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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


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


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