Sep 14, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #69 where Michael skips the recording to watch “It”

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A man short this week because Michael had a last-minute emergency desire to go see the movie "It" instead, the rest of us soldier on, promoting our panel at this weekend's River City Comic Con, deciding on a new name for Disney's Hollywood Studios and talking way more about "Blood Drive" than we ever will again.  So if - unlike Michael - you feel a stronger commitment to us than you do to a warmed over sewer clown, tune in to this latest episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:06:26

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:08:48 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Disney's streaming service pulling content from Netflix, the trailer for Stephen King's "Gerald's Game" and finally getting around to "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp."

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0:18:06 - STAR WARS NEWS

Episode IX needs a new director, a Captain Phasma comic book reveals her fate and "Star Wars Adventures" launches an all-ages monthly series.

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0:31:30 - GAMING

Upcoming South Park video game takes on racial issues, two great games from Gen Con in "Codenames Duet" and "Downforce" and looking forward to the Columbus Toy Show and Gaming Expo.

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0:36:46 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The conclusion of "Blood Drive" leaves room for more, HBO's "Hard Knocks" pumps us up for the NFL season and a celebrity version of "Big Brother.

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0:45:44 - MOVIE NEWS

Hoping "It" can revive a terrible weekend at the box office, a prequel to "Dracula" from a Stoker relative, "Blade Runner 2049" releases shorts to fill in the timeline, Nicholas Cage captivates in "Army of One," the first clip for the comic adaptation "I Kill Giants" and a cool scratch-off movie poster for film buffs.

Sep 7, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #68

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Step into that magical train station just like our hero H.P. Hufflepuffnstuf, and enter the wizarding world of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  We start off with a little "Force Friday" fun, then dive into the most recent seasons of "Game of Thrones" and "The Defenders" before swinging back around to comic books and a pretty terrific review of "Secret Empire," then cap it all off with a deep discussion about fan culture, and what feeling like you contribute to the conversation through fan art, fan fiction, cosplay and *ahem* podcasts means to today's consumer.

Length - 01:31:37

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:04:25 - STAR WARS NEWS

Force Friday II brings an array of Porgs, an evil BB-8 and a fancy new Lego set, reshoots on Han Solo movie leave Michael K. Williams on cutting room floor and John Boyega's Carnival kerfuffle.

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0:12:43 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Satisfying season ender for "Game of Thrones," multiple time periods for "True Detective" season 3 and a crazy plot twist on "Blood Drive."

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0:18:43 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"The Tick" drops on Amazon, giving "The Defenders" another look, more casting news for "Locke & Key," James Gunn confirms "Starsky and Hutch" rumors and the "Titans" have their Dick Grayson.

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0:34:41 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

A new charity for comic book retailers in need, Marvel's lenticular cover fiasco, a strong non-spoilery review of "Secret Empire," early opinions on "Dark Nights: Metal" and DC's celebratory Jack Kirby one-shot specials.

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1:04:49 - DEEP THOUGHTS

Robert Kirkman's tweet on Jack Kirby's birthday about not drawing other people's characters stirs some Deep Thoughts about creativity, and what expressing yourself through fan art, fan fiction and cosplay means to modern pop culture.

Aug 29, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #67

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While Michael sits out due to a severe case of late-onset acute tummy ache, the rest of the team tries to right the ship after the silliness of the previous episode.  Jordan shills for lots of exciting new comic books!  Cliff disses James Franco and defends Disney!  Seth returns from Gen Con with a full report about how he is definitely not a reptilian alien in disguise!  All this and more, from your pals at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:17:24

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:00:42 - GAMING

Seth reports on his recent trip to the gaming mecca of Gen Con.

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0:10:00 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Director of "Cube" signs on for "Tremors" pilot, fan service pays off for "Game of Thrones," "Room 104" renewed for second season, a new trailer for "The Deuce," James Gunn writing "Starsky & Hutch" reboot, "Riverdale" gets a return date (and a visit from Supergirl?), a live-action "Jetsons" for ABC and "Preacher" goes there.

