Hollywood Shuffle

 

Something you might hear mentioned from time-to-time during Now Playing Podcast episodes is the hectic show schedule. While most tentpole flicks (especially superhero flicks) are given a release date years in advance, that’s not the case for every film. So when Now Playing is set to review a movie and suddenly the release date shifts, that can throw everything into chaos.

For instance, imagine if Universal had pulled Furious 7 at the last minute and released it in July instead of April. Now Playing Podcast would have had to scramble to fill seven weeks of programming. It’s not like there are backup shows ready to air.

So I grabbed host Stuart Atkinson for a few minutes and asked him about his role as Now Playing’s schedule-maker, what kind of surprises he’s dealt with in the past, and how Mission Impossible wound up on this week’s calendar.

You can read the story at the Venganza Media website.

 

Catching up

Easter weekend is winding down and Opening Day is tomorrow, so I wanted to get a quick post in before I’m completely consumed by work and baseball. At least until next month when I’ll be completely consumed by Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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This weekend I posted a brief Q&A with the hosts of Now Playing Podcast. We talked about the upcoming Spring Donation Drive, which will finally see the hosts cover the Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park films. There will be a few other surprises mixed in there, you can find all the details in the article.

 

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I thought about writing a longer post with all of my thoughts on Furious 7. After seeing it for a second time this morning, I decided to just put down some brief thoughts here. It’s not the best entry in the series, but it’s still a great flick, and if you’re a fan, you’ll get real emotional at the end. I’m not gonna say I didn’t cry like that time when Bruce Willis pushed Ben Affleck back onto the space shuttle in Armageddon, cause that would be a lie.

3) Furious 7 and Now Playing Podcast

Don’t forget that the final entry in Now Playing’s Fast & Furious retrospective will be released on Tuesday. Also, on the Now Playing Facebook page, I’ll be posting a link to my F&F Spotify playlist. I’ve been asking fans to name their favorite songs from the flicks and help me put together the ultimate playlist, so that’s something to look forward to.

Historic finish

Venganza Media’s first Kickstarter project turned out to be a ridiculous success. When the clock ran out on the 30-day campaign this morning listeners had pledged more than $115,000 to fund “Underrated Movies We Recommend.”

That means there’s enough funding to deliver “Underrated” as a hardcover and audio book. You can read more about that here.

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I should probably hold off on posting this, because the good news is likely to become great news in the next few hours.

What’s the news? If you’ve been following my tweets today, you saw that Now Playing Podcast’s Kickstarter project passed its $95,000 stretch goal. That was just before noon, and as I write this, the campaign is just a few hundred dollars in pledges away from hitting $100,000.

That’s insane. I don’t have a lot of experience working on Kickstarter campaigns, but to hit $100 grand — with an original $40,000 target — is crazy. This is a runaway success, and the campaign doesn’t even officially end until early Thursday.

It’s been such a thrill working on this campaign, and the listeners came through in ways no one expected. It had me wondering today, how many independent podcasts can claim this kind of success and this fan base? Now Playing is legit, too legit, like the song!

Even better, today the Fast & Furious review was released. I urge you to listen and find out why this is the best podcast on the planet.

Home stretch

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As of this writing, there are 700 backers for Now Playing Podcast’s Kickstarter campaign to fund the show’s first publishing venture, “Underrated Movies We Recommend.”

To sweeten the deal for supporters, the hosts added some new rewards, including Kickstarter-exclusive podcasts. You can read about those shows and the rest of the rewards here.

After blowing past their $40,000 funding goal, the hosts are hoping to make a stretch goal, and they’re reaching out to all Now Playing listeners with the hashtag #ABuckForNowPlaying. The goal is to get every listener to donate just $1 to the campaign. You can hear more about the “Dollar Baby” effort during this week’s review of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

It’s remarkable to see how the listeners have rallied around this campaign since it was launched 23 days ago. There are just seven days to go, can’t wait to see what happens.

