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Shazam!
 

"The Delinquent"

November  23, 1974

Norm (Jackie Earle Haley) has trouble getting along with the other kids at summer camp.  Is he really just a bad kid or does he have problems relating to others because he doesn't like himself? And can Billy get through to him before it's too late?

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We're entering the age of "Free to Be You and Me" as Shazam! teaches kids to get in touch with themselves before they can be liked by others.  In this episode, John and Richard talk about a kid's self-esteem, Richard as "The Great Indoorsman", Captain Marvel helping Freddy Kruger, and sharing soda cans and ice creams.

 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: “Before we can like others, we must like ourselves."

Guest Cast

Jackie Earle Haley as Norm

Hilly Hicks as Frank Carlin

Larry Michaels as Doug

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It's a double-sized Dragon Con edition of The Weekly Podioplex.  What is coming up in the next two weeks for the box office and DVD releases?  Michael Falkner has this and highlights from Disney's D23 Expo on a new episode.

 

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Weekly Podioplex Notes for August 25, 2015

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: No Escape

 

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Straight Outta Compton [Second Week]
#2 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [Even]
#3 – Sinister 2
#4 – Hitman: Agent 47

#5 – The Man from U.N.C.L.E. [-2]
#6 – American Ultra

#7 – The Gift [-2]
#8 – Ant-Man [-2]
#9 – Minions [-1]
#10 – Fantastic Four [-6]

(New Release) [Change]

 

Tops From the Past

2010 – The Expendables
2005 – The 40-Year Old Virgin
1995 – Mortal Kombat
1985 – Back to the Future
1975 – Jaws


 

Box Office Premieres for the week of August 28th, 2015

Wide

No Escape – [R]

We Are Your Friends – [R]

 

Limited (click links to see trailer)

Z for Zachariah – [PG-13]

War Room – [PG]

The Second Mother – [R]

Queen of Earth – [NR]

 

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of September 4th, 2015

Wide

The Transporter Refueled – [PG-13]

A Walk in the Woods – [R]

 

Limited (click link to see trailer) 

Before We Go – [PG-13]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the weeks of August 25th and September 1st, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray for August 25th

Aloha – [PG-13]

Citizenfour – [R]

Skin Trade – [R]

The Runner – [R]

LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League – Attack of the Legion of Doom! – [NR]

 

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray for September 1st

Mad Max: Fury Road – [R]

I’ll See You in My Dreams – [PG-13]

Boulevard – [R]

Good Kill – [R]

The D-Train – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray for August 25th 

The Walking Dead: Season Five (2014)

Criminal Minds: Season Ten (2014)

Elementary: Season Three (2014)

The Good Wife: Season Six (2014)

Revenge: Season Four (2014)

King of the Hill: Season Eleven (2007)

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray for September 1st  

Star Wars Rebels: Season One (2014)

The Vampire Diaries: Season Six (2014)

The Originals: Season Two (2014)

Scorpion: Season One (2014)

Castle: Season Seven (2014)

Chicago Fire: Season Three (2014)

Chicago P.D.: Season Two (2014)

Hawaii Five-0: Season Five (2014)

Nashville: Season Three (2014)

New Girl: Season Four (2014)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past for August 25th 

The Last Dragon (1985) – [PG-13]

 

Blu-Rays From the Past for September 1st 

Colors (1988) – [R]

 

 

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

  • Disney’s D23 Expo Recap

 

 

Links

 

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

 

 

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Do YOU FEAR THE WALKING DEAD? Arnold and Scott tackle the premiere episode of THE WALKING DEAD prequel spinoff…and be warned, it’s not pretty. You might feel as strung out as an addict in an abandoned church after they’re done. But hey, there’s always next episode, right? It’s fresh Walkers and slow burns on this all-new DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

We welcome all feedback at doctorofthedead@yahoo.comcontact@g2vpodcast.com, or on the G2V Facebook page! Find the show on Twitter at @DoctoroftheDead!

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Mr. Freeze is back in Gotham City and he's not only changing his method of operations, but he's changing the way he looks once again.  This time, the late Eli Wallach takes on the role of the frosty fiend complete with a new makeup job and a wig and an iceberg base of operations to complete his reign of frigid terror on the good citizens of Gotham.

Joining John to talk about Mr. Freeze's final turn at bat on the series and the second season ending episode is comedian and podcaster, Ken Reid of TV Guidance Counselor.

