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Micah: Because podcasting has no limits, this is MuggleCast Live for September 15th, 2007.
Andrew: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to MuggleCast Live! Jamie and Laura are here.
Laura: Hey everybody!
Andrew: We are live on the Internet. This is our first ever twelve-hour podcasting event.
Andrew: I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is the first ever twelve-hour podcast.
Jamie: I would agree with you.
Laura: I think that's a safe guess.
Andrew: That's a safe guess. Laura is at college right now.
Laura: I am at college dealing with internet that's somewhat not wanting to work today, so here's hoping that it pulls through for me.
Andrew: Well, it's holding right now...
Laura: Yeah. [laughs]
Andrew: ...and it's actually sounding better than Jamie's connection, but...
Andrew: ...nothing we can do about that.
Jamie: ...my connection is not particularly good.
Andrew: Jamie, this is twelve hours we're doing here.
Jamie: This is twelve hours and I don't think we need to tell everyone that twelve hours is an extremely long time. In twelve hours you can do a lot. You can fly from Heathrow to America twice in a jumbo jet, you can go there and come back. Also, you can go from Heathrow to New York and back twice on Concorde. You can drive almost the entire length of the UK. You can run a very long way, I don't know how far. If anyone wants to try it, please feel free and then you can write in and tell us. You can cycle a long way, you can even walk a very long way. We've worked out that writing at two thousand words an hour, you can write a full graduate degree thesis in twelve hours. And according to the Toronto Film Festival, it is even possible to record and edit an entire movie in that time. So, there's a hell of a lot you can do...
Jamie: ...in twelve hours. We, however, decided to spend them doing podcasting and we hope you are all going to spend your time with us these twelve hours.
Andrew: That's right. We also have some contact information for you today. Throughout the entire show, you're going to be able to call in and voice your thoughts on what we're discussing or bring up a new idea for something to talk about. If you're in the United States, you can dial 1-218-20-MAGIC. If you're in the United Kingdom, you can dial 0-208-144-0677. And if you're in Australia, the number is 028-003-5668. I almost have that memorized! Also, you can Skype the username "MuggleCast" on Skype. Just download Skype.com, all free stuff. Just one thing to remember, when you are calling in, turn off your stream or just pause it or mute your computer so that we do not hear it, because then there's going to be feedback and it's going to sound very, what I like to say, unprofessional. Okay, and...
Jamie: Yes, extremely unprofessional.
Andrew: So feel free to call throughout the entire show. Of course, we're getting tons of calls right now. Seven hundred and three people listening live right now. And on the Ustream stream, there's a little countdown. We still have 11 hours and 53 minutes to go.
Jamie: Which is [laughs] a long, long, long, long time.
Jamie: Andrew, I think we should quickly tell them about the prize that you can get if you stay here for all twelve hours.
Andrew: [laughs] Well, we don't have a determined prize yet for...
Jamie: Well no, first of all, the deal we've worked out...
Jamie: ...with super giant Walmart. Okay...
Jamie: ...if you stay with us for the full whack, the whole twelve hours, then you will receive ten brownie points for doing this, okay? Now, if you go into your nearest Walmart, any Walmart, it can be a supercenter - see, I know my Walmarts here - and if you tell them that you have these brownie points, along with a secret phrase which is "Sirius Black is awesome," you will receive an unlimited gift card that you can spend on purchases of your choice, any purchases, but you have to spend in one twelve-hour period and imagine what you can buy in Walmart in twelve hours. [laughs] And that story might not be true. It's up to you to decide. You have twelve hours to think about it.
Andrew: [laughs] We're also running another little contest here on the show if you listen for twelve hours. What we're going to do - actually, Jamie thought this up about ten minutes ago. [laughs] You want to explain it?
