Doug Loves Movies Challenge 366!

Doug Loves Movies Challenge 366 for 2016!

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Comedian Doug Benson invites his friends to sit down
and watch 366 movies in 365 days! @DougBenson

DOUG LOVES MOVIES! #DLMChallenge #366Movies #365Days #365Movies

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Doug Benson (screenshot from Periscope)

WE LOVE MOVIES TOO DOUG!
So, we decided at the end of 2015 to accept the DougLovesMovies 366 Movies Challenge and we succeeded in watching well over 366 films (plus a few HBO & Netflix mini-series, too much election news coverage, the MLB Playoffs/WorldSeries and NFL Football Regular Season Games) in 2016!

We began the challenge on January 2nd and finished watching our “366th film” on December 30th. We kept a list as we watched, but ultimately forgot (for several reasons) to write some down. It wasn’t easy and we don’t recommend it, but we did it, it was fun and now we’re done with it.

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Doug Benson is “SuperHigh Me!”

MY DOUGLOVESMOVIES 366 CHALLENGE 2016 MOVIE LIST:

  1. The Martian
  2. The Big Lebowski
  3. Office Space
  4. Westworld
  5. The Godfather Epic
  6. Tapeheads
  7. O Brother Where Art Thou?
  8. Drunk Stoned Brillant Dead, The Story of the National Lampoon
  9. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  10. Serenity
  11. AntMan
  12. Get On Up
  13. Where The Truth Lies
  14. Any Given Sunday
  15. The Imitation Game
  16. Mad Max Fury Road
  17. Mr. Holmes
  18. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  19. Unbroken
  20. The Freshman
  21. Stripes
  22. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  23. Bridge of Spies
  24. The Death of Superman Lives! What Happened?
  25. Animal House
  26. The Music Never Stopped
  27. Notting Hill
  28. 2001 A Space Odyssey
  29. Last Vegas
  30. The Program
  31. Love & Mercy
  32. Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie
  33. The Lovely Bones
  34. Breaker Morant
  35. Sunset
  36. Eulogy
  37. Mystic Pizza
  38. Borat
  39. Taking Woodstock
  40. Fever Pitch
  41. Into The Blue
  42. The Hudsucker Proxy
  43. Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke
  44. Electric Boogaloo, The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films
  45. Brewster’s Millions
  46. Pearl Harbor
  47. Platoon (Best Picture Winner!)
  48. The Chamber
  49. Erin Brockovich
  50. The Aviator
  51. Big
  52. The Money Pit
  53. Beetlejuice
  54. Heaven’s Gate (IT SUCKED BIG TIME!)
  55. Mandela, Long Walk To Freedom
  56. Knuckleball
  57. Shrink
  58. Spotlight (Best Picture Winner!)
  59. The Alamo (the original)
  60. The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring
  61. The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
  62. The Lord of the Rings – The Return of The King (Best Picture Winner!)
  63. The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey
  64. Music and Lyrics
  65. U-571
  66. Ali
  67. Bicentennial Man
  68. The Three Amigos
  69. The Ladies Man
  70. Malcolm X
  71. Club Paradise
  72. Get Shorty
  73. Entourage, the Movie
  74. SPECTRE (James Bond 007)
  75. The Matrix
  76. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  77. Sudden Impact
  78. The Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies
  79. Blazing Saddles
  80. A Few Good Men
  81. Glory
  82. Dazed and Confused
  83. The Stoned Age
  84. The Birdcage
  85. Vacation (the remake)
  86. Black Mass
  87. Raising Arizona
  88. Worth Winning
  89. Play It To The Bone
  90. Super Troopers
  91. Spy
  92. Saving Silverman
  93. Trouble With The Curve
  94. Mr. Holland’s Opus
  95. Quiz Show
  96. The Bad News Bears (the original)
  97. Eight Men Out
  98. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  99. Ricky and the Flash
  100. Marked for Death
  101. Mean Guns
  102. I Spit On Your Grave (remake)
  103. Waterworld
  104. Patriot Games
  105. License To Drive
  106. Attila
  107. Life With Mikey
  108. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  109. The Hateful 8
  110. Chappie
  111. All Things Must Pass (Tower Records Documentary)
  112. Cry-Baby
  113. The Fugitive
  114. Three Kings
  115. Fight Club
  116. High Fidelity
  117. Up In The Air
  118. The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill and Came Down a Mountain
  119. Bubble Boy
  120. Snow White and The Seven Dwarves (Disney Classic!)
  121. The Big Short
  122. Cobb
  123. Jurassic World
  124. Repo Man
  125. The Package
  126. Jurassic Park
  127. Slapshot
  128. Field of Dreams
  129. Rules of Engagement
  130. Troy
  131. Star Wars, The Force Awakens
  132. Great Balls of Fire
  133. Heartbreak Ridge
  134. Very Semi-Serious, A Partially Thorough Portrait of the New Yorker Cartoons
  135. Convoy
  136. Harsh Times
  137. The Killer Elite (the original)
  138. Blues Brothers 2000
  139. Cold Mountain
  140. History of the World, Part 1
  141. The Blues Brothers
  142. American Pie
  143. The Jackal
  144. Blow
  145. Scarface
  146. 12 Monkeys
  147. 10 Things I Hate About You
  148. She’s All That
  149. The Intern
  150. A Civil Action
  151. Echoes of War
  152. Big Trouble In Little China
  153. The Fabulous Baker Boys
