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“John Wick” – “Yeah, I’m Thinkin’ I’m Back.”

I’m thinking that I probably like the trailer for John Wick  more than I should, but I have to admit I’m diggin’ it.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts.  The John Wick  website has gone live so you can click over to it if you’re so inclined.

12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “Platoon”

Uproxx recently posted 12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Platoon.

Here are a few tidbits…

  • Oliver Stone was hoping that Jim Morrison would appear in the movie.
  • Stone called Sheen out for being a spoiled kid from Malibu.
  • Mickey Rourke and Kevin Costner were offered the role of Sgt. Barnes.


Behind the Scenes on “Fury”

Fury  is the movie I am most looking forward to seeing throughout the rest of this year.  Check out the video and you’ll understand why.

The TV Shows That Premiered 50 Years Ago!

Recently The ’60s at 50 posted the September ’64 Television Debuts.   I was surprised that 50 years had passed but so many of the shows that premiered that season are still not only known, but are being regularly watched on retro channels.

The Shows and my thoughts…

‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’ – I occasionally watched, but often found the concept cooler than than the execution.
‘Peyton Place’ –  Never watched it.
‘Shindig!’ – Occasionally watched but preferred Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
‘Bewitched’ – Used to tune in regularly.  
‘Jonny Quest’ - Loved that show.  An all-time favorite cartoon.
‘The Addams Family’ - I watched but not regularly.  I was more a fan of  The Munsters.
’12 O’Clock High” – Never really watched it.
‘Flipper’ – As a kid I was a regular viewer.
‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ - I watched as often as I could.
‘The Munsters’ – I was a pretty regular viewer.
‘Daniel Boone’ – One of my favorite shows as a kid!
‘Gomer Pyle – USMC’ – We’d watch regularly.
‘Gilligan’s Island’ - We’d watch weekly.
‘My Living Doll’ - I don’t remember it, but with Julie Newmar co-starring, I’d be interested in giving it a look.
It would be interesting to see how other seasons held up after 50 years.  Nice one, The ’60s at 50.

“The Walking Dead” New Teaser Trailer

Here’s the teaser for the new season of The Walking Dead!

48 Unexpected Views Of Historic Moments

Recently Distractify posted 48 Unexpected Views of Famous Events.

I love stuff like this.  Above we have,,,

Abraham Lincoln and General George McClellan in the general’s tent at Antietam [3 October, 1862]

While [appropriately] below we have…

A photograph taken by Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition to the South Pole, before they perished on their return journey. [1910]

If you click over you can also see photos of….

  • How massive the crowds were at Woodstock. [1969]
  • The photographs that inspired Norman Rockwell.
  • The back of the Hoover Dam just before it was submerged and never seen again. [1936]
  • View from the top on the opening day of the Empire State Building. [1931]
  • A large crowd, made up of many African Americans, mourn the death of Abraham Lincoln outside the Courthouse in Vicksburg, Mississippi. [1865]
  • A photo taken in secret of the Supreme Court in session, one of only two ever taken. [1932]
  • The last known photo of the Titanic above water. [1912]
  • The Beatles during their shoot for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. [1967]
  • Three men run in the marathon at the first modern Olympic Games. [1896]
  • Howard Carter Looking through the open doors of Tutankhamun’s Shrine. [January, 1924]
  • The only known photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, before giving his famous address. [November 19, 1863]
  • An injured survivor of the Hindenburg smokes as he is carried to safety. [6 May, 1937]
  • Neil Armstrong photographed by Buzz Aldrin, shortly after walking on the moon. [1969]
  • The aftermath of Victory over Japan Day in New York. [14 August, 1945]
  • A Native American overlooks the newly completed Transcontinental railroad. [1868]
  • Race organizers attempt to stop Kathrine Switzer from competing in the Boston Marathon. She became the first woman to finish the race. [1967]
  • Wilbur Wright circles the Statue of Liberty in the Model A. [29 September, 1909]
  • The iceberg that is thought to have sunk the Titanic. Black and red paint is smeared along the side. [1912]
  • The models of “American Gothic” stand next to the painting
  • And more!

