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With Halloween coming, Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart sit back with some fava beans and a nice chianti as they watch and review all the films starring Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, starting with the 1986 Michael Mann film -- Manhunter, based on Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon and finishing with Hannibal Rising!
 
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Adam Sandler tries his hand in the Now Playing Arcade with the 2015 video game farce Pixels. Space invaders have brought classic coin-op characters to life, and now Pac-Man is gobbling up Manhattan, while Centipede conducts a pub crawl through London. Is it possible for a washed-up Atari addict to save a country that was stupid enough to elect Kevi…
 
Godzilla Vs. Kong is a rivalry as old as the Hollow Earth (or at least the Japanese showdown of 1963), and now their battle to be crowned King of the Monsters is 2021's biggest movie event. Will the Now Playing hosts cheer for the big ape as he breaks free of Project Monarch chains that have shackled him since Skull Island? Or is the angry green li…
 
Godzilla won the box office when he took down a MUTO (and most of San Francisco) in his 2014 Hollywood comeback. Now Mothra, Rodan, and all of the Big Lizard's former co-stars burst forth from the Hollow Earth to challenge the throne. Have eco-terrorists made it possible for three-headed Ghidorah to be crowned 2019's King of the Monsters? And are t…
 
It was a decisive victory for The Legion of Doom when Warner Bros. executives handed Zack Snyder's unfinished superhero team-up Justice League to Avengers mastermind Joss Whedon. Internet trolls were not kind to this last-minute attempt to leave the Darkseid behind, and tell jokes at Superman's wake. Their aggressive social media campaign has paved…
 
It wasn’t so long ago that Elizabeth Olsen was blowing up the big screen in epic films like Avengers: Endgame. What curse has befallen her career that Scarlet Witch is now slumming it in a cheesy sitcom called WandaVision? Is Marvel experiencing some Growing Pains while trying to raise the TV profile of their superheroes? And is Paul Bettany merely…
 
30 years after finding the perfect wife in New York City, Eddie Murphy's King Akeem is once again Coming 2 America to meet the son he sired with one-night stand Leslie Jones. Will Millennial prince Jermaine Fowler follow in his father's footsteps, and marry for love? Or will despot Wesley Snipes bring civil war down upon Zamunda if his daughter isn…
 
Eddie Murphy let his soul glow in a new romantic light for the 1988 fairy tale Coming To America, starring as an African royal looking for his bride in downtrodden Queens, New York. Will any woman see Prince Akeem's true worth once he goes undercover as a poor exchange student working the janitorial crew of a fast-food restaurant? And can audiences…
 
On this special Star Wars Action News it's all about Hasbro! First, as part of today's Fan Site Figure Reveal, we at Star Wars Action News get to reveal Bad Batch member WRECKER! We give our first glance reactions, and you can see a full photogallery on our website. Then, last week we had a chance to interview the Hasbro Star Wars team about their …
 
Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie are not going to Stand for another crummy TV miniseries, so CBS better hope their nine-hour take on Stephen King’s beloved novel doesn’t choke like a Langolier downing ham Bronson Pinchot. Whoopi Goldberg leads an all-star cast of survivors rebuilding civilization in the aftermath of a deadly virus. Will they (or audiences)…
 
Did Valentine's Day lack that spark of danger you crave? Why not spice up your life by joining in a round of Gerald's Game? Carla Gugino leaves her Spy Kids at home, and consents to some light bondage in a remote Maine cabin, in an effort to save her marriage to yuppie Bruce Greenwood. What happens when she's left shackled to the bedpost with no on…
 
Madchen Amick saw her fair share of weirdness living in Twin Peaks, but nothing could prepare her for a date in the pet cemetery with one of Stephen King's Sleepwalkers. Will the virginal high school student survive a makeout session with a feline vampire intent on stealing her breath? And can the Now Playing hosts stop gasping over the dated compu…
 
Stephen King is hosting a fire sale in Castle Rock - the fictional Maine setting for some of his most iconic stories. Now everything… and everyone... must go, unless local sheriff Ed Harris can shut down the dirty dealings of sinister new shopkeep (and O.G. exorcist) Max Von Sydow! Will these small town residents sell out their neighbors for the ch…
 
