May 24, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #55 Top Current TV Shows Part One

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Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast covers television nearly every week, reviewing, recapping and keeping track of dozens of shows.  But which ones are our favorites?  Which series do we set our DVRs for or binge the minute they become available for streaming?  Find out in this brand new Top Ten countdown, as each member of the cast unveils their ten absolute favorite shows that are currently on the air or in production.  Part One covers lists from #10 up through #6, with the conclusion coming soon, same Ka-Pow time, same Ka-Pow channel!

Length - 01:06:46

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

May 18, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #54 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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It's time for another one of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's patented movie review episodes, featuring one of the most highly anticipated superhero films in years: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."  We break down what we loved most about the latest feather in Marvel's cinematic cap, so spoilers abound.  Before that, though, there's "Riverdale" craziness, a couple of great documentaries, some dystopian futures, and a bunch of recently-canceled television shows we weren't watching to chat about.  This episode may be a tad unfettered, but it's pretty beautiful.  (On the inside.)

Length - 01:19:18

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

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0:06:04 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The "Riverdale" season finale kicks the weird back up a notch and the History Channel documentary "Superheroes Decoded" drops some knowledge.

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0:15:10 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

The secret history of Batman in the "Batman and Bill" documentary, "The Handmaid's Tale" debuts with a unique release schedule on Hulu and the insider comedy "Don't Think Twice" now on Netflix.

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0:23:03 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

A major death rocks "The Walking Dead" and an oversized artist edition of "Renato Jones" excites Michael.

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0:28:30 - UNFETTERED NEWS!

"Dredd: Mega City One" television show in development, Image Comics' "Happy" coming to SyFy and "Black Lightning" added to the CW slate.

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0:32:40 - MOVIE NEWS

Booking a room at the "A Christmas Story" house, Wolfsbane and Magik cast for "New Mutants," the first trailer for "The Dark Tower" creates debate and the underrated "Edge of Tomorrow" gets a sequel.

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0:48:40 - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

A SPOILER-filled review and discussion of Marvel's new blockbuster.  We declared the first film the best comic book movie of the modern age, so can the sequel possibly hope to live up to that standard?  Or is it... even BETTER?

May 5, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #53

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'Tis the season to be jolly, because fandom's very own holiday, Free Comic Book Day, has come around again!  This week, the team from Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast previews many of the titles that will be available free of charge at comic shops around the world this May 6th, and tease the secrets you'll find inside their covers.  We also witness an awkward peek at Mario's longstanding beef with Link, hear about Jordan's sort-of brush with fame, and catch wind of a party for which we are most certainly not on the guest list.  So enjoy the holiday weekend, be good for goodness sake, and listen to this brand new episode!

Length - 01:20:22

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

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0:01:37 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

A preview of this year's Free Comic Book Day releases from all the major publishers, "Legacy" promising to restore classic feel of the Marvel Universe, distinguishing between Hydra and Nazis.

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0:23:38 - MOVIE NEWS

Wrestler The Miz wants to be Booster Gold, Jeff Goldblum joining "Jurassic World 2," a black & white version of "Logan," an excessive number of post-credits scenes in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," the title of the next Avengers movie still unrevealed, sequel to "Unbreakable" officially on the calendar, fifth "Indiana Jones" delayed, another "Chronicles of Narnia" adaptation on the way, sci-fi time travel heist film franchise in the works, "live action" Disney movies add to their casts, betting against the time tables of the "Avatar" sequels and hoping for more Obi-Wan adventures.

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0:44:48 - ANIMATION NEWS

"Sing" touches Michael's crybaby side, "The Flintstones" comic gets dark, barely remembering "Popeye & Son" and an animated R-rated "Watchmen" in the works.

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0:52:10 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Outlook for "Powerless" not looking good, "Kong: Skull Island" for the small screen, more "X-Files" episodes, new season of "Fargo" laying the groundwork for another Midwestern mystery, "Better Call Saul" inches closer to its "Breaking Bad" roots, the backstabbing finale of "Stranded with a Million Dollars," a leaked trailer for "Krypton" and "Riverdale" close to revealing its murderer.

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1:03:39 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"Locke & Key" gets a Hulu pilot, "The Handmaid's Tale" debuts, a full season on Amazon for "The Tick" and thumbs up for Netflix's "Love."

