‘Fletch’ Reboot Back On Track at Warner Bros.

The following is from EW.com:

Warner Bros. and production company Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to Gregory Mcdonald‘s Fletch novels. The two companies plan to reboot the long dormant comedy-thriller series in collaboration with David List, who manages the literary estate of the late Mcdonald.

This is not the first attempt to revive the franchise, which helped make a movie megastar out of Chevy Chase when he first played investigative reporter I.M. Fletcher in 1985′s Fletch (a sequel, Fletch Lives, followed in 1989). Way back in 1997, Kevin Smith showed an interest in making a third Fletch film, with Chase. Since then, various of directors and stars have, at various times, been attached to the project, including Ben Affleck, Zach Braff, and Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink.

Personally, I used to watch this movie over and over. I didn’t care too much for Fletch Lives. But the original was Chevy Chase in his prime. I am glad he has had a resurgence on TV with his appearances on Chuck, and now on Community.

I’ll wait and see what happens with this Fletch reboot before I weigh in.

Daily Trivia – 2/17/11

Question: Who earned Oscar nominations for Working Girl and Gorillas in the Mist in the same year?

Last Question: In Revenge of the Nerds, what future ER star played “Gilbert”?

Answer: Anthony Edwards

Although Anthony Edwards is now famous for playing Dr. Mark Greene in the hit TV show ER, he was in some pretty big ’80s movies. In addition to Revenge of the Nerds, he also appeared in Fast Times at Ridgemont High as one of the stoners, The Sure Thing as Lance – Walter’s (John Cusak) best friend, and of course as “Goose” in Top Gun.

Music Video of the Week – 2/16/11

This week’s selection is “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot:

“Cum On Feel the Noize” was released by Quiet Riot on August 27, 1983. It was a cover of the 1973 Slade hit. The song spent two weeks at #5 on the Billboard chart in November 1983. It was the first heavy metal song to make the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart (a.k.a.Pop Chart). The success of the single helped carry Metal Health to the top of Billboard pop album charts, making it the first American heavy metal debut album to ever reach #1 in the U.S. It was #1 on November 26, 1983, making Quiet Riot the first heavy metal band to have a top 5 hit and #1 album the same week.

The song was so successful, Quiet Riot remade another Slade song -“”Mama Weer All Crazee Now” – from the band’s 1984 album, Condition Critical.

The band faded away as the ’80s wore on.

On November 25, 2007, The Vegas Eye reported on its website that DuBrow had been found dead that day in his house in Las Vegas.

Initial reports were confirmed by local authorities and reported by major news outlets on November 26, 2007. The cause of death was determined to be an accidental overdose of cocaine. KTNV in Las Vegas reported that he had died about six days before his discovery, November 19, 2007.

A new version of Quiet Riot has gotten together. Most of the classic lineup is intact – Frankie Banali on drums, Chuck Wright on bass, Alex Grossi on guitar and newcomer Mark Huff on vocals (formerly of Van Halen tribute band 5150). The band has sought the blessings of the DuBrow family (DuBrow’s mother encouraged Banali to revive the band), has recorded new versions of classic hits with Huff singing, and is seeking to do a full US tour.

Here is the schedule so far, from the Quiet Riot home page:

FRI 3/18/2011 FARGO, ND – THE HUB
SAT 4/30/2011 ACT, AU – ANU BAR

Daily Trivia – 2/16/11

Question: In Revenge of the Nerds, what future ER star played “Gilbert”?

Last Question: What daytime soap opera featured actor Joseph Mascolo as “Stefano DiMera”?

Answer: Days of Our Lives

The NBC soap opera Days of our Lives has been on the air since November 8, 1965. The villian, Stefano DiMera, first appeared on the soap in 1982 as an organized crime kingpin. Since Stefano appeared on the show, there has been, and continues to be a feud between the DiMeras and Bradys.

Stefano is played by Joseph Mascolo. He was born (on March 13, 1929) and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut. He went to the University of Miami and then West Point Academy. He was originally training in Classical Music. Mascolo appeared in the 1978 film Jaws 2 as a member of the city council who confronted Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) when the Chief brought forth the underwater photograph of what he believed was another shark. He also played a police detective in the Burt Reynolds feature Sharky’s Machine.

He has had several stints on Days of Our Lives – 1982 to 1985, returning briefly in 1988, again from 1993 to 2001, and has been on again since 2007. He has also played a wide range of roles on many different series including (but not limited to) a Stefano-like villain named Domino (Nicholas Van Buren) on General Hospital, and Carlos Alvarez on Santa Barbara.

