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Top 10 Cartoons of All-Time (Part Deux)

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Here’s Part Deux of the Manly Men Men’s blog Top 10 Cartoons of all-time:

#5  Scooby Doo – Hanna-Barbera is back it with Scooby Doo.  The classic first aired in 1969.  The five characters in Scooby Doo are some of the most recognizable in cartoon history.

Every episode of the original Scooby-Doo format contains a final scene in which the kids unmask the ghost-of-the-week to reveal a real person in a costume.  Scooby and Shaggy were often missing in action and when found were usually quite paranoid.  The tandem is always hungry (have the munchies) and will only join in on detective missions if they are given Scooby Snacks to much on.  Do you notice anything fishy about this?  Always missing … Paranoid …  Hungry …  Scooby, “DOOBY” Doo… I think you get it.  If not, look up the effects of marijuana.

#4 The Flintstones – A barbaric version of the Jetsons, The Flintstones first aired in 1960.  In its third season, The Flintstones was the first ABC series to be televised in colour.  The first two seasons were telecast in black and white as technical and financial limitations prevented the network from broadcasting any colour series until 1962.  The first two seasons were rebroadcast in full colour when the series was syndicated in the fall of 1966.

Enough useless trivia.  The Flintstones is set in the town of Bedrock in the stone- age era.  Dinosaurs, sabre-toothed tigers and other long extinct animals co-exist with barefoot cavemen.  Barney, Fred and the gang drive cars made out of stone or wood, which are powered by foot.   Other interesting technology included (among other gadgets) an instant camera made out of a wooden box, which contains a bird carving the picture on a stone tablet with its beak.

The Flintstones often made use of ‘breaking the fourth wall’ as some of the animals would power such technology to no avail and look directly into the camera at the audience, shrug, and remark, “It’s a living”.  We also liked the mammoth acting as a shower by spraying water with its trunk.

I wonder if Wilma ever got frisky when she showered alone?  Size does matter you know.

#3 The Bugs Bunny Show – Hosted by non-other than Bugs Bunny, the show is composed of Looney Tunes and Marrie Melodies cartoons release by Warner Brothers between 1948 and 1969.  What is it with the year 1969?  It’s a good number and all… Anyway, the show originally debuted as a primetime half-hour program on ABC.

The show is credited for keeping the Warner Bros. Cartoons made during the Golden Age of American animation a part of the American consciousness.  The show helped inspire animators, comedians, historians and others who watched Saturday morning television.  In Ontario, Canada, the “Bugs Bunny Overture” has been used in a TV commercial promoting the Province’s various perform arts tourists attractions.

Unfortunately, in 2000, the Bugs Bunny show ended its four-decade long network run, one of the longest runs in the history of United States television.  What’s up with that BS, Doc?

#2  Family Guy – Seth MacFarlane, you’re a god.  Well, not a god, but a genius.  Family Guy airs on Fox and regularly on other major networks in syndication.  The show centres on Peter Griffin and his dysfunctional family in the town of Quahog, Rhode Island.  The show frequently uses “cutaway gags”, which are jokes (for those who don’t know) in the form of tangential vignettes.  Phew, big words.

The show was actually cancelled in 2000 AND again in 2002, but strong DVD sales and large viewer ship of reruns on a smalltime network convinced Fox to resume the show in 2005.   Family Guy is the first of only two cancelled shows to be resurrected based on DVD sales.

The show was created in 1999 after the Larry Shorts caught the attention of FOX during the 1900 Super Bowl commercial

In 2007, the show celebrated its official 100th episode during its sixth season resulting in the show’s syndication.  Family Guy is contracted to continue producing episodes until 2012, unless of course, they decide to cancel the show again.  IDIOTS.

#1  The Simpsons – I don’t think anyone would disagree with The Simpsons sitting at number one.  And, we don’t feel it is necessary to provide any background on the show; however, did you know…  Just kidding.

Honourable mentions go to King of the Hill, Fat Albert, Transformers, G.I. Joe and The Yogi Bear show.

February 16, 2013 Posted by | Re-runs, Sitcoms, Television, Top 10 Lists, TV | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

TV’s Top 10 Manliest Men of All-Time

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With the history of television spanning well over 50 years, we’ve certainly had a chance to experience some interesting characters on sitcoms ranging from Married with Children to Home Improvement.  Some of the Men (or Dad’s) were handy with tools, while others were hip and stylish.  While watching some of these iconic guys in action, we’ve had a chance to learn about family values, how to pick-up chics, gamble and avoid the wife all at the same time.

From Ari Gold to Doug Heffernan, the below are what we consider to be Television’s Top 10 Manliest Men of All Time.  Care to disagree?  We encourage your comments!

Part 1:

# 10 Frank Barone (Played by Peter Boyle)

In Everyone Loves Raymond, which by the way, if you haven’t watched an episode, be sure to catch a re-run next time you’re channel surfing, Peter Boyle plays Francis “Frank” Oscar Barone.  Frank is a retired bookkeeper with a stubborn masculine personality.  A war veteran, Frank served in the Korean War, which he frequently brings up, to the annoyance of his sons.  He is a member of the Elks, and was named Man of the Year by his Lodge.

Peter Boyle passed away on December 12, 2006.

# 9 Doug Heffernan (Played by Kevin James)

Kevin James is down right hilarious.  He’s starred in a handful of movies over the past three years that will definitely turn into cult classics in the years to come.

In King of Queens, James plays Doug Heffernan, an average parcel delivery man who exerts a rather light-hearted and sometimes immature mentality. His misadventures are often fuelled by his immature mannerisms and his love of food.

Doug is usually bossed around by his wife Carrie, and his disobedience in eating fatty foods after she has told him not to is another common reason why the two have disagreements. He generally enjoys the simple pleasures of watching sports and playing poker with his friends. Unlike many married protagonists of sitcoms, Doug has rarely been attracted to other women.

# 8 Earl Jehosophat Hickey (Played by Jason Lee)

 

My Name Is Earl is set in Camden County, and stars Earl, a petty crook who has occasional run-ins with the law.  Earl lost his newly won $100,000 lottery ticket when he is hit by a car.

Although Earl lacks a good education (he believes déjà vu is a ‘french disease’ that has the same effect as déjà vu) and frequently demonstrates poor judgment, he has a clouded grasp of right and wrong which he tries to impart to his friends. His conversion to an understanding of Karma now drives his life, as he seeks to make up for his past wrongdoing.

Earl is afraid of flying and needles and drives a 1973 red El Camino.  Like the majority of men over the age of 35 on this planet, Earl has gotten married and divorced on three separate occasions.

# 7 Red Forman (Played by Kurtwood Smith)

Red Forman plays Eric’s father in the hit sitcom That 70s Show.  Red’s hobbies include working with his power tools, drinking beer, watching television (especially sports events involving Wisconsin teams), reading the newspaper, hunting, and fishing.

What makes Red a choice for our TV’s Manliest Men list is that he has very specific ideas about what men can and cannot do, believing that they should keep their emotions bottled up and be skilled at physical sports like hunting and football. He does not think they should hug or express “love” for each other.

# 6 Ari Gold (Played by Jeremy Piven)

Although the show Entourage is only in it’s infancy stages compared to shows already in full-blow syndication, we think Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven) will be a “Man’s Man” people will be talking about and quoting for a long time.

Despite his position as one of the most powerful agents in Hollywood, Ari is a husband to a wife who seems to able to keep him in check.  Despite frequent sexual innuendoes, Ari says he “has never cheated on his wife” and “loves liars, but hates cheaters.”

There are an abundance of memorable quotes from the Ari Gold archive, so we thought we would share our Top 3 with you:

1. Ari: “Let’s hug it out bitch.”

2. Ari to his assistant (prior to finding out he was getting let go by his firm):

 

Listen, Lloyd, I want you to put all my files, folders, binders, *everything* into a box! If you find a used condom, an executioner’s mask, and a fucking spike paddle, don’t think, just pack that bitch! Chop suey!”

