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It Came From the Desert (Movie Review)

Cinemaware turned to 1950s monster movies for inspiration when developing a 1989 computer game about giant ants attacking small town America. Now It Came From The Desert comes full circle as a 2018 feature film!  An arrogant motocross racer and his shy mechanic must stop genetically modified insects from feasting on friends attending their victory kegger.  But have these fanboys seen too many B-flicks to make an original mark on the genre? Listen now to find out if Arnie, Justin, and Stuart must burn down another freak game-adaptation-gone-wrong.

July 17, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Episode 504: SDCC 2018 Pre-Game Show

San Diego Comic-Con starts tomorrow! So be prepared for a deluge of news and reveals from your favorite toy and collectible companies. Arnie, Marjorie, Justin, Daryl, and Berent will be there bringing you all the Star Wars news there is.  

To prepare for the con Marjorie and Arnie bring you this SDCC Pre-Game show. They look at all the Star Wars convention exclusives, discuss the new SDCC lottery system, and provide hands-on reviews of Hasbro’s SDCC exclusives including the Black Series Han Solo and The Vintage Collection Dr. Aphra 3-Pack.

With Brock reviewing the novelization of The Last Jedi and more, it’s all in this brand new episode of the Star Wars Action News podcast!

 

 

SDCC 2018 Exclusives:

 

  • IDW

 

 

 

      • Baby Fuzzball by Flat Bonnie (Chewbacca — 100 made, $20)
      • BunEwok Wall Art by Flat Bonnie (10 made, $100)
      • Weekend Dad Trooper 3.75-in figure (25 made, $55)
      • Jumbo Art Trooper Andy (12-in figure, 15 made, $165)
      • No Toys 4 Us Geoffrey Giraffe Figure (40 made, $65)
      • Worst Gift Ever 2-1B (40 made, $45)
      • Ewokalypse Now figure (30 made, $55)
      • MANY MORE FIGURES

 

  • Toynk Booths 815, 4437, 5245

 

      • Super Blitz Plush Chewbacca (2,000 made, $10)
      • Super Blitz Plush Chewie with Goggles (2,000 made, $10)
      • Super Blitz Lando (2,000 made, $10)
      • Super Blitz Qi’ra (2,000 made $10)
      • Super Blitz Han Solo (2,000 made $10)
      • Star Wars Movie Poster Pins — only $1,000 made. $25

 

  • Super 7:  Booth 4945

 

 

  • Entertainment Earth: (Pre-order now online, ships after con if stock available)

 

 

  • LEGO

 

 

 

      • Solo Print by Russell Walks – $35

 

  • Funko:

 

      • AT-AT Backpack Set $60
      • Han Solo Backpack Set $50
      • Han Solo Handbag Set (Rebel symbol) $50
      • Endor Scout Coach’s Jacket $60
      • Endor Commando Coaches Jacket $60

 

  • Bluefin

 

 

 

      • Jumbo Return of the Jedi Fett on ROTJ card $80
      • McQuarrie Yoda Mini-Bust (750 made, $100)
      • Jedi Luke Mini-Bust with light-up saber ($120)
      • Left Coast Graphics Cantina Adventure Pin Set $24, limited to 1500
      • Left Coast Graphics Collector Enamel Pins, blind box. Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Han Solo (small head), Chewbacca and one MYSTERY CHASE character. PG members can buy whole set, including chase for $100.

 

 

      • Lando & Lobot Keepsake Ornaments (2,975 made, $35)
      • Boba Fett itty bitty on Vintage Card (2,500 made)
      • Golden BB-8 Perpetual Calendar (1,200 made)
      • PXL8 Boushh and Han in Carbonite Pins

 

 

      • Porg mini-backpack (limited to 500, and also shared with Think Geek)

 

 

      • Porg and Falcon Hot Wheels

 

 

    • Egg Attack Boba Fett – 140 sets made. $80

 

 

      • No Character Key
      • Empire Strikes Back Darkness Shines Metallic Variant : $65
      • Other silkscreen pritns

 

  • Hasbro:

 

July 17, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Episode 503: The ORIGINAL Star Wars Collecting Podcast is back!

After a short break, Star Wars Action News is back with Arnie and Marjorie looking at the state of collecting. They discuss why Star Wars sales are down, why Barge sales were up, and what’s coming with SDCC and SWCC!  Hear this show to catch up, and then join them TUESDAY July 17th for a SDCC pre-game show!

July 15, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Issue 189: Is This the Train to San Diego?

Justin, Marjorie, and Arnie are back with a brand new Marvelicious Toys! On this show we recap where we’ve been, and then talk about where we’re going: San Diego! SDCC is next week. What are the must-haves? Listen to find out about all the Marvelicious goodness!

 

SDCC Exclusives:

 

  • Kotobukiya:  Nothing
  • Deadpool 2: Booth 3529

 

      • Exclusive SDCC shirt given to first 1,200 people each day Thurs – Sun
      • Deadpool 2 Super Duper Cut pre-order — get SDCC exclusive Trucker Hat! (While supplies last)
      • 25 people each day win a set of 18 Fox Blu-rays with the Deadpool box art.
      • Deadpool Dream Suite on Saturday evening (modeled after Deadpool’s apartment) — have to enter to win

 

  • Fox TV

 

 

  • Marvel Booth: Only announced more pin sets THERE IS A MODOK PIN
  • Mondo

 

 

  • Toynk: Booths 815, 4437, 5245

 

      • Avengers Thanos Gauntlet Pin with Jewel – 1,000 made, $15
      • Deadpool on Unicorn Pin – 2,000 made. $10
      • Daredevil and Punisher Tiki Cup Set – 400 made, $40

 

  • NECA

 

 

  • Monogram International:

 

 

  • Entertainment Earth: (Pre-order now online, ships after con if stock available)

 

 

  • Ban Dai – booth 3535

 

 

 

      • Scottie Young Deadpool X-Force Finders Keypers – $25

 

  • Jakks Pacific (Booth 3349)

 

 

  • Sheriff Deadpool Minifigure (Saturday. Enter the lotto)

 

      • Ant-Man & Wasp Set (Saturday, $40. Enter lotto)

 

  • Funko

 

      • Also Conan O’Brien Ant-Man POPs

 

  • Quantum Mechanix Inc. Booth 4145

 

 

 

      • Mini Egg Attack Deadpool and Pony (X-Force Version) – 1,000 made, $30
      • Life Size Iron man Mk 43 Pewter Finish. Only 30 made! $20,000
      • Egg Attack Deadpool (Marvel Comic) – 140 made. $80

 

  • IDW (Pre-order now for guaranteed pick-up at the show)

 

      • Jack Kirby’s Marvel Heroes & Monsters Artist’s Edition w/Variant Cover (1,000 copies, $150)
      • Joe Jusko’s Marvel Masterpieces Hardcover — SDCC Variant (150 pieces, $75)
      • Jack Kirby’s Marvel Heroes & Monsters Artist’s Edition, SDCC Monsters Cover Variant (100 copies, $150)
      • Jack Kirby’s Marvel Heroes and Monsters Artist’s Edition Cover Variant (100 made, $150)
      • Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition–Signed and Numbered SDCC Variant (100 copies, $150)

 

  • Diamond Select Toys

 

 

 

      • Avengers PXL8 Ornaments, Cap Iron Man & Thanos (1500 made)
      • Dr. Strange PXL8 rnament
      • Ant-Man and Wasp PXL8 Pins
      • PXL8 Thanos Pin

 

 

      • Thanos Copter Hot Wheels

 

 

      • Gwenpool Animated Statue $64.99

 

  • Mezco (Booth 3445)

 

 

  • Essential Sequential (booth 4507, 4606, 4505)

 

      • Adi Granov Iron Man Giclee – 16×20. Signed. $100

 

  • Hasbro:

 

July 14, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Cruising – A Podcast Preview

Exorcist director William Friedkin pushed the boundaries of what an R-rated movie could show when he ordered cop Al Pacino to start Cruising the leather bars of New York City in this notorious slasher. Will the Serpico star have any better luck earning a detective shield, or keeping a girlfriend, now that he’s posing as a gay S&M enthusiast intent on catching the eye of a like-minded serial killer?  Who’s here… Jakob, Stuart and Arnie are here… and you’re here when you donate for the Platinum Level Pacino series!

July 13, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Cruising – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $10 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

Exorcist director William Friedkin pushed the boundaries of what an R-rated movie could show when he ordered cop Al Pacino to start Cruising the leather bars of New York City in this notorious slasher. Will the Serpico star have any better luck earning a detective shield, or keeping a girlfriend, now that he’s posing as a gay S&M enthusiast intent on catching the eye of a like-minded serial killer?  Who’s here… Jakob, Stuart and Arnie are here… and you’re here when you donate for the Platinum Level Pacino series!

July 13, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Cruising

Exorcist director William Friedkin pushed the boundaries of what an R-rated movie could show when he ordered cop Al Pacino to start Cruising the leather bars of New York City in this notorious slasher. Will the Serpico star have any better luck earning a detective shield, or keeping a girlfriend, now that he’s posing as a gay S&M enthusiast intent on catching the eye of a like-minded serial killer?  Who’s here… Jakob, Stuart and Arnie are here… and you’re here when you donate for the Platinum Level Pacino series!

July 13, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Deep Blue Sea – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until December 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

Originally Released April 22, 2011

Arnie, Stuart, and Brock go back into open water for one last shark tale–Deep Blue Sea, a bonus addendum to our Jaws retrospective series. Ostensibly based on an unused plot for Jaws 5 based on Richard Dreyfuss’ Matt Hooper at the Aurora station, the film as made stars LL Cool J and Thomas Jane squaring off against genetically altered “smart sharks”. With such a B-movie plot and directed by Renny Harlin, has Now Playing’s Jaws series sunk to new depths after Jaws: The Revenge? Donate to Now Playing to find out!

July 11, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Ant-Man And The Wasp

The box office for 2015’s Ant-Man might be considered small in comparison to other Avengers films, but Marvel banks that the second Paul Rudd adventure will make a bigger impact on the big screen thanks to The Wasp.  Are the two pint-sized superheroes simply chasing a Ghost when they shrink to a subatomic level and hunt for long lost scientist Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)?  Podcasters Stuart, Arnie, and Justin don’t need truth serum to tell listeners what they really think of the 20th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Listen now!

July 10, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The First Purge – A Podcast Preview

How do you convince New Yorkers to vote for a chaotic night of mass death, theft, and vandalism?  Tell ‘em it only hurts Staten Island. The fourth Purge film traces the origins of the 12-hour “murder holiday” back to the neglected borough. Will shrink Marisa Tomei allow the New Founding Fathers to turn her psychological experiment into sanctioned ethnic cleansing?  Can he-man drug dealer Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) protect a public housing highrise from psycho purger Skeletor (Rotimi Paul)? Time is running out to Donate for this Silver Level series!

