Monthly Archives: June 2009


I’d never really thought of Thomas Jane as funny before. At least not intentionally funny, although he does come close to unintentional in stuff like Deep Blue Sea, The Mutant Chronicles and especially 2004’s The Punisher. In HBO’s new series “Hung” he is surprisingly subtle and sly in his humor, much the way the show slips in all the double entendres into the dialogue and backgrounds.

“Hung” follows the path of down and out teacher Ray Drecker (Jane) as he tries to put his life back on track by utilizing his greatest asset – look at the show’s title and use your imagination – and becomes a male escort. The pilot does move a bit slow and it doesn’t seem as though the series will really get rolling until the second or third episode. It should be something Jane is used to, just like a superhero story, you have to do the origin first. This slowness is partially induced by all the hype HBO has been giving the show. Before it aired, we all knew the premise, and now it becomes a waiting game before we actually get there.

That said, I really enjoyed it, and can’t wait for more, even if it’s a while to get to the ‘meat’ (sorry) of the story. Also in the cast is a wasted Anne Heche (unless they plan to give her more to do soon) and Jane Adams who I think has a lot of potential here. And that’s what it’s really about with “Hung,” waiting and potential. I hope it lives up to the hype.


Oprah’s Un-Fried French Fries

Fred Travalena 1942-2009


French Fry Diary 28: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Gale Storm Passes

Movie and television actress Gale Storm passed away at 87.

The star of “My Little Margie” and “The Gale Storm Show” enjoyed a successful career in the early days of television, and well as being a pop singer and movie actress. She’ll be missed.

This has been a bad week for celebrities passing away. I have to wonder – is there something in the water out there?


French Fry Diary 27: Starburst Café, King of Prussia Plaza

Billy Mays 1958-2009

TV pitchman Billy Mays was found dead this morning in his home. The so-called king of the infomercials was known for his shouting approach at viewers and his miracle products, among them – Oxi-Clean, Kaboom!, Turbo Tiger and the Big City Slider Station. Late night and early morning paid programming will never be the same without him.


New for Dippin’

RIP Sky Saxon

While the world was/is mourning the passings of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, we also lost Sky Saxon yesterday morning. Equally a pop music icon of his time, he was the lead singer and founder of The Seeds, a frontrunner of the California garage band sound of the late 1960s.


Steam n’ Mash