 

3. [Ari is about to leave his kid's birthday party for business reasons]

Ari’s wife: Where are you going?
Ari: They flew in the liver, and I gotta’ do the transplant.

Stay tuned for Part 2 when we count down to TV’s Top 10 Manliest Men of all-time!

November 10, 2012 Posted by | 80s, Babes, Beer, Girls, HBO, Hot Chics, manly, Men, Sitcoms, Sports, Top 10 Lists, TV | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dress to survive the next round of layoffs

Sure, experts are stating that we are slowly climbing out of the economic slump we have been experiencing over the past two years, but still, there were more than 200,000 layoffs across North America in 2009.  Astonishing isn’t it?

If you work in an office environment and are looking to increase your chances of not personally adding to that six-figure number in 2010, then we suggest you read on.

We recently spoke to Mark Salgado, owner of House of Salgado, one of the few remaining bespoke (made-to-order) men’s suit stores headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada knows who knows first-hand how what you wear can go along way in how you’re perceived at your place of employment.

Here are a few tips for those looking to survive the next round of company layoffs:

1)      Dress to express your professional ability (Such as detailed, organized, and confident)

2)      Dress to stand-out (Present yourself above the crowd)

3)      Dress to fit your business environment (Dress professionally to suit your business surroundings)

4)      Dress to show strength (Power suits should be dark and fit well)

5)      Take your signal from the people at the top (Dress like the winners in you company)

6)      Dress to express your positive personality (Ensure your positive personality comes our in your shirts, ties, and shoes)

7)      Ensure your dress is tailored, well pressed, professional, contemporary, well thought out and makes you feel like a winner

Mark went on to say, “The concept of image and packaging applies in the work place.  Image in business means everything, therefore, it’s important to put your best foot forward,” said Mark Salgado, co-owner of House of Salgado.  It’s important to remember to dress for the expectations of your new boss or employer.”

Good luck!

November 1, 2012 Posted by | Fashion, manly, Men, News, Top 10 Lists | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Niagara Falls Comic Con THIS June

Nerds unite!

Niagara Falls is best known for its world famous waterfall, but this June, visitors to the area will be able to take-in a fantasy-like experience reaching far beyond their customary visit to the honeymoon capital.

Niagara Falls Comic Con will take place on Saturday, June 9th at the City’s brand new Scotiabank Convention Centre.  The Con will feature more than 27,000 square feet of comic book vendors, video game area, artists, celebrities and all things pop culture related!

Confirmed celebrities for the honeymoon capital’s event include: Burt Ward (Robin from the original Batman); Robert Picardo (The Doctor from Star Trek Voyager); Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) of Walking Dead fame; Dustin “Sreech” Diamond; Jessie Sulidis from the Bachelor & Bachelor Pad, as well as WWE Legends Bret “Hitman” Hart, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake” and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and Leaping Lanny Poffo to name just a few.  Comic book artists’ Ken Lashley, Ty Templeton, Dave Ross, Kent Burles and Leonard Kirk are also confirmed.

Niagara Falls Comic Con will also play host to the first-ever MacabreCon Horror Festival, which will include the cast of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacred, including:  Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface), and horror cult film startlets Mariylyn Burns and Teri McMinn.  John A. Russo, American screenwriter and film director most commonly associated with Night of the Living Dead is also confirmed.

Famous movie and TV cars will also be on display, including a Time Machine replica of the Back to the Future Delorean, and an original replica of the Batmobile.

We spoke to co-organizer of the Con Chris Dabrowski, who had this to say, “Niagara Falls is a destination visited by millions of people per year, so it makes perfect sense to host a Comic Con in the honeymoon capital,” said Chris Dabrowski, co-founder of the Niagara Falls Comic Con.  “We’re encouraging people from out of town to make a weekend out of it.  Come down and celebrate all things comics and pop culture at the Niagara Falls Comic Con, then take in all of the other sights our City has to offer, like the world famous Niagara Falls itself for starters,” he added.

For tickets and a full listing of guest appearances and vendors, visit www.NFComicCon.com

Niagara Falls Comic Con is presented by Niagara College Canada.



April 18, 2012 Posted by | Beer | 3 Comments

Interview w/ Leaping Lanny Poffo (A.K.A. The Genius)

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If you’re a fan of 80s wrestling, then you definitely want to continue reading.

Lanny Poffo, better known as The Genius or Leaping Lanny Poffo is a Canadian Wrestler that began wrestling in the NWA territories in the 1970s.  You might remember him as the trunk-clad wrestler reading a poem off of a Frisbee in the center of the ring and then flinging it out into the crowd.  Poffo attained superstar status in 1985, when he joined his brother the “Macho Man” Randy Savage and went to work for the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE).

While Lanny never attained the popularity of his brother in the WWE, he still managed to find a niche for himself as a fan favourite.  One of the highlights of Lanny’s career was on the November 25, 1989 edition of WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event, when Lanny (as The Genius) defeated wrestling icon Hulk Hogan by count-out.

Outside of the ring, Poffo has appeared in a few movies and has written a children’s book of

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limericks entitled Limericks from the Heart and Lungs!  He is also a certified counselor.  In 2007, Poffo wrote a poem for WWE.com for the “Battle of the Billionaires” at Wrestlemania 23 which consisted of a match between Vince McMahon and Donald Trump.

We sat down with Lanny recently, and he was nice enough to field a few questions for the Manly Men Men blog.   Check it out below!

1.  What was it like working Vince McMahon?

He was in the trenches, not the ivory towers.  He micro AND macro managed.  He demands the best in every detail of his company.  He takes the high road whenever there’s a choice between the two roads.

2. What character did you enjoy playing more – The Genius or leaping Lanny?

If I could have worked with Terry Funk every night, I would have preferred Leaping Lanny.   Since I couldn’t, I preferred The Genius.  As the Genius, I was the master of cheap heat.  That means big response with little or no effort. When Beefcake cut my hair at the Rogers Center (SkyDome) in WrestleMania 6, I bought wigs to wear and I PRETENDED to be humiliated when the wig was pulled off.  That’s cheap heat!  I loved it.  So did the fans.

3. What was your favourite arena to work in?

Madison Square Garden.  I always dreamed of working there.  I made 23 appearances there.  I never got tired of it.

4. What or who inspired you to get into professional wrestling?

My Father.  I would always watch him wrestle and I always thought it was a cool thing to do with your life.

5. Do you still wrestle today?

Yes.  I’m 54 and I’m training to get back to my fighting weight.  I’m not there yet but I’m motivated to keep on wrestling.  I’m lucky that my web-site, www.leapinglannypoffo.com keeps me in demand.

6. Give me one word to describe the following people:

  • Hulk Hogan – GRATITUDE
  • Bret Hart -STROKE
  • King Kong Bundy – OBESE
  • Andre the Giant – GENTLE
  • Curt Henning – WASTE
  • Kamala – GIMMICK
  • Koko B. Ware – FUN
  • Vince McMahon – VISIONARY
  • Honky Tonk Man – CHARISMA
  • Greg the Hammer Valentine – CONVINCING
  • Brutus the Barber Beefcake – SCISSORS

Leaping Lanny Poffo will be appearing alongside WWE Legends Bret “Hitman” Hart, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine AND Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, at the Niagara Falls Comic Con on Saturday, June 9th, 2012 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.  Also confirmed for the Comic Con are Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes on the Walking Dead), Burt Ward AKA Robin on the original Batman series, Robert Picardo from Star Trek: Voyager and MORE!  Details are available at www.NFComicCon.com

March 18, 2012 Posted by | Celebrity Interviews, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Video Games of All Time

Wikipedia states that a “video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device.”  We here at the Manly Men Men blog think Wikipedia is full of crap, and believe that “a video game is the reason most men live.  If it wasn’t for video games, we would have to spend time thinking about the real world and go into a deep, deep depression.”super-mario-bros.e_00

Below is our Top 10 List of Best Video Games of All Time.  Disagree?   Share your comments or provide us with YOUR list of Top 10 Best Video Games of All Time.   Happy New Year!!! Here we go!

