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The comedians include Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Olivier Guimond and (kaff) Martin Short.

Big deal, I got there first with this rubber stamp I made in 1986!

Funny thing, the "real" stamp for Martin Short has the same Ed Grimley image (his only genuinely funny character)....

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Yes, they were just stringing us along after all...

This time, Archie plans to marry Betty

Canwest News ServiceOctober 6, 2009 12:02 PM

For those of you who bet on Betty, congratulations.

It looks like Archie is going to marry her, too.

According to the New York Times, Archie Andrews, that indecisive comic book character, will marry his other longtime high school sweetheart in an edition of the Archie comic book to be released next month.

Back in May, it was revealed Archie would finally ditch his wishy-washy Riverdale High School persona and get hitched. The pronouncement caused a huge media buzz and led to editorial columns debating the virtues of marrying the pleasant, blond Betty versus hooking up with Veronica, the often-bad-tempered brunette.

It also resulted in the sale of an estimated 54,000 copies of the comic book, a 20-fold increase that doesn't even include newsstand, supermarket and international sales.

Archie chose Veronica, right? So, what's going on?

Well, it seems the redhead with the checkerboard hair is living some sort of a six-part dreamlike existence in which he is walking down a road called Memory Lane. In the first scenario, released in an edition last month, Archie walks toward a fork in the road and turns left, allowing him to see his life after a marriage to Veronica. This time, he walks to the right and envisions a future with Betty as his bride. In each sequence, Archie ends up with twins.

Archie Comic Publications has received so much attention over the latest developments in this six-decades-long love triangle that the comic-book company is expanding.

"What the story has done is to introduce Archie on a global level," Jon Goldwater, co-chief executive of Archie Comic Publications told the Times.

He adds the company plans to introduce new titles in international markets and to seriously pursue film and television deals.

Archie will now be printed in five languages in India and will open an office in New Delhi next year. It also is preparing some exclusive comics for that market that will include Indian characters.

© Copyright (c) Canwest News Service
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I can't get the goddamn music of "Rocket Robin Hood" out of my head.

Not just the theme, now my daily routine is beginning to be invaded by the damn INCIDENTAL music. From Kevin McCorry's excellent resource page (

"Equally effective is the music, including such melodies as an instrumental rendition of the main title song, played whenever Sherwood Asteroid is introduced and probably meant to signify brotherhood and good will. An "old technology" theme frequently plays over long, fading shots of machinery, for example when Tondo, the "underground gentleman" of "Lord of the Shadows", briefs Robin on the history and achievements of the indigenous race of the planet invaded by Dr. Nocturne, and when the Minutae civilization is first shown in "Space Giant". A music of similar feel is used in other scenes in which Robin and the Merry Men meet alien races or speculate on the nature of a menace, such as that of "Dementia Five". A tune sounding like two drumsticks being clapped together accompanies the emergence of a problem or challenge, like Baron Blank's setting of a trap for Robin and Will Scarlet in "Who'll Kill Rocket Robin?", or the surrounding of Robin and friends by the robot mummies in "The Solar Sphinx". One of the most haunting pieces of music in the series is the synthesized piano/pipe mix which plays over Robin and Little John's ordeal in "Dementia Five" and with the first appearance of the Flying Dutchman in "The Ghost Pirates". It is also heard at length in "Dr. Mortula"."

Or rather,

(plays in my head when I walk to work)

(plays in my head when I'm doing something sneaky or intricate)

(plays in my head any time I need to think hard)

Can't find any darn images of the quite-underdressed Maid Marian except this, in the background shadow of a haggard Friar Tuck:

And finally, unfortunately I cannot give you a link to the little vignette about Friar Tuck, featuring his take-one-bite-and-toss-the-food move, but it's on Youtube as one of the related videos to the end-credits shown above.
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For some reason, I want to sit at my desk shout-singing the theme to Rocket Robin Hood:

Come gather around me,
Space travelers surround me,
Hark now to the ballad
Of Rocket Robin Hood.

I may well confound you,
Astound you, spellbound you,
With heroes and villains,
The bad and the good.

Watch now as our rockets
Race here from afar.
For now, with our Robin
We live on a star.

[spoken: Three. Two. One. Blast off!]

Band of brothers, marching together
Heads held high in all kinds of weather
With fiery blasts, our roaring rockets rise
Beyond the Earth, beyond the skies!

At the side of Robin, take your stand
He's the gallant leader of our band
Send a joyous shout throughout the land!
For Roc-ket Rob-in Hooooood!

