Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 26 March 2010
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Theater owners from all over the world gathered at the ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas to see what surefire money-making product the major Hollywood studios has in store. Here’s what they were promised.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 4 March 2010
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I was a state-champion turkey caller. I organized a neighborhood circus day. But my favorite activity of my formative years was obsessing over a certain 1980s prime-time detective drama.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 2 March 2010
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In August 2001 I became the movie critic for a daily newspaper, despite the fact that I didn’t know from German Expressionism and had no special love for “Citizen Kane.”
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 12 January 2010
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In the years since the Ginsu ads of the 1980s, simple TV pitches have evolved into infomercials. Their tentacles now reach far beyond the predawn zone, especially if you don’t pay for cable.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 December 2009
Stats: 12,555 views and 5 Comments
While dozens of talented people labor to make a cartoon character believable in form and appealing to the eye, once that series of drawings opens its mouth, it’s one person that makes you believe.
Posted in One Million Watts on 7 December 2009
Stats: 13,923 views and 7 Comments
It says a lot about the Atomic Age that America’s pre-Kennedy First Family, the Ricardos, hawked cigarettes for the holidays. Now we know why Lucy’s voice was lower than James Earl Jones’.
Posted in One Million Watts on 25 November 2009
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The TSA has several not-at-all arbitrary guidelines governing air travel. Nowhere have I seen those rules and regulations more entertainingly expressed than at McCarran International Airport.
Posted in One Million Watts on 19 October 2009
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What was the marketing guy thinking when he hooked up The Supremes with a branded white bread deal? Pumpernickel, maybe, but white bread?
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 September 2009
Stats: 9,218 views and 6 Comments
I’ve never eaten a single bite of Spam in my life, yet I probably have more goofy stories surrounding the iconic slab of preserved, pork product than most people living outside of Hawaii or Guam.
Posted in One Million Watts on 8 September 2009
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In the weeks before I met magician/con artist/professional wiseass Penn Jillette backstage at Las Vegas’ Huntridge Theater, I experienced a number of Penn sightings. His towering silhouette would mask out the sun for a moment, and I would feel woozy and disoriented.