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PODCAST | Was a new #StarWars movie secretly released over the holidays? We give you the lowdown on the must-see VADER: SHARDS OF THE PAST and what it means for Disney Star Wars a year after Last Jedi

PLUS: Who Won The Winter? Between #Aquaman, #BumbleBee & #IntoTheSpiderVerse we crown the winner of the holiday box office season.

Vader: Shards of the Past Review

Segment 1: Vader: Shards of the Past: The Best Star Wars Film Of The Past 5 Years?

We give you the skinny on VADER: SHARDS OF THE PAST, the fan-film that’s got the galaxy humming. What does it mean for Disney Star Wars and why is no one talking about it?

Segment 2: The Last Jedi: One Year Later

We look back at the most divisive, controversial Star Wars film ever released! Is the brand forever damaged? Or will the force unite the fan base with Episode XIV?

Segment 3: Aquaman vs Bumblebee vs Into The Spiderverse

Who Won The Winter? Between #Aquaman, #BumbleBee & #IntoTheSpiderVerse we crown the winner of the holiday box office season!

Segment #4: Spin The Racks

Sandra Bullock’s ‘Bird Box’ Viewed By 45 Million Accounts in One Week, Netflix Claims

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+ Is it a hit? Natalie Jarvey emails: If you ask Netflix, yes, the Sandra Bullock thriller was a popular choice for its 130 million subscribers over the holidays. The streamer claims that 45 million accounts viewed the film during its first week.

+ But also … While that certainly seems like a lot of viewers (34 percent of Netflix’s total membership base, in fact), the number can’t be substantiated by a third-party measurement company and doesn’t make it clear whether these accounts actually completed the movie or just sampled it before turning to old episodes of, say, Friends. Why did the notoriously tight-lipped Netflix choose this moment to share a rare bit of viewership data?

Some follow-up questions:

+ Matthew Belloni: “This boast tells us nothing about who actually viewed more than a minute or two of Bird Box. Also, Netflix does not submit to independent ratings verification, so we have to *trust* them. Or not.”

+ Rebecca Keegan: “I’m interested what a metric like this means for a filmmaker. Does Susanne Bier’s agent use this data as leverage on her next film? How does a traditional studio considering her for a project view it?”

Netflix Birdbox

The Punisher Villain Billy Russo Won’t Be Called Jigsaw in Season 2

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Don’t expect antagonist Billy Russo to be called character’s Marvel Comics nickname, Jigsaw, in the upcoming second season of The Punisher.

During a set visit attended by CBR, actor Ben Barnes revealed how the events of the Season 1 finale have changed his character, and explained why he won’t assume the Jigsaw moniker.

“The repercussions of the fight at the end of the first season are very much sort of marked on his face,” Barnes teased. “I think they tried quite carefully to figure out a way to have all the specific injuries from exactly what happened to him designated, to sort of leave a scar. You know, he got shot in the cheek at one point — a ricochet into the cheek — so there’s like a bullet wound hole in the cheek. By the end of the first season, we hear the doctor sort of over-saying, ‘He’s undergone many hours of surgery,’ obviously for the stab wound in his stomach but also on his face. So he’s had a plastic surgeon try to sort of fix him, so I think — like with all these stories — they’ve gone for… hopefully a more grounded sort of version of what that imagery would be.”

“I think also there’s a couple of other sort of interesting facets of that, one of which is that obviously we’re talking about a deeply narcissistic character in the first season who’s kind of — his mask of appeal, in terms of doing his hair and wearing the nice suits and all that kind of stuff has been stripped away from him and it’s about what he sees when he looks in the mirror, not necessarily what other people see,” he continued. “I think that they didn’t necessarily want it to be like a horror show; it’s about something more internal.”

“We don’t refer to the character in the series as Jigsaw, but he very

much has a Jigsaw puzzle in his brain, is the point,” he explained.

“It’s not necessarily about his face; it’s about the psychological, which

is the way they try to approach everything, I think — particularly this

season, even more so, I think, than last season. It’s about what’s in

his head.”

