Saturday, October 31, 2015
As decent as the Lip Sync Battle television show was, there's nothing like a good, old-fashioned Tonight Show Lip Sync Battle. It just feels right and it is just better. And I've always felt like Justin Timberlake and Ellen DeGeneres would make good additions to the mythology that is the Lip Sync Battle. And sure enough, they did. It was Jimmy Fallon v. Ellen DeGeneres with Justin Timberlake as the judge. And this one, I do actually agree with the ruling. Jimmy was great, but Ellen edged him out. Enjoy it for yourself, though, if you haven't seen it already.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Jesse Pinkman: Supporting character on Breaking Bad portrayed by Aaron Paul.
Justin Timberlake has appeared occasionally on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since it debuted back in February of 2014, but he had only been an official guest on the show once (The 20/20 Tour kept him busy) and that was the fifth episode. That disturbing fact changed, fortunately, last month when Timberlake made his triumphant return to hang out with his best friend. And, of course, to celebrate the two created the sixth installment in their History of Rap series, even starting the episode with it! These two together are like no other duo. You just gotta love it.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Ben Wyatt: Supporting character on Parks and Recreation portrayed by Adam Scott.
Before Stephen Colbert debuted his version of CBS's The Late Show (aptly titled The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Vanity Fair gathered a whole bunch of late night hosts to give him advice. Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, James Corden, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, and Trevor Noah all assembled to give short little soundbites of encouragement for Colbert. You may notice that Jimmy Fallon was not in the video. That's okay. He showed his support by being a part of the very first episode, reciprocating what Colbert did for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. They're friendship goals.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Pam Beesly: Lead character on The Office portrayed by Jenna Fischer.
It's been a rumor for a couple months now, but it was just confirmed last night. Universal Studios Orlando will be getting a new ride to replace the lackluster Twister! attraction. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is coming to the theme park and I must say that this is some of the most exciting news I've heard in my entire life! Originally thought to be a trip through Fallon's mind, it is now confirmed to be a hectic trip throughout New York City complete with plenty of celebrity guests, Fallon-esque fun, and "smoke," as Jimmy declared. He compared it to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which is over at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure, the sister park of the one Fallon's ride will be located. He said that, instead of Harry Potter and Hogwarts, it's him and New York City. I'll be riding it for sure!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Barney Stinson: Supporting character on How I Met Your Mother portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Charlie Kelly: Lead character on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia portrayed by Charlie Day.
article (click on the world article if you want to read it) about Mindy Kaling. An interviewer from the magazine spent some time with Kaling and eventually shaped the article around how Kaling is nowhere close to thinking about what it would be like to be anything less than prolific. Isn't she just the greatest?
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Burton Guster: Lead character on Psych portrayed by Dule Hill.
- Soarin' at EPCOT will receive a new film that will lead the ride into its change to be called Soarin' Over the World. To me, this is the most exciting news because I love Soarin' and I can't wait to see what it's like to travel the world in that capacity. Maybe the ending will be in space. That would be something really special.
- A new restaurant will open at Magic Kingdom's Adventureland called The Skipper Canteen and it will be themed like The Jungle Cruise!
- Finally, an attraction has been announced for Pandora: The World of Avatar over at Animal Kingdom. The ride will be titled Avatar: Flight of Passage and it will place riders on a Banshee that dashes through the land of Pandora in the film's climactic action sequence.
- Similar to Disneyland Paris, Hollywood Studios will now be home to an eleven-acre Toy Story Land. Included in the land will be a family-friendly roller coaster on top of Slinky Dog and a saucer-esque ride that makes the guest feel like one of the squeeze toy aliens as they try to avoid The Claw.
- Finally, what was arguably the biggest news of the whole weekend. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, a fourteen-acre Star Wars Land will be taking a spot in the park over by Star Tours. The two main attractions coming with it will be a customized individual mission to pilot the Millennium Falcon and what has only been described as "an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle." In addition to these, the land will have Star Wars Launch Bay, an introspective look at the seven films, Jedi Academy, where characters can be met, Seasons of the Force, a fireworks show set to John Williams's score, a revamped Star Tours, and a Cantina-themed restaurant. This sounds epic.