Just don't get in my way, or I might do it.

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I'm sorry, I can't leave this silly thing alone... though the crazy-woman-astronaut-love-triangle arrest is of more (but only transient) interest.

I won't tootle the thin-edge-of-the-wedge tin horn here, but this is one way of shutting up people you don't understand, don't like, or most likely made you look bad as a public official.

From The Register, a snarky UK online IT paper:

Mooninite terrorists brought to justice
Bostonians can sleep safely in their beds

By Chris Nelson
Published Friday 2nd February 2007 05:38 GMT

"Neon beer sign enthusiasts beware: you're next. Two men have been arrested and arraigned for hanging the signs that started Wednesday's bomb scare in Boston.

Peter Berdovsky, 27, and Sean Stevens, 28, have been charged with creating a hoax leading to public disorder and disorderly conduct by Boston's District Attorney. The hoax charge is a felony, the disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor. While charges formally came Thursday, the threatening signs had been hanging over the heads of Bostonians like little swords of Damocles for two or three weeks before anyone mistook them for al-Qaeda handiwork.

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There is a deeper implication with regard to how a post-9/11 America reckons with its own identity. Boston has decided, even knowing the circumstances of this advertising trick, that the people who did this should be punished despite their more obvious intentions to promote a television program. It rises to a level above censorship, because now state and local authorities have decided that a human being's health and welfare should potentially suffer because he has unintentionally expressed himself in a way that might possibly be construed as dangerous.

The trend that this shows in American thinking resembles McCarthyism, only stupider. The government has ceased with even the formality of asking questions, instead deciding to take the most punitive route possible before undertaking a half-hearted search for truth. What happened in Boston Wednesday is utterly amusing. Surely the road to Gitmo is paved with equally amusing anecdotes."


Emphasis added.

My name is
Shake-Zula, the mic rulah, the old schoolah,
you wanna trip, I'll break it to ya.
Frylock and I'm on top rock you like a cop,
Meatwad you're up next with your knock-knock.
Meatwad make the money see, Meatwad get the honeys G.
Drivin in my car, livin like a star,
ice on my fingers and my toes and I'm a Taurus.
Cause we are the Aqua Teens,
make the homeys say ho and the girlies wanna scream.

[EDIT: a mailing list for CTHEORY, an electronic journal run by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker sent me this article on why there was a panic in Boston and not in other cities. At least, I think that's what it is saying - the academese gets a little thick after a few paragraphs. Why can't these people talk country simple?]

[EDIT EDIT: Well look, heads rolled... surely no surprise there.

Cartoon Network chief resigns following ad stunt

Last Updated: Friday, February 9, 2007 | 3:41 PM ET
CBC Arts

The head of the Cartoon Network has resigned following a recent marketing stunt that caused a bomb scare across Boston last week.

Jim Samples, the Cartoon Network's executive vice president and general manager, said Friday he felt "compelled to step down, effective immediately, in recognition of the gravity of the situation that occurred under my watch."

The announcement of his resignation was made in an internal memo sent to Cartoon Network staff. In the statement, Samples expressed regret over what had happened.

Public areas in Boston were evacuated and bomb squads responded last Wednesday after members of the public made 911 calls reporting dozens of suspicious blinking electronic signs in subway stations, on bridges and in other locations.

Highways, bridges and a section of the Charles River were shut down and bomb squads dispatched to study the devices before authorities declared they were harmless.

The signs — which featured a boxy cartoon character giving an obscene hand gesture — were part of a publicity campaign for cult-hit Aqua Teen Hunger Force. They were distributed in nine other big U.S. cities in recent weeks, without causing the same consternation.

Hours into the investigation, Cartoon Network's corporate parent acknowledged the signs were part of a marketing move.

"It's my hope that my decision allows us to put this chapter behind us and get back to our mission of delivering unrivalled original animated entertainment for consumers of all ages," Samples said in his statement on Friday.

This week, Turner Broadcasting Systems and ad firm Interference Inc. agreed to pay $2 million US to make amends for the deployment of the variety of emergency response teams.

And that's that about that.]
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Oh, for Ah Pook's sweet sake:

$2 million US settlement in Boston TV ad bomb hoax

Last Updated: Monday, February 5, 2007 | 1:07 PM ET
CBC Arts

Turner Broadcasting Systems and ad firm Interference Inc. have agreed to pay $2 million US in the wake of an ad campaign that caused a widespread bomb scare across Boston last week.

