“What you’re seeing is an all-new Who Asked You? website.” That was how I started the first episode post on our homepage last time we unveiled a new design. I’m happy and relieved to say it again. Burned the midnight oil getting it all ready to go Friday night and I think it was worth it. The very next sentence in that first post read, “It’s a last-stitch effort to try and draw in a few more listeners…” and that is still certainly true. Even though that previous effort now was not the last. Umm… as I explained on a previous show, Google has changed many of the ways it indexes websites and how it ranks them. Things like having too many unrelated links, too many images or your site loading too slowly can all have negative effects on where your site appears in search results. Without boring you with too many details, suffice it to say, after a few audits from various sources, this redesign was well overdue. Not to mention, screens are a lot bigger these days and our previous website was just a little too skinny and was wasting a lot of space.
So, real quickly, this new site is more streamlined (hopefully loading faster) with less unnecessary imagery and just one affiliate advertiser now — $6 Dollar Shirts, check ‘em out! It clearly looks more up-to-date. But most importantly, I think it’s easier to navigate while making it MUCH easier for you to get our show on any device anywhere. The “Listen Anywhere” sidebar has now become its own page. On that page you’ll find every app and service we’re available on. The ones that have landing or profile pages for our show can be accessed by clicking their logo. And they ALL have links directly to the app stores of all the platforms they’re available on. Also, the “Show Archive” has now been indexed by year! And, you can now send us a SpeakPipe voice message without leaving the site. There’s a record button on the “E-Mail The Show” page! And yes, you can still, E-Mail the show if you prefer.
First up, we spend a few moments talking about Harold Ramis who died last week at the age of 69. Ramis was best known as Egon in the GHOSTBUSTERS movies, and as the writer and director of some funny-ass movies like CADDYSHACK and GROUNDHOG DAY, just to name a couple.
On the way to the show, Jabari and I got caught in a traffic jam on the freeway. In fact, we got set up just in time to go on-air. While creepin’ along at 0.04 MPH we were talking about the fact that Las Vegas doesn’t get destroyed very often in disaster movies. We saw it in Roland Emmerich’s 2012, the Martians ran amok through our streets in MARS ATTACKS and the desert had “taken it back” in one of those RESIDENT EVIL movies. There’s so many I’ve lost track. It looks like Godzilla will stomp his way down the strip when that movie comes out later this year. But until then, I guess we’ll have to settle on BLAST VEGAS… even if it stars Frankie Muniz. That’s our F.D.V.D.O.T.W.W.M.A.N.
If you’re looking to buy tickets to GODZILLA early, there’ll be one less service to do it on. Moviefone, the show time and ticketing service that’s been around since 1989 announced that it’s phone service will be disconnected at the end of the month. With so many smartphone apps and other online ticketing options dialing 777-FILM and then navigating a cumbersome menu just doesn’t have the appeal it used to. One of Moviefone’s founders blames AOL’s mismanagement of it when they bought it back in 1999. In a statement from AOL, the company says they have big plans for the Moviefone brand and you should download the Moviefone app in the meantime. Find out which of us used the service on today’s show. Also, find out why Fandango will never ever sponsor us.
Once you’ve got your tickets and you’re in the theater, now you gotta sit through 20 to 30 minutes worth of trailers. Well that may soon change. NATO (the National Association of Theater Owners) has developed a new set of guidelines they’d like the movie studios to follow when it comes to trailers and other promotional materials for a movie. Among the new rules, trailers can’t be longer than two-minutes and they can’t be shown more than five months before a film’s release. These guidelines are totally voluntary. It’ll be up to individual theaters to decide if they want to adopt them and refuse any studio’s advertisements that don’t follow them. We look at these and some of the other new standards and share our thoughts.
One of the complaints about movie trailers theater owners say they get is that the trailers themselves give away too much plot. Jabari argues that’s because the movie was most likely not well written to begin with. And this launches us into one of our world-famous tangents. Along the way we get on the topic of Wolverine and whether or not he’s a good character, if he’s over-saturated and why it took two years for him to climb up that mountain to find the other half of his body — in the comics, not the movies.
Gamers aren’t the only ones getting fed up with Nintendo. Now, the company is hearing from some of its shareholders. In particular, Seth Fischer who manages a hedge fund that’s invested in the game maker. He wrote a letter to the company’s CEO suggesting Nintendo release all of their older titles on smartphones and tablets, then charge money for enhanced features. Imagine you’re playing SUPER MARIO BROS. and you could really use a super star in Koopa’s castle. Well, for 99-cents you can have that star. Maybe for a whole dollar you can get entire maps to castles or more lives on other games. Fischer says it’s a $100-billion market Nintendo should tap, but plans for doing any of this are paused as Nintendo doesn’t seem interested in doing it any time soon.