Arriving on Netflix in January, The Punisher Season 2 stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim, Floriana Lima as Krista Dumont and Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix.

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NEXT WEEK: It’s time to look ahead to 2019’s Blockbuster Comic Book Movie Schedule: Avengers Endgame! Hellboy! Star Wars Episode XIV and more!

 

 

PODCAST | It’s our post NYCC Hangover episode! Did you see the Aquaman trailer? Did you catch the 15-minute Dark Phoenix footage? We bring Jeffrey Kaufman, creator of Jolly Jane and NYCC exhibitor on to give you his take on the biggest show of the year!

PLUS: How about that record breaking Venom movie? We give you our full review and Easter Eggs. Plus: What’s next for the Venomverse?!

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Venom Movie Reaction

Segment 1

Michael and Hassan begin the show with a review of Venom. They look through different reviews from critics and then give their own take on the film. Both hosts have different feelings on the plot as Hassan questions Michael about the “good parts” to the film and how it was erratic. Plus, is seeing a free movie a waste of time?

Segment 2

Michael and Hassan continue the conversation about Venom. They go more in depth about the storyline (SPOILER ALERT!) and explain the areas of the film could have been better for all Venom fans to enjoy. The guys also compare Venom with other movies such as Ant Man and Deadpool. Also, a quick comment on the Easter eggs.

Aquaman Trailer Review

Segment 3

The NY ComicCon was last weekend and the guys review the biggest headlines, trailers, and characters of the event. Both Michael and Hassan were very interested in the upcoming Aquaman film as they talk about the aesthetics and potential plot from the five minute preview. Then they both dive into some X-Men talk and worry about the changes that may come to these films following the Disney-Fox merger, including Dark Phoenix.

Segment 4

Spinning The Racks: More ComicCon talk as Michael and Hassan debate on James Gunn directing the Suicide Squad sequel. Also, everyone agrees… MORE FEMALE SUPERHEROES!

 

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NEXT WEEK: We preview the upcoming Daredevil Season 3 and welcome How To Train Your Dragon’s Richard Hamilton to talk about adapting the famous animated films into comics.

 

It’s our post-ComicCon Recap! Aquaman! Glass! Shazam! Wonder Woman! Which trailer had you buzzing? Which panel stole the show? Which celeb appearance left you breathless? Hear our FIRST HAND account of the show (including closing the bar with Aleks Paunovic of Van Helsing!)

PLUS: James Gunn Firing: Was it justified amd where does that leave Guardians of the Galaxy 3?

Aquaman Movie

Segment 1:

Michael’s first hand account about his comic con trip, Michael shares his experience navigating comic con and the most memorable exhibits, What is expected from Marvel after not displaying at comic con, The Split, Michael and Hassan discuss the James Gunn firing and controversy

Segment 2:

Michael and Hassan continue to discuss the James Gunn controversy, Michael attempts to defend James Gunn, Is the punishment of Gunn suitable for the offense?, Is it important to be mindful of all your activities on social media now?, Michael continues to dissect Marvel’s absence at comic con, Marvel vs DC who is leading?

 

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Segment 3:

Michael and Hassan continue to discuss whether Marvel’s absence from comic con was a big deal and how it may have affected their perception, DC’s Shazam and Aquaman trailers, The Glass trailer and Michael reflects on Unbreakable, Out of Shazam, Aquaman, and Glass which one is most must see for Hassan and Michael?

Segment 4:

Hassan and Michael discuss the Aquaman trailer, Spinning the Racks, Teen Titans being brought to television as “Titans”, Clone Wars returning

 

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NEXT WEEK: It’s official!  Disney and Fox have agreed to the merger which means X-Men and Fantastic Four are coming home! Where does this leave X-Men: Dark Phoenix, X-Force, Legion and what can fans look forward to?

PLUS: Young The Giant talks about the comic book movies that keeps them busy on the road.

