Oh My This Is Bad!

Nepotism is rampant in politics and has become almost expected, ain’t that right Brendan? But oh my just because you were married to Beatles legend John Lennon doesn’t mean you are talented and Yoko Ono keeps proving that point. The latest from her comes from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and he even managed to keep a straight face.

And to further prove how irrelevant Rolling Stone Magazine has become, they rated Ono’s latest finger nails on a chalkboard album 4 out of 5 stars

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Atheist Propaganda?

I’ll admit, the premise of Ricky Gervais’ new movie at first glance sounds pretty much like a Jim Carrey type comedy minus Jim Carrey. After all a movie that revolves around a world in which the concept of lying doesn’t yet exist until one man invents it has sophomoric (nothing wrong with that if that’s what you enjoy) written all over it.

And of course the TV marketing campaign doesn’t disappoint with the standard plain looking guy (Gervais) lying to a beautiful woman about how the world will end if they don’t have sex. Of course in a world without lies, she must oblige right? Well what the marketing campaign doesn’t tell you and what I am sure has Gervais, whose comedy act often involves humor at religion’s expense, smiling is what the first lie ever told was according to the movie.

The film is set in a world where there is no lying, until the character played by Ricky Gervais tells his dying mother that she will go to heaven and be with the angels, thereby inventing religion. Before that, because everyone told the total truth, religion could not exist.

So it’s not only a comedy but also a work of non-fiction as well? Might be worth a look just to see the reaction when that plot line is revealed.

UPDATE: Some are now calling it the most blatantly, one-sidedly atheist movie ever released by a major studio. Sounds like a must see now.

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Chop That

sham wowIt seems that annoying TV spokesman from those ShamWow and Slap Chop commercials, Vince Shlomi, had to do some “chop slapping” of his own when he got involved with a less than accommodating lady of the evening.

Apparently after providing $1000 for her services, she decided to put his tongue in a bite lock (maybe she was sick of his obnoxious TV commercials as well?) only releasing it after he did some “chopping” to her face with his fists allegedly resulting in several facial fractures and lacerations. Both Shlomi and his “date” were arrested but not charged though his date Sasha Harris, is considering the requisite lawsuit.

No word yet on whether Shlomi put the ShamWow to work soaking up the blood from his tongue or whether Harris will be seeking her next “date” with the other obnoxious TV pitch man, Billy Mays.

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My Kind Of Hall Of Fame

In a former life I had a job working for a vending company in the Cleveland area. Part of the job entailed shopping out pinballs as they came in from the various bars getting them ready for their next location. And of course when finished you had to play them in order to ensure that everything was working properly.

During the 4 years I worked there, I became quite a fan of pinballs and though nowadays the industry is barely breathing, any stories about these machines brings back fond memories. So when I saw Joystiq’s story on the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas I was again longing for a local arcade to drop a few quarters.

The Joystiq story also got me thinking about which pinballs are my favorites. While that is certainly a tough choice I must also qualify it by saying that the vending company I worked for refused to buy Stern or Gottlieb pinballs instead staying with Bally, Williams and few from Data East so games from those companies will not be on my list. I am not sure why that was but the rumor was because they weren’t impressed with the reliability of the games which might now be considered funny as Stern is the only company still making pinballs. You will also not find any made after around 1995 as that is when I left the vending company and moved to South Dakota, not exactly a mecca for pinball aficionados.

So without further ado, here is my list of the top ten pins that I ever played.

The Getaway: High Speed II
10. The Getaway: High Speed II
9. Star Trek TNG
9. Star Trek TNG
8. Terminator 2
8. Terminator 2
7. Bride Of Pinbot
7. Bride Of Pinbot
6. Attack From Mars
6. Attack From Mars
5. High Speed
5. High Speed
4. Dr. Who
4. Dr. Who
3. Adams Family
3. Adams Family
2. Twilight Zone
2. Twilight Zone
1. Theatre Of Magic
1. Theatre Of Magic

As you can imagine, this list is strictly my opinion and based only on my aforementioned limited exposure to pinball manufacturers so feel free to chime in with your favorites

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A Big Comcast Oops?

If you thought the Janet Jackson nip slip was bad during the Superbowl half time show a few years back, just imagine what Comcast customers in Tucson must be thinking. According to at least one customer who caught it on tape, right after Larry Fitzgerald’s 4th quarter touchdown the screen went blank only to come back on a different channel that he and his family hadn’t expected.

Our TV reception went bad and went blank………then all of a sudden we see a woman putting with her hands down some guys pants……..and she whips his ‘thing’ out…..  All right on public television.

