Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reignite Your Holiday Humor by Reliving “Christmas Vacation”

Ah the yuletide season beacons once more. With its arrival does come the often procellous nature of the holidays, where we are rushing and racing, and trying to get everything that we need to get accomplished just in a nick of time to ensure that there is a nicely decorated tree, presents for one and all, and that our budgets have not been precariously exhausted through the roof. We run around in a profoundly raucous manner during this time of the year, so that we are able to enjoy a few days off from our otherwise tumultuous work schedules; all so that we can enjoy the holidays, of course and spend some time with our families.

The colloquialism of the traditional holiday rush actually officially commences on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when the New Year clock starts ticking down inside of our minds, and when you can almost hear Santa laughing off in the distance with his sleigh bells jingling. This jolly and giving time of year represents a serendipitous escape from the numerous calamites that often surround everyday life. So what better way to ring in this holiday season than by recanting a Christmas classic silver screen flick that was fomented by none other than the giddy, joke-cracking and off-colored folks at National Lampoon?

We could be talking about only one movie here folks: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

If Chevy Chase ever had a prime of his career, it was easily during part of his run in this series of hit parody films by National Lampoon. Get ready to travel back in time with us a bit here folks, all the way to the release date of this film, 1989 – 22 years ago – when Clark Wilhelm Griswold decides to forgo the family’s traditionally tragedy-prone holiday vacations, and instead opens up his home to his relatives for some holiday togetherness. Unbeknownst to Clark, however, is that his ill-mannered redneck cousin, Eddie Johnson (Randy Quaid), will prove to be the spoiler of his signature 20,000 Christmas lights and well planned holiday get-together. With Johnson on-hand to ruin everything, a holiday bonus check that never did arrive, and a turkey that bursts into flames upon being overcooked, disaster is around every corner for the Griswold family. And laughs are also around every one of those corners for viewers to enjoy.
Here are a couple of our favorite quotes from this holiday classic, so you can rehash the humor in your own minds.

Clark Griswold: “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?”
Eddie: “Naw, I'm doing just fine, Clark.”
Clark Griswold: “Our holidays were always such a mess.”
Clark Sr.: “Oh, yeah.”
Clark Griswold: “How'd you get through it?”
Clark Sr.: “I had a lot of help from Jack Daniels.”
Ellen: “Clark, Audrey's frozen from the waist down.”
Clark Griswold: “That's all part of the experience, honey.”
Ruby Sue: “Uncle Clark, are you sure you ain't Santa Claus?”
Clark Griswold: “I'm sure... I can't even afford to be an elf.”
Clark Griswold: “Hey, Kids, I heard on the news that an airline pilot spotted Santa's sleigh on its way in from New York City.”
Eddie: “You serious, Clark?”

Monday, December 26, 2011

Making Sense of “Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home!” from Cartman’s Mindset

Eric CartmanImage via WikipediaWho is Eric Cartman? Well we all know that he is a chubby (or as he calls it, “supple”) eight-year-old boy from South Park, Colorado who’s mainstay is remaining in the upper echelon of “coolness” amongst a boisterous crowd of kids who secretly abhor him. He’s an outspoken racist, bigot, cheater, liar, and what-have-you, and he’s jealous, greedy, selfless and, well, pretty freaking funny to laugh at, too. Easily, if there were three characters who have etched themselves into the South Park Hall of Fame, top considerations would have to go to: Eric Cartman, Randy Marsh and Butters; of which some of the most notable, notorious and memorable of all episodes have centered upon.

Still, Eric tops the cake.

Appetence for Evil;
When he is not trying to kill off the entire Jewish population, annihilate the Gingers, give Kyle AIDS, free a convicted baby killer, frame the teachers (and Kyle) or make hamburgers that are flavored by his butt cheeks, Cartman is embattled with a personality disorder that’s obfuscated with his stuffed animals. After all, he is the guy that sees the Devil and even Adolph Hitler when he closes his eyes.

But Cartman needs to be inherently evil. He is the Stewie of South Park. Rather, South Park arrived prior to Family Guy, so that association is more likely the latter; Stewie is the Griffin’s Cartman. It’s these evil deeds that Cartman strives to commit, and usually bitterly fails at – with exception of course to Scott Tennerman (Episode: “Scott Tennerman Must Die” – the most notorious episode of all time), that have paved the most famous of all South Park lines.

When Eric does fail, or becomes overly frustrated at a situation that he lacks complete totalitarian control over (or “authoritan”), there is an infamous and trademark line that we have all grown to love: “Screw You Guys … I’m Going Home!”

Top Ten Eric Cartman Moments;
Now for your total enjoyment – and our mutual biding love for the sinister jerk that Eric Cartman truly is – here are the top ten Eric Cartman moments. They are presented in just vocal format. But if you take a gander at this Youtube video (below), you should take note that it’s received over 1 million hits to-date. That’s a lot of other people who are laughing their derrières off about Cartman’s funniest escapades on one of the most popular animated TV series of all time. If you are as much of an avid South Park neophyte as we are, you need only hear the audio to connect it to a signature episode of South Park.

Tell the World: “Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home!” with our Eric Cartman South Park T-Shirts. Show everyone that you love your favorite TV show, and its most infamous line. Or just add it to your growing South Park collection (we know that you have one).

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Are You as Much of a Brobdingnagian Hipster as Ricky Bobby? Can You “Shake ‘n’ Bake?

Cover of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of...What happens when three of the most satirically endowed actors join ranks to create one bombshell of a gut buster with an original twist -- Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen? You get: “Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby.” Will Ferrell has seen numerous, and semi-similar, acting roles due to his unique deliver and his zeal for making crowds of packed movie theaters laugh so hard that they nearly choke on their popcorn. When you merge this with Reilly and Cohen, in this blogger’s humble opinion, you nearly get the best of three worlds.

