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Become a Paid Subscriber and get bonus podcasts: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/subscribe Three playful movie reviewers break down a wide variety of film franchises by dedicating a podcast to every single sequel, remake, reboot, and spin-off in a series. Conversations are in-depth and cover production history, literary sources, gossip, merchandising, and good old fashioned personal opinion with loads of humor and critical insight. No cinematic universe is too obscure or sacred!
 
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Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House stood as a horror classic for nearly 60 years before director Mike Flanagan (Hush) expanded its walls into a 10 episode miniseries for Netflix. Nell, Luke, and Theo are now the children of house flippers, spending the summer of 1992 seeing ghosts in renovated basements and hallways. Should the Crai…
 
Producer Steven Spielberg and director Jan DeBont (Speed) poured a lot of time and money into remodeling Shirley Jackson's classic ghost story into the much reviled 1999 remake of The Haunting. Long before she played clapping games with Ed and Lorraine Warren, Lili Taylor was conjuring bad spirits during her stay at a mansion where hundreds of chil…
 
The Marvel team at Hasbro must wish they weren't working remotely. They could just walk into the office, drop a microphone, and walk out again. For the second time in a row they not only broke the HasLab funding records (in dollars AND backers), they smashed through it and just kept going. Not only is the Galactus HasLab funded, we are also getting…
 
The Marvel team at Hasbro must wish they weren't working remotely. They could just walk into the office, drop a microphone, and walk out again. For the second time in a row they not only broke the HasLab funding records (in dollars AND backers), they smashed through it and just kept going. Not only is the Galactus HasLab funded, we are also getting…
 
Could the next Legend of the Marvel Cinematic Universe be an unassuming San Francisco parking valet who prefers late night karaoke to taking down his father's infamous Ten Rings terrorist cell? Martial artist Shang Chi is ready to answer the call for a modern Asian American superhero. But do comedienne Awkwafina, Crouching Tiger star Michelle Yeoh,…
 
Who can take a franchise, sprinkle it with dew, and get whole new generations buzzing about a gutted corpse or two? Executive producer Jordan Peele can, because he mixes love for a 1992 Tony Todd slasher with the inflammatory racial politics of Get Out and Us. Is it performance art or possession that drives a desperate Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquama…
 
Paranormal investigators engineer a blind date between a homeless wallflower and the noisy poltergeists of Hill House in The Haunting - the original 1963 movie adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic ghost story. Director Robert Wise took a break between his Oscar-winning musicals West Side Story and The Sound of Music to craft one of the most belo…
 
Lock the doors, bar the windows, and strap on a pair of headphones! Now Playing is prepping a retrospective of recent Home Invasion Classics, starting with the original 2008 shocker The Strangers. Why do three masked pranksters spend the night terrorizing a couple in a remote woodland cottage? And can Liv Tyler (Armageddon) and Scott Speedman (Unde…
 
Dustin Hoffman discovers that Jolly Old England is no refuge from the violence and social unrest of 1971 in the original Straw Dogs. Writer/director Sam Peckinpah pioneered the home invasion horror movie with this story of an American mathematician channeling his inner savage to beat back an angry mob storming his wife’s modest farm. Does the 50-ye…
 
Justin, Marjorie, and Arnie are back and counting to Five, Electric Company style! Everyone does end-of-year best-of lists, but who does them in August? Marvelicious Toys! Join the hosts as they count down their favorite five figures so far in 2021, and the five they're anticipating most! Some of these selections will surprise you! Also in this new…
 
Justin, Marjorie, and Arnie are back and counting to Five, Electric Company style! Everyone does end-of-year best-of lists, but who does them in August? Marvelicious Toys! Join the hosts as they count down their favorite five figures so far in 2021, and the five they're anticipating most! Some of these selections will surprise you! Also in this new…
 
Dev Patel sets out to prove he's more than a Slumdog Millionaire by pushing away from King Arthur's Round Table, and picking up a sword to do battle with The Green Knight. Will Stuart, Jakob, and Justin lose their heads over this decidedly sinister spin on a classic 14th Century poem about chivalry? And can indie director David Lowrey (A Ghost Stor…
 
Welcome back to the all new Marvelicious toys! Evil forces conspired to stop our podcasting heroes from continuing their quest to help Marvel collectors worldwide, but with great podcasts come great responsibility. So Arnie, Justin, and Marjorie have clawed their way out of Kraven's shallow grave and are back to celebrate all things Marvel collecti…
 
Welcome back to the all new Marvelicious toys! Evil forces conspired to stop our podcasting heroes from continuing their quest to help Marvel collectors worldwide, but with great podcasts come great responsibility. So Arnie, Justin, and Marjorie have clawed their way out of Kraven's shallow grave and are back to celebrate all things Marvel collecti…
 
Having crapped out on two previous live-action G.I. Joe adaptations Hasbro is ready to roll the dice again, betting big on Snake Eyes. This mute ninja is arguably the most popular Joe, but is he just as cool when he takes off the mask and he's the romantic guy from Crazy Rich Asians? Our hosts won't be silent with their thoughts! Listen now to know…
 
