Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jim Nabors

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Very sad news today...

Jim Nabors, who gave popular culture its most enduring image of a wide-eyed, good-natured if none too bright hayseed in a character whose very name – Gomer Pyle – would become synonymous with lovable rube, died Thursday in Hawaii. He was 87.

With catchphrases “Shazam!” and “Gollllly!” (the latter drawn out to four or five lilting syllables), Nabors debuted his downhome, gas station attendant character in 1962 on The Andy Griffith Show, where the slow-going, dim-witted Gomer was a constant irritation to Don Knotts’ officious, high-strung Deputy Barney Fife.

The Gomer character, and Nabors’ odd-couple chemistry with Knotts, proved so popular with audiences that he was given his own spin-off series in 1964. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C, co-starring Frank Sutton as his ever-yelling drill sergeant Vince Carter (“I can’t heeearrrr youuu!”) ran until 1969 on CBS.

His 1966 LP Jim Nabors Sings with All Your Heart, made the Billboard Top 25 and went gold. He charted a dozen albums through 1972 and though he never matched that initial chart success two more were half-million-sellers. One of those was Jim Nabors’ Christmas Album, which topped the holiday albums chart in 1967 and again two years later. 

His singing made him a frequent guest of variety shows in the 1960s and ’70s, including The Johnny Cash Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Dean Martin Show, The Flip Wilson and, most notably, The Carol Burnett Show, where his appearance on each season premiere became an annual tradition. He hosted his own variety show, The Jim Nabors Hour, from 1969-71.

He had a very long and successful career and will definitely be missed.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

To Infinity!

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The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War was released today...

It looks pretty epic and, I'm guessing, we're likely going to see a couple of our beloved Avengers not survive this battle.

Time will tell.

The movie opens on May 4th.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

David Cassidy

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Sad news over the Thanksgiving holiday...

Entertainer and 1970s teen idol David Cassidy has died. The musician and actor, 67, who starred in TV's The Partridge Family (1970 to 1974), died Tuesday night in Florida after being hospitalized with organ failure. 

A child of Hollywood, he was the iconic teen idol of the 1970s. Before Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Zac Efron and the members of the 1980s Brat Pack, there was pop star Cassidy in his colorful polyester ensembles featuring giant collars and flared slacks. And while he did perform as a solo artist, he and The Partridge Family had a No. 1 hit with the catchy tune I Think I Love You in fall 1970. His biggest solo single was a version of Cherish, which peaked at No. 9 after its release in 1971. 

Cassidy had largely kept a low profile, making headlines in recent years mostly with DUI cases. In March 2014, a judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cassidy to three months in rehab and five years of probation in a drunken-driving case. Later that year, the performer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated in upstate New York. At the time, the sentence was expected to be a conditional discharge that would include community service in Florida, where he lived. 

He continued to add acting credits through the decades, appearing in television shows such as Fantasy Island, Malcolm in the Middle, Ruby & The Rockits and CSI, as well as the movie Poster.

It's sad that his later years were a mix of alcohol and health issues, but his early career in the Partridge Family has definitely secured his place in Pop Culture history. I really enjoyed the show and even had the lunchbox to prove it.

He will be missed.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

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I'm off for a couple days, but hope you all enjoy a good Turkey dance with Friends and/or family.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Become the light

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A new trailer for A Wrinkle In Time was released last night...

This is looking REALLY cool....the visuals are amazing.

I can't wait to see it when it comes out on March 9th.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Red Lines

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A couple new Star Wars: The Last Jedi posters were released this week...

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Very cool.

The movie opens on December 15th.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mennen Black

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A hilarious new teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 was released today...

"Just beat it like it owes you money."

I can't wait to see this when it opens June 1st.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

50, Fierce, and Fabulous

This week is Jimmy Kimmel's 50th birthday, so several of his celebrity friends put together some tributes. Ray Romano set up a Jimmy Kimmel-focused Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets...

George Clooney put together "The Jimmy Kimmel Story" ...

And Ben Affleck and J.J. Abrams filmed a movie trailer based on the comic book that Jimmy Kimmel wrote and illustrated as a child called "The Terrific Ten", with Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, Wanda Sykes and many more...


Monday, November 13, 2017

Roads Go Ever On

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It looks like we'll be getting a Lord of the Rings TV series on Amazon sometime in the near future...

Amazon has closed a massive deal — said to be close to $250 million — to acquire global TV rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. 

The streaming service has given a multi-season commitment to a LOTR series in the pact, which also includes a potential spinoff series. 

The LOTR original series, a prequel to Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust; HarperCollins; and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, which produced the hugely successful LOTR movie franchise. 

 No details about the deal were disclosed, but it believed to be dwarfing any TV series pact to date with a whopping price tag attached. 

Amazon, Netflix and HBO had been approached by the Tolkien estate, who had been shopping the project. It came with an upfront rights payment said to be in the $200 million-$250 million range, and I hear Amazon landed the rights by paying close to $250 million. That is just for the rights, before any costs for development, talent and production, in proposition whose finances industry observers called “insane.” It is a payment that is made sight unseen as there is no concept, and there are no creative auspices attached to the possible series. On top of that, the budget for a fantasy series of that magnitude is likely to be $100 million-$150 million a season.

Wow...that is a LOT of money to pay for the rights to a brand that has already told the story beautifully over multiple films and made a buttload of cash worldwide.

It'll be very interesting to see how this all plays out.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Stay for the package

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Even though the Deadpool sequel doesn't come out in theaters until June 1st, it appears that the studio marketing department has already landed him an unusual magazine cover...Good Housekeeping.

That's a lot of Ho Ho Ho-ing.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

New Who

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The first look at the new Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, was released today.

It's a good casual look for the doctor along with a bit of a Tardis update to boot.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Boldly keeps going

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Deadline featured a very nice interview with Patrick Stewart today, where he discusses his career, Star Trek, and his final appearance as Professor Xavier in Logan...

He's had an amazing career and looks really good for 77 years old.

I'll have what he's having.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Perfect Stranger Things

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Jimmy Kimmel presents a possible Stranger Things sequel for Netflix...

Larry and Balki really need to move to a bigger place if they are planning to host guests from the Upside Down.

Plus, their rent controlled apartment really needs some modern updates.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thor 4D

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Thor: Ragnarok opens this weekend....can't wait to see it!

However, if you can't make it to the theater, you can watch all of the actors perform the "live version" of the movie here on James Corden's The Late, Late Show.

Now THAT would be a fun way to spend the evening.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Small parts

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A new trailer for Downsizing was released today...

I think a lot of us would volunteer to "get small" if $100K would translate to 12 million dollars, which would mean that $25K should translate to about 3 million dollars.

That's a financial goal I think I could actually make happen.

The movie opens December 22nd.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Who does that?

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The first full Redband trailer for the upcoming Tonya Harding film, I, Tonya was released today....

This looks like it might be a hot mess...and I mean that in a good way.

I'm looking forward to seeing this when it comes out on December 8th.