Jamie: [laughs] Yes, of course. Well, it sort of goes on from the whole pickle theme, vegetable theme. What we're going to do is, each hour, on the hour - well, perhaps not on the hour, but close to the hour, we're going to say one vegetable and then the first person to e-mail in this list of vegetables in the correct order right at the end of the show, after the twelve hours, wins a prize. We're not sure what this prize is. So to give an example, at the end of twelve hours, after you've listened to everything, you can send in an e-mail to whatever the e-mail address is that says sort of, "Broccoli, carrot, celery, pickle," all this way down to twelve vegetables in the correct order. The first person to do that wins something nice, so keep your eyes open. Or rather your ears.
Andrew: [laughs] Yeah, it's going to be mugglecastlive at gmail dot com, that's the e-mail address you want to send your vegetables in to once we give out all twelve. So the first person to send them in, you said? We're going to - the first person to send in all twelve, Jamie?
Jamie: Is going to win something exceptionally nice.
Andrew: Right. Okay.
Jamie: We don't know what yet, though. Still thinking on it.
Andrew: You can also contact us via the feedback form, MuggleCast.com/Live, okay? And there's a special feedback form there that will redirect all your e-mails to us so we can read it on the show here today. I'm on a mission today, guys.
Laura: What's that?
Andrew: I want to go to J.K. Rowling's book reading, her book tour in New York City, and I couldn't get a ticket. I entered, like everyone else did, and all the winners have been announced, and there was one person on Facebook who decided to brag that she got her ticket. I didn't really appreciate that. Did you guys see that?
Jamie: No, that is...
Laura: Yeah, I saw that.
Jamie: That's just asking for it.
Andrew: It's kind of arrogant, if you know what I'm saying. So I commented on her bragging post and I said, [laughs] "So, if I take you out for lunch, can I get your second ticket?" and she says no, she needs a parent or guardian. So, I'm on a mission here today. I really have no setup for this or anything, I'm just looking for a ticket to the reading. If anyone has got one...
Jamie: See, Andrew, I...
Andrew: ...I'll take you out to lunch in New York City before the reading and so then we'll go to the show together. Isn't that nice?
Jamie: I think you went the wrong way about that. Niceties are so old-fashioned. Don't say you'll take her out to lunch. Tell her what's going to happen if she doesn't give you the ticket.
Andrew: Well no, no, no! [laughs] That girl on Facebook needs a parent or guardian to go because she's not eighteen, so it's like a legal thing.
Laura: I was going to say, Andrew...
Jamie: I see.
Laura: ...that you offer to make it like a date thing, like you give me your ticket and I will take you out on a dinner date.
Andrew: Oh, there you go! Okay, I'm up for that.
Laura: Yeah. For some reason, I think a lot of them might go for it. So ladies?
Andrew: Yeah. Call in or e-mail in to MuggleCast.com/Live. That's a good idea, actually. That's a good idea. And it could be a guy, too. I mean, I'm not trying to be sexist here, so...
Laura: No, no, not at all.
[Andrew and Jamie laugh]
Laura: And if any guys out there have an extra ticket, I would be happy to take your ticket off your hands, so...
Andrew: But me first, me first. It was my idea first.
Jamie: Ooh, you can fight over it!
[Andrew and Laura laugh]
Jamie: You can have like a - it can be a blind-date type of thing.
Andrew: No, but seriously, me first. Okay, so I was going to answer a couple of calls but - oh, there's someone calling now, and let's get them in. Hello, you're on MuggleCast Live!
Andrew: Hi there!
Caller: This is Shannon!
Andrew: Hi Shannon! Do you have a ticket for me for New York City?
Caller: I'm sorry, I don't.
Andrew: Oh, I'm sorry, we're going to have to take another call.
Jamie: Shannon, can I ask you a few questions?
Caller: I wish I did, though. My friend - I'm talking to her on AIM. She really wants one, too, so...
Andrew: Yeah. Jamie?
Jamie: Wow, everyone wants one.
Caller: Well, I'm a Pickle Pack member!
Andrew: Oh. Well, you should have waited for the Pickle Pack Hour! [laughs]
Jamie: Special Pickle Pack Hour.
Caller: I didn't know when it was! I was looking everywhere and I couldn't find it.
Andrew: Oh, fair point. We never announced it on PicklePack.com. My bad! [laughs]
Jamie: Very bad. Awww. Shannon, I have two questions for you.
