Karl Pilkington’s Monkey News

If you’ve never heard Karl Pilkington’s Monkey News, I don’t know how you’ve survived this long.  Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, and The Karl Pilkington do a podcast in England where they play music and chat about everyday topics that quickly reveal how absolutely and wonderfully absurd Karl is.  He does a segment every show called Monkey News, which he swears are true stories ripped from the headlines about monkeys.  Here is one of those stories.  Notice how composed Ricky manages to stay.

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The Movie That Convinced Some People That Elvis Was Still Alive!

I bring you an 80’s movie moment.  I saw Eddie and The Cruisers on AMC the other day, and it brought back some memories.  The premise of the movie is as follows: Music from a band formed in the tumultuous 60’s sees a revival years after their lead singer is killed in a car crash.  A reporter sets out to find out what has become of the surviving members.  She discovers there are secret, never before heard tapes, and a mysterious stranger is desperate to get hold of the tapes.  Could that mysterious stranger be the dead lead singer?

The lead singer, played by Michael Paré, is kind of “Springsteen light” – Tough guy from Jersey who’s more interested in singing songs that mean something than signing the popular songs of the day.  He’s a rebel with a guitar.

The movie came out in 1983.  Shortly after, stories galore came out about Elvis faking his own death in order to escape the spotlight, much like Eddie did in the movie.  The movie is surprisingly “not bad.”  It is based on a book, and bombed at the box office, but thanks to the success of the soundtrack, it got some traction on cable and video sales.  The actual band behind the music is John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.  The video below is for the number one song from the movie and soundtrack, On the Dark Side.

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Bill Maher vs. Jon Stewart – Who’s Funnier?

Okay, they have similar social leanings.  Their humor is topical and political.  They both have quasi talk/news shows on cable television. And they are both often quoted on various news programs across the dial.  The question must be asked.  Who is king of the satirical hill?

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TrueBlood – Review

I was pleasantly surprised to see the first episode of TrueBlood for rent at my local Blockbuster. It is a promotional copy which means it is watermarked with HBO’s logo in the middle of the screen, and annoying reminders pop up at the bottom of the screen every 15 minutes reminding you that your watching a promotional copy. But beyond these technical annoyances, I am happy to report that it is yet another excellent original TV series created by the folks at HBO. In case you haven’t heard, the premise of the program is that vampires have come out of the coffin, so to speak. They are undead and living among us. They claim not to be the blood thirsty killers we’ve all grown to loathe and fear. True they need blood to survive, but thanks to a synthetic blood invented by the Japanese, they have no reason to suck the blood of humans. The show documents the vampires’ struggle to fit into society. They are even fighting for a vampire equal rights bill in congress.

TrueBlood is Buffy the Vampire Slayer on steroids. There’s a plucky waitress with psychic abilities and a mean left hook. There’s a pale and brooding vampire who takes an immediate liking to the pretty blonde waitress who saves his life. There’s a supporting cast that includes a foul-mouthed best friend, an over-sexed brother, a bartender who owns a bar and an unrequited love for his head waitress. And there are baddies – rednecks with an addiction for vampire blood.

I’m not a big vampire fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this show. Be warned, this is a series for adults, there is sex, nudity, blood, and violence. It is not for the kiddies. The show is based on novelist Charlaine Harris’ world of vampires.

TrueBlood – 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Premiers September 7, at 9:00 PM EST

*** Don’t forget to take the Vampire Poll