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Our zero episode is a reposting of The Chronic Rift episode that started it all.

There are many television shows that when we watched them as kids, we thought they were the greatest thing since sliced toast (if you're into sliced toast, that is). Then as adults, we wonder what we were thinking. (CHiPs anyone?) Thank goodness that was never the case with SHAZAM! The show was on the air for three seasons and had a change of actor midway through. It also spun off another show (ISIS). And now, nearly forty years later, it's finally come to DVD thanks to the Warner Archive. In this Roundtable episode, John and Paul K. Bisson discuss the series, the good and the bad, with fan (and co-host of the Shazam/Isis Podcast) Richard Lee and the first actor to play Captain Marvel in the series, Jackson Bostwick.

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Saturday morning's Shazam! brought the world Jackson Bostwick as Captain Marvel. Bostwick's era as the Big Red Cheese began in the early 1970's and is only the second guy in history to play Captain Marvel. Tom Tyler was the first in 1941 in the old Republic Studios serial "The Adventures of Captain Marvel." Bostwick became very good friends with C.C. Beck, the artist of Captain Marvel from the Golden Age of comics. He was the original Captain Marvel on the live-action TV show, and set the standard for the highly-rated children's series, which ran for several years.

The actor says his audition was a very low-pressure situation. "I had just signed with a commercial agent, and a week later he sent me out on an interview. I thought it was for a Captain Marvel cereal, like Captain Crunch, because he was a commercial agent. So, I went out there in a white T-shirt, jeans and cowboy boots, thinking it was a general cattle call at Filmation Studios. They had done the Lone Ranger cartoon, which was their big claim to fame before Shazam! I walked in and met the producer, Bob Chenault. Bob told me later that he knew when he heard my voice and saw my smile that I would be their Captain Marvel. I didn't realize that they had been looking for more than four months! They had narrowed it down to four people, and had gone from actors who were athletes to athletes who were actors. Now they were back to actors who were athletes."

Bostwick approached the role of Captain Marvel in much the same way that his friend, legendary actor Clayton Moore, approached the Lone Ranger. "Being a fan of the Lone Ranger, I wanted to give the kids something to lookup to like Clay gave me to look up to. And I hope I did that. I know how critical kids are, and I wanted to make sure I was presenting myself right, and not putting my hands on my hips and preaching to them.

Bostwick has always been inclined toward the arts, ever since childhood in Alabama, where he was also a comic book reader. His favorite? Captain Marvel, of course! "Captain Marvel was always a hero of mine when I was growing up with comics. My mother, God love her, threw out all my comics when I went to college, thinking she was doing me a favor. The would be worth a fortune today.

The actor still reports that he's still recognized today for his role in Shazam! "Most of the time it's, "I know I've seen him--no, you ask him!" And once they find out, then everybody knows! It loosens them up. Then it's "I knew you looked familiar!" My dad told me that he knew I was doing all right when they went to the country club and it was no longer "Dr. & Mrs. Bostwick," but "Captain Marvel's mom and dad..."

Learn more at jacksonbostwick.com

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The team behind the new Maryland-based DOCTOR WHO convention, (RE)GENERATION WHO, join Scott and Arnold for a chat about how to bring an event together when you have all of time and space as your subject!

Show Music: Rory Hoy’s 50 Years Of Time And Space Mix

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American Sniper continues to take out the box office competition, but more importantly - if there's something strange in the neighborhood, who're ya gonna call?  Michael Falkner has the answers and much more on a new The Weekly Podioplex.

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Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 27, 2015

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Black or White

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – American Sniper [Even]
#2 –
The Boy Next Door
#3 – Paddington [Even]
#4 – The Wedding Ringer [-2]
#5 – Taken 3 [-1]
#6 – The Imitation Game [
Even]

#7 – Strange Magic
#8 – Selma [-3]
#9 –
Mortdecai
#10 – Into the Woods [-3]

(New Release) [Change]

 

Tops From the Past

2009 – Avatar
2004 – Hide and Seek
1994 – Legends of the Fall
1984 – Beverly Hills Cop
1974 – The Towering Inferno




Box Office Premieres for the week of January 30th, 2015

Wide

Black or White – [PG-13]

Project Almanac – [PG-13]

The Loft – [R]

Limited

Amira & Sam – [NR]

Timbuktu – [NR]

Girlhood – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of January 27th, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Fury – [R]

The Book of Life – [PG]

The Judge – [R]

Before I Go to Sleep – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Downton Abbey: Season Five (2014)

Blu-Rays From the Past

Pork Chop Hill (1959) – [Approved]

The Usual Suspects (1995) – [R]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Generations Geek

Generations Geek is a family-friendly celebration of geekdom by a father/daughter crime-fighting duo. Okay, perhaps they don’t fight crime, but they are two generations of geek. In every monthly episode they talk about stuff like books, movies, comics, games, and any other geeky thing they think of.

