Saturday, April 30, 2011

Terminator Will Be Back In 2014

Another franchise that had its start in the 1980s is set to make its return. Yes, another Terminator film is in the works, and Arnold is coming back for it. Even though Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation did nothing compared to the first two films in the franchise, this is the franchise that will not die. This time around Justin Lin, the man behind Fast Five, is behind Terminator, and if things move forward fans will see an all-new Terminator filmCover of Cover of The Terminator [Blu-ray] on the big screen in 2014.

Growing up, this was a film many latched onto. The original Terminator told an epic love story mixed with action. Linda Hamilton had her career launched by this film, and her performance in Terminator 2: Judgement Day made the film the classic it now is. The story of Sarah Connor is what the fans latched onto. It seems the fans were less interested in John Connor once the story focused on him alone. He was meant to be the story. Connor was the savior of mankind.

However, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation focused on John Connor, and both films performed less than expected at the box office. The franchise is counting on the return of a sixty-four year old Arnold Schwarzenegger to bring the franchise back to life. The script for this new Terminator film has not been written yet. There is three years before it would even hit a theater screen. This week the beginning stages started the process.

In recent weeks, the involvement of Vin Diesel was also mentioned as a possibility. He is a fan favorite from another franchise - Fast and the Furious. There are rumors of Fast & Furious 6 already in the works with Fast Five just hitting the big screen this week. A battle between Vin Diesel and Arnold Schwarzenegger would be something to see, but has the time for Terminator passed?

The first film was released in 1984. A 2014 release would mark the thirtieth anniversary. With the last two films not doing as well as the first two, perhaps the time for Terminator has passed. The recent television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, did well, but the ratings weren't solid enough to keep the series on the air with its price tag.

Maybe Terminator can find a way to bring back Sarah Connor. Linda Hamilton might be a bit too old for the role, but Lena Headey did well in the role in the series. A bridge between television and film might be just the thing this franchise needs to return to its former glory.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Glee gets Licked for “Sickening” Displays of Affection

The main problem these days with successful shows that feature controversial themes seems to be how they make the TV remote much, much harder to work. The latest issues were brought up by the likes of Dan Gainor on and even former SNL comic Victoria Jackson, whose recent comments about Barack Obama really don’t make her a credible source of any sort of knowledge. However, what these people are saying is being published, and theThe title card for the musical comedy series G...Image via Wikipediarefore it becomes relevant, and therefore comments are made about their comments…yada yada yada.

Victoria Jackson is quoted in the Hollywood Reporter calling a first kiss by the character Kurt Hummel “sickening”. She also asks what the “agenda” is for the show. Meaning, what is its political agenda? I’m sure after working on Saturday Night Live, one of the most politically one-sided shows in history with what could be considered a clear political agenda, she would be able to understand a show that pushes the limits and creates controversy to open up healthy discussion. I guess this isn’t the case though, as she continues to dirty the world with her ignorant comments. Also, it’s worth noting that Victoria Jackson laid on a beach naked next to Lea Thompson in a movie called “Casual Sex?”. Honestly, Lea Thompson is quite hot in this movie, but Victoria Jackson lying naked on the beach….that’s sickening.

As for the comments made by Dan Gainor, he talked about “promoting a gay agenda”, and how most parents would not want to send their kids to the high school portrayed in the show. It sounds like he doesn’t really like the show. He also implies that lots of other people don’t like the show, and are also angry about not liking the show. For some reason, it seems especially troublesome for these like-minded people to operate a television remote. Sort of the same way many other like-minded people click the button that surfs them past FOX News. It’s really easy, and since Glee is getting great ratings, you don’t even have to feel guilty about it. Change the channel! Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch Victoria Jackson in reruns of Strip Mall or Kamen Rider: Dragon Night. I know my DVR is ready and waiting for those gems to show up.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Aqua Teen Hunger Force is getting a makeover

After seven seasons on the air “Aqua Teen Hunger Force is getting a makeover. Meatwad, Master Shake and Frylock aren’t going anywhere, the show is getting a new name, a new theme song and a new premise.
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No longer about teen hunger forces, not that it was ever about that, but the show will revolve around our favorite milkshake, side of fries and meatball engaging in detective work. This was the original premise of the show, but was dropped. However, they have apparently decided to give the idea a chance as the characters will be tackling their new job in a new city.

Saying goodbye to the New Jersey suburbs the boys will be moving to Seattle, with a new name, Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1. We’re glad they changed the name, because without it then it would have just been a plot change, now it is like a brand new show for us to love! They’ve even got a new song. Schooly D’s theme has been replaced with a song from Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Josh Homme.

The retooled series will air on May 2, which will be the 100th episode of the show. Adult Swim announced the change with a video featuring a Meatwad puppet explains, “The creative forces behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force are unhappy with the pilot of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and the subsequent 99 episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”

Watch the full announcement below.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Reworking Some Movie Classics Isn’t Working

It seems like everywhere you turn these days, another movie from the not-so-distant past is being remade. Within the next year or two, movies that have historically been part of our cultural landscape will be reformulated for today's audiences, illustrating an increasing, and thus far unimpressive, trend. Last year saw “Clash of the Titans” and “Karate Kid.” Most recently, “Arthur” (starring Russell Brand) hit the big screens with less than stellar reviews and a remake of 1994's “The Crow,” in which Bradley Cooper is in talks to star, is the subject of a Weinstein lawsuit over distribution.

