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Podcast #189 - I Still Don't Understand What Critics Want    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 19 Aug 2016

- The Force Awakens finally gets its 3D Blu-ray announcement
- New consoles force a drop of UHD BD player prices
- New 4K transfer of The Transformers: The Movie is coming to Blu-ray
- Lionsgate will release 80s Vestron Horror Classics
- Suicide Squad sets records on its first Tuesday
- David Ayer effectively says, "I did what I wanted to do" regarding Suicide Squad
- Interview with David Ayer regarding Suicide Squad
- Ghostbusters likely to have a $70M loss at the box office
- Anne Hathaway and Rhianna join Oceans Ocho
- Rebel Wilson to lead in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake
- Rumor: Man of Steel sequel is in active development
- Captain Marvel's origin story will be different from the comics
- Universal to release a live-action Curious George
- NYU and Kodak will offer 35mm film and production costs to six graduate students
- Trailer: Rogue One
- Splash is getting a gender-swapping remake
- Trailer: Arrival
- Assassin's Creed's leap of faith isn't CGI
- Fantastic Beasts already has a sequel
- Teaser: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 gets a 2018 release date
- Trailer: The Great Wall
- The Division gets Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal
- Parody (I hope) - Someone claims that Suicide Squad trailers amount to false advertising and will sue WB


Podcast #188 - SDCC 2016 Roundup    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 31 July 2016

- A Dolby Atmos/DTS:X Upgrade Story
- Suicide Squad is tracking for a $125M debut
- Brie Lasron is Captain Marvel
- Trailer: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
- Trailer: Doctor Strange
- Trailer: The LEGO Batman Movie
- Trailer: Wonder Woman
- Trailer: Suicide Squad
- Trailer: Kong: Skull Island
- Trailer: The Mangificent Seven
- Trailer: Star Trek Beyond Barco Escape
- Trailer: Blair Witch
- James Gunn introduced Taserface and the Ravagers
- James Gunn explains why he doesn't release Comic Con footage (and I still think he's wrong)
- Avatar is now getting three sequels instead of two
- Mark Hamill panel at Star Wars Celebration
- John McTiernan hates Captain America and other modern blockbusters
- Taika Waititi explains why he cast Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
- Avengers 3 is officially titled Avengers: Infinity War
- New Wonder Woman photos
- Star Trek 4 will play with time travel again with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth
- Rogue One Celebration Reel
- Legion M - the first Hollywood Studio to be owned by fans
- The Rocketeer is getting rebooted
- Ghostbusters is the perfect example of how Internet movie ratings are broken
- That's all, folks! VHS is now officially dead as the last players are made
- Artist makes VHS cover art for modern movies


Podcast #187 - Nothing In Particular    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 14 July 2016

- Replacements for Wrath of Khan retail discs will have UPCs with yellow backgrounds
- Ultra HD disc sales are doing better than expected as disc haters weep
- New UHD TVs from Sony will start off below $1,000
- Panasonic will offer a new UHD BD player that caters to audiophiles
- This chart gives guidelines to determine if you will benefit from a UHD TV
- Netflix will be raising prices for streaming to $9.99
- If you want a Plex server, you might want to consider an NVIDIA SHIELD Media Server
- Finding Dory passes Captain America as the biggest box office for 2016
- That black-and-white version of Mad Max will be coming out ... in Germany
- Paul Feig wants you to see Ghostbusters in IMAX 3D
- Ghostbusters will have an extended cut on Blu-ray
- Ex-Ubisoft CEO launches a studio specifically for video game movies
- New Tomb Raider movie is coming in 2018
- Corey Feldman thinks that Goonies 2 isn't going to happen
- After Incredibles 2, don't expect any more Pixar sequels for until around 2030
- Pacific Rim 2 gets a release date of Feb. 23, 2018
- Wreck-It Ralph 2 set for March 9, 2018
- New VFX lawsuit might delay upcoming Hollywood movies
- Trailer: Morgan
- Poster: The Magnificent Seven
- Rogue One might not have the classic title crawl
- Star Wars Celebration Europe to be live-streamed
- New Suicide Squad character photos
- Trailer: Star Trek Beyond
- Making money is not the priority for the Assassin's Creed movie
- Minecraft to be released on May 25. 2019
- The Killing Joke will be available in select theatres for July 25 only
- Google Play will implement a type of family sharing plan, but it's still kind of lame
- Tom Holland releases a selfie on-set showing off the new web spinners
- Aliens 30-year reunion planned for Comic-Con
- The only 35mm print of the incorrectly-called Turkish Star Wars has been found


