Wednesday, June 21, 2017

HAN SOLO Directors Fired, Ron Howard is Top Pick for Replacement


There are a lot of Star Wars fans having a bad feeling about this.

According to Variety, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors of the upcoming untitled Han Solo film, have been fired by LucasFilm after clashing with producer Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas' successor.  The decision comes as the film still has several weeks left to shoot.  An additional several weeks of reshoots have been planned to take place later this summer.

Kennedy said in a statement, "Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways."

Kennedy promised a new director would be announced shortly.  Variety's sources say that Ron Howard is in talks to take over the film, but there's no deal yet.  Joe Johnston is also reportedly under consideration.

The film is centered on a young Han Solo, the roguish smuggler who later meets Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker in the Mos Eisley Cantina in 1977's Star Warsand his adventures with his Wookiee partner Chewbacca, including their encounter with Lando Calrissian.

The cast includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Han's criminal mentor Beckett, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

"Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project," said Lord and Miller in a statement.  "We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true.  We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."

According to the article, "Miller and Lord were stunned to find that they were not being granted freedom to run the production in the manner that they were accustomed to. They balked at Kennedy’s tight control on the set."

Variety's source with knowledge of the production said the chemistry between the directors and Kennedy was never right.  "It was a culture clash from day one," said their source. "She didn’t even like the way they folded their socks."  In addition, Kennedy reportedly didn't approve of their shooting style and process of interacting with actors and crew.  "They weren’t given the leeway to do what they had to do," claimed the source.

The article also claims Lord and Miller also clashed with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who has been involved with several Star Wars movies, since The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. Kasdan reportedly also questioned many of their directing decisions.  "Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time," said Variety's source. "They know how the cheese is made and that’s how they want it made.  It became a very polarizing set."

The article continued, "Some insiders believe that while Kennedy wants to make a splash by hiring young indie directors such as Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), she’s ultimately unwilling to empower them to make their own creative decisions."

The Han Solo film is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 25, 2018.

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 087: "The Eaters of Light" is Up!


"That's the trouble with hope.  It's hard to resist."
-- The Twelfth Doctor to Missy, Doctor Who: "The Eaters of Light"

That's right, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, Jesse and I review "The Eaters of Light", the tenth episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole, and Michelle Gomez as Missy!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse and I spending Father's Day, the return of original series writer Rona Munro, fun with Roman numerals, a Scottish Doctor in Scotland, using the TARDIS just to settle an argument, Nardole rocking his bathrobe and beanie, the mystery of the Ninth Legion, Nardole easily settling in with groups he encounters, Bill's sexuality being "restrictive" compared to the Romans, wondering why Nardole carries around a bag of unpopped popcorn, Missy once again stowing away aboard the TARDIS, Missy's quest for redemptionmy Reverse the Polarity segment, new feedback from Holly from Wisconsin and Paul from Australia, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Jesse and I review "World Enough and Time", the eleventh episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

WATCHMEN TV Series in Development at HBO


"Nothing ends, Adrian.  Nothing ever ends."
-- Doctor Manhattan to Ozymandias, Watchmen

The Hollywood Reporter stated yesterday that HBO is developing an adaptation of the critically-acclaimed DC Comics maxi-series Watchmen, with Damon Lindelof in talks to oversee the project as showrunner.

Lindelof, 44, is best known as the co-creator and showrunner of the ABC series Lost and as the co-creator of the HBO series The Leftovers.  He also served as writer and producer of the movies Star Trek Into Darkness, Prometheus, Tomorrowland, and Cowboys & Aliens.

According to the article, Lindelof originally read the comics as a kid in the 1980s and the series continues to influence his work.  "From the flashbacks to the nonlinear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write," he told Comic Book Resources in 2009 ahead of the Watchmen film by director Zack Snyder. The article also claims that Lindelof has read Watchmen multiple times and praised Snyder's film.  "It's the most married-to-the-original-text version of Watchmen that could've been made," he told the Observer at the time.  "It's OK with me if people don't understand it because they don't deserve to understand it."

Snyder is no longer attached to the drama project from Warner Bros. Television, which was first rumored to be in preliminary discussions with HBO back in 2015.

