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Podcast #240 - That Escalated Quickly
Airdate: 10 Dec 2018

- Tom Cruise and Chris McQuarrie hate motion smoothing ... a lot
- 2001: A Space Odyssey makes its 8K debut
- Fantastic Beasts 2 crosses the $500M mark worldwide...
- ...as does Bohemian Rhapsody
- Venom gets over $840M globally
- Trailer: Avengers: Endgame
- Avengers: Endgame has the biggest trailer launch ever
- First Aquaman reactions are positive overall
- Warner Bros. releases 55 hi-res stills from Aquaman
- Amazon Prime members can see Auqaman a week early
- MoviePass is still struggling, changes its pricing plan again
- New MIB sequel/reboot is called Men In Black: International
- Jake Gyllenhaal will play Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home
- Being the host for the Oscars is the least wanted job in Hollywood
- Kevin Hart confirms that he's hosting the Oscars...
- ...and then withdraws as the host
- GLAAD wanted Hart to make it a "teachable moment", not leave
- Trailer: Captain Marvel
- Warner Bros. new super hero movie will be ... Plastic Man (no, I'm not kidding)
- Marvel is preparing to bring Shang-Chi to the big screen
- Video: Isle of Dogs sushi-making scene compressed 32 days of work into 1 minute
- Video: A two-hour Q&A with the Russo Brothers about Infinity War
- Fantasy Island arrives in February 2020
- Rumor: DC and Warner are developing Blue Beetle
- EGOT winner Rita Moreno returns to West Side Story
- Dear Evan Hansen hitting the big screen
- Stallone sounds like he's done playing Rocky
- Trailer: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
- Rumor: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel and spin-off already planned
- Candyman is being rebooted with Jordan Peele producing
- A working DeLorean hovercraft is for sale
- Peter Jackson wants to restore his old spaltter films
- Warner Archive releasing newly remastered Popeye cartoons

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Podcast #239 - His Final Cameo
Airdate: 23 Nov 2018

- Stan Lee dies at 95
- California fires destroy several historic Hollywood sites
- YouTube is now showing ad-supported movies
- Comcast is looking to bring a streaming box to Internet-only customers
- Disney's new streaming service is called Disney+
- Rumor: Directors and producers fight to save FilmStruck
- Criterion to launch the Criterion Channel in spring 2019
- Google upgrades SD and HD purchased movies to 4K for free
- Bohemian Rhapsody dominates its opening weekend with $51M
- Surprisingly, Bohemian Rhapsody spans a multigenerational audience
- Venom shoots past the $700M mark globally
- Red Dead Redemption 2 sells 17 million copies in 8 days
- Rumor: Disney is looking to Travis Knight for GotG 3
- Trailer: Dumbo
- Trailer: Alita: Battle Angel
- Once Upon A Deadpool is the limited-run PG-13 version of Deadpool
- Trailer: Once Upon A Deadpool
- Avengers 4 is currently edited at a 3-hour runtime
- Illumination will work closely with Miyamoto for Super Mario Bros.
- Wait, what?: Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is coming to theaters and Blu-ray
- Legendary composer Ennio Morricone calls Tarantino a "cretin"...
- ...except that Morricone denies saying that...
- ...but German Playboy denies his denial...
- ...then finally admits that parts of the interview were "reproduced incorrectly".
- Teaser: Toy Story 4
- Trailer: Spies in Disguise
- Teaser: The Lion King (2019)
- Trailer: Pokémon Detective Pikachu
- Ewan McGregor joins Bird of Prey as Black Mask
- Shrek and Puss In Boots are getting rebooted
- Tom Hiddleston to return as Loki for Disney+ series
- Andy Serkis' Mowgli will get a theatrical release before showing on Netflix
- Lost Stanley Kubrick script sold at auction
- In one of Stan Lee's last videos, he expresses his love for the fans


