Sunday, May 19, 2013

Now he is a geek god

Patton Oswalt's eight minute Filibuster take from Parks and Recreation, now animated.

Mr. Abrams, you may take it from here.

May 19, 1934 -
This film was made just before the Hays code went into effect. It is chockablock filled with Satanism, black mass orgies, necrophilia, pedophilia, sadistic revenge, murder and incest. Oh, I forgot to mention Bela Lugosi slices off Boris Karloff's face.

Betcha want to see it now.

The very truly perverse horror film from Universal, The Black Cat, premiered in NYC on this date.

May 19, 1951 -
Shh! Be vewy, vewy quiet. We're hunting Elmers.

The first in the series of the transvestite Bugs Bunny, the ever clueless Daffy Duck and bestiality minded Elmer Fudd's "Hunting Trilogy", Rabbit Fire was released on this date.

May 19, 1958 -
The iconic B movie classic, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, broke out on this date.

The director Nathan Juran insisted on being billed under a pseudonym, apparently because he was embarrassed by the film's low budget and poor quality.

Foolish man.

May 19, 1999 -
The much-anticipated movie prequel, Star Wars: Episode One -- The Phantom Menace opened on this date.

George Lucas made a similar deal as he did in the original Star Wars. Both Lucas and Fox Studios agreed that he would forego his salary as a director provided he owns the entire negative of the final cut of the film as well as ancillary rights of all toys and commercial tie-ins.

May 19, 2005 -
Mr. Lucas needed more money to electronically remake the previous five Star Wars movies, so he released Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith on this date.

Once again, Tom Stoppard was call in to do a "script polish" for the film, something that he's done on many Lucasfilm productions.

Today in History:
May 19, 1536 -
In the first public execution of an English queen, Anne Boleyn was beheaded on this date. In her speech, Boleyn has nothing but good things to say about her husband, Henry VIII: "I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord."

Except of course for this whole beheading thing.

May 19, 1890 -
Nguyen Tat Thanh was born in central Vietnam on this date. After World War I he devotes his life to the Communist cause, adopting a series of pseudonyms along the way. Finally he settles on "The Enlightener," that being the English translation of Ho Chi Minh.

As a birthday present, the US decides to bomb Hanoi in 1967 on this date.

May 19, 1935 -
Thomas Edward Lawrence died after an motorcycle accident on this date. Lawrence was a British officer who rose to prominence during the Arabian campaigns of the First World War. Clad in the magnificent white silk robes of an Arab prince ... he hoped to pass unnoticed through London. Alas he was mistaken.

He can also be seen in The Lion in Winter, Becket, What New, Pussycat and My Favorite Year.

May 19, 1945 -
Peter Townshend, Rock Singer/guitarist/vocalist/composer, was born on this date .

After he was rated as the 50th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone, Mr. Townshend fell into a deep depression and was reduced to appearing with another old time rocker, Roger Daltrey at benefit concerts.

How sad.

May 19, 1951
To me, punk is about being an individual and going against the grain and standing up and saying 'This is who I am'.

Joey Ramone, (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) punk rocker, songwriter and countercultural icon was born on this date.

May 19, 1952 (1948 - it's not for us to question a woman about her real age) -
Everyone has to make their own decisions. I still believe in that. You just have to be able to accept the consequences without complaining.

Grace Jones, singer, model, and actress was born on this date.

May 19, 1962 -
Democrats staged a fund-raiser in New York's Madison Square Garden that was billed as a birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy on this date.

JFK thanked Marilyn, saying, “I can now retire from politics after having had ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way.” It takes a certain kind of balls to have your mistress, Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of Happy Birthday to You in front of your wife and the nation.

And so it goes

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