July 6, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The First Purge – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $10 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

How do you convince New Yorkers to vote for a chaotic night of mass death, theft, and vandalism?  Tell ‘em it only hurts Staten Island. The fourth Purge film traces the origins of the 12-hour “murder holiday” back to the neglected borough. Will shrink Marisa Tomei allow the New Founding Fathers to turn her psychological experiment into sanctioned ethnic cleansing?  Can he-man drug dealer Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) protect a public housing highrise from psycho purger Skeletor (Rotimi Paul)? Time is running out to Donate for this Silver Level series!

July 6, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The First Purge

How do you convince New Yorkers to vote for a chaotic night of mass death, theft, and vandalism?  Tell ‘em it only hurts Staten Island. The fourth Purge film traces the origins of the 12-hour “murder holiday” to the neglected borough. Will shrink Marisa Tomei allow the New Founding Fathers to turn her psychological experiment into sanctioned ethnic cleansing?  Can he-man drug dealer Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) protect a public housing highrise from psycho purger Skeletor (Rotimi Paul)? Time is running out to Donate for this Silver Level series!

July 6, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Alone in the Dark II (Movie Review)

Podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart are still shooting daggers at notorious filmmaker Uwe Boll, this time for making them watch a sequel to reviled video game movie Alone in the Dark. Christian Slater dodged a bullet when he passed off the role of paranormal investigator Edward Carnby to Die Another Day villain Rick Yune. Can the new star muster the strength to leave his sick bed and track down the witch that had him stabbed in a Central Park urinal?  And what tricks will occultist veterinarian Lance Henriksen pull from his medicine bag? Listen and find out!

July 3, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Now Playing needs YOUR help to not become a FALLEN KINGDOM!

Now Playing Podcast is a show without any sponsors or ads. Yet for 10 years we’ve been bringing in-depth movie reviews, and have not missed a free show on Tuesday since 2010! (Yes, that’s 391 weeks of a new show every single Tuesday).

None of this would be possible without our donors and patrons. So listen to this preview of our new bonus review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and then go to http://nowplayingpodcast.com/donate to help keep Now Playing going strong!

June 29, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Jurassic World – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

After three failed attempts to open a dinosaur zoo, has Masrani Global Corp finally gotten it right?  We find out in Jurassic World–the first new Jurassic Park film in over a decade!  With Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt in the lead this film took a record-breaking bite out of the box office.  How does it compare to the original trilogy?  Donate to Now Playing to find out!

June 29, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Donation Bonus

Three years after the Indominus Rex broke out of its cage and brought down Jurassic World, political activist Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and raptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) return to the Fallen Kingdom to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from an erupting volcano.  Can they also protect these dino refugees from a nefarious plot that awaits them?  And are Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie sold on director J.A. Bayona, and the new Indo-Raptor? The park is open when you Donate at the Jurassic Level!

June 29, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Alone in the Dark

Uwe Boll is easily the most prolific creator of video game movies, but does he also deserve his reputation as Worst Filmmaker Ever?  The Now Playing Arcade takes up the question with a review of Alone In The Dark, a beloved 1992 supernatural PC game that became a 2005 tax write-off for the hack director. Christian Slater stars as a PI who goes looking for lost 30-year-old orphans, and finds Tara Reid logging Native American artifacts in a museum overrun with monsters. Learn if this box office flop is so bad it’s good, or just bad, when you listen now! 

June 26, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

SDCC 2018 Exclusive Reveal! Entertainment Earth Deadpool with Baby Cable!

 


Entertainment Earth has a huge selection of exclusives at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International.  Now Marvelicious Toys is excited to bring you the exclusive reveal of their next item: The Deadpool with Baby Cable Wooden Push Puppet!

These Push Puppets stand like wooden figures, but when you push the bottom they crumble to the ground. Release the button, they stand back up again.  (Pump the button to make them dance!)

This baby Cable/Deadpool combination is a fan favorite from the “House of M” storyline, plus Deadpool popularity is ever-higher thanks to this summer’s Deadpool 2 co-starring Cable!

The Push Puppet is limited to only 1,500 pieces–each one has an individually number holographic sticker. And it is only $8.99

If you’re going to SDCC you can get this at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343.  If you’re not going to the show, you can place an order now at Entertainment Earth’s site and, if you’re lucky like Domino (meaning if any are left after SDCC), you may be able to get your hands on one!

June 25, 2018 Posted by | Comic Books, Conventions, Movies, News | Leave a Comment

The Purge: Election Year — A Podcast Preview

U.S. politicians will worry less about hanging chads in the Election Year 2039, and far more about getting hung from a tree, after Purge Night rules are modified to allow government officials to be hunted. The only way Presidential hopeful Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) will evade assassination, and reach the White House, is to let security guard Frank Grillo, and small business owner Mykelti Williamson, run her campaign for all 12 hours of America’s “murder holiday”. Get full coverage of the race from Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart when you Donate Today!

June 22, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Purge: Election Year – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $10 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

U.S. politicians will worry less about hanging chads in the Election Year 2039, and far more about getting hung from a tree, after Purge Night rules are modified to allow government officials to be hunted. The only way Presidential hopeful Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) will evade assassination, and reach the White House, is to let security guard Frank Grillo, and small business owner Mykelti Williamson, run her campaign for all 12 hours of America’s “murder holiday”. Get full coverage of the race from Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart when you Donate Today!

June 22, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Purge: Election Year

U.S. politicians will worry less about hanging chads in the Election Year 2039, and far more about getting hung from a tree, after Purge Night rules are modified to allow government officials to be hunted. The only way Presidential hopeful Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) will evade assassination, and reach the White House, is to let security guard Frank Grillo, and small business owner Mykelti Williamson, run her campaign for all 12 hours of America’s “murder holiday”. Get full coverage of the race from Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart when you Donate Today!

June 22, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Incredibles 2

It took 14 years for Pixar and director Brad Bird to create a sequel for popular superhero family The Parrs. Now mother Helen (Holly Hunter) steps back into the role of Elastigirl to lead a global PR campaign championing superpowers. But how easily can she change minds on the supers ban when new villain Screenslaver uses television to hypnotize and control the masses?  And how well does stay-at-home dad Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) do raising Violet, Dash, and baby Jack Jack without her? Listen now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dig into Incredibles 2!

June 19, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Incredibles 2 — UNEDITED PODCAST for Patrons Only

Now Playing’s review of The Incredibles 2 will be on our main feed Tuesday, June 19, 2018 — for free, for everyone, forever. But patrons of $25 or more can enjoy this early unedited release.

Being a (mostly) unedited podcast.  It will contain background noises, misspeaks, and other errors. Also a couple corrections or “inserts” may be in the final version and not in this release.

But we are releasing this for our Patrons of $25 or more who want the fastest access to the show! 

It took 14 years for Pixar and director Brad Bird to create a sequel for popular superhero family The Parrs. Now mother Helen (Holly Hunter) steps back into the role of Elastigirl to lead a global PR campaign championing superpowers. But how easily can she change minds on the supers ban when new villain Screenslaver uses television to hypnotize and control the masses?  And how well does stay-at-home dad Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) do raising Violet, Dash, and baby Jack Jack without her? Listen now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dig into Incredibles 2!

June 16, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Purge: Anarchy — A Podcast Preview

Writer/director James DeMonaco is takin’ it to the streets for the quickie sequel to his surprise hit The Purge. Tough guy Frank Grillo and poor waitress Carmen Ejogo are among the unlucky folk caught up in the Anarchy of downtown Los Angeles on Purge Night 2023.  Do podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart cleanse their souls, or just empty their bowels, engaging in this second course of social Darwinism?  Donate tonight and find out!

June 15, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Purge: Anarchy

Writer/director James DeMonaco is takin’ it to the streets for the quickie sequel to his surprise hit The Purge. Tough guy Frank Grillo and poor waitress Carmen Ejogo are among the unlucky folk caught up in the Anarchy of downtown Los Angeles on Purge Night 2023.  Do podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart cleanse their souls, or just empty their bowels, engaging in this second course of social Darwinism?  Donate tonight and find out!

June 15, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Ocean’s 8

George Clooney and his crew are sitting out the latest caper so that little sister Debra (Sandra Bullock) and seven criminally-minded gal pals have a chance to steal the spotlight. Ocean’s 8 finds the girl gang attempting to lift a $150 million diamond necklace, worn to a glitzy red carpet gala by annoying Hollywood starlet Anne Hathaway. But can Debra pull off the sting while also getting revenge on the art dealer ex-boyfriend who put her to jail (Richard Armitage)?  And who in the octet walks away with the hearts of hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob?  Listen and find out. 

June 14, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

It sure looked like Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won the Mortal Kombat tournament last film, but that’s not stopping his demonic foes from continuing their assault on Earth. Now the only way our heroes can stop mankind’s Annihilation is to challenge Outworld emperor Shao Kahn (Brian Thompson) to a rematch. Is new director John Leonetti up for this fight? And could someone please move the Eiffel Tower and Golden Gate Bridge out of the arena?  Things are bound to get messy as Justin, Stuart, and Arnie play referee for this contentious sequel. Listen now!

June 12, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Enter the Dragon – Patron Exclusive Review

Kung Fu films have a storied history, but Americans would likely be unaware of it were it not for one man–Bruce Lee. The martial arts virtuoso and actor brought this Hong Kong style to the United States with his breakout film Enter the Dragon. Sadly, Lee would not live to see his biggest film released, but his legacy lives on to this day. So enter the ring by becoming a Now Playing Patron and spar with the Now Playing hosts as they reflect on this kung fu classic.

June 11, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Purge — A Podcast Preview

Release The Beast, and let podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart bring The Purge franchise into your home tonight!  Ethan Hawke stars as a security systems specialist who got rich in near-future America when crime became legal for one night a year.  He’ll find out just how safe his family really is when a homeless man takes refuge in their mansion on Purge Night 2022, and masked yuppies assault the place looking to murder them all.  Your soul will be cleansed when you Donate Today for this Silver Level Series!

June 8, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Purge

Release The Beast, and let podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart bring The Purge franchise into your home tonight!  Ethan Hawke stars as a security systems specialist who got rich in near-future America when crime became legal for one night a year.  He’ll find out just how safe his family really is when a homeless man takes refuge in their mansion on Purge Night 2022, and masked yuppies assault the place looking to murder them all.  Your soul will be cleansed when you Donate Today for this Silver Level Series!

June 8, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Mortal Kombat

Video games finally broke through at the box office in 1995 with the release of Mortal Kombat – director Paul WS Anderson’s cinematic take on the popular Midway fighting game. Earth will fall under the control of demons unless Thunder god Raiden (Christopher Lambert) can assemble a team of human martial artists that rivals end bosses Goro, Kano, Sub Zero, Scorpion, and Sheng Tsung.  Is this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade a winner, or will Justin, Stuart, and Arnie receive another hard blow to the head? Find out when you listen now!

June 5, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) – A Podcast Preview

Before creating The Purge franchise, James DeMonaco broke into the home invasion genre by writing a remake of Assault on Precinct 13.  Ethan Hawke is now the cop who must protect a condemned Detroit police station – and prisoners Ja Rule, John Leguizamo, and crime boss Laurence Fishburne – from heavily armed mercenaries swarming the doors and windows one snowy New Year’s Eve. Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob have drawn up a full psych evaluation of the 2005 redo. Get the confidential report when you donate today!

