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Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind Fan Effect are connoisseurs of categories surpassing the nerdy. Brilliant opinions and commentary on all things geek, but surprising knowledge and witty arguments over pop culture, Star Trek, MARVEL vs DC, and a wide range of movies and TV shows. Andy Farnsworth and most of his co-hosts and guests live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

Hollywood voiceover star Rob Paulsen talks Animaniacs, TMNT and the time he voiced Tom Cruise's kisses   (08:57)9-16-2021
Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Hollywood voiceover star Rob Paulsen ahead of his appearance at FanX Salt Lake as a featured guest in September, and the release of season two of Animaniacs on Hulu in November. Rob is best known for being the voice of Yakko Warner on...
Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Families have good choices for feel-good flicks this—SQUIRREL!!!   (06:46)9-10-2021
Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of September 10, 2021. This weekend families and grownups have some good choices for flicks to watch, from a remake of a memorable 80s/90s TV show, more adventures from Pixar's favorite talking d...
Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Labor Day Weekend has a load of ‘Worth’-while content to watch from ‘Shang-Chi’ to ‘Only Murders in The Building’   (06:36)9-4-2021
Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of September 3,  2021. Labor Day Weekend is here and Marvel has one more blockbuster to wrap up the Summer season with ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.’ The exciting and surprisin...
Megaplex Monthly Check-in: September 2021 - Who is ready for Fall films & FanX fun?   (59:11)9-3-2021
The Summer might be waning, but we are all heated up over the movies and events coming up in September 2021! Not only do we get films like “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” at the Megaplex Theatres, but we get to (finally) experience Utah’s biggest pop-culture and...
Cosplayers have fun and win big at the FanX Cosplay Games!   (45:04)9-1-2021
FanX is almost here! Guests are already getting excited and for those brave enough to throw on a costume and go on a scavenger hunt, they are even winning multi-day passes! On the last Saturday of August, Fan Effect host KellieAnn Halvorsen was joined FanX’s Ro Malaga and numer...
FanX founder Dan Farr dishes out details of the 2021 mega event   (42:20)8-27-2021
FanX is back, and bigger and better than ever! When the worldwide coronavirus pandemic canceled FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention in 2020, organizers promised to be back ready for an even greater Xperience in 2021. Now the comic and pop culture event is poised to deliver in less th...
It’s fun and fantasy at the Utah Renaissance Faire! Featuring Utah Valley Fine Arts Council’s Joseph Smith   (45:13)8-26-2021
At the 2021 Utah Renaissance Faire, families and fans are excited to gather outdoors and escape from our modern hustle-and-bustle to a simpler day of food, entertainment, and maybe a mermaid or two. Taking place at Thanksgiving Point the final weekend of August, guests can sample...
Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Three PAWsitive films to Reminisce about this weekend   (12:50)8-20-2021
Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of August 20, 2021. From a family-friendly feature film based on a beloved toddler tv series to a stunning sci-fi film noir team-up of Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson, there are three good movi...
Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: A fun and funny“Free Guy” should be at the top of your watchlist!   (08:55)8-13-2021
Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of August 13, 2021. After ages of delays, “Free Guy” is the fun and funny movie we need right now. Ryan Reynolds carries the movie with his wide-eyed innocence, likeability, and humor. The st...
Megaplex Monthly Check-in: August  2021 - Beat the heat with a cinema treat!   (33:36)8-7-2021
In Utah we smashed heat records in both June and July 2021, now in August as the heatwave continues, the Megaplex Theatres continues to provide a place of refuge from the sun’s sweltering waves. At the Megaplex, you can enjoy wonderfully chilling air conditioning, buttery popco...
Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: “The Suicide Squad” for hardcore fans and “Vivo” for families   (09:06)8-6-2021
Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of August 6, 2021. After the painful flop of DC Comics & Warner Bros Pictures “Suicide Squad” in 2016, the studios decided to reboot the concept with a different and highly successful Marvel ...
Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: A ‘Jungle Cruise’ ride adaption, the intriguing story of ‘Stillwater,’ or artistic ‘The Green Knight.”   (12:46)8-3-2021
Host Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of July 30, 2021. He has a lot of options coming to the box office from the star-studded (and covid delayed) Jungle Cruise based on the beloved Disney Parks classic ride, to the intriguing s...
A deep dive into Space Jam: A New Legacy; Is the sequel a slam dunk or massive disappointment?   (10:11)7-29-2021
Is the Space Jam sequel a slam-dunk or massive disappointment? You have already heard host Andy Farnsworth review in a past podcast episode, now it’s host KellieAnn Halvorsen’s turn to deep-dive into Space Jam: A New Legacy along with two local fans. KellieAnn was introduced ...
Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Jamin’ to a Space Jam sequel and an irreverent tv musical series   (10:00)7-16-2021
Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV's morning show to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of July 16, 2021.  In this episode of Fan Effect, we merge Andy’s full review of the big movie of the week ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy,’ with the TV segment to give ...
Marvel movies are back with ‘Black Widow’ and weaving a spell on the Fan Effect crew   (34:57)7-16-2021
The long wait is finally over for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After two drought-filled years, fans have a new Marvel film to consume and this time the star is none other than the Avengers original heroine, Black Widow. Today on the Fan Effect Podcast host Andy Farnswor...
Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: Will ‘Tomorrow War’ hold up to the Sci-fi films of the past?   (04:43)7-2-2021
Amazon’s ‘The Tomorrow War’ moved from a Christmas theatrical release to its current streaming Independence Day weekend release due to the complications of the COVID pandemic. Switching up the timing of the release seems appropriate as the science fiction film includes a l...
Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review:  Does the 'Boss Baby' sequel be the boss of the box office?   (03:57)7-2-2021
Dreamworks 2017 animated film The Boss Baby took audiences, and the box office, by surprise with its family-friendly message and kid-friendly imagination. The film has spun off into a series on Netflix and now a big-budget sequel, The Boss Baby: Family Business, reaching theate...
Megaplex Monthly Check-in: July 2021 - Summer movie magic is back!   (33:08)7-2-2021
Summer is here and Fan Effect hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen are excited about Summer blockbusters! Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed around the release dates of some of the most anticipated movies in our favorite genres. Finally, in July 2021...
Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: Does "F9" stand up to the 'Fast & Furious' legacy?   (06:13)6-25-2021
The latest sequel in the 'Fast & Furious' saga is now in theaters, but does 'F9' stand up to the film series legacy? Andy reviews the latest chapter of this action-packed, stunt-filled, car and pulse-racing film. While fans are sure to flock to the feature, what are the drawbacks...
Two Utah Lego moms are proving they are Lego Masters on TV!   (48:18)6-22-2021
As the LEGO movie’s iconic song says "Everything Is AWESOME!!!" for American Fork, Utah friends Jennifer Smart and Susan Earls. These mothers turned wanna-be LEGO Masters can currently be seen battling fellow enthusiasts on Season 2 of Fox’s “LEGO Masters” for the coveted...
‘In the Heights’ adaptation is a vibrant tapestry of interwoven dreams, infectious energy, and cinematic appeal; Guested by Hale Center Theatre’s Bobby Gibson   (23:33)6-11-2021
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning original Broadway hit is now set to be this summer’s runaway blockbuster hit. “In the Heights” is now in theaters and on HBO Max for audiences' enjoyment. The stunning adaptation boasts a diverse cast of characters living in the northern...
Hale Center Theatre’s Bobby Gibson on the theatrical life and the just-announced 2022 season   (58:58)6-9-2021
The theatre is not for everyone, but others take their seats in an audience one day and never truly leave. Today, host KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined by one such individual. Bobby Gibson is a projection designer & content creator for the award-winning Hale Center Theatre in Sandy,...
Deep dive into Disney “Cruella’s” design, drama, and division with Pop Knowledge Blog’s Natalie Mollinet   (03:05)6-7-2021
Disney has dived back into the vault to make another live-action villain turned hero retake. This time the star is none other than the dastardly, and stylish, Cruella de Vil, with her coming-of-age story amid London’s fashion scene in the 1970s. While some might questio...