Arnie, Justin, and Stuart have shed a lot of tears while suffering through the 11 previous Uwe Boll video game adaptations, but the divisive director/producer can't hurt the podcasters anymore if they can survive Far Cry. Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds) stars as the mercenary boat skipper who takes on an island of mutants like in the original …
 
Is Bloodrayne storming the Nazi death camps because she wants to take down The Third Reich and stop Hitler from becoming a vampire? Or because the bisexual bloodsucker is kinky for more steam room threeways? Director Uwe Boll wants to have it three ways too, as he reuses the sets and cast of this video game adaptation to simultaneously make a Blood…
 
Almost everything has changed for Bloodrayne now that the daywalking vampire has left her European medieval castle, and traveled to the American frontier town of Deliverance, for a "high midnight" showdown with an undead Billy The Kid. Should gamers continue to feed their quarters into a series saddled with tax cheat Uwe Boll? Or does the much-mali…
 
Kristanna Loken trades her Terminatrix leathers for a sword and fangs to star as the half-human, half-vampire assassin Bloodrayne. Does the video game vixen score many points with PlayStation fans by beating up on fat rocker Meatloaf, or picking a fight with everyone's favorite pacifist Sir Ben "Gandhi" Kingsley? And can anyone win against an End B…
 
Before we leave behind a stressful year of coronavirus and social turmoil, Now Playing needs to travel back in time to 1984, and see if Wonder Woman can provide the big screen fireworks that quarantined audiences have been missing. Will heartbroken Gal Godot really give up her tiara and Amazonian strength for the chance to be with Steve Trevor (Chr…
 
Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? On the Marvelicious holiday we enjoyed a Spider-Ham...no, not for Christmas dinner, but as part of the new Spider-Verse wave of Marvel Legends! This wave was supposed to come out in 2021, but it seems the Toy Gods knew we needed something good in 2020, so this wave came early! On this podcast Justin, Arnie…
 
Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? On the Marvelicious holiday we enjoyed a Spider-Ham...no, not for Christmas dinner, but as part of the new Spider-Verse wave of Marvel Legends! This wave was supposed to come out in 2021, but it seems the Toy Gods knew we needed something good in 2020, so this wave came early! On this podcast Justin, Arnie…
 
John David Washington had some trouble infiltrating hate groups as a BlacKkKlansman, but that's child's play compared to the lengths he goes to unlock the secrets of Tenet. Christopher Nolan's 11th big screen adventure is his most twisted look at time yet - an IMAX sized optical illusion that reflects back on James Bond flicks while simultaneously …
 
CBS attempted to change its image as “the old persons’ network” in 1991 when it greenlit Stephen King’s Golden Years, a series about a top secret lab experiment that rapidly de-ages an elderly janitor. Can the 8 episodes of this prematurely cancelled TV drama find new life edited down into a four hour movie? And why is Felicity Huffman footing the …
 
Eddie Murphy was the biggest comedy star of the 1980s when he decided to spend Another 48 Hrs razzing rednecks and dodging bullets back in San Francisco. Now Nick Nolte is the one who stands to go to jail, after false charges are brought against the cop while he chases phantom drug dealer The Iceman. Can director Walter Hill keep the boys competiti…
 
It's detective Nick Nolte's worst nightmare - spending 48 Hrs handcuffed to scene stealer Eddie Murphy in his movie debut. How much damage can the pair do in two days as they tear through San Francisco looking for Warriors James Remar and David Patrick Kelly, and a Porsche full of money? And should director Walter Hill get his dick bronzed for pion…
 
It's time for the podcast version of your Holiday Gift Wishbook--the Marvelicious Toys 10th Annual Holiday Gift Guide! Justin, Arnie, Marjorie, and the entire Marvelicious team have come up with dozens of items, and we guarantee at least one of them will be perfect for the Marvel fan in your life. Or maybe you'll see some things for yourself and th…
 
