Take a good look at the picture to the left people. THIS is the face of heavy metal.
Cookie Monster. To some, Mr. Monster is just a loveable muppet who resides on Sesame Street and enjoys indulging in the occasional cookie or 3. To others, he’s a heavy metal inspiration. The voice of a generation. A furry blue, balls-out, hard-rocking, unapologetic, barely-understandable touchstone that has influenced heavy-metal singers since the 1980′s. Don’t believe me? Hey, it was in the Wall Street Journal’s Op/Ed section this month, it must be true.
Death-metal vocalizing is also
known as Cookie Monster singing, if not in tribute to, at least in
acknowledgment of, the "Sesame Street" puppet that blurts in a guttural
growl, his words discharged so rapidly that they tend to collide with
each other. (keep reading here)
So if you’re one of those people who had trouble taking heavy-metal seriously before, I’m sorry, but now it’s going to be damn near impossible. You’re not going to be able to listen to Motorhead without thinking about how many cookies Lemmy ate on his way to the studio. If anything, this just proves what I’ve been saying for ages: The Muppets are the most influential musical artists ever. Don’t even get me started on the Animal-inspired school of drumming. Animal play! Yayayayayaya!!!!
Special thanks to Product Shop NYC for brightening up my not-so-heavy-metal Monday with this story.
Here are the top 5 films people paid their hard-earned money to see this week:
1. Unnecessary re-make of a classic film starring an actor whose increasingly desperate need for artistic legitimacy results in a misguided attempt to fill the impossibly large shoes of one of cinema’s greatest comedic geniusus — $21.7 million
2. Completely unnecessary SECOND sequel to a ridiculous teen horror film that should have gone straight to video the first time around, but has somehow managed to become a trilogy – $20.1 million
3. Adaptation of a popular and recognizable series of children’s books that replaces the creativity of the originals with a couple random movie stars and the desperate hopes that the name brand will be strong enough to sucker people into theaters (and judging by the 3rd place debut, it wasn’t) – $15.3 million
4. Harrison Ford tries to save his family. Yet again. And nobody seems to care. – $13.8 million
5. A teenage babysitter gets harassed by a deranged killer (from inside the house!) for oh, I don’t know…about the bajillionth time since the 1980′s – $10 million
Once again, Hollywood – you keep making great films, we’ll keep rewarding you by coming to see them!
Worth1000 is the best site on the net for cool photoshop contests. And this X-Ray Vision one they posted this week is one of the coolest ones yet.
Check it out here. Some are fun, some are creepy, and some are… both. Like this X-Ray of Pamela Anderson. You know, I long suspected she had a couple of basketballs underneath her shirt, and now it’s finally been confirmed. Thanks Worth1000!
You may have noticed that everday we post a rollicking clip from our favorite 10am talk show, The Tony Danza Show. Mostly we like to spotlight the many talents of the Italian actor-cum-boxer-cum-lounge-singer-cum-over 60 lady killer. Today however we’ve been alerted to a very serious Danza issue thanks to the concerned folks at Gawker and ignoremagazine.com. It seems that Tony’s 18 year old daughter Katie, has fallen in with the wrong crowd in her freshman year at University of Miami. Word is the waterpipe in her hand may or may not be stuffed with the sticky icky. While our thoughts and prayers are with the Danza family today, we will return with the usual Daily Danza tomorrow.
Looking over the reviews of Steve Martin‘s remake of The Pink Panther, I’ve noticed that a lot of reviewers ask, "What’s the point?" (here, here, here, here, here, etc.) Setting aside the fact that these critics seem to have rejected the movie on some kind of misguided principle before even seeing it, I’d like to try to answer the question:
Steve Martin is one of the great geniuses in the history of comedy, and like most geniuses, he seeks out challenges. He’s done it his whole career: When he was the biggest comedian in the world, he quit touring and focused on acting. He followed The Jerk with a Depression-era musical (Pennies From Heaven) that confused his fans who expected another zany comedy.
Have you heard of this thing called ‘the blog’? it’s like ‘the email’ only longer and with crazy vigilante kids getting rich with the bling bling. Read all about it in this week’s informative New York Magazine.
Here’s a quick look at what’s going on this morning:
Netflix fairness algorithm is unfair! (Boston.com)
- Reports say that when CBSâ€™ Rock Star comes back, Van Halen will be the ones looking for a singer. (Reality Blurred)
- Baywatch is finally coming to DVD, including a best-of set picked by Pamela Anderson. (Yahoo!)
- Guns N’ Roses will release Chinese Democracy next month. I never get tired of that joke. (Launch)
- Courtney Love wants to publish her journals, her father doesn’t want her to. Here’s a quote from the loving dad: "Courtney is a brilliant artist with a photographic memory and a mass of talent, but she can also be a mean bitch, although I put a lot of that down to her mother." (Entertainment News)
- Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp married former Miss New York Jaclyn Nesheiwat Friday then Sunday reports say he wasn’t let on a plane because he was "antagonistic, boisterous and pissed off." Where’s your God now, Scott? (Glitterati)
- And oh yeah, the Vice President of the United States shot a man this weekend. (CNN)
We’re snowed in!!! While the full podcast team digs out of the snowdrifts they drunkenly fell into last night, please enjoy the highlights of Friday night’s tv watching, as posted by our guest podcaster.
We’ll have all the rest of the weekend highlights — Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Chapelle on "Actor’s Studio" first thing Monday!
American Beauty starlet Mena Suvari has a brand new beau. According to People.com, "For "almost six months" she has been dating Mike "Murda" Carrasco, a 23-year-old professional breakdancer" from Las Vegas. The pair reportedly met at Battle of the Year–the World Cup of Breakdancing.
It’s great to see Hollywood stars dating non-celebrities. On the other hand, if it were 1985, Carrasco would be one hell of a catch.
You spent the day working, we spent the day rounding up the day in pop culture:
- You’ll never guess who Joaquin
Phoenix called after his car accident. Hint: She gave him tea and sympathy.
- Three-foot-tall woman gives birth; doctor accidentally slaps her! (AP)
- If you’re expecting Dave Chappelle to come clean to James Lipton, think again. (Yahoo!)
- ABC’s World News Tonight co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas is pregnant with co-co anchor. (AP TV)
- Rapper Penelope Jones will go on Fox TV’s America Most Wanted to talk about the unsolved slaying of her brother, Tony. Why didn’t Busta do that? (Big News Network)
- Gwyneth Paltrow loves living in UK and feels Brits are more intelligent than Americans. She should know. (CelebVilla)