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Alright, everyone exhale… here we are. The world didn’t end on Friday, I think we made it. Unless… no… that can’t be, can it? The Mayans never accounted for leap years in their celestial calculations, so their calendar could be off by a few years. I guess we’ll probably go through all of this hype and hysteria all over again soon enough. After all, there are more doomsday books and movies to sell.
The world didn’t end, but the year has. And that means it’s time for us to reflect on the last 52 weeks. Good movies, forgotten TV shows, game consoles we thought would be stupid but turned out to be really fun… it’s all on this rapid fire year-in-review edition of Who Asked You?. Along with technical difficulties involving Dennis’ microphone. A sort of foreshadowing of a much needed studio upgrade happening during our holiday break. It wasn’t really a technical failure at all. It was a button-pushing failure on my part. We all can hear Dennis, but the guys couldn’t. Eventually all is worked out and the show carries on.
But there’s more to this show than just the good, the bad and the Honey Boo Boo. We also play the CLIP OF THE YEAR as chosen by you. It was a landslide by the way. And we enlist the help of the ErrorFM chat room to choose our 2013 Calendar Girl. A brief history on this…
The Who Asked You? calendar is a chronological masterpiece to rival even the Mayans’ stone chiselings. You at home don’t get to see it. It’s merely a production calendar with our year’s show’s highlighted so the fellas know if there’s an episode coming up on any given week. The girl was added only to attract Dennis’ eyes to the calendar as he never paid attention to the first one and constantly asked me, “Are we doing a show this week?” And although it hasn’t worked, and he still pays little attention to it, the girls have become a bit of a tradition. It’s truly an honor to appear — without giving us permission — on our production calendar, and you famous females shouldn’t take it lightly. Previous beauties included Jessica Biel and Alba, Denise Lawton and most recently Chell from the animated feature, THE ROAD TO EL DORADO. Jabari suggested Cherokee D’Azz, but wanting to keep things classy we thought up Charlize Theron and Sofia Vergara. Mike threw in Catherine Zeta-Jones. The chat room had a suggestion or two as well. Ultimately it’s decided and you’ll hear our choice during the show! Then it’s back to recounting 2012 points of interest or disinterest like Microsoft’s release of the overpriced Surface tablet or Apple’s bullshit iPad Mini.
New episodes of our little program return, LIVE on January 6th. Here’s wishing you all happy holidays! Thanks for listening this year and we hope you do so during the next one as well. Big things coming! I can feel it!
Facebook’s Year In Review 2012
Heard In This Week’s Open:
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story
ALF (Season 1)
If you’re staring at this week’s show title wondering if that’s a snack in the food aisle at your local adult store, it is not. It’s Channing Tatum’s new nickname. Why would we call him that? Please see the episode titled, “The Beck-ening” which contains one of our more memorable stories still brought up from time to time. Why are we talking about Channing Tatum? Because he’s got several movies coming out this year including G.I. JOE: RETALIATION and 21 JUMP STREET. Both of these films sound awful.
Charlie can count his lucky stars he slept too late and missed this week’s program because it’s not just reboots of 80′s TV series and toy-turned-movie sequel blandness we have to look forward to in the theater this year… oh no, there’s also sequels to films that didn’t need them, sequels to films that shouldn’t have had a first one to begin with, a movie based on the Navy SEALS mission that killed Osama bin Laden, more comic book flicks, a 3D version of a certain chainsaw-wielding wacko who goes on a massacre, a sequel to a comic book movie whose original was really bad, Daniel Radcliffe ditches the wand, the CLASH OF THE TITANS remake gets an unneeded second, Johnny Depp stars in another Tim Burton film, Tim Burton produces a movie based on one of his first stop-motion shorts, Hasbro continues to sell its soul, Will Smith insures his is never coming back, a guy named ‘Webb’ will give us his emo-take on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Bruce Wayne slips on his cape for the last ‘good’ time — although DC is probably already planning Batman’s reboot after Nolan calls it quits, you’ll be demanding a recall on Collin Farrell’s version of TOTAL RECALL, Stallone and friends will come back to blow stuff up and blow people’s heads off, the fight against the Umbrella Corp. will continue, Universal’s monsters will be raped a second time in the ass after contracting Hepatitis from VAN HELSING, RED DAWN will also see the dawn of its reboot, KNOCKED UP will get a spin-off, a Hansel and Gretel movie will come out this year with a plot so ridiculous the guys are convinced I made it up. We did that on the 2010 look ahead and it was just as difficult back then to tell the real from the fake. I swear to you, I did not make any of these up this time around. These films are all real!
Somewhere between the messes of movies being rattled off I run out of Sam Adams Black and Brew (my new favorite of theirs having tried it for the first time on today’s show) and we learn what pig semen smells like from Sheena, Charlie’s female fill-in.
New Releases for Tuesday, January 3rd:
Justified (Season 2)
Contagion (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 5)
I Don’t Know How She Does It
Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
Marley & Me: The Puppy Years
She’s All That [Blu-ray]
Red: Werewolf Hunter
What a year it’s been. This seemed like as good of a time as any to switch things up. Instead of doing our look back and calling it a “Christmas Special”, we’ve decided to do our look back and call it what it is, a Year-In-Review Special. Being weary of this time of year these days coupled with the fact that the show was never really about Christmas and was always a yearly recap prompted the change.
