Tuesday, June 30, 2009

For Firefox Users...

The Dwacon® Blog now uses SmarterFox!

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

R.I.P. Billy Mays


He pitched products that some couldn’t wait to get to the store and buy... some products that people had to dial a 1-800 number to purchase... and some that only elicited laughs from incredulous viewers. He even parodied his salesmanship in a commercial on ESPN. But the pitchman shall pitch no more.

We were saddened to read on Yahoo! News that Billy Mays has exited the planet at the age of 50. But his commercials shall live on...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, has exited the planet at the age of 50. He was just preparing a new tour to kick off across the pond in London. Billions of fans will mourn his loss.

King of Pop Rushed to Hospital

The shocking news was broken at The Hollywood Reporter and CNN about Michael Jackson being rushed to the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest.

He is reportedly at the UCLA Medical Center -- approximately ten minutes from where he was residing.

Send up some prayers for Mike!

R.I.P. Farrah


We remember Farrah Fawcett as the lithe blonde who showed up on TV Land classics such as I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun, and a pilot for a Get Smart rip-off that never took off entitled Inside O.U.T..

But most television viewers remember her as the breakout star of Aaron Spelling’s Charlie’s Angels... and for being the wife of the Six-Million Dollar man.

Farrah has exited the planet after a long and courageous battle. Entertainment Weekly remembers her famous swimsuit poster that broke records and set trends. People Magazine has more on this great actress.

I would also recommend the resources at The Hollywood Reporter which also focuses on her recent years on screen.

Prayers for her family and loved ones. She will be missed.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cat Crack...

Like a bunch of pot smoking stoners in Amsterdam... or a bunch of crack heads in, erm... wherever crack heads congregate... a bunch of cats have a catnip party.

I guess that if you are a cat... this is your equivalent of a bar crawl?

Cat lovers will enjoy this video...


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

R.I.P. Neda Agha-Soltan


A 26-year-old woman has become the unfortunate face of the civil dissent in Iran. Millions have witnessed her horrific death at the hands of an Iranian sniper. Even President Obama has commented on the horrific way that Iran is treating its citizens.

We read details about Neda in The Los Angeles Times, which provides additional photos and links... including the horrific video in which her death was captured.

R.I.P. Ed McMahon


Philadelphia’s son, former Marine, and Johnny’s perennial foil has exited the planet after 86 years.

You can read about Ed’s exciting life at Variety and The New York Daily News.

Semper Fi.

Monday, June 22, 2009

I’m Through With White Girls


When I saw the title, I’m Through With White Girls, I had no idea what I would be into...

Not only is it a film that some people can, ahem, relate to... but it has a great cast of recognizable faces (including a couple blasts from the past). Bottom line... this film is Laugh Out Loud funny.

And... where else can you see a group of people dance hip-hop style to the British hit Safety Dance?

The official story line:

After years of dating white women, an unconventional “brotha” (Anthony Montgomery) vows to try his luck with some “sistahs” of his own race. But when he falls for a self-described “half-Rican Canadian” (Lia Johnson), is it possible he’s found his soul mate? True, she isn’t black -- but her race is only part of the problem. For this longtime commitment-phobe to settle down, he’ll have to drastically change his ways.

I’m Through With White Girls is a great romantic comedy that you should add to your home video collection.

You can also rent it from Netflix.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I'm So Confused...

That women are a mystery to men is a given. That women are a mystery to women is a tightly kept secret. But advertisers presumably understand everybody... at least to the point where they can figure out how to sell specific products to specific demographics. Well, we spotted this advertisement and found it quite, well... weird.



We have a woman tickling a sleeping woman’s nose with a gigantic feather. This advertisement is for a specific women’s product. While we understand the general mechanics of the product being advertised... we can’t figure out how this weird picture is supposed to drive someone to the store to buy it.

Help us out, ladies...

In Memory of Don Tatro

It has been five years since our friend and partner Don Tatro has left us.

Don was the creator of Creepy Clown, the protagonist in an animated feature film in development at Dwacon Entertainment. Don co-authored the screenplay and created new and updated images for the cast of characters.

Don exited the planet on June 18, 2004 -- and a lot of people still miss him, his humor and his talent.

Friday, June 19, 2009

R.I.P. Gary Papa


You have to be from Philadelphia to know the name... and if you are like me, you will be shocked to learned that this journalist at the one Philadelphia television station that did not swap affiliations has exited the planet.

Gary, thanks for being an inspiration to all of us. God bless his family, friends and loved ones...

Details at Philly.Com.

Say Uncle

There is something about a comedy of errors... the story of someone innocent who is misunderstood and persecuted by those who have lost their comprehension of what the concept of innocence is all about. That is the premise of the heart-warming dramedy Say Uncle.

The premise...