Audiences continue to be held in quiet suspense in ‘A Quiet Place Part II’   (03:24)6-4-2021
After a long year of coronavirus-related delays, the long-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed suspense horror A Quiet Place has now been brought to big-screen theaters, and only big-screen theaters, in a terrifyingly good film experience. A Quiet Place 2 holds a sc...
Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review:  The Emmas shine in Disney’s colorful ‘Cruella’   (05:19)6-2-2021
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the latest live-action Disney villain turned hero film, this time tackling the wicked fashionista icon herself, “Cruella.” The revisioning of the evil character places a young Estella/Cruella, played by Emma Stone, in England...
Happy 'Halfway to Halloween' with the Fear Factory   (33:33)5-20-2021
For many people Halloween is more than just a holiday, It's a way of life! They find ways of celebrating the tricks-and-treats of the spooky season all year round; from Summerween to Halloweek, and even in our current month of May with Halfway to Halloween. Fan Effect host, and a...
Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: Star Wars: The Bad Batch   (05:25)5-5-2021
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the new DisneyPlus series, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” Disney celebrated Star Wars Day with fanfare, merchandise sales, and a new addition to the Star Wars saga, the ‘Bad Batch’ is an animated series that follows the...
Star Wars Day Special 2021: Four local fan clubs to help you celebrate!   (46:41)5-4-2021
Star Wars Day is finally here! And with the coronavirus pandemic finally starting to wane, fans are ready to get back to exploring the worlds they love with the people outside of their household. Today on the Fan Effect Podcast host KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined by local Star...
Megaplex Monthly Check-in: May 2021 - Let’s get back to the movies!   (43:35)5-1-2021
Do you know what we've missed the most since the pandemic started? Going and just seeing a movie in the theater! We may have been to a few, but the full-blown movie experience is a thing hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen are excited to get back to as the COVID pandem...
Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: “Tom Clancy's Without Remorse” & “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”   (08:05)4-30-2021
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews two films making their big debuts on streaming platforms this weekend for home audience; “Tom Clancy's Without Remorse” & “The Mitchells vs. the Machines.”  One is bringing some hilarious, family fun to your home sc...
Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review ‘Mortal Kombat’: The video game franchise is back and bloody on the big-screen   (04:59)4-26-2021
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the latest video game turned silver screen movie “Mortal Kombat.” The groundbreaking arcade game has transformed a lot over the past 30 years, and already has had two films based on the franchise, but this R-rated modern ...
Inside Jurassic Quest! The dinosaur drive-thru comes to Utah   (15:43)4-22-2021
Have you ever wanted to come face-to-face with a tyrannosaurus rex? From April 23-May 9, 2021, at the USANA Health Sciences Amphitheatre in West Valley City, you will get a chance. Well, Bumper-to-bumper at least. When Jurassic Quest’s Drive-Thru dinosaur safari rolls, or...
Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review:  ‘Godzilla Vs Kong’ Is best seen on the big screen   (04:34)4-4-2021
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the larger than life ‘Godzilla Vs Kong. ’ These two titular titans face each other once more in this epic movie in their cinematic Monsterverse. Audiences get another larger-than-life battle between the two, and this time it look...
Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: “The Courier” & “Zack Snyder’s Justice League"   (08:05)3-22-2021
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Courier” and ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League.’ It’s been said that “the door of history turns on small hinges,” and that is nowhere more evident than the story told in “The Courier,” a ...
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Author Jeff Kinney talks Scary Stories, a New Animated Series and Why His Picture Isn't on His Books   (26:44)3-19-2021
When you sell 250,000,000 of your books, it's hard to believe you can stay relatively anonymous.  But Jeff Kinney, author of the mega-popular "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series of books and movies, manages to pull off that feat--for the most part. In this episode, Kinney joins Fan Ef...
Andy's KSL-TV  Mini-Review: Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is something for the whole family   (04:15)3-5-2021
In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews Disney’s latest release, ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ on KSL-TV. In the midst of the (hopefully) waning pandemic, Disney is bringing their latest animated feature to both the movie theaters and their DisneyPlus streaming service ...
