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  • Local Host Craig McFarland & Jeremy Goeckner

Are you a movie-lover? Do you look for the good before the bad? Do you think hater critic culture has gone a little too far? Well then this is the podcast for you! At The Front Row, we're the podcast for people who ACTUALLY LIKE MOVIES. We have over 10 different shows that all bring their unique perspectives to the world of entertainment. Check them all out, and we'll see you in the front row!

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World Wrestling Entertainment

The absence of professional sports in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak has left a pretty sizeable void in the world. An unassuming beneficiary of those shutdowns has been World Wrestling Entertainment. Despite performing in front of empty arenas, they and their competitors are the one mass live entertainment enterprise still producing new live content. Any WWE fan and even casual observers can tell you that the entire wrestling calendar revolves around Wrestlemania. The annual April mega show is not just a WWE showcase.

eSports Hits It’s Stride Amongst COVID-19

Apr 7, 2020
Formula One

The world of esports, while not at all a new thing, has been promoted to the forefront as a mainstream offering during these times of isolation and social distancing. The remainder of the F1 2020 season was put on hiatus as of March 20th, but that didn't stop the international racing juggernaut from debuting a brand new esports F1 Grand Prix series on Sunday on March 22nd.

Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Movies of the Last Decade

Apr 5, 2020

When I started the Guilty Pleasures podcast almost 3 years ago, I started with the basic question: What is a “Guilty Pleasure?” Some would say it’s a movie that’s so bad it’s good, a movie you watch with a sort of ironic detachment, laughing at something as opposed to with it. While I certainly agree with some of that, as I’ve delved further into the world of Guilty Pleasures, I find that concept to be a little incomplete.

FLASHBACK - Outbreak & Contagion

Apr 4, 2020
Warner Bros. Pictures

With everything going on in the world, it's no wonder the films #Outbreak and #Contagion have become very popular again. But subject matter aside, how accurate are they and how well do they portray their situations? The #Flashback crew is ready to break them down. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Erin McCabe & Jay Hoffman

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12 Video Games to Play During Shelter-In-Place

Mar 30, 2020

We at Super GG Radio usually focus on the lighthearted, the fun, and what we love spending our time doing with friends.  While we can’t ignore how COVID-19 and the downstream effects of it spreading across the world have affected not only us but those in our community, we along with some friends & collaborators want to offer some of our favorite video games (in no particular order) we feel could help offer a distraction while many of us are holed-up in our homes.  Whether this time to you feels like a forced staycation, a fearful period without work, or time standing still, we hope one

Warner Bros. Pictures

Classics is so psyched to finally launch our annual celebration of all things Marx Brothers, Marx Madness! In the first episode, we're taking a look at Duck Soup and A Night At The Opera.

FEATURING: Brandon Davis & Allison Means

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SUPER GG RADIO - Session 55 - A Brew With Us

Mar 21, 2020

This week!  We continue guest month with Big Deal Blake from the A Brew With You Podcast!  We try out a couple of inventive 2D indie betas with Rustle and A Space for the Unbound in Early Adopters, wax poetic about E3’s cancellation in news.  Blake brings us what he’s been playing in the Backlog Blog - Persona 5 and Oxenfree!  We get to know Blake and his show “A Brew With You” better in the guest spot.  And finally, we play a round of Indie or Outdie with our guest.

Don’t hesitate to check out A Brew With You on youtube and wherever you find podcasts.

BEYOND THE MOUSE - "Onward" Review

Mar 16, 2020
Walt Disney Studios

Even in the midst of the coronavirus, #Pixar and #Disney gave us the next in the stable of animated adventures. The whole Beyond The Mouse crew is here to give you their #FullDisclosure review of the magical family advneture #Onward. #BTM #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford & Vanessa Ferguson

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March 16, 2020

It's time for your weekly BOX OFFICE MINUTE. Here we will give you the rundown on what won the weekend at the theaters. The biggest story was the immense collective downturn in all numbers. However we still do have a top 5 and they include 3 new releases. Here is your #BoxOfficeMinute

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

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GUILTY PLEASURES - Tremors & Tremors 2

Mar 15, 2020
Universal Pictures

It's a crossover kind of day! The collective powers of #GuiltyPleasures and #Flashback combine to.... honor?.... the 30th anniversary of the sci-fi horror comedy #Tremors. And as an added bonus? Why not throw in #Tremors2 as well?! Gonna be fun taking this one to the Guilt Meter. Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

March 13, 2020

Here we tell you the latest movies releasing in theaters every weekend so you can always be up to date on when the movies you're most looking forward to are out. This week features a new graphic novel adaptation, a controversial horror film and a faith-based music biopic. Here is what's #OpeningThisWeek

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

March 06, 2020

Here we tell you the latest movies releasing in theaters every weekend so you can always be up to date on when the movies you're most looking forward to are out. This week features the next Pixar film and the newest drama from the team of Gavin O'Connor and Ben Affleck. Here is what's #OpeningThisWeek

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

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BEYOND THE MOUSE - News Roundup! A Couple of Bobs

Mar 2, 2020
Walt Disney Studios

It's been a while since #BeyondTheMouse has a done a good old fashioned #Disney news roundup! We're discussing the HUGE shakeup as CEO Bob Iger suddenly steps down, do some Disney+ reviews and much more. #BTM #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford & Vanessa Ferguson

The Front Row Network is proud to announce the addition of the latest group of contributors to the ever-growing entertainment network. We’re proud to announce that Super GG Radio will be joining the Network under the NPR Illinois banner. Super GG Radio is a video game-centric podcast dealing with news and reviews of new and existing titles as well as editorial stories. The Network has long wanted to get into the video game realm and adding a crew like Super GG Radio is just the perfect addition to get us there.

