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Star Wars Collecting Sites Join Forces for Star Wars Celebration Patch Giveaway

Star Wars Collecting Fan Sites and Podcasts have again combined Forces at 2017’s Star Wars Celebration Orlando! Visit the Celebration Collecting Track Social Lounge (Room W305) to meet  the faces…

On Oscar eve, Now Playing Podcast hosts name their Best Picture picks

Oscar nominations aren't everything. The Now Playing Podcast hosts made some Best Picture picks that you should check out. …

Why ‘Jason Takes Manhattan’ was Now Playing Podcast’s toughest show

On the eighth anniversary of the Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan review, host Arnie Carvalho reflects on the behind-the-scenes craziness that listeners never heard on the air.…

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Can Alice defeat the big boss and give the "Resident Evil" series a fitting ending--or do our hosts just want to hit the "reset" button and start the game over?…

Now Playing Podcast Q&A: ‘Twin Peaking,’ Podbean, and More

The launch of Now Playing Podcast’s Podbean support page has given listeners something many have been demanding for years: access to the show’s celebrated bonus episodes, which had previously been…

Deadpool, Disney, and Teen Titans in Upcoming Monogram International Blind Bagged Key Chains

Monogram International continues its blind-bagged key chain collections in 2017.   Scheduled for release are Lilo & Stitch, Invader Zim, and Teen Titans Go! Collections. Plus there will be continuing series…

Vestron’s Wishmaster Collection Arrives on Blu-ray 3/28

Street Date: 03/28/17 Blu-ray™ SRP: $49.99   ​    Your wish has come true with the Vestron Video Collector’s Series upcoming release of the Wishmaster Collection, a must-have for cult classic…

Arcana and Shout! Factory announce HP LOVECRAFT AND THE UNDERSEA KINGDOM

Pop Culture Icons Mark Hamill, Jeffrey Combs, Christopher Plummer and Doug Bradley Lead All-Star Voice Cast for the Next Installment of Howard Lovecraft Animated Film Series Vancouver, B.C. and Los…

Now Playing Podcast hosts reflect on ‘Friday the 13th’ series

This week in 2009, the first episode in Now Playing Podcast's "Friday the 13th" retrospective series aired. On the eighth anniversary, the hosts recall that early experiment in podcasting, and…

MARVEL STUDIOS DOCTOR STRANGE on Digital HD Feb. 14 and Blu-ray Feb. 28

BRING HOME THE MYSTIFYING, MIND-BENDING JOURNEY   MARVEL STUDIOS’ “DOCTOR STRANGE”   on Digital HD Feb. 14 and Blu-ray™ Feb. 28   Own the critically acclaimed blockbuster with 80+ minutes…

Child’s Play 3

Andy Barclay has joined a military base, so it's time for Chucky to be doll that he can be, in Child's Play 3! Is the third-time the charm for our…

Child’s Play

Listen as Arnie, Stuart, and Brock do the voodoo that they do so well and review this 80's classic slasher film!…

The 10 Best Movies of the Year (and the 1 Worst)

Resident Evil

The movie was a success and launched the longest-running video game movie franchise. But is this a movie you want to watch, or just play? Join Justin, Stuart, and Arnie…

Beyond Re-Animator

Like one of Herbert West’s patients, the Re-Animator series often seems dead and lifeless, but then it springs back up ready for mayhem. Such is the case with Beyond Re-Animator,…

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Fans of Star Wars comics, books, video games, and cartoons have long known the universe is ripe for adventures outside of the Skywalker family tree. But with Rogue One this…

Bride of Re-Animator

Bride of Re-Animator

Jeffrey Combs is back to raise the dead again in Bride of Re-Animator. His character Dr. Herbert West, along with several supporting characters, returned to Arkham for this body-bending sequel.…

Children of Dune

Children of Dune

The original Dune mini-series broke Sci-Fi channel records for viewing. Three years later they attempted to hit that same peak with the sequel Children of Dune. Combining the stories of…

Re-Animator

Re-Animator

In 1985 slasher films were the bread and butter of horror. That all changed with Re-Animator–a crazy, gory, wild zombie film that delivered splatter and humor in equal measure. Loosely…

Hot Toys is SNEAKY with their very limited new Iron Man figure!

