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Pop Culture Memory Lane

(YouTube Link) Pop Culture Memory Lane is an online animated comedy series created by UCB Comedy and Vulture which showcases stories of comedians meeting far more famous celebs. There’s the time Will Hines played paintball with Harrison Ford, an embarrassing meeting between Paul Scheer and Tony Stark Robert Downey Jr. at Comic Con, and the video above [...]

Casting Live Versions of Animated Classics

The news is out this week that Tim Burton may be directing a live-action version of Pinnocchio starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Geppetto. That’s an interesting casting choice, to be sure, but they said the same thing when Downey was cast as Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes, and as Iron Man, which all make sense after [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Ad Mascots Voiced by Celebrities

With the recent announcement of a new, swanky, “sexualized” Mr. Peanut voiced by a celebrity we all know and love (OK, I love him; I won’t speak for you), I thought it would be a good time to check out a few other celebs who have lent their voices to corporate mascots. 1. Mr. Peanut: [...]

The Quick 10: 10 People Who Have Opened the NYSE

Thanks to Mr. Rob Lammle, I came across a rather entertaining video of Darth Vader and a gaggle of Stormtroopers ringing the Opening Bell on Wall Street this morning. It made me wonder what other random people or characters they have put in charge of opening up trading for the day – it’s not just [...]

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: How to Outwit a Criminal Mastermind

It’s been well over a century since the first Sherlock Holmes adventure was published, and yet the master detective remains as popular as ever; witness the upcoming release of Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr., the Holmes-inspired television phenomenon that is House, M.D., and countless adaptations over the years. But what is it about this 19th [...]

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: How to Keep Your Mind Sharp

It’s been well over a century since the first Sherlock Holmes adventure was published, and yet the master detective remains as popular as ever; witness the upcoming release of Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr., the Holmes-inspired television phenomenon that is House, M.D., and countless adaptations over the years. But what is it about this 19th [...]

The Late Movies: the Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

One of pop culture’s most beloved characters — and some say the most famous fictional character of all time — Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed on screens both large and small by dozens of men. Since I’m posting excerpts from my Sherlock Holmes book all week, I figured I’d make the leap from book to [...]

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: Opium Dens and Narcotics in the Victorian Era

It’s been well over a century since the first Sherlock Holmes adventure was published, and yet the master detective remains as popular as ever; witness the upcoming release of Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr., the Holmes-inspired television phenomenon that is House, M.D., and countless adaptations over the years. But what is it about this 19th [...]

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: How to Disguise Yourself

It’s been well over a century since the first Sherlock Holmes adventure was published, and yet the master detective remains as popular as ever; witness the upcoming release of Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr., the Holmes-inspired television phenomenon that is House, M.D., and countless adaptations over the years. But what is it about this 19th [...]

Top 10 Movies About Movies

Some of the best writing is that which is motivated by personal experience. How much more personal can a filmmaker get than creating a movie about the trials and tribulations of making a movie? Here is a list of ten of the best films about filmmaking. Be sure to add your own favorites to the [...]