Friday, February 28, 2003

Thunder Road Now Longer

If you were anticipating the release of MEL GIBSON'S return as The Road Warrior in "Mad Max: Fury Road," the wait is going to be a bit longer.

Believe it or not, the possibility of military action against Iraq has delayed the movie's start date. Filming was scheduled to begin in Namibia in July, but now will go into production sometime in the fall... which of course means the release date will also be pushed back.

Well... we've waited 18 years, I guess we can wait a bit longer.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Fred Rogers - RIP

"Won't you be my neighbor?"

FRED ROGERS, aka Mr. Rogers, died today at the age of 74 from stomach cancer. ROGERS was best known for his children's show, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood." He first went on the air in 1954 and entertained and educated millions of children over the years. From all I've read, FRED ROGERS was truly a kind and gentle soul.

Our prayers go out to his friends and family.

I'd have been proud to have been his neighbor.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Don't Do the Crime

"Don't do the crime if you can't do the time..."

Even if you aren't a fan of ROBERT BLAKE or his tv show, "Baretta," you probably know that line from it's theme song. Well, the trial of ROBERT BLAKE for the murder of his wife has finally gotten underway. BLAKE has an interview with BARBARA WALTERS that will air tonight. While I think it's a bad idea for him to talk with the trial just starting, I'm sure I'll tune in.

I haven't read all of the facts of the case, but what I have read doesn't look good for BLAKE. And as Baretta used to say, "That's the name of that tune."

Sunday, February 23, 2003

A Tat and a Win

I used to follow boxing. Of course I'd watch all the big fights, the pay-per-views, bouts on HBO and Showtime, but I'd also catch the fights on ESPN and USA so I could see the up-and-coming fighters. It was there that I first saw a teenage MIKE TYSON knocking out everyone.

The kid had so much potential. If he had continued his streak as it started, he'd have to be considered the best heavyweight of all time. Even better than ALI or MARCIANO. But that didn't happen.

After losing his mentor, CUS D'AMATO, MIKE TYSON lost fights, court cases... and some questioned, if maybe he'd lost his mind.

MIKE TYSON is no saint, but he's paid his dues. He seems to be at peace with himself. From what I saw he was gracious and humble with his 49 second knockout of CLIFFORD ETIENNE last night. Perhaps the MIKE TYSON story will have a happy ending after all.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

At Least He'll Have the Tat

MIKE TYSON has a new tattoo.

It's the type that island warriors get. Which is fitting since TYSON is a boxer... a modern day warrior. At one time he was the most feared fighter in the world. And rightly so. He trained as hard as anyone. He had a devastating shot that could knockout anyone. Then CUS died, and he hooked up with DON KING. TYSON's life began to spiral out of control. It was a sad story... until now. Maybe. TYSON does seems more at peace with himself.

On Saturday night TYSON will fight CLIFFORD ETIENNE [24-1]. If TYSON wins, it could be the start of a comeback in the ring and with the public. If he loses...

well... at least he'll still have the tattoo.

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

X-Men 2 Trailer

I've been a fan of the X-Men for a long time... since the glory days of CLAREMONT, BYRNE and AUSTIN! If you have to ask who they are, then it means you either not a comic book fan, or the 1980's were just too long ago to matter.

At any rate, I found the first X-Men movie to be pretty well done. It wasn't an all-time favorite and it's not in my collection, but I did enjoy watching it on dvd when it came out. Soon the sequel will be hitting the theaters, and the new trailer makes it look to be even better than the first. So good, in fact, that I may have to catch it in a theater... as any long-time X-Men fan should!

Thursday, February 13, 2003

"It is the greatest beast to walk the Earth, a beast without equal. A beast without fear. It has not ruled the world of men for six thousand years.

Until now."

Trapped on an island, a handful of people must find a way to kill the beast before it kills them... and to make matters worse, an atomic bomb is set to explode there in a just a few hours! James Byron Huggins has written another winner.

Monday, February 10, 2003

"Dude, You're NOT Getting a Cell!"

BENJAMIN CURTIS, 22, the wise-cracking "Steven" in Dell's "Dude, yer gettin' a Dell" commercials, was arrested for marijuana possession. He was charged with criminal and unlawful possession of marijuana, misdemeanor charges that carry possible jail sentences of up to three months.

At his arraignment on Monday afternoon, Judge Ellen Coin adjourned the case for one year. Charges could be dismissed if CURTIS stays out of trouble for the next 12 months.

Sunday, February 09, 2003

MJ - It's No Longer About the Talent

Seems that everyone is talking or writing about MICHAEL JACKSON...

Everyone has an opinion of him. Some say he's a child molester, while others feel that he's totally innocent. Not just innocent of the molesting charge, but child-like innocent... trapped in a world that he's created for himself. I was a fan of MICHAEL JACKSON since his days with the Jackson 5. I was [and continue to be] in awe of his talent. When he dances, you can't help but become mesmerized by his moves -- he becomes the music. When he sings, you find yourself pulled in. And when he performs it's magical.] I saw MJ live on the Victory tour in Jacksonville [how appropriate, huh?]. I've never seen such a mixed crowd so into anything. Young, old, men, women, and kids of all races. It was a memorable, enjoyable evening.

