It Was a Very Good Year

PopRox live chat. Tomorrow. Noon. Right here. Come one, come all, we’re answering burning pop culture questions all afternoon, so anything that’s on your mind, stop by and I’ll answer it for you. Even if I don’t know the answer, I’ll make something up.

Feel free to start emailing questions in and I’ll answer them in the chat tomorrow. I promise to keep answering questions as long as people keep asking them. As long as that doesn’t interfere with happy hour, that is.

Some quick hits:

still haven't decided if she's hot or not. here? not.

still haven't decided if she's hot or not. here? not.

Starz has decided to cancel Party Down, the very funny Adam Scott-led single-camera catering company comedy. I don’t have Starz, but occasionally got to see some episodes at friends’ houses, during OnDemand free specials, whatever. It never disappoints. Where Entourage is rags-to-riches people living the beautiful Hollywood life, the stars of Party Down are the ones with their noses pressed up to the glass watching those people, hoping someday to be in a movie next to Vinny Chase. Sometimes, that’s funnier and more inclusive than being part of the in-crowd. The writing was on the wall for Party Down for months. First the hardest-working woman in Hollywood — Jane Lynch — left the show this year to star in the role of a lifetime as Sue Sylvester on Glee. Then Scott — the man who the show was built around as friends of creators Rob Thomas and Paul Rudd — darted for the richer pastures of network TV to star in Parks and Recreation. Even though Parks and Rec isn’t coming back til winter, Scott would have been gone from Party Down after this season. That’s enough hits for Starz to back away from the show that never really caught audience traction anyway. With the news that Ken Marino possibly could be a Steve Carell-Office replacement — as pointed out by the as-usual astute reader Joe Stangle — that would kill Party Down officially.

I always like doing stories about the national pop culture scene could affect local issues, even when it’s a story about the scourge of the undead, Twilight. Good line from a Simpsons repeat this weekend: “You girls can ruin anything, even vampires!” Who would have ever thought that the most vicious, soulless creatures could become heartthrobs? Stupid Angel started all this. I should be more angry at him, I just can’t be. At least we know Angel was a bad-@ss before he got cursed. That Twilight guy is just a wuss. But there’s no denying its audience, it set another midnight screening record early Wednesday morning.

It’s official — I’ve never seen one thing this Josh Hutcherson kid has done even though he might be the next Spider-Man. It’s not like I’m kicking myself for not seeing Firehouse Dog, but it would have been nice to have some kind of frame of reference for the kid about to take over as one of my favorite comic book character of all-time. At least I plan on seeing The Kids Are All Right, scheduled to hit the Pocono Community Theater on July 30.

If you are going to make a “complete” list of Troy McClure’s filmography, don’t make me take 10 minutes checking and re-checking for my two favorites, only to find they’re not there, then spend another 10 minutes wading through the comments to see if anyone else found them to save me time from berating the author behind this very incomplete list. That’s just exhausting and makes me not want to read Huffington Post again, ever. From season five’s Bart’s Inner Child: “You may remember from such self-help videos as Smoke Yourself Thin, or Get Confidence, Stupid!” I was thinking they may not count infomercials and let them off on a technicality, but then his dating video is on there, so not a chance. I miss Troy McClure.

moon river ...

moon river ...

Wow, 1985 was a pretty darn good year for movies. I count eight Sadowski Family Classics in this list of 25 movies from 1985 (Better Off Dead, My Science Project, Back to the Future, Goonies, Teen Wolf, Real Genius, Fletch and Pee Wee), and that doesn’t even count the Brat Pack entries of Weird Science and St. Elmo’s Fire. At some point I may go back and look at the last 25 years or so to determine the best year for movies. Off the top of my head, I’d say ’85 along with:

1994: Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Quiz Show, Ace Ventura, Clerks, Dumb and Dumber, Ed Wood, Forrest Gump, Hoop Dreams, Speed, etc.

1999: South Park, American Beauty, Being John Malkovich, Titanic, Blair Witch, Dogma, Election, Sixth Sense, Magnolia, Fight Club, etc.

I’d have a really, really tough time deciding between those three, and those are only off the top of my head. Might be a good topic for tomorrow’s chat, so come ready with evidence of your favorite movie year!

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