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

Hosted by Marjorie Carvalho and Arnie Carvalho

Video by Berent Lawton and Daryl Whitlow

 

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

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

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

BLACK FRIDAY SALES

Toys

LEGO

Hot Toys

Books

Games

Household Items

Other

 

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

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

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho

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

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

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

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho

 

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

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

Download this episode (right click and save)

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho

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

Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

Everybody wants to rule the galaxy…but is it all it’s cracked up to be? Now Emperor, Paul Atreides must balance his leadership with numero
us plots to undermine him. After the great success of Dune, can Frank Herbert match with the sequel: Dune Messiah? Join Stuart in this review to find out!

Arnie C: https://booksandnachos.podbean.com/mf/play/zgys9b/BN130-DuneMessiah.mp3

      

December 20, 2016 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | 1 Comment

Dune by Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert’s 1965 landmark novel DUNE is one of the most celebrated works of the science fiction genre, but does today’s reader have to be a Mentat in order to wrap their mind around its dense mythology? Host Stuart In LA promises, “there’s nothing to fear…. fear is the mind killer.” Join him as he dives headfirst into this first chapter of his six podcast exploration of the Duneverse.

Arnie C: https://booksandnachos.podbean.com/mf/play/4vjy3k/BN129-Dune.mp3

      

December 7, 2016 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on Dune by Frank Herbert

Go Rogue! Order Your Star Wars Rogue One Toys Online Now!

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Why go out late on a work/school night, stand in the cold, and brave the crowds only to be met by disappointment when the guy in front of you takes the last Deathtrooper Black Series figure?

There is another way–order online! Entertainment Earth just put up all the new Rogue One toys for order–and here’s a directory for each!

LEGO

LEGO Star Wars 75121 Constraction Imperial Death Trooper
LEGO Star Wars 75120 Constraction K-2SO
LEGO Star Wars 75119 Constraction Sergeant Jyn Erso
LEGO Star Wars 75152 Imperial Assault Hovertank
LEGO Star Wars 75153 AT-ST Walker
LEGO Star Wars 75154 TIE Striker
LEGO Star Wars 75155 Rebel U-Wing Fighter
LEGO Star Wars 75156 Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle

Hasbro Black Series 6-Inch Figures

Star Wars The Black Series Jyn Erso 6-Inch Action Figure
Star Wars The Black Series Cassian Andor Action Figure
Star Wars The Black Series K-2SO 6-Inch Action Figure
Star Wars Black Series Death Trooper 6-Inch Action Figure
Star Wars The Black Series Kylo Ren Unmasked 6-Inch Figure
Star Wars Rogue One 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure 2-Packs Wave 1
Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 7 Case

Hasbro 3.75-inch Figures

Star Wars Rogue One Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu) Action Figure
Star Wars Rogue One K-2SO Action Figure
Star Wars Rebels Kanan Jarrus (Stormtrooper Disguise) Figure
Star Wars Rogue One Imperial Ground Crew Action Figure
Star Wars Rogue One Rebels Sabine Wren Action Figure
Star Wars Rogue One Nerf Sergeant Jyn Erso Deluxe Blaster
Star Wars Rogue One Nerf Imperial Death Trooper Blaster
Star Wars Rogue One Nerf Glowstrike Darts
Star Wars Rogue One 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Wave 1 Case

Funko POP! Figures

Star Wars Rogue One Jyn Erso Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head
Star Wars Rogue One Captain Cassian Andor Pop! Vinyl
Star Wars Rogue One K-2SO Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head
Star Wars Rogue One Chirrut Imwe Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head
Star Wars Rogue One Baze Malbus Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head
Star Wars Rogue One Director Orson Krennic Pop! Vinyl
Star Wars Rogue One Scarif Stormtrooper Pop! Vinyl
Star Wars Rogue One Imperial Death Trooper Pop! Vinyl
Star Wars Rogue One Darth Vader Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head
Star Wars Rogue One C2-B5 Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head

Jakks Pacific Big Figs

Star Wars Rogue One 20-Inch Action Figure Wave 1 Case
Star Wars Rogue One 20-Inch Action Figure Wave 2 Case
Star Wars Rogue One 20-Inch Action Figure Wave 2 Case
Star Wars Rogue One 31-Inch Stormtrooper Action Figure
Star Wars Rogue One 31-Inch Death Trooper Action Figure

Hasbro Galactic Heroes

Star Wars Galactic Heroes Rivals Jedi vs. Sith Set

Hasbro Ships and Vehicles

Star Wars Rogue One Class I Vehicles Wave 1 Case
Star Wars Rogue One Hero Electronic Action Figures Wave 1
Star Wars Rogue One Class II Vehicles Wave 1 Case
Star Wars Rogue One Value Vehicles Wave 1

Role Play Toys and Masks

Star Wars Rogue One Deluxe Class I Vehicles Wave 1
Star Wars Rogue One Masks Wave 1 Case
Star Wars Rogue One Extendable Lightsabers Wave 3
Star Wars Rogue One Extendable Lightsabers Wave 3 Revision 1
Star Wars Rogue One Extendable Lightsabers Wave 3 Revision 2
Star Wars Rogue One Imperial Death Trooper Mask
Star Wars Stormtrooper Voice-Changer Helmet Prop Replica
Star Wars Rogue One Captain Cassian Andor Nerf Blaster
Star Wars Rogue One Spin-Action Lightsaber
Star Wars Rogue One Blast Tech Lightsaber
Star Wars Electronic Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet
Star Wars Rogue One Extendable Lightsabers Wave 3 Revision 3
Star Wars Rogue One Electronic Lightsabers Wave 4 Case

Micro Machine Sets

Star Wars Rogue One MicroMachines Death Star Playset
Star Wars Rogue One MicroMachines DX Vehicles Wave 4 Case
Star Wars Rogue One MicroMachines DX Vehicles Wave 4 Set
Star Wars Rogue One MicroMachines 3-Packs Wave 5
Star Wars Rogue One MicroMachines 3-Packs Wave 5 Set

Titanium Ships and Helmets

Star Wars: The Black Series Die-Cast Metal Vehicles Wave 5
Star Wars: The Black Series Die-Cast Metal Vehicles Wave 6

Board Games

Star Wars Edition Monopoly Open and Play Game
Star Wars Trivial Pursuit Game
Star Wars Operation Game
Star Wars Trouble Game

Hot Wheels

Star Wars Rogue One Hot Wheels Char. Car 2016 Mix 1 Case
Star Wars Rogue One Hot Wheels Char. Car 2016 Mix 2 Case
Star Wars Rogue One Hot Wheels Char. Car 2016 Mix 3 Case
Star Wars Rogue One Hot Wheels Char. Car 2016 Mix 4 Case
Star Wars Rogue One Hot Wheels Char. Car 2016 Mix 5 Case
Star Wars Rogue 1 Hot Wheels Char. Car 2-Pack 2016 Mix 1
Star Wars Rogue 1 Hot Wheels Char. Car 2-Pack 2016 Mix 2
Star Wars Rogue 1 Hot Wheels Char. Car 2-Pack 2016 Mix 3
Star Wars Rogue 1 Hot Wheels Char. Car 2-Pack 2016 Mix 4
Star Wars Rogue One Hot Wheels Starships Mix 1 Case
Star Wars Rogue One Hot Wheels Starships Mix 2 Case

Hasbro Interactech Figures

Star Wars Rogue One Electronic Stormtrooper Action Figure

Other Toys

Star Wars: The Force Awakens RC Radio Control BB-8 Droid
Star Wars Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter Vehicle
Star Wars Rogue One Rip N Go BB-8 Beeping and Moving Droid
Star Wars Rogue One TIE Striker Vehicle
Star Wars TFA Hero Series 12-Inch Action Figures Wave 6 Case
Star Wars Play-Doh AT-AT Attack Can Heads Set

Housewares

Star Wars: Rogue One 16 oz. Laser Decal Glass 2-Pack
Star Wars: Rogue One 18 oz. Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Star Wars: Rogue One Large Tin Tote
Star Wars: Rogue 1 20 oz. Ceramic Mug

September 29, 2016 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Movies, News, Star Wars | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Go Rogue! Order Your Star Wars Rogue One Toys Online Now!

The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum

In 1990 Robert Ludlum returned to Jason Bourne one last time for The Bourne Ultimatum. This story finds Bourne once again in the crosshairs of Carlos the Jackal. It was a book intended to set a legacy for many Bourne novels to follow in the hands of other writers. So why is this the worst book ever reviewed at Books & Nachos? Join Stuart in L.A. as he tears into The Bourne Ultimatum and tells you why this is a novel you should avoid at all costs!

And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

Arnie C: https://booksandnachos.podbean.com/mf/play/kkadn7/BN128-BourneUltimatum.mp3

      

July 18, 2016 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum

Don’t Pick Up the Phone — Stephen King’s CELL coming to video Sep 27

Stephen King had never tackled zombie tales before Cell, his 2006 novel.  Now that story comes to the screen — and to your home on DVD and Blu-ray.

Cell stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. These two starred together in 2007’s King film 1408. Now they pursue another King tale of suspense and terror as two man racing against the clock to stop a horde of rabid killers as their city descends into apocalyptic madness.

Cell will be on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on Sep 27.  The disc will have a feature commentary and making-of featurette. The DVD will be $19.99, the Blu-ray $24.99.

is currently available on Video on Demand.

The full release is below

 

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Experience action-packed terror as two men race against the clock to stop a horde of rabid killers as their city descends into apocalyptic madness in the pulse-pounding thriller, Cell, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD on September 27from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Based on Stephen King’s chilling book, the film stars John Cusack (Love & Mercy) alongside Oscar® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy). Cell was directed by Tod Williams from a screenplay by Stephen King and Adam Alleca. The home entertainment release ofCell contains audio commentary with the director and a look behind the scenes of the film in the “To Cell and Back” featurette. The CellBlu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

 

Stephen King’s best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness.

 

CAST:

John Cusack               Love & Mercy, Being John Malkovich, Chi-Raq

Samuel L. Jackson      Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight, The Avengers

Isabelle Fuhrman         The Hunger Games, Orphan

Owen Teague             Wild in Blue, Echoes of War, TV’s “Bloodline”

Clark Sarullo                Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anthony Reynolds      The Hunger Games, Iron Man 3

Erin Elizabeth Burns    TV’s “Stan Against Evil”

and Stacy Keach        TV’s “Prison Break,” The Bourne Legacy

 

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES*

  • Audio Commentary with Director Tod Williams
  • “To Cell and Back” Featurette

*Subject to Change

 

Year of Production: 2016

Title Copyright: Cell © 2014 CELL Film Holdings, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2016 Saban Films LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: R for Disturbing Violent Content, Terror, Brief Sexuality and Language

Genre: Thriller, Action

Closed-Captioned: None

Subtitles: English and Spanish; English SDH

Run Time: 98 Minutes

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

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1) Presentation

Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™

DVD Audio Status: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

July 14, 2016 Posted by | Books, Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Don’t Pick Up the Phone — Stephen King’s CELL coming to video Sep 27

Dark Horse publishes collection of Kristen Gudsnuk’s “Henchgirl”

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Dark Horse publishes collection of Kristen Gudsnuk’s “Henchgirl”

 

MILWAUKIE, Ore., July 12, 2016 — Dark Horse is excited to announce the trade publication of the Henchgirl collection from Kristen Gudsnuk. Henchgirl is a unique series that subverts the typical superhero trope by telling the story from the perspective of a villain.