The two companies agreed to pay several state and local agencies to resolve any potential civil or criminal claims against them, state Attorney General Martha Coakley said Monday.
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I don't friggin' believe this.

"planting a hoax device" - a hoax of what? They looked like, acted like, and pretty much were Lite-Brite boards that blinked. Somehow it doesn't make sense to build a bomb that advertises its presence by blinking brightly. Boston's pants-wetting display over its inability to tell an advertising one-liner from an IED should be its own damn financial responsibility.

I was listening with half an ear last night to the TV news - one of the top stories was about two Canadians who were wounded by stray gunfire from a drive-by shooting in Acapulco, Mexico. What made my pricks ear up was the statement of the victim's families that the Canadian government should forbid people to travel to Mexico until, um, some time in the future because they might get hurt.

People, people, people....
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You knew I couldn't let this one pass without comment.

Broadcaster apologizes for Boston bomb scare

Last Updated: Friday, February 2, 2007 | 12:54 PM ET
CBC Arts

Turner Broadcasting System apologized to Boston-area residents Friday after a marketing campaign for its subsidiary Cartoon Network caused a major security scare. Turner chairman and CEO Phil Kent issued the mea culpa in full-page ads in Boston newspapers for "the confusion and inconvenience" caused.

Highways, bridges and river traffic were shut down in several areas Wednesday while police checked out blinking electronic signs that some people thought were bombs. The signs were actually advertisements for the show Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Read more... )

Hunter Thompson described the American state of mind in the post-9/11 era as "perpetual emotional meltdown". That something as silly and innocuous as this could bring a major city to a halt for an afternoon shows nothing has really changed... or at least it hasn't for Bostonians; I don't know which of the other nine cities were chosen for the ad campaign, but it appears people there can handle looking at something that isn't immediately obviously advertising and not think,

I've got to tell Aki about this when I call him tonight. I'm sure he'll get a kick out of it.

And meanwhile, as smarmy and insincere as Turner Broadcasting's apology is, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

[EDIT: Besides Boston, the cities were New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Atlanta; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; San Francisco; and Philadelphia, and the thingies had been in place for two to three weeks already. Sheesh.]
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Co-creator of Yogi Bear, Flintstones dies at 95
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | 11:01 AM ET
CBC Arts

Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died Monday, a Warner Bros. spokesman said.

Barbera, 95, died of natural causes at his home with his wife Sheila at his side, Warner Bros. spokesman Gary Miereanu said.

With his longtime partner Bill Hanna, Barbera first found success creating the highly successful Tom and Jerry cartoons. The antics of the battling cat and mouse went on to win seven Academy Awards, more than any other series with the same characters.

The partners, who had first teamed up while working at MGM in the 1930s, then went on to a whole new realm of success in the 1950s with a witty series of animated TV comedies, including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo and Huckleberry Hound and Friends.

Their strengths melded perfectly, critic Leonard Maltin wrote in his book Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. Barbera brought the comic gags and skilled drawing, while Hanna brought warmth and a keen sense of timing.

"This writing-directing team may hold a record for producing consistently superior cartoons using the same characters year after year —without a break or change in routine," Maltin wrote.

"From the Stone Age to the Space Age and from primetime to Saturday mornings, syndication and cable, the characters he created with his late partner, William Hanna, are not only animated superstars, but also a very beloved part of American pop culture. While he will be missed by his family and friends, Joe will live on through his work," Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer said Monday.

Hanna, who died in 2001, once said he was never a good artist but his partner could "capture mood and expression in a quick sketch better than anyone I've ever known."

The two first teamed cat and mouse in the short Puss Gets the Boot. It earned an Academy Award nomination, and MGM let the pair keep experimenting until the full-fledged Tom and Jerry characters eventually were born.

Jerry was borrowed for the mostly live-action musical Anchors Aweigh, dancing with Gene Kelly in a scene that become a screen classic.

After MGM folded its animation department in the mid-1950s, Hanna and Barbera were forced to go into business for themselves. With television's sharply lower budgets, their new cartoons put more stress on verbal wit rather than the detailed — and expensive — action featured in theatrical cartoons.

Cartoon Network should have a Harvey Birdman marathon in memoriam tonight.
And I'm pretty sure Yogi and Boo-Boo were queer... sharing a cave and all that.

"Hey Hey, Boo-Boo! Assume the position!"
"Ohhhh, Yogi...."


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