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SLC Fanboys

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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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. 

Mar 17, 2017

(VIDEO) SLC Fanboys' Andy Farnsworth joins Andrew Wittenburg and Shara Park on KSL-5 TV in Salt Lake City to talk about Disney's live-action remake of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Some of what he liked: Cast, visuals, feeling. He warns that the singing in the new movie is good... but not quite up to par with the original 1991 animated movie.  Also, there's Obi-Wan Ken-andlestick and Clock-neto. So, you know, it's got that going for it.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and even Stanley Tucci's in there too somewhere.

Mar 17, 2017

This episode Andy & Adam are talking the INDIANA JONES movie series with Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard of KSL's Nightside Project podcast.  This epic crossover event came about because of a tweet following an argument during Nightside's podcast where Alex pretended CRYSTAL SKULL doesn't exist, while Ethan defended some of the 2006 movie's concepts and proclaimed TEMPLE OF DOOM to be his favorite of the series.

They also talk about their favorite moments from the movies, listen to some of John Williams' legendary musical score, argue for the merits of LAST CRUSADE and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, discuss what they'd like too see in the newly-confirmed FIFTH movie in the franchise (coming 2019) and why the series from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg remains so beloved and why it's still so watchable after all this time.

Mar 10, 2017

Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth review the new movie Kong: Skull Island and they are not quite sure what to make of it.  It brings the giant ape and Godzilla into the same movie universe (stay thru the credits--we didn't).

Too many times while I was watching it, I thought I was watching a made-for-SyFy-Channel movie that managed to pull an A-list cast (including Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, John C. Reilly and Brie Larson). It helps that the movie doesn't take itself too seriously, and yet other than Jackson & Reilly, nobody else is given much to do.

The visuals were great (#Kong looked impressive) and the ONLY reason you should see this in the theater is because the size & scope are made for the big screen. If not for that and the laughs the movie generates (some unintentional), this is one you should wait for the dollar theaters or watch on cable.

#KongSkullIsland is not for the little kids. There are very scary visuals, much death and lots to give them nightmares. If you're a teen or adult, it's got moments reminiscent of (better) movies Predator, Pacific Rim, Apocalypse Now, & Jurassic World.

Mar 9, 2017

SLC Fanboys interview alum Jason Isaacs is the new captain of the USS Discovery in the upcoming series "Star Trek Discovery" (we talked with him at Sundance--listen here: http://bit.ly/2mmYASG) 

Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth talk about the big news, review the rest of the cast list & talk about why we're getting more optimistic about the series as each new cast member is announced.

Star Trek Discovery will star Isaacs as Captain Lorca, Sonequa Martin-Green as Lt. Cmdr Rainsford, Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, Maulik Pancholy as Dr. Nambue, Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou and James Frain as Sarek.

Mar 8, 2017

SLC Fanboys correspondent Matthew Hansen reports in LIVE from the Disney annual shareholders meeting in Denver, where he got to see some of the first ACTUAL footage from Star Wars The Last Jedi.

Get the goosebumps and let your imagination run wild as he describes a series of images including Luke Skywalker, Finn, BB-8, Rey, Leia, Chewbacca, Captain Phasma, and Poe Dameron.

Don't worry, no spoilers contained herein.

He also saw and gives brief descriptions of clips from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Frozen 2, Beauty and the Beast, and Coco, among others.

Mar 3, 2017
**AUDIO ONLY**
SLC Fanboys Andy and Adam sit down to talk with director Cameron Sawyer and producer Travis Morgan about "Tim Timmerman: Hope of America", a new family friendly comedy filmed in Utah and set in the mid-90's that has won several awards at film festivals around the USA and is set to open to the public on March 3rd.
 
Among the things you’ll see in the movie: Bill Clinton on a bicycle, a legendary Goth assassin, a beautiful (but creepy) student council advisor, CDs that skip when you listen in the car and phones with cords attaching them to the wall!
 
“Tim Timmerman: Hope of America” stars Eddie Perino, Chelsea Maidhof, Laird Macintosh, Stephanie Drapeau, Henry Monfries and Anthony DeSimone;  and it features classic songs from the 1990’s by the Scorpions, Pearl Jam and Mazzy Star.
Mar 1, 2017
(VIDEO) In part two of our Tim Timmerman interview, Andy talks with director Cameron Sawyer and producer Travis Morgan what you’ll see in the movie: Bill Clinton on a bicycle, a legendary Goth assassin, a beautiful (but creepy) student council advisor, CDs that skip when you listen in the car and phones with cords attaching them to the wall!
 
“Tim Timmerman: Hope of America” stars Eddie Perino, Chelsea Maidhof, Laird Macintosh, Stephanie Drapeau, Henry Monfries and Anthony DeSimone;  and it features classic songs from the 1990’s by the Scorpions, Pearl Jam and even Mazzy Star.
Mar 1, 2017

(VIDEO) The SLC Fanboys sit down with some of the team behind the very funny new film “Tim Timmerman, Hope of America”-- the story of a charismatic (but kinda lazy) high school student body president in Utah the mid-1990’s.  It’s based loosely on co-writer and director Cameron Sawyer’s own experiences as Orem High’s SBP back in 1995.

As Andy Farnsworth sees it, TT:HOA has elements of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” & “Better Off Dead”, and is humorous throwback to an era that is now 20+ years in the past, but feels like it was yesterday. 

“Tim Timmerman: Hope of America” stars Eddie Perino, Chelsea Maidhof, Laird Macintosh, Stephanie Drapeau, Henry Monfries and Anthony DeSimone;  and it features classic songs from the 1990’s by the Scorpions, Pearl Jam and even Mazzy Star.

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