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 TV shows. Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and KellieAnn Halvorsen live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

Episodes

  • 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 epic and visually stunning movie with a star-studded cast deserving of a watch on the big screen.  Also in theaters is the hilarious ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong,’ which might be the most fun your kids will have at a movie this year. The animated family-friendly feature has humor and themes children and their parents can love in a playful and imaginative near-future. And finally, there's one other option for science fiction fans, a new streaming TV series coming to us from AppleTV Plus, it's called 'Invasion.' This character-driven series looks beyond special effects and into the heart of humanity and rewards the patience of its audiences.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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, foolish mortal listeners to the Fan Effect Podcast’s deep dive into all things Muppets Haunted Mansion! Your ghost-host KellieAnn Halvorsen (a massive Disney Parks fan) is joined by KSLNewsradio’s Becky Bruce (A massive Muppets fan), to discuss if the new haunted special now streaming on DisneyPlus is right for fans of the ride or fans of the Muppets.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

     

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  • 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 Last Duel is a brutal movie that might be difficult to watch despite the big-name cast and its epic scope. Over on Hulu, Dopesick is a new true-story miniseries about the beginnings of the Opioid Epidemic in the United States, which might make you start thinking about Big Pharma the same as Big Tabacco. For younger audiences, The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix is back for season two in eight new episodes on friendship, adventure, and the personal journey of growing up. For more creepy kid fair head on over to DisneyPlus where the Just Beyond anthology series inspired by R.L. Stine’s imaginative writings takes audiences down supernatural stories of self-discovery and Goosbumping potential.  

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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, facing off with old and new villains in an action-filled and heartfelt spy adventure. Over on ApplePlus Ted Lasso is back with Emmys in hand and ready to hit the field running. Also on ApplePlus, the bilingual comedy series Acapulco features a coming-of-age story set in the wildly colorful world of the Acapulco resort town in Mexico, in the chaos of the 1980s. And for more family-friendly fodder head on over to DisneyPlus for the mixed-up ride of a lifetime when The Muppets crash Disney Parks’ Haunted Mansion ride in The Muppets Haunted Mansion

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 weekend! You can never go wrong with a Lego Star Wars Holiday Special; Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales is now available on DisneyPlus and is a fun film for families and even more for die-hard fans. Another kid-friendly sequel is The Addams Family 2, this animated feature takes the spooky/ooky/kooky family on a cross-country road trip and into a new mystery to solve. And not to be forgotten, Andy reminds the classic tv series about nothing, Seinfeld is available to stream once more on Netflix!  Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 positive messages amid a difficult subject matter and includes beloved songs from the award-winning stage musical. The movie is also getting mixed reviews, even Andy and his KSL-TV friends are divided on how they feel about it. Over on DisneyPlus Star Wars: Visions takes the beloved universe in a direction never taken before, an anime-styled one. Dreamworks’ favorite prehistoric family has found a new home AND a new series. The Croods Family Tree, streaming on both Hulu and Peacock, picks up where the Croods and Bettermans left off in the film sequel as they try to continue to evolve as people. Speaking of evolution, a fun family film meant for the big screen hits Netflix instead. My Little Pony A New Generation continues the ever-evolving lore of the beloved childhood equine everypony could love. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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? The hospitality of its residents? Or even the stunning landscapes that offer amazing spaces to play in?! Whatever the reason our panel of local media professionals discusses why we love nerding out in our beautiful state in this live recording of the Fan Effect Podcast. at FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2021. Featuring KSL NewsRadio's Andy Farnsworth, KSL Podcasts' KellieAnn Halvorsen, KSL-TV's Dan Spindle, and the Deseret News' Herb Scribner.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 hitting theaters and HBOMax is Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho; this semi-modern Western takes place in 1979 with Eastwood himself playing a former rodeo champion on a quest across the border. Next is Dan Brown's Lost Symbols series streaming on Peacock and bringing back a younger version of Brown's Robert Langdon character in his early adventures. Over on Netflix, you have a new kids series that might just be too scary for kids; Nightbooks stars Krysten Ritter and is an imaginative nightmare produced by known horror storyteller Sam Raimi. Also on Netflix is a reboot of an 80's classic, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, a new version of an old favorite safe for all ages.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 "Animaniacs", Pinky on "Pinky and the Brain", Raphael on the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon in 1987, Donatello in the 2012 TMNT reboot on Nickelodeon, and Carl Wheezer on "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius", but he has voiced hundreds of roles on hundreds of TV shows and movies.

    Rob talks how it feels to revisit the role of Yakko after nearly 25 years, how he feels about the "Countries of the World" song, what it's like to be part of juggernaut Ninja Turtles franchise, how he used to impersonate his characters while ordering food, and the time he had to "voice" a makeout scene in one of Tom Cruise's most famous roles.

