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I was accosted in 1997 in San Francisco, and I am trying to figure out if it was the NorCal Rapist, or a different serial criminal.

2020.07.29 15:29 betweening I was accosted in 1997 in San Francisco, and I am trying to figure out if it was the NorCal Rapist, or a different serial criminal.

I was not attacked in my home like he NorCal's usual method, but walked right into this man's path by chance one night asking for a light and chatting on the sidewalk. I stupidly got in his car. There were no weapons involved, but he drove me to a remote location (a cliff's edge in the Presidio) and tried to accost me. He drove a white SUV like the NorCal Rapist, but by all accounts I can find, Roy Charles Waller's car was a 2003 model.
(He also asked that I get out and pump his gas for him, and may have shown up weeks later to the movie theater I worked at, which would fit the NCR's profile.)
So, I am trying to find photographs or vivid descriptions of what Waller looked like (specifically his weight) in 1996/1997 (not just the police sketch), and any information about what kind of car he drove prior to 2003. Also, if there are any mentions of drug use.
Or, if there are any other serial rapists / kidnappers / killers that fit this general timeline and MO better than the NCR.
I wish I had gone to the police back then, but I felt I was to blame, having been so naive as to get in his car willingly. can't imagine my experience will have any current legal/criminal relevance, but I'd like to figure out for my own peace of mind if it was indeed the same man. I have contacted the NorCal Rapist prosecutor and have received no reply.
(I originally posted this in TrueCrime but it was removed and was suggested a better fit for this sub.)
Thank you for reading.
EDITED TO ADD: The man I encountered was heavy set, but also claimed to be using speed, so his weight may have some extreme fluctuations?
EDITED AGAIN TO ADD DETAILS:
The police sketches of the NCR when heavier are similar enough to my memory of him. He was white, and I am white, but I did have long dark hair at the time. In the super crappy Donny Wahlberg hosed true crime special on him that I watched, one of the criminologists suggested that he changed his tactics to primarily Asian women (after 1996) because they are traditionally smaller and easier to subdue.
And I did kick my guy in the head and get away in the autumn/winter of 96/97 (I'm trying to look though my old datebooks to get the exact date), so ... that could track?
He talked me into the car to help him find the gas station, but when he got there, he asked me to get out and pump the gas for him. When I told him "No way, I'm from NJ, I've never pumped gas before" he sped out of the gas station and took us on a highway, which is when I knew I was in deep shit. I kept the tone light and pleasant while I dealt with him to keep him friendly, which seemed to work.
The fact that when the NCR was prepared with a mask, he drove women to ATMs and had them take money out for him, would perhaps explain why he did that and reacted in that manner? The women seemed to say he had an apologetic disconnect, and ability to be somewhat shamed or emotionally reached (the woman who claimed she was pregnant and was then not raped, only assaulted), which seemed the same with the man I encountered.
Also, the fact that weeks later, a guy that I thought might be him walked up and bought a ticket from me at the ticket booth of the theater I was working at. It had me shook, and I discounted that as craziness. But now knowing the NCR's penchant for stalking, and for contacting his victims after the fact, I thought that might track as well.
But my greatest issue is with his weight. The guy I encountered was somewhat portly. But he claimed to be using speed when I encountered him, so his weight may have fluctuated throughout his life?
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2020.05.24 23:09 finnagains Unexpected Movie Masterpieces to Watch in Quarantine - by David Sims (The Atlantic) 10 April 2020

Some were blasted by critics, some flopped at the box office, and all are ripe to attain cult-classic status.
With new cinema releases grinding to a halt in response to the spread of the coronavirus, I’ve used these weeks of self-quarantine to cast an eye backward over the cinematic canon, to rewatch old favorites, and to fill in viewing gaps. Now I’ve begun evaluating films that, for whatever reason, didn’t get a fair shake when they were released. Some were blasted by critics, and others simply made no impression at the box office; all of them are available to watch online, just waiting to become cult classics. The 30 films I’ve chosen as the most underrated are all from the past 25 years, and many belong to genres (rom-com, sci-fi, thriller) that are overlooked in serious critical circles. Some of my selections might seem obvious and others ludicrous, but all were made in the spirit of enjoyable debate and discovery.
the Box-Office Flops
Kino Lorber Archipelago (2010, directed by Joanna Hogg)
Joanna Hogg broke out in American art houses last year with her wonderful autobiographical work The Souvenir, but she’s been making terrific indie films for years. Archipelago might be her best. A quiet drama, it sees Edward (played by Tom Hiddleston, a year before Thor catapulted him to fame) gathering with his family on the remote British island of Tresco after quitting his job to travel the world. Many long-simmering tensions boil to the surface; Hiddleston (who is in most of Hogg’s movies) gives one of his best screen performances, and Hogg depicts subtle, polite infighting with humor and insight. No filmmaker has a better handle on the ridiculous foibles of the English upper-middle class.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Babe: Pig in the City (1998, directed by George Miller)
George Miller is the master of sequels. Each of his installments in the Mad Max series is innovative; his Happy Feet Two is quietly underrated. But he’s never made a follow-up as strange and beguiling as Babe: Pig in the City. Miller wrote and produced the first Babe, a charming, Oscar-winning success. In the director’s chair for part two, though, he turned the sweet fable of a pig who wanted to herd sheep into a grim fairy tale about life in the big city. The movie was a commercial disaster, but it’s a rewarding, beautifully designed work set in a fantasy city that mashes up landmarks from every modern metropolis. The plot, such as it is, follows Babe as he goes on a trip and mixes it up with more streetwise animal brethren (the director Noah Baumbach once said that the film’s closest thematic companion is Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut).
Watch it on: Hulu, HBO Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)
A gorgeous romantic drama about the pain and pleasure of pop stardom, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s remarkable Beyond the Lights made little impression at the box office on release, despite a star-making turn from Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The actor plays a Rihanna-esque figure named Noni Jean who falls for a police officer (Nate Parker) and tries to escape the limelight. Prince-Bythewood, who also wrote and directed the incredible Love & Basketball, is one of only a few people in Hollywood still trying to film genuine love stories, and she deserves many more chances to do so on the big screen.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Cadillac Records (2008, directed by Darnell Martin)
The smartest music biopic from a decade full of them (including 2004’s Ray and 2005’s Walk the Line, to name a couple), Darnell Martin’s portrayal of the rise and fall of Chess Records was woefully underseen in 2008. The film digs into the exploitative dynamics at work in so many early rock-and-roll labels, examining the troubled relationships between Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) and his biggest stars: Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Etta James (Beyoncé Knowles), and Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker). The film has a harder edge than its contemporaries, and the musical performances are particularly sensational.
Watch it on: Crackle
Cloud Atlas (2012, directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer)
This is the most dizzyingly ambitious project in the Wachowski sisters’ expansive filmography. Adapting David Mitchell’s novel of the same name, Cloud Atlas encompasses six distinct stories, beginning with an 1849 naval adventure and zipping through the 1930s, the ’70s, and the present day before blasting to the clone-filled future of 2144 and ending in a postapocalyptic 2321. Members of the ensemble, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, and Doona Bae, play different characters in each story line, and the film jumps backward and forward through time to reveal surprising thematic links. As with many a Wachowski project, you have to make a few logical leaps to get on board, but if you can, there’s no movie experience like it.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime
20th Century Fox Film Corp. Down With Love (2003, directed by Peyton Reed)
This knowing throwback to the “no-sex sex comedies” of the late ’50s and ’60s (like the Doris Day–starring Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back) was too clever for its own good on release. But it’s a fabulous, entertaining, and singular creation, both celebrating and subverting the innuendo-filled rom-coms of yesteryear. An impeccably styled Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor star as lifestyle writers who form a friendly rivalry in 1960s New York. Sarah Paulson and David Hyde Pierce round out the cast, and Peyton Reed (who had just directed Bring It On in 2000) plays off the visual language of his source material in stylish, innovative, and cheeky ways. When you watch, be sure to stick around for the fantastic musical number over the closing credits.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Dredd (2012, directed by Pete Travis)
Perhaps the best comic-book movie of the past decade was Dredd, a gritty adaptation of the Judge Dredd series that was a financial flop on release. Set in a dictatorial future in which armored policemen are empowered to dispense lethal justice for almost any crime, the film takes place entirely within a colossal tower block, following Dredd (Karl Urban) and a new trainee as they do battle with a sadistic mob boss (Lena Headey). It’s a gruesome but smart movie, at once lionizing and satirizing the ruthless efficiency of its hero. The film was written and produced by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation), who has since become one of the most exciting sci-fi directors working today.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Killing Them Softly (2012, directed by Andrew Dominik)
Killing Them Softly is Andrew Dominik’s brutal follow-up to his painterly revisionist Western, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Also starring Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly takes George V. Higgins’s hard-boiled ’70s crime novel Cogan’s Trade and updates it to the present day, following a mob robbery that goes wrong and the assassin (Pitt) hired to clean everything up. Dominik turns the web of competing criminal interests into a broad metaphor for the quagmire of the Iraq War. Killing Them Softly may have been too weird and slow for general audiences (it’s one of the few movies ever to earn an F on CinemaScore). But it’s bleakly funny and impressively acted by a cast that includes James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Watch it on: Netflix Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, directed by Shane Black)
The film that put Robert Downey Jr. back on the map was critically praised but ignored at the box office in 2005. An extremely metatextual crime comedy, it follows a thief (Downey Jr.) pretending to be an actor who gets mixed up in a murder and goes on the lam with his acting coach, a private investigator (Val Kilmer). The story line is as complicated as it sounds, but the thrill of Shane Black’s film lies in his hilariously punchy dialogue and his skill at making the most convoluted plotting flow with ease. The movie reintroduced Downey Jr. as a leading man after he’d spent years struggling with addiction: He was hired to play Iron Man mostly on the strength of this performance.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Premium Rush (2012, directed by David Koepp)
David Koepp’s bike-messenger thriller is far more robust than that description might suggest. Set on New York’s crowded streets, it follows Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a deliveryman who picks up a package that’s tied to a criminal conspiracy; soon enough, he’s being chased around town by a crooked cop, Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon), who’s intent on taking him down. The story is told with unrelenting silliness, and Koepp translates Wilee’s brash confidence about weaving in and out of traffic into a visual roller-coaster ride. The highlight, though, is Shannon’s performance—he turns Monday into a living Looney Toon, gnashing his teeth and bulging out his eyes in fury with abandon.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Solaris (2002, directed by Steven Soderbergh)
Steven Soderbergh’s sci-fi opus was decried on release for daring to re-adapt a novel (by Stanisław Lem) that had already been turned into a film masterpiece (Andrei Tarkovsky’s sprawling 1972 work of the same name). But Soderbergh’s movie is a very different beast from Tarkovsky’s, stripping the story down to 99 minutes and focusing on the haunting romance at the center of the book. George Clooney plays Chris Kelvin, a psychologist haunted by the suicide of his wife, Rheya (Natascha McElhone). After hearing the mysterious distress signals sent out by a distant space station, he travels there—and finds Rheya, somehow re-created by the planet that the station is orbiting. The film includes stellar supporting performances by Viola Davis and Jeremy Davies, a beautifully understated score from Cliff Martinez, and some of the most compelling world-building in Soderbergh’s career.
Watch it on: Hulu
Sunshine (2007, directed by Danny Boyle)
This stunning space-mission drama from Danny Boyle and the screenwriter Alex Garland might be the Oscar-winning director’s best film. A wildly intense thriller about a last-gasp effort to restart the dying sun, Sunshine pits an outstanding cast (Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, and more) against a monolithic enemy: the star at the center of our solar system, which Boyle depicts as an immovable, godlike force. As the voyagers’ ship gets closer to the sun, everything on board goes more and more haywire, and Boyle—who can depict the onset of madness better than almost anyone working—dials up the chaos.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Talk to Me (2007, directed By Kasi Lemmons)
Kasi Lemmons, whose most recent work is 2019’s Harriet, has long been one of Hollywood’s most criminally unheralded directors, and Talk to Me never got the wide audience it deserved in 2007. It’s a biopic of the controversial Washington, D.C., radio host Petey Greene (Don Cheadle) that’s unafraid to be messy, reflecting its subject’s surprising rise to fame as someone who fearlessly speaks his mind on the social and political issues of the 1970s. The film is grounded by excellent performances from Cheadle, Taraji P. Henson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Greene’s put-upon manager, Dewey Hughes.
Watch it on: Hulu, Sling What If (2013, directed by Michael Dowse)
Also known as The F Word (its title was changed in America for obvious reasons), this extremely charming slow-burn rom-com was unfairly overlooked on release. It follows two people (Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan) who become friends but spend the entire time wondering if they’d be better off as lovers. Many relationship hijinks ensue, but the movie works because of the performances at its center, along with energetic supporting turns from Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis, who were both on their way to bigger, franchise fame.
Watch it on: Prime The Yards (2000, directed by James Gray)
Back in 2000, James Gray’s operatic crime thriller was dumped unceremoniously into theaters by Harvey Weinstein and ignored by audiences. Like all the director’s films, though, it’s well worth viewing, combining hard-boiled storytelling with graceful visuals. Mark Wahlberg gives one of his best performances as Leo, an ex-con who returns to the fold of his shady New York family and gets tangled up in city corruption surrounding the subway system. A shifty Joaquin Phoenix plays Leo’s ne’er-do-well friend who is embroiled in a dramatic relationship with a young woman (Charlize Theron), while James Caan is suitably menacing as Leo’s morally dubious benefactor. The Yards also showed the first signs of Gray’s considerable talent; he’d go on to make We Own the Night, Two Lovers, The Lost City of Z, and Ad Astra.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime the critical bombs
Warner Bros. Addicted to Love (1997, directed by Griffin DUnne)
All of Griffin Dunne’s films (including the delightfully bizarre Practical Magic) deserve more appreciation, but Addicted to Love is a personal favorite of mine, a largely forgotten romantic comedy that satirizes gooey Hollywood storytelling tropes. It casts Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, two stalwarts of the rom-com genre, as a bitter pair united by a hatred of their respective exes, who are now dating each other. Ryan and Broderick spy on their former partners and, of course, eventually fall for each other, but the film never sacrifices its acidic tone, even as their relationship turns tender.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Armageddon (1998, directed by Michael Bay)
If nothing else, Armageddon is a crucial cultural artifact: a portent of American culture’s jingoism in the 2000s, when blockbuster action sequences had the tone and tenor of Budweiser commercials. Where Michael Bay’s prior film, The Rock (which is much better regarded), had tapped into the U.S. military’s dysfunction and despondency post-Vietnam, Armageddon sees the country uniting to obliterate an evil asteroid by turning to … the oil industry. (It also spends a good chunk of time mocking post-Soviet Russia.) Despite the ridiculous plotting and Bay’s frenetic editing of every set piece, Armageddon is the clearest distillation of his macho brand of propaganda, designed to have audiences cheering by the end (against their better judgment). Listen to Ben Affleck’s gleeful commentary to triple the entertainment factor.
Watch it on: Hulu, HBO Blackhat (2015, directed by Michael Mann)
Five years ago, one of the great contemporary directors still working made a globe-trotting cyber thriller starring Thor himself and was completely ignored. Booed by critics and dumped by its studio into the doldrums of January, Blackhat made only a shocking $8 million at the domestic box office. Yet it’s a terrific entry in Michael Mann’s esteemed body of work (which includes other movies, such as Heat, Miami Vice, and Manhunter, that were underrated in their day). Chris Hemsworth plays a hard-bodied hacker who’s released from prison to battle a shadowy online terrorist; like many of Mann’s later films, Blackhat is a story of the analog world’s struggle to confront its digital future, wrapped up in a very masculine action saga. If you can, try to catch the director’s cut, which cleans up some of the film’s dense plotting and airs regularly on FX.
Watch it on: FX The Box (2009, directed by Richard Kelly)
This is the third film directed by Richard Kelly, a onetime wunderkind who burst onto the scene with the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko. The Box is also his best, though few have recognized it as such. It was a bomb on release, getting poor reviews and the rare dishonor of an F from CinemaScore. But its wild ambition is second to none, spinning Richard Matheson’s mordant short story “Button, Button” into a paranoid 1970s epic—part domestic drama, part psychological horror, part sci-fi fantasy revolving around a NASA expedition to Mars and magic portals. This movie has short, simple scares that I’ve never forgotten, and a plot convoluted enough to obsess over forever. I live in hope of a fourth film from Kelly.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Constantine (2005, directed by Francis Lawrence)
Fifteen years after its release, this remains one of the best and cleverest comic-book adaptations ever made, and probably the most underrated entry in Keanu Reeves’s cinematic career. This is a horror thriller that dives into biblical fantasy, casting a varied ensemble (Tilda Swinton, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Shia LaBeouf) as various angels and demons doing battle in modern-day Los Angeles. Based on Alan Moore’s Vertigo comic Hellblazer, Constantine junks a lot of the established hallmarks of the character John Constantine (he’s supposed to be a witty Brit who looks like Sting), but that doesn’t matter. Reeves’s laconic style is a perfect fit for the cynical antihero, and Rachel Weisz thrives in twin roles as sisters on either side of an infernal crime that Constantine is called to investigate.
Watch it on: DC Universe The Counselor (2013, directed by Ridley Scott)
Of the seven films made by Ridley Scott in the past decade, none is more critically reviled than The Counselor, a knotty crime drama written by Cormac McCarthy and featuring an all-star ensemble that includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz. Summarizing its noir-ish plot, which revolves around the Juárez, Mexico, drug trade, is impossible, but the film is worth watching simply because there’s nothing like it. McCarthy’s florid dialogue and Scott’s hazy visuals are bewitching, and every actor gives an energetic performance pushed to ridiculous heights (one scene in particular, involving Diaz and a Ferrari, is hypnotically baffling). The Counselor is a dark acquired taste, but a deeply satisfying one.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Universal pictures The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006, directed by Justin Lin)
After the success of the first Fast and the Furious movie, in 2001, Vin Diesel’s car-racing franchise struggled to stand out until 2009, when its original cast returned under Justin Lin’s direction for the surprise smash Fast & Furious. But the groundwork for that revitalization had been laid three years earlier with Tokyo Drift, Lin’s debut film in the series. Though Tokyo Drift introduces Sung Kang as the fan-favorite character Han, none of the series’s other beloved characters appears. Yet Lin’s skill with crisp action and quick-paced banter—built up in his fantastic breakthrough, Better Luck Tomorrow, which also starred Kang—makes this one of the best in the franchise.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Hulk (2003, directed by Ang Lee)
Coming off the resounding success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee could’ve made any film he wanted. He picked an adaptation of Marvel Comics’ most tortured star, the Hulk (Eric Bana). At the time, the movie was seen as odd, mocked for its wobbly CGI, and suffered one of the largest box-office drops in history for a blockbuster after its opening weekend. Viewed now, given the cookie-cutter format of contemporary superhero movies, it’s a startling experience. Lee turns his film into a living comic book, zooming in and out of boxy frames and inventing a visual language that could’ve become an exciting norm for the medium. The story, which sees the Hulk doing Freudian battle with his demonic father (Nick Nolte) and unearthing dark family secrets, is bizarre, and thrillingly so.
Watch it on: Starz In the Cut (2003, directed by Jane Campion)
Every film Jane Campion has directed since her Oscar-winning The Piano (1993) is underrated and underseen, but In the Cut was perhaps her biggest flop on release. That was partly because it subverted Meg Ryan’s usual bubbly onscreen persona, casting her as Frannie Avery, an introverted English teacher who starts dating the detective (Mark Ruffalo) investigating a murder case in her apartment building. It’s a sweaty, grisly, and sexually charged thriller that swerves from strange comedy to gory horror from scene to scene. But that tonal whiplash is one of Campion’s smartest storytelling tools, properly rattling viewers and plunging them into Frannie’s mixed-up headspace.
Watch it on: Crackle Jennifer’s Body (2009, directed by Karyn Kusama)
This is the movie that landed Karyn Kusama in “movie jail” for almost a decade: a gleefully bloody teen-horror comedy that was undone by the high expectations for its script. The writer, Diablo Cody, had won an Oscar the previous year for her Juno screenplay, and though this follow-up had that film’s humor, its intense gore and flippant humor were too much for critics at the time. Fortunately, Jennifer’s Body is already being reevaluated as a trashy classic, a nastier update of movies like Heathers that turns the social competition of high school into a literal bloodbath. Kusama has also reemerged as a filmmaker, with the excellent indie horror The Invitation.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Universal pictures Josie and the Pussycats (2001, directed by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan)
This knowing revival of the Archie Comics series was a failure on release, but has deservedly attracted a cult following in the years since. It’s a pitch-perfect parody of the manufactured pop pipeline in the early 2000s, watching as the chipper rock band comprising Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Melody (Tara Reid), and Valerie (Rosario Dawson) is run through the major-label mill. Parker Posey and Alan Cumming play perfect corporate villains, and almost every scene is suffused with ostentatious subliminal advertising, with au courant brand names crowding the frame. It’s a bitingly clever work, with a great power-pop soundtrack that includes contributions from the late Adam Schlesinger.
Watch it on: Hulu with Cinemax, Xfinity Jupiter Ascending (2015, directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski)
In the 2010s, blockbuster studio filmmaking made a hard pivot to existing intellectual property for its biggest movies: Star Wars, comic books, anything audiences might have nostalgia for. The Wachowskis, as they often do, went their own route. After giving cinema one of its greatest franchises in 1999 with The Matrix, the duo took a different direction in 2015 with a loopily operatic sci-fi epic rooted in nothing but their own imaginations. They were pilloried by critics. Jupiter Ascending is a wonderfully absurd space fairy tale starring Channing Tatum as a dog-man, Eddie Redmayne as an immortal arch-capitalist villain, and Mila Kunis as a secret princess who unwittingly owns the property deeds to our solar system. If you can get on this movie’s wavelength, you’ll find much to enjoy in its many flights of fancy.
Watch it on: Netflix
Non-Stop (2014, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra)
Since the surprise success of Taken in 2008, Liam Neeson has played a broken-down man forced to take the law into his own hands in countless mid-budget action dramas: Unknown, Cold Pursuit, The Commuter, Run All Night, and many more. Non-Stop is easily the best of them, partly thanks to Jaume Collet-Serra, a Spanish director who is one of the finest purveyors of modern pulp cinema (along with many Neeson movies, his other credits include The Shallows and Orphan). Set entirely on an airplane flying from New York to London, Non-Stop follows an alcoholic air marshal who gets caught in a deadly battle when a terrorist starts texting him. Perfectly befitting its setting, this thriller has the plot of the best kind of airplane paperback, with just the right number of twists and turns.
Watch it on: Sling Ocean’s Twelve (2004, directed by Steven Soderbergh)
Despite coasting to box-office success, Ocean’s Twelve was disliked on release for swerving in the opposite direction from the über-cool Ocean’s Eleven. Critics dismissed it as overindulgent, pretentious, and ultimately pointless: The heist plot is nigh-impossible to understand, most of the crucial exposition is entirely absent, and there’s a subplot in which the character played by Julia Roberts pretends to be the real Julia Roberts. In hindsight, though, the film is a perfect deconstruction of sequel logic, showing the difficulty of finding new directions for a beloved cast of characters. Where Ocean’s Eleven was all smooth style, Ocean’s Twelve is a knowing subversion that lays bare the ridiculous fallacy of movie-star charm. It also happens to be very, very funny.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Pain & Gain (2013, directed by Michael Bay)
Practically every Bay film has been dismissed by reviewers on release, and often for good reason. His high-octane storytelling style makes the simplest scenes of dialogue utterly hyperactive, and most of his recent efforts are about talking robot toys. But Pain & Gain was a sly departure for this director, a low-budget (by his standards) crime comedy that feels like a Coen Brothers movie on growth hormones. Based on a true story, Pain & Gain is about three bodybuilders (played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie) who embark on a harebrained kidnapping scheme for easy money; naturally, things quickly go awry. Bay doesn’t abandon his trademark energy, but instead deploys it as satire—these characters might think they’re in a flashy action movie, but their circumstances are far more mundane and depressing.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime
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2019.04.24 00:58 NotJ3st3r Wednesday, April 24th