  With its built-in cloaking system, the Mark XV “Sneaky” armor is among the most unique armors in Tony Stark’s “House Party Protocol” in Iron Man 3. Today Sideshow has…

Chopping Mall — Interviews with director Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell

Chopping Mall — Interviews with director Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell

In this holiday season you can head to your local Chopping Mall to pick up the new Blu-Ray release of this 1986 horror cult classic. A brand new transfer and…

Dune (2000)

Dune (2000)

The Dune novels have built a universe full of history and lore. So many details and characters exit that it seemed even David Lynch had trouble squeezing Frank Herbert’s original…

From Beyond

From Beyond

After 1985’s Re-Animator was a critical and financial success the cast and crew reunited to adapt another Lovecraft story–From Beyond. But with Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna at the helm…

Dune (1984)

Dune (1984)

Frank Herbert’s novel Dune had a long path from the novel to film. After a series of false starts it finally hit theaters in 1984 directed by Oscar nominated director…

Trick Or Treat

Trick Or Treat

Believe it or not, there was a time when heavy metal music was frightening! Politicians and religious figures banded together to save the youth from the satanic forces of rock.…

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

As the school year ended in 1986 John Hughes gave the world a film honoring playing hooky — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. On the surface this is a fluffy comedy…

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

I am not an animal! I am a human being! That quote from David Lynch’s The Elephant Man has become part of the American lexicon, quoted in literally hundreds of…

Kristy Swanson Signed Our ‘Deadly Friend’ DVD and You Could Win It!

Kristy Swanson proved she's also a friend of Now Playing Podcast by signing our "Deadly Friend" DVD at Days of the Dead Chicago, and now it could be yours!…

Deadly Friend – Support Now Playing and get this bonus review!

Deadly Friend – Support Now Playing and get this bonus review!

By 1986 Wes Craven had been making horror films for more than a decade. After the instant success of his signature film A Nightmare on Elm Street he was able…

Eraserhead

Eraserhead

David Lynch is a popular director of such films as The Elephant Man, Dune, Wild at Heart and Mulholland Drive. And he became a household name with his 1990 TV…

The Fly II

The Fly II

David Cronenberg is a hard act to follow. He is a cult filmmaker with an undeniably unique visual style. So without the director returning to the franchise, it’s unlikely 1989’s…

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

Fourteen movies into the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes the Strangest movie yet – Doctor Strange. This film eschews all the other movies’ science fiction basis to bring that magic feeling…

The Fly (1986)

The Fly (1986)

It’s rare for a remake to eclipse the original’s popularity. However, David Cronenberg’s reimagining of The Fly has done that. When people think of The Fly they are more likely…

Blair Witch Arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand on January 3

You heard Now Playing Podcast’s review of the film, now you can pre-order it on Blu-ray!   There’s Something Evil Hiding in These Woods     The Sequel to the…

Rob Zombie’s 31

Rob Zombie’s 31

After swearing he was done with horror movies, director Rob Zombie scared up some crowd-funded money to make a tale of Halloween murder– 31. Featuring a group of carnies trapped…

Sinister 2

Sinister 2

It took three years for Blumhouse to scare up a sequel to Sinister. Original creator Scott Derrickson had moved on to make Dr. Strange, but he returned to co-write and…

Vamp – A Podcast Preview

Vamp – A Podcast Preview

In a time where vampire films were plentiful, including The Lost Boys, Fright Night, and many more, Vamp stood alone. With its striking visual style, a focus on humor over…

Pet Sematary Two

Pet Sematary Two

The Pet Sematary series returned from the grave in 1992. The three years in the ground (or the video stores) did it no favors as the return looked little like…

Sinister

Sinister

One of the most acclaimed horror films of this decade was Sinister. On the surface this Blumhouse production seems little different than many haunted house films like Paranormal Activity and…

