Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe

Born April 7, 1964

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Noteworthy

  • The Quick and the Dead – I LOVE this movie. Crowe plays a former gunslinger forced to be one again. He is in a quick draw competition set up by Gene Hackman. Maybe not his best role but a flick that I love.
  • Gladiator – Crowe is Maximus! Great period piece set in the Roman Empire. Ridley Scot at his best… maybe? This role got him an Oscar.
  • A Beautiful Mind – A biopic about John Nash. Crowe plays Nash. Tear jerking and it got him an Oscar nod.
  • 3:10 to Yuma – Crowe is Ben Wade, the baddie in this western. I have watched the old one and the new one, they are both great but Crowe is the highlight of the movie. Though he and Christian Bale do play well together.
  • Les Miserables – Crowe brings Javert to life. I know a lot of people did not dig him in this role but I loved it.
  • The Nice Guys – Crowe plays Jackson Healy. I really loved this movie and Crowe needs to play funny a lot more often. He and Ryan Gosling need to play in Shane Black’s world a lot more often.

There’s an ease that I have living in Australia. The best things about Sydney are free: the sunshine’s free, and the harbour’s free, and the beach is free.

-Russell Crowe

Sean Astin

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Things About Goats You May Not Know

I guess we should start off with the biggest and most believed misconception of them all. Goats will eat anything including tin cans, cardboard boxes and in the case of “The Andy Griffith Show”, dynamite. The truth of the matter is that they are fairly picky eaters....

Where did all the good commercials go?

I was flipping through the Netflix the other day and ran across Video Games: The Movie. It was a really good documentary on the history, purpose, and culture of gaming. While I was watching it the Atari issue of E.T. The Extraterrestrial The Game was brought up. If...

Jason Segel Friend to Muppets

Jason Segel "I'm not a gay pirate, I have sex with my parrot all the time!... OK, that came out wrong." - Marshall - How I Met Your Mother Noteworthy How I Met Your Mother -  I love this show. I don't love the storyline but the characters more than make up for that....

Bryan Cranston

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Elton John

Elton John

Elton John

Born March 25, 1947

Since the 1960s, Elton John has been creating the soundtrack, the musical feeling of our pop-culture. From pop hits such as Crocodile Rock to taking his hits about Marilyn Monroe and re-writing them for Princess Diana, he is one of the most prolific artists of the modern age.

Noteworthy

I’ve always wanted to smash a guitar over someone’s head. You just can’t do that with a piano.

-Elton John

My Podcast Playlist

I am a podcast junkie. Not a day has gone by that I have not listened to a few podcasts a day over the last several years. I use Beyond Pod to control my podcast habit. I usually listen them at 1.5 times the normal speed. Each of the podcasts below will get its own...

Stand Up Comedy

I am kind of a stand up comedy nerd. Not only do I enjoy listening to and watching comedians, I really love learning about how they build their acts, how they craft their material, how they juxtapose their words - all of it! All of the stuff that goes into the show....

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless Born March 29, 1968   Lucy Lawless, New Zealand born actress and singer, has been a pop-culture icon since the early 1990s. From Xena: Warrior Princess to her latest work on Ash vs Evil Dead, Lawless spans the world and genres. She helped create the...

Like a C5 Like a C5 Rocket

On this day, 1962, NASA made a big announcement. They said they were gonna rocket it Like a C5 Like a C5 Rocket. Ok, forgive my bit of punniness, but I am and always have been a fan of the US Space Agency, NASA. In 1962 they did announce that they were going to create...

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...
will.i.am

will.i.am

will.i.am

Born March 15, 1975

will.i.am musician, songwriter, music producer, actor, a founding member of The Black Eyed Peas – damn is he busy!

If what I am is what’s in me
Then I’ll stay strong – that’s who I’ll be
And I will always be the best
“me” that I can be.