Today are:

Administrative Professionals Day®, also known as Secretaries' Day or Admin Day, recognizes the work of secretaries, receptionists, administrative assistants, and other administrative support professionals. Employers and supervisors organize events for these workers on the day, and workers are often given cards, flowers, chocolate, and lunches. In the United States, the day takes place during Administrative Professionals Week, which occurs during the last full week of April. The holiday is celebrated in work environments around the world.
After the United States entered World War II, there became a shortage of skilled administrative workers. This was because there had been a lowered birth rate during the Great Depression, and because of a new booming economy with many open jobs. In 1942, the National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions administrative personnel gave to the economy, to bring workers into the field, and to support their development. The National Secretaries Association changed its name to the Professional Secretaries International in 1981, and to the International Association of Administrative Professionals in 1998.
Administrative Professionals Day® was originally known as National Secretaries' Day. It was created to further bring more people into the administrative professional field, in response to the shortage following World War II. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles W. Sawyer proclaimed National Secretaries Week in 1952. It was held from June 1-7 of that year, with Wednesday, June 4 being National Secretaries' Day. The National Secretaries Association, Dictaphone Corporation, and Young & Rubicam were the initial creators and sponsors of the holiday. In 1955, National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. It was then when Wednesday of that week became known as Administrative Professionals Day®. The name was trademarked in 2000. To reflect the changing responsibilities and job titles of administrative support staff, the week's name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981, and to Administrative Professionals Week in 2000.
The holiday has not been without criticism. Some have seen it as patronizing to separate the work of administrative professionals from the rest of the office, which was the opposite intention of the day. It has also been hard to determine who is an administrative professional as the role has changed over the decades. People have also been critical of the consumerist nature of the day.

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is a time for reflecting on the Armenian genocide and remembering those who lost their lives during it. The day of commemoration has been held since the 1920s, and April 24 was chosen because it was on that date in 1915 when the genocide began. On that day, hundreds of intellectuals such as writers, doctors, scientists, musicians, lawyers, clergy, and members of the Armenian parliament were arrested in Constantinople. They were sent into exile in Anatolia—some died on the way and some were killed there. This was the first part of a larger plan to exterminate the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire, in what was the first state-planned genocide of the twentieth century.
Armenians had lived in the area for 3,000 years. During some of this time they were an independent state, but often they were under the rule of an empire. Beginning in the fifteenth century, the Armenians were under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Decades before the genocide, Armenians already were being killed. Under the rule of Sultan Abdul Hamid, hundred of thousands of Armenians were killed as Turks attacked Armenian villages in the mid-1890s.
After the "Young Turks" came to power in 1908 and instituted a more modern constitutional government, Armenians were at first hopeful that they would gain equal rights with others in the Ottoman Empire. But they soon realized their hopes would not be realized, when it became apparent the Young Turks wanted to save and expand the Ottoman Empire, and the Armenians were in the way. The Turks planned the genocide in 1911 and 1912, and World War I gave them the opportunity to implement it. In 1914, as the Turks sided with Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, they believed the Armenians would want to fight for the enemy. This was because they thought the Armenians believed they would be free if the Allies won. The Turks used this to justify their removal of Armenians from war zones.
The genocide was launched with the rounding up and killing of intellectuals. The next phase of the genocide was the killing of hundreds of thousands of women, children, and the elderly in the Syrian desert. They were subjected to death marches where many were stripped naked and forced to walk in the hot sun. This caused some of them to drop dead. Those who stopped to rest were shot. The Young Turks also created a "Special Organization" that consisted of killing squads that worked to kill Christian Armenians in horrific ways, such as drowning, burning alive, and crucifixion. There were two million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire prior to World War I, and between 1915 and 1923 about 1.5 million of them were killed.
Shortly after the genocide began, France, Russia, and Great Britain labeled the events as crimes against humanity and pointed the finger at the Turkish government as being responsible. Following World War I, Young Turks fled to Germany where they were told they would not be prosecuted. In a covert operation called Operation Nemesis, Armenians worked to assassinate those who had been involved in the genocide. To this day, the Turkish government has refused to acknowledge the genocide. They refuse to admit the atrocities were widespread or systematic, and have said that whatever was done was necessary because the Armenians were like an enemy force during the war. At times the United States has been reluctant to call the killings a genocide, as to not alienate an ally.

