With Don Rickles playing a supporting role, it should come as little surprise that “Mr. Dingle the Strong” is one of the sillier Twilight Zone episodes. Free from the show’s usual dark irony or overt sentimentality, this light-hearted morality play regarding abuse of power takes place, as Rod Serling introduces us to the setting and its inhabitants, in “that uniquely American institution known as the neighborhood bar.”
I need to preface this list by saying that none of the below songs are bad. They are just songs that for the most part, I wouldn’t admit to loving unless someone had a gun to my head. Some indeed do emit a slight whiff of cheddar, but this does not diminish their greatness. My girlfriend, (who is a true aficionado of cheese-tastic music), is braver than I am and willingly admits (in public, no less) to loving most of these songs. You might just hear a few of these at our wedding…
The Safety Dance ACOUSTIC LIVE: Men Without Hats – NewzBreaker Music Video of the Day (Amazing Version)
Brand New Episode of Investigation Discovery’s DEATH BY GOSSIP WITH WENDY WILLIAMS Premieres Friday, October 2 at 10/9c
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can kill in Investigation Discovery’s DEATH BY GOSSIP WITH WENDY WILLIAMS. Featuring original ‘gossip girl’ Wendy Williams as host and executive producer, the series uncovers crimes fueled by rumors and sordid half-truths that lead to betrayal and even murder. From a respected English teacher’s very own Shakespearean tragedy entangled by sex, greed and betrayal, to a college kid wrapped up in a twisted love triangle with a dash of black magic, DEATH BY GOSSIP warns viewers of the tempting grapevine, because it can quickly strangle the most unsuspecting of prattlers.
“Floyd Mayweather, JR. is one of the most boring boxers I have ever seen. The fact that he has been so dominant also illustrates why I lost a bit of interest in the sport.”—Ivan Doroschuck
In 1982, a Canadian band released their debut album (for you youngsters, they were around before CD’s) called “Rhythm of Youth” with Ivan Doroschuck as Lead Singer and his brother Stefan Doroschuck on guitar. The group also recruited Allan McCarthy, a percussionist. The band was “Men Without Hats”, and a song on that album called “The Safety Dance” became a smash hit in Canada, peaking at number #11 on the charts in May of 1983. From there, “The Safety Dance” went on to be an international hit, peaking at number #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and having success in other parts of the world. A video accompanied this song, with Ivan, front and center in mid evil times, running around with a midget who had been seen in the movie “Willow”. The song was played heavily on MTV, VH1, and the old Friday Night Videos. You could tell Ivan enjoyed, at least from my viewpoint, doing the video and, as we say in the acting world, he popped on camera.
Rodney Dangerfield, born Jacob Rodney Cohen, was one of my favorite comedians ever. Rodney’s “No respect” routine turned self-deprecation into an art form. What made his comedy especially brilliant was that one could hear his own personal insecurities in the material which made him believable as a performer. As a tribute to him, I’d like to share my own personal ten favorite Rodney Dangerfield one-liners.
I think it’s fair to say that most everyone, when their number comes up, would happily cheat death. The question is, how eager would you be to swap places with someone to spare them from the glacial clutches of the Grim Reaper?
For Lou Bookman, the answer to that conundrum was a no-brainer. A pitchman whose carry-case contains wind-up toys and neck ties, lotions and topical creams, his spiel may be growing wearisome to passersby on the busy city streets but Lou nonetheless has won a special place in the hearts of the neighborhood children who eagerly await his arrival every afternoon. One visitor to his home on a hot July at 3 p.m. who agrees, in a most official capacity, that Lou has worn out his welcome is none other than Death.
When their attempt to rob a casino owned by the feared gangster Pope (Robert De Niro) goes awry and a shootout ensues, Vaughn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Cox (Dave Bautista) are forced to flee on foot and hijack city Bus 657 and take the passengers hostage. Now, in a high speed chase, Vaughn will not only have to outwit the police, led by Officer Bajos (Gina Carano) who are in hot pursuit, but he will have to contend with Pope’s maniacal right hand man, Dog (Morris Chestnut), in order to make it through the day alive. But we quickly learn that things are not what they seem, and Vaughn has more than one card up his sleeve.
The thermometer in Norma’s New York City apartment reads 110 degrees. And that is with the air-conditioner chugging along at maximum capacity during the interim between the mandated brownouts, as the depleted gas, water, and electrical supplies are rationed out to the remaining citizens or cut off altogether with greater frequency. The radio announcer reports humidity levels of 91% and tomorrow’s forecast being simply “hot”. With a forlorn voice he is unable to disguise, he adds “More of the same, only hotter.” Departing from his script, he goes on to say that you will be able to fry eggs on sidewalks and boil soup in the ocean and are left to seek help from wandering maniacs.