Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Relive the Days of the Ambiguous Golfer with Your Favorite Caddyshack Movie Quotes

When an illustrious and signature golf course that caters to the uber-rich has to suddenly deal with dancing gophers and lackluster employees, you get a hearty dish of hilarity and laughter. This is part of the explanation as to why “Caddyshack” easily broke some pretty hefty comedic movie box office records during its debut way back in 1980, when it busted the $40 million mark that year, and was ranked in the top 16 of best selling movies for the year.

While the sequel did not fare nearly as well to those who were neophytes for the original, nevertheless, the original has some comedic landmarks with a signature delivery that can only be owned by the likes of Chevy Chase (who plays Ty Webb the millionaire playboy), Bill Murray (Carl Spackler), as well as the iconic Rodney Dangerfield (Al Czervik; may he rest in peace).

Team up this fantastic comedic trio (Murray, Chase & Dangerfield), and you have the makings for some of the best adlibbed lines ever in a classic popcorn comedy that will leave your fingers dripping with butter and your face smeared with dimples due to the laugh-factor-ratio contained within.

But what is it that makes all comedies great? What is the one thing that makes them ever so memorable? What is it that keeps us coming back again and again to review them and relive the fun once more?

This can be easily explained: it’s about the delivery and more importantly – the classic and quotable lines.

So without further contextual ado – let’s explore some of the most memorable Caddyshack movie quotes ever with these laugh-out-loud top five:

1.) Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) singing aloud: “I was born to love you. I was born to lick your face. I was born to rub you. But you were born to rub me first. What do you say we take this out on the patio?”

2.) Judge Smails (Ted Knight): “You know, you should play with Dr. Beeper and myself. I mean, he’s been club champion for three years running and I’m no slouch myself.”
Ty: “Don’t sell yourself short, Judge. You’re a tremendous slouch.”

3.) Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield): “Last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it.”

4.) Carl Spackler (Bill Murray): “Cinderella boy. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper now about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac... It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!”

5.) Carl: “So I jump ship in Hong Kong and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas.”
Angie D'Annunzio: “A looper?”
Carl: “A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald ... striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one -- big hitter, the Lama -- long, into a 10,000-foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? 'Gunga galunga .... gunga, gunga-lagunga.' So we finish the 18th and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?’ And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So I got that going for me, which is nice.”

Enjoy more of your favorite Caddyshack movie quotes with this hilarious clip, courtesy of Orion Pictures

While you are at it, never golf like a chump again! Rather, let the world know you are the greatest slouching golfer by proudly brandishing our elite Caddyshack Bushwood CC Back Print Red Adult T-shirt.

Summer’s here and that means it’s time to swing some balls from the tee and enjoy the triple digits. Sweating to the oldies has never been so much fun when the world knows you are a bushwhacker at heart.

Tell them you mean business with our Caddyshack T-shirts.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Big Bang Theory T-Shirts: Let Your Inner Sheldon Ring True

What do you get when you cross four socially inept geniuses with the nice, gorgeous blond across the hall? That's right. You get the Big Bang Theory. If Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny have found their way into your heart, you might not need a reason to put them on your chest. But in case you do, here are some great reasons to get Big Bang Theory t-shirts.

Conversation Starters For Singles
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Ladies, maybe your dream guy is a little bit more shy than the average man. Forget spending hours on makeup and pushing your breasts up to your chin. Just slap one of your Big Bang Theory t-shirts and a warm smile and you'll need a stick to fight off all the guys. What's great is a lot fewer of them will be jerks just looking for one thing.

Guys, you'll also be surprised at how many people just in passing tell you they love your Big Bang Theory shirts. You don't even have to worry about what to say. Just make a comment on how nitpicky Sheldon is or what you think about Leonard and Penny. Since she approached you, she's probably pretty outgoing, so just listen and guide the conversation wherever you'd like it to go.


Follow up your most sophisticated jokes and pranks with a Sheldon-inspired "Bazinga!" Here are some of Sheldon's worst (best):

Sheldon: Howard? Howard: Yeah? Sheldon: Your shoes are delightful. Where did you get them? Howard: What? Sheldon: Bazinga, I don’t care.

Sheldon: Leonard, you may be right. It appears that Penny secretly wants you in her life in a very intimate and carnal fashion. Leonard: You really think so? Sheldon: Of course not. Even in my sleep-deprived state, I've managed to pull off another one of my classic pranks. Bazinga!
Sheldon: Why did the chicken cross the Mobius Strip? To get to the same side! Bazinga!

Get a "Bazinga!" Big Bang Theory t-shirt to show off your master pranksmanship, or just your love of Sheldon.