 

Quick Flicks

 

Ghostbusters reboot cast
Mission: Impossible 5 moves up

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Welcome to the Diner

If you have listened to the show for sometime, we would love to have you leave feedback on iTunes. We know not all of you use iTunes, but for those that do, it helps us become more visible. If you dont use iTunes, your feedback is still valuable. Visit our webpage at http://scifidinerpodcast.com and leave a comment on the show notes or email us at scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com We want to know what you are thinking about what we are saying and what shows you are watching.

Tonight's Menu

Much of the conversation in tonight’s show revolves around what we thought of Peter Capaldi in the role of Doctor Who this past season. We also discuss Arrow and The Flash as being two of our favorite shows.

We pose a question for you listeners: If you could date any SciFi Alien, who or what would it be?We’ll discuss this on some future show.

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As part of our committment to bring you 52 episodes of The Rift this year, here's the first of our monthly In Review episodes!  John is joined by Keith DeCandido and Michael Falkner to ramble on about the latest in pop culture happenings and to opine on them.  There's more convention news from Keith, progression on Mike's Doctor Who watch and great enthusiasm for Marvel Phase 1 from John.  Plus, there's reviews of the latest on television and the Flopcast podcast and much more.  Take a listen and take a moment to chime in with you thoughts on what we're talking about.

Comment on this episode here or by writing john@chronicrift.com.



Segment One: Bringing it to the Table

2:10 - Keith is the author guest of honor at GalaxyFest.

5:00 - Michael is reaching the end of his run on William Hartnell for his Classic Doctor Who Watch and talks about his appreciation for William Hartnell and Jackie Lane.

13:30 - John loves his Marvel Phase 1 Blu-Ray movie collection.  Click the image to get your copy of these great films via Amazon and help support the podcast.

20:58 - Promo for the Handsome Timmy D Express podcast.

 

Segment Two: Reviews

23:45 - Keith reviews a collection of current TV offerings - The Librarians, Rizzoli and Isles, Major Crimes, The Big Bang Theory, and Gotham. Plus, Keith is thrilled that The Venture Bros. is back.

35:30 - John shares the love that is The Flopcast.

38:50 - Promo for the Generations Geek Podcast.

59:45 - Promo for The Weekly Podioplex Podcast.

 

Segment Three: Pop Tops

41:00 - We discuss:

 

 

 

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The "Darling Effect" is in full effect as Jennifer Darling returns to guest star in a new adventure.  Callahan has been accused of giving OSI secrets to enemy agents, placing a noted scientist in danger.  Is Callahan a spy or a pawn in a bigger game?  What ever else you can say, at least you know she has "The Winning Smile".  Joining John and Paul to discuss this winning episode is thesix1973.com's webmaster, Joe Burns and Six Million Dollar Man Time Life DVD Collection chief consultant Matt Hankinson.

With a special guest appearance by the Bionic Blonde herself, Betsy Dodd, as she offers her opinion on the episode and her thoughts on Callahan's wardrobe.

Purchase the season three Universal DVD release of The Six Million Dollar Man. In doing so, you help support the podcast.

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

Rating:

Bionic Wiki entry

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Joseph Burns was born in Washington D.C., and grew up there until his family moved to California in the late 70's. A film and TV buff, he attended the Film/Video program at UC Santa Cruz, getting his bachelor's in 1996. After Film School, Joe moved to LA and worked in Post Production. He is the editor of "Skywalker: The David Thompson Story," a one hour sports documentary which aired on NBA-TV and was distributed on DVD by Image Entertainment.

 

In addition to video editing, Joe has developed websites, interactive CD-ROMs and DVDs. He operates the SMDM fan website "The Six 1973" and is a major contributor/admin at The Bionic Wiki. In 2010, he was recruited to advise Time-Life on The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection, and was interviewed for the set at the Pasadena Rock N' ComiCon last Spring.

 

Today Joe lives in San Francisco and is the owner of a very large cat named Fritz.

 

Matt Hankinson writes, "Besides the Time-Life DVD release of SMDM (for which I served as "chief creative consultant"), I had previously worked with Herbie J Pilato on his long-in-development The Bionic Book, and served as consultant and wrote the episode copy for Rittenhouse Archive's 2004 Six Million Dollar Man trading card series.

I also attended both Bionicon conventions (2006 & 2007) and several of Lindsay Wagner's fan events. With the exception of Lee Majors, I've been fortunate to have met all the cast members and producer Kenneth Johnson. I've known both Paul and Joe from our years at the online forum, and have met Paul in-person at the Bionicons and Lindsay's events.

