Saturday, December 1, 2012

ArenA: What Happened To Star Wars

Welcome to The Gauntlet ArenA.

This is EPISODE I of a new series of shows called ArenA, where a single topic is thrown into the ring and multiple voices and opinions are recorded live and invited to hack, slash, defend, chew, claw, spit, scream, bite and battle their way through the conversation.  It's rough, raw and a bit looser than the Gauntlet library shows, but offers an opportunity for listeners to call in and join the conversation.

Out first topic is STAR WARS.

Of course.

It was the blast heard around the news of George Lucas' sale of STAR WARS to Disney and the announcement of Episodes VII, VIII and IX stretched across the galaxy.  After decades of rumors, debates, speculation and a healthy dose of wishful thinking...the Force will return to the big screen in 2015.


John Jansen


Randal Atamaniuk
Brian Dobbs
Kurt Fabish
John Hargrove
Nick Poblocki
Ric Silva

Special Update:

Michael Stevens


How To Be A Disney Princess?

ArenA Extensions:

Twitter:  @RandalAtamaniuk

Stainless Steel Productions:


The Fabisch Factor Film Podcast:


Friday, November 30, 2012

007: Skyfall Stirred

"007: Skyfall Stirred"
From Dr. No to Skyfall, the journey of James Bond and his adventures in Her Majesty's Secret Service reaches Golden Jubliee status with the 23rd film in the continuing saga of Ian Flemming's world famous spy.  From exotic locations from every corner of the globe, agent 007 has thrilled audiences by land, by air, by sea...and by space.  But the one area of Mr. Bond's legacy that has remained a secret has been his past.  Where did James Bond come from?  How does his past come into play to help save his future?  It's a brand new world for Mi6 and James Bond is going to need all the help he can get.  Join the Gauntlet crew as they take the skyfall through Bond's present, past and future.


YouTube Trailer:

John Jansen

John Hargrove
Michael Stevens
Ric Silva

Thanks To:
Ken S.


00 Awesome:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

004: Dark Nolan Trilogy

"004: Dark Nolan Trilogy"
The year was 1939.  Artist Bob Cane and writer Bill Finger submitted to Detective Comics a new crime fighting character...a man without superpowers...but his mastery of science, detection, technology, martial arts, intellect, intimidation, physical prowess and detective skills...The Batman was born...and for the next 70 years, Bruce Wayne's legacy to his murdered parents and to Gotham City continues to thrive and grow for each new generation. He's been called The Caped Crusader. The world's Greatest Detective and The Dark Knight. Join The Hollywood Gauntlet as they dive deep into Gotham and examine writer-director Christopher Nolan's three film cycle that finally gives The Dark Knight a definitive big screen adventure and for the first time, a closure to the Bruce Wayne story.

John Jansen

John Hargrove
Michael Stevens
Ric Silva

Special Guest:
Steve Wood

Thanks To:
Ken S.

Dark Knight Deleted Scene w/ Nolan Commentary:

Dark Knight Rises Toy Commercial (yeah, that one):

How It Should Have Ended:

Monday, August 13, 2012

003: Marvel Assembly Required

003: "Marvel Assembly Required"
Emerging from the panels of comic book pages to the silver screen, the 49 year journey of THE AVENGERS from Earth's Mightiest Heroes to today's superhero superstars is now complete.  The team up of Marvel's biggest and best has continued to enthrall readers of all ages, leading to the creation of multiple spinoffs, serials, annuals, miniseries, alternate universes and a motion picture studio dedicated to bringing these characters to life in the 21st century.  Now The Hollywood Gauntlet digs into the Marvel timeline, exploring the origins and re-assembling the films of THE AVENGERS.

John Jansen

John Hargrove
Michael Stevens
Ric Silva

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


"Again...with the film podcast????"

The Hollywood Gauntlet is a feature-length podcast celebrating the art and entertainment of cinema.  Hosted by John Jansen, the show features a rotating panel of three guests and covers a single topic in detail for each episode.

I would like to give big round of thanks to everyone who sent messages requesting and encouraging me to continue forward with a new film podcast after the closing of The Hollywood Saloon.  It has been inspiring to read how much the old Saloon shows meant to so many people and while no new show can ever replace it, there are still so many topics of conversation left unexplored.

For years, the two top messages I've always received were:

1) Love your show, wish there were more of them.
2) Love your show, even when I don't agree with your opinions.

The Hollywood Gauntlet will address both.

Now listeners will have a chance to get into the conversation.

So joining me for the Gauntlet pilot launch were John Hargrove, Michael Stevens and Ric Silva.  John and I were roommates in college and he's worked on almost every film project of mine since 1985.  I was Michael's catcher in little league and we've worked together in both theater and film since high school.   I first met Ric at Sega of America in 1991 and he's been involved with me both in front and behind the camera ever since. 

So together we hit REC and started down the long road of topics.  This is the first time these guys have ever done anything like this and they deserve applause for taking the time and effort to make this show happen.

Like any new show, the pilot episode was created first.  Then we went ahead and recorded the next three topics, putting the first four episodes in the can.  On Opening Day there will be 7 1/2 hours of new content to explore and enjoy.  Then the show will move to a monthly format, with extra bonus live shows with callers and guests.

STUDY GUIDES will also be provided for each show.  For Educational Purposes Only.

On Facebook, The Hollywood Gauntlet page has been created, so feedback, comments, suggestions and conversations are welcome there.  Same with Twitter.

On YouTube, The Hollywood Gauntlet channel will feature trailers for each show, with visuals edited to the first 12 minutes.

The Hollywood Gauntlet
YouTube Videos:

If you like what you hear...and think we should get picked up in the fall for a full season...please provide comments on the web page or iTunes.

All iTunes reviews are helpful in getting the show exposure.
                             HOW TO GET INTO THE GAUNTLET: 
There will be two ways to get involved on the show.
1) As a Guest, you will join one of the three chairs and become part of the discussion for the topic.  This will require the ability to record your voice separately and upload.
2) As a Caller, you will call in (via Skype or Facetime) and ENTER THE GAUNTLET where you can ask any question or provide any topic to discuss, explore and debate.
If you have interest in joining the Gauntlet, please send your request and contact info to:
Just state if you want to be a GUEST or CALLER and you will be sent all the information to help you get started.  
The Gauntlet is ready to hear from you.
Thanks for a great six years -- here's to the next chapter.

John Jansen

001: "Summer of '82"

001: "Summer of '82" (aka The Pilot)
It was a summer like no other, with Conan, Rocky III, The Road Warrior, Star Trek II, Poltergeist, E.T., Blade Runner, The Thing, Tron, Secret of Nimh, The World According To Garp, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Night Shift and Pink Floyd The Wall.  Between the months of May and August, over fifteen films would be released that would not only define their genre, but become an enduring classic that would inspire future generations of artists, actors, writers and filmmakers. 

002: "Dragon vs. Dragon"

002: "Dragon vs. Dragon"
From international best-selling novel, to Swedish and American film adaptations, Steig Larsson's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO gets the ultimate Salander dissection, exploring the differences and similarities in adapting the book to the screen in two very different and successful ways.