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Mary Tyler Moore has left us at age 80. RIP, and thanks for the laughs and occasional tears.

One of the funniest scenes in television history from the The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust":

The whole episode:

The theme song (first season):

2017 is already shaping up to be a crap year.
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Alan Thicke died suddenly today. I loved Growing Pains as a kid (despite really being annoyed by Kirk Cameron, especially later in the show). He had a heart attack while playing hockey with his son. As someone on [ profile] ohnotheydidnt pointed out, what a Canadian way to go. But 69 is too young. :(

Jeez, I'm seeing a pattern here- Florence Henderson, AKA Mrs. Brady, and now Dr. Seaver. Don't want to know what T.V. mom or dad is going to be next. *puts protective forcefield around Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross of Family Ties*
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The PBS animated show Arthur turns 20 this fall. Sam was five when it first aired. He loved it so much. He was Arthur for Halloween one year, and he played that damn CD over and over...(CAUSE I WAS JEKYLL JEKYLL HYDE JEKYLL HYDE HYDE JEKYLL!)

I'm old enough to remember the original Arthur books by Marc Brown...the ones from the 70s. When Arthur actually looked like an aardvark. LOL!

Cute show, but the last few years have sucked. And many a childhood has been ruined by the Arthur internet memes...

Some are hilarious. Some are gross.

Then there are the out-of context screen shots...

Um, ew. I think that was a Baby Kate episode.

Who knew a kid's show could be turned into something so dirty? ROTFLMAO.
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...that will make this week bearable are these two guys:

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Despite all the horrible crap coming from the Republican National Convention, these two can make me laugh about it. Colbert's live Late Show mocking the convention is perfection.

Also, he crashed the convention yesterday as his Hungry for Power Games character. Troll level: Expert.

Can't wait to see what he has planned for the Democrats.
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ABC has cancelled Agent Carter. Well, that's the last network show I was watching...This means no more Peggy and Jarvis anywhere, most likely.

I saw Captain America: Civil War last Friday and it was awesome. I'll post more about it later, but right now I am in mourning! :(
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Black Knight #4 picks up where #3 left off- Dane is locked up and Steve Rogers has the Ebony Blade. But Dane's people aren't going to let that go quietly- they find the previous king's secret portal where they get tons of Earth guns. Fortunately, a compromise is worked out before it gets bloody. The Uncanny Avengers take the Blade, but Dane gets to stay with his kingdom, because as the historian, Rebecca, points out, the Blade is the "bad guy" and without it, Dane is all good. Dane is not happy. He is convinced that Steve is already becoming possessed by the Blade himself. He may not be wrong...

I liked this issue. It goes a little deeper into why the people of New Avalon love Dane- he's the best leader they've ever had, and he isn't evil like the family that ruled before. I loved seeing how eager they were to defend him.

The beginning conversation Dane has with Sir Percy bugged me. In the past, Percy has always tried to help Dane get away from the Blade, and all of the sudden, he's encouraging him to kill? Percy has never behaved this way, which makes me think this is NOT Percy's ghost, and that this is somehow connected to the Blade becoming stronger and more controlling of its wielder. He pretty much vanished when Steve started using the Blade himself.

There's a nice back and forth between Dane and Rebecca, who really does want to help him (while also getting material for her next book, no doubt!).

I would not be surprised if in the future, these two are paired off. A "Florence Nightengale Effect" if you will. ;) Too bad the series is ending after #5. I'd love to see them rule New Avalon together. Of course, with Dane's notoriously bad luck with women, it probably would crash and burn. And we still don't know what happened between him and Faiza Hussein.

As usual, there's humor from Deadpool. I can't believe no one has ever made a Monty Python and the Holy Grail reference before now!

Poor Dane is left absolutely shattered at the end, as the Avengers leave with the Blade in Steve's hand. Rebecca stays behind to help him with the inevitable withdrawal he faces. Dane pleads with Steve one last time that only he can wield the Blade.

The original cover for #5 has him still in chains and clearly suffering. The alternate cover for #5 hints that Dane was right and Steve is now possessed by the Blade:

As for Dane's future, it's already been hinted at (by Marvel editors, as well as clues from other comics' future covers) that he will return to Earth and possibly rejoin the Avengers. Of course, there will be a lot of explaining to do about how he got back and if he's actually okay now. I hope that's true, because I hate that this series was cancelled so quickly. And I really don't want to see Dane get mothballed again.

