Star Wars Holiday Special Commentary Track

• December 21st, 2014

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars did a holiday special. It was the worst idea in the history of the franchise, often called the worst Christmas special ever made, and sometimes called the worst thing ever produced by the human race. It is "The Star Wars Holiday Special," and it's been buried by George Lucas, never officially released in any format. But that won't stop William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold from recording a free downloadable commentary track to "The Star Wars Holiday Special" on The B-Movies Podcast.

Bibbs, Witney and Christmas movie expert Alonso Duralde of The Wrap and Linoleum Knife (the author of the indispensable holiday tome Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas) all strap in to explain exactly how "The Star Wars Holiday Special" came into existence and what happened to the poor bastards involved. There will be pain.

Also on this very special Christmas episode, Bibbs, Witney and Alonso reveal their favorite Christmas specials, Christmas episodes of popular shows and their picks for the best A Christmas Carol movie ever made. And yes, it opens with a singalong. 

Follow the show on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast, follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold, and follow Alonso Duralde at @ADuralde. And don't forget to subscribe on iTunes for free weekly movie news, reviews, exclusive interviews and more downloadable commentary tracks!

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Episode 201 - Ghosts of Gwar

• December 19th, 2014

The Interview may not be coming out - ever, apparently - but we're reviewing it anyway on this week's episode of The B-Movies Podcast. Is The Interview really worth all the trouble? Will it live up to all this hype when audiences finally get the chance to see it? Your hosts William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold give you the real story.

But wait! There's more! Bibbs and Witney are also reviewing EVERY SINGLE MOVIE coming out for the rest of 2014 in this all-new episode. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesAnnieMr. TurnerTop FiveThe GamblerSong of the SeaInto the WoodsUnbrokenAmerican SniperBig EyesSelmaTwo Days One NightA Most Violent Year and screw it! Let's throw in The Mule while we're at it.

Plus: what the hell is Santa Claws? Is it the new epically bad Christmas movie this generation of ironic moviegoers have been searching for? Or is it just a movie in which kittens push Christmas presents around and espouse the philosophies of Ayn Rand? Then again, is there any difference?

The world sucks, but at least we've got The B-Movies Podcast #201: Ghosts of Gwar! Follow us on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast, follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold, and subscribe to the show for free on iTunes for more weekly movie news, reviews, commentary tracks and exclusively in-depth interviews.

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Special Guests: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

• December 16th, 2014

Big Eyes screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karasweski, also the screenwriters of Ed Wood and Man on the Moon. If it wasn't for them, at least one of us wouldn't be here today. B-Movies Podcast co-host William Bibbiani was inspired to go into the entertainment industry after reading the script to Ed Wood, and now he and co-host Witney Seibold are thoroughly prepared to geek out. They've got Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski on the show!


This week on a very special bonus episode of The B-Movies Podcast, Bibbs and Witney are recording from the haunted (yes, really) offices of the Big Eyes screenwriters, getting the inside scoop on Tim Burton, the real life story of the Keane family, and the making of Ed Wood, Man on the Moon and That Darn Cat. And somehow they also get the behind the scenes skinny on A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. We did NOT see that one coming.


What bugged the heck out of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski about the published script for Ed Wood? How did they get their start? How did "Twin Peaks" inspire the remake of That Darn Cat? How do they research all their biopics? Whatever happened to the Tim Burton directed, Jim Carrey starring big budget feature film based on Ripley's Believe It Or Not? How did they unearth the mysteries of Andy Kaufman while writing Man on the Moon? What real stories about Walter and Margaret Keane were so weird, they had to cut them out of Big Eyes


You'll find out the answers to all of these questions and more on The B-Movies Podcast Presents: Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski! Be sure to check out Big Eyes when it opens in theaters on December 25, 2014, follow Larry on Twitter at @Karaszewski, and head on over to the website Trailers from Hell to learn more about classic and cult films from these fine gentlemen.


Then follow The B-Movies Podcast on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast, follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold, and subscribe on iTunes! You won't want to miss a single episode of the latest movie news, reviews, in-depth interviews and whatnot.

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Ep. 200 - Christian Phantom Menace (w/ David Bergantino)

• December 12th, 2014

That's not a typo: CraveOnline's B-Movies Podcast has officially been running for 200 weekly episodes! (And that's not even including the bonus episodes with exclusive interviews and downloadable commentary tracks!) Hosts William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold would like to thank their many listeners for helping us all reach this milestone, and to celebrate we're doing... pretty much the same thing we always do, but with special guest David Bergantino, and new chibi illustrations of Bibbs and Witney!

David Bergantino is the author of the best movie novelization of all-time, for Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and he's on deck to tell us all about the movie novelization industry, his history with the Elm Street franchise and his upcoming new video game Feed My Alien! He's a very cool guy and a very interesting guest, and we think you'll have a lot of fun listening to his stories.

 

Also on this week's 200th episode spectacular of The B-Movies Podcast, Bibbs and Witney talk about the much-debated hack on Sony Pictures, the new vacancy in the Star Trek 3 director's chair (and why Witney should be allowed to fill it), and review the new releases Exodus: Gods and Kings and Inherent Vice.

 

Is Exodus: Gods and Kings just The Phantom Menace for Christians? Okay, probably not, but that's just one of the wacky things we say on The B-Movies Podcast #200: The Christian Phantom Menace! (Hence the title.) Follow us on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast, follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold, and follow this week's special guest David Bergantino at @DavidBergantino. And don't forget to subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes and leave us a review! 

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Ep. 199 - At Least It’s Short

• December 6th, 2014

Two Oscar contenders and a hunk of steaming crap are released into theaters this week, and The B-Movies Podcast is here to tell you which is which. Don't worry, it's not a trick question. This week, hosts William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are reviewing WildStill Alice and The Pyramid

Also on this week's B-Movies Podcast, Bibbs and Witney dip into all the latest movie news and whatnot. That new Star Wars trailer... what's up with that? The Suicide Squad gets one hell of a cast... for some reason. Disney is getting ready to launch a Robin Hood movie franchise... but where are the foxes? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 gets an unusually talented director... good! Is The Crow cursed... again? And the next James Bond movie is SPECTRE... because it is!

What's the filthiest thing Bea Arthur said on the set of the Star Wars Holiday Special? You'll find out on The B-Movies Podcast #199: At Least It's Short! Follow us on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast, follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold, and subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes. You'll be glad you did!

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Special Guest: Zak Penn

• December 3rd, 2014

He's written some of the biggest motion pictures of the last two decades, and now he's doing The B-Movies Podcast. Let's just preserve our egos by claiming it's a lateral move. This week, we are proud to present an exclusive hour-long interview with Zak Penn, the writer/co-writer of The Avengers, The Incredible HulkX-Men: The Last StandLast Action Hero and the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel.

Zak Penn tells us all about the production of the X-Men movies, including how Professor X got his body back, and how his original screenplay for The Hulk was jettisoned by Ang Lee only to be revived by Marvel Studios. He also explains what went wrong with Elektra, what went right with the cult classic college comedy PCU, and what was cut from his original script for Last Action Hero, which sounds like a much better movie than what actually ended up in theaters.

But just as importantly, Zak Penn tells us about his new documentary - Atari: Game Over - about the rise and fall of the first great video game company, and how he helped unearth the long-lost copies of the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial video game that were buried in a landfill in the 1980s. Zak Penn's film, originally intended as part of a TV series, is now available to watch for free from Xbox Video.

How did Zak Penn get the gig writing Pacific Rim 2? You'll find out in The B-Movies Podcast Presents: Zak Penn! Follow us on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast, follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold, follow Zak Penn at @ZakPenn, and check out Atari: Game Over online - for free - right now.

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Ep. 198 - Kick-Ass Names

• November 27th, 2014

Cumberbatch? We hardly KNOW batch! Hahahahahaha but seriously, this week on The B-Movies Podcast we're reviewing The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Horrible Bosses 2. One of them is horrible! Can you guess which one?

Also on this week's B-Movies Podcast, all the latest movie news and whatnot: new Star Wars rumors, actual Star Wars news, the future of the Blade Runner franchise, Sylvester Stallone's plans for The Expendables 4, and Step Up 3D director Jon M. Chu goes back to the 90s for the new dance flick Can't Touch This.

What's YOUR kick-ass name? Witney Seibold's is Eaglepunch McSteelfist. William Bibbiani hasn't earned one yet. But maybe you'll finally get yours after listening to The B-Movies Podcast #198: Kick-Ass Names! Follow the show on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast, follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold, and subscribe to the show on iTunes! Heck, leave us a review! That's how we stay on the air, folks.

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Special Guests: Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson

• November 26th, 2014

Everybody poops, but Angus Sampson isn't allowed to in The Mule, a new crime thriller about a drug mule who can't go to the bathroom without incriminating himself to the police. 

How long can he go without moving those bowels? How suspenseful can not pooping be? You'll find out when you see The Mule, and you'll learn a lot more about it when Angus Sampson and his co-star and co-writer Leigh Whannell guest star on this week's bonus episode of The B-Movies Podcast.

William Bibbiani talks to the Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson about writing a script with a very unusual concept, making a crime thriller in Australia, how to build suspense and more. Plus, news about their upcoming film Insidious: Chapter 3 and stories about the Saw franchise.

Twitter us at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold, follow Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson at @LWhannell and @AngusSampson, follow the show at @BMoviesPodcast and subscribe for free on iTunes. Leave us a review! That's how we stay on the air. 

You can watch The Mule in select theaters and on VOD right freaking now. 
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Galaxy Quest Commentary Track

• November 23rd, 2014

We love Galaxy Quest. In fact, we love it so much that The B-Movies Podcast just hosted a midnight screening of the 1999 sci-fi comedy classic at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles. The fans came out, CraveOnline gave away some ridiculously expensive prizes, and everyone had a universally good time. 

But not all of our listeners could make it to the Galaxy Quest 15th anniversary screening, so this week The B-Movies Podcast presents the latest in our line of free downloadable commentary tracks. Surprise! It's for Galaxy Quest.

Hosts William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are here to share the love for the cult classic film about a group of washed-up TV actors who travel to the furthest reaches of space to play their roles for real. Featuring performances by Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colantoni, Missi Pyle and Justin Long (in his feature film debut), Galaxy Quest is the best film about Star Trek... and it's not even technically about Star Trek.

So enjoy the free commentary track, twitter us at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold, follow the show at @BMoviesPodcast and subscribe for free on iTunes. Leave us a review! That's how we stay on the air. 

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Ep. 197 - Feel the Stag

• November 21st, 2014

Mockingjay? We hardly know him! HAHAHAHAHA! But seriously, this week on The B-Movies Podcast, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are reviewing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, and they are evenly divided. One of the hosts thinks the fourth film in the popular franchise sucks, the other thinks it's the best installment yet. Take THAT, Jay!

Also on this week's episode, Bibbs and Witney review the new releases Extraterrestrial and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and tackle all the latest movie news and whatnot. Tom Cruise co-starring in a Highlander reboot? That might not be terrible. Four movies adapted from Stephen King's The Stand? What's the difference between that approach and the old TV mini-series? Melissa McCarthy is going to play Tinkerbell? Is that the worst idea ever or should we hold on to a thin sliver of hope?

Plus, razor frisbees on The B-Movies Podcast #197: Feel the Stag! Twitter us at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold, follow the show at @BMoviesPodcast and subscribe for free on iTunes. Leave us a review! That's how we stay on the air. 

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