Needless Things Podcast 141 - 2017

January 5th, 2017
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The Needless Things Irregulars look ahead at 2017 to see what pop culture has to offer!

It’s a brave new year full of promise, exciting events, and gigantic monkeys! From movies to comics to television and everything in between, we already know a lot of what is coming this year.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Mike Gordon, and the Rad Ranger run down what’s got them excited for 2017!

 
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Needless Things Podcast 118 – San Diego Comic Con 2016 Part 2 – Movies, TV, & More

August 4th, 2016
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It’s time once again for the Needless Things Irregulars to discuss all of the biggest movie and television dorkery to come out of San Diego Comic Con!

Every year at Comic Con Hollywood busts out teasers, tidbits, and trailers for the biggest upcoming genre projects. This year was no different, with clips for Doctor Strange, Luke Cage, Wonder Woman, and even the forthcoming Justice League! All of this and more generated huge levels of excitement amongst the fans and con-goers in attendance. If, like the Needless Things Irregulars, you weren’t there, you can find out about all of the hottest stuff in today’s episode!

Listen in as Phantom, Head of Research Ryan, and Belligerent Monkey Jay talk about the glitz and glam of SDCC 2016!

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Needless Things Podcast 116 – Ghostbusters

July 14th, 2016
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Thirty-two years after the original supernatural comedy made history and created a pop culture phenomenon, there’s an all-new Ghostbusters movie set to reignite the franchise! It’s time for the Needless Things Podcast to talk about the history of Ghostbusters!

Phantom Troublemaker is joined by the RevCast’s Gary Mitchel, Noel Wood from Dork Droppings, and Salena, the lady behind sexy horror host Ghouella DeVille, for a conversation about one of the most unique and beloved pop culture franchises of all time. From the 1984 movie to The Real Ghostbusters to toys and even competing brands, Phantom and the gang discuss the impact and history of “those guys on TV”.

Listen in as Phantom, Salena, Noel, and Gary discuss their Ghostbusters fandom and their expectations for the new movie!

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Needless Things Podcast 115 – Animation vs. Live Action

July 7th, 2016
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Phantom Troublemaker and Mike Gordon compare storytelling in animation versus live action!

Over the years it has been every fan’s dream to see their favorite comic book characters adapted into cartoons; be they ongoing or feature-length. From there the next step was live action movies. Adapting original cartoons into live action movies has also been an exciting and anticipated development. To fans, it often felt like acknowledgment or validation that their franchise was important enough to be portrayed in a “real” medium for a mainstream audience.

But over the last two decades animation has evolved into a serious medium unto itself. With visual possibilities that go far beyond what any live action could offer and a storytelling style that can be adapted for everything from kid-friendly content to adults-only stories like Batman: The Killing Joke, is animation now a superior medium to present to fandom?

Listen in as Phantom and Mike debate the pros and cons of animation and live action and take a look at each medium’s service of genre storytelling over the years! Plus, the guys discuss Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso's new graphic novel, Dark Night: A True Batman Story.

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Needless Things Podcast 111 – 1986

June 10th, 2016
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Phantom Troublemaker, Beth, Sean Reid, and Chris DePetrillo go back in time thirty years to talk about the pop culture of 1986!

Needless Things has been looking at this magical year since Phantom’s birthday back in May. Now it’s time to round up some of the Needless Things Irregulars for a special “Best Of 1986” edition of the podcast! From toys to movies to music, 1986 was a banner year in pop culture. Everyone had their favorites and nostalgia has made our love for them stronger than ever. Where it gets even more interesting is when the “Worst Of 1986” list is introduced and tastes collide!

Listen in as Phantom, Chris, Beth, and Sean talk about movies, BMX, cartoons, and Nintendo in this RADical episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Needless Things Podcast 110 – John Semper, Jr.

June 2nd, 2016
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PhantomTroublemaker talks to screenwriter, producer, and story editor JohnSemper, Jr.!

