Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

Born April 24, 1964

Cedric the Entertainer is one of the funniest people on the planet. Since his stand-up days, I have been following his career and catching him everywhere that I can.

Noteworthy

  • The Original Kings of Comedy – Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, and DL Hughley. This is still one of the best stand-up special of all time.
  • Barbershop – Cedric is Eddie. Barbershop is awesome and worth a re-watch every couple of years.
  • The Honeymooners – Who else can take Gleason’s place in this reboot… that is all I am asking.

We as comics do want an immediate response from the audience. It’s really quiet on the set, and there are only the producers, and the director, so a comic is looking for someone to give a reaction, even if it is the camera guy.

-Cedric the Entertainer

Top 5 Bill Paxton Movies

We lost an iconic actor in February of this year. As many have said if you saw Bill Paxton's name on something, it was going to be good. He brought a certain professionalism and depth to every character he played whether it was the leading role or part of the...

Blurry Photos Podcast – Episode 157 Numerology

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Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes Born March 5, 1974   Eva Mendes really can do it all. She is an amazing actress, a business person, and a mom. She is also devastatingly funny. Noteworthy Hitch - Mendes is the perfect leading lady and counterpart to Will Smith in Hitch. She is so damn...

Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell - Born February 5, 1967 I love Chris Parnell. He is like white wine vinegar, he brightens the whole recipe. He is like a chili pepper in the chili - you miss it when it is not there. He, much like Vince Vaughn should just make an appearance in every...

Emma Caulfield

Emma Caulfield Born April 8, 1973   Emma Caulfield, playing Anya on Buffy the Vampire Slayer was just one of the many reasons that I loved that show. SHe was the humor, the passion, and part of the Scooby Gang - or at least Scooby adjacent. For the noteworthy, I would...
Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Born April 23, 1977

Kal Penn roams this weird world between comedy and drama. He walks the edge between entertainment and public service. He has existed in different worlds and been successful. He is proof that while someone in Hollywood’s opinion isn’t better than anyone else’s it is still just as important. With Kal Penn, he knows what he is talking about – he has been there.

Noteworthy

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Buffy goes to college. She starts drinking beer with some college guys. The beer makes the college guys regress to be cavemen. Kal Penn is a caveman.
  • Van Wilder – As Taj, Penn is under the tutelage of Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds tries to teach him how to rule the school.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle – This is my fav of Penn’s work. He and John Cho are so amazing together. The whole movie is worth the scene at the end where they are actually eating at White Castle. No one has ever shown that much joy and triumph with food before.
  • House – Big change for our comedian. He takes on one of the best medical dramas ever on TV.
  • How I Met Your Mother – As part of this ensemble, he completely holds his own with a pack of strong personalities and never gets lost in the shuffle.

What I love about L.A. and Washington, D.C. is that they’re almost the opposite of each other. L.A. is a very creative space while D.C. is a very cerebral space. So, they’re the ying and the yang in my world. I like them both for their own reasons.

-Kal Penn

Magnificent Seven – 1960

The Magnificent Seven - 1960 - is one of those movies that I have watched literally dozens of times over the years. It is one of the first VHS tapes that I bought when I began my movie collection and it was one of the first that I swapped out to DVD. I learned to love...

Logan

We have now seen our last film with Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine. Logan is the Story of Wolverine - in a time, in the future - he is dying and he is trying to help Professor X. Past the plot you have an outstanding performance by Hugh Jackman and newcomer Dafne Keen...

This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Freebird

It never fails, I’m walking through a farmers’ market and I hear someone in a hushed tone say ‘oh my god, did you see how much that (fill in the blank) was?’  Usually, it is because of an $18 hen, $8 dozen eggs, or a $38 New York strip.  These prices seem...

Rachel Dratch

Rachel Dratch Born February 22, 1966   Rachel Dratch has been on SNL since 1999. It is 2018 as of the time of this writing. That is a long damn time. She is not a regular cast member now but she is still beloved enough to make an appearance from time to time. I just...

I Hate John Cena

In my many years of watching wrestling, and it has been roughly 30 years as a fan going all the way back to the Rock’n Wrestling cartoon and writing a letter to Hogan after Earthquake broke his ribs and put Hogan out for a few months.  I did receive a postcard from...
James McAvoy

James McAvoy

James McAvoy

Born April 21, 1979

James McAvoy is a product of Scotland that we are glad got exported to our shores. He is such a good actor. Whether he is a superhero or a villain you realize that McAvoy is putting everything out there with each and every scene.

Noteworthy

  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – I thought that Wanted was the first time that I had seen McAvoy in a movie. I was wrong. He was MR Tumnus, the Faun. Who knew?
  • Wanted – Love this movie. McAvoy was officially added to my list of actors that look like they could pull off the violence they were enacting. He moves well, if that makes any sense.
  • Prof X – X-men: First Class / X-Men: Days of Future Past / X-Men: Apocalypse – Not the biggest fan of this run of movies but I do like McAvoy as Prof X. In particular, he is splendid in First Class.
  • Victor Frankenstein – If you have not watched he and Radcliffe as Victor and Igor you are missing out. This is my new favorite version of this story.
  • Split – Haven’t watched it yet. It is on the list. I really can’t wait.
  • Atomic Blonde – Watched this recently. Gritty, Cold War era spy movie. McAvoy is gravely and wonderful.

I was brought up by my grandparents. So people go, ‘Oh, what was that like? That must have been hard.’ And you go: ‘No, it wasn’t.’ It was just completely actually normal because the new norm seems to be whatever you make of it, doesn’t it?