And in Breaking News, we save one of the most disgusting stories we’ve brought to you for last. I won’t spoil it here, but if you have a weak stomach, or are eating seafood while listening to our show… you may wanna mute it when we get to this story. Plus, doing the right thing doesn’t always pan out in your favor. Just as a Texas high school student who turned in a can of beer to his teacher he says he accidentally packed in his lunch. All this and lots more on a new episode on our new website! Enjoy!
GOTHAM, a new Batman-less TV series that takes place in Gotham City (yes, someone thought this would be a good idea) is moving forward as quickly as ever. The show bypassed the pilot season and went straight to series. Fox has now announced some of the cast for the upcoming pilot. Aside from casting someone who looks like Jesse from BREAKING BAD — according to our chat room — to play a young Oswald Cobblepot, they’ve also cast Hawthorrr… err, I mean Jada Pinkett-Smith to play his crime lord boss named Fish Mooney. The show is centered on a young James Gordon (yes, someone thought we’d rather watch him wonder Gotham than Batman) and that role has been filled by for THE O.C. star, Ben McKenzie. He’s played a cop before in TNT’s SOUTHLAND and he’s been in Gotham City before as the voice of Bruce Wayne and Batman in the animated feature BATMAN: YEAR ONE. This gets us debating whether this should should go the crime procedural route and whether or not that’ll be interesting. Dennis wouldn’t mind seeing a LAW AND ORDER: GOTHAM. And I wouldn’t either. I’d love to see a courtroom scene where they’re trying to cross examine Mr Freeze. Or Gordon and his grizzled partner are chasing Joker through a dark alley. I guess we’ll have to wait and see on this one.
Meanwhile in the movie department at Fox, someone had the ‘fantastic’ idea to cast a black guy in the role of Johnny Storm for the upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR reboot. Now I know that sentence might have sounded a little racist, but that’s not what I meant. If you want to change the ethnicity of a comic book character, don’t you think you should change the ethnicity of his immediate family members too? In this case, his sister Susan, who is also a member of the Fantastic Four? That thought didn’t occur to the casting director on the film, so we’re going to have a black Johnny Storm and a white Susan Storm and what will likely be a pretty weak explanation of why. Our guess is one of them will be adopted. Or they could go the route of Malcolm’s daughter in THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK and not explain it at all.
There’s also a rumor going around that Dr. Doom may be a chick in the movie. And speaking of chicks in movies… Millennium Films has found a director for its upcoming THE EXPENDABELLES. The movie, which is a female version of THE EXPENDABLES will be directed by Robert Luketic. It also sounds incredibly awful. Since there’s no cast yet, we come up with a number of suggestions for who we think should star in it.
Another awful movie Robert Luketic made was MONSTER-IN-LAW starring J.Lo and Jane Fonda. A woman in South Carolina was arrested after she failed to return a VHS copy she rented… back in 2005! Turns out she’d forgotten about the rental during a move out of state and when the video store didn’t hear back from her, they filed a report with police. That report led to a warrant for her arrest which didn’t pop up until just last week. Best part of all, the video store isn’t even in business anymore!
Like a boner in middle school, Hulk Hogan just won’t go away. He’s set to return to WWE during the debut of the new online streaming WWE Network that launches today! It’s unclear if he’ll be doing any serious rough housing. Wouldn’t want him to break a hip after all. He’s also going to be appearing on WRESTLEMANIA XXX which airs in April. As for the WWE Network, it’s available on a number of devices, the Roku and the latest game consoles. For $9.99 a month you get as much 24/7 streaming body slams and screaming into microphones as you can take.
After their initial release in 2011, the Nike Air MAG shoes Marty McFly wore in BACK TO THE FUTURE, PART II are finally getting the key power lacing feature they had in the movie. Nike originally released the boring ol’ manual lacing version to raise money for Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s foundation. They sold 1,500 pairs of the shoes and raised $6-million. Sadly though, the shoes didn’t lace themselves like everyone wanted them to. Well now, in 2015, the year the movie is set in, one of Nike’s designers says they will have power lacing shoes! What would you pay for a pair of these? We share our price point on today’s show.
I wonder if the judge could see Oksana Grigorieva’s pussy from behind the way Mel Gibson claimed he always could as she left the court room losing the remaining half of a shitty settlement she was supposed to get from the LETHAL WEAPON star. All she had to do was not talk about Mel publicly. Apparently the few statements she did make during a Howard Stern interview were enough for a judge to cancel the remaining $375,000 worth of installments she was to get from Gibson. I mainly threw this story into the rundown as an excuse to play Gibson’s funny phone rants again.