Daily Trivia – 2/14/11

Question: What Romantic comedy was intercut with clips of real married couples telling how they met?

Last Question: What movie starred Marc Singer as a warrior who communicated with animals?

Answer: The Beastmaster

The Beastmaster was a 1982 movie starring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, John Amos and Rip Torn. Here is a funny review from The ’80s Rewind:

Dar (Marc Singer) was the unborn Prince of a family slaughtered by Lords of Evil. Fortunately, prior to his mothers death, he was magically transferred to the womb of a cow, which saves his life and may be the reason that he is a bit ‘different’.

But when Dar grows up into manhood, and boy does he ever (meow!), he embarks on a journey to seek revenge on the evil priest Maax (Rip Torn) and the Jun Horde.

With the help of a hunter (John Amos) and a gorgeous slave girl (Tanya Roberts), whom Dar falls for in a big way, Dar must fight through his way through a wasteland of Sorcery and Black Magic on the ultimate quest for freedom and vengeance.

With only the help of these two, Dar’s mission might have been doomed to failure, but, as the title of the movie suggests, Dar has a special gift. He is able to communicate with animals and it is this gift that ultimately gives him the edge of many other warriors of most fantasy movies.

The costumes and characters are just great. This film really makes me believe that all the characters are real (although Marc Singer’s acting is not so hot, but I have seen worse!)

A definite guy flick with regards to the fighting and of course Ms Roberts and a girlie flick for the love growing between Dar and the slave girl …and of course Dar’s body!


Unanimously panned by the critics and many people alike. Well what can I say? It is a good movie.

It does have some good humor and action. But it is the kind of movie you can see on a rainy day and have a great time!

Here is the movie trailer:

Daily Trivia – 2/11/11

Question: What movie starred Marc Singer as a warrior who communicated with animals?

Last Question: In Fast Times at Ridgemont High, who played football player “Charles Jefferson”?

Answer: Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker was in one of the best scenes of the movie as he played a very angry Charles Jefferson. He was in love with his Trans-Am. Unfortunately, the car got destroyed when when Spicoli (Sean Penn) and company get high and take a joyride in it. To get away with it, they write the name of the next high school football opponent on the car and Jefferson destroys them in the game as revenge. The other team had no clue what was going on, and they were scared to death!

Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland.

I never saw that movie, but if you want to see an incredible performance, check him out as Jon Kavanaugh in season 5 of The Shield. He was an intense internal affairs officer determined to take down Detective Vic Mackey and the Strike Team.

Daily Trivia – 2/10/11

Question: In Fast Times at Ridgemont High, who played football player “Charles Jefferson”?

Last Question: What late rock star was Elton John’s hit “Empty Garden” written about?

Answer: John Lennon

“Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” was from Elton John’s 1982 album Jump Up! and reached number 13 in the US singles chart. Lennon and John were good friends, having performed a duet on Lennon’s 1974 hit “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night”, which the pair performed live at one of John’s concerts in the same year (Lennon’s last stage performance), along with two other songs. The “Empty Garden” referred to in the song is Madison Square Garden, where Lennon dueted with John in 1974. John has since performed the song several times at Madison Square Garden.

Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics, but Elton certainly felt a connection to the song, as he was good friends with Lennon and is the Godfather of Lennon’s second son, Sean. To this day, John rarely performs the song live, as he has said it brings back too many painful memories of Lennon’s death.

What Cubs game did Ferris Bueller go to? The answer is revealed!

Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus did some research, and from some clues, figured out the actual game that Ferris Bueller went to on his day off.

Here is what was written in the article:

As movie-viewers, we don’t learn anything about the Wrigley Field trip until we see Principal Rooney in the greasy pizza joint. As he wipes off the soda that was just thrown into his face, Rooney walks up to the restaurant’s counter where the game is being shown on television. There, we get a good glimpse at what is going on in the game (including some play-by-play from, I believe, Harry Caray):

Note: The baseball scenes begin at the 2:17 mark.

On the screen we see Chicago first-baseman #10 holding on an Atlanta Braves player wearing #18. The announcer pipes in: “Runner on first base, nobody out. That’s the first hit they’ve had since the fifth inning, and only the fourth hit in the game. … 0-2 the count.”

Chicago pitcher #46 throws the pitch to a left-handed Atlanta hitter with a two-digit number ending in “5” and what appears to be a long last name. The batter swings at the pitch and hits a long fly ball to left. “That’s a drive! Left field… twisting… and into foul territory.”

