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Taking a break for the summer allowed John to go out on special missions for the podcast.  These "Critical Assignments" took him to far-off exotic locales where he met up with other agents of the OSI.  In this episode, John travels to Atlanta, Georgia for DragonCon 2013.  There, he met actress Lindsay Wagner and hosted a Q&A panel on Friday, August 29.  He captured the audio of the panel and we're sharing it with you on the podcast.  John relates what it was like meeting Lindsay and Paul talks with Betsy Dodd, The Bionic Blonde, about the creation of a special introductory career video seen before Lindsay took the stage.

Comment on the episode here or write abionicpodcast@gmail.com or call 888-866-9010 or better still use the "Send Voicemail" tab on the left of the page to leave a message via your computer.  Take a moment to rate the episode by using our star system at the bottom of this entry.



Links

Lindsay Wagner's website

Order The High Road to Health: A Vegetarian Cookbook from Amazon

IMDB listing

Facebook page

Twitter

 

 


Direct download: cyborgsCA_lindsay_dragon_092913_final.mp3
Category:Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT
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Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter welcome special guest Paul Simpson of Sci-Fi Bulletin, consummate genre journalist, editor, and writer. Coauthor (with Brian J. Robb) of Middle-earth Envisioned: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: On Screen, On Stage, and Beyond and Who at 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Doctor Who. Double-length episode!

Segments
Intro :34
Generations Geek contact info :53
Starting out geek with Who and Trek 1:40
Reading sci-fi 2:57
Parents vs. geek 3:50
Dreamwatch magazine 5:40
Writing discipline 8:15
Going freelance into Farscape 10:17
Dreamwatch becomes Total Sci-Fi 16:28
Star Trek magazine 18:03
Trek book writers and the magazine 19:24
Celebrity encounters 22:36
Geeky dad 25:11
The Andrew Lee Potts story 29:29
Merlin 33:38
Being Human 36:36
Sci-Fi Bulletin 37:13
That’s What They Want You to Think 41:16
A Brief Guide to C.S. Lewis 52:37
A Brief Guide to Oz 54:24
C.S. and J.R.R. 57:22
A Brief Guide to Stephen King 1:02:25
Who at 50 1:09:05
Recent reads and viewings 1:12:43
Gerry Anderson 1:14:37
Comment on this episode here or by writing thegeeks@generationsgeek.com or by calling 888-866-9010.

Direct download: GenGeek_Episode_13.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 8:17pm EDT
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As the new television season begins, there's a boatload of new TV on DVD releases available.  Michael Falkner reveals it all on a new The Weekly Podioplex.

Check out the full show notes here and comment on the episode or write weeklypodioplex@gmail.com or call 888-866-9010.  Take a moment to rate the episode by using our star system at the bottom of this entry.

Direct download: Podioplex092413.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 9:31pm EDT
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Ice on the streets of Gotham in July?  It sounds like the calling card of the cool, cruel Mr. Freeze.  He wants revenge on Batman for trapping him forever in the icy grip of his cold empty world, but first he will play with him "like cat with mouse". The question is, why is he doing that?

Joining John to try and answer this question is Hey Kids Comics's host Andrew Leyland.

Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com or call 888-866-9010. Take a moment to rate the episode by using our star system at the bottom of this entry.



Andrew Leyland - Born. Reads comics. Watches bad TV. Somehow found a woman that puts up with him and had three kids. Puts out a weekly comics podcast called "Hey Kids, Comics!" With his eldest son every Thursday on TwoTrueFreaks.com.

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_4.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 9:03pm EDT
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Tonight’s DinersScottMiles, and M.

Please call the listener line at 1.888.508.4343,

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Interview: Amanda Tapping (Stargate: SG1, Stargate: Atlantis, Sanctuary, Primeval

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TWIST: NSA director modeled top secret war room to look like the bridge of Star Trek’s Enterprise

SciFi 5 in 5: The top 5 weirdest inventions predicted in Science Fiction


Trivia

Who said this and in what movie?    ”You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: All I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”

Prize: Signed Amanda Tapping Print

You will have until the end of OCTOBER 15 to send us your answers. Please include the code word mentioned in the first 15 minutes of the show. Send your answer with your mailing address to scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner. Make sure you include your e-mail with all entries! Only one entry per person.   The SciFi Diner is not responsible for any injuries occurring if you secretly decide to go all shiny and dress in a browncoat and walk into your local bar.


