7 items from 2017
“Baywatch,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, is a stupidly entertaining trash folly, the kind that could only be made today: an obscenity-and-insult-laced, aggressively “competent” adaptation of a 25-year-old TV show that manages to repackage every aspect of the series except, perhaps, the reason it was popular in the first place. And what was that reason? If Rodney Dangerfield were around, he might say, “There were two reasons!” But actually there’s a bit more to it.
“Baywatch,” which premiered at the tail-end of the 1980s (and stumbled out of the gate, becoming a hit in syndication the way “Star Trek” did), was a muscle-beach soap opera that anticipated the sexy-youth-kitsch-for-adults appeal of “Beverly Hills 90210.” It was also an L.A. crime series where the law enforcers wore spandex swimwear; a cheeseball star vehicle that revamped the camp-stud Ken-doll mystique of the former “Knight Rider” hero David Hasselhoff; and, yes, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Joe Manganiello revealed a few interesting facts about himself when he stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. After talking about how he starred in Pee-wee's Big Holiday in 2016, the actor revealed that he's actually a huge fan of the comedian behind the character, Paul Reubens. Not only did he tell a hilarious story about how they met, but it turns out, he can also do a pretty spot on impression of him. But that's not all. He also showed off his flawless impressions of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rodney Dangerfield, and Kermit the Frog. If you close your eyes, you'd swear it was actually the famous muppet talking. »
- Kelsie Gibson
Joe Manganiello is a man of many talents, including some spot-on impressions.
The Magic Mike Xxl star sat down with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday'sTonight Show, where he dished on his experience working with Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman, on his recent comedy, Pee-wee's Big Holiday.
According to Manganiello, he'd been a life-long fan, and got the opportunity to meet Reubens at an HBO Emmys party.
"I ran over to him, told him I was the biggest fan in the world," Manganiello said, recounting how he asked Reubens to accompany him to an art exhibit featuring the works of director Tim Burton -- who made his directorial debut with Pee-wee's Big Adventure in 1985.
After that, the pair became friends, and Manganiello was able to pick up on some of his mannerisms, which allowed him to nail the comic character's iconic laugh. Fallon »
Yesterday’s episode of Impact Wrestling had Bobby Lashley defeat Josh Barnett to retain his World Heavyweight Championship, and we saw the last Tna appearances for The Broken Hardys, Drew Galloway and Jade. But the real news was happening in the non pre-taped version of the Impact Zone. i.e. the live, real-time version.
The episode broadcast last night was the final instalment from Tna’s January tapings. From next Thursday onwards, Jeff Jarrett’s new regime – and by ‘new’, I mean, the regime from about five years ago being brought back – will kickstart their era on television. An era that started filming last night.
Because this is about yet-to-be broadcast footage, spoiler warning for the next month-or-so of Impact Wrestling.
- Oli Davis
More than a decade after his death, Rodney Dangerfield still gets no respect, it seems. Even in mural form. The comedy legend’s widow, Joan Dangerfield, wants to paint over a tribute mural she commissioned of her deceased husband, because she feels it doesn’t do justice to the comedian. The mural, in the Queens, New York, area of Kew Gardens — where Dangerfield spent part of his childhood — was painted by Italian artist Francesca Robicci from a photo that Dangerfield provided. Dangerfield also pitched in $1,000 to complete the project. Also Read: Lucille Ball Scary' Statue Replaced With a Less Nightmare-Inducing One Rodney. »
- Tim Kenneally
Today we’re going to play: where are all those wrestlers we thought were going to WWE?
First up, where is Kyle O’Reilly?
The former Ring of Honor champion reportedly turned down a new Roh deal just days before his WrestleKingdom 11 match last week – which might be why he lost the belt in 10 minutes to Adam Cole, bay-bay. Dave Meltzer speculated that O’Reilly must be on his way to WWE, but PWInsider is reporting he’s actually considering a few more options – one of which being him signing a deal with Flosports, which would see him used on the wrestling promotions on their streaming service. Until O’Reilly makes a long-term decision, he’ll continue to work with Roh on a per-appearance basis.
Next, where is Tommy End?
He’s in Nxt, but you might not know it just by reading the names on their roster. Because he »
- Oli Davis
Bill Murray is Carl Spackler in ‘Caddyshack’ a movie released in 1980 that quickly developed into a cult classic for golf fans and golfers. It is one of the many releases now available for those who use Netflix in January 2017. The film had the tag line “Some People Just Don't Belong” and mocked the elite country clubbers of the 1980s in a 'snobs vs slobs' type plot that takes place at Bushwood Country Club. 'Caddyshack' also starred Chevy Chase (Ty Webb), Ted Knight (Judge Smalls), Rodney Dangerfield (Al Czervik), Michael O’Keefe (Danny Noonan) and Cindy Morgan as Lacey Underall. Many of the movie’s lines are used on golf courses every day, even 36 years after it’s release. This is a classic scene from Murray and featured on the video below. “What an incredible Cinderella story! This unknown, comes out of nowhere, to lead the pack at Augusta. »
7 items from 2017
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