Hooray for Captain Spaulding

Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Sorkin behind-the-scenes-at-an-SNL-like-show "skein" has been picked up by NBC for 13 episodes. Variety story here. D.L. Hughley will play a "major cast member on the show-within-a-show" which means they're already trying to make the show-in-a-show un-SNL-like ('cause he's African-American, ya see, and...Ah, forget it).

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For students of urban legends, the Popeye comic strip from September 19, 1935 does a variation of the Uncle Don legend. Popeye, as dictator of a country (don't ask), addresses his people over the radio. In the fourth panel, he chuckles that the speech should make "the dumbheads" like him. In the fifth panel, he realizes what he's done and in the sixth panel he asks the audience to ignore the last crack because he didn't know the microphone was on. This request, as often happens with punchlines in 1930's comic strips, causes fainting (although that's the first time I've seen a crowd faint).

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Help, the magazine Harvey Kurtzman edited after MAD, is getting reprinted in a best-of book. TCJ discussion here.

UPDATE: There's some question in the discussion as to whether the reprinter has the rights to this material. However in equally good news, Humbug, Kurtzman's second post-MAD project (after Hugh Hefner pulled funding from his first post-MAD project), will be reprinted.

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Wow! How bad was the planned SNL opening sketch and how poorly did it do in dress rehearsal that they had to cannibalize from the Smigel cartoon as an opener?

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Friday, January 13, 2006

George Galloway, hero of many of the anti-war left, receiver of bribes from Saddam Hussein, and literal thief of food from the mouthes of Iraqi children is on the British version of Big Brother (along with Dennis Rodman and Rula Lenska). Details here.

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The original Jewish mothers: About 40% of Ashkenazi Jews are descended from four women. A spokesman for the women said that they don't want that you should make a fuss; they're just happy to see you and put a jacket on before you catch cold.

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

The great thing about the Internet is that if you ask yourself "Whatever happened to the guy who played the Jewish kid in Boys Town?", you can find out. The curse is, of course, that you feel obligated to.

His obituary says Sidney Miller died of a heart attack in September 2004. His role in Which Way to the Front? proves that he was taken down by the Hitler curse.

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As I've noted before, I love nothing better than movie ads featuring the characters in the movie wearing/holding holiday-related regallia (Santa hats on XMas, hearts on Valentine's Day, Pilgrim hats on Thanksgiving, etc.). Plus, dating back to when Godfather III opened on Christmas, I've always wanted to see that done on an inappropriate movie. So I was amused by this Defamer article (and ashamed that I hadn't noticed the ad in the paper) about how Capote featured Philip Seymour Hoffman in a New Years Hat.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The JFK assasination conspiracy claimed two more victims as Jack Ruby friend Candy Barr died at age 70 of "pneumonia" and Lewis Hanson, the Presidential pilot who flew JFK that fateful day and flew Kennedy's body back, died of unstated causes (and we know what that means) at age 81 (hat tip to TF).

Oddly enough, Lincoln's pilot was named Hanson Lewis.

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