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Friday, October 31, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 80

It's undoubtedly an eighties movie, but it goes all throughout time. So how do we know what kind of movie it truly is? 2015 is coming up soon and that is the year where he goes, so that'll be interesting. Finally, a moment without photoshop. But more about the movie, it's obviously great. It's a classic. One of the best. Iconic, even. You could just tell that all the movie executives were like, "You know that new movie idea you were lookin' for? Well, listen to this!"

Science-fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, and Thomas F. Wilson.

Tune in Monday for number seventy-nine!

Happy Halloween 2014!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Be sure to enjoy the holiday responsibly crazily! Eh, you know what you're doing. Just don't get your hopes up about The Great Pumpkin.

Roll Call

This is definitely one of my favorite bits from Late Night with Seth Meyers so far. Seth takes roll call of different people in the audience, but they like to go by different names. There is an enormously hilarious twist. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 81

One of the most surprisingly successful comedies movies ever made. Whoever thought a reboot of an old eighties cop show with Johnny Depp could serve as a successful series of films starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum? Not many did. Personally, I prefer 21 Jump Street to 22 Jump Street because, while both were funny, I just found the latter more cliche-y. If that makes sense. Both are good, though.

Action comedy directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and written by Michael Bacall in 2012.

Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Dave Franco, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Johnny Depp, and Peter DeLuise.

Tune in tomorrow for number eighty!

Good People

Sometimes you see a really funny picture on Pinterest of someone doing something awesome/sweet/hilarious (any one of the adjectives work). But fortunately for us, not only do we have Pinterest in our lives, but we also have Buzzfeed. And Buzzfeed has compiled pictures of thirty-two people you wish you could be friends with. Each and every one is quality. I highly recommend (no pun intended) this list.

This Week's Entertainment by David

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 82

How good is this movie? Some consider it the best Disney has ever made and for good reason. Sure, it is just a retelling of Hamlet, but how does that take away from the greatness and opaque originality of it? Goosebumps can be evoked just from looking at the poster. It really is a highly quality Disney film and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some highly quality songs from it, including Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Be Prepared, Circle of Life, and Hakuna Matata. Are you achin'? Yup, yup, yup. For some bacon? Yup, yup, yup.

Animated musical directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff and written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton in 1994.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Robert Guillaume, and Rowan Atkinson.

Tune in tomorrow for number eighty-one!

Get Well, Dustin Pedroia!

The leader of the Boston Red Sox's season was cut short this year when he had surgery on his left wrist back in September. Dustin Pedroia was having an okay year, but not his best. He was batting .278 with seven home runs and fifty-three RBIs. It's for the best, though, because the surgery hopefully will correct the problem and give him plenty of time to rest and recuperate in time for the 2015 campaign! He will always be a top notch player.

R.I.P. Richard Kiel

Richard Kiel, famous for playing the James Bond villain, Jaws, and the hitman in Silver Streak, died on September 10th. He was seventy-four years old and died in the hospital after breaking his leg a week prior. I knew him best as Happy's old boss, Mr. Larson, in the movie, Happy Gilmore.

"That's three thus far, Shooter."
"Oh good, you can count."
"And you can count on me waiting for you in the parking lot!"

He was a great bit player in that movie, serving as a huge source of fear for Shooter McGavin and a source of encouragement for Happy Gilmore. After all, he was seven feet, two inches tall. He has quite the legacy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 83

I'm really not that big a fan of horror movies, but Jaws isn't really a horror movie at all. Sure, there's fear and terror and "Ah, I don't want to swim in the ocean ever again," but there's also real, genuine plot with good characters and really a terrific script. Maybe it'd be better to say it's just not a conventional horror movie. But I like it.

Thriller drama directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb in 1975.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gray, and Murray Hamilton.

Tune in tomorrow for number eighty-two!

