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June 28, 2011

Overnight Open Thread

Hmm. I don't know what I'm doing. This looks so easy when Maet and CDMR CDR M [Smart Military Blog™ edit] do it.

So, I'm pimping Doctor Who lately. I hear this video a David Tenant parodying actors is pretty funny.

Old and Busted: Trashy iPhone Mirror Pictures
New Hotness: Trashy iPad Mirror Pictures

1, due to budget cut-backs, zoos are pressed for money.

2, people like to have sex, except they get bored of sex, and then need to have sex in odd places.

Conclusion: Zoos should allow sleepover guests so people can have sex next to the tigers.

Chick performs Cee-Lo's "F*** you" in sign language, with a cute little dance.


You know who's got a blog? Jim Shooter, longtime writer/editor/everything at Marvel comics. This should appeal to some of you.

One thing I've always wondered about is why Spider-Man got so tied up in lawsuits, with the character sold to multiple parties, who then sued each other over who had the right to make a Spider-Man movie. Oddly enough, something similar had happened with James Bond, so the final outcome was Sony trading away its James Bond rights to MGM in exchange for MGM giving up rights to Spider-Man. With a swap both characters became unencumbered by lawsuit.

Anyway, I'm not sure this is the explanation as to how this happened, but it seems maybe it is.

The licensing people thought highly of me because I had helped them close many deals. Taking me along to pitch to potential licensees, like Mattel, meant that they didnít ever actually have to open a comic book, or have a clue who the characters were....

Example: The licensing people thought that the Amazing Spider-Man and the Spectacular Spider-Man were two different characters and licensed them to different film producers. Lawsuits ensued. They licensed the Avengers, including Iron Man, to a film producer, then, having no clue that Iron Man was an Avenger, licensed Iron Man to another film producer. Lawsuits ensued.

By the way, if you've ever wondered why there were so many low-budget Marvel movies and TV shows, it's because they were selling them for a song. Shooter mentions in 1987 someone offered buy live-performance (stage) rights to all Marvel characters for a two-year period.

The price, which they almost jumped at, and some people thought was a good deal?

$25,000. About what you could get a Lexus for in 1987. The stage rights to all Marvel characters -- all -- for two years. And in exchange for that, a pretty nice sedan.

Creative people are often not really super-good at business.

Sometimes, you're neither creatively inclined nor business inclined. In that case, they make you President.

Here's something. A firm in Europe is going to start marketing a condom that men actually might want to use-- supposedly a condom that results in a "bigger, firmer" erection.

The "condom" is just a cucumber and a coring tool.

Speaking of hard-ons, Bill Maher.

My source for all things Maher tells me that Maher really thought he could be a leading man in Hollywood.

Check out his performance in this horrific film "Pizza Man," where he's clearly not trying to be funny; instead, he's trying to sell you on the possibility he could be a new Bogart.

Ironic. The one time Bill Maher was trying hard to not be funny was the one time I laughed out loud at him.

More! Michael Caine does an impression of... Michael Caine.

And Peter Sellars doing Michael Caine. I think the interviewer here, Parkinson, or "Parky," is the same guy as in the former clip. "David Brent" always mentions Parky.

I think Kevin Spacey (or Kevin Pollack) explained how to do Michael Caine.

The key.

To speaking.

llike Miiichol Caine.

Is to only say.

A few words.

At a time.

Thanks to Rev Dr E Alan Simpson for those. And to gg for the Facebook fail, and to RD for the Cee-Lo Sign Language chick. And to Agent X for the Jim Shooter tip.


Is This Something? Paul McCartney Vs. Cheap Trick on Golden Slumbers medley.

If that's too gimmicky, here's just Cheap Trick doing it.

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