As medical examiners Luis and Charlie explore a curious cadaver known only as John Doe, The Living Dead opens with the beginning of the end...and what happens after. An epic conclusion to the world created by legendary filmmaker George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow) and completed by celebrated author Daniel Kraus, this novel serves as the definitive cap on Romero's legacy of the undead. Visceral violence, taut emotions, and the magnitude of a clash of classes and identities permeate throughout this landmark accomplishment that finds its inherent themes as timely as ever. THIS is The Living Dead.

For our exclusive interview, Aaron sits down with author Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, Blood Sugar, Rotters) to discuss how an invitation from Romero's wife, Suzanne Desrocher- Romero, morphed into Daniel taking George A. Romero's story and utilizing his own words to bring this journey to a fitting conclusion. Romero created and popularized the modern zombie film, and the constraints of filmmaking limited his final vision for his world. Kraus, a vastly talented purveyor of fictional worlds in his own right, discusses molding this final novel from a glorious combination of visions from both artists into a seamless closure of five decades of societal horror. As well as his journey from a high school dreamer through many of his personal works, including the lauded stories conceived for The Shape of Water and Trollhunters, Romero's films and their impact on both society and Kraus himself, and much more. A candid discussion with an undeniable talent, our interview with Daniel Kraus is one you will not want to miss!

The Living Dead terrorizes book readers everywhere on August 4, 2020. Pre-order your copy before Aug 4th and upload your receipt HERE to receive an exclusive poster of The Living Dead created specifically for this release!

Direct download: Daniel_Kraus_The_Living_Dead.mp3
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The San Diego Comic-Con At Home for 2020 has officially come to a close!

This year, the San Diego Comic-Con had to adjust, and for the first time ever, brought the convention home to us all! With the greatest event in popular geek culture finishing its 2020 run, it’s time for us to dive into the biggest news, panels, and trailers released at this year’s convention. Spotlighted on this special episode are details from Comic-Con 2020 on HBO’s Lovecraft Country, Star Trek galore, The Boys' new aftershow, Keanu Reeves' Bill and Ted afterglow, Walking Dead's World Beyond, NASA and Space abound, The Blacklist, the Dresden Files, Charlize Theron's ascension to action star, and so much more. If you’re a fan of entertainment, THIS is the podcast for you!

Don’t forget to listen to recent episodes like our Movie and TV Character Team Battles or our look at what makes a great movie dance sequence. Come back later this week for an interview with The Living Dead author Daniel Kraus as we discuss completing George A. Romero's legacy!

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What makes a great movie dance sequence?

We've all been there, watching a movie, getting absorbed into the proceedings...and then it happens! Music kicks up, toes start tapping, hips start moving, and before you know it, we're grooving along with a fantastic dance sequence that almost forces us to join in! Dance sequences don't always work, but when they do, it's some of the most exciting and joy provoking experiences a film can deliver. On this episode, we're discussing what we love about them, and even bring up some of our favorites like Dirty Dancing, Saturday Night Fever, Magic Mike, and so many more!

Also on this week's episode: our new game Cancel It!, reviews of Yes, God, Yes and Cursed, a discussion on Tenet's latest delay and what it means for movie theaters, our HO Teachable Minute, and a special message from Psych's Dulé Hill.

Discussed on this episode

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In this week's episode, we're taking teams of movie or TV characters and pitting them into a fight of sorts - however we want! The concept of this topic originated in our Facebook group from a listener of who would win between the crew of Alien vs the crew of Predator. We decided to expand this idea into a great topic on the show, taking our own battles and listener battles to the ring. With $3 billion dollars in cash getting stuffed into the little bit of clothing that’s left, between Hustlers and Magic Mike XXL, who takes home the most? When Shawn and Gus (Psych) and Monk and Natalie both end up on scene, who solves the mystery first? Can the Power Rangers fend off the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or will they face demise?

Also on this week's episode: reviews of The Old Guard, Dirt Music, and Relic, and The HO Teachable Minute. Don't forget to sign up to become a Patreon member so you can receive all of the bonus content that is only available on Patreon, like our "Raunchy Movie Night" for July on Wedding Crashers.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 24:43) From The Outside In: Movie and TV Character  Team Battles: Part 1
  • (24:44 – 39:39) Reviews: The Old Guard, Dirt Music, Relic
  • (39:40 – 1:03:16) Movie and TV Character Team Battles: Part 2
  • (1:03:17 – 1:09:06) Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute | Outtakes
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Direct download: HO402_Movie_TV_Team_Battles.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27am PDT

What Are Your Favorite TV Catchphrases?

This week, we want to kick back, relax, and chat about our favorite TV catchphrases together. Every TV show has that great one-liner that sticks with us and we find ourselves repeating it in everyday life. The Simpson's "D'oh!", the infamous "How you doin'?" from Joey on Friends, and even more recent ones like "Come on son!" and "You know that's right" from Psych. Also on this week's episode: the movie hero game, reviews of Hamilton, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, Unsolved Mysteries, The Beach House, The Outpost, and The HO Teachable Minute.

Direct download: HO401_TV_Catchphrases.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:12am PDT

An adventure 9 years in the making, THIS is the 400th episode of The Hollywood Outsider Podcast!

On this grossly over-sized 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 as Aaron, John, and Amanda join up with former HOsts Scott Clark and Brian Williams to discuss all the years and memories of The Hollywood Outsider, as well as pay respects to the late Justin Macumber.

Complete with scattered compilation clips from the best episodes throughout the years, we make sure to give you an episode full of laughs, memories, and inappropriate humor.

400 is one episode you do NOT want to miss.

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

  • (0:00 – 1:01:01) 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, collections of outtakes from 400 episodes.
  • (1:01:02 – 1:31:51) Brian Williams and Scott Clark join to discuss the past 400 episodes
  • (1:31:52 – 3:08:48) Host Discussion | Thanks for the Memories
  • (3:08:49 – 3:17:22) Outtakes of the past 100 episodes
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Direct download: HO400.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15am PDT