S4E20: Hannah Waddingham Interview “Garfield”

Hannah Waddingham Interview

Get excited, because today is our episode featuring our Hannah Waddingham Interview. Hannah is starring in the new Garfield film as Jinx, a theater cat out for revenge! Garfield is in on Blu-Ray and Digital July 9th, 2024.

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Hannah Waddingham Interview

Hannah Waddingham Interview

Originally Jinx wasn’t supposed to sing, can you believe that? But you can’t have Hannah Waddingham in a show or film and not let her flex her vocal muscles.

Hannah: When I signed on for the movie, the song wasn’t on the table. Part of the way through the process, Mark, the director, just said to me, we’d love to write an original song for you. When they gave it to me, they just said do what you want with it […] We went to Abbey Road Studios, which was incredible, and spent a few hours…I was all over my voice that day…every single note in every single octave, but I think Jinx deserved it.

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About Garfield

Garfield (voiced by Chris Pratt), the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure. That changes after an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father – scruffy street cat Vic (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson). Garfield and Odie must help Vic before Jinx can get the better of him.

*Edited for clarity and length

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S4E19: Blu del Barrio Interview

Blu del Barrio Interview

Episode 19: Blu del Barrio Interview! Blu plays Adira on Star Trek Discovery and will soon be seen in Trap House a new film starring Dave Bautista. We had a blast getting to know Blu!

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Blu del Barrio Interview
photography by Dax Henry and styled by Lauren Knudsen

Blu del Barrio Interview

Blu shared about using his work to promote visibility and inclusion for the trans and LGBTQ+ community. He also teased some upcoming projects, including Trap House, and what he loves to geek out about! We might all need to plan a trip to Japan is all I’m saying!

On being a part of the most diverse and inclusive cast in Star Trek history

Blu: I’ve always been a really big champion of having as much diversity on screen as we do in our world. Going into this era of trek, where we have the most diverse show that we’ve ever had… I was extremely excited. Also nervous to be part of that representation. Very nervous. But ultimately, it was it was a really huge honor.

On playing their first male character since their transition in Trap House

Blu: It’s a lot of fun, it’s very action packed and I think the story is really beautiful. I really love the character that I got to play. This is you know, the first male character that I got to step into and I’m really excited about that.

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*Edited for clarity and length

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S4E18: X-MEN 97 JP Karliak Interview

X-MEN 97 JP Karliak Interview

To me, my X-Men! It’s time for our JP Karliak Interview! Today we are talking with JP Karliak, uber talented voice actor who is currently the voice of Morph in the new series X-Men 97, now streaming on Disney+.

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X-MEN 97 JP Karliak Interview

X-MEN 97 KP Karliak Interview

Relating to Morph

JP: On a very concrete level, Morph is nonbinary, I identify as genderqueer. But also because Morph is somebody that has experienced so much trauma and [pushes] through it with humor. That is something that I definitely identify with and I think a lot of queer people do. I think that’s very much a part of our stories. I think being in a crew of outsiders feeling a little bit like the outsider […] there is sometimes that feeling I think resonates with people, queer or otherwise, of feeling like somebody who’s the odd person out [on] the team.

For me, it is of paramount importance that a queer kid or a queer person would watch that show and feel uplifted to see a positive representation of a queer superhero. In a way, it’s also important to me that a cis or, hetero human watches this and feels some human connection to this character, even though they have an identity that they don’t personally identify with, or they don’t understand, or it’s new to them, or might feel alien in a way. It’s nice to have people have that sort of nice bond with a character that identifies that way.

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Wishlist for Morph’s Future in X-Men 97

JP: I love Morph’s dynamic with Wolverine. I actually would love to see their friendship explored more. We’ve all seen [that] people have said, “Oh the shower scene!” I’m like, hold your roll, guys. I think there’s some beauty in celebrating a queer straight friendship. It doesn’t have to be the queer person pining after the straight person. I don’t know if you need that. So I’d love to see that more. But I would love to see Morph maybe have a romantic interest of his own. Who? I don’t know, but that would be great. I’d love to see him just beat the crap out of Mr. Sinister, just a full-on melee. I don’t know if that’s gonna happen, but it’d be fun. Is any of that going to happen? I don’t know. But I hope so.

