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12 Monkeys

In 12 Monkeys Bruce Willis plays James Cole – a man from the future who’s come to witness the start of an extinction-level pandemic. Or he’s insane, filled with a Cassandra complex. He encounters Brad Pitt’s Jeffrey Goines, who is insane, but also may know more than he’s letting on. Yet perhaps the real time traveler is nonconformist, eclectic director Terry Gilliam whose underrated 1995 film foreshadows both stars’ roles in more popular films. Now, join Arnie, Stuart, and guest host Matt as they travel back to 1995 and examine this dystopian sci-fi film.

December 12, 2017 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

12 Monkeys – Early Release for Patrons

In 12 Monkeys Bruce Willis plays James Cole – a man from the future who’s come to witness the start of an extinction-level pandemic. Or he’s insane, filled with a Cassandra complex. He encounters Brad Pitt’s Jeffrey Goines, who is insane, but also may know more than he’s letting on. Yet perhaps the real time traveler is nonconformist, eclectic director Terry Gilliam whose underrated 1995 film foreshadows both stars’ roles in more popular films. Now, join Arnie, Stuart, and guest host Matt as they travel back to 1995 and examine this dystopian sci-fi film.

December 11, 2017 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Now Playing 10th Anniversary DVD ROM set

Because listeners demanded it!  

To celebrate Now Playing’s 10th Anniversary we are releasing our second DVD-ROM set!  This set contains every podcast we’ve done from 2013-2017. This is all regular feed shows, all bonus shows, all donation shows, all Patron shows…and even the 4 Kickstarter exclusive reviews of Shocker, A Clockwork Orange, Super 8, and Xanadu.

Plus there are exclusive bonus features–including:

  • the Unedited review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The full video review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • The full LIVE audio review of Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • A conversation with all 7 Podcast hosts
  • and more!

Find details now at http://nowplayingpodcast.com/donate 

December 11, 2017 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Hellraiser: Hellseeker – Donate today and keep Now Playing playing!

The sixth installment of Hellraiser goes searching for the series’ original Last Girl, Ashley Laurence.  But no one has seen Kirsty Cotton-Gooden since her shady husband Trevor (Dean Winters) drove their car off a bridge.  Eels and sex tapes are among the treasures that Hellseekers Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dredge up as they mine the watery depths of the franchise.  Will they find some Green Arrows inside this DVD box too?  Donate Now and find out!

Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Fall 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from now through July 31, 2017, the Hellraiser Retrospective Series is available as a “thank you” to those who support Now Playing.

You can listen to this preview of the show for free now using the link above.

The full podcast series is available through a Paypal donation to Now Playing, or individual episodes are available on our Podbean page. Details can be found on our Spring 2017 Donation page.

Thank you in advance for your support of our show!

December 8, 2017 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Hellraiser: Hellseeker

The sixth installment of Hellraiser goes searching for the series’ original Last Girl, Ashley Laurence.  But no one has seen Kirsty Cotton-Gooden since her shady husband Trevor (Dean Winters) drove their car off a bridge.  Eels and sex tapes are among the treasures that Hellseekers Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dredge up as they mine the watery depths of the franchise.  Will they find some Green Arrows inside this DVD box too?  Donate Now and find out!

December 8, 2017 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Marvel Launches New Animation Franchise: Marvel Rising. Theatrical Movie due in 2018.

MARVEL TO LAUNCH NEW ANIMATION FRANCHISE ‘MARVEL RISING’

 

Feature Length Film And Six, Four-Minute Digital Shorts Set to Debut the Property

Key Voice Cast Includes Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, Kim Raver and BooBoo Stewart Among Others

 

(Glendale, CA) December 7, 2017 – Marvel Entertainment announced today, “Marvel Rising,” a brand-new, multi-platform animation franchise starring the next generation of Marvel heroes set to launch in 2018. The program will launch with six, four-minute digital shorts that spotlight Spider-Gwen with her new secret moniker, Ghost-Spider, and introduce audiences to the world of “Marvel Rising.” Following the shorts, a feature-length animated film, “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” will premiere later that year. Distribution partners for the content to be announced at a later date.

Meet the characters and all-star voice actors behind the all-new franchise “Marvel Rising” here:

The content features an all-star line-up of voice talent including Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, BooBoo Stewart, Kathreen Khavari, Milana Vayntrub, Cierra Ramirez, Kamil McFadden, Skai Jackson, Kim Raver, Ming-Na Wen, Steven Weber, and Dee Bradley Baker among others. Future stories and content are also being developed across Marvel’s digital and publishing platforms and will be announced at a later date.

“Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” is a long-anticipated event, bringing together Marvel’s newest and beloved characters that have garnered major fan excitement over the last few years. Powered teens Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chavez, and Inferno join forces as an unlikely, but formidable crew of aspiring heroes. When a threat no one could have expected bears down on the Marvel Universe, this ragtag, untrained band of teens have no choice but to rise together and prove to the world that sometimes the difference between a “hero” and “misfit” is just in the name.

“Marvel characters are so relatable because they live in our world and face the same challenges we do. So I’m very excited that our Marvel Rising team of heroes is so inclusive, reflecting characters with different backgrounds, particularly a set of strong female leads that our young audience can connect with,” said Cort Lane, Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Animation & Family Entertainment.

Sana Amanat, Marvel’s Director of Content & Character Development, added, “This project is unlike anything we’ve done before—from featuring the rising and fan-favorite stars of the Marvel Universe, to a visually distinct animation style, this is a groundbreaking animated event. It’s an action-packed adventure, full of comedy, heart and powerful messages for every kind of Marvel fan.”

Meet the characters behind “Marvel Rising”:

Gwen Stacy aka Ghost-Spider (formerly Spider Gwen) voiced by Dove Cameron (“Descendants,” “Hairspray Live”) – a free spirited teen who found her calling to be a super hero after being bitten by a radioactive spider and gaining spider-like powers. As Ghost-Spider, she aids those in need, but has to keep her alter-ego a secret from her father, Captain George Stacy, who sees Ghost-Spider as more of a menace than a hero.

 

Daisy Johnson aka Quake voiced by Chloe Bennet (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Nashville”) – a leading agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. whose tendency for rule-breaking gets her into trouble now and then. Daisy befriends the young group of heroes and through them discovers how to become a better leader. She can generate powerful vibrational waves, which produce effects similar to earthquakes.

 

Dante Pertuz aka Inferno voiced by Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf,” “Lincoln Heights”) – a brooding, dark loner on the run. Dante has the power of pyrokinesis, which makes him capable of generating flames – however, he is not fully in control of his fiery abilities. It’s a thin line between good guy and villain for the unpredictable Inferno.

Victor Kohl aka Exile voiced by BooBoo Stewart (“Descendants,” “The Twilight Saga”) – a charming, handsome, and troublesome young Inhuman whose quest for superiority places him into the wrong crowd. He can use Darkforce energy to create weapons and portals that allow him to teleport.

 

Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel voiced by Kathreen Khavari (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Big Little Lies”)  – a devoted fan of Super Heroes, especially of her mentor Captain Marvel; she is determined that she too can be a great hero! If only she’d be taken seriously. Kamala is equipped with metamorphic powers that allow her to stretch, enlarge, or shrink her overall size, parts of her body, or alter her physical appearance. She is especially fond of “embiggening” her fists.

Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl voiced by Milana Vayntrub (“Marvel’s New Warriors,” “This Is Us”) – the uber-positive, hilarious best friend and teammate of Ms. Marvel. With advanced computer skills, enhanced strength, agility, durability, and senses of a squirrel, Doreen (along with her squirrel partner, Tippy Toe!),  is primed and ready to become a successful hero.

America Chavez voiced by Cierra Ramirez (“The Fosters,” “The Secret Life of an America Teenager”) – a strong, independent young hero whose painful past drives her to reject leadership and remain a loner. America’s powers include superhuman strength, speed, and durability, plus the ability to fly.

Rayshaun Lucas aka Patriot voiced by Kamil McFadden (“K.C. Undercover,” “Grown Ups 2”) – a natural born leader who is quick to leap into action to impress his colleagues at S.H.I.E.L.D. Rayshaun strives to live up to Captain America’s legacy with integrity, honesty, and order above all. His skills include heightened strength, speed, stamina, and durability.

Gloria “Glory” Grant voiced by Skai JacksFron (“Bunk’d,” “Jessie”) – Gloria, or ‘Glory,’ is Gwen Stacy’s friend and member of their garage band “The Emm-Jays.” Gloria is a smart, hard-working girl that genuinely cares for Gwen, but has felt a distance growing between them ever since their friend, Kevin, was murdered. When being casual, Gloria’s known to be funny, sarcastic and sassy.

 

Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel voiced by Kim Raver (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “24”) – a bold leader who doesn’t sugar-coat and is guided by a strong sense of duty and honor. She’s the ultimate inspiration for our band of misfit heroes. She is equipped with superhuman strength, can fly at high speeds, and can project intense energy blasts.

Hala voiced by Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Mulan”) – Hala is a Kree Accuser bent on galactic domination. She’ll go to any length or treacherous means to achieve what she, and the entire Kree race, wants: Power. Hala is cold, cryptic and nefarious, often challenging those who try to oppose her.

 

Captain George Stacy voiced by Steven Weber (“13 Reasons Why,” “NCIS: New Orleans”) – Chief of the NYPD and Gwen Stacy’s loving, but fiercely protective father. Captain Stacy is a very disciplined, hard-working man that will stop at nothing to obtain justice – who unfortunately sees Ghost-Spider as a menace and a threat to society.

 

Lockjaw and Tippy Toe are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Gravity Falls”). Two lovable and heroic sidekicks: Lockjaw is Kamala’s trusty, teleporting mutt and Tippy Toe is Doreen’s partner in crime and best squirrel friend.

“Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” is executive produced by Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Cort Lane, and Eric Radomski; co-executive produced by Stan Lee, Sana Amanat, and

Marsha Griffin. The film and shorts were written by Mairghread Scott. Alfred Gimeno served as supervising director.

For more information, check out “Marvel Rising” at www.Facebook.com/MarvelRising,  www.Twitter.com/MarvelRisingSW, and www.Instagram.com/MarvelRising

December 7, 2017 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, News | Leave a Comment

5 Questions for Jakob’s 500th Now Playing Podcast Review

Jakob Brewster celebrates his 500th episode of Now Playing Podcast

As Justice League limps out of theaters, anguished studio executives are lamenting the superhero flick’s failure to capture box office glory. Little do they know the arrival of DC’s team-up did capture one long-awaited milestone: Jakob Brewster’s 500th episode of Now Playing Podcast.

The host joined the show on November 6, 2009 during the Saw retrospective (a series that recently came back from the dead) and has since lent his perspective to some of Now Playing’s biggest retrospectives, including the Marvel, Children of the Corn, and Fast and the Furious films.

To mark the anniversary of his 500th show, Jakob took part in a Q&A with the Venganza Media Gazette.

Gazette: First, congratulations on 500 episodes of Now Playing Podcast. When you first signed on, did you ever think you’d get the chance to review the fifth sequel to Hellraiser?

Jakob: Thanks! I know it wouldn’t have been possible to make it to 500 if it weren’t from some great franchises out there like Children of the Corn and Leprechaun that churn out so many quality sequels to push Now Playing to keep going and mining these cinematic gems.

You always hope a franchise makes it to a fifth sequel, because that’s when the mythology is really developed and some rich stories can finally be told. Hellraiser: Hellseeker really completes the circle by bringing back Kirsty (played by the original Ashley Laurence) and finishing her story in such a way that even the best fanfic couldn’t achieve.

The shame is that not every franchise capitalizes on this opportunity. Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, their sixth film in was The Avengers. Wow, what a misstep! They had set up such a great nemesis when hinting of The Leader (Tim Blake Nelson) in one of the only passable MCU films, The Incredible Hulk. And they do nothing with him! He’s the only villain that would require a whole team of heroes to defeat him. Also, that CGI model for Bruce Banner looked nothing like Edward Norton in The Avengers.  

Gazette: You recently celebrated your milestone with a review of Justice League, how has that movie raised the bar for superhero films?

Jakob: It accomplished so much! On a technical level, it proved that computers can create 1000 percent realistic humans. This is great because it will let actors really focus on perfecting their craft instead of having to spend all their time grooming and looking perfect. No longer exists the burden of wasting time getting your hair styled or shaving a beard when the magic of CGI can render you as perfect and real looking as Henry Cavill’s upper lip.

