Episode 230: Backwards Boys (Tenet)

In which a couple of backwards boys give a spoiler-free review, of a film about a couple of backwards boys (Tenet).

They also pay respect to the late great Chadwick Boseman and Norm Spencer.

They talk about Sylvester Stallone’s director’s cut of Rocky 4, as well as discuss the wrath of Bob McLeod, Christopher Eccleston joining Big Finish, Bernice Summerfield, series 2 of The Umbrella Academy, DC Fandome, Wonder Woman 1984, Black Adam, The Snyder Cut, and a quick spoiler-free review of Bill & Ted face the music.



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New Gameplay Reveal Trailer Showcases Epic Scenes from All Nine Star Wars™ Saga Films

Lego Group and Lucasfilm today revealed the gameplay trailer for LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga, the upcoming game where players will experience memorable moments and nonstop action from all nine Skywalker saga films told through the unique lens of LEGO bricks.

Developed by TT Games in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games and published by Warner Bros. Games, LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga will release in Spring 2021 for Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox Series X, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™ system, PC and Mac.

The trailer gives a glimpse of the adventures that will immerse players into the expansive saga with the freedom to control hundreds of characters and vehicles that will allow them to discover their own unique journey through a galaxy far, far away. Players have the freedom to start at any of the nine episodes, whether jumping straight in at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, beginning their journey at the prequels with Star Wars: The Phantom Menace or experiencing the saga in any order they prefer. Playable characters include favorite heroes like Luke Skywalker™, Rey™, Obi-Wan Kenobi™, Finn™, BB-8™ and others, as well as characters from the dark side such as Darth Vader™, The Emperor, Kylo Ren™, Darth Maul™, and more. Unforgettable moments from the films have been re-imagined in new, fun-filled, light-hearted humour. Everything from Podracing on Tatooine and space combat above the Death Star, to battling on Starkiller Base and beyond.
 
LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Sagais a celebration of the heritage and future of LEGO® Star Wars™ games,” said Michael Denny, Vice President and Studio Head, TT Games. “For the first time ever, players can explore the legendary adventures from the Skywalker saga in an immense, new game for everyone to play on current and upcoming platforms.”
 
The Deluxe Edition of LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga will feature the main game and the “Character Collection Bundle Pack” with six DLC character packs inspired by The Mandalorian™, Rogue One: A Star Wars™ Story, Solo: A Star Wars™ Story, Star Wars™: The Bad Batch and more. The physical version of the Deluxe Edition will include a collectible LEGO® Star Wars™minifigure, Luke Skywalker with Blue Milk.
 
Fans will be able to play with the same authentic LEGO® Star Wars™ vehicles, starships, and characters in real life and in the game, including these select sets with unlockable codes that can be redeemed when LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga releases: LEGO® Star Wars™ The Razor Crest™ (75292), LEGO® Star Wars™ Resistance I-TS Transport (75293) and LEGO® Star Wars™ Death Star™ Final Duel (75291).

New Promo Teaser For ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE

Director Zack Snyder has shared a new teaser promo for his highly-anticpated cut of Justice League.

The teaser shows us a bit of footage, ahead of the DC FanDome presentation this weekend where a full trailer is expected to be revealed.

DC FanDome is a first-of-its-kind, immersive global fan experience in nine languages featuring exclusive reveals with our biggest stars across the DC Multiverse—free for all fans to join for 24-hours only on August 22nd. No lines, no badges.

The event, aimed at fans of DC Comics, will feature online panels, cosplay, fan art and comics, as well as special events for kids. The devoted DC fandom will be especially excited for looks at some long-awaited DC properties, including the Snyder Cut of Justice League, Robert Pattinson as The Batman, The Rock as Black Adam, a look at James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and much, much more.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter to reopen on Thursday 20th August

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will reopen to visitors from Thursday 20th August, allowing fans to step back into the Wizarding World and discover the behind-the-scenes magic. From tomorrow at 1pm, fans will be able to book tickets online for visits up to 31st June 2021.

To help keep everyone safe, a number of additional measures and changes have been made to the Studio Tour experience. The updates are designed to prioritise social distancing and enhanced cleaning.

Geoff Spooner, SVP & General Manager, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London says: 

We’re thrilled to be able to open the doors to the Hogwarts Great Hall to visitors once again. While the Studio Tour experience may differ from previous visits as we introduce additional safety measures, we’re looking forward to welcoming fans back into the world of Harry Potter for a truly magical day out.”

