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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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Nov 17, 2016

The SLC Fanboys talk "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", the newest entry into the Harry Potter movie franchise from Warner Bros.  Don't worry, NO SPOILERS contained herein but you WILL get to hear from the Maker herself, J.K. Rowling.

Adam Thomas really liked the movie, despite never having read the Harry Potter books (or even seen ONE of the HP movies before!).  Andy Farnsworth has all the insider nods that fans will catch, the story & the visuals. He also LOVES that HP fans will know what it was like for him when he saw the first Harry Potter movie.

"Fantastic Beasts" stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Ezra Miller as Credence and Colin Farrell as Percival Graves.  The movie was written and produced by J.K. Rowling.

Nov 11, 2016

What if... Kylo Ren had been played by Eddie Redmayne instead of Adam Driver?

SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth discuss the revelation that the Oscar-winning Redmayne auditioned for the part of Ren from Star Wars The Force Awakens and imagine how that might have turned out.

They also talk about the possibility (however remote) that the X-Men could join the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe & how Doctor Strange fits into this.

Finally, would you like to see a live-action Voltron movie? There's a chance you might get to in the near future.

Nov 5, 2016

WARNING: LISTEN AFTER SEEING DOCTOR STRANGE IF YOU WISH TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE

SLC Fanboy Andy Farnsworth is joined by Fangirls Taylor Powers from KSL and McKenzie Romero of the Deseret News to dive deep into the mystic waters of Marvel's "Doctor Strange" starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams.

In Part 2  we discuss some of what we disliked (some nitpicking by the girls), give the movie our FINAL rating, and say whether or not we'd own this movie when it's available.  (There's also some Chris Pratt fangirling thrown in)

Nov 5, 2016

WARNING: LISTEN AFTER SEEING DOCTOR STRANGE IF YOU WISH TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE

Andy Farnsworth is joined by Fangirls Taylor Powers from KSL and McKenzie Romero of the Deseret News to dive deep into the mystic waters of Marvel's "Doctor Strange" starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams.

In Part 1 we discuss what we liked, some of the characters and what we learned about them, and "tutting", a hand-based form of dance that the director used to choreograph how the actors depicted the magic in the movie.

Nov 3, 2016

NOTE: *Minor* spoilers in the video, but nothing that's not in the trailers

SLC Fanboys Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth are joined by Fangirl Taylor Powers with their reactions immediately after seeing Marvel's "Doctor Strange" starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.

Everyone agreed this was pretty amazing visually and the 3D & IMAX are worth the extra cost.  It looks like Marvel/Disney could have another hit on their hands. 

Oh, and make sure you stay through all the credits!

Nov 2, 2016

Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth talk the latest rumors about Star Wars Episode VIII (what is Luke Skywalker wearing?!?!) and positive early rumblings about the Han Solo movie due in 2018.

Adam also unearthed some positive rumors about the plot of Star Trek Discovery and the possibility of a Klingon ship's crew as a regular part of the cast.

Another director has jumped ship from a superhero movie...this time it's Rick Famuyiwa leaving DCEU "The Flash" movie starring Ezra Miller prior to principal photography.

And finally, James Cameron changed how we view 3D movies with 2009's "Avatar", what is he trying to do for "Avatar 2"?

Oct 28, 2016

Andy Farnsworth reviews "Inferno", the new movie based on the book by Dan Brown, starring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon and directed by Ron Howard.

Andy & Adam Thomas also talk about other book-to-movie adaptations they liked and disliked--including "The Witches", "Gods and Generals", "Ender's Game", "Jurassic Park" and, of course, "Harry Potter".  Andy argues that whatever you do first (book or movie), you're more inclined to like better.

Oct 28, 2016

Big news for those like Adam Thomas who are eagerly anticipating CBS/Paramount's Star Trek Discovery--producer and writer Bryan Fuller is no longer heavily involved in the "troubled" production.

Adam has long argued his doubts the show will premiere in May 2017, especially considering production is supposed to begin in November and they still haven't cast the lead.  So he and Andy Farnsworth have decided to help the producers out by making some decisions for them.

Deadpool 2 is also searching for a new director now that Tim Miller has quit the project.  But don't worry, all you Deadpool fanboys, Ryan Reynolds is still on board and you can bet there will be *at least* one joke in the new movie to poke fun at Miller's exit.

Oct 20, 2016

The SLC Fanboys talk about NBC's new fall show "Timeless" starring Matt Lanter, Abigail Spencer & Malcom Barrett.  It's the latest of many shows and movies to use time travel as a storytelling device or plot point.  Andy Farnsworth has enjoyed the first couple of episodes but wonders how often you can play with the timeline before you just have to reset everything.

