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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


Podcast #149 - Done In Record Time    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 2 Dec 2014

- Several new and unreleased Sony movies are leaked after being hacked
- E-mails promise that more Sony data would be released...
- ...and the hackers deliver internal salary information
- Redbox movie and game rental prices are going up slightly
- Amazon plans to release an ad-supported, streaming video alternative
- Netflix 4K will be available on some Panasonic TVs
- Weekend box office results
- Idina Menzel says that Frozen 2 is happening ... to no one's surprise
- Ridley Scott dumps some information on Blade Runner 2, which he won't be directing
- James Cameron says that the Avatar sequels are "gonna be bitchin'"
- Teaser: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Fox greenlights Independence Day sequel
- Even Steven Spielberg couldn't get the rights to remake The Last Starfighter
- Are you fed up with two-part finales?
- Trailer: Jurassic World
- Stallone promises R-rated Expendables 4
- Suspects behind Expendables 3 leak arrested in the UK
- Billy Boyd sings a sad goodbye to Middle-Earth
- German tourists find a photo of an aged Terminator from the upcoming Genisys
- The Philadelphia Film Society will be showing the six original Star Trek movies on 35mm!
- Trailer: Shaun the Sheep: The Movie
- Michelle MacLaren will direct Wonder Woman
- LOTS OF SALT: Tom Hiddleston is involved with Avengers: AoU reshoots
- James Gunn hates the way the studios are setting up their "shared universe"
- Trailer: Strange Magic
- Wanderers


Podcast #148 - I Really Hate Reality TV    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 21 Nov 2014

- Disney movies arrive on Google Play
- Sony launches web TV service PlayStation Vue
- DirectTV launches 4K service
- Sony's new sensor can supposedly shoot 6K at 240fps and 2K at 16,000 fps
- Hayao Miazaki comes to Blu-Ray
- Warner releasing "silent space version" of Gravity
- Box office results ending 17 November
- Obituary: Mike Nichols, director of The Graduate
- Obituary: Glen A. Larson
- Mark Wahlberg on board for Six Billion Dollar Man
- Margot Robbie to play Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad
- Trailer: Minions
- John Lasseter to direct fourth Toy Story
- Disney is making more money than ever
- Trailer: Peanuts
- Trailer: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (final)
- Star Wars: Episode VII officially titled The Force Awakens
- Matt Daemon returning to Bourne in 2016
- Mark Boal on board for Uncharted
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 going to Universal
- Trailer: Avengers: Age of Ultron #2
- Playmobil to launch their own movie
- Penelope Cruz joins Zoolander 2
- Trailer: Exodus: Gods and Kings final
- Prometheus 2 will get away from "gods and dragons"
- M. Night Shyamalan will go back to his roots with The Visit
- Modern trailer: The Last Starfighter


Podcast #147 - Let The Season-Change Illnesses Begin    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 5 Nov 2014

- Google Play comes to Roku with a free movie
- FCC pushes to make Internet TV services accessible to channels
- Amazon launches Fire TV stick
- MPAA and NATO officially make Google Glass (and similar) unwelcome in theaters
- The movies that disappeared from Netflix (US) on 1 Nov...
- ...and the movies that are becoming available
- Updated list of movies coming to and going away from Netflix (US)
- Cinematographer Reed Morano wants "smooth motion" in TVs to be turned off by default
- LG will be exiting the plasma TV market by the end of the year
- Ouija and Nightcrawler top the Halloween weekend box office
- Marvel makes major announcements for Phase 3 superhero movies
- Chadwick Boseman cast as Black Panther
- Rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange
- Special look at Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Infographic on the upcoming superhero movies through 2020
- Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo talk about Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Alamo Drafthouse CEO thiks theaters should still support 35mm
- A new Pee-Wee Herman movie is in the works
- Rumor: First Wonder Woman movie is to be a 1920s period piece
- Trailer: Furious 7
- Michael Bay to direct a movie about Benghazi attacks -- what could possibly go wrong?
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay looking at $150m domestic opening
- Halloween 3 in the works
- Public study thinks people become less sensitive to violence and sex in movies
- Peter Jackson talks about the battle in Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
- The Hobbit has so far cost upwards of $745 million to make
- The Gunfighter
- The Chinese translations for Guardians of the Galaxy are bad... really bad
- Guardians soundtrack to be released on (get ready) cassette