DISCOVERING STAR TREK - Picard Ep. 2 - Maps and Legends

Feb 25, 2020
CBS Entertainment

Ep. 19 - Picard Ep. 2 - Maps and Legends

Picard begins investigating the mystery of Dahj as well as what her very existence means to the Federation. Without Starfleet's support, Picard is left leaning on others for help, including Dr. Agnes Jurati and an estranged former colleague, Raffi Musiker. Meanwhile, hidden enemies are also interested in where Picard's search for the truth about Dahj will lead.

FEATURING: Scott McFarland, Blake Whitson & Mike Muller

February 24, 2020

It's time for your weekly BOX OFFICE MINUTE. Here we will give you the rundown on what won the weekend at the theaters. Did Sonic speed his way to the top of the box office once again?

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

Newsweek

Is anyone out there as tired talking about Star Wars as I am (“well, you’re the one writing about it, jackass”)? For over 40 years, the adventures of the Skywalker family have captivated, frustrated, and splintered us. So much so, I’ve added on to an old saying – there are 3 things you don’t discuss in public: religion, politics, and Star Wars.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

It's been an incredible Oscar Season. The #Oscars gave us plenty of surprises and plenty of topics to discuss. Here is our Awards night coverage in the form of all of our live commercial break segments. See you next season! #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Phil Rockwell, Brandon Davis, Vanessa Ferguson, Jay Hoffman & Jeremy Goeckner

What Happened to The Irishman?

Feb 10, 2020
Netflix

From the time it was announced, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman seemed destined to dominate the Academy Awards. An epic film from one of Hollywood’s most revered filmmakers, which sees him reuniting with long-time collaborator Robert DeNiro? And Joe Pesci coming out of retirement? AND Al Pacino? Top all of that off with a screenplay from Steve Zallian, based off a book inspired by true-life events and it would seem to hit Oscar Bingo.

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Picture

Feb 9, 2020

Our #OscarSpotlight category series concludes on this Oscar Sunday with a long look at the nominees for the industry's top prize of Best Picture. We give you a detailed reasoning of why all 9 films deserve to win. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Lou Hare, Craig McFarland, Phil Rockwell & Jeremy Goeckner

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
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Oscars Best Picture Rankings

Feb 9, 2020
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

To put it in the most purely academic term I can think of, it has been a stupid good year for film. This year’s Academy Awards features categories overflowing with strong choices, so much so that a whole separate show could be cobbled together featuring all the overlooked nominees. There are still some snubs that hurt, and the Academy’s diversity problem is still a much too slow work in progress, but it also feels as if the Academy’s Best Picture lineup is the strongest its been in a long time.

Netflix, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, El Deseo

Our #OscarSpotlight category series continues with a look at the absolutely STACKED year that it was for leading male performances. Who's the favorite and can anyone pull an upset? #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

POP CULTURE DRAFT NIGHT - Oscars Draft 2020

Feb 8, 2020

After a long hiatus, #PopCultureDraftNight is back with one of our favorite episodes of the year: The Annual Oscars Draft! The teams are assembled and we'll see this Sunday which one reigns victorious.

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
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OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Director

Feb 7, 2020

Our #OscarSpotlight category series and examines the truly incredible work of the 5 nominated Directors for 2019. Will there be anyone that can sneak in and challenge the favorite? #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens & Phil Rockwell

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
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OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Actress

Feb 6, 2020
Netflix, Sony Pictures Releasing, Focus Features, BBC Films, Annapurna Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight category series turns its attention to the race for Best Actress and whether or not anybody can pull a surprise upset of favorite Renee Zellweger. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Jay Hoffman & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Supporting Actress

Feb 5, 2020
Netflix, Sony Pictures Releasing, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Misher Films, Annapurna Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight category series continues with a deep dive on the insanely talented ladies nominated for Best Supporting Actress. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Jay Hoffman & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
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BEYOND THE MOUSE - Disney Goes To The Oscars!

Feb 5, 2020
Walt Disney Pictures

It's Oscar season once again at the Front Row and #BeyondTheMouse is getting in on the fun. In this special episode, the crew takes a look at some of the biggest moments for the Moues House at the Oscars. #BTM #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Supporting Actor

Feb 4, 2020
Sony Picture Releasing, Netflix, Columbia Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight category series continues and now we're getting into the acting categories. First up is the showdown for Best Supporting Actor. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Original Screenplay

Feb 3, 2020
Netflix, Amblin Pictures, Columbia Pictures, CJ Entertainment, Lionsgate Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight category series now turns to Best Original Screenplay in a race that has become increasingly too close to call. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Phil Rockwell & Jay Hoffman

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

Democratic Candidates as Best Picture Nominees

Feb 3, 2020
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

It’s a harrowing time for Hollywood Democrats. As we speak, Academy voters are logging in and submitting their votes for the Academy Awards. At the same time, voters everywhere are preparing for their state’s primaries to select a candidate in the Democratic primary (The Republicans already have their candidate, so Jon Voight can rest easy). While on the surface, these seem like very disparate events (with only one having some actual stakes behind them), this year’s contests seem very similar.

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