Roger Corman's 1994 Lancelot Links (Unreleased)
“It's clobberin' time!”
- A few months ago, Joe Posnanski wrote about how adding a countdown pitchers clock to baseball would ruin the timeless game. Well, he saw his first game with such a clock and changed his mind. 180 degrees.
- Another Joey P piece, “No Minor Matter,” about Mike Hessman, who recently broke the minor league record for homeruns with 433. How come he wasn't in the Majors? He was, for a bit, but probably wasn't good enough. Whose record did he break? That's an even better story, since that guy should've been in the Majors.
- This unreleased John Lennon song will “make us cry,” according to a Beatles fan page. Not quite. But it is interesting.
- Via Film Experience: George Taikei on the 1960s moment he asked Gene Roddenberry why there were no gay characters on the original “Star Trek.”
- Also via FE: Tim at Antagony & Ecstasy on the history of the 1994 unreleased Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie: how and why it was made, and why, after all these years, and despite its crummy budget, it's still the best FF movie out there. Someone is even trying to make a documentary about it.
- Speaking of: Someone has done a lot of work to pull off a great tongue-in-cheek hoax, pretending there was a 1963-64 “The Fantastic Four” TV series which was filmed but never aired. Starring: Russell Johnson as Reed Richards (nice), Elizabeth Montgomery as Sue Storm (perfect), Tim Considine as Johnny Storm (OK) and William Demarest as the Thing (um, misstep). I like the episode guide, too.
- Related: four nerds watching three bad superhero movies, including Corman's “Fantastic Four.” Their reaction to each was similar to mine. Viddy well, brothers.
- Still related: i09 gives us the 50 most cringe-worthy scenes in comic book/superhero movies. It's a good list but I put the evil Peter Parker scenes from “Spider-Man 3” higher, along with Superman's wall-building blue vision rays from “Superman IV.” So many, really. Might be worth a post of my own. My favorite superhero scenes tend to be about ther revelation of power; what do the shittiest scenes have in common?
- The Ninth Circuit has ruled that Netflix is not liable under the Video Privacy Protection Act (Robert Bork's law) if you share your log-in with family and friends and they subsequently discover embarrassing past history. “The lawfulness of this disclosure cannot depend on circumstances outside of Netflix's control,” Judge Raymond J. Dearie wrote. Except Netflix can control it; or they can allow you to control it, by deleting past history. But that's not an option.
- Gabriel Sherman, author of the Roger Ailes bio “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” writes about the Donald Trump/Megyn Kelly brouhaha, and Ailes' place in it, in “How Fox News Picked Trump Over Megyn Kelly.”
- Meanwhile, Media Matters gives us the long history of Roger Ailes' sexism.
- Meanwhile, Ted Nugent. Crazier and crazier.
- Let's go out on a high note: Not just Joe Henry on Adam Levy, but Adam Wahlberg on Joe Henry.