Mar 31, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #49 “Good Enough”

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In this whirlwind episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, we celebrate finally becoming a blip on Larry Hama's radar, announce a t-shirt giveaway for next week's one year anniversary and get a visit from Ronald P. Tramp in support of Brad's wife.  And all that is before we even get to a metric ton of comic book news, more opinions on "Iron Fist," trailers for what are shaping up to be a couple of the best movies of the year and a momentous Star Wars showdown.  Is it our best episode ever?  Maybe not.  But, as always, it's good enough.

Length - 01:29:47

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

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0:09:58 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Iconic artist Bernie Wrightson passes away, R.L. Stine writing an offbeat "Man-Thing" mini-series, Comic Con Center for Popular Culture museum opening in San Diego, Emerald City Distribution tries to figure out a model for indie distribution, "Quantum and Woody" speculation begins after TV deal announced, the cause of Thor's unworthiness revealed, a first tease for DC event "Dark Days," gauging the interest for Marvel's "Secret Empire," and "Superman: Reborn" effectively ends the New 52.

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0:33:58 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Inventive zombie movie "Train to Busan," two Dave Chappelle stand-up specials hit Netflix, getting further into "Iron Fist," and a documentary about musicals "Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened."

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0:44:40 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" go from the earth to the moon, Supergirl joins "The Flash" for a musical episode, storylines come together on "Arrow" and "Baskets" wraps up its season with a strong finale.

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0:57:19 - MOVIE NEWS

More actors rumored to play Cable, possible movies for Black Cat and Silver Sable, the long-awaited sequel "The Girl in the Spider's Web," trying to connect the dots of the Cloverfield universe, red band trailers for "Wilson" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and Robert Rodriquez rebooting "Escape from New York."

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1:11:28 - STAR WARS NEWS

Confirmation that Carrie Fisher's death will not affect plot of Episode VIII, more details about the Han Solo origin film and Obi-Wan faces Darth Maul in the season finale of "Star Wars: Rebels."

Mar 21, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #48

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We here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast pride ourselves on sharing our honest opinions, but things may get a little too honest in this episode.  After our spoiler-free review of "Kong: Skull Island," we dip into the latest entertainment news, get emotional over some heart-tugging television and debate the value of movie theaters in this post-Netflix world.  And stick around until the end to learn what all the well-dressed Jesses will be wearing this season!

Length - 01:21:59

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

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0:02:22 - KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Our review of the star-studded monster movie "Kong: Skull Island," and the benefits of seeing it in IMAX.

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0:15:50 - MOVIE NEWS

The "Transformers: The Last Knight" trailer confuses us, rumblings of a Venom solo film, "Baby Driver" premiers to raves at SXSW, a third "Guardians of the Galaxy" confirmed, "The Batman" pushed back while "Man of Steel 2" eyes a director, more Matrix movies and guessing the plot of the upcoming "Space Race."

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0:31:54 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Crashing" and "Big Little Lies" debut on HBO, having a good cry with "This is Us" and "Nashville," a sneak peek at "American Gods" and picking our favorite character on "Powerless."

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0:41:51 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Early impressions of the critically-divisive "Iron Fist," Netflix ratings changing from stars to thumbs as they try and de-emphasize the theater-going experience, second seasons for "Love" and "Master of None," identifying with "I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore," trying to figure out Savitar's endgame on "The Flash," Teri Hatcher joins cast of "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" among a glut of time travel shows and the return of the "Amazing Stories" anthology.

Mar 19, 2017

KPP Movie Review: Beauty & The Beast

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Cliff & his co-host wife Elisha of The Mickey Bars Podcast sit down to discuss their thoughts & opinions of Disney's Beauty & The Beast live action 2017 film starring Emma Watson.

Mar 17, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #47 Logan

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Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is the best there is at what we do, and what we happen to do this week is review "Logan."  We spoil the film from beginning to end, slicing into it with adamantium precision to let you know exactly how much we enjoyed Hugh Jackman's final go-round as Wolverine.  We also have news about several new trailers and premier dates for some cool upcoming stuff, and a rundown of our first convention appearance of the year at a local show.  Dive in, bub!

Length - 01:30:23

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

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0:02:20 - CLASSIC PLASTICS TOY & COMIC EXPO

Recapping last weekend's Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo, and all the convention fun they brought to our own backyard.

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0:10:35 - ANIMATION NEWS

"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" being adapted into a live action movie, Season 4 of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" wraps up a dark storyline and a 2-D reboot on the way, our first look at the "DuckTales" relaunch, and Darth Maul returns for revenge on "Star Wars: Rebels."

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0:24:33 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Game of Thrones" reveal their premier date in an unusual way, the second season of "Preacher" approaching, "Legion" continues to tease, "Riverdale" renewed for a longer season two, will Fox passing on "Lightning" mean a home at The CW?, castaways quickly falling apart on "Stranded with a Million Dollars" and a dubious high-stakes Russian reality show.

