Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sherman Hemsley 1938-2012

Sherman Hemsley was found dead this morning, presumably of natural causes. The television, stage and film actor was 74.

Hemsley was best known for playing George Jefferson, Archie Bunker’s neighborly nemesis on “All in the Family” before moving on up to his decade long rein in the spin-off “The Jeffersons,” also by Norman Lear. Later Hemsley played Deacon Frye on “Amen.”

I’m a bit more out there when it comes to my favorite roles for Sherman Hemsley. I loved him as the Steel Condor in the Disney superhero satire Up, Up, and Away. I also dug him as the Toyman, along with “Jeffersons” co-star Isabel Sanford, on “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” He was also the star of my favorite story from the second incarnation of “The Twilight Zone” called “I of Newton.”

A bit of trivia about Mr. Hemsley is that he was a huge prog rock fan and expert. He loved bands of the early seventies like Yes, Genesis, and the more obscure Gentle Giant. Sherman Hemsley even collaborated with Jon Anderson on an unreleased album.

French Fry Diary 396: The Friar’s Nook, Magic Kingdom

Dark Knight Rises Prelude

Everyone knows basically what happened Thursday night in Aurora, Colorado. The tragedy that is being called by the news media, the ‘movie massacre,’ is now inextricably tied to the film The Dark Knight Rises.

I was up late Thursday night when I heard about it on the top of the hour news during Coast to Coast AM, and immediately clicked on the television news. Like 9/11 or Columbine (not all that far from Aurora) I was one of millions glued to my TV watching and waiting. I finally dozed off to images of the tragedy.

Later that afternoon, I kept plans to see The Dark Knight Rises despite everything. Things were a little different at the theatre. Bags were checked, we weren’t allowed in to the theatre until just before the show, and nobody was in costume. I think this may actually be the end of that. No more costumes, and maybe even no more midnight release showings.

Another difference was that there was no chatter before the movie. No one was talking. It was very disconcerting. Usually on opening day, everyone is excited, not this day. I suppose everyone was thinking about the shootings.

One specific preview, for Sean Penn’s new film Gangster Squad made children jump, women gasp, and grown men scream. It depicted men with guns shooting through a movie screen and then into the audience. I hope Warner Bros. has the sense to pull this preview for the time being. The audience was shocked and horrified.

I am left numb. I enjoyed TDKR but am unable to write about it yet. Maybe tomorrow or the next day. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy and their families and friends.

French Fry Diary 395: Chick-fil-A and Choice

Avengers Chat Tonight!

Reaperradio presents: AVENGERS CHAT!

This chat will cover any and all Avengers comics as well as related titles, even the “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” animated series and the Marvel Comics Cinematic Universe.

When: Thursday, July 19th 7:00 PM EST Where: http://ladynightsrealm.weebly.com/awr-chatroom.html

And introducing a Second Round Chat Wave for latecomers at 9:30 PM EST

Just pick a user name and log in, no password is necessary. It takes a minute or two for the chatroom to load; if it doesn’t, just download the java update on the same page. If you can’t get in right away, check back in a few minutes. While most people had no problems logging in, two people had to wait 10-15 minutes before they could get in last time. Be patient.

TIP: To read the chat transcript more easily, click the Float button and expand the chat room window.

Hope to see you there.

Random Tater Pic of the Day #54

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 7-18-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ed (Alpha Lantern) Evans, Allison (Two-Marvel Girl) Eckel, and Glenn (Beyond) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in wicked high definition video, and also available on the YouTube. See it here!

Discussion featured in this week’s estrogen infused episode includes: Odds and Drinking Games, Green Lantern Corps #11, Legion of Super-Heroes #11, Justice League #11, Girls Comics Night Out, Blue Beetle #11, Batman Beyond Unlimited #6, Mars Attacks #2, Star Trek and Doctor Who together make Awesome Sauce, Captain Marvel #1, Uncanny X-Men #16, New Mutants #46, the AvsX books of the week, Marvel Universe World Tour, Allison’s kids comics, including Zombie Kid Diaries, and Ed’s trades and manga.

Be sure to check out the shiny new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

Special thanks go to Dina Evans who keeps us all in line, and on the straight and narrow, as well as running the show from behind the scenes.

And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

Girl power!

French Fry Diary 394: Chef Mickey’s, Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The Dumpsta Players Present… Bitchy Beach Burnout

Hey, ya’ll! If you haven’t made it to the beach yet this summer, never fear! Bob and Barbara’s has agreed to make this Wednesday night, July 18th, an All Night Beach Themed Party so please dress accordingly 😉 Drink specials all night long for the hottest bathing suits!!!

LOLA LAURENT VS. SWEETIE, DRIPSTERS GET SAND AND CRABS IN SWIMSUITS!

Bitchy Beach is home to dozens of misfit, jobless hipsters living at their parents’ homes and pretending they’re still nineteen. Surfing, shopping and skanking are all totally rad and a sneaky shag with your best friend’s guy is a favorite past time.

Buff surfer, Dex Devon and his surfing fraternity, Big Stick Club, rule the waves and snag chicks on a nightly basis. Dex’s steady, Lola Laurent, has a chip on her shoulder and Daddy’s credit card, but knows little of Dex’s secret sex life. Enter Sweetie, new girl in town and from the wrong side of the surf.

What happens when Dex gets drunk and asks Sweetie to get kinky? What will the other girls do when they find out about this tryst? And what really ever happened to Desdemona on Crab Cove Trail?!?

Go topless, show off your bikini, but watch out for jellyfish in – “BITCHY BEACH BURNOUT!”

Wednesday, July 18th 10:00 PM doors, 11:00 PM showtime! $1.99 cover 21+ @ Bob & Barbara’s 1509 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19146 Info: (215) 545-4511 www.dumpstaplayers.orgwww.youtube.com/dumpstaplayers

McDonald’s Goes Solo for Olympics?