Shocking news hit the world this week as Marvel legend Stan Lee was pronounced dead at 95. A hero to the dreamer in all of us, Stan Lee entertained millions around the world with his amazing creations such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, and the list goes on and on. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we reflect back on what Stan Lee has meant to us, as well as his legacy.

After that emotional journey, we dive into our every single major theatrical release that will be discuss for the remainder of the year, as we whittle through the muck to share what gems away all of us in cinemas this winter season. This is our Holiday Movie Preview 2018!

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On this bonus episode, we discuss Netflix's recent series, The Haunting of Hill House. Just like the show itself, we bounce through the characters of the Crain family and dissect what it is about this show that captured our attention so greatly. Take a listen!

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This month marks the 25th anniversary of Mrs. Doubtfire. A movie revolving around a divorced dad who was simply not allowed to see his kids whenever he wanted. So in an effort to spend more quality time with them, he dressed up like a nanny and landed a job inside his ex-wife’s house to help raise these kids.

In 1993, Robin Williams sold us on this premise as whimsical, charming, even oddly supportive. But in 2018, Mrs. Doubtfire is terrifying! This week, we look at films that featured a plot or subplot that we initially found sweet, but after taking off our nostalgia goggles, we find it quite disturbing.

Also this week: reviews of Bohemian Rhapsody and Mail Order Monster, debate if this R-rated comic book genre is getting carried away, discuss how John Carpenter’s They Live has endured for 30 years, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 32:04)Film and TV News: Reboots and sequels aplenty, Walking Dead launches a new universe, Birds of Prey takes on an R-rating | They Live Turns 30
  • (32:05 – 49:39) Reviews: Bohemian Rhapsody and Mail Order Monster | Upcoming Releases
  • (49:40 – 1:22:22) From The Outside In Topic: Nostalgic Movie Plots That Are More Disturbing With Age
  • (1:22:23 – 1:32:55) Recommendations | Closing
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Television is stuffed with content these days, and the quality supports the excess. But what happens when we as an audience become hooked on a series, and it continues even after the quality and ratings drops? What happens when our favorite TV shows go on too long?

This week we dive into this very real problem of fandom: when to leave your favorite shows. With TV series staples like Walking Dead and The Simpsons seeming to live forever, at what point is it time for us to cut and run?

Also this week: reviews of Curvature and Mid90s, social media is dictating the future of TV, Pirates of the Caribbean reboots without Johnny Depp, a new game, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 43:54)Film and TV News: Pirates of the Caribbean reboots without Depp, what celebrities owe us, social media’s impact on TV | You Can Do It
  • (43:55 – 1:01:11) Reviews: Curvature and Mid90s | Upcoming Releases
  • (1:01:12 – 1:38:17) From The Outside In Topic: When TV Shows Go On Too Long
  • (1:38:18 – 1:44:42) Recommendations | Closing
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Halloween is a special time of year, especially for fans of entertainment. As long as we have it, film and television has supplied audiences with an endless array of boogeymen and women to terrify us into that Halloween spirit.

This year, we devote an entire episode to the festivities. From what we love about the holiday – including tricks, treats, and costumes – to a review of the 2018 version of Halloween to our own Must-See Halloween movie lists, this episode has a little something for everyone this year. And you won’t want to miss our own personal plans for escaping various killers in the night!

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On this exclusive interview, we sit down with Jim Cummings, the writer-director-star of Thunder Road. Jim's new film follows a police officer who has just lost his mother, and is now forced to come to grips with her legacy, his role in law enforcement, and his own relationship with his daughter.   

Jim discusses a myriad of topics, including the genesis of Thunder Road, shooting an extended scene uncut, marketing and releasing his own film, and even landing Bruce Springsteen's approval. It's an exciting interview with a rising talent you won't want to miss! 

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Three decades ago, an absolutely rad year in entertainment took hold. Classics like Die Hard, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Rain Man, and Scrooged hit theaters. The Cosby Show, Cheers, Roseanne, and Murder, She Wrote took over our television sets. It was a prime time for entertainment.

Much has changed since then, but what is even more interesting is how much remains the same. For this special episode, we’re not only going to look back at the year - complete with sponsor breaks and Breaking News segments - we are going BACK to 1988! With the magic of technology and time travel, this podcast is being presented to you directly from our HO Time Capsule vault. 

This IS 1988! 

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 28:00)Film and TV Discussion: Wrestling takes hold, Die Hard redefines action films, Roseanne dominates the airwaves, Shark Week is introduced, and video stores surge.
  • (28:02 – 33:07) What’s This Movie | The Top Movies and TV Shows of 1988 | In Memoriam
  • (32:58 – 1:03:24) From The Outside In Topic: Best and Worst of Film and TV in 1988
  • (1:03:25 – 1:12:28) Soundtrack Sing-a-long | Closing
  • Listen to our previous Time Capsule episodes for 1987 and 1997.
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Villains.

Cinema is stocked to the brink with great villains, as well as mediocre and even ridiculous ones. Some of these are so iconic, we spend countless hours contemplating further adventures with these foes, perhaps even plotting them against heroes in other universes.

On this episode, with Venom conquering the box office, we decided to look at other villains that could benefit from a solo film or franchise. Surely there are more than just Eddie Brock’s alter ego?

Also this week: James Gunn to write Suicide Squad 2, Chris Evans retires as Captain America, Dresden Files and Chronicles of Narnia come to TV, and much more. Then we close out our episode with our Venom spoilercast, as we take a look at all aspects of the latest Marvel offering in the Spider-Man universe.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 29:35)Film and TV Discussion: James Gunn is moving to DC, Chris Evans hangs up his shield, The Dresden Files and Chronicles of Narnia come to TV, aren’t fun films considered good? | Movie Innuendo - Villains
  • (29:36 – 39:44) Review of Thunder Road | Upcoming Releases: Bad Times at the El Royale, First Man, Goosebumps 2, Apostle
  • (39:44 – 1:12:55) From The Outside In Topic: Villains That Deserve Their Own Franchise
  • (1:12:56 – 1:18:00) Recommendations and Closing
  • (1:18:01 – 1:59:20) Venom Spoilercast
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Over the past several months, we’ve talked a lot about we’ve talked a lot about FOX’s Lethal Weapon replacing Clayne Crawford’s Riggs with Seann William Scott’s Cole. They aren’t the exact same character, but in this instance they might as well be, as both occupy the position of co-lead in a buddy-cop relationship. So, in the spirit of replacing original actors, we thought it was a great time to discuss if maybe, sometimes, it’s actually not so bad after all.

Cinema’s history books are riddled with cases where an actor needed to be recast for one reason or another. Whether it’s due to temperament, personal issues, or sheer lack of talent, it just becomes necessary at times. Even the most famous film series have taken their stabs at it (most notably James Bond and Dumbledore), and occasionally TV series will just need to swap actors out between seasons. On this episode, we debate if these situations could actually improve the properties, as well as our picks for the best and worst examples of recasting.

Also this week: Netflix wants you to choose your own endings, you could see a PG-13 Deadpool, reviews of A Star Is Born and Hell Fest, Halle Berry’s career, and much more.

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On this exclusive interview, Aaron sits down with Roxanne Avent, CEO of Hidden Empire Film Group. So far this year, she’s produced Traffik with Paula Patton, The Intruder with Dennis Quaid, Meagan Good and Michael Ealy, Meet the Blacks 2 with Mike Epps, and is currently in the midst of shooting Fatale starring 2 time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, as well as several TV projects, including The Thrill with Snoop Dogg.  

We discuss how Roxanne came into the business, building HEFG's diverse brand, the state of modern-day Hollywood amidst the #MeToo movement, and where she hopes to take things next.

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Serial killers have terrorized film since its inception. The idea of an unknown stranger, hiding in the dark, plotting an innocent character’s demise – it’s one of the most terrifying concepts in cinema. Yet, at the same time, audiences are fascinated with this despicable hunters of humans.

For our latest Movie Battle Royale, we take 8 of the most sadistic serial killers on film, and determine whom is the most horrific of all-time! Hannibal Lecter, John Doe, Billy and Stu, Martin Vanger, and even Norman Bates are all in the mix. Take a listen, and see if you agree with our choice for the greatest serial killer in film.

Also this week: Mel Gibson takes on a Wild Bunch, Birds of Prey gets a release date, Kate McKinnon stretches her wings, we debate Life Itself, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 22:21)Film and TV Discussion: Mel Gibson to remake Wild Bunch, Kate McKinnon goes dramatic, Birds of Prey takes flight | I Can’t Believe We Thought This Was Cool – Revenge of the Nerds
  • (22:22 – 33:26) Review of Life Itself | Upcoming Releases: Hold the Dark, Hell Fest, Night School, and Smallfoot
  • (33:27 – 1:24:03) From The Outside In: Movie Battle Royale – Most Horrific Serial Killers
  • (1:24:04 – 1:33:31) Recommendations and Closing | Outtakes
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Fall TV is rapidly approaching and to get YOU ready for it, we break down what’s new, what’s coming back, and what just needs to go away.

On this episode, we discuss our Fall TV preview, Veronica Mars confirmed for a revival, CBS CEO Les Moonves departs after harassment allegations, and are iTunes digital movie purchases really yours to keep?

Also this week: Spoiler-free reviews of Predator and A Simple Favor,  Upcoming Releases for the week of 9/21, and our monthly movie giveaway Patreon winner! Who doesn’t want to win a copy of Avengers: Infinity War or Deadpool 2?

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 18:42)Film and TV Discussion: iTunes digital movie purchases disappearing, CBS CEO Les Moonves out after harassment claims – is Hollywood finally changing?, and Veronica Mars is making a comeback! |
  • (18:43 – 1:30:11) From The Outside In: Fall TV Preview – Most anticipated new shows, Most anticipated returning shows, Shows we loved but are desperately ready to see end, Predictions, and Listener picks
  • (1:30:12 – 1:49:39) Spoiler- free reviews of Predator and A Simple Favor | Upcoming Releases: Fahrenheit 11/9, Life Itself, A House With a Clock In Its Walls, I Think We’re Alone Now, Beyond the Sky, and Private Life
  • (1:49:40 – 2:03:01) Recommendations and Closing Thoughts
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As we take the week off, here are four of our most popular topics from earlier this year (Too Much TV, Marvel, Gender Swapping, and Unsung Franchises), as well as quick recap of Peppermint, Searching, Ozark Season 2 and Jack Ryan.

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Take Two stars Rachel Bilson as Sam Swift, a disgraced actress who is struggling to rebuild her career. Researching a role, she shadows private detective Eddie Valetik (Eddie Cibrian) and eventually finds out that her history as a TV cop might prove beneficial at solving actual crimes. Therefore, in the spirit of The Thin Man and Moonlighting, these two team up to solve crimes every week on ABC.

For our exclusive interview, creators Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller join us to discuss their history in Hollywood, including their initial start in the industry. From there, the conversation shifts to their time on their hit series Castle, the current climate of television storytelling, how they came to create Take Two, and why they love doing shows like this. 

You will not want to miss this enchanting, candid conversation with two stalwart talents, Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller .

Take Two airs Thursday nights at 10PM EST/9PM CST on ABC. 

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The summer movies of 2018 is in the bag, so how was it? Many people have complained that this season has been overrun by sequels and franchise films, was it really that bad, or are moviegoers suffering from too much awesome?