June 1, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Before creating The Purge franchise, James DeMonaco broke into the home invasion genre by writing a remake of Assault on Precinct 13.  Ethan Hawke is now the cop who must protect a condemned Detroit police station – and prisoners Ja Rule, John Leguizamo, and crime boss Laurence Fishburne – from heavily armed mercenaries swarming the doors and windows one snowy New Year’s Eve. Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob have drawn up a full psych evaluation of the 2005 redo. Get the confidential report when you donate today!

June 1, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Solo: A Star Wars Story

One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe has gone Solo.  Harrison Ford earned fame and fortune playing an irascible space bandit in four sci-fi blockbusters. Now rising star Alden Ehrenreich inherits the iconic role in a prequel that dramatizes Han Solo’s first mission in the Millennium Falcon. He joins Chewie, Lando, and a band of criminals for a hyperfuel heist on planet Kessel, but will longtime fans be the ones feeling ripped off?  Assume Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart won’t betray you and you won’t be disappointed in their latest podcast!

May 29, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Solo: A Star Wars Story — UNEDITED PODCAST for Patrons Only

This is a (mostly) unedited podcast.  It will contain background noises, misspeaks, and other errors. Also a couple corrections or “inserts” may be in the final version and not in this release.

But we are releasing this for our Patrons of $25 or more who want the fastest access to the show! 

One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe has gone Solo.  Harrison Ford earned fame and fortune playing an irascible space bandit in four sci-fi blockbusters. Now rising star Alden Ehrenreich inherits the iconic role in a prequel that dramatizes Han Solo’s first mission in the Millennium Falcon. He joins Chewie, Lando, and a band of criminals for a hyperfuel heist on planet Kessel, but will longtime fans be the ones feeling ripped off?  Assume Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart won’t betray you and you won’t be disappointed in their latest podcast!

May 27, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) – A Podcast Preview

Before he was a Master of Horror, Halloween director John Carpenter transplanted the Western genre to South Side Los Angeles for the explosive action flick Assault on Precinct 13.  Austin Stoker stars as a newly promoted cop babysitting a condemned police station on its last night of operation. Can he shield the few remaining employees, as well as a Frank Kersey-like vigilante, from the heavily armed street gang besieging their rundown building?  Hear Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob break it all down when you donate today!  

May 25, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Before he was a Master of Horror, Halloween director John Carpenter transplanted the Western genre to South Side Los Angeles for the explosive action flick Assault on Precinct 13.  Austin Stoker stars as a newly promoted cop babysitting a condemned police station on its last night of operation. Can he shield the few remaining employees, as well as a Frank Kersey-like vigilante, from the heavily armed street gang besieging their rundown building?  Hear Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob break it all down when you donate today!

May 25, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Deadpool 2

This show description is guest written by Deadpool.
 

You know who’s big? I am! Not in that way, get your mind out of the gutter! (Okay, I’m big in that way too.) But my first movie was more popular than Jesus! So take that John Lennon!

But even with my healing factor I’m not immune to…performance anxiety. The dreaded sophomore slump can happen to anyone. I’ve got a second movie out and I pulled out the big guns. (Literally. Cable has a ginormous rifle. How does he hold that with those tiny hands?) But even with Cable and X-Force I’m worried– will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart think it’s as good as the first one?  I’m scared…why don’t you listen now and let me know?

May 22, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Deadpool 2 — UNEDITED PODCAST for Patrons Only

This is a (mostly) unedited podcast.  It will contain background noises, misspeaks, and other errors. Also a couple corrections or “inserts” may be in the final version and not in this release.

But we are releasing this for our Patrons of $25 or more who want the fastest access to the show! 

Ryan Reynolds made a string of flops before finally finding big screen success as wisecracking mutant mercenary Wade Wilson. So why does the Canadian heartthrob want to commit career suicide and kill off this seemingly invincible superhero in Deadpool 2? Can time-travelling cyborg Cable (Josh Brolin), bullied mutant teenager Firefist (Julian Dennison), or any of the extended X-Men family save this unlucky actor from his self-destructive tendencies? Join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they place their bets on the franchise’s odds for survival.     

May 19, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Serpico – A Podcast Preview

Al Pacino is best known for playing gangsters, but this summer Now Playing Platinum Level donors will discover how explosively the actor administers justice in five major cop roles. The fun starts with the 1973 biopic Serpico. Al stars as a real life New York City police officer who got a bullet in the face instead of a promotion when he blew the whistle on widespread department corruption. Will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart condemn the system for passing over Pacino for a Best Actor Oscar yet again?  It all comes out in the wash when you Donate Today.

May 18, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Serpico

Al Pacino is best known for playing gangsters, but this summer Now Playing Platinum Level donors will discover how explosively the actor administers justice in five major cop roles. The fun starts with the 1973 biopic Serpico. Al stars as a real life New York City police officer who got a bullet in the face instead of a promotion when he blew the whistle on widespread department corruption. Will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart condemn the system for passing over Pacino for a Best Actor Oscar yet again?  It all comes out in the wash when you Donate Today.

May 18, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Wing Commander

Game developer Chris Roberts was on course to deliver the first major science fiction film of 1999 when he personally piloted his massively popular flight simulator Wing CommanderPhantom Menace and The Matrix. Do fighter pilots Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard offer a new hope for genre fans as they clean the cat box of feline space invaders The Kilrathi?  Or should Arnie, Justin, and Stuart quickly eject from this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade?  Listen and find out!

May 15, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

20 years after computer programmer Jordan Mechner released Prince of Persia for the Apple IIe, the Disney Company paid the kingly sum of $200 million to launch his video game swashbuckler Dastan on the big screen. A Middle Eastern Jake Gyllenhaal looks for a way to turn back time after he’s framed for the murder of his adoptive royal father. Does the Now Playing Arcade take a gravity-defying leap forward with the acrobatic hero? Or would Stuart, Arnie, and Justin be more entertained by an ostrich race? Place your bets and Listen Now!  

May 8, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Goodfellas – A Patron Podcast Preview

The Godfather enjoyed the reputation of being the greatest gangster film ever made for nearly 20 years before director Martin Scorsese ordered actors Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci to dig a hole and bury Pacino’s dark tragedy. 1990 mob epic Goodfellas looks at Family life from the purview of low level hoods who will never get to be “made men” like Michael Corleone.Hear this preview, then find out if hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie bust these wiseguys’ balls for their outrageous scams and gratuitous f-bombs when you become a Now Playing Patron.   
 

May 6, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Goodfellas – Patron Exclusive Review

The Godfather enjoyed the reputation of being the greatest gangster film ever made for nearly 20 years before director Martin Scorsese ordered actors Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci to dig a hole and bury Pacino’s dark tragedy. 1990 mob epic Goodfellas looks at Family life from the purview of low level hoods who will never get to be “made men” like Michael Corleone.  Find out if hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie bust these wiseguys’ balls for their outrageous scams and gratuitous f-bombs when you become a Now Playing Patron.   
 

May 6, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Godfather Part III – A Podcast Preview

The Now Playing hosts may wish to be out, but Al Pacino pulls them back in for one more Godfather installment.  Part III marks the final screen appearance of aging gangster Michael Corleone, now eager to cut a deal with the Vatican and legitimize his family business.  Was he wise to to hand the puppet strings to bastard nephew Andy Garcia?  And was this the wrong day for director Francis Ford Coppola to take his daughter to work?  Receive your ticket to this Gold Level opera when you Donate Now!  

May 4, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Godfather Part III – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $25 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

The Now Playing hosts may wish to be out, but Al Pacino pulls them back in for one more Godfather installment.  Part III marks the final screen appearance of aging gangster Michael Corleone, now eager to cut a deal with the Vatican and legitimize his family business.  Was he wise to to hand the puppet strings to bastard nephew Andy Garcia? And was this the wrong day for director Francis Ford Coppola to take his daughter to work?  Receive your ticket to this Gold Level opera when you Donate 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!

May 4, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Godfather Part III – For Annual Subscribers

The Now Playing hosts may wish to be out, but Al Pacino pulls them back in for one more Godfather installment.  Part III marks the final screen appearance of aging gangster Michael Corleone, now eager to cut a deal with the Vatican and legitimize his family business.  Was he wise to to hand the puppet strings to bastard nephew Andy Garcia? And was this the wrong day for director Francis Ford Coppola to take his daughter to work?  Receive your ticket to this Gold Level opera when you Donate Now!

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this movie 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!

May 4, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Godfather Part III

The Now Playing hosts may wish to be out, but Al Pacino pulls them back in for one more Godfather installment.  Part III marks the final screen appearance of aging gangster Michael Corleone, now eager to cut a deal with the Vatican and legitimize his family business.  Was he wise to to hand the puppet strings to bastard nephew Andy Garcia?  And was this the wrong day for director Francis Ford Coppola to take his daughter to work?  Receive your ticket to this Gold Level opera when you Donate Now!  

May 4, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Avengers: Infinity War

Ten years ago Marvel Comics gambled their entire existence, using all their remaining IP as collateral, on the idea that they could make superhero films better than anyone else. 18 movies later, Marvel Studios makes their biggest bet yet – a billion dollars that audiences will love “the most ambitious crossover event in history” and one gaudy gold glove!  Is more the merrier when it comes to superheroes on screen, or are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes set up for an epic fail?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now as they review Avengers: Infinity War!

May 1, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Avengers: Infinity War — UNEDITED PODCAST for Patrons Only

This is a (mostly) unedited podcast.  It will contain background noises, misspeaks, and other errors. Also a couple corrections or “inserts” may be in the final version and not in this release.

But we are releasing this for our Patrons of $25 or more who want the fastest access to the show! 

 

Ten years ago Marvel Comics gambled their entire existence, using all their remaining IP as collateral, on the idea that they could make superhero movies better than anyone else. Ten years and 18 movies later, not only has their gamble paid off but few would disagree with their hubris. Now Marvel Studios makes another big bet, a billion dollars, that audiences will love what they tout as “the most ambitious crossover event in history.”  Is the more the merrier when it comes to superheroes on screen, or is this an overstuffed, overlong, bloated bust? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now as they review Avengers: Infinity War!

April 28, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Godfather Part II – A Podcast Preview

Two years after The Godfather won Oscars and big box office, director Francis Ford Coppola and his loyal star Al Pacino used all their power to create an even more ambitious sequel. Part II retraces the footsteps of father Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) from Sicily to America, contrasting his rise to power with son Michael Corleone losing Family influence with Cuban investments and U.S. Senate investigations. Will Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart pass over the first  film and declare its younger brother to be the smart one? Donate Today for Gold and find out!

April 27, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Godfather Part II – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $25 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

Two years after The Godfather won Oscars and big box office, director Francis Ford Coppola and his loyal star Al Pacino used all their power to create an even more ambitious sequel.  Part II retraces the footsteps of father Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) from Sicily to America, contrasting his rise to power with son Michael Corleone losing Family influence with Cuban investments and U.S. Senate investigations. Will Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart pass over the first  film and declare its younger brother to be the smart one? Donate for Gold and find out!

