Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Yeah, let me pay YOU to get rid of my TV

Just heard a commercial on the radio, and I have an issue with it. It's for "Got Junk" and they are offering to pick up your dead TV for $29. Seems like a decent deal, until you realize that YOU have to pay THEM to pick up your TV! What kind of BS is that? Are people really that lazy/alone that they can't put it in the trash or sell it to a friend for a few bucks? It's probably fixable anyway; if not then have some fun smashing it! End of rant.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

An amazing Reese's cake


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wendell Pierce (Bunk) wanted to make a prequel to 'The Wire' with Sam Jackson

Now this would have been interesting...

Through a series of Twitter posts, Pierce, who played detective Bunk Moreland on the show, described a film prequel that he “tried to produce” but couldn’t obtain a greenlight for. In it, Pierce says, he had “Samuel L. Jackson playing the kingpin running the Towers, when Stringer & Barksdale started a war and took over.”
One of the main conflicts of the show had to do with Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris) running his operation out of the [Franklin Terrace] Towers, alongside his childhood friend and partner Stringer Bell (Idris Elba) — two domineering presences that Jackson would likely match and more.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Help fund the new Zach Braff film *UPDATE*

From Vulture:
The brains behind Garden State and the Garden State official soundtrack, Zach Braff, wants to make another movie, and he wants you to help. As he explains in the cameo-rich video below, he wants to avoid using financers who would want to protect their investment by demanding final cut and dictating casting. So after seeing what the Veronica Mars people did, he, too, is trying to raise money on Kickstarter by tapping into millennials' all-consuming nostalgia. His goal is $2 million by May 24. Giveaways range from access to a production diary and a copy of the script before the film premieres ($10) to a speaking role in the film ($10,000). As described, the film, Wish I Was Here, is kind of like a sequel to Garden State, insomuch as, like GS, the lead character is admittedly autobiographical. The film follows Aidan Bloom (Braff), a struggling actor in his thirties who decides to home-school his kids by "[scrapping] the traditional academic curriculum and [coming] up with his own." Also, in one scene he wears a real wallpaper-y shirt. 

UPDATE: It's been fully funded after only 4 days!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dodgeball 2 being written

From Vulture:

"Fox has commissioned a Dodgeball sequel now being written by Clay Tarver, the man behind a 2001 non-Fast and the Furious Paul Walker film called Joy Ride. The follow-up to the 2004 film which gave us the proverb "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball" will feature Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller "forced to team up to fight an even bigger threat." Pretty vague, but hey, it's Dodgeball 2. Unless there's a synopsis of the jokes out there, we'll reserve judgment until the trailer hits."

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bill Murray cursing a lot? Why yes!

It's from an Amazon pilot called Alpha House and once again it is vintage Bill. Take a look at his part below:Embed soon!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A new 'Star Wars' film every year?

Starting 2015? Yes, apparently. As you know, Episode VII will première in the summer of 2015; this will be followed by one of the rumored "stand alone" Star Wars titles in 2016. This pattern will then be repeated, according to Disney today. Good or bad news? We'll see!

More here.

Well this sucks: Breaking Bad to return August 11th

Bypassing the usual July premiere date, Breaking Bad will instead debut the final 8 episodes starting Sunday, August 11. If there's any good news, it's that AMC will air "Talking Bad" after each new episode. Regardless of the delay, I still can't wait.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pat Summerall, one of the all-time great announcers, passes away

He was 82. Certainly one of the all-time great NFL announcers, Pat Summerall was best known for his simple yet effective play by play commentary. He was often seen with John Madden, who were the voices of football on FOX for a decade. He will be missed.

More at FOX Sports

Limited edition 'South Park' vinyl

"South Park" and Record Store Day aren't two things that naturally associate themselves with one another, but that's what's happening this year, as the long-running Comedy Central show is releasing a limited-edition vinyl record in conjunction with the annual day celebrating independent record stores.

Two songs heard on the series, "San Diego" and "Gay Fish," are being released on a 7-inch vinyl record limited to 2,000 copies.

From The L.A. Times

Friday, April 12, 2013

For some reason, they're making a "Go the Fuck to Sleep" movie

From Vulture:
Go the Fuck to Sleep is a brilliant picture book for grown-ups. How it'll be transformed into a full-length film isn't entirely clear, but Party Down's Ken Marino and Erica Oyama (a writer on Childrens Hospital and Burning Love; married to Marino) are on the case. We already know Charlize Theron reads the book to her young son, so there's a head start for casting.

If this is indeed true, Samuel L. Jackson absolutely must be involved!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Jim Carrey is Ricky Stanicky

From Vulture:

Jim Carrey is reteaming with his Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls director Steve Oedekerk for Ricky Stanicky. The former James Franco vehicle is "an ensemble comedy in the vein of The Hangover, and begins when three teens pull a prank and burn down a house in their neighborhood." The kids create a fake person to pin the arson on — Ricky Stanicky — and are forced as adults to hire a washed-up actor to temporarily bring Stanicky to life. Carrey is Stanicky.

9 Arrested Development teaser posters

Only 45 more days til Netflix releases new Arrested Development episodes! Continue reading for the rest!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

'Better Call Saul' spinoff?

