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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Delayed Reaction Post #89

Can I just go see "Superbad" again? Do you think it would be weird if I went to see this again by myself? Yeah, probably so. Don't get me wrong: I don't mind seeing movies by myself in the theater, but this is a buddy pic. Shouldn't I go see it with a buddy?

I want to take this opportunity to say a few things about "Superbad," so I can reminisce about it until I get to see it again:
  • I want to know when Seth Rogen is going to become my cousin-in-law, because he just keeps gettin' better and better. (Work on that for me, K.K.) If he was in the family, I would probably already have the film on DVD, too.
  • Michael Cera=comic genius. He was the king of the awkward pause in "Arrested Development," and he's carried it onto the big screen. I wouldn't mind him for a cousin either. He's flippin' great.
  • Who knew how many comedic greats there were in Canada these days? Of course there were MJF and Alan Thicke in the '80's, but where have the Canadian comics been lately? Rogen's bringin' his Canadian crew to the states, and all we should do is say thank you.
  • Go to the Superbad Official Websiteif you haven't yet, and download the screensaver. It's the Cera and Jonah Hill dancing sequence from the beginning of the film. I wait for my lappie to go to screensaver mode just so's I can watch it. There are tons of other great things, too, including snazzy videos.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Random Thought

I was just thinking about how hot Drew Barrymore is in "Mad Love." That movie was awesome until she went all schizo in Mexico, but I guess that movie is all about healing and getting better. I still stop the movie at the point even if it is about healing. Anyway...she's still mucho hot in that flick. Add a buzz-haired Chris O'Donnelly-Donnelly on top, and oh my. And, P.S., I wish I could get my hair to do that when it's short. Maybe just loads of bits n' pieces gel would do the trick.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Trend Begins Again

Only three days into the school year, and my posts are already falling off. Well, that just means that when they do come they'll be even more important and entertaining. Um, yeah I'll make sure that happens. Buuuuuuuuuuut, anyway...

Another school year begins, new challenges to overcome, and new brains to mold. And, it shall be good...I hope. Year number 5 means tenure, and how sweet it is. I had a lil girl axe me for homework on Friday, and I fumbled to make something up. She was so happy to get some. Priceless. Hope more good times follow like this one throughout the next 9 months, cause I don't know if you remember or not, but last year=one word--ROUGH.

Hope you've seen "Superbad," revved up for "Scott Baio is 45...and Single" finale, and ready for some new TV (time for "The Office" yet?). And I know I've got some Bale fans out there, so don't forget "3:10 to Yuma" opens September 7. WARNING: It is a western and does contain Russell Crowe. I've talked to C.B., and he's cool with me sitting this one out. However, it is directed by James Mangold, the director of "Walk the Line." Still think I'm sittin' this one out. Let me know how it is.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I Don't Know

The Nines. Not sure about this one, so tell me what you think. It's got sweet lil Dakota's doppleganger little sister, numbers coincedence, and Ryan Reynolds. All's I got to say is it better be much more gooder than "The Number 23" (yeah--I saw that).

Whatever Happened To...

...BBMAK!?! I was listening to their CD "Sooner or Later*" tonight while I was cooking dinner, and it's just so GOOD. So light, poppy, and fresh (just like I want my muffins to be). They wrote consistently good material, did an outstanding job live (saw them twice), and they're nowhere to be seen. If possible, their sophomore effort, "Into Your Head," was even better than their first. They were the quiet in the middle of the early 2000's boyband storm. And since they wrote their own tunage and had genuine talent, they were lost in the shuffle. It seemed that they paid more attention to their musical endeavors than their mass marketing campaign--novel idea for a band, huh? If you missed them, PLEASE check them out, especially if you enjoy really good pop music--the stuff that relies on harmonies, tight chords, and excellent, catch tunes. You'll be singing their songs in your head, but you'll be smiling about it, not grimacing because it's so infectious and annoying it won't leave you alone.

*"Sooner or Later" isn't even available new on amazon anymore. This is a travesty! What's more tragic is 186 people are trying to get rid of it. Idiots.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Back to School

I think I'm in denial. I can't believe I have to report to school tomorrow. In fact, I don't even think I have any other words at this time. *sigh*

Saturday, August 18, 2007

While We're on the Subject

Superman last summer; Batman next summer. 19 production photos have been "leaked" from the set of next summer's sure-to-be-blockbuster "Dark Knight." If you click HERE you can see all 19. Ledger's lookin' good in his purple Joker suit, and looks like Bale's Batman has a couple of new toys to play with.