The keynote here is to always remember to “Shake ‘n’ Bake” people! When Ricky Bobby, a come-from-nowhere NASCAR driver who climbs to the number one spot, and nearly overnight, works together with his buddy, Cal Naughton, Jr, who helps Ricky win races by creating their infamous “Shake ‘n’ Bake” move, which allows Bobby to use drag drifts to pass up a lead car, they quickly ascend to the sport’s upper echelon of superstardom.

That is, of course, until Jr gets tired of always being in second place. Simultaneously, along comes a snide and smug French Formula One Driver (Cohen), who threatens to take all of their hard work away from them by defeating Bobby. You have to see the movie to learn more, as we don’t aim to ruin it for any of you that have not had the pleasure of learning about the “Legend of Ricky Bobby.”

In case you are wondering how this trademark racing move from the movie plays out, here’s a popular Youtube video we found that has a great clip from it (Below).


It’s time to rehash some favorite lines from the movie with our top five quotes – which should serve to stir up a chuckle or two in you, and brighten your afternoon.

1. Ricky: "I've sent in my application to the Real World. So I'm hoping to hear back from that. I'm putting A LOT of my eggs into that basket, the MTV basket. I'm also thinking about getting a gun, and dealing crack. Being a crack dealer. Not like a mean crack dealer, but like, like a nice one. Kinda friendly like, 'Hey, what's up guys? Want some crack?' I'm just waiting on those two things to flesh themselves out."

2. Ricky praying at dinner: "Dear Lord baby Jesus, I want to thank you for this wonderful meal, my two beautiful sons, Walker and Texas Ranger, and my red-hot smokin' wife, Carley."

3. Cal Naughton Jr.: "I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo t-shirt because it says I want to be formal, but I'm here to party."

4. Cal Naughton Jr.: "I like to picture Jesus as a figure skater. He wears like a white outfit, and He does interpretive ice dances of my life's journey."

5. Cal Naughton Jr.: "I like to think of Jesus like with giant eagle's wings, and singing lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd with like an angel band and I'm in the front row and I'm hammered drunk!"

Get Your Shake ‘n’ Bake on for the world to see with our Talladega Nights T-Shirts that lets everyone know that you are not going to settle for second place, ever! Until next time, and of course purposely trying to sound redundant here: Shake ‘n’ Bake people!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Four Moving Musical Moments on Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights....playoffs begin!Image by Jeffrey K. Edwards via FlickrWhen Friday Night Lights was on NBC, I only watched one episode. But now that it is streaming on Netflix, I have been completely addicted to watching episode after episode until I have to go to bed or go to work. The story is great, the characters are emotionally addictive and the actors are excellent. But the music used in each episode really helps get the story across. Here are four of my favorite musical moments from this underrated show.

1. Dead Man’s Will by Calexico
In the FNL episode entitled “Iron & Wine,” this song plays as the two Riggins boys share a beer following a knockdown, drag out fight between the two of them. The older Riggins boy – Billy – was angry at Tim for going to visit their father. The brothers have physical fights throughout the series but they always make up soon afterwards. The same song is played (on purpose, not accidentally) during an episode in the last season when the brothers get into another fight at The Landing Strip. As such, this song seems to be a way to bookend their relationship.

2. Zero Point by the Kashmere Stage Band
In one of the funnier scenes in the entire series, the entire Dillon Panthers football team dances and strips down to their skivvies at a pep rally planned and designed by Tyra and Lyla. The song was perfect for a fun male strip show with its 1970s funk beat. The band was just a high school band from Houston a couple decades ago but they won a variety of musical competitions and awards to become a fairly big name.

3. Something Good This Way Comes by Jakob Dylan
In one of the more touching scenes of the series and probably the most touching in season 3, this song plays as Matt Saracen goes to the assisted living facility where he placed his grandma. He rescues her from the facility and gives this reason: “You’re the only one who hasn’t left me so I’m not going to leave you.” The song is gentle and redemptive and it’s hard to have a dry eye when watching this scene play out so sweetly.

No list would be complete without mentioning the actual theme song of the show. I get excited when I hear the ringing instrumental at the start of the show and then get anxious to get the next episode started when I hear it when the credits start to roll. It’s simple yet dramatic in its simplicity and I couldn’t think of any other song that would be a better theme song for this great show.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The End of an Era?

Although HBO aired its final episode of the hit television show Entourage, fans don’t necessarily need to say goodbye to the cast forever. Produced by Mark Wahlberg and loosely reflecting his own experiences in Hollywood, the show’s eighth and final season left enough cliffhangers for a big screen movie.
Ari Gold (Entourage)Image via Wikipedia
Vincent Chase, Ari Gold, Turtle, E, and the rest of the fictitious entourage have a die-hard fan base all around the world. The show has been syndicated globally and has impacted the way foreigners learn conversational English. Expressions, pop culture references, and American styles can be easily mimicked regardless of one’s location. People everywhere feel like they’ve seen the inside life of a celebrity; it’s hard to remember that Vince is only a character. As most Hollywood films achieve their highest success outside of the U.S., an Entourage movie will prove to be no different.

Are the experiences of the characters uniquely American or do viewers in Europe, The Middle East, and Asia relate? Do they love the show because it’s so unlike anything they know or see in their home countries? Surely, the concept of being famous in Hollywood is lost on the vast majority of the world’s population.

