Blast Off #30: Black Panther & Captain Marvel lead Marvel’s Movie Rampage on DC

The Team Focus Blast Off is back, with Ernie Estrella making his triumphant return. From The Flash. Arrow, Gotham and Agents of SHIELD to the Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Avengers: Infinity War movies, we’re talking about the comics storm taking place on TV and in Film. How do you think the Film/TV war is stacking up between the two comics publishing behemoths?

Listen to the Team Focus Blast Off #30 with Bags Hooper and Ernie Estrella below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-30.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #29: From Chuck Norris to Chris Evans, here’s Action-Hero Evolved

What do Carl Weathers, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Chuck Norris and Sigourney Weaver have in common?

In Team Focus Blast Off #29, C.A. Huggins and I explore the evolution of the action hero, from 80s action heroes like Sylvester Stallone as Rambo through Chris Evans as Captain America in The Winter Soldier and Avengers franchise.

We’ll talk about the importance of love interests, what makes cool heroes stand out and why great villains and original story arcs are a necessity in the action-hero genre. Also, you’ll find out who C.A. Huggins’ action movie crush was as a kid.

Listen to the Blast Off #29 with C.A. Huggins below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-29.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #28: Cartoon Flashbacks and the Toy Wars they Spawned

The Team Focus Blast Off is back with a special guest, C.A. Huggins, author of Labor Pains.

In Blast Off #28, Huggins and I discuss some of the classic cartoons of yesteryear, legendary toy wars in Brooklyn, comic books (shout out to Larry Hama) and some of the movie adaptations that have killed fond memories of Transformers and G.I. Joe G1.

Huggins also discusses his trick for scoring more G.I. Joe’s than everyone else on the block.

Listen to the Blast Off with C.A. Huggins below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-28.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #27: Yuri Lowenthal takes us on a ‘Ben 10′ Ride

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The Team Focus Blast Off returns with special guest, Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10: Omniverse).

Lowenthal has lent his voice talent to Ben 10, Sasuke Uchiha on Naruto Shippuden and Lagoon Boy on Young Justice.

In this Blast Off, we lament over the loss of Young Justice, talk about cool video games from 2013 like The Last of Us, geek out over rad cartoon merch and dive into our inner superheroes.

Yuri also gives us some insight into his career as a voice talent as well as what it takes to be a producer on his web series, Shelf Life.

Oh, and did I mention he gives us a few hints on what we can expect going into 2014 on Ben 10: Omniverse?

Listen to the Blast Off with Yuri Lowenthal below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-27.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #26: Memoirs of an Invisible Comic Con 2013

The Team Focus Blast Off returns after surviving another Comic Con. We share our highs and lows of NYCC 2013, the absentee presence from DC Comics and discuss some of the hotter independent comics that you’ve been missing out on. We also reminisce about the glory days of NYCC before it was pushed to the Fall season and some of the cooler new Fall TV programs worth checking out in a post Breaking Bad world.

Listen to the Blast Off below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-26.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #25: Unofficial Anniversary with Breaking Bad and some Jesse Pinkman Chatter

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It’s the 25th Team Focus Blast Off and it totally slipped my mind that this is something of an unofficial anniversary – or perhaps milestone – for our podcast. It would have been nice to gather up some of the past guests we’ve chatted with over the course of our inter-galactic-podcasting existence, from Nerdy Secrets guests Ben Schwartz (House of Lies) and Rich Sommer (Mad Men) to mythical legends like Mo Fathelbab and Sean Bell.

But, that’s not the case and you’ll just have to stay tuned for the big Blast Off gala. For now, we’re talking about Breaking Bad and focusing on the tumultuous ups and downs of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

This podcast contains spoilers from Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 12, “Rabid Dog.” You have been warned.

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[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-25.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #24: Holy Heisenberg! Transforming Breaking Bad with a Special Guest

Pandemonium has broken loose. In a very special Team Focus Blast Off, Sean Bell steps in to the ring to make his long anticipated Blast Off debut. This is one for the history books, filled with Transformers talk, random songs, bad singing and of course the topic of the day… Breaking Bad.

After taking a brief pause to reflect on Transformers G1 and all the papier mâché problems of Omega Supreme, we dive into the legend of Lord Heisenberg (Bryan Cranston) and Walter White’s ensuing war with his brother-in-law, Hank (Dean Norris). Also, we explore the enigma of Jesse Pinkman’s (Aaron Paul) million-dollar, cash toss.

This podcast contains full spoilers from Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 9, “Blood Money.” Tread Lightly.

Listen to the podcast below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-24.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #23: Awkward Moments in Superhero, Comic Con Parties, Fall TV & NextGen Consoles

The Team Focus Blast Off podcast is back. Now that the typical lineup of broadcast TV series are on hiatus (can’t wait for more Arrow and Person of Interest in the Fall), it’s time to switch our attention over to Summer TV, San Diego Comic Con and of course the series finales of Dexter and Breaking Bad.

Now that E3 is behind us (our heads still reeling from the Xbox One vs Sony PS4 rivalry), we gear up for Comic Con, while reflecting on some of our favorite superhero flicks.

With superhero on the mind, we dip into Warner Bros’ latest comic book film, Man of Steel. Did this film set the right tone for a Justice League movie? What other DC Comics heroes or teams deserve a solo flick?

We also chat about cool villains, Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and fun parties from Comic Con’s past.

Listen to the podcast below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-23.mp3[/podcast]

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Avengers 2 vs. Marvel Studios – Franchise Future in Limbo

Team Focus discusses the fate of the Avengers franchise of movies as contract negotiations go awry, between actor demands and studio budgets. While most will agree that Robert Downey Jr can’t be replaced, especially following the box office sales of Iron Man 3, Marvel Studios may not be against replacing Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and/or Scarlett Johannsen.

Can Marvel feasibly hold on to Downey Jr and the rest of the cast through Avengers 2 and a subsequent Avengers 3 movie? Team Focus discusses the possibilities in our latest Blast Off.

Listen to the podcast below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/blastoff22-Avengers2VsMarvelStudios.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast off #21: After Earth – The Will Smith Dynasty

Where do you draw the line between creativity and vanity?

Jaden and Will Smith are bringing back the father-son duo in After Earth, from director M. Night Shyamalan. The two made their first tag-team appearance in The Pursuit of Happyness, a true story based on the life of Chris Gardner. Now, they’re back together. But this time, instead of conquering poverty, they’re battling a dystopian Earth filled with rampaging animals and little else. Are you excited yet?

In Blast Off #21, Team Focus explores the finer points of nepotism, bad sci-fi, Shyamalan’s career and the Smith dynasty.

Listen to Blast Off #21: After Earth below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-21-AfterEarth.mp3[/podcast]

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Watch the After Dark trailer below:
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