Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CON GONE WILD



The outrageously surreal week in San Diego known as Comic-Con International has once again come and gone. Complete with photos, gossip and a white-knuckled TV interview - enjoy a look back from another perspective.

Monday, July 18, 2011

THE UPSIDE OF INEPTITUDE

There is nothing intentionally good about the film Skyline. And there is barely anything unintentionally good about it, either. Except for one Hall of Fame Bitch Shot that shall forever live in memory.

Recently-streaming Skyline is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. And I watch a lot of horrible cinema on purpose. I've seen student films and even regional theater with more capability than anything happening in the 93 minutes it takes for masterminds the "Brothers Strause" to essentially hunt assholes in Marina Del Rey.

The only thing good that came out of this film is a singular shot of actress Brittany Daniel, in one of the most incredible reaction shots of all time:

It just conveys so much attitude. "And WHY the hell are you interrupting my Virginia Slim and Canon time?"

In addition to her roles in White Chicks and on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (she was the tranny Mac dated), it looks like Ms. Daniel can now add 'instant meme' to her résumé. Here's a few I came up with, but please feel free to make your own and share! We need to get her out there!


It is with this parting gift that I leave you, before my annual journey to San Diego begins. I'll be updating frequently on Twitter from the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) as I coordinate my sixth year at Comic-Con International - which despite a more low-key programming schedule should prove to be one of the most exciting cons for me, personally and professionally. 

Wheels up Tuesday at 5am...see you on the other side!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

MAY THE SCHWARTZ BE WITH YOU

Legendary TV icon Sherwood Schwartz is no longer with us. For over forty years he helped mold the modern culture, in ways great and small. He's the reason they call them the classics - and the fun was never more genuine. 

I fully acknowledge the advantages and shortcomings of being in my late 20s. While it's fantastic to be as proficient with technology as I am, it also means that I ever so slightly missed out on experiencing some great television firsthand (and becoming a regular at Studio 54). 

Based solely on the channels that were available to me as a child, I never really had much exposure to Sherwood Schwartz's most famous creations, The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island. I knew of them, but that was just because I was a pop culture-obsessed little gay boy who needed to know everything about everything.

In 1995 the The Brady Bunch Movie was being released, and I vividly remember looking at the newspaper to see what was playing this week at the handful of multiplexes surrounding Longmeadow, MA. It was a rainy afternoon, and my Mom told me to pick a movie for us to go see. Upon seeing the black and white photo of the cast, I informed her of my decision. "You want to see that?" Her words were not accusatory but merely astonished.

So saw it we did, and later a couple more times on my own. These are some of my first vivid memories of understanding and appreciating camp, satire and Los Angeles. I still have my VHS copy of both it and A Very Brady Sequel, and I watched both recently. Strangely enough I was planning on writing a little retrospective on those films, but due to impending Comic-Con, time has escaped me. It's sad that this is the occasion that I'm able to show my gratitude to Sherwood Schwartz for his contribution to our always-evolving television landscape - but I'm glad that I can now pay him tribute.

After my enjoyment of those films, I (naturally) went back and did my research. I watched as much Brady Bunch as I could get my hands on. And I loved it. Mr. Shwartz's quirky, optimistic, good-natured fun always tried to teach us something - whether it was the importance of not playing ball in the house, or that maybe if you tried hard enough The Professor would someday look at you like you were Ginger - while always keeping us pleasantly distracted in the process.

Rest in peace, Sherwood Schwartz. I hope Tiger is up there waiting for you.

Monday, July 4, 2011

ABSURDLY AMERICAN

In honor of Independence Day (the holiday, not the Vivica A. Fox film), I decided to dig deep into my psyche to find out what really makes me proud to be an American. 

But then that proved to be way too much work, so I pulled some pics and video clips for you instead!


Madeline Kahn belts a portion of "Battle Hymn of the Republic"!
(Young Frankenstein)


Cher Horowitz would like to give you an important reminder about the Statue of Liberty!
(Clueless)


The wisdom of Charlie, from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia...now available in t-shirt form!


Sarah Rose knows...you love Adam West!
(Drop Dead Gorgeous)


Celebrate America with Rube Goldberg-ian carnage!
(Final Destination 3)


Give us your tired, your poor, your inappropriately named cooking products!


Jenna Maroney wants you to trade your meth for tennis - all for the red white and blue!
(30 Rock)


Nothing makes me feel more proud to be an American than watching Julia Sugarbaker eviscerate a beauty queen with a history lesson!
(Designing Women)


Happy 4th of July! Hope you've all been partying it up during this long holiday weekend. DO IT FOR AMERICA.