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  • 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 dog, a comedy about an illegal coupon empire and a Tony Award-winning Broadway play about an amazing 9/11 true story. There is plenty of things to distract you from the woes of the—SQUIRREL!!! 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 surprisingly beautiful film brings martial arts into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a fun and fantasy-driven way, now in theaters. On Netflix, the streaming service brings you Michael Keaton in ‘Worth,’ an emotional and poignant tale surrounding the events of 9/11, and gets right to the point of asking, “What is life worth?” Over on Hulu,  Steve Martin and Martin Short have teamed up again for a hilarious murder mystery tv series, this time adding a third to their comedic duo with (of all people) Selena Gomez. In ‘Only Murders in The Building’ the unlikely group shines with an absurd premise, snappy writing, as well as a bit of MA content. Andy also dives into the upcoming fall lineup from Amazon’s new and modern-ish version of ‘Cinderella’ and the much anticipated 25th movie in the Bond film library. With so many great options at home and on the big screen, what film will audiences choose to unwind this long weekend? .

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

     

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  • 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 fandom event with FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention. In this episode of the Fan Effect Podcats, the Megaplex Theatre's Jeff Whipple gives us a look back at his recent trip to CinamaCon 2021, and a forward look into FanX 2021 and the numerous films hitting the theaters in September 2021.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 numerous cosplayers for the first big event of the FanX season, the Cosplay Games. From a cosplay Hall-of-Famer to a family all dressed as Loki variants, everyone had something fun to say about the joy of cosplay, the comradery of Utah’s fan culture, and what they are looking forward to in the upcoming con.

    Interviewees include photographer Mark Loertscher, Mindy Madsen, Eric Allan Hall and the Lee/Fredrickson clan, brother and sister Kreston Lee and Melinda Lee Fredrickson, with kids Tyler, Samuel, Jasmine, Adriella, and Abigail Fredrickson. Many of these cosplayers volunteer with Heroes Engaging Real Organizations in Charity, Kids Heroes Foundation, and can be found socializing on the Cosplay Utah Facebook group

    Podcast cover photo provided by Melinda Lee Fredrickson. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 than a month, when fans of all shapes and sizes converge on the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City September 16-18, 2021. And they have added extra Xperiences like a FanX Quest, a workshop room, a tabletop gaming charity event, and even a massive cosplay contest with a massive award. Today on the Fan Effect Podcast Host Andy Farnsworth is joined by none other than FanX founder and producer Dan Farr to give us a look into the convention and discuss the best ways to escape into the con. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

    Podcast cover photo: Fans dressed in cosplay cheer as guests are announced at a press conference for Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2016 at the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. | Credit: Chris Samuels, Deseret News. 

