Be on the Lookout — There Are Contests Coming

We’re going to have a couple contests coming up in the next couple weeks. We’ve got some family-friendly tickets to give away, we’re got some concert tickets to give away, we’ll be all over the map. But you’ll definitely have a chance to win some stuff in the next couple weeks.

Keep your eyes peeled, and keep reading, because there may not be big announcements for all of them. Some may just be random mentions so that people who read often will know when some others won’t.

The best way to stay up-to-date is to follow the PopRox Twitter feed or friend the Facebook page. There will definitely be announcements there, and some of the ticket contests may be exclusive to Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Links on a pretty slow day:

everyone mentions mad about you, but what about my two dads? a far superior show for lovers of 80s cheese, and i fall in that category.

everyone mentions mad about you, but what about my two dads? a far superior show for lovers of 80s cheese, and i fall in that category.

There could be a new definition of awkward written when Paul Reiser appears on Jay Leno tonight. NBC kicked his new show to the curb, never releasing it OnDemand and only giving it two airings. That was enough, according to the ratings. If Jay Leno had a spine or a funny molecule left in his body, he could make this the funniest bit on late night TV in a couple years. But he doesn’t, so he won’t, and it’s going to be peppered with questions like, “So when is the Mad About You reunion?” which he’ll think is funny, but isn’t.

This will probably be the last weekend with a sub-$35-million movie until August. There might be a bust in there somewhere, and that means Thor would have to have a $35 million weekend in its second week of release, but other than that, it’s box office gold from now until the end of the summer. Just for shats and gaggles, with the full-size PopRox summer movie preview is coming later this week, here’s what we’re looking at over the next couple months: Fast 5, Thor, then Thor again, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Hangover 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, X-Men: First Class … well it goes on from there. If Thor gets over $35 million in its second weekend — and I’d say the chances are about 75 percent it will –the only real chance to have weekend #1 movie at the box office with less than $35 million isn’t until Aug. 12.

This is why I don’t buy any video game consoles anymore. Within a couple years, the newer ones comes out and you can get the original for $100 or so. I’m not saying I’m getting a Wii in 2012, but I am awaiting the release of Playstation 4 so I can get a Playstation 3.

10-year anniversaries are a lot easier to deal with than 20 and 25-year anniversaries when it comes to worrying about how old you are. So it’s nice to take an easy-going look back at one of the more underrated comedies of the 2000s, Wet Hot American Summer. Even though it was filmed at a summer camp in the Poconos and in downtown Honesdale, it never got released around here because people just didn’t know any of the actors. The closest thing this movie had to a star at the time was David Hyde Pierce because of all the Emmys he won for Frasier. I had known Paul Rudd before from Sisters (I just admitted that) but never saw Clueless so this was the first time I really enjoyed him in anything big. I remember renting this movie the first day it came out on tape (I don’t think it had an initial DVD release, if I remember correctly) and laughing my @ss off. And it’s gotten better every time I’ve watched it. There’s a very, very good chance it’s not your brand of humor, but if it is, it’s one of the more enjoyable comedies you can watch.

my bad.

my bad.

And then you go back to feeling old when you realize the future Cameron Crowe documentary Pearl Jam Twnety isn’t a math mistake with the band’s debut album Ten, it’s actually the 20th anniversary of Ten. Now that makes me feel ancient. For some reason I hated Pearl Jam when Ten came out. I think it was because of how much I hated Jeremy, I thought it was the dumbest song ever. But I made that judgement without hearing the rest of the album, and that’s a me problem. I’m completely turned around since then, even saw them in concert in 2003 in Hershey. Since I’ve only been to about 20 concerts in my life and three of them were Springsteen, that’s pretty big for me. Although only one of my three memories of that show have to do with Pearl Jam: 1. Opening act Sleater-Kinney did a cover of Springsteen’s somewhat deep track Promised Land and about 20 of the 1,000 people there — me included — did the “Bruuuuuuuuuucccccccceeee” thing which prompted lead singer Corin Tucker to say, “I’m glad someone knew who that was!” I felt proud. 2. This is the end of July. I the bathroom, some guys were talking football, so I busted out an “E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!” cheer, as I’m apt to do when I’m drunk, and about 30 people joined in and then started singing the Fly Eagles Fly fight song. When I relayed this information to my now-wife, she wasn’t nearly as impressed as I was. 3. They blew through Even Flow in about 1:30. It was like the Micro Machine guy was singing it. You got the feeling they were so sick of playing that song they wanted it over with yesterday. Now that there is the Pearl Jam station on SiriusXM I’ve heard other live versions of and they’re just as fast. Why are they even bothering playing it anymore if they don’t care or don’t like it? It wouldn’t be in my top 10 Pearl Jam songs so I didn’t care, but seriously, why bother?

This is what I don’t like about boy-meets-girl movies — they’re inherently weird. No one wants to see a simple meet-in-a-bar story where they fall in love over a couple years and get married, that’s boring. And everyone has done it. So you have to jazz it up with some kind of life-threatening terminal disease, a love-overcomes-all leap of faith or … an alien. Or a time jumper. Or even a doll. Even as an 8-year-old I came out of Jedi asking my sci-fi dork uncle that took me and my cousins, “Wait, she he was in love with his sister? I thought you’re not supposed to do that?” Almost 30 years later, it’s still not getting the credit it deserves for being the most awkward movie moment ever. That’s probably why I liked 500 Days of Summer and Blue Valentine as much as I did. There’s nothing jazzed up about them. They’re just real people in real relationships, but the filmmakers found new ways of telling these stories. That’s what interests me.

kick it!

kick it!

It’s really bugging me that I still haven’t gotten a chance to watch the full Fight for Your Right Revisited thing yet. I meant to watch it when it premiered on MTV2 last week, but didn’t get the chance. Now it’s been out on Hulu for a couple days and I still haven’t watched it. gotta block out some time to do it. Feel free to hit the comments and let me know if it’s worth my time, or if it’s been Jack Black-ed. Yes, he’s now a verb. I define it as “when Jack Black takes a seemingly funny idea and hijacks it by doing things like taking his shirt off and making intense air guitar motions.” There’s usually a 50-percent chance that happens in anything he’s associated with. Wish I could embed it, but there’s a decent amount of naughty language. Sorry.

We’re going to go ahead and file the red-band trailer for 30 Minutes or Less in the “can’t embed because of naughty language” drawer too. Be prepared for a bombardment of F-bombs the second you click on that link. But it’s really funny. Aziz Ansari probably should have been a star five years ago, but at least he’s getting his due now. He should the funny sidekick in just about every romantic comedy, action movie or any other movie that needs one of those guys. Then we can get thin out the ranks of Rob Schneider, David Spade, or I guess any SNL person from the early 90s that isn’t Adam Sandler.

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