I'd keep the slideshow personally, as its a 'revolving' version of the current film strip, highlighted content from all over, interviews, giveaways etc. Left hand side should be for features and regular stuff. I do think the podcast should be among that. Obviously I don't have pictures for all the boxes, but I'd but crossing streams, reboot vs remake on there. I also don't think its a lot to ask people to scroll beyond the slideshow. At that point you're in danger of becoming too simple, of making the site look unhelpful to NEW people. People who might not check everyday, for who that content would be lost among the rest of the daily updates. Also, if/when the chud videos return, they could go in the place of the slideshow, to maximize views.
I would also say, I took it upon myself as a graphic designer to come up with something in the right direction, so if anyone officially from chud is annoyed at me, apologies - just trying to help. I don't have access to the actual graphics, but if everyone likes it, especially Nick, I'd happily do the designs properly for Joshua to implement.
Edit: A little confused by one of the comments on the last page, are people thinking that because on these design mocks, the center is made up on Franchise me's, that's how the main page will look? Because it won't, it'll be the latest of everything, news, interviews, features, reviews. The left hand column will house specific permanent links to the features.
Edited by SeanCE - 12/4/11 at 2:33pm