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In the vast landscape of podcasting available to internet users, there is no doubt many of the these feeds are devoted to aspects and opinions on the many channels of pop culture. Standing high above all of them when it comes to the point of view of what it means to be a fanatic is Team Jack, part of the Smodco Broadcasting family brought to you by Kevin Smith.
Jack Morrissey, the namesake of Team Jack, was approached by film maker Smith to podcast due not only to his knowledge of pop culture, but for his radio voice, as he dubs it. Instead of focusing directly on the mediums of film or otherwise that Jack and his co-hosts Matt Cohen and Greg Yolen are interested in, his podcast became focused on the voice of, the analyzation of, and the sense of community in being a fanatic.
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It has to be one of the most talked about moments via a Syfy show this year. Grant Wilson, the cofounder of TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), walks away from the wildly popular TV show “Ghost Hunters”. Immediately, the rumor mill started. Was he divorcing? Was he dying? Could he not stand the attention and fans anymore?! Anything people could think of became discussed.
The truth? Grant talks about it directly to the fans and inquiring minds in this mini film, a Fan-Culture.org production featuring lush pieces of live music from CarpetShark, with a no-frills bonus video HERE with full interviews. Transcripts of videos can be made upon request.
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There are probably a lot of celebrities and public figures who would not be up for a book signing and discussion following the morning of a family member’s funeral, but Nick Groff of “Ghost Adventures” was not about to let his fans down at a Nashua New Hampshire Barnes and Noble on Saturday, November 17th. Very nice of you to do, Nick! Check out the full video of the event HERE and a video where Nick does some fan shout outs HERE. You can send Nick condolensces on his loss via Twitter HERE, or to just follow him and become a fan, too!
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What is best in life? An open mind, a butt-comfy seat and a copy of “Arnold’s Army” by Randy Jennings, a novel about the fan community of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Whether you are a fan of Arnold, a skeptic of the actor due to his controversies, or just into anything fan culture related, there is something for anyone in reading this piece. As much as one would think that this is all about Arnold, it is more so about the cult following from his contributions to pop culture, fitness, philanthropy, and most of his fans would agree in politics. From tattoos to collections to stories of encounters with the iconic actor, this book has it all!
A personal recommendation for highlights in this book lie in Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen - terrific views into Randy’s life, as he gracefully shares some of his encounters with The Oak (or Austrian Oak, which are just some of Arnold’s nicknames). He also shares that his mother visited Arnold’s homeland, giving her vivid written description as a fellow fan on the overseas trip complete with photos. Randy is also encouraging his son to follow in his Arnold admiring footsteps, as seen in the above photo.
The well-deserved spokesperson and head of the Arnold fan community through his terrific and long standing site The Arnold Fans, Randy is open in the book about the fact that his fan community, as well as his idol, are not perfect. Yet through all the adversity, he helps to rally up the troops through many measures such as this video “Forever Arnold” after the Governator’s adultery saga unfolded, including cameos from Danny Devito and other show business staples. He also gives a lot of credit to those in the past and present who help him run TAF, as well as displaying the stories of many fellow “Army” members.
Before received a copy of his book, I spoke with Randy on BlogTalkRadio about being an Arnold fan and about “Arnold’s Army” as well as other projects, which you can listen to HERE. Visit Randy’s namesake website The Arnold Fans HERE, as well as to purchase a copy of his novel HERE. You can also see a video of Arnold at San Diego Comic Con 2012 thanking fans, as well as Randy asking a Q of the actor HERE at the 4 minute mark.
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Christopher Lloyd, who is probably best remembered as Doc Brown from the “Back to the Future” trilogy, or Uncle Fester in “The Addams Family” films, or from “The PageMaster”, or “Taxi” (the list goes on and on), signed autographs for many fans at New York City Comic Con 2012. In this short video, BTTF super fan Kreg is filmed meeting one of his heroes as he gets his Flux Capacitor signed. Oh yeah, and the Capacitor came right out of his Delorean (aka the brand of the BTTF time machine car). LOVE IT.
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Films over the decades have highlighted the horror of humanity, whether they were fictional or autobiographical. Sometimes though, fans can intersect with the avenues of fantasy and tragedy while celebrating the movies that they love.
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I have met him [singer Dwight Yoakum] one time very briefly at a restaurant in Los Angeles and I just did my best, I was introduced to him, and I did my best to keep my cool, and shake his hand, and get out of there. Not reveal that I was an enormous Dwight Yoakum nerd…I was in a diner once wearing a Dwight Yoakum shirt in that he came into, and I felt humiliated and sort of like, crouched down beneath the booth I was in.
-Josh Gates, DT (Destination Truth) Fan Radio, July 9th 2012
Dakota Laden, who appeared on Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures”, soon premieres documentary “Ghost Boys” on YouTube
Dakota Laden from an outside perspective is a pretty normal teenage guy. He likes to goof around with friends, focuses on his school work as much as he can and obviously enjoys a dose of pop culture. To those who really know him however, he is the Ghost Adventures kid.
Dakota, with the help of his family and father in particular, won the Ghost Adventures Mash Up Contest in the Fall of 2011 where fans had to make their own music video that conveyed to them what Ghost Adventures was all about. The episode Dakota was on met with much fan fare, no pun intended, but his story didn’t end there. Continue reading
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