Hey Arnold_L_R Helga, Arnold and Gerald. Photo:Nickelodeon. © 2015 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Hey Arnold! is one of the seminal shows of my youth and undoubtedly one of the greatest shows to ever air on Nickelodeon. But it’s been twenty years since it first debuted and us brats who watched it after school every day are now old enough to spend money and influence decisions so Nickelodeon is bringing the iconic show back for a one-off (for now) TV movie. Titled Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, the movie will finally solve the mystery as to what happened to Arnold’s parents. A lot of the adult voice cast will be returning but the voices of the kids themselves have been replaced for obvious reasons, except Danny Cooksey who will once again don the iconic role of Stoop Kid (STOOP KID’S AFRAID TO LEAVE HIS STOOP!). The original voices of Arnold and the gang will be showing up though in other roles which is a nice touch.
Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie will try to successfully mine 90s nostalgia when it premieres sometime next year.
Earlier today Ubisoft held a press conference touting their wares for the upcoming year and beyond, hosted once again by the one and only Aisha Tyler. The show opened with a crazy ass dance number to push the next Just Dance, including an announcement that it’ll come out for Nintendo’s mysterious NX console, and from there we got some good looks at a few games, some segments that went on way too long, and a cool look at a Star Trek VR experience that I’ll probably never play because VR is way too rich for my blood. Alas, there are three games that stood out to me the most so let’s check those out.
Sony’s E3 conference has come and gone and what a show they put on. Wall to wall trailers, a live orchestra, Hideo Kojima making his triumphant return, and…a zombie game starring bikers. Okay the last part wasn’t all that great. Either way as a PlayStation man through and through this got me really excited so here are the games that stuck out to me the most.
Five (FIVE) years ago I started this blog with a relatively simple intent: showcase my writing to prospective employers by linking to pieces I was writing for other outlets as well as original work that maybe didn’t fit at any of the places I was writing for at the time. However being the scatterbrained idiot that I tend to be things quickly got out of hand and over the past half-decade I have bounced from outlet to outlet, starting blog after blog, trying in essence to “find myself” and see what would finally stick.
A couple of nights ago, while in the midst of another depression-tinged bout of insomnia, I realized that I had been doing everything all wrong. I didn’t need a cool fancy brand or a dozen blogs each focused on one specific thing to still do what I wanted to do. So here I am, back at the site that I started in my first full year as an online writer, giving it another go.
This is me, Jonathan Sullivan, essentially starting over from scratch and hopefully this time things are going to work out a little bit better. Here I will be doing what I love to do: reporting on entertainment news with my own personal spin, reviewing everything from movies to wrestling events, and if I ever feel ballsy enough I may do some audio/video content as well. I’m still a scatterbrained idiot, that’ll never change, but now as I near the age of 30 (THIRTY) it’s time to get serious and buckle down. No brands, no catchy website names, no more of me going “hey I want to write about something, let’s start a new WordPress blog to focus only on that and then abandon it a week later”. My home is here and it’s about to get really fucking cluttered. Hope you enjoy.
Starring: Julia Dietze, Götz Otto, Christopher Kirby, Udo Kier
Written by: Michael Kalesniko & Timo Vuorensola
Directed by: Timo Vuorensola
Although I probably should be, I’m not ashamed to admit that I have been waiting with bated breath for Iron Sky ever since it was “the weird Space Nazi movie that probably won’t be made” project floating around the web sites and message boards. And much to my shock, after six long years Timo Vuorensola and company actually did it. Iron Sky is a gosh-darn real-life movie that you can buy or rent (or or watch on Netflix!). But after six years of hype, and six years of anticipation, does the finished product of Iron Sky actually deliver? That’s where things get a little murky. While there is a lot of good to be had (impressive SFX, good casting, high entertainment value, and even some political satire to boot), Iron Sky feels like the product of “too many cooks in the kitchen”, with nonsensical plot twists and jarring tonal shifts. It’s like five different people tried to make five different movies and somehow cram them all together in 90 minutes.
As soon as I get the money, I will be starting my own wrestling site called The Pro Wrestling Nerd. This is a preview/test run of how I’ll be handling the TV recaps. Let me know if it sucks or not.
We begin with a recap of the end of last week’s Raw, where A.J. sent CM Punk flying through a table (and Daniel Bryan) on the outside. We then cut to last week’s live Smackdown, where Punk and Bryan try to win A.J. over. She kisses both of them, leaving her true loyalties up in the air.
We are live in Denver, Colorado at the Pepsi Center. A.J. skips her way down the entrance ramp and into the ring. The crowd is mixed in their reaction. A.J. talks about how she’ll be the special guest referee this Sunday at Money in the Bank for the Punk/Bryan WWE Championship match and how her actions can affect the outcome. She says the thought of that is making her feel overwhelmed and emotional. A.J. asks the crowd to help her welcome out WWE Champion CM Punk. “Cult of Personality” hits and out comes the champion. Michael Cole fills the home audience on her actions again last week, once again proving that wrestling really is a male soap opera, cliches be damned.
FeaturesThis article was originally published on October 31, 2011 and has been re-edited and re-written to make it suck less (don’t worry I wrote the original, so I’m not punching anyone’s dignity in the face…except mine). For the original article in its entirety, visit Pro Wrestling Nostalgia.
In the time before the Monday Night Wars pro wrestling television was a largely mundane affair, with most shows being one hour commercials for their upcoming pay per views and arena events. Not wanting to give away their big matches for free companies relied on “squash matches”, quick non-competitive bouts where the name wrestler would showcase his moves for two minutes on an opponent whose sole purpose in the contest was to make the “money” guy look good. These bottom rung competitors were known as “jobbers” or “enhancement talent”. If you followed a promotion for a long enough time, these men became familiar and household names in and of themselves and in the World Wrestling Federation there was perhaps no “enhancement talent” better known than Barry Horowitz.
Although an accomplished wrestler on the independent scene, when the cameras rolled on a WWF show it was Horowitz’s job to take the punishment and either lay down for the three count or submit quickly to his opponent’s “devestating” submission hold. But Horowitz had what most of the other enhancement talents lacked: personality. Horowitz played the “heel” persona brilliantly and had the gimmick of patting himself on the back in a smug fashion (he even went so far as to wear a ring jacket with a giant hand on the back, just in case you weren’t paying attention and couldn’t pick up the cues). Through out the late 80’s and early 90’s, if a wrestler was needing to look good Horowitz was called in and he became a weekly fixture. But no matter how good at his job he was, it seemed like he was never going to get a break. But in 1995, Horowitz’s loyalty and hard work finally paid off.