Andy, Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb also talk about some of the different time travel shows/movies (like "Back to the Future", "Doctor Who" & "Quantum Leap")--including some less-than-spectacular efforts (ahem--"Star Trek Generations", "Hot Tub Time Machine 2")... and a forgotten Disney movie from the 80's that Andy & Adam say actually gets future time travel correct!

Oct 20, 2016

The SLC Fanboys talk their favorite episodes of "The Simpsons" as the long-running animated show (27 years!) recently reached the 600-episode mark.

Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth found it hard to trim down to just a few personal faves, but Adam loved both episodes with a certain "logical" guest star... while Andy's favorites involved absurdity and satire.

"The Simpsons" was created by Matt Groening, James L. Brooks & Sam Simon. It stars Dan Castellaneta as Homer, Julie Kavner as Marge, Yeardley Smith as Lisa, and Nancy Cartwright as Bart.

Oct 14, 2016

With Halloween not far away, the SLC Fanboys sit down with Travis & Jimmy...a couple of people behind one Utah's premiere haunted houses--Nightmare on 13th.

Haunted houses are one of SLC Fanboy Tysen Webb's personal faves (remember, this guy had posters of Freddy & Jason in his bedroom growing up!), while Andy Farnsworth would just as soon walk on the other side of the street (thank you very much!)

Nightmare on 13th is famous for its attention to detail (especially in makeup) and the extensive training its actors go through, as well as the impressive animatronics and the overall experience they give patrons.

Oct 13, 2016

Disney has released the final full-length trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." The SLC Fanboys are impressed, to say the least. It's still tough to determine many plot details for sure, but there's new dialogue from Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), and Director Krennic (Ben Mendolsohn), with an additional appearance from Darth Vader, among others.

The final trailer also features different music, so they're not sure if it's from Michael Giacchino's new score. The SLC Fanboys talk about the release date of December 16, and Andy Farnsworth even gets in a quick defense of the prequel trilogy, bless his heart.

Oct 13, 2016

SLC Fanboys Tysen Webb & Andy Farnsworth got to watch the 15-minute IMAX 3D preview of "Doctor Strange" that Marvel showed to a handful of fans in October. 

Benedict Cumberbatch tries out an American accent (for a change) as Dr. Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who goes on to become a Master of the Mystic Arts under the tutelage of Tilda Swinton's Ancient One.  Rachel McAdams and Madds Mikkelsen also star in the CG-heavy blockbuster.

Andy & Tysen liked the humor and visuals they got to see, but was there a possible Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity error in the preview?

Oct 7, 2016

"Westworld" is HBO's new reboot of the 1973 movie directed by the late Michael Crichton. SLC Fanboy Adam Thomas is blown away by the premiere episode, which he feels was superbly directed, scripted, edited, and scored.

The TV show takes the original concept behind "Westworld" a bit further. Instead of a movie about a theme park malfunctioning, the HBO series addresses the ideas of reality versus fantasy, and evolution.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachael Wood, Thandie Newton, and Ed Harris, "Westworld" takes a closer look at the operations and day-to-day lives of the people who run, and populate, a fictional old west town turned amusement park. Imagine the holodeck from Star Trek: The Next Generation and another Crichton creation- Jurassic Park.

Although the HBO series does not require a background knowledge of the 1973 movie, the movie is a must-see for any sci-fi fan, for the numerous homages and inspirations that came after it.

Oct 6, 2016

DC Comics is doing well in the TV game right now with FOUR shows airing on the CW Network: The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow & Supergirl.

SLC Fanboy Andy Farnsworth sits down with Superman & DC Comics uber-fanboy Don Brinkerhoff to talk about the state of the CW-DC-TV-verse: where the characters find themselves as a new season begins & what we might have to look forward to.

In Part II, Andy & Don talk about the CW network's newest Superhero: Supergirl (aka Kara Zor-El aka Melissa Benoist).  Her show has moved from CBS after 1 season and now fully joins the rest of the DC TV shows on the network where it belongs.  The big news for Season 2 is her cousin Superman (played by Tyler Hoechlin) joins the show--but for how many episodes?  What's up between Kara & (spoiler)? Also, how come there are so many "El's" running around the universe?

(WARNING: Major Season 1 spoilers, minor Season 2 spoilers)

Oct 6, 2016

DC Comics is doing well in the TV game right now with FOUR shows airing on the CW Network: The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow & Supergirl.

SLC Fanboy Andy Farnsworth sits down with Superman & DC Comics uber-fanboy Don Brinkerhoff to talk about the state of the CW-DC-TV-verse: where the characters find themselves as a new season begins.

In Part I, Andy & Don talk about The Flash (starring Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanaugh, Danielle Panabaker and Jesse L. Martin) with Season 3 now underway, and how Barry's actions at the end of season 2 have set up the "Flashpoint" storyline.

