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The Shazam/Isis Podcast: Episode 9 - An Interview with Michael Gray

We present a new interview in our series with those who were a part of making it happen.  And this time around, we have the man himself, Michael Gray, who played Billy Batson on Shazam! Michael talks with us about his career, his time on Shazam! including his favorite episodes, his dealing with typecasting and how it is so different for actors playing hero types today, and his comeback starting with an appearance on Archer.

It's all here and we want to hear from you on what you think of the episode.  Write us as ShazamIsisPodcast@gmail.com.


 

 


Good looks and a couple of television roles helped to give actor Michael Gray many years in between and on the covers of Tiger Beat magazine. Born in Chicago, Michael moved to Florida when he was a young boy.

 

He caught the acting bug in high school, and eventually made his way to Hollywood.  In 1972, Michael won the role of Ronnie on the NBC series The Little People, a charming sitcom that starred Brian Keith as a pediatrician with a practice on Oahu, Hawaii.  The series was reworked for the second season and retitled The Brian Keith Show, and Michael was let go.

 

Signed to a management deal with Charles Laufer, pubisher of "Tiger Beat," Michael was able to keep a high profile while rounding up other acting roles. Michael's second series came in 1974, when he was cast in his signature role, as Billy Batson on the Saturday morning series Shazam.  The series ran for 3 years but was then cancelled due to increasing production costs.

 

Some of Michael's other credits include:

Life with Father                  Entertainment Tonight

Room 222                            MTV's  - I Love the 70's

The Brady Bunch               E Television, Life After Stardom

Marcus Welby M.D.           The Rretro Radio Live Show

The Flying Nun                  VH1 - Superheros, Where Are

Dynasty                                          They Now?

 

Although Michael Gray had all the tools one would expect to be necessary to build a sturdy career, due to type casting it became harder for him to make a living at his craft.

 

The ever youthful Michael Gray is happily married and living in Northern California. He is currently writing a book about his life in Hollywood.

 

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DOCTOR OF THE DEAD 45: IZOMBIE S01E07 S01E08 S01E09 PLUS THE WALKERS AMONG US, THE SIXTH GUN, MAGGIE

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Three – count ‘em! – episodes of iZOMBIE are on the agenda in this packed episode! Join Arnold and Scott as they go into full-on zombie mode to talk about “Maternity Liv,” “Dead Air,” and “Patriot Brains!”

PLUS: We discuss the new zombie fandom documentary THE WALKERS AMONG US, the upcoming Kickstarter for THE SIXTH GUN “weird western” RPG authored by our own Scott Woodard, and the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Abigail Breslin zombie film, MAGGIE!

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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iZOMBIE on The CW

THE WALKERS AMONG US

THE SIXTH GUN Kickstarter on the way

MAGGIE Trailer

NIGHTMARE CITY on Indiegogo

The Batcave Podcast: Episode 38 - "The Joker's Last Laugh/The Joker's Epitaph"

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Aired February 15/16, 1967

The Joker returns to Gotham City with a scheme to take over one of the major financial institutions of the metropolis.  And he's engaged the services of a group of unusual goons to help him - a group of robots.  These robots are stronger and faster than the Dynamic Duo, but they're also mute, save for Mister Glee.  This gives Josie, the moll, more of a role in this episode.  And as all this is going on, Batman schemes to thwart Joker, but his plan backfires and he finds that he's placed Bruce Wayne in financial and mental jeopardy.

 

Joining John to discuss this episode is longtime Batman 66 fan, Robert Long.

 

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Robert Long is a full time graphic designer and independent filmmaker.  As a first generation Batman syndication kid, he manages the 1966-68 Batman Television Series Group on Facebook.  He has had the pleasure to meet and work with Adam West and Julie Newmar with various projects in the past.  Visit Robert's production company - Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking to learn more about it.

