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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, it was a bad week to be a new release. In fact, none of the newbies broke into the top five, and the best among them was a documentary with cute critters. The Fate of the Furious kept driving, and unless The Circle, a street magician, or a latin lover can muster the numbers, Toretto's family will keep riding into the sunset.

 

The home entertainment slate is a small affair, musicals both modern and classic, a battle of werewolves and vampires, and... well... an affair. Denise caps off the week with The Mummy's daddy issues, another crack at the Dark Phoenix, and some uncertainty about Predator and Trek on this new edition of the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for April 25th, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Circle

 


Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – The Fate of the Furious – [Second Week]
#2 – The Boss Baby – [Even]
#3 – Beauty and the Beast – [Even]
#4 – Going in Style – [+1]
#5 – Smurfs: The Lost Village – [-1]
#6 – Born in China – [New Release]

#7 – Unforgettable – [New Release]
#8 – Gifted – [-2]
#9 – The Promise – [New Release]
#10 – The Lost City of Z – [+18]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – Think Like a Man
2007 – Disturbia
1997 – Volcano
1987 – The Secret of My Succe$s
1977 – Annie Hall

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of April 28th, 2017

Wide

The Circle – [PG-13]

How to Be a Latin Lover – [PG-13]

Sleight – [R]

 

Limited

Buster’s Mal Heart – [NR]
One Week and a Day – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of April 25th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

La La Land – [PG-13]

Underworld: Blood Wars – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Fifty Shades Darker – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

The Affair: Season Three (2016)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Man of La Mancha (1972) – [PG]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

The SciFi Diner Podcast

In this Science Fiction Podcast, we share interviews, reviews, and opinions on popular and perhaps not so popular Science Fiction TV shows and movies.

 

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Universal’s monsters, The Mummy, and daddy issues
Dark Phoenix (again and again and again and...)
Predator reboot gets knocked back
Zachary Quinto unsure about Star Trek #4

 

Links

 

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

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Direct download: Podioplex042517.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT
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Apologies for the delay in this release.

On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the winner was expected, but the magnitude was not. The Fate of the Furious was apparently to set records worldwide and guarantee another two stories in the adrenline-charged series. The competition this week is pulling out all the stops, with five titles ranging from angry ex-wives to alien abductions and cute animals, but none of them can drive cars really, really fast. 

The home entertainment slate is far more limited, spanning Split, The Founder, and the Teen Titans on disc. A dog finds his purpose on digital, and Killjoys joins the Five-O in TV on DVD. Finally, retro titles preps Hulu audiences with a look at a polluted religious dystopia driven by fertility. 

Denise wraps it all up with comic and video game news, as well as a sad news about the future of Conan. The king of the Cimmerians may be dead, but we still soldier on with this new edition of the Weekly Podioplex on The Chronic Rift Network.

Direct download: Podioplex041817.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 7:21pm EDT
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Now available is Baker Street Irregulars, a new anthology of alternate Sherlock Holmes stories edited by Michael A. Ventrella & Jonathan Maberry. Keith talks about his contribution to the anthology, “Identity,” a tale of a young woman in modern New York City named Shirley Holmes and a young African-American medical student at Columbia University named Jack Watson, as they help a young woman whose fiancé has gone missing.

 

Keith reads “Identity” and talks all about BSI, as well as his plans for future Shirley-and-Jack stories, including “The Six Red Dragons” for Volume 2 of BSI in 2018.

Direct download: DKR_-_Vol2Ep3.mp3
Category:Dead Kitchen Radio -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT
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The “Lux Radio Theater” usually adapted films, but this adaptation of “Lost Horizon” is based on the 1933 novel by James Hilton, not the 1937 film starring Ronald Colman and directed by Frank Capra.  And yet, this radio version also stars Ronald Colman.  He had become so identified with the film’s hero, Conway, that it was unthinkable to do a version without him.  If you’ve only seen the film, you’ll be surprised to find that the story is the same but many of the characters are different and / or missing.

 

Episodes

 

Lux Radio Theater

 

September 15, 1941

 

“Lost Horizon”

 

3:42

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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, The Smurfs got beat by the Boss Baby. In fact, the Smurfs got beat by the nearly billion-dollar Beauty and the Beast. You know, The Smurfs even got beat by The Smurfs... twice! Okay, okay, they pulled out a win against geriatric thieves Going in Style, but we're left wondering if it's enough to beat fast and furious car thieves on their eighth movie. Can Smurfs get furious? Can they even drive?

