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Eddie Murphy Set To Voice Hong Kong Phooey

Having been in big roles in animation films like Shrek and Mulan, Eddie Murphy is no stranger to voice acting. Now he will be taking his talents to the upcoming live-action/CGI animation film Hong Kong Phooey, voicing the title role.

Hong Kong Phooey was a Hanna-Barbara cartoon series from the 1970’s about a superhero pooch proficient in Chinese martial arts. Hong Kong Phooey was voiced by the late Scatman Crothers.

I have no issue with Murphy voicing the lead character. It’s a fine casting and I think he’ll do a good job. But for the love of cartoons, can we please, please, PLEASE quit it with these crappy hybrid live-action/animation films based off 70’s and 80’s cartoons?? Scooby Doo, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Smurfs, Yogi Bear, Garfield, Rocky and Bullwinkle, etc. My childhood begs of you!

Who knows, maybe Hong Kong Phooey will be different. But then again, Alex Zamm, who directed such straight-to-video luminaries as Inspector Gadget 2, Dr. Doolittle: Million Dollar Mutts and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, is set to direct this film. Ugh.


What the?

Stop trying to destroy my childhood!!!!!

It’s Official: All Borders Bookstores Closing!



Yes, it’s official folks! All Borders, Borders Express and Waldenbooks stores will be closing down. Five months after filing for bankruptcy, Borders will now begin liquidation sales with all books, DVDs and furniture discounted up to 40% starting TODAY (July 22, 2011).

Bad News: All sales are expected to end September, which means all 10,000+ employees nationwide will lose their jobs after liquidation. Plus local artists and musicians lose a venue that helped promote plenty of special events such as book and CD signings.

Good News: For many parents, it may be the perfect time to go back-to-school shopping for your kids. Or if you’ve been waiting to buy that DVD/manga/comic/art/design/computer/drama book, now is the time to splurge with all your available discounts.

Truth be told, if you’re a loyal customer, it’s always hard to say goodbye to a place you love. Do any of you feel the same way?

Dear Borders, 

You got Amazon’d.  Karma is a bitch.


Mom & Pop

The Republican National Committee Announces Its Candidate For 2012

In a surprise move, the Republican National Committee has selected its candidate for the 2012 Presidential Race. Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, made the announcement at the Fox News-sponsored “Socialist Obama Must Be Stopped” rally in Savannah, Georgia. The rally, which had participants numbering in the dozens, included key Republican figures such as former Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, commentators Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, resident court Glenn Beck, and spokesghoul Ann Coulter.

Mike Steele's Big Announcement

The announcement began after Steele did a stirring rendition of “Dixie”, with Alan Keyes singing back-up. When Steele finished singing, he took to the podium with the news.

“Ladies and gentlemen, great people of the United States! You are all great Americans, and like you, I don’t like where the country is headed. We are on an unmistakable path towards socialism, and the American people were hoodwinked into voting for a celebrity to lead us! I have spoken with the leaders of the the Republican Party, including Boss of all Bosses, Rush Limbaugh, Emperor Dick Cheney, and the Dark Lord of Propaganda, Karl Rove. They have given me permission to agree with them on who best to wrest the control of the government from that Marxist Socialist Communist ni– er… Community Organizer in 2012! We came close with our stirring campaign with Palin/McCain, and all of the real Americans in the real parts of America have spoken. In order to take back control in 2012, we must act now! That’s why we, the Republican Party, the G.O.P., the Grand Old Party, are proud to announce our candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you, the next President of the United States: Former President RONALD WILSON REAGAN!”

The GOPs Best Hope For 2012

The GOP's Best Hope For 2012

Demonic entity Patrick J. Buchanan released a puff of sulfuric smoke from his acid-encrusted lungs to express glee that the party is finally going to be led by a man of action. “Dead or alive, Ronald Reagan is the greatest president ever, and this country would be wise to select such a great man to take this country back from the hands of a certain uppity individual who still doesn’t know his place.” Sean Hannity requested a napkin and a cigarette in order to compose himself after his apparent excitement. Between sighs of orgasmic bliss, Sean noted that “Ronald Reagan is the single entity that brought down the great red menace of communism, and we know that he’s turning over in his grave. Not because our perverted alchemists are conducting their dark magic to bring Reagan back, but because the same menace that Reagan destroyed overseas is now a threat on our home soil. Obama is a socio-communist Marxist celebrity, and the very idea of Ronald Reagan at the helm makes me… anyone have another cigarette… and another napkin?”

Only Mike Huckabee expressed horror at what the Republican Party was suggesting. “Ladies and gentlemen, do you HEAR yourselves? Ronald Reagan has been dead since 2004! What you’re suggesting doesn’t sit right with me. Look, like you, I feel that the sun rises and sets on St. Ronald of Reagan’s ever-decaying corpse. But we can’t just… bring him back to life, can we? Are we supposed to just go to the Reagan Library and dig him up?”

The crowd began chanting “Dig, Baby Dig!! Dig, Baby, Dig!!”, led by Palin and Steele.

Huckabee, a former governor, interjected by asking about the Constitutional hurdles that a reanimated corpse of Reagan would have to address. “Ladies and gentlemen, Ronald Reagan was a two-term President, and by our Constitution, he can’t be elected again! How are we going to get around that?”

“Eh, that Constitution is nothing but a godd****ed piece of paper. There are ways around it. Trust me,” snarled Cheney. “Rove and my minions are already working on the Patriot Act III with our sleeper agent Nancy Pelosi. Before the President knows what hit him, he’ll be signing into legislation an amendment that allows for multiple-term Presidents, only if they have died previously. It has the appearance of a way to ‘honor’ the efforts of a past President.”

