Monday, October 20, 2008

Opening Title Sequence Of The Day

In most cases, great films begin with great opening credit sequences, those movies-within-a-movie that establish the tone and whet your appetite for what's to come. Here's one of the best ones ever created, IMO, for a movie I love. (Click the pic to see the vid.)

Read more about how and why it was created at The Art Of The Title.

Genius Of The Day (video)

Real or fake? It's hard to tell the difference anymore. Answer below.


It's fake, a clip from the Canadian mockumentary series, "The Trailer Park Boys." Thanks, Jodi, for the clip.

Classic TV Show Open Of The Day

I have never seen one episode of this show, and I'd like to take this opportunity to stop and thank Jesus for that right now. Jesus - thank you.

WTF is up with that theme song? It sounds like something you hear at a Key Club convention.

But hey - the ol' "stuck in the revolving door" gag never gets old, does it?
Comedy gold. I kept waiting for someone to take a pie to the face after that.


QOTD: I'm F*cking Over It!

It's Monday. I'm gonna bitch. It's one of the things I do best.

Things I am OVER...


Running my AC one day and heat the next (so I can get double fisted by the gas co. and power co. at the same time)

Having to eat -- it's an inconvenience

Fake "reality" shows

Any "reality" shows

Technology that doesn't work - I would donate a kidney to be able to duplicate a CD or DVD and have it work right the first time (i.e. sound good, show all the track on iTunes correctly, etc)

User error

Fantasy football players who score 36 pts one week and 0 the next. Could you just do 18 each week?

Web pages with type so small I have to blow them up 400% just to read

Wearing itchy, cloudy contact lenses

Junk mail from the AARP. Bite me, I'm only 44! Who gave you this address?

Being 44 and not the 26yo that I picture in my mind

Buying 6-7 items at the grocery store (none of it booze or prescriptions) and it costing almost $80.

Mediocre TV that critics love - sorry, TV Guide, but just because "Fringe" is better than most other new shows doesn't mean it's good

Microsoft. DIE!!!

Deluding myself into thinking that a weekend is 16 days and I'll get a lot done

Spam concerning my penis. What has my penis ever done to you?

Companies declaring bankruptcy but conveniently forgetting to mention that $3.whatever billion they have set aside for executive golden parachutes

Birds that crap on my car or front porch. Do I shit in your nest?

Ok... there's more but I'll shut it. Your turn... go ahead, vent.. you'll feel better.

My Yahoo Answer Of The Day: Tila Tequila

10 Movie Caricatures Of The Day


As Oliver Stone’s W. hits theaters, we look back at 10 other notable big-screen caricatures.


Character: Anna Faris´ ditzy actress Kelly
Reputedly based on: Cameron Diaz

Soft-spoken director Sofia Coppola has denied any truth to the rumors, but legend has it she was so put off by the interaction between her then-husband Spike Jonze and actress Cameron Diaz during the filming of Jonze’s Being John Malkovich that Coppola skewered them both in her movie Lost In Translation. While a self-loathing Bill Murray was busy saving his soul in the film, Coppola had Giovanni Ribisi´s vapid hipster photographer give audiences a clinic in emotional infidelity by cavorting with Anna Faris´ painfully bimbo-esque, untalented, and annoyingly bubbly blonde movie star.


Character: Orson Welles´ megalomaniacal Charles Foster Kane
Reputedly based on: William Randolph Hearst

How does writing, directing, and starring in a film considered to be one of the greatest of all time ruin your career? You make that movie one giant potshot at the most powerful man in media: muckraking publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst. As arrogant as he was talented, 26-year-old prodigy Welles fashioned his sad, lonely, self-destructive Chuck Kane after Hearst, even allegedly naming the character´s most prized possession — the sleigh Rosebud — after the pet name Hearst had given his wife´s, um, hoohah. But Hearst had the last laugh; after being virtually blacklisted in Hollywood, Welles ended his once-illustrious career drunkenly stumbling through wine commercials.


Character: Kenneth Welsh´s weasely Vice President Becker
Reputedly based on: Vice President Dick Cheney

You´d think that a block of polar ice breaking off into the ocean would make politicians realize that Manhattan would soon be ravaged by a towering tidal wave, a lethal blizzard, and, um, werewolves? Well, whatever—apparently this was all just a tsunami of liberal agenda! After climate expert Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) informs Washington lawmakers of the impending disaster, a very Dick Cheney–like vice president coldly dismisses his warnings, proving just as environmentally committed, attuned to reason, and effective as, well, Dick Cheney. By the film´s end, Americans are forced to immigrate to Mexico. Funny, if it didn’t feel so much like a realistic option right about now.