Originally published by Scout Comics, Henchgirl depicts the complexities of Mary Posa’s life. The daughter of Crepe City’s most famous superhero couple, Mary deals with the pressure of disappointing her family while avoiding the wrath of Monsieur Butterfly, her supervillain boss. Cursed with a conscience, Mary does everything she can to be something other than a henchgirl, but her plans for freedom always go awry.

Henchgirl creator Kristen Gudsnuk described the parallels between Mary’s life and her own: “A lot of Henchgirl comes from my own experiences of being a twenty-something stuck in a dead-end job. Luckily, I turned to comics instead of villainy. I’ve always loved filtering superhero and pop culture tropes through my own cynical perspective.”

The Henchgirl trade goes on sale March 29, 2017.

Henchgirl is a favorite of comic book fans:

“There’s an incredible balance of humor and darkness of the soul in this series…Henchgirl is the best book you’re not reading and it has everything you want from the genre.” — Comic Bastards

“Lovely and endearing but funny and clever [at] the same time.” — Girls Like Comics

July 13, 2016 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, News | Comments Off on Dark Horse publishes collection of Kristen Gudsnuk’s “Henchgirl”

The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum

Bourne is back! Robert Ludlum had never written a sequel to any of his novels before. That streak ended in 1986 when Jason Bourne (or really David Webb) has to travel to China in search of the men who kidnapped his woman. This novel bears virtually no resemblance to the Matt Damon film, but is it worth a read? Join Stuart in LA in this review to find out!

And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

Arnie C: https://booksandnachos.podbean.com/mf/play/rq3cvu/BN127-BourneSupremacy.mp3

      

July 11, 2016 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

This summer is a great time to be re-Bourne! Matt Damon is returning to play Jason Bourne for the fourth time. For many Bourne fans, however, it may be surprising to find out how different these Damon films are from Robert Ludlum’s original novels.

On this episode of Books & Nachos, join Stuart in L.A. as he gives a spoiler free review of this book, outlining the creator’s original vision for this spy who can’t remember his past.

And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

Arnie C: https://booksandnachos.podbean.com/mf/play/c36fnk/BN126-BourneIdentity.mp3

      

July 5, 2016 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

20 years have passed between the 1996 sci-fi hit Independence Day and this summer’s new Independence Day: Resurgence. That time passed in our real world–but it also went by for the fictional characters who survived that alien assault. Fans have long wondered–what happened on July 5, 1996? Were all the aliens killed when the ships went down? Some of this will be revealed in the new movie, but those wanting a fuller explanation can find it in the new novel Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes. It spans all 20 years and follows old characters, like David Levinson and Steve Hiller, as well as new players like Jake Morrison and Dikembe Umbutu.

Did anything happen in that 20-year span to warrant a novel? Join Arnie in this Books & Nachos episode as he summarizes and reviews this new story — and the comic series Independence Day: Dark Fathom!

And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

Arnie C: https://booksandnachos.podbean.com/mf/play/p5eu26/BN125-ID4Crucible.mp3

      

June 27, 2016 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

Monogram International’s Harry Potter Exclusives Cast a Spell on SDCC

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San Diego Comic-Con International is about 2 months away, and Monogram International is starting the party now!

The collectible company has revealed two sets of Harry Potter themed exclusives they will have at the show.

The first is the Hedwig Mug Set. Limited to 500 pieces, this includes a ceramic mug in the sculpt of Potter’s beloved owl. You also get a gold Hogwarts Crest.  The set will cost $20.00

Second is the Harry Potter Pin Set.  Also limited to 500 pieces, this set gives you pins of the crests of the four houses of Hogwarts — Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Plus you get an exclusive Hogwarts crest in gold.  This pin set will cost $25 and be available at booth #3465

Stay tuned as more SDCC exclusive announcements are coming!

 

May 20, 2016 Posted by | Books, Conventions, Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monogram International’s Harry Potter Exclusives Cast a Spell on SDCC

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone was Stephen King’s follow-up to The Stand. This new novel, about a man who gained psychic powers after a head injury, became the author’s first number 1 best seller. It has gone on to be adapted to film by David Cronenberg, and a long-running cable TV series.

In this episode of Books & Nachos, Arnie looks back at the book that started it all. He analyzes King’s influences that led to the creation of the novel, and deconstructs the characters and plot. So now join him for a review of Stephen King’s novel over a year in the making!

And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

Arnie C: https://booksandnachos.podbean.com/mf/play/wmwkey/BN124-SK29-TheDeadZone.mp3

      

May 1, 2016 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on The Dead Zone by Stephen King

Eisner Award Nominee Tom Beland Producing Original Art for Now Playing Movie Review Book Underrated Movies We Recommend

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                                 Beland’s art for the film Kung Fu Hustle. In the final, published book the art will be full-color.

Venganza Media is adding another star contributor to its Kickstarter-funded publishing project, teaming with artist and author Tom Beland to produce original, exclusive artwork for Underrated Movies We Recommend.

In addition to designing the book’s cover, Beland will create 12 half-page and 6 full-page pieces that will bring to life 125 reviews of undiscovered and underappreciated films selected by the hosts of Now Playing Podcast. Prior to joining the Underrated team, the Santa Rosa, California-based Beland created 2014’s acclaimed Chicicabra and the Eisner-nominated series True Story, Swear to God, based on his real life romance.

With Beland on board, Underrated is one step closer to the end of a journey that began in February 2015, when Now Playing Podcast listeners funded the project on Kickstarter. The contributions exceeded all expectations and allowed Venganza to publish the book in hardcover and audio format. In October, legendary suspense and horror filmmaker John Carpenter agreed to pen the foreword to Underrated, contributing his thoughts on undervalued films and the devoted audiences that keep them close to their hearts.

You can pre-order Underrated Movies We Recommand now!  The estimated shipping date is late summer, 2016.

April 4, 2016 Posted by | Books, Movies, News | Comments Off on Eisner Award Nominee Tom Beland Producing Original Art for Now Playing Movie Review Book Underrated Movies We Recommend

Watchmen by Alan Moore

Watchmen. It was the only comic listed on Time Magazine’s List of the 100 Best Novels list. It also was in The Comic’s Journal’s list of the Top 100 Comics of the 20th Century. It has been revered by comic lovers and neophytes alike. Now Arnie and Jakob come together to review all 12 issues of this series, and also give a brief look at the recent Before Watchmen prequel series!

Then head to Now Playing Podcast to hear Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review crew’s thoughts on Zack Snyder’s film adaptation!

Arnie C: http://booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN123-Watchmen.mp3

      

March 21, 2016 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on Watchmen by Alan Moore

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Last week the fourth, and final, Hunger Games film Mockingjay Part 2, dominated theaters. Now that you’ve had a chance to see how the movie concludes the story of Katniss Everdeen you can join Stuart for his review of Collins original Mockingjay novel.

Then head to Now Playing Podcast’s donation page to hear Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review crew’s thoughts on all the Hunger Games films! Those movie reviews are only available during the Fall, 2015 donation drive, so donate today!

Arnie C: http://traffic.libsyn.com/venganzamedia/BN122-HungerGamesMockingjay.mp3

      

November 26, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

In 2009 Catching Fire fanned the flames of Hunger Games fans worldwide. Continuing the adventures of Katniss Everdeen, Collins’ novel puts her back in the arena for another adventure. In preparation for tonight’s release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 movie, join Stuart in L.A. for a look back at Collins’ middle novel in the trilogy.

Then head to Now Playing Podcast’s donation page to hear Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review crew’s thoughts on all the Hunger Games films! Those movie reviews are only available during the Fall, 2015 donation drive, so donate today!

Arnie C: http://traffic.libsyn.com/venganzamedia/BN121-HungerGamesCatchingFire.mp3

      

November 19, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games novels topped the New York Times best seller lists and went on to become Amazons all-time top selling book series (outselling even Harry Potter). It has since gone on to become a billion-dollar film franchise. In anticipation of the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Stuart in LA is here to review the original novels.

In this episode Stuart looks at the original The Hunger Games. Is this the next Twilight, or is it the next The Running Man? Join Stuart in L.A. now for this review, then head to Now Playing Podcast’s donation page to hear Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review crew’s thoughts on the film! Those movie reviews are only available during the Fall, 2015 donation drive, so donate today!

Arnie C: http://traffic.libsyn.com/venganzamedia/BN120-HungerGames.mp3

      

November 12, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

In 1999 Japanese author Koushun Takami gained global notice for his novel Battle Royale. In this ultraviolent, 600-plus page dystopian novel the Japanese government holds an annual competition where Junior High students must kill each other. The last student to survive is the “winner.” The book has been released multiple times in English, been the inspiration for the Battle Royale film series, and had a manga adaptation. And Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins has been accused of plagiarizing Battle Royale for her hit trilogy.

Is the novel worth the fuss? Join Stuart in L.A. now for this review of the English translation of Battle Royale. Then head to Now Playing Podcast’s donation page to hear Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review crew’s thoughts on the film! Those movie reviews are only available during the Fall, 2015 donation drive, so donate today!

Arnie C: http://traffic.libsyn.com/venganzamedia/BN119-BattleRoyale.mp3

      

November 5, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Maximize your Force Friday With This Star Wars Collectible Checklist

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On Friday, Sept 4 at 12:01 a.m. in your time zone Force Friday Begins!

This event is the worldwide launch of new Star Wars toys and collectibles for the upcoming film: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  New products from Hasbro, LEGO, Mattel, Funko, and others will be officially for sale in midnight store openings across the globe.

While Lucasfilm has been heavily promoting this event with YouTube tie-ins and events at Toys R Us in Times Square, they are less forthcoming with what new toys will be available.  Only three days away from the massive shopping event most collectors only know what to expect on shelves through various leaks online.

Until now.

A coalition of Star Wars collectible fan sites have joined Forces to compile all known releases into the Star Wars Force Friday Shopping Checklist.

The sites that contributed to this list are Boba Fett Fan Club, Idle Hands, Jedi News, Jedi Temple Archives, Mint In Box, Star Wars Action News, Teekay-421, and Yakface.

