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Knight Rider Back On The Telly?

In TV on February 21, 2008 at 7:29 am

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(Pic from Wikipedia. Yes, I’m lazy.)

Last week was filled with crazy deadlines, but somehow, I managed to keep in touch with it and managed to avoid going to 7-11 for a pack of ciggies. Other than that, everything’s status quo: Lack of alcohol in blood. Check. Lack of social life. Check. Addiction to the OC. Check.

Speaking of television, I didn’t know that a remake of Knight Rider was in the works, let alone making a big debut on TV last Sunday. According to the Guardian, NBC’s remake of Knight Rider “looks likely to earn a full series commission, after the 1980s show returned to US TV on Sunday night with almost 13 million viewers.”

Apparently 12.7 million viewers bothered to turn on their telly sets to watch a two-hour pilot, with most of them likely to be guys who once thought driving a talking car while flamboyantly showing an abundance of chest hair (check.) made you the coolest guy on television. Ever. Read the rest of this entry »

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New wheels for Bean

In Automobiles, TV on December 28, 2007 at 5:47 pm
Based on this report actor Rowan Atkinson has bought one of the world’s fastest cars this New Year – a Morgan Aeromax.

The 52-year-old actor, who already has a collection of luxury motors including Aston Martins, purchased the British-made Morgan Aeromax for 110,000 pounds.The limited edition Aeromax races from 0-60MPH in less than five seconds and has a top speed of 170mph.

With a Batmobile-style gull-wing boot and a 20-inch alloy wheels, the car also has a stunning 4.4 litre V8 engine.

Morgan, a company based in Worcestershire has made only 100 of the exclusive cars, and the Bean star has already booked one for himself.

An insider revealed that all the cars have already been snapped up.

“It’s a good job Rowan got in quick because they have all been snapped up. It’s a great investment because the cars can only rocket in value. Obviously Mr Bean’s no fool really,” The Sun quoted the insider, as saying.

Morgan Aeromax is one of the fastest accelerating cars in Europe and can hit 170mph with 0-60mph dash in 4.5 seconds.

Its still no proton

Ellen Feiss and the Switch

In TV on November 14, 2006 at 11:10 am


Last week, news broke out that Justin Long (aka Warren Cheswick from Ed) won’t continue being the Mac guy in Apple’s latest ad campaign, followed by all the comments that pretty much equated to “thank fuck he’s gone!”. While the whole Mac vs. PC (okay, let’s not beat around the bush–Windows) spot was funny and true, I always had that unsettling feeling whenever I saw it, and I guess I wasn’t alone in thinking that the Mac dude was a smarmy, cooler-than-thou, Oooh-look-at-me-I-got-no-virus!-hands-in-pocket guy that was a parody of the typical Mac user (haven’t met one yet? Come to the office).

A couple of days later, Dvorak rediscovered and posted up this Ellen Feiss Apple ad campaign (above), which was made a couple of years back but never shown to a wide audience. Not sure why not, because this Ellen chick (later dubbed “Stoner girl”) is too cool for school. If I’d seen this ad, I’d really consider switching. And five minutes later, work on my Windows PC. Hey, 95% of the computing world can’t be wrong.

PS: Latest news, according to Mac Rumours, is that Justin hasn’t been fired. That’s like… a bummer.

Lessons learned from the ’80s

In TV on September 14, 2006 at 10:13 am

liono2.jpgOccasionally, I come across silly little pieces of nostalgia that make me feel old. Like, say, Ethan Ryan’s piece on lessons learned from ’80s cartoons–things that only those born between the years ’75 to ’81 (okay, ’82–max!) can only understand, and will talk about over and over again once a couple of jugs have been downed. The thing is, though, talk involving ’80s cartoons never gets old, does it?

Now there’s a sign of how young you are–if you think you’re bored of trying to remember every vehicle on MASK, or can’t sing the opening lines of the Thundercats (“Thundercats are on the loose,” or if you–like any of those who went to an all-boys school–prefer the alternative version: “Chee-tara lari laju, tertinggal baju”)–then guess what, buddy. You’re a kid. Now get lost from this blog. You won’t understand it. You’re also probably one of those jokers who think the new Transformers movie is cool, and don’t know Bumblebee’s a VW instead of a Camaro.

Some of the lessons you probably didn’t know: Papa Smurf actually said “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” Now, if that’s not a direct reference for communism, I don’t know what is. It certainly helps the case that Smurf stands for “Small Men Under Red Father”.

AprilAlso, I’ll never look at TMNT’s April O’Neil the same way ever again. I mean, I knew she was kinda hot, but now that Ethan mentioned that “She’s got red hair, wears a sexy yellow jumpsuit and gets down with anthropomorphic pizza-fiends. Most girls want nothing to do with dudes that live in the sewers, but not April O’Neil. She doesn’t even mind hanging with that old man-rat wearing a pink kimono!” Hey, if someone like her can tolerate eating pizza with a sewer-rat the size of a human, then there’s an obvious lesson to be learned here: it is possible that there are hot women (TV journalists, no less) with whom I can have a shot at.

She-Ra and He-ManAnd, there’s another lesson that was left out: Watching She-Ra and He-Man would’ve helped guys determine your sexual orientation. Guys who secretly watched She-Ra on the side: Definitely straight. Those who openly admitted it: kinda wobbly. Of course, it’s also another indication if you start wearing women’s undies and pretended to be She-Ra. Not that wearing tighty-whities pretending to be He-Man helps, either.

Oh, and the best lesson of all? Shouting “HO!” makes your sword longer. Well-put indeed.