Songs of Innocence

U2 has been making many headlines recently with the release of their new album (!!!), Songs of Innocence. The album was made available for free on iTunes before Apple eventually decided to simply put it in everyone's iPod anyway. Now, this has angered some people who feel that Bono, Edge, and the crew were already pretentious enough, but that doesn't mean the music was bad. The songs were actually pretty decent. Sure, they were average U2 songs. Heartfelt, emotional, sweet, anthem-y, but still. Some of my favorites were Volcano, Song for Someone, Cedarwood Road, Sleep Like a Baby Tonight, and, the album's single, The Miracle (of Joey Ramone). I do recommend it!

Dr. Cox Is the Mentor the World Needs

Buzzfeed gets it. They really do. They know which television shows are the ones worth making lists for and one from the ninth of September is really quite marvelous. Doctor Perry Cox is one of the best characters in the history of television, and there are twenty-one reasons why he is the mentor we all need. He would say he's not the mentor we deserve, though. C'est la vie. Enjoy it all here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 84

Ah, Moneyball. An amazing, Best Picture-nominated movie about baseball that's not actually about baseball. It's about math and statistics and faith and the such and "Yayyy! If we believe we can win, we can! Go sports and inspirational speeches!" Which is surprising to me, because I do not like math and I am not good at it. But that definitely does not take away from the film's quality whatsoever. Plus, it solidified Jonah Hill as a dramatic actor, as well as a comedic one. No harm there, that's for sure.

Sports drama directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin in 2011.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt, Robin Wright, Kerris Dorsey, Jack McGee, and Casey Bond.

Tune in tomorrow for number eighty-three!

23 Jump Street Is Apparently a Thing

22 Jump Street ended with Ice Cube telling Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, "You two sons of bitches are going to medical school," a la 21 Jump Street and then it proceeded to parody itself by teasing over twenty sequels to the series. 23 Jump Street was Medical School. The sequels go all the way to 2121 Jump Street and include such subtitles as Ninja Academy, Traffic School, and A Semester at Sea. In one, Seth Rogen appears in Jonah's role and then Jonah subsequently returns and says, "Yeah, I'm up for another mission, what contract dispute?" It was pretty funny and seemed to confirm that instead of opting for the trilogy, they were going to leave it at 21 Jump Street (which was surprisingly successful in itself) and 22 Jump Street. However, Deadline has reported that Jonah and Channing are returning to make a third film, 23 Jump Street (which was also teased when a housing development was in construction across the street that said, "23 Jump Street: Coming Soon)! Rodney Rothman has been hired to write the script with Neal Moritz, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller returning to production. No other details have been announced, but I'm on board!

This Week's Sports by Davids

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Another Installment of Classroom Instruments

One of my favorite recurring segments on The Tonight Show is Classroom Instruments. So far on the new show, we've gotten two. The first was Let It Go with Idina Menzel. Now, Jimmy and The Roots went to the music room with Meaghan Trainor to perform All About That Bass. As expected, it is done very well! It sounds great. I love this bit.

The Art of McCartney

Is this already 2014's best album or what? In a year of great music that includes new albums from Jason Mraz, Coldplay, Maroon 5, U2, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and, yes, Seth MacFarlane, this album might stand above the rest. The Art of McCartney, a tribute album, is slated for release on November 18 and it honors one of the all-time greats Paul McCartney. The soundtrack features Paul McCartney singing some of his best songs from The Beatles, Wings, and his solo career with other iconic musicians. I can't wait to listen! Here are just some of the songs that will be on the album. The full track list is here!

  • Maybe I'm Amazed with Billy Joel
  • Things We Said Today with Bob Dylan
  • My Love with Harry Connick Jr.
  • Yesterday with Willie Nelson
  • When I'm 64 with Barry Gibb
  • Live and Let Die with Billy Joel
  • Let It Be with Chrissie Hynde
  • Hey Jude with Steve Miller
  • Eleanor Rigby with Alice Cooper
Sounds amazing!

Honest NFL Headlines Are Back!

One of my favorite weekly satire pieces has returned for the new NFL season! Honest NFL Headlines make fun of NFL.com the day after Sunday football games. It's always very funny, but only around from September to February. The first from this season features some gems like "Browns season peaks," "Are punters people?" and "Very complex tiebreakers for 1-0 teams." Just so good.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Harry Potter Book Covers!

