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Science fiction news and commentary with insight and humor, plus some really terrific short stories.

It's July, which means it is hot and sticky in most of North America (even you Seattle!). What better way to beat the heat than heading out to the theater to catch a flick. But with so much choice, how do you decide where to enjoy the air conditioning? Well, never fear, co-hosts, Deanna Toxopeus and Gary Mitchel are joined by Tegan Hendrickson, Michael Falkner and Nathan Laws to discuss the upcoming goodness.

Our theme music this episode is "Cultists On Board" by the Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, courtesy of Divine Industries.  A reminder about our feedback address: revcast@revolutionsf.com.  What do you think about the secret reveal of Gary being a fembot?

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Back in January, a rumor was started by Conan O'Brien on Twitter that the 1966 Batman TV series, in all it's colorful, campy glory, was going to be released! At that news, RevNews host Gary Mitchel put out the Podcast Signal, and gathered Batfans Michael Gordon and Matt Cowger to discuss this groundbreaking series.

And now that the news is official, and we have a release date, this episode of RevNews has escaped into Gotham to spill all the secrets of the Dynamic Duo! Listen in as our Panel of Prodigious Podcasters discuss the history of the show; its iconic status; what took so long for it to be released; the thorny issues of creator/image rights & the "WKRP" Problem; the Curse of Hi-Def; the importance of Google Safe Search; what they hope will be on the discs; the reactions to the show from fans & in comics; the link between grandmothers & Batman; "Serious" Batman vs "Campy" Batman; and the Lone Ranger/Green Hornet/Batman connection. Our theme music this episode is "20 Minutes of Oxygen" by Darkest of the Hillside Thickets courtesy of Divine Industries.Inc.

A reminder about our feedback address: revcast@revolutionsf.com. What's in your utility belt?

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E3 has come and gone! Yay! We're getting a new Assassin's Creed game! Yay! You can't play a female character in multiplayer in it! Wait, what? This news has caused a flurry of discussions about women gamers, female & minority representation in gaming, and more. To sort through all these thorny issues, RevNews host Gary Mitchel has gathered together Geek Gaming Gurus Mark Finn, Tegan Hendricksonand newcomer to the RevNews, Scott Clark from The Hollywood Outsider! Listen in as they discuss Mark's disdain for twitch gamers stabbing each other in the head; the role of women in AC before now & Ubisoft's success in the past dealing with gender/racial issues; the perception of gaming as a "boy's club" & where this mistaken belief may have originated; Gary makes Tegan speak for her generation; Mark, Gary & Tegan's love for FemShep from Mass Effect; the role that we all need to play in these discussions, no matter our race or creed; Mark, Tegan and Scott's love of Assassin's Creed: Black Flag; and the importance of games in what they can do that other forms of entertainment can't.

Our theme music this episode is "20 Minutes of Oxygen" by Darkest of the Hillside Thickets courtesy of Divine Industries.Inc. A reminder about our feedback address: revcast@revolutionsf.com. What's your cool 80's Hair Metal name?

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June has come and gone, but we have not forgotten it.  In fact, this episode is our look at the June moveis before they came out!  Our co-hosts Deanna Toxopeus and Gary Mitchel are joined by Michael Emond to look at what Hollywood is offering to celbrate the beginning of summer. They have a wide ranging discussion including what makes something funny, why Pixar is doing sequels, an anti-DC rant and Gary gets a lesson in Canadian place names.  THere is a lot going on, so settle in with your favourite lemonade like drink and enjoy.

Our theme music this episode is "Cultists On Board" by the Darkes of the Hillside Thikets, courtesy of Divince Industries.  A reminder about our feedback address: revcast@revolutionsf.com. What would be the Canadian Transformer: a zamboni or a beer truck?

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MAY!  It's Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the US.  It's the beginning of summer for summer.  Which means the ice is finally melting in Canada.  Because the weather is so nice, Hollywood saves its extra special stuff to lure us into the theater.  To this end, our co-hosts Deanna Toxopeus and Gary Mitchel gather up Michael Falkner, Tegan Hendrickson, Nathan Laws and newcomer to our merry band, authot Dan Haight to discuss the possible choices for the month.  