  154. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  155. Unforgiven (Best Picture Winner!)
  156. The Great Outdoors
  157. Roadhouse
  158. Ocean’s Thirteen
  159. Deadpool
  160. E.T., the Extraterrestrial
  161. Knocked Up
  162. Arachniphobia
  163. Kate and Leopold
  164. Woman In Gold
  165. Kiss The Girls
  166. The Score
  167. Ruthless People
  168. Kill Kane
  169. Ask Me Anything
  170. Snatch
  171. American Gangster
  172. Cinderella Man
  173. Bone Tomahawk (just BAD)
  174. Mississippi Burning
  175. Species
  176. Along Came A Spider
  177. The Help
  178. Wall Street
  179. National Treasure
  180. The Grateful Dead Movie
  181. Ray
  182. Atari: Game Over
  183. Groundhog Day
  184. Sneakers
  185. Kid Poker
  186. I Am Road Comic
  187. We Are Marshall
  188. Tropic Thunder
  189. Meet The Hitlers
  190. What’s Up Doc?
  191. Shaft (the remake)
  192. Straight Outta Compton
  193. The Last Witchhunter
  194. Hitman
  195. Heartbreakers
  196. Paper Moon
  197. Hail Caesar!
  198. Runaway
  199. The Alamo (the remake)
  200. Our Brand is Crisis
  201. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  202. Dirty Grandpa
  203. Genesis, the Sum of the Parts
  204. The Professional
  205. Clerks 2
  206. Charlie Wilson’s War
  207. Hardcore
  208. Autofocus (Big Smile!)
  209. Private Resort
  210. Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut
  211. Dough
  212. The Man Who Knew Too Little
  213. The Fantastic Four 2: Rise of The Silver Surfer
  214. Breach
  215. Phoenix
  216. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Party Liason
  217. The Express
  218. The Firm
  219. The Warriors
  220. Rudy
  221. Ghost
  222. Wild Bill
  223. Freedom
  224. The 33
  225. Casino Royale (James Bond 007)
  226. Ted 2
  227. Friday Night Lights
  228. The Fifth Element
  229. Coyote Ugly
  230. Spring Broke
  231. Burnt
  232. Remember The Titans
  233. Mr. Mom
  234. Shooter
  235. The Babe
  236. The Rookie (with Dennis Quaid)
  237. Enemy At The Gates
  238. Captain America: Civil War
  239. Man With The Golden Gun (James Bond 007)
  240. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  241. Necessary Roughness
  242. The Latin Explosion: A New America
  243. Thunderball (James Bond 007)
  244. Invincible
  245. Fury
  246. Kinsey
  247. Blackhawk Down
  248. We Were Soldiers Once and Young
  249. Boiler Room
  250. Dragonheart
  251. Apollo 13
  252. Guardians of the Galaxy
  253. Blue Thunder (the original)
  254. Easy Rider
  255. The Big Picture
  256. Patton (Best Picture Winner!)
  257. EdTV
  258. Leap of Faith
  259. Harlem Nights
  260. Total Recall
  261. Drumline
  262. Sicario
  263. Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World
  264. Mallrats
  265. Whisky Tango Foxtrot
  266. Dances With Wolves (Best Picture Winner!)
  267. Buffalo Soldiers (with Danny Glover)
  268. Ghandi (Best Picture Winner!)
  269. Say Anything
  270. Far and Away
  271. Thirteen Days
  272. The Night Before
  273. Robocop (the original)
  274. Captain America: The First Avenger
  275. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  276. Pulp Fiction
  277. The Count of Monte Christo (the remake with Jim Caviezel)
  278. Castaway
  279. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  280. The Transporter
  281. Blast From The Past
  282. Sisters
  283. The Peacemaker
  284. Tron (the original)
  285. X-Men: Apocalypse
  286. The Prestige
  287. Dreamscape
  288. Underfire – The Untold Story of Tony Vaccaro
  289. The Bourne Ultimatum
  290. Flash of Genius
  291. Warlock
  292. I Love You Man
  293. Lumberjack Man
  294. Used Cars
  295. Old School
  296. Return of A Man Called Horse
  297. Uncle Nick
  298. Jobs
  299. The Seven-Five
  300. Game Change
  301. 40 Days and 40 Nights
  302. Summer School
  303. The Rainmaker
  304. A League of Their Own
  305. The Wedding Ringer
  306. Mr. Right
  307. Dune
  308. Joy
  309. Amistad
  310. Bugsy
  311. Term Life
  312. Pauly Shore Stands Alone
  313. She Hate Me
  314. The Legend of Tarzan (the remake 2016)
  315. Trainwreck
  316. Race
  317. Last Man Standing (with Bruce Willis)
  318. The Scout
  319. Out Of Sight
  320. The Jungle Book (live action)
  321. Georgia Rule
  322. The Lost Boys
  323. Volunteers
  324. The Great Raid
  325. How To Be Single
  326. Big Fat Liar
  327. The Buddy Holly Story
  328. Hotel Rwanda
  329. White Men Can’t Jump
  330. Definitely Maybe
  331. Cutthroat Island
  332. Valkyrie
  333. Any Given Sunday, The Director’s Cut
  334. Everybody Wants Some
  335. The Dramatics: A Love Story
  336. Hackers
  337. Public Enemy: Live From Metropolis Stadium
  338. The Runaways
  339. Shanghai Noon
  340. Rockstar
  341. Larger Than Life
  342. Bad Teacher
  343. Baby Boy
  344. Last Knight
  345. Windtalkers
  346. Outbreak
  347. The Bucket List
  348. Smokey and The Bandit
  349. The Ladykillers
  350. American Wedding
  351. The People vs Larry Flynt
  352. F/X
  353. Zero Days
  354. War Dogs
  355. Predator
  356. Superbad
  357. The Ghost and The Darkness
  358. Minority Report
  359. Let It Ride
  360. Good Morning Vietnam
  361. Tremors
  362. The Brady Bunch Movie
  363. Fools Rush In
  364. Pale Rider
  365. The Running Man
  366. It’s A Wonderful Life

