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Originally broadcast on Facebook Live on February 5, 2018.

It’s the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the original “Planet of the Apes” movie starrring Roddy McDowell as Cornelius. SInce then, there have been five movies in the original movie series, a cartoon, a TV series, various comic book series, a failed attempt at reviving the franchise in 2001, and a more successful revivial that continues to produce hit movies to this day.

We take a look at the history of this franchise with Dan Greenfield of 13thDimension.com, and writer Jim Beard. What stands out? What survives the test of time and what do we wish we could just say never happened? Considering the political climate today, what should future movies deal with in plotlines?

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_005-Podcast_of_the_Apes.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT
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Shazam!

"The Odd Couple"

October 18, 1975

 

Dan is much too proud to ever ask help from anyone to the point where he risks his and his girlfriend's lives.  But will he learn a lesson when he sees the World's Mightiest Mortal asking for help from the Champion of Truth and Justice?

 

Long before Hercules and Xena - long before Buffy and Angel - long before Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers, there was Captain Marvel and Isis.  It's the first of several team-ups featuring the two stars of our iconic Saturday morning TV shows.  The question is, is it all worth it?  Is the story worthy of such a meeting?  John and Richard discuss this as well as begin a series of reviews of the DC Comics Isis series from 1976-77.  They start with Isis' first appearance in Shazam! #25.

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: “There are a lot of things we can do by ourselves, but it's kind of foolish and maybe even dangerous to try to do something when we don't know how."

 

Guest Cast

Steve Benedict as Dan Haley

Cindy Eilbacher as Susie Walsh

&

Joanna Cameron as Andrea Thomas and Isis

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_35.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT
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Originally Broadcast on Facebook Live: January 28, 2018

 

Author, TV host, writer/producer Herbie J Pilato joins John to chat about his upcoming television show "Then Again with Herbie J Pilato" (premiering in 2018 on the Decades TV Network). We also discuss his creation of the Classic TV Preservation Society, his numerous written works on classic TV shows and actors, and his love for Elizabeth Montgomery and the television series, "Bewitched".

Plus, Daniel Persons reviews Stephen King's It 2017 and Have a Nice Day HD movie and John suggests a unique Valentine's Day gift.

It's all here on a new episode of The Chronic Rift!

 

Herbie's Links

Homepage

Classic TV Preservation Society

Herbie's TV Articles

Then Again Homepage

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_004.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT
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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the Death Cure outlasted the jungle, but it's not all sunshine and roses on this side of the maze. The final Maze Runner film is a bit of a disappointment, and that stumble leaves the field wide open for mystery thriller Winchester. Young adult adaptation vs spooky haunted house? Who's the winner here?

 

On the home entertainment front, we get the history of Wonder Woman and her creator, Professor Marston. We also get Boo! 2 from Madea and a Wonder on digital. TV on DVD kicks in a queen with Victoria and a classic with the Pink Panther (and Henry Mancini's iconic brass). Denise wraps it all up with the Quick Flicks, telling us tale of Space Mom Carrie Fisher's final award, Indy 5, Doctor Sleep, and Elon Musk's supposed zombie apocalypse.

 

It's showtime on the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 30, 2018

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Winchester

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Maze Runner: The Death Cure – [New Release]
#2 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – [-1]
#3 – Hostiles – [+20, Wide Release]
#4 – The Greatest Showman – [+1]
#5 – The Post – [-1]
#6 – 12 Strong – [-4]

#7 – Den of Thieves – [-4]
#8 – The Shape of Water – [+8]
#9 – Paddington 2 – [-3]
#10 – Padmaavat – [New Release]

 

 

Box Office Premieres

February 3, 2018: Wide

Winchester – [PG-13]

February 3, 2017: Limited

A Fantastic Woman – [R]
The Cage Fighter – [NR]
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero – [PG-13]
A Ciambra – [NR]

Scorched Earth – [R]

 

 

Home Entertainment

January 30, 2018: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – [R]

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – [PG-13]

 

January 30, 2018: New Releases on Digital Video

Wonder – [PG]

 

January 30, 2018: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume One – 1964-1966 (1964-1966)

Victoria: Season Two (2017)

Ray Donovan: Season Five (2017)

 

January 30, 2018: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Class of 1999 (1990) – [NR]

 

Podcast Promos

Earth Station One

Earth Station One is a pop culture podcast & blog celebrating our love for all things Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics & much, much more.

