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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Uptown Funk and The Time
May24

Uptown Funk and The Time

It’s been a while sine I last penned a column for TMV. I hope to blend politics with a few other items of interest a few times a week. Last year, a catchy song hit the airwaves from Marc Ronson and Bruno Mars entitled Uptown Funk. It’s fun, contagious and very danceable with a nice hook to it. For music folks, who love to dance, the hook is the part of the song that makes you want to get up and boogie down. My two year old...

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Fruitvale Station: Heartbreakingly Brilliant
May24

Fruitvale Station: Heartbreakingly Brilliant

Here is a snippet of my blog about one of the most heartbreaking and powerful films I have ever seen. Fruitvale Station probably packs more of a punch today than it did during the time it was released. Anyway, check it out. … I remember hearing about the Oscar Grant case in 2009 and shrugging my shoulders. Unfortunately, there was nothing shocking about what happened to that young man. Worse still, there was nothing at all...

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A weekend picture
May23

A weekend picture

I haven’t been posting pictures that much recently in part because of for the first time in a few months I have actually been posting content and opinions.  So here is a picture.  It’s that time of year when the Iris is in...

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How David Letterman Taught the World to Sing
May22

How David Letterman Taught the World to Sing

I have watched Wednesday night’s Late Show With David Letterman finale three times already, and I am still not sure if Dave went on to create that iconic Coca-Cola ad campaign or not… Letterman ended his 33-year run in late-night television in much the same manner in which he began it: with wit, self-deprecation, absurdity,...

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Book Review: The Great Lester: Ventriloquism’s Renaissance Man: by David Erskine Foreword by Jeff Dunham
May22

Book Review: The Great Lester: Ventriloquism’s Renaissance Man: by David Erskine Foreword by Jeff Dunham

Who was “The Great Lester,” why was he “great” and why is it that probably 95 percent of the American public never heard of him and his story? David Erskine’s “The Great Lester: Ventriloquism’s Renaissance Man” (with a foreward by highly popular ventriloquist Jeff Dunham) tells the bittersweet tale — a tale at times so dramatic, joyous and ultimately sad that it just begs to be...

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Top 10 Letterman Top 10 lists
May20

Top 10 Letterman Top 10 lists

To commemorate David Letterman’s last night as Late Show host, we’ve gathered a Top 10 of Letterman Top 10s: The Top 10 people who worked for Letterman 10. Johnny Carson Long-time friends, Carson was known to help Letterman with material from time to time after his official retirement – mostly because Carson, too, thought Letterman...

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SciFi Weekend: Arrow; Mad Men; Agent Carter; Agents of SHIELD; Person of Interest; The Blacklist; Gotham and Twin Peaks
May17

SciFi Weekend: Arrow; Mad Men; Agent Carter; Agents of SHIELD; Person of Interest; The Blacklist; Gotham and Twin Peaks

I was surprised to see Arrow ending its third season in a way much like one of the possible endings I see for Mad Men. Although Don Draper doesn’t currently have a comparable woman in his life, I can easily see him ending the series starting over with a new life in California. As for Oliver Queen, there is little doubt that a new threat to Starling City will bring him back. The best line of the finale was Lance not being...

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B.B. King is Dead, Long Live the King: The Thrill Ain’t Gone, No No No
May15

B.B. King is Dead, Long Live the King: The Thrill Ain’t Gone, No No No

FOR BB BB they called him. His big black and silver tipped guitar was named Lucille. Not LuCILLE. LUcille. He was a big man filled the chair type 2 diabetes sang sitting down had an eye for the ladies I dont know and dont I know had hands as big as brown boxes and big and pretty light colored fingernails and pink palms with yellow ochre at the fingers and sepia brown in the finger bends and high knuckles. That’s how close I was...

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Age of Ultron Review
May13

Age of Ultron Review

(This piece originally appeared on my blog, Chocolate Films) A bloke approached me before the showing at the Odeon in Hatfield (A cinema here in the UK) and said something like this: “I’m here with my dad for my birthday, what should we watch, Furious 7 or Age of Ultron?” I didn’t hesitate by telling him to watch the new Avengers film. Age of Ultron is the perfect summer blockbuster. I don’t regret spending 8 quid (I love off peak...

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Funeral For ‘Captain America’?
May13

Funeral For ‘Captain America’?

A new report gives details about a funeral scene that is being filmed for “Captain America: Civil War.” The scene is said to be the “pivotal moment” in the movie and may even set the stage for future movies of the franchise. Meanwhile, photos from the production set have surfaced online. [Spoiler alert!] Fans of...

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SciFi Weekend: Finales Including Last Man on Earth & Gotham; Marvel and DC News; New Shows, Returning Shows, And Cancellations
May10

SciFi Weekend: Finales Including Last Man on Earth & Gotham; Marvel and DC News; New Shows, Returning Shows, And Cancellations

The Last Man on Earth started out strong (my initial review here) but it was apparent in the early episodes that the story would have to evolve over time. The initial stories with just Will Forte (Phil), and even those with the edition of Kristen Schaal (Carol), could not go on for very long. Unfortunately the series got bogged down way too long with a variation on a simple sit-com scenario. Will married Carol as, even though they...

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A Mother’s Day Picture
May10

A Mother’s Day Picture

My late mother lived for her garden and flowers.  She especially loved her collection of Iris.  This one is striking because of it’s lack of...

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Star Trek 3 Release Date to Reveal Whether Trek Movie Curse Has Reversed Polarity
May09

Star Trek 3 Release Date to Reveal Whether Trek Movie Curse Has Reversed Polarity

The Star Trek 3 release date is July 8, 2016, timed to the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: The Original Series. Star Trek 3 will be the 13th Star Trek movie, following on the heels of Star Trek: Into Darkness, which was reviled by Star Trek fans. At this point it’s too...

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Michael Blake: A Life That Mattered
May08

Michael Blake: A Life That Mattered

Michael Blake died last week. You probably don’t know the name. You probably don’t know about his life. You probably don’t know most of what he wrote. That’s probably because he didn’t write diet and exercise books. Or cookbooks. Or “feel good” books. Or books about celebrities. Or books that advanced junk science or conspiracy theories. Michael Blake fused history and social issues, writing about social justice. Writing books that...

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Gene Perret Interview: “The Secret” to Winning an Emmy for Comedy Writing
May07

Gene Perret Interview: “The Secret” to Winning an Emmy for Comedy Writing

Gene Perret Interview: “The Secret” to Winning an Emmy for Comedy Writing by Sergiu Floroaia I had the honor of interviewing the brilliant Gene Perret recently. We talked about his latest books, how comedy has changed and how his career took off. Gene Perret is the author of over 40 books, including the classic guide to comedy writing, “The New Comedy Writing Step by Step” and his latest book, “Comedy Writing Self-Taught“....

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Before Saturday Night Live: Abbott and Costello LIVE on the Colgate Comedy Hour (Video)
May05

Before Saturday Night Live: Abbott and Costello LIVE on the Colgate Comedy Hour (Video)

Saturday Night Live was a big deal when it premiered because it was above all….L-I-V-E. Just like the bulk of TV shows were in the early 50s. And, no, SNL didn’t invent the ad lib, the bit of business that might go wrong, or the endearing performer who just has “it” when he/she performs live. More than a decade before SNL there was the Colgate Comedy Hour. And there were no better stars of the show with...

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