It also introduced a layer of subtext that has never been explored in the superhero genre (Halle Berry’s Catwoman came close). I mean, Batman dresses as a bat to scare bad guys. But he also has a giant robot spider to ride around in? That’s two animals, plus lots of people are afraid of robots. So Batman is two kinds of phobia plus both animals? Chris Nolan wishes his Dark Knight trilogy plumbed the depths of psychology like this.

I could go on for hours gushing about Justice League. It feels as pivotal as when people were first awed by the last great achievement in superhero cinema, Superman and the Mole Men.

Gazette: Now that he’s directed both the Avengers and Justice League, which superhero team should Joss Whedon tackle next?

Jakob: Honestly, it feels like Justice League has reinvigorated Whedon. The Avengers felt like a clip-show episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I think Whedon’s real calling is to make sense of production disasters. He saved Justice League from [Zack] Snyder and created a front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar. I’d like to see him save a franchise cut from the same cloth as superheroes. Something with a history of cartoons, comic books, toys, a whole team of good guys fighting evil. I say give him Michael Bay’s Transfor — all of [his] released films. Have him reshoot some scenes with Shia LaBeouf and a few of the action scenes and I think everyone will understand how great that franchise could be.

Gazette: Your 500 episodes of Now Playing Podcast are longer than the combined runs of Knight RiderBaywatch, and Baywatch Nights. Besides Looking for Freedom, what’s your favorite David Hasselhoff album?

Jakob: I’m going with his latest album, 2012’s This Time Around. This was a redemption album for the drunken cheeseburger incident. It took a lot of courage to put himself out there again like that. His fans… and the world, really, have embraced him for being so brave.

Gazette: Lightning round: Three thoughts on that Avengers: Infinity War trailer?

Jakob:

  1. Disney has destroyed the Marvel movies. They used to be edgy and, while never achieving the greatness of, say, Return of Swamp Thing, they felt like they had something to say about our lives. Now because Disney needs a new Disney Princess to market to little girls, they’ve created this new princess… The Anos, or something, who goes around collecting jewelry?
  2. Again, Disney is now putting its own characters in these films?! At the end, Thor asks some people who they are and I swear Mickey Mouse is standing there. Though the CGI model is waaaay off. He looks like a raccoon, not a mouse.
  3. A group of heroes come together to fight hoards of aliens and a being from another dimension who is powered by a magic box? I’ve already seen this in Justice League. It was first, it was better, and it just has better characters. For example: Cyborg vs. Iron Man. One is made of space metal and the other iron (which I think is getting rusty because it is so red from oxidation). No contest.

Hear Jakob in Now Playing Podcast’s current Death Wish retrospective, and read his thoughts on underrated movies in the podcast’s first book, Underrated Movies We Recommend

December 6, 2017 Posted by | Now Playing Podcast | , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

Death Sentence

Saw director James Wan wished to leave the horror genre behind when he signed on to adapt Death Sentence – author Brian Garfield’s previously unmade sequel novel to Death Wish. A buttoned-down Kevin Bacon cuts loose, kicks off his Sunday shoes, and follows in the footsteps of Charles Bronson’s pistol packin’ Paul Kersey once a street gang targets his perfect family. Listen now and find out if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart give this failed reboot a stay of execution.

December 5, 2017 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

New Podcast: Now Playing — Hellraiser: Inferno

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Jakob Conkling

Q: What’s a seven letter word for a diminished movie series?

A: INFERNO.  The fifth installment of the Hellraiser franchise returned to Earth, bypassed theaters, and banished Pinhead to a DVD box.  But the Cenobite still hopes to make legendary suffering by collaborating with future Sinister and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, and facing off with a dirty Denver cop (Nightbreed star Craig Sheffer) who fingers Pinhead for a series of occult murders.  Donate Today to learn if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart think this sequel is killing Clive Barker’s spirit.

December 1, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast: Now Playing — Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Edited Version)

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Jakob Conkling

Fledgling spy Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) barely had time to assume his place as Galahad before chirpy drug czar Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore) reduced the whole Kingsman Round Table to rubble. Now the English gentleman must dust off his suit and accept assistance from newfound American allies Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and Pedro Pascal.  How many shots of whiskey will it take to ply recommends from Yank hosts Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob?  Their review of this highly anticipated sequel is finally available to listeners who missed the September live-stream podcast!     

Hear the live, unedited version of this podcast exclusively on Now Playing’s 10th Anniversary DVD-ROM Set!  It includes every show released since our 5th Anniversary set and tons of bonus material! Details are found on our donation page.

November 30, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

Now Playing Announces Bonus Review, New 10th Anniversary DVD-ROM Bonus Features

 

There’s a couple big pieces of news for Now Playing Podcast listeners!

First, the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle is now available through Video on Demand, and its Blu-Ray release is set for December 12.  To coincide with this release, Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob’s review of the second Kingsman film will be released on our main podcast feed!  This review was broadcast live back in September when the movie was new in theaters and listeners have been anticipating the release of the edited show.  Wait no more…it will be tomorrow–November 30!

Plus with this being Now Playing’s 10th Anniversary we are offering listeners and collectors our 10th Anniversary DVD-ROM set. This will be a 6-disc set filled with every podcast we’ve done from 2012 through 2017!  But we have three new bonus features just added:

  • Hear the unedited audio from our first live review of Kingsman: The Secret Service from February 2015!  Including the listener chat after the show!
  • Watch the review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle! We broadcast that review as live split-screen video. On this DVD-ROM set you will get a nicely edited version of that review–PLUS the Q&A done with listeners after that show!
  • Plus, if you pre-order the DVD-ROM set you can be on it! This Sunday all the Now Playing hosts (Arnie, Marjorie, Brock, Stuart, Jakob, Jerry, and Justin) will be getting together for a no-holds-barred conversation. This recording will be exclusive to this DVD set.Anyone who orders the set by the end of Saturday, December 2nd can submit a question either through e-mail, MP3, or iPhone Voice Memo, and it will be answered by the team!  If you send MP3 or the Voice Memo, YOUR voice will be immortalized in this celebratory event!


Those are in addition to all of our podcasts done from 2012-2017 including

  • Return of the Living Dead
  • Psycho
  • The Matrix
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Leprechaun
  • Quentin Tarantino Series
  • And if you missed the Now Playing Kickstarter in ’15 it’s the only way to hear those exclusive reviews:
    • A Clockwork Orange
    • Xanadu
    • Shocker
    • Super 8

See all the details at our donation page!  And the 5th Anniversary DVD-ROM set is also available!  If you order both (even if you ordered the 5th Anniversary disc previously) you also get the free bonus Now Peaking DVD-ROM set!

So we hope you enjoy tomorrow’s free bonus review, Friday’s review of Hellraiser: Inferno, and all the shows we have coming up!

Sincerely,

Now Playing Podcast
http://www.NowPlayingPodcast.com

 

November 29, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

Death Wish V: The Face of Death

It was Charles Bronson’s wish to never reprise the role of vigilante Paul Kersey after Death Wish IV. So movie producers found $5 million reasons for the 72 year old actor to star as their Face of Death one last time. This fifth chapter sends Kersey into the underbelly of New York City’s garment district, where the tough guy hunts the cannoli-loving transvestite mobsters who disfigured his clothing designer fiancee and stole away his surrogate daughter. Do Jakob, Stuart and Arnie find this fashion forward finale a bad turn on the catwalk, or a fitting end to the Bronson era?  Listen and find out.  

November 28, 2017 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

New Podcast: Now Playing — Hellraiser IV: Bloodline

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Jakob Conkling

Humble 18th Century toy maker Phillip L’Merchant put a curse on his Bloodline the day he manufactured a puzzle box that opened a portal to Hell.  Now it falls to L’Merchant’s descendants in modern day New York, as well as on a futuristic space station, to build a trap big enough to recapture demon Angelique and her Cenobite co-conspirator Pinhead. Donate now to hear Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart beam aboard this ambitious fourth installment of the Hellraiser franchise and boldly go where astro-slashers Jason Voorhees and the Leprechaun flopped before.

Jakob, and Stuart can find room in their hellbound hearts for this third installment of the Hellraiser franchise.

Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Fall 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from now through July 31, 2017, the Hellraiser Retrospective Series is available as a “thank you” to those who support Now Playing.

You can listen to this preview of the show for free now using the link above.

The full podcast series is available through a Paypal donation to Now Playing, or individual episodes are available on our Podbean page. Details can be found on our Spring 2017 Donation page.

Thank you in advance for your support of our show!

November 25, 2017 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast: Marvelicious Toys — Issue 186: Sweet Christmas 2017 – Black Friday & Holiday Shopping Guide

Hosted by Justin Kozisek, Arnie Carvalho, and Marjorie Carvalho

Happy Thanksgiving, Marvelicious Toys listeners! And welcome to our 8th Annual Holiday Shopping Guide!

In this issue Marjorie, Arnie, and Justin run down all the major Black Friday toy sales. Find out where to get Marvel Legends, movies, games, and other toys with the biggest savings! Then follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the best online Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

Then the hosts, aided by the entire Marvelicious Toys team, run down the best Marvel themed gifts for 2017.  With prices from $5 to $800, there’s something for fans of all ages and interests!  What are the must have collectibles this year?  Join us to find out!

Marvel Black Friday

Marvel Items

 

Games

Misc

HASCON – Hasbro Deadpool Marvel Legends figure   SDCC – Thor Battle For Asgard Marvel Legends 5 pack set   Deadpool Duck Pop Vinyl figure – Walgreens Exclusive

November 23, 2017 Posted by | Comic Books, Marvelicious Toys, Movies, News, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast: Star Wars Action News — Episode 498: Black Friday & Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Hosted by Marjorie Carvalho and Arnie Carvalho

Video by Berent Lawton and Daryl Whitlow

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all our listeners from the entire Star Wars Action News Team!

It’s time for Star Wars Action News’13th annual Black Friday sale report, and holiday gift guide!

Join Arnie & Marjorie as they tell you where the best savings are for Star Wars games, toys, and more.  Then the entire Star Wars Action News Team have gathered their ideas of the best Star Wars collectibles are this season. From books to games, figures big and small, and so much more, listen now to hear it all!

BLACK FRIDAY SALES

Toys

LEGO

Hot Toys

Books

Games

Household Items

Other

 

November 23, 2017 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Movies, Movies & Television, News, Podcasts, Star Wars Action News | Leave a Comment

New Podcast: Now Playing — Justice League

Hosted by Jakob Conkling, Stuart Atkinson, and Arnie Carvalho

How does a DC Comics super-team come together when the Man of Steel is dead, Batman is suicidal, Wonder Woman won’t lead, and the most promising recruits are an aloof Merman, a renegade robot, and a neurotic runner who’d rather eat than fight?  It will take the Classic Rock threat of Steppenwolf, reuniting with the Mother Boxes of Invention, to unify this Justice League.  But is there any hope for Recommendations from Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie when the clashing visions of director Zack Snyder and last minute replacement Joss Whedon create such a chaotic production?  Find out who wins and loses when you listen now!

Thirsty for more Justice? Become a Now Playing patron to get a special extended version of this review with over 30 minutes not included in the regular release! Sign up to be a Now Playing patron now and get this extended review as well as bonus and exclusive review podcasts! 

November 21, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast: Now Playing — Justice League – Extended Cut for Patrons

Hosted by Jakob Conkling, Stuart Atkinson, and Arnie Carvalho

How does a DC Comics super-team come together when the Man of Steel is dead, Batman is suicidal, Wonder Woman won’t lead, and the most promising recruits are an aloof Merman, a renegade robot, and a neurotic runner who’d rather eat than fight?  It will take the Classic Rock threat of Steppenwolf, reuniting with the Mother Boxes of Invention, to unify this Justice League.  But is there any hope for Recommendations from Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie when the clashing visions of director Zack Snyder and last minute replacement Joss Whedon create such a chaotic production?  Find out who wins and loses when you listen now!

This is an special release only for Now Playing Patrons pledging $10 or more. This version of the show has over 30 minutes not included in the regular release! Sign up to be a Now Playing patron now and get this extended review as well as bonus and exclusive review podcasts! 

