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Learn What Ain’t It Cool’s TV Critic Thinks About All The Latest STAR TREK, STAR WARS And X-MEN News!! Listen And Call In LIVE Saturday 10pm PT/1am ET!!

Published at: Dec. 2, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

Tonight the KERN Krew and I discuss the “unstoppable force of terror from within [Starfleet that] has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.”

Also? What Lawrence Kasdan (“The Empire Strikes Back”) and Matthew Vaughn (“Layer Cake,” “Stardust,” “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class”) are up to (if anything) at Lucasfilm.

Also also? All the expensive casting news (two Professor Xs, two Magnetos and The Wolverine) for “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Will Franklin Richards’ parents get a cameo?

“Ask Mr. KERN” airs Saturday night 10:05 p.m. till midnight PT.

No matter where you are you can listen to the show LIVE by hitting the “Listen Live” button at kernradio.com.

Best of all, you, constant reader, can join this very nerdy conversation.

The toll-free call-in line is:
1-800-640-5376

Call in drunk, as I always do, but watch your language. This is not a podcast. This monster goes out over the air on all 50,000 watts of Southern California’s KERN-AM.

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  • Dec. 1, 2012, 2:36 a.m. CST

    We are gonna run our yappers tonight!

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Good morning KERNels!!

    by Deceased Fan

    I promise not to curse anyone today. Santa is watching and I don't want coal again this year.

  • The man was an 80's TV icon and deserved a tip-of-the-hat is all I'm saying.

  • Orci mentioned that not everything he said about this new Trek movie has been truthful. What if he lied to Herc and crew on this national radio show? Just saying...

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    just_some_guy

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    That one is already loaded in the chamber. Orci told us that Gary Mitchell would NOT be one of the characters in the new TREK. And I can't imagine Khan being the cat that would "detonated the (star) fleet and everything it stands for". We'll see. I'm guessing that Hercules is sticking to his guns about the bad guy being Khan. 14 hours till air time at this moment. News could break that the villain is Locutus for all I know. Coffee time...

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Working in the industry for 25 years, but not being a geek....

    by MovieManStill

    Seems to work against my favor. I'll try to listen, but I'm starting to drift. Looking forward to an Austin trip soon - it has been a while.

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Coffee time? I got your Coffee Time!

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    12:05 am to 2:00 am CST. Somebody fire up Mr. Coffee!

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Orci, Mitchell, lies, etc

    by CelluloidNitrate

    Part of me doesn't blame him if he lied to us about Gary Mitchell not being in the movie; while part of me enjoys getting little tidbits and spoilers when I can, I like being surprised at movies. What does irk me, if in fact Cumberbatch is playing Mitchell, is that the tie-in comic (overseen by Orci) launched with an adaptation of Where No Man Has Gone Before. The comic was touted as the official bridge between movies, and while it's entirely within their purview to do what they want with the movies, I regret being suckered into buying 3.99 comics that are 'irrelevant'.

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    celluloidnitrate and puttgrass

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    I don't blame him if he lied either. In a weird kind of way it's flattering. But I do want to hear more about the comic thing tonight. Putt!!! What do you mean you got my coffee time??? Don't make me pull a Jay and Silent Bob, showing up on your doorstep to lay an ass whoopin' on ya! ;)

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    moviemanstill

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    If you wanna tune in and have fun with us you're more than welcome. If we don't hold your interest, that's fine too. Have a happy life, live and be well.

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    graphix67

    by Hercules

    I can't speak to the motives of Ain't It Cool's other contributors, many of whom have written other obits and about TV. But if you listen to last week's "Ask Mr. KERN," I think it's obvious why I assumed there were others better suited to tackle this one. If you're still desperate at this point for a summation of the man's life and career, I offer one far better than any I could write: http://www.krgv.com/news/dallas-star-larry-hagman-dies-in-texas-285060/

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I think that the "desperate" line is a bit snarky (above).

    by MovieManStill

    Welive..., it's not that my interest in the radio show hasn't been held - quite the reverse. There is a lot of talk about the industry from the outside, and interviews with people on the inside. I am referring to this site. Many active industry folks have exited for the same reason. A total disconnect. Ten years ago, you'd hear people mention AICN on the set...now, no. (Unless one of those manipulative on-set "tours" is being held - great marketing, though limited.) I'll just listen. I usually agree with Herc's take on stuff. And maybe "deceased" will call in, and entertain everyone.