 

In home entertainment, NASA's Hidden Figures, Monster Trucks, and (shhh... you're not supposed to know) The Bye Bye Man make their debuts alongside digital releases of Underworld: Blood Wars and La La Land. TV on DVD showcases Tangled: The Series, a trip to Mars, and a classic '50s favorite, and Blu-Rays from the past bring a witch hunt to HD. 

 

Denise wraps it all up with news about Mulan and a taking to task of The Mummy and the humanity of monsters before finishing off this new edition of the Weekly Podioplex on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for April 11th, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Fate of the Furious

 


Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – The Boss Baby – [Second Week]
#2 – Beauty and the Beast – [Even]
#3 – Smurfs: The Lost Village – [New Release]
#4 – Going in Style – [New Release]
#5 – Ghost in the Shell – [-2]
#6 – Power Rangers – [-2]

#7 – Kong: Skull Island – [-2]
#8 – Get Out – [-1]
#9 – Logan – [-3]
#10 – The Case for Christ – [New Release]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – The Hunger Games
2007 – Disturbia
1997 – Anaconda
1987 – The Secret of My Succe$s
1977 – The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of April 14th, 2017

Wide

The Fate of the Furious – [PG-13]

 

Limited

Spark: A Space Tail – [PG]
The Lost City of Z – [PG-13]
Norman – [R]

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent – [R]
A Quiet Passion – [PG-13]
Tommy’s Honour – [PG]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of April 11th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Hidden Figures – [PG]

Lion – [PG-13]

Monster Trucks – [PG]

The Bye Bye Man – [PG-13]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Underworld: Blood Wars – [R]

La La Land – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Tangled: The Series: Volume One – Before Ever After (2017)
Veep: Season Five (2016)
Mars: The Complete Series (2016)
Father Knows Best: Season Six (1959)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

The Crucible (1996) – [PG-13]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Geek Radio Daily

Geek Radio Daily is a place for geeks and stealth geeks alike to hang out and talk about a variety of geeky topics. Check out the somtimes weekly podcast…..sWeekly, if you will.  The GRD sWeekly ‘cast is usually available on Mondays, and if you are new to the show, just jump right in!

 

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Live-action Mulan will have pivotal music
The Mummy will explore the deep humanity of monsters

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex041117.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 10:06am EDT
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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, Disney almost had the box office turkey, but they encountered The Boss Baby in a nail-biter of a weekend. The big question is whether or not the Baby can defend against the power of Smurfs, geriatric theives, or crises of faith. Are the Baby's days on the throne numbered?

 

In home entertainment, the slate is short for another week, but that's okay. We have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. On the TV front, we go retro with Diff'rent Strokes and one of the most memorable episodes in '80s sitcom history, and Blu-Rays from the past goes way back with Mr. Deeds. Not the Adam Sandler one... we're talking way, way back. After that, Denise wraps it all up with some comic news and some props for Screen Rant for getting her good before drawing this new edition of the Weekly Podioplex to a close on The Chronic Rift Network.

Direct download: Podioplex040417.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 8:36pm EDT
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As promised last time, I’m giving you the first episode of the amateur detective drama “The Casebook of Gregory Hood,” a summer replacement series that became a hit in its own right.  Written by science fiction and mystery writer Anthony Boucher and writer Denis Green, it takes full advantage of its post-war San Francisco setting.  Then on the “Jack Benny Program,” Jack has to sneak around in order to avoid being seen by actor Ronald Colman.  Luckily, he has his old-lady costume from a production of “Charley’s Aunt.”  So on go the bonnet and high heels . . 

 

Episodes

 

The Casebook of Gregory Hood

June 3, 1946

“The Three Silver Pesos”

4:00

 

The Jack Benny Program

April 25, 1948

“Charley’s Aunt”

36:22

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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, Disney continues to score with the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, handily defeating CHiPs, Life, and even Power Rangers. This week brings another live-action adaptation, this time from the anime genre with Ghost in the Shell. It also brings The Boss Baby. Can either of them take on the song as old as rhyme?

