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Weekly Recap: We’re Getting Too Old for This Skeet and Daffy Hassels the Hoff

This week’s “What the Hell Happened” subject was best known for playing bad-boys in high school horror movies like Scream and The Craft.  But guess what?  That was more than twenty years ago!  Yeah, we’re all getting older.  Our man Skeet has transitioned in television.  He still plays a bad boy on Riverdale, the CW’s edgy take on Archie comics.  But now he’s playing Jughead’s bad dad.  Although to be fair, none of the parents on that show are very good.  Even in his role as a murder suspect, Ulrich was still more likable than a lot of other adult characters on the show.

Yep, time goes by fast.  To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, if you don’t stop by Le Blog and look around you might miss something.  If you did, don’t worry.  The weekly recap has got you covered.

This week saw the second new WTHH article in a row.  That’s not likely to continue.  The Skeet Ulrich article comes courtesy of Jeffthewildman which is one of the reasons we were able to post another article so quickly.  My goal is to have the next one ready in early August.  If you’d like a say in who gets featured next, be sure to vote as often as you like in the WTHH poll on the site’s sidebar.

Jestak delivered another week of Celebrity Birthdays.  The last couple of weeks have been interesting to me because I covered these dates last summer.  Jestak has chosen different headliners for his articles which allows for more variety.  It also means that some of the more recognizable stars may be hidden after the jump.  So you’ll want to dig in every day to make sure you don’t miss your favorite celebrity’s birthday.

I bring this up partially because I remember being taken to task last summer for my headliner choices on July 17.  An animated duck got his feathers in a twist over my selection of David Hasselhoff over Donald Sutherland.  Here’s the full rant from last year’s comments section:

Wait a minute – – Today is Donald Sutherland’s birthday…and the cover boy was Hasselhoff??

Do we really have that many German readers?

Sutherland is one of those actors who consistently knocks me out with subtle moments of brilliance, beauty, and irreverence. He was one of the Dirty Dozen and one of Kelly’s Heroes. He was the original Hawkeye Pierce in the movie version of M*A*S*H. He was John Klute. He played Homer Simpson in “The Day of the Locust”! He played the father in the Oscar-winning Best Picture Ordinary People. JFK. Backdraft. His stunning performance in Six Degrees of Separation. A Time to Kill. Cold Mountain. His heartbreaking turn in Pride & Prejudice.

I will indeed hassle the Hoff on his birthday.

He should take a back seat to Sutherland. His filmography and talent pale in comparison.

Jestak joined “the chorus of Donald Sutherland appreciation”, so it’s probably no surprise that this year he took the opportunity to set things right with Sutherland promoted to headliner status.  Let’s see who else made the cut:

Hey look!  It’s Danny Glover.  Mr. “I’m getting too old for this shit” himself!  That’s funny given the title of this week’s recap.  I had settled on that pun before I knew Sergeant Murtaugh was celebrating a birthday this week.  I know no one else is likely to care, but it’s very gratifying to me.

The birthdays also include the fastest and most furious Guardian of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange and Sherlock Holmes, a leather-clad super spy and the late wife of 007, a two-time champion of Dancing With the Stars, the Chairman of the Parliament-Funkadelic, a Best-Actress Oscar winner, a chart-topping Disney Channel graduate, the only General Zod who really matters, plus a bartender from that place where everybody knows your name.

If you miss the birthdays, you miss a lot.  But that’s why we do recaps.

Feeling vindicated after last year’s birthday scandal, Daffy continued building his movie poster puzzle.  The latest update featured one of the more memorable screen Tarzans,  Johnny Weissmuller, in one of his less memorable Tarzan movies.  Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals for swimming before becoming an actor.  In the 30’s and 40’s, he played Tarzan in a dozen movies, but Tarzan the Fearless isn’t among his better efforts.

Speaking of Weissmuller as Tarzan, the actor is represented in a show scene in The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World in Orlando.  If you want to check it out, you’d better buy your tickets soon.  The ride is scheduled to close for good next month.  This was one of many announcements made by the Mouse House last weekend at their biennial D23 Expo.

As we’re approaching month’s end I burned off a few articles from the Movieline archives that I had been sitting on just in case.  We were fresh out of cover stories, so I substituted an essay about ten movies that contain life lessons for Hollywood moguls in that slot.  The July 1997 issue included a list of thirty actors naming their favorite roles from their career up to that point.  Also from that issue was a profile on English actor, Jeremy Northam.

The July 2002 issue of Movieline was a special double-sized installment from a time when the magazine was trying to reinvent itself.  Since the issue had a July-Aug cover date, we’ll be delving into the bulk of its music-themed content next month.  But we did get to an interview with Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd this week.

That just leaves the Twin Peaks recap.  We’re up to episode 10 of 18, so I’m guessing that anyone who is interested in following along is already reading the recaps.  All I’ll say is that no other show on television keeps me guessing like Twin Peaks: The Return.

Next Week: I’m burning off what’s left of the July Movieline articles and will recap episode 11 of Twin Peaks, we’ve got a couple WTHH subjects who share a birthday, and we’ll have reader rankings on the Planet of the Apes movies, so get your votes in if you haven’t already done so.  I’m going to work on the next WTHH article, but the odds of me having it done next week are slim, so just know that it is coming soon.

 

 

 

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Posted on July 23, 2017, in Weekly Recap. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. In my traditional fashion I will once again raise a hassle:

    Tarzan the Fearless starred Buster Crabbe in the title role instead of the much more famous Johnny Weissmuller. This is perhaps one of the drawbacks to publishing the article late on Saturday night 😉

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  2. I don’t think we’re ever too old for this Skeet; Skeet or die, I say (which means I have no choice but to Ride with the Devil).

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    • I’m too old for a lot of things, but Skeet ain’t one of them. I greatly enjoyed the first season of Riverdale and Ulrich is one reason why. He’s terrific on the show and I look forward to seeing more of his character in season two.

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      • Yeah, I’ve read up on that Random Role Q & A deal that The A.V. Club had with Skeet, and it reinforces a lot of what was stated in the WTHH article, and it sounds like he’s having a blast with “Riverdale”, a show I myself am just learning about.

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