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Author: Joseph and Michelle Whalen

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An original podcast by a husband and wife team of self professed pop-culture geeks. It is a discussion about all things entertainment from movies and music to television and pop culture. We examine some of the more obscure aspects of the entertainment industry and ask the questions that most mainstream media tends to gloss over or shy away from all together. We give you the insights into the entertainment happenings that you didn't even realize you wanted.
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In our Disney Detective, Maybe there’s hope for Jack? Happy Meal anyone? And a Holiday Special that’s maybe not so special...Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, Daisy chimes in on Baby Yoda & Rey, SW Fans fuming at Disney & a sneak peak at the new SW ResortAnd for our Entertainment News, What Wonder Woman 1984 could mean for Black Widow, and It's good news for Charlie Brown fansAnd then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week....
In our Disney Detective, Virtual D23 Event this coming week & Are Jack Sparrow’s Days coming to an end?Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, What did Yoda really know… and why George made changesAnd for our Entertainment News, The character that Stan Lee forgot & The Orville is starting up productionAnd then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week....
In our Disney Detective, Changes for the Queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, More Layoffs at Disney, will Annual Passes be going away? And Disneyland Paris to close… Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, The Star Wars Holiday Special is a crossover dream & Mandalorian Star Says His Character Is the "Warden of the Galaxy"And for our Entertainment News, Marvel may retcon the MCU to accommodate the X-Men, Spider-Man 3 News, No More Mindhunter & farewell to Bond, James BondAnd then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week....
In our Disney Detective, California Officials take a trip to Orlando,  Animal Kingdom Hyenas Get the Disney Princess treatment & a major reorg for Disney.Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, Pedro Pascal talks about spending more time on set in season 2, George Lucas and the Star Wars Holiday Special, and Who wants a new lightsaber?And for our Entertainment News, Matt Damon Trolls Ben Affleck & Some Batman News, And Adam Sandler comes to Philly for filmingAnd then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week...
In our Disney Detective, No plans for Disneyland opening still… Disney Bloggers helping out Castmembers in Need… and another New Pixar Movie coming to Disney+Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, A new Star Wars Pinball Machine… The High Republic Will Redefine The ForceAnd for our Entertainment News, Loss of a Music Legend… Broadway to remain Dark…. NYCC2020 InfoAnd then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week...
In our Disney Detective, The return of the Lion King, Farewell to a musical favorite and mass layoffs at the parksThen in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, 'Pew, Pew, JOIN STAR WARS: SQUADRONS… CASSIAN ANDOR GETS A NEW DIRECTION & more on the Mando rumorsAnd for our Entertainment News, Cobra Kai is ready to attack & the fate of the Orville??And then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week...
In our Disney Detective, A mural is unveiled at Downtown Disney, Poor Duke Caboom & A new Dancing Audio AnimatronicThen in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, 'Is he in or is he out?And for our Entertainment News, The Nick Fury Show? And a Emmy RecapAnd then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week....
In our Disney Detective, Disneyland is moving out the art for another type of item to sell & a little history about beloved “Horse”.Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, Baby Yoda’s First Award, Trouble for Mando & Get that credit card ready, more Star Wars Merch is becoming available!And for our Entertainment News, The Next Marvel Villain??? And a different kind of Parade for the holidays...And then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week....
In our Disney Detective, Disney World & Rivals shift into Survival Mode & An Old Favorite at Hollywood Studios might be gone for good.Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, 'OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Ewan McGregor On The Legacy Of The Prequels And Excitement For The Disney+ Series & Daisy Ridley Said They Were "Toying" With Rey Being Someone Else's GranddaughterAnd for our Entertainment News, NYCC 2020 Spotlight on ‘Doctor Who’ Plus a First Look at New Series ‘The Watch’ & ‘Walking Dead’ is coming to an End.And then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week....
In our Disney Detective, Marriott is opening a New Hotel on WDW property. And Mulan on Disney+ without the fee? And a Boycott as well?Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, 'Disney Reportedly Has A Big Problem With The Mandalorian Season 2.And for our Entertainment News, What is the fate for Black Panther? Chadwick Boseman Left Behind A Legacy  & 'Batman' production halted due to Covid-19And then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week....