Extra-Credit:
HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific” multiple episodes
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Seasons 1-5 Complete Marathon!
Netflix “The Last Kingdom” 8 episodes
Rain Man (Best Picture Winner!), The Silence of the Lambs (Best Picture Winner!), The Sting (Best Picture Winner!), The Departed (Best Picture Winner!), Argo (Best Picture Winner!), Titanic (Best Picture Winner!), Apocalypse Now (Best Picture Winner!), Spiderman (with Tobey Maguire), Where The Buffalo Roam, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Caddyshack, Iron Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fletch, Dr. No and Goldfinger (James Bond 007).

NOTE: Many of the films on our list we’ve seen before (more than once) and we watched many of the films multiple times during the year. We have listed 366 different films, but we watched even more in 2016!

And LOOK at what they did to the Hollywood Sign (again):

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January 1, 2017 – Hollywood, California

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Jeff Bridges as The Dude in “The Big Lebowski”


 

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“This is What Happens Larry!”

“This is What Happens Larry!”

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John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in “The Big Lebowski”

Walter Sobchak:
[shouted repeatedly while smashing a car with a crow bar]
This is what happens when you f*ck a stranger in the ass!

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“You see what happens, Larry?!
This is what happens when you f*ck a stranger in the ass Larry!
[Proceeds to smash up what he wrongly believes is Larry’s new Corvette]
This is what happens, Larry! You see what happens Larry?!
You see what happens when you f*ck a stranger in the ass?!”

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SPOILER ALERT:
The Dude’s car is stolen, with the real ransom money briefcase still inside…
The car is found by the police without the ransom money, and the Dude reclaims it. Later, the Dude finds the homework assignment of a high school student named Larry Sellars (he’s flunking Social Studies) inside. Taking this to mean that Larry was the one who stole the car, Walter and The Dude go to his house, believing Larry has also stolen the money. When Larry refuses to respond to Walter and the Dude’s threats, Walter wrecks a new sports car parked outside which they assume Larry bought with the money.

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“This is what happens Larry, when you f*ck a stranger in the ass!”

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Uncensored:

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“This is what happens Larry!”

The Dude: Walter, I love you, but sooner or later, you’re going to have
to face the fact you’re a goddamn moron.

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And here’s the ridiculous “network television” version:

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Walter Sobchak: You’re entering a world of pain!

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The Dude: Just take it easy man.
Walter Sobchak: I’m perfectly calm Dude.
The Dude: [shouting] Yeah, waving the fucking gun around? 
Walter Sobchak: Calmer than you are. 
The Dude: Will you just take it easy?
Walter Sobchak: Calmer than you are.

