by Ryan Fu •
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Monday’s episode of Conan ended on an unusually somber note. The cause: During the course of taping that evening’s show, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, and their guest Will Arnett got word of Robin Williams’ unexpected death.
“We tape these shows a few hours early, and by the time you see this now on TV, I’m sure that you’ll know. I’m sorry to anybody in our studio audience that I’m breaking this news—this is absolutely shocking and horrifying, and so upsetting on every level,” a visibly shaken O’Brien explained at the end of the show.
He and his cohort then took an opportunity to briefly salute their comrade. The most moving words came from Arnett, who worked with Williams in the 2006 film RV.
“As funny as he was—he’s truly one of the all-time greats—he was even better as a person,” the Arrested Development star said…
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This film expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
I saw it the other day before I went to work, which I was quite excited to see it because I heard a lot of great reviews about the film. Even a theater fire couldn’t stop me from watching the movie, well kinda. In a packed theater in the morning, we were all just 30 minutes into the movie, which I might add was quite enjoyable, then fire alarm went off! I was so into the movie because it didn’t take itself seriously like other Marvel films do, which I think Ironman is so relatable and likable to many people as opposed to other Marvel films because in the end of the day it’s just a movie about a comic book character. (I just lost a few comic book nerds with that line but I digress.)
The fire alarm went off, the lights went flashing on and a voice came on the PA telling us to evacuate the building but we were all like “fuck that!” We were all having a blast watching the movie that we weren’t going to leave until we all saw smoke. But 15 mins later, sitting still watching the movie with the flashing fire alarms and PA system telling us we were in danger, the manager turned off the screen and physically told is to leave the theater because of the fire alarm. Adults and children inside of the movie theater made a collective “ahhhh” because we were all having fun. We stood outside the theater for like 10 mins until we were told to go back in and they re-started the film to where they stopped it and our adventure continued.
Chris Pratt was a perfect leading man in this film because he isn’t your typical leading man, I mean he is good looking with muscles but he has the everyman quality in which everyone likes to be around. Plus, he’s funny as shit, which was why I thought he was one of the best part of the movie and I’m super happy that he’s starting to get recognize as a viable leading man in Hollywood because he deserves it. I’ve met him a couple times while working and he was always respectful and cool. Anyways, long story short, he deserves an Oscar for this performance just kidding I think Vin Diesel should get that or at least a nomination for his voice as Groot.
Don’t get me wrong everyone in the movie played a terrific part in the movie with Chris Pratt such as Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Dave Batista and Karen Gillan. Zoe essentially played her part again in Avatar but it worked for her and Karen Gillan played a sexy villan. Dave Batista played a wonderful bruiser and Lee Pace, the antagonist playing Ronan the Accuser, just plays guys who want “Power” but then gets crushed in the end in such a convincing manner. I also like Bradley Cooper as the voice of hot-tempered Rocket, which he is the only one to translate for his BFF Groot, which was played by Vin Diesel. Vin Diesel had only three words he had to say the movie, which was, “I am Groot.”
But it was enough because he was the best character in the movie and at one point I got so emotional because his character so lovable, I didn’t want to see him die. But I know you guys want to read that I cried but I didn’t damn it! I’m a man watching a Marvel Comic film and dudes don’t do that. But that’s beside the point, which I’m trying to make. Even if you’re not a big comic/ sci-fi fan, you should still go watch Guardians of the Galaxy because you’re going to have a good time. Also, you might cry, which is alright because, “We are all Groot.” ;)
Tonight, a bunch of us celebrated my friend’s birthday by going to Korean BBQ. We were all having a good time eating, drinking and laughing about our problems over a flame just like the kids in the Lord of the Flies, just being good friends. But when the time came to pay the bill, it all changed because one guys at the table had their ATM card declined. Fortunately, the guy went to the bathroom, so when they brought his card back to the table to explain to us that his card had “no funds” to save his embarrassment. It took only a couple of seconds before a few guys at the table started to turn on the guy, yelling that he was bum. Then someone shouted,“we should cut his ATM card then throw it in the fire.” It was just like in Lord of the Flies, where we all decided we should kill Ralph because the group wanted it. I have to admit I was caught up in it even though I knew it was totally fucked up. It was like we all turned into a bunch of savages and we wanted to destroy something. It just goes to show you that it doesn’t take much these days before, we as men revert back to state of nature, which of course NATURE always wins.
We hold up his card over the fiery Korean BBQ grill like a ritual, getting ready to cut and kill his card. All of us shouting and yelling like a bunch of blood thirsty savages. The Asian people around us were getting worried, which we were told in the end, “we are starting to get complaints, so we need to leave.” They were totally right that we should have been thrown out of the restaurant because we acted like animals. We lost ourselves, we turned our back on our brother, we succumbed to peer pressure as we all failed humanity once again. Just weeds in the Garden of Eden as we all take a bite of the apple, which in this case was a pig. All Hail Beelzebub!