It’s time for the podcast version of your Holiday Gift Wishbook--the Marvelicious Toys 10th Annual Holiday Gift Guide! Justin, Arnie, Marjorie, and the entire Marvelicious team have come up with dozens of items, and we guarantee at least one of them will be perfect for the Marvel fan in your life. Or maybe you’ll see some things for yourself and th…
 
Shopping for Star Wars fans can be daunting. What don't they have? What will they love? What about things for women, or items on a budget? The Star Wars Action News 16th Annual Black Friday Sale and Holiday Gift Guide episode is here to answer all those questions. We run down cool, unusual, and fun gifts. One is sure to fit the Star Wars fan in you…
 
It's taken almost 25 years for The Craft to conjure a sequel, but now the Legacy of the 1996 wicca hit continues with a new generation of female spellcasters joining the circle. Can four teen witches work together to defeat sinister stepfather David Duchovney, and some toxic high school boys? Or will Lily, the new Witch of the West, lose confidence…
 
When planning this year’s releases, Marvel, Sony, and Hasbro all had good reason to believe Morbius would have come out last July and, a few weeks ago, we’d all have flocked to theaters to see Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage. That’s not how things worked out but we still have the symbiotic joy of Hasbro’s latest Venom wave of Marvel Legends figures. …
 
When planning this year's releases, Marvel, Sony, and Hasbro all had good reason to believe Morbius would have come out last July and, a few weeks ago, we'd all have flocked to theaters to see Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage. That's not how things worked out but we still have the symbiotic joy of Hasbro's latest Venom wave of Marvel Legends figures. …
 
Blessed be! Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are under the spell of The Craft, the first high school movie of the '90s to stick up for the wiccans. Strange things start happening when naturally gifted magick user Robin Tunney blows into an LA Catholic school from the North, and joins a coven of weirdos led by Wicked Witch of the West Fairuza Balk. Is hunky…
 
Most Americans remember the First Gulf War as a quick and decisive U.S. victory, but director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) sees it as the beginning of a White House corporate takeover in his 2004 version of Manchurian Candidate. Should shellshocked Denzel Washington get back on his meds, and stop accusing fellow soldier Liev Schrieber of b…
 
Hasbro's Marvel team is full of surprises--and they love surprising their fans. For example, did anyone see the Marvel line going 3.75-inch figures with five points of articulation? Yet that's the case with the new Retro figure line. Join the party with Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin in this show. Another surprise...did the world need a fourth Marvel …
 
Hasbro's Marvel team is full of surprises--and they love surprising their fans. For example, did anyone see the Marvel line going 3.75-inch figures with five points of articulation? Yet that's the case with the new Retro figure line. Join the party with Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin in this show. Another surprise...did the world need a fourth Marvel …
 
Mary Elizabeth Winstead flees an angry lover in New Orleans only to crash her car at 10 Cloverfield Lane. Should the battered woman be afraid of bumping into the big monster that toppled New York City in the previous installment? Or is she just being gaslit by her paranoid survivalist savior John Goodman? And how does this claustrophobic game of Ch…
 
Election got you stressed? Tune out today's political noise and vote to reinstate the 1962 Manchurian Candidate instead. Can troubled soldier Frank Sinatra stop Deep State Communists from using a brainwashed Korean War vet to gain control of the White House? And would the country be any better off run by Angela Lansbury, who uses her windbag husban…
 
Something big is crashing down on Now Playing in time for Halloween! Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are here to declassify all three installments of JJ Abrams’ super secret Cloverfield monster franchise… starting with the original 2008 found footage blockbuster! What happens when a goodbye party for a New York businessman headed to Japan turns into a tic…
 
Aloha from Shrieker Island, a tropical paradise where Wall Street suits pay for the pleasure of blasting bio-engineered Graboids all weekend long! That is, until the big worms dig under the ocean and take over a neighboring wildlife preserve. Fortunately Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) has gone native, and left his Arizona compound to hunt his nemesis …
 