# 1 Super Mario Bros. – Need we say more?  This 2D platformer helped revitalize the videogame industry in the post Atari era.   Super Mario Bros. captivated millions of players immersing them in over 30 level of inspired 2D 8-bit frames.  This classic is still as addictive and enjoyable as it was when you first blew on the cartridge over 20 years ago!

# 2 Mike Tyson’s Punch Out – So he raped a girl and bit a fellow opponents ear off, but at one point in his life, Mike Tyson was the greatest boxer in the world.  This is hands down the best boxing game of all-time, and it’s no wonder the Nintendo WII will be releasing a re-make of this game for their console.  All of your favourites will be back in action: Glass Joe, Piston Honda, Soda Popinski and Mr. Sandman.

# 3 Contra – Up-up-down-down-lef-right-left-right-b-a-select-start… Many people don’t know that Contra was originally release first in arcades, but then again, who really cares?   This side scrolling shooter was a game played at best when two players used co-op tactics.  It was iconic.   Player one grabbed the spread gun, player two grabbed the laser, and we all used the above mentioned code to receive 30 lives.  And, when you run out  of men– just steal one of your partners lives!

# 4 Pac Man – To say this game isn’t one of best of all time, means you don’t know what makes a great video game.  What makes this game a classic is that anyone can play it from the get-go; even the most un-coordinated senior citizens.  The premise is to navigate a maze as a yellow blob with a mouth by the name of Pac Man, and trying to eat the pellets that are scattered across the maze.  At the same time, you must avoid disaster in running into one of four ghouly ghosts.  The increasing gameplay speed as you advance to different levels is what makes the game so addictive and difficult.

# 5 Grand Theft Auto III – How can you not include a game in the Top 10 that allows you to steal a car, beat up a pedestrian, run down the police and blow shit up – all within a span of five minutes?   Enough said!

# 6 NHL 94 – Yes, the new PS3/XBOX360 NHL series are superior of the 94 classic, however what makes this game worthy of Top 10 status is the fact that is was the first game to support four players at once.  It also introduced one-timers to hockey games.  It revolutionized the hockey video game industry.

# 7 Day of the Tentacle – The sequel to Maniac Mansion (which is also a classic), Day of the Tentacle is an adventure game that sees three different characters run into different problems in three different time periods: the present, 200 years in the past, and 200 years in the future.  The goal of the game is to stop the mad plans of a purple tentacle who wants to take over the world.  A pure classic.

# 8 Tetris – Creator Alexey Pajitnov is credited for this addictive video came which came out of the Soviet Union. Unleashed in 1985, the name of the game was simplicity. Rules are simple: stack a series of falling tetris blocks in a well in an attempt to keep the well from filling up by clearing solid horizontal lines. Although hundreds of gaming geeks have tried to re-invent the wheel, nothing compares to the Nintendo classic.

# 9 The Legend of Zelda – This masterpiece helped pave the way for puzzle-like adventure games.  Think Super Mario Bros. with strategy involved.

#10 Doom – Now this was a coin-toss, as Wolfenstein 3-D really paved the way for first-person shooters; however, Doom was the total package. The innovative (for its time) sound effects, gruesome weapons and dark atmosphere really provided the gamer with a full blown lifelike gaming experience. The game was chalk full of dozens of levels and a full arsenal of weaponry. Best of all was the Death matches via LAN, which undoubtedly opened up the doors for the next generation of gaming.

Care to disagree with this list?  We encourage you to leave a comment (click below) with your list of Top 10 games!  Come on’ – make our day.

January 1, 2012 Posted by | Top 10 Lists, Video games | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

TV’s Top 10 Manliest Men of All Time (Part 2)

We promised you Part 2 of Television’s Top 10 Manliest Men of All-Time, so hear you have it!  Enjoy!

 Part 2- TV’s Top 10 Manliest Men of All-Time

 # 5 Tim “The Toolman” Taylor (Played by Tim Allen)

Like most men, Tim was a hot rod enthusiast, and knowledgeable (a know-it-all) on all things related to cars.  Tim was also obsessed on building things, as well as modifying machines and household items for “more power”.

Most of the time, the rewired machines Tim worked on would backfire and cause some kind of accident.  Nevertheless, Tim continually tried to pass these qualities to his sons, while his wife reluctantly watched.

Tim hosted his own television program, Tool Time, in which he and his assistant Al Borland teach audiences about home improvement.  In the first two seasons, Pamela Anderson played “Tool Time” girl Lisa.  Anderson left after two seasons to join the cast of Baywatch full-time.

# 4 Charlie Harper (Played by Charlie Sheen)

Although the show is fairly new (it first broadcast in 2003), Two and a Half Men is one of few sitcoms to build a strong fan base around the many reality shows that now appear on the majority of channels.

Charlie is a bachelor living a lifestyle consisting of a two-story Malibu beachfront home, drinking excessively, smoking cigars, womanizing, gambling and wearing expensive bowling shirts most of the time.   Charlie formerly wrote jingles for a living, with his most famous composition being the Maple Loops song.

Charlie constantly sleeps in, money “falls into his lap”, and he lives life on his own terms – one of free spirited debauchery.  He is the total opposite of Al Bundy, but we feel still a Manly Man in his own right!

# 3 Al Bundy (Played by Ed O’Neil)

Speaking of  Al Bundy, at number three we feature the true American father figure.  Unfortunately, Al constantly seemed to find bad luck ever since he finished high school at Polk High, where he scored four touchdowns in one game.  Al forever regrets the turn his life had taken following high school.  The main turning point for Al’s life was when he married Peggy Bundy, his lazy, red-haired wife.  Supposedly, Al mistakenly asked Peg to marry him after he got drunk.  Al owned a 71’Dodge Dart Demon and worked as a shoe salesman at Gary’s Shoes and Accessories in Chicago.  He was constantly badgered by his children Bud and Kelly.  The Bundy’s had a family dog named ‘Buck

# 2 The Fonz – Arthur Fonzarelli (Played by Henry Winkler)

I think it’s safe to say that Henry Winkler will always be remembered for playing Fonzie on the television classic Happy Days.  The Fonz always wore a leather jacket and was best known for his catchphrases: “Whoa”, and “Aaay!/Eyyy!” while snapping his fingers and giving the thumbs up.  I think everyone can remember the many times that The Fonz fixed Arnold’s jukebox by giving it a punch with the side of his fist.

# 1 Archibald “Archie” Bunker (Played by Carroll O’Connor)Archie Bunker All In the Family

Without a doubt one of the most memorable characters on television, we don’t think there would be a better way to cap off this list than with the one, the only … Drum Roll Please .. Archibald “Archie” Bunker.

Archie was a reactionary, bigoted, conservative blue-collar worker and family man.   He lived in the borough of Queen in New York City.  Although the dynamic tension between Archie and his liberal son-in-law, Michael “MEATHEAD” Stivic, provided an on-going political and social sounding board for a variety of topics.

In the end, despite his character flaws, he loved his family and (at least some of the time) chose to do the right thing.

The inspiration for Archie Bunker was Alf Garnett, the character from the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, on which All in the Family was based. Archie, in turn, was an inspiration for Eric Cartman of South Park.

There will never be another Archie Bunker.

We hope you enjoyed our TV’s Top 10 Manliest Men of all-time.  Stay tuned for the Top 10 Bromances and the Top 10 Manliest Men of the Big Screen in weeks to come!  Happy Father’s Day!!

December 14, 2011 Posted by | 80s, Beer, Celebrity Interviews, Funny, Joke, Men, Re-runs, Sitcoms, Sports, Television, TV | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day Flash Mob – Gone too far?

