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The Franchise

A podcast where Daniel Erenberg and Henry Papale discuss films that were hammered into the shape of a franchise.
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Now displaying: 2017
Jul 9, 2017

George Lucas persuades Spielberg to stop building a sand castle long enough to hear out his pitch that an archaeologist played by Tom Selleck would be much cooler than James Bond. 

Jul 4, 2017

TODAY WE CELEBRATE OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY! But then Liam Hemsworth shows up and ruins everything.

Jun 25, 2017

A FISH HEAD FLIES AT YOU. Joe Alves gives us one of the least watchable movies we've covered on The Franchise. Then, Hoagie and Ellen Brody 4-Ever. So much revenge. 

Jun 17, 2017

It's time for Franchise Summer! So put on your bathing suit, head to the beach and listen to us yap about Jaws. Just don't go in the water. There are sharks. And Sheriff Brody might shoot you. 

Jun 11, 2017

We make our way back to the Old West, where only the handsomest young boys rule the day. We're joined by Ryan Rebalkin (@ryanrebalkin) of the Going The Distance podcast to discuss Native American mysticism, Brad Whitford and the sexiest set of six-shooters you ever did see! 

Jun 4, 2017

Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof deliver a head scratcher and then Hank and I venture to the ol' multiplex (or BAM) to check out a recent box office bomb.

May 30, 2017

ABC remade Dirty Dancing as a Jukebox Musical! It was 3 hours long! We watched it! 

May 28, 2017

First, David Fincher shaves Ripley's head and has her commit suicide and then Jeanne-Pierre Jeunet flashes forward a billion years and has her fuck an alien. This franchise goes off the rails but quick. 

May 21, 2017

Nathan Sherwood joins us for a deep dive through the chests of two classics. First, we examine Ridley Scott's claustrophobic horror film and then James Cameron's explosive, fun follow-up. Come for the gruesome gore, stay for the cute cats.

May 14, 2017

It's a racism-off! Come find out who wins! Plus, Henry invents a game. A fair game.

May 7, 2017

We finally tell the story of how Daniel insulted Brett Ratner in front of Henry. And we may even score an interview with the RatPac founder himself.

May 5, 2017

You will believe a reboot can suck. But aren't Mulder and Scully just the best, guys? I mean, really.

Apr 23, 2017

A NY Jew must dance so that a Rocket may have an abortion. Then, some "fat" girl gets her cleavage sniffed by the suicidal gay boyfriend from Milk. 

Apr 16, 2017

Favreau gets busy. Really busy. Then, Shane Black comes along for no good reason to Shane Black all over the Marvel Universe.

Apr 9, 2017

We dig into the MCU with this strong starting point. Get ready for some very nerdy behind the scenes tales from the frontlines of Marvel Comics. 

Apr 2, 2017

Sly tries to save his career with an elegiac look into the nostalgia of Rockys past. Then, Ryan Coogler shows up to remind us what an actual movie is supposed to look like. Plus, a controversial ranking of the Rocky montages and the films themselves.

Mar 28, 2017

Our hearts are on fire with love for Rocky IV, from Drago to Paulie's sex robot. Then, we go on a long journey into the darkness that is Rocky V. Avildsen's back! Thanks for nothing.

Mar 19, 2017

One real movie. Then Mr. T and Hulk Hogan show up. Which is the better approach? Who's to say?

Mar 12, 2017

Yo! Hey! Boxing movies, y'know? Whoa! What? Hey! Best picture?! Whoa, thanks! 

Mar 5, 2017

Neveldine and Taylor recruit Jason Statham for a couple of fun days out. And we recruit Isaac Lopez (@kickisaacout) for a fun podcast about them! Who can recognize the most porn stars? Find out here.

Feb 26, 2017

The least epic book of all time gets the treatment it doesn't deserve. Blade 2 Zombies! Crazy Cat Ladies! And Dark Peeta! PLUS, we make our 2017 Oscar predictions.

Feb 19, 2017

We dig into our first YA adaptation, Lion's Gate savior The Hunger Games. It's all here. The highs (Jennifer Lawrence, PSH), the lows (Lenny Kravitz?, the lesser Hemsworth) and everything in between (Rue). Let the games begin.

Feb 12, 2017

Rene Russo. Chris Rock. Jet Li. Joe Pesci with bleach-blonde hair. And then a demotion to network television. Lethal Weapon slides downhill. 

Feb 5, 2017

We're revisiting some old friends on Joel Silver's sticky, disgusting casting couch. Murtaugh and Riggs! A family man and a suicidal Nazi with a barely hidden Australian accent. Okay, okay, okay. 

Jan 30, 2017

We mansplain the Legally Blonde franchise to you! 

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