Don't Ever See Bob Dylan High

But you can check out his biopic. Had no idea about this one, so I must be falling off the pop culture bandwagon. (Maybe I should get a subscription to Entertainment Weekly and a couple of weekly schlock mags to keep in touch.) Mad props to for this exciting info, because two of BingBongBoom!'s favorites will be Dylan in this groundbreaking film. Six different actors will portray Dylan throughout his life, including Batman buddies, Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, and Cate Blanchett (!). Sounds like good times to me. Limited release of the film, "I'm Not There," begins November 21.

So Sue Me

I still like Tom Cruise. He's a crazy scientologist who doesn't believe in psychology, not a rapist or pedophile. Now it looks like he's worked with both Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid*. (Do you think he has a check list with film icons he wants to work with, and now he can strike them both off? Not to mention his other "Lambs" co-star Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.) Click HERE to check out the teaser trailer for "Lions for Lambs." It looks like a whiz bang political thriller, coming to you this November.

*Have I ever mentioned how much I love Robert Redford? Maybe I should save that for another post, but first I do have three words for you: "The Natural," "Sneakers."

And Here She Is...

...your new companion--or, rather, the Doctor's anyway.

Even though Catherine Tate's "Donna" (reprised from last year's Christmas special) will be spunky, sassy, and possibly even faster talking than the Doctor, I am going to miss Freema Agyema's "Martha" terribly (who only traveled with the Doctor for one season). Martha empowers me...don't really know why, but she makes me feel smarter and like I can do anything. Hope Ms. Tate can prove she's more than a one-off phenomenon.

Walk Hard with Dewey Cox

John C. O'Reilly. Jenna Fischer. Jack White (as ELVIS). Patrick "I loved him when I was 6" Duffy. EDDIEfreakinVEDDER. Just watch this, and prepare to be dazzled.

What Did You Do Today?

You had two very valid choices.

Buuuuuuuuuuut, do you know which one I would pick??? It's hard to know isn't it? I mean I love me some Seth Rogan action, and when you couple George Michael Bluth with him, it sounds golden. However, I also loves me some super peppy, pop culturey musicals with today's rising stars. So which would I choose?

Friday, August 17, 2007

Graceland 2007

Don't really know where to start with this entry. Got back from Graceland last night at 12:30 a.m., and what a fantastic journey it was! Here's a quick run down of what went down:

  • Arrived at EP Blvd. to sit on the wall at 9 a.m. It only got to 113 degrees (with the heat index).
  • Drank my body weight in water to stay hydrated. It worked, cause I didn't get any heat sickness/stroke/exhaustion. Yeah me!
  • Alternated time in the sun (under HUGE golf umbrellas) and in the air conditioned gift shops across the street from the mansion.
  • Watched loads of mothers exploit their little children and older men exploit themselves. Mamas had their little babies and kids dressed up in Elvis costumes in the heat, and the sweaty impersonators hung around trying to get TV crews to interview them.
  • 50,000 people attended the candlelight vigil, and it was still going at 8:30 a.m. yesterday morning, 12 HOURS after it started. (We were done by 9:30 p.m.)
  • Saw Priscilla hanging out at Graceland's front doors with Larry King during the vigil, and we have pictures taken with Todd Morgan, head spokesperson for Elvis Presley Enterprises.
  • Found out Elvis was the original King of Bling, as proven by the many bedazzled jumpsuits that have been put on display. Suck on that, Jay Z!
  • Just missed Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He was going to broadcasting live from Graceland on QVC. So sorry I missed it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


We're comin', Elvis! We're comin'! Oh this is gonna be big, folks. 30 years dead, and Elvis still reigns supreme! He still has the best stage presence of any performer ever (one that Robbie Williams constantly tries to rise above--love ya, Robbie, but that won't happen). Starting tomorrow BingBongBoom! representatives will be sitting on the wall that borders Graceland, waiting for the Candlelight Vigil to commence. August 16 will find us touring the grounds and being a part of a huge mass of Elvis fans from the world round. For LOADS of Elvis Week fun, go to now. They have a treasure trove of things to do, watch, buy, etc. And for a full wrap up of what went down, come back here on Friday, August 17 (before you watch "High School Musical 2" of course).

In the meantime, go rent some Elvis movies (check out TV Land's schedule), listen to some Elvis music, and try renting out a form-fitting jumpsuit with matching cape (they're coming back).