It was definitely a good year for the D23 Expo. Even though this blog is ending, I will definitely have to come back with my thoughts on the way Walt Disney World looks once all of this is open. An exciting time!
"Last Sunday at Fenway will be the greatest moment of my life. I can tell you that right now. Your tribute to me, I will never forget. Ever. I've been asked many times over the last six weeks how I would like to be remembered. To be remembered at all is enough for me. Thank you. Orsillo rounding third and heading home." And so were the final words that Don Orsillo uttered as a member of the Boston Red Sox, a part of the NESN broadcasting team. I mean, Boston has always had a feeling that NESN is a shit company and now we know that NESN is a shit company. They didn't show the incredibly moving montage that aired at Fenway on their channel so it had to be shakily found on YouTube. Nothing about the move to fire Orsillio makes any sense, but whatever. It's happened. Now, we just need to celebrate the man who called every Red Sox game I've ever known, the voice behind some of my greatest sports memories, the voice of my athletic childhood. I'm going to miss Orsillio and his in-game intensity that was coupled with his affable sense of humor. There will never be anything like his, "Here comes the pizza!" call. That's just the greatest. I'm going to miss him calling any Sox game I happen to watch. And as Jerry Remy wiped tears away and the Red Sox left the dugout to tip their caps to Orsillo, I'm sure many more were doing the same at home. Thanks, Don.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Norm Peterson: Supporting character on Cheers portrayed by George Wendt.
Additionally, in honor of the time of year when Peanuts specials air again (The Great Pumpkin, Thanksgiving, Christmas) and a new movie on September 6th, it's time to decide who everyone's favorite character of the Peanuts gang is! Check the right sidebar to vote.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Lindsay Weir: Lead character on Freaks and Geeks portrayed by Linda Cardellini.
At this year's FOX upfronts, two former SNL cast members were joyfully reunited by way of the fact that they both have their own comedy shows on the network. Andy Samberg, the star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, was conducting an interview when suddenly his speech was crashed by Will Forte, the start of The Last Man on Earth. What a joy it is to see these two together again!
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Fred Mertz: Supporting character on I Love Lucy portrayed by William Frawley.
One of Disney's most iconic and classic animated films of all-time is The Jungle Book. And now, keeping with their live-action reboot pattern (Maleficent, Cinderella), they have released the trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of The Jungle Book. The trailer is really great. It is visually stunning and the casting all seems like it's going to be perfect. But the best moment of the whole two minutes? Mowgli sitting on Baloo as they float down the river with a bit of whistling to the Bear Necessities. So great. Nostalgia to the max.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Chuck Bartowski: Lead character on Chuck portrayed by Zachary Levi.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
And to begin this list, we look to a very recently created character. So recent that the show actually first debuted in 2013 and it is only in its third season currently! But that's okay because this guy is deserving. I know a lot of the love from fans for characters on Brooklyn Nine-Nine might go to some of the more outwardly funny characters like Gina or Terry, but when I think of this I am reminded of the great thought B.J. Novak once had. That main characters are often times underrated. And this applies to Jake Peralta, the lead on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He is smart, intuitive, endearingly awkward, and just so fun to watch. You just can't help but root for the guy. And Andy Samberg plays him to perfection, emphasizing all of his strengths as an actor.
Jake Peralta: Lead character on Brooklyn Nine-Nine portrayed by Andy Samberg.
