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Fan Effect

Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, Fan Effect 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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Jul 19, 2019

One of Disney's iconic animated cartoon movies gets a photo-realistic remake in "The Lion King," this time with an all-new voice cast and state-of-the-art computer animation.

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by KellieAnn Halvorsen of KSL's "Movie Show" and YouTuber, FanX host and Disney superfan Chris Provost to talk about whether or not "Lion King" should even have been re-made in the first place, the strengths and weaknesses of the new version, and where it ranks among Disney's recent run of remakes.

NOTE: First segment is spoiler-free, but final segments contain mild spoilers for "The Lion King" (2019).

Jul 5, 2019

"Spider-Man: Far From Home" gives fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe their first chance at catharsis after the events of "Avengers: Endgame".

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by GeekTyrant and Nerdist writer Kristian Odland, as well as returning guest and Marvel superfan Natalie Mollinet for reaction to and deep, SPOILER-FILLED discussion about Spidey's second solo film in the MCU--especially those game altering post-credits scenes!

Jun 28, 2019

Nearly 25 years after the original "Toy Story" movie changed the standard for animated films...we've got "Toy Story 4".

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by guests KellieAnn Halvorsen (KSL's "Movie Show") and Chris Provost (actor, FanX host, & Disney superfan) to discuss this latest--or is last?--entry in the Pixar franchise that started it all, including how it makes them feel about the ending of "Toy Story 3," thoughts about the new characters introduced, which ones got short-changed in terms of screentime and what Disney/Pixar should do with them in the future.

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Jun 21, 2019

There's no bigger sin in pop culture right now than spoiling details of a mega-popular movie or TV show before someone else can see it.  Reports have come out about people being physically assaulted after giving away details of a major Hollywood blockbuster.  Yet as recently as 30 years ago the concept of spoiling something wasn't a concern for most people.

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth and guest host KellieAnn Halvorsen are joined by Richard V. Greene, philosophy professor and author of Spoiler Alert! (It's a Book About the Philosophy of Spoilers) to talk about how this spoiler culture came to be, why we fear spoilers, what things *can't* be spoiled, and debate some of the biggest spoilers in movie history.

(WARNING:  This podcast episode contains spoilers!)

Jun 7, 2019

Two eras come to an end with "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"... 20th Century Fox as a film distributor and their rights to Marvel's mutants.

Andy Farnsworth is joined in this episode by Nerdist and Geektyrant writer (as well as Instagram & YouTube's "One Minute Critic") Kristian Odland to talk--WITH SPOILERS--about this last effort to tell one of the X-Men's greatest storylines, this time brought to life by Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence.

They also talk about the highs and lows of Fox's nearly two decades of stewardship over the X-Men franchise, and what they would like to see (or NOT see) now that the merry band of mutants are where they belong with Marvel Studios and Disney.

May 30, 2019

The most popular TV series in streaming has returned on YouTube as "Cobra Kai" is back with a second season that continues the story of Johnny Lawrence, Daniel LaRusso and other characters from "The Karate Kid".

In this episode Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks have a SPOILER-FILLED recap of and discussion about season 2, including their favorite moments, their complaints, their speculation as to what will happen in (the now-confirmed) season 3 and what other characters from the Karate Kid universe we may yet see.

May 23, 2019

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth, Ryan Meeks and KellieAnn Halvorsen are talking Disney's live-action "Aladdin" remake (WITH SPOILERS).

Disney hopes this new movie from director Guy Ritchie puts people in the seats like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Cinderella" did, but fans seem more apprehensive than usual about this remake of the 1992 animated classic.

Andy, Ryan and KellieAnn didn't find this new "Aladdin" to be quite to the level of the best Disney remakes, but really liked some of it--Naomi Scott as Jasmine, in particular.  Listen to find out what else they liked, their quibbles with some of the movie's choices, and ideas for a possible sequel!

May 17, 2019

The Baba Yaga is back and delivers a hit in the action genre with John Wick 3 Parabellum. 

