The Rabblecast (Comedy)

Halloween has come and gone. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little more fun talking about scary movies and the horror genre. But first, let us remember someone who worked in horror films that recently passed away.

James Karen(aged 94), was an American character actor of Broadway, film and television. Karen was best known for his roles in Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, and in The Pursuit of Happyness.

He appeared in commercials for Pathmark which earned his nickname "Mr. Pathmark". He was nominated for a Saturn Award for his 1985 role in The Return of the Living Dead.

We also talk about the recent release of Halloween(2018 film), starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and its success at the box office. Beware, there are SPOILERS ahead as we talk about the history of the film franchise and the ending of the current film.

We also talk about other horror icons, franchises, and current film and TV projects.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

Recently, it was announced that WWE Superstar, Roman Reigns(real name, Leati Joseph Anoaʻi) has been diagnosed with leukemia. Previous to this announcement, the cancer had been in remission for about eleven years. Reigns appeared on an episode of Monday Night RAW to relinquish his WWE Universal Title.

We hope that Roman Reigns can overcome his illness and return to in-ring action soon.

We talk about WWE's upcoming shows, Evolution and Crown Jewel. Evolution will be the first ever all women WWE PPV(by the time this episode posted, this show will have already taken place). And Crown Jewel, a PPV that has already been mired with bad press due to the current political state of relations between Saudi Arabi and the USA.

We also bid farewell to another veteran of the wrestling world. Richard Van Slater(aged 67), better known by his ring name "Dirty" Dick Slater, was an American professional wrestler who wrestled in the 1970s, 1980s, and mid-1990s for various promotions including Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

And last but certainly not least, we talk about the recent news of a new Friday the 13th film being made by a studio with ties to, Lebron James? And Doug gives us the rundown on the new Halloween movie currently out in theaters and breaking box office records of horror films in the month of October.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:52pm EST

In a change of pace we decided to try our hand at recording a commentary track for one of our favorite movies. The subject of this commentary recently hit its 20th anniversary mark and could be considered the starting point for modern Marvel movies.

Blade(1998), starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, and N'Bushe Wright.

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

We hope you enjoy the commentary.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

Have you ever had a movie that you held off on watching? Maybe you missed it in the theaters? You thought, I'll wait for it to come out on DVD. Doug recently watched the Tim Burton classic, Ed Wood. While Hernandez was baffled by Arnold Schwarzenegger's Sci-Fi/Action adventure, The 6th Day

From there the discussion turns to movies, again.

We also say goodbye to a great character actor who appeared in numerous film and TV projects.

Scott Wilson(aged 76), was an American actor. He had more than 50 film credits, including In the Heat of the Night, In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, Dead Man Walking, Pearl Harbor, and Junebug. He played veterinarian Hershel Greene on the AMC television series The Walking Dead from 2011 to 2014.

And we're not done yet. We also talk about the recent news of former Guardians of the Galaxy Director, James Gunn making the move over to DC and Warner Bros. Pictures to write and possibly Direct the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel.

And then, we talk about the recent UFC battle between, Conner McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. We talk about the highlights of the bout and the chaos that occurred after one of the most anticipated MMA fights in recent history.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:06pm EST

Rain! Recently we got a lot of it. In fact, two major storms ran past our area. While we didn't get hit directly, we did get hit with some flooding. Thankfully we didn't get hit that bad, but some of our friends dealt with a nightmare before a special occasion.

The main topic of discussion on this episode is the recent casting news about Superman and Batman! DC/Warner Bros. seem to be reconsidering changing out actors as they move forward with the DC Extended Universe(DCEU). What does this mean for Henry Cavill, who recently posted a video in response to the news. What about Ben Affleck, who recently entered rehab due to a drinking problem?

And of course, since we're talking about comic book characters and movies, we also include some discussions about Marvel characters and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We talk about some fan theories regarding Infinity War and the follow up Avengers film.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:05pm EST

Gary Friedrich(aged 75), was an American comic book writer best known for his Silver Age stories for Marvel Comics' Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, and, in the following era, for the series The Monster of Frankenstein and for co-creating the supernatural motorcyclist the Ghost Rider and the supernatural hero the Son of Satan.

Burt Reynolds(aged 86), was an American actor, director and producer. He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke, Hawk, and Dan August.

His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance. Reynolds played the leading role in a number of subsequent box office hits, such as The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, Semi-Tough, Hooper, Smokey and the Bandit II, The Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

We also get into some movie nostalgia with some of our favorite films. The Faculty, The Lord of the Rings, Seven, and more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

Robo Calls, they come and go. Even if you're on a "Do Not Call" list, solicitor's find a way to get by them. What do you do? Do you answer? Do you ignore them? Have you tried turning the tables on the caller? What would you do if your own number called you?

What about when you're relaxing at home and you hear a knock at the door? You open the door before seeing who it is and you're ambushed by someone trying to give you a pamphlet about their religion. Do you talk to them? Do you close the door?

We also talk about the ALL IN Pay Per View and go over the highlights of the show. All of this and so much more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

In this day in age, it's sad to say that, shootings have become quite frequent in the USA. Shopping malls, schools, concerts, churches, etc. At a recent Electronics Arts(EA) Sports sponsored Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Florida one of the tournament participants opened fire killing two and injuring another ten before committing suicide. News outlets were quick to turn the shooting in a political topic as gun laws were once again put under the microscope.

EA Sports released a statement saying their "most heartfelt sympathies" went out to the families of the victims and those who were injured and that their focus was on those affected and aiding law enforcement. The publisher would later cancel the three remaining Madden Classic qualifier tournaments in order to reevaluate safety protocols for future live events.

Our conversation also includes talk about MMA and Pro Wrestling(WWE to be more specific). PED use, painkillers vs marijuana use, and some wrestling stories.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

James Henry Neidhart(aged 63), was an American professional wrestler best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, where he was a two-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Bret Hart in The Hart Foundation. He also won titles in Stampede Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida, Mid-South, Memphis and the Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation. He is part of the Hart wrestling family through marriage, teaming with various members throughout his career.

Neidhart's passing comes shortly after the passing of three other Professional Wrestlers. It's easy to forget and dismiss the amount of sacrifice that these performers endure to be part of the Wrestling world. Extended periods of time away from family, nagging injuries that often times go undiagnosed, and the relentless uphill battle to make an impact.

We continue talking about other Wrestling news and stories. We even talk about WWE's Summer Slam 2018. It's not a full blown rundown, but it does bring us to a place we know and love, talking about the world of Professional Wrestling.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:22pm EST

A couple of weeks back, major companies in the realm of social media decided to remove Alex Jones' show InfoWars from their respective platforms. If you're not familiar with his work, Alex Jones is the host of InfoWars and is often called a conspiracy theorist due to the various topics he likes to cover on his show and website.

For years Jones has been able to reach millions of viewers and subscribers through social media. But it wasn't until August 6, 2018, Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify removed all content by Alex Jones and Infowars from their platforms for violating their policies. Fans of Alex Jones were upset, to say the least. A debate over Freedom of Speech became hotly contested on various news outlets, articles, and social media.

We do our best to add our thoughts to this conversation.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:33am EST

On this episode of The Rabblecast we say goodbye to a few of Professional Wrestling's talented individuals that have entertained us through the years.

Brian Christopher Lawler(aged 46), was an American professional wrestler. He was the son of professional wrestler Jerry Lawler and brother of wrestling referee Kevin Christian. He was best known for his career in the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE), where he performed as Brian Christopher and Grand Master Sexay. Lawler was a one-time WWF Tag Team Champion as part of Too Cool with Scotty 2 Hotty, and won 44 titles within the United States Wrestling Association.

Frederick Seawright(aged 57), was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Brickhouse Brown. He was a top heel in Southern promotions in the 1980s and 1990s. With his recent passing a few funny and heart warming stories have come out about Brickhouse Brown. One of those stories involved a grateful Mick Foley being invited in out of the cold after Brickhouse Brown found out Foley didn't have a room on one of their trips.

Josip Hrvoje Peruzović(aged 70)better known by his ring name of Nikolai Volkoff, was a Yugoslav-born American professional wrestler who was best known for his performances in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). In the 1980s, he was known for teaming with The Iron Sheik, with whom he won the WWF Tag Team Championship at the inaugural WrestleMania event, and later with Boris Zhukov as The Bolsheviks.

We also have updates on Chris Hardwick's return to AMC and the ongoing story with James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

San Diego Comic Con is a time for celebrating all things Pop Culture. Comics, movies, TV shows, toys, and the list goes on and on. But this year's Comic Con was mired with a bunch of different news that put a dark cloud over the usual festivities.