The Big Bang Theory is a great show, and a t-shirt is a great way to express yourself and share your interests without having to bring it up explicitly. From Sheldon's eccentricities to Leonard's awkward yet assertive nature to Penny's street smarts to Raj's apparent shyness to Howard's unique way with the ladies, there's not a lot to the show to dislike.

Ari Gold: The Movie

A few days away from the Entourage season premier, rumors of progress on a possible script for a movie version of the popular show on HBO have surfaced. Doug Ellin, the creator of Entourage, has confirmed that a movie is in the works. After speaking about his confidence in the potential of the eighth season, Ellin said he will start writing a script for the movie version wiAri Gold (Entourage)Image via Wikipediathin the next six months, no doubt after the season ends to get a sense of what storylines would work well in a long version of the show.

Rob Weiss, Executive Producer and Writer on Entourage, mentioned sifting through several different storylines, but also spoke of the difficulty they’ve found choosing the right story that works even for the last season of the series, let alone a movie idea. They already had to throw away three scripts they’ve written for the last season.

For a storyline to be interesting through an entire movie, it must involve every main character in the show, and I think they should lean heavy on popular character Ari Gold. First of all, Jeremy Piven has the most film experience out of anyone in the cast by far, and also his character is just plain more interesting than the other characters. I love the show, but how much can we believe any of Turtle’s failed storylines will work, or how long can we watch Vinnie Chase being smooth with girls. Also, unless something changes, Eric will be getting married and that will be a little strange. I’m sure they’ll find something to make Drama look like an idiot and screw up his career once again. That’s always pretty funny, although it’s definitely getting old and it would be nice to see something good happen to him. Maybe that will happen this season, or maybe that would be something the movie could do. A significant redemption for Drama would be cool in my opinion.

As for Ari Gold, his constant pursuit to become the most powerful person in Hollywood is always intriguing, and usually because of the way Piven plays the character. The storylines can be good, and full of conflict, but the character is just literally…gold.

I look forward to the season premier of Entourage, but I will be even more curious to hear about the progress of the movie, and psyched to someday see a trailer to get an idea of what will be going down with the boys from Queens.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

Five years seems a bit soon to reboot any film franchise; the last films are still fresh – at least in my mind – and viewers might be unenthused at the prospect of watching the new rendition of films they first watched only several years ago. However, for Spider-Man fans still recovering from Sam Raimi’s Spider-man 3 headache, this reboot may be the perfect remedThe Amazing Spider-Man (video game)Image via Wikipediay. The Amazing Spider-Man, which is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2012, will be directed by Mark Webb.

Like Raimi’s Spider-man, this reboot will also be an origin story and will focus on how Peter Parker got his spider powers in high school. In fact, from what I could glean from the new trailer, The Amazing Spider-Man seems less like a reboot and more like a redo. It seems as if filmmakers will attempt to completely erase viewers’ memories of Raimi’s Spider-man series, which was entertaining, but often hokey and cheesy with melodramatic moments wedged in.

However, the key difference, and perhaps the key to the reboot’s success is the tone. It’s clear from the trailer that The Amazing Spider-Man will be much darker, grittier and more serious than Raimi’s whimsical, summer blockbuster series. The story will tend more to Parker’s parental situation than has been done previously, touching upon the fact that he is indeed an orphan. Perhaps the tonal change might make it a bit less popular among children, but more so among older viewers and critics.

Andrew Garfield, who was put on the map after garnering acclaim for his supporting role in The Social Network, will play our possibly less friendly and more brooding neighborhood spider-man, while Rhys Ifans, who recently portrayed Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, will play the villain Dr. Curt Connors who is also known as The Lizard.

Emma Stone will play Gwen Stacy, a classmate and love interest of Parker, as oddly enough, Mary Jane Watson will be absent from the film. However, after watching three films with the uncomfortably unconvincing romance between Toby Maguire’s Peter and Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane, it’s refreshing to not only see a new love interest, but two characters with chemistry.

It’s unclear at this point in time whether or not The Amazing Spider-Man has the chops to succeed, but the trailer revealed something promising – as well as something reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s recent work. Either way, at least it’s safe to say that it will be better than the monstrosity that would have been Raimi’s Spider-man 4.

Dr. Seuss, “Children’s” Books for Adults.

Dr. Seuss, might be best known as a children’s writer and illustrator, but I think we as adults might, not so secretly, love him more than the children. Dr. Seuss had published a multitude of children’s books in his life, some of which were turned into t.v. shows, movies and even a Broadway music, all using a similar pattern of rhyming and imagining. Cover of Cover of The Cat in the Hat

Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a Dr. Seuss, a.k.a Theo LeSeig (for books he wrote and others illustrated), was born 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts and eventually moved to Southern California until 1991. From his first book, “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street!” (which was rejected by publishers more than once...I bet they were kicking themselves) to his World War II political cartoons, to his much anticipated artwork, has left his imprint on the 20th century and beyond.