So prepare for your Friday Shopping Spree, download the Star Wars Force Friday Shopping Checklist now!

September 1, 2015 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Movies, News, Star Wars, Video Games | , , , | 2 Comments

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton never intended to write a sequel to his bestselling novel Jurassic Park. But when Stephen Spielberg’s film was a smash success and the director, and fans, requested a follow-up, Crichton obliged. What were the results? Join Stuart in L.A. for this review of Crichton’s novel, then head to Now Playing Podcast’s donation page to hear that crew’s thoughts on the film! Those movie reviews are only available until July 31, 2015, then they become extinct like the dinosaurs, so donate today!

Arnie C: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN118-LostWorld.MP3

      

June 26, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Hasbro’s Star Wars Fans’ Choice Poll — Round 2 Starts Now

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Star Wars Action News’ participation in Hasbro’s 2015 Fans’ Choice action figure poll nears completion!

As announced Monday, Hasbro has started a new poll where Star Wars fans and collectors pick which figure is made for the company’s new 6-inch Black Series line of Star Wars figures.

Star Wars Action News was invited to poll their fans on which characters they wanted.  Round 1 was a completely open nomination form, and over 70 different figures were nominated.  Of all the figures requested, the single figure with the most nominations was Ackmena, the singing cantina owner from the notorious Star Wars Holiday Special.  In a close second place was Brea Tonnika — a background character in the cantina from first Star Wars film.

The top 30 nominees have been taken into Round 2 of voting!  Here each Star Wars fan chooses the one figure they want most in 6-inch plastic form.  This second round of voting ends Monday, June 29th, and then the five characters with the most votes will be submitted to Hasbro.

 

The first 20 characters were picked from the first round of nominations:

Ackmena
Brea Tonnika
Obi-Wan Kenobi (A New Hope)
Admiral Ackbar
ARC Trooper Commander Colt
Gamorrean Guard
Asajj Ventress (Dark Diciple)
Lumpy
Lando Calrissian (Jabba’s Skiff Guard)
Momaw Nadon
Grand Moff Tarkin (A New Hope)
Darth Maul (Robot Legs)
Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)
General Grievous (4-arms)
Ponda Baba
Mara Jade
Sabine
Ephant Mon
Republic Commando
Blue Snaggletooth

The other 51 characters nominated received only 1 vote each, so the Star Wars Action News team, including podcast hosts Arnie and Marjorie Carvalho, reporters Brock, Johnathan Brenner, Justin Kozisek and Steve “The Ginger Prince” Nixon, video editor Andrew Harrison, and photo editors Jay Fazio and Curtis Stevenson.  From the 51 chosen characters the panel selected 10 figures:

 

Darth Talon
Darth Nihilus
Dexter Jettster
Jaxxon
Watto
Admiral Piett
Lobot
Yak Face
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Amanaman

 

Which of these 30 characters is your top pick as a new Black Series 6-inch figure?  Vote now in the Star Wars Action News forums!

June 25, 2015 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Movies, News, Star Wars, Video Games | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hasbro’s Star Wars Fans’ Choice Poll — Round 2 Starts Now

Hasbro’s Star Wars Fans’ Choice Poll is Back — And Bigger Than Ever!

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Once more, fans get to pick an upcoming character in the Star Wars line of figures.

Hasbro announced today that they are starting a new poll where Star Wars fans and collectors pick which figure is made.  This time, however, the poll is not for the long-running 3.75-inch line of figures, but for Hasbro’s newer 6-inch Black Series figure line.

To make it even more exciting, all Star Wars characters are eligible (except those from the unreleased The Force Awakens movie).   With that statement Hasbro has given fans perhaps their only chance to get a 6-inch action figure based on the Star Wars comics and novels that were removed from canon and put into the “Legends” category.  Of course, all characters from the films, major or minor, would also be given consideration.

Hasbro has confirmed to Star Wars Action News any character is eligible, including the long-desired Tonnika Sisters from A New Hope, Vlix from the 80s Droids series, and even Lumpy and Ackmena (Bea Arthur) from The Star Wars Holiday Special!

Also of note:  if the chosen character is from the Star Wars animated series Rebels or The Clone Wars the figure would be done in a realistic style consistent with the Black Series line’s look.

This year’s Fan’s Choice poll is being run by various Star Wars collecting sites, including Venganza Media’s own Star Wars Action News.  Before June 30th each participating site will submit to Hasbro their Top 5 list, with the #1 character getting 6 points, the #2 character 5 points, #3 character 4 points, and so on.

From the compiled lists from all the sites the character with the highest number of points will be immortalized in plastic–and Hasbro will reveal which character was chosen during their San Diego Comic-Con panel on July 10th.

Star Wars Action News is handling this with two rounds of voting.  First, they have opened a Figure Nomination thread in their forums.  In that post fans can free-form enter any characters they want.  That phase will be open until June 25th.  Then on the 25th a second poll will be opened where each fan can vote on the one figure they want most.  That poll will close on June 29th and the top five figures submitted to Hasbro on the 30th.

Begin your voting now!  Head to the Star Wars Action News forums and nominate your favorite character for the Black Series 6-inch line!

 

June 22, 2015 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Movies, News, Star Wars, Video Games | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Today the words Jurassic Park bring to mind a T-Rex roaring at a car, Sam Neil running through a pack of CGI dinosaurs, and John Williams score–all from Steven Spielberg’s hit 1993 film. But before it was a movie, Jurassic Park was a bestselling novel by sci-fi author Michael Crichton. The book and the movie share some basic plot elements, but there are also key differences. How do they compare? Join Stuart in L.A. for this review of Crichton’s novel, then head to Now Playing Podcast’s donation page to hear that crew’s thoughts on the film! Those movie reviews are only available until July 31, 2015, then they become extinct like the dinosaurs, so donate today!

Arnie C: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN117-JurassicPark.MP3

      

June 4, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Dark Horse Reprinting Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection

DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH ‘HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE MINICOMIC COLLECTION’

THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE® MINICOMICS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Following the critically acclaimed release of The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Dark Horse and Mattel have teamed up once again to deliver another must-have book in 2015: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection.

The toy juggernaut Masters of the Universe and its subsequent action figure lines featured memorable pack-in minicomics that aided in playtime for children across the world. Clocking in at 1,232 pages, this impressive oversized hardcover collection features sixty-eight US releases, including all minicomics from the ’80s Masters of the Universe line, the ’80s Princess of Power line, and the ’80s and ’90s He-Man line, plus an introduction to the minicomics in the current Masters of the Universe Classics toy line—all in production order. Relive the illustrated adventures that fueled your imagination!

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomics Collection is on sale October 21 in comic shops and November 3 in bookstores. Preorder today from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your local comic shop.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection HC
Tim Seeley (W),  Steven Grant (W), Phil White (W), Gary Cohn (W), Michael Halperin (W), Scott Neitlich (W), Bruce Timm (A), Mark Texeira (A), Larry Houston (A), Jim Mitchell (A), and Charles Simpson (C)
FC, 1232 pages
HC, 6” x 9”
$29.99, 978-1616558772

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Limited Edition, which includes rarely seen images of concept sketches, prototypes, and more from Mattel’s archives, is on sale in bookstores everywhere. Purchase your copy today!

May 12, 2015 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Movies, News | Comments Off on Dark Horse Reprinting Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection

The Long Walk by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)

King’s first novel wasn’t Carrie, it was The Long Walk written while the author was a college freshman. It tells of a dystopian, alternate America in which the national pastime isn’t Baseball, it’s a contest of stamina and will–The Long Walk. King’s story of one of these Walks, and walker Raymond Garraty, wouldn’t be published for over a decade, until it was released in 1979 as the second novel by King’s pen name “Richard Bachman.”

In this episode of Books & Nachos, Arnie reviews and analyzes this early work by the bestselling author. Join him now in this review of the second Bachman Book!

Arnie C: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN116-King28-TheLongWalk.MP3

      

March 30, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on The Long Walk by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)

New Podcast – Books & Nachos reviews The Secret Service: Kingsman by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, and Matthew Vaughn

Mark Millar’s comic Kick-Ass was adapted to film by director Matthew Vaughn. Now the two have teamed up again with Kingsman: The Secret Service, an idea the two men spawned while filming Kick-Ass. The story tells of Gary, a juvenile delinquent who’s given one last chance at a legitimate life–as a British secret agent! A clever twist on the old James Bond formula, is this comic worth reading? Join the hosts to find out, then join them LIVE, Tuesday Feb 17th at 9:30 pm EST at NowPlayingPodcast.com for the review of the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Arnie C: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN115-SecretService.MP3

      

February 15, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast – Books & Nachos reviews The Secret Service: Kingsman by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, and Matthew Vaughn

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 6

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans cite this as the author’s best work to date. Now Arnie continues his reviews of all King’s works with this multi-part podcast series reviewing The Stand.

In this final segment of this review Arnie gives is final review on the book, discusses which of the three print editions is best, and also reviews Marvel Comic’s 31-issue comic series based on King’s novel.

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN114F-King27-TheStandPartF.MP3

      

January 9, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 6

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 5

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans cite this as the author’s best work to date. Now Arnie continues his reviews of all King’s works with this multi-part podcast series reviewing The Stand.

In the fifth part of this review Arnie looks at The Stand’s climax, which reaches biblical proportions, and compares the ending in the original and the 1990 unabridged versions.

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN114E-King27-TheStandPartE.MP3

      

January 8, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 5

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 4

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans cite this as the author’s best work to date. Now Arnie continues his reviews of all King’s works with this multi-part podcast series reviewing The Stand.

In the fourth part of the review Arnie looks at Book II of The Stand, including the survivors’ struggles in Boulder and King’s own struggles with the narrative.

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN114D-King27-TheStandPartD.MP3

      

January 7, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 4

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 3

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans cite this as the author’s best work to date. Now Arnie continues his reviews of all King’s works with this multi-part podcast series reviewing The Stand.

In the third part of this review Arnie analyzes the evil characters in the novel, including Randall Flagg, Lloyd Henreid, and The Trashcan Man. Also a look at the book’s supporting characters Harold, Nadine, Glen, and Rita, and the thought that they may all be psychic!

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN114C-King27-TheStandPartC.MP3

      

January 6, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 3

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 2

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans cite this as the author’s best work to date. Now Arnie continues his reviews of all King’s works with this multi-part podcast series reviewing The Stand.

In the second part of this podcast series Arnie explores the heroic characters featured in The Stand, including Stuart Redmond, Fran Goldsmith, Larry Underwood, and Nick Andros. He also analyzes the deadly superflu Captain Trips, and the start of the novel’s biblical allegories.

