Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sons of Anarchy Actor Dead, Also a Murder Suspect

In a very strange, still very confusing story, Johnny Kendrick Lewis, known for his role as Kipp “Half-Sack” Epps, was found dead outside a home in the neighborhood of Los Feliz in Los Angeles, California. The incident created quite a stir, even before anyone knew the identities of the victims or the possible murder suspect. This area of Los Feliz is not known for high crimes, and the neighborhood was jumping on Twitter and other online sources trying to figure out who the person was once Fox News reported that the murder suspect, who apparently fell to his death, was a high profile individual. People were speculating all night until the name was released this morning.

In a recent tweet from the Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter he hints to a lifestyle breakdown for the actor, and possibly some issues that would have lead Lewis to committing such a crime. The victim, presumed “innocent” at this point, was an elderly realtor apparently in charge of the property, and possibly was a current or former landlord to Johnny Lewis. Here is the quote from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter:

"not sure if folks know this yet, but johnny lewis (halfsack) died last night. the sad irony of it happening two days after opie's death is not lost on me. it was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way. i wish i could say that i was shocked by the events last night, but i was not. i am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path. yes, it's day or mourning, but it's also a day of awareness and gratitude. sadly, some of us carry the message by dying."

In addition to playing Kipps “Half-Sack” Epps on Sons of Anarchy, Johnny Kendrick Lewis had a fairly prominent role on The O.C. where he played a loveable high school friend of Mischa Barton when she had to go to a public school. His character was nicknamed “Chili”, and was often the brunt of jokes and was very much an outcast. In Sons of Anarchy, his character was also made fun of pretty harshly. This creates a stir within the public who wish to draw connections, but as more evidence comes out I’m guessing what we will hear about the deceased Johnny Lewis will go much deeper than some method false character identity issue. There were reports from those involved that he had “super human strength” which certainly implies drug use of some kind. Speculation will grow and grow, but perhaps another young actor succumbing to drug problems and dying will, as Kurt Sutter put it, “carry the message”.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Saturday Night Live Update – New Cast Members and Stepping Up

Saturday Night Live (season 9)
Saturday Night Live (season 9) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Following an off season where NBC’s long running comedy show Saturday Night Live lost quite a few big time members including Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Abby Elliott, they went to their reliable farm system to pick up some potentially solid feature performers. The Second City comedy groups have always been a feeder team for Saturday Night Live, going back to John Belushi, Chris Farley, and many others. Since the show is losing such fire power, Lorne Michaels and the powers that be involved in Saturday Night Live decided to go with a proven plan to replace their players. Calling up the new talent from Second City, the show will hopefully be able to rebound quickly. 

The up-and-comers include Aidy Bryant, a Second City E.T.C alum, a Second City Main stage performer in Tim Robinson (also has a part in Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Friend Me) and Cecily Strong, a Second City touring company player . Saturday Night Live should also open the season with a bang with slotted hosts such as Family Guy’s Seth McFarlane, Angels in the Outfield’s (some other stuff too) Joseph Gordon Levitt, and James Bond (Daniel Craig).

As for the current Saturday Night Live players who must step up to fill the voids, look no further than Taran Killam, an already steadfast up-and-comer who has been itching for more screen and stage time, but has been waiting in the wings for the chance to become one of the leaders on the show. They all had to do it, (accept for Chris Farley who destroyed the audience from the beginning) and Taran Killam has the chops to step up. ALSO, he’s got some stability in his social life to keep him focused after marrying steady girlfriend Cobie Smulders of How I Met Your Mother – they both share a three year old daughter – and they were married in Solvang, California.

Speaking of SaturdayNight Live and How I Met Your Mother, Abby Elliot, who was one of the SNL players that left, although maybe a bit early, has a character arc on How I Met Your Mother. Abby Elliott was always solid, but never really exploded onto the scene. What is interesting is that Kristen Wiig likely stole some of the spotlight from Abby Elliot, but now both are leaving the show. Either way, it will be interesting to see what Saturday Night Live has in store for us this upcoming season and beyond.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Funniest Quotes from “Hangover 2”

The Hangover Part II
The Hangover Part II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rarely do comedic showdowns grace the silver screen to the likes of the “Hangover” films. It is flicks like this that quintessentially tickle our funny bones and appease the undying urge for coarse, bathroom, potty-mouth humor that we all secretly crave in some clandestine manner. While parents wag their fingers at preteens, warning them to not even try and see such films, in secret the parents are watching those films together and enjoying some brash laughs over the debauchery that’s exuded.

It’s movies like these that can make it difficult to even drink a soda at the theater, in fears of the sugary liquid spraying from our nostrils as we laugh and choke on the popcorn kernels that become imbedded in our esophagus from our bouts of uncontrollable laughter spells that such movies induce. Upon leaving the theater, our sides tend to ache; a dull reminder of how much we truly did laugh. Rarely are movies this laugh-out-loud (LOL) funny. And rarely do they come in dainty pairs as the Hangover duo did. (Dumber & Dumber was funny, but the prequel was disappointing.)

It’s movies such as the aforementioned that tend to stick in our brains. The humorous engrams that they imbibe serve us well in our memory patterns and make us chuckle at work the next day, commonly called upon musings that are shared with punditry over coyly assembled water cooler conversation sessions during short breaks. And today, we’d like to recharge your memory with a few of our favorite picks for funniest quotes from “The Hangover 2.”

Our top pick is Alan’s Wedding Toast

Alan: "None of you know Stu like I do. Not you. Not you. Not you. Not you. Not nobody knows Stu like I do. No one. I can’t even tell you what we’ve been through because we made a pact, more important than blood. What I can tell you is this. This is not Stu’s first marriage. There was a whore in Las Vegas a couple of years ago…” – an obvious reference to the first film and a very memorable line.

The Bachelor Lunch
After finally assembling for their bachelor lunch, the crew ends up at a rundown IHOP. It is here that Phil delivers his toast.

Phil: "Oh it’s ok. No it’s ok. It’s a bachelor party. Drink up everybody. Oh wait, there’s no alcohol I forgot we’re at a f**king IHOP!"

Other funny quips:

Monkey Banana
Alan: "When a monkey nibbles on a penis, it’s funny in every language!"

Wedding Invite
Doug: "Stu would like to invite you to his wedding."
Stu: "Well only if you’re not busy."
Phil: "Stu?"
Stu: "Well, maybe the Jonas Brothers are in town."
Alan: "Nope, they’re in Raleigh, Durham that weekend."

Albino Polar Bears
Alan: "My uncle Roger said he once saw an albino polar bear."
Stu: "Polar bears are white. How would be know it's an albino?"
Alan: "This one was black."
Stu: "Isn't that just a black bear?"
Alan: "Whatever."

Long John Silver’s
Alan: "I’ve been uh meaning to ask someone. I noticed it’s a fishing village. Is there a Long John Silvers on the island?"
Lauren: "No, no I don’t think so. I’m so sorry."
Stu: "But, we are actually serving some great fresh seafood."
Alan: "Better than Long Johns?"
Stu: "Yes."
Alan: "I’ll be the judge of that."

Garden of Meditation
Grand Wizard: "Perhaps you should bring your question to the Garden of Meditation."
Phil: "Did you understand a word he just said?"
Stu: "Yeah I understood about two thirds. He said something about the Garden of Meditation."
Alan: "No he said he's farting because of his medication."

WATCH: Hangover 2 Funniest Moments


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