Gold star

Snip20150228_218I’m a little late with this post, but I wanted to congratulate the Now Playing Podcast team and all of the listeners on a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The 30-day campaign to fund “Underrated Movies We Recommend” was fully funded in just 10 days. That’s insane.

Now things get really interesting. The pledges haven’t stopped, and the higher they get the more rewards are added to the campaign. Since reaching the $40,000 target the hosts of Now Playing have added exclusive bonus podcasts for donors, and even the option to get “Underrated” as an audio book. The latter could end up being 25 hours long.

We’ll see what happens over the next couple of weeks. I’m incredibly grateful to all of the listeners who have supported the show and shared the campaign with others. This is just a really great time for Now Playing Podcast.

 

Ride out

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“The Fast and the Furious” retrospective starts Feb. 24.

In what might be the greatest honor bestowed upon me as a member of the Now Playing Podcast team, I just posted the cover art for the Fast & Furious retrospective to social media and the Venganza Media website.

It’s a series I’ve been waiting three years to hear, and I cannot wait for things to get started when the first review of 2001’s The Fast and the Furious goes online tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I’m becoming more than a little obsessed with the single “Ride Out” from the Furious 7 soundtrack. It’s got that great anthem feeling like I got from We Own It on the Fast and Furious 6 soundtrack.

Catching up

It’s been a ridiculously busy week, I realized today I’ve been on every site in my network except for this one. So maybe I’ll just post some highlights of everything that’s happening:

1) Now Playing “Pick a Podcast” Poll

Over at the Now Playing Podcast website, we’re running a poll where you can choose one of five films for an upcoming review. The contenders are Babadook (haven’t seen it), Wes Craven’s Shocker (legendary horror bomb), Sinister (haven’t seen that either), John Carpenter’s They Live (a classic), and The Usual Suspects (another classic).

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The poll closes Feb. 27, so there’s still time to cast your vote. I’m backing They Live, because I think it’s the last really great John Carpenter film, and I loved it as a kid.

The winner of the poll will be announced during the March 3 review of 2 Fast 2 Furious.

2) Preview of Furious 7 soundtrack

Speaking of The Fast and the Furious franchise (because that’s something I never write about), two tracks from the Furious 7 soundtrack are online now, and more will be coming ahead of the films April 3 release.

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I’ve been thinking about writing some articles about the F&F soundtracks, going back to the first film, which was heavy on Ja Rule, back when he and Limp Bizkit were still popular.

I listened to one track from Furious 7, “Ride Out” by Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG, and Rich Homie Quan. It was pretty good. By the way, writing all of those names made me feel very old.

3) The campaign has begun

Tuesday night’s live Now Playing Podcast review of Kingsman: The Secret Service was such a blast. It was great fun interacting with all of the listeners in the chat room and on Twitter.

The show kicked off Venganza Media’s first Kickstarter campaign to fund “Underrated Movies We Recommend.” The listeners have been incredibly generous so far, and $23,000 was raised within the first 24 hours.

The campaign runs until March 19.

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The Campaign

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I wanted to share the artwork for Now Playing Podcast’s upcoming Kickstarter campaign, featuring hosts (from left to right) Marjorie and Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Jakob Conkling.

Here’s a link to the news release announcing the project, and mark your calendar for the live Feb. 17 show where the project and all of the rewards will be discussed.

The secret is out

While it doesn’t officially begin for another week, Now Playing Podcast let the cat out of the bag during its Boyhood review and announced its upcoming Kickstarter project to fund a new publishing venture.

“Underrated Movies We Recommend” will feature 100 written reviews of forgotten films. Each entry will have the familiar Now Playing Podcast feel, with one “fan” leading the discussion and two other hosts sharing their thoughts.

The campaign launches during next week’s live Kingsman review, and the rewards… well, they’re juicy. For starters, who wants a chance to co-host an episode of Now Playing Podcast? Listen to the Boyhood review for more details.

Some other rewards offered in the Kickstarter campaign will be given away during the live Q&A following the Kingsman review, so be sure you’re there for the show. A link to the live stream is coming, and listeners can discuss the project using the hashtag #Underrated.

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