Everybody who has read Dr Seuss books as a child, to their child or just to feel like a child has their own personal favorite Dr. Seuss book, character or quote. Or, if you are anything like me, they are all your favorite. Dr. Seuss once stated in an interview, “If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn’t show up.” And, very understandable...imagine with me, if you will, sitting at a black tie dinner with Dr. Seuss and his entourage of Horton, a Who, the Grinch, The Cat in the Hat and a Red Fish and a Blue Fish. I would dare not ask one of them to pass the salt. Unless I was bored, which, I probably would be.

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." Just one of many memorable quotes from a Dr. Seuss book. Yes, it is written in a way that children can grasp it and remember it, but I think it might even be aimed more towards the parents reading the books to their children. Dr. Seuss has grasped our attention through his silly rhyming and off beat illustrations for the better part of a century. Could we consider him one of the great poets or artists of our time? It depends on who you ask, but I say yes.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

How Quickly They Grow Up

Growing up…the most natural thing in the world, yet so difficult for parents to watch as their own children finish school, move out, and become adults themselves. The most bizarre reality check often comes when the characters their children loved as children also grow up. Immune to the Peter Pan syndrome, fictional friends, cartoon or human, also age with time. And few are more heartbreaking than Harry Potter and Andy from Toy Story. Rupert Grint outside the premiere of 'Harry Po...Image via Wikipedia

With the latest and final installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise, children and parents alike flocked to the theaters in masses. Gone are the adorable nine-year-olds causing havoc at Hogwarts; in their place are early twenty-somethings tackling real-life reality. Children who grew up reading and watching Harry Potter are now young adults themselves, seeing an older version of their favorite character is like looking in the mirror at their own lives. Their parents, however, watch with a nostalgia of their own as they see their child's innocent wish for a magic wand or wizard's cape quickly disappear.
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And what about Andy from Toy Story, who isn't even portrayed by a real human actor? In the third and latest Toy Story film, he donates his childhood toys and is ready to leave for college. While the original younger fans may have outgrown the series, any parent who sat through all three films felt a lump in their throat knowing the subject hits all too close to home. Not only might they have a child embarking on his or her college career, they also miss the little kid who just a few years begged for a Buzz Lightyear doll for Christmas.

Unlike Barbie, Superman, or the eternally Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, NEW YORK - APRIL 23:  (L-R) Teenage Mutant Nin...some movie characters, human or computer generated, actually do grow up. The child admirers themselves, aging simultaneously and eventually growing out of their fan phase, are not the ones who struggle with the end of a character's childhood. It is the parents who have a more difficult time coming to terms with their adult children and the "time flies" feeling that only accelerates with age.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What’s next for “Glee’s” big stars after their departures?

Last week it was revealed that three of the biggest stars from the popular – well, once popular – Fox series would be leaving the show. Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), and Chris Colfer (Kurt), who were sophomores when the show started, will be graduating at the end of the third season.

Logo of the TV series Glee.Image via WikipediaShow creator Ryan Murphy said, "When they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.” He said he wanted to keep it real, but what’s so real about having a 27-year-old play a high school sophomore (Monteith was 27 when he started playing Finn)? But that’s beside the point.

Colfer, who now has two Emmy nominations, apparently learned that he would not be returning for a fourth season via Twitter. But he’ll have no shortage of job offers when he leaves the show. He’s already filming the comedy “Struck by Lightning,” which also stars Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men” fame, Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”, “About Schmidt”) and Allison Janney (“The West Wing,” “American Beauty,” “Juno”).

Michele, who already had quite a career on Broadway before joining “Glee,” already has two films in post-production: “Dorothy of Oz” and “New Year’s Eve.” But it seems the best place for her would be back on Broadway. Michele has a powerhouse voice, often being compared to a young Streisand. That’s where she really made a name for herself, and how she landed her role on “Glee,” so it only makes sense for her to return to her roots. But if she can keep her increasingly diva-like ego in check, she may be able to make it in Hollywood too, if her two upcoming movie roles go well.
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Monteith, the oldest of the three, already had several film and television roles before joining “Glee,” so he could easily go either route. Staying on the small screen seems pretty unlikely, though, so he’ll most likely end up doing more movies with bigger roles or maybe continuing with his music career.

But the big question is how will “Glee” fare without its biggest cast members? The show’s ratings have already been slipping steadily since the first season, as many viewers grew tired of its novelty. It was cute at first, but quickly became predictable (Rachel and Finn would always get the leads, Kurt would make some statement about being gay, Mercedes [played by Amber Riley] would continue to be the sassy black girl, etc.)

To be candid, the show will probably fail once its dream team leaves. None of the other characters (except maybe Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester) offer much incentive to stay tuned in. But maybe the show will prove us all wrong like it did with its early success and find a way to stay relevant and successful. Wouldn’t that be something?