Created in 1986 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen was a 12-issue maxi-series set in an alternate reality that closely mirrors the contemporary world of the 1980s, but with the presence of superheroes that has altered the outcome of real-world events.  In keeping with the realism of the series, the costumed crimefighters of Watchmen are commonly called "superheroes", but only one, Doctor Manhattan, possesses superhuman powers. The war in Vietnam ends with a U.S. victory in 1971 and Richard Nixon is still president as of October 1985.  When the story begins, the existence of Doctor Manhattan has given the U.S. a strategic advantage over the Soviet Union, which has increased tensions between the two nations. Eventually, superheroes grow unpopular among the police and the public, leading to the passage of legislation, the Keene Act, in 1977 to outlaw them.  While many of the heroes retired, Doctor Manhattan and a veteran superhero known as The Comedian operate as government-sanctioned agents.  Another, Rorschach, continues to operate outside the law as a vigilante.

In October 1985, New York City police investigate the murder of a man named Edward Blake.  With the police having no leads, Rorschach decides to probe further.  Discovering Blake to be the face behind The Comedian, Rorschach believes he has discovered a plot to terminate costumed adventurers and sets about warning four of his retired comrades -- Dan Dreiberg (formerly the second Nite Owl), the emotionally detached Doctor Manhattan and his lover Laurie Juspeczyk (the second Silk Spectre), and Adrian Veidt (once the hero Ozymandias), a successful businessman.

After Blake's funeral, Manhattan is accused on national television of being the cause of cancer in friends and former colleagues.  When the U.S. government takes the accusations seriously, Manhattan exiles himself to Mars.  As Manhattan is one of the United States' greatest military powers, his departure throws humanity into political turmoil, with the Soviet Union invading Afghanistan to capitalize on the perceived American weakness. Rorschach's concerns appear vindicated when Adrian Veidt narrowly survives an assassination attempt, and Rorschach himself is framed for murdering Moloch, a former supervillain, and imprisoned.  Nite Owl and Rorschach work to uncover the conspiracy surrounding the death of The Comedian and the accusations that drove Manhattan into exile.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

GHOSTWOOD 009: "The Return, Part 6" is Up!


"Fuck Gene Kelly, you motherfucker!"
-- Albert Rosenfield, Twin Peaks: "The Return, Part 6"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back once again with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we review "The Return, Part 6", the sixth episode of the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks!

LET'S ROCK!

In our ninth episode, Xan and I discuss things like characters not liking Dougie, Cooper interacting with Sonny Jim, needing a Dougie prequel called Fire Walk with Dougie, Dougie and Janey-E's garmonbozia decor preference, quirky actor Jeremy Davies, Janey-E impressing the loan sharks, the return of that traffic stoplight, Mike the one-armed man being fed up with waiting for Cooper to get his act together, the Twin Peaks Savings & Loan bank manager getting forced retirement, the long-awaited introduction of Laura Dern as Diane Evans (!!!), Richard Horne meeting up with Red, Red being more than he seems, returning to the intersection from Fire Walk with Me, Richard Horne becoming the Biggest Douche in the Universe, the return of Harry Dean Stanton as Carl Rodd, that familiar utility pole from Fire Walk with Me, Ike "The Spike" Stadtler, Deputy Chief Hawk finding the missing pages to Laura Palmer's diary, the return of Heidi the giggling German waitress, our show download numbers for May 2017, "The Return" giving us something new instead of just a nostalgia tripand more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Xan and I review "The Return, Part 7", the next episode of the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Casting Breakdowns Revealed for DC's TITANS Series


Titans...almost together.

That Hashtag Show has managed to obtain the casting breakdowns for Titans, the upcoming live-action series for DC Comics' new digital service that was announced at the end of April.

Production on the series is expected to begin this September in Atlanta, and it appears as though casting for the series is already in process.  The four character names provided appear to be attempts to conceal the identities of the various Titans, but from the descriptions below, it appears they belong to Nightwing, Raven, Starfire, and Beast Boy, respectively.