Also on the horizon is Kevin Bacon's signature “Footloose,” set to be released in October and starring Kenny Wormald along with former “Dancing with the Stars” pro, Julianne Hough. The 80’s dance hit movie has had its own series of casting and production issues, with former “High School Musical” heartthrob Zac Efron and “Gossip Girls'” Chase Crawford both backing out of portraying Ren McCormack’s classic role and the script needing a few reworkings. Horror flick, "Child's Play" is also being remade into a darker, more disturbing film about Chucky, a doll who goes on the murderous rampage after the soul of a killer invades him, and has also been saddled with delays. The 1985 vampire horror-comedy “Fright Night” has been updated with a Fall release date, starring Colin Farrell and directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl). Audiences are already in an uproar because of some of the plot changes, including setting it in Las Vegas as opposed to “insert generic Americana town name here.” And that’s not all. Other rumored remakes in development are “The Thing,” “Red Dawn,” “A Star is Born,” “Overboard,” with possibly Jennifer Lopez, “Porky’s,” “The Bodyguard,” “Short Circuit,” and “Conan the Barbarian.” The list goes on.

Some of us are left scratching our heads and wondering – why fix what’s not broken? And if it was broken, that’s why we loved it in the first place. Do we need to contemporize these films or should we instead simply reintroduce the originals to the 21st century? These movies are considered classics for a reason – whether it be a kick-ass soundtrack, fight scenes with a long-haired former body builder with ridiculous dialogue, or the closest thing to porn allowed on the big screen with an R rating. Either way, with the stress and drama surrounding these remakes, the effort should be geared towards creating this century’s own classics and not just putting time, money and effort into recycling old ideas. A classic, by design, does not need reworking.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cast of Happy Days not Happy Today

The popular show that ran from 1974 to 1984 became a television classic and lives in the world of syndication, much to the delight of many fans of television spanning a wide range of ages. Today the show’s following resembles a powerful hybrid of pop-culture aficionados, true classic television fans, original cult following fans, fans of Ron Howard, and fans of Henry Winkler. I have to imagine that the sales of Happy Days merchandise went up significantly as Ron Howard became a super director, and even more so after Henry Winkler graced the silver screen as the shy coach with an eye for talented water boys in….Waterboy. Then of course both teamed up in the cult popular Arrested Development, with Winkler as a bumbling lawyer drawn to seedy underworlds, and Ron Howard as the expertly toned narrating voice guiding the Happy DaysImage via Wikipediashow’s chaos.

Again, I’m certain sales of merchandise, DVD’s, and syndication rights experienced an uphill spike due to a fascination for these performers and what they were like back in the day on Happy Days. The problem is, it seems many of the other actors believe CBS and Paramount failed to pay them for these surges in popularity over the years.

Actors Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran, and Tom Bosley’s wife Patricia Bosley brought a suit to the Los Angeles Superior Court. The seen-happier-days-actors claimed at least $10 million in damages with interest for not being paid properly for home video releases and licensed merchandise that that used their images and voices. It’s important to note that the ones mostly responsible for the show’s continued popularity – Ron Howard and Henry Winkler – are not involved in the rather scathing and expensive suit against CBS, and Paramount’s former involvement. Paramount originally produced the show before CBS took it over after a corporate split in 2005.

In a somewhat unexpected turn, the representative of CBS consumer products agreed that the actors were in fact owed money, but also said they’ve been “working” with them for a “long time” on this issue. That last part is interesting because it suggests they’ve been trying to resolve this issue in the past, and have been unsuccessful. This fact could play an interesting role in the case if the judge finds out that some of the cast members have failed to cooperate with CBS in the past. If you ask me, I’m sure the actors are owed money, but I’d question the $10 million dollars. This is very important because if they do get their $10 million and the rest of their requests, it will set a precedent for this kind of case. I guarantee you if the Happy Days cast gets their money, the Los Angeles Superior Court will turn into a living classic television museum and rerun star convention, with a revolving door of has been actors from once popular shows requesting their own reparations.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Do You Feel The Need For Speed? Top Gun Turns 25!

It is hard to believe it has been twenty-five years since the release of Top Gun. The last few months have actually seen the quarter century marks for a lot of classic eighties films. Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Back To The Future immediately come to mind. now it is time for Top Gun it have its spotlight.

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Often known as one of Tom Cruise's top films, and a film that helped launch his career, Top Gun is turning twenty-five, and there is a way to celebrate this landmark moment. Just this week, AMC Theaters announced plans to air the film on the big screen once again with two showings set for the end of this month. Several of their theaters across the country will show the film on April 29 and May 2.

The film was never known for being top quality. At the center of the plot are the relationships Maverick has with those around him. The love he finds, and the friend that he loses during the course of the film. All of his life is lived under the shadow of the father he never really knew. It was marketed as a fun film back in the day. About men, fighter pilots, and love.

It was the film that was part of the youth of many. Some brought the movie home with them and wore out their VCR's by watching the film over and over. In recent months, there has been talk of a sequel in the works with a possible cameo by Tom Cruise returning to his character. The project has been in the talking stages, but not much has been said about it lately.

The film would bring the characters to a new generation, and it is safe to say war and the military have changed a lot in the twenty-five years since the release of the first film. Top Gun has remained one of those films that everyone seems to know and why not sport a Top Gun t-shirt! It is a film that every person has seen at least once in their life, and now those that want to see it on the big screen for the first time or the hundredth time have that chance.

