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For our first Christmas-themed episode this year, we present the LUX RADIO THEATER adaptation of the Judy Garland classic, “Meet Me in St. Louis.”  This one-hour version drops the character of Agnes, but retains, in the roles they originated in the 1944 film, Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien as sisters Esther and Tootie Smith, as well as Tom Drake as The Boy Next Door, John Truett.  And you get to hear Garland perform a few songs that have since become standards, “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

 

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The Lux Radio Theater

“Meet Me in St. Louis”

December 2, 1946

3:35

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A couple get lost in the fog, have a car accident, and look for help in a small town called Whistle Stop.  And that's only the beginning of the story.  It's another story for the blind from WCRS Radiostage.

Direct download: Rstage25_whistleStop.mp3
Category:WCRS Radio Stage -- posted at: 7:43pm EST
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Shazam!

"Double Trouble"

September 27, 1975

 

Billy and Mentor are shocked to learn that Captain Marvel is accused of robbing a gas station.  Billy's first instinct is to investigate the matter, but he turns himself in as Captain Marvel in order to prove a point to a young boy about the idea that no one is above the law.  But if Captain Marvel is in jail, who is going to prove his innocence? 

John and Richard are both in agreement that this is one of the best episodes in the entire series.  We learn though it's one that Jackson Bostwick suggested as an idea for the show and it allows Captain Marvel a lot more dialogue and screen time.  The two discuss the potential of the episode, the importance of the moral today in a world where many feel they are above the law, and the number of known actors who appeared in this episode.

 It's all here and we want to hear from you on what you think of the episode.  Write us as ShazamIsisPodcast@gmail.com.

Moral: “Respecting the law is just another way of saying that we respect each other. Laws have been made for the good of everyone, and when someone breaks the law, they're saying "I don't care about you." When you respect the law, you respect yourself."

 

Guest Cast

Ben Andrews as Pierce Young

William Bassett as Bill Ritzi

Ross Elliot as Sheriff Martin

Jack Garner as Phil Schartoff

Jimmy McNichol as Kelly Martin

Bill Quinn as Larry Frank

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_28.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 8:20pm EST
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On an brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the box office shrugged off a turkey coma as Moana unseats Fantastic Beasts as the box office champ. Unfortunately, that luck didn't spread far among the new releases. The good news is that they have a chance to remain in the running since this week brings only one contender to the table. 

 

In home entertainment, the slate belongs to the movies as six titles from 2016 make their premiere. Add them to a baby for Bridget Jones, a House of Lies, and a game of Finders Keepers to put the finishing touches on the plate. Add in dessert with Denise and the Quick Flicks, and you have an end-of-the-month edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for November 29th, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Incarnate

 

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Moana – [New Release]
#2 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – [-1]
#3 – Doctor Strange – [-1]
#4 – Allied – [New Release]
#5 – Arrival – [-1]
#6 – Trolls – [-3]

#7 – Bad Santa 2 – [New Release]
#8 – Almost Christmas – [-3]
#9 – Hacksaw Ridge – [-3]
#10 – The Edge of Seventeen – [-3]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
2006 – Happy Feet
1996 – 101 Dalmatians
1986 – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
1976 – Carrie

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of December 2nd, 2016

Wide

Incarnate – [PG-13]

 

Limited

Jackie – [R]
The Eyes of My Mother – [R]
Things to Come – [PG-13]
Old Stone – [UR]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of November 29th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – [R]

The Wild Life – [PG]

The BFG – [PG]

Don’t Breathe – [R]

Pete’s Dragon – [PG]

Family Drama

Rifftrax Live!: MST3K Reunion Show – [NR]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Bridget Jones’s Baby – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

House of Lies: Season Five (2016)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Finders Keepers (1984) – [R]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

The ScapeCast: The Scaper Chronicles

The ScapeCast is your guide to the wonders of Farscape. Join Karen, Lou, veteran Scapers, and newbies as they discuss each episode in detail on The Scaper Chronicles. Look up and share the wonders we've seen.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Assassin’s Creed clip
Kubo and Zootopia nominated for Annie Awards
BD Wong returns for Jurassic World 2
Buckaroo Banzai lawsuit
Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

 

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Direct download: Podioplex112916.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 9:48pm EST
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"The Londinium Larcenies/The Foggiest Notion/The Bloody Tower"

Aired November 23/30 and December 6, 1967

Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and Commissioner Gordon travel to Londinium at the request of the President to help Venerable Ireland Yard with a series of bizarre thefts throughout the city.  Batman quickly realizes that the evidence points to Lord Marmaduke Ffogg and Lady Penelope Peasoup and her finishing school for girls.