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    15 till air...

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Yeah second season was 'Make Your Own Kind Of Music'.

    by Shermdawg

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    I got the BR too, the 3D version was cheap.

    by Shermdawg

    Need to watch that doc.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:13 a.m. CST

    I can't drink that much.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:13 a.m. CST

    If you need answers, ask me.

    by Shermdawg

    Ask Mr.Sherm

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    So they hadn't discovered Acturian Poontang yet?

    by Shermdawg

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Dear Santa...

    by Deceased Fan

    I would like the 4disc Prometheus blu ray for Christmas. I've been really good this year.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    No Batman, No Justice.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    No Puttgrass?

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:23 a.m. CST

    No Justice.

    by Shermdawg

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    The east coasters holding down the fort.

    by Deceased Fan

    Cheers shermdawg!

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    *raises glass*

    by Shermdawg

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Or...

    by Shermdawg

    ...just watch the trailers online the day before like most folks.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    ^bingo.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:44 a.m. CST

    lol, just spit a bit of my drink out at that Quagmire clip.

    by Shermdawg

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Mmm...smoked meat.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Easy fellas.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:48 a.m. CST

    What about a bald blue plant woman?

    by Shermdawg

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:50 a.m. CST

    I've read some on Comixology.

    by Deceased Fan

    I dig it.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:53 a.m. CST

    ive tried to read comics online and it doesnt work

    by walt

    not the same experience as paper

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:55 a.m. CST

    digital comics will put brick and mortar stores out of biz

    by walt

    same stores that kept the companies alive same stores where geeks could gather to argue who could kick batman's ass harder...supes or the hulk and one of the sets for big bang theory will never be used again

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    As a collector I get the need for paper, but ...

    by Deceased Fan

    For quick touch of a button access or to catch up on some arcs. It's great.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Brick and mortar stores were in the tank long before digital comics.

    by Deceased Fan

    I want my vices delivered to my fat white body. Thank you Amazon.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST

    the fly by nights were done the moment they opened

    by walt

    every major store in the los angeles area is still around but digital, amazon, ebay, etc are eating into their biz some, its their own fault by not offering discounts and being extremely greedy during the fake boom still remember golden apple holding copies in the back to force sell outs and raise prices

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:11 a.m. CST

    McWeeny just trying to get hits.

    by Shermdawg

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:12 a.m. CST

    JGL as Bats? BOO!

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Nothing solid about Zack Snyder.

    by Shermdawg

    Did you see Sucker Punch!?

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    herc gives no credit for feige...and he should

    by walt

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    OK, I HAVE been listening, and just signed on....

    by MovieManStill

    but I have never read a comic in my life, and this is all "Charlie Brown's teacher" to me. Kern, are you doing the voiceover for that restaurant thing?

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    HEAL!!!!!!!

    by MovieManStill

  • something that was lacking in early marvel movies hulk being the prime example too much power was given to ang lee, who thought he knew better than kirby/lee and every other creator who came before what we got was an absolute mess the second hulk had its problems, but it didnt spit on the source material like ang lee did and bruce remained bruce can anyone understand why bruce wayne is manly, but bruce banner is not?

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Pepsi is Republican

    by MovieManStill

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    You wanna know what I saw in Sucker Punch?

    by Deceased Fan

    I thought if these scenarios had Superman it would be a lot better. Snyder should do a Fleischer style Superman. And guess what he gets the gig, but I doubt it will be wgat I envisioned.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    The Dark Side

    by MovieManStill

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Pepsi fucking sucks!

    by Deceased Fan

    Coke rules!

