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Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media
July 30, 2018

First Ever Michigan Comic Con!

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This August, many geeks will be flocking down to Cobo Arena to check out the first ever Michigan Comic Con! This con is fully loaded with everything to satisfy your geeky appetite. Featuring appearances from such notable guests as, Michigan native and voice acting legend, Billy West, the original Red Ranger himself, Austin St. John, as well as the one and only Darth Maul, Ray Park… and so many more iconic names from across all forms of “Geek Media.”

Michigan Comic Con will cater to the fanboy, or fangirl, in you. Along with the previously mentioned celebrity guests, the con will also feature booths containing comic books, magazines, toys, games, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. You can even check out one of the handful of cool panels and events going on throughout the weekend. So come join the Geektainment Gang as they explore and share the excitement and awesomeness of the weekend!

Michigan Comic Con debuts on August 17-19, 2018, at the Cobo Center – Hall C. Tickets range from $30-$60, and kids 12 and under are admitted for free. With so many things to see and do, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on being part of this historic con. Michigan Comic Con is produced and promoted by Imaginarium LLC, who produce four other comic conventions around the country.

For information regarding hours, guests announced so far, programming, and other details about Michigan Comic Con, visit: https://michigancomiccon.com/

 

Andy Bisaha
Head of Post Production at NRM
Co-Host of Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media

Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media
April 2, 2018

To Infinity War and Beyond: A Geek & His Theories

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So, I’ve been getting a lot of messages about Infinity War ever since Marvel dropped the new trailer a tiny bit ago. The topics are wide-ranging… from the location of the last infinity stone to Captain America is going to be the “biggest” death of the film…. a few of you have even asked about Hawkeye… OK… one person… but I salute you, one person… you fly your Clint Barton flag as furiously as you want to… only some of us will judge… with all that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of theories ranging from, “That’s totally going down” to, “well… that would be cool”…

A few theories about Avengers: Infinity War that I’d willing to put money down on

1. Vision gets that Infinity Stone ripped right out of his head.

2. Hawkeye plays a super important role… no… really… I’m serious (Bonus Clint Barton theory- whatever important role he plays makes him change to his Ronin persona)

3. Every scene with Spider-Man will be Amazing and/or Spectacular… yes… yes I just did…

4. Loki gets killed by Thanos and/or his Black Order then Thor gets thrown into space (which is where that after the credit scene will pick up and he’ll run into the Guardians)

5. The last Infinity Stone has gotta be in Wakanda… or somehow ends up there at some point. (Which is why one of the two giant ass battles in the trailer is happening)

6. One of the original Avengers, that isn’t Black Widow or Hawkeye, will bite the bucket… I know A LOT of you think it’s going to be Cap… but I really don’t think it will be… and least not how everyone thinks – more on that later in this rant – Anywho… my money is on Hulk. Here’s why… There’s waaaaaay too much money left on the table with a potential “one last” Iron Man solo film. (I can already see the font in the trailer billing it as “the last iron man film”, the “end of the journey”… you know… standard trailer jazz) Thor: Ragnarok was way too successful, critically and financial, for them not to be considering another. Marvel can’t do a Hulk solo film without jumping through hoops due to the odd deal with the character’s film rights (supposedly if it’s a solo film they have to go through Universal, but if they put him in someone else’s movie, or as part of a “team-up”, Marvel can do whatever they want with the character…. like kill him off…) They’re definitely in no rush to make another solo film after the mediocre return on the first two attempts at a Hulk film (don’t even get me started on the pre-marvel studios, Eric Bana starring, Ang Lee directed, crap fest)…

A few things I wouldn’t put money on, but I’m going to guess anyway…

These aren’t so much out of left field as they are ideas pieces together with varying information available that seem logical to me… For example: Captain Marvel comes out after Infinity War but before Avengers 4 (which they won’t reveal the title for because it spoils a big plot point in Infinity War) It’s set in the 90’s with a plot heavily rumored to be surrounding the famous Kree/Skrull War story line from the comics. Hearing all of this just makes me think that the big plot reveal in Infinity War is that someone is a Skrull and Avengers 4 will be called Secret Invasion…. which leads me to…

1. Cap gets killed at the very end of Infinity War… BUT… upon his death turns into a Skrull, revealing Cap is actually still alive. (My guess is they’ll find the real Cap in Avengers 4 but by this point Bucky will have taken over as Cap, thus allowing Marvel to not kill off Steve Rodgers while still giving Bucky a reason to take up the mantle as well as giving Marvel the chance to bring Evans… back if they ever need to/can convince him)

2. Nick Fury pops up in one the after the credit scenes (c’mon you know it’s gonna happen… him popping up in one and the fact there’ll be a few)

Then…

A couple, fanboy theories that I think would be cool that probably won’t happen, but are possibly… possible
… given the information available.