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN114B-King27-TheStandPartB.MP3

      

January 5, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 2

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 1

TheStandCover1With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans cite this as the author’s best work to date. Now Arnie continues his reviews of all King’s works with this multi-part podcast series reviewing The Stand.

In the first part of this podcast series Arnie reveals the history of the stand and how it was inspired by Patty Hearst and some dead sheep. He also provides an analysis of the original, iconic cover art, and how George Lucas and J.R.R. Tolkien factor into this 1978 novel!

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN114A-King27-TheStandPartA.MP3

      

January 5, 2015 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 1

Stephen King’s The Stand Revisited in Books & Nachos Multi-Part Podcast Series

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For more than a year the above-pictured copy of The Stand has been my constant companion.

The way Mel Gibson’s character in Conspiracy Theory never when anywhere without his copy of Catcher in the Rye, wherever I went this paperback, becoming ever-more battered and torn, went with me.

For this copy was the first of three versions of King’s seminal fantasy novel that I read in 2014.  This copy contained the text found in King’s 1980 paperback printing of the book, which varied slightly from the original 1978 hardcover and the 1990 “Complete and Uncut” version of the novel.

It was in this book that I took my primary plot notes on the novel, writing on the pages with pen and highlighter.  Then as I next read the 1990 revised Stand, and then the 1978 hardcover version, it was this paperback I constantly returned to for comparison.

Now I can put this book in a drawer for my review of Stephen King’s The Stand is complete and starting the afternoon of Monday, January 5th, 2015, you can hear it at BooksAndNachos.com.

The Stand is an epic tale broken down into three books, as well as a prologue and an epilogue.  Likewise my podcast review will be broken into multiple parts and released one per day during this week.  (Though the review of The Stand will be released in fewer parts, and have a shorter run-time, than the sum of all 20 reviews for the short stories in King’s Night Shift collection).

Leaving this book behind is bittersweet.  While I have enjoyed spending so much time in King’s post-apocalyptic universe I’m also really happy to finish this, the most difficult and involved review I’ve ever done.

I hope you’ll join me for it!

While you wait for the Books & Nachos review of The Stand, you can hear our review of the TV Mini-series posted now at Now Playing Podcast’s web site.

January 5, 2015 Posted by | Books, Movies, News, Reviews | , , | 1 Comment

MARVEL & STEPHEN KING’S DARK FANTASY EPIC RETURNS IN DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – HOUSE OF CARDS #1

MARVEL & STEPHEN KING’S DARK FANTASY EPIC RETURNS IN

DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – HOUSE OF CARDS #1

Eddie Dean Comes Face to Face with the Gunslinger!

New York, NY (December 16th, 2014) – Marvel, in collaboration with Stephen King, is proud to announce the latest chapter in the Dark Tower series – DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – HOUSE OF CARDS. Beginning in March 2015, New York Times Best-Selling writers Peter David (Spider-Man 2099) & Robin Furth (The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance) along with critically acclaimed artist Piotr Kowalski (Marvel Knights: Hulk) continue to bring the dark macabre action from Mid-World to our world in the third installment of Stephen King’s epic masterpiece!

THE DARK TOWER: DRAWING OF THE THREE – HOUSE OF CARDS marks another milestone for the graphic fiction sensation that’s captivated fans worldwide as the saga moves to the second volume of King’s magnum opus.

The troubled streets of New York City pulse with the beat of desolation and crime. Among the dissidents of the city is Eddie Dean a troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds has smuggled narcotics from Nassau to New York City, but now Eddie has to escape a packed airplane guarded by armed Custom Agents! How will Eddie avoid prison and yet also fulfill his contract with the dangerous mobster Balazar? The answer lies in Mid-World, and with a dying gunslinger named Roland!

 

“In the latest chapter of King’s epic tale there are some fascinating connections being made within the Dark Tower mythos, expanding on the histories of the characters and revealing their twisted ‘family tree,’ says series Editor Mark Paniccia. “Fans will get a real thrill as we discover what kind of role Eddie Dean plays in Roland Deschain’s plans to bring the tower down.”

 

A bold new chapter begins as the landmark series makes its historic return to comic shops this March in Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – HOUSE OF CARDS #1.

 

STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER:
THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – HOUSE OF CARDS #1
Written by ROBIN FURTH & PETER DAVID
Art by PIOTR KOWALSKI
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
On Sale March 2015!

 


December 16, 2014 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, News | , , , , , | Comments Off on MARVEL & STEPHEN KING’S DARK FANTASY EPIC RETURNS IN DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – HOUSE OF CARDS #1

Books & Nachos THE STAND Review — Update

The Stand

 

Stephen King’s writing of The Stand was fraught with delays.  He suffered writer’s block, lost his way with the story, and ultimately had to release Night Shift as a stop-gap so his publishers had something to release.

It feels appropriate, then, that my Books & Nachos review seems to be going through the same cycle.

As host of the Books & Nachos podcast I’ve reviewed over 50 novels, short stories, comics, and non-fiction works.  I’m aware of the work involved, which includes not only reading the work but researching its history and truly contemplating the meaning of the book.  Yet, even with this experience the review of The Stand is unlike anything I’ve undertaken thus far.  As my review of The Stand is delayed, I’ve received several e-mails asking about the release and I felt it important to update you, the constant listener, on my progress.

When I look back on 2014 the dominant memory I’ll have is King’s epic novel.  I have read this book three times, both the originally published 1978 version, the slightly revised 1980 Signet paperback, and then the 1990 Complete & Uncut Edition.  I took copious notes on each.  I read several accounts of King’s writing of the novel, both major and trivial.  I watched The Stand mini-series (which we reviewed at Now Playing Podcast) and heard King’s commentary, which also added light on his prose work.  I’ve even read the Marvel Comics adaptation so I can review it as well.

But trying to take this information and distill it into one podcast has been daunting.  I did, for quite some time, suffer from writer’s block–my introduction was written, rewritten, and rewritten again but I couldn’t bring myself to tackle the analysis.   I had hoped to have my review of The Stand done by November 1, ready for release around Thanksgiving with our review of the movie.  Needless to say, I missed that date due to the writer’s block.

Now, I’m excited to say, the review is written, but due to the Thanksgiving holiday as well as illness I have been unable to record.   With a holiday schedule growing ever-more-hectic as we approach Christmas, the time I hoped to record has been taken by other more immediate, personal concerns.

That said, progress is being made!  While I cannot provide an exact release date for this review, it will be out before the Christmas holiday (barring more illness).

In the end, my thought is this:  those anxious for this review may be frustrated by the delay, but that will be forgotten.  This review will be online for people to hear for years, and I’d rather put out a product I can be 100% proud of rather than rush to meet a deadline and have a review that doesn’t satisfy me or you.

Additionally, this delay is not going to impact the reviews coming down the pike.  I am well into reading King’s next work The Long Walk and that review will be out in early January, followed quickly by my review of The Dead Zone which will coincide with the Now Playing Podcast review of that movie the week of January 12th.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me at Now Playing Podcast for our current series.  On the main feed we have reviews of the horror movie Maniac and, coming tomorrow, the review of the 2012 remake.  And on our donation feed we have reviews of all Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, as well as reviews of all seven Leprechaun movies!  Plenty of content to keep you entertained while I record and edit The Stand.

Thank you for your patience, and I will update again when the review is ready for you to hear!

 

December 8, 2014 Posted by | Books, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New Podcast: The Dark Man by Stephen King

Of all the monsters in Stephen King’s fiction none have captured reader imaginations quite like The Stand’s Randall Flagg–The Walkin’ Dude, The Dark Man. But nine years before The Stand was published King wrote of this Dark Man who walked, rode trains, and hitchhiked across America leaving bodies in his wake. This is detailed in King’s college poem “The Dark Man.” In 2013 Cemetery Dance Publications printed this in an illustrated book, and Arnie has read and reviewed it in this episode of Books & Nachos. Join him to learn about The Dark Man’s early appearance as he prepares for next week’s review of The Stand.

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN113-King26-TheDarkMan.MP3

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November 24, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Dark Man by Stephen King

New Podcast: The Prestige by Christopher Priest

One stage magician learns how to split himself into two so that he can challenge a pair of rival illusionists who pretend to be one in The Prestige, Christopher Priests sneaky story of splintering identities. Even if you think you’ve spoiled the trick by seeing the popular Christian Bale-Hugh Jackman movie, there are more secrets to be found in the books sprawling five-part structure that spans the 20th Century. Join Stuart In LA as he studies the source material and weighs in on which Christopher – Nolan or Priest – is the better conjurer.

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN112-ThePrestige.MP3

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November 7, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Prestige by Christopher Priest

New Podcast: The Man Who Loved Flowers (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

In Stephen King’s short story “The Man Who Loved Flowers” a man stops to buy roses on the way to see the woman he loves. His warm energy infects all those around him, but there is something they don’t know. Now join Arnie as he completes his reviews of the short stories contained in King’s Night Shift anthology. In this podcast he reviews “The Man Who Loved Flowers” and looks back at all the short stories from Night Shift!

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN111-King25-NightShift-ManWhoLovedFlowers.MP3

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October 8, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Man Who Loved Flowers (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: The Last Rung on the Ladder (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

The short stories collected in Stephen King’s Night Shift were written over more than a decade–some originally published in 1968, others printed for the first time in this book. As such, the stories, while having certain similarities, are also wildly varied from the gothic horror of “Jerusalem’s Lot” to the more ghastly comedy found in “Gray Matter” to the realistic, personal drama of “The Woman in the Room.”

“The Last Rung on the Ladder”, a Night Shift original, is a dramatic short story in which a man recounts one day when he was ten years old, and he and his little sister played a dangerous game that almost had fatal consequences.

Now join Arnie for this review review of “The Last Rung on the Ladder”!

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN110-King24-NightShift-LastRungontheLadder.MP3

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October 2, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Last Rung on the Ladder (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

Author JRR Tolkien spent three books, and over a thousand pages, creating a dense Middle Earth mythology. Now he brings that age of folklore to a thunderous close with Return of the King. Here all of the saga’s major characters are granted an opportunity to fulfill their destiny. Among the questions answered:

Can vagabond king Aragorn gather the army he needs to return to Gondor and reclaim his royal birthright from invading hordes? Will shieldmaiden Eowyn earn the respect of King Theoden and the other warriors by disguising herself as a man on the battlefield?And most centrally, will ringbearer Frodo have the inner strength to escape Orc captivity and finally reach Mount Doom? And will there be a Shire for the Hobbit to return to should he succeed in destroying the One Ring? Join Jakob (who grew up on Tolkien) and Stuart (who previously only knew the story from Peter Jackson’s work) as they dig deep into the original text in preparation for the Now Playing Silver and Platinum donation reviews of all Hobbit and Lord of the Rings film adaptations.

