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February 20 2014

20:36

December 31 2013

02:26

League of Ordinary Gentlemen Podcast #175: Hanukkah.NOW!

Josh, Clay and Dursin get into the holiday spirit and discuss if comic numbering matters, Arrow Season 2, Superior Venom and Marvel Now.Now! So, listen NOW!

December 26 2013

04:18

November 26 2013

05:05

Holiday Movies 2013: Big Films With Vintage Flair

We talk with top film critics about this holiday season’s gusher of new movies, from Disney’s “Frozen,’ to “The Wolf of Wall Street” to “American Hustle.”

Guests

A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times. (@aoscott)

Carrie Rickey, longtime film critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. (@CarrieRickey)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: The Big Picture Strikes Back — “Maybe the failure of so many overblown, mediocre movies would inspire the flowering of smaller, better ones. Maybe the audience, fed a steady summer diet of sequels, merchandising tie-ins and animated family fun, was finally saying ‘enough.’ Maybe a lesson could be drawn from the success of the previous year’s crop of Oscar movies, and the future would belong to the Argos and Djangos and Lincolns rather than the Avengers and Transformers.”

The Daily Beast: Holiday Movie Preview: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ And More – “It’s been a pretty dismal summer movie-wise. Remember ‘The Internship’? ‘After Earth’? We hardly do, either. The fall brought some welcome relief in the form of ‘Gravity’ and ’12 Years a Slave’, but now, we’re getting into the real bread-and-butter: awards season. The next six weeks will see a bevy of awards-bait films—and grand blockbuster entertainments—hit theaters, including ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ and much more. ”

The Wall Street Journal: Hollywood’s Gift List: Holiday Film Preview — “The film calendar is always heavily backloaded with Oscar contenders, in part so the films are fresh in the minds of Academy members when they are voting. But this year, studios seem to be conceding that they have packed far too many films into too few weekends. Some are pulling movies out of the fray. One big film was delayed until late December and five more have already been pushed into 2014, even if it means deferring Oscar aspirations until the 2015 ceremonies.”

November 11 2013

09:06

Holiday Shopping 2013: Black Friday Comes Early

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and crazy holiday deals all coming early this year. We’ll look at the evolution of American retailing in the 2013 holiday season.

Guests

Susan Berfield, Associate editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. (@SusanBerfield)

Wendy Liebmann, CEO and Chief Shopper at WSL Strategic Retail. (@WendyLiebmann)

Sucharita Mulpuru, vice president and principal analyst serving e-business and channel strategy professionals at Forrester Research. (@SMulpuru)

From The Reading List

Forbes: Holiday 2013: Five Trends To Watch — “Fueled by savvy shoppers being better planners and retailers engineering the season to begin ever earlier, this trend is here to say. When the NRF asked shoppers why they shop early for holiday items, most said it was to better spread out their gift budget or take advantage of prices and promotions too good to pass up.”

CBS News: Is Black Friday turning into Black November? — “The holiday shopping season is starting early this year — very early. Retailers are already starting to roll out their so-called ‘door-buster’ deals, typically reserved for the day after Thanksgiving and beyond. Wal-mart introduced some early holiday deals online on November first — the day after Halloween, offering deep discounts on LCD TVs and tablet computers.’The early-bird shopper, the ones that are coming now — they can find equally good deals in November as they can in December,’ said Joel Anderson, president and CEO of Walmart.com.”

Los Angeles Times: Wal-Mart kicks off Christmas way early, helping to kill Black Friday — “Wal-Mart is worried about lousy holiday shopping, so the retail giant is pulling out its Christmas deals one whole month early — hoping, perhaps, that the longer you are faced with a bargain, the more likely you will be to crumble. This move comes as Black Friday – that holiday shopping landmark — is rapidly morphing into Black Thursday. Some retailers aren’t waiting for the crack of dawn on the Friday after Thanksgiving or even midnight. J.C. Penney and Macy’s will both open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for a 25-hour overnight shopping extravaganza, the Associated Press has reported. That’s 8 p.m. Thursday to 9 p.m. Friday.”

October 31 2013

08:06

Wes Craven And Fright-Meisters On Why We Love Horror

For Halloween, we look at the horror genre today — in the movies and in print — with some of the best fright-meisters in the business.

Guests

Wes Craven, horror film director, writer, producer and actor. (@WesCraven)

Elizabeth Massie, two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of horror novels and short fiction, including “Hell Gate,” “Desper Hollow,” “Playback” and “Sineater.”

Michelle Hodkin, young-adult novelist, author of “The Mara Dyer Trilogy.” (@MichelleHodkin)

From Tom’s Reading List

The Guardian: Halloween Reading — “I’m convinced that people who write and read horror are saner and better-adjusted than those who casually dismiss the genre. By engaging with horror, we take a journey into every possible fear. We open the closet door, rip the mask from the psycho’s face, embrace ghosts and demons, cast ourselves into the hellish chasm of the imagination. We return, not polluted but cleansed and set free.”

New York: The 25 Best Horror Movies Since the Shining – “One third of a century ago, Stanley Kubrick released ‘The Shining’ and changed the face of modern horror. Except that he didn’t, at least not initially. The Shining was a critical dud and, at first, a financial disappointment. (Kubrick even got nominated for a Razzie for Worst Director.) But over the years, the movie has, to understate mightily, gained in stature. And its release seemed to us like a good cutoff point for our journey through the ensuing 33 years of horror cinema.”

The Morning News: Our Hallows Eve — “This will be my son’s first Halloween, and I’m taking him to Indiana to give him a taste of Halloween as I remember it. My mom and I have been making plans to take him to a pumpkin patch and maybe a costume party at the zoo. We chat on the phone while I follow Fabian around the playground, discussing the tiny Purple Rain Prince costume she is making for him. She tells me to measure his arms, as she wants to make sure she gets the ruffles at the ends of the sleeves just right.”

Read An Excerpt Of “The Evolution of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin

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