So what all do we ‘review’ today? Well I’m glad I asked that in the previous sentence. We forgo the new DVD releases because of time, but they are in the Show Links as always. First, we start with a listener E-Mail that does 2 things. First, he offers up his best/worst picks for movies, TV and radio. Then he nominates his choice for our first ever “Clip of the Year”. It worked out pretty well because I planned on playing a “Clip of the Year” and I too, was thinking of the same clip he mentions! You’ll hear said bit, in its entirety, on today’s show.
From there we get into the bests and worsts of things. As with many of our shows, we run out of time and don’t make it through all our primary topics. But we make a pretty decent dent. And since we were all sipping brandy-laced egg nog, it’s a miracle we got as far along as we did.
First on the list… movies! Some of our best picks include, THE RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, DRIVE and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. That’s not all though. There’s plenty more where those came from. One from Jabari wasn’t even made this year. I think he was a little confused as to how a year-in-review show works. Or it was the spiked egg nog.
As you might imagine, the ‘worst’ list for films in ’11 was quite lengthy. Some of them included THE GREEN LANTERN and THE GREEN HORNET. Others brought up, TRANSFORMERS: THE DARK OF THE MOON, TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN and THE SITTER, which by most accounts, could very well be the absolute worst movie of 2011.
To the boob tube we go as we channel surf through the good and bad of televised content, or at least what qualifies these days as network quality programming. On the best list: IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (this is a given) and HOMELAND. On the worst list (let me take an Ace Ventura-style deep breath here): THE JERSEY SHORE, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, TWO AND A HALF MEN, most, if not all reality shows, the entire primetime line up on The CW… and many many more.
A few noteworthy events occurred this year in the world of comic books. Charlie and Jabari agreed DC’s BLACKEST NIGHT was good while BRIGHTEST DAY was not.
We end this show and year with a recap of celebrity deaths. We lost folks like comedian Patrice O’Neal, Elizabeth Taylor, Arch West who invented Doritos, Andy Rooney from CBS’s 60-MINUTES, Kill Keane, the creator of Family Circus and actor Michael Gough who is probably best known for his role as Alfred on Tim Burton’s BATMAN movies. And of course, Steve Jobs died this year. As did singer, Amy Winehouse and Jack LaLanne. He’s that buff old dude that sells juicers. Juicing jokes follow quickly on this one. Tune in for that.
The final moments of our year-in-review show reveals Charlie’s New Year’s resolution. And we want to know yours! It’s this week’s ‘We Ask You Poll’. And with that, I’ll wrap by wishing you all a happy holiday and New Year. We’ll be back right off the bat in 2012, Sunday, January 1st LIVE on ErrorFM.com at 8pm/PT. It’s unknown how hungover we’ll be. You’ll just have to listen in and find out. See ya then!
Download EPISODE 163 – Heez-Its – Contains our “2011 Clip of the Year”
New Releases for Tuesday, December 20th:
Dolphin Tale (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
Midnight in Paris
One Tree Hill (Season 8)
Glee: The Concert Movie
Futurama (Volume 6)
Underworld Trilogy (Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
Rosario + Vampire (Season 1)
Heaven’s Lost Property (Complete Series) [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Are you “Livin De Life?” That’s the question posed by casino mogul and freshman rapper, A. Samuels. If you live in the United States of America… you should be. After all we’re entitled to it! Right? What about a job? Are we Americans entitled to that? Or… how about just a decent warranty on a product not made here? What starts out as a small, brief rant about the crappy warranty offered by Roku on their products, quickly escalates into one of those Charlie vs. Dennis debates about a comment I make. I get my 2-cents in as well. Charlie thinks companies that outsource to India should. Dennis and I think if the company is based in America, they should look here first to fill those call center positions. Jabari and Mike remain a bit quiet on this one. What does this have to do with the Roku’s warranty? Nothing! Absolutely nothing… it’s just one of our standard-issue tangents. We’d love your feedback on any of this. Listen to today’s show and shoot us an E-Mail with your thoughts. Oh yeah, I eventually get to my warranty rant, which brings up the question, should companies be responsible for all financial obligations associated with their product’s warranty? In other words… if the damn thing breaks or is defective, shouldn’t they cover shipping costs to send it back?
After all of that burns up half the show as it has half of this posting, it’s on to more important news. For example, Mike Myers is going to make a 4th AUSTIN POWERS feature. That’s important, right? Okay, how ’bout this… Ridley Scott is going to remak-imagi-sequel-ize BLADE RUNNER. Even after the sell of its license stated that such an act was not allowed. He made the first one, he’s ‘entitled’ to redo it, right?
