Daily Trivia – 4/26/11

Question: Can you fill in the blank: “Nothing comes between me and my ______.”


Last Question: In what movie did Michael Keaton play the title character that only appeared in the movie for about 17 minutes?

Answer: Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice (whose name was really spelled Betelgeuse. The movie title was the phonetic spelling of the character’s name.

The movie was directed by Tim Burton, with a $13 million budget. The movie went on to make over $73 million, making it a huge success. Burton went on to direct Batman after this, which also starred Michael Keaton as the title character.

In Beetlejuice, Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam (Alec Baldwin) Maitland die in a car accident. When they go back to their house as spirits, they find that their house was sold, and there is an obnoxious people living there. The new family consists of Charles (Jeffrey Jones), aspiring sculptor and Charles’ second wife Delia (Catherine O’Hara), and Charles’ goth daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) from his first marriage.
Lydia is the only one who able to see able to see Adam and Barbara, and they become friends. But, the ghostly couple wants the crazy family out of the house. So, they hire Betelgeuse, a freelance “bio-exorcist” ghost, to scare them away. But Betelgeuse becomes more interested in marrying Lydia so that he can re-enter the land of the living. Things got out of control, and the Maitland’s and Lydia finally defeated Betelgeuse and banished him permanently to the afterlife.

I love this movie, and it has a lot of great quotes, such as:

Adam: What are your qualifications?
Betelgeuse: Ah. Well… I attended Juilliard… I’m a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I’ve seen the Excorcist 167 times, and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it. Not to mention the fact that you’re talking to a dead guy! Now what do you think!? You think I’m qualified?


Betelgeuse: We’ve come for your daughter, Chuck. Wah-ha-ha-ha-ha!


Betelgeuse: (kicks over tree in graveyard) Nice F*ck*n model (as he grabs his genitals)


Betelgeuse: I’m the ghost with the most, babe.


Lydia: They don’t want to come down.

Otho: Why not?

Lydia: I think the reason is that they were trying to scare you away, and you didn’t get scared.

Delia: Please, they’re dead. It’s a little late to be neurotic.


Betelgeuse: Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose.


[why he can’t tell Lydia his name]
Betelgeuse: Because if I tell you, you’ll tell your friends, your friends are callin’ me on the horn all the time, I gotta show up at shopping centers for openings and sign autographs and shit like that and it makes my life a *hell*. Okay? A living hell.


[Head spins wildly and begins shrieking]
Betelgeuse: Don’t you hate it when that happens?


Preacher: Do you take this woman do be your wedded wife?
Betelgeuse: [Runs off to the side mumbling to himself] Oh geez, I don’t know. I mean, it’s kind of a big decision isn’t it? I mean, I always said if I ever did it, I was gonna do it once and that was it.
[Runs back to the altar and stands next to Lydia]
Betelgeuse: Sure, yeah. Go ahead.


Betelgeuse: [to Lydia, about the owner of the finger he pulled out of a wedding ring] I’m tellin’ ya, honey, she meant nothin’ to me. Nothin’ at all!


Betelgeuse: It’s Showtime!!


[last lines]
[in the waiting room, Betelgeuse is sitting next to a witch doctor, who is next in line]
Betelgeuse: Pardon me. Did you do that?
[points to explorer with shrunken head]
Betelgeuse: That’s very nice work. Let me ask you something. How do you get them so sma… Hey, there goes Elvis! Yo, King!
[as the doctor looks away, Betelgeuse switches numbers]
Betelgeuse: Well, looks like I’m next. Good thing, too. I gotta do a photo shoot for GQ in about an hour and a half. Yeah, they’ve been after me for months. Doin’ some underwear deal. I don’t know what…
[the witch doctor sprinkles some powder on Betelgeuse’s head; it starts shrinking]
Betelgeuse: [voice getting higher as head gets smaller] Whoa, hey! What are you doing? Hey, stop it! Hey, you’re messing up my hair! C’mon! Whoa! Whoa! Stop it! *Whoa!*… Hey, this might be a good look for me.

Return the Song, Artist and Lyrics…And Movie

The following lyrics are from a movie soundtrack. Do you know the Song, Artist, Movie, and can you finish the lyric?

I can see a new horizon underneath the blazing sky
I’ll be where the eagle’s flying higher and higher
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need __ _ ____ __ ______


Here is yesterday’s…

Ah, can’t you see me standin’ here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain’t the Worst That You’ve Seen

Weird Al/Lady Gaga Saga

Last week, there was a lot of controversy going on between Weird Al Yankovic and Lady Gaga. Weird Al recorded a parody of Gaga’s “Born This Way”, called “Perform This Way”. Apparently, she refused to grant permission for him to release the song. Several news sites and blogs (not this one) jumped all over the news.