Spider-Man:The Animated Seriesis one of the most beloved adaptations of the adventures of MarvelComics’ most famous superhero. John Semper was the showrunner forthe duration of the series’ run and was nominated for an AnnieAward for his episode “Day of the Chameleon”. In 2004 he wasnominated for a Daytime Emmy for his work on StaticShock.Prior to those achievements, Semper honed his craft working on manyof the cornerstones of Generation X’s animation experience – TheSmurfs, The Shirt Tales, Duck Tales, andthe FraggleRock cartoon.


Oneof Semper’s current projects is the animated Warof the Rocketmen,which reunites many members of the Spider-Mancast and is now LIVE on Indiegogo. Visit the campaign page now andcheck out the awesome rewards being offered to help put together thepitch for this awesome project!

Listenin as Phantom and John discuss all of this an more, including hisscreenplay for 1992’s ClassAct,starring Kid ‘N Play!

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Needless Things Podcast 109 – X-Men

May 26th, 2016
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PhantomTroublemaker, Beth, and Chad J. Shonk discuss Marvel’s MerryMutants – the X-Men!

Overthe years the corner of the Marvel Universe that was not occupied bythe Avengers has been a place of almost constant change. Evolution,one might say. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby started the adventures of theoriginal team of outcast teenagers back in 1963 and the moniker“X-Men” has included many different teams and characters sincethen.

Thepopularity of the mutants was such that Hollywood made them one ofthe first success stories of the comic book movie boom. We’ve beengetting movies with “X” in the title since 200, with wildlyvarying degrees of quality but almost universal success. The newestentry – X-Men:Apocalypse– comes out today and looks to be one of the most divisive entriesso far!

Listenin as Beth, Chad, and Phantom discuss the evolution of theirindividual X-Men fandom and the success – or lack thereof – ofthe various movie adaptations!

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Needless Things Podcast 83 – Star Wars Talk

November 26th, 2015
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Phantom Troublemaker and Needless Things' Head of Research Ryan Schweck talk about the build-up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens!

From books to comics to video games to toys – of course toys – there has been plenty of Star Wars merchandise in the ten years since the last theatrical release. The guys talk about Marvel's new comics, Hasbro's various toy lines, and Star Wars: Battlefront.

Listen in as Phantom does his best to deal with a horrific space virus and Ryan deals with the pain of the elusive Captain Phasma, while both of the guys deal with the mysterious pronunciations of the new trilogy characters!

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Needless Things Podcast 76 – The Horror of the Batman!

October 8th, 2015
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Phantom Troublemaker and Mike Gordon talk about the horror-infused history of the Dark Knight Detective in the newest Needless Things Podcast!

From the villainy of The Monk in Detective Comics #31 to Doug Moench and Kelley Jones’ landmark Red Rain to the unlikely popularity of the fan film Batman: Dead End (that inspired a line of licensed Predator figures from NECA!), elements of the supernatural and macabre have always been right at home in Gotham City and the world that the Caped Crusader inhabits.

Listen in as Mike and Phantom visit the darker corners of the Bat-verse!

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Needless Things Podcast 47 – 2015 New York International Toy Fair Part 1: Masters of the Universe

March 3rd, 2015
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Phantom Troublemaker and the Needless Things Irregulars once again convene to discuss and review Toy Fair!

The 2015 New York International Toy Fair was held from February 13th – 17th so that toy manufacturers from all over the world could get retailers and journalists excited about their offerings for the upcoming year. Hasbro, Mattel, Funko, NECA, and many more all bring out their prototypes, concepts, and newest licenses to display in the biggest toy-oriented gathering of the year!

Due to technical difficulties, the first recording of this episode is unlistenable. Fortunately the whole crew was willing to give it another go. Unfortunately we couldn't get everybody together again. Fortunately this means that certain aspects of Toy Fair will get more attention. Like Masters of the Universe Classics.
Join Phantom and his co-host Mr. Beau Brown as they look at not only the Toy Fair figure reveals and the new 200X mini-sub, but also the MASSIVE surprise that was revealed the day after we recorded the first time!
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