Speaking of cancellations, it looks like Agent Carter won't get a third season. I figured that would happen, but it still sucks.
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...thanks to Agent Carter. "You arrogant plonker." I love this show. I love the characters, the costumes, the music. This is one of the few occasions that I don't mind that the character is so different on screen than in the comics (Peggy was American in the comics and wasn't anywhere near as badass). I love Peggy and Jarvis being badass together. I wish the show was being watched by more people. I hope it gets a third season.

Good day today- excellent episode of Agent Carter, and a new issue of Black Knight coming to me late tonight. Sadly it's the second to last issue. I'm still bitter that it was cancelled so soon.
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RIP, Leonard Nimoy. Knew it was coming, but this Trekkie's heart still hurts.


His last Tweet:

Few celeb deaths make me truly sad, because it's not like I knew them personally, right? But aside from being an icon, Leonard Nimoy was part of my childhood! I was introduced to Star Trek at an early age. I grew up watching the re-runs, and Mom and Dad always took me to the movies. So for me, this is like Jim Henson dying, and Robin Williams last year. Tiny pieces of childhood going away.
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That's all I have to say about the season finale of Agent Carter. Be right back, sobbing. No spoilers, but that last scene just screams for a second season.

I haven't done my Oscars wrap up yet, but I'll say that I'm glad Birdman won Best Picture.

Sam's birthday dinner was delayed for a week because of the snow, but we got together at Can Can for lunch on Sunday. He has a new girlfriend. She seems nice! Sam was very tired.

As always, the food was great...I had my favorite thing from the menu, Steak Frites:

I love the whole look of the restaurant:
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I really enjoyed most of the three and a half hour anniversary special. Some of the highlights- the Weekend Update tribute starring Jane Curtin, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, a new SNL Short about cast members breaking character (with several clips of Jimmy Fallon, one of the worst offenders! :p), a Wayne's World reunion with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, and Paul Simon singing "Still Crazy After All These Years". And the last bit with producer Lorne Michaels being dragged onto the stage! Also, the memorial section made me sniffle. So many of the great ones are gone- John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Charlie Rocket, Jan Hooks, and announcer Don Pardo, just to name a few.

Oh, yeah, Bradley Cooper smooching Betty White. Hilarious. I hate The Californians skits. I just don't get them.

Landshark (played by Bobby Moynihan) devouring Tina after the Weekend Update.

And the running "Jon Lovitz is dead" joke, even including him in the memorial! His Wikipedia entry has already been hacked:
Jonathan Michael “Jon” Lovitz (born July 21, 1957) is an American comedian, actor, and singer. He is best known as a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. He is dead. Poor Jon!


These ladies:


Wayne's World! Top Ten! Things about SNL!

King Tut!

Personal note- Saturday Night Live premiered the month my grandmother died. I was four. When my mom wasn't looking after her mother, she and my aunts and uncle would watch t.v., and this was one of the few things that made any of them smile.
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Finished these this week- wood boxes covered with Marvel fabric.

new box 1 a

new box 2 a

These are so much fun to do.

So, Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show, Brian Williams is suspended from NBC (his own damn fault), and 60 Minutes' Bob Simon just died in a car crash tonight. What a shitty week for television news!

Agent Carter kicked ass last night. No, really, she beat the crap out of several agents (with a bit of help from Jarvis), and, in the best scene of the night, knocked out that sexist pig Agent Thompson. This must the episode that was filming when Hayley Atwell tweeted her apologies for "kicking the stuntman in the balls". Ouch!

I hope the show is renewed. I love the Carter/Angie friendship and REALLY love how Carter and Jarvis work together. And Jarvis is played by James D'Arcy, one of my favorites who just doesn't get enough recognition.
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I’ve been looking forward to the Wolf Hall miniseries that airs on PBS in April (already airing in the UK). I haven’t read the books„ but I’ve always been interested in Tudor history. My mother has been doing some genealogy research about my dad’s side of the family, and she’s traced it back to that era. One of my ancestors was Richard Rich (spelled Riche in the novel). He was one of the most evil men of the Tudor era! Yikes!,_1st_Baron_Rich

From the article:

Since the mid-sixteenth century Rich has had a highly negative reputation for immorality, financial dishonesty, double dealing, perjury and treachery that is seldom matched in all of English history. The historian Hugh Trevor-Roper dismissed Rich as a man “of whom nobody has ever spoken a good word”.