SciFi Diner: Rewind Ep. 249 - Avengers: Age of Ultron (Spoilers Galore)

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Welcome to the SciFi Diner's Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

Tonight we discuss the highly anticipated movie Avenger's: Age of Ultron and boy do we we spoil the heck out of it.  We blame Jim (mostly) who joined up from the Dune Saga Podcast and the Babylon Project Podcast.  We discuss the entire experience: from where we saw it, to the trailers that played before, and then walk through the entire movie scene by scene.


Age of Ultron: Synopsis

 

When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.


Generations Geek: Episode 31 - The Spider-Men

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Episode 31, The Spider-Men

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter talk about four versions of Spider-Man, starting with the 1977 made-for-TV movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Nicholas Hammond as the web slinger. Then they move on to three more recent incarnations: Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and Drake Bell’s animated Ultimate Spider-Man.

Segments

Intro :30

Dedication

The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)

Spider-Man (2002)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)

Final Thoughts

 

The Shazam/Isis Podcast: Episode 8 - "The Treasure"

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Treasure hunters are raiding the lands belonging to Native Americans of their buried artifacts.  A young Native American feels he can handle the situation alone as he doesn't trust law officials, but will he go to far to stop the thieves from taking, "The Treasure"?

This episode has a great deal of ties to the seventies as the struggles of the Native American were finally being recognized in American television.  No longer were we seeing the Native American as the Indian, the enemy of the cowboy, but rather as a group of displaced people looking to be recognized and respected.  But does the episode hold up?  John and Richard discuss this and more on a new episode of the podcast.

It's all here and we want to hear from you on what you think of the episode.
Write us as ShazamIsisPodcast@gmail.com.

Moral

“The desert and traditions of other people have much to teach us and must be preserved for future generations to see and to know."

Guest Cast

Ruben Moreno as Chief Adam

John Linton as Johnny

Allen G. Norman as Jed

Will Seltzer as Artie

 

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The HTD Express: #33 - Science, Archeology And Grace: An Interview With Simon Guerrier

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Here's how Tim describes this episode:

"Trying to tackle the subject of real-life science in a fantasy series as varied and long-running as Doctor Who is no easy task. But Simon Guerrier and his colleague Dr. Marek Kukula have risen to the challenge. “The Scientific Secrets Of Doctor Who” blends new fiction while tracing the role of science in the show’s history. Sometimes the science in Doctor Who is dubious but sometimes there’s examples of brilliance accidentally come true by the wildest of ideas. And of course, science has served as inspiration to the show’s many writers.

Simon Guerrier is multi-published author of Doctor Who fiction, writer and producer of Big Finish audio stories, notably the Bernice Summerfield adventures, contributes both fiction and non-fiction to many publications and has even made a few films with his brother Thomas. He and I have whiled many hours talking the wonderful world of Doctor Who. This interview explores the show’s history but also the nuts and bolts of putting together a project as ambitious as “The Scientific Secrets Of Doctor Who." Enjoy."

 

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The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who will be released June 4th:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Scientific-Secrets-Doctor-Who/dp/0062386964

Don’t take our word for it. The book is already getting great reviews:

http://www.cultbox.co.uk/reviews/books-a-cds/the-scientific-secrets-of-doctor-who-book-review

For more on Big Finish and their wide range of stories:

www.bigfinish.com

You can find Simon online here:

https://twitter.com/0tralala

Simon & Thomas’ movie can be found here:

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/cleaning-up-download-957

Simon’s Headshot by Lisa Bowerman:

http://lisabowerman.com/

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Presenting the Transcription Feature: THE PEPSODENT SHOW STARRING BOB HOPE and THE SCREEN GUILD THEATER

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Bob Hope starred in every form of Twentieth Century entertainment – from vaudeville to radio to movies to television.  In this episode of The Bob Hope Show (for Pepsodent) we get a visit from baseball great Dizzy Dean and a performance of the kooky novelty tune “Alexander is a Swoose.”  Then the Screen Guild Theater presents an adaptation of Ramona – the 1936 film, which was based on the famed pageant, which is, in turn, based on the 1884 novel by Helen Hunt Jackson.  One of the founding myths of Old California, it tells the romantic but ultimately tragic tale of a half-Native American girl who gives up life on the rancho to marry a fellow Indian.