To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Scholastic has released new covers for all seven of the books in the Harry Potter series! I must say they are very interesting to see because they are new, but I do feel like, while the scenes might be more recognizable, the more frequent use of dragon-esque creatures takes away from the originality a bit. If that makes sense. Nevertheless, I love them!

ROYGBIV in Pixar

Pixar is beautiful. It is a magical company that makes a large amount of flawless movies. Someone has created a video that makes Pixar look even more amazing by separating the color palette of the movies. The video uses the ROYGBIV concept of the rainbow by sorting different scenes by color. It's so aesthetically breathtaking.

Friends in Sims 4

A user of the computer game, The Sims 4, has recreated the world of Friends using only items and people in the Sim-verse. It's pretty impressive. Central Perk, Joey and Chandler's apartment, Monica's apartment. All of these and more were recreated, but so were Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, and Ross. It's really well done! More photos can be found here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 85

This one is a movie that I had not seen until very recently. It was always one of those oversights, like, "Why have I not seen this movie?" Once I read that it was named the greatest science-fiction movie of all-time by Rotten Tomatoes, it pushed it over the edge. E.T. was a must-watch. It was even a must-enjoy. If I didn't like it, people would undoubtedly say, "How can you not like E.T.?" Fortunately, I did like it.

Science-fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison in 1982.

Starring: Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, C. Thomas Howell, and Pat Welsh.

Tune in Monday for number eighty-four!

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Marry!

Recently, with very little fanfare and hubbub, Neil Patrick Harris married his longtime partner, David Burtka, in Italy. It really came out of nowhere, with NPH's above tweet as the first acknowledgement of the news. Congrats to the both! They're the best.

Duck Tales. Literally.

The famous Duck Tales television show has a famous Duck Tales theme song. Fortunately, because the world is just really an amazing place, someone has recreated the Duck Tales theme song. With actual ducks. It's spe-quack-ular! I'm sorry. I'll see myself out. But you can check out the original Duck Tales theme song and see how it compares below!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 86

A sports comedy about golf with an all-star cast? Sign me up! I fully expected to enjoy this movie when I saw it and, unsurprisingly, I did. The ongoing story lines are just truly marvelous, but the adventures of Bill Murray just might top the whole thing. It's a great example of a quintessential comedy and undoubtedly deserving of the eighty-sixth spot.

Sports comedy directed by Harold Ramis and written by Douglas Kenney, Harold Ramis, and Brian Doyle-Murray in 1980.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Bill Murray, and Sarah Holcomb.

Tune in tomorrow for number eighty-five!

Parks and Recreation: Make-A-Wish

This is one of the few times I remember seeing a Make-A-Wish Foundation wish come true without it being a publicized athlete. This time, Joshua Ritter was flown to Los Angeles where he spent the day on the set of Parks and Recreation with Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, and others. The Hollywood Reporter has the full story, but there were some interesting highlights I found worth sharing.
  • Joshua performed a rap he wrote based on Amy Poehler's Sarah Palin rap from SNL and Poehler liked it so much, she recorded it on her phone.
  • Aziz came in to the set even though it was his day off.
  • Joshua raised over one hundred thousand dollars for the St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Pretty cool! They're such a down-to-earth cast, it seems.

This Week's Entertainment by David

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 87

The quintessential Alfred Hitchcock movie. Suspenseful, riveting, innovative, James Stewart. This movie has been parodied time and again (ahem, Castle), but every single representation only evokes the same feeling of amazement that this movie provides. A true masterpiece of its time and in future cinematic relations.

Suspense mystery directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes in 1954.

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, and Judith Evelyn.

Tune in tomorrow for number eighty-six!

Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane Draw Each Other

For the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane were interviewed together. They also took the time to draw each other. Seth proclaimed Matt as the Mayor of Television, while Matt apologized for his rendition for Seth. Even more with these two can be found at Entertainment Weekly's website!

