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    • August 15, 2014 4:38 AM CDT
    • I cited an episode of The Young Ones in one of my first paid commissions, an essay on British and Australian stereotypes in humour.

    • June 12, 2014 9:14 PM CDT
    • HEY , CHEERS TO BOTH OF YOU , TOO. They probably did'nt think "The Young Ones" would go down well in America , and it was accepted like the much - needed breath of fresh air that it was.

    • June 11, 2014 8:30 PM CDT
    • Thanks for sharing that, I loved The Young Ones.  Cheers

    • June 10, 2014 4:17 PM CDT
    • This sucks big time.

    • June 10, 2014 1:20 AM CDT
    • British comic genius , Rik Mayall , died , at home . Cause of death is yet unknown. He was only 56. Mayall is best known for co - creating "The Young Ones" , one of THEE funniest post - Python UK comedies. Besides the brutal nature of the show's humor ( They had difficulty getting teh show on Television because THERE WERE "NO LIKEABLE CHARACTERS" , the very thing that made the show such a hit. ).The least likeable character was arguably Mayall's hilarious "Rik , The People's poet" , which he debuted in his standup act , before the TV show was  concieved. 

      He espoused Anarcho/Socialist politics ,while practically worshipping Cliff Richard. Though the program featured everyone from Motorhead , The Damned , 9 Below Zero to John Otway , Madness (Twice.) , and others , Richard never made an appearance , though he did record a 12" charity record with the "Young Ones" cast. Mayall continued to work sporadically with former cast members of "tHE yOUNG oNES" , particularly Ade Edmonton. Mayall went on to appear in the excellent , long - running " The Comic Strip Presents " , each episode an hour - long comic film. The best episode(s) , arguably , was "Bad News on Tour" and "More Bad News", concerning an inept (And I say that lovingly.) New Wave of British Heavy Metal band that somehow gets a chance at the big time. Mayall was reunited with Edmonton and Nigel Planer in this , other episodes , and other programs. I'm sorry , "BAD NEWS"is , in my humble opinion , much funnier than "Spinal Tap" , with better songs (Because they lack The Taps's slickness.). If anyone disagrees , that's cool , but don't get all You Tube on my ass , thanks.  

      Later , Mayall and Edmonton starred together in " Bottom" about two "Swinging Bachelors" who can't get laid to save their lives. Moderately dark humor , and laughable ultra - violence made it the show you loved or hated. I loveit, but , I would not hold it up against "The Young Ones". Mayall also starred opposite Phoebe Cates  in "Drop Dead Fred " , and even in a failed attempt to revive the insanely popular "Carry On " series , all the while performing live comedy , often with Edmonton.

      Damn , that man was funny !

    • August 14, 2014 4:23 PM CDT
    • I use these as well, sounds crazy, but is really great....

    • August 4, 2014 3:27 PM CDT
    • ....OK , I'm still taking this in.... Will Ferrell as Russ Meyer. I don't see it , but , that doesn't mean it couldn't be there. Sometimes it takes a talented unknown to carry off such a part , like whatshisname who played Kim Fowley in " The Runaways". He was brilliant.  Do they really think "Beyond The Valley of The Dolls" was Meyer's first studio picture? First major studio picture , yes , if that's what they meant (20th Century Fox , who loved the movie so much , it was one of two pictures they refused to release on video , but , finally caved to public demand. The other was "Myra Breckenridge " , and they eventually caved , and released that , too .). 


    • August 4, 2014 10:41 AM CDT
    • Wait, Will Ferrel is going to play a sleazy guy from the past with a mustache and bad hair?! He's really expanding his horizons. 

    • August 4, 2014 9:24 AM CDT
    • I know what you're thinking, but... Personally, I happen to *like* Will Ferrell.


      That Russ Meyer/Roger Ebert biopic may have just cast an A-lister as one of its leads.

      Will Ferrell is close to signing on to play famous exploitation director Russ Meyer in this indie about the making of his and Ebert's BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. It was Meyer's first studio film, and we'll see how the improbable mix of Meyer, Ebert, Richard D. Zanuck, and THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS produced something…entirely itself.

