22nd May2015

West Week Ever – 5/22/15

by Will

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So, this week I watched The Wedding Ringer. Let me be clear – I had no intention of watching this movie. However, I signed up for Redbox alerts, and I ended up with a promo code for a free rental. When I got to the machine, there were so many movies that I wanted that I kinda panicked. As a result, I picked The Wedding Ringer before I really thought it through. I like Kevin Hart, but I have an irrational dislike for Josh Gad. I’m not really sure why, but it dates back to NBC’s failed 1600 Penn. Anyway, if you’re not familiar with the movie, Gad is a successful lawyer who has no friends due to his workaholic nature. So, with his wedding coming up, he realizes he doesn’t have anyone to be his best man and groomsmen. Enter Hart, who plays a professional best man for people in similar situations. Gad pays him $50,000 to pretend to be his best friend and best man. And then hilarity ensues. A lot of folks said that they preferred this movie the first time, when it was called Hitch and starred Will Smith. I never saw that movie, though, so that didn’t color my experience. I really enjoyed it. Like, really. So much so that I’ve forgiven Gad for all past transgressions. It’s not gonna win an Oscar or anything, but it was pretty funny, and everyone did a good job in their roles.

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On TV, this week saw the series finale of Mad Men. Considering the show was such a critical darling, I didn’t see a lot of fanfare surrounding the end. I didn’t notice any of the stars doing the late night talk show route or anything. Did I miss something? Anyway, I liked the episode well enough, but it felt superfluous. Had the series ended with last week’s episode, I probably would’ve felt a lot better about the ending. I’m still processing my thoughts on the episode, but it feels like the kind of thing that I’ll appreciate once some time passes. Anyway, I was honored to join Corey for the final MadCast ever, where we discussed the episode in more detail, so you should definitely check it out. Apparently, according to one commentor, we took the “hipster route” when discussing the episode, whatever that means…

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Meanwhile on TV, I caught the premiere of Sing It On, which airs on Pop (formerly TV Guide Network). Produced by John Legend, the show follows 5 collegiate a cappella groups on their road to compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). Legend is one of the few of us who actually made it big, so he’s probably a good choice to be behind the show. That said,  the show is filled with insufferable brats. I sat there wondering, “Was I ever like that?” One group said that they consider their members to be at least a 7 on the Hot or Not scale. I got so fed up with their personalities that I didn’t even make it through the first episode. Looking back on my a cappella days, the whole thing should be fun. These people become your family and your social outlet, but there’s nothing worse than a group whose sole purpose is to dominate the ICCAs. Trust me, as I’ve been there. I can’t imagine how these kids are gonna feel when they look back on this experience through the lens of what will be a forgotten reality show. It’s kinda sad, really.

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Speaking of disappointing musical reality shows, Sawyer Fredericks won The Voice this week. Not only does he have the eyes of a soulless automaton, but his win also reinforces the White Guys With Guitars conspiracy theory that they’re the only ones who can win reality competitions these days. My pick for the win was Meghan Linsey, and I still think she’ll have a brighter future than Sawyer. Regardless, winners of The Voice don’t go anywhere. In 8 seasons, they have yet to create a household name.

Meanwhile, I realized that we’ll never get my dream season of American Idol: the All-Star Deathmatch. I had this idea a few years ago, and I’d still like to see it happen. You round up all of the Idols of the past 14 seasons and pit them against each other. Ultimately, the quest would be to find the greatest Idol of all time. Some of them will go fairly early, but can you imagine Kelly Clarkson going against Carrie Underwood? That would be amazing television, but of course no one is willing to put their hard-fought career on the line for what’s essentially a reality show parlor trick. I still think it’d be a great season, though.

 

 

In movie news, potential concept art leaked for the zords in the Power Rangers film reboot. Based on the text on the pics, these appear to be concept art of the Pink Ranger’s Pterodactyl Zord. Honestly, it looks pretty cool, and it’s way more detail than I expected them to put into this movie. I just hope it’s not brazenly CGI like in the first movie.  These are being snatched down everywhere, thanks to Lionsgate and Saban, so I’ll either get a traffic boost and/or a cease and desist. Let’s see what happens!

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I’m not sure how many of you remember, but a few years back, I had this quest to become Everyone’s Favorite Blerd. That was before every Black kid and his sister was using that word. Then, I realized I’d never achieve that goal as long as Andre, The Black Nerd existed. He’s everyone’s favorite blerd, and I have to recognize that. But this week, I actually got on his radar. This exchange happened on Twitter:

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Anyway, I thought that would be the end of it, but then this happened:

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*Schoolgirl giggles* OMG! Andre knows who I am! And he thinks I’m cool! If only we could combine our powers somehow…

Things You Might Have Missed This Week

Thrift Justice: YSE – Holy Deal, Batman!