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  • 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 the wares of blacksmiths and artisans, play-pillage with vikings, cheer on full armored knights jousting on warhorses, and dance the evening away with (reenacted) royalty. All with COVID protocols in place to keep visitors safe. Joseph Smith, director of communications at the nonprofit that holds the annual event, Utah Valley Fine Arts Council, joins this episode of The Fan Effect Podcast to preview the faire and share the excitement of the event coming back after they had to cancel the 2020 event.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 movies to watch this weekend. Hugh Jackman explores people’s memories and his own feelings in Warner Brothers’ ‘Reminiscence’ solving a mystery surrounding his ‘Greatest Showman’ fellow cast member Rebecca Ferguson. Michael Keaton is back on the big screen in ‘The Protégé’, which features a cat-and-mouse game between him and skilled assassin Maggie Q. And for family-friendly fodder, ‘PAW Patrol: The Movie’ is harmless fun for kids and has nothing for parents to bark at. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 story by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn is very engaging with plenty of fun visual easter eggs and pop culture references scattered throughout. Now if you're feeling the itch for more Marvel content, Disney Plus’s there again to help you scratch it with the first episode of the “What if…?” animated series. And lastly, Star Trek fans finally get some new content! Season two of the animated series "Star Trek: Lower Decks" premiered this week on Paramount plus streaming. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 popcorn, a plethora of treats, and a luxury movie experience like no other. Today host KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined by the Megaplex Theaters’ Jeff Whipple to discuss the cool offerings at the cinema chain, and all the hot films coming to the box office this August. From the first big release “The Suicide Squad” not to be confused with the 2016 film “Suicide Squad,” to the irreverently hilarious Ryan Reynolds film “Free Guy,” and onto the toddler show turned film “PAW Patrol: The Movie” there are a variety of films hitting the big screen for all kinds of audiences to enjoy. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 movie director (James Gunn of “Guardians of the Galaxy” fame) and he was given almost carte-blanche to do what he wanted, apparently with no restraint. Thus resulting in “The Suicide Squad” a hyper-violent & bloody sequel Is for hardcore fans only. Meanwhile in the streaming universe, Netflix’s energetic & colorful animated musical ‘Vivo’ is a perfect movie for family night at home.  It’s up to audiences to decide what will end up on their screens, but Andy is here to help you make the choice about what is possibly appropriate for your tastes. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 story of ‘Stillwater’, and the artistic, but not very entertaining,The Green Knight.” Listen to what Andy has to say about each, before you pick your film to view, and where to see it. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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's 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 to today’s guests when they populated a FanX panel on the original Space Jam in 2019, Taylor Stapleton and James Estrada. Now the three are ready to nerd out together on the Looney Tunes, Space Jam, and more. 25 years after the original, the sequel is receiving mixed reviews by critics, while families are finding the film to be full of humor, nostalgia, and most of all heart. Listen to find out if you should give the film a chance. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 our listeners a full overview of what to watch this weekend. Today's shows range from a Space Jam sequel 25 years in the making, a hilarious send-up of movie musicals with Apple TV’s ‘Schmigadoon,’ and the return of some locally-beloved characters in ‘Once I Was Engaged,’ a sequel to the comedy ‘Once I Was a Beehive.’ 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 Farnsworth and producer KellieAnn Halvorsen are joined by Pop Knowledge blogger Natalie Mollinet and Deseret News’ Entertainment Editor Herb Scribner, to discover if the wait for “Black Widow” was worth it.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 lot of time travel itself. The action-packed movie starring Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski boasts a solid premise, familiar apocalyptic elements, and don't forget alien gore. The biggest complaint Andy has for this review on KSLTV, is probably that he wishes he could see it on the big screen as it is not available in movie theaters. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 theaters just in time for Independence Day weekend. Host Andy Farnsworth joins KSL TV to review the new film and let us know if the babies will once again be the bosses of the box office. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 we get to see films like Black Widow, Jungle Cruise, and even Space Jam: A New Legacy. And they have the perfect guest to talk about all these upcoming films and the magic of the Summer movie season; Megaplex’s Jeff Whipple, our favorite PR person for our favorite theater chain, and sponsor of our show; Megaplex Theatres

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME. 

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 to the casual viewer, and what impossibilities made it into the film? As far as warnings, content-wise you get about what you’d expect from the series. “F9” is rated PG-13 for language, car-related mayhem, and violence — both with guns and fists.  

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 title, trophy, and massive cash reward. The two have become inseparable as…those super thin lego pieces that are impossible to get apart… since they met at the Utah LEGO User Group building massive creations for local events, fairs, and even FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention. Today the duo joins host KellieAnn Halvorsen to discuss their love of all things LEGOS and the fun of building something as a fandom. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME. 

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. Stories of family drama, legal troubles, and the struggle for cultural identity in a changing world are woven amid stories of love, community, kindness, and triumph.

    In this episode of Fan Effect, hosts KellieAnn Halvorsen and Andy Farnsworth are joined by the ultimate “In the Heights” fan, who has traveled around the country to see varying stage production 15+ times, including touring and broadway casts, and seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda as the lead role.  Bobby Gibson is a projection designer & content creator for the award-winning Hale Center Theatre and has a surplus of insight into the new film version. Together guest and hosts discuss whether the film will entice audiences familiar with the stage musical as well as general moviegoers as they deep dive into the colorful neighborhood of, “In the Heights.” 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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, Utah, whose career turned from film to the stage when he fell in love with the powerful presence of live performance. Gibson chronicles his fan journey into the theatrical life and expands on the just announce Hale Center Theatre 2022 season. Together KellieAnn and Bobby gush about their favorite shows, dream performances, and a love of all things Utah Arts. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow

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  • 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 question the need for the backstory, others are living for the film's production design, soundtrack, performances, and makeup and costume design. On this deep-dive into ‘Cruella,’ hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen are joined by Pop Knowledge blogger and their former colleague Natalie Mollinet to break down the film, discuss the design, and of course argue a bit about their opinions.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, kslpodcasts.com,  or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • 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 scary amount of symmetry with its predecessor as well as the audience in the grips of silent suspense. We get more of a back story on the threatening monsters, new cast members, and a journey outside the Abbotts’ farm to try to exploit the newly discovered weaknesses of the sound-sensitive creatures. In this episode of Fan Effect, hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen review, analyze, and argue, about how this film lives up to the monstrous reputation of the first. Listen to the first segment for a spoiler-free experience, and be ready to dive deep into a deeper investigation after. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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’s 1970s fashion scene where her genius, talent, and patience is tried by her news boss played by Emma Thompson, a leading designer in London known as the Baroness. The Baroness turns out to be the true evil-genius of the film as Estella disguises herself as a mysterious avant-garde designer named, you guessed it, Cruella, and begins a guerilla-type fashion war against the Baroness.  But don’t worry, Cruella has help from friends lovers of the classic “101 Dalmatians” will recognize as well as some new adorable dogs to love. With stunning visuals, spectacular costuming, a killer soundtrack, and both talented Emmas, it’s a movie most Disney lovers will enjoy. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.  