The hallmark holiday of holidays is just around the corner, so we thought we’d share this Valentine’s Day Flash Mob featuring 20 kissing couples hoping to spread some love by surprising unsuspecting shoppers and vendors at market in Toronto, Canada. Now Flash Mobs may be getting a little bit dated and ‘old’, but this video is a tad bit different. It features kissing couples from “all walks of life” (know what we’re sayin’?), so it’s creating quite the controversy! We especially like the old school vendor who becomes quite distraught at such a public display of love and affection in front if his meat counter.

The creative music video was the brainchild of the independent Canadian band Lazybones in the hopes of spreading some love across the world on Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Check it out and tell us what you think!

February 10, 2011 Posted by | Babes, Girls, Television, TV | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trish Stratus Tag Teams with Canadian Entrepreneur

What do a hot babe and charity equal?  GOOD STUFF!

Canadian Icon Trish Stratus, best-known for her work with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), has partnered with Canadian Entrepreneur Jennifer Blakeley in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.  Blakeley is the founder of Alphabet Photography.

What’s Alphabet Photography you ask?  It’s the process of taking pictures of objects and scenery that resemble letters of the English Alphabet. The alphabet photos are then customized to spell words and names chosen by the customer.

As part of the Children’s Wish Foundation initiative, Blakeley and Stratus created the “Wish Series”.  The Wish Series is compromised of three individual and unique frames, spelling the words JOY, WISH and DREAM in Alphabet Photography, and includes a quote relevant to each individual word.  For example, the word dream includes the quote: “Dreams come a size too big, so that we may grow into them.”

Starting now (until the end of September), all proceeds from customers who purchase an art piece from the Wish Series at Alphabet Photography (AP) will benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. As well, for any other purchases such as custom frames or inspirational series, use the promo code TRISH2010, and proceeds from these sales will also benefit CWF.

We have to admit, Alphabet Photography is a pretty cool concept, and best of all, if you’re looking to get something for your wife or girlfriend this Christmas and you want to make it look like you put a lot of thought and effort into a gift, then Alphabet Photography letter art is the way to go!  You can spell your loved ones name in Alphabet Photography, or if you really want to look like Lance Romance, simply spell the word love!   Here’s an example of the word LOVE in Alphabet Photography.  This would look perfect in her apartment, your home, or her office!!! Cool huh?

Back to Stratus… she just wrapped up filming her first feature-film as lead character “Jules Taylor” in “Bail Enforcers”. The indie Canadian film focuses on a team of bounty hunters that will see Stratus confront bad guys in exciting fight sequences and car chases. Stratus has appeared on many Canadian TV shows like “Royal Canadian Air Farce”, “Canada’s Walk of Fame”, “Muchmusic Video Awards”, “Second City’s Next Comedy Legend”, just to name a few.

For more information, please visit: www.alphabetphotography.ca

September 8, 2010 Posted by | 80s, Babes, Cool Product, Girls, Guy Stuff; Invention, Hot Chics, manly, Men, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Canada Day!

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Canada BeaverCanada is located on the continent of North America and is the second largest country in the world (Russian Federation is the largest).  Our great country stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.  Canada is north of the 49th parallel, which was chosen as a border from the Great Lakes to the west coast.  Canada has a population of about 33.2 million people.  The capital city of Canada is Ottawa, Ontario.

What is all of this nonsense about?  Well, we here at the Manly Men Men BLOG are 100% pure Canadian, and, for all of you outsiders (or unpatriotic Canadians), Canada Day is our national holiday, which is celebrated on July 1st of each year.

In honour of this very special patriotic day, below are some interesting facts relating to our great country and its official day of celebration.  We hope you learn something!!! Happy Canada Day!

1. Canada is a day to commemorate the founding of modern Canada which resulted from the union of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick on July 1, 1867. On the very same day, the Province of Canada was subdivided into the province of Ontario, and Quebec.

The union was also known as the confederation. On June 20, 1868, Governor General Lord Monck issued a royal proclamation on behalf of Queen Victoria asking Canadians to celebrate the anniversary of the confederation.

2. Canada was known as officially as Dominion Day until October 27, 1982. This was because Canada was known officially as the Dominion of Canada. However, many ordinary Canadians have considered it as Canada Day in their hearts before the official name change. The move to change the celebrations name to its present name was greatly inspired by the Canada Act.

3. Canada celebrated its centennial in 1967. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada, attended the ceremony. Her majesty also attended the celebrations in 1990,1992, and 1997.

4. In 1916, a memorial service was held on Canada Day for the Newfoundland regiment which was virtually wiped out at Beaumont-Hamel, France during the first world war.

5. In 1917, Canada celebrated its Golden anniversary on Canada Day. However, there were no official celebrations until 1958.

6. Cross-country television transmission by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation began on Canada Day in 1958.

7. 10 villages in Ontario were flooded on Canada Day in 1958 for the St Lawrence Seaway. The villages are now known as the lost villages.

8. Color Television was first introduced to Canada on Canada Day in 1967.

9. The Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor was inaugurated on Canada Day in 1968.

10. “O Canada” became the official national anthem of Canada on Canada day in 1980.

11. Canada Day is not only celebrated in Canada but all over the world as well especially by Canadian commmunities.

12. Originally, the official celebration of Canada Day was held only in Ottawa. However from 1980 onwards, the special day for Canada is celebrated in every municipality across the nation. The celebration includes multi-cultural concerts, fireworks, parades, air shows, maritime shows, and barbecue.

13. Some migrants become new citizens of Canada on Canada Day.

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Beer | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Calling all Bikers to Niagara Falls Canada!

What do the Daytona and Sturgis Motorcycle Rallies have in common? They’re not home to a 56-kilometre stretch of picturesque open road via the Niagara Parkway, and to top it off, the majestic Niagara Falls.

Organizers of this first-ever Motorcycle Rally are hoping that these attributes will bring together bikers and motorcycles from across North America, to the first-ever event of its kind in the honeymoon capital from June 18 to 20, 2010. North America’s largest motorcycle parade will be the cap-off of this three day-event in support of Women’s Place of South Niagara.

Although this will be the first time Niagara Falls will host a Motorcycle Rally of this size, the honeymoon capital is confident bikers from across North America will make the trek here to take part in this weekend event in support of a great cause.

For those who have been there, they will agree that Niagara Falls, Canada is home to one of the most beautiful and picturesque Parkways in the world, and we don’t dispute the fact that the tourist mecca brings perfect mix for bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.

The three-day extravaganza will end in style on June 20, 2010 with what organizers are hoping to coin as North America’s largest motorcycle parade. The parade will begin at Rapidsview Parking Lot and Welcome Centre then travel north along the picturesque Niagara Parkway to historic Queenston Heights Park, and will then return to Falls Parking Lot at the famous Table Rock Welcome Centre, which is located at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

Those interested in taking part in the parade are asked to meet at Rapidsview Parking Lot and Welcome Centre, 7369 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON (entrance located directly across from the Marineland Parking Lot entrance at the corner of Upper Rapids Blvd) no later than 10:00 a.m. for registration. The ride fee will be a minimum donation of $5.00 per person for Women’s Place of South Niagara.

Various events around the City will be part of this three-day event including a Miller Chill Beer Dance Party at Dave and Buster’s in Niagara Falls and a live radio remote. Musical acts have also been booked at various restaurants and bars across Niagara Falls. A full detailed listing of participating hotels and events can be found by visiting: www.niagarafallsbikers.com

The event is sponsored by the Fallsview Business Improvement Area and The Niagara Parks Commission, in association with the Niagara Parks Police, who will assist with the Parade. www.fallsviewboulevard.com

June 1, 2010 Posted by | Beer | Leave a comment

Margaritaville Comes to Canada

Margaritaville Canada has announced it will open its first Canadian restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ontario in spring 2010. The highly anticipated destination vacation will be open year-round and will feature live music, fresh food and drinks for all.