We debate the summer of 2018 at length – where it stood, what was lacking, which franchises were born, the biggest news stories in entertainment, what caught our eye on television, and even our own favorite summer movie experiences. Avengers: Infinity War, Crazy Rich Asians, Deadpool 2, The Meg, Mission: Impossible -Fallout, Ocean's 8, and much more are discussed as we cap the entire episode off with our annual Summer Movie HO Awards!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • Where does this summer end up, overall or vs last year
  • What was lacking?
  • Best and worst summer movie experiences
  • Which franchise was born this summer
  • Biggest news story in entertainment
  • Summer TV standouts

HO Award Categories
Most Memorable Scene of the Summer
The Head-Slam-Against-A-Wall Scene (worst or most nonsensical)
Best Action Sequence
Best Use of CGI
The Darwin Award | Most Idiotic or Annoying Character
Best Supporting Character
Biggest Badass
Mr. Summer: Most Engaging Actor of the Summer
Ms. Summer: Most Engaging Actress of the Summer
Most Disappointing Film
Worst Summer Film
Top 5 Summer Movies
Listener Top 10

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What is the deal with puppets? Are we running out of human actors? Then why do we enjoy puppets so much?

On this episode, we discuss the world of puppets, if we prefer the humorous or horrific brand, and most importantly: what movies would instantly improve with the addition of puppets?

Also this week: YouTube pulls The Nun ad for being too terrifying, summer movie clichés, reviews of Mile 22 and Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Movie Innuendo, and more.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 24:28)Film and TV Discussion: YouTube pulls The Nun ad, summer movie clichés | Movie Innuendo: The Muppets
  • (24:29 – 40:54) Reviews of Mile 22 and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | Upcoming Releases: The Happytime Murders, A.X.L., Summer of 84, Operation Finale, Kin
  • (40:55 – 1:06:56) From The Outside In: Let’s Puppet Up A Movie!
  • (1:06:57 – 1:09:15) Recommendations and Closing
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When 24 hit the air many years ago, it was an eye-opener in terms of what television could do. For 24 consecutive episodes, this series told one single day’s worth of story. Each episode leading directly into the next, leaving little chance to jump into the show mid-season and have any idea what was going on. It was a novelty, and it was fantastic to watch unfold.

Flash forward to 2018, and it seems like EVERY show is doing this. Unless you’re a slave to CBS, television is dominated by the season-long arc. Some even take it a step further – like Breaking Bad or Walking Dead – and make the entire series one singular story. Has it gotten to be too much, though? Have we finally arrived at the breaking point? This week, our topic is simple: Is television getting TOO serialized?

Also this week: The Oscars add a category for Popular Achievement in Film, a Chicago cemetery has a movie night, Blade turns 20, reviews of The Meg and Crazy Rich Asians, and more.

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Blindspotting, which is in theaters now, follows the friends of Collin and Miles. Collin has only three days to go on his probation, and all he has to do is stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, his best friend Miles is a beacon for it. As Collin and Miles work together as movers, an event causes Collin to miss his mandatory curfew, and puts their friendship to an ultimate test.

Blindspotting was written by Daveed Diggs and Rafel Casal, who star as Collin and Miles, respectively, and the film skillfully highlights numerous factors within friendships, race and income disparity, all set against the backdrop of Oakland. And Michael Yezerski was given the task of meshing it all through an eclectic score covering several genres and styles.

For our exclusive interview, we discuss how Michael came into composing scores for film and TV, what it was like working on this film, and what he hopes to achieve next.

Blindspotting is now playing in theaters nationwide

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SHARK!!!

We’ve all been there, taking a dip in the ocean, relaxing. Then, something brushes our leg, a slithery something. We cannot see below the murky surface, but panic sets in our face, while hundreds of cinematic memories wash over us. Reflections to all of the victims of the greatest natural predator known to man: sharks.  

On this episode, we dive into the deep, discussing what it is about these demons with doll’s eyes that keeps us coming back to the theater for their horrific attacks. Why do we both love and fear the sheer terror that are sharks?

Also this week: Patrick Stewart revisits Star Trek and Picard, MoviePass makes more changes, we debate if Slender Man is wrong to profit off of, reviews of Christopher Robin, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Like Father, and much more.

 

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With Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Ethan Hunt yet again prevails over a mission that makes no logical sense, yet thrills us all. And that is our springboard for this week’s topic: Impossibly Impossible Missions.

Movies often require a suspension of disbelief, and often times, films with a mission at hand – i.e., a plan that benefits the greater good – require you to physically remove your brain from its holster in order to continue. This week, we’re looking at several missions that we believe could never have resulted in success in reality.  

Also this week: 24 reboots again, Star Wars welcomes back its Princess, Hardwick returns, reviews of Netflix’s Extinction, Castle Rock, a debate on the star power of Tom Cruise, and much more.

Join in on the conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider. 

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 36:01)Film and TV Discussion: 24 develops a prequel series, Chris Hardwick returns to TV, Carrie Fisher will return for Star Wars: Episode IX and more | Tom Cruise: A Second Take  
  • (36:02 – 1:06:43) Reviews of Castle Rock, Extinction, and Mission: Impossible - Fallout | Upcoming Releases: The Darkest Minds, Christopher Robin, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Night Comes On, On Chesil Beach, Like Father
  • (1:06:44 – 1:41:07) From The Outside In: Impossibly Impossible Missions
  • (1:41:08 – 1:51:22) Recommendations and Closing | Outtakes
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The 2018 San Diego Comic-Con has come to a close, and that means it is time to dive into the biggest news and trailers released at this year’s convention. From DC’s Shazam and Aquaman, to Walking Dead and Doctor Who, to Fantastic Beasts 2 and the Jack Ryan Experience, and so much more – THIS is the podcast for you!

That’s not all, though. We also have reviews of The Equalizer 2, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and Unfriended: Dark Web. As well as discussing new theatrical and VOD releases, including Mission Impossible: Fallout.

You can find all of the discussed trailers here. And be sure to vote for us at the Podcast Awards!

 

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 37:18)Amanda’s Panel: Fantastic Beasts 2, Rugrats, Legacies, Doctor Who, Godzilla: King of the Monsters  
  • (37:19 – 58:48) Scott’s Panel: Mega-Man, DC Streaming Service, Titans, The Clone Wars, Glass, Nightflyers
  • (58:49 – 1:36:33) Aaron’s Panel: Walking Dead, The Passage, Lego Movie 2, Alita: Battle Angel, DC Films – Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2, Shazam
  • (1:36:34 – 2:03:23) Kyle Nolan – Boots on the Ground Report | net
  • (2:03:24 – 2:36:56) James Gunn fired from Guardians 3, Buffy Rebooted | Reviews: The Equalizer 2, Unfriended: Dark Web, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again | New Releases: Mission Impossible: Fallout, Teen Titans: GO! To The Movies, The Row, Kings, Extinction
  • (2:36:57 – 2:42:48) Recommendations and Closing | Outtakes
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A vigilante is any person who takes the law into their own hands to avenge a crime. When you mention the word, a few names immediately pop into mind: Batman, The Bride, Paul Kersey, The Equalizer. Film vaults are stock full of men and women who have been wronged for one reason or another, and chose to journey outside of the law to avenge those wrongs. Yet in the scheme of things, the facts are simple: these people are criminals.

This week, we discuss what it is about vigilantes that excite audiences around the world. Why do we love what these people do? Is it right to applaud mass murderers? Are vigilantes fundamentally justified? It's an interesting topic about a group of people we often applaud, without really considering what it is we're applauding.

Also this week: Our reviews of Skyscraper and Netflix's How It Ends, new releases including The Equalizer 2, Unfriended: Dark Web, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, and more; news including Joss Whedon returning to TV via HBO, Zombieland 2 is a go, and much more.

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The corridors of film and television are filled with choices made for a character that seem either odd or possibly even bold. Who would have thought Heath Ledger's reptilian approach to the Joker would work? Can you believe Disney approved a drunken buffoon as their lead pirate? This week, we explore some of the weirdest or most intriguing character choices in film and television. Those ones that stood out to us as notable.

Also this week: Our reviews of Won't You Be My Neighbor and Netflix's The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, upcoming releases including Hotel Transylvania 3 and Skyscraper, Alien is going to be a TV series now, Idris Elba joins Hobbs and Shaw, and much more.

To cap off our show, we take a large look at the world's smallest superhero in our Ant-Man and the Wasp Spoilercast! We discuss our thoughts on the original film, it we ever wanted a sequel, where this latest took us, who stood out, the cast, the jokes, and if we want anymore adventures in this franchise. Has Marvel done it again?

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As we take the week off, here are three of our most popular topics from earlier this year, as well as our review of The First Purge AND major Top Gun 2 news. Also, visit PodcastAwards.com and vote for The HO in People's Choice and TV/Film!

First up, from Episode 301, it's the most emotional relationships on television. We discuss some of those relationships in TV that either broke or healed our aching hearts. Perhaps they filled our cups with joy, or maybe their angst flowed over into our own realities. It’s an intriguing conversation and there is no better time to discuss it.

Next, we head to Episode 299 where we debated the best way to defeat an iconic movie hero! The villains rarely win, which means heroes are far more difficult to bring down. Therefore, on this episode we put ourselves firmly in the shoes of supervillains and megalomaniacs everywhere and determine exactly how we would bring down iconic movie heroes such as Iron Man, Batman, Harry Potter, James Bond, and even Luke Skywalker!

Finally, we come to Episode 306 and when it's time for the hero to walk away. Think about it, does it make a hero less heroic if they reach a point where it’s just too much for them? Were there moments in a movie or TV show where a hero going forward seemed to be the absolutely wrong choice? Our topic this episode revolves around this very concept of when is it OK for a hero to walk away?

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Dark River stars Ruth Wilson as Alice, a woman who departed her family ranch in North Yorkshire many years ago. After earning a living as a contracted sheep-shearer, Alice returns home 15 years later upon hearing of the death of her father, Richard (Sean Bean). Her intention is not to mourn, but to claim the family land from her brother Joe (Mark Stanley). Refuting her assertion on the grounds that she abandoned her rights by leaving, Joe and Alice begin a tale of siblings separated by trauma and abuse, while delving into the psychological scars that are left, for everyone involved.

Following her acclaimed project, The Sheltered Giant, director Clio Barnard stops by to discuss her latest. Dark River is a dour tale of a family plagued by the sins of their father, containing stellar performances from leads Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley, which are enhanced by Barnard’s atmospheric direction. Each landscape and background emerges as a deeper character in this sorrowful immersion into familial bonds and tragedy.

For our exclusive interview, Clio Barnard discusses how Dark River came to be, assembling her top-notch cast of actors, and how her canvas is as much of a character as Alice is.  This is one film and interview you won’t want to miss!

Dark River releases to theaters June 29, 2018.

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Hollywood has been inundated with scandal and sadness for the last long while, therefore this episode, we’re bringing forth the joy! We are going to share some of our favorite stories we’ve found revolving around Hollywood. Possibly a celebrity doing something for a child, a fascinating story behind a production, or a celebrity's personal triumph. This is about sharing some favorite Hollywood behind-the-scenes stories!

Also this week: Our review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, MoviePass vs. AMC, July 4th classic films, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl turns 15, a special HO announcement, and much more.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 43:04) Film and TV Discussion: July 4th classics, MoviePass vs. AMC, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl 15th Anniversary
  • (43:05 – 1:02:23) Review of Jurassic World | Upcoming Releases: Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Uncle Drew, Mohawk, Legacy of the Whitetail Deer Hunter
  • (1:02:24 – 1:35:23) From The Outside In: Favorite Behind the Scenes Stories
  • (1:35:24– 1:45:42) Recommendations | Announcement | Outtakes
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If you remember back in the 80s and 90s, television began the trend of discussing “True Crime” events through dramatizations on shows like Unsolved Mysteries or as docuseries such as Cops. There have always been shows devoted to investigative reporting, yet it seems as though this was the moment when the genre of “True Crime” truly began to percolate.

The genre continued to explode, arriving at our current moment with juggernaut docuseries such as Making a Murderer and Evil Genius, and also scripted true crime shows revolving around the O.J. case and Versace. As both a writer and podcaster in the world of True Crime, Kevin Flynn of …These Are Their Stories and Crime Writers On drops by to discuss the explosion of “True Crime” over the last few years.

