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The United States was only a couple months into World War Two when tonight’s episode of the classic comedy “The Great Gildersleeve” takes place.  In an effort to raise money for war-time relief, Gildy gets dragged into posing as a (female – what else?) fortune teller.  Despite the standard sit-com set-up, this takes some very funny twists and turns.  Then Orson Welles returns as Harry Lime in “The Lives of Harry Lime.”  Not quite the psychopathic murderer he was in the movie “The Third Man,” where he originated the role, here Welles’ Lime is more a charming, ne’er-do-well con man.  Tonight, has he met his match in a pair of similarly-charming con artists?

 

Episodes

 

The Great Gildersleeve

"Fortune Teller"

March 1, 1942

4:33

 

The Lives of Harry Lime

“The Double Double-Cross”

January 18, 1952

35:15

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 On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the box office went to the birds as Rovio's avian avatars struck down #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan. Unfortunately, the X-Men are bringing Apocalypse to theaters. Will the Angry Birds and their slingshot be able to withstand the mutant uprising? 

 

Meanwhile, Disney strikes back with the heroes of the Coast Guard on your home theater, and a long lost adventure in time and space comes home with Doctor Who and The Underwater Menace. Add in Zoolander, the risen Messiah, Kevin Arnold, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and you have a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, only on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for May 24, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: X-Men: Apocalypse

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – The Angry Birds Movie – [New Release]
#2 – Captain America: Civil War – [-1]
#3 – Neighbors: Sorority Rising – [New Release]
#4 – The Nice Guys – [New Release]
#5 – The Jungle Book – [-3]
#6 – Money Monster – [-3]

#7 – The Darkness – [-3]
#8 – Zootopia – [-2]
#9 – The Huntsman: Winter’s War – [-2]
#10 – Mother’s Day – [-5]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – The Hangover: Part II
2006 – X-Men: The Last Stand
1996 – Mission: Impossible
1986 – Cobra
1976 – All the President’s Men

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of May 27th, 2016

Wide

X-Men: Apocalypse – [PG-13]

Alice Through the Looking Glass – [PG]

 

Limited

The Ones Below – [R]
Holy Hell – [NR]

Chevalier – [NR]
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of May 24th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

The Finest Hours – [PG-13]

Zoolander No. 2 – [PG-13]

Risen – [PG-13]

How to Be Single – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Hail, Caesar! – [PG-13]

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – [R]

The Brothers Grimsby – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace (1967)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season Four, Volume 1, “Beyond the Known Universe” (2015)

The Wonder Years: Season Five (1991)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

Manhunter (1986) – [R]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Remake This Movie RIGHT

“Remake This Movie RIGHT!” is a bi-weekly podcast where we take a classic film that is actively being remade by Hollywood studio execs, and craft our own version of how a modern retelling should go. Does the story need updating? Should characters or motives be tweaked? Do we need more muppets? We take all factors into account, concoct our film, and then offer a Final Pitch to you in movie trailer form. By the end of each episode, we will Remake This Movie RIGHT!

 

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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan joined forces with the denizens of The Jungle Book to maintain the Disney domination on the box office, including another milestone for the Marvel team. This week's competition involve some upset fowl with a porcine grudge and a slingshot, another comedic look at collegiate life, and a 1970s detective procedural. Do they have a chance at stopping the march of Mouse House?

 

Add in dirty old men and witches on disk, a biopic and a CG fantasy adventure on streaming, and the complete adventures of a fan-favorite warrior princess on TV, and you have a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, only on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for May 17, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Angry Birds

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Captain America: Civil War – [Second Week]
#2 – The Jungle Book – [Even]
#3 – Money Monster – [New Release]
#4 – The Darkness – [New Release]
#5 – Mother’s Day – [-2]
#6 – Zootopia – [Even]

#7 – The Huntsman: Winter’s War – [-3]
#8 – Keanu – [-3]
#9 – Barbershop: The Next Cut – [-2]
#10 – The Boss – [-2]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
2006 – The Da Vinci Code
1996 – Twister
1986 – Top Gun
1976 – All the President’s Men

Box Office Premieres for the week of May 20th, 2016

Wide

Angry Birds – [PG]

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – [R]

The Nice Guys – [R]

 

Limited

Maggie’s Plan – [R]
Weiner – [R]

Ma ma – [R]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of May 17th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Dirty Grandpa – [R]

The Witch – [R]

Dementia – [NR]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Gods of Egypt – [PG-13]

Triple 9 – [R]

Race – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Xena: Warrior Princess: The Complete Series (1995-2001)

Orange Is the New Black: Season Three (2015)

The Facts of Life: Season Nine (1987)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

Dark Passage (1947) – [NR]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast 

The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman were two of the most influential television programs of the 70's.  During the height of their popularity, Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) would battle Fembots, Bigfoot, Venus Death Probes, deadly duplicates, foreign spies, and bitter cold to protect the United States' interests through the O.S.I. Every other Sunday, hosts John S. Drew and Paul K. Bisson talk about one episode from either series in depth with another fan of the series.  The podcast looks at the episodes, the pilot movies, and the reunion movies covering them from synopsis to review to a look at the mythology of both series.