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN109-LOTR04-ReturnOfTheKing.MP3

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September 25, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

New Podcast: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

LOTRFellowshipIt took almost twenty years for the author of The Hobbit to pen a sequel – time enough for the children who grew up on the story to mature into readers capable of tackling a darker, denser saga spanning three separate novels. Fellowship of the Ring begins the adventure with aged journeyman Bilbo Baggins giving nephew Frodo a magic ring he won from monstrous Gollum. Wizard Gandalf can see the treasure is a conduit for dark magic, and sends the new ringbearer and his three Hobbit friends Sam, Merry, and Pippin on a journey to Rivendell. There a council of elves, dwarfs, and humans must decide the best course of action to take against growing enemy Sauron.Join Jakob (who grew up on Tolkien) and Stuart (who previously only knew the story from Peter Jackson’s work) as they dig deep into the original text in preparation for the Now Playing Silver and Platinum donation reviews of all Hobbit and Lord of the Rings film adaptations.

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN107-LOTR02-Fellowship.MP3

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September 4, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

New Podcast: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

It’s hard to believe there was a time when the world didn’t know of Hobbits, those hairy-toed homebodies who prefer a good pipe and cozy hole in the ground to the promise of fame and fortune. But their secret subterranean lifestyle was exposed in 1937 when author J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit. Intended for children, but serving as the basis for his more sophisticated later Lord of the Rings trilogy, this introductory Middle Earth novel offers a delightful account of how paternalistic wizard Gandalf prodded sheltered Bilbo Baggins to step outside his comfort zone and help a band of dwarfs reclaim their kingdom.

The Hobbit is celebrated and castigated in equal measure for re-popularizing folklore in 20th Century literature – presenting a detailed alternate universe teaming with warmongering elves, hungry trolls, giant spiders, and a fire breathing dragon. Is it all just fodder for role-playing games and kiddie cartoons 77 years later, or are there timeless life lessons and enduring appeal to what’s on the page? Join hosts Jakob (who grew up with Tolkien) and Stuart (a fantasy-challenged reader) as they revisit this milestone in preparation for a larger Hobbit/Lord of the Rings movie retrospective being created for Silver and Platinum donors to sister podcast Now Playing.

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN106-LOTR01-Hobbit.MP3

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August 28, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

New Podcast: Children of the Corn (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Of all the stories in Stephen King’s Night Shift none have the name recognition, or the notoriety, of “Children of the Corn.” Originally published in a 1977 issue of Penthouse, this story has spawned one of the longest-running horror franchises in film history! Now hear Arnie’s review of the short story, then join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob at nowplayingpodcast.com to hear their reviews of all nine Children of the Corn films, as well as the “Dollar Baby” adaptation Disciples of the Crow!

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN105-King23-NightShift-ChildrenoftheCorn.MP3

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August 18, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Children of the Corn (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm by Greg Keyes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco where an uneasy truce is being negotiated between distrustful apes and paranoid human survivors. How did things get so bad between man and his closest genetic match to make war such an inevitable outcome? And what was life like in the initial days after apes broke free of their cages and stormed across the Golden Gate bridge to take refuge in the Redwoods? In the prequel novel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm author Greg Keyes returns to the year 2011, bringing together all new characters with the fan favorites of Rise of the Planet of the Apes to explore a turning point in both species’ survival. Does he find a way to expand upon the movie universe, or are you better off skipping this 304 page preview and just reading the new film’s numerous subtitles?

Stuart in LA answers this and more in his final Planet of the Apes podcast of the summer. Listen now!Then head to Now Playing Podcast’s donation page to hear the movie retrospective! The movie podcasts are only available until July 31, 2014!

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN104-DawnofthePlanetoftheApesFirestorm.mp3

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July 17, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm by Greg Keyes

New Podcast: Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes by Andrew E. C. Gaska

Planet of the Apes might have begun in literature, but it reached mass popularity and commercial success with the 1968 Charlton Heston movie. That cinema classic, and its four sequels, presents a stark future Earth where Mankind has slipped back into savagery and become slaves to our evolutionary brethren.

In 2011 – the same year Twentieth Century Fox released blockbuster reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Archaia Entertainment, author Andrew Gaska, and over a dozen celebrated illustrators launched a continuation of the original movie universe in print. Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes retells the story of the time-traveling Liberty 1 space mission using gorilla, chimp, orang, and human characters we never got to know in the movies.Join Stuart in LA to hear if this illustrated novel is a bold reinterpretation of a landmark film, or just aping the past for quick cash.

Then head to Now Playing Podcast’s donation page to hear the movie retrospective! The movie podcasts are only available until July 31, 2014!

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN103-ConspiracyofPlanetoftheApes.mp3

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July 10, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes by Andrew E. C. Gaska

New Podcast: Planet of the Apes: The Fall and Planet of the Apes: Colony by William T. Quick

In Tim Burton’s 2001 film Planet of the Apes Leo Davidson (played by Mark Wahlberg) is sent to the alien world Ashlar in the far future where humans and smart apes wage war upon each other. But how did humans get to Ashlar and what role did Davidson’s space station Oberon play? The movie never answered those questions, but two novels by author William T. Quick did! Now Stuart in LA is here to bring you up to speed with his summaries and reviews of Planet of the Apes: The Fall and Planet of the Apes: Colony. Listen to find out if these books enhance the experience of watching the 2001 re-imagined Apes film.

Then head to Now Playing Podcast’s donation page to hear the movie retrospective! The movie podcasts are only available until July 31, 2014!

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN102-PlanetoftheApesFallandColonyByWilliamTQuick.MP3

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June 30, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Planet of the Apes: The Fall and Planet of the Apes: Colony by William T. Quick

New Podcast: 3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

The story of the monolith and man’s exploration of space concludes in Arthur C. Clarke’s ultimate Odyssey novel 3001: The Final Odyssey. Set a thousand years after Dave, Frank and HAL journeyed into space to investigate the strange lunar monolith, this concluding chapter reveals the true motivations of the mysterious alien race, with some familiar faces returning to guide readers. Now join Stuart as his voyage through the years concludes and he reviews this 31st Century adventure.

Then head to Now Playing Podcast to hear Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob review the film version of 2001 and 2010!

: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN101-3001-ArthurCClarke.MP3

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June 23, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: 3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

New Podcast: 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke

The movies ended in 2010 but the story of humanity’s Space Odyssey continued in novels by original 2001 co-creator Arthur C. Clarke. In this third installment of the series Heywood Floyd is on a mission to land on Haley’s comet but unexpected events lead him to Europa–the one place in the galaxy the monolith forbade man to tread. Are there answers about the mysterious monolith at last? Join Stuart in this gala 100th episode of Books & Nachos to find out!

Then head to Now Playing Podcast to hear Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob review the film version of 2001 and 2010!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN100-2061-ArthurCClarke.MP3

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June 16, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke

New Podcast: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

Fourteen years after Arthur C. Clarke co-created the multimedia experience 2001, the author returns to Jupiter alone in the follow-up novel 2010: Odyssey Two. Now with the freedom to tell whatever story he wants, free of cinematic considerations or partnership with a film director, does Clarke’s novel reach the same heights as the original? Listen to Stuart in LA’s review to find out!

Then head to Now Playing Podcast to hear Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob review the film version of 2001 and 2010!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN099-2010byArthurCClarke.MP3

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June 9, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

New Podcast: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

Many times movies are made based on popular novels. Other times marketing companies see easy money in releasing cheap novelizations of upcoming films. 200: A Space Odyssey is one case where neither is true. The classic film and novel resulted as a collaboration between Dr. Strangelove director Stanley Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. Together they created a story that spans great distances in time and space. However, while the two men consulted each other they worked independently in their own mediums and the resulting film and book resemble each other but also have important differences with the novel providing lots of concrete explanation for what the film left ambiguous. Now join Stuart to hear about the creation of the novel of 2001: A Space Odyssey and find out if the axiom is true and the book is better than the movie!

Then head to Now Playing Podcast to hear Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob review the film version of 2001 and 2010!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN098-2001byArthurCClarke.MP3

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June 2, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

New Podcast: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

Everyone knows Planet of the Apes, the movie. With Charlton Heston’s oft-quoted lines and the famously spoiled twist ending, the film has entered the American lexicon. Less known, however, is the original novel that inspired the 1968 motion picture. This original telling, published in 1963 and written by French author Pierre Boulle, created a vision that inspired Hollywood to film it, but the novel also differs from its cinematic counterpart in key ways. Join Stuart in this episode of Books and Nachos as he reads and reviews the book as a companion to Now Playing Podcast’s bonus, limited Planet of the Apes movie retrospective.

Then head to Now Playing Podcast’s donation page to hear the movie retrospective! The movie podcasts are only available until July 31, 2014!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN097-PlanetofTheApes.MP3

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May 27, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

New Podcast: I Know What You Need (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Ed is the perfect boyfriend. He takes Elizabeth to the movies she wants to see, cheers her up when she’s feeling down, and always seems to know what she wants before she wants it. Has Elizabeth found true love, or is Ed’s uncanny empathy the result of something darker? Stephen King reveals the answer in his short story “I Know What You Need” from the Night Shift collection. Now join Arnie, the podcast host who knows what you need–a review and analysis of this Stephen King work!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN096-King22-NightShift-IKnowWhatYouNeed.MP3

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May 16, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: I Know What You Need (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: Lawnmower Man (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

A man has let his lawn grow too long and needs expert help to cut it down. Unknowing he calls a lawn service run by the Pan, the Greek god of fertility, and the result is a gorgeous lawn…and death. What is going on in this story, and how does it tie to the movie about cyberspace? Arnie explains it all in his review of this original Stephen King story, as well as the Marvel Comics adaptation!Hear Arnie’s review of the short story now, then join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob at nowplayingpodcast.com to hear their reviews of the two Lawnmower Man films!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN095-King21-NightShift-LawnmowerMan.MP3

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May 9, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Lawnmower Man (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: Strawberry Spring (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Under the cover of an unseasonable night fog a killer has started preying on the female students at the usually quiet New Sharon Community College. Police, curfews, and student awareness fail to stop the nightly dismemberings. Who is this murderer? Find out in “Strawberry Spring”, Stephen King’s 1968 short story that was collected in the Night Shift collection. Now join Arnie as he reviews this story.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN094-King20-NightShift-StrawberrySpring.MP3

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May 2, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Strawberry Spring (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Why Now is the Time To Order Your Kotobukiya Mara Jade Statue

KTSV96lgNews was revealed last Friday on StarWars.com that the Star Wars Expanded Universe is no longer canonical.  As discussed on the Star Wars Action News podcast covering C2E2 2014, the previous Star Wars continuity is being rebranded “Legends”.  Now a new Star Wars canon begins, with only the six Star Wars films and The Clone Wars TV Series considered gospel.