Even someone living in New York City has no idea what it’s like to be a celebrity. However, other themes throughout the past seven seasons are a part of being human. Issues within a friendship, a relationship, or a family are universal. The characters are constantly placing a premium on their friendship, and the value those relationships hold in their lives.

Feeling the pressures of a job, or the lack of one, are not unique to the rich and famous. While Vince is constantly looking for his next career-changing role, the other characters are continuously adjusting to new opportunities and business ventures. Much like the rest of society, their clan has experienced economic struggle and they rely on one another for support, encouragement, and a couch to sleep on. Regardless of culture, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, race or religion, most people can find a hint of themselves in at least one of the Entourage characters. For this reason, the global appeal of the show will surely guarantee a box office success.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Curb Your Cringe

The "chat and cut." “Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good.” Whatever the Larry David-ism you've picked up from watching Curb Your Enthusiasm, one thing is for sure: don't try this at home. In the best circumstances, you'll end up in social exile from your friends and family. More likely, you'll end up in a fistfight with a stranger.

Larry David manages to observe and comment on the minutia in society that we experience and are often irritated by every single day. Who hasn't been peeved when they see a parked car taking up two spaces? Unlike what we see on TV, we know better than to air our grievances. We keep quiet because we aren't looking for trouble and we fear the unknown consequences.

If this were the safe-haven of a scripted TV show, what else could we suggest that our beloved and cringe-worthy protagonist to stand against? Here, a list of some common everyday occurrences that drive us crazy.

1. Texting while biking, crossing the street, or using the sidewalk. Just like a driver, you are a distracted citizen destined to bump into something.
2. Ordering pizza to eat the cheese and toppings only. We get it, you're on an anti-carb kick. That doesn't make mutilating a perfectly good slice of veggie pizza socially acceptable.
3. Tweeting, Facebook status-ing, and Foursquaring so often we wonder if you're getting ANYTHING accomplished at work. Unless of course your job is to be a full time socialite. Don't worry, knowing you're away on vacation for two weeks isn't practically an invitation for someone to rob your house.
4. Holding up the rest of us at the supermarket because you have no idea how to use self-checkout. Take a hint: this wave of technology isn't for you. Please take your place in the regular line and wait for someone to scan your items. Self-checkout is useless if you need a store employee to walk you through your purchase.

If the world were like one big episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, we would have the ability to tackle these real life issues and abolish them forever. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until Sunday evening each week to watch Larry David stand up for us all. If we’re lucky, those who violate the unspoken rules of society actually tune in with us. If you see fewer social offensives out there, you might just have one man to thank.
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Be “DYNAMITE!” this Halloween with our Napoleon Dynamite Costumes!

What are you going to be for Halloween this year? Not a vampire again? Right? Why not switch it up by role playing as the ill-spoken Jon Heder, who plays the memorable role of the reclusive Napoleon Dynamite in the cult classic independent comedy flick that was directed by Jared Hess.

Top Ten Reasons to Be Napoleon Dynamite This Halloween:
As if anyone really NEEDS a reason to pretend to be this laughable and loveable goofball, we felt it intriguing to outline our top ten reasons why Napoleon Dynamite Costumes will be hot prospects at any party this year.
1. You and a friend can go as the Pedro/Dynamite duo and really work out a nifty costume situation.
2. It’s pretty easy to imitate the gaudy lines from this movie, and it gives you another excuse to watch it one more time just for kicks.
3. Be the envy of all your friends and really play out the role as best as you can for some seriously hilarious Halloween laughs
4. It’s a rather unique costume idea that most people will not be using, which means that you can really stand out at the costume party this year.
5. Chicks adore Napoleon Dynamite; and if you are single and play your cards right (or wrong; like he does in the movie), you just may end up meeting that special lady.
6. It’s an easy costume that requires an accessory kit and the boots, which you can stash away for next year if you so desire to relive the moment all over again.
7. When you hear the dance music playing, you can mimic the classic dance scene from the end of the movie, and be cast in the limelight of the party (see the video of that awesome scene below).
8. As if you really needed more reasons to spit out some of the classic lines from this movie; now you get an excuse to do so all night long.
9. Get a friend to dress up as Kip and you can go as the Dynamite Brothers.
10. Vampires, The Crow, Demons, Zombies, etc., are overplayed, redundant and boring. So change things up this time around!

As a final rehash of this classic comedic flick, perhaps the most memorable and talked about scene easily comes right about at the end of the movie: the infamous dance-off! When Pedro’s run for school president is jeopardized because he does not have a talent skit that he was supposed to have prepared, Napoleon comes in to save the day with an old-school mix tape played over the auditorium’s central speak system and some slick dance moves that are unforgettable.

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Make sure to check out our Napoleon Dynamite Costumes – and don’t forget to add the Napoleon Dynamite Costume Boots and the Napoleon Dynamite Adult Accessory Kit so that you can really pull the look off and be the envy of the costume party! Make it a dorky Halloween to forever remember this year.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Which is Your Favorite Family Guy Character?

It seems that the day and age of the Simpsons has been creatively replaced by the new Sunday prime time conglomerate, and we are not talking about Sunday Night Football – which perhaps even attracts fewer viewers than the Fox’s “Animation Domination.”

Rather, we are gloating about Seth MacFarlane’s total monopolization of Fox’s Sunday night animated roundup.

Think about it. He had his show, “Family Guy,” canceled twice by Fox. Then, after avid neophytes purchased so many DVDs of the prior seasons and the special releases, Fox decided that they may have screwed up by canceling the show … and two times nonetheless.

So they brought it back.

