Episode 7: Bad Podcaster

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In This Episode:

Chris and Allen return to discuss more franchise news, review the listener correspondence and, of course, talk trailers in another segment of Trailer Talk. They kick off with the continuing saga of Ghostbusters (Or Ghostbusters: Answer the Call as it’s about to become for home release) which has suffered a sequel set back, a damaged director and more Leslie Jones trolling to add to its long list of woes. Chris gives Allen some standup pointers and a smack down over a Dungeons & Dragons reference, becomes more enraged by the franchise “N” word (Re-quel) and can’t wait for his man crush to show up in some Rogue One footage.

Allen revels in Ben-Hur tanking at the box office, for hair based reasons, thinks Bad Santa could benefit from more Festive Spirit, hopes Stranger Things has a massive impact on remakes and sequels and rounds up the answers to the “Franchise Hogs” challenge.

As Gender-Flipping looks like new fuel for Hollywood’s remake machine, prepare for another wave of new takes on old favorites.There is also an update to the ongoing Diminishing Returns pitch for the gender swap Steel Magnolias.

Trailer Talk:

Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:

Hopes are high that Gareth Edwards (Monsters, 2010 and Godzilla, 2014) can continue the success of Episode VII: The Force Awakens and deliver another Death Star sized hit!

The boys are excited! The story sits neatly between Episode III- Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars following Felicity Jones, as Jyn Erso, as the leader of a srappy squad of rebel fighters sent on a mission to retive plans for the Empire’s new battle station. The locations, set, costumes and tech all have that great Ralph McQuarrie “lived in” look and the costumes, locations and droids both hint at the familiar and point to something new.



Apparently a sequel to 2002’s The Ring Two and not a reboot. It of course stars Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki and the Diminishing Returns favorite scenery muncher Vincent D’Onofrio. Was anyone really hanckering after a new Ring sequel?

It seems that even the demise of the VHS format couldn’t see off Samara and now she has gone viral.

Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa 2:

Bad Santa is a foul mouthed festive favorite of Chris’ so he couldn’t be happier he’ll be getting a second helping of Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton) this Christmas. Allen, the Grinch he is, didn’t like the original so he’ll stay home hoping It’s A Wonderfuller Life comes down the chimney. This outing claims to be wilder, drunker and badder.

Coming Soon:

As Eddie Murphy returns to screens in the heartwarming melodrama Mr. Church, Diminishing Returns try to crack the case of why Beverly Hills Cop 3 flopped hard.

So as the formerly wisecracking, smart ass and box office blockbuster Eddie Murphy, looks like he’s baiting for Oscars, in a movie that could be “Cooking for Miss Daisy”, our boys get wistful over the Axel Foley of old. A freewheeling unstoppable comedic force that got old and got serious.  Join us as we see why the heat went off!

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