Archive for the ‘Seen & Heard’ Category

Goodbye, Steve

October 6th, 2011 | Comments Off on Goodbye, Steve
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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Holy mother of God!

February 7th, 2011 | Comments Off on Holy mother of God!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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I was recently in San Francisco for Macworld 2011, and during my stay, my colleague Charles Zimmerman happened to be browsing YouTube and discovered this — an interview that I don’t even remember doing at my old Suburban Tempe Company office, circa 1990 after finishing ROBOT NINJA and SKINNED ALIVE.

Go ahead, laugh… you know you want to. Embedded video after the break!

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Sign of the apocalypse: DEADLY STINGERS now playing in U.K.

January 16th, 2010 | Comments Off on Sign of the apocalypse: DEADLY STINGERS now playing in U.K.
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Movies, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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I’ve had a number of folks randomly drop me a line wondering what became of the last work-for-hire feature that I directed, DEADLY STINGERS (which I not-so-affectionately refer to as DEADLY STINKERS). Much to my surprise, in recent weeks I’ve gotten word that the movie is actually playing on television in the United Kingdom after sitting on a shelf for nearly 7 years (?!).

As a result of it finally getting airplay, it’s all over the torrent sites now, just waiting for anyone who really wants to see it to download it. (Or, if you just want a guilt-free taste of the movie, you can check out the original promo trailer.) But remember, if you’re not in the U.K., Google is your friend.

P.S.: I have no idea who did the artwork above but I thought it was kind of cool for something thrown together for a torrent site. Kudos!

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2009: Now only a memory (Updated 12/30/09)

December 29th, 2009 | Comments Off on 2009: Now only a memory (Updated 12/30/09)
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Family, Freelance, Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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Update 12/30/09: Turns out I have to eat a little crow on part of this post: Only hours after writing this, Netflix coughed up a purchase order for TAINTLIGHT at long last, so thanks to everyone who put it in their queue it should be available to rent there shortly after the New Year. Still no word one way or another re: COCKHAMMER, though… 😉

Hard to believe, but in just a couple of days, 2009 will be a distant memory. Seems like only yesterday that I was writing a blog about how much 2008 sucked and how I was looking forward to what 2009 would bring. And bring it did!
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DJ AM is dead! (Who the f#@k is DJ AM??)

August 29th, 2009 | Comments Off on DJ AM is dead! (Who the f#@k is DJ AM??)
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard

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OK, with all due respect to those who knew & loved this DJ AM guy when he was alive… am I alone in scratching my head and thinking, “Who the fahrvergnügen is that guy, anyway?!” And he’s just one of an increasingly-long list of “celebrities” that make me feel old every time I log onto MySpace and see their dubious list of “Celebrity Updates” such as the one I screen-snapped this morning (above).
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The studios hate you, cheap bastards!

August 14th, 2009 | Comments Off on The studios hate you, cheap bastards!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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It goes without saying that consumers are in love with Redbox, the Coinstar-owned company who in just a few short years has built up a formidable rental kiosk business against the likes of mail-order favorite Netflix. I mean, DVD rentals for a buck a night? What’s not to like? (Unless you like indie fare like Tempe… Redbox is for the big boys only.)

Somebody explain that to the bigwigs in Hollywood. First they succeeded in mostly squashing the 99¢ iTunes new release (that’ll be $1.29 now, thankyouverymuch), and now they’re trying to put the squeeze on the $1 DVD rental.
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AT&T (and Apple) is screwing up a good thing

July 28th, 2009 | Comments Off on AT&T (and Apple) is screwing up a good thing
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Complaint Department, Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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Image courtesy of Gizmodo

I speak, of course, of the iPhone, and in particular, the great App Store that swung open its doors little more than a year ago. As any iPhone user can attest to, it’s a veritable playground of extra functionality that spoils us with every new release. Sure, other cell phones have had applications in the past (and most of them are scrambling to catch up to Apple even now), but let’s face it… they were kludges at best, and few people really used them as a result. The iPhone is clearly a mini-computer that happens to also make phone calls, and the success of the App Store is a testament to why cell phone carriers are nervous about their own little Berlin Wall that’s coming down now, a few bricks at a time.

But make no mistake, AT&T (aka “the Empire”) is striking back, and it’s going to take some great innovation and technology with it if it’s not careful.
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SKINNED ALIVE: The Musical…?

July 14th, 2009 | Comments Off on SKINNED ALIVE: The Musical…?
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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OK, not really… but thanks to the musical stylings of one of the cast members, you can sit back and imagine what it might be like!

This audio track comes courtesy of Michael Render, who played “Willard” in SKINNED ALIVE. Mike is a talented musician first & foremost, having been a founding member of Joy Circuit, the popular Akron-area band back in the ’80s who also contributed an end title track, “The Answer”, to THE DEAD NEXT DOOR. Mike’s other contributions to the Tempe Universe include a cameo in ROBOT NINJA and guitar tracks on the original (VHS-era) version of “Into The Black” (the end title track from OZONE).

And now comes this, a musical version of the scene in SKINNED ALIVE where the Willard character meets his untimely fate at the hands of Phink, Violet and Crawldaddy. It’s a hoot!

SKINNED ALIVE: The Musical (Demo) by Michael Render

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But what if they all suck…?

June 30th, 2009 | Comments Off on But what if they all suck…?
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Movies, Seen & Heard

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In case you haven’t heard, the classic, underrated 1986 horror comedy NIGHT OF THE CREEPS is finally coming to DVD in October. Until July 12, Amazon.com is having a neat little thing where customers can vote for which cover art the DVD will have (and entice you to pre-order at the same time, of course).
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R.I.P. Michael Jackson

June 25th, 2009 | Comments Off on R.I.P. Michael Jackson
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard

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Just about everybody is reporting the news this evening that Michael Jackson has died at age 50. If it’s indeed found to be true in the hours ahead, it caps off an already-sad day that began with Farrah Fawcett’s death at age 62. And, two more pieces of my childhood slip away, leaving behind their individual legacies of music, cinema and television.

I may have some more extensive thoughts on the matter later on, but suffice it to say that I grew up with Michael Jackson — from his early days with the Jackson 5 to the mind-blowing experience of hearing the Thriller album for the first time, and even up to his more recent work that was largely discarded by a fickle public weary of his personal dramas. And despite that whacky behavior and his alleged proclivities later in life, there’s no denying that he was a talented son of a bitch. Yes, I consider myself a fan.

I’m sort of horrified watching the assheads on Facebook distill the man’s life down to bad pedophilia jokes, but unfortunately, to the younger generation, all they really knew was The Michael Jackson Freakshow, day in and day out on their televisions.

Me, I had top-of-every-hour viewings of the THRILLER video on MTV… still one of the best music videos ever made. Or being exactly the right age to have seen that moonwalk dance and have your mind blown. That is the Michael Jackson that I am choosing to honor, respect and remember as he takes that last moonwalk into the great beyond.

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FUN FACTS: I think I was too in shock last night when I wrote this to remember that M.J. came to the Hollywood & Vine offices of Full Moon during my tenure there (must have been 1999?) to meet with Charlie Band about a line of toys. We lowly worker drones on the 8th floor (where the production & post offices were) weren’t allowed upstairs for that block of time, although many of us snuck around trying to catch a peek. WITCHOUSE 3: DEMON FIRE starlet Tanya Dempsey tweeted last night: “6 years ago I had the honor of attending Michael Jackson’s birthday at Neverland Ranch. It was one of the most magical nights of my life.” Lucky wench!

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