Jon Schnepp(aged 51), was an American producer, director, voice actor, editor, writer, cartoonist, animator, and cinematographer. Schnepp was known for the documentary film, The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?, for which he directed and wrote. He also directed episodes of Metalocalypse, The Venture Bros. and a segment of The ABC's of Death. To say that he was a busy individual would be putting it lightly. Thank you for all of your hard work Mr. Schnepp.

One of the many big headlines out of SDCC this year was the firing of James Gunn from the upcoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Disney/Marvel. The news broke after a bunch of old tweets resurfaced and Disney was pressured to take action. James Gunn was writing and was set to direct Vol.3 of GotG which was to begin production this coming Fall. (In the time since we have recorded this episode there have been further developments in the story that we will cover in an upcoming episode.) The use of social media to take down people in "Hollywood" has been a growing trend as of late. This case in particular is concerning as it has some political connections to it.

We cover all of this and so much more on this episode!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:05pm EST

Hey, there's a new Kevin Smith project out making the rounds. So you know Hernandez is excited. But what about Doug? The pilot for Hollyweed is currently up on Rivit TV for free! Watch it and if you like what you see, pledge a few bucks per episode and become a Producer of the show with many others.

In more movie news we talk about Robocop Returns! Now, Robobcop has already been rebooted before back in 2014 with Joel Kinnaman in the leading role. But this reboot/relaunch(it's hard to keep track of the terms) has Neill Blomkamp(known for: District 9, Elysium, Chappie) in the Director's chair and the original writers(Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner) from the 1987 Film. Can Blomkamp and returning writers hit the mark?

And then the conversation turns to the best Horror movies from 1981 and 1987. Hellraiser, The Lost Boys, An American Werewolf in London, Scanners, and many more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:54pm EST

Matthew Cappotelli(aged 38), was an American professional wrestler. After co-winning Tough Enough III with John Hennigan(aka John Morrison), he worked in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), the primary developmental territory for WWE. He ended his career due to a malignant brain tumor.

Steve Ditko(aged 90), was an American comics artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Ditko largely declined to give interviews, saying he preferred to communicate through his work. 

We also continue to follow the story of the 21st Century Fox buyout by Disney. Comcast had previously challenged Disney's bid to acquire 21st Century Fox, but Disney out bid Comcast. Everything seemed like smooth sailing until a lawsuit was filed by a Fox shareholder, causing yet another road block in the acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:26pm EST

Not long ago, when you wanted to find the latest movie releases for your home entertainment you had to leave the comfort of your home, get in your car, and take a trip to your local video store. Now we have streaming services and digital downloads that allow you to side step all of that. But what the adventure of going to a rental store? The oddball places and their staff? When was the last time you watched a movie based on the cover art of the VHS/DVD?

Leon Allen White(aged 63, aka Big Van Vader),  was an American professional wrestler and professional football player. He performed for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) during the 1990s and 2000s. White, who gained legendary status in Japan, is widely regarded as one of the greatest super heavy-weight wrestlers ever.

Also on this episode, we have an update regarding the on-going story of the Fox and Disney deal that many are hoping will soon be resolved. After a $65 billion all cash bid from Comcast, Disney has responded with a larger bid. Originally, Disney put a bid out for $52.4 billion in stocks, but they have now upped their bid to $71.3 billion in cash and stocks. Is this it? We'll have to wait and see.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:05am EST

It's no secret that we love movies. Good movies, bad movies, weird movies, take your pick. Doug recently watched, Oasis of the Zombies and soon after regretted watch said movie. Hernandez watched, Yoga Hosers and was taken back to the 80's when monster movies were a thing(anyone remember the 1987 movie, Munchies?)

We also talk about the recent essay written by Chloe Dykstra(actress, cosplayer, and model) that was posted on Medium. The essay details a relationship in which she was the victim of emotional and sexual abuse. No one was named in the essay but it didn't take much to realize that the other person in the relationship was, Chris Hardwick(stand-up comedian, actor, television host, writer, producer, and podcaster). We talk about the essay and the reactions that followed soon after social media and news outlets picked up on the story.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:18pm EST

Anthony Bourdain(aged 61) was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world. His personality, his no nonsense style, and his storytelling will be sorely missed in and out of the culinary world.

In other news, someone has finally stopped Jason Vorhees, at least temporarily. The rights(currently held by co-creator, Sean Cunningham) to the Friday the 13th franchise are currently being disputed. Victor Miller, the original writer of the script to the first film in the series has exercised what he believes to be his rightful claim(or portion thereof).

While the entertainment lawyers duke it out, anything pertaining to Friday the 13th has been put on an indefinite hold. Fans of Friday the 13th The Game are being directly affected by this dispute. As a result, no future DLC(Down Loadable Content) can be created or released. The game is still playable and available to gaming fans. But until a decision can be rendered the future of the game is currently in limbo.

Also on this episode, we get another "Horrible Event In History"! Doug takes us to Lake Nyos and tells the story of the limnic eruption that led to a natural disaster for the population surrounding the area.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:42pm EST

Pro Wrestling Death Matches. You either love them or hate them. Steel chairs, tables, barbed wire, light tubes, and C4(optional) are just some of the many different implements used in this genre of match type. Nine times out of ten, there will be blood. In some cases the performers might be rushed to the locker room for medical attention or taken to the hospital. On this episode we talk about some of the matches we've seen either LIVE or on tape that stand out to us.

From there we jump into some talk about video games. Streaming video game feeds, speed runs on certain games, and some of our favorites. Mega Man X, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, Track and Field, and Street Fighter are just some of the games that we spent many a late night playing. What are some of your favorites?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:20am EST

Roseanne Barr has become the most recent victim of social media outrage. The Comedian used Twitter to post some questionable racial remarks that quickly resulted in the cancelling of her recently revived show. Was it just an "innocent joke"? Was it free speech? We take a look at what transpired and weigh in a little bit.

The Walking Dead TV series will be saying, goodbye to one of it main characters. Andrew Lincoln has announced that he will be leaving the show in the upcoming season. Can the popular AMC TV show survive without its leading man? Who will fill the Rick Grimes shaped void? Somebody get Norman Reedus' manager on the phone.

And we also talk about some recent movie news. Blumhouse Productions is giving Todd McFarlane the opportunity to bring his very own comic book creation, Spawn to the big screen once again. This time, McFarlane himself will be sitting in the Director's chair. And it has just been announced that he will be Directing Academy Award Winner, Jamie Foxx as Spawn himself, Al Simmons. Are you looking forward to the return of Spawn to the big screen?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:48am EST

The Rabblecast turns 12! Who would've thought that a silly podcast about Wrestling and other whimsical nonsense would still be going after so long? We certainly didn't but we are happy to continue to entertain so many of you near and far.

It's a happy coincidence that during this, our anniversary show, we return to talk about the world of professional wrestling and some of the shenanigans that are reportedly going on over there. But let us not forget that it is the wonderful world of wrestling and wacky things do tend to happen there on a regular basis.

Doug fills us in on his recent trip to watch The Misfits at a recent show in Newark, NJ. Find out how special this show would've been to his younger self as opposed to "Adult Doug". All of this and much more on this special anniversary episode!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

It seemed like a complete long shot. But it's happening. Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are returning to the roles that made them break out stars from the early 90's. That's right ladies and gentlemen, Wyld Stallyns is doing a comeback tour in the upcoming film, Bill and Ted Face The Music.

The original writers, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon are also returning along with Winter and Reeves. Can they pull off a hat trick almost thirty years after the release of the second film? Can we look forward to any returning characters from the previous two films? Let's discuss.

Also, we delve into other movie franchises that we may or may not want to see a return to. Movies from the 80's and 90's had a certain atmosphere to them that you rarely find today. What are some of your favorite picks?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:02am EST

Congratulations to Marvel Studios and Disney on an amazing accomplishments with their recent film release, Avengers: Infinity War. This film became a global event as it was released on April 27th and fans everywhere flocked to their theaters to take in the culmination of ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And we were no different. (Original recording date: 5/1/18.)

We sit and talk about the film and some of the major plot points. Warning: Spoilers abound on this episode if you have not seen the film yet. We also go over some of the different theories that have been going around regarding the ending of the film. How does it end? Why do we have to wait one year for the next one?

Also on this show, we talk about WWE's recent show, The Greatest Royal Rumble? Yes, apparently there is another Royal Rumble show and we talk about some of the details of the show and how it came to be. Will this be another annual show? Listen in and find out what we have to say about this and so much more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:43pm EST

Once again we take a look at some of the recent passings of artists, actors, and performers. You may know some of them. You may not. This is our way of acknowledging their contributions during lifetime.

Avicii(aged 28 real name Tim Bergling), was a Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer. He rose to prominence in 2011 with his breakthrough single "Levels". His debut studio album, True (2013), featured electronic music blended with elements of several music genres. The lead single "Wake Me Up", topped most music markets in Europe and reached number four in the US.

