Indie Travel Podcast

If you love traveling, you’re going to find today’s featured podcast as a great source of helpful information about traveling coupled with interesting stories of backpacking. Indie Travel Podcast is a show started and hosted by Craig and Linda Martin, two Kiwis who’ve been traveling around the world together since 2006. This is where they share the things they have learned while on the road, not just what you read about in guidebooks.

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What makes their show special is that the tips and the stories you hear aren’t just limited to Craig and Linda’s alone; they find people on the road with interesting stories to tell. After all, Indie Travel Podcast prides itself for being an online home to backpackers, expats, digital nomads and career breakers, so the diversity of the advice makes it ore well-rounded.

The show is not just for avid and experienced travelers but also for people who are just about to go off on their first long travel adventure as well.

The show is featured in Alltop’s travel section AND has also been dubbed as the Best Travel Podcast by Lonely Planet. Now that ought to say a lot about the quality of their show.

Listen to their episode below, which features the best cities to visit in Austria.

You can find their list of episodes in SoundCloud and iTunes.

China Cancels Premiere Of ‘Django Unchained’

Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning film Django Unchained was suddenly pulled from all theaters in China on the day of its premiere, Thursday, following a suspension order issued by its importer China Film Group Corporation citing unspecified technical problems but providing no reason for its decision.

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The film was already being played in some movie theaters, one of them being General Manager Tian Zaixing’s Beichen Fortune Center movie theater in Kunming. Zaixing said that the order to pull out the film’s showing came via phone call from China Film Group at around 10am. This resulted in moviegoers being forced to leave the cinemas during the screening. One viewer mentioned to the media that the movie was stopped only a minute after it even started.

Django Unchained reportedly already had to have some of its scenes cut off just to pass China’s strict censorship that generally removes violence, sex, and political content, which should already rule the reason that it was pulled out because of “unacceptable” content.

However, some speculate that a short scene which contains nudity was the culprit behind the decision to cancel the showing. Others claim that it was the film’s theme of an oppressed minority retaliating at his master that made some people in Beijing uncomfortable.

Meanwhile, calls were also made by the Associated Press to China’s regulatory agency, the State Administration of Radio Film and Television, in order to get some official statement but none of them were accommodated. Even Sony Pictures’ office in China refused to comment on the matter.

‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-Off With Saul Goodman Not Far Off

With the success of AMC’s critically acclaimed hit TV series Breaking Bad coming to a close this summer, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that both the network and the series producer Sony TV are now planning to keep its beloved franchise alive by creating a spin-off. The man who’ll be at the center of it all is none other than the sleazy but nevertheless brilliant criminal lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odinkirk.

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The idea has actually been floating around for awhile as creator Vince Gilligan once mentioned it albeit hypothetically back in July of 2012, saying, “I would love to see a Saul Goodman spin-off. I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law. He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun – I would like that.”

Things are still in its early stages so no deals are yet in place. Although reports point that Gilligan and series writer-producer Peter Gould, who created the Odinkirk’s character, will be the ones at the helm. The project is also rumored to likely be leaning on the comedic side of things if it gets the green light. This too, is only to be expected as Saul after all, served as the TV series’ comic relief.


Film Photography Podcast

Who says film photography is dead and long gone? It’s still very much alive, as a matter of fact, and we’re not just talking about lomography here. Film Photography Project (FPP) is a show founded and hosted by photographer/producer/filmmaker Michael Raso and the goal which he wishes to achieve with it is to expose as many people as he can to the joyous experience he gets from shooting with traditional film cameras.

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Joining him are co-hosts Mat Marrash and John Fedele who both share the same passion as Michael, and together they engage in a discussion, and sometimes even debate, about things that are related to photography. This can be anything from the pros and cons of film formats to D-I-Y techniques, vintage and contemporary cameras and accessories, and even digital technology. Other features of the show also include camera tests and reviews, Book of the Month, guest interviews, Q&A with the listeners, and they even do film-related giveaways (cool)!

FFP runs in a 90-minute format and comes with a new episode every two weeks (on the first and the fifteenth day of the month).

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In their 79th episode
, regular contributors Leslie and Lauren join Michael and Mat as they read lots of listener letters and review the Minolta 9Ti, The Plastic Filmtastic FPP Debonair, the APS Film, and the world’s fastest SLR.
Listen in now, or check out their YouTube and iTunes channels!

Review: ‘Evil Dead’

Fede Alvarez’s attempt to remake Sam Raimi’s cult classic Evil Dead is justified in a way that it didn’t end up being just a mere carbon copy of the original. It’s the kind of remake that differentiates itself enough from the source to be its own movie while still retaining a few things for the fans of the original to enjoy AND still not alienate those who aren’t familiar with the EV series.

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But then again, that’s the very same reason why some hated it in the first place: Alvarez’s Evil Dead can either be a good or bad movie depending on what the viewer is expecting to get out of it. Some fans will also either love or hate the attempts of the film to make certain references about the original.

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Image source: Itsfilm.com

Either way, it’s a pretty gory film and most people who will like it will surely want to see the extended NC17 version (on DVD, that is), which will include the scenes that Fede Alvarez had to cut out just to get it an R-rating. And speaking of missing scenes, one thing I noticed is that there were scenes from the trailer that never even made it in the theatrical release. Weird.