Today we celebrate the boy band New Kids on the Block, one of the most successful groups of the late 1980s. They set the template for future boy bands, such as the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and One Direction. The day was declared by Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis on April 24, 1989.
Maurice Starr, who had previously helped the R&B group New Edition achieve success, started a talent search in Boston with hopes of forming another group. He brought together Donnie Wahlberg, brothers Jordan and Jon Knight, Danny Wood, and Joey McIntyre. After originally being called Nynuk, they became New Kids on the Block. Starr held many roles with the group, being their manager and producer, as well as choreographer and chief songwriter.
In 1986, New Kids on the Block's self-titled debut album was released on Columbia Records. It didn't achieve much notice, but its follow up, 1988's Hangin' Tough, was filled with radio-friendly pop songs, five of which became top ten hits. A single was then released from their debut album, and it became a top ten hit in 1989. In 1990, they released Step by Step, and the album's title track became their biggest hit.
By the early 1990s, many of their fans were moving on to new types of music. The group tried to change their image to appear more mature, took more creative control, and started calling themselves NKOTB. In 1994, they released Face the Music with these new elements, but did not achieve the same success as their previous work. They broke up the same year.
Some of the members began putting out solo albums in the late 1990s. Fourteen years after the band broke up they released their comeback album, The Block, which debuted at number two on the Billboard charts. They began touring again, and in 2013 they released 10. With a career spanning decades, it is now apparent that Michael Dukakis was not premature in naming a day for the group, and there is plenty of reason to celebrate them today.

Today we celebrate and eat pigs in a blanket. "Pigs in a blanket" can be the singular or plural name for the food, a "pig in a blanket" can be the singular name, or "pigs in blankets" can be the plural name. There are many different variations and names for the food in different parts of the world.
In the United States, pigs in a blanket consist of hot dogs or Vienna sausages that have been wrapped in biscuit dough or croissant dough and then baked. Sometimes breakfast sausages wrapped in pancakes are also called pigs in a blanket. Other names for the food are franks in a blanket, franks in blanks, and wiener winks. Although, wiener winks tend to use bread and cheese in their recipe instead of biscuit dough or croissant dough.
In the United Kingdom, pigs in a blanket most commonly refer to small sausages—often chipolata—wrapped in bacon. They are sometimes called kilted sausages and are regularly eaten as appetizers accompanying Christmas dinner. There are many other types throughout the world. In Israel, Moshe Ba'Teiva, meaning "Moses in the Ark" or "Moses in the Basket," are small hot dogs that have been rolled in a ketchup-covered puff pastry or phyllo dough and baked in an oven. In Mexico, salchitacos are sausages wrapped in tortillas and fried in vegetable oil.
Pigs in a blanket are a popular food with children. In fact, the first printed reference to them may have appeared in Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls, printed in 1957. They may be large or small. Those that are eaten in only a bite or two are especially popular as hors d'oeuvres at cocktail parties or as appetizers before the main course. Pigs in a blanket are commonly dipped in ketchup, mustard, or aioli.


Happy Celebrating
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2019.03.23 17:17 IceFaery12 Hello there...

Hello. First, thank you for clicking and reading. I want to share my story and perhaps gain some insight and any positive advice is very welcomed.
I am a 29f. I am in a hetero marriage to the absolute love of my life. I have known my husband since we were 6 years old. I have been in love with him since we were 12. Flat out told him so at 16. We were together a week after I turned 17. We have been together 12 years, married nearly 7 and have 4 beautiful children: 3 girls and a baby boy. He is my dream come true, so i should be elated, right?
Well, I came into this relationship with a massive amount of baggage. I was molested as a child by more than one person. Once at 3 by my half brother, a handful of times at 7 by a a slightly older neighbor boy, and for nearly a year at 10 by my grandfather. I was also assaulted (including a knife to my throat) by the guy I dated before my husband. My husband had attended my 17th birthday, which included this ex who had become so enraged at a certain point for supposedly "ignoring him" (by socializing with OUR friends) that he picked me up under my armpits and carried me to my room while I was kicking and flailing and threw me against my bed. I scream out in terror then instinctively scream out my best friend's name (my now hubs) and he barrels through the door that my pencil necked ex was attempting to barracade. My husband was already WELL over 6ft and like 340lbs back in high school (he played football) . He saved me from that monster. I was diagnosed at 19 during Round #1 of therapy with low grade, long term depression and PTSD. I have overcome my depression, and have managed my PTSD to lower its devastation. However, talking about all I've gone through started to have an effect on my libido.
I DID have an encounter with a friend of mine after I turned 18 and it was glorious. I had been having feelings of being attracted to women starting at 14 with late night Girls Gone Wild commercials...however, my mother put the kabosh on that with "Now, I understand the grays, but those "bi" people just need to pick a fucking team"
Now, I'm in therapy for the SECOND time because I was at my breaking point with self hatred. I couldnt even find a SINGLE thing I liked about myself and I knew it was time. I found an incredible sex and body positive therapist who is everything I needed. However, this has the sharp edge of making me face things, which I loathe as a completely non confrontational person. I'd rather avoid it and hope it gets better than attack head on.
My husband has suggested I am a gay woman who "happened" to fall in love with a man. Since I think penises (other than his) are gross and weird. He has also said I went from 7 to 40 and now at 29 have to start my sexual identity journey like I'm 13. And I feel that this reinforces that "I'm not good enough", which I've struggled with my entire life. When, I feel that he is my dream come true and have no need to feel attraction for another man. I certainly DONT feel like a child, I've had 4 kids after all. I DO know that I'm trying to build my self esteem and sexual desire, but I feel that he's trying to push his own views onto me. I feel that I'd love him no matter what body he was in: it's his SOUL I love, his SOUL I have felt a magnetic connection to (it DOES help he is an incredibly hunky man). But somehow, it hurts his feelings when I say penises are gross. And it makes him feel less attractive when i dont wanna drool over other men. (EVEN THOUGH, there ARE other men I have said are attractive ala Donny Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Shemar Moore, Zach Ertz, and other Eagles linemen.
I feel that our MARRIAGE needs the attention and work right now and he keeps trying to shove me into the arms of a woman. And I feel that if it happens with a women, than awesome, but I'm not ready to seek it out. Esp, when I DO, I get the door slammed in my face. I deeply need and desire an existing relationship with a female partner. I want a bff that I can share my wins, loses, shopping, kids, and all other bff things with, but we occasionally have sexual encounters, too. I'm an emotionally attached person. Im NOT looking for hookups to just get my rocks off. I know and accept this about myself, but my husband says it's not happening bc I dont "put myself out there" enough and I lack confidence.
I'm just struggling through a dark labyrinth right now and am looking for a little light.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story ♡
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2019.02.11 15:42 WWF-oldschool List of WWE Network Edits?

A summary of all WWE Network edits. Big Thanks goes out to CJTus, Leezo2012, BleedTheFreak_23, and everyone else who contributes to it. If someone finds a new edit I update the mainpost in time

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AWA WrestleRock '86: Missing Midnight Rockers vs. Doug Somers and Buddy Rose.

AWA Wrestlerock 86 - pre & post match promos.

AWA Brawl in St. Paul: Buck Zumhofe vs. Buddy Wolfe is omitted. It was included when this show aired on WWE Classics On Demand in 2011. During Hennig/Bockwinkel, the video skips ahead to a later part of the match (timestamp 01:03:47). A pre-match promo at ringside from Buddy Rose and Doug Somers and the Midnight Rockers' entrance are not shown. The match is joined in progress a few seconds into it.

Mid-South 12/10/83 episode is missing a hype video for Randy Savage.

NXT. The heavily advertised 14th January 2015 episode, which was the first on a Wednesday due to Smackdown moving, has a date of January 15th.

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2018.11.23 18:16 fluffy_bunny22 Lulu Lemon's phone apparently can't call out

Lulu Lemon is my JNM so called because her name includes Lu and she hates being called Lulu so that's how she appears in DH's phone. The lemon part is because she sold DH a lemon of a car. LLL is bougie AF. If she wore yoga pants they would totally be lululemon. My yoga pants come from Target.

I am VLC with LLL. I haven't called her since sometime during the summer. She's called me a couple of times. She sucks at mailing things in a timely manner so we were surprised when DH's birthday card turned up a week early. We assumed she could only remember that his bday is around Thanksgiving but not the actual date. She does in fact know when his bday is but she was mailing my DS a Thanksgiving card so included DH's bday card in the priority mail envelope. DH texted her his thanks for the card so I wouldn't have to contact her. I planned on texting Thanksgiving wishes in a group text with my sisters. LLL texted us all that she would call us when her and dad finished up with their leaf raking for the day. LLL called when we were on the way home from the restaurant we always eat Thanksgiving at. She told me I need to call her more often. I told her we've been busy. I've actually been very busy watching crime dramas on ION tv (except for Wednesday since I can't take Donnie Wahlberg seriously as an actor). After I managed to get off the phone DH asked what LLL wanted. I told him she said I need to call her more. He asked if she was running low on minutes because phone calls go both ways. LLL also thinks I95 only runs North so she may actually think I need to be the one contacting her. The only good thing was she didn't bug me about when is DS's graduation (he's a Junior). I did actually ask the head of school when we can expect next year's schedule and she said sometime in the spring.
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2017.04.14 22:07 RaysBot Game Chat: 4/14 Rays (5-5) @ Red Sox (5-4) 7:10 PM ET

Rays (5-5) @ Red Sox (5-4)

First Pitch: 7:10 PM ET at Fenway Park
Pitcher TV Radio
Rays Chris Archer (1-0, 2.45 ERA) Fox Sports Sun WGES 680, WDAE 620 AM /95.3 FM
Red Sox Rick Porcello (1-0, 4.38 ERA) NESN WEEI 93.7, WCEC 1490 AM/103.7 FM
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Gameday Game Graph Strikezone Map Live Comments Freenode: #reddit-baseball

Line Score - Final

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TB 0 2 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 10 12 1
BOS 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 5 14 0

Box Score

BOS AB R H RBI BB SO BA TB AB R H RBI BB SO BA
2B Pedroia 4 1 2 0 0 1 .300 LF Dickerson, C 4 0 1 0 1 0 .317
PR-2B Hernandez, M 1 2 1 0 0 0 .300 CF Kiermaier 5 0 0 0 0 0 .209
CF Benintendi 4 1 2 1 1 0 .263 CF Bourjos 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
RF Betts 5 1 4 1 0 0 .286 3B Longoria 4 1 1 0 1 1 .225
DH Ramirez, H 5 0 1 2 0 2 .280 3B Robertson 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235
1B Moreland 4 0 0 0 0 0 .289 2B Miller, B 4 3 3 1 1 1 .205
SS Bogaerts 4 0 3 1 1 0 .400 RF Souza Jr. 4 3 2 2 1 1 .325
3B Sandoval 5 0 1 0 0 0 .143 1B Morrison 5 2 2 4 0 0 .333
LF Young, C 4 0 0 0 1 1 .250 C Norris, D 4 0 0 0 0 2 .172
C Leon, S 4 0 0 0 0 3 .296 DH Peterson, S 5 1 2 3 0 0 .400
BOS IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA TB IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA
Porcello 4.1 8 8 8 2 5 106-70 7.56 Archer 5.2 6 1 1 2 5 102-62 2.21
Ross Jr. 2.2 3 2 2 1 1 37-22 6.75 Diaz 0.1 0 0 0 1 1 8-4 3.38
Abad 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 22-12 4.50 Pruitt 2.1 8 4 4 0 1 41-27 17.36
Scott 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 9-5 0.00 Colome 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 5-4 0.00

Scoring Plays

Inning Event Score
2 Shane Peterson homers (1) on a fly ball to right field. Logan Morrison scores. 0-2
3 Logan Morrison hits a grand slam (3) to right field. Evan Longoria scores. Brad Miller scores. Steven Souza Jr. 0-6
5 Brad Miller homers (1) on a line drive to center field. 0-7
5 Steven Souza Jr. homers (2) on a fly ball to left center field. 0-8
5 Andrew Benintendi singles on a sharp line drive to right fielder Steven Souza Jr. Dustin Pedroia scores. 1-8
7 Steven Souza Jr. singles on a line drive to left fielder Chris Young. Brad Miller scores. 1-9
7 Shane Peterson singles on a line drive to right fielder Mookie Betts. Steven Souza Jr. scores. Derek Norris to 2nd. 1-10
7 Red Sox challenged (tag play), call on the field was upheld: Hanley Ramirez singles on a line drive to shortstop Tim Beckham. Marco Hernandez scores. Mookie Betts to 3rd. Hanley Ramirez out at 2nd, shortstop Tim Beckham to third baseman Evan Longoria to second baseman Brad Miller. 2-10
9 Mookie Betts singles on a sharp line drive to left fielder Corey Dickerson. Marco Hernandez scores. Andrew Benintendi to 3rd. 3-10
9 Hanley Ramirez grounds out, third baseman Daniel Robertson to first baseman Logan Morrison. Andrew Benintendi scores. Mookie Betts to 2nd. 4-10
9 Xander Bogaerts singles on a ground ball to center fielder Peter Bourjos. Mookie Betts scores. Mitch Moreland to 2nd. 5-10

Highlights

Decisions

Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher
Chris Archer (2-0, 2.21) Rick Porcello (1-1, 7.56)
Game ended at 11:06 PM EDT.
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2017.04.14 22:07 RedSoxGameday Game Thread: 4/14 Rays (5-5) @ Red Sox (5-4) 7:10 PM ET

First Pitch: 7:10 PM ET at Fenway Park
Pitcher TV Radio
Rays Chris Archer (1-0, 2.45 ERA) Fox Sports Sun WGES 680, WDAE 620 AM /95.3 FM
Red Sox Rick Porcello (1-0, 4.38 ERA) NESN WEEI 93.7, WCEC 1490 AM/103.7 FM
Game Preview
Reddit Stream for this post
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Line Score - Final

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TB 0 2 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 10 12 1
BOS 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 5 14 0

Box Score

BOS Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA
2B Pedroia 4 1 2 0 0 1 .300
PR-2B Hernandez, M 1 2 1 0 0 0 .300
CF Benintendi 4 1 2 1 1 0 .263
RF Betts 5 1 4 1 0 0 .286
DH Ramirez, H 5 0 1 2 0 2 .280
1B Moreland 4 0 0 0 0 0 .289
SS Bogaerts 4 0 3 1 1 0 .400
3B Sandoval 5 0 1 0 0 0 .143
LF Young, C 4 0 0 0 1 1 .250
C Leon, S 4 0 0 0 0 3 .296
TB Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA
LF Dickerson, C 4 0 1 0 1 0 .317
CF Kiermaier 5 0 0 0 0 0 .209
CF Bourjos 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
3B Longoria 4 1 1 0 1 1 .225
3B Robertson 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235
2B Miller, B 4 3 3 1 1 1 .205
RF Souza Jr. 4 3 2 2 1 1 .325
1B Morrison 5 2 2 4 0 0 .333
C Norris, D 4 0 0 0 0 2 .172
DH Peterson, S 5 1 2 3 0 0 .400
SS Beckham, T 4 0 1 0 0 1 .167
BOS IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA
Porcello 4.1 8 8 8 2 5 106-70 7.56
Ross Jr. 2.2 3 2 2 1 1 37-22 6.75
Abad 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 22-12 4.50
Scott 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 9-5 0.00
TB IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA
Archer 5.2 6 1 1 2 5 102-62 2.21
Diaz 0.1 0 0 0 1 1 8-4 3.38
Pruitt 2.1 8 4 4 0 1 41-27 17.36
Colome 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 5-4 0.00

