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[Harry Potter theme starts]
Jim Dale: [as Professor McGonagall] This is Professor McGonagall welcoming you all to MuggleCast hoping you all enjoyed - Dobby! Dobby, come here! Here! Dobby! [as Dobby] Yes, I'd just like to say how very pleased I am to introduce MuggleCast to all of you! Thank you! Thank you!
[Show music begins]
Andrew: Because game shows! Surgeries! Travels! Oh my! This is MuggleCast Episode 158 for September 15th, 2008. Looking into the future.
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Andrew: All right, we did it! We came back with another show, and some of you guys thought we weren't going to do it.
Matt: I didn't.
Andrew: I did.
Andrew: I knew it. See, it wasn't so bad of a wait, was it, audience? [imitating audience] "No, no. It was great!"
Matt: [imitating audience] "No!"
[Andrew says something unintelligible]
Matt: [in a high pitched voice] "We're going to get the pitch forks out and kill you!"
Andrew: You know, it's been almost a month now and a lot has happened since we were last podcasting. Micah, you've been sort of keeping track, since you are the MuggleCast News Anchor. What's been going on with all of us?
Micah: Well, you know, it actually has been a lot of different things going on. I don't think you could possibly put together a more random list of stuff that I have...
Micah: ...right here, but one of our co-hosts moved over to England, be it for a short period of time. One of our...
Matt: Who is this person?
Micah: I can't reveal...
Andrew: He's going to tell us later.
Micah: I can't reveal that. You guys have to - you know, you have to guess.
Matt: It's a game.
Micah: Yeah, speaking of games, one of our co-hosts was a contestant on a nationally televised game show. I guess they're trying to move on with their career a little bit.
[Andrew and Matt laugh]
Micah: One of our co-hosts went under the knife.
Micah: We'll talk about that a little bit later. And another one got their own personal trainer. I don't know who that was. [cough] Andrew, but...
Andrew: Smart person, whoever that was.
Andrew: He's trying to stay fit.
Micah: And one of them went to a screening of the sixth Harry Potter film.
Andrew: But it's not coming out until July!
Micah: I know.
Micah: How does that happen?
Andrew: No fair!
Micah: I don't know how that happens.
Andrew: And one of us went to a live Harry Potter podcast that wasn't MuggleCast.
Matt: Repeat, not MuggleCast.
Andrew: Wasn't. Dun-dun-dun...
Matt: [makes dive-bombing airplane noise]
Andrew: So we'll let everyone try to figure out who matches up with what, you know, event. In the meantime, it's just us three for right now. Laura will be joining us later on. And we're going to call Eric; his computer's not working, so we're going to give him a call and talk to him about which one of those - I almost spoiled it - which one of those he was involved in. I'm Andrew Sims.
Micah: I'm Micah Tannenbaum.
Matt: And I'm Matthew Britton.
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Andrew: All right, so before we get to the news, let's reveal all these. Which one should we reveal first?
Micah: Well, I think it's pretty obvious who went to the screening of Half-Blood Prince.
Andrew: Yeah, it was Eric. Of course.
Matt: Of course, Eric. If you have any type of web face - MySpace, Facebook, sort of Twitter-ish...
Andrew: Or just go to MuggleNet.
Matt: Or that.
Andrew: We'll call him in a bit to figure out what - how the hell that happened.
Andrew: How about the game show? Who went on a game show?
Matt: I believe that was me.
Andrew: Oh. That was you?
Matt: Yeah. I think so.
[Price is Right theme music plays]
Andrew: Ah yes.
Matt: Ah yes. That's right.
Andrew: Ah, it was this one.
Matt: It was that one.
Andrew: [laughs] It was The Price is Right.
Andrew: Matthew Britton, come on down!
Matt: Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!
Andrew: You're the next contestant on The Price is Right!
Matt: Oh my God! Ahhh!
Andrew: So we went on Tuesday, this past Tuesday, and we got the interview process. Just a real quick story: went through the interview process, and Matt and I were there and John.
Andrew: Yeah. Our friend John Noe and Bre Bishop. And we were all there, and we all got interviewed in a group together, and, you know, we came out of it feeling really good. We're like, we both did really good.
