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In 2015, Joe Books released the first book of Keith’s “Tales of Asgard” trilogy, in which Keith got to write Marvel Comics’ version of the Norse gods in prose form. That first book was Marvel’s Thor: Dueling with Giants. In 2016, Book 2 came out, entitled Marvel’s Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings. This month, the thrilling conclusion will be released, and Keith will talk all about the trilogy in general and the final volume, Marvel’s Warriors Three: Godhood’s End in particular, including reading an excerpt from the novel.

 

Keith has always loved Norse mythology, as it’s also provided the backbone of his cycle of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida. He owes that interest primarily to Marvel’s portrayals of them, and it was the thrill of a lifetime to get to write them.

 

Show notes to follow.

Direct download: DKR_-_Vol2Ep5.mp3
Category:Dead Kitchen Radio -- posted at: 9:00pm EST
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"The Funny Feline Felonies/

The Joke's on Catwoman"

Aired December 28, 1967 & January 4, 1968

 

Catwoman is back in Gotham once again and this time she's teaming up with the Joker.  She's hatching a plot to recover over 100 pounds of TNT.  The thing is, this is a simple plot by either of their standards and the script refelcts it as it starts out interestingly enough and then quickly slides into complete farce as we get a courtroom scene at the end of part two.

Joining John to discuss this episode is podcaster Michael Falkner (The Weekly Podioplex).  This time they discuss just how painful it is to watch this when you consider the first episode is actually not that bad.  They admire how Eartha Kitt purrs French so elegantly.  And they wonder just how does a recent grad student with a librarian's salery manage to come up with the gadgets she does in her crimefighting spree, items that includes a universal antidote pill.  Is Alfred involved in this somehow?

 

Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

Since 2011, he has hosted The Weekly Podioplex, a movie and television news podcast on The Chronic Rift network. Before then, he was a writer and producer for The Scapecast, the Parsec Award-winning podcast about Farscape. He has also contributed to various other podcast productions, most notably The RevCast on RevolutionSF and The Chronic Rift's Roundtable. Michael is also a frequent panelist for the American Science Fiction Classics Track at Dragon Con, and is also one of the founding members of the Dragon Con Newbies group, which helps newcomers of the annual convention.

As a writer, Michael has been published several times, including genre essays on RevolutionSF and ForceCast.net. He is also the author of the Timestamps Project, a series of reviews of the long-running Doctor Who television series. His work can be found on his site, Creative Criticality.

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_60.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 6:00am EST
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For Mother’s Day, Dennis Day sings the ballad “Little Mother of Mine” on “The Jack Benny Show.”  On this episode, the gang is flying back to Los Angeles from New York.  At the time such a voyage was a rare treat.  It took a mere 18 hours; about half as long as a similar trip by train.  Then on “Have Gun Will Travel,” Paladin thinks he’s doing his Chinese friends a favor by exposing a con game as old as the hills.  But there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye of even the sharpest mind in the Old West.

 

Episodes

 

The Jack Benny Program

May 12, 1940

“Returns on a TWA Plane”

4:05

 

Have Gun Will Travel

April 10, 1960

“So True, Mr. Barnum”

34:57

 

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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, there was only one clear winner, and they are the Guardians of the Galaxy. The odds remain in their favor as the box office newcomers are a retelling of the King Arthur legend and a mother/daughter comedy.
 
The home entertainment slate is equally light, offering Fifty Shades, a rocking dog, a prison tale in orange and black, and an accidental tourist. Denise adds in a plethora of news items from across the universe, drawing this new edition of the Weekly Podioplex to a close on The Chronic Rift Network.
 
