I Am Chris Farley: Documentary Trailer Somehow Makes SNL Clips Feel Somber
Jul01

I Am Chris Farley: Documentary Trailer Somehow Makes SNL Clips Feel Somber

I Am Chris Farley is the newest entry in the seemingly endless SNL behind-the-scenes documentary tell-all genre. Will the Chris Farley documentary provide new insights, or will we be satisfied with the same rehashed Chris Farley anecdotes from definitive SNL texts like Live From New York (recently turned into yet another SNL documentary). Here is...

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SciFi Weekend: Hannibal Canceled By NBC; Humans Premieres; Catastrophe And Other Summer Television Choices; Death Of An Avenger; Another Superhero Crossover; Heroes Reborn
Jun28

SciFi Weekend: Hannibal Canceled By NBC; Humans Premieres; Catastrophe And Other Summer Television Choices; Death Of An Avenger; Another Superhero Crossover; Heroes Reborn

This season forth episode of Hannibal, Aperitivo, dealt more with aftermath of the second season finale. The biggest surprise was that Dr. Chilton is alive, and out for revenge against Hannibal. It even turned out that many of the lines initially shown to occur between Will and Abigail earlier in the season actually happened when Chilton visited Will in the hospital. Chilton also compared notes with Mason Verger on making up their...

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My Man Godfrey
Jun28

My Man Godfrey

I watched one of my favorite movies of all time, My Man Godfrey with William Powell and Carol Lombard.  It was made in 1936 during the great depression.  It takes place in Boston where the old Boston families still have enough money to carry on there frivolous lives.  A “forgotten” man who lives at at the dump in a packing crate enters the life of the wealthy Bullock family.  But this forgotten man is not what he seems, he...

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Reflections On Fifty Years Of The Grateful Dead: “Once In A While You Can Get Shown The Light In The Strangest Of Places If You Look At It Right’
Jun23

Reflections On Fifty Years Of The Grateful Dead: “Once In A While You Can Get Shown The Light In The Strangest Of Places If You Look At It Right’

Asked to name my all-time favorite Grateful Dead show, I typically respond, “Which year?” “No, which show?” “Okay, how about May 8, 1977 in Hamilton, New York?” “Howcum?” “Because it was just about perfect. The Dead had just finished recording the seminal Terrapin Station album and were unbelievably loose. They had been on a roll all spring with nary a bad note or an off-key lyric...

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True Blue Americans See Red Over Displays Of Rebel Flag
Jun22

True Blue Americans See Red Over Displays Of Rebel Flag

Support For The Stars And Bars Flagging, Except in: Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Alabama The View From The U.S. Virgin Islands By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist One of the things to come out of the debate over what is wrong with South Carolina after nine African-American citizens were massacred Wednesday in an historically black church is the symbolism of the Confederate flag flying in public places in the American South. It...

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SciFi Weekend: Season Finales of Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, and Veep; Hannibal And Creating Monsters; Breaking Bad Cast News
Jun21

SciFi Weekend: Season Finales of Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, and Veep; Hannibal And Creating Monsters; Breaking Bad Cast News

Orphan Black concluded its third season with more answers, bigger questions, a cliff hanger, and several clones together. Last season ended with the clone dance party, and this season began with Helena’s dream baby shower. In the third season finale, History Yet To Be Written, several clones were together, seemingly out of danger for the moment, at Alison’s victory dinner. Afterwards Sarah was reunited with Kira. The...

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Book Review: ‘Bela Lugosi In Person’ captures the stage, personal appearance career of screen ‘Dracula’
Jun21

Book Review: ‘Bela Lugosi In Person’ captures the stage, personal appearance career of screen ‘Dracula’

‘Bela Lugosi In Person’ captures the stage, personal appearance career of screen ‘Dracula’ Review by Doug Gibson Gary D. Rhodes has been writing books on Bela Lugosi for a generation but the last several years he’s moved toward deconstructing the first film Dracula’s career and life, doing some admirable research into various aspects of Lugosi’s career. Several years ago, with Bill...

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BOOK REVIEW: JERRY SALTZ’S “SEEING OUT LOUDER”
Jun19

BOOK REVIEW: JERRY SALTZ’S “SEEING OUT LOUDER”

By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist “Seeing Out Louder” is a LOL reading experience that proves in its 436 pages that if you aren’t having fun in the art world – you’re doing it wrong. Jerry Saltz, the self-described “Jewish cowboy” as the book’s author – is doing it right. With references as wide and varied as Homer Simpson and Plato, Jerry sets the standard for art criticism in America every time he puts pen to paper. Culled from his...

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‘Jurassic World’ Is More of the Same – And That’s A Great Thing
Jun15

‘Jurassic World’ Is More of the Same – And That’s A Great Thing

  3.5/5 “You can’t repeat the past”, Nick said to Jay. “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” And we all know how it ended for Jay Gatsby, so after three films, why should it end differently for megalomaniacs and a few incautious geneticists? If there is any thematic through-line throughout the Jurassic Park films, it is that if you attempt to make a business out of nature, it will make a business out of you, and with...