Podcast #186 - Listen Up, Save A Life    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 27 June 2016

- PlayStation Vue is now on the Roku
- Batman v Superman is the first title to get a triple-layer, 100GB UHD Blu-ray
- China has pushed Warcraft to be the highest grossing videogame movie ever
- Captain America: Civil War is the first 2016 movie to cross $400M domestically
- Obituary: Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin dies at 27
- Justice League movie will actually be one movie yet a part of two
- Official Justice League synopsis and logo (which is kind of lame) released
- Wicked movie to be released in December 2019
- 16 new photos from Rogue One have been released
- Darth Vader and James Earl Jones are confirmed for Rogue One
- Duncan Jones defends Warcraft in a very odd interview
- Paramount offers replacements for botched Star Trek: Wrath of Khan Director's Cut Blu-ray
- Chris Pine: "You can't make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016"
- Major Rumors: No, Luke is not Rey's father
- Deadpool ends its domestic theatrical run with $363 million
- Dean Delvin needs to reboot Stargate so that he can properly finish the story
- Trailer: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
- Sony gives dates for new family movies
- George Lucas withdraws his museum from Chicago citing group's desire to "preserve a parking lot"
- Beverly Hills Cop 4 nabs two Belgian directors
- Spielberg promises to not kill off Indy in the next Indiana Jones movie
- Helen Mirren wants to drive fast in Fast 8
- Conjuring 2 spinoff The Nun is in the works
- Featurette behind the chariot race for the new Ben Hur
- UK group offers a workshop for filming in 8mm and 16mm
- Trailer: Pete's Dragon
- The new Ghostbusters theme is really quite horrible


Podcast #185 - To Absent Friends    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 11 June 2016

- Optoma coming out with a 4K, ultra-short-throw laser projector
- Turn a GoPro into a 3D camera for $50
- The Paramount Vault
- Friday the 13th reboot will give Jason a new origin story
- A behind-the-scenes history of Labyrinth
- An oral history of Dragonheart's amazing special effects
- Rogue One gets reshoots - and it's really not a big deal
- Bryan Singer will take more of a background role in the X-Men franchise
- Pacific Rim 2 nabs John Boyega as the lead
- Megatron and Unicron could be in the next Transformers movie
- Emilia Clarke wants to be the first female Bond
- Sam Mendes won't direct the next Bond film
- Jeremy Irons says that BvS got a "deserved kicking" from critics
- Telltale Games will release Batman series this summer
- New Suicide Squad pictures emerge
- Kung Fury 2 is happening
- Final Maze Runner sequel is delayed due to on-set injuries by star Dylan O'Brien
- Mel Gibson is planning a Passion of the Christ sequel to focus on the resurrection
- Sequel to cult classic The Man From Earth is underway
- 80s comedy Splash is getting a remake
- Pitch Perfect 3 release date pushed back to December 2017
- Disney (somehow) manages to get rights to do a Mary Poppins sequel for December 2018
- Create a 3D avatar for Ready Player One
- John Carpenter will produce a new Halloween
- Sadly, a new Garfield movie is in the works
- Suicide Squad private screening are yielding positive results
- Trailer: Star Trek Beyond #2
- J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin pressure Paramount to drop lawsuit against Star Trek fan film
- Fruit Ninja movie is in the works
- Sherlock Holmes 3 might start filming this fall
- New Star Wars replicas for the "ultimate" collector
- Someone actually paid $1,300 for a Dirty Grandpa jock strap worn by Zac Efron
- Just when you thought that Jamie Lee Curtis couldn't be any cooler...
- Stan Lee jokes that his Deadpool cameo made him "damn mad"

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Podcast #184 - Stupid At 4 AM    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 21 May 2016