April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day

After Friday the 13th, Halloween, Black Christmas, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Evil, Silent Night Deadly Night, and so many more calendar themed slashers comes…April Fool’s Day! On this…

Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

In 1983 King published Pet Sematary – the book he dubbed to scary to print, with a title too difficult to spell. The book was a smash success. Six years…

Chopping Mall – A Podcast Preview

Chopping Mall – A Podcast Preview

In the ’80s every teen wanted to hang out at the mall, often getting into trouble. But when a group of employees decide to party in the mall after hours…

Christine

Christine

By 1983 Stephen King had been christened the “King of Horror”, his every book a bestseller, and his three films hits. John Carpenter was an acclaimed horror director who created…

Original Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Ghostbusters Production Materials to be Auctioned

Prop Store – one of the world’s leading film and TV memorabilia companies is to hold an exclusive online auction of puppets, models, artwork and production materials from the career…

House

House

The movie House may be more remembered for its art — a ghoulish hand reaching for a doorbell — than for its plot. But if you opened that door you…

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

From the minds of Stephen King and George Romero comes Tales from the Darkside: The Movie…a horror anthology like no other. Well, scratch that, it’s like several others–including Romero’s own…

The Hitcher (1986)

The Hitcher (1986)

In The Hitcher C. Thomas Howell is a young man driving cross country. To stay awake he picks up a hitchhiker on the freeway…and it’s a mistake he may not…

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

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…

Creepshow 3

Creepshow 3

Nearly 20 years after the last Creepshow left theaters a third installment creeped onto video shelves. Five more tales of terror await, but now they are all intertwined with crossover…

Curse of the Fly

Curse of the Fly

In 1965 20th Century Fox released a third (and final) sequel to the original The Fly. A radical departure from the previous films, Curse of the Fly had no Vincent…

Hasbro Announces Star Wars Rogue One Exclusive Toys for 2016

Hasbro’s new Star Wars toys, tying into the new movie Rogue One, will hit store shelves on Sep 30th.  Today Hasbro announced what exclusive toys will be released the 30th or…

Blair Witch

Blair Witch

The studio made it in secret. No one knew that Adam Wingard’s new horror film The Woods was actually the third installment of the Blair Witch film series. This one…

Return of the Fly

Return of the Fly

Less than a year after audiences were terrified by The Fly came its fast-tracked sequel. The plot is the same, but the cast is almost entirely different–only Vincent Price returned…

Oh Yeah, Now Playing Podcast Reviewed ‘Ferris Bueller’s’ 30th Anniversary Soundtrack

Now Playing Podcast talks with the producers of the official 30th anniversary "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" soundtrack. …

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 30th Anniversary Soundtrack

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 30th Anniversary Soundtrack

When you think of Ferris Bueller what comes to mind? Is it “Oh Yeah”? Or perhaps the Star Wars theme playing while Cameron’s Ferrari shot above the city streets. And…

Creepshow 2

Creepshow 2

Five years after Stephen King and George Romero revived the horror anthology with Creepshow, New World Pictures released the sequel. The poster looked the same, but there was a new…

The Fly (1958) – A Podcast Preview

The Fly (1958) – A Podcast Preview

From the pages of Playboy magazine sprung a horror classic–The Fly! In 1958 this sci-fi fright film scared audience members while also scaring up big money for the studio, all…

Pre-Order Marvel Exclusives! One:12 Shadowland Daredevil and Sideshow’s Wolverine/Hulk Maquette plus X-Men Legends

A couple exclusive Marvel collectibles have gone up for order in the past couple das, and collectors should act fast if they want these items! First, from Mezco’s One:12 line…

Creepshow

Creepshow

Stephen King was a master of written horror, and George Romero a master of cinematic scares. And in 1982 those two combined forces to bring you Creepshow — five tales…

Stand by Me

Stand by Me

They didn’t market Stand by Me as a Stephen King film. In 1986 a period piece drama didn’t fit with King’s history of films, including axe murderers, ghosts, zombies, vampires,…