This turns 23 years of novels, beginning with Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire into an extended “what if” scenario.  Chewbacca was no longer killed by a moon.  Luke was never Lando’s wingman on the latter man’s quest for a wife.  Princess Leia never had three children (two of whom were later killed).

And this also means Luke Skywalker never met, married, and had a child with Mara Jade.  More, Jade never existed.  All the retcons of this Force-strong female working in secret for the Emperor, infiltrating Jabba’s palace, and later murdered by her nephew, are all now an alternate take on what happens in the Star Wars universe.

With this rebranding all future Star Wars fiction, from books to comics to movies to video games, is being monitered by a Lucasfilm Story Group.  Some characters and events can be cherry picked from the “Legends” timeline if future creators wish, but as of today we face a new Star Wars where Mara Jade is not only dead, she never existed at all.

Which is why I placed my order today for the Kotobukiya Mara Jade Bishoujo Statue.  And I highly suggest you do the same.  Plus, if you haven’t already, get Kotobukiya’s first Star Wars Bishoujo statue, Jaina Solo.

I have asked the reps at Kotobukiya about the Mara Jade statue on several occasions, most recently in February at New York Toy Fair 2014.  It was at that event that Hasbro Vice President Daryl DePriest mentioned that his company was no longer allowed by Lucasfilm to make or rerelease characters from the Star Wars Expanded Universe.  Given that stance I have been worried that Kotobukiya’s second Star Wars Bishoujo statue may never see the light of day.

Now scheduled for release within the next 30 days I do now believe Kotobukiya’s Mara Jade will be released.  However, given the character’s deep love in the community (the well-known Star Wars book site Club Jade, is named after her), I now think this statue will sell very quickly.

The Jaina Solo Bishoujo statue sold out from resellers and the price went up considerably on the secondary market.  Realizing the demand for that statue Kotobukiya produced another run and she is now priced at $49.95 shipped on Amazon.

But with the new status quo of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, wiping both of these characters away, I wonder:

1)  Once these statues sell out, would Kotobukiya choose to do another run for a character that’s removed from continuity?

2)  If Kotobukiya chose to make more of these statues, would Lucasfilm allow them to continue to manufacture non-canonical characters? (Especially given that Hasbro cannot?)

3)  If these statues, especially Mara Jade, become as rare and coveted as I expect, what will happen to their prices on the secondary market?

Once before Kotobukiya produced a Bishoujo statue they were not allowed to make another run of–DC Comics’ Catwoman.  That statue, that originally retailed for about $65, is now over $200 on eBay.  I can certainly see a similar fate for Mara Jade.

And that is why I placed my order today, to ensure I received a Mara Jade statue from Kotobukiya’s first shipment, securing her place in my collection.  The Expanded Universe may reboot, but my fandom of those characters continues, and I want them represented in my Star Wars display.

If you are fans of these characters, I suggest you do the same and order your Mara Jade today!

Do you agree? Disagree?  Will you be ordering the Mara Jade?  Let me know in the comments below!

April 28, 2014 Posted by | Books, Movies, News, Podcasts, Star Wars, Star Wars Action News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Why Now is the Time To Order Your Kotobukiya Mara Jade Statue

New Podcast: Trucks (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Five strangers are stranded at a truck stop–the last place they want to be now that all the sixteen wheelers outside have come to life and started driving themselves! How can man survive in a world of machines? Find out in “Trucks”, Stephen King’s short story from the Night Shift collection which the author later made into the film Maximum Overdrive! Now join Arnie as he reviews this story.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN093-King19-NightShift-Trucks.MP3

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April 25, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Trucks (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: Battleground (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

It’s not fun and games when army men come to life to avenge the murder of their maker! This war of toy versus man is the plot of “Battleground”, Stephen King’s short story from the Night Shift collection. Now join Arnie as he reviews this story, as well as it’s television and Russian animated adaptations!Watch the animated Russian adaptation now on YouTube!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN092-King18-NightShift-Battleground.MP3

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April 18, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Battleground (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: Sometimes They Come Back (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

In the 1950s some teenagers killed Jim Norman’s older brother. Now, sixteen years later, Jim is an adult teaching English at a new school. When some of Jim’s good students start dying they are replaced by the ghosts of the murderous boys. “Sometimes They Come Back”, and they want Jim to join them in the grave. It’s a story full of Stephen King connections, from The Shining to It to “The Body. Listen to Arnie as he reviews this short story from the Night Shift collection! Then head to NowPlayingPodcast.com to hear Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob review the movie versions of this story!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN091-King17-NightShift-SometimesTheyComeBack.MP3

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April 11, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Sometimes They Come Back (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: Gray Matter (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

There are some who think no beer is a bad beer, but they haven’t read Stephen King’s short story “Gray Matter.” From the Night Shift collection this tale tells of a man who’s bacteria-laden brewski changes him from a a repulsive human being into a repulsive, slime monster. The premise may be crazy, but is the story fun? Arnie lets you know as he continues reading and reviewing all of Stephen King’s fiction!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN090-King16-NightShift-GrayMatter.MP3

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April 4, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Gray Matter (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: I Am the Doorway (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

An astronaut returned from Venus believes he has been inhabited by homicidal aliens. These aliens have sprouted eyes on the man’s hands, and forced him to kill a local boy. Is the man insane, or is he the doorway for an alien invasion? Find out in “I Am the Doorway”, a short story King originally published in 1971 that was collected and reprinted in the Night Shift anthology. Join Arnie now as he reads and reviews this story, continuing his look at all the Night Shift works!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN089-King15-NightShift-IAmTheDoorway.MP3

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March 27, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: I Am the Doorway (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: Night Surf (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

A superflu nicknamed “Captain Tripps” kills most of the people on Earth. This story tells the tale of a small group of survivors. No, this is not Stephen King’s The Stand, but rather “Night Surf”, a short story King first wrote a decade before that seminal novel. Listen now to find out how the two stories connect, what other Stephen King connections are found, and if “Night Surf” is a story worth reading as Arnie continues his reviews of all the tales from King’s Night Shift anthology.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN088-King14-NightShift-NightSurf.MP3

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March 20, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Night Surf (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: The Mangler (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Have you ever worked on your computer, your lawnmower, or your car and felt that the damned machine is out to get you? That perhaps a demonic spirit has taken hold of the device, giving it an evil intent? Put that feeling towards a 30-foot industrial laundry press and the result is “The Mangler”, Stephen King’s short story about such a machine that “tasted blood and found it liked it.” In this Books & Nachos podcast Arnie reviews this short story from King’s Night Shift collection. Then hear his, Stuart’s, and Jakob’s review of “The Mangler” movie adaptation at NowPlayingPodcast.com!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN087-King13-NightShift-TheMangler.MP3

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March 13, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Mangler (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: Graveyard Shift (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Hall is a drifter who has taken a night job at the Gates Falls mill for the summer. It seems like an easy gig, but with the numerous rats and the annoying foreman it may push Hall too far. Monsters, both human and not, await in Stephen King’s 1970 short story “Graveyard Shift”, collected in King’s Night Shift anthology. Arnie reviews the original short story on this episode of Books & Nachos. Then hear his, Stuart’s, and Jakob’s review of the “Graveyard Shift” movie adaptation at NowPlayingPodcast.com!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN086-King12-NightShift-GraveyardShift.MP3

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March 6, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Graveyard Shift (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: Quitters Inc. (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Dick Morrison has to quit smoking. He may not want to quit smoking, but after signing up for the cessation program run by a group of mobsters under the name Quitters, Inc. Dick knows that another cigarette means physical torture for his wife and son. Adapted to film as a memorable part of the Cat’s Eye anthology, Arnie reviews the original short story on this episode of Books & Nachos. Then hear his, Stuart’s, and Jakob’s review of Cat’s Eye anthology film, at NowPlayingPodcast.com!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN085-King11-NightShift-QuittersInc.MP3

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February 27, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Quitters Inc. (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: The Ledge (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Would you rather go to jail and never again see the woman you love, or walk along a 42nd story ledge that is only five inches wide? That is the choice tennis pro Stan Norris must make in “The Ledge.” This Stephen King short story was first published in 1973 and collected in 1978’s Night Shift. Join Arnie on this Books & Nachos analysis of the short, then hear his, Stuart’s, and Jakob’s review of the film adaptation, part of the Cat’s Eye anthology film, at NowPlayingPodcast.com!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN084-King10-NightShift-TheLedge.MP3

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February 20, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Ledge (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: The Boogeyman (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

A man goes to a psychiatrist claiming he killed all three of his children, but not through direct action but rather inaction–failure to stop The Boogeyman. Is the man insane, or is there a monster waiting for him in the closet? This Stephen King short story was first published in 1973 and collected in 1978’s Night Shift. Join Arnie on this Books & Nachos analysis of the short, then hear his, Stuart’s, and Jakob’s review of the “Dollar Baby” film adaptation at NowPlayingPodcast.com

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN083-King09-NightShift-TheBoogeyman.MP3

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February 13, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Boogeyman (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: The Woman in the Room (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

A woman lays in her hospital bed, dying of cancer. Her son, John, sits next to her, a bottle of painkillers in his pocket, thinking of ending her suffering forever. “The Woman in the Room” is a very different type of story than Stephen King’s fans would have come to expect when first printed in the 1978 short story collection Night Shift, and it is the tale Arnie is reviewing on this episode of Books & Nachos. Listen to find out if this change of pace is a welcome one, then join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob at NowPlayingPodcast.com as they review Frank Darabont’s “Dollar Baby” film adaptation of the story.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN082-King08-NightShift-TheWomanintheRoom.MP3

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February 6, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Woman in the Room (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: Rage by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)

Author Stephen King, feeling stifled by Doubleday’s mandate that he not publish more than one novel per year, made an agreement where he could publish novels under a pseudonym–Richard Bachman. In 1977 the first book under that assumed name was released — Rage. Started by King while still in high school, this tale of a teenage gunman taking his class hostage has inspired at least four real-life shooting situations and has been pulled from print. Now Arnie continues his look back at all of King’s works with a review of Rage, discussing its impact on real world violence, analyzing King’s decision to take on an assumed name, and asking if this book deserves to be kept in King’s bibliography.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN081-King07-Rage.MP3

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January 31, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Rage by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)

New Podcast: Frank Miller’s Robocop

Spoiler Alert! This podcast discusses many key elements of Frank Miller’s Robocop comic series.