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Called a "pop culture maven" by the Boston Globe, Boston native Ken Reid has been performing for over 10 years in various capacities. In 1995 he formed the seminal Boston Punk Rock group "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" at Boston's infamous "Rat" club.

In 2003 while living in London, Ken Reid decided to try his hand at stand up. After performing around the UK he returned to Boston in late 2003 and has been a staple on the comedy scene ever since.

Ken's unique and very personal story telling style has gained him a loyal fan base in the area. Using photos, video clips, and his own brand of storytelling Ken has written and performed four one man shows. His first show "Ken Reid's Cusack Attack" was a sold out affair at the Boston Center for the Arts. His second show "Very Special Episode: Portrait of a Pop Culture Victim" was also a sell out in March of 2008. “Music to My Years” from October 2009 was widely praised and was the featured pick on Boston.com. His most recent show was "Shirt Tales" from May 2012.

Ken has performed at the Riot LA Festival, theCharleston Comedy Festival, The AltCom Festival, and The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. In May 2012 he also performed as part of a special performance of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders variety show at Brown University called the "Cabinet of Unspeakable Wonders"

He hosted and presented at the Boston Music Awards, was the Comic in Residence at The Comedy Studio in September 2006 and was a founding member of comedy troupe The Untrainables. With the Untrainables he hosted and co-produced the "Great and Secret Comedy Show" at Improv Boston from 2006 until 2009. He is also the creator of "Lafta Obscura" a unique comedy show at the Paradise Rock Club that ran during 2006

From August 2008 to December 2012 Ken was the regular Friday night host at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA.

In January of 2013 Ken Started his new show "Ken Reid's Secret Menu" every Thursday night at the Comedy Studio.

Ken has toured as the opening act for Todd Barry during Barry’s “Substantial Tour of New England”, was chosen by Eugene Mirman as the opening act at Mirman’s record release show, opened for Patton Oswalt at the Wilbur Theater and Northeastern University, opened for Bob Saget during his 2011 New England Summer shows, and performed a series of “live talk show” appearances with Jonathan Katz. Ken was also nominated by the Boston Phoenix as Best Comedian in Boston 2010 and 2012.

Ken has a weekly podioplex where he helps guide you in choosing weekly TV listings of the past with a comedian of note on TV Guidance Counselor.

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 Straight Outta Compton went straight to the top of the box office last weekend.  But is there a new movie release this weekend that offers a challenge?  And what is around the corner for new movies in September?  Michael Falkner has the details on a new Weekly Podioplex.
 
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Weekly Podioplex Notes for August 18, 2015

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Hitman: Agent 47

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Straight Outta Compton
#2 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [-1]
#3 – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
#4 – Fantastic Four [-2]
#5 – The Gift [-2]
#6 – Ant-Man [-1]

#7 – Vacation [-3]
#8 – Minions [-2]
#9 – Ricki and the Flash [-2]
#10 – Trainwreck [-2]

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

Tops From the Past

2010 – The Expendables
2005 – The 40-Year Old Virgin
1995 – Mortal Kombat
1985 – Back to the Future
1975 – Jaws

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of August 21st, 2015

Wide

Hitman: Agent 47 – [R]

American Ultra – [R]

Sinister 2 – [R]

 

Limited

Grandma – [NR]

6 Years – [NR]

Digging for Fire – [R]

She’s Funny That Way – [R]

Learning to Drive – [R]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of August 18th, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

Little Boy – [PG-13]

Strangerland – [R]

Vendetta – [R]

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – [R]

The Walt Disney Animated Studios Short Films Collection – [NR]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Once Upon a Time: Season Four (2014)

The Blacklist: Season Two (2014)

Grey’s Anatomy: Season Eleven (2014)

Mike & Molly: Season Five (2014)

NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service: Season Twelve (2014)

NCIS: Los Angeles: Season Six (2014)

NCIS: New Orleans: Season One (2014)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past

Hackers (1995) – [PG-13]

The Hunger (1983) – [R]

 

 

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

  • September’s Coming Attractions

 

Links

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Tonight’s Diners:  Scott & Miles & M

 

Shore Leave:

 

Shore Leave is a fan-run Science Fiction media convention held on August 7-9, 2015. The convention features appearances by actors and writers from a broad variety of TV shows and movies ranging from current hits to classic favorites.

 

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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 don’t 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.