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!

April 27, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Godfather: Part II – For Annual Subscribers

Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob are making listeners an offer they can’t refuse:  a retrospective of Al Pacino’s greatest gangster performances, kicking off with the Francis Ford Coppola classic The Godfather. Did Al have to cut the head off a horse in order to land the star-making role of Michael Corleone? And does Pacino, then an untested New York stage actor, prove to be a contender sharing the screen with heavyweight thespian Marlon Brando? Join the Now Playing Family for this Gold Level discussion when you Donate Today!

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this movie 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!

April 27, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Godfather Part II

Two years after The Godfather won Oscars and big box office, director Francis Ford Coppola and his loyal star Al Pacino used all their power to create an even more ambitious sequel.  Part II retraces the footsteps of father Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) from Sicily to America, contrasting his rise to power with son Michael Corleone losing Family influence with Cuban investments and U.S. Senate investigations. Will Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart pass over the first  film and declare its younger brother to be the smart one? Donate for Gold and find out!

NOTE: This Podcast is released as part of Now Playing Podcast’s Spring, 2018 Donation Drive.  

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!

April 27, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

No one was better suited to convert the role playing mechanics of the best-selling Final Fantasy series into stirring cinema than game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.  But dreams of writing and directing the world’s most photorealistic animated movie crashed to earth like a meteor when The Spirits Within landed in theaters in summer 2001. Gaia only knows what podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart will find inside the wreckage of this poetic tale of parasitic alien invasion!  So let down your defense shields and listen now.

April 24, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Godfather – A Podcast Preview

Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob are making listeners an offer they can’t refuse:  a retrospective of Al Pacino’s greatest gangster performances, kicking off with the Francis Ford Coppola classic The Godfather. Did Al have to cut the head off a horse in order to land the star-making role of Michael Corleone? And does Pacino, then an untested New York stage actor, prove to be a contender sharing the screen with heavyweight thespian Marlon Brando? Join the Now Playing Family for this Gold Level discussion when you Donate Today!

April 20, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Rampage

32 years after making its debut as a city-leveling coin-op video game, Rampage bursts onto the big screen as a brand new movie. So why are Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Joe Manganiello so eager to shut down the Chicago block party being thrown by giant gorilla George, mutant crocodile Lizzie, and massive wolf Ralph?  Join podcasters Arnie, Justin, and Stuart as they try to figure out why New Line Pictures plunked so many quarters into this arcade classic. 

April 17, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Rampage

Beetlejuice – Patron Exclusive Review

It’s showtime once again for Betelgeuse… better known as Beetlejuice. (Just don’t say his name thrice!)  The fast-talking “bio-exorcist” made the heads of millions of moviegoers spin when he debuted in theaters 30 years ago this month. Now “co-hosts with the most” Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dig up this first collaboration between Batman star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton to see if the zany afterlife comedy still kills.  Listeners can join them in the conga line when they become a Now Playing Patron!  

April 13, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Beetlejuice – Patron Exclusive Review

Doom (2005)

Long before he took on a Rampage of giant gorillas, wolves and lizards, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson led a squadron of Doom-ed Marines to Mars for another blowout with video game baddies. The 1993 first-person shooter Doom changed the way millions looked at their PCs. So why wasn’t the 2005 movie adaptation a similar success? Join Justin, Arnie, and Stuart as they analyze the DNA of this box office bomb to determine if its the handiwork of angels or demons.

April 10, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Doom (2005)

Ready Player One

Get ready to “clan up” with Arnie, Justin, and Stuart for a podcast review of Ready Player One. Steven Spielberg’s latest sci-fi adventure imagines the future of entertainment to be pop culture icons of the past populating a massive cyber playground.  Should viewers cough up the coins it takes to slip on a pair of 3D glasses and join gamer Wade Watts (Ty Sheridan) – along with Freddy Krueger, Hello Kitty, Iron Giant, and countless other superstars of the 1980s and 90s – for a virtual reality scavenger hunt? Listen and find out.  

April 3, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Ready Player One

Pacific Rim: Uprising — Early Release for Patrons

This show will be available for all listeners Tuesday, March 27th, but Patrons of $25 or more can listen to it now!

March 26, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Pacific Rim: Uprising — Early Release for Patrons

Hasbro Q&A — HasLab Sail Barge (and Yakface!) Update

From Left to Right, Steve Evans, Mark Boudreaux, and  Joe Ninivaggi

From Left to Right, Steve Evans, Mark Boudreaux, and Joe Ninivaggi

 

Today Star Wars Action News was privileged to be one of only three fan sites participating in a Q&A with the Star Wars Brand Team at Hasbro. The topic was, of course, their current crowdfunding project for the Khetanna — Jabba the Hutt’s Sail Barge playset that measures 4-feet long.

Participating in the conversation were our long-time friends from Hasbro: Steve Evans (Design Director for Star Wars toys), Mark Boudreaux (Senior Principal Designer for Star Wars toys), and Joe Ninivaggi (Director, Global Brand Strategy & Marketing – Star Wars).

The conversation revealed some new information about the current campaign, and also had a nice video tour of the newly painted Sail Barge.

You can read the transcript of the interview below, but the high points are:

  • The Yakface figure included with the Khetanna, on the Power of the Force card with the silver coin, will have the lowest production run of any modern Star Wars figure (assuming the Barge’s numbers don’t end dramatically above 5,000)
  • If you live in the US or Canada the crowdfunding is the only way you will ever be able to buy the Barge.  If the Barge is backed then Hasbro will make a small quantity of Barges available, but only for those living outside of the US and Canada.
  • The paint on the barge took over 200 man-hours. (The design of the barge took over “one thousand” Mark half-joked.)
  • The team is looking at only one Star Wars HasLab project per year.  HasLab will do multiple projects per year, but the others will be for Marvel, Transformers, and My Little Pony.
  • This is the team’s first crowdfunding effort and they’re using it as a learning experience. Future HasLab projects will take current feedback into account regarding payment plans, cost of items, duration of the campaign, etc.
  • The Barge is incredibly cool with so many details that can only be seen close-up, including a sink faucet in the galley and a retractable microphone in Jabba’s dais.
  • If the Barge is funded the Hasbro team is looking at producing an updated Jabba the Hutt figure with an improved paint application and perhaps facial sculpting from their previous efforts.

Below is an rundown of the conversation.

The team started with a run-down of the Entertainment Weekly reveal of the painted Sail Barge, and the inclusion of the Power of the Force Yakface figure.  Steve said the paint job was “200 man and woman hours” of work, to which Mark added “And that’s just to paint it. Not including the work that’s been done since… another 1,000 hours there.”  They also noted a pick-up in orders since yesterday’s news, but they still need almost 1,800 orders in 12 days.

Then the Q&A Began

Question: What is your ideal rate for Star Wars campaigns? One per year, two per year, etc?

Answer:  Joe said HasLab will likely have multiple initiatives per year across Transformers, My Little Pony, and Marvel, but they are starting with only one Star Wars initiative per year “and take it from there.”

Q: Why was a payment option not made available for the Barge as other companies do for items of similar price.

A: Joe replied, “I think this will answer a number of questions but this is our first time doing this. We’re learning a lot on this. HasbroToyShop, which, of course, is our partner that allows us to sell directly to fans, they’re set up a certain way and we went out with this particular model. There’s always opportunity to learn in the future, we’ve definitely seen that come up as a request and something that would hopefully make the product more accessible to all fans.”

Q: At Toy Fair Steve told Star Wars Action News that if the Barge is funded then there may be opportunities for it to be sold other methods. And on the HasLab FAQ it states “We reserve the rights to make the products (or similar versions of the products) available at other sources, such as online stores and retail locations, but such availability is not guaranteed.”

But in an Instagram post on March 19 Hasbro said the Barge would not be available via traditional retail outlets.

Can you clarify these statements? Is it possible the Barge will be available at retail if it is funded?

 

A: Steve clarified that if you live in the US and Canada then backing at HasbroLab.com is the only way you will be able to purchase the barge.  There are no plans to take this to retail in the US and Canada. However, since only US and Canada can purchase from HasbroLab.com then, if the Barge hits its 5,000 orders, they would make an additional, limited quantity available to international buyers only.

Q: People say there’s not enough time to budget for a $500 item in the time of the Barge.  In the future can we get a bit more notice?

Steve said they are getting insights daily and have learned a lot going for future projects like this. Their team read studies indicating 45 days is the optimal time for crowdfunding* and that longer campaigns have lower success rates.  For future crowdfunding campaigns they will look at “everything” and see how to adjust timing.

(Note: In my own research I’ve read campaigns over 30 days have a lower success rate. Either way, Steve’s point is valid. -Arnie)

Q: Perhaps in the future could Hasbro announce the campaign at Toy Fair, but launch it at San Diego Comic-Con so collectors have a few months to save up, not just 45 days.

A: Joe said that is a good idea and they may look at doing that next time.  They added that projects do not get much more ambitious in terms of size and price than the Sail Barge. They’ve wanted to do it for decades. But they know that price points for future items don’t always have to be this expensive.

Q: The Jabba on display in the published Sail Barge photos looks like the Toys R Us exclusive from a few years ago.  Is it an old Jabba or is it a new Jabba?

Mark clarified that Jabba is the same sculpt that came with the Jabba/Rancor set, but they wanted to make a special Jabba for the barge so they’re looking at enhancing his deco. The photos released show more weathering on the body and highlights to the face than the Jabba/Rancor set had. They’ll be looking at techniques, either photo-real or more traditional techniques, to make this new Jabba noticeably different from the older version.

Q: Can Slave Leia be rereleased to pose in the Barge

A: Steve said for characters that enhance the Barge, they’re doing Yakface and Skiff Guard. They’ll look at other background characters from these scenes if the Barge is successful.  As for Slave Leia–no plans but they’ll look at it.

Q: If the Barge meets its goal of 5,000, but not much higher, will this carded Yakface with the coin have the lowest production run of any modern Hasbro Star Wars figure?

A: Steve gave an emphatic “yes”. Historically Hasbro does not give production numbers for its products, but Steve compared the Yakface to their San Diego Comic-Con exclusives. For that convention he said they produce more than 5,000 of the exclusives (“not a lot more, but more”).

Steve added that Yakface on the Power of the Force card will not only be a “physical rarity” but also an “emotional rarity” given how Yakface and Blue Snaggletooth are the holy grails to many vintage Star Wars figure collectors.

Q: How will Hasbro handle broken/missing parts, and keep backers informed of progress?

A: Steve said for broken parts the usual Hasbro policy to contact Customer Service applies.

But Joe went on to say that the packaging team has been challenged to make the box secure. Additionally, they hope for the box to have nice presentation, including perhaps trays that slide out when packaged.  They hope to make the experience of the unboxing as cool as the item itself.  They feel presentation is really important with this, so it needs more than just printed inserts.  “This is a vintage item, after all, and we want to make sure to present it,” Mark said.

