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On an all-new triple feature edition of The Weekly Podioplex, it was a good week to be lost under the sea as Finding Dory found box office gold and a slew of new records. The forgetful blue tang faces some steep competition over the next three weeks as your podcast host takes a vacation, including Independence Day: Resurgence, The BFG, and The Secret Life of Pets. Can Dory withstand box office fire of that magnitude?

 

On the home entertainment front, the list is a who's who of spring releases playing companion to the high-definition adventures of the Ninth Doctor. Add on a threesome of Blu-ray classics, and it's an edition of The Weekly Podioplex that is stuffed to the gills on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for June 21, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Independence Day: Resurgence

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Finding Dory – [New Release]
#2 – Central Intelligence – [New Release]
#3 – The Conjuring 2 – [-2]
#4 – Now You See Me 2 – [-1]
#5 – Warcraft – [-3]
#6 – X-Men: Apocalypse – [-1]

#7 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – [-3]
#8 – Alice Through the Looking Glass – [Even]
#9 – Me Before You – [-3]
#10 – Captain America: Civil War – [-1]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – Cars 2
2006 – Click
1996 – Eraser
1986 – The Karate Kid, Part II
1976 – Silent Movie
 

Box Office Premieres for the weeks of June 24th-July 8th, 2016

June 24th, 2016

Wide

Independence Day: Resurgence – [PG-13]

The Shallows – [PG-13]

Free State of Jones – [R]

 

Limited

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words – [R]
Wiener-Dog – [R]

Misconception – [PG-13]


July 1st, 2016

Wide

The BFG – [PG]

The Purge: Election Year – [R]

The Legend of Tarzan – [PG-13]

 

Limited

Our Kind of Traitor – [NR]

July 8th, 2016

Wide

The Secret Life of Pets – [PG]

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – [R]

 

Limited

Captain Fantastic – [R]
Our Little Sister – [PG]

 

Home Entertainment for the weeks of June 21st-July 5th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

June 21st

 

The Brothers Grimsby – [R]

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – [PG-13]

Midnight Special – [PG-13]

 

June 28th

 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – [R]

Precious Cargo – [R]

Kung Fu Panda 3 – [PG]

 

July 5th

 

By the Sea – [R]

Code of Honor – [R]

Term Life – [R]

Crime Drama

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

June 21st

 

Miracles From Heaven – [PG]

The Divergent Series: Allegiant – [PG-13]

 

June 28th

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – [PG-13]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition – [R]

Green Room – [R]

 

July 5th

 

Cabin Fever – [NR]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

June 21st

 

Doctor Who: The First Series (2005)

How to Get Away with Murder: Season Two (2015)

June 28th

 

Two Guys and a Girl (aka Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place): Complete Series (1998-2001)

July 5th

 

House of Cards: Season Four (2016)

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

June 21st

 

The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) – [NR]

 

June 28th

 

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) [Criterion Collection] – [PG]

 

July 5th

 

Stripes (1981) – [R]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Terry Mixon

Terry Mixon is author of The Empire of Bones Saga and The Humanity Unlimited Saga. He served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division. He also worked alongside the flight controllers in the Mission Control Center at the NASA Johnson Space Center for almost two decades, supporting the Space Shuttle program, the International Space Station, and other human spaceflight projects during his tenure there.

 

Paul E. Cooley – Shadow Publications

A writer, podcaster, and software architect from Houston, Texas,  Paul E Cooley has been writing since the age of 12. In 2009, he began producing free psychological thriller and horror podcasts, essays, and reviews.

 

Quick Flicks

 

None

 

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, it was a good week to be a newcomer as bank heists, orcs, and supernatural terror won the weekend. Also, adding credence to what has been a bad punchline for a long time, so did China as they continue on course to become the world's largest movie market. To combat the specters this week, Disney is taking another adventure with a forgetful fish in Finding Dory. It will likely perform well, but will it overcome the curse of lackluster sequels in 2016?
 
On the home entertainment front, we visit 10 Cloverfield Lane, watch London fall, and welcome home old friends with Star Trek, the X-Files, and Dark Shadows. Wrap it all up with a look at next month's cinematic offerings, and you have a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, only on The Chronic Rift Network.
 
 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for June 14, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Finding Dory


Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – The Conjuring 2 – [New Release]
#2 – Warcraft – [New Release]
#3 – Now You See Me 2 – [New Release]
#4 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – [-3]
#5 – X-Men: Apocalypse – [-3]
#6 – Me Before You – [-3]

#7 – The Angry Birds Movie – [-2]
#8 – Alice Through the Looking Glass – [-4]
#9 – Captain America: Civil War – [-3]
#10 – The Jungle Book – [-1]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – Green Lantern
2006 – Cars
1996 – The Cable Guy
1986 – Back to School
1976 – The Man Who Fell to Earth

Box Office Premieres for the week of June 17th, 2016

Wide

Finding Dory – [PG]

Central Intelligence – [PG-13]

 

Limited

Swiss Army Man – [R]
Tickled – [R]

The Last King – [NR]
Clown – [R]