California may have cut many of its deficits, but according to Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, the state is ungovernable. He wants to split it up into six smaller states. This isn’t the first time this idea has been suggested. However, he did get the go-ahead from the state secretary to start a petition. If he gets all the 807,000 signatures needed, the proposal will be put on the 2016 ballot. What would these new states be called? You’ll find out on today’s show. So sit back, relax, turn up your speakers and grab a bowl of Candied Critters.
History’s “The Curse Of Oak Island”
IMDb: Fantastic Four (2015)
Screen Rant: ‘The ExpendaBelles’ Snags ‘Legally Blonde’ Director…
Fox Carolina: Pickens woman charged 9 years after failing to return J.Lo movie
Sole Collector: Tinker Hatfield Confirms Power Laces Will Return In 2015…
Six Californias – Initiative to create six new states
There’s also a new casting crisis over at the Batman/Superman movie. Internet hate can now shift from Ben Affleck as Batman to Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. The casting of the part was announced by Warner Bros. and the response seems to be split evenly. Guess which side of this we fall on? Jeremy Irons was also part of that announcement. He’ll take over Alfred from Michael Caine. Guess which side of this one we fall on?
Gawker’s got their own crisis as director Quentin Tarantino is suing the website for posting a link to a leaked copy of his latest screenplay. Although the site didn’t directly post the script, Tarantino’s lawyers say their posting of a link for finding it is a copyright violation in and of itself. It’s up to a judge to decide if that’s a stretch or not. Dennis has an interesting take on this.
He also has one on a crisis for the artist formally known as or currently referred to or whatever — Prince. The musician has filed a lawsuit against his own fans. For years Prince has fought to get YouTube videos of his concerts taken with cell phones pulled from the site. Now, he’s purple raining on 22 of his fans’ parades. It seems their sharing of links on their Facebook fan pages and their blogs of these types of videos has caused irreparable damage to Prince in excess of $1-million per defendant, according to court papers. Obviously, Prince fails to see and appreciate the free viral marketing campaign his own fans are running for him.
And now that porn crisis in California. By now, you’ve probably all heard about Measure B, the state law that passed requiring pornographers to use condoms when shooting in the greater Los Angeles area. Unfortunately, the industry says more and more people are demanding the sex in their porn to be unsafe! Coupled with increasing competition and piracy from the Internet and what’s a filthy filmmaker to do? I know, spend $100,000 on digitally removing the condoms from the male stars’ shafts. That’s what gay porn company, Falcon Studios is doing on their latest release, CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ 1. The director of the movie, Tony Dimarco is dreamin’ of the good ol’ — as he describes them, “carefree and spontaneous” — days of 70s and 80s porn when bareback was the standard and two guys could fuck poolside without the oppressive California legislature telling them to put a rubber on first. So, some lowly intern in the basement of Falcon Studios is tasked with rotoscoping tens-of-thousands of frames to digitally edit out the condoms. While Falcon decided to go this route, other studios are choosing a much easier and cheaper option. They’re shooting in places like Las Vegas where it’s just a stone’s throw from LA and protection isn’t required. Afterall, it’s Vegas baby!
And that’s about all the crises we can take this week. We aren’t done with sex and porn news though. In Japan, a new gizmo is being given away in a contest to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a lingerie maker there. It’s called the True Love Tester and it’s a little Bluetooth device that goes in place of the clasp on a woman’s bra. It monitors her heart rate and sends the data wirelessly to a phone app. When her “true love” makes her heart rate jump the clasp activates and releases; opening her bra for easy access to her titties by her true love. As you’ll hear us point out, there are a number of other things that’ll make her heart rate go up. Our silly scenarios on today’s episode.
And whodathunk that a classic, childhood toy wouldn’t want its brand associated with oral sex. Christy Mack, a porn star who describes herself as “a whore that likes LEGOS” certainly didn’t. She was running a contest with which her followers could build her something awesome out of LEGOS that she could display in her home. The winner would get a blow job from her! It’s a win win! Well, not for the suits it wasn’t. It’s unclear whether it was her lawyers or LEGOS’ that told her the contest ‘sucked’. But she called it off and told her fans they could still build her something if they wanted to anyway. Crisis averted.
IMDb: “Batman vs. Superman”
The Voice Behind Episode 37: Jim Cummings
Buy “The Cave of Time (Choose Your Own Adventure #1)”
THR: Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Leaked ‘Hateful Eight’ Script (Exclusive)
The Verge: Porn studio digitally removes condoms from release to provide ‘pre-condom fantasy’
Ravijour.com – Japanese Lingerie
Piko Interactive: Mysterious Song – A New RPG for SNES Under Development
Follow @ChristyMack on Twitter
Stuff.co.nz: Shark attack doctor stitches own leg
We had a little stream trouble during this week’s show and in all the commotion I skip past a porn story that I tease at the top of the episode. We’ll bring you that news next week. Hopefully all of the Who Asked You? Crew will be back for that one. This week Dennis and Mike are out so our pal wonkknow once again fills in. As he puts it, one gay equals two black guys these days, so it evens out.