But this time Mr. MacFarlane was dealing for the big hand. And with that winning pot came a $100 million dollar contract, the freedom to do just about anything he desired to do with the show’s brazenly in-your-face shock value parodies—and they gave him two other shows, too: “The Cleveland Show” and “American Dad.”

Let’s be efficacious, however.

Family Guy truly is the 21st century Simpsons and Futurama, with a hint of the offending nature of South Mark, intermingled with MacFarlane’s very unique and hilarious brand of animated doddery. The ending result is a glorious mixture of slapstick, flashback-based comedy that has successfully built-up all of the characters to the point of them being so memorable that we all have a favorite one, and even if we claim that we don’t.

With that notion firmly in mind: which Family Guy character is your favorite?

Peter Griffin: The dimwitted and obese moron that manages to somehow still raise his family in spite of his outlandishly naïve antics.

Louis Griffin: The good-looking and savvy, smarter-than-she-looks trophy wife that somehow seems content settling for Peter, a broken family and an alcoholic dog.

Meg Griffin: The picked-on and never-good-looking loser girl that has suicidal thoughts, and always says the wrong thing at the wrong time, yet somehow craves social acceptance.

Chris Griffin: The inept and dull protocol son that takes more after his father than anything else, yet still reminds us often of his voice-over actor, Seth Green.

Brian Griffin: The lost alcoholic and pot smoking dog that is trying to find a moral purpose and a reason for being, even though he is still bound by instinct and destined to live ten years at best.

Quagmire: The womanizing cretin who is smart enough to pilot a commercial jetliner yet stupid enough to lock twenty Asian slaves in the trunk of his car, and yet somehow always manages to convince younger women to come home with him, even though he is a sixty-year-old pervert. (Wonder what would have happened if he got his own show instead of Cleveland?)

Cleveland: The token black guy who has the overweight kid, the struggling deli and the cheating wife, and who lacks any sense of self confidence, and nearly avoids confrontation at every possible chance (how did he get a spin-off?).

Joe: The wheelchair confined would-be super macho that still struggles with day-to-day life in a diaper, but somehow holds onto his last shred of dignity in some fleeting and spurious manner.

Adam West: The whimsical ponderings of a semi-crazed and nearly lunatic mayor that will spend the town’s loot on a pure gold statue of the Digg’em frog (from Honeysmacks cereal) and cast the “As” out of his body by shouting, “Aaaaahhhhhhhhh!”

We cast our vote for Greased up Deaf Guy.

He’s fabulous.

This video below shows why we love him so much.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

13 Things You Didn’t Know about the Big Lebowski

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1. Most of the clothes Jeff Bridges wears in the film were his own.Cover of Cover via Amazon

2. The female nihilist that gives up her toe is music star Aimee Mann.

3. The Dude is never actually seen bowling in the film except in the first dream sequence where he bowls the ball containing his miniature self.

4. The reason Steve Buscemi’s character Donny is constantly being told to shut up is because his character in Fargo never shut up.

5. The F-bomb or a variation of the F-word is used 292 times.

6. The Dude says “man” 147 times in the movie, or roughly 1.5 times a minute.

7. Donny wears personalized bowling shirts throughout the film, but none of them actually bear his name.

8. The license plate of Bunny's red convertible spells "LAPIN,” which is the French translation of rabbit (bunny).

9. The $0.69 check the Dude writes at Ralph's is dated September 11, 1991, exactly ten years before the 9/11 attacks. While he is writing the check, George H.W. Bush can be heard on the television railing against Saddam Hussein.

10. During the cast reunion in August, John Goodman was asked what he thought his character, Vietnam vet Walter Sobchak, was doing these days. He replied, “He tried to join the French Foreign Legion, but they made him work on Shabbos … now he raises pigeons.”

11. Adam Bertocci wrote a version of The Big Lebwoski entirely in Shakespearian English, titled Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, A Most Excellent Tale of Comedie and Romance. The book is 100% accurate to the script—minus curse the words.

12. The bowling alley featured in the film has since been torn down and an elementary school has been built in its place.

13. The word “dude” is used around 161 times in the movie. 160 spoken and once in text in the credits for "Gutterballs," the second dream sequence.

Arrested Development Back on the Air

All Bluth-ophiles rejoice! The word on the street continues to be the good word when it comes to the obsession inducing television show called Arrested Development. Since the show suffered from the crime of cancellation, rumors began floating around about original programming gurus like HBO or Showtime picking up the show. Once those rumors faded, the obligatory movWill Arnett at the premiere of Baby Mama in Ne...Image via Wikipediaie rumors started to come into play. After some time, it became apparent that a movie based on the show might actually happen. There was even talk of a script being written by the amazing creator Mitch Hurwitz. There have been some fairly solid confirmations on this front, mostly by the actors claiming to have discussed the possibility, or to be on board if a movie deal were to surface. However, recently we got some pretty solid confirmations that not only is a movie in the works, but there might also be a plan for a short run on TV before the movie comes out.

At the New Yorker Comedy Festival, creator Mitch Hurwitz mentioned the possibility of a mini-season of about nine or ten episodes airing to lead up to the movie release. This was the catalyst to some timely twitter comments made by a couple of the stars on the show, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, who have always been among the most vocal in regards to comments and answers made about an upcoming film project. Jason Bateman said “It’s true, we will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early '13." Will Arnett plugged in also by saying, "I'm peeing with @batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie."

Of course all fans of TV, and especially hardcore fans of the show will find this news most appealing, but the folks who will really benefit are the ones who have only heard of how great the show is but haven’t tried to experience it. With it coming to TV first, those people will have a chance to get into it first, go back and watch the old episodes, then go out to see the movie when it’s released.