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X-MEN 97 JP Karliak Interview Podcast

About X-Men 97

27 years after X-Men: The Animated Series ended, X-Men 97 picks up right where it left off. Picking up some months after Professor X’s death, Cyclops (Ray Chase) has become the default leader in Charles’ absence. But the world still doesn’t trust the mutants, so the team must face organizations bent on destroying them as well as dealing with the unexpected return of Magneto (Matthew Waterson).

*This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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S4E17: House of Ninjas Director Dave Boyle Interview

House of Ninjas Director Dave Boyle Interview

House of Ninjas Director Dave Boyle Interview! Today we are talking with Dave Boyle the director and co-writer of the new Netflix series House of Ninjas. This exciting, action-packed show is now streaming on Netflix.

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House of Ninjas Director Dave Boyle Interview

House of Ninjas Director Dave Boyle Interview

Dave was brought in to direct and write the show bible for House of Ninjas, a project that star Kento Kaku had put together. When Dave was approached with the project, as soon as they mentioned ninjas he was in. And we agreed, how can you say no to a ninja show?

What it was like working with Kento to bring the show to life: “I just got a call out of the blue, I guess, three years ago from my friend who’d worked at Netflix. He just asked me “Hey, you, like ninjas?” And I was like, Yeah. I mean, who doesn’t like ninjas? And he told me that Kento had brought this project to them, this concept, and they were looking for a take on it…I pitched some ideas for it [and] they decided to have me write the show bible. I did that. And then the next thing I knew, they were moving ahead with it. Now, me directing was still sort of an open question…But then it was Kento, who sort of really pushed for [it]…So yeah, I love the guy.”

The season ends with a big reveal. So you know we had to see if we could learn anything about the possibility of a second season. Spoiler alert- if you want it to happen BINGE BINGE BINGE. And then tell your friends to do the same!

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About House of Ninjas

Ninjas existed throughout many pivotal times in Japanese history — but what if they were still secretly undertaking missions in modern society? Set in today’s Japan, this series tells the story of the Tawara family, the last ninja clan who abandoned their roots after a mission gone wrong. Now, an unprecedented crisis beckons the family back into action.

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S4E16: Marvel Studios ECHO Review

ECHO Review

ECHO REVIEW! Today we are reviewing Marvel Studios’ latest show and the first under the Spotlight banner– ECHO. All episodes of Echo are now streaming on Disney+ and Hulu. Note: to access the show on Disney+ you need to enable mature content.

NOTE: ECHO is NOT for children. This episode may contain things not suitable for little ears.

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ECHO Review

Marvel Studios ECHO Review

Echo packed a lot into 5 episodes (our only complaint really– we wanted more!) from Maya’a backstory to cultural significance and of course some bad*ss fighting. We breakdown what we loved about this series…which may have included some fangirling over Cody Lightning’s Biscuits. But it also meant discussing creative sound usage, hand-to-hand combat, and the acting prowess of both Alaqua and Vincent.

Related: MARVEL STUDIOS’ ECHO REVIEW- A GRITTY, RUTHLESS, AND RAW MARVEL OFFERING

About Echo

After the events of Hawkeye, Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) is being pursued by Kingpin’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) criminal empire. On the run and injured, Maya makes her way home where she must confront the family she and her father left behind. While there she also begins to feel a draw to the past and the legacy of her Choctaw heritage. However, it isn’t long before Fisk’s men catch up to her, pulling her family and the town into the war she started.

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S4E15: Welcome Home Franklin Interview

Welcome Home Franklin Interview

Welcome Home Franklin Interview. Today we are talking with director Raymond S. Persi plus co-writers Craig Schulz and Robb Armstrong of the new Peanuts special Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home Franklin.

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Welcome Home Franklin Interview

Welcome Home Franklin Interview

To us, Franklin has always been a part of the Peanuts crew. It wasn’t until this special that we realized that wasn’t always the case. We also didn’t know Franklin had a namesake, which we feel is such a cool story and something a lot of people don’t know. Can you share a little bit about that?

