Cruisin’ Together: 42 – American Made


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Gregg and Chris strap in to discuss American Made, joined by comics and television writer/producer and Tom Cruise super-fan, Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Outcast, Invincible), who doesn’t even wait to be introduced to join the fray. With a Hollywood honcho in their midst, Chris suggests Robert might be a more special guest than others and Gregg addresses the elephant in the room, after which, the gang covers such important topics as: milk mustaches, complete hair sets, the name of that game Chewbacca “wins” in Star Wars, and gender-bending the Dark Universe franchise. Plus, in an epic mid-show break, they analyze Tom Cruise’s “Valkyrie Butt,” Gregg makes a request to be on another podcast, Chris undersells himself, and Robert talks about night pizza. And not to be outdone, bad puns get dropped, words get misused and mispronounced, tangents are regretted, and Robert births a new segment for the show!

 

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Cruisin’ Together: 41 – The Mummy


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Chris and Gregg rise from their state of rest to talk about The Mummy. With them to discuss it is their old friend, Tim Smith 3. And three is the magic number as they get into numerology, memories of Y2K, and the time Gregg didn’t die in a car and Chris might’ve run into a tollbooth. After covering their expectations for the movie, Gregg coins the word “intermonstral”, they rank the monsters, and they talk about mummy mechanics, wrappings vs. fashion, and mummies and draculas getting poofed. And after the break, there are issues with character names, Chris helps Gregg decipher one of his notes, they offer suggestions for Dr. Henry Jekyll, and of Brendan Fraser’s Golden Globes clap gets the spotlight. Also, Russell Crowe’s in The Mummy, so long time listeners know what that means!

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Cruisin’ Together: Special Version Episode 4 – The Lego Batman Movie



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Gregg called Chris in to record a Special Version episode for a movie Gregg saw but Chris hasn’t…at least, they don’t know if he has or not, as Gregg didn’t tell Chris what movie until they were recording. And outside of some technical issues, Chris’ guessing games and Gregg’s clumsy and arduous recap, the fellas discuss squatting vs. homesteading, Mr. Jaws, the difference between an “Easter egg” and a simple reference, double-stuf Oreos, and wonder what VCR stands for. A special version of a special version episode, to be sure.

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A Big PIX Update (with some history, too)

I’ve covered some of this over at PixComic.com, but in an effort to make this page about something more than Tom Cruise podcast episodes, I thought it worth putting some words down here.

In late 2014 I finally took Hatter Entertainment to the next level, self-published PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND under the Hatter Entertainment name. It was something I long wanted to do and it remains one of my proudest accomplishments of my professional career. Read more ›

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2016 Holiday Card

This year’s mostly-devoid-of-actual-holiday-sentiment holiday card is done. It looks like this:

See all the cards from years past here.

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Cruisin’ Together: 40 – Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Gregg and Chris are back to talk about Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, joined by guest, Brian “Full Meal” McBeal (and his Sam Elliott-esque-ness). It’s been a while since they last recorded, but despite that, they quickly discuss failed guest-booking plans, Malcolm Gladwell’s bibliography, Jack Reacher novel purists, buckets v. pails, Tangerine Dream as the sound of the ’80s, and Ghost-inspired movie mash-up mayhem. During the mid-show break they make a call to action for a celebrity guest and have Kittridge news. Plus: a suspense-filled recap battle, confusion between Jack Reacher’s powers and Ethan Hunt’s powers, Gregg doesn’t get a Chris reference, Chris doesn’t understand a Gregg reference, Gregg tells a personal story and Chris corrects it…and a fitness report, a shirtlessness report, and new jingles!

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Cruisin’ Together: Special Version Episode 3 – Reflectin’ Together

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Previously, on CRUISIN’ TOGETHER…Chris and Gregg watched every movie Tom Cruise ever acted in, recorded a podcast for each one with a rotation of guests, ranked all 39 movies, and posted a survey for listeners. Now, they look back on it all…the show, the survey, and the experience. Joined by Jacob Chabot, they reflect on the show premise vs. its conceit, set off many song triggers, get into the minutia of counter-equipped toys, tally the Recap Battle scores, discuss survey results, address Target’s recent commercials, respond to some tweets, read an email, and explore hot sauce’s relationship to anger. Plus, Gregg quizzes Chris on his many show-ending “last word(s)”, Jacob double-flips “Eating Crowe” and presents a Tom Cruise Quiz, and of course, Chris sings.

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A Real, Fun and Inspiring Cruisin’ Together Listener Survey

If you’ve listened to just one or just every episode of CRUISIN’ TOGETHER, please take a moment to complete this survey to (a) let us know a bit about you and what you thought of the show and (b) give us something to talk about in an upcoming Special Version Episode.

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Cruisin’ Together: Special Version Episode 2 – Rankin’ Together

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Having watched every existing movie wherein Tom Cruise acted, Gregg and Chris look over the full filmography and rank all 39 movies in a manner wholly appropriate to CRUISIN’ TOGETHER, which is to say it arguably makes little logical sense and they take the long way to get where they’re going, discussing things like relay races, reflection vs. refraction, “light” songs, Tom Cruise tentpole movies, last name hootenanies, ’80s fantasy films, tandem motorcycles, tee-ball, Bird Flu vs. Swine Flu, the top cop in pop, Keanu Reeves, and Ace of Base. Plus, Gregg gets political and Chris at his most hostile.

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Cruisin’ Together: 39 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Chris and Gregg engage with Mission: Impossible expert and west coaster, Jonanthan Chan, to talk about Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, “one of the movies in the Mission: Impossible movies”. In this, the last movie-centric episode of the show until the release of a new Tom Cruise, Gregg, Chris and Jonathan pull out all the stops – Recap Battle! A Recap Remix! Cruise Control! Top Toms! Hanks-a-Lot! Eating Crowe! The Fall Guy! – and more, like: an intense high five, an O. Henry plot-twist, Solomon Lane and Owen Davian in conversation, Gregg suggests “Maybe he was deaf punk, get it?”, muppet talk that will frustrate past guest, Wally Wackiman (episode Minority Report), who’s getting AARP mailers, exclusive audio of a deleted scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Chris implores to “say what you need to say”.

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