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10 Things You Never Knew About “Maverick”

Posted in Celebs, Trivia, and TV

Me-TV posted 10 Things You Never Knew About Maverick.  Here are three of my favorites…

It is the rare actor who can claim two iconic television characters and a successful big-screen career. Garner became a household name thanks to the witty and fun Maverick. The gambling Bret Maverick proved to be so beloved that numerous reboots followed over the decades. In 1979, a TV movie led to Young Maverick, an incredibly short-lived sequel that hardly featured Garner. In 1981, Maverick was dealt another hand in the series Bret Maverick. NBC surprisingly canceled the solidly performing show after a season.

The madcap season four episode “Hadley’s Hunters” trots out numerous cameos from other Warner Bros. Westerns. You can spot John Russell and Peter Brown from Lawman, Clint Walker from Cheyenne, Will Hutchins from Sugarfoot and Ty Hardin from Bronco. In addition, Edd Byrnes from 77 Sunset Strip also pops up — combing the mane of a horse called “77 Cherokee Strip.”

Perhaps some of this had to do with the fact that Garner got to spend the episode comfortably whittling in a rocking chair. It’s also a flat-out brilliant piece of television, which carries many similarities to the classic film The Sting. Like we said, the outings with both Bret and Bart Maverick working together are quite special.


“Aliens” – 20 Facts You May Not Know

Posted in Celebs, Horror, Movies, and Trivia

Neil Gaskin and Film ’89 present Fact File – No.1 – Aliens (1986).  Here are three of my favorites…

2. Sigourney Weaver salary for Aliens was 28 times more than that of the first film:  Weaver was paid $35,000 for the first film and $1 million for the sequel. (she went on to earn $4 million for Alien 3 and $11 million for Alien: Resurrection).

5. For a science fiction film, it did usually well at the Academy Awards:  Aliens was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including a Best Actress nomination for Sigourney Weaver. It unsurprisingly won for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects.

14. It was the last roll of the dice for one of its stars:  Lance Henriksen had privately pledged to quit acting if this part didn’t work out for him after years of journeyman roles. It proved to be one of his most successful films.

34 Things We Learned from Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” Commentary

Posted in Celebs, Crime, Movies, and Trivia

Rob Hunter and Film School Rejects present 34 Things We Learned from Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver Commentary.  Here are three of my favorites…

10. Baby’s guardian, Joe, was written as a deaf African American man in his 80s, and CJ Jones was the only performer they auditioned who is actually deaf. “I started auditioning other very good actors who were pretending to be deaf, it made me feel immediately uncomfortable.”

13. The Michael Myers / Mike Myers mask gag originally featured two Halloween masks and one Austin Powers, but while Mike Myers had had granted permission “the Halloween people hadn’t said no, but they definitely hadn’t said yes.” Wright had to write an alternative for the scene and call Myers back to extend the permissions (for three masks). Myers shared a story with him about the first time he went to the bank with a paycheck from Saturday Night Live. It was made out to Michael Myers, and the teller said “Michael Myers? Are you gonna stab me?

21. The idea of having Doc’s nephew accompany Baby while casing the Post Office came from one of Wright’s interviews with ex-cons.



Jonathan Maberry: Born with a Love of Storytelling

Posted in Authors, Books, Celebs, Comics, Crime, and Horror

Jonathan Maberry: Born with a Love of Storytelling is an interview with, well, Jonathon Maberry.  Fans of Mayberry’s fiction as well as folks who’d like advice on writing should check it out.

If you don’t know… Jonathan Maberry is…

…a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning suspense author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. Jonathan Maberry was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers, and his books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries. Jonathan is known for his writing that spans several different genres; including horror, mystery and young adult fiction.

Source: The Reading Lists.


S. Craig Zahler & Vince Vaughn Talk “Brawl in Cell Block 99”

Posted in Celebs, Crime, and Movies

I’m a huge fan of S. Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk and am really looking forward to his next film, Brawl in Cell Block 99.  Advance reviews are positive, especially singling out Vince Vaughn’s performance.

Although Brawl in Cell Block 99 is supposed to be in release now, it’s not playing at any theaters in my area.  Still, the publicity is coming and you can read interviews about the film with S. Craig Zahler and Vince Vaughn at Coming Soon, Film School Rejects and /Film.


Posted in Celebs, and TV

ME-TV recently posted their choices for THE 40 ”JUMP THE SHARK” MOMENTS FROM 40 POPULAR CLASSIC TV SHOWS.  Here are my three of my least favorite jump the shark moments (and my comments) from otherwise fun and/entertaining tv series…

  • The Andy Griffith Show – Deputy Warren Ferguson replaces Barney Fife in “The Bazaar.”  (Andy without Barney just wasn’t the same.  And sadly, Barney without Andy wasn’t either.)

  • Welcome Back, Kotter  – “Southern Sweathog” Beau De LaBarre joins the crew as Kotter becomes Vice Principal and Vinnie gets his own apartment in “Don’t Come Up and See Me Sometime.” (Travolta was moving on to movies and a new hunk was needed.)

  • Miami Vice Sonny suddenly marries Sheena Easton’s Caitlin in “Like a Hurricane.” (The jump may have actually happened before this.  In my opinion when the special guest stars became more important than the stories you could see the shark starting to warm up.)


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) / Z-View

Posted in Celebs, Comics, Movies, and Z-View

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Director: James Gunn

Screenplay: James Gunn, Dan Abnett based on the Marvel comics

Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice), Bradley Cooper (voice), Michael Rooker,  Sylvester Stallone, Jeff Goldblum and Kurt Russell.

The Pitch: “Time to make another Guardians of the Galaxy!”

Tagline: You only get one chance to save the galaxy twice.

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…

Although the Guardians are now considered heroes, they earn their living as mercenaries.  On the run after barely escaping with their lives from a job gone wrong (Thanks, Rocket!), they meet a being claiming to be Peter’s father.  Although he/it may be Peter’s dad, something’s not right…

Stallone’s cameo is a bonus!


RIP – Bobby Heenan

Posted in Celebs, Pro Wrestling, and RIP

Bobby Heenan passed away today surrounded by his family.  My guess is even if you’re not a fan of professional wrestling, you know of Bobby Heenan.

Bobby Heenan was a WWE Hall of Famer, but he transcended the sport.  Of course when you’re considered to be the greatest manager of all time as well as the best color commentator to ever call a match your popularity shouldn’t be surprising.

Heenan spent over 40 years in the world of pro wrestling. He wasn’t your typical wrestler. He wasn’t gigantic. He wasn’t musclebound. He didn’t fly through the air [unless being thrown by Dick the Bruiser or some other good guy].  Bobby Heenan started out as manager “Pretty Boy” Bobby Heenan.  He was a heel.  As a little kid, Heenan was the first person to make me root for the “bad” guy.

Fans loved or hated him, but no one was neutral about Bobby Heenan. Sometimes Heenan would even get involved in matches [usually against his will].   He could “rassle” with anyone and make them look better.  No one could work a crowd like “the Brain.”  And Bobby Heenan was witty. His one-liners and off-the-cuff comments were at times more entertaining than the matches themselves.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bobby Heenan’s family, friends and fans.