Episode #8 – Where do we go from here?

Well, we did it. We saw it, The Legal Proceeding (BvS SPOILERS AT 41:00). But first, the news.


All that, and the usual tangents. As always, please check us out at facebook.com/hollywoodpicturenews and, on Twitter, @HWPicNews.

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Weekend Watch – 3/25/16

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).


The Legal Proceeding of Batman v Superman: Re: DoJ

Loren: The absolute worst part about this is that we HAVE to see it. Our Weekend Watch is a movie that, as of this writing, is tracking at 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. You guys know how I feel about it, no need to rehash.

RDT: Sigh….

Rick: Even with all of its problems, I still have a soft spot for Man of Steel. I had enough faith in it to spend a month re-editing the movie to try and make it better. However, I’m not giving Warner Bros. any of my money for this or any future movies in this cycle of DC flicks. After reading a lot of early reviews and statements about the plans for the upcoming films, I’m even more comfortable with my decision.


My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Loren: Didn’t this already happen as a TV show? (Oh shit, it did. And it was awful! –RDT)

RDT: The first one was cute, but do we really need another Greek wedding?

Rick: Oh look! It’s another sequel no one was asking for! Ugh.

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Episode #7 – It’s a big one.

It’s a big one this week as Loren and RDT dive head first into the DCEU (that’s DC EXTENDED Universe). But first, they cover off on the below news items.

Plus a whole lot of DCEU news to go along with the Legal Proceeding aka BvS:DoJ aka Bats versus Supes.

All that, and the usual tangents. As always, please check us out on Facebook at, facebook.com/hollywoodpicturenews and Twitter, @HWPicNews.

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Weekend Watch – 3/18/16

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).


The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Loren: I didn’t see Astringent or Overindulgent so I feel like I’d be lost.

RDT: I’m desperately trying to think of a snarky comment, but this franchise is so off my radar. I think I saw the first one. Was there a maze in it?

Rick: Wait. They’re still not done with this series? Sheesh.


Miracles from Heaven

Loren: I can’t explain how “all set” I am with this movie.

RDT: The only miracle will be if I ever see this movie.

Rick: Nope. Not even the lure of a ridiculously preachy Kirk Cameron or the tax-owing desperation of Nicholas Cage has gotten me to watch one of these faith-based movies.

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Episode #6 – Thank you for being a friend.

On the episode this week, Loren and Ryan cover all that’s happening in the world of pop culture then talk TV. While we are in a “Golden Age,” is it too much?

News topics covered:

  • Captain America: Civil War trailer!
  • Zendaya Takes a Lead Role in Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man Reboot
  • Punisher and Elektra costumes revealed
  • Luke Cage premiere date announced
  • X-Men: Apocalypse Poster featuring the 4 Horsemen and Apocalypse hits
  • JK Simmons cast as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League
  • First look at Crimson Fox from Powerless
  • The Flash/Supergirl crossover update
  • A certain co-star announced for the, no longer solo, Han Solo movie
  • JJ Abrams admits to a mistake in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Tom Hiddleston is interested in playing James Bond
  • Potential Predator sequel casting news
  • The Popstar trailer
  • Baywatch casting
  • Star Trek Beyond reshoots
  • Rumored CBS pickups for next season
  • Confirmed CW pickups for next season
  • The return of The Tick
  • Riggs finally cast in Fox’s Lethal Weapon reboot pilot
  • Game of Thrones, Season 6 trailer 
  • Preacher cast photos 
  • Netflix’s The Ranch trailer released
  • Star Trek tv news
  • Casting for the Prison Break 9-episode event series.
  • And Chicago Law will now be…. Chicago Justice (dun dun dun!!!)

All that, plus the usual tangents. And as always, please check us out at facebook.com/hollywoodpicturenews and, on Twitter, @HWPicNews.

Lastly, if you could, please rate and review us. We’d really appreciate it.

From Hollywood,

–RDT & Loren

Weekend Watch – 3/11/16

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).


10 Cloverfield Lane

Loren: We’ve said it a few times in the Podcast, the cast (of which we know) is good and this looks kinda cool. Will it be? Can’t tell. But I’m definitely cautiously optimistic about it.

RDT: Saw this Wednesday night. I don’t want to spoil it at all. The less you know the better. But it is totally worth seeing. Also, that one guy who we weren’t sure where he came from. His name is John Gallagher Jr. and he was great in Short Term 12, an amazing movie you all should see (currently streaming on Netflix).