Apt Pupil

Apt Pupil

A Nazi in hiding is uncovered by a suburban boy, and the result is blackmail and bloodshed. That is the story of Apt Pupil, Bryan Singer’s directorial follow-up to his…

Amazon puts Star Wars: Rogue One figures up for pre-order

Didn’t expect this today! Amazon.com has put up for order a ton of new Hasbro figure for Rogue one!  Plus other new figures that will be shipping around this new…

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption has been voted the #1 movie of all time by IMDB.com users. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best…

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad

Earlier this year DC brought Batman back to the big screen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now it’s time for his nemesis to get the spotlight. Suicide Squad…

NOW LIVE – Hasbro’s SDCC 2016 Exclusive Toys

Up for order right now are Hasbro’s 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive toys! If you want them, read the rest of this article later.  Go now to Hasbro’s order page and…

Batman: Assault on Arkham is the Original Suicide Squad!

NOTE:  Now Playing Podcast and La La Land Records are giving away 5 copies of The Killing Joke limited CD Soundtrack. Follow @nowplayingpod on Twitter and retweet their pinned tweet to enter!…

Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne

It’s been nine years since Matt Damon last played Jason Bourne. But now he is back, ready to uncover new secrets about Treadstone and what turned David Webb into Jason…

Review – Batman: The Killing Joke (Out today on Blu-Ray!)

NOTE:  Now Playing Podcast and La La Land Records are giving away 5 copies of The Killing Joke limited CD Soundtrack. Follow @nowplayingpod on Twitter and retweet their pinned tweet to enter!…

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond

On Thursday, September 8, 1966, Star Trek beamed into people’s homes for the first time. Since then, Star Trek has become a cultural phenomenon spanning 725 television episodes across six…

Pre-Order Alert: Hot Toys Exclusives – Iron Man Mark VII Sub Zero and Iron Man Mark VI Die Cast

Hot Toys has added 2 more Iron Man figures to their roster today–but they may not stick around for long! First is the Iron Man Mark VII Sub Zero armor.…

The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter

A long time ago, in a trailer park far, far away… a teen named Alex beat the high score on the Starfighter arcade. But it wasn’t just a game–it was…

Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters (2016)

It’s been almost 30 years since the Ghostbusters took control, and despite repeated attempts the closest we got to a Ghostbusters 3 was the 2009 Atari video game. But finally…

The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Ultimatum proved its box office dominance, and director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon were ready leave Jason Bourne behind. But Universal Pictures wasn’t going to let that…

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum

Three years after Bourne was supreme at the box office, star Matt Damon reteamed with director Paul Greengrass for the series’ third installment – The Bourne Ultimatum. This film promises…

Ghostbusters 2

Ghostbusters 2

It took five years, but the Ghostbusters were back! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson strapped the proton packs on once more, rejoined by co-stars Sigourney Weaver,…

Samsung Partners with Warner Bros. Pictures for Suicide Squad VR Experience – Premiering at SDCC

Today, Samsung announced its partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring exclusive virtual reality (VR) content and experiences to fans of the highly anticipated film Suicide Squad. The VR content,…

Gentle Giant Daredevil Jumbo Figure Cancelled? Is This Line in Trouble?

Has Gentle Giant’s Jumbo Daredevil figure been cancelled?  It sure seems that way. Their 12-inch Daredevil figure was announced in October, 2015.  I immediately pre-ordered from Big Bad Toy Store,…

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…

Ghostbusters (1984) – A Podcast Preview

Ghostbusters (1984) – A Podcast Preview

You know the song. You know the cartoon. You know the film — Ghostbusters! This 1984 horror-comedy from the makers of Caddyshack and Meatballs defied all expectations. Not only did…

Short Circuit 2

Short Circuit 2

Just two short years after Short Circuit electrified audiences Johnny 5 returned in Short Circuit 2. This time Johnny is in the big city and realizing what it means to…