Jamie: First one, since you're the first person we've spoken to who's listening in to the show, I want to know, what is the sound quality like? Because we've had a couple of fans asking about it.
Caller: Well, it's kind of skipping every few seconds. It kind of skips and so my friend keeps asking me what you guys are saying, and I don't know either.
Andrew: Yeah, that's what happens on Ustream. It's just part of the - I think half the problem is that there's seven hundred people listening now, so...
Andrew: ...it's getting a little laggy. However, this is a good opportunity to thank Ustream for their support in today's show because they're more than happy to work with us, and I've been e-mailing them and asking them to help us out. And they have us on their high quality server thing, meaning that [laughs] we're apparently are on a better server than most Ustream streams are.
Jamie: Yeah. [laughs]
Andrew: So, that's what... [laughs]
Jamie: What... [laughs]
Jamie: What's their slogan, by the way? Their sort of motto?
Andrew: "Always on," I think.
Jamie: Because - oh. Well see, it should be - do you know what it should be?
Jamie: It should be, "Istream? Westream? Mystream? Ustream!"
Jamie: I'm going to e-mail them and tell them to put that up.
Andrew: I'll e-mail them. I have the owner's e-mail address. You can work with them there on a new slogan.
Jamie: Oh, do you? Well...
Andrew: I'm not trying to brag. I'm just saying, you know?
Jamie: What are you doing today, Shannon?
Caller: I am - well, I'm actually studying for chemistry along with listening but it's kind of hard to study, so - I'm trying to listen and study at the same time, but it's not really working.
Andrew: [laughs] Oh, okay.
Caller: But I'd rather listen, though. I really don't want to study.
Andrew: Yeah, listen....
Laura: There you go.
Andrew: ...I had some work to do in class - well, I had some work I was supposed to do yesterday but I was just so excited, I was like, "Oh, I'll save it until Monday." Laura, how's school going for you, speaking of that?
Laura: Pretty well, actually. I've been actually a really good student. I've been doing all my homework when I'm supposed to do it. Except for today, so...
Andrew: Yeah. [laughs]
Laura: ...I'll do that tomorrow. But yeah, actually it's going really well, pretty cool.
Andrew: But it's Saturday! So...
Laura: It is Saturday, yes.
Andrew: So, why do you have to work? Why do you have to do...
Laura: Because I have weekend homework!
Laura: And I want to do it before the night comes, you know?
Jamie: Laura, Laura, can I just say - I think your attitude is fantastic. I'm very pleased you've trained yourself into university, okay? But you realize that's going to last you all of two weeks. You're going to - in two weeks...
Laura: Okay, I'm starting my fourth week this week, thank you, Jamie.
Jamie: Okay, it will last you two weeks from now. That's what I meant, Laura.
Laura: Uh huh. Yeah. Okay. Whatever. I love my classes. You can...
Jamie: So do I!
Laura: [laughs] I won't say that, that's a very rude thing to say.
Andrew: We'll talk about school a little bit later on because we got an e-mail about that. You guys want to talk about some news right now? Because there's a lot of news going on.
Andrew: In the things. [laughs] So first of all, Harry Potter top grossing franchise of all time.
Andrew: This was announced by Warner Bros. earlier this week. Of course they're going to announce this. I mean, this is nothing but good PR for them. It came in a press release, and Alan Horn, the president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros., said, "It would be an understatement to say we are proud of the success of the Harry Potter films. We also want to congratulate all of the extraordinary actors, filmmakers and artists who have shared this remarkable cinematic journey with us." And the total amount they have made so far, $4.47 billion dollars.
Laura: Oh my God.
Jamie: That is a lot of money.
Andrew: Was anybody - I mean, nobody ever - well, at least personally, I never saw this coming, but is this a surprise to anyone?
Caller: I don't think it's very surprising.
Laura: I mean, it's not really a surprise.
Andrew: [laughs] The caller is still on! I forgot to say bye to the caller!
Caller: [laughs] Yeah, I was like, "Umm, I wonder if they still know I'm here?"
