Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Little Known Facts about The Dukes of Hazzard

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

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

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

Simpsons’ Writer-Producer Creates New Annoying Parents

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

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

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's fun experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

“I won’t bite… not where it shows.”

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

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

4. Saturday Night Live: Best of Christopher Walken:

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

5. Catch Me if You Can:

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

6. The RunDown:

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

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

8. Pulp Fiction:

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

9. True Romance:

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

10. Man on Fire:

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

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


Monday, September 5, 2011

Three Examples of Social Awkwardness in Curb Your Enthusiasm

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 2, 2011

Scott Pilgrim vs the World - A unique experience

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

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

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

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some Really Funny & Memorable Scenes from “Dodgeball”

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


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


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