Episodes

The Pepsodent Show Staring Bob Hope

“Guest:  Dizzy Dean”

March 11, 1941

5:03


The Screen Guild Theater

“Ramona”

April 30, 1945

38:35


The Weekly Podioplex: May 12, 2015

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron continues to dominate the box office.  But will the next two weeks of movie releases offer something that can stop this blockbuster's momentum?  Michael Falkner has this and two weeks worth of DVD releases on a double-sized episode of The Weekly Podioplex.

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Weekly Podioplex Notes for May 5, 2015

Introduction

Opening Clip: Mad Max: Fury Road


Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Avengers: Age of Ultron [Second Week]
#2 – Hot Pursuit
#3 – The Age of Adaline [Even]
#4 – Furious 7 [-2]
#5 – Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 [-1]
#6 – Ex Machina [+1]

 

#7 – Home [-2]
#8 – Woman in Gold [+2]
#9 – Cinderella [-3]
#10 – Unfriended [-2]

(New Release) [Change]

Tops From the Past

 

2010 – Shrek Forever After
2005 – Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
1995 – Die Hard with a Vengeance
1985 – Code of Silence
1975 – The Day of the Locust

Box Office Premieres for the week of May 15th, 2015

Wide

Mad Max: Fury Road – [R]

Pitch Perfect 2 – [PG-13]


Limited

I’ll See You in My Dreams – [PG-13]

Good Kill – [R]

The Connection – [NR]

Set Fire to the Stars – [NR]

Where Hope Grows – [PG-13]

The Film Critic – [NR]


Box Office Premieres for the week of May 22nd, 2015

Wide

Tomorrowland – [PG]

Poltergeist – [PG-13]


Limited

When Marnie Was There – [PG]

Aloft – [R]

Chocolate City – [R]

The Farewell Party – [NR]

Sunshine Superman – [NR]


Home Entertainment for the week of May 12th, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

Blackhat – [R]

Mortdecai – [R]

Still Alice – [PG-13]

The Cobbler – [PG-13]

Tracers – [PG-13]


TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Battlestar Galactica: The Remastered Edition (1978-1980)

Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Edition (1978-1980)

The Colbys: The Complete Series (1985-1987)

The Wild Wild West: The Complete Series (1965-1969)


Blu-Rays From the Past

Jamaica Inn (1939) – [Passed]


Home Entertainment for the week of May 19th, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

American Sniper – [R]

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – [R]

Leviathan – [R]


TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Orange is the New Black: Season Two (2014)

Beauty and the Beast: Season Two (2014)

NewsRadio: The Complete Series (1995-1999)


Blu-Rays From the Past

 

The Rose (1979) – [R]


Podcast Promo

 

Techno Retro Dads

 

TechnoRetro Dads share the fandom and fun of their youth with their families as they build a bridge from the past to the future through the time spent with their kids in the present. Join JediShua and shazbazzar as they reminisce about the past while exploring the future of some of their favorite science fiction and fantasy properties of their youth. Listen in to discussions about the movies, music, games, and comics of the 70s and 80s as they share the days of their youth with their own kids in a positive, family-friendly atmosphere. If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just fondly remember the sci-fi/fantasy properties of the 70s and 80s, then this podcast is for you!


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Mighty Movie's Temple of Bad: INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES

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The good often travels along with the bad. The good in this case: Yours truly has made the move to the lovely city of Philadelphia, a process that led to the extended delay of this episode. The bad: the film we’re discussing, of course. The SF-comedy Invasion of the Star Creatures tries to mimic the slapped-together-fast-n-cheap success of Little Shop of Horrors — with Horrors star Jonathan Haze stepping into the role of screenwriter — but pretty much blows everything it attempts, most prominently any attempt at humor (unless you think grievously stereotyped Native Americans and a subterranean rewrite of an old Scooby-Doo chase gag repeated ad nauseum are downright high-larious).