1. Though the popular theory is that Peter Dinklage will be playing Pip The Troll… I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say wouldn’t it be awesome if Peter Dinklage is voicing the Silver Surfer?!? (though not remotely confirmed, there’s been strong rumors that Silver Surfer will pop up in Infinity War – could the character have part of the deal in which Marvel was given the ability to use Ego for Guardians 2?) – Ego’s film rights technically are housed with Fox (but that’s part a WHOLE ‘nother rant for another time…

2. Doctor Strange is going to die… I know… I know… they’ve only done one film so far and Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge star, with a big draw… but on the other side of that exact same coin… they’ve only done one so far… and they did a pretty great job of creating a story that could very well be left alone after the first film (even with the after the credit scenes). ALSO, according to reports from set, for most of Production during Infinity War and Avengers 4, most every shot that doesn’t feature Cumberbatch’s face, is a body double… due to his ridiculously busy schedule… with so many other characters at their disposal, and even more set to return to the fold after the Fox deal closes… Marvel can afford to let that be their first “stand alone” film since Norton’s Hulk (which YES, is part of the Marvel film universe continuity… for some reason I get asked about that a lot… so just to clarify)

Lastly…
One just cause I don’t see how them doing this would remotely rock anyone boat except for die hard fans of the character… and I guess Don Cheadle…

1. War Machine kicks the bucket (I got nothin’)… I’m just saying it wouldn’t shock me…

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Ian Bensman - Host of Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media
About the Author:

Ian Bensman is Co-Host of Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media.
This weekly live discussion of geek culture – comic books, movies & film making, television, collectibles and much MUCH more – is always wild, geeky extravaganza!

Watch it LIVE every Friday at 2 pm EST – you never know who will drop by!
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Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media
March 8, 2018

Justice League Home Release and What the Fans Really Want!!!

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So with the official home release announcement of Justice League coming to us March 13th on 4K & Blu-Ray, fans clamoring for a “Zach Snyder” cut of the film are still left wanting. Now while I’d be very interested to see what Snyder’s original vision would have had in store for us… let me throw out this idea to everyone… What if, instead of a “Zach Snyder” cut, Warner Brothers and DC released multiple different cuts of the film?

Imagine a release in which we were not only given the theatrical cut of the film and a Snyder cut, but also a Whedon Cut? Very much in the way all the various versions of Blade Runner were released together in one package, so too could the various unreleased cuts of Justice League… Now granted the Blade Runner collection was put together after decades of separate and varying releases, theatrically or otherwise, Warner Brothers needn’t wait so long. Justice League was instantly, wildly, divisive amongst film-goers and critics alike; a release that would collect the various cuts of the film would pique any geek’s interest.

With many a widespread rumor that “ The powers that be” had a large hand in the final cut of the film, I wonder how much of Joss Whedon’s vision actually made it into the theatrical cut? How much of Snyder’s? If you believe a myriad of voices whom worked on the film, there is a supposed near dump truck’s amount of scenes which didn’t make the final cut. Is there possibly enough film for three different cuts of Justice League just sitting on the cutting room floor? The thought is an intriguing one.

Ian Bensman - Host of Geektainment Weekly on New Radio MediaAbout the Author:

Ian Bensman is Co-Host of Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media.
This weekly live discussion of geek culture – comic books, movies & film making, television, collectibles and much MUCH more – is always wild, geeky extravaganza!

Watch it LIVE every Friday at 2 pm EST – you never know who will drop by!
Catch up on episodes you missed – all are available On Demand.

Get it on Google Play Download on the App Store

 

Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media
March 1, 2018

Ben Batfleck and The Saga of the Ever-Changing Cowl

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With the rumor that “Flashpoint” will be Ben Affleck’s last go in the cape of cowl, speculation has turned to whom will be his replacement? With Matt Reeves now at the helm of the solo Batman Film, and apparently eager to recast, two names have risen to the top of the speculation heap… Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Hamm… Both great actors to be sure, but is that who want playing the legendary caped crusader? One of my big issues with Batfleck, besides the material he was given, was I had a hard time getting past the Ben Affleck of it all. All I could see was Ben Affleck as Batman. It was hard for me to accept him as Bruce Wayne because all I saw Holden “Friggin” McNeil, a role Affleck made famous in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse.

Films such as Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back… I suggest that instead of looking inward, Warner Brothers searches outward… Why not cast an unknown who is specifically cast to fit the Bruce Wayne/Batman mold? Find a name not yet known who can deserve the Cape and Cowl on acting chops alone? I have no doubt Gyllenhaal or Hamm would give great performances… but could we get past the Gyllenhaal and Hamm of it all?

These are questions to ponder…

Ian Bensman - Host of Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media

About the Author:

Ian Bensman is Co-Host of Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media.
This weekly live discussion of geek culture – comic books, movies & film making, television, collectibles and much MUCH more – is always wild, geeky extravaganza!

Watch it LIVE every Friday at 2 pm EST – you never know who will drop by!
Catch up on episodes you missed – all are available On Demand.