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The film that Cinefantastique founder Fred Clarke called, “The CITIZEN KANE of horror,” is back, newly remastered and in an edition that its director has dubbed the “final cut.” In THE WICKER MAN, a devoutly religious Scottish policeman (Edward Woodward) travels to an island-bound agricultural community to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. What he finds is a society reverted back to its pagan traditions, a challenge to his faith via the island’s lord (Christopher Lee), temptation in the form Britt Ekland, and a mystery that suggests the missing child may have fallen victim to the island’s curdled superstitions. 

Happy to commemorate the impending rediscovery of a horror classic, Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons welcome theofantastique.com’s John Morehead in a discussion that examines the film in the context of the time it was made, weighs its impact now, and explores the tortured distribution history that’s led to confusion about what cut could be deemed the official one. Plus: What’s coming to theaters next week.

Comment on the episode here or write podcast@cinefantastique.com or call 888-866-9010. 

Direct download: csl_4-37_The_Wicker_Man_v01.mp3
Category:The Cinefantastique Spotlight -- posted at: 7:34pm EDT
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The fourth season of The Chronic Rift public access show premieres with a Roundtable discussion of Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 series with our own Dan Persons and fan Al Cacioppo.  Keith reviews The Safest Place by Steve Ditko and David Nahmod is back as the Pollitcally Incorrect Critic.

Please take a moment by commenting on the episode here or by writingjohn@chronicrift.com, or by calling 888-866-9010.


Trivia: The fourth and final season of the public access show opens with the best animated opening we ever had from Midguard Graphics.

Sponsors: Science Fiction, Mysteries, & More; Infinite Loop
Original Airdate: September 17, 1993
Direct download: 2001.mp4
Category:Public Access Show Episode -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT
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John talks with author Kevin G. Summers about the writing process and how he came to be involved with Kindle Worlds, the shared worlds project from Amazon.

Comment on this episode here or by writing john@chronicrift.com or by calling 888-866-9010.  Please rate the episode using our star system at the bottom of this entry.


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Kevin G. Summers was born in Washington, D.C. in 1974 and grew up in the Virginia suburbs. His interest in writing began at an early age. When he was a small child, his mother brought him along to her master-level writing classes at George Mason University, where Kevin sat in on lectures by John Irving, John Gardener and Susan Shreve.

Kevin is the author of the critically-acclaimed short story ISOLATION WARD 4, as well as several other stories set in the Star Trek universe. His short story THE BELL CURSE was the very first tale published in The World of Kurt Vonnegut under the Kindle Worlds imprint.

Kevin raises heritage hogs on his family farm and teaches writing at various colleges and libraries in Northern Virginia. He lives in an 100-year old farmhouse in Amissville, Virginia with his beautiful wife Rachel and their children Morwen, Ingrid and Roland.

Direct download: Spotlight_-_Kevin_G_Summers.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Spotlight -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT
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Dan Persons says:

And you thought stop-motion figures taking swift kicks to the crotch defined the work of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the people behind Adult Swim’s ROBOT CHICKEN and TITAN MAXIMUM. Not quite, Chuck-o — the studio is turning out an increasing variety of shows, including its most recent, FRIENDSHIP ALL-STARS OF FRIENDSHIP, a web series that tracks the genial relationships between such BFFs as John Lasseter and Luis Guzmán, and Batmen Michael Keaton and George Clooney.

The most high-profile face behind Stoopid Buddy is Seth Green, but joining him in piloting the company are Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner, and John Harvatine IV. I got to speak with Matt, Eric and Harv (as his friends call him) to discuss FRIENDSHIP’s sunny worldview, the pressures of Emmy season, and the Freudian implications of show titles.

Comment on the episode here or write podcast@cinefantastique.com or call 888-866-9010.

Direct download: CFQi-124_Stoopid_Buddy_v01.mp3
Category:The CFQ Interview -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT
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There's a new movie at the top of the box office and a metric ton of new TV on DVD releases this week that includes a long awaited Doctor Who story.  Michael Falkner reveals it all on a new The Weekly Podioplex.

Check out the full show notes here and comment on the episode or write weeklypodioplex@gmail.com or call 888-866-9010.  Take a moment to rate the episode by using our star system at the bottom of this entry.

Direct download: Podioplex091713.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT
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It had a great lead actor, an interesting take on the Western genre, and was produced when Westerns were king on television.  So why did Frontier Gentleman only last a little less than a year?  It's the featured presentation this month and that and more will be discussedPlus, we continue the current stories for Superman and The Avengers.

Please comment on this episodes here or write john@chronicrift.com or call 888-866-9010.