Ohio State Marching Band to the Next Level

The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band recently performed at the halftime of a recent game and the show was a marvelous one. So much coordination, music, and placement created this tribute to television. Many references are included in the performance, like Bart Simpson riding a skateboard, The Addams Family theme song, and the Batmobile. Pretty amazingly done!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 88

It's a slow movie and it's a long movie. It's the kind of movie you need to appreciate, but you also need to be able to appreciate it. It's simple, really. A basic premise with a much deeper content. The characters are strong and compelling and the story is framed exceptionally well. Most consider it the best ever, so I'm sorry it's at eighty-eight for all you New York Times critics out there, but hey. Six years ago, I would have been too young to include it at all. Progress.

Romantic drama directed by Michael Curtiz and written by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard E. Koch, and Casey Robinson in 1942.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, and Peter Lorre.

Tune in tomorrow for number eighty-seven!

If Andy Dwyer Quotes Were Motivational Posters

Buzzfeed has done it again. Their latest great recurring post is turning sitcom quotes into motivational posters. It started with Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation (with one of my favorites shared above). There are even more at this link (two I recommend have to do with lemons and the country of Peru). It's actually pretty funny and I'm sure we'll see them on Buzzfeed frequently!

Also, check out:

If April Ludgate Quotes Were Motivational Posters
If Nick Miller Quotes Were Motivational Posters
If Ron Swanson Quotes Were Motivational Posters

September 2014 Covers of the Month

This has to get the nod. I almost gave it to the Baltimore/Washington D.C. spread, but this Jeter cover. It's just so poignant.

The first Entertainment Weekly cover of September is the best. Bart and Stewie were one of three Simpsons/Family Guy covers, but they were the most aesthetically pleasing.

Monday, October 20, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 89

Vacation or National Lampoon's Vacation? What should I refer to it as? Ah, who cares? You know what movie I'm talking about. The comedy classic that spawned a franchise. In all of the iconic roles Chevy Chase has ever had (Gerald Ford, Pierce Hawthorne, Fletch, Chevy Chase), this might be the best. And on the trip to Wally World, that's where it all started. Clark. Griswold. (We've seen a lot of Clark here on the blog today.) Tremendously funny.

Comedy directed by Harold Ramis and written by John Hughes, Harold Ramis, and Chevy Chase in 1983.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Randy Quaid, Christie Brinkley, and John Candy.

Tune in tomorrow for number eighty-eight!

A Griswold Cameo

During a recent matchup between the Arkansas State Red Wolves and the Tennessee Volunteers in college football, a famous film character made an appearance. Clark Griswold showed up on the field, but unfortunately the Red Wolves still lost 34-19. Those nineteen points must have come from some kind of a chase. But not a car chase. No Chevys involved in that chase.

So serendipitous!

This Week's Sports by David

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Quest for Season Forty's Best Sketch Begins

Every year, Entertainment Weekly hosts a weekly set of polls to eventually determine the Saturday Night Live season's best host by the end of the year. Jimmy Fallon won the first year's poll, then Justin Timberlake won the next, and most recently, Jimmy won again. I want to do something similar, so I have begun this task. Each weekend when SNL airs a repeat at 11:30, I will post the two best sketches from the episodes that aired prior to the break. If the reader desires, I would hope he would choose the one of the two he prefers. Eventually, in May, we will hold a tournament! Doesn't this sound fun? Without further ado, here are the two best from each most recent episode.

Chris Pratt/Ariana Grande: September 27

Sarah Silverman/Maroon 5: October 4

Bill Hader/Hozier: October 11

Vote for one for each episode if you don't mind, if you please, and if you want to! Thanks!

Kyle Busch Dominates

The only person who even makes me a little bit non-apathetic about NASCAR is Kyle Busch. He's the only driver I ever root for if need be. Recently, he accomplished a feat that is so rare I just had to post about it. On September 5 at the Richmond International Raceway as a part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Kyle Busch started the race in the lead and finished it in the lead. For all two hundred and fifty laps, Busch was in first. That's pretty impressive!