Andrew: Well, you're still here now so you can chime in, too. Sorry.
Caller: Okay. [laughs]
Andrew: Go ahead, carry on.
Andrew: Go ahead, somebody.
[Andrew and Caller laugh]
Jamie: Go on, Shannon. You give us your thoughts.
Caller: Well, I didn't think it was very surprising, I was kind of waiting for it to happen. But I was listening to a podcast that you guys did a really long time ago and it was talking about how Chamber of Secrets was the seventh highest or something, and I was like, "Oh, that just happened, how they were the highest now." But I think it's pretty cool that it passed Star Wars and James Bond and things like that.
Andrew: Yeah, that was the one thing. They said that this - well, some critics are saying this might not be very accurate because of inflation. Back when Star Wars and James Bond came out, movie tickets were obviously cheaper.
Andrew: So the thing is, is this really - is it really the top grossing motion picture franchise of all time? Especially when you think Bond has had, what, twenty-two films now? They've all been huge.
Andrew: Star Wars has had, what? I've never seen a Star Wars film. Actually, I've seen one.
Laura: There's like six of them, I want to say. I don't know. Jamie, you should know this.
Jamie: What? About Bond?
Andrew: How many Star Wars films.
Laura: How many Star Wars films there are.
Jamie: Why should I know that?
Andrew: Don't you listen?
Laura: Because - yeah, you like that guy, right, from - the one actor. You think he's a good actor or whatever.
Jamie: What guy?
Laura: I don't know, the guy from the Star Wars movies! [laughs] I don't know, Jamie!
Jamie: Well, that's news to me!
Jamie: I'm glad I like him, though.
Jamie: I'm sure he's very cool. [laughs] There have been six, I think. There have been the three originals and then the three - I'm sure I'm wrong, though, so...
Laura: Yeah, I thought...
Jamie: I don't know. There have been three originals, yeah. Yeah, six.
Andrew: Okay. So yeah, I guess it's a big deal, sort of.
Laura: I think it's a...
Jamie: Can we say extremely quickly - if you are experiencing skipping audio or anything like that, please, please listen through MuggleCast.com. It's embedded on there and if you listen through there, it should improve. Is that right, Andrew?
Andrew: Hopefully, because with Ustream - if you listen through Ustream's website there's also the chat, and the chat sort of lags the thinger.
Andrew: So moving on, in other news, we finally have a release date for the Order of the Phoenix DVD, December 11th.
Andrew: Just in time for Christmas.
Laura: That's a little later than usual, isn't it?
Andrew: Is it?
Laura: Normally it's November, it seems like whenever they release those movies.
Caller: I thought it was supposed to come out in November or something?
Laura: Yeah, that's what I thought, too.
Andrew: Yeah. Okay. Well, I don't know. Maybe - there are a lot of extra features on this DVD. I'll read the description:
"Extras on the two-disc release will include ten minutes of additional scenes..."
Which we asked director David Yates about and he gave to us.
"...an A&E documentary, a Trailing Tonks feature with actress Natalia Tena..."
"...various making of featurettes, and a Fun and Games feature in which..."
I think this is very cool.
"...director David Yates and editor Mark Day show us what a difference a good edit makes and allows you to edit a scene."
So that sounds pretty cool.
Laura: Yeah, that is really cool.
Caller: It seems like more special features than usual.
Andrew: Yeah, and I just wonder how they're going to let you edit a scene on DVD. It's probably like you press three buttons or something and it's edited.
Andrew: So that's fun. And then for the first time - well, actually Goblet of Fire was released on HD and Blu-ray, was it? I think.
Laura: I don't know, I don't use either, so...
Andrew: Right. Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was.
Jamie: And who cares because you've got to sell your house and remortgage it eight times to buy a Blu-ray player, so...
Andrew: Yeah. [laughs]
Laura: [laughs] Yeah.
Jamie: ...who cares about Blu-ray, really?
Andrew: Blu-ray players and HD DVD players are both very expensive. They are coming down in price but it's like - if I may get techy for a second, it's like the original VCR/DVD player. Those were a few hundred dollars. Now look at them, you can get...