Podcast #238 - Sequels and Remakes, Remakes and Sequels
Airdate: 3 Nov 2018

- Google releases a new Chromecast
- FilmStruck streaming service will shut down
- Jamie Lee Curtis (rightfully) boasts about Halloween's success
- Halloween sets several box office records
- The story behind the original Halloween
- Venom crosses $500M globally
- Rumor: Friday the 13th will be rebooted
- Disney wants to reboot Pirates of the Caribbean
- MoviePass will be spun off from parent company
- Sinemia will offer subscription services to theater chains
- Poll shows that moviegoers still aren't into movie subscriptions
- Wonder Woman 1984 pushed back to 2020
- Charlie's Angels pushed back to November 2019 with next Terminator
- Thankfully, the Boba Fett movie has been canceled
- Mark Hamill compares Luke death with a former drug addict who overdosed
- The Mac Mini gets an update
- Die Hard is coming back to the big screen for two days
- Lost Empire Strikes Back documentary resurfaces
- Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old looks stunning
- MoviePass Films will produce horror title The Reckoning
- Andy Muschietti will direct Attack on Titan
- Rumor: Flash standalone movie is pushed back, likely to 2021
- Stallone's production company lines up a number of releases
- Idris Elba joins the Cats film...
- ...as does Dame Judi Dench
- Chris Evans attempts to clarify his Avengers 4 tweet
- Brie Larson says that 7-movie contract leak is "not true"
- Wrong Turn franchise is getting rebooted
- Alexander Skarsgård To Star In Godzilla Vs. Kong
- DiCaprio and Scorsese team up again for Killers of the Flower Moon
- Carlos Saldanha (Rio) to direct The Phantom Tollbooth
- Clueless is getting a remake
- Downton Abbey is coming to the big screen
- Grumpy Old Men-inspired movie by Eddie Murphy and Tim Story in the works
- Angelina Jolie will star in revenge thriller The Kept
- Stephen Schwartz says that Wicked is still coming, but it will be a while
- Third How To Train Your Dragon will end the franchise
- Bryan Singer will helm a Red Sonja remake
- Ridley Scott is preparing a Gladiator sequel
- Overlord director Julius Avery will direct a new Flash Gordon movie
- Andy Muschietti will direct a new version of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine
- The Color Purple musical is coming to the big screen
- Fully remastered 2001: A Space Odyssey UHD BD is out

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Podcast #237 - Not Pumpkin Spiced
Airdate: 15 Oct 2018

- OnePlus is entering the TV market
- Samsung's 8K TV is up for pre-order
- New Roku Ultra will support USB/MicroSD and Google Assistant
- Venom sequel will most likely not be rated R
- Mike Mignola is ready for an R-rates Hellboy
- Hellboy will have a lot of practical monster effects
- Trailer:
- Teaser: Aladdin
- Trailer: Vice
- Lilo & Stitch will be the next Disney live-action remake
- A new Deadpool is coming in November, but Fox won't say what it is
- Trailer: Holmes and Watson
- Trailer: Mary Poppins Returns
- James Gunn is tackling Suicide Squad sequel
- Dance Dance Revolution movie is in the works (kill me now)
- Live-action Monster Hunter movie is in the works
- Chris Evans releases cryptic tweet regarding playing Captain America
- Rumor: Brie Larson signs up for seven Marvel movies
- Rumor: Ryan Coogler is being signed up for Black Panther sequel
- Rambo 5 starts shooting in Bulgaria
- Rambo 5 bad guy will be Snowfall's Sergio Peris-Mencheta
- Birds of Prey set for a February 2020 release
- Aquaman extended video
- Michael Peña will be Mr. Roarke in Fantasy Island
- The Mule to be released in December
- New Line to release Train to Busan remake
- Trailer: Stan & Ollie
- Gary Kurtz (Star Wars producer) dies at 78
- Mel Gibson is tackling The Wild Bunch remake
- Gary Fukunaga is set to helm James Bond 25
- Bob Iger admits "the mistake I made" regarding Star Wars films timing
- One Last Step
- Amazing one-take time-span shot

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Podcast #236 - You Bought It, You Don't Own It
Airdate: 16 Sep 2018

