Before They Were Stars: James Marsden on “Boogies Diner”

One of James Marsden’s first acting jobs was a guest appearance on an episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class in 1993. One year later, Marsden would become a full-time cast member on a syndicated sitcom called Boogies Diner, which could best be described as a Canadian version of Saved by the Bell. Filmed in Hamilton, Boogies Diner took place inside a popular mall hangout and lasted on the air for one season, and, man, in terms of look and tone, this show does bear a striking resemblance to Saved by the Bell.

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Last Link of the Day: Screaming Marmot

That is one unhappy rodent.

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The Less I Know The Better

I’m in a bit of a psychedelic rock mood today, so here’s a new music video from the director collective called Canada for the band Tame Impala‘s latest single The Less I Know The Better. Apes, scantily clad ladies, bananas, basketball…I like most of those things!

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: The Paper (1994)

The acclaimed newspaper drama, Spotlight, is currently playing in theatres and is a favourite to get a ton of Academy Award recognition this year. The film covers the true story of a group of investigative journalists for the Boston Globe, who uncovered evidence of rampant sexual abuse by Catholic priests, which subsequently covered by the church. The Globe eventually blew the lid off this scandal with a story which earned them a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Michael Keaton plays the role of reporter Walter “Robby” Robinson and while watching Spotlight, I couldn’t help but flash back to 20 years ago when Keaton played another investigative journalist in a film called The Paper. Spotlight functions as a love letter to responsible investigative journalism by reporters who care more about getting the truth rather than garnering an easy scoop, but the movie presents its story in a very straightforward, no-frills fashion. The Paper has the exact same ideals, but instead chooses to present its story in the style of an old-fashioned screwball comedy. But even though Spotlight and The Paper are drastically different in style and tone, most people who’ve worked in the field of journalism would rank them both amongst the most authentic newspaper moves ever made. Even though it sports a first-rate cast and was directed by Ron Howard, The Paper is almost completely forgotten about today, but it deserves revisiting.

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Before They Were Stars: Ernie Hudson on “Bosom Buddies”

Bosom Buddies is a sitcom from the early 1980s which is known for being Tom Hanks’ first major break in his acting career. Hanks and Peter Scolari play a pair of, um, bosom buddies who have trouble finding an affordable place to live and only wind up scoring an apartment by dressing up in drag and pretending to be women. In this particular episode, Scolari’s character is thrown in jail and ends up sharing a cell with a pair of scary dudes, one of whom is a young skinhead Ernie Hudson.

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I…I don’t know, guys. Maybe I shouldn’t have posted this.

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The Art of the Training Montage

We’re having something of a Rocky celebration on the site these days, as Creed has just been released in theatres and we recently discussed the entire Rocky franchise on our podcast. One of the staples of Rocky movies is their famous training montages, and so here’s Matt Singer from Screencrush to break down the art of those trademark montages. What are we waitin’ fer?! Hit play immediately.

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Before They Were Stars: Bill Hader Performs at “The Garage Comedy Show”

Like most Saturday Night Live cast members, Bill Hader got his start performing on the stand-up comedy circuit and here’s some early footage of him at an event called The Garage Comedy Show, portraying an character named Vinnie Vedecci, an Italian busboy who speaks in broken Engish, but is a master impressionist. You might notice the voice of an obnoxious, annoying heckler in the audience, but years later, Hader revealed this was all part of the show and the heckler was a plant… who happened to be his future SNL castmate Andy Samberg!

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Last Link of the Day: Cokebacca

This is cute, but come on. We all know that Pepsi was the official drink of Star Wars.


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I do not know which I admire more, Elizabeth Bennet: your skill as a warrior, or your resolve as a woman.

I just. Don’t. Get it. I still like zombies, even though pop culture has been oversaturated with them for the past decade, and I’m a fan of tongue-in-cheek parodies. You’d think that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would be perfect for my tastes, but nope. It’s just never appeal to me, and after seeing this trailer, it’s clear that nobody knows how to market an actual film adaptation of the book. Wanna know why? It’s because the book was only funny in a passing smirk kind of way. Did anybody actually read it? Or did they just buy it because it was a funny thing to have on the bookshelf? My money is on the latter.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes out February 5, 2016.

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