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Gone but not forgotten – Harvey Korman

Gone but not forgotten – Harvey Korman

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I'm not going to claim that I was a huge Harvey Korman fan and was familiar with his entire body of work just because he's now dead, but I saw enough of him to know that he was damn funny. Hell, he gained comedy immortality for his performance in Blazing Saddles alone. So before YouTube pulls the clip, enjoy just one classic moment from our dearly departed funnyman...
GFS home movies: The Queen

GFS home movies: The Queen

Movies
I've never been much of a Royal Watcher, that devoted group of people who follow the affairs of the British royal family like others follow the characters and plot of Lost or The Godfather. While the notion of a monarchy appeals to my sense of order and love of history, I know that in almost all cases the idea looks better on paper than in reality. As an American, I suppose that anti-monarchist sentiment is ingrained in my DNA. But still, there is something fascinating about watching the institution function in our so-called modern times. The troublesome duality of the British crown is exemplified brilliantly in The Queen, starring Helen Mirren as...the queen. Mirren deservedly won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, who at the age of 25 ascended to t...
The guilty pleasures of Staying Alive

The guilty pleasures of Staying Alive

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How can you tell the difference between a simply bad movie and a guilty pleasure? Well for one, when watching a guilty pleasure you may experience at least one out-of-body moment where you scream at yourself, "Dude, what the hell?! There has to be something better on TV right now. Infomercials, Leave It to Beaver reruns...anything!" And yet, objectivity is lost and you keep watching anyway. Such was my dilemma as I stayed up way too late in my hotel room last night watching the 1983 John Travolta magnum opus Staying Alive. I was conscious of watching a terrible film yet powerless to stop myself. I'm not sure what was most compelling - the cheesy dialogue, the horribly dated dance moves and costumes, or the fact that Frank Stallone not only dominated the soundtrack but actually had...
6 great (and random) moments in Star Wars history

6 great (and random) moments in Star Wars history

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We're just 10 days away from the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, and I'd be remiss if I didn't do something to commemorate the event. Many other sites are already going overboard in the celebration, but I'm going to keep it simple. This list of six applies to anything in the Star Wars universe, and is not just exclusive to the movies. Why six instead of ten? Because that's what my heart says is a good number. Also I couldn't think of anything else, so feel free to add to the list! Timothy Zahn publishes the Thrawn trilogy: Nine years after the release of what we thought was the last movie, Return of the Jedi, the franchise was reinvigorated with the release of these three books. They introduced a slew of fascinating characters, but the coolest of all was Grand Admiral Thra...
Mysteries of the universe

Mysteries of the universe

Rants
*Why do ads for workout equipment always feature people who obviously don't need the equipment in the first place? I'd gladly buy the first workout machine that showed a realistic ad - a clumsy, sweaty fat guy struggling on Level 1, and eventually giving up altogether. *Am I the only person left who has not been to the Outer Banks, North Carolina? It would seem so, based on the fact that every other car in the free world has one of those stupid OBX stickers on it. *Wouldn't it be easier at this point to list the comedians that Carlos Mencia hasn't stolen material from? *Do car companies intentionally design hybrids to look like weenie-mobiles so people won't buy them, thereby giving them an excuse to produce more ridiculously oversized SUVs? *Why do people insist on writing...