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  • 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 avid Halloweener, KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined once more by our Fear Factory friend owner and creator Rob Dunfield, and the Factory’s general manager and newly elected president of the Haunted Attractions Association International Spencer Terry. Together they take a look at why Halloween warms the hearts of so many, the Fear Factory’s Halfway-to-Halloween weekend events, and new spoopy experiences heading to the award-winning Factory this Fall. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 aftermath of the Clone Wars from the perspective of an elite and experimental team of Clone Troopers that fans have met before. Andy looks at the characters, the story, and the animation style of the series; agreeing with KSL TV’s Dan Spindle, that it is something families and fans would likely enjoy.  

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 Wars fan clubs that can help you get back to action from costuming, saber fighting, and even droid building. For years Utah chapters of The 501st LegionMandalorian MercsThe Rebel LegionThe Saber Guild, and more have been using their passion for the Star Wars universe to raise awareness and funds for non-profit organizations like Make-a-Wish and more. As a community these fans are dedicated to “one galaxy, one goal;” using their fandom to help others.  

    In this episode we are joined by Mike Porter, Ruus’alor (Sergeant at Arms) of the Krayt Clan chapter of the Mandalorian MercsBrenda Ahlemann, Commanding Officer of the Alpine Garrison: The 501st LegionJakob Tice, former Commanding Officer as well as a founding member of the Rogue Base of the Rebel Legion, and Rocky Mountain Droid Builders Phillip Bareither, builder of all things astromech

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 pandemic starts to wane. Today they are joined by a guest who is lucky enough to have never really stopped that experience, Megaplex’s Jeff Whipple, our favorite PR person for our favorite theater chain, and sponsor of our show; Megaplex Theatres. In this first monthly special, Jeff discusses the magic of the movie theater, lessons they have learned during the pandemic, the love of their supportive audiences, and of course all the great movies, anniversary screenings, and more MegaExperiences that the Megaplex has in store for this May. 

    What MegaExperiences are we talking about? How about Free screenings of all eight of the "Fast and Furious" films leading up to the premiere of F9 for MyMegaRewards members, continued discounted popcorn and pop refills for your 2020 MegaTub and MegaMug through 2021, the Kids Summer Movie Pass 2021, multiple movies that are finally being released after major delays, and special anniversary screenings of classic films like Mission Impossible and Fried Green Tomatoes.  Are you ready to go back to the movies? Because we are!   

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 screen, while the other is a rated R for violence feature that fans of the action/mystery genre and fans of Tom Clancy’s novels will probably enjoy. In “Without Remorse” from Paramount Pictures and Amazon Studios, we finally meet a character from author Tom Clancy’s action thriller world, Senior Chief John Kelly played by rising action star Michael B. Jordan who happened to be the highlight of the pretty standard action flick. In Netflix's “Mitchells v Machines,” is a uniquely animated family-road trip film that happens to take place amid a robot-apocalypse, originally titled “Connected” before its delayed release, households will be able to connect to one another with the family-friendly comedy of the film. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 version really capitalizes on the violent visuals and a multitude of hidden easter eggs for fans of the game. In this review, Andy breaks down the story, pros-and-cons, and what parents should know before giving their teens permission to see the nearly NC-17 rated film.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 roars, into town! Families, fans, and pint-sized paleontologists alike will enjoy the audio tour featuring more than 70 moving and life-like dinosaurs, as well as a 50-foot long Megalodon. Today, Host KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined by Dino-Wrangler Dino Dustin to talk about Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru! Tickets for Jurassic Quest are just $49 per vehicle (8 people or less) and available only at www.jurassicquest.com. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.    

