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Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the SLC Fanboys are connoisseurs of categories surpassing the nerdy. Brilliant opinions and commentary on all things ‘geek’, but surprising knowledge and witty arguments over pop culture, Star Trek, MARVEL vs DC, and a wide range of TV shows. Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.
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May 25, 2017

On May 25, 1977, a space movie starring Alec Guiness, Peter Cushing and a bunch of nobodies was released into a handful of theaters... and Hollywood has never been the same since.  STAR WARS has gone on to become so much more than just a movie and changed the lives and careers of stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

Now, four decades, seven additional films (with more to come), and BILLIONS of dollars in sold merchandise later, Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and guest contributor (and award-winning writer) Aaron Zundel talk about what makes George Lucas' galaxy far, far away so special. 

How has this movie resonated so much and for so long?  What are your favorite moments?  Listen to ours, then join us in the comments and tell us your own!

May 23, 2017

"THE FIFTH ELEMENT", director Luc Besson's sci-fi adventure starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich, is 20 YEARS OLD!

The movie is one of Adam's cult favorites and Andy Farnsworth had never seen it, so when the show got a two-day re-release into theaters this month, they bought themselves some seats at the local cineplex to check it out in the way it was meant to be seen--on the big screen.  They're joined in this episode by Alex Kirry (of KSL's Nightside Project podcast) for whom The Fifth Element is also a cult favorite.

Join us on this nostalgic trip!  What still holds up in the film after two decades?  Could this movie succeed if it came out today? Would Gary Oldman have the same hair?  Listen with us, then join the debate at www.slcfanboys.com

May 19, 2017

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Star Wars video games have been around almost as long as the movies themselves, and fans have digitally immersed themselves in that galaxy far, far away to the tune of billions of dollars over the past 40 years.

Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer (and fellow Star Wars nerd) Aaron Zundel to talk a bit of history of Star Wars games over the past four decades, some of their personal favorites and what is it that makes a good Star Wars video game.

Join the discussion on our Facebook page (www.slcfanboys.com) and tell us your favorites, and why.  Who knows?  You might win a digital download of a classic Star Wars video game!

May 18, 2017

The first trailer for STAR TREK DISCOVERY is out and Adam Thomas, Tysen Webb, Andy Farnsworth and guest contributor (and award-winning writer) Aaron Zundel can't wait to talk about it.

We finally get our first glimpses of Sonequa Martin-Green as Lt. Michael Burnham, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, Doug Martin as the alien Lt. Saru (who can apparently sense DEATH!) and even James Frain as Sarek.

We still have LOTS questions! Were those Klingons? What race is Saru? Is this set in the Kelvin timeline (Chris Pine movies) or the Prime timeline (Shatner)? Did we see enough to encourage new viewers to check it out...and did we see enough to make long-time Trek fans happy?

Join the debate on our Facebook page: www.slcfanboys.com

May 12, 2017

What do Superman, Spider-Man and Batman have to do with King Arthur? They're all examples of stories that have become legen--(wait for it)--dary! 

That's what Andy Farnsworth and guest host (and award-winning writer) Aaron Zundel come to realize as they talk about the movie KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law.  This interpretation of the Arthurian legend by director Guy Ritchie makes them ask: How "faithful" to the original story does a retelling need to be? 

Is the Batman who kills in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE a travesty to the character?  Or, as Andy argues, is it an acceptable adaptation based on the world Zack Snyder created in the DCEU?

Have a listen, then join the debate on our FB page!

May 8, 2017

May 1st marked "Halfway to Halloween" 2017, and Fear Factory in Salt Lake City is celebrating by opening their doors for a couple of days in May.  Andy, Tysen and Adam talk with F.F. GM Spencer Terry about what those who can't wait until fall can do this month at Utah's only TRULY haunted house, plus additional activites (like a zip line!) for scaredy cats like Andy who don't like to be frightened.

May 4, 2017

It's raking in the money already, so no surprise Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are talking GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 and how it's a fun return to the adventures of the sarcastic spacefaring "family" of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) & baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).

Oh, and don't worry... NO SPOILERS contained herein!

May 4, 2017

OF COURSE we're celebrating the completely-made-up-by-marketers "Star Wars Day"!  You had us at STAR WARS!

Andy, Tysen & Adam talk about some of their favorite things related to that "galaxy far, far away"... their favorite toys, music, characters, parodies (no, the Christmas special DOESN'T count) and personal moments over the past 40 years of a saga that has meant a lot to each of us personally. 

Listen to what we think, then comment below and tell us your favorites!

May 4, 2017

(VIDEO) OF COURSE we're celebrating the completely-made-up-by-marketers "Star Wars Day"!  You had us at STAR WARS!

Andy, Tysen & Adam talk about some of their favorite things related to that "galaxy far, far away"... their favorite toys, music, characters, parodies (no, the Christmas special DOESN'T count) and personal moments over the past 40 years of a saga that has meant a lot to each of us personally. 

Listen to what we think, then comment below and tell us your favorites!

Apr 27, 2017

SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are all ready for the summer movie season of 2017, which kicks off with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 on May 5th.