LEBOWSKI!

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Walter Sobchak: Am I wrong? 
The Dude: You’re not wrong Walter. You’re just an asshole. 
Walter Sobchak: Okay then.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY TO JEFF BRIDGES!

“The Big Lebowski”
Written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, John Goodman as Walter Sobchak and Steve Buscemi as Donny (“Donny, who loved bowling”)
USA release date: 
March 6, 1998

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In-N-Out Burger

“Those are good burgers Walter.” ~Donny

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“Is this your homework Larry?”

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Larry Sellars’ Homework – “He’s flunking Social Studies!”



 

ThrowbackThursday! Joey Villa at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas!

ThrowbackThursday! Joey Villa at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas!

Here’s the story about Joey Villa and the time we met Perry Como and Jilly Rizzo at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – Today they imploded the Monaco Tower at the Riviera.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Today they imploded the last towers of the Riviera

Thanks to the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the live video!
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Riviera Hotel & Casino

We worked on a film (you’ve probably never heard of or seen it) called “Eternity” in 1990.

We met many famous people: Jon Voight, Armand Assante, Wilford Brimley, Lainie Kazan, Kaye Ballard, Steven Keats, Eileen Davidson, John P. Ryan, Charles Knapp, Eugene Roche, Robert Carricart, Frankie Valli and Joey Villa.

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“Eternity” aka “Evil Brother” feature film 1989 Pictured: Jon Voight, Armand Assante, Perri Lister, Kaye Ballard, Eileen Davidson, Charles Knapp RIP and Joey Villa RIP as the Jester

We became good friends with Joey Villa and he invited us to visit him, first at his home in Beverly Hills which doubled as his booking office, and then at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on The Strip in Fabulous Las Vegas where he was performing. He was friends with Meshulim Riklis and Pia Zadora, who owned the resort at the time, and was a headliner in “Splash!” in the big showroom at the Riviera for nine years. Joey also booked acts, hosted and headlined in the comedy room at the hotel.

Joey Villa (Joseph Charles Villani) was born on March 19, 1937. He was an actor and comedian, known for “Heat” (1986 with Burt Reynolds), “Eternity” (1990) and “They Call Me Bruce?” (1982). He died at the age of 68 on December 16, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada from complication from a stroke.

Villa, a native of New York, appeared in just a handful of movies, but he made his mark as a stand-up comedian, performing in Las Vegas as well as clubs around the country. He also spent many years performing on cruise ships, and eventually booked acts for the ocean liners. Villa opened for many famous entertainers, including Nat King Cole, Paul Anka, the Pointer Sisters and Diana Ross and the Supremes. He was a frequent guest on talk shows, including “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The Mike Douglas Show.” Villa was a close friend of both Frank Sinatra and of Sinatra’s “right-hand man” Jilly Rizzo. He gave one of the eulogies at Rizzo’s funeral when the celebrity restaurateur was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver in 1992 in Palm Springs, California.

Joey’s famous opening line from his stand-up comedy act for over 40 years was, “I’m going to live until I die” ……and then he would drop to the stage floor. Every audience roared with laughter as Joey stood up after falling down and began his show. He kept the audience laughing throughout his entire performance. “At the end they always applauded and cheered and left smiling, feeling they were parting as friends.”

“Joey was loved by everyone, from Sinatra on down,” Larry Manetti said.

Villa had no children and died at a local hospice. Survivors include three sisters. Joey and his former wife divorced in 1982 and remained close friends. “He was a gentle man, a much kinder man than most people knew,” she said. “He was born to make people laugh — and he made thousands laugh and applaud, and for a very short time they would forget their problems.”

Nelson Sardelli, a close friend of Villa, said the comedian will be cremated and his ashes cast into the sea. “He requested that there not be any services…He was a gentle person…Sometimes he looked like he was looking for approval…A little accolade, that’s want he wanted.” One friend described him as “happy on the outside, but sad on the inside. He was sort of a lonely person, but at the same time loved to be around people and make them laugh. But I think that is the way most comedians are.”

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

Vegas in the 1980’s before the Mirage opened in 1989 was a wild place! The last Casino holdouts of “Old Vegas” (before they tried to turn it into a “family friendly” destination and eventually turned it into Disneyland for Adults when the big corporations took over) were the main attractions. It was all about GAMBLING (not gaming) in the 80’s and they “comped” players to rooms, meals, shows and more without a plastic card. It really was “Sin City”! You could drive The Strip from Tropicana to Sahara without traffic and there were still undeveloped empty lots on The Strip!