-Netflix announced that BoJack Horseman season 2 will debut July 17th

-Alfonso Ribeiro was announced as the new host of America’s Funniest Videos

Links I Loved

Highlights from the AC Boardwalk Con! – Dinosaur Dracula

That Time the Avengers Hung Out with David Letterman – The Robot’s Pajamas

AC Boardwalk Con Adventure Part 1 – The Sexy Armpit

Summer Swap 2015 – AEIOU and Sometimes Why

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In the late night wars, I have to admit that I was Team Jay. Yes, even after the Conan debacle. At the end of the day, Jay didn’t screw over Conan, but rather NBC screwed them both over. For some reason, David Letterman’s humor just never really connected with me. Still, I realize that his show was a late night institution that will never be replaced. Wednesday night was his final show, and I originally planned on skipping it. As fans spent the day tweeting about all he had meant to them, I just didn’t feel worthy to partake in the festivities. After all, I had backed the wrong horse. Then, as the minutes ticked away, I realized that I was missing history and I’d probably regret it.

I turned on The Late Show just in time to catch the final Top 10 List performed by 10 of the show’s favorite and most frequent guests. The likes of Alec Baldwin, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and more, came out to deliver their lines for the last time. I remarked on Twitter that it was funny that we had mini onstage reunions of Seinfeld (Jerry and Julia Louis-Dreyfus), 30 Rock (Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin), and SNL40 (everyone else), yet nobody acted like they even knew each other – let alone worked on successful shows together. It was somewhat strange, but it just put more emphasis on that fact that the night belonged to Dave.

David Letterman was an institution. If you were promoting a project, you either did The Tonight Show or you did “Letterman”. This was true for 33 years, over 2 different networks. I could become an overnight success tomorrow, but I’ll never get the chance to say that I was on Letterman. That thought just made me kinda sad. Stephen Colbert will be sitting behind the desk in the coming months, but it won’t be the same. The late night format is nowhere near what it used to be, and it’s sorely in need of some diversity. Letterman himself said that he would’ve recommended a woman or a Black person, but he was not consulted about his successor. What I’m saying is that I don’t think there’ll be another late night host who’s at it for 30 years. The format just isn’t going to sustain that kind of longevity anymore. Leno did some fill-ins on The Tonight Show before Carson officially retired, but Letterman was at it much longer. In terms of sheer longevity, there was only one king of late night, and that was David Letterman. I may not have always gotten his humor, but I understood his impact. And for that, David Letterman had the West Week Ever.

19th Nov2014

West Week Ever – 11/21/14

by Will

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Well, I can tell you who’s NOT having the West Week Ever: Bill Cosby. My how the mighty have fallen! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, then you know what’s going on. If not, here it is: a few weeks ago, comedian Hannibal Buress dropped a reference to Bill Cosby’s rape allegations during his standup act, which reignited public interest in said allegations. Apparently, over 13 women have claimed that Cosby forced himself on them, and most of these situations were either covered up or settled out of court. Recently, former America’s Next Top Model judge Janice Dickinson reported that she was also in a similar situation with Cosby 30 years ago. Through all of this, Cosby has remained quiet. During an NPR interview last week, he was asked about the charges, and reportedly just silently shook his head.

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Even if he’s innocent, the court of public opinion has already decided that he’s guilty. First off, Cosby placed a meme generator on his website, which was probably the worst thing he could’ve done. Former fans had a field day creating memes about the charges. Then, Netflix has postponed his special, Bill Cosby 77, which had already been filmed for the service. Then, NBC cancelled plans they had for a new sitcom starring Cosby as the patriarch. In the ultimate social network backstab, the official Cosby Show facebook page changed its profile picture from a picture of Cosby to a picture of the outside of the Huxtables’ house. Finally, TV Land has yanked Cosby Show reruns for the foreseeable future. Even if Cosby is innocent, he’s losing everything by not getting in front of this.

I know he has his fans out there, but he’s been running his mouth of the past few years about what’s wrong with today’s youth. While a lot of that was standard old man rants, he always came off as holier than thou. I don’t really have a horse in that race, but I hope he either clears his name or justice is served.

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Ground Floor, one of my favorite shows of 2013, comes back December 9th on TBS. If ya wanna know what the show’s about, click that link and help my stats. The part that sucks is that it’ll air Tuesdays at 10, opposite my new favorite show, Forever. Why couldn’t it air during Agent Carter? I have NO desire to watch that show. Anyway, give Ground Floor a chance, as it’s a cute show, and it’s got Pitch Perfect alums in it, for fans of that movie.

