-love & trust. It is a series of teachings that cultivate spiritual and sovereign embodiment; the focus lies in stabilising, purifying, and awakening through ancient techniques and spiritual secrets taught through a state of ritual and Holy full-body Prayer.     CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON APPLE PODCAST    Resources: goldenlotus.com Golden Lotus Instagram   Q: How Can I Support The SuperFeast Podcast? A: Tell all your friends and family and share online! We'd also love it if you could subscribe and review this podcast on iTunes. Or  check us out on Stitcher, CastBox, iHeart RADIO:)! Plus  we're on Spotify!   Check Out The Transcript Here:   Tahnee: (00:00) Hi everybody, and welcome to the SuperFeast Podcast. Today, I'm joined by Eva Williams. I'm really excited to have her here. I've been following her work online and she's really aligned with what we do at SuperFeast. She's an explorer of this wide world of Daoist medicine through the Japanese lineage, but also, she waves in, from what I can tell, you seem to bring in all these beautiful, different traditions, Sufism, Kriya yoga, different types of feminine embodiment, Pranic healing, that kind of stuff. So I'm really excited to have you here today. I'm really excited to share with our community your work.   Tahnee: (00:37) And if you guys are interested, we'll talk about it through the podcast, but Eva has a whole lot of resources on her website, courses you can do related to different aspects of a lot of the stuff we teach at SuperFeast. So thank you for joining us here today, Eva, it's such a pleasure to have you here.   Eva Williams: (00:53) My pleasure. Thank you so much.   Tahnee: (00:57) Yeah, I'm so excited. I think I first came across you on Instagram and I've had a look through what you offer. I know you haven't studied with Mantak, but it really seems aligned with a lot of the work that I learned through studying with him, the feminine work around energy cultivation. Obviously, you've studied Shiatsu and Japanese acupuncture. So you speak to the meridians and all those kinds of things. Would you mind telling us a bit about your journey here? How did you get to be offering Golden Lotus to the world?   Eva Williams: (01:30) Yeah, sure. All right. My journey's been quite interesting in terms of length because my mom is really into alternative medicine. I remember when I was six years old and I just had this incredibly bad tonsillitis, it was to the point where I was being taken out of school for days and days every week. And my mom noticed that I responded really, really well to the osteopath that she would take us to because she used to take us all three to the osteopath regularly. And so the osteopath said, "Look, this kid is responsive as hell. You should just take her to a cranial osteopath because that will help."   Eva Williams: (02:12) So I started going to this professional cranial osteopath when I was six, and it was the only thing that assisted, it was the only thing my body would really respond to. So really, from an early age, my mom knew that, particularly me, I think my brother and sister definitely as well, but particularly me, if anything would happen, like when I was 13 and I had anxiety, my mom was like, "Oh, we could put her on anti-anxiety or we could do reflexology with Bach flower remedies." And also, I had psoriasis, I had developed psoriasis when I was 13. And psoriasis, for those of you who don't know, is a skin issue, and it's one of these just really stubborn, autoimmune things.   Eva Williams: (02:55) Anything that's autoimmune is basically, no offence to all of the fantastic doctors and the medical community, but anything that's autoimmune is basically in the realm of, "We don't really know what the fuck is happening, so here's some steroids. That's where we're at." And so I started trying out these different things and some of them are called like bowel neurotherapies, which are where you'd have a salt bath and then UV light therapy or something like that. And there's not a lot of sun in the Netherlands where I was living at the time. So I started getting into this world where every time I'd be going to this clinic, I'd be checking out the cards on the notice board.   Eva Williams: (03:34) And there'd always be like random things like Karma healing or like emotional Chakra clearing. And one day I found this card and I was like, "This is so good." I walked around with this card for like a week or two, and then I called the person. And I remember, as soon as I called her, she was like, "Yeah, how can I help you?" I'm like, "Look, I don't really know what you do. Do you speak English? I don't really know what you do, but I feel really like this is something that I need to try." And she was like, "Hmm, no, you need Dini." I was like, "I'm sorry, have we even met? I'm trying to book an appointment with you."   Eva Williams: (04:04) And she was like, "No, you need Dini." I was like, "Oh, okay. I need Dini." And then this woman was this like 75-year-old woman who looked so young. And she was like, "How old do you think I am?" I'm like, "We've been through this before." She was just amazing. And she barely spoke any English. And I remember I was 15 when I first went to see her, and she did Meridian massage. She did Meridian clearing and healing. She was just a healer, so she would tell me a bunch of different things, and then she would do this work on me. She would tell me things that I look back on now, I'm like, "Dude, she was so on point."   Eva Williams: (04:44) But at the time, I was like, "What the fuck is she talking about?" She's like, "You're taking on a lot from your father." I'm like, "Okay."   Tahnee: (04:51) What does that mean?   Eva Williams: (04:51) Exactly. And now, I'm like, "I'm that person." But it was quite a unique experience. And I remember when she first read my astrology chart, she just looked at me. And it was very Dutch. The Dutch are very dry, they don't beat around the bush, they're very pragmatic and straightforward. And she was like, "Wow, that's not good." I was like, "Why are you doing this to me?" So she started saying to me really early on when I was 15, 16, I didn't like high school, so I left high school when I was 15 to teach myself. She started saying to me really regularly, "You have to promise me that you will do this work." She's like, "Do you think what I do is amazing?" I'm like, "I think it's pretty out there."   Eva Williams: (05:36) And she's like, "Okay, but what you are going to do is this, but much, much more." And she's like, "You have to promise me." And my mom taught me from when I was really young that a promise is a really strong word and you don't use it if you can't keep it. So I was like, "Far out, man, this is my life ahead of me and you want me to..., " But she sent me to some other people, liquid crystal healers and all sorts of things, so I was getting into some really bizarro stuff. And I wasn't telling my parents that much about this because it no longer had this homoeopathic application anymore. Now, it was just like, "Fuck it, I'm going to go on a journey and meet the [inaudible 00:06:07]. See you later."   Eva Williams: (06:08) I was getting into some really out-there stuff at like 16, 17, but it was, it was really amazing. So I followed that thread and I taught myself, I homeschooled myself. And I got into a really great university. And so I went to university, everyone told me people are more free thinking in university, etc, etc. And I thought, "Okay, great." But actually I didn't find that, I actually found that the institutionalised information had just become denser. I didn't find that people were more free thinking, I found that there were more presumptions. And especially for someone who didn't go through the IB or the international baccalaureate programme, it was really difficult for me.   Eva Williams: (06:51) I had some really awakening moments, just some really jarring stuff happened where I was like, "I don't think I really belong here." And my dad moved to India that year, and so my brother and sister and I all went to see him in India. My dad's a geologist, so all around the house, ever since we were little, we'd had tumbled rocks, amethyst, turquoise, this or that. So he was always teaching us about all these crystals. So when my brother and I got to India, we saw the tumbled rocks, these beautiful amethyst, and we both took one. We were like, "Let's go to the Himalayas."   Eva Williams: (07:28) He's like, "Yeah, let's learn yoga from a really old yogi." I was like, "Yeah, let's go do that." So and I was like, "Dad, I'm taking this rock with me." He's like, "If you take that, you're bringing it back. That's my rock." So I took this amethyst in my pocket and I went into the Himalayas. And I met a woman and she... I wanted to study Reiki, that was my thing. She just looked at me and she was like, "Hey, look, I'm going to give you these codes for all the different levels of Reiki, and then I need you to come back and I want you to teach my level two students." I'm like, "Lady, I just walked in here. I don't know what Reiki is yet."   Tahnee: (08:01) I've got to learn.   Eva Williams: (08:06) "I've got a nab at this, I had a dream on the bus. There's a lot going on right now. I don't think I'm ready to teach people something I haven't learned." But what she was picking up on was that I could touch people and feel what they were experiencing. So I came back the next day, and I was just putting my hands on people and I just explained what I could see or feel. And she's like, "You need to promise me ... " I was like, "You know what, I've heard all of this before, my friend. I have heard all of this before." So I went back to the Netherlands to university, and I was doing my 30 days. You have to do this self Reiki thing after you do Reiki.   Eva Williams: (08:45) And during that period of time, I was like, "I'm not meant to be an architect, I'm not meant to be doing what I'm doing. And so I need to go." And so I gave away everything I owned and I said to my dad, "I'm free again." And he's like, "Yeah, great. You left high school twice and now you're leaving an international honours university. This is a great run you're having over here. I hope you put my amethyst back."   Tahnee: (09:07) Yeah. So proud.   Eva Williams: (09:10) He's like, "You'll face... " I'm joking. And he was like, "Okay, look, you've always been who you are, no one's stopping that. But what are you going to do? You should have a bit of a plan." And I was like, "Yeah, well, what do I have to my name?" He's laughing. He's like, "What do you have to your name? You're a broke student. You have nothing but a ticket home to New Zealand that I will give you until you're 22." So I was like, "All right, great. I'll take it." So I went to New Zealand for three weeks and I went for a Reiki session. And this woman, she did that same thing, she's like, "You don't need me, you need Barbara and you need Jan."   Eva Williams: (09:43) And I'm like, "Okay, send me the names." So I started exploring all these different modalities of incredible light work, just incredible, incredible things while I was there. I go down to the ocean and dolphins would come and visit me, and then I'd go see the healers, and they're like, "You called those dolphins." I'm like, "Okay. All right. Let's calm down." But now I'm like, "We all call the dolphins." Now, I'm like, "Of course, I called the dolphins."   Tahnee: (10:07) They're our people.   Eva Williams: (10:08) My allies. They came to me in my hour of need. It was just a beautiful time. And then one day, in my heart, I just heard... I was waiting for that moment where you hear it from within, because I have a very active mind, so I can make up whatever I want to hear. But I heard Melbourne from my heart. And I was like, "Okay, that's where it's going to be." So I called my parents, I'm like, "I'm going to Melbourne." They were like, "Oh, thank God, she's got a plan." And I went there and I thought I was going to stay doing something graphic design or something design oriented, because that's a big part of my passion in life.   Eva Williams: (10:42) And I found the Australian Shiatsu College, and I found my shakes. I found my Sufi shakes. And once I found these two things, everything else fell in line. Yes, I was initiated into Kriya yoga over when I was 21, which was amazing. When I was 20, still finding my feet, I hadn't found the college yet, I hadn't found my shakes yet. I used to lie in my bedroom listening to singing balls. And that was this one guy who I just loved, very camp, but amazing, but just incredible sound healer, just such an amazing heart and soul. And he would just put all this water in a bow and he'd be like, "These are the dolphin's ball, the dolphins are coming to sing us."   Eva Williams: (11:26) And he would hit it and he would play it. And it was like, oh my God, this man, I don't even know where he comes from, but he's amazing." So one day I fell asleep, listening to this and I woke up and how you know YouTube just plays. And I saw this image on my screen, and I looked at it and it was this blue light and this golden man. And it just said, "The golden body of the Yogi." And I knew in that moment this is why I'm on the planet. This is why I'm on the planet. And so then I found out who that was, and that was an image of Babaji. And so then I found out about Kriya yoga.   Eva Williams: (12:00) And it's interesting because when I had looked for yoga schools in India years before, the only ones that I had found that I wanted to go to were the Kriya yoga schools. And so I became initiated into the Kriya yoga lineage of the Babaji and then his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya, and then Sri Yukteswar, and Paramahamsa Yogananda. And that was the beginning of things unlocking for me. And then I found Shiatsu in oriental medicine, and I went on to study Japanese acupuncture. And then I also found a teacher, a female teacher, and she did a beautiful mixture of yoga and Daoist work with the Jade egg. And then through the studies that I was doing and her even teaching in the same building, I just made this place my home and we'd get all these amazing international practitioners.   Eva Williams: (12:50) I found myself picking up exactly what I needed from that, including doula training and all sorts of things like this that were going on in the space. And then I worked at a Japanese bath house after I graduated for five years or so, I think it was, or something around that. And I really was so lucky because even if you want to rack up hours as a practitioner, it's very hard to find a place to be doing flat out work as Shiatsu practitioner just right out of school. But I was able to rack up at 10,000 hours really quickly in my first, I would say, first six or seven years of work.   Eva Williams: (13:27) And then I went to Bali, I got married. I went to Bali for a honeymoon, and then I just decided I was going to move to Dubai because it was something I really wanted to do. And then about a year into being in Dubai, I was just lying in the bathtub and I just had this full download through my body. And these images came to me and all this stuff and I was just being told what to do like, "You need to write this down, you need to go and get these things." And I was told to build out a whole altar. So I had this massive altar. And I was just sitting in front of it like, "Okay, I now live in a church. What next?"   Eva Williams: (14:06) My husband, he was in Iraq at the time, so he wasn't home. So I was like, "Nobody's going to know about my weird little mat?" And then when he came home, he's like, "That's a lot of candles. Do you need to light all of them at once? Are we doing a séance? What's happening here?" But as I was doing this, the spirits of these different plants I've been told to buy exactly 13 were coming to me, people were sending me things. I was finding things that I'd had in my library for a long time, I'd just never seen them with that particular glow or from that angle, that a transmission was coming through.   Eva Williams: (14:41) And I basically just sat down and I wrote the 10 transmissions of level one of Golden Lotus, which is the eight extraordinary vessels and the 12 main meridians. Unless you do a practitioner training, I don't do Triple Warmer and Pericardium. So it's basically just the five elements. So water, wood, earth, metal as it were, and fire. And then the eight extraordinary. But we do the Chong Mai twice because it has the main vessel and then two other vessels. And for the purpose of female sexual cultivation, it's important actually to separate those two. And then from there, it just started unlocking, like level two became the three gates of orgasm and just the content was just pouring down.   Eva Williams: (15:28) And it was a mixture between a really pure transmission I was being guided to and led to, and then a really deep weaving of just years and years. I'm very, very autodidactic because I didn't go to high school even, so my ability to sit and research and work if I have the impetus is quite high. If not, guess what?   Tahnee: (15:54) Very low. I can relate to that.   Eva Williams: (16:00) I'm like, "Let's have a show of hands." I'm pretty sure everyone's like, "Yeah, that's a... '' So I was able to just channel this, and then it just was really natural that these two modalities, the way it's structured is that the level one is really about working with the Yoni egg, so the Jade egg. It's really about clearing your own body, detoxing and recentralizing through the pelvis. So clearing trauma in the pelvis, opening the sensitivity of the pelvis, and really weaving in the whole rest of the body to a pelvic alignment. So beginning to really understand all of these different reflex zones that we have in the body that all relate to the pelvis.   Eva Williams: (16:43) And I don't just mean the internal reflex zones of the different organ systems, I also mean really beginning to explore somatically the balance between the sacrum and the buttock and the stone and the breasts, or how there's different alignments of your pelvis and your jaw and your mouth. And there's multiple different ways that we can set up these reflexologies that allow us to have a sense that we're hinging from the pelvis. So it's very much about coming into that, and it's not supposed to be... It's supposed to basically teach you how to come into contact with your own energy, to disperse it through your whole body so that you can actually have proper tantra experiences and also to self-regulate.   Eva Williams: (17:23) Because the level two work, it's almost like we go from a pelvic central model out to the body. And then the next level is all more explicit. So it's like self-pleasure practises. Or if we do like a retreat, we'll do some touch exchange practises. If you come to my clinic, I will do internal work at times, things like this. And so that's very triggering work. And I've seen, because I have been in many of these schools with sexual energy, the lack of self-regulation that is taught before highly activating practises come into play. And I didn't like that.   Eva Williams: (18:02) And so while I didn't necessarily plan the way that Golden Lotus was channelled, it is a very deep reflection of the beliefs in the general that I've taken, which is that we need to prepare our body before we do all this highly sexual activating practise. Because otherwise, I think one of the big things in the tantra communities and things that's happened is, it's just become all about sex dressed up as something spiritual, you know?   Tahnee: (18:26) Oh, I know.   Eva Williams: (18:28) You're like, "Really? I've never come across this before."   Tahnee: (18:31) I'm just laughing because I spent some time at Agama Yoga in Thailand I have never laughed so hard. We did a 10 day silent meditation and we were asked to abstain from sex for 10 days. And every day, someone would ask, "I really feel like I need to have sex today. Could I possibly not have... " I was like, "So you guys can't go 10 days without touching yourself or someone else." I've never seen anything like it. So if you love Agama, I found it a really toxic culture. It was almost high school. I was really shocked.   