Upon reopening, visitors will experience the Studio Tour’s special feature, A Celebration of Slytherin. For the first time ever, visitors will be able to walk through the Great Hall decorated in Slytherin colours before being the first to see the Slytherin Common Room up close.

A 25-ft section of the set complete with authentic props and imposing stone walls will be on display for fans. A Celebration of Slytherin has been extended until 12th November and more details can be found here.

Safety Measures  

  • Visitors aged 11 and up will be required to wear a face mask or covering for the duration of their visit.  
  • The Studio Tour will open with a reduced capacity to help encourage social distancing. Additional signage and floor markings will be in place to promote social distancing and allow visitors to navigate the Studio Tour safely.  
  • Enhanced cleaning will take place throughout the day and hand sanitiser stations will be positioned throughout the Studio Tour.  
  • Some areas of the Studio Tour may be unavailable to limit contact and maintain social distancing.  
  • To further limit contact, the Studio Tour’s shops and cafés will only accept cashless or contactless payment options such as credit and debit cards or mobile payments. 
  • For more information on the Studio Tour’s safety measure, visit the website

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London has achieved Visit England’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard by demonstrating that clear processes are in place and industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing are being followed. 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter opened its doors on 31st March 2012. The unique attraction offers visitors the ultimate chance to get up close to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Visitors can explore the original Great Hall, step into the Forbidden Forest and discover the newly opened Gringotts Wizarding Bank all before marvelling at the breath-taking miniature scale model of Hogwarts castle. The Studio Tour has welcomed over 14 million visitors and has been well-received with 96% of the 40,000+ reviews on TripAdvisor rating it as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’. Tickets must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk and cannot be bought at the attraction.

Episode 222: Doctor Who-Fugitive of the Judoon

Martyn, Chris and Sam discuss the Doctor Who episode “Fugitive of the Judoon”.

Fugitive of the Judoon” is the fifth episode of the twelfth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who, first broadcast on BBC One on the 26th of January 2020. It was written by Vinay Patel and current showrunner Chris Chibnall, and directed by Nida Manzoor.

The Judoon search modern-day Gloucester for a fugitive, and the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companions Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh), Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), and Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) regulate the situation. The episode sees the return of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, and introduces Jo Martin as Ruth Clayton, a character revealed to be a previously unseen incarnation of the Doctor.

The episode was watched by 5.57 million viewers overall and received mostly positive reviews from critics.

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Episode 216: Nabil Shaban Interview

Pete Fagan talks to Nabil Shaban, star of of ‘Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor’ on blu-ray and DVD. Nabil shares his filmmaking ambitions, views on Doctor Who and his surprising views on of the character of Sil.

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Episode 208: The Curse of fatal death

We’re back after our summer break, Martyn is joined once again by Sam Michael and Chris Walker-Thomson, as the trio discuss the 1999 Doctor Who parody ‘The Curse of Fatal Death’.

Obvisouly, with this being the podcast it is. They don’t stick to the subject for long.

Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death is a Doctor Who special made for the Red Nose Day charity telethon in the United Kingdom, and was originally broadcast in four parts on BBC One on 12 March 1999 under the title Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death. Later home video releases are formatted as two parts and drop the “and” in the title. It follows in a long tradition of popular British television programmes producing short, light-hearted specials for such telethon events.

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Review – Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon

The Dimension Cannon gives the character Rose Tyler her own series, in four audio dramas by Big Finish Productions. Billie Piper reprises her role as the first of The Doctor’s travelling companions in 21st century Doctor Who.

Shop girl turned sci-fi action hero Rose Tyler is consigned to a parallel universe with her mum, Jackie (Camille Coduri) and a parallel version of her dear departed dad, Pete (Shaun Dingwall). They’ve turned their attention to helping protect not only their world from extraordinary threats but also many other Earths. They’re following in the footsteps of Rose’s beloved Doctor: the charismatic, time-travelling space alien whose defence of Rose’s Earth left her separated from it – and him.

The Dimension Cannon offers Rose a chance to bring The Doctor back into the fight – and into her life again. For short periods of time the cannon allows her to visit other parallel universes that offer clues to the whereabouts of The Doctor. On her first trip she’s reunited with a parallel version of Clive, a conspiracy theorist who was murdered in Rose’s universe. Bark Benton reprises the role of Clive throughout the set and it’s good fun to have him back.

