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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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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".

Jan 26, 2017

Horror is on the docket as the director & two of the stars of the indie film "Killing Ground" join SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Australian director Damien Power has been getting great reviews for his nonlinear horror movie "Killing Ground" that may just scare you away from camping forever.  Stars Maya Stange (Wolf CreekXX/XY, Garage Days) and Aaron Glenane (Deadline Gallipoli, Home And Away) talk about how dark, brutal and terrifying the film gets before Maya and Adam Thomas eventually bond over their shared love of "Rick & Morty".

 

Jan 26, 2017

"A 1938 Screwball Comedy Set in the Far Off Future of 2018."

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 was produced by Joanna Bowzer, Daryl Goldberg, and Jonathan Gray.

 

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".

Jan 24, 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 24, 2017

Jason Isaacs (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 22, 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 22, 2017

Renee Willett joins the SLC Fanboys at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  During the interview we discuss her acting (Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!), stand-up comedy and film production projects as well as her multiple degrees including finance. Renee is starring in the "The Yellow Birds" at Sundance with Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston.

She's also appearing in the upcoming film "The Comedian" with Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann.

Jan 16, 2017

The SLC Fanboys look at the movies scheduled for 2017 to which they are most looking forward.

There's no question they all can't wait to see Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, but fanboys of a whole bunch of franchises will have something to see this year--including:

Pirates of the Caribbean, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Alien, Fast & Furious, Thor, and DC Comics "Justice League" get entries into their respective franchises.

Movie remakes of old TV shows include Baywatch and CHiPs, Power Rangers & My Little Pony.

There's also entries from Disney, Dreamworks & let's not forget...an untitled Warner Bros comedy!

So, which one do you want to see most?

Jan 14, 2017

Tysen Webb, Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth discuss two very important questions for Star Wars going forward: What to do with Princess Leia in the current movie timeline, and HOW should this iconic character meet her demise in the SW universe?

The recent death of actress Carrie Fisher means Disney and Lucasfilm must decide how Leia Organa will fit into Episode IX, if at all.  Should she be written out?  How should her story arc end?  (UPDATE: Filmmakers have announced she will NOT be recreated digitally for Ep IX)

Then a very important question: How should one of the most iconic female characters in cinematic and pop culture history "become one with the Force?"  Where should it take place? In the movies? On screen? Off-screen?  In a book? A comic book?

How this sensitive yet critical question is handled by those charged with caretaking the galaxy far, far away could well determine how this new trilogy will be received by fans old and new alike...

Jan 6, 2017

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb talk Star Wars Rebels at the halfway point of season 3.  We've seen the return of Maul, met the Bendu & Wedge Antilles, seen Ezra end the Clone Wars and Sabine take possession of the darksaber.

They also break down the exciting new trailer for the second half of the season--including the re-introduction of Saw Gerrera and likely concluding with a rematch between a certain tattooed Zabrak and a "crazy old wizard".

Dec 28, 2016

What male Star Wars fan *didn't* have a crush on Princess Leia at some point in their life?  SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb were no exception, and they say goodbye to Carrie Fisher, the woman who brought Leia Organa (nee Skywalker) to life and whose face will always be associated with that iconic character in pop culture history.

Fisher never recovered from an apparent heart attack suffered on a flight from London to Los Angeles right after Christmas 2016.  She spent most of her adult life battling addiction and dealing with mental illness and never shied away from either topic. 

We'll miss you, Carrie.  Rest in peace.

Dec 28, 2016

What male Star Wars fan *didn't* have a crush on Princess Leia at some point in their life?  SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb were no exception, and they say goodbye to Carrie Fisher, the woman who brought Leia Organa (nee Skywalker) to life and whose face will always be associated with that iconic character in pop culture history.

Fisher never recovered from an apparent heart attack suffered on a flight from London to Los Angeles right after Christmas 2016.  She spent most of her adult life battling addiction and dealing with mental illness and never shied away from either topic. 

We'll miss you Carrie.  Rest in peace.

Dec 23, 2016

It has existed for nearly 40 years, but "The Star Wars Holiday Special" has been little more than myth or legend for most fans of the galaxy far, far away.  It brought together all the original stars of A New Hope, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader, Bea Arthur as the cantina barmaid & Art Carney as the convenience store clerk & in-home deliveryman.  Wait--those last two weren't in Star Wars...were they?

The show aired on network TV one time ONLY back on November 15, 1978. Since that day, all involved have pretended it doesn't exist.

The SLC Fanboys found it on YouTube, watched it, and are now here to give you their thoughts, just in time for the 2016 holidays! You'll think we're making it up. Sadly, we are not.

Let's just say there's a reason Disney & Lucasfilm are always trying to make the video disappear.