There wasn’t a Fremont Street Experience, there was Fremont Street and Downtown Vegas, uncovered and dirty. Strip Clubs, showgirls, 99 cent buffets, free drinks, cigarette girls, $2 Blackjack…. even then we preferred The Strip.

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

Back in the day, we stayed and played at many of the classic hotels and casinos.

We saw “Seigfried and Roy” at the Mirage when it was the new joint on the strip.

Circus Circus, Thunderbird Hotel, El Rancho, The Landmark, Dunes, Desert Inn, Stardust, Barbary Coast, Wild Bill’s, Sahara, Aladdin, El Morocco, La Concha, Imperial Palace, Riviera, Las Vegas Hilton, Monte Carlo

Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Bally’s, Tropicana, Bellagio, Palms, Hard Rock Hotel, The Rio, Treasure Island, Mirage, MGM Grand, Venetian, Palazzo, The Cromwell

Pierino Ronald “Perry” Como (May 18, 1912-May 12, 2001) was an Italian American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for 44 years after signing with the label in 1943.

Ermenigildo “Jilly” Rizzo  (May 6, 1917-May 6, 1992) – On his 75th birthday, Rizzo was killed when his car was hit by a drunk driver in Rancho Mirage, California

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“Crazy Girls” at the Riviera Hotel

The Karate Kid

“The Karate Kid” Filming Location

South Seas Apartment Building – 19223 Saticoy Street (east of Tampa Ave)

In Reseda in the beautiful San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California

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South Seas Apartment Building

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A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.
Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), falls in love with the beautiful Ali (Elizabeth Shue) and finds himself the target of a group of bullies from the Kobra Kai dojo. Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita), the building maintenance man, a  war hero and martial arts master. Mr. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing and trains him in a more compassionate form of karate while preparing him to compete against the “Show No Mercy!” Kobra Kai in the All Valley Karate Championship.
Release date: June 22, 1984 (USA)
Director: John G. Avildsen
Writer: Robert Mark Kamen

Starring; Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, William Zabka
Box office: 90.8 million USD
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South Seas Apartment Building

Karate-Kid

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South Seas Apartment Building

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South Seas Apartment Building – Couldn’t find Mr. Miyagi!

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They built Mr. Miyagi’s workshop into the parking garage!

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Pat Morita as Mr.Miyagi was nominated for an Academy Award!

Jerry Weintraub said “I don’t want this guy Arnold from ‘Happy Days’ in this movie.”

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Noriyuki “Pat” Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) RIP

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“WAX  ON….WAX OFF.”

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Empty Lot next to the South Seas Apartment Building

The empty lot next to the South Seas Apartment Building is still there. It’s the location where Daniel gets his ass kicked by the Kobra Kai after the Halloween dance.

The Kobra Kai Dojo location is on Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood.

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Martin Kove & William Zabka – Kobra Kai: “Show No Mercy!”

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Or was Daniel the real Bully? (very interesting video):

SPOILER ALERT! Daniel uses the “Crane Technique” in the Final Round of the All Valley Karate Championship, defeats his opponent, wins the trophy, gets the girl and earns the respect of his enemies for himself and Mr. Miyagi (at least until the sequel).

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The Karate Kid Mural on Ventura Blvd in Encino, California

“818 ’til I die!” – Steven Brody Stevens

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I saw an advanced screening of “The Karate Kid” at the Mann Valley West in Tarzana, California, in an almost empty theatre, a week before they released it to the public.

To be perfectly honest, I walked out of the movie before the finale. It was not a “KARATE” movie or the type of film I was expecting from the title and I got bored with the story after Daniel got his ass kicked for the third time and left before he is redeemed at the end. I didn’t like the Daniel character, thought the plot was contrived, and I also thought Ralph Macchio’s acting was “acted” and not very good. Of course, I enjoyed the Mr. Miyagi character! Pat Morita’s performance is the best part of the film and Elisabeth Shue shows a lot of talent and is beautiful as Ali. When I watch the video about Daniel being the real bully it points out what I didn’t like about the plot: Daniel is kind of a dick throughout the film and I found it hard to care about him getting his ass kicked or kicking ass.

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Throwback Thursday! Freddy’s Dead, the Final Nightmare

Throwback Thursday! Freddy’s Dead, the Final Nightmare

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Yes, those are my feet! That’s me wearing the Freddy Krueger costume and “playing with power!” in “Freddy’s Dead, the Final Nightmare – Nightmare on Elm Street, part 6”.

I graduated from UCSC with a degree in Theatre Arts in June, 1987. I moved to Marin county and lived in Novato before moving back to Los Angeles in 1988. I began my Hollywood career working as a P.A. (Production Assistant) at Highlight Commercials. Their office was on the Hollywood Center Studio lot and the first job I worked for them was the original “Rock the Vote” PSAs shoot on the Chaplin Stage at A&M Studios (you can read about that shoot in a previous blog).