The four stories take us to four new parallel versions of London, where we’re introduced to startling alternate versions of the well-loved characters that head up this series. This collection of audios is not so much a spin-off from Doctor Who as it’s a spiritual follow-on from ‘Father’s Day,’ the episode that introduced us to the ‘original’ Pete Tyler and led us through dark times leading up to his death.

Chasing The Doctor inevitably means getting to know the locals in each different London and Rose finds she already knows many of them all too well. She gets personally involved in the lives of the people she meets, encountering Jackie, Pete and others in slightly different forms. It makes arriving in each universe a treat for the listener – and leaving each of them is tough all round.

Big Finish tie-in plays lure us into the audio realm by offering us characters and situations that are proven successes on television. They honour these successes with intriguing stories that at least equal their predecessors in quality. Rose’s story in Doctor Who has a lot of heart – and heartbreak. These new tales are equally engaging character pieces.

By presenting so many alternate versions of the original roles played by the cast, the normally-invisible work of the actors gets a bit of a peek into the limelight. I was properly immersed in and moved by the drama here but I also enjoyed listening for the subtle differences between the characters parallel to each other.

I’m very much opposed to more for more’s sake; I hate seeing delightful series run down by commercial supplements. You’ll find none of that here in Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon. This box set revisits the Tylers in a clever way that gives us more of what we’re counting on in ways that constantly surprise.

Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon is available now from Big Finish.

Thoughts on Spider-Man leaving the MCU

Normally, I’d record this as a quick podcast. But I’m away at the moment and don’t have access to any of my equipment.

News broke recently, that the current deal between Sony and Disney/Marvel has broken down. There seems to be a lot of misinformation/misunderstanding of why the Sony/Disney deal happened in the first place.

A surprising amount of people think it’s because The Amazing Spider-Man films were financial flops. They weren’t. Far from it. They received a critical panning. But they were financially successful. The first one was the seventh highest grossing film of 2012, the second was the ninth highest grossing film of 2014. These are far from the duds so many Marvel fans are claiming.

The original deal happened because the head of Sony (Kenichiro Yoshida) felt dishonoured by Andrew Garfield. In Japanese culture, being dishonoured is a pretty serious thing. Garfield didn’t show up to the event in Rio, that was announcing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, The Sinister Six and, the wider Spider-Man universe. He’d also turned up to meetings unkempt and seemed entirely disinterested-making the Yoshida feel dishonoured. He wanted Garfield gone.

The company then found themselves in the position where they would either have to recast and make The Amazing Spider-Man 3, or reboot it again. For the third time in 15 years. Understandably Sony Pictures didn’t want to reboot. Which is why they initially turned the deal down. It was only when Kenichiro Yoshida wanted the deal, that it was accepted. Yoshida felt that rebooting the character for a third time, but into the MCU would limit damage control and garner good will with the audience. For both companies, which it did.

The deal was Disney would get to use him for 5 films. Starting with Captain America: Civil War, ending with Avengers: End Game. In exchange for this use, Disney would produce 2 films for Sony-with Sony maintaining distribution rights. In exchange for these films, Disney would get 5% the box office takings and all the money from Spider-Man merchandise.

Essentially, the MCU deal happened because the owner of Sony got offended. Not because Sony needed Disney-the deal was mutually beneficial for both parties, but either would’ve still been okay without the other.

I was a guest on ‘Take your seats’.

In life you’ll find very few people who’ll truly support you-when you find them, you’ve got to keep them close. They encourage and help you to grow.

When Gerrod and I launched Bad Wilf in 2010, one of our very first listeners was Suky Khakh. Over the decade we’ve been been podcasting, Suky has been a constant supporter of ours.

He tweets about every episode and encourages our endeavours both off and on mic. When I was going through a tough patch recently, Suky was there with the words of support and comfort.

After years of talking online, it was an absolute pleasure to put a voice to the face when he joined those fine folks over at Progtor Who.

When he launched his own spin-off podcast, I was honoured that he wanted me to guest. I jumped at the chance. Not only was I getting the chance to talk about one of the greatest films of all time, I was getting the opportunity to give a little pay back to the man whose shown so much love, over the past 10 years.

So, everyone check out this episode of ‘Take your seats’.