Michael Gross may be known most as the father from Family Ties, or Ted's dad on How I Meet Your Mother, but to a generation of monster movie fans he'll always be Burt Gummer: Grabboid Hunter. Michael joins Arnie for this exclusive, in-depth interview as he reflects on his 30 years a Burt, and some spoilers for the newest film Tremors: Shrieker Isla…
 
It will be A Cold Day In Hell before Burt Gummer lets the IRS take away his Nevada land and business! Which is why he and faithful cameraman Jamie Kennedy have signed on for a seventh Tremors adventure. How are Graboids and Ass Blasters thriving in the snowy mountains of the Canadian Arctic? And can Burt be much help to the bug hunt once he’s diagn…
 
Monster hunter Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) traces the Bloodlines of his subterranean nemesis all the way back to a slimy cave in Africa in the safari-minded sequel Tremors 5. How much bigger and badder has Graboid evolution become on the Dark Continent, with the introduction of nocturnal Ass Blasters and detachable snake tentacles? And what kind of…
 
Audiences may have first learned about Graboids in Tremors, but The Legend Begins 100 years prior in a prequel where Burt Gummer's great grandfather (also Michael Gross) finds his Nevada silver mine overrun with "dirt dragons". Can a Mexican prospector, badass gunslinger, and community of rejected immigrants find the firepower to defeat these mythi…
 
Michael Gross and most of the original cast head Back To Perfection, Nevada for more Graboid hunting in Tremors 3. Too bad the man-eating worms are now considered an endangered species, and Burt and the locals are mandated to capture the desert pests humanely or be evicted. Is a flashy tour guide able to steer the franchise in an eco-friendly new d…
 
Those initial Tremors may be over, but Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart are now bracing for Aftershocks. Fred Ward takes the franchise south of the border for a cheap Mexican vacation without Kevin Bacon. What does it mean for the monster hunt when those wormy, underground Graboids take to the surface and metamorphosize into bipedal Shriekers? Has Earl don…
 
What’s shaking at Now Playing these days? Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie are moving to Perfection, Nevada to join the cult devoted to Tremors. The fun begins with a fresh look at the original 1990 creature feature, in which bickering handymen Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward contend with a stampede of supersized, subterranean worms gobbling up their town. Can t…
 
A decade before his landmark slasher A Nightmare On Elm Street gave ‘80s mallrats insomnia, writer/director Wes Craven invited hippies inside The Last House On The Left for a tour of extreme horror movie violence. What happens when four escaped psychopaths accept hospitality from the parents of the 17-year-old girl they just murdered? Does revenge …
 
After ghosting audiences for the last three years, The New Mutants are finally ready to shut the history books on a half century of Boomer adventures, and let today's generation have their say about the X-Men. Will the five central Millennials prove to be superheroes or snowflakes once nightmare creatures pop the protective bubble surrounding their…
 
Current events putting you in a heinous mood? Never fear… fiftysomething metalheads Bill and Ted have seen the future, and return to the big screen ready to perform a song destined to heal an off-kilter universe. Have Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter grown up in the 29 years since their last cinematic adventure? And can daughters Billie and Thea traver…
 
Sequels are always in danger of repeating themselves, but the problem becomes twofold for Bill and Ted when evil lookalike automatons hijack their second movie, and send the layabouts on a Bogus Journey to Hell! Can the wannabe rockers beat Death (William Sadler) at his own game, and get back to San Dimas in time to play a historic Wyld Stallyns co…
 
Strange things are afoot at Now Playing! For the next three weeks Jakob, Stuart, and Arnaldo Carvalho, Esq. are catching up on the cinematic exploits of SoCal slackers Bill and Ted, starting with their 1989 Excellent Adventure. Can these clueless metalheads pass their history final by hopping in a time-traveling phone booth, and bringing legendary …
 
Johnny Depp has trouble telling fact from fiction after hayseed stalker John Turturro shows up on his porch, and accuses the New England writer of stealing his short story Secret Window. But is Stephen King the real plagiarist by presenting another tale of a tortured author using plot points cribbed from The Dark Half? And can Depp flip the script …
 
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