Pics of Dan's Hawaii vacation in comic form!
Maria Menounos bet on the Patriots to win Sunday's Bowl game. She agreed to wear a teeny-weeny Giants bikini in Times Square if she lost the bet.
The Greek Gods of Immortals.
Begosh and Begorrah! I hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! I spent mine in an Irish Pub watching sheep getting sheered. Only in America, right? Video is below.
Other highlights included the Snohomish County Fire Department's Bagpipe Band, live trad (traditional Irish tunes), "Irish" Nachos, and perhaps a beer or three.
Shawn O'Donnell's tongue-in-cheek "Irish" Nachos are a departure from standard nachos in that it features a combination of potato chips, corned beef (of course), and the usual jalepenos, tomatoes, and lots of melted cheese. Delicious! And you can't hear my arteries clogging over the phenomenal babpipers, so that's a plus as well!
Here's a quick look at some of the fun!
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Halle Berry hopes to thrill moviegoers with her new suspense feature, The Call. She compares it to past fright flicks like Silence of the Lambs, or the works of Alfred Hitchcock. Turns out she's a fan of films that get your heart racing.
"(The script) was such a page turner," she explains. "So many twists-and-turns. So many things happened that made me go: Oh, god, really? That happened? Oh noooo..."
Berry also loves that the film showcases a strong female lead. "There are so many movies that are made that don't have really empowered women roles... That are everyday women who do extraordinary things. Men get to do that quite a bit more often. This has got some meat on the bone for women."
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The actress prepared for the role of a 9-1-1 operator by visiting a real-life Los Angeles call center. " I spent lots of time hangin' out there. Watching, taking notes, observing them taking real calls, sitting through training sessions..."
So did Berry jump on the phone and respond to a real-life emergency? "No. They wanted me to, but I said 'you know what? (When) somebody really calls in, they don't want to get Halle Berry on the phone.' They want somebody who can help them. Seriously help them. They don't want to know that some actress doing research for a movie is gonna' answer the phone. I mean, I'd be pissed if it were me! What the hell? Gimme the real lady! I got a problem here. You don't want to talk to some dumb actress."
The Call is in theaters this weekend. Rated R for violence, disturbing content and some strong language.
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon recruited some familiar faces to help out with this fracking song, a protest against fracking Mother Earth for fracking natural gas, and whatever else they frack for.
Can you name all the fracking faces? Don't forget Seattle's own Reggie Watts as the villain.
In 1973, 19 year old Who fan Thomas Scot Halpin had his rockstar dreams come true, if maybe not the way he intended. Keith Moon, famous for his drug use, passed out behind the drum-kit. While Moon was rushed to the hospital, Halpin answered the call from his rock'n'roll heroes and jammed on 3 Who songs. Daltrey praised Halpin in the press, and Halpin said he had new respect for the band's stamina, because those three songs on the drums wiped him out. Below is video from the night of the incident.
Halpin passed away in 2008. The Who gave him one last shout-out on their website, and directed fans to this memorial blog from Halpin's wife.
Photo: Matt Keller
Emerald City Comicon was the hottest ticket in Seattle this past weekend. A large part of what makes it great are the costumed fans.
Photo: Matt Keller
We've added more photos to our #ECCC gallery so you can see what we mean.
Photo: Burt Ward, Dan Roberts, and Adam West
Burt Ward and Adam West were the first celebrities I ever met, at the tender age of 6 or 7. In fact, I didn't realize I was meeting actors. The pair appeared in costume at the time, so as far as I knew, I was meeting Batman and Robin!
I loved the action and gadgets of the series, but even as a kid I realized that Batgirl and Catwoman were pretty special, too.
Above: Jill St. John as the Riddlers moll, Molly, in the first episode of Batman. Julie Newmar as Catwoman. Below: Yvonne Craig as Batgirl. Photos courtesy of the Everett Collection.
Fast forward a few years (okay, many years) later, I find myself sitting across the table from Burt Ward and Adam West during the Emerald City Comicon. Of course, I had to ask them about the girls.
DAN: You had a lot of beautiful guest stars on the Batman TV series. Was there ever any dating among cast-members?
ADAM: Nobody knew whether we were gay or straight. You know, guys who wear tights and run around. We decided not to date. Until the end of the day. And then we dated like crazy.
(room erupts in laughter)
ADAM: It was womanizing, and booze…
BURT: Yes. He’s 100% correct.
ADAM: No… We dated occasionally. I’ve always made it kind of a rule never to date the leading lady, because things happen either, I guess you might say, “wonderfully…” But usually the repercussions are there.
BURT: He was referring to not dating leading ladies like Shellie Winters. And some of the older actresses, but the younger ones I think you made an exception for. Didn’t you?
ADAM: (joking): You marry them.
BURT: (laughing): We had fun. We actually did have a lot of fun, but that was a different period than today’s world.
ADAM: How so?
BURT: Well, because there was not the threat of AIDS and stuff like that.
ADAM: Yeah, but you haven’t changed.
BURT: No, I haven’t changed. I’m just more careful.
ADAM: I haven’t changed.
BURT: Yes, that’s true. A leopard doesn’t change his spots.
And Catwomen from Julie Newmar to Anne Hathaway still attract Batmen and fanboys alike.
To hear fly-on-the-wall audio of this interview, click the player below.
To see the trailer for the 2003 TV movie, Return to the Batcave, which documents the professional and personal lives of Adam and Burt, watch the video below. It certainly seems as though there was some "dating."
Another Emerald City Comicon has come and gone, but we have photographic proof that we were there! Check out the costumes, fans and stars that make this Seattle pop-culture weekend a world-class event.
And by the way, is that not the cutest Boba Fett you've ever seen?
Photo: Everett Collection
WHAM! SOCK! POW! On the eve of the Emerald City Comicon, 95.7 KJR's Spike O'Neil (dressed as Bat-vilain the Penguin) revisits 1960's Batmania with stars Adam West and Burt Ward.
Bat-fans at the Cinerama were treated to a Q & A with Batman and Robin, Mayor Mike McGinn's office declared it Adam West Day in Seattle, and then the lights went down for a screening of the hit 1966 Batman movie.
Enjoy this fly-on-the-wall video, shot and edited on my iPhone.
Emerald City Comicon returns to the Washington State Convention Center, March 1st – 3rd, 2013! Don’t miss the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Spend the weekend gaming, meeting artists, checking out the exhibits including an exhibit of The Hunger Games costumes, plus hearing from a number of special guests including Christopher Lloyd, Gillian Anderson, Dirk Benedict, Burt Ward, Adam West and more!