No, The Other Avengers.

The PodwitsThere’s joy and sadness in this week’s all-new Podwits podcast, as the boys form a little appreciation society for the classic 1960s TV series The Avengers, and share their personal reactions to the passings of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. Plus Brian commits murder! (Well, insecticide.) Get all the laughs and all the feels — listen or download below!

In this podcast, J. mentions The Complete Emma Peel Megaset, and Brian talks about Bogart and Bacall: A Love Story by Joe Hyams.

A Case of an Mammalian Brain Surge

The PodwitsThe wits of Pod have the band back together and it feels so goodBrian praises Guardians of the Galaxy ; Dion casts his doubts about the new reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that hits theaters this weekend; and J.- well he does his best not to evoke that name which is not to be mentioned… (Hint: the guy with the big S, and even a bigger hint, it doesn’t work! ). The boys proceed to debate the merits of a good summer movie that has heart, and the crappy tent-pole film that only has one thing on its mind: your money! Plus The Podwits make some HUGE announcements! All that and an all new Borgninian moment! So come give it a spin!

Side-Cast: Remembering Hollywood Make-up Legend Dick Smith

In this very special edition of the Podwits Side Cast, Dion and contributor J. Blake celebrate the life of the “God among Gods“, SFX master, Dick Smith. They discuss his many groundbreakingSide-Casts achievements in cinema and touch upon the highlights of his extensive resume, bringing to light some films audiences may forget Smith was apart of. The boys then get to the gem of the cast (in their minds) and relay their personal, exciting and hilarious story of the time they spent an evening with the master himself, 15 years ago, at an event they organized.

It is truly an insightful and entertaining cast and a must for any film fan, celebrating the life and work of a great artist. Please come and have a listen!

A Pain In The “S”

The PodwitsThe Podwits are back with another senses shattering episode!  This isn’t a reprint or an imaginary tale… J. and Dion are back with some more thoughts on the one and only Man Of Steel!  This time, Dion is here to keep J. from flying over the edge, steering the ship towards the brighter harbors of the senses-shattering new trailer for Mad Max, as well as waxing poetic on the hilarious preview of the long-anticipated Simpsons/Family Guy crossover, the soon-to-be-released, fan-awaited 1966 Batman on home video and so much more!  Grab your cape and head for the window ’cause it’s time to go to work!

And, if you’re interested, check out the first two volumes of the definitive texts on the making of the original Star Trek here:

These Are The Voyages – Season One

These Are The Voyages – Season Two

RIP Hollywood Make-up Legend Dick Smith

Makeup Pioneer Dick Smith

Makeup Pioneer Dick Smith

The Podwits were saddened to learn that Oscar-winning make-up icon Dick Smith, who defined generations with his pioneering makeup effects, passed away July 30th at age 92.

Before CGI was common place, Smith practically invented techniques that are still used to this day, and is credited by Special Effects legends like Rick Baker and Tom Savini in spearheading where Universal Studios travel-blazer Jack Pierce left off, bringing make-up effects into the modern realm. His effects ushered in a new era, and not only did he patent the still used blood-cocktail for the representation of real blood on film, he pioneered the use of foam latex as a prosthetic, which is an industry standard today.

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Side-Cast: The Fake Shemp - The Bruce Campbell Podcast

Side-CastsDion and contributor J. Blake are back for an all new, exciting episode of The Podwits’ Side Cast! The topic today is the man, the myth, the legend…. Bruce Campbell; and all things Mr. Campbell! The boys get into the nitty-gritty and talk about his mainstream successes like The Evil Dead and Burn Notice, but also get into some lesser known gems like Moon Trap, Running Time and Crime Wave, and even some forget beauties like The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.and Bubba Ho-Tep. A mandatory listen for any Campbell or Raimi fan, or any Film fan for that matter!!! Come on down and have a listen!

(Editor’s Note: This podcast was recorded prior to the 2014 San Diego Comic Con.)

Footnotes:

Please check out J. Blake’s exclusive interview with the man himself, Bruce Campbell!

Podwits, Rapping

Night of the Podwits!That’s “rapping” as in “conversing”—about rapping! Dion and Brian hit quite a few of the big names from the history of hip-hop as they each discuss their personal experience with rap. Along the way, they hit digressions about “Weird Al” Yankovic, George R.R. Martin, and a one of Brian’s favorite (but long out-of-print) novels. Catch some rhymes with the Podwits! #Rapwits

CORRECTIONS
David R. Palmer was not a teacher (as Brian asserts in the podcast) but worked as a court reporter, and so it’s not surprising that the protagonist of his novel Emergence kept her journal in shorthand, but it was Pitman shorthand, not Gregg shorthand (as Brian asserts in the podcast). The memory’s the first to go…

Looking for Blood in All the Wrong Places

The PodwitsIn this very, very, very special episode of The Podwits Podcast the boys talk about seeing ‘horror’ in their youth, and more specifically, horrifying images in places that you wouldn’t normally expect to see it- like in Disney movies or on the BBC via PBS in America… (and what the heck was up with Disney’s dark side in the 1970′s anyway?!) Any who, come on down and hear what frightened their young, impressionable minds and turned them into the demented, pre-verted adults they are today. So come on and have a listen! #LookingForBlood

Footnotes:

The Kurt Russell film that the boys couldn’t quiet remember the exact name of was Disney‘s 1969 classic, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.

Behind the Big “S”

Night of the Podwits!J. and Brian are digging into the Superman mythos in this week’s episode—see, when Brian read about the abortive Superman revamp attempt from 2000, and e-mailed J. about it, well, that got J. all fired up, and his explanation of why starts a Podwits-style look into the hows and wherefores of Superman and the many different ways the character has been handled over the years. Get in depth and personal with the Man of Tomorrow and the Podwits (the Men of Yesterday?) on this all-new, yellow-sun-powered Podwits podcast!

And now you can join in the discussion! Tweet us @Podwits and use the hashtag #Supermen to let us know which approach to the Man of Steel you like best!

D’s Poopie, D’s Poopie, D’s Poopie – The Thing That’s Hard To Get

The PodwitsBrace yourselves, brave Podwitians (is that a word?  It is now!  Thus claimeth the Podwits Administrator!)  Dion is exploring a new way to evacuate his… waste… in a way that could “CHANGE DA VORLD!”  Meanwhile… J leads a trip down television’s memory lane!  It’s a podcast that is both “educational and entertaining”, says Roger Stone of ‘Podcast Listeners Digest Weekly’ — or, rather, he would if he would only listen to it… or if he even existed.

So… Take a listen, won’t you?