In our Disney Detective, looks like Halloween is coming to the Magic Kingdom next month… Disneyland Extends Cast Member Furloughs, But There May Be Hope For Reopening?Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, 'The Mandalorian' Star Hints at Moff Gideon's Darksaber Battles in Season 2. Imagineer Scott Trowbridge Drops Exciting Galaxy’s Edge NewsAnd for our Entertainment News, Queen + Adam Lambert have a new CD/DVD coming this fall… and a New Haunted Mansion Movie!And then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week and a tribute to Chadwick Bosemen.
Disney Detective explores the possibility of famed Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter returning to help remake Journey Into Imagination with Figment. Disney+ will reportedly be moving some of it's more mature content to the streaming service along with parental controls. And we'll take a look at 12 unique items from Disney's Secret Vault.Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy will take a look at George Lucas' reaction to the Mandalorian and how his faith in the franchise is once again restored. Entertainment News will look at NBC's efforts to revitalize Broadway and Netflix just dropped a teaser trailer for the upcoming season of "The Crown".
This week's Disney Detective segment takes a look at a new animation school Disney will be embarking on that builds upon Walt Disney's legacy with the hope of producing the talented animators of tomorrow at the Promise Youth Animation Academy. Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy introduces us to a new Star Wars Holiday Special, this one done in the style of Lego's that draws on some of the concepts of the original cult classic 1977 Star Wars Holiday Special.In Entertainment news we learn that Flash Gordon's Brian Blessed discovered a fan of his 1980 campy sci-fi film in an unexpected person. Quentin Tarantino has thoughts on what the next Star Trek movie should be and the original series episode it draws inspiration from. We'll also look at how New York Comic Con will continue it's story legacy in a similar way to other popular comic book conventions during the COVID-19 lock down.Finally we'll finish off with two great Insightful Picks of the week. One a second season recommendation that's already appeared on the show and the other a pop-culture documentary that no geek should miss.
Back checks are in the news this week in our Disney Detective segment. Disney's Hollywood Studios is implementing new Artificial Intelligence Bag Check Scanners that have already proven effective in speeding up lines and detecting illicit items such as weapons in Epcot. Then we'll take a look at bag checks gone wild at Disney when 69 year old Hester Burkhalter was subjected to a bag check that ultimately led to her arrest and a full body cavity search after it was revealed that she was carrying CBD oil into the park. Finally we'll take a look at the latest movie role that Tom Hanks will be taking on for Disney studios.In Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy we'll take a look at just how Star Wars got their titles wrong. A fan video shows that the titles of all nine primary Star Wars movies work much better when they are applied to different movies. The videos gives the alternative titles and their reasoning and will leave you wondering if perhaps there wasn't a larger theme at play with the naming of the movies.Entertainment news this week is all about Disney's latest live action remake Mulan. In an unexpected change of policy speculated on in the podcast a few weeks ago Disney will be streaming the movie on Disney+ but with a catch. While that news was a welcome change of heart to most of us, one theater operator in France didn't take the news so well. We have that story and his reaction this week as well.We'll finish this week up with a bit of a reversal of roles in our Insightful Picks of the Week, with Michelle highlighting a documentary and Joe a surprising non-documentary pick this week.
Just what is the cost of staying safe at Disney World during the COVID-19 crisis, we'll get the inside scoop from so Disney employees. We'll also look at some of the unique Disney Park items coming up for auction this month as Disney hosts the "Disneyland: The First 65 Years" auction in Sherman Oaks California on August 15th and 16th.Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy gives us some disappointing news about delays in three of the as yet untitled Star Wars movies on the horizon due to the COVID-19 crisis. We;ll also take a behind the scenes look at the true inspiration for Supreme Leader Snoke from the man who designed the character.In Entertainment news we have some additional delays due to COVID-19. Films like "A Quiet Place 2", "Top Gun: Maverick" and even a sequel to "Sonic The Hedgehog" are all getting delayed release dates. We've got all the details on that as well as our take on the digital versus cinematic release methods currently in play in the industry.We'll round out the show with a couple of great Insightful Picks of the Week. But before we go we'll talk a bit about how well Comiccon@home did as a virtual San Diego Comic Con this year and whether it's a model worth exploring in future years.