Verne Troyer(aged 49), was an American actor, stunt performer, and comedian best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film series. He was notable for having been only 2 ft 8 in (81 cm) tall, the result of cartilage–hair hypoplasia; this made him one of the shortest men in the world.

Bruno Sammartino(aged 82), was an Italian-born American professional wrestler, best known for his work with the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). There, he held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship for more than 11 years across two reigns, the first of which is the longest single reign in the promotion's history at 2,803 days.

And... we have a new entry into the "Horrible Events in History" file. The subject of this segment: Sam Sheppard. Learn how one man's life led him from being a neurosurgeon to eventually stepping into the "squared circle" of professional wrestling.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:15pm EST

HBO recently released a new documentary on the life and career of Andre The Giant. The documentary gives a behind the scenes look at the "eighth wonder of the world" in and out of the wrestling ring. We give our thoughts on the documentary and share some other stories that were left out of the HBO documentary.

We also talk about the recent passing of some celebrities. (Original recording date 4/17/18.)

Harry Anderson(aged 65) was an American actor, comedian, and magician. He is best known for the lead role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984–1992 television series Night Court, and later starred in the sitcom Dave's World from 1993 to 1997.

R. Lee Ermey(aged 74) was an American actor, voice actor, and Marine. He achieved fame when he played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ermey was also a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant. During his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as a drill instructor.

Mitzi Shore(aged 87) was an American comedy club owner. She co-founded The Comedy Store in Los Angeles in 1972 and became owner two years later. Through the club, she had a huge influence on the careers of up-and-coming comedians for decades.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:38pm EST

Wrestlemania, "The Greatest Spectacle in Sports Entertainment" has come and gone! Wrestlemania 34 easily became one of the most unpredictable shows in recent WWE history. Tons of title matches, plenty of surprises, and an ending that surprised the WWE Universe.

By now there have been countless news articles reporting on the results from Wrestlemania. Videos breaking down individual matches. But now it's our turn. Join us as we slip back into our wrestling coverage mode and talk about "The Show of Shows"!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

Pacific Rim: Uprising is set 10 years after the events of the first film. We are introduced to a new generation of Jaeger pilots led by a reluctant Jake Pentecost(John Boyega), son of Stacker Pentecost(Idris Elba's character from the first film). We take a look at what the movie has to offer and what it lacks. SPOILERS ahead if you haven't seen either movie yet.

Also on this show, we talk about the release of Ready Player One, the Steven Spielberg directed adaptation of Ernest Cline's hit book. The book and the film are described as "Love letters" to the pop-culture of the 80's(and the 90's in the film). Did the film deliver on the lofty goal of recreating the world that Ernest Cline imagined? We try to stay mostly SPOILER-FREE on this one.

We also talk about the recent news of Toys R US toy stores going out of business. Did you shop at Toys R Us as a child? Do you remember the jingles? Are you sad to see the company go?

All of this and much more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:54pm EST

First and foremost we say, goodbye to a remarkable individual as the science world and the world over mourns the loss of, Stephen Hawking(aged 76). He was a brilliant mind that persevered and continued his work despite the early onset of a rare form of ALS and only being given about two years to live(he was diagnosed when he was 21). Hawking continued to work for the next 55 years until his recent passing.

From there we go on to talk about the return of Daniel Bryan to in-ring action! Bryan was forced to retire a few years back to due to medical issues that prevented him from being cleared medically to compete in a WWE ring. With Wrestlemania 34 just around the corner wrestling fans are clamoring for return of the WWE Superstar. But will there be a spot on the card for him?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:36pm EST

Bad movies. What makes a bad movie? Acting, writing, reviews? With so much content being made it's not hard to find a few bad or sub par films. But what makes it a bad movie? That's what we try to figure out as some films get ready to be released(Ready Player One and Deadpool 2 specifically).

Between test screening and early screening for specific audiences many things can and sometimes do change. But why and for who? Do you like a movie that has been given a bad review score? If you like it, do you still consider it bad by industry standards?

All of this and much more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:54pm EST

Marvel and Disney have changed the release date to Avengers Infinity War! Originally set to open in early May, it will now release globally on April 27th! A week not sound like much, but it will break up the glut of movies to be released in May. With Avengers now opening in late April, Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story can battle it out in May.

Also on this episode, the guys talk about some old TV shows. Any remember MTV's Liquid Television or the beginning of Adult Swim? Nostalgia runs rampant in this episode.

And let's not forget about the snow. The north east has been getting hit by storm after storm. At the time of release, we have experienced 3 Nor'easter storms(one of which developed Thundersnow). And it looks like we're not done yet.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:14pm EST

On this episode the guys talk about some of their experiences with funerals. Whether it's a close friend or a loved family member, we've all lost someone special in our lives and we all deal with the loss differently. For some it can be a reminder to live their lives to the fullest.

With this in mind, we try to look forward to things that can entertain us and possibly distract us from the mortality that we all live with. Movies, TV shows, Netflix, and other types of media that we tend to consume to fuel our imaginations and keeps us entertained while we progress through this thing called, life.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:48pm EST

Have you seen the latest Marvel movie, Black Panther? The number one movie in the world! On this episode we talk about the 18th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU).

The Ryan Coogler(Fruitvale Station, Creed) directed film brings the wonderful world of Wakanda to life! Chadwick Boseman returns as the Black Panther. Michael B. Jordan joins the MCU as Erik Killmonger, the films main antagonist.

We give our thoughts and reactions to what is being called, the greatest Marvel movie to date!

 

Join us, and let us know what you think of Black Panther. Wakanda forever!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

On this episode of The Rabblecast we're going to try something a little different. We're going to take a glimpse into the future, but only by a few months, and talk about the Summer movie season for 2018.

Action movies, dramas, comedies. Summer 2018 has a pretty good mix of movies for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the different movies we'll be talking about:

Avengers: Infinity War, Life of the Party, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ocean's 8, Uncle Drew, and many more!

 

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On this episode of The Rabblecast, we give our reactions to the 2018 Royal Rumble! 30 WWE Superstars battled it out to see who gets to start their "Road to Wrestlemania"! We also talk about a special moment in WWE history. 30 Women Superstars put on a hell of a match in the first ever Women's Royal Rumble match!

All of this and much more!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:35am EST

Congratulations to the WWE! Monday Night RAW has been around for 25 years. For two and a half decades we've been surprised, shocked, and entertained. WWE celebrated 25 years by bringing back some familiar faces(Stone Cold Steve Austin, The APA, Trish Stratus, and more.) to entertain the fans, both old and new. We take a quick look at the anniversary show and give our thoughts.

Then, we get ready for the Royal Rumble! 30 WWE Superstars enter the squared circle to compete in an over-the-top rope elimination match for a chance to start their road to Wrestlemania and compete for the WWE Championship(depending on the show). And this year, we will see the first Women's Royal Rumble match! 30 Women will get their chance to shine in a historic match!

We also say good bye to some influential artists that have recently passed away.

Dolores O'Riordan(aged 46) was an Irish singer, songwriter, and musician. She led the rock band The Cranberries from 1990 until their breakup in 2003; they reunited in 2009.

Eddie Clarke(aged 67), better known as "Fast" Eddie Clarke, was a British guitarist who was a member of heavy metal bands Fastway and Motörhead. Of Motörhead's classic lineup, which consisted of Lemmy, himself and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, he was the last surviving member.

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In our first episode for 2018 Hernandez shares some of the recent shows he's been watching late night on Netflix.

First up, Ultimate Beast Master. Twelve competitors from six different countries assemble to tackle a monster of an obstacle course. With for different levels and time and points being a factor, it's a race to see who can defeat the course and become the Ultimate Beast Master.

Also on the watch list, Black Mirror. A British science fiction anthology television series. It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone, usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone, though some are more experimental and lighter.

All of this and more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

(Original recording date: 12/19/2017)

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your patience. Before we can move on with our new shows in 2018, we have one last episode from 2017 to close out the previous year.

The latest entry into the Star Wars saga hit theaters in mid December 2017 and left fans divided. Some fans loved The Last Jedi and all that it had to offer. A new direction for the Star Wars films, the return of Luke Skywalker, and an unpredictable story line.

Other fans were left unsatisfied. Fan favorites were killed off, questions from the previous movie were left unanswered, and we got a very passive Luke Skywalker. Some fans have even taken to signing petitions to have The Last Jedi stricken from the movie canon.

Regardless of how the film was perceived, the Star Wars movie train continues to chug along. Almost a month after it release it has pulled in over $1.2 billion worldwide.

