Oct 30, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #75

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Welcome back to another fresh episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  Sure, "Riverdale" may dominate the conversation, but there is plenty more to enjoy, including a discussion on streaming habits that leads to a brand new song and quite possibly the most butchered name Michael has ever mispronounced.  Plus, it's our very first episode recorded in Ka-Pow's podcast bunker version 4.0 and you can almost taste the claustrophobia!

Length - 01:33:44

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

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0:03:08 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Saving Pops' on the second episode of "Riverdale," season eight of "The Walking Dead" premiers with the start of All Out War, more details from the AMC's "The Secret History of Comics," exploring Kara's fears on "Supergirl," running away to the circus on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," more villains on the way to hassle "Flash," roster shake-ups on "Arrow," a blossoming love triangle on "The Gifted" and a documentary about the career of Steven Spielberg on HBO.

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0:58:07 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Finishing up the most recent "Voltron: Legendary Defender," Patton Oswalt gets personal in his new standup special "Annihilation," viewership data from Netflix gives us the term "binge racers" and the top 20 series with the most "launch day finishers," "Mindhunter" is an excellent serial killer drama, "The Meyerowitz Stories" with Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler, slowly finishing "House of Cards" and "Black Mirror," Ryan Reynolds' twisted comedy "Voices" and Nick Kroll's crude cartoon "Big Mouth."

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1:24:12 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Information about this year's Halloween Comic Fest and Rob Liefeld's feud with Diamond Comic Distributors.

Oct 18, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #74

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It's a big week for us here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  The return of the CW lineup of television shows means more "Riverdale" to lose our minds over, a trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" gives us plenty to chew on and a modern sci-fi masterpiece in "Blade Runner 2049" keeps us thinking about it even a week later.  So tune in for our distinctive mix of in-depth analysis and stream-of-consciousness seat-of-our-pants faking-it-as-we-go content!

Length - 01:18:46

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

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0:02:38 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Riverdale" is back for another season of ridiculous fun, the CW shows return, including a broken-hearted "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" mixing it up with Caesar and a slimmed-down "Flash" cast, "The Gifted" keeps up the quality and Michael is forced to watch "This is Us," but happy to tune in to "American Housewife," "Kevin Probably Saves the World" and "Once Upon a Time."

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0:38:33 - MOVIE NEWS

A second viewing of "Blade Runner 2049," progress on a new "Bill and Ted" movie, the horror-tinged "New Mutants" trailer, "Gambit" back on the schedule, dissecting the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" trailer and "Thor: Ragnarok" screens early for critics.

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1:03:21 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"Black Mirror" to take on "Star Trek," "Voltron: Legendary Defender" drops new episodes, the "South Park" kids play superheroes the modern way, "Cube" now on Netflix, "Mindhunter" premiers, "American Vandal" spoofs true-crime documentaries and a teaser for the Stephen King mash-up "Castle Rock."

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1:13:40- ANIMATION NEWS

A trailer for Pixar's "Coco," more familiar faces show up in "DuckTales" and the new "Spider-Man" cartoon treads new ground.

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.

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."

Jun 20, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #59 Wonder Woman

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This episode is all about chicks, man, as we suddenly get woke to that feminine mystique and mansplain just how important a film "Wonder Woman" was to the future of nerd culture.  Listen to four cisgender bros check our privilege to congratulate Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot for smashing the on-screen superhero patriarchy and set our male gaze on reviewing the record-setting, crowd-pleasing blockbuster.

Length - 01:52:22

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

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0:02:58 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Celebrating Wonder Woman Day in comic shops and the character's growing importance to little girls, Bruce Wayne proposes to Catwoman in the pages of "Batman" and the first issue of "Darth Vader" reveals why Sith sabres are red.

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0:23:29 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The gone-but-not-forgotten "Vinyl," "Gotham" season finale hints at a big new villain for next year, a satisfying end to "The Leftovers," binging on "The Americans," a new season of "House of Cards," "Snowpiercer" coming to TV, the offbeat "Room 104" headed to HBO, the second season of "Ash vs. Evil Dead" surpasses the first and getting hooked on "American Gods."

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0:49:05 - MOVIE NEWS

Big thumbs up for Jordan Peele's "Get Out" and the extended cut of "Suicide Squad" doesn't fix its flaws.

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0:55:39 - WONDER WOMAN

The biggest female-fronted superhero film in history is setting box office records and receiving universal praise.  We break down the film in a SPOILER-filled review, laying out exactly where it met - or surpassed - our high expectations and what we hope its success could mean for a more feminist-minded pop culture future.