Get it on Google Play

Download on the App Store

 

Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media
February 27, 2018

Geektainment Weekly – 022018

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Geektainment Weekly Blog Post – R.D. Van Houten.

February 20, 2018

What an amazing weekend, first of all. I had the opportunity to see Marvel Studios most recent film release – “Black Panther“accompanied by fellow Geektainment Weekly host, Ian Bensman. Our movie “man date” was a hit (even though we didn’t sit together, being the we bought the last two tickets available- still good seats though). The movie itself was spectacular! In my opinion it may have been one of the most action packed Marvel Studios films to date. The colors, cinematography, acting, and plot were certainly all top notch. Director Ryan Coogler hit a GRAND SLAM with this picture, perfectly weaving it into the current Marvel movie timeline. I would MOST DEFINITELY recommend that you should go see it, and when you do would love to hear what you thought of it!

The rest of the weekend for me was spent doing some pretty heavy gaming on my PS4. Although I spent most of that time getting pwned playing NHL ’18 (by what were surely 12-14 year olds at mommy’s house), I still had a great time enjoying EA’s most recent NHL release. After being beaten too badly for too long, I had to switch up the game and do some pwning of my own on Star Wars Battlefront 2! The gaming was truly a great escape from the reality that I am not a Jedi Knight or Sith Lord and don’t own an actual Light Sabre.

The business of the week came back in full force on Monday as we continue to build here at New Radio Media and Geektainment Weekly. But, no matter how difficult a day may be, I always have my newfound love of audiobooks on Audible to calm me down and to keep my mind at ease. Right now I am enjoying listening to the Tolkien classic “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, narrated by Rob Inglis – which I highly recommend if you have not yet listened. I would love to go into more detail about it but it’s something I think you should just go and check out for yourself.

Until next time my fellow Geeks,

Much Love…

R.D. Van Houten

About the Author:

R.D. Van Houten is Co-Host of Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media.
This weekly live discussion of geek culture – comic books, movies & film making, television, collectibles and much MUCH more – is always wild, geeky extravaganza!

Watch it LIVE every Friday at 2 pm EST – you never know who will drop by!
Catch up on episodes you missed – all are available On Demand.

Get it on Google Play

Download on the App Store

April 24, 2017

Sony and the Spider-manless Spider-man Cinematic Universe

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With the recent announcement of a standalone “Venom” film, as well as a “Black Cat” film, it appears Sony has decided to throw their hat back into the superhero cinematic universe ring.

With access to over 5,000 Marvel Comics characters, I can understand the itch to get into the game. That being said, with the announcement for the films, also came the news that this universe would not be connecting to the behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (henceforth referred to as the MCU). Now, that in and of itself is not odd; Fox very firmly has
their own universe of films with the X-men franchise. With that in mind though, unlike Fox, Sony and Marvel have, in the not too distant past, made a deal for Spider-man to appear alongside the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor in the MCU. Now with all of that in mind, what exactly does that mean for our newest big screen incarnation of everyone’s favorite
web slinger?

With Sony planning their “Spider-man” universe films to be separate from Marvel’s, how will Tom Holland’s Spidey play into both companies plans? Will we see a cinematic universe of characters, generally related to Spider-man, exist without an appearance from the web head himself? Will Holland play double duty and appear in both universes? If that’s the case, are the
two technically connected? What does this mean for the larger implications of Marvel and Sony’s deal? Can characters with film rights owned by Marvel Studio’s appear in this “standalone” Spider-manless Spider-man Universe? Will Spider-man not be allowed to appear in future Marvel films? Will we get a different Spider-man cast? Will Miles Morales be Sony’s
Spider-man beyond just the planned animated film? I could continue…

My point is, with all these questions, and many more, out there in the ether… has Sony learned from the mistakes of how they’ve handled this franchise in the past? Before Marvel saved the day and gave us the Spider-man all of us true believers have been waiting, Sony relaunched the franchise twice within a decade. Their second go around, Amazing Spider-man, while being generally well received by fans, seemingly jumped the gun. Even before its release, there were rumors of plans for not just a sequel, but multiple sequels, spin-offs, you name it. By the release of Amazing Spider-man 2, Sony was in full-on planning mode for their own cinematic universe… the sinister six was even teased in the end credits of ASM2… Almost as if to say, “Look! We don’t know how we’re going to do it yet, but know we’re going to!”

In a world where Marvel Studio’s has plans past 2028, it’s easy to see how a studio could get ahead of itself…but should they? As a comic book fan, I can only hope every release is spectacular… no pun intended… Past history and current speculation would say Sony’s heading down a similar path as before, but only time will tell.

Ian Bensman
President, New Radio Media

April 21, 2017

How I Would Have Done It: The DC Cinematic Universe

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Let’s skip DC having to do the waiting game and say they decided to go the Marvel route, but take their own formula and one-up them…How? Well, let me tell you!

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