September 14, 2013
0:29 - The Revcast Roundtable Promo
3:50 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 4 - July 27, 1940
15:55 - Frontier Gentleman - "A Horse for Kendall" - September 14, 1958
41:03 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 4


    Direct download: Presenting091413.mp3
    Category:Presenting the Transcription Feature -- posted at: 8:36pm EDT
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    Oh yeah, kid, you’ve got a bad case of sequelitis right there. Technically polished with occasional striking moments, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 picks up the story of the Lambert family — Patrick Wilson as daddy Josh, Rose Byrne as mother Renai, plus kids including Ty Simpkins as the psychically tuned-in Dalton — immediately after their disastrous sojourn in the netherworld in the first film, and then pretty much repeats the beats with some painful expository writing  and awkward retconning to explain why the story didn’t just stop while it was ahead.

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    Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons have no shortage of opinions on how things went wrong (or in some cases, right) with INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, and sit down to talk about how supposedly scary spirits wind up looking silly instead, why it may not be a good idea to take inspiration for your Big Reveal from MOMMY DEAREST, and, once again, why the police in horror movies are so dumb.

    Plus: What’s coming to theaters next week.

    Comment on the episode here or write podcast@cinefantastique.com or call 888-866-9010. 

    Direct download: csl_4-36_Insidious_Chapter_2_v01.mp3
    Category:The Cinefantastique Spotlight -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT
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    After a summer hiatus, Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast returns with all new episodes.  First up, John and Paul sit down for their next Case File.  They interview actor Rick Lenz (SMDM: "The Return of The Bionic Woman" and BW: "Welcome Home, Jaime", and "The Vega Influence") about his career and his memoir, North of Hollywood.

    Comment on the episode here or write abionicpodcast@gmail.com or call 888-866-9010.



    Hal Erickson of All Movie Guide says Rick Lenz “has steadfastly avoided pigeonholing as a ‘type,’ playing gunslingers, victims, villains, patient husbands, insensitive fools, intellectuals and even a wimpy murder-mystery fanatic in the (Hallmark) remake of Hitchcock’s Shadow Of A Doubt.”

    One of the workingest actors of the late-20th century, Lenz has starred in movies with Peter Sellers, Walter Matthau, Lauren Bacall and Elizabeth Taylor. He was Goldie Hawn's boyfriend in Cactus Flower, Melvin's lawyer in Melvin And Howard and the obsequious journalist in John Wayne’s The Shootist.

    On television, he has guest-starred in recurring roles on The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Murder, She Wrote, The Practice, Dynasty and more. He was superspy Benjamin Baxter on Fox’s The New Adventures Of Beans Baxter, Eddie Albert’s law partner on a few episodes of Green Acres, and starred with Richard Boone as Police Chief Oliver Stamp on Hec Ramsey in the NBC Mystery Movie rotation.

    On various stages, including Broadway, Lenz has starred opposite Jill Clayburgh, Marcia Mason, Tyne Daly, Blythe Danner, Alan Alda and Paul Sorvino. He jumped on the other side of theatrical production and became a successful playwright with his Off-Broadway production Swung in 1979. He followed with Clean As A Whistle (also Off-Broadway) and The Epic Of Buster Friend, which began at the American Shakespeare Theatre, moved to the Lucille Lortell Theatre and was subsequently produced by PBS. Furthermore, his play So Long, Mr. Broadway was published by Dramatists Play Service and West Coast Plays, and he won Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards for playwriting for both Familiar Places and Last Class. In 2002, Sharon Gless and the late John Ritter performed Lenz’ Felony Audition at the Playwright’s Kitchen Ensemble.

    All of the actor/playwright’s experiences are recounted in his new gut-wrenchingly honest memoir North of Hollywood (Feb. 15, 2012, Chromodroid Press). The book is a start to his budding career as an author, planning also the debut of his first novel in 2013 called Redeeming Norma Jean.

    Originally from Michigan and having acted across the country, Lenz lives in North Hollywood with his wife. They are parents to three children, and have recently become proud grandparents.


    Links

    Rick Lenz's website

    Rick Lenz's artwork website

    Order North of Hollywood from Amazon

    IMDB listing

    Facebook page

    Twitter

     

    Direct download: Cyborgs_Case_Files_02_-_Rick_Lenz.mp3
    Category:Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast -- posted at: 7:45pm EDT
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    The Summer of the Rift concludes as we feature this interview with author Orson Scott Card from Lunacon 1993.  Also, Keith reviews The Underworlder Letters by Nathaniel Torres and The 1,001 Nights with Bacchus by Eddie Campbell.  Plus, Dan Persons and David Namod talk about the Festival of Horror and Science Fiction at the Film Forum in New York City.

    Please take a moment by commenting on the episode here or by writing john@chronicrift.com, or by calling 888-866-9010.


