Thursday, January 31, 2013

More graphical 30 Rock jokes

You guys seemed to like my first post of "30 Rock jokes, in graph form" and now Vulture is back with even more! View my favorites below, and more after the jump. And again, check out Vulture for a video of the jokes.

Just a sad reminder: the FINAL EPISODE of 30 Rock is airing RIGHT NOW on NBC!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Salvador Dali does Alice in Wonderland

I never knew these existing, but they're quite cool to look at. In all, Dali drew pictures for the cover and 12 chapters; my favorites below with more after the jump.
Front Cover
Front Cover
Down The Rabbit Hole
Down the Rabbit Hole
A Caucus Race And A Long Tale
A Caucus Race and a Long Tale

Yes, Cooler Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos are coming

There's not really much else to say other than HELL YEAH! It's about time! There was never any doubt that these would exist someday, and when the original Doritos Locos Tacos became Taco Bell's best selling item you knew we would be able to enjoy a Cool Ranch version soon. After this, maybe they'll make the shell out of taco flavored Doritos? I'd prefer Spicy Sweet Chili myself.

CBS This Morning tweeted this out Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

There's going to be an actual 30 Rock Ben & Jerry's flavor

Yay! There's no word on what the actual ice cream will consist of, but rest assured it will happen. It will probably be "Liz Lemon's _____" but I really hope it somehow incorporates Cheesy Blasters. May it will be this one?

And hard to belive, but 30 Rock's final episode airs this Thursday on NBC.

Even more Sin City casting news

The last main character for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has finally been cast. It was announced today that Eva Green will play Ava Lord in the film, which is in production now. Besides Green, Julian Garner has been cast as another new character, Marcy. That should be it for the casting news, but we'll see!

From ComingSoon

Monday, January 28, 2013

47 layer dip

Let me just set the record straight here and say that this is absolutely amazing. Somebody please give this to me now, and don't expect any leftovers:

More here.

South Park returns for Season 17 on September 25th

The good news? There will be 10 episodes airing straight through starting September 25th, as opposed to the usual 7. The bad news? That's it for Season 17. No more two part seasons, so no more episodes will air in March like usual. 10 episodes per season now, but it's not as bad as it seems.

Parker and Stone will spend the rest of the year focusing on other projects instead of South Park -they recently started their own production company- and they hope the continuous run of less episodes will increase the quality of the show and other projects.

As Stone said, “Why did we do seven and seven to begin with? We just sort of made that up. And we are switching to 10 for the same reason. It just sounded like a good number, and we won’t break up the year so we can more easily do other stuff.”

Matt and Trey haven't let us down before, so I have no doubt that this decision will work out. As long as South Park continues, I'm happy. Also, Season 17 already? Holy shit dude!

From SPS with an interview of the duo at The NY Times

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Yes, somebody added up the points on 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'

Even though as any viewer knows, the points don't matter. Thanks Drew Carey!

Here's all the points awarded to only the cast members from 1998-2006:

  • Wayne Brady: 50,072,587,425
  • Ryan Stiles: 11,113,372,791.5
  • Colin Mochrie: 3,012,399,040.5
  • Chip Esten: 2,004,047,000
  • Greg Proops: 1,001,122,117
  • Brad Sherwood: 1,071,980.5
  • Denny Segal: 1,059,560
  • Karen Maruyama: 1,004,450
  • Kathy Greenwood: 59,810
  • Stephen Colbert: 12,000
  • Kathy Griffin: 5,000
  • Ian Gomez: 4,000
  • Jeff Davis: 3,300
  • Josie Lawrence: 3000
  • Whoopi Goldberg: 2,500
  • Patrick Bristow: 1,000
  • Robin Williams: 1,000
  • Kathy Kinney: 50

    Originally posted at Reddit
  • Friday, January 25, 2013

    Bill Murray Infographic


    Bill Murray to play Pawnee mayor on Parks and Rec?

    Originally posted at the Bill Murray Blog

    Could it be? One of my favorite actors on one of my favorite shows? If Amy Poehler has her way, the answer would be yes:
    “I want Bill Murray to play the mayor, and I just dream about it every night. I whisper it to a bird and then I open the window and the bird flies away to Bill Murray’s house and just sits on his window and goes cocoooo-cocooooo, and hopefully it just transmits into his brain.”
    I imagine that actually wouldn't be a bad way to get in touch with the notoriously difficult to contact Bill Murray. I know he'd at least appreciate the humor of the situation. Hard to believe that the mayor of Pawnee hasn't been shown yet on Parks and Recreation, but if anyone could pull it off it would be Bill. Hopefully Amy's and all of our wish comes true!