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The Bionic Woman's first OSI mission is to infiltrate a foreign country during a deadly civil war and rescue the missing American ambassador. But first she'll have to resolve her own civil war with Jack Starkey - her mission partner - played by Andy Griffith. Joining John and Paul to discuss the episode is audio drama producer, Julie Hoverson.

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Julie Hoverson has made a specialty of having no specialty. She has dabbled extensively in costuming, role-playing, LARPing, art, beadwork, acting, and writing in such disparate genres as horror, noir, fantasy, urban fantasy, dark social commentary (and whatever else occurs to her). She has spent the last five years writing, producing, and acting in the award-winning podcast audio drama anthology series, 19 Nocturne Boulevard, and is currently recording audiobooks professionally.

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This episode of The Jack Benny Program sets the stage for items that will referenced over the next few podcasts.  So pay attention as Jack quizzes bandleader Phil Harris about the dubious lyrics of the latter’s theme song, “That’s What I Like About the South.”  Then we take up crime solving with one of the few solo female private eyes of radio’s Golden Age, Candy Matson.  Based in San Francisco, she may look like a pinup and have the most sultry voice in radio, but she’s smart, tough, and fast-talking.

 

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Episodes

 

The Jack Benny Program

“A Town Called Do Wa Diddy”

February 29, 1948

6:12

 

Candy Matson

“The Devil In The Deep Freeze”

September 30, 1949

41:16

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John's got a new story to tell, a purchase from the ledger of the Old Curiosity Shop.  This time, the story concerns a watch the curator recently acquired.  He's not sure if he should sell it.  The last owner was an astronaut down on his luck, having been thrown out of time and being given the chance to change his life.  Would you buy "The Watch"?

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"Pop Goes the Joker/Flop Goes the Joker"

Aired March 22/23, 1967

 

The Joker's latest scheme is art themed, but what is more important to Joker, the aesthetics of the art or the art of crime?  There are a lot of sendups of pop art in this two-part episode loved by many and looked upon as the last real laugh of The Joker in the 66 series.

 

Joining John to talk about the Joker's last outing of the second season and what the show's stance on pop art is is author and podcaster, Kevin Lauderdale.

 

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Kevin Lauderdale has written essays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, The Dictionary of American Biography, Animato, mcsweeneys.net, and teevee.org; and his poetry has appeared in Andrei Codrescu's The Exquisite Corpse.  He has published fiction in several of Pocket Books' Star Trek anthologies, including Constellations, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the original Star Trek.  His original fiction has appeared in Neo-opsis magazine and Cthulhu Unbound, the cross-genre Lovecraftian collection from Permuted Press.  He is a graduate of UCLA and a card-carrying member of SFWA.  In addition, Kevin is a host of his own podcast here on the network, It Has Come to My Attention and co-host of Mighty Movie: Temple of Bad.  Recently, Kevin took over as host of the old time radio podcast,Presenting the Transcription Feature.  Follow Kevin's exploits through his LiveJournal blog - http://kevinlauderdale.livejournal.com.

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The Six Million Dollar Man

 

"Doomsday, and Counting"

March 1, 1974

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Steve tries to help his Russian cosmonaut friend, Vasily (Gary Collins), when a earthquake disrupts a remote Russian base.   Vasilly's fiance is trapped beneath the surface and only the power of a bionic man can save her.

John is joined in the first episode of this new podcast series by fans Eric Cone and Davis Lawson to discuss the episode.  In addition, John's guest is actor Jane Merrow who played Irina, the fiance of Vasily.  They discuss the episode as well as the state of television production today compared to how it was back in 1974.

In addition, John offers a little historical and pop culture perspective of the day this episode aired.

Make sure you let us know what you think of the episode by calling us at 844-OSI-FILE or by writing director@theosifiles.com. 


OUR GUEST FOR THIS EPISODE

From Jane Merrow's website - "I have been acting since I was 8 years old, showing off at any opportunity (all actors are show offs, let them not tell you any differently) However I couldn’t start calling myself a professional until 1960, when I started earning my livelihood at it, with my first job as an ASM and understudy in the Lillian Hellman play TOYS IN THE ATTIC, directed by the talented, irascible John Dexter, who told me that the only reason he hired me, was because he could hear me, not true of my contemporaries, according to him. 

 

Suffice it to say, I have been quite successful as an actor, and able to support myself reasonably well along the way. I loved my career, love my career and will keep at it as long as I am physically and mentally able!