November 21, 2017 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | 1 Comment

New Podcast: Now Playing — Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth

 

Hosted by Jakob Conkling, Stuart Atkinson, and Arnie Carvalho

Pinhead is back and ready to turn New York City into a HELL ON EARTH! But first the Cenobite will need to convince a sadistic nightclub owner to free him from the carbonite confines of a modern art sculpture. Meanwhile a leggy TV journalist with daddy issues, partnering with a homeless Goth girl and the ghost of a WWI soldier, search for a way to put Pinhead back inside his box. Donate now to find out if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart can find room in their hellbound hearts for this third installment of the Hellraiser franchise.

Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Fall 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from now through July 31, 2017, the Hellraiser Retrospective Series is available as a “thank you” to those who support Now Playing.

You can listen to this preview of the show for free now using the link above.

The full podcast series is available through a Paypal donation to Now Playing, or individual episodes are available on our Podbean page. Details can be found on our Spring 2017 Donation page.

Thank you in advance for your support of our show!

November 17, 2017 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast — Now Playing: The LEGO Batman Movie – Patron Exclusive Review

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Jakob Conkling

The LEGO Movie turned plastic bricks into box office gold. Now the world’s number one toy maker hopes to build upon that success with an entire LEGO Movie franchise. Its first installment took arguably the best supporting character from that first film and made him the star–Batman.  Is this comedic tale of The Dark Knight kiddie-only fare, or is there something Batfans of all ages can appreciate? Become a Now Playing Patron and you can listen and find out!

Become a Now Playing patron and you can hear this exclusive bonus review!

November 15, 2017 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast | Leave a Comment

New Podcast — Books & Nachos: The Hellraiser Chronicles Edited by Stephen Jones (and a look at Damnation Games by Phil and Sarah Stokes)

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho

Continuing his look at nonfiction Hellraiser books, Arnie is back with a review of The Hellraiser Chronicles–a 1992 behind-the-scenes look at the first three Hellraiser films. But seeking even more pleasures Arnie continues on to look at Damnation Games which also gets under the skin of those first three films. Are either or both of these worth a read? Join Arnie to find out!

November 15, 2017 Posted by | Books, Books & Nachos, Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast — Now Playing: Death Wish 4: The Crackdown

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Jakob Conkling

Paul Kersey gets topical with his fourth killing spree in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown! This time he’s going to whack the crack dealers in Los Angeles. It’s the type of film only Cannon Films could make. But is it any good? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

November 14, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast — Now Playing: Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Jakob Conkling.

For its second film the Hellraiser series was Hellbound, bringing back Pinhead and the Cenobites from the first film, and adding a few new twists. The mythology deepened, but the central struggle remained between Julia (Clare Higgins) and step-daughter Kirstie (Ashley Lawrence). Is this labyrinthine vision of hell pain or pleasure for horror movie fans? Find out! Open the box–donate to Now Playing and get hooked on this review!

November 10, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast — Now Playing: Thor: Ragnarok

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Jakob Conkling

The God of Thunder was ready to change his image after Now Playing and so many others hammered his solo films as the silliest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Third effort Ragnarok not only puts Thor in the arena with longtime frenemies Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but pits him against powerful new characters Hela (Cate Blanchett), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).  Should the studly superhero have been so quick to chop off his golden hair, or would those shears have been better served cutting out some jokes in this 130 minute epic? Find out if hosts Arnie, Jakob and Stuart rain on Marvel’s latest parade by listening now!

November 8, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast — Books & Nachos: Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II by Christian Sellers and Gary Smart

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho

 

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and it’s immediate follow-up Hellbound: Hellraiser II were low-budget productions, shot in the UK. Despite their small beginnings their impact was global, skyrocketing Clive Barker to fame and fortune and terrifying a generation. How did that happen? The book Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II details the making of these first two Hellraiser films. What insights does it provide, and is it worth a read? Join Arnie on this review to find out!
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November 5, 2017 Posted by | Books, Books & Nachos, Movies, Podcasts | | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Hellraiser

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Jakob Conkling

Clive Barker exploded onto the horror scene in the mid ’80s, bringing a fleshy physicality to his tales and pushing body horror to new extremes. His landmark creation is Hellraiser — his directorial debut. 30 years later it stands as a seminal horror film and Barker’s greatest achievement. The series’ biggest star is Pinhead who’s pierced visage has graced countless toys, T-Shirts, and tattoos. Ironically, he and his cenobites were but bit players in Barker’s original tale of terror. Now, open the box–DONATE to Now Playing Podcast–and you won’t get chains, you’ll get bonus podcasts: Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob will bring you untold pleasures with this review of Hellraiser!

November 3, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Jigsaw

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Marjorie Carvalho

Seven Year’s Later…it’s again Halloween; it’s again Now Playing reviewing Saw! The “torture porn” genre had fallen out of vogue, and Saw‘s grosses fell to match. Now, not quite a decade later, is the world ready for more traps and (plot) twists? Does the Saw cut as deep in its eighth iteration? Strap on your bucket and join Arnie, Jakob, and Marjorie to find out!

October 31, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Books & Nachos: The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

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Hosted by Arnie Carvalho

In 1987 Clive Barker took the world by storm with his film Hellraiser, but his first draft of that movie wasn’t in screenplay form–it was a short story. Written with the express intent of being a low-budget movie, Barker explores the concepts of love, deceit, murder, and damnation. It became his defining work, but how good is it? And how does the prose differ from the film? Open the box, unchain this podcast, join Arnie in Hell, and find out!
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October 29, 2017 Posted by | Books, Books & Nachos, Movies, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Cult of Chucky

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson and Brock

Guess who’s back? Back again? Chucky’s back! With his friends! It’s the Cult of Chucky…but what does that mean? Our Now Playing hosts examine this second direct-to-video movie in the Child’s Play series.  With Chucky creator Don Mancini again writing and directing, do our hosts join the Cult? Find out by joining the cult of Now Playing donors! Support the podcast and get all the bonus Child’s Play movie reviews!

October 27, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Leatherface (2017)

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson and Brock

Texas Chainsaw 3D was a success in 2013, but the fast-tracked sequel got mired in studio bureaucracy and changes in creative teams. Finally, nearly five years later, comes Leatherface–a prequel to Tobe Hooper’s original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It has been available to DirecTV customers for the past month, but now it’s streaming through all major platforms. Can this new prequel give a better origin story for Leatherface than Platinum Dunes’ attempt? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Brock to find out!

October 24, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Phantasm: Ravager

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

After nearly 20 years dormant the Phantasm series was resurrected for one last time. Filmed shortly before Angus Scrimm’s death, his Tall Man has one last hurrah with his spheres and dwarfs going against the freedom fighters Reggie and Mike. Yet this Phantasm returns to the original where you’re left questioning what you saw. Join the hosts of Now Playing Podcast to find the truth in the dream!  Donate, support independent podcasting, and listen now!

October 20, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Death Wish 3

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Paul Kersey has returned to New York (or London). He didn’t come intending to fight a gang war, but he finds his war buddy gunned down. It’s a fight Kersey didn’t start, but he intends to finish it in Death Wish 3.  It’s the first Death Wish that is officially a Cannon film. Does their Over the Top aesthetic help Charles Bronson’s franchise? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out!

October 17, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Phantasm: OblIVion

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

The fourth Phantasm film was shaping up to be major. Written by Pulp Fiction Academy Award Winning writer Roger Avary, the film would be a post-apocalyptic action film starring Bruce Campbell!  But…that’s not the film that was made. Unable to find the money for that film, Don Coscarelli and company made a film that didn’t go to the future, but instead to the past. Is this The Tall Man’s Oblivion? Donate to Now Playing and hear all about the film that was made, and the film that wasn’t!

October 13, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Blade Runner 2049

Hosted by Brock, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

In the early ’80s, the dawn of home video, it would be easy to think movies had a lifespan of only four years. But Ridley Scott’s creation Blade Runner escaped box-office failure to find its own life. Its imagery still influences artists 35 years after being released, and it’s spawned novels, video games, and more. But now this dystopian vision returns to big screens with a sequel: Blade Runner 2049. Harrison Ford returns as Deckard, a man with secrets sought after by a new Blade Runner played by Ryan Gosling.  Can director Denis Villeneuve craft a vision that we’ll still be discussing in 2052? Listen to this review to find out!

October 10, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

After Phantasm II the series’ theatrical releases came to an end, but that didn’t stop The Tall Man’s plot. Here in the third Phantasm the cast has grown, the gore is more graphic, and original star A. Michael Baldwin is back. Is the third time the charm for this sci-fi horror series? Donate to Now Playing to find out!

October 6, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Death Wish II

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Paul Kersey has lived a peaceful life for years in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, his daughter, and his housekeeper. Yet his tranquil existence will once more be shattered by a group of criminals who will assault his family. Now Paul is back on the streets, stalking the streets of Skid Row, looking for revenge. Does this Death Wish hit as hard as the original? Listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out!

October 3, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Star Wars Action News Episode 497: 2 Cons 1 Porg

Hosted by Marjorie Carvalho, Arnie Carvalho, Justin Kozisek, and Daryl Whitlow

This weekend is New York Comic-Con…or it might be called a mini Star Wars Celebration! There are dozens of Star Wars guests including Mark Hamill, Felicy Jones, Ashley Eckstein, plus Star Wars comic creators, artists, and more! On this Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie run down the Force-filled events at this con! Including an interview with Star Wars author Greg Stones, whose book 99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire is on sale now and he’ll be signing at the show!

Plus hear a first-hand report of Hasbro’s own HASCON convention! Arnie was there. Hear if this is a con you should plan on going to next year. Plus Arnie is joined by Steve Niven and Joe Ninivaggi from Hasbro for an exclusive interview talking more Star Wars Toys.

With an interview with Justin, owner of FigureShield protective cases, and an early report on Hasbro’s Han Solo movie figures, it’s all in this new Star Wars Action News podcast!
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October 2, 2017 Posted by | Movies & Television, Podcasts, Star Wars Action News | | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Phantasm II

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Nine years had passed since Mike’s first dream of The Tall Man in 1979’s Phantasm. Now, thanks to the seemingly endless appetite of fans for horror franchises, “the ball is back”–with a 10x bigger budget! Under Universal Pictures there was more money, and a new actor as Mike. Does this ball shine greater than the original? Thanks to your donation to Now Playing Podcast you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

NOTE: This Podcast is released as part of Now Playing Podcast’s Fall, 2017 Donation Drive.  You can get this episode individually, or you can subscribe for 12 months to access all our bonus shows.

After January 31, 2018 the price on this show will go up, so be sure to listen now!

Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

September 29, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Marvelicious Toys Issue 185: Messin’ With HASCON

Hosted by Justin Kozisek, Arnie Carvalho, and Marjorie Carvalho
Video by Daryl Whitlow

HASCON — it was Hasbro’s first attempt at running their own convention. But now it’s Hasbro’s game…Hasbro’s rules. What is a convention like without any vendor booths? What do you do at a Hasbro-con? And what does Flo Rida have to do with all this?

On this issue of Marvelicious Toys Arnie reports first-hand from Hascon, held in Providence, RI. He got to meet James Gunn, he got the exclusive figures, and he is here to tell you if HASCON ’18 should be a “must do” for you! Plus he also has an interview with the Hasbro Marvel brand team!

And next up–New York Comic-Con! The hosts run down the exclusives and prepare for that big event!

All this and plus a brewing rumble between Arnie and Justin in Marvel vs Capcom Infinite in this episode of Marvelicious Toys!
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September 29, 2017 Posted by | Marvelicious Toys, Podcasts | | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Bloody Birthday

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Three children were all born during the solar eclipse. Does that mean these little sociopaths have no soul? Their birthday wish…is for you to die! That’s the plot of Bloody Birthday, a 1981 film “so shocking” it couldn’t see wide release until 1986! How does this Birthday surprise stack up against similar-themed slashers? Wish co-host Stuart a happy birthday as we cut into this Patron-selected film!

September 26, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Phantasm

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Phantasm was a horror hit in 1979, standing out among a slew of Halloween horror trend followers. But Phantasm‘s success belied its indie production, shot on weekends for a meager $300,000 budget. The film’s legacy endures nearly 40 years later with a fifth film recently released. Does this first movie have the balls to still work decades after its release? Donate to keep indie podcast Now Playing going and find out!

NOTE: This Podcast is released as part of Now Playing Podcast’s Fall, 2017 Donation Drive.  You can get this episode individually, or you can subscribe for 12 months to access all our bonus shows.