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode VII

    From TheWrap: 
    J.J. Abrams will direct the next "Star Wars" film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood's most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.
    Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy has been courting Abrams, one of the most successful directors and producers in Hollywood -- and a man beloved by fanboys. He runs one of the industry's top production companies, Bad Robot, and created or co-created television franchises like "Lost," "Fringe" and "Alias." He has also directed film spectacles "Mission: Impossible III," "Star Trek" and "Super 8."
    The lure of the Jedi was too strong, and it will no doubt complicate his relationship with Paramount, where Bad Robot is a top supplier. Abrams has been feverishly working on "Star Trek Into Darkness," his second Star Trek film since he rebooted the franchise in 2009. "Into Darkness," still in post-production, opens May 18. 
    Though he has several producing jobs in front of him, Abrams had been uncommitted as a director. He will have to jump right into "Star Wars," which Disney has slated for a 2015 release. "Little Miss Sunshine" screenwriter Michael Arndt is penning the script.

    So Carrey and Daniels ARE on board for 'Dumb and Dumber To'

    According to Peter Farrelly's AMA on Reddit yesterday:

    Is this what they're calling art these days?

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013


    The Terrible Truth 'Star Wars' Fans Can't Admit

    Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler in Guardians of the Galaxy?

    From ComingSoon:
    There's been a lot of talk about who will play the lead role in Marvel Studios' upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, but not as much for the supporting cast. Latino Review is reporting that Marvel is looking into the availabilty of actors Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for the film. It's not clear which roles they're looking at for them, but the most sensible answer would be the tiny, loud-mouthed rodent Rocket Raccoon.
    I know they'd probably be doing the voice of Rocket Raccoon, but it would be hilarious if Jim Carrey were dressed up as a raccoon. Right?

    Guardians of the Galaxy is set to film this summer with a planned August 1, 2014 release.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    30 Rock High Five Challenge

    My cousin on Conan!

    My cousin, the hilarious Mike Patterson, submitted a video for Conan O'Brien's "Fan Corrections" bit on last night's Conan. Watch the clip below, and no, I don't know why he isn't wearing a shirt!

    I've gotten some feedback from readers who couldn't view the video on my site... I'm not sure why, but it could be due to browser type. If you're having issues, watch the video here!

    Stormtroopers by Andy Wells

    This reminds me a lot of the "Stormtroopers 365" photo series I featured last year, and with good reason. Flickr user Andy Wells has photographed Stormtroopers -both action figure and Lego- in a vast array of situations. Take a look at some of my favorites below, and view the entire gallery here. (via)

    Abbey Road 280/366

    Father & Son 126/366

    On Thin Ice 335/366

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Bruce Willis confirmed for Sin City 2, and more news

    As the title says, Bruce Willis has finally been confirmed for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to 2005's Sin City. I figured he had already been part of the cast, but this confirmation is great news, as nearly all of the original cast has returned (Josh Brolin is replacing Clive Owen, and Dennis Haysbert is replacing the late Michael Clark Duncan). Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, and Jeremy Piven have also been cast in unknown roles.

    Also as the title indicates, there's more Sin City news! Some info on JGL's new character, Johnny, has been revealed. From ComingSoon:

    "It's a new character. He plays a gambler, a very cocky gambler, who comes in and tries to beat the biggest villain in Sin City at his own game. The story's called 'The Long, Bad Night.' He beats the wrong guy in a game and bad stuff happens to him."

    Lastly, the film will be released in 3D, which director Robert Rodriguez has said will "blow people's minds." I'm skeptical about that, but I'd love to be proven wrong. The first film had a great aesthetic and I'm hopeful the sequel will as well.

    Interactive Moonrise Kingdom Screenplay

    (Originally posted at the Bill Murray Blog)

    You can now read the entire Oscar nominated screenplay for Moonrise Kingdom, written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. Click the photo below to read (and download) the screenplay if you'd like! (via)

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

    NFL Picks for Conference Championships

    Last week's picks started out horribly, as I was 0-2 after Saturday's games. At one point I thought I might be shut out for the weekend, but luckily I bounced back on Sunday and finished the Divisional Round at a respectable 2-2. They say defense wins championships, but by that logic none of the 4 remaining teams are going to win the Super Bowl; there was a total lack of defense in last weekend's games. There were a ridiculous 276 points scored across the 4 games, for an average of 69 points per game. For reference, that's only 4 points less than the Philadelphia Eagles scored in the entire 2012 season. The lowest point total for a team? 28.