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0:40:40 - MOVIE NEWS

An HBO documentary about competitive tickling, the latest "Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer, a brutal teaser for Charlize Theron's "Atomic Blonde," the silly controversy over "Beauty and the Beast," "Avatar" sequels pushed back yet again, Russell Crowe on Rob Liefeld's wishlist for Cable and the casting of Domino.

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0:51:25 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"The Get Down" gets a part two and Will Smith starring in the fantasy mash-up "Bright."

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0:53:55 - LOGAN

A SPOILER-filled discussion and review of the R-rated blockbuster "Logan," our thoughts on what it got right, where it misstepped and how perfectly it wrapped up Hugh Jackman's unrivaled tenure as the 'ol Canucklehead.

Mar 9, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #46 Podcast Night at Asylum Comics

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From across the Mid-Ohio Valley, a titanic trio of shows recently combined their might for the first ever Podcast Night at Asylum Comics.  Recorded live on-site at our favorite comic shop during downtown Marietta's First Friday event, we teamed up with Remington from The Dueling Ogres and Jesse from Source Material for a roundtable discussion about all things geeky.  With a room full of microphones, curious shoppers and Michael's imaginary friend Bucky, the conversation that resulted was fresh, funny and fast as a Scottish bingo caller.  So please support the other great podcasts our area has to offer and tell 'em Ka-Pow sent you!

Length - 01:35:38

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

Feb 28, 2017

Ronald P. Tramp & George Lucas on Podcast Night at Asylum Comics

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Ronald & George invite all you Jesse's out there down to Asylum Comics in Marietta, Ohio on March 3rd, 2017 for a special event. 

Asylum Comics

212 Third Street, Marietta, Oh

7-9 PM

Feb 27, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #45

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A crew so cool we don't even sweat the appearance of a brand new solar system, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back with a brand new episode, boldly going where we've gone plenty of times before.  Engage!

Length - 01:22:32

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

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0:04:11 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"Voltron: Legendary Defender" confirms a third season, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" reveals a release date and cast photo, "The Irishman" brings Scorsese and DeNiro to Netflix, Stephen King's "Castle Rock" potentially connecting characters from different novels, and a recommendation for the indie "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore."

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0:20:10 - MOVIE NEWS

Early "Logan" reviews are sky high, a new director for "The Batman" and a solo "Nightwing" movie in the works.

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0:25:47 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Powerless" gets more consistant laughs, the latest "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." arc concludes with an all-time great episode, Mxyzptlk creates chaos on "Supergirl," the "Flash" team crashes Gorilla City, "Arrow" tells a topical tale about the gun control debate, a visit to Camelot on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "Hunted" remains light on action and lunchables, hoping "Legion" ends up worth the effort to decipher, "Riverdale" continues to juggle an insane amount of plot threads, "The Walking Dead" introduces a ridiculous new group of survivors, MTV wastes a great reality show concept on "Stranded with a Million Dollars," premier dates for "Fargo" and "American Gods," and praise for Louie Anderson's performance in "Baskets."

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1:06:24 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

An official sequel to "The Dark Crystal" in comic form, Marvel wraps up Spider-Man's "Clone Conspiracy" story with a very wide-open ending and "Renato Jones" returning for a second series.

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1:11:04 - STAR WARS NEWS

Original editions of the trilogy for the 40th anniversary?, a date for "Rogue One's" Blu-ray release, and returning to May openings for future Star Wars movies.

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1:16:07 - GAME THERAPY

"Spyfall" party game gets a DC Universe expansion and "Codenames" to get both Disney and Marvel editions.

Feb 21, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #44

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Even with one member so sick he can't talk, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast keeps plugging along to bring you the nerdy news necessities you never knew you needed.  And tune in to learn how local folks can come sit in on a recording of the show during our first ever Podcast Night!

Length - 01:12:36

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

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0:04:19 - STAR WARS NEWS

Force Friday II set for September 1st, the Jedi in "The Last Jedi" is officially plural thanks to foreign posters, a subtle update to stormtrooper costumes and Jar Jar gets a sad ending in an upcoming novel.

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0:11:22 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Riverdale" spinning an engaging mystery we plan on obsessing over, Kevin Smith bringing Spawn's Sam & Twitch to BBC America, characters reunite for solid return of "The Walking Dead," "Legion" keeps us on our toes with trippy storytelling, Luthor family drama on "Supergirl," "Powerless" improves in a tighter, funnier third episode, binge-watching "The Santa Clarita Diet," and "Cosplay Melee" reality competition coming to Syfy.

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0:41:49 - MOVIE NEWS

An english-language remake of "The Raid" on the way, Mel Gibson in the running to direct "Suicide Squad 2," and stick around for a post-credits scene after "Kong: Skull Island."

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0:47:38 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

"The Wild Storm" reboots the WildStorm Universe for a modern generation, Batman / Flash crossover "The Button" to deal with Rebirth's "Watchmen" connection, epic Alex Ross art teases Marvel's "Generations" event, Marvel characters hitting big box stores in digest size editions and Dark Horse bringing "Mystery Science Theater 3000" to comic pages.