 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for May 9th, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

 


Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – [New Release]
#2 – The Fate of the Furious – [-1]
#3 – The Boss Baby – [+1]
#4 – How to Be a Latin Lover – [-2]
#5 – Beauty and the Beast – [+1]
#6 – The Circle – [-1]

#7 – Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – [-4]
#8 – Gifted – [+1]
#9 – Smurfs: The Lost Village – [-1]
#10 – Going in Style – [-3]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – Marvel’s The Avengers
2007 – Spider-Man 3
1997 – The Fifth Element
1987 – The Secret of My Succe$s
1977 – Annie Hall

Box Office Premieres for the week of May 12th, 2017

Wide

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – [PG-13]

Snatched – [R]

 

Limited

Lowriders – [PG-13]
The Wall  – [R]
Paris Can Wait  – [PG]
Meri Pyaari Bindu – [NR]
The Wedding Plan  – [PG]
Generation Iron 2  – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of May 9th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Fifty Shades Darker – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Rock Dog – [PG]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Orange is the New Black: Season Four (2016)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

The Accidental Tourist (1988) – [PG]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Terminus: A Doctor Who Podcast
A podcast about a queer woman's perspective on Doctor Who, both the classic and new series, as well as its various spin-offs and ephemera.

 

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Godzilla vs Kong moves up one week
Marvel’s Runaways coming to Hulu this winter
BBC takes on The War of the Worlds
Disney, The Rock, and a Jungle Cruise movie
Hope remains for fans of Powerless
Glass: The Unbreakable sequel
Roseanne limited revival in the works
The Vampire Chronicles is coming to television
Boondock Saints Origins

 

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

 

Direct download: Podioplex050917.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 10:11am EST
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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, there were a few shining stars that tried so, so hard to beat the fast and furious family, but Torretto and his gang sped their way to victory and a box office turkey. This week, they face another family: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

 

The home entertainment slate is a mix of dogs, rings, zombies, babies, and 4400 mysterious people. We also see a pair of hi-def anniversaries as Saturday Night Fever and Smokey and the Bandit flash forward from the 1970s. Finally, Denise caps off the comics celebration with a whole bushel of news from the Marvel universe. That and more on this new edition of the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for May 2nd, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

 


Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – The Fate of the Furious – [Third Week]
#2 – How to Be a Latin Lover – [New Release]
#3 – Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – [New Release/Limited Release]
#4 – The Boss Baby – [-2]
#5 – The Circle – [New Release]
#6 – Beauty and the Beast – [-3]

#7 – Going in Style – [-3]
#8 – Smurfs: The Lost Village – [-3]
#9 – Gifted – [-1]
#10 – Unforgettable – [-3]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – Marvel’s The Avengers
2007 – Spider-Man 3
1997 – Breakdown
1987 – The Secret of My Succe$s
1977 – Annie Hall

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of May 5th, 2017

Wide

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – [PG-13]

 

Limited

The Lovers – [R]
The Dinner  – [R]
3 Generations  – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of May 2nd, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

A Dog’s Purpose – [PG]

Rings – [PG-13]

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – [PG]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – [R]

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Rugrats: Season One (1991)

Rugrats: Season Two (1992)
The Last Ship: Season Three (2016)
The 4400: The Complete Series (2004-2007)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Saturday Night Fever (1977) – [R]

Smokey and the Bandit (1977) – [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

 

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3
GotGV2 bits
GotGV2 vs. Thor: Ragnarok
Fahrenheit 451
The X-Files return... again

 

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic Rift, The Weekly Podioplex, Denise, and Michael
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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex050217.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 7:42pm EST
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Coming out this month is Aliens: Bug Hunt, a new anthology of stories in the setting of the Alienmovies that focus on the Colonial Marines. Keith talks about his love for the film franchise, how happy he is to be in this anthology alongside luminaries Dan Abnett, Rachel Caine, Larry Correia, David Farland, Matt Forbeck, Ray Garton, Christopher Golden, Heather Graham, Brian Keene, Paul Kupperberg, Tim Lebbon, Jonathan Maberry (who also edited the anthology), James A. Moore, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Mike Resnick, and Scott Sigler, and reads his contribution to the anthology, “Deep Background.”

 

Show notes to come.