Monday, October 19, 2015
50. Nice 'n' Easy by Frank Sinatra
49. Harvest by Neil Young
48. Revolver by The Beatles
47. War by U2
46. Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company
45. Hits of the 50s by Sam Cooke
44. Turtleneck and Chain by The Lonely Island
43. Overexposed by Maroon 5
42. The Muppets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by The Muppets
41. A Night at the Opera by Queen
40. The Best of Schoolhouse Rock! by Schoolhouse Rock
39. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
38. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
37. Hotel California by Eagles
36. Mary Poppins (Original Soundtrack) by Mary Poppins
35. Native by OneRepublic
34. Love by The Beatles and George Martin
33. The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake
32. Aim and Ignite by Fun.
31. Waiting for My Rocket to Come by Jason Mraz
30. V by Maroon 5
29. Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay
28. Never Trust a Happy Song by Grouplove
27. Runaround Sue by Dion
26. Waking Up by OneRepublic
25. Business as Usual by Men at Work
24. Shut Down Volume 2 by The Beach Boys
23. Sherry & 11 Others by The Four Seasons
22. Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers
21. The Everly Brothers by The Everly Brothers
20. Abbey Road by The Beatles
19. Love Is a Four Letter Word by Jason Mraz
18. Christmas by Michael Buble
17. Awesome Mix Vol. 1 by Guardians of the Galaxy
16. I Am by Earth, Wind & Fire
15. Please Please Me by The Beatles
14. Songs for Swingin' Love by Frank Sinatra
13. Hozier by Hozier
12. Mr. A-Z by Jason Mraz
11. Showroom Internationale by Elvis Presley
10. By the Way by Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. The Joshua Tree by U2
8. Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack by The Bee Gees
7. A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay
6. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
5. Cargo by Men at Work
4. Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder
3. We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things by Jason Mraz
2. Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
1. The Stranger by Billy Joel
What a great list, no? Tomorrow, we begin the next countdown. What could it be?!
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Before Lorne Michaels trotted out the Not Ready for Primetime Players in 1975 for Saturday Night Live's iconic debut, he did a series of screen tests with the original cast (Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Laraine Newman) and two others who would later become strongly connected to SNL (Bill Murray and Andy Kaufman). These auditions have recently popped on YouTube so I thought it would be worthwhile to share my favorite with you. The one from Gilda Radner.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
- Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
- The Stranger
- Just the Way You Are
- Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
- Only the Good Die Young
- She's Always a Woman
- Get It Right the First Time
- Everybody Has a Dream
- Piano Man: Live
Although only six of these were released as singles, all of them have grown and flourished to their well-deserved iconic statuses. It's just the perfect album. All of these songs are so beloved and so beautiful and Scenes from an Italian Restaurant is his greatest song and it's just...it's, ugh, it's just so good. It was number two on the Billboard 200 for six consecutive weeks, it is Joel's top-selling album of all-time, and it was number seventy on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums ever made. At the time, it was the highest-selling album ever made, overtaking Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water. This whole album became the basis for Movin' Out, a Broadway play that used Billy's music. The Buffalo News gave it a perfect four out of four star rating. There is an endless amount of praise for The Stranger. But what elevates it to the greatest album ever made is its flawless sound.
The Stranger: 1977 soulful rock album from Billy Joel.
50 Favorite Albums full list, recap, and honorable mentions coming tomorrow!
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Magical Mystery Tour: 1967 psychedelic rock pop album from The Beatles.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things: 2008 alternative soul and pop rock album from Jason Mraz.
PBS recently released a two-part (totaling four hours) documentary as part of their American Experience series with the subject of Walt Disney, arguably the most important pop culture figure of the twentieth century. Ahead of this documentary, PBS released a clip of Richard Sherman, one of Disney's old songwriters, talking about what it was like to work with Walt. It was a very thought-provoking and interesting documentary that I definitely recommend, but this clip is good, too, for those with difficulty in maintaining attention.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Songs in the Key of Life: 1976 soul, funk, and jazz album from Stevie Wonder.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Cargo: 1983 new wave rock album from Men at Work.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Hunky Dory: 1971 folk art rock album from David Bowie.
Friday, October 9, 2015
A Rush of Blood to the Head: 2002 alternative rock album from Coldplay.
Bill Bryson is one of the greatest authors of the modern age and one of his finest literary works is A Walk in the Woods, his memoir of his hike on the Appalachian Trail with his friend, Stephen Katz. And I was very surprised to learn that a movie based on the book was actually being made and released in theaters. Robert Redford plays Bryson and Nick Nolte plays Katz while Nick Offerman and Emma Thompson are present in supporting roles. It didn't get great reviews, but the whole thing was rather peculiar so I had to remark on it. Book was great, though!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack: 1977 disco album from The Bee-Gees.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The Joshua Tree: 1987 rock album from U2.