After January 31, 2018 the price on this show will go up, so be sure to listen now!

Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

September 22, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Death Wish

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

In 1974 Charles Bronson made his entry in the self-defense/revenge genre with Death Wish. The film is a gritty look at a New Yorker who is pushed to the breaking point by the city’s rampant crime. Based on a novel, is this just another grim exploitation flick, or does it Wish to be something more? Load up with Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob as they begin their series reviewing all the Death Wish films–ending with the Eli Roth/Bruce Willis reboot this November!

September 19, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Leave a Comment

New Podcast – Now Playing: Happy Birthday to Me

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

First came Halloween. Then Friday the 13th. Soon after, no holiday was safe! New Year’s Evil, Mother’s Day, Graduation Day. Prom Night…all became occasions for slasher fests. Then in 1981 it was time to blow out the candles with Happy Birthday to Me, a murder-mystery slasher starring Little House on the Prairie‘s Melissa Sue Anderson, and Superman‘s dad Glenn Ford.

It’s Now Playing co-host Arnie’s birthday today, and listener Matt has chosen this to be his gift! Is it all he wished for? Join him, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

September 12, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Happy Birthday to Me

New Podcast – Now Playing: The Legend of Hell House

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson and Marjorie Carvalho

Based on a novel by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend)The Legend of Hell House tells of three supernatural investigators paid to spend five days in the haunted mansion of the late Emeric Belasco. One investigator uses her psychic power, the other tries science, and the third is just there for the money. Can these three investigators prove the existence of life after death? And can our three reviewers prove a reason why you should watch this 1973 chiller? If you’re a Now Playing patron you can listen and find out!

Become a Now Playing patron and you can hear this exclusive bonus review!

September 8, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: The Legend of Hell House

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 48: What is your name

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-five years ago Laura Palmer was killed…or was she? Did she die, or did she ever live? It’s Twin Peaks meets Mulhollad Drive’s Lost Highway in Showtime’s final episode of Twin Peaks: The Return. Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for their theories and reactions to Lynch’s final statement on Laura Palmer, Dale Cooper, and Twin Peaks.

September 7, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 48: What is your name

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 47: The past dictates the future

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-six years ago the final episode of Twin Peaks aired on ABC.  This week what happened again ended again. On the final night of Showtime’s Twin Peaks Returns event two episodes were aired back-to-back. But why is it that the climax seems to come in this first episode of the night? What does it all mean? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob for the first part of their finale discussion, and come back Saturday for their final episode of Now Peaking.

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this review individually for a small donation.

Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

September 6, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 47: The past dictates the future

New Podcast – Star Wars Action News Episode 496: Force Friday II

Hosted by Marjorie Carvalho, Arnie Carvalho, Justin Kozisek, and Daryl Whitlow

This weekend was like Black Friday for Star Wars fans. Force Friday II — the weekend where Hasbro, Sideshow, Hot Toys, and every other company unleashes their new products for the first time! New figures were found in 6-inch and 3.75-inch…plus some super-articulated figures that weren’t supposed to be out yet!

On this episode of Star Wars Action News the team comes together to report on Force Friday not just across the US but across the globe! Hear reports of store finds from California, Illinois, Florida, Nebraska, and even the UK! What were everyone’s favorite finds? Join the crew to find out!

Plus on this episode Marjorie and Arnie review some new Hasbro 3.75-inch items, including the new C-3PO, Hux, and First Order Stormtrooper figures, the Rey and Praetorian Guard 2-pack, and the new deluxe Rathtar and Imperial Probe Droid!

All this and more on the new Star Wars Action News podcast!
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September 4, 2017 Posted by | Movies & Television, Podcasts, Star Wars Action News | | Comments Off on New Podcast – Star Wars Action News Episode 496: Force Friday II

New Podcast – Now Playing: Inhumans

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Marvel’s Inhumans are the result of combining alien DNA with humans. In that way they’re neither human nor alien, they’re inhuman. Likewise Marvel’s Inhumans is a halfbreed–it’s neither television nor film. It is the TV series pilot premiering this weekend on IMAX screens. Is it worth the IMAX ticket price to see a shorter version of network television four weeks early? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this hair-raising review to find out!

This podcast will be out for general release on September 5th. It is available now to Now Playing Podbean Patrons. Support Now Playing and get exclusive bonus podcasts and early movie reviews! Details are on Now Playing’s Patron page.

September 2, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Inhumans

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 46: No knock, no doorbell.

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-five years ago FBI Agent Dale Cooper walked into the Black Lodge and what came out looked like Coop, but wasn’t. Now, finally, Agent Cooper is back and he’s ready to take action. There’s only two hours left of Twin Peaks’ season on Showtime, and the showdown between good Cooper and evil Mr. C is coming close. But what role will Audrey play? Can the Polish Accountant just come in to fix everything? And how can the show possibly wrap up so many plots in just two hours? Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob discuss it all in this new episode of Now Peaking podcast!

September 1, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 46: No knock, no doorbell.

New Podcast – Now Playing: Radio Free Albemuth

Hosted by Brock, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Philip K. Dick’s novel Radio Free Albemuth was published in 1985, three years after the author’s death and nine years after the book was written. Yet with the author’s name as propellant, this discarded novel was optioned for a low-budget movie. After lengthy post-production the film Radio Free Albemuth was released direct-to-VOD in 2014.  Can the acting (and singing) of Alanis Morissette help audiences swallow this film’s extra-terrestrial premise? Listen to find out!

August 29, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Radio Free Albemuth

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 45: There’s some fear in letting go.

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-five years after Nadine recovered from amnesia, we, the Twin Peaks fans, have wondered how the Norma-Ed-Nadine love triangle resolved. Lynch and Frost have made us wait fifteen episodes into the new series, but now that answer is given! And players align for a final confrontation as Mr. C, Philip Jeffries, and Richard Horne go after…Judy? I thought we weren’t going to talk about Judy. But I guess we will!  Plus…stick a fork in Dougie, it looks like he’s done! As are several other inhabitants of Twin Peaks. So plug in your headphones and listen to this episode of Now Peaking as we review all the happenings in the fourth-to-last episode!

August 25, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 45: There’s some fear in letting go.

New Podcast – Marvelicious Toys Issue 184: SDCC ’17 Rear View Mirror

Hosted by Justin Kozisek, Arnie Carvalho, and Marjorie Carvalho
Video by Daryl Whitlow

Hasbro Legends, Hot Toys, Sideshow Statues, Kotobukiya exclusives, and more are the topics for today’s Marvelicious Toys Podcast! Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin reflect on all the new merchandise hitting shelves, and the massive amounts of upcoming Marvel toys shown at SDCC!

All this and plus news on where to get toys and statues at 50% off in this new issue of Marvelicious Toys!
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August 24, 2017 Posted by | Marvelicious Toys, Podcasts | | Comments Off on New Podcast – Marvelicious Toys Issue 184: SDCC ’17 Rear View Mirror

New Podcast – Now Playing: Total Recall (2012)

Hosted by Stuart Atkinson, Brock and Jakob Conkling

Do you remember Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 movie Total Recall? If not, Columbia Pictures will remind you with their wholesale retelling of that film. Featuring Colin Farrell in the lead this movie was quickly forgotten in theaters. But now, after much listener demand, the Now Playing hosts give Len Wiseman his props! So join Stuart, Brock, and Jakob for this return to our Philip K Dick Retrospective Series!

August 22, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Total Recall (2012)

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 44: We are like the dreamer.

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-five years after Major Briggs was presumed dead in a fire, his son Bobby takes his fellow officers into the forest to find what his father left for them. Answers are found, but do we know the right questions? With major events for Gordon Cole, Sarah Palmer, and Diane, we discuss it all in this week’s Now Peaking!

August 18, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 44: We are like the dreamer.

Go or Pass on MOVIEPASS – Should You Use This Service?

by Arnie Carvalho

Though the service is six years old, MoviePass has become a hot topic for theater goers this week, from the take-over by Helios and Maheson Analytics, to the price drop from $30 to $9.95 per month, to AMC Theaters pursuing legal action to stop the service. But should you buy in?

What is MoviePass?

MoviePass is a subscription service where, for $9.95 per month, you can see one (2D, standard format) movie per day in theaters.  This means you can literally see 365 movies for under $120. That comes to about $0.33 per movie, compared to the current national average of $8.84 per ticket.

This is not a scam or a trick. There are no blackout dates. You can see movies the day they come out if you want, any showing, any day of the week.

How does this work?

MoviePass is not a service offered by your local theater chain. Unlike Regal Theater’s “Ultimate Ticket Program” where, for $100, you can see an individual movie (like Wonder Woman) once per day for its entire run, MoviePass is its own company operating outside the theater chains.

Here’s how it works:

1) You sign up to their service online for $9.95 per month, cancel any time.  They will then send you a physical “credit card” which will arrive in 5-7 days.

2) Once you have their card you must go to the theater and then use their app to pick the movie.  You cannot order your movie tickets online.  You must be within 100 yards (yes, yards) of the theater to get the tickets.

3) You can only buy tickets same day.  The app only shows you today’s showtimes. So you cannot use this to pre-buy any tickets.

4) Once your movie is selected, MoviePass will “load” your card with enough money to buy a ticket.  Then you use your card to get the ticket at the kiosk or the box office at the theater.

​5) This does not work for premiere screenings.  IMAX, 3D, etc. is not included in MoviePass’ $9.95 option. As their site clearly states: “ We currently do not support (in part or entirety) any enhanced or special screenings that involve an upcharge at the theater. Examples of these would include 3D, IMAX, Fathom Events, DBOX, ETX/RPX, film festival screenings, etc.”

Wait–isn’t MoviePass losing money? Nope–they’re going to sell your data.

If you do the math it doesn’t take long to realize that if you see 2 movies per month on average you’re saving money with MoviePass.  If, on average, two movies cost $19, you’re saving $10 per month. And that’s real money MoviePass is paying to the movie theater.  Though newly aquired, some sites have already declared the service “doomed.”  But MoviePass, run by Netflix exec Mitch Lowe, actually intends to lose that money for a period.  Their business strategy is to build a loyal customer base of millions of users. Then the money they lose on movie tickets will be made through data mining.

Much like Fandango, Netflix, Google, and Fandango do now, MoviePass will gather information about your viewing habits and use them to sell you stuff.  They will make money through ads targeted directly to you. They also may make even more money by selling your data (albeit anonymized) to larger data mining companies.

Finally, the executives at MoviePass hope theaters will buy into the service to help offset the losses.  Through increased attendance and more concession sales (which reaps theater chains the most profit) MoviePass views themselves as a partner for theaters.


Why is AMC upset?

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem that theaters are as happy about this. AMC has threatened legal action against MoviePass.

On the surface AMC is claiming MoviePass is setting customers up for disappointment, lowering the “perceived value” of a movie ticket.

In truth, theater chains like AMC and Regal are investing heavily in their own rewards programs, like the AMC Stubs Premiere service which costs $15 per year.  They want 100% of the ticket price and also the ability to collect the same data MoviePass desires.


So should you subscribe?

Perhaps you should subscribe, but I will not be signing up for MoviePass.

I will admit–on the surface this service looks like a great way to save money.  In the first eight-and-a-half months of 2017 I’ve seen 32 movies in theaters.  I have spent over $400 at the movie theater box office; 9 months of MoviePass would have cost me less than $90.

However, there’s a deal-breaker for me in that fine print:  MoviePass is only good for standard, 2D movie showings.

Of the 32 films I’ve seen this year, only 12 were 2D, standard.  The other 20 were 3D, IMAX, D-BOX, or AMC Prime experiences.  If a movie is released in IMAX that’s the way I want to see it — big and loud.  While 3D films are in decline the IMAX experience is still one for which I’m willing to pay a premium.

So in those 9 months I only spent $96 on 2D, standard movie tickets. MoviePass would have cost me $89. That $7 difference is not worth the trade-off of online ticket ordering.

Then when I look at the upcoming slate of films I plan to watch theatrically in 2017 most will be IMAX or 3D.  Blade Runner 2049, Kingsmen: The Golden Circle, Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and even the glorified television pilot Marvel’s Inhumans will all be IMAX experiences.  With or without MoviePass I’ll be paying AMC full ticket prices for those.

Without the convenience of online ordering I would need to save at least $10 per month, $60 per year, with MoviePass.  While there are many standard, 2D films I’m excited for, including Jigsaw, Death Wish, and It, I’m not sure I’ll be seeing 12 2D movies in the next three months to make the trade-off worth it.

