June 23, 2006

Well Deserved

He's not nearly as well known as he should be these days, but it's always good to see Stan Freberg recognized for his outstanding careers. Yes, I have to say more than one, as we are talking about a man famous for pupettering ("Time for Beany"), voice-acting in animation (mostly with Warner Brothers, including the only classic WB 'toon I can think of where Mel Blanc isn't given solo voice credit, "Three Little Bops") , recorded parody and comedy (I especially like the Dragnet parodies and his rip on Elvis singing Heartbreak Hotel), radio comedy (my step-father had two albums of sketches selected from "The Stan Freeberg Show" that were my introduction to his work, some 25 years ago; now I own the complete series on CD), radio and television advertising (IMO, La Choy brand chinese food and Jeno's Pizza pretty much owe their existence to his work blazing their brand into people's mind).

If you don't know Freberg's work, I can't recommend it highly enough. The 1961 "Stan Freeberg Presents The United States of America" album is an absolute scream (though, sadly, the 1996 "Part Two" material isn't nearly as strong).

[Originally spotted at Mark Evanier's blog, though I searched up a slightly more detailed article to link to.]

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August 02, 2005


Apple introduces the Mighty Mouse

Explain that to me without admitting that the end times are upon us.

I mean... it's a mouse... from Apple... with more than one button.

It defies the order of things.

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May 09, 2005

Once Is Not Enough!

Interested parties should be watching here for the next few hours (like, NOW!), because word is there's another Serenity sneak coming, this time on May 26 and in 20 cities.

Details not yet availabile, but see more at AICN.

I think I'm going to pass this time, but I know some folk who will take advantage of this for a 2nd viewing...

Update: Seems most all of the new showings sold out as quickly as the first bunch. At least among the fan base, this film is getting all the good word of mouth imaginable.

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May 06, 2005

Believe Unreasonably


It was rough, unfinished. In specific, it was lacking music here and there, poorly color timed, sometimes imperfectly edited, occasionally just a little rough in the special effects department...

And it was nearly everything I could have hoped for.

Oh, there are some characters who do things and experience things I wouldn't wish for them. There are some who grow, some who don't; some who come out better for this experience, some who don't. And there are choices made that aren't easy or cheap.

And that's why it's nearly everything I could have hoped for.

I'll be back in September. You should be there, too. Until then, there are always the DVDs ("Firefly - The Complete Series").

For now, I'll echo Joss's introduction (as I did with the title of this post)... He offered everyone in the audience a bit of the credit for getting the movie made, because movies don't get made based on TV series that don't even finish their first season. And, in saying that, he quoted Mal's words, words I must assume (from the episode credits) that he wrote himself.

"We've done the impossible, and that makes us mighty."

BTW, the Boston showing was visited by Dr. Tam and Inara (aka Seth Maher and Morena Baccarin)... I couldn't stay any later than the film ended to get a film logo sheet autographed because I need to be up for work in... well, just over 3 hours as I type this. But if anyone wants to drop me a note who "dropped in" at other showings, that'd be cool.

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May 05, 2005

Maybe Definitely!

Okay, so thanks to a nice person out there, I just might have a lead on a ticket tonight...



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November 23, 2004

Not Shiny!

Here we are, introducing friends to the greatness that is Firefly and we get this news.

I don't know the Chinese that expresses my reaction properly.

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November 16, 2004

Another Reason to Fear the Vengeful Star

Okay, our little silly nickname for Hardee's logo has been with us since that not-exactly-perfectly-cheerful logo was noticed during a T'Con drive a few years back...

But now they offer us this... How can you not see the malevolence in that grinning five-pointed danger sign now?

[First Spotted on The Blog That Goes Ping]

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January 05, 2004

It's All Sticky!

Another in a series of Eddie Izzard quotes inappropriately applied to current events.

The quote above (actually about the moon landing) is used only because his Mars material (from Sexxie) isn't available recorded yet.

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September 29, 2003

Does This Mean Bond Will Only Drive BMWs?

Excepting the above issue, I have to thing this qualifies as great news.

Since first downloading and watching endlessly the wonderful short films he made at BMW Films, I've been thinking (and have said several times to friends) that Clive Owen had everything I, as a long-time Bond hand, wanted in my 007. And it seems he'll be given a chance to prove it!

Of course, he really shouldn't take the BMWs with him. I really don't care if they're a great car or not... They're simply not James Bond's car!

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August 15, 2003

It's Fair and Balanced Day!

This explains it all...

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