“We’re very excited to be opening our first Canadian location amidst the beauty and legend of Niagara Falls,” says George Davidson, President and CEO of Margaritaville Canada. “The escapist vacation that a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant provides is the perfect setting for the millions of visitors that flock to Niagara Falls every year, as well as for local residents looking for a reprieve from the frigid Canadian winter.”

Situated at the corner of Fallsview Blvd. and Murray St., Margaritaville will be just a stone’s throw from the majestic falls. Inspired by the travels and songs of Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville is the tropical-themed stage for a trip not soon forgotten. With the beat of island party music, a colourful, laid-back atmosphere, Margaritaville Niagara Falls will offer great food, including regionally inspired specialties, along with signature “Volcano Nachos” and the famous “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

The family friendly restaurant boasts an impressive 14,000 square feet on two indoor levels with breathtaking panoramic views of “The Falls” from three of its four outdoor patios. Featuring live entertainment from across the country and a direct feed from Radio Margaritaville on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, Margaritaville will carry tunes for all ages. Along with great margaritas, unique boat drinks, frozen concoctions and ice cold beer, warm summer nights will always be in season at Margaritaville.

The first Margaritaville Restaurant opened in Key West in 1985. Current locations include eight mainland U.S. locations and great destinations like Jamaica, Mexico and Hawaii; and now Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is coming to Canada!  We can’t wait!!

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Beer, Girls, Men, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top 5 Super Bowl Party Planning Tips

It’s that time of year again.  Super Bowl Sunday is an unofficial holiday in North America, and it’s estimated that nearly 100 million will watch the big game on Sunday, this year featuring the New Orleans Saints vs. the Indianapolis Colts.

Where will you watch the game?

In light of the economic downturn, we at the blog suggest that you skip out on Hooters or your favourite local watering hole or pub and throw a Super Bowl party at home.  Why?  For starters, it’s much cheaper, more comfortable, and did we mention much cheaper?  Hell, the beer is just as cold, the game is the same, so what more could you ask for?

This is one of the few holidays/parties that men have to organize, so we here at the Manly Men Men blog offer up these Top Five tips to ensure a well-planned, organized and memorable Super Bowl XLIC (44) party that you can take credit for:

  1. Buy enough beer – we can’t stress this enough… even if you think two cases of beer will be ample for your booze hound buddies, always estimate ‘ROUGHLY’ eight beers per person.   This gives you an average of two drinks per guest; per quarter.  Keep in mind the half time show, and drinks before and after the game.
  2. Ask people to bring something – they don’t have to break the bank, but even a bag of chips or a veggie dip will go a long way.  Most people will come to the party with some sort of snack, but reminding them beforehand will make sure there is a variety of food spread out on the table.
  3. Order your pizza and wings the day before – there’s nothing worse than having a bunch of the guys over, calling the local pizza joint for a tray and 50 wings, and being told your food won’t be there until half-time.  We recommend you call the order in at 11am in the morning (most pizza joints that typically open at 4pm will be there much early no Super Bowl Sunday).  Hek, you could even call the order in the day before.  Mild (or semi cold) pizza and wings is better than no pizza and wings at all!
  4. Seating – if you don’t think there is enough couch space or kitchen seats available for all of your buddies, either ask them to bring a chair, or coordinate this beforehand.   Trust me, everyone who says, “don’t worry, I’m fine, I can just sit here, or stand”, eventually gets tired and/or uncomfortable.  And who the hell wants to eat pizza and wings standing up or sitting on the floor?
  5. Set-up a second television set – not EVERYONE likes to watch the game, especially if it is an absolute blowout by the second quarter.  The second television set can be used to show a sports network, or can be hooked up to an xBox 360 or a Playstation 3.  Regardless, a second TV is a great idea, because you just never know.

We hope you have a great Super Bowl!

 

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Babes, Beer, Food and Barbecue, Girls, Guy Stuff; Invention, manly, Men, News, Sports, Television, Top 10 Lists, TV | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

10 Questions w/ Jeffrey Weissman (George McFly in BTTF 2 and 3)

When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re going to see some serious shit.”  This line, confidently stated by Christopher Lloyd (Doctor Emmitt Brown), can be heard in the cult classic motion picture Back to the Future.  The film, released on July 3, 1985, became the most successful film of the year, grossing more than $380 million worldwide.

Fans of the original flick will remember Marty McFly played by Michael J. Fox, while his Father, George McFly, was a role originated by Crispin Glover.  If you’re a true fan of the film, you will know that when it came time to film Part II and III of the trilogy, Marty’s Father was re-cast by actor Jeffrey Weissman.

When Crispin Glover was asked to reprise the role of George McFly in the second film, he demanded a salary the producers felt was unreasonable.  Director Robert Zemeckis stated in a BTTF DVD that Glover was uninterested in doing the sequels and was asking for the same salary as Michael J. Fox.  Glover reportedly refused to budge on further salary negotiations and therefore was written out of the story.

As a result of the re-cast of George McFly by Weissman, the filmmakers found inventive ways of avoiding showing his face in the movie, despite the fact that George McFly was in certain key scenes and dialogue throughout the second and third instalments.  This included filming Weissman wearing sunglasses, from the back, upside-down, or out of focus in the background. And, wearing prosthetic make up effects that made him look like Crispin Glover.  Application of the make up required Jeffrey to report to make up four hours before the day’s shooting call.  Jeffrey played George ages 17, 47 & 77 in parts two & three.

As you may recall in Back to the Future II, Mary and the Doc traveled from 1985 to 2012, back to 1955.  Due to this, and oddly enough, producers also recycled footage from the original flick. Glover, who was pissed off that the producers used previous footage from the original, and used his likeness in the make up designed by Ken Chase, sued Universal for compensation, on grounds that his contract for the first film did now allow subsequent uses of his likeness and portrayal of George McFly in the new films.  Universal quietly settled.

In a Howard Stern interview in 1992, Glover insisted that he and Zemeckis had some “creative disagreements” over the character, and felt that the director simply wanted an actor who was more pliable. He also said that the salary offered was “really low” (reportedly around $50,000).  Regardless, Actor Jeffrey Weissman took on the role of George McFly in Parts II and III.

Along with his Back to the Future film credits, Weissman has traveled all over the world as an actor and has appeared in dozens of motion pictures, and TV shows such as Pale Rider with Clint Eastwood and Twilight Zone: The Movie.

We caught up with Weissman recently and he was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule and discuss his career and personal life in an interview with The Manly Men Men Blog.

10 Questions with Jeffrey Weissman:
Q.  How did you get your start in acting?

A.  I was the class clown in school, always getting attention, and it can be said I was the same when I was at home, acting like a goof ball. In the seventh grade I had an observant teacher in speech class who actually put me in school shows, so my career basically started in school.  It was in junior high school when I started taking acting seriously.

My first on-set work was in Robert Zemeckis’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” as a Ringo fan (Spielberg came in to direct the big crowd scenes that I appear in), and then, in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band directed by Michael Schultz starring Peter Frampton.  In the movie, I played three different tiny roles.  In one, I got ‘brain-washed’ by Alice Copper.

These movies gave me my real first taste of being on a big budget film set and provided me with some on-the-job training.  But ultimately I sought quality actor training at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. While continuing my studies at SF State, I attended an open call for a Hollywood film.  Out of hundreds of candidates, I was chosen to do a test with Ally Sheedy for the lead in ‘War Games’, for the film’s original director, Martin Brest, who put me up against Eric Stolz, Dana Carvy and others, (even Sean Penn who turned down the role).  Although I didn’t get the part, it opened many doors for me and lead eventually to a role in director George Miller’s (Happy Feet, Mad Max, Babe, The Odyssey)  segment, “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” in the 1983 ‘Twilight Zone, the Movie’.