And there is so much going on here!  The mere mention of Brian Blessed changes our opinion of a movie! Our podcaster comes up with yet another brilliant idea - the League of Extraordinary Serial Killers (Hollywood, call us!).  And we nominate the third patron saint of the podcast.

In fact there was so much going on that this is a longish podcast. Which is part of the reason it is late.  The other is some technical issues that took a long time to clean up.

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Once more, millions of fans are crying out in terror, as hundreds of books, games and movies are suddenly silenced! Yes, Disney has announced that the Star Wars Expanded Universe is no longer cannon! What does this mean? What are they thinking? Why did this happen?

RevNews host Gary Mitchel has gathered a Geek Council of Tegan Hendrickson and The Phantom Troublemaker to discuss the history of the Expanded Universe, the implications of this announcement, what they would all like to see in the future and more!

 

Listen in as Tegan reveals her love of the shenanigans in "The Courtship of Princess Leia"; Gary and Phantom's desire for Star Wars Land; Chewbacca as Star Wars' weird hairy uncle; Phantom's excellent points on fan fic; Which EU book is a space opera romance with Fabio; and The Dark Times of the Internet.

Our theme music this episode is "20 Minutes of Oxygen" by Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, courtesy of Divine Industries.Inc.

 

A reminder about our feedback address: revcast@revolutionsf.com. Do you miss Bea Arthur being cannon?

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Last year we did an Indie Podcast, but we had WAY MORE to say, so our hosts Deanna Toxopeus and Gary Mitchel invited Mark Finn, Nathan Laws and Michael Gordon to talk about Indie and his movies. There are lots of inside secrets and interesting discussion. In fact there is so much in here, this is only the first part. So come and join us for Part II.1 of our Raiders discussion.

Our theme music this episode is "Cultists On Board" by Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, courtesy of Divine Industries. A reminder about our feedback address: revcast@revolutionsf.com. How much Indi is too much Indi?

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Last year we did an Indie Podcast, but we had WAY MORE to say, so our hosts Deanna Toxopeus and Gary Mitchel invited Mark FinnNathan Laws and Michael Gordon to talk about Indie and his movies.  There are lots of inside secrets and interesting discussion.  In fact there is so much in here, this is only the first part.  So come and join us for Part II.1 of our Raiders discussion.

Our theme music this episode is "Cultists On Board" by Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, courtesy of Divine Industries. A reminder about our feedback address: revcast@revolutionsf.com. How much Indi is too much Indi?

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Presenting RevNews' final look back at 2013, the Year in Movies! Listen in as our gathering of film fans,Gary Mitchel,Deanna Toxopeus andTegan Hendickson review the genre movies that came out last year; what they thought would be good, and then holding their feet to the fire about if they were right or not.

 

Also covered is Gary and Deanna's abiding (perhaps *too* abiding) fondness of Michael Falkner (who was unable to join in on this episode's fun) & Tegan; the solution for a new place for everyone to send the RevCast's hatemail as WhatTheCast has folded; Nick Cage's need to embrace his inner crazy; and what extreme measures it takes to make Deanna to actually want to watch a Shatner movie!

 

And beware of SPOILERS, as they cover all the movies in the depth they deserve.

Our theme music this episode is "20 Minutes of Oxygen" by Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, courtesy of Divine Industries.Inc. A reminder about our feedback address: revcast@revolutionsf.com. Do you think that Michael needs to get a restraining order against Deanna & Gary?

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Booze!  It is something that seems to permiate all of genre fiction. From Metaphor to Comic Relief, it exists myriad of forms.  Our co-hosts Deanna Toxopeus and Gary Mitchel sit down with Tegan Hendrickson to discuss how alcohol is used in various works of genre.  They get deep at some points, and downright silly at others.  It is the RevCast after all.

Some of the places that we mentioned in our rundown of bars (the ones with some kind of Internet presence).

Hobbit Pub

AFK Tavern

Geiger Bar

Dernier Bar Avant La Fin de la Monde

Way Station Brooklyn

Zaphod Beeblebrox

Lovecraft Bar

Science Pub

Ground Kontrol

Bilbo Baggins Alexandria

Our theme music this episode is "Cultists On Board" by Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, courtesy of Divine Industries. A reminder about our feedback address: revcast@revolutionsf.com. Did Gary give you rum at Dragon*Con? Tell us about it!

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