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063 THE XFL IS OFFICIALLY BACK

Average Nobodies Podcast – THE XFL IS OFFICIALLY BACK

for January 25, 2018.

On today’s show we’re chatting about the 2018 Oscar nominations, this Sunday’s Royal Rumble, Larry Nassar and the shocking return of the XFL. You can chat with us on Twitter @AverageNobodies, toss us a like on Facebook @AverageNobodies and heart all our pictures on instagram, @AverageNobodies. Don’t forget, this podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and YouTube.

Stacker Pentecost wanted to retire on a beach in the Caribbean and become a jazz musician

Trailers of the week, the fastest 30 seconds in movie news, ‘Alien: Covenant’ prologue breakdown, Pacific Rim character bios and a ‘Get Out’ review that is FULL of spoilers. You’ve been warned. Call 401-285-8120 to leave us a voicemail.

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-Matt

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Ep 4 – We Are Cancelling the Apocalypse

Trailers of the week, the fastest 30 seconds in movie news, ‘Alien: Covenant’ prologue breakdown, Pacific Rim character bios and a ‘Get Out’ review that is FULL of spoilers. You’ve been warned. Call 401-285-8120 to leave us a voicemail.

Janet Patterson Was Included In The #Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ But They Used The Wrong Picture

If you’ve seen it once, you’ve it a million times. The old ‘this lady died but we’re going to use a picture of someone else who’s actually alive because we obviously don’t give a shit’ trick. Not only is this shitty for the woman who’s alive, but it’s terrible for the family of the woman who died as well. Janet Patterson is a four time Oscar winning costume designer, and they couldn’t even attach the right picture to her name. Between this, the Best Picture mix-up and the lack of a two and a half hour Bill Paxton tribute, I think we need somebody else at the control of next year’s show.

-Ryan

024 Oscar Wrap Up

A wrap up of the 2017 Academy Awards. Including a live reaction to La La Land getting the Oscar ripped from their hands.

Your Average 2017 Oscar Predictions

2017 Oscar Nominations

The 89th Academy Awards are a little over four weeks away, and the nominees are now set for the golden statue award ceremony. After winning six Golden Globes, La La Land is the favorite to win Best Picture, with Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea not far behind. It wouldn’t be an award ceremony without our share of snubs and surprises, but we’ll save that debate for another time (hint: never). Since we’re officially licensed movie connoisseurs, we thought we’d skip that debate and instead give our iron clad predictions on the Best Picture race, as well as who we think will walk away winners in some of the other major categories. Will Hacksaw Ridge pull off the monumental upset and win Best Picture? Will Casey Affleck cruise through awards season with a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Actor? Let’s get to our predictions and find out! (And follow along at home with our 2017 Oscar Ballot!)

[Spoilers Limited]

ARRIVAL

SynopsisLinguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

Arrival is the kind of movie where you leave the theater having seen a totally different movie than you expected. It’s so much more than a SciFi movie, and the message can still resonate even if you swap out the aliens. Also, it was delightful to see Jeremy Renner in something where he wasn’t toting a bow and arrow; he really shines in this flick, even though he wasn’t put up for consideration. I think Arrival not only walks away, handily, with the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, but also has a real good shot at Film Editing and Production Design. This is a GORGEOUS film. -Matt

FENCES

Synopsis: A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Viola Davis, all-around Hollywood superstar, and Rhode Island native, gets her third Oscar nomination (Most of any black woman in history) for her role in Fences. She plays opposite Denzel in a film that seems to hit deep at your inner-most emotions (The academy loves those types of movies this year apparently). If I know Denzel and Viola they are sure to put on a painfully honest performance that will stay with you beyond the theater. Along with Denzel and Viola both getting nods, Fences is also up for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. While I can’t speak for the actors performances specifically, I could see a tight race with Arrival for adapted screenplay (since this is derived from a critically acclaimed play by August Wilson). -Matt

HACKSAW RIDGE

SynopsisWWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Hacksaw Ridge is the tale of two movies. The first half of the movie follows Desmond T. Doss from childhood up to his enrollment in the Army, and lays out why he was a pacifist and a conscientious objector to the war. There’s a specific moment in his childhood that not only turns him into a pacifist, but alters the direction of his life. The first hour or so moves along slowly, but as soon as Desmond and his unit are deployed to Hacksaw Ridge, all hell breaks loose. This is where Garfield and director Mel Gibson really shine, and anyone who’s seen Braveheart knows that Gibson is at his best when depicting the brutality of war. The fact that this is based on a true story (there’s a quick interview with the real Desmond after the movie that is incredibly moving) only enhances the emotion of this film. Hacksaw Ridge is also nominated for five other awards, including best actor, director, film editing, sound editing and sound mixing. It’s a long shot to win any of the three major awards, but regardless of whether it wins or loses, it’s a must see film. –Ryan

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Leonardo DiCaprio Nervously Waiting For His Oscar To Be Engraved Might Be The Most Human We’ve Ever Seen Him

In case you hadn’t heard, Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar Sunday night. I’m going to skip the ‘did he or didn’t he’ deserve it debate and show you something much more interesting: Leonardo DiCaprio being a normal guy. Leo is and most likely always will be the epitome of cool. He’s a lifelong bachelor, movie mega star and about the only thing he has in common with me and you is that we’re all human beings. But watching him in this video is king of fascinating, because you can tell me he doesn’t really know what to do. He’s waited his entire professional life for this kind of validation, and now he’s just kind of nervously tapping the counter waiting for his name to be engraved into this golden statue. What’s next for Leo? I think Ryan Case had the perfect suggestion:

-Ryan

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