Which one are you most looking forward to?

They rundown the list of sure-to-be-blockbusters, like GUARDIANS, WONDER WOMAN, TRANSFORMERS, DESPICABLE ME 3, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING; and all the rest like KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, the latest PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie, CARS 3, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, THE MUMMY, DUNKIRK, THE DARK TOWER and even THE EMOJI MOVIE (where you'll never guess which emoji Sir Patrick Stewart is going to voice!)

Apr 27, 2017

KSL NewsRadio's Jay McFarland joins Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and Adam Thomas to talk about his new serialized mystery podcast "HOSTS OF EDEN"--available now on the KSL Newsradio smartphone app as well as through iTunes and Google Play Music.

The podcast will be a total of 11 chapters and tells the fictional story of Jonny, a schizophrenic patient in a mental health hospital and one of whose personalities claims to be the President of the United States.  To say much more would spoil the story, which is full of surprises, suspense and sci-fi.

Jay, who not only wrote but also performs the spoken word on the podcast, talks about where this story comes from, why he did it, explains why it's narrative style is different than you're used to hearing and even why you shouldn't ignore the cover art!

Jay can be heard daily from 12:30-3pm on the "JayMac News Show" on KSL NewsRadio 102.7FM & 1160AM in Salt Lake City.

Apr 20, 2017

Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 gave us pretty much everything we wanted: A poster, pictures and eventually a new trailer for The Last Jedi, all kinds of information on season 4 of Rebels, a tribute to Carrie Fisher, the first information about "Forces of Destiny", a new animated series that will feature the women of the Star Wars Universe. We also found out more about the video game Battlefront II, new books, and a huge panel celebrating 40 YEARS OF STAR WARS including the maker himself, George Lucas, the first appearance at a celebration by Harrison Ford, and a live performance from John Williams.

This episode, we re-live many of the big moments from SWCO, especially the panel for THE LAST JEDI, and hear some of the best lines, dissect the morsels of information we were given from Daisy Ridley, Rian Johnson, BB8 and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. 

Apr 14, 2017

The official Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser is FINALLY here! We've waited months ever since the official poster came out and now we get what we've been waiting for, or do we?

Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb all come together to go over what is shown, what is not shown and how the teaser left us feeling afterwards. Including, what does it mean the Jedi are set to end? How 'The Force Awakens' is a significant clue into 'The Last Jedi' and why is there red debris coming up from the Salt Flats?!

With a majority of the cast coming back from 'The Force Awakens', we can clearly see that Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Luke (Mark Hamill) are all going to join us on what is looking like one of the darkest Star Wars films yet.

Apr 14, 2017

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined once again by guest Fanboy host Aaron Zundel to give a SPOILER-FREE review of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, the latest entry into the multi-billion dollar Universal movie franchise.

What a film series! It's managed to successfully go from some street racing thieves jacking DVD players to an almost superhuman team of spies/secret agents/Impossible Mission Force over the course of 8 movies and 15+ years.

Andy is a latecomer to the Fast and Furious party, only having watched the previous 4 FF movies for the first time in the days leading up to Fast 8, but they hooked him hard.  Aaron liked F8 even more than Furious 7.

This time, why has Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) joined forces with the mysterious Cipher (Charlize Theron)?  How can his family/team of Letty Ortiz, Roman Pearce, Tej, Ramsey, Mr. Nobody and Luke Hobbs (Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell and Dwayne The Rock Johnson) possibly go up against, let alone STOP, their leader and friend?  Will they have to turn to their former enemy, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) for help?

Apr 14, 2017

WARNING: Podcast contains SPOILERS for Season 7 of THE WALKING DEAD

Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth are joined by KSL co-workers and guest Fangirls Sandy Collins and Sheryl Worsley to talk about Season 7 of THE WALKING DEAD--a frustrating one for them that struggled to keep their interest (and apparently other people's as well--based on the show's ratings).

Farewell Sasha (off to Star Trek!)  What was the most surprising moment of the season?  Why is Negan still alive? How should he meet his final end? Has Rick finally returned to his old self?  What is with the collective?  Will we get to see the war in Season 8?

Apr 7, 2017

The SLC Fanboys are talking today about the recent casting news for Star Trek Discovery: Namely that Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha from The Walking Dead) will play First Officer and lead character Michael Burnham on the U.S.S. Discovery; and that we'll get to see TOS character Harry Mudd played by none other than The Office's Rainn Wilson. Plus "30 Rock" sidekick Jonathan (Maulik Pancholy) will be the ship's doctor.

They also revisit Rogue One - A Star Wars Story now that the movie is available on disc and digital.  Do their positive impressions still hold up after time and multiple viewings?  Adam wants to know why doesn't Admiral Raddus have his own movie announced yet?  Plus, what if you found Darth Vader's body on the floor of the ILM Creature Shop?

Mar 31, 2017

WARNING: Mild spoilers for GitS to follow

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by guest Fanboy Aaron Zundel to discuss Scarlett Johansson's latest: GHOST IN THE SHELL.  It's a live-action remake of a beloved Japanese anime comic and movie series from the 1990s.