CSI, Where Everybody Knows Your Name

In the past, CSI has gone out of their way to make sure a semi-well known television or movie star steps into their main roles, whether it be the flagship show or other spin-off franchises, and the latest hire is no exception. Television veteran Ted Danson, who starred in the popular show Becker, and the even more popular Cheers will be starring in place of Laurence Fishburne, who was starring in place of William Peterson. Since Fishburne’s departure was somewhat of a surprise, the network had to act fast to secure a strong replacement, and looks like when under fire the executives in charge can pull off a Hail Mary.

Even though Danson hasn’t really been lighting up the silver screen on a break-neck pace over the last few years, he’s still been showing up here and there in TV shows, including a recurring role as himself on Curb Enthusiasm, which opened its eighth season with their highest rated show in seven years. Also, it’s not like he’s desperate for a show, he could live off his resume easily for the next hundred years. Either way, he’s a solid pick up for a show that was seemingly on the outs.

Ted DansonImage by tobin.t via FlickrWhat’s puzzling about this pickup is why Ted Danson would want to do this. Certainly CSI is a contemporary television staple, but they garnered their worst ratings for a season finale ever this past May, and have been in a steady decline since William Peterson left. Laurence Fishburne, whose popularity came from the movie The Matrix, had little effect on the ailing show. Also, Ted Danson is pretty busy as far as former television stars go. Most actors who star in a show for several years don’t do much after the show’s demise, save for a few exceptions. (See Jennifer Aniston) However, Ted Danson has really solidified himself as a constant worker and a consummate professional in every role. In addition to Curb Your Enthusiasm, he has also recently appeared as a regular on HBO’s Bored to Death, and on the show Damages.

My opinion is that Ted Danson was looking for something fun and easy to do. Almost like a retirement situation. CSI, given its formula and less-than deep characters, is like a version of Florida for television actors. Either you go there early in your career like spring break or you go there after years of hard work to relax like retirement.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Five Seinfeld Scenes that We Still Talk About

Whether you liked the show or not, Seinfeld was one of the most popular shows in the history of broadcast television. Even today, people talk about Seinfeld because it is in syndication and people still watch it as often as they can. Many people have favorite episodes of the show but many others have favorite scenes. Here are some of the scenes that people still Jerry Seinfeld at the 44th Emmy AwardsImage via Wikipediatalk about while laughing.

1. Jerry vs. Lieutenant Bookman
One of the funniest scenes in the entire Seinfeld series is Jerry’s confrontation with Lieutenant Bookman, played by Philip Baker Hall. Hall played the straight man but you can see Jerry trying to hold back the laughs during the scene which just made it that much funnier.

2. No Soup for You!
The phrase “No soup for you!” is probably one of the most recognizable and quoted catchphrases from all nine seasons of the show. The show has been off the air for more than a decade and people are still repeating it and laughing. I just wish I had a bowl of soup some day that would make my knees buckle!
3. Jerry and George and the Big Race
The scene in “The Race” where George “unexpectedly” runs into Jerry at Monk’s CafĂ© is one of my favorite Seinfeld scenes. I thoroughly enjoy the back-and-forth between Jerry and George when they are acting like they haven’t seen each other since high school. It’s fun to watch the dialogue as George tries to build himself up into something and Jerry just brings him right back down.

4. The Titleist
If you watch the commentary parts on the DVD boxed sets of Seinfeld, you will learn that the ending scene in “The Marine Biologist” was thought of and written pretty much at the last minute. The episode needed an ending so Larry David and Jerry got together and wrote the monologue about George pulling the golf ball out of the whale’s blowhole. The laughter from the studio audience was so long when George pulled the golf ball out of his pocket that they had to edit some of it out.

5. Kramer at the AMCA
“The Jimmy” episode was hilarious for many reasons, but the ending scene where Mel Torme is serenading a drooling Kramer at the AMCA event was priceless. Kramer looked like he was thoroughly enjoying himself as he drooled from the busted lip that Jimmy gave him just before the event. The producers said that Torme had not seen the show before so he wasn’t really in on the joke.

These are just a few of the funniest Seinfeld scenes ever. Of course, watching all of the episodes in any order will make you say “I love this scene!” many, many times over.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hunger Game's growing popularity

With the final Harry Potter installment out in theaters, it may officially be time to move on to the next big fantasy series, and some critics believe The Hunger Games is the best option to fill the void. The Hunger Games is a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in a country that used to be North America. She is chosen to be one of the children to participate in The Hunger Games, which is a national, televised fight to the death.The Hunger GamesImage via Wikipedia

The book series has garnered positive reviews and developed a strong fan-base over the years. It became so popular, Lions Gate Entertainment acquired the series’ worldwide distribution rights for the film adaption. The film is scheduled to be released on March 23rd, 2011, and since production started, the upcoming film has resulted in a steady efflux of news.

Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who is well known for playing the protagonist of last year’s Winter’s Bone, will play Katniss Everdeen. The rest of the cast will include actors such as Josh Hutcherson, Wes Bentley from American Beauty, Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci and Donlad Sutherland. The thought that Lionsgate put into the cast selections indicates that filmmakers are committed to cementing the upcoming film as more than just a piece of entertainment.

However, could this young series really replace Harry Potter as the next book/film series cultural phenomenon? While Lionsgate might have its fingers crossed, personally, I don’t think anything is ever going to replace Harry Potter. The two series share a similar theme of the threat of control by a cruel, evil regime. But besides that, they are their own animals. The Hunger Games is more Orwellian than magical, featuring government-control themes reminiscent of George Orwell’s dystopian 1984 and rise & fall themes of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The Hunger Games universe is also cruel and brutal, too much so to be appropriate for children the way Harry Potter was, meaning that fans won’t “grow up” with the series quite the was Potter fans did.

That’s not to say that The Hunger Games film won’t be successful. While perhaps it may be foolishly optimistic to think any current well-known series can replace Harry Potter, The Hunger Games has its own compelling story to offer.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Five Best Will Ferrell Characters from SNL

Will Ferrell may just be one of the most popular and funniest guys to become a Saturday Night Live alumni. He played so many characters and he always played them so well. Will Ferrell in Los Angeles, California.Image via WikipediaHere are just a few of those characters that you probable remember from his SNL days.

1. Dog Show Guy
“Dog Show” was one of the funniest skits on Saturday Night Live and it featured Will Ferrell as a cheesy dog loving guy and his dog, Rocky Balboa. Ferrell would always open the skit by a few taps on his drum and then, along with his female counterpart during the skit, would yell “Dog show!” It isn’t often when Will Ferrell is upstaged during a skit, but there were a few times that the dogs that appeared on the show would steal the scene from him.

2. Roger Klarvin – Hot Tub Guy
You probably don’t recognize the name Roger Klarvin, but you probably remember Will Ferrell’s “hot tub guy” character. The character is a bearded professor who likes to be overly affectionate with his wife (played by the hilarious Rachel Dratch) in public places. He especially enjoys being amorous in the hot tub of the hotel when other guests are around. Klarvin and his wife don’t mind sharing graphic details of exploits they have had together with other guests of the hotel either. It makes for an uncomfortable experience but a hilarious skit nonetheless.

3. Craig Buchanan –Spartan cheerleader
Did you know that the male cheerleader’s name that Ferrell played was Craig Buchanan? This was one of Ferrell’s first popular roles on SNL and it continues to be a part of our fondness for the tall curly-haired comedic actor. He and Cheri Oteri have great chemistry as they cheer on the sidelines for the East Lake High School sporting events. Every skit involving the Spartan cheerleaders would conclude with “the perfect cheer,” which would often happen because their team wasn’t doing so well in the game.

4. George Bush
What list of Will Ferrell characters would be complete without mentioning his spot-on portrayal of former president George W. Bush. Ferrell had his facial features down and his mannerisms so well that it, like Tina Fey and Sarah Palin, was often hard to tell him apart from the real person.

5. Harry Carey
The late announcer for the Chicago Cubs was certainly an eccentric gentleman with mannerisms and a voice that were unmistakable. Just looking at Ferrell portraying Harry Carey could produce a guffaw because of his disheveled appearance and clueless look on his face. The huge black rimmed glasses helped make the character portrayal complete, too.

It’s difficult to narrow down a list of the best Will Ferrell characters to just five, considering "More Cowbell" and other amazing skits. Every episode of SNL that he was a part of generated laughs because he wasn’t afraid to do anything to get a chuckle, a laugh or a deep belly guffaw. The late night sketch comedy show just isn’t the same without him as part of the cast.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Step Brothers...Like a mix of Fergie and Jesus

by Jeffrey DiGirolamo for TVStoreOnline.com

Step Brothers is one of those movies that only comes along every so often. Sort of like winning a couple of bucks on a lottery ticket. It’s one of those movies that every dysfunctional family and everyone who enjoys a good laugh needs to watch. And, you can watch it over and over again, and it just keeps getting funnier and than you memorize the whole movie...than it’s probably time for a break...than watch it again! It is classic of sort, a movie you can be proud that came out of your generation.
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Adam Mckay has worked with Will Ferrell many times, and this is his second time directing the insanely ridiculous duo of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Talladega Nights). It is also doesn’t hurt to have the Judd Apatow (The 40-Year Old Virgin, Bridesmaids) Production stamp of approval on this film. Step Brothers came out in 2008 with mixed reviews, and I say shame on you movie critics! This is a 4-star movie. Ok, so maybe it takes certain personalities to enjoy it, but 3 years later I still here people using lines from the movie.