Scoring Plays

Inning Event Score
2 Shane Peterson homers (1) on a fly ball to right field. Logan Morrison scores. 0-2
3 Logan Morrison hits a grand slam (3) to right field. Evan Longoria scores. Brad Miller scores. Steven Souza Jr. 0-6
5 Brad Miller homers (1) on a line drive to center field. 0-7
5 Steven Souza Jr. homers (2) on a fly ball to left center field. 0-8
5 Andrew Benintendi singles on a sharp line drive to right fielder Steven Souza Jr. Dustin Pedroia scores. 1-8
7 Steven Souza Jr. singles on a line drive to left fielder Chris Young. Brad Miller scores. 1-9
7 Shane Peterson singles on a line drive to right fielder Mookie Betts. Steven Souza Jr. scores. Derek Norris to 2nd. 1-10
7 Red Sox challenged (tag play), call on the field was upheld: Hanley Ramirez singles on a line drive to shortstop Tim Beckham. Marco Hernandez scores. Mookie Betts to 3rd. Hanley Ramirez out at 2nd, shortstop Tim Beckham to third baseman Evan Longoria to second baseman Brad Miller. 2-10
9 Mookie Betts singles on a sharp line drive to left fielder Corey Dickerson. Marco Hernandez scores. Andrew Benintendi to 3rd. 3-10
9 Hanley Ramirez grounds out, third baseman Daniel Robertson to first baseman Logan Morrison. Andrew Benintendi scores. Mookie Betts to 2nd. 4-10
9 Xander Bogaerts singles on a ground ball to center fielder Peter Bourjos. Mookie Betts scores. Mitch Moreland to 2nd. 5-10

Highlights

Decisions

Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher
Chris Archer (2-0, 2.21) Rick Porcello (1-1, 7.56)
Game ended at 11:06 PM EDT.

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2017.03.02 16:28 _RequestGranted The Best TV Seasons of All Time List in post, 100 clicks saved

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This is a score out of 100 that looks at the median IMDb rating of all episodes in a season and the median IMDb votes of all episodes in a season. Ties were broken by the median episode IMDb rating. Given that IMDb has only been around since 1990, the TV shows and seasons that made the cut are skewed more toward recent decades.
Rank Series Season Smart Rating Median IMDb Episode Rating Median IMDb Episode Votes Season Premiere Date Starring
100 Gotham 2 88.68 8.6 1552.5 9/21/2015 Benjamin McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz
99 Supernatural 6 88.81 8.6 1613.5 9/24/2010 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver
98 True Detective 2 88.87 8.2 5779 6/21/2015 Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn
97 Twin Peaks 1 88.88 8.7 1454.5 4/8/1990 Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick
96 House 4 88.92 8.8 1354 9/25/2007 Hugh Laurie, Olivia Wilde, Kal Penn
95 Sopranos 6 88.95 8.7 1463 3/12/2006 James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
94 The X-Files 6 89.13 8.6 1653 11/8/1998 David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
93 Black Mirror 2 89.19 8.2 8631 2/11/2013 Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, Lenora Crichlow
92 Sopranos 2 89.20 8.7 1505 1/16/2000 James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
91 Suits 4 89.26 9.0 1168.5 6/11/2014 Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman
90 Vikings 2 89.29 8.6 1681 2/27/2014 Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård
89 Supernatural 9 89.32 8.6 1685 10/8/2013 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, A.J. Buckley
88 Vikings 3 89.36 8.7 1602.5 2/19/2015 Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård
87 The Wire 1 89.39 8.7 1530 6/2/2002 Dominic West, Sonja Sohn, Deirdre Lovejoy
86 Sense8 1 89.51 8.6 1711.5 6/5/2015 Ami Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton
85 Supernatural 8 89.55 8.7 1566 10/3/2012 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Lynda Boyd
84 Supernatural 7 89.58 8.7 1577 9/23/2011 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver
83 Homeland 2 89.63 8.6 1795 9/30/2012 Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Mido Hamada
82 Planet Earth 1 89.69 9.1 1173 3/5/2006 David Attenborough
81 The Walking Dead 4 89.77 8.3 6287 10/13/2013 Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs
80 House of Cards 3 89.81 8.5 2270 2/27/2015 Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly
79 Supernatural 11 89.86 9.0 1240 10/7/2015 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Lisa Berry
78 Homeland 4 90.08 8.6 2039.5 10/5/2014 Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Numan Acar
77 Doctor Who 9 90.14 8.6 2087.5 12/25/2014 Colin McFarlane, Ingrid Oliver, Alex Kingston
76 Dexter 3 90.20 8.6 2101.5 9/28/2008 Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
75 The Walking Dead 7 90.34 8.4 6039 10/23/2016 Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs
74 The 100 2 90.36 8.6 2146.5 10/22/2014 Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Bob Morley
73 American Horror Story 1 90.42 8.5 2758.5 10/5/2011 Jessica Lange, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott
72 The Leftovers 2 90.56 9.0 1338.5 10/4/2015 Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston
71 The Walking Dead 2 90.60 8.4 6460 10/16/2011 Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs
70 The Walking Dead 6 90.63 8.4 6367 10/11/2015 Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs
69 Arrow 1 90.76 8.5 3142 10/10/2012 Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland
68 Lost 2 90.77 8.6 2421 9/21/2005 Matthew Fox, Terry O'Quinn, Jorge Garcia
67 Sopranos 1 90.79 8.8 1660 1/10/1999 James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
66 Black Mirror 1 90.91 8.4 10642 12/4/2011 Rory Kinnear, Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell
65 Better Call Saul 2 90.99 8.6 2517.5 2/15/2016 Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
64 House of Cards 4 91.04 8.8 1697 3/4/2016 Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly
63 Supernatural 1 91.06 8.6 2594 9/13/2005 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Andrew Airlie
62 South Park 11 91.08 8.8 1702 3/7/2007 Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall
61 Lost 3 91.09 8.6 2611 10/4/2006 Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway
60 Supernatural 3 91.19 8.7 2153.5 10/4/2007 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Sterling K. Brown
59 House of Cards 1 91.41 8.6 2988 2/1/2013 Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara
58 Suits 5 91.43 9.2 1238.5 6/24/2015 Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman
57 House of Cards 2 91.83 8.7 2543 2/14/2014 Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly
56 Hannibal 1 91.92 8.7 2675 4/4/2013 Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas
55 Person of Interest 2 92.04 9.0 1579 9/27/2012 Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson
54 Narcos 1 92.09 8.8 2234 8/28/2015 Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal
53 Prison Break 1 92.10 8.9 1833 8/29/2005 Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Amaury Nolasco
52 The Walking Dead 3 92.13 8.6 6244.5 10/14/2012 Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs
51 Arrow 3 92.17 8.7 2976 10/8/2014 Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland
50 The Walking Dead 5 92.26 8.6 6929.5 10/12/2014 Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs
49 Lost 5 92.31 8.8 2364 1/21/2009 Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Jorge Garcia
48 Supernatural 5 92.32 8.9 1987.5 9/10/2009 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Daryl Shuttleworth
47 The Walking Dead 1 92.42 8.6 7836 10/31/2010 Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
46 Lost 4 82.44 8.8 2473 1/31/2008 Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Elizabeth Mitchell
45 Black Mirror 3 92.45 8.6 6780.5 10/21/2016 Bryce Dallas Howard, Kelly Macdonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
44 Game of Thrones 5 92.64 8.6 13623.5 4/12/2015 Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington
43 The Flash 1 92.68 8.7 4126 10/7/2014 Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
42 Supernatural 4 92.70 8.9 2133 9/18/2008 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Keegan Connor Tracy
41 Dexter 5 92.73 8.9 2138.5 9/26/2010 Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
40 Lost 1 92.88 8.8 2856 9/22/2004 Matthew Fox, Sayid Jarrah, Jorge Garcia
39 Supernatural 2 92.95 8.9 2248 9/28/2006 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver
38 Dexter 4 92.98 8.9 2262.5 9/27/2009 Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, John Lithgow
37 Person of Interest 4 93.03 9.1 1619 9/23/2014 Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson
36 Dexter 1 93.04 8.8 3000.5 10/1/2006 Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
35 Mr. Robot 2 93.08 8.9 2312 7/13/2016 Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday
34 Breaking Bad 3 93.09 8.7 7138 3/21/2010 Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul
33 Person of Interest 1 93.18 9.0 2012 9/22/2011 Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson
32 Outlander 1 93.21 9.0 2105.5 8/9/2014 Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix
31 Rick and Morty 1 93.25 9.0 2115 12/2/2013 Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer
30 Dexter 2 93.27 8.9 2539.5 9/30/2007 Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
29 Breaking Bad 1 93.28 8.7 9097 1/20/2008 Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul
28 Dexter 7 93.36 8.9 2511.5 9/30/2012 Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
27 Mr. Robot 1 93.61 8.8 5360 6/24/2015 Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday
26 Rick and Morty 2 93.79 9.1 2041.5 7/26/2015 Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer
25 The Flash 2 93.90 8.9 3056 10/6/2015 Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
24 Hannibal 3 93.94 9.0 2407 6/4/2015 Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas
23 Firefly 1 94.00 9.0 2411 9/20/2002 Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk
22 Arrow 2 94.03 8.9 3194 10/9/2013 Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland
21 Game of Thrones 2 94.15 8.8 11577 4/1/2012 Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington
20 Better Call Saul 1 94.44 8.9 5672.5 2/8/2015 Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
19 Breaking Bad 2 94.72 8.9 7297 3/8/2009 Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul
18 Breaking Bad 4 94.76 8.9 7439 7/7/2011 Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul
17 Game of Thrones 3 95.01 8.9 11631 3/31/2013 Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington
16 Westworld 1 95.18 9.0 5363.5 10/2/2016 Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright
15 Stranger Things 1 95.30 9.0 6147.5 7/15/2016 Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
14 Hannibal 2 95.34 9.1 2898 2/28/2014 Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas
13 Band of Brothers 1 95.45 9.2 2554 9/9/2001 Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg
12 Fargo 2 95.53 9.1 3136.5 10/12/2015 Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons
10 Fargo 1 95.85 9.1 4021 4/15/2014 Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Martin Freeman
9 Game of Thrones 1 95.87 9.0 13999.5 4/17/2011 Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
8 Game of Thrones 6 96.03 9.0 21455.5 4/24/2016 Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington
7 Person of Interest 5 96.17 9.5 1612 5/3/2016 Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson
6 Sherlock 1 96.70 9.1 16234 7/25/2010 Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Louise Brealey
5 Sherlock 3 96.74 9.1 18890 1/1/2014 Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Louise Brealey
4 True Detective 1 97.31 9.2 9758 1/12/2014 Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan
3 Game of Thrones 4 98.37 9.3 19101 4/6/2014 Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington
2 Breaking Bad 5 98.98 9.4 11618.5 7/15/2012 Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul
1 Sherlock 2 100.00 9.5 20533 1/1/2012 Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
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2017.01.27 15:43 MsBluffy What's Going on in Columbia? January 27-29

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MOVIE GUIDE
20TH CENTURY WOMEN - A superb Annette Bening stars in this funny, moving and complex celebration of family. Set in Santa Barbara during 1979, the film follows Dorothea (Bening), a determined single mother who also serves as landlord of a boardinghouse. Dorothea decides the greatest way to parent her adolescent son Jamie is to enlist those who live around him, including his sharp-witted neighbofriend (Elle Fanning) and one of her tenants, a punk photographer. 20th Century Women is the latest film from writer-director Mike Mills, whose Beginners was a response to his relationship with his father; this companion film draws inspiration from his extraordinary mother.
THE BYE BYE MAN - Three Wisconsin college students encounter a monster known as the "Bye Bye Man" (Doug Jones), who terrorizes and kills his victims by manipulating them with hallucinations. The trio learn that the only way to defeat him is to drive him out of their thoughts entirely.
A DOG’S PURPOSE - Lasse Hallström (The Hundred-Foot Journey) directed this adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, which follows a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) as he is reincarnated as different breeds belonging to various owners. Over the course of multiple lifetimes, the canine's existence intersects with that of a young boy who rescued him in 1962.
FENCES - Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones.
THE FOUNDER - Written by Robert Siegel, THE FOUNDER is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California.
GOLD - An American businessman named Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey), who has driven his family's mining company into the ground, tries to reverse his fortunes by prospecting for gold in the jungles of Indonesia. With the help of an experienced geologist (Edgar Ramirez), Wells actually manages to unearth a massive gold deposit, but he is soon forced to protect his find from ruthless Wall Street traders.
HIDDEN FIGURES - HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history.
LA LA LAND - Yes! Ragtag is getting La La Land! Opens on Christmas Eve. A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
LION - A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
LIVE BY NIGHT - Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the son of a Boston police lieutenant, moves to Florida during the Prohibition era to become a bootlegger. As his operation grows, Coughlin faces off against local gangsters, Klansmen, and religious evangelicals while he fights for control of Tampa's criminal underworld.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA - Celebrated playwright Kenneth Lonergan returns to filmmaking with this magnificent, ambitious study of Irish Catholic, working-class New Englanders dealing with a sudden loss. Delivering the best performance of his career, Casey Affleck stars as Lee, a taciturn Boston janitor who is startled by the news that older brother Joe is dead of a heart attack. He returns home to Manchester, a Massachusetts fishing village, to attend Joe's funeral and sort through the aftermath. Of particular urgency is the custody of Joe's teenage son Patrick. Lee is also forced to reckon with his separation from ex-wife Randi.
MONSTER TRUCKS - A high schooler (Lucas Till) finds and befriends an otherworldly creature, which is able to crawl inside his car and act as a supercharged engine.
PATRIOTS DAY - In the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Police Sergeant TOMMY SAUNDERS (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again.
RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER - The human race's last hope against apocalyptic obliteration is super soldier Alice (Milla Jovovich), but she's been stripped of her psychic powers. She must form alliances and rally survivors in Raccoon City for the climactic battle against the Umbrella Corporation and its ravenous hordes of the undead.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY - The thrilling untold saga of how a ragtag band of rebels including a former soldier turned prisoner, a Rebel Alliance insider, a Jedi and a sentient robot worked together to steal the Death Star's secret blueprints.
SING - When a koala impresario (Matthew McConaughey) is in danger of losing his grand theater after one flop too many, he hatches a plan to stage a gala singing competition to save the day. But when a typo inflates the grand prize to 100,000 dollars, the contest attracts the attention of a number of singing animals, including a harried pig mom (Reese Witherspoon), a teenage gorilla (Taron Egerton), a shy elephant (Tori Kelly), and a punk porcupine.
SLEEPLESS - SLEEPLESS stars Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, White House Down) as undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground.
SPLIT - Kevin, a man with at least 23 different personalities, is compelled to abduct three teenage girls. As they are held captive, a final personality - "The Beast" - begins to materialize.
UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS - Death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) tries to end the eternal war between vampires and Lycans.
WHY HIM? - An adoring dad is horrified to discover that his adult daughter is dating a tech billionaire who's a tattooed, party-hearty lout. Despite the boyfriend's heart of gold and generous (if inappropriate) gestures of affection, the father refuses to warm to him -- especially once he learns that he's planning to pop the question.
XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE - Thrill-seeking secret agent Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) emerges from a sabbatical to retrieve a doomsday device called "Pandora's Box" from the clutches of supervillain Xiang (Donnie Yen). But when Cage and his crew uncover a major government conspiracy during their mission, they find themselves in the fight of their lives in this third installment of the action franchise.
 