This week our Disney Detective looks at specific steps Disney is taking to protect the players of the NBA as they resume their truncated season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports. Annual Passholders may be penalized for violating their terms of service by selling exclusive merchandise swept up in the wake of the news of Splash Mountain being rethemed. And breaking news about changes to the planned revisions of Disney's EPCOT theme park as a result of the current COVID-19 situation.Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy has news on a new spin off series from the Clone Wars centered on the "Bad Batch" that premiered in the final season of Clone Wars. Headed up by Dave Filoni we'll see the Star Wars animated world live on after all. We'll also look at speculation of who the ready made villain of a new Star Wars show slated to launch in Disney+ in the near future and lead by Leslye Headland, creator of the Netflix series Russian Doll.In Entertainment News we'll look at the news of Tom Holland currently being in talks with Disney for a six movie deal to keep the Spiderman franchise going strong. Finally we'll look at a story about a very special young man who played hero to his sister by saving her from a vicious dog attack and the outpouring of support from fictional heroes in the entertainment world, not the least of which is Tony Stark himself Robert Downey Jr.Of course we'll wrap with a couple of great Insightful Picks of the Week.
This week's Disney Detective explores the cautious reopening of Downtown Disney in California. We'll also take a look at a rather comedic take on a malfunctioning audio-animatronic in Carousel of Progress. We'll then take a look at an extremely talented 20 year old Tik Tok artist who seems to have captured the attention of a number of notable Disney people.Star Wars Insights explores the rumored future of the franchise. Will Kathleen Kennedy be stepping away from Lucasfilm to pursue her own female-centric production company. This comes from the same source who suggested a radical move by Disney to explain away the sequel trilogy where many fans thing they took the franchise off course. It's an interested set of rumors, innuendo and convenient timing that are combined into some fascinating if not a bit far fetched theories.Entertainment News explores how San Diego Comic-Con will be coming to you at home this year. We'll talk about the recently announced 6th season of the Crown. We'll also take a look at the schedule of Great Performances that PBS will be releasing for us to enjoy a little bit of Broadway at home.We'll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week were we both give our take on the recently released Hamilton on Disney Plus. Another great show!
We're back this week after an unplanned break with a full show. In Disney Detective we talk about the major changes coming the Splash Mountain. Then we'll examine the delays with the previously planned July 17th reopening of Disneyland. We'll finish up with a look at a recent lawsuit victory for Disney regarding accessibility and it's Fast Pass system.Star Wars Insights takes a look at the many pseudonyms of Mark Hamill and his cameos throughout the later Star Wars projects that Disney has undertaken. We'll examine a new book that suggests there was only one Jedi who could have stopped the rise of the Empire. We'll finish up with some wild speculation and some connecting of the dots that suggest Disney might have a way to erase the much maligned sequel trilogy and start over.Entertainment News will talk about a much loved Marvel Cinematic Universe star who will not be making an appearance in the final season of Agents of SHIELD despite the current time traveling story line being a perfect opportunity for the crossover. And Disney World Rival and Comcast owned Universal Orlando plans on moving forward with its Halloween celebration despite Disney's cancellation of their own version of the event in the COVID-19 conditions. Then we'll finish up with a couple of great Insightful Picks of the Week in this Independence Day themed show.  Another great podcast coming at you this week!
This week Disney Detective investigates attempts by unionized Disneyland employees to delay the planned July 9th opening of the park for safety reasons. Disney World cancels all occurrences of the "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2020 due to social distancing concerns. Disney World begins testing a new hand-off security back check at Disney Springs that could revolutionize mass security scans for public facilities.Star Wars Insights will delve into the bad news of Star Wars Celebration 2020's cancellation and when we can expect to see the popular fan convention return. We also take a peak behind the scenes to see what the Adam Driver inspired back story for his character Kylo Ren might have been in a special Father's Day related story.Entertainment News takes a look at a scheduling change and the extension of eligibility window for the 93rd Academy Awards. We'll also explore plans for San Diego Comic-Con to move to a Virtual Convention format free for all to experience the unique event along with exclusive merchandise and much more.We'll wrap up with our Insightful Picks of the Week. This week we'll highlight The Great Debate from Syfy and World War II: Total War on Amazon Prime. Stick around at the end for some after thoughts on upcoming convention news as well.
Disneyland Resort releases details of it's reopening plan starting on July 17th, the parks 65th anniversary. Disney saves another sport, this time Major League Soccer will be housing it's next active tournament at ESPN's Wide World of Sports. And Disney faces backlash over Splash Mountain and it's "Song of the South" based theme.In Entertainment News we take a look at the trademark battle brewing between the United States Space Force and Netflix's Space Force for international merchandising. Then we'll close out the show with two great Insightful Picks of the Week. Michelle will talk about the Amazon Prime documentary "Bettie Page Reveals All'. Joe highlights the Netflix documentary "History 101".
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