Matt Taibbi is on fire as ever in Rolling Stone, analyzing the weird relationship between Donald Trump and the media: he does politics in just the way that cable news reports on it: disjointedly, without empathy or nuance or complexity. Unlike polished American politicos, Donald Trump is a TV watcher, and he knows how to speak to his people. Read the rest
BB pal Mitch Altman informs us that he's ceased manufacturing on his marvelous invention the TV-B-Gone, a keychain remote control that turns off any television with a push of the button. It's great fun in sports bars, airports, restaurants, and wherever else there's an idiot box that annoys you! Grab one now because when they're gone, you'll have to make your own (also great fun). Mitch writes:
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In 2003 I quit my job to explore ways of making a living doing what I love doing. It was kind of scary, since I had no idea how I would make enough money after quitting my work. But I knew that I had to quit doing what was only OK, to make time to explore what I truly love. One thing I knew was that I wanted to design and make one TV-B-Gone remote control -- just for me. I wanted to be able to turn TVs off in public places!
It took me a year and a half to make the first TV-B-Gone remote control. And when I did, I went all over San Francisco turning TVs off everywhere I went -- and enjoying the hell out of it! And, of course my friends all wanted one. So, I made them for all of my friends. But, oddly, most of their friends wanted one. And when it turned out that many of the friends of my friends' friends also wanted one, I thought it would be interesting to make a bunch.
A 1968 memo from Paramount producer Robert Justman to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry reports on the sad state of the show's hairpieces, which had gone missing in great number. Read the rest
The creator of the groundbreaking, snarf-inducing TV show (which featured robot-puppets adding a snarky running commentary to some of the worst movies ever made, ever) is bringing it back in its original form (as opposed to the side projects like Cinema Titanic and Rifftrax), assuming he can raise an eye-popping $2,000,000. Read the rest
Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny's long-lost, long-eared ancestor has been discovered in the National archive of the British Film Institute.
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What a gem was released upon the internet today! This video of Bob Ross: A Walk in the Woods, was Season 1 Episode 1 of his long-running “anyone can paint” television HOWTO show.
From the sweeping theme song and fantastic opening credits, to the amazing B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, known as Robot and played by Bob May, Lost in Space thrills me as much now as it did when I was a kid. The adventures of this Space Family Robinson have always held my attention and, I believe, the series will always hold up. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time with the 8 hours of rarely seen footage and the other obscure extras they've included!
There are so many reasons to sit down and watch this show, but at the very top of the list is Jonathan Harris' portrayal of Doctor Zachary Smith. Annoyed with everyone, including himself, Smith is the not-as-brilliant-as-he-thinks reason the family is lost. His attitude and presence are amazing. The relationship between Doctor Smith and Robot is so bewilderingly hilarious, but his friendship with young Will Robinson, played by Billy Mumy, is even more stellar, and touching. Perhaps one of the greatest characters ever on the small or large screen, Doctor Zachary Smith is the perfect anti-hero. His insults are amazing!
The rest of the cast is fantastic. The art, sets, sounds and stories are all exactly what they should be. I find Lost in Space to be such a fantastic of example of what teevee should be to me, that I was horrified by the late 90's movie remake, even with Gary Oldman playing Smith. Read the rest
Nothing will stop George R.R. Martin from completing his Game of Thrones novels. But the author and fantasy/science fiction icon will show up in the eighth epsiode of Syfy's series 'Z Nation,' which returns to TV tonight, Friday September 11, at 10 p.m. In the episode where Martin appears, he has been imprisoned by a character known as Collector, who kidnaps celebrity zombies. Collector chains George to a desk for his own nefarious purposes, but evidently none of this gets in the way of George finishing the damn books everyone wants to read so badly.
This one is open-source and royalty-free, and has the backing of Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix. Read the rest
Join a former flying tiger, his awesome dog and a Grumman G-21 Goose as he explores the south Pacific, fights Nazis, and has a broken relationship with a pretty singer/spy. This should have been my life, not a one season tv show you've never heard of!