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Who's Got My Numbah?

VH-1 that's who! I tell you what, people, I have spent the last week stuffing my brain with "Rock of Love," "Lindsay Lohan's Hollywood Trainwreck," "Hogan Knows Best," "The Pick-Up Artist," "Mission: Man Band," and, of course, "Scott Baio is 45...and Single." What is wrong with me?!? Seriously, it's all I've watched all week. And if nothing good is on, then I watch it On Demand. What have I become? Last summer I pined away to learn a new Ina recipe, and this summer I can't wait to see what skank Brett kicks out of the Rock House next (--Rodeo was robbed!). I think I chalk it up to the fact that in just over a week I'll be a grown-up again, molding the minds of America's youth, and also being a mind to mold at EIU. At least I don't squander away my time on drugs and whores...and I still REFUSE to watch anything with Flavor Flav in it.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Superbad Junket Meltdown

Oh, McLovin! If you can't wait til Friday, August 17, to get a taste of "Superbad," check this out now. The interviewer is director Edgar Wright (of "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead"). And just remember, you'd be cranky too if you were on Atkins.

How Many Lockers Will be Plastered with This?

Mommies lock up your little girls, cause America's newest heart throb (is that two words or one?) has already hit the cover of Rolling Stone. I can't even imagine the convulsions of joy my little cousin Aly will go through once she gets her hands on this magazine. Parents, read the article first: RS doesn't bleep out naughty words, and wouldn't it be oh so scandalous if lil Zacky let slip a couple of swears? If Uncle Walt was still around, he would not be happy with that. I mean, he didn't even let Annette wear a two piece bathing suit, so how would he feel with Disney's darling boy showing some skin on the cover of America's most influential "music" magazine? For more hot (?) photos and info click HERE.

Friday, August 10, 2007

It's About that Time...

...and I'm NOT talking about school.

It's the hot days of August, mid-month, which can only mean one thing: time to celebrate the King...of Rock and Roll that is. If you look in the archives, you'll find that we gave Elvis quite a send up last year, but baby, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

This year comemmorates the 30th year since Elvis' passing, and we here at BingBongBoom! aren't the only people that are ready to remember Elvis in style. After a recent visit to Best Buy and a quick perusal of the amazon, it has been discovered that a treasure trove of classic Elvis movies have been re-released on special edition DVD's from Warner Brothers and MGM. Included in the treasure trove are four all-time Elvis faves: Jailhouse Rock, Girl Happy, Viva Las Vegas, and Elvis-That's the Way it Is. FANTASTIC stuff, people!!! Order now from amazon (click the links above) or run to your local Best Buy, so you can have these Elvis classics ready for viewing next week on the 15th and 16th. I mean c'mon! What better way to celebrate the life of the greatest performer that ever lived than with deluxe editions of his Hollywood best (and Charro, too)? Well, except for actually being at Graceland.

And, YES, BingBongBoom! will be reporting live from Graceland next week.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

I Never Liked Her Anyway

If Stephen Colbert asked you to wear a special bracelet to raise awareness of weak and injured wrists, wouldn't you? Well Katie Couric* didn't. She even said she would wear it on the air, and she LIED. Yup, I always knew she couldn't be trusted.

*I couldn't bring myself to post a picture of Katie Couric, so an ever vigilant patriot, Colbert, repairing an American flag seemed much more better.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Are You Sick of This Yet?

If you haven't noticed, I'm a gal of fads. One minute it's "Smallville," the next it's "Dr. Who." Well, my life is still rotating within the Doctor's minute, so just get over it. As I just told Martin (after he commented that I am obsessed with this show), "Smallville Season 6" comes out in September, and then I'll be catching up with Season 7 on tape (yes, TAPE, since we don't have T.V.o.). And I know you can't wait for Smallville to have another minute in my life. ;)

Click HERE so you can see the preview of "Dr. Who Series 3." If you still aren't sure you want to see the show after this preview, then, well, I have to tell you that you're a dullard (not to be confused with Sheriff DOLLARD). I also just finished watching Series 3 and boy does it ever deliver!!! There are some cracker jack episodes in this one, so if you want to get caught up with the previous ones first, just contact me (if you're in the Paign area that is). I'm a heck of a lot cheaper than NetFlix or the Buster, too.