Eva Williams: (19:10) It's infamous. It's infamous for this. My teacher went there, one of my teachers was there and she told me all about it. And then even recently, I was sitting with a friend and I was mentioning some of these things, and she was like, "Oh my gosh. One time, when I was at the very beginning of my path, I went to this place." And as soon as she said it, I knew. I was like, "I know where you were talking about. I've never been there myself, but it's infamous."   Tahnee: (19:37) It was an experience. Yes, I hear you.   Eva Williams: (19:37) I think that this thing is also, I think a lot of people come into tantra with a concept of partner base in mind, and the way that I was trained, particularly with my teachers in this more Sufi tradition and things like this, I never went into any of this work looking for my sexuality. I never thought I would only work with women, I never thought I would be working with birth. This was not my aim. My aim was just to heal people. I worked on everyone. And ultimately, my aim was just to find God, I just wanted to have a very deep spiritual experience or a series of those. And so that over time guided into that direction, I just saw the level of care and sobriety that was cultivated within me before putting me onto that path.   Eva Williams: (20:30) The level of deep devotion and sobriety to my own self-development was paramount. And so there wasn't a sense of like there was a real sense that I wasn't allowed to just mess around, I wasn't allowed to just go to whatever workshop I wanted or something. I was really guided very strongly as to what is an integrity and what is not an integrity as far as transmissions go. And I'm very grateful for that. At least it worked for me within my system of integrity. So then basically it brought the birth of this beautiful work and I think that people love it when they do it, and I think people do feel that they can regulate themselves through it.   Eva Williams: (21:12) And that work for me, very, very naturally falls into birth work. If you are learning how to move and you're learning all these different ways of detoxing and opening your body and then you're learning these three gates of orgasm, which is very specifically sent into the pelvis, so then we are really going into the semantics of the pelvis alone. If you're doing all of that work, that is the birth prep is just extraordinary. And so I developed that into a birthing programme as well, because we need more of that. I think that you're not really taught how much prep goes into birth until you're pregnant.   Tahnee: (21:48) And it's really not a great time then to be exploring.   Eva Williams: (21:52) No. Not at all because it's traumatic.   Tahnee: (21:53) Because of your trauma.   Eva Williams: (21:53) You can definitely do some work on it then, but you need some guidance and holding through that because unwinding trauma can take a really long time, the somatic body's not quick   Tahnee: (22:10) Not fast, very slow.   Eva Williams: (22:17) It really likes to take its time.   Tahnee: (22:17) Oh man, it's so true. And I think what is so interesting about what you're speaking to though with coming into birth work, I know for me, I did muntuk's work and I was having internal work there and working with eggs and clearing those, that whole period of time was big for me. It was unpleasant in some ways and really beautiful and powerful in other ways. But I came to birth and I remember thinking like, "If I hadn't done that work, I wouldn't be able to hold myself through pregnancy and birth the way I've been able to, through pregnancy and birth."   Tahnee: (22:56) And you are speaking to this sense of sobriety and this sense of strength and just the ability to hold your own energy and read your own energy and tune into it, I think that's the piece for women going in and it's like, you're going to have people try and tell you things that you have to filter through, your truth filters. You have to make decisions around your sovereignty and around your care that you probably... These are big decisions and you don't have much context for them usually. I know for me even being fairly educated, there's just stuff I was like, "Do I have to do this? What are the rules?"   Tahnee: (23:32) And I think if you don't have that strong foundation, I think that's stuff golden lotus, it sounds like it just provides that container for women to start to build that trust in themselves so they can go and then really be open to what is honestly the most incredible experience you can have as a woman. I know woman choose not to birth, but for me, profound, but a lot of preparation too, I think in my experience.   Eva Williams: (23:58) I think it's really underestimated how much prep it takes. And I think it's also, to understand that you've got so much content that you want to read about the spiritual, about the physiological, but also how much you've got to inform yourself around just-   Tahnee: (24:13) Practical.   Eva Williams: (24:14) Yeah. Just random medical stuff, because we are taught to just, if someone's wearing a white coat, they know. They wouldn't suggest it if it wasn't for your best.   Tahnee: (24:23) Is that true?   Eva Williams: (24:23) That's not true. And it's sad. It's so sad to acknowledge that, but that's unfortunately the truth. And so I'm in the process of putting together a programme now which really takes people, basically it's like a month-by-month programme. So you can buy the modules as a month or you can buy them as a whole. And it's got workbooks and meditations. It addresses the emotional, the spiritual, how far along your baby is and where they're growing.   Eva Williams: (24:57) And it really also, for me, there's like this very strong concept of, you have the mother, you have the child, and then you have the mother-child unit, this third that's being generated and they call it mama toto in Swahili, this concept of the mother-child. And to build a bridge between these things because one of the things that I've noticed in for example, certain modalities like APA, like the pre and perinatal psychology, people who do fantastic work is that one of the main... how do I explain this for people who don't maybe come from this context? Someone asked me recently, how can you tell if your doula is a good doula? How can you choose a good doula?   Eva Williams: (25:44) How many stars are there in the sky, my friend? And then immediately it came to me, I know it really... And I realised that the doula that I really, we don't even call ourselves doula's anymore because we consider ourselves more birth keepers or birth workers because the work gets so close to midwifery at a certain stage that the idea that you are not advocating for a client or all these sorts of things, it doesn't have a place when you get to a certain level of birth work. And these women, all of them speak to the baby individually to the mother. And immediately I realise, "Oh, if your doula will have an individual relationship to the baby, as they do to you, but they are there for you, to me, that's a good doula."   Eva Williams: (26:38) And I know that sounds strange, but I come very much from this concept that the baby is always the most conscious being in the room, born or unborn. And so if we can begin to actually... What I would love for more women to know is that a lot of women really get bogged down with this idea like, "It's me, it's my body. Yes, my partner's helping me, but I have to carry this. I feel heavy, this baby's relying on me." And so there becomes almost a scarcity of this really deep sense of drudgery or something related, or just a deep sense of lack of support that becomes related to birth.   Eva Williams: (27:10) And one of the things that I think is really important for women to understand is neither on a physiological level, not spiritual level are you alone? This baby is the one that will release the hormone that will tell your body and your stomach when to dilate. This child will send stem cells to heal your body into your blood. This child is there for you, and this child is leading this labour actually. So this child is bringing you energy and bringing you protection, and bringing you gifts of healing. And this moment is actually for you, it's not happening to you, it's happening for you.   Eva Williams: (27:49) So the moment that that child is born is your rebirth as well, it is your moment to also let go and let something new come through. And I think that interconnection, that interplay is what allows women to not just trust their body, which is one of the thing that I wish more people could establish prior to falling pregnant, we should call it rising pregnant, "I rose pregnant."   Tahnee: (28:14) It's beautiful.   Eva Williams: (28:16) But also that they begin to trust not just their body, but the baby. So they're like, "Yeah, my body knows how to do this and this, baby's got this, I've got it. Our relationship got it and my body's got it. So this is what's going to happen." And just really leading from that place. And for many people, that might sound fantastical, but the more that we're going to understand birth, the more that we look at what's happening with the stem cells, the more that we look at the neurology and the physiology of labour itself and the more that if you have done that previously, you'll know that this is real, this is actually what's happening, that there is this very deep exchange of support.   Eva Williams: (28:56) And that's what I think is the most powerful thing is when a woman trusts so innately in her body and in the child that has chosen her to take this journey, that bond is what's leading the labour. I just think that that's very powerful. So the course that I've developed is to try to assist with that, and then obviously is also bringing different movements for different trimesters because different parts of the body obviously get affected at different times, and hypnobirthing scripts and of dolphin and whale stuff going on there, because you know, our allies.   Tahnee: (29:31) It's so funny all the stuff you're speaking about. With my daughter, she's five now, nearly five, but I had a dolphin come to me while I was pregnant with her in the water. And she had me through the whole pregnancy, guiding everything. I was doing body work at the time and I had this really strong download that I had to stop. And I remember contacting my teacher, who's the female teacher of Chi Nei Tsang from Mantak Chia. She was like, "If the baby's telling you to stop your stuff," and I had this golden thread with her and she was this little golden being, so probably about, I think around two dissolved completely. It got weaker and weaker over time. But just all of that stuff...   Tahnee: (30:17) And I had a lot of stuff going on in my life when I was pregnant with her and she just held me like I was... I remember thinking, "I should be really stressed out right now, but I feel really safe and really held through this." And it took me a little while to realise that that was her contributing that to my experience. And I think that trust is something she gave me, which I think is a really beautiful thing. I'm halfway through my pregnancy now, I'm four months, but this pregnancies been really different for me. So it's interesting. I'm interested to see how they play out, because I haven't had that same sense of baby protection or strong baby messages.   Tahnee: (31:03) But I'm interested in that space because I think it's hard to talk about that stuff as a woman, the midwives I had were very practical, wonderful women, but they were very grounded and of the earth. And you had a textbook pregnancy and a textbook birth, well done? And I was like, "Yeah, but what about all this cool stuff that's happening to me?" And they were like, "We don't want to talk about that stuff." I was like, "Okay."   Eva Williams: (31:33) It's a shame actually because it's weird thing-   Tahnee: (31:35) I'm glad you're here.   Eva Williams: (31:35) What did you say?   Tahnee: (31:38) That I'm glad you're here in the world.   Eva Williams: (31:41) Dolphins are so important in birth. That's so important. People who are not getting this message, I'm like, "You guys have to... " I always tell my clients, I'm like, "Just Google." I'll be like, "Yeah, the dolphin midwives." And then everyone at the table laughed. I'm like, "Huh." Wait until you see it.   Tahnee: (31:57) It's true, Hawaii.   Eva Williams: (31:57) I know. And then I'm like, "Google it. You Google dolphin midwife." And people come back, "Whoa." I'm like, "Yeah, that's actually a"-   Tahnee: (32:01) And wasn't they doing it in Russia, the Google something?   Eva Williams: (32:05) They did, yes. Birthing to being, Alana's work was incredible.   Tahnee: (32:08) Because Jeannine Parvati Baker talks about it a lot in her work, and some other people have talked about studying.   Eva Williams: (32:16) I think the woman who found a birth into being, she had a centre in the Caspian sea where the dolphins would come in and people would just be freebirthing in the water, which is wild. And so we have over here, birth it's a very obstetric-run American imported system. It's pretty brutal. So we are looking at different birth centres talk of shifting some things around birth here because Dubai is like a playground in terms of, they're so open to new ideas. And people may not think of them like that from the outside, but they really are.   Eva Williams: (32:56) They're so innovative and there's some very special, very, very, very special energy to the Emiratis to the Bedouin people, just something very special. So we were looking at working with a very beautiful woman whose work I incorporate a lot into mine, her name's Dr. Gallery. And she has some beautiful, gentle birth clinics in London and things like this. And she said, "Oh yes, I'd love to come out and do something with you guys in Dubai, but I only want to work with the dolphins." And she's a full OB/GYN. And I was like, "You and me, this is going to work so well." I was like, "Scrap all the land we've found, we're going to the ocean."   Eva Williams: (33:43) I was like, "This is the future of it. This is the future of birth." And I think that there's a lot of beautiful places in Cairo and around Egypt as well like in Sharm El Sheikh and in the Red Sea that we might begin to also see really beautiful work with the dolphins popping up. And I know that a couple of people that I know have wanted to do things like this in the North of Ibiza, and South, but the problem is the water's very cold over there, so it's not really something that can work as well. But in these waters, when the dolphin comes to the baby, it is telling you that you are going to give birth soon. Maybe in this instance, I don't know where you were in your pregnancy.   Tahnee: (34:18) No. I was heavily pregnant. My husband I got engaged there, and we got married there. It's this very special spot for us. And I was standing probably naval deep in water and it came, honestly, I was terrified. I was not like, "Oh my God." I was like, "Ah, I think a dolphin is coming at me." And it whooshed so close to me. My husband was out deep and he turned around and saw the dolphin and was like, "Whoa." And then there was a whole pod behind him. But it broke off and came and checked me out. And they can sonar heartbeats and stuff so I was thinking it must have been checking me out and being like, "What are you doing?"   Eva Williams: (35:00) So what they do is when you're very heavily pregnant, if they come towards you and if they put the nose toward the belly or come very close to you, usually you're always going to give birth.   Tahnee: (35:08) I thought it was going to scare me.   Eva Williams: (35:08) Oh, what a lovely experience.   Tahnee: (35:14) I was not like, "Oh my God." Seriously, I was like, "Holy crap, is this safe?"   Eva Williams: (35:18) I know. Every time I was in New Zealand and dolphins came as well, I was swimming in the water and I just shot bowl upright and I was standing and I was like, "There's something in the water." And I'd hear these voices like, "It's okay." I'm like, "It's definitely not fucking okay." My instinct body was like, "This is not okay." And my spiritual body was like, "It's going to be okay." And every part of me was like, "That's fine, but I'm still going to stand because I can run, and those, they can swim. This is not my territory."   Tahnee: (35:45) It's true.   Eva Williams: (35:49) It's so true. But they can activate the labour. They can do this really strongly by communicating with the child as well. It's something very, very powerful.   Tahnee: (35:58) Super cool. And the indigenous people here where we are, they believe that they are their people. Every time I've been in any ceremony or anything they will speak to the whales and the dolphins here as being ancestors.   Eva Williams: (36:10) Yeah. They bring children.   Tahnee: (36:14) Yeah. It makes a lot of sense.   Eva Williams: (36:18) I believe they bring the children because they don't just turn up when a woman's very pregnant to assist in the physiological activation of the hormonal aspects of labour, many, many women will see dolphins on the night they conceive or at the time or just before conception. And whenever a woman's like, "Yeah, we're trying to get pregnant. Oh, I saw dolphins." I'm like, "You go have baby." I had a friend and she saw porpoises. They're not even dolphins, I was like, "You go have a baby." And they did the ultrasound and they tuned it back to that time.   Tahnee: (36:49) Perhaps they're related to a dolphin somehow.   Eva Williams: (36:51) I'm like, "It could be a manatees, I don't care, you're having a baby." I'm joking.   Tahnee: (36:59) An orca. Let's not get too crazy. But it's okay. Tell me about this primary thing. That's interesting, because I know if you're not aware of this, I don't know if we've spoken about this on the podcast yet, so the hormonal cascade that the baby triggers in the mother, this is all these beautiful juicy hormones like oxytocin and things that, A, make birth less painful, which is a good thing. And B, obviously also the whole cascade of uterine contractions, breast milk coming in, all of these things. So the baby actually triggers that. And one of the things that happens a lot in our culture is we induce, or if there's an obstetrician that my midwife shared with me who wants to induce everyone at 38 weeks in a hospital near us.   Tahnee: (37:40) And this kind of thing just terrifies me, and I have friends who've waited 43 weeks plus for their babies to come.   Eva Williams: (37:48) Especially plus babies.   Tahnee: (37:51) My daughter was 42 weeks on the day. And I just think, can you speak a little bit to women who might have fear around, "I'm getting pressure from my OB/GYN or my midwife to induce." I know it's a real slippery topic, but at least speak to that.   Eva Williams: (38:06) No, no. It's not. I don't think it's slippery at all, I think it's underdressed. And it's interesting, I remember, so here they've got DHA, the Dubai Health Authority, has a policy around a certain time. Even if your OB/GYN is more liberal, there's a certain red tape that they can't really cross. And so I remember the first hospital birth I did in Dubai, home birth is illegal here by the way. It's actually not illegal to give birth at home, it's illegal for anyone to assist, anyone who has a licence issued by the government could get it taken away if they assist you.   Eva Williams: (38:44) So if you bring in a midwife from overseas or for me, I'm not an OB/GYN or a midwife, so I'm also not really assisting people with home births here because I don't think that's necessarily a great thing to do. But if someone were in labour and it was progressing really quickly, rather than stress them out and shove them into a car, I think I know what I'd probably end up doing. But it's an interesting thing because I remember the very first one I attended, the OB/GYN was just pressuring my clients so hard and she was outside and afterwards she was crying.   Eva Williams: (39:20) She's like, "I don't know what to do." And so obviously, as a birth worker, I've got 117 different things to pull out of the cupboard because I'm acupuncture, Im like okay acupuncture, we've been doing Homoeopathy week, 36 or 38 at that point, let's try some different homoeopathy, maybe something that's addressing more of the fears and emotions. Let's do massage, let's do the dirty three, hot food, a glass of wine and have some sex, all of that. And then also internal work, massage the cervix, check how it phased someone is, just at that stage of pregnancy. So we did a really beautiful ceremony of her husband and her on the bed, and I did the internal work. It was very dark. We put on music.   