If I found out this was true, I was ready to rip her like crazy this week. But as it turns out, Lady Gaga did not reject the song.

Here is an update from E! Online:


A few weeks ago, the Weird One decided, much to the Internet’s delight, to make Gaga his next parody subject. So he wrote up some lyrics, sent over a pitch and waited. And waited.

Incidentally, while Yankovic’s parodies are all protected under fair-use and no approval from the artists is necessary, he has always sought a blessing from the singers he spoofs.

He finally heard back from Team Gaga, informing him that the superstar would need to hear the tune before signing off. So he sent over the lyrics. And was informed that she would actually need to hear the finished product before offering her magnanimous blessing.

So he did. And sent it over. And was rejected.

Down but not out, Al decided to respect Gaga’s rejection, telling fans “nobody is more disappointed than I am”—and instead of including it on his album as his lead single, as he was hoping to do, he instead leaked it online and made it available for free download.

It was an immediate sensation and, as one might’ve been able to predict, eventually found its way to Lady Gaga’s ears.

For the first time.

Turns out, it was her manager who had been making the crazy demands under the guise of doing so on Gaga’s behalf, who, as it turns out, knew absolutely nothing of Weird Al’s requests.

“Apparently the fact that she didn’t approve it was news to Lady Gaga herself!” he blogged. “Gaga’s manager has now admitted that he never forwarded my parody to Gaga—she had no idea at all. Even though we assumed that Gaga herself was the one making the decision (because, well, that’s what we were TOLD), he apparently made the decision completely on his own.

“He’s sorry. And Gaga loves the song.”

As a result, the song will indeed be released as Yankovic’s first single and, more excitingly, will soon be filmed as his album’s debut music video. All proceeds from both will go to the Human Rights Campaign.

“I truly respect and admire Gaga as an artist and it pained me to think of her as having less than a great sense of humor,” he wrote. “Thank you, Gaga. And thanks to everybody who had my back.”


Here is Weird Al’s song:

Against my better judgment this time, here is Lady Gaga’s song in case you want to compare. But you may like this if you just listen to the song, and pretend that it is a late ’80s Madonna song.

Daily Trivia – 4/25/11

Question: In what movie did Michael Keaton play the title character that only appeared in the movie for about 17 minutes?


Last Question: What 1989 James Cameron movie saw Navy SEALS encounter underwater aliens?

Answer: The Abyss

The Abyss, written and directed by James Cameron, starred Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and The Terminator‘s Michael Biehn. In typical James Cameron fashion, the special effects were incredible in this movie – especially at the time it came out (August 1989).

This is the first movie that I ever saw at a Drive-In. I was living in California at the time, and a bunch of us piled in a car, and went to the drive in. I wish I could remember the price, but it was really cheap at the time. You would pay by car instead of by person, so that made it even cheaper. And you got to see 2 movies. The Abyss was basically the “main event”. We just caught the very end of the Rutger Hauer film, Blind Fury, which I still haven’t seen since then. But I loved The Abyss.

Return the Song, Artist and Lyrics

Hi Everybody, thank you so much for your input! It seems that most, if not everybody would like to see me mix things up. So sometimes I’ll give the artist and song, and sometimes you can guess the artist and song along with the lyrics.
And I will call this “Return the …” with the “…” being whatever you have to guess that day. It is a play on the “Return” from my web site title. There was a good suggestion of “Remember That Song”, which I kind of like. So I may change it to that.

Today, can you name the Song and Artist, and finish the lyric. I’m sorry if this is too easy. I’m still getting the feel of this. There will be some more difficult ones coming.

Ah, can’t you see me standin’ here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain’t the _____ ____ ______ ____


Here are the answers from the last episode:

1.

Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man?

Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard

2.

Tell Her About It by Billy Joel

Tell her about it, tell her everything you feel
Give her every reason to accept that you’re for real
Tell her about it, tell her All Your Crazy Dreams

3.

Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere
Just a city boy, Born and Raised in South Detroit

Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

And as usual, I am still up for suggestions and comments.

Don’t Forget the Lyrics – ’80s Style

Attention ’80s Music Fans

Time for a new segment! I could use your help though, so please don’t be shy about your input.

Each weekday, I will give the lyrics to the song. There are 3 options that I’m thinking of.

1. I could list the lyrics, and you can name the song and artist

2. I could give the song and artist , and some of the lyrics, then you can finish the line. Kind of similar to Don’t Forget the Lyrics.

3. I could give some of the lyrics, then you can give the rest of the line, and give the song and artist.

Here are the examples I have in mind (these should be pretty easy to start). You can go ahead and answer these:

1.

Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man?

2.

Tell Her About It by Billy Joel

Tell her about it, tell her everything you feel
Give her every reason to accept that you’re for real
Tell her about it, tell her ___ ____ _____ ______

3.

Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere
Just a city boy, ____ ___ _______ __ _____ _______

So, which format do you like better? And let me know if you have an ideas of what this segment should be named.

You can either leave a comment, answer the poll (anonymously), or both.

Daily Trivia – 4/22/11

Question: What 1989 James Cameron movie saw Navy SEALS encounter underwater aliens?


Last Question: In Coming to America, who played “Akeem’s” father?

Answer: James Earl Jones

These great movie starred Eddie Murphy (in his prime) as Prince Akeem who travels to America, from the (fictitious) African country Zamunda, to find a bride on his own, instead of having one given to him by his parents. James Earl Jones played Akeem’s father, King Jaffe, and Madge Sinclair played Akeem’s mother, Queen Aoleon.

Yesterday, on the Facebook page, it was pointed out by a reader that this was not the only time James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair played a queen and king. They also provided the voices of Mufasa and Sarabi, the lion King and Queen in Disney’s The Lion King.

[Thanks Kathy!!! Also Kathy runs the Men at Work Reunion Tour Facebook page. Feel free to join her group.]

There were other stars in Coming to America as well. Arsenio Hall had a breakout role playing Akeem’s uptight best friend, Semmi. There was also the pre-ER Eriq LaSalle as the Jheri curled Darryl, who was Akeem’s rival for Lisa McDowell’s (Shari Headley) affection.

Samuel L. Jackson played a would-be robber who was stopped by Akeem:

Cuba Gooding Jr. was in this classic barbershop scene. Do you recognize the other people in the scene?

And of course, one of my favorite scenes in the movie featured Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprising their Trading Places roles as Mortimer and Randolph Duke. “We’re Back!”:

Daily Trivia – 4/21/11

Question: In Coming to America, who played “Akeem’s” father?


Last Question: On Growing Pains, what was the name of the baby born into the “Seaver” clan?

Answer: Chrissy

Following in the steps of Cousin Oliver (The Brady Bunch), Sam (Diff’rent Strokes), Andrew (Family Ties), and Scrappy Doo (Scooby Doo), Growing Pains, Chrissy, joined the Seaver family on one of my favorite comedies of the ’80s, which set the show up to “jump the shark”. The show took it’s giant leap over the shark when Leonardo DiCaprio joined the cast as Luke, a homeless boy taken in by the Seavers.

Chrissy Seaver was born on the show in 1988. As an infant, she was played by twins Kristen and Kelsey Dohring (who alternated in the role). Beginning in the fall of 1990, Chrissy’s age was advanced to six years old. She was then played by Ashley Johnson. She played the role until the show was canceled in 1992.

She has done voice acting for many cartoons, including Disney’s Recess and recently she has been the voice of star character Gwen Tennyson on The Cartoon Network’s Ben 10: Alien Force.

Reference: vcstar.com

New Journey Song – “City of Hope”

Journey released “City of Hope” from their upcoming album “Eclipse”.

From the band’s official site:

“Eclipse” will be released on Scarecrow Records in Mexico, WET Music in Brazil and D.B.N. in the rest of Latin America.

The first single from “Eclipse” in South America will be “Human Feel”, also available digitally from April 4th. Online stores carrying the new single include iTunes and Telcel in Mexico, Claro, Telefonica and Comcel in Colombia, and Porta in Ecuador.

“Eclipse” will be released on May 27th, with the “Eclipse Tour” kicking off with major arena shows in the UK and Eire together with Foreigner and Styx. The tour also visits Germany, Switzerland, Benelux, Scandinavia, France and – for the first time ever – Italy, before the North American tour which starts in mid-July.


Here is the song, “City of Hope”. I am a huge Journey fan, and if you told me that Steve Perry was the lead vocals on this song, I might actually believe you:

Music Video of the Week – 4/20/11

This week’s selection is “Calling On You” by Stryper:

I always loved this Christian glam metal band. Their music always made me feel good. The music itself rocks, and Michael Sweet’s vocals are incredible. “Calling On You” was the first song I heard by them, and it is still one of my favorites. It came off of their second album, To Hell With the Devil, which is a great album. I don’t think my parents were too happy about me owning an album with the words “Hell” and “Devil” in it. But, it was a cool album name, which drew attention. The album was released in 1986, and was both the first Contemporary Christian and Christian metal album to achieve Platinum status, selling over one million copies. It remains the best-selling Christian metal album of all time.