I’m sure the shooting schedule and some other issues will be a battle since Arnett is already on a new TV Show, and Michael Cera and Jason Bateman are making a ton of films. However, Hurwitz did mention that maybe each episode would focus more on a certain character on the show to avoid some scheduling mishaps.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Little Known Facts about The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard was one of the most popular TV shows in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was so popular, in fact, that a movie was recently made with the same title and plot oThe Dukes of HazzardImage via Wikipediaf the show which ended its run in 1985. But there are many things you may not have known about the show even if you were one of its biggest fans.

• Luke’s real name was Lucas and his middle initial is K., although nobody knows for sure what the K stands for. Luke is the older of the two cousins and he is a USMC veteran and a former boxer, which is why he is more physical than his younger, fair haired cousin, Bo.
• Bo’s character’s real name was Beauregard. He is the more impulsive of the two cousins and he is also a former stock car driver. He was named after Uncle Jesse’s mule, which was also named Beauregard in the movie on which the TV show was based.
• The TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard” was based on a movie named “Moonrunners.” This movie stared Kiel Martin and James Mitchum as the two cousins and it also had Waylon Jennings as the balladeer. In addition, the movie and TV series both had The Boar’s Nest as the popular tavern and Uncle Jesse is basically the same character in both.
Daisy Duke worked at The Boars Nest, the tavern owned by Boss Hogg, as a result of a deal made between Hogg and Uncle Jesse. In exchange for her working at the tavern, the family was given a lower interest rate on their mortgage so the cousins could pay for the entrance fee for a stock car race that they wanted to enter.
• Uncle Jesse and Boss Hogg had a love/hate relationship that spanned decades. They were both ridgerunners in their younger days and they were in direct competition with each other, which is why they have an obvious feud in the TV series. However, they would help each other out in dire circumstances.Source: via Wikipedia
• Roscoe P. Coltrane’s middle name was Purvis. He was the brother-in-law of Boss Hogg. In early episodes, it is mentioned that Coltrane was an honest lawman for 20 years, but when his pension was taken away, he went into corrupt business with Boss Hogg to help fund his retirement.

These are just a few of the facts that make watching The Dukes of Hazzard a little more fun. Next time you watch the Duke boys on TV, you’ll have some inside information that those around you probably aren’t privy to.

Simpsons’ Writer-Producer Creates New Annoying Parents

Matt Warburton, expert writer and producer of the ever-running animated series The Simpsons has penned and sold a script involving annoying parents. Obviously, with some experience on the subject, (See Homer, Marge Simpson) Warburton hopes to bring to life the world of a yThe Simpsons star in Hollywood Walk of FameImage via Wikipediaoung man who moved to Hollywood, only to be followed by his parents. The main character of Warburton’s new show will be just on the verge of being cool for the first time in his life, seemingly just simply by moving to Hollywood, before his Midwestern parents decide to rain on his parade and move in down the street. I assume the character will have some kind of back story involving overprotective parents, troubles being popular in high school, and no sex in the champagne room. Personally, I think the premise will be funny, but I’m a little curious about how they will make this show last more than a few episodes. It’s a great concept, but how many times are we going to see the parents “cramping his style”. Is every episode going to be about that? Judging by the current description, that’s what it sounds like. It’s still too early to make any real guesses on what this series will be like, but so far it sounds like a pilot that I will watch, and then a series I will forget.

Not surprisingly, Peter Churnin is one of the main producers, who is also responsible for bringing along the new show “New Girl”, starring Zoey Deschenel. This is another one of those one joke shows that will be interesting to see how long it lasts on the original premise. New Girl is about a girl who has to go live with a bunch of dudes after a bad break up. There is a lot of potential here for sure, but how far can that go? In other words, how many times are the new roommates going to clash, and how long will we believe she has to live with these guys? These are the types of shows that could really be awesome and hilarious, or they could tank quickly. It’s surprising they’re even getting on air because of the potential risk. These days it’s odd to see anything on TV that seems original, so I applaud these people for at least putting up some scripted programs that sound original, despite their seemingly one-track, one joke concept. These are the kinds of concepts that make rom-com movies usually, not entire TV series. Either way, I hope they do well so we can have some fresh comedies to look forward to each season.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's fun experience

The tradition of the geeky, underwhelming, regular-guy hero is nothing new in cinema. Who among you didn’t feel that rousing sense of triumph when George McFly knocked out Biff, his family’s generational bully, in Back to the Future? Revenge of the Nerds brought us an entire gang of bespectacled, overly intelligent campus champions, and even Spiderman, one of the greatest big screen heroes of all time was, underneath the mask and the costume, juMichael Cera at the 2010 Comic Con in San DiegoImage via Wikipediast a scrawny little, soft-spoken science geek. As a collective audience we love to pull for the underdog, and in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the underdog kicks some serious ass.

Scott Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera, is the bass player for the local band Sex Bob-omb, and he’s dating a high schooler. That is, of course, until he meets Ramona Flowers, the literal girl of his dreams, and embarks on an adventurous pursuit of her love that transforms this awkward and clumsy twenty-something into an action hero in the middle of his own town. Ramona is attracted to Scott from the start, but there’s a catch: if Scott wants to date her he must first confront and defeat each of her Seven Evil Exes, a diverse and increasingly strange series of people with whom Ramona has shared a romantic past.

This genre-blurring film is part romantic comedy, part martial arts video game, and part classical hero’s quest, the result of which is a refreshingly original cinematic experience. Scott is the sort of everyman hero you can’t help but root for, and when, in a strange moment of jarring discontinuity, he is challenged to his first fight in the middle of a battle of the bands, you automatically shift gears with the film and start to cheer even harder. The improbability of Scott’s being a martial arts adept never seems to matter. He is the instantly likable hero; as his devoted audience we will stand behind him through whatever adversity he must face.