As for the sequel, the jury is out. Remakes and sequels either do well or do horribly. It all depends on the plot that is brought to the screen. Will Top Gun fly once again? Never say never. Anything is possible.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The 90’s – Defining the Fashionably Indefinable Decade

Television sitcoms and movies have a way of becoming the embodiment of a decade. I never quite realized how much until I was recently invited to a 90's themed party and my first thought was, "What the hell am I going to wear?" My normal bag of go-to looks didn't seem to really fit. The 90's don’t have a tendency to evoke the more obvious mental images as the other decades. There's the poodle skirt, saddle-shoe wearing teen or I Love Lucy housewife look of the 19Dillon at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.Image via Wikipedia50's, the quintessential hippy or bell-bottomed Brady Bunch look of the 1960's, the disco queen or Farrah Fawcett hair as a Charlie's Angel of the 1970's or the acid wash & banana clips or layered mis-matched Punky Brewster look of the 80's. But the thing that struck me the most was that while there were characters that embodied the style of the times, the looks sort of stood out in and of themselves without the specific personified reference.

The 90's are a bit trickier. There were crocheted sweaters, chokers, hyper-colored pants and the Seattle-grunge flannel shirt & Doc Martins. But you can actually see some flavor of those looks in the years before and after. It's a bit harder to amp up those looks into a fashioned version people could look to and immediately say, "Ahhhhh a 90's themed party. It's not just some badly dressed people standing around drink Zima.”

The feat is not an impossible one - you just have to be a little creative. The times weren’t just about glow sticks and flared black yoga pants. But what it boils down to is that more often than not you need to add the pop culture references within your getup to evoke the 90's - which are actually pretty plentiful when you start thinking about it. You could start with the trifecta of Kelly's- Taylor, Bundy, and Kapowski (seriously did every show have a Kelly?). But you need the plug-in of the TV/move references to create the look. A tight floral print dress or vest over a T shirt doesn't bring us back to the Peach Pit. You need the 90210 logo to get the Dylan, Brandon, or Brenda 90’s connection. The Kelly Bundy bimbo look is also not 90's specific; you could also be portraying a model in a hair band video. But get your pal to couple off with you by throwing on Peg Bundy's strikingly teased red hair or a No Ma'am T shirt and boom - you quickly embody the Married with Children look circa 1991. There's nothing particular about mom jeans and tackily printed button-down shirts. But throw on a Bayside High T shirt, clunky cell phone and AC Slater's curly hair and boom - you immediately think, Saved by the Bell graduating class of 1993. How do you distinguish the Matt Dillon’s Singles look of flannel over an Indy rock band T shirt a la “Singles” from looking like the latest trustfund Hipster look out of Brooklyn? I’m actually still struggling with that one.

The fashion of the 90’s developed out of the outlandish remnants of decades past and set the stage for the more understated looks of the turn of the century. But there are enough iconic standbys to help your ensemble conjure up the days of Angela Chase, garage bands and radio friendly hip-hop and reminiscing about your days drinking Crystal Pepsi at West Beverly.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2011 is the 25th Anniversary of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – Reconnect with the Cult Classic

John Hughes – the director of this movie – had no idea how much of a smash hit that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off would be way back in 1986, when he was directing a flick that starred then heartthrob, Mathew Broderick, in the lead role of the lovable and goofy Ferris. 25 years later, the lines from this cult classic movie are as memorable as ever. While the newer generation may not recall the comedic fathoming of a movie that is widely considered to be a classic by today’s movie standards, most people you ask will easily be able to drum up a hilarious anecdote from one of the many different witty lines that truly cemented this movie’s place in the halls of comedy greatness. Ferris Bueller's Day OffImage via Wikipedia

To rehash, the movie centered upon Broderick’s lead role of Ferris Bueller, a high school kid growing up in Chicago that decided to play hooky for a day and ditch school with his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), and his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara). Upon finding out that the class clown has duped him once again by ditching school for the ninth time that semester, a furious principal, Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), becomes hell bent on tracking Bueller down and subjecting him to academic expulsion once and for all.

Not only was this movie a blockbuster smash hit, but 25 years later, it’s still memorable for its many different lines. As a matter fact, it’s not only the famous lines or quotes that keep this movie alive nearly three decades later, but it was such a cult classic that even a mainstream band named itself after a scene in the movie as a sign of their dedication to its hilarity.

In 1995, in Orange County, CA, “Save Ferris,” a spa punk band, was formed. The name was dedicated to a famous scene in the movie where Ferris is feigning a terminal illness and the whole town pitches in to save him because he is so popular. When the principal stops by his house to catch him ditching school, a trademark hot air balloon is hovering in the sky above with the words “Save Ferris” printed on it. Save Ferris t-shirts were also a hot commodity following the movie; the same shirts that were worn by many of the actors in the school hallways and around town in the flick, following that scene.

Time for a little Save Ferris nostalgia…here are some of the movie’s most memorable lines.

Famous dialogue between Ed Rooney and his secretary, Grace:

Ed Rooney: I don't trust this kid any further than I can throw him.

Grace: Well, with your bad knee, Ed, you shouldn't throw anybody... It's true.

Ed Rooney: What is so dangerous about a character like Ferris Bueller is he gives good kids bad ideas. Last thing I need at this point in my career is fifteen hundred Ferris Bueller disciples running around these halls. He jeopardizes my ability to effectively govern this student body.

Grace: He makes you look like an ass, is what he does, Ed.

Ed Rooney: Thank you, Grace, but I think you're wrong.

Grace: Oh, he's very popular, Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies, dickheads — they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.

Ed Rooney: That is why I need to show these kids that the example he sets is a first-class ticket to nowhere!

Grace: Oh, Ed, you sounded like Dirty Harry just then.

Ed Rooney: Really? Thanks, Grace.