Eva Williams: (40:10) And we just really checked out what was happening, what the engagement was. So not a vaginal exam, but just to actually see, and definitely not a sweep or something, none of that stuff I'm trained in, but just really actually to feel how the effacement was going, how the pelvis was feeling, what was actually getting caught up in the pelvic. Was there something caught up there or was she just not ready? And for me, it was really clear that she's just not ready. It's her first baby, it's 39 weeks and the baby is just not ready. It's not coming yet.   Eva Williams: (40:38) I think that what's difficult about getting pressure... I remember after this situation, I gave them all these techniques. I said, "We're going to make a plan. Don't worry." And they felt better, and I went to my car and I just fucking sat in my car and cried for 20 minutes. The sense of stress and pressure, and it's not even my baby, that happens in that room when a doctor strong arms you and tells you that what they know is right, when it may not feel right for you, is so intense. And I know that doctors don't fully understand that. I know that OB/GYNs, not all of them fully understand that. I have the great privilege of working with many who do.   Eva Williams: (41:17) And I remember during this labour, I was sitting out in the hallway and I was just crying. And the doctor came to me and she's like, "Why are you crying?" I'm like, "Dude, you're pushing so hard. This is ridiculous. This is going to end really not well." And then she started tearing up and sat down next to me. And she's like, "It's just a lot of pressure." And we were just having this full heart to heart, just weeping in the hallway. Like, "What the fuck?" But it managed to buy me another 48 hours for my clients, which is amazing.   Tahnee: (41:46) Good work.   Eva Williams: (41:52) It's so much pressure. It's so much pressure. The thing is that there's very little that actually requires induction. Things that do not require induction, your baby is too big for your pelvis, it's a big baby, your baby has passed 40 weeks, meconium has passed, the cord is around the neck. These are not reasons for induction and they're not reasons for C-sections either. It's just very intense. I think some something that people don't understand is that an OB/GYN or a medical professional on your birth is someone that you want there in an emergency situation, they have no requirement to witness physiological birth. They have none. They do not have to witness a single, natural, physiological birth as part of their training, they have to do surgery.   Eva Williams: (42:48) So their whole frame of reference is coming that birth as an emergency. They have never had to sit. If you ask an OB/GYN what's a normal to long labour, I had an OB/GYN tell me that 10 hours was a long labour. I'm like, "Jesus Christ, what are you guys having? Have you got a slip slide set up out here." I was on a midwife tour recently in Aspen, someone's like, "How does labour take?" And the midwife's like, "It can take up to two hours." I was like, "What?" If it's your fourth baby and you're at nine centimetres. It's just ridiculous.   Tahnee: (43:19) Wow.   Eva Williams: (43:19) Yeah, I know. I know. And I always think to myself like, "Wow, I think that 40 hours of fairly active labour is long." I think that labour from early labour onward can go on for a week. That's the sort of time I'm willing to just give a woman and her body to just dilate at its pace and do its thing, and it's just unheard of. So if people are getting pressure to induce and it's funny, because we've made this thing over here and we're not doing it yet, but it's a couple of doulas and I have this, it's kind of our joke, but I also want to do it. And it's going to be for women who for partners, 36 and 37 weeks onward, and it's going to be the induction group.   Eva Williams: (44:01) Basically, you all come together and we watch a funny movie or a beautiful movie about birth, and you get a glass of red wine. We're not getting hammered over here, but you get a glass of red wine. We have some food, whether it's Indian or Thai, something with a little bit of spice, a little bit Mexican or something, and you just share. And you can share if it's stressful, you can share if it's funny, we share content and information. And then if you want to stay for the second part, we teach something like certain techniques, maybe not actually internal, but certain techniques like clitoral stroking or labial massage or hip massage or things like that that your partner can do that will assist in your hips getting ready and things like that.   Eva Williams: (44:42) And just from 37 weeks on, everyone is welcome to just join, come, have that glass of wine, just get a move on. Do a bit of dancing, have a bit of laughter. Because the group, you share more pheromonal energy. Because that's something that isn't readily shared, adrenaline and cortisol inhibit oxytocin. So if you're stressed, you cannot go into natural labour, they inhibit one another. So if women are feeling stressed about being induced, the thing that they really need is they need to disconnect from the timeline of intensity, they really need the opportunity to disconnect from that.   Eva Williams: (45:17) So if the doctor's pressuring you and says, "Okay, well take your time, but I need to see you again in two or three days." Don't go, don't go in two or three days. If they need to see you again, they can see you in a week. All they're going to do is an ultrasound and whatever, maybe a sweep. Give yourself the space that your body needs. And also, really, really, really take your homoeopathy from 36 weeks, from 36 weeks, be taking your homoeopathy and be taking just this very gentle way of beginning to release the stress on the system. Take the aconite, take the arnica.   Eva Williams: (46:00) Another thing that's really important, and again, this all goes back to prep, because if you're doing everything at the last moment, you're going to be dealing with a lot. In the programme that I run, around third 30 to 34 weeks, in between this time before your GBS test, we explore different internal works. And not necessarily me doing that, but maybe it's related to sex with the husband, maybe it's related to self-pleasure, maybe it's just internal gaze and interception kind of meditation, but we start unblocking and unlocking anything that might be held in the pelvis.   Eva Williams: (46:37) And then also, if you have a chiro, there's the Webster technique, or if you have a Bowen therapist who can do the sacral... There's a series of sacral releases that they can do. Anything you can do to prepare your body, to feel really good and open, speak to your cervix, ripen your cervix, yourself, speak to it, see beautiful pink light moving through it. All of these things work, they really, really work. And what doesn't work is being pressured into having a baby, it just doesn't fucking work. There's no evidence to support that it's ever worked.   Eva Williams: (47:11) It's insane, even with the foetal monitoring, even that, there's the only proof that it actually has any benefit is it there's no proof. The only thing that it's actually done is increased C-section rates. And so, these sorts of things, we have to just be really mindful of what the outcome is. Is the outcome an alive baby or is the outcome an empowered woman who knows herself and knows her body and can recover in the postpartum process because she's actually connected to the child, because oxytocin is also a huge part of recovery. It's what's bringing the colostrum and the breast milk, it's what's actually involuting the uterus.   Eva Williams: (47:52) So if we don't have this connection from the outside, if we're having those issues, then we also face a much longer recovery period. And that's when you really begin to see from an emotional perspective, from a body work perspective. If I see diastasis, like a herniated diastasis or something like this, for me, that's always that the woman has been opened in the birth process, but she hasn't had the closing afterwards, so she has no centre. Can you imagine what it would be doing to your back, to not have your rectus abdominis working? Basically, your back would be as stiff as a board, and that's a woman who feels that she's not supported. She hasn't been supported through that process.   Eva Williams: (48:37) I don't know, this stuff is so intuitive and natural, it feels so natural to say, but we aren't there as a culture of medicine and we're not there as a culture of birth yet either, and it's difficult. And there's a way I just want to say to people, just protect kept yourself. But I actually love working with OB/GYNs and I do love working with the medical system when they get it right, and they very often, if you find the right people and places, they do get it right. I had a doula complain to me the other day about how, at this one hospital that's really great here, the midwife didn't even turn up and the baby just came out.   Eva Williams: (49:17) And I was like, "Is this a complaint? This is a complaint that the baby just naturally came out and the mother caught her home own baby?" I'm sorry, I don't feel the same level of stress around this that you feel. It's so beautiful to hear about less managed births. And this is for those people who are being pushed toward induction, this is called active management, basically, of expectations in relationship to doctors. And another thing to understand is that 40 weeks doesn't really mean much.   Tahnee: (49:52) So arbitrary.   Eva Williams: (49:54) It's insane. I'm not standardised by that. Some hospitals do it from the first day of your last period, some do it from the last day of your last period? It's just ridiculous and there's no evidence that proves that. I think of 10% of children come on their due day.   Tahnee: (50:11) Not good odds-   Eva Williams: (50:12) I know, right. Yes. And everyone wants to be fucking Natalie Portman or Kate Moss or something. And guess what, 1%. You know what I mean? It's one of these expectations that we set up. We are lying to women when we tell them that they should be fitting that mould, and we are taking away from them the opportunity for them to make their own mould of what it looks like. So contentious. It doesn't actually feel that contentious, it feels really straightforward, but whatever.   Tahnee: (50:39) Well, it's interesting because I think one thing for me with birth too, it felt like... I don't want to be in the feminine/masculine, for me, time when I'm in a feminine space, linear time is not a thing. It's not real, it doesn't exist and there's this just natural unfolding of things as they are. My feeling around birth was very much like we're trying to apply this very linear masculine dimension to it and it doesn't exist like that. I think this idea of 10 moons or being able to see it in this sense of it's with them and it's a flow, but it's not something that's going to happen on a day. I'm struggling with it right now, people are like, "What's your due date?"   Tahnee: (51:33) And I'm, "Well, I don't know, sometime in April." And they want a due date. Well, I do know it's April 1st, but I don't believe my baby's going to come on April 1st.   Eva Williams: (51:44) I can tell you what I do always is I just take the full moon of that month. And I was like, "She's not due, then she's due in the beginning of the month." I'm like, "I don't care."   Tahnee: (51:56) That's when they come.   Eva Williams: (51:57) The baby is now officially due on the full moon. Baby's like a full moon, that's what's happening. It doesn't mean we won't prepare and I don't necessarily calculate my weeks from that, I'll do it from that ultrasound or whatever. And the programme that we are doing is a 10-moon programme, it's 10 modules and they're 10 moons. Yeah, it's just recognising that children have a rhythm, it's not something that we can set or determine. That rhythm is related to obviously the tides of our own life. Some babies like a new moon. There's no set rules, you can't apply them one way or another, like you said.   Eva Williams: (52:33) And I love this idea that, look, birth is very much about learning about abundance, about our own abundance, that we can actually create a whole other being. It's this radiant space that we enter into. Adding scarcity of time to that means that a woman feels a scarcity of space. And if she's feeling a scarcity of time and space, as these two things do manifest together within her own body, you're taking away the whole dimension and realm that she needs to live inside of during her birth, like you said. It's this feminine space. And that doesn't mean that we can't have a plan during pregnancy, it doesn't mean that certain practises won't be better at different times.   Eva Williams: (53:12) It doesn't mean any of that, but it's the invasiveness of how we treat birth needs to stop. I'm working on a new project right now, and I'm very excited about it and I can't say much about it, but what I can say is that one of the main focuses of it is the removal of incredibly invasive techniques. And some of them aren't even necessarily invasive, they're just fucking disgusting like the gestational diabetes test.   Tahnee: (53:40) Oh, that was the only fucking thing I did last time. And I was like, "This is the most sugar I've had in my entire adult life." Maybe as a kid, I gorged on Lollies, but other than that." That's the only time I was sick in my pregnancy was after that.   Eva Williams: (53:54) Yes, so many women have said to me like, "Oh yeah, definitely, the most traumatic thing of my pregnancy was that time."   Tahnee: (54:01) I was like, "Fucking hell, guys." It's like nine Coca-Colas or something. I'm like, "Great."   Eva Williams: (54:07) And it's not necessary. It's not necessary because there's so many other ways to remediate or even to tell. And what was so funny is, I was with a client recently and she had to shift OB/GYNs because on her due date, the original OB/GYN is not going to be there. And so we had just gone to that OB/GYN and said, "Look, we're opting out of this." And she was ready to fight. She's like, "I don't want this person." I was like, "Just chill. I'm sure they'll be fine with it." Don't go in for a battle, that's one thing. All birth workers, everyone, just don't go in for a battle. If you have to put your armour on, do it, but don't go in for a battle. And the doctor was like, "Huh. I've been in birth for a long time and I've seen a lot of incredible advancements and devices and ultrasound and all sorts of things really. And yet they still haven't managed to make something less disgusting than that drink. That's okay. Don't worry about it."   Eva Williams: (55:01) Even an OB/GYN was like, "Yeah, you'd think we'd gotten to this level, but really it's just Lucozade, sugar." And then we had to go to this other one and really communicate once again like, "Hey, the preference is for this off the table." And she just was like, "That's the most disgusting drink in the world, I wouldn't push that test on anyone." I was like, "Wow."   Tahnee: (55:19) Amazing. That's a good change in culture. [crosstalk 00:55:22]. What's your rate on ultrasounds in general? I haven't spoken about this much on the podcast either, but I do get asked about it a lot, and there's the one side of it where people are like, "It's good to know and it gives you that reassurance." And then there's the other side, which is probably more of the side I'm on where it's like, "What would it tell me that actually... What benefit would that information actually give me?" So I'm curious as to your take on that as a birth keeper.   Eva Williams: (55:53) Well, it's a great topic. One thing I can definitely say is, you know your body, you've done a lot of work with your body. I have also clients who are just super on it, and yet sometimes, and I'm thinking of one person specific, that if a woman, for example, has a miscarriage or something like this, even if she isn't someone who would naturally or usually lean toward wanting ultrasound or something like that in that early part of the next pregnancy, it brings an enormous amount of relief to know that everything's going healthy.   Tahnee: (56:38) Reinsurance.   Eva Williams: (56:38) Exactly. If you have chromosomal issues in your life, those 12 week tests, in your family, for example, or even the 20-week morphology exams, they can bring a lot of knowledge. So from my perspective, what I usually say to women when they say, "What do you think is necessary, blah, blah." I said, "The first thing that's necessary is anything that will bring you comfort. If your level of comfort and certainty and anxiety will drop with each or any of those visits, then those are the ones that are necessary, because your emotional and mental wellbeing is more important to the baby's health and growth than anything that an ultrasound is going to do to your body. That's my perspective.   Eva Williams: (57:25) And then usually, they just say that the main tests that are important are your morphology, your 20, 21-week scan, and that's really just to see if there's any... For those of you who don't know, that's not really an ultrasound, it's a full building out of, they check all of the different organs.   Tahnee: (57:44) It's pretty cool. I was like, "Whoa. There's a kidney and there's a... "   Eva Williams: (57:53) They go in, they check all the tissues, they check the formation of the organs. This is technology that I'm grateful that we have because it can put a lot of decision making power into people's hands. And simultaneously, I know a lot of people who aren't down for it, they're like, "No way, that's even worse than an ultrasound. That's super intense for the baby, blah, blah, blah." For me, it's all about comfort. And I have had a couple birth workers recently and clients saying, they're like, "Well, I know you're very pro natural birth and this is not."   Eva Williams: (58:26) I'm like, "Hang on a minute. I'm not really for or against anything, I just don't really have a role to play. If you're planning a C-section... " I know what the body is capable of, and those are personal experiences that I've had. You can't take that away from me or I cannot pretend that I don't know what the physical body can do and what we may need to train for, but can actually get what this experience can be. So I can't take that out of my being that if you know that that's available, that you gravitate toward it, but it doesn't necessarily mean that I am anti anything."   Eva Williams: (59:03) I've had my time being anti epidural, and then I saw a series of Pilates teachers and yoga teachers who had super tight pelvic floors get an epidural after like 36 hours of labour, and just one hour, boom, baby was out. Really incredible experiences. Legs were still working, everything. So I can't go through the level of experience that I've had, I can't afford to fight anyone. I hate it in the birth world, I hate this, the fight that happens when people are... I believe in advocating that there's a point where if you can change that inside of yourself, you stop attracting moments to have those conversations. That's what I have found in my personal experience.   Eva Williams: (59:45) And so I try to just be very, very open, and the reason is because I don't necessarily need to specify what I will and won't work with, because I really only attract people that I really will be the right person for. But I would say, if someone is just like, "I don't know what to get and when." I would just say, "Look, the most standard thing is that you have a 12-week ultrasound, you have your 21 week morphology. That puts a lot of power in your hands. Look it up, do a little bit of research." And then usually, there'll be something as a bare minimum right before your birth, like a 36-week thing, and then we'll do a GBS swab."   Eva Williams: (01:00:21) And you don't have to do your GBS swab, you don't have to get that scan. You can just wait and go into labour naturally as well. But those are some of the options. And I don't believe that you need anything more than that, but I've been with women who are going every third day in the end of their pregnancy just to sit in a room for 20 minutes just to hear if the baby's safe and good. If that's wh

