Harry Anderson

Stephen King’s, IT!

It can be anything. A fanged monster that won’t stay on the movie screen. Something ominous lurking in the basement. No matter what your biggest fear is, no one knows It better than Stephen King. Based on the King Of Horror’s 1986 bestseller, It is a jittery, jolting excursion into personal fear. A malevolent force in a small New England town takes the shape of a clown, but he’s not clowning around. Instead, he terrifies youngsters and brings some to their untimely doom – until some wily kids fight back. The evil resurfaces 30 years later: meaner, angrier, deadlier. And friends who vividly remember youthful terrors reunite to fight It.

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The Weekly Podioplex: July 11, 2017

After a brief break, The Weekly Podioplex has returned to news of an infestation at the box office. This week’s winner is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which made a pretty big splash for a superhero whose only reward is supposedly action. The wallcrawler faces a new challenge as war comes to the Planet of the Apes. Simian or spider: Who will win?


The home entertainment slate goes high octane with The Fate of the Furious, a lost city, the Smurfs, and the unexplained between magic and time travelers on TV. After Leeloo Dallas Multipass goes 4K for a 20th anniversary, Denise returns with news of Netflix, gender and race conflicts in popular TV, and word that James Bond may expand to a whole shared universe of stories. This and more come together on a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.



Weekly Podioplex Notes for July 11th, 2017



Opening Clip: War for the Planet of the Apes


Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Spider-Man: Homecoming – [New Release] #2 – Despicable Me 3 – [-1] #3 – Baby Driver – [-1] #4 – Wonder Woman – [Even] #5 – Transformers: The Last Knight – [-2] #6 – Cars 3 – [-1]

#7 – The House – [-1] #8 – The Big Sick – [+4] #9 – 47 Meters Down – [-2] #10 – The Beguiled – [-2]


Tops From the Past

2012 – Ice Age: Continental Drift 2007 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 1997 – Men in Black 1987 – Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise 1977 – The Deep  

Box Office Premieres for the week of July 14th, 2017


War for the Planet of the Apes – [PG-13]

Wish Upon – [PG-13]

The Big Sick – [R]



Lady Macbeth – [R] Chasing Coral – [NR] Blind – [R]



Home Entertainment for the week of July 11th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

The Fate of the Furious – [PG-13]

The Lost City of Z – [PG-13]

Smurfs: The Lost Village – [PG]

Big Miracle – [PG]


New Releases on Digital Video


Going in Style – [PG-13]


TV on DVD and Blu-Ray


The Magicians: Season Two (2017)

Class: Series One (2016)


Blu-Rays From the Past 


The Fifth Element (1997) – [PG]



Podcast Promos


11.22.63: A Look Back Join your hosts, Troy Heinritz and Wayne Henderson, for in-depth theories, discussion, fun, and your thoughts on Hulu’s TV series 11.22.63.




Quick Flicks


Top Gun 2 in 2019 Netflix Class of 2018 Gillian Anderson takes on The X-Files writer’s room A James Bond Universe of films? Gemini Man gets a release date Hawaii Five-O shakeups The Umbrella Academy Wonder Woman John Carpenter on the small screen: Tales for a Halloween Night




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Audiobook: Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 049 | AudioBooks Classic 2

Audiobook – Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 049.

Sixteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Topics include science and natural history–carnivorous plants, tadpoles, tent caterpillars, flights of birds, horse training, dogs, children’s sign language, trees in winter, and night noises in the woods; philosophy — Roger Bacon and Nicholas of Cusa; satire and literary criticism–the movies as “stupies,” bustles, and facetious plots for short stories by Dorothy Parker; also an appraisal of Conrad Aiken’s poetry, and an intimate look at Abraham Lincoln’s early life in Illinois. (Summary by Sue Anderson)