That was the MJ of old... before the allegations and out of court settlement.

... but now the talk isn't about his dancing, or his music or his talent...

Saturday, February 08, 2003

Sammy's Pleasant Nightmares!

Everybody loves SAMMY TERRY. Well, everybody that knows him.

If you're a longtime reader of this blog, then you probably remember that I wrote about SAMMY not quite a year ago. [Here's the link if you want to catch up.] SAMMY hosted "Nightmare Theater" on Friday nights at 11:00PM. SAMMY would rise from a coffin, introduce himself and after a brief monologue about many things [including the movie we were about to see, would invite us to watch - if we dared!

So there we'd be, huddled in the dark, with our popcorn waiting for the monster of the week to appear and scare us! SAMMY would return before the movie after commercial breaks with more of his dry humor... and then again, at the end of the movie, SAMMY would make his final appearance. Before returning to his coffin, he would always wish us "Pleasant nightmares!" followed by his manical laugh.

What's really cool is that Jerrald Hawkins has created a fan site and movie club dedicated to SAMMY TERRY. Jerrald has remastered old tapes of SAMMY presenting movies. On the last Friday of each month, club members start their tapes at 11PM. Not only are members watching the movies "together" but at the same time theyre also able to participate in a live chat via Jerrald's site!

What could make this even better? Well, the tapes are professionally produced. They come in plastic cases with labels giving details of the movie, pictures of SAMMY and his logo... plus Jerrald sends them to members for the cost of the mailing! He makes no profit.

If this sounds like something you'd like then check out Jerrald's site! Even if you've never heard of SAMMY TERRY, you're gonna love him because...

... Everybody loves SAMMY TERRY! ["Until next time... Pleasant Nightmares!]

Thursday, February 06, 2003

Snake is Everywhere

Snake Plissken. Cool name. Cool character.

If you don't know who he is [or you thought he was dead... sorry but I couldn't resist], then check out "Escape from New York," starring KURT RUSSELL and written/directed by JOHN CARPENTER.

Don't buy the dvd -- even though you'll find it for less than ten bucks! Why, you ask? Because "Escape" will soon come out in a new edition with a lot of extras. See Snake Plissken is going to be showing up in a bunch of different places. New comics, video games and anime are gearing up all featuring Snake.

And how cool is that?

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Phone Call for Colin

Some things are worth waiting for.

I hope that "Phone Booth" is one of them. COLIN FARRELL and FORREST WHITACKER are the stars of the film which was delayed due to the Washington sniper killings.

The trailer is now on-line and looks great.

If you're like me, you won't wait any longer to see it!

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Art of the Raytrix

If you're a regular ZZ reader, then you know how much I enjoy the artwork of Bill Marimon. I like Bill's work enough to create a web presence for him. Have you checked it out yet? If not you should.

Perhaps if you take a peek at the thumbnail to Bill's latest painting you'll see what I mean about his art. If you can't see it, then maybe it's time for an eye exam.

Monday, February 03, 2003

Carpenter, Blade, Shade & More

  • According to a post at Ain't It Cool News, one of my favorite John Carpenter movies, "Assault on Precienct 13" is being remade. I'd love to see Sly Stallone play Napoleon Wilson in a low budget remake.
  • Ain't It Cool also has a post about "Blade III" with writer David Goyer set to direct. I didn't care for "Blade" but thought that "Blade II" was one of the best horror movies in years so I don't know what to expect with "III."
  • Dark Horizons reports that "Shade" "the Stallone film will recieve its world premiere at the Cinevegas Film Festival on June 21st." Ah, life is good!
  • "Finding Nemo" earned $70.6 million this weekend which is the best ever weekend haul for an animated movie. Look for "Nemo: Reloaded" coming to a theater near you!
  • Mswati is Africa's last absolute monarch and he says that women wearing pants are the reason the world is in such a sad state and that human rights are an "abomination before God." And here I thought it was because of mimes.
  • A German wanted for theft has been arrested after he reported his wallet stolen. Can you say "poetic justice?"
  • Singapore plans to rate public toilets using a five-star system called "Happy Toilet" which is similar to that used to grade hotels. Although I think it's a pretty good idea, I'm sure there are those who think it is a load of crap.

Saturday, February 01, 2003

Discovery Crew - RIP

Much of the time you'll find me talking about heroes here. Movie heroes... tv heroes... comic book heroes.. Today I want to remember some real life heroes. The pictures are of the Discovery's crew Top row from left are Navy Capt. David Brown, Pilot William McCool, Laurel Clark, Rick Husband, and bottomfrom left: Payload Commander Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, Israeli Air Force Col. Ilan Ramon.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of these real life heroes.