Also this week: reviews of Tag, Killing Eve and Flint Town; Doctor Sleep and Dolemite casting updates; S-Town launches into film; new releases, and much more.

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In 1995, Pixar released their first feature-length film, the computer animated classic Toy Story. Soon after, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 released in quick succession, with titles continuing to drop annually. The studio revolutionized animation for the modern generation, and in 2006 was purchased by the previous dominator in this arena: Disney.

Over the past 20-plus years, Pixar has racked up billions in box office receipts, and even more in memories for movie fans. This week, four of pick our two favorite Pixar classics, and break down what is the greatest Pixar film in history!

Also this week: DC loses Geoff Johns, Anthony Bourdain and the legacy of food in entertainment, Matthew Vaughn reboots Kick-Ass, reviews of Hereditary and Ocean’s Eight, and much more.

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Yellow Birds stars Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan as Brandon Bartle and Daniel Murphy, two young men whose bond is strengthened by their tour overseas in Iraq. But as often happens in war, tragedy strikes, and we then watch as Bartle leads us to the pieces of a looming mystery as to what exactly happened overseas. The film also stars Jennifer Anniston and Toni Collette.

For this interview, Aaron sits down with director Alexandre Moors to discuss getting his film made, how he ended up with such a stellar cast full of actors from such recent films as Han Solo, Ready Player One and Hereditary, and why this story was an important one to tell.

The Yellow Birds arrives in select theaters and on demand on June 15th, 2018

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Who doesn’t love a heist?!

Over the course of entertainment, one thing has been universally proven to be an absolute certainty: people wanna steal stuff! Ok, we know we shouldn’t, and most of respect the law and our personal freedom enough to never try. But movies and television afford us the opportunity to live vicariously through these outlaws as they proceed to get rich fast and easy.

This week, we dive into heist movies and why we love them. We also discuss why it is no one seems to feel too bad for the person actually being robbed, and conclude our thoughts by discussing the best and worst heists in film history.    

Also this week: the fallout from Roseanne, Netflix is getting greedy, Top Gun 2 and Legally Blonde 3 gain traction, Jurassic Park turns 25, Walking Dead loses Rick Grimes, upcoming releases, and much more.

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Hunting ISIS follows a group of veteran and civilian volunteers who smuggle themselves into Syria and Iraq to fight against ISIS alongside local militias. Through the eyes of American fighters embedded with the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, and medics supporting a coalition of local forces in Iraq, Hunting ISIS follows these men as they begin the difficult push to retake ISIS’ capital cities. New episodes air Tuesdays at 10PM Eastern on the History Channel.

What is most interesting about Hunting ISIS is these brave men are not doing it for pay, they’re doing it because they believe in the cause. Each and every day, they wake up to face the possibility of death or imprisonment, and they continue forward. Not only does the series showcase the mission of these men, it also directs audiences to additional information about the conflict, and what it means for the world at large. 

For this exclusive interview, host Aaron Peterson sits down with  director, Sebastiano Tomada and Deirio Films producer Christopher Leggett to discuss developing and filming Hunting ISIS, where the threat of war loomed over every frame.  

This is one interview you won't want to miss!

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Have you ever been so excited for a film, you can just about taste the franchise potential? Maybe you left the theater giddier than you expected, or heard word on the internet that there would definitely be more of the world you fell in love with…only to never have it materialize?

Our topic this week is Franchises That Never Happened. Shawn Fuller from Horribly Awkward joins us to discuss those films that seemed destined for sequels or continuations of some sort, only to fail to live up to expectations in some matter, and therefore a franchise was dead before it ever had a chance to live.

Later on in the show, we dive into everything Deadpool 2! What we loved, what we shook our heads at, and what we want to see next from the Merc with the Mouth. If you’re a Deadpool fan, you won’t want to miss this.

Also this week: Zombieland 2 is on the horizon, TV networks keep crushing our dreams, upcoming releases, and much more.

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Dystopian

Relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

On this week's podcast, we discuss how we would survive in a dystopian universe. What would your plan be? Are there any films that present this scenario in a completely plausible way? We also take a look at this genre in detail, as in: why do so many people enjoy films about the collapse of society as we know it?

Also this week: Lego movie possibilities, gender flipping in remakes, a round of Movie Innuendo that will turn you Inside Out, new releases including Deadpool 2, and much more.

Join in as Aaron and John take the week off while Amanda Sink, Angela Wallock, can Courtney Davenport take over The HO on this latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 55:40) Film and TV Discussion: Movie trailers with false advertising, gender flipping in remakes, LEGO possibilities, and more } You Just Don't Get It
  • (55:41 – 1:10:29) Movie Innuendo | What's This Movie | Upcoming Releases: Book Club, Deadpool 2, Show Dogs, Cargo
  • (1:10:30 – 2:04:37) From the Outside In: Surviving In A Dystopian Universe
  • (2:04:38 – 2:18:00) Recommendations | Closing | Outtakes
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Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are both here, so what better time to discuss the evolution of television families?

We all remember watching various families on our favorite TV shows, but why did we connect with some over others? What was it about this obviously fictional yet familial bond that, often times, felt more real than our own?

This week, we discuss how our beloved TV families have evolved over the years, from safe sitcom messages of the moment, to modern-day issues where it seems every family has a criminal mastermind behind it. 

Also this week: Movie trailers and their lies, why do we still care about box office records, reviews of Tully and Anon, and much more.

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

 

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 24:19)Film and TV Discussion: Bill Cosby is kicked out of the Academy, movie trailers keep lying to us, and why are box office records still a thing  
  • (24:20 – 41:10) Spoiler-free reviews of Tully and Anon | Upcoming Releases: Breaking In, Life of the Party, Dark Crimes, The Escape, and Revenge
  • (41:11 – 1:20:16) From the Outside In: The Evolution of the Television Family
  • (1:20:17 – 1:37:42) Let’s See Where This Goes | Recommendations | Closing
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With the largest opening in history, everyone is talking about Avengers: Infinity War. So we thought, as we celebrate 10 years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let’s go back to the beginning and look at how we got here.

This week, we discuss all of the films BEFORE Infinity War. We begin with Iron Man, and how Marvel gambled on a risky talent by the name of Robert Downey, Jr. While he is beloved worldwide for his portrayal of Tony Stark, as well as many other projects, he was very much an actor studios were leery of. By staking the entirety of their future on him, they hedged what turned out to be one of the greatest bets in cinematic history.

From here we move on to discuss everything else Marvel has attempted to do in the past 10 years. From their struggles – recasting Bruce Banner and War Machine – to their insane successes (what’s a Guardian of the Galaxy again?), we tackle it all on this extra-Marvelous episode that any film fan won’t want to miss.

AFTER this discussion, we take off the Spoiler Gauntlet and jump into Avengers: Infinity War! What we loved, what we loathed, favorite moments, personal experiences, and especially: what we thought of that ending! There is a lot to talk about this week, so take a listen.

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Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 1:07:27)Building A Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • (1:07:28 – 1:12:01) Avengers: Infinity War (Spoiler-Free)
  • (1:12:02 – 2:15:27) Avengers: Infinity War Spoilercast
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2018 has finally arrived at the greatest point of every cinemaphile’s annual indulgence, the Summer Movie Season! But with so many films coming out at this time, how is any self-respecting fan supposed to know what to see when there are so many options available? We’re here to help with our latest episode: the Summer Movie Preview!

We discuss each month in detail; every major release, as well as our picks of the smaller independent titles. May, June, July, and August all receive their fair due as we elaborate and debate on over 50 titles coming out this summer. We also reveal the Listener Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of Summer 2018.

Also on this week’s show: The Blacklist’s Amir Arison stops by to discuss his film 20 Weeks, which has just released to VOD, and why he felt it was such an important film to make.

Grab a pen and paper, because this is one episode you will want to take notes on. THIS is our 2018 Summer Movie Preview!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 30:19)Opening | May Releases | Say It Like It Is
  • (30:20 – 48:13) June Releases
  • (48:14 – 1:13:09) July Releases | What’s This Movie
  • (1:13:10 – 1:37:29) August Releases
  • (1:37:30 – 1:49:31) 20 Weeks Discussion with Actor Amir Arison
  • (1:49:32 – 2:01:26) Recommendations | Closing
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Summer Releases

May

4/27 Avengers: Infinity War

5/04 Overboard, Tully

5/11 Breaking In, Life of the Party

5/18 Book Club, Deadpool 2, Show Dogs

5/25 Solo: A Star Wars Story

 

June

6/01 Action Point, Adrift

6/08 Hereditary, Ocean’s 8

6/15 The Incredibles 2, Superfly, Tag

6/22 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Under the Silver Lake

6/29 Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado, Uncle Drew, The Hustle

 

July

7/04 The First Purge

7/06 Ant-Man and the Wasp, Sorry to Bother You

7/13 Hotel Transylvania 3, Skyscraper

7/20 The Equalizer 2, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

7/27 Mission Impossible: Fallout, Teen Titans GO! To The Movies

 

August

8/03 Mile 22, Disney’s Christopher Robin, The Darkest Minds, The Spy Who Dumped Me

8/10 The Meg, BlacKkKlansmen, Dog Days

8/17 Alpha, Crazy Rich Asians, The Happytime Murders, Captive State

8/24 Replicas, Slender Man

8/31 Kin

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This year, theaters are being treated to a monkey tearing down a skyscraper, an underwater hero who looks like a grunge rocker, and even Jason Statham quipping at a 70 foot Megalodon shark. In short, these films have plots that are insane.

On this podcast, we discuss the very concept of absurdity – can ANY plot work with the right cast and crew? Is it easier to accept a giant gorilla or robot trashing downtown Chicago if you have The Rock or Shia LaBeouf on hand? How crazy is TOO crazy? 

Also this week: Summer movie going habits, when do we quit TV shows we love, are TV revivals going too far, reviews of Traffik and Rampage, upcoming releases, and much more.

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Traffik follows Brea (Paula Patton), a journalist recently sidelined due to a distinct lack of immersion into her reporting. The timing could not be better when her boyfriend, John (Omar Epps), whisks her away for a lush romantic hideaway, tucked in the solace of the wilderness.

Happenstance meets tragic timing as Brea and John cross paths with a young woman seemingly pleading for help, and a conspicuous biker gang looking for trouble. After an intense encounter at a local gas station, the couple arrive at the picturesque retreat where a weekend of indulging awaits. An ill-timed visit from mutual friends (Laz Alonso and Roselyn Sanchez) proceeds a horrific development: Brea has found the desperate woman’s phone in her bag. As fate would have it, she has just arrived demanding the phone back. And she is not alone.

Traffik sets the board as any number of thrillers, as our heroes find themselves trapped in an isolated locale with a group of sadistic outlaws bent on their demise. What sets the film apart, are the very intense stakes at play for our characters amid the backdrop of sex trafficking. As tensions escalate, a tragic everyday truth emerges from beneath the fiction, and Traffik take an enthralling, yet decidedly pointed look at this modern true horror.

Traffik is pulse-pounding entertainment with an underlying message. And to elaborate on that message, as well as the film itself, is writer and director Deon Taylor. Responsible for the hit, Meet the Blacks, as well as its soon-to-be-released sequel, and the upcoming Dennis Quaid thriller, Motivated Seller, Taylor has been a filmmaker on the rise for several years. With Traffik, he veers into a complicated field of thriller meets education as our characters confront a very existential threat in today’s world: sex trafficking.  

Enjoy our exclusive interview with writer and director Deon Taylor as he discusses his new film, Traffik, releasing nationwide on April 20, 2018.

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40 years ago, television options were vastly different. Three channels, or maybe thirteen depending on where you great up, and not much else. If the President had a speech, your TV night was shot. As time rolled on, our entertainment options continued to gain traction, each decade taking another turn into more content. Once Netflix introduced streaming as a primary option, our choices exploded.