 

In home entertainment, the slate is short once again as Fantastic Beasts, Planet Earth, and Hidden Figures headline the new movies, MST3K and Static Shock come from TV to DVD, and Cool Runnings jams into HD. Denise wraps it all up with some thoughts on the DCEU before wrapping this new edition of the Weekly Podioplex to a close on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for March 28th, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Ghost in the Shell

 

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Beauty and the Beast – [Second Week]
#2 – Power Rangers – [New Release]
#3 – Kong: Skull Island – [-1]
#4 – Life – [New Release]
#5 – Logan – [-2]
#6 – Get Out – [-2]

#7 – CHiPs – [New Release]
#8 – The Shack – [-3]
#9 – The LEGO Batman Movie – [-3]
#10 – The Belko Experiment – [-3]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – The Hunger Games
2007 – Blades of Glory
1997 – Liar Liar
1987 – Blind Date
1977 – Airport ‘77

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of March 31st, 2017

Wide

Ghost in the Shell – [PG-13]

The Boss Baby – [PG]

 

Limited

The Zookeeper’s Wife – [PG-13]
Naam Shabana – [NR]
Cezanne and I – [R]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of March 28th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – [PG-13]

A Monster Calls – [PG-13]

Planet Earth II – [NR]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Hidden Figures – [PG]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Archer: Season Seven (2016)
Static Shock: Season One (2000)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII (1988-1999)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Cool Runnings (1993) – [PG]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Geek Radio Daily

Geek Radio Daily is your one stop shop for all your geeky goodness. Check out Billy Flynn, Flynnstress, and Saucy on GRDsWeekly, the sometimes weekly podcast. All the geek without the wait!

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Star Wars Celebration skips 2018
Han Solo and The Last Jedi
Chris Evans and Captain America
Upcoming DC films to include flashbacks and flash-forwards

 

 

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic Rift, The Weekly Podioplex, Denise, and Michael
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Leave a review on iTunes:  The Chronic Rift

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex032817.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT
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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, Disney scored a major record-breaking win with Beauty and the Beast. This week continues the revival theme with a new adaptation of Power Rangers and a 21st century bite at the '70s classic CHIPS, as well as a new sci-fi horror film called Life. Can any of these newbies de-throne the Mouse, or will Belle and Beast dance for another week?

 

In home entertainment, the slate is short as three winter titles make their way to disc, Jyn Erso's mission goes digital, Batman and Dick Van Dyke take on TV, and Hitchcock brings up the anchor position with Lifeboat. Denise wraps it all up with a basket full of news, bringing this new edition of the Weekly Podioplex to a close on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for March 21st, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Power Rangers

 


Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Beauty and the Beast – [New Release]
#2 – Kong: Skull Island – [-1]
#3 – Logan – [-1]
#4 – Get Out – [-1]
#5 – The Shack – [-1]
#6 – The LEGO Batman Movie – [-1]

#7 – The Belko Experiment – [New Release]
#8 – Hidden Figures – [-1]
#9 – John Wick: Chapter Two – [-1]
#10 – Before I Fall – [-4]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – The Hunger Games
2007 – TMNT
1997 – Liar Liar
1987 – Lethal Weapon
1977 – Airport ‘77

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of March 24th, 2017

Wide

Power Rangers – [PG-13]

CHIPS – [R]

Life – [R]

 

Limited

Wilson – [R]
Prevenge – [NR]
The Levelling – [R]

Slamma Jamma – [PG]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of March 21st, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Miss Sloane – [R]

Sing – [PG]

Assassin’s Creed – [PG-13]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Season Three (2011)
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Now in Living Color! (1961-1966)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Lifeboat (1944) – [NR]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R. A. DeCandido Podcast

Author, editor, percussionist, voice talent, and Rift regular Keith R.A. DeCandido presents a little slice of his life twice a month in his podcast, Dead Kitchen Radio.  Each episode Keith offers readings from his latest works, anecdotes on the writing and editing process, and music from his days with the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players and the Boogie Knights.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Playgrounds in movie theaters?
Orson Welles final film coming to Netflix
Alien: The Engineers didn’t create the Xenomorphs
Guardians of the Galaxy and Legion are getting more sequels

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic RiftThe Weekly PodioplexDenise, and Michael
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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex032117.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 8:25am EDT
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"Eat, Drink, and Be Dead"

Airdate: October 14, 1966 

 

This episode has something for everyone!  There are bootleggers for the Green Hornet and Kato to deal with!  There's a killer helicopter for the Black Beauty to tussle with!  And there's a new episode for John and Jim to review!  But are they in agreement again?  Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: Hornets_Sting_006.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT
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