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Would you get a tattoo of the Pepsi logo like CM Punk?

    by Shermdawg

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Pepsi tastes like syrup.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Mix it with vodka, and you won't give a shit

    by MovieManStill

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Coke is it.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Herc, what are you and the poodle drinking?

    by MovieManStill

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Oh God Taco Bell Pepsi is the worst.

    by Deceased Fan

    Mike remove your tongue.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    It is.

    by MovieManStill

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    The owners of the house where we filmed this week.....

    by MovieManStill

    ...had "Empire" DVD in their kitchen DVD player - I watched it three times - original. (I was set up in the kitchen, the only place where I could steal the neighbor's wireless.)

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:34 a.m. CST

    bevmo has a selection of natural colas

    by walt

    all better than pepsi and coke

  • Seriously, at one point, they totally could've done a Legend sequel with him as the Cruise character and Frankie Muniz as the elf.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch

    by CelluloidNitrate

    Made me feel really comfortable with, at the very least, the action sequences we'll be getting from Snyder's Superman.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Page was better than who they originally cast, Maggie Grace.

    by Shermdawg

    Just imagine how awful that would've been.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Gettin rapey up in here.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Did they bleep "jerk off"?

    by Hercules

    if not? awesome!

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:45 a.m. CST

    They're not bleeping "Goddamn" or "Jesus Christ"

    by MovieManStill

    So, not sure what the status is.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Kitty Pryde...

    by Shermdawg

    http://i47.tinypic.com/2d1wo0p.jpg

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Planet Terror > Death Proof

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Thanks - worked on that movie.....

    by MovieManStill

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Kiss the Girls.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST

    moviemanstill.

    by Deceased Fan

    Cool. Yeah I love Tarantino, but initial viewing I felt Rodriguez delivered what I was looking for. Loved it.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Wait, what?

    by MovieManStill

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST

    master graphics

    by Hercules

    that's it gang you don't have to go home but you can't stay here!

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Goodnight.

    by Deceased Fan

    Hello bed. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Hey moviemanstill.

    by Deceased Fan

    Ok, so I'm reading the latest Entertainment Weekly and I get to The Bullseye on the last page to find an image of Larry Hagman in the center of the Bullseye with the comment: J.R.I.P. I sort of understand what you were saying last week. Sorry.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST

    L.H. Where ya at brother?

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    @HERC re: Larry Hagman's Ignored Obit

    by Graphix67

    Thank you for at least taking the time to answer concerning the diss to Larry. Shame on the rest of AICN however. :-(

  • I was there right up to 12 to midnight. 12 minutes to show time. Then I woke up a couple of hours later. Lights on. Computer on. Show done. I'm curious. What has to happen in order for someone to feel the need to say, *Gettin rapey up in here.*?

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Sorry to hear that l.h. Completely understand.

    by Deceased Fan

    Rapey? You will understand.

  • my life sux right now...baseball kept me going through summer, this show helps too sad thing is i dont know how much longer ill have the means to listen and no, im not a shut in....just hit hard times a suggestion for a future guest geoff johns...cuz its time to get to the bottom of what the hell is going on at the wb/dc im not buying the whole, "everybody wants a new position, so nobody will make a move" bs the revamped dc sux...its a pr stunt just like before watchmen was....and you can now buy all back issues in bargain bins...as every store and outlet overstocked there are many ways wb/dc can turn their product into a multiplatform leviathan, the way disney/marvel has done....but wb/dc is still playing piece meal johns was supposed to be dc's feige...so what happened? get the story

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Waltkovacs.....what's up?

    by MovieManStill

    Having been through some nasty times myself, these days, I get where you're coming from. Talking helps. Mister blah blah Man blah blah Returns blah blah, at something called hotmail. Keep moving....as you can see in here, there are cool folks out there. We obviously have the time.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Had to step out. Didn't finish my thought.

    by Deceased Fan

    This is a direct commentary on the bikini talk. Mr. KERN I know was messing around and I wouldn't dare presume to know Stef's feelings about it. However as an outsider listening in, the longer the talk went, it got kinda rapey. KERN if you check in and want to comment please do. Here's the thing. Stefani's the only girl in this room full of guys and we (myself especially) should remember that. That being said, when you drop a gorgeous girl into a room full of sex starved nerds, things can get crazy.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Pulling back the curtain a bit...