Q.  How were you approached for the role of George McFly in Back to the Future II?

A.  An agent friend who I had done lookalike work for, (Stan Laurel, Charlie Chaplin, and Groucho Marx), called and asked if I knew who Crispin Glover was.  I said absolutely.  I told him I had worked with Crispin on a film with Dan O’Herlihy at the American Film Institute back in 1983.   He asked if I was the same size as Crispin; (confused), I said I’m probably not as tall, and I mentioned he was younger and probably a bit heaver than me.  I was told they were seeking a “stand in” and “photo double”.  My next question was is this for the ‘Back to the Future’ sequel??  My friend explained that he was not at liberty to say, but he then put me in a meeting with the assistant directors, in which I communicated my experience, such as working with Clint Eastwood and other film & TV experiences.  Soon, I am auditioning using one of the scenes from the original Back to the Future script for the casting directors.  Next I went through a series of make up effects fittings for a screen test of the “young George McFly” look at Universal with director Robert Zemeckis and cinematographer Dean Cundey. They agreed that they had Crispin “without the trouble” and an offer was made a short while later for me to take the roll.

Q.  How did you research the role of George McFly?

A.  Once I was hired, I studied the first film. The producers provided me with make up & lighting tests from the first film with Crispin Glover, Lea Thomson (Lorraine) and Tom Wilson (Biff).

I used the original film and the screen tests as a reference, especially with the scenes we had to re-create such as the fight in the parking lot, and the “Under the Sea” dance scenes (yes, that is me as George punching out Biff and rescuing Lorraine).  The funny thing is, I didn’t learn I was taking over the role until the Friday before shooting, so I was kept in the dark about a lot of what was going on, and time was of the essence.  The reason for this, more or less, is that Crispin Glover’s failed negotiations probably weren’t known until the last minute.  With production publicly announcing prior to filming the second film in the BTTF trilogy that all the original actors would be reprising their roles, they likely wanted to keep me and Elizabeth Shue (who was playing Jennifer Parker) a secret.  Not to mention that they also were using Crispin’s likeness and footage from the first film without a successful negotiation with him.

Q.  If you were the Director of a Back to the Future remake, whom would you cast as Marty and/or George McFly?

A.  Why would you want to do a remake?  If someone did, it would have to re-define the next version of the future, and try to be better than the original…this is not likely to happen.  If someone did it, they would likely need to get talent with international appeal, comedy chops and star quality.  It would have to be a young actor with sweetness and vulnerability too.  Keep in mind, the relationship Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty shared on-screen was unique, and in that sense, it is difficult to find a teenage actor and mature man that have the amazing chemistry Lloyd and Fox shared on screen.  It’s really a sweet film that highlights a strong bond between two characters…Not an easy mix to find, but if you go to the websites that take their reviews of the current top 50 actors of the year, you’d find the best candidates…even then, if you remember the director & producers of the original, wanted Michael J. Fox, because he had “it”, but he wasn’t available.  So they hired Eric Stoltz, and then after 8 weeks of shooting, they let him go, because he wasn’t hitting the comedy like the actor they wanted, who became available from the producers of Family Ties…so Michael J. Fox replaced Eric Stolz.  And the studio told production to cut a million from the budget to make up for the loss of the eight weeks worth of production.  The producers then cut the nuclear test sight scene from the shoot and created the “Save the Clock Tower” set up to save money.  (The nuclear test sequence in which Marty gets back to ’85 is demonstrated in power point storyboard by production designer Andrew Probert from time to time when he attends conventions and shows.  A similar scene was finally used onscreen in the last Indiana Jones film).

For George’s character, it’s a similar story.  Crispin was one of the highlights of the first film, and he has such a great off beat character already.  There’s a few actors doing that well, and they’d need to have that off beat thing and great comedy intuition.

Q.  Were you on Saved by the Bell at one point?

A.  Yes, I appeared in one episode as Screech’s Guru, “The High Geek”.  Those who remember the show might recall the fantasy episode titled “rockementary”, hosted by Casey Kasem.  The cast forms a rock band, The ‘Zak Attack’ that goes on a world tour and shortly breaks-up.  Each of the characters go through life’s ordeals after the break-up, and I play the ‘High-Geek Guru’ (scroll to about 4:10 in the video for Jeffrey’s performance) that mentors Screech (Dustin Diamond) when he goes searching for the meaning of life.

Q.  What has been your favourite movie-set to work on, and why?

A.  I have worked on a wide-variety of movie sets with great directors, Louis Malle (Crackers), Amy Heckerling (Johnny Dangerously), Catherine Hardwicke (Road Girls), Greg Araki, Oz Scott, many others..I loved shooting on location with Clint Eastwood on the set of Pale Rider.  The western film was set in Sun Valley, Idaho and was absolutely gorgeous, but VERY cold.  Clint actually constructed the set on top of a mountain, and every angle that the cinematographer (Bruce Surtees) wanted to shoot provided breathtaking views.  It was an amazing set, did I mention cold, and with amazing actors.

I also liked working on the set of the Twilight Zone in an airplane mock up.  The excitement that George Miller has when he works is contagious, and once again, the cast was a lovely ensemble.

The Back to the Future 2 set was fun.  It was like joining a very hard working busy family.  The art direction was amazingly detailed. Much of it doesn’t make the film, everything had a detailed label, brand and purpose.  Don’t forget the flying cars!   It’s a pity that the traveling show of set pieces disappeared on the tour in Japan, and that the back-lot locations burned to the ground.

Q.  Who is the most under-rated actor you’ve ever worked with?

A.   I loved working with Michael Moriarty, John Lithgow, Larry Miller, and others.  These are great actors who listen, and have chops, either comedy &/or dramatic.. actors that really listen and connect seem to have much more naturalism in their work too.

Q. What’s your favourite fast food?

A.  Sushi.  It’s fast and healthy.   For the commercial fast food places, I go for a salad.

Q.  Has TMZ ever approached you? Or, do you have a funny or weird paparazzi story?

A.   I’ve started doing appearances at collector shows, in places like New Jersey, San Francisco and the UK.   A majority of cities have their own localized “TMZ-like” television or internet shows that are celebrity obsessed.  At these conventions, fans and hosts are often dressed up in bizarre costumes..I’ve had a ‘living dead’, a vampiress and comic book characters as interviewers.

AT Chiller in New Jersey I brought a hunchback, big bellied character costume with a very wooden carved big nose, buck toothed crude mask, guaranteed to terrify children and amuse adults.  I showed up dressed in it at the awards show/mixer and it really freaked a lot of folks out…little did anyone know that it was just me.

Q.  Do you get a lot of fan mail?

A.  I love the fan email that I get every day.  Many come from all over the world, Italy, Germany, Russia, Poland, Australia, England and the Middle East.  I try to respond to all of the emails and autograph requests. (I find that I can’t afford to send everyone a signed photo, so I refer them to my website where they can purchase one, that I’ll personalize for a fair market price & postage).

I get email requests to host, or attend various charity events.  (Charitable work is something I am passionate about).  A few of the organizations I have worked with recently include the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Foundation, Team Fox, Wendy Joe Sperber’s WeSpark Cancer Support Center, Crohns & Colitis Foundation, Make A Wish, American Heart Association, Melanoma Research Foundation and the National Brain Tumor Society.  I appear as myself, and sometimes as classic comedy characters.

Q.  Any advice for Tiger Woods?

A.  Keep your clubs covered.

Q.  What are you working on right now?

A.  I am always working on something.  I direct, produce and write.  I am in an improv troupe.  I teach acting.  I have workshops for directors and producers.  I mentor writers.  I have four different film projects I am working on right now.  In one film I am playing a high-fashion designer, and in another a down and out alcoholic street person trying to locate his estranged daughter. In a separate project I am playing a paraplegic.

To learn more about Jeffrey, you can visit his site at www.jeffreyweissman.com

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Until next time!

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Beer, Celebrity Interviews, Funny, Guy Stuff; Invention, Men, News, Re-runs, Sitcoms, Television, Top 10 Lists, TV | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Top 5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t decided yet what you’re going to buy your loved one this year, don’t sweat.  Venture away from the typical dozen red roses or box of chocolates, without even having to enter a mall!

