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Episode 51: X-Men Commentary Track

Twentieth Century Fox's X-Men franchise draws to a close this week, and we mark the occasion with a new commentary track here at the Nostalgia Theater show! Special guest Sean Coyle (Executive Producer of Disney's Puppy Dog Pals and a lifelong X-Men fan!) joins in as we watch 2000's X-Men, starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and some Australian unknown named Hugh Jackman (whatever happened to him?) while sharing memories, behind-the-scenes stories, and some heavy nostalgia for the movie...


Episode 50: Zack Stentz / X-Men: First Class

While this week’s release of Dark Phoenix marks the end of nineteen years of Twentieth Century Fox’s incarnation of the X-Men, it also closes out the tenure of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and the rest of the new cast that came in with 2011’s X-Men: First Class. And my guest for this hour is screenwriter Zack Stentz, who co-wrote First Class and inaugurated the X-Men’s second cinematic life in the process. His name has also graced franchises such as The Terminator, The Twilight Zone,...


Episode 49: Marc Gottlieb / Godzilla

With this week’s release of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters marking the big guy's 33rd film appearance in 65 years, it's clear that Godzilla’s appeal transcends time, demographics, and cultures. And joining me to help unpack the Godzilla of it all is my special guest, screenwriter and Godzilla super-fan Marc Gottlieb! Listen in as we go deep and wide about the ragin' Kaiju's history and hits and misses, and just why it is that he keeps coming back! You can hear it all via...


Episode 48: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Commentary Track

The Nostalgia Theater show is back with another Commentary Trek! Joining myself and special guest Glenn Greenberg (writer of many Star Trek books and comics) for this go-round is my friend and colleague from the Discovery Debrief Podcast, Chris Clow. Listen in as we share memories, behind-the-scenes stories, and just generally wax enthusiastically about one of the best movies in the entire Star Trek cinematic catalogue! This is the end of the road for the classic Trek movies, but we've still...


Episode 47: Javier Grillo-Marxuach / Lost

On this episode of the show, I’m honored to be joined by special guest Javier Grillo-Marxuach, a veteran writer and producer who’s worked on shows like SeaQuest, Charmed, The Middle Man, and the upcoming Netflix sequel to the Dark Crystal and their live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop. He’s here to share stories from his time working on ABC's modern classic Lost, as well as the wisdom he’s accrued from more than a quarter-century in the TV trenches as delineated in his new book of...


Episode 46: Dana Gould / Planet of the Apes Anniversary!

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, I’m here with a valentine to my favorite movie of all time, 1968’s Planet of the Apes, and the entire multimedia franchise that sprang up in its wake! And here to join the festivities is my special guest Dana Gould! Dana is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and voice artist who’s been featured on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. You’ve seen him on Seinfeld, Roseanne, and The Ben Stiller Show. He’s been a producer on The Simpsons, Parks & Recreation,...


Episode 45: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 25th Anniversary Commentary Track

As a special Christmas present from your friends at Nostalgia Theater, here's our commentary track for 1993's Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Released to mostly empty theaters on Christmas day twenty-five years ago, the film -- based on the popular weekday afternoon cartoon show and starring the voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill -- was the first animated feature based on the Dark Knight, and while it didn't find an audience initially, its estimation has only grown in the years since to...


Episode 44: Dan Gilvezan / Bumblebee

With the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee now in theaters, I figured it was the perfect time to share my conversation with voice-acting legend Dan Gilvezan, who gave voice to Bumblebee in the original 1980s Transformers animated series, not to mention Peter Parker/Spider-Man in 1982's Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and so much more! He’s been working steadily in voiceover for nearly four decades now, and he’s here to share his stories of Spidey, Bumblebee, and a lifetime in animation....


Episode 43: Ryan Hoss / Super Mario Bros: The Movie

On this episode, I'm joined by special guest Ryan Hoss, founder of the Super Mario Bros. Movie Archive, to discuss the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros: The Movie. Released in 1993 just weeks before Jurassic Park gobbled up all comers, the Nintendo video game adaptation (the first video game movie ever!) -- starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the titular brothers -- didn't make much of a mark at the box office, but nonetheless remains an object of both derision and fascination in...


Episode 42: Glenn Greenberg / Remembering Stan Lee

Comic book legend Stan Lee passed away earlier today, and an entire era ended with him. I sat down with my friend, former Marvel Comics editor Glenn Greenberg, for an in-depth chat about the late comic book legend, looking at how "Stan the Man" changed the comic industry and the world with his foresight into crafting iconic characters that would continue to inspire and entertain decades after their introduction. We also delve into his complicated history with his various co-creators and try...