By the time 2018 is over, there will have been around 500 scripted television shows on the air. Between network TV, cable, premium, and now streaming, have we finally arrived at the place where we simply have TOO MUCH television?

Also this week: Westworld trolls its audience, The Rock opens up about his beef with Vin Diesel and we discuss how these dramatic tiffs influence us, Rogue One reshoots explained, reviews of A Quiet Place and Blockers, and much more.

 

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Very few directors have shaped pop culture, but even fewer could argue against Steven Spielberg as leading that field. From his early days in the 70s, Spielberg has gifted us with so many timeless classics, it has become increasingly difficult to determine which one, of so many wonderful films, is truly THE BEST.

Well, this week, we’re going to decide! Eight Spielberg films will enter the ring, each with their own case for the greatest. Could it be Jurassic Park, E.T., Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, or maybe even Raiders of the Lost Ark? After much debate, a final winner will emerge. This winner will be crowned The Greatest of All-Time! THIS is the Steven Spielberg Movie Battle Royale!

Also on this week’s show, we stay with the Spielberg theme by taking a look at his legacy, the variety in his filmography, and what he meant to us directly. We also dive into Ready Player One with our thoughts on his latest film, as well as offer a special announcement by show’s end. You won’t want to miss this magical episode of The Hollywood Outsider!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 31:09)Opening | Steven Spielberg and his legacy in film, Dramatic Spielberg vs Magic Spielberg, Spielberg’s effect on us | Movie Innuendo
  • (31:10 – 1:32:00) The Steven Spielberg Movie Battle Royale
  • (1:32:01 – 2:04:52) Ready Player One Reactions
  • (2:04:53 – 2:15:20) Recommendations and Announcement | Closing
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With two festivals in three weeks, we have watched a LOT of movies recently. So much that something dawned on us: in all of these journeys of the human spirit, why does the hero never walk away?

Think about it, does it make a hero less heroic if they reach a point where it’s just too much for them? Were there moments in a movie or TV show where a hero going forward seemed to be the absolutely wrong choice? Our topic this episode revolves around this very concept of when is it OK for a hero to walk away?

Also this week: Lord of the Rings TV is going to be very expensive, Steven Spielberg doesn’t believe Netflix should be eligible for Oscars, reviews of Pacific Rim: Uprising and Unsane, upcoming releases, and another wrong of You Just Don’t Get It.

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The South by Southwest Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Every year, thousands of fans arrive in downtown Austin, TX to partake in a couple of weeks of great music, technology, and film. For this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we take you along for our 5th annual deep dive into the heart of the film festival portion, and even further into the films themselves.

Over the course of nine days, the 2018 SXSW Film Festival screened 136 features, consisting of 89 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, and 6 US Premieres, with 49 first-time filmmakers. 98 shorts and 20 music videos will screen as part of 12 curated shorts programs. These 250+ films were selected from 8,183 overall submissions, consisting of approximately 2,476 features and 4,433 shorts. And - while we can't see them all - we have a nice sample to share with you of what came out of this stellar lineup of independent films. 25 films are on our docket this year, and we review them all...with more than a few surprises.

So sit back and relax. You're about to experience South by Southwest from the comfort of your own chair.

Find full details on the films discussed at  http://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/sxsw-2018-films-south-by-southwest/

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Aaron is joined by Zack Parkerson of Smirk and The Gaming Outsider to discuss the latest iteration of Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander. From thoughts on the Angelina Jolie to the differences from the current game incarnations, this is an episode no Tomb Raider fan should miss!

 

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Tomb Raider is finally here. A reboot of the Angelina Jolie franchise, many still have no idea that those films and now this new one are based on a very successful video game series. The problem is this: while books have numerous critically and commercially successful
films adapted from their works, and comic books have followed suit the last decade, video game adaptations are notoriously deemed poor imitations at best. If not bad, mediocre, and if not mediocre, simply not respected. So the question is this: Why can studios not seem to grasp how to properly adapt a video game to the screen?

Also this week: Walking Dead’s waning numbers, OJ Saying it wasn’t me it was the one armed man. Reviews of Thoroughbreds, Strangers, and Jessica Jones Season 2.


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Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

(0:00 – 25:22) Film and TV Discussion: Walking Dead’s waning numbers and when should we give up on shows, OJ’s imaginary friend may have been the killer, Let's see where this goes

(25:23 – 42:13) Review‖ Thoroughbreds, The Strangers Prey at Night, and Jessica Jones Season 2 , Upcoming movies

(42:14 – 1:10:50) From the Outside in: Where did Video Game Adaptations go wrong?

(1:10:51 - 1:14:15 ) Closing thoughts

 

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ICE follows Maddison Bullock's Bailey Grantham as her father allows a Russian coach to house her with a much wealthier skating partner in Peyton Shaw (Lisa Mihelich). The two women grow up together and become sisters of a sort, and are then forced into the world of competitive ice skating as they lunge towards a limited spot qualifying for the US Olympic team. Of course, there is a major obstacle along the way, which threatens to tear the two competitors and friends apart. 

For this exclusive interview, Maddison Bullock drops by to discuss her passion project, the obstacles to getting ICE made, and what it means to be a skater for your entire life.

ICE releases exclusively via Amazon VOD on March 17, 2018. Now, listen to our interview with the writer and star of ICE, Maddison Bullock. 

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The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) takes place annually in the city of Beloit, Wisconsin. Running for 10 days, typically at the end of Feb or the beginning of March, the festival plays 100+ films from over 25 different countries ranging from narrative features, to documentaries, to shorts, and even features a showdown between Illinois and Wisconsin filmmakers.

The films screen in a variety of local venues, so not only is a festival where a vast assortment of films can be found, but it also supports the local economy and involves residents as volunteers as well. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we turn a spotlight to BIFF and our thoughts on the festival, as well as reviews for over 20 films we screened there.

Also on this week’s show, we discuss Oscars 2018. Thoughts on the show, Jimmy Kimmel as return host, the winners, and we also reveal the winner of our own annual Oscar contest. It’s a packed episode with many great film recommendations that you won’t want to miss!

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For our first Movie Battle Royale of 2018, we decided to climb aboard the Oscar train and look at some of the Best Picture winners of decades past. If you took a single decade, and looked at all 10 winners, which film would stand the test of time to be crowned the greatest film of that respective decade?

So, this week, we’re discussion the Best Picture winners of the 1990s. A decade ripe with classics, but only 10 verified winners of The Academy Award’s top prize. Amanda Sink from SMIRK joins us to debate and decide on which one film rises above the others to win the title! Will it be Dances with Wolves, Silence of the Lambs, Unforgiven, Schindler’s List, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, The English Patient, Titanic, Shakespeare in Love, or American Beauty? You’re about to find out.

Also this week: fans can now have a Friday the 13th vacation, The Dark Tower and Blair Witch head to TV, another round of You Just Don’t Get It, and spoiler-free reviews of Mute, Game Night, and Annihilation.

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The Lodgers takes place in Ireland in the early 1900s. A family curse holds orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) hostage, sectioned off from the outside world as punishment for the mistakes of their long-deceased kin. The rules are simple: be in bed by midnight, allow no one past the gates, and if either of them attempts to escape, the other will be met with a vengeful retribution. There are spirits both within and surrounding the walls of their estate to ensure these rules are enforced at all times. When Rachel’s fate intertwines with Sean (Eugene Simon), a local war hero, she begins to believe it might just prove feasible to risk it all.

While Rachel and Edward’s plight is similarly horrific, they vary on the appropriate way to address it. Edward clings to his life, no matter how pointless it might seem, as Rachel grows stronger every day in the belief that it is a richer existence to taunt the prospect of death than to live solemnly on the outskirts of life. Vega’s performance perfectly captures a tortured soul on the cusp of maturity, dangerously on the precipice of rebellion. Milner’s character is much more desperate, losing his grasp on reality as he clings to his pitiful life of solitude and despair. Simon’s Sean spends most of his screen time both enraptured with Rachel, while bewildered at her conundrum.

Having the entirety of The Lodgers engulfed within a gothic atmosphere – bleak color aesthetic, tragic circumstances, ominous fog – affords director Brian O’Malley the opportunity to compliment his sleek visuals with meticulous audio cues that accent the dread carried within every frame. The film also bears the distinction of being partially filmed at Loftus Hall, an infamous “haunted house” in Ireland, whose natural look evokes feelings of paranoia both on screen and off.

For our exclusive interview, director Brian O’Malley discusses the complexities and inner workings of filming The Lodgers. He explains how writer David Turpin came to take part in scoring the film, deciding that Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner completed his fateful pair, and what it was like filming within the walls of a bona fide haunted house.

Take a listen to the interview below, and be sure to catch The Lodgers in select theaters and on VOD beginning February 23, 2018.

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Every so often, media and internet clickers come along to determine a movie coming out is “important”. Occasionally it’s very true, and other times it’s just an opinion or hype. With Black Panther now in theaters, and the general consensus seeming to be that it is an important film for many, it felt a good time to ask a simple question: When IS a movie important? Both to society, and to us personally.

Also this week: Television officially heads to VR via Robert Rodriguez and Darren Aronofsky, Fangoria magazine is reborn, another round of Movie Innuendo, and a spoiler-free review of new VOD thriller, The Lodgers.

For the second half of our show, we dive deep into the world of Wakanda! Marvel’s Black Panther has taken over cinemas across the globe, and it is time to decipher just what it all means. Is this the film many touted it to be? Or just another overhyped superhero flick? Find out as we discuss every aspect of this juggernaut of a film.

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It’s February. The month of love and heartache. And we’re a podcast focused on entertainment. Put those together and what do you get? An episode focused on the most emotional relationships in television, of course!

We discuss some of those relationships in TV that either broke or healed our aching hearts. Perhaps they filled our cups with joy, or maybe their angst flowed over into our own realities. It’s an intriguing conversation and there is no better time to discuss it.

Also this week: Star Wars gets another trilogy, Deadpool once again leads the charge in marketing strategy, reviews of Entanglement, The Ritual, and 15:17 to Paris, and much more.

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Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 29:24)Film and TV Discussion: The Game of Thrones showrunners take on Star Wars, Fifty Shades of Grey’s trilogy is complete, and Deadpool 2 teaches studios how to market
  • (29:25 – 47:41) You Just Don’t Get It | Spoiler-free Reviews of Entanglement, The Ritual, and The 15:17 to Paris
  • (47:42 – 54:29) Upcoming Releases: Black Panther, Mad to Be Normal, The Housemaid, Mom and Dad | What’s This Movie
  • (54:30 – 1:30:49) From the Outside In Topic: The Most Emotional Relationships on Television
  • (1:30:50 – 1:46:15) Recommendations | Closing
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On their first date, Alex and Zoe (Rachele Schank and Luke Brandon Field) adventure out to see a movie at a local theater. After the film, the couple find themselves trapped inside the theater for the night. Their adventure starts out light and comical as they search for an escape and quickly find themselves falling for one another. As they search for an escape, an unexpected twist abruptly changes the course of the night.

For this exclusive interview, Aaron sits down with the director of "One Last Night", Anthony Sabet. An up-and-coming filmmaker, Anthony discusses his path from abroad to LA, his pursuit of his dream to create this film, as well as how a personal event helped shaped this story that now exists.

One Last Night is releasing to film festivals currently, and look for it soon in other release options. Take a listen to our interview with director, Anthony Sabet.

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300

An adventure almost 7 years in the making, THIS is the 300th episode of The Hollywood Outsider Podcast!

On this grossly oversized episode, we drop the usual strict adherence to format and simply speak about the changes in entertainment since the show’s inception, as well as the evolution of the podcast itself.  

Also, we each pay tribute to all of the hosts of The HO, from the original run up until now, complete with scattered compilation clips from the best episodes throughout the years.

300 is one episode you do NOT want to miss.