Character: Meryl Streep´s domineering Miranda Priestly
Reputedly based on: Vogue editrix Anna Wintour

We´ve all suffered through the demanding boss who screams for more coffee but never recognizes our obvious genius. But while most of us dream of jamming a stapler into their oversized forehead, the then-twentysomething Lauren Weisberger actually got her revenge, penning The Devil Wears Prada — a 2003 novel lampooning her hellish experience assisting Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. When it was turned into a movie, Meryl Streep made Priestly/Wintour so terrifyingly chilly that even attention-hungry fashion douches were too scared to associate themselves with the flick in fear of pissing off Vogue´s head honcho.


Characters: Mike Myers´ criminal mastermind Dr. Evil and Mark McKinney´s corporate monster Don Roritor
Reputedly based on: Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels

Behind the of laughs at SNL lurks Lorne Michaels, a tiny Canadian obsessed with dominating America´s funny bone and making white people talk like black people. Obviously still reeling from His Highness´ emotional abuse, alums Mike Myers and Mark McKinney both based villains on Michaels: Watch and listen closely, and you´ll notice that both Dr. Evil and Don Roritor share similar facial expressions, vague Ontario accents, a fondness for responding to excuses with a sarcastic "Riiiiiigght," and a casual approach to underling cruelty. All done in "loving" homage to Michaels.


Character: John Goodman´s military-obsessed Walter Sobchak
Reputedly based on: Writer/director John Milius

Just because you laugh your ass off watching lumbering loudmouth Walter—the Dude´s über-intense sidekick—point his gun at bowlers, kick cripples out of their wheelchairs, bite the ears of Nihilists, and incessantly yammer about Vietnam doesn´t mean you´d want to hang out with that guy. When creating the hilarious and exhausting character, the Coen Brothers allegedly sought inspiration from gun-toting, NRA-supporting, right-winger (not to mention bearded and overweight) John Milius, the man who directed violence- and army-obsessed films like Red Dawn and Conan The Barbarian, and who wrote equally violence-obsessed films Apocalypse Now and Dirty Harry.


Character: Robert Downey Jr.´s Aussie shock journo Wayne Gale
Reputedly based on: New York Post columnist Steve Dunleavy

Isn´t it great that TV reporters like Wayne Gale—a sensationalist newsman who chronicles Mickey and Mallory´s slaughter spree—don´t exist? Oh wait, they actually do. In his portrayal of the bat-shit insane Gale, Robert Downey Jr. drew inspiration from New York Post columnist and former A Current Affair reporter Steve Dunleavy, a man who famously (and frantically) dedicated himself to the release of a convicted rapist all in the name of ratings. Where´s a crying Anderson Cooper when you need him?


Character: James LeGros´ actor Chad Palomino
Reputedly based on: Brad Pitt

With all his environmental activism, child advocacy, and African philanthropy, people sometimes seem to forget that Brad Pitt is one of the most looks-blessed actors of all time and that great looking stars are sometimes, well, a tad on the arrogant and vain side. We´re not saying he is and we´re not saying he isn´t, but James LeGros´ reportedly based his performance on Pitt, and the dude LeGros plays is certainly an insufferable prima donna. Deliberately fucking up shots in the hopes of placing himself in every scene´s foreground, LeGros´ Chad Palomino unhinges an already disastrous film-within-the-film, pissing off costars before finally admitting that he only starred in the movie to gain some career-boosting indie cred.


Character: Richard Gant´s insufferable George Washington Duke
Reputedly based on: Don King

You can´t have a boxing movie without a nod to perennial promoter and all-around scumbag Don King. And yet it took five installments until the Rocky series tipped their hats to (or at least wagged their fingers at) the frizzy-haired figurehead. Convicted for murder and sued for fraud by countless clients, King inspired the flashy George Washington Duke, a promoter that lures away Rocky´s protégé, Tommy Gunn.


Character: Saul Rubinek´s disturbingly manic movie producer Lee Donowitz
Reputedly based on: Hollywood super-producer Joel Silver

When Quentin Tarantino wrote the script for True Romance, it´s not clear if he had mega-wattage producer (The Matrix, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Predator, and so on and so on) Joel Silver in mind as the inspiration for Donowitz, but director Tony Scott certainly did. Having worked with Silver on The Last Boy Scout, Scott allegedly told Rubinek following his audition: "You got him exactly right. That´s Joel." The dig was allegedly meant to be an all-in-good-fun jab, but Scott admits that Silver didn´t talk to him for years afterward.


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