Rick: Ever since I saw the original King Kong on WWOR-TV when I was kid, I’ve loved movies with giant monsters of every stripe. Yet, I hate Cloverfield with a passion. The reasons are too numerous to get into here (the biggest is T.J. Miller’s excruciatingly stupid character). That said, I will likely see this follow-up, but it’s going to take a lot to make me forget the sins of its predecessor.


The Brothers Grimsby

Loren: This doesn’t look funny right? I think I’m not that big a Sacha Baron Cohen fan. Ali G is kinda funny I guess. Is this a ringing endorsement of this movie?

RDT: I’d heard a little bit about it. But I had no idea it was coming out this weekend. It just looks like a dirtier, less funny, version of Spy. Also, SNL did a better therapist/”the rapist” bit 18 (yes, 18) years ago.

Rick: Nope. The only thing I want to see Sacha Baron Cohen in is a no-holds-barred Freddie Mercury biopic. Knowing that’s never going to happen makes me sad.

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Let’s Talk About The New Captain America: Civil War Trailer


First and foremost let me get this out of the way. AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!1!One!!!!ExclamationPoint!!   *Ahem* Sorry, I needed that.

Now, let me just say that this is what a superhero movie trailer should look like (I’m looking in your direction The Legal Proceeding of Batman v. Superman). It has everything you’ve come to expect from a Marvel movie; action, humor, Tony Stark, everything. Captain America: Civil War is shaping up to be one of, if not THE, best Marvel movies to date. Plus, SPIDER-MAN!

Here’s a brief run through of all the amazing (see what I did there?) things from this trailer.

  • We see what’s probably a flashback to where the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) was being held. Some sort of Arctic facility.
  • General “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt) has the Avengers in a board room and goes over a list of places they’ve destroyed. New York, DC, Sokovia. Cap stops him after seeing the way it affects Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen).
  • We get a quick shot of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) getting caught in some sort of explosion/attack. This may be why he’s so intent on taking the Winter Soldier down.
  • An underwater prison surfaces. Is this the MCU Raft?
  • We start to see which sides Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) are taking.
  • Black Panther gets a little bit more screen time as he takes down Bucky in the chase down the tunnel.
  • We get a better look at Tony’s watch Iron Man armor set up and him blocking a bullet to the face from Bucky with it. It’s gonna be really hard to be friendly to a guy that tried to shoot you in the face.
  • War Machine (Don Cheadle) gets shot down and Tony holds his body as if he was dead. Is this the major death we’ve heard about?
  • Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) tells Tony that she’s not the one that needs to watch their back. But is she talking about Cap or Tony?
  • We get a bit more of the knockdown fight between Cap, Bucky and Tony.
  • Black Panther and Bucky have a fight scene at the Airport location.
  • Scarlet Witch uses her powers against The Vision (Paul Bettany). In the comics these two get married. If they have feelings for each other, this scene could have different connotations.
  • We get a really cool moment of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) shooting an arrow that has Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) riding on it!
  • A shot of Crossbones (Frank Grillo) punching Cap across some sort of cafe. It’s been rumored that Crossbones is the actual perpetrator of the attacks and is setting Bucky up.
  • We get the second best line of the trailer Iron Man tells Cap to “Stay down, final warning.” Cap reprises his line from The First Avenger and says in the same manner, “I can do this all day.”
  • We get the two teams squaring off and running at each other as the penultimate shot. Which could be enough until we get:
  • Tony saying he’s had enough and yells out “Underoos.” Spider-Man (Tom Holland) appears, webs up Caps hands, steals his shield, and says “Hi everybody.” while standing in a classic Spidey pose to close out the trailer.

Captain America: Civil War opens in the US on May 6th and personally I can’t wait.

From Hollywood,


Episode #5 – Number Five is alive!

