Thursday, June 25, 2009
There aren't that many careers like Michael Jackson's. He's been in the public eye since he was very young.....belting out hits with his brothers, the Jackson Five. He was far and away the star of the group....which lead him to a....shall we say, huge solo career.
Thriller exploded onto the scene in the early 80's, and nothing seemed the same again. With the great music, and great music vidoes as well, Michael dominated the music scene. He could not have been bigger...and he indeed was the King of Pop.
He has had....most likely deserved....recent troubles....and was nothing more than a side show attraction. But when he was in full gear....he was an unstoppable force.
What are your memories of the King of Pop?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Yet another link to the past is gone.
Ed McMahon died today. Unfortunately the last years of his life have been dogged by money problems. And even more unfitting....is his last appearance will have been in the Cash4Gold ads during the Super Bowl.
McMahon deserves a better legacy...one that I hope endures. Having worked with Johnny Carson....even before the first Tonight Show...Ed hung his hat on the ultimate rising star. In 1962, Johnny began his Tonight Show Reign....and Ed was there to be his foil...straight man.....and bellower of Heeeeeeere's Johnny.
Ed, being a shrewd man, ventured out, hosting and exec producing a number of projects. The most successful being Star Search and his Blooper Show with Dick Clark. He was also the co host with Jerry Lewis on his annual MDA telethon.
Ed is an Icon....and I'll always remember him standing just off stage.....announcing the Tonight Show's lineup, and introducing Johnny every night. Rest in Peace.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Is it a Golden Age for the movies......It sure has been for me personally.
Batman is a top draw.....financially and creatively. Star Trek...of ALL properties is back and bigger than ever. Harry Potter continues to be great....and Pixar keeps cranking out quality. (Have you seen Up?....if not, do so now)
Marvel is going for the throat with its new slate. Iron Man 2 comes out in May next year. The following May.....Thor makes his movie debut (Played by Captain Kirk's daddy from this year's Star Trek) This will be helmed by the great Kenneth Branaugh. Captain America follows that June. (Casting is not ready for that yet) And then...the Granddaddy of them all.....a movie nobody thought we'd ever see.....the Avengers. Iron Man, Thor, Cap....and most likely a number of other Marvel heroes will join forces.
Things are looking brighter and brighter. With special effect catching up to the eye candy in their comic books....things are just now looking like the future.
Monday, May 4, 2009
If you had told me two years ago that the most anticipated movie of a year was going to be the Star Trek reboot, I would have said in your dreams....
But here we are, 2009....and inarguably, the biggest film of the year could be Star Trek. Rarely has a summer movie been universally hailed by critics, fans, and non-fans alike. Anyone who has seen the shrewd preview......knows something of quality is on its way.
I would like to take this opportunity to say to media outlets....try not to use terms like, "Beaming to a theater near you", and "Set your phasers on Stunning", and all that garbage.
For a long time Star Trek fan....it's good to see the franchise get a new lease on life. The numbers this weekend could be staggering......
Enjoy the show!
Friday, April 24, 2009
While I'm very pleased to see Troy Polamalu sharing the cover of this years new Madden game......I have to be worried about the supposed Madden 'Curse'.
Previous Cover Boys have been beset by bad seasons, just after they appeared on the game. Shawn Alexander.....career more or less ended. Vince Young.......lost his starting job. Dante Culpepper....got hurt. Ray Lewis.....implicated in a murder. Michael Vick.....do I even need to say it!
Hopefully the 'curse' will pass over the two players this year.....but if it has to hit someone.......it can go to Fitz!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Watching American Idol this year has seemed to be Adam....and everybody else.
Can anyone else win this competition....I don't think so. Oddly, Simon was a bit critical of his performance last night......I think Simon is trying to make drama out of an already finished race.
The only person, who hasn't been in the bottom three yet, is Danny Gokey. Danny does have the chops, and the sympathy factor to contend....but when its all said and done....Danny is a good, one trick pony....and Adam has shown range.
It's still a fun ride. And Paula has had moments of lucidity...and sheer lunacy. That's why we like her.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
A new U2 CD is out today....and I can't wait to get a chance to check it out!
I've been lucky to see U2 five times so far, and I very much hope to see them again this year! They announce they're new tour next Monday.
U2 is on Letterman all this week, and GMA on Friday.
I declare today U 2sday.