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Marvel is in the midst of casting the title role of Jessica Jones for the upcoming Netflix series. At the moment, there appear to be four frontrunners testing for the role:

Krysten Ritter: love her, but don’t think she’s right for the role.

Alexandria Daddario: if you don’t know her, check out True Detective. She’s my favorite for this role.

Teresa Palmer: never heard  of her. Apparently she was in Warm Bodies

Jessica DeGouw: she was Huntress in Arrow. I like her look, and she may be enough of an unknown for Marvel to put their stamp on her. I like her look, but I’m weirded out that she’ll have played roles in both Big 2 universes.

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They’re also looking at actors for Luke Cage, who’ll not only be featured in several Jessica Jones episodes, but also becomes her husband in the comics. One of the frontrunners for this is Lance Gross, also known as Calvin from House of Payne (he was also on Crisis, but nobody watched that show). I really want him to get it, as I like his look, but it’d also be nice to see a Tyler Perry alum graduate to the big time (kinda like Sofia Vergara did).

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The script for Ghostbusters 3 reportedly leaked, and I don’t hate it. According to Bloody Disgusting, they have a version of the script from 2009, and details have started to leak out. The main gist of it is that Ghostbusters has become a corporation (Ghostbusters, Inc), and the team members that we know have been busted down to consultant status due to an incident that destroyed the Triborough Bridge. Also, Peter Venkman is the mayor of New York, Dana Barrett’s son Oscar is a new generation Ghostbuster, and Winston’s still marginalized (he’s a mechanic for Ghostbusters, Inc). Yeah, that last sentence had a lot of doozies in it, but it all kinda makes sense. I’m not gonna copy and paste the synopsis, so click on over to blastr (Bloody Disgusting is blocked by some workplaces).

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In music news, Billboard is changing the Billboard 200 in order to get inline with the times. Since folks are streaming and downloading more than buying physical music, it’s about time that the top chart reflected that. So, starting with the Dec 4 chart, 1,500 streams (whether from Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Muve Music, Google Play, Medianet and Xbox Music) will count as one album sale. Meanwhile, 10 song (paid) downloads will count as one album sale. The hope is to encourage streaming holdouts to make their music available on streaming services, since these streams will now count towards units sold.

While we’re on music, one of my favorite UK pop groups, S Club 7, reunited for the first time in 12 years last weekend for the BBC Children In Need telethon. Wanna see it? Here ya go!

The first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 hit the web, and I’m pretty excited. That said, I’ve got feelings about that first movie. As much as I enjoyed it, I almost feel about it the way that nerds feel about The Big Bang Theory. Then I remember that we’re talking about a cappella, and nobody gives a shit. Anyway, here’s that trailer:

In the past, I’ve lamented the fact that there are no new Christmas songs. At least none with staying power. While this one might sound kind of dated in a few years, it’s new and it’s cute. I present Kristen Bell and Straight No Chaser with “Text Me Merry Christmas”:

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Now that it’s the holiday season, I’m ramping back up into selling. That’s right – Will’s World of Wonder is back in full force! I’ve added a bunch of new stuff that would look great under your tree/next to your menorah/in your Kwanzaa hoodie. Looking for Agent Venom? We got it! Looking for Marvel Legends Black Widow? We got it! Buy some stuff and tell your friends! I got bills to pay, and I needs money, so start ordering today!

Things You May Have Missed This Week

-There might be a chocolate shortage by 2020

-Netflix has saved the A&E drama Longmire

-TBS has renewed the new, edgier American Dad for season 12

-Jaden & Willow Smith gave a wackadoodle interview to the New York Times

-Michael Phelps’s pre-rehab girlfriend was born with both sets of genitals.

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Nothing blew up Twitter as much last weekend as Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B TV movie. Apparently, nobody attached to Aaliyah cooperated, and its main executive producer was talk show host Wendy Williams. None of Aaliyah’s songs were featured and the acting was rough. The joke on Twitter is that it looked like they just cast people off the street, as none of the people looked like they were supposed to look. Williams has come to the defense of the movie, saying that she’s proud of it, but the whole thing was just kinda lackluster. Based on the tweets, I was expecting the Black Sharknado. Ya know, it’s so bad it’s hilarious. That’s not what I got, though. Since I was never really an Aaliyah fan, maybe I missed out on some stuff. Besides having a pretty crappy ending (A screen card tells us they all died, and we don’t even get a scene of people crying or a candlelight vigil!), it was a pretty serviceable biography. I may not get the jokes, but I can acknowledge the impact the movie had on social media. So, for dominating Twitter for the weekend, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B had the West Week Ever.