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2016.12.08 18:08 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind • Feb. 28, 1994

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • An agreement between Hulk Hogan and WCW is almost certainly a done deal at this point. Hogan was mentioned a couple of times on the SuperBrawl PPV, including an interview with Flair where he was asked directly about facing Hogan. Those close to Hogan still insist nothing has been signed, but WCW is clearly under the impression that it's a done deal, if they're dropping so many hints about it on TV. If not, they're going to have serious egg on their face. The New York Daily News reported in their gossip section that Hogan would receive "something like $1 million per PPV event as well as percentage points on each event's gross receipts." Dave dismisses the $1 million per PPV number as hyperbole because most WCW PPV events only gross around $1 million total anyway.
  • UWFI in Japan ran a big angle where they announced a 16-man tournament and invited world champions from all other promotions in the world to join, specifically naming many of the top stars in other Japan promotions. They then announced that the winner of the tournament would receive 100,000,000 yen (equivalent to about $965,000) and then brought out 2 armed guards with the money to show reporters. It's pretty much certain that none of those guys will appear, which is the whole point. UWFI challenges top stars from their competition to compete in shoot-style matches for a huge amount of money and when they don't show up, it looks like they're afraid.
  • In a bizarre turn of events, the man who instigated the rape charges against Jerry Lawler has now been arrested and charged with rape himself. John Segevan is the man who went to police and told them that the 13-year-old girl claimed Lawler had had sex with her. The girl later recanted her story and claimed she only told Segevan that because she was trying to make him angry. Lawler has publicly blamed Segevan for the whole thing, claiming he was jealous of the attention the wrestlers were receiving. Segevan was arrested this week and was charged with forcible rape of a 15-year-old after driving her home from a church dance in Louisville.
  • As for Lawler, he returns to court this week in hopes of getting the charges dismissed before the April 5 trial date. Dave quotes from the affidavits where the girl admits to making up the story that she and another underage friend performed oral sex on Lawler. She says she told Segevan that because she was mad at him and then he went to the police and when the police asked her about it, she was scared so she repeated the lie to the police because she thought it's what they wanted to hear. But now she says it wasn't true. She does admit to hanging out with Lawler in his hotel room and says that he took her and a friend shopping, but says nothing sexual happened, which is basically the same thing Lawler has said. (So....now that this case is pretty much over, what's our opinion on this? Do we think Lawler got a blowjob from 2 underage girls and then paid them off to recant their story? Or did the girl lie and he got thrown under the bus on bullshit charges? I dunno man...even if nothing sexual happened, it seems a little sketchy for a 43-year-old man to be hanging out with a couple of underage girls in his hotel room and taking them shopping. I wanna give him the benefit of the doubt but eh....)
  • WCW's SuperBrawl PPV took place and was actually sold out. They also did a gimmick of giving away 4 free tickets to anyone that turned in a handgun, which supposedly garnered a total of 290 guns and more than 1,000 tickets (wtf?!). As for the show itself, the undercard was awful. Even Bobby Heenan on commentary wasn't enough to make the first hour and a half entertaining. In fact, Dave says it "should be taped for medical science as a last-ditch cure for insomnia." Cactus Jack took his usual sick bumps during the match and ended up being legit hospitalized after the show with internal bleeding and Brian Knobs dislocated his shoulder on a nasty bump near the end of the match so they rushed to the finish. Vader wrestled the main event with a staph infection on his chest (hence the different ring attire).
  • Jim Crockett's WWN promotion will be doing their first ever TV taping at the Manhattan Center in New York this week. The show is being booked by Paul Heyman and most of the show will feature ECW wrestlers.
  • Terry Gordy is still out of action and will be missing All Japan's annual Champion Carnival tournament, which is the promotion's second biggest tour of the year. Dave says the fact that Gordy is missing this tour, more than 8 months after the overdose he suffered last year, shows just how bad things are with his health (yeah, he suffered permanent brain damage and was mentally slow and out of it afterwards. He eventually returned to wrestling, but he never really recovered and was a shell of his former self. That overdose basically torpedoed the rest of his career.)
  • Terry Funk will likely be heading to USWA for the first time in years to challenge Jerry Lawler for the title soon. There's also been talk of bringing in Missy Hyatt, to have her feud with real-life ex-husband Eddie Gilbert, however Hyatt is insisting she is done with the wrestling business, even if WWF makes her an offer.
  • The long-awaited first ever match of Sabu vs. Chris Benoit took place at an indie show this week and was reportedly pretty good. After the match, a wrestler named Atlantis "from Mexico" came in to present Benoit with an award and ended up hitting Benoit with the plaque. Afterward, Atlantis removed his mask to reveal it was Jerry Lawler, who said he attacked Benoit because he's friends with Bret Hart and Lawler hates all of Hart's friends. (Video is just the match, can't find the post-match angle).
WATCH: First ever Chris Benoit vs. Sabu match - Feb. 19, 1994
  • In the latest on Sandy Barr running shows without a promoter's license in Portland, the commission ruled that Barr was clearly in violation. He had been trying to get around the rules by running "free" shows but charging inflated prices for parking and claiming that the matches were exhibitions. Barr has 30 days to appeal the ruling. But if he continues running shows after the 30 days is up, the state police can shut down the show and arrest everyone involved (including the wrestlers).
  • Paul Heyman is still handling the booking for Tod Gordon's ECW, although that may cause some issues in the near future because Heyman is going to work for Jim Crockett's WWN promotion full time as soon as it gets up and running. Heyman wants Gordon's ECW to be part of the WWN promotion, but Gordon wants to promote shows on his own rather than be part of a larger promotion.
  • AAA officially announced the location of Triplemania II, taking place at the 65,000 seat baseball stadium in Veracruz, Mexico (plans ended up changing on that but I'm sure we'll get there...)
  • WCW has had plenty of mainstream exposure in the last week, in hyping SuperBrawl. Sting's appearance on Arsenio Hall went well, although the promotion for the show called him a WWF champion and Hall seemed totally unprepared. Hall also plugged the PPV by calling it "SuperBrawl four times" instead of "SuperBrawl 4."
  • The next day, Ric Flair appeared on Larry King's show. It started bad, when Larry King asked Flair if he had ever wrestled on a PPV show before but it got better when Larry King learned that one of the men in the 1975 plane crash with Flair was a guy that King knew personally from his days as a sports announcer. Flair stayed on the show 15 minutes longer than scheduled because they were flooded with phone calls. Most of the fans asked Flair about things from the 80s and were all lapsed fans who remembered Flair from years ago rather than following him now. He also kayfabed Larry, when asked if the outcome of the matches was known ahead of time, he denied it. When asked if wrestlers really try to hurt each other, he said that while there's an entertainment aspect to wrestling, they're all really trying to win. When asked about the Von Erichs, Flair said the downfall of the family was their failure to recognize their drug issues and deal with them. Another caller asked about Bret Hart, clearly trying to prod Flair, but Flair only said Bret is a great wrestler and great champion. When asked about house show business, Flair admitted that it's down and said WCW is basically in a rebuilding phase.
  • Sting, Rick Rude, Johnny B. Badd, Jesse Ventura, and Missy Hyatt all appeared on the Vicki Lawrence show. It was actually taped weeks ago, which is why Missy was on there. When asked about steroids, Ventura said WCW drug tests (no) and pretty much painted steroids as a WWF problem, not a WCW one. Which is funny because WCW clearly has more guys on steroids now than WWF does. Sting joked that there's nothing in his body but bran muffins, which got more groans than laughs (can't find any video of this).
  • The reason Equalizer will be going by the name Evad (Dave spelled backwards) Sullivan is because they're going to say he's dyslexic. "I never knew dyslexia also causes you to mess up all your spots in a wrestling match," Dave says.
  • Bruno Sammartino, Ray Stevens and Killer Kowalski have all agreed to come in for Slamboree.
  • Someone brought up the idea of Sid Vicious returning during a WCW production meeting recently and it was almost unanimously vetoed.
  • Marty Jannetty has been fired by WWF for what has to be a record 4th or 5th time, Dave says. All he says is that it was due to problems on the European tour.
  • Dave names more celebrities who have been announced for Wrestlemania X. Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block, "which was hot as hell a few years ago and nose-dived faster than any hot band in history," Burt Reynolds, and Jennie Garth from 90210.
  • WWF is reportedly trying to bring in Bull Nakano to face Alundra Blayze at Wrestlemania.
  • Due to his neck injury, Ted Dibiase won't be wrestling for at least a year and he has yet to get the surgery needed to fix it. He's reportedly close to finalizing a deal to become a full-time announcer.
  • On TV, they've been hinting that there is someone who has been in Owen Hart's ear, convincing him to turn on his brother. This may be how they plan to bring Jerry Lawler back if/when his legal issues are cleared up.
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2016.04.04 16:48 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I am Johnathon Schaech - here to chat Legends of Tomorrow, DC Comics, Jonah Hex, Fatherhood, Fitness and More - AMA!