Dan Farr announces E.T. star Henry Thomas as FanX 2021 guest!   (32:02)3-5-2021
American actor and musician, Henry Thomas, best known for his breakout role as Elliott in Steven Spielberg’s film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, is the next big guest announcement coming to FanX 2021 this September! FanX founder and producer Dan Farr joins host Andy Farnsworth to ...
Dan Farr on the first big guest announcement of FanX 2021!   (48:38)1-8-2021
It is official, FanX 2021 has announced their first big guests for the Salt Lake Comic Convention this September. While the global pandemic postponed the 2020 event, FanX founder and producer Dan Farr is excitedly planning a party like no other this year! He joins host Andy Farns...
Star Wars finally has another holiday special and this time it’s Lego!   (46:21)12-22-2020
What happens when the cuteness of legos meets the horrifying 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special? We get the new hybrid of Star Wars parody that is The Lego Holiday Star Wars Special. The show, released on Life Day 2020 on DisneyPlus, is a family-friendly comedic jumble of time-travel...
Happy belated Birthday! Getting to know Andy Farnsworth Fandoms   (55:57)11-16-2020
In this special edition of Fan Effect, we get to know a bit more about our host, Andy Farnsworth, as a belated birthday gift to our listeners. What sparked his love of all things fandom? What is his opinion are the elements that make for a magnificent movie? What is his vision fo...
Fear Effect: Fan Effect visits the Fear Factory   (37:39)10-23-2020
Utah loves Halloween, and the multitude of haunted houses and creepy experiences are evidence of our playful devotion to the holiday. In this episode Fan Effect visits the Fear Factory, the fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, actually HAUNTED haunted house in the heart of Salt La...
Let's all go to the drive-in with the Salt Lake Film Society   (33:02)10-16-2020
Are you craving the movie-going experience in this topsy-turvy pandemic world? Well, The Salt Lake Film Society has some options to allow you to get your popcorn on, and see the new and classic films you crave from the comfort of your own home or as a glorious drive-in experience...
Dude, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" Is Like Movie Comfort Food   (41:32)9-14-2020
It's been over 30 years since Bill S Preston, Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan first became a pop culture smash hit in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but with everything that's happened in 2020, their third movie, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" is somehow exactly what we needed. In...
Is the “Mulan” live-action remake worth the premium access cost?   (03:16)9-10-2020
We had to wait almost six extra months for it, but the live-action version of “Mulan” from Disney studios finally premiered... exclusively on Disney Plus...at an extra cost. The biggest question for fans of the 1998 original is should you spend the money to watch it now… or...
Talking COVID-19 Effects on FanX 2020 With Owner/Co-Founder Dan Farr   (47:01)4-7-2020
COVID-19 has forced closures and cancellations aplenty through spring 2020, including big movies, concerts, events and conventions.  Restrictions on gatherings may continue until later in the year, something that could potentially affect FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention in Septem...
Disney/Pixar's ONWARD and What Fandom Characters We'd Like to Spend A Day With   (09:38)3-6-2020
The main theme in Disney/Pixar's new movie ONWARD centered around the question: What would you do to spend one more day with a loved one who is dead, and what would you do during that day? Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth joined once again by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb...
Sonic, "Call of the Wild", "The Invisible Man" and the Challenge of Adapting Games and Books Into Movies   (09:03)3-3-2020
The leading box office movies of the past month have all been adaptations of either books or a video game: "Sonic the Hedgehog"; "The Call of the Wild"; "The Invisible Man".  But if you've been paying attention, this is not a recent trend. Host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Kris...
The Immediate Future of "Star Wars" Is "The High Republic"   (38:17)2-27-2020
The future of "Star Wars" outside of Disney Plus is no longer a secret with the announcement of "The High Republic" crossover series of books and comics.  Starting in August 2020, publishers will explore the world of the Jedi that existed 200 years before the movie series takes ...
