🤓VR Takes You to 'Lovecraft Country,' 'The Batman' Trailer's Uncanny Similarity to 'Se7en' & More

In this episode: "The Matrix 4" and its transgender allegory is on its way—without Agent Smith or Morpheus. HBO's experiential promotion for "Lovecraft Country." Is "The Batman" a trailer thief? Netflix has a 'Three Body Problem.' Plus Loaded Questions and a whole lot more. From September 13.

IN THIS EPISODE:

🛹 Rick W. gets his new Tony Hawk game, complete with limited edition skateboard (at 1 min, 6 sec)

✈️ Rick M. wasn't the guy flying a jetpack past commercial airliners on approach to LAX … at least not this time (at 2:46)

3️⃣ Netflix's "Three Body Problem" may be a good one to have (at 3:26)

🕵️‍♂️ "The Matrix 4" is on its way–without Agent Smith or Morpheus (at 4:52)

💥 "The Animatrix," revisited–why it was better than Matrix 2 and 3 (at 6:46)

👩🏻‍🦰 Did you know "The Matrix" series is an allegory about transgenderism? Neither did we (at 7:34)

🦇=❼? "Holy Double Vision, Batman!" If the trailer to "The Batman" looks familiar to you, this may be why (at 10:43)

👓 HBO takes its experiential marketing prowess to virtual reality to promote "Lovecraft Country" (at 12:04)

🐷 Did Elon Musk's Neuralink presser pull a Cybertruck? (at 14:47)

🤕 Just how much damage has the pandemic done to media spend in 2020? (at 15:42)

🍿 It's official: Summer 2020's box office champion is … (at 16:26)

Approximately 18-minutes, 15-seconds. For US audiences.

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🚘Top 5 Car Brands by Generation, 'Tenet' Hits Theaters & What Do Shoppers Really Think About Masks?

🚙 In the conclusion this last week's episode: The Ricks look at a surprising new list of the most-loved car brands for Millennials, Gen X and more. Epic Games Takes Aim at Apple. Plus: What shoppers think about your store's mask requirement, and more. From September 6. 

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IN THIS EPISODE

⚡️This List of Top 5 Car Brands by Generation is Electrifying (at 20-seconds)

⏲ The Ricks Look Inside an Internet Minute (at 3-min, 50-sec)

🍎 Epic Games Spoof of Apple's '1984' Hits Hard (at 5:18)

⏳Christopher Nolan's Sci-Fi Actioner 'Tenet' Hits Theaters (at 5:45)

😷 What Shoppers Think About Stores That Require Masks (at 6:18)

⚖️ How Many Companies Use A/B Testing to Increase Landing Page Conversion? (at 7:09)

Approximately 9-minutes, 26-seconds. For US audiences.
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📉 Harvard Business Review Quantifies Why You Shouldn't Cut Spend & 'The Boys' Season 2 Curve Ball

💥In Part 2 of our latest episode, the Ricks are flummoxed by Amazon's frustrating new release schedule for "The Boys" Season 2. Burger King co-opts Twitch's donation system and not everyone's happy. And HBR puts the data to why you really don't want to cut spending right now. From Sept. 1.

IN THIS EPISODE:

🦹‍♂️ "The Boys" Season 2: Three episodes up front, but then only 1 per week? Say it ain't so, Amazon! (at :20-seconds)

🥊Who'd Win a Fight Between John Wick and Neo from "The Matrix"? (at 2:07)

🍔Whopper Handout: Burger King's latest marketing stunt co-opts Twitch Streamers' donation system (at 5:39)

📊HBR on why you really don't want to cut marketing, R&D and more right now (at 8:39)

Approximately 12-minutes, 42-seconds. For US audiences.
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🍿Marvel's 'New Mutants' Hits Theaters (Really), the Trailer for 'The Batman,' and Batfleck Returns

🎥 In Part One of our latest episode, Marvel's "New Mutants" finally hit the big screen–at a bad moment. And the Ricks review the teaser trailer for Matt Reeve's "The Batman" - with a twist from 'The Breakfast Club.' From Aug 30.

IN THIS EPISODE

🔮 Was Nostradamas 8 years off? (at :57 seconds)

🌍 The Ricks thank their listeners (at 2:03)

🎬 Marvel's "New Mutants" hits movie theaters … in the middle of a pandemic (at 3:28)

🦇 The Ricks discuss the teaser trailer for Matt Reeve's "The Batman" (at 7:13)

🍳 Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne could be a twin to this Breakfast Club character (at 8:04)

💥 Batfleck Returns: Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton to Play Batman–together (at 9:49)

Approximately 10-minutes, 52-seconds. For US audiences.

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😎Oculus Leaks, Coca-Cola Goes Zero Touch, Batman Goes 'Black Mirror,' Mac & Cheese Goes Breakfast

Our Roundup on all those rumors about Oculus Quest 2. Coca-Cola's Freestyle Fountains gets a mobile, zero-touch makeover. Batman goes all "Black Mirror" on us in his first interactive animated movie. Plus "Loaded Questions" and a whole lot more. From August 14. 