- CEDIA: IMAX Enhanced certification coming soon
- CEDIA: Denon and Marantz announce IMAX Enhanced-ready receivers
- CEDIA: Sony launches pricey UHD/4K projectors
- CEDIA: Epson announces their Pro Cinema projector w/ 2400 lumens
- CEDIA: HiSense announces new UHD DLP laser projection bundles
- CEDIA: Samsung and Sony bring on pointless 8K TVs to try to outdo each other
- CEDIA: DirectLED (micro LED) displays take center stage
- Barry Sonnenfeld is not happy with HDR or being forced to shoot in 4K
- Ant-Man and the Wasp coming in October (the 3D version releases in December)
- Fox will release the first three X-Men movies in Ultra HD on Sept. 25
- Found Footage 3D (independent, 3D horror)
- You don't own it: Apple removed three purchased movies from user's library
- The Nun opens to $54M at home, $133M globally
- Hotel Transylvania 3 is Sony's biggest animated pic
- Incredibles 2 shoots past $600M domestically
- Summer 2018 box office sets near record of $4.8 billion
- Rumor: Henry Cavill is out as Superman
- Henry Cavill is not out as Superman
- Henry Cavill confuses everyone regarding Superman
- Superman: The Movie is returning to theaters for its 40th anniversary
- EW releases 10 exclusive images from Captain Marvel
- Halle Berry to make directorial debut with MMA drama
- The Academy is postponing their ridiculous "Popular Film" category
- Venom will be PG-13 with a runtime of 1 hr 52 mins
- Obituary: Burt Reynolds
- Alamo Drafthouse will open a new Manhattan location
- Trailer: Halloween
- New Police Academy movie supposedly in a "gift bag"
- Tarantino Star Trek reportedly to portray the horrors of space


Podcast #235 - Not Rich, Not Asian, But Definitely Crazy
Airdate: 3 Sep 2018

- Disney alters disc license to prevent reselling codes
- Disc player ownership continues to decline
- Disney releases a few more details about their streaming service
- Crazy Rich Asians has a remarkable week-to-week drop of only 6%
- WB is moving forward with a Crazy Rich Asians sequel
- Kevin Spacey's Billionaire Boys Club brings in $618 at the box office
- Dwayne Johnson will play Hawai'ian king Kamehameha
- Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind is finished after 48 years
- Cats lands a December 2019 release date
- Top Gun: Maverick pushed back to 2020
- Alec Baldwin to play Bruce Wayne's father...
- ...except ... no, he's not
- Next Big Trouble In Little China will be a sequel
- WB is making a Wile E. Coyote movie
- Rumor: Matt Smith is signed onto Episode IX
- Dominic Monaghan is also cast in Episode IX
- Trump's deal with Mexico seems to extend copyright
- Star Trek will receive the Academy's Governors Award
- Neil Simon dies at 91
- Guardians 3 goes on indefinite hold
- Danny Boyle exits Bond 25 citing "creative differences"
- Rumor: Bond 25 is expected to miss its November 2019 release date...
- Rumor: ...except it might not
- Hans Zimmer confirmed to do the music for Wonder Woman 1984
- AMC headed to trial over alleged conspiracy with studios
- The struggle to bring Buck Rogers to the big screen
- MoviePass board member quits citing inability to do his job
- The Batman script update expected after Labor Day
- Rumor: Amazon is looking to buy the Landmark movie chain
- Schindler's List getting a 4K remaster, returning to theaters
- Dave Bautista might not return for Guardians 3
- VFX Breakdown: Avengers: Infinity War
- Star Wars fan helps to develop lightsaber crutches


Podcast #234 - Pan-And-Scan Lives
Airdate: 17 Aug 2018

- Send your DVDs and Blu-rays to the troops stationed abroad
- Incredibles 2 passes the $1B global mark
- Black Panther crosses $700M domestically
- Guardians cast releases open letter to bring back James Gunn
- Dave Bautista calls Disney's release of James Gunn "nauseating"...
- ...and he wants to be released of his contract if James Gunn's original script isn't used
- Rumor: Disney and Marvel reported to be talking about reinstating Gunn
- Rumor: Avengers 4 to be called Avengers: End Game
- IMAX will host a multi-day Marvel film marathon
- Paramount is remaking Indecent Proposal
- Charlie's Angels is being rebooted ... again
- Fantasy Island is getting a big-screen remake
- 9 to 5 sequel has the original cast on-board
- A prequel to The Sandlot is in the works
- Rumor: Star Trek 4 in doubt as Pine and Hemsworth call off talks
- Ryan Reynolds to produce Home Alone parody Stoned Alone
- Cineplex and Uber Eats launch home delivery of movie popcorn
- Both Alaskan Blockbusters close; only one Oregon store remains
- MoviePass cuts plan to three movies per month
- First MoviePass-produced film will star Bruce Willis
- Trailer: Venom
- Neil Blomkamp says Peter Weller should be in his Robocop sequel
- Matt Reeves gives some updates on the Batman reboot
- Rumor: Supergirl movie reboot is being considered
- Baywatch owners remaster the series .... into 16:9 pan-and-scan
- Academy Awards will have a shorter run time and will have a new Popular Movie category
- Idris Elba fuels James Bond rumor mill again
- Chadwick Bozeman to star in Russo Brothers' thriller 17 Bridges
- This series of Metal Gear concept art is amazing
- Next Spongebob movie comes out in July 2020
- David Leitch in talks to remake Enter the Dragon
- Trailer: Operation Finale
- Rumor: Idris Elba will play the villain in Fast and Furious spinoff
- Rumor: Billie Dee Williams returning as Lando in Episode IX
- Child's Play reboot incoming
- Rumor: Disney stays stubborn and hypocritical; refuses to reinstate James Gunn
- Luke Evans joins the cast of Roland Emmerich's Midway
- Laika announces their next movie Missing Link
- Han Solo's Empire jacket expected to fetch up to $1.3M at auction
- LEGO will release a massive 6,020-piece Hogwarts on September 1