Andrew: ...a VCR player for 20 bucks and a DVD player for 50, not even.
Jamie: Well actually, Andrew, funny you should talk about that, because I was reading an article on Wikipedia about sort of how computers have gone and progressed and stuff like that. I was reading about a computer manufacturer - I think it was thirty years ago, I think it was called the PWP1 or something like that, and it cost 120,000 dollars and it had sort of two kilobytes of RAM...
Jamie: ...it could run sort of half a program at once...
Andrew: Awww sweet!
Jamie: You know, stuff like that. It was - yeah.
Andrew: Can I buy one?
Jamie: It was unbelievable. You should definitely buy one.
Jamie: It will kill your Macbook Pro into the ground.
Andrew: Yeah. All right, Shannon, we're going to let you go. Thank you for calling in today.
Caller: Okay. Can I ask you a question real quick?
Jamie: Of course.
Caller: Well, since you guys are talking about movies, I was just wondering, in the seventh movie, how do you think they're going to do the epilogue? I would assume they're going to keep the same actors but it's supposed to be like nineteen years later. They're going to be like 20 something by then.
Andrew: That's a good point. And you know what? Actually, we'll save that for later on because we're going to have a movie discussion later on, specifically about...
Caller: Oh, okay.
Andrew: ...that final book, okay?
Caller: Okay. Well, thanks for...
Andrew: All right.
Caller: ...taking my call.
Andrew: No problem. Bye.
Laura: Thanks Shannon.
Andrew: Another thing I want to say about the movies is that - do you watch them when you get them on DVD? Like, the second - Goblet of Fire, [laughs] I still haven't watched my Goblet of Fire DVD.
Laura: I don't watch them the second I get them, but...
Andrew: Yeah. I actually...
Laura: I mean, I do watch them.
Laura: I do watch them, eventually.
Andrew: I actually go straight to Disc Two because that's all the new bonus stuff, so...
Jamie: That's extremely interesting because I don't think I've ever watched the special features. I just - they just don't appeal to me because it just seems to be the same stuff. Not just Harry Potter, but on every single DVD extras. Interviews with the same people and they always say the same things...
Laura: The same things, yeah.
Jamie: ...and the games - yeah, I mean, Laura, the extras on Star Wars and Harry Potter are exactly the same. They were talking about the same stuff...
Jamie: ...doing all the same things, so it was - can I interrupt very quickly? Because we just had an e-mail which [laughs] just reads brilliantly. It's from - I don't know how to pronounce her name. It's A-N-E-K-E from Germany, and it says: [laughs]
"Hey MuggleCasters. I just wanted to say that you're doing an awful job. I love MuggleCast! I'm just sitting in front of my computer in Naila which is a little town in Germany. The time is twenty past six and I'm going to listen during the whole night until 6 AM."
Andrew: Wait, she said "awful" or "awesome" job?
Jamie: Yeah, so it's kind of a negative e-mail mixed into a positive format. I like that. [laughs] Are we doing an awful job?
Andrew: I hope she didn't mean awful or my morale is just going to sink...
Laura: Yeah. [laughs]
Andrew: ...through the ground and I'm going to hit the "End" button. [laughs] But yeah, as for - yeah, DVDs are good. I disagree with what you're saying, though. I mean, they do have - it is a lot of the same, a lot of, "This one's the darkest one and we're just all becoming a great big family." Blah, blah, blah. But there's the deleted scenes which are always fun to watch, and I think...
Jamie: Yes, they are.
Andrew: ...hearing from the director is interesting. I don't know.
Laura: I think watching all the bonus scenes and the interviews is interesting, but [laughs] all of the games and stuff that they put on those second discs, and - like the stuff like you were talking about creating or editing a scene, it all just comes across as extremely lame because they try to make it easy for little kids, I think.
Andrew: Yeah, that's true.
Jamie: Oh yeah.
Laura: ...I'm sitting there and it takes me like two seconds to do whatever it is I'm doing, unless of course, for some reason my DVD remote does not like the disc and it won't do anything...