Watch This With Rick Ramos
#357 - Léon: The Professional - WatchThis W/RickRamos

Watch This With Rick Ramos

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 80:55


"Always This Hard." - Luc Besson's Léon: The Professional This week, Mr. Chavez & I sit down to discuss a classic of the1990's, Luc Besson's 1994 Hit-Man Love Story, Léon: The Professional. A fascinating film that transcends it's reputation as an inappropriate male-fantasy, Besson's story of a young girl orphaned when her family is murdered by D.E.A. agents and taken in by slow-witted, but gentle and caring, hit-man, Léon: The Professional is a film that tackles much larger issues than is normally seen in an action movie. Ibrahim & I are very aware of the controversies and problems of this film, Besson's personal life, and - most importantly - Natalie Portman's experiences with early sexualization that were born out of this film. Regardless of all of the problems (and we are NOT dismissing them in anyway) this is a film with sad, nuanced, and beautiful performances, as well as an over-the-top and bravado one by the great Gary Oldman. This was a fun film to go back to. We hope you enjoy the talk. Questions, Comments, Complaints, & Suggestions can be directed to gondoramos@yahoo.com. Our Continued Thanks for Your Love & Support.

Overlapping Dialogue

We thought we'd follow up last week's lengthy labyrinth of an episode on the events of November 22, 1963 with a more quiet and graceful remembrance of the same day and its lasting after effects with 2016's Jackie. But before we take yet another stroll down the American Century's middle period...this week's Blue Plate Special finds us discussing our recent experience seeing legendary rock band Genesis early on their ongoing The Last Domino? tour before transitioning to some thoughts on Wes Anderson's latest The French Dispatch. The film of the week inevitably sparks a discussion on recent trends in biopics and period films over the past decade and how exactly Natalie Portman's brilliant performance and Larrain's icily precise direction at once subvert and compliment the very sort of myth making historical fictions have been forging for centuries. Feel free to skip to 1:46:18 for the beginning of our audio commentary. As always, please like, subscribe, rate, and review us on all of our channels, which include Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube! Contact us at huffmanbrothersproductions@gmail.com with your questions, comments, and requests.

Failure to Franchise
Episode Thirty-Three - Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Failure to Franchise

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 105:06


In part two of our special month dedicated to the Wachowski's, in preparation for THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS, we're looking at their last theatrical feature as a filmmaking duo (at least for now) - 2015's ambitious space opera, JUPITER ASCENDING. Is Mila Kunis a worthy replacement for Natalie Portman? Is Channing Tatum best utilized as a half man, half dog super soldier? And just what the hell is Eddie Redmayne trying to do here?? All these questions and more are pondered, as we scrub some toilets and then go on a wild intergalactic adventure.  Our Twitter Our Facebook Our Instagram Our YouTube Trev's Letterboxd Chris' Letterboxd

Nerd Skool
Episode 50: Nerd Skool: Thor: The Darkworld

Nerd Skool

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 64:47


The Nerd Skool takes on Thor The Darkworld.  The fellas like soap operas, TBJ is stress-binging holiday movies, Artstar is a sith.  Is Natalie Portman too good for this?  Is this the bottom of the barrel of the MCU?  Is Tom Cruise allowed to do Christmas movies? Get your Nerdskool Merch:  https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/74089719?asc=u Music by D Jones Hip Hop!