In regards to communication with buyers, Joe said “It’s not everyday you buy something for $500 and don’t get it for a year afterwards.” As such, if the project is successful, the Hasbro team plans to take backers on a behind-the-scenes journey, keeping them updated with the inner workings of Hasbro on how the Barge is made and shipped.

Q: Will there be tape on the Vintage box?

A: The team asked what we would be interested in, and unanimously the sites requested no tape on the Vintage box, just a flap-fold, and tape the shipping carton.

There was also discussion if the Yakface will be shipped inside the same box as the Barge. Steve said they don’t know for sure–currently it is in the box but that could change.

Q: With less than two weeks away from the end of the campaign, with about 1800 orders needed, what is the mood at Hasbro? How has this impacted you emotionally?

A: Steve said, “We’re on the edge of our  seats.  The trajectory is what we expected. It spikes, levels off, and spikes in the end.” He said that the released pictures of the painted Sail Barge helped make it real for some people, and adding the exclusive Yakface also helped.

They all agreed the campaign is emotionally draining. “It’s taken up a lot of our time personally and we have invested ourselves greatly on something that doesn’t yet exist,” Steve said. “I feel confident because it’s a great project but it’s up to the fans.”

“You don’t want to see a grown man cry,” Mark added on as the interview came to an end.

 

Then we were treated to a video tour of the painted Sail Barge and the Hasbro team pointed out many features that have not had much attention from fans:

  • The jail in the lower level has a sliding metal door to differentiate from the wood.  The Barge will come with two metal chains of different sizes to put different character sizes (perhaps a human and a Wookiee?) in the jail.
  • In the galley they wanted to “set a tone for the interiors” and then let fans embellish and fill it out to what they felt their fantasy for Jabba would be.  The Barge has a kitchen counter, a couple sinks, faucet, and Chupas hanging from the wall in the back, setting the stage for how fans might like to complete their diorama.  That’s one of the reasons they wanted to go with the Sail Barge: it’s awesome to start with, they said. Very iconic, a great movie beat with lots of characters involved, so they wanted something that could really push dioramas to the next level and interact with a lot of your characters both new and old.

    And they have some “Work in progress” images of painting that will be coming soon.

  • Next to the galley is the armory. Axes are mounted to the wall as decoration. They also have some horn racks on the back wall where you can hang your blasters, staffs, etc. and there’s a table in the back where you can repair your weapons.

    There are a couple staffs in the model photographs that were released, but those are not included with the barge.  You will need to supply your own weapons and staffs.  The axes on the wall are permanently attached decoration.

  • Moving into the lounge it’s more about comfort. A lot of wooden surfaces, wooden walls, wooden floors. There are opening and closing shutters on either side, as well as the dais which you can move back and forth a bit to adjust the floor plan.
  • You can actually pull the microphone out of the control panel on Jabba’s dias. It’s attached to a cable and for production they’re going to increase the length of the cable so you can have a C-3PO figure hold it.
  • One question they had was about foot pegs. They talked about it and, other than 2 foot pegs on the platform on the deck cannon, they’ve elected to not include foot pegs in the vehicle itself. They didn’t want to disrupt the aesthetics by putting traditional foot pegs and they didn’t want to limit character placement.
  • They have the rancor trophy mounted to the wall, Ishi Tib heads, a Gammorrean Guard head, and Jabba’s mural mounted to the wall. They wanted to include all the details seen in the film and then let you embellish with your own accessories.
  • There is a side hatch with a larger port where the Weequay can come out to surprise Luke (it’s larger as the barge isn’t QUITE to scale with 3.75 in figures).
  • They worked closely with Lucasfilm for all the details on the cockpit. They went to the archives and looked at all the reference photos, and also went into the vault to get any inspiration they might need to include other details.
  • There is a corridor so a figure can walk from the Cockpit all through the ship.
  • There will also be a trap door in the deck above that goes down into the jail.  A button on the side will allow you to activate the trap door.  “Gotta have some fun right? It can’t be all serious display stuff,” Steve said.
  • They’re making a subtle revision to the rail so if you have a Vism with a cannon open stock it will be able to fit onto the rail.
  • The sails would be removable so if you wanted to open the deck up for play it’s easy to do. The sails will stay in tact but you’re able to lift them off!

 

And with that Steve concluded the interview saying “Thank you for all your support.  Fingers crossed, trust in the force, #BacktheYak, #BacktheBarge!”

If you want to order, the campaign is open until April 3, 2018. You can back the project now at HasbroLab.com

You can see newly released photos of the Barge and its accessories in the gallery below!

March 22, 2018 Posted by | Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Action News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Tomb Raider

It’s been 15 years since Lara Croft last raided movie theaters, but now a new Oscar-winning actress is picking up the controls and racing into action. Tomb Raider 2018 – an origin story for the scrappy video game heroine – finds Danish Girl Alicia Vikander tracking her missing father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) to a mythical Japanese island crawling with mercenaries and booby traps.  Listen now to find out if survivors Stuart, Arnie, and Justin have reached higher ground in the Now Playing Arcade.

March 20, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Tomb Raider

Hellraiser: Judgment

For the last several sequels, the Hellraiser franchise has been chewing through bad scripts and vomiting the pages all over Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart. Now 10th chapter Judgment aims to break this cycle by employing a kooky new collective of Cenobites – including a nebbish Auditor, a glutinous Assessor, a cleaver-wielding Butcher, and a recast Pinhead (Paul T. Taylor).  Are they guilty of bearing false witness against Clive Barker by pursuing a serial killer with a Ten Commandments fetish? Donate Now to find out if there’s any soul left to tear apart! 

March 16, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Hellraiser: Judgment

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life — Early Release for Patrons!

Angelina Jolie reprised her role as England’s most scantily clad excavator for her second and final Tomb Raider adventure. Cradle of Life finds Lady Croft diving into sunken ruins with Greek sailors, motorcycling across the Great Wall of China with Gerard Butler, and ascending African peaks with Djimon Hounsou.  All in the hopes of beating blackhearted bio-engineer Ciaran Hinds to Pandora’s Box. Listen and find out if this 2003 sequel is plagued by the same problems that made Arnie, Justin, and Stuart deathly ill watching previous video game adaptations.

March 12, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life — Early Release for Patrons!

High Tension (Haute Tension) – Patron Exclusive Review

America wasn’t the only country to produce torture porn this millennium. Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja first made a name for himself with the 2003 Gaelic slasher Haute Tension. Will Yank audiences be able to translate this ultraviolent tale of a deranged mechanic stalking two college girls in the French countryside?  And can Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart make sense of that infamous twist ending?!  Find out when you become a Now Playing Patron merci beaucoup!  

March 9, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on High Tension (Haute Tension) – Patron Exclusive Review

THE LAST JEDI Comes Home in 4K Ultra HD Mar 27

 

The biggest movie of 2017 comes home this month! Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is available in HD and Ultra HD 4k digitally via Movies Anywhere on March 13. Physical Blu-ray and 4k discs will be released March 27.This marks the first 4k releases of a Star Wars film, and it is Disney’s first title available on 4k Ultra Blu-ray disc in both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

Bonus features accompanying this release include*:

  • The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
  • Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
  • Scene Breakdowns
    • Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
    • Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
    • Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

Hear Now Playing Podcast’s Review of The Last Jedi 

March 6, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts, Star Wars, Star Wars Action News | Comments Off on THE LAST JEDI Comes Home in 4K Ultra HD Mar 27

Death Wish (2018)

Movies with action heroes from the 1980s die pretty hard at the box office these days, but Bruce Willis aims to change all that with a 2018 reboot of Death Wish. The aging tough guy stars as a Chicago surgeon who goes from saving lives in the ER to taking lives on crime-ridden streets, after burglars violate his home and family.  Can Bruno take out the bad hombres and make America great again one bullet at a time? Or do hosts Arnie, Jakob and Stuart wish this vigilante died with Bronson? Listen and find out…

March 6, 2018 Posted by | News | 1 Comment

Toy Fair 2018 Roundup — Dimond Select Toys’ Marvel Selects, Minimates, Gallery Statues, and More

Diamond Select Toys have long been the go-to company for Marvel fans who like highly-articulated, finely detailed figures with their Marvel Select line.  And for fans of articulated mini-figs, the Diamond Select Minimates are up to Assortment 76!

But the past couple of years Diamond has expanded their Marvel offerings with the Diamond Gallery PVC statue line and the Marvel Milestones statue line, and this will leave collectors like me with a problem:  not enough space for all the cool things they have coming!

Check out all the items in the video below, and see detailed photos in our gallery!

 

March 1, 2018 Posted by | Comic Books, Conventions, Marvelicious Toys, Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Toy Fair 2018 Roundup — Dimond Select Toys’ Marvel Selects, Minimates, Gallery Statues, and More

Toy Fair 2018 Roundup — Marvel & Movies Come to Life with Mezco

The clear winner of Best in Show for Toy Fair 2018 is Mezco.  Their One:12 series of Marvel figures is entering its third year, and Mezco unveiled some truly awesome and surprising upcoming releases!

On display at the Javitz center were some figures we’d seen before at San Diego Comic-Con, such as the Gladiator Hulk and Thor from Thor: Ragnarok, and the Spider-Man in his homemade suite from Homecoming.  New additions to the line however include Black Panther with his movie-style outfit. The silver accents and the detail in the black outfit really make this six-inch figure stand out!

Also new in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was revealed Hela–Mezco’s first female Marvel One:12 figure!  She comes with her large headdress and a Cate Blanchett likeness that is downright perfect.  My only hope for this figure would be an alternate head (or variant released) without the helmet.

Similarly, in the Marvel Television Universe, three figures were shown. Daredevil is coming in both his Season One black outfit and his season two red. And also from Daredevil Season Two (and his own series) comes The Punisher. He is wearing an armored chestplate, and has an amazing beat-up Jon Bernthal likeness.

For comic-based Marvel fans, though, there was some real excitement! Revealed at the show were two new mutant figures, Cyclops and his son from the future, Cable!  Cyclops is in his classic yellow-and-blue outfit, and the soft goods fit the figure perfectly. The shade of blue is spot-on with the ’90s version of the character.

Cable is on a much larger buck than usual, and has more solid plastic than soft goods from what I could see. The robotic arm has incredible sculpting detail, and he is a good size to stand among your other One:12 figures without dwarfing them!

Finally, for horror movie fans of Now Playing Podcast some of Mezco’s horror line of One:12 figures were revealed. They continued their look into the many iterations of Jason (leaving me hoping for a Jason X in the near future!), plus Michael Myers and Ash from Evil Dead 2.  I did ask if a Pinhead might be joining this One:12 series soon. Mezco has the Hellraiser rights (as shown with their large figure and fuzzy-dice puzzle boxes).  Drake could not confirm Pinhead being slated for the line, but he gave me hope stating, “I’m not saying no…”

Two surprising reveals included John Wick–with an uncanny Keanu Reeves likeness.  With the third film, and a TV series, in production there seem to be several companies looking to light the fuse on this new action star.