Classic Ferris Bueller monologue during the opening scene, after he convinces his parents that he has to stay home from school because is too sick:

“The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a good non-specific symptom; I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, uh... you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor's office. That's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you're bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

I do have a test today. That wasn't BS. It's on European socialism. I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European. I don't plan on being European. So who gives a crap if they're socialists? They could be fascist anarchists. It still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car. Not that I condone fascism, or any ism for that matter. Isms in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an ism, he should believe in himself. I quote
John Lennon: "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the Walrus. I could be the Walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off of people.

Cameron has never been in love. At least, nobody's ever been in love with him. If things don't change for him, he's gonna marry the first girl he lays, and she's gonna treat him like Sh*@, because she will have given him what he has built up in his mind as the end-all, be-all of human existence. She won't respect him, 'cause you can't respect somebody who kisses your ass. It just doesn't work.
If anyone needs a day off it's Cameron. He's got a lot of issues to work out before he graduates. Can't be pent up this bad and go to college; his roommate would kill him.

Pardon my French, but Cameron is so uptight, if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in 2 weeks, you'd have a diamond.”

Reignite your passion for this hilarious classic movie! Check our awesome Save Ferris t-shirts and Ferris Bueller t-shirts today. Make your friends jealous!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Next Superman Once Again Rehashes Superman's Origins

There is a lot going on in the world of Superman this week. Not only does Smalllville return to start the final run of that series after ten years, but the next Superman film has had a lot of information released in recent days. First off, the next Superman film won't be called Superman. It has a new title. Ready for it? Man of Steel is what this one will be called once it is released.

Michael Shannon has also been hired on to be the villain in this next film release. Fans already Superman will be played by Henry Cavill, and Amy Adam is his Lois Lane. Another of the cast Diane Lane opened her mouth and let out a big secret as well this week. She has seen the script, and there were great precautions taken when she did. The actress says she was locked in a room for three hours to read over the script. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23:  The Superman c...Image by Getty Images via @daylife

That was all the time she was given with it before the script was snatched away from her. She wasn't supposed to say anything about what she read, but she did anyway. Apparently, Man of Steel will once again visit the origin story of Superman. It isn't clear how much of the film will revolve around the origins, but the story of how Superman arrived from Krypton will once again revisited.

Are any other fans asking themselves why? How many times can the story about how one Super baby crashed down onto planet Earth to be saved and raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent be told? This story has been told so many times that the fans are fully aware of where the Man of Steel comes from. There have been movies, television shows, cartoons, and even comic book all telling this same story to every Superman lover.

Will Man of Steel somehow make this origin story brand new and twist it for today's fans? Or will it somehow end up being something new that hasn't been seen before? That isn't all that likely to happen but fans can definitely hope for it. The fact Superman is once again being rebooted is almost too much to think about. The story has been told so many times before.

The right thing to do here would have been to make a new Superman series launched off of the CW Smallville series that is just wrapping up. Take Tom Welling to the big screen and continue his story. That was thought about, but it didn't happen. What do you think? Do you want to see where Superman came from yet again?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Green Man - A superhero or a silly costume?

The Green Man. We’ve all seen him out and about, engaging in merriment and causing chaos. He appeared on the FX comedy, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” but is often seen at sporting events, running around like a superhero of fun. No one knows where he came from or who he is; he could be anyone...he could be you.

All a person needs is the GreenMan suit, and then they are imbued with the power to run faster, jump higher and party harder. Actually, the suit gives none of those powers, but if you think it, then you can be it.

Green Man from It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaImage by Elliot Trinidad via Flickr

Every party needs a Green Man, why not you? You don’t even have to be green; The Green Man’s fashionable full body spandex jumpsuit now comes in red, blue, orange, white or yellow, making it easier to support your favorite teams or just offering a variety if you’re thinking of wearing it on a daily basis. Think of the possibilities.

Most of the time, these suits are worn by college students to sports games and tailgates. Some people get a group together, and they all dress up as the Green Man. He is a symbol of spirit and revelry. When people see the Green Man, they cannot help but get excited.

I met the Green Man at a basketball game once. We did not talk, no words were needed, we just high-five and cheered on our team. The whole time, he did not make a sound, but he was just as energetic as everyone else in the arena. He did not care if he looked silly, or was acting weird, that was all part of being the Green Man. He definitely enjoyed himself, as I saw him (or maybe another Green Man perhaps) later in the bar still dancing and mingling with everyone around him. Everyone expects the Green Man to be crazy and he lived up to the expectation.

It’s the perfect costume for getting wild and out of control and there won’t be any worrying that you look stupid. Because you will, but it is all a part of being the Green Man.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Family Guy Facts – Test Your Knowledge of the Hit Show on Fox

The slapstick back and forth shock value humor that has essentially coined Fox’s Family Guy and other shows as “shock-toons” – as opposed to just cartoons – is what has made this show a loveable hit amongst millions of viewers during the more than decade the show has been on the air. Keep in mind that Fox originally canceled the show, before realizing how big of a mistake that they made and buying it back up from creator Seth MacFarlane.

Now well into the 9th season on Fox, with the season about to wrap up here come the end of April, it’s safe to say that there is some fun trivia that can be enjoyed from the many different episodes of the show that have aired prior. How much of a Family Guy neophyte are you? How many factoids do you really remember about the show? Test your Family Guy prowess with this awesome Family Guy Facts Sheet.The series main characters from left to right:...Image via Wikipedia

Q: How many episodes does the seafaring sailor, Seamus, appear in?

A: 16 episodes, including the most recent, “Big Man on Hippocampus.”

Q: Peter Griffin fights a chicken in three different episodes, what is the name of the chicken and why is he fighting with him?

A: The chicken’s name is Ernie. In the first episode, “No Chris Left Behind,” they fight over an expired coupon that the chicken gave to Peter. In the second and third fight scenes – in episodes, “Blind Ambition,” and, “Da Boom” – they are fighting because they can’t remember why they are fighting, and in the third fight appearance, Ernie takes Peter out to dinner and they get in a fight over who will pay the bill.