Jun 10, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #58

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We seem to be lacking some luster in this most recent episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, but have no fear, because we've always got plenty to talk about even when we're luster-less.  Join us as we wrap up all the CW superhero season finales, try to find some logic in a far-flung theory about "Gotham," and learn which celebrity's face Cliff hates the most.  (Hint: It rhymes with James Blanco.)

Length - 01:14:15

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

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0:02:44 - ANIMATION NEWS

"Injustice 2" cut scenes edited into a film, "Red Dead Redemption" sequel pushed to Spring, Greg Rucka's "Lazarus" becomes an RPG, an animated "Deadpool" in production at FXX and looking for more "Justice League Action."

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0:13:48 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Season finales for CW superhero shows "Arrow," "Flash" and "Supergirl," a wild theory about "Gotham," binging "The Americans," a pilot for Joe Hill's "NOS4A2," final season of "Game of Thrones" delayed until 2019, T.J. Miller leaving "Silicon Valley," a teaser for HBO's "The Deuce," another podcast who loves "Riverdale" as much as us, a "Purge" television show, Kevin Costner coming to the small screen's "Yellowstone," the grindhouse "Blood Drive" for SyFy and a compelling trailer for "Black Lightning."

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0:45:30 - MOVIE NEWS

Zack Snyder drops out of finishing "Justice League" over family tragedy, another "Spaceballs" in the planning stages, thoughts on Universal's connected monster universe, our first look at "Murder on the Orient Express" and Tom Hardy as Venom.

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0:56:44 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"The Get Down" canceled, season two of "F is for Family," the excellent new season of "Master of None," the end of "Sense8," political documentary "Get Me Roger Stone," a stand up special from Hasan Minhaj (not Aasif Mandvi), a fifth season of "Arrested Development" and a "Dark Crystal" prequel.

Jun 3, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #57 Wizard Quiz

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In this nostalgic episode, quickly-forgotten mascot Poof the Wizard zaps us with his wayback machine and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is trasported a quarter century into the past!  In-studio guest Jesse Starcher of the Source Material podcast on the Radulich in Broadcasting Network unearthed a copy of Wizard Magazine dated May of 1992 and convinced us to take the 25-year-old quiz contained inside.  Listen as we test our trivia mettle against questions old enough to rent a car, place some unrealistic wagers, argue over vaguely-worded clues and try to tone down the domestic squabbles in front of company.

Length - 01:11:41

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

May 26, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #56 Top Current TV Shows Part Two

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And now the conclusion, covering #5 through #1 on our Top Ten lists of the best television currently on the air.  The discussion becomes a little more intense and the love for each show becomes even more passionate as we climb to the very top of the heap.  After refreshing your memories by re-listening to Part One, find out what we each consider the best of the best, along with plenty of honorable mentions that didn't quite make our lists.  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast came here to chew bubblegum and watch TV... and we're all out of bubblegum.

Length - 01:24:54

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

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.

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.

Feb 4, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #41 Top Villains Part Two

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This episode picks up right were we left off in Episode #40. The guy's top 5 scoundrels, mischiefmakers, and ne'er-do-wells are explained. One in particular reveals an unnerving moment from Michael's past!  You won't believe our lineup of the most wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Jan 30, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #40 Top Villains Part One

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The guys sat down to hash out and discuss their favorite Top 10 Pop Culture Villians of all time. This episode reveals #10 through #6 with some unexpected results of several unforgettable bad guys.

Jan 17, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #39

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Enjoy a brand new episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, in which Michael sits clear across the room from us in his own little island, causing the conversation to be even more disjointed and needlessly insulting than usual!  We also cover all the latest pop culture news and rumors, and debate some deep thoughts about the way Disney has extended copyright laws and the potential effect on future generations of fans and creators.

Length - 01:14:24

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

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0:02:57 - ANIMATION NEWS

Cartoon Network's "Justice League Action" shows potential.

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0:05:42 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"It Follows" now streaming, a (we think) spoiler-free description of "The OA," the odd comedy "The Overnight," intrigued by an upcoming anthology series "The Dark Web," Sigourney Weaver is the street-level villain of "The Defenders," and the show's potential connection to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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0:17:47 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" to cross paths with... George Lucas?, "Arrow" renewed for Season Six, Ronnie Raymond returning for more episodes of "Flash," a Los Pollos Hermanos commercial teases the third season of "Better Call Saul," a script in the works for "Y the Last Man," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." begins its second half of the season with killer robots, and "Superstore" gets laughs from those of us with retail experience.