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I saw on Twitter you are also going to be on Blue Bloods, one of my favorite shows. I love Tom Sellick! Who do you play on Blue Bloods? Did you get to work with Donny Wahlberg? You both got your start in boy bands, figuratively and literally, did you bond over that? ;) I play Det. Jimmy Mosely -- I’m a Brooklyn detective who use to date Maria Baez played by Marisa Ramirez. Danny Reagan doesn’t like that too much. Marisa is awesome, she was pregnant when we filmed so she had this wonderful glow about her. I have a two year old so I loved being around her. Love babies and the hope that comes with them. And Donny I can’t tell you how much a good dude he is -- good father, loving husband and a great actor. We shared TOM HANKS as a common director. Kinda cool. I don’t think that’s ever happened before. As for me in the role. My father was city cop so I grew up Blue. I had a gun pulled on me when I was like six years old -- I was playing in the front yard with my toy soldiers and next thing I know I got scooped up by my father and thrown in the house. I still remember him loading the chamber as he ran out the front door. Turned out an ex con came looking for him. He wished he never did. So i get it, I grew up with Blue in my blood. PLUS my Mom’s Brooklynese. She gave me a couple dialect lessons and I was ready to step on set. We filmed around where my Mom grew up. Kinda cool. As for BANDS -- Of course, we even discussed The Wonders opening for the New Kids on The Block for our twentieth anniversary.
OMG The Wonders SHOULD open up for NKOTB! That would be the best concert ever! You think that could really happen, or were you just joking? Its up to the powers that be.
What motivates you the most to keep on the hard training? My son. Is the easiest answer. I wanna be there for him when he's older, i want to be able to throw the ball to him. Play catch. Here’s the long version. There was a moment where I stopped believing in myself, I didn’t get a nomination for Houdini, a couple movies tanked and I broke my shoulder really bad. I really got reclusive and bitter. Bitterness really keeps you from flying. The divorce from Christina was hard for me because getting married to her was a religious experience for me, being raised catholic and having parents that are still together over 50 years. I felt I failed everyone. I thought God had given up on me. Sex, drugs, alcohol and dark nights became who I was. I knew I needed to find someone who loved me as much as I loved them. I eventually found that in my wife, Julie. When Julie was pregnant the first time, I really had this awakening that I needed to be a better man. Or that I needed to be more of the man I am. I realized I lost it around the time I was injured. I train everyday to stay strong inside not just for what is on the outside. My soul is not buried under my muscles -- it is one with them.
You mention your ex Christina Applegate, are you friends now? Still talk? Are you friends with Jana Kramer now too? First off! I have an incredible family in Nashville now. My wife is from there and we met in Nashville. I love my in-laws. They’re such good people. Jana Kramer and I had a wedding but we were never married. It simply came down to this. She wasn’t ready to be married. She wanted a singing career and that was what she was focused on. So when Camden googles my name in five years -- wikipedia will show my past relationships. He won’t see any gossip on either one. Jana or Christina. Just that I was a little bit country with Jana and a little bit rock and roll with Christina!!! And that it all worked out for the best.
Jana could be the fastest success ever in Country music and she’s now married with a beautiful baby girl. Happy finally. Christina and Martyn have a wonderful family. She’s cancer free and is an absolute hero for others and to my family. And me -- i have Camden and Jules. And by that time , maybe by the time he reads -- a sibling, I’m perfectly blessed. All the Christina Appelgate and Jana Kramer fans should know -- I’m rooting for them too.
I love following you on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook...you are really funny and I love your posts. Do you like social media? How do you feel about it since it wasn't something so prominent when you first started out... I’ve had serious stalker problems, severe enough that I went into hiding -- the stalker went to federal prison for a long time. In fact the NYPD was wonderful helping protect me and MY FATHER'S Blue brothers of Maryland had the freeways patroled. When the stalker was coming to kill me. He had to go off road, and got in a car wreck. The fbi put him away for quite a long time. Another incident I got beaten up at a sport’s bar for being Jimmy from That thing You Do. I guess they were mad I broke up the band. So being out in the public is a very scary thing sometimes, not something an artist necessarily looks forward too but I realize it’s necessary to connect with people who enjoy your work and it’s a great way to help others. Shay Carl told me this “When Reality TV stopped being real he started Vlogging. It was real.” People need that connection nowadays -- You gotta have integrity with it or it’s gonna bite you in the butt. My wife Julie is blogger and a publicist. She’s been on me to make more of an effort to make it a habit. It’s not giving anything away -- it’s staying part of the FUTURE and finding an audience!
Someone really beat you up for being Jimmy? How lame! Was it a sucker punch? Can't imagine someone getting a beat up on you. It was a couple sucker punches. And I think they were girls. I never saw them coming. I got fired from the movie I was doing i was so beat up. A meryl streep movie.
You got fired from a Meryl Streep movie bc you got beat up? Thats awful! Did she know what happened? No, she didn't. They couldn't wait for me anymore.
Have you seen the jonah hex film? What are your thoughts on it and was your character inspired from it? Not inspired by the film AT ALL.
Hex isn’t just a outlaw or a bounty hunter, he’s a man who stood up for people who can’t stand up for themselves. I personally know that giving back and helping the next person in line is the most important thing we can do -- while we’re here. And I was always fighting growing up. I was always the littlest guy, i wrestled 98 lbs in high school, but I learned fighting wasn’t a good thing early on. In a fight in High School I watched my best friend get stabbed in front of me. He nearly lost his life. That's how I relate to HEX. Hex has seen alot. Alot of injustice.
Glad to hear that!! cant wait for your take on jonah hex!! Hes a BAD ASS!
What role you want to play next? In the last three years I’ve starred in films with Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Jon Voight, Bruce Willis, Liev Shrieber, Donnie Wahlberg and David Duchovny for a reason. i’M ON THE RIGHT PATH. I'm a LEADING MAN in life so I'll be a LEADING MAN AGAIN. Having a son and a supportive wife. I’m ready. I lost it there for awhile. But whether or not me playing Jonah HeX, Mosely or Mims in MARAUDERS (new film coming out in August with Bruce Willis) makes Hollywood take notice. I’m gonna be FINE. “It is only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world.”
Is it true that you dated Ellen DeGeneres? I saw that online one time that someone said you had dated and didn't believe it, but when I googled you and Ellen, pictures came up! Were you just friends? I love Ellen! Her show is the best! My manager asked me to accompany her to events. She was scared people would not watch the show, Her sitcom Ellen, because she was gay. It was an honor. I grew up with two gay aunts and a gay uncle. My Aunt died of cancer. She was a proud woman and she didn’t get proper care because she didn’t want to be away from her partner. Hospitals didn’t allow partners the same rights as a spouse. When you have someone you love in your life that is gay or a lesbian it’s very clear that they deserve the same rights as anyone else. It's not about religion. If you don’t love ELLEN now -- you don’t watch her show. She’s a great example for the human race.
So, you were Ellen's beard?? or was she already out? That is so cool. So kind of you to do that! She wasnt out...I was suppose to perform in her coming out episode but I ran the marathon and couldnt walk the next day, the netowrk fired me cause they thought I was lame. I was lame, DONT RUN A MARATHON when your given a great gift
You are in incredible shape, I love your workout videos that you make, its inspiring. is it important for you to work for your roles? Or is fitness something you have always been interested in? Were you ever out of shape in your life? If so, how did you bounce back? What health advice do you have to share? I know PHYSICAL RELEVANCE is important for the roles they'll cast me as -- I came to Hollywood muscular but that was because as a kid I was always the littliest guy, I was little and hated getting cut from everything. I was a star athlete but I wasnt allowed to play football cause I was to small ---so I trained.
As for health - I hate watching the people I love suffer from things that fitness could have prevented. Not all things are preventable but some are. Eating for the future -- eating for those that you love and truly love you shouldn't be taken for granted.
How did you get the role of Jonah Hex? Well, David Rappaport called my agents and got me in for a direct to producer’s audition on a Friday. I read one time. Made a joke about Sgt.Rock and left. Got it on Saturday. Flew out Wed. All day Make up/costume THURSDAY! On a horse Friday. The HORSE wrangler asked me if I was a cowboy after the first take. I laughed. I told him I played one on TV. “He said most actors would race the horse back to the mark. I walked him back.”
Hey Johnathon...the forsaken is one of my favorite movies! i think you were amazing (and very sexy villain!) in it...can you talk about your experience and thoughts on making that film? thanks for doing this AMA! I got to meet AJ buckley IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YUMA arizona desert! It was like 3 am in the morning. We did the first take and BAM! I was like this kids on fire! There's something about talent that just POPS when you work with them -- take after take -- he was relentless. Reminded me of Mark RUffalo when I did Houdini. I had to bring my A game. The movie itself was fun and I liked it. BUT the studio was so pissed it didn't have FANGS in it, how can you sell a vampire film without any fangs! they said
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2014.02.06 18:58 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: MATT DAMON. AMA.

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Hey Matt, what was the best prank George played on you? He just did one literally last week. I got these giant fruit baskets in the mail from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They had just made jokes at everyone's expense at the Golden Globes that were really funny. George made up stationary with my name on it, and sent a really wounded letter to Tina and Amy saying my feelings were really hurt, how could they do this, etc. So they sent two fruit baskets. One had a letter with an apology. Another said “If this is part of some Clooney prank, please know that we’re grown-ass comedians, and you have to do a little better to fool us.” So I photographed the letters and emailed them to George with a caption that said “Go fuck yourself.” He’s honestly a child. I can just see his shoulders shaking when he laughs alone in his house.
What did you think of Matt Stone and Trey Parkers portrayal of you in Team America World Police? I thought it was brilliant! I mean, I never understood it, and then I heard an interview with them and they said the puppet came in looking kind of mentally deficient and they didn’t have time to change it, so they just made me someone who could really only say his own name. All the comedy they’re doing is really next-level stuff. Also, I liked being included as a person who was against the Iraq war.
As someone who was raised by two professors and married an art teacher, I can't thank you enough for your defense of teachers in this video. Do you remember how this discussion got started with the interviewer? And I have to ask (since I don't see it that often), why defend teachers so passionately? I spoke to them at a rally for public school teachers a few years ago. My mom’s a professor and she’s become increasingly concerned, as have a lot of teachers, about the way policy is being designed in this country. It’s being designed by a bunch of people who aren’t teachers. They talk about accountability, but they’re measuring with these standardized tests, which I believe in my heart they will start fading out. It just demonstrably does not work. No Child Left Behind does not work. I’ve always believed that they have to invite teachers into the discussion to help design policy. We would never let business men design warheads, why would you cut out educators when you’re designing education policy? This was for one of those libertarian websites and they had an attack question planned about tenure. Diane Ravitch was there, she’s a huge figure in education and she jumped in and just set them straight about what having tenure meant. It just basically means you have the right to be represented, and have your side of something heard if someone is trying to get rid of you. But in terms of education policy, I think that far too much emphasis has been put on these tests. You’re going to get teachers teaching to the test and you’re not actually giving them the leeway to do their jobs. People get tired of hearing about Finland, but they do it better than anyone, and when you look at how, it’s very simple. They have very highly trained teachers. 50% of teachers here quit within 5 years. We just send these kids to these 6 week Teach for America training courses and expect them to perform well. In Finland, 1 out of 10 people get into these teaching colleges. You have to go through the entire program and come out with a Masters, and then you’re put in room with another teacher and a class size no bigger than 20. It’s highly regarded, people don’t quit. Finland kicks our ass on any metric. They keep the class size down, they’re aggressive about confronting poverty. We have the resources here it’s just whether we’re willing to focus on it.
Hey Matt, your amazing monologue about the NSA in Good Will Hunting is probably more relevant today than it was when the film was first released. Well, the first thing to that monologue is it’s safe to say that is the hardest that Ben and I have ever laughed while writing something. We were in our old house in Hollywood, in the basement of this house writing this thing and we were literally in tears because this monologue kept building on itself. We wrote it it one night and kept performing it back and forth, and pissing ourselves laughing.
How did you come up with that scene, and are you at all surprised by the revelations on the NSA from the information released by Snowden? You know, I was unaware, as I think everyone was, that they had that capacity. Snowden is literally changing policy. These are conversations we have to have about our security, and civil liberties, and we have to decide what we are willing to accept, and he’s provided a huge service kickstarting that debate.
My dad leads trips to regions of Africa (mostly Kenya) to help dig and build wells and clean water sources. I want to say that I think it's really cool you spend your time and energy doing this - I know first hand, having lived in Africa for a time during my dad's efforts, how much hard work this is. You could be doing anything with your time, fame, and money, and you're paying it forward. What is the most challenging thing you have faced in your life? A struggle, or moment you can look back on that makes you really appreciate where and who you are now? Yeah, there are a number of kind of rugged times, particularly in a career like this. Nothing gets given to you, and you have to struggle for everything, and I think those struggles really do define who you are, and it’s really important. I’ve seen parents try to remove those struggles from their kids’ lives, to the detriment of the kid, and it’s something I think about a lot. I can’t make it too easy for my kids because that doesn’t really equip them to handle the world when I’m not around. Anytime you deal with death, anytime in my life on a personal level that I’ve lost someone, that’s always a moment to grieve and feel incredibly thankful that I’m still here and I’m still able to have my family around me. I’m just thinking of that because it’s kind of a shitty week because of Phil. It’s kind of on the brain.
Also, every time I get a stack of junk mail in my mailbox I can't help but immediately think how detrimental this is to the environment and our way of living. How is progress coming along for Tonic Mailstopper? I’ve heard of programs like that, which I’m all for. I think it would be great if we could make all that junk mail electronic.
When you play monopoly, which piece do you choose to represent you on the board, and why? Top hat. I think that’s an easy answer. It classes up the joint.
Are you worried that Jimmy Kimmel might show up and ruin this for you Matt? I’m actually Backstage at the Kimmel show. I’m hoping to be on tonight, I’m told I’m going to get on tonight for the first time in 10 years. Except when I tied him up and hosted the show... George Clooney made a deal to get all the Monuments Men on Kimmel, so after 10 years of waiting I’m actually going to make it on the show.
I heard George Clooney said that you guys all took pay cuts for monuments men. Why did you decide to do that and are there other films you've done that for? For most films you take a pay cut, especially if you’re working with an ensemble. They just can’t pay what everyone’s quote is, because the movie would be too cumbersome and no one could make it. I’ve done that with all of the Ocean’s movies. You have an established quote, and the studio decides what percentage everyone takes. So everyone cuts the same percentage of their agreed upon salary. Actually, I think the only time I got my full quote was for the 3rd Bourne movie.
If I come hang out with you in Hollywood what are the chances that we'll become best friends? There’s a very good chance of that. I have 32 years of being Ben’s friend, I’m definitely ready for somebody new to hang out with. It’s gonna be a great time. We have a really fun night planned and we’ll probably be in some kind of competition to befriend the winner so they leave the experience saying that one of us is better than the other. I’m personally committed to making sure the winner likes me more than Ben. And if it means us starting a secret handshake or joining a bowling league, I’m in. Anyway, here’s the link: www.omaze.com/mattandben.
Hey Matt, I'm from the Boston area as well. What's your favorite place to eat in the city? I think my favorite place to eat in the city is my mother’s house. But for places that you could go, I’d say Legal Seafood is always a great spot to hit.
Also, as a young filmmaker, what advice can you give as far as breaking into the industry like you and Ben Affleck did? I also just wanted to say I'm a big fan of all your guys work. The bay state is proud of you guys. In terms of advice - it’s tough. The business is growing more accessible because technology is more available to people than when we started you had to shoot on film and it was very hard to get a movie made, and now kids are starting to have access to cameras at a much earlier age. In terms of breaking into the business there’s no set way to do it, you have to somehow make a movie and get it out there. In Ben and my case we wrote a movie because we were struggling to get a job. We wrote jobs for ourselves. We wrote Robin William’s character, we called it the Harvey Keitel part, because with Reservoir Dogs Harvey read his part and liked it, and that how they got funding. So we knew that was that character for us. There were so were so many ways to play that character, we were casting a wide net and just hoping to we caught a big fish, and our agent Patrick, who’s still our agent, forced him to read it and he loved it. He kicked it up to the lit department, and then we had lit agents. So we got lucky, but it’s just looking for creative ways to break in. If you just sit on your hands it’s never gonna happen, its just too competitive. Jobs are available, you have to go make your own.
My friend looks just like you and we call him Matt Damon all the time. Can you teach him to grow facial hair? Wow. He really does. Much more than me and Wahlberg. I wish I could help with the facial hair, but I've never been very good at that myself.
1) I've seen you speak passionately about education. As a current teacher, I want to thank you. As an advocate for our school systems, what's the one thing you think everyone should do to improve education in the US? Besides your mother, did any other teachers inspire you to become an advocate? 3) Have you ever visited sites where water.org has implemented projects? Where, and what was the experience like? I am stationed in West Africa with the Peace Corps (teaching) right now- any chance water.org will be opening operations in the Republic of Guinea? We're up and coming! Thanks for these questions. I addressed the first two in other answers. But to the third question, I have many times. My initial connection to the issue resulted from a trip for a different purpose that eventually led me to co-founding Water.org. In 2006, I went on a field trip that was set up by Bono’s organization, which was an incredible opportunity, a chance to go to Africa (Zambia and South Africa), and learn about issues of extreme poverty. Each day had a different learning focus. One day we’d be doing urban AIDS and be in AIDS clinics in Johannesburg. The trip was probably a week or 10 days, and one of the learning focus days was water. I think as I looked at it and started to grasp the enormity of the issue, it seemed like water underpinned everything and no one was talking about it. And yet, 2 million kids are dying every year because of issues of clean water and sanitation, and I’d never heard anyone talk about it. And so, as I was intellectually learning about it, I had this experience of going on a water collection with a girl who was 14. She picked up a jerry can, and I picked up a jerry can, and we walked a mile to this well and gathered water together. We talked the whole way, and had this real connection, and she confided in me. I asked her what her hopes were. She was going to move to the big city and be a nurse. The way she talked about it, I remembered being a 14-year old kid, and Ben and me talking about moving to New York City. It hit me that if someone hadn’t built a well a mile from her house, she never would have had had these dreams, she wouldn’t be in school. She’d have no prospects for any kind of dignified life. She’d spend all of her time trying to get water for her and her family. It wasn’t just these ridiculous deaths from things we’ve solved in the West, it was about human dignity. I started thinking about it and how it was what I wanted to focus on. Around that time my company did a documentary about ultra-marathoners running across the Sahara Desert, so I decided to use that as a way to identify water NGOs on the route that were doing great work, for whom I could raise money. So we started a foundation called H20 Africa. I kind of intellectually knew that was not the answer, that wells alone were not going to solve this problem, but I figured, what the heck, I can do some good, and something is better than nothing. I can probably reach thousands of people that way. We started to raise a good amount of money. I started to get more sophisticated with my understanding of the problem, and my thinking, and what my contribution could be. I started looking for the preeminent water expert and someone I could team up with. It led me to Gary White, so I went to him and asked if we could join forces and work together and luckily he agreed. We co-founded Water.org, and what makes it different is how we approach the problem and our perspective about innovation.
How close were you to Hoffman? The Talented mr. Ripley is one of my favourites. I mean, pretty close. We worked together a long time ago and I would see him here and there, all over the place. I’d go to his plays at the Labyrinth and I saw him just last year, we were working on Monuments Men and had dinner with him. The last time I saw him, I took my oldest daughter to The Hunger Games premiere in LA and we had a chat before the movie started. It’s just incredibly weird that he’s not around anymore.
How often are you confused with Tanning Tatum, and do you have any funny stories about it? I don’t think I’ve ever been confused with Channing. I do get confused with Mark Wahlberg a lot, and we just have a deal that whenever we get mistaken for each other we have to be very polite. Can’t give the other a bad name.
This happened to me yesterday, I was walking down the street with my kids, and this guy screamed “MARK WAHLBERG!” I just kept walking, because I’m not Mark, and he kept screaming “MARK WAHLBERG! I SEE YOU! DON’T WALK AWAY! MARK WAHLBERG! WE KNOW IT’S YOU!” and then he runs up to me and he says, “I love your work!” And then this woman comes up, and says “I love your family, tell your brother I said Hi!” So I said “Yes, I’ll tell Donnie Wahlberg you said Hi.”
If people are insistent, theres no convincing them I’m not Mark, so I just become him and try to be nice to them. My kids were with me and there’s no easy way to explain that situation to them.
If your future production involves you casting with a side-kick(s), which one would you choose? A horse-size duck or 100 duck-size horses? I think I’d go with 100 duck-sized horses. I just don’t know how lethal a horse-sized duck could be. I don’t know enough about it to understand what issues would be at play in a battle like that. Whereas with the horses, it’s not like fighting 10 duck sized jaguars, which would scare the shit out of me because it would be like death by a thousand cuts. I don’t feel like the horse is going to spin around and kick me. And you can also climb a tree. But a duck could fly and just take you out in the tree.
This would be a great interview question by the way.
Did you enjoy working with Kevin Smith, and would you do it again? Will he direct me or will he give me a job? I love Kevin, I love working with him. He’s awesome. I wish he directed more, but I think he’s retired.
Robin in the upcoming Batman. You are correct. After I didn't get the part, it was really awkward between Ben and I for a while. But I've still got the costume I wore in the audition and am planning on wearing it when Ben and I meet the winners of our fundraiser.
Matt, for reasons I can't tell you (but this goes back years), you would mean so much to my relationship with my sister if you tell me your feelings on ice cream cones. Edit: I'm serious. My feelings about ice cream cones? I like ‘em. I’m all for ‘em. Do I prefer the sugar cone or the waffle cone? I like any cone that’s like wrapped in chocolate and nuts. That’s a pretty decadent cone. I’m all for that one.
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2013.02.04 06:46 TheAJMR [Crossover Sunday for Feb. 3] Seiko Matsuda & Donnie Wahlberg (of New Kids on the Block)

