As Game of Thrones has completed its official journey through HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's classic novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, it is time for us to venture back and discuss the final season of one of the most celebrated series in television history. On this special episode, we discuss the major happenings over the course of this final season, and debate what we loved or loathed about our favorite heroes and villains - and heroes that became villains - as they struggled to defeat the Army of the Undead, the Night King, Cersei, and themselves all in the pursuit of the ultimate symbol of power: the Iron Throne!

Unlike many podcasts, we will not be breaking things down chronologically. Instead, we're taking the story from The Great War that has been prophesied for years, all the way to the Last War. From Winterfell to Dragonstone to King’s Landing and back to The Wall – plus thoughts and awards on the complete series - it’s all here in this exciting Season 8 and complete series wrap-up podcast.

Jon, Daenerys, Cersei, Jamie, Tyrion, Bran the Broken, Sansa, Arya, Euron, Brienne, 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 as we break down the final season of one of the greatest TV series of all-time, Game of Thrones!

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Summer at the movies.

All of us that are entertainment fans love this time of year. The biggest movies, full of spectacle and big-screen excitement, always seem to land right here. Though times have changed and summer keeps getting bigger, that does not always mean it's getting better. So this week, we take a look back at how the summer movie experience has changed over the years.

More than just reflection, we are going to break down our discussion by decade: the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. How have our trips to the cinema changed over past several decades? Ticket prices have surged, sure. But there is so much more that begs to be remembered and discussed. So get your nostalgia goggles ready, we're going back in time!

Also this week: a news roundup, TV cancellations, our review of The Hustle, and a round of 'You Can Do It', where we each take a film we're not fond of and add a positive spin. Come back next week for our Game of Thrones Season 8 Spoilercast!

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All of our favorite television shows have supporting actors we get behind: Jesse on Breaking Bad, Tyrion on Game of Thrones, Norm on Cheers, George Costanza on Seinfeld. Whenever you discuss the shows you love with friends, these are the supporting characters that will always float to the top of conversation. But what about the other supporting characters? Those that don't often find themselves on Best Of lists?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss the most unappreciated supporting characters on television, as well as what unappreciated even means to us. From shows like Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and many others, we debate why we love these respective characters and the actors who portray them, as well as why we think audiences never quite appreciated them.

Also this week: a news roundup, spoilers forget the rules, directors are lashing out at critics, reviews of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and The Intruder, and much more. Come back next week for our discussion on How Summer Movies Have Changed!

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This week, Tony Stark, Captain America, and the rest of the team take on Thanos for one last shot to save half of humanity. On our special spoilercast, we look at the highs and lows of the final chapter in this portion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stone by stone. And say goodbye to a few favorites. 

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2019 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 discuss some independent and streaming gems to look for this year, and reveal the Listener Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of Summer 2019.

Grab a pen and paper or your favorite app, because this is one episode you will want to take notes on. THIS is our 2019 Summer Movie Preview!

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Lost, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, Friends, etc. Hit shows have to eventually come to an end, and typically when they do, our expectations are high. We have endured this journey for years, and because of that, we each have a conclusion somewhere in the back of our minds. But when we finally reach that last episode, and anticipation has overtaken our own internal logic, how many TV shows actually end perfectly?

On this episode, we take a look at audience expectations on TV series finales. With Game of Thrones set to end in just a few weeks, millions of fans are gearing up for what they expect to be an amazing conclusion...but is that fair? Do the show-runners owe us a fantastic conclusion, or should they be allowed to tell the story as they see fit?

Speaking of Game of Thrones: after our normal show, be sure to listen to our new Patreon exclusive podcast covering the final season! We have released the first episode here to whet your appetite, and every week after until the finale, you will be treated to a new episode. Be sure to sign up to keep listening at Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider

Also this week: a news roundup, a listener asks us to rid the world of one actor each, review of Hellboy, and much more. Come back next week for our 2019 Summer Movie Preview!

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Set in West Virginia, Back Fork takes a brutal look at the opioid crisis affecting millions of people every day. Josh Stewart stars as Waylon and A.J. Cook portrays Nida, a married couple dealing with an overwhelming family tragedy. When coping proves impossible, pills find their way into Waylon's life to dull the pain. When he finds himself in a place he never thought possible, Waylon is forced to face his inner demons or surrender to his addiction forever.

You’ve seen Josh Stewart in films like The Collector, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as numerous TV projects like Criminal Minds, Dirt, and most recently Shooter and as that viciously likable foe John Pilgrim in the final season of The Punisher.

Stewart is also a writer and director, and his first project, The Hunted, revolved around a pair of hunters trapped in the West Virginia mountains with an unseen force. With his latest film, Back Fork, he returns to West Virginia and takes on a much more serious horror: opioid addiction.

On this exclusive interview, we sit down with writer-director-star Josh Stewart as he discusses a myriad of topics including his career, why the story of Back Fork was an important one to share, and why he loves shooting in West Virginia. This is an enlightening interview with a rising talent you won't want to miss!

 

Back Fork is now available on VOD everywhere. Listen or read the full interview https://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/

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On this week's episode, we take a look at the movie adaptations of arguably the greatest horror author in history, Stephen King. For several decades now, both readers and audiences have been terrified by the works of Stephen King, in all forms of entertainment. As with anything, not all of his adaptations click, and occasionally the results are scarier than the source material. But those that do, have become classic films that have horrified generations.

Because we love King, we left it to our listeners to decide the final eight films with which we'd handle our latest Movie Battle Royale, and the nominees are all great in their own way: Pet Sematary, The Mist, Misery, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Stand By Me, IT (2017), The Shining. Which will end up as the greatest Stephen King adaptation of all-time?

Also this week: a news roundup, Amsterdam takes on 5D, a Stephen King iteration of Movie Innuendo, reviews of Pet Sematary and Shazam, and much more.

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

  • 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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On this week's episode, we take a look at that weirdly connective phenomena which is known as the "TV crossover". Networks have utilized these for years as examples as to how to sell their television shows to people who might not be watching them: Mulder and Scully went to COPS, Angela Lansbury headed to Magnum P.I., and the CW combines an entire DC universe once a year. These events can often be nothing more than publicity stunts, but often times they create something beautiful. And we're going to throw our two cents in the mix, crossing over TV shows to create several brand new properties! Oh, we have some ideas.

At the end of our show, we then tackle Jordan Peele's latest opus, US. A film which follows Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide, a wife and mother headed back with her family to Santa Cruz, a place where tragedy struck her decades earlier. As they grow closer to the beach where everything happened, Adelaide begins to sense things are very wrong. When four strangers arrive that night in the driveway of their remote home, the terror of US begins to unfold.

A follow-up to his wonderful debut, Get Out, Jordan Peele again tackles societal discussion under the guise of horror to mixed results. Take a listen as we dive deep into Peele's complex mythology and debate what works and what doesn't in our US spoilercast!

Also this week: a news roundup, Apple TV+ is announced for the Fall, and The Matrix turns 20 years old.

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  • (0:00 – 22:49) Opening | News Roundup, Apple TV+ Announced
  • (22:50 – 50:11) Significant Anniversary: The Matrix Turns 20 | New Releases
  • (50:12 – 1:17:08 From The Outside In: Television Crossover Ideas
  • (1:17:08 - 2:06:33) Jordan Peele's US Spoilercast
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