Officer Shaq

Say goodbye to all crime in South Florida. Shaquille O'Neal, the retired seven-foot-one-inch basketball star, has applied to be a reserve police officer for the Doral Police Department. He just has to go through a background check before the title of "cop" is added to his resume that already includes him hosting an NBA show on TNT. Busy man.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

J.D. and Turk: Relationship Goals

Buzzfeed has edited nineteen photos of J.D. and Turk's relationship/bromance on Scrubs to make them look like they came from a Tumblr page called JustJDandTurkThings. It's such a wonderful list of the "nineteen relationship goals as told by J.D. and Turk." Too funny and too good. You can check them all out by clicking on the next word in this sentence needle.

Hullabaloo Steampunk

A crowd-sourced animated film has concluded its fundraising period by exceeding its monetary goal by almost four hundred thousand dollars. It's actually a pretty cool concept that seeks to restore the nearly lost art of classic, 2D animation. It was a good, deserving cause that was promoted primarily by Inside the Magic. Just take a look at the passage:

"Hullabaloo is a 2D (hand-drawn) animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation; and by supporting this project, you get to help save 2D animation from an untimely demise. We want you to join us in making a short film that will showcase the world of Hullabaloo, which we can show to investors to fund a full length 2D feature. 2D animation is a beautiful but dying art form that the animation studios have all but abandoned. But if we can fund this film with your help, we will be able to show investors that people really do want to see a feature length animated steampunk film, allowing us to get the tremendous amount of funding needed to complete Hullabaloo as the full-length feature we believe you want to see.
In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film's two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi."


Guest Stars on The Birthday Boys

IFC's original program, The Birthday Boys (which is executive produced by Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller), has set up a stellar list of guest actors for this season, which debuted on October 17. Tony Hale, Casey Wilson, Jack Black, and Dana Carvey are among the most prominent announcements, but the casting also includes Doris Roberts, Scott Aukerman, Fabio, Clint Howard, Ellie Kemper, Thomas Lennon, and Horatio Sanz. So, yeah, fans of comedy might want to tune into this season if they haven't already.

Friday, October 17, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 90

To finish off the first ten films in the list, we have a Disney classic and one of their best live-action movies of all-time. Mary Poppins, a highly controversial one in the eyes of P.L. Travers, definitely deserves a spot in the list because Travers' opinion was an unpopular, pretentious one. This movie has so many good songs, like Feed the Birds, Chim Chim Chiree, and Let's Go Fly a Kite. Those songs deserve their own spot.

Musical comedy directed by Robert Stevenson and written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi in 1964.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Karen Dotrice, Hermione Baddeley, and Reta Shaw.

Tune in Monday for number eighty-nine!

Billy on the Street's Third Anniversary

September 5, 2014 was the three-year anniversary of Billy on the Street's premiere on Fuse. To celebrate, Funny or Die, the company that helps produce the show, released a montage of Billy's best moments since 2012. There's just so much hilarity here.

First New Show Cancelled?

The most recent poll from this blog has concluded and it does not come off as favorable toward four shows. I asked which new fall show will be the first cancelled and four different shows received four different votes. Bad Judge, A to Z, Mulaney, and Selfie were each predicted to be cancelled first. Hopefully, it's Bad Judge because, just...ugh.

What new poll should come next?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 91

One of the great ensemble comedies of our time is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. This was one of Will Ferrell's first movies after departing Saturday Night Live and it just further proved how great he is at creating amazing characters surrounded by potentially-funnier people, but overall, they are involved in hilarious scenarios. That's why this film is so great - and so quotable.

Comedy directed by Adam McKay and written by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell in 2004.

Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Chris Parnell, Fred Armisen, Kathryn Hahn, Fred Willard, and Vince Vaughn.

Tune in tomorrow for number ninety!

Werner Herzog on Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation casting news continues to develop. For the final season, we already know Rachel Dratch will appear in at least one episode, but now we have another guy! Director Werner Herzog (who also made an appearance on Wilfred) will make a cameo on Parks and Rec as a man who wanders through the town, focusing on nature while distracting himself from death. Could be interesting! He's a neat guy.

