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Dude is Going to Look Like a Lady Again

Normally, there isn’t so much news about sequels made within the same 2-week period, especially when it concerns follow-ups to beloved ’80s and ’90s classics.

Strangely, the latest scoop of a man dressing up as an old Scottish nanny has the potential to revive Steiner Street to its 1993 golden presence.

It was recently announced that famed scribe and director Chris Columbus put his hands up in the form of an “L” and reverse “L” and joined his thumbs together for a vision of a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel in the joyfully eccentric northern California city of San Francisco.

Oh, and this is happening with the wonderfully crazy, wild and spontaneously hilarious Robin Williams.

It’s impossible to doubt the comedic fire he’ll surely bring to this sequel.

While we’re not experiencing hot flashes at this news, we’re all experiencing flashes of our favorite scenes from this story of a marriage and family of three children broken up by divorce in a funny, yet very real fashion. And the fact that the 1993 original was funny, sweet and painfully real with the tugging of our heart strings throughout was a defining dynamic that perfectly complemented the unforgettable comedic one-liners of Robin Williams and, of course, a stellar cast.

There is no release date, but that shouldn’t stop our cautious optimism of what will eventually be projected on the silver screen for multiple generations to enjoy.

Thankfully, somebody boxed the trailer from Mrs. Doubtfire and then shipped it onto the Internet (that process can get confusing).

“Could you make me a woman [again]?”

“Honey, I’m so happy!”

And Uncle Frank, maybe make an extra mask or two…just in case.

P.S. I’ll never forget when my family and I were at a cafe in Kauaʻi several years ago and my sister and I were ordering food just feet from somebody who looked very familiar…

007

Yes, he was 007. And yes, he was super nice. But, he was also the hapless Stu Dunmeyer.

Incredibly, I believe he was driving a Mercedes!

The Tax Man Should Never Own a Bike

April 15th is the last day to mail taxes.

After wasting a perfectly good Saturday/weekend navigating through the mind-numbing maze of booklets, rules and multiple variations of “line 3 minus line 4,” people can finally start to put their minds at ease. Hopefully, there will be a refund in your future to splurge on something truly fun and antithetical to the entire process and existence of taxes (in 6-7 weeks for the old school paper submitters).

Just be on the lookout for the tax man today so you don’t get penalized with the “walking into the post office to mail your taxes” tax…

One thing never seems to change: the tax man always comes calling at 10:40, but it’s rarely an easy experience.

5 Kinds of Crazy

It would literally be crazy not to watch Robin Williams on prime time television.

No joke.

“The Crazy Ones” provides its crazy lead actor with a fantastic 4-person ensemble of unique, slightly less crazy supporting actors and actresses that continues to build a comedic rapport worthy of a weekly Thursday night visit at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. Not only that, but the show also (shhhh, in a whisper voice) has heart.

Last night’s installment featured the collision of two worlds that are usually not meant to interact with one another: Professional Life and Past High School Awkwardness (George Costanza would have gone berserk!). When announcing her father’s competitors for the “Creative of the Year” award in advertising, Sydney Roberts noticed a familiar name on the list: Josh Hayes. Josh Hayes. This is the name of her high school crush “that got away.”

At a cocktail party devised specifically by and for Sydney to flirt with Josh Hayes with an outfit that instantaneously reminded us male viewers why we fell in love with her during her “Buffy” days, Sydney the advertising partner was reduced to a giddy, fawning schoolgirl.

It was cute.

Despite a fairytale-like kiss and a 7-hour “Bones” marathon with David Boreanaz (a nice “Buffy” shout out), the romance ended as quickly because of betrayal, deceit and a self-promoting blimp in the Chicago skyline.

After all was said and done, the five advertising dreamers sat lonely, yet reassuringly at the Aragon bar. Void of the glory of victory and the promise of a lifelong love affair, the Roberts’ looked at their beverages as being half-full. And that’s precisely when the pulse of the show really started to pick up speed.

In his relentless charm offensive, whether it’s professional, personal or both, Zach took Sydney’s hand and lured her to the dance floor with the musical help of Andrew and weather girl power of Lauren for what can only be described as odd, sweet and, well, just perfect. As her Dad assured her, the man in Sydney’s romantic snow globe is still out there, waiting to dance with her as snow flakes fall gently from the Heavens. Sydney should consider her latest setback as a bad pitch. Luckily, in advertising, there is always another pitch to be made.

Perhaps the real reason why the show is called, “The Crazy Ones” is because it’s not afraid to couple the borderline inappropriate stream of consciousness humor (though it always feels fine when Robin Williams says it, doesn’t it?) with genuine concern for the well-being of its characters. Impressively, all of this is accomplished while maintaining sharp, witty and clever dialogue.

During a time when network television is constantly pushing boundaries of what it considers suitable for audiences, it’s refreshing to immerse oneself into a story that enjoys dancing on the edge with a comedy legend and television star that recognize the necessity for the combination of humor and warm, endearing moments.

A random joke is funny, but it’s only memorable if the person or people telling the joke make us care after it’s said and done.

Kind of crazy, right?

P.S. Always remember to stay tuned for the bloopers…classic Robin Williams!

The Bicentennial!

This is the 200th Post on Jimmy’s Daily Planet!

It’s a bit surreal to be writing my 200th blog post. To be more precise, it was never on my horizon to even think this far into the future when I first started Jimmy’s Daily Planet. I knew what I wanted this website to be in the beginning and it’s been gradually evolving with each new post. I for one am truly excited to see where it continues to go from here!

Just reflecting solely on the number 200 reminds me of what a big number it is. The United States of America is 237 years old, there are more than 200 restaurants in New York City…plus 4,000 other ones, an electric motorcycle has broken the 200 mph barrier, there are at least 200 different types of wine in most grocery stores these days and I’ve probably quoted my favorite television shows and movies more than 200 times.

But maybe it’s just a matter of perspective. Whose perspective? How about a robot with a perfectly pertinent name for today’s celebratory occasion with the always amazing Sam Neill as his somewhat reluctant comedic sidekick:

(Oh, and this post is also two hundred words long)

Here’s to 200 More!