For those who haven’t seen it yet, if you’re a fan of the series I suggest that you stay until after the credits.


Roger Ebert Dies at 70

Renowned film critic Roger Ebert passed away on Thursday according to the Chicago Sun-Times, the paper which Ebert has worked for so many years. The news came just two days after Ebert revealed that his cancer has returned and a day after he announced on his blog that he was going to undergo radiation treatment.

Roger Ebert
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Ebert was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer back in 2002 and later had surgery of the salivary gland which caused him to lose his chin and ability to speak, although he did eventually managed to resume his work in writing and in television. He suffered a hip fracture in December, which led to the discovery of the cancer.

In his essay titled Leave of Presence, which he published on his blog on Tuesday, Ebert stated that he was going to slow down and reduce the number of reviews he wrote. His last words were “I’ll see you at the movies.”

Rest in peace, Roger Ebert. See you at the movies indeed.


School Exams In Norway Yield To Bieber Concert

Several schools in Norway have decided to reschedule their midterm exams in order to avoid conflicting with Justin Bieber’s concert dates. The move was made by the schools for fear that their students might cut class and miss out on the test just to be able to attend the 19-year-old pop star’s scheduled performance.

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Students in one high school in the Alesund region have even successfully petitioned their student council to move the exams at an earlier date, a local TV news reports. With Bieber set to perform on April 16 (Tue) and 17 (Wed), the said school will now hold its exam at an earlier date (April 10 and 11).

Alesund is about an eight hour drive from Oslo, which is where Bieber’s concert will be held. An estimated 500 students is said to be affected by the shift according to the LA Times and as of this writing, five schools have already been confirmed to have made the adjustments (all of which are 230 miles away from Oslo). Justin has even tweeted about the schedule adjustment:

In May of last year, Bieber fever took its toll when it sparked chaos as dozens of teenagers chased the singer’s car in hopes of getting to a free concert that was revealed only at the last minute. The incident resulted in Oslo’s police declaring a state of emergency.

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Image source: The Hollywood Reporter (Bieber fans in Norway May 2012)


Kaijucast Monster Podcast

We still have about a couple of months to go before Guillermo del Toro’s robots vs. monsters flick Pacific Rim comes to theaters on early July, so maybe now might be a good time to introduce you guys to Kyle Yount’s show called Kaijucast, a podcast dedicated to Godzilla and the rest of his fellow rubber-suited foes.

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But before I continue, some of you might be asking, “Why the Pacific Rim reference? Why not Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot on 2014?” And the answer to that is, “Because that’s still about more than a year from now, plain and simple, but you raised a pretty good point nonetheless.” Now that that’s out of the way…

Kaijucast is a program where hardcore Godzilla fan Kyle shares everything that he loves about the franchise such as his favorite music and audio clips from the film, and news reports. There’s also the standard podcast banter and occasional guest interviews. It runs for about an hour, sometimes two, and a new episode is released twice a month.

In this featured episode which aired on March 17, Kyle interviews notable veteran actor Akira Takarada, a Godzilla co-star and a legend in the landscape of giant monsters, during last year’s G-Fest panel. Also featured are some of soundtracks from the films.

In summary, if you love giant monsters, especially if it’s Godzilla, then you’re gonna enjoy listening to Kyle’s Kaijucast.

Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project

If you’re a fan of the Mythbusters, particularly of Adam Savage, then you’ll love his Still Untitled podcast.

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Joining him is Norman Chan and Will Smith (not THAT Will Smith), and together they discuss a wide array of topics ranging from hot-button issues to Adam’s own life experiences about the subject. If you can’t get enough of Adam’s clever comments from their mythbusting TV show then this podcast should be a nice supplement for you.

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The show is actually just one of two podcast shows from Jamie & Adam’s website Tested.com. It comes up with a new episode every Tuesday, and you can watch this featured episode where Adam, Norm, and Will discuss the films that changed the way they look at the world -- from Pulp Fiction to Hellboy to Kill Bill to Raiders of the Lost Ark. Or if you prefer, you can also listen to the podcast via iTunes.

Disney Releases First Footage From ‘Planes’

Disney has just released a new clip online that gives us a sneak peek to their new and upcoming animated film titled Planes, which is sort of a spin-off to Pixar’s Cars back in 2006. The preview shows Bravo and Echo, a couple of jetfighters (F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to be precise, for all you plane aficionados out there) played by Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards respectively, flying above the clouds until they are suddenly interrupted by the main protagonist of the film named Dusty Crophopper played by Dane Cook, a big-hearted and fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history.

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Image source: Pixar.wikia.com

Planes was originally intended to be released as a direct-to-video on DVD and Blu-ray this spring but it was then pushed to Fall (August 9). It was also confirmed that in Europe, the movie will be released in theaters like in some markets in North America. That is according to an interview with Disney’s EMEA VP of toys and stationery Anna Chapman by Toynews-online.

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Image source: Pixar.wikia.com

John Lasseter, who directed Cars and Cars 2, will be one of the producers of the film. Also, only this time it’s under DisneyToon Studios instead of Pixar.


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