Dec 22, 2016

It's not doing well on Rotten Tomatoes, but Andy Farnsworth actually kind of enjoyed the new movie "Passengers" starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. 

Andy did feel the trailers were a little misleading on a key plot point (hence the mild spoiler warning) but since the info is revealed pretty quickly in the movie he doesn't feel like it will ruin your experience--and maybe you'll feel less irritated than he did.

This movie mashes up a million things you've seen before (Castaway, 2001, Interstellar, The Last Man on Earth, Titanic, Sleeping Beauty...) but all that is just an excuse to get two of the more likeable stars in Hollywood (@PrattPrattPratt & J-Law) together in the same movie.

Passengers is directed by Morten Tyldum.

Dec 16, 2016

WARNING: Contains spoilers for Rogue One - A Star Wars Story!

The SLC Fanboys are positively GUSHING about Rogue One. 

Adam Thomas liked the callbacks to the original Star Wars trilogy and was impressed with some of the CG tricks.

Tysen Webb (of course) loved how Darth Vader was portrayed.

Andy Farnsworth loved that it was a Star Wars movie made for long-time fans of the Original Trilogy.

They talk Easter eggs, nods to Star Wars Rebels, agree how great K2S0 is and pick around for any links to The Force Awakens.

Hopefully you aren't friends with Jyn Erso, because then you might survive to actually hear or watch this podcast!

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story features Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe & Alan Tudyk as K2S0. It is directed by Gareth Edwards.

Dec 16, 2016

WARNING: Contains spoilers for Rogue One - A Star Wars Story!

The SLC Fanboys are positively GUSHING about Rogue One. 

Adam Thomas liked the callbacks to the original Star Wars trilogy and was impressed with some of the CG tricks.

Tysen Webb (of course) loved how Darth Vader was portrayed.

Andy Farnsworth loved that it was a Star Wars movie made for long-time fans of the Original Trilogy.

They talk Easter eggs, nods to Star Wars Rebels, agree how great K2S0 is and pick around for any links to The Force Awakens.

Hopefully you aren't friends with Jyn Erso, because then you might survive to actually hear or watch this podcast!

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story features Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe & Alan Tudyk as K2S0. It is directed by Gareth Edwards.

Dec 14, 2016

Exactly how much do you want to know before you watch a movie or TV show... especially a blockbuster like Rogue One - A Star Wars Story?

All 3 SLC Fanboys are back together! Tysen Webb, Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth are joined by fangirl Beth Brewer to discuss/argue if the only thing spoilers can do is ruin a person's experience. Are there any times when "know before you go" can actually enhance the experience?

Don't worry, NO SPOILERS contained herein for Rogue One.  Some older movies get spoiled, like The Matrix, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Sixth Sense, The Force Awakens and Empire Strikes Back. But honestly, if you haven't seen any of those by now, then it's your own fault!

Dec 14, 2016

Since Tysen Webb and Adam Thomas haven't seen Rogue One yet and don't want to be spoiled, Andy Farnsworth is piloting the X-wing solo (from the appropriately named Death Star studio at KSL Broadcast House) for this review and preview of the biggest movie of the holiday season.

You won't hear any true spoilers here -- Andy talks generally about the plot, characters and galaxy without ruining the movie for you. Plus he tries to give you some guidelines to help you enjoy the movie to its fullest, right from the beginning.

And don't worry, once all three SLC Fanboys have seen the film, you'll get the full podcast treatment from your favorite geeks. 

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story features Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic & Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso.

It is directed by Gareth Edwards. Oh yeah, and Darth Vader makes an appearance!

 
Dec 13, 2016

Since Tysen Webb and Adam Thomas haven't seen the movie yet and don't want to be spoiled, Andy Farnsworth is piloting the X-wing solo (from the appropriately named Death Star studio at Broadcast House) for this review & preview of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. You won't hear any true spoilers here -- Andy talks about the plot, characters and galaxy without ruining the movie for you. Guest host Darth Vader weighs in as well. And don't worry, once all three SLC Fanboys have seen the film, you'll get the full podcast treatment from your favorite geeks. 

Dec 8, 2016

The first season of HBO's Westworld is now in the books.  SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas & Andy Farnsworth talk about the consequences and fallout from that final episode and where director Jonathan Nolan could go with season 2.

WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW

Why did Maeve (Thandie Newton) get off the train?  What will happen to the park guests? Will we see Anthony Hopkins return as Dr. Robert Ford in some capacity?  What will Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (James Marsden) do now?  Is the Man in Black (Ed Harris) dead?  What happened to Elsie (Shannon Woodward) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth)?  And what's next for Bernard (Jeffrey Wright)?

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