This Week's Entertainment by David

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 92

It's really a pointless movie where nothing really happens except some potentially intentional racism and a scene for all of the John Hughes montages, but it's good for some easy entertainment. You don't really have to do much, you probably don't even have to be in the room, but hey. It's not a bad movie!

Coming-of-age comedy directed and written by John Hughes in 1984.

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Justin Henry, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Gedde Watanabe, Paul Dooley, and Carlin Glynn.

Tune in tomorrow for number ninety-one!

Predicting the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Superhero movies have been all the rage lately. Rumors are abound about who will play Doctor Strange and if Spider-Man is going to join up with Marvel Studios. We've also seen DC's announcement of their next ten films (which I will get to later) and Marvel's casting of Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America 3. Above all this, though, is the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has reinvented movies and allowed for all of the aforementioned rumors and news to even occur. The future of the MCU is a bit cloudy right now, but there have been many hints lately that it is going to be clarified really soon. And I wouldn't be surprised if they did announce their entire slew of films just to top DC. If there's one thing Marvel isn't, though, it's rushed. They don't rush their work. That's apparent in the fact that they have planned all of their movies up to 2028. I wanted to give my thoughts on the future of the MCU and maybe my predictions will be correct! Maybe they won't be, but it's fun to guess. (First, though, I'll start with television. Also, anything in italics is a prediction.)

September 24, 2013: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on ABC.
September 23, 2014: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for a second season on ABC.
January 2015: Agent Carter premieres on ABC.
May 2015: Daredevil premieres on Netflix.
September 2015: Iron Fist premieres on Netflix.
March 2016: AKA Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix.
May 2016: Luke Cage premieres on Netflix.
December 2016: The Defenders premieres on Netflix.
December 2017: Spider-Man premieres on Netflix.
May 2024: The Inhumans premieres on ABC.

Phase One
May 2, 2008: Iron Man is released.
June 13, 2008: The Incredible Hulk is released.
May 7, 2010: Iron Man 2 is released.
May 6, 2011: Thor is released.
July 22, 2011: Captain America: The First Avenger is released.
May 4, 2012: The Avengers is released.
Phase Two
May 3, 2013: Iron Man 3 is released.
November 8, 2013: Thor: The Dark World is released.
April 4, 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released.
August 1, 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy is released.
May 1, 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron is released.
Phase Three
July 17, 2015: Ant-Man is released.
May 6, 2016: Captain America: The Fallen Son is released.
July 8, 2016: Doctor Strange is released.
May 5, 2017: Miss Marvel is released.
July 28, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is released.
November 3, 2017: Thor 3: The Savior of Asgard is released.
May 4, 2018: Avengers: Civil War is released.
July 6, 2018: Black Panther is released.
November 2, 2018: Doctor Strange 2 is released.
May 3, 2019: The Infinity Gauntlet is released.
Phase Four
July 2019: Ant-Man 2 is released.
November 2019: Captain America 4 is released.
May 2020: Captain Marvel is released.
July 2020: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is released.
November 2020: The Inhumans is released.
May 2021: The Incredible Hulk 2 is released.
July 2021: Spider-Man is released.
November 2021: HYDRA is released.
May 2022: The New Avengers is released.
July 2022: Black Panther 2 is released.
November 2022: Black Widow is released.
May 2023: Blade is released.
July 2023: Doctor Strange 3 is released.
November 2023: Mockingbird is released.
May 2024: Heralds of Galactus is released.
Phase Five
July 2024: Planet Hulk is released.
November 2024: Nick Fury is released.
May 2025: Ant-Man 3 is released.
July 2025: Rocket Raccoon is released.
November 2025: Captain Marvel 2 is released.
May 2026: Black Widow 2 is released.
July 2026: Spider-Man 2 is released.
November 2026: Emma Frost is released.
May 2027: The Avengers 5 is released.
July 2027: Juggernaut is released.
November 2027: Black Panther 3 is released.
May 2028: The Defenders is released.
July 2028: Blade 2 is released.
November 2028: The Time Gem is released.

