TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jenna Ushkowitz

Season 03 | Episode 57

Jenna Ushkowitz


Star of stage and screen Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee, Waitress) joins Josh and Joe to discuss her favorite musical biopics.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Gremlins (1984)
Back To The Future (1985)
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
National Treasure (2004)
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Star Wars (1977)
La Bamba (1987)
Selena (1997)
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
De-Lovely (2004)
Night and Day (1946)
All That Jazz (1979)
A Chorus Line (1985)
Star 80 (1983)
Psycho (1960)
Evita (1996)
Love and Mercy (2014)
Grace of My Heart (1996)
Get On Up (2014)
Ray (2004)
What’s Love Got To Do With It? (1993)
El Norte (1983)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
Out of Sight (1998)
Hustlers (2019)
Sweet Charity (1969)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Chicago (2002)
Moulin Rouge (1952)
Roxie Hart (1942)
The Greatest Showman (2017)

Other Notable Items

Glee TV series (2009-2015)
The Tony Awards
The Emmy Awards
The Academy Awards
Pee Wee’s Playhouse (1986-1990)
Eric Stoltz
Harry Potter film series
Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Dark Knight trilogy
Christopher Nolan
Julie Andrews
The King and I Broadway revival (1996)
Lou Diamond Phillips
Ritchie Valens
Donna Murphy
Los Lobos
“La Bamba” (1959)
Jennifer Lopez
The Big Bopper
Gary Busey
Cole Porter
Ashley Judd
Elvis Costello
Robbie Williams
Alanis Morrisette
Cary Grant
Kevin Kline
Jessica Lange
Roy Scheider
Fosse/Verdon TV miniseries (2019)
Sam Rockwell
Michelle Williams
Bob Fosse
The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds album (1966)
Paul Giammati
Paul Dano
John Cusack
Elizabeth Banks
The Beatles
Brian Wilson
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
TFH Guru Allison Anders
Carole King
TFH Guru Illeana Douglas
James Brown
Chadwick Boseman
Michael Jackson
Little Richard 
Brandon Mychal Smith
Jamie Foxx
Angela Bassett 
Tina Turner
Ike Turner
Laurence Fishburne
Adrienne Warren
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (2019)
Gregory Nava
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Baz Luhrmann
Elvis Presley
Colonel Tom Parker
Tom Hanks
Austin Butler
The Yeardley Smith podcast episode
Renee Zellweger
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Ginger Rogers
The Ike Barinholtz podcast episode
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Keala Settle
Waitress Broadway play (2016)
Hugh Jackman

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.