Hear Harry Houdini Speak!

It’s a pretty safe bet that none of us ever saw Harry Houdini perform his famous Water Torture Cell live.

Now through the er, magic of the internet we can hear a live recording made October 29, 1914 of Harry Houdini offering his famous $1,000 Challenge to anyone who can prove that he could receive air once locked in his Water Torture Cell.

The original recordings are now in the David Copperfield Collection.


Source: Retroist.

An Epic Game of Pattycake Accompanied by a Beautiful Song

How about an epic game of pattycake accompanied by a beautiful song?  Trust me on this.  It is pure joy.

“Centuries of Dust” by Jake Ekiss

My internet buddy, Jake Ekiss has started a new free webcomic called Centuries of Dust.

Jake describes Centuries of Dust  as a

Space opera about human identity and self discovery set against the largest extinction event in history.

Ok.  I’m in.

I hope you are too.

The Equalizer: “What Do You See When You Look at Me?”

I really like this poster for The Equalizer.   If you like it and would like to see a larger version, you’re in luck because Coming Soon has it here!

“Chamber of Horrors” with Fear Flasher & Horror Horn

I remember when I first saw Chamber of Horrors.   It was on television.  I was a kid, like most, who loved monster movies.  The title was enough to suck me in.

“Chamber of Horrors.”


“A one-handed madman uses various detachable devices as murder weapons to gain revenge on those he believes have wronged him.”

Ok.  Deal me in.

The movie began and we learned that the motion picture contained scenes so terrifying that there would be a “Fear Flasher” and a “Horror Horn” to warn the audience to look away.


The opening scene had Patrick O’Neal force a Reverend to marry him to a corpse!  Wha —  What?!?

Not long after, O’Neal chopped off his own hand to escape the law.  He then returned with a detachable hook and other instruments of pain to exact revenge!

Although Chamber of Horrors  sounds gruesome, keep in mind it was on regular tv.   I loved it.

What kid wouldn’t?

I watched Chamber of Horrors  years later and it was still fun… although not nearly as scary as I remembered it.  I’ve embedded a taste below.

You know, I’ll bet if Chamber of Horrors  was remade it would do good business… and be a lot grosser.

Jerry Gaylord Gets Carter or Barney Ross!

Jerry Gaylord aka The Franchize returns with his take on Sly from Get Carter.  Stallone purists may say, wait, he’s got the tats of Barney Ross.  Ok, then for you folks, it’s Barney Ross!

Jerry is one of my favorite sketch artists.  He always gives collectors more than they’re expecting and he is just plain good!

I highly recommend Jerry to all sketch collectors. He quickly responds to e-mails, his turnaround time is fast and he packages the art to ensure it arrives safely.

To check out more of Jerry’s art, head here. - Craig

10 Incredible Facts About Ernest Hemingway

Almost everyone knows a bit about Ernest Hemingway.  He was a famous writer and one that many consider the greatest writer of all time.  Hemingway fought in the war, loved danger and was a “man’s man”.  He committed suicide.  Pretty much sums Hemingway up, right?

Maybe not.

Listverse presents 10 Incredible Facts About Ernest Hemingway that live up to the title.   For example…

  • Hemingway used to beat up people for James Joyce!
  • Hemingway hunted sharks with machine guns.
  • While a war correspondent, Hemingway went rogue and repeatedly led troops into battle.
  • He got into a fist fight with Orson Welles!
  • Late in life Hemingway believed he was under government surveillance… and he was.
  • Hemingway was a KBG agent!

“The Walking Dead”: Hunt or be Hunted

Earlier this week AMC released the teaser poster for season five of The Walking Dead which starts next month.  If you’d like to see a larger version of the poster you can thanks to Coming Soon.