There are a number of characters that have been played by various actors within the same series. Sometimes, it’s because an actor has died and needs to be replaced. Other times, it is because the source material allows for numerous films to be made and over time, actors age. Fans of each generation, young and old, will always have their favorite version of a character, be it the first one you recall seeing, or the one you think did it best. I have quite a list of “my” characters. For example, MY Batman is Christian Bale (I grew up with many versions, but his was the film series that won me over); MY Doctor is David Tennant (though Chris Eccleston was my first offically); MY Superman is Christopher Reeve; and so forth. By the time this week in 1985 rolled around, the world was on its 4th James Bond actor.
This next movie quickly became what I like to refer to as an “HBO Special”, mainly because they showed it all the damn time. 30 years ago, this week, this film brought in a nice little chunk of change. Believe it or not, this film was based off of a novel published in 1902 and there have been quite a few film adaptations. I’m not referring to the Tale of Peter Rabbit or the Hound of the Baskervilles, or even the autobiography of Helen Keller. No, I’m referring to a little story called Brewster’s Millions. It’s interesting to go back and watch this movie. On the one hand, you witness a prolific man, arguably the greatest stand-up comedian of all-time, on the downward slope of his career. While, on the other hand, you witness another funny man on track to reaching his career peak. Richard Pryor and John Candy, two
It was the summer of 1985, in Levittown, New York. I was fast approaching my 12th birthday. Mtv was still a toddler. And, pop culture ruled my life. We lived walking distance to the local movie theater which made it easier for me to spend as much free time there as possible. If I didn’t see it in the theater, it was a sure bet I’d catch it on HBO or at the new video rental store at Nassau Mall-I think it was called Mama Svetsky’s. It was an interesting time to watch movies. The rating system was fairly straightforward: a G rating meant it was a kids’ film, most likely animated; an X rating meant it was porn; an R rating meant it had a lot of nudity or gratuitous language in it and/or was a horror movie; and everything else that fell in between was given a PG
Dale had died, Shane had died, the farm burned and was overrun. Everyone was emotionally spent and things seemed hopeless as we see the prison looming on the horizon. The season finale from season 2 of The Walking Dead was my favorite. Until now. The writers, creators and cast of TWD entirely outdid themselves with the season 5 finale. Such an impressive episode! As promised, there will be lots to discuss. So, if you need a refresher on the finale you can Click Here for a spoiler-filled recap. All caught up? Good! Let’s start throwing random thoughts about, shall we? I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. [Ecclesiastes 9:11] Morgan’s appearance
If ever there was an episode of The Walking Dead that made me want to swallow a bottle of TUMS, this was it. The show-runners did an excellent job of amping up the tension, the inevitable build to next week’s 90-minute finale; a finale that I hope will be better than that of season 3 and season 4. Need to get caught up? Click here to read a spoiler-filled recap of everything that happened last night. Ready to move on? Good. There isn’t much more that I can tell you about the details of the episode beyond what was written in the recap that I linked. However, there is something that I would like to discuss about this episode and season in general; the wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey of it all. According to the bible, we reap what we sow. We should be mindful of our behavior and careful of how we
This will probably be the shortest recap yet, as I was laid up for nearly 2 weeks with what may have been the flu, followed by a cystic fibrosis exacerbation. I debated skipping this episode outright, but didn’t think that would honor certain cast members properly. So here it is, a week late and a dollar short. First, in case you’ve been living under a rock, or fever-induced stupor as was my case, you can Click Here for a spoiler-filled recap of what happened during episode 14. All caught up? Good. Let’s just do a quick character run down so we can move on to the current episode, shall we? Let’s start with Father Gabriel, as his character book-ended the entire episode with his actions. First, we see him, freshly pressed and in a new clerical collar; if you recall, he burned his at the moment he decided to walk
With only three episodes remaining this season, The Walking Dead has amped up the tension. Never knowing which story lines will be lifted directly from the original source material, versus being merely inspired by it, has begun to make my head spin. Every time I think that I have a handle on what’s going on, I find five more reasons not to trust what I am seeing. Frustration of this level can lead some people to stop watching a series; Not me. The more frustrated I become, the more I want to high five all of the show’s writers. First things first, you need to make sure that you are caught up before we proceed. Click Here for a spoiler-filled recap of last night’s episode. All set? Let’s discuss! There are a few characters that I want to focus on: Sasha, Carol, Michonne, Daryl and Rick. Let’s start with Sasha.
I spent the weekend visiting family in Florida with no access to cable or any web streaming. Monday, I spent over 14 hours in a car and by the time we got home, I passed out. Tuesday, I finally watched episode 12. I had every intention of posting commentary at that point, but life got in the way. So, here we are…Wednesday. I’m already so late posting this, I can probably ditch the “spoilers” disclaimer. As such, I’ll keep this one brief and to the point. First things first…If you need a refresher on what went down during Sunday night’s episode, you can Click Here for a spoiler-filled recap. All caught up? Good. This episode was good. The end. Just kidding. It’s not the end. But, for the sake of brevity, this week’s recap will just jump from point-to-point observations as the thoughts pop into my head, rather than a
No Badge? No Problem! Need Your Fan Fix? CONtv is now available! No Cable Required! (Los Angeles, CA) March 3, 2014 – A revolution in fandom begins! Today marks the preview release of CONtv , the multi-platform digital streaming network available on iOS, Android and the web. CONtv gives Comic Con fans the immediate power to view thousands of hours of premium, fan-centric programming from their connected, mobile and preferred viewing devices. Both free and VIP accounts are available at CONtv.com, with CONtv VIP subscription packages providing the ultimate ad-free fan experience, access to exclusive content, first look and perks at Wizard World Comic Cons, including reserved seating and discounts. Download the CONtv app at the app store on iTunes, the Google Play store, and coming soon to Samsung and other platforms. I had the chance to play around on the CONtv website this morning on both my laptop and
Press Release: Raleigh, NC-David Tennant, who starred as the “Tenth Doctor” on the long-running series “Doctor Who” will attend Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh on Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15 at the Raleigh Convention Center, as announced today by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD). It marks the first Wizard World appearance for the veteran British actor. He will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A panel. Fans who purchase VIP tickets, available at http://www.wizd.me/RaleighPRAdmissions, will be guaranteed autographs, photo ops and seating at the panel. Since his early work on local Scottish television through roles in some of the most beloved fantasy and sci-fi franchises of all time, Tennant has been entertaining audiences with his unique brand of wit, warmth and humanity. In 2005, Tennant lived out a childhood dream by being cast as the indomitable Doctor Who. Tennant’s run as the Tenth Doctor