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Fan Effect

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.
January 21, 2022

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Return to Fraggle Rock; Clap!

Andy Farnsworth joinsKSL-TVto help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of January 21, 2022. We are still in that movie purgatory month of January where Hollywood Studios movie. It is they don't have their best stuff on display. So thankfully, streaming TV has a couple...   (06:31)
January 15, 2022

Andy's KSL-TV: #WhatToWatch from monsters to Shakespeare there are an interesting mix of movies out this weekend

Andy Farnsworth joinsKSL-TVto help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of January 14, 2022.  Family-friendly films are this norm for this review roundup, from what is supposed to be the fourth and final entry in the Hotel Transylvania series to an animated adventure ...   (06:48)
December 18, 2021

There is no way you should miss "Spider-Man: No Way Home"

Believe the hype about "Spider-Man: No Way Home." As the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' is a stunning, action-packed ride that balances comedy and peril like only Marvel does. Our hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen are joine...   (01:17:07)
December 11, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” is a beautiful remake done right

Andy Farnsworth joinsKSL-TVto help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of December 10, 2021.  Steven Spielberg’s remake of the beloved 1961 musical “West Side Story” is a cinematically beautiful and emotional film done right; right cast, right cinematography, r...   (24:38)
November 25, 2021

“Encanto” means both charm and charming and that is exactly what this new Disney film is

“Encanto” is the latest Disney animated family-friendly film, but will it become another gem in Disney’s crown? Producer KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined by Natalie Mollinet from the Pop Knowlege Blog to dive into the magic of the new movie. After all, “Encanto” means both...   (49:13)
November 24, 2021

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is what audiences have wanted with a nostalgic sequel

Today the nerds at the Fan Effect podcast deep dive into probably one of the most looked forward to films of 2021, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” This latest continuation of the Ghost hunting sort takes place some 30 plus years after the original, wherein a new generation of bust...   (01:10:09)
November 5, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV: ‘Eternals’ movie and a lot of streaming offers a diversity of viewing options

Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of November 5, 2021.  Marvel, Tom Hanks, Princess Di, AND the Animaniacs? Wow. What a diverse group of options for viewing on screens big and small. The ‘Eternals’ movie brings new character...   (13:45)
November 1, 2021

Megaplex Monthly Check-in: November 2021 - We are thankful movies are back!

With our beloved Halloween season behind us, we are now grateful to tackle the rush of movies hitting Megaplex theatres for November 2021, and for that pivotal long holiday weekend that is Thanksgiving. Starting with Marvel’s “Eternals” and ending with Disney’s “Encanto...   (36:33)
October 29, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV: Halloween 2021 edition!

Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for Halloween weekend, 2021. There are lots of family-friendly favorites to stream and celebrate the spooky season across lots of platforms. Andy runs down the list of some of his favorite Halloween shows and wh...   (06:12)
October 23, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV: A Definitive adaption and Invasion comes to audiences

Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of October 22, 2021. The long-anticipated, and oft-touted definitive, adaption of the science fiction book ‘Dune’ is now in theaters and HBO Max. This new film version is a slow-simmering but...   (15:59)
October 19, 2021

Is ‘Muppet Haunted Mansion’ made for fans of The Muppets or fans of the Haunted Mansion ride?

When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and a strange and weird goat screams echo through the halls. Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is jubilant with singing puppets. That is the time when Muppets are present, practicing their puns with comedic delight! Welcome, fooli...   (48:29)
October 15, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV: The conflicted Last Duel and imaginative Just Beyond

Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of October 15, 2021. With a couple of things for a grownup audience and some choices for the kids in the family as well, there are choices to make when it comes to consuming entertainment. The La...   (11:38)
October 9, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: James Bond is finally back in ‘No Time to Die’ the 25th film in the spy saga

Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of October 8, 2021. James Bond is finally back in No Time to Die the 25th film in the James Bond saga. Daniel Craig’s James Bond faces his endgame in his final portrayal of the iconic character...   (12:20)
October 1, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ is a poisonous pointless sequel but there are other good things to watch this weekend

Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of October 2, 2021 He points out that while ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage,’ might be a pointless mix of slapstick comedy and gruesome deaths, there are some other good things to watch this wee...   (10:43)
September 24, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Animated sequel series and a film adaption of a Broadway hit

Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of September 24, 2021. This week we have animated sequel series and a film adaption of a big Broadway hit: but will the audiences find these adaptations a hit? Dear Evan Hansen, the movie, mixes ...   (05:43)
September 23, 2021

Utah - This is the Place, for Fandoms!: Live FanX 2021 Recording

TIME has declared Utah The Nerdiest State in America, but what is it about the Beehive State that makes it a fan-friendly home to all the freaks-and-geeks out there? Could it be how the chaotic crash of conservative and liberal culture creates a completely unique creative scene? ...   (52:12)
September 17, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Books turned series are making a hit with streaming services

Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of September 17, 2021. Books turned into screen fodder is the theme for today's reviews, with iconic creatives in the mix to offer weight to tuning into these programs. The big movie of the week ...   (06:32)
September 16, 2021

Hollywood voiceover star Rob Paulsen talks Animaniacs, TMNT and the time he voiced Tom Cruise's kisses

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...   (01:08:57)
September 10, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Families have good choices for feel-good flicks this—SQUIRREL!!!