As we talk about the film, we point out things that we liked, things that caught us off guard, and what we hope we will see in future installments.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:45am EST

(Original recording date: 12/5/2017)

At the time that we recorded this episode, there were talks of Disney and Fox Studios negotiating a buyout. Which led to a bunch of speculation as to what they could mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel would regain the film rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties as well as a bunch of other intellectual properties owned by Fox(Simpsons, Futurama, X-Files, etc.)

The debate that popped up in a lot of different places was the fate of R rated movies(Logan and Deadpool), and if Disney would allow them to continue under their banner. We get into this and much more as we discuss the topic on this episode.

We also have a new entry into the "Horrible Events in History" file as Doug tells about the Halifax Explosion from 1917.

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Marvel's The Punisher is back with a new series on Netflix. Jon Bernthal brings us the latest iteration of the popular anti-hero. Netflix and Marvel have had a successful relationship thus far when it comes to the various "street level" characters(let's skip over Iron Fist for now). Can they continue the trend?

We delve into the series itself, some of the history of the comic book character, and the previous films. Welcome back, Frank.

 

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The holidays are upon us. How do you spend the holidays? Do you visit family and friends? Do you embrace the holiday cheer? Or, like Doug, do you prefer to treat it like any other day? Everyone has their views on the holiday season. We share a few of our own.

SPOILERS ahead!! We talk about the DC Extended Universe and the latest entry, Justice League! We talk about the movie, the stories surrounding the movie and what's next from the studio that brought us Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman. Did you watch Justice League? What were your thoughts on the film?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:20pm EST

On this episode, we get back into the world of Professional Wrestling as Hernandez and Doug share a few different stories about their personal experiences. Going to a few different shows, working with certain talent, even getting turned down by some talent for interviews. We don't always get a chance to talk about wrestling, but when we do we can go on for hours.

And then, we journey back to Pennsylvania for another entry into our "Horrible Events in History" file. Doug presents to us, The Lattimer massacre from 1897.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Every now and then there comes a time when a new Marvel movie is released and both Doug and Hernandez watch it during opening weekend. The guys checked out Thor: Ragnarok and give their reactions to the third installment in the Thor film series(and the 17th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). WARNING! If you have not seen the movie yet, there are SPOILERS in this episode regarding the plot of Thor: Ragnarok.

Among other topics discussed on this episode, the guys also get into the daily routine of one of the most infamous journalists to have ever lived, Hunter S. Thompson. His brand of "Gonzo Journalism" had a way of capturing the reader's imagination. But what did it take to fuel that kind of writing and lifestyle?

All of this and much more!

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On this episode, we have a member of Cosplay Burlesque(CPB), the amazing Cherry Valentine in studio.

She shares with us her experiences as a performer in the NJ Burlesque scene. How she got started, what she has learned, her love for Professional Wrestling and music, and what happened when she performed in front of one of CPB's largest audiences to date.

Follow Cherry on Instagram: @CherryEValentine

We also have a bit of a bonus in this episode as we check in on former show co-host, Jimmy!

And be sure to check out our new Patreon page! The Rabblecast on Patreon

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Happy Halloween!

On this episode, the guys share some of their personal stories involving surgeries, medical procedures, and blood donations. Ever have your gall bladder removed? How about laser eye surgery? And let's not forget about the vasectomy.

We get into the spooky spirit and talk horror movies. Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre... the list goes on and on. Hernandez has already admitted to being terrified of horror movies as a child. Doug walks us through some of his favorites from the franchises. He also shares some of his personal favorites that you may or may not have heard of.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:09pm EST

Tom Petty(aged 66), was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Petty served as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s super group the Traveling Wilburys, and his early band Mudcrutch.Whether or not you are a fan of Tom Petty's music, there is not denying the amazing career he leaves behind.

On this episode we also touch upon the tragic events in Las Vegas. As mentioned in our intro, this episode was recorded just a couple of days after the event occurred. As such, we did not have all of the details as to what transpired. We try our best to talk about it without going into conspiracy theories, politicizing things, or standing on a soapbox. It's a horrible thing that happened. Our hearts go out to those affected by it and hopefully some answered are found in all of the chaos.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

Bernie Casey(aged 78), was an American actor, poet, and professional football player. For us here at the show we will always fondly remember Mr. Casey for his roles in Revenge of the Nerds(1984) as U.N. Jefferson and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka(1988) as John Slade.

Jake LaMotta(aged 95), was an American professional boxer, former World Middleweight Champion, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed "The Raging Bull", LaMotta was a rough fighter who was not a particularly big puncher, but he would subject his opponents to vicious beatings in the ring. With use of constant stalking, brawling and inside fighting, he developed the reputation for being a 'bully', he was what is often referred to today as a swarmer and a slugger.

Horrible Events in History is back! Doug does his deep dive into the subject material and presents us with the Villisca Axe Murders.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

On this episode we say, goodbye to a number of different artists and one individual that saved us all.

Frank Vincent(aged 80), was an American actor.He played prominent roles in the HBO series The Sopranos and in several films for director Martin Scorsese: Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).

Len Wein(aged 69), was an American comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics' Swamp Thing and Marvel Comics' Wolverine, and for helping revive the Marvel superhero team the X-Men (including the co-creation of Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus). Additionally, he was the editor for writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons' influential DC miniseries Watchmen.

Harry Dean Stanton(aged 91), was an American actor, musician, and singer. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Stanton made notable appearances in the films Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly's Heroes (1970), Dillinger (1973), The Godfather Part II (1974), Alien (1979), Escape from New York (1981), Christine (1983), Repo Man (1984),  Pretty in Pink (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Wild at Heart (1990), The Green Mile (1999), Inland Empire (2006), and Lucky (2017), and had smaller roles in many others.

Stanislav Petrov(aged 77), was a lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces who became known as "the man who single-handedly saved the world from nuclear war" for his role in the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident.

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan(aged 72), was an American professional wrestling manager, wrestler, and color commentator, best known for his time with the American Wrestling Association (AWA), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

How is that for content?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:50pm EST

On this episode we talk with, Matt Rosvally the Director of the upcoming movie The Miranda Murders: Lost Tapes of Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. The movie itself will be available October 13 via Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video.

Matt talk about how he approaches the storytelling aspect of his projects as well as how he works through the filming process. We learn about some of his hobbies and talk about some of his previous short films. If you'd like to look up some of his previous work head over to: Sepulture Productions

 

The Miranda Murders Poster

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:25pm EST

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, also known as "The Money Fight" and "The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History", was a professional boxing match between undefeated eleven-time five-division boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and two-division mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion and at-the-time current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. The match took place August 26, 2017 in Paradise, Nevada.

Tobe Hooper(aged 74) was an American director, screenwriter, and producer best known for his work in the horror genre. Among his most recognized films are The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), which is described as "one of the most influential films ever made", and Poltergeist (1982), which received three Academy Award nominations.

And our latest entry in the "Horrible Events in History" file brings us the Great Hinckley Fire of 1894. Doug tells the tale how a summer drought, combined with very high temperatures, caused several small fires to start in the pine forests of Pine County, Minnesota.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:28am EST

Do you like comic books? Do you like Superhero's? Well this is the episode for you! We dive into the recently released Marvel series on Netflix, Defenders. The culmination of previous series Marvel/Netflix Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. All of the small screen heroes come together to take on a looming threat that has been growing in New York City.

We also go over some of the recent developments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU) and how the Marvel/Netflix series might line up with the MCU. Will we see the Defenders in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity Wars movie? Probably not. But we can dream, can't we?

And then we talk about the passing of a comedic legend. Jerry Lewis(aged 91) was an American comedian, actor, singer, producer, director, screenwriter, and humanitarian. He was known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. Whether he was flying solo in his later years or teamed up with Dean Martin as part of the famous duo Martin and Lewis, Jerry Lewis left a definitive mark with his long lasting career and charity work.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:41pm EST

Earlier this month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation won a victory against Personal Audio(a patent holding company). This is a big news for podcaster's everywhere. The case involves Personal Audio’s broad patent for a “System for Disseminating Media Content Representing Episodes in a Serialized Sequence,” which the company used to levy suits against a number of podcast providers, including Adam Carolla, HowStuffWorks, CBS, and NBC.

We also get into a discussion about breast feeding and how sensitive some people can get about the subject. Should a woman be allowed to breast feed in public? Why is there such a big push against it?

We delve into some 80's animated movie nostalgia as we talk about Hasbro's Transformers: The Movie and GI Joe: The movie. Which characters were suppose to die in each story? Who was saved due to a re-write?

And finally, Doug gives us a rundown of his latest concert going experience.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:04pm EST

Throughout the life of this show we have reported on numerous celebrity deaths. Musicians, Actors, Artists, Athletes, etc. Each passing touching people differently. Celebrity death hoaxes on the other hand tend to confuse, upset, and irritate. Families are affected, fans are outraged, and news outlets sometimes fail to check their sources. We take a closer look at some infamous death hoaxes and the stories behind them.