(Warning: Major spoilers for Season 2 and mild spoilers for Season 3)

Sep 29, 2016

Is there a movie that's one of your favorites but it seems like nobody else has seen it? The SLC Fanboys have three such movies! Andy Farnsworth says he was inspired by a recent recommendation of "Johnny Dangerously" to come up with his favorite comedy that nobody's seen. His choice is "Oscar," a mobster comedy starring Sylvester Stallone.

Adam Thomas went with a Coen Brothers movie- "The Hudsucker Proxy," which bombed in limited release in the mid-1990's. Starring Tim Robbins and Paul Newman, the movie is a wild fictional comedy about corporate fraud surrounding the release of the Hula Hoop.

Finally, Tysen Webb went with another Coen Brothers movie that we suspect isn't getting enough attention after all of these years. "Raising Arizona" was released in 1987, but each of us can hum out the theme song. Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter, along with John Goodman as one of the villains, put together a comedy you have to see!

Special thanks to Everest Collision for powering the SLC Fanboys podcast!

Sep 29, 2016

The final trailer has been released for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the new trilogy coming from the Harry Potter universe. SLC Fanboy Andy Farnsworth provides some background on the story, and SLC Fanboys Tysen Webb and Adam Thomas are glad these movies aren't adapted from previously published books.

Dr. Strange is getting ready to expand the Marvel Universe. Benedict Cumberbatch also confirmed this week that he will indeed appear in "Avengers: Infinity War."

Special thanks to Everest Collision for powering the SLC Fanboys podcast!

Sep 22, 2016

The remake of Magnificent Seven is opening in theaters, and SLC Fanboys Andy Farnsworth and Adam Thomas believe it's a very watchable movie, if not original. The remake starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, and Chris Pratt is definitely a 21st century take on the western, complete with meta jokes and sarcastic asides.

Peter Saarsgard had some thoughts about making the villain more intimidating, and Andy and Adam agree that Vincent D'Onofrio was unrecognizable as a Grizzly Adams knockoff. They also admit some confusion involving the female lead.

Sep 21, 2016

There's a familiar new face composing the score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Michael Giacchino is replacing Alexandre Desplat, who is dropping out because of scheduling issues related to the reshoots. The SLC Fanboys discuss the effect of late composer changes and whether they can be a bad omen for the project.

Star Trek: Discovery is delayed until May 2017, and Fanboy Adam Thomas thinks it could be delayed again. Tom Cruise is still cranking out action movies, including the next Mission: Impossible entry. And Ducktales is making a comeback!

Sep 15, 2016

The 3rd season of Star Wars Rebels is set to premiere on September 24. SLC Fanboys Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb try to convince fellow fanboy Adam Thomas to catch up on the American 3D CGI animated television series. Set 14 years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and 5 years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, theStar Wars Rebels features James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader.

The SLC Fanboys are looking forward to seeing more of Grand Admiral Thrawn and the sith formerly known as Darth Maul. The fates of Ahsoka, Ezra, and Kanan may be determined, and they're wondering if any new characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will appear. Episode date: September 15, 2016.

 

Sep 8, 2016

The first Star Trek TV episode aired in the U.S. 50 years ago today. Half a century later, SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth discuss the best scenes and episodes from the 13 movies and five series (six if you count the Animated Series, which we don't).

For the best scenes, Adam and Andy discussed:

-Star Trek III (Stealing the Enterprise)

-Star Trek 2009 (Labor of Love)

-Star Trek: The Next Generation (Kidnapping Locutus)

-Star Trek II (Surprise Attack, Spock's death)

 

And for the best episodes from all the series:

-City on the Edge of Forever (Star Trek)

-Cause & Effect (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

-In the Pale Moonlight (Deep Space Nine)

-The Thaw (Voyager)

Sep 3, 2016

Local Utah comic book artist Chris Hoffman joins Fanboys Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth at Salt Lake Comic Con 2016 to talk about his Utah-themed superhero comic "Salt City Strangers" and our favorite comic book storylines of all time.

This episode is also a part "origin" story for Andy, who grew up best friends with Chris, both earning their comic & Fanboy cred together.

It's called COMIC CON, but relatively few actually talk about comics! 

(Episode Date: September 2, 2016)

 

Sep 2, 2016

Jeff Whipple with Megaplex theaters talks with Fanboys Tysen and Adam about the next big releases this year, including Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Also, the movie theater experience itself and how it's evolved through the years and still offers the best all-around audio, visual, and even tribal experience when you watch a big movie on opening night with a like-minded audience.

Sep 2, 2016

SLC Fanboy Tysen Webb is joined by Fangirl Tamara Webb (spoiler alert: his wife) to talk about the Salt Lake Comic Con panel with Evanna Lynch.

Lynch is most famously known as Luna Lovegood in the "Harry Potter" movie franchise, but she's also appeared in other roles and even has gone on to do some modeling.

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