The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy

Universal had little confidence in making The Bourne Identity, but after its huge success they fast-tracked the sequel: The Bourne Supremacy. This follow-up teamed Damon with Paul Greengrass, who would…

Independence Day: Resurgence – A Podcast Preview

Independence Day: Resurgence – A Podcast Preview

This weekend the United States celebrates Independence Day, and director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin are here to show us some fireworks with Independence Day: Resurgence! With returning stars…

A New Voice Joins Now Playing Podcast

Now Playing Podcast is getting a new host; one whose voice will sound familiar to longtime Venganza Media listeners. Justin Kozisek, a host and contributor to Marvelicious Toys and Star…

Short Circuit

Short Circuit

Robocop. R2-D2. HAL 9000. The T-1000. Johnny 5. Yes, in the pantheon of great movie robots, there is no denying S.A.I.N.T. model Number Five deserves prominent mention. He came alive…

CIVIL WAR: Choose your side – VOD on 9/2 or Blu-Ray on 9/13!

Captain America: Civil War comes home! Video on Demand Sep 2, Blu-Ray Sep 13! The year’s best action film, Captain America: Civil War has a release date set. The question is:…

The Bourne Identity (2002)

The Bourne Identity (2002)

In 2002 a new action franchise was Bourne. Starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, The Bourne Identity modernized and heavily revised Robert Ludlum’s original novel. Despite a modest budget, the…

Independence Day Preview – Help Celebrate Independent Podcasting!

Independence Day Preview – Help Celebrate Independent Podcasting!

In 1996 Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin blew up the Earth, and the box office, with their Independence Day. The movie became a ’90s icon and launched Will Smith’s acting…

The Bourne Identity (1988)

The Bourne Identity (1988)

Jason Bourne has existed in Robert Ludlum novels for over 35 years. For mainstream audiences, however, he came to life when Matt Damon starred as the amnesiac secret agent in…

Night of the Creeps – A podcast skit and preview

Night of the Creeps – A podcast skit and preview

Horror comedies have a long history with movies like An American Werewolf in London and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. But in the heyday may be the mid-80s which entertained…

The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2

After three years and one Fast and Furious film, James Wan is back with a sequel to The Conjuring. The original horror film scared up lots of dough for Universal,…

Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China

In 1986 director John Carpenter was known as a “Master of Horror” thanks to his films Christine, The Fog, The Thing, and of course Halloween. So, even with sci-fi drama…

This Summer NOW PLAYING is Now Playing in Theaters!

  When Now Playing Podcast’s X-Men: Apocalypse episode arrived last week, it kick started a summer schedule stacked with week of release reviews for the 9-year-old show and its panel…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

In this sequel to 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo are back again to save New York from Shredder. But while this film has the same…

Labyrinth – A Musical Podcast Preview

Labyrinth – A Musical Podcast Preview

While making The Empire Strikes Back George Lucas asked Jim Henson to help create new character Yoda. Henson was busy working on his own Muppet Movie, but the two did…

X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse

Director Bryan Singer is back to take the X-Men to the ’80s for a totally tubular fight against Apocalypse! The film debuts the fan-favorite mutant villain on film. It also…

Pre-Order Alert: Hot Toys Scarlet Witch MMS – Civil War Version

  “I can’t control their fear. Only my own.”  Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War has been critically acclaimed and enjoyed by audience around the world since its release! As the…

Space Camp

Space Camp

They were never meant to go to space, but they weren’t given a choice. Five teens and an unproven astronaut find themselves alone, with no communications and little hope of…

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

The original Hellboy film didn’t set the box office on fire. But like a necromancer, director and writer Guillermo del Toro brought the demonic comic hero back on screens in…

Invaders from Mars – A Podcast Preview

Invaders from Mars – A Podcast Preview

In 1986 the director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist teamed up with the screenwriter of Alien and Return of the Living Dead to make a…children’s sci-fi film!…

Pre-Order Alert: Hot Toys Yoda from Empire Strikes Back

If want him you do. Pre-order you must. In the history of Star  Wars Action News there have been a number of hot high-end collectibles. But in my over 10…

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