As part of Hollywood’s never-ending pillaging of the TV landscape of my youth, the big-screen reboot of “21 Jump Street” hits theaters this Friday. Having been a huge fan of the show, I was opposed to the film from the get-go. However, after hearing that most (if not all) of the main cast members have cameos, and that the movie has very little in common with the series aside from the title and basic premise, I’m not so dead set against it. Besides, if it does well, there’s a good chance that some network will start airing reruns of the original show, allowing me to rekindle my once-raging crush on Peter DeLuise.
Before Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover this weekend, let’s look back at the days when Johnny Deppwas the baby-faced cop by whom we all wanted to be arrested. Here are 10 fun facts about the original “21 Jump Street” series that you may or may not know. Read more…
Mikey the One-Eyed Cat is stuck inside, on the window’s ledge, where he can only dream of batting at the squirrels that run amok in his front yard. And that’s why one particularly cruel squirrel has taken to taunting Mikey, by eating nuts right in front of the friggin’ window — in what would be scratching distance — if it weren’t for that thick pane of glass separating the two. So, sadly, instead of running after the brazen squirrel, Mikey is left to have an existential crisis about his point in this life. If not squirrels, then what? [Laughing Squid]
Artist Lisa Hanawalt did us a solid with her set of sketches and quirky observations about this season of “The Bachelor.” Unlike me, she turned her deep shame about watching the show into art. And the result is far more entertaining than the show could ever have aspired to be. Ugh. Ben was such a turd. But, turns out, his hair is inspiring. Click through to see a few of my favorite pages from Lisa’s “Bachelor” sketchbook. All words and images by Lisa Hanawalt. I may even buy myself a print. She’s selling them on her website! [NY Mag.com]
I wasn’t really planning to watch “Fashion Star,” NBC’s new fashion design competition, but I just moved into a new apartment and turned on the TV to keep me company while I was unpacking boxes of books last night. “Fashion Star” happened to be on, and daaaaaaaaamn did I get sucked in. By the end of the hour, I was cheering and gasping and yelling “No deal!” even though that catchphrase has nothing to do with this show. After the jump, check out my list of the good, the bad, and the WTF of the “Fashion Star” premiere… Keep reading »
“['Toddlers & Tiaras is] very bizarre … Patsy and JonBenet didn’t approach it that way. We … they just did it for fun … I think about these things now and it makes me cringe. We were so naïve. I now believe with all my heart that it’s not a good idea to put your child on public display.”
– John Ramsey on his regrets. I’m not sure if I agree that participating in pageants had any correlative relationship to his daughter’s murder. But I can’t blame him for hating “Toddlers & Tiaras.” I mean, it certainly is bizarre. Talk of child beauty pageants aside, I feel awful for this man. His daughter was murdered. His business and reputation were destroyed. His wife died of ovarian cancer. He spent 12 years as a suspect in his own child’s murder before he was cleared of all wrongdoing. Some people get dealt a shitty ass hand. I hope the rest of his life is really uneventful. [Yahoo]
Thank you, “My Crazy Obsession,” for never failing to amaze me. Their latest episode featured a British couple, Bob and Lizzie, who own the world’s largest collection of sex dolls. Spending $150k on 240 (!!!) life-sized sex dolls would seem crazy enough to land the couple on the show, but just when you think it couldn’t get any stranger, they admitted during an interview that the sex dolls aren’t used for sex, only for “company.” Keep reading »