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...   (06:46)
September 4, 2021

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’

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...   (06:36)
September 3, 2021

Megaplex Monthly Check-in: September 2021 - Who is ready for Fall films & FanX fun?

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...   (59:11)
September 1, 2021

Cosplayers have fun and win big at the FanX Cosplay Games!

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...   (45:04)
August 27, 2021

FanX founder Dan Farr dishes out details of the 2021 mega event

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...   (42:20)
August 26, 2021

It’s fun and fantasy at the Utah Renaissance Faire! Featuring Utah Valley Fine Arts Council’s Joseph Smith

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...   (45:13)
August 20, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Three PAWsitive films to Reminisce about this weekend

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...   (12:50)
August 13, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: A fun and funny“Free Guy” should be at the top of your watchlist!

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...   (08:55)
August 7, 2021

Megaplex Monthly Check-in: August  2021 - Beat the heat with a cinema treat!

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...   (33:36)
August 6, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: “The Suicide Squad” for hardcore fans and “Vivo” for families

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 ...   (09:06)
August 3, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: A ‘Jungle Cruise’ ride adaption, the intriguing story of ‘Stillwater,’ or artistic ‘The Green Knight.”

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...   (12:46)
July 29, 2021

A deep dive into Space Jam: A New Legacy; Is the sequel a slam dunk or massive disappointment?

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 ...   (01:10:11)
July 16, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Jamin’ to a Space Jam sequel and an irreverent tv musical series

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 ...   (10:00)
July 16, 2021

Marvel movies are back with ‘Black Widow’ and weaving a spell on the Fan Effect crew

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...   (01:34:57)
July 2, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: Will ‘Tomorrow War’ hold up to the Sci-fi films of the past?

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...   (04:43)
July 2, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review:  Does the 'Boss Baby' sequel be the boss of the box office?

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...   (03:57)
July 2, 2021

Megaplex Monthly Check-in: July 2021 - Summer movie magic is back!

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...   (33:08)
June 25, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: Does "F9" stand up to the 'Fast & Furious' legacy?

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...   (06:13)
June 22, 2021

Two Utah Lego moms are proving they are Lego Masters on TV!

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...   (48:18)
June 11, 2021

‘In the Heights’ adaptation is a vibrant tapestry of interwoven dreams, infectious energy, and cinematic appeal; Guested by Hale Center Theatre’s Bobby Gibson

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...   (01:23:33)
June 9, 2021

Hale Center Theatre’s Bobby Gibson on the theatrical life and the just-announced 2022 season

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,...   (58:58)
June 7, 2021

Deep dive into Disney “Cruella’s” design, drama, and division with Pop Knowledge Blog’s Natalie Mollinet

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...   (01:03:05)
June 4, 2021

Audiences continue to be held in quiet suspense in ‘A Quiet Place Part II’

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...   (01:03:24)
June 2, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review:  The Emmas shine in Disney’s colorful ‘Cruella’

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...   (05:19)
May 20, 2021

Happy 'Halfway to Halloween' with the Fear Factory

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...   (33:33)
May 5, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: Star Wars: The Bad Batch

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...   (05:25)
May 4, 2021

Star Wars Day Special 2021: Four local fan clubs to help you celebrate!

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...   (01:46:41)
May 1, 2021

Megaplex Monthly Check-in: May 2021 - Let’s get back to the movies!

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...   (43:35)
April 30, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: “Tom Clancy's Without Remorse” & “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

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...   (08:05)
April 26, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review ‘Mortal Kombat’: The video game franchise is back and bloody on the big-screen

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 ...   (04:59)
April 22, 2021

Inside Jurassic Quest! The dinosaur drive-thru comes to Utah

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...   (15:43)
April 4, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review:  ‘Godzilla Vs Kong’ Is best seen on the big screen

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...   (04:34)
March 22, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: “The Courier” & “Zack Snyder’s Justice League"

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 ...   (08:05)
March 19, 2021

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Author Jeff Kinney talks Scary Stories, a New Animated Series and Why His Picture Isn't on His Books

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...   (26:44)
March 5, 2021

Andy's KSL-TV  Mini-Review: Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is something for the whole family

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 ...   (04:15)
March 5, 2021

Dan Farr announces E.T. star Henry Thomas as FanX 2021 guest!

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 ...   (32:02)
January 8, 2021

Dan Farr on the first big guest announcement of FanX 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...   (48:38)
December 22, 2020

Star Wars finally has another holiday special and this time it’s Lego!

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...   (46:21)
November 16, 2020

Happy belated Birthday! Getting to know Andy Farnsworth Fandoms

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...   (55:57)
October 23, 2020

Fear Effect: Fan Effect visits the Fear Factory

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...   (37:39)
October 16, 2020

Let's all go to the drive-in with the Salt Lake Film Society

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...   (33:02)
September 14, 2020

Dude, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" Is Like Movie Comfort Food

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...   (41:32)
September 10, 2020

Is the “Mulan” live-action remake worth the premium access cost?