Huckabee continued to express his misgivings about raising a man from the dead for the sake of the Presidency. “I’m sorry, but I have to say it. What you’re suggesting is nothing short of an abomination before man and God. The man is dead. He served his country! Let him rest in peace.”

“Huckabee, your lack of faith is disappointing”, hissed Cheney. “We are the pro-life party. What better way to project the image of protecting the sanctity of life than saying that by bringing back the greatest President in history from the cold clutches of the Grim Reaper? We have been preparing for this moment since Reagan was in office, as samples of his DNA have been stored in a secret facility. Our team of scientists are on standby, and as soon as they receive Reagan’s dessicated corpse, they can do what they do best. We have a litany of black magic incantations from the Necronomicon in case things get a little hairy. If you have a problem with this, well, the Socialist Commie Democrats are always looking for new members.”

“Yeah, you tell ’em, Dark Master Cheney! You tell ’em! We gots this, bawss!!!”, Steele interjected.

Steele closed the rally with a prayer and a softshoe routine.

Come On Hollywood…

Hollywood is so lazy nowadays.  They make money the easy way, by look at which actor/actress is brining in the bank and/or can be marketed to a specific crowd.  When I say specific crowd, I mean that 17-34 demographic that will buy anything if you tell them it’s hot.  Then they throw them a script, just about any script that has to do with remaking a craptacular TV show or a sequel to a film series that should have been DOA years ago and let’em have at it.

Don’t get me started on the recent rash of 70’s toy themed movies; Battleship & Stretch Armstrong…really?  I keep hearing that Ridley Scott making a Monoply movie is not a bad bad joke and that somebody is throwing REAL money, not Monopoly dollars, into a movie version of CANDYLAND! Then there’s Ron Howard being rumored to produce the Stretch Armstrong movie.

I was joking when I first said that the Monopoly movie was going to start a whole glut of 70’s toy themed cinema, now, can The Captain’s Mistress, AKA Connect Four, be on the horizon?  Milton Bradley and Hasbro are getting paid like a pimp at a nymphomaniac convention. You just know that CONNECT FOUR: THE MOVIE will be in pre-production anyday now as soon as they get two goofballs to agree to be in the dang thing:


Son of a bitch!

Lazy, so lazy.

The sad thing is, there are recent movie actors out there that are ripe for their own series of movies, just as long as you don’t let jacklegs like McG, Brett Ratner and/or Tim Story get a hold of them.

Take Don Cheadle, for instance….


Don Cheadle has put in quality work for years.


From his first big role, in the underrated HAMBURGER HILL, the list of memorable Cheadle roles (including his series of memorable NFL commercials, see one below) have been steady for over 20 years.

...well, I guess every role can't be a winner

...um, auditioning for Brokeback Mountain, perhaps?

Name a role that he’s been in and then think about his performance, the crazed Mouse Alexander from DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, District Attorney John Littlejohn on TVs PICKET FENCES, Buck Swope in BOOGIE NIGHTS, Sammy Davis, Jr. in THE RAT PACK come to mind right off the top of my head and in each of those, he brought the A-Game.  Even in lackluster flicks like THE METEOR MAN and MISSION TO MARS, you could say what you want about the movie but you couldn’t say anything disparaging about Cheadle’s performance in them.  There is no such thing as a “bad” Don Cheadle role.  Nearly everything that he’s involved in is better for his participation.

In 2004, Cheadle had a standout year.  He was nominated for an Best Actor Oscar for his role in HOTEL RWANDA and he produced the Oscar winning Best Film of 2004, CRASH as well as appeared in OCEANS TWELVE and AFTER THE SUNSET.  It was at that point, I expected him to start getting the A-List treatment and probably a holiday to himself to release his movies ala Will Smith and the 4th of July weekend.  It wasn’t until 2007 when things started to pick up again, with starring roles in TALK TO ME, REIGN OVER ME,  OCEANS THIRTEEN and Samir Horn, a undercover agent posing as a Muslim terrorist in last year’s underrated TRAITOR.

Had the film not been “dumped” in the dead late summer movie season of August and had more promotion, this would have been a much bigger hit.  It wasn’t and one of Cheadle’s best performances was missed by many.

That won’t be the case in his upcoming roles, in the much talked about BROOKLYN FINEST, biopics are in the work with Cheadle in the role of the legendary Miles Davis and one of the first Black Americans to play in the NFL, Fritz Pollard.


But the roll that really have him in the spotlight this time next year is his role in IRON MAN 2 and the upcoming THE AVENGERS as James “Rhody” Rhodes (taking over the role that his predessor, Terrance “Baby Wipes” Howard, diva’d himself right out of)


All those years of hard work and due dillengence are all about to pay off big time.  Hopefully, that will get someone the guts (and the fat wallet) to greenlight a proper showcase for Cheadle’s top shelf acting skills.

Even if it is in another Ratner helmed film.

-CHECK THIS OUT: I didn’t even touch on the excellent humanitarian work the man has done over the years.

We Don’t Need Disney To Create A Black Princess…


We already have one…

We don’t need Hollywood to validate Black Love


…We already know it exists

We don’t need Disney to acknowledge our Heroes
Heroes need no marketing, they are what they are…

I don’t need Disney’s THE PRINCESS & THE FROG to tell me what I already know…

and neither do you women/girls out there who are talking as if this movie will give you the respect that you deserve or show the world that you’re amazing…

A lot of us already know what’s up.  Give us the chance to show you. (Not those knuckleheads who mistreat you and make you feel inferior.  We’re not all cut from the same cloth, you know?)


I discussed the recent “controversy” about the upcoming Disney cartoon, THE PRINCESS & THE FROG over at blackcynic.