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Podcast #156 - Save All The Film!    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 20 Mar 2015

- Ultra HD Blu-Ray is specification is close to being finalized
- Formal launch of Ultra HD download (not streaming) service coming soon
- Netflix films House of Cards third season in 6K
- Star Wars 8 will come in May 2017, Star Wars: Rogue One is the first spin-off
- Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens to be linked with novle Aftermath
- Michael Biehn confirmed for next Aliens movie (UPDATE SINCE SHOW: Turns out it was a fake Instagram account)
- Live-action Beauty and the Beast set for March 2017
- The Breakfast Club is returning to theaters
- Frozen 2 is in the works
- Trailer: Blade Runner: The Final Cut for upcoming UK re-release
- Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express gets a remake
- Star Trek 60th Anniversary conventions for 2016 announced
- Auditions for Star Trek 3 now being accepted for anyone in the Vancouver area
- What the Star Trek movies would look like with original Enterprise
- Extensive reference photographs of the original model of the Enterprise-E
- Johnny Depp hurts his hand and shows that there apparently no hospitals in Australia
- Tron 3 will be filmed in Vancouver this fall
- Goodfellas gets a 4K restoration and showing at Tribeca Film Festival
- Scarface remake gets a writer
- Captain America: Civil War starts shooting soon
- Toy Story 4 will be a "romantic comedy" (Ugh...)
- Trailer: Mr. Holmes
- Mad Max: Fury Road gets an R rating and a new trailer
- Christopher Nolan urges Hollywood to step up efforts to preserve film
- First Dragonriders of Pern movie gets a writer
- Kevin Smith confirms that Mallrats 2 is coming in homage to original producer
- Blue Thunder remake will be about drones, not Apache helicopters
- Trailer: Pixels
- Perth Mint releasing Star Trek coins for Tuvalu

Podcast #155 - I Have Been ... And Always Shall Be ... Your Fan    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 9 Mar 2015

- Leonary Nimoy dies at 83
- Sony's UHD TV prices for 2015 leaked
- Apple bribes Time-Warner to release HBO NOW an an Apple TV exclusive
- Netflix to release the next Pee-Wee Herman movie
- Netflix to launch in Australia
- The Hobbit trilogy will release on disc on March 24
- This was a bad weekend for movies
- American Sniper hits $500M worldwide...
- ...as does Fifty Shades of Grey
- Some anonymous Academy voters continue to undermine my confidence in the Oscars
- All Oscar nominees can get this $160,000 gift package
- Trailer: Avengers: Age of Ultron #3
- Age of Ultron poster is released
- AMC Theaters are holding a 27-hour Marvel movie marathon
- Newly-restored version of The Breakfast Club will be shown at SXSW
- Harrison Ford is confirmed for Blade Runner sequel
- DreamWorks Animation takes a hit on Penguins and Peabody
- Neil Blomkamp admits "I F*cked It Up" with Elysium
- Lego Movie sequel gets a director
- Jason Momoa's first poster as Aquaman is...different
- JJ Abrams talks about more Star Wars trailers
- Warner and MGM team up for Tomb Raider reboot
- New Battle Cat from Master of the Universe reboot looks amazing
- Mission Impossible 5 pauses production to come up with a good ending
- Mel Brooks still wants to make Spaceballs 2
- Rumor: Steven Speilberg wants Chris Platt to reboot Indiana Jones franchise
- 35th Annual Razzie Awards
- Sesame Street tackles Birdman with Big Birdman parody

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Podcast #154 - Another Sordid Back-Slapping Session    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 21 Feb 2015