Okay, now, I know I sound like a crazy person right now and I probably am. How dare I predict what thirty-five movies might be over the course of the next fourteen years? But that's the thing. It's pure conjecture. I have no inside knowledge, just the smallest inkling anyone could ever have. Here's my rationale. We already know how Phase Two will end and we know the next phases are going to be super long. As for television, the only things I guessed on were the release dates of The Defenders series besides Spider-Man and The Inhumans. My thought is that Spider-Man will be re-acquired by Marvel and The Inhumans will go to television because there are too many team-up movies in the film universe.

As for the movies, I'm insane to predict all that, we know. But I can defend it rationally. In Avengers 2, no one will die, Ultron will simply be quelled. The surprise will be the death of no one. Crazy, right? I think with Tony Stark in Captain America 3, the Civil War story line will come into play, albeit altered for the big screen. Miss Marvel, I believe, will be introduced slightly in Avengers 2 and she will get her own movie before Guardians 2. Then, in Thor 3, the Asgard story will be wrapped up. Then, Avengers 3 is not going to be split, but a bigger team-up will come down the line. In The Civil War film, that story will climax just as Thanos shows up. Spider-Man is on Netflix by now and he, Bucky Barnes, and Tony Stark will put aside their differences to fight the common enemy. After that, Black Panther is set long before the original Iron Man. Then, Doctor Strange 2 features the resurrection of Steve Rogers who died in Cap 3. This culminates in The Infinity Gauntlet with Thanos having acquired all of the Infinity Stones. The Guardians, the Defenders, the Avengers, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Miss Marvel, Black Panther, Falcon (War Machine has died), The Winter Soldier, Spider-Man, and oh, what the hell, Howard the Duck team up to take down Thanos.

Now, we're in Phase Four. Ant-Man returns, Steve and Bucky resolve their ongoing story, Miss Marvel becomes Captain Marvel, and the Guardians is back. But not all is well. Thor died in The Infinity Gauntlet. So did Drax the Destroyer, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Daredevil, Gamora, Howard the Duck, Iron Fist, and perhaps biggest of all, Bruce Banner, the Hulk. So things have gone awry, you might say. The Guardians are depleted, but they add Cosmo and Angela. The Inhumans comes out to pick up the slack, and in Hulk 2, we are introduced to David Banner. David Banner is a much more irrational, out-of-control-of-his-anger version of Hulk. Tony Stark appears in this movie and by the end is named the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Eventually, Banner freaks out and leaves Earth. Then, we get a Spider-Man movie, the one we've dreamed of since Tobey Maguire, but then a HYRDA movie? Well, throughout all of this, a new team has been recruited. And this new team gets rid of HYRDA once and for all. Then we get a few more movies, including one for Mockingbird, and the introduction of Blade. The phase ends with the Heralds of Galactus, which is far different from the comics. Galactus is much more powerful than Thanos was and he has brought together the worst of the worst including the resurrection of Ultron, Red Skull, Loki, and more.

And we enter the fifth phase. We see what's going on with Hulk and eventually, his empire collapses and David Banner is given a reality check. We get a Nick Fury movie that sees him die and Ant-Man 3 sees Tony Stark beginning to assemble an even bigger team of Avengers. A few more movies take place with the introduction of Emma Frost and Juggernaut. In the fifth Avengers movie, it's a bit different from the norm as we see The Avengers just coming together. They fight a far inferior villain and just become a unit. A couple more movies before we culminate in The Time Gem, the most important of all the Infinity Stones. Galactus has come to a head and the ultimate team-up happens, including one last moment of Stark in the suit. Steve Rogers comes out of retirement, too. It's a huge team-up. Really huge. Eventually, the mega-Avengers defeat Galactus' evil version of the Avengers, but not before major players die. Ant-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Star-Lord, David Banner, Rocket Raccoon, Spider-Man. Not many make it out alive. One who does notably survive is Doctor Strange. The whole endeavor ends, twenty years after Iron Man, with Doctor Strange undoing everything. The ultimate reboot.