From Deadline:

As AMC‘s Breaking Bad is heading into its final eight-episode run this summer, the network and series producer Sony TV are exploring keeping the franchise alive with a spinoff series centered on one of Breaking Bad‘s most recognizable supporting characters, Bob Odenkirk‘s unflappable criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. There are no deals in place yet as the project is in its nascent stages, but I hear it is being conceived by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and series writer-producer Peter Gould, who created the Saul character together for a Season 2 episode written by Gould. In the episode, titled “Better Call Saul“, Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) hire the flamboyant Goodman after Badger (Matt L. Jones) is caught by the DEA. Goodman, who has been a regular presence on the show since, is a sleazy but highly competent criminal lawyer with a penchant for over-the-top TV commercials in which he uses his signature tagline “Better Call Saul!” Saul has served as Breaking Bad‘s comic relief, which is not surprising given Odenkirk’s strong comedy background. As a result, I hear the potential spinoff is eyed as a comedy, which could be one-hour, but a half-hour format also is being explored.

If done right, I'd be all for this; Buzzfeed offers 6 ways that it could.

This may be the worst called strike ever

From last nights's Rangers/Rays game that ended on this called "strike" 3 by Marty Foster:

Friday, April 5, 2013

Dr. Suess' Bioshock

DeviantART user DrFaustusAU is back again with his Dr. Seuss themed artwork. This time, he shows us what Bioshock would look like of it were written by Dr. Seuss:

He also has a Silent Hill one:

I've previously featured his work on my blog before, but be sure to check out his gallery here.

Arrested Development premieres May 26th!

From Vulture:

Netflix has announced that fifteen new episodes of Arrested Development will premiere at 12:01 a.m. PT on Sunday, May 26. That's one more episode than the originally promised fourteen, and yes, they will all be made available at once. You may as well call off those Memorial Day weekend plans because now you're busy. Said series creator-executive producer Mitch Hurwitz in a statement, "My simple wish for the show is coming true: that it be broadcast every second around the clock to every television, computer or mobile device in existence." 
If you need help deciding how to watch them like I do, Vulture has you covered. I think I'll watch one or two that night, and the rest the next day. Can't wait!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Henry's Kitchen: Homemade Handmade Gnocchi

Or "nookie" as Henry pronounces it:

2 thumbs down: Roger Ebert passes away

Being a huge movie fan (and occasional critic), it saddens me to hear about the death of legendary film critic Roger Ebert. He was still giving movies thumbs up until the day he died, ironically coming a day after he said he was taking a "leave of presence". Ebert, 70, was battling cancer for years and it finally got the best of him unfortunately. He will be missed.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

American Psycho: Huey Lewis and Weird Al edition

This is just amazing; they should redo the whole movie. A+ to Huey Lewis (sorry "News"!):

Confirmed: Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno in 2014

Yep, the rumors are true! Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno on the Tonight Show following NBC's broadcast of the 2014 Winter Olympics. As for Fallon's replacement, no announcement yet. The show will film in New York, but no word on if The Roots will remain house band. Hopefully Jimmy can still do what he does best!

From Vulture

Monday, April 1, 2013

Phillies Power Rankings

Since I don't feel like analyzing and ranking every team in MLB, I decided instead to cull from a bunch of lists to see what the average power ranking for the Philadelphia Phillies is this year. Let's take a look:

Sports Illustrated: #16 - The rotation is still headlined by Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay and that's an encouraging start to any team, but Philadelphia's offensive production (both total runs scored and league rank) has dipped three straight seasons. On Opening Day the Phillies' four infielders and catcher will all be 33 or older, and the only player in that group who hasn't shown signs of decline -- catcher Carlos Ruiz -- is suspended the first 25 games of the season for a failed PED test. Adams and Jonathan Papelbon form a dominant back end of the bullpen, which had been missing in Philadelphia.
Newsday: #15 - Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are healthy, and Utley is entering his walk year. Michael Young doesn't have the store of good will he built in Texas and will have to perform to be appreciated. Ben Revere showed good tools with the Twins in 2012, but it was only one season. Can he do it again? The rotation is still a work of art (Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels), but Roy Halladay struggled mightily during the spring.

CBS Sports: #15 - The window of opportunity with the Howard-Utley-Rollins-Halladay-Lee nucleus is closing pretty rapidly. At least they have Cole Hamels to build around, but a pretty sizeable overhaul -- which kind of started with Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence being traded last season, obviously -- is coming soon. We'll see if they can stave it off this season.

Bleacher Report: #14 - Injuries to their core superstars hurt the Phillies badly last season. Once they finally got healthy and strung together some wins, it was already too late, as they'd dug themselves too big of a hole.
Age is certainly not on their side. But if they can avoid filling up the disabled list, the Phillies may have the horses to make one last playoff push before they start to think about rebuilding.
Cole Hamels is expected to step forward as the ace of the staff. Newcomers Michael Young, Ben Revere and Delmon Young will look to spark the lineup around stars Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

ESPN: #14 - It will be an uphill battle for the Phillies to catch the Nationals and the new-and-improved Braves with an aging and injury-prone roster, but they will benefit by having one of baseball's easiest first-half schedules.

Sporting News: #14

MLB.com: #14 (experts) / #12 (fans)

Fox Sports: # 12 - A healthy Ryan Howard makes this team — which features some of the best starting pitchers — a contender, again. What happened last season? We’re still not sure.

So on average, the Phillies are ranked at exactly 14, hovering in the middle of the pack on all the lists but never being ranked below #16. The return of Ryan Howard, the decline of Roy Holladay, the aging starters, and Cole Hamels are all common threads from each site. The Phil will have some work to do, but if they stay healthy I see no reason why they can't take down the Nationals and Braves. We'll see!