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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 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
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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.

Feb 21, 2017

CAUTION: Contains mild spoilers for S1 & S2 of VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER

Andy Farnsworth talks about the Netflix revival of the 1980's classic cartoon "Voltron" with Tysen Webb & Adam Thomas.

The new Voltron has more similarities to the old series than differences, but one of the biggest upgrades has been ditching the monster-of-the-week format for more extended storytelling.  It feels like a Voltron written with a grown-up in mind, but done in a way that kids can still enjoy it.

Andy has a lot of questions at the end of the 24 episodes so far.  And find out which Saturday Night Live sketch from the 2000's kept popping up in his head every time he heard Princess Allura speak.

Dreamworks and Netflix's VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER features the voices of Josh Keaton as Shiro, Tyler Labine as Hunk, Jeremy Shada as Lance, Bex Taylor-Klaus as Pidge, Steven Yeun as Keith, and Kimberly Brooks as Princess Allura.  

The series was written by Tim Hedrick (Avatar: The Last Airbender); produced by Joaquim dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery (Avatar: The Last Airbender; Legend of Korra); and animated by Studio Mir

Feb 17, 2017

An argument ONE YEAR in the making!  It's Fanboy vs Fanboy as Adam Thomas attacks, saying Captain America: Civil War absolutely does NOT deserve such a high Rotten Tomatoes score.  Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth defend the Marvel film and say anyone who waits a year to see the movie and then trashes it can't be taken seriously.

So whose side are YOU on? Team Wrong (Adam Thomas) or Team Right (Andy & Tysen)? Has time tempered your initial enthusiasm for one of the highest grossing films of 2016?  Or do you still love it as much as you did?  

Feb 17, 2017

The big rumor is that Ben Affleck might not want to play Batman anymore in the DC Comics movie universe.  Is it true?  Also, why does there constantly seem to be turmoil surrounding the DC characters and the Warner Bros movies?

Also, Oscar-nominated director Mel Gibson is supposedly in talks to direct Suicide Squad 2.  What might a superhero movie look like with Gibson at the helm?

We also talk about Aquaman and why he can't seem to be taken seriously.  Maybe it's because of his orange-and-green ensemble from the 1970s, maybe it's because of Family Guy's constant mocking.  Plus, Jason Momoa--who'll play the king of the seas in the Justice League movie--is coming to Salt Lake FanX in March!

Feb 10, 2017

SLC Fanboys' Andy Farnsworth joins Lori Prichard and Andrew Wittenberg on KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah, to talk about The Lego Batman Movie starring the voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifinakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes. 

A few things Andy can't figure out:

1) How does Will Arnett not have permanent laryngitis?

2) Were there ANY Warner Bros properties that DIDN'T make an appearance in the movie?

3) Why can't the live-action Batman/Superman movies seem to capture this mix of fun, fight and feelings?

Feb 10, 2017

Dan Farr, co-founder (with Bryan Brandenburg) of Salt Lake Comic Con joins Tysen Webb & Andy Farnsworth to talk about 2017 Salt Lake Fan X and the meteoric rise of the Comic Con scene in Utah.

Salt Lake Fan X comes to the Salt Palace Convention Center on March 17-18, bringing a bunch of high-profile guests, including: Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, Dule Hill and James Roday from PSYCH, funnyman singer Weird Al Yankovic, HARRY POTTER'S Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Cary Elwes and several other cast members from THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Feb 10, 2017

The jokes in THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE begin even before pictures appear on the screen, and they don't stop until the final credits.  SLC Fanboys' Andy Farnsworth reviews the sort-of sequel to 2015's LEGO MOVIE, and wonders why the live-action DC Universe can't seem to find this winning mix of humor, heart and action that a 2-hour toy commercial manages to do. 

Will Arnett (Arrested Development) returns as Batman, a loner superhero living with his butler Alfred (voiced by Ralph Fiennes).  Batman (accidentally) adopts Dick Grayson/Robin (voiced by Michael Cera), tries to to figure out how to work with Commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) while battling the Joker (Zach Galifinakis), who just wants Batman to admit who is his greatest villain.