Andrew: You and I in particular.
Andrew: Even John and Bre were saying that.
Matt: Because we knew when they were going to interview us. We had to be really, you know, enthusiastic and...
Matt: ...really personable and stuff.
Andrew: We were. We were all over it. So we did really good, but, unfortunately, we can't tell you the full outcome, but Matt didn't get picked until the very end - the very last round.
Andrew: So you can sort of gather what happened from there, but.... [laughs]
Matt: It was so much fun. I mean, because you - you really can't hear yourself.
Andrew: Yeah, well...
Matt: You can't hear them call your name.
Andrew: Yeah, so they wrote it on a big piece of paper, and they flashed it.
Matt: And I got to take the piece of paper with my name on it home.
Andrew: It's awesome. It's awesome. That episode will be airing November 5, so if you want to see Matt get called down, and you'll see me in the audience, flabbergasted when Matt gets picked.
[Andrew and Matt laugh]
Andrew: And also John and Bre. We're - if you're looking out into the audience, we're in the top left corner. We were all the way in the back corner.
Matt: Literally in the back, but it's right where the big Price is Right sign is.
Andrew: So you'll of course see us when Matt gets called down.
[Andrew and Matt laugh]
Andrew: So anyway. In other news, one of us - the person who got a personal trainer, that was me. It was only for a couple weeks, but I am going to gym now. I'm going to be more active in my life.
Micah: It's good.
Andrew: Micah, which - thank you - which one were you?
Micah: I was the one who attended a podcast that was not MuggleCast.
Andrew: Why? Why? How could you do this?
Micah: Well, you know, it was - it was - I think it was like Wednesday night in the city, and it was after work, and I figured, you know what? I know PotterCast is in town, you know, Sue, John, and Melissa were all there, and I hadn't seen them in a long time. I think it had been...
Micah: ...not since the J.K. Rowling - it was like a reading, I think, at Carnegie Hall.
Andrew: Yeah. In October.
Micah: So it had been quite a while since I saw them, and it was a good opportunity go listen to them and hang out, and it was a good time.
Matt: Cool. Cool.
Andrew: And Laura was the one who went under the knife.
Matt: That's right.
Andrew: She had to have a little surgery, unfortunately, but she's all better now.
Andrew: It's all good. And was that it? Oh no.
Micah: There's one more.
Andrew: What was the other one, Micah? Yeah.
Micah: One of us picked up and moved to England. I guess that kind of limits the remainder of the hosts to choose from.
Matt: Elysa. Yeah. She's now...
Andrew: At Oxford.
Matt: She's taking a semester at Oxford in England.
Andrew: Mhm. And funny story: her roommate was actually a girl who came to see us at Portus.
Andrew: But it was completely random. Like they didn't, you know, sign up together or say they want to be together. They just happened to be picked together to be roommates.
Micah: [laughs] Yeah, right.
Andrew: And it's just - how does that happen?
Micah: She's just stalking Elysa.
Matt: [gasps] Oh my gosh, Elysa Montfort.
Andrew: It's crazy. There's a picture of them together from Portus on Facebook. But that was crazy. So that's what's been...
Micah: What about everybody else? I mean - what about Jamie and Ben?
Andrew: Jamie - Jamie's - Jamie's getting a job.
Matt: Oh, really?
Andrew: Getting job because he needs some money, so he's getting a job there in the U.K.
Andrew: Ben's back at Notre Dame, and I think that covers everyone, so that's what's been going on with us.
Matt: What's going on with Kevin? Do we know anything about Kevin?
Andrew: Kevin's at school.
Micah: No, Kevin's got a job.
Andrew: Okay. Kevin's got a job.
Micah: Yes. He has graduated.
Andrew: Oh yes.
Matt: Of course Kevin graduated.
Andrew: I'm living in 2005 still. Well, so that's what's been going on with everyone, and we hope all of our listeners have been doing very well as well.