10th Jan2014

West Week Ever – 1/10/14

by Will

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oie_922142seDasWF9ilizashlesingerWelcome to 2014! We’re back, ready to do this another year. While I had about a 2 week holiday break, I didn’t spend as much time with Netflix as I’d expected. In the middle of episodes of Undercover Boss, I watched 3 things over break. First up was Iliza Shlesinger’s comedy special War Paint. If you’re not familiar with Iliza, she won the 6th season of Last Comic Standing, and also hosted the syndicated dating show Excused. I expected funny, but that’s not really what I got. It wasn’t a bad special, but maybe a bit too long. I’m not sure she’s ready for a full hour yet, as most of her act is comprised of weird voices and cloying animal noises. I really wanted to like it, as she always came off as a cool chick, but it just didn’t do it for me.

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Next up, Lindsay took me to Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues for my birthday. I can’t give an honest assessment of the movie, as I was having a rough day and didn’t find it as funny as I wanted it to be. There were parts I loved, like Doby the shark and the blindness, but parts I loathed including any scene with Steve Carrell. Man, the Brick character sure wore thin quickly! I expected to laugh more, and I hated the news gang fight as much as I loved the original news gang fight. It felt like they were trying to catch lightning in a bottle a second time, and the cameos took me out of it more than they did the first time around. Kanye and Will Smith?? Really? So, I’m not gonna really have a clear opinion of the film until I see it again.

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Finally, I caught We’re The Millers. It’s set in Denver, so it was actually playing on my flight out to Denver the day after Christmas. I refused to give Frontier Airlines my $6, though, so I picked it up at Redbox when I got home. Like Anchorman 2, I expected to laugh more. I love Jason Sudeikis, and it’s great that he has become the new Vince Vaughn. The whole time I found myself looking at Aniston, wondering, “What kind of mistakes did she make in life to still be stripping at 40?” I think Aniston’s cute and all, but I found myself in the @LamarRevenger camp this time around, as she was not doing it for me. I feel like there’s someone else they could’ve cast in that role for the stripper stuff to have been more convincing. Anyway, the funniest scene in the whole movie is during the outtakes, so don’t stop the DVD right when the movie stops.

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Speaking of Denver, I wonder if the events of the movie (Sudeikis has to smuggle a ton of weed over the border for Andy Bernard, pretends he’s a family man in a Winnebago) would happen in 2014 Denver. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that Denver has legalized marijuana. When people hear I just got back, their first question was “Oh, did you…yeah?” No, I didn’t. The law didn’t go into effect until last Wednesday, and I left Tuesday. Great timing, huh? That brings up an interesting quandary, though, as I doubt I’d have done it had it been legal while I was there. I’ve never done a drug in my life, and I’m kinda too old to be starting now. Anyway, Denver was great as I got to hang out with my sister (we don’t do “in-law” in this family!), Jamie, and her boyfriend, Sam.

ChromeCastI find it funny that I got Chromecast, yet ended up watching less TV. My wonderful wife got it for me for Christmas, and I have to admit that I didn’t even fully know what it was. Basically, it lets you watch anything from your computer on your TV – all due to a little HDMI flash drive thingy. I’d love to actually use it, but she keeps commandeering the TV for football.

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As for awesome gifts, I got a Pebble for my birthday. If you’re not familiar, it’s a smartwatch that started as a Kickstarter, but is now sold in stores like Best Buy. It has an e-paper display, like a Kindle, and is highly customizable. As for the “smart” aspect of it, it features caller ID, as well as Facebook, text, and email notifications right on the watch face. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it, but it’s also making me realize how many notifications I average. The battery is meant to last 5-7 days on one charge (you charge it via USB cable), but I’m definitely more on the 5 day side. Anyway, the only thing it lacks (which the Samsung Gear has) is the ability to answer calls and talk into it. Maybe the next version will have that. They already announced a newer, stainless steel version at CES this week. Yup, 2 weeks after I got mine. Bastards…

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I found it funny that Lady Gaga issued an apology to her fans this week. Give it up, Stefani – you’re in time-out. Gaga had a rough 2013, as her album, Artpop, pseudo-flopped, her Muppets special bombed, and everyone’s kinda tired of her shit. Now she’s busy blaming everyone but herself. The problem with Gaga is that she “maxed out on weird”. There was nowhere else for her to go in terms of weirdness. It’s a lot like The Matrix trilogy. Remember how amazing the effects were in the first movie? Time passed, technology advanced, and there were even better effects in the second one. The third movie, however, was filmed at the same time as the second. So, there’s no real dazzle there. They had maxed out the bounds of effects technology of the time and had nothing else to give us. Gaga did the same thing, and now she needs to go somewhere and regroup.

