Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Best of Kevin

Since the last two episodes of The Office were light on Kevin moments, here's a video I strung together (5:06) featuring the Best of Kevin Malone (played by Brian Baumgartner) from Seasons 1-3. If you look closely, you might notice evidence of Kevin's secret relationship with Pam. Or you might see me manipulating the video to make it seem like there was a secret relationship between Kevin and Pam.

A bit of trivia: Brian Baumgartner was once roommates with Ed Helms, who plays Andy Bernard on The Office. You can see my Andy Bernard videos here and here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Can we have our money now?

I love funny product placement. A previous example on this web log featured Carl Weathers plugging Burger King. In the video shown below (0:49) we have cast members of 30 Rock shilling for Verizon Wireless. Some day I'll include the clips of The Office with the paper shredder from Staples.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dog Bites Own Foot

Our old friend Dog the Bounty Hunter is in the news this week, and once again it's not because of something good. You might recall that last year Duane "Dog" Chapman, who along with Air Bud and Shrulk make up the Entertainment News Mascot Trifecta, was in the national spotlight when he surrendered to authorities for violating the extradition treaty between the US and Mexico by bringing a convicted rapist across the border. This time he's in trouble for saying a naughty word. For those who haven't heard, he a used a word that begins with the letter N when referring to his son's girlfriend who is of African decent. This is similar to the events of a year ago when Michael Richards (aka Kramer from Seinfeld) also used "the N word." I commented about that and how it compared to Mel Gibson's situation here. I could say the same things I said then, which would pretty much involve drudging up some accusations of hypocrisy, but I won't. I don't want to sound like I'm letting Dog off the hook. In fact, effective immediately, he has been suspended from the Entertainment News Mascot Trifecta and temporarily replaced by The Weekly World News' Bat Boy.

Dog is apparently blaming his lapse in judgment on color blindness. "I thought that I was cool enough in the black world to be able to use that word as a brother to a brother. ...I now learned I'm not black at all." When I read that, I was reminded of the eloquent eugoogaly delivered by Derek at the funeral in the movie Zoolander: "Rufus, Brint, and Meekus were like brothers to me. And when I say brother, I don't mean, like, an actual brother, but I mean it like the way black people use it. Which is more meaningful I think." So if I understand Dog correctly, he's saying the exact same thing as Derek Zoolander but substituting "the N word" for "brother." Call me pessimistic, but I could have told him going in that his plan wouldn't fly.

So now Dog is making the rounds on the talk shows apologizing to anyone who will listen as he tries to salvage his career (A&E has suspended production of his show). Judging from past celebrity mishaps, things will blow over in a few months and he'll be back. Until then, you can come here and watch the clip below (1:39) which I strung together and originally posted here as part of one of the initial Entertainment News Web Log entries.

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Black Guy from Predator

With all the political campaigning going on, you'd think it was an election year. You'd be wrong. We still have an entire year of politicking to endure until the next election. And while the presidential race is getting most of the attention, 11 states will also be electing a governor. I'm here today to appeal to the voters of those 11 states. You know who you are. Who am I kidding? Most of you probably don't even know who your governor is, let alone when he or she is up for reelection. No matter. If your governor is up for reelection next year, Carl Weathers wants your vote. You know Carl. He's Apollo Creed in most of the Rocky movies. You younger kids might know him better as Chubbs Peterson from Happy Gilmore. He's also the black guy from Predator, as he explains in this video (1:51) announcing his candidacy for governor.

Though not quite as appropriately titled as The Running Man, the other movie featuring Govs. Schwarzenegger and Ventura, Predator does have Carl Weathers, the black guy from Predator. (Interestingly, it also has Sonny Landham who, not wanting to be left out, ran for governor of Kentucky in 2003). Weathers is great because of his ability to make fun of himself, which instantly lifts any actor's esteem in my eyes. A classic example of this is the three episodes of Arrested Development, where Carl played a sly, penny-pinching version of himself, as seen below (3:39). I especially like the plug for Burger King. So remember, if Election Day ever does arrive, don't forget to vote for Carl Weathers.