The conversation then drifts over to the realm of Politics. It has been stated before, this show really doesn't cover politics in general. But it has been creeping into the conversation more and more. "Politics has become the new spectator sport." And all of the world is watching. The question is, where do we go next?

 Doug breaks out his notes for another "Horrible Events in History". Have you ever heard of Nixon, New Jersey? Doug fills us in on this very interesting topic and just how close to home it is for us.

All of this and so much more!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:52pm EST

The Rabblecast has hit 500 episodes! Thank you for sharing this milestone with us. On this episode we talk about some of the recent artists that have left us and left a mark on pop culture in their own way.

Martin Landau(aged 89), was an American actor of stage, television and film, acting coach, executive producer, voice artist, editorial cartoonist and comic strip producer. His career began in the 1950s, with early film appearances including a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). He played regular roles in the television series Mission: Impossible (for which he received several Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award).

Chester Bennington(aged 41), was an American singer and songwriter best known as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park. He was also the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.

John Bernecker (aged 33), was a stuntman known for his work on Black Panther (2018), Logan (2017) and Fantastic Four (2015). His recent work included doing stunt work for The Walking Dead on AMC.

Our last subject is a highly recognized individual in the world of films. George Romero(aged 77), was an American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about an imagined zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968), which is often considered a progenitor of the fictional zombie of modern culture. Romero is often noted as an influential pioneer of the horror film genre, and has been called an "icon" and the "Father of the Zombie Film".

If that's not enough to pack our 500th episode, then we don't know what will. Thank you again for the continued support. And as always...

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:13am EST

After a week off we get right back into a variety of topics. 4th of July Fireworks, Arcade/Video Games(Yes, we talk about Friday the 13th the Game again), Wrestling, and more!

Doug also brings us a new addition to the "Horrible Events in History" file and it's a big one. Smedley Butler and his exposing of the Business Plan. An alleged plan to overthrow the U.S. government.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

When it comes to the world of Star Wars do fans want something tried and true or something new? That is the topic of discussion as we cover the firing of film Directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller(previous films include: The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and it's sequel). And the hiring of veteran Director, Ron Howard. How will this affect the production schedule of the film? Are the Producers and Disney being a little over protective?

It's no secret that we're big Pro Wrestling fans. When we heard that Netflix had given the green light to a new take on GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling based on the original TV series, we were cautiously optimistic. The series stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and Marc Maron(playing Sam Sylvia, loosely based on Matt Cimber, the original Director of GLOW). This is the second Netflix Original Series from Jenji Kohan(Orange Is The New Black).

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:33pm EST

Tim Hague(aged 34) was a Canadian mixed martial artist who competed in the heavyweight division, most recently for Absolute Championship Berkut. He became a professional fighter in 2006, and formerly competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, World Series of Fighting and King of the Cage. On June 16, 2017, he suffered a brain hemorrhage after being knocked out in a boxing match against Adam Braidwood in Edmonton, Alberta. He died on June 18, 2017.

 

Albert Johnson (aged 42), better known by his stage name Prodigy, was an American rapper and half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep with Havoc. In an interview with Vibe in November 2000, Prodigy spoke about what inspired him to directly address his battle with sickle-cell anemia in his song "You Can Never Feel My Pain", from his debut studio album H.N.I.C. He attributed his nihilism to the "permanent physical suffering" caused by his lifelong battle with the condition.

 

Our "Horrible Events in History" segment returns! Doug tells us all about the Hoosac Tunnel. We learn about the construction, the planning and the tragic event that took place during in October of 1867.

 

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:04am EST

On this episode we talk about the passing of the Bright Knight, Adam West(aged 88). It's no surprise to anyone that we are big Batman fans. Comics, movies, cartoons, video games... It's safe to say we've indulged in our love of the Dark Knight over the years. But in this case, we talk about the impact made by the Batman '66 version of the show and how it influenced and even saved the comic book itself from being canceled at one point.

 

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Hernandez brings up sharing 80's cartoons with his son and focuses on a particular Voice Over talent in, Frank Welker. Mr. Welker is the voice of Fred Jones from Scooby-Doo, Megatron from Transformers G1, Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget and many, many more. His broad spectrum of character voices, noises and other vocal effects that have appeared over the last 40 years in motion pictures, have vaulted him to number one on the "All Time Top 100 Stars at the Box office" list. The revenue of films he has participated in have generated over 12 billion dollars worldwide. His work in over 90 films has put him ahead of Eddie Murphy, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson.

The guys also follow up on their experience with Friday the 13th The Game. This time they talk game play. Does it hold up to their expectations? How detailed is the game for a fan of Jason Vorhees?

Also on this episode, a follow up from Jimmy as he sends in his first report from Taiwan!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:16pm EST

A little over a year and half ago a Kickstarter campaign from Gun Media was launched for Friday the 13th The Video Game. What originally began as a game paying homage to the film franchise quickly became a full blown project with the name and license. Originally scheduled for an October 2016 launch, the game was finally released around Memorial Day weekend of 2017. From what we can see online and what we can read as far as game play reviews, the game does a good job of giving you the full Camp Crystal Lake experience.

However, glitches, server issues, and more have plagued the launch of this long awaited title. We here at The Rabblecast have yet to play an actual session. But that doesn't deter us. We still want our chance to survive a night running from the legendary horror icon. Or, play as Jason Vorhees himself and stalk the group of counselors. Have you played Friday the 13th The Video Game? What was your experience?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:21pm EST

First and foremost, we want to wish our good friend Jimmy safe and happy travels as he departs on a new adventure in his life. Thank you for everything you've ever done for the show and its humble host. Until we meet again you derailing son of a gun.

We say goodbye to two very strong character actors in the world of acting. Michael Parks(aged 77) was an American singer and actor. He appeared in many films and made frequent television appearances but was probably best known for his work in his later years with filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Kevin Smith. His portrayal of Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in From Dusk Till Dawn was especially memorable.

Powers Boothe(aged 68) was an American television and film actor. Some of his most notable roles include his Emmy-winning portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, and his turns as TV detective Philip Marlowe in the 1980s, Cy Tolliver on Deadwood, "Curly Bill" Brocious in Tombstone, Vice-President and subsequently President Noah Daniels on 24, and Lamar Wyatt in Nashville.

And finally we also talk about the passing of Stanley Weston(aged 84) was an American inventor and licensing agent who created the G.I. Joe toy line in 1963, as well as the very concept of the action figure. Weston later sold the rights to his invention, which he called "outfitted action figures", to Hasbro for just $100,000 dollars. During the 1980s, Weston oversaw the creation of the ThunderCats animated series (1985–1989), which spawned the successful ThunderCats toyline.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:10am EST

First and foremost, we address the brevity with which we talked about the passing of Erin Moran. During the course of the show we talk about many different actors, artists, athletes, etc. Erin Moran(aged 56) was an American actress, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the television sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi. Erin Moran left her mark in Pop Culture along with the rest of the cast from Happy Days.

If you're a fan of films, you might know the name of, John Demme. Demme was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s with his comedy films Melvin and Howard (1980), Swing Shift (1984), Something Wild (1986), and Married to the Mob (1988). He became best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director.

And due to our talk about Mr. Demme we get into our love of certain films and some of the techniques used in making them. Storytelling is an art form. Be it movies, books, comics, etc. Being able to do it well and capture an audience can often transcend various types of media.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:28am EST

From time to time, Jimmy will take his leave from the studio on recording nights. Normally we don't get to talk about his adventures. Mostly because we try to cover other current events or celebrities that have passed on but leave behind a big body of work.

On this episode, we get to hear about some of Jimmy's spontaneous nights. Free tickets to a concert to watch Okilly Dokilly, Metalachi, and Mac Sabbath. Or how about the time that Jimmy got a chance to meet one of his heroes in, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan! We also get to hear about one of Doug's recent trips to visit a friend as they went to the Hump Film Festival.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:34am EST

Charlie Murphy(aged 57) was an American actor, comedian, voice artist, and writer. Murphy was best known as a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show. He was the older brother of Eddie Murphy.

Matt Anoa'i(aged 47) was a Samoan-American professional wrestler, best known for his time on the independent circuit under numerous ring names, and his time in WWE, where he competed as Rosey. He was the brother of WWE wrestler, Roman Reigns.

Also on this show, Hernandez recounts a tale involving car troubles. Doug admits defeat after eating a dish of Phaal. Phaal is touted as the "spiciest curry dish ever". And Jimmy provides color commentary.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:11am EST

We find out if Jimmy had an accent while growing up in Texas. Asain guy growing up in Texas. Fair question, right?