    I was fairly surprised that Denver wasn't able to close out Baltimore, as they had their chances. Very surprised at how poorly Green Bay played, but San Fran is showing how good of a team they can be. Atlanta almost blew a 20 point lead, and New England was New England. All 4 games were quite entertaining though. On to the last picks before the Super Bowl in two weeks (unless I decide to pick the Pro Bowl)...

    San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons
    Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

    Previous Results
    Week 4: 12-3
    Week 5: 10-4
    Week 6: 5-9
    Week 7: 12-1
    Week 8: 6-8
    Week 9: 11-3
    Week 10: 10-3-1
    Week 11: 12-2
    Week 12: 8-8
    Week 13: 9-7
    Week 14: 10-6
    Week 15: 10-6
    Week 16: 11-5
    Week 17: 9-7
    Total: 135-72-1 (65%)

    Wild Card: 3-1
    Divisional: 2-2
    Total: 5-3 (63%)

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Jim Carrey is 51 today

    One of my favorite actors and comedians, Jim Carrey turned 51 today. Hard to believe he's that old, since he still seems like a child at heart. Even harder to believe that Betty White turned 91 today. She's still got it!

    Happy Birthday!

    What hyperspace would actually look like

    Physics students at the University of Leicester must have had too much time on their hands, and figured out what going into "Star Wars" hyperspace would actually look like:

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Woman kills boyfriend with breasts

    Uh, I wish I made up that headline, but alas I did not! Turns out Donna Lange, a 5'6" 192 pound woman, is accused of smothering and killing her boyfriend (5'7" 175 pounds) with her breasts. Yes, her breasts. Sadly, her size wasn't revealed but I'm gonna guess they are at least DD. Needless to say, this happened in a trailer in Everett, Washington. She was apparently found with her breasts over her boyfriend's face.

    And the new head coach of the Eagles is...

    SURPRISE! It's Chip Kelly! Let's hope he can become the next successful NFL coach to make the leap from the NCAA.

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    2 wrongs don't make a right...

    ...But neither does a wrong and a right! Words of wisdom from my fiancé, and she couldn't be more right. I'd never thought about it before, but really the only 2 things that make a right are two rights. Right? Right.

    Monday, January 14, 2013

    So is the Dumb and Dumber sequel happening (again)?

    Last I heard, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels had pulled out of the Dumb and Dumber sequel, Dumb and Dumber To. But now I'm hearing that the Farrelly Brothers have written an "impressive" script for the movie, and Peter Farrelly seems to think Carrey is on board. So which is it? Personally I'd love to see the sequel come to fruition, but it absolutely needs both Carrey and Daniels on board. Apparently the film is already being financed (but not in production), and will follow Harry and Lloyd 20 years after the first. Stay tuned for more when it becomes available!

    More at ComingSoon

    Some minor alterations

    Just announcing some minor alterations to the B Long Blog. I've fixed the "page" tabs under the header, so now when you click on them you will be automatically taken to a lists of posts containing the respective label. I've also added a new link to the Bill Murray Blog, and a new subheading. A slight format change may be on the way as well.

    Bill Murray Career Timeline

    Let me start of this post by alerting all my readers to my new blog, the BILL MURRAY BLOG! Click the link to check it out, as there will be much more content coming soon. To kick off the launch of the new blog, I've decided to make another installment in my "career timeline" series, this time with Bill Murray. Check that out below (and the others by clicking the tag) and read through some commentary after the jump!

    Click for full size

    Matt Stone and Trey Parker start Important Studios

    "Important Studios" will be the name of Matt Stone and Trey Parker's just launched production company, already with an estimated value of $300 million. So why start their own production company? Matt and Trey put it best:
    "Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves.”
    Plus, they'll obviously have better control over their projects, the first of which will be a Book of Mormon movie. This is a good move on their part, and hopefully we can see some hilarious projects down the line.


    Sunday, January 13, 2013

    2012 Eagles vs. Opponents: Behind the Numbers

    More on this later, but look at this as a "year in review" for the miserable 2012 Eagles season. And the final "Behind the Numbers" for the year.

    Pay special attention the the stats bookending the rest: Points and Turnovers. There's why the 2012 Eagles went 4-12 in a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen.

    A live action Toy Story remake

    It's done with strings and wires, but it's still pretty impressive. If you have an hour and 20 minutes to waste (yes, it's a shot for shot remake of Toy Story) then it's worth a watch.

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

    Jurassic Park 4 coming in 2014

    June 13, 2014 to be exact. Not many details available yet, but Steven Spielberg will produce the sequel. Stay tuned for more info.