Putting in a little bit of thought and effort when it comes to buying your loved one something she will appreciate and enjoy will go a long way.  Give your wife or girlfriend a gift that she will actually use and appreciate, even if it is spending quality time together… Hey, it’s only one day a year!

The Manly Men Men Blog offers up these Top 5 Valentine’s Day gift ideas:

1.  Alphabet Photography – The brainchild of Canadian Entrepreneur Jennifer Blakeley.  She’s spent the better part of three years traveling across Canada and the U.S. taking pictures of scenes that resembled the letter of the Alphabet.  Spell out your loved one’s name, or even the word love.  Visit www.alphabetphotography.ca <http://www.alphabetphotography.ca> to order online.  Use promo code LOVE2010 for $10 off your order.

2. A Good Book – whether or not your loved one is an avid reader, books are a great gift, especially when they are on a topic you know she is passionate about such as travel, fitness or animals.

3.  Digital Camera – Times have changed; you can get a decent point and shoot for under $125 these days.  If she already has a digital camera, get her a digital picture frame so she can always look at all the pictures taken of the two of you.  You can pre-load engagement, honeymoon or even vacation photos.

4.  MP3 player – you can even take it one step further, and pre-upload some of the memorable songs you have shared together, such as your wedding song.

5.  Spending quality time – this can mean preparing a romantic meal at home, going for a couple’s massages at a local spa, or even taking lessons together for something you have both always wanted to try, such as ballroom dancing.

All of these items (minus the quality time) are available by searching the internet.  Most products available online can often be cheaper than if you visited the mall plus most sites offer a 2-3 day shipping option, but guys that still doesn’t mean you should leave it to the last minute!

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Cool Product, Girls, Guy Stuff; Invention, manly, Men, News, Top 10 Lists | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Interview with Amanda Stepto: Degrassi Junior High

Before the days of Brenda, Dylan and the 90210 zipcode, a Canadian CBC television drama was gracing the Canadian television airways.  Much like Beverly Hills 90210, the series followed the lives of a group of students attending Degrassi Junior High.  It can be argued that the show was way ahead of its time, as many of the episodes tackled difficult issues such as drug use, child abuse, teen pregnancy, racism and divorce.

The show was mainly filmed in Toronto, for the exception of a few episodes, which included a student character traveling outside of the City to try and locate his biological father.

In terms of the actual filming of the school, Vincent Massey Public School in Etobicoke, Ontario was used for the exterior shots and interior shots for the show.  The show was filmed upstairs in two classrooms: a utility room doubled as the secretary’s office.  The school is now a resource centre for the Toronto Board of Education and home to an English-as-a-Second Language program called LINC.  Above is a picture of the school as it looks today.

If you’re a fan of the show, you will definitely remember character names such as Wheels, Joey Jeremiah, Snake and Spike.  Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Amanda Stepto who played Christine ‘Spike’ Nelson on the original series.  Today, Amanda can be seen on various episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation.

10 Questions with Amanda Stepto:

Q. How did you get your start in acting?

A. My older sister enrolled me in acting classes when I was a kid. We used to take the TTC downtown for my classes on the weekend and hang out together for the day. It was great.

Q.  Do you ever drive past the school or various locations used in the filming of Degrassi?

A.  Not a regular basis, no. But if I happen to pass by a location where we’ve filmed, and I’m with someone who likes Degrassi, then I’ll mention it to them.

Q.  Do you think Degrassi was ahead of its time compared to shows that were also airing at the time? If so, why?

A.  Absolutely. I think we touched on subjects that no other young adult shows were touching on. It made the show more realistic and I think the audience appreciated its honesty and integrity when dealing with sensitive or ‘taboo’ subjects.

Q.  Who did you enjoy working with the most on the set of Degrassi Junior High?

A.  Cathy Keenan and I always got along so well. We were into similar music and had similar attitudes so we naturally gravitated towards each other. I also got along really well with Siluck Saysanasy (Yick Yu) and Dayo Ade (BLT).

Q.  Who do you feel was the most under-rated actor on Degrassi?

A. That’s a tough question. And, honestly, I barely remember all the characters on the original show. I think you’d have to name all the characters and then it’d be easier for me to answer!

Q.  Do you keep in-touch with anyone from the show?

A.  Yes. Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin), Cathy Keenan (Liz), Dayo Ade (BLT), Lisa Williams (Joy) and Dean Ifill (Bronco Davis) primarily.

Q.  What was the last song you listened to on your iPod?

A.  Resignation by Face to Face.

Q.  What’s your favourite food?

A.  I’m vegetarian but love Italian/Mexican/Thai/Chinese…or any combo of bread, cheese and potatoes.

Q.  Do you like to travel?  If so, what is your favourite place visited?

A.  I love to travel. No favourite place though. I’ve been to Japan, Thailand, India, Mexico, the Caribbean, England, most of the US and Canada.

Q.  What are you currently working on?

A.  Stacie and I have been trying to develop a series. It’s been a ton of work and a slow process but we’re positive about it.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

January 3, 2010 Posted by | 80s, Babes, Celebrity Interviews, Hot Chics, Re-runs, Television, Top 10 Lists, TV | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hockey, Eh’!

Wayne Gretzky“Oh! The good old hockey game, is the best game you can name; and the best game you can name, is the good old Hockey game!

With Canadian Thanksgiving around the corner, we thought we would pay homage to and be thankful for being home to the best sport ever created – HOCKEY!

Rather than go through a series of timelines and history about how and where the game originated, we thought you would be interested in learning about (or being reminded) of some statistics that showcase the best players to ever play the game – or the biggest goons.  And, wouldn’t you know, a majority of the records outlined below are held by Canadian hockey players; mainly, by good ole’ number 99, born and raised in the small town of Brantford, Ontario, the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

Most games played: Gordie Howe – 1767

Most games played, including playoffs: Mark Messier – 1992

Oldest player to play a game: Gordie Howe – 52 years, 11 days

Most Stanley Cups, as a player: Henri Richard, Montreal Canadiens –11

Now, we take a quick look at some of the records held by 99 …

Most goals: Wayne Gretzky – 894

Most goals, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky – 1016

Most goals, one season: Wayne Gretzky – 92 (1981–1982)

Most goals, one season, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky – 100 (1983–84)

Most goals, 50 games from start of season: Wayne Gretzky – 61

Most goals, one period: Wayne Gretzky – 4 (shared record with seven other players)

Most assists: Wayne Gretzky – 1963

Most assists, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky – 2223

Most assists, one season: Wayne Gretzky – 163 (1985–86)

Okay, before we give Wayne a big head, let’s take a look at some more records held by other players…

Most points by a European born player: Jaromir Jagr – 1599

Most points, one game: Daryl Sittler – 10 (Feb. 7, 1976)

Most points, one period: Bryan Trottier, 6 (Dec. 23, 1978, second period)

Best ± rating, career: Larry Robinson – +730

Best ± rating, season: Bobby Orr – +124 (1970–71)

Most power-play goals, career: Dave Andreychuk – 270

Most shorthanded goals, one season: Mario Lemieux – 13, 1988–89

Most playoff overtime goals, career: Joe Sakic – 8

Most goals by a rookie, one season: Teemu Selanne – 76 (1992–93)

Fastest goal from start of game: Doug Smail (Dec. 20, 1981), Bryan Trottier (Mar. 22, 1984), Alexander Mogilny (Dec. 21, 1991) all at 5 seconds.

Fastest three goals: Bill Mosienko, 21 seconds (Mar. 23, 1952)

Most penalty minutes, career: Tiger Williams – 3966

Most penalty minutes, one game: Randy Holt – 67 (Mar. 11, 1979)

Most points by a goaltender, career: Tom Barrasso – 48

Most points by a goaltender, one season: Grant Fuhr – 14 (1983–84)

Stay tuned as we look to dig deeper into NHL records held by teams!  Believe it or not, the now defunct Quebec Nordiques hold an NHL record – guess what it is

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EH’!