Podcast #233 - Down With The Sickness
Airdate: 29 July 2018

- Infinity War release dates announced, 3D Blu-ray screwed again
- Solo: A Star Wars Story release dates announced, 3D Blu-ray screwed again
- Amazon joins the Dolby Atmos club with Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
- SDCC: Wonder Woman 1984 team talks about Chris Pine and the 1980s
- SDCC: Venom villain will be Riot
- SDCC: Bumblebee director talks about the 1980s setting and Cybertron
- SDCC: The uncut Deadpool 2 screens at SDCC
- Trailer: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- Trailer: Aquaman
- Teaser: Shazam!
- Trailer: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Trailer: Glass
- Trailer: Bohemian Rhapsody
- Star Wars: Episode IX cast announced
- James Gunn released from Guardians of the Galaxy due to years-old tweets
- Miles Teller will play Goose's son in Top Gun sequel
- Jennifer Connelly in talk to join Top Gun: Maverick cast
- Joker origin pic gets October 4, 2019 release date
- Zazie Beetz joins Joker origin pic
- Robert De Niro in talks to join Joker origin pic
- The Dark Knight gets ridiculously small 70mm re-release
- Cats is coming to the big screen
- Zombieland sequel gets the green light
- Black Widow movie lands Cate Shortland as the director
- Scarlett Johansson exits Rub & Tug after backlash
- New RoboCop is a sequel to the 1987 original


Podcast #232 - You're Entitled Whiners, Not Fans
Airdate: 01 Jul 2018

- 2001: A Space Odyssey remastered from 65mm negatives on Ultra HD Blu-ray
- Amazon's new Fire TV cube supports IR blaster and HDMI-CEC
- Pirate movie apps install malware on Amazon Fire TVs and Fire Sticks
- North American box office hits $6B, earliest milestone ever
- Deadpool 2 hits $705M worldwide
- Jurassic World 2 brings in $715M worldwide (updated to $932M)
- Infinity War crosses $2B mark globally
- Comcast launches $65B bid for Fox, beating Disney's offer
- Disney counters Comcast's offer and is immediately accepted by Fox
- Department of Justice okays Fox-Disney deal for some reason
- Jared Leto to star in Spider-Man offshoot Morbius
- A new TMNT movie is in the works
- Rumor: A Star Wars Story spinoffs are on hold...
- Rumor: ...except they're not
- MoviePass parent company's stock hits and all-time low
- MoviePass gets over 3 million subscribers, hopes for 5 million
- AMC adds their own $20/month subscription service
- MoviePass warns that "peak pricing" and other fees are on the way
- Alamo Drafthouse to test their own subscription service in Yonkers
- Robert Zemeckis will direct The Witches remake
- Trailer: Creed II
- Red band trailer (w/ trigger warnings??): Assassination Nation
- The next Spider-Man is likely called Spider-Man: Far From Home
- Sony and Amy Pascal working on Spider-Man offshoot Silk
- Jumanji 3 gets a release date of December 13, 2019
- Pete Docter to lead Pixar, Jennifer Lee to lead Walt Disney Animation
- Pinar Toprack will score Captain Marvel to be the first woman composer of a superhero movie
- The hits keep coming as Terry Gilliam loses the rights to Don Quixote
- Red band trailer: The Predator
- Patty Jenkins confirms that Steve Trevor is in Wonder Woman 1984
- Rumor: Indiana Jones 5 will miss its 2020 release date
- George Lucas says "a lot of the fans would have hated" the third trilogy
- Teaser: The Nun
- Doritos auctions the Jurassic Doritos
- New Yorker film critic gives a bizarre Incredibles 2 review
- LEGO designer creates a massive 6-foot tall Wayne Manor with Batcave
- Han Solo DL-44 blaster gets $550K in auction
- Evangeline Lilly burns male superhero actors who complain about their costumes
- Entitled whiners claim to be raising money to remake The Last Jedi
- More entitled whiners make a really sad "declaration" that they are rebelling from Lucasfilm
- True Star Wars fans, however, have a more reasonable statement