Disheartened when his godson moves away, gay artist Paul (Peter Paige) visits the local playground desperate to develop a substitute friendship with the neighborhood children -- until a paranoid mom makes him the town target. Threatened by the presence of this lurking man without a child, Maggie Butler (Kathy Najimy) leads a flock of frenzied parents in a revolt against poor harmless Paul in this hysterical comedy of errors.

We highly recommend Say Uncle as quality entertainiment! If for no other reason, it features a wonderful performance by the beautiful Gabrielle Union!

Fashion Faux Pas

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Kitty Foyle

Interesting... a motion picture that looks at women in the past who were focused on marriage and babies... the flashes forward to working women too caught up in their careers to focus on traditional family values.

You might think that the past referred to would be the 1950’s and the present would be today.

The truth is this movie is looking back to the 1900’s with the present day being the 1930’s.

Huh?

That is the basic premise behind Kitty Foyle, based on the novel by Christophe Morley (but significantly cleaned up to the strict moral standards of Hollywood in 1940).

Kitty Foyle stars Ginger Rogers in an Academy Award-winning performance. Centered on the high class main line society of Philadelphia... it is the harbinger of modern films such as Working Girl.

Get a hold of a copy of Kitty Foyle and enjoy it now before Hollywood remakes it and ruins it... like they did with the 1958 TV series spin-off that was canceled after a few months (and, a bit of trivia, featured an 11-year-old Patty Duke).


Monday, June 15, 2009

R.I.P. Allan W. King

The great filmmaker has gone the way of the earth at the age of 79. He will be missed. Details at Variety.

New York Gay Marriage?


Interesting story in The New York Post...

Apparently two gay men got married in the Big Apple by pretending that one of them was female.

S’poze that is one way around the system...


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Take

I have been a huge fan of Jeremy Renner since his debut and find his work consistently evocative. His performance with Minnie Driver in Take.

Minnie Driver and Jeremy Renner star in this slow-paced, heart-wrenching drama from director Charles Oliver. As the film shifts back and forth between the past and the present, a rich tapestry is woven that captures your mind and your emotions.

Add Take to your list of must-see movies!




Saturday, June 13, 2009

Friendface?


Just saw an absolutely hilarious episode of the British comedy “The IT Crowd” that presents a send-up of Facebook.

The owner of the video will not allow embedding, but here is a link to the video.

Howls of laughter gua-ron-teed!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

R.I.P. Johnny Palermo


The actor who is probably best known for his appearances in “Everybody Hates Chris” was killed, along with his girlfriend, actress Alessandra Giangrande, in an early morning car crash.

Details may be read at The Hollywood Reporter.

Diamond Earrings, Rhinestone Prices

Marilyn Monroe said it best:

A kiss on the hand
Might be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend

And where, in these days of a tight economy, does one find high quality Diamond Earrings and other world-class jewelry at a great price?

We took a visit to the World Jewels web site and saw a number of dazzling jewels at hundreds of dollars less than the list price. So, what is the catch?

These guys import the diamonds that they sell… no middle-man to deal with. And they manufacture the jewelry that they sell. That not only means direct savings to you… but it also means that they can get any piece of jewelry you want customized to your precise specifications. And, if for any reason you are not entirely satisfied… they have a 30-day return policy.

The month of June is a huge wedding month… and the wedding starts with a diamond ring. And 60 years after the wedding comes the diamond anniversary. But you don’t have to wait 60 years to give your beloved a beautiful diamond.

Remember Marilyn’s words…

So, when the time comes to propose, or to apologize, or to just show her how much you love her, visit World Jewels and do so at a significant savings!


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The FDA Granted Power over Tobacco


In the beginning... Sir Walter Raleigh discovered tobacco. And tobacco beget big money... yea, verily.

So, the business of getting people hooked on tobacco took off, and all of the big stars in Hollywood had one stuck between their lips. Even President Franklin Delano Roosevelt smoked with an upper-crusty cigarette holder.

Heck, look at Santa Claus in this 1940’s advertisement. And, before television advertising of tobacco was outlawed, even Fred Flintstone smoked Winstons.

Back in the day, the Surgeon General declared that cigarettes could cause cancer, emphysema... and other maladies. So why hasn’t tobacco gone the way of cocaine, heroin, and other drugs? Because of big bucks.

Things have taken a bit of a turn today, with the Senate voting overwhelmingly to impose federal regulation on cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. But does that mean that you won’t get your Kools or your Newports? Check out the article in the New York Times and come to your own conclusion.

New England Super Lawyers

The people living in New England have world-class legal services thanks to Kenny, O'Keefe & Usseglio, P.C., a personal injury and wrongful death practice. Partners Rick Kenny and Tim O’Keefe were designated “Connecticut Super Lawyers” by Connecticut Super Lawyers 2009 Magazine. This powerhouse agency has delivered consistent results in handling cases involving:

  • Medical Malpractice
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  • Sexual Assaults and Clergy Abuse
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