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  • 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 looks just like you would imagine. If the reason you’re watching this movie in the first place is the massive monster fights, boy, does this movie deliver! Particularly if you are watching on the big screen. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • 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 true story about an English businessman who gets caught up in the world of espionage during the Cold War in the 1960s. Not a reboot, not a reimagining, not a prequel or sequel, but an actual, “let’s-do-this-again-with-the-same-cast-and-footage-and-make-it-better-this-time.”  And yet that’s precisely what has happened for fans of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the other DC Comic superheroes of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” streaming now on HBO Max.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • 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 Effect  host Andy Farnsworth to talk about his best-selling kids' books about a "wimpy" junior high student, including the newest entry, "Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories."  They also talk about why he doesn't put his own picture in his books, seeing his books adapted into movies, and a bit about an animated series coming this year to DisneyPlus.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • 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 as a premium purchase. The feature mixes several genres and styles, and It’s, no surprise, heavily influenced by Southeast Asian culture. The family film is rated PG and something the whole family can enjoy.  The big question seems to be, “Do I take my kids to the theater yet?  Or do we spend the $30 fee and watch it on Disney Plus at home?”

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • 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 discuss the big news and the excitement surrounding the upcoming event, which might include a fun contest suggested by Andy and bonus virtual content than previous cons. While the 2020 FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, tickets are available for 2021 at fanxsaltlake.com, purchase early for the best discount. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • 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 Farnsworth to dive into the universe of the announced guests, discusses the fun of working with celebrities, and all you need to know to finally get your con on in 2021.  

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • 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-traveling, Easter egg hunting, Wookie growling fun. Deseret News’ Entertainment Editor Herb Scribner joins hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen to explore this new take on the Star Wars universe, and compare it to the iconically terrible 1978 made-for-tv special that we have already covered on this podcast. So grab your Life Day robe and your traditional holiday Tip-Yip to snack on, Fan Effect is diving back into one of our favorite fandoms to explore this galaxy of Lego-themed humor. We apologize for the audio distortion, we had microphone issues we were not aware of at the time of the recording.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • 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 in his opinion are the elements that make for a magnificent movie? What is his vision for the future of this podcast? We explore a wide array of pop-culture topics and deep-dive into why and how good storytelling changes our lives for the better. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • 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 Lake City. The massive haunt sprawls across 6 buildings, up 6 stories, and even into underground passages, with a gaggle of ghosties and ghoulies to appease the wants of any horror-lover. Host KellieAnn Halvorsen is taken backstage to see the inner-workings of this spectacular spectacle and learn how they have taken every precaution to provide a COVID safe experience for their guests. Because let's face it, this pandemic should not take away our favorite holiday. In the second part, KellieAnn talks to Fear Factory owner and creator Rob Dunfield about the creation, inspiration, and evolution of this happy haunt. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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. Tori Baker, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS) joins host KellieAnn Halvorsen to discuss all the cinema experiences the non-profit arthouse theater has to share with their audiences. The SLFS is on a mission to educate, advocate, and inform about, and through, cinema and the coronavirus can’t stop them from doing just that. They have pivoted to Cinema Safe experiences that are actually allowing for some fun and unique affairs like their Motor Cinema at the Redman Movies & Stories studio backlot with visits from cosplay groups (like, literal “Mad Max: Fury Road” inspired cars) and a Virtual Screenings program that is now being used to support other art house theaters nationwide. So order your curbside Curbside Concessions and settle into learning about the unique history, programs, and experiences offered by the Salt Lake Film Society. 

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • 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 this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by KSL TV morning news anchor Dan Spindle for an overwhelmingly positive review of "Face the Music" (with spoilers)... as well as some hilarious deep discussion breaking down three decades of Bill & Ted and how a ridiculous concept has managed to have such cultural staying power.

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 wait a few months until it becomes available to ALL Disney Plus subscribers. Andy Farnsworth is joined by his new co-host KellieAnn Halvorsen and regular guests Fanx Celebrity Panelist and geek mom Natalie Mollinet and Deseret News Trending and Entertainment Editor Herb Scribner to deep-dive into the latest Disney remake. With stunning visuals and steeped in the traditions of Eastern culture and martial arts cinematography, will this remake win over audiences at home and abroad in our current COVID world? 

    (NOTE: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOTH "MULAN” MOVIES)

    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, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • 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 September and its many thousands of attendees.

    Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth reached out to FanX owner & co-founder Dan Farr (from a safe social distance!) to answer the big questions fans may be wondering about the annual event, including:  Is FanX still going to happen, or could it be postponed or cancelled?  Can (and should) people still purchase tickets?  What potential changes are organizers considering?  Are celebs still planning on coming, and will they still allow autographs and photos?  What can organizers do to protect healthy patrons from those who might be sick but still want to attend?

    Whether you already have tickets to FanX 2020, or were waiting until the event got closer to decide, this is the interview you need to hear!

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  • 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 Scribner to review "Onward" (with minor spoilers) and talk about each of their personal connections to the story.  They also discuss which character from their favorite fandoms they'd like to spend a day with and what they'd do with them!

