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Iconic child star Shirley Temple Black, who sang signature hits like “On the Good Ship Lollipop” and starred in movies like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Heidi and Bright Eyes, passed away at age 85 in the San Francisco suburb of Woodside, Calif.
The adorable curly-haired Temple was a top box-office draw between 1935 and 1938, and saw a cottage industry of products featuring her likeness flood store shelves. A nonalcoholic cocktail was even named after her. The movie-going public largely lost interest in Temple after she grew out of childhood, and she retired from acting at age 21. She then pursued a successful career in conservative politics, eventually becoming a U.S. ambassador.
For the most comprehensive look back at Temple’s short-lived but meteoric career, check out the Shirley Temple Little Darling DVD Collection, featuring restored versions of 18 of her classic films, in both color and black-and-white.
It’s unclear exactly what form it will be in, but the cast of Seinfeld has definitely reunited to film . . . something. Creator and star Jerry Seinfeld called it a “secret project.”
“I think it’s one-and-done.”
Seinfeld and costar Jason Alexander (George Costanza) were recently spotted walking into Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, the gang’s hangout for nearly a decade, for some sort of shoot. Larry David, a writer and creator of the show, was also there, Seinfeld confirmed on the sports talk radio show Boomer & Carton. Seinfeld was cagey about what exactly they were filming, but did answer in the affirmative when asked if it would be a one-time thing. “I think it’s one-and-done,” he said.
“Very, very soon.”
Seinfeld also said that whatever they are making will be available for viewing shortly: “Very, very soon,” he said.
So does that mean they’re merely reuniting for a Super Bowl commercial? Nope. He said it’s definitely longer than 60 seconds.
Our favorite minor ‘Seinfeld’ characters
Elaine’s boss J. Peterman (played by John O’Hurley) was always smartly attired, even when hanging out in Far East opium dens.
Uncle Leo (played by Len Lesser, who passed away in 2011) was one of TV’s greatest cheapskates.
A shining moment of the series was when George’s boss Mr. Matt Whilhelm (played by Richard Herd) joined a carpet-cleaning religious cult.
Perhap’s TV’s greatest sociopath is “crazy” Joe Davola (played by Peter Crombie, and named after a TV producer of the same name).
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If you love the style and humor of the pitchman behind fan-favorite products Slap Chop and ShamWow, you might also enjoy his second grossout feature film, Inappropriate Comedy. Vince “Offer” Shlomi was somehow able to snag an Oscar winner for this outing, out now on DVD (buy it cheap at Amazon). He’s also trying to reclaim his pitchman throne by cleaning up with his new all-in-one InVinceable household cleaner.
The politically incorrect sketch comedy inexplicably features Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as hardboiled gay cop Flirty Harry, along with a character named the Amazing Racist, in a series of wildly offensive skits. The film also stars celebs like Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez and Lindsay Lohan, all along on the ride with the infomercial king turned flailing shlock/shock auteur as he attempts (and continues to fail miserably) to stake his place in alt-comedy and pop culture.
The DVD release comes with plenty of extras, including previously unreleased scenes featuring “Blackass” and the Amazing Racist, plus the unfinished extended version of the “Sperm Lake” sketch. But it’s doubtful that any addition to this sordid affair could change the minds of the critics who savaged Inappropriate Comedy upon its debut.
Inappropriate Comedy is nearly as wild as the life of the pitchman himself. You may recall that the Israeli-born Vince Offer, 49, was arrested back in 2009 after he got into a bloody scrap with a 26-year-old hooker. Vince claimed he hit the woman only after she bit his tongue and wouldn’t let go. They were both bloodied, and both ended up in the hospital. Charges were never filed against either party.
Before the hooker dustup, Vince was involved in a number of lawsuits, most famously against the Church of Scientology. In a 2004 suit, Vince accused the church of attempting to smear his reputation when he was a member in 1997. The suit claimed the church’s vendetta was sparked after he started funneling profits from his pre-Slap Chop “the Chopper” product away from the church and into his first feature, 1999’s The Underground Comedy Movie. Soon after the suit was dismissed and Vince left the church, he launched his well-known infomercials for the ShamWow and Slap Chop.
Along with the new DVD release, Vince is back pitching a brand-new product that he hopes to put him back on his pitch pedestal. The InVinceable all-purpose home cleaner promises to replace cleaning supplies used in the bathroom, laundry room and kitchen, saving households more than $500 a year.
Time will tell if Vince still has that old pitchman magic. Hopefully so, because his movie-director pretensions seem to be just that.
Today’s post is aimed at young people who can’t seem to find the perfect gift for older relatives like parents and grandparents. Here’s a tip: the olds like music and TV shows from when they were young like you. It’s called nostalgia. And the most part, they’re not technologically savvy. They don’t get their music from Spotify or Pandora. They don’t stream video from Netflix or Hulu. They think a torrent is heavy rainstorm.
Yes, boomers and seniors like CDs and DVDs. It’s technology they understand and can hold in their hands. These are people who still cling to landlines, own VCRs and buy cars with CD changers. Give them something they’ll find comfortably familiar: a CD or DVD box set from Time Life. For a limited time, there’s free shipping on all orders.
Since yesterday was Memorial Day, we couldn’t think of a more appropriate product for this week’s New Product Tuesday than Crusade WWII. Originally shown on television in 1949 and 1951, Crusade in Europe and Crusade in the Pacific are hardly new. What’s new is their release in this special Crusade World War II DVD Collection. Because these gripping documentaries were made just a few years after World War II ended, involving some the some of the same filmmakers and journalists who actually reported from the front, they provide a unique perspective on the greatest generation who bravely fought evil to keep us free.
Your Savvy Shopper is not a parent. So I’m not going to make any claims about Your Baby Can Read. I don’t know if the average kid can accomplish what the kids in this video demonstrate. I just know that it’s really, really cool to watch a nine-month-old Andy reading. Even if it’s memorization, it’s still ultra cool. And if that wasn’t enough to wow me, watching Andy reading and pronouncing the state capitals of Florida and California at age 2 1/2. There are more videos on the Your Baby Can Read website. Wow. Just wow.
If you’re old enough to remember the many characters of motion picture and television legend Red Skelton, you know you want this DVD set with rare and previously unreleased material. If you’re not familiar with Red’s work, Red Skelton Unreleased is a great introduction. Here’s a sketch from 1961 featuring Harvey Korman: