Saturday, May 27, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for May 27

"The Three Little Pigs" was released on May 27, 1933.

Walt Disney's 'The Three Little Pigs' is Released


Walt Disney’s classic Silly Symphony short, The Three Little Pigs, was released on this day in 1933. Created with a cost of $22,000, the film made $250,000. The short won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The song, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf,” written by Frank Churchill was a huge hit and was often used as an anthem against the Great Depression and as a statement against Adolf Hitler. The names of the characters are Fiddler Pig, Fifer Pig, Practical Pig and Zeke Midas Wolf.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dad Picks Up Son From School in the Most Epic Way - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

You may have already seen the stunt pulled by Jack Beadles's dad (who is a pastor by the way) on his last day of school but if not, enjoy. Also, below that is an interview with the family describing what this was all about. At least the guy is in shape!



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John Wayne was born on May 26, 1907.

John Wayne is Born

On this day in 1907, Marion Michael Morrison, better known as the western actor John Wayne, was born. Wayne hadn’t always wanted to be an actor. He wanted to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, but he was rejected. However, he did accept a full scholarship to play football for the University of Southern California. During the summer of 1926, one of Wayne’s football coaches found him a job working as an assistant prop man for director John Ford.  Ford took a liking to him and started him out as an extra here and there and eventually gave Wayne a starring role in The Big Trail in 1930. The film did poorly and it wasn’t until 1939 that Wayne got another chance to star in a movie. This time it was Stagecoach, which did so well, that Wayne didn’t have any trouble getting new roles for some time. It is said that audiences got tired of Wayne by the late 1960’s (he did tend to play the same role over and over again) but surprised people when he played the “bad guy” in True Grit in 1969 and won an Oscar for his efforts. His last film was The Shootest which came out in 1976. He died three years later of cancer. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

FOX Attempts to Revive ‘Love Connection’

FOX's new revival of "Love Connection"
Love Connection is hosted by Andy Coehn. (Michael Becker/FOX)

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Depending on so many factors, FOX’s new attempt to resurrect the old Chuck Woolery syndicated game show, Love Connection, could be hit or an epic failure. The original was already pretty racy, but the new show is being executive-produced by Mike Fleiss known for ABC’s popular (but I still don’t know why) The Bachelor and is said to tweaked for “today’s digital dating audiences.”

The new hour-long show is being hosted by Andy Cohen and will feature single men and women in search of romance. They’ll tell Cohen exactly what they're looking for in a partner and why they've found it so hard to meet Mr. or Mrs. Right. After viewing short video introductions of the three people with whom the single has gone on blind dates, the studio audience will vote on which of the three they think is the best match.

FOX's new revival of "Love Connection"
(Michael Becker/FOX)
As the singles talk through each of the three dates, Cohen will egg them on with his “personal brand of audacious fun” prodding them to divulge even more information. Unlike the original show, where each couple who go on a single date to a restaurant and/or activity, here, each single will have the opportunity to choose one date to take on an overnight getaway. Also, if he/she chooses the same person whom the audience did, then they will be given $10,000 in addition. If the audience chose someone different, then the single will have to decide whether to give up the money and go on the overnight date with his/her original choice or ditch that choice, take the money and head off with the audience pick, in hopes of making a “love connection.”

The whole thing sounds sort of convoluted and will probably inspire contestants hoping to make some money and going on a trip more than those actually looking for love, but we’ll have to see. Love Connection premieres tonight and continues each Thursday at 9:00 p.m. on FOX.

'We All Bleed the Same' - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Lyric video for Mandisa's song, "Bleed the Same" with TobyMac and Kirk Franklin.

Can You Beat Shazam?

Beat Shazam TV game show
Beat Shazam premieres on FOX tonight. (Michael Becker/FOX)

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Jamie Foxx is back on FOX for the summer beginning tonight for a whole new game show, Beat Shazam. FOX describes the program as a “interactive game show that pits teams of two against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the most money banked will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the world’s most popular song identification app, for the chance to win a million dollars.” The show is sort of a Name That Tune with the best contestants playing against a machine.

Jamie Foxx and Mariah Carey (FOX)
If you are unfamiliar with Shazam, it works something like this. Say, you are at the mall and you hear a catchy tune playing in your favorite shop and you want to know what it is. You simply use Shazam, a music identification app, and … SHAZAM! You’ll get the name and who (most likely) is singing that version of the song. The app has been downloaded more than 1 billion times, and has exceeded 30 billion total Shazams since its launch, while users Shazam more than 20 million times each day. And the new show is bound to serve as an hour-long commercial for the app every week, but we’ll see. Since one of the show’s producers is Mark Burnett (who created Survivor and The Amazing Race reality competition shows), it will hopefully be a fun ride.

During each episode of the series, the teams will go ear-to-ear for the chance to Beat Shazam. In each round, Foxx will present a choice of two music categories, ranging from “’80s Favorites” to “Beyoncé Hits.” Teams will hear a song and try to identify its correct title before all the other teams. As the rounds progress, quicker pairs will continue building their banks, while players with the lowest dollar amount will be eliminated until only one team remains. That team will play man-versus-machine and attempt to Beat Shazam.

Tonight's premiere begins at 8:00 p.m. on FOX and features guest star Mariah Carey.

NBC Celebrates Red Nose Day All Night Long

NBC Red Nose Day TV Special
Some of the stars featured during the Red Nose Day Special. (NBC)

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If you walked into a Walgreens store in the last month or so, you already know that Red Nose Day is an annual campaign that uses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty. NBC will be celebrating the occasion for the third year in a row with a night all planned out with specials related to the cause including a Celebrity American Ninja Warrior, a Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Julia Roberts and a Red Nose Day Special hosted by Chris Hardwick. The three shows will be seamlessly tied together in celebration of Red Nose Day, with calls to action to donate through each of the three programs.

“Red Nose Day’s effort to lift children out of poverty is centered around heart and humanity, and we’re excited to create a night of programming that reflects this. said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “We are thrilled to have Chris' wit and compassion championing the evening as our host for The Red Nose Day Special."

Throughout the night viewers will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference for kids in need here in the U.S. and around the world. This is the first time the night of programming for Red Nose Day has included special editions of existing NBC shows. Here is tonight’s schedule:

Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day
Derek Hough (NBC)
Because Dancing with the Stars is for amateurs, American Ninja Warrior offers up an all-star celebrity edition special where nine celebrities will go through the actual course for charity. Hosted as always by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila along with Kristine Leahy, the celebrity ninjas include Stephen Amell from the CW’s Arrow, Erika Christensen from NBC’s Parenthood, Jeff Dey from NBC’s Better Late Than Never, two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, Nikki Glaser from Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, Derek Hough from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and NBC’s World of Dance, Natalie Morales from NBC’s Today, former New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and Mena Suvari from American Woman.

Each celebrity will be advised by favorite "ninjas" including Kevin Bull, Kacy Catanzaro, Drew Drechsel, Natalie Duran, Daniel Gil, Jessie Graff, Grant McCartney, Meagan Martin and Flip Rodriguez.

This Day in Pop Culture for May 25

The movie "Alien" opened in theaters on May 25, 1979.

The Alien Landed

It was on this day in 1979 when Ridley Scott’s original British-American science-fiction horror film, Alien, opened in theaters and we first learned that “in space no one can hear you scream." The film starred Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto who all played members of a spaceship that were each taken down one by one by, well, an alien. Besides scaring audiences silly, the film received high praise from critics and received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, three Saturn Awards for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction for Scott, and Best Supporting Actress for Cartwright,and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. In 2002, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. It was later followed by Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Alien vs. Predator (2004), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) and two prequels: Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017).