-James McAvoy

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba Born April 28, 1981   Jessica Alba started out acting as a teenager and has been turning out great entertainment for all of us ever since then. She is one of those actresses that makes interesting choices and elevates the role. Noteworthy Idle Hands - I...

Chris Farley

Chris Farley Born February 15, 1964   Chris Farley... I don't know where to start. I miss Chris Farley. He was funny as hell. He was as good a physical comedian as anyone ever saw. Noteworthy Saturday Night Live - Some of his skits on SNL are the funniest ever. They...

The Conjuring

The Conjuring This movie is based on a true story about the life and careers of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a pair of paranormal investigators and demonologists. It is directed by James Wan and written by Chad Hayes and Corey Hayes. The film itself was 20 years in the...

Diamond Dallas Page

Diamond Dallas Page Born April 5, 1956   Diamond Dallas Page is known as a wrestler that got into the business later in his life and became one of the fastest rising stars ever. For me, even when WCW was in its decline, he was part of the show that kept me entertained...

Kal Penn

Kal Penn Born April 23, 1977   Kal Penn roams this weird world between comedy and drama. He walks the edge between entertainment and public service. He has existed in different worlds and been successful. He is proof that while someone in Hollywood's opinion isn't...
Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Born April 20, 1959

Clint Howard has been acting, small screen and large screen, since he was a child. His unique look, his acting chops, and the fact that he has been literally acting for his entire life makes Howard someone to look like whenever he shows up in a movie.

Noteworthy

  • Star Trek (TOS) – Balok – Howard played an alien and an adversary to Kirk and the Enterprise.
  • Gentle Ben – This was the first place that I remember seeing Clint Howard. I saw it in reruns but I do remember my mom telling me that he was Opie’s brother off the Andy Griffith Show.
  • Tango & Cash – Howard has a brief cameo in this 80s action film.
  • Backdraft – Another cameo and you can see in his career that it has become a badge of honor having Clint Howard show up in your movie.
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – He has one of the best running bits in all of these movies. The radar operator bit is a classic.

One of my earliest memories is being inside the recording studio and I see the shadow of a figure that looks an awful lot like Walt Disney. Then the door opened and Mr. Disney walked in and said, ‘Hi Clint.’ I won’t ever forget that.

-Clint Howard

Passing the Torch or Lightsaber

Passing the Torch or Lightsaber I am one of the few people that can brag about having seen all of the live action star wars movies in the theater.  I’m sure my parents had no idea what they were starting when they took me to see Star Wars in 1977. I’m fairly certain...

Mitch Hedberg

Mitch Hedberg Born February 24, 1968   Mitch Hedberg left us too soon. He was a funny, funny guy and his delivery made him completely memorable. He is still one of my favorite stand up comedians and his albums are still on rotation on my Spotify - downloaded and ready...

Star Wars: The FanBoy Awakens

I am a bit late to the party when it comes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens but it certainly is enough of a pop-culture phenom that I want to take some time to give it some love. For me this could have been renamed - Star Wars: The FanBoy Awakens! First things first, I...

Tone Loc

Tone Loc Born March 3, 1966   Tone Loc was one of those iconic entertainers from my youth that I will never forget. His musical stylings fit the MTV generation that I grew up in and his beats are still rolling around in my head. Noteworthy Wild Thing & Funky Cold...

Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald Born February 18, 1968   Molly Ringwald was one of the Brat ack and one of the IT girls when I was growing up. She played teen angst better than almost anyone else. Noteworthy Sixteen Candles - Great cast as we see Molly Ringwald's dream of the perfect...
James Franco

James Franco

James Franco

Born April 19, 1978

James Franco has no problem stepping out to the comfortable into the shows of his role. He is an extraordinary actor, taking risk and all the while entertaining his audiences.

Noteworthy

  • Spider-Man – First thing that I saw Franco in. He is Harry Osborn the Green Goblin’s son and Peter’s best friend.
  • 127 Hours – An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (IMDb.com) In other words, he cuts of his own arm to survive – based on a true story.
  • The Interview – Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight”. When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission. (IMDb.com)
  • The Disaster Artist – The maybe true story of Tommy Wiseau making the movie The Room. Franco is the lead.

If the work is good, what does it matter? I’m doing it because I love it. Why not do as many things I love as I can? As long as the work is good.

-James Franco

Walking Dead Season 7 Finale

This is something I haven't ever tried before. I am going to attempt to chronicle my reactions to the Season Finale of The Walking Dead. #TheWalkingDead - #TWDFinale The Music this season has been really good. From the choices when they were torturing Darryl to the...

Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt - Born January 27, 1969 As a professed stand-up comedy addict, Patton Oswalt is one of my drugs of choice. I really dig smart humor and when a comedian uses language well, wraps their humor and stories back around to a common thread, and at the end don't...

Kal Penn

Kal Penn Born April 23, 1977   Kal Penn roams this weird world between comedy and drama. He walks the edge between entertainment and public service. He has existed in different worlds and been successful. He is proof that while someone in Hollywood's opinion isn't...

Kevin James

Kevin James Born April 26, 1965   Kevin James is a truly funny guy. He has played a variety of roles and he seems to be able to play just about any role, some of which we will dig into below. He is very deft at physical humor but then you watch him act and emote and...

Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies Born February 14, 1977   Jim Jefferies not only is he my favorite Australian comedian, he is one of my favorite comedians... period. He is also a great writer, talk show host, etc. Noteworthy The Jim Jefferies Show - Jim Jefferies applies his own brand...