[John Crossland] (NIGHTWING/DICK GRAYSON) Male, late 20s-early 30s, Caucasian. Equal parts charm and impenetrability, John is a cop. He has a nice smile, tired eyes and a cool, distant manner. However, when provoked, his eyes are so lethal “they drain a man of every last bit of spleen.” John is haunted by the murder of his family. Unbeknownst to those around him, he is also a vigilante. In the shadows, he fights with the commitment and conviction of an artist, the brutal grace of a dancer. Mentally and physically, he is covered in a map of scars. And though he fights to escape his past, it is often a losing battle…SERIES LEAD

[SARAH] (RAVEN/RACHEL ROTH) Female, Mid teens, Open Ethnicity. Troubled, bullied, often scared but unwilling to show it, Sarah is a loner more comfortable hiding in her hoodie than making friends. Haunted by a dark force inside her, Sarah experiences violent episodes that she cannot understand or control. She is also plagued by recurring nightmares that lead her across the country in search of help…SERIES REGULAR

[Casey] (STARFIRE/KORIAND'R) Female, 20s, Open ethnicity. Casey is a tall, stunning woman, her beauty so magnificent it’s almost inhuman. Elegant, refined and mysterious, she is on the hunt to discover who is trying to kill her and why. And those after her are in for a surprise because she’s more deadly than anyone they’ve ever encountered…SERIES REGULAR

[JAX] (BEAST BOY/GARFIELD LOGAN) Male, Mid-late teens, Open Ethnicity, Asian preferred. Funny and charming, this amateur thief’s humor hides his insecurities and past pain. Not the toughest kid on the streets, he’s learned to survive in the world with his wit and quick-thinking…SERIES REGULAR

Titans is expected to premiere on DC's digital service sometime in early 2018.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 107: "Heavydirtysoul" is Up!


"She's not my boss."
"Uh-huh.  I may have a virus making me freakishly strong and mildly insane, but even I know you were a sidekick to your brother and you're a sidekick to Barbara."
– Tabitha Galavan and Leslie "Lee" Thompkins, Gotham: "Heavydirtysoul"

You guessed it, Karen and I are back with a HUGE new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast! This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Fear the Walking Dead 3x01: "Eye of the Beholder"  (Season Premiere)
Fear the Walking Dead 3x02: "The New Frontier"
Gotham 3x21: "Destiny Calling"
Gotham 3x22: "Heavydirtysoul"  (Season Finale)
iZombie 3x10: "Return of the Dead Guy"
Iron Fist 1x11: "Lead Horse Back to Stable"

This week, Karen and I talk about things like Karen's new Felix from Orphan Black Funko figure, Travis using his Maori heritage to his advantage, Jake sticking up for his asshole brother Troy, why you should never look into a wall air vent during a zombie apocalypse, Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier, Travis finally taking himself off the board, connecting Jeremiah to the missing Ofelia, Strand getting a sweet new ride, Madison embracing her Ricktatorship, wondering if Madison is preggers, Ra's Al Ghul finally getting a decent live-action adaptation, The Fandom Zone's official pronunciation of Ra's Al Ghul, Twitter outrage over Bruce stabbing Alfred in the chest, Butch becoming Solomon Grundy, Stabby Babs being dead...for now, not wanting to see Harley Quinn on Gotham, Bruce's reset of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Executioner's Clobberin' Time, the Penguin planning the opening of the Iceberg Lounge, Ravi being a Millennial stereotype of not knowing phone numbers, Peyton being a dominatrix to Liv, the Smothers Brothers, Claire not being down with real-life dragons, Karen and I comparing staple scars, Davos not getting why Danny was chosen to be the Iron Fist, Claire not being down with Colleen even though she bought her delivered pizza, some Gotham feedback from Justina, remembering the late Adam West, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Karen and I review the Season 2 premiere of Wynonna Earp, Episode 12 of Iron Fist, and new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead and iZombieright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 086: "Empress of Mars" is Up!