Andrew: And don't forget, ladies and gentlemen, today's podcast is brought to you by Audible.com, the leading provider in spoken word entertainment. Audible has over 35,000 titles to choose from to be downloaded and played back anywhere, just like MuggleCast. Log onto AudiblePodcast.com/MuggleCast to get a free audiobook download of your choice when you sign up today. Again go to AudiblePodcast.com/MuggleCast for your free audiobook.
Andrew: And there's been a lot of news over the past month since we've last spoken to you. One of the big things, and there was actually a Muggle MiniCast about this, which was Micah and Eric - Alan Horn issuing the statement about the Half-Blood Prince delay.
Micah: So, I guess, what are your guys thoughts would probably be the best question to ask, because you can listen to 35 minutes worth of Eric's and my thoughts, but mostly Eric's thoughts...
Micah: ...on the Muggle MiniCast.
Andrew: Well, Warner Bros, actually tipped a couple of the fan sites off beforehand, because they wanted to get this announcement up online as soon as possible, because, as everyone knows, there was this huge fan outrage. I think it was stu - well, okay, when someone from WB called me they were like, "Yeah, keep an eye out, I'm going to be sending you a statement from Alan Horn soon." And I'm like, oh geez, if they;re letting us know about this beforehand, this must mean they're doing something for the fans. You would think, because why would they warn us beforehand?
Matt: Yeah, it's definitely something big.
Andrew: Yeah. So that;s what we thought. But, you know, then we get the statement. I think it was stupid. This is just an apology. It's just adding more fuel to the fire.
Andrew: There was nothing in the statement that could calm the fans down. You know, [mocking Alan Horn] "If I might offer a little silver lining." It was just ridiculous.
Andrew: It was stupid, they shouldn't have said anything.
Matt: I agree with you on that. But there was this one statement that he said - like, "we care about our Harry Potter movies." Or something.
Andrew: We care about the fans.
Andrew: We care about the fans.
Matt: No, they didn't say "we care about the fans," they said, "we care about the movies." Not the fans.
Micah: No, they were talking about the integrity of the films and trying to do the best they possibly could with them. And I think there was also part...
Matt: Yeah, I know.
Micah: ...he referenced Harry Potter fans as well. Let me see if I can find it.
Andrew: "Please be sure that we share your love for Harry Potter and would certainly never do anything to hurt any of the films."
Andrew: Yeah. So, the statement was just worthless. We shouldn't really spend any more time on it.
Matt: It really was.
Micah: Well, I just wanted to go back to what you were saying about the silver lining, because I thought that was the worst part of the entire statement. I felt if he had removed that line of the silver lining where he says that...
Matt: Silver lining - it's a shorter wait from this movie to Deathly Hallows.
Micah: Right. I thought if that sentence was left out the statement was fine.
Andrew and Matt: Yeah.
Micah: It was overall, like you said, an apology first and foremost. And I just don't really think it did anything for the average fan. Yeah, it was great that he came out, he made a statement, he's the president of Warner Bros. You have a very high official doing that because of the situation, but what does that do, having to wait now - what is it? - maybe more like ten months, but even still, nobody is happier about it after the fact.
Matt: No, it doesn't make anybody feel reassured at all.
Andrew: Yeah, it's just really disappointing. And then there's that other news that the push back decision was made about three to four weeks before they made the official decision, which was August 17th. So they had made it between July 17th and August 17th, and just, you know...whatever.
Matt: I wonder what made them want to change it. I mean, if it's something that happened three to four weeks before, why - I mean, what sparked it?
Andrew: They realized that The Dark Knight was making a ton of money.
Andrew: Because that was right after The Dark Knight came out, so, now that's almost the top grossing film of all time.
Matt: Why can't they just say that? I really don't get it.
Andrew: Well, because that comes off...
Matt: The whole Alan Horn statement just dug WB into a deeper hole.
Andrew: Yeah. Anyway - well, no, it dug them a big pile of money, the whole Dark Knight thing.
Matt: Yeah, but I'm talking about hatred from the fans.
Andrew: Well, I think at this point now, mid-September, I think everyone is relatively calm.
Matt: Yeah. Well, because we accepted the fact that there was really nothing we could do except wait another ten months.
Andrew: Yeah. So speaking of Half-Blood Prince, Micah, what was our big surprise among MuggleNet staff members?
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