Read the full account along with his definitely not safe for work video here.

(via Perez Hilton)

UPDATE: TMZ now has an edited copy of the video for those wanting a somewhat sterilized version.

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Danger Will Robinson!

Bob May and his alter ego
Bob May and his alter ego

You may not recognize the name Bob May but anyone of my generation will certainly remember the 60’s TV show “Lost in Space”. May, the actor who donned the robot suit for 83 episodes between 1965 and 1968 died yesterday of congestive heart failure at 69.

He was a veteran actor and stuntman who had appeared in movies, TV shows and on the vaudeville stage when he was tapped by “Lost in Space” creator Irwin Allen to play the Robinson family’s loyal metal sidekick in the series that debuted in 1965.

“He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit,” said June Lockhart, who played family matriarch Maureen Robinson. “It was one of those wonderful Hollywood stories. He just happened to be on the studio lot when someone saw him and sent him to see Irwin Allen about the part. Allen said, ’If you can fit in the suit, you’ve got the job.”’

Although May didn’t provide the robot’s distinctive voice (that was done by announcer Dick Tufeld), he developed a following of fans who sought him out at memorabilia shows.

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Tina Fey Did Say They Could…

Tina Fey doesn’t seem too impressed with the pajama media, most notably a couple of commenter’s over at the LA Times’ The Envelope whom haven’t been kind when describing to her performances in 30 Rock and on SNL. In fact she called them out during her Golden Globe acceptance speech last night.

I want to say thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press. I’ll always love the Hollywood Foreign Press and have all the Hollywood Foreign Press action figures. Thank you, Will Arnett, for that joke. But I want you to really know how lucky I am to have the year I’ve had this year and, if you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet! You can find a lot of people there who don’t like you! I’d like to address some of them now! BabsonLacrosse, you can suck it. DianeFan, you can suck it. Cougar Letter, you can really suck it ’cause you’ve been after me all year. And to my husband, Jeff, I love you. Thank you very much!

So what is a lowly blog commentor, in this case Cougar-Letter, to do when being called out? They respond via  blog comments of course.

Give me something to suck on…

Read more over at The Envelope.

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The Wait Is Almost Over

If like me, you were wondering when what many consider the best “worst” movie of all time would finally make it to DVD, your wait is almost over. March 10th is the date that the 1986 Marvel Comics based cult classic Howard the Duck comes out on DVD.

How can you go wrong with a talking duck from outerspace who gets pulled to Cleveland by a laser experiment gone awry along with early big screen performances from Tim Robbins and Lea Thompson all wrapped in a movie produced by Lucasfilm?

Pre-order your copy today at Amazon as I am sure they will sell like hot-cakes…

Okay, probably not.

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So This Is Where They Went

Did you even wonder what happened to all the music videos that you used to be able to watch on MTV? Well the music television station that no longer plays music has finally put them online and luckily for all the old farts like me, the 1980’s is well represented.

All that is missing is Nina, JJ, Mark, Martha, and Alan. (All but JJ who died in 2004 can still be found on Sirius by the way)

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Worst TV Spinoffs

Thanks to Todd’s comment for the obvious followup to my 20 worst movie sequels. So with no particular number in mind and in no order of horribleness (is that even a word?), I present my list of the worst TV spinoffs:

The Ropers (1979-1980) – Three’s company spinoff without Jack and the girls.
Golden Palace (1992-1993) – Golden Girls minus Bea Arthur
Joni Loves Chachi (1982-1983) – Happy Days minus the “Happy”
Joey (2004) – Friends without any friends.
Booker (1989-1990) – Can a horrible show i.e. 21 Jumpstreet have a spinoff? Apparently so.
Baywatch Nights (1995-1996) – As if Baywatch during the day wasn’t bad enough
The Lone Gunman (2001) – Could have been as good as the X-Files except for that whole airplane crashing into the WTC plot in the series premiere that came to life a few months later.
A Different World (1987-1993) – Lisa Bonet couldn’t cut it here either.
Archie Bunker’s Place (1979-1983) – Archie minus Edith
Flo (1980-1981) – Alice’s waitress sidekick Flo “Kissing some grits” on her own.
Enos (1980-1981) – Enos from the Dukes of Hazzard minus Daisy.
The Tortelli’s (1987) – Cheer’s spinoff minus all the characters except for Eddie
AfterMASH (1983-1984) – A decade of Klinger proved to be plenty.

As always feel free to add your own.

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