 

 

Quick Flicks

Carrie Fisher wins a posthumous Grammy Award
Elon Musk not creating a zombie apocalypse... promise!
Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin in upcoming biopic
Indiana Jones 5 filming in 2019 with Steven Spielberg
Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, is coming to film

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Direct download: Podioplex013018.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 7:39am EDT
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It’s February, and that means Valentines Day – or at least couples.  First up, it’s “Life With Luigi,” the adventures of a recent Italian immigrant in Chicago.  Luigi has a date for Valentine’s Day, and nothing could possibly go wrong.  Then on “Information Please,” there are two female guest panelists and lots of questions about couples:  separated couples, couples in literature, broken courtships, and even the phrase "ladies and gentlemen" are all covered.

 

Episodes

 

Life With Luigi

February 14, 1950

“Valentine’s Date at the Pump Room”

2:18

 

Information Please

April 5, 1943

Guests:  Jan Struther and Cornelia Otis Skinner

30:36

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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, we have a turkey in the jungle as Jumanji scores top marks for a third week running. This week, running is the theme as the final installment of The Maze Runner takes the starting line. It's proven champion versus young adult adaptation for the title. On marks, get set...

 

Teen Titans GO! That's right, home entertainment brings the young heroes to DVD this week alongside Gotham by Gaslight, Jigsaw and Geostorm. After that dose of DC, Denise gives us plenty of news in the Quick Flicks, including word from the Inhumans, Black Widow, Wonder Woman, The Witcher, and the Clue remake.

 

The Clue remake!? Flames. Flames... on the side of our faces... heaving breaths...

 

It's showtime on the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 23, 2018

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Maze Runner: The Death Cure

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – [Third Week]
#2 – 12 Strong – [New Release]
#3 – Den of Thieves – [New Release]
#4 – The Post – [-2]
#5 – The Greatest Showman – [-1]
#6 – Paddington 2 – [+1]

#7 – The Commuter – [-4]
#8 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – [-2]
#9 – Insidious: The Last Key – [-4]
#10 – Forever My Girl – [New Release]

 

Box Office Premieres

January 26, 2018: Wide

Maze Runner: The Death Cure – [PG-13]
Hostiles – [R]

January 26, 2017: Limited

The Insult – [R]
Have a Nice Day – [NR]
Kickboxer: Retaliation – [R]
Padman – [PG-13]

 

Home Entertainment

January 23, 2018: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Jigsaw – [R]

Geostorm – [PG-13]

Thank You For Your Service – [R]

 

January 23, 2018: New Releases on Digital Video

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – [R]

 

January 23, 2018: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Teen Titans: Season One (2003)

 

January 23, 2018: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) – [R]

 

Podcast Promos

The Hollywood Outsider

The Hollywood Outsider Podcast is four guys who love the same things you do - Entertainment. Not always PC, but always entertaining, our Podcast is for people who LOVE movies & TV.

 

 

 

Quick Flicks

ABC has unofficially canceled Inhumans
Black Widow for 2020?
Wonder Woman 2 to utilize the new anti-sexual harassment guidelines
The Witcher has a pilot script
Ryan Reynolds and the Clue remake (Clue remake!?)
The Mighty Ducks quacks television

 

 

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Shop the Rift’s Best Bets or search our Amazon Store. 

 

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Direct download: Podioplex012318.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 11:01am EDT
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Episode 45—The A2s Always Were a Bit Twitchy

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson and his daughter, Ella, dive into Aliens (1986) for part three of their epic review of the entire Alien movie series. Remember, always listen to Ripley! 