- My friend Lady Spitfire interviews Poets of the Fall
- Nickelodeon will soon be available without a cable subscription
- Sling TV has launched, offering ESPN, AMC, and more
- Get free Roku stick or $50 off Roku 3 for three months of Sling TV
- Netflix launches in ... Cuba?!
- Target is exiting the digital movie business
- DO NOT discuss personal information in front of your new Samsung TV
- Samsung smart TVs interject their own ads, even if you're watching your own media
- Fifty Shades of Grey passes $300M worldwide
- Boyhood and Grand Budapest Hotel dominate the BAFTAs
- Sony and Marvel are now teaming up on future Spider-Man movies
- Sony is effectively leasing Spider-Man to Marvel
- Andrew Garfield will not be returning to play Sipder-Man
- What kind of sexual content risks an NC-17 rating according to an MPAA insider?
- Teens rush theater after being denied entry to Fifty Shades of Grey
- Morena Baccarin gets the female lead for Deadpool
- Meill Blomkamp to lead another Alien movie
- The new Halloween movie will be a -- recalibration??!
- Trailer: Hitman: Agent 47
- Assassin's Creed movie begins production
- Marion Cotillard signed on for three Assassin's Creed movies
- Rumor: Netflix is developing a live-action Legend of Zelda series
- Teaser: Fantastic Four
- Neighbors 2 to be released in May 2016
- There might be a Wolverine/Professor X team-up movie
- Trailer: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
- The first behind-the-scenes footage for Spectre is released
- Eddie Murphy will agree to a fourth Beverly Hills Cop but only if the script is right
- Dumb And Dumber To piracy leads to more idiotic "John Doe" lawsuits
- One of the best explanations for the power of The One Ring
- Japanese army makes a fantastic Star Wars sculpture with 3,500 tons of snow
- Company (not Monster) makes a $10,000 Ethernet cable for idiots and gullible types

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Podcast #153 - Fifty Shades Of Incomprehensible Sportsball    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 5 Feb 2015

- You can hear me on TGP Nominal
UHD TVs represent over 50% of 55-inch or larger TV sales
- Mockingjay becomes the highest grossing film of 2014
- Mission Impossible 5 shifted to this summer
- Support Star Trek Continues
- DreamWorks trims down to two movies per year
- The Jetsons is coming to the big screen
- Sophie Turner will be Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse
- Lionsgate wastes a ton of time and effort going after foreign torrenters
- Horror classic The Blob to be remade
- The Sound of Music to celebrate its 50th anniversary on the big screen
- Simon Pegg will co-write Star Trek 3
- The Interview crosses $40M in video-on-demand sales
- Amazon Studios will start releasing movies theatrically
- Fifty Shades of Grey becomes fastest-selling R-rated movie at Fandango
- Meet the Indominus Rex, Jurassic World's new dinosaur
- Disney confirms Star Wars: Ep 8 and Ep. 9 release dates
- Lucas slams the Oscars as a "political campaign"...
- ...and then complains about a lack of "substance" in Hollywood??
- New female Ghostbusters cast chosen
- Deadpool starts shooting in Vancouver next month
- Black Widow is back for Captain America 3
- Rumor: Next Star Wars teaser to be released with Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Astro Boy to become a live-action movie
- Jean-Claude Van Damme really wants to be in your movie
- Volumes of Blood indie horror festival premiering in Kentucky
- Ang Lee to film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk in 3D 4K and high frame rate
- Oculus, the VR headset company, wants to make movie content for its headsets
- Leviathan director tells Russians to watch the pirated version
- Liam Hemsworth to star in Independence Day sequel
- The USS Enterprise docks in the Smithsonian for restoration
- Guardians of the Galaxy - 8-bit Cinema
- A 3,000-piece Avengers helicarrier can be yours for only $350

Podcast #152 - And The Oscar For Failure Goes To... The Academy    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 16 Jan 2015

- The Oscar nominations are out, and they're quite bleached
- CES: Sharp Aquos UHD TV lineup announced
- CES: LG announces a 34-inch curved monitor for gamers
- CES: Nyko announces 3.5-inch hard drive expander for PlayStation 4
- CES: HP shows 4K and 5K UHD monitor lineups
- CES: RCA enters the UHD TV arena
- CES: Philips shows off the first UHD TV with laser lighting
- CES: Westinghouse introduces a new line of UHD TVs
- CES: UHD Blu-ray discs and hard drive storage units will arrive by the end of the year
- CES: Panasonic brings back the Technics brand for fools who love expensive placebos
- MHL Consortium releases standard and new cable specs to drive 8K TV
- Netflix is apparently cracking down on international VPN and proxy users
- Dish unveils low-cost streaming service with news and sports
- Roku will stream UHD TV on future models (PDF)
- Boyhood dominates the Golden Globes
- Fox, not Disney, brought in the most box office money in 2014
- Peter Jackson absolutely will not get to do The Silmarillion
- Scarlett Johansson signs on for Ghost In The Shell lead
- Disney sets release date for Ghost In The Shell and Jungle Book
- Escape From New York will get a remake with John Carpenter as executive producer
- James Cameron delays Avatar sequel until 2017
- Trailer: Avengers: Age of Ultron #2
- The Interview gets $31M in digital sales and rentals
- Assassin's Creed release date announced
- Next Planet of the Apes scheduled for 2017
- Gambit gets 2016 release date, Fantastic Four pushed up
- Deadpool gets winter 2016 release date
- Revenge of the Sith gets 3D release date in Anaheim
- Game of Thrones heads to IMAX theaters
- The Razzie nominations are announced