Despite being a credited writer on Robocop 2 Frank Miller was unhappy with the final product, feeling the film failed to capture his vision. With Robocop 2 being a critical disappointment Miller’s original script became a thing of legend. Finally in 2003 Miller gave fans an insight into what could have been with Frank Miller’s Robocop–a comic book series based on his original ideas for Robocop 2. How does it compare to the theatrical release, and was Miller’s original idea better? Join Arnie and Jakob in this episode of Books & Nachos to find out, then join them at NowPlayingPodcast.com to hear their reviews of all the Robocop films!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN080%20-%20Frank%20Millers%20Robocop.MP3

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January 23, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Frank Miller’s Robocop

New Podcast: The Wolf of Wall Street and Catching the Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

Jordan Belfort made headlines in the 1990s, first for his unusual start-up stock trading firm, then for his illegal stock manipulation practices. But that media attention is nothing compared to the spotlight being shone on this white-collar criminal with the release of Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street. Now Stuart in LA has read Belfort’s two autobiographies, The Wolf of Wall Street and Catching the Wolf of Wall Street to read the story in the salesman’s own words. Hear Stuart’s thoughts on the book in this podcast!

And join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob at nowplayingpodcast.com to hear their review of the movie adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN079-WolfofWallStreet.MP3

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January 7, 2014 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Wolf of Wall Street and Catching the Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

Press Release: Marvel to Publish Star Wars Comics & Graphic Novels

UPDATE 12:16PM CST:  Dark Horse has released their own Press Release.  It is printed below the Marvel Press Release.

Graphics added by Venganza Media; not part of original press releases.
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Marvel Press Release:

DISNEY’S LUCASFILM AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES TO PUBLISH STAR WARS™ COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

Jedi, Sith, and the rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 3, 2014) – The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new Star Wars adventures to readers across the galaxy, with Marvel granted exclusive rights to create and publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015.

The agreement marks a homecoming for the Star Wars comic books. Marvel Comics published the first Star Wars comic book, Star Wars #1, in March 1977, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies. Marvel Comics published its Star Wars series for nine years. In 1991, Dark Horse Comics took over the license, publishing fan-favorite titles like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. Last year, Dark Horse released The Star Wars #1, an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay for the film, garnering rave reviews and national media attention and ranking among the top-selling Star Wars comics of all time.

“Dark Horse Comics published exceptional Star Wars comics for over 20 years, and we will always be grateful for their enormous contributions to the mythos, and the terrific partnership that we had,” said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide.  “In 2015, the cosmic adventures of Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca will make the lightspeed jump back to Marvel, to begin a new age of adventures within the Star Wars universe.”

“We here at Marvel could not be more excited to continue the publication of Star Wars comic books and graphic novels,” said Marvel Worldwide Publisher and President, Dan Buckley. “The perennial brand of Star Wars is one of the most iconic in entertainment history and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring our creative talent pool to continue, and expand Star Wars into galaxies far, far away.”

“We’re incredibly excited by this next chapter in the Star Wars saga,” said Andrew B. Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Bringing together the iconic Lucasfilm and Marvel brands to tell new stories will allow us to continue to thrill lovers of the original Star Wars comic books and entertain generations to come.”

Marvel has continued to push comic book publishing forward with innovations and experiments like motion comics and digital-only releases, in addition to its deep, ongoing catalog of monthly series and graphic novels created by some of the industry’s most gifted artists and writers.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks in the United States and/or in other countries of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit marvel.com.

 

About Lucasfilm Ltd.

Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production.  In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises.   Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

 

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks in the United States and/or in other countries of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

 

About Disney Publishing Worldwide

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney Book Group in the U.S. and Disney Libri in Italy. DPW publishes a range of children’s magazines globally, as well as Disney kids magazines in the U.S. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, which includes Disney English learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. DPW’s digital products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com.

 

Dark Horse Press Release:

 

The End of an Era

All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.

For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.

Mike Richardson

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Geof Darrow, Guillermo Del Toro and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties such as The MaskGhost, Captain Midnight, and X. Its successful line of comics, books, and products based on popular properties includes Star WarsMass Effect, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanAvatar: The Last AirbenderHaloSerenityThe Legend of Zelda, Game of Thronesand Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

January 3, 2014 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Marvelicious Toys, Movies, News, Podcasts, Star Wars Action News | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Press Release: Marvel to Publish Star Wars Comics & Graphic Novels

New Podcast: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Dan Torrance was just five years old when he survived the ghostly attacks of his drunken father at The Overlook Hotel. But for 36 years fans have wondered what happened to Dan, a powerful psychic, after The Shining ended. Now Stephen King answers that question with Doctor Sleep, a book that tells of Dan as a 40 year old recovered alcoholic. When a group of psychic vampires go after a young girl with mental powers Dan has to once again stand up to the powers of darkness.Could any novel live up to readers’ memories of The Shining? And if so, does Doctor Sleep deliver those same thrills and drama? Join Arnie as he reviews King’s latest novel to find out!And join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob at http://nowplayingpodcast.com to hear their reviews of both the theatrical and TV adaptations of The Shining!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN078-King06-DoctorSleep.MP3

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December 13, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

New Podcast: The Shining by Stephen King

Do you know Stephen King’s The Shining? You may think you do–iconography from King’s third book litters American pop culture. The Overlook Hotel. Redrum. Jack Torrance, who’s always been the caretaker of the hotel. It was King’s first bestselling hardcover novel and famously adapted by Stanley Kubrick to film–but if you only know The Shining from the movie you are missing out! King’s book is a study of paternal relationships, alcoholism, and the nature of fatherhood. Plus there’s also ghosts, murderers, and a little psychic boy.

Now, continuing his Stephen King review series Arnie is back with his spoiler-free analysis of King’s story of a haunted hotel. Also in this podcast Arnie reviews “Before the Play”–The Shining’s rare, uncollected prologue, cut from the final novel.

And join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob at nowplayingpodcast.com to hear their reviews of both the movie and TV adaptations of The Shining!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN077-King05-TheShining.MP3

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December 9, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Shining by Stephen King

New Podcast: Jersulam’s Lot (from the Night Shift Collection) by Stephen King

Stephen King’s “Jerusalem’s Lot” tells the story of Charles Boone and his servant Calvin. In 1850 the two men move to Preacher’s Corners, Maine where they stay at a large house left to Charles by his estranged cousin. The townspeople feel the two men must be mad to stay in the haunted mansion, and crazier still to set foot in the nearby ghost town of Jerusalem’s Lot. What the two men discover will reveal secrets from Boone’s family history as well as the evil that consumed ‘Salem’s Lot.

This short story, first published as the lead tale in Stephen King’s Night Shift collection, was sold as an earlier tale from the town of Jerusalem’s Lot–the location of King’s ‘Salem’s Lot. The story is now appended to paperback and eBook versions of that bestselling vampire novel. How does it tie into the longer book, and is it required reading for King fans? Listen to Arnie’s review to find out in this podcast continuing our Stephen King series!

And join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob at nowplayingpodcast.com to hear their reviews of the three ‘Salem’s Lot TV and movie adaptations!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN076-King04-NightShift-JerusalemsLot.MP3

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December 2, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Jersulam’s Lot (from the Night Shift Collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: One For the Road (from the Night Shift Collection) by Stephen King

Some questions lingered when Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot ended. Were all the vampires killed? Due to the success of the novel, and to help publicize the paperback edition of the book, the author returned to the Maine town of Jerusalem’s Lot for his short story “One For the Road.” Taking place several years after vampires first settled in Maine, King tells the story of three men who must venture into the ghost town to rescue a stranded woman and child.

The story was first published in Maine Magazine, then reprinted in Stephen King’s first short story collection Night Shift, and is now appended to paperback and eBook versions of ‘Salem’s Lot. What happened in the story and is it worth the quick read? Listen to Arnie’s review to find out in this podcast continuing our Stephen King series!

And join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob at nowplayingpodcast.com to hear their reviews of the three ‘Salem’s Lot TV and movie adaptations!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN075-King03-NightShift-OneForTheRoad.MP3

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November 25, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: One For the Road (from the Night Shift Collection) by Stephen King

New Podcast: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

“What would happen if Dracula came to America today?” With that conversational inquiry Stephen King was inspired to write the novel ‘Salem’s Lot. King’s second published book, ‘Salem’s Lot was a bestseller, cementing King’s reputation among horror fans. The books’ success then translated to a television mini-series directed by Tobe Hooper.

‘Salem’s Lot is almost 40 years old but thanks to Twilight vampire fiction is more popular than ever. With all that has come in between, does King’s vampire story still have bite or does it just suck? Listen to Arnie’s review to find out as he analyzes the themes of King’s book and investigates how this plot resembles some of King’s other fiction. Even included in this show is analysis of the cut passages from ‘Salem’s Lot, published in the book’s 30th Anniversary Edition, as well as the 1995 BBC Radio Drama adaptation. All in this podcast continuing our Stephen King series!

And join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob at nowplayingpodcast.com to hear their reviews of the three ‘Salem’s Lot TV and movie adaptations!

Download the ‘Salem’s Lot BBC Radio Drama from Tales of Horror Podcast

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN074-King02-SalemsLot.MP3

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November 18, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

New Podcast: Murder and Other Distractions by Michael Estrin

Ethan’s life is a bit of a mess. He spends his time in a toxic, casual relationship, smoking weed and coasting through his job, all the while pining for The Girl Who Got Away. But when that girl is murdered, Ethan is the top suspect. Part murder mystery, part comedy, Murder and Other Distractions is a short novel by Michael Estrin. Listen to Steve’s review to find out if this is a Distraction worth your time!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN073-MurderandDistractions.MP3

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November 13, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Murder and Other Distractions by Michael Estrin

New Podcast: Dracula by Bram Stoker

For over 100 years we have lived among the vampires. Werewolves, ghosts, and serial killers have all popped up, but the vampire has been the monster to beat. From hit books like the Twilight series and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles to movies like Underworld and Fright Night to comics like 30 Days of Night and Blade to television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and True Blood, the creatures of the night are among us. But it all started with one vampire and the imagination of Bram Stoker. Now, as Arnie prepares to read Stephen King’s book Salem’s Lot, he goes back to the source to review Dracula–the original vampire tale. Join him on this Halloween to find out if this is a book with bite, or if it just sucks!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN072-Dracula.MP3

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October 31, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Dracula by Bram Stoker

New Podcast: Psycho House by Robert Bloch

The same year that Psycho IV premiered on Showtime, original Psycho author Robert Bloch also returned to the Bates Motel with his third and final book in that series — Psycho House! With the Bates Motel turned into a tourist attraction it seems Norman’s crimes have been commercialized…until another girl is murdered. With Norman out of the picture, who is the killer now? Listen as Stuart takes you inside the House in his final review of Bloch’s Psycho book trilogy!! Take a listen, then go to Now Playing Podcast before October 31, 2013 to donate to our shows and hear the movie reviews!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN071-PsychoHouse.MP3

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October 24, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Psycho House by Robert Bloch

New Podcast: Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie is the tale of a telekinetic teenage outcast, was phenomenal success for any book, let alone the first-published work of a new author. It’s film rights were pursued by Brian De Palma and the paperback sold a million copies. But such is the legacy of Stephen King, a man who’s words spark imagination and bring even non-readers into bookstores.

