Monthly Archives: April 2014

What the Hell Happened to Ralph Macchio?

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Ralph Macchio

In the 1980’s Ralph Macchio was a teen heartthrob.  He rose to prominence along with with other hot actors of his generation with roles in iconic movies that are still relevant today.  Macchio managed to avoid the Brat Pack label that doomed many of his contemporaries.  But he struggled with transitioning to adult roles.  In the early nineties, after a small role in one last memorable movie, Macchio faded into obscurity.

What the hell happened?

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Nope, Not a 1-Hit Wonder: Survivor

Survivor is one band that has it doubly rough. Not only is it regarded as a one-hit wonder by much of the public, more people know them as the Eye Of The Tiger band than by actual name. Mention Survivor to most people and the reality show is the first thing to come to mind.

But is “Eye Of The Tiger” Survivor’s only hit? Not quite. In fact, they had several other hits.

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Draft Day: Review


One of the biggest and most dominant entertainment organizations in the United States of America is the National Football League (the NFL for short). The Super Bowl, in which the league crowns its champion, is routinely the highest rated television program of the year and 24 of the 50 highest rated programs of all time are Super Bowls. Americans love our version of football so much, in fact, that the NFL Draft has become a highly rated television property in its own right. The folks who made the new movie Draft Day are counting on this popularity rubbing off to the cinema. For the uninitiated, the draft is an event in which the league’s teams take turns choosing eligible college football players to be a part of their franchise going forward. Making the right choices and the right deals can spell huge success and glory for years to come, while making the wrong choices and deals can get you fired.

This is just part of what Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr (Kevin Costner) is dealing with in Ivan Reitman’s new sports movie Draft Day.
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What the Hell Happened to Katherine Heigl?

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Katherine Heigl first came onto the scene with the cult TV series Roswell. She would go on to greater TV success with Grey’s Anatomy, which would win her an Emmy Award. From there, Heigl capitalized on that success with success in a trilogy of romantic comedies. In recent years, though, she became known as a cautionary tale about the dangers of biting the hand that feeds you. As a result, her most recent appearance was a commercial for NyQuil.

What the hell happened?

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Nope, Not a 1-Hit Wonder: Rupert Holmes

“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” is one of the biggest and most iconic soft rock hits of the late 70’s. Its smooth echo-enhanced jazzy production sent it to a 3-week stay at #1 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. in November of 1979 and made it one of those songs that caused folks who considered themselves fans of real rock ‘n’ roll to retch a little. If I wasn’t a sucker for verse-chorus-verse style songwriting, I’d probably be one of them. As it is, I could only  bear to listen to the song once while writing this article, and that was just to be sure the video I included matched what I was hoping for.

This ode to a pair of lovers who plan on cheating on one another only to find that they’d answered each other’s personals ad somehow caught on with the folks who program the music in dentists’ waiting rooms. I find it hard to believe that a real couple in this situation would find it so hilarious and romantic. It sounds more like a fast track to the end of a relationship to me.

The “Me” Generation easy listening dork with the glasses and beard to match is definitely a 1-hit wonder, right? Right?
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Our 2014 Disney World Character Hitlist


This summer, I’ll be taking the family back to Disney World.  Our last trip in 2012 was filled with character meet and greets.  I expect that will be the case again this year.  Here are the top ten characters (or groups of characters) I’m looking forward to seeing this year.

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Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier

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Following the mega-success of Marvel’s super hero mash-up, The Avengers, the big question was whether or not Marvel could generate the same excitement over the character’s solo films.  So far, based on the box office, the answer would appear to be a resounding “yes”.  Both Iron Man 3 and Thor: Dark World enjoyed post-Avengers bumps.  But for my money, Captain America: Winter Soldier is the first truly satisfying film in the series post Avengers.

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Noah: Review


Noah has long been a passion project for auteur Darren Aronofsky. It looked unlikely the big budget spectacle would ever be backed by a studio given the director’s artistic intentions and limited appeal. However, after a $330 million BO take for Black Swan, someone decided that it was worth the risk, especially given the success of more christian-centric films over the last few years. Aronofsky proved ill-suited to the studio system with fights over final cuts, disclaimers, budget issues, and marketing problems plaguing the film before it ever hit theaters.

I’m a big fan of DA, and was of the opinion that he’d never made a bad film. His films are incredibly emotional, singularly shot, and usually marked with a fervor. Black Swan was remarkable as an artist in search of unattainable perfection. The Wrestler was one of the saddest films you will ever see. The Fountain was a work of vision and a testament to what you want to say more than making sure it’s understood. Requiem hurts. Pi is insane. What then is Noah?

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9 Additions for Captain America’s Catch-Up List

One of the fun details in the new Marvel studios film Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the list he keeps in a little notebook of things acquaintances have recommended to him as necessary for bridging the gap between his dive into the icy waters of the Atlantic in the mid 1940s and his rebirth in 2011.

As you can see in the above picture, poor Steve Rogers’ friends have given him pretty inconsistent advice on the subject. Some of the items are just historical events, while others might help him get a bit of the flavor of their times. The period of time between World War II and Cap’s first movie installment contains quite a bit to digest in American history, society, and pop culture. While his list is different in the movie depending on what country you’re seeing it in, I’m going to focus entirely English-speaking selections (and since this is a pop culture blog, on the entertainments I believe will help tell the story of those 60+ years he was a “Capcicle”)
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Nope, Not a 1-Hit Wonder: Snow

Even today, it’s hard to tell. Is he saying “Leaky boom boom down” or “Licky boom boom down”?

Of course I am referring to Snow, that white Canadian dude who attempted to become the next Buju Banton. But his attempt only scored him a couple hits and erroneous status as a one-hit wonder not to mention getting spoofed by Jim Carrey on In Living Color.

Snow’s real name is Darrin O’Brien (not the Darin from Bewitched). He grew up in Toronto and was exposed to reggae at an early age. After being discovered by old school rapper MC Shan, he recorded an album just before he served a prison term on assault charges. The album, 12 Inches Of Snow, was released in early 1993 and “Informer” became a smash, making it all the way to number one. The song was omnipresent in the early 90s.

But with that success came a price. Many accused him of that classic case of white guy ripping off black music. The backlash wasn’t as strong as that against Vanilla Ice for instance. But it was still there. Add to that the fact that nobody was really sure what the hell Snow was saying on that album. Not even Jamaicans could understand him.
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Lebeau’s Le Show: Episode 002 – Superhero Movies

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Welcome back to Lebeau’s Le Show.  To celebrate the release of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Daffy and I discuss the past, present and future of super hero movies.

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Nope, Not a 1-Hit Wonder: Rockwell

The recording artist who became famous as “Rockwell” was born in March of 1964 as Kennedy William Gordy. An artist going by a stage name is usually of only passing interest, but in this case, you might want to take a second look at that surname. Rockwell is the son of legendary songwriter/producer/record exec Berry Gordy, whose Motown record label discovered and made famous acts like The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Commodores, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5. The crossover success these acts had was unprecedented for African-American recording artists and changed the nature of the record business. Gordy was inducted in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Kennedy’s father was, in fact, so famous and influential at the time, that he pursued his record contract without letting him know about it and agreed readily to the company’s idea to change his name to “Rockwell.” In this way, it was his hope to avoid any accusations of nepotism where it came to his relationship with the elder Gordy. He hoped not to need his Father’s influence in order to succeed.

After all, he had other valuable friends…
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