Reactions to the Leaked Star Wars Script From Colin Trevorrow   (12:20)1-20-2020
A supposed first draft script for Star Wars Episode IX that Colin Trevorrow wrote before he was fired as director in 2017 is now on the web and has many fans asking... would this movie have been better final chapter in the saga than what we got in "The Rise of Skywalker?" Host A...
Deep Dive Into "The Mandalorian" and How It's Uniting Fractured Star Wars Fans (Hint: #BabyYoda)   (18:09)1-13-2020
Star Wars' first live-action TV series, "The Mandalorian," is an unquestioned success, as it quickly became one of the most in-demand streaming shows after its launch on day one of Disney Plus. Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Sc...
Thoughts After a 9-Episode Star Wars Movie Theater Marathon   (46:11)1-8-2020
There's an old saying about having too much of a good thing.  It implies that at some point, we could get tired of even things we love.  Eating one doughnut can be a delicious experience, but eating a dozen doughnuts at once can make you sick and maybe make you not want one for...
Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker Is Here and We Have (Spoiler-Filled) Thoughts!   (42:13)12-20-2019
The wait is over and "Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker" has brought an end to the 42-year film saga.  The Fan Effect team of Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb, Adam Thomas and Ryan Meeks go in-depth on their thoughts on both Episode IX and the sequel trilogy overall.  They also talk ...
Crazy Predictions for Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker   (15:40)12-13-2019
We're just days away from the release of "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker" and we know you are bouncing off the wall with excitement and anticipation.  So, to scratch the itch, Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth and DeseretNews.com's Herb Scribner decided to give their completely non-...
"Frozen 2" Avoids Problems that Hurt Many Sequels & Kids Films By Aiming Older   (55:18)11-26-2019
Disney Animation's "Frozen 2" is dominating the box office as fans, parents and kids eat up the long-awaited sequel.  Andy Farnsworth is joined by KellieAnn Halvorsen of KSL NewsRadio's Movie Show and Disney D23 insider Matthew Hansen for some SPOILER TALK as they break down why...
Why "Terminator: Dark Fate" Should Not Be the End of the Franchise   (56:16)11-13-2019
Back in 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator said he'd be back, and "Terminator: Dark Fate" is the fifth time he's kept that promise. But this new entry into the movie franchise hasn't had the success that the studio had hoped for, despite Linda Hamilton's and original creator...
The Final "Rise of Skywalker" Trailer is Here and We Are Star Wars Hungry Again   (51:24)10-22-2019
Now that we have the final trailer for "Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker" we have to talk about what we SAW, what we DIDN'T SEE, and how we feel about the saga coming to a close.  Host Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and Herb Scribner of DeseretNews.com react to the trailer, rehash...
Five Things That Make a Great and Memorable Villain   (05:45)10-18-2019
Darth Vader, Joker, Voldemort, Thanos, Moriarty.  Their names alone conjure up strong feelings in you immediately... for good or bad.  Roger Ebert once said that a film is only as good as its villain, so Andy Farnsworth, Natalie Mollinet and Herb Scribner break down what makes ...
How does The Addams Family compare to its predecessors? (Short form Spoiler Review)   (05:36)10-15-2019
Andy Farnsworth's review of the new animated feature " The Addams Family" asks the question, " how does it compare to the previous versions of the film?" In all, they have their strengths and weaknesses and that is what andy goes over. However, it may all come down to personal p...
Going Inside the Mind of "JOKER"...Whether We Want To Or Not   (21:51)10-4-2019
Joker, perhaps the most iconic comic book villain of all time, has his own movie now... made by director Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix.  The movie has drawn both praise and criticism for its grounded portrayal of a character who is an unapologetic, psychopathic murd...
The "Between Two Ferns" film was made, but should it have been? (Spoilers)   (25:18)9-28-2019
Join Ryan Meeks and Keenan Panti as they review "Between Two Ferns" the film. After they try to parody the format of the film; Ryan and Keenan discuss the good, the bad the weird and the funny parts of this film. The film seems to have a very specific style to it in all aspects l...
