Sunday, September 24, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 24

"60 Minutes" debuted on September 24, 1968.

'60 Minutes' Begins Ticking

Fifty years ago today the stopwatch first began ticking on the CBS news program 60 Minutes in 1968. The magazine-styled show was created by Don Hewitt which began as a bi-weekly program that was hosted by Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace. The show also featured Morley Safer, Dan Rather, Water Cronkite, Charles Kuralt, Roger Mudd, Bill Plante and Eric Sevareid. In addition to the three long-format news stories, the show often included a Point/Counterpoint segment featuring James J. Kilpatrick representing conservative views and Nicholas von Hoffman representing liberal views on a different topic each week. Beginning in 1978 and stretching all the way to 2011, many of the shows ended with “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” who often ranted about a variety of topics but usually with a comical tone.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Jeremy Camp Sings 'Storm' - Video of the Day


Jeremy Camp's music video for "Storm."

This Day in Pop Culture for September 23

"The Jetsons" premiered on his day in 1962.

The Jetsons Fly into Town

ABC’s first TV show to be presented in color was The Jetsons which premiered on this day in 1962. The Sunday night program was created by Hanna-Barbera. The show featured George Jetson, Jane his wife, daughter Judy, and son Elroy living in Orbit City 100 years into the future. The family also owned Astro the dog and Rosie the robot who served as their maid. The original run of the show contained 24 episodes. After the last episode aired on September 22, 1963, the show moved to Saturday mornings where it aired back and forth from CBS to NBC in 1964-1967, 1969-1976, 1979-1981 and 1982-1983. In 1985, brand new episodes (complete with the show’s original voices) were created to mix with the old and were shown in syndication from 1985-1987. In 1990, the space-age family made it to the big screen for Jetsons: The Movie. In 2015, it was announced that Warner Bros. had planned for a new Jetsons feature film and as of May 25, 2017, it was announced that Conrad Vernon would be directing the movie. In 2017, Hanna-Barbera/Warner Bros. created the home video movie, The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! Featuring the likenesses and voice talents of a variety of WWE members. And most recently, in August of 2017, ABC ordered a pilot for a live-action version of the show to be written.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Muppets Greatest Spoofs and Parodies

On July 10, 2010, Sesame Street posted a video on YouTube featuring Cookie Monster called, “Share it Maybe” which  is obviously a spoof of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song, “Call Me Maybe.” Since then, the video has had over 21,752,300 views! The great thing about this is that a large percentage of the viewers are adults.

This isn’t the first time Sesame Street or the Muppets have made headline with viral videos. In case you have missed them, here are ten more of the best spoofs of recent years. Enjoy!

In June of this year, the show did a spoof of Orange is the New Black:

Beatrix Potter Fans Look Away - Video of the Day


I don't know about this new version of Peter Rabbit. I doubt that Beatrix Potter would be a fan. Although I do like that last scene with the deer.

This Day in Pop Culture for September 22

The first Farm Aid concert was held on September 22, 1985.

The First Farm Aid Concert is Performed

Blame Bob Dylan for Farm Aid. During his appearance at the Live Aid event during the summer of 1985, He said, "I hope that some of the money...maybe they can just take a little bit of it, or two million, maybe...and use it, say, to pay the mortgages on some of the farms and, the farmers here, owe to the banks." Many were upset by Dylan’s remarks as Live Aid was a fundraiser African famine relief, but the sentiment seemed to resonate with others and so on this day in 1985, the first Farm Aid concert was held that featured Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Sammy Hagar, Lou Reed and others. Since that day, Farm Aid has raised over $33 million to support "good food from family farms."

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Redemptive ‘Shot’ Starts Off with a Bang and Then Misfires

Noah Wyle in "Shot."
Noah Wyle gets "Shot" in new film. (AC Transformative Media)


Produced and directed Jeremy Kagan from a script written by William Lamborn and Anneke Campbell, Shot has been a labor of love for many involved in the project including star Noah Wyle, who also served as an executive producer of the film. He must have learned a few things during his days on NBC’s E.R., because his performance is something else. Though uneven, the film is very engrossing when it isn’t preaching about gun control. The premise and some of the techniques in the film are clever and the story grabs you right from the beginning, but after the first two-thirds, the story begins to stumble.

Shot is basically two stories merged into one. Wyle plays Mark, a workaholic movie editor who struggles with signing divorce papers from his wife, Phoebe (Sharon Leal). Miguel (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.) is a bullied teen. The two inadvertently cross paths when Miguel’s cousin convinces him to carry a gun to school to scare off his bullies. While inspecting the gun, it fires off a bullet into the chest of Mark who falls to the ground in shock. From there, the story is told in “real time” with a split screen showing Mark’s journey to the hospital while Miguel is running trying to figure out what to do.

Talk About 'Downsizing' - Video of the Day


Movie trailer for Downsizing.