Working freelance production for film, television, video, commercials, theater and live events in Hollywood is real hustle! You have to find the jobs and then you have to do the work while trying to find the next job. I worked film, video and commercial jobs for Highlight, the Oil Factory, O Pictures, The End Productions, Gun-For-Hire, Crystal Sky (Preferred Productions), ITC, AIP, Touring Video, Arnold Shapiro Productions, MPCA (Motion Picture Corporation of America), Concorde-New Horizon Productions, Stargate Films, Alive Enterprises, Nightmare Inc. and many other companies during my production days.

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I got a call one day from a friend I had met on another job. She was working for Patty Whitcher and New Line Cinema and they were hiring a Third Unit for pickup shots because they were behind schedule on “Nightmare on Elm Street, part 6”. They offered me a week of work as a Production Assistant which I happily accepted, and they let me bill them under my company name at the time Pro and Con Productions Entertainment Production.

There were two units night shooting in and around a warehouse stage in Van Nuys/North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley and they hired me for the small third unit and the pickup shots. It was a big “Low-Budget” shoot and they were working on a lot of the special effects segments with fire, smoke and practical prostethics while I was on set that week. The third unit shots were pretty simple: lighting effects simulating a helicopter over the truck cab, close-ups on hands and specific items, and then insert shots of Freddy playing a video game. Third unit was very small, just the essential crew: director/dp, cameraman & assistant, 2 grip/electricians and me. Since they hadn’t hired a double for Freddy, they sent me to wardrobe, and they dressed me in the Freddy Krueger costume! And this wasn’t the first time I had been called from behind the camera to fill an acting role (I was previously “instant cast” as a Crew Member on “Eternity” and as a double for Chris Lemmon in “Firehead” while working on the crew, as well as performing the role of The Emerson Penguin Team Mascot in “Zapped Again”).

When Third Unit was lighting or wasn’t shooting, I was often called to assist First and Second Unit, so I got to meet some of the cast and crew. If you look at the credits, you might be surprised by the strength of the talent, both in front and behind the camera. It was the first film written and directed by Rachel Talalay (a woman director), written and executive produced by Michael De Luca, and produced by Aron Warner, all of whom went on to bigger things. Aron won a Best Animated Feature Academy Award and a BAFTA Best Feature Film Children’s Award for “Shrek” in 2002. Rachel has 54 IMDB director credits and is currently directing “The Flash”. Michael is the former President of Production for New Line Cinema and Dreamworks with Academy Award nominations for “The Social Network”, “Moneyball” and “Captain Phillips” who recently moved his producer’s deal from Sony to Universal. Patricia Whitcher is the executive producer and unit production manager of “Avengers, Age of Ultron” and currently executive producing “Captain America, Civil War” for Marvel. Check out their IMDB pages for other credits and awards.

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My featured scene, which was shot on set by the Third Unit, features Johnny Depp and Breckin Meyer in addition to Robert Englund as Freddy, and plays out on screen to the tune of the Iron Butterfly’s “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida”. Weird coincidence, because my father was the Iron Butterfly’s Manager. I had met the guys in Iron Butterfly and grew up with the gold and platinum records for their albums on the wall in my house. Other weird coincidences: Breckin Meyer and I went to the same private high school, and I would later work for Alice Cooper who was shooting a cameo for the film with another actor who would later become my client when I became a talent manager years later. Also, Iggy Pop won a 1992 Razzie Award for Worst Original Song “Why Was I Born (Freddy’s Dead)” and I worked with Iggy on my first “Hollywood” job the first series of “Rock The Vote” PSAs.

I didn’t think very much about doubling for Freddy at the time. Just some insert shots, I thought, not knowing that they would be part of a key scene in the film resulting in the death of a main character. I sat in the chair, put my booted feet up and followed direction. Afterwards, I returned the costume to wardrobe without even taking a polaroid (no cell phones in 1991) for myself and went back to work. It wasn’t until I saw the film later that I realized how lucky I was to be part of the franchise (even though I’m uncredited and totally anonymous in the film). And I don’t even have a P.A. production credit because I was Third Unit (probably paid off the books) and I billed them as my company and not in my own name.

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“Now we’re playin’ with power!”

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And a very young Johnny Depp (aka Oprah Noodlemantra) as The TV Guy

TAGLINES:

Born November 2nd 1984…Dies September 1991
They saved the best for last.
Evil has finally met its match.
Take him home in a box.
You think you know about dreams…You know nothing!

“One, Two, Freddy’s Coming For You!”

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My Crew T-Shirt from “Freddy’s Dead, The Final Nightmare”

SCIENCE FICTION DOUBLE FEATURE! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuImq54Gk9c

HAPPY ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW DAY! AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

“Just a Sweet Tranvestite from Transexual Transylvania!”

SCIENCE FICTION DOUBLE FEATURE (Richard O’Brien 1975)
Michael Rennie was ill
The Day the Earth Stood Still
But he told us where we stand
And Flash Gordon was there
In silver underwear
Claude Rains was The Invisible Man
Then something went wrong
For Fay Wray and King Kong
They got caught in a celluloid jam
Then at a deadly pace
It Came From Outer Space
And this is how the message ran…
Science fiction (ooh ooh ooh) double feature
Doctor X (ooh ooh ooh) will build a creature
See androids fighting (ooh ooh ooh) Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in (ooh ooh ooh) Forbidden Planet
Wo oh oh oh oh oh
At the late night, double feature, picture show
I knew Leo G. Carroll
Was over a barrel
When Tarantula took to the hills
And I really got hot
When I saw Janette Scott
Fight a Triffid that spits poison and kills
Dana Andrews said prunes
Gave him the runes
And passing them used lots of skills
But When Worlds Collide
Said George Pal to his bride
I’m gonna give you some terrible thrills
Like a…
Science fiction (ooh ooh ooh) double feature
Doctor X (ooh ooh ooh) will build a creature
See androids fighting (ooh ooh ooh) Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in (ooh ooh ooh) Forbidden Planet
Wo oh oh oh oh oh
At the late night, double feature, picture show
I wanna go – Oh oh oh oh
To the late night, double feature, picture show
By R.K.O. – Wo oh oh oh
To the late night, double feature, picture show
In the back row – Oh oh oh oh
To the late night, double feature, picture show
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“Science Fiction, Double Feature” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)

“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkplPbd2f60

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“I remember…doin’ the TIME WARP!”

“Well I was walking down the street,
just a having a think,
when a snake of a guy gave me an evil wink”

“Don’t Dream It, Be It.”



Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon! My Bacon Number is 2.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon!
My Bacon Number is 2.

Kevin Bacon worked with James Daughton in “Animal House”. His Bacon number is 1.
I worked with James Daughton on “DragonSlayers”.

I was in “Eternity” with Wilford Brimley and Robert Carricart. Their Bacon number is 1.
Wilford Brimley and Kevin Bacon appeared in “End of the Line”.
Robert Carricart and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Hero at Large”.

And I was in “Naked Obsession” with William Katt. His Bacon number is also 1.
William Katt and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Super”.

I was also in “Zapped Again!” with Reed Rudy. His Bacon number is also 1.
Reed Rudy and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Apollo 13”.

I was also in “Loose Shoes” with Larry Hankin, Garry Goodrow, Robin Sherwood, Van Dyke Parks and Bill Murray. Their Bacon number is also 1.
Larry Hankin and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”.
Garry Goodrow, Robin Sherwood and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Hero at Large”.
Van Dyke Parks and Kevin Bacon appeared in “He Said, She Said”.
Bill Murray and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Wild Things”.

I was in “Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence” with Paul Gleason. His Bacon number is 1.
Paul Gleason and Kevin Bacon appeared in “She’s Having A Baby”.

I was also in “Freddy’s Dead, The Final Nightmare – Nightmare on Elm Street part 6” with Johnny Depp and Tom Arnold. Their Bacon number is also 1.
Johnny Depp and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Black Mass”.
Tom Arnold and Kevin Bacon appeared in “We Married Margo”.

Now I have to work with Kevin Bacon!

Kevin Bacon as Chip in "Animal House"

Kevin Bacon as Chip in “Animal House”

“Thank you sir! May I have another?”

Go ahead and Google: (Your Name) Kevin Bacon number
or visit oracleofbacon.org to see your connections using the IMDB.

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UPDATED March 18, 2017

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It’s Rex Manning Day 2017!

Did you think I forgot?
C’mon now, it’s Rex Manning Day 2017!

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Yes, we just just updated this Blog from 2015 to 2017!
“Damn the Man!” Celebrate Rex Manning Day!

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April 8th! It’s Rex Manning Day!

“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!”

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“Say No More…. Mon Amour!”

The video for “Say No More (Mon Amour)” was shot in one day at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. Originally, it was meant to be just 17 seconds of dance moves, but it was so good, they just went ahead and filmed the entire music video.

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“We mustn’t dwell. No, not today. We can’t. Not on Rex Manning day!”

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Rex Manning was a fictional pop star (played by the very talented actor Maxwell Caulfied) in the 1995 film Empire Records.

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Rex “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!” Manning

On April 8th, Rex “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!” Manning has a scheduled appearance at Empire Records, a small independent record store.