Q: What is the name of Peter’s dad and why doesn’t he approve of his marriage?

A: His dad is named Francis, and he disapproves because Lois is a protestant and not a Catholic.

Q: In an episode called “Boys Do Cry” what comedian plays the voice of the talking horse?

A: Gilbert Gottfried.

Q: What ever happened to Joe’s son Kevin?

A: He died in Iraq.

Q: How old was Peter when he farted for the first time?

A: 30 years old.

Q: When Peter’s tries to get the Make a Wish Foundation to bring back Gumble to Gumble, what illness does he say that Chris has?

A: Tumorsyphilisitisosis

Q: What’s the name of the restaurant Peter opens in the episode, “No Meals on Wheels”?

A: Big Pete’s House of Munch

Q: When Stewie Griffin runs away to England, what is the name of the show that he is trying to find?

A: Jolly Farm Revue

Q: What famous TV show role did the voice of Mayor Adam West play in real life?

A: He was the original Batman on TV.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dunder Mifflin Sabre should bring back Charles Miner to reflect real 'Office' politics


Drama we've come to expect on The Office is playing out on TV the same way it might in the real world. Steve Carrell is leaving the hit show that draws between 6 and 8 million viewers per episode, and he's doing it at the top of his game, just as Dick York did as the first Darrin Stephens on Bewitched in 1969. A banner promoting Dunder-Mifflin, the fiction...Image via Wikipedia

It's a bad call, but it's Carrell's call to make. Replacing Carrell with Will Farrell in the cast to help run the fictitious Dunder Mifflin Sabre paper company will prove to be an even bigger blunder.

That decision, which rears its ugly head April 14 in The Office's 146th episode, is as dumb as the one made by the producers of Bewitched when they cast Dick Sargent as their second Darrin in 1970. Because of this poor decision, Bewitched plunged immediately from 11th to 24th in the ratings before being canceled after spiraling into a ratings abyss.

Fans of The Office want Carrell to stay put at Dunder Mifflin Sabre because he is consistently funny. And he shows flashes of innocence, brilliance and intelligence. We love his giggly, schoolgirl-like sense of humor, even as he wails his illogical logic and insults and politically incorrect indiscretions in funny voices.

Conversely, Farrell, who ironically played Darrin Stephens in the movie version of Bewitched, consistently comes off as phony, vapid, predictable and sophomoric in almost all of his comedic personas. Farrell is iconic for unsophisticated, flap-my-armpit, pull-my-finger funny. He's a really, really, really bad fit for a show as witty and understated as The Office.

To add tension to The Office, the smarter play that would reflect real-world stupidity in Corporate America would be to bring back Charles Miner, the tall, dark and handsome African-American boss who Michael Scott was replaced by and later replaced in season five.

Charles (actor Idris Elba) came "from steel" and not "from paper," making him a neophyte and an outsider. Those factors overwhelmed Charles and made him an unqualified but politically correct hire.

Charles was a jerk to Michael, Jim and Pam and self-destructed as Michael outsmarted him with guile and sincerity in making a triumphant return to his job. He did it by using the Michael Scott Paper Co. to undercut Dunder Mifflin's prices. In the final analysis, Charles was a horrible boss whose only endearing quality was that he was a soccer aficionado. Endearing only because it proves he loves something besides himself.

Charles was a creep and a lousy manager not because he was black and unqualified but because he was openly dismissive of his people, paid no dues and didn't know the paper business. Other than that, he was great. Charles should have failed, and he did --- because Michael Scott wasn't intimidated by his cool composure.

Bringing back Charles and shuttling Will Farrell to a supporting role would reflect what big corporations do every day. They recycle execs of color the same way the NFL does. It's why coaches with unbelievably bad records and mediocre quarterbacks like former Lion QB1 Daunte Culpepper keep getting rehired. They might be bad, but they've "got experience."

This review of Office politics is a treatise on bad bosses vs. good bosses, not an indictment on minority hiring. When qualified people of color do good work, as Stanley and Darryl and Kelly do, they deserve opportunities and sometimes get them. But a big company's zeal to look progressive often supersedes good judgment, as we saw with the first hiring of the incredibly arrogant Charles Miner.

Stanley, Darryl and Kelly are minorities, just like Charles Miner, but Charles has a head that can barely fit through the front door. His bloated sense of self-importance emerges in one of those cozy on-camera interviews when he brags, "I know I have this affect on women."

Charles Miner underscores that in Corporate America, how you look and who you know take precedence over what you know and what you can do. That is why bringing back the imposing Idris Elba as Charles Miner to make the staff unhappy with his taskmaster approach would add tension to the workplace after Michael heads for Colorado to begin his new life with Holly. And maybe, just maybe, Charles Miner can learn to be a good boss with the help of his capable crew in Scranton, Pa.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

“Say It with a Shirt” - T-shirt review sites

For those that have something to say, but no forum to say it in, the invention of the slogan-centered, image-forward t-shirt is more than a fashion accessory - it’s a vehicle for having a voice. The t-shirt craze has caught on with a variety of demographic groups from hipsters to trendsetters to music lovers to sports fanatics. And while there are plenty of reasons t-shirts are so popular among all those groups, there are few more universally relevant than the fact that a unique, interesting t-shirt design is a great way to express oneself and make a simple (or complex) statement. If it looks good, smells clean, and feels comfortable, a t-shirt is one of the easiest and most versatile pieces of clothing ever created. So when it comes to figuring out why certain t-shirts are so in demand for everyone from toddlers to adults, it’s interesting to look beyond the basics.
We briefly interviewed three of the top T-shirt review blog site owners . They clearly see how t-shirts are a form of expression with creative designs and styles.