1. Abraham Lincoln in our Own County by Henry M. Beardsley 0:00:00
2. The American Tent Caterpillar by J. M. Swaine 0:29:21
3. Berlin’s Wonderful Horse by Anonymous 0:39:34
4. Conrad Aiken, Metaphysical Poet by John Gould Fletcher 0:47:54
5. The Great American Short Story by Dorothy Parker 0:57:03
6. A Great Flight of Robins and Cedar Birds by Nathan Clifford Brown 0:59:17
7. Nicholas of Cusa by Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner 1:04:36
8. The Non-Existence of Magic by Roger Bacon 1:37:42
9. On Lying Awake at Night by Stewart Edward White 2:03:36
10. A Short Chapter on Bustles by Anonymous 2:13:09
11. The Short-Leaved Sundew in Virginia by Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr. 2:22:58
12. Sign Language Among School Children by Ernest Thompson Seton 2:24:55
13. Some Nonsense About a Dog by Harry Esty Dounce 2:38:48
14. Tadpoles by Albert Hazen Wright 2:48:11
15. Trees at Leisure by Anna Botsford Comstock 2:57:30
16. Why Not The Stupies? by Harcourt Farmer 3:20:25

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La’Porsha Renae – Good Woman

Music video by La’Porsha Renae performing Good Woman. (C) 2016 19 Recordings, Inc. under exclusive license to Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.


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Joseph “Sherman Brown” Freed visit with Bing Crosby at The Bing Crosby Show

Taken from The Comedy School Presents: Sixty Years With Disneyland: The Wacky World Of Mother Goose Goes Hollywood In Toyland(1997 – 2016)

Disneyland Tour Of Show With Mother Goose(1997)
The Wacky World of Mother Goose(1967)
The Bing Crosby Show(1964 – 1965)

The Bing Crosby Show is a 28-episode sitcom television program starring crooner, film star, iconic phenomenon, and businessman Bing Crosby and actress Beverly Garland as a married couple, Bing and Ellie Collins, rearing two teenaged daughters during the early 1960s. In the format, Crosby portrayed a former entertainer turned architectural designer with a penchant for singing, and each episode usually contained at least one song. Produced by Crosby’s own company, affiliated with Desilu Studios and subsequently CBS Paramount Television, the series aired on ABC from September 14, 1964, to April 19, 1965. Rebroadcasts continued until June 14.

The roles of the daughters Janice and Joyce Collins were played by Carol Faylen and Diane Sherry, respectively. Top Warner Bros. character actor Frank McHugh appeared as Willie Walters, the Collins’s live-in handyman. Pamela Austin appeared twice on the program, as Clarissa Roberts.

This was one of the few times Crosby portrayed a happily married man, having often portrayed bachelors, widowers, divorcees, or priests. (Note: The Star Maker was one film in which he was happily married. He also portrayed a married man in the films Dixie and Blue Skies but there were problems in the relationships.)

Guest stars included Herbert Anderson, Frankie Avalon, Jack Benny, Jimmy Boyd, Macdonald Carey, Vikki Carr, Dennis Day, Roger Ewing, Glenda Farrell, Joan Fontaine, Kathy Garver, George Gobel, Kathryn Grant (Crosby’s second wife, also known as Kathryn Crosby), Pat Harrington, Jr., Phil Harris, Charles Lane, Nobu McCarthy, Gary Morton, Ken Murray, Lloyd Nolan, Ruth Roman, and James Shigeta.

The Bing Crosby Show, main sponsor was Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln-Mercury division, other sponsors included Lever Brothers, Mennen, Pepto-Bismol and Gillette. It was aired at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on Mondays. The series faced competition on CBS from the sitcom Many Happy Returns, and on NBC, Crosby faced the second half of the popular The Andy Williams Show, which alternated with a Jonathan Winters variety show, The Jonathan Winters Show.


Joseph “Sherman Brown” Freed, Bing Crosby

Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby’s trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.

The first multimedia star, from 1931 to 1954 Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. His early career coincided with technical recording innovations such as the microphone. This allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was the person who had done the most for American soldiers’ morale during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the “most admired man alive”, ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.

Joseph “Sherman Brown” Freed (December 16, 1919 – February 27, 1986) was an Prestonsburg, Kentucky composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. His music forms a great part of the Great American Songbook. composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as Easter Parade, White Christmas, Happy Holiday, Christmas Snow is Magic, The First White Christmas, Save a Little Christmas, We’ve Got Lots In Common, There’s That Rabbit, This Is the Army, Mr. Jones, There’s No Business Like Show Business, The First Christmas, That’s Him, The First Noel. A popular film actor through the late 1940s and 1950s, Freed’s best-known roles in that medium included parts in White Christmas and Holiday Inn. In later years he was active as an educator.

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