- Philips-branded 4K UHD BD player will ship in June
- NVIDIA upgrades their SHIELD Android TV to HDR and UHC 60p with new streaming options
- The BBC will launch a Netflix rival
- Captain America: Civil War crosses the $1B mark globally
- Alden Ehrenreich lands the role as the young Han Solo
- Wolverine 3 has started filming and will supposedly be a "different Wolverine"
- Wonder Woman principal shooting has finished
- Warner Bros. gets a management shakeup in response to fans and critics
- Rumor: Margot Robbie had spearheaded and will produce a Harley Quinn movie
- Interview with Kevin Feige about Civil War, Black Widow, Deadpool, and other things
- Loving Vincent to be made using over 56,000 oil paintings
- Trailer: Assassin's Creed (without Kanye.... ewwww)
- GoPro is shipping it's amazing (but expensive) VR rig
- The new VUZE VR set also provides a 2D/3D VR camera but at a much more affordable price
- Seriously WTF #1 : Atari classics Centipede and Missile Command are coming to the big screen
- Seriously WTF #2 : Tetris is getting a co-produced China/US movie
- Director Shane Black talks about a female Iron Man 3 villain, Mel Gibson, and the new Predator movie
- A sequel for Trainspotting has been announced
- Toby Jones will play the villain for Sherlock season series 4
- Brave director to make a live-action prequel to (get ready) Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan
- Universal joins other studios in scrapping exhibitor clearances
- Simon Kinberg wants the same Fantastic Four cast for a "brighter" sequel
- Trailer: Disney's The BFG
- Charges have been dropped for the accused VHS thief

Also mentioned:
- Mark Taylor and I talk about Eurovision 2016


Podcast #183 - On The Googleplex    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 5 May 2016

- This podcast is now available on Google Play
- Samsung's UltraHD Blu-ray player gets UHD Alliance certification
- Rumor: Hulu appears to be getting ready for their own cable bundle
- Lionsgate movies are now available to rent on Steam
- J.J. Abrams defends The Screening Room
- Captain America: Civil War dominates the overseas box office
- Batman v Superman looks to make around $875M by the end of its run
- Justin Lin will direct the Space Jam sequel with LeBron James
- A new Cinerama-like, three-screen format called Barco Escape will debut with Star Trek Beyond
- Video game series Shinobi is coming to the big screen
- Alicia Vikander is the next Laura Croft
- Set of pics from Episode VIII set show possible Force-aware tree (Shattered Empire)
- Star Wars fan makes a massive ISD Tyrant star destroyer
- Avengers; Infinity War titles are "misleading"; movies will be retitled
- Over 50 pics have been released for Captain America: Civil War
- Richard E. Grant joins Wolverine 3 cast
- "Slender Man" Internet meme is getting its own movie
- Labyrinth will be getting a 30th anniversary Blu-ray and theatrical release
- Trailer: X-Men: Apocalypse (final)
- Hollywood defends their freedom to have smoking in non-R movies
- Sequel to Goosebumps is in the works
- CHiPs and It release dates set
- Red band trailer: Bad Moms
- Trailer: Jason Bourne
- New John Malkovich movie will not be shown for 100 years


Podcast #182 - Boston Bound    Right-click to download the latest podcast

Airdate: 24 Apr 2016

- Amazon Prime streaming is now available as a monthly subscription
- The Wrath of Khan: Director's Cut is coming to Blu-ray in June
- Roku's new streaming stick is the most powerful device of its kind out there but still can't do UHD
- Amazon's BvS collectors packs are not cheap - choose Batman or Superman
- Batman v Superman crosses the $800M mark globally, critics are still angry that people are buying tickets
- Disney's The Jungle Book rakes in almost $315M globally
- Jurassic World 2 get a director
- Tim Millar really wants a Spider-Man/Deadpool crossover movie
- J.J. Abrams makes a revelation about Rey's parents....
- ...and then backpedals
- A new Star Wars: Force for Change campaign
- Batman: The Killing Joke does indeed get its R rating
- A (long) chat with BvS editor David Brenner
- James Cameron announced four Avatar sequels
- Deadpool 2 is moving forward ... to no one's surprise
- Rumor: New Star Trek TV series will be set between The Undiscovered Country and The Next Generation
- AMC Entertainment's CEO might consider allowing texting in some theaters
- Another Charlie's Angels reboot is in the works
- Men In Black + Jump Street = MIB23
- New Spider-Man movie will be titled Spider-Man Homecoming
- Teaser: Doctor Strange
- Alamo Drafthouse is bringing the original Special Edition Star Wars trilogy to theaters
- Blade Runner sequel bumped up to October 2017
- Three's Company movie is in the work (yes, I feel like throwing up, too)
- Charlize Theron will be Fast 8's villain
- Visit one of the last Blockbuster stores
- Teaser: Rogue One
- Warner moves Wonder Woman up a few weeks and announces other dates
- Speedy Gonzales movie is in development
- Richard Donner talks about Superman: The Movie
- Starman remake in the works
- The Sphero BB-8 now reacts when watching The Force Awakens
- Someone built a full-size AT-ST for no reason than he could


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