There’s only one me, I am it
Have a dream I’ll follow it
It’s up to me to try.

lyrics – What I Am

You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics.

-will.i.am

Elizabeth Banks

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Jay Chandrasekhar

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What if the Flintstones Were More Realistic?

Slate.com had a great review of DC Comics new version of The Flintstones. Gone is the goofy group of cave people that lived in a little town called bedrock. Wilma and Fred are still here but they are less like the Honey Mooners and more up to date in a 1 million year...

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley - Born February 2, 1954 Christie Brinkley is one of the dream-girl models of my youth. She was everywhere when I was a kid. Sports Illustrated, TV, movies, music videos - literally everywhere. She was the bubbly personality wrapped in bombshell looks...

Nicholas Brendon

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Tone Loc

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 Medina – Classic songs from my childhood. If you have not listened to these two jams you have not lived.
  • Movie Roles: Bebe’s KidsAce Venture: Pet DetectiveThe Adventures of Ford Fairlane – These are just a few of his acting roles but they are also my favorites. His role as Emilio in Ace Venture is classic and proves that his comedy chops are on point.

I’m not about trying to be out here fighting and shooting, stabbing and, you know, all that crap, man.

-Tone Loc

Why is Everyone Hating on Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad Director: David Ayer Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Ezra Miller, Jey Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman, Adam Beach & Ben Affleck MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2016 Why is...

Paul Newman

Paul Newman - Born January 26, 1925 I am digging further back in our pop-culture consciousness for today's entry. Paul Newman is timeless and if you are not familiar then you need to do yourself a favor. Go find some of his flicks online and start streaming. Here are...

DL Hughley

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Neck-Deep in a Long Box

Go get Neck-Deep in a Long Box! I mean it. I cannot tell you the number of hours I spent, as a kid, digging through back issues in long boxes no matter where they were. Digging through long boxes at a comic book store was one of my favorite activities as a young comic...

Top 5 Labor Day Movies

I was originally going to do a Top 5 movies that revolved around Labor Day - that is harder to find than I thought it would be, People need to make more movies that revolve around Labor Day. It is a great holiday! A day off, the first holiday for most kids right after...
Fats Domino

Fats Domino

Fats Domino

Born February 26, 1928

Lyrics to Fats Domino song Blue Monday

“Blue Monday”

Blue Monday how I hate Blue Monday
Got to work like a slave all day
Here come Tuesday, oh hard Tuesday
I’m so tired got no time to play

Here come Wednesday, I’m beat to my socks
My gal calls, got to tell her that I’m out
‘Cause Thursday is a hard workin’ day
And Friday I get my pay

Saturday mornin’, oh Saturday mornin’
All my tiredness has gone away
Got my money and my honey
And I’m out on the stand to play

Sunday mornin’ my head is bad
But it’s worth it for the time that I had
But I’ve got to get my rest
‘Cause Monday is a mess

Well, I wouldn’t want to say that I started it (rock & Roll), but I don’t remember anyone else before me playing that kind of stuff.

-Fats Domino

The Eighties – A Documentary

The Eighties - A Documentary Recently watched The Eighties - A Documentary on Netflix. My wife and I are hooked on documentaries and we will watch one on almost anything but this one, covering one of the decades that we both grew up on was a no-brainer.Add to that the...

Ian Clarke

Ian Clarke Born February 16, 1977   Ian Clarke is the creator and lead desgner on a project called Freenet. FreeNet "Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship-resistant communication. It uses a decentralized distributed data store to keep and deliver...

Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Be

Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Be. Do not make the assumption that every movie is made to win an Oscar. Not all movies are film or art and not all films are good movies. To me, a movie is built, designed for entertainment. A movie can be...

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson Born April 15, 1959   Emma Thompson has been a professional actress on stage and screen since the 80s. She is an amazing actress and her ability to bring a strong woman to life on the screen is beyond belief. Noteworthy Primary Colors - Thompson plays...

James Van Der Beek

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