Oct 11, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #73

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After a lively weekend of wedding officiating and bigfoot-hunting, the entire Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast team is back and ready to get caught up on the week's happenings.  We've got many of our favorite TV shows ready to return and a lot of exciting comic books hitting the shelves, not to mention spoiler-free reviews of "Blade Runner 2049," "The Inhumans" and "The Gifted."  And if you end up learning how to drop a few Buddha-words like "karuna" into casual conversation, then that's just a podcast bonus!

Length - 01:14:55

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

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0:12:30 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Danny Glover joins "Locke & Key" cast, Joe Hill to be a guest at the West Virginia Book Festival, a price increase for Netflix, five new movies a year for Disney's streaming service, a trailer for Hulu's "Runaways" and Philip K. Dick's "Electric Dreams" anthology series coming to Amazon.

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0:24:53 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"The Good Place" continues to evolve, the final season of blue-collar comedy "The Middle," new episodes of "The Last Man on Earth" and "Blackish," premier of the X-Men spin-off "The Gifted" shows promise, "The Inhumans" premier undeserving of its harsh reviews, second season of "Westworld" shooting episodes simultaneously, "Riverdale" close to returning and Jordan binges on HBO shows during his free weekend.

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0:45:27 - MOVIE NEWS

The dazzling "Blade Runner 2049" continues the sci-fi saga, a remake of "Flight of the Navigator" in the works, a trailer for "Pacific Rim: Uprising," Jenny Slate may be joining "Venom" film and Jared Leto hopes to reboot "Tron."

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1:01:12- COMIC BOOK NEWS

Milestone is coming back, doing the math on comic renumbering, the first wave of Marvel Legacy titles arrive and DC's "Metal" creates organic reader excitement.

Oct 5, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #72

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The wedding episode!  By the power vested in him by the internet, the Illustrious One skips town to marry two people we hope NEVER listen to this podcast, leaving the rest of us to imagine what an amazing ceremony it will be.  We also get a detailed report on Cliff's trip to Disney World, the state of his favorite bathroom, the Avatar ride that twirled his ponytail and his failed porg smuggling ring.  Enjoy all that, plus the nerdy news of the week in this ceremonial episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, no RSVP required!

Length - 01:34:55

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

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0:27:18 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Premiering "Bluff Creek" #2 at the Hocking Hills Bigfoot Conference, the "Marvel Legacy" one-shot sets up multiple story lines, "Generations: Captain America" ends Nick Spencer's run with a bang, the JLA finds Ray Palmer and Mr. Oz's identity revealed.

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0:38:08 - GAMING

A trailer and new information for "Red Dead Redemption 2."

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0:39:40 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Impressed by "Gerald's Game" on Netflix, Greg Rucka's "Lazarus" picked up by Amazon and Apple on the hunt for content.

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0:50:25 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Free HBO gives Jordan a taste of "The Deuce" and a disdain of "La La Land," Disney won't let "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." die, comic "Deadly Class" coming to SyFy, a strong second episode for "The Good Place" and the return of a lot of other network sitcoms, "Star Trek: Discovery" doesn't particularly float our space boat, "The Walking Dead" gets to say the F-bomb and big budgets for the final episodes of "Game of Thrones."

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1:07:34 - MOVIE NEWS

A bit of improv on the set of "It," no big secrets on the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" commentary, terrific reviews for "Blade Runner 2049," a sequel to "Coming to America," first peek at Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs," the star-studded trailer for "Annihilation," a disturbing teaser for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" and the novel "Artemis" coming to the big screen.

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1:19:11 - STAR WARS NEWS

"Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View" novel collects short stories starring peripheral characters, J.J. Abrams directing Episode IX moves release dates and more "Forces of Destiny" episodes released.

Sep 28, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #71

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We try very hard to make this episode as top-notch, informational and professional as possible, in case anyone who discovered us at the recent River City Comic Con is tuning in for the first time.  But after recapping the fun we had at the show, we fail pretty badly at all that and just end up steamrolling anything Michael wants to talk about in favor of jokes about necks.  Oh, well, you win some and you lose some here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:06:09

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

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0:04:00 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

The debut of our very own So Pro Comics, things getting darker in DC's "Dark Nights: Metal," the grating intro of the Princess in "The Walking Dead" and a quick memory of Len Wein.

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0:17:08 - ANIMATION NEWS

The next batch of "Voltron: Legendary Defender" about to drop, an extremely strong season of "Rick and Morty," "Stretch Armstrong" coming to Netflix and the next "Lego Movie" continuing where the first left off.

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0:20:33 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Blood Drive" is over and we're done talking about it, a diverse mix of Emmy winners take home statues, casting news for the second season of "Westworld," jumping in on the "Game of Thrones" novels to kill time before the finale, the first two episodes of "The Deuce" impress, HBO greenlights a pilot for "Watchmen," a supernatural "Sabrina" spin-off of "Riverdale" headed to the CW, a new season of "The Good Place," divisive reviews for "The Orville," enjoying "Better Things" on FX and Jim Carrey reteaming with Michel Gondry for Showtime's "Kidding."

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0:37:22 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Finally getting a look at Alan Tudyk's "Con Man," learning new phobias from "Channel Zero," Nate Corddry coming to "Locke & Key," "The Boys" moves to Amazon, a killer trailer for "The Punisher," the zombie comedy "Dead Set" and more "Cobra Kai" details.

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0:49:56 - MOVIE NEWS

Our spoiler-free reactions to "It," Taika Waititi rumored to be involved with a live-action "Akira," actors returning for the "Unbreakable" sequel "Glass," Linda Hamilton coming back for more "Terminator," "The Cult of Chucky" resurrects the killer doll, and a teaser for "Tomb Raider" that turns into an argument about necks.

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0:59:01 - GAMING

Taking video game "What Remains of Edith Finch" for a spin and more SNES Classics to try and fill demand.

Sep 21, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #70 Trivia at River City Comic Con

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Recorded LIVE in Marietta, Ohio during our panel at the River City Comic Con, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast teams up with Jesse Starcher from the Source Material Podcast on the Radulich in Broadcasting Network to test the mettle of the fans in attendance with some comic book trivia questions.  Eleven brave souls step up to the mic, trying to etch their name in legend.  How many succeed?  How many fail, publicly and spectacularly?  Can a long-time trivia rivalry finally be settled on our stage?  Are we adding Doug as our new co-host?  You'll have to tune in to this special episode to find out who is really tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties!

Length - 00:55:07

Language - PG

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.

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