Plus–in the single most incredible valut-pull I saw at Toy Fair, they are making a One:12 figure of Diabolik from the 1968 film Danger: Diabolik! This is a movie championed in Now Playing’s book Underrated Movies we Recommend and to see the John Phillip Law character realized in six inches was nothing short of astonishing.

Check out our video and photo coverage of Mezco below, and be sure to follow Marvelicious Toys for updates and reviews as these products start to ship!

March 1, 2018 Posted by | Comic Books, Conventions, Marvelicious Toys, Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | , , , , | Comments Off on Toy Fair 2018 Roundup — Marvel & Movies Come to Life with Mezco

Toy Fair 2018 Roundup — Marvel Collecting with Monogram International

Monogram International was out in full force during February’s Toy Fair International!

Of course, for collectors the hot item from Monogram is their blind-packaged foam keyrings, and they had two new sets on display.  More, they were one of the only companies showing their new Infinity War merchandise–including a new set of keyrings with a blonde-haired Black Widow, Dr. Strange, Nebula, and others!

They also showed an assortment of X-Men related keyrings with characters including Professor X, Magneto, and Cyclops, and a Marvel Zombie Villians themed set with ghoulish versions of Venom, Thanos, and others

But the Marvel goodies didn’t stop at keyrings. Their vinyl bust banks continued to make a showing, with a Gladiator Hulk from Thor: Ragnarok and a new Black Panther joining the ranks of classics like The Punisher, Spider-Gwen, and Deadpool.

A new line of collectibles was shown — blind packaged, figural magnets.  These items measure about 2-3 inches tall, and have environmental bases showing the superheroes popping out at you! Initial offerings showed Iron Man, Daredevil (in both Red and Yellow outfits), Deadpool (in his gray X-Force outfit), Captain America, Black Widow, and others.

Finally, for the more practical, there were a number of household items including Marvel chracter-themed neck pillows for flying. There were also pens which are topped with Marvel characters in the same style as their cute keyring collection.

Check out the gallery below for pictures of their booth, and stay with Marvelicious Toys for updates and reviews as these hit retail!

 

 

March 1, 2018 Posted by | Comic Books, Marvelicious Toys, Movies, News, Podcasts | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Toy Fair 2018 Roundup — Marvel Collecting with Monogram International

New Podcast: Marvelicious Toys Issue 188: Toy Fair 2018 Video Tour

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Justin Kozisek, and Marjorie Carvalho

2018 is a big year for Marvel fans. Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Ant-Man and The Wasp…and there’s comic books too!

All these will have toy tie-ins, and they were revealed at Toy Fair 2018! So join the Marvelicious Toys team for this episode to see the newest reveals from LEGO, Hasbro, Funko, Diamond Select Toys, and more!

February 28, 2018 Posted by | Marvelicious Toys, News, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast: Marvelicious Toys Issue 188: Toy Fair 2018 Video Tour

New Podcast: Now Playing — Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Hosted by Justin Kozisek, Stuart Atkinson, and Arnie Carvalho

Five years after busty British archaeologist Lara Croft stole the hearts of PlayStation owners, the planets aligned to bring the video game vixen to the big screen in the skin of Oscar-winning bad girl Angelina Jolie. The 2001 Tomb Raider movie finds Lara racing against the clock to reach an ancient time machine before its claimed by future James Bond Daniel Craig and The Illuminati.  But will she avoid the pitfalls of other arcade-to-movie flops and flip the arrows green for fellow treasure hunters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart? Listen and find out!

February 27, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

New Podcast: Now Playing–Day of the Dead: Bloodline

Hosted by Jakob Conkling, Stuart Atkinson, and Arnie Carvalho

A new Day has come!  The third installment of George Romero’s Living Dead saga rises from the grave once more (despite Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart repeatedly shooting the hyper 2008 Day of the Dead remake in the head). Official reboot Bloodline finds a virginal med student (Sophie Skelton) stalked inside an underground military bunker by a lustful zombie (Johnathon Schaech) who holds the key to an undead vaccine.  Will her #MeToo moment result in a medical miracle, or merely leave a rotten taste in your mouth?  Donate today and find out!    

February 23, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing–Day of the Dead: Bloodline

Get Your Shark-Fin Hat Ready — DEEP BLUE SEA 2 is coming April 17!

The original Deep Blue Sea didn’t sink when released in 1999–but it didn’t thrive either, barely breaking even. Yet nearly 20 years later comes the direct-to-video sequel Deep Blue Sea 2, coming to Blu-Ray, DVD, and VOD on April 17, 2018.This sequel follows shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre) as she is invited to consult on a new, top secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Michael Beach). She believe the project, performed at a remote, sea-based facility, focuses on extracting shark antibodies to help work toward cures for human diseases. However, Dr. Calhoun is shocked to learn that the company is using unpredictable bull sharks as its test subjects, and Durant as bio-engineered a shiver of highly intelligent, super-aggressive bull sharks. When science meddles with the time tested process of nature and nurture, the outcome can be deadly!

The film is directed by two-time Independent Spirit Award nominee Darin Scott (Menace II Society, To Sleep With Anger), and written by Hans Rodionoff (Lost Boys: The Tribe) and award-winning writing partners Jessica Scott & Eric Patterson (Another Cinderella Story).

Deep Blue Sea 2 is a true sequel, staying within the mythology of the original film, and taking the next step in the evolution of the sharks … and their human counterparts,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Vice President, TV Marketing, Family & Animation. “This time, there’s more perspective from the sharks, giving greater personality to the ‘villains’ in this film. It’s a thrill ride that will keep the audience guessing throughout.”

Deep Blue Sea 2 stars Danielle Savre (Heroes, Boogeyman 2) in the lead role of shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun; Rob Mayes (John Dies at the End, Mistresses) as Trent Slater, a highly decorated ex-Navy SEAL; and Michael Beach (Third Watch, The 100, upcoming Aquaman) as Carl Durant, a big pharma billionaire with questionable ethics. Rounding out the cast is Nathan Lynn (Outlander) as tech expert Aaron Ellroy, Kim Syster (Sterlopers) as neurobiologist Leslie Kim, and Jeremy Jess Boado (House Party: Tonight’s the Night) as clinical neurophysiologist Daniel Kim.

The bonus features on the Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital include:

Returning to the Deep – The Making of Deep Blue Sea 2 (Featurette) – Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of Deep Blue Sea 2 as they film the highly-anticipated sequel.

Deep Blue Sea 2: Death by Shark (Featurette) – In this wildly fun featurette, the cast and crew of Deep Blue Sea 2 discuss their characters’ demise and the jump-out- of-your- seat moments in the
film.

Deep Blue Silliness (Gag Reel) – A collection of fun outtakes and bloopers from the feature film showcasing the cast and production team.

Deleted Scenes – A few filmed moments that didn’t make the final cut of Deep Blue Sea 2.

Deep Blue Sea 2 is available now for preorder.

February 21, 2018 Posted by | Movies, News | Comments Off on Get Your Shark-Fin Hat Ready — DEEP BLUE SEA 2 is coming April 17!

New Podcast: Now Playing — Black Panther

Hosted by Jakob Conkling, Arnie Carvalho, and Stuart Atkinson

Chadwick Boseman bounds to the screen as Black Panther – the latest Marvel superhero to leap from comic pages into his own blockbuster movie. Will the newly crowned African Avenger continue to hide his technologically-advanced kingdom from the exploitative Western world? Or will Oakland militant Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) usurp the vibranium throne and use Wakandan firepower to finally Kill Whitey?  The revolution will not be televised… but colonizers Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart will certainly podcast about it all on this epic show.  Listen now!

February 20, 2018 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — Black Panther

Win “Black Panther: The Art of the Movie” Book and the “Black Panther” Soundtrack CD!

  

Facebook is changing its News Feed so you see less news (ironically).

There will be less videos, less news articles, and more items that your friends have commented on.

But there is a way to keep your favorite Pages (like Now Playing Podcast) in your feed.  Below you will find  instructions how to do it on iPhone, Android, and Desktop.

And by doing this you could win a copy of Black Panther: The Art of the Movie book or the Black Panther soundtrack on CD!

Simply follow the instructions below. Then head to our Facebook page and post a screenshot showing Now Playing having priority in your timeline on our pinned post!  You have until March 31 to post it.  Two winners will be randomly selected from all entries! The first prize winner gets The Art of Black Panther book ($50 value), and the second prize winner will get the Black Panther soundtrack on CD ($15 value)

The photo posted should be of this screen, with the Blue Star on the Now Playing logo:

International winners may be responsible for some or all of the shipping costs.

Here are the instructions on how to make sure you keep seeing Now Playing’s posts on your timeline:

For Facebook app on iPhone:

1. Select the three line menu in the bottom right corner of the app

 

 

1. Scroll down in the menu and click “Settings”

 

 

 

3. Select “news feed preferences” from the pop-up menu

 

 

 

4. Select “Prioritize who to see First” on the next screen

 

 

 

5. Click on “Now Playing Podcast” and any other pages you want to remain in your newsfeed

For Facebook app on Android:

1. Tap on the three line menu in the top right of the app.

 

 

 

 

2. Select “News Feed Preferences” from the next screen.

 

 

 

 

3. Tap “Prioritize Who to See First” on the next screen

 

 

 

3. Click on “Now Playing Podcast” and any other pages you want to remain in your newsfeed

 

 

 

For Facebook app on Desktop:

1. Click the arrow in the top right corner to show the drop-down menu

2. From that menu choose “News Feed Preferences.”

 

 

3. Select “Prioritize who to see first”

 

 

4. Find Now Playing (and all other pages/people you want to see in your feed) and click on them. The Blue Star means you’ll see us in your feed!

February 20, 2018 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Marvelicious Toys, Movies, Movies & Television, Music, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on Win “Black Panther: The Art of the Movie” Book and the “Black Panther” Soundtrack CD!

New Podcast: Star Wars Action News — 501st Episode: Marching on Toy Fair

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho and Marjorie Carvalho

Toy Fair international begins TOMORROW! In this episode Marjorie and Arnie discuss the things they hope, and expect, to see at this weekend’s show. Listen now, and then follow Star Wars Action News on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter for live VIDEO updates from the show!

Also in this episode, Arnie talks to Nathan P Butler, author of A Saga on Home Video about his Star Wars video collection, his book, and what the digital revolution means for physical media.

With Brock reviewing the novel Cobalt Squadron and more, it’s all in this pre-Toy Fair episode of Star Wars Action News!

February 16, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Podcasts, Star Wars | Comments Off on New Podcast: Star Wars Action News — 501st Episode: Marching on Toy Fair

New Podcast: Now Playing — Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Justin Kozisek, and Stuart Atkinson

It took 15 years for filmmakers to hit the reset button on Street Fighter, with a second movie ditching JCVD’s paramilitary squad in favor of an origin story for kung fu pianist Chun-Li.  Does Smallville star Kristin Kreuk prove legendary in the title role? Is Oscar-nominated giant Michael Clarke Duncan slumming for work by teaming up with unconscionable real estate developer Bison (Neal McDonough)?  Is embarrassment the reason Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo won’t remove that mask?  I gotta feeling confused video game players will have a good good night when they listen now.        