    Trivia: You'll note Keith is looking unusually thin in this episode.  It was at this time Keith realized something was wrong when he saw himself in the video.  He had developed a thyroid condition that was affecting his health.

    Sponsors: Advanced Digital Effects; Comics Interview; Science Fiction, Mysteries, & More; Futures Past
    Original Airdate: July 18, 1993
    Direct download: Orson_Scott_Card.mp4
    Category:Public Access Show Episode -- posted at: 7:52am EDT
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    Dan Persons says:

    A guy who's been in every film from COOL HAND LUKE, REPO MAN, ALIEN and PARISTEXAS, and worked with everyone from John Huston, David Lynch, Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp has to have some stories to tell. And in HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION, director Sophie Huber has found a way to get the famously reserved actor to reveal himself, through the medium of song. Both a career retrospect and an unusual performance film, PARTLY FICTION both follows Harry through his favorite haunts and in encounters with colleagues that include David Lynch, Kris Kristofferson, and Debbie Harry, and sits him down with a simple, guitar accompaniment to demonstrate his unique reads on such songs as Everybody's Talkin'.

    Sponsor: Audible.com 30 Day Free Trial. Get John Badham on Directing at Audible.com.

    I was able to meet up with Harry and Huber to talk about the film and about Harry's career, in possibly one of the most unique interviews I've conducted. Click on the player to hear the show.

    OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.adoptfilms.com/harry

    Comment on the episode here or write dan@mightymoviepodcast.com or call 888-866-9010. 


    Direct download: MMP724_Harry_Dean_Stanton_v01.mp3
    Category:Mighty Movie Podcast -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT
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    It had a great lead actor, an interesting take on the Western genre, and was produced when Westerns were king on television.  So why didFrontier Gentleman only last a little less than a year?  It's the featured presentation this month and that and more will be discussedPlus, we continue the current stories for Superman andThe Avengers.

    Please comment on this episodes here or write john@chronicrift.com or call 888-866-9010.



    September 7, 2013
    0:29 - The Retroist Podcast Promo
    3:36 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 3 - July 25, 1940
    18:10 - Frontier Gentleman - "The Last of Belle Siddons" - September 7, 1958
    43:00 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 3


      Direct download: Presenting090713.mp3
      Category:Presenting the Transcription Feature -- posted at: 8:31am EDT
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      Anthony & Paul welcome Bryan Fischer to the show to discuss game design, publishing and graphic design in games. Then they talk about some of their favorite boardgame podcasts.
      Comment on the episode here or write thecardboardjungle@gmail.com or call (858) 236-9102.

      Direct download: TCJ_-_Episode_23_-_Searching_for_Bryan_Fischer.mp3
      Category:The Cardboard Jungle -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT
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      We're playing catchup as we never completed the episodes for August.  Stay tuned for the rest of the week as we have two more to go there before hitting our September episodes starting on Saturday.


      August 31, 2013
      0:29 - PSA for iTunes reviews
      3:48 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 1 - July 23, 1940
      15:33 - Theater Five - "The Scream" - August 31, 1964
      36:25 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 1

      Direct download: Presenting083113.mp3
      Category:Presenting the Transcription Feature -- posted at: 8:00am EDT
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      We're playing catchup as we never completed the episodes for August.  Stay tuned for the rest of the week as we have two more to go there before hitting our September episodes starting on Saturday.


      August 24, 2013
      0:29 - The Righteous Dude Dudecast Promo
      3:47 - The Adventures of Superman - "Happyland Amusement Park", part 6 - July 18, 1940
      15:07 - Theater Five - "Caller at Midnight" - August 24, 1964
      35:07 - The Avengers - "Too Many Oles", part 6

      Direct download: Presenting082413.mp3
      Category:Presenting the Transcription Feature -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT
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      It was a very quiet weekend at the box office and even the number one film wasn't much of a winner.  Will the new movie releases this coming weekend help to elevate sales?  Michael Falkner has all the release news, plus his take on the release of Star Trek Into Darkness on DVD and the special features offered in the release on a new The Weekly Podioplex.

      Check out the full show notes here and comment on the episode or write weeklypodioplex@gmail.com or call 888-866-9010. 

      Direct download: Podioplex091013.mp3
      Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 9:31pm EDT
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      January 26/27, 1966

      The Joker "springs" himself from jail in time to exact revenge on the curators of a museum exhibit on comedy legends.  He's upset that he wasn't included in the exhibit.  But Batman's on the scene to stop him with the aid of his trusty utility belt.  The Joker swears never to fall for the gimmicks of the belt by fighting fire with fire and creating his own.  The belt proves to be a match for the Dynamic Duo as the city of Gotham begins to lose faith in them as they fall for the pranks from the Joker's utility belt.