Come join Andrea Lipinski, Kevin Lauderdale, Orenthal V. Hawkins, and myself, Dan Persons, as we explore why, if the alien invasion does come, we’re hoping it’s the face-huggers that get to us first.

NEXT EPISODE: We go into space to endure the terrors, and the bad acting, of Journey to the Seventh Planet.

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WCRS Radio Stage: "Hit and Running"

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Welcome to a new audio drama anthology series here on The Chronic Rift Network!  David Binkley is the producer and director of the WCRS Radio Stage program.  He has always loved old radio dramas so in 2000 when Written Communications Radio Service, a radio reading service for the blind, took their studios to digital he started preparing scripts that could relive those thrilling days of yesteryear. He assembled friends and volunteers and they laid down the voice tracks with sound effects and music inserted in post production.

The thought was to produce a half hour drama a month.  An ambitious goal considering that there was NEVER a regular radio drama series EVER broadcast out of Akron, Ohio.  Over the next twenty-four months they were able to produce twenty-two stories,  After that they put together an occasional story - mostly at Christmas.

Series creator David Binkley offers a psychological thriller when he explores the mind of the person who is involved in a hit and run incident in the story, "Hit and Running".  Keep an ear out for WCRS host Joe Callie as he plays the lead role in this story.


The Marvel Cinematic Universe Review 2: PODCAST WITHOUT FEAR! – GUEST: JAMIE HARI, MARVEL.WIKIA.COM

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In our second episode, host Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, the “MCU guru” and professor of the world’s first MCU college course at the University of Baltimore, is joined by founder of the Marvel and DC Database projects, Jamie Hari! On the agenda:

DAILY BUGLE HEADLINES

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Premiere
ANT-MAN Trailer
SPIDER-MAN “Renew Your Vows”

IN THE BULLPEN

DAREDEVIL and the Netflix corner of the MCU

CLASS NOTES FROM THE UB MCU COURSE

GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED!

SHOW MUSIC

“6 Seconds to Die!” by Ian Alex Mac

‘NUFF SAID!

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The Batcave Podcast: From the Files of the Batcomputer 13 - The Batmobile

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Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension joins John to discuss the Caped Crusaders' aide in the war on crime, the Batmobile.  In this special episode, the two look briefly at its origins, its role as a parter of the two, memorable moments, merchandising, the Batman 66 comic, and personal experiences with the vehicle.  Plus, they announce the winners of the East Coast Comic Con prize package giveaway.

 


 

The Chronic Rift Spotlight: Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor

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We finally pick up our look at each of the actors to play the role of the Doctor on the long running British series, Doctor Who.  This time around, we're looking at the seven year run of Tom Baker.  We're talking his early years, his companions, his reluctance to be involved in Whodom for so many years and then his explosion in audio and on TV.  It's all here, hosted by Keith DeCandido with John S. Drew sitting in as guest joined by Gary Mitchel of the Revcast and the American Sci-Fi Classics Track at DragonCon.  Get your jelly babies ready as we set the TARDIS controls to the 70s and discuss Tom Baker!

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THE G2V PODCAST: 29: LEONARD NIMOY 1931-2015

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There are no words to express the loss felt by so many around the world at the passing of actor, artist, and immortal icon Leonard Nimoy on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the age of 83. Universally known as the cooly logical Mr. Spock from STAR TREK, Nimoy made his mark on our culture in countless ways beyond his most memorable role. Join Scott and Arnold for an all-too-brief but heartfelt tribute to the man that lived long and prospered, and in doing so changed all of our lives for the better. As always, we welcome all feedback at contact@g2vpodcast.com or on our Facebook page!

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