THIS IS THE HO!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 54:05)Opening | Film and TV Discussion: How movies and TV have evolved since 2011, the evolution of streaming, and movie recommendations that moved us over the years.
  • (0:54:06 – 1:17:27) John Davenport
  • (1:17:28 – 1:50:17) Brian Williams
  • (1:50:18 – 2:34:54) Justin Macumber
  • (2:34:55 – 2:54:50) Scott Clark
  • (2:54:51 – 3:11:33) Aaron Peterson
  • (3:11:34 – 3:41:18) Closing Thoughts | Thanks for the Memories
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Last year, we debated on how, if we were to drop ourselves into a movie, we could defeat an iconic movie villain. It was a difficult task, though with a little creativity and a box of flies, we were able to fend off evil fairly successfully.

This year, we wanted to turn the tables. The villains rarely win, which means heroes are far more difficult to bring down. Therefore, on this episode we put ourselves firmly in the shoes of supervillains and megalomaniacs everywhere and determine exactly how we would bring down iconic movie heroes such as Iron Man, Batman, Harry Potter, James Bond, and even Luke Skywalker!

That’s not nearly everything. We also have a report from RRStar.com reporter Adam Poulisse on Sundance and films Hereditary, Minding the Gap, and Piercing; discussion on Oscar snubs, Netflix’s goal to change the industry, MoviePass’ latest move, and Breaking Bad’s anniversary; as well as reviews of Open House and Hostiles.

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One of our most popular episodes of each year is our film and television release extravaganza, the episode where we break down the most anticipated movies and TV series debuts of the entire year. And with 2018 in full swing, it’s finally time to look ahead to these exciting releases still to come in 2018!

And for that, we have two guests to help wind our way through this cavalcade of entertainment. We kick things off with Shawn Fuller of the Horribly Awkward podcast, as we dive into anticipated films like Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ocean’s Eight, Tomb Raider, Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World 2, Deadpool 2, and a whole lot more.

Then, we move over to television as Troy Heinritz of The Blacklist Exposed and Beyond Westworld joins in to debate shows such as: Sharp Objects, Castle Rock, Jack Ryan, The Alienist, Maniac, and even the return of Roseanne.

All of those titles are just the tip of the iceberg! We’re discussing over 40 new movies and TV shows releasing in 2018 on this episode, so bring a notebook because we’re about to help you plan your entire year in entertainment!

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 38:59)Opening | Top 10 Audience Most Anticipated 2018 Film Releases
  • (39:00 – 1:18:32) Host Most Anticipated Releases | Bold Predictions | What’s This Movie
  • (1:18:33 – 1:51:24) Top 10 Most Anticipated New Television Shows of 2018
  • (1:51:24 – 2:25:21) Host Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2018 | Bold Predictions | Closing
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Aaron introduces his latest podcast, Smirk, now available on your podcast app of choice, or at SmirkPodcast.com

Magic. Wonder. Endless possibilities. This week, Amanda tells a story about a young boy, who imagination has awoken a spark of sorts. By the time she hits the hyperdrive to reach her moral, we will all recall that blinding innocence we held as a child. 

Welcome to Smirk. A podcast that covers society and culture through a storytelling lens. Part creative writing, part discussion, and always interesting. Each week our hosts brings a story to the show, a story they wrote themselves. These stories can cover any topic the host wants to discuss, it can be lighthearted or more serious. No one but the author knows if these tales are truth or fiction, and part of the fun is guessing while you're listening before the reality is made clear.

We want to hear from you! If you want to share YOUR story, join the conversation by writing in to mystory@smirkpodcast.com, and include your moral, or you can let us guess at it. This is the podcast that looks at truth, fiction, and reality. With a Smirk. 

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This week, we decided to delay our previously scheduled format until next week, as a member of The Hollywood Outsider family has passed on. We did not feel it appropriate to air a normal show, given the circumstances, so instead Aaron and Scott sit down to share their thoughts on the loss of a founding member of the show. We conclude with a respectfully edited re-airing of Justin Macumber's farewell episode, and we encourage you to dive into his collection of books and articles.

As you listen to this episode, several of our hosts also wanted to share their thoughts on Justin with his audience. You can find those below.

John

My experiences with Justin started as a listener of the Hollywood Outsider. He was the voice that I loved disagreeing with…but most often he made me crazy when I had to agree with him. His insights and appreciation for pop culture helped make the show what it is today. It was a pleasure and an honor to share the few episodes I could with him. A great wealth of knowledge has been lost, fare thee well Justin.

 

Brian

My involvement with The Hollywood Outsider has afforded me countless unique experiences, laughs, and friendships over the years. One of those treasures was Justin Macumber. (My God, he would never let me forget that compliment lol).

If there was one thing Justin and I were guaranteed to have a good time doing together, it was making Aaron frustrated. We would finish the pre-show greetings and sound checks. Everybody’s ready to get started. All’s quiet. Aaron would inhale and then…

“UTINNI!!!”

The Star Wars sound bite that would trip up Aaron’s focus enough to the point of having to do multiple retakes. It never quit being funny (even though Aaron would say otherwise). Justin’s cackling laughter always made it worth the cost of whatever eye rolling I could feel Aaron sending my way. His honest laughs were so infectious that you could not help but join in and I knew comedy gold was struck when I heard that loud laugh.

Things weren’t always fun and games. There were heated moments for sure. There were times I would feel like FedEx-ing a throat punch to him. As with any family, you have your ups and downs. The Hollywood Outsiders are no different. But by the end of the night, there was usually a priceless and hilarious discussion that never seemed to get recorded. He was always in the middle of it – if not leading it. And a “goodnight” to everybody that sometimes included a “love you guys”.

It’s hard to believe I write this having spent hundreds of hours with Justin, yet never even had lunch with him in person. That’s one of the interesting things about the time we live in. You can have a meaningful bond with someone you’ve never physically met. We got to see him chase his dream of being a published author. Consoled him as he worried about his wife’s own health scare. Shared Christmas gifts with one another. And now he’s gone. It’s not fair.

We’ll never get to hear his squeaky chair; hear him softly sing “It’s Been Awhile” anytime that phrase was said; or introduce himself with his own theme music again. And that is a hole that’ll never be filled (that’s what she said *wink*).

We love you.

We miss you.

Farewell, my friend.

 

Aaron

Many years ago, we were putting together a podcast to talk about entertainment, and we needed a voice. Someone distinct, insightful, contemplative, occasionally combative, and passionate. Scott knew a fella who had already established himself in the podcast community with his show catering to writers, and his name was Justin Macumber.

With Brian in the mix, we all clicked almost instantly, each of us taking swipes at each other’s tastes, and often Justin and I specifically would engage in heated debates that would ultimately end in no winner declared, but everyone listening laughing hysterically. Or ironically. One of those. The truth of the matter is, there were times we each probably wanted to lock each other in the LOST hatch, but more times than not, we were smiling and over it in minutes. We are both very passionate about the things we love, and as a person who loves a good debate, Justin was always a stellar sparring partner.

Along the way, he also became a friend. He loved to tell me when I was wrong, and no topic was off limits. I recall once we even had a hefty argument over my parenting choices, which in hindsight was pretty hilarious because of how ridiculously inappropriate his advice was. At the same time, there were numerous instances where Justin and his “so left he’s leaning sideways” manner helped me see sides to a subject I never would have considered, had he not persisted in only that way he can.

We ended up bonding over numerous interests, and we even did a few side projects together. Those efforts led directly to my friendships with Troy, Wayne, Darrell, and many others. Looking back, it’s amazing to think of the many branches a single relationship leads to. It all culminated in a trip to SXSW where we spent 5 days together watching movies and having a lifetime of experiences.

Over the past two years, I have witnessed his hardships and struggles, and the impact they took on both his body and his unwavering soul. Even things he loved with every fiber of his being – Krista, Star Wars, Superman, his books – ceased being everyday topics of discussion. For a man so in love with dreams and the limitless possibilities in the stars, life’s harsh realities were taking a toll.

I have been trying to put the words together to express what it means to lose a friend you have public discussions with every week, but too many of you already know. Over the past day, such an amazing arsenal of support in every corner of the internet has popped up, reminding those who knew him who he was, and those who didn’t what they missed.

But unlike so many of our friends and family who have passed, Justin is not lost to the ether. He has left an indelible mark on his community of fans in numerous forms. Between his work on Dead Robots Society and The Hollywood Outsider, his passionate voice can live on. With his many published books, his vision, words, and artistic drive can live on. And with the family, friends, and fans he has left behind, his memory will live on.

Even though he doesn’t believe in an afterlife, I pray there is one. So he can look down and see all of this praise, because you know he would absolutely love it. I also want him to read this and know that I was so looking forward to him healing and coming back for another episode, debating with vigor those things we each love. I will miss having that sparring partner. But mostly, I want him to see that I finally used his stupid Oxford comma in this post reasonably, often, and appropriately.

As you would always tell me, Justin: For that, you are welcome.

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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we revisit 2017 as we present The 2018 HO Awards for the best and worst we saw in film and television. From the explosion of quality content on TV, to the implosion of mediocrity scattered about, to an overload of greatness in theaters – THIS is the only podcast awards you need to listen to!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 26:56) Opening | Television HO Awards
  • (26:57 – 40:07) In Memoriam | Hollywood Outsider Podcast Awards
  • (40:08 – 1:23:44) Film HO Awards
  • (1:23:45 – 1:32:30) Listener Awards | HO TV Series and Movie of the Year
  • Email us your thoughts on the episode, answer our ‘What’s This Movie?’, or suggest a topic to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to exclusive bonus content, including a bonus monthly episode and Bad Movie Night, by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Follow along with the show as we discuss the following categories:

Television 

  • The Next MUST SEE show
  • Favorite Actor
  • Worst Actor
  • Biggest Badass
  • Worst Show
  • Top 5 TV shows

 In Memoriam - Which celebrity death hit you the hardest?

 The HO Podcast Awards

  • Favorite Topic of 2017
  • Least Interesting Topic of 2017
  • Favorite HO-related Memory of 2017
  • Favorite overall episode of The Hollywood Outsider of 2017

Film

  • Best Line
  • Best Use of a Tired Cliche
  • The Best Physical Effect or Stunt
  • Best Use of CGI
  • Worst stunt or CGI
  • Best Badass  
  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Worst Actor 
  • The Coherence Award (Best Unknown Film)
  • Worst Film
  • The Top 10  

 Listener Awards for 2017 

  • Top 5 TV Series  
  • Entertainer of the Year 
  • Top 10 Films  

HO TV Show of the Year  

HO Movie of the Year

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We are taking the week off to prep for next week's The Hollywood Outsider Awards, but that does NOT mean you will not receive something to ring in your new ears! For this extended bonus episode of our show, we look back on four of our most popular topics from this past year.

We kick things off with our Marvel Sidekicks Movie Battle Royale from episode 270. Everyone has their favorite hero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but what about those underserved heroes BEHIND the heroes? Listener Reece joins in and by the end of our debate, we will have crowned our own champion.

Then we turn to television, as we discuss who maintained the strongest father-child relationships on television from episode 275. It's a heartfelt discussion with plenty of laughter, as Aaron's SMIRK podcast co-hosts join him to debate which TV dads have done the best job of creating a bond with their brood.

Our most popular episode of this past year, was also our most controversial as we hopped into a Delorean and headed back to 1987 to discuss our favorite movies and TV from that era.

And finally, we close out with SONG! What is the greatest original movie title song of all time? Could it be Ghostbusters? Or Purple Rain? You're about to find out as long-time listener Tammy joins in to help us crown a lyrical champion in another smashing Movie Battle Royale!