IN THIS EPISODE

👍🏻The latest on Rick W's phantom finger tips (at 1:00)

🥽Oculus 2 Leaks: The rumors sound (virtually) amazing (at 1:50)

🦸🏻‍♂️Robin Dies at Dawn? New interactive Batman movie lets you decide (at 4:00)

🥤Rick M's favorite Coke Zero fix is going "zero touch" via mobile web app (at 6:14)

🍺A mustard-flavored beer you can guzzle … with relish (at 9:24)

🇺🇸Does Non-Essential Worker Barbie have a future in politics? (at 11:00)

🍲Kraft Mac & Cheese: Now part of a balanced breakfast? (at 12:23)

Approx. 13-min, 54-sec. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🎬 10 Box Office Bombs Now Considered Cult Classics

🎬"Starship Troopers." "Tron." "The Children of Men." "The Iron Giant." In this Rick & Quick episode, the Ricks debate Collider's list of 10 box office bombs that are now considered cult classics.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🐜"Starship Troopers:" B movie, A for attitude (at :39-seconds)

🕹"Tron" revolutionizes CGI, one frame at a time (at 1-min, 19-sec)

👶🏽"Children of Men:" Birth of a classic (at 2:53)

👾"The Thing"—John Carpenter's monstrous masterpiece (at 3:34)

🤖"The Iron Giant" is iconic, "Event Horizon" not so much (at 4:29)

🤠"The Quick and the Dead"—Raimi redefines yet another genre (at 5:08)

Approx. 6-min, 45-sec. For US audiences.

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𐃏 The Bronco is Back, ComicCon@Home, BK Augments Your Sesame Seed Buns & More

The Ricks are bowled over by the 2021 Ford Bronco. Burger King augments your sesame seed buns. Apple's "Underdogs" ask "Is everyone wearing pants" during video calls. "The Boys" whale of a season two trailer, and more. From August 2. 

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IN THIS EPISODE

👍🏻One Rick tries out a new biometrics hack, and it doesn't end well (at :56-seconds)

🦹‍♂️The Boys Season 2 Trailer drops at the ComicCon that wasn't (at 2:23)

🐎The Ford Bronco is Back (Minus the Ford) (at 7:36)

🍎Apple's "Underdogs" are hit and miss on working from home (at 10:58)

🎤Burger King's augments your sesame seed buns (at 13:07)

🐔KFC's 3D Printed Chicken Nuggets * (at 14:38)

👨🏽‍💻CES 2021 pulls a ComicCon@Home (at 15:29)

🍕Is Domino's Noid back on the prowl? (at 16:46)

Approx. 18-min, 15-sec. For US audiences.

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👁👄👁 How 'It Is What It Is' Took Silicon Valley by Storm, Dos Equis' Social Distancing Cooler

Dos Equis toasts its new six-foot-long social distancing cooler. The secrets of latent semantic indexing. The secret "Princess Pride" remake. And WTAF is "It Is What It Is"? The Ricks have answers—plus some Loaded Questions of their own. From July 5.

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IN THIS EPISODE

🇺🇸Fourth of July memories (at 1-min, 4-sec)

👸🏽Something to Quibi about: Celebrities stage their own "Prince Bride" fan film (at 2:32)

📱MIT Tech Review: What grown-ups don't get about teens, tech, and social media (at 4:19)

📺Mental Floss unearths cringeworthy commercials from the '80s and '90s (at 6:45)

😎Dos Equis has a new seis-foot ice cooler for a summer of social distancing (at 9:30)

🤖'b' role: The new sci-fi thriller starting an actual AI robot in the leading role (at 11:09)

🗂What you need to know about Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) (at 12:36)

👁👄👁"It Is What It Is" wasn't what you thought it was (at 14:00)

Approximately 16-minutes, 13-seconds. For US audiences.
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🔆 Don't Go Dark—John Sculley's Advice to Marketers in Perilous Times

In this Rick and Quick episode, the Ricks talk about some new advice from John Sculley, the former CMO of Pepsi and Apple, on brand marketing in an unprecedented business environment. From June 30.

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IN THIS EPISODE

📣Rising to the Pepsi Challenge–and shining up a struggling Apple (at :20-seconds)

🌘Your brand: Shining Bright–or Getting Eclipsed? (at 1-minute, 11-seconds)

🥰Building Brand Loyalty (at 2:15)

👁Out of Sight, Out of Shopping Cart (at 2:53)

🏄🏻‍♂️Coasting on Famous Old Campaigns…(at 3:36)

😳…Or Getting Crushed by Them…(at 4:09)

📈…Or Getting Ahead of the Curve (at 5:33)

Approximately 6-minutes, 15-seconds. For US audiences.


🥽 How COVID-19 Will Shape the Future of Virtual Reality

"The Mandalorian" tries on some 501's. The Justice League stars in a gory new R-rated animated movie. ADWEEK asks: What brands would you want to shelter with most? Starbucks switches up its strategy for the time of COVID-19, and more. From June 26. 

IN THIS EPISODE

🚀 Disney+ hit "The Mandalorian" tries on some of their favorite 501's (at 1-min, 34-sec)

💥 The SuperFriends it ain't: The gory new, R-rated "Justice League" animated movie is pure <BLEEP> (at 3:38)

🕹 Virtually House Bound: The impact of COVID-19 on the future of virtual reality (at 5:07)

🏘 ADWEEK wants to know: With what "house" of brands would you want to shack up with most? (at 9:39)

🖖🏽 Turns out James T. Kirk may be into little green men, too (at 12:53)

🧗🏻‍North Face joins brands boycotting Facebook–will more join the party? (at 14:09)

☕️ Starbucks' plans for a post-"third place" world (at 14:45)

Approximately 17-minutes, 3-seconds. For US audiences.

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