Monday, August 06, 2007

They Just Keep Giving

It's a great day to be a Pearl Jam fan! Not only did they release their 7 disc Gorge set in June and play Lollapalooza, but they now also have another DVD on the horizon. Immagine in Cornice, or Picture in a Frame, will be a concert and behind-the-scenes DVD of Pearl Jam's five Italy concerts in 2006. It will be released on September 25. And, if you're in the Pearl Jam fan club, you can pre-order the DVD starting August 22 with the option to get a limited edition tee, too. That's REALLY good news for those who have to go back to school on the 22nd...y'know, gives us something to look forward to. For more info, go to

Another Delayed Reaction Post

I was so busy anticipating Lollapalooza last week that I forgot to post the new cover art for the third season of Dr. Who. Oh, you know you've been waiting for it, too! Just cause you can't admit to your nerddom like I can doesn't mean you can't indulge in a peek at the new box. (Don't worry: I won't tell a soul!)

This pic comes courtesy of one of my favorite informational sites, (FYI, in case you're having trouble, the box is the orangish one in the corner.) The SRP is a hefty $99.99, but amazon sells the second season for $69.99. Maybe they'll even knock a few more bucks off for the first week of release (which is November 6, in case you've forgotten).


I can't even begin to tell you what an AMAZING weekend I just had! Lollapalooza was an experience I will NEVER forget. I was going to try to play it cool with this post, but all I can do is gush and get all nerdy with how fantastic it all was.

G. Love & Special Sauce*The Black Keys*Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals*Patti Smith*The Roots*Regina Spektor*Snow Patrol*Amy Winehouse*Kings of Leon*My Morning Jacket*PEARL JAM

All of these were seen within the span of 72 hours. Plus, Eddie Vedder came out and did a number with Ben Harper (who repaid the favor in full on closing night) and Kings of Leon. Here are just a few more quick highlights:

  • Regina Spektor was the most charming performer I have ever seen EVER--so humble that we would actually want to pick her to see. She stopped mid-song to help an audience member that was sick and wouldn't continue until they were out of the hot crowd.
  • My Morning Jacket tore the main stage UP! It was at least 90 degress plus humid and sticky. and they all had cute little suits on. They brought out the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra to play with them, which added a whole new level to their performance. Oh, and their backdrop looked like a Candy Land board. Yum.
  • Eddie Vedder & Ben Harper. Eddie helped out Ben with "Masters of War;" Ben helped Eddie out on a new (?) anti-war song plus "Rockin' in a Free World." Just seeing them stand together and sing with such passion and fervor last night made me cry; I've never done that at a PJ show before.
  • And, I just got a leeeeeeetle bit of sunburn! I bet it's gone by tomorrow!
If you ever have a chance to see a live festival EVER, please, please, PLEASE try to go to one...especially if it's Lollapalooza. You might even get to listen to Perry Farrell talk about honey farms.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Lolla, Here We Come!

It's another journey up I-57, and at the end this time is the favorite summer music festival of all who spent their formative years in the early '90's--Lollapalooza! I'll be there the three full days of the festival, which will culminate in a Pearl Jam performance Sunday at 8:00 p.m. On the way to that Ben Harper, G. Love, Amy Winehouse, and Iggy Pop, are just a few of the artists that will be filling my time (--okay, maybe not that last one). I do wish, however, that I could get tickets to the Cubs game today, for Mr. Eddie Vedder will be singing during the 7th inning stretch. He does love his Cubs (now if they don't blow it like yesterday, all will be fine).

No computer will travel with me, so you'll all have to hold your breaths for a catch up post on Monday...and I know you can't wait!

Thursday, August 02, 2007


We made it! One year old for BingBongBoom! I can't believe the utter nonsense I talk about has continued and carried on for 365 days. Every birthday deserves a cake, and I've been thinking about the cake I wish BingBongBoom! could get. And the only crew that could make a cake good enough for this first birthday is the Baltimore based Charm City Cakes crew.

Oh, if I could only dream up a cake and have the crew make it for me. It would be even better if it was hand delivered by Mary Alice (even though she doesn't usually take part in the delivery, I'm sure I could twist her arm with my in-depth knowledge of pop culture and outright, unabashed flattery). My cake would be a TV cake, and it would be fantastic. Duff and his buddies would have to incorporate: Buffy, Smallville, Freaks & Geeks, Twin Peaks, Dr. Who, My So-Called Life, maybe even You Can't Do That On Television's Christine & Alistair. They would all be bursting forth from the cake, and it would be oh so glorious.