From hobbits to mutants to mockingjays: 2014 movie preview

By Ashley Bergner
Box Office Buzz

The year 2015 is already getting a lot of buzz for a multitude of high-profile films — the next Avengers movie, Jurassic Park 4, Batman vs. Superman, the return of James Bond, and (finally!) a new Star Wars movie. However, there are a number of exciting films opening this year too. Here are some of the movies I’m most looking forward to in 2014:

Divergent (March 21)

DIVERGENTBased on a best-selling young adult dystopian sci-fi novel, “Divergent” takes place in a futuristic Chicago where society is divided into five “factions” that each represent a character trait (selflessness, honesty, etc.). Teenagers are required to take an aptitude test supposedly designed to show them which faction they are best suited for. The main character, Beatrice Prior, is born into the selfless faction but learns the results from her aptitude test are inconclusive. She is labeled as “Divergent” — having the traits of several factions — but is warned this label is dangerous, and she is instructed to never tell anyone about her results. Continue reading

Earth Station One Ep 195 – ESO Targets Arrow

Earth Station One Ep 195This week, the ESO crew reaches into their quivers and takes aim at the unexpected TV hit show, Arrow. Mike, Mike, the award-winning author Bobby Nash, Phantom Troublemaker, Drew Leiter, and John McCarthy review the CW series from last year’s impressive pilot to last month’s explosive mid-season finale. We also chat with writer/editor Larry Nemecek about his new Star Trek Stellar Cartography hardcover. Over the years, Larry’s had the pleasure of sitting in a number of Captain’s Chairs, but we find out how his handles The Geek Seat! All this, plus the usual Rants, Raves, Khan Report, and Shout Outs!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: ESO Targets Arrow
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Next on Earth Station One…

Next on ESOESO hits the bullseye.

The ESO crew is taking archery lessons as they prepare to review one of the stations favorite new TV shows as they peel back the hood on CW’s hit series, Arrow. Based on the DC Comics character, Oliver Queen leaps onto the small screen in this hit live action adaptation. And that’s not all. ESO also takes aim with Rants and Raves, Khan Reports, Geek Seats, Shout Outs, and more. It’s another action-packed episode of the Earth Station One podcast.

Are you an Arrow fan? ESO wants to hear from you. Tell us your favorite Arrow memories and thoughts on the show at esopodcast@gmail.com, www.esonetwork.com, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Who knows, we might just share yours on the show.

Earth Station One Episode 194 – John Hughes Is a Righteous Dude

Earth Station One Episode 194This week, the ESO crew travels back to to 80′s to enjoy the works of John Hughes. Mike, Mike, the award-winning author Bobby Nash, and Rebecca Perry leave JD home alone and travel by plane, train, and automobile to celebrate a some kind of wonderful pretty in pink sixteenth birthday party held in a detention hall in Sherman, IL. All in the name of weird science! We also talk to a trio of Mikes, the creative team of Curse of the Vessel, and stuff them all in The Geek Seat! Plus the usual Rants, Raves, and Shout Outs!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: John Hughes Is a Righteous Dude
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Top 10 of 2013: Entertainment year in review

By Ashley Bergner
Box Office Buzz

2013In 2012, “The Avengers” was the king of the box office. It was that one movie everyone was talking about, the one everybody felt they had to see opening weekend, and it ended up near the top of the all-time highest grossing movies list. Although no movie in 2013 rose to quite that same height of buzz or box office intake, overall 2013 was a pretty good year in entertainment. Here are my top 10 favorite movies, TV shows or music albums of 2013, and I’d love to hear what your favorites were this year, as well! :) Continue reading

Earth Station Who Episode 58 – The Time of the Doctor

Earth Station Who Ep 58On Christmas Day 2013, the Eleventh Doctor’s time was up! Mike, Mike, Jen, the Phantom Troublemaker, and guest Josh Wilson sort through their first impressions of the 800th episode of the franchise. Did Moffat and co give us the Christmas present we wished for most, or did we find coal in our stockings? No matter how we felt, it is going to be a long wait until August 2014 when the Peter Capaldi era begins!

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Earth Station Who Episode 57 – The Mind Robber

Earth Station Who Ep 57While they anxiously await “The Time of The Doctor,” the ESW crew decides to take their minds off the impending departure of Matt Smith by taking a trip fantastic with the Second Doctor! Mike, Mike, Jen, the Phantom Troublemaker, and guest Nathan Laws encounter a different kind of Master, white robots, unicorns, minotaurs, sword fighters, and a gentlemanly Gulliver. We see a different face for Jamie and notice a different side of Zoe. Gather round, all you Karkusmaniacs!  It’s time to play “Who’s your birth Doctor?”

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Earth Station Who Amazon.com E-store
ESW on iTunes
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Earth Station One Episode 193 – ESO Reviews The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Earth Station One Ep 193This week, TheOneRing.net’s Rebecca Perry joins Mike, Mike, and the award-winning author Bobby Nash as they return to Middle-Earth to review the middle chapter of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Almost as tough as facing a fire-breathing dragon, Radio Cult founders Ricky and Bambi try to rock themselves out of The Geek Seat! And speaking of dragons, Director Faber makes an awesome announcement! All this, plus Rants, Raves, and Shout Outs!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: ESO Reviews The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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Movie review: Bilbo returns for a grander, more epic adventure in “The Desolation of Smaug”

By Ashley Bergner
Box Office Buzz

399386 KS_New_hobbitAt the end of the first “Hobbit” movie, “An Unexpected Journey,” Bilbo Baggins remarks to Thorin and his band of dwarves that “I do believe the worst is behind us.” Although the travelers have already survived several Orc attacks and a foray into a goblin kingdom beneath the mountains, unfortunately for poor Bilbo the worst is still very much yet to come. Many more dangers lie between them and the Lonely Mountain, where the dwarves hope to reclaim their homeland and their treasure from an ancient, evil dragon.

So far, 2013 has been a year for bigger and better sequels, and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues this trend. While last year’s “An Unexpected Journey” was a fun, lighthearted adventure, “The Desolation of Smaug” draws closer to the epic scope of Peter Jackson’s original “Lord of the Rings” films, which the new Hobbit trilogy will serve as a prequel to. Although the film is almost three hours long, it clips along at a steady pace, including several well-choreographed action set pieces and the highly-anticipated appearance of the titular dragon. Continue reading

Next on Earth Station One..

Next on ESOESO returns to Middle Earth for a review of the new movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Plus, we’ll serve up healthy portions of Rants and Raves, Khan Reports, Geek Seats, Shout Outs, and more. Join us for another mythical episode of the Earth Station One podcast.

Did you see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? ESO wants to hear your thoughts on the movie. Share your movie review with us at esopodcast@gmail.com, www.esonetwork.com, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Who knows, we might just share yours on the show.