Last Link of the Day: Swing Bulldog

If only we could all be this happy.

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The park is open again…

Oh, were you expecting the trailer for Jurassic World? Well, you’ll have to wait until later this week. But the teaser for the trailer dropped today and…I’ll post that below. Because the thing you should be watching is the video you see above, my latest short film venture, in which Grant and I helped 8-year-old Adriano realize his dreams of what Jurassic Park IV should be like. If none of this stuff is in Jurassic World, I’m going to be sorely disappointed.

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Before They Were Stars: 7-Year Old Natasha Lyonne on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse”

During the first season of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, a trio of kids were cast on the show called the “Playhouse Gang”, who popped up in six episodes to interact with Pee-Wee. At the age of seven, Natasha Lyonne made her acting debut as “Opal”, one of the members of the Playhouse Gang. As a bonus, here’s webcam footage of Natasha watching the very same Pee-Wee’s Playhouse clip from above and giving off her live reaction.

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Last Link of the Day: Grandmas Smoking Weed

This video is already all over the internet, but it’s hilarious. So enjoy! Responsibly.

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Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp

I honestly have no idea what to make of this. From the description, it sounds insanely cool: Gun Media, the developers behind the Breach & Clear games, have teamed up with horror movie icon Tom Savini to create a video game. Most likely a series of video games, actually, if the title of this one is anything to go on. Where I get confused is when I watch the trailer for Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp and see no gameplay footage at all, just what appears to be a grindhouse movie preview. I mean, this all sounds great, but…what is this game going to look like? I need more info, please.

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A hunchback, a muscleman, a squad of angels, a transforming robot, and a swarm of bees walk into a bar…

I predict that Robin will like this trailer, because ever since I saw Robot at him at the Fantasia Festival in 2011, he’s mentioned several times that he really enjoys wacky Bollywood movies. Well, this movie, simply titled I, from what I can tell, comes from Tamil Nadu, where they have their own style of cinema called Kollywood. And it looks absolutely insane. I honestly have no idea what’s going on here. There seems to be some rivalry between a bodybuilder dude and a grotesque hunchback, and it might involve a woman, though that woman might also be a robot who can transform into a motorcycle…it’s just totally nuts. And I can’t wait to see it.

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Before They Were Stars: Jennifer Lawrence in a Stage Production of “Othello”

With the latest Hunger Games movie playing in theatres this weekend, CNN decided to do a spotlight on Jennifer Lawrence and dug up exclusive footage of her as a teenager, performing in a stage producton of Othello in her native Louisville.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 190 – Pleasant Surprises

RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApesposterAll too often we go into movies with high expectations, only to have them dashed when the films turn out to be sub-par. But what about the inverse phenomenon? On this episode of Shouts From the Back Row, Gill, Robin and TK look at the movies that they thought would suck, but turned out to be great. Keep in mind, of course, that while these movies were pleasant surprises, that doesn’t make them masterpieces…click here download the episode!

Music for this week’s podcast was composed and performed by our very own Vince Nitro!

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Before They Were Stars: Katey Sagal as a Backup Singer for Bette Midler

I’ve previously covered how Katey Sagal had quite an extensive music career in the 1970s and 80s before her acting career took off, often performing backup vocals for famous artists. At one point, she was a member of The Harlettes, a trio of backup singers who performed during Bette Midler’s musical numbers. She’s the singer in the middle.

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Before They Were Stars: Nick Nolte as a Gay Tax Collector

With his trademark gruff voice, Nick Nolte is probably the last actor you’d ever visualize playing an effeminate gay character. However, in what was apparently his film debut, Nolte played the role of a homosexual tax agent sent out to collect unpaid taxes from a woman who is planning to seduce him. However, the moment Nolte opens his mouth, the woman realizes that bribing him with sex just will not work and she decides to pay up. What’s extra-hilarious is that I have no friggin’ clue what movie this is! The Youtube description of this clip is written by a guy who claims to have been friends with the director and says the film was made in 1969. However, whatever this movie is, it doesn’t seem to be listed in Nolte’s IMDb filmography, so the title shall remain an elusive mystery. I know Nolte is a lot younger here, but I’m willing to wager that his effeminate voice was dubbed over since it sounds nothing like him at all.

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