Saturday, October 8, 2011

Which is Your Favorite Family Guy Character?

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

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

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

So they brought it back.

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

Let’s be efficacious, however.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We cast our vote for Greased up Deaf Guy.

He’s fabulous.

This video below shows why we love him so much.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

13 Things You Didn’t Know about the Big Lebowski

by Mary Parker for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrested Development Back on the Air

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

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

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

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