We finally gut the pig and put it on a spike for the whole world to see that the mob rules and chaos is ruthless but fair. In one motion, we cut the card like it was butter and social media it all over the net for the whole world to see. After we kill the card, we place it over the grill and do a mandatory picture of our victorious trophy. We pat each other on the backs like we were on the battlefield as we finally pay the bill and to the joy of the restaurant patrons, we leave the establishment. We all walk out before the guy comes back to the table to realize that his card and his ego was cut into two. You would think that cutting his card was the worse thing that we could have possibly done to the guy but the worse thing was pretending that nothing happened while we were all waiting outside of the valet for our cars. The dude was like Ralph, casted out of the group for nothing he did personally but because he was going against the group’s ideology.
I’m sadden and ashamed for all of us because as far as the human race has come, we can still go back to a state of nature, where the weak gets punished and mob mentality rules. I personally have to say that I’m sorry to the dude and the human race for our actions tonight but can you really blame us? No matter how civil and cool we act to one another in this present day of age, there is still that animal inside of us. The part that wants to fight and fuck everything. The dog inside of us. Where we just want to be part of the pack to hunt and kill things. So, let this be a reminder to all of you if you think you are above the human carnage that is our ancestors, which is a part of our history.
You know when you’re at a Starbucks and you see someone familiar but he’s not an acquaintance but he could be a friend. You know you’ve seen him on something like a tv show, a film, or even on those annoying car insurance commercials. You can’t remember his name but you know that you’ve seen in movies and you like him. As you rack your brain for his name, he grabs his coffee and leaves, leaving you wondering what was his name? His name was probably Fred Stoller.
Frederick Stoller aka Fred is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and an all-around “good guy.” You’ve seen him on bunch things like tv shows and movies. I first remembered Fred from a scene stealing character from Dumb and Dumber. He played the “Get off the Phone” dude.
This is the magic of Fred Stoller. A career that spans over twenty years in which he takes ordinary and unremarkable roles and turns them into characters we fight for and love. He’s been on everthing like Everybody love Raymond, Ned’s Declassified School Surivival Guide, Wizards of Waverly Place, Joe Dirt, etc. But you probably best know him on the mega hit show Seinfeld as himself and he kills it. Fred does his job well and people love him for it.
Lately, Mr. Stoller has been know for the guy who was on Seinfeld that is being sued by Kramer. Wait. What?
Not Michael Richards who played Kramer but the real Kramer, Kenny Kramer.
According to Mr. Kramer and NY Daily News, (Read the article here)
“Kenny Kramer – the inspiration for Kramer on “Seinfeld” – has filed a $1 million defamation suit against a former writer on the sitcom for defaming him and his tour business in a new book.
The suit says Fred Stoller, 55, smeared Kramer by claiming his tour guides would yell the famous Seinfeld line “Not that there’s anything wrong with that!” at gay people while leading tours through Greenwich Village.”
He then writes a letter to Mr. Stoller calling him a “a treacherous, two-faced, backstabbing pathological liar.”
I can’t speak for Mr. Kramer or his relationship with Fred but I can speak about the man who is Fred Stoller. It is hard to hear someone talking ill about Fred because he is the one of the nicest celebrities (there are only a few) I know. He is always willing to help out other people, he always poses for fans and he will always be entertaining to everyone, even a paparazzi.
Ryan Fu: What are you famous for?
Fred: “It depends. For teens Wizards of Waverly Place, but a combination of appearances on Seinfeld, Raymond, Friends, and Dumb and Dumber and other guest spots.”
Ryan Fu: How did you get started in the biz?
Fred: “Stand up in NYC.”
Ryan Fu: Tell me about your experience on Seinfeld
Fred: “As a writer it was weird. I was mostly on my own. Everyone was doing their own thing, but it was amazing getting a story on. As an actor so much fun being with those iconic stars.”
Ryan Fu: Your relationship with the Real Kramer (Kenny Kramer):
Fred: (Check out this Video Interview Below on his statements)
Ryan Fu: What’s your book about?
Fred: “The books about all my adventures on all the shows I’ve been on, writing on Seinfeld, what’s it like to pass though some of the biggest shows in the last 20 years, and my one night stand with Kathy Griffin. “
Ryan Fu: Your thoughts on Kramer and his lawsuit.
Fred: “I’m glad he thinks I have a million dollars. “
From the LA Weekly:
In classic Cosmo Kramer fashion, Kenny Kramer took offense, accusing Stoller of accusing him of being homophobic. (Got that?) The plaintiff said that the tour never even went to Greenwich Village.
But after a seven-month court case, a judge in New York dismissed Kramer’s defamation suit.
“All he said was, during the bus tour the tour guide hits on every popular catchphrase that the show is known for,” Stoller’s attorney, David Albert Pierce, tells us.
