Friday, July 22, 2016

Debut of “Plan 9 from Outer Space”

The movie bomb, "Plan 9 from Outer Space" was brought to theaters on July 22, 1959.
July 22, 1959
Dubbed “the worst movie ever made” by many critics, Ed Wood’s infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space” was released on this day in 1959. The “thriller” starred Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Maila "Vampira" Nurmi and Bela “Dracula” Lugosi. The plot features alien beings who seek to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. They do this by implementing “Plan 9” and resurrecting dead bodies on earth. Why this would work is never explained. Lugosi actually died before the film was finished. Wood repurposed silent footage of Lugosi in “Tomb of the Vampire” and occasionally had a crew member dress up like the man for other scenes. The film is riddled with mistakes in dialogue, continuity and props, but worse yet, it’s terribly dull.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Brandon Heath is Born

Christian singer Brandon Heath was born on July 21, 1978 and married on May 25, 2014.
July 21, 1978
It was on this day that Brandon Heath was born in 1978. The contemporary Christian singer and musician’s first album, Early Stuff, was released in 2004. Since then, Heath has produced five other albums which help nominate him for a few Grammys and winning a few Dove Awards.  In 2008, Heath spent time as the worship pastor at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in Texas for about a year, but later moved back to Nashville. Perhaps his most popular song is "I'm Not Who I Was" which became a #1 single that stayed on top of Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart for several weeks. The song speaks about how he learned to forgive a certain person in his life, but for many years, it remained a mystery on who that was. More recently, Heath disclosed to audiences that the song was a dedication to this step mother. In May 25, 2014, he was married. Sorry girls.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Who in the World is Micah Tyler? - Video of the Day

This is so much fun. Fair Trade Services have created an announcement video for their newest artist, Micah Tyler. Who is Micah Tyler? Well, he's a Texas native, was a youth pastor for almost 10 years and drove a sausage truck to support his family after he stepped out to do music full time.

Still don't know who he is? Perhaps you've seen this next video that has about 50 million views so far.

Anyway, you'll be hearing a lot more of him soon. Stay tuned.

'Surf City' Becomes First Surf Song to Reach #1

Jan and Dean's "Surf City" becomes #1July 20, 1963
'Surf City' Becomes First Surf Song to Reach #1
The story goes like this: Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, better known together as Jan and Dean, were at a party with fellow surfer, Brian Wilson where Wilson played for them his new song, "Surfin' U.S.A." The duo suggested that they all record the song, but Wilson said no, since he had intended it to for The Beach Boys. However, he also shared with them Surf City and suggested that Jan and Dean record that instead since he himself had lost interest in the song. Berry and Torrence added to the lyrics, recorded the song, released it in May of '63 and on this day, it became the first "surf" song to make it to #1 on national record charts. While Wilson's father, who was the manager of The Beach Boys, was upset that Brian "wasted" a song that should have been The Beach Boys, Wilson said that he was happy that another group had a hit song and that he was a part of it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New 'Ben Hur' Music Video Released - Video of the Day

Paramount Pictures has released a new music video for "Ceasefire" by For King & Country from the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur coming to theaters on August 19th.

'My Sister Sam' Actress is Murdered

Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer was murdered on July 19, 1989 by a stalker.
July 19, 1989
Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer was just 22 when she was shot and killed on this day in 1989 by Robert John Bardo. Schaeffer was an up-and-coming actress making her big break with the sitcom, My Sister Sam who she starred with Pam Dawber (Mork and Mindy). In 1987 Bardo traveled to twice to L. A. in hopes of meeting Schaeffer in person on the TV show set, but the security team ushered him out. In 1989, Bardo hired a detective to locate Schaeffer’s home address through the DMV and got it. He then went to Schaeffer’s home and when she didn’t give him what he wanted, he shot and killed her. Shortly after her death, Dawber and other former co-stars reunited to film a public service announcement for the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence in Schaeffer's honor. Because of this event, the Driver's Privacy Protection Act was enacted in 1994, which prevents the DMV from releasing private addresses.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tim Conway as the Vacuum Cleaner Salesman from Hell - Video of the Day

Another classic from The Carol Burnett Show.