In between all this, there are cameos from just about every Warner Bros property, other guest voices galore, and the amazing use of Legos in every form imaginable.

Feb 10, 2017

Dan Farr, co-founder (with Bryan Brandenburg) of Salt Lake Comic Con joins Tysen Webb & Andy Farnsworth to talk about 2017 Salt Lake Fan X and the meteoric rise of the Comic Con scene in Utah.

Salt Lake Fan X comes to the Salt Palace Convention Center on March 17-18, bringing a bunch of high-profile guests, including: Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, Dule Hill and James Roday from PSYCH, funnyman singer Weird Al Yankovic, HARRY POTTER'S Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Cary Elwes and several other cast members from THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

Feb 4, 2017

Andy Farnsworth sits down in Park City, Utah, with our Sundance Film Fest sponsors Robert Beatty and KT Hart of Zumm--Everything for Android. 

Robert is partnering with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee on a new project (Legion of Five), & KT has a show in the works where she travels the world and meets a variety of interesting animals.

KT also reminisces about her days doing suplexes as Olympia and Corporal Kelly in GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) for the WWF and WWE as well as her many famous relatives--including European royalty, famous wrestler Brett "the Hitman" Hart and a certain 4-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.

We also about talk Zumm Box, a new set top digital streaming device with even more features and interactive possibilities than Roku--including a special deal for KSL and SLC Fanboys listeners.

Feb 4, 2017

Now that we know Star Wars Episode VIII is called "The Last Jedi", it's time for the SLC Fanboys to discuss what it could mean.

Some (and by that we mean: Andy Farnsworth) are dreading the thought of an on-screen demise for their childhood hero, especially since Han Solo's death means NONE of the original characters are safe.

Then Andy, Tysen Webb & Adam Thomas talk about the latest news of more delays for "Star Trek Discovery"--pushed back from May to an indefinite launch date.  Adam likes that CBS isn't insisting on a specific date so perhaps this Star Trek show can avoid some of the first season problems that others like Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise went through.

Feb 3, 2017

With the recent news that Episode VIII will be titled, 'The Last Jedi', we have all gotten together to not only describe the hype surrounding the update but what it REALLY means. 

Is it too soon to have a "last jedi"? What would we do if Luke Skywalker is actually the last jedi? Where in the world are they taking the Star Wars franchise and most importantly, why won't Daisy Ridley give us any spoilers?!

Feb 3, 2017

(Warning: Spoilers in this podcast for "The Space Between Us")

Andy Farnsworth reviews THE SPACE BETWEEN US starring Asa Butterfield (ENDER'S GAME), Britt Robertson (TOMORROWLAND, MOTHER'S DAY), Gary Oldman (DARK KNIGHT, HARRY POTTER) and Carla Gugino (SPY KIDS, WAYWARD PINES).

What if you were the only human NEVER to have set foot on planet Earth?  What's your favorite thing ABOUT Earth?  Those are some of the intriguing questions asked in this new teenage romance disguised as a sci-fi movie.

Butterfield plays Gardner Elliott, born secretly on Mars to an astronaut mother who died during childbirth.  16 years later he's going to Earth, in large part to meet a girl named Tulsa (Robertson)--someone with whom he's been FaceTiming from Mars, without telling her where he actually is.

Andy says teens will like this movie best, and so will older viewers who check their cynicism at the door--even if you can predict a lot of what is going to happen.

Jan 30, 2017

Christina Robinson charms SLC Fanboys Andy Farnsworth & Adam Thomas at Sundance Film Festival 2017 in Park City, Utah, as she talks about her new film "Emma's Chance", about a horse rescue ranch in which she played lead horse trainer Lexie Smith.

Christina also stars in the upcoming "Anders Manor" as a mental patient who goes home to a terrifying manor in Rhode Island and talks about how she is able to cry on command.  She also talks about her best-known role (so far): Astor Bennett on the Showtime series "Dexter", how her twin sister felt about her casting, and how old she was when she finally watched the show.