Any fan of comedy should recognize the name, Don Rickles(aged 90). Rickles was an American stand-up comedian, actor and author. Although he became well known as an insult comic, his pudgy, balding appearance and pugnacious style led to few leading roles in film or television; his prominent film roles included Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) and Kelly's Heroes (1970).

The Wrestling world lost another notable name in Larry Sharpe(aged 66). Sharpe was an American professional wrestler, manager and trainer better known under his ring name, "Pretty Boy" Larry Sharpe. Sharpe is perhaps most well known for creating the Monster Factory professional wrestling school. He grew up in Paulsboro, New Jersey, and was the original trainer of Kevin Von Erich, and many other well-known wrestlers.

"Horrible Events in History" returns as Doug brings us the tale of the Sawney Bean Clan. A story of murder, tragedy, and cannibalism. It also may or may not have happened. All of this and more!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:37pm EST

On our last episode we did a run down of WWE's Wrestlemania 33 event. On this episode we bookend it by giving our thoughts, critiques, and overall reaction to WWE's "Ultimate Thrill Ride". Who won? Which title(s) changed hands? What surprises were unveiled?

But that's not all. We also touch upon the Monday Night RAW after Wrestlemania and how that affects some of the story-lines. Who doesn't like a good wrestling conversation?

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

It's that time of year again folks. The biggest show in professional wrestling is about to take place! WWE calls it..."The Grandest Stage of Them All", "The Showcase of the Immortals", "The Show of Shows", "The Greatest Spectacle in Sports Entertainment"... and now "The Ultimate Thrill Ride". This is Wrestlemania!

On the episode, Doug and Erik get back to familiar territory as they run down the upcoming Wrestlemania card. Who will shine? Who might get called up from NXT? Who might make their long awaited return/debut? All of this and more!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:55am EST

Get ready for a big episode!

We talk about the recent passing of some notable artists. Chuck Berry(aged 90), was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having "laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.

 Bernie Wrightson(aged 68), was an American artist, known for co-creating the Swamp Thing, his adaptation of the novel Frankenstein illustration work, and for his other horror comics and illustrations, which feature his trademark intricate pen and brush work.

 We also delve deep into the recent celebrity hacks, more specifically, the leaked photos/videos of WWE Diva Paige. Should WWE take action against Paige for something that was done a few years ago? If they do, is their action justified considering that it happened outside of the workplace with other consenting adults? And why is there a condemnation of victims in situations like this?

 

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On this week, we venture into the dangerous minefield that is the debate on racism. The difference between cultural insensitivity and cultural ignorance. If you should say something and how it can affect the workplace. Jimmy does his best attempts at describing the plot of the recent movie release of Get Out by director Jordan Peele.

We also take a look at the upcoming Summer Blockbuster season and the fact that it's starting earlier and earlier with each passing year. Summer movies released in March?

With this episode, we hit the 35th time that Doug has presented a "Horrible Event in History"! If our Horrible Event segment is one of your favorites, then you should go back and check out the previous entries. For the 35th entry, Doug brings us the tragic and mysterious story of Elisa Lam.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:42pm EST

Get ready for a very chaotic, but funny episode. Somewhere along way we start talking about the passing of Bill Paxton(aged 61) and the different films he was a part of(Terminator, Weird Science, Aliens, Titanic, etc.). Then we veer off onto how Hollywood writers might come up with some of their insane projects that eventually get made into some kind of movie.

Our curiosity with the creative process is nothing new. But we do let our creativity loose as we envision what can only be described as a classic episode of the show. We talk about the passing of Bill Paxton, "Judge" Joseph Wapner(aged 97), Alan Colmes(aged 66), and Ion Croitoru aka Bruiser Bedlam(aged 53).

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:25am EST

The Professional Wrestling world is mourning the passing of four former stars. Ivan Koloff(aged 74), Chavo Guerrero Sr.(aged 68), Nicole Bass(aged 52), and George "The Animal" Steele(aged 79). Each of them made contributions to wrestling in their own right.

The guys take a quick stroll down memory lane as they talk about some of their favorite wrestling moments in history. Some absurd, others, not so much.

Doug brings us his rundown of The Battle of Messines for the "Horrible Events in History" file.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:52am EST

Rabblecast 482- More Batman Director News, WWE Elimination Chamber 2017

We follow up on our discussion about Warner Bros./DC searching for a new Director for The Batman. So far, it seems as though Matt Reeves(Cloverfield) might be in the running to take over the film. Although, if we learned anything about the DC Extended Universe, things can change at anytime.

WWE is currently on the road to Wrestlemania. But before we get there, we're going to make a few stops along the way. One of them being, Smackdown's PPV, The Elimination Chamber! Find out who walked away as champion and what this means for Wresltemania.

Also on this episode, we get into a discussion about the legal drinking age. Should it be changed? Should it be lower or higher? The guys weigh on this unexpected topic.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:36pm EST

Rabblecast 481 - No Director For The Batman, The R101 Disaster

In our last episode we said goodbye to the studio. But the show must go on. On this episode we try out a new recording space literally a block down the road. We did hit a few snags here and there, but that is to be expected when we have a mobile setup.

Let's get down to business. On this episode, we talk about the lack of a director for the upcoming Batman film from Warner Bros. Ben Afleck was touted as a great choice not only as Batman but as the director of the film due to his recent string of hits(Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Argo). Already, speculation has run wild as to who might fill the director's chair. Who do you think will make a good director for The Batman.

We also have another entry into the "Horrible Events in History" file in the form of the R101 Disaster.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:20am EST

Rabblecast 480 - Moving Day, We Say Goodbye To Another Studio

For a show that has run over ten years, we have seen changes from time to time. Friends coming and going. Format changes. Recording spaces becoming unavailable. Thankfully, in this case, we're only saying goodbye to another studio space.

So we gathered in the near empty studio and did our usual thing. Among the various topics talked about: The passing of celebrities, Mary Tyler Moore(aged 80) and Sir John Hurt(aged 77). As well as the passing of Masaya Nakamura(aged 91), considered by many to be "the father of Pac-man".

We also talk about the 2017 Royal Rumble PPV from WWE and some of the various results from that night.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

Rabblecast 479 - This Is Why We Don't Talk Politics

Even in the early days of the show, when we covered wrestling, we always kept it lighthearted. This is a comedy podcast after all. But when you start talking politics, things can get a little interesting. How do you get your news? Do you rely on social media solely for your world news? Do you double check the information before repeating it verbatim?

On this show, we find out what happens when the guys dip their toes into a political conversation. But that's not all. Also on this episode: Bathroom adventures(you've been warned), fantasy casting a movie full of method actors, a look at the upcoming Royal Rumble 2017 PPV, and a couple of celebrity deaths.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:20am EST

Rabblecast 478 - Getting Up To Speed in 2017

The Rabblecast is back with our very first episode for 2017! Did you enjoy your holiday season? Did you make any new year's resolutions?

We get back into the swing of things by catching up on a few news bits that lingered as 2016 closed out. Then we take a look at the current events going on in 2017 so far. Are we doing better or worse than last year? It might be a little too early to tell.

But, rest assured, we do return to our normal flow of the show. With that, Doug brings us the first addition to the "Horrible Events In History" file for the new year. On this episode we talk about The Broomway, a public right of way over the foreshore at Maplin Sands off the coast of Essex, England.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Rabblecast 477 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story & A Look Back At 2016

Welcome to the final episode of The Rabblecast for 2016!

SPOILER ALERT!! On this episode, we talk about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While we might not dissect it as much as other shows or outlets, we do talk about it in great depth while Doug sits on the sidelines and watches two geeks gush over it. Rogue One is great addition to the Star Wars saga as we eagerly await the arrival of episode VIII.

Also on this episode, we take a look back at all of the celebrities that have left us in 2016. Doug reads off a list of names, the majority of which we talked about on-air. Others, like the recent passing of British singer, George Michael(aged 53) happened well after we finished recording. 2016 was a really unforgiving year for some and rewarding for others.

 

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Rabblecast 476 - Imitate Until You Can Innovate!

Guess who finally watched Marvel's Doctor Strange? After a recent trip to the theater, Jimmy had a lot to say about the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mainly, how the director and Marvel Studios were able to make a movie that borrowed heavily from other films that came before it. And we attempt to answer the question, are mutants and Inhumans the same thing?

Comic books, movies, wrestling, robots, alcohol, and more fill out this episode. And let's not forget one of our favorite parts of the show. "Horrible Events in History" is back as Doug tells the story of the Chicago Port Disaster.

 

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Rabblecast 475 - Florence Henderson, Ron Glass, Fidel Castro, and More!

This week we report on and talk about a few names that you may or may not know.

Florence Henderson(aged 82) was an American actress and singer with a career spanning six decades. She is best remembered for her starring role as matriarch Carol Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. Some of us watched the Brady Bunch after the heyday of the show. But there is no denying the staying power that the show had. 