Once again, we are faced with a three-part story so big, it needs three guests hosts to cover every detail.  Jim Beard of Gotham City 14 Miles travels with John overseas to discuss the episode with Andrew Leyland of the HeyKids Comics Podcast and photographer and Batman 66 board moderator Ben Bentley.  We know we like it, but why?  It's a mess of a story and there are a number of missed opportunities.  And does Batgirl really play a part in this story?  It's all here on a double-sized episode.

Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_57.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 5:00pm EST
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AIRED: SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

The Hornet investigates a series of crimes that were predicted by a super computer.  Are they connected?

This is another of the high concept episodes that Jim likes to see on The Green Hornet, but even he admits this one has its faults.  How close are the two to agreeing on this one?   Let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_004.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 5:00pm EST
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John returns to the world of oddities and antiquities with the story of a young man trying to desperately salvage a relationship with a young doctor in residence.  In an act of demonstrating his commitment to her, he purchases an antique stethoscope.  The resident quickly realizes that the instrument has the ability to heal people of the most serious illnesses.  And what was meant to heal a relationship causes more of a rift as the young doctor becomes more and more obsessed with helping the world with its ills.

Direct download: Rstage19_theHealingTouch.mp3
Category:WCRS Radio Stage -- posted at: 7:01pm EST
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 Isis

"Spots of the Leopard"

September 20, 1975

 

Jenny's father Chuck has returned after a stay in prison for theft and wants to start his life over.  A series of thefts of industrial diamonds has a similar MO to Chuck's leading to almost everyone to believe, including Jenny, that Chuck may be guilty.  Everyone, except Andrea.  Can she prove this to Jenny before it's too late?

 

John and Richard are impressed with this episode, which they feel has more depth than a usual episode of either series.  They go on to discuss how Isis feels like it learned from the mistakes of the first season of Shazam! while Shazam! continues to produce the same kind of stories as before.  Finally, they make the comparison of these two shows with Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

 

It's all here and we want to hear from you on what you think of the episode.  Write us as ShazamIsisPodcast@gmail.com.

 

Moral: "Today we learned the importance of keeping faith in a friend or someone you love even if it seems they’ve done something wrong.   If they have, it will come out soon enough.  If they haven’t, they need someone who will believe in them when others won’t.  That’s what being a true friend really means."

Guest Cast

Lou Frizzell as Chuck Nelson

Debralee Scott as Jenny Nelson

Edward Cross as Sgt. Connors

Paul Jenkins as Tom Jenkins

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_27.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 5:00pm EST
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Please call the listener line at 1(260) 577-2428, Email us at scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com or visit us on Twitter @scifidiner. Facebook Fan Page. And check out our YouTube channel. We are apart of the Chronic Rift Network of podcasts.

 

Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

 

SACRIFICE PLAY is the third novel based on THE ARBITER CHRONICLES, a science fiction audio drama which has won the Mark Time Silver Award and the Parsec Award. SACRIFICE PLAY is scheduled for release in trade paperback and eBook this Summer from Firebringer Press. Comic book artist Caio Cacau has painted the cover.

 

Additionally, the cast of THE ARBITER CHRONICLES will voice a full-cast audiobook version of the novel.

 

The goal of the funding campaign is to pay the artists, voice actors and production staff for their hard work in creating this multimedia adventure.

On behalf of Firebringer Press and Promethues Radio Theatre, thank you for your ongoing support of our work, and we look forward to making SACRIFICE PLAY a success with your help!

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Episode 39—Special Grup Edition—Dead Talking

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson and his daughter discuss the brutal Walking Dead season seven premiere—definitely not for the youngest geeks in the family—and what they each did the next day to recover. 

 

Segments

Intro :28

First Thoughts—Salty 1:15

It’s Not About Who Died 2:32

Uncomfortably Numb 4:16

Broken Characters, Broken Viewers 6:25

The Lingering Death of Glenn 9:02

Let’s Not Forget Abraham 12:07

The Glenn Fake-Out 14:05

Earning Not Manipulating 15:40 

Throwing in the Towel? 17:28

Disturbing Precedents 18:42

Talking Dead 21:08

Neegan and Daryl 25:00

Neegan and Rick 27:15

Carl’s Hand 30:49

Recovering 36:03

What About the Baby? 38:52

Feral Daryl 42:25

Direct download: GenGeek39.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 5:00pm EST
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