"We are both surrounded by noisy males.  I would value your opinion."
-- Iraxxa to Bill Potts, Doctor Who: "Empress of Mars"

That's right, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, Jesse and I review "Empress of Mars", the ninth episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole, and Michelle Gomez as Missy!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse breaking his "Must watch new Doctor Who before bedtime" rule, Mark Gatiss being hit-or-miss, wondering why the Doctor and Bill went to NASA, the Doctor's diplomatic relationship with the Ice Warriors, the lack of political correctness in the 19th century, racial diversity in modern casting, the Wonder Woman movie, Missy and the TARDIS' mysterious dematerialization, Missy's sudden concern for the Doctor's health, the unexpected return of Alpha Centuari after 40 years, "Empress of Mars" as the prequel to the Jon Pertwee era Peladon storiesmy Reverse the Polarity segment, two feedbacks from Holly from Wisconsin, tweets from Ken from Chicago, some audio feedback from Judi Dionne, wondering how the Thirteenth Doctor will be announced, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Jesse and I review "The Eaters of Light", the tenth episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX in Talks with Jessica Chastain for Lilandra


Professor X is about to have a star-crossed romance.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the upcoming Fox movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix is in talks with Jessica Chastain for the role of Lilandra, the film's villain.  Lilandra is described in the article as "the empress of an alien empire called the Shi’ar, who leads the quest to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, leading her into conflict with the X-Men."  The film will be written and directed by Simon Kinberg, making his directorial debut.

Chastain, 40, is probably best known as Maya in Zero Dark Thirty and Melissa Lewis in The Martian, and has appeared in a number of films including Crimson Peak, The Huntsman: Winter's War, Interstellar, and Jolene.  Her TV appearances include episodes of Journeyman, Dark Shadows (2005), Veronica Mars, and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

In addition, the article states that Fox has closed deals for the return of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult to reprise their respective roles of Professor Charles Xavier, Magneto, Mystique and Beast.  

Sophie Turner will also reprise her role as Jean Grey, who becomes the cosmic force known as Dark Phoenix in the classic X-Men storyline "The Dark Phoenix Saga" by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.  The storyline was very loosely adapted for the Brett Ratner movie X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006.

Also returning from the movie X-Men: Apocalypse are Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler.  

Created in 1976 by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum, Lilandra Neramani first appeared in X-Men (vol.1) #97 as the sibling of D'Ken, Deathbird, and an unnamed older sister.  Lilandra was born on the Aerie (now known as Chandilar, native world of the Shi'ar).  Deathbird, the oldest of the surviving three, was denied the throne for "unspeakable" crimes involving the murder of her mother and older sister and was exiled.  The throne went to D'Ken, who turned out to be a power mad dictator.  Lilandra became a Grand Admiral of the Imperial Guard, part of the Shi'ar fleet, but turned against D'Ken, when she found out about his plans involving the M'Kraan Crystal. Branded a traitor, Lilandra fled to Earth, hoping to find allies among its large population of superheroes and found them in Charles Xavier and his X-Men.  She began sending visions of herself to Xavier as she traveled to Earth.

Finally meeting Xavier in person, she was captured by Erik the Red and uncovered D'Ken's plot to gain ultimate power. She was saved by the space pirates known as the Starjammers and the X-Men, and reunited on Earth with Xavier.  She ultimately invited Xavier to accompany her to the Shi'ar throneworld.  The X-Men, in particular Phoenix, managed to stop D'Ken's plan, who ultimately was banished after being driven mad.  Lilandra took the throne as Majestrix-Shi'ar (empress of the Shi'ar Imperium) with Xavier as her official consort.  In "The Dark Phoenix Saga", she staged a trial by combat to determine the fate of Phoenix.  However, a short while later, her position was usurped by Deathbird, who had made a pact with the Brood and the Badoon.  She managed to escape along with the X-Men, and Lilandra became Majestrix-in-Exile on Earth.  She became a freedom fighter and allied herself with the Starjammers until she was able to take back her throne.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 2, 2018.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

GHOSTWOOD 008: "The Return, Part 5" is Up!


"You're still with me.  That's good."
-- Doppelgänger Cooper to BOB, Twin Peaks: "The Return, Part 5"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back once again with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we review "The Return, Part 5", the fifth episode of the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks!