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...   (01:03:16)
April 7, 2020

Talking COVID-19 Effects on FanX 2020 With Owner/Co-Founder Dan Farr

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...   (47:01)
March 6, 2020

Disney/Pixar's ONWARD and What Fandom Characters We'd Like to Spend A Day With

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...   (01:09:38)
March 3, 2020

Sonic, "Call of the Wild", "The Invisible Man" and the Challenge of Adapting Games and Books Into Movies

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...   (01:09:03)
February 27, 2020

The Immediate Future of "Star Wars" Is "The High Republic"

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 ...   (38:17)
January 20, 2020

Reactions to the Leaked Star Wars Script From Colin Trevorrow

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...   (01:12:20)
January 13, 2020

Deep Dive Into "The Mandalorian" and How It's Uniting Fractured Star Wars Fans (Hint: #BabyYoda)

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...   (01:18:09)
January 8, 2020

Thoughts After a 9-Episode Star Wars Movie Theater Marathon

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...   (01:46:11)
December 20, 2019

Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker Is Here and We Have (Spoiler-Filled) Thoughts!

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 ...   (01:42:13)
December 13, 2019

Crazy Predictions for Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

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-...   (01:15:40)
November 26, 2019

"Frozen 2" Avoids Problems that Hurt Many Sequels & Kids Films By Aiming Older

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...   (55:18)
November 13, 2019

Why "Terminator: Dark Fate" Should Not Be the End of the Franchise

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...   (56:16)
October 22, 2019

The Final "Rise of Skywalker" Trailer is Here and We Are Star Wars Hungry Again

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...   (51:24)
October 18, 2019

Five Things That Make a Great and Memorable Villain

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 ...   (01:05:45)
October 15, 2019

How does The Addams Family compare to its predecessors? (Short form Spoiler Review)

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...   (05:36)
October 4, 2019

Going Inside the Mind of "JOKER"...Whether We Want To Or Not

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...   (01:21:51)
September 28, 2019

The "Between Two Ferns" film was made, but should it have been? (Spoilers)

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...   (25:18)
September 25, 2019

Why "Downton Abbey" Continues to Charm Fans Even After the Series' End

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...   (01:10:15)
September 20, 2019

"Ad Astra"...Where SPACE = Slow + Pace

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...   (52:23)
September 9, 2019

Author/Screenwriter Edward Savio on his best-selling "The Battle For Forever" series of novels

"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...   (01:06:42)
September 6, 2019

John Rhys-Davies Interview - FanX 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...   (09:06)
September 4, 2019

Getting You Ready For FanX Salt Lake with FanExec Jarrod Phillips (and a surprise guest)

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 ...   (55:10)
August 29, 2019

Recapping All the Big News From D23 Fan Expo -- Star Wars! Marvel! Disney Plus! Mild Spoilers!

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...   (01:11:29)
August 20, 2019

Actor Sebastian Roché on "Supernatural," "Vampire Diaries" and Why He'd Like to be King Arthur

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...   (26:12)
August 8, 2019

"Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark" Tries to Bring Your Childhood Fears to Life

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 ...   (01:00:47)
August 1, 2019

Why "Hobbs & Shaw" Might Be the Best "Fast & Furious" Movie of All

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...   (50:31)
July 19, 2019

"The Lion King" Remake Doesn't Quite Make a Full Roar

(But It's Not Exactly a Kitten, Either!)   (48:49)
July 5, 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home - Our Transition to MCU Phase 4

"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...   (51:40)
June 28, 2019

Toy Story 4 & Why Disney/Pixar Should Keep It Going

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,...   (45:45)
June 21, 2019

Talking Spoilers and Pop Culture With Author Richard V. Greene

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...   (01:21:09)
June 7, 2019

"Dark Phoenix" and 19 Years of "X-Men" Movies (SPOILERS)

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...   (01:09:17)
May 30, 2019

"Cobra Kai" Season 2 Continues to Kick the Competition (SPOILERS)

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...   (01:07:18)
May 23, 2019

Disney's Imperfect "Aladdin" Remake Has Its Moments

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...   (54:54)
May 17, 2019

John Wick 3 Parabellum review (spoilers)

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...   (45:05)
May 8, 2019

Talking Gaming With SL Gaming Con Founder Jake Williams

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...   (43:50)
April 25, 2019

AVENGERS: ENDGAME discussion w/ spoilers

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...   (01:09:35)
April 19, 2019

FanX 2019 Interview: Voice acting maestro Jess Harnell

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...   (11:33)
April 19, 2019

FanX 2019 Interview: Actor Garrett Wang

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...   (07:46)
April 19, 2019

FanX 2019 Interview: Actress Adelaide Kane

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...   (10:27)
April 17, 2019

FanX 2019 Interview: Steve Grad on Celebrity Autographs

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...   (44:57)

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