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The Dorking Out Show

The show for anyone who loves to dork out about the stories in pop culture that we love. That means TV and movies, books and podcasts, and any other kind of engaging storytelling we can find. We talk about Star Wars and Gilmore Girls, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Trek, Netflix and Amazon, Serial and S-Town and, and, and... Every week noted TV critic and blogger Sonia Mansfield and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Christopher Allan Smith talk about movies, TV, books and more from both a fan and creator perspective. Think of it as a great conversation over drinks with your quick, clever friends who know about a lot.
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Aug 29, 2016

In this very special episode of Dorking Out, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek with three epic topics. 

Topic 1: Star Trek - The First 25 Years

We interview Mark A. Altman, television and film producer and co-author of The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years  and The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek about Star Trek: The Original Series, the various other Star Trek shows and movies, as well as the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery. 

Topic 2: Star Trek - The Second 25 Years

We interview Edward Gross, the editor in chief of EmpireOnline.com and the co-author of The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years  and The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek about Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Enterprise. We then talk a bit about the January arrival of Bryan Fuller's Star Trek: Discovery. 

Topic 3: Star Trek Fan Films, Music and More with Jeff Bond

To cap off our Star Trek celebration we talk fan films, fans in general, and Star Trek fan films with Jeff Bond, author of The Music of Star Trek who talks about playing Dr. Leonard H. 'Bones' McCoy, his work on Star Trek soundtrack albums and his hopes (and so far spot on predictions) of Star Trek: Discovery. 

 

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Aug 23, 2016

In this week’s episode we talk about the movies we are most looking forward to this fall. Plus, are fans the worst thing about the things we love? Sometimes. We talk about fandom and entitlement and what it means to love something outside your control. Let’s get this podcast started.

 

Topic 1: Fall Movie Preview 2016

Sonia’s Choices

“Bridget Jones’s Baby” September 16

“The Magnificent Seven,” September 23

“The Girl On The Train” October 7

“Mascots” October 23

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” November 18

Chris’ Choices

“Sully,” September 9

“Doctor Strange,” November 4

“Hacksaw Ridge,” November 4

“Arrival,” November 11

“Allied,” November 23

 

Topic 2: What's the Internet Mad About Now and What's Up with Modern Fandom

A Trek fan's apology

Spiderman fans talking about Zendaya's role in Spiderman: Homecoming

Fandom is broken

 

Our Favorite Headlines

Promo for Schwarzenegger’s Celebrity Apprentice Debuts

 

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Aug 16, 2016

In this week’s episode we unveil our new metric for measuring an actor’s charisma: The FPJs. That’s Freddie Prinze, Jr. Why Freddie Prinze. Jr.? We will explain in our first segment with Peter Brown, associate editor of Assignment X. We also review the new R-rated animated comedy SAUSAGE PARTY and talk about state of outrageous, offensive comedy in our current outrage culture. Then we share a few recommendations of things that we are watching, reading or listening to that we think you will like, too. All of that, plus our favorite headlines of the week.

 

Topic 1: Actors that are just… Meh. What do we do when Hollywood loves an actor and we don’t?

Announcing the FPJ, or “Prince Jrs” the International Unit of Actor Charisma

 

Topic 2: Sausage Party review plus the state of outrageous comedy in our current outrage culture

Sausage Party

 

Topic 3: Why Should I Listen to You/Recommendations

The Get Down on Netflix

Into Thin Air. It's only about 20 years old.

 

BONUS TOPIC: Sonia's further thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

Favorite Headlines

Robert Downey as Perry Mason on HBO?!

Donald Glover to play Lando in the new Han Solo movie?

 

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Aug 12, 2016

This is The Dorking Out Show’s continuing coverage of the STAR TREK: DISCOVERY announcements and the  STAR WARS: THE ROGUE ONE trailer two revelation. Joining us today Peter Brown, the Associate Editor of Assignment X and David Tracy, Communications Director for the Chaos Group, the makers of V-Ray rendering software for visual effects. You may recognize their work in The Walk, Game of Thrones, Deadpool, Sponge Bob Squarepants, and most of the Marvel movies and the Batman Arkham Asylum games.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY - TRAILER 2

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

 

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Aug 9, 2016

In this week’s episode we review the latest installment in the DC Universe, SUICIDE SQUAD. Is it better than BATMAN V SUPERMAN. What’s more, is it good enough to help sustain the DC Universe, or will it go the way of Sony’s THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN connected, then cancelled, universe. Well, we’re going to talk about that. Plus, are movies dying? Is TV surpassing movies in terms of the best kind of storytelling? And is that… just fine? Chris has some thoughts about that. Plus, the Olympics started on Friday. Did the opening ceremony know the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat? Plus our favorite headlines of the week.

Topic 1: Review, Suicide Squad and the state of the DCU

We review SUICIDE SQUAD

What's the status of DC's attempt at cinematic world building?

MAN OF STEEL 2 has been put into development

 

Topic 2: Are we seeing the end of movies? (No, but the most interesting stories no longer live in movies, but long-form TV shows. So there...)

Is the best place for adult, cinematic-style storytelling now on TV? We discuss from a blogpost from our very own Chris Smith

 

Topic 3: Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Should we care?

 

Our Favorite Headlines:

Fans Start Petition To Shut Down Rotten Tomatoes

FOX wants more X-FILES

 

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Aug 1, 2016

In this week’s episode we are returning to the Harry Potter universe with a review of the play HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD. The rehearsal script was just released Saturday at midnight. Can it live up to the hype? We will share our thoughts about what we’ve read so far. And we’ve read ALL OF IT! We give you both a spoiler free taste and a few spoiler filled opinions. But we’ll warn you.


We also review JASON BOURNE and BAD MOMS with Tony Hicks, the movie critic for the Bay Area Newspaper Group.

Topic 1: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD and the return of, well, Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling Says Harry Potter Franchise Is Officially Over With ‘Cursed Child’

Topic 2: Our review of JASON BOURNE with guest Tony Hicks. 

 

Topic 3: BAD MOMS and the state of the modern summer comedy

 

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