I am not planning to lay out my entire career and life here, I will do that over the life of this site and hope it keeps your interest. Suffice it to say, I have been quite successful as an actor, and able to support myself reasonably well along the way. I loved my career, love my career and will keep at it as long as I am physically and mentally able! Born in England of a German refugee father and an English mother, both artistic, both wonderful, but not with each other, I have divided my life pretty equally between the US and the UK, having had or acquired family in both countries along the way. I have received a few awards, including a Golden Globe nomination and had some nice comments about my work and a few miserable ones. So that’s me for a start."


 

OUR BIONIC OPERATIVES FOR THIS EPISODE

Eric Cone - Long time bionic fan, he can remember watching the pilot episode with his father.  Was recently reunited with his Steve Austin "Action Figure" and is a much happier man for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Lawson - Long time fan.  Moderator of the Bionic Toy Action Page on Facebook.

 

 

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 The revamped Fantastic Four movie couldn't surpass the latest Mission: Impossible movie on what was a smaller weekend for the box office take.  Michael Falkner has the details as well as new movie and DVD releases on a new Weekly Podioplex.

 

 

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Weekly Podioplex Notes for August 11, 2015

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [Second Week]
#2 – Fantastic Four
#3 – The Gift

#4 – Vacation [-2]
#5 – Ant-Man [-2]
#6 – Minions [-2]

#7 – Ricki and the Flash
#8 – Trainwreck [-2]
#9 – Pixels [-4]
#10 – Southpaw [-3]

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

Tops From the Past

2010 – The Expendables
2005 – Four Brothers
1995 – Dangerous Minds
1985 – Back to the Future
1975 – Jaws

 

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of August 14th, 2015

Wide

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – [PG-13]

Straight Outta Compton – [R]

 

Limited

Mistress America – [R]

People Places Things – [R]

Fort Tilden – [R]

10,000 Saints – [R]

Final Girl – [R]

Unity – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of August 4th, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

Hot Pursuit – [PG-13]

Unfriended – [R]

Police Story: Lockdown – [NR]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Person of Interest: Season Four (2014)

Hell on Wheels: Season Four (2014)

The Knick: Season One (2014)

Scandal: Season Four (2014)

2 Broke Girls: Season Four (2014)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season Sixteen (2014)

The Jeffersons: Season Eight (1981)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past

The People Under the Stairs (1991) – [R]

Hellfighters (1968) – [G]

 

 

Podcast Promos

Nutty Bites

A monthly podcast that is focused on art, the creative process, people out there in the verse doing creative works, audio dramas that I’m interested in, books, movies, tv, music, you name it. Also covering Cons, host discussions and other fun tidbits. In addition, games, contests and interviews with people who inspire me.

 

 

Quick Flicks

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 LET'S EAT! 

 

We try out this new fangled Periscope as Julien joins us to kick off a new show segment "I'll Try Anything Once" by describing his latest Taco Bell adventures, and we talk about the Boston Olympics that will never be.

 

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Raven Oak is the author of the Amazon bestselling fantasy novel Amaskan’s Blood and the upcoming space operas, Class-M Exile and The Eldest Silence. She began her career as many authors do–with the lofty goal of becoming the next Anne McCaffrey, Connie Willis, or Neil Gaiman. At the age of twelve, she took her first steps into novel writing by penning a 320 page novel about dragons with all the drama of a typical twelve-year-old. She studied English literature and music in college, and in 2001, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Texas. She later completed her Master of Science Degree in CECS from UNT in 2005. After twelve years in the classroom as a computer and English teacher, she retired from education to pursue writing full-time. 

 

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When she’s not writing, she’s getting her game on with tabletop games, indulging in cartography, or staring at the ocean. Raven is currently at work on Amaskan’s War and The Eldest Traitor. She is a member of the local Seattle writing groups Ladies of the Write andWayward Writers, as well as the Northwest Science Fiction Society and PNWA. She was an established member of the now defunct Magnolia Chapter One writing group. Raven is married to her gamer husband, who is a game engineer/software developer. They have three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach. They live on a cliff in Seattle, WA, less than mile from the ocean. 

 

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Welcome to the Diner

 

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Aired March 14/16, 1967

 

 

Hollywood legend Tallulah Bankhead gives her final performance as the menacing Black Widow.  Her plot is so simple, even the Batcomputer can't work it out - robbing banks in Gotham in alphabetical order.  As simple as the plt may seem, there is something very endearing about the episode, one that has remained a favorite of John's to this very day.  He's joined in this discussion by Batman at 45 author Chris Gould.