I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I've been a HUGE fan of both bionic shows since I first saw the SMDM pilot movie when I was seven years old. It's literally been a life-long fascination and dedication for me. Getting to work so extensively on the SMDM DVD release was like a dream-come-true, and being able to bring a few friends along for the ride made it extra special."

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Aired December 7/December 8, 1966

The Penguin has set up shop once again.  This time he's playing the restauranteur, but he has an unusual system of placing an order at his high priced establishment.  What is his game and why is he so eager to get back to prison that makes a lame attempt at lifting Aunt Harriet's bracelet?  Batman and Robin have their hands full with this caper.

 

Joining John to figure out the Penguin's scheme is Geek Radio Daily's Billy Flynn.

 

 

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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!).

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Tonights Diners: Scott, Miles, Fraize, and M


Welcome to the Diner

If you have listened to the show for sometime, we would love to have you leave feedback on iTunes. We know not all of you use iTunes, but for those that do, it helps us become more visible. If you dont use iTunes, your feedback is still valuable. Visit our webpage at http://scifidinerpodcast.com and leave a comment on the show notes or email us at scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com We want to know what you are thinking about what we are saying and what shows you are watching.

Tonight's Menu

Farpoint Convention

Tonight we chat with Sharon VanBlarcom, Steve Wilson, and Renee Wilson about this year’s Farpoint Con as well as delve into the history on Con going.  We discuss what initial conventions were like and delve into things like Bronie Con and Hello Kitty Con.  Stay tune at the end for a song about Bonies sung by John DeLancie.

From Farpoint’s site: FARPOINT is an annual gathering for fans of all genres of imaginative fiction – Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, SuperHeroes – in all the media formats in which they might appear – Cinematic Movies, Television, Direct to DVD , Books on Tape, Podcasts, Web Video – you name it, we want to celebrate it!

The con was established in 1993, by a committee led by Bev Volker and Steve Wilson.

Our focus is on Fandom, and all the wonderful, creative people who comprise it. Our mission is to encourage, to educate, to enable. So, while we certainly bring in some exciting professionals from the industries which bring imagination into the mainstream, our real goal is to give you the opportunity to meet others like yourself, to forge friendships, and to develop your own creative gifts.

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It's the movie that broke January box office records - American Sniper.  Can this much discussed movie hold the top spot for a second week in a row?  And what TV on DVD goodness is in store for the gentle viewer?  Michael Falkner has this, Star Wars news, and much more on a new The Weekly Podioplex.

Comment on the episode or write weeklypodioplex@gmail.com.



Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 20, 2015

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Boy Next Door


Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – American Sniper [+20]
#2 – The Wedding Ringer
#3 –Paddington
#4 – Taken 3[-3]
#5 – Selma [-3]
#6 – The Imitation Game [Even]

#7 – Into the Woods [-4]
#8 – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies[-4]
#9 – Unbroken [-4]
#10 – Blackhat

(New Release) [Change]

 

Tops From the Past

2009 – Avatar
2004 – Are We There Yet?
1994 – Legends of the Fall
1984 – Beverly Hills Cop
1974 – The Towering Inferno


Box Office Premieres for the week of January 23rd, 2015

Wide

The Boy Next Door – [R]

Mortdecai – [R]

Strange Magic – [PG]

 

Limited

Black Sea – [R]

Cake – [R]

Mommy – [R]

Red Army – [PG]

The Duke of Burgundy – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of January 20th, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

Lucy – [R]

The Boxtrolls – [PG]

The Zero Theorem – [R]

The Drop – [R]

Annabelle – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Wolfblood: Season Three (2014)
Welcome Back, Kotter: Season Two (1976-1977)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past

On Golden Pond (1981) – [PG]

 

Podcast Promos

 

The RevolutionSF RevCast

An online magazine and community dedicated to celebrating the best in science fiction, fantasy, comics, anime, and gaming, RevolutionSF is created by professional columnists, artists, animators, and humorists from the most prominent genre-related websites and magazines around. Tough love for sci-fi.

 

Quick Flicks

 

Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope

 

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We return to good old Madison High for more of Eve Arden as Our Miss Brooks.  This time, the sardonic English teacher gets caught up in a protest over the school’s dress code.  Girls in slacks and guys in dresses!  What is the world coming to?  It’s a farce of the highest order.  Then return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear as, for the first time, we present The Lone Ranger.  Thrill as the Lone Ranger and Tonto help a young man and his widowed mother recover a small fortune left to them.  The secret to the location is in a very special saddle.

Episodes

Our Miss Brooks

“Dress Code Protest”

April 24, 1949

4:24

 

The Lone Ranger

“The Saddle”

June 5 1946

 

35:48


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