Podcast #151 - New Year, New Format -- Well, Not Really    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 4 Jan 2015

- DTS to bring DTS:X, a competitor to Dolby Atmos
- FBI claims that North Korea is responsible for the hack on Sony
- Obama calls Sony's cancellation of The Interview "a mistake"
- Sony claims that they had "no choice" but to cancel The Interview
- Theater owners were "irritated" at Sony blaming them for cancellation
- Paramount also chickens out, cancels Team America showings
- Hacker group Anonymous declares vengeance on North Korea for Sony hack
- Sean Penn claims that "Pandora's Box is open"
- Joss Whedon blasts the President for his response to Sony
- Several Hollywood celebrities show their disdain for The Interview cancellation
- Judd Apatow claims that Sony has created a "dark future" in Hollywood
- Sony released The Interview and raked in $15M in downloads
- The Interview then became available to cable and satellie VOD -- but not PlayStation Network
- Sony hack reveals how the MPAA is trying to break the Internet -- again
- Upcoming movies for 2015
- Theaters reach two-decade low in ticket sales
- Did you hate Spider-Man 3? So did Sam Raimi!
- Paul Feig wants Ghostbusters reboot to be scarier with potentially an expanded cast
- 60 photos from the now-permanent tourist set of The Hobbit
- Star Trek 3 will be directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious)...
- ...and sets a release date for July 8, 2016
- Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 lands a director
- Age of Ultron promo art reveals origins of The Vision and Ultron
- Ant-Man antagonist will be Yellowjacket
- Top 20 most pirated movies of 2014
- National Film Registry adds its 25 entries for 2014
- British theater calls police on 12-year-old girls for suspected piracy (seriously!)
- Karma find its way to idiot scalper trying to make money off The Interview

Podcast #150 - The Terrorists Have Won... Again    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 18 Dec 2014

- Amazon activates 4K streaming with more content than Netflix
- HBO Go now available on Amazon Fire TV
- Shutting down The Pirate Bay did nothing to stop piracy
- Dolby to start rolling out big-screen rival IMAX
- Final Hobbit movie dominates int'l theaters -- with 71% coming from 3D
- Sony capitulates to terrorists (formerly "hackers") and pulls The Interview
- HackersTerrorists release statement regarding The Interview
- E-mails from Sony hack show which movies really did make a profit in 2013
- Alamo Drafthouse decides to one-up the hackersterrorists by showing Team America: World Police instead
- Sony discussed a Spider-Man movie crossover with Marvel
- Spectre screenplay was apparently one of the items stolen from Sony
- Paul Feig's plan for Ghostbusters reboot revealed
- North Korea really is behind Sony attack, reports say
- MPAA caught illegally bribing Attorneys General in multiple states
- Top 20 movies brought in over $4 BILLION in the US alone
- Ep. VII character names revealed via trading cards
- Apparently, that little ball droid in Ep VII trailer is real, not CGI!
- Official Suicide Squad cast revealed
- The Crow reboot gets a new director
- Oscar Isaac gets the role of Apocalypse for next X-Men movie
- Rumor: Ryan Reynolds is finalizing the Deadpool deal
- Rumor: Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3
- Jonathan Frakes really wants to direct Star Trek 3
- New Bond film is officially called Spectre
- Big-screen version of It gets Stephen King's blessing
- Rumor: Kung Fu Panda 3 will get bumped to 2016
- IFC Center is once again ignoring MPAA rating for Citizenfour
- Official Ant-Man synopsis released
- James Gunn says a Guardians crossover with Avengers is not going to happen
- Pirates 5 could be a reboot
- The Blade Runner sequel script gets approval from Harrison Ford
- Paramount thinks Transformers 4 deserves Best picture. Yes, seriously.
- Frozen director apologizes for Let It Go

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