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    NFL Picks for Divisional Round

    Did fairly well last week picking games for the Wild Card Round, considering I picked a couple underdogs. Finished 3-1 with my only loss coming from picking the Colts over the Ravens. Let me justify that: the Colts were one of the hottest teams coming into the playoffs, and the Ravens had played like poop lately. But the experienced Joe Flacco and the Ravens were no match for the young Andrew Luck and the Colts. On to the Divisional Round:

    Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
    Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
    Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
    Houston Texans at New England Patriots

    Previous Results
    Week 4: 12-3
    Week 5: 10-4
    Week 6: 5-9
    Week 7: 12-1
    Week 8: 6-8
    Week 9: 11-3
    Week 10: 10-3-1
    Week 11: 12-2
    Week 12: 8-8
    Week 13: 9-7
    Week 14: 10-6
    Week 15: 10-6
    Week 16: 11-5
    Week 17: 9-7
    Total: 135-72-1 (65%)

    Playoffs: 3-1 (75%)

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    A Bill Murray version of Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks"

    Keep in mind that the following pictures were done with CHALK. Impressive, and then add the Bill Murray factor into it and this is a masterpiece. (From Buzzfeed)
    Ghostbusters, Scrooged, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, Caddyshack

    Some Arrested Development news

    While I wouldn't necessarily call this bad news, it don't think it's good news either. When the new episodes air on Netflix, confirmed for May, they may seem a little different. Unlike during the show's original run, all of the characters will not appear in each individual episode. It was reported earlier that the episodes would focus on each of the characters, but I think we all assumed there would be an overlap a la typical Arrested Development fashion. Mitch Hurwitz assures that the show's complexity will be encouraged, and that the whole AD clan will be on screen at the same time for the movie.

    From Vulture

    An honest movie trailer for Inception

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    Josh Brolin and JGL join Sin City 2

    Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon Levitt have joined the cast of the second Sin City movie, A Dame to Kill For. Brolin will play the pivotal role of Dwight, which was previously held by Clive Owen in the first film. No issues with continuity though, as Dwight undergoes plastic surgery in the graphic novels. JGL will play a new character called Johnny.


    Monday, January 7, 2013

    There will be more "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"

    From Vulture:
    The New York Times reports that there will be a second season of Jerry Seinfeld's popular web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Sony's Crackle will be producing 24 new episodes of Seinfeld's show about comedy, cars, and coffee. Seinfeld explained: "This next go-round we’re going to have to figure out some sort of revenue stream, so it makes more sense." It's a fair point — have you seen how expensive coffee is these days? (Is this thing on? Is this thing on? What's the deal with coffee prices ... ?)
    I haven't posted much about CCGC, but it's been an excellent, down-to-Earth, insightful series. The Michael Richards episode was great; I was going to post about that previously but I was unable to find an embeddable version. But the internet is a great place, and I have now included the video after the jump!

    Yes, there's going to be an "Always Sunny" beer!

    Finally! It will be called "Dayman Coffee IPA" and brewed by Stone Brewing Co. based in California. I can't wait to get my hands (and lips) on this! Now if only they would make "CharDee MacDennis" to drink this with.....


    Monty Python's Family Guy

    On last night's Family Guy, the typical opening credit sequence was substituted with the below video. The live-action sequence is direct from Monty Python's Flying Circus, and the animation is done in the same style as the show. Check it out!

    Eagles vs. Giants II: Behind the Numbers

    Well, the Eagles saved their worst performance of the year for the final game. So much for saving the best for last; this was saving the worst for last. Let's see what the statistics say, in this season's (possible) final installment of Behind the Numbers:

    There's no denying that this game was a blowout from the very start. The 42-7 score comes as no surprise when a team like the Giants scores touchdowns on their first 3 drives and 6 of 8 total. Surprisingly the Eagles had more plays than the Giants and only gained 80 less yards, but the Eagles couldn't move the ball too well and thus didn't gain as many yards per play and had about half the first downs the Giants did (a whopping 32 vs. 18). Third down efficiency was superb for the Giants, and under 30% for the Eagles. Turnovers were essentially a non-factor, but of course the Eagles had 1 to the Giants 0.