Why "Downton Abbey" Continues to Charm Fans Even After the Series' End   (10:15)9-25-2019
All it takes is the soft tinkling of piano keys starting the familiar theme to "Downton Abbey" and millions of fans are immediately transported to 1920's England once more.  Now with a new hit movie in theaters, fans have another chance to revisit the Crawley family and their be...
"Ad Astra"...Where SPACE = Slow + Pace   (52:23)9-20-2019
Brad Pitt's newest movie, Ad Astra, is a throwback to the more deliberately-paced movies in space and is getting the actor some Oscar buzz for his performance. In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by former movie critic and KSL Digital Content producer Matthew Jacobsen for...
Author/Screenwriter Edward Savio on his best-selling "The Battle For Forever" series of novels   (06:42)9-9-2019
"Who would you be...if you had lived forever?"  That's the question asked by the hot new book series The Battle For Forever by Edward Savio that tells the story of a 1500-year-old trapped in a teenager’s body. Modern technology makes it difficult for him to remain anonymous an...
John Rhys-Davies Interview - FanX 2019   (09:06)9-6-2019
Actor John Rhys-Davies of "Lord of the Rings" and "Indiana Jones" movie fame joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview during FanX 2019 in Salt Lake City.  Rhys-Davies spent time with patients at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake, playing with them (occasionally in-character...
Getting You Ready For FanX Salt Lake with FanExec Jarrod Phillips (and a surprise guest)   (55:10)9-4-2019
With apologies to the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner, the *true* Nerd Prom takes place this weekend at FanX Salt Lake. In this episode, Andy Farnsworth talks with "FanXec" Jarrod Phillips (director of business development for FanX, as well as a film ...
Recapping All the Big News From D23 Fan Expo -- Star Wars! Marvel! Disney Plus! Mild Spoilers!   (11:29)8-29-2019
Disney captured the spotlight for a whole weekend with several big announcements on upcoming projects in film, TV, streaming and theme parks. In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by a couple of guys who were there: Geektyrant.com writer and One Minute Critic Kristian Odla...
Actor Sebastian Roché on "Supernatural," "Vampire Diaries" and Why He'd Like to be King Arthur   (26:12)8-20-2019
Actor Sebastian Roché joins host Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of Roché's appearance at FanX Salt Lake in September.  Roché is known for playing the angel Balthazar on Supernatural, vampire king Mikael on The Vampire Diaries & The Originals, Jerry Jacks on General Ho...
"Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark" Tries to Bring Your Childhood Fears to Life   (00:47)8-8-2019
They were the stories that freaked you out as a kid.  Now they're coming to life on the big screen in SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK from writer/producer Guillermo Del Toro & director Andre Ovredal. In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by award-winning critic & horror ...
Why "Hobbs & Shaw" Might Be the Best "Fast & Furious" Movie of All   (50:31)8-1-2019
The first spinoff in the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise might be the most enjoyable of the whole series.  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham are back in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw", a ridiculous and highly enjoyable summer flick. Andy Farnsworth is joined...
"The Lion King" Remake Doesn't Quite Make a Full Roar   (48:49)7-19-2019
(But It's Not Exactly a Kitten, Either!)
Spider-Man: Far From Home - Our Transition to MCU Phase 4   (51:40)7-5-2019
"Spider-Man: Far From Home" gives fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe their first chance at catharsis after the events of "Avengers: Endgame". In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by GeekTyrant and Nerdist writer Kristian Odland, as well as...
Toy Story 4 & Why Disney/Pixar Should Keep It Going   (45:45)6-28-2019
Nearly 25 years after the original "Toy Story" movie changed the standard for animated films...we've got "Toy Story 4". In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by guests KellieAnn Halvorsen (KSL's "Movie Show") and Chris Provost (actor, FanX host,...
Talking Spoilers and Pop Culture With Author Richard V. Greene   (21:09)6-21-2019
There's no bigger sin in pop culture right now than spoiling details of a mega-popular movie or TV show before someone else can see it.  Reports have come out about people being physically assaulted after giving away details of a major Hollywood...