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  • 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 Kristian Odland, GeekTyrant.com writer and "One Minute Critic" on Instagram, to discuss these three recent movies, as well as Hollywood's apparent shift away from writing screenplays and creating imaginative movies about original characters. Is it Hollywood's fault...or are they just reacting based on our consumer choices?  They also argue whether you should read the book first...or see the movie first!

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  • 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 place.

    Host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner to break down the details of the announcement, talk about what fans can expect, and gauge the reaction to the announcement from around the internet.

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  • 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 Andy Farnsworth and Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner recap what was in the script, talk about the timing of the leak, what our reaction to it could say about us as fans, and why the continued fracturing among fans could have a more simple explanation than we might have thought.

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  • 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 Scribner and KSL Radio reporter Mary Richards to break down what we got from the eight episodes of season one, how the series came to be, background on the characters introduced and that big spoiler at the end of the final episode.

    Oh, and #BabyYoda.  Did we mention that already?

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  • 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 a long time.  But is it true for all good things? Say, for instance...Star Wars?

    "Fan Effect" host Andy Farnsworth and Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner got to watch all 9 (IX?) Star Wars saga films in a row during a 24-hour marathon at Megaplex Theaters leading up to and including the premiere of "The Rise of Skywalker".  Now they're here to talk about the experience, including new observations on each of the trilogies and new appreciations for moments in that galaxy far, far, away.

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  • 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 about what they'd like to see from the "Star Wars" universe going forward.

    (NOTE: Massive Spoilers in this podcast episode.  DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS UNTIL AFTER YOU SEE "RISE OF SKYWALKER")

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  • 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-insider, fanboy opinions of what they *think* they'll see, and what they'd *like* to see in the conclusion to the 40-year, nine-movie saga.  NOTE: No spoilers are contained herein, because they just don't know any.

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  • 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 "Frozen 2" seems to be resonating with so many viewers, and what things it did right to avoid looking like just a cynical cash grab.  Also, they debate whether it's the intent of, or the result of, a character's personal sacrifices in a story that makes those sacrifices meaningful.

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  • 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 James Cameron's returns, and decent critical reviews.  Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth and GeekTyrant.com writer Kristian Odland discuss their puzzlement at why other Terminator fans didn't enjoy the movie as much as they did, break down why they thought it was an excellent sequel to 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" and look into the future to see if there are any more Terminators there.  Plus, hear thoughts from Hamilton, Cameron and Schwarzenegger themselves!

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  • 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 old arguments (cough--The Last Jedi--cough) & even reveal a possible new order to watch all the Star Wars movies for those who haven't seen them.

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  • 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 a villain great and memorable, discuss some of the best villains from all the fandoms...and laugh at some of the forgettable ones (Condiment King, anyone?)

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  • 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 preference. 

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  • 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 murderer in the source material.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth welcomes back former podcast partner Tysen Webb, DC Comics superfan and KSL NewsRadio Movie Show producer KellieAnn Halvorsen, and first-time guest Herb Scribner of DeseretNews.com and a freelance contributor for Huffington Post, for some group therapy--errrr--spirited discussion about the new film, including: Phoenix's riveting portrayal; the issues the movie raises about mental illness and violence; the nods to the Batman mythology; and debate whether we even needed to know how Joker came to be, and if the film's cinematic achievements are enough to offset the disturbing content and imagery.

    (NOTE: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIE "JOKER")

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  • 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 leading one to wonder that maybe its shortcomings are there on purpose. 

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  • 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 beloved servants.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by KSL NewsRadio reporters and huge "Downton Abbey" fans Mary Richards and Heather Kelly to discuss the new movie and how both fans and non-fans will react, their hopes for the future of the franchise, and why non-fans could be forgiven for thinking they're watching a "Harry Potter" sequel.  Plus, you'll hear from some fans that attended the big "Downton" premiere screening in full period costume.  Whether you're a long-time DA fan or just someone curious as to what the fuss is about, there's something for you in this episode!

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  • 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 a SPOILER-FILLED deep dive into the film, which tries to explore complex father-son issues, hero worship, and the effort to create the most realistic space scenes in movie history.  They also argue whether it the film is a profound think-piece or just an un-entertaining, unwanted homework assignment.  Join us!

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  • 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 and that’s a problem for him and others like him--which makes it a problem for the rest of us.

    The novels have already shown their captivating reach as the first two audiobooks in the series “Alexander X” and “Ancient Among Us,” narrated by fan favorite Wil Wheaton continue to top every chart.

    In this episode, Savio (pronounced SAVVY-oh) and his producer Lisa Lindo sit down with host Andy Farnsworth for an in-depth discussion about this unique and exciting new series, along with digging into the writing process--taking a story from idea to page to screen.