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    Was it an uncomfortable moment on the show? A little. Did I take it too far? Maybe. Did I ask Stef when we went to break if she was ok and did she give me a grin and say yes? Roger that. I would rip the throat out of anyone outside of the cast that would go after her or make a shit remark about her. I consider Stef a little sister and that is 'nuff said. Y'all have a good-un...

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    talking cost me thousands of dollars and soon my apt

    by walt

    its a long story, and this really isnt the place to repeat it but i have learned a lot in the past 8 months one. when family tells you that you dont have to worry about medical bills....worry two. when someone tells you that they are here to advocate for you and the first place they take you to is the dept of social services and get you on general relief...run for the fucking hills three. the state of california doesnt consider bipolar disorder a real disability and will run you ragged trying to get assistance for something you have suffered for 25 years dealing with, despite you trying to get help and being repeatedly misdiagnosed and mismedicated...one time i was put on a med that sent me into a 2 year manic state...which the doctor thought was great, cuz i was always happy...couldnt sleep, was constantly irritable, spent money i didnt have and lost a job...but i was happy four. no matter how many times you are told "its not your fault" it really is...cuz you are the one to suffer the consequences five. pretty much all psychiatrists suck ass six. when a family member refuses to release money to you and they dont have power of atty...dont just give in, cuz in the end, it will fuck you right up the ass...especially when they say they are holding it so it will last longer and then somehow, in 6 months, its all gone eight. you get what you pay for in an atty wow...this really isnt the place for all of this go and enjoy tonite's fare on tv or at the movies but remember this. if you have a family member who has what is considered a psychiatric illness, but is in fact a medical illness, please dont expect them to turn around their lives in 6 months with a minimum of help. please dont attack them if they fall back to old behaviors in order to cope. please dont treat them with tough love as if they were an addict. and please dont put them in a catch 22 where they are doomed to failure and you can say, "i told you so" and if you have a friend or relative who you think suffers from bipolar...dont be afraid to say something...cuz ten...found out that almost everyone knew what i was suffering from...except me

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    welivestill...ornot

    by Deceased Fan

    Thanks for addressing that. I was out of line and I apologize. Sometimes (especially the live talkback) my comments flow a bit too freely. It's straight from brain to talkback. No filter. My choice of words (rapey in particular) may seem extreme, but that's how I talk and I do not mean in a literal sense. Damn. I feel like I'm digging a hole that I just want to get out of. Tell you what...why don't I just stop, hang back and let you do your job. And thank you to You, Stef, Mike, Sparky and Herc for the entertainment you give me every Saturday. Peace.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    by Deceased Fan

    Also when I said room, I was refering to the chatroom. It reads like I meant the station and poor Stef is fighting off a bunch of rabid wolves... Hole...digging...right...

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    deceased...

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    No worries. It's a radio we just try to have fun with. I'm hoping you guys have fun too. And if anyone is NOT having fun, well then, they should eject. But it appears everyone is good so let's move on. Ever forward...

  • Anyway, I've listened to the show from the Archives. It was a good show. I just wish I had been awake for it. As for the "Incident" mentioned above, when someone said jerk-off the show's tires were suddenly riding the Rumble Strip. Loudly. But with the wide-on remark the show's tires jumped off the shoulder! Makin' ruts and throwin' chunks of sod high in the air! It's a good thing I wasn't drinking something while I was listening... Spit-Takes-A-Plenty! I hope to be listening this Saturday, if the Big Doin's at work allow...