PODCAST | We predict the second half of 2018 Comic Book Films in 5 Words or less including Aquaman, Venom and Ant-Man! PLUS: Aquaman director thinks his film is ‘Extraordinary’, don’t count on that Disney/Fox Merger just yet and we welcome Legion M – the world’s first ever FAN owned entertainment company!

Segment 1:

Michael starts off the show by introducing their new sponsor. Michael gives breaking news regarding the director of Aquaman claiming that the movie will be a blockbuster hit. Hassan goes on to give his thoughts on the relationship between the Avengers director and his claim that the studio had tampered with the movie. Michael and Hassan then discuss what it would mean for Aquaman to be a hit in a time where there haven’t been many comic book movie hits. Next, the guys move on to discuss how the Marvel industry in a way ruined the most recent DC films because they had already been done.

Segment 2:

The segment starts off by going back to the question, “ Have the Marvel films hurt the releasing of the most current DC films?” Hassan points out that Marvel created a format where they drag out the story of characters of many movies, which can get a little boring and long. Michael goes on to mention how DC tried to set up Justice League like Marvel did with the Avengers, and it didn’t quite work out. Hassan sets the record straight by saying that the problem with the DC films is the character degation. Michael and Hassaan introduce a new way to give their thoughts on the rest of comic book movie season by using 5 words or less.

 

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Segment 3:

Michael and Hassan interview Daniel Leister about drawing for The Sire, Leister shares his experience transitioning from 9 to 5 to full time comic book professional, The crew discusses the reality of the comic book industry and the difficulty of being in it full time.

Segment 4:

Hassan and Michael discusses a viewers grades for the films, Pacific Rim and Rampage, Was Deadpool 2 released to close to Infinity War?, Spinning the Racks, Kelly Marie Tran leaves Instagram after sexist and racist abuse stemming from her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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NEXT WEEK: Crossover time! We welcome the Oh Sith Podcast on the show for a Retro Review of one of your Marvel favorite franchises

We discuss the GAME-CHANGER that is Black Panther. We play ‘Trailer Truth or Trash’ with the new Ant-Man & Wasp trailer. And Newsarama’s Chris Arrant Talks Must-Read Comics For 2018

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Black-Panther-MovieSegment 1: Long Live The King
Black Panther first reactions: Stars and critics praise one of Marvel’s best
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With the red carpet premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther comes the first responses over social media. While full-length reviews are still under embargo until closer to the film’s February theatrical debut, the consensus is clear: long live the king.

Segment 2: Black Panther Chat and the Race Card
Are we getting a movie with a message or a message wrapped up as a movie? Host Michael Dolce hopes for the former and thinks it will be based on the marketing. Hassan meanwhile is wary of being let down and uses Star Wars: The Last Jedi as his example

 

Black Panther Rave Reviews

Segment 3: Newsarama’s Chris Arrant

Big movies this year that may have comic book tie ins:

  • Black Panther
  • Infinity War
  • Dark Phoenix
  • Venom
  • Ant-Man
  • Aquaman

Other topics discussed: Bendis’ DC defection, his first book with Jim Lee & more!

Segment 4: Ant-Man & Wasp ‘Trailer Truth or Trash’
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are on the run in first Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer.

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NEXT WEEK: Newsarama’s Chris Arrant help us run down the must-read Comic Books for 2018!

This week on Secrets of the Sire: With the blood still drying from Sunday night’s “Battle of the Bastards” we dove head first into the epic battle, the satisfying end of a hated character and what’s to come in the upcoming Game of Thrones Season Finale. And we send off one of my favs: Wun Wun.

Plus! We went spinning the racks on the latest Suicide Squad news and In honor of ID4 Resurgence we unleashed our “Ancient Aliens” drinking game while pondering the question: was this movie really necessary?