Judge Barbara Jaffe said there shouldn’t be any anti-LGBT stigma attached to the phrase; even the gay community praised the episode after it aired in 1993. She concluded:
Although Stoller finds the exercise annoying, any reasonable reader would understand it as Seinfeld-related shtick, even if the phrase was repeatedly screamed out as the bus wended its way through “gay-dominated Greenwich Village.” And, although pointing to gay people and taunting them with the phrase from within a large tour bus wending its way down tiny streets in Greenwich Village may reasonably reflect homophobia, nowhere does Stoller depict any pointing and he never uses the term “taunting.”
Stoller tells us that Kramer “just twisted it” when it came to reading his book:
When I found out I was being sued, he sent some rabid Facebook message to me, not getting the humor of my book and misconstruing it.
It’s good to know that nice guys can finsh first in which throughout the whole case Stoller maintained his sense of humor as he kept rolling with the punches. Please read his books and check out his comedy shows, which you can take a look at his tour dates on his Facebook.
Scarlett Johansson stars in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman that gets accidentally caught in a dark deal, who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. I actually saw this film last weekend but I just finally had the time to write a review on it, but basically I thought it was an enjoyable film with good performances by Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman but some of it seemed pretty unrealistic, but what do you expect from watching a science fiction movie. It did have great philosophical ideas like what if you had the power to know everything? Would you try to know everything or would you be too scared of it?
After Scarlett becomes a drug mule for the mob, she winds up with superpowers after an experimental drug called CPH4 overloads her brain. She begins to start using more and more of brain, gaining more knowledge and superhuman capabilities. Since, basically she is one of her kind, she needs the help of Morgan Freeman because he is the best known for his brain research. Scarlett tells him that she gained the ability to access more parts of her brain but she fears that she has a limited time on her hands, so she needs guidance from him on what to do? Morgan honestly tells her that she should try to learn everything she can and pass it on to the next generation because Morgan believes that is the greatest gift that humans can give to one another, which I totally agree with because as I always say, “Knowledge is Power.”
She gets more of the experimental drug and takes it all at once like some college sorority chick after finals. She begins to transform and extract vast information like a super computer. As she gets closer to 100% brain capacity she begins to travel through time and space, moving into the past and the future, stopping and reversing as she wishes. When she hits her peak, she vaporizes into thin air leaving only her clothes and a reminder of what she learned on a USB storage stick to give to Morgan Freeman.
Once again, I totally enjoyed the movie, which I thought Scarlett and Morgan did a terrific job but some of it seemed pretty unrealistic but what do you expect when you’re talking about something nobody has ever really experienced before. Which lead me to this question? What if you did have the power to know everything? What would you do with it? Also, the movie brought up interesting questions about the human race as such as what we’ve done the last 2 billion years. We’ve accomplished a lot but are we not realizing our full potential? We still act like animals, fighting among ourselves for meaningless things. It just makes you think, what are you here for in life? Are you just here just to go to school, get a job, get married have children, pay a mortgage then die? Or are you here on Earth in this Universe to do something more in your life? These are the questions you have to ask yourself or just bask in the glory of ignorance and just enjoy the ride.
Get on Up is based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, which the film will gives a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
I watched this movie with a couple of friends last night, which we where big fans of James Brown’s music even though we were pretty young at the time when he was on top of the music game. The movie was enjoyable but I personally thought it ran at bit long but I guess it has to be when you’re telling someone’s life. Chadwick Boseman did a terrific job playing Brown, getting all his songs down including his funky moves. Just like how he got the essence in playing Jackie Robinson in another bio topic film, 42, he got to the heart and soul of James Brown. But of course, he had plenty of help along the way with a great supporting cast.
An All-Star cast of Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Craig Robinson, plus many more. I thought everyone played a terrific job including Nelsan Ellis, who plays Lafayette on True Blood. It was crazy seeing Nelsan not being so flamboyant, trying to be the center of everyone’s attention but being in the background as the back up singer of James Brown, playing Bobby Byrd. Former cast mates from the Help also did a great job playing opposite mother figures to James Brown, which you can see why he was such a driven young man to begin with. He came from nothing and became something.
As James Brown tells it, “You always have to be moving forwards because if you move backwards, then you’re dead.” He had the ability to flip an awkward situation and make it work for himself. He was driven to succeed because he believed in himself when no one else did, which is just one of the virtuous of successful people. Naturally, James Brown wasn’t an angel but he never claimed to be but he believed you gotta do what you gotta to do to succeed in this world. In his words, “Do right by yourself.” Regardless, of what people might think about you, you must do what you do and continue on your path because that’s how you stay true to yourself. Do right by yourself and you can live with yourself, which James Brown did and he lived to the fullest. I highly recommend this movie and listening to James Brown’s music.