If MoviePass were to reinstate their premium option, hopefully at $14.95 per month but even at $19.95 per month, they would likely have my money.   But for now I will Pass on MoviePass.

Arnie Carvalho is co-host of Now Playing Podcast.  You can read his movie reviews in the upcoming book Underrated Movies We Recommend, available for pre-order now.

 

Corrections: This article was updated at 4pm EST for the following items:

  • The “Premium” ticket is no longer offered by MoviePass–they only have the $9.99 2D option now. That information, added after initial publication, was removed
  • They have removed the “watch each movie only once” restriction. That information was removed from the article

August 17, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News | , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

New Podcast – Books & Nachos: The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film by Daniel Wallace

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho

Gunslinger Roland Deschain had a long quest in his search for The Dark Tower. So too did filmmakers toil long to transform Stephen King’s eight-novel series to the big screen. This journey is chronicled in pictures and prose in the book The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film.

Join Arnie on this episode of Books & Nachos as he reviews this work. Then he is joined by Daniel Wallace, author of The Art of the Film, to discuss the process of producing this type of book!
Source: Books and Nachos

 

August 16, 2017 Posted by | Podcasts | | Comments Off on New Podcast – Books & Nachos: The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film by Daniel Wallace

New Podcast – Now Playing: Annabelle: Creation

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson and Marjorie Carvalho

Annabelle was a prequel to The Conjuring. Now we go even further back in time with Annabelle: Creation–the story of the doll’s manufacture and first possession. These films hit big at the box office, but can this demonic doll break the curse of getting no recommends from the Now Playing hosts? Listen to find out!

August 15, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Annabelle: Creation

New Podcast – Star Wars Action News Episode 495: Summer ’17 Cons: D23 & SDCC

Hosted by Marjorie Carvalho, Arnie Carvalho, Justin Kozisek, and Daryl Whitlow

Force Friday is a few short weeks away and (aside from a few leaks) Star Wars fans have little idea what to expect. But some news was had at the two big Star Wars events in July — D23 and SDCC!

On this new Star Wars Action News podcast Daryl joins Arnie and Marjorie to bring first-hand accounts from both conventions. Find out about the exclusives, the reveals, and more!
Source: Star Wars Action News

 

August 14, 2017 Posted by | Conventions, Movies & Television, Podcasts, Star Wars Action News | | Comments Off on New Podcast – Star Wars Action News Episode 495: Summer ’17 Cons: D23 & SDCC

New Podcast – Now Playing: Atomic Blonde

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Justin Kozisek

John Wick co-director David Leitch is already best known as the director of next year’s Deadpool sequel. But before taking on the Merc with a Mouth Leitch directed a different comic book adaptation: Atomic Blonde, based on the graphic novel The Coldest City. Starring Charlize Theron, Blonde looked to be a female John Wick. Does this ’80s period-piece pack the punch of the Wick films? Listen to this bonus episode of Now Playing to find out!

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August 11, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Atomic Blonde

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 43: What story is that, Charlie?

 

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Many lives have changed in the last 25 years in Twin Peaks, WA. Sarah Palmer, now widowed and alone, watches boxing on a loop while getting drunk. Norma has franchised the RR diner, but is the pie as good? And Nadine has been given a new lease on life thanks to Dr. Amp, doing for her online what he seemed unable to do as in-person psychiatrist Dr. Jakoby. But what does this all portend for the approaching end of the series? And will Agent Cooper ever be found? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in a chorus of “Just You and I” and listen to this damn fine podcast to find out!

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New Podcast – Now Playing: The Dark Tower

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Over the span of 34 years Stephen King wrote his Dark Tower saga of books, amassing more than 4,000 pages of lore. The story features the last legendary Gunslinger on a quest to ward off evil forces and reach The Dark Tower. The story has often been called “unfilmable” but, after nearly two decades of trying, the story has come to the screen. Is it an epic fit for King, or another dark tale that didn’t survive the leap from page to screen? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie on their quest to unravel the mystery and find out!

August 8, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: The Dark Tower

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 42: Let’s Rock

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-five years (give or take) after the Little Man from Another Place said “Let’s Rock” the town of Twin Peaks hasn’t stopped rockin’. Perhaps it’s because a certain key to the Great Northern hotel has returned to the town. Or perhaps it’s because Billy is still missing, and no one is more invested in the search than Audrey Horne. Or perhaps because the thorny Blue Rose case investigated by Gordon Cole will lead to that town’s wooded area. But to find out, prepare to Rock and Roll with the Now Peaking hosts as they get rocked by the twelfth episode of Twin Peaks: The Return!

August 4, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 42: Let’s Rock

New Podcast – Now Playing: Dunkirk

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Christopher Nolan’s latest film tells of the English army’s rescue from German assault at Dunkirk. The director is relying on visual spectacle over star power, choosing mostly unknown actors for many of the lead roles. But what can Nolan’s unique film-making and storytelling style add to distinguish Dunkirk from other World War II films? Jump on the boat with Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

August 1, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Dunkirk

New Podcast – Now Peaking Episode 41: There’s fire where you are going

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-five years after Agent Cooper ate some damn fine cherry pie in Twin Peaks, WA, he again dined on the confection–this time in the company of Las Vegas casino owners. Can popping another cherry in his mouth restore his memory? Also this week in Twin Peaks Shelly finds her daughter out of control…and calls Becky’s father for help.  Plus another (partial) decapitation, and a recounting of the Twin Peaks events at San Diego Comic-Con International, it’s all on this Now Peaking episode–so take a ‘Peak’!

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July 28, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking Episode 41: There’s fire where you are going

IMAX, 4k, Ring the Death Knell for 3D

by Arnie Carvalho

Did James Cameron wait too long for his Avatar sequels? It seems that by the time Avatar 2 is released (optimistically scheduled for 2020) the 3D format utilized by that 2009 original may be a thing of the past.

IMAX Announces 2D “Preference”

IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond announced this week that the company will be reducing the number of 3D screenings on their high-priced, large format projectors and screens. He cited a “clear preference” from North American audiences for 2D films.

This statement of direction does not signal an abrupt shift. IMAX’s most recent release, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, was filmed and released only in 2D. (Nolan has a history of disliking the 3D format, refusing Warner Bros’ requrest for his Dark Knight films to be released in the format which commands a higher ticket price.)  Before that, the 3D post-converted Spider-Man: Homecoming was shown on IMAX screens in a combination of 2D and 3D presentation.  This is a change from even a year ago when most IMAX viewings required the audience to don a pair of special, plastic glasses.

This follows a recent history of movie-goers intentionally choosing 2D presentation and falling 3D ticket sales.

Home Video Flattens Out

It’s not only in theaters that 3D is dying. Movie viewers also have shown a preference for the 2D picture in their homes. In 2010, riding off Avatar’s success, High Definition Blu-Ray discs started shipping in 3D formats (the first of which was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs).  3D features were included on all high-end 1080p televisions and home projectors.

However, with the recent advances in 4k resolution, 3D has become a feature of the past. Over the past few years television manufacturers like Sony and LG have phased out 3D capabilities on most of their 4k televisions. With their 2016 models LG only offered 3D on their curved television sets; in 2017 3D was removed altogether.  Likewise 4k home projectors are removing support for 3D, with only Sony offering true 4k projectors that are backwards-compatible with the 3D Blu-Ray format.

Indeed, there is no established standard for 4k home video content to be displayed in 3D; currently movie buyers must choose between the higher resolution or the greater depth in their films.

Is this a win for consumers?

These changes follow the standard market practice of meeting consumer demand.

The 3D format has long been rife with viewer complaints.  In addition to being forced to wear glasses to watch 3D content, be it in theaters or at home, many viewers could not appreciate the added dimension. Per vision insurance company VSP, 5% of the population cannot percieve 3D, and another 25% have trouble perceiving 3D images.  Another 25% or more have complained of headaches, eye strain, and eye fatigue from current 3D digital projection.

These complaints have gotten many people to buy special “2D Glasses” which allow them to see (non IMAX) 3D films in 2D format. (Now Playing Podcast host Marjorie can vouch for these glasses’ effectiveness.)

Many theater-goers also complained about the unreliable quality of 3D in films, much due to the post-conversion process many studios use to save money. The vast majority of 3D films were post-converted–in 2017 only Transformers: The Last Knight was shot natively in the 3D format. On Now Playing Podcast we have complained about lackluster 3D in Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the ApesPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and other movies.

Hollywood studios fought this trend. Many studios intentionally limited 2D availability of films, including 2012’s Prometheus, in order to reap higher profits from the inflated ticket prices.

Will this hurt studios?

Yet despite these consumer complaints, studios have continued to push the 3D format, which commands higher ticket prices.  As movie budgets continue to expand, the higher priced 3D tickets, IMAX tickets, and other “premium” theater experiences have bolstered studio bottom lines.  More, the 3D Blu-Rays sell for $30 or more, while their 2D counterparts are often half that. (Of note, the higher-resolution 4k Blu-Ray discs are often priced equal to, or higher than, their 3D counterparts.)

While the 3D Post Conversion can add $10 million or more to a film’s cost, the increased revenue often offsets that. Many older films, including Jurassic Park and Top Gun were post-converted and re-released to theaters to grab their studios a quick buck.

Yet this switch back to 2D may not bring cheaper ticket prices. AMC Theaters charges the same for 2D and 3D IMAX screenings. It’s possible theaters may raise all ticket prices to current 3D prices to help offset these losses. Also, studios and theater chains have discussed having “event movie” pricing, where tickets cost more for big-budget blockbusters with or without “premium” gimmicks like 3D.

No change for animation?

The movie format that has generated the greatest 3D success is kids’ fare and computer-animated movies, such as LEGO Batman and Moana.  As these films are entirely computer-generated the 3D is more ingrained in their development. The effects are better, and the audience for those films are primarily younger and not yet burnt-out by the format. While Gelfond made no specific mention of animated films staying in 3D, it is likely these will remain in that format for years to come.

Modern 3D History

The modern 3D era was brought in by Cameron in two waves. In 2003 the first modern, digital 3D film was his IMAX documentary Ghosts of the Abyss.  The format had a slow growth over the next six years, mostly as a gimmick in kids films including Spy Kids and The Polar Express.

The change to 3D was a clumsy one. Superman Returns and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix both had select scenes converted to IMAX 3D–requiring customers to don and remove

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_3D_films_(2005_onwards)

glasses through the films.

Modern 3D came into its own in 2009. By that time the 3D cameras required had come down in price. Horror films (which had heavily relied on 3D in the ’80s) got into the game with My Bloody Valentine 3D and The Final Destination.  Animated films premiered in the format, including Coraline, Monsters vs. Aliens, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

But Cameron ushered in a new age with the 3D film Avatar. Somewhat bolstered by 3D and IMAX ticket prices, Avatar became the top-grossing film of all-time. This created a 3D “gold rush” among studios, exponentially increasing the quantity of 3D films produced.

This growth continued until 2011, when 63 3D movies were released.  Growth then leveled off through 2015, when the number of films started to decline.

With these changes to home video and IMAX formats, it is likely 3D films may return to their pre-Avatar numbers.

What do we lose, besides depth?

I’m no great fan of 3D. However, as a movie-goer who prefers to see the movie as the director intended, I’m slightly upset by the loss of the 3D home format. Every movie I’ve purchased since 2010 has been in 3D, if available. I was especially happy with the Transformers films which not only were released in 3D but also changed to the IMAX aspect ratio for their home video releases.

I remember growing up watching movies like Friday the 13th Part III, Jaws 3-D, Emmanuelle 4, and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare on video. All three films had 3D components in theaters which translated poorly to television.  The moments of “I can tell that should be 3D” worsened each viewing experience.

I recently purchased my first 4k TV and had to go through great pains to find one that would continue to support my 3D Blu-Ray discs. It seems in the next five years any movie with great 3D, such as Avatar, Tron: Legacy, and X-Men: Apocalypse will only be seen in their flattened versions.

Even movies filmed in 2D, such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had effects sequences specifically designed in 3D to showcase the technology.

Home movie viewers will lose the ability to view many movies from the past decade as they were intended to be seen.

