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Damn, Daniel!

You know how people say something isn’t true unless it’s true?

For example, speculation has been that Daniel Craig would eventually return as the iconic 007 after a long break following the  Spectre. That’s been what many people (including myself) have believed to be true for quite some time, in our minds.

Well…

Damn, Daniel!

Apologies, Mr. Craig/James Bond/007.

This is amazing news. While Sean Connery will always be known as the greatest James Bond in cinematic history, Daniel Craig has given the Scotsman a serious run for his money. Partly because Daniel Craig has brought unrivaled modernity, realism and grit to the character. But also in part because Daniel Craig’s James Bond is a more complicated and conflicted character with a relatable (as relatable as 007 can be) emotional range to how a normal person would react and think beyond the flashy gadgets and unforgettable catchphrases.

So, it’s officially one more film for Daniel Craig as James Bond. And that’s exactly what 007 fans have been saying since Mr. Craig’s brilliant first-go as the British spy in Casino Royale back in 2006. And we’ll keep on saying it…one more film…one more film…one more film, please.

Just don’t ask Daniel Craig that one question two days after wrapping Bond 25 (title TBD).

P.S. Remember when “Damn, Daniel!” was a Snapchat craze?

WHEATies: The Breakfast of Champions…Eventually

When will our grand “moment” in life happen? This is one of the biggest questions people want to know, along with finding our one true love. And for most people, both of these variables in life of paramount importance have no GPS option or Uber driver with an ETA. Nope, we’re the driver with no map on strange roads with no cell service in the making-it-up-as-we-go-along-in-the-dark approach.

Comforting? Not exactly. However, according to comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, patience is a virtue.

Plus, posing for a hilarious modeling picture will lead to your dream coming true…in 19 some odd years.

Congrats to Sebastian Maniscalco who finally made it to the big time in LA.

P.S. Find yourself some wheat this weekend and have your life changed!

That Rockin’ Lounge is…Back?

Yet another confirmation of the adage that things were better in the “good ol’ days”?

As of now, specific details on how the new Total Request Live are mostly scarce. It’s presumed that it will follow a similar format to the original series which combined an interactive user-determined music video countdown with celebrity interviews, live performances and more. One thing we know for sure is that Carson Daly will not be returning for the new TRL, and he’s been replaced by five relatively unknown hosts.
–Ethan Anderton, Slash Film, “
MTV is Rebooting ‘Total Request Live,’ But How and Why?”

The primary problem with this reboot (before it even airs on MTV) of this popular after-school show dedicated to fun music and celebrity interviews and premiering hot music videos pre-YouTube and social media is that the show’s defining host, Carson Daly, either passed on this forthcoming project or wasn’t asked. The former reason seems more likely, but it’s ultimately irrelevant.

Why?

There were lots of guest hosts in the prime TRL (Total Request Live) days in that very cool lounge-like studio. And while some guest hosts were entertaining in small doses, TRL was Carson Daly as much as Carson Daly was TRL. Mr. Daly was the captain of the ship lead singer of this amazingly awesome band that sold out both arenas and tiny clubs in equal measure. Plus, he knew/knows everybody in music. The genre doesn’t even matter. If you’re talented (rising or established), Carson Daly knows and he’ll score an exclusive. It’s what the fans wanted and what the fans loved about Carson Daly’s TRL.

Add in the fact that this TRL reboot is on an MTV today that is far different than the golden era of the ’80s, ’90s and early-to-mid ’00s of this music-centric channel. For a cable channel, MTV was king for a long time. Oh, and by different, I mean way, way worse in 2017 and its recent years. As in completely unrecognizable and, yes, unwatchable.

Without Carson Daly (NBC Today Show) and the incredible bands and singers of the late ’90s and early-to-mid ’00s, the TRL reboot, as cool as it could be, looks like its heading down the same road as modern day MTV:

Unwatchable.

Pro tip: Nostalgia doesn’t work years later if it’s unrecognizable to its dedicated fans.

Just ask MTV (and all of the people who have stopped watching throughout the past decade).

The Ultimate Face-Off

Nicolas Cage needs to be a surprise guest star on The Big Bang Theory.

And by surprise, I mean a total surprise for the audience and Howard Wolowitz Simon Helberg. That way, Mr. Helberg’s castmates, who know his impression skills, would step aside and shine the brightest spotlight on these two actors taking center stage sitcom-style for a truly epic showdown of comedic talents starring Nicolas Cage and…Nicolas Cage.

This comedic duel would redefine the real Nicolas Cage’s famous 1997 film Face/Off.

Don’t believe that the world needs this specific pairing on primetime television?

Here’s a sample of Mr. Helberg’s work involving Nicolas Cage, as well as a couple other bonus impressions.

At some point during the upcoming season, Chuck Lorre should call Nicolas Cage, Billy Baldwin and Ben Stiller for an unforgettable “Sweeps Week” event.

And, if approached the right way, this golden TV moment could be as simple as A-B-C…

all the way to Z.