Episode 41: Arnold T. Blumberg / Night of the Living Dead

As this episode drops it's the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential and important horror films of all time, director George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. The creepy classic not only led the late Mr. Romero to sequelize himself over the next several decades with Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and more, but everything from The Walking Dead to Shaun of the Dead to 28 Days Later owes some piece of its success to what Romero and writer John Russo managed to pull off with no...


Episode 40: Mark Altman / Battlestar Galactica

My returning guest for this episode is author Mark A. Altman, whose new book So Say We All: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica is in stores now, and who joins me to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Battlestar Galactica franchise, which premiered on this day in 1978 on the ABC TV network. Listen in as Mark and I discuss the original show's creation by Glen A. Larson, its quick cancellation, its quick revival followed by an even quicker...


Episode 39: Mark O'Connell / Watching Skies

My guest this month is author Mark O'Connell, who joins me all the way from the U.K. for the full hour to discuss his great new book, Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg, and Us. It's a fun and far-ranging conversation that touches on James Bond, Star Wars, the Spielberg output of the 1980s, and so much more as we dive deep into the Nostalgia Theater that shaped not only both of us, but entire generations of future film buffs! As always, you can listen to the show via the embed below, or...


Episode 38: Steven Weber / Wings

For the latest Nostalgia Theater show, I was honored to be joined for the hour by veteran actor Steven Weber for a fond look back at his time as snarky pilot Brian Hackett on the seminal '90s sitcom Wings. In addition, he also reflected on his turn stepping into Jack Nicholson's shoes in the TV remake of Stephen King's The Shining, playing TV exec Jack Rudolph on Aaron Sorkin's short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and so much more! It's a humorous and engaging conversation full of the...


Episode 37: Mike Reiss / The Simpsons

I'm joined by my MovieFilm co-pilot Brian Hall for this very special crossover episode of the Nostalgia Theater show, featuring our conversation with longtime Simpsons writer-producer Mike Reiss about his new book Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. If you've listened to our show for any lenghth of time, you know who important The Simpsons is for both of us, so we hope you'll enjoy hearing this interview as much we enjoyed...


Episode 36: The Incredible Hulk 10th Anniversary Commentary Track

Today marks ten years since the release of Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk! The Edward Norton starrer directed by Louis Leterrier sometimes feels like an unloved afterthought in the otherwise hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as a huge Hulk fan for most of my life I've always felt that was a bit unfair. Luckily, I'm not alone in that assessment, and here to help mark this movie's decade anniversary is my friend, frequent co-host, and Hulk comic book writer Glenn Greenberg...


Episode 35: Phoef Sutton / Cheers

For this month's Nostalgia Theater I mark twenty-five years since Cheers -- one of the greatest TV show of all time -- left the airwaves. I was in junior high at the time, but I remember well how anticipated it was. A legitimate cultural event that prompted joy and sadness in equal measure. And in the intervening quarter-century the show has remained as beloved as it was during its initial run. My guest for this episode is legendary writer/producer Phoef Sutton, who was with the show for...


Episode 34: Mark Hughes / Superman's 80th Anniversary

On the latest Nostalgia Theater show I was fortunate to be joined by Mark Hughes, film critic, Forbes contributor, and Superman super-fan, for a celebration of the Man of Steel's big 80th anniversary just in time for the momentous 1000th issue of Action Comics to hit store shelves! Mark and I reminisce about our shared affinity for this most iconic of superheroes, offer our opinions on the different depictions of Superman onscreen, and give our thoughts on his various comic book iterations....


Episode 33: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Commentary Track

And we're back with the latest Nostalgia Theater Commentary Trek! My friend Glenn Greenberg, writer of many Star Trek books and comics, is my co-pilot once again as we talk through one of hte most divisive Star Trek adventures ever put onscreen, 1989's Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. As always, you'll hear personal histories with this sequel, with plenty of trivia and behind-the-scenes anecdotes sprinkled in as we watch William Shatner's sole directing effort in the Star Trek movie...


Episode 32: Brian C. Baer / He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

For this episode of the show, I'm joined by Brian C. Baer, author of the new book How He-Man Mastered the Universe: Toy to Television to the Big Screen for a fun and engaging conversation about the 1980s action figure phenomenon from Mattel that was so integral to so many childhoods. Brian shares the origins of his own He-Man fandom, and then delves into the origins of the toyline, the iconic animated series, and even the ill-fated 1987 motion picture, as well as making some predictions...