Monthly Archives: June 2014
The Golden Raspberry Awards were created to “honor” the worst movies of the year. But just like a real awards ceremony, sometimes they get things wrong. The Razzies like to pile up on favorite targets like Sylvester Stallone and Demi Moore. Awards are sometimes handed out to suit an agenda instead of being based on merit. (Love him or hate him, George W. Bush does not deserve to win Worst Actor for Fahrenheit 9/11).
Today’s poll looks at Worst Picture Winners that really aren’t that bad. Or at least they are bad in a fun way. These films have their fans and arguably were not the worst picture released that year. So, which Worst Picture Winner do you actually like?
Billy Zane got his start in one of the most beloved science fiction movies of the 80’s. He gained popularity on one of the quirkiest TV shows of the 90s. And he played the least-loved character in what was at the time the highest-grossing movie ever. His list of credits include several popular films. But when the handsome actor tried to transition into leading man roles, something didn’t click. Zane has worked steadily since 1985, but somehow he never became a household name.
What the hell happened?
I made some tweaks to the WTHH poll today. The biggest change is the return of the “other” option which can be used to make suggestions not included in the poll. Additionally, you can now vote for more than one option at a time. I have added a few new choices based on suggestions I have received from readers. Finally, there is a nifty graphic because I like things that are nifty.
So vote early and vote often!
I am also thinking about starting a weekly poll. So if you have any suggestions for poll topics, sound off below.
Lebeau’s Le Show: Episode 004 – Everything You Wanted to Know About Walt Disney World But Were Afraid to Ask
In this installment, Daffy and I discus Disney World. We talk about our Disney World memories both as children and adults. We also talk about my recent Disney World trip and the trip Daffy is preparing for in a few months. Daffy and I name our “dream resorts” and pick our top three attractions. We also give you the tips you will need if you are headed to the Happiest Place on Earth. And of course we cover the completion of the Fantasyland Expansion and the roll-out of Disney’s new My Magic Plus initiative. Finally, Daffy and I play armchair Imagineer and design an attraction to add to one of the parks.
Oh, and Daffy talks about his experiences in a foam head. You don’t want to miss that.
The show is embedded after the jump. Hope you like it.
Cedar Point was where we used to go for high school end of year trips in the late 1970s. It was a bit disconcerting to find out that this is apparently now the norm for our middle school orchestras… and further, that they didn’t have enough chaperones. My daughter wanted badly to go but several of her friends’ parents (all 6th graders) shared my opinion that this was too young of an age for such a trip, and decided against it. After giving it some thought I decided it would be OK, with the stipulation that I’d help fill out the chaperone roster and also be able to accompany my 11 year old at the same time.
There are very few actresses who have played iconic roles in action movies. Linda Hamilton is one of them. But immediately following the biggest success of her career, Hamilton put her career on hold. When she did work, it was usually as a guest star on a TV show. She basically terminated her movie career at its peak.
What the hell happened?
In 2012, I took the family to Walt Disney World for what I had expected to be our last Disney World trip for quite a few years. But a mere eighteen months later, we were back. A big part of the reason for our return was the completion of Disney’s long-in-the-works Fantasyland Expansion. With the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride, Disney has completed a project that was announced over five years ago! I have been reporting on the Fantasyland Expansion for the last several years and could not resist the chance to see the finished project for myself.
This trip wasn’t just a family vacation. It was also a research trip. I wanted to tackle as many new experiences as possible so that I could report on them here at Le Blog. Since the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was opening in late May, that provided an opportunity to attend my first Star Wars weekend. We checked out every nook and cranny of the new Fantasyland, met with new characters and tried out new restaurants. Although we have stayed at Port Orleans before, I booked our stay in the new Royal Guest bedrooms.
Visiting in the early summer was also a new experience. How would we handle the crowds, the heat and the thunderstorms? As expected, the summer months presented some new challenges. But touring in the summer time proved to be less challenging than expected. Additionally, Disney is in the process of rolling out their My Magic Plus program which changes many elements of a Disney World vacation.
With so many new experiences to report on, I thought it was worth returning to Disney World earlier than I had originally planned.
The Canadian pop band Men Without Hats is most certainly best known for their iconic hit The Safety Dance, which became an international sensation in 1983, hitting the top 10 in twelve different countries around the globe. The video went into heavy rotation on MTV and is seared into the mind of any teenager of the time. The Safety Dance is such a goofy and idiosyncratic expression of Reagan era partying protest, that it is tempting to believe that the band just has to be a 1-hit wonder.
But they’re not.
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