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iBooks and the Apple Store have teamed up to bring you an incredible mix of interesting authors talking about the biggest books. Subscribe and you'll hear fiction and nonfiction authors from Neil Gaiman to Jeff Kinney to Clive Davis to Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson to Mario Batali discuss their latest books. If you like what you hear, download the books on iBooks.
 
Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind Fan Effect are connoisseurs of categories surpassing the nerdy. Brilliant opinions and commentary on all things ‘geek’, but surprising knowledge and witty arguments over pop culture, Star Trek, MARVEL vs DC, and a wide range of movies and TV shows. Andy Farnsworth and most of his co-hosts and guests live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.
 
Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast is a show that’s for imperfect parents by imperfect parents. Hosted by humorist and imperfect parent of three Chris Cate, every episode breaks down a topic that causes parents to break down, such as putting kids to bed, potty training, the terrible twos, homework, family communication, clothing, discipline, cleaning up, cooking for kids, etc. The mission of the show is to help parents laugh when they want to cry. By the end of each topic breakd ...
 
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In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the new DisneyPlus series, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” Disney celebrated Star Wars Day with fanfare, merchandise sales, and a new addition to the Star Wars saga, the ‘Bad Batch’ is an animated series that follows the aftermath of the Clone Wars from the perspective of an elite and experimental team of …
 
Star Wars Day is finally here! And with the coronavirus pandemic finally starting to wane, fans are ready to get back to exploring the worlds they love with the people outside of their household. Today on the Fan Effect Podcast host KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined by local Star Wars fan clubs that can help you get back to action from costuming, saber…
 
Do you know what we've missed the most since the pandemic started? Going and just seeing a movie in the theater! We may have been to a few, but the full-blown movie experience is a thing hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen are excited to get back to as the COVID pandemic starts to wane. Today they are joined by a guest who is lucky enough…
 
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews two films making their big debuts on streaming platforms this weekend for home audience; “Tom Clancy's Without Remorse” & “The Mitchells vs. the Machines.” One is bringing some hilarious, family fun to your home screen, while the other is a rated R for violence feature that fans of the action/mystery g…
 
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the latest video game turned silver screen movie “Mortal Kombat.” The groundbreaking arcade game has transformed a lot over the past 30 years, and already has had two films based on the franchise, but this R-rated modern version really capitalizes on the violent visuals and a multitude of hidden easter…
 
Have you ever wanted to come face-to-face with a tyrannosaurus rex? From April 23-May 9, 2021, at the USANA Health Sciences Amphitheatre in West Valley City, you will get a chance. Well, Bumper-to-bumper at least. When Jurassic Quest’s Drive-Thru dinosaur safari rolls, or roars, into town! Families, fans, and pint-sized paleontologists alike will e…
 
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the larger than life ‘Godzilla Vs Kong. ’ These two titular titans face each other once more in this epic movie in their cinematic Monsterverse. Audiences get another larger-than-life battle between the two, and this time it looks just like you would imagine. If the reason you’re watching this movie in…
 
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Courier” and ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League.’ It’s been said that “the door of history turns on small hinges,” and that is nowhere more evident than the story told in “The Courier,” a true story about an English businessman who gets caught up in the world of espionage during …
 
When you sell 250,000,000 of your books, it's hard to believe you can stay relatively anonymous. But Jeff Kinney, author of the mega-popular "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series of books and movies, manages to pull off that feat--for the most part. In this episode, Kinney joins Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth to talk about his best-selling kids' books abo…
 
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews Disney’s latest release, ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ on KSL-TV. In the midst of the (hopefully) waning pandemic, Disney is bringing their latest animated feature to both the movie theaters and their DisneyPlus streaming service as a premium purchase. The feature mixes several genres and styles, and It’s…
 
American actor and musician, Henry Thomas, best known for his breakout role as Elliott in Steven Spielberg’s film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, is the next big guest announcement coming to FanX 2021 this September! FanX founder and producer Dan Farr joins host Andy Farnsworth to discuss the big news and the excitement surrounding the upcoming event, …
 
It is official, FanX 2021 has announced their first big guests for the Salt Lake Comic Convention this September. While the global pandemic postponed the 2020 event, FanX founder and producer Dan Farr is excitedly planning a party like no other this year! He joins host Andy Farnsworth to dive into the universe of the announced guests, discusses the…
 
What happens when the cuteness of legos meets the horrifying 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special? We get the new hybrid of Star Wars parody that is The Lego Holiday Star Wars Special. The show, released on Life Day 2020 on DisneyPlus, is a family-friendly comedic jumble of time-traveling, Easter egg hunting, Wookie growling fun. Deseret News’ Entertainm…
 
In this special edition of Fan Effect, we get to know a bit more about our host, Andy Farnsworth, as a belated birthday gift to our listeners. What sparked his love of all things fandom? What in his opinion are the elements that make for a magnificent movie? What is his vision for the future of this podcast? We explore a wide array of pop-culture t…
 