If you are new to the show, this is a highlight reel of what listeners enjoyed earlier in the year. And if you are a long-time listener, enjoy four of your favorite topics all in one episode! And be sure to come back next week, for our 2018 HO Awards!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

 

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On the CBS series, Elyes Gabel stars as Walter O’Brien, a genius leader of a team of brilliant misfits who function as the country’s last line of defense against high-tech threats. As Team Scorpion, these members of Homeland Security’s think tank solve the nation’s crises, as well as try to fit in. With a great cast including Katharine McPhee and Robert Patrick, Scorpion currently airs on Mondays at 10pm Eastern.

For this episode, we are talking to the founder of Scorpion Computer Services, and the executive producer and inspiration for the CBS television series, Scorpion, Walter O’Brien.

Walter has led a pretty exciting life, and during our interview we talk about much of it. He discusses his past as a hacker, how Scorpion Computer Services came to be, creating a television legacy that also functions as a recruiting tool, he answers a few listener questions, and of course, where he goes from here.

If you want to hire Walter and his think tank, head to ScorpionComputerServices.com or ConciergeUp.com to find out more.

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Characters on television often fit squarely into the box of hero or villain. Over the past decade, numerous former villains have evolved and even redeemed the past deeds, redeeming themselves to many viewers. But are they truly redeemable? Or are we just blinded by our fandom? As we wrap up The HO for 2017, this is our closing discussion.

Also on this week’s podcast: The Fox and Disney merger is a go, so what does that all mean, everyone is screaming about spoiler, so we settle what a spoiler actually is, reviews of The Greatest Showman and Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, new releases, and our hearts do go on as we discuss a very special significant anniversary!

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

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As the iconic title crawl tells us, The First Order is back on top despite the destruction of Starkiller Base in The Force Awakens. They’re now attempting to eradicate any remnant of The Resistance to gain full control of the galaxy. Rey attempts to convince a calloused, crotchety Luke Skywalker to help aid in the fight, and Poe fights under the command of Leia. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren suffers from his injuries sustained the last time he squared off against Rey. He’s also under the thumb of the mysterious Snoke, who treats him more like a whipped dog than an apprentice. With this setup, Episode VII: The Last Jedi begins!

On this episode, we dive into the biggest film of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There have been many ravings and frustrations over the latest saga in the Star Wars universe, and we are not shying away from any of them. Rey’s journey, Kylo’s plan, Luke’s arc, and what it all means for returning favorites like Poe and Finn.

Nothing is off limits as we discuss what we loved AND loathed about this latest adventure in a galaxy far, far away. Also joining us, are a few fans with their mini-reviews to showcase a wide range of disruptions in the force.

This is one podcast no Star Wars fan should miss!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • Rian Johnson’s take on the middle entry in the latest Star Wars saga
  • Each major character and their arc: Rey, Kylo, Finn, Leia, Luke, and more
  • Fan reactions and if they are justified
  • Best and least favorite moments
  • Where should the franchise go from here?
  • Read Scott’s review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi HERE
  • Listen to our Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Rogue One podcasts
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As DC has struggled on the big screen, they have exceled on television. What you might not know, is that there were numerous attempts at a DC TV universe before Arrow and The Flash. So why didn’t those work? On this week’s podcast, we’re going to dive into this conundrum.

Later, Attorney Gordon Firemark of Entertainment Law Update stops by to discuss the rash of harassment claims upending Hollywood as of late. He takes us through the moral clauses of studio contracts, repercussions for accusers, and what should happen if an entertainer was falsely accused on an indiscretion. You will not want to miss this.

Also on this week’s podcast: Quentin Tarantino wants an R-rated Star Trek, DC Films shakes things up again, spoiler-free reviews of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Disaster Artist, and this episode would not be complete without our Psych the Movie Reactions and Review!

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

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Over 30 years ago, Peter Turner published a memoir on his relationship with screen icon, Gloria Grahame, titled "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool". Unlike most celebrity tales, this was not one rife with scandal or despair. This was a story about love, regret, and kinship. Over 30 years later, Peter's story has finally arrived on the silver screen. 

Annette Bening stars as Gloria Grahame, an aging acting icon who learns she is ailing. Rather than suffering alone, she calls on her former love, Peter (Jamie Bell), and requests to stay with him and his family. After taking her in, Peter begins to reflect upon the love they had before, pondering where it all went wrong. And more importantly, where do Gloria and Peter go from here?

For this exclusive interview, Aaron sits down with the director of "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool", Paul McGuigan. He discusses a myriad of topics including why this story felt like one he needed to tell, working with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, and what it was like having the inspiration for the story readily available. Also, Aaron talks with Peter Turner himself, to get behind the movie magic and discover the love behind the story, and what it is like seeing your own life on the screen. 

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool releases on 12/29 in LA and NY, and the film itself is a beautiful celebration of life and love. And to compliment this tale, enjoy these two interviews with the wonderfully engaging talents of Paul McGuigan and Peter Turner. 

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Every year, we love to celebrate the holiday season with our listeners, and there is no better way to do that then with our 4th Annual Holiday Special!

It all started with a random idea, as Aaron and Scott were big fans of holiday specials, yet podcasts seemed to skip over the idea completely. Therefore, we decided we can do whatever we want here at The Hollywood Outsider, so let’s create our own tradition and the Annual Holiday Special was born!

Every year we do a little something different, so this year, we are Building A Perfect Christmas Movie! We all know what we love or loathe in Christmas flicks, so what would make our nice list for perfection? You’re about to find out.

That’s not all, oh no. The Christmas spirit kicks into overdrive as we open up and share our personal memories of the holiday season, as well as stories that remind us of Christmas. And no Holiday Special would be complete without a visit from the big man himself, so get ready as Santa Claus drops by the studio to read a few HO listener letters and reply directly.

With a special game from John, a little whimsy from Aaron, Scott’s annual Christmas Poem, and a lot of fun from everyone – This is the one podcast you don’t want to miss this holiday season!

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • Building a perfect Christmas movie
  • Letters For Santa
  • Christmas movie memories
  • What do we want for Christmas, both selfishly and selflessly
  • Thoughts on Christmas decorations, traditions, and even cookies
  • Scott’s Christmas Poem
  • Our Annual Christmas Carol
  • (0:00 – 17:05)Opening | Introductions | Letters For Santa
  • (17:06 – 43:18)Building A Perfect Christmas Movie
  • (43:19 – 1:23:44)Christmas Memories and Ideas | Scott’s Annual Christmas Poem
  • (1:23:45 – 1:56:03)Christmas Cheer | Annual Christmas Carol | Closing
  • Email us your thoughts on the episode, answer our ‘What’s This Movie?’, or suggest a topic to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com or leave us a message at 818-814-6246.
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A young woman, who never knew her parents, discovers that she resembles an age-progressed photo in a "Missing Child" listing. After she meets the man who could be her father, her journey takes an unexpected turn. She uncovers secrets and lies in an attempt to find closure to her own disturbing past. 

For our exclusive interview, writer, director and one of the stars, Luke Sabis, joins us to discuss his new film, Missing Child, which is now available on Amazon, DVD, or Blu-Ray. Find more info at http://missingchild-movie.com/

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Nicolas Cage is one of the most elusive actors of our time. At times revered, at others unappreciated, he is often an artist near impossible to pigeonhole. As his extensive career spans decades, we decided to dive deep into this actor’s history and discuss the greatest roles in an enigmatic portfolio of performances.

And what better way to do that, than with a Hollywood Outsider Movie Battle Royale! Our hosts once again invite a guest to discuss our 8 favorite Nic Cage performances, and ultimately decide on the Cagiest Cage role in movie history! Get ready for a Nic Cage Match! 

Also on this week’s podcast: reviews of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Punisher, and Raw, net neutrality, The Raid’s Gareth Evans heads to TV with Gangs of London, VOD releases, and Aaron discusses his recent visit to the set of NBC’s The Blacklist!

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

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We might have taken the week off here from our 2017 Podcast Awards winning show, The Hollywood Outsider, but that does not mean we do not have quality entertainment to offer!

As you traverse the country, hunt for something to deafen family members, or just to ease the chaos of shopping; we have selected three of our most popular topics from earlier this year and combined them into on mammoth episode.

We kick things off with a quick review of Wonder and Radius, followed by those moments when our favorite TV shows jumped the shark. Next up, we discuss what it takes to craft a great season finale. And finally we arrive at the most heroic female characters in film and television.

If you are new to the show, here is a highlight reel of what listeners enjoyed earlier in the year. And if you are a long-time listener, enjoy three of your favorite topics all in one episode!

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Take a listen as we break down every character and major story beat from DC's latest offering in their Extended Universe, Justice League. Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, Flash, Superman, and even the CGI of Steppenwolf - it's all here, so enjoy!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • Overall thoughts on Justice League and the previous films of the DC Extended Universe
  • Each character’s arc: Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash, Steppenwolf, and even Superman
  • Plot choices and tones
  • Best and least favorite moments
  • What we want from the DCEU going forward
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As our team takes a week off, we did not want to leave fans without an episode to peruse as you go about your day. Therefore, after a review of the recent Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, enjoy this sampling of topics from our Patreon exclusive offerings. If you want to support the show and partake in bonuses like this, head over to Patreon.com/thehollywoodoutsider and join in!

We discuss respectful celebrity homages, bad movie dates, several recommendations of smaller titles, and television shows we have tried repeatedly yet just cannot seem to understand the love.

Also on this Hollywood Outsider sampler platter, you can hear an exclusive edition of our Bad Movie Night podcast! Each month we dissect and decipher a seemingly awful film, and try to understand why some just might love it. As we close out this episode, you can finally learn the details of the infamous "Jamie Lannister Incident".

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We all love TV shows, but sometimes we love a television series long after we should have parted ways on good terms. This week, we discuss when is that moment we walk away from a beloved TV show? Also, what current shows would we like to see changes from before we depart, as well as which ones we would love to see return in some form or another. 

Also on this week’s podcast: Aladdin turns 25, reviews of Thor: Ragnarok and A Bad Mom’s Christmas, Twilight Zone and Lord of the Rings return to TV, Disney is steamrolling theaters, women are finally claiming original spy franchises, and another round of Movie Innuendo. This time, in the form of Harry Potter!

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

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Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a cage match against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor find it in himself to escape his chains, defeat a planetary system bent on containing him, and reach home before Hela, his sister, destroys Asgard once and for all. 

For this bonus episode, Aaron, Scott, and John are joined by listeners Steve and Michael to discuss Marvel's latest opus. The film boasts a Guardians of the Galaxy-like tone, does it work to the film's advantage? Or does it hinder a franchise?

Everything is up for discussion as we head into the arena and battle it out over Thor: Ragnarok!

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Superhero mashups are becoming more and more prevalent these days. Hulk visits Thor, Batman visits Wonder Woman, Iron Man plays Uncle Ben in Spider-Man, they’re EVERYWHERE! But often times, studio rights keep our perfect pairings from ever happening. So this week, we pretend we live in a perfect world and discuss who our ideal superhero matchups would be!

And then, head over to Hawkins, Indiana as we discuss every single character and arc over Season 2 of Netflix’s Stranger Things. From Eleven’s journey to Mike’s absence to Bob Newby: Superhero. It’s all covered and things are about to get even stranger on this extended and spoiler-filled look at the biggest TV event since Game of Thrones!  

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Every Halloween we discuss horror movies and what we love or loathe about them. And every year, Hollywood doesn’t listen. But what if we held the power? The power to wield that axe like a maniac in a corn field? It’s time to put up or shut up, because on this episode, we are each going to build a perfect horror movie!

Also on this week’s podcast: Michael Bay is producing a Dora the Explorer movie, Magnum P.I. tries another reboot, Star Trek: Discovery opens the doors for network streaming channels, CGI takes on copyright lawsuits, reviews of The Archer, The Snowman, Wheelman, and 1922, upcoming releases including Jigsaw and Suburbicon, and much more.