 

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Chris Gould was born in the UK in 1983, and has lived in Japan since 2008. His career so far has seen him work as a political researcher, local government officer, sports journalist, business English teacher, translator and magazine writer. 
 
Introduced to Batman re-runs as a child, Chris would watch the show as a junior high-schooler, university student and mid-career professional, his appreciation taking on new forms at every step. 
 
Convinced that Batman constitutes the definitive guide to mid-60s popular culture, and is therefore an invaluable source of study for future generations, Chris took to researching the show in detail, eventually producing the ebook: Batman at 45: The Ultimate Tribute to Pow, Bam and Zap! 
 
The aim of his research is to underline the point that no matter how many years have passed, Batman, through its sheer diversity of stars and insightful lines, helps us fully understand how we got to where we are today.
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Howard is a young boy who won't speak after nearly causing the death of a friend of his.  His lack of speech nearly brings about his own end until Billy comes to the rescue.  But will his silence bring disaster for his own father?

 

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As we discussed in a previous interview, this is actor Michael Gray's favorite episode.  So it made sense to ask Michael to join us to review "Little Boy Lost".  In this episode we discuss the mixed moral message, writer/director Arthur Nadel, real life trauma of children, and John's reversal of his opinion of 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: “If you don't communicate, you'll never solve your problems, and the most important communication for all of us, is with the ones we love. Remember, there are times when everyone needs help, even you."

 

Guest Cast

John Carter as Sam

Eddie Firestone as Lou

Mark Edward Hall as Howard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#‎Cos‬ deserves no Justus, ‪#‎robots‬ get self-aware, G.O.A.T. Travia. All on Show 063! Tell 10 friends & subscribe today!

 

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SHOW OPEN

  • Statues with limitations

  • Justus for Justice: Cos’ is guilty

  • Dan: The Man

 

 

FLASHBACK

  • “The Poke-her Game?”

 

 

THE NEWS WITH TRAVIS

  • Jesus picks up the check

  • Lifehacks: Boyband boy beats baggage bucks by bulking

  • Safe Sex PeniSA

 

 

SHOW CLOSE 

  • This Week’s Sign That The End Is Near: Self-aware Robots

  • Impossible Travia

 

 

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Tonight’s Diners:  Scott

 

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 don’t 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.

 

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Our Interview

 

Interview: Mike Schilling is in charge of publicity at Shore Leave 37. Shore Leave is a fan-run Science Fiction media convention held on August 7-9, 2015. The convention features appearances by actors and writers from a broad variety of TV shows and movies ranging from current hits to classic favorites.

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The Ant-Man was taken down after a profitable run by Tom Cruise's latest Mission: Impossible adventure.  And now there are a series of new movies opening this weekend that could easily take its place.  What movies interest you?  Or perhaps you'll stay home and watch any of the new DVD release offerings.  It's all here on a new Weekly Podioplex with Michael Falkner.

 

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Weekly Podioplex Notes for August 4, 2015

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Fantastic Four

 

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
#2 – Vacation

#3 – Ant-Man [-2]
#4 – Minions [-1]
#5 – Pixels [-3]
#6 – Trainwreck [-2]

#7 – Southpaw [-2]
#8 – Paper Towns [-2]
#9 – Inside Out [-2]
#10 – Jurassic World [-2]

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

 

Tops From the Past

2010 – The Other Guys
2005 – Dukes of Hazzard
1995 – Waterworld
1985 – Back to the Future
1975 – Jaws


Box Office Premieres for the week of August 7th, 2015

 

Wide

Fantastic Four – [PG-13]

The Shaun the Sheep Movie – [PG]

Ricki and the Flash – [PG-13]

The Gift – [R]

 

Limited

Cop Car – [R]

The Diary of a Teenage Girl – [R]

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet – [PG]

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection “F” – [NR]

Dark Places – [R]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of August 4th, 2015

 

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

The Divergent Series: Insurgent – [PG-13]

Far from the Madding Crowd – [PG-13]

Barely Lethal – [PG-13]

Do You Believe? – [PG-13]

True Story – [R]

The Salvation – [R]

The Casual Vacancy – [NR]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Orphan Black: Season Three (2015)

Strike Back: Season Three (2015)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Season One (1964)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past

Innerspace (1987) – [PG]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

The Roundtable Podcast

Every great story begins starts with a great idea. But… how do you know if your idea is strong enough to bear the weight of pen and ink? You do what we all do… you tell someone about it.  You talk it through, bounce ideas around, and get some feedback.  You have a discussion.

