‘This is the End’ is Comedic Gold

Personally, there were reasonable expectations when approaching the new Seth Rogan-helmed comedy, This is the End. Co-written by Evan Goldberg (whose claim to fame was co-writing Superbad and Pineapple Express with Rogan) as well as taking the director’s chair for the first time, the comedic possibilities about an end-of-the-world scenario are actually limitless when done right. Read more

This Weeks Interviewed Tweeter : @thesulk

Another week and another hilarious tweeter who constantly makes us laugh. So sit down, grab a cold one and a hot thing as we spend ten with this week’s tweeter, the hilarious @thesulk

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Alec Sulkin is a writer who has many hats to wear in the land of comedy. He has written for television shows, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, 85th Oscars award ceremony and is currently in pre-production of  the freshly penned show Dads.

He is also an actor who has worked on the widely successful The Family Guy, The Cleveland Show as well as a cavalcade of cartoon comedy. Work on The Family Guy has resulted in being nominated 3 times for an Emmy.

On Twitter we have found Alec to be a constant manipulator of word play and twisting common everyday thoughts into original ideas that make us laugh. He writes jokes with a bravado that I see it has a take me or leave me stance.

As you will see from a snippet of tweets below and the mentioned interview you will see, if not already, why Alec Sulkin is where he is today.

 

Here’s some tweets to give you a quick brief, followed by an insightful opener and a plethora of questions he graciously answered below.

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Review: Bailey Ryan and Mindy Robinson Team Up for Veronique Von Venom

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It’s official!  Our very own Bailey Ryan has been cast in season 2 of the internet sensation Veronique von Venom: Horror Hostess Hottie, starring Mindy Robinson. Read more

Do you have the blues?

Style icon and legendary former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue once said, “Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola”.

Blue jeans have come a long way since the acid washed, patch covered, ripped and torn bottoms of yesterday. Today, they are just about the most important article of clothing in any wardrobe. The fact is, blue jeans now define our fashion sense more than any other item. Read more

This Weeks Interviewed Tweeter: @JordyHamrick

Sit down, grab a cold one and a hot thing as we spend ten with this week’s tweeter, the hilarious @JordyHamrick.jordy

When I first started Twitter I wanted to be like Jordy but funnier. As I quickly sobered up I knew that day would never come. From the get go his tweets and style of humor made me realize why he was followed by many. If you’re one of the few who don’t know who Jordy is you’re either new to twitter or have your head stuck up your ass.
Here’s some tweets to give you a quick brief, followed by an insightful opener and a plethora of questions he graciously answered below.

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The Great Gatsby

Personally, Baz Luhrmann is one of the more eccentric visionary directors working in the film medium. His productions of Moulin Rouge! and Strictly Ballroom were workings of masterful story-telling fused with an over-ripe visual and editing style which audiences have come to love about Luhrmann films. However, does this interesting mixture provide a base for the long-lasting story by F. Scott Fitzgerald? It could have. Read more

Fifty Shades of Fire

In the altruistic sense, denying perspectives can prevent one from being led, willing or not, down a path to self or peer destruction. However, with every action, with every choice, there is a consequence. That point, leads me to this; I have never been, nor will ever be a fan of the novel 50 Shades of Grey. Read more

Philanthropy in the Face of Tragedy

How You Can Help Boston and West, Texas:

It has been a long and tragic week for many Americans. One week ago, at approximately 2:20 p.m., the Boston Marathon was rocked by two bombings that killed three and injured more than 180 runners and spectators. Only two days later, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploded, killing at least 15 and injuring approximately 160.

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What can you do to help? Donate…but, watch out for scams. Unfortunately, even in the most dire of circumstances, there are still those looking to make a quick buck. So only contribute to established charities with a 501(c)(3) status, such as those listed below.

Support for Boston, Massachusetts and West, Texas:

Firefighters conduct search and rescue of an apartment destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero.)

Firefighters conduct search and rescue of an apartment destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero.)

  • Limbs for Life: Text LIMBS to 20222 to make a $10 donation to “Limbs for Life” or go here.
  • The Red Cross is collecting funds to support victims and first responders: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or go here.

Boston, Massachusetts-specific charities:

A Boston Red Sox cap left at a makeshift memorial on the Boston Marathon route, April 18, 2013, in Boston. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

A Boston Red Sox cap left at a makeshift memorial on the Boston Marathon route, April 18, 2013, in Boston. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Boston Children’s Hospital has set up a “Marathon Program” and an “Emergency and Trauma Fund” for this and future incidents.
  • New England Patriots’ Kraft family will match up to $100,000 in donations made.
  • The One Fund Boston has been set up, by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

 


Abbie Elliot is a senior contributor for MCM and a writer for ‘Under the Tuscan Gun, part of “The Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” with actress Debi Mazar (Entourage’s Shauna Roberts) and husband Gabriele Corcos. She has served as managing editor for ‘DC on Heels’, and has written professionally for organizations like The White House Commission on Remembrance and AOL/The Huffington Post. Follow her on twitter: @abbie_b_elliott or email abbie.b.elliott@gmail.com

 

 

HORROR BOOK Reviews (April)

 

Book Reviews of (fairly) recent publications. Each of the following books may be purchased through any large book store or online through www.amazon.com.

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Evil Dead: Then and Now

'The Evil Dead' 1981 Theatrical Poster

‘The Evil Dead’ 1981 Theatrical Poster

The Evil Dead franchise is one of the most popular, influential and beloved series of horror films in existence. During the early transition into what can be considered the modern horror film, there were three films that altered film language when approaching American horror that all came in relative short succession to each other. The first and decidedly the most influential was The Exorcist in 1973, where the approach to supernatural elements was taken from the baroque and overly fantastical worlds to that of a stark and utterly unforgiving perspective on the definition of evil, also beginning to test on-screen violence to that of mainstream audiences not usually journeying to the drive-ins for Roger Corman films or to grindhouses for the latest Roger Earl flick. This was during a time in which films bent on a more realistic perspective and tone were continuously flooding the market and influencing audiences while grandiose old displays of gothic horror were pushed to the wayside. However, this altered again in 1980 with the release of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Read more