Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. 

He was 83. 

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His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper”. 

His zeal to entertain and enlighten reached beyond “Star Trek” and crossed genres. He had a starring role in the dramatic television series “Mission: Impossible” and frequently performed onstage, notably as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” His poetry was voluminous, and he published books of his photography. 

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He also directed movies, including two from the “Star Trek” franchise, and television shows. 

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended. But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. 

“Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

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I have been a Star Trek fan since I can remember, so his passing is especially sad for me. He was my favorite character on TV and I always looked forward to him showing up in various films and TV shows over the years.

Like him, if I had to be someone else...I'd likely choose to be Spock too.

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His final Tweet on Monday could infer that he might have felt his time was near...

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He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Room Service

Look who's joining the new season of American Horror Story...

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Time will tell if Lady Gaga ends up with a big role or is killed off in a few episodes (like Adam Levine and Patti LaBelle experienced).

Either way, she's definitely got the wardrobe to fit right in...

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

All Hail Jambi!

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It looks like we'll be getting a new Pee Wee Herman movie soon...

Some 30 years after he first brought his bow-tied eternal boy character Pee-wee Herman to movie screens in the superb Tim Burton-directed Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Paul Reubens will be reviving the character in a movie for Netflix. 

The streaming service has announced it will release globally Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a film that producer Judd Apatow has been cooking up with Reubens for some time. Reubens and Paul Rust wrote the script, and making his feature directing debut is John Lee, whose credits include Inside Amy Schumer (with whom Apatow teams on the upcoming comedy Trainwreck).

His recent Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway was pretty entertaining and, surprisingly, it looked like he hadn't aged a day.

So...this could be entertaining.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tube Top

Here's a cool collection of some of the top viral clips on YouTube over the past ten years. There were several in here that I had not seen before...



Sorry they didn't include one of the "Hitler reacts to..." clips. Most of those edits have been hilarious.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Aquaman: First official photo

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Zach Snyder released the first official photo of Jason Momoa as Aquaman today. The character is scheduled to show up first in Batman v Superman next year before starring in his own feature as well as showing up as part of the upcoming Justice League movies.

I'm really looking forward to the DC Universe films. I hope they're as enjoyable as most of the Marvel Universe movies have been (especially Avengers).

Time will tell...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cold shoulder

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It was minus ONE degree here in Chicago this morning and we're also supposed to get snow for the next two days.

Spring better be F-ing amazing or Mother Nature is gonna get a fresh box of whoop-ass in place of her Chiffon.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wing and a prayer

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This Wingsuit flyer's flight over Switzerland is amazing and quite beautiful (embiggen the screen to get the full effect).



I would love to do something like this, if it didn't involve me voluntarily leaping off of a mountain with no support wires or surrounded by a force field.

Other than that...I'd be all over it!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Criss Cross

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It looks like Glee's Darren Criss is heading back to Broadway soon...

Darren Criss will return to Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” stepping into the title role after John Cameron Mitchell, the musical’s co-creator and its original star, rotates out of the production in late April.

“Glee” star Criss looks poised to help sustain business at “Hedwig” with a fanbase that turned out in droves for his last stint on the Main Stem. In 2012 he appeared in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” for a three-week run that kept the revival’s weekly sales well above the million-dollar mark in a post-holiday time period that usually slows sales at shows across the board.

Neil Patrick Harris launched the Broadway revival of “Hedwig” with a Tony-winning turn that was followed by Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and Mitchell. Hall has temporarily returned to the show for a weeklong run while Mitchell recovers from a knee injury he sustained during a recent performance.

Criss stars in “Hedwig” for a 12-week run that starts April 29 and stretches into the summertime months, when New York City tourism keeps Broadway sales robust.

He's got a great voice and will probably help keep seats filled in the theater over the summer.

I wonder if Darren is nervous about taking over the roll from the guy who originated it...

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He seems fine with it.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Both sides now

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This video has been creatively edited to show Professor Snape's Harry Potter storyline in chronological order. After watching this, you'll likely feel a little differently about his character and what he went through for Harry...



Someone has got to be chopping onions around here somewhere...

::wipes tears away quickly::

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Trainwreck

A trailer for Amy Schumer's upcoming movie Trainwreck was just released today and, like her TV show, Inside Amy Schumer...it appears to focus on her being drunk and sleeping around...a lot.



I like Amy and Bill Hader (if you haven't seen him in The Skeleton Twins with Kristen Wiig, you should!) and Judd Aptow's movies are usually pretty funny...so it might be worth watching.

If not, I'll just reread one of Chelsea Handler's books and call it even.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Spin Cycle

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It looks like Spider-Man will now be joining the rest of the Marvel movie universe very soon...meaning, he's gonna be hanging with Thor, Iron Man and the whole Hee Haw gang...

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.

Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films. 

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said: "Spider-Man is one of Marvel's great characters, beloved around the world. We're thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building."

I would not be surprised if he makes his first appearance in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Enjoyable.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Fifty Shades of Bricks

I wasn't too impressed with the trailer for the live-action Fifty Shades of Grey, but this version definitely switches things up...

Friday, February 6, 2015

Space Haters

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Jupiter Ascending opened today and it's getting horrible reviews.

I don't care.

I'm still going to see it this weekend!

There...I said it.

As you were....

UPDATE: I actually ended up really enjoying the movie. So screw those cranky critics!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

They're baaack

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The first trailer for the Poltergeist remake was released today...



I really loved the first one, so was dreading another crappy remake of a classic film favorite. However, I have to admit, the trailer and cast look pretty good.

That being said, there's absolutely no replacing her...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Will bigger be better?

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The first trailer for Magic Mike: XXL was released today and it looks like Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, and Matt Bomer are back for more of the same...



To be honest, I thought the first movie was awful.

Of course, I also know that no one should go to a stripper movie expecting a good story. We all know that folks are really going to be seeing this for the...

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Shoes.

Let's hope this one features better footwear than the first.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ear Ladling

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Jimmy Kimmel has posted a new Mean Tweets video and, this particular one, is focused on musicians...



HI-larious.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Raptor Wrangling

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A new trailer for Jurassic World was released during the Superbowl yesterday and it featured some new footage that included Chris Pratt training some Velociraptors...



The movie is starting to look really good and the new dinosaur that they created appears to have a very large pie-hole.

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It's never a good idea to be standing in front of something like that when it's hungry.

Some people never learn.

The movie opens June 12th.