    So, join us!  Whether you've already read or listened to the books, or you're hearing about them for the first time, you'll find something to enjoy in this highly entertaining interview!

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  • 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 as Gimli!), cheering them up and giving them advice before chatting with Andy, then heading off to the main convention.

    Rhys-Davies talks about why it's important to engage with children, things he admires about the U.S. and Utah, his memories of working with the Tabernacle Choir, and why youth need to metaphorically "slay their lions".

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  • 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 actor & producer) to get you ready for the big event, whether it's your first time or you've never missed one--including strategies & information for first-time attendees, new features & items of interest at this year's convention, and talk about "magic moments" from previous cons.  There's even a surprise guest who joins us to help amp the excitement and anticipation up to 11.

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  • 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 Odland and Disney shareholder, superfan and Fan Effect contributor Matthew Hansen.

    They discuss (with some spoilers for those who are avoiding them) the "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker" footage and other announcments from the galaxy far, far away like news about "The Mandalorian," "Clone Wars" and Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

    There's also exciting new info about upcoming Marvel movies and TV series, Pixar and Disney Animation films, live-action Disney projects, and the new Disney+ streaming service.  Join us!

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  • 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 Hospital, as well as other roles on Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Odyssey 5, Beowulf and The Man in the High Castle. 

    In this episode, Sebastian talks about why it's fun to play the villain, which of his roles frightens children, his characters' penchant for being alive when everyone else thinks he's dead, his feelings about Balthazar's final fate on SPN, the thing he sees on TV that drives him crazy, whether he got an invite to Meghan Markle's royal wedding and why he'd love to play King Arthur someday.

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  • 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 movie aficionado Matthew Jacobson to talk about the film and the book series on which it's based... what the film got right in its adaptation and where it was weak... what was the scariest part... and why we are attracted to folklore and scary stories.

    A spoiler-free discussion until 15:16... then spoilers after that.

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  • August 1, 2019

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

    The first spinoff from Universal Studios' "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.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by Nerdist and GeekTyrant writer Kristian Odland to discuss their thoughts on "Hobbs & Shaw", (WARNING: SPOILERS after 13:50 mark), how it will affect the larger "Fast & Furious" franchise, and what utterly impossible team-ups they'd like to see in future movies in the series.

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  • July 19, 2019

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

    One of Disney's iconic animated cartoon movies gets a photo-realistic remake in "The Lion King," this time with an all-new voice cast and state-of-the-art computer animation.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by KellieAnn Halvorsen of KSL's "Movie Show" and YouTuber, FanX host and Disney superfan Chris Provost to talk about whether or not "Lion King" should even have been re-made in the first place, the strengths and weaknesses of the new version, and where it ranks among Disney's recent run of remakes.

    NOTE: First segment is spoiler-free, but final segments contain mild spoilers for "The Lion King" (2019).

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  • 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 returning guest and Marvel superfan Natalie Mollinet for reaction to and deep, SPOILER-FILLED discussion about Spidey's second solo film in the MCU--especially those game altering post-credits scenes!

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  • 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, & Disney superfan) to discuss this latest--or is last?--entry in the Pixar franchise that started it all, including how it makes them feel about the ending of "Toy Story 3," thoughts about the new characters introduced, which ones got short-changed in terms of screentime and what Disney/Pixar should do with them in the future.

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  • 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 blockbuster.  Yet as recently as 30 years ago the concept of spoiling something wasn't a concern for most people.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth and guest host KellieAnn Halvorsen are joined by Richard V. Greene, philosophy professor and author of Spoiler Alert! (It's a Book About the Philosophy of Spoilers) to talk about how this spoiler culture came to be, why we fear spoilers, what things *can't* be spoiled, and debate some of the biggest spoilers in movie history.

    (WARNING:  This podcast episode contains spoilers!)

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  • 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 Minute Critic") Kristian Odland to talk--WITH SPOILERS--about this last effort to tell one of the X-Men's greatest storylines, this time brought to life by Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence.

    They also talk about the highs and lows of Fox's nearly two decades of stewardship over the X-Men franchise, and what they would like to see (or NOT see) now that the merry band of mutants are where they belong with Marvel Studios and Disney.

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  • 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 Ryan Meeks have a SPOILER-FILLED recap of and discussion about season 2, including their favorite moments, their complaints, their speculation as to what will happen in (the now-confirmed) season 3 and what other characters from the Karate Kid universe we may yet see.

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  • 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 "Cinderella" did, but fans seem more apprehensive than usual about this remake of the 1992 animated classic.

    Andy, Ryan and KellieAnn didn't find this new "Aladdin" to be quite to the level of the best Disney remakes, but really liked some of it--Naomi Scott as Jasmine, in particular.  Listen to find out what else they liked, their quibbles with some of the movie's choices, and ideas for a possible sequel!