 

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Direct download: Podioplex051716.mp3
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 On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan tore up the box office as Captain America: Civil War broke records worldwide for Disney and Marvel. With little competition this week combined with critical and audience acclaim, the storm will likely continue for another weekend. But the Marvel influence doesn't stop there as the Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth, brings home the chimichangas on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. Add a side of classic television for your home cinema, a dash of undead Jane Austen for on demand streaming, and a little extra spice for flavor, and you have a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, only on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for May 10, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Money Monster

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Captain America: Civil War – [New Release]
#2 – The Jungle Book – [-1]
#3 – Mother’s Day – [+1]
#4 – The Huntsman: Winter’s War – [-2]
#5 – Keanu – [-2]
#6 – Barbershop: The Next Cut – [-1]

#7 – Zootopia – [-1]
#8 – The Boss – [Even]
#9 – Ratchet & Clank – [-2]
#10 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – [-1]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – Thor
2006 – Mission: Impossible III
1996 – Twister
1986 – Short Circuit
1976 – All the President’s Men

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of May 13th, 2016

Wide

Money Monster – [R]

The Darkness – [PG-13]

 

Limited

Love & Friendship – [PG]
The Lobster – [R]

High-Rise – [R]

Last Days in the Desert – [PG-13]
Search Party – [R]

Dheepan – [R]

Kill Zone 2 – [NR]

Sunset Song – [R]

What We Become – [NR]
 

Home Entertainment for the week of May 10th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Deadpool – [R]

The Boy – [PG-13]

Synchronicity – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – [PG-13]

Risen – [PG-13]

Regression – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Newhart: Season Five (1986)

Beauty & the Beast: Season Three (2014)

The Untouchables: The Complete Series (1959-1963)

Have Gun – Will Travel: The Complete Series (1957-1963)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

The Manhattan Project (1986) – [PG-13]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Tuning in to SciFi TV

Tuning in to SciFi TV is the genre fan's weekly guide to science fiction and fantasy television. Think of us as the viewer’s digest, tour guides or sherpas for the genre rather than critics. We’ll always share our honest opinions but we also plan to keep things fun.

 

Quick Flicks

 

None

Links

 

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, Mowgli found a turkey in the box office jungle as all of the newcomers fell short. But this is where The Jungle Book's reign ends as #TeamIronMan and #TeamCap clash in the long awaited Captain America: Civil War. While Marvel fans strap on their armor, Airwolf, the super helicopter of the 1980s, comes home to roost in a complete series set. Add in another round of winter wares in home entertainment and you have a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, only on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for May 3, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Captain America: Civil War

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – The Jungle Book – [Third Week]
#2 – Keanu – [New Release]
#3 – The Huntsman: Winter’s War – [-1]
#4 – Mother’s Day – [New Release]
#5 – Barbershop: The Next Cut – [-2]
#6 – Zootopia – [-2]

#7 – Ratchet & Clank – [New Release]
#8 – The Boss – [-3]
#9 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – [-3]
#10 – Criminal – [-3]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – Thor
2006 – Mission: Impossible III
1996 – The Craft
1986 – Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling
1976 – All the President’s Men

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of May 6th, 2016

Wide

Captain America: Civil War – [PG-13]

 

Limited

A Bigger Splash – [R]
Elstree 1976 – [NR]

Pelé: Birth of a Legend – [PG]

Band of Outsiders – [NR]
Dark Horse – [PG]

Being Charlie – [NR]
 

Home Entertainment for the week of May 3rd, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

The 5th Wave – [PG-13]

Joy – [PG-13]

Remember – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Zoolander No. 2 – [PG-13]

The Witch – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Airwolf: The Complete Series (1984-1987)

The Last Ship: Season Two (2015)

Lexx: The Complete Series (1997-2002)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

Independence Day (1996) – [PG-13]

Top Gun (1986) – [PG]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Earth Station MCU

Welcome to the Earth Station MCU Podcast, your home for all things related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and so much more.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

None

 

Links

 

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Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 7:53am EDT
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 Shazam!

"On Winning"

September 6, 1975

 

The second season of Shazam! begins and it looks like business as usual.  In fact, that's the problem here, for a season premiere of a hot Saturday morning television show, the opening of its second season is somewhat lackluster.  Two brothers are vying for their father's attention and the younger of the two feels left out.  But he soon learns that his father loves him enough to risk his life for him.

 

 

The second season of Shazam! begins and while there are many changes in store for the coming season, this first episode doesn't seem to demonstrate it.  John and Richard discuss how what is right with a usual episode of Shazam! is what is wrong with this season opener.  Plus, they discuss how the Elders flashbacks that Billy has during the course of the episode are not neccessary and won't be missed on Isis.

 

 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: "Winning isn't the important thing. What is important, is to do the very best you can. And a parent's love is a very special kind of love, its so big, that no matter how many brothers or sisters you have, there's more than enough love for everyone."

 

 

Guest Cast

Stephen R. Hudis as Dan

John Lupton as Craig Enright

Eric Shea as Corky

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_21.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT
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“Dragnet” returns with a tale ofthe drug trade.  In 1951 marijuana was available for 75 centsa joint.  Detectives Friday and Romero are on the track of thekingpin behind the narcotics racket, “The Big Tomato.”  ThenFriday himself, Jack Webb, guest stars on “The Bob HopeShow.”  After Hope’s timely comedy monologue, he joins Sgt.Joe Friday in a homicide investigation.  Even if the onlystiff Bob’s ever seen stretched out was one on New Year’s Eve, witha nose like his, you bet he can smell a crime a mile away. 

 

 

Episodes

 

 

Dragnet

 

“The Big Tomato”

 

February 25, 1951

 

4:06

 

 

The Bob Hope Show

 

“Guest: Jack Webb”

 

February 4, 1953

 

36:06

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