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'The Weird Al Show': The Complete Oral History

'The Weird Al Show': The Complete Oral History
Al Yankovic can be described in a lot of ways besides "Weird." Most people know that he's a chart-topping singer-songwriter, a director-producer, a top-notch parodist, an author and a die-hard polka enthusiast. Even those who have followed his career closely, however, may have forgotten he was, for a brief moment, the host of a short-lived children's television show.

The Weird Al Show debuted on CBS on September 13, 1997 as part of their Saturday morning lineup. Each episode began with the all important "today's lesson" before viewers were invited into Yankovic's underground
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Inside Sinclair: CEO Nixes Fox News Rival Rumors, Talks Tribune & Big Ambition for Broadcast Biz

Of the many challenges Fox News Channel is facing amid a turbulent year, there’s one threat Rupert Murdoch can cross off the list: Sinclair Broadcast Group has no plans to launch a rival conservative-friendly TV network. Chris Ripley, CEO of the Hunt Valley, Md.-based TV-station giant, is ready to end months of speculation that his company was preparing to mount a competitive threat in the wake of its $3.9 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media in May.

“After we acquired Allbritton [Communications] in 2014, we looked hard at launching a national cable news channel, but we decided the world didn’t need another cable news platform,” says Ripley, who makes clear that the rise of Donald Trump and the upheaval at Fox News haven’t changed his calculus. “Our strength is local news,” he maintains. “The market for national cable news is very well served.”

It’s hardly surprising that Sinclair would face speculation over its plans for
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Weird Al Yankovic's Captain Underpants Theme Song Is Awesome

Weird Al Yankovic's Captain Underpants Theme Song Is Awesome
Weird Al Yankovic has composed the theme song for the upcoming DreamWorks animated superhero adventure Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. The movie, based off of Dav Pilkey's best selling children's book series, isn't set to hit theaters until June 2nd but today DreamWorks has shared "Weird Al" Yankovic's perfect theme song. Yankovic proves that he was born to sing a song about a superhero that only wears underwear and a cape.

"Captain Underpants Theme Song" basically sets up the movie, mentioning key details including that the students only need to snap their fingers to hypnotize their principle turning him into his alter ego, Captain Underpants and his call of "Tra La La." Yankovic calls him the "waistband warrior" and then sings that it's "wedgie power time," while also calling him "the freaky bald dude in his underwear." The two and half minute song is catchy and perfect for
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'Weird Al' Yankovic Accordion-Shaped Box Set Is Coming in November

'Weird Al' Yankovic Accordion-Shaped Box Set Is Coming in November
It's time to take out that second mortgage. Cause you're not going to want to miss out on this. One of the greatest musicians of all-time is ready to unleash a beast of a box set. And it's perhaps one of the coolest pieces of music memorabilia released in the last decade. Over 40 years in the making, The Weird One is finally ready to bestow the world with his entire life's work. And it's quite a glorious thing to behold.

Yes, 'Weird Al' Yankovic is finally giving fans a career-spanning box set that includes every single one of his studio albums and a ton of cool extras. There are 14 vinyl albums included in this Accordion-Shaped collectible. And it is aptly titled 'Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of "Weird Al" Yankovic'.

Any true fan doesn't need to be told that the accord is Al's instrument of choice. Legacy Recordings
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Cartoon Network To Premiere ‘Mighty Magiswords’ Television Series, Expands Interactive World

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This September, Cartoon Network will expand the interactive world of “Mighty Magiswords” with its television debut. Building on the original 15-second series that launched on the “Cn Anything” app last year, the TV series will continue to follow the adventures of Prohyas and Vambre, a brother-and-sister team of “warriors for hire” who embark on quests to add to their collection of trusted Magiswords. The series’ guest stars include Weird Al Yankovic (“Uhf”), Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), Dave Coulier (“Full House”), Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) and more.

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The premiere episode, “The Mystery of Loch Mess,” will follow the warriors on a mission to locate missing deliverymen only to find themselves captured as pets. In the next episode, “Squirrelled Domination,” a rare food enthusiast sends the warriors on a mission to gather five golden acorns.