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The Bachelors stars JK Simmons as Bill, a calculus teacher who is still reeling from the death of his beloved wife, and mother to their son Wes (Josh Wiggins). The film opens with Bill at his son’s bedside, explaining they need to make a change. So they pick up their life and move to Los Angeles where they begin anew at a private school run by Bill’s old friend, Paul (Kevin Dunn).

Bill and Wes both welcome new women into their lives in the form of Julie Delpy’s French teacher, Carine, and a damaged recluse in Odeya Rush's Lacy. Bill struggles to move on with his life, while Wes desperately wants to live again, and both women play a part in waking them each up to letting go of the past and embracing the moment.

The Bachelors is a very sweet film that takes a look at what happens when two people lose the most important person in their lives. It’s about grief, love, loss, and life.

For this exclusive interview, writer and director Kurt Voelker stops by to discuss his latest film, why the topic spoke to him, keeping grief grounded, and how he came into the stellar cast that makes up his film. 

The Bachelors is now available On Demand and in select theaters. 

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Haze is director David Burkman’s take on fraternity and sorority hazing. Shortly after another pledge has died while being hazed, we follow Nick, a new pledge who takes us through this journey of humiliation, debauchery, and occasionally brotherhood. We also follow Mimi, Nick’s best friend who pledges to the affiliate sorority so she can be closer to Nick. Unlike Nick, this doesn’t mean as much to Mimi, it’s simply a way to keep them together. 

The film follows both of them as they engage in numerous obstacles, parties, and even crimes, all while forgetting to handle their studies, and ultimately leads up to Hell Week. Also, Nick’s brother Pete is trying to bust the fraternity doing anything that will bring them down. 

For our exclusive interview, writer and Director David Burkman dropped by to break down his new film and why college hazing was such a personal story to tell. We discuss making the film, as well as how realistic many of these hazing rituals actually are. Don't miss Haze, which is now available on VOD and in selected theaters, nor this interview with David Burkman.

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Fan theories have been around forever. When you’re watching your favorite TV series or movie, and you’re left with an unanswered question, where does your mind wander? To solutions, of course! This week, we discuss some of our favorite fan theories over the years, and even a few we are thankful never materialized.

Also on this week’s podcast: Marvel plots a Hulk trilogy in mysterious ways, a Settlers of Catan movie is underway, reviews of Happy Death Day, The Babysitter, Haze, upcoming releases, recommendations, and after our normal show, we discuss the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein accounts.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 19:29) Movie and TV Discussion: Marvel is working up to a Hulk trilogy, Sony is putting together a Settlers of Catan movie, and more
  • (19:30 – 1:04:11) From The Outside In Topic: Favorite Fan Theories
  • (1:04:12 – 1:49:58) What’s This Movie | Reviews of Happy Death Day, The Babysitter, Haze | New Releases: Geostorm, Only the Brave, The Snowman, and Boo 2: A Madea Halloween | VOD Releases: Leatherface, Let Her Out, Jungle, Creep 2
  • (1:24:19 – 1:41:29) What’s Too Far | Recommendations | Closing
  • (1:41:30 – 2:08:28) The Harvey Weinstein Effect
  • Listen to Aaron’s interview with Never Here director Camille Thoman, and M.F.A. writer Leah McKendrick and director Natalia Leite
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In Never HereMireille Enos stars as Miranda Fall, an installation artist who follows, photographs and documents total strangers for her respective pieces. Late one night after a show, her married lover Paul (Sam Shepard in his final role) witnesses a crime outside Miranda’s apartment. She then agrees to cover Paul’s witnessing of the crime as Miranda takes his place. After she partakes in a lineup - where she obviously cannot pick the offender - Miranda follows one of the curious men from the lineup and a new art project begins. As she comes to believe someone is stalking her, she ascertains that it could just be the man she believes to have committed the original crime, or is her own voyeurism finally getting the best of her?

Never Here is a film that wears it's shade of Hitchcock meshed with the more creative aspects of artistic expression proudly on its sleeve. It is very much a thriller, while at the same time serving as a thinking piece on voyeurism and many of our own beliefs that no one's privacy remains secret in this day and age.

Aaron sits down with the writer and director of Never Here, Camille Thoman. Camille has a unique canvas to showcase her film, as the basic construct is that of a thriller, yet there is much more at play here as it bleeds into feelings of paranoia and perhaps even shades of our own voyeuristic guilt. Camille elaborates on this blending of genres, why Mireille was the perfect choice for Miranda, and working with Sam on his final film.

Never Here releases in theaters October 20th, 2017.  Enjoy this exclusive interview with writer and director, Camille Thoman.

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What REALLY scares you? Not moments in TV or film, but actual and specific elements in entertainment that get us each and every time. This week, we discuss the things that unnerve or terrify us. Apparitions, pulled finger nails, bugs, and many other horrific items are about to be revealed.

Also on this week’s podcast: Harvey Weinstein becomes a scandal, Statham and Rock spin-off and out of Fast and the Furious, reviews of M.F.A., Better Watch Out, Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, upcoming releases, recommendations, and much more.

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Crying while watching a movie can be a horrendously embarrassing experience, or it can be a cathartic release. It’s the most vulnerable moment we have as viewers, to let our guard down and expose what hits us right in the heart.

On this week’s podcast, the guys turn the show over to Amanda, Angela, Amy and Courtney for a week as they dive into what brings us to tears in the theater. Happy tears, sad tears, all the tears will be debated as our quartet lead you down the greatest tearjerker moments in film. It’s our podcast, and we can cry if we want to.

Also on this week’s podcast: which film genres do we wish we were into, movies or TV shows you no longer admire, does violence in TV or film reflect society, are we done with Sherlock Holmes, upcoming releases including Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, Movie Innuendo, recommendations, and much more.

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What makes a great TV villain? Many believe it is the depths of evil one can go, while others believe it is how shrewdly a character can maneuver within the fabric of society, bending a weaker man’s will to their own.

On this week’s show, we debate who is the greatest villain on television over the last ten years, and many of our selections might just surprise you. Could Joffrey rule them all? Is Boyd Crowder just sly enough to eek out a victory? Ben Linus seems like a sure winner. But can you ever truly count out Rowan Pope? Find out on this week’s podcast, as we arrive at one ultimate winner for the Modern TV Villain Battle Royale!

Also on this week’s podcast: Tomb Raider finally showcases a trailer, Linda Hamilton returns to Terminator, release dates for John Wick and IT sequels, review of Friend Request, upcoming releases including American Made, Flatliners, and Till Death Do Us Part, recommendations, and much more.

After our normal show, we head back to Matthew Vaughn’s hyper-stylized take on spy flicks with Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Does the sequel cash in on the potential from the first film? Was Julianne Moore the right choice for Poppy? Is Eggsy evolving or is Harry weighing him down? We have different opinions on this one, so don’t miss the discussion.

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As the head of the makeup department, Anthony Pepe’s job is to bring all the crazy blood, deformity and loss of limbs to life that you see on television each and every week. Starting out wanting to be an animator for the likes of Walt Disney Animation Studio, on a whim he attended makeup school in Florida and found his passion in the ability to transform the human appearance. 

NBC's The Blacklist returns to TV September 27th, and we've got a special treat for you! Take a listen as Aaron is joined by his Blacklist Exposed co-host, Troy Heinritz, to talk with Anthony Pepe, the Special Makeup Effects head for The Blacklist! Anthony discusses his work as an artist, as well as some of the other films he's worked on (including Spider-Man and Hunger Games). He also shares how the Visual Effects team partners with him to leverage new and exciting to concepts to blend the use of the computer with the art of the practical. This and much more on this interview any fan of film or television should find fascinating. 

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Fall TV is finally here!  

We all love television, and fall is still the most popular time of year for new shows to release, giving us new obsessions to ponder for several months, as well as more than a few bombs to forget.

On this week’s podcast, Kyle Nolan from NoReruns.net joins us to break down this fall’s influx of new and returning shows. Law and Order, Lethal Weapon, Mindhunter, The Punisher, Ghosted, and Young Sheldon are just a few of the many TV shows we profile on this latest extended episode.

Also on this week’s podcast: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to Halloween, Liam Neeson retires from action films, Fatal Attraction and The Princess Bride turn 30, reviews of Mother, and the vitriol associated with it, as well as American Vandal, upcoming releases, VOD releases, recommendations, and much more.

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We all have those special places in our hearts for things we love. Puppies, beaches, clowns. And then Hollywood comes along and tosses Cujo, Jaws, and Pennywise into the mix, forever ruining these bastions of joy! This week, we discuss when entertainment ruins our happy place.   

Also on this week’s podcast: Star Wars gets a few more shakeups, Disney drops Netflix, Wonder Woman locks up Patty Jenkins, reviews of The Show, Little Evil, and The Orville, recommendations, and much more.

After our normal show, we turn our voices to Derry, Maine, as The Losers Club takes on Pennywise the Dancing Clown in Stephen King’s adaptation of IT. Does IT live up to the hype? Has faith been restored in the movie theater? Find out as we debate red balloons, the direction of the film, and the performances that everyone is talking about.

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Summer Movies of 2017 is officially in the bag, so how was it? Many people have complained that this was one of the weaker summers in memory, was it really that bad, or are moviegoers suffering from too much awesome?

We debate 2017 at length – where it stood, what was lacking, which franchises were born and which need to be put out to pasture, what caught our eye on television, and even our own favorite summer movie experiences. We then cap it all off with our annual Summer Movie HO Awards!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • Where does this summer end up for you, overall or vs last year?
  • What was lacking?
  • Best and worst summer movie experiences this year?
  • Which franchise was born for you, AND which one needs to either die or go through an overhaul?
  • Did anything stand out for you on TV this summer?

HO Award Categories
Most Memorable Scene of the Summer
The Head-Slam-Against-A-Wall Scene (worst or most nonsensical)
Best Action Sequence
The Darwin Award | Most Idiotic or Annoying Character
Best Supporting Character
Biggest Badass
Mr. Summer: Most Engaging Actor of the Summer
Ms. Summer: Most Engaging Actress of the Summer
Most Disappointing Film
Worst Summer Film
Top 5 Summer Movies
Listener Top 5

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As Game of Thrones sets sail for their final season, we have arrived to wrap up the past as we discuss all of the comings and goings in Westeros during Season 7. On this special episode, we take the major happenings over the past 7 episodes and discuss what we loved or loathed about our favorite heroes and villains in the Seven Kingdoms.

Unlike many podcasts, we will not be breaking things down chronologically. Instead, we take on each territory as we inch toward The Great War that has been prophesized for years. From Dragonstone to the Citadel, From the Twins to winter finally hitting King’s Landing, from Winterfell to the destruction of The Wall – it’s all wrapped up in this exciting series recap.

Jon, Dany, Cersei, Jamie, Euron, Tyrion, Sansa, Arya, even The Hound! The gang’s all here, and we’re ready to tackle this season in the most cutthroat way possible. Take a listen to our Game of Thrones Season 7 Recap and Reactions Podcast!

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  • Each territory covered on the series, and the happenings of the characters within each
  • The show has greatly sped up travel time, did it affect your enjoyment?
  • The special effects this past season as situations amp up
  • Is the show maintaining its strength now that the showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are in full command and George R. R. Martin's work remains unfinished?
  • Best and least favorite moments
  • Wants, needs, and predictions for Game of Thrones to come
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We have all been victims of bad advice from time to time, but movies and television are supposed to be where advice gets it right. They have time, money, and talent to toss out some of the greatest life-changing mantras in history, and we have come to expect greatness.

Unfortunately, that’s simply not the way entertainment works. So this week, we are taking a look at the worst advice in the film and television. Perhaps it was a little nugget of insight that was simply misguided, or maybe it was completely moronic. Regardless, these are the vocal tidbits that caused us to slam our heads against the screen in disbelief.

Also on this week’s podcast: Game of Thrones and HBO need to plug a leak, AMC wants to take on MoviePass, Deadpool 2 loses a stunt person, the New York Post questions if millennials appreciate classics, reviews of The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Logan Luck, Wind River, and much more!