On the episode, RDT and Loren have a quick chat about The Oscars then dive head first into a huge week in pop culture news, covering:

  • New Ghostbusters trailer
  • Sarah Shahi will be the new Nancy Drew in “Drew” a pilot for CBS
  • NCIS renewed for seasons 14 AND 15
  • Gambit pulled from the release schedule completely
  • The Power Rangers reboot kicked off production
  • Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey confirmed for The Dark Tower
  • The DC hero appearing in Powerless is apparently Crimson Fox.
  • JK Simmons wanted by fans (and maybe himself) to return as J. Jonah Jameson in the new Sony/MCU Spider-Man reboot
  • Nickelodeon’s Legends of the Hidden Temple to be a Live Action Movie
  • It’s official, no Reese for Cruel Intentions tv show
  • Fuller House renewed for season 2
  • Big Hero 6 animated series coming to Disney XD
  • Agent Carter closes out its 2nd (final?) season with series lows
  • Agents of SHIELD renewed for season 4
  • Gotham introduces yet another Joker-esque character
  • Hasselhoff confirmed for at least a cameo in the Baywatch reboot
  • The Force Awakens hits DVD/BluRay April 5th and Digital HD April 1st
  • Lethal Weapon casting news
  • CBS taps Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod to EP Star Trek tv show
  • 23 Jumpstreet/Men in Black crossover happening
  • Bruce Willis starring in a Death Wish remake
  • Sony trying a Venom movie again
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt exits Sandman feature
  • Rick and Morty Season 3 confirmed
  • Zootopia set records with its $73mil box office weekend

All that plus the usual tangents. And as always,  check us out at facebook.com/hollywoodpicturenews and, on Twitter, @HWPicNews.

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Weekend Watch – 3/4/16

We want to welcome you to our newest feature, Weekend Watch. Each week, we’ll give you, the reader, a heads up on what’s new and noteworthy (or not so noteworthy) for the weekend. We won’t cover everything because it’s a lot, and we’re lazy. However, we will try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

We also want to take this opportunity to introduce you to our newest contributor to the site. So let’s all welcome Rick with open arms. And wallets. (He thinks he’s getting paid.) Rick, say hi!

Hi everyone! Rick here. Thanks to Ryan (but not Loren, cause he’s a stinking liar) for letting me contribute to this fine web site.



Knight of Cups

Loren: Is this the one with Dinklage and the dude from True Blood?

RDT: Isn’t that Game of Thrones? Regardless, I know literally nothing about it, but I’ve never seen a Terrence Malick movie before, so why start now?

Rick: I don’t care for everything of Malick’s I’ve seen (I’m sorry but, despite the subject matter being right in my wheelhouse, Badlands bored the hell out of me), but his more recent output has been more languid and philosophical, which I kind of dig. In.


London Has Fallen

Loren: The trailer made it look kinda like a fun action movie. The reviews say it’s absolute dog shit. Didn’t see Olympus, probably won’t see this.

RDT: I didn’t care when Olympus fell. I don’t care about London falling. And I won’t care when the 3rd thing (the moon?) falls, either.

Rick: Like Ryan, I didn’t give a damn when Olympus fell. I do kind of want to see this one, though. I blame the unintentionally hilarious tagline that conjures up images of a half-assed Shaft sequel. “The Irish mob wanted London. They got Shaft instead. Get ready for bloody Hell!” (Rick, I would watch the hell out of that movie. –RDT)

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Episode #4 – Whatever happened to predictability?

This week on the podcast, Loren and Ryan cover the news:

  • A little bit on the 88th Annual Academy Awards (more to come next week)
  • Martin Freeman’s character for Captain America: Civil War revealed
  • Pacific Rim 2 is back on, but Guillermo is no longer directing
  • Powerless – DCEU sitcom?
  • Tye Sheridan cast as the lead in Ready Player One
  • The Legal Proceeding of Batman V. Superman to receive an R-Rated director’s cut
  • Daniel Craig out as James Bond?
  • Daredevil Season 2 trailer part 2 drops
  • Iron Fist finally cast
  • The Mist tv show picked up to pilot
  • XXX 3 The Return of Xander Cage coming 1/20/17
  • The apparently weekly 10 Cloverfield Lane update
  • Nicholas Meyer returning to the Star Trek universe

Plus our main topic is something we call “Nostalgia as a brand” where we talk remakes, reboots and rebootquels (that’s a thing now).

And, once again, we had some audio issues. So we did some shuffling and whatnot. Our apologies if the levels are a little inconsistent. But we’re working on it.

As always, please check us out at hollywoodpicturenews.com, facebook.com/hollywoodpicturenews and, on Twitter, @HWPicNews.

Also, if you could, please rate and review us, we’d really appreciate it.