Before They Were Stars: Alice Cooper Performs as The Spiders

It’s always amusing to find early recordings from famous musicians and discovering that they once performed a different style of music than what they’re known for. During his teen years, before he developed his shock rock persona, the future Alice Cooper was still known by his birth name, Vincent Furnier, and he and some of his future bandmates decided to form a group called The Spiders. The band’s music was mostly inspired by The Beatles and they released a few singles during the 1960s. The Spiders had just graduated from high school when they recorded this 1966 single, “No Price Tag”, which bears very little resemblance to the iconic Alice Cooper music you know and love.

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Before They Were Stars: Christopher Meloni on “Dinosaurs”

I’m sure if you grew up in the early nineties, you’ll probably remember the live-action sitcom, Dinosaurs. One of the recurring supporting characters who appeared on a few episodes of the show was Spike, the delinquent schoolmate of Robbie Sinclair. Imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that Spike was voiced by a then-unknown Christopher Meloni. You’ll probably recognize Meloni’s voice in this scene as he pushes a prehistoric version of steroids.

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Last Link of the Day: Take Your Shirt Off…

…the fast way! Our old friend the mike sent me this one.

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Star-Lord, man.

After being blown away by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I’m totally looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy. It just looks so weird and fun! And if the current trend is any indication, Marvel movies are just going to keep getting better and better. Anyway, here’s a little featurette with a handful of new clips in it. Everyone’s pointing to Rocket at the coolest character in this, but for my money, I think Star-Lord is freaking awesome. I want that mask.

Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1, 2014.

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The Green Inferno

I must say, I was rather unimpressed with the last film Eli Roth was involved with – Aftershock. I recognize that Roth himself wasn’t involved as much behind the camera as he was in front of it, but overall the film felt pretty lackluster when compared to his other projects like Hostel. I also recognize that he’s trying to pull a Cannibal Holocaust with his latest effort The Green Inferno, which is bound to offend anyone who likes their movies politically correct. It could be absolutely abysmal, but what the heck, I’ll give it a shot. Maybe a red band trailer will do a better job of convincing me.

The Green Inferno comes out September 5, 2014.

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Before They Were Stars: 8-Year Old George Clooney on “The Uncle Al Show”

Well, I’ve done a lot of “Before They Were Stars” features on George Clooney, but I can safely say that I’ve officially tracked down his very first appearance in front of a television camera. The Uncle Al Show was a very popular children’s television program which aired in Cincinnati for 35 years and in 1970, an 8-year old Clooney had the honour of appearing in one of Uncle Al’s skits during an episode. You can see him here as the first kid being loaded onto the boat.

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Last Link of the Day: The Ultimate Warrior vs. Phil Collins

Well, it’s officially been a week since the untimely death of the Ultimate Warrior, so I think it’s okay to start poking fun of some of the weirder stuff he’s done. In 1990, at the height of his stardom, the Warrior appeared on a television special about Phil Collins and was showing off his dance moves before he suddenly snapped and decided to beat the crap out of the helpless pop star. Yes, this really happened!

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Tiny Worlds

Award-winning VFX company Rushes creates these awesome little short demos depicting tiny people doing their tiny jobs in our very large world. These are so cool!

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The Honest Wolf of F**king Wall Street

Screen Junkies has finally gotten around to lampooning The Wolf of Wall Street. F**K YEAH! As usual, they nail it, but they also point out that McConaughey turned up in Wolf just long enough to thump his chest at Dicaprio before making off with the Best Actor Oscar. Interesting.

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Before They Were Stars: Billy Bob Thornton in “Hunter’s Blood”

I know this might sound like a hell of an acting stretch, but in his very first film, Billy Bob Thornton played… a redneck named Billy Bob! Thornton’s screen debut was a small role in a 1986 exploitation flick called Hunter’s Blood, a Deliverance knock-off about a group of city folks running into trouble with inbred psycho rednecks while on a hunting trip. Billy Bob is the guy in the red cap standing in the background of the scene inside this bar, but his big moment comes at 5:45 of this clip when he falls out of the back of a pickup truck during a high-speed chase.

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