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In 1966, It Was Detroit vs. Maranello in France

The Ford Motor Company and Ferrari.

See, just reading it doesn’t look right. However, seeing the true story of how these two vastly different car companies headquartered a world apart — contrasted by luxury headquartered in Maranello, Italy and American ingenuity headquartered in Detroit, Michigan — crossed paths (well, crisscrossed on the same path) on the silver screen with Academy Award winners Christian Bale and Matt Damon does look right.

And intriguing. And enlightening. And, in 2019, quite surprising to the everyday car driver.

Will ‘Ford v Ferrari’ best Ron Howard’s thrilling 2013 racing film ‘Rush’ that was also based on an incredible true story? We’ll see.

Interestingly, riding around in my uncle’s Ford Mustang last week was proof enough for me of the American car maker’s prowess for building one hell of a powerful engine and sports car. Was a Ford superior to a Ferrari in the mid-’60s? Since director James Mangold’s film is based on a true story, I will not conduct research into the matter before the film’s release date to maintain the element of surprise. However, the fact that a movie has been made about this event suggests an excitingly dramatic finish regardless of the winner.

Gut Prediction: The name of the winning car company of that historic race in 1966 probably began with the letter “f.”

Let’s hope the film’s grade will be anything but.

From 20th Century FOX, ‘Ford v Ferrari’ arrives at a theater near you on November 15.

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That Brief History of Time With ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Ends Tonight

September 24, 2007 – May 16, 2019. 

Thanks to my dad’s comedic instinct of a new television show about a group of socially awkward scientists working and living in southern California whose world is turned upside down (in the best ways) because of a new beautiful blonde neighbor, he and I attended the pilot episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ back in early 2007.

Even some of the best sitcoms of all-time struggle in the pilot episodes. The first season can be an uphill climb of sorts.

But that wasn’t the case with ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

It was great from the get-go, which includes a scene my dad and I saw live that has, for some reason, been cut from the rerun.

The series opens with Sheldon and Leonard visiting a high-IQ sperm bank. Yes. That’s right. The nurse returned later in the series when Howard needed a, um, hand. One of the punchlines in the sperm bank scene was Leonard helping the nurse with a crossword puzzle by saying “Port-au-Prince.”

And then there was arguably the funniest character intro involving the hilariously politically incorrect Howard Wolowitz.

Back in January of this year, my parents and I miraculously scored tickets to one of the final 10 episodes of this beloved series titled “The Donation Oscillation” to bookend the series experience. This episode, which included Penny’s old boyfriend Zack and his wife, fully delivered on the laughs with fulfilling dramatic moments that fit perfectly with the story. To make things better, there was an electric atmosphere with the audience. Incredibly, there were fans who drove from far away and some who flew from all over the world just to see a live taping of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

The show undeniably means a lot to its fans.

It also happens that I met a pretty girl, Theresa, while waiting in line who was from Germany and temporarily living in LA. Perhaps we’ll cross paths again.

Hey, if Leonard won Penny over against all odds…

It would be easy to simply include my favorite scenes from the science-centric series. However, that list would be too long. Ultimately, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ was/is a brilliant show featuring brilliant characters who were surprisingly relatable for their social awkwardness, in no small part because of their nerd-caliber love of movies, TV and pop culture all while trying to be cool.

But like the Phoenix, they figured out ways to rise from the ashes of constant failure to win the day and the girl.

And these were feelings excitedly and heartwarmingly revealed by my fellow audience members back in January when given the chance to speak to everyone, which added a level of camaraderie between all of us who have been watching ‘The Big Bang Theory’ for more than a decade.

Before the show ends, there are some specific mysteries that will hopefully get resolved later tonight:

  • Does the elevator get fixed?
  • Will Raj meet a girl with a promising beginning?
  • Does Howard meet his father? There were five lies and one truth in letters that Raj (Kunal Nayyar), Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Amy (Mayim Bialik), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) read to Howard (Simon Helberg) about his dad who left when he was young. If his dad shows up, what actor plays Howard’s dad?
  • What is Penny’s last name?
  • Why does Howard wear an alien pin in every single episode in the series?

Millions of fans cannot wait to see how the show ends. While sad, at least we know from the past 12 seasons that the cast, writers, and producers of the show know how to get laugh-out-loud punchlines as well as mix in heartwarming moments like when Penny gave Sheldon a napkin signed by his hero Leonard Nimoy (Spock).

Thank you to the ‘Big Bang Theory’ television universe for everything you gave us for, what the late Stephen Hawking would say, that brief history of time.

The hour-long series finale of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET. on CBS.

P.S. Will sitcom legend and recurring ‘Big Bang’ character Bob Newhart as Professor Neutron appear near the end of the hour-long finale and yell “Bazinga!” with Sheldon and the entire cast and crew? If he does, it won’t be a dream. The past 12 seasons happened. And they were awesome. 

Happy Monday!

From beginning to end, Adam Sandler gave comedy fans a memorable performance as host of ‘Saturday Night Live.’

‘SNL’ great Adam Sandler hosted his former show for the first time this weekend. There were many, many ways — and by this, I mean characters — the writers and cast could have approached his long-awaited, triumphant return. Surprisingly, there weren’t too many throwbacks to characters from Adam Sandler’s glory days at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. But make no mistake, the return of Opera Man at Weekend Update, for instance, was funny in ways that only the Sandman could deliver.

From singing his opening monologue…

to singing as the iconic Opera Man…

and his emotional acoustic tribute to close the show…

Adam Sandler proved why he’s a still such a fan favorite after all of the years as he combines humor with heart in pointed yet good-natured punchlines.

And while NBC’s timing and rationale for Adam Sandler’s firing (along with Chris Farley and Chris Rock) still makes absolutely no sense, NBC’s timing and rationale for bringing Adam Sandler back to ‘SNL’ — sparked by the success of his Netflix stand-up special titled ‘Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh’ — were pitch-perfect.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

Happy Monday!

The following announcement isn’t great. It isn’t awesome. It’s excellent!

As there are many questions surrounding the plot of this forthcoming film, confirmed details for ‘Bill & Ted 3: Face the Music’ are few and far between. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s currently known:

  • Original stars Keanu Reeves (Theodore “Ted” Logan) and Alex Winter (William “Bill” S. Preston Esq.) are returning.
  • Original screenwriters Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson wrote the script.
  • Orion Pictures will return as the film’s distributor.
  • William Sadler (Death) will be alive and well in the third film of the ‘Bill & Ted’ trilogy.

‘Bill & Ted’ will be a trilogy. That’s a fact. Let that sink in for a moment. This is a great an excellent moment for film history and (pop) cultural history. Summer 2020 cannot come soon enough.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

P.S. Keanu Reeves may have revealed overarching plot details a while back