Monday, February 23, 2009

Best name in college basketball ...

... belongs to Alabama State's Chief Kickingstallionsims. I hope the Hornets make the tournament just so we can see his name on some CBS graphics.

Flashback: Best Kiss 1992

The Oscars are over, but they prompted a random conversation among my co-workers about the MTV Movie Awards and how some of their categories are way better. Like Best Kiss, for example.

Trivia: Did you know that the first Best Kiss award, from the 1992 MTV Movie Awards, went to Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky for their smooch in "My Girl"? And that both actors were 10 years old at the time?

Other past Best Kiss winners include "The Notebook," "Brokeback Mountain," "Independence Day," "Dumb and Dumber" and "Species."

This really has nothing to do with anything, but it gave me an excuse to talk about "My Girl." Seriously, when was that last time you watched that movie? It doesn't get a lot of love from TBS or TNT.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Nerd alert! Nerd alert! Tolkien edition

Hold onto your hats, my legion of nerds. An early, long-unpublished work by J.R.R. Tolkien will be released in a couple months. From the AP:

"The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun," a thorough reworking in verse of old Norse epics that predates Tolkien's writing of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, will be published in May by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. According to Houghton, the book will include an introduction by Tolkien and notes by his son, Christopher Tolkien. "The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun" was written in the 1920s and '30s, when the author, who died in 1973, was teaching at Oxford University.

In other dorky Tolkien news, some old lady brought her first edition of "The Hobbit" on "Antiques Roadshow" recently. Turns out it's worth a few dollars.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cage's batting average: Not good

"The Rock," starring Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery, preceded tonight's NBA All-Star Game broadcast on TNT. This sparked a conversation about ol' Nicky. He's been in some really, really awful movies, but he's also an Oscar-winner and has a few gems on his resume. But what's the ratio?

On Cage's IMDB profile, there are 64 movies on his list as an actor. The first 11 have not been released (either announced or in production). A glance at the other 53 reveals he has been in very few good movies -- five, by my count ("Fast Times at Ridgemont High," which, really, he's BARELY in; "Raising Arizona"; "Leaving Las Vegas"; "Adaptation"; "Matchstick Men"). A couple are arguably good ("Lord of War" was surprisingly entertaining; "Moonstruck" is not horrible, though his performance is grating at best; and I didn't hate "The Weather Man".)

But let's just say he has 5 good movies out of 53. That's a .094 batting average. Not good. Can we send him back to the minors?

One Cage IMDB highlight: He followed his heartbreaking Oscar-winning performance in "Leaving Las Vegas" with (are you ready for this trio?!?) "The Rock," "Con Air" and "Face/Off." Unbelievable.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Re-mix-master of Paul's Boutique

Has it really been 20 years since the Beastie Boys released "Paul's Boutique"? Yes, it has. And to commemorate this groundbreaking masterpiece of music (which, 20 years later, is still my favorite album), the Boys have released a re-mastered version, available here. As MCA told MTV News, PB now "actually does have enough bass to shatter your one frozen testicle."

The special PB site is off-the-charts awesome. Fans can share PB-related anecdotes, upload photos, watch the original music videos, play Mike D in "3-Minute Rule" ping-pong and download a free audio commentary covering all 53 glorious minutes of the magic that is "Paul's Boutique."

My anecdote: I was 9 years old when this album came out. First song I heard was "Shake Your Rump"; big sister Tracy was blasting it on her super-sweet (for 1989) stereo system, and the bass was shaking the plates in the china cabinet and such. (She only did this when mom wasn't home; wise of her). And like that, boom, I was in love. Oh, and I still hold a grudge against a kid I went to high school with who threw my "Paul's Boutique" CD out the window of a moving car for no apparent reason. Jackass.

Oh, also, read their interview with MTV News here.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super spots

Trailer Addict has a handful of Super Bowl TV spots for upcoming movies, including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (meh), Star Trek (this ain't your daddy's Star Trek), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (bleck), Land of the Lost (good laughs), and Year One (yes, please!).