Ryan Meeks is joined by James Howard of Geek Monarchy taking a different approach from our usual format by discussing the ratio of story vs action. The goal is to discover whether or not there was a decent story underneath all the beautiful chaos. 

May 8, 2019

He's world-champion gamer and former concert promoter, now Jake Williams runs one of the fastest-growing gaming conventions in the United States, Salt Lake Gaming Con.

Williams joins Andy Farnsworth to talk about what attendees will see and do at the June 2019 SL Gaming Con (it's more than just video games!) how he became a HeroClix world champion, the explosive growth of gaming and its relationship to streaming, and the time he got yelled at by bigwigs at DC Comics for making a joke about Harley Quinn.

Apr 25, 2019

We are inevitable! Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, Ryan Meeks, KellieAnn Halvorsen and Kristian Odland assemble for a SPOILER-FILLED discussion of "Avengers: Endgame".

"Part of the journey is the end." Those words from Tony Stark sum up where we find ourselves after 11 years, 22 movies and an epic final three-hour emotional ride.  Join us in this episode AFTER YOU'VE WATCHED THE MOVIE as we talk about the moments that surprised, excited, cracked us up, and gave us all the feels. Also, what we think or hope will happen as the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves on from here.

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Apr 19, 2019

 

Jess Harnell, prolific voice-actor and best-known as the voice of Wakko on "Animaniacs" joins Andy Farnsworth at FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.

In this episode the always-entertaining Jess talks about how he keeps track of all the voices in his head, how Wakko might sound after 20 years if cartoons aged, what would happen if "Party-bot" (a character he voiced in one show) were to be part of the "Transformers" universe (where he voiced two characters), and whether "Crash Bandicoot" should get his own movie.

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Apr 19, 2019

Actor Garrett Wang, best known for his role as Ensign Harry Kim on "Star Trek Voyager" joins Andy Farnsworth at FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.

In this episode Garrett talks passionately about Asian representation in Hollywood and the positive changes he's excited to finally see, gives his thoughts about "Star Trek Discovery," why he likes to meet fans, & what he thinks Harry Kim did with his life after returning to earth at the end of "Voyager".

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Apr 19, 2019

 

Actress Adelaide Kane, known for her roles in "Once Upon a Time," CW's "Reign," MTVs "Teen Wolf" and films like "The Purge" joins Andy Farnsworth at FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.

In this episode Adelaide talks about her road to success at a young age and what helps her not to take it for granted, why she enjoys playing a villain, her favorite things about meeting fans, and which accent is harder to do: Scottish or American?

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Apr 17, 2019

Steve Grad, the autograph expert from The History Channel's "Pawn Stars" joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of his visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.

One of the most enjoyable parts of fan conventions is the opportunity to meet a celebrity and get an autograph in person, or purchase a celebrity autograph or item of memorabilia from a fellow collector.  Mr. Grad spent years collecting thousands of autographs himself, and is someone auction houses and memorabilia companies turn to verify authenticity of famous signatures and items.

In this episode Steve talks about his amazing personal collection and some of the cool items and autographs he's come across, gives tips and suggestions to new and experienced collectors, and shares some hilarious stories about celebrity encounters.

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Apr 15, 2019

 

Actress Samantha Smith joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of her visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. Smith has appeared in some of the most popular TV shows and movies in history and is best known for her role as Mary Winchester on "Supernatural."

In this episode, Sam gives her thoughts on Mary's final fate, which of her family members can't watch her death in "Supernatural's" first episode, what she enjoys about meeting fans, and what it's like to guest star on shows like "Seinfeld" and "Friends" at the height of their popularity.

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Apr 12, 2019

Actor Mark Pellegrino joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of his visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. Pellegrino has dozens of acting credits to his name, but is best know for his TV roles as Jacob in "Lost" and Lucifer/Nick in "Supernatural".