LET'S ROCK!

In our eighth episode, Xan and I discuss things like episode titles, getting spoiled with two episodes back to back, DVRing American Gods in favor of Twin Peaks, wondering if the hitmen trying to kill Dougie are connected to the long-lost Phillip Jeffries, wondering how Dougie got the Black Lodge ring, tracking Major Briggs' fingerprints, the creepy morph of Doppelgänger Cooper's face with BOBs, the return Gary Hershberger as Mike Nelson and Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings, wondering if Becky Burnett is going down the Laura Palmer path, the Lucky 7 Insurance crew being used to Dougie acting weird and wearing ugly yellowish-green jackets, Cooper getting some case files, Mitchell from Mystery Science Theater 3000, Pit Boss Warrick getting a promotion, Dr. Amp's golden shit shovels, Dr. Jacoby going total Alex Jones conspiracy wacko, wanting to see Twin Peaks cosplay, Deputy Chad being all kinds of shady, David Lynch's son Riley and the band Trouble, Xan's love of peeling plastic film off new appliances, the introduction of total douche Richard Horne, Doppelgänger Cooper not going to call Mr. Strawberry, wanting Child Protective Services to rescue Crack Mom's kid, hoping that David Lynch has secret footage of David Bowie as Phillip Jeffries, making Dr. Jacoby's Cosmic Flashlight, the Wonder Woman movieand more!

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

BLACK PANTHER Teaser Trailer Debuts During 2017 NBA Finals


What do you know about Wakanda?

Last night, Marvel Studios debuted the first teaser trailer to their upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther during Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals, where the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 137-116.

The one-minute, fifty-second trailer opens in an interrogation room, where CIA Agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) is questioning arms dealer/smuggler Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) following the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Klaue, having lost his arm at the hands of Ultron, asks Ross, "Tell me something.  What do you know about Wakanda?

"It's a third world country," replies Ross.  "Textiles, shepherds, cool outfits."

"All a front," Klaue remarks.  "Explorers have searched for it, called it 'El Dorado'.  They've looked for it in South America, but it was in Africa the whole time."

We see T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) exiting his personal shuttle, the Royal Talon Fighter, and he's met by various tribal representatives and the elder statesman Zuri (Forest Whitaker) at at place called Warrior Falls.

"I'm the only one who's seen it," continues Klaue, "and made it out alive."  Klaue laughs at the room's one-way window, knowing he's being watched by T'Challa and Okoye (Danai Gurira), the leader of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda's all-female special forces.

The Royal Talon Fighter arrives in a technologically-advanced Wakandan city, as we hear the voice of T'Chaka (John Kani), T'Challa's dead father.  "The world is changing," T'Chaka says in a voiceover.  

We see fleeting images of the villainous Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) wearing a mask and T'Challa's love interest Nakia (Lupita N'yong'o) in a casino.

"Soon there will only be the conquered...and the conquerors," T'Chaka continues. "You...are a good man with a good heart, and it's hard for a good man to be a king."

We see a brief scene of T'Challa's mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) with Ross, possibly surrounded.  This is followed by a battle between T'Challa and Killmonger at Warrior Falls.  The final shot shows T'Challa as Black Panther, reeling backwards from an upended car as it crashes.

If you'd like to check out the teaser trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official Marvel Entertainment account on YouTube...



Black Panther
is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on February 16, 2018.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 106: "Twenty-Sided, Die" is Up!


"Booyah!  How do you like ol' Earl now, you damn, dirty lich?!"
– Clive Babineaux, iZombie: "Twenty-Side, Die"

That's right, Karen and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Gotham 3x20: "Pretty Hate Machine"
Lucifer 2x18: "The Good, The Bad, and The Crispy"  (Season Finale)
iZombie 3x09: "Twenty-Sided, Die"
Iron Fist 1x10: "Black Tiger Steals Heart"