Fat Mascara
Ep 353: An L.A. Story with Hairstylist Mara Roszak

Fat Mascara

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 52:02


Hairstylist Mara Roszak booked her first celebrity client when she was just 17 (her mom had to drive her to the job!), and she's been working steadily ever since, with clients like Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, Natalie Portman, and Cara Delevingne. In this interview, she shares how she got her start, anecdotes from the set, the story behind her line, Rōz, and the products she stocks in her kit—and at her salon, Mare.Links and sponsors: fatmascara.com/blogShop the products mentioned on this episode: myshlf.us/fatmascaraPrivate Facebook Group: Fat Mascara Raising a WandSocial media: @fatmascara, @jessicamatlin, @jenn_editSubmit a "Raise A Wand" product recommendation and be featured on the show: email info@fatmascara.com or leave a voicemail at 646-481-8182  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/fatmascara.

DVD Deathmatch
Ep. 60 - Rents with Benefits

DVD Deathmatch

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 57:59


2005's Rent vs 2011's Friends with Benefits! One is based on a hugely popular broadway musical, the other does NOT star Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, both are utter delights! How ever will we choose??Hi! We're Liza and Mike and we have too many DVDs! So many in fact that the only way to cull our collection is to pit them against one another. Every week we'll select two movies at random, watch them, talk about them and decide which one has GOT to GO. Two discs enter, one disc leaves. This is: DVD Deathmatch!

Knerds of the Roundtable
A Review of V for Vendetta

Knerds of the Roundtable

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 56:06


On this episode the Knerds review V for Vendetta. Directed by James McTeague and starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving.

High School Slumber Party
257 Garden State (2004) Part 2

High School Slumber Party

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 73:38


The Class Reunion continues for part two of our two part discussion on Zach Braff, Natalie Portman and Garden State. John Brooks of the Hard to Believe podcast and Cara Gael O'Regan return to chat some of the "only in New Jersey" aspects of the film, what line Method Man was almost too embarrassed to deliver, Albert's infinite abyss and of course that airport ending. Don't forget to listen for our infamous slumber party awards as well!

The World's Best Podcast
“Remember, Remember The 5th of November…”

The World's Best Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 9:10


Some thoughts on Guy Fawkes Day and the film V For Vendetta…

High School Slumber Party
256 Garden State (2004) Part 1

High School Slumber Party

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 86:01


Our Class Reunion series returns with an #iconic film for a micro-generation; 2004's Garden State. First time slumberer John Brooks of the Hard to Believe podcast and long time slumberer Cara Gael O'Regan join Brian to discuss this New Jersey film written, directed and staring Zack Braff. The debate heats up with discussions of the soundtrack, Natalie Portman's character and the overall tone of the movie. Join us for more hot takes on Part 2 this Monday!

Remote Takes
Bonus Episode: V for Vendetta (2005)

Remote Takes

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 22:27


Remember, Remember the 5th of November.. Tony & Jeremy share their thoughts about the Mystery Thriller V for Vendetta (2005) in this timely bonus episode.

UNbiased Label
Michelle Obama's Official Make-up Artist: Carl Ray

UNbiased Label

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 36:36


This episode is a conversation with Carl Ray, a Washington, D.C. based celebrity make-up artist, who has been in the beauty industry for over 20 years. Carl's prolific work is evidenced in his position as official make-up artist for former First Lady Michelle Obama since 2009.  Carl has also worked with a long roster of notable clientele including: Anna Wintour, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Claire Danes, Diane Von Furstenberg, Debra Messing, Stella McCartney, Kerri Washington, Gabriel Union, Adrianna Lima, Allison Janey, Julia Child, Melinda Gates, Pricilla Chan Zuckerberg, Anna Nicole Smith, Nancy Pelosi, Queen Rana, Queen Noor, Sir Paul McCartney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Morgan Freeman, Lin - Manuel Miranda, Hugh Jackman, former President Bill Clinton, and former President Barack Obama. The artistic style of the 'Carl Ray Way' is rooted in enhancing a woman's natural beauty. He enjoys getting to know each individual woman so he can bring out her own personality. Carl prides himself on complimenting individual beauty, and his range of techniques allows him to deliver a natural glam, polished, clean, fresh, and beautiful look. Carl has been voted “top make-up artist” by Washingtonian magazine since the inception of his career in Washington, DC in 1999 and is the go-to make-up artist for weddings. His work has appeared in the bridal magazine covers & pages of: Brides, Martha Stewart, Vogue, The Knot, Washingtonian Bride and Groom, Inside Weddings, Town and Country Weddings, Modern Luxury Brides, Engaged, Bridal Guide, Wedding Style, and Premiere Bride. Carl's work has appeared on and in the magazine covers & pages of Vogue, Glamour, Elle, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Ebony, Essence, Harper's Bazaar, More, Ladies' Home Journal, Variety, Seventeen, Red Book, People and Time. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/zara-korutz/message

Rage Across the Internet: A Werewolf the Apocalypse podcast

C. Grant Rose remoting in with Porter and Danny to go the next in the Lost Tribes set. We reach back with Shattered Dreams, and decide what is cannon and what isn't. We reach for Natalie Portman?!..... Come join in on the funThe music is "Apocalypse" by SYBS.As always you can reach us at:Website: http://www.rageacrosspodcast.comJoin the Forums to get the Code for our discord and come chat with us!Email: rageacrosspodcast@gmail.comTwitter:@rageacrossFacebook: RageAcrosstheInternetPodcasthttps://www.patreon.com/RageAcross

Paid in Puke Podcast!
Paid in Puke S6E8: Annihilation

Paid in Puke Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 43:36


On today's episode, we get existential AF with Alex Garland's 2018 surreal sci-fi film, "Annihilation", starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Tuva Novotny.  This is a heady one, but it's a lot of fun if you can stomach some pretty intense body horror and a trippy synth score. It's basically John Carpenter's The Thing on acid but with WOMEN.   

French Curiosity Club
Julie Charlet- Danseuse étoile au Ballet du Capitole

French Curiosity Club

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 65:48


Née à Lille, Julie a étudié la danse à Marseille, avant d'intégrer pendant 10 ans la troupe du Northern Ballet à Leeds en Angleterre. En 2013, elle s'installe à Toulouse pour rejoindre le Ballet du Capitole, où elle sera élevée au rang de danseuse étoile en 2019. Que l'on pense aux tutus et paillettes ou à la descente aux enfers de Natalie Portman dans Black Swan, le monde du ballet est entouré d'un imaginaire riche en mythes et clichés. Le 30 Septembre, Julie est revenue avec humour et enthousiasme sur ses débuts, la réalité du quotidien d'une danseuse, les montées d'adrénaline avant chaque représentation, sa manière d'appréhender les frustrations et les échecs mais surtout l'importance de s'écouter et de rester soi-même ! Laissez-vous emporter dans son univers!

What's Your Name Again? with Kurt Caceres
A Role that Changed the World - with Brett Claywell - Part I

What's Your Name Again? with Kurt Caceres

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 48:56


Most actors deep down hope they can play roles that have an impact on society, move people with emotion, and in the rare case, become part of something much bigger than all of us. Brett Claywell sits with America's Podcaster, Kurt Caceres, to share his experience as a heterosexual young man from the south, playing one of the first gay characters on television, performing the first gay love scene in history and winning a Daytime Emmy all for this portrayal. This came at a time when gay marriage was only legal in a few states, and most of his family didn't understand nor could accept him choosing to play this role. This is the same kid who was put on hold for one of the leads opposite Natalie Portman, in the film Black Swan. After he auditioned for hours in a dark intimidating room for the legendary director Darren Aronofsky himself. Eventually the role went to Sebastian Stan, but this is the journey of an actor. Unknown to most, Brett played basketball on one of the most high profile national high school teams in the nation, and this is the reason he got the part of Tim Smith in the CW hit show, One Tree Hill. His father used to make him throw 100 pitches and shoot 100 free throws everyday after school. It's all about the work ethic, and he says that all his successful friends in Hollywood didn't make it to the top on a whim, they hustled and grinded day and night behind the scenes for years, unseen to most. Winning Emmy Awards. Playing on a hit show. Being groomed for one of the leads in a classic American film. And now he has all but retired from the business and has moved on to new ventures. This is the life of an actor in Hollywood.Please Follow and Subscribe to the Podcast. Email: podcast@provenanceroom.comYoutube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRF42UoBNLo9DXv5BYQQCqgHost Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/kurt_caceres/Podcast Twitter:https://twitter.com/wyna_podcastPodcast Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/What.Your.Name.Again/Podcast Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/wyna.podcast/Production Company Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/provenance_room/Website:https://www.provenanceroom.com/wynaPlease Follow and Subscribe to the Podcast. Email: podcast@provenanceroom.com

Spoiled Rotten Podcast
159: Revisiting Thor

Spoiled Rotten Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 82:31


Kenneth Branagh's Thor is revisited!Discover more great podcasts on the That Shelf Podcast Network! Learn more about TDF Everything on Facebook and Twitter!

Screen Slurps
Mars Attacks! (1996)

Screen Slurps

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 42:12


On this weeks episode, Adam and Laura discuss the 1996 film "Mars Attacks!" Directed by Tim Burton, "Mars Attacks!" features an ensemble cast that includes Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, and many more.  Film summary: Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

The Movie Podcast
Marvel Studios' What If...? Episode 9 Review, Interview with Animation Team, and The Last Duel Press Conference

The Movie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 42:51


Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! This week on a very special BONUS episode of The Movie Podcast, we're joined by WHAT IF...? Unit Director Anthony Di Ninno and Background Artist Steven Wong of Stellar Creative Lab to discuss their work on Marvel Studios' hit and expectation defying show. Daniel and Anthony also discuss their thoughts on the season finale of WHAT IF...? and cover the press conference for Ridley Scott's THE LAST DUEL. Listen now on all podcast feeds and on TheMoviePodcast.caContact: hello@themoviepodcast.caINTERVIEW WITH MARVEL STUDIOS' WHAT IF? UNIT DIRECTOR ANTHONY DI NINNO [00:21:00]INTERVIEW WITH MARVEL STUDIOS' WHAT IF? BACKGROUND ARIST STEVEN WONG [00:31:50]FOLLOW USFollow Daniel on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow Shahbaz on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow Anthony on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow The Movie Podcast on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Discord, and YouTubeThe Movie Podcast is on a mission to hit 200 Apple Podcast reviews before September, click here to head over to our show page on APPLE PODCASTS and leave us a 5 STAR review!ABOUTThe Movie Podcast is one of Canada's top film and review podcasts. Every week you'll hear film lovers Daniel, Shahbaz, and Anthony discuss the biggest movie news, talk trailers, what's coming soon, ponder a unique topic of show, and speak to special guests from across the film industry. Catch a new episode of The Movie Podcast every Monday and watch out for Review episodes on all the latest movies and series.

Creator to Creator's
Creator to Creators S3 Ep 2 Valeria Sweet

Creator to Creator's

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 31:57


Valeria Sweet is a storyteller on screen, creator off screen, and an award-winning producer. She is known for romantic dramas and action thrillers. Femininely charismatic, she plays romantic leads, agents provocateurs, and double agents. Compared to Natalie Portman and Audrey Hepburn, she's described as a natural-born film actress. "You don't see the work because it disappears into her, it blends in. The camera loves her and she knows where she is in the frame at all times," Chris Game, CD/Director.She was born in the city of Kazan, Russia, where East meets West. Having grown up in US, she retains fluent Russian, which she spoke in the feature Lubov v Gorode Angelov of Sarik Andreasyan (American Heist) and Rob Riggle's Loaded Vodka commercial. Her knowledge of Spanish lead to playing Latinas in Jane the Virgin and Mayans M.C., and she knows a little bit of Tatar. Her other skills include hand-to-hand stage combat, precision driving, boxing, and on-set gun handling.