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0:22:42 - MOVIE NEWS

Disney Land's "Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout" shakes things up for Halloween, lots of bells and whistles on the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" Blu-ray, hopes for a gritty "Knight Rider" movie, a slew of new Jokers coming to the DCEU, a "Garbage Pail Kids" documentary, talk about "Gremlins 3," Patty Jenkins asks for a raise and James Cameron knocks "Wonder Woman."

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0:43:26 - ANIMATION NEWS

Seth doesn't share our love of "DuckTales," a Jerry episode of "Rick and Morty," "Gotham by Gaslight" being adapted to animated film and the powerful stop-motion brilliance of "Anomalisa."

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0:48:14 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Digging deeper into "The Defenders," more absurdity in "Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later," new "Black Mirror" episodes announced, more seasons confirmed for "GLOW," "Ozark" and "Stranger Things" but not "Gypsy," a strong ending for season one of "Ozark," the Western series "Godless" from Steven Soderbergh, Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens" heading to Amazon Prime, casting news from "Castle Rock" and "Locke & Key" and waiting on details for Disney's streaming service.

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1:01:32 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Still no sign of the Fantastic Four for Marvel Legacy, rumors swirl about Batman being a metahuman and catching up on recent releases from the comic shelf.

Aug 24, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #66

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There is no adult supervision this week with Seth off at Gen Con, so when the Poobah's away, Ronald P. Tramp will play!  That's right, our favorite dimension-hopping, conspiracy-spouting guest returns, bringing along a dire warning about the end of the world (and his never-before-seen sidekick, Pepitas).  We've also got reviews of "DuckTales" and "The Defenders," along with some big waves on the streaming front, but really, with an army of reptilian aliens on our doorstep all this TV stuff feels a little trivial.  Now get out there and rate Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast five stars on iTunes before it's too late!

Length - 01:21:00

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:03:39 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"The Defenders" drops on Netflix, binging on "Voltron: Legendary Defender," comic writer Mark Millar sells Millarworld to Netflix, Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment makes deal with Amazon and files lawsuit against AMC and Shonda Rhimes moves into streaming.

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0:22:58 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"The Guest Book" leads slate of original comedy programming on TBS, "Riverdale" season two teaser hints at obscure character, NOT watching the leaked "Game of Thrones," a live Muppets event and longtime Kermit performer fired, "Preacher" introduces its deplorable villain and "Blood Drive" shifts gears as it nears the end.

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0:34:00 - ANIMATION NEWS

The "DuckTales" premier really wows us and "Rick and Morty" stays super dark in season three.

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0:46:44 - STAR WARS NEWS

Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film in early development and a potential Jabba the Hutt origin movie.

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0:50:55 - THE TRAMP FILES

Ronald P. Tramp and his sidekick Pepitas storm in to warn us of the impending apocalypse and a global conspiracy concerning five warring races of aliens in this sneaky "backdoor pilot" for his potential spin-off podcast, "The Tramp Files."

Aug 17, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #65 The Dark Tower

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If the Man in Black flees across the desert, you know Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is gonna follow!  It's a special review episode, as three big Stephen King fans sit down to discuss the recent film adaptation of "The Dark Tower."  Joining our kooky Ka-tet for our first ever long-distance palaver is Justin Lowe, a lifelong King reader and expert in all things Gunslinger.  We scrutinize the movie from every angle, and compare how well it reflects the novels, so there are some SPOILERS involved.  Thankee for listening, sais!

Length - 00:49:08

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Aug 14, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #64

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With Cliff out on an important assignment, we recruit the Mayor, Jared Lowe, to step up and fill his seat, while Michael creates a new alter ego pretty much on the spot.  Jordan and Seth both happened to see the movie "Passengers," and feel the need to rake it over the coals a bit.  We've also got a lot of news, including the return of "Rick and Morty," some parting thoughts about "@Midnight," controversy in the comic book world and new trailers for "Justice League" and "Ready Player One."  So remember to #MakeMineKapow, because we are the Pop-Cultured Podcast that keeps you on the ledge of your chair!