Direct download: DKR_-_Vol2Ep4.mp3
Category:Dead Kitchen Radio -- posted at: 4:28pm EST
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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, it was a bad week to be a new release. In fact, none of the newbies broke into the top five, and the best among them was a documentary with cute critters. The Fate of the Furious kept driving, and unless The Circle, a street magician, or a latin lover can muster the numbers, Toretto's family will keep riding into the sunset.

 

The home entertainment slate is a small affair, musicals both modern and classic, a battle of werewolves and vampires, and... well... an affair. Denise caps off the week with The Mummy's daddy issues, another crack at the Dark Phoenix, and some uncertainty about Predator and Trek on this new edition of the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for April 25th, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Circle

 


Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – The Fate of the Furious – [Second Week]
#2 – The Boss Baby – [Even]
#3 – Beauty and the Beast – [Even]
#4 – Going in Style – [+1]
#5 – Smurfs: The Lost Village – [-1]
#6 – Born in China – [New Release]

#7 – Unforgettable – [New Release]
#8 – Gifted – [-2]
#9 – The Promise – [New Release]
#10 – The Lost City of Z – [+18]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – Think Like a Man
2007 – Disturbia
1997 – Volcano
1987 – The Secret of My Succe$s
1977 – Annie Hall

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of April 28th, 2017

Wide

The Circle – [PG-13]

How to Be a Latin Lover – [PG-13]

Sleight – [R]

 

Limited

Buster’s Mal Heart – [NR]
One Week and a Day – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of April 25th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

La La Land – [PG-13]

Underworld: Blood Wars – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Fifty Shades Darker – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

The Affair: Season Three (2016)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Man of La Mancha (1972) – [PG]

 

 

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

 

Universal’s monsters, The Mummy, and daddy issues
Dark Phoenix (again and again and again and...)
Predator reboot gets knocked back
Zachary Quinto unsure about Star Trek #4

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic Rift, The Weekly Podioplex, Denise, and Michael
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Leave a review on iTunes:  The Chronic Rift

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

 

Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex042517.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 12:33pm EST
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Apologies for the delay in this release.

On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the winner was expected, but the magnitude was not. The Fate of the Furious was apparently to set records worldwide and guarantee another two stories in the adrenline-charged series. The competition this week is pulling out all the stops, with five titles ranging from angry ex-wives to alien abductions and cute animals, but none of them can drive cars really, really fast. 

The home entertainment slate is far more limited, spanning Split, The Founder, and the Teen Titans on disc. A dog finds his purpose on digital, and Killjoys joins the Five-O in TV on DVD. Finally, retro titles preps Hulu audiences with a look at a polluted religious dystopia driven by fertility. 

Denise wraps it all up with comic and video game news, as well as a sad news about the future of Conan. The king of the Cimmerians may be dead, but we still soldier on with this new edition of the Weekly Podioplex on The Chronic Rift Network.

Direct download: Podioplex041817.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 7:21pm EST
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Now available is Baker Street Irregulars, a new anthology of alternate Sherlock Holmes stories edited by Michael A. Ventrella & Jonathan Maberry. Keith talks about his contribution to the anthology, “Identity,” a tale of a young woman in modern New York City named Shirley Holmes and a young African-American medical student at Columbia University named Jack Watson, as they help a young woman whose fiancé has gone missing.

 

Keith reads “Identity” and talks all about BSI, as well as his plans for future Shirley-and-Jack stories, including “The Six Red Dragons” for Volume 2 of BSI in 2018.

Direct download: DKR_-_Vol2Ep3.mp3
Category:Dead Kitchen Radio -- posted at: 2:37pm EST
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The “Lux Radio Theater” usually adapted films, but this adaptation of “Lost Horizon” is based on the 1933 novel by James Hilton, not the 1937 film starring Ronald Colman and directed by Frank Capra.  And yet, this radio version also stars Ronald Colman.  He had become so identified with the film’s hero, Conway, that it was unthinkable to do a version without him.  If you’ve only seen the film, you’ll be surprised to find that the story is the same but many of the characters are different and / or missing.

 

Episodes

 

Lux Radio Theater

 

September 15, 1941

 

“Lost Horizon”

 

3:42

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