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 002: Where's the Atmospheric Disturbance?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 30:23


Minute Two: From Science to Sky Light In the second Jane-filled minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Jane Foster is an astrophysicist now, not a nurse. We've pointed this out before but just a reminder. It's not the same Jane as in the comics. We try to figure out what Jane is actually studying. The Aurora Borealis rarely appears in New Mexico, but we know Jane's recorded it 17 times so far. Based on the MCU Timeline, it seems like it's all pretty recent too. Darcy Lewis has grown so much in our estimation because of her appearance in WandaVision. We hope everyone feels the same. Kat Dennings gives such great eye roll. Just what is Jane actually working on? Erik Selvig watches Jane work. And we just love this character! But what's the history with him and Jane? There's not much here. Still, Stellan Skarsgård is always great to watch. Is what Jane's been tracking actually related to Asgard or is the upcoming Bifrost trip somehow connected to all of these auroras in New Mexico? Or do they just happen to coincide? And speaking of auroras, do auroras appear at such specific times? I mean seriously... Erik's awfully put off when it doesn't show up at the exact second. There's more in the script about Erik's and Jane's backstory. Sounds like he worked with her dad at some point. Darcy just seems sooooooo disinterested. We also run through the IMDb Game with Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård. Dang! They're all so busy! We have a great time covering all of these elements and more. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on TruStory FM's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Source Material

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 001: Has Marvel Earned Its Wizards?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 32:12


Minute One: From Titles to Typing In the first minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... We start with the titles for Thor. The title screens for both Paramount Pictures as well as Marvel Studios remind us we're still in a different era. While they play, Patrick Doyle's fantastic first track “Chasing the Storm” gets our juices pumping. This helps us transition to Puente Antiguo, New Mexico on a moonless night. Does this have anything to do with the end of last season? It may be moonless, but it's noisy. Night insects chirp and a distant vehicle idles. Inside the vehicle, three people work on very scientific equipment. Well, two of them. One just sits there in the darkness. But who are these scientists? Well, we meet Jane Foster played by Natalie Portman and Erik Selvig played by Stellan Skarsgård. But why isn't Jane a nurse? It's the first big change from the comics. Turns out Jane's not a nurse but an astrophysicist and has a screen up on which displays information about the Van Allen Belt. We like that Branagh wanted to start on Earth and not in Asgard with Thor. It grounds the story for us. Branagh favors dutch angles because of time as a youth spent reading comic books. Also, Branagh and his cinematographer seem to really like handheld camera work. As we said back in the first episode of Iron Man, you have to earn your wizards. Marvel certainly has done that. With all of that, there's a surprising amount of things to discuss in this first minute. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on TruStory FM's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Source Material

The Movie Podcast
Marvel Studios' What If... Ultron Won? Review and Reaction (Episode 8)

The Movie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 12:36


Daniel, Shahbaz, & Anthony return to an Age of Ultron in their review and reaction to Marvel Studios' What If...? Episode 8. SPOILER WARNING. What If...? is available exclusively on Disney+ with new episodes weekly.Listen now on all podcast feeds and on TheMoviePodcast.caContact: hello@themoviepodcast.ca“What If...?” flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios' first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. Directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, “What If...?” launches exclusively on Disney+ on August 11, 2021.FOLLOW USFollow Daniel on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow Shahbaz on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow Anthony on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow The Movie Podcast on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Discord, and YouTubeThe Movie Podcast is on a mission to hit 200 Apple Podcast reviews, click here to head over to our show page on APPLE PODCASTS and leave us a 5 STAR review!ABOUTThe Movie Podcast is one of Canada's top film and review podcasts. Every week you'll hear film lovers Daniel, Shahbaz, and Anthony discuss the biggest movie news, talk trailers, what's coming soon, ponder a unique topic of show, and speak to special guests from across the film industry. Catch a new episode of The Movie Podcast every Monday and watch out for Review episodes on all the latest movies and series.

Comic Books and Cold Ones
Hot Topics: What If ...? Thor ONLY Son- LIVE WATCH

Comic Books and Cold Ones

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 75:53


What If…KMac and Yek wanted a reason to drink beer and watch comic book TV shows. Well, no need to ponder that question any more when you can listen as we slams some good brews while doing a live riff watch of  What If... Thor Were an Only Child? (Which totally should've been “Thor Only Son”,  Hey Disney! DM us to get access to this kind of talent). Why doesn't rotoscoped Natalie Portman look like Natalie Portman? Why is Volstagg so less Voluminous? Can you spot all the random Marvel refs as well as the inebriated double funking duo of KMac and Yek? Probably. But, we do have way more fun than trading a car for a dead deer head. And as always with live watches, stay tuned to compete in The Gauntlet!Beers:  KMac: Double Thunder Funk, Bent Water Brewing, Lynn, MAStyle: DIPA, 9.2% ABVRating: What If…T'Challa became Starlord? Well, this is interesting…Mmmm I like this…. And the fun time continues.  Yek: Festbier, Tucher Nuremberg and Fürth, Bavaria, GermanyStyle: Festbier, 5.8% ABVRating: What If…Captain Carter were the first Avenger? It'll entertain you for 30 minutes. 

Trump Mafia
J-DAWG KUSH

Trump Mafia

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 35:07


Welcome to another episode of Trump Mafia. I am your returning host, Aaron May. The target... I mean subject of this episode of Trump Mafia is Jared “The Kush” Kushner. The most spectacularly unqualified member of Trump's cabal. On past episodes, we have covered equally notable names but at least they had a story to their story. This guy is a Late-Night Talk Show punchline. We def will cover his past and give you background, but at the end of the day, he's just a trust fund douchebag whose ultra-rich real estate felon of a father, Charlie “OG Kush” Kushner, greased 2 state senators & the school to get Jared into Harvard, at some point hooks up with Trump's daughter and bingo bongo, he's in charge of bringing peace to the middle east. You know, a kush job. I have racked my brain thinking that there HAD to be SOME genius nefarious move for having this Sentient Kohl's Mannequin (to quote John Oliver), as an advisor. Had to be something more than nepotism, something that made sense like Kushner had a secret pipeline to a Russian sex ring that The Don could grab some more pussy from. I even pondered the possibility of a dark secret that the Kush could extort The Don over, but that would be too smart for the Kush. So WHY THE FUCK is this “Harvard's Shiniest Mistake” in the White House? Even ex-Harvard schoolmate Natalie Portman thinks he's a tool who cheated his way through school.

C4S Villains
Ep36: What If... Thor Were An Only Child? Spoilers Discussion

C4S Villains

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 132:17


Hosts: JB | Vash | Abe | Steve Timecodes0:00 - Intro 2:12 - What We've Been Watching 2:20 - Steve Reviews ‘The Flash' Seasons 1-3 3:34 - Abe Continues ‘Squad Game' 5:35 - James Talks About ‘Kim's Convenience' & ‘Fresh Off The Boat' 8:30 - ‘The Flash' Talk Continued9:45 - Should DC Have Brought Barry Back To Life After Crisis 11:29 - Abe's Thoughts On ‘Superman And The Authority' And The Superman Family 13:39 - Abe's Thoughts On The ‘Krypton' Series 15:08 - Steve Ranks The First Three Seasons Of The Flash 25:53 - James Empathizes With Savitar 27:07 - Russel T. Davies Returning As DoctorWho Showrunner After 12 Years30:50 - James Sings The Praises Of Matt Smith's Doctor 33:36 - James Encourages The Council To Watch Torchwood40:30 - Nintendo + Illumination Are Making A ‘Mario' Animated Movie 58:53 - Marvel Sues Heirs Of Comic Book Creators To Block Them From Reclaiming The Copyrights To Popular Characters (Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange….)1:13:36 - What If… ? Episode 7 General Thoughts1:19:02 - What If… ? Episode 7 Spoilers Discussion 1:55:41 - How Can The Infinity Stones Work In Another Universe?Patron Spotlight Miguel Parra Chris Conkling Brian Dupre Bryce JacksonRay Williams Darren Vance Laura D. Kendall Grant Mia FrancisJeridel BanksLily GroubyWebsite - https://careful4spoilers.com​​Hosts SocialsFollow JB on Twitter - https://twitter.com/jbxclusive​​Follow JB on Instagram - https://instagram.com/jbxclusive​​Follow Vash on Instagram - https://instagram.com/LegendDVash​​Follow Vash on Twitter - https://twitter.com/LegendDVash​​​Follow Steve on Twitter - https://twitter.com/scubasteve1428Follow Abe on Twitter - https://twitter.com/Prince_ALawalFollow Inside The Mind Of A Blerd Podcast on Twitter - https://twitter.com/theblerdmindpodFollow Inside The Mind Of A Blerd on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theblerdmindpod/Follow Inside The Mind Of A Blerd on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2aKjGmWmL5DtNk31MmJXsT?si=By4WZ4M2R8qCXGD4zQDBsQFollow Inside The Mind Of A Blerd on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHvCaeNlJJhcmHWLZKNQxugC4S | AxL | Inside The Mind Of A Blerd | Osa & Abe | Socials Support C4S on Patreon - https://patreon.com/c4spoilers​​C4S Discord - https://discord.gg/2G6ma5X7aCFollow C4S on Twitter - https://twitter.com/c4spoilers​​Follow C4S on Facebook - https://facebook.com/c4spoilers​​Follow C4S on on Instagram - https://instagram.com/c4spoilers​​​Follow Anime Lately - https://linktr.ee/animelately​​Follow Inside The Mind Of A Blerd Podcast on Twitter - https://twitter.com/theblerdmindpodFollow Inside The Mind Of A Blerd on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theblerdmindpod/Follow Abe's Linktree - linktr.ee/NaijaPrince94Podcast Feeds- C4S Villains Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/c4s-villains/id1554370159- Careful 4 Spoilers Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/careful-4-spoilers/id1028914371- Best One Worst One Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/best-one-worst-one/id1463304818- You've Gotta See This Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/youve-gotta-see-this/id1488553333- No Anime No Life Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-anime-no-life/id1268423571- Dammit Barry Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dammit-barry/id1283169565- The Anime Lately Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-anime-lately-podcast/id1461649567- Follow Inside The Mind Of A Blerd on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2aKjGmWmL5DtNk31MmJXsT?si=By4WZ4M2R8qCXGD4zQDBsQ- Follow Inside The Mind Of A Blerd on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHvCaeNlJJhcmHWLZKNQxug

The Marvelous Madames Podcast
What If #6 What If… Thor Were an Only Child?

The Marvelous Madames Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 44:42


In this universe, Thor is an only child because Odin & Frigga never adopted Loki, who was instead raised by his biological parents as the Crown Prince of Jotunheim. Without Loki's influence, Thor grew to be a party boy instead of a hero. While his mother is away, Thor travels to Midgard to headline an intergalactic party and meets Dr. Jane Foster and Darcy Lewis, who tried to alert S.H.I.E.L.D. of Thor's arrival. Thor and his countless minions party hard all over Earth, creating problems for SHIELD and interim director Maria Hill. Loki and his Jotun entourage also join the party, encouraging Thor's reckless behavior. SHIELD enlists the aid of Captain Marvel to subdue Thor & the partygoers, but using her full power could do serious harm on earth. So Jane ultimately contacts Frigga via Heimdall, and Thor cleans up his global mess in time to avoid punishment from his mother. But a villainous version of Vision shows up at the very end, leaving us to wonder his motive.     Episode 7 stars Jeffrey Wright, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Frank Grillo, Taika Waititi, Karen Gillan, Frank Grillo, Seth Green, Rachel House, Jaimie Alexander, Josette Eales, Alexandra Daniels, and Clancy Brown.    For more details on the film/TV references that spill out of Kris's (and occasionally Amy's) brain, as well as links to other podcasts, visit the episode page on our website: Episode page link Email us at themarvelousmadames@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter  Instagram  Tumblr 

Assembly Required: An MCU Retrospective
What If...? - Episode 7, "What If... Thor Were an Only Child?"

Assembly Required: An MCU Retrospective

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 70:36


It's party time on the newest episode of WHAT IF...? The latest episode of Marvel Studios' animated Disney+ series asks "What If... Thor Were an Only Child?" The answer is surprisingly goofy. Join Peach3z, Chris, and Robbie as they discuss the cartooniest MCU entry yet, wonder if Thor and Jane's relationship has ever been better, discover something startling about Mr. Krabs, and share an important message about goldfish.Assembly Required now has a Patreon! Join us at https://www.patreon.clom/assemblyrequired for access to our exclusive Discord server and other Patron-exclusive benefits!

Concentrated Podcast
Concentrated Presents: Heralds of the MCU Episode 26

Concentrated Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 31:05


His parents are out of town so the galaxy's biggest party has come to Midgard by way of Thor Odinson on this week's episode of What If? In what seems more like a retelling of the first Thor movie, Uatu poses an interesting question in easily the most fun episode yet "What If...Thor Were An Only Child?". Keep an eye out for cameos and easter eggs galore in this one, as well as the official MCU return of Natalie Portman before she shows up in Thor Love & Thunder.Twitter: @concentratedpodInstagram: @concentratedpodFacebook: http://facebook.com/concentratedpodcastVoicemail: 301-531-4393Email: concentratedpodcast@gmail.comBuyMeACoffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/concentratedpodYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTqvXBYCkLcFnVyevMSaBQgConcentrated Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/user/concentratedFacebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/concentratedpodcast

Remote Takes
Episode 27: Cry Macho (2021) / Annihilation (2018)

Remote Takes

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 62:32


Tony & Jeremy review Cry Macho (2021) directed & starring Clint Eastwood and in the second half they discuss one of Tony's favorite movies Annihilation (2018) directed by Alex Garland starring Natalie Portman.Chapters:Current Talk: Current Talk: Magic The Gathering Arena (00:25)Cry Macho (2021) Review (13:40)Annihilation (2018) Discussion (40:06)The clips featured in this podcast were for critical review and parody, which are protected under the Fair Use laws of the United States Copyright Act of 1976. All rights are reserved and acknowledged.Show Notes:Annihilation (2018) - RottenTomatoesCry Macho (2021) - RottenTomatoesMagic The Gathering Arena

We Might Be Overthinking This But...
Who Gets To Go To The Met Gala and Why?

We Might Be Overthinking This But...