Step Brothers is a buddy comedy that some would even call a bromance. “Did we just become best friends” (See, the quotes just keep coming out.) Brennan Huff (Ferrell) and Dale Doback (Reilly) are a couple of unemployed 40-year old men who haven’t quite left the nest. One day Brennan’s mom falls in love with Dale’s dad, they get married and live happily ever after...sort of. Now we have one big happy family living under the same roof. They start off as typical 40-year olds with a 15-year old’s IQ jealous step brothers, at each others throats. Brennan certainly was not about to call Mr. Doback dad, not “even if there’s a fire” and Dale wasn’t happy about Brennan living in “his house of learned doctors”. They squabble, they fight, they make us laugh, they make us cry and then they become best friends. And, we cry again...Okay, so maybe that was just me.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02:  (L-R) Actors Will F...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeEvery one of the cast members seemed to all mesh well. Brennan’s (Ferrell) too wealthy for his own six pack younger brother, Derek (Adam Scott) and his wife Alice (Kathryn Hahn) and their two children really bring a whole new element of funny to the movie. Seth Rogen and Ken Jeong also make small appearances with big laughs.

There is even some drama, border line romance, adventure and success, really, what more could you ask for? So, next time you are bored and need something to watch, just pop your Step Brothers DVD, you know, the one your wife was using as a coaster, into your DVD player and sit back and prepare to laugh until it’s not even funny anymore. (Dont’ worry, it’ll be funny again in a few minutes).

The Hangover Part II: A Sequel Playing it Safe

Barbeques, the beach, and the upcoming summer are what most of us associate with Memorial Day Weekend. If we’re lucky enough to have that Monday off, we view the holiday as vacation. The last thing on our minds is payday. Unless of course we’re a major movie studio and we plan to premier the most anticipated sequel of the summer, Hangover Part II. And payday it was.
Ed Helms at the premiere for The Hangover.Image via Wikipedia
The movie, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms, broke box office records. Ousting top-earner Paranormal Activity with its $6.3 million midnight opening, the Hangover Part II took in $10. 4 million during the midnight launch alone. The film also broke the records for highest-grossing opening day for a live-action comedy, as well as highest-grossing opening day for an R-rated comedy film.

So what was the secret to this sequel’s success? Why do some continuations, from Grease to Superman to Star Wars disappoint fans while others just work? Some sequels have different characters while others portray the original leading character during another time in their life. To prolong the plot or to present a new dilemma are often decisions a studio must make.

In this case, the producers had to top their mega hit with funnier, raunchier, crazier scenes. But, they played it safe. With an essentially identical plot and character lineup, they already had the tools needed for success. Again, the gang travels, this time to Bangkok, for a bachelor party. Roofies, alcohol and strippers fuel another mischief-filled evening, the details of which are once more forgotten the next day. Someone goes missing, and the trio must use their collective memory to recall the previous night’s details. Sounds familiar, right?

Anticipation from promotional tours, preview clips, and the desire to repeat a positive movie experience drew crowds to the theatres. Despite having practically already seen the movie, audiences loved the Bangkok version. Word of mouth, together with polarized reviews, shot the movie to its top spot at the box office that weekend. Even those who gave the movie a terrible rating sparked curiosity in some moviegoers.
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Loved it or hated it, if you saw the Hangover Part II over Memorial Day Weekend, you helped it break records. The sequel formula may be forever changed; it is clear that a hit movie's structure should be followed to ensure success with its follow up. With a new Men in Black currently filming, we'll see if other movie producers take a nod from the Hangover franchise.

Monday, July 11, 2011

True Blood: For Guys or Girls?

From Twilight to The Vampire Diaries, vampire mania has hit the TV and movie circuit hard. Teenage girls worship the fictional Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson, as if he were as real as Justin Bieber. For the most part, boyfriends and husbands everywhere roll their eyes at the thought of sitting through a TV show or movie featuring a blood-sucking protagonist vampire. One such themed show has beaten the odds and attracted an audience of loyal fans that include as many men as women: True Blood.

What sets True Blood apart? Why do guys love it as much, if not more than their female friends?

Like many HBO shows, True Blood has a careful balance of gruesome violence, sex, and overall intriguing plot line. Vampires, although an essential part of the show, do not defi.True Blood.Image by i heart him via Flickrne it. Instead of mobsters in The Sopranos or bootleggers in Boardwalk Empire, HBO has kept the same adult-only formula of success and tweaked it with fangs. The actors are older than in your typical teenage saga, and the characters they play are more complex and multi-faceted. Men and women alike are watching each week for an hour of twisted surprises. It just so happens that the characters are vampires, and men are OK with that.