Andy says you shouldn't worry about spoilers for this movie since those who are fans already know the story and everyone else might benefit from a little background going into the movie.

Aaron actually did a paper on "Ghost in the Shell" for a college class years ago and brings a perspective on the story that Tysen & Andy do not have. 

The discussion eventually evolves into how we feel when a story we loved in another medium gets transferred to the big screen; and how it parallels some of the metaphysical questions explored in "Ghost in the Shell".

GHOST IN THE SHELL stars Scarlett Johansson as Major; Pilou Asbæk as Batou; Takeshi Kitano as Aramaki; Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet; Michael Pitt as Kuze; Peter Ferdinando as Cutter and Anamaria Marinca as Dr. Dahlin.  It is directed by Rupert Sanders and based on a story by Masamune Shirow

Mar 24, 2017

Andy Farnsworth is joined once again by guest Fangirl McKenzie Romero of the Deseret News, to talk about the FanX 2017 panel she moderated: ZACHARY LEVI!

Zachary Levi is famous for voicing Flynn Ryder in the Disney animated movie TANGLED (as well as the upcoming TANGLED animated series).  He also played the title character in the NBC TV series CHUCK, as well as appearing in THOR: THE DARK WORLD, SESAME STREET, HEROES REBORN, and NERDHQ, (among others), came to Salt Lake City for FanX 2017.

Mar 24, 2017

On today's (spoilers included) episode Andy Farnsworth is joined by two guest hosts, McKenzie Romero of the Deseret News and Millennial Josh to talk about the most millennial movie of the year, Power Rangers (2017).

It's getting rave reviews for capturing the essence of what Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was, including all of the cheesiness but we wanted to break down whether it could hold up against modern superhero movies being produced today and where it stands for those new to the franchise.

Also, we talk about Elizabeth Banks, who makes an amazing Rita Repulsa, how tv budgets in the 90's seriously hindered live-action fight scenes, and the issues modern cinema has getting over the "troubled teen" plot hurdles.

Mar 24, 2017

Andy Farnsworth joins KSL Today hosts Andrew Wittenburg and Lori Prichard on KSL-5 TV to talk the new movie POWER RANGERS--a big budget remake of a low-budget TV show in the 1990's.

Five teenagers discover ancient coins that give them superpowers so they can defend a crystal (that gives life to the entire planet Earth) from the evil alien Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks).

Andy wasn't a big fan of the 90's TV show but actually liked a lot of what the new movie has to offer.  The humor and nods to the original were appreciated, but what he liked best was that the movie was relatively interesting even though filmmakers didn't rush to have them morph or use their Zords.

POWER RANGERS stars Becky G as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack the Black Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Bill Hader as Alpha 5. It's distributed by Lionsgate Films

Mar 22, 2017

Andy Farnsworth concludes our Salt Lake City, Comic Con 'FanX' voice actor tribute with voice actress Jennifer Hale who has voiced many famous characters such Aayla Secura in Star Wars The Clone Wars animated series; Commander Shephard in Mass Effect 3; Bastila Shan in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic; and Cinderella - Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and what it means to play Jean Grey in multiple X-Men animated series.

Mar 21, 2017

Andy Farnsworth catches up with prolific voice actor Jeff Bennett at FanX 2017 in Salt Lake City.  Bennett might be most famous for voicing Kowalski in the Penguins of Madagascar animated series and Johnny Bravo, the latter even getting him noticed by one of the most famous voice actors of all time--Robin Williams!  Bennett has also voiced characters on Dexter's Lab, Batman villain the Joker, dozens of video games and other animated series and has amazing comedic timing. We also talk about what it was like practicing his skills growing up and what it takes to handle the hundreds of roles that he has had over the years.

Mar 20, 2017

We reach out to actress Adrienne Wilkinson during Salt Lake Comic Con's FanX 2017 to talk about the countless and groundbreaking roles that she has taken over the past 15 years as well as how she prepares for her diverse roles such as: Eve in Xena: Warrior Princess, both voice and motion capture as Maris Brood in the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and Lexxa Singh in Star Trek: Renegades; plus over 30 other roles in the video game industry.

Mar 18, 2017

With a name like Logan Stark, it's probably no surprise we bumped into the director of content for Black Rifle Coffee Company at Salt Lake Comic Con's FanX 17. Logan explained how he got involved in projects to help ensure members of the military are portrayed in a better light on film -- from his time as a Marine in Afghanistan, to the movie footage he brought back and turned into YouTube shorts, to his involvement now in a veteran-owned and operated business. 

Mar 18, 2017

We got a chance to hang out with Jarred Taylor, president of Article 15 Clothing and VP of Black Rifle Coffee Company, to chat with him about what it was like to play himself in Range 15. The movie was a crowd-funded experiment in helping make sure the military and veterans are portrayed better on the big screen. To date, it's still one of the most successful films ever to be funded through a site like IndieGoGo. And Jarred says while zombies aren't in the cards for him next, he's still got big plans for vets in media. 

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