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 52:17


plus Natalie Portman get called out and Nicki Minaj is doing research on the vaccine

Le Film
Jackie (2016)

Le Film

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 126:54


November 22nd, 1963 – Dallas, TX: It had rained that morning, and by afternoon the sun had made its way out from behind the clouds. At approximately 12:29pm, President John F. Kennedy's motorcade entered Dealey Square and rounded the corner onto Houston Street. Within the next 60 seconds, the following course of events would forever alter the history of the United States.   Pablo Larraín's 2016 biographical drama, Jackie, highlights the events leading up to, surrounding, and proceeding that fateful day. Whereas most recounts focus on John F. Kennedy and his short term as president, this film chooses to focus on a figure whose presence has often been overshadowed and overlooked, Jackie Kennedy.   A claustrophobic and deeply intimate portrait on grief and trauma, Jackie serves to not only recount the tragedy that surrounded Jackie, the Kennedy family, and the nation at the time, but to reflect on legacy, the weaving of history, and the will to live.    As always, thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy the discussion.   Where to watch: Vudu (Rent or Buy) Amazon Prime (Rent or Buy) YouTube (Rent or Buy) iTunes (Rent or Buy)    Instagram: @lefilmpodcast   Twitter: @lefilmpod   Send us questions, feedback, and film recommendations at: lefilmpodcast@gmail.com   2:16 The poignancy of the release of Pablo Larraín's Jackie (2016) that is the amalgamation of the mental hurdles and trauma that still exist in present-day America  5:00 An appreciation for Jackie on repeat viewing and the refusal to glorify Jackie Kennedy's grief as opposed to the biographical glorification we're used to seeing in Hollywood & the Academy Awards 10:20 The Salem Witch Hunt in Texas and the repercussions of the ban on abortion rights 15:00 Natalie Portman's tour de force performance as Jackie potentially being her best yet 19:32 Viewing the truth from an alternate perspective and the recreation of the events through found footage 21:45 The significance in balancing truth and fantasy, and pathos and catharsis 26:15 The poignancy of depicting the Kennedy family and America's ugly past 30:54 Mica Levi's haunting score 32:00 Natalie Portman's performance in a performance  37:33 Jackie's duty to display an unsightly truth 42:18 Was Jacqueline Kennedy right or wrong in the way she handled John F. Kennedy's death in the eye of the public and the media? 48:22 America's withdrawal in Afghanistan and the drone strikes in Kubal killing a family of 10 54:30 Jackie as a film about the death of the American Dream, living in a nihilistic world, and embracing life because death is certain 1:02:12 The drone strikes in Afghanistan and its similarities to the chemical bombings in the Vietnam War 1:04:01 Rating Jackie 1:14:57 Jackie Spoiler Discussion

Black Girls Love Podcast
Black Girls Love Ep. 26: MCU- Thor

Black Girls Love Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 63:03


Happy Friday fam. The girls are continuing their Marvel Cinematic Universe Series with Jenae's introduction to the MCU, Thor! It's time for us to set aside our earthly villains and address something new. Something foreign. Something...otherworldly? Join the pair as they talk all things Thor, Loki, and how much they're looking forward to Natalie Portman coming back to take her rightful place as Lady Thor!

Multiverse Tonight - The Podcast about All Your Geeky Universes

Tonight! Batman Day details, Natalie Portman talks putting on muscle for Thor and we remember Willard Scott,  All that and more on the comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight! https://multiversetonight.comSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/multiverse)

The Movie Podcast
Marvel Studios' What If... Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark? Review and Reaction (Episode 6)

The Movie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 11:21


Daniel, Shahbaz, & Anthony feel things are a little too familiar in their review and reaction to Marvel Studios' What If...? Episode 6. SPOILER WARNING. What If...? is available exclusively on Disney+ with new episodes weekly.Listen now on all podcast feeds and on TheMoviePodcast.caContact: hello@themoviepodcast.ca“What If...?” flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios' first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. Directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, “What If...?” launches exclusively on Disney+ on August 11, 2021.FOLLOW USFollow Daniel on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow Shahbaz on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow Anthony on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow The Movie Podcast on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Discord, and YouTubeThe Movie Podcast is on a mission to hit 200 Apple Podcast reviews, click here to head over to our show page on APPLE PODCASTS and leave us a 5 STAR review!ABOUTThe Movie Podcast is one of Canada's top film and review podcasts. Every week you'll hear film lovers Daniel, Shahbaz, and Anthony discuss the biggest movie news, talk trailers, what's coming soon, ponder a unique topic of show, and speak to special guests from across the film industry. Catch a new episode of The Movie Podcast every Monday and watch out for Review episodes on all the latest movies and series.

Legends of S.H.I.E.L.D.: An Unofficial Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fan Podcast
"What If Zombies?" S01E05 Review (A Marvel Comic Universe Podcast) LoS391

Legends of S.H.I.E.L.D.: An Unofficial Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fan Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 63:00


The Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Producer of the show Director SP, Agent Lauren, and Consultant Chris discuss the Disney+ What If…? season one episode “What If Zombies?” The Team debriefs you National Amersand Day, their thoughts about Zombies in Marvel, their opinions on the voice over cast review and discussion, which Avengers that possibly survived, the first MCU Uncle Ben mention, their speculation on who should play Uncle Ben in the MCU, their confusion over the episode ending, what the Tentacle Monster might be, a potential series team-up, and some weekly Marvel news discussion. Stay tuned after the credits for a few minutes of Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. bonus audio.   THIS TIME ON LEGENDS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.:   What If…Zombies? From the Disney+ Marvel series What If (S1E5) Weekly Marvel News Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Box Office Results How the Scarlett Johanson Lawsuit affected the Russo Brothers Where you can see a former Runaways actor next   WHAT IF…? “WHAT IF … ZOMBIES?” [5:00]   S1E5 “What If … Zombies?”   “What If … Zombies?” premiered on Disney+ on Wednesday September 9th, 2021.   Series Directed By: Bryan Andrews https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1635535/?ref_=ttfc_fc_dr1 3 directing credits starting 1999 3x Men In Black: The Series 5x Jackie Chan Adventures 5x What If Also a Storyboard Artist with 41 credit And a Writer with 9 total credits   Head Writer: A.C. Bradley (Creator and Showrunner) https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5642271/?ref_=tt_cl_wr_1  5 writing credits starting 2005 1x Arrow 28x Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia 38x 3Below: Tales of Arcadia 9x What If   Story Editor: Mathew Chauncy https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10508309/?ref_=ttfc_fc_wr3#writer 2 Writer Credits starting in 2018 16x 3Below: Tales Of Arcadia 9x What If…? (Including writing credit for this episode)   Showrunner: A.C. Bradley   Jeffrey Wright                     ... The Watcher (voice) 9 episodes Westworld The Hunger Games Casino Royale Quantum Of Solace Mark Ruffalo                                     ...         Bruce Banner / Hulk Windtalkers 13 Going on 30 Rumor Has It… Date Night Now You See Me Now You See Me 2 Chadwick Boseman                         ...         Black Panther (4 episodes) Lincoln Heights 42 Marshall Get On Up Paul Bettany                                     …          Vision A Knight's Tale Kiss Kiss Bang Bang A Beautiful Mind Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World The Da Vinci Code Legion Margin Call Sebastian Stan                         ...         Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier (voice) Hot Tub Time Machine The Martian The Future Luke Skywalker Evangeline Lilly                         ...         Hope Van Dyne / Wasp The Hurt Locker Lost (TV Series) Real Steel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Paul Rudd                                     ...         Scott Lang / Ant-Man  The Object of My Affection Wet Hot American Summer Friends (TV Series) Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy The 40-Year-Old Virgin Night at the Museum Knocked Up Forgetting Sarah Marshall I Love You, Man Wanderlust The Perks of Being a Wallflower This Is 40 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Jon Favreau ...         Happy Hogan / Zombie Happy Batman Forever Friends (TV Series) Deep Impact The Replacements Elf The Break-Up G-Force John Carter Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV Series) The Jungle Book Solo: A Star Wars Story The Mandalorian (TV Series) Danai Gurira                                                 ...         Okoye (1 episode) The Walking Dead Emily VanCamp ...         Sharon Carter Brothers & Sisters (TV Series) Revenge (TV Series) The Resident (TV Series) SP's Marvel On Screen Crush David Dastmalchian                         ...         Kurt  12 Monkeys (TV Series) Gotham (TV Series) Twin Peaks (TV Series) Blade Runner 2049 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot MacGyver (TV Series) Dune Hudson Thames             ...         Peter Parker / Spider-Man Mad Men (TV Series) I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (TV Series) Malibu Country (TV Series) The Secret Life of the American Teenager (TV Series) Tom Vaughan-Lawlor             ...         Ebony Maw  Becoming Jane The Infiltrator Josh Keaton                                     ...         Steve Rogers / Captain America Dr Quinn Medicine Woman Boy Meets World Enough Video Game and Animation Voice Over titles to cover the state of Texas   NEWS [41:20]   TOP NEWS STORY OF THE WEEK   Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is scheduled to premiere on September 3rd, 2021.   Eternals is scheduled to premiere on November 5th, 2021.    Hawkeye is scheduled to premiere on November 24th, 2021. There will be 6 episodes … I think.    Ms Marvel is supposed to premiere late in 2021 on Disney+ but no date has been announced.    Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to premiere on December 17th, 2021.   Moon Knight is supposed to premiere late in 2022 on Disney+ but no date has been announced.    She-Hulk is supposed to premiere late in 2022 on Disney+ but no date has been announced.    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Mar 25th 2022?)   Secret Invasion is in development for release on Disney+ but no date has been announced.    Ironheart is in development for release on Disney+ but no date has been announced.    Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6th, 2022)   Armor Wars  is in development for release on Disney+ but no date has been announced.    I Am Groot is in development for release on Disney+ but no date has been announced. I've heard this will be a holiday special.   Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8th, 2022)   Echo is in development for release on Disney+ but no date has been announced.    An untitled Wakanda series is in development for release on Disney+ but no date has been announced.    The Marvels (November 11th, 2022)   Also, we know there will be a Loki season two at some point.   Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17th, 2023)   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5th, 2023)   Fantastic Four  (???)   MCU – MARVEL STUDIOS   Box Office: ‘Shang-Chi' Dazzles With Mighty $71.4 Million Opening Weekend https://variety.com/2021/film/news/shang-chi-marvel-box-office-opening-weekend-simu-liu-1235056782/     Natalie Portman on Summer Reading, Britney Spears, and the Scent of Love https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/08/natalie-portman-miss-dior-eau-de-parfum   Some behind-the-scenes glimpses of Thor have made the rounds online. What kind of training have you undergone for the role?    It was really fun. I worked with a trainer, Naomi Pendergast, for, I think it was, four months before shooting, and then obviously all the way through filming. We did a lot of weight training and a lot of protein shakes—heavyweight training that I haven't ever done before. Of course, I've never really aimed to get bulky. It was very physical, so it was a lot of both agility work and also strength work.   How Disney and Scarlett Johansson Reached the Point of No Return https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-disney-and-scarlett-johansson-reached-the-point-of-no-return-11630688765   The Disney/Johansson Schism Reportedly Soured a New Russo Bros/Marvel Deal https://www.cbr.com/disney-johansson-soured-russo-bros-marvel-movie-deal/   According to The Wall Street Journal, Anthony and Joe Russo "hit an impasse" in their negotiations to helm another MCU film after word broke that Johansson is suing Disney for releasing Black Widow day and date in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access without re-negotiating her original contract, which stipulated the film would open exclusively in theaters. The Russo Bros. are now said to be wary of signing a new deal until they have a clear idea of how their next MCU movie would be distributed, as well as how the duo's payment would be handled.   The Russo Brothers have directed four Marvel Studios films so far, beginning with 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and continuing on to Captain America: Civil War in 2016, Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 and Avengers: Endgame in 2019. All four movies were critical and box office hits, with Endgame becoming the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation in ticket prices) until Avatar's re-release in China in March. The Russos have since turned their attention to directing the Apple TV+ drama Cherry and Netflix's action movie The Gray Man while leaving the door open for their return to the MCU in the future.   ‘Blade' Director Bassam Tariq Teases MCU Vision: ‘We Can't Deny What Wesley Snipes Did' https://www.indiewire.com/2021/09/blade-director-bassam-tariq-mahershala-ali-mcu-1234662337/   “What's exciting about the film that we're making is [there] hasn't been a canon for ‘Blade,' as we're reading through the comics and everything,” said Tariq. “Him being a daywalker is the one thing that's been established, and you know we can't deny what Wesley Snipes did, which was he basically got this whole ball rolling. A Black man created the superhero world that we're in, that's just the truth. For me to now be working with somebody as talented and a juggernaut as Mahershala Ali, and the writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour, I'm just so — I'm so honored to be working with real Black juggernauts and Black talent. For me to just be with them in this room and listen and learn as I build this out, it's really an honor.”   Disney+   How Egyptian Filmmaker Mohamed Diab Went From Cairo to Marvel (Via Palestine) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/egyptian-helmer-mohamed-diab-marvel-moon-knight-series-1235007788/   “Definitely, when you see this you will not recognize that it's me directing it,” he says. “But I'm so proud of it. I always love to have a new challenge.”   “My movies are hard, serious and about big topics, and I feel strongly that Moon Knight is going to be like that — it's going to be entertainment but also heavy,” he says. “At the same time, we're being so creative with the jokes and with the action. As I keep saying to my wife: I can't believe I'm funny in another language!”   HULU Series   ‘Star Trek: Picard': Annie Wersching To Recur As Borg Queen For Season 2 Of Paramount+ Series https://deadline.com/2021/09/star-trek-picard-annie-wersching-recurring-for-season-2-1234826556/   Runaways alum Annie Wersching will join the Season 2 cast of Paramount+'s and CBS Studios' Star Trek: Picard.    Wersching will recur as the Borg Queen. Alice Krige played the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact and VOY: Endgame. Susanna Thompson also took on the character in Star Trek: Voyager.   In addition to Bosch and Runaways, Wersching's credits include The Rookie, Timeless, The Vampire Diaries, Castle, Dallas and 24. She is repped by Innovative Artists.   OUTRO [57:44]   We would love to hear back from you! Call the voicemail line at 1-844-THE-BUS1 or 844-843-2871.                    Join Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. next time as the hosts discuss the SIXTH episode of What If…? You can listen in live when we record Thursday Evenings at 8:00 PM Eastern time at Geeks.live. Contact Info: Please see http://www.legendsofshield.com for all of our contact information or call our voicemail line at 1-844-THE-BUS1 or 844-843-2871   Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Is a Proud Member Of The GonnaGeek Network (gonnageek.com).   This podcast was recorded on Thursday September 9th, 2021.   Standby for your S.H.I.E.L.D. debriefing ---   Audio and Video Production by Stargate Pioneer of GonnaGeek.com.