Alrighty, here's the first go at this. Sunday is for discussing Japanese artists that attempted to enter the American markets. Here's a throw back to 1990, with pop princess Seiko Matsuda teaming up with Donnie Wahlberg. It's a wee bit long, but I wanted to paint a full picture.
Before Ayumi Hamasaki and Hikaru Utada, Seiko Matsuda dominated the airwaves. In the 80s, there was a boom of idol singers. An idol singer was essentially a teenage girl selected only for her girl-next-door appearance instead of her talent. One count marks over 400 new girls being debuted each year, so competition was furiously high and girls came and went in the blink of an eye. Seiko Matsuda was one of the lucky ones, eventually becoming known as the “forever idol”.
Her resume is exhaustingly long. Since 1980, she’s released about 75 singles, 40 albums, 35 best-of albums, and that’s not including soundtracks. Her first single, “Aoi Sangosho”, sold a quarter of a million copies. With the sale of her third single, Seiko went on a streak of 24 consecutive No. 1 singles on Japan’s Oricon charts (two of them sold over a million copies). She has been awarded more than 40 music awards for her work. In addition, also appeared in commercials, film, television, opened her own clothing & housewares store called Flawless Seiko, and somehow found time to start a family. Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that she is still performing live and is actively signed to Universal.
Success in Asia was, and still is, a very isolated thing. No matter their internal popularity, an artist will often be completely unknown to the Western music markets. By 1990, not a single Japanese popular artist had ever successfully crossed over into the United States. Heavy metal band Loudness had a bang in the mid-80s, but they were a completely different market than romantic pop music. The lack of Japanese entertainment in American waters isn't due to lack of wanting by the musicians or labels. Starting an artist’s career overseas is an enormous risk. Every second focused on the West – whether it’s Europe or America or Canada – takes away from every second focused on their career in Japan. In the highly competitive market where novelty wears off quickly, it would have been a career killer for an idol singer to attempt American expansion.
Five years after her 1980 debut, Seiko married actor Masaki Kanda in June of 1985. It was a 200 million yen affair that took place at a major hotel and was broadcasted live on television. She temporarily retired from show business and a year later had a daughter. Although it was considered normal for an idol singer to retire in her 20s, Seiko was able to maintain relevancy, either by releases and touring or by gossip. Billboard writer Steve McClure wrote on Seiko for his book Nippop: “However rumors often flew of Seiko having love affairs, dozens of them, and gossip magazines made reports regularly on the topic. Another of Japan's biggest idol stars, Akina Nakamori, attempted suicide after Seiko had allegedly had an affair with her boyfriend pop singer Masahiko Kondo. Controversy was frequently about Seiko. She also scandalized the music business by quitting her management company and starting her own.”
In 1990, Sony Japan bought the American record company CBS, hoping to use it as a vehicle to break Japanese artists in America. Seiko was the perfect candidate - she could stay hot at home in Japan while dipping her toes into America. In 1996, Seiko admitted she was a bit hesitant when Sony came to her with the offer: “My feeling was, ‘OK, I’ll do this’ but it was not strong.”
She probably agreed because Sony set up a once-and-a-life-time opportunity to do a duet with Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block. New Kids on the Block were absolutely huge in the early 90s, so letting her backpack off Donnie’s selling power allowed her to skip the tedious process of starting from scratch. No one would want to start from scratch with an idol singer. Seiko and Donnie's single "The Right Combination" was released on April 23rd, 1990; it only ranked #54 on the Billboard charts but it did spend 13 weeks there. It was mostly on Donnie’s reputation alone. Check out the music video for it, it’s amazingly out of date. Seiko’s English is rather good, but the lyrics provide full-blown second-hand embarrassment.
Seiko Matusda’s English-language American debut album Seiko contained the previously mentioned single, but it had lackluster success when it was released on May 15th, 1990 on both cassette and CD. One source said it didn’t even chart. Today, the website AllMusic gives it 2 out of 5 stars, citing “middle-of-the-road production” and “mediocre vocal performance”. There was an enormous amount of money put into creating and promoting Seiko’s American debut, and Sony took a hard loss. In June of 1993, author Steve McClure wrote as a follow up in Billboard Magazine: “[Seiko] failed to make any lasting impression in the US market”. Kenya Yamamoto of Sony Music Entertainment's domestic A&R department in Japan was quoted as saying, "I suppose that as a company, we learned some lessons from the Matsuda experience~.”
New Kids on the Block broke up in 1994, and Donnie Wahlberg shifted into acting. Seiko went back to the embracing arms of the Japanese public. In the-mid 90s, she would try an American solo career again through Mercury and A&M, but it too failed to generate enormous commercial interest too. Despite that it was a failure on paper, her work with Donnie Wahlberg was an experiment the needed doing. The conditions were perfect, and Sony would have taken the risk sooner or later considering how well the American music market was doing in the 90s. Even as a failure, it gave data Sony to use (although it didn’t do them much good). Seiko Matsuda is longer the Queen of popular music, but her reputation proceeds her.
tl:dr - Idol singer attempts to break into US market by pairing up with a popular American singer, success is not found. A really outdated music video is all that remains..
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2012.09.25 09:01 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I am Gamemaster Howard of Nintendo fame. Ask me anything...