What made you start

When I was sixteen or so, I was heavily into the affiliate marketing scene. I was making a lot of worthless sites and placing tons of ads on Facebook and Google Adsense, when I decided to just make a site for fun. That site was troundup. Troundup was solely a hobby blog for my interest in graphic t-shirts. Strangely, the site I put the least effort into (Troundup) became my most successful site over the long-term.

How many shirts do you have? How many t-shirts have you purchased from different countries?
I have a ridiculous number of shirts. Last I checked I was sitting around 150 designs. I’ve since donated and sold a good portion, but I’d bet I still have over 100. Most of these aren’t with me, though. The house I live in in Philadelphia doesn’t have quite as spacious of a closet as my parents’ home. Of those 150+, very few were purchased from other countries. I’m fairly certain I could count the number on one hand—the exchange rate is just too brutal for whimsical purchases.

Which TV show or movie Actor do you believe wears the most creative shirts?
I gotta be honest…I don’t pay that much attention to t-shirts in pop culture. I’ve heard that Scott Pilgrim vs. The World had some pretty bangin’ t-shirts though, so I’m gonna say that.

Do you have a top 5 artist list of your favorite t-shirt designers?
These are very loosely in order, and it’s difficult to pick just five out of the huge pool of great designers:
1. Robi Dobi—the guy beyond Fullbleed.
2. Print Liberation—while not technically one person, the fact that they’re an advertising agency gone t-shirt company is incredibly cool (and shows through). Plus…they’re from Philadelphia.
3. Glenn Jones—the bazillion time Threadless winner who was so successful he set up his own shop in Glennz.
4. Craig Watkins, aka. Wotto—I just dig his style. Even more so when I’m in certain moods.
5. Julia Heglund, aka Sonmi—Again, her style rocks. These few stem from when I was really into Threadless, but they’ve stuck with me.

2) Andy Bowness -

What made you start

When I was finishing up my degree at the University of Leicester (in History & Politics, which really prepared me for a life writing about t-shirts!) I was online looking at t-shirts because I was a pretty big dude then so I couldn't find anything I liked at the shops in town, and I found Preshrunk (the original tee blog) and thought to myself, "I could do that... and get free stuff out of it." So I did. In the beginning I was strictly writing about hoodies, but people kept sending me t-shirts and news about tees so I opened things up a bit to t-shirts as well, though I do try and still post hoodies when I see a nice one.

How many shirts do you have? How many t-shirts have you purchased from different countries?
I don't really know how many I have, but I think I've broken the 300 barrier by now. The last proper count was in the middle of 2009 and I had more than 200 then. It's actually pretty rare for me to buy a t-shirt since people send me them to test, review, or just to say thanks for me writing a post about their brand. It was pretty crazy when the first sample arrived, I couldn't quite believe people would just give me stuff (even though the reviews take a bit of work), and it's still pretty cool now more than five years after starting the site. I've probably only bought a handful of t-shirts in the past few years, usually because they supported charities and that kind of thing. They come from all over the world, mostly the US and Europe, but every so often Japan and Australia too. I don't think I've ever received a tee from Africa or the Middle East, I still need to tick them off the list .
Which TV show or movie Actor do you believe wears the most creative shirts?
I find the quality of shirts in TV shows to be quite disappointing in general, it's probably a licensing issue, but indie companies rarely get a chance to show themselves off to a mainstream audience. The IT Crowd (it's a British sitcom but I think it's shown on a network in the US too) is probably the best when it comes to t-shirts, they show some geeky tees and now that the show is popular and has a cult following brands send in their own t-shirts in the hopes of turning up on screen. I do a round up of the t-shirts in each episodes, and those posts have always been popular. Of course there is also Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory. The shirts he wears are fairly mainstream, but they are quite creative. I've been told that the main guy in Raising Hope wears some cool tees too, but I haven't watched much of that show yet.

Do you have a top 5 artist list of your favorite t-shirt designers?
I actually don't, partially because I don't like to play favorites with all the people I know in the industry, and partially because I'm a bit too lazy to put something like that together! Well, maybe not too lazy, but I'm sure I wouldn't be able to stop at 5 names, I'd always think of someone else that just had to be on the list.

3) Adam Hendle -
What made you start

I have always loved t-shirts, music, art and finding cool products. About three years back I was thumbing through Alternative Press and was checking out their AP STYLE section and I thought to myself I need to create a website that discovers and writes about the latest clothing lines, bands, and cool indie products. The initial concept for the website was to be a "directory", basically a yellow pages for indie. After a year or so I wanted the site to have a little more life and content that I could keep updated and that's when the site started to evolve into more of a blog instead of a directory. I first started out interviewing brands and then I slowly started working in reviews and news or brands and then overtime it really just started to evolve into what you see today.

How many shirts do you have? How many t-shirts have you purchased from different countries?
Now that you mention it I really should take the time to count all of my tees! I know I have at least 300 possibly even more. Honestly I really do not purchase tees from overseas to often. Between the weak dollar and international shipping I can't even count how many times I have had tees in my cart and then abandoned it. It's really too bad because there are a TON of great brands overseas!

Do you have a top 5 artist list of your favorite t-shirt designers?
That's a tough question but I guess top five would be the following: Keaton Henson, Godmachine, Derek Deal, Matthew Skiff, and Mike Gaboury. There are SO many incredible artists out there so it's really not fair to only pick 5! That was agonizing! T-shirts have gotten a major makeover in terms of style, design, and the ability to project personal panache, appealing to a range of people in a whole new way. So the next time you’re feeling frustrated, happy, hopeful, or anything else that deserves expression, pull on a powerful t-shirt and say it all without uttering a word.