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Before Christmas, everyone on Facebook was taking a dialect quiz from The New York Times. Contrary to what I thought it would say, the quiz correctly identified my dialect as that of Washington, DC. Or Richmond, VA. Or Winston-Salem, NC. Hey, one out of three ain’t bad! If you didn’t jump on the bandwagon, you can still take the quiz here.

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So, I found out that this is a thing that exists. An a cappella friend from college is actually in it. It’s team-based karaoke and actually sounds kinda cool. I’m on the antisocial side, so I’m not sure, but I might actually give it a shot. We’ll see…

Last night, I weaseled my way onto the latest episode of The Kliqnation’s Comic Book Chronicles, and the guys were nice enough to let me stay. You can watch the ep here:

If you’re looking for new blogs to read this year, I’ve got some recommendations for ya. First up, my good pal, Tarek, has started a blog documenting his progress with The Ultimate Yogi program. Even if you’ve never considered doing yoga, his observations are pretty funny. It’s worth reading just to witness him lusting over the chicks in the videos. You can follow his progress at Mediocre Yogi. Next up, my pal Dean, AKA @LamarRevenger, has restarted his family blog Fun With The Schaeffers. I love the tagline: “Witness a family trying to live the American Dream, by the seat of their pants.” He’s returning after a years-long hiatus, so I can’t wait to see what he has in store.

In Case You Missed It This Week
Adventures West Coast – Saga Vol 1

West YEAR Ever – 2013

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No one had a week like Sasheer Zamata – the newest Saturday Night Live cast member. SNL came under fire a few months back when Mr. Good Burger himself, Kenan Thompson, had to go and say that there weren’t any black women ready to join the cast. Of course, this started a shitstorm, and folks started demanding that SNL try harder to diversify. So, not only did they hire 2 black women writers, but they also hired Sasheer – the first black woman cast member since Maya Rudolph (yup, she counts). If you don’t count Maya, Sasheer’s the first black woman cast member since Ellen Cleghorne. Anyone remember her? Anyway, it’s kind of a shame how this whole thing went down. They could’ve waited until next fall, and introduced her along with the new cast members. Instead, the national spotlight is on her, and her debut will take place next Saturday, featuring host and musical guest Drake. There’s a lot of pressure on Ms. Zamata, and I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. That said, she’s been given the chance of a lifetime, and she’s now on everyone’s radar, so Sasheer Zamata had the West Week Ever.

09th Jan2014

West YEAR Ever – 2013

by Will

Well, 2013 has come and gone, but we couldn’t let it go without looking back one last time. I couldn’t really wrap my head around how to write it all, so I figured we’d just go with bullet points and pics. Hell, if you’re a loyal reader, you’ve seen all this stuff before. This is just to whet your palate as you await tomorrow’s 2014 debut of West Week Ever!

Milestones of 2013

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I explored a dead mall

I got cornered by Conservatives from Craigslist

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I binge-watched a Sentai series

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I met Twitter pal @LamarRevenger

I changed the way I consume comics

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I beat a video game!

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I finally met @chrispiers! & @robotspjs!

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I celebrated 10 years of blogging

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I went to Canada

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I introduced a new blog column

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I ran my first 5K and met Twitter pals @claymationhowl, @JohnDoctorKent, @FakeEyes22, @meistershake, @bmorin54, @doubledumbass, @P0LISHPHEN0M, @howardthedeck, @chapmanrunner, and @monsterfink.

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I met Adam West and Burt Ward

My Favorite Posts of 2013

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1 Broke Plot: How 2 Broke Girls Shortened Its Lifespan

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Black History Month is Back-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack!

Because Nobody Asked: Will On Comedy

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“I Wanna Xup, Baby” AKA Anyone Else Remember Xuxa?

My (Alternate) Reality

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Judging Bottles By Their Labels

Must Flee TV – The Future of Comedy on NBC

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Pitch Perfect and the True Story of Collegiate A Cappella

The Fall Guy Cast

Reboot That Bitch: The Fall Guy

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Best of the West #3: Knight Rider Knight 2000 Voice Car

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A Tribute to Mystic Music’s Cool Rock

Where’s Mama Cass?

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Thrift Justice – The Expendables XI: Never Stop Spending!!!

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Monday Musings – Skins Series 7 and the Close of a Franchise

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West Week Ever Recipients of 2013

Seth MacFarlane
Mila Kunis
Hugh Grant
Charles Bronson
Cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Psy
Delta Gamma Sorority
Fall Out Boy
Robert Downey Jr.
Charles Ramsay
The Office
Cast of Saved by the Bell
Howie Decker
Superman
North West
Happy Endings
America
Regular Show
Breaking Bad
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Canada
Christina Bianco
Ben Affleck
Power Rangers
Jennette McCurdy and Andre Drummond
Baltimore Comic-Con
Retro Con
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Breaking Bad
Miley Cyrus
Star Wars Trilogy
Cool and Collected Magazine
Marvel
Ground Floor
Batkid
Gal Gadot
Beyonce
Paul Rudd

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So, last year, I was asked “Who had the West Year Ever?” Well, for 2012, the answer was me. I’d gotten married and a whole slew of other stuff. That’s not the case for 2013, however. No, that distinction goes to Breaking Bad. It’s the only multiple West Week Ever recipient, and the series wrapped up in 2013 in top notch fashion. The only entity to come close to Breaking Bad‘s 2013 was Miley Cyrus, but she just flew a little too close to the sun to clinch it this year.