Ron Glass(aged 71) may not be as recognizable of an actor to some viewers, but he also has a large body of work. Mr. Glass was an American actor. He was known for his roles as literary Det. Ron Harris in the television sitcom Barney Miller(1975–1982), and as the spiritual Shepherd Derrial Book in the 2002 science fiction series Firefly and its sequel film Serenity. If you're a Brown Coat, you're mourning the loss of this man more than most.

We also talk about the passing of the former President of Cuba. Fidel Castro(aged 90) was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Depending on your political views and interpretation of world history, Castro can be a polarizing figure. Some may have celebrated his passing, while others mourned him and remembered his accomplishments.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:15am EST

Rabblecast 474 - Moana Pozzi, Sharon Jones, Thanksgiving, and More!

Disney recently released their lasted 3D computer animated feature, Moana. The film tells the story of Moana(voiced by Auli'i Cravalho), the strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic to a goddess. She sets sail in search of Maui(voiced by Dwayne Johnson), a legendary demigod and hopes to save her people. Sounds like a fun movie, right?

It has come to the attention of Disney that the name Moana is very well known in Italy and it's not because of their latest release. Turns out Moana is the name of very popular and well known adult film actress, Moana Pozzi. During the 80's and into the 90's Moana Pozzi had a very successful career. Besides adult film she also was known to be a regular actress, television personality, model, politician and writer.

Sharon Jones(aged 60), was an American soul and funk singer. She was the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, a soul and funk band based in Brooklyn, New York. Fans of Marvel's Luke Cage were treated to one of her performances in the closing scene of season 1 as Sharon Jones performed 100 Days, 100 Nights.

And then somehow. Between all of the bad jokes and silly stories we get another "Horrible Event in History"! Doug tells the story of the Port Arthur Massacre and the ramifications it had on Australia and its gun laws.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:19am EST

Rabblecast 473 - Robert Vaughn, Leonard Cohen, and More!

This week, along with our usual high jinks, we talk about the loss of two incredibly talented individuals.

Robert Vaughn(aged 83), was an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work. One of his best-known TV roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. On this show in particular we like to reference his role as Ross Webster in Superman III(1983). It was in this entry into the Superman series where the characters played by Robert Vaughn and Richard Pryor attempted to synthesis kryptonite in an effort to defeat Superman, played by Christopher Reeve.

We also talk about Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, and painter, Leonard Cohen(aged 82). Cohen's work mostly explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. His song, Hallelujah, has the distinction of having been been performed by almost 200 artists in various languages. Chances are you've probably heard a Leonard Cohen song at some point in your life, you just didn't realize it at the time.

And finally, we wrap up this week's show with a video game review? Doug got his hands on a copy of Battlefield 1(EA Games) from his local redbox. Find out his thoughts on this and his love of absurd video game glitches. And let's not forget about Desert Bus or specifically Penn and Teller's Smoke and Mirrors.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:49am EST

Rabblecast 472 - Making of The Night Runner, Election Rigging and More!

It's been said on the show before, Jimmy is one talented individual. Over the weekend we got together to shoot a music video for a contest that Jimmy had entered. Korg Instruments ran a Halloween themed contest. After seeing some of the entries already posted online, Jimmy couldn't help himself and decided to throw his hat into the ring.

 

Check out the video for: The Night Runner

 

A quick disclaimer for the next part of the episode: The results of the recent election had not yet come in when we were recording. As such, we talk about election rigging in general terms. We are not accusing either party of cheating, rigging, or manipulating data. That's a discussion for another time and possibly another show.

And last but certainly not least, Doug brings us another "Horrible Event in History"! The subject of this entry, H. H. Holmes, one of the first documented serial killers in the modern sense of the term.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Rabblecast 471 - Kevin Curran, Michael Massee, and TNA Wrestling History

Many times when we report on the passing of an individual they are known for being in front of the camera, so to speak. Kevin Curran(aged 59) was a little bit different. Mr. Curran was an American television comedy writer. He wrote for Late Night with David Letterman, Married... with Children, and The Simpsons. We talk about some of his contributions to the world of comedy writing and one of his cameos.

The next name is one that would come up in conversations from time time. Michael Massee(aged 64), was an American actor. Massee is perhaps best known for his roles as Funboy in the 1994 film The Crow and The Gentleman in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man. We also touch upon the unfortunate accident that happened on the set of The Crow that claimed the life of that movie's star.

And then, we jump back into the world of Professional Wrestling to take a look at the history of TNA Wrestling! What was once a potential number two to the juggernaut that is, WWE. How have they manged to stay in the game? Who has been at the center of it all? What about the rumors of WWE wanting to buyout TNA?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:39am EST

Happy Halloween to everyone out there!

On this episode we talk about the recent deaths of Jack Chick(aged 92), an American cartoonist and publisher, best known for his evangelical fundamentalist Christian "Chick tracts". Pete Burns(aged 57), an English singer-songwriter and television personality. He founded the pop band Dead or Alive in 1980, in which he was vocalist and songwriter, and which rose to mainstream success with their 1985 single "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)". And... Steve Dillon(aged 54), a British comic book artist, from Luton, Bedfordshire, best known for his work with writer Garth Ennis on Hellblazer, Preacher and The Punisher.

And finally, what's Halloween without a "Horrible Event in History"? Doug brings us another tale in the form of the, Texarkana Moonlight Murders.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:11pm EST

Rabblecast 469 - A Mixed Bag of TV, Movies, and Wrestling News

This week's show is a little hard to nail down. Mostly because we were all over the map with different topics and stories. And we wouldn't have it any other way.

One of this week's topics, the recent passing of some notable names. Thomas Mikal Ford(aged 52), was an American actor best known for his role as Tommy Strawn in the sitcom Martin, and for his recurring role as Mel Parker in the UPN sitcom The Parkers. The other name we report on is, Calvin Gotlieb, a Canadian professor and computer scientist who has been called the "Father of Computing" in Canada. He was a Professor in Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

Through in some wrestling news, comics questions, and what we're watching recently and that pretty much rounds out this week's show.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

Rabblecast 468 - Special Guest: Uncle Yo!

Uncle Yo joins us on the podcast this week! Geek comedian, writer, host, and panel moderator are just some of the many things one could use to describe what he does. He even tells us about his recent adventure at NYCC 2016 as a moderator and booth host.

If you want more Uncle Yo in your daily life, be sure to head over to We Are The Geek and check out some of the other many things Uncle Yo has been up to.

 

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Rabblecast 467 - Marvel's Luke Cage, Jimmy Loves Squirrel Girl

Luke Cage, Marvel's latest offering now available on Netflix, tells the tale of the "Hero for Hire" from Harlem. Within just a day of its release on the streaming service, Luke Cage already holds the distinction of "breaking the internet" as Netflix went down for a few hours due to the demand of viewers watching. Even with such a great reaction from the fans, the show still manages to draw some controversy.

As we talk about Luke Cage, Jimmy believes he broke the code as to why one of Marvel's other beloved characters has yet to be included in any of the TV shows or films. Will we see Squirrel Girl sooner than later? Is she the key to the end of Marvel's Phase 3?

All of this and so much more in this nice bundled episode.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

Week in and week out, we do our best to bring different topics of discussion to the show. Current event stories, celebrity deaths, movies/TV, and few other things here and there. We really never know how the show will unfold with each episode.

This week's show is a great example. Jokes, riffs, personal moments, and a little bit of news all coalesce into our latest offering to you, the listening audience. We even managed to slip another "Horrible Events in History" segment(The Upstairs Lounge Arson Attack) in after a few weeks of going without one.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:18pm EST

Rabblecast 465 - Riot Fest, Travel Woes, and Space Ghost Coast to Coast

A while back, episode 451 specifically, Doug was filled with excitement about his upcoming trip to Chicago, IL to attend Riot Fest! A three day festival that plays hosts to bands that play rock, punk, alternative rock, and hip hop music. Doug's main motivation for this trip? A chance to witness the reunion of The Misfits(among other groups)! Doug fills us in on the journey, the destination, and aftermath.

We also talk about the passing of Clay Martin Croker(aged 54), who worked as an animator and voice actor. He is best known for having provided the voices of Zorak and Moltar on the animated series Space Ghost Coast to Coast for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:06pm EST

Rabblecast 464 - Stranger Things, Netflix Shows, and More!

By this point and time many Sci-Fi fans have watched and enjoyed, Stranger Things on Netflix. The story follows a group of four young kids. When one of them disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. Spoilers ahead! We give our take on this hit show which has already announced a second season. Experiments on kidnapped kids, a secret government program, and a parallel dimension? What's not to like?

