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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

 

 

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Visit the Chronic Rift site
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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

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Leave voicemail toll-free: (844) 674-3453
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Shop the Rift’s Best Bets or search our Amazon Store

 

Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

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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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