As a side note, in Wolf Hall, Rich is played by Bryan Dick. So Bryan is playing my great-great-something grandpa. :p

Hmmm, it's been a while since I used the Bryan as Blythe icon.
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Spoilers for Hakweye #21 below...
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Mom got me some more Marvel fabric- two yards each of three patterns:

marvel fabric stash

I think I have a nail polish addiction-

polish problem

This doesn't even include the dozens of mini OPI bottles! And I have three glitter polishes coming soon.

I am really enjoying Agent Carter. I hope it gets a second season and beyond.
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2014 is killing too many funny people. Robin Williams in August, and now Saturday Night Live veteran Jan Hooks is gone at age 57. I didn't even know she was sick.

Here's one of my favorite SNL shorts of all time- Love is a Dream, which also has Phil Hartman. This made me sad after Hartman was murdered, and now it's doubly sad. A nice tribute for both of them now. :(

She was a funny lady who didn't get anywhere near the credit she deserved. The Sweeney Sisters (with Nora Dunn), her impressions of Hilary Clinton, Tammy Faye Baker, and Kathie Lee Gifford- and she played well with everybody. Well, except for Victoria Jackson. They hated each other. But everybody hates that bitch Jackson now. :p
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Robin Williams is dead. I can't believe it. An apparent suicide. I knew he'd recently gone back to drug rehab, but had no idea things were so bad. :(

I was a little kid when Mork and Mindy was on. First movie I saw him in was Popeye. He's been one of my favorites ever since. I'm so sad about this. This is how I felt when Jim Henson died in 1990- a huge part of my childhood has died.

RIP, O Captain my Captain.

The front page of the Huffington Post tonight:
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My Mini Muggs Hawkeye now has a baby brother, Micro Muggs Hawkeye!

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I've been watching most of the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoons...and I came upon this lovely scene. Wasp and Hawkeye lounging by the pool. Hubba hubba. Love the farmer's tan, Clint!

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LOL. Fanservice on a kid's show! Of course, the comic books are far racier...

Another reason I enjoy the cartoon- Hulk and Hawkeye's odd friendship.

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I've been watching (via amazon) Marvel's Avengers Assemble from Disney. It's FUNNY. I know Earth's Mightiest Heroes was better, but the new series has charms. I love Hawkeye and Hulk. On Sunday's episode, Hulk ate all of Hawkeye's pickles, and started a grudge match that landed them in an alien death match. Better than it sounds. Don't eat Hawkeye's food. He will attack something you like! In another episode, everyone except Black Widow got Hulk-ified, and an extremely hungry Clint was enraged by the disappearance of his beloved pizza bagels. (Captain America ate them all!)

So, inspired by "Mojo World", here is Clint defending the pickles from Hulk.

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Oh, wow...

Dec. 5th, 2013 10:01 pm
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John Barrowman singing Being Alive from Company (Kennedy Center 2002). HOW DID I MISS THIS I COULD HAVE SEEN HIM I COULD HAVE GOTTEN TICKETS!

Quite possibly one of my favorite Broadway songs- definitely my favorite written by Stephen Sondheim. (Number 2 is Not While I'm Around from Sweeney Todd, number 3 is Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music, number 4 is On the Steps of the Palace from Into the Woods)

Somebody, need me too much,
Somebody, know me too well,
Somebody, pull me up short
And put me through hell
And give me support
For being alive,
Make me alive.

Make me confused,
Mock me with praise,
Let me be used,
Vary my days.
But alone is alone, not alive.

Somebody, crowd me with love,
Somebody, force me to care,
Somebody, make me come through,
I'll always be there,
As frightened as you,
To help us survive
Being alive,
Being alive,
Being alive!

I tried to watch NBC's live Sound of Music. I couldn't get through it. Carrie Underwood just can't act, and the show is more than just singing Do-Re-Mi. The kids were pretty blah. Audra MacDonald as Mother Superior was the only thing I liked. I turned it off and started listening to Broadway show albums, particularly Company. For a minute, I imagined Jeremy Renner singing Being Alive. He's got the range, and he's said he wants to do a musical someday. I bet he'd be great as Bobby!

Edited because I got my American Idol chicks messed up. Duh.


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