Tween sensations like Twilight take a different tried-and-true approach: the epic romantic story with a few heartthrobs as the male leads. Whether the characters are high school students or supernatural werewolves, the target audience is hoping for the same thing each time: the girl to be rescued by prince charming. Typically, that audience tends to be mostly comprised of females. Add in vampires and these movies become even more appealing to the hysterical tween masses. These are just the types of audiences, and subsequently types of entertainment, most men tend to avoid.

Despite the central imaginary theme, from wizards to dragons, to vampires to superheroes, men pay more attention to the content than the character. Add enough violence, sex, or special effects, and an audience can easily consist of as many men. Contrary to what some believe, the vampires are not what necessarily repels men, it’s having to witness the same sappy romantic love story they dread seeing in general.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Seven Reasons You Should Watch “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

by Jeffrey DiGirolamo for TVStoreOnline.com

Scott Pilgrim vs the World is one of the movies that did not do tremendously well at the box office, but managed to redeem itself on home video. Actually, the movie made considerably less than its production budget, and some even considered it a disappointment. But, not Universal, they knew it was an excellent movie and they stuck to their guns, no matter what The Wall Street Journal or anyone else had to say about it. And, rightfully so, although the movie did not impress with earnings, it got pretty rave reviews and even an 81% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and that’s not easy.Scott Pilgrim vs The WorldImage by THX7168 via Flickr

Ok, so I told you I had seven reasons to watch this film, and here they are:

Reason number 1: Edgar Wright i.e. Shaun of the Dead andThe Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy. He directed this movie brilliantly making you feel connected to the characters and had you pleasantly lost in the movie.

Reason number 2: The ultimate battle for love. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) met the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Except there was just one tiny, little hic-up...she came with 7 evil ex-boyfriends, otherwise known as “The League of Evil Exes”. Oh yeah, and they all had to be defeated.

Reason number 3: The music. Scott Pilgrim played in a band call “Sex Bob-omb”, which Scott (Michael Cera) played the bass and spent real time with his movie band mates rehearsing. And, the music they played was written and composed by Beck. The music throughout the whole movie was a perfect compliment to the artistic integrity that this film brought. It didn’t hurt that they even threw in some music from The Legend of Zelda video game.

Reason number 4: A graphic novel turned video game turned movie. I think I am in love. The perfect trifecta for any fan boy’s perfect movie. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World started off as a graphic novel with intention to become a full length feature film and was released as a video game a few days before the movie premiered. One of the many awesome features that this movie brought was that watching the movie was like playing a video game. Again, we go back to the genius of Edgar Wright, in successfully making a movie that feels like a video game...or a video game that feels like a movie...or a...

Reason number 5: An excellent cast. Scott Pilgrim, played smoothly by the cool, calm and pretty awkward Michael Cera, may be considered by some to be a one trick pony with his acting skills, but let me assure you, it is his best trick and he does it well. Chris Evans as one of the evil exes, Lucas Lee, was fun to watch and Jason Schwartzman as the leader of “The League of Evil Exes” stole just about every scene he was in.

Reason number 6: It was one of the feel good fun to watch movies of 2010 that can still be watched over and over again and never get old. It combines humor, action and strangeness in a way that appeals to even the harshest of movie critics and will make you kick yourself for not going and seeing it in the theater.

Reason number 7: Because, I said so.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What’s the “Married With Children” Cast Been Up To?

Fox’s “Married with Children” is one of the most popular yet controversial television shows in history. Despite the controversy about the show’s sexual innuendos and other topic matter, it still runs in syndication today and is still enjoyed by many viewers. But what is the cast from this groundbreaking show doing now that it has been off of the air for several years?

Ed O’Neill (Al Bundy) – It seems like Ed O’Neill has a knack for playing a character on wildly popular TV shows. After his years on Married…with Children, O’Neill had a tough time living down his unforgettable character of Al Bundy. But it looks like he finally broke the typecast because he is playing on the highly-rated and award-winning Modern Family on ABC these days. You can catch him in this role on Wednesday nights alongside co-star

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Katey Sagal (Peggy Bundy) – Sagal has had a few semi-successful endeavors since she has left her Peggy character behind. One of the first roles she picked up was voicing the character Turanga Leela on Futurama. She has done that since 1999. A few years later, she also got the role of Cate Hennessy on the series 8 Simple Rules. That lasted for only three years due to the unexpected death of the show’s star – John Ritter. Today, you can see Katey Sagal in a completely different kind of role for her playing Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy. In this role, she is still a matriarchal figure but in a hardcore biker gang sort of way. She also won a Golden Globe for this role in 2011.

