Pop Culture Quiz: What the Hell Happened Quiz #1

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Believe it or not, the What the Hell Happened? series is now four years old!  I thought it would be fun to see who has been paying attention.  So I’m going to start posting a series of quizzes to test your knowledge of past WTHH subjects.

The quiz starts after the jump.  No cheating off your neighbor!

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New Fantasyland Review: Storybook Circus


The Fantasyland Expansion project at Walt Disney World was completed this year.  New Fantasyland, as it is sometimes referred to, is being touted as the most significant addition to the Disney World Resort in years and the biggest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom.  These claims are true if you look at the entire project as one cohesive expansion.  But New Fantasyland was rolled out in several stages over the course of more than two years.  I covered all of New Fantasyland at a high level in my 2014 trip report.  But I also wanted to review the individual components of the project and see how they add up.  So I’ll be doing that here in the New Fantasyland Review.

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That Moment In…

I got an e-mail from a reader this morning who wanted me to check out his new website.  I have to admit, I approach these kinds of requests with some hesitation.  Most blogs and websites start out with a lot of sound and fury and then run out of steam pretty quickly.  And more often than not, these websites don’t really have much of a reason to exist.  But this one has a fresh hook that I think my readers will enjoy.  So I wanted to share it with you all.

The site is called That Moment In.  It looks back at memorable scenes from the movies.  To quote from the site’s intro:

We think most movies have something good to offer, even if it’s just one scene. So we’re going to snip and clip films, and show you what we believe are the parts of a movie that stood out to us, good or bad. Do you like movies? We do.

So far the site has covered movies like Blade Runner and the Karate Kid.  But it’s not just limited to “modern classics”.  The next entry scheduled to be posted is about the Rachel McAdams rom com, About Time.  I have spend some time reading the site and I look forward to spending some more.  Check it out.  I think you’ll like what you see.

Poll: Which Summer Movie Are You Looking Forward to the Most in 2015?


This past weekend was another down week at the box office.  As I mentioned in last week’s poll, the summer movie box office has been down around 20% over last summer.  Hollywood is in a near state of panic.  They keep telling themselves that 2014 is an off year because the big franchises are all taking the year off.  Instead, there is a pile up of anticipated movies next summer which Hollywood hopes will reverse the trend.

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Nope, Not A 1-Hit Wonder: The Rembrandts.

It’s a song that at least a few of us have heard, a theme song to a TV show that at least a few of us have watched. It was kinda big, yet the group that recorded it had no other hits.

Well, not quite.

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First Picture of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Gail Gadot as Wonder Woman

DC Comics has released the first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from their upcoming super hero flick, Batman v. Superman.

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Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t) Pt. 4

John Carter

John Carter – I could write an entire article on John Carter.  Where to begin?

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Nope, Not a 1-Hit Wonder: Lisa Loeb

Lisa Loeb’s plaintive, but enduring break-up/no break-up song “Stay” caught lightning in a bottle in the spring of 1994, becoming one of the most indelible recordings of the year and sitting atop the Billboard singles chart for three weeks. Anytime somebody says her name, the image of Loeb stalking the interior of her New York City apartment of the time pops to mind, along with those gently percussive acoustic guitar notes. It is an iconic moment in mid-90s pop culture. So simple and honest that it becomes totally engrossing, standing up to repeated viewings and listens. Speaking as a nerdy boy who was in his 20s at the time, her charming cat eye glasses and tiny dress with tights look sure didn’t hurt. Kind of like if Agent 99 from Get Smart became a librarian instead. How the hell could the idiot in the song think of allowing a split?


“Stay” was so huge that it is hard to remember that it wasn’t the only Loeb song to hit the charts. Well it wasn’t.
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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men


Hey everybody, I’ve been away for a while. Life has been very busy, and may continue to be that way for a bit. I’ve tried to start work on a few WTHH articles, but haven’t had the time to put into them. Perhaps this next week I’ll be able to churn one out, because I feel awful that I was invited to this blog (not to mention I enjoy it) and I’m bummed I haven’t been pulling my weight.

The good news is I have something very cool that I’ve been working on. I shared my experience working on EQUUS as a producer/actor with my production company Yellow Lab Productions. Well, we’ve moved onto our next show to build on that success.

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Happy Batman Day!

Happy Batman Day

Today is National Batman Day in celebration of the character’s 75th anniversary.  People around here know that I am a pretty big Superman fan.  But I’m a Batman fan from way back.  As a kid, all of my friends were into Superman.  He was more powerful.  He had a movie and he was the leader of the Superfriends.  When we played super heroes,  all the other kids argued over who got to be the Man of Steel.  But not me.  I wanted to be Batman.

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