The Movie Podcast
Marvel Studios' What If... Zombies? Review and Reaction (Episode 5)

The Movie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 14:58


Daniel, Shahbaz, & Anthony prepare for the zombie apocalypse in their review and reaction to Marvel Studios' What If...? Episode 5. SPOILER WARNING. What If...? is available exclusively on Disney+ with new episodes weekly.Listen now on all podcast feeds and on TheMoviePodcast.caContact: hello@themoviepodcast.ca“What If...?” flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios' first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. Directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, “What If...?” launches exclusively on Disney+ on August 11, 2021.FOLLOW USFollow Daniel on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow Shahbaz on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow Anthony on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdFollow The Movie Podcast on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Discord, and YouTubeThe Movie Podcast is on a mission to hit 200 Apple Podcast reviews before September, click here to head over to our show page on APPLE PODCASTS and leave us a 5 STAR review!ABOUTThe Movie Podcast is one of Canada's top film and review podcasts. Every week you'll hear film lovers Daniel, Shahbaz, and Anthony discuss the biggest movie news, talk trailers, what's coming soon, ponder a unique topic of show, and speak to special guests from across the film industry. Catch a new episode of The Movie Podcast every Monday and watch out for Review episodes on all the latest movies and series.

Glitter and Garbage
A Two-Woman Dollywood Show with Melissa Villaseñor

Glitter and Garbage

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 72:39


The Js sit down with SNL cast-member and old friend Melissa Villaseñor to discuss Natalie Portman impersonations, J.Lo's Glow, and Justin and Melissa have a Dolly-off. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Les chroniques de Daniel Morin
L'agaçante pub Miss Dior

Les chroniques de Daniel Morin

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 2:52


durée : 00:02:52 - Le Billet de Daniel Morin - par : Daniel Morin - Daniel Morin déteste la pub Miss Dior avec Natalie Portman

ACROSS THE BIFROST: The Mighty Thor Podcast
THOR: LOVE & THUNDER! (The Cast), PLUS former MARVEL editor MIKE ROCKWITZ stops by (Part 1)

ACROSS THE BIFROST: The Mighty Thor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 73:43


Finally … it's time to talk about the next MCU Thor film - LOVE & THUNDER! On this episode we talk Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and the whole star studded roster. But wait, there's more … Former Marvel editor Mike Rockwitz (1985-1995) stops by and talks with Ryan about his comics origin story, working with legendary creators, and his work on THE MIGHTY THOR!!! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ryan-does2/message

LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway
EP46 - Laura Bell Bundy - Miss Pee Wee Hemisphere

LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 82:23


In this episode of LITTLE ME, the multi-talented Laura Bell Bundy breaks down her illustrious career playing several of the most notable roles in musical theater – Tina in Ruthless, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, Glinda in Wicked, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde! Laura sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares incredible stories of growing up in a musical family, learning to act and sing by mimicking her environment, winning the Miss Peewee Hemisphere Pageant and receiving a prize of a brand-new car at five years old, her mom being her biggest cheerleader and advocate, going on the Phil Donahue Show, signing with Ford Modeling and seeing her first Broadway show, Starlight Express! Laura tells LITTLE ME listeners about booking her first major production – The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, originating the role of Tina in Ruthless! The Musical in which her understudies were Britney Spears and Natalie Portman, filming The Adventures of Huck Finn, Life with Mikey, and Jumanji in the following years, performing in Gypsy at Paper Mill Playhouse opposite Betty Buckley and Deborah Gibson when she was a senior in high school, booking the role of Amber Von Tussle in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, what it was like to be a standby for Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked and the excitement of going on as Glinda for the first time, creating the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, and receiving her first Tony Award nomination for her incredible performance. Laura talks about her new album Women of Tomorrow, her passion for women's equality, and the importance of artists educating audiences about social justice issues. Make sure to check out Laura's podcast Women of Tomorrow on Broadway Podcast Network and look forward to seeing her in the upcoming television series Fairly OddParents! Produced by Marc Tumminelli and the Broadway Podcast Network. https://www.laurabellbundy.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Movies That Made Us Gay
114. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace with special guest Nikolas Romero

Movies That Made Us Gay

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 105:24


“The biggest problem in the universe is that nobody helps each other.” We watched Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace with Star Wars superfan Nikolas Romero and we have a bad feeling about this.  It's a tale as old as time… taxation of trade routes, arguments on the senate floor, you know - kid stuff.  The script may have it's problems but we have a special place in our hearts for this endearing, while flawed, scifi classic. Maybe the political intrigue goes on a bit too long but this movie did bestow onto the world Natalie Portman's Queen Amidala and her killer wardrobe, super-dreamy Ewan McGregor as young Obi-Wan Kenobi and Liam Neeson serving in that lace-front as grizzled Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn.  Do we have an extensive Star Wars memorabilia collection? Yes.   Is part of that collection numerous Queen Amidala Fashion dolls? Absolutely.  Do we agree on who exactly is the Phantom Menace? Not at all. Thanks for listening and don't forget to subscribe, rate and review us on Apple Podcasts! www.patreon.com/moviesthatmadeusgay Facebook/Instagram: @moviesthatmadeusgay Twitter: @MTMUGPod Scott Youngbauer: Twitter @oscarscott / Instagram @scottyoungballer Peter Lozano: Twitter/Instagram @peterlasagna

Two for the Road: Movies with Matt and Adam
85: Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989) and Closer (2004)

Two for the Road: Movies with Matt and Adam

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 68:03


The theme  this week is Relationships are........complicated, but it very well could have been "everybody lies". Steven Soderbergh's directorial debut "Sex, Lies and Videotapes", (1989) caused quite a stir on the film festival circuit and M&A agree it still holds up. James Spader is creepy good. Matt had never heard of Mike Nichol's film "Closer" (2004), and was blown away after viewing. Adam thought Clive Owen stole the show the last thirty minutes of the movie.#btv #burlingtonvermont #vermont #madeinvermont #soderbergh #juliaroberts #cliveowen, #udelaw #natalieportmanNext, mistaken secret agents with The In Laws (1979) and Gotcha! (1985).Thanks for listening!Did we get something wrong? Have your own recommendations? Contact the show: 24theroadshow@gmail.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/24theRoadShow 

Another Door Opens with Stephanie Himango
Own It with Julie Uhrman

Another Door Opens with Stephanie Himango

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 44:00


President and co-founder of Angel City Football Club, Julie Uhrman, is my guest this week on Another Door Opens. Angel City is a new women's professional soccer team that's coming to Los Angeles in 2022, and it was founded by three women: Actor and activist Natalie Portman, venture capitalist Kara Nortman and entrepreneur Julie Uhrman. Just this week, head coach and assistant coaching positions were announced, as was the first player. Whether you listen because you love soccer, startups, business, empowering communities of people or leading with purpose, you'll learn something from Julie in this interview. Julie has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and one of the Creative 50 by Ad Age. Previously, she served as EVP & GM of Over-The-Top Ventures for Lionsgate, building and managing the company's multiple streaming franchises. In 2013, she founded and was CEO of OUYA, a pioneering Android-based game console for the living room, which raised a record-breaking $8.6 Million through Kickstarter and then went on to secure venture funding from Kleiner Perkins and Alibaba before selling to Razer in 2015.Julie is leading the charge to build a National Women's Soccer League franchise that merges mission and capital, along with a team of celebrity investors including Alexis Ohanian, Serena Williams, their two year old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, Billie Jean King, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner, Uzo Aduba, Abby Wambach, Eva Longoria, Mia Hamm and many more.• Learn more about Angel City at www.angelcity.com and follow on Instagram and Twitter @weareangelcity.• Support the Another Door Opens podcast for as little as $1 a month at https://www.patreon.com/anotherdooropens and know you're making the world a better place one conversation at a time. • Follow the Another Door Opens podcast on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook at @stephhimango and @podcastado. • Visit https://www.stephaniehimango.com to learn more about host, Stephanie Himango. • Another Door Opens theme music by Eric Brown.• Edited by Bryan Murphy#anotherdooropens #soccer #womenssoccer #losangeles #angelcity #california #femalefounders #storytelling #startups #business #womeninsports #womeninbusiness #confidence #vulnerability #courage #openhearts #openminds #entrepreneurship #investing #NWSL #founders #grace #sisterhood #equality #payequity #team #love See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Affable Chat
Annihilation (feat. Anthony Sci-Fi Aficionado)

Affable Chat

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 104:15


Episode 130! Benjamin and Joey are joined by Anthony Sci-Fi Aficionado to discuss 'Annihilation' starring Natalie Portman. Anthony's Annihilation Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1KKC1HCkXp1Onx5VGzeRse?si=CShbN5NsS6yjwhX6eBRdyQ&dl_branch=1 Affable Chat is LIVE on Tuesday Nights at 7pm Eastern on Twitch Twitch.tv/AffableChat Have a comment about something we said? Want to request something for us to review? Just wanna chat? Email: AffableChat@gmail.com Instagram: @AffableChat Twitter: @AffableChat Benjamin: @4thAndBen Joey: @affablejoey Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/affablechat Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkOkrHIltGJRBpfpbCfJjgQ

Mac N Cheese Movies
Garden State with Kettle Red Bull, Aldi Lucky Charms and Grilled PBJ

Mac N Cheese Movies

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 47:00


We're just fast food knights but we're talking about "Garden State" with Kettle Red Bull, Aldi Lucky Charms and Grilled PBJs. We talk about Zac Braff's career, the Garden State greatness theory, the soundtrack, whether Natalie Portman is embarrassed by this movie and Desert Storm Trading Cards.

Friday Island Podcast
E48: Annihilation

Friday Island Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 57:16


In this episode of the Friday Island Podcast, the boys take a treacherous journey into a giant shimmering iridescent bubble with Annihilation! Did you know this deep sci-fi thriller was adapted from a novel? Why is it Zach's second favorite film of all time? Why does The Shimmer affect everyone differently? What logical inconsistency questions does Neil have? And how did marketing issues make this genius film flop at the box office? So grab your military gear, but forget the compasses and radios, they won't work anyway.

The Outlaw Nation Podcast Network
Marvel's WHAT IF...? REVIEW - EPISODES 1-3 (NON SPOILER) MCU

The Outlaw Nation Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 8:53


The Outlaw John Rocha reviews the first three episodes of Marvel's new animated series WHAT IF...? without revealing any spoilers! The series from creator A.C Bradley and overseen by Kevin Feige features the voice talents of Hayley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Chris Hemsworth as Party Thor, Karen Gillan as Heist Nebula, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Sean Gunn as Kraglin Obfonteri, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Stanley Tucci as Abraham Erskine, Taika Waititi as Korg, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Chris Sullivan as Taserface and Jeffrey Wright as the Watcher. “What If…?” flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios' first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. The series is directed by Bryan Andrews; AC Bradley is head writer. Chapters: 0:00 Intro, Synopsis and Social Media Plugs 1:14 What If...? Review 5:54 Issues with the Episodes 6:42 The Outlaw's Rating 7:50 Wrap Up and Social Media Plugs #WhatIf #Marvel #MCU #CaptainCarter #HayleyAtwell #CaptainAmerica #ChadwickBoseman #Starlord #SamuelLJackson #Avengers #MCU Join The Outlaw's Patreon at: https://patreon.com/JohnRocha Follow The Outlaw John Rocha on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRochaSays Follow The Outlaw John Rocha on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therochasays/

Dunktown
S3E42 -Andy Kneis & Adam Rost + Basketball Mysteries 2

Dunktown

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 63:00


It Might Get Wild! Andy Kneis and Adam Rost join Agata and Anastasia to discuss once again what they do and do not know about basketball. The gang also chats bottomless mimosas, Take Me Out, going viral, 5 timers club, Croque Madame, Moby, Le'Veon Bell, Grandma Shirley, plus/minus, Natalie Portman, parties, BOGO, Mooby, Jesse Muench, and Rasheed Wallace. Will the gang learn a new fact about Shaq? Gotta listen to find out!