      Joining John for the first appearance of The Joker is Geek Radio Daily's Billy Flynn.

      Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com or call 888-866-9010.



      The Wonderful Billy Flynn brings the funny each week on Geek Radio Daily! His daytime alter ego is mild-mannered (well, that part is a stretch) radio station personality at WLEE in Virginia.   He actually gets paid to sit on his butt and run his mouth! His “edumacation” is from UNC-Wilmington, the Columbia School of Broadcasting, and University of Phoenix. When he is not gracing the podcasting airways with his comedic stylings, you can find Billy Flynn on Xbox Live (flynn71), rockin’ out on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, watching movies, reading comics, working out, or posting on the forums at geekradiodaily.com (ding!).

      Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_3.mp3
      Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT
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      We're playing catchup as we never completed the episodes for August.  Stay tuned for the rest of the week as we have two more to go there before hitting our September episodes starting on Saturday.


      August 10, 2013
      0:29 - Epic Podcast Promo
      5:01 - The Adventures of Superman - "Happyland Amusement Park", part 5 - July 16, 1940
      16:08 - Theater Five - "The Fun Party" - August 17, 1964
      37:44 - The Avengers - "Too Many Oles", part 5

      Direct download: Presenting081713.mp3
      Category:Presenting the Transcription Feature -- posted at: 5:30am EDT
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      Somewhere in Riddick (Vin Diesel), the fugitive criminal with the crazy, glowing eyes that can see in the dark, exists a character engaging enough to build a film franchise around. Somewhere in RIDDICK, the third film featuring the antihero, is evidence of a wise move to put the guy into a tighter, more stripped-down scenario better suited to him than the bloated, Robert E. Howard pastiche that was THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. Unfortunately, stranding Riddick on a hostile alien world and tasking him with the challenge of outwitting two teams of bounty hunters — headed up by Jordi Mollà and Matt Nable and including Katee Sackhoff  — for one of their spaceships hasn’t quite elevated this entry above the misconceptions of character and plotting that the first film, PITCH BLACK, neatly sidestepped.

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      Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons differ in opinion on how seriously RIDDICK is undone by its flaws. In a lively conversation, they discuss writer/director David Twohy’s conception of the character, whether the mantle of Nietzschean superman rests comfortably on Riddick’s shoulders, and the difficulty in creating adversaries able to maintain their credibility while being outwitted by the protagonist. Most pressing, they also debate who in this scenario is the roadrunner, and who’s the coyote?

      Then: Steve gives his impressions of the comedic horror film HELL BABY and a preliminary impression of DEAD BEFORE DAWN, and Dan provides a capsule review of the post-apocalyptic, comic book actioner, BOUNTY KILLER. Plus, what’s coming to theaters next week.

      Comment on the episode here or write podcast@cinefantastique.com or call 888-866-9010. Take a moment to rate the episode by using our star system at the bottom of this entry.

      Direct download: csl_4-35_Riddick_v01.mp3
      Category:The Cinefantastique Spotlight -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT
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      Dan Persons says:

      Name a genre, and John Badham can tell you tales about it. He mixed the musical with incisive social observation in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER — arguably the only disco movie worthy of being watched as serious film — dealt in the worlds of speculative fiction with such cautionary tales as WARGAMES, and has notched his action creds with everything running from BLUE THUNDER all the way up to TV’s NIKITA. All through, he’s worked with stars ranging from John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson and Bridget Fonda. Bottom line: When the guy talks about the craft of filmmaking, you know it comes from experience.

      Which is a good thing, because Badham has just released a new book, John Badham on Directing: Notes from the Sets of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, and More. In it, he draws on forty plus years in the industry to provide budding filmmakers with practical tips on working with actors, staging action scenes, and making sure that the film playing in their heads finds its way onto the screen as accurately as possible. At the same time, the book is so chock-full of anecdotes and insights — not just from Badham, but also from such colleagues as Steven Soderbergh and Oliver Stone — that even those not planning a career behind the lens will want to check it out for its compelling glimpse behind-the-scenes.

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      Badham was kind enough to sit down with us, and we got his thoughts on some of his classic films, on taking advantage of the medium’s technical advances, on the difference between directing for feature films and for TV, and on the motivations for putting this book together. Click on the player to hear the show.

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      The Summer of the Rift continues as we feature this interview with author Ellen Kushner from Arisia 1993.

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      Trivia: Marina Frants was a regular contributor to the show as well as a frequent guest of the show's Roundtable.

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      Original Airdate: July 11, 1993
      Direct download: Ellen_Kushner.mp4
      Category:Public Access Show Episode -- posted at: 6:32am EDT
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