The series
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'Weird Al' Yankovic Action Figure Unveiled by Neca Toys

'Weird Al' Yankovic Action Figure Unveiled by Neca Toys
Some fans have waited over 40 years for this next item. And it doesn't disappoint. Parody King and Pop Music legend 'Weird Al' Yankovic is finally getting his own action figure! In fact, he's getting several. But today, we have a look at the flagship launch of this new line, which shows the legend in his prime.

Neca is bringing a whole line of 'Weird Al' Yankovic action figures to a store near you later this year. We don't have an exact street date. Nor do we have any confirmation on which 'Weird Al' figures we may see. Though, the fan outcry for a Fat action figure based on the hit single from the comedian's seminal 1988 release Even Worse sounds like a sure thing.

The first 'Weird Al' Yankovic figure comes with two different custom-made heads. The first is vintage Al with his short afro, glasses and mustache.
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MovieWeb's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

MovieWeb's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!
It gets harder and harder each and every year to find that perfect gift for the one you love. Thanksgiving is over, so its time to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping today! We've collected all of the biggest and best Blu-ray and DVD releases available this year in one convenient place. Whether you're hunting for Dad, Mom, a cousin, your kids or that long distant Aunt whose been living in a commune for the past three years, you simply can't go wrong with the gift of movies, or a favorite TV show. From the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to a few cult favorites, and even a very obscure release for that one snobby cinefile on your list, we have everyone covered...Even you! Take a look, and discover that finding the perfect gift really isn't that hard. Not when everyone loves a good film! Here is the best
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Uhf 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

Now here’s a real cinematic oddity. You can describe Uhf in any number of ways: hubristic misfire, beloved cult classic, amiable shaggy dog as harmless as it is corny. All of them apply, and in fact the stories surrounding the movie are actually more interesting than the movie itself. But as forgettable as it is, its core sweetness makes it terrific comfort food for the right sort, and while you may not love it, hating it seems like an act of needless cruelty. Hit the jump for my full Uhf Blu-ray review. The film arose as the brain child of “Weird Al” Yankovic who, having conquered the world of novelty parodies, soon turned his attention to film. He plays George Newman, a standard-issue dopey dreamer who can’t hold onto a job and struggles to find outlets for his creativity. His life changes when his uncle inherits an old
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'Uhf 2' Not Likely to Happen Says 'Weird Al' Yankovic

'Uhf 2' Not Likely to Happen Says 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Uhf is making it's Blu-ray debut this week just in time for it's 25th Anniversary. And while the comedy has garnered quite a cult following over the past two decades, it was a substantial bomb upon it's release in 1989. So much so, it derailed star 'Weird Al' Yankovic's music career for a short time. Even with such a tumultuous history, fans have been clamoring for a sequel ever since. The king of parody, however, doesn't want anyone holding their breath for a folllow-up.

Even though 'Weird Al' Yankovic is experiencing a career high at the moment, having released his latest album Mandatory Fun this past summer, which went onto becomes his first ever #1 selling album on the Top 200 Billboard Charts, a milestone not reached for a comedy album since 1963, the musician and comedian has no immediate plans to curb that success into a second attempt at a film career.
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Uhf 2? Here.s What Weird Al Yankovic Has To Say

When Weird Al Yankovic's Uhf was released back in 1989, the idea of doing a sequel was rather preposterous, given the film's underwhelming performance at the box office. But now that the movie is considered a cult hit, does that mean there's a chance that we could ever see Uhf 2? While some fans might want the answer to that question to be "yes," the movie's writer and star is serving up up a hot plate of disappointment. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Uhf's release, Weird Al Yankovic sat down to talk about the film's legacy with Yahoo!, and towards the end of the conversation the idea of a sequel was pitched to the famed comedy singer/songwriter. But while Yankovic does have fond memories of the production and the movie itself, it turns out the idea of Uhf 2 isn't something that he is necessarily personally interested in. Said the artist,
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'Fix-It Felix Jr.,' 'TurboMan,' 'Conan the Librarian' and More of the Best Fake Ads in Movies

Lest you think movies aren’t an advertiser’s dream, here’s a new supercut from our pals at Screen Junkies that features some of the funniest ads for fake products. Yes, only in movieland can you buy "Alpa Chino's Booty Sweat Energy Drink" — or the caffeinated beverage from Chino’s distant cousin, "Dunkaccino." (We'll never let you live that one down, Al Pacino.) As technology improved, the phony advert seemed to become a popular gag in cinema. But maybe we have "Weird Al" Yankovic to thank. His 1989 film Uhf featured some hilarious fake commercials for stuff like Plots 'R Us Mortuary Service, Gandhi II, Conan the Librarian and Spatula City. The fictional ad is usually humorous, but sometimes it...