Sounds bad-ass, right? Probably won't happen, that's just my thought. Plus, Avengers 2 hasn't even come out yet, how can I be talking about Avengers 9? It's futile and we should just enjoy the journey. And we will. (Also, Jon Hamm for Doctor Strange please!)

Amazing Musical Impressions

Adam Levine recently appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy challenged him to a game called, The Wheel of Musical Impressions. Once it is spun, the performer has to sing a certain song in the voice of the singer provided. There were some interesting combinations here, like Michael Jackson singing the Sesame Street theme song and Bob Dylan singing Rude by Magic, but Adam definitely won. Sorry, Jimmy, but Adam was so amazing at this game. His impressions were uncanny. Just see for yourself above.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 93

This is my favorite Jim Carrey movie because he actually differs from what he normally does. It's not slapstick, goofy nonsense, which, don't get me wrong, is good at times. But what a side he shows in this one. This is truly one of the most interesting, thought-provoking, and all-around enjoyable films ever made. I wonder what Harry S. Truman would say?

Comedy drama directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol in 1998.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Brian Delate, Holland Taylor, Harry Shearer, Paul Giamatti, and Peter Krause.

Tune in tomorrow for number ninety-two!

Best Short Twitter Conversation Ever

Just take a look:

It's so simple, but it's so funny. This is why Twitter is a very nice thing. This is what we live for. This is pizza. This is a friendship. This is confusion, remorse, aid, and so much more. This is America.

The Office in Twenty-Five Minutes

The Office: The Complete Series in One Episode from TheOfficeisms on Vimeo.

Somebody edited every major story line of The Office, every major moment, everything of true, iconic importance into one video that is twenty-five minutes and deemed by the uploader to be an episode. That's right. This is The Office: The Complete Series in One Episode. It actually is surprisingly comprehensive and my God, I miss this show.

Monday, October 13, 2014

365 Days of Disney

Brent Dodge is an Annual Passholder, specifically the Premier Pass, with Walt Disney World and he lives on Orlando. The pass he purchased entitles him to admission into any American Disney park. So he took that opportunity to go for a milestone by visiting a Disney "park," better said, "attraction," every day for a year, completing the task on August 13, 2014. There were three days he went on a Disney Cruise, but other than that he was in the parks. How impressive is that? Would you get burnt out?

The Tick Lives Another Day

Patrick Warburton is not only returning to a television show, but to his television show, you know, the one he starred on. The Tick, of course. Amazon has ordered a reboot of The Tick with Warburton reprising the role. However, it's just the pilot for now, but still something to be excited about! Who ever thought Patrick would put on that costume again?

This Week's Sports by David

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Friends Reunited: Halfway

When Jennifer Aniston visited Jimmy Kimmel Live in August, he convinced her to do a Friends reunion with her former co-stars, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. (Sadly, Schwimmer and the two Matts were not involved.) The set was recreated to perfection and while it was nice to see the three ladies together again, it just makes everyone yearn that much more for a full-fledged reunion event. Maybe one day. It doesn't even have to be an episodic installment of canon, it can just be a non-fiction gathering! Ah, well. The video is above.

Women Aren't Funny (sic: Incorrect Statement)

Bonnie McFarlane has a new documentary out this year called, Women Aren't Funny, that tries to destroy, topple, and also inform about the concept in the title. It is part-documentary and part-satire as Bonnie tries to get to the bottom of the issue of humor in women. Are they funny? Yes, of course they are. Saying they aren't is an ignorant statement. But will the documentary from Bonnie yield the same response? Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Amy Schumer, Artie Lange, and Chelsea Peretti are among those interviewed in the documentary with the trailer above.

Horsin' Around

This is just another great moment in the long and storied history of both Netflix and the concept of continuity. The concept of the Netflix original series, BoJack Horseman, is that BoJack is a washed up sitcom star from the 1987-96 family comedy, Horsin' Around. BoJack then tries to become famous again in the show. But, on Netflix, not only can you watch the twelve BoJack episodes at any time, but there is also a separate page for the show, Horsin' Around where you can watch the theme song from the classic show! How unbelievably awesome is that?!