Podcast #146 - One For The Cordcutters    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 18 Oct 2014

- HBO will be launching a standalone online service next year
- CBS launches a $5.99/month subscription streaming service
- Sony sets a price for Web TV, and it's not a good price
- Sony's PlayStation TV has launched
- Netflix has no plans to support PlayStation TV
- Google launches the Nexus Player streaming and gaming box
- Plex has been released for Xbox 360 and Xbox One
- Redbox Instant has shut down - and no one cares
- Netflix charging extra for 4K/UHD content for new customers
- Interview with Nicholas Routheir about 3D
- Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition coming to disc on November 4
- Warner Bros. announced a whole bunch of DC movies, LEGO, and Harry Potter spinoffs
- Zach Snyder confirmed to direct Justice League
- Captain America 3 will trigger the Civil War storyline
- George Clooney apologizes for Batman & Robin
- Cast for Angry Birds movie announced
- Little House On The Prairie (yes, you read that right) gets a director
- Jeff Goldblum hint at an Independence Day sequel
- 35mm film lover quits in response to action by new theater owner Quentin Tarantino...
- ...but she releases a really well-done documentary about the theater
- Warwick Davis confirms that he's on for Star Wars Episode VII
- New trailer: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
- Is Jena Malone playing a female Robin in Batman v Superman?
- Interstellar includes the Oculus Rift Experience in LA and DC
- New Fraggle Rock movie with Labyrinth and Dark Crystal sequels?
- Amazing Firefly fan film: The Verse
- The Empire Strikes Back Uncut


Podcast #145 - Budgetary Constraints 2: The Day The Check Bounced    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 4 Oct 2014

- Vizio starts offering their own UHD TV line
- Sony teams with Viacom to offer streaming TV on PlayStation systems
- There's a "strong possibility" that Showtime will be availbable without a cable subscription
- No Sh*t, Sherlock: Amazon will warn viewers of racism in Tom and Jerry
- Netflix gets four new exclusive Adam Sandler movies
- The Equalizer nabs the top weekend spot
- Fox announces a release date for the Maze Runner sequel
- William Shatner might return to Star Trek "if it is meaningful"
- Anthony Daniels will don the C-3PO suit again for Episode VII
- Oscar Isaacs confirms that hundreds of stormtroopers will be "real"
- Jeremy Renner isn't interested in a standalone Hawkeye movie
- Trailer: Blackhat
- X-Men: Days of Future Past re-release to be on home video with deleted Rogue segments
- Interstellar will clock in at 169 minutes
- Taken 3 coming to theaters
- Interview with Kevin Pike about the opening sequence to Back To The Future
- Bryan Singer will helm X-Men: Apocalypse
- Cinematographer panel with Geoff Boyle, Bill Bennett, and Rodney Charters
- French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard uses some truly imaginative 3D techniques
- Genndy Tartakovsky shows test footage for upcoming Popeye movie
- Olympus Has Fallen sequel loses its director
- Crouching Tiger sequel to hit Netflix and IMAX...
- ...but Regal Entertainment and Cinemark are not happy about that
- Rumor: Robert Downey, Jr. might play Leonardo da Vinci in Assassins Creed
- Margot Robbie in talks for live-action Ghost In The Shell
- Bill Murray gives his choices for female Ghostbusters
- Expendables 3 torrent downloaders are getting copyright infringement notices
- Magic Mike XXL is in production
- Super Troopers 2 will happen and will use Kickstarter
- New Jersey woman sues Disney for $250m claiming that Frozen stole her life story -- yes, seriously


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