Podcast #231 - So About Solo...
Airdate: 10 Jun 2018

- My thoughts on Solo might not be what you thought
- Solo projection problems angers fans and industry veterans
- Solo globally crashes upon entry
- Solo is likely to be the first Star Wars movie to lose money
- Deadpool 2 continues to charge the box office
- Incredibles 2 is looking for a $140M domestic debut
- Rumor: Boba Fett movie is in the works
- Sadly, a Jared Leto Joker movie is in the works
- Wonder Woman 2 will take place in 1984
- Rumor: Kathleen Kennedy to leave Lucasfilm?
- Trailer: Ralph Breaks the Internet
- Taika Waititi can't wait to "piss off a lot of racists"
- Top Gun 2 production has started
- Rumor: The Crow remake loses Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy
- Six Billion Dollar Man pushed back, The Shining sequel gets a date
- Trailer: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
- Rumor: The Cannonball Run might race again
- Shareholder vote for Disney/Fox merger set for July 10
- Comcast might actually be a less risky owner of Fox assets than Disney
- MoviePass parent buys Emmet Furla Oasis Films
- Trailer: Mortal Engines
- Red band trailer: The Happytime Murders
- Sorry, Sesame Street. Happytime Murders can keep their catchphrase
- Reese Witherspoon is coming back for Legally Blonde 3
- Clint Eastwood's next film involves the Mexican Cartels
- James Cameron is still bullish on 3D as long as it's native
- Job openings at The New Beverly in Los Angeles
- Maleficent 2 starts filming at Pinewood
- Universal will distribute Bond 25
- Rumor: Helena Bonham Carter eyed at Bond 25 antagonist
- Trailer: Peppermint
- Emilia Clarke says that "Nobody has a good time" making Terminator Genisys
- Gaming (mobile, console, PC) brought in $9 billion in April alone!


Podcast #230 - The Jerk With The Mouth
Airdate: 24 May 2018

- Deadpool 2 score is the first to earn Parental Advisory sticker
- The Matrix UHD Blu-ray is re-scanned from original 35mm elements
- 2001: A Space Odyssey gets a new 70mm release for 50th anniversary
- Superman star Margot Kidder dies at 69
- Deadpool 2 earns record $53.3M on opening Friday
- Infinity War becomes the 5th highest grossing film (w/o inflation)
- James Gunn is consistent: the next movie is Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3"
- Baby Groot congratulates Deadpool
- Lucasfilm says that a Lando spin-off is next...
- ...except that it's actually not
- Massive 7:1 aspect ratio Barco Escape comparison
- Teaser: Bohemian Rhapsody
- Harrison Ford apparently loves the Solo movie
- Kevin Feige "definitely sort of" confirms that Miss Marvel will be coming out
- Trailer: Mile 22
- John WOo is remaking The Killer with Lupita Nyong'o
- Trailer: Searching
- Spamalot is coming to the big screen
- Trailer: Mission Impossible: Fallout
- Halle Berry joins John Wick 3
- Universal announces three release dates including A Dog's Purpose sequel
- Trailer: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
- Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter confirm that a new Bill & Ted is on the way
- Burt Reynolds is in talk to join DeCaprio in Tarantino's Charles Manson movie
- The LEGO Movie: The Second Part is the official sequel name
- Liam Neeson joins the Men In Black spinoff
- Baby Driver star Eiza Gonzales joins Kung Fury cast
- Trailer: The Spy Who Dumped Me
- Six Billion Dollar Man loses its director
- Sherlock Holmes 3 to be released in December 2020
- Teaser: The Predator
- Rumor: Rambo will go after the Mexican cartels next
- G.I. Joe character Snake Eyes is getting his own spinoff movie
- What does a video filmed with a 140-year-old lens look like? Pretty amazing actually.
- Margot Robbie wants her Harley Quinn movie to be an "R-rated girl gang film"
- How Star Wars Was Saved In The Edit
- Comcast to make an all-cash bid for Fox


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