Sunday, June 25, 2017

The New 'DuckTales' TV Series Opening - Video of the Day


For those wondering if Disney is ruining your childhood, here is a sneak peek at the new DuckTales animated series. (Personally, I think it looks better the original...)

This Day in Pop Culture for June 25

The comic strip "Krazy Kat" was published for the last time on June 25, 1944.

Last Krazy Kat Comic to Appear in Newspapers

Though far from the fame of Peanuts, Archie or even Garfield, Krazy Kat was a popular comic strip in its' own right. However, many people are unaware that the strip ever existed. Created by George Herriman in 1913, Krazy Kat was a spin-off of Herriman’s earlier comic, The Dingbat Family. The strip never completely identified Krazy Kat as a male or female, (it was referred to as both “he” and “she”) and the feline received its name from a mouse that referred to it as a “Krazy Kat.” The strip focused on three characters, Kat, Ignatz Mouse and Offissa Bull Pupp. Kat had a crush on the mouse but Ignatz would rather through bricks at it. Offissa Pup would try to keep law and order by condemning the throwing of bricks. Pretty simple stuff and yet the strip was hailed by many as an example of “serious” art. The comic printed its last strip on this day in 1944 – two months after Herriman had passed away.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

How Disneyland Got Started - Video of the Day


A short video on the how Disneyland Park got started on how Walt Disney was able to convey his idea in map form. (By Fastpass Facts)

This Day in Pop Culture for June 24

"The Lion King" premiered in theaters on June 24, 1994.'The Lion King' Roars Into Theaters

Walt Disney Picture’s 32nd animated feature, The Lion King, premiered on this day in 1994. Though an original story, The Lion King was heavily influenced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Music for the film was written by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer wrote the film’s score. The story of young Simba who “can’t wait to be king” is given the privilege earlier than expected when his father, Mufasa dies at the hand of his bitter brother, Scar. Though a mature storyline and somewhat darker than Disney’s usual fare, the film was a huge hit becoming the highest-grossing release of 1994. The film won two Academy Awards and one Golden Globe. Since its release, two direct-to-video sequels were created, a Broadway adaptation of the film was produced and a two TV shows (Timon and Pumbaa and The Lion Guard) have been made for children.

Friday, June 23, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for June 23

Logan's Run premiered in theaters on June 22, 1976.

Logan Starts Running

Based on William F. Nolan’s book of the same name, the dystopian sci-fi flick, Logan’s Run, premiered on this day in 1976. In this universe, the population is controlled by killing off citizens when they reach the ripe old age of 30, hence, the reason why Logan is running. The movie starred Michael York, Jenny Agutter and Farrah Fawcett, who MGM promoted heavily even though she only had a bit part in the film. Logan’s Run was nominated for two Academy Awards and won for a special award for its visual effects. The movie also won six Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film. The following year, a short-lived TV show based on the movie aired on CBS.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

'The Hero' is a Sad Tale with a Great Voice

Movie Review for "The Hero."
Laura Prepon and Sam Elliott in The Hero (Northern Lights Films)


There’s very little comedy in the comedy/drama, The Hero, starring Sam Elliott. The funniest scene in the whole movie happens in the first two minutes of the film where an aging actor is rehearsing a voice-over for a barbecue sauce commercial. Of course he nails it on the first try but the sound engineer asks him to read the line a couple of times more and each time they sound exactly the same. (How can anyone ask Elliott to do something different?) From there, the story goes downhill. Yes, the movie is well-acted and a lot of people are going to love this film. Just not me.

Elliott plays Lee Hayden, a Western TV and movie star who feels as if life has passed him by. It doesn’t help that he can’t seem to rustle up any new work or that his health is failing due to cancer. We learn pretty quickly that he was once married to a good woman and has an adult daughter that he should be proud of. But like so many of these types of movies, he of course screwed up those relationships long ago. His only real friend is his former co-star Jeremy (Nick Offerman) who now serves as his drug dealer. It is through this friendship that he meets stand-up comic (and fellow drug consumer) Charlotte (Orange is the New Black’s Laura Prepon) who just so happens to like older men. The two hit it off for some strange reason. He invites her to a gala honoring the actor with a lifetime achievement award. She accepts, gives him a special pill for the occasion and he wakes up the next day not remembering much of anything, but he gave one heck of a speech that has the internet buzzing.

Danny Gokey Sings 'If You Ain't In It' - Video of the Day


Danny Gokey's video for "If You Ain't In It." Good stuff.

This Day in Pop Culture for June 22

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" premiered in theaters on June 22, 1966.

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Premieres

Adapted from Edward Albee’s novel of the same name, the movie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, premiered on this day in 1966. Directed by Mike Nichols, the film starred Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis. The film was one of only two movies nominated for every eligible Academy Award categories (the other film was Cimarron). The black comedy/drama won five Oscars including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2013.