What We Do in the Shadows is a FX tv series based on the movie of the same name. The premise is that a documentary crew is following four vampires who share a house together. The movie was surprisingly good and the tv does a great job of meeting that standard. Today we have a video that takes us behind-the-scenes.
I’m really enjoying the Dark Side of the Ring series airing on Viceland. Three episodes in and I remain impressed. The series interviews the wrestlers, referees and behind-the-scenes folks that were actually involved in the events that each episode covers. If you have any interest in the business of old school professional wrestling, then The Dark Side of the Ring is worth checking out.
A true-story style anthology, these insider tales will show the lengths that wrestlers went to uphold “kayfabe” (the old carny term for the presentation of legitimate conflict) as well as the noteworthy cultural, racial, and economic effects these events and characters had on society. This is the graphic novel that old school wrestling fans have been waiting their entire lives for: a no-holds-barred representation of the moments that wrestling insiders couldn’t talk about for years.
Featuring appearances by Ric Flair, Jerry Lawler, Andy Kaufman, Sputnik Monroe, The Sheik, Junkyard Dog, the Fabulous Freebirds, the Midnight Express, Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels.
Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories present three chapters of tales, personally curated by Cornette and adapted by Brandon Easton (M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and Denis Medri (Red Hood/Arsenal), the award-winning team behind Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.
Peter Tork died today after a long battle with cancer at the age of 77.
Born Peter Thorkelson on February 13, 1942, Peter was, of course, better known as Peter Tork a member of The Monkees.
The Monkees [Peter, along with Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, and Michael Nesmith] took the world by storm in 1966. The group was hand-picked by Screen Gems in an effort to create a tv show about a group of young musicians. Lightning struck and the group not only had a hit tv series but became one of the biggest selling bands of the 60’s. In 1967, The Monkees sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined. The Monkees even appeared in a feature film called Head that was co-written by Jack Nicholson!
I was a huge Monkees fan like many kids my age . I collected their albums, trading cards, comic books and magazines. I had a model of The Monkeemobile. I even followed The Monkees after Peter, then later Mike, quit the band. Sadly, I never got to see them perform live when they reunited for several reunion tours.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peter’s family, friends and fans.
Fans of Jack Benny and/or Humphrey Bogart probably know that they appeared together on an episode of The Jack Benny Show. But for years there has been a rumor that Jack Benny made an uncredited cameo appearance in Casablanca.
BookSteve’s Library takes a look at the rumor, finds newspaper articles and contests indicating that Benny did make an appearance in Casablanca and comes up with a conclusion that may surprise you. If this interests you, check out Jack Benny in Casablanca.
The movie What We Do in the Shadows really surprised me with how funny and well done it was. It was good enough to spawn a tv series. We have a trailer for it below. I’m worried the series won’t hold up to the movie, but I am willing to give it a shot.
IMP Awards is running a survey for their readers choose their favorite comedy movie posters for 2018. My vote would go to Holmes. Now keep in mind I am not saying that was my favorite comedy, but I do like the poster.
Jackie Chan’s classic Police Story and Police Story 2 have been remastered and are returning to select theaters. You can see when and where at this link. If you’re lucky enough to be near a city getting them, you should go and enjoy!
The Hellboy trailer is here and I have real mixed feelings about it. Hellboy looks cool and I like the supporting cast, but the tone looks more like comedy than horror… and the comedy wasn’t that funny.
Kill Bill – Tarantino has talked up a sequel for many years now. The set-up was right there in Kill Bill, Volume 1: Ambrosia Kelley (who played Vivica Fox’s daughter) is now grown and would return to take revenge on The Bride.
Blade – I didn’t care for Blade; loved Blade II and thought Blade: Trinity was good. So, why not bring back Snipes for another outing?
Dirty Harry – My initial thought was, “No.” But the idea of Scott Eastwood picking up his dad’s role as Harry Callahan got me thinking that it could work. My biggest concern is that the social climate is much different now than it was when the original Dirty Harry was released.
Two movie franchises that didn’t make the list but should have…
Billy Jack – I’d love to see a remake of Born Losers, the film that introduced Billy Jack to the world. Get someone like Kurt Sutter to take the reigns and you’d have a winner.
Escape from – Snake Plissken continues to be a popular character with fans. Have Wyatt Russell (Kurt’s son) put on the eye patch and let’s go.
3. THE TITLES HAVE HIDDEN MEANINGS.
You can take nothing for granted in the Better Call Saul universe, including the episode titles. In the first season, every episode (from “Uno” to “Marco”) ended in the letter O, except “Alpine Shepherd Boy,” which was supposed to be called “Jell-O” before the producers waved it off to avoid being sued by the gelatin makers. Even crazier, the first letters of season two’s episodes (S-C-A-G-R-B-I-F-N-K) unscramble to spell “Fring’s Back”—a clear message for Breaking Bad fans.
6. CHUCK WASN’T INTENDED TO BE A BAD GUY.
Everyone who watches the show hates Chuck McGill, Jimmy’s brother played by Michael McKean, but it wasn’t until writing the seventh episode that Gilligan and the writers realized Chuck was a villain. “Believe it or not, the idea of Chuck being the ‘bad guy’ was a late addition to Season 1,” Gilligan explained during a 2015 Reddit AMA. “This points out one of the things I love most about writing for TV. There are enough episodes and enough lead time (if you’re lucky) for writers to change the direction of a story midstream.”
8. YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT COLOR PEOPLE ARE WEARING.
Gilligan’s fanatical dedication to detail includes the colors that get associated with each character. It was a major element in Breaking Bad. It’s also a big part of Better Call Saul in the form of the “Fire and Ice Theory,” partially confirmed by writer Peter Gould, who confessed that hotter colors like red were associated with criminals. That tacitly means cooler colors are meant for the innocent, so it’s curious that Jimmy’s car is yellow with one red door …