"Dark Phoenix" and 19 Years of "X-Men" Movies (SPOILERS)   (09:17)6-7-2019
Two eras come to an end with "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"... 20th Century Fox as a film distributor and their rights to Marvel's mutants. Andy Farnsworth is joined in this episode by Nerdist and Geektyrant writer (as well as Instagram & YouTube's "One...
"Cobra Kai" Season 2 Continues to Kick the Competition (SPOILERS)   (07:18)5-30-2019
The most popular TV series in streaming has returned on YouTube as "Cobra Kai" is back with a second season that continues the story of Johnny Lawrence, Daniel LaRusso and other characters from "The Karate Kid". In this episode Andy Farnsworth and...
Disney's Imperfect "Aladdin" Remake Has Its Moments   (54:54)5-23-2019
In this episode, Andy Farnsworth, Ryan Meeks and KellieAnn Halvorsen are talking Disney's live-action "Aladdin" remake (WITH SPOILERS). Disney hopes this new movie from director Guy Ritchie puts people in the seats like "Beauty and the Beast" and...
John Wick 3 Parabellum review (spoilers)   (45:05)5-17-2019
The Baba Yaga is back and delivers a hit in the action genre with John Wick 3 Parabellum.  Ryan Meeks is joined by James Howard of Geek Monarchy taking a different approach from our usual format by discussing the ratio of story vs action. The...
Talking Gaming With SL Gaming Con Founder Jake Williams   (43:50)5-8-2019
He's world-champion gamer and former concert promoter, now Jake Williams runs one of the fastest-growing gaming conventions in the United States, Salt Lake Gaming Con. Williams joins Andy Farnsworth to talk about what attendees will see and do at the...
AVENGERS: ENDGAME discussion w/ spoilers   (09:35)4-25-2019
We are inevitable! Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, Ryan Meeks, KellieAnn Halvorsen and Kristian Odland assemble for a SPOILER-FILLED discussion of "Avengers: Endgame". "Part of the journey is the end." Those words from Tony Stark sum up where we find...
FanX 2019 Interview: Voice acting maestro Jess Harnell   (11:33)4-19-2019
Jess Harnell, prolific voice-actor and best-known as the voice of Wakko on "Animaniacs" joins Andy Farnsworth at FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. In this episode the always-entertaining Jess talks about how he keeps track of all the voices...
FanX 2019 Interview: Actor Garrett Wang   (07:46)4-19-2019
Actor Garrett Wang, best known for his role as Ensign Harry Kim on "Star Trek Voyager" joins Andy Farnsworth at FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. In this episode Garrett talks passionately about Asian representation in Hollywood and the positive...
FanX 2019 Interview: Actress Adelaide Kane   (10:27)4-19-2019
Actress Adelaide Kane, known for her roles in "Once Upon a Time," CW's "Reign," MTVs "Teen Wolf" and films like "The Purge" joins Andy Farnsworth at FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. In this episode Adelaide talks about her road to success at...
FanX 2019 Interview: Steve Grad on Celebrity Autographs   (44:57)4-17-2019
Steve Grad, the autograph expert from The History Channel's "Pawn Stars" joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of his visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. One of the most enjoyable parts of fan conventions is the opportunity to meet a...
FanX 2019 Interview: Actress Samantha Smith   (23:21)4-15-2019
Actress Samantha Smith joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of her visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. Smith has appeared in some of the most popular TV shows and movies in history and is best known for her role as Mary...
FanX 2019 Interview: Actor Mark Pellegrino   (42:40)4-12-2019
Actor Mark Pellegrino joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of his visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. Pellegrino has dozens of acting credits to his name, but is best know for his TV roles as Jacob in "Lost" and Lucifer/Nick in...
FanX 2019 Interview: Actress Linda Larkin   (17:16)4-12-2019
Actor/voice actor Linda Larkin joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of her visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. Larkin is certified Disney royalty, known for her role as Jasmine in the 1992 animated hit movie "Aladdin". Ms. Larkin...