We also say our "goodbye's" to celebrities and notable people that passed away recently. Jon Polito(aged 65, American actor and voice artist. Film and television career spanning 35 years he amassed over 220 credits.), Alexis Arquette(aged 47, American actress, cabaret performer, and activist.), Phyllis Schlafly(aged 92, American constitutional lawyer and conservative activist.), and Greta Friedman(Austrian-born American who was photographed being kissed by a sailor on V-J Day 1945 by Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt.)

Somehow, we even manage to talk about UFC 203 and the debut of Former WWE Superstar, CM Punk in the world of MMA!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:11pm EST

Rabblecast 463 - Gene Wilder, Mr. Fuji, and More!

The entertainment world recently lost a very talented man. Gene Wilder(aka Jerry Silberman, aged 83) was an American comic actor in film and theater, screenwriter, film director and author. Known for his roles in movies such as Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and for his work with Mel Brooks. Not to mention his work with fellow Comedic actor, Richard Pryor.

Shifting gears a little bit, we also take a look at the recent passing and career of Mr. Fuji(Harry Fujiwara, aka Mr. Fujiwara. Aged 82). Easily one of the most recognizable managers in the world of professional wrestling and the WWF/WWE. Mr. Fuji was a ruthless character in and out of the ring. Whether he was partnering with, Professor Tanaka or managing numerous wrestlers to main event status and championship matches(Demolition, Powers of Pain, Yokozuna, etc.).

Also on this episode, we talk about the 20 year anniversary of The Crow: City of Angels. (starring: Vincent Pérez, Mia Kirshner, Richard Brooks, and Iggy Pop)

 

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

Rabblecast 462 - WWE Summerslam 2016, Epipen Cost Increase

Some of our shows have a singular theme and/or story. Other shows have a mixed bag of topics. This is the later.

Lots of news came out of WWE's latest PPV, Summerslam 2016. Numerous injuries are being report, during the show and on the following Monday Night RAW. A controversial ending to the Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton match which left a returning Randy Orton a bloody mess in the middle of the ring. A backstage confrontation between Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar. And let's not forget the unveiling and crowning of WWE's first Universal Champion!

From there, we switch gears and talk about the recent controversy surrounding a company by the name of, Mylan. Epipen's have seen a dramatic price hike and consumers are not reacting to this news very well. What caused the sudden price increase and what has Mylan done to improve the epipen product? Jimmy weighs in with some thoughts on the matter.

And finally, Doug brings us another "Horrible Event in History". Learn about how the Hartford Circus Fire happened and what could have been done to avoid such a tragedy.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:54pm EST

Rabblecast 461 - Suicide Squad, The Effect of Studio Notes

Suicide Squad, the third installment in the DC Extended Universe from Warner Bros. is out now in theaters. Doug and Hernandez went to catch what was to be the "righting of the ship" for Warner Bros. After the grim and gritty world established in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad(Directed by David Ayer) looked to bring a lighter tone and an injection of excitement into the DCEU. Can a movie comprised of DC villains pull off what Batman/Superman failed to do for the studio? And what about those re-shoots everyone kept talking about? All of this and more in this episode.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:21pm EST

Rabblecast 460 - And Now For Something A Little More Personal

Where do we begin to explain this episode?

Erik and Doug reconvene in the studio to talk about a wide variety of topics. Weather/seasons, movies, work relationships, WWE's Cruiser Weight Classic, Insidepusle.com celebrating 12 years, Transformers(30th anniversary of the animated movie)and more! You never know what you're going to get when we sit down to record a show.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

Rabblecast 459 - Ghostbusters 2016

We finally watched the new Ghostbusters film, well at least two of us did. If you have not seen the new movie yet, there are SPOILERS ahead. The cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth deliver a fun filled adventure into the realm of Ghostbusting! The laughs, the jokes, and even some of the little details make this movie a great experience. If you're sitting there saying, "Whaaaat"? Then you might want to see this one before it leaves the theaters.

And then we have Doug's latest entry into "Horrible Events in History". This time, we talk about Charles Whitman and the Attack on The University of Texas(1966).

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

Rabblecast 458 - Remakes of 80's Movies, Garry Marshall

We say goodbye to another individual on this episode, as we report on the passing of Garry Marshall(aged 81). Known as an actor, director, producer, writer, voice artist, and comedian. Marshall created the TV show Happy Days and its various spin-offs. He also directed Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, Mother's Day, and The Princess Diaries movies.

Also on this episode, we run down a list of 24 80's movies remakes. Movies such Robocop, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and many others. Which one is better? The remake or the original?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:40pm EST

Rabblecast 457 - "Cyborg" Santos' Injury, Brock Lesnar Fails Drug Test

*(Original recording date, 7/19/2016)

On this week's show, we take another look at the world of MMA. During the Bellator 158 MMA event in London, Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos suffered a sudden defeat against his opponent, Michael Page via a well placed knee strike. The ending of that bout gained lots of news coverage, mostly due to the way that Page celebrated the victory. But it wasn't until news broke of the severity of Santos' head injury did people react in a different way.  

We also talk about the news of Brock Lesnar failing two drug tests, one test before UFC 200, the other one immediately after the UFC event. What Lesnar failed for has not been revealed. But Lesnar himself claims, "We will get to the bottom of this." It has yet to be announced if this will affect his return to the WWE for his upcoming match at Summer Slam 2016. For us, it brings up the discussion of Performance Enhancing Drugs(PEDs) and how they have impacted the world sports and competition.

The latest entry into the "Horrible Events in History" file comes in the form of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Doug brings us the story of nine ski hikers in the Ural Mountains on February 2, 1959. 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:43pm EST

Rabblecast 456 - Pokemon Go, UFC 200

Once again, we have an odd mix of topics that you probably won't find on most shows. Are you one of the millions of fans playing the new Pokemon Go app from mobile game company, Niantic and everyone's favorite family home entertainment video game provider, Nintendo. Look out of your home window, you will probably see a few Pokemon hunters walking or riding by as they explore the real world(probably for the first time) for their favorite pocket monster.

UFC 200, did you watch it? We didn't, but we do our best to go over the results and discuss some of the recent news and controversy surrounding the sport. The UFC, once purchased for $2 million dollars was recently sold for $4 billion. How's that for a financial return?

And last but certainly not least, Doug brings us another mining based tragedy for this week's "Horrible Events in History" with the Knox Mine Disaster.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:41pm EST

Rabblecast 455 - What Did You Watch After Pro Wrestling?

One day removed from a short 4th of July weekend, the guys meet up in the studio to mull over a few things. Like, have you ever wondered about some of the TV shows that aired after WWF/WWE finished up? G vs E, Pacific Blue, just to name a couple.

We find out what kind of late night TV Doug used to record using his VCR. You would be amazed at what kind of gems you can find when you just let it run. Jimmy gives us a glimpse into his "well financed mid-life crisis" and he offers up some simple advice that everyone can use.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

Rabblecast 454 - Anton Yelchin, WWE Suspends Roman Reigns

Two shows in one week! Hell must have frozen over. Or not. Hernandez, Doug, and Jimmy get back to business as they return to the studio to catch up with one another and talk about recent events.

We touch upon the passing of Anton Yelchin(aged 27), star of many recent films. Terminator: Salvation, The recent Star Trek films, and Green Room. Mr. Yelchin fell victim to what many are calling a "freak accident" involving his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

We also talk about the recent suspension of former WWE Champion, Roman Reigns and the timing of the suspension itself. When did the actual violation of the Drug Policy happen? When did they finally enforce the penalty of a 30 day suspension.

Doug also returns with another entry into the "Horrible Events in History" file. This time, he brings us the town of Centralia, Pennsyvania and the mine fire that has been burning since 1962.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:29pm EST

Rabblecast Special - A Conversation About E3 2016

With this episode, we here at The Rabblecast decided to try something a little different.

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2016 is where the big names in the gaming industry(Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, etc.) give us, the consumers, a glimpse at what's to come. From the announcement of new titles, updates on new hardware, and more!

Hernandez welcomes a few new faces into the "old studio". Andrew "TyNyE" White brings us the majority of the news to dissect and disseminate. Also in the studio with us is, Dan Nyguyen. Both avid gamers and long time friends.

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Rabblecast 453 - Muhammad Ali, Kimbo Slice

The Fight World lost two big names in recent weeks. Kimbo Slice(Kevin Ferguson, aged 42) made his name in the underground fight scene. Dubbed, "The King of the Web Brawlers" by Rolling Stones magazine, Kimbo's fight videos went viral. Factor in an undefeated boxing career and Kimbo soon found himself fighting in the Octagon for company's such as Elite XC, UFC, and Bellator MMA. He was still under contract with Bellator at the time of his passing.

Then of course there is, "The Greatest of All Time", Muhammad Ali(born Cassius Clay, aged 74). Ali was an American Olympic and professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring.

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