Home Entertainment for the week of June 14th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

10 Cloverfield Lane – [PG-13]

London Has Fallen – [R]

Gridlocked – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – [R]

Eye in the Sky – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
The X-Files: The Event Series (Season Ten) (2016)

The X-Files: The Complete Series (1993-2016)
Dark Shadows: The 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (1966-1971)

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

Airport: The Complete Collection (1970-1979)

Airport (1970) – [G]

Airport 1975 (1974) – [PG]

Airport ‘77 (1977) – [PG]

The Concorde: Airport ‘79 (1979) – [PG]

 

Podcast Promos

 

The Quantum Leap Podcast

The Quantum Leap Podcast is a Barren Space Production with the purpose of exploring the Quantum Leap Universe episode by episode.  This podcast will cover all five seasons of one of the best television shows of all time by delving into all 96 episodes one by one and not spoiling upcoming plot points so first timers can follow along. We will be doing approximately two shows per month taking about three years. We will dissect each and every show looking for the meanings morals and lessons we can learn while keeping track of the overall arc of the show.

 

Quick Flicks

 

Coming Attractions for July 2016

Links

 

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the Apocalypse was almost averted by the heroes on the half-shell, but it's mixed news for the studio. Both sets of comic book heroes could see a challenge with the Now You See Me sequel, the premiere of Warcraft, and another visit to the horrors of The Conjuring. Will they be enough to jump start the flagging summer season?

On the home theater front, it's a list of big hitters, including Disney's Zootopia, Michael Bay, and George Clooney. TV takes a Quantum Leap this week, and a Star Trek blockbuster goes Blu with a director's cut. What more could you want? It's a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, only on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for June 7, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Now You See Me 2

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – [New Release]
#2 – X-Men: Apocalypse – [-1]
#3 – Me Before You – [New Release]
#4 – Alice Through the Looking Glass – [-2]
#5 – The Angry Birds Movie – [-2]
#6 – Captain America: Civil War – [-2]

#7 – Neighbors: Sorority Rising – [-2]
#8 – Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – [New Release]
#9 – The Jungle Book – [-3]
#10 – The Nice Guys – [-3]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – Super 8
2006 – Cars
1996 – The Rock
1986 – Top Gun
1976 – The Man Who Fell to Earth
 

Box Office Premieres for the week of June 10th, 2016

Wide

Now You See Me 2 – [PG-13]

Warcraft – [PG-13]

The Conjuring 2 – [R]

 

Limited

Genius – [PG-13]
De Palma – [R]

Diary of a Chambermaid – [NR]
From Afar – [NR]

King Jack – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of June 7th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Zootopia – [PG]

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

Hail, Caesar! – [PG-13]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – [PG-13]

Midnight Special – [PG-13]

Electra Woman & Dyna Girl – [NR]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Quantum Leap: Season One (1989)
Quantum Leap: Season Two (1990)

Rizzoli & Isles: Season Six (2015)
The Shannara Chronicles: Season One (2016)

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – The Director’s Cut (1982) – [PG]

 

Podcast Promos

 

The Melting Potcast

The Melting Potcast: A Little of Everything, from Everyone, Everywhere. It's also your source for really bad food and writing puns. Our crew gives you never-before heard fiction in a variety show setting, featuring different types of segments. This is a melting pot, after all!

 

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, the Apocalypse has arrived, but it's certainly not the big Memorial Day winner that everyone had hoped. In fact, even with a new milestone under their ears, Disney couldn't save the holiday from a soft start to the summer season. Hoping to take advantage of that performance is a set of lean green pizza-eating ninja heroes on the half shell, but can their zany antics dethrone the X-Men?  

On the home theater front, it's CG gods versus Jane Austen and the undead, with an inspirational Olympic biodrama to run circles around both. Add a little discussion to dismiss some fear-mongering, and you have a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, only on The Chronic Rift Network.

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Just before we begin our review of The Secrets of Isis, we have the opportunity to sit down with the man who played Rick Mason on the series.  Actor Brian Cutler talks with us about his career, his time on the show, how he was the first one cast, and The Actor's Studio he runs today.

Brian Cutler was born in Los Angeles; he has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 60 years. He has had an extensive career in theatre, film, and television, including starring in the hit series The Secrets of ISIS and co-starring in Emergency, The Long Hot Summer, and Young Lawyers. Brian has guest starred on over 100 major television shows and appeared in over 200 national commercials. He has been teaching film, television and commercial acting technique to both beginners and professionals for over 40 years.

 

Links

Homepage - The Actors Studio

The Actors Studio on Facebook

The Actors Studio on Twitter

 

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_22.mp3
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King Tut is back in Gotham City with a new set of predictions that includes the identity of Batman.  But just what is the purpose of all these predictions?  Tut doesn't seem interested in gaining control of Gotham City as his new kingdom.  He's more interested in gaining control of the universe and his scheme will ensure this happens.  And where is Batgirl in all this?

Joining John to discuss this episode, one of the better of the third season and a fitting continuation of the Tut storyline, is Shazam/Isis Podcast host Richard F. Lee.

 

 

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