February 13, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

New Podcast — Star Wars Action News Episode 500!

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Marjorie Carvalho, Daryl Whitlow, Andrew Harrison, Brock, and more!

This weekend is Toy Fair International 2018! Tons of new Star Wars collectibles will be revealed (including, likely, the first look at SOLO toys)!  Star Wars Action News will be there to cover all the releases.

But before Toy Fair, here’s a look back at the state of collecting in 2017 and expectations for 2018.
So please enjoy this 500th episode of Star Wars Action News!

February 12, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Podcasts, Star Wars, Star Wars Action News | Comments Off on New Podcast — Star Wars Action News Episode 500!

New Podcast: Now Playing — Street Fighter

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Justin Kozisek, and Stuart Atkinson

Podcasters Justin, Stuart, and Arnie have been taken hostage by Street Fighter, the infamous 1994 movie adaptation of the popular arcade fighting game. How much Van Damme-age can the boys withstand when the “Muscles From Brussels” goes American in a blue beret to beat down villainous megalomaniac Bison (the last movie role for terminal song-and dance man Raul Julia). And does this Shadaloo showdown improve when con artists Ryu and Ken, yellow-skinned mutant Blanka, fake news crew Chun-Li, Honda, and Balrog, and even Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue join the fray? Listen now and find out.

February 6, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — Street Fighter

New Podcast — Now Playing: The Last Dragon – Patron Exclusive Review

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Justin Kozisek, and Stuart Atkinson

Motown founder Barry Gordy made a movie like no other when he produced the 1985 musical curiosity The Last Dragon. Frustrated martial artist “Bruce” Leroy Green searches the Big Apple for a new master, and winds up defending a beautiful VJ (Vanity) from a cadre of villains – including a mafioso jukebox tycoon, a sea monster in a tank, and the belligerent “Shogun of Harlem.”  You’ll sho’nuff find out if limp wimps Arnie, Justin, and Stuart give this camp classic a “Glow-ing” recommendation when you become a Now Playing Patron.

February 2, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast — Now Playing: The Last Dragon – Patron Exclusive Review

Facebook is Changing. Here’s how to keep up with Now Playing Podcasts

Facebook is changing its News Feed so you see less news (ironically).

There will be less videos, less news articles, and more items that your friends have commented on.

But there is a way to keep your favorite Pages (like Now Playing Podcast) in your feed.  Here’s instructions how to do it on iPhone, Android, and Desktop:

For Facebook app on iPhone:

1. Select the three line menu in the bottom right corner of the app

 

 

1. Scroll down in the menu and click “Settings”

 

 

 

3. Select “news feed preferences” from the pop-up menu

 

 

 

4. Select “Prioritize who to see First” on the next screen

 

 

 

5. Click on “Now Playing Podcast” and any other pages you want to remain in your newsfeed

 

 

For Facebook app on Android:

1. Tap on the three line menu in the top right of the app.

 

 

 

 

2. Select “News Feed Preferences” from the next screen.

 

 

 

 

3. Tap “Prioritize Who to See First” on the next screen

 

 

 

3. Click on “Now Playing Podcast” and any other pages you want to remain in your newsfeed

 

 

 

 

For Facebook app on Desktop:

1. Click the arrow in the top right corner to show the drop-down menu

2. From that menu choose “News Feed Preferences.”

 

 

3. Select “Prioritize who to see first”

 

 

4. Find Now Playing (and all other pages/people you want to see in your feed) and click on them. The Blue Star means you’ll see us in your feed!

January 31, 2018 Posted by | Comic Books, Marvelicious Toys, Movies, Movies & Television, Music, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts, Star Wars, Star Wars Action News | Comments Off on Facebook is Changing. Here’s how to keep up with Now Playing Podcasts

Now Podcast: Now Playing — Double Dragon

Hosted by Justin Kozisek, Arnie Carvalho, and Stuart Atkinson

The fly-kicking Lee Brothers were quick to mimic Mario’s leap from coin-ops and cartoons to a live-action feature film… and just as quick to fail. The 1994 action flick Double Dragon finds video game heroes Billy Lee (Party of Five heartthrob Scott Wolf) and Jimmy Lee (martial artist Mark Dacascos) scouring post-apocalyptic LA for the second half of a magic medallion.  Will Justin, Arnie, and Stuart find their battle with Robert “T-1000” Patrick less tortuous than a repeated knee to the face? Listen now and find out.

January 30, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, Music, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on Now Podcast: Now Playing — Double Dragon

Toys R Us to Close Up to 182 US Stores Beginning in February

This morning Toys ‘R’ Us announced their plans to close several of their stores. Other stores will become combined Toys ‘R’ Us/Babies ‘R’ Us locations.

Per court documents filed, the company may close as many as 182 stores as part of its bankruptcy reorganization process.  That would be up to 20% of Toys ‘R’ Us’s US stores.

The full release from Toys ‘R’ Us’s CEO Dave Brandon is below.

See a full list of closing stores at USA Today

 

 

Toysrus
To Our Valued Customers,

I want to take a moment to thank you for your continued support of Toys”R”Us. As you may be aware, we launched a financial restructuring of our business last fall. As we begin the new year, I want to provide an update on our progress to date, as well as our plans for the future.

Our primary focus is on reimagining our business with you in mind. We want to make it easier for you to shop with us, whether online or in our stores. This past season, we were successful in accomplishing this objective for millions of customers. However, there were also far too many transactions where this wasn’t the case – due to our operational missteps. As the leader of this company, I want you to know that we can and will address the gaps in the experience that you may have had when shopping this holiday. My team is already hard at work to make the improvements necessary to ensure that we have the products you want, when, where and how you want them.

In addition to convenience, we also recognize that you want fair and competitive prices and it is our job to deliver on that expectation. We recently relaunched our price match program to give you greater confidence when buying from us, and in 2018 we are taking additional steps to ensure that we provide greater overall value to you and your family. We will do this through compelling promotions and by providing an improved loyalty program and a more personalized way of communicating with you – in email, online and social media.

The reinvention of our brands requires that we make tough decisions about our priorities and focus. To that end and following a top-to-bottom assessment of our business, we have decided to close a number of our U.S. stores. We also intend to convert a number of locations into co-branded Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores. The actions we are taking are necessary to give us the best chance to emerge from our bankruptcy proceedings as a more viable and competitive company that will provide the level of service and experience you should expect from a market leader.

We estimate store closing sales to begin in early February with the majority of locations closing in mid-April 2018. During this time, we welcome you to take full advantage of the deep discounts and deals available.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

 

  • We are open for business and ready to serve you. We will continue to operate stores in all major markets across the U.S. and around the world. And as always, you can also continue to shop online at www.toysrus.com and www.babiesrus.com.
  • We are honoring customer programs. Our customer, registry, credit, warranty and loyalty programs will continue as normal. We will continue to sell and accept gift cards as always.


While our store roster may be getting smaller, what is not changing is our desire or commitment to serving you. For the past 70 years, we have worked hard to earn your business and look forward to being champions of play and a best friend to parents everywhere for decades to come.

Thank you for your support and for choosing to shop with us.

Sincerely,

 

Dave Brandon
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

January 24, 2018 Posted by | Marvelicious Toys, News, Podcasts | 1 Comment

You Can’t RUNAWAY from CHILDREN OF THE CORN 10

No matter how far you run, the past will always catch up to you.

That is the tagline for Children of the Corn: Runaway — and the same could be said for this franchise.

Stephen King’s eponymous short story, originally published in a 1977 issue of Penthouse magazine, has now spawned ten movies–the first starring Linda Hamilton in 1984.  The previous installment, Children of the Corn: Genesis was released by Dimension Films in 2011.  Now it’s harvest time once more.

Children of the Corn: Runaway tells the story of young, pregnant Ruth, who escapes a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. She spends the next decade living anonymously in an attempt to spare her son the horrors that she experienced as a child. Ruth and her son end up in a small Oklahoma town, but something is following her. Now, she must confront this evil or lose her child.

The film is directed by John Gulager (Piranha 3DD, Feast) and written by Joel Soisson (Children of the Corn: Genesis, Dracula 2000Hellraiser: Judgment).  It stars Marci Miller, Lynn Andrews, Mary Kathryn Bryant, and Jake Ryan Scott. (Bryant is also in Dimensions’ upcoming ).

The movie will be on VOD, DVD, and Blu-Ray March 13th. The Blu-Ray is priced at $21.99; the DVD at $19.98.  All formats have only one special feature: a deleted scene

The hosts at Now Playing Podcast have already reviewed the first nine Children of the Corn films.  Their review of Runaway will be coming later in 2018.

Here is the teaser trailer and cover art for the film:

January 23, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast | Comments Off on You Can’t RUNAWAY from CHILDREN OF THE CORN 10

New Podcast: Now Playing — Super Mario Bros.

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Justin Kozisek.

Pixelated plumbers Mario and Luigi spent a decade warping through various video games, cartoons, and comic books before finally arriving on the big screen as Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo in the 1993 live action adventure Super Mario Bros. Hosts Justin, Stuart, and Arnie dredge up this moldy oldie to assess whether Hollywood’s first attempt at adapting an arcade hit deserved to Bob-omb so badly. Devolve your lizard brain and listen to this super show now.

January 23, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — Super Mario Bros.

New Podcast: Now Playing — Jeepers Creepers 3

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Marjorie Carvalho

The Creeper is changing his tune. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” might be a more appropriate theme song for the amputated monster as he circles back to the farmland where he lost a limb 23 years before, and tries to stop Meg Foster and a posse of orphaned vigilantes from finding his weak spot. But are Marjorie, Arnie, and Stuart more inclined to give the predator the finger for this final chapter of the Jeepers Creepers trilogy?  Donate today and find out how well this long-delayed Victor Salva effort flies.

January 19, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — Jeepers Creepers 3

Star Wars Toy Sales Down as “Movie Fatigue” Sets In

Are you suffering from “Movie Tie-In Fatigue?”

Per a Bloomberg article, Star Wars toy sales are down. Specifically adult collectors are still buying (but, judging by some “fan” sites, they’re complaining the entire time they shop); however, kids have less interest in the Star Wars toys.

The article states: “While ‘Star Wars’ was still the top-selling toy line during the nine-week holiday period, sales fell from 2016 and the brand lost its No. 1 position for the year…This was despite “Last Jedi” being the top-grossing film released in the U.S. last year “

The most telling quotes? “Adult collectors, who grew up with the brand, are still buying a lot of merchandise when the toys come out, but demand dies down afterward… That doesn’t bode well for Hasbro, which has the main “Star Wars” toy partnership, or Jakks Pacific Inc., which has a secondary license. ”

What do you think? Is the problem fatigue? Is a new movie per year too much? Is it the types of toys offered? Why do YOU think sales are down?  Let us know in the comments!

January 19, 2018 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts, Star Wars, Star Wars Action News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hellraiser – Pinhead’s JUDGMENT – A Video Interview With Paul T. Taylor

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho

In the tenth HELLRAISER film a new actor gets nailed with the starring role — Paul T. Taylor. In this video Taylor discusses his acting past, how he got the role, how the production went, and his hopes on how the new HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT is judged by fans!