      If this project is indeed on the fast track, expect to hear confirmation of Ferrell's casting soon. Also, for the 30-ish Roger Ebert, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen are in contention, but as far as I can gather, it's still anyone's game. That's going to be tricky casting, considering his relatively recent demise and the documentary LIFE ITSELF (which is a lock for a Best Documentary nom).

      They don't have a director yet, but if Edgar Wright is involved (which, given BABY DRIVER and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, may be an impossibility), this could easily become one of the most intriguing film-history flicks to come out in quite some time (Meyer/Ebert>Disney/Travers)

      As for Will Ferrell, this would be his first portrayal of a real-life figure since Bob Woodward in DICK back in '99 (and probably his most dramatic performance since 2010's EVERYTHING MUST GO), but he's age-appropriate for the part and should slip into the shoes of the legendary impresario quite nicely.

      Yeah…I could see it.

      -Vincent Kim-Zahedi
      ”Papa Vinyard”

    • July 29, 2014 7:47 PM CDT
    • Interesting.....It's true , interest in Porn soundtracks is on the rise (!).

      I think like any other movie soundtracks , though , the genre was often limited by what was on hand (!!) , musically , and by time alloted to throw the films together and get them out to the distributors. I'm sure it's possible , though , that much of the music was carefully composed and edited to be ...ummm....juxtaposed with the action onscreen  .

      I WAS VERY SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT "Mah Na Ma Nah" first appeared in "Sweden....Heaven and Hell" , which I've never seen (Honest.) , but , I found the soundtrack in a thrift store about 20  years ago. It came out much too early to not register as tame by today's standards.

    • July 29, 2014 10:03 AM CDT
    • This is great:

      How sex got its soundtrack: The X-rated history of “boom-chicka-wah-wah”

      From "Deep Throat" to "Cafe Flesh," the stories behind the sultry tunes that define our famous sex scenes

      Sex has always come with a soundtrack. And that soundtrack has become part of our collective erotic imagination. “Almost everyone in the world knows what the ‘Wakka Chikka Wakka Chikka’ represents,” explains the blurb for a 2009 compilation album of porn music. Despite featuring literal-minded tracks such as “Brain Wank,” the playlist was not meant to seduce. It’s the musical version of Proust’s madeleine — summoning a set of associations linked inextricably to sex.

      Neuroscientists have studied the phenomenon of “involuntary memory” triggered by taste and smell, and psychologists have written about the fact that sexual desire can be aroused by, well, just about anything. Yet surprisingly little research has been conducted on auditory cues tied to the arousal feedback loop.

      Bypassing the naughty cabinet of curiosities that is “Notches: (re)marks on the History of Sexuality,” the sex soundtrack currently inhabits the domain of oral history. Just as the sound of Karen Carpenter’s silky voice takes writer Tara McGinley back to the “safe, happy place” of childhood, porn soundtracks lead a large chunk of Americans back to the same happy place: the ’70s.

      It is generally conceded that the ’70s was the Golden Age of porn, and the movie that changed everything was “Deep Throat” in 1972. When porn superstar Ron Jeremy was about the soundtracks he chose for “Deep Throat,” he replied:

      I remember that the music in “Deep Throat I” was campy and adorable. Porn films always had that boom-chicka-boom-chicka-boom music, but Gerard Damiano (director of Deep Throat 1) always had the desire to go straight, so he put in music that was unlike typical porn music. Not just bouncy stuff, but more fun-goofy-crazy music.

      Continue reading...

    • July 24, 2014 11:31 PM CDT
    • So many questions are running through my mind now... So, Dr. Huzumoko? pulls out a weed wacker referred to as the "Sonic Screw" and plays it in magical medieval folk flute and then ?WHAT??? it exterminates the angry cursing, walking "Dalekor" man to 60s spy muzak, and the Dalekor just blows up in a another angry piss & cursing rage and dies?.... I'm left with more questions than answers. I need more....

    • July 11, 2014 11:30 PM CDT
    • MAD scientist...

    • July 11, 2014 11:30 PM CDT
    • That's a riot. I did'nt know Japan ever did am unauthorized take (Take - 0ff ?) on Dr. Who. I'm sure the Turkish did (Turkey has released their own below - low budget , stranger than fiction Star Trek , Star Wars , James Bond , Exorcist , and almost every major superhero films , because they have no copyright laws. There is a JAPANESE SPIDERMAN , i'VE ONLY SEEN PART OF IT.