Christina Applegate (Kelly Bundy) – The source of many young boys’ dreams during the late 1980s and early 1990s didn’t have much success immediately following the show’s cancellation. However, in the last few years, she has found many great roles that have put her back on top of the A-List in Hollywood. She has been in several successful movies in the last few years, including Anchorman, the sequel to Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Farce of the Penguins and most recently, Hall Pass. She has done Broadway in productions like Sweet Charity in 2005 as well. You can see her this summer playing opposite Will Arnett what seems to be a comedy about a married couple entitled Up All Night.

David Faustino (Bud Bundy) – Of the four main characters on Married with Children, David Faustino has probably had the least amount of success since the show’s cancellation. Since 1997, Faustino has made cameo appearances in a number of TV shows and he has received very minor roles in movies that you have probably never heard of. In 2007, he appeared in a McDonald’s commercial and he can currently be seen on Internet comedy series which he developed and wrote with some friends. He has also signed a contract with the comedy troupe National Lampoon to “be involved with” a few upcoming films.

So that’s what the four main actors and actresses have been up to since 1997, when Married with Children halted its run. Will they ever do a Married with Children reunion? One can only hope.

Do You Remember These Four Minor Seinfeld Characters?

The four main characters on Seinfeld – Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine – certainly made the show popular and loveable. It was a perfect chemistry and the characters themselves were relatable and funny. But the minor characters throughout the course of the series certainly added another funny and memorable aspect to the show. Here are four minor characters that made an impact on the show and the people who love the show.

1. The Soup Nazi – A list of Seinfeld’s minor characters just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Soup Nazi. People are still quoting his “No soup for you” catch phrase even more than a decade after the show has gone off the air. He certainly added something to the legacy of the show despite his meanness and arrogance.

2. Uncle Leo – Are there any Seinfeld fans who don’t like Uncle Leo?Jerry Stiller in New York City for a book read... From his crazy eyebrows to his excitable nature, everybody can relate to this character because we all know someone who is like him. Unfortunately, Len Lesser has passed away. But his comedic acting legacy will forever be immortalized as part of television history forever.

3. Chinese Restaurant Host – This guy has been in several movies and TV shows, but I only recognize him because I saw him on Seinfeld’s “The Chinese Restaurant” episode first. He’s the guy that tells Jerry, George and Elaine that it will only be “five, ten minutes” before they can get a table. He also didn’t know how to take a bribe or pronounce George’s last name correctly (shouting out “Cartwright” instead of “Costanza,” causing George to miss an important phone call while waiting for a table). Although I think his best line comes at the very end of the episode when the three get tired of waiting and walk out the door just before he announces, “Seinfeld, four!”

4. The Costanzas – Were there any scenes that involved Frank and Estelle Costanza that didn’t result in huge laughs? Jerry Stiller employed an unusual cadence to his lines and Estelle played off of him perfectly. Their interactions with George were even more magnificent (who can forget the time when Frank slaps George on the head in “The Handicap Spot” episode?) Replacing George’s dad with Jerry Stiller was possibly one of the best decisions the makers of the show ever made.

There are literally dozens of characters that paraded across the screen during Seinfeld’s nine year run. There are just a few of the more memorable and hilarious ones that helped make the show the TV icon that it is today.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Buzzing up a Storm

Everywhere you turn it seems Michael Bay’s latest practice in extreme suspense and special effects sex is the water cooler staple conversation piece. Even true critics and action movie experts are raving up the movie, calling it more of a spectacle than a movie. One person I spoke to just came from the theater and described a sort of action induced coma he was experiencing. I think the buzz is warranted for sure, but besides the obvious comments made about the movie’s action, and hints that this will be the last one of the series, how is the movie really dTOKYO - JUNE 08:  (1st row L to R) Actress Meg...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeoing?

The latest numbers are in after the fourth of July weekend, and it’s safe to say that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is experiencing a fair amount of financial success. In fact, as far as July fourth openings go, it was the best. I mean the best fourth of July opening of all time. That’s incredible when you think about all the movies that have opened on this weekend in the past, hoping to become that talked about summer blockbuster. The film that Dark of the Moon surpassed was the highly anticipated Spider-Man 2. These of course are based on North American numbers, but with $217 million made through Sunday, it’s also Paramount’s best international launch ever. Already it’s the third best global launch of all time, and it’s run is far from over.

The overseas numbers really tell the story of the power of visual effects and the built-in audience of a sequel. You may rhetorically ask the world, “why do they keep making the same movies and why do they keep making sequels of movies that were never even that amazing to begin with?” Well, those numbers are the answer.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is set to just simply continue to make money for the next few weeks, and for years to come. The cable channel FX has already acquired the TV rights to show the movie sometime in 2013 or 2014. FX has also recently picked up Super 8, The Hangover II, Green Lantern, Thor, and scores of other recently released movies. Don’t forget about DVD sales too. The movie’s star Shia LaBeouf has already hinted that that DVD will have tons of extras including a large number of deleted scenes. So expect there to be some more buzz when the DVD is released.