Slogans and clever graphics often express feelings like -political outrage, intellectual elitism, wry wit, childlike innocence, and a sense of humor at life’s funny moments – better and more succinctly than any other medium. So the next time you’re feeling frustrated, happy, hopeful, or anything else that deserves expression, pull on a powerful t-shirt and say it all without uttering a word.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Friday Night Lights to Go Dark

The underdog story ignites the fire smoldering underneath the trigger finger placed delicately on our TV remote. We seek it out with rapid fire, pulsing pushes of the channel up or down, or running page by page through our digital guides. At last the search ends with Friday Night Lights – the epitome of underdog story from all angles.
The main cast of Friday Night LightsImage via Wikipedia

Entering its fifth and final season on NBC, Friday Night Lights encompasses the passion of a fighting chance. The story of course focuses on a high school football team, riddled with the drama that goes along with competing in a high school football state in a high school football country, while also highlighting the dramatics of just plain high school.

Friday Night Lights really covers it all. It’s one big coming of age story, with dashes of sex, violence, race, religion, ignorance, family, and love. All of these aspects kept this little show afloat through five seasons of constant rumors of cancellation. This show never should have made it this far, but because of some generous and, dare I say, understanding folks in the TV world, Friday Night Lights glowed for four seasons strong, and is about to hit the field for its final drive.

The critics have raved about Friday Night Lights since it began five seasons ago. The problem has been the low viewership and ratings, which has no bearing on the quality of the program, nor has it affected its ability to stay on TV. It’s a unique story, told in a unique way and as a show has traveled through a unique path. At points DirecTV stepped in underwriting the series. In fact, the fifth season has already debuted on DirecTV, and the DVD Box Set that includes this final fifth season came out for sale in front of the broadcast debut on NBC. Don’t blame NBC for this, as much you might want to with their recent Conan debacle. This was a prime show to send to the dark vaults where good shows go to die because they didn’t get along with the other cool shows on the schedule.

Make no mistake, Friday Night Lights is a cool show. The strange irony of the show’s exterior popular jock focus combined with the unpopular kid at the table by himself metaphor that represents the show’s withering ratings success is a fine example of how backwards the TV industry can be these days. Nonetheless, Friday Night Lights is a testament to the current system churning out a few feel good stories, and despite how few and far between they might be, it’s rewarding to catch one when it comes along. The last season of Friday Night Lights could be bad, but it’s a fifth season that never should have happened, so let’s give them a standing ovation whether they win or lose as they walk off the field.

Monday, April 11, 2011

South Park Returns on April 27th – Time to Get Caught up Before Season 15 Begins

The loveable foursome of 4th graders will be back to grace our comedic hearts at the end of April with the announcement by South Park Studios that they will be airing the first and highly anticipated episode of South Park Season 15 on Wednesday, April 27th 2011. For fans of the off-color comedy that is centered upon four little boys who live in the small town of South Park, Colorado, it leaves many questions to be pondered. Who will the show make fun of this year? What celebs will get roasted? What current events will be lambasted?
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For a hit animated show that knows no comedic boundaries, the sky is literally the limit.

The show’s founders, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have been long time protagonists for taking pop shots at popular culture and current events. For example, in Season 14, the first episode, “Sexual Healing,” was focused on jabbing at Tiger Woods for his marital problems, which fanned the flames for a nationwide “Sex Addict” crisis in the episode that ultimately had to be tackled by the CDC and the sitting US President – who later blamed it on a fake alien that was killed at the end of the episode, ending the “Sex Addict Plague.”

The third episode, “Medicinal Fried Chicken,” made fun of medical marijuana dispensaries when a disgruntled Randy found out that he needed to be dying to legally use medical cannabis, and the boys realized that their beloved KFC was torn down to make room for a new dispensary in town.

Episodes 200 and 201 respectively bashed BP for its environmental disaster, namely focusing on the CEO who was later fired. The creative duo didn’t stop there, however. NASCAR was also fodder and was torn apart by Parker and Stone in “Poor and Stupid,” where Eric Cartman fulfilled his dream of becoming a NASCAR driver by getting poorer and stupider.

Such is the nomenclature of a show that has become a cult classic on its network, Comedy Central, where its popularity could easily be compared to Fox’s Family Guy.

Two other episodes from season 14 rang true to the pop culture destruction method that is Parker and Stone’s pastime with the show. Episode 1409, “It’s a Jersey Thing,” wreaked comedic havoc on the reality TV show, “Jersey Shore.” And episode 1414, “Crème Fraiche” made fun of every reality TV cooking show that you have ever watched.

With only a few weeks to go until Season 15 officially begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on the episodes you may have missed from Season 14. But you don’t have to wait for those episodes to be replayed on TV just to see them again, and you won’t be required to buy the season box set, either. Rather, at you can watch full episodes of all prior seasons online.

There’s no better time to get all caught up from the last season just in time for what is certainly going to be an exciting and hilarious 15th season of the hit show on Comedy Central. Don’t forget to check out our awesome selection of South Park T-Shirts that we have in stock while you are at it so you can really show off your South Park pride!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I Bluth You long Time

Everyone’s favorite failing family of real estate and banana stands is coming back for a reunion – of sorts. The word on the streets of Orange County is that the whole cast of characters known as the Bluth Family will be coming together once more and allowing us to witness the absurdity and hilarity for what’s rumored to be a good hour and a half. Mitchell Hurwitz, the creator of Arrested Development, is penning the family’s next misfortune as we speak, and hopes to direct the feature length movie soon for a release date coming some time in 2012. While we’re all very excited for the chance to see more Bluth blunders, the obvious question is raised – will it work as a movie?