As Scott fights and improvises his way progressively through Ramona’s Evil Exes – not all of whom are ex-boyfriends, she subtly and unsuccessfully tries to explain to Scott – he moves ever closer to the object of his desire. Like any proper hero, however, the sins of his past are nipping at his heels, and sooner or later he must face them as well. Those sins are manifest in the person of Knives Chau, the Chinese high school girl (with the plaid skirt and everything) whom Scott was dating before he met Ramona. Scott never quite got around to breaking up with Knives, an glaring omission that nearly costs him everything.

In appropriate video game style, Scott overcomes his successive obstacles and makes his way at last to the Seventh Evil Ex, the big boss at the end of the game, music patron Gideon Graves. Utilizing a mind-control chip planted on the back of Ramona’s neck, Gideon has reclaimed her as his own. In a further twist, he presents Scott with a dilemma: he will sponsor and promote Scott’s band Sex Bob-omb, but only if Scott will agree to abandon his pursuit of Ramona. Scott, of course, refuses, and the climactic final battle is everything you expect it to be, complete with weapons, extra lives, and a rapidly rising high score.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, even as it borrows from several different traditions that have come before, shows that creativity and originality have not completely vanished from popular filmmaking. It is silly and playful at times, and it is very, very weird, but that’s what it’s meant to be. More than all that, though, the film is fun and entertaining, two of the main reasons we all go to the movies in the first place.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Top Ten Christopher Walken Lines from His Most Memorable Movies and Skits

The iconic genius that is Christopher Walken is far more omnipresent in media than most people would presume. In fact, the great Walken – who is best known, perhaps, for his witty satire, trademark wink and grin, and nonchalant aperture and signature vocal delivery – has also starred in more than 100 roles – “wow” (says the blogger in a perfect Walken imitation) – over the years. Now most of you may think of Walken when you think of the “Best of Saturday Night Live” skit where he demanded more “Cow Bell” from a chubby Will Ferrell who played the sole proprietor of the over redundant sound of cowbell from the hit Blue Oyster Cult track, “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” (Really, listen to the track, there is WAY too much COWBELL!)

That aside, however, the great Walken himself, has done far more superior things, and delivered much wittier and satirical – as well as dramatic – performances than his SNL trademarked skit; which has become, ironically, as much as of a “cult classic” as the band’s hit they were mocking (Blue Oyster Cult). Indeed, when you recant the many films that Walken has starred in, it’s rather shocking how impressive his resume and career portfolio truly is. So needless to say, it was not all that easy to come up with these top ten lines from his best flicks. Fortunately for this blogger, Walken has starred in more dramas, thrillers, comedies and romances than most other actors—which did make this search a little less tiresome.

Needles to say, it was a fun little poke down Walken’s memory lane, where the workings of one cinema’s greatest actors was rekindled, and the love for Walken reignited (not that it ever dwindled, as I did watch that SNL “Best Of” skit about a week ago on Netflix, which is why the big “W” is still stuck in my head.) By the way, while I am rambling on here, don’t forget to get your hands on some awesome Christopher Walken T-shirts that we have in stock, which can help you grind out a laugh or two with your buds over the man with the signature voice and body language.

So without further ado – may I present to you the top ten Walken lines ever … and I will also leave you with a priceless and timeless video, too.

“I won’t bite… not where it shows.”

2. The Rundown:
“I feel like a little boy who’s lost his first tooth, put it under his pillow, waiting for the tooth-fairy to come. Only two evil burglars have crept in my window, and snatched it, before she could get here… Wait a second, do you understand the CONCEPT of the tooth-fairy? Explain it to them… Wait. She takes the god damned thing, and gives you a quarter. They’ve got my tooth. I want it back.”

“Hey! You're talking to my guy all wrong. It's the wrong tone. You do it again, I'll stab you in the face with a soldering iron.”

4. Saturday Night Live: Best of Christopher Walken:

“I got a FEVER! And the only MORE COWBELL!”

5. Catch Me if You Can:

“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.”

6. The RunDown:

“I feel like a little boy who’s lost his first tooth, put it under his pillow, waiting for the tooth-fairy to come. Only two evil burglars have crept in my window, and snatched it, before she could get here. [sidekick translates to villagers] Wait a second, do you understand the concept of the tooth-fairy? Explain it to them. [more translation] Wait. She takes the God damned thing, and gives you a quarter. They’ve got my tooth. I want it back.”

“This lion, is the king of the jungle, huge mane out to here. He’s laying down under a tree, in the middle of Africa. He’s so big. So hot. He doesn’t want to move. Now, the little lions come they start messing with him, biting his tail biting his ears, he doesn’t do anything. [...] Now, the other animals they notice. And they start to move in. The jackals, hyenas, they’re barking at him laughing at him. They nip his toes, and eat the food, and get in his domain. They do this, and get closer and closer and bolder and bolder ’til one day, that lion gets up and tears the shit outta’ everybody. Runs like the wind. Eats everything in his path, ’cause every once in a while, the lion has to show the jackals, who he is. It’s too late to be scared. It’s time to kill.”

8. Pulp Fiction:

“This watch was on your daddy’s wrist when he was shot down over Hannoi. He was captured, put in a Vietnamese prison camp. He knew that if the gooks ever saw the watch, they’d confiscate it, take it away. The way your dad looked at it, this watch was your birthright. He’d be damned if any slope’s gonna’ put his greasy yellow hands on his boy’s birthright. So he hid it, in one place he knew he could hide something: his ass. Five long years he wore this watch, up his ass.”