Check out an excerpt from the podcast:

“But let’s talk about that battle. And let’s give a shot out to one of my favs who bit the dust: Wun Wun. Any time in a story where you can introduce someone as a villain and then completely flip the script and turn that character into a hero, flip that character where all the things that made them a badass villain can now be used on YOUR side. It’s perfect writing. And we’ll get into why GoT does not make mistakes”

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Next week: With SDCC mere months away we welcome Boom! Studios publisher Filip Sablik to give us the lowdown on the company. His interview kicks off our month long SDCC preview!

And check out our Plan 10 Kickstarter! That’s right, the sequel to the Ed Wood classic begs the question: Why raise the dead to destroy humanity when our cell phone culture is doing a fine job on its own?” It’s a fun book with a lot of cool pop culture references and a unique twist that pits aliens vs humans vs technology. You can like our facebook page here:
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Tonight on Secrets of the Sire: we talk about the deliciously seductive scene that played out on Sunday’s Game of Thrones. The show is always at its best when they mix the savagery of war in a fantastical realm with titillating nudity, romance and sex. And no better example was on display than in Episode 9’s “Battle of The Bastards” that featured a potential couple flirting – and forming – right before our eyes.

Game of Thrones: Is There A Daenerys Romance Brewing Next Season?

Below is an excerpt from an article I just posted on Inquisitr.com.

“I imagine your offer is free of any marriage demands,” Daenerys pondered aloud when Yara and Theon spoke of their Uncle Euron’s plans to wed Khaleesi as part of any partnership.

“I never demand, but I’m up for anything really,” Yara shot back with a smile.

And with that simple line, an immediate call to ship Daenerys and Yara took to the internet.

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Tonight on Secrets of the Sire: Suicide Squad is still two months away but it’s pretty obvious director David Ayer is banking on two of DC’s most popular characters to carry it: Harley Quinn and The Joker.

Below is an excerpt from an article I recently posted on Inquisitr.com.

‘Suicide Squad’: David Ayer Banking On Harley Quinn To Carry Film

As reported by Collider, David Ayer debuted a brand new movie poster for the highly-anticipated film starring Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto as the Joker, and Academy Award-nominated actor and box office champion Will Smith as Deadshot. But front and center between the two high profile stars sits Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, one of the most popular DC comics characters ever making her big screen debut in the film

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This week on Secrets of the Sire: With the blood still drying from Sunday night’s “Battle of the Bastards” we dive head first into the upcoming Game of Thrones Season Finale. Who lives? Who dies? Who hookups?

[Warning: Game of Thrones Spoilers Ahead!]

But first, fans are still relishing in one of the all-time great Game of Thrones deaths: the heinous Ramsay Bolton. Below is an excerpt from an article I just posted on Inquisitr.com.

Not since the infamous season 4 episode “The Lion and the Rose” has Game of Thrones delivered a death fans have been dying for. Back then, it was heinous King Joffrey, the spoiled arrogant teenager responsible for ending the life of Ned Stark and setting in motion the chain of events that is the Game of Thrones itself.

This time around, in Sunday night’s “Battle of the Bastards,” it’s the truly vile Ramsay Bolton who meets his maker. After tormenting, among others, Theon Greyjoy and Sansa Stark and even slaughtering his own father and step-mother before feeding their offspring to the dogs the fans got what they wanted. And while Joffrey also tormented Sansa Stark, it was in a completely different and much less sadistic manner. Ramsay’s last words to her in fact, right before he’s devoured by the aforementioned starving hounds, is that he’s forever changed her.

“You can’t kill me,” he says weakly. “I’m part of you now.” And in many ways he is, as evidenced by Sansa’s glee after setting the hounds on Ramsay.

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This week on Secrets of the Sire we dove head first into Kickstarter for Comics craze with Mummy’s Always Right creator Joe Mulvey. But first we posed the question: Can James Wan “conjure” up a cool Aquaman? Fresh off the heels of the box office smash that is Conjuring 2, Wan talked to UpRoxx about the challenge of directing Aquaman.

Check out an excerpt from the podcast:

“He talks to fish. That’s his power. Of course the bar is set low for James Wan. Though I do love the fact that he referenced Entourage’s Aquaman too.'”

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