Robb Armstrong: I met Sparky Schulz when I was very new…we were both with United Feature Syndicate back then. And I thought, this is gonna be great. I’m gonna get to meet, you know, Charles Schulz. So I told my editor…I said, Hey, Sarah, can you introduce me to Charles Schulz, please? She said, What? I said, I want to meet him. He’s my hero.

I sent him one of my first comic strips and I met him about a year and a half later…that comic strip is in a frame in his office above his desk. I thought I was seeing things…He said, Robb, Jumpstart has what Peanuts has– great characters.

One day he called in 1994 and he said, “You busy?..I need a favor. You know that Franklin’s got no last name? {…} How would you feel if I gave him your last name?” You guys that’s if you’re an actor or something, that’s like Spielberg leaning in “How would you feel…”

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On the Franklin origin story: “The final product is stunning, it’s exquisite…these guys, Craig and Raymond, Bryan, Schulz’s grandson and Neil Uliano, I’m so humbled to be a part of something this superb and exquisite honestly.”

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About Welcome Home Franklin

The origin story for one of Peanuts’ most beloved characters, Franklin, follows how he approaches making new friends. Franklin’s family is always on the move with his dad’s military job, and everywhere he goes Franklin finds support in a notebook filled with his grandfather’s advice on friendship. But when Franklin tries his usual strategies with the Peanuts gang, he has trouble fitting in. That’s until he learns about the neighborhood Soap Box Derby race – according to his grandfather, everyone loves a winner! He’s sure that winning the race will also mean winning over some new friends. All he needs is a partner, which he finds in Charlie Brown. Franklin and Charlie Brown work together to build a car and in the process become good buddies. But as the race nears, the pressure mounts – can their car and their newfound friendship make it to the finish line? 

S4E14: Blue Eye Samurai Review

Blue Eye Samurai Review

Blue Eye Samurai Review! Today we are reviewing the new anime– Blue Eye Samurai, coming to Netflix November 3. Fellow critic, podcaster, and geek Nagier Chambers of Big Gold Belt Media joins us for this episode.

NOTE: Blue Eye Samurai is NOT for children. This episode may contain things not suitable for little ears.

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Blue Eye Samurai Review

Blue Eye Samurai Review

Listen, it was hard to stop gushing about all the reasons we enjoyed Blue Eye Samurai. This show feels like something adult fans of anime have been waiting for. From its beautiful animation that contrasts the beauty with the brutal to the intriguing story and interesting characters. It really does check off all the boxes of what adult animation should be.

Most importantly, we all agree that we need at least one or two more seasons. There is still more to this story, and we need to know what happens next. Mizu’s body count still has space to rise. So grab all your anime-loving friends and watch it when it drops on Netflix November 3.

Related: BLUE EYE SAMURAI REVIEW: AN EPIC, BLOODY RIDE FOR ANIME FANS

About Blue Eye Samurai

During the Edo-period in Japan, anyone with mixed blood is seen as impure. Mixed-race, blue-eyed Mizu (Maya Erskine) has been treated poorly all her life. But that has only made her stronger. After spending years training to become the greatest samurai in all of Japan, Mizu sets out in disguise to seek revenge on the white man responsible for killing her mother. It won’t be easy, as Abijah Fowler (Kenneth Branagh) is as ruthless as he is cunning.

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S4E13: Director Raymond Persi Interview

Director Raymond Persi Interview

Director Raymond Persi Interview! We recently had the chance to sit down with director, animator, and all-around great person Raymond Persi to learn more about his latest– Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marci. It along with other great Peanuts content is now streaming on Apple TV+.

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Director Raymond Persi Interview

Director Raymond Persi Interview

What was it about Marci that made you sign on? Did you relate to her or do you just really love the character?

Raymond: I got really excited when I saw this script. First of all, because she’s such an interesting character. I think it’s easy to think she’s just sort of this quiet little kid that doesn’t say much. But if you look at the strips, she may not say much, but sometimes when she does, it can be kind of biting. So she’s got a little bit of snark to her, which I thought was fun. The other thing I thought was exciting was to write a story and make your main character someone who doesn’t want to be the main character.

You worked with an introvert expert for this special. How did that process work?