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0:28:41 - MOVIE NEWS

"X-Men: Supernova" rumored title of next X-film, Will Smith and Tom Hanks in a live-action "Dumbo," Peter Dinklage eyed for "Avengers: Infinity War," a buddy cop feel for "Green Lantern Corps?" and Woody Harrelson planning a single-take live film on the streets of London.

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0:40:28 - STAR WARS NEWS

More details about Woody Harrelson's role in the Han Solo origin film, an unrevealed title picked out for Episode Eight, more discussion about Carrie Fisher's digital rights and George Lucas finds a home in Los Angeles for his art collection in the Museum of Narrative Art.

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0:51:21 - DEEP THOUGHTS

Has Disney's fight to change copyright laws hindered the pop culture prospects of generations to come?  A clever short featured on "Adam Ruins Everything" leads to debate over the future of art, commerce and cartoon mice.

Jan 10, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #38

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The year may be young, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of news to cover.  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back with an all-new episode covering some recent comic book releases, Star Wars rumors, award-worthy movies and our first spotting of a Perlmutter in the wild since our show began.  Don't miss it!

Length - 01:18:18

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

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0:02:02 - ANIMATION NEWS

Appearances from big-screen favorites on "Star Wars: Rebels" and the second season of "Voltron: Legendary Defender" kicking off on January 20th.

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0:06:14 - STAR WARS NEWS

Wondering how Carrie Fisher's death may affect the upcoming film's plotlines, the ageless Jimmy Smits, rumors of Woody Harrelson joining the Star Wars universe, a petition to make Leia an official Disney Princess and two behind-the-scenes documentaries, "I Am Your Father" and "Elstree 1976."

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0:21:30 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

A "Locke & Key" one-shot, an underwhelming finale to "Civil War II," the "He-Man / Thundercats" crossover continues to entertain, a tease for this year's "Secret Empire" event, the return of a major villain in the pages of "Justice League vs. Suicide Squad," cool retro variant covers celebrate Image's 25th anniversary, Mike Grell draws Green Arrow again, Marvel angers fans by dropping their free digital code program and Geoff Johns hints at some upcoming "Watchmen" work.

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0:38:27 - MOVIE NEWS

Matthew McConaughey shows patience before stepping into a superhero role, avoiding "Thor: Ragnarok" plot leaks, Ben Affleck casts doubt on upcoming Batman film, and Seth rounds up all the movies he's watched recently in preparation for awards season.

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1:09:59 - PERLMUTTER

Reclusive CEO of Marvel Comics is photographed for the first time in decades in a meeting with President-Elect Trump.

Jan 2, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #37 2017 Movie Preview

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We're starting off the New Year with the KPP crew's 2017 Movie Preview. The guy's are joined by The Mayor Jared, as Jordan & Michael take a break from moving their respective businesses into a bigger, brighter, soupier??, fancy new location in downtown Marietta, Ohio. So, sit back....relax...and enjoy as KA-POW! (COLON) The Pop Cultured Podcast discusses a week by week breakdown of every feature film headed to a theater near you in 2017. 

Dec 27, 2016

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #36 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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On this sad day for Star Wars fans, we here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast devote an entire show to "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."  Spoilers abound, because we dissect the film from front to back and top to bottom, giving you our thoughts and opinions on this latest entry in the beloved sci-fi saga, what we loved, what bothered us and where we think it ranks against the rest.  There is also disproportionate talk about Ewoks for a movie that contains nary a one of the furry critters.  So throw the master switch on your nearest listening device and enjoy!

Length - 01:44:08

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

Dec 23, 2016

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast Flashback #2: Christmas Movie Debate part three

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And finally, the conclusion to our flashback So Pro Ho Ho Ho Christmas Movie Debate.  After some seriously spirited discussion, we crown a single entry as the most iconic piece of holiday entertainment ever filmed.

Length - 00:56:53

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

Dec 23, 2016

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast Flashback #2: Christmas Movie Debate part two

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And now, part two of our flashback to the So Pro Ho Ho Ho Christmas Movie Debate, in which we continue to narrow down our 32 favorite holiday classics until only the best of the best remain!

