The mad minds behind MST3K are cranking out Cinematic Titanic, only available on DVD. Here's a look at the first available title...coming April 2008.All proceeds from the purchase of the dvd go directly towards the production of the next dvd!
Okay, I know there's something irrational about this, but when I was little I was terrified of this typewriter guy from "Sesame Street." Maybe it was his eyes, or his innocent yet menacing humming. Or maybe it was because his wheels squeaked. Who the hell knows. But it always made me cry when it came on the TV.
Thanks to Joan Crawford on MySpace, I've discovered the hilarity of Mildred Pierce - Redone! Reminds me of MST3K but with that bitchy class that only Joan Crawford can bring. And this is only part one!There's also more genius of Joan Crawford redone at Jason+Elliot's MySpace page. They're the geniuses behind the magic.
Come an' get a thick, heaping bowl of This & That!
A recent survey conducted in London confirms that no one likes clowns. (Just as an aside, I considered using a 'scary clown' picture here, but when looking for clown pictures, I came across some that were so disturbing that I couldn't even use them as an example of a scary clown. Nightmare Fuel, party of one!)
Also something to freak you out...a girl donning a leash who calls herself her fiance's pet gets booted off the bus, then gets an apology from the city for discriminating against her beliefs. What???
To get those disturbing images outta your head, how about looking at the trailer for Mamma Mia? Can't wait for this flick!
Well it was quite a long weekend. Dyno and I drove up north to visit with some of Dyno's family, and they had Christmas presents for me! Seeing as how I love Christmas presents, I couldn't turn them down. (Gift cards mostly, which is even better.)
Anyway, funniest part of the weekend was when Dyno got a rip in the back of his shorts. He happened to be going commando in them that day, so you could see some skin. Well, by the time we got through Central CA and he got out to get gas, the hole in his shorts was bigger, but Mr. Stubborn insisted on pressing on.
Well, we reached L.A. and stopped at the grocery store. I decided to stay in the car and relax, so Dyno went inside alone. When he came out and got in to the car his entire left cheek was exposed. I burst out laughing, imagining him walking up and down the aisles of Vons with his ass hanging out. Dyno finally conceded that it was time to throw the shorts away.
Well that was one helluva fast weekend! Anyway, what's been going on around here?
Looks like Hong Kong wants Disney to bail out of Hong Kong Disneyland. The attendance has never been up to par with the American Disney parks. And with the Hong Kong government maintaining most of the control, it's never been a "real" Disney park, in my opinion...
...The final Fraggle Rock season is coming to DVD! The final 24 episodes of the fourth season will be released later this year in a deluxe collectible box. Check out the link to see which ep's this includes...
...And the Jamaican piece of land that Errol Flynn bought, after washing ashore in his yacht in 1946, is up for sale -- expected to go for around $50 million. Anyone wanna chip in with me?
The best show on television that you're probably not watching is Rob & Big - a reality show that chronicles the life of pro-skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and his bodyguard-slash-best friend Christopher "Big Black" Boykin. The opening scene from last night's season premiere is the perfect example of what makes the show so brilliant: they are the modern-day odd couple in that they look so starkly different, yet they have fun together, even at the risk of looking stupid in front of each other.
Bachelor Mother (1939)
Ginger Rogers is perfect and David Niven is winning in this screwball comedy of mistakes and assumptions. Rogers, mostly known for her dancing, does little footwork but keeps you on your toes with her fantastic comedic timing and stunning beauty.
Polly Parish (Rogers) is a department store salesclerk about to be laid off after the Christmas holiday when she passes an orphanage just as a woman is leaving a baby on the doorstep. Concerned the baby will fall off the stoop, she picks the baby up as the door opens, and so the orphanage assumes that Rogers is the mother. No one believes that she isn't the baby's mother, especially when the baby stops crying every time Polly holds him. David Niven plays David Merlin, the playboy son of the store owner, J.B. Merlin (Charles Coburn), who is outraged at Polly's denials and so makes it his personal responsibility to keep the single woman and "her" baby together. And when J.B. Merlin gets involved, chaos ensues, as the older man thinks that the baby is his grandson.
A story like this would never fly today. First of all, orphanages, police stations, and hospitals now have a "no questions asked" policy when children are abandoned. And now with DNA testing, all Polly Parish would have to do is say, "You don't believe me? Here, take a blood sample."
But putting that all aside and remembering that this is set in 1939, the movie is charming and has some real funny moments. I especially love how Polly develops a real love for the little guy; so much so that she begins to agree that he is, indeed, hers. And, I have to agree, the little tyke is adorable...and Ginger Rogers is charming as she improvises from the baby's natural responses.
As I massage my Wii muscles that have been overworked by video bowling and tennis, let me bring you the latest news around the web...
Get your t-shirts with inside jokes of Disneyland park. T-shirts read "Real Men Shoot Hippos" and "We Want the Redhead!" The t-shirt company that makes them, Cryogenically Frozen, refers to the urban legend that Walt Disney requested his head be frozen upon his death.
Mercury News reviews 3 new "Disney Treasures" released to DVD. I personally bought Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic expecting some great insight in to the park that I haven't read about before. (A far stretch of the imagination with all I've read up on the subject.) But what really made me excited was the description of the plot on Amazon.com:
Steve Martin, a former Disneyland cast member, takes viewers through the history of Walt Disney's original theme park in Anaheim, California, while being constantly interrupted by the stubborn but hilarious Donald Duck.
Unfortunately Amazon's plot outline is completely inaccurate. So is their mention of stars such as Sammy Davis, Jr. making an appearance. There was nothing on either of these discs that featured Steve Martin or any big stars' appearances. Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen are shown wandering through the park as it's being built, as well as Annette Funnicello singing at the park, but those have been featured elsewhere (another Disney Treasures DVD compilation entitled "Disneyland USA"). In fact, there's a lot of overlap between the two sets. Worse yet, it's a bit dated by some awkward screen time by Michael Eisner (ptooey ptooey!).
What it turns out to be is a great look back at Disneyland from the 50's to the 60's...with a great commentary by Leonard Maltin and imagineers and other creatives who worked on the project. But as far as any insight or a secret, behind-the-scenes look at the park, it falls short.
2008 is guaranteed to be one helluva year. For one thing, it's a Leap Year, giving me one more day to drink and frolic with my low-cut tops and high-cut bottoms. But less importantly, there are a few interesting things that are supposed to happen this year:
Apparently the end of the world is this year. Yes, friends, once again the apocalypse has been prophesied. Hope you've prepared your souls, heathens.
According to Isaac Asimov's short story "Franchise," this year the U.S. president will be selected by a computer program looking for the "most representative citizen". Should be promising...
The wonderful show of "Futurama" has told us that suicide booths are invented this year, as well...maybe in time for people to escape Earth's destruction.
So there's a lot to look forward to! I hope you are excited about these events as I am!