Raymond: [Our specialist] pointed out first of all that there’s many different kinds of introverts. Certain traits that we maybe attribute to introverts is not really part of being an introvert, like being afraid of crowds and things like that. He made us also think about the positives of being an introvert. When you’re someone who’s an introvert, it means that you want to take time to think before you act. So you might have a better solution than someone that just wants to jump in. It helped us kind of start to shape the script a little bit more to show how those aspects of Marci are really good things too.

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If Raymond sounds familiar it’s because he is also the voice of everyone’s favorite Sloth. That’s right he is Flash from Zootopia! Naturally, we talked about that DMV scene for a second because after all it lives rent-free in all of our minds.

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About One-of-a-Kind Marci

In “Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie,” fans can see how Marcie, makes a monumental difference from behind the scenes both for her friends and her community. Marcie has many brilliant ideas to help those around her, but she would rather help without any spotlight. When she’s unexpectedly elected class president, sharing those ideas becomes a challenge.

S4E12: José Hernández & Alejandra Márquez Abella Interview

José Hernández & Alejandra Márquez Abella Interview! We recently had the chance to speak with director Alejandra Márquez Abella and NASA flight engineer José Hernández, whose life is the subject of the film A Million Miles Away. A Million Miles Away is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

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José Hernández & Alejandra Márquez Abella Interview

A Million Miles Away

Inspired by the real-life story of NASA flight engineer José Hernández, A Million Miles Away follows him and his devoted family of proud migrant farm workers on a decades-long journey, from a rural village in Michoacán, Mexico, to the fields of the San Joaquin Valley, to more than 200 miles above the Earth in the International Space Station. With the unwavering support of his hard-working parents, relatives, and teachers, José’s unrelenting drive & determination culminates in the opportunity to achieve his seemingly impossible goal.

RELATED: A Million Miles Away Movie Review: An Emotional & Inspiring Biopic

José Hernández & Alejandra Márquez Abella Interview

I know that your story has been out there for a while and people have tried to make your story but it was just never the right time. So what was it about this time that made you say yes?

José: It was all about the people who wanted to make it. The folks that approached me [were from a] film house called Select Films, run by Mark Ciardi, executive producer of our movie. They had just finished doing McFarland USA, they had done Million Dollar Arm, and Secretariat. So they had a nice pedigree of doing films that were inspirational. That’s when I realized this is the film house where my story can be told the way I wanted it to be told. 

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It wouldn’t be a movie about becoming an astronaut without a training montage. Did you also work with NASA? Was that an actual training ground?

Alejandra: No, we built a set. We shot the whole film in Mexico around Mexico City or in Mexico City. We went to this humongous pool in Mexico City and we recreated the whole training. Which was more than challenging because we had to actually have people who could, you know, arrange that stunt and actually do that as they would do in a military facility. [It’s] a very sophisticated piece of training. It was fun, challenging, and long.

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S4E11: Mutant Mayhem Cast Interview

Mutant Mayhem Cast Interview

Mutant Mayhem Cast Interview! We recently had the chance to talk with the stars of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film Mutant Mayhem. TMNT Mutant Mayhem is coming to theaters August 2.

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Mutant Mayhem Cast Interview

Mutant Mayhem Cast Interview

We asked Micah Abbey (Donatello), Shamon Brown Jr. (Michaelangelo), Brady Noon (Raphael), and Nicolas Cantu (Leonardo) the important questions. You know like what is their favorite thing about their characters, how familiar were they with the turtles before making the movie… oh and the most important question of all– PIZZA TOPPINGS.

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Which one of the guys likes veggie pizza toppings like Jana? Or mushrooms like Ashley? You’ll have to listen to find out. Being two geeks we could relate to Micah sharing how much he loves Donatello’s nerdy side. An anime fan? Yes please! Plus we may have felt a little old realizing how much they didn’t know about the classic Secret of the Ooze.

About Mutant Mayhem

So they devise a plan to win the hearts of New Yorkers. But soon they must use their ninja skills for something other than making videos. Along with their new friend, April O’Neil, they team up to take on a mysterious crime syndicate. However they are in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed.