DORKING OUT – Episode 32: The Anti-heroes of Riverdale Edition

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In this week’s podcast, we talk about anti-heroes. Are there too many anti-heroes on TV? What started as a really exciting storytelling idea has become the yawn-inducing standard. We talk about what Chris has labeled “Toxic Heisenberg Syndrome” and share our favorite TV anti-heroes. And speaking of anti-heroes, in our second segment, we review The CW’s radical reimagining of the wholesome Archie comics, RIVERDALE, and NBC’s grim take of THE WIZARD OF OZ, EMERALD CITY with entertainment journalist Abbie Bernstein, author of “The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Art Of The Great Wall,” which is coming out in February. In […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 35: TWIN PEAKS and STAR WARS REBELS

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Welcome back to another edition of the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante. This week we talk about a variety of interesting topics including budget aircraft and how award shows are all the same and boring while discussing the recent Golden Globes award show. We also look forward to the upcoming new season of TWIN PEAKS, how STAR WARS: REBELS is the best STAR WARS show that you are not watching and its connection to ROGUE ONE and a wrap-up of all the crazy gadgets that came out at this year’s 2017 CES trade show. This week Anthony (@acferrante) […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 29: The We Make the Golden Globes Good Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s podcast, we talk about Sunday night’s Golden Globe nominations. LA LA LAND won all the awards, but Meryl Streep won the night. We’re going to talk about our favorite and least favorite moments of the show, and share how the winners affect our Oscar picks, because we take our Oscar predictions VERY SERIOUSLY. Then Smith talks about the ridiculous exercise of giving awards to artistic achievements as though they were trophies at the end of a baseball season. You can’t score LA LA LAND or MANCHESTER BY THE SEA like box scores. He’s got some interesting […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 26: The Star Wars Rogue One Review and Simple Descriptive Title Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we review a little indie movie you’ve probably never heard of called ROGUE ONE. Scott Daigle, a former Lucasfilm employee, joins us review one of the most anticipated movies of the year and discuss the wider world of STAR WARS. Then we chat about the recent Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations, and how that will influence their Oscar picks. Sonia and Chris take their Oscar picks very seriously. You won’t want to miss it. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 25: The Rogue One Office Christmas Party Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we prepare ourselves for the release of ROGUE ONE  and talk all things STAR WARS with Will Wilkins, host of Netheads on the SmodcastNetwork. Then we get into the holiday spirit and review OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY. Did we like the raunchy comedy or are we a couple of party poopers? Listen to find out. In our third segment, we know that Dorking Out is your favorite podcast, but what are our favorite podcasts? We share our top picks. And finally, David Tracy from Chaos Group (and Sonia’s better half) joins us for our […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 24: The Gilmore Girls Visit Westworld Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we review the return of GILMORE GIRLS on Netflix. Sonia was a big fan of the show, and Chris has never watched the show. It’s an interesting conversation to say the least. Peter Brown, associate editor of Assignment X, stops by to help us sort out our feelings about the season finale of WESTWORLD. And finally, we try to get into a festive mood and share our favorite holiday movies. All of that, plus our favorite headlines of the week. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 21: The Arrival of the Winter Movie Preview Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we share our top movie picks for the rest of the year in our Winter Movie Preview, including LA LA LAND, LIVE BY NIGHT, a charming little indie called ROGUE ONE and many more. Then, we review the alien invasion movie ARRIVAL, which just opened in theaters on Friday. And then, you asked, and we answered. We’re answering listeners’ questions. All of that, plus we talk about the election results. Inspired by comedian Dana Gould’s Facebook post about the election results, we talk about the problems we have talking about politics. We hope you […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 20: The Doctor Strange Is In Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we review DOCTOR STRANGE and talk about the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Kirk Hamilton, editor-at-large at Kotaku – a website that Sonia is unable to pronounce correctly. It’s a fun drinking game. Drink every time Sonia mispronounces it. Then Chris reviews HACKSAW RIDGE. Yes, only Chris reviews the new Mel Gibson-directed war movie, because Sonia didn’t see it, which an interesting discussion about separating an artist’s troublesome actions from their work. All of that, plus our favorite headlines of the week. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to it […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT SHOW – Episode 1: The ‘Boom Goes The Wildfire’ Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Welcome to the first episode of the DORKING OUT SHOW! This is the new podcast starring Chris Smith and Sonia Mansfield where two dorks talk in-depth about all things in entertainment. We have a lot to unpack with this epic conclusion of the sixth season, so to help us out we bought in some super “Game Of Throne” dorks, including Harrison L. Smith and Peter Brown, associate editor of Assignment X. We talk about what we think about this explosive episode, plus some fun fan theories and what we think will happen in the final two seasons. In a world […]Read On »

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ASSIGNMENT X News: 4th of July Upgrade and Breaking Records

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After seven and a half months, ASSIGNMENT X continues to soar to new heights and the staff would like to thank our loyal readers for continuing to support us and spreading the word about where Pop Culture Marks the Spot. In the month of May, we had over 525,000 page views and over 200,000 uniques. This is unprecedented growth and in the month of June we saw our pages per visit count jump to 2.72. Of course, with growth, comes some growing pains, and as many have noticed during the month of June, the site occasionally ran a bit slow […]Read On »

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