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Kristen Wiig Stars in One of the Toronto Film Festival’s Weirdest Movies

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Kristen Wiig Stars in One of the Toronto Film Festival’s Weirdest Movies
Have you been yearning for a completely bonkers, risk-taking comedy on the level of Weird Al Yankovic's 1989 cult classic, Uhf? Well, look no further than Kristen Wiig's wonderfully wackadoo Welcome to Me, which premiered at this year's Toronto Film Festival. Although maybe don't make that comparison to Wiig. I did just that when I ran into her the night of the premiere, and she immediately turned cold and her publicist shooed me away with a dismissive wave of her hand.Talking to my fellow reporters before the festival, they all seemed to have developed an allergy to seeing Kristen Wiig films at Toronto. I don't blame them; there's been a pattern. The past two Toronto film festivals, still glowing from her post-Bridesmaids heat, Wiig debuted consecutive attempts to branch out into more serious indie fare, with rather dreary results. In Girl Most Likely, she was a failed
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Uhf (1989) - Let's Get Weird

Hello all, Margaret here to ask: in our Year of the Month, 1989, did anyone guess what cultural endurance "Weird Al" Yankovic would have?   By all rights he should have faded into obscurity after his surprising burst of mainstream popularity in the late 80s. Yet somehow, not only has he enjoyed a steady career these past 25 years, Weird Al is actually almost hip right now, coming off of 8 ultra-viral music videos, a spot in this year's Emmy telecast, and a #1 album on the Billboard chart. Capitalizing on this moment in the sun, Weird Al recently announced plans to write (and possibly direct) a second film. His first, released in 1989 during that early burst in popularity, was the critically maligned cult classic Uhf. [more...]  
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Ranking 'Weird Al's' New Music Videos, From 'Foil' To 'Tacky' To 'Word Crimes'

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Ranking 'Weird Al's' New Music Videos, From 'Foil' To 'Tacky' To 'Word Crimes'
The most amazing thing about "Weird Al" Yankovic in 2014 is that "Weird Al" Yankovic is still relevant in 2014. Color me surprised. I love "Uhf" as much as the next person, but if you would've asked me 20 years ago (when I was...5?) whether the satirical musician would still be making news this deep into the 21st century I probably would've answered "no." Which isn't to say I'm not glad he's still around - if nothing else, his new batch of music videos (8 clips in 8 days) prove he's still got the chops to pull off a killer music parody more than 30 years after he burst onto the scene with the 1979 "My Sharona" lampoon "My Bologna." So which of the new clips are A-grade "Weird Al" and which are merely decent filler material? Check out our full (definitive?) ranking of all 8 videos in the gallery below, then let us know which are your
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[Comic-Con 2014] Scream Factory Announces ‘Inside Look’ Panel, Limited Edition T-Shirt & Posters

From a suburban werewolf to a farmer who plants people, Scream Factory will continue to deliver cult horror films to viewers’ doorsteps throughout this Summer of Fear. Those attending Sdcc next week will get a taste of their terror treats firsthand at booth #4248, where a number of Blu-rays will be available, as well a limited edition t-shirt, posters, and an “inside look” panel that will include special announcements and sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray releases.

The panel, titled An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory, will take place on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 7pm in Room 23Abc. In addition to exclusive panel announcements, a Comic-Con exclusive blood-red Scream Factory t-shirt will be available at their booth, as well as a free 2014 button pack, collectible keychains, screen wipes, and more. Also available at booth #4248 will be the following batch of Scream Factory Blu-rays, each one coming with
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Batman 89: The most influential film of the last 25 years

Anghus Houvouras on Tim Burton’s Batman: The most influential film of the last 25 years….