      "King Kong Escapes" ('68?) had a mas Scientist called Dr. Who !

    • July 10, 2014 9:23 AM CDT
    • Ha, this is friggin' awesome...

    • July 21, 2014 11:20 AM CDT
    • ....I see what you mean , but , I'd really have to see the movie.   Of course , she has the hair , and similar facial structure , but , Ivy , ever the fitness enthusiast , isn't as muscular looking as Adams in this photo.  If you ever see the updated remake of "Destroy All Monsters", "Godzilla:Final Wars " , the leader of the evil spacemen looks like a cross between Lux and Seiji from Guitar Wolf.  Seriously.

    • July 20, 2014 11:54 AM CDT
    • It was hard to watch Amy Adams' character in this movie and NOT think about Poison Ivy... Am I right or am I right?

    • July 19, 2014 9:59 PM CDT
    • Stuckism:

       Stuckism is an international art movement founded in 1999 by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson to promote figurative painting in opposition to conceptual art. Anti the pretensions of conceptual art. Anti-anti-art. The first Remodernist art group. Daubers (daubing is the new painting).

       Read the manifesto:

       Anyone into stuckism? Any stuckists among us? If so, let's see some of your art!

    • July 11, 2014 12:16 AM CDT
    • Kopper , You're welcome.  Some of those "Outer Limits' were so good , they COULD have been feature films.

    • July 10, 2014 11:29 PM CDT
    • He's the Ebonite interrogator from the "Nightmare" episode, 1963.

    • July 10, 2014 11:12 PM CDT
    • John Battles said:

      He's from an "Outer Limits" episode. I could'nt tell you his name (If he had one.), or which episode he was in , but , if you look up some "Outer Limits" websited , the info should be available.

      Aaaaahh... the Outer Limits! No wonder I couldn't remember the movie... cuz it wasn't a movie!

      Thanks, John!

    • July 10, 2014 8:52 PM CDT
    • He's from an "Outer Limits" episode. I could'nt tell you his name (If he had one.), or which episode he was in , but , if you look up some "Outer Limits" websited , the info should be available.

    • July 10, 2014 11:23 AM CDT
    • Who is this guy and what movie was he from? At one time I knew... but I can't remember now at all. Help!


    • June 19, 2014 5:30 AM CDT
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    • June 14, 2014 11:30 PM CDT
    • .....Thing is , Joey F. , The Standells were , like Garage - Punk or Proto - Punk...whatever they were , they were'nt NEW WAVE . It's a TOTALLY DIFFERENT HEAD !!!!

      Wow , I just found "The Legends of The Superheroes".... I REMEMBER SEEING IT WHEN IT WAS ON TV (1978.), but , I only remembered not thinking it was good enough to buy a bootleg copy for $20 at a movie memorabilia show , some 20 years later. I found it for a dollar this week at a thrift store. NOW they're talking my lingo !

      Anyway , it was a two - part TV movie that attempted to revive the "Batman" characters (Adam West as Batman , Burt Ward as Robin and the great Frank Gorschin as The Riddler.), with Captain Marvel  (Not Jackson Bostwick from the Saturday morning show , "Shazam!".), as well as Green Lantern (They make a joke about him being Black , though , he was'nt...But , he WOULD be , many years later !), The Flash (Who'd have his own TV show , years later.), Hawkman , and a few lesser - known heroes and villains. Best of all , Captain Marvel's arch - nemesis , Dr. Sivana , turns up . The makeup job looks uncannily like the comic book character , no mean feat. On cursory inspection , the actor playing Sivana turns out to be the legendary Howard Morris (Ernest T. Bass , the voice of Jughead.).

      Ruth Buzzi plays the secondary Captain Marvel villainess , Auntie Minerva. 

      It gets even weirder BEFORE THAT.....The first half of the show is a superhero celebrity roast , hosted by (I swear before God , and two other Black guys.) ED MCMAHON !!!!!!

      Obviously ,the show is played for laughs. Sometimes , it works . You get to see West and Ward in The Batmobile , again. But , overall , it reamains the by - product of Bizarro World.