The Chicago leftfielder races for the ball but it screams foul, into Ferris’ hand. The announcer continues with a train of thought we must have missed: “Boy, I’m really surprised they didn’t go for it in that inning. Lee Smith…”

This is the point where Principal Rooney has his brief conversation with the pizza maker. In the background, we hear one of the announcers say something about playing “a very shallow third”. We then hear “There’s the ball bunted foul back to the screen. Boy I don’t know…”

The scene finally shifts to Wrigley Field, where Ferris and company are sitting near the leftfield foul pole. Off in the distance, we can see the Cubs on the field and one or two baby blue uniforms around the diamond.

It appears obvious now that this is a real ballgame that Ferris is at, not just something recreated for a film crew. The Harry Caray play-by-play and the Braves players on the field are pretty solid evidence of that. So what game, then, are they watching? Did the Cubs win, or did Ferris sing “Danke Schön” as a way to wash away the stink of a Cubs loss?

The movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was released on June 11, 1986. The ballgame then must have been filmed either real early in the 1986 season or sometime during 1985. Looking at game logs from those seasons, we see that there was no game in 1986 in which Lee Smith (#46) faced the Braves at Wrigley Field. There were four such games in ’85, though Smith left the Braves hitless in one of those. Of the remaining three games, it isn’t hard to find the game we’re looking for.

Ferris Bueller and his pals were at the June 5, 1985, tilt between the Cubs and the Braves. The foul ball that Ferris caught was hit by Atlanta rightfielder Claudell Washington (#15) in the top of the 11th inning. The game was tied at two (not scoreless, like the pizza guy claimed) and backup second-baseman Paul Zuvella (#18) was being held on first by Leon Durham (#10) after a leadoff single (the fourth hit of the game, and Atlanta’s first hit since the fifth). Washington would end his at-bat with a flyball to leftfielder Davey Lopes. The next batter, Rafael Ramirez, would wind up hitting a two-run home run and the Braves would go on to win 4-2. The movie, however, cut away before that happened.

Sadly, we don’t have pitch-by-pitch data for the game, so we can’t verify all the details presented in the movie (an 0-2 foul ball from Washington and then a bunt foul? Was that a bunt by Ramirez before his home run swing?). I have no reason to doubt that they are correct, though.

More interesting than that is the timeline that this presents for Ferris. It’s said in the movie that the reservation he stole was for noon, but we can’t say with certainty if that’s what time they ate. Seeing as how they finished the lunch with no hassles, it’s safe to assume either Abe never showed up or he showed up well after their lunch was finished. Either way, with a start time of 1:25pm that afternoon, there is plenty of time for Ferris and company to make it to Wrigley in time for the game.

The eleven-inning game took 3:09 to complete, which means that the foul ball Ferris catches had to have been sometime after 4:00pm. That leaves, at the most, one hour and forty-five minutes for their trips to the museum, Sears Tower, the lake, and Sloane’s house, while squeezing in two musical numbers during the parade before racing home at 5:55pm. Seems a bit tough to squeeze all of that in for most normal people. But, seeing as Ferris has the magical ability to sound exactly like both a young Wayne Newton and a young John Lennon, I’m willing to believe he could make the schedule work.

Now that we know exactly what was happening at the Cubs game they went to, “Ferris Bueller” fans will be clamoring all over themselves to add the signatures of Claudell Washington, Paul Zuvella, and Lee Smith to their posters “signed by the complete cast”. Anything less just won’t cut it. I’m just disappointed that the Cubs let the 25th anniversary go by last summer without a celebration. What a shame.

Music Video of the Week – 2/9/11

This week’s selection is in anticipation of Def Leppard’s major announcement – the classic from Hysteria – “Pour Some Sugar On Me”:

The following was released on Def Leppard’s official site:

Leppard fans…..

The countdown is on for Def Leppard to make a MAJOR announcement to the world! Stay tuned, DefLeppard.com will be reporting official news soon…..!

The following was reported on hennemusic.com:

So what could this ‘major’ news be….

We’ve already reported that Leppard will release their first live album in May, which will contain “three new studio tracks,” according to an interview guitarist Phil Collen did at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim last month.

A Leppard box set is in the works, guitarist Vivian Campbell told Rush On Rock last month. “There are plans for a career-encompassing box set. It will happen but we need to sort a few things out contractually. As it happens we’re talking to our old label Universal about re-signing with them.”

There’s also been rumors about a summer US tour with Kansas and Heart.

We’ll wait for official word from the Leppard camp on this, to see if the “major news’ is any, or all, of the above three items.