2013 was also the first full year of West Week Ever, and I couldn’t do it without you, the readers. Thanks for all your support and I hope you’ll stay with me into 2014!

13th Dec2013

West Week Ever – 12/13/13

by Will

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SHIVAKAMINI SOMAKANDARKRAM!

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Sorry for that “Shiva Blast”, but I’ve been watching The League on Netflix for that past week. I’ve seen them all before, but it’s such a damn good show. Plus, when you binge-watch it, you realize it’s got the best continuity on television. Seriously, there’s a richer tapestry of timeline and in-jokes than How I Met Your Mother. The funny thing is that I don’t know the first thing about football, so why am I watching a comedy about a fantasy football league? Well, the football is just the thing that gets them all together, but the show’s about so much more. If you haven’t tried it, definitely watch a handful of episodes and you’ll be hooked.

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Netflix didn’t really have any new movies that I wanted to watch, so this week I resorted to Redbox. What did I come away with? The To-Do List and The Heat. First up, The To-Do List. Starring Parks & Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza, it follows a recent high school graduate who doesn’t want to go off to college as a sexually inexperienced virgin. So, with the help of her slutty friends, she creates a sexual to-do list of all the things she wants to try before going off to school. There’s everything from HJs to dry humping to fingerblasting and more. At the end of the day, the moral of the story is that sex doesn’t have to be a big deal unless you make it out to be. When feelings are involved, it can be a special act, but otherwise it’s just some recreational thing that society completely blows out of proportion. If you’re a really progressive parent, and you want to prepare your own daughter before she goes off to college, this would make quite the humorous instructional video. Aubrey has such a one-dimensional deadpan delivery, but it fits here. I was scared she’d bring too much “Daria” to the role, but she’s convincing as the goody two-shoes Brandy Klark. The only annoying thing about the movie is that it’s set in the early 90s, so they constantly drop hamfisted references to remind you of the time period – things like, “Hey, let’s go get some slap bracelets”, etc. Anyway,  no one saw this thing when it was in theaters, but I hope it gets a new lease on life as a DVD/streaming.

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Next up was The Heat – the buddy cop movie starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Ya know, I watch Mike & Molly and want to write McCarthy off as overrated. Then, she steals a movie like Bridesmaids, and now The Heat, and I start to think she might be the real deal. Seriously, she is HILARIOUS in this movie, while Bullock successfully plays the role of “slightly off” straight woman. I won’t really get into the convoluted plot, so let’s just say that they team up to take down a drug lord. No, that’s actually pretty much the whole plot of the movie. Sure, there are some speed bumps along the way, and the two have to learn to work together, but that’s the general gist of the movie. Plus, it ends in a way that could totally lead to a sequel, so I really hope to see The Heat 2 in the next few years.

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I know I’ve ranted about it before on Twitter, but it bears repeating: I HATE the concept of the “Fall finale” for TV shows. Originally, it was just something that cable networks did when they wanted to split up their seasons. In recent years, however, it has found its way to basic television dramas. Back in “my day”, we were smart enough to know how TV worked: your season started in September, and you had new episodes until November. Then you had reruns until January/February and you had your season finale in May. That was it. Everyone knew the cycle and they were fine with it. Now, this new system changes the way shows are written and filmed. You now HAVE to have some big dramatic cliffhanger in the middle of the season just to lure people back in February. This bothers me because I feel the midseason finales are actually stronger than the season finales nowadays, resulting in an unbalanced season. This also goes to show that the 22-episode season is antiquated, and maybe the fall finale should be the season finale. Just cut shows down to 13 episodes a season for tighter story arcs.

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Speaking of shows with limited runs, The Sing-Off is back. As an a cappella alum, I’m contractually obligated to mention that. I, however, haven’t watched since the first season. Here were my thoughts from that round.

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Jason Momoa is rumored to be joining the already bloated Man of Steel sequel. I’m actually surprised it has taken this long for him to get a comic movie role. I think he was up for Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, but that ultimately went to Chris Batista. I don’t care how many tough guy roles Momoa gets, he’ll always be Jason from Baywatch to me.