TBS felt Conan O’Brien was ‘entitled’ to George Lopez’s timeslot and he got it. Nearly a year later, Lopez has been canceled and Coco’s ratings are caca. But the network that’s not shy to rerun OVERBOARD on a weekly basis isn’t giving up just yet. Aside from the $12-mill they’ve stuffed into O’Brien’s blazer pockets, they’ll be doing the same with Sheldon, Howard, Leonard and Penny. In an attempt to bolster Conan’s numbers, TBS will start playing reruns of THE BIG BANG THEORY as a lead-in twice a week to CONAN. And you may remember on a previous show, we told you BANG is costing them $2-million per episode! I’m a fan of the geek-centered show. They’re entitled to it.
And in our Breaking News segment we find Starbucks pondering whether a dwarf employee of theirs is ‘entitled’ to a step stool. In El Paso, Texas… she is NOT. On her behalf, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the coffee company claiming they discriminated against the woman after she requested the height-enhancing instrument. Now they’re facing a $75,000 pay out to her and all their managers in El Paso are facing additional Americans With Disabilities Act training. Don’t worry, they’ll make up that $75-grand on the next cup of coffee sold.
And lastly, lesbians are women. And they’re ‘entitled’ to a wedding dress for their wedding day. Bridal shops that don’t agree with gay marriage are ‘entitled’ to refuse service to them, right? Wrong-oh buddy… at least, not in New Jersey. State law there prohibits businesses from refusing service to someone because of their sexual orientation or lifestyle. We know this because it appeared on the bridal shop’s Yelp.com page after nearly 900 people read about the case in a Philadelphia newspaper. Pissed off, they took to the Yelp site and berated the bridal gown business, knocking it’s rating down to just 2-stars. And to make matters even more unfortunate, Yelp began removing many of the reviews. Ummm… isn’t that what Yelp is for? To review businesses on their practices and conduct so others can be informed and/or shop accordingly? Apparently Yelp forgot their own mission statement… they’re ‘entitled’ to though, right?
Livin De Life
Mike Myers on IMDb
Buy the AUSTIN POWERS Trilogy on DVD
Ridley Scott on IMDb
Buy “Blade Runner” on DVD
LA Times’ 24 Frames
Starbucks – Prefers “Tall” employees over “Short” ones.
“Here Comes The Bride” Yelp.com Page
New Releases for Tuesday, August 23rd:
NCIS (Season 8)
NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 2)
The Event (Complete Series)
The Angry Beavers (Seasons 1 and 2)
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Ernest Scared Stupid [Blu-ray]
There is no Who Asked You? this week… we took it off to celebrate Dennis’ birthday. ALL-NEW episodes return LIVE, this Sunday, July 24th! In the meantime, enjoy another Interview podcast with movie director, Albert Pyun.
For those living under a rock or outside of our space time continuum, you may not know this, but the latest Marvel-movie hits theaters this Friday. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, a Joe Johnston film starring Chris Evans will likely be the first in a series of blockbusters detailing the various Avenger team members. Diehard comic fans probably know this, but for those who don’t, there was a CAPTAIN AMERICA movie made back in 1990. It starred Matt Salinger as Steve Rogers — the man who would become Captain America.
That movie was directed by Albert Pyun, a really friendly guy who’s our guest on today’s Interview. Albert has made over 40 films in his career and at the time of our interview, had just finished another. We talked with him by phone as he drove to LA to deliver the final cut of his latest work, TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE starring Kevin Sorbo, Christopher Lambert and Melissa Ordway. Albert lives in Las Vegas, as he tells us in our discussion, he chose Vegas because he wanted to live near LA without actually living in LA.
It’s clear Albert is passionate about filmmaking, explaining why in fact, he prefers to be called a “filmmaker” as apposed to a “director.” He tells us about how he got started in the production business making commercials in Hawaii. He traveled to Japan to do more film work which eventually led him to making movies full time. He’s worked with a number of notable actors including Jean-Claude Van Damme in CYBORG and Rutger Hauer in OMEGA DOOM just to name a couple.
Although his resume is filled with action flicks, surprisingly, that’s not his preferred genre. He says he doesn’t really have one. Adding it’s the characters and the complexity of a story that attracts him to a script.
The CAPTAIN AMERICA movie is probably one of the films Albert is most known for. He’s taken some flack for its… lets say… “low budget” feel. As he explains, there were budget issues and among other things, he expected some ridicule when it came to the small details like the costume. He also says the studio recut the film, so what many saw wasn’t actually his vision for it. Las Vegas was included in a special screening of a never-before-seen director’s cut of the movie in anticipation for the new one. That’s where Charlie met Albert and invited him to come on the show. And Pyun notes, you see far more of the Steve Rogers character than you do Captain America in his original version because that’s what attracted him to making the film in the first place.
We cover a lot of interesting topics and tidbits about Albert’s work, directing and the film industry itself. Albert is quite honest with us on his views of the mentality of big studios these days. And it’s very similar to ours. I even squeeze in a few minutes of shop talk. Spoiler… Albert PREFERS digital over film because it makes it possible for lower budget movie makers like himself to create higher quality products cheaper and faster. Something else we agree on.
Be sure to check out Albert’s website and his Facebook page where he says he interacts with his fans the most. You can also follow him on Twitter using the links below.