9. True Romance:

“You know, Sicilians, are great liars. The best, in the world. I’m Sicilian. My father was the world heavyweight champion of Sicilian liars. From growing up with him, I learned the pantomime. There are seventeen different things a guy can do when he lies, to give himself away. A guy’s got seventeen pantomimes. A woman’s got twenty, guy’s got seventeen. But, if you know them, like you know your own face, they’d be lie detectors all to hell. Now, what we got here, is a little game of show-and-tell: You don’t wanna’ show me nothing, but you’re telling me everything. I know you know where they are. So. Tell me. Before I do some damage, that you won’t walk away from.”

10. Man on Fire:

“A man can be an artist... in anything, food, whatever. It depends on how good he is at it. Creasey's art is death. He's about to paint his masterpiece.”

Christopher Walken – Saturday Night Life Best of (Shortened Skit) ‘More Cowbell!”


Monday, September 5, 2011

Three Examples of Social Awkwardness in Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm is definitely a TV show that is for a certain viewing palette. Not everybody is going to like it, but most of the people who do like the show like it a lot. One of the reasons people find the show so funny is because of some of the self-imposed awkward social situations that Larry David gets himself into on the show. Here are some of the moLarry David at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.Image via Wikipediare memorable socially awkward moments in the series.

Trick or Treat
Going trick or treat is certainly a rite of passage for many young kids. But in one episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry takes issue with some teenage girls who came to his home expecting candy. And he just has to say something about it to them. He is bothered by not only their age, but also because they didn’t even bother to dress up in a costumer to go trick or treating. Instead of just giving them some candy, he tells them to go away (using some rather colorful language, of course). The next day, he finds the outside of his home draped with toilet paper and some “hate speech” spray painted on his door.

Ben Stiller’s Birthday Party
Do you enjoy singing “Happy Birthday” to someone on their birthday? Neither does Larry David. But the difference between you and him is that he simply won’t go along with the crowd…even if it’s Ben Stiller’s birthday. While everyone is singing “Happy Birthday” to Ben, he looks over and sees that Larry is refusing to sing. Even when Larry sees Ben looking at him, he still refuses. To add insult to Ben’s hurt feelings, one of the skewers that Larry was carrying around the party with him stabs Ben in the eye which requires him to wear an eye patch for several days.

This episode found Larry David and a strict Orthodox Jewish girl on a ski lift that gets stuck. The young lady is the daughter of one of Larry’s friends and she is unmarried. According to Orthodox Jews, a single lady is not allowed to be with a man after the sun sets. So when the sun is going down and they are still stuck on the ski lift, she tells Larry that he has to jump down so she won’t be shamed. He absolutely refuses to do it so she jumps instead, resulting in both of her legs being broken and Larry suffering from being socially ostracized in that particular circle of friends.

Larry David makes social awkwardness hilarious with his strict adherence to unwritten social rules. That combined with his stubbornness is a perfect recipe for laughter if you can appreciate that kind of humor.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Scott Pilgrim vs the World - A unique experience

Going to see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World for the first time in theaters was an experience I likely will never forget. I didn't know much about the film, only what friends and fans had told me about the characters and the origin of the story. Needless to say, I walked out of Scott Pilgrim (Comic) BookMark v01Image by andreyblade via Flickrthat theater a true fan. Sadly, few of us will ever get another chance to see this one on the big screen, as its initial release ended quite some time ago. However, it appears that a few of us might still be able to check this one out in theaters once in a while. How? Well, apparently the film will now be playing every month of the year at the New Beverly Cinema in LA. Of course, most of us don't live in LA, but for those that do this is pretty awesome news. After all, who wouldn't want to check out some Scott Pilgrim action from time to time?

Okay, so you could just as easily pick up the DVD or the Blu-ray and avoid the hassle. However, can you really tell me that the home theater experience is better than the actual theater experience? If you're like me, you'd never pass up the chance to see a good movie on the silver screen. Considering this particular theater is co-owned by Quentin Tarantino and Scott Pilgrim was debuted here, it's only fitting that they'd make the film a regular at the New Beverly. The plan is apparently to treat it like a cult movie, showing it regularly and inviting any fans with costumes to join in on the fun. The first airing will be September 23rd, so if you're a fan in the Los Angeles area, be sure to get ready for some fun in the near future.

Although Scott Pilgrim vs. The World wasn't exactly a box office success, it has become a very popular film among particular crowds. This is the very definition of cult status, so it's only fitting that the film should be given the cult classic treatment. Say what you will, but I think this is awesome news. I only wish more theaters across the country would join in on the fun and give the fans something to look forward to. This may be the first such attempt to make the film a regular appearance at the theaters, but over the past year there have been many re-screenings, mostly around Los Angeles and in California. Let's just hope that they'll start similar screenings all around the country, perhaps even all over the world!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia - approaching a new season of laughs

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Imagine, if you will, the grimiest, seediest, least savory pub in all of Philadelphia, a puFrom left to right, Mac, Deandra, Charlie, Fra...Image via Wikipediab that makes no money and has no clientele to speak of, a pub that, if it is spoken of at all by the people of fair Philadelphia, it is in tones of disgust and revulsion, sometimes even of fear. What kind of people might own such a place? What social pariahs might go to the trouble of keeping the doors of such an establishment open on a near-daily basis? In the case of Paddy’s Pub the proprietors aren’t the hardened, underworld denizens you might expect. Criminals? Sure. Self-made losers? Absolutely. But ultimately, just four lazy, self-centered thirty-somethings with nothing better to do.