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SciFi Weekend: Hannibal; Orphan Black; iZombie Season One Finale; The Flash; The Leftovers; The Man From UNCLE
Jun14

SciFi Weekend: Hannibal; Orphan Black; iZombie Season One Finale; The Flash; The Leftovers; The Man From UNCLE

While last week’s episode of Hannibal jumped ahead and left open the fates of those left for dead in the season two finale, Primavera centered on Will and flashed back to the aftermath of the bloodbath. There was no indication on screen as to the fate of Jack Crawford and Alana Bloom but I was surprised to see Abigail walk into Will’s hospital room early in the episode. I was surprised a second time when it was revealed...

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Meaningless But Hopeful News For Sanders And O’Malley
Jun10

Meaningless But Hopeful News For Sanders And O’Malley

This week has a lot of somewhat encouraging news, even if it all has zero predictive value. Bernie Sanders came unexpectedly close to Clinton in the Wisconsin straw poll. While straw polls are pretty much meaningless, as we saw with all those straw poll victories by fringe candidates like Ron Paul, it could be a sign of the enthusiasm for Sanders, which has also been seen elsewhere, and Sanders has far more upside potential than Paul...

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Cartoon: Disney outsourcing
Jun10

Cartoon: Disney outsourcing

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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The State of Disneyland and the Nation
Jun09

The State of Disneyland and the Nation

I spent a few days at Disneyland with my wife last week. We went without our kids while attending a conference. Don’t worry about the kids, they’ve already had plenty of Disney in their lifetime. While traversing the Magic Kingdom, I noticed the following: 1. People seem to go with the flow better today than when I was a kid. We spent a lot of time in both Disneyland and California Adventure. During our stay, my wife and I both...

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SciFi Weekend: Orphan Black; Hannibal Serves Antipasto; Community–Six Season And A Movie?; Gilmore Girls Reunion; Nebula Awards Winners
Jun07

SciFi Weekend: Orphan Black; Hannibal Serves Antipasto; Community–Six Season And A Movie?; Gilmore Girls Reunion; Nebula Awards Winners

Orphan Black continues at high speed in the second half of the season with Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method being one of the best episodes of the season. There was the return of another clone as Tatiana Maslany once again played Krystal, the manicurist who fears twins and clowns who was seen in the first episode with Rudy and Seth. This also provided a different situation in which a character got to act as someone else, in...

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Weekend Picture
May30

Weekend Picture

Maybe I’ll have something to say later but for now a...

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Universal Pictures makes historic commitment to its Silent Films, Honoring the Studio’s rich history and cultural legacy
May30

Universal Pictures makes historic commitment to its Silent Films, Honoring the Studio’s rich history and cultural legacy

Approximately 15 classic titles to be restored over the next four years UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Building on its 2012 Centennial celebration, Universal Pictures announced today its continued commitment to honor the Studio’s rich film history and cultural legacy by restoring some of the world’s most classic silent films. During the...

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Biography breathes life into the career of Three Stooges’ mentor Ted Healy (Guest Voice)
May26

Biography breathes life into the career of Three Stooges’ mentor Ted Healy (Guest Voice)

Biography breathes life into the career of Three Stooges’ mentor Ted Healy by Doug Gibson I recently purchased “Nobody’s Stooge: Ted Healy,” by Bill Cassara (Bear Manor Media) here (and be advised it’s much more inexpensive via Kindle), It’s an entertaining fact-filled account of the life of a man who was a major star in 1920s vaudeville, the creator of The Three Stooges and later doing well as a...

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A second weekend picture
May25

A second weekend picture

Our bloglord, Joe, tells me he is happy that I am posting more content and opinions but he still wants pictures.  It’s that time of year so here is another...

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British comedian takes on jihadis
May25

British comedian takes on jihadis

Humza Arshad, a practising Muslim, helps to prevent students from joining the Islamic State London – Humza Arshad pokes fun at Pakistani accents and emotional soccer fans. He jokes about his weight, his voice and his own mother. But mostly, he laughs at jihadis. “Have you noticed how in those terrorist videos they’re always sitting...

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SciFi Weekend: Mad Men Ends In Perfect Harmony; The Flash Season Finale; Orphan Black; David Letterman’s Final Show; Gilmore Girls Reunion; Community’s Homage To The Captain America Elevator Scene; John Nash
May25

SciFi Weekend: Mad Men Ends In Perfect Harmony; The Flash Season Finale; Orphan Black; David Letterman’s Final Show; Gilmore Girls Reunion; Community’s Homage To The Captain America Elevator Scene; John Nash

Mad Men really did end somewhat like I discussed last week–Don Draper on the California coast, analogous to the season finale of Arrow with Oliver and Felicity driving up the coast. Don even traveled with a woman from Arrow–Caity Lotz, the Black Canary. In this case she played Stephanie, Anna Draper’s niece. The choice was probably because of Stephanie knowing Don as Dick Whitman. Spending the episode being called...

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