Now… wouldn’t it be great if you could have that discussion with some folks who’ve been around the block once or twice, who have published a book or two, or edited a few novels?  Now THAT discussion would be fabulous!  Think of what you could learn about your craft, the questions you could ask and the answers you’d get!

That’s what The Roundtable Podcast is all about.  It’s about nurturing ideas, fostering inspiration, and getting the creative juices flowing.  It’s also about mistakes and blind alleys, harsh reality and uncomfortable truths.

Each week we invite publishers, editors, and authors to get on the line with a writer who presents an idea on the table… an idea for a story they want to write.  And then everyone digs in, asking questions, pointing out problems, and proposing solutions.  Characters are dissected or dismissed, plots reinforced or torn apart altogether, and hopefully what started as an idea, becomes something more.

It becomes a story… one we’d all like to hear.

 

 

Quick Flicks

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This August 6th marks the 104th birthday of actress, comedian, and entertainment mogul Lucille Ball.  Before there was the television classic I Love Lucy, there was its radio incarnation, My Favorite Husband.  Though her radio husband Richard Denning works in a bank, not as band leader, you can’t help but see the roots of Lucy in Ball’s character Liz and all the zany situations she stumbles into.  But Ball was more than just a comic actress.  Like so many performers during the Golden Age of radio, she worked in drama as well.  This week she and real-life husband Desi Arnaz appear inSuspense, "radio's outstanding theater of thrills," which ran for twenty years.  Here they play strangers engaged in a potentially deadly game of cat-and-mouse.  But who is the criminal and who is the victim?

 

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Episodes

 

My Favorite Husband

“Liz Sells Dresses”

May 28, 1950

4:24

 

Suspense

“The Red-Headed Woman”

November 17, 1949

36:14

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 Episode 32, Again with the Jurassic

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter talk about the Jurassic Park trilogy as well as Jurassic World, discussing how all the original movies hold up compared with each other and the latest entry in the series. Because dinosaurs.

 

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Segments

  • Intro :30

  • Jurassic Park (1993) 1:02

  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) 17:15

  • Jurassic Park III (2001) 34:39

  • Jurassic World (2015) 44:42

Unfortunately, no Barneys were hurt in the making of these films.

 

 

 

 

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The Dan and Travis Show – Show 062

 

We review the ‪#‎GingerBaker‬ bio "Beware of Mr. Baker" in this week's May I Suggest... segment, plus Gabe returns after nary half a fortnight to talk ‪#‎WomenInSports‬, also some raunchy veggies in the news, toppling the Cos, and the news on Beaver's big break? It's all here in Show 062! Listen! And share! And smile and dance and sing and paint and sculpt and weave and fiddle.

 

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SHOW OPEN

  • “May I Suggest…” Beware of Mr. Baker

  • Impossible Travia – The Ginger Edition

40LBS OF SPORTS: WITH GABE

  • Women in Sports 

 

THE NEWS WITH TRAVIS

  • Brainless Firework Stunt

  • Mistaken Bear-dentity

  • Promiscuous Plants

 

SHOW CLOSE

  • Taking down the Cos

  • Beaver’s Big Break?

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 "The Brain"

November  9, 1974

 

Jim doesn't really fit in with the gang as all he's interested in are his books and pulling pranks.  But it turns out he has some things in common with the kids, but how far will he go to impress the gang?  Can Captain Marvel save him and Gary in time?

 

 

 

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We come to the episode written by Donald F. Glut who we interviewed on a previous podcast.  He mentioned how there were elements of Jim he could relate to as a kid.  Indeed, being a fan of genre television, movies, and books was not as well accepted back in the 70s as it is today and John and Richard relate to the character in many respects as well.  The two get into a further discussion on why higher powers do not use their abilities to help mortal beings and wonder what role Satan may have in this story.

 

 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: “We all want to be liked, but scary, daredevil stunts aren't the way to go about it. If a person can't like you for who you are, then maybe they aren't worth having as friends."

 

Guest Cast

Kenny Bell as Ritchie 

Tita Bell as Wendy

Christopher Man as

Jimmy "The Brain" Carter

Biff Warren as Greg

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