FanX 2019 Interview: Actor/Writer Scott Weinger   (29:56)4-11-2019
Actor/voice actor/writer Scott Weinger joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of his visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.  Weinger's face is best known from his role as Steve Hale on "Full House" and "Fuller House," while his voice...
FanX 2019 Interview: Artist Camilla d'Errico   (26:31)4-10-2019
Renowned artist/author/illustrator Camilla d'Errico (Tanpopo, Dust) joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.  d'Errico has done work for Disney, been published by Dark Horse Comics, IDW & Random...
SHAZAM and How DC Finally Relaxed and Made a Fun Live-Action movie   (15:13)4-5-2019
When it comes to superhero movies, turning one into a comedy does not always "pan out" the way everyone wants. (e.g. Thor Ragnorok) Shazam sets the bar for the genre of superhero comedies, and it sets it high.  Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks...
DUMBO and Disney's Live-Action Cartoon Remake Empire   (03:05)3-28-2019
Andy Farnsworth is joined by guests KellieAnn Halvorsen and Natalie Mollinet to talk about the new live-action version of "Dumbo" directed by Tim Burton... then have a much more broad discussion about Disney's live-action remakes of cartoon movie...
This is why we like Dr. Who   (43:09)3-22-2019
Ryan Meeks is Joined with Becky Bruce and Heather Kelly (From Money Making Sense) to talk about what we thought is good and bad about the 11th season of Dr. Who and what draws us in as fans of the show.
What a shareholder knows about "Avengers Endgame" and "Star Wars Episode IX"   (04:36)3-15-2019
Disney Just had their shareholders meeting, so we invited one of their shareholders to the show! Matt Hansen joins Andy Farnsworth and Adam Thomas to discuss Avengers Endgame and Star Wars Episode IX with some unique details.
CAPTAIN MARVEL Blasts Her Way into the MCU (Spoilers)   (42:38)3-8-2019
Captain Marvel, the 21st installment in the MCU, seems to have fans really excited or really "OK" with it. Find out why on this episode of Fan Effect as the old Fanboys cast gets back together (Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb, and Adam Thomas) with...
Why Star Trek: Discovery season 2 is better   (59:02)3-1-2019
What happens when you get Fan Effect's three biggest Star Trek fans in one room? Adam Thomas dominates with his encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek. That's what happens. Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, and Ryan Meeks all seem to agree that Star...
Fun with FanX Founder Dan Farr   (46:13)2-22-2019
In this episode, Andy Farnsworth talks with FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention founder Dan Farr ahead of FanX Spring 2019. Highlights include: New guest announcements The process Dan & his team go through to choose & invite guests FanX & Salt...
"Alita: Battle Angel" and Why It Should Have Been a TV series   (29:53)2-21-2019
Andy Farnsworth is joined for this episode by Geektyrant and Nerdist writer Kristian Odland to talk the new James Cameron visual epic "Alita: Battle Angel." Both agree that Cameron & Robert Rodriguez tried to cram too much story into 2 hours of...
Comparing "The Orville" to "Star Trek: TNG"   (47:21)2-15-2019
The Orville seems to be a big hit with Star Trek fans. But how does it stack up against the first 18 episodes of Star Trek the Next Generation? Join Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, and Ryan Meeks as they review the first 6 episodes of "The Orville"...
Lego Movie 2 Review: Everything is pretty good (still).   (38:07)2-8-2019
The second installation in the Lego Movie franchise leaves things good but not really awesome in the end... which is actually pretty good.  Join Andy Farnsworth and special guest Steve Salles as they discuss how much they enjoyed Lego...
Is M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" Half full or half empty? (Spoilers)   (50:04)1-18-2019
The long awaited 19 years in the making conclusion to the "Unbreakable" trilogy that we didn't know existed until "Split" in 2017, made its debut and some people are pretty disappointed. Whether you enjoy M. Night Shyamalan's filmmaking style or not,...
Ryan and Andy's top five..... each. (2018 Recap)   (41:38)1-11-2019
2018 had some great movies and had some... not so great movies. Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks each picked 5 movies out of all the movies they saw this year that were their favorites. Check out what happens when they recap 2018 and compare notes!