This week, Karen and I talk about things like me being proud of my unprofessionalism, Nine Inch Nails, Bruce being brainwashed by the Court of Owls, fan speculation about Bruce becoming Owlman instead of Batman, Hugo Strange always finding a way out, Lee going to Hot Topic, Jim Gordon in the Kill Bill coffin, the return of Fish Mooney, wondering why Chloe still doesn't get that Lucifer is actually the devil, Trixie playing doctor and telling Lucifer that lollipops aren't for wusses, Rachel Harris as Dr. Linda, Lucifer's unexplained angel wings, Peyton being a snob about playing Dungeons & Dragons, the return of Sketch Bitch and Vampire Steve, great D&D character names, Clive admitting he's a fan of The Flash, the harsh reality of D&D dorks all fixating on the one girl in their group, Karen's husband Sean painting pewter miniatures, Don-E overdosing on World War II brain, Karen's issues with her husband's role-playing dice collection, Joy working the Rand Enterprises board to being reinstated, Colleen's awkward moment finding out her sensei is evil, Davos the Steel Serpent, Orson Randall the Golden Age Iron Fist, some Gotham feedback from Justinaand more!

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And if that isn't enough for you, you can also check us out on YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!  Oh, and if you're interested in an officially official Fandom Zone Podcast t-shirt that all the cool kids are wearing, you can get those on TeePublic HERE as well!  Feel free to post a picture on our Facebook page of you or some other cool person you know wearing the shirt!

Be sure to come back next week as Karen and I review the two-part season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, the two-part season finale of Gotham, Episode 11 of Iron Fist, and a new episode of iZombieright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 085: "The Lie of the Land" is Up!


"Why do you put up with us, then?"
"Because, in amongst seven billion, there's someone like you.  That’s why I put up with the rest of them."
-- Bill Potts and the Twelfth Doctor, Doctor Who: "The Lie of the Land"

That's right, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, Jesse and I review "The Lie of the Land", the eighth episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole, and Michelle Gomez as Missy!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like the Monks Trilogy working better as a two-parter, the Doctor psyching everyone out with a faked regeneration, George Orwell's 1984, Bill's out-of-nowhere decision to shoot the Doctor, the Doctor using regeneration energy for something else besides a regeneration, the Doctor punishing Bill for making a deal with the Monks, whether Missy is honestly trying to reform for her past deeds, Superman's arch-enemy Lex Luthor, the best Doctor and Master pairings, Jesse being criticized for not making the bed properly, Bill finding redemption for her deal with the Monks, me being totally screwed if the Monks find out I have comic books, my Reverse the Polarity segment, a recorded conversation between Jesse and Ken Schaefer at Steak & Shake, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Jesse and I review "Empress of Mars", the ninth episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

GHOSTWOOD 007: "The Return, Parts 3 & 4" is Up!


"Albert, I hate to admit this, but I don't understand this situation at all."
-- Gordon Cole to Albert Rosenfield, Twin Peaks: "The Return, Part 4"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back once again with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we review "The Return, Parts 3 & 4", the first two episodes of the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks!

LET'S ROCK!

In our seventh HUGE episode, Xan and I discuss things like Cooper in space, the attempt on Jason David Frank's life, the nightmare fuel of the woman with no eyes, the return of Phoebe Augustine, Gillian Anderson as David Bowie, Cooper and Doppelganger Cooper's garmonbozia, Dougie wearing the Black Lodge ring, thanking Mr. Jackpots, the cameo from Eugene from The Walking Dead, Cooper fumbling around like the Old Waiter, South Park garmonbozia, Dougie the Golden Snitch, the interrogation of Doppelganger Cooper, yrev vs. very, Tammy being frustrated by Gordon and Albert, wondering what the hell is up with Albert, every office having a Chad, Lucy being freaked out by cell phones, Lucy's chocolate bunny confession, Mr. Anti-Establishment Bobby Briggs joining the establishment, Doppelganger Cooper murdering Major Briggs, the terrible scene with Michael Cera as Wally Brando, Crack Mom yelling "1-1-9!", Stephen King's novel Doctor Sleep, the Roadhouse Band of the Week, the official Ferris Bueller's Day Off soundtrack, the Black Lodge fragmenting your soul, some feedback from listener Hunx Lamand more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Xan and I review "The Return, Part 5", the next episode of the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!