Length - 01:38:32

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:30 - ANIMATION NEWS

Season 3 of "Voltron: Legendary Defender," the long-awaited (for some) return of "Rick and Morty" and Usagi Yojimbo joins the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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0:08:58 - STAR WARS NEWS

Clint Howard gets work thanks to his brother's involvement with Han Solo movie.

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0:11:12 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

HBO hackers release "Game of Thrones" early, premier date for "Westworld," casting for the next "True Detective," the Duplass brothers' "Room 104" airs, M. Night Shyamalan wanted to remake "Tales from the Crypt," a requiem for "@Midnight," "Blood Drive" continues pumping and "Midnight, Texas" debuts.

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0:23:20 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

YouTube Red bringing back "The Karate Kid" 30 years later, "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" drops on Netflix, the unconventional crime story "Ozark," a movie to wrap up "Sense8" storylines, a murder mystery for the next season of "Arrested Development," "Gypsy" concludes with a frustrating cliffhanger, more "Stargate" on the way with 10-minute mini-episodes, a skeptic giving "Doctor Who" another look, all seasons of "Boardwalk Empire" now available on Amazon and "Don't Think Twice" hits a little too close to home.

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0:41:52 - MOVIE NEWS

The big screen experience of "Dunkirk," is IMAX cutting out 3D?, Gal Gadot can't quite fix "Keeping Up with the Joneses," the creepy robots of "Ex Machina," filling out the cast of "Ant-Man and the Wasp," a new "Justice League" trailer, "Flashpoint" as the plot for the solo Flash film, "Shazam" to be lighter and family friendly, a trailer for comic adaptation "My Friend Dahmer," first look at "Ready Player One," more details for "Captain Marvel," disturbed by the icky implications of "Passengers" and the one-hit wonders of "Opening Night."

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1:09:35 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

The rumored return of Wizard Magazine, Dwayne McDuffie's widow suing creators behind Milestone 2.0, the cancellation of "Suicide Squad: The Black Files," the #MakeMineMilkshake controversy, Black Mask's "Black" comic optioned, 30 variant covers celebrating "The Walking Dead" in October and bringing back collectible Marvel Value Stamps.

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1:28:20 - SPOILERS AHOY

Diving further into the tone-deaf romance and missed sci-fi opportunities of "Passengers" with a discussion containing heavy SPOILERS.

Jul 26, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #63

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In the midst of a barrage of nerdy news from both Disney's D23 Expo and San Diego Comic Con, we slow things down to cover the most pertinant of the bunch.  We also manage to work in spoiler-free reviews of "War for the Planet of the Apes" and the first episode of "Game of Thrones," share our thoughts on representation with the casting of a female Doctor Who and drool over the possibilities of the Star Wars land being built at Disney World.  All this and much more in this brand new episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:30:45

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:04:24 - MOVIE NEWS

"Baby Driver" jumps to the top of Michael's favorite movies, rave reviews for "The Big Sick," two opposable thumbs up for "War for the Planet of the Apes," is "Wonder Woman 2" set in the 80s?, high hopes for "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," more Batfleck drama, details for Harley Quinn's next film, Noah Hawley hints at a Doctor Doom project, "Dunkirk" opens and Tarantino to adapt the true story of the Manson Family.

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0:27:04 - ANIMATION NEWS

A far-out "Bob's Burgers" theory, Darkwing Duck a part of the new "DuckTales," lineup changes for "Young Justice," first looks at "Big Hero 6" and "Spider-Man" shows and family bonding over "Samurai Jack."

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0:37:53 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The long-awaited return of "Game of Thrones," lots of Emmy nominations for our favorites, the depressing "Birth of a Nation," the alternate-history "Confederate," an unexpected backlash over the new female Doctor Who, a time-lapse tease for the next season of "The Walking Dead" and "Blood Drive" scratches that grindhouse itch.