Apr 24, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #52

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With Cliff's horrible kidnapping ordeal behind him, we are finally at full strength and able to dive into all the cool stuff that came out of the recent Star Wars Celebration.  We also review two of the biggest comic launches of the year, stoke our exciting new rivalry with that other podcast and get a visit from a famous plumber.  Bon appetit, Jesses!

Length - 01:10:00

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

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0:01:40 - STAR WARS NEWS

Cliff catches us up on all the Star Wars Celebration news we missed, including some of the important panels and plans for the Disney parks, director says "The Last Jedi" is singular, confirmation that Carrie Fisher will not appear in Episode Nine, the next spin-off still undecided, new animated shorts starring popular female characters, this year's Disney Legends inductees, "Battlefront 2" video game announced and Taika Waititi wants to make a Jabba the Hutt origin film.

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0:36:50 - GAMING

Mario pops in to confirm the NES Classic has been discontinued and the first chapter of "Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series."

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0:41:41 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Reviewing the big releases from Marvel and DC, "Secret Empire" #0 and part one of "The Button," announcements of upcoming pop culture tie-in comics, information about DC's artist-driven title launches "Dark Matter," and full solicitations for Marvel's "Generations" revealed.

Apr 21, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #51

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We haven't covered any news for a couple of weeks, so there is plenty to dig into in this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  (And we have to do it all a man down, as a Mad Libs-style ransom note was left for the missing Cliff!)  Be sure and stay tuned to the whole thing, because we also draw the name of the winner of a stylish new Ka-Pow t-shirt in a completely random spot, and save all the spoilers for the star-studded new streaming film "The Discovery" until the very end.  And away we go!

Length - 01:25:36

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

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0:04:14 - STAR WARS NEWS

A teaser for "The Last Jedi" and some hints from Star Wars Celebration.

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0:08:47 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

The inventive zombie movie "Train to Busan," the updated version of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" launches, Louis C.K. has a new comedy special, the deaths of Charlie Murphy and Don Rickles, a second season of "Master of None" to begin soon, life-after-death movie "The Discovery" sparks debate, the buzzworthy comedy "Catastrophe," and the low-budget geeky sci-fi charm of "Dimension 404."

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0:30:38 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Man Seeking Woman" canceled by FX, season three of "Better Call Saul" brings back some familiar faces, a trailer for the new season of "Preacher," the finale of "Big Little Lies" impresses, the conclusion of HBO's "Girls," hints about a third season of "True Detective," "Legion" wraps up a stunning first run of episodes, a teaser for "Fargo's" new season, "The Walking Dead" ends its latest storyline with mixed results, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" ends with a cliffhanger, Michael once again tries to convince us to watch "Arrow," has a "Flash" theory and recommends the reality-show skewering "Unreal," "New Warriors" coming to Freeform and an update on "Stranded with a Million Dollars."

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1:01:58 - MOVIE NEWS

The "Thor: Ragnarok" trailer excites, Josh Brolin cast as Cable, Joss Whedon directing "Batgirl" for Warner Brothers, Robert Kirkman's "Invincible" greenlit for a film, an adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' "Torso," a new trailer for "Atomic Blonde," the first extended look at "Justice League," a creepy new version of "It," and a potential reboot of "G.I. Joe."

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1:11:54 - ANIMATION NEWS

"The Real Ghostbusters" streaming on Netflix and season three of "Rick and Morty" sneaks up on us.

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1:15:18 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Bart Sears brings his classic art tutorials to Kickstarter and Watchmen-centric storyline "The Button" beginning in "Batman" and "The Flash."

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1:19:02 - SPOILERS AHOY

Seth and Michael discuss the spoilery aspects of "The Discovery" and the impact of its ending.

Apr 7, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #50 Top Heroes

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Coinciding with our One Year Anniversary, this extra-special extra-long fiftieth episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast finds the guys sharing their own unique lists for their Top Ten Favorite Heroes of All Time!  After our Top Villains episode, we got several requests for the flip side.  So, by popular demand, here they are!  Coming from all corners of pop culture, these are the (mostly) fictional characters that define bravery, strength and heroism for us.  The characters that impacted our lives in positive ways.  The characters who captured our imagination as kids or inspired us as adults.  These, ladies and gentlemen, are our heroes.

Length - 02:18:30

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

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.

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