Final Thought

But overall, I believe 3D is a gimmick that more than ran its course. I applaud IMAX for choosing consumers over studios, and I hope that filmmakers now focus on plot and character depth, instead of manufactured depth on the screen.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

July 28, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 41: There’s fire where you are going

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-five years after Agent Cooper ate some damn fine cherry pie in Twin Peaks, WA, he again dined on the confection–this time in the company of Las Vegas casino owners. Can popping another cherry in his mouth restore his memory? Also this week in Twin Peaks Shelly finds her daughter out of control…and calls Becky’s father for help.  Plus another (partial) decapitation, and a recounting of the Twin Peaks events at San Diego Comic-Con International, it’s all on this Now Peaking episode–so take a ‘Peak’!

July 28, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 41: There’s fire where you are going

New Podcast – Now Playing: T2: Trainspotting

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Trainspotting was a breakthrough film, gaining acclaim for both director Danny Boyle and star Ewan McGregor. Now, twenty years after their original tale of Scottish heroin addicts, the stars and director come together to catch up on the lives of Rent Boy, Spud, Sick Boy, and Franco. Who kicked the habit, and who hasn’t? And what consequences are due for Renton stealing the £16,000?  Choose life! Choose to listen to Now Playing and find out!

July 25, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: T2: Trainspotting

New Podcast – Now Playing: Galaxy Quest

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Kirk. Picard. Janeway. Taggart? Galaxy Quest is a loving spoof of Star Trek, but it’s also a true space-faring adventure. The cast is comprised of stars including Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver, plus respected character actors like Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell.  It was a modest success in ’99, but has gained a cult following on video. What do Arnie, Stuart, and Brock think? By Grabthar’s hammer, become a Now Playing patron and you can hear this exclusive bonus review!

July 21, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Galaxy Quest

New Podcast – Now Peaking Episode 40: Laura is the one.

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

25 years after Laura Palmer was murdered she showed up in the doorway of FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole. Or did she? Perhaps it has something to do with Mr. C and his mysterious text messages to Diane. Or is the answer held in Twin Peaks where The Log Lady tells Hawk “Laura is the one”? The hits keep on hitting in this episode of Twin Peaks, so join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to hear about it!

July 19, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking Episode 40: Laura is the one.

New Podcast – Now Playing: Trainspotting

In 1996 director Danny Boyle exploded on the indie film scene with his octane-fueled heroin comedy-drama Trainspotting. Based on the eponymous novel by Irvine Welsh, the film has a unique vibe, a killer soundtrack, and turned Ewan McGregor into a star. Can the 20-year-old film give the Now Playing hosts the same high it once did? Choose life. Choose Now Playing. Inject this into your ears now!

July 18, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Trainspotting

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack September 5

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The horror-comedy film The Cabin in the Woods is coming to 4k Blu-Ray on September 5th.

Produced and co-written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, this film brings to the big screen the meta comedy and horror that was Buffy‘s trademark.  You can hear our full review of this movie in the Now Playing Podcast archives.

The 4k Combo pack (with Blu-Ray and Digital HD copies) is $22.99 and up for pre-order now.  We’ll provide a review of the technical aspects of this release when it’s available.

Lionsgate’s full press release is below:

Discover the truth behind The Cabin in the Woods when it arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) September 5 from Lionsgate. Featuring an all-star cast includingChris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz, the critically acclaimed horror will be available in stunning 4K Ultra HD resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR), which delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will also feature Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Together with the captivating sound of Dolby Atmos, consumers will experience both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound technology for a fully immersive entertainment experience. Co-written by producer Joss Whedon (The Avengers franchise) and director Drew Goddard (Cloverfield), The Cabin in the Woods 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

 

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape?

4K/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

·       Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Drew Goddard and Writer/Producer Joss Whedon

·       “We Are Not Who We Are: Making The Cabin in the Woods” Featurette

·        “An Army of Nightmares: Make-up & Animatronic Effects” Featurette

·       “Primal Terror: Visual Effects” Featurette

·       “The Secret Secret Stash” Featurette

·       WonderCon Q&A

·       “It’s Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods BonusView™ Mode” (Blu-ray™ only)

 

CAST

Kristen Connolly          The Happening, Revolutionary Road, “Zoo”

Chris Hemsworth        Thor franchise, The Avengers franchise, Rush

Anna Hutchison          The Right Girl, “Go Girls,” “Power Rangers Jungle Fury”

Fran Kranz                  The Village, “Dollhouse,” Donnie Darko

Jesse Williams “Grey’s Anatomy,” Lee Daniels’ The Butler,Brooklyn’s Finest

Richard Jenkins           Jack Reacher, The Visitor

Bradley Whitford         “The West Wing”

  

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2012

Title Copyright: The Cabin in the Woods © 2012, Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: Rated R for strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Closed Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH

Feature Run Time: 95 Minutes

4K Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation

Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation

4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening

Blu-ray Audio Status: English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™ 

July 17, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News | , , , , , | Comments Off on THE CABIN IN THE WOODS arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack September 5

War for the Planet of the Apes

Hail Caesar! The smart ape and his herd return to the big screen for the final battle: War for the Planet of the Apes.  Starring Woody Harrelson as a human Colonel who spent years hunting the apes…but may have a secret mission besides. Fans seem to be going ape for this latest film in this prequel series. Donate to Now Playing to find out if our hosts thought this was a War worth fighting!

July 15, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on War for the Planet of the Apes

PEELERS Review: This Zombie/Stripper Film Isn’t APEEL-ing, it’s Appalling.

Review copy provided courtesy of October Coast Publicity

I like zombies.  I like strippers. So it seems zombie-strippers would be (pardon the pun) a no-brainer.  But 2008’s Jenna Jameson/Robert Englund film Zombie Strippers fell in its high heels. 2012’s Zombies Vs Strippers failed to get a rise out of me. And defying my expectations, Sevé Schelenz’s new film Peelers is even worse than those two previous efforts.

Peelers’ concept is simple enough. When four coal miners accidentally strike oil they head to the Titty Balls Strip Club to celebrate. And it’s the club’s last night as owner “Blue” Jean Douglas, played by Wren Walker, has sold the club to a land developer who plans to shut it down.  Soon their night of revelry turns into revulsion as the black ooze infected the miners turning them into bloodthirsty, mindless killers. No one in the club is safe, and the infection is spreading.

This set-up seems like a perfect throwback to ‘80s slasher films. I had low expectations for Peelers, but if it could give me base genre thrills along the lines of Prom Night 3 (yeah, part 3, not even part 1) or Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan I would have given this film a solid recommend.

Sure enough, the film’s set-up seems to indicate that’s what I’ll get as we’re introduced to owner “Blue Jean”, her bad-boy brother Logan (Madison J. Loos), and the various strippers, bouncers, bartenders, and cooks that populate the Titty Balls.  Instantly we see a large cast we know will lead to a decent body count.  And it doesn’t take long before the miners arrive, and one begins regurgitating and transforming into a zombie.

And I was jazzed by some comic book cred. One character is named Logan, and another is Remy.  I could chalk that up to a coincidence, but when the bartender drops a line about adamantium it’s obvious writer Lisa DeVita is an X-Men fan.

From there all the film had to do was coast on “cruise control” and give me some inventive kills along the way.  Unfortunately first-time screenwriter DeVita can’t even accomplish that.

The set-ups in this film are so obvious I thought DeVita was trying to be funny. In the first fifteen minutes of the film we are introduced to what I can only call Chekhov’s arsenal: the strip club has a baseball bat, several handguns, and even, improbably enough, a chainsaw. Clearly every awkwardly-shown item will (and does) lead to later zombie defense.

But soon I realize the script wasn’t being ironic, it’s just poor.  The plotting is confusing in several ways.  For example, the miners believe they found oil, but it smells awful and converts them to zombies. Yet later we’re told it is still actual oil that can fuel your vehicle…and turn you into the living dead?  

Beyond ridiculous, the script is downright ignorant. (Minor spoiler) The kryptonite for these oil monsters isn’t a gunshot to the head, it’s….water? The rationale is “Water and oil don’t mix” so, obviously, water will kill these bloodthirsty beasts?  

Unlikely as it seems, the stupidity only escalates from there! The survivors in the club could just run away, but “Blue Jean” marshals them to stay and fight, lest these monsters go to the general population. Yet no one realizes that if they just wait out one good rainstorm then the problem will take care of itself.

Additionally, this group has every weapon known to god and man, but not one person has a cell phone?

If I gave the film the benefit of the doubt I’d say this was all intentional humor, but the leaden dialogue delivered by a cast of complete unknowns makes it all seem deadly serious. And deathly boring.

Yet I found myself slightly impressed with the production. Post-viewing research told me Peelers was a Kickstarter-funded film made for about $20,000. For that small sum Peelers achieved quality sound work, and decent camerawork. I looked up cinematographer Lindsay George and he has over a decade’s work on shorts and television. The result is a professional looking production that seems to make spectacular work of existing lights, and good effect of digital video cameras that work well in low-light conditions.  

Some of the gore effects are also passable for cheapie-horror.  

But if I’m complimenting a movie for saying it’s well lit, I’m stretching to find compliments. George is a good cameraman but he had nothing good in front of the camera to film.  And several times he’s let down by poor staging and editing that makes action scenes downright confusing.

If you’re only requirement for this film is gratuitous nudity, yes, you’ll find it here, but every single bit of it is undercut by the most repugnant of “humor.”  One stripper does her dance, only to end by giving guys in the front row a golden shower.  Another stripper is late into her third trimester. I’ve been to a couple dive clubs in my life, but this is simply grotesque.  

And yes, one zombie is indeed killed when the pregnant stripper’s water breaks on his head. If you think that sounds cool, you’ll still be bored as hell by Peelers.

It takes a lot to revolt me. The strippers here pulled it off. So…congratulations? But it wasn’t even in the fun Human Centipede way. More in the vein of “no one should have to watch this.”

Finally, the title Peelers was misleading. From the poster, showing an amputated stripper, and the title I thought I’d be watching a film about creatures that peel the skin off their victims. It would be the ultimate strip-club irony–a monster that continues to “undress” their nude victims. But these beasts just bite and gouge. The title, I suppose, references the strippers, but I’ve never heard a dancer called a “peeler” before. I suppose it’s a shame the title Striptese, Zombies vs Strippers, Zombie Strippers, Showgirls, and Zombeavers were taken. (FYI, every single movie listed there is more enjoyable than Peelers).

The end result is a film that seems to think it’s a cheapie From Dusk ‘Til Dawn rip-off, and ends up being so much worse than either of Dawn’s direct-to-video sequels.  It’s not even fun in a so-bad-it’s-good way. It’s a mind-numbing 90 minutes that I will never get back.

The cover art reads “You may not get the happy ending you were looking for.” I certainly didn’t. Neither will anyone who watches this imbecilic production.

Congratulations to the film crew for accomplishing what they did on so little budget, but next time perhaps give that script a second draft before you start shooting. 

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Now Peaking Episode 39: This is the chair. – For Annual Subscribers

25 years after Laura Palmer’s body washes up on shore (or is that 26 years? Or 27?) the evil Agent Cooper doppleganger continues his criminal activities. Will he bring about an end for Las Vegas idiot Dougie Jones? And what happened to Ike the Spike after his attempt to kill Dougie backfired? Perhaps the answers are found in a special chair…but not the one Andy and Lucy can’t agree upon. What do we mean? Follow that mesmerizing tone to this episode of Now Peaking and hear about all of it!

This episode is for annual subscribers to the Now Playing archives. You can get Now Peaking episodes individually, or a Now Peaking season pass, at NowPeakingPodcast.com

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Episode 39: This is the chair. – For Subscribers

25 years after Laura Palmer’s body washes up on shore (or is that 26 years? Or 27?) the evil Agent Cooper doppleganger continues his criminal activities. Will he bring about an end for Las Vegas idiot Dougie Jones? And what happened to Ike the Spike after his attempt to kill Dougie backfired? Perhaps the answers are found in a special chair…but not the one Andy and Lucy can’t agree upon. What do we mean? Follow that mesmerizing tone to this episode of Now Peaking and hear about all of it!  

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Episode 39: This is the chair.

25 years after Laura Palmer’s body washes up on shore (or is that 26 years? Or 27?) the evil Agent Cooper doppleganger continues his criminal activities. Will he bring about an end for Las Vegas idiot Dougie Jones? And what happened to Ike the Spike after his attempt to kill Dougie backfired? Perhaps the answers are found in a special chair…but not the one Andy and Lucy can’t agree upon. What do we mean? Follow that mesmerizing tone to this episode of Now Peaking and hear about all of it!