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1:02:16 - STAR WARS NEWS

Lots of new information and our own speculation for 2019's "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" Disney attraction, plus balancing tradition with current pop culture trends in the constantly evolving Disney parks.

Jul 19, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #62 Spider-Man: Homecoming

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We dedicate the full episode to reviewing the latest film incarnation of Marvel's wall-crawler in "Spider-Man: Homecoming."  Joining us in the studio for a more youthful opinion are two of Michael's favorite imaginary friends, the returning Bucky and Corbin, the mystical intern and co-founder of the Geek Room Youtube channel.  This one is heavy with SPOILERS, so pop in your headphones, pull your pants up as high as Aunt May's and enjoy a brand new Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 00:54:01

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jul 14, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #61

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With Michael out seeing the world in an RV, it is up to the rest of the team to muddle through a nearly unhashtagable episode.  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is up for the task, however, as Seth reveals some family history with comic book ties and admits when he's wrong, Cliff hurts his chances at becoming a Disney Legend and Jordan watches more movies in a week than he's done in years, yet still just wants to talk about "Tremors."

Length - 01:02:10

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:09:14 - MOVIE NEWS

A brief review of Edgar Wright's excellent "Baby Driver," a trippy trailer for "Brigsby Bear," Nick Fury to appear in "Captain Marvel," Ivan Drago teased for "Creed II" and big plans for the Batman franchise.

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0:20:03 - ANIMATION NEWS

"Star Wars: Forces of Destiny" shorts now online, better-late-than-never fans of "Rick & Morty," the hardcore "Castlevania" drops on Netflix and a recommendation for "Cowboy Bebop."

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0:30:55 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Tremors" series still on track, "Game of Thrones" episodes getting feature-length running times, Erica Durance cast on "Supergirl," a live-action "Jetsons" and the drug drama "Snowfall" premiers.

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0:37:24 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

A killer first season of "GLOW" concludes, hopes for the future of "Better Call Saul," the modern fable "Okja" and catching up on "Shameless."

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0:50:42 - GAMING

The Super Nintendo Classic announced and checking out "What Remains of Edith Finch" on the PS4.

Jul 6, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #60

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Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back for another rip-roaring roundtable discussion of the week in entertainment.  Some of our favorite shows wrap up and some promising new ones have started, Seth reports on his first trip to Origins Game Fair, we marvel at Adam West's impact on the culture and even Mario stops by to chat.  'Tis a worthy podcasting effort even the Amazon warriors of #tiaramascara would salute!

Length - 01:36:05

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:30 - GAMING

A recap of Seth's trip to Origins Game Fair, Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios Japan, Disney files a patent for a "shield-throwing experience" and Jack Kirby a late addition to this year's list of Disney Legends.

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0:18:18 - STAR WARS NEWS

Director shake-up for the Han Solo film.

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0:26:46 - MOVIE NEWS

James Gunn hinting at Quasar for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," Jessica Chastain rumored for future X-Men role, "Venom" news keeps changing, an underwhelming poster for the next Jurassic Park, Daniel Day Lewis ready to retire, Michael Keaton gives another great performance in "The Founder" and Michael's week-late opinions on "Wonder Woman."

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0:42:27 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"GLOW" debuts on Netflix, confusing distribution for new "Star Trek: Discovery," "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" gets a trailer, a likable cast playing unlikable characters in "Friends From College," the serial killer-y "Mindhunter" from David Fincher, getting deja vu from the "Happy Death Day" trailer, checking out the horror movie app Shudder and getting depressed by "The Handmaid's Tale."

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1:01:11 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Remembering Adam West with his appearance on the canceled "Powerless," a captivating first season for "American Gods," the season wraps up on "Better Call Saul," questions remain after a "Fargo" season finale, "Watchmen" in development at HBO, an epic new trailer for "Game of Thrones" season 7 and premiers for "The Mist" and "Blood Drive."

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