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Let’s look at the facts. It was a highly reviewed show with low ratings. The cult following is in full effect and DVD sales of the show are making up for the poor ratings. So there’s no question it will open successfully at the box office. It has a built in audience, and a loyal one. However, will the form used in the show be used in the movie by Hurwitz? Or will it be changed to fit the long form?

I think everyone is going to be smart and make it exactly the way it was made for the show. I’m sure you’ll see quick cuts, lots of narration by the perfectly toned Ron Howard, and inside recurring jokes that follow the paths blazed by the three-seasoned show. What is uncertain is which storyline the brilliant scribe will choose. Perhaps Michael Bluth will be trying to escape his family once again, as he planned in the pilot episode and the opening episode of the second season. I think everyone wants to see more of George Sr. trading places with his twin brother and running from the law, and I think it would be wise to introduce another love interest for Michael.

Tampering with what is already a television comedy phenomenon is very risky, I just hope the time is spent to simply make a longer version of what the show already was. If it’s popular, what’s the harm in making a series of movies? You don’t have to tie everything up at the end of this movie like any other movie. Of all the TV shows that were made into movies, this one should be, must be, formatted exactly the way it was when it was in a half-hour series format. Perfection through the eyes of true fans is a delicate flower, and since most fans of Arrested Development are true fans, every measure of care must be placed in the resurrection of the Bluth Family.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Hangover 2 Causes Controversy With New Trailer

In 2009, The Hangover was a smash hit that helped launch the careers of Bradley Cooper and the rest of the cast. As soon as the film's popularity was seen, a sequel was announced, and that sequel is set for release in May. The Hangover 2 will take the group to Bangkok, and they are now known as 'the wolfpack' in the film. Warner Bros. released the first full trailer just last week, but this week controversy now surrounds the released trailer.

Early Wednesday morning, news that the trailer was being yanked from theaters hit the Internet. The MPAA was forcing Warner Bros. to pull the trailer that was shown in theaters this weekend in front of the new Jake Gyllenhaal film, Source Code. Copies of the trailer were asked to be destroyed.

Early in the day, it was unclear why the trailer was in the cause of such action, but Warner Bros. finally clued fans of the movie series in with the release of the following statement: "In our haste to meet the placement schedule for this trailer, we failed to properly vet the final version with the MPAA. We acted immediately to correct the mistake and removed the trailer from screens."

What scene was at the center of the controversy? A scene involving a pet monkey the group picks up in Bangkok is the cause of it all. At the end of the 2:20 long trailer, the monkey simulates an act that would be completely inappropriate to be seen by young children. This film did play in front of a PG-13 film. Families in attendance could have easily complained.

The Hangover 2 will hit theaters on May 26, and a new trailer will be ready for release by April 15. With this film, the action taken on Wednesday was quick and confusing. Fans that had already seen the trailer before it was removed were confused by the action. Some didn't see anything wrong with the trailer, but what one person might find okay could offend someone else, especially the mother or father of a young child at the movies this weekend.

Times are changing, and things that were once taboo and never seen on either the small screen or the movie screen are now commonplace, but in this day and age some things still cross a line. The Hangover is known for its over the top humor and outright debauchery. The sequel looks to be ready for more of the same. Did you see the trailer? Did it cross a line for you?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Time and Place for Meatloaf Meltdowns

He may see paradise by the dashboard light, but take one of his cans of spray paint and he may beat those lights right out of you. Meatloaf's tirade aimed at Gary Busey has been widely promoted all season long and was both entertaining and frankly a little sad, but added some much needed controversy within the battle to become the next winner on The Celebrity Apprentice. The episode's challenge had the cast create various pieces of artwork to raise money and after a trip to the store, missing sponges and art supplies sparked a fury in the Bat Out of Hell singer, culminating in him hurling expletives and saying, "Look into my eyes, I am the last person you ever wanna f*** with." Yikes.

It's not quite clear where Meatloaf's obvious animosity towards Gary Busey (now more famous for his philosophical acronyms than any of his Academy Award nominations) stemmed from, though he did ultimately admit to having anger management issues. But, Gary Busey being Gary Busey of course, calmly responded to the F-bombs and threats spewed at him simply with, "Meatloaf excelled to the level of dancing on the rainbow with no fear." This is why we watch the show.

Donald Trump in February 2009Image via Wikipedia After all was said and done, the challenge raised more money than any other overall season of the show - over $1.6 MM. Donald Trump himself contributed an extra $14K, granting Project Manager Marlee Matlin an even $1 MM for her charity as the challenge winner.

The dichotomy of all this baffling behavior and charitable donations seems illustrative of the man rumored to be running for President in 2012. For the self-made millionaire who seems to have as big an ego as he does stock in hair products, the bid seems to be just another attempt at making the headlines. He's clearly mastered the art of maintaining the media hype surrounding him as of late, between his Roast on Comedy Central (seriously, what was that?), a possible makeover on one of Oprah's final episodes, and promises of even more juicy confrontations on his show . And while we’ll all sit back and watch the melee unfold on Celebrity Apprentice with promises of big returns in cringe-inducing B-lister moments and fat checks written for the greater good, the American public may not respond in the same way to those antics in an election. Right now, all we can do is sit back and wait for the next Meatloaf Meltdown and stay, in the words of Gary Busey, “LUCKY” - Living Under Correct Knowledge Yearly. You can find an amazing musical stuff and material here at

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