 

 

Segments

Intro :28

First Reactions on Second Viewing :53

It’s a Long Movie/Director’s Cut 1:15

Alien vs. Aliens 2:40

Sci-Fi Soldiers 3:40

Opening Scenes 4:26 

Blue-Collar Space Worker 6:17

We Have to Talk About Vasquez 6:45

Burke the Corporate Toady 10:50

Jonesy 11:53

Ripley and PTSD 12:21

The Quotable Aliens 13:33

Boardroom Recap 13:58

What the Audience Knows 14:47

There are Aliens in Aliens 15:20

“The A2s Always Were a Bit Twitchy” 16:25

Bishop’s Hair 17:28

“Somebody Wake Up Hicks” 18:09

James Horner/The Wrath of Khan 18:50

A Rare Sequel 21:19

Motion Trackers 22:05

Listen to Ripley! 22:35

Newt 24:03

Facehugger Scuttling 24:48

Ripley’s Deleted Daughter 25:50

Punching Company Guys 27:27

Hicks is Steve Trevor 27:50

Deleted Daughter and Newt 28:35

“It Won’t Make Any Difference” 30:33

“What the Hell Are We Supposed to Use, Harsh Language?” 31:17 

Ripley Takes Charge 32:32

“Nuke the Entire Site from Orbit. It’s the Only Way to Be Sure” 33:55

“Game Over Man” 35:20

“They Mostly Come Out at Night. Mostly” 36:05

Newt’s Bedtime/“She’s Just a Piece of Plastic” 36:30

“It Was a Bad Call, Ripley” 36:48

Bishop in a Tube 37:30

Ripley and Hicks 39:25

Burke Releases the Facehuggers 40:27

Aliens in the Ceiling 42:26

“You Want Some of This” 43:31

Burke Gets His 43:50

The Redemption of Gorman 44:35

Newt Falls 45:18

Ripley Gears Up for Newt 46:15

Newt Screams 48:04

Queen’s Chamber 48:45

Threatening the Eggs 50:00

Queen on the Elevator 52:44

Where’s Bishop? 53:37

Queen Takes Bishop 54:25

Is Ripley an Ellen? 55:53

“Get Away From Her, You Bitch” 57:05

Bishop Saves Newt 58:13

“Mommy” 58:43

Newt’s Bedtime/“Will I Dream?” 59:25

More Deleted Scenes 1:00:02

Final Thoughts 1:01:45

Direct download: Ep._45.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 7:08am EDT
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John flies solo on this episode offering reviews from Dan Persons of Hour of the Wolf (movies - Mary and the Witch's Flower), Keith R.A. DeCandido (TV - Major Crimes) and himself (podcasts - Flip Florey's Super Saturday Board Game Serial. Special thanks to Dan Persons and Mike Fichera for hanging online and throwing in comments along the way.

 

Contents

 

Bringing it to the Table

3:30 - John likes the new Funko 3.75" Batman 66 figures.

8:50 - John loves the original Battlestar Galactica series on Blu-Ray, but questions how we can get Galactica 1980 in Blu-Ray, but not Six Million Dollar Man or Bionic Woman.

 

Reviews

12:55 - Dan Persons reviews the anime film Mary and the Witch's Flower.

27:30 - Keith DeCandido reviews Major Crimes and his happy with the new series, Black Lightning. 

40:30 - John reviews Flip Florey Super Saturday Board Game Serial.

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_003.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT
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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the jungle is still strong, defeating four effective new releases in its fourth week. Hitwomen, anthropomorphic bears, Liam Neeson... not even the Washington Post could stop Jumanji. This week sees another shot with 12 Strong soldiers in Afghanistan, a Den of Thieves facing off against the LAPD, and a country star coming home. Can anything stop the jungle?

 

Home entertainment brings replicants to battle in Blade Runner 2049, a slasher Groundhog Day in Happy Death Day, something disastrous in Geostorm, Better Call Saul, and a few retro classics to boot. Denise wraps it up with a short news cycle -- we blame January! -- covering Artemis Fowl, Snowpiercer, and Black Widow.

 

We also say goodbye to a good man and friend.

 

It's showtime on the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

Direct download: Podioplex011618.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT
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It's the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Five years ago, we covered the anniversary with a two-part discussion of the series with author David Mack and actress Chase Masterson.  In celebration, John brings author Julio Angel Ortiz on board to talk about the show, in particular how it stands out amongst the other Trek series and how the new Discovery is closest in tone to DS9.

 


NOTE: The episode is shortened due to technical difficulties at the start of the show.  The audio brings us into the show already in progress.

 

Contents


0:00 - Bringing it to the Table - John talks about the Batman 66 exhibition at the Hollywood Museum and Julio talks about how The Disaster Artist is the perfect movie for the political climate we are currently.

13:10 - John and Julio talk Deep Space Nine.

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_002.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT
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