The summer of 1989 was brimming with blockbusters. A number of high profile sequels were set to light up the box office. Massive franchises like like Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, and Lethal Weapon were debuting new installments guaranteed to rake in fat stacks of cash. But this summer would be ruled by another movie. A film that had been widely speculated about since it started production. A movie with an unproven dramatic leading man and a director seen as something of an anomaly in the studio system. This film would forever change the landscape of the summer blockbuster and serve as an influence for a generation of movies.

That movie: Weird Al Yankovic’s Uhf.

Actually, I was talking about Tim Burton’s Batman.

It’s easy to see the impact of Batman 25 years later as
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Without Warning Blu-ray & DVD Release Details and Cover Art

“It preys on human fear. It feeds on human flesh.” Scream Factory has officially announced their August 5th release of Without Warning to Blu-ray & DVD. The cover art and special features on this first-ever home media release of Without Warning should excite fans of the 1980 sci-fi thriller.

“The hunting season has begun. Earth is the new hunting ground for an alien life form that preys on human fear and feeds on human flesh. Beyond any known terror, mankind is about to become the next endangered species in the 1980 sci-fi horror cult classic Without Warning, also known as It Came Without Warning, from celebrated exploitation filmmaker Greydon Clark (Joysticks, Satan’s Cheerleaders). A non-stop ride into extra-terror-strial mayhem, this highly sought-after sci-fi creature thriller stars Oscar® winners Jack Palance (Batman) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Tarah Nutter (Bitter Harvest), Christopher S. Nelson (Roller Boogie), Cameron Mitchell (Blood and Black Lace), Neville Brand
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Scream Factory Brings Without Warning to Home Video for the Very First Time

Released in 1980, the low-budget sci-fi horror flick Without Warning has faded into relative obscurity over the course of the last several years, never managing to find itself on any home video format. That all changes this summer, when Scream Factory breathes new life into a lost and undiscovered gem. Read on for full release details!

From the Press Release

The hunting season has begun. Earth is the new hunting ground for an alien life form that preys on human fear and feeds on human flesh. Beyond any known terror, mankind is about to become the next endangered species in the 1980 sci-fi horror cult classic Without Warning, also known as It Came Without Warning, from celebrated exploitation filmmaker Greydon Clark (Joysticks, Satan’s Cheerleaders). A non-stop ride into extra-terror-strial mayhem, this highly sought-after sci-fi creature thriller stars Oscar® winners Jack Palance (Batman) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Tarah Nutter (Bitter Harvest
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Flashing back to when Batman, Indiana Jones and the Ghostbusters ruled the summer of '89

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Flashing back to when Batman, Indiana Jones and the Ghostbusters ruled the summer of '89
In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We start today with a look back at the summer of 1989. In many ways, 1989 is a fascinating case study for the direction populist filmmaking was already in the process of taking. Never before had so many sequels descended upon the multiplex. Franchises were exploding in the wake of "Star Wars." Twenty-five years later, well, the more things change, the more they stay the same, I guess. As a 7-year-old living in small-town North Carolina, those franchises sucked me in that summer. It was a formidable few months for me, and so when we decided to crank out a Summer Movies Flashback series this year,
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Black Snake Moan's Craig Brewer Reteams With Justin Timberlake For The Idolmaker

If you.re like MGM, you.ll agree that cinema just doesn.t have enough remakes of thinly veiled biopics that aren.t biopics. In that respect, you should be happy to know that their upcoming update of 1980.s The Idolmaker has landed a director with his own history of music-infused filmmaking. Footloose director Craig Brewer will stand at the helm for an all-star trio of producers: Justin Timberlake, Hawk Koch, who produced the original, and Rocky producer Gene Kirkwood. (Fun fact: Kirkwood also produced the remake-defying Uhf!) Even though it isn.t clear in Variety.s story in what capacity this remake is coming, Brewer is a strong choice for the job. He bumped a lot of car trunks with his 2005 breakout drama Hustle and Flow - a film that is infinitely rewatchable to me for some reason - and followed that up with the bluesy Southern drama Black
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