Length - 00:58:21

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

Dec 21, 2016

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast Flashback #2: Christmas Movie Debate part one

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If there's one thing we here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast love about the holiday season, it's all the amazing old Christmas-themed re-runs every network trods back out year after year.  In that spirit, we dug back into our own archives to our previous incarnation as the So Pro Podcast in order to bring you Part One of our very holly, ultra jolly So Pro Ho Ho Ho Christmas Movie Debate, in which we matched up some of our favorite holiday films against each other in order to determine the best of all time.

Length - 01:02:21

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

Dec 16, 2016

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #35

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The team behind this tipsier-than-usual episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast came in to record with minimal notes, a bottle of bourbon and a sheet of rap lyrics.  But no matter how close we got to disappearing completely off the rails, somehow we managed to keep everything right-side-up.  Enjoy!

Length - 01:19:47

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

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0:06:51 - MOVIE NEWS

Exciting trailers for "War for the Planet of the Apes," "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," a new image of the hero and villain from "The Dark Tower," a poster for "The Fate of the Furious," and details about J.J. Abrams' "God Particle."

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0:24:49 - ANIMATION NEWS

A brief teaser for the "DuckTales" reboot.

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0:28:16 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Sean Parker plans to stream brand new movies in your home with "Screening Room," a documentary about the comic industry's "Image Revolution," Seth tries to finalize his Best of 2016 list by taking in "Hell or High Water," "Don't Breathe," "Don't Think Twice," "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" and "The Lobster," checking out "The Jungle Book" thanks to Disney's Netflix deal and Kevin Smith's latest, "Yoga Hosers."

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0:51:23 - TV RECAPS AND REVIEWS

Standing up to Savitar in the "Flash" winter finale, a major spoiler at the end of "Arrow," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" begins to introduce the Legion of Doom, Mr. Mxyzptlk coming to "Supergirl," NBC's "Powerless" gets a premier date, space drama "Glare" coming to HBO, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." wraps up the Ghost Rider storyline, another "Defenders" photo released, and "The Walking Dead" builds toward their midpoint with a tour of the Savior's home.

Dec 12, 2016

Episode #34 WestWorld Finale!!

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WestWorld Episode 10 Season 1 Finale Recap and Celebration! Come spend some time with us as we celebrate the end of the fantastic 1st season of HBO's newest hit show! Go through it moment by moment with us and stay til the end for the explanation you may not have considered! And find out why Seth says WestWorld opened in 2017! Language-PG-13 (Contains some adult language)

Dec 5, 2016

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #33

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Meanwhile... at the Hall of Justice (a.k.a. our podcast bunker), Ka-Pow teams up for an intensly close look at the CW's first four-show crossover, "Invasion!," shares a few Deep Thoughts about how politics affect both art and audience, and take a crack at writing our own blockbuster hip hop Broadway musical based on some local history.  So don't throw away your shot to hear this brand new episode!

Length - 01:27:53

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

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0:03:18 - TV RECAPS AND REVIEWS

An in-depth review of CW's "Invasion" story that crossed over "Supergirl," "The Flash," "Arrow" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," along with a brief change of hosts for Ghost Rider on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," a dangerous-sounding reality show coming to CBS, another oversized "Walking Dead," and some better-late-than-never love for "Ash vs Evil Dead."

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0:51:11 - MOVIE NEWS

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" promises a spidey suit with old-school web wings.

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0:54:01 - STAR WARS NEWS

Disney's Spaceship Earth transforming into the Death Star, no opening crawl for "Rogue One," and potentially more in store for Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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0:57:27 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Kevin Smith exits "Buckaroo Banzai" reboot, Cliff shares his newfound love for an obscure musical called "Hamilton," Netflix allows offline viewing, and Michael nearly spoils the last four words of "Gilmore Girls."

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1:10:50 - DEEP THOUGHTS

A twitter feud between comic creators leads to Deep Thoughts about art and politics, specifically whether an artist's political leanings affect how much you enjoy their work and in what ways celebrities should use their platform to voice personal beliefs.

Dec 1, 2016

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #32: WESTWORLD Episode #9 Recap and ANALYSIS!

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Join us as we react to the revelations of this episode in a SUPER-SIZED way, point out what you may have missed, and try to predict what the Season 1 Finale has in store for us! #vindicationstew #pizzatime

Nov 24, 2016

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #31: WestWorld Episode 8: Trace Decay

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Get caught up on WestWorld and listen to us break it down and predict where this is going. You're probably not gonna believe Seth's newest theory... but c'mon.. don't doubt the craziness now. It's too late to turn back. Let's just agree to Make WestWorld Great Again!!

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