Wednesday, July 23, 2014

POLKA--SO HOT RIGHT NOW:  For the first time in years, a comedy album tops this week's Billboard 200, with Weird Al taking the number 1 slot for the first time in his career.  The last comedy album to do so?  Vaughn Meader!
WE CHEAT OURSELVES AT SOLITAIRE: A reader couldn't help but wonder, "At our recent staff party, which included karaoke, things got really serious. People were mostly going for ballads. And THEN, one employee chose Don McLean's classic, 'Vincent.' Which leads into the question, What are the songs that would be instant karaoke party killers?"

Here's a karaoke songlist. Go for it.
PENIS BREATH!  Two adorable, foul minutes of kids cursing in movies.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SKYWALKER/SOLO '16:  FiveThirtyEight goes all FiveThirtyEight on polling data about Star Wars, including character approval ratings (Emperor Palpatine has a higher favorability rating than Jar Jar Binks), film ratings (I suspect skewed by some respondents not knowing what A New Hope is), and who shot first.
TAKE BACK JOE PISCOPO:  Steve Hyden assesses the long, illustrious career of Tom Petty:
Tom Petty has been a rock star for almost 40 years. He has a dozen or so songs that will be played on classic rock radio for as long as there is classic rock radio. If you’re a music fan of a certain age, there was a time in your life when he seemed inescapable. Even now, Petty is still a guy that most people know, even if you don’t actively care about him one way or the other. Tom Petty’s music doesn’t necessarily demand a value judgment. It’s like having an opinion on tap water or concrete. Why bother? It’s just there, reliable to the point of invisibility. If it went missing, you would notice. But it’s never going missing, because Tom Petty has existed since the beginning of time, and will continue to exist until time is extinguished.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HERE'S TO THE LADIES WHO LUNCH:  Elaine Stritch, best known for originating the role of Joanne in Company and, in more recent years, for playing Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock, has died at 89.
UNIVERSALVERSE:  Universal Studios is going to try to reboot all the movie monster franchises it owns -- potentially including Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy -- into a single film narrative universe, like what Marvel did with all the ones for which it still had film rights.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, AND WHO THE NEXT JERRY MINOR?  SNL will not be renewing the contracts of 2013-14 rookies Noël Wells, John Milhiser, or Brooks Wheelan. [Nasim Pedrad already announced she was leaving to work on Mulaney.]
MAYBE SOMETHING WITHOUT DRUG DEALERS, THIS TIME?  We've done our year of The Wire, and caught up on Breaking Bad before its final season began. [And while not discussing it here, I did race through Band of Brothers during June, and my goodness is that portrayal of true heroism a worthy antidote to all the darkness.]

Well, summer's here, and there's nothing that great on tv, is there?  So tell me what's on Netflix or HBO Go that I should start marathoning next.

Monday, July 14, 2014

BUT WHAT DOES DR. X THINK?  You may still be angry about the ending of HIMYM, but you'll want to see Ted Mosby responding to LeBron's return to Cleveland.  
AND MAYBE A CROQUE MONSIEUR: It's Bastille Day!  Celebrate with your choice of music, either Broadway or pop/EDM.
ALL'S FARE:  A day in the life of a random NYC taxi, visualized.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

THE PART WILL BE PLAYED BY SOMEONE...YOU KNOW:NBC's Peter Pan: Live will feature Christopher Walken as Captain Hook (and presumably, additional cowbell added to the score).  They apparently tried to get Kristen Bell to play Pan, but she turned them down.