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Zaki Hasan
Born and raised in Chicago -- with a decade-long detour in Saudi Arabia -- before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zaki Hasan is a professor of communication and media studies, and co-founder of Mr. Boy Productions, an LA-based independent film and video company. A lifelong pop culture buff, Zaki has been a media scholar and critic for more than fifteen years. He is co-host of the MovieFilm Podcast, co-author of Quirk Books' Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, and his work has been featured in Q-NewsIllume, and The Huffington Post.  In addition, he has appeared as a panelist on Al Jazeera America's The Stream, and is a contributing editor at Since 2004, his blog Zaki's Corner has been his one-stop forum for musings on news, media, politics, and pop culture. He was included in 2010's Top 35 Political Blogs by, and has been nominated for "Best Blog" and "Best Writer" in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the Brass Crescent Awards, receiving an Honorable Mention for "Best Blog" in 2011.

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Entries by Zaki Hasan

Interview: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Craig Johnson on The Skeleton Twins

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 3:00 AM

From the moment they joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2005, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader set about creating an impressive roster of memorable characters and unforgettable impressions that made both performers an indispensable part of the sketch-com's ensemble right up until their departures, in 2012 and 2013...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Summer in Review + Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig on The Skeleton Twins

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:28 PM

For our first episode of the fall season, the MovieFilm Podcast is proud to present a roundtable interview with actors Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and director Craig Johnson, about their new...
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Diffused Congruence Podcast: Brookings Fellow Shadi Hamid on ISIS, Gaza and the Arab Spring

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 11:24 AM

For this month's show we're joined by Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution for a far-ranging chat on the foreign policy events that have been playing out in the Middle East over the...
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Interview: Chloë Grace Moretz, Liana Liberato, and Gayle Forman on If I Stay

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 2:39 AM

As part of the current Hollywood vogue of adapting popular young adult novels to the silver screen, If I Stay is one of the more effective entries in the genre. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz in the lead role of Mia, a teenager who hovers between this plane and the next following a...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Remembering Robin Williams + Chloë Grace Moretz on If I Stay

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:33 AM

It's Turtle time for the MovieFilm duo, as Brian and I discuss the latest big-screen iteration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and wonder whether producer Michael Bay's take on the hoary franchise...
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Zaki's Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (2014)

(26) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 3:05 AM

In a measure of just how calculated a product Paramount's Michael Bay-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is, we get to see Megan Fox jumping up-and-down on a trampoline within five minutes of the opening titles. Talk about knowing your audience!

Of course, I doubt things like "subtlety" and...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Unpacking Guardians of the Galaxy!

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 11:30 AM

We mark two years of the MovieFilm Podcast with this week's installment, and Brian and I have plenty to discuss, including the Batman v. Superman Comic Con footage, Wonder Woman's new look, the potential...
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Zaki's Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

(23) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 3:22 AM

You can pinpoint the exact moment in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy that actor Chris Pratt, best known until now as an affable supporting player in films such as Delivery Man, Moneyball, and TV's Parks and Recreation, morphs into a genuine movie star. It's about five minutes in. We see Pratt's...

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Time Warping With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Director Matt Reeves!

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:02 PM

I went through a bit of a personal time warp when I met with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves shortly after the global premiere of the Fox release. When I sat down with the gregarious and chatty Reeves, who previously made his mark by creating...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: All In on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 3:31 PM

This week on the MovieFilm Podcast we have not one, but TWO interviews with the filmmakers of the number one movie in the country, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (read my review...
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Zaki's Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

(11) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 1:41 PM

I referred to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Fox's 2011 reboot of their venerable Apes franchise, as "an end of the world movie that makes you forget that it's an end of the world movie." Well, the end of the world is very much front-and-center when it comes...

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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Planet of the Apes (1968)

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:19 AM

It's an off-week for the MovieFilm Podcast, but Brian Hall and I are here to inaugurate a brand-new feature for the show: the MovieFilm Commentary Track! Yes, due to popular demand, at periodic intervals,...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: Talking Transformers: Age of Extinction!

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:10 PM

It's time for Transformers talk! For the big 50th episode of the MovieFilm show, Brian and I reminisce about the long strange journey the show has taken since its inception, before diving...
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Zaki's Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:33 PM

The last time we visited with Paramount/Hasbro's blockbuster Transformers feature franchise (based on the immortal action figure line, natch), Chicago was burning, Shia LeBouf was screaming, and Zaki Hasan was (briefly) sleeping. Thus, when it came time to take in the series' fourth installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, yet...

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INTERVIEW: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, and Michael Lomenda on Jersey Boys

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 1:51 AM

For his new film Jersey Boys, legendary director Clint Eastwood translates the blockbuster jukebox musical about the rise and fall (and rise) of singer Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from the stage (where it's been a global phenomenon since its debut in 2006) to the big screen. When it...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: 22 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and a Chat With the Cast of Jersey Boys!

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:05 PM

We start the show this week with my sit-down chat with John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, and Michael Lomenda, the cast of Clint Eastwood's new film Jersey Boys. Then, it's a rip-roaring ride as Brian...
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Zaki's Review: 22 Jump Street

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 9:18 AM

As a general rule, I'm not a fan of comedy sequels. Far too often, they content themselves with banging out the same jokes as prior entries, lazily relying on simple familiarity being enough to elicit a chuckle from audiences rather than actually doing the work of earning those laughs. That's...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: X-Men, A Million Ways to Die, and Maleficent

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 4:29 PM

For this week's episode, Brian and I start things off with my exclusive interview with director Gillian Robespierre about her endearing new romantic-comedy Obvious Child, starring Jenny Slate. We then transition to the...
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Zaki's Review: Maleficent

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:02 PM

I feel like I need to preface this review by coming clean that I've never seen Disney's Sleeping Beauty. I was meaning to, mind you. I'd hoped to quickly get a viewing in before last week, but the window on that one closed rapidly, so I was admittedly missing some...

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Zaki's Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 11:49 AM

I laughed exactly twice during A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Once was in the middle, once was near the end. It was only after the fact I learned that one of those laughs, a "Hey, didn't see that coming!" moment, has actually been spoiled by Universal via...

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