Andrew: Right, right.
Laura: ...which often it does on those DVDs. But, yeah.
Andrew: Yeah. I...
Jamie: It's a waste of a DVD.
Andrew: Yeah. And the thing...
Jamie: They're always the same.
Andrew: I would love to see the Order of the Phoenix HD DVD because when the Goblet of Fire one came out, there was an extra commentary from the Phelps twins. And not only that, but the DVDs worked differently because apparently since they have more memory, you can have the menus come up while you're watching the film and stuff like that. And it's tailored for high definition, so it's a pretty cool experience.
Jamie: That is kind of cool.
Andrew: Maybe I'll use some MuggleCast money to buy that and then keep it, if that's okay with you.
Jamie: A few people have been e-mailing in saying that when I said where you should go and listen, it cut out which is helpful. So, what you should do is go on MuggleCast.com and listen to the stream embedded there, because there is a chat on Ustream and that can lag.
Jamie: So, go to MuggleCast.com and listen through there.
Andrew: In other news, Order of the Phoenix nominated for a Scream Award, or should I say a "Yawn Award"? Who cares anymore? Seriously.
Jamie: A what award? What's it called?
Andrew: A Scream Award.
Jamie: A Scream Award?
Laura: Why don't we explain a little bit what that is for anybody who doesn't know?
Andrew: "Honoring the newest and hottest in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and comic genres." I called it a "Yawn Award" because the movies get [laughs] nominated for so many random things now, and it's like the only reason we post it on MuggleNet right now is because news has been so slow lately. [laughs]
Andrew: But I guess nobody's...
Jamie: Yeah, it has been.
Andrew: ...with me on that.
Jamie: No, no, I agree with you completely. These awards do - I mean, I'm sure it's a very - these awards are obviously extremely prestigious, but there can just be too many awards. It's like - and I don't know if anyone remembers - in the days of GeoCities and sites like that when there would be the Super Dooper Site award and - just from a GeoCities site. And some site would win this award and then happily display a banner on their site...
Jamie: ...that sort of - that says - that's made in Paint and says, "This award came from Dave's big GeoCities site," and stuff like that. There can just be too many awards, you know?
Jamie: But I'm sure it's good if it wins.
Andrew: That's a fair point. Let's see, to wrap up the news today, we also wanted to discuss Dan confirming he could be coming to Broadway for Equus which is upsetting to me, Jamie, because I flew all the way over there to see him.
Jamie: Yes. But Andrew - but you saw it in London and you got the London atmosphere, and...
Andrew: Umm, I guess.
Jamie: And you saw him naked in London, so... [unintelligible]
Andrew: So I paid $600 for a flight to see him naked in London?
Andrew: When I could just pay...
Andrew: ...a $50 train to see him naked in New York City?
Laura: See him in New York. [laughs]
Jamie: But it was more natural - okay, I'm clutching at straws so you're absolutely right.
Laura: It's more natural in London?
[Andrew and Laura laugh]
Jamie: You should have just waited until he came on Broadway, Andrew. It's your fault.
Andrew: I'm a little upset. However, he didn't mention this: one of the casting agents for Equus on Broadway actually picked up my audition tape for the Harry Potter musical and they're actually considering me now for Equus on Broadway. So...
Jamie: They're considering you?
Andrew: So that's why I've been hitting the gym lately.
Jamie: Ahh yes, yes.
Andrew: And we're going to see how that works out.
Jamie: Tell me, Andrew, do you remember the name of the character [laughs] who...
Jamie: ...you're going to be playing?
Andrew: [laughs] Alan Strang.
Jamie: [laughs] Oh, you do.
Andrew: Come on, that's an insult to my intelligence.
Jamie: I'm sorry. You're absolutely right. You're absolutely right.
Laura: Well, good luck Andrew. If you get that, we'll all be there with front row seats just for you.
Andrew: I don't want you to be that close, especially during that one scene.
Jamie: Why? Do you have something to hide?
Andrew: No. No. What? What?
Jamie: Moving quickly on.
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