Join Arnie and Paul now in this spoiler-free behind-the-scenes look at this upcoming Hellraiser film!

January 18, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hellraiser – Pinhead’s JUDGMENT – A Video Interview With Paul T. Taylor

New Podcast: Now Playing — The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Justin Kozisek

The Now Playing Arcade is now open!  Justin, Stuart, and Arnie are reviewing every movie based on a video game in a new retrospective that kicks off with The King Of Kong. Is this 2006 documentary about the heyday of coin-op machines (and the geeks who never stopped playing them) worth your quarters? Listen now and find out!

January 16, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts, Video Games | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

New Podcast: Now Playing — The Wizard – Patron Exclusive Review

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Justin Kozisek

Justin, Stuart, and Arnie have video games on the brain in 2018, starting with the 1989 family film The Wizard.  Future rocker Jenny Lewis convinces TV star Fred Savage that his special needs half-brother Jimmy has the Nintendo skills to pay their bills. The trio hit the open road, hustling gamers in every arcade from Utah to Los Angeles. But will Jimmy get played by a bully in a Power Glove when he enters a high-stakes Super Mario 3 contest? Sign up today to be a Now Playing Patron and find out!    

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

January 14, 2018 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts, Video Games | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — The Wizard – Patron Exclusive Review

New Podcast: Now Playing — Jeepers Creepers 2

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Marjorie Carvalho

Fans of The Creeper didn’t have to wait 23 years to see the monster renew his hunt for body parts on the big screen. Jeepers Creepers 2 was quick to put a brokedown bus full of high school jocks and cheerleaders on the menu.  But did the beast bite off more than it could chew when it snatched the son of psycho farmer Ray Wise? Donate Today to find out how Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart see this sequel.

January 12, 2018 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — Jeepers Creepers 2

THOR: RAGNAROK Video Release: Streaming Feb 20, Disc Mar 6

Marvel’s God of Thunder will roar in your home starting next month!

One of 2017’s biggest super hero movies, and recipient of three green arrows from the Now Playing Podcast criticsThor: Ragnarok will strike digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD on Feb. 20. The 4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray discs will follow on March 6.

The 4k Blu-ray release will include HDR as well as Dolby Atmos audio.

The movie will also be part of the digital “Movies Anywhere” program where a digital copy purchased at a participating digital retailer will be available through all of the following platforms: Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins;  audio commentary by Waititi; and more.

You can hear Now Playing Podcast’s review of the film now.   Stay tuned for a review of the 4k Blu-Ray set when available.

See below for further release specifications:

Bonus features may vary by retailer, but there are disc and digital exclusive videos:

  • Blu-ray:

    • Director’s Introduction
    • Deleted/Extended Scenes – Deleted Scenes: The Sorcerer Supreme, Skurge Finds Heimdall & Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar and Extended Scenes: Thor Meets the Grandmaster, Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger & Grandmaster and Topaz
    • Gag Reel – Watch a collection of goofs, gaffes and pratfalls starring the cast
    • Exclusive Short/Team Darryl – Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It’s been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl’s “Roommate Needed” ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in.
    • Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes – Marvel’s universe is vast and transcends both time and space. We’ll examine the Cinematic Universe as a whole and revisit each of our heroes’ current location and their place in the current MCU timeline, as it all leads up to the one culminating event: “Avengers: Infinity War.”
    • Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor – “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has brought his unique sensibility and sense of humor to the film in a great many ways but it is the evolution of Thor’s own sense of humor, which stands out the most in the new film. This piece explores the impact Chris Hemsworth has made on the development of his widely-loved character and celebrates the mighty cast and crew who reveal the fun and hard work that went into assembling Thor’s eccentric counterparts.
    • Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie – This piece explores the strong female characters in “Thor: Ragnarok,” their importance in the MCU, their incredible casting and their epic comic origins.
    • Finding Korg – A tongue-in-cheek interview with Taika on casting Korg. He describes the difficult search for just the right evolution of the character design, and the nuances of this instantly classic character in the MCU. This conversation will also delve into all the extraordinary visual effects that brought Korg, Sakaar and the worlds of “Thor: Ragnarok” to life.
    • Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown – Sakaar is the collection point for all lost and unloved things. This documentary will answer all known and unknown questions while also exploring the hard work and creativity that went into creating the look and feel of Sakaar. From design inspired by Jack Kirby’s classic artwork to the dedication of the visual development team to the awe-inspiring physical and digital production, you will see this distant world come alive.
    • Journey into Mystery – A deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for “Thor: Ragnarok” within the comics. Most notably, the contest of champions limited series where the Grandmaster pitted our favorite heroes against one another as he does in the film. This piece also further explores Thor’s comic book origins and classic arcs through interviews with some of the most important comic creators, such as Walt Simonson and Jack Kirby.
    • 8bit Scenes – Final Bridge Battle + Sakaar Spaceship Battle. Dive into these climactic sequences presented in retro video-game format.
    • Directors Commentary

    Digital Exclusives:

    • Evolution of Thor and Hulk’s Bromance – We’ll examine this Super Hero friendship, which has spanned through several Marvel films. From their original Helicarrier fight match to the now iconic Hulk punch from Avengers 1, see how Marvel’s most powerful Super Heroes become the most extraordinary Super Hero buddies.
    • Additional Deleted Scenes – Travel to Asgard & Race To The Wormhole

 

DISC SPECIFICATIONS (applies to film content only):

  • Product SKUs:   Cinematic Universe Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital), Digital HD/SD/4K UHDDVD and On-Demand
  • Feature Run Time: Approximately 130 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Audio:
  • UHD BD: English Dolby Atmos 7.1.4, English & Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish & French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • DVD: English, Spanish & French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • Digital UHD: English Dolby Atmos 7.1.4, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • Digital HD: English & French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • Languages/Subtitles:               UHD BD: English SDH, Spanish, French Canadian
  • Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French Canadian
  • DVD: English SDH & CC, Spanish, French Canadian
  • Digital UHD: English CC, Spanish, French Canadian
  • Digital HD: English CC, Spanish, French Canadian

January 10, 2018 Posted by | Comic Books, Marvelicious Toys, Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on THOR: RAGNAROK Video Release: Streaming Feb 20, Disc Mar 6

New Podcast: Now Playing — Insidious: The Lost Key

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Marjorie Carvalho, and Stuart Atkinson

Before elderly psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) faced her mortality battling “Veilhead” in Insidious, she had to confront literal and figurative skeletons in her family closet. New prequel The Last Key shows the Spectral Sightings team going back to Elise’s childhood home and taking on “Keyface”, a demon who locks up your vocal cords and preys on your most violent thoughts. But can he silence criticisms that Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart previously voiced about this franchise, and deliver an electrifying fourth chapter? Listen now and find out!

January 9, 2018 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — Insidious: The Lost Key

HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT – Trailer Released, On Video Feb 13

Lionsgate continues to breathe life into seemingly dead franchises. First Day of the Dead: Bloodline, now they bring us the first footage from Hellraiser: Judgment.

This new direct-to-video Hellraiser was filmed in 2016 but only recently completed post-production. It was written and directed by Gary J. Tunnicliffe, writer of Hellraiser: Revelations and make-up designer on the Hellraiser series since 1992’s Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth.  Tunnicliffe had previously directed (and starred in) a Hellraiser “fan film” No More Souls which was included in Arrow Video’s recent box set (and can be seen on YouTube).

Hellraiser: Judgment appears to be based on Tunnicliffe’s existing Judgment script, which only reached 4% of its crowdfunding goal. Like Hellworld and Deader before it, this is (at least) the third Hellraiser film to be made from previously Pinhead-less ideas.

Judgment’s official synopsis is: “The dreaded Pinhead returns in the next terrifying chapter of the classic Hellraiser series. Three detectives trying to stop a diabolical serial killer are sucked into a maze of otherworldly horror, where hellish denizens including the Auditor, the Assessor, and the Jury await to pass judgment.”

Starring in the film is Randy Wayne (The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning) as David Carter, Damon Carney (“Jackson’s Henchman” in Logan) as Sean Carter, Rheagan Wallace (Malcolm in the Middle) as Allison Carter, and Paul T. Taylor (Super, Sin City) as Pinhead.  Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) is on board in the cameo role of “Landlady.”  The movie is scheduled for release on DVD, Blu-ray, and Video on Demand February 13th. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.

The Blu-Ray, Digital HD, and DVD with all include bonus features of Deleted & Extended Scenes and a Gag Reel.

Now Playing Podcast has reviewed all nine released Hellraiser films. Their review of Judgment will be released in February.

What do you think of the Judgment trailer? Can it be the first great Direct-to-Video Hellraiser?  Let us know in the comments!

Hear NOW PLAYING PODCAST’S reviews of all the HELLRAISER films! Their review of JUDGMENT will be out in February.

January 9, 2018 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | 1 Comment

Day of the Dead: Bloodline — on Blu-ray Feb 6

Lionsgate has announced their new Day of the Dead: Bloodline will be released on DVD and Blu-ray February 6.

The film is described as a “terrifying retelling of George A. Romero’s zombie horror classic” starring Jonathon Schaech (Prom Night, Ray Donovan) and Sophie Skelton (Another Mother’s Son, Outlander).  Romero’s Day of the Dead was previously remade in a 2008 film starring Mena Suvari and Ving Rhames.

Bloodline is currently available for rent through Video on Demand. On February 6 it will be available to own on VOD as well as on physical media.

All versions of the movie will come with the featurette: Day of the Dead: Bloodline: Reviving Horror.  The Blu-ray will be 1080p with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

You can see the trailer for the new Romero Remake below–and Now Playing Podcast’s review will be coming in February!  Stay tuned…

 

January 9, 2018 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on Day of the Dead: Bloodline — on Blu-ray Feb 6

New Podcast: Now Playing — Jeepers Creepers

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Marjorie Carvalho, and Stuart Atkinson

Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart have caught the scent of a new horror icon… The Creeper!  And Jeepers, the lengths this supernatural scavenger will go to get some new eyes!  Will road-tripping siblings Justin Long and Gina Phillips stay ahead of the monster truck driver and avoid a psychic’s dire vision of their future?  And can the podcasters overlook the controversy that plagues writer-director Victor Salva?  Donate Today and find out!

January 5, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast: Now Playing — Jeepers Creepers

New Podcast: Star Wars Action News Episode 499: The Last Jedi Roundtable

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Marjorie Carvalho, Daryl Whitlow, Andrew Harrison, Justin Kozisek, Curtis Stevenson, Steve Nixon, and Chris.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has earned a billion dollars, is loved by critics, but also seems to divide fans online. Now the Star Wars Action News team comes together to give their reviews–and they’re divided as well. Join them to find out where the common ground lies, and their excitement for Solo in this new Star Wars Action News podcast!

January 3, 2018 Posted by | Conventions, Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Star Wars Action News | Comments Off on New Podcast: Star Wars Action News Episode 499: The Last Jedi Roundtable