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Back in 2014, Scott had the opportunity to interview the director of a documentary called Video Games: The Movie. Jeremy Snead's latest project has gone quite a bit further with an eight-part documentary series called, Unlocked: The World of Games Revealed. The format for Unlocked offers an original format, following Hollywood celebrities who dive deep into the video game industry. Jeremy agreed to again meet with Scott to chat about games as well as his work on the new series.

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Two decades ago, one of the greatest years in television and film occurred. Classics like Titanic, Men in Black, Liar Liar, L.A. Confidential and many others graced theaters. Seinfeld, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, South Park, and Friends took over our television sets. It was a prime time for entertainment.

For this special episode, we’re not only going to look back at the year, we are GOING back to 1997. With the magic of technology and time travel, this podcast is being presented to you directly from our HO Time Capsule vault to discuss and entire year in film and television.

THIS is 1997.

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 18:28) Opening | 1997 Hot Topics - Cuba Gooding, Jr, Crocodile Hunter, Tiger Woods, and Titanic take over the conversation
  • (18:29 – 32:29) Movie and TV News – Buffy the Vampire Slayer comes to TV, George Clooney bottoms out with Batman and Robin, South Park begins, Seinfeld ends, and ticket prices skyrocket
  • (32:30 – 1:22:17) From the Outside In – The Best and Worst in Film and Television in 1997
  • (1:22:18 – 1:31:27) What’s This Movie | In Memoriam | HO Game
  • (1:31:28 – 1:38:34) Recommendations | 1997 Events | Closing
  • Don’t miss our Dark Tower, Dunkirk and War for the Planet of the Apes spoilercasts!
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M.F.A. follows Francesca Eastwood’s Noelle, a shy college art student. Attending a campus party, Noelle is raped by a suitor and her life is irrevocably altered. Finding no solace within the school or her friends, she confronts her attacker with tragic results. Noelle is horrified, yet there is something of a tangible relief in knowing that justice has effectively been served. As she summons an emerging strength within, Noelle follows a new path as an avenger of sorts. A vigilante who can punish those who have so casually destroyed lives like hers, all while a detective (Clifton Collins Jr.) nips at her heels.

M.F.A. is screenwriter and producer Leah McKendrick's first feature film, as she continues her quest to build her resume with personal projects. For this exclusive interview, Aaron sits down with Leah to discuss her path to Hollywood as an actress, struggles within the industry, and creating her own opportunities in Hollywood. The conversation then turns to M.F.A. and why this film was such a personal story for Leah, the journey to get the film made, and what she hopes her thoughtful revenge story can accomplish on the topic of rape and sexual assault debates. 

You can find more on Leah and her work at LeahMcKendrick.com and the film itself at MFAMovie.com. Look for the film to release this October.

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Television has given us countless hours of drama, intrigue, and a whole lot of wonder. But sometimes, shows either leave us too soon, or they fail to address some of our biggest concerns.

This week, we take a look at those plot holes we’ve been left to ponder ourselves, rather than have them wrapped up in a neat little bow. What TV shows still haunt us as we are forced to accept we will never have true closure? These are the greatest unsolved mysteries in television.

Also on this week’s podcast: Miami Vice and The Karate Kid hop onto the nostalgia train, studios vow to fight Rotten Tomatoes, reviews of Kidnap, The Dark Tower, The Sinner, and much more!

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For this special episode, Aaron and Scott sat down with community members and die-hard fans Dustin Baker and Troy Heinritz to discuss the film adaptation of Stephen King's magnum opus, The Dark Tower. We take a deep dive into the long-awaited cinematic adaptation starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, and discuss our thoughts on the film both as casual and devoted fans. Stick around until the end, as Dustin recounts his IGN sponsored trip to the exciting New York premiere of the film!

  • Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Podcast:

    • The Dark Tower has met its fair share of critics, does it deserve such heated debate?
    • Nikolaj Arcel and his choices with both story adaptation and direction
    • The book influences and relevance, for both die-hard and casual fans. 
    • Favorite and least favorite moments
    • The casting of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey
    • Dustin recounts his attendance at the New York premiere of the film.
    • Be sure to read Dustin Baker's review on the film HERE
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Music gives a movie rhythm.  From the beats of a score to hum of the drum, music sets a movie in motion.

On this week’s show, we debate the greatest original title songs in film history. These were songs written specifically for their respective film, and sharing their name as well. What is the greatest title song? Ghostbusters, perhaps? How about Beauty and the Beast? Everyone loves Purple Rain. And never count out Against All Odds.

There are hundreds of movie title songs, but this week, we will put the set list to the test as we determine which one is the greatest in film history – THIS is the Original Title Song Movie Battle Royale!

Also on this week’s podcast: IMAX shows 3D the door, another button-pushing show is coming to HBO in Confederate, reviews of Ozark, Cut Shoot Kill and The Emoji Movie, and much more!

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 28:31) Movie and TV News: IMAX is moving away from 3D, the creators of Game of Thrones go for alternate history with Confederate, James Bond returns in 2019
  • (28:32 – 1:18:04) From The Outside In Topic: The Original Title Song Movie Battle Royale | Listener comments
  • (1:18:05 – 1:43:52) What’s This Movie? | Reviews of Ozark, Cut Shoot Kill, and The Emoji Movie | New Releases: The Dark Tower, Kidnap, Detroit | VOD Releases: Cut Shoot Kill, 68 Kill, Icarus, The Transfiguration | Actor Swap
  • (1:43:53 – 1:58:52) Recommendations and Outrage | Closing
  • Don’t miss our Dunkirk and War for the Planet of the Apes Reactions Podcast!
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Serena Brooks, an ambitious young actress, signs on as the star of a horror film with a crew of backwoods filmmakers that have worked together for years. When the cast starts disappearing, Serena has to become her character if she wants to survive. Cut Shoot Kill releases on VOD August 8, 2017

Aaron sits down with writer-director Michael Walker to talk about his latest film, and why he wanted to tell this story. Michael also elaborates on the struggles of independent filmmaking, assembling his cast, and the visionaries he has enjoyed throughout the years.

An insightful interview with a filmmaker on the rise, don’t miss this discussion with Cut Shoot Kill director, Michael Walker. Find more info at PangoFilms.com

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The 2017 San Diego Comic-Con has come to a close, and that means it is time to dive into the biggest news and trailers released at this year’s convention. From DC’s Justice League and Aquaman, to Stranger Things and Bright, to Ready Player One and The Blade Runner Experience, and finally to Marvel’s The Defenders and Avengers: Infinity War – THIS is the podcast for you!

That’s not all, though. We also have reviews of Atomic Blonde, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Girls Trip, and Sukiyaki Western Django. As well as discussing upcoming theater and VOD releases, before finally reflecting on our 6th anniversary as a podcast. 

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 7:02) Opening | PodcastAwards.com
  • (07:03 – 25:47) Scott’s Panel – Ready Player One, Westworld Season 2, The Blade Runner Experience
  • (25:48 – 1:02:14) John’s Panel – DC Movies (Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2), DC TV (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Flash), Stranger Things Season 2
  • (1:02:15 – 1:22:22) Aaron’s Panel – Psych, Marvel Movies (Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnorok, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel), Spawn, Jigsaw
  • (1:22:23 – 1:44:09) Brian’s Panel – Marvel TV (Inhumans, Defenders, Punisher), Bright, Orville, Star Trek: Discovery
  •  (1:44:10 – 2:05:30) What’s This Movie? | Spoiler-Free Reviews of Atomic Blonde, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Sukiyaki Western Django, and Girls Trip  | New Releases and VOD
  • (2:05:31 – 2:39:43) Recommendations | Closing | Thoughts on our 6th Anniversary
  • Don’t miss our Dunkirk and War for the Planet of the Apes spoilercasts!
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For this special episode, Aaron and Scott sat down with community members Scott and Emily Calgaro to discuss Christopher Nolan's latest film, Dunkirk. A noted history buff, Scott Calgaro elaborates on many of the events in the film as we each discuss our likes and dislikes of the choices Nolan made to bring his vision to the screen. From dog-fighting to capsizing, everything is on deck as dive deep into Dunkirk. 

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To pay respects to Mr. Romero, we will pay homage to the genre he created, the zombie film. Romero wasn’t the first director to take on the undead in this form, but he was the one who popularized it by setting his horde against the backdrop of societal and systemic issues plaguing us at that time. We discuss the evolution of the zombie craze, its oversaturation, and why it seems to have stuck along far longer than anyone expected.

Also on this week’s podcast: Doctor Who gets a gender swap, Aaron reviews The Big Sick, John takes a look at new releases Dunkirk, Valerian, and Girls Trip, Scott offers a new What’s This Movie and VOD release dates, and Stump the HO makes a triumphant return!

After our normal episode, stick around as we discuss our thoughts on the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere!

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War for the Planet of the Apes has arrived! Caesar, relegated to hiding from humans, takes the war to the man responsible for his personal tragedy, The Colonel. As Caesar begins to understand the weight of this war, he also begins to see a path to salvation for them all. 

For this special episode, we dive into the final film in the Caesar trilogy of the Apes saga. We discuss the themes and plot devices in the film, where the trilogy ends up, and the once again stellar performance of Andy Serkis. 

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We are deep into the heart of the Summer movie season, and there is no better time than now to dive into those clichés that drive us all nuts.

When we discuss clichés on this episode, that’s both good and bad. Sometimes a cliché can be a positive – things we love and cause a visceral reaction of joy. Other times, well, they’re Batman and Robin. Take a listen to our favorites on both side of that fence, and let us know any we missed in the comments.

Also this week, we debate if R-rated comedies are dying, discuss some significant anniversaries, offer our takes on better endings for favorite television shows, and much more.

After our normal episode, enjoy our Spider-Man: Homecoming reactions and spoilercast, as we try to spin our web-heads around Marvel and Sony’s team-up on everyone’s favorite wall-crawler.

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The Sabbatical follows James Pittman (James Whittingham), a professor who is forced to produce a photography book on his year off - publish or perish, as they say. With his wife (a charming Bernadette Mullen) busy working on a project of her own and his best friend submerged in family life, he makes fast friends with a carefree artist named Lucy (Laura Abramson). We follow James as he struggles to keep up with a much younger friend, and a mid-life crisis of sorts sets in.

The Sabbatical is a quirky character comedy that has a snarky, curmudgeon leading us through his crisis as he glides along with Lucy's free-spirit lifestyle. It’s a witty and charming ride as you grow to appreciate both characters as they learn a bit more about each other, and James about his own place in the world. 

Director Brian Stockton sat down with us to discuss his latest work, and and the unique take he and his fellow filmmakers took to bring The Sabbatical to life. We also discuss his journey in Hollywood, why a mid life crisis is the story he wanted to tell, touring his film in festivals, and much more. You can find more information at TheSabbaticalMovie.com

The Sabbatical is an engaging coming-of-age tale of a man well past his prime. Don't miss our exclusive interview with director, Brian Stockton.

The Sabbatical releases on VOD July 13, 2017. Find more info on the film at TheSabbaticalMovie.com 

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Game of Thrones has concluded Season 6 on HBO, and we are here yet again to break down this season in all of its glory. The story is hurtling towards an end game as numerous pieces are all now in play, so what did we ultimately think of how the board was set this past season?

The night is dark and full of spoilers on this special bonus episode of The Hollywood Outsider, as our 4 hosts discuss Season 6 of George R. R. Martin’s adaptation as a whole. What worked brilliantly, what didn’t, as well as predictions on who we believe will ultimately win this game. From a Three-Eyed Raven to Westeros to Meereen to Winterfell and The Battle of the Bastards, these are the many faced gods of podcast recaps you’re looking for.

Drink and know things while you listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider and subscribe below.

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