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Links I Loved

Over-Analyzing the Festively Rape-y Holiday Classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – UnderScoopFire!

Why Do People Love Donald Glover, But Hate Childish Gambino So Much? – UPROXX

Rambo Had a Christmas Episode. It Was Insane. – The Robot’s Pajamas

Inside the Rainbow Gulag: The Technicolor Rise and Fall of Lisa Frank – Jezebel

Top 15 Other DC Characters Jason Momoa Could Play in Man of Steel 2 The Nerds of Color

Two made me laugh out loud, while one just makes me laugh to look at him now. The other is considered a “queen” to some. Only one, however, had the West Week Ever.

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I’m not a huge Beyonce fan. I liked a lot of the Destiny’s Child stuff, but I never really followed her on her solo exploits. That said, it’s hard to deny that she’s become quite the juggernaut – both on her own, and through her marriage to Jay-Z. Last night, she flaunted that clout by dropping an entire album of new music, without warning or fanfare. The self-titled affair is comprised of 14 songs and 17 videos, showing that Mrs. Carter has been a busy girl. Still, the noteworthy aspect of the whole thing is how she just nonchalantly released it, sending the internet into chaos. Do you know how many artists release stuff on iTunes to no reception? There are VERY few artists that could get away with what she did, and it’s something of a game changer for the music industry. I can’t attest to the quality of the package, as I haven’t listened to it yet, but I’m definitely impressed by the delivery. She hit us when no one was watching and we truly weren’t ready for that jelly. For this reason, Beyonce had the West Week Ever.

22nd Nov2013

West Week Ever – 11/22/13

by Will

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Who knew you guys would like a post about Pure Moods?! That was my most popular post in a LONG time. Hell, it even did better than West Week Ever. So, after today, every week will be Pure Moods Friday!

I’m kidding. Even I can’t eke that much material out of a compilation CD series. Still, I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for reading it!

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I found myself in the middle of a flame war this week, as I cosigned a friend’s opinion on a porn star’s bad tit job on Twitter. Turns out said porn star knows how to use Google, and got all offended. Hey, get mad at your doctor, not us! Anyway, this led to a rebuttal post, then her PR guy got involved, trying to make me and a bunch of folks look bad. At the end of the day, I’m not sorry for what I said, which was that she was either dumb or just got around to googling herself since the offending tweet was sent a month ago. I, personally, didn’t say anything about her atrocious tits. Whoops! Oh well.

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It took an SNL performance and several more listens, but Artpop has finally grown on me. The strongest songs are “Venus”, “G.U.Y.”, “Dope”, “Gypsy”, and the title track, “Artpop”. Still don’t think it’s as strong as Born This Way, but I was pretty hard on it last week. It also debuted at #1, so it’s got that going for it. Still, 5 strong songs out of 15 isn’t great, especially when it’s the other songs that’ll probably be released as singles.

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Something’s been bothering me about this season of How I Met Your Mother – have they retconned Robin’s sister? If you go all the way back to season 2, Robin’s younger sister, Katie, comes to town and plans to lose her virginity. The gang talks her out of it, and she decides to wait. And then she was never mentioned again. In the middle of all the Robin/Robin Sparkles flashbacks, it’s almost like she was an only child. Apparently, Robin lived with her mom during the Sparkles years, so maybe it’s a half sister? Either way, she hasn’t been mentioned since that episode, yet there’s a wedding on the horizon, and still no one’s mentioning her. Hell, they finally broached the topic of Robin’s mom (who won’t be making the trip to the ceremony), but still haven’t mentioned the sister. This seems kinda sloppy for a show that has always tried to do right by its continuity.

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In the past, I’ve written about Geeks for Tots – the holiday contest run by The Robot’s Pajamas. Sadly, due to work and school commitments, Geeks for Tots won’t be happening this year. All is not lost, however, as Infinite Hollywood has an alternative: Infinite Toys for Tots. Basically, the site will match any toy donation that you can prove with a picture of you dropping a toy into a Toys for Tots bin. GFT used to get a lot of backlash for the fact that donors could win prizes for donating. People would say, “Why can’t you just donate for the pleasure of doing something good?” Well, this does just that, as you get nothing but that squishy feeling! You can read more about it here, but let’s help some less fortunate kids to have a great holiday season!

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Speaking of the holiday season, now would be a great time for you to revisit Will’s World of Wonder. We’ve been quiet, but we’re still alive and kicking. In fact, I recently added a bunch of vintage Power Rangers zords, as well as some other trinkets. When you’re looking for something special for the fanboy in your life, choose Will’s World of Wonder!