Meet Charlie, Mac, Dennis, and Sweet Dee, the main characters of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a group defined by questionable morality, absentee integrity, comatose motivation, and only the lowest imaginable quality. Despite their relatively advanced age, these four seem little different from the animated fourth-grade stars of South Park, except that with Cartman and company one can cling to the hope that they might yet grow into better people. The owners of Paddy’s have reached thirty, and so no such hope remains. Add their father Frank into the mix (Danny DeVito at his finest) and their reprobation knows no limits. These are the dregs of our wretched society, the very bottom of the barrel…and we love them for it.

To be fair, we might still easily imagine worse. These five miscreants aren’t murderers or rapists. They don’t torture children or encourage genocide. They are, truthfully, far too lazy for such activities. These people contribute nothing to the world around them, and the primary result of their hi-jinks is the perpetuation of their own misery. They are filthy, degenerGreen Man is played by Charlie DayImage via Wikipediaate, lazy, shiftless, narcissistic, arrogant, and self-serving. They will stab one another in the back as quickly as they would a perfect stranger, and even the bonds of familial love are severed in the name of each one’s own selfish desires. To what new lows will they sink next, we can only imagine What heretofore unimagined and ill-advised insanity will they act out for our benefit, we can only guess. All we know is that we can’t get enough of it.

First, there is Charlie, poor Charlie, whose one saving grace may be that he probably does have a major mental deficiency. It may never be explicitly described, but when you see the guy in action, especially in his famous greenman suit, the only possible conclusion you can reach is that he is a product of some horrible pre-natal abuse. Or incest. Or having been dropped on his head as a child.

Then there’s Mac, tattooed, full of himself, delusional master of a martial arts style he has never studied nor practiced. If there’s a tough guy in the group it’s Mac, even if it’s only in his own mind. Dennis and Dee are twins, attractive, well-dressed, who seem on the surface to have it together. Don’t be fooled; they’re as bad as the rest. And finally, there’s Frank, the leader, the respected elder, the paterfamilias – the head deviant in this gang of legendary deviance.
Perhaps it’s that they constantly engage in the kind of hedonistic behavior we only wish we could take part in. Maybe it’s because we all secretly believe that the purpose of life really is the seeking out of personal pleasure and one’s own selfish desires. Maybe we will simply never tire of watching stupid people do ridiculous and self-destructive things to themselves and everyone they associate with.

Whether they are faking their own deaths, conning their way into receiving welfare checks, or being mistaken for sex offenders, these five are content to embrace one cockamamie scheme after another in the hopes of benefiting their individual selves and screwing over their brother, sister, father, or best friends. The result is dark comic brilliance. It’s not quite slap-stick; it’s not entirely low-brow – some of the jokes are actually quite witty; it’s not even totally a satire of life in 21st century America. It is, in some ways, all of these things, but there is a synergy at work that makes the finished product something far greater. About to enter its 7th season, the show has not yet ceased to surprise, proving once and for all that there is no limit to the depths of human depravity – or to audiences who will laugh at it.

Relive Ben Stiller’s Finest Moment’s in “Dodgeball”

Relive Ben Stiller’s Finest Moment’s in “Dodgeball”
Ben StillerCover of Ben Stiller
Meta: Who can forget the infamous comedy, “Dodgeball”? Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn make this comedy an unforgettable laugh fest for the ages.

Every once in a while an unforgettable comedy arrives on the big screen and leaves cresting waves of laughter in its wake. The 2004 debut of “Dodegball: A True Underdog Story” does nothing less.

This uproarious tale starring Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and Vince Vaughn, is truly one of Stiller’s finer performances. Written and Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, easily, this movie was one of the better comedies to grace the Silver Screen during 04’.

The onscreen chemistry and comedic banter that has the ebb and flow of other memorable satires – like “Something About Mary,” “Dumb & Dumber” or even, say, “Borat” – has enough turbocharged slapstick laughs to make your cheeks hurt.

Sure, the lines are cheesy; mostly by intention and design.

Stiller is obviously comfortable playing his nearly synonymous role as the ill-spoken and laughable outcast. Yet this movie switches the role for Stiller – who normal plays as the underdog, like in movies such as “Meet the Fockers,” or “Zoolander,” where his signature role is being that guy that says all of the wrong things at all of the wrong times.

Much is the same in that stance with Dodgeball, with the exception of one thing: StilleCover of Cover via Amazonr is the bad guy, who still says all of the wrong things at the most inappropriate of times, but that has the winning edge with his well-funded dodgeball team, “The Purple Cobras,” who are pitting their wits against a less formable outfit of total misfits lead by Vince Vaughn, “The Average Joe’s.”

It’s do or die: Globogym – the Beverly Hills style conglomerate that appeals to the rich and conceited, and its owner, White Goodman (Stiller), place everything on the line for a winner-takes-all dodgeball tournament in Las Vegas against Peter La Fleur’s outfit of rejects, “The Average Joes.”

The pot: The Girl, the Gym and bragging rights forever; it’s all on the line here.

Some Really Funny & Memorable Scenes from “Dodgeball”

Globogym – The Commercial
Want to enjoy Stiller at his finest? Then make sure to watch this laugh-out-loud funny commercial from the movie, where Stiller (White Goodman) plugs his pretentious attitude and gym, which features supermodels, bodybuilders and even a plastic surgery clinic.


Dodgeball “We Will Rock You”
This scene (below) is just one of the most memorable scenes from the movie. Ben stiller (White Goodman) confronts his nemessis, Vince Vaughn (Peter La Fleur’s) at a local watering hole to try and intimidate him from entering the Las Vegas Dodgeball tournament.


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