There are a number of TV series on their way out this year. TRUE BLOOD, WILFRED, JUSTIFIED and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER just to name some. A few of the shows are ending because it’s just time to do so. While others, like KATIE — Katie Couric’s daytime talk show — are getting canceled for one reason or another. We offer some parting thoughts on these shows as they round out their final seasons and we explain the musical chairs happening to NBC’s late night. Jay Leno is ONCE AGAIN leaving THE TONIGHT SHOW and he’s being replaced with Jimmy Fallon who is leaving his LATE NIGHT show and being replaced with Seth Meyers who is leaving SNL.
And while all those shows are ending, TNT (they know drama) is bringing in a new show that’s already been on-the-air elsewhere in the world. It’s a show based on the TRANSPORTER movies! They’ve already got one season done and are about to start shooting season two. TNT will air it from the beginning starting in the Fall. NO… it does not star Jason Statham. The Frank Martin character is portrayed in the show by Chris Vance. Clearly Frank used some of his transporter money to get the Bosley hair surgery. Not to shit on Vance, but they could’ve found someone who looked a little more like Statham. We’ll reserve judgement though until we see the actual show.
Perhaps the big story of the week is the possible preview of what the Ninja Turtles will look like in the upcoming Michael Bay-produced movie. I say “possible” because the image is of a children’s Michelangelo Halloween costume. It was accidentally leaked online and TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com posted the picture. And although it is a crude representation of the real deal, movie Halloween costumes nevertheless are often modeled after the actual costumes and characters in the films. The image is below in the Show Links… for now. I say “for now” because the website it first appeared on got a take down notice from Paramount/Viacom shortly after they posted it. In Internet speak, that’s confirmation that it is, in fact, the real deal. So looking at it, we get a rough estimate of what the turtles will look like. It seems they’ll be clothed. At least, Mikey will. He’s sporting some ripped up cut off jeans, a sweater tied around his waist and a pair of white hipster sun glasses tucked into a strap across his chest. Another attribute to note is the face. It looks like they’re trying to balance the comic book look with a more human-ish face. The turtles will be CGI and not animatronic like they were in the original live-action features.
I can’t help but wonder if this image wasn’t leaked on purpose to perhaps secretly get audience feedback while the characters are still in the design stages. The Halloween company “accidentally leaks” the image, Paramount sends a SINGLE takedown notice to make it look like they care knowing full well it’s going to immediately get posted on countless other blogs and then they sit back and gauge the reaction from everyone. This is pure speculation on my part, but isn’t it a little odd that even now, as I’m writing this, the image is on ComingSoon.net and has been for days and nobody has said a thing? However, the design may be set in stone no matter what the reaction as the costume seems to match descriptions of toys that are also being made. Might be a little expensive to go back and redo those too if everyone hates the way the turtles look. This story is at the point where the live stream goes down, so I get a little distracted with that, I’m unable to pull the image itself up for the guys to see and the conversation gets a little choppy. Bare with us.
The most expensive video games aren’t the new titles you find for next gen consoles right now… but rather really old titles from consoles made decades ago. A cartridge of NES STADIUM EVENTS once held the record for most expensive game sold when it went for $41,300. It was replaced in 2012 by a rare prototype copy of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA that fetched $55,000. And now, an auction on eBay has sent Link packing. It obliterated his record price tag! The game is a very rare copy of NINTENDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. It features special time trial versions of SUPER MARIO BROS., TETRIS and RAD RACER. The 116 cartridges in existence were used for a 1990 video game competition. And 26 gold-plated versions were given away by “Nintendo Magazine”. This particular copy is not the gold edition. It’s the standard grey one and is actually in pretty bad shape. It’s dirty, scratched and the label has been torn off making it nearly impossible to determine its production number. It was believed that would effect its value… but it didn’t. Tune in today to hear how much it went for.
And after years and years of asking, jelly bean enthusiasts are finally getting a beer flavor from Jelly Belly. It took the company three years to develop the brew flavored bean. They describe it as slightly sweet with notes of wheat. Just like all their other flavors, you can combine these with other beans to make unique recipes in your pie hole. And just like all their other adult beverage-inspired jelly beans, the beer flavor contains NO alcohol. I’ll still try them though.
Canceled/Ending Shows: “How I Met Your Mother”, “Katie”, “Warehouse 13″, “Wilfred”, “Justified”, “Californication”, “True Blood”, “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Newsroom”
NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night”
“Transporter: The Series” on IMDb
Halloween Costume Reveals First Look of Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles Movie
eBay: NES Nintendo World Championship Cart… 100% Authentic Adult Owned
Jelly Belly “Draft Beer” Jelly Beans