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Issue 183: San Diego Spider-Con

San Diego Comic-Con is one week away. Soon Funko, LEGO, Hasbro, Diamond Select Toys, Kotobukiya, eFX Collectibles, and many more toy companies will reveal new products. Plus…exclusives! On this episode of Marvelicious Toys, Justin, Marjorie, and Arnie give you the run-down of what you’ll need to get!

Plus, this past weekend another hit Marvel movie came out: Spider-Man: Homecoming! Join the hosts for their thoughts on the film, and the toys! Including the Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive Spider-Drone!



All this and more in this new issue of Marvelicious Toys!
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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man has finally come home! While Marvel Studios started without its most popular characters, an agreement between studios (aided by some North Korean hackers) has now made it so Marvel’s most super of heroes, Spider-Man, can stand alongside the other cinematic Avengers. But this is this third big-screen incarnation of the wall crawler in 10 years. Does this one swing higher than Raimi’s and Webb’s movies? Listen to find out!

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On 10th Anniversary, ‘Now Playing’ Hosts Talk Milestones, Memorable Moments

Let’s jump back in time 10 years to summer 2007. Sam Raimi had just tanked the Spider-Man franchise, the Fast & Furious films had stalled with Tokyo Drift, and nobody knew if George Lucas would ever launch another Star Wars trilogy.

This was when Now Playing Podcast first went on the air. Back when we still believed Crystal Skull might be good and before they rebooted Freddy’s origin story to make it, just, icky.

Not only does 2017 mark Now Playing’s 10th anniversary, the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes review marks its 700th episode. That’s a lot of movies (and also the occasional failed TV pilot or one of those superhero shows that played theatrically in Bulgaria or wherever).

To mark the occasion, the show’s hosts came together for a Q&A about their time behind the mics and what’s changed during the last 10 years.

Venganza Media Gazette: What do you remember thinking after you heard your voice for the first time on Now Playing?

Arnie: “Well our first episode was recorded in a car in the parking lot of a Toys r Us. So my thought was, ‘For being in a car that doesn’t sound TOO bad.’”

Marjorie:I was used to hearing my voice on Star Wars Action News but I still thought I sounded under 13. And then you have the thoughts such as ‘I really sound like that?’ or ‘What if people find my voice irritating?’”

Stuart: I like to be behind the scenes — directing, writing, evaluating other people’s art. It was pretty painful to step in front of a mic and even more awkward listening to myself on some of my early shows. I was grateful that there weren’t too many listeners back in 2008 and early 2009.”

Jakob: “I was no stranger to hearing my voice; I had sang in bands and had been podcasting on and off for a few years prior. But at the time a huge part of our listenership were horror fans, a genre I wasn’t very familiar with. So there was some anxiety with having my introduction with the SAW movies and having to speak about a genre I just didn’t have a lot of exposure to.”

Venganza Gazette: What’s changed about you as a host?

Jakob: “I watch a lot more movies and I discuss them a lot more — not just with my co-hosts, but with my family. We spend a lot of time discussing why a film does or doesn’t work.”

Marjorie: I have a different view of movies now. I see so much more that goes into a movie. More than just ‘it was good.’ I also can’t ever ‘turn off’ reviewing. When I see movies I’m not reviewing, I tend to dissect them.” 

Jakob: “My wife and I share what we consider great scenes with our girls, even if they may be too young for the entire movie. Is it crossing a line that we reenacted the ‘I drink your milkshake’ scene from THERE WILL BE BLOOD for our 10 and 6-year-old?”

Stuart: ”The biggest change for me is the zip code where I record. I’m no longer ‘Stuart In L.A.’ When I started Now Playing I always worried that things I said might come back to haunt me working in the Los Angeles entertainment industry. Now that I’ve stepped away from that scene, I sleep better at night.”  

Arnie: The differences are greater than the similarities, in my mind. What’s the same? A rotating cast of hosts and we devote one episode to one movie. What’s different? Everything else. Now Playing started as a show where we would record short, spoiler-free movie reviews.”

The first Now Playing Podcast episode, a review of "Spider-Man 3" was released on May 4, 2007.

The first Now Playing Podcast episode, a review of Spider-Man 3 was released on May 4, 2007.

Stuart: “A long show in 2007 was 30 minutes. Now we go twice as long on an episode of Twin Peaks.”

Arnie: “They weren’t going to be edited at all, as editing takes five-to-10 times the length of a given show.”

Brock: I do remember editing the first show I did with my wife – back then it was a two person review show, much like what Arnie and Marjorie do on Star Wars Action News.”

Arnie:As I had Star Wars Action News already I didn’t feel I had the time to undertake more editing. So they would be instant reaction thoughts, recorded immediately upon leaving the theater, and published as-is [with] minimal editing, [and] we also were going to focus on new releases only. Now we go through the history of film, with spoiler-filled critiques that are very long, and very well edited by a great team including Heath and David.”

Jakob: “We just go so much more in depth now. But for me, personally, I approach the show with a different attitude. When I first came on, I had a MST3K mentality. I mean, I had to review a bunch of SAW films — not really my thing — so I thought, ‘How many jokes can I make?’ Now, while we still shoot for humor at times, I try focus on the filmmaking and storytelling so I can articulate how those contribute to a film, good or bad.”

Brock: “Today we are a well-oiled machine, even more comfortable sharing our opinions and talking with one another. The shows back then, and especially when we started the roundtable format, had the best we could do technically at the time, and now the production values are insanely great thanks to our equipment, sure, but mostly because of the countless hours Arnie puts in producing each and every episode. And also the incredible, tireless work of our talented editors who make us all sound so good.”

Marjorie: “We are all so much older and wiser! I think that we all found our rhythm with each other. I have a natural rapport with Arnie because we are married and therefore spend a lot of time together. But Stuart, Jakob and myself had to build that.” 

The July 14 review of War for the Planet of the Apes will mark Now Playing Podcast's 700th episode.

The July 14, 2017 War for the Planet of the Apes review marks Now Playing Podcast’s 700th episode.

In addition to hitting the 700th episode milestone, several of the hosts are racking up big numbers behind the microphone. When the War for the Planet of the Apes review is released, Arnie will have hosted 676 Now Playing episodes, Stuart will have hosted 618, and Jakob will have hosted his 469th show.

Venganza Gazette: Do you have a favorite Now Playing episode?

Stuart:INCEPTION was an early favorite of mine because I think it was such a turning point for the show. Now Playing proved in that podcast that we could do more than heckle. On top of really liking the movie, I was proud of the way we broke down all of Nolan’s multi-level storylines and daunting thematic readings in a very concise 73 minutes.”

Arnie: I really am proud of PROMETHEUS. That was a film with disparate, and surprising, opinions from the hosts, and yet the conversation was always lively, and I think everyone made such great points. I re-listened to that show recently because of ALIEN: COVENANT and so it’s recent to my memory, but even before that it was a go-to for me to see three of the hosts bringing their A-game.”

Brock:I really liked what the guys did with RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Sometimes with a really good movie, a classic, practically flawless movie the show can be a little harder for us panelists to do. You can’t tear it apart, and there aren’t always opportunities to make jokes because the jokes have been made for 30 years already. Everyone is so familiar with the movie itself and the behind the scenes information already and on top of that the listeners know going in it that the hosts are all going to give it a green arrow. The team embraced all these challenges and showed us why Now Playing is as good as it gets with review shows. The guys did a great job with the commentary, the trivia, and played off one another beautifully making an entertaining show that was structurally and technically proficient. So much so that I have enjoyed listening to that show multiple times over. A highlight for me is when Stuart brought up the CASABLANCA correlation; not many people get that aspect of RAIDERS and I’m glad he did and shared it with the audience.”

Jakob: “I’m really enjoying our current Now Peaking discussions for TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN. What’s fascinating is we had the chance to do a whole David Lynch retrospective building up to this new series. With Lynch, as an auteur, there is so much of him in this return to Twin Peaks. It feels like a culmination of his entire aesthetic and viewpoint. Within the first two episodes we had brought up the influences of ERASERHEAD, BLUE VELVET, LOST HIGHWAY, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, and INLAND EMPIRE. I’m still not sold on this third season, but it has been insightful to discuss it in the context of Lynch’s complete works and not just the original run of the television show.”

Venganza Gazette: What’s the most positive feedback you’ve ever received from a listener?

Arnie: I can’t begin to express how touched I am by some listeners’ messages to us.  From troops stationed overseas who use our show to experience movies they can’t yet see to adults who say our show is like a conversation with friends, each message means so much.”

Marjorie: There have been a few people who have written to us about how listening to Now Playing got them through a rough patch in their life. And I think it’s utterly amazing that, even remotely, I was able to help someone.” 

Stuart: I never thought three people riffing on movies had the potential to heal, but I have been incredibly moved by all the stories fans have shared over the years about how we helped them laugh away depression, death, and some real big life challenges.”

Arnie:A handful of people have e-mailed with a very specific message and I’m humbled every time I read them.  These are people who have been in bad situations: illness or accident, divorce, job loss, the death of someone close to them, or sometimes a combination of those.  These are people who tell us they felt hopeless.  One person said, ‘I felt like I would never be able to laugh again.’  A couple people mentioned contemplating suicide.  These are deeply personal moments being shared via e-mail with us. Then their notes change tone and discuss how our show helped them through. We entertained them, in that one case we gave him the first laugh he’d had. We took their minds off their troubles and brought them a bit of happiness. That is my dream come true — to be able to entertain people and give them a few moments where they aren’t thinking about their day, their responsibilities, and their problems.”  

Stuart: “I never expected to have such impact on anyone, and I’m incredibly humbled by that.”

Arnie:It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I considered being a lawyer or a stockbroker. But in high school I realized the importance of entertainment in my life.  I had my own dark days in my teen and early adult years. What got me through those times were video games, movies, television, books – entertainment. So starting in high school, and really for the rest of my life, my goal has been to entertain. I wanted to give people that escape the way Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Will Wright, and Stephen King helped me to escape. My path to finding podcasting as that vehicle was a winding one, but it was the outlet I found. And I can’t express how touched I am when I read what we do does provide that for some of our listeners.  It fills me with purpose, and reminds me that we’re not just discussing the eighth in a bad series of direct-to-video sequels, we’re hopefully also entertaining and informing at the same time.”  

Venganza Gazette: What’s the strangest feedback you’ve ever received from a listener?

Brock: “I was at a Comic Con, talking to the vendor on the other side of the table about an action figure or something, and this guy standing next to me exclaimed ‘Hey, you’re Brock! I recognize your voice!’ That was pretty cool to be picked out by my voice alone.”

Marjorie: “I had some weird messages from guys who liked my voice.” 

Stuart:It was pointed out very bluntly a few times on Facebook that I have a ‘squeaky voice’ when I get excited. Hey, I’m not going to say that’s untrue, but there’s only so much I can do about that until I finish going through puberty. How I wish I could hire Barry White to say all the things I’ve got to say!”

Brock: “There was this one [comment] we received years ago that accused me of trying to sound professional, putting on a radio voice when I talk or something. Arnie told Stuart and I about this thing one night when we were recording, and we all got a great laugh because this is how I talk! I wouldn’t have the patience or the discipline to put on a fake voice for hours on end, each and every time we do a recording session. I mean, I guess that is sort of a compliment, that my voice sounds that way, but the guy clearly didn’t have a clue about what he was talking about.”

Jakob: “One listener offered to pay for my dental work after he punched my teeth out because of my views on one film. I wonder if the police I had to involve became fans of Now Playing after I reported [him]?”

Arnie: I need to be vague about this for privacy, but a listener wrote in and told me how, in 2012, he had a workplace encounter with Bradley Cooper [and] he ended up turning Cooper on to Now Playing, specifically our HOWARD THE DUCK show. The next day Cooper told him he laughed his ass off listening to that podcast. He said he downloaded some other shows, including our ROCKY reviews. That is totally surreal to think of the voice actor who performed in GUARDIANS has listened to our HOWARD THE DUCK review.”  

Stuart: We get a lot of positive feedback when we slam a problematic movie like HOWARD THE DUCK or HALLOWEEN III.”

Venganza Gazette: What’s the one film you’re still waiting to review?