Utah loves Halloween, and the multitude of haunted houses and creepy experiences are evidence of our playful devotion to the holiday. In this episode Fan Effect visits the Fear Factory, the fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, actually HAUNTED haunted house in the heart of Salt Lake City. The massive haunt sprawls across 6 buildings, up 6 stories, a…
 
Are you craving the movie-going experience in this topsy-turvy pandemic world? Well, The Salt Lake Film Society has some options to allow you to get your popcorn on, and see the new and classic films you crave from the comfort of your own home or as a glorious drive-in experience. Tori Baker, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS) j…
 
It's been over 30 years since Bill S Preston, Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan first became a pop culture smash hit in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but with everything that's happened in 2020, their third movie, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" is somehow exactly what we needed. In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by KSL TV morning news anchor …
 
We had to wait almost six extra months for it, but the live-action version of “Mulan” from Disney studios finally premiered... exclusively on Disney Plus...at an extra cost. The biggest question for fans of the 1998 original is should you spend the money to watch it now… or wait a few months until it becomes available to ALL Disney Plus subscribers…
 
We welcome Minh Lê to the show! His newest book (a collaboration with Dan Santat), Lift, is a charming, escapist book about the power of imagination… and the compelling urge to press elevator buttons! Honestly, who can't relate to that? Minh also recently worked with illustrator Andie Tong on Green Lantern: Legacy for DC Comics, which tells the sto…
 
COVID-19 has forced closures and cancellations aplenty through spring 2020, including big movies, concerts, events and conventions. Restrictions on gatherings may continue until later in the year, something that could potentially affect FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention in September and its many thousands of attendees. Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth…
 
Composer Kevin Kiner is back to give Star Wars: The Clone Wars the continuity of sound and music that fans have come to expect from the franchise. Having composed the first six seasons of The Clone Wars, along with all of Star Wars Rebels, Kiner is no stranger to the galaxy far, far away. In fact, no one's composed more music for Star Wars than Kev…
 
Anna Macfarlane, a mom of four kids and an online marketing and branding expert, joins me to break down how to build a fanbase on Instagram and TikTok: family style. Anna manages the @kidsaretheworst parenting humor account on Instagram, which has more than 500,000 followers. She also manages several other successful accounts and teaches social med…
 
Every so often, I like to read a book for pleasure. With no expectation of a review or author interview. With no pressure on my back. Just for the enjoyment of the book. Mallory O'Meara's The Lady from the Black Lagoon was supposed to be one of those books. Alas. I enjoyed it so much that I knew I had to have O'Meara on the show. And here we are. T…
 
The main theme in Disney/Pixar's new movie ONWARD centered around the question: What would you do to spend one more day with a loved one who is dead, and what would you do during that day? Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth joined once again by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner to review "Onward" (with minor spoilers) and talk about each …
 
The leading box office movies of the past month have all been adaptations of either books or a video game: "Sonic the Hedgehog"; "The Call of the Wild"; "The Invisible Man". But if you've been paying attention, this is not a recent trend. Host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Kristian Odland, GeekTyrant.com writer and "One Minute Critic" on Instagram, …
 
The future of "Star Wars" outside of Disney Plus is no longer a secret with the announcement of "The High Republic" crossover series of books and comics. Starting in August 2020, publishers will explore the world of the Jedi that existed 200 years before the movie series takes place. Host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Deseret.com entertainment edito…
 
This time, we're joined by author Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace and The Wonderling. And the two books couldn't be more different. Where The Memory Palace is an intensely personal and emotional memoir about mental illness, The Wonderling is a lovely children's book in the grandest tradition of all: talking animals. On this episode, we tal…
 
Surprise! We're back! And surprise! We're joined by another author from the stellar Rick Riordan Presents line: Kwame Mbalia, author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. What's most incredible about Tristan Strong is not its powerful characters or original storyline (though those are awesome), it's that the book is Mbalia's debut novel! It'…
 
A supposed first draft script for Star Wars Episode IX that Colin Trevorrow wrote before he was fired as director in 2017 is now on the web and has many fans asking... would this movie have been better final chapter in the saga than what we got in "The Rise of Skywalker?" Host Andy Farnsworth and Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner recap…
 
Star Wars' first live-action TV series, "The Mandalorian," is an unquestioned success, as it quickly became one of the most in-demand streaming shows after its launch on day one of Disney Plus. Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner and KSL Radio reporter Mary Richards to break down what we got f…
 
There's an old saying about having too much of a good thing. It implies that at some point, we could get tired of even things we love. Eating one doughnut can be a delicious experience, but eating a dozen doughnuts at once can make you sick and maybe make you not want one for a long time. But is it true for all good things? Say, for instance...Star…
 
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