Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Said It First: Jennifer Lawrence + Emma Stone = Comedy Gold

As I do almost every morning at work, I was emailing Heather. I mentioned recently seeing Crazy Stupid Love and she replied with this:
Emma Stone is a G-D American gem.
I couldn't argue with that logic and after she mentioned Stone's appearances on Andrew Garfield's SNL episode, I had a brainstorm: Jennifer Lawrence and Stone NEED to be the next great comedy team.

Now, while all of you scurry off to your typewriters and whatnot, I decided to throw out a list of films that they could remake while new material was being written. Hell, they could write their own films in between these films. All the better. Without further ado:
  • Bad Boys.
  • 48 Hours.
  • Step Brothers.
  • Men In Black
  • Talledega Nights.
  • Back To The Future.
  • Ghostbusters. (Lawrence. Stone. Cohan. Caplan.)
  • The Blues Brothers.
  • And for your consideration...SHAWSHANK.
Heather talked me off the Shawshank ledge. While I think they could pull it off, maybe that's one classic they could leave alone. So instead, they could just remake the Murphy/M. Lawrence vehicle Life.

You want this to happen. Hell, any thing that has some type of life on this planet wants this to happen. Someone get me their agents email addresses. I'll leave you with one more:
  • Coming To America.
Would there even be a point for anyone else to try after this?

Monday, July 21, 2014

It Came From YouTube: Bulls @ Celtics March 31, 1991

One of the best Christmas gifts I ever received was The Jordan Rules by Chicago Tribune writer Sam Smith. Smith detailed the Bulls' 1990-91 season, the first one to end with a championship. When the book came out in the fall of 1991, it made Smith a villain in Chicago, but it's a great book that covers not only Michael Jordan but even the last man on the bench like Dennis Hopson.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when Sam details a March 1991 visit the Bulls took to Boston Garden. As Larry Bird's career winded down, he would have this moments where he would practically will himself to be his great former self. This day would be no different. I'm pretty sure this came through my Recommendations, and it's one of those times that it's scary how well YouTube knows you. You can also see what a monster Reggie Lewis was about to become as well, another example of the horrible luck the C's had after their 1986 title.

My Week On Reddit 7/21/14

Bomb threat accusations! Zach Braff's AMA! Favors from President Obama! A McDonald's run by you and your clones! Many more!

The Dime Session 7/21/2014

In this edition of The Dime Session, a former contestant on The Bachelor shares her story, MICHAEL MCDONALD, LeBron's decision letter, reasons why Wale doesn't need Maybach Music Group any longer, and as always, more!

The Promos By Hyphen 2014 WWE Year End Awards

Last year, I introduced the concept of the WWE season, running from the Raw after WrestleMania until the curtain closes on the next year’s WrestleMania. These awards reflect upon the events that took place during the 2013-14 WWE season.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Spideyville Unlimited Week: Passion

I love this song. It's a shame that I used the "Power" instrumental to get it out in the world. It was written around the time that I planned on quitting The Shoe Dept. and moving to Finish Line (it fell through), but I was feeling pretty pleased with myself.

Probably my best showcase of lyricism in my career, this song could be that much greater if I had used an original instrumental. Even with that knock, this song goes. And it's probably my favorite piece of music I've ever recorded. SYU is the best collection of music but this is better than all 10 of those tracks.

Live your passion. I know I try to every day.

Gunfighter Gothic: Absinthe & Steam Cover Reveal

Cover reveal for Mark Bousquet's Gunfighter Gothic v2: Absinthe & Steam, available shortly from Atomic Anxiety Press.

Please check out gunfightergothic.com for more information.

Spideyville Unlimited Week: Sometimes @LaydeeBlayze

Marcus D'Tray is an incredible producer, and a Dub Vee legend to boot. So I shot him an email when I was in Indianapolis for the Final Four in 2010 about buying a beat off him for my debut album. And the homie hooked me up with a banger.

When I sat down to write something to the beat though, I realized there was something I just had to address. I met my friend Nicole years ago on Xanga and we used to regularly talk on AIM. I had asked her about some scars and she explained they were from cancer treatments. Turns out, Nicole's cancer had come back around the same time she was pregnant. Because I was amazed by her strength through the whole ordeal, I wrote the first verse about her.

I made up the second verse and the third verse is all true, I just changed names. The real gem is Nicole's verse for me though.

I originally sang the full hook but I decided I didn't like it, so I spliced in Musiq's voice from "B.U.D.D.Y.".

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Best Of CM Punk: The Last Promo

Towards the end of 2013, Punk had feuded with anybody and everybody. As 2014 dawned, he was feuding with The Authority and Corporate Kane. In his last televised promo before the Royal Rumble, Punk addressed Kane about being the #1 entry in the Rumble.

I didn't notice it then, but Punk looks incredibly beat down here. If anyone needs evidence of his being burnt out, look no further. I think this is the appropriate way to end The Best Of CM Punk, because even as tired as he looks, he still cuts a great promo.

The Best Of CM Punk: v. Brock Lesnar @ SummerSlam 2013

Angry that his former friend Paul Heyman screwed him out of a third MITB briefcase, Heyman called in the big gun in the form of Brock Lesnar as back up. Dubbed The Best v. The Beast, these two men clashed at the Staples Center and stole the show on a night that saw Daniel Bryan win his first WWE Championship.