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In 1988, my friend and I once called information in the 206 area code trying to find your phone number. My apologies if you were the Howard Phillips in Mercer Island that heard our rambling message expressing our love for all things Nintendo. Since we could not have been the only 11 year old boys that were your super fans, did you find yourself being recognized in public during your Nintendo Fun Club/Power days?? Calling Howard Phillips in Seattle got one of three people - the poor old guy on Mercer Island who threatened to sue me because kids were calling him in the middle of the night, a you lawyer on Capitol hill who ignored the calls, and my dad who got pissed off as well and wanted me to make you all stop which of course I couldn't... I guess those phone calls were the only way my dad could understand the popularity I had achieved...
Hey Howie! Andy here, Overlake class of '00. Thanks for (knowingly?) letting your daughter and her friends like me throw so many sick parties at your pad back in the day. One of the songs we used to dance to at said parties was: Link to www.youtube.com Divine coincidence? Hey Andy! - YOU BROKE MY HOT TUB!!
What's one Nintendo game series that you think deserved more attention from Nintendo? Is there any Nintendo game series you would of liked to have had a hand in developing? Series - that's a tough one... I wish Metroid had gotten more attention earlier... I've blocked all the bad games from my memory although I just jound a couple in my archives...
I would have liked to do a second Zelda game for NES that was top-down like the original...
As someone who worked with Miyamoto and co. to make NES games appealing to kids in the United States, how much change did you guys REALLY affect? Are there aspects of the Super Mario games we should properly attribute to you/NOA, rather than Japan? The changes were typically minor and had to do with difficulty and the amount of assistance players got - this due to different cultural expectations related to difficulty. Of course we gave new life to the characters and environments by renaming many of them. Best example of large impact is the immediate and strong negative feedback given when the FCS (Japan version) of Super Mario 2 arrived on my desk for gameplay evaluation. The poison mushrooms and wind both took away from the free flowing gameplay fun of the original game - I still don't know why Miyamoto chose to add such features into the game - I don't think he made that mistake again. The end result was the reskinning of DokiDoki Panic for US release as SMB2.
Do you still follow Nintendo systems and games? Are you interested in any of their new products like the 3DS and Wii U? I'm curious about the Wii U - waiting for a game or game-like experience that makes it worth spending time with. Generally speaking I check out any new game but I don't have the hunger to consume them all and finish them like I did in the 80's...
How do you feel about homebrew NES games? Homebrew as I'm sure you know are brand new games playable on the NES. One example would be Battlekid - Link to sivak.nintendoage.com Homebrew rocks - we should all have the joy of making games that are fun to play not just for ourselves but for our friends and even people we don't know - spreading joy through games seems pretty cool to me...
Can you give any more insight on the Earthbound Zero situation? Was the game really ready to be shipped out in North America? Was it canceled due to production cost? Its back story has always fascinated me. I remember it well - it was quirky and fun but unfortunately, timing was awful - we had the 4-game series Dragon (Quest) Warrior series queued up for release as the game was a huge hit in Japan and Final Fantasy was out as well and gathering an even bigger head of steam - great game but there were better (?) ones...
What do you think of how SEGA turned out? did you expect it? How about Sony? Where do you see Nintendo in foreseeable future? Still making hardware? SEGA struggles as a big company. So does Sony. When a company gets big like those and the others the games and the compelling experiences they provide suffer unless there is a great leader at the helm, pushing for gamers and gameplay above all else (even shareholders?)...
In your work as gameplay evaluator, what are some of the games that you remember either rejecting or being very on the fence about for US release? What about them made you feel they couldn't work for a US audience? Also, if a third party wanted to release a game that you felt wouldn't work for US audiences, what was the harm in allowing them to try anyways? Many games were rejected but when they were it was typically not unexpected by the publisher who usually had multiple games they brought in for approval. Developers could be another thing as the only had one baby in for review so it was personal to them. Usually the reasons for non-approval were very clear such as gameplay that was simply awful or graphics that looked like they belonged on an Atari 5200... The harm was that a flood of poor games would cause a repeat of the earlier crash of the market...
What were the best and worst things about working for Nintendo? Best were all the great people (entertainment industry is full of wonderful human beings) and all the great games and technology advancements. Worst was the loss of the close-knit efforts as things grew to big and then people who were not really entertainment folks joined in..
Howard, what kind of sentiment was there at Nintendo, leading up to the release of the Virtual Boy? Did employees have doubts about it, or did they keep that kind of opinion to themselves? Everyone at NOA thought it was goofy and gimmicky which it was. The tech was cool but the game playing experience was untenable,.. I felt bad for Gumpei...
You've been pretty quiet in the public eye until recently. Was it the Nintendo Power cancellation that brought back the Gamemaster? No, my return is for several reasons. The first being a happened across a bunch of stuff in my archives that I thought would make people happy if I shared so I've been doing that on the Gamemaster Howard Facebook page... Also, I'm close (hours, minutes?) to revealling what I'm working on these days...
As someone who worked directly with all of the third-party licensees wanting to publish NES games, which ones did you have the most trouble with? Were there any that just didn't "get it" and kept submitting un-publishable games? Well - every one was trying their best - In hindsight, I feel bad for a number of those folks who had such poor games to work with.. The companies that were the worst while I was at Nintendo were typically two guys on the east coast from the toy industry who bought licenses and then tried to ship games in 2-3 months and buy a yacht. Post Nintendo I had some direct experience with those types ; )
Just curious. Are you familiar with the book "Game Over" by David Sheff? How accurate was the book at least concerning you and the history of early NoA? Also, please confirm if Mario name really came from the Landlord. IMHO Sheff was an opportunist with the book - he did a series of interviews for Men's Life magazine and then later did the book without support from any of us. I think he both made a bunch of stuff up as well as embellished for entertainment value a number of things that he didn't need to. Mario WAS the name of the landlord...
What was it like working with Nester? He was such a little hooligan. It was fun - Nester was of course all you gamers who were kids then...
What do you plan to do with the prototype/unreleased games you have found? Would you be willing to share them with the gaming community? TBD - I want to respect the rights/desires of the original creators while at the same time sharing as much as I can we people who are as avid fans about games as I am...
As the former co-editor of Nintendo Power, how did you feel about competing magazines like EGM, GamePro, VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, Game Player's, etc.? Were they considered competition? I left Nintendo and Nintendo Power before the magazines you list really became relevant. That said, I think pure uninfluenced editorial is really important and so those magazines competed to some degree to provide that. As time when on many succumbed to the pressures of costly printing and influential advertisers...
Sorry if repost...did you have a chance to play the early 1989 version of Super Mario Bros. 4? The version with the completely different world map, raccoon power up, etc. (it was shown in an early issue of Nintendo Power..the issue with Maniac Mansion on the cover) Any stories to share about it? I did! - not much to say except that the raccoon suit was one of the best goofy/cool things to come to Super Mario series...
What is your feeling about in-app purchases and DLC in modern games to unlock content? Do you miss cheat codes? Unlockable content is fun but... core to gaming is the sense that you might be able to beat the game - beat the game designer by doing something they didn't think of - outsmarting them. Cheat codes originally gave this feeling - then they became marketing tools and so less rewarding. What I miss is the focus by the gameplaying community on finding ways to break the experience or do things unintended - that's the fun stuff IMHO...
Internet personality Brentalfloss made a story in his webcomic where he goes back in time and accidentally breaks the prototype Donkey Kong arcade machine. You were featured heavily in the second half of it. Have you seen it? If so, what did you think of it? Yes I did - its fun. That said, I prefer the current work of Matthew Taranto of Brawlinthefamily even more - his Howard & Nester Tribute to Nintendo Power was really heartwarming...
of all, thank you for being what I consider the, "face of NoA" and personalizing the company for many a fan during the NES era. It's thanks to people like you that I gained an interest in reading as a kid, despite my parents thinking I was reading trash books. I always enjoyed the mailbag section of NP. Do you recall any favorite letters to Nintendo Power's mailbag? Unusual or otherwise? My favorite story is from when we first starting doing the high score section. We naively said "Get your high score and send us a picture!". We were inundated with all these pictures of smiling kids along with crayon notes with their high scores written on them (we wanted them to take a picture of the screen)...
What do you think gaming (both games and culture around it) in the 80s/90s had that modern gaming doesn't have, but should - and vice versa? Games in the 80's focused on gameplay and game mechanics first and foremost. As technology advanced, many fell prey to the content fetish and started putting to much energy and focus in the graphics, worlds, and characters at the expense of the core game mechanics. Beautiful or awe-inspiring yes, but without the lasting appeal of great gameplay and the feelings of challenge and reward that come with it...
Hey Howard, So I have a few questions. How did you feel about the movie 'The Wizard"? Who's genius idea was it to have a "World of Nintendo" set up in most stores? Is there anything you regret posting in a Nintendo Power magazine? Such as a bad poster, lame review, the DK t-shirt iron on ? As you were my childhood hero , is there anything I could do to meet you one day and play some old school NES games? How do you feel about Little Mac looking like you in Punch Out? I thought the Wizard was weak... The World of Nintendo was either Gail Tilden or Randy ___ can't remember his name who was the merchandising guy. I'm happy with everything that went into Nintendo Power while I was co-editor. We may meet up if you are in the area - also, there will be a launch party for my Know-It-All app - maybe I'll see you there/here?
Since you mentioned Gumpei Yokoi: what was he like? Just producing Metroid would put him in the hall of fame(if/when there is one), but he invented so many amazing things that are nearly taken for granted now- every system has a version of the D-pad... D-Pads and the B-Button run they enabled... whoa! Gumpei was an outgoing affable guy, nice like Miyamoto and always thinking about making something fun it seemed. Some of the other heads of the creative departments at NCL were not as comfortable in their skin... RIP Gumpei...
New Kids on the Block was being developed at Imagineering, which was the development arm of Absolute Entertainment. The designer of the game was David Crane, the same guy who did the original Pitfall! games and A Boy and His Blob. I asked David about this recently, and he told me that the game never got past the initial design phase and some artwork: there is no prototype to be found, unfortunately. But this raises an even more interesting question! Howard, you were at THQ. Do you remember anything about the Vanilla Ice game for NES? Vanilla Ice - this brings up bad memories of the flood of license-character games that hit around 1990+
How did you feel about becoming a comic character? Was there ever anything Comic Howard did that made you uncomfortable, or anything you ever asked to be changed? I'm cool with it so long as its good fun. I was pretty selfless when it came to the Howard & Nester comic and enjoyed it when the artist made fun of me...
Howard, I was a Nintendo Fun Club member and a Nintendo Power member for many years. Do you think Nintendo would be as big as it is now if the Atari deal actually happened? Likely not - Mr. Arakawa was the key reason Nintendo was successful IMHO - he has such a level head plus great respect for gamer sensibilities...
Was the U.S. addition of the 10NES CIC "Lockout chip" your idea? As well, Was it also your idea to meet production demands by putting Famicom PCB's into NES cartridges with an adaptor? I was not involved in the decisions regarding the CIC. At the peak demand period, Nintendo of America was responsible for consumption of over 90% of the world's production capacity for one of the chip types so taking excess stock from the FCS and using it for NES games seemed smart to me...
Hi Howard. I'm curious how you got your start with Nintendo and in the game industry. What were you originally hired on for and what was your job progression? Hired to run the warehouse and be shipping manager also managed the test route for arcade games gave feedback to Mr. Arakawa / Miyamoto opened sample boxes and played and gave feedback on all new product arriving in the warehouse gave more feedback became in-house game expert co-edited Fun CLub News and Nintendo Power producer of 2nd-party NES titles such as the RARE games set up and ran the internal game evaluation effort launched the game counselor service exhausting to think about it all!
There were plans to release a New Kids on the Block game on the NES, but the idea was scrapped prior to release. It was even mentioned in a NP article. Do you have any information on if a prototype game was ever created for this? I vaguely remember a NES game being proposed by a licensee. That said, as part of a Nintendo promotion I met the New Kids on the Block including uber-famous Mark Wahlberg's brother Donnie. I remember my daughter Katherine fawning over "little Joe" ; )
What is your favorite Nintendo Power cover illustration and why? I think it was Castlevania because it was such a shock...
What is your favorite company you've ever worked for? Also, thanks for the interview with RetroWareTV for The Video Game Years. It was great and I'm really looking forward to seeing it in the episode! Nintendo has to be it. That said, I've worked with A LOT (thousands!) of really fun smart creative dedicated people in the games industry and I feel really lucky to have had those experiences...
Do you hope Nintendo Power will have some sort of "good bye" comic in their final issue? Absolutely - maybe even Matthew Taranto's as it seems perfect to me...
What are you kick starting? A mobile game named Gamemsater Howard's Know-It-All, The game is retro-style but as you play you become a know-it-all of anything you like - go check it out on Kickstarter for more info; Link to www.kickstarter.com Also, Frank Cifaldi did a write-up about it Link to gamasutra.com
Do you have any stories or info on Bio Force Ape, an unreleased title? Are you aware of the elaborate hoax from 2005? I'll provide a link-certainly worth some laughs! Link to www.lostlevels.org. The NES game post-dated my time at Nintendo and by 2005 I was totally immersed in producing games for other systems...
Howard any news on your gaggle of prototypes you've posted photos of? Would love to know what treasures are in your possession. Additionally have you been hounded by so called collectors trying to snag some of your items? I promise to be thorough in both going through what I've found as well as reporting back to your all on the Gamemaster Howard Facebook page what I find including screenshots, etc. Yes, there are lots of people pinging me to acquire them - not in my motivation though...
Hey Howard! Big fan here, of course. You show a clear love for the NES era of games -- My question: Is there any particular title or series that you feel is tragically overlooked, that deserves more attention for its gameplay merit? I liked Faxanadu which like Castlevania had a lot going for it - it just released a bit late and so people had moved on to Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy...
One last question...if Nintendo called you up and gave you full power of the company, what would you respectfully change? Separate marketing from games development and empower 24 separate and self-reliant teams to each prototype up whatever game experiences they thought would be fun. I'd also drop (ack!) 6 teams each year and bring in 6 new ones from outside...
What are you currently playing if anything and on what platform? This week I've been playing the prototype SBES and NES carts I found in my archives and also gameplay refinement on a certain other game ; )
What's your feeling on emulation? There are lots of arguments about whether it's preservation, stealing or a combination of the two. Just wondering your thoughts on it. I like emulation of things created 20+ years ago - but its really up to the individual IP owner...
It's not as well known as those two but Swamp Thing is like the third game in the Imagineering Licensed Crap Trifecta that used that same engine (or at least sound bank?). NES Swamp thing and Home Alone - I've got prototypes of both of those on the floor behind me right now ; )
What's Nester up to these days? Sitting on the other side of this Reddit iAMA possibly ; )
Hello. What do you think of the large amount of fan bases for first person shooters today? Any interest in Call of Duty and the like? 1st-person shooters can be really fun - we used to play Unreal and Halo for hours in the evaluation lab at Microsoft. Personally I always liked action games and moving forward through the game world games - kinda like flying but with feet, right ; ) I don't really enjoy the uber-tactical aspects of Call of Duty-type play as I like to have more simple fun - that said, playing tactics against tactics can be a blast...
What do you think of digital only gaming, such as Steam? I don't care where the bits come from or are located while playing - I just like to play... From a biz perspective, I like open environments as when monopolies develop the product or services inevitably suffer...
Hey Howard, when you started working for Nintendo Power did you think you'd have a lasting impact on gaming culture/community? No thought of the future during those days - all focus was on the incredible amount of activity that was exploding around Nintendo and the NES...
I recently read an older book, Link to www.amazon.com. The Nintendo chapter was a little confusing, with you and Howard Lincoln, but I powered through it. Have you read this book? Is it factual? I noticed a lot of known inaccuracies about Atari as I read through it. Hi - sorry but I haven't read it yet - I will and give my review on the Gamemaster Howard Facebook page...
What do you think about game journalism now? Mainly how some companies want the best score on metacritic and now development positions coming up that have prereqs such as "was on a team that developed at least on game that scored 80% or higher". Familiar with Metacritic milestones doing their work in corporate conference rooms : / Problem is that most all major editorial sources succumb to some degree to either advertising pressures of heard mentality. Its tough to measure the true fun in a game as it is different for everyone. I prefer a less "top-down" approach but one that still has direct ties to real game players who vote with their hearts and fingertips whether a game is really fun or not...
What did you/ do you think about the unlicenced games released for the NES and have you ever played any of them? I think it's quite reasonable for people to write games for a system that's original product lifecycle ended over 20 years ago - not sure how Nintendo feels about it though...
Best/worst third party you worked with while at NOA? Interesting question - let me think for a sec... I think Byron Cook - the good ole boy who ran Tradewest was a true gentleman... RIP Byron... Not going to think about the bad folks ; )
Why did you decide to leave NOA? Time to do something different for a smaller company (Nintendo had grown to over 1,000) and to start exploring applications of gaming in the learning space - not awful edutainment-type stuff, but games that were really fun but had a side benefit of enrichment...
Have you seen the Retsupurae video? Thoughts? Don't think I've seen it - can't stop to verify during this high-speed iAMA - sorry...
This may have been answered already, but: do you still keep in touch with anyone from your Nintendo days? Yep - I have some very good friends who I first met while at Nintendo...
Do you recall the names to any games that came across your desk that never ended up being released? Lots from Japan that released on the FCS...
Sorry for so many questions, it's just there's a bunch of things I'm interested to know and I haven't seen anyone else ask them sooo... Your thoughts on Captain N? -Do you watch the Angry Video Game Nerd? If so, do you remember playing any of the games he's reviewed? -How do you feel about musicians reinterpreting old video game music, either as straight covers or samples in a rap song? -Your favorite N64/GameCube/Wii game(s)? -What do you think about the Super Smash Bros series? Who do you use most, if anyone? -How do you feel about speedruns (people plowing through games as fast as possible; be it legitimately, with glitches, or with machines coded for nothing else)? -Finally, how do you feel about Let's Plays (people commentating on their playthroughs of video games)? Camptain N seemed to much of a marketing thing to me I've seen some of the angry nerd vids - goofy guy - played all the NES games prior to 1991 I like the riffing on the old tunes - brings back memories that's enough answers for one post ; )
I thought the Wizard was weak... The World of Nintendo was either Gail Tilden or Randy ___ can't remember his name who was the merchandising guy. I'm happy with everything that went into Nintendo Power while I was co-editor. We may meet up if you are in the area - also, there will be a launch party for my Know-It-All app - maybe I'll see you there/here? Oh... and lastly, Little Mac does look a bit like me ; )
Do you still play and actively keep up with games and are there any games that have come out in recent years that you really enjoyed, nintendo or otherwise? Responded above - I touch the ones that resonate with lots of folks (i.e. are popular) but I also dabble with gems that I see in the weeds ; )
Hello Gamemaster Howard, I was wondering what are some games that didn't make it to the american market due to lack of time, or the shift of focus to the SNES. Where there any games you felt were great that should of been released but were inevitably shelved during your time at Nintendo? I left Nintendo in spring of 1991 so the SNES was just getting started meaning I can't respond usefully to your question - sorry...
Do you like Gladiator movies? Ben Hur? That is one scary chariot race scene...
What newer, current generation games do you enjoy playing today? I'm a fan of the simple classic games that are seeing a Renaissance on iOS (and Android). That said, I enjoy the unbelievable immersion possible with games running the Unreal engine on the high-end systems...
What was Nester like in real life? Kid-like?
By the time you finally left Nintendo, about how much of their catalog did you actually complete? All except for maybe the last 25-50 games that were releasing in the few months before my departure...
OP provided proof on his Facebook page: Link to www.facebook.com. Thx OP!
I have nothing to ask you. I just wanted to thank you for everything you've done for gaming. I was but one of many...
Thank you for all you've done. It was awesome to find your Facebook page. The old NPs with comics (including yours) were like gold among my friends. Glad you enjoyed them both then and now...
What can you tell us about the Easter Bunny? Love the that rascally bunny...
Will you do an interview for my forthcoming video series? Link to vimeo.com. Check with me via my Facebook page - can't stop to evaluate during this iAMA - sorry...
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