Jakob: I’d love the work through Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER. It’s a film that I’ve done a complete 180° on since its theatrical release. Originally, I recognized the amazing acting but the story left me cold. I recently re-watched it with my wife, who is a huge Phillip Seymour Hoffman fan. As we worked our way through the film, she helped me realize what a heartbreaking romance it is in the midst of some heavy ideas about religion and post-war America. I would love to discuss such a dense piece of work.”

Stuart:THE MANITOU! There is no crazier horror movie from the 1970s. It would be a perfect Easter Egg pairing with THE OMEN and ROSEMARY’S BABY franchises.”

Marjorie: “I would love to do a 70s disaster movie retrospective. There was a small heyday of disaster movies.”

Arnie: DONNIE DARKO is a favorite film of mine that I think is so rich for analysis, even if the director did make it so obvious with various supplements and the director’s cut.  

Brock: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID. It’s my favorite movie, and the first movie I say when people ask me for a film recommendation. Every time. Not enough people watch it anymore but they really should. It’s not a traditional western, but can be a hard sell to people who deeply dislike westerns. Perhaps we can bundle it THE STING and that sequel they made in 1979 with Tom Berenger. I have avoided watching that sequel but I’d watch it for Now Playing.”

Arnie:I made a vow to never watch S DARKO, the cash-grab DONNIE sequel with hardly anyone from the original involved.  If we reviewed DONNIE I’d probably have to watch S, and I really don’t want to taint my love of the original with a super-shitty sequel.”

Now Playing Podcast will release its War for the Planet of the Apes episode as part of its 2017 Spring Donation Drive. Supporters of the show can hear the review, along with all of the episodes in the Planet of the Apes series, at NowPlayingPodcast.com.

 

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Baby Driver

No, Baby Driver is not about an infant taking his parents’ car for a spin. Baby Driver is the latest film from Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Shaun of the Dead auteur Edgar Wright. For his fifth studio film Wright brings his unique take to the car chase genre. Or is it the musical? No matter. Load up your iPod Classic, pop in your ear buds, and join the hosts of Now Playing for this revved up movie review!

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Monster Trucks – Patron Exclusive Review

Cars and monsters. It sounds like a perfectly easy formula for a kid’s movie. Kids love cars. Kids love monsters. And yet Monster Trucks became a monstrous loss for studio Paramount Pictures, who took a $115 million loss before the film even came out. Is it truly one of the worst films of all time, or is its hideous reputation undeserved? Arnie, Stuart, and Jerry take the film for a spin. Become a Patron for Now Playing and you can hear their review!

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Monster Trucks – for Annual Subscribers

Cars and monsters. It sounds like a perfectly easy formula for a kid’s movie. Kids love cars. Kids love monsters. And yet Monster Trucks became a monstrous loss for studio Paramount Pictures, who took a $115 million loss before the film even came out. Is it truly one of the worst films of all time, or is its hideous reputation undeserved? Arnie, Stuart, and Jerry take the film for a spin. Become a Patron for Now Playing and you can hear their review!

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Transformers: The Last Knight

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise. To commemorate, Paramount and Bay have released the fifth movie in the series: The Last Knight. And this seems to be Bay’s last go-round with these Autobots and Decepticons. The box office is soft, but could Bay have possibly saved the best for last? And where does the franchise go from here? ROLL OUT with the hosts of Now Playing to hear their thoughts!

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Now Peaking Episode 37: There’s a body all right – For Annual Subscribers

 

25 years after Leland Palmer was arrested for the murder of Jaques Renault the Twin Peaks police department find new evidence connected to the case. Will the town ever escape the shadow of Laura’s murder? Doc Hayward did…but to where? And what does Diane know about the Mr. C who is in that South Dakota prison? All this, plus Dougie vs Ike the Spike in this episode of Now Peaking!

 

This episode is for annual subscribers to the Now Playing archives. You can get Now Peaking episodes individually, or a Now Peaking season pass, at NowPeakingPodcast.com

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Episode 37: There’s a body all right – For Subscribers

25 years after Leland Palmer was arrested for the murder of Jaques Renault the Twin Peaks police department find new evidence connected to the case. Will the town ever escape the shadow of Laura’s murder? Doc Hayward did…but to where? And what does Diane know about the Mr. C who is in that South Dakota prison? All this, plus Dougie vs Ike the Spike in this episode of Now Peaking!

 

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Episode 37: There’s a body all right

25 years after Leland Palmer was arrested for the murder of Jaques Renault the Twin Peaks police department find new evidence connected to the case. Will the town ever escape the shadow of Laura’s murder? Doc Hayward did…but to where? And what does Diane know about the Mr. C who is in that South Dakota prison? All this, plus Dougie vs Ike the Spike in this episode of Now Peaking!

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Bad Boys 2

Bad Boys exploded in 1995. The career surge it caused for both stars Smith and Lawrence, as well as for director Bay, meant an eight-year wait for the sequel. In 2003 the Boys were back and it was bigger, badder, and much longer. But was it better? Join the bad boys of Now Playing Podcast for their review to find out!

June 20, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Bad Boys 2

Now Peaking Episode 36: Don’t Die. – For Annual Subscribers

25 years after FBI Agent Dale Cooper disappeared into the Black Lodge, his oft-mentioned, never-seen assistant Diane appears on screen. Can she provide the insight to diagnose the jail-bound Mr. C’s possession? No answers are in this episode but we do see more of Richard Horne, and some surprising Fire Walk With Me cameos! Plus someone does die in “Don’t die”. Find out who in this episode of Now Peaking!

This episode is for annual subscribers to the Now Playing archives. You can get Now Peaking episodes individually, or a Now Peaking season pass, at NowPeakingPodcast.com

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Episode 36: Don’t die

25 years after FBI Agent Dale Cooper disappeared into the Black Lodge, his oft-mentioned, never-seen assistant Diane appears on screen. Can she provide the insight to diagnose the jail-bound Mr. C’s possession? No answers are in this episode but we do see more of Richard Horne, and some surprising Fire Walk With Me cameos! Plus someone does die in “Don’t die”. Find out who in this episode of Now Peaking!

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Coherence – Patron Exclusive Review

A group of friends come together for a casual dinner, but when the power goes out is everyone who they seem to be? Have they been drugged? Is it in their heads? Or is the comet overhead opening a door to parallel dimensions? These are the questions asked in the low-budget science-fiction film Coherence. A review picked by a Now Playing Podbean backer and only available for other backers to hear!  Patrons of Now Playing’s Podbean Campaign pledging $10 or more can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now to find out if this plot coheres or not!

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Episode 36: Don’t die – For Subscribers

25 years after FBI Agent Dale Cooper disappeared into the Black Lodge, his oft-mentioned, never-seen assistant Diane appears on screen. Can she provide the insight to diagnose the jail-bound Mr. C’s possession? No answers are in this episode but we do see more of Richard Horne, and some surprising Fire Walk With Me cameos! Plus someone does die in “Don’t die”. Find out who in this episode of Now Peaking!

 

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Coherence – for Annual Subscribers

A group of friends come together for a casual dinner, but when the power goes out is everyone who they seem to be? Have they been drugged? Is it in their heads? Or is the comet overhead opening a door to parallel dimensions? These are the questions asked in the low-budget science-fiction film Coherence. A review picked by a Now Playing Podbean backer and only available for other backers to hear!  Patrons of Now Playing’s Podbean Campaign pledging $10 or more can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now to find out if this plot coheres or not!

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Bad Boys

In 1995 Will Smith was a sitcom star with a rap career. Martin Lawrence was host of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and his own show Martin where he would cross-dress to play Sheneneh. And Michael Bay was an unknown, save for a few stylish music videos. Their careers all blew up, as did several cars and an airplane, when they teamed up to make Bad Boys.  Now join the bad boys of Now Playing for their review of this action classic!

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Bad Boys – Early Release for Patrons

In 1995 Will Smith was a sitcom star with a rap career. Martin Lawrence was host of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and his own show Martin where he would cross-dress to play Sheneneh. And Michael Bay was an unknown, save for a few stylish music videos. Their careers all blew up, as did several cars and an airplane, when they teamed up to make Bad Boys.  Now join the bad boys of Now Playing for their review of this action classic!

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Now Playing’s Alien Retrospective Series Preview

This summer Ridley Scott returned to his Alien franchise for the third time with the thriller COVENANT. Arnie, Stuart, and Brock reviewed this film, continuing the Alien Review Series they started in 2012 with the release of Prometheus. On this preview hear clips from the entire Alien Retrospective Series, and learn how you can hear the full reviews! Plus reviews for Planet of the Apes and Pirates of the Caribbean.  All donations help keep Now Playing operating becuase, without donors… no one could hear Now Playing.

Support our show and get the entire series! Details on our donation page

June 9, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Now Playing’s Alien Retrospective Series Preview

Wonder Woman (1975) Bonus Episode: Soundtrack Interview with Neil S. Bulk

Fans of the 1975 Wonder Woman series have to be excited for the Wonder-ful release from La La Land records: The Wonder Woman 3-CD set. This release has music cues and score from all three seasons of Wonder Woman’s run from composers Charles Fox, Artie Kane, Robert Prince, Johnny Harris, Robert O. Ragland, Angela Morley, and Richard LaSalle.  On this bonus Now Playing, Arnie talks with Wodner Woman album producer Neil S. Bulk. Find out what goes into making a soundtrack for a 40-year-old show, and take a listen to some of the music found in this set.  And on this episode–find out how to win one of six copies Now Playing is giving away! You have until June 13th to enter.

June 9, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Wonder Woman (1975) Bonus Episode: Soundtrack Interview with Neil S. Bulk

Now Peaking Episode 35: Case files. – For Annual Subscribers

25 years after BOB vacated the body of Leland Palmer, Dougie Jones vacated his bladder.  That’s right, Dale Cooper is still stuck in Dougie mode, trying to make his way through a day as an insurance claims adjuster. How in the world will this Las Vegas storyline tie into the drugs in Twin Peaks? And is Ernie Hudson hunting the ghost of Major Briggs? This is all discussed, plus a recap of everything we know so far, in this episode of Now Peaking!

 

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June 9, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Now Peaking Episode 35: Case files. – For Annual Subscribers

Episode 35: Case files. – For Subscribers

25 years after BOB vacated the body of Leland Palmer, Dougie Jones vacated his bladder.  That’s right, Dale Cooper is still stuck in Dougie mode, trying to make his way through a day as an insurance claims adjuster. How in the world will this Las Vegas storyline tie into the drugs in Twin Peaks? And is Ernie Hudson hunting the ghost of Major Briggs? This is all discussed, plus a recap of everything we know so far, in this episode of Now Peaking!

 

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Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

June 9, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Episode 35: Case files. – For Subscribers

Episode 35: Case files.

25 years after BOB vacated the body of Leland Palmer, Dougie Jones vacated his bladder.  That’s right, Dale Cooper is still stuck in Dougie mode, trying to make his way through a day as an insurance claims adjuster. How in the world will this Las Vegas storyline tie into the drugs in Twin Peaks? And is Ernie Hudson hunting the ghost of Major Briggs? This is all discussed, plus a recap of everything we know so far, in this episode of Now Peaking!

June 9, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Episode 35: Case files.

DC Comics Offers Dedicated Shop for Wonder Woman Fans

 

Wonder Woman beat every box office prediction and broke opening weekend records. Its second weekend is expected to continue the trend as it buries The Mummy tomorrow.

But after you’ve seen the film several times, and listened to Now Playing Podcast’s review, how can you celebrate your love for the hero?  Warner Bros and DC Collectibles have tons of options for you to display your Wonder Woman love.

At their new site, WonderWomanShop.com, they have iPhone cases, posters, T-Shirts, bomber jackets, and more.  (The Protector of Humanity Sublimated Tee is especially cool)

For more serious collectors there are statues from Kotobukiya, DC Collectibles, and even a collection of Funko POP! Figures.

And, of course, you can pre-order the Blu-Ray to be among the first to have it when it ships later this year.

June 8, 2017 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on DC Comics Offers Dedicated Shop for Wonder Woman Fans

Wonder Woman (2017)

Sometimes a movie becomes something more than a film–it becomes a movement. That seems to be the case with Wonder Woman. It has become celebrated as not only a great DC movie but also the first wonder-ful female-led superhero film, and a breakthrough for a female director. Beyond the politics, though, how much does this movie improve the Snyder-verse of DC Comics films? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

June 6, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Wonder Woman (2017)