Mark covers a variety of topics, including what HE thinks happened to Oceanic Flight 815; how he hopes Luci's story ends when "Supernatural" ends; what it's like to join shows that have strong cult followings; the time Neil Patrick Harris punched him in the groin; and see how Mark does when he's given names of some of the characters he's played to see if he can remember the movie or TV show they're from!

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Apr 12, 2019

Actor/voice actor Linda Larkin joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of her visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. Larkin is certified Disney royalty, known for her role as Jasmine in the 1992 animated hit movie "Aladdin".

Ms. Larkin discusses a variety of topics including: The nerve-wracking process of getting the part and why she didn't have to sing for her audition; what she thinks made Jasmine so unique as a Disney princess; and her thoughts about the new "Aladdin" live-action movie!

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Apr 11, 2019

Actor/voice actor/writer Scott Weinger joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of his visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.  Weinger's face is best known from his role as Steve Hale on "Full House" and "Fuller House," while his voice was immortalized as Aladdin in Disney's 1992 animated masterpiece!

Learn interesting things about Scott including: Why he's not Aladdin's singing voice; how some fans react when he posts pics with his real-life wife (and she's *not* DJ Tanner!) How he'd like to see Steve & DJ's story end in "Fuller House"; Perks of being Disney royalty at a Disney theme park; which TV shows he's written episodes of; and finally, whether or not that infamous "dirty" line from "Aladdin's" 1990's home video release is myth or fact!

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Apr 10, 2019

Renowned artist/author/illustrator Camilla d'Errico (Tanpopo, Dust) joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.  d'Errico has done work for Disney, been published by Dark Horse Comics, IDW & Random House, created toy designs for Hasbro, even designed snowboards!

They talk about her journey from being a comic con attendee when she was a teenager to being a featured artist and panelist at cons all over the country now; her inspirations for her particular artistic style that combines manga, comic art and surrealist elements; tweeting back and forth with Neil Gaiman; and the time she danced with Joss Whedon.

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Apr 5, 2019

When it comes to superhero movies, turning one into a comedy does not always "pan out" the way everyone wants. (e.g. Thor Ragnorok) Shazam sets the bar for the genre of superhero comedies, and it sets it high. 

Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks are joined by KellieAnn Halvorsen and Johnny Mckeon to review this great addition to the DCEU. The consensus seems to be that whether or not you know who Shazam is, we think you will like this movie.

 

Mar 28, 2019

Andy Farnsworth is joined by guests KellieAnn Halvorsen and Natalie Mollinet to talk about the new live-action version of "Dumbo" directed by Tim Burton... then have a much more broad discussion about Disney's live-action remakes of cartoon movie classics, including:

Their favorites and least-liked movies so far; which upcoming movies are they most looking forward to and which are they hoping never make it to the big screen; and what do these remakes HAVE TO HAVE in order to be "good"?

SHOW NOTE: This episode contains 100% more singing than any previous episode in "Fan Effect" history.

Mar 22, 2019

Ryan Meeks is Joined with Becky Bruce and Heather Kelly (From Money Making Sense) to talk about what we thought is good and bad about the 11th season of Dr. Who and what draws us in as fans of the show. 

Mar 15, 2019

Disney Just had their shareholders meeting, so we invited one of their shareholders to the show! Matt Hansen joins Andy Farnsworth and Adam Thomas to discuss Avengers Endgame and Star Wars Episode IX with some unique details. 

Mar 8, 2019

Captain Marvel, the 21st installment in the MCU, seems to have fans really excited or really "OK" with it. Find out why on this episode of Fan Effect as the old Fanboys cast gets back together (Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb, and Adam Thomas) with special guest Kellie Ann Halvorsen.

Mar 1, 2019

What happens when you get Fan Effect's three biggest Star Trek fans in one room? Adam Thomas dominates with his encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek. That's what happens.

Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, and Ryan Meeks all seem to agree that Star Trek: Discovery season 2 is better than season 1.

Find out what makes this season so different from the first and how it connects better with the rest of the franchise in this episode. 

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