October 7, 2009 Posted by | manly, Men, News, Sports, Television, Top 10 Lists | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let the Lime Battle Begin

BRICK BREWING CO. LIMITED - Red Baron Lime

Come on.  Really?  I mean, cutting up a lime and adding it to our beer isn’t THAT hard, but then again… remembering to buy the limes is mainly the problem.  So, I guess I can see why there is an uproar with the whole fad of lime flavoured beers.  What I don’t get is … why  is Bud Light getting their panties in a ruffle when a little bit of friendly competition gets in the way.

If you haven’t yet heard, Brick Brewing Co. Ltd. says it is being taken to court by the world’s largest beer maker, which claims the Ontario company has violated the trademarks and copyrights for Bud Light Lime.

Brick says Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and Labatt Brewing Co., both subsidiaries of the world’s largest beer company, are seeking an injunction from the Federal Court of Canada.

The beer giants also want compensation from the Waterloo, Ont.-based company or an accounting of profits from Brick’s sales of Red Baron Lime beer.

Brick says it has had the Red Baron trademark for more than 20 years and did its research before launching the lime version of its beer this month.

The Ontario beer maker says a suit by the subsidiaries of Anheuser-Busch InBev wasn’t a surprise and described it as a standard tactic to eliminate competition.

Brick says it will defend itself from the legal challenge.

Earlier this year, Brick agreed to change the label used for its Red Baron beer as part of a copyright and trademark settlement with Labatt.

Labatt had sued Brick and alleged the label and secondary packaging for Brick’s Red Baron created confusion with Labatt’s Brava brand.

Labatt acquired the Brava brand during its 2007 purchase of Lakeport Brewing Income Fund.

By the way, Red Baron Lime Beer is about 25% cheaper than Bud Light Lime…  Give it a try!

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Beer | Leave a comment

Did Michael Jackson Fake his Death?

michael jackson deadI know what you’re saying; here we go again – another Elvis conspiracy theory – but wait, let’s put this into perspective for a moment.

Putting aside child molestation “accusations” and his barrage of plastic surgery, oh, and let us not forget MJ hanging his child over a balcony, Michael Jackson has literally been away from media attention for the past ten years.

Following the hay-day of smash pop hits like Thriller and Beat it, Michael Jackson has done a pretty good job of staying out of the media, when it came to positive news to say the least.

It wasn’t until his ‘supposed’ death that any mass news coverage on the press conference held regarding his London concert dates was broadcast.  The company in charge of promoting the show obviously had done their job of selling tickets; however, North Americans and many people alike hadn’t even heard there was a news conference, and media didn’t really pick up the story on a need-to-know basis.

Sure, we were all aware he was about to tour, with the possibility of a North American leg, but this news was mostly learned through word of mouth, and ‘in passing’.  It wasn’t until the day after MJ allegedly died that word he had held a press conference announcing these London dates was available.  This was probably the last time Michael Jackson was featured in the media; many weeks after his alleged death. A long time for a major superstar living in Los Angeles not to be noticed by paparazzi or the media, wouldn’t you say?

Now you see him, now you don’t.  Where has Michael Jackson been since then?

MJ also supposedly moved out to the Middle East.  Really?  When’s the last time you came across a paparazzi photo of Jackson living out there?  Oh wait; there are the few of him wearing an Abaya – a traditional woman’s veil (covering most of his face, with the addition of sunglasses) and a black robe.  Oh ya’ that’s him, I swear.  Can’t you tell?

Now you see him, now you don’t.

Michael Jackson is smart.  A performer who has worked with some of the best producers, life coaches, choreographers, psychiatrists and doctors over the past 20 years picks up on a few things.  Conversations take place.  Ideas are thrown across the table.  One of the many questions Michael Jackson MUST have asked these mentors was “how do I get out of this mess… how do I walk away from it all and still keep my dignity?”  Answer – Fake your own death.

Here are a few reasons why MJ probably isn’t dead:

1. CNN, the most reputable news source in the world, reported his death many hours following TMZ’s alleged death notification.  Why is that?  TMZ is a celebrity hotbed for gossip – you heard right, gossip.  Are we really supposed to believe TMZ learned of Michael Jackson’s death before CNN?

We can only wonder that Michael Jackson’s publicist (who hasn’t even come to the forefront – does he have one? – Michael Levine, his previous agent, seems to know nothing) had sent out an anonymous text or phone call to the TMZ newsroom to announce this… Let us not forget the doctor on-site was nowhere to be found, even though he was in the room with Michael when the 911 call was placed.  Bizarre.

What’s even more bizarre is that the doctor’s vehicle was towed sometime after MJ’s death.  Who was there when it happened?  Who can state facts about timelines?  There doesn’t seem to be anyone in sight that can provide, well, some insight into what really happened.

2. Let’s face it, Joe Jackson may be weird, but he sure as hell wouldn’t be promoting a recording company when he’s given a chance to mourn about his son’s death.  Maybe he would; however, when one feels guilt about a certain topic, one changes subjects.  Probably explains why he is changing the subject from his son’s death, to his new business dealings – field questions about your son’s death… or, would you rather not talk about it?

3. With Internet technology these days, there wasn’t a phone call made via a cell phone from within the house seconds after MJ was found unresponsive?  The doctor didn’t know where he was on-call?  Not even a street name?  He had to direct someone to a land-line to make the call?  Let’s be realistic.  I’m sure you would not wait (or take) 30 minutes trying to find a landline to call 911 when a cell phone was within arms reach.  This time lapse, or alibi, proves to me that there is a certain amount of time when Michael was not available, or when he was trying to flee.

Cell phones are more than likely monitored by various sources, and when a call to 911 is received, it takes only minutes to locate the origin.   Again, we’re in 2009.  If your loved one, co-worker, or friend had collapsed in front of you, or if you found someone non-responsive, instincts take over.  No matter where you are, a cell phone that is within arms reach is a form for quick communication.  One is sure to pick up a cell phone and dial 911, even if all is available is a Styrofoam cup and string as a method of communication.

4. The photo – the infamous photo of Michael lying in the stretcher dead.  Really?  Who took the photo – where is the source?  Again, paparazzi are usually screaming around Michael Jackson, and for the only photo to come out of the whole rigmarole is a zoomed in photo of MJ’s supposed face in a stretcher?  We’re able to see photos of Brittney Spears’ private parts, but we can’t get one of a troop of ambulances fleeing to a major scene from a MAJOR celebrities home to a hospital in Los Angeles with a clear shot of a live person under cardiac arrest?

5. Finally, the whole story doesn’t make sense, and when a story doesn’t make sense, it’s usually a lie.  Michael Jackson “in a coma”, reported by CNN.  Michael Jackson “has died’, reported by TMZ.  Michael Jackson “suffers cardiac arrest”, reported by CNN … who is the source of all of this?  TMZ?  MJ’s publicist?  Twitter?  We know there wasn’t a phone call made via a cell phone, which WAS available.  We know it was at least 30 minutes from when he was found until 911 was contacted.

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Although TMZ clearly received the ‘inside scoop’, there is not a straight fact that shows or proves he was dead.  The first mountain of evidence by TMZ should have showcased was the ambulance leaving the home Michael Jackson was renting.  Instead, the whole saga began within the world wide web of social media, and it wasn’t until AFTER CNN reported MJ was dead that the infamous video of the ambulance leaving his rented home was available.  How so?   TMZ had the video, but wasn’t showing it… CNN was reporting he was in a coma, but didn’t have a source.  Where did the lines get crossed?

Michael Jackson is not dead … By the way, where is Osama Bin Laden?

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Beer | , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Oops – Top 10 Hockey Bloopers

#10 and # 1 are neck and neck in terms of most embarrassing moments of all-time…

August 24, 2009 Posted by | Sports, Top 10 Lists | 3 Comments

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