WWII strategy video game Company of Heroes moves the battle lines from computer consoles to movie screens with a stealth 2013 cinematic adaptation. But will Justin, Arnie, or Stuart decorate rising action star Chad Michael Collins, Vinnie Jones, or any of the other B-list actors in this platoon for their efforts in stopping Hitler from getting the …
 
Scarlett Johansson breaks away from the Avengers after seven Marvel movies together so that her Russian secret agent Black Widow can finally headline her first solo adventure. Will Natasha Romanoff wipe the red from her ledger by hunting down the man who confined her childhood to war games in a Red Room? And does super soldier father David Harbour,…
 
A Japanese gangster helps a little girl navigate a treacherous red light district in search of her missing mother in the sprawling adaptation of 2006 video game Yakuza (aka Like A Dragon). Will the pair find their way through a dense plot involving a Korean assassin, klutzy bank robbers, desperate teenagers, bickering cops, and a flashy psycho who …
 
Is new father Dominic Toretto and his family of furious drivers slowing down 20 years into The Fast Saga? Only when they rocket to space and race their souped-up vehicles in zero gravity! This time Vin Diesel faces off against long lost brother John Cena, who’s hitched his wagon to sexy IT support Charlize Theron in a bid to hack the planet. Will t…
 
Everyone in 2021 wants to blame Bill Gates for putting microchips in vaccination shots, but the practice was pioneered by Allstate pitchman Dennis Haysbert in the 2016 Dead Rising sequel Endgame. Hallmark Channel hunk Jesse Metcalfe returns as the intrepid reporter hero, this time leading hackers and marksmen through a city overrun with zombies to …
 
Without events like SDCC and NY Toy Fair Hasbro changed their announcement methods. Instead of finding out about six months' worth of figures in one day the Star Wars team releases a few figures every few weeks. This week has been full of Star War preorders for Star Wars Fan Celebration and Star Wars Action News is honored to be part of the announc…
 
Why are the Dead Rising all over East Mission, Oregon if the government has a miracle drug that can prevent zombie outbreaks? It’s all part of Operation Watchtower, a top secret plan to give the military unprecedented access to American lives. But will anyone find out the truth if TV journalist Jesse Metcalfe insists on airing the story exclusively…
 
It’s not The Devil, but Now Playing’s loyal listeners, that made Arnie, Majorie, and Stuart do another Conjuring film after so many hellish experiences in the franchise. This time the Warrens are heading to court in the 1980s to help a man beat a murder rap by insisting he was possessed by a demon escaped from his waterbed. Does Ed have the heart t…
 
Blood-soaked prom queen... tween pyromaniac... axe wielding book critic… just some of the scary women that have leaped from the pages of Stephen King’s horror fiction onto the big screen. Now hardened New England housekeeper Dolores Claiborne is ready for her day in court. Will Kathy Bates eclipse the Oscar-winning work she did in Misery as she sta…
 
George Clooney and his Ocean’s co-stars made casino heists look easy, but they never had to crack a safe being guarded by an Army of the Dead. Can Dave Bautista and his colorful crew of mercenaries bypass reanimated Elvis impersonators and a zombie white tiger to lay claim to a Vegas jackpot before nukes are dropped? And is writer-director Zack Sny…
 
Ladies and gentlemen, I have one piece of advice for you. No matter what Jigsaw tells you, there's no escape from a Jigsaw trap. None! Oh, there's pain in a Jigsaw trap, but you don't want pain...you want an escape. And Chris Rock's new movie Spiral: From the Book of Saw shows there's no escape from a Jigsaw trap. So play the game, and our podcast …
 
Anthony Mackie shields himself from the pressure of becoming the next Captain America by taking to the sky as The Falcon for Marvel’s second Disney+ miniseries, and it’s made Sebastian Stan angry enough to relapse back into The Winter Soldier. Can these two set aside their differences long enough to save the world from a group of political extremis…
 
Tom Clancy techno-thrillers typically feature desk-bound diplomats on the hunt for missing subs and rogue nukes, but the stakes are much more personal for Michael B Jordan (Creed) as he seeks vengeance against the hitman who murdered his family in Without Remorse. Could the Navy Seal-turned-CIA operative start WWIII by breaking out of jail and head…
 
On this special Star Wars Action News it's all about Hasbro! First, as part of today's Fan Site Figure Reveal, we at Star Wars Action News get to reveal Bad Batch member WRECKER! We give our first glance reactions, and you can see a full photogallery on our website. Then, last week we had a chance to interview the Hasbro Star Wars team about their …
 
Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? On the Marvelicious holiday we enjoyed a Spider-Ham...no, not for Christmas dinner, but as part of the new Spider-Verse wave of Marvel Legends! This wave was supposed to come out in 2021, but it seems the Toy Gods knew we needed something good in 2020, so this wave came early! On this podcast Justin, Arnie…
 
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