As a new film based on Carrie is released in theaters Arnie begins this Books & Nachos podcast retrospective looking back on all King’s published works. In this episode he reviews Carrie in light of King’s later works, examining the themes, character types, and plot devices King would return to again and again.

The new movie’s ads say “You Will Know Her Name” but will you know the whole story? Listen to this episode of Books & Nachos to find out!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN070-King01-Carrie.MP3

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September 30, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Carrie by Stephen King

New Podcast: Psycho II by Robert Bloch

Hitchcock’s Psycho became such a phenomenal success that it all but obscured the novel on which it was based. But in 1982 original Psycho author Robert Bloch returned to Norman Bates in his novel Psycho II. Completely unrelated to the 1983 film of the same name, Bloch’s book tells of a movie studio adapting Norman Bates’ story to the big screen. When Norman hears about this he is none too happy and he goes to Hollywood. Now Stuart reads and reviews Bloch’s original continuation of Bates’ story as he continues to read the Psycho novels while at Now Playing Podcast he, Arnie, and Brock review the Psycho films! Those movie reviews are Now Playing’s limited-availability Fall 2013 Gold Donation Series, but here, unlimited, you can hear Stuart’s thoughts on the book! Take a listen, then go to Now Playing Podcast before October 31, 2013 to hear the movie reviews!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN069-Psycho2.MP3

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September 26, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Psycho II by Robert Bloch

New Podcast: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Psycho. The word evokes common images, all black and white from the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. The film is such an acclaimed success that for many it obscures the fact that before Norman Bates was on the big screen he was first on the page, in Robert Bloch’s original novel Psycho. Now Stuart, Arnie, and Brock are reviewing all the Psycho movies as part of Now Playing’s limited-availability Fall 2013 Gold Donation Series, but here, unlimited, you can hear Stuart’s thoughts on the original book! Take a listen, then go to Now Playing Podcast before October 31, 2013 to hear the thoughts on the film!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN068-PSYCHO.MP3

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September 19, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Psycho by Robert Bloch

New Podcast: World War Z by Max Brooks

This week the movie World War Z arrives in theaters starring Brad Pitt as an investigator traveling the world during a massive zombie outbreak. The film shares the title with the best selling book by Max Brooks, but fans of the book claim the movie has little resemblance to their beloved story. The movie will be reviewed at Now Playing Podcast but first Stuart has read and now reviews the source material!

After you listen to his review, head to NowPlayingPodcast.com and find out how to hear their World War Z movie review, only available until June 30, 2013!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN067-WWZ.MP3

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June 21, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: World War Z by Max Brooks

New Podcast: Return of the Living Dead by John Russo

Return of the Living Dead is best known for being a 1985 horror-comedy film that is both a sequel to and a spoof of George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. However, few know of the messy history behind the film, and that it originally started off as a novel written by Night of the Living Dead co-writer John Russo and released in 1977. A straight follow-up to Romero’s original film, Russo’s novel bears little resemblance to the film that would follow 8 years later. But now as part of Now Playing’s Return of the Living Dead bonus retrospective series Stuart in LA reads and reviews the original novel and tells how this book became the 1985 cult classic!

After you listen to his review, head to NowPlayingPodcast.com and find out how to hear their Return of the Living Dead movie review series, only available until June 30, 2013!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN066-ROTLD.MP3

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May 3, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Return of the Living Dead by John Russo

New Podcast: New Avengers: Breakout Prose Novel by Alisa Kwitney

Continuing the look at the new series of Marvel Comics prose novels that adapt popular comic arcs into novel form Arnie is back this week to review New Avengers: Breakout by Alisa Kwitney. The original story was told by Brian Michael Bendis in the 2005 New Avengers comics. This novel changes the story considerably making two characters not in Bendis’ comics– Hawkeye and the Black Widow — the main characters. Listen to Arnie’s review to find out if these reviews are for better or for worse.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN065-MarvelProseNewAvengersBreakout.mp3

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April 17, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: New Avengers: Breakout Prose Novel by Alisa Kwitney

New Podcast: Astonishing X-Men: Gifted Prose Novel by Peter David

Next Tuesday the fourth book in Marvel Comics new prose novel series is being released–Iron Man: Extremis by Marie Javins. This wraps up the four novel series announced by Marvel back in 2012. To commemorate the conclusion of this book series, Arnie is back to continue his reviews of these Marvel Comics novelizations of successful comic arcs. This week Arnie is reviewing Astonishing X-Men: Gifted, written by longtime Marvel Comics scribe Peter David, based on the comic series by Joss Whedon.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN064-MarvelProseAstonishingXMenGifted.mp3

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April 12, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Astonishing X-Men: Gifted Prose Novel by Peter David

New Podcast: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell

Even if you don’t know the name Bruce Campbell the odds are you’ve seen him in television shows and movies. Currently a star of Burn Notice, Campbell has been featured in the Hercules and Xena television shows, as well as films like Maniac Cop, Escape from L.A., The Hudsucker Proxy, The Majestic, and all three Spider-Man films. But for all his work, Campbell is perhaps best known for his role of Ash in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films. As today the remake of Evil Dead is being released, Arnie takes this opportunity to revisit Campbell’s 2001 autobiography for the insights it gives on the actor and his films.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN063-IfChinsCouldKill.mp3

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April 5, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell

New Podcast: Marvel’s Civil War Prose Novel by Stuart Moore

Last year Marvel Comics started a new prose novel line adapting popular comic book story arcs to long fiction form. Now Arnie is reviewing all four of these novelized comic book stories, starting with the first book — Civil War. The Civil War comic books of 2006 and 2007 was a best-selling event, spanning over 100 comics and topping sales charts. Now author Stuart Moore is taking this expansive story and compressing it into a 350 page book. Join Arnie as he contrasts the novel with its comic book counterpart, and find out if Civil War is worth a read!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN062-MarvelProseCivilWar.mp3

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March 27, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Marvel’s Civil War Prose Novel by Stuart Moore

New Podcast: Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Garth Ennis

After reviewing the Keanu Reeves film Constantine, based on DC’s Hellblazer comics, hosts Arnie and Jakob turn to the source material on which the movie was based. In their second podcast looking at John Constantine in comics, they discuss Original Sins, Garth Ennis’ first American comic book writing and one of the most acclaimed Hellblazer storylines.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN061-HellBlazer02-DangerousHabits.mp3

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March 8, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Garth Ennis

New Podcast: Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano

Jakob and Arnie have returned to Books & Nachos to review more DC comics graphic novels. On Tuesday they reviewed the Keanu Reeves film Constantine, based on DC’s Hellblazer comics. Now they turn to the source material, reading and reviewing Original Sins, a graphic novel compiling Hellblazer issues 1 through 9.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN060-HellBlazer01-OriginalSins.mp3

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March 6, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano

New Podcast: 58 Minutes by Walter Wager

The original Die Hard movie was based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. But as Thorp’s novel had no sequel, 20th Century Fox had no road map for where to take John McClane in the sequel Die Hard 2. Instead, the studio and screenwriters took Walter Wager’s 1987 novel 58 Minutes about an NYPD officer who has to fight off terrorists at JFK airport. What other changes are there between the book and the film, and is the book worth your time? Spend 14 minutes listening to Stuart’s review to find out!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN059-DieHard3-58Minutes.mp3

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January 31, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: 58 Minutes by Walter Wager

New Podcast: Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Die Hard is based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. The novel was a sequel to The Detective, and starred an old police detective named Joe Leland. The movie made the hero younger and changed his name to John McClane. What other changes are there between the book and the film, and is the book worth a read? Listen to find out!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN058-DieHard2-NothingLastsForever.mp3

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January 24, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

New Podcast: The Detective by Roderick Thorp

Die Hard is based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. But Nothing Lasts Forever was itself a sequel to The Detective, a story of a police detective in the 1960s. That detective is Joe Leland, who would take his place in cinema history once renamed John McClane. Now our own reviewer Stuart investigates the literary history of the action movie character. Does he detect a good novel? Listen to find out!

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN057-DieHard1-TheDetective.mp3

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January 17, 2013 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Detective by Roderick Thorp

New Podcast: Octopussy by Ian Fleming

Brock is back to review the final Ian Fleming James Bond short story from the Octopussy and The Living Daylights collection. As part of James Bond’s 50th Anniversary, the podcast Now Playing is reviewing all of the James Bond films and we at Books & Nachos are looking at all of Fleming’s original Bond novels and short stories. So join us as we complete this look with our final review, discussing the short story Octopussy.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN056-Bond18-Octopussy.mp3

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November 30, 2012 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Octopussy by Ian Fleming

New Podcast: The Man With the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

James Bond was presumed dead after the Blofeld trilogy ends, and before Fleming could revive the spy that brought him fame the author himself died. Published posthumously, The Man With the Golden is Fleming’s final Bond novel, and Stuart is back to review it, continuing Books & Nachos’ reviews of Ian Fleming’s original James Bond prose stories. As part of James Bond’s 50th Anniversary, the podcast Now Playing is reviewing all of the James Bond films and we at Books & Nachos are looking at all of Fleming’s original Bond novels and short stories. In this podcast, join Stuart as he reviews The Man With the Golden Gun.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN055-Bond17-ManWithGoldenGun.mp3

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November 23, 2012 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: The Man With the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

New Podcast: You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming

Brock is back to complete Books & Nachos’ reviews of Ian Fleming’s original James Bond prose stories, this time looking at the final book in the so-called Blofeld trilogy of novels. As part of James Bond’s 50th Anniversary, the podcast Now Playing is reviewing all of the James Bond films and we at Books & Nachos are looking at all of Fleming’s original Bond novels and short stories. In this podcast, join Brock as he reviews You Only Live Twice.

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN054-Bond16-YouOnlyLiveTwice.mp3

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November 16, 2012 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming

New Podcast: Property of a Lady and 007 in New York by Ian Fleming

Brock goes back to the last Ian Fleming James Bond book ever released to review two more short stories from the Octopussy and The Living Daylights collection. As part of James Bond’s 50th Anniversary, the podcast Now Playing is reviewing all of the James Bond films and we at Books & Nachos are looking at all of Fleming’s original Bond novels and short stories. So make a plate of scrambled eggs and take a listen to Brock as he reviews Property of a Lady and 007 in New York

Listen Now: http://www.booksandnachos.com/Podcasts/BN053-Bond15-PropertyNewYork.mp3

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November 9, 2012 Posted by | Books, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on New Podcast: Property of a Lady and 007 in New York by Ian Fleming