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  • 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 goal is to discover whether or not there was a decent story underneath all the beautiful chaos. 

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  • 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 June 2019 SL Gaming Con (it's more than just video games!) how he became a HeroClix world champion, the explosive growth of gaming and its relationship to streaming, and the time he got yelled at by bigwigs at DC Comics for making a joke about Harley Quinn.

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  • 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 ourselves after 11 years, 22 movies and an epic final three-hour emotional ride.  Join us in this episode AFTER YOU'VE WATCHED THE MOVIE as we talk about the moments that surprised, excited, cracked us up, and gave us all the feels. Also, what we think or hope will happen as the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves on from here.

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  • 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 in his head, how Wakko might sound after 20 years if cartoons aged, what would happen if "Party-bot" (a character he voiced in one show) were to be part of the "Transformers" universe (where he voiced two characters), and whether "Crash Bandicoot" should get his own movie.

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  • 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 changes he's excited to finally see, gives his thoughts about "Star Trek Discovery," why he likes to meet fans, & what he thinks Harry Kim did with his life after returning to earth at the end of "Voyager".

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  • 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 a young age and what helps her not to take it for granted, why she enjoys playing a villain, her favorite things about meeting fans, and which accent is harder to do: Scottish or American?

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  • 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 celebrity and get an autograph in person, or purchase a celebrity autograph or item of memorabilia from a fellow collector.  Mr. Grad spent years collecting thousands of autographs himself, and is someone auction houses and memorabilia companies turn to verify authenticity of famous signatures and items.

    In this episode Steve talks about his amazing personal collection and some of the cool items and autographs he's come across, gives tips and suggestions to new and experienced collectors, and shares some hilarious stories about celebrity encounters.

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  • April 15, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Actress Samantha Smith

     

    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 Winchester on "Supernatural."

    In this episode, Sam gives her thoughts on Mary's final fate, which of her family members can't watch her death in "Supernatural's" first episode, what she enjoys about meeting fans, and what it's like to guest star on shows like "Seinfeld" and "Friends" at the height of their popularity.

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  • April 12, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Actor Mark Pellegrino

    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 "Supernatural".

    Mark covers a variety of topics, including what HE thinks happened to Oceanic Flight 815; how he hopes Luci's story ends when "Supernatural" ends; what it's like to join shows that have strong cult followings; the time Neil Patrick Harris punched him in the groin; and see how Mark does when he's given names of some of the characters he's played to see if he can remember the movie or TV show they're from!

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  • April 12, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Actress Linda Larkin

    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 discusses a variety of topics including: The nerve-wracking process of getting the part and why she didn't have to sing for her audition; what she thinks made Jasmine so unique as a Disney princess; and her thoughts about the new "Aladdin" live-action movie!

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  • April 11, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Actor/Writer Scott Weinger

    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 was immortalized as Aladdin in Disney's 1992 animated masterpiece!

    Learn interesting things about Scott including: Why he's not Aladdin's singing voice; how some fans react when he posts pics with his real-life wife (and she's *not* DJ Tanner!) How he'd like to see Steve & DJ's story end in "Fuller House"; Perks of being Disney royalty at a Disney theme park; which TV shows he's written episodes of; and finally, whether or not that infamous "dirty" line from "Aladdin's" 1990's home video release is myth or fact!

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  • April 10, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Artist Camilla d'Errico

    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 House, created toy designs for Hasbro, even designed snowboards!

    They talk about her journey from being a comic con attendee when she was a teenager to being a featured artist and panelist at cons all over the country now; her inspirations for her particular artistic style that combines manga, comic art and surrealist elements; tweeting back and forth with Neil Gaiman; and the time she danced with Joss Whedon.

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  • April 5, 2019

    SHAZAM and How DC Finally Relaxed and Made a Fun Live-Action movie

    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 are joined by KellieAnn Halvorsen and Johnny Mckeon to review this great addition to the DCEU. The consensus seems to be that whether or not you know who Shazam is, we think you will like this movie.

     

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  • March 28, 2019

    DUMBO and Disney's Live-Action Cartoon Remake Empire

    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 classics, including:

    Their favorites and least-liked movies so far; which upcoming movies are they most looking forward to and which are they hoping never make it to the big screen; and what do these remakes HAVE TO HAVE in order to be "good"?

    SHOW NOTE: This episode contains 100% more singing than any previous episode in "Fan Effect" history.

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  • March 22, 2019

    This is why we like Dr. Who

    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. 

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  • March 15, 2019

    What a shareholder knows about "Avengers Endgame" and "Star Wars Episode IX"

    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. 

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