 

Jan 30, 2017

Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery, The OA, The Patriot, Harry Potter, Peter Pan), just announced as the new captain of Star Trek: Discovery, and Levi Miller (Pan) join the SLC Fanboys at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  They're starring in the new Australian film "Red Dog: True Blue", which is part of Sundance's new Kids & Family category.

Jason & Levi talk about making a follow up movie to the Australian classic "Red Dog"; acting with different accents and which is harder, British, American or Australian; why Jason doesn't play "villains" (like Hap from The OA); which former Sundance film (and Utah favorite) is also one of Levi's favorites; and which sport Jason can't watch sitting down.

Jan 30, 2017

SLC Fanboys Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, talking about the movie "Dave Made A Maze" with the indie film's director/co-writer Bill Watterson, and stars Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, and Adam Busch.

"Dave Made a Maze" is about Dave (Thune), an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave's girlfriend Annie (Khumbani) leads a band of oddball explorers (Busch, James Urbaniak) on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves caught in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur.

Bill Watterson’s feature debut re-imagines classic 80s adventure films with a modern comedic edge and a higher body count. The handmade fantasy world comes to life with puppetry, stop-motion animation, and in-camera optical illusions. More than 30,000 square feet of donated/scrap cardboard was used in the creation of more than 20 unique sets.

 

Jan 30, 2017

SLC Fanboys Tysen Webb & Andy Farnsworth are joined in Park City, Utah, by the highly entertaining Jamie Greenberg, writer and director of the indie film FUTURE '38--making its debut at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Mr. Greenberg's film is described as a screwball time-travel comedy "made" in 1938 (even shot in black & white) but set in the far-future year of 2018 (glorious Technicolor)--and is the Slamdance film Andy is most excited to see.  It's probably the only film at the festival (and certainly the only comedy) to feature a Neil Degrasse Tyson appearance!

FUTURE '38 pays homage to a multitude of films from the past--including THE WIZARD OF OZ--and humorously answers the very-meta question: How do WE think the people from 1938 might have pictured our modern day?  You'll definitely recognize Sean Young (BLADE RUNNER, STRIPES, ACE VENTURA) and Ethan Phillips (STAR TREK VOYAGER) among the cast, which also includes Nick Westrate, Ilana Becker, Robert John Burke and Betty Gilpin.

 

Future ’38: Can A Time Traveler From 1938 Save The World?

Jan 27, 2017

Not every actor at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is from Hollywood or there promoting a film, or even there to star-gaze.  Some are just there to make some contacts or hopefully get a project going.

Local Utah actor/director/producer Mark Webb (THE LAST DESCENT, WAYWARD: THE PRODIGAL SON, SAINT STREET) joins SLC Fanboys Andy Farnsworth & Adam Thomas to talk about another side of the famous film festival and give us some insight into what many (most?) actors face when they're trying to make it.

Jan 26, 2017

SLC Fanboys Andy & Tysen are in Park City at the Slamdance Film Festival, joined this time by the writer, director and stars of the new independent film KATE CAN'T SWIM, who all just happen to be two people: Josh Helman and Jennifer Allcott.

You can sense the chemistry between the two as you listen to them talk about the new movie, Josh's directorial debut, all the different "hats" (besides writer & actor) that Jennifer wore during production, and even the goofy TV show that makes Helman geek out.

The movie is the story of KATE (Celeste Arias), who is almost thirty, almost engaged, almost settled in her career as a writer--but is deeply dissatisfied. When Kate's best friend EM (Allcott) returns from Paris with a surprising new lover in tow NICK (Helman), Kate and her boyfriend PETE (Grayson DeJesus) spend a weekend in upstate New York with the new couple. As Kate struggles with her suspicions about Em's new lover, dormant feelings about her own life arise, forcing her to decide whether to stay on her current life path or to burn it down and forge a new one.

Helman has appeared in TV series such as WAYWARD PINES and THE PACIFIC, as well as films JACK REACHER, and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. He is also well-known for playing Col. William Stryker in "X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST" and "X-MEN APOCALYPSE".

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