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

    Apparently there's going to be hockey this year

    I'm sure I wasn't the only one to completely write off any hope of salvaging the NHL season this year, but as it turns out the league was able to come to an agreement with the NHLPA on a new CBA. There's either going to be a 48 or 50 game season. And, that's basically it for the story,

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

    An over analyzation of the newspaper from Back to the Future

    Well, this sounds like something I would do! While watching Back to the Future, Vulture writer Jonathan Chait realized that the newspaper headlines they used in the BTTF movies were absolutely terrible. I can attest to this feeling, as I often times ponder the small things in movies and TV and ask "why?" a lot. Like I said, Chait over-analyzes the newspapers from BTTF and provides examples as to why they just weren't good. Yeah, obviously the newspaper is a device used to expose or explain the plot, but he does have a point. Click the link below for his analysis:

    Back to the Future's Terrible Newspaper

    NFL Picks for Wild Card Weekend

    Forgot that there were Saturday games! Let me rush out these picks:

    Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
    Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
    Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens
    Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins

    And now let's take a look at last week's results, and the final results from my (almost) full season of NFL picks. Last week I went out with a wimper, barely picking better than 50% and finishing at 9-7. Surprises included losses by Atlanta, Baltimore, and Green Bay. Nearly all of the games were close, so that made picking tough. Lost some toss ups with Carolina/New Orleans, New York Jets/Buffalo, and Houston/Indianapolis. And dear God, why did I pick the Eagles? That game was over before the 2nd quarter even started.

    Previous Results
    Week 4: 12-3
    Week 5: 10-4
    Week 6: 5-9
    Week 7: 12-1
    Week 8: 6-8
    Week 9: 11-3
    Week 10: 10-3-1
    Week 11: 12-2
    Week 12: 8-8
    Week 13: 9-7
    Week 14: 10-6
    Week 15: 10-6
    Week 16: 11-5
    Week 17: 9-7
    Total: 135-72-1 (65%)

    Friday, January 4, 2013

    Vince Gilligan on the end of Breaking Bad

    Vulture recently had an interview with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan which they posted yesterday; he "revealed" 10 things about the show's finale and final 8 episodes (rumored to air July 14th). I'll post the topics below, but click the link above for the full details:

    1. The evolution of Walt's fate
    2. How Casablanca got it right
    3. His time on The X Files
    4. Going back to the pilot
    5. Henry Mancini
    6. Bringing Walt to justice - or not
    7. One final shout-out to The Godfather
    8. Giving every character their due
    9. Hank's triumph
    10. Finality

    Woah, what?!?

    I just learned while reading Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse by Caseen Gaines that Lynne Marie Stewart, who plays Mrs. Kelly on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, also played Miss Yvonne on Pee-wee's Playhouse. My mind is blown. I already knew that Lawrence Fishbourne played both Morpheus and Cowboy Curtis, and that Phil Hartman had a role, but I never expected the same actress to play both Charlie's mom and "The Most Beautiful Woman in Puppet Land". You learn something new everyday!

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

    The original Star Wars trilogy in map form

    Well, these are pretty awesome. Artist Andrew DeGraff decided to represent the original Star Wars trilogy with unique maps that actually detail the plots of the films fairly well. View A N Hope below, and check out The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi after the jump! From/Via

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    So long, 2012: A brief look back

    Happy New Year everybody! Hope you all had a good, safe night yesterday, and a great year too. 2013 is here, so what better time than to look back briefly at the first full year here at the B Long Blog? Here's the top 20 posts of 2012 (posts originating last year), sorted by pageviews:

    1) 449 – I’m glad I don’t have ADD 1/2
    2) 238 – Thoughts on the Miller Lite Punch Top Can 5/13
    3) 165 – The Awful Secret Implied by The Dark Knight Rises 7/16
    4) 160 – Merry Leap Day! 2/29
    5) 126 – Happy Birthday to the B Long Blog!!! 4/16
    6) 122 – Flyers Playoff Scenarios 4/23
    7) 105 – Jim Carrey with a fake mustache and shirtless? 2/8
    8) 95 – Hanksy 1/20
    9) 79 – David Akers ties NFL record with 63 yard field goal 9/9
    10) 75 – St. Patrick’s Day LIVE BLOG 3/17
    11) 7
    3 – SNL cast member timeline 5/18
    12) 7
    0 – Breaking Bad meets Ben and Jerry’s 6/21
    13) 67 – 11 Eye-Opening Highlights From a Creationist Science Museum 1/9
    14) 66 – Ghostbusters 3 to film next year 10/18
    15) 66 – Awesome Avengers art (but probably a Dr. Pepper advertisement) 4/27
    16) 64 – Yoda in real life 10/2
    17) 63 – Breaking Bad episode of Mythbusters? 6/25
    18) 63 – Food art! 2/11
    19) 61 – Faith Hilling 3/26
    20) 61 – Tom Hanks Career Timeline 2/27

    B Long Blog Originals are bolded - 5 in the top 10!

    And don't forget to check out my 1,000th Post Extravaganza! as well as my popular NFL Picks (click the tag below)