EMPIRE RECORDS – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112950
(a cult classic from 1995 – USA Release date: October 20, 1995)
Directed by Allan Moyle
Written by Carol Heikkenen
Casting by Gail Levin

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“They’re selling music, not selling out.” – Tagline from Empire Records

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Lucas: Mark, who’s your favorite singer?

Mark: Axl.

Lucas: Well if Axl Rose was driving down the highway, and saw Rex Manning stranded on the side of the road, do you think Axl Rose would stop and help him?

Mark: [thinks] … Does Axl have a jack?

Warren: No way man!…. Axl would spin the wheel, take aim, pound on the gas…. and take that sucker out!

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Rex Manning and “Warren Beatty”

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Just Say “NO” to Music Town!

“Damn the Man! Save the Empire!”

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Things to Do on Rex Manning Day!

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“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!”

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Gina and Rex (navy blue briefs) Manning

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NOTE: According to Johnny Whitworth’s Twitter, the date April 8th was chosen as the date for the story because it’s the day Kurt Cobain died (was it suicide or murder?).

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UPDATED Saturday, April 8th 2017 – It’s Rex Manning Day again!

Welcome washed-up music heartthrob Rex “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!” Manning!
A former 80’s pop idol, Rex is due to arrive at the store for an autograph session to promote his new album and single “Say No More, Mon Amour”.

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SPOILER ALERT!

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The staff at Empire Records are not fans of Rex Manning’s or of “Rex Manning Day” and the fans showing up to meet him are older women and gay men. The employees make fun of Rex behind his back about his fading career and later tell him to his face. And even his personal assistant Jane reveals her distaste for Rex’s music and quits her job.

Gina has sex with Rex Manning in the count-out room, causing the rift between her and Corey to intensify and Rex to get kicked out of the store.

“Why don’t you all just fade away.” – Rex Manning

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Empire Records (1995)

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SING ALONG WITH REX MANNING!

Say No More… (Mon Amour) Lyrics:

“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy…”

Hello Baby.

“Hi what are you doing?
Do you want to come over?”

♫ Call me on my car phone with that je ne sais quois
You say you need a little of my ooh-la-la
I know you get lonely in your canopy bed
Well say no more baby i’ll be running every red

Say no more Mon Amour
I’ll bring my lovin’ right to your front door
Here I come baby je t’adore
Lips are for kissing baby so say no more ♫

(Say no more
Mon Amour ah hah)

♫ You greet me with a smile and a glass of ro-se
I find myself distracted by your black negligee
You tell me everything with that look on your face
Say no more baby, lets cut to the chase

Say no more Mon Amour
I’ll bring my lovin’ right to your front door
Here I come baby je t’adore
Lips are for kissing baby so say no more ♫

(Rex Speaking in French)

Say no more Mon Amour
I’ll bring my lovin’ right to your front door
Here I come baby je t’adore
Lips are for kissing baby so say no more ♫

Oh no more, oh no more
Oh baby, adorable

(Rex Singing in French)

Ah Mon Amour, Mon Amour, Mon Amour……

 

NOTE: We highly recommend “All Things Must Pass” the Tower Records documentary film by Colin Hanks about the rise and fall of Tower Records Music Stores in the USA.

24 Amazing Pieces of Advice from Werner Herzog:

24 Amazing Pieces of Advice from Werner Herzog:

1. Always take the initiative.
2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.
3. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.
4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.
5. Learn to live with your mistakes.
6. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern.
7. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your hand might be the last in existence, so do something impressive with it.
8. There is never an excuse not to finish a film.
9. Carry bolt cutters everywhere.
10. Thwart institutional cowardice.
11. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
12. Take your fate into your own hands.
13. Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.
14. Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.
15. Walk straight ahead, never detour.
16. Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.
17. Don’t be fearful of rejection.
18. Develop your own voice.
19. Day one is the point of no return.
20. A badge of honor is to fail a film theory class.
21. Chance is the lifeblood of cinema.
22. Guerrilla tactics are best.
23. Take revenge if need be.
24. Get used to the bear behind you.

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Q: Are there any location scouts here?

Q: Are there any location scouts here? (a short conversation from facebook)

JoshWillTravel: Why do you ask?

Q: I’m curious as to how all of that works. Let’s say I’d like to do a shoot with a model or shoot a low-budget commercial in a corporate skyscraper, how would I go about getting permission to check out the place to see if it fits my requirements?

A: Contact the Building or Property Manager/Management Co. and ask them if they’ll let you use it as a location. You may not need a permit if it’s private property and you don’t need city access or services. Some buildings and most hotels have a person who coordinates all their “Hollywood” filming requests. You may be able to negotiate a location based on the exposure they can get from your project.

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