Though I haven’t sung with them in 10 years, my collegiate a cappella group, Last Call, just released their new album. It sounds great, and if you’re a fan of music without accompaniment, you can get it from iTunes. Here’s a sampler:

Links I Loved

Dave Holmes on TRL, Jesse Camp and 1998’s Other Big MTV Moments – Vulture

Stretching Spandex Over Melanin Won’t Make Comics More Diverse – The Nerds of Color

Tanya Tate’s Boobs (Risky for Work) – The Robot’s Pajamas

The 50 Sexiest People Born in 1985 – UnderScoopFire!

Comics are for Children – The Nerds of Color

Best-Lock Continues Its Reign of Terrible Licensed Construction Toys with Stargate SG-1 – Double Dumbass On You

One had a city in the palm of his hands, while the other was just holding her boobs. One is helping the needy, while the other is kinda seedy. Only one, however, had the West Week Ever.

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No one had a week like Batkid. Technically, he probably should’ve had the West Week Ever last week, but his takeover of San Francisco happened after the post was published. Still, nothing that happened this week even came close to the media juggernaut of a little, cancer-stricken kid fighting crime with 10,000 volunteers in his corner. They say that the whole day will end up with a price tag of $105,000, but who cares, really? It seemed like a pretty fun day for all involved. If anything, I feel sorry for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as this just raises the bar for them. It used to be kids only wanted a giant ice cream sundae or a few minutes to visit with John Cena. Now, they’re ALL gonna wanna take over cities. The charity world will never be the same after this, and that’s why Batkid had the West Week Ever.

14th Jun2013

West Week Ever – 6/14/13

by Will

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I blogged EVERY DAY this week, including an unplanned “Three Days of Justice”. I know daily posts aren’t a big deal for many sites, but they have a much larger readership than I do. Most of my readers won’t get through those for a month (including my wife, who has to be begged to read it). So, this is mostly a video post. Sit back, turn down your speakers, and enjoy the show!

I know this won’t appeal to most, but I was really fascinated by Dylan Sprouse’s account of why the Zack & Cody/The Suite Life franchise ended, as well as the aborted spinoff idea. Embedding’s disabled, so you can watch it here.


So, those Sunny credits noises actually mean something? They really love the color brown, I guess…


I finally got around to watching that McBain movie, which is pretty incredible. This has been around a good month, but just in case you didn’t know, the McBain scenes from The Simpsons actually form a complete movie, as seen above. I love continuity like that!


A hot song, with an even hotter video. This is what Ke$ha should be, were she not just taking whatever scraps Dr. Luke throws her way.


I can’t tell if I hate this or love it. It’s filled with every cliche in the book. At the same time, it’s a catchy pop tune under all the faux-metal stylings. I do, however, just wanna yell “Bitch, enough with the wind machine! Stand the fuck up!”

 

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Though the writing has gotten somewhat pedestrian lately, every now and then Grantland posts something that makes me say, “My God, I want to write for this site!” This is one of those posts. Rembert Browne ranks the Top 25 sitcom fonts of the 90s. He’s not wrong on any count, and the list is perfect.


I love this for obvious reasons that need no explanation at this point.


DO IT, ROCKAPELLA! And when you’re done, let’s meet back here and talk about dude’s hair…

That’s enough videos for this week. Oh, since it’s payday, be sure to buy something from Will’s World of Wonder!

This Week’s Posts

Thrift Justice – INS and Monsters!

Thrift Justice – Rocky and the Riders

Thrift Justice – Disney’s Addams Galactica

Adventures West Coast: DMZ

One is the last son of Krypton, the other is faster than a speeding bullet. One has been mistaken for birds and planes, while the other is the “Man of Steel”. Only one, however, could have the West Week Ever…right?

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What? You thought it was gonna be Microsoft? Go see Man of Steel, in theaters now!

22nd May2013

Collegiate Conundrum OR Reunited and Feels So Bad?

by Will
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That bear ain’t fuckin’ around! And, yes, I’m the Real Life Andy Bernard

I can’t follow up a Best of the West just with any old thing! So, I’m not really gonna try. At the moment, I’m trying to figure out if I should go to my 10 year college reunion. It’s in 2 weeks, and I really have no desire to go. Facebook has eliminated the need for these in-person gatherings, and it’s just too much of a hassle to get up there. Now, the problem: since I graduated, my mother’s been donating. Don’t get it twisted – it’s not like we have something named for us up there. She just sends what little she can in order to thank them for my scholarship. So, they’re honoring the donors at a special reception, and she wants to go. So, I may have to not only go to my college reunion, but also go with my mother. This is the kind of thing that could ONLY happen to me! So, as I figure my stuff out, here’s some footage of my a cappella group, Last Call, at our 15th anniversary concert. Watch the whole thing, or just skip to 00:27:28 for the stuff where I can be seen.