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0:53:51 - GAME THERAPY

A reissued version of 1981's "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective" pits your investigative skills against literature's most famous sleuth.

Feb 17, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #43 “Layers”

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In this volatile political landscape, it is important to properly vet all your sources of information.  That's why we at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast tell you right up front that we are Fake News.  We have absolutely no journalistic integrity, everything we say is slanted by innate biases and we would happily sell out to the first entity - foreign or domestic - offering even a minimal payout.  So enjoy all this news we heard second-hand, only half-remembered and then repeated without the slightest scrutiny for your entertainment!

Length - 01:34:04

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

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0:00:54 - FAKE NEWS

Unbelievable news items this week may or may not include a Star Wars spoof, a film about hardcore sci-fi fans camping out for tickets, a television spinoff set in the '90s and a stop-motion animated film from Taika Waititi.

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0:05:10 - ANIMATION NEWS

"Teen Titans: The Judas Contract" gets a trailer, a possible sequel to "Dredd," a dark gritty remake of "Power Rangers," and "Castlevania" coming to Netflix.

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0:11:54 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

A trailer drops for "Iron Fist," "The Crown" details Queen Elizabeth's early years, a second season for "The OA," "Travelers" has a funky time travel premise, "Santa Clarita Diet" premiers, discussing comic book documentary "The Image Revolution," casting news for Hulu's "Runaways," and the "Stranger Things" season two Super Bowl trailer.

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0:37:58 - MOVIE NEWS

Kevin Smith's plans change to "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot," "Mary Poppins" sequel begins production, "Arrival" director remaking "Dune," Jordan enjoys the creepy timelessness of "It Follows," Will Smith bows out of "Dumbo," a sequel to indie hockey comedy "Goon," and "The Nice Guys" is hilarious, but it's no "Die Hard."

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0:52:50 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Riverdale" keeps us intrigued, "Legion" premiers on FX with a captivating pilot, a tepid start to NBC sitcom "Powerless," "Gotham" winter finale brings Jerome back from the dead, white martians, cupcakes and Barenaked Ladies on "Supergirl," a lackluster villain bogs down "The Flash," a new Black Canary means new blood for "Arrow," fighting dirty during the Revolutionary War on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," the CNN documentary "The History of Comedy," and "Sun Records" series joining "Nashville" on CMT.

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1:19:16 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

"I Hate Image" on tap for Free Comic Book Day, Disney CEO Bob Iger may be sticking around longer than anticipated, "Justice League of America: Rebirth" launches a new DC team book and "Unworthy Thor" mini-series unveils a new aspect of the Odinson's personality.

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1:28:25 - CALLING AN AUDIBLE

Michael struggles to get into "Ready Player One" author's follow-up, "Armada."

Feb 9, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #42

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There are an awful lot of new movies and television series coming our way, and even if we don't have time to watch it all, the team at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast will still have an opinion to share.  So whether it's reality TV or low-budget sci-fi, tabletop gaming or fan films, a sexy Ms. Grundy or a beloved writer who still plays with toys, trust us to be mostly on top of it!

Length - 01:18:18

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

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0:01:00 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The steamy "Riverdale" premiers on The CW, Jordan lays out his plan to guarantee a victory on new CBS reality show "Hunted," "The Good Place" finale surprises, the Coen Brothers coming to television with Western anthology "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," "Supergirl" goes to another planet in a Kevin Smith-directed episode, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" rescue George Lucas in a reference-heavy adventure, "The Flash" fights the future and a new Black Canary for team "Arrow."

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0:29:51 - MOVIE NEWS

M. Night Shyamalan's "Split" tops the box office with a heavily publicized twist we manage not to spoil and a "10 Cloverfield Lane" sequel in the works.

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0:37:22 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Michael gets excited for sci-fi movies "iBoy" and "Mindgamers," afterlife romance "The Discovery," Zelda Fitzgerald bio "Z: The Beginning of Everything," "OJ: Made in America" deserving of all its praise and awards, plus opinions on "Sneaky Pete," "Santa Clarita Diet," "Voltron: Legendary Defender" season two, "Grand Piano" and the story of the National Lampoon, "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead."

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0:55:32 - STAR WARS NEWS

An offical name and logo for Episode Eight, Josh Gad tries to get info out of co-star Daisy Ridley and a recommendation for the prequel to a famous Star Trek fan film.

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1:02:30 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

One-shot "Civil War II: The Oath" leading to "Secret Empire," "Justice League vs. Suicide Squad" concludes, a San Jose city councilman gets sworn in with a nerdy prop, and a G.I. Joe letters page reveals Larry Hama's unique writing process.

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1:08:55 - PERLMUTTER

CEO of Marvel cleared by judge to sue the man who stole his DNA and added to President Trump's cabinet as an advisor for Veterans’ affairs.

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1:10:27 - GAMING

Tabletop "Mechs vs. Minions" gives a lot of bang for your buck, new Marvel video games announced, and gaming-gone-awry comedy "Game Night" in the works.

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