fly to the angels
Ricardo Montalban, best know for his roles as Mister Roarke on Fantasy Island and the title character of the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, died yesterday at age 88. No word on whether William Shatner was involved.
This past weekend, I saw some commercials on NBC for a rather disturbing new series. It’s called Howie Do It, and involves Howie Mandel (of A Fine Mess, Walk Like a Man, and more recently, Deal or No Deal fame) playing practical jokes on everyday average people.
I liked it the first time when it was called the Jamie Kennedy Experiment, and then the second time when it was called Punk’d with Ashton Kutcher. But do we really need another one of these shows? With Howie Mandel of all people? I mean, the dude can’t even touch another person due to his debilitating fear of germs, but he’s going to spray shit at people for kicks?
And don’t even get me started on the punniness of the title. Montell Jordan would be rolling over in his grave.
If he were dead.
Tags: 00s tv, 00s tv commercials, 80s movies, 90s music, a fine mess, ashton kutcher, deal or no deal, fear of germs, hidden camera shows, howie do it, howie mandel, jamie kennedy, jamie kennedy experiment, montell jordan, mysophobia, nbc, practical jokes, pranks, punk'd, punniness, this is how we do it, walk like a man
I can’t help but notice the songspeak site has had some banner ads for the McCain/Palin campaign lately. I can only imagine this is because we’ve had a few McCain and Palin related posts recently, but rest assured that we here at Songspeak in no way, shape, or form support the McCain/Palin ticket.
So it bothers me that ads for them are popping up on the site. Why should it look like we’re promoting someone that we don’t support, nor agree with? Worse yet, the ad looks like some sort of satire, repeating the “maverick” catchphrase over and over. This whole maverick idea is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen in politics, and reeks of pandering to the lowest common denominator. “Hey, Joe Six-Pack! We’re mavericks! We’re gonna shoot up Washington with change…YEE-HAAAWWWWWW!” The whole thing seems like one big (sad) joke. But it’s for real. Frightening. (Never mind that I don’t understand how a candidate like McCain that has served in the senate for 22 years can pretend that he’d be “change”).
Everyone knows that the ORIGINAL mavericks are the Ford Maverick, James Garner (who played Maverick in the TV series that ran from 1957 to 1962), Tom Cruise (who played Maverick in the 1986 hit movie Top Gun), and Mel Gibson (who played Maverick in the 1994 movie version of the TV series). And even though one is a car, and two of them are total whackjobs now, I’m confident that ANY of them would make a better Vice President (or President) than Sarah Palin. Especially the car.
Tags: 50s tv, 60s tv, 80s movies, 90s movies, ford maverick, james garner, joe six-pack, john mccain, lowest common denominator, maverick, mccain/palin, mel gibson, president, sarah palin, tom cruise, top gun, vice president, washington DC, whackjobs
Last night playing poker, I was watching the action after getting knocked out. It was down to the final 5 players, and one of them went all-in. The guy with the most chips called, and then the last guy, who had the least amount of chips, made a call that was mathematically correct, even though his cards weren’t really good at all. Turns out the guy who didn’t have very good cards ended up with a full house, winning the hand and tripling up. We were discussing the hand afterwards, and about how he had to call with garbage, beating two much better hands. One of the guys said, “What are ya gonna do?” and then the older lady who runs the tournament and was also watching burst out with, “Ghostbusters!” and started laughing. She knew that technically, you’re supposed to say that after someone says, “Who ya gonna call?”, but she couldn’t help herself.
And, I mean, really…what child of the 80′s hasn’t songspoken this? Last night reminded me of that, and it also made me search for the original music video. I found it, and boy, had I forgotten what a gem it is. The celebrity cameos are amazing, and Ray Parker, Jr.’s creep factor is through the roof. So I’m gonna post it here. Know why? ‘Cause bustin’ makes me feel good.
Tags: 80s movies, 80s music, bustin' makes me feel good, celebrity cameos, creep factor, full house, ghostbusters, ghostbusters music video, poker, ray parker jr, what are ya gonna do, what are you gonna do, who ya gonna call, who you gonna call
Who doesn’t like Morgan Freeman? No one, that’s who. I can’t think of another actor so universally beloved. Seriously. So imagine our concern here at Songspeak when we heard that he was in a horrific car accident yesterday.
It looks like he’s gonna be ok, which is a miracle considering his car was seen to go airborne off the highway and flip a few times before landing in a ditch. Since he’s God (as seen in Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty), I guess it’s a shock that he suffered any injury at all. Maybe this will be the kick in the ass he needs to finish his Bucket List. I just hope he’s not found at fault in the accident, or else he may end up in Shawshank prison. I can only imagine the Deep Impact his car had on the side of the highway. Maybe it was a Dark Knight and he just couldn’t see the road. Actually, rumor has it he may have fallen asleep at the wheel. I’m sure Miss Daisy wouldn’t approve.
Whatever happened, I’m glad he’s ok.
What I didn’t remember, however, is that he was on The Electric Company. Anybody remember watching that when they were a kid? I did, but I don’t remember the Easy Reader. I think the following video showcases Morgan Freeman’s range better than any movie could:
Hang in there, Easy Reader. We’re pullin’ for ya.
Tags: 00s movies, 70s tv, 80s movies, 90s movies, accident, airborne, asleep at the wheel, barenaked ladies, bruce almighty, bucket list, dark knight, deep impact, driving miss daisy, evan almighty, God, morgan freeman, morgan freeman car accident, shawshank redemption, tonight is the night i fell asleep at the wheel
The courthouse square made famous in the 1985 Universal Studios film, Back to the Future sadly was destroyed in a massive fire yesterday. Luckily it seems like the clocktower was spared. It would be hard to find someone born in the 70s or early 80s who hasn’t seen this now-classic film starring Michael J. Fox.
From what we can tell here at Songspeak, two things are certain: 1) The fire was not started by a bolt of lightning. 2) The Los Angeles County Fire Department unfortunately does not have any flux capacitors. Kidding aside, luckily no-one was seriously hurt. The fire department had a major water-pressure problem which caused a lot of challenges when battling the blaze. The fire also destroyed sets used in the film King Kong and tv shows like Monk and House. Here’s a couple perspectives regarding the fire:
And here’s the original trailer from Back To The Future:
There’s also all sorts of Back To The Future garb out there: