TV & Film

Join host Zaki Hasan for a jaunt through your favorite pop culture artifacts of yesteryear!

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I'm joined by my MovieFilm co-pilot Brian Hall for this very special crossover episode of the Nostalgia Theater show, featuring our conversation with longtime Simpsons writer-producer Mike Reiss about his new book Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. If you've listened to our show for any lenghth of time, you know who important The Simpsons is for both of us, so we hope you'll enjoy hearing this interview as much we enjoyed being a part of it! You can listen to the show via the embed below, or subscribe via iTunesStitcher Radio, or TuneIn Radio. As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page

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For this episode of the show, I'm joined by Brian C. Baer, author of the new book How He-Man Mastered the Universe: Toy to Television to the Big Screen for a fun and engaging conversation about the 1980s action figure phenomenon from Mattel that was so integral to so many childhoods. Brian shares the origins of his own He-Man fandom, and then delves into the origins of the toyline, the iconic animated series, and even the ill-fated 1987 motion picture, as well as making some predictions about what lies ahead for the Most Powerful Man in the Universe. You can listen to the show via the embed below, or subscribe via iTunesStitcher Radio, or TuneIn Radio. As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page

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25 years ago last October, the Fox network debuted the X-Men animated series as part of its Saturday morning lineup. Along with Batman: The Animated Series, which had premiered two months earlier, this was really a turning point in terms of how action and adventure shows were presented for animation, and it was a real leap forward for complex, serialized storytelling, which had basically been unheard of in American animation outside of imported shows like Robotech in the mid-’80s. And while it was an instant sensation upon release, the road to getting X-Men to the scree was no easy feat, and here to discuss that with me are writer-producers Eric & Julia Lewald, who were instrumental in making X-Men what it was. Eric has a new book out entitled Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series, which offers his behind-the-scenes perspective on getting the show on the air. Click below to listen, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

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Thirty-five years ago this December, directors Jim Henson and Frank Oz first took audiences into the mystical land of Thra, home of The Dark Crystal. While the ambitious puppet-centric feature didn't quite land with audiences at the time, its mix of effects and fantasy have turned it into a cult artifact in the decades since. For this episode, I'm joined by special guest is Caseen Gaines, author of the beautiful new tome The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, for a fun chat about the film's origins, production, scuppered plans for a sequel, and much more! Check it out at the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

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For my latest Nostalgia Theater show I'm honored to be joined by authors Jim Beard & Rich Handley as they discuss their new short fiction anthology Planet of the Apes: Tales From the Forbidden Zone, which collects stories by some of the leading lights in sci-fi writing as they imagine new worlds within the multitudinous franchise. They discuss their own lifetime love of Planet of the Apes, how the book came about, and give a rundown of what readers can expect in the new tome. As longtime listeners know, the original Planet of the Apes is my all-time favorite movie, so any chance I have to go fanboy on Apes, I'm happy to take it. I have a feeling you'll enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I did being a part of it! Check out the episode via the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page

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For the first Nostalgia Theater show of 2017, I'm joined by illustrator Joe Simko, who discusses the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon from the 1980s, including his own work as producer and director of the documentary 30 Years of Garbage. There's lots of insights as we dive into the icky-eww-kitschy-cool fad that first captivated kids of all ages three decades ago, and continues to do so to this very day! You can listen to it at the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

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Bustin' makes me feel good! With the storied action-comedy Ghostbusters franchise heading back to theaters this weekend via the remake/reboot directed by Paul Feig and starring an all-star roster of some of the funniest females on the planet (read my "thumbs up" review here), I decided to hop in the Nostalgia Theater time machine and reminisce with my good pal, award-winning TV writer Sameer Gardezi (Modern Family, Aliens in America), about our mutual lifelong affinity for all things Ghostbusters, be it the movies, the action figures, the animated cartoon show(s), or the breakfast cereal! You can catch the show via the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page

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For this episode of the show, I'm joined by Chris Ryall, editor-in-chief of IDW Publishing. As the current purveyor of comic book adventures of high profile licenses like Transformers, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and so much more, IDW has become the go-to place to find Nostalgia Theater favorites on the comic shelf. Chris discusses the process by which IDW has been able to amass such an amazing roster of top drawer titles from topflight talent, and he also talks up one of IDW's latest projects: the impending relaunch of '70s-'80s fave Rom: Spaceknight. You can listen to the show via the embed below, or subscribe via iTunesStitcher Radio, or TuneIn Radio. As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page

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After a brief gap, we're back with an all-new episode of the Nostalgia Theater show! This week, we’re talking about Disney's Darkwing Duck, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this very year (read my article on the show here). A spin-off of Disney’s very successful DuckTales, Darkwing was created by veteran animator Tad Stones (Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command), who was gracious enough to join me for a fun and insightful hour of conversation as we took a fond look back at the terror that flaps in the night, plus his many other experiences in the world of animation. Check out the show via the embed below, or subscribe via iTunesStitcher Radio, or TuneIn Radio. As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page

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For this week's Nostalgia Theater Podcast I discuss the Rambo phenomenon with author David Morrell, whose 1972 novel First Blood is where it all began. Despite its reputation for ultra-violence, the Rambo series, starring Sylvester Stallone as war-weary Vietnam vet John J. Rambo, is a fascinating artifact that lies at the intersection of the pop culture and politics of the 1980s. The franchise reignited discussion about the Vietnam conflict, and inserted itself into the political vernacular of the time (anyone remember Ronald Reagan quoting and comparing himself to Rambo?).

In addition, it also sparked a mountain of tie-ins and merchandise, including (but certainly not limited to) a weekday afternoon cartoon show and a whole slew of action figures and accessories. Listen in as David Morrell discusses the origins